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A baby boy in a carriage was hit by a school bus at the intersection of 62nd Street and 20th Avenue at about 4 p.m. today. Witnesses state that double parked cars in the area often block traffic and that the bus did not come to a full stop at the stop sign.

The baby suffered a minor head injury and was taken to Maimonides Medical Center for treatment. Luckily, he is expected to be just fine.

No word yet on whether or not the driver will face any punishment.

A sketch of the suspect

Police have identified a man and woman they hope to question in relation to the murders of Mohammed Gebeli and Isaac Kadare.

The couple is not suspected of killing the men, however, they may have information that could lead police to the killer.

In the meanwhile, local business owners are doing their best to stay safe during this frightening time.

“When it starts getting around dusk time, lock them [the doors],” said Bonita Bravo to NBC News. He works  at a money transfer business near Kadare’s 99-cent store.

Bravo has decided not to let customers into the store without them ringing the bell and him screening them first.

Store owners and employees, please be alert and stay safe.

Bensonhurst native Marco Manfre makes his literary debut with “The Outcast Prophet of Bensonhurst,” a coming-of-age novel about a boy growing up in Bensonhurst in the 1950s through 1971.

The book follows Anacleto, a shy, reclusive personality with an eccentric family. His family ties and personality make Anacleto an outcast in his neighborhood. Throughout the story, Anacleto struggles with family problems, religious beliefs, free speech, and the war in Vietnam, all while painting a vivid picture of Bensonhurst in a past era.

“I think the book really captures the true essence of Bensonhurst at the time,” Manfre told Bensonhurst Bean. “One part describes how we used to play street games, especially stickball, in the street with what we called a ‘spaldeen.’ It was a pink rubber ball that was a imitation of a Spalding ball. We used to go to the movies every weekend for 26 cents. The theater showed a double feature, plus a newsreel and cartoons. These middle aged women called matrons would walk up and down the aisle looking for bad kids. Everyone’s family knew each other and watched out for each other. There were candy stores everywhere, and the pharmacies had malted machines. I would be 11 or 12 years old taking the train to the city with my friends. Growing up I never wished to live anywhere else. I don’t think the book would have been the same had I lived somewhere else.”

After graduating high school, Manfre’s mother gave him two choices: Join the Army or go to college. The ultimatum, he says, was given to his friends by their mothers as well.

Manfre chose to attend Brooklyn College, which, minus books and a registration fee, was free for students. In the story, Anacleto’s older brothers chose to join the Army and came back emotionally scarred after fighting in the Vietnam War.

The book gives readers a feeling for the anti-war sentiment that was spreading at the time, which Manfre said is very similar to the general public’s feelings towards the recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book takes place in  past decades, but the issues the characters deal with are topics that are relevant today, especially religion, racism, drug abuse and growing up.

According to Manfre, the biggest change in the neighborhood since that time is the demographics. While the Bensonhurst of today is home to immigrants from various parts of the world including Asia, Central America and Eastern Europe, the area at the time was almost strictly Italian and Jewish.

Aside from the shifting demographics, the heart of Bensonhurst, and Brooklyn as a whole, remains the same.

It is “a city of walkers,” as Manfre puts it. To Manfre, it is a place where you can step outside of your house and immediately see interesting people and unique places. There is always someone to talk to in New York and always something to do.

Though the characters in the story face challenges that most people deal with, the setting of the book could only be Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Community Education Council 20 is hosting their monthly meeting this Wednesday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. The location of the meeting is at 415 89th Street in room 508.

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The New York Daily News is running their “Best of NY” contest and the folks at John’s Deli at 2033 Stillwell Avenue are in the running to take home the prize for “Best Sandwich Shop.”

If the words “Subway,” “mutz” or “midnight gravy” mean anything to you, then it is your duty to vote.

Here’s what the John’s Deli staff write on their Facebook page:

To all our loyal customers can you help us out by voting for John’s Deli as the best sandwich shop? NY Daily News is having a contest and it takes two seconds just copy and past the info below about our store to either their Facebook page or Twitter. Please let us know if you voted. Thanks!

The contest closes on August 10 at 6 p.m and the winner will be announced August 19. Submissions must say John’s Deli, their address and a reason as to why they are worthy.

Email submissions are also acceptable at BestOfNewYork [at] NYDailyNews [dot] com.

Good luck John’s Deli, you are definitely one of the best!

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In a recent New York Times “Answers to Questions About New York” article, a reader asked which NYC high school sent the most players to play baseball in the Major Leagues.

The answer is Lafayette High School at 263o Benson Avenue. The school can boast an all-time NYC record of 13 student-athletes. Just to name a few, Sandy Koufax and John Franco are among the superstar graduates, according to Marge Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the Education Department.

How’s that for alumni?

As for the remaining 11 alums, they are yet to be named. Perhaps a sports fan reading this can tell us.

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With September right around the corner, parents are breathing a sigh of relief. As the back to school season officially turns into ”back to sanity” for mom and dad, Community Educational District 21 released their calender of important events.

Parent teacher conferences are at the top of the list for calendar dates to remember. Lucky me, I grew up in the good old days of paper handouts, which were always somehow misplaced. Now that this information can be accessed electronically, there is no hiding notes sent home from parents anymore.

Call us narks if you want, but here are your parent teacher conference dates to remember:

Elementary Fall

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Evening
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Afternoon

Spring

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Afternoon
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Evening

Intermediate Schools Fall

  • Monday, November 19, 2012 Evening
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Afternoon

Spring

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Evening
  • Thursday, February 28, 2013 Afternoon

Schools may choose to have only a one day (both day and evening) conference. Please check with your child’s school to be sure.

Parents, how are you preparing for the start of the school year?

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NYPD ballistics teams have linked the senseless murder of Isaac Kadare with the July 6th murder of Mohammed Gebeli. Both men were shot in their shops with a .22 caliber gun.

Police officers are going door to door in local stores warning shopkeepers to be careful and on the lookout for the suspect. They’re handing out wanted posters with his image.

The posters have also been hung all throughout the neighborhoods depicting the ruthless killer, according to Bay Ridge Journal blog.

“Neighbors are scared. Clerks are worried about staying open late,” Senator Martin Golden said.

Witnesses have come forward to describe the suspected killer. They said he seemed “disturbed,” wearing headphones, saying he was “putting a bullet in someone’s head.”

They also said he ran from a Mexican bakery near the scene of the crime, bumped into a witness and yelled. Then, jumped into a black or gray two-door jeep.

He is said to be about 5’5″ and weighing around 140 pounds. He walked into Kadare’s store wearing a ski mask.

Police officials also mention that there may be a significance in the street numbers and addresses of the two stores. Kadare’s store is at 1877 86th Street and Gebeli’s store is at 7718 Fifth Avenue. They believe the numbers to be numerical anagrams, though the meanings have not been released yet.

There is a $12,000 reward offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

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Every Friday before dusk, for the last two decades, local car enthusiasts have driven to the old Caesar’s Bay Bazaar parking lot. They arrive in their ’74 Plymouth Dusters, ’68 Oldsmobile Delmont 88s and Ford Mustang Mach 1s. Normally, they keep these cars in the garage.

Though the automobiles may rarely see the road, when they do, they are showstoppers.

Keep reading about the meetups, and check out our photo gallery!