Wednesday, August 27, 2014

REGISTRATION FOR ADDITIONAL PRE-K SEATS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT 15 EXTENDED

More from City Councilmember Brad Lander on the additional pre-k classes for school district 15, in addition to yesterday's post:
The lottery for more than 100 new, full-day, pre-k seats at the former Bishop Ford High School (in Windsor Terrace) has been extended through Tuesday, September 2nd, in an effort to accommodate more families.

The opportunity is open to all families with eligible 4-year-olds who live in District 15 (you can see what district you are zoned for here).

You still have to apply in person, at P.S. 10 at 511 7th Avenue (at 17th Street), 9 am - 3 pm weekdays (not including Labor Day).  The seats will be allocated by lottery (rather than "first-come, first-served").

To apply, you need to come with your child, their birth certificate, evidence of vaccination, and two proofs of address.

As we wrote yesterday, we're sorry for the last-minute nature of the opportunity, but excited to see New York City moving steadily toward truly universal pre-k, where all 4-year-olds will have the chance to get started on their educational path.
Councilmember Brad Lander
http://bradlander.nationbuilder.com/

Monday, August 25, 2014

ADDITIONAL PRE-K SEATS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT 15

From City CouncIlmember Brad Lander:
My office has just learned that the New York City Department of Education will be offering a new pre-k opportunity for families residing within District 15.

Beginning this September, seven additional classes will be offered within leased space at the former Bishop Ford High School located at 500 Nineteenth Street, BK, NY 11215. The program will be supervised by senior Principal Laura Scott from PS 10 whose school was recently named a “Reward” school by the New York State Department of Education.

Space is limited and will be reserved for District 15 families on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.  on Tuesday, August 26th at PS 10 located at 511 7th Avenue, BK, NY 11215. Admission to this district 15 program does not provide admission priority to PS 10. Families must bring their child with them and two proofs of District 15 residence, 2010 birth certificate, and vaccination card.

I know this news comes at a time when many families may be on vacation and others have already made plans for the fall in any case.  DOE has been working as fast as possible to make these additional seats available, and this will be good for the future for our district.  We are sending out this notification as quickly as possible after being made aware of the opportunity!


Brad

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DANCE DEMOS AT CYNTHIA KING DANCE STUDIO OPEN HOUSE


An invitation from Cynthia King Dance Studio:

O p e n    H o u s e
1256 Prospect Ave

Visit our studio, dance with us, 
and learn about our renowned program. 
Register for full school year and seasonal classes.

Wednesday, August 27, 4-6pm
Demo ages 3-4 at 4pm
Wednesday, September 3, 4-7pm
Demos at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
Saturday, September 6, 10am-1pm
Demos at 10am, 11am, 12pm
RSVP to info @ cynthiakingdance.com or 718.437.0101.
Let us know the names and ages of children attending.
________________________________________________________

Cynthia King Dance Studio - Prospect Ave location
1256 Prospect Avenue
(Between Reeve Pl. & Greenwood Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11218
718.437.0101
Subway: F, G to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy / Bus: B68

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GET FREE DAFFODIL BULBS TO PLANT IN PUBLIC SPACES

Welcome

A friend sent us this message:
I just signed up for free daffodil bulbs from New Yorkers for Parks, and I thought you'd be interested, too!
The Daffodil Project was founded in 2001 as a living memorial to September 11. With nearly five million free bulbs planted citywide by more than 40,000 school kids, parks and gardening groups, civic organizations, corporate volunteers, and other New Yorkers, it is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city's history.
Bulbs are free to civic organizations, individuals, corporate volunteer groups, schools, and community leaders who commit to planting them in a park or public space such as a schoolyard, street tree pit, or community garden. You sign up for the number of bulbs you want now and then pick them up later this fall when it's time to plant them in the ground.
Sign up for free bulbs online at  http://www.ny4p.org/daffodil-project/registration or http://ny4p.convio.net/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1580
Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Bulbs can be ordered in quantities of 25, 50, 100, 200, 350, 550, and 1100. The maximum number of bulbs per order is 1100 (two bags).

Brooklyn pick-up dates and locations are Saturday, October 4th, at Seth Low Houses Community Center and Saturday, October 11th, at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.

FREE STEEL PAN CONCERT MOVES A LITTLE; 60+ MERCHANTS PARTICIPATING IN SIDEWALK SALES

The location has changed for the free live music concert by steel pan bands CASYM Steel Orchestra and Metro Steel Orchestra. Instead of appearing at Flatbush and Church, the musicians will perform at the Flatbush Caton Market, at the corner of Flatbush and Caton, to provide a large plaza area for concert-goers. The groups will perform from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23rd, coinciding with the first three hours of the shopping event.

Over 60 retailers are marking down their merchandise in preparation for the Sidewalk Sales event happening from Friday, August 22nd, through Sunday, August 24th, from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Participating retailers will offer 10% off the purchase of any one item valued at $20 to $100, and participating eateries will offer a free can of soda with a food purchase of $5 or more.

For up-to-date information on participating retailers and eateries, music and more, go to www.churchavenue.org or www.flatbushavebid.com.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TRAFFIC SAFETY IN WINDSOR TERRACE: THE NEXT STEPS

The results of the survey on "Windsor Terrace Street Safety Concerns" will be shared at a public meeting at P.S. 130 on Monday, September 15th, at 6:30 p.m.

Working together, Windsor Terrace residents and representatives from New York City's Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and the NYPD will look for solutions that should prevent injuries and save the lives of pedestrians, runners, bicyclists, and motorists of all ages and all levels of mobility.

The survey is still open for comments. Just a few minutes of your time is needed to share your ideas about what contributes to the lack of safety and which areas you think should be improved first.

Meeting location:
P.S. 130, The Parkside School 
70 Ocean Parkway 
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue, and between E. 5th Street and Ocean Parkway
Windsor Terrace
(718) 686-1940 
http://ps130brooklyn.com

SEAN CASEY ANIMAL RESCUE IS IN NEED OF CLEANING SUPPLIES

Sean Casey Animal Rescue needs help in acquiring cleaning supplies so it can maintain its high standard of cleanliness for the animals in its care. The rescue's cleaning supplies wish list is posted on Amazon, where you can place an order.

Of course, you don't have to order through Amazon. You can order from another store or you can buy the supplies in a bricks-and-mortar store and have them delivered to SCAR's Windsor Terrace and/or Sunset Park location. Or you can bring them over in person. 

SCAR has two locations, one in Windsor Terrace and one in Sunset Park.

Windsor Terrace
153 East 3rd Street
Brooklyn, New York 11218
Phone: (718) 436-5163

E-mail: operations @ nyanimalrescue.org
Open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunset Park
551 39th Street

Brooklyn, New York 11232
Phone: (347) 599-1500

E-mail: operations @ nyanimalrescue.org
Open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please note: Donation Receipt Letters are available for tax purposes. Sean Casey Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization as recognized by the IRS. All in-kind donations are tax deductible. FED ID: 35-2244558. Simply forward your Amazon purchase receipts to “operations @ nyanimalrescue.org” with "Amazon Donation" typed on the subject line. They will reply with a receipt letter to satisfy tax purposes.

PLAYGROUND PROGRAMS: AUGUST IN GREENWOOD (ALL FREE)

Rainbow Loom Salon with Dari
and
Lanyards with Shana
Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For ages 6 and up
At the chess tables

Private Picassos
Thursday, Aug 21st, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Mondrian-inspired art workshop
Primary colored drawings, long line collages, and tape paintings
For ages 3 to 5 
Pre-registration is required. Send an e-mail to info @ privatepicassos.com with the child's name and age and the parent's name and e-mail. 

The Black And Gold Marching Elite
Saturday, August 23rd, 4 p.m.
Featuring Black Fire Percussion and Diamond Dancers
BGME is a after-school marching band program. 
Meet in the playground area on E. 5th Street closest to Greenwood Avenue.
For all ages

Kiddie Science
Tuesday, August 26th, 4 p.m.
For ages 3 and up
With Miss Carmen, The Science Lady
Bubblemania

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
Wednesday, August 27th, 11 a.m.
"Little Red's Hood"
For ages 0 and up 

All events are free.

Greenwood Playground 
E. 5th Street 
between Greenwood Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway 
Windsor Terrace 

Friends of Greenwood Playground

Monday, August 18, 2014

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT P.S. 154: OPEN FOR REGISTRATION


Registration is underway for the PTA of P.S. 154 After School Program--clubs, tutoring, and music lessons. To sign up your child for the fall 2014 program, click here to fill out the registration form and pay the tuition. If you have any questions about enrollment, send an e-mail to PS154afterschool @ gmail.com.

Some of the programs that will be offered are animation, 2D and 3D art, ballet, band, baseball, bead weaving, capoeira, gymnastics, karate, lacrosse, nature study, piano lessons, robotics, tutoring (reading, writing, and math), and yoga.

P.S. 154-The Windsor Terrace School.
1625 11th Avenue, at Windsor Place
Windsor Terrace 
phone: (718) 768 0057
fax: (718) 832 2573 

school website: http://www.ps154.org

PTA website: http://ptaofps154brooklyn.org 
PTA e-mail: info @ ptaofps154brooklyn . org

CLAM BAKE THIS SATURDAY


New England Style Clam Bake
Saturday, August 23rd, at 5:00 p.m.

A big tray of shellfish with all the fixings and either a beer from Narragansett or a glass of wine can be yours to indulge in at Sycamore's first annual Backyard Clam Bake. Hushpuppies will be available too.

Tickets cost $25.00 each ($26.87 with the service fee), and they're available here through Brown Paper Tickets.

Sycamore is wheelchair-accessible.

Sycamore Bar and Flowershop 1118 Cortelyou Road 
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road 
In Ditmas Park, less than two blocks from Kensington

(347) 240-5850 
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail.com 
http://sycamorebrooklyn.com 
https://www.facebook.com/sycamore.brooklyn

Sunday, August 17, 2014

STAR WARS SHOWING TONIGHT


Star Wars
Tonight, Sunday, August 17th, 8:00 p.m.

For Family Movie Night, the Friends of Greenwood Playground suggest that you "bring hoodies, snacks, chairs, and blankets" to maximize your comfort and your good time while you watch STAR WARS!

Running time: 121 minutes

Greenwood Playground
E. 5th Street
between Greenwood Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace 

Friends of Greenwood Playground





Saturday, August 16, 2014

ARGYLE YARN SHOP YARN SALE THIS WEEKEND








Argyle Yarn Shop is having an "End of Summer Sale" tomorrow (Saturday, August 16th) and Sunday, August 17th, from noon to 7 p.m. Save 20% to 40% on selected yarns and 20% on all books. 

The sale prices can't be combined with other discounts, and all sales are final (no returns or exchanges).
The shop's open hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, from noon to 7:00 p.m.

Argyle Yarn Shop
288 Prospect Park West, near 18th Street
Windsor Terrace
(347) 227-7799
info @ argyleyarnshop.com

SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES!

Friday, August 15, 2014

STOP! HAMMER(stein) TIME!


Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
Sunday, August 16th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the musical partnership of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and composer Richard Rodgers, the team that wrote the hit musicals South Pacific, The Sound of Music, State Fair, The King and I, Oklahoma!, and Carousel. Broadway Pops International will perform songs from those musicals, and Hammerstein's grandson, Oscar Andy Hammerstein III, will serve as the host. 

The duo won 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 2 Grammy Awards, and 2 Emmy Awards for their collaborations.

This program is appropriate for age 5 and up.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kensington Library  
4207 18th Avenue 
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets 
Kensington, Brooklyn 
(718) 436-0545

Thursday, August 14, 2014

SALES ON THE SIDEWALK, SALES IN THE STORES, AND STEEL PAN MUSIC THAT SOARS


Metro Steel Orchestra

Sidewalk Sales and In-store Sales
Friday, August 22nd, through Sunday, August 24th,
noon to 6:00 p.m.

Retail stores and restaurants on Church Avenue and Flatbush Avenue will participate in three days of special sidewalk sales and in-store sales.

Members of Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) and Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) specialize in a variety of merchandise, including clothing, home wares, stationery, beauty supplies, electrical goods, food...and much more. 

At some stores, when you present this coupon, you will be able to deduct 10% off the purchase price of any one item that has a value of $20 to $100. 

With this coupon, some restaurants will give you a free can of soda when you spend $5 or more on food.

Saturday will be especially enjoyable. CASYM Steel Orchestra and Metro Steel Orchestra will present live steel pan music from noon to 3 p.m. See and hear them at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Church Avenue. [The concert has been moved to the Flatbush Caton Market at Flatbush and Caton.] Representatives from the two BIDs will be there, handing out coupons and balloons (while supplies last).

These sale days will take place on Church Avenue from Coney Island Avenue to Flatbush Avenue and on Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road.

Church Avenue BID
2211 Church Avenue, Room 201
Brooklyn, NY 11226
phone:  (718) 282-2500

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NYPD COMMUNITY UNITY FESTIVAL (FREE)

11th Annual
Patrol Boro Brooklyn South
Community Unity Showcase Festival
Sunday, September 14th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Foster community, encourage communication between neighbors, and promote communication between residents and the police by joining police officers from Patrol Boro Brooklyn South's thirteen precincts for free food, fun, and entertainment.

The thirteen precincts in Patrol Boro Brooklyn South are the 60th, 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 66th, 67th, 68th, 69th, 70th, 71st, 72nd, 76th, and 78th.

The location of the event will be the Bartel-Pritchard Square entrance to Prospect Park at Prospect Park West and 15th Street.

In previous years, the event has included foods representing various nationalities, a rock climbing wall, and information about fire safety and gun safety. Last year, the entertainment included Chinese fan dancing, singing, martial arts demonstrations, reggae music, and stilt-dancing.

PARKING RULES SUSPENDED THIS FRIDAY

Alternate side of the street parking regulations (normally in place to allow the Department of Sanitation to clean the streets) will be suspended on Friday, August 15th, for the Feast of the Assumption. All other parking regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect.

KIDS MAKE REAL MAIL

Make Mail
Thursday, August 14th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kids will create and send paper mail with supplies and postage that are provided to them. All they need to bring with them is the mailing addresses of friends or family members who they'd like to send hand-made mail to.

The workshop, led by Melissa Miksis of Viva Snail Mail, is for kids who are age 4 or older, including tweens and teens.

This and all other Friends of Greenwood Playground events are free.

Meet at the chess tables in Greenwood Playground on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, in Windsor Terrace, just a block away from Kensington.

Friends of Greenwood Playground

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ROBBED OF NECKLACE ON F TRAIN


The NYPD wants to find and arrest this man. He allegedly stole a chain necklace by tearing it off the neck of a woman on the F train on Monday, August 4th. The robber had grabbed the 26-year-old woman's head before pulling off the chain. He got off the Coney Island-bound train when it arrived at the Fort Hamilton Parkway station at 1:25 p.m.

The perpetrator is described as 5 feet and 9 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, and dressed in a blue shirt, khaki pants, and black sneakers.

Anyone who has information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477 or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text-message a tip to 274637 and enter "TIP577."

Monday, August 11, 2014

KIDS DANCE PARTY AND OPEN HOUSE (FREE)



Free Open House and Kids Dance Party
Sunday August 24th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Try out some of the classes that will begin in the fall at EzraGuitar:

  • Guitar Classes (ages 4 to 104)
  • Piano & Accordion Lessons (ages 6 and up)
  • Early Childhood Classes
  • 5 Day a Week After School Arts Enrichment Program
  • Adult Group Guitar Classes
  • Tot Shabbat

If you sign up at the party for classes, you will get
  • a 15% discount at the shop and half-off on the registration fee.

Cortelyou Road Radio's director Robert Clark will DJ the party, which will also feature a balloon twister from Katie Balloons.

Click here to RSVP. 

EzraGuitar 
785 Coney Island Avenue 
between Cortelyou Road and Dorchester Road

phone: (718) 434-2103 
e-mail: info @ ezraguitar.com 
website: www.EzraGuitar.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EzraGuitars

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

FOOD CO-OP IN WINDSOR TERRACE NEEDS VOLUNTEER HELP FROM GRANT WRITER


The Windsor Terrace Food Co-op's Site Committee is actively searching for a space to house itself in. As the reality of a food co-op in Windsor Terrace gets closer, the co-op is in need of a grant writer to help it fund that space and pay other expenses.

If you are--or if you know--a grant writer who would be able to volunteer some time to help the co-op with grantwriting, shoot an e-mail to windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail.com. 

In spite of its name, the co-op is for residents of both Kensington and Windsor Terrace.

Monday, August 4, 2014

66TH PRECINCT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME


National Night Out 2014 Against Crime Across America
Tuesday, August 5th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 66th Precinct's observance this year of the 31st National Night Out Against Crime will feature--for free--
  • food,
  • rides,
  • face-painting,
  • games,
  • giveaways,
  • cell phone, bicycle, and I-pod etching.

It will be held in P.S. 105 at 1031 59th Street by 10th Avenue.

The National Association of Town Watch introduced National Night Out--America's Night Out Against Crime--in 1984. The night's goals are to
  • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,
  • generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts,
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and
  • send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
In the 1970s, before the creation of National Night Out, people in several communities participated in a grass-roots effort to deter crime by turning on their porch lights, sitting outside, and talking with their neighbors.

For more information, contact the 66th Precinct Community Council Affairs Office at (718) 851-5601.

National Night Out Against Crime is held annually on the first Tuesday in August.