Sunday, August 2, 2015

ATTENTION, WT FOOD COOP SHOPPERS: SHOP EVERY DAY!

The Windsor Terrace Food Coop will be open every day, starting on Sunday, October 4th. The coop's newly-elected board has set these open hours:
  • Mondays, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 4 p.m.–7 pm
  • Wednesdays, 4 p.m–7 pm
  • Thursdays, 4 pm.–9 p.m.
  • Fridays, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The increased hours will allow coop members to change the day they volunteer. A new "shift leader" role is being added to the existing store positions. Work time for members won't increase; it'll remain at two hours every six weeks.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop 
825 Caton Avenue, corner of E. 8th Street 
in Windsor Terrace, across the street from Kensington

windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TOXINS IN PROSPECT PARK LAKE AND ON DOG BEACH


The widespread presence of high toxins in Prospect Park Lake from blue-green algae (BGA) blooms has been confirmed. These toxins can be harmful to people and to animals. Stay out of the lake, and keep children and pets out of it and away from it. Keep dogs away from Dog Beach too.

If people or animals are exposed to a bloom, wash the skin with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water.

When the blooms are widespread, as they are in Prospect Park Lake, they can affect either the entire lake, a large portion of the lake, or most to all of the shoreline.

Blue-green algae is cyanobacteria. A BGA bloom can make water look like pea soup or like green, blue, or red paint. Or, mats of blue or green pond scum can be floating on the water surface or might have accumulated along the shoreline.

Photos of toxic blue-green algae blooms are posted on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) here.

The possible effects of the toxins on living creatures are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin or throat irritation, allergic reactions, or breathing difficulties. The toxins can also affect the liver and nervous systems if a lot of water is swallowed.

Read more about this on the DEC's website.

If you believe you have been exposed to a bloom and are experiencing symptoms, get medical help immediately and contact the New York City Department of Health.

SPEED HUMPS POSSIBLE IN WINDSOR TERRACE

Transportation Committee Meeting
Monday, August 3rd, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Transportation Committee of Community Board 7 will meet on Monday to consider placing fifteen speed humps in Windsor Terrace on these streets:


  • Windsor Place,
  • Terrace Place,
  • Sherman Street,
  • Seeley Street,
  • Vanderbilt Street,
  • Prospect Avenue,
  • 18th Street,
  • 19th Street, and
  • Kermit Place.

The meeting will be held on Monday, August 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. in Shepherd's Hall at Holy Name Church, 245 Prospect Park West, between Prospect Avenue and Windsor Place. Enter Shepherd's Hall through the parking lot next to the church.

This will not be the last meeting on this issue.

Friday, July 24, 2015

MASSIVE CAT AND DOG ADOPTION EVENT IN PROSPECT PARK


Adoptapalooza in Prospect Park
Saturday, August 1st, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                             PERFECT PETS IN PROSPECT PARK

                           The Alliance for NYC’s Animals Hosts
                            Brooklyn’s First-Ever Adoptapalooza
                                – a Mega-Pet-Adoption Event -

                            Saturday, August 1st – Rain or Shine

On Saturday, August 1, rain or shine, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Prospect Park will become the pet adoption capital of the borough, as the Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), in partnership with The Petfinder Foundation, presents Adoptapalooza, a mega-pet-adoption event, being held for the first time in Brooklyn. More than 150 lovable cats and dogs and kittens and puppies will be available for adoption inside the park at Bartel-Pritchard Square (15th Street and Prospect Park West).


All animals for adoption have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Adoption fees vary by group.


Fifteen different Alliance Participating Organizations, including pet shelter and rescue organizations, will be on site-–each offering very special animals in search of their forever homes.Confirmed shelters and rescue groups include Animal Care Centers of NYC, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF), ASPCA, Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Empty Cages Collective, Husky House, K9Kastle, Linda's Cat Assistance, Long Island Greyhound Connection, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Posh Pets Rescue, Rebound Hounds Res-Q, Windsor Terrace - Kensington's Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Waggytail Rescue, and Zani's Furry Friends.

Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza will provide an afternoon of fun for people of all ages. In addition to pet adoptions, this family-friendly event will feature free personalized pet tag giveaways and free photo-ops for pets and their people. Dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health and pet preparedness tips from NYC’s Emergency Management will also be available.

The Petfinder Foundation, which provided significant financial support for Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza, is the event’s premiere sponsor. Other sponsors include PetFirst Pet Insurance, Purina One and Just Right by Purina.

Jane Hoffman, president of the Alliance, said, “Every year, Adoptapalooza, our mega-pet-adoption-event, helps raise awareness about why it’s so important to adopt from a rescue group or shelter. Many of the homeless animals in shelters and rescue groups in New York have had a tough journey and the Alliance is committed to giving them a chance to find a safe and happy home. We are thrilled to bring Adoptapalooza to Brooklyn for the first time.  We know that Brooklynites will open their hearts and homes to these wonderful pets.

“The Alliance is also grateful to our generous premiere sponsor, the Petfinder Foundation, and to PetFirst Pet Insurance, Purina One and Just Right by Purina, whose support was critical in bringing Adoptapalooza to Brooklyn,” Hoffman added.

"The Petfinder Foundation loves New York City's pets!," added Petfinder Foundation Executive Director Toni Morgan. "We are always looking for ways to raise awareness of the wonderful, lovable animals that shelters and rescue groups have waiting for homes, and we're thrilled to bring so many of these fantastic pets to Brooklyn. Brooklynites are some of the most dedicated pet owners on the planet, so Brooklyn and Adoptapalooza are a match made in heaven!"

“PetFirst is proud to be a part of Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza! We love helping dogs and cats find their forever home and making it easy for them to receive the vet care they deserve with PetFirst pet insurance. PetFirst is happy to provide pet insurance coverage for all dog and cat owners in New York City,” said Clint Lawrence, PetFirst Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“Purina ONE is excited to sponsor the Adoptapalooza event this year because our brand is dedicated to making positive differences in the lives of dogs. Through our partnerships with animal shelters across the country, we provide smart nutrition solutions to help shelter dogs look and feel their best as they wait for their forever homes. We also provide resources to help change perceptions of shelter dogs and ultimately increase adoptions,” said Eric Willis, Brand Director of Purina ONE. “To demonstrate the positive differences smart nutrition can make, we’ll be at the event inviting dog owners to take the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge, as well as distributing Purina ONE samples and coupons to attendees.”



“Just Right by Purina is thrilled to be a part of Adoptapalooza and we are excited to help hundreds of people find the pet that is right for them,” said Julia Pitlyk, Just Right marketing associate. “Equally as important as finding the right pet for you is finding the food that is right for your pet. At Just Right, we combine owners’ firsthand knowledge of their dogs with Purina’s nutritional expertise to deliver food tailored to each dog’s unique nutritional needs.”

For more information, please visit
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® at http://www.animalalliancenyc.org.

                                           ###

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. We are supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receive no government funding. Since our founding in 2003, we have remained committed to transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org


                                 About the Sponsors

The Petfinder Foundation assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster and Emergency Response, Quality of Life and other programs. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more about the Petfinder Foundation, please visit www.petfinderfoundation.com.

PetFirst Pet Insurance is the leading pet insurer in North America for animal welfare organizations.  PetFirst Pet Insurance offers easy-to-understand lifelong coverage for dogs and cats and 30-days of insurance for adoptions. PetFirst’s comprehensive coverage is unique in the industry providing simplified policies with coverage for hereditary, chronic and breed-specific conditions with no per diagnosis limits.  PetFirst offers pet insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through animal welfare agencies as well as other partners.  PetFirst polices are underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corporation (Munich Re) which is rated by A.M. Best as A+.  Additional services are underwritten by Lloyd’s.  For more information about PetFirst pet insurance, visit www.petfirst.com or call 877-894-7387.

Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

FINA PIZZA ADDS HOURS



Fina Pizza's hours of operation are
  • Mondays through Thursdays, 5:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, noon to 9:00 p.m.

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

Keep up with Fina at 
website http://www.finapizzabar.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/finapizzabarbrooklyn
Twitter https://twitter.com/finapizzabar 
Google Plus https://plus.google.com/114510375121487652549/about 
GrubHub https://www.grubhub.com/nyc/fina-pizza-bar/ 
Seamless http://www.seamless.com/food-delivery/fina-pizza-bar-ft-hamilton-pkwy-brooklyn.38172.r

MANY REASONS TO SHOP AT PARKWAY PHARMACY


Parkway Pharmacy has been serving the neighborhood since 1980. Its pharmacists, Gene Roberts (the owner) and Adam Siegel, are knowledgeable, interested in the well-being of their customers, and dedicated to providing excellent service.

In addition to the standard items that pharmacies stock, Parkway sells medical supplies, including walkers, crutches, canes, shower benches, and wheelchairs. The latter can also be rented.

Conveniences that Parkway Pharmacy provides include
  • a notary public,
  • a bill payment center,
  • a Kodak Picture Kiosk,
  • an ATM,
  • free use of a blood pressure machine,
  • five-cent photocopies,
  • a hand sanitizer dispenser, and
  • a water cooler, which is especially useful in this hot weather.

Senior citizens get a 10% discount on purchases.

The store accepts coupons.

On Parkway Pharmacy's website, you can register to
  • send a new prescription (Bring the doctor's prescription to the pharmacy when you pick up the medication.),
  • request refills of prescriptions that you can either pick up or have delivered by foot, FedEx, UPS, or USPS,
  • transfer your prescriptions from another pharmacy, and
  • review your active and non-active prescriptions.

Parkway supports RefillRx Mobile for iPhone and Android. Refill a prescription with one tap. Download here.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are all accepted at Parkway.

For a Spanish-language version of the website, click on "Ver en Espanol" in the upper-right corner of the home page.

Open hours:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed 


Parkway Pharmacy
531 Church Avenue, at the northwest corner of Ocean Parkway
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 436-5501
fax: (718) 437-9490
online e-mail: https://parkwaypharmacyny.com/contact.php
website: https://parkwaypharmacyny.com


SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESSES.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED FOR HOLIDAY


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, July 17th (tomorrow), and Saturday, July 18th, for Eid Al-Fitr.

All other parking regulations, including those for parking meters, will be in effect.

Monday, July 13, 2015

FREE CRAFTS AND GAMES IN ALBEMARLE PLAYGROUND


The Singing Winds in Albemarle Playground
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon
July 7th through August 6th

Free activities for all ages
  • Papier mache, crafts, games, and puppet-making
  • Tae Kwon Do with Minh Luong
  • Storytelling with Jill Reinier
  • Summer gardening with Mira Rubens

Jill Reinier, the found of The Singing Winds, is the Parent Coordinator at P.S. 230.

Albemarle Playground is located on the west side of McDonald Avenue, between Albemarle Road and Caton Avenue and behind P.S. 230, in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"BROOKLYN BY NAME" TROLLEY TOUR


                             "Brooklyn By Name" Trolley Tour
                    Saturday, August 15th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bergen, Schermerhorn, Martense, Havemeyer, Berry, and Tompkins are names of some Brooklyn streets, subway stations, and parks. They came from influential and powerful 19th-century Brooklynites who are buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.

Expert tour guide Ruth Edebohls will lead a tour of the burial sites of these people. Learn about their lives, their businesses, and their families and how they become powerful enough to have a street named after them.

Cost: $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and the Brooklyn Historical Society; $20 for non-members.

Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant.
 

Reservations are recommended. Order tickets online here

Meet inside the main gate of Green-Wood at 25th Street at 5th Avenue. Take the R train to 25th Street and walk up the hill one block and into the cemetery. Free parking is available.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

FREE READING BY POETS AND WRITERS IN THE GARDEN



Free Reading by Poets and Writers
Saturday, July 11th, 3:30 p.m.

with
Regina Porter, Joel Shatzky, John Rearick, and Betsy Housten
in the
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

Weather report: zero chance of precipitation.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

BARTENDERS NEEDED AT CHURCH BAR

Church Bar is hiring bartenders ASAP.

Position Requirements:
  • friendly, energetic, and professional, 
  • must be able to multitask,
  • willingness to work a flexible schedule with open availability, including weekends and holidays, and
  • experience working in a fast-paced NYC restaurant (minimum 2 years).

A New York City food protection certificate is a big plus.

Bring your resume, and have references ready upon request. Don't apply by e-mail.

Church Bar

416 Church Avenue
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 435-3027

https://www.facebook.com/churchcafewinebar 
http://www.churchcafewinebar.com

 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

KENSINGTON YOUTHMARKET (GREENMARKET) RETURNS FOR FIFTH YEAR

The Kensington Youthmarket returns for its fifth year of supplying our neighborhood with farm-fresh produce. The market will be open on Saturdays, from July 11th to November 21st, opening at 8:00 a.m. and closing at 4:00 p.m. The opening time is an hour earlier than it was last year.

The high-quality food is grown on regional small farms. It includes tomatoes, corn, peaches, apples, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, cilantro, basil, parsley, radishes, beets, carrots, green pepper, red onions, yellow onions, scallions, zucchini, yellow squash, romaine lettuce, and more.

Payment can be made with cash, EBT cards, debit cards, credit cards, WIC checks, and FMNP checks

The farm stand will be set up on Fort Hamilton Parkway, at the corner of E. 5th Street, along the side of the Windsor Terrace Library.

Twitter.com/NYCyouthmarkets

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CHURCH BAR OPENING TONIGHT (THURSDAY)

Church Bar will have its soft opening tonight (Thursday, June 25th). Happy hour will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres served. The bar will stay open until 4:00 a.m.

Formerly the Church Cafe Wine Bar, Church Bar will have new hours, a tapas menu, Happy Hour, drinks, an open mic, art, music, karaoke, and more. 

Church Bar
416 Church Avenue
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone (718) 435-2574
fax (718) 435-3027
https://www.facebook.com/churchcafewinebar
http://www.churchcafewinebar.com


Sunday, June 21, 2015

DESIGN PRESENTATION FOR PLAZA AT AVENUE C

The Department of Transportation tomorrow night, June 22nd, will present to Community Board 12's Transportation Committee the Avenue C at McDonald Avenue Plaza Proposal. The proposal reflects community input that the department obtained in a public workshop in April. 

The meeting with the Transportation Committee will be on Monday, June 22nd, at 7:00 p.m., on the third floor of the Amico Senior Center, 5901 13th Avenue, corner of 59th Street. The entrance is on 59th Street.

The next night, June 23rd, at the community board's monthly meeting, the committee will present its findings to the board, and the board will vote to approve or disapprove the proposal. Same time, same location.

The Kensington community is invited to attend both meetings. If you would like to comment about the plaza, arrive fifteen minutes before the meeting starts and add your name to the list of speakers.

PERSONALITY CHANGE FOR CHURCH CAFE WINE BAR

Church Cafe Wine Bar will become Church Bar, with new hours, a tapas menu, Happy Hour, drinks, and fun nights with an open mic, art, music, karaoke, and more. The soft opening is tentatively scheduled for next week. The date will be announced soon.

Church Bar
416 Church Avenue
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone (718) 435-2574
fax (718) 435-3027
https://www.facebook.com/churchcafewinebar
http://www.churchcafewinebar.com

Thursday, June 18, 2015

CARS BANNED ON PROSPECT PARK'S WEST DRIVE

Prospect Park will be car-free after 9 a.m. on weekdays, starting on Monday, July 6th. On weekends and holidays, it will be completely car-free.

West Drive will be completely car-free 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Currently, cars are allowed on West Drive on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (except on weekday holidays). West Drive runs southbound from Grand Army Plaza to Park Circle.

Cars will continue to be allowed on East Drive on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (except on weekday holidays). East Drive runs northbound from Park Circle to Grand Army Plaza.
 
The aim is to make the park "healthier, safer and more accessible."

Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Department of Transportation, pointed out that
"in Prospect Park, as the mayor has said, the traffic volumes on the West Drive have become only about 200 cars an hour, which we think the local street network can absorb very easily."

She added that
"the volumes of cars that are going on the East Drive are twice as high as they are on the West Drive. And there’s also the same considerations of those cars on the local streets, a lot of bus traffic, a lot of pedestrians. So, as we now have permanently no cars on the West Drive, that will presumably start to change commuting patterns, and we’ll monitor and we’ll see." 

See the press release from the Office of the Mayor as well as a transcript of his announcement.

The mayor also announced that "on Monday, June 29th, the entire loop drive north of 72nd Street in Central Park will be car-free."

WT FOOD COOP CLOSED JULY 4TH AND 5TH



The Windsor Terrace Food Coop will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, and Sunday, July 5th. But it will be open on Thursday, July 2nd, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday, July 3rd, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop 
825 Caton Avenue, corner of E. 8th Street 
in Windsor Terrace, across the street from Kensington

windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PLAN FOR A PLAZA AT AVENUE C AND MCDONALD AVENUE WILL BE HEARD BY COMMUNITY BOARD

The Neighborhood Plaza Partnership has received confirmation from the Department of Transportation (DOT) that DOT will present the Avenue C at McDonald Avenue Plaza Proposal to the Community Board 12 (CB 12) at the following meetings next week:
  • CB 12 Transportation Committee Meeting: Monday, June 22nd, 7:00 p.m., at the Amico Senior Center, 5901 13th Avenue
  • Full CB 12 Meeting: Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:00 p.m., at the Amico Senior Center, 5901 13th Avenue
At the June 22nd meeting, DOT plans to present the updated Avenue C at McDonald Avenue Plaza Proposal, which should reflect feedback from the public workshop. For the June 23rd Full Board meeting, the plan is for the Community Board to vote on the plaza proposal.

Attend one or both meetings and show your support for the proposed plaza. If you plan to speak in support, arrive fifteen minutes before the start of the meeting to sign up on the list of speakers.

FREE MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS

                 Writing About Your Life with Donna Minkowitz
                  Saturday, June 27th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

"Memoir writers sometimes worry whether their experiences are universal enough to interest others. Though people's lives differ greatly, human feelings and needs are universal. We'll explore ways to use emotion, our five senses, and creative insight to craft memoir pieces any reader can identify with.

Donna Minkowitz has taught memoir writing since 1998 at venues including the 92nd Street Y/Makor, The Kitchen, and the In Our Own Write program.

Her recent memoir, Growing Up Golem, was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. She won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance. A former columnist at The Village Voice, she has also written for The New York Times Book Review, Salon, The Collagist, The Nation, and New York magazine.

Registration is recommended. Register here.

This free workshop is sponsored by New York Writers Workshop. For further information on classes, pitch conferences, writing tips, and more, visit newyorkwritersworkshop.com." 


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

The library is partially accessible.

LAST CALL FOR DINNER AT BROOKLYN COMMUNE


On Sunday, June 28th, Brooklyn Commune will serve its last dinner; after that date, the restaurant will only be open during daytime hours. Dinner hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. See the current dinner menu for the mouth-watering details.

Daytime hours
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Today (June 17th), the restaurant will have an early closing at 3:00 p.m.

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_


Monday, June 15, 2015

CHANGE OF DATE FOR THE JUNE MEETING OF THE 66TH PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL


66 Precinct Community Council
Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 25th, 7:30 p.m.
   
at the office of
Community Board 12
5910 13th Avenue
Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York
  
You are invited to come meet our Commanding Officer, Captain Kenneth Quick. Captain Quick will update the community on the latest crimes in our neighborhood and what is being done about it. There is also an opportunity to bring any crime issues you may have to his attention.

You can also find out about the many different programs available that may be of interest to you.

The event is open to the public, so let your friends and neighbors know. All are welcome.

The Community Council provides the critical interface between the citizen and the police through the regular monthly meetings which are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Community Board 12, 5910 13th Avenue.

Email the Council: 66precinctcc @ gmail.com

Sunday, June 14, 2015

PETE SINJIN, AKA "HOOTENANNY PETE," RELEASES NEW FAMILY ALBUM, "HOUSE OF SONG"


Pete Sinjin, aka "Hootenanny Pete," Releases New Family Album, House of Song

Celebrates Album Release with Performance at Greenwood Park on Saturday, June 20th

“I’m gonna build myself a house of song,
House of song, House of song,
I’m gonna build myself a house of song to live my whole life long

I’m gonna build a table for my friends,
 Long as life for all of them
Neighbors, strangers welcome in to sing the whole night long

Yeah, we’ll raise them roofbeams all night long
All night long, all night ling
Yeah, we’ll raise those roofbeams all night long
with laughter, love and song”

Brooklyn, NY - Pete Sinjin will be releasing his new family album, House of Song, with a celebration featuring a full band performance on Saturday, June 20th, at Greenwood Park in Park Slope.


"Hootenanny Pete" is a beloved Brooklyn treasure, especially to the littlest Brooklynites and their parents. He and his wife Kira opened the Hootenanny Art House in 2007, instilling a love for music in thousands of children in the community. The community they’ve built through song supported the making of House of Song by supporting Pete and Kira’s Kickstarter campaign, which included homemade, hand-delivered chocolate cookies in addition to music. In 13 days, the project made 150% of its goal.

House of Song is a record for families, as opposed to a "kids" record. It’s a record designed to inspire and to motivate, to dance to and sing to. The songs on the album feature a big sound with full instrumentation as well as an emotional range that is wide and diverse.


Pete explains, "The original inspiration for House of Song came about while walking the streets of NYC and recognizing the diversity of its people. From there came the notion of a house that invited and celebrated 'all people, all races, all colors, all faces.' A gathering place where everyone could find themselves singing in harmony and raising the rooftop with the spirit of love and acceptance."

The album starts off with Pete’s solitary voice singing, "I’m gonna build myself a house of song," and he is shortly joined by a banjo; then drums, accordion, and handclaps fall in line to build into a full-on New Orleans-style street parade, and we are all encouraged to join in.


Pete leads the parade through songs with universal themes that encourage hope and creativity, a trip to Coney Island for the "Mermaid Parade," and odes to Pete’s heroes, Pete Seeger on "Poem for Pete" and Lou Gehrig, "Luckiest Man (The Ballad of Lou Gehrig)."

The album ends with a big dance party to "Olly Ollie Oxen Free," using that call from childhood games to encourage everyone to be who you are, cast off your fears, and don’t be ashamed of what you are inside…in other words, come out! Celebrate that person and join the party.

Pete states, "This album invites all of us, big and little, old and young, to find our spirit to grow, to create, to make friends, to celebrate and honor life’s heroes, to honor your own self, whoever that may be, and to take part in making a better world."

House of Song was co-produced by Sinjin and Riley McMahon, and recorded at Riley’s New Warsaw studio in Bushwick.  Sinjin and McMahon were joined by Liam Hurley (Josh Ritter) on drums, Shane Endsley  (Ani Difranco) on trumpets, Jay Foote (Lone Bellow) on bass, and Tony Lauria (Spottiswoode and his Enemies) on accordion.


Join them to celebrate the release of House of Song on Saturday, June 20th.


Pete Sinjin and band Celebrate Release of House of Song

Saturday, June 20th

Greenwood Park Beer Garden

555 7th Ave. (between 19th and 20th streets)

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Show begins at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door – includes food!

Cash bar will be open, and there will be door prizes and art activities.

Get tickets here: www.petesinjin.com

http://www.hootenannyarthouse.com/houseofsong/

For more information, please contact Patrice Fehlen at September Gurl Music, 718.768.3859 or patrice @ septembergurl.com.


ABOUT PETE SINJIN

These days, Pete Sinjin is best known as "Hootenanny Pete" around the Brooklyn neighborhood where he and his family have operated the Hootenanny Art House since 2007.

Pete has shared his love of music with thousands of kids over more than a decade of teaching classes from California to Brooklyn.

He's played a wide variety of music his whole life, from punk to rockabilly to folk and country, and he's played it all for both adults and kids. You'll hear all these elements make their way into his own music, from Woody Guthrie's folk art stylings, to New Orleans street parade music, to the bass and groove of Kingston, Jamaica.

Pete's also had the great honor of appearing on Sesame Street, and performing in concert with Sesame's own Bob McGrath. He's even led kids through a Cuban-inspired kids song in the Scarlett Johannson film, The Nanny Diaries.

Pete's first family album, Hoots, Hollers and Rooftop Serenades was released to coincide with his Americana-inspired grown-up album Better Angels Radio, in 2010. Mirroring that, House of Song will be followed up closely with Pete's next music entry titled The Heart and the Compass.


NEW MELT CLASS BEGINS AT FAMILY OF LIGHT HOLISTIC CENTER

New MELT class at Family of Light Holistic Center
Fridays, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Weekly 60-minute drop-in class. Fee: $15 plus a $1 mat rental.

MELT is a series of self-treatment techniques that helps you get out of chronic pain and improve your stability, alignment, and balance. Using specially-designed soft foam rollers, MELT combines focused pressure and small, specific movements that rehydrate connective tissue–-reducing pain and stiffness, correcting misalignments, improving range of motion, and calming your nervous system.

And because it is self-care, it improves your body sense, empowering you to take care of yourself, manage your aging process, your alignment, and your pain, and enable your body to get back to an ideal state. Learn more at www.meltmethod.com.

Taught by Karen Zuckerman www.wellbody.com.

Family of Light Holistic Center
717 Coney Island Avenue at Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn

Thursday, June 11, 2015

FREE TERRARIUM-MAKING FOR KIDS


Kids can make their own terrarium at the East 4th Street Community Garden on Saturday June 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Supplies will be provided at this free event.

The garden is located at 179 E. 4th Street, between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway, in Windsor Terrace.