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MBCG Meeting – Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WELCOME BACK FROM SUMMER BREAK!!

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP WILL BE HELD ON

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st

7:30 P.M. at P.S. 195

The Agenda Will Include:

CATCHING UP ON EVENTS SINCE OUR JUNE MEETING

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR ISSUES…WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE US TO WORK ON?

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

REPORT FROM COUNCILMAN CHAIM DEUTSCH to included: various issues including resiliency from “Sandy”

 Light Refreshments…everyone is welcome

MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE

Multiple families on Oxford Street of Manhattan Beach (between Shore Blvd. and Oriental Blvd) will be having a yard sale on Saturday, August 27, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM (rain day — Sunday, August 28).
We will be selling clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelries, accessories, computer parts/accessories, computer monitor, collectable cat items, Xmas ornaments, miscellaneous household items, small appliances, tools and many more.
Please stop by and take a look at some of our name brand items, sample our wares and compare our prices.
We are looking forward to seeing you!!!!

MBCG Meeting – Wednesday, June 15, 2016

NEXT MEETING OF THE MBCG:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, P.S. 195, 7:30 P.M.

HURRICANE SEASON HAS BEGUN….

Do your lights flicker?  Has your electric gone out–even momentarily?  What about the electric poles that are bending over Oriental Boulevard?  What is Con Edison doing to prevent electrical outages if there is hurricane this year—or in any future year?
Spokesperson from Con Edison will address these and other issues.

Police Report:  what to expect with the Mayor’s Vision Zero and what you have to do to prevent receiving tickets! There are cameras for speeding–red light cameras…did you know you can receive a ticket for not yielding to a pedestrian, talking on a cell phone?

Updates:  Sheepshead Bay Road new traffic pattern.

Manhattan Beach Community Group Tree Replacement Initiative

Elected Representatives

Everyone is welcome…special light refreshments…bring a neighbor…bring a friend…the greater the attendance the more elected representatives listen to you!!!

MBCG Meeting, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NEXT MEETING:  WED. MAY 18th–7:30 P.M.
P.S. 195

YOU WORK HARD FOR YOUR MONEY–THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WANT TO TAKE IT FROM YOU

LET’S TALK SCAMS

DID SOMEONE RING YOUR BELL AND SAY THEY WERE FROM CON EDISON AND HAD TO CHECK YOUR ELECTRIC LINES?
DID YOU RECEIVE A TELEPHONE CALL FROM THE IRS SAYING YOU OWE MONEY?
DID YOU RECEIVE A TELEPHONE CALL SAYING YOU HAVE AN UNCLAIMED LOTTERY TICKET?
DID SOMEONE CALL TO INFORM YOU THAT YOU WON A TRIP TO THE BAHAMAS?

GUEST SPEAKER:  ERIC KUMAR, Public Engagement Senior Associate, Brooklyn District Attorney

ALSO ON THE AGENDA:

THE CITY’S PROPOSED 5 CENT COST FOR PLASTIC OR PAPER SHOPPING BAGS

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PLANS FOR SHEEPSHEAD BAY ROAD

AND MORE….

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS…BRING A NEIGHBOR

MBCG Meeting, Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP
75 years of Serving our Community
DON’T MISS THIS MEETING…
YOUR STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN — Q and A
Changes in traffic patterns in Sheepshead Bay–we will explain…
if you don’t like it…this is the time to get it changed!!!

What changes must be made to building homes in Manhattan Beach?

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016
P.S. 195
7:30 P.M.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN ALBANY?
HOW DOES THE NEW BUDGET AFFECT YOU?
WILL YOUR TAXES GO UP?
 

SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN
our Representative in Albany
 

ALSO:   WE WILL DISCUSS THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEW AND CONFUSING  CONFIGURATION FOR VEHICLE/PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC IN SHEEPSHEAD BAY. 

EVERYONE IS WELCOME…LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

MBCG Meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP

INVITES YOU TO OUR NEXT MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH – 7:30 P.M. – P.S. 195

TOPICS TO INCLUDE:

“SANDY”RECOVERY, SPEEDING, SAFETY, REPAVING, BIKE LANES, SEWERAGE, OVERFLOWING CATCH BASINS…

 OUR COUNCILMAN, THE HONORABLE CHAIM DEUTSCH WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES

ALSO:

IDENTITY THEFT!! DO YOU THINK IT CAN’T HAPPEN TO YOU?
DETECTIVE SHERWIN IFILL WILL DISCUSS PROTECTING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS ENCOURAGED.

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP
From the desk of the President:
The following is a copy of an article authored by Alex Ellefson that appeared in Sheepsheadbites on February 25th along with our response on behalf of everyone and every community in Southern Brooklyn.

Frustrated Neighbors Find Few Answers About Projects To Protect Waterfronts From Flooding

By Alex Ellefson on February 25, 2016 News

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Manhattan Beach Community Group member Shari Kaplan, left, standing next to officials from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the Department of Environmental Protection. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Frustrations boiled over at a Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting Tuesday when city officials showed up empty handed in front of residents demanding solutions that would protect their communities from coastal flooding.

“Why is there no solution yet? Isn’t that your job to come and propose a solution?” one man shouted. “The water is rising. People are saying their homes are flooding. It’s been three years after Sandy. So what are you guys waiting for?”

Representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency listened wide-eyed as residents inundated them with questions about why their communities are still vulnerable three years after Superstorm Sandy. The issue took on greater urgency this month when creeks appeared in the streets after a high tide overwhelmed sewers and sent water gushing out of the storm drains.

The representatives had few answers to assuage neighbors’ concerns.

“There’s not a solution today that we can implement. It needs to be studied,” said DEP Deputy

Commissioner Eric Landau. “Obviously, some of our infrastructure is very old. The short answer is: Yes, it’s something that over the course of the next year or so we are going to be looking at.”

That answer infuriated some at the meeting — who pointed out that millions of dollars from the federal government had been set aside for resiliency projects in their communities after Superstorm Sandy.

“You’re telling me your going to look at this in a year? I’m telling you that we’re going to have a major flood within a year,” said Manhattan Beach resident Rina Dweck.

Audience members repeatedly asked about a project to install sewer cut-off valves to prevent backups during floods. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY Rising initiative dedicated more than $9 million to have the valves installed in homes and sewers throughout southern Brooklyn, but community leaders say they haven’t seen a dime of that money.

“I told these guys they would be put through the ringer tonight,” said Manhattan Beach Community Group President Judy Baron. “The grey hair was here before but it’s whiter now. The bottom line is that we have seen zippo from these projects.”

Landau did offer details about a plan to install 7,000 bioswales (small patches of vegetation and soil that soak up floodwaters) throughout the city. But that project is not likely to be completed for seven to eight years, he said. Landau also recommended neighbors reach out to elected officials to identify clogged catch basins so that rainwater is better able to drain from the streets.

News that more government projects are in the offing exasperated many who felt like they have been handed empty promises for too many years.

“What do we have to do in order to get some kind of response from the government? You keep studying these things for years and years and years. But nothing gets done here,” said Rubin Margelis.

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who has joined other Brooklyn representatives in calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to study coastal protection plans for southern Brooklyn’s waterfront communities, summed up the feelings of many residents who live in the flood zones.

“Unfortunately, we live in fear every time there’s a storm. We look out our windows to see what’s coming,” he said. “There need to be solutions.”

The following is a copy of a letter sent to Sheepsheadbites in response to the article above:

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP Dear Alex,      Thank you for your fine coverage of our meeting regarding “recovery” from Superstorm Sandy.  Disappointment, disgust and fear for the future were themes we heard from residents not only from Manhattan Beach, but from others living in southern Brooklyn.  There appear to be no interim plans, no far-into-the-future plans—nothing to stop the ravages of an even small scale weather event!

Those of us from Gerritsen Beach-Sheepshead Bay-Manhattan Beach-Brighton Beach-Coney Island and Sea Gate who participated for months on citizen NY Rising Committees established by Governor Cuomo have seen nothing “Rising” of any significance except, perhaps, for the salaries paid to the many consultants hired to help find solutions to community problems!       It has been well over two years since all of our communities were devastated by Superstorm Sandy and we have not only seen nothing of significance, but no interim measures have been forthcoming!  Oh yes, we hear about studies!  And more studies!  And after the studies–years of how to implement the studies!  But nothing NOW!       As we all watch the current presidential debates, we hear every candidate say that the most important function of government is to keep its citizens safe!  So I ask the questions:  Why not here in southern Brooklyn????  And if not now:  When????

Judy Baron,   President

Free Movie at Manhattan Beach Jewish Center

Free movie “IMPOSSIBLE SPY” at Manhattan Beach Jewish Center
60 West End Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11235
Saturday, February 20 at 8:15pm on the second floor JASA room
It’s the story of Eli Cohen an Israeli spy that infiltrated the highest echelons of the Syrian government in the 1960s.
All are welcome for this free event.
Refreshments will be served.

MBCG – Meeting on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

YOU MAY HAVE A PROBLEM IF YOUR SEWER LINE IS BEHIND YOUR HOME
SOME RESIDENTS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN FORCED BY THE CITY TO MOVE THEIR SEWER LINE TO THE FRONT OF THEIR HOMES

FIND OUT WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOU!!!

ALSO:

WHY WAS THERE SEVERE FLOODING ON SHORE BOULEVARD RECENTLY?

WHAT WILL BE DONE TO PREVENT THIS FLOODING FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?

JOIN US:  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH
7:30 P.M. AT P.S. 195

GUEST SPEAKERS:  NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ERIC LANDAU ALONG WITH A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES.

Special thanks to Councilman Chaim Deutsch for helping to set this meeting up.

We Urge You To Attend This Meeting—Bring Your Neighbors

Light refreshments

Gov’s Invitation, Wednesday, January 27th

Co-sponsoring this meeting:  Bay Improvement Group and Committee to Save Sheepshead Bay

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP WILL BE HELD ON 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27TH AT P.S. 195 — 7:30 P.M.

IF YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO SAVE YOUR HOME, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOURSELF IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY BECAUSE YOU SURVIVED SUPERSTORM SANDY—THINK AGAIN!!!

FUTURE STORMS MIGHT BE ONE THOUGHT–BUT ELECTRICAL OUTAGES (like the one we  had on Sunday, January 10th), GAS LINE PROBLEMS, WATER CONTAMINATION ARE AREAS TO CONSIDER AS WELL AS THOSE UNFORESEEN EVENTS WE HEAR ABOUT THAT ARE HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD.

YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED!!!

THE INVITATION FROM THE GOVERNOR AND ALL OF OUR LOCAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES INDICATE THE SEVERITY OF POSSIBLE PROBLEMS.

EVERYONE WHO REGISTERS TO ATTEND THIS MEETING WILL BE GIVEN A “GO-BAG” — AN EMERGENCY BAG WITH CONTENTS TO INCLUDE:  FLASHLIGHT/SAFETY GOGGLES/ALL PURPOSE FIRST AID KIT/PROTECTIVE GLOVES/SURVIVAL FOOD PACK/EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER/POCKET RADIO/DUCT TAPE and more…

BUT YOU MUST SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE “GO-BAG”: 

(IF YOU DO NOT HAVE EMAIL OR WISH US TO SIGN YOU UP, PLEASE CALL THE MBCG PHONE NUMBER: