Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE AND PTA FUND RAISER; FREE DELIVERY AND SET-UP


Buying a Christmas tree can give a financial boost to a school in your area. Purchase a tree from Tom Foley and tell him which school you want him to donate money to. Tom will then donate $10 of the purchase price to that school's PTA. 

A running tally will be kept on Tom's website of the amount that he'll be donating to each school. Last year, Tom donated $11,000 to PTAs.

The participating schools are
  • Pre-K 280,
  • P.S. 10,
  • P.S. 39,
  • P.S. 107,
  • P.S. 118,
  • P.S. 124,
  • P.S. 130,
  • P.S. 133,
  • P.S. 154,
  • P.S. 295,
  • P.S. 321,
  • P.S. 372,
  • M.S. 51,
  • M.S. 88,
  • M.S. 443,
  • M.S. 447,
  • Brooklyn Prospect Charter School,
  • Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, and
  • St. Saviour Catholic Academy. 

Fraser firs that are five feet tall or more are Tom's specialty. He also sells Fraser firs that are over eight feet tall. His small balsam firs are two feet to four feet tall (known as "Charlie Browns") and three feet to five feet tall.

The Frasers are cut just a week before Tom receives them, not months in advance.

Tips on where it's best to place your tree in your home, how to keep your tree watered, and what to do with your tree after the holiday are posted on Tom's website.

Only cash is accepted at the stand. If you'd like to pay with a credit card or a debit card, order from Tom online. Wreaths, pine roping (garland), and tree stands can also be ordered online.

Free delivery and free set-up are available if you request it. The delivery area is shown on this map.

Tom's stand is open during these hours:
  • Mondays through Thursdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and
  • Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Foley Firs
724 8th Avenue, at the corner of 8th Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn
(718) 290-5868
foleyfirs @ gmail.com

CLASSES OF ALL KINDS FOR ADULTS








"Casual classes for curious adults on anything and everything" debuted this week at Brooklyn Brainery in Windsor Terrace

Some of the varied offerings for December are
  • Three Week Improv Intensive for Professionals,
  • Beginner's Embroidery,
  • Make Your Own Evergreen Wreath,
  • Sculpting with Wool: Needle Felting Basics,
  • Tapestry Weaving,
  • The Real History of Cave Paintings,
  • Natural Navigation,
  • Create Your Signature Dish,
  • Modern Calligraphy, and
  • Aluminum Weaving.

Suggestions for topics come from prospective learners in the neighborhood. Most classes last for one to three weeks, with fees ranging from $5 to $75.

From the folks at Brooklyn Brainery (Soma, Jen, Becca, and Mariya):

Brooklyn Brainery is excited to begin hosting classes in Windsor Terrace this week! We offer recreational classes for curious adults on just about any topic imaginable, from embroidery to cave paintings. Our full schedule of upcoming classes can be found on our website at http://brooklynbrainery.com/courses, and new classes are added daily.

We're also looking for groups who are interested in renting the classroom space during the day for kids classes, tutoring groups, or other uses. Feel free to e-mail us anytime at info @ brooklynbrainery.com.

Brooklyn Brainery
1233 Prospect Avenue
between Reeve Place and Vanderbilt Street
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
info @ brooklynbrainery.com
http://brooklynbrainery.com/locations/windsor-terrace-brainery
https://www.facebook.com/brooklynbrainery

https://twitter.com/bkbrains
https://www.instagram.com/bkbrains

SCHOOL OVERCROWDING ON AGENDA FOR COMMUNITY BOARD 7'S EDUCATION COMMITTEE (FREE)


Education Committee of Community Board 7
Thursday, December 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the Education Committee of Community Board 7 (covering Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park) will be held on Thursday, December 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meetings are free and are open to the public.

The agenda is as follows:
  • Advocacy for the new year surrounding overcrowding and school construction,
  • Response to School Construction Authority’s letter regarding potential school sites,
  • Role of local administration in advocacy work.

Meeting location:
Community Board 7 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


Monday, November 28, 2016

"CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND" CONCERT AND TREE LIGHTING AT IHM CHURCH


Emmet Cahill's Christmas in Ireland
Thursday, December 15th, 7:30 p.m.

Award-winning tenor Emmet Cahill will present a concert of seasonal favorites at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, followed by the annual Lighting of Trees and Angels.

The principal singer with the Irish singing group and stage show "Celtic Thunder" as well as a solo artist, Cahill will recall his childhood Christmas memories from Ireland through songs such as "Danny Boy," "The Wexford Carol," "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen," "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and more.

The twenty-six-year-old Cahill is from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. He received a degree in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Cahill recorded and toured with Celtic Thunder from 2011 to 2014, rejoining the group this year.

Ticket prices:
  • $10 for students and seniors, with general seating behind the center break in the back half of the church,
  • $15 for a general adult ticket, with general seating behind the center break in the back half of the church,
  • $35 for a family pass (two adults and up to three children), with general seating behind the center break in the back half of the church,
  • $35 for a preferred adult ticket, with general seating in the front of the church, and
  • $75 for a VIP adult ticket, with reserved seating in the front two pews, a post-concert wine/cheese reception with Emmet, and a complimentary copy of his new CD.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (718) 871-1310, going to the church's website at IHM-Brooklyn.org, or via brownpapertickets.com/event/2711731.

Booking and full tour information for Cahill is available at emmetcahill.com.

Location
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway  
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Windsor Terrace (one block from the Kensington border)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

HAVE A LAUGH AT THE STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE (FREE ADMISSION)


                     The Our Neighborhood Stand-up Comedy Show
                   Monday, November 28th, 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The Our Neighborhood Stand-up Comedy Show, a free monthly stand-up comedy showcase at Bar Chord, will be hosted this month by Derek Humphrey and Matt Rain. Other comics appearing will be

  • Brandon Scott Wolf,
  • Perri Gross,
  • Nasser Khan,
  • Aaron Hertzog,
  • Ann Victoria Clark, and
  • Jericho Davidson.

The line-up is subject to change.


Location
Bar Chord
1008 Cortelyou Road
between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
(map)
phone: (347) 240-6033
website: http://barchordnyc.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarChord


VENDORS WANTED FOR P.S. 130 WINTER BAZAAR

P.S. 130 Annual Winter Bazaar
Saturday, December 17th, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Neighborhood crafters and artisans are invited to apply to sell their new wares at P.S. 130's sixth annual Winter Bazaar. The event supports local artisans as well as P.S. 130.

The school's PTA is looking for vendors who sell unique goods: jewelry, crafts, ceramics, knitted items, soap, candles, home décor, paper goods, art, artisanal food, beauty products, clothing, leather goods, and so on.

The festivities will include photos with Santa and/or Elsa from Frozen (a Polaroid or a digital file for $3), live music by P.S. 130 parents, a chili cook-off, raffles, a Scholastic book-nook store, free arts and crafts activities and games for kids, baked goods and treats, and hot beverages.

To apply to be a vendor, fill out and submit the online vendor application. If your application is approved, you will received an e-mail with instructions for paying through PayPal or by check. Payment must be received by December 12th or you will lose the right to the table.

If you have any questions about the event, send an e-mail to info @ ps130pta.org.

Location
P.S. 130 Upper School gymnasium
713 Caton Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn

Thursday, November 24, 2016

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AT HOLY NAME (FREE ADMISSION)


Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, December 11th, 4:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join in the festivities at the Windsor Terrace/Holy Name Father's Guild's second annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Admission is free.


  • Bring an ornament to help decorate the tree.
  • Get a photo taken with Santa.
  • Enter the Ugly Sweater Contest.
  • Groove to Full Disclosure performing rock 'n' roll holiday tunes live.
  • Buy hot chocolate, hot cider, and baked goods to stay warm and fed.

All of the proceeds that are raised at the celebration will be used to benefit the Holy Name Father's Guild Youth Sports Program.

Location 
Our Lady's Field of Holy Name of Jesus Parish 
Windsor Place 
between Prospect Park West and Howard Place 
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NEW PASTRY SHOP WILL SERVE MUCH MORE THAN PASTRY




An informative interview with chefs and co-owners Björn Böttcher and Greg Barbiero about Der Pioneer is in yesterday's Windsor Terrace Patch.

Der Pioneer will function as both a restaurant and a pastry shop. In addition to pastries and other baked goods, Björn Böttcher and Greg will serve "breakfast, brunch and lunch offerings, a collection of sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches, burgers, and other classic American" food, coffee, beer, and wine.

They're aiming for a mid-December opening date for the restaurant. It will be open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Der Pioneer
737 Church Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: none yet

e-mail: bjorn @ derpioneer.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derpioneer
website: http://derpioneer.com

https://www.instagram.com/der_pioneer

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

WHAT'S CLOSED OR SUSPENDED FOR THANKSGIVING


Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th

  • Alternate side parking (for street cleaning) and parking meter regulations will be suspended.
    • No stopping, no standing, and no parking regulations are suspended, except where those regulations are in effect seven days a week or at all times.
  • Garbage, recycling, and organics collections will be suspended.
    • If Thursday is your garbage or organics collection day, put your items out after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.
    • If Thursday is your recycling collection day, put your items out after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30th. Your recycling will be collected on Thursday, December 1st.
  • Public schools, Family Welcome Centers, and P311 will be closed.
  • Government offices, post offices, public libraries, courts, and the Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed. There will be no mail delivery.

Friday, November 25th, is not a holiday.

  • Public schools, Family Welcome Centers, and P311 will be closed.




Monday, November 21, 2016

GOT QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS FOR COMMUNITY BOARD 12?

              Community Board 12 General Meeting
   Tuesday, November 22nd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Community Board 12's monthly general meeting will be held on November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Do you have any concerns, questions, solutions, needs, or problems that you'd like the community board to address? Arrive at the meeting before 7:00 p.m. so that you can sign up to speak during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

General meetings of Community Board 12 are normally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from September through June, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Amico Senior Center.

Every neighborhood in New York City is represented by an all-volunteer community board, which serves as the neighborhood's liaison to city agencies. Board members are appointed by the neighborhood's city councilperson and the borough president.

The goal of a community board is to help resolve issues involving pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, housing, land use and zoning, outdoor lighting, potholes, sanitation, libraries, crime, police presence, social services, rodents, trash collection, public litter baskets, street and sidewalk conditions, etc.

Community Board 12's committees are

    Planning, Zoning Variances and City Map
    Education, Library, Cultural Affairs
    Sanitation & Environmental Protection
    Fire, Safety & Police
    Health & Social Services
    Housing & Buildings
    Legislation
    Parks, Capital Projects & Site Selection
    Transportation & Franchises
    Youth & Community Development

Meeting location
Amico Senior Center
5901 13th Avenue, 3rd floor
at the corner of 59th Street
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Community Board 12
phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @ cb.nyc.gov
website: http://www.brooklyncb12.org
Chairperson: Yidel Perlstein
District Manager: Barry Spitzer


Sunday, November 20, 2016

CURBSIDE LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE


Fallen leaves are collected curbside by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY). They turn them into compost, a natural soil amendment. Do not set out leaves, grass, branches, and yard clippings generated by hired professionals. Professionals must dispose of them at a permitted composting facility. 

Leaf collection is part of the program for the portion of residents in Community Board 7 whose organics are collected by DSNY. Your leaves will not be collected separately. Put the leaves in your brown organics bin or in a paper lawn and leaf bag and set them out at the curb for pick-up with your regularly scheduled organics collection.

The rest of Community Board 7's residents and all of Community Board 12's residents should set out their leaves at the curb after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 26th. Collection is scheduled to start on Sunday, November 27th. Since you do not have brown organics bins, put your leaves in either a paper lawn and leaf bag or an open, unlined container.

Paper lawn & leaf bags can generally be purchased at hardware and home improvement stores and many larger supermarkets. Click here to see a map of where you can buy paper lawn and leaf bags. Do not put leaves in plastic bags; they cannot be composted.


LIVE MUSIC AT BATATA (FREE ADMISSION)

Me and My Wifey
Sunday, December 4th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For its first foray into live music, Batata will present Brooklyn musical duo Me and My Wifey. The singers, one of whom is also the keyboardist, will perform on Sunday, December 4th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of Devon and Madison as you dine.

Me and My Wifey's YouTube channel
is here.

Batata
3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(347) 599-1260
batatabk @ gmail.com Instagram
Google+
Facebook
http://www.batatabk.com

Saturday, November 19, 2016

FOOD COOP MEMBERS MEETING SCHEDULED


                  Windsor Terrace Food Coop Members Meeting
                          Tuesday, December 6th, 7:00 p.m.

At the next meeting of the members of the Windsor Terrace Food Coop, the focus will be on
issues that are central to the coop's sustainability and operations.

Coop members are urged to attend the meeting.

Meeting location
Knights of Columbus Hall
1511 10th Avenue
between Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street
Windsor Terrace
(map)
http://www.windsorterracefoodcoop.com
https://www.facebook.com/windsorterracefoodcoop

Friday, November 18, 2016

TOY AND CLOTHING DRIVE BY COMMUNITY BOARD 7


For its 29th Annual Holiday Gift Drive, Community Board 7 is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys and clothing for needy children in the community--girls and boys, from infancy to age 12.

Bring donations to the board's office any Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., up to Monday, December 19th,the final collection day.

The toys will be distributed through local community-based organizations.

Volunteers are needed to help shop for toys and sort them. Anyone interested in helping should send an e-mail to the board at bk07 @ cb.nyc.gov.

Community Board 7 Office
4201 4th Avenue (entrance on 43rd Street)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
communityboard7 @ yahoo.com
new website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/brooklyncb7/index.page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225


TOY DRIVE FOR CHILDREN IN KENSINGTON'S FAMILY SHELTER

A toy drive is underway for the eighty-five children currently living at The Kensington, the family shelter in our neighborhood. The drive was launched early so that the gifts will be ready for the wrapping party that will most likely be held during the first week of December.

The gifts will be given out at a holiday party in mid-December and on Christmas day.

The coordinators of givemeshelterbk, a mailing list of Kensington and Windsor Terrace residents who want to assist in the success of the shelter, are partnering with Park Slope Parents on this project.

To make sure that the right number of toys are collected for each age group, an Amazon Wish List has been created (https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2FETQYFQTF3CF). On that page, the shelter's address is set as the default address; your purchases will be shipped directly to the shelter.


Or maybe you would rather shop locally to support our neighborhood merchants. Saturday, November 26th, would be the perfect day to do that, if you can. That day is Small Business Saturday. The Shop Small movement encourages shoppers to buy from stores in their own neighborhoods, which increases neighborhood stability.

If you buy an item locally (or anywhere other than Amazon), mark it "purchased" on the wish list so that the coordinators can keep track of what has already been purchased. Click "Buying this gift elsewhere?", situated next to each item, right below "Add to Cart."

Bring the unwrapped toy(s) to the shelter (385 McDonald Avenue, across the street from Foodtown) by Thursday, December 1st, if possible. Mark it "Holiday toy drive. Attention: Uniquia Parker."

F TRAIN NOT RUNNING FROM CHURCH TO STILLWELL THIS WEEKEND


From Friday, September 23rd, at 11:45 p.m. until Monday, September 26th, at 5:00 a.m.,

  • No F trains will run between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue.
  • Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue.*
  • Transfer between F trains and shuttle buses at Church Avenue.
  • F trains will provide normal service between 179th Street and Church Avenue.

Shuttle buses will operate between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue, stopping at Ditmas Avenue, 18th Avenue, Avenue I, Bay Parkway, Avenue N, Avenue P, Kings Highway, Avenue U, Avenue X, Neptune Avenue, and West 8th Street.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

SEELEY STREET CONVERSION TO ONE-WAY IS VETOED BY COMMUNITY BOARD 7


The proposal by the Department of Transportation to convert Seeley Street to one-way was vetoed last night by Community Board 7.

Read "Seeley Street in Windsor Terrace Won't Be Converted to a One-Way (at Least for Now)" in Windsor Terrace Patch for more information.

HATHA YOGA FOR BEGINNERS



VENDORS SELLING THEIR WARES FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT HOLY NAME CHURCH


Vendor Holiday Sale
Sunday, December 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The 4th annual Vendor Sale of St. Joseph the Worker Academy provides an additional venue for buying gifts locally. Do your Christmas and Hanukkah shopping among the variety of vendors selling jewelry, clothing, handbags, accessories, makeup, candles, chocolate, and more. 

The sale will be on Sunday December 4th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Santa will be there from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for everyone to take pictures with.

Vendors who are interested in selling new items should contact Ellen (347) 432-6721.

Event location

Shepherd's Hall
Holy Name of Jesus Church
241 Prospect Park West
between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 768-3071
fax: (718) 369-2039
http://www.holynamebrooklyn.com
https://www.facebook.com/HolyNameBrooklyn
https://twitter.com/HolyNameBklyn


FOOD DONATIONS REQUESTED BY BROWNIES FOR A BROOKLYN FOOD PANTRY


                                          Food Drive
                   Friday, November 18th, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

CAMBA needs to keep its Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Pantry fully stocked because it feeds 4,300 hungry Brooklynites every month. IHM Brownie Troop #2662 will lend CAMBA a hand by collecting food to donate to the food pantry.

The Brownies will be stationed outside of Foodtown tomorrow (Friday), from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. They'll accept canned tuna, chicken, and salmon, dried milk, beans, fruit, vegetables, and pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and 100% fruit juice.

They can't accepted expired or dented cans.

From CAMBA's website:

CAMBA’s emergency food pantry operates on a client-choice/supermarket-style system, where clients choose individual food items rather than receiving pre-packed bags, as they would at traditional pantries.

The pantry distributes a three-day supply of nutritional food. This is critical for many of our clients who are unable to maintain a healthy diet, including the elderly and those at or below the poverty level. Clients include current CAMBA clients, those referred by other agencies and organizations and people who self-refer.

Foodtown is located at 382 McDonald Avenue, at the corner of Albemarle Road, in Kensington.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SIGNS OF LOVE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD


A neighbor and her children have posted this caring and supportive sign in several places around the neighborhood.

--------------------------------------------

Windsor Terrace/Kensington 

LOVES Our

Black•Brown•White•Latino

Muslim•Jewish•Christian 

Gay•Female•Refugee•Queer 

Asian•Middle Eastern Disabled•Immigrant•Intersex

Mentally Ill•Interfaith•Mixed Race• 

Neighbors 


These are tough
times. Know that there are people
in your community who stand against intolerance
and hate. 

There are neighbors who have your back. 

We see you. We trust you. We love you.

We will stand by you.

PASTRY SHOP OPENING ON CHURCH AVE.



Handcrafted European pastries prepared by chefs and co-owners Björn Böttcher and Greg Barbiero will soon be served at Der Pioneer in Kensington, most likely in December. The chefs will be using locally sourced ingredients.

Chef Böttcher came to the U.S. from Hamburg, Germany; he trained in Europe. He was the pastry chef at Shea Gallante’s Ciano; at The Lambs Club, he was the Master Baker and Executive Pastry Chef.

Der Pioneer will have a backyard seating area.

The hours for the shop have not yet been announced.


Der Pioneer
737 Church Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: none yet

e-mail: bjorn @ derpioneer.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derpioneer
website: http://derpioneer.com

https://www.instagram.com/der_pioneer

POLICE PRECINCT MEETING FOR KENSINGTON AND BOROUGH PARK RESIDENTS


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Monday, November 21st, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At the next meeting of the 66th Precinct Community Council, residents of Kensington and Borough Park are invited to meet with the precinct's Commanding Officer, Captain Kenneth Quick.

Captain Quick will update residents on recent crimes in the two neighborhoods and what the police are doing to deter crime and arrest criminals. This is also an opportunity for residents to bring crime-related issues to his attention.

In addition, you can find out about various programs that are available through the precinct.

The Community Council provides the critical interface between citizens and police through these regular monthly meetings. The meetings are held on the third Monday of the month, from September through June. The Community Council does not meet in July or August.


Meeting location
Community Board 12 Office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn

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The 66th Precinct itself is located at 5822 16th Avenue, between 58th and 59th streets, in Borough Park.
(718) 851-5611 
e-mail: 66precinctcc @ gmail.com
website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/precincts/precinct_066.shtml 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYPD66Pct