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Students applying to high school for the 2015-2016 school year can register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) through Wednesday, October 22, at noon. Eighth graders or first-time 9th graders who are residents of New York City can register for the SHSAT through their guidance counselor. Students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs) may be eligible to receive testing accommodations on the SHSAT.

There are nine Specialized High Schools in New York City:

  • The Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
  • High School of American Studies at Lehman College
  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School

For eight of these schools, admission is based solely on the score attained on the SHSAT. For LaGuardia High School, admission is based upon auditions and a review of student academic performance.

You must register by October 22, and most of the testing will be done the weekend of October 25 and October 26.

You can find more information on Specialized High Schools here.

Community Board 11's offices at 2214 Bath Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

Community Board 11’s offices at 2214 Bath Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

A concerned neighbor alerted Community Board 11 to a string of car break-ins and vandalism along Cropsey Avenue during the group’s October 7 meeting.

A man who introduced himself as Theodore said the incidents have stretched along the commercial corridor from Bay 16th Street to Bay 20th Street, requesting that the Board urge the 62nd Precinct to ramp up patrols in that area.

Reps from the precinct were in attendance and noted the break-ins, and also responded to other concerns. One included a woman’s frustration that soccer practices at the New Utrecht High School fields were causing parking problems and unfair enforcement.  The woman stated that parking is impossible in the most evenings between 7pm and 9pm. The resident said she received a ticket from a police officer for parking “right across” from her home when there were a handful of cars illegally and double parked  on the same street.

Also at the meeting, a representative from Councilman David Greenfield’s office reminded residents that the speed limit has been lowered in most areas from 30 to 25 miles per hour in order to reduce traffic fatalities. Some drivers, unaware of the change, have been getting caught in speed traps on Ocean Parkway because no official announcement has been made yet, the rep said.

Board members were excited to discuss upcoming plans once they began their portion of announcements. It was noted that Community Board 11 has been selected for a Planning Fellowship Program that will focus on Urban Planning. Steven Maples, a second year master’s student at Hunter College, will be aiding the community board in planning regarding illegal curb cuts and front yard parking pads.

Also, regarding budget consultations; the board mentioned some changes they would like to see from the Parks Department—trees being installed in front of curb cuts. There was a motion for a resolution to be submitted.

The board also took notice of complaints surrounding trash at the Waldbaum’s parking lot. Since the establishment is private property, the Department of Sanitation cannot be held responsible. Therefore, the board hopes to ensure close monitoring of the establishment to promote up-keep of the lot.

– Anna Spivak

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A Five Guys Burger and Fries will be Bensonhurst’s newest neighbor. The popular food chain in under construction and is set to open at the Ceasar’s Bay Shopping Plaza. Standing at 1608 Shore Parkway, adjacent to the new Vitamin Shoppe, the venue will boast burgers, hot dogs, and its famous zesty cajun fries.

Good news? I don’t know; I’ve never had a Five Guys burger. But the Washington Post contends that Five Guys restaurants are the “Willie Wonkas of Burgercraft,” and GQ Magazine has dubbed the food chain,“The Best $5 Burger A Man Can Eat.”

And, if you can’t wait for the bacon cheeseburgers and bottomless topping-options, have no fear. There are currently four other locations in Brooklyn — two in Dumbo, one in Prospect Heights, and one in Bay Ridge.

Happy future food coma!

Local restaurants participated in the event's launch and tasting last week at Borough Hall (Source: Kathryn Kirk/Brooklyn BP's Office)

Local restaurants participated in the event’s launch and tasting last week at Borough Hall (Source: Kathryn Kirk/Brooklyn BP’s Office)

The 11th annual Dine in Brooklyn event is set to kick off next Monday, and with $25 prix fixe dinners offered at more than 150 restaurants across the borough, foodies can pack their pie-holes with cuisines from every part of one of the nation’s most culinary diverse counties.

Over eight days beginning next week, diners can get $15 lunch and $25 dinner deals at more than 150 restaurants. The exact dates blackout restaurants’ most busy days, but those willing to go for weekday food fun will find the deals at the restaurants from Monday, October 20, to Thursday, October 23, and again from Monday, October 27, to Thursday, October 30.

A mere $25 covers prix fixe dinner menus, and most of the restaurants will offer two-for-$15 lunch menus.

Organized by the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, the event is about exposing neighbors to their local restaurants and supporting one of the borough’s most prodigious industries.

“Dine In Brooklyn celebrates the five-star flavors that make Brooklyn a ‘must-taste’ destination,” said Borough President Eric Adams in a press release. “Our restaurants fuel our borough’s economic engine, and this event is an opportunity to support their continued growth while encouraging diners to discover – or rediscover – their favorite Brooklyn dish. Most importantly, Dine In Brooklyn fosters the connections and memories that make ‘One Brooklyn’ like no place else on the globe.”

The number of Southern Brooklyn restaurants participating in 2014 has swelled a great deal from years past, with dozens now on the list. Just a few of our favorites:

  • il Fornetto (Sheepshead Bay)
  • Mill Basin Deli (Mill Basin)
  • New Ruan’s Restaurant (Bensonhurst)
  • Clemente’s Maryland Crab House (Sheepshead Bay)
  • L&B Spumoni Gardens (Gravesend)
  • Oleandr Restaurant (Brighton Beach)
  • Theresa’s Place (Dyker Heights)
  • Anatolian Gyro (Sheepshead Bay)
  • Peggy O’Neill’s (Coney Island)
  • Mama Rao Cucina Italiana (Dyker Heights)
  • Buckley’s (Marine Park)

Really, though, that’s just a sliver of the long list of truly local restaurants offering the deal, many of which we hope to try. Check out the full list here.

Which restaurants do you hope to get a taste of during Dine in Brooklyn?

D LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound D trains are rerouted via the N from 36 St, Brooklyn to Stillwell Av.

  • Trains stop at 62 St-New Utrecht Av.
  • To 9 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 St, and 55 St, take the Coney Island-bound D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av and transfer to a 205 St-bound D.
  • To 71 St, 79 St, 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, 25 Av, and Bay 50 St, take the Coney Island-bound D to Stillwell Av and transfer to a 205 St-bound D.
    • From these stations, take a 205 St-bound D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-bound D.

From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, Manhattan-bound D trains run express from 36 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and skip DeKalb Av.

From 10:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, 205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Fordham Rd.

N LINE

From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, Manhattan-bound N trains run express from 36 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and skip DeKalb Av.

R LINE

From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St—take the N. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St, Brooklyn.

F LINE

From 12:30am to 5am, Tuesday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Av.

From 10:15am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

From 10:30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, F service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 179 St and Avenue X.
  2. Between Avenue X and Coney Island, every 20 minutes.
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Maria and Chubby Campanella (Source: theicecreamgirl.com)

The street co-naming ceremony for Angelo “Chubby” Campanella last Sunday capped off a quiet, 5-year battle in which Maria “the Ice Cream Girl” Campanella beat back City Hall smugness to get her dad remembered.

The fight for the new sign at 21st Avenue and 77th Street was chronicled this morning by the Daily Beast’s Michael Daly:

When Maria began her campaign back in 2009 … the city insisted that such honors are reserved for people like the firefighters and cops who perished in the 9/11 attacks. Maria suggested that there are other kinds of heroes, including a man who dedicated his life to his family and his neighborhood and made himself part of the fabric of the community where he lived. And a man who then demonstrated that a wheelchair can be a chariot.

Chubby’s brand of of working class heroism is worth recognizing in a blue-collar stronghold like Bensonhurst, Campanella argued. The father and daughter became a team when he began taking her on his route to keep her out of trouble. He instilled pride and confidence in her, and taught her compassion for those in need. Together, they spread goodwill throughout the neighborhood – be it through making sure every kid got ice cream even when they couldn’t afford it, or chasing down hit-and-run drivers while working the route.

A number of elected officials, including City Council Member David Greenfield, City Council Member Mark Treyger, former City Council Member Domenic Recchia, and state Sen. Marty Golden, agreed. They joined the fight.

“It’s like the canonization of a saint these days to get a block named,” one of the officials notes.

Maria and her allies kept pushing. The final hurdle was a longtime city policy against nicknames in street signs.

“I said, ‘You got to put in ‘Chubby,’” Greenfield recalls. “They said, ‘Why?’ I said, “Or nobody’s going to know who is it is.’”

The article also touches on the continuing struggles the ice cream truck industry faces, including the “chaotic… incursion of Russian and Middle Eastern immigrants who interpreted freedom in America to include selling ice cream wherever your truck takes you.”

We’ve got a feeling Campanella isn’t so worried about that, knowing that her ice cream is made all the more sweet with a hefty dose of love for the neighborhood she patrols.

2007 Surf Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

A man was found fatally shot in the head Saturday morning in a Coney Island building with a history of recent tragedies.

Police responded to a 911 call at 8:45am of a person shot inside 2007 Surf Avenue, where they found a 43-year-old man collapsed in the 13th floor hallway. The man had a gunshot wound to his stomach and one to the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests were made, and the identity of the man is being withheld pending family notification.

It’s just the latest in a string of tragic incidents at that address. Most notably, on the very same floor as the shooting, a teenager allegedly set fire to a mattress in the hallway in April, sparking a blaze that ultimately took the life of the first police officer on scene, PO Dennis Guerra. His partner was critically injured and recovered, and 16-year-old Marcell Dockery has been charged with murder.

In August, 22-year-old Victor Rosado, an expectant father and community member, was shot to death in front of the building. He was believed to be an innocent bystander struck when an unknown gunman opened fire on a group of men playing chess.

In September, an officer suffered a possible heart attack at 2007 Surf Avenue, where he collapsed when responding to a call for shots fired.

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] bensonhurstbean[dot] com.

After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

Meet an astronomer who’ll show you a ring nebula in Prospect Park. [Park Slope Stoop]

A Clinton Hill police officer is alleged to have punched out an unarmed teenager walking home from school. [Fort Greene Focus]

Midwood’s historic studio complex may soon bite the dust [Sheepshead Bites]

Workers sue Vegas Auto Spa for alleged wage theft. [South Slope News]

A Ditmas Park landlord is one of the worst in the city, the public advocate said. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Bridging the digital divide: the number of computers for adults at Windsor Terrace Library doubles. [KensingtonBK]

Those damn 1920s hipsters, all moving to Brooklyn and stuff. [Brownstone Detectives]

Threes Brewing will serve up beers and bites in Gowanus when it opens next month. [PSS]

The 16th annual Great PUPkin doggie Halloween costume contest is coming to Fort Greene Park on October 25, and we’re judging! [FGF]

Anti-Semites slug Sheepshead Bay Jewish leader outside Barclay’s. [SB]

A campground for the homeless in Brooklyn. [New York Times]

Cops are looking for a man who opened fire in a Fort Greene grocery store. [FGF]

How’s the mayor’s promise to give small businesses a break from fines going? Not so great. [NY Post]

An intimate new concert series comes to South Slope by way of North Carolina. [SSN]

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks turn Ditmas Park into Old New York. [DPC]

More nightly Belt Parkway closures to last two weeks. [SB]

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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(Source: Coldwell Banker Reliable)

Looking for a new place to call home? Bensonhurst Bean has got you covered. If you’re house hunting, our open house roundup is a new feature to help you plan your weekend. And if you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Two Bedroom Condo in Bensonhurst
Price: $539,000
Viewing: October 12, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: 143 Avenue O
Description: Based on the pictures and my preternatural instincts, this place is very spacious. There is also a children’s room with a mountain of children’s toys, diapers and a snowboard. Now that’s a good deal.
Contact: Alexander Korotkiy, Coldwell Banker Reliable, (347) 302-0030

Four Family Home in Bath Beach
Price: $1,598,000
Viewing: October 12, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 67 Bay 37th Street
Description: I’m starting to notice that all these open houses fall on Sundays. But with a seven bedroom house like this with many rooms, they should consider holding the open house on Friday. Viewers can get super drunk and treat the house as a sort of playhouse and then brokers can coax the drunk viewer into buying the place.
Contact: Leonid Sklyar, Re/Max Metro,(347) 515-3898

Two Bedroom Condo in Bath Beach
Price: $609,000
Viewing: October 12, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 70 Bay 20th Street
Description: One way of looking at this small abode is to say that it has a roof. But with a few banisters slapped on, saying rooftop terrace sounds so much better. And that’s what we have here. There’ s also a culinary area, an entertainment center and a slumber dome.
Contact: Lawrence Wong, Weichert Realtors, (800) 375-2613

If you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.