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Every year schools across New York receive report card grades, much like the ones they send schoolkids home with.

According to the Schools.nyc.gov website, which releases the reports, here’s how the schools’ grading system is broken down:

Progress Reports help parents, teachers, principals, and school communities understand schools’ strengths and weaknesses. Progress Reports grade each school with an A, B, C, D, or F and are based student progress (60%), student performance (25%), and school environment (15%). Scores are based on comparing results from one school to a peer group of up to 40 schools with the most similar student population and to all schools citywide.

Here are the District 21 high school progress grades for some of the schools in our area:

  • 21K337 International High School at Lafayette (2630 Benson Avenue): B
  • 21K348 High School of Sports Management (2630 Benson Avenue)
  • C21K468 Kingsborough Early College School (2630 Benson Avenue) B
  • 21K540 John Dewey High School (50 Avenue X) B
  • 21K559 Life Academy High School for Film and Music (2630 Benson Avenue) B
  • 21K572 Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders (2630 Benson Avenue) B
  • 21K690 Brooklyn Studio Secondary School (8310 21st Avenue) B

No “A” grades in the area, unfortunately, but it does seem that Dewey is maintaining their good grades, which is great news for Dewy supporters and staff.

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The Christmas Tree Lighting scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Lady Moody Square (Van Sicklen Street and Avenue U) has been rescheduled, due to the weather, for Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Lady Moody Square.

The tree lighting set for Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. McKinley Park (Fort Hamilton Parkway and Bay Ridge Parkway) remains as scheduled.

Donations for Senator Golden’s annual Toys for Tots drive will b ecollected at both events. The Toys for Tots Foundation provides United States Marines the opportunity to bring the joy of Christmas to needy children. For more information, please contact Senator Golden’s office at
(718) 238-6044.

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Seven people were injured and one died in a when a car crashed into another on the corner of West 5th Street and Quentin Road.

An Acura MDX was traveling North on West 5 Street collided with a Jeep Cherokee traveling east on Quentin Road.

The force of the impact caused the Acura to land on the sidewalk and crash into the pedestrians there, a 1-year-old girl, her mother and grandparents, according to NBC.

When EMS arrived, one the victims, 60-year-old Chenugor Dao, was pronounced dead. She was the little girl’s grandmother.

The rest of the family is listed in stable condition. Passengers in the cars and one of the drivers are in stable condition. The other driver did not seek medical attention.

Residents of the are say that accidents in that area are common. Currently, police are investigating the incident, but don’t suspect any criminality.

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(UPDATE [1:52 p.m.]: This event has been canceled due to weather and will take place at a later date.]

Santa and Senator Marty Golden will be at Lady Moody Square at Van Sicklen Street and Avenue U along with the I.S. 228 Cheerleaders for a tree lighting ceremony at  6:30 p.m. The event will feature Christmas caroling and hot chocolate.

Golden asks that you consider bringing a new unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots to the event.

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Senator Marty Golden has announced the start of the annual Toys for Tots campaign.

“I am asking residents to consider donating new, unwrapped, toys to brighten the holidays for military children. I am also continuing collections of toiletries and cleaning supplies to help those effected by Hurricane Sandy,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Donations will be accepted until Friday, December, 14 during normal business hours at Golden’s office located at 7408 5th Avenue or on Monday and Friday mornings and Wednesday afternoons at his office at 3604 Quentin Road.

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From the office of Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes:

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the indictment of Michael Volpe, 32, and his wife, Alisa Volpe, 25, for possessing weapons and drugs, and keeping an alligator in their West 6th Street home.  Michael Volpe was indicted on charges including three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. Michael and Alisa Volpe were both indicted on charges including three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, Possession of Ammunition, four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals and Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance, Wild Animals Prohibited and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. If convicted, Michael Volpe faces a maximum of seven years in prison and Alisa Volpe faces up to one year in jail.

On October 1, 2012, officers from the 66th precinct executed a search warrant at the home of Michael and Alisa Volpe, a one-bedroom basement apartment. The indictment charges that when the officers entered, they found metal knuckles, a fully-loaded revolver, and a loaded pistol. They also recovered a variety of prescription drugs including Alprazolam pills and Oxycodone pills. Marijuana was also found.  In addition, there was an alligator, which was approximately three feet long, in a tank in the living room, which was taken away by animal control. Under health code 161.01, most people cannot possess wild animals without special permit.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lisa Marie Vellucci from the Trial Bureau Green Zone and supervised by Deputy District Attorney Dianne Malone, Chief of the Animal Cruelty Unit.

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For the office of Councilman David Greenfield:

Councilman David G. Greenfield invites the community to join him and Councilman Brad Lander this Sunday, December 9th at noon at the corner of 13th Avenue and 50th Street in Borough Park for the unveiling of a new street sign in honor of World War II hero and great humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg. The new street sign will formally co-name the Borough Park stretch of 13th Avenue as “Raoul Wallenberg Way” in honor of the Swedish diplomat whose efforts saved more than 100,000 Jews from death at the hands of the Nazis in Hungary.

The City Council approved the co-naming of 13th Avenue between 36th Street and 60th Street earlier this year at the urging of Councilman Greenfield and Councilman Lander to ensure that Wallenberg’s legacy and heroic efforts live on for generations to come. The co-naming is the centerpiece of the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Commission’s efforts throughout the year to commemorate Wallenberg’s 100th birthday.

“I am proud to lead the effort to honor Raoul Wallenberg and urge the entire community to join us for this historic event. Quite literally, there are thousands of people in our community who would not be here today but for Mr. Wallenberg’s intervention. This street co-naming will ensure that generations will know of the sacrifices that this heroic individual made on behalf of so many. It is only right that our community show hakaros hatov for Raoul Wallenberg’s inspiring and selfless actions, so my thanks to my colleague Councilman Brad Lander, the Wallenberg Commission and everyone who worked to make this event a reality,” said Councilman Greenfield.

“I look forward to joining with the community to pay tribute to the life of Raoul Wallenberg. His actions saved so many lives during the Holocaust. He is a hero not just for Jews, but for all of humanity, and his story should never be forgotten,” said Councilmember Lander.

Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who put his life on hold in the summer of 1944 and embarked on a mission that led to the saving of as many as 100,000 Hungarian Jews who were otherwise bound for death in Nazi concentration camps. Serving as first secretary at the Swedish Legation in Budapest, he devised a plan to issue Swedish “protective passports” and establish safe houses in buildings throughout Budapest.

Borough Park is home to the largest population of Holocaust survivors in the United States, and many local families trace their lineage to individuals saved by Raoul Wallenberg, making 13th Avenue a fitting location for Sunday’s ceremony. In addition to local elected officials and community leaders, Honorary Consul General of Hungary Karoly Dan and Honorary Consul General of Sweden David E. R. Dangoor are scheduled to attend the event. This historic event is open to the public. Residents are encouraged to attend this Sunday, Chanukah, at 12 noon at the corner of 50th Street and 13th Avenue in Borough Park.


Let me get this straight, the show about Bensonhurt’s most beloved cantankerous bus driver was not filmed in Bensonhurst? Not even the exterior shots? Well, that’s a let down.

Perhaps this was well-known to you, oh educated reader, but I always held on to the notion that the Honeymooners was, at least in some way, filmed in the neighborhood. Alas, this well-researched blog post from Rockcellar Magazine crushes my pipe dream, much like what happens to every Kramden get-rich-quick scheme.

For the younger folk reading this, the Honeymooners was a sitcom that ran for a single season. Yet, it’s impact changed the scope of sitcoms to come. It was the first to feature a middle-class couple living in grittier, more realistic conditions. This was at the insistence of creator, writer and star Jackie Gleason, who based the show on his own upbringing.

It also inspired the Flintstones, among many other notable television characters.

Here’s a brief summary of where the scenes really took place:

1. Home of the Kramdens and the Nortons: 328 Chauncey Street.

“The place was dull. The bulbs weren’t very bright. The surroundings were very bare,” Gleason said of his boyhood tenement apartment. The exterior shots of their home were filmed in Bedford-Stuvesant.

2. Alice Gets a Job: 383 Himrod Street.

A neighbor suggests Alice get a secret babysitting just a few blocks away from their home because Alice wanted to pay for a telephone she installed. The gig is actually located in Bushwick, which is miles from Bed-Stuy, and even further from Bensonhurst.

Wikiepedia also let me in on a little bit of TV trivia:

328 Chauncey Street in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY. In the Honeymooners episodes filmed from 1967 to 1970, the address of the Kramdens’ and Nortons’ apartment house changed to 358 Chauncey Street, and the number of the Kramden apartment is 3B. In actuality, the real 328 Chauncey Street is located in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of the borough, approximately eight miles north of the show’s location.

One of these days, Alice, we’ll watch a Honeymooners New Year’s Eve marathon.

An emergency meeting. Photo courtesy of the Workers Justice Project/Proyecto Justicia Laboral

For more than 12 years, a center in Bensonhurst provided a myriad of services for day laborers and undocumented workers. The laborers depended on the center to keep them off the streets and help connect them to employers. Officials depended on the center because it helped to ensure the safety of the laborers and employers.

When Hurricane Sandy destroyed the space, it forced everyone to start from scratch.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.