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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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From the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:

In his latest effort to spruce up local neighborhoods and help improve the environment, Councilman David G. Greenfield is hosting a free tree giveaway this Sunday, October 21 at Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School. The event, held in partnership with MillionTreesNYC and the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), will begin at noon and last until 2 p.m. or until the 100 tree allotment has been distributed. Interested residents can register for their free tree ahead of time online, and a limited amount of trees will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Sunday.

“This is a great way for residents to help spruce up their neighborhood. Trees improve our air quality and add to the beauty of our community, so I am proud to bring this great program to the district. I encourage anyone interested in breathing a little easier and doing their part to help the environment to register today for a free tree,” said Councilman Greenfield.

The giveaway is part of the city’s ongoing MillionTreesNYC initiative, which is a joint venture between the New York City Parks Department and New York Restoration Project that aims to plant and care for one million new trees across the five boroughs over the next decade. The goal is to increase the city’s urban forest, which is comprised of street trees, park trees and trees on public, private and commercial land, by 20 percent. This event is limited to one tree per household. The trees must be planted within the five boroughs, and cannot be planted along streets, in city parks, in containers or on roofs. In addition, the resident or family accepting the free tree is responsible for properly watering and maintaining it.

This marks the latest chapter in Councilman Greenfield’s community beautification projects that he has undertaken since taking office. Greenfield recently joined Assemblyman Bill Colton for several community cleanup days in Bensonhurst and has worked with various city agencies to combat illegal dumping and truck idling along Bay Parkway. He has also allocated millions of dollars to improve neighborhood parks and increase the amount of green space residents have access to.

“I am proud of all the progress we have made towards cleaning up and beautifying Midwood, Boro Park and Bensonhurst over the past few years. I will continue to work with city agencies, my colleagues in government and community groups to build on this progress with future events and initiatives aimed at making our streets nicer and improving our quality of life,” added Greenfield.

For more information about Sunday’s tree giveaway, contact Councilman Greenfield’s district office at (718) 853-2704. Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School is located at 5800 20th Avenue. To register ahead of time for a free tree, visit

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On Saturday, October 20th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friends of Kaiser Park, Avenue P Project, Beneath the Sea, Inc., Brooklyn Community Board 13, City Parks Foundation Coastal Classroom, Cultural Research Divers, Diver’s Academy, John Dewey High School, The New York City Aquarium, Partnerships for Parks Catalyst Program and the Roddenberry Dive Team will host Beyond the Sea Waterfront Celebration and coastal clean-up as part of It’s My Park Day at Kaiser Park at Neptune Avenue.

The groups are looking for volunteers to help with all sorts of activities like food set-up, giveaway distribution, beach clean-up and more.

This free event is family friendly and kids are encouraged to attend. The day is chock full of family and marine education activities, arts and crafts, food, underwater robots and music is planned. This includes special guests like Bill Evans, meteorologist from WABC-TV, and the Roddenberry Dive Team’s Rod Roddenberry, who is the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

This event will also officiate the initial launch of a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), which is a product of the City Parks Foundation’s Coastal Classrooms program in partnership with students from John Dewey High School. Educators hope that the ROV will allow students to better see and understand the world located underneath our local waterways.

For more information, please call Anthony Feliciano, Partnerships for Parks at 646-325-5317 or go to If you would like to volunteer, please email or call Feliciano at 646-325-5317.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School students, staff and Councilman David Greenfield were overjoyed to cut the ribbon yesterday afternoon on their brand new $3 million athletic field.

FDR’s (5800 20th Avenue) football, softball, soccer and other teams did not have their own field to practice on. The Cougars, FDR’s the football team, have been known to practice on any free green space they could find. This includes practicing in Gravesend Park, without the proper permissions.

The new 50-yard field was built over the asphalt lot at FDR. Initially started by then Councilman Simcha Felder with the support of Mayor Bloomberg, the project continued with the support of many local politicians including Greenfield.

“It was a pleasure to join the entire FDR family to celebrate this great new football field and the investment it represents in this terrific school. I am proud that years of effort and advocacy have paid off with this state of the art field, which will be used by generations of FDR student-athletes in the years to come. Today’s ribbon cutting shows what we can accomplish by working together towards a common goal and refusing to give up,” said Councilman David Greenfield in a release.

Also in attendance for the big event were Principal Steven Demarco, former Principal Geraldine Maione, Assistant Principal of Physical Education Bob Pertsas, coaches, team members, cheerleaders and the FDR marching band.

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If you’re walking your dog and not picking up their poop, you and your pooch may end up on our news blog. The picture above was submitted by a frustrated resident after having had enough of the poop she sees all throughout her neighborhood.

“This lady like many people in Bensonhurst didn’t clean after her dog. Lots of poop every day on 19th Avenue,” writes Carmen Tamacas.

Now, Bensonhurstians, how about we pitch in, clean up after our four-legged friends and keep our streets free of that nasty stuff?

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority released a proposal earlier this week that outlines options for the fare hike that will take effect in March of 2013. The proposal is full of various combinations for increases in the single ride, weekly and monthly cards as well as proposed increases for toll bridges and buses.

Keep reading to see the proposal.

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Former 62nd Precinct police officer Admir Kacamakovic was arraigned for illegally running license plates in the NYPD database. As a result, Kacamakovic is threatening suicide.

He plead guilty to the felony crime and had an emotional breakdown after leaving the federal court.

“I don’t know why I didn’t commit suicide yet,” said Admir Kacamakovic to the New York Daily News. “I can’t take it anymore.”

Kacamakovic was on the force for eight years before he got into trouble. After he was indicted for illegally running license plates, he admitted his guilt for a lesser crime of handcuffing a man outside of a bar.

Last October, the officer went outside to break up a fight in front of his cousin’s Bensonhurst bar. The man outside was pepper-sprayed and handcuffed by Kacamakovic after the victim threatened to file a complaint.

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch stated that Kacamakovic abused power and subjected the victim to injury when he unlawfully detained him.

Kacamakovic admitted to seeing a psychiatrist since his arrest. That did not stop him from raging out during his trial.

“I have been working in the most corrupt police department, and I want to start somewhere else,” he said.

Judge Kuntz, who was presiding over the trial, offered some counseling to the torn up former cop.

“God is good, life is long and suicide is not on the table,” Kuntz said.

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Acupuncture clinic, Healing Acupuncture, opened at 8635 21st Avenue, Suite 1A.

The ancient Chinese pain management needle technique is administered by Ada Kulagina, LAC.

On her Linked In page she writes, “I treat my patients through the Chinese art of acupuncture for various medical conditions. I have worked in multiple pain management clinics in New York with excellent results for my patients.”

The staff at Healing Acupuncture state that acupuncture can treat anything from headaches and migraines to insomnia.

Call 718-548-4100 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.


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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York City places all over the city are hosting awareness nights in order to combat domestic violence through education programs and outreach.

The 62nd Precinct at 1925 Bath Avenue is hosting an event on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

Mayor Bloomberg’s staff have also compiled a calendar of all NYC domestic violence awareness events as well as a comprehensive resource directory which includes everything from safe houses to counseling services.

The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) asks that anyone “visiting or referring a domestic violence victim to any of the organizations listed should first contact the organization to ensure that appropriate services are available. In addition, you can contact the New York City 24-hour, toll-free domestic violence hotline (1-800-621-HOPE) for up-to-date service information and assistance in over 150 languages.”

On Wednesday October 17, CEC 21 will hold their monthly meeting at PS/ IS 238 The Anne Sullivan School at 1633 East 8th Street.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. with the business session taking place first and the calendar session second.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect:

Business Meeting:

  • Call to order
  • Roll call
  • New business
  • Old business
  • A.A. items
  • Adjournment
  • Entertainment by student of P.S./I.S 238

Calendar Meeting

  • Call to order                                                                               
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Roll call                                                                         
  • President’s report                                                   
  • Vote on resolutions
  • Approval of August 15 and September 12, 2012 minutes
  • Superintendent’s report                                                      
  • Guest speakers
  • Public speaking time

Public attendance and participation is encouraged for the second half of the meeting. Guest speakers will include Karen Alford, UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools and Lauren Lefty, Associate Planner, Brooklyn Planning Team Office of Portfolio Management.

Alford will discuss a UFT initiative to support and assist six schools, including PS 188, in their development of a community learning school’s model and Lefty will cover the work of the Portfolio Team and some specific planning scenarios regarding D21, especially I.S. 303 and Coney Island Prep.