Friday, August 31, 2012

AWARD FOR CYNTHIA KING'S SLIPPERS

Vegans Are Cool has chosen Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers as one of two winners in the United States in the category Outstanding Vegan Business of the Year.

Read about Vegans Are Cool's contest, and read about Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers. The slippers are produced cruelty-free. They're the alternative to slippers made from an animal's skin, and they help preserve our natural resources and animals' habitats.

MANGO CHILI PALETAS: ICE POPS FOR YOU

Is summer fading—or not? Only yesterday I could hear Master Blaster Stevie Wonder telling me it was "Hotter than July," while people—especially Kensington Plaza’s stewards, rock and bench sittershungered for a man to bring them "…orange popsicles and lemonade," just like the B52s called for in "Summer of Love."

Surprise! The popsicle, if not the love or lemonade, can be found right here, buried in the Mexican Grocery Store’s freezer at 326A E. 2nd Street, just north of Church Avenue. Called paletas, they are a Mexican specialty produced and distributed by Sley Deli in Boro Park and for sale mainly in Mexican grocery stores, bakeries, and paleterias. And they are on the verge of their NYC breakout.

Witness the New York Times. Food-obsessed wanderer that I am, never would I have walked to Boro Park if The Times had not lured me to taste these unknown ice pops and then go on to explore the area. (It’s a just a short trip away on the B35 bus to Ft. Hamilton Parkway and then 2 blocks further west to Sley Deli at 4217 Ft. Hamilton Parkway. On your way back, drop into the Mexican bakery El Aguila, selling pane dolce in all kinds of sizes. I ate the horns: one cinnamon and the other slightly salty. Both perfect with morning coffee.)

Simon Leyba, the chef and Sley owner, started his training at age 6 as an apprentice to his family’s paleteria in Mexico. He makes his fresh each day and in 32 flavors—most new to gringos—from a fruit base and fruit or cream.

At Sley, they fed me a mango and chili pop and then a butter pecan—nuez in Spanish. But it also carries pistachio, cantaloupe, watermelon, coconut, rompope (similar to an egg nog flavor), coffee, and plain ol' cookies and cream. Mamey, nanche, and tamarind are tropical fruits and as paletas lavishly praised.

Indeed, paletas can easily lead to an obsession. They are simple to make at home and can be adapted to one’s own boozy preferences. From the many comments I found about them at the tail end of a 2008 Mark Bittman piece, memories of paletas haunt people.
 
But Sley's Kensington outlet eluded me. The deli address Mr. Leyba offered didn’t pan out, so I started walking up and down Church Avenue asking about Mexican delis until I walked into The Mexican Grocery. “Sley?” she said, reaching into her freezer. “We carry 6 flavors.” Bingo. Connection found.

—Jole

ALTERNATE PARKING RULES SUSPENDED MONDAY

Alternate side of the street parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended on Monday, September 3rd, because of Labor Day. Stopping, standing, and parking will be permitted except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, 
if a sign says “No Standing Anytime”).

Parking meter regulations will also be suspended.

SEAN CASEY STILL HAS CYCLONES TICKETS

Sean Casey Animal Rescue still has tickets for sale for the September 5th Brooklyn Cyclones game against the Lowell Spinners. The tickets were donated to the rescue by Tim Wallace. Tim exchanged his unused season tickets through the Cyclones unused ticket exchange program for field box seats in section 10, between home plate and first base.

Pay $15 for a ticket ($1 less than you would pay at the stadium) and support Sean Casey Animal Rescue. If all of the tickets get sold, the entire $540.00 will go to Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

The game is on Wednesday, September 5th, at 7:00 p.m. It's the final regular season game.

Buy the tickets at Sean Casey Animal Rescue, 153 East 3rd Street. They're open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington
(718) 436-5163
nyanimalrescue [at] yahoo.com
 

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

MONDAY NIGHT VINYL CLUB IS STILL ALIVE AND KICKING


Monday Night Vinyl Club at Sycamore
Monday, September 3rd, 8:00 p.m to midnight


You Bring It, You Spin It vinyl potluck.
Be a DJ and hear and play your records on a big sound system. 

Since 2008.
Exclusively in Brooklyn.
Hosted by Becca.
Free. 


Sycamore Bar
1118 Cortelyou Road, between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Ditmas Park
(347) 240-5850
www.sycamorebrooklyn.com
e-mail: sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail.com

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A SIGN TELLS A TALE OF THREATS AND FEAR ON MCDONALD AVENUE

               This sign is taped to the back of the MTA elevator on McDonald
                   Avenue. It's directed at the people who hang around in that spot.

                                               Those who occupy this area at night,
                                               urinate on parked cars, frighten young
                                               women, threaten senior citizens, leave
                                               garbage. We intend to stop this by sending
                                               cell phone pictures to the representatives

                                               of this neighborhood. Take this down,
                                               another one will go up.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

COOKING INDIAN FINGER FOODS FOR THE FALL

Indian Finger Foods for the Fall
Saturday, September 8th, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
with Mukti Banerjee

Menu
  • Kati Roll (pan-fried chapati wrap with chicken and egg)
  • Vegetable samosa (from scratch)
  • Chicken cutlet (infused with all the aromatic spices)
  • Rasa Malai (cheese dumpling soaked in sweet and thick milk)

Bring a friend to the class and get a discount on your fee.

What you will get:
  • tips and tricks about the spices that you will be using,
  • hands-on cooking experience,
  • friendship, fun, and delicious food (a complete dinner),
  • a lesson in the nuances and secrets, where to get the masalas, and how to keep the aroma intact, and
    printed recipes.

Fee: $65 per person

Mukti teaches the cooking class in a comfortable and relaxed setting designed to provide a forum for learning and exchanging thoughts and ideas. She'll show you how to make some fresh, delicious, and healthy finger foods from all over India.You'll be welcomed to her kitchen with masala tea.

Each class includes tips on healthy and nutritious eating, preparations, and a sit -down dinner.

If you have any questions, send an e-mail to Mukti at muktiskitchen @ gmail.com or call her at (917)-703-3998.

Mukti's Kitchen is on Beverley Road, near E. 9th Street, in Kensington, Brooklyn.

BENCHES ADDED NEAR THE GARDEN

On the Fort Hamilton Parkway side of the Windsor Terrace Library...






Tuesday, August 28, 2012

EAT, DRINK (MAYBE), AND BE MERRY AT THE PAVILION THEATER

Not only is the physical renovation of the Pavilion Theater nearing completion but it may soon be possible for movie-goers to eat finger foods and drink beer, wine, and mixed drinks during evening shows.

DNAinfo.com reports that "the theater wants to start serving warm finger food like mozzarella sticks and may partner with food trucks where patrons could buy chow before show time."

As for the alcohol, "Community Board 6's public safety committee unanimously approved the Pavilion's liquor license application Monday night, but it won't be final until the State Liquor Authority OKs it."

The Pavilion Theater
188 Prospect Park West, between 14th and 15th streets
(718) 369-0838

A CAT NAMED NICKIE IS LOOKING FOR A GOOD HOME


This beautiful young lady is Nickie. A 2-years-and-5-months-old domestic shorthair mix, she's a gorgeous combination of black and orange. Her adoption fee at Sean Casey Animal Rescue is $100. Take Nickie home and fall in love with each other.

Nickie has been spayed, dewormed, and treated to prevent fleas and ticks. She's up-to-date on vaccinations. She hasn't been declawed.

The adoption fee entitles Nickie to a free exam by the veterinarian used by Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a free month of pet health insurance, and a microchip.

"Sounds like a good deal to me," says Nickie. "Let's meet!"

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington
(718) 436-5163
nyanimalrescue @ yahoo.com
 

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Monday, August 27, 2012

PHOTOS FROM YESTERDAY'S STREET FESTIVAL

Photo journalist Neher Siddique posted a few dozen photos on Facebook that he took at yesterday's Bangladeshi street festival/mela on McDonald Avenue. Everyone should be able to view them, regardless of Friend status.

THE MELA GOES (LIME) GREEN

Photo by Neher Siddique                                                                      

Two Kensington Community Board 12 members, Annie Ferdous (at the microphone) and Mamnunul Haq (on her left in the white, open-collared shirt), introduce the Kensington Plaza stewards to the mela audience at Sunday, August 26’s annual event on McDonald Avenue between Church Avenue and Avenue C. The stewards are wearing their distinctive—and coveted—lime-green vests.

The mela, sponsored  by the Church McDonald (Bangladeshi) Business Association (CMBBA), endorsed her message: If you enjoy the plaza, then please help keep it free of cigarette butts, cellophane wrappers, used paper cups, tea bags, and garbage. Deposit your trash in the garbage cans when you leave.

The cmbba saluted Ms. Ferdous and Mr. Haq for their dedication to the community by presenting them with an award. In her acknowledgement, Ms. Ferdous introduced the other Kensington Community Board 12 member, Maggie Tobin, as well as Bridget Elder, the Kensington Stewards’ co-chair (in black top, center), and a few of  the Kensington Plaza stewards: J.C. Martinez-Sifre, Abdul Karimi, Marie Coons, and Michael Kadish.

The difference between the Kensington Trash Mob and the Kensington Plaza stewards, she explained, is that the Trash Mob appears when summoned to pick up the trash along Church Avenue from Ocean Parkway to the Green Triangle at 36th Street and at the McDonald Avenue intersection, while the stewards clean the Plaza every day. Anyone can join them, she added.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

SEX OFFENDERS LIVE AROUND HERE

Sex offenders live among us. New York State publicly identifies as many as it's legally permitted to in its online, searchable "Public Registry of Sex Offenders." 

The registry can be searched in English or in Spanish in any of these three ways:
  • by last name,
  • by county, for a list of sex offenders in the registry in an entire county, and
  • by zip code, for a list of sex offenders in the registry in an entire zip code.
Each person is shown in a front-facing photo along with full name, date of birth, risk level, race, ethnicity, height, weight, hair color, eye color, home and employer's addresses, where the crime was prosecuted, the victim's sex and age (many are children), the name and description of the crime, the sentence given, and locations of tattoos but without a description of them.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services isn't allowed to include information on a public site about Level 1 (low risk) sex offenders or offenders with a pending risk level; information about people in those two categories can't be viewed by the public in the registry.

However, if you don't see someone listed in the registry and you want to know if he or she is a registered sex offender in New York State, call (800) 262-3257. You'll need to know an identifying fact about the person in addition to the name.

Others omitted from the public version of the registry are some Level 2 (moderate risk) offenders and some Level 3 (high risk) offenders because of a lawsuit they're involved in. Call the number above to ask about a specific person.

TOUR GUIDE NEEDED FOR KENSINGTON ARTISTS' OPEN STUDIOS

From Kensington artist Sherry Davis
"The GO Show is coming!

I want to remind my neighbors about the upcoming Brooklyn Museum initiative and neighborhood walking art tour on the weekend of September 8th and 9th. There are plans to post neighborhood maps in public spaces in the days leading up to the GO shows. There's a lot to see, especially combined with some of the great artists in Windsor Terrace and Ditmas Park.

It would be wonderful if someone in our community was able to lead a tour of some or all of the 7 Kensington artist spaces. The GO website www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/go/ has a great interactive map of the borough, demonstrating just how urbane our larger community has become.

Ideas for welcoming visitors to our area? Contact me through my website, www.sherrydavisart.com, or by writing to brooklynartistsherry @ gmail.com. Or write to Renee McGarry, GO Project Coordinator for Kensington and Ditmas Park, at renee @ gobrooklynart.org."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

IHM SCHOOL'S MURALS WHITEWASHED

 Immaculate Heart of Mary School 
offered a Catholic education to the children of the parish 
for 95 years, until low enrollment led the diocese to close it.


The Diocese of Brooklyn has rented the building 
to Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. It will open in September 2012.

RETAIL SPACE FOR RENT NEXT TO THAI TONY'S


The retail/commercial space at 3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 3rd and E. 2nd streets, is for rent. It's located across the street from Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, opening in September with grades six, seven, eight, and nine.

  • 600 square feet,
  • 10-foot high ceilings,
  • showcase window,
  • ideal for a professional office or a retail business,
  • $2,050 rent per month.

Friday, August 24, 2012

FRESH FRUIT AND VEGGIES TOMORROW

Kensington Youthmarket: A Youth-run Farm Stand
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., through November 17th

fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms

an excellent alternative to Golden Farm 

Youthmarket accepts
cash, EBT, and WIC and Senior FMNP checks.

Spend $5 in EBT and receive a Health Buck coupon for $2 of fresh produce.
 
 Fort Hamilton Parkway, by the corner of E. 5th Street
alongside the Windsor Terrace Library

BOYCOTT OF GOLDEN FARM ENTERS SECOND WEEK

The day-shift employees at Golden Farm say that the first week of boycotting the store was a huge success. They report that on Saturday, the first day of the boycott, sales dropped by almost half. On Sunday, sales dropped by almost 75%.

Last Friday night, the night before the boycott began, store owner Sonny Kim cut work hours from some employees' schedules--the employees who have been active in the campaign for back wages and unionization. Mr. Kim hasn't returned the hours to them. During the past week, those employees worked 12 to 18 hours less than they normally do.

The workers have called for more picketing outside of Golden Farm. In addition to picketing on Saturdays and Sundays (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), supporters are being asked to picket Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the store's busiest weekday hours.

If you're willing and able to sign up for a shift on the picket line, click here.

To sign a pledge to boycott Golden Farm, click here

Golden Farm
329 Church Avenue, at the corner of E. 4th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn

MISSING SENIOR CITIZEN: FRANCISCO LOPEZ

Francisco Lopez

The NYPD has issued a Missing Senior Notification for Francisco Lopez. Mr. Lopez is a male Hispanic who is 84 years old, is 5'7" tall, weighs 160 pounds, and has a light brown complexion, brown eyes, and a mustache.

The last time that Mr. Lopez was seen was yesterday, Thursday, August 23rd. He was leaving his residence near 11th Street and 7th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Mr. Lopez was wearing silver glasses, a blue dress shirt and pants, black dress shoes, and a gold ring and wrist watch.

Mr. Lopez suffers from diabetes and Alzheimer's. CALL 9-1-1 IF YOU SEE HIM.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

BANGLADESHI STREET FESTIVAL THIS SUNDAY

The photos in this post were taken at the 2011 Potho Mela.

Bangladeshi Street Festival
Sunday, August 26th, noon to 6:00 p.m.

Kensington's 7th Annual Potho Mela (street festival/street fair) will fill the street with happy people, the sound of joyful music and singing, the movement of graceful dancers, the taste of a variety of Bangladeshi foods, and dozens of vendors selling jewelry, clothing, crafts, music CDs, toys, and other items. The mela is organized by the Church McDonald (Bangladeshi) Business Association, which describes it as the "Biggest Bangladeshi Street Festival in USA."

Celebrate Bangladeshi traditions and culture this Sunday on McDonald Avenue, from Church Avenue to Avenue C.



NORTH INDIAN COOKING CLASS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Mukti Banerjee's August 11th class in preparing North Indian Punjabi cuisine was so popular that she's offering it again--especially since not everyone who wanted to attend was able to. The class will be offered this Sunday, August 26th, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the theme being "More North Indian Punjabi Dishes." Punjab, the northern state of India, is popular for its rich food. 

First you'll cook together with Mukti, and then you'll feast together. Mukti will share the secrets of Indian cooking with you and teach you how to make delicious Indian cuisine.

Bring a notebook with you so you can take notes to supplement the printed recipes that Mukti will hand out.

Menu:
Tandoori Chicken
Kaali Dal (black lentil curry)
Garlic Naan
Carrot Halwa

What you will get from the class:
  • tips and tricks about the spices that you will be using,
  • hands-on cooking experience, 
  • friendship,
  • enjoyment,
  • delicious food (a complete dinner), and
  • printed recipes of the dishes.

Cost: $65 per person


Bring your friends with you! If you have any questions, send an e-mail to Mukti at muktiskitchen @ gmail.com or call (917)-703-3998.

Mukti's Kitchen is on Beverley Road, near E. 9th Street, in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FUNERAL MASS FOR YOUNG MOTHER TOMORROW

A funeral mass for Katie McGloin Lindsay will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10:30. The thirty-three-year-old  mother of two young children succumbed to a brain tumor on Sunday after a fifteen-month struggle.

In her memory, a College Savings Fund has been established for her sons, Luke and Owen Lindsay, now four years old and nineteen months old. To donate to the fund, write a check payable to "NY 529 College Savings Plan" and mail it to 
Luke and Owen Lindsay College Fund
c/o G. Cassone
295 Sherman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Katie was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2011. She completed a full round of chemotherapy and radiation and later returned to full-time work as a physical therapist. But in early April of this year, she was readmitted to the hospital and diagnosed with an aggressive stage 3 tumor. She received radiation for several weeks as an inpatient and then went home to be with her children, husband, family, and friends and receive hospice care until the end.

OPEN HOUSE AT WINDSOR TERRACE Y


Open House at Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Sunday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At the official Fall Open House and Preview Day at Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace, everyone is invited to learn about the programs, participate in demonstration classes, tour the facilities, meet the staff, and enjoy activities for children. Register for free trial classes. Pre-register for free and fee-based programming for the fall for all ages.

Visit the Y's website for details about all of the programs, announcements, and updates and call or write for more information.

Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
1224 Prospect Avenue, at the corner of Vanderbilt Street
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

phone: (718) 407-6377
e-mail: info @ ywindsorterrace.org

WHATCHA READING?

Holly Golightly, the Babbo's Books cat, always enjoyed a good book.
Holly, who recently passed away, had many fans in the neighborhood.
Reading over Holly's shoulder is Leonora Stein, owner of Babbo's Books.


Today we inaugurate a new—and occasional—column, "Whatcha Reading?," a list of best-selling books from neighborhood outlets.

No longer do you have to crane your neck on the F train to catch the name of the book the man across the aisle is holding or wonder if that woman has buttoned up her copy of Shades of Grey in a Harry Potter jacket. Or do people keep them at home?

Here from Babbo's Books is a list of its top 11 sellers, both new and used. Our thanks to Leonora Stein, the owner and proprietor of Babbo's Books at 242 Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace; tel: (718) 788-3475. A check at its website (http://babbosbooks.com/Babbo.html) reveals that it hosts a monthly book club on first Fridays at 8 p.m. Its Monday to Saturday hours run from 11 to 8 and slightly shorter on Sundays.

1. The Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James
2. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin (basis for the television series "A Game of Thrones")
3. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
4. Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell
5. The Bone series by Jeff Smith. 
6. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
7. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel 

Used Titles

8+. Any title by David Foster Wallace
9.-10.The Devil In The White City:
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America; In The Garden Of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
11. Unbroken:
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

Jole

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ROCKING AND READING: GREENWOOD PLAYGROUND'S LAST TWO SUMMER EVENTS


The last two events on Friends of Greenwood Playground's (FoGP) summer calendar got rained out last Saturday, so FoGP has rescheduled them for this Saturday...unless it rains that day. Think sunny thoughts so that the events will happen!

Children's Book Swap
 Saturday, August 25th,
collection: 10:15 a.m.
selection: after the concert

Bring up to three of your child's books--any type of book for any age and any reading level--and trade them for an equal number of books brought by other families. Bring no more than three books.

Books will be collected at 10:15 a.m. and sorted until 11:00 a.m., when the music concert begins. After the concert, go back to the book collection to choose the one, two, or three books you want to swap yours for.

Children's Music Concert
Saturday, August 25th, 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy a free concert of children's music played and sung by Jeremy Zmuda of Jeremy Plays Guitar. It's appropriate for all ages.

Check Friends of Greenwood Playground's Facebook Page for up-to-the-minute weather and event information, in case the events have to be postponed.

Greenwood Playground
E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
in Windsor Terrace near its border  with Kensington, Brooklyn

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Greenwood-Playground/223014854379847

Donations to Friends of Greenwood Playground can be put into the donation bucket at FoGP events and can also be made through their website. Donations and neighborhood volunteers keep events free.

LESS, BUT NOT NONE: LOCAL PRECINCTS STOP, FRISK, AND USE FORCE TOO


In case you’ve not been following The New York Times’ close-up look at the NYPD’s stop and frisk policies, on Thursday it focused on the NYPD precincts where the cops use force. Where it is used the most are not the precincts in which it has cause to arrest the (mainly) Black and Latino kids stopped. For example, the Times said in "Pockets of City See Higher Use of Force during Police Stops"  that in the Bronx‘s 46 Precinct, which covers University Heights, Morris Heights, and Fordham,

"…officers used force in 58% of stops last year, the highest rate of any of the city’s 76 precincts…yet just 3 percent of stops that involved force resulted in any arrest—the lowest rate in the city." In Bayside, Queens’ 111th Precinct, which is 87 % white and Asian, however, the cops were "least likely to apply force, using it in 4.7 percent of stops. Yet 40% of those stops ended in an arrest."

66th and 72nd precincts: A detailed graphic map published alongside the Times article "In Some Parts of the City, a Common Police Practice" shows the number of stops using force in the 66th Precinct (Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) and the 72nd (Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace) as well as how many stops were made per square mile. In the 72nd precinct are several areas where cops used force in over 33% of the cases.

A report earlier this year by The New York Civil Liberties Union on NYPD stop-and-frisk policies said only 2% of Borough Park's residents were questioned by the police, the lowest in New York City, compared to one-third questioned in Brownsville during the same period.

A subsequent article  in the New York Daily News in June, "Brooklyn Asians say they are also victims of police stops," reported Asians in Borough and Sunset parks  complained they were "stopped a lot," although only  "481 Asians were stopped by cops in 2011—a small number compared to 685,000 stopped citywide last year."

Jole

Sunday, August 19, 2012

LIVE MUSIC AT THE SCHOOL YARD JAM

School Yard Jam and International Food Fest
Saturday, September 29th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

P.S. 154's
Annual Outdoor Festival

presenting live music by
The Guitar Mutants 
and other local, family-friendly bands

The Guitar Mutants are the Cruise Control Guitar School's original band, consisting of all of its students.

Kids can bounce to their hearts' content in the huge bouncy castle while everyone partakes of food that celebrates the school's diverse community.

The event is a fund raising effort for P.S. 154's music program.

P.S. 154
1625 11th Avenue
between Sherman Street and Windsor Place
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Saturday, August 18, 2012

MUSIC CONCERT AND BOOK SWAP ON THE SAME DAY

UPDATE: POSTPONED BECAUSE OF RAIN.

Two events today at Greenwood Playground!

Children's Music Concert
Saturday, August 18th, 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy this free concert of children's music played and sung by Jeremy Zmuda of Jeremy Plays Guitar. Appropriate for all ages.

Children's Book Swap
 Saturday, August 18th,after the concert

Bring up to three of your child's books and trade them for an equal number of books brought by other families. Bring any type of book for any age or reading level.

Books will be collected at 10:30 a.m. and sorted until 11:00 a.m., when the concert begins. When it ends, go back to the book collection to choose the ones you want.

Check Friends of Greenwood Playground's Facebook Page for up-to-the-minute weather and event information, just in case the events have to be postponed.

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

WORK HOURS OF GOLDEN FARM EMPLOYEES JUST GOT CUT

Work hours have been cut, effective tonight (Friday), for some of the stock workers at Golden Farm. The ones who are affected are the ones who participated in the appeal (which they won) to the Department of Labor for back wages and who participated in the effort to unionize the store (which they succeeded in doing).

Their struggle for dignity on the job, a fair union contract, paid sick days, and payment of back wages for the years they worked below minimum wage has been a difficult one, and it continues.

Some customers decided months ago to boycott Golden Farm after learning about the work conditions at the store. In April, the workers called a one-day boycott. Now, they've called for an official boycott that begins tomorrow (Saturday) at 8:00 a.m.

Tonight, the store's owner, Sonny Kim, told them that the boycott is slowing down business. However, at the same time, he's hired new workers, including one as recently as yesterday.

The workers' new union will, of course, be filing charges about the reduced hours, and the lawyer for the wage and hour case will be contacting Mr. Kim. It's illegal to cut work hours as retaliation.

The boycott that starts Saturday morning will be ongoing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until the workers have a fair contract that includes paid sick days.

In addition to the boycott, people will picket Golden Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra will arrive at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday to keep the mood upbeat and lively.

On Saturday, August 25th, the New York Communities for Change Worker Committee will hold an immigrant workers solidarity picket from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Golden Farm.

Pledge to boycott Golden Farm at http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6245/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6466.

Donate to the family of deceased worker Felix Trinidad Tzatzapotla at https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6245/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=7880. He died of stomach cancer at the age of 34, leaving behind a wife and two young children. He had no paid sick days. Not wanting to lose any income, he even worked on days that he had chemotherapy.

Recent coverage of the Golden Farm campaign:
 
Daily News
El Diario
99 Pickets
New York Times