Fire at 77 Bevy Court
With another possible snow storm coming the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is urging everyone to clear fire hydrants on your block and to keep them clear as much as possible during the storm.
If you remember exactly one year ago there was a Devastating fire at 77 Bevy Court and the main problem was frozen hydrants which delayed a response. While we cannot prevent frozen hydrants clearing snow around hydrant is something we can do.
FDNY Thaw Unit AFTER house fire
Dear residents of gerritsen beach both near and far.
GerritsenBeach.net would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We had
an interesting year to say the least.
Lights go Up On Gerritsen Avenue
We’ve already seen some around and we’re not sure if they’ve been up all year or just since early November. We’re talking about Christmas lights and we want to feature photos of decorated homes and holiday yard displays around Gerritsen Beach.
Whether your home features traditional white lights, icicle lights or retro big-bulb colored lights, we will show them all. We love inflatables (except when they’re deflated), nativity scenes, reindeers, wreaths, penguins, trains, Santa, and homes covered with so many lights that you can see them from space. Despite what some websites think, there are no ugly Christmas lights. We love them all.
Or, if you see some spectacular yard decorations around, let us know the address and we’ll check them out. Send e-mail to email@example.com
Longtime resident and community activist, Joseph D. Leone, suffered a massive heart attack and after two days of hospitalization, he succumbed in the presence of his loving and loyal family, on September 28th 2010. These are the comments and eulogy the family would like to to share with the community that showed “Papa” Leone love.
Good Bye Papa Lee - Written by Joe Leone, Jr.
On September 28, 2010 my dad Joe Leone passed away. Six years ago I was a Vice President and Tax Manager for the Bank of New York. I left a full time job because I knew my father was aging and needed my help with his business, of which I had helped him with since I was 14 years old, over 40 years now. Despite the financial hardship it would cause her and I, fortunately, my beautiful wife Cindy was loving enough to understand what I needed to do. It was the best decision of my life because I was able to work with and spend the last six years of my life with him. Previous to that, when I was working at the Bank, I rarely saw him once a month and also on Holidays. In His Loving Memory, I vow to continue his Tax and Accounting business for this community. My new associate will be handling the insurance and annuity part.
For those of you that didn’t make the Funeral Mass, the Eulogy which was done by nephew Josh is below.
Continue reading Good Bye Papa Lee – from the Leone’s
The question begs: “What Will You Do About it now?”.
Here is our short list.
Call 311 to complain to the Mayor
You can call demand answers from the 61 and 63 precincts.
61 Precinct Community Affairs: (718) 627-6847
63 Precinct Community Affairs: (718) 258-4444
The 61st Precinct Community Council meets next Wednesday November 9th at 3093 Ocean Ave and every 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
The 63rd Precinct Community Council meeting is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Kings Plaza Community Room at 8:00 p.m.
The Gerritsen Beach Property Owners meeting is held on the first Wednesday of every month at St James
Demand from your public officials to answer why this happened and for them to stop this from happening ever again.
Councilman Lew Fidler 718-241-9330
Senator Martin J. Golden 718-238-6044
Assemblyman Alan Maisel 718-968-2770
Community Board 15 718-332-3008
Doing nothing cannot be an option. Otherwise this will keep happening.
It has come to our attention that commenters who choose to comment with their real-names on the website are being targeted by local leadership for making comments.
Those being targeted are the ones who expressed concern over White Island. They are essentially being harassed. These people have received phone calls, been emailed, and approached over their comments. Instead of certain leadership answering questions or concerns, they are hostilely approaching people.
It is true that if you speak your mind you need to be prepared for the consequences and i’m not defending what any commenter may or may not have said.
We do however think it is wrong to be targeting any commenter instead of addressing their concerns.
For this reason “Anonymous” commenting is here to stay.
The New York City shelter system is in desperate need of food donations for both dogs and cats. Budget cuts and an increase in stray and abandoned animals has created a crisis for these pets desperately searching for a home. FOAR board member and owner of Petropolis NYC Tazz Latifi has worked out a deal with her food suppliers to purchase pet food at wholesale prices. For just $20 we can provide 24 cans of cat food or dog food directly to the 3 city shelters.
Please consider a $20 donation to help feed our city’s animals in need. Simply click on the DONATE button on the top right hand corner of this page.
If you’d rather donate the food directly to the shelters they are looking for Purina canned dog food and Friskies canned cat food. Locations listed here:
Donate Online NOW
or if unavailable
AC&C — Manhattan Animal Care Center
326 East 110th Street
New York, NY 10029
(between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
(212) 788 4000
AC&C — Brooklyn Animal Care Center
2336 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
(212) 788 4000
AC&C — Staten Island Animal Care Center
3139 Veterans Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
(212) 788 4000
It was brought to GerritsenBeach.net’s attention this past weekend that the Vollies received a letter from GerritsenBeach.net requesting meeting minutes from 2005-present.
GerritsenBeach.net did not send the letter and has declined “our own” request.
We have already gave a heads up to most of the community organizations to let them know to ignore any letter they may receive from the website. As we have only sent one.
Either one of two things can explain what happened.
An over zealous supporter figured they can send official sounding letters in the websites name and we review whatever we get.
Or more likely, with all the White Island nonsense going around someone thought it would be a good idea to make GerritsenBeach.net look bad.
Update: The Cort Club and the AoH have received a letter. We figure anyone from our nifty Community Contacts Page has been sent a letter.
Update: 10/5/2010 P.S. 277 Parents Association has received a letter as well.
We will keep you updated on letter-gate as it becomes available.
The Point in the March Storm
Storm In March – Photo Gallery
A severe weather warning has been issued for the Tri State area. As of 12:pm the forecast at Kennedy International Airport is predicting 3 to 6 inches (with a potential of higher numbers) of rain with heavy winds up to 60 MPH with sustained winds at 25 to 35 MPH.
Flooding is expected in the Gerritsen Beach area as well as surrounding area’s. The bulk of the wind and rain will begin after 3PM until 6 AM tomorrow morning. Please be sure to secure any loose items around the perimeter of your home as these items may blown away by the heavy winds. Check basements for flooding. If possible please check in on the elderly or disabled.
The Vollies will be available in the event a problem may arise you can contact them at 718-332-3333 (emergency) or 718-332-9292 (non emergency). Please continue to check the news for changes in the weather so you may plan accordingly.
Longtime resident and community activist, Joseph D. Leone, suffered a massive heart attack and after two days of hospitalization, he succumbed in the presence of his loving and loyal family, on September 28th.
He is survived by his wife, the former Gloria St. John, their children, Joe, Darlene, Gloria and Bobby, many grandchildren and 3 great grand children. A daughter, Debbie, is deceased.
Joe served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1954, and was a lifetime member of the VFW. A graduate of Fordham University, Joe, with his oldest son, Joe, have been very involved with the community through Joe Leone’s Financial Center.
The Wake will be held at James P. Byrnes Funeral Home located at 2384 Gerritsen Avenue, corner of Whitney Ave.
THURSDAY September 30th, 2010
2 and 5 pm
7 and 9 pm.
Funeral Mass will be held at Resurrection Church at 9:30 a.m., FRIDAY October 1st.
Coming in via Email
We found a Female Siberian Husky up at the fields. She’s small, I think young (about 9 months if I had to guess). Blue eyes but right eye has a brown patch in it. We will take care of her until owner is found.
We have been trying to get more information on White Island (Mau Mau) to let our readers know EXACTLY what is going on and we are being ignored by GBCares, who held all of the meetings regarding White Island over the past year or two. After multiple phone calls, emails, face to face requests, a snail mailed request, and a public plea – we have been ignored.
But then we found this uplifting quote:
Some might think that because the newsletter is so good and filled with so much relevant and factual information, these people are using it to learn and inform others. But this is just not true. These people have something to hide, so they don’t want the general public to know the truth so that they can decide what their concerns or opinions might be.
That quote came from a GBCares Newsletter in 1998 referencing the war they had with the Property Owners. What happens when you substitute newsletter with website in that quote?
We cannot help but notice the massive amounts of irony after reading their article (below) and we know some will ask us “Why even release this?”.
Let’s quote GBCares since they said it best, in that 1998 Newsletter.
If you don’t know the truth, you can’t make an informed or educated decision, or even have an intelligent opinion on the issues that affect us all. This has to change and is changing, thanks to the many different people who are fighting the uphill battle to properly express the views of the entire community.
Well Said! We will warn you, you will have to strap in and READ. It should take all of 2 minutes.
Here is what we found:
Continue reading Censorship. Sound Familiar?
GerritsenBeach.net is again issuing an apology to our readers who were expecting to get an update on what is currently going on a with White Island.
Since May, We have been trying to get the meeting minutes from the White Island meetings and any information on White Island from GBCares. We requested this information to accurately describe to the public what is happening with White Island. In the spirit of good faith we tried to contact GBCares over a five month period. After a dozen or more phone calls to the current president, two certified letters, and face to face requests we have been ignored.
You help us obtain these valuable public documents by contacting GBCares at 718-648-3745 or GBCleanup@aol.com and asking them to release them to GerritsenBeach.net
It’s hard to believe that it has been 4 years since GerritsenBeach.net burst onto the scene. ‘Burst” might be a bit of an exaggeration since it really took 18 months or so of me talking to myself and few others (I know some of you are out there) before we really started to take off.
As has become a tradition, here is that memorable first post, the one that started it all.
Yes, not very inspiring, yet that day started a new movement, one that has grown, ever so slowly, every day since. Now, we have hundreds of regular commentors, and dozens more that are lurking in the shadows.
If you have been around since the early days, I offer my sincere appreciation. If you are newer to the site and have no idea what this is all about stick around you might like it.
The past 4 years have been incredible! Over five hundred visits. Over a million page views. It’s been quite a ride!
We have only just begun, however, and promise to continue to be what we set out to be – THE only source for Gerritsen Beach news, and comments on the web!
Here’s to the next 4 years!