Halloween is coming soon! and if you have noticed the Kids and Dirtbikes are out in full force recently.
Last year we had a bigger issue Superstorm Sandy. But the community had an impromptu parade.
In 2011 the community took back the streets. Starting very early on, the police had a strong presence on Gerritsen Avenue. They were patrolling the Avenue and the courts frequently. They also had foot posts with a patrol car at every intersection of a one mile stretch of road. During the prime trick or treating hours (4-8pm) there may have been up to 20 police vehicles and at least that many officers. The officers were from not just the 61 precinct, officers were brought in from the 63, Patrol Boro Brooklyn South, and Brooklyn South Task Force.
For the first time in years, the B31 bus was not shut down. This is a major accomplishment for us as a community. People were free to walk up and down Gerritsen Avenue without fear. Even yours truly was able to walk around and talk with people. One person said “If this is what it takes then so be it”, another told me “Thank You”, others were just surprised to see me walking around and had a lot to say about last year. The property owners patrols were a success as well. They were able to get the word out and kept watch over the area.
There were a handful of arrests and at some point a dirtbiker thought it would a good idea to ride up and down the weeds with all of this police presence. Needless to say, it did not end well for the biker.
Although the 2010 events were full of drama it seems that we have seen a drastic improvement and was a complete success thanks to the Police, Property Owners, Councilman Fidler’s Office for standing up for us and State Senator Golden’s office for arranging essential meetings.
How do you feel?
Life happens, life goes on.
News will be returning.
SHEEPSHEAD BITES is hosting another “business recovery workshop”, where business owners can come to get one-on-one help filling out forms and determining next steps in the recovery process.
Jim Hoffer from WABC-TV Channel 7 will be in Gerritsen Beach at the park where GB Cares is set up, Gerritsen Ave and Devon Ave tomorrow morning at 10 am. (Tuesday 11/27) He will be filming a national story on the need for immediate temporary housing for GB residents in Motor Homes and/or Trailers. Everyone in need of such assistance needs to personally be at this location at 10AM. Bring your children, your family members, your neighbors and your stories. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get our needs out to a national audience. Please come and tell everyone that you know to do so. If you can’t be here due to work then please try to find someone to represent your presence and need!
The Gerritsen Beach Fire Department annual ragamuffin parade is tomorrow! Step off Plumb 2nd and W ends at the Firehouse/Hall
Lets make this a great parade!
A HUGE THANK YOU to the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department, Mayors Office, OEM, and State Senator Marty Golden and Staff! Marty and his staff were on on Gerritsen Avenue before, during and after the storm and they have not left since Day 1. There are too many little things to mention from, coordinating rescues (before, during and after) unloading trucks, coordinating OEM, FEMA, National Guard gas, I do not think we could of gotten out of this mess without you!
ANY AND ALL DONATIONS to:
Gerritsen Beach Fire Department
Needed now in Gerritsen Beach:
VOLUNTEER MANPOWER (Demolition and Construction)
CALL 718-332-9292 if YOU NEED HELP or CAN OFFER HELP
FIRST AID KITS
Bring Coffee…….. PLEASE bring coffee…..
MONEY – the Department and Community need to rebuild.