Retaliation is Alive and Well in Gerritsen Beach over Comments

Sometimes I yell at myself.

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.

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Why FREE? We want to help keep money in the community. What’s better than that!

Promote your company, a yard sale you might have, help wanted ad, anything you want with certain exceptions.

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Letters Being Sent out In GB.net Name


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.

Reminder: Check Out the Calendar

Spring is here! Summer is coming! You need to know what’s going on!

Make sure to check in occasionally to the Community Calendar page to stay in the know!

Apologies: One Big Golden Ad

You may be asking yourself “whats with the excessive golden posts?” “what is this Our News?”. Apologies for posting five Marty Golden events in a row. It was the only way to give each woman credit they deserve, as well as promote the Easter Egg Hunt.

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Here is the deal:
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Thank You from GerritsenBeach.net

Hello Readers,

Last night I was able to attend the Hayes Family fundraiser to deliver  all donations received through the donation link we put up shortly after the fire.  I am very proud of everyone who donated either directly through the website or got the information on how to donate through the website.

With your help we raised $2,087.65

There were a total of 41 donations from all different areas of the world including  Canada, California, Nebraska, Kansas, Florida, as well as New York. Donations ranged from as little as $5 to $250.

Thank you all for your generosity!  Gerritsen Beach Rules!

The Village Voice calls GerritsenBeach.net one of “Gotham’s Best”

The Village Voice gave a great write up about “18 obsessive, cantankerous, and unstoppable Gotham blogs worth going ape over”. We at GerritsenBeach.net are humbled by the headline and honored to be included with other great blogs.

The Village Voice

[The Neighborhood Reporter]
Gerritsen Beach
Proprietor: Daniel Cavanagh
GerritsenBeach.net

Daniel Cavanagh is Gerritsen Beach–born-and-bred, and he knows his deep-Brooklyn neighborhood is a mystery to most of us. Before he started blogging about it at GerritsenBeach.net in 2006, he says, “You’d only know it from its hate crimes, like maybe someone got killed somewhere else, and they’d say they’re from Gerritsen Beach.” He wanted to put out a more well-rounded picture, and show that Gerritsen Beach—and the surrounding south Brooklyn area, in general—is “a nice place with stupid problems, like any other part of the city.”

This he does: If there’s a Lundy’s being refurbished in Sheepshead Bay, or a big tree falls on Noel Avenue, he’s on it. Cavanagh also goes to precinct and community board meetings, and reports on and sometimes posts videos of them, which is a big deal around his way. “Community board meetings suck,” he says. “They’re three or four hours long. People come up to me and say, ‘I can’t go to these meetings—viewing your website and getting the breakdown is easier for me.’ ”

Cavanagh breaks stories: His 2008 coverage of black kids getting hassled on Manhattan Beach during a senior “cut day” at local high schools was followed days later by a story in the Post. He got no credit, though. “It’s their policy,” he shrugs. “I don’t complain a lot. I’m more interested in getting stories that the other papers don’t get.” And sometimes, Cavanagh is the story, as when Nobody Beats the Wiz founder Stephen Jemal came after him for publicizing problems with Jemal’s land development business—and an associate of Jemal’s hacked Cavanagh’s site. The Daily News picked that one up and interviewed Cavanagh.

Cavanagh says he’s “more a photo guy” and is thinking of taking writing courses to hone his journalism skills. We think he’s pretty well honed already. —EDROSO

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You People Can’t Have Anything Nice. Comments Dropped.

After a week of experimenting with “Disqus” a new comment system… I wish I could say that it worked beautifully. Well, design and technically it did, everything was working and looking the way it was supposed to.

What didn’t work out was the level of effort by some to find out the real identities of current and past commenters. Which is unacceptable, but I am not surprised. The people who were attempting to find out the real identities of commenters are people who with the right information might retaliate.

Disqus allowed the ability to claim your old comments if you ever wanted to register. The feature effectivly linked all comments made either anonymously or using a real name. Every comment made under multiple names were listed and linked.

I have been saying it all along, anonymous comments are essential to this community website. However, the commenters must be protected from retribution of neighbors.

Sad.

Site News: New Comments

If you haven’t noticed already there is a new comment format.

Technically speaking I had two comment plugins that you all enjoyed. 1) The like/dislike button 2) threaded commenting. Then after an upgrade, everything broke and nothing was working.

I was forced to do something fast, either go with the default comments which are not good at all or use something new and shiny. Obviously I went to new and shiny.

As of right now I am trying out Disqus. Which allows a few important things which are important. 1) Anoymous comments 2) Registered comments. 3)like / dislike 4) Threading

Essentially its the same except for the design. Bear with us.

Please let me know what you think. If for whatever reason the comments are not working please shoot me an email at info@gerritsenbeach.net

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Apologies: Denied White Island Coverage

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GerritsenBeach.net is issuing an apology to our readers who were expecting to get an update on what is currently going on and going to be happening with White Island.

Less than 24 hours after our post “White Island Meeting Thursday at Cort Club” I received a call by our Assemblyman Alan Maisel and was told that I have been dis-invited to this meeting between DEC, Maisel and GBCares.

Apparently Alan has gone back on the “everyone is welcome” premise of this meeting.

I was told that if I show up there will be no meeting. People will walk out.

I apologize to anyone who get local news from GerritsenBeach.net I will be getting this information anyway through alternate, and more direct means.

Open Thread

Here is something that is worth a shot trying… an Open Thread (open conversation).

Comment below about anything you want to bring up, to discuss, or want GerritsenBeach.net to cover.

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Who are these “others” and how do we convince them to love GerritsenBeach.net

Meet Your New Contributor

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as a new contributor to GerritsenBeach.net. My name is Lauren, I’m 20 years old and I’ve lived in Gerritsen Beach my whole life. In addition to contributing here, I also volunteer for the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department, intern at ING Investment Management, and study with the NY Institute of Photography.

I hope to contribute often, with both photos and stories. If anybody would like to contact me, I can be reached at lauren@gerritsenbeach.net or stick with the usual info@gerritsenbeach.net

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