Friday, April 17, 2015

FLEA MARKET AT THE GARDEN

Flea Market
Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The annual spring flea market and its dollar bargain table will return to the East 4th Street Community Garden on April 25th and 26th. Buy gently used goods at low prices and support the garden.

The flea market will be canceled in the event of rain.

From from April through October, the garden is open on 
  • Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and
  • Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and
  • whenever the garden gate is open.

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



Thursday, April 16, 2015

HELP WANTED AT BROOKLYN COMMUNE


Brooklyn Commune is hiring a dishwasher and a line prep cook. Go to the restaurant to apply; ask for Chef Chris Scott.

Brooklyn Commune
601 Greenwood Avenue
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

"ROUND TRIP," A PERFORMANCE BY CYNTHIA KING DANCE STUDIO


Join Cynthia King Dance Studio for its 2015 Spring Production of "ROUND TRIP" on April 24th at 7:00 p.m., April 25th at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and April 26th at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
"ROUND TRIP" is a refreshing compilation of original choreography performed by dancers of all ages. Audiences will experience a unique tour around the globe and through time as dancers promenade in the plains, jeté through the jungle, and boogie down in Brooklyn.
The ticket price is $32. Only a few tickets remain. Purchase them tickets online (www.kumbletheater.org), by phone (718-488-1624), or in person through Kumble Theater Box Office, One University Plaza, LIU Campus in Brooklyn. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

PUBLIC EDUCATION ON WEST NILE VIRUS SPRAYING BEGINS FOR 2015


Parks and Environment Committee of Community Board 7
Monday, April 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

West Nile Virus and spraying will be discussed at a meeting of Community Board 7's Parks and Environment Committee.

From the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) website:
West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).

West Nile virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. A mosquito becomes infected by biting a bird that carries the virus. You or your child cannot get West Nile virus from a person who has the disease.

West Nile virus is not spread by person-to-person contact such as touching, kissing, or caring for someone who is infected. 

New Yorkers can take steps to protect themselves during West Nile virus season by reducing the presence of mosquitos in their surroundings, and safely using insect repellent.
DOH has published the 41-page "Comprehensive Mosquito Surveillance and Control Plan 2015" and posted it here

For more information about West Nile virus, contact the New York City Citizen Service Center, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by phone by calling 311. Or check the DOH website at www.nyc.gov/health/wnv

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
http://www.brooklyncb7.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PITTA FUNERAL HOME IS CLOSING

The Pitta family is closing the family-owned, family-operated Pitta Funeral Home and selling its properties after 65 years of service to Kensington. They haven't set a date for closing the business.

The family owns three adjacent properties: 300 McDonald Avenue (the funeral home itself, next to Pet Haven Animal Hospital), 10 Caton Avenue (Brooklyn's Famous Car Wash), and 19 Dahill Road (the house next to the car wash).


Joseph John Pitta founded the business. He was still its owner at the time of his death in October 2013. Mr. Pitta was waked there; his funeral mass was at Immaculate Heart of Mary.

THE GREENWOODSTOCK ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP IS REVEALED


Sixth Annual Greenwoodstock Festival
Sunday, May 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Musicians, singers, dancers, homemade crafts, raffle prizes.... In other words, the fun and enjoyment that is Greenwoodstock is coming around again. Get ready for One Day of Peace, Love, and Music.

Play Music Band, The Erstwhiles, Brooklyn Bass Daddy, Cynthia King Dancers, Mark Allen Berube, Debbie Deane, and Paul Decoster will donate their considerable talent and time to entertain you--their neighbors--throughout the day and make you happy.

Greenwoodstock will happen at Greenwood Playground on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, in Windsor Terrace (one block from Kensington).
Rain date: Saturday, May 9th

CHURCH AVENUE STREET FAIR: FREE RIDES, GAMES, VENDORS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS



Church Avenue Street Fair
Sunday, April 26th, noon to 6:00 p.m.
 
A fun-filled, action-packed day of rides, games, vendors, and special events will be yours at the annual Church Avenue Street Fair. The event will extend from Coney Island Avenue to Argyle Road.

Special Events
  • 1:00 to 2:00: At the Chicken-on-Church food competition, chefs from Am-Thai, Anarkali, Downtown Natural, El Acuario Restaurant, Golden Krust, Hunger Pang, Mallenche, and Shayna's will each prepare a chicken dish and submit it to a panel of judges. At the BID table between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road at 1:15, the judges will taste the dishes and choose a winner.

More Events
  • All day: Print your own t-shirt with Medina Silk Screening from designs created exclusively for the BID. T-shirts will be provided while supplies last. Or you can bring your own plain white t-shirt. Location:
    between Coney Island Avenue and E. 10th Street
  • All day: A temporary compost drop-off point will be set up by Q Gardens. The Q Gardens team consists of a handful of local residents who have spent the past two-and-a-half years working with the MTA to reclaim the overgrown lot behind the Church Avenue B/Q train station. Just last month, they began clearing the land for the lot’s transformation into a community garden. They'll be at the fair with a composting bin to collect food scraps and to answer questions about their project. Location: between Coney Island Avenue and E. 10th Street
  • All day: FDNY interactive fire safety exhibit. Location: not yet chosen
  • All day: NYPD electronics registration. Location: not yet chosen
  • 2:00: See a showcase by ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater. Location: E. 10th Street
  • 2:30: Zumba with Wendy Ann Powell. Location: E. 10th Street
  • 3:00: Acrobatics by Prospect Gymnastics. Location: E. 10th Street
  • 3:45: Children's Concert by Children's Corner. Location: the corner of Stratford Road and Church Avenue
 
For the full line-up of events and for updates, visit the Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) at its website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, call (718) 282-2500 x79290, or send an e-mail to katiem @ churchavenue.org.

HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER TO SPEND $1.5 MILLION DOLLARS OF HIS BUDGET?

Money will be spent on projects in Kensington and Windsor Terrace if enough people vote for them.

City Councilmember Brad Lander has allocated $1.5 million from his discretionary fund to finance the projects that the most people in his district vote for. You can vote for up to five of the thirteen projects.

Voting is open to residents who are age fourteen or older. You don't need to be a registered voter to vote in participatory budgeting. When you go to vote, bring with you an ID, a utility bill, or another document that shows your address.

If you have any questions about Participatory Budgeting, call Councilmember Lander’s office at (718) 499-1090.

The possible projects for Kensington and Windsor Terrace are:

P.S. 179 Auditorium Renovation
P.S. 179 is a title 1 school with 1,000 students; 45% of them are English Language Learners. The renovation would make a decrepit auditorium functional with a wireless sound system, new curtains, and a refurbished stage.

Location: 202 Avenue C, between E. 2nd and E 3rd streets, Kensington
Cost: $230,000


Windsor Terrace Stormwater Greenstreet
Inclusion of a greenstreet enhancement to a pedestrian refuge to capture stormwater, calm traffic, provide stewardship partnership opportunities (like with nearby P.S. 154), and beautify the area.

Location: Prospect Park SW and 16th Street, Windsor Terrace
Cost: $80,000

Water Service for Thomas Cuite Park
Restore water service to the water fountain in Thomas Cuite Park by excavating the street and replacing broken pipes. This local park has a playground and grassy area, located near the Prospect Expressway.

Location: 11th Avenue and 19th Street, Windsor Terrace
Cost: $350,000

Vote at the Windsor Terrace Library (160 E. 5th Street at Fort Hamilton Parkway) on Saturday, April 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or at the P.S. 230 Upper School (1 Albemarle Road at McDonald Avenue) on Sunday, April 19th, also from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

ALL PARENTS ARE INVITED TO TONIGHT'S COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT HIGH-STAKES TESTING


School-to-School Dialogue on High Stakes Testing
Wednesday, April 15th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

With the approval in Albany of changes to the way teachers are evaluated, parent leaders and advocates are considering what the next steps will be.

Now is the time to address the implications of increased emphasis on high-stakes testing: the tests have an oversize impacts on the lives of students, parents, teachers, and other school staff members.

State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, and Councilmember Brad Lander will host a community dialogue on high-stakes testing this Wednesday. They will provide information on how different school communities can organize around these issues and give updates on budgetary, legislative, and political developments.

Members of various school communities can share their strategies and perspectives because everybody's schools are affected.

For additional information, contact Paul Rothblatt in Senator Hamilton's office at (718) 284-4700.

Registration isn't required, but it's appreciated. Call (718) 284-4700 or fill out the form at tinyurl.com/schoolforum.

Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll Street, corner of 7th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn

AGENDA FOR TONIGHT'S COMMUNITY BOARD 7 MEETING

Community Board 7 Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Board 7's monthly meeting will be held tonight in the board's office. Community Board 7 represents Windsor Terrace, East Windsor Terrace, South Park Slope, Greenwood Heights, and Sunset Park.

This is the proposed agenda for tonight's meeting:
1. The Pledge of Allegiance
2. Opening of the meeting
3. Adoption of the agenda
4. Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of March 11, 2015 (Budget)
5. Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of March 11, 2015 (Land Use)
6. Adoption of the Minutes of the Board Meeting of March 18, 2015
7. Public Comment
8. Committee Reports: Membership & Attendance, Parks, Site Selection, Transportation
9. Acknowledgment of Elected Officials & Elected Officials Representatives
10. Chairperson’s Report
11. District Manager’s Report
12. Old Business
13. New Business
14. Public Comment
15. Adjournment

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
http://www.brooklyncb7.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SHOW YOUR FACES TO THE NEW 66TH PRECINCT COMMANDER


66th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Thursday, April 16th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meet the new Commanding Officer of the 66th Precinct, Captain Kenneth Quick, at this month's 66th Precinct Community Council meeting. Introduce yourselves to him; show him the faces of the people who he's protecting.

Precinct community councils are the interface between citizens and police. At the meeting, Captain Quick will update the community on the latest crimes in our neighborhood and what the precinct is doing about crime. Bring any crime issues that you're aware of to Captain Quick's attention.


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

The meeting is open to the public.

The 66th Precinct serves Borough Park, part of Kensington, and part of Midwood. The community council meets from September through June on the third Thursday of the month, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting place:
Community Board 12 office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn
(718) 851-5601 (66th Precinct Community Affairs)

To get to the building, take the B16 bus to 13th Avenue and 57th Street and then walk two blocks to the building. To get home, catch the B16 on 14th Avenue.


Monday, April 13, 2015

SECOND PEDESTRIAN PLAZA POSSIBLE FOR KENSINGTON


 

Public Workshop for Pedestrian Plaza in Kensington
Wednesday, April 29th, 7:30 p.m.

Proposed Pedestrian Plaza at McDonald Avenue and Avenue C 
in Kensington, Brooklyn

Kensington residents have an opportunity to get a second pedestrian plaza in our neighborhood. All that we're being asked to do is go to a meeting at P.S. 179 and explain that we want it. Community support makes a difference.

In 2012, when we wanted our first pedestrian plaza, the Department of Transportation (DOT) agreed to give it to us. It's Kensington Plaza on Beverley Road, near McDonald Avenue. If residents approve a second plaza and the community board also agrees to it, DOT will build it.

The existing, unused concrete triangle on McDonald Avenue, near the intersection of Avenue C, would be the location for this new public space. DOT would provide us with moveable tables and chairs, umbrellas, and planters. The Kensington Stewards and the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership would manage the plaza and keep it clean.

Please voice your opinion at a public workshop about this addition to our neighborhood. Offer suggestions for its design and how it could be used so it would benefit the community. Show your support for it at the workshop at P.S. 179, 202 Avenue C (between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets), on Wednesday, April 29th, at 7:30 p.m.

To arrange for physical access to the workshop, contact Emily Weidenhof at the Department of Transportation at (212) 839-4325 or eweidenhof @ dot.nyc.gov.

The Kensington Stewards is a group of volunteers who live in Kensington and got together a few years ago to work on community projects: getting Kensington Plaza built, getting metal guards put around trees on Church Avenue, planting daffodils and other flowers by the trees, and holding sidewalk clean-up days.

Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP), a program of The Horticultural Society of New York, is working with The Kensington Stewards. With their professional guidance, our plaza will be clean, green, and well-managed.
                                                              -- The Kensington Stewards

SCHOOL-TO-SCHOOL DIALOGUE ON HIGH STAKES TESTING


School-to-School Dialogue on High Stakes Testing
Wednesday, April 15th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

With the approval in Albany of changes to the way teachers are evaluated, parent leaders and advocates are considering what the next steps will be.

Now is the time to address the implications of increased emphasis on high-stakes testing: the tests have an oversize impacts on the lives of students, parents, teachers, and other school staff members.

State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, and Councilmember Brad Lander will host a community dialogue on high-stakes testing this Wednesday. They will provide information on how different school communities can organize around these issues and give updates on budgetary, legislative, and political developments.

Members of various school communities can share their strategies and perspectives because everybody's schools are affected.

For additional information, contact Paul Rothblatt in Senator Hamilton's office at (718) 284-4700.

Registration isn't required, but it's appreciated. Call (718) 284-4700 or fill out the form at tinyurl.com/schoolforum.

Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll Street, corner of 7th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn

FREE FRUIT TREES STILL AVAILABLE IN KENSINGTON


Seventeen free fruit trees are still available at Kensington's Compost for Brooklyn after yesterday's tree giveaway. To qualify for a free tree, you must agree to
  1. plant the tree in one of the five boroughs,
  2. plant the tree in the ground of your yard and not along streets, in city parks, in containers, or on terraces, balconies or roofs, and
  3. keep the tree properly watered and maintained.

When you pick up the tree, you'll also be given a planting and care guide.

Trees will be available for drop-ins on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours: Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and alternating Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (next open Saturday: April 25th).

The giveaway is through New York Restoration Project (NYRP) as part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative.

Compost for Brooklyn 
corner of Newkirk Avenue at E. 8th Street 
Kensington, Brooklyn 
compostforbrooklyn @ gmail.com  
https://twitter.com/CompostBrooklyn/ 
http://compostforbrooklyn.org/ 
https://www.facebook.com/compostforbrooklyn?fref=nf  

LET'S MAKE MUSIC, NEW YORK: FREE CONCERTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY


On the first day of summer last year, Make Music New York organized one of the biggest musical events in New York City's history: over 1,350 free outdoor concerts in an incredible array of musical genres and locations.

Thousands of musicians entertained New Yorkers on sidewalks, in streets, in parks, and in gardens throughout all five boroughs in "an eleven-hour escapade of musical creativity" (The New Yorker).

This year, the ninth annual Make Music New York returns on Sunday, June 21st, and it promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Enroll in the free program today, and Make Music New York will coordinate your concert with others in the neighborhood, secure all necessary permits, and promote your event through Metro New York, WQXR, and WNYC. From an acoustic sidewalk set-up to a full-scale amplified block party, plenty of options are available.

To get started, go to makemusicny.org/participate. All concert arrangements must be finalized by April 29th.

Questions? Send an e-mail to help @ makemusicny.org.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

MUSIC SERVED WITH FRIED CHICKEN AND WAFFLES


Food and Music Outdoors
Sunday, April 12th, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Spring fried chicken and waffles by Buttermilk Channel and music by The Bumper Crop Boys will be served up tomorrow at a backyard garden party at Sycamore Bar and Flowershop.

Buttermilk Channel is an American bistro on Court Street in Carroll Gardens. It opened in 2008. Executive Chef Ryan Angulo will be on hand to make sure you're well-fed and happy.

The Bumper Crop Boys,which started in North Dakota in 2003 and is now located in Astoria, is an Americanaish, blues, country band.

Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop 
1118 Cortelyou Road
 between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
  Ditmas Park, Brooklyn 
 
(347) 240-5850
 sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com 

EARTH DAY BOKASHI COMPOSTING WORKSHOP WITH VANDRA THORBURN (FREE)


Bokashi Composting Workshop with Vandra Thorburn
Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

From Windsor Terrace Library:
Celebrate Earth Day 2015 by learning the art of bokashi composting, a truly green kitchen waste solution.

In this presentation Vandra will demonstrate how bokashi is the simplest and safest method of handling food scraps. There will be a hands-on demonstration of how easy it is to produce the fermentation bran using the original Japanese microbial inoculant, EM-1®.

In Japanese bokashi means “fermented organic matter.” Ideal for apartment dwellers and small spaces, the bokashi method uses a fermentation process in a sealed bucket—no smells, no pests, no fuss. Unlike traditional composting methods, meat, fish, cheese and cooked food waste can be composted through the bokashi process.

Take your composting to the next level with this alternative and complementary method to other types of composting! Adults and families are welcome. Registration recommended.

Winner of Brooklyn Public Library's PowerUP! 2009 Business Plan Competition Excellence Award, Vandra Thorburn is the founder and president of VOKASHI, a unique composting service. Using the bokashi method VOKASHI helps households, small offices and catering companies manage their food scraps.
This community event is free.

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


Thursday, April 9, 2015

FREE CLOTHING SWAP; BRING SOME, TAKE SOME

                                  Spring Clothing Swap
                    Sunday, April 19th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Swap with your neighbors. Bring clothes, shoes, and accessories that you no longer need or wear.  Any items left over will be donated. This is a free event that is open to the public.

If you can't attend, you can bring your clothes to YogaSole beforehand.


YogaSole
254 Windsor Place
between 10th and 11th avenues (closer to 11th)
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 541-1382
info @ yogasole.com
https://www.facebook.com/yoga.sole
http://www.yogasole.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MUSIC FESTIVAL AT P.S. 130: JAZZ, LATIN, ROCK, R&B, APPALACHIAN, CLASSICAL, AND MORE

Local Kensington Musicians/Parents Organize Inaugural Music Festival
to Raise Funds for Music Programs at Brooklyn's PS 130

Educating Children from 17 Countries, Speaking 20 Different Languages,
This Title I School
Is the Most Ethnically & Racially Diverse School in District 15

Performers will include:

JD ALLEN, ANGI ARAMBURU, DEBBIE DEANE,
PAUL LAPLACA,  JOHN MONTAGNA, ROBBY O’SULLIVAN,

BENNETT PASTER, DON RODRÍGUEZ GÓMEZ ROSA,
ELEANOR TAYLOR & SANDRA VELASQUEZ

On Friday, April 17, 2015 the PS 130 PTA will host an inaugural Music Festival concert. The line-up will include parent performers representing the cultural diversity of our community.  Funds raised at this event will be dedicated to strengthening the music program at PS 130 including: materials and supplies for music classes, creation of private music instruction programs including scholarships, piano tuning, PA system improvements and more.

PS 130 is a public elementary school serving 708 students in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. We educate children from 17 countries representing 20 different languages and are a Title I school with 94% of children qualifying for free lunch service. We are the most ethnically and racially diverse school in Brooklyn’s District 15.

PS130 remains dedicated to keeping music in the classroom. General music instruction, guitar, band, chorus are all offered to its students as an essential part of its mission to educate them effectively, but available resources are not adequate to fully fund these programs.  In response to this need, singer/songwriter and PS 130 parent Debbie Deane germinated the idea for this event to raise awareness of the importance of music education and to raise additional funds PS 130’s music programs.

The line-up will feature PS 130 parent performers, both professional and amateur musicians including: JD Allen, Angi Aramburu, Debbie Deane, Paul LaPlaca, John Montagna, Robby O'Sullivan, Bennett Paster, Cesar Rodriguez, Eleanor Taylor, and Sandra Velasquez.  The performers’ styles run the gamut from Appalachian to Latin; Jazz, Rock and R&B to contemporary classical.  All told, it will make for an entertaining evening of music for a great cause!

Friday, April 17th
6:30 PM
PS 130 4th Fl auditorium
70 Ocean Parkway
$10 suggested donation, Kids free
Open to the public


Kim Smith PR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 8, 2015

CHOCOLATE! AND OTHER NEW ITEMS WILL BE SOLD AT THE FOOD COOP, STARTING TOMORROW


New on the shelves, starting tomorrow:

Previous additions that will continue to be stocked:

The fruit and vegetables that are available each week vary.

Open hours this week are Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Bring your own bags to carry your food home.

New members are always welcome. For instructions on how to join by mail, in person, or online, visit the coop's website. The current work requirement is 1 hour and 45 minutes per month.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop 
825 Caton Avenue, corner of E. 8th Street
windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com