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Security Reminder

Though the High Holidays have come to end, we’d like to remind all synagogues and Jewish organizations to remain vigilant in their security efforts. Recently, a Muslim woman was seen photographing a Boro Park Yeshivah; she visited the building repeatedly and took multiple pictures. Though she was identified by the police, spoken to and found to be harmless, her actions remind us to remain aware of our surroundings at all times. Suspicious activity witnessed by any of our by synagogues or schools should be reported immediately – first to 911 and then to the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol at 718-338-9797.

Jewish Police Lieutenant Richard Taylor Honored as Cop of the Month for September

At the 61stPrecinct Community Council meeting held at YDE on October 6th, Jewish Police Lieutenant Richard Taylor was honored as Cop of the Month for the month of September. Taylor, who is the ICO of the 61 Precinct, was driving through Manhattan Beach on the night of September 23rd, when he noticed a man in uniform who had a gun at his side. Thinking this man seemed suspicious, Taylor approached him and began talking to him. As it turned out, this man, who had several prior arrests, was not allowed to have the gun and the gun itself was unlicensed. Taylor called for backup and made the arrest. For getting a gun off the street, and preventing any number of crimes and murders that could have resulted from it, Taylor was honored alongside his family. The event also served as a send-off for Taylor, who is soon to be promoted to Captain and will be leaving the 61stprecinct. We thank him for his service and for the kiddush Hashem he created with his actions.

Community Members Meet With NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

On September 27th2016, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer was the featured guest at the home of Jack and Joyce Kassin. The meeting provided guests with an opportunity to hear from one of the most powerful elected officials in the city.

The Comptroller has been a friend to the community for a long time and has had a long standing relationship with many of the community’s leaders. He has always been available to assist the community in any and all ways.

Comptroller Stringer thanked Jack and Joyce Kassin for welcoming him into their home and for giving him the opportunity to address the assembled guests and listen to their concerns. He then spent a considerable amount of time answering questions from community leaders regarding issues directly affecting our community.

The Comptroller has a proven record of accomplishments as an elected official. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992, representing Manhattan’s West Side for 13 years, and won election in 2005 as Manhattan Borough President. He was elected Comptroller on November 5, 2013.

Package Thief Arrested!

Great news! The package thief we warned readers about in our last issue has been caught! Congratulations to the 70thPrecinct Commander,Deputy Inspector James Palumbo who, with 70 Detectives and members of the Flatbush Shomrim, worked diligently to identify, follow and arrest Brooklyn resident Edward Rabaev. Together with accomplice Angela Gorelik, he had been stealing packages right fromour front doors. That all came to an end when these 70 detectives, together with the Flatbush Shomrim, examined video surveillance tapes and identified a stolen Honda Odyssey that was being used to transport the packages. When the stolen van was recoveredin Queens, it was loaded from top to bottom with stolen packages, mostly from Nassau County, where the thieves had moved their operations. The perpetrators were found to be in possession of “a large quantity of narcotics and weapons” – proving just how dangerous they were.

Police confirmed that Rabaev and Gorelik had been illegally stealing packages from the doorsteps of residents for weeks. Though the targeted houses were scattered throughout our Flatbush neighborhood, they did steal close to $3,000 in merchandise from one home in Ditmas Park over several visits. Multiple charges were made against Rabaev and Gorelik, with further charges pending. Rabaev, in particular, has a long history of prior arrests and we are so glad he and his partner in crime are off our streets!

“Please join me in congratulating our police force and our community,” said Joe Dweck in an email. “Having a community that works completely with the police is the only way to insure our protection.”

Store owners will have to
charge 5-cent fee for plastic bags starting Feb. 15

The Department of Sanitation has startedsending out its first official notices to store owners around the city notifying them of the comingimplementation of the new law mandating a five-cent per bag fee for plastic bags, according to a supermarket manager who is upset at the rule change.

One of the leading opponents of the fee is state Senator Simcha Felder, who mounted an effort to stop it. “New Yorkers do not like being manipulated, they do not like being aggravated and they do not need government to irritate them,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

The City Council voted in May to approve a bill co-sponsored by Councilmembers Brad Lander and Margaret Chin to impose a five-cent per bag fee at grocery stores and retail stores. The new rule was originally scheduled to start this month, but the council took a second vote in June and decided to postpone the implementation of the fee until February of 2017.

The New York Daily News reported at the time that the vote to postpone the new rule was part of a peacekeeping deal council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie that came about after several members of the state Legislature raised objections to the plastic bag fee.

“It is clear that the vote to delay this bag fee was just a political ploy by the City Council to silence the widespread criticism of this additional tax on New Yorkers. In February, hard-working families and seniors on fixed incomes will now have to shell out more money just to take their groceries home. My customers are irate about this law. All of these ‘progressive’ policies are progressively bad for New York,” Capano said.

Capano, who served as the director of community boards for former Borough President Marty Markowitz, recently announced that he intends to run as a Republican for the council seat in the 43rd District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) currently held by term-limited Democrat Vincent Gentile. Gentile has to leave office in 2017.

“It is because of legislation like this and the misplaced priorities of City Hall that I am running for City Council. We need some sanity and common sense in New York City government,” Capano said.

Supporters of the fee said it is environmentally necessary and will reduce the use of plastic bags in New York City by 60 percent.

With Lease Signed Near East 13th and Kings Highway, Target is Coming to Brooklyn!

Target is coming to the Midwood section of Brooklyn! The popularretail chain just signed a38,000-square-foot lease near Kings Highway – specifically 1715 East
13thstreet. Though no application for constructionhas been filed yet, it is anticipated to be opening soon. A Target in the neighborhood will mean more convenience for Brooklyn residents. We look forward to watching this development unfold.

New Project in the Works for Chabad
of the Shore in Long Branch

Recently, The Long Branch Planning Board approved a project devised by Chabad of the Shore, in which a center would be constructed on Ocean Avenue and serve multiple purposes. The first floor will contain space for seven retail stores. The second floor will include a shul, social hall, library, kitchen, and a series of offices, as well as an assembly area. The top floor will include classroom space for Jewish studies and a daycare facility. During weekday and Shabbat mornings a minyanwill be held that is expected to attract a considerable amount of people.

Rabbi Leibel Schapiro, the Director of Chabad of the Shore, anticipates the center’s construction. Though the timeline has not been determined yet, he’s confident the development will be a positive one for the surrounding community of Long Branch.

Workshops Launching
at SBH This November

This month, Mental Health Resource (MHR) is holding a series of workshops free of charge.

 On November 1stat 11:00 AM, Kirsten Fliegler Psy.D willbe holding Starting off the Year Stress-Free, a workshop aimed at helping participants understand and learn strategies to manage stress.

 On November 3, MHR will be launching three different workshop series. First up is Tune in to Your Teenswith Ratzon Gholian, LMHC at 10:30 AM. During this 4-week workshop, attendees will discuss ways to understand and connect with their teenagers in a loving and effective manner.

At the same time, MHR is also launching Dealing with Anxiety with Regine Galanti, aimed at teaching effective coping skills that help manage anxiety.

 At 11:00 AM, Audrey Grazi will be holding Mothers without Mothers, a monthly supportive group that offers those who have lost their mothers an environment where they can feel understood and connected with others who share in their struggle.

 To sign up or learn more about any of the workshops and support groups listed above, please contact Claudia at 718-787-1100 x 315.