Friday, October 20, 2017

DIAPERS, PULL-UPS, AND BED SHEETS NEEDED BY FAMILIES IN THE KENSINGTON FAMILY SHELTER

Diapers are urgently needed at The Kensington Family Shelter in sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6 and pull-ups in sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T. In addition, families that are moving out of the shelter and into more permanent housing need new sheets for children's and toddlers' beds.

The diapers, pull-ups, and sheets can be brought to the shelter at 385 McDonald Avenue, between Albemarle Road and Church Avenue, in Kensington (across from Foodtown) or mailed to Uniquia Parker, The Kensington, 385 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11218.

In addition to donating diapers as individuals, people can also join forces with others by organizing diaper drives in schools, parent groups, faith organizations, neighborhood associations, etc.

At the moment, the families don't need donations of clothing, books, used toys, or household items.


F TRAINS WON'T STOP BETWEEN CHURCH AVE. AND STILLWELL AVE. THIS WEEKEND


From Friday, October 20th, at 11:45 p.m., until Monday, October 23rd, at 5:00 a.m., F trains will operate between 179th Street and Church Avenue, as usual.

But no F trains will stop at any stations between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue.

Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service, operating between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue.

You can transfer between F trains and shuttle buses at Church Avenue. The shuttle buses will then stop 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. 

If you want direct service between Coney Island and Manhattan/Downtown Brooklyn, take the D, N, or Q train instead. 

  • Transfer between D, N, and Q trains and the buses at Stillwell Avenue. 
  • Transfer between Q trains and the buses at West 8th Street.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

U.S. MILITARISM DISCUSSED AT NEXT OCCUPY KENSINGTON MEETING


Occupy Kensington Meeting: U.S. Militarism
Sunday, October 22nd, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

From Occupy Kensington: 
The unthinkable—war with a nuclear power—is on many of our minds. How did we get here? What should progressives dedicated to peaceful solutions do? Join us for what will no doubt be a wide-ranging discussion on U.S. militarism. Occupy Kensington member Keith Brooks will facilitate, with his article "Raise Your Hand If You Think We Should Go To War With Russia" as the jumping off point. 

The meeting will take place on Sunday, October 22nd, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in a private house at 309 E. 5th Street (just north of Church Avenue), in Kensington.

Occupy Kensington is a community-based movement that stands in solidarity with other Occupy, 99%, and liberation movements in New York City, across the country, and around the world.

e-mail: occupy11218 @ gmail.com
website: https://occupykensington.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/occupykensington 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ACTION-PACKED HOWL-O-WEEN BLOCK PARTY AT SEAN CASEY ANIMAL RESCUE


Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party
Sunday, October 22nd, noon to 5:00 p.m.

It's a block party! It's an animal adoption event! It's the 10th Annual Howl-o-ween Bark Block Party!

Sean Casey Animal Rescue's Howl-o-ween Bark Block Party will be hosted this year by radio DJ and animal advocate Maria Milito. Maria can be heard locally on Classic Rock Q104.3 (WAXQ) and nationally on iHeartMedia radio stations. 

Some of the day's many highlights will be

  • games and activities,
  • raffles, 
  • costume contests for kids and pups,
  • a kissing booth with pups Xander and Reeses,
  • a BBQ (including vegetarian food), and
  • confections, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and haunted lemonade.

Buy raffle tickets online or at the block party for these wonderful prizes:
  • Top Grand Prize (1 winner): Series 3 Apple Watch (buy tickets here)
  • Grand Prize (2 winners): four Disney Park Hopper passes for each winner (buy tickets here)
  • Grand Prize (2 winners): Premium cars for kids (buy tickets here)
  • Grand Prize (3 winners): Go Pro (buy tickets here

Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will be used to help fund SCAR's Critical Care Program.

Live entertainment will be provided by Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective, Stop Shopping Choir, and Elvis impersonator Robert McArthur.


The Tiny Scientist, Sunset Park Playhouse, The Lady Aye, Sue Pike The Animal Talker will also be present, along with hula-hooper Olivia Smith and storyteller and author Heather Swain.

Animal welfare information booths will be staffed by Pet Haven Animal Hospital, Brooklyn Bark, Dapper Dawg, and Pumpkinpups Dog Training.


SCAR's
adoption specialists can help match you up with a new, furry best friend.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue's annual Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party is a community event attended by animal lovers and neighbors in Brooklyn and all over New York City. Every year, hundreds of people attend Howl-O-Ween Bark. This is SCAR's primary fundraiser, and it allows the staff to cover the shelter’s operating expenses.

Location

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street, between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington
 

Learn more about the individuals and groups listed above:
 
Maria Milito https://www.facebook.com/Maria-Milito-52000822733/
Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective https://www.facebook.com/brooklynbluegrasscollective/
Robert McArthur https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trWCABcONvM
Stop Shopping Choir https://www.facebook.com/revbilly/
The Tiny Scientist https://www.facebook.com/thetinyscientist/
Sunset Park Playhouse https://www.facebook.com/Sunset-Park-Playhouse-145448918850755/
The Lady Aye https://www.facebook.com/theladyaye
Sue Pike The Animal Talker http://suepikeenergy.com/
Heather Swain https://heatherswainbooks.com/
Pet Haven Animal Hospital http://pethavenhospital.com/
Brooklyn Bark http://www.brooklynbark.com/
Dapper Dawg https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dapper-Dawg/111523758911388
PumpkinPups Dog Training http://www.pumpkinpups.com/
Xander Puppy https://www.facebook.com/xanderpuppy/
Lord Tulsi Fiery Condiments https://www.facebook.com/LordTulsi/
Contains Nuts https://containsnuts-cookies.com/
Massage therapist Rose Mollica www.massagebyrosenyc.com

 

FREE SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING FOR WOMEN, QUEER, AND TRANS PEOPLE


Self-Defense Training
Sunday, October 22nd, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) will lead a free self-defense training session for women, queer, and trans people at the P.S. 130 Upper School.

Childcare will be available. Snacks will be available.

This training session has been organized by Kensington Hate Free Zone with DRUM, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Occupy Kensington, and Showing Up for Racial Justice. The trainers are from the Center for Anti-Violence Education. CAE, located in Park Slope, was founded in 1974 as part of the grassroots feminist anti-violence movement.

The event will take place on Sunday, October 22nd, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be hosted by Occupy Kensington and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ]. The P.S. 130 PTA is the event's sponsor.

Register for free tickets here.

For more information, send an e-mail to occupy11218 @ gmail.com.

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Hate Free Zones is led by frontline communities facing threats of deportation, police brutality, hate crimes, and other forms of interpersonal and state violence.

Hate Free Zones is aimed at creating a grassroots community defense system in which people can find safety in each other. Hate Free Zones consist of community-based organizations, neighborhood businesses, and faith-based institutions.

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

REPORT PROBLEMS AND ASK QUESTIONS AT THE 66TH PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Captain David A. Wall

66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, October 19th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meet the 66th Precinct's commanding officer, Captain David Wall, at the next meeting of the 66th Precinct Community Council. 

Captain Wall will update residents of Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood on recent crimes in those neighborhoods. He will also provide information about what the police are doing to deter crime and arrest criminals.

This is an opportunity to bring crime-related issues to Captain Wall's 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 regular monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the third Thursday 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 
(map)
B16 bus to 13th Avenue at 56th Street; return on 14th Avenue (schedule)

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Contact information for the 66th Precinct:
phone: (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 
5822 16th Avenue
between 58th and 59th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Monday, October 16, 2017

PARKING CHANGES ON DIWALI





Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended this Thursday, October 19th, for Diwali.

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended.

Street cleaning will be suspended.


Parking meter regulations are only suspended for major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

TOUR OF PARK SLOPE/WINDSOR TERRACE ARTISTS' STUDIOS (FREE)


Park Slope/Windsor Terrace Artists Open Studio Tour
Saturday, November 18th, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 19th, noon to 5:00 p.m.

More than thirty artists in Windsor Terrace and Park Slope will be opening their homes and studios and inviting the public in to have a look.

Park Slope/Windsor Terrace Artists, a collective of visual artists living and working in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, has held an annual open studio tour since 2013. It's become a great neighborhood tradition. The tour brings people from all over the metropolitan area to discover the artists' skill and artwork.

This year’s open studio tour will take place on Saturday, November 18th, from noon until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 19th, also from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Artists on this year’s tour include Brooklyn cityscape painters, photographers, sculptors, and printmakers.


Susan Greenstein
Susan Greenstein and her husband, Phil Desantis, are showing their paintings, prints, and cards at 229-A Windsor Place.


Nancy Doniger
Nancy Doniger, at 7 Windsor Place, is exhibiting with her husband, the sculptor Eric Jacobson. Nancy is a  children's book illustrator and regularly contributes editorial art for The New York Times.


Joy Makon
 Joy Makon will be showing her elegant watercolors at 41 Fuller Place (between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue).

The tour will also feature creative ceramics artists who make earthenware limited edition, one-of-a-kind, functional pots and large sculptural vessels. Caryn Kreitzer, at 16 Temple Court (off Seeley Street), is currently creating cups and impressive oval platters as well as beautiful bowls.

To plan your tour, check the website artspswt.com, which will update information and show a map of the participating artists as the tour approaches. The map is downloadable. Most of the studios will offer map printouts that you can pick up and carry with you.

The website also has a directory of the artists that's set up to be fun to browse. Use it as a planning tool to choose the studios that are most likely to interest you.

There is no charge to the public for this tour, and all are welcome. For more information, contact Tom Keough at tomkeough @ tomkeoughartist.com or at (718) 768-6171.


                                                  -- submitted by Tom Keough

Park Slope/Windsor Terrace Artists

website https://artspswt.com
blog https://parkslopewindsorterraceartists.wordpress.com


Sunday, October 15, 2017

ROBBERY AT SANTANDER BANK AGAIN

Santander Bank at 234 Prospect Park West was robbed of $1,300 on Saturday, October 14th, at about noon. The armed robber handed a note to a teller, and the teller handed her the money.

Nobody was physically injured.

The thief is described as black, female, and wearing a scarf and glasses. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

A security camera photo of the robber is posted at http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/36599853/police-seek-suspect-in-brooklyn-bank-robbery.

PUERTO RICO AND MEXICO RELIEF ITEMS NEEDED


Occupy Kensington (OK) is continuing to help El Grito de Sunset Park collect items for disaster relief for Puerto Rico and Mexico. Yesterday, OK members drove another carload of donations to the drop-off point in Sunset Park.

Bring the items that you're able to donate to 309 E. 5th Street, just north of Church Avenue in Kensington, and leave them on the front stoop of the house.

Only donate these items:
  • Gas canisters
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Large trash bags
  • Battery-operated fans
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries of all types
  • Large candles
  • Extension cords
  • USB car chargers for phones
  • Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Water filters
  • Tarps
  • Lighters
  • Utility knives
  • Duct tape
  • Work gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Battery-powered drills
  • First aid kits
  • Latex gloves
  • Neosporin
  • Cold medicine
  • Tylenol/Advil
  • Immodium/Pepto bismol
  • EmergenC/Airborne
  • Baby wipesA&D cream for diaper rash and burns
  • Condoms
  • Shaving razor blades and shaving cream

These two additional items are more difficult to find, but they're also greatly needed:

  • Solar-powered generators
  • Water filtration systems

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SHOULD THE ALBEMARLE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION SHUT DOWN AFTER 44 YEARS OF SERVICE?



Albemarle Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
Thursday, October 19th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The end of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) may be near. Should it disband--come to a screeching halt--after serving the neighborhood for forty-four years?

At the ANA's next community meeting, the guest speaker will be Denise Lalande-Phipps, Director of The Kensington Family Shelter. She will discuss current activities and issues at the shelter.

And following that, ANA's fate will be determined. Due to a lack of participation and volunteerism, its continued existence is uncertain. If you want to voice an opinion on this subject or have questions or suggestions or thoughts or ideas that might save it, please attend the meeting.

Foodtown and the ANA will provide refreshments after the meeting.

Members and non-members of ANA are welcome to attend all ANA community meetings. Admission is free.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Meeting location 
Flatbush Jewish Center 
Hanid Room
327 E. 5th Street 
at the corner of Church Avenue 
Kensington, Brooklyn 

Enter the synagogue via the ramp on E. 5th Street. Use the stairs or the wheelchair-accessible elevator to go downstairs to the Hanid Room.

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About Albemarle Neighborhood Association

Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) is the oldest neighborhood association in Brooklyn. Since its founding in 1973, it has worked to advance Kensington's quality of life. ANA's meetings are free and are open to the public. They provide a place for Kensington's residents to address safety, security, and quality of life issues.

ANA helps create a safe and stable neighborhood by working closely with its members, other neighborhood residents, city agencies, and elected officials to address key issues.

New members are welcome to join. This strengthens ANA's impact. Membership is open to everyone who resides in or owns a business in the geographic area ANA that serves:

  • northern border: the north side of Caton Avenue
  • southern border: the south side of Beverley Road
  • western border: the west side of McDonald Avenue 
  • eastern border: the east side of Ocean Parkway

An individual or family membership costs $20 per year. Associate Membership dues for business owners cost $25 per year.

Meetings are held in March, April, May, June, September, October, and November.


Friday, October 13, 2017

P.S. 130'S FUN FALL FEST

P.S. 130 PTA to Hold Annual Fall Fest Celebration!
by Ashley Kreamer Colao, Lisa Jackson Zelznick,
and Allieson Book

The P.S. 130 PTA is holding its Annual Fall Fest on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the P.S. 130 Upper School, located at Caton Avenue and E. 7th Street.

Fall Fest is open to the public. Come to Fall Fest and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same!

There will be fun activities for the entire family to enjoy, including a haunted house, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, pony rides, Lego activities, henna tattoos, face painting, and live music.

Admission to Fall Fest is free. Many of the activities are also free: craft tables, Brooklyn Game Lab games, and Battle Lab (battling with soft foam swords).

Some cost $1 each: the bounce houses, the haunted house, and the pony rides. Tickets for those activities can be purchased at Fall Fest for $1 each. A ten-ticket wristband entitles children to unlimited turns in a bounce house.
Using tickets allows children to participate in these activities without having to handle money.

We are especially grateful to Brooklyn Game Lab and Wingspan Arts, who will be running the Battle Lab and an art table for free, and Abigail Palanca of Compass Realty, a third-generation Windsor Terrace resident who has stepped forward to sponsor our event.

We have an amazing array of goodies to raffle, thanks to Alden Moves, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Barking Cat Studio, Brooklyn Commune/Butterfunk Kitchen, Della/Juice Box, Der Pioneer, Handy Matt Construction, and The Kings Bay Y. Be sure to get your raffle tickets early!

Baked goods, drinks, and assorted snacks will be available for purchase. Get your Halloween costumes at our gently-used costume sale.

All funds raised will be used to support the P.S. 130 PTA.

"This event is a wonderful way for the community to support P.S. 130, and for P.S. 130 to support the community," said P.S. 130 PTA Co-President Lisa Jackson Zelznick.

"Fall Fest is an opportunity to celebrate the season and our community; we are excited to provide a day of fun for our neighbors while also raising funds to support important PTA initiatives, like professional development, direct support to classroom teachers, and improving the school library."

Contact:
Ashley Kreamer Colao and Lisa Jackson Zelznick, Co-Presidents
Allieson Book, VP Fundraising 
info@ps130pta.org

JOHN WILKES PAINTINGS ON EXHIBIT AT PROSPECT RANGE


John Wilkes Exhibit
Saturday, October 14th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 15th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

John Wilkes' paintings of the Gowanus Canal will be on exhibit at Prospect Range this weekend. Wilkes paints on photographs he takes of the canal at night.

Prospect Range owner Dexter Buell says about Brooklyn painter John Wilkes
His exhibition of paintings based on photographs of the Gowanus Canal area at night is a continuation of his last SOLD OUT show at the Range last year.

In this body of work John's preoccupation with the scarred and beautiful terrain of our own local superfund site remains his focus even as his palette deepens. He has discovered even more subtle variations of light and gesture in these paintings.

Wilkes' paintings can be viewed on both Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm.

About Prospect Range
Prospect Range is a performance/community space dedicated to the creative talents of artists, and their families, living and working in the central Brooklyn diaspora.

Since 2009, the Range has served this community of creative people, and their families through performance, exhibitions, and performing arts education.

Location

Prospect Range
1226 Prospect Avenue
between Vanderbilt Street and Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(917) 776-6834
info @ prospectrange.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/prospectrange
https://twitter.com/prospectrange
http://www.prospectrange.com


F TRAIN REROUTED THIS WEEKEND


F train service will be rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn from tonight, Friday, October 13th, at 10:30 p.m. until Monday, October 16th, at 5:00 a.m.

In Brooklyn, D trains will replace F trains between Jay Street-MetroTech and Stillwell Avenue.

For information about the F train rerouting in Manhattan, click here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

ART EXHIBIT AT WINDSOR TERRACE LIBRARY BY LOCAL ARTIST (FREE)


Alan Braverman’s Drawings and Paintings: The Opening Reception
Saturday, October 21st, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The drawings and paintings of Kensington resident Alan Braverman will be on display at Windsor Terrace Library. His work covers a range of subjects. 

Alan will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Sunday, October 21st, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

Alan is a retired high school teacher and Early Resolution Counselor who was employed by the New York City Department of Education.

Location
Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5th Street
corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 686-9707

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PARKING RULES FOR TWO JEWISH HOLIDAYS





Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Thursday, October 12th, for Shemini Atzereth and on Friday, October 13th, for Simchas Torah.

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended.

Street cleaning will be suspended.


Parking meter regulations are only suspended for major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

COMMUNITY BOARD 7 MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA FOR OCTOBER

Monthly Board Meeting of Community Board 7 
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
Community Board 7 (CB 7) will hold its regular monthly Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th, 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: before the committee reports and other reports are given and again after them.

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 September 13, 2017
5.     Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of October 11, 2017 – BSA Application #2017-265-BZ 318-320 54th Street
6.     Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of October 11, 2017 – F.Y. 2019 Capital & Expense Budget Priorities
7.     Public Comment
8.     Committee Reports:
A)    Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness Issues
1)     Discussing community concerns about resident’s behavior around the Park Slope Women’s Shelter
B)     Capital & Expense Budget Committee
1)     F.Y. 2019 Capital & Expense Budget Priorities
C)     Education Committee
1)     Charter Schools
2)     Follow up on ongoing construction
3)     A conversation on renaming a local school for Antonia Pantoja
D)    Health Committee
1)     Presentation by Lisa Bova-Glick from NYU Langone Medical Center on Alzheimer’s disease and support programs
E)     Land Use/Landmarks Committee
1)   An Application for the reinstatement and extension of a previously granted but expired variance for the continued use of 318-320 54th Street for assembly and storage of venetian blinds as well as the existing roof business sign
F)     Transportation Committee
1)   Upland Connectors proposal (bicycle lanes) for 43rd, 44th, 57th and 58th Streets.
2)   Street co-naming for Michael Moussa at the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and 21st Street
9.    Elected Officials Representatives
10.  District Manager’s Report
11.  Chairperson’s Report
12.  Old Business
13.  New Business
14.  Public Comment
15.  Adjournment