Friday, April 18, 2014

MISSING AUTISTIC CHILD: DANIEL GHABRA

                                                                                                 NYPD photo

April 18, 2014
Autistic child missing from Borough Park

Daniel Ghabra is 14 years old. He does not speak. He is Asian and has black hair and brown eyes. He is about 5 feet and 6 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds. Daniel was last seen wearing black jeans, white sneakers, and a blue and green checked shirt with a red collar. 

Daniel likes to go shopping.

He was last seen in front of the laundromat that his mother was inside of, located at 6214 11th Avenue in Brooklyn, at about 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or call 911.


Thank  you for sharing, Mike.

CALENDAR FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

The 2014-2015 school year will start on Thursday, September 4th, and end on Friday, June 26th. In between those two dates are Thanksgiving Recess on Thursday, November 27th, and Friday, November 28th; Winter Recess, from Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, January 2nd; Mid-winter Recess, from Monday, February 16th, to Friday, February 20th (includes Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays); and Spring Recess, from Friday, April 3rd, to Friday, April 10th (includes Good Friday, Easter, and Passover.

See the full calendar on the NYC Department of Education website here.

TWO DAYS NEXT WEEK WITHOUT ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING

Alternate Side Parking regulations will be suspended citywide on Monday, April 21st, and Tuesday, April 22nd, for Passover.

All other parking regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect on those days.

No alternate side parking days are scheduled again until Monday, May 26th, for Memorial Day.

Monday, April 14, 2014

SO SAD TO SAY, BISHOP FORD IS CLOSING


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 14, 2014 – The Board of Directors of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School has unanimously voted to close the school at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. For the past several years, Bishop Ford has experienced significant decline in enrollment. In 2006, Bishop Ford had 1,347 students. Today, that number is 499, a loss of 75% of our student population since 2006. The projected enrollment for next year is 422, a further decrease.
 
Enrollment projections predict further decline in the future. It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Bishop Ford Central High School unanimously voted to close the school at the end of the current school year.
 
Thomas Arria, principal, expressed this commitment to the students and their families: "Our greatest concern is for our current students and we are committed to making the transition for them to other schools for the next school year as smooth as possible. To that end, we have asked that other Catholic high schools in the area give special consideration to Bishop Ford students who may be enrolling next school year.  We intend to meet with each family to ensure that students are placed in a school environment which will best meet their academic and personal needs." 

Bishop Ford was founded in 1962 and is proud of its many alumni who have made a difference in service to their communities and to the Catholic Church.


Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School
    1962 - 2014

The school will hold a "High School Information Evening" in the gym
on Tuesday, April 29th, at 7:00 p.m.
Several area high schools will be represented during the evening.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ONLY ONE DAY OF ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING THIS WEEK

Alternate Side Parking regulations will be suspended citywide for four days this week--from Tuesday, April 15th, through Friday, April 18th--because of Passover, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday.

All other regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

THE WINNERS! THESE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS GOT THE MOST VOTES

The big bucks will go to seven participatory budgeting projects. More than 2200 residents of Councilmember Brad Lander's District 39 participated in the voting process.

After the vote, Councilmember Lander increased the amount he allocated from his budget from $1 million to $1.5 million so he could fund the top seven vote-getters instead of only the top four.

These are the winning projects. The top vote-getter is listed first, the second-highest vote-getter is listed second, etc.


  • Street Safety Improvements on 4th Ave, 8-18th Sts ($300,000)
  • Secure the Future: Laptops at PS 130, 230 & 321 ($195,000)
  • Pedestrian Safety on McDonald Ave at Ft Hamilton ($300,000)
  • Repair and Improve Three Pathways in Prospect Park ($215,000)
  • Raising the (Green) Roof @ Windsor Terrace Library ($250,000)
  • Industrial Shredder for Community Compost Project ($105,000)
  • Outdoor Plaza at John Jay Educational Campus ($150,000)

Three of the projects (laptops, pedestrian safety, and the green roof) focus on Windsor Terrace and Kensington. It pays to vote!

DIM SUM AND THE DEPUTY INSPECTOR


A Chinese restaurant might be an unusual venue for a meeting with the police, but that's where the 66th Precinct Community Council, the police, and the public will be tomorrow night.

The council is moving its April meeting to Pacificana in Sunset Park. Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, the Commanding Officer of the precinct, will talk to the community about recent crimes and about what's being done to combat crime. Bring any crime issues you know about to his attention.

The council's monthly meetings are open to the public. 

Meeting date and time: Thursday, April 10th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting location: Pacificana, 813 55th Street, near 8th Avenue, 2nd floor, Sunset Park

Saturday, April 5, 2014

DON'T BE LATE: NEW SCHEDULES FOR B67 AND B69


New schedules for the B67 and B69 buses will go into effect tomorrow, Sunday, April 6th. The brochure containing the two schedules has been posted on the MTA website. The B67 schedule starts on page 3, and the B69 schedule starts on page 9.

VOTE FOR PROJECTS THAT WILL BENEFIT KENSINGTON AND WINDSOR TERRACE


Vote today and tomorrow for the projects that you, the residents of New York City Council District 39, want to spend $1,000,000 on.

The million dollars is part of the money that the city allocated to Councilmember Brad Lander's budget for fiscal year July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.

Residents of Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and the other neighborhoods in District 39 will choose from thirteen proposed projects. Choose one, two, three, four, or five projects but not more than five.

Voting is open to people who are age sixteen or older who can show proof that they live in District 39. You don't have to be a U.S. citizen. You don't have to be registered to vote in federal, state, or city elections. Ballots are printed in multiple languages.

Vote today (Saturday, April 5th) from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the P.S. 230 Lower School, 425 McDonald Avenue, between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road, next to the post office.

Or vote tomorrow (Sunday, April 6th) at the Windsor Terrace Y, 1224 Prospect Avenue, at the corner of Vanderbilt Street.

Or vote in any of the voting locations listed in the poster above, if you live in District 39 and that location is more convenient for you.

Four projects directly impact both Kensington and Windsor Terrace:
1. Pedestrian Safety on McDonald Ave
Expanded sidewalks will shorten crossing distances, reduce speeding, and improve safety for pedestrians - $300,000

The safety improvements are proposed for McDonald Avenue at Caton Avenue and for McDonald Avenue at Fort Hamilton Parkway.

2. Electronic “Bus Location” Signs at B67/69 Stops
Install 12 electronic signs at busy stops that tell riders the location and arrival time of their bus - $240,000
Electronic "Real Time Passenger Information" signs are comparable to the "Count-down Clocks" in the subway system. They'll be installed at twelve stops on McDonald Avenue and 7th Avenue in Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Park Slope.
3. Laptops at PS 130, 230 & 321
Enable tech access across diverse communities: laptop carts for 3rd to 5th grade students at PS 130, 321 & PS 230's ELL (English Language Learner) adult program - $195,000

P.S. 130 is at 70 Ocean Parkway, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue. P.S. 230 is at 1 Albemarle Road, between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road.

4. Raising the (Green) Roof @Windsor Terrace Library
The green roof will reduce energy use, limit stormwater run-off, improve air quality, add wildlife habitat & beautify - $250,000

The Windsor Terrace Library is at 160 E. 5th Street, at the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway.

One project directly impacts Windsor Terrace:
Captures clean solar energy to meet hot water needs of firefighters and make firehouse [Engine Company 240 on Prospect Avenue] more resilient to extreme weather - $140,000

The firehouse has been in service since 1896. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the firehouse as a landmark on February 12, 2013. It's at 1307-1309 Prospect Avenue, near Greenwood Avenue.

F AND G TRAIN CHANGES, APRIL 4TH THROUGH 6TH, 2014

This weekend, from 11:45 p.m. on Friday, April 4th, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday,  April 7th, the Queens-bound F and G trains will skip these stations:

  • Fort Hamilton Parkway,
  • 15th Street-Prospect Park, and
  • 4th Avenue-9th Street.  

To get to those stations, take the F or the G to 7th Avenue or Smith-9 Street and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F or a Church Avenue-bound G. 

For service from these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Church Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F or a Court Square-bound G.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MUSIC AMONG THE FLOWERS


Frank LoCrasto
Thursday, March 27th, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Frank LoCrasto, local pianist, will perform with a small group of other musicians in Sycamore's flowershop. His wide range of musical styles runs the gamut from jazz to surf rock.

Sycamore Bar and Flowershop
1118 Cortelyou Road
between Stratford and Westminster roads
Brooklyn 
less than two blocks from Kensington

  (347) 240-5850
  sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com
 http://sycamorebrooklyn.com

SPRING MEETING DATES FOR ALBEMARLE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION


Spring 2014 Meeting Schedule
Albemarle Neighborhood Association

    • Thursday, March 27th, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • lobby of 114 Albemarle Road
    • Thursday, April 24th, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • lobby of 178 Ocean Parkway
    • Thursday, May 22nd, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • lobby of 414 Albemarle Road
    • Thursday, June 26th, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • lobby of 415 Albemarle Road or, if weather permits, outdoors in front of 414 Albemarle Road

Foodtown and ANA will provide refreshments.

ANA meetings are always free.

Everyone is welcome to attend ANA meetings, whether a member or not.

Albemarle Neighborhood Association
Founded 1973

MENU: REMY'S VEGETARIAN CUISINE


Remy's menu includes
  • grape leaves salad,
  • bourekas (spinach, cheese, mushroom, and potato),
  • hatzil salad (roasted eggplant, mayo or tomato sauce, garlic, tomatoes, and pickles),
  • green omelette (cilantro, scallion, parsley, spinach, dill with small salad)
  • falafel sandwich,
  • Italian panini,
  • shepherd quiche,
  • broccoli sate (broccoli with peanut sauce),
  • and many other selections.

Dine in, take out, or get a delivery. Place an order on their website.

Remy's Vegetarian Cuisine
3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, one block from Kensington
(718) 686-1011
website: www.remysbk.com
 

Monday, March 24, 2014

ADULT DAY CARE ON E. 5TH STREET

Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
Thursday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Social Adult Day Care Centers of New York, with corporate offices in Suffolk County, recently opened a Brooklyn Center on E. 5th Street near Albemarle Road.  Its director, Karlene Williams, will be the guest speaker this week at the Albemarle Neighborhood Association's (ANA) first community meeting of spring 2014.

The meeting will be held in the lobby of the apartment building at 114 Albemarle Road at the corner of E. 2nd Street.

Foodtown and ANA will provide refreshments.

ANA meetings are always free. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings, whether an ANA member or not.

Albemarle Neighborhood Association
Founded 1973

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR TREE GIVEAWAY

Register here to reserve one of the 125 free trees that Compost for Brooklyn is giving away on behalf of the MillionTreesNYC Tree Giveaway.

Choose from among Chinese Dogwood, Kieffer Pear, Pink Velour Crape Myrtle, and Brown Turkey Fig.

Pick up the tree on Sunday, April 6th, between noon and 1:00 p.m. Any trees that haven't been claimed by 1:00 will be given away between 1:00 and 2:00 to anyone who wants one (first come, first served).

Horticultural experts will be on hand to answer questions and give advice. 

Plant the tree in the ground in these or other places: front yard, back yard, co-op or condo, community center, etc.

The tree shouldn't get planted here: street, city park, planter, container, terrace, balcony, or roof.

Pick-up location:
Compost for Brooklyn
corner of Newkirk Avenue and E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn

Click here to see the list of all pick-up locations in all five boroughs. Click here to see all pick-up locations in Brooklyn.

Enjoy your tree!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

RISOTTO BALLS IN THE GARDEN

Flatbush Food Court 
Sunday, March 23rd, noon to 6:00 p.m.

Sycamore Bar's outdoor food series with drink specials

featuring
Arborio King 
and their arancina (risotto balls),
including Roasted Butternut
Squash and Gorgonzola Arancine
and others made to order


Sycamore Bar and Flowershop
1118 Cortelyou Road
between Stratford Road and Westminster Road
Brooklyn

less than two blocks from Kensington

(347) 240-5850
  sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com
 http://sycamorebrooklyn.com

 https://www.facebook.com/sycamore.brooklyn

Friday, March 21, 2014

THE ART OF KRISTEN DOMENICO AT STEEPLECHASE


Opening Night Reception:
Photographs by Kristen Domenico
Friday, March 28th, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 
I am a photographer, although I don't like that word. I'd like to call myself a visual artist with no particular box to be stuffed into. I take the photos for fun, and I enjoy the process sometimes a lot more than the actual outcome.
I like to roam around New York City late at night and take slow shutter speed photographs of lights and anything that gets my attention. There is really no formula to it. People have joked that it's my personality on a piece of paper....fast, furious, impatient, but yet somehow composed, bright, and fun.
The photos I will be showing on March 28th are 20 examples of that. I've titled the show "eksit pictures" because, as we know, "exit" means to leave a place. A departure of a stage. Spelled slightly differently, the visuals I create are somewhere along the lines of leaving the stage and looking at things a little bit differently.
I hope people have fun looking at the show; I definitely enjoyed making each and every image that will be displayed!
                                                       Kristen Domenico

See some of Kristen's work online: eksitpictures.blogspot.com 
http://kdomenico.carbonmade.com

e-mail: kristen.leigh.d @ gmail.com

Steeplechase Coffee
3013 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace (one block from Kensington)

phone: (347) 799-2640
http://www.steeplechasecoffee.com 
contact online: http://www.steeplechasecoffee.com/?page_id=55



SUPPORT LOCAL, INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES.

REPORT THE PEDESTRIAN HAZARDS YOU SEE IN THE 72ND PRECINCT

72pedestriansafety @ gmail.com

That's the new, dedicated e-mail address in the 72nd Precinct for reporting
  • pedestrian hazards,
  • generally dangerous conditions or areas,
  • streets where double-parking is commonplace, and
  • lack of enforcement of existing traffic laws, particularly 
    • speeding and 
    • failure to yield to pedestrians.

Community Board 7 and its residents have been emphasizing the need to improve traffic-related safety; the 72nd Precinct is hearing them and responding. Pedestrians, bicyclist, and drivers need solutions that will keep them alive and uninjured. Some solutions lie in making changes to laws and street designs; others lie in enforcing laws already in effect.

F AND G TRAIN CHANGES FOR THIS WEEKEND (MARCH 21ST TO 24TH)

From 11:45 p.m. tonight until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, March 24th, the Coney Island-bound F and the Church Avenue-bound G will bypass these three nearby stops:
  • 4th Avenue-9th Street,
  • 15th Street-Prospect Park, and
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

VENDORS AND VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR GREENWOODSTOCK

 

Green-Woodstock
Sunday, May 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
RAINDATE: Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Eight hours of live music,  bargains,
and handmade crafts.
Fun for all ages.

A community market and music festival--an annual tradition since 2010.

Vendors: A space to set up in costs $30. A table with chairs costs an additional $20. To reserve a space, with or without a table and chairs, send an e-mail to greenwoodplayground @ gmail.com

Neighbors: if you can volunteer, send an e-mail to greenwoodplayground @ gmail.com.

Location:
Kevin E. Conroy Ballfield at Greenwood Playground
corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. 5th Street
Windsor Terrace/Kensington, Brooklyn

Twitter: @fogp1  #fogpfun
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Greenwood-Playground/223014854379847 
Website: http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SPRING AND GREENWOODSTOCK ARE ALMOST HERE


Greenwoodstock
Sunday, May 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
RAINDATE: Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Greenwoodstock is back--bigger and better than before. But what is it?

It's Friends of Greenwood Playground's annual community market and music festival, where neighbors, community  groups, and vendors--local folks selling handmade wares and stoop sale items--set up shop for the day.

Musicians play live all day long. It's always a fun day in the neighborhood!

Vendors are welcome. Volunteers are needed. If you want to do either, send an e-mail to greenwoodplayground @ gmail.com.

Location: Kevin E. Conroy Ballfield at Greenwood Playground, corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. 5th Street, Windsor Terrace/Kensington, Brooklyn. 

Twitter: @fogp1  #fogpfun
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Greenwood-Playground/223014854379847 
Website: http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org

TALK TO KENSINGTON'S COMMANDING POLICE OFFICER

66th Precinct Community Council
Thursday March 20th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Do you live within the boundaries of the 66th Precinct? It encompasses part of Kensington, part of Midwood, and Borough Park. Introduce yourself to Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, the precinct's Commanding Officer, talk with him, and ask him questions. Community Affairs officers are always at the meetings and are interested in speaking with residents.

Inspector Deddo will provide an update on the most recent crimes committed in Kensington. He'll explain what the 66th Precinct is doing to solve those and to prevent others from occurring. Tell him about any crime issues that you're aware of that he didn't report on.

The meeting is open to the public.

The 66th Precinct Community Council meets on the third Thursday of the month from September through June, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting place:
Community Board 12 office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn
(718) 851-5601

To get there, take the
B16 bus to 13th Avenue and 57th Street and then walk two blocks to the building. To get home, catch the bus on 14th Avenue.

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A FREE TREE FOR YOU


Trees make neighborhoods more beautiful. And they put oxygen in the air. So, reserve a free tree online that you can pick up in Kensington at Compost for Brooklyn. Registration for that location hasn't started yet--keep checking here to see when it begins.

Pick-up day is Sunday, April 6th, from noon to 2:00 p.m. It's part of the MillionTreesNYC Tree Giveaway.

Show up by noon to claim your tree. Unclaimed trees will be given away between 1:00 and 2:00 on a first come, first served basis to whoever shows up. A tree will be considered unclaimed if the person who reserved it hasn't picked it up by 1:00. Trees that nobody reserved will also be given away.

If you have any kind of gardening question, ask the horticultural experts who will be available to advise you. 

The trees have to be planted in the ground in front yards, back yards, and community gardens, at community centers, in schoolyards, etc. They can't be planted on streets, in city parks, in planters or containers, or on terraces, balconies, or roofs.

Compost for Brooklyn is located on the corner of Newkirk Avenue and E. 8th Street.

Click here to see the list of all pick-up locations in all five boroughs.