Monday, September 22, 2014

JOBS AND TRAINING AND A CLEANER, GREENER CHURCH AVENUE

City Councilmember Brad Lander is flanked by the workers from
the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE).


These are the workers from ACE. Together with the Horticultural Society of New York,
they'll beautify Church Avenue from Ocean Parkway to Story Street.


Henry Buhl, the founder of ACE

Brad Lander with Kensington Plaza Stewards
  Bridget Elder and JC Martinez

Kensington Plaza Stewards Mike Rosenbluth and Sue Braverman


Community Board 12 members Yidel Perlstein (president) and Larry Jayson (Sergeant at Arms)


The Walgreens branch manager, Al (left), and the supervisor of Walgreens' Brooklyn pharmacies, Daniel.
Al and Daniel talked about how happy they are to have the plaza in front of their store
and how it has increased foot traffic into the store.

And now, a word from our City Councilmember Brad Lander, who has worked alongside the residents of Kensington to make our neighborhood cleaner, greener, and safer.



21-SECOND VIDEO FROM NEWS 12 ABOUT CHURCH AVENUE CLEAN-UP

News 12 has posted a 21-second video of this morning's press conference in Kensington Plaza about the Church Avenue clean-up initiative. In the first "scene" are your KARMABrooklyn blogger (in red), Sue (in purple), JC (standing), and Bridget (behind JC). JC is telling a story that's cracking us up.

In the second "scene," City Councilmember Brad Lander is on the left, and Albemarle Neighborhood Association president Larry Jayson is on the right. Behind them in red jumpsuits are the workers from ACE who are going to clean and green Church Avenue.

More news will follow!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A WEEK OF EDUCATING THE PUBLIC, FOLLOWED BY A WEEK OF TICKETING

This week, the NYPD and the Department of Transportation will go into schools, churches, and senior centers in the 66th Precinct to educate the public about pedestrian and driver safety hazards on Ocean Parkway. They'll also hand out flyers by the F train's Church-McDonald station and along Ocean Parkway. 

The week after, enforcement of traffic rules will get serious in an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths and injuries.

The statement below refers to "the New York City limit of 30 MPH." The default speed limit in New York City is 30 miles per hour until early November; at that time, it will be reduced to 25.

From the 66th Precinct Community Council
(66precinctcc @ gmail.com)
As part of Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero program, the NYPD and Department of Transportation have a major 2 week initiative planned along Ocean Parkway in the confines of the 66th Precinct. This initiative will begin Monday, September 22nd and the first full week will focus on Pedestrian and Driver Safety Education.
As part of this we will be visiting schools, churches and senior centers throughout the Precinct as well as an aggressive flyer campaign near F/G Line train station located at Church Avenue and Mcdonald Avenue. Speed signs will be present along Ocean Parkway to advise drivers of their speed in relation to the New York City limit of 30 MPH.
Beginning Monday, September 29th, a full enforcement initiative will take place to set in place a long term effort to reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries along the Ocean Parkway corridor.
We invite all our elected officials and community leaders to join us next week---we will have police officers, traffic enforcement agents, 66th Precinct Auxiliaries and Explorers working hand in hand with DOT "Street Team" representatives distributing flyers during both the evening and afternoon rush hours at key pedestrian points along Ocean Parkway.
We will have an NYPD Command Post at Church Avenue  and Ocean Parkway, and an NYPD Community Affairs tent at Church Ave and Avenue C.
If you wish to participate please let us know when you may be available--directly to me [(718) 851-5611 or ] or Community Affairs Sgt. Michael Andreano [(718) 851-5601] or Police Officer Michael Riomao [(718) 851-5620]. Thank you.
Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo
66th Precinct Commanding Officer

KNITTING WORKSHOPS FOR FALL AT ARGYLE YARN SHOP



Argyle Yarn Shop has announced the schedule for its fall knitting workshops. Learn how to make something great for yourself, your family, and your friends.

  • Seamless Kid's Raglan Pullover Sweater Workshop
    • Two two-hour sessions: September 28th and October 12th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
      • $80 for the two sessions. Class size limited to 6 students. 
  • Colorwork Mitts (Fingerless Gloves) on Magic Loop
    • One two-hour session: October 5th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • $50 for the session. Class size limited to 6 students. 
  • 1920s Style Women's Sprig Hat
    • Two two-hour sessions: October 19th and 26th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • $80 for the two sessions. Class size limited to 6 students. 
  • Adult Pullover Sweater Workshop 
    • Three two-hour sessions: November 2nd, November 16th, and December 7th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
      • $145 for the three sessions. Class size limited to 5 students.
Argyle's Calendar of Classes through the end of the year is posted on their website. Descriptions of the classes are also posted.

The shop is open 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, September 19, 2014

JAMMIN' IN THE SCHOOL YARD, P.S. 154 STYLE


The School Yard Jam
Saturday, September 20th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlights:
  • Live music
  • Bouncy castle
  • Arts and crafts
  • Flavor of 154 food fair
  • Cupcake baking contest

Enter your homemade cupcakes in the cupcake baking contest by 3 p.m. The entry fee is $5 per recipe. Judging begins at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced at 3:30 and will be awarded a trophy.

P.S. 154-The Windsor Terrace School   
1625 11th Avenue 
between Windsor Place and Sherman Street  
Windsor Terrace
info @ ptaofps154brooklyn.org
http://www.ps154.org
https://www.facebook.com/PTAofPS154Brooklyn

A CLEANER AND GREENER CHURCH AVENUE--NEXT WEEK!

Kensington Plaza

 Church Avenue is going to be cleaner and greener starting on Monday, the day that the Horticultural Society of New York and the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) begin providing that street with streetscaping and landscaping services.

Several blocks of Church Avenue, along with Kensington Plaza (the open area in front of Walgreens), will receive the services five days a week, including Saturdays and Sundays.

An official announcement will be made at a press conference in Kensington Plaza this Monday, September 22nd, at 9:30 a.m. by our City Councilmember Brad Lander, the Horticultural Society, and the Kensington residents who have been cleaning, planting, and tending to trees for several years. You're all invited to attend.

The New York City Council allocated $3,500,000 in the 2014-2015 budget for the NYC Cleanup Initiative, which promotes cleaner streets. Each Councilmember gets funds to pay an approved organization to provide cleaning services. Our city councilmember, Brad Lander, chose to spend the funds on Church Avenue and Kensington Plaza.

The services include--but are not limited to--street sweeping, litter pick-up, and graffiti removal. A councilmember can also direct the money to the Department of Sanitation to spend on litter basket pick-ups or similar services.

ITALIAN BILINGUAL PLAYGROUP IN WINDSOR TERRACE


Posting on behalf of a member of the Board of Directors of New York Italians.
Piccoli is an early childhood bilingual playgroup for children aged 12 months to 4 years old and their caregivers, with an Italian native instructor.
In a one-hour Piccoli class, you can expect the children to sing traditional Italian songs, play musical instruments, participate in storytelling, delight in colorful scarves and puppets, and move, wiggle, and dance!

Come join us Monday mornings in Windsor Terrace at 10 a.m.

E-mail us for details at info @ newyorkitalians.org.
www.facebook.com/groups/159253824092728/
twitter.com/NewYorkItalians
http://instagram.com/newyorkitalians
www.newyorkitalians.org

FOOD CO-OP: WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?

 

Windsor Terrace Food Co-op
Community Meeting 
 
Tuesday, September 30th

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall 

1511 10th Avenue
between Prospect Park Southwest
and 16th Street

What's the next step? When will the food co-op open? Join the growing list of neighbors who are moving the co-op toward reality by sending an e-mail to windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail.com. 

Information about the co-op is on its website at www.windsorterracefoodcoop.com.

WINDSOR TERRACE LIBRARY GETS TWO ADDITIONAL HOURS

Windsor Terrace Library will stay open for an additional two hours on Thursdays, beginning on Saturday, October 4th.

Windsor Terrace Library's current hours
Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday


Windsor Terrace Library's hours as of Saturday, October 4, 2014
Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday


Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5th Street, off Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 686-9707
http://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/windsor-terrace 

KENSINGTON LIBRARY GETS TWO ADDITIONAL HOURS

Kensington Library will stay open for an additional two hours on Wednesdays, beginning on Saturday, October 4th.

Kensington Library's current hours
Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday


Kensington Library's hours as of Saturday, October 4, 2014
Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

 
Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue, between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 436-0545
http://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/kensington

STREET CLOSURE: EAST 7TH STREET

The School Construction Authority advises that roof-top units will be delivered to the construction site of P.S. 437 next week to facilitate the installation of the heating and cooling systems.

To accommodate a crane that will hoist the units to the roof, East 7th Street, between Caton Avenue and Kermit Place, will be closed from 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24th, until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26th.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TWO SETS OF CHANGES AT OUR F AND G TRAIN STATIONS THIS WEEKEND

Change #I.

and
Local F and G train service changes
Friday, September 19th, 11:45 p.m.,
to Monday, September 22nd, 5:00 a.m.

Coney Island-bound F trains and Church Avenue-bound G trains will skip three stations. 
  • These stations will be bypassed: 4th Avenue-9th Street, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Parkway.
    • For service to these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Church Avenue and transfer to a
      Jamaica-bound F or Court Square-bound G.
    • For service from these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Smith-9th streets and transfer to a
      Coney Island-bound F or Church Avenue-bound G.

Change #2.

Local F train service changes
Saturday, September 20th, 6:45 a.m.,
to Sunday, September 21st, 7:00 p.m. 

Coney Island-bound F trains will run express from Church Avenue to Avenue X, skipping six stations.
  • These stations will be bypassed: Ditmas Avenue, Avenue I, Bay Parkway, Avenue N, Avenue P, and Avenue U.
    • For service to these stations, take the F to 18th Avenue, Kings Highway, or Avenue X and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.
    • For service from these stations, take the F to Kings Highway, 18th Avenue, or Church Avenue and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.

BEER, WINE, BRUNCH ON CHURCH AVE.

My delicious lunch at Brooklyn Comfort:
broiled tilapia, carrot rice, and grilled onions and tomatoes.
My friend was pleased with the falafel wrap:
patties pan-fried in olive oil, with a side of yogurt and chili garlic sauce

What I learned at Brooklyn Comfort:
  • Their wine and beer license has arrived. They've got Stella Artois, Sapporo, Brooklyn Pilsner, Amstel Light, and more. Craft beers are on their way.
  • They serve raw vegan pies.
  • Brunch will be served starting this Saturday (September 20th) at 10 a.m., with a partial menu for now.
  • Credit cards are accepted.

Brooklyn Comfort
221 Church Avenue, between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Kensington
(718) 435-6800
info @ bkcomfort.com
https://www.facebook.com/brooklyncomfort

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL, INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESSES.

COMMUNITY BOARD 7 WILL REQUEST FUNDS FROM THE CITY BUDGET

Budget Hearing
Thursday, October 9th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
Community boards submit requests every year for projects that they want the next city budget to fund. Prior to submitting the requests, boards report to their constituents at a public hearing about what their priorities are for
  • Capital Budget Priorities and
  • Expense Budget Priorities.
People who reside within the boundaries of Community District 7 are invited to comment on the board's proposals
for fiscal year 2015-2016 and can suggest additional capital expenditures, such as the purchase or physical improvement of buildings, property, equipment, and infrastructure.

For the current fiscal year--2014-2015--the board had submitted thirty-eight Capital Budget Priorities and Requests and twenty-five Expense Budget Priorities and Requests. The requests are shown here ("Register of Community Board Budget Requests), along with the responses from each city agency responsible for administering the approved requests. 

Meeting Location

Community Board 7 office
Board Room
4201 4th Avenue

entrance on 43rd Street
Sunset Park, Brooklyn 
phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
e-mail: communityboard7 @ yahoo.com

website: http://www.brooklyncb7.org 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WARNING FOR ALL LIVING CREATURES: PESTICIDE WILL BE SPRAYED IN OUR STREETS


Protect yourselves. Close your windows. Don't hang around outside. The reason: the Department of Health announced  at noon today that it is going to spray against West Nile virus between 8:00 tonight and 6:00 tomorrow morning in parts of these zip codes: 11203, 11208, 11215, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11225, 11226, 11232, 11238.

This is ground-based spraying of Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin) from trucks. The map above (and at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/images/wnv/wnv-notice-20140916-map-bk.jpg) shows the boundaries of the area that will be sprayed.

If spraying can't be done tonight because of weather conditions (rain, high winds) or equipment malfunctions, it'll be done between 8:00 p.m. tomorrow and 6:00 a.m. Thursday. 

"Anvil is applied at very low concentrations to control mosquitoes. It is unlikely that adverse health effects will occur as a result of this use for most people, but some individuals may experience health effects. For these reasons, individuals should consider taking steps to minimize their exposure to Anvil if it is applied to control mosquitoes." https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2738

SMALL BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP MEETS TONIGHT

Prospect Park South Networking Group meeting
Tonight, Tuesday, September 16th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A representative from the New York City Department of Small Business Services will speak to local small business owners tonight about its classes and the various forms of assistance it can provide to small businesses.

Formed in March, the Prospect Park South Networking Group meets once a month at Lark Cafe, 1007 Church Avenue, between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road.

Time is set aside for open networking among its members. New members are always welcome.

Members of the group are from Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Midwood and are self-employed, work from home, or own local small businesses.

If you have any questions, send an e-mail to Melanie at yogamelly11217 @ yahoo.com.

Monday, September 15, 2014

PROSPECT PARK WILL GET ITS SEMI-ANNUAL GROOMING IN A FEW WEEKS

It's My Park! Day
Saturday, October 18th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.

Work alongside dozens of other park-loving volunteers on It's My Park! Day as you clean up "Brooklyn's back yard."

Volunteers will be preparing Lookout Hill for winter. Cleaning, path maintenance, and woodland restoration are on the agenda. The Prospect Park Alliance and REI are organizing the day's activities. Up to 120 people can be accommodated in the Prospect Park clean-up crew.

A free REI Volunteer t-shirt will be given to each volunteer. A yoga warm-up at 9:00 a.m. will help get your day started. Later, lunch will be provided.

Online pre-registration is required. Individuals pre-register on the REI website. Community, corporate, and other groups fill out the Group Inquiry Form on the Prospect Park Alliance website.

It's My Park! Day is held twice a year in parks and public spaces in the five boroughs--in the spring and in the fall.

Meet at Lookout Hill in Prospect Park, near the 16th Street entrance on Prospect Park Southwest.

TONIGHT: STREET AND TRAFFIC SAFETY


 TONIGHT
Street and Traffic Safety in Windsor Terrace:
A Community Meeting
Monday, September 15th, 6:30 p.m.

How to make Windsor Terrace safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists will be discussed tonight by representatives from the New York City Department of Transportation and New York City Councilmember Brad Lander's office at this public meeting.

The input of residents is important for making Windsor Terrace safer.

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

Event organizer:
Terrace Safe Streets
https://www.facebook.com/winsdorterracesafestreets
https://twitter.com/windsorsafe
windsorterracesafety @ gmail.com

STOLEN BIKES FOUND -- ARE ANY OF THEM YOURS?

Four thieves riding stolen bikes at about 7:00 tonight (Sunday) were seen stealing more bikes. This occurred in the general vicinity of Caton and McDonald avenues. The teenagers fled when several neighbors pursued them, abandoning the stolen bikes that they rode in on. One of them was caught and arrested, and he "ratted out" one of the others.

If your bike was stolen, send an e-mail to olowisious @ aol.com with a detailed description of the bike.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BEER AND WINE BEING SERVED AT FINA PIZZA

Wine and beer are now available to accompany Fina's pizza and calzones.

The beer is in bottles; Fina will soon install a system for draft beer.


The beer and wine list--whites and reds.


Open Hours
Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

Fina is owned and operated by the friendly and gracious
Anthony Carrubba.

Fina Pizza
3007 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace-Kensington 
(718) 854-3462
finapizzabar @ aol.com

LINENS NEEDED FOR RESCUED SHELTER CATS

Cats and kittens need clean towels, sheets, and blankets to lie on. They can be old, or they can be new. Clean newspapers are needed too, for a variety of furry and non-furry species. Bring it all to Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

Open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

153 East 3rd Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue 
Windsor Terrace-Kensington

Phone: (718) 436-5163 
E-mail:nyanimalrescue @ yahoo.com

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESSES.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NO SPEAKER AT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETING


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
Thursday, September 18th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) will mark the opening of its fall season of community meetings with a return to its former home, the Flatbush Jewish Center.

No speaker has been booked; that will give neighborhood residents the whole hour to focus on the issues they would like the neighborhood association to address.

Foodtown and the ANA will provide light refreshments.

All of ANA's community meetings are free and open to the public.

Future meeting dates (location to be announced):
Thursday, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 20th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meeting location:
Flatbush & Shaare Torah Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street, corner of Church Avenue
Use the wheelchair-accessible entrance on the ground floor.

Friday, September 12, 2014

DATE CHANGE FOR START OF DERBY FIT

The Derby Fit fall 2014 session will begin on Saturday, September 20th, not on September 13th. 

Derby days will be September 20th, September 27th, October 11th, October 18th, and October 25th, all Saturdays, and November 2nd, a Sunday. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The deadline for registration has been extended to Thursday, Sept 18th. 

Questions or concerns? Send an e-mail to Derby Fit at derbyfit.greenwood @ gmail.com.

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The fall 2014 session of Derby Fit at Greenwood Playground begins this Saturday, September 13th. Derby days will be September 13th, September 20th, September 27th, October 11th, October 18th, and October 25th, all Saturdays. No session on Saturday, October 4th. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

All levels of ability are welcome. The teacher is Ariel Assault of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby. 

Friends of Greenwood Playground wants you to know that 
Derby Fit is a fun and challenging total-body workout for skaters of all levels, based on drills adapted from the sport of roller derby.
A typical Derby Fit class consists of 10 to 15 minutes of jogging and dynamic movement to warm up, followed by land drills to build the muscles used in skating. Then skates are put on for skating drills.
All drills are non-contact and focus on skating fundamentals and cardio endurance. No skating skills are required, but you do need to be able to get around the track without holding onto anything. Derby Fit skaters can expect to build strength, get fit, and have a great time doing it!

The fee for the six-week women's rollerskating class is $100. Send your payment via PayPal to greenwoodfriendsfunds @ gmail.com to secure your spot. All proceeds above the instructor fee will benefit Friends of Greenwood Playground.

The registration period will close on Friday, September 12th, at 12:30 p.m.

Information about the class, the proper gear to have, and safety requirements are laid out at http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org/greenwood-playground-programs/derby-fit/.

Greenwood Playground
E. 5th Street

between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
near the Windsor Terrace-Kensington border

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490

contact: http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org/contact-us
http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Greenwood-Playground/223014854379847