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M&S Night Softball League
Ends 10th Season in Style

In the league's 10th anniversary, the 2017 M&S Season was its most successful season to date. With talent at an all-time high, every team was stacked from top to bottom.

The World Series was an instant classic, as the top two seeded teams squared off in abattle of the titans. The Gonzaga Bulldogs, captained by star shortstop Steven Gindi alongside his lifelong friend Joe Sefaradi, took on Dubnation, captained by Shimi Cohen, a league veteran and no stranger to the World Series.

The series featured everything imaginable. League MVP and starting pitcher Ralph Hanan flew to help out our brothers in Houston after the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. A pregame ceremony featured live performances by Dubnation's very own Abe J. Franco as lead guitarist, playing his rendition of Oh Canada, The Star Spangled Banner, and an inspiring performance of Hatikva with lead vocalist Nechemia Katz. Ceremonial first pitches were thrown by Jack and Milo Sutton, parents of the M&S Commissioners.

Game One was tied at one run apiece heading into the bottom of the 7th in a well defensive played game. Rookie Yossi Abramson delivered the game winning walk-off hit in exhilarating fashion to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory.

In Game Two the Dubs, lead by the Jacobovitch brothers,came out early and often, and decisively won with a score of 7-0, which set the stage for sudden death Game Three.

The elimination game lived up to its billing, and was a seesaw battle filled with drama. The World Series came down to the wire, as the bases were loaded in the 7th with two outs, and the top seeded Bulldogs holding on for dear life. The 2017 Cy Young award winner Abe Saka hit a hot shot to Ruby Saka, who flipped it to second base to end the series. The Bulldogs took home the coveted M&S Cup.World Series MVP was Joey Levy, who was the most clutch player of the series.

As always, all performances and game highlights can be found on the league's website www.MandSBaseball.com.

Kids of Courage

This past August Kids of Courage went on an unbelievable eight-day summer adventure to Washington DC and Virginia with 110 medicallyfragile children and young adults. Over
300 dedicated volunteer counselors, doctors, paramedics, and nurses selflessly gave their time and energy. A friend and I were privileged to join Kids of Courage to spend time with the campers and staff.

As we entered the hotel lobby, we immediately noticed the luxurious and pleasant setting. Couragers could feel that they were on vacation, and not in a typical camp.A 24-hour tea room was packed with a variety of snacks and drinks for the campers and staff. The counselors devotedly tended to the needs of their campers, whether it be going on a ride with them, getting them more food, socializing together, getting themmedical attention, etc.

On the first day, the coach busses loaded with campers from all over the US and Canada left from the Five Towns and traveled straight to Hershey Park. A group of staff members from Israel flew into Newark and from there joined thegroup. Many campers in wheelchairs got to experience going on rides, which they were not able to do the entire year. Going with Kids of Courage is a dream for the campers that literally becomes a reality, as they can finally be involved in many amazing activities.

The Couragers visited the White House where they met the President's secretary. Other trips included Kings Dominion Amusement Park, Dave and Buster’s, jet skiing, and Silver Eagle Group Range, where they had many fun filled activities.

With thehelp of Kids of Courage, these special children and young adults have the opportunity to build confidence through recreational activities. This new found confidence helps them face their challenges throughout the year. The summer adventure trip enables the campers to explore different states each year, so that the camp is always different, and most of all exciting, every summer.

For more information about Kids of Courage or to give a donation – please contact Esther Cohen at Estt26@gmail.comor call 917-921-4276.

NYPD Steps Up Security
in Advance of Jewish Holidays

The NYPD briefed Jewish leaders on stepped-up security during the fall holidays, reported NY 1.

In the annual meeting at One Police Plaza, Commissioner William Bratton spoke generally about the threat of terrorism in New York, and reported on the recent increase of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the city. He announced that the department would be deploying extra officers in Jewish communities celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to provide extra security and vigilance during the holidays.

David Heskiel, NYPD Clergy Liaison and Sephardic Community Liaison to Councilman Chaim Deutch's office, was in attendance representing the Sephardic Community.

“This meeting is designed to ensure and to guarantee the religious freedom of New York Jewry,” said NYPD Chief Chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass. “It represents the commitment of this department to make sure that all of us can go to our synagogues and pray on these high holy days without interference.”

At the meeting, officials reassured the attendees that there are no known credible threats to New York. However, they emphasized that citizens must be constantly vigilant in noting any unfamiliar or suspicious persons or vehicles at or near our shuls orschools. They urged citizens to be alert, and called upon security personnel to call the police right away if they observe anything suspicious.

The officials also urged anyone who has a responsibility for a synagogue or school to get to know the Captain of the precinct, so that he can be contacted directly when security concerns arise.

Flatbush Shomrim Arrests
and Activities

August 7, 6:30am– Two perpetrators arrested for multiple car break-ins and credit card theft in the areas of Bedford and Kings Highway and East 26 L-M.

August 2-16 – During this two week period 8 homes were burglarized in the area of East 17-19 avenues I-J. Flatbush Shomrim provided crucial Intel to the 70 Precinct which resulted in the arrest of the perpetrator responsible for said burglaries and the recovery of much of the stolen property.

Sept. 5, 2:30am–Three people arrested for criminal trespass and bike thefts from the Venitian on Ave P and East 2nd. This came as a result of hours of video footage retrieval by our Taru (technical assistance response unit) which was later used by our members to identifythe perpetrators leading to their arrests.

Sept. 5, 1:30pm– One person arrested in the area of Coney Island and Ave J for multiple assaults on females in the area.

Sept 6, 1:15am– One person arrested for multiple car break-ins in the area of East 10 and Ave P.

Sept 7, 10:00am– FSSP responded to a Special Category missing in the area of Ocean Parkway and Ave L. Missing was B"H located safely.

Please remember to lock your cars and to leave nothing in plain view. Please don't leave wallets or pocketbooks in your car even if it's left under the seat, in your glove compartment or in your trunk. Once they gain access to your vehicle they will find them!

Please don't leave windows open on the ground floor of your homes – it's an invitation for a burglar!

Think Safety!

Governor Signs Senator Golden’s Bill Expanding Unlimited Sick Leave Benefit For New Yorkers Who Participated In 9/11 Response Efforts

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) announced that Governor Cuomo signed his legislation to expand unlimited sick leave benefits for public sector officers and employees who developed a qualifying health condition as a result of their heroic response to 9/11 rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts at World Trade Center sites. Under the bill, individuals would be eligible for unlimited paid leave at 100 percent of their regular salary dating back to the time of their diagnosis.

"This legislationwill help the thousands of brave men and women who put their lives on the line to save others during the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001, stated Senator Golden. “The first responders who led recovery efforts on that day, and the weeks and months that followed, deserve the very best health care and assistance New York has to offer, and I commend the Governor for signing this legislation as we will continue to support these heroes."

The legislation applies to all employees of the State, public authorities and municipalities outside of NYC who participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or cleanup activities and subsequently developed a qualifying condition - regardless of the officer or employee’s employer on 9/11.