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An HCS-organized senior health fair earlier this month. (Source: HCS)

We told you on Tuesday about the Bensonhurst annex of the Homecrest Community Services senior center, and that it is now the first publicly-funded senior center focused on the unique needs of the Asian-American community. On Monday, State Senator Martin Golden, New York City Department for the Aging Commissioner Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, and officials of Homecrest Community Services, held a press conference to celebrate the announcement.

Now a slew of Brooklyn-based City Council members responsible for obtaining the funding are celebrating the victory with a collective “Hoorah!”

Oh, and they’re dishing a little on Golden’s publicity-hogging press conference.

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Express Line Wireless and Avenue Candles are hosting the First Annual Summer Blood Drive at 7622-7624 13th Avenue. Donors will receive goodies and be registered win a $300.00 gift basket.

Call Silvana to sign up at (718) 492-2222.

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The Brooklyn Blue Storm, Bensonhurst’s own Little League champions, are headed to Georgia for a tournament with their pockets full thanks to generous donations from the community.

The squad needed $5,000 to rent vans to drive down south after advancing to the American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series last Saturday.

The team came up short on donations and asked the Daily News for help. After publishing their story, locals donated $3,300.

Then, Bay Ridge Toyota cut them a check for $5,000.

“If it’s in my power to help these kids get to Georgia then we’re going to help them. It’s an honor to do something like this. They are all great kids,” said dealership manager Michael Ianelli, who coaches his own Little League team in New Jersey.

The generosity didn’t stop there. Other donors added another $14,500, bringing the total to over $25,000.

Instead of driving 18-hours, the team decided to fly the players to Georgia and use any extra money for equipment and team jackets. A sports store from Washington Heights even donated new uniforms, but the team will stick with their lucky jerseys for the tournament.

“They want to thank everybody from the bottom of their little blue hearts,” said coach Danny Corona, 27. “Make way for us at the airport on Sunday. We’ll have the trophy in hand.”

A distraught man was talked down from the ledge of the Verrazano Bridge earlier this week.

The hero cop who saved his life spoke to him in his native Cantonese and shared personal stories. The two formed a bond and eventually, the suicidal man changed his mind.

This video shows the amazing rescue and the graciousness of Officer Yi Huang.

Congrats are in order for the courageous cop and the team that saved a father and husband from certain death.

Source: The offices of Nicole Malliotakis

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis:

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Bay Ridge) is inviting members of the local media to engage in a conversation regarding MTA issues and how the agency will affect Bay Ridge residents and businesses moving forward.

She will be joined by her colleague, Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I-South Brooklyn), and MTA Board member Allen Cappelli, in a discussion regarding the next steps to continue to bring fiscal responsibility to the agency, resulting in better transit service.

The communities in South Brooklyn were hit extremely hard by the MTA’s last round of service cuts and Malliotakis and Golden have made service restorations their priority.

After last week’s announcement of restoring weekend service on the X27 and expanding service on the S93, the legislators have pledged to strongly advocate for improved local bus and subway service.

Media persons are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHO:           Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Senator Marty Golden and MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli

WHAT:         Roundtable discussion regarding future MTA issues and how they will affect Bay Ridge residents and businesses.

WHEN:         Friday, July 27, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:       District Office of Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Malliotakis at 7408 5th Avenue, Bay Ridge

Councilman Greenfield and Sanitation Department's Iggy Terranova

Councilman David Greenfield will join New York City Sanitation Department Commissioner John Doherty today to present two new haulster trucks to the Brooklyn 12 Sanitation Garage at 5602 19th Avenue. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m.

The new equipment, which will be used for cleaning streets year-round and to clear snow in the winter, was funded by Greenfield with $305,708 from last year’s budget.

Greenfield has been crusading for cleaner streets in his district since the blizzard of last winter immobilized many Bensonhurst drivers.

He hopes that by providing trucks for the sanitation department, there won’t be a repeat of last year’s events.

Further, his spokesperson noted that the trucks are great for year-round use as well. They maneuver well through narrow streets and will be used to help clean parts of the neighborhood and the surrounding areas.

Here’s hoping for a sparkling clean neighborhood and safe winter driving.


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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.

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Maimonides Medical Center has added a section to their website with information teaching New Yorkers how to keep cool during a heat wave.

The city is in the midst of its hottest 12-month period since the Civil War, according to the Wall Street Journal. The summer began with heat indexes pushing 100-degrees and the heat continued last week as Tuesday’s temperatures reached 96-degrees. Last summer’s heat caused the deaths of 31 people throughout the city.

“The body has ways of keeping itself cool, by letting heat escape through the skin, and by perspiring,” says Dr. John Marshall, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Maimonides. “If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, the victim may suffer a heat-related illness. Anyone can be susceptible although the very young and very old are at greater risk. Heat-related illnesses can become serious or even deadly if unattended.”

The extensive guide covers everything from heat rash to sunburn. It features details, causes, solutions, treatments and prevention. The guide is worth checking out considering the scorching summer we’ve had.

Here are a few useful tips that may not be so obvious:

  • Avoid the use of powders, creams, and ointments as they tend to block pores and keep skin warmer.
  • Infants, children, and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration because of higher turnover of electrolytes. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, especially when it is very hot.
  • Alcohol and caffeine interfere with the body’s ability to control its internal temperature and make you more susceptible to dehydration.
  • Most doctors recommend using sunscreen with an SPF level of 30 or greater.
  • Sunburn can be relieved by placing wet rags over the burn or with ibuprofen.

So make sure you keep cool in the weeks to come as temperatures are set to rise once again.

Image courtesy of Tatyana Rosalia

Reader Tatyana Rosalia sent us this tranquility-inducing photograph taken along the Belt Parkway Promenade.

Hopefully, the smell everyone’s been complaining about is completely gone and in its place, a clean bay breeze.

Happy Wednesday. Now, get out there and get some fresh air.

If you have photos taken in Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights or the surrounding areas and you want to see them published, send them to lvladimirova [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

Source: Joe Teutonico

After months of uncertainty, State Supreme Court Judge Joan Lobis ruled in favor of the 3,000 teachers whose jobs hung in the balance after 24 New York City schools were set to shutdown and reopen under a set of federal guidelines.

The judge stated that school closures violate union contracts, according to NY1.

With school starting in a little over a month, the United Federation of Teachers is pleased with the decision, which holds up a decision made by an arbitrator earlier.

The arbitrator reversed the Department of Education’s plan to fire teachers and force them to reapply for their jobs as a part of the turnaround program process.

Officials running the turnaround program mandated that schools would receive millions in federal funding if half of the teachers were let go and the schools changed their names to reflect a new identity.

John Dewey High School was one of the schools slated for re-branding, despite public protests to keep the staff on board. It would have reopened as the Shorefront High School of Arts and Sciences at John Dewey Campus.

“They’ve now lost at the arbitration level. They’ve lost at the Supreme Court. We would like to get to the business of staffing these schools and be ready for the opening of school in September,” said Adam Ross, legal counsel for the United Federation of Teachers.

Because teachers were expecting to lose their jobs, they applied at other schools across the city. Now that they may have their old jobs back, they are forced to reconsider, creating a chaotic staffing process for the quickly approaching first day of school.

Without a curriculum or assurance, teachers are feeling the pressure.

“All of this is unsettling on every level, for teachers and students,” said a Dewey teacher who wished to remain anonymous to the Home Reporter News. “Teachers are left with a disgusted feeling. We’re still emotionally traumatized by the whole thing… Students were victimized, going around feeling terrible about what happened. Everybody doesn’t feel like justice and common decency is in place here.”

UFT members in the 24 schools could should expect one of two letters in the mail from the DOE. One letter is for teachers who applied to transfer to another school and the other is for those who have not. The survey attached to letter is meant to confirm staff placement.

“From day one, we said that the DOE was wrong and that we were going to fight them on their misinterpretation of articles 17 and 18D of our contract. The DOE has attempted to sow confusion about the future of these schools, but the options are all yours: to remain in your school or to transfer. It’s up to you,” writes UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

It is unclear how many of the 3,000 teachers will return to the schools that were once willing to let them go.