Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WEEKEND CHANGES ON THE F AND G TRAINS



From 11:45 p.m. on Friday, December 15th, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18th, Jamaica-bound F and Bedford-Nostrand Avs-bound G trains will not stop at the Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street stations because of track maintenance.

For service to these stations, take the F or G train to 7th Avenue or to Smith-9th Streets and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F train or a Church Avenue-bound G train.

For service from these stations, take the F or G train to 7th Avenue or to Church Avenue and transfer to a
Jamaica-bound F or Bedford-Nostrand Avs-bound G train.

LEAF DROP-OFF AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN


                                          Leaf Drop-off
                Saturday, December 16th,  11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
                   Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Leaves are valuable "browns" (carbon-rich material) that balance the food scraps in compost bins. Put your fallen leaves into clear plastic bags or brown paper bags and bring them to the East Fourth Street Community Garden, where they'll be turned into compost. Don't bring twigs, branches, or trash.

Location
East Fourth Street Community Garden
179 E. 4th Street
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace / Kensington
http://eastfourthstreetgarden.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/246036418909475

HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 17th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Handmade goods by local artisans will be sold at the All Souls Bethlehem Church Holiday Bazaar. 

Some of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood, Chilis on Wheels, Puerto Rico Relief, and UCC U.S. Virgin Island Relief.

Location
All Souls Bethlehem Church
566 E. 7th Street
between Cortelyou Road and Ditmas Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn

Monday, December 11, 2017

STORIES AND SONGS FROM PUERTO RICO: JUAN BOBO Y EL COQUI


 Juan Bobo y el Coqui
 Saturday, December 16th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Singing Winds: Storytelling from Around the World
presents
Juan Bobo and Kiki Koki
Stories and Songs from Puerto Rico

with
Jill Reinier, storyteller
and friends

en inglés y español
(in English and Spanish)

suggested donation:
flashlights, headlamps, and batteries
to aid Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria

P.S. 230 Lower School
425 McDonald Avenue
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn
 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

BARNES & NOBLE BOOKFAIR, IN THE STORE AND ONLINE, TO BENEFIT M.S. 839


Barnes & Noble Bookfair for M.S. 839
Sunday, December 10th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A bookfair at Barnes & Noble will raise money for M.S. 839. Every purchase you make in the store tomorrow supports the school. When you check out, use the school's Bookfair ID 12257408 prior to making your purchase.

Bring the kids for story time, student performances, and crafts from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Barnes & Noble is at 267 7th Avenue in Park Slope. The entrance is at the corner of 6th Street.

If you'd rather make your purchases online on the Barnes & Noble website, enter the Bookfair ID after you've added all of your purchases to your cart. This offer is good from December 10th through December 15th.

Friday, December 8, 2017

THREE-WOMAN POETRY READING AT CHURCH BAR (FREE)


Second Sunday
Curated Poetry Reading Series
Sunday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The debut event in Church Bar's curated poetry reading series will feature readings by I.S. Jones, Jess Feldman, and Hannah Ingram.

I.S. Jones: "I.S. Jones is a writer, educator, and hip-hop head hailing from Southern California. She is a second-year fellow with The Watering Hole, BOAAT Writer's Retreat, and Callaloo."

Jess Feldman: "Jess Feldman's poetry has appeared in Sixth Finch, Radar Poetry, and diode, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her manuscript 'Call It A Premonition' was chosen by Zachary Schomburg as winner of the 2015 BOAAT Winter Chapbook Competition."

Hannah Ingram: "Hannah Ingram (she/her) has been teaching in public and private schools in New York and California since 2005. Hannah is committed to ongoing professional development, organizing and curriculum design around anti-racism, dis/ability studies, and queer studies." 

The event is free to the public. Drink specials will be available. The Church Bar menu includes beer, wine, cocktails, and food.

Church Bar is open every day from 4:00 pm. to 4:00 a.m. Happy Hour is daily from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.

Location 
Church Bar
416 Church Avenue
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone (718) 435-2574

AGENDA FOR PUBLIC MEETING OF COMMUNITY BOARD 7, DECEMBER 2017


Monthly Board Meeting of Community Board 7 
Wednesday, December 20th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Board 7 (CB 7) will hold its regular monthly Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 20th, at 6:30 p.m. CB 7 represents Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park, East Windsor Terrace, South Park Slope, and Greenwood Heights.

The meeting will take place in the board office at 4201 4th Avenue. The entrance to the building is on 43rd Street.

Residents are welcome to attend the meeting. The public has two opportunities to comment: after the adoption of the minutes of the previous board meeting and right before the meeting adjourns. 

The proposed agenda:
1. The Pledge of Allegiance
2. Opening of the meeting
3. Adoption of the agenda
4. Adoption of the Minutes of the Board Meeting of November 15, 2017
5. Public Comment
6. Committee Reports:
   A) Health Committee (no vote required)
     1) Presentation by Liz Rendon, NYU-Langone Brooklyn on the Healthy Families program
   B)  Economic Development Committee
     1)  Presentation by the Economic Development Corporation on the infrastructure plan for the Sunset Park waterfront
   C) Education Committee
     1) Update from the Brooklyn Public Library on the Sunset Park temporary branch project
   D) Transportation Committee
     1) Presentation by the Department of Transportation on the 4th Avenue study 
   E) Nominating Committee 
     1) 2017 Elections
7. Elected Officials and Representatives
8. District Manager’s Report
9. Chairperson’s Report
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Public Comment
13. Adjournment

TALK WITH THE POLICE AT THE 72ND PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING



72nd Precinct Community Council Meeting 
Tuesday, December 12th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Discuss crime and find out what the 72nd Precinct is doing to prevent future crimes at the 72nd Precinct Community Council's public meetings. Find out what types of crime have been occurring, their frequency, and why they can happen.

At Community Council meetings, members of the public are invited to voice their concerns about crime and tell officers what's on their minds: armed robberies, sexual assaults, home break-ins, burglaries in local stores, bank robberies, drivers who are speeding or breaking other laws, stolen bicycles, package theft, and any other crimes.

Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park fall within the 72nd Precinct. Everyone who lives or works within the precinct's boundaries is invited to attend Community Council meetings. Contact the Community Affairs officers at (718) 965-6326 if you have any questions.


The meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Church of the Redeemer/Iglesia del Redentor, 4717 7th Avenue, between 47th and 48th streets, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

SNOW CANCELS ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING AND POSSIBLY GARBAGE COLLECTION



The chance of snow for tomorrow is 100%, with an accumulation of three to five inches predicted. Because of this, alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended to facilitate snow removal by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

All other regulations, however, including parking meter regulations, will be in effect. Those are only suspended on major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


Go to PlowNYC at maps.nyc.gov/snow to determine the priority designation of any street and about how long it's been since a DSNY salt spreader or snow plow was on that street.

Garbage and recycling collection might be delayed or suspended, depending on how much snow we get. Check the DSNY website tomorrow or call 311 for up-to-date information.

GIFT DRIVE FOR NEEDY P.S. 130 STUDENTS

Posted on behalf of the P.S. 130 PTA

Dear Neighbors,

Every year, PS 130 The Parkside School has a Holiday Gift Drive to ensure that every child at our Title I school has a happy season. This year, the administration has identified over ninety children in need, and we are working hard to make sure that those kids receive the basics they require (including coats, boots, backpacks, and blankets) as well as some of the toys/books/games they want. If you would like to help support some local children in need, here's how you can help:


The deadline to donate is Tuesday, December 12.

Thank you for your support!  We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season, with all your family’s wants and needs fulfilled.

With gratitude,
Sally Skinner, Co-Chair of the PS 130 Holiday Gift Drive Committee
Lisa Zelznick, Co-President of the PS 130 PTA

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

DISRUPTED WATER SERVICE, STREET CLOSURES, RODENTS, DUST, AND NOISE ARE COMING TO KENSINGTON



  • Temporary water service disruptions.
  • Dust.
  • Noise.
  • The presence of heavy equipment.
  • Possible limited street access.
  • An increase in rodents, which the city will try to control.
  • Street closures.
  • Traffic detours.
  • Temporary restrictions on access to driveways.
  • Possible bus detours.

These are the problems predicted to plague Brooklyn neighborhoods when water mains get replaced. The aggravation will start on Monday, December 11th.

Bay Ridge will be the first of nine (and possibly more) Brooklyn neighborhoods to experience this. Among the other eight are Kensington and Borough Park.

Work will be carried out Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and possibly nights from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., if needed. Sleep deprivation isn't pretty.

SOLD STABLES STAY OPEN FOR NOW


For at least the next five years, Kensington Stables will continue to operate. The owner sold the stable at an auction to a buyer who agreed to keep the family business running and possibly expand it into an additional building.

For details, see "Staying in the neigh-borhood" in Brooklyn Paper and "Kensington Stables Sold" in Windsor Terrace Patch.

Monday, December 4, 2017

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND CAROLING (FREE)


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 7th, 6:30 p.m.

Bring in the Christmas season at the Third Annual Windsor Terrace/Holy Name Father's Guild Christmas Tree Lighting. All neighbors of all ages are welcome to attend.

The gates of Our Lady's Field will be opened at 6:30 p.m., as Christmas caroling begins. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Ornaments will be sold to hang on the tree. Or bring an ornament with you to place on it.

Also for sale will be hot cider and hot cocoa to keep you warm and cookies and other baked goods to please your taste buds.

Listen to the band FULL DISCLOSURE play rock and roll holiday music live. Also hear a performance by Park Slope Performing Arts Group.

And get your photo taken with Santa!

All of the funds that are raised during the celebration will be used to benefit the Holy Name Father's Guild Youth Sports program. 
 
Location
The entrance to Our Lady's Field of Holy Name of Jesus Parish is on Windsor Place, between Prospect Park West and Howard Place, in Windsor Terrace.


ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED ON DECEMBER 8TH



Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Friday, December 8th, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended. They are only suspended on these major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


STOP THE TAX SCAM COMMUNITY RESISTANCE PARTY


                 Stop the Tax Scam Community Resistance Party
               Wednesday, December 6th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

T
he neighborhood "Stop the Tax Scam Community Resistance Party" offers several ways to speak out against the House and Senate versions of the tax bill:

  • Join a Text-a-Thon. Learn how to set up peer-to-peer texting on your laptop.
  • Make phone calls to vulnerable members of the House and Senate.
  • Write postcards.

From the organizers: "Come make noise. This tax bill is NOT what Americans want. Meet your neighbors and learn about upcoming actions.
Get involved and take back our Democracy from special interests."

The event will take place at Brooklyn Commune on Wednesday, December 6th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. BYOB or order beer, wine, and food from the Butterfunk Kitchen menu.

RSVP to acdesign @ verizon.net.

Thank you to Eugenie Woo and Chris Scott, the owners of Brooklyn Commune and Butterfunk Kitchen, for again generously donating the use of their restaurant.
 
Location
Brooklyn Commune
601 Greenwood Avenue
at the corner of Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace

(718) 686-1044
e-mail: feedme @ brooklyncommune.com
http://brooklyncommune.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Commune/109783589077211?ref=ts&v=wall
https://twitter.com/BrooklynCommune
https://instagram.com/brooklyncommune_

By subway: Take the F or G train to the Fort Hamilton Parkway station. Exit at the Prospect Avenue end of the station. Do not exit at the Fort Hamilton Parkway end; that would put you on the wrong side of Ocean Parkway.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

CHANUKAH POTLUCK PARTY (FREE ADMISSION)

Chanukah Potluck Party
Wednesday, December 13th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Lotsa latkes will be served at Hinterlands Bar on the second night of Chanukah (also spelled "Hanukkah"). Bring a homemade or store-bought dish or a snack to the Chanukah potluck party to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Hinterlands will provide the latkes.

Admission is free.

This year, Chanukah begins at sunset on Tuesday, December 12th, and ends at sunset on Wednesday, December 20th.

The spelling and origin of the holiday:
"Hanukkah (Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה, usually spelled חנוכה pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, also romanized as Chanukah or Chanuka), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar."

Location
Hinterlands Bar
739 Church Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-0550
hinterlandsbar @ gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/hinterlandsbar
https://twitter.com/hinterlandsbar

 

WINTER BAZAAR: UNIQUE GIFTS, BOOK FAIR, LIVE MUSIC, SANTA, AND MORE



Winter Bazaar
Saturday, December 9th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2017                                                               



The P.S. 130 PTA is excited to announce that it will be hosting its annual Winter Bazaar from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at its Upper School.


The highly anticipated event supports our local artisans and provides a place for communal gathering. From jewelry to home decor, paper goods to beauty products, families and neighbors will be able to shop local for unique gifts while enjoying a festive, inclusive atmosphere.   



Put on your chef hat and bring a pot of homemade chili for a chance to win bragging rights in the annual chili cook-off.

This year’s celebrity judging panel is made up of District 39 Councilmember Brad Lander; 44th District Assemblymember Robert Carroll; and Chris Scott, a current contestant on Top Chef and chef/owner of Butterfunk Kitchen and Brooklyn Commune.

Winner takes home a very special P.S. 130 Best Chili trophy and gift card to Butterfunk Kitchen.


In addition to items for sale and the chili cook-off, there will also be live music by P.S. 130 parents and students, a raffle, baked goods and treats, hot beverages, a Scholastic book fair, and a photo booth with Santa.

Tiny Scientist, Barking Cat Studios, Brooklyn Game Lab, and the P.S. 130 PTA Art Committee will all provide free children’s games and crafts.

Proceeds from the event support the PTA at P.S. 130, a diverse, Title I school community serving over 800 students in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Kensington and Windsor Terrace.

Location
P.S. 130 Upper School
713 Caton Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
on the Windsor Terrace - Kensington border



Contact

Ashley Kreamer Colao and Lisa Jackson Zelznick, Co-Presidents

Tonya Muro, Event Chair

info @ ps130pta.org


Saturday, December 2, 2017

KENSINGTON HATE FREE ZONE POTLUCK PARTY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD


Kensington Hate Free Zone Pot Luck
Sunday, December 3rd, 4:30  p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

From Occupy Kensington
Dear Kensington Friends,
What a year it's been since Occupy Kensington reconvened to fight for our neighbors and neighborhood in the face of the Trump Administration. Join us this Sunday, December 3rd, at 4:30 p.m., for a potluck party to celebrate our efforts and solidarity with the wider community.
Members of our Kensington Hate Free Zone partners, JFREJ (Jews for Racial Equality and Justice), SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice), and DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) will join us to commemorate our joint efforts over the nine months.
Bring something to eat or drink. Donations for Puerto Rico are also encouraged. See the details below.
People nationwide have been organizing successfully, with hard fought wins in court, recent elections, and the court of public opinion.
OK members can take heart from our collective efforts to carry out a three pronged approach to support vulnerable neighbors that included: exerting pressure to make NYC a true sanctuary city; assisting immigrants in the courts; preparing to stop ICE and protect neighbors from hate at the local level.
We’ve coordinated with like-minded groups, both immigrant and native-born. We’ve also responded to new crises, such as the devastation in Puerto Rico, which profoundly affects Brooklyn neighbors. Here’s a brief look back!

  • Sponsored three neighborhood workshops in bystander training and self-defense.
  • Held three demonstrations, including a kick-off with DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) that attracted 300 people, as well as our best-attended-ever International Women’s Day demo.
  • Initiated a comprehensive neighborhood know-your-rights flyer posting that brought neighbors together.
  • Sponsored well attended workshop on broken windows policing and cop watch with guest speaker from El Grito. 
  • Conducted ongoing business outreach with DRUM, JFREJ, and SURJ to engage small businesses in making Kensington a Hate-Free-Zone, getting dozens of local businesses to join. 
  • Assisted immigrants by accompanying them to court for deportation and asylum hearings in conjunction with New Sanctuary Coalition.
  • Organized reading group on immigration.
  • Held discussions on topics from New York Health Act to the recent elections, some featuring guests from other groups. 
  • Coordinated Kensington hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, raising $1,500 in cash and another $500 in material donations.
  • Provide ongoing help packing aid for Puerto Rico in conjunction with El Grito.
  • Maintain a website for updating the community and a Facebook group, where members can contribute important news items to the conversation. 
  • Members individually and together have attended numerous demonstrations, events and panel discussions.  
Let’s gather for neighborly camaraderie just ahead of the holidays! All are welcome - whether you've been able to participate with us yet or would just like to get to know OK neighbors better!

Items needed for Puerto Rican relief. We will see that they get to the warehouse!
  • Gas canisters  
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Large trash bags
  • Battery operated fans 
  • Batteries of all types (esp. solar)
  • Extension cords  
  • USB car chargers for phones
  • Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets  & Water filters​
  • Tarps
  • Lighters  
  • Utility knives  
  • Duct tape
  • Work gloves  | Latex gloves  | Rubber boots
  • Battery powered drills  
  • Large candles
  • First aid kits  
  • Neosporin
  • Cold medicine, Immodium/Pepto-Bismol, Tylenol/Advil, EmergenC/Airborne
  • Baby wipes (we have lots of diapers)
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Shaving razor blades
  • Toilet paper
Location
private house
309 E. 5th Street
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Kensington