Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ATTENTION: Sanitation Resume Refuse and Recycling Removal Tonight, Continue Snow Removal

Sanitation Department to Resume Limited Refuse and Recycling Collection Tonight, While Continuing Snow Removal Clean Up of Saturday's Storm

NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced on Monday, December 21st, that the Sanitation Department (DSNY) will resume limited refuse and recycling collections this evening, even as other workers continue to battle the aftermath of Saturday's foot deep snowfall.

Collections had been suspended when the DSNY began snow fighting on Saturday.

The Commissioner also said that the DSNY will:

-Continue plowing and salting snow and ice conditions citywide.
-Resume limited refuse and recycling collections tonight. (The public should start placing refuse and recycling out, as usual, on their scheduled days. But expect delays in collections.)
-Ask residents to clear snow from uncollected refuse and recycling at curbside.
-Use temporary snow laborers again Tuesday, December 22nd.
-Continue enforcing unshoveled snow and ice violations on sidewalks.

See link here.

Moving Pictures: Are Damaged Bad At Best

On Monday, January 4, 2010, our most frequent filmers are scheduled to film interior scenes at 275 PARK AVENUE between Waverly Avenue & Washington Avenue.


Friday, December 18, 2009

ATTENTION: Dr. Marco Mason Hosts Holiday Fiesta


Hosted by Dr. Marco A. Mason

When: Friday, December 18 2009
Time: 7:00pm-12:00am
Where: The Institute for Pan-American Affairs
216 Hall Street
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Come, Celebrate, Enjoy!
RSVP Errol Grimes at 718-596-0560 or errol@errolgrimesdancegroup.org

Moving Pictures: Keep It Short and Sweet

On Sunday, December 20, 2009, a short film is scheduled to film exterior scenes on Flushing Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Moving Pictures: Are Building Bridges....Not Arenas!

On Monday, December 21, 2009 thru Wednesday, December 23, 2009 the production “BRIDGE PROJECT” is scheduled to load-in at 212 Ashland Place between Dekalb Avenue & Fulton Street

APPROXIMATE TIME: Monday 6am –11pm
Tuesday/Wednesday 6am – 6pm

Elevate Holiday Benefit!


Featuring DJ D-Nice & DJ M.O.S

ELEVATE 2009 will raise funds and awareness to support both non-profit organizations which focus on the academic, athletic and social development of NYC’s most promising High School student-athletes.

When: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Time: VIP Hour – 7pm till 8pm
Party – 8pm till 11pm
Where: Red Bull Space
40 Thompson (Near BROOME)
For more information on how to attend ELEVATE please visit:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ATTENTION: U.S. Census Hiring Again for Position Starting in 2010


The U.S. Census Bureau needs local residents for a variety of exciting opportunities, including interviewing, office administration, and supervision.

They are recruiting for:

  • Census Takers
  • Crew Leaders
  • Crew Leader Assistants
  • Recruiting Assistants
  • Census Clerks

Positions can be full or part-time depending upon need and hourly pay ranges from approximately $14.00 per hour to over $20.00 per hour depending upon position.


All applicants must:
Be at least 18 years old.
Pass the required written test administered by US Census.

(866) 861-2010 or (347) 967-4020
Monday-Friday: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

For more information visit: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/

New York West
William Street
Manhattan, NY 10038
Phone: 917-267-3640
Census takers start at: $18.75/hour

Brooklyn South
86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11214
Phone: 347-967-4020
Census takers start at: $18.75/hour

Brooklyn Northwest
Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-360-5150
Census takers start at: $18.75/hour

Most jobs will be short term and ALL jobs will be temporary

Moving Pictures: Have Always Depended On The Kindness of Strangers

On Sunday, December 20, 2009 the production “A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE” is scheduled to load-out at 212 Ashland Place between DeKalb Avenue & Fulton Street.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Brooklyn Free Clinic for the Uninsured

So a while back, we posted some information on the New York City Free Clinic, which is by far the most comprehensive free clinic in New York City.

Brokelyn, a lifestyle blog for people out to enjoy NYC on a budget, expands on that list adding the Brooklyn Free Clinic at 613 Throop Avenue in Bed-Stuy. The clinic offers a number of different services, and like the NYC Free Clinic, is available to any uninsured person over 18 years of age.

More information here: http://www.brokelyn.com/no-insurance-guide-to-brooklyn-healthcare/

Monday, December 14, 2009

Moving Pictures: Damaged on Mondays

On Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, our regular guests from “Damages” will be shooting interior scenes at the following location:


8am- 5pm--
82 Washington Avenue @ Park Avenue.
3pm- 3am--
80 Lafayette Avenue @ South Portland St.

ATTENTION: Board of Elections Will Hold Public Demonstrations Of Poll Sites; 12/16; 6PM


The Board of Elections in the City of New York will be hosting public demonstrations and a public hearing of the two poll site voting systems that are being evaluated for use in the Fall 2010 elections and beyond.

When: Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm

Where: Board of Elections Borough Office
345 Adams St. 4th floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

For more information, please call: 866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3962). Or visit: http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/

Moving Pictures: Accommodating Those Who Don't Cook

On Thursday, December 17, 2009 and Friday, December 18, 2009 the production “FRESH DIRECT” is scheduled to film interior scenes at 470 Flushing Avenue between Spencer Street & Walworth Street.


ATTENTION: The Institute for Responsible Citizenship DC Leadership Program

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship prepares high-achieving black men in college for successful careers in business, law, government, public service, education, journalism, the sciences, medicine, ministry, and the arts, providing unparalleled networking opportunities, leadership development, and life‐long mentorship. The Institute is currently accepting applications for its summer leadership program in Washington, DC.


Exposure to congressmen, Supreme Court justices, doctors, business executives, educators, and other influential leaders• Rigorous academic seminars• Roundtable discussions, including seminars on leadership development• High‐level internships around Washington, DC• Activities that promote strong bonds with each other


The program runs from June 5 to July 31, 2010•

Students must commit to two‐summers•

Housing is paid for by the Institute•

Students work at paid internships based on their career interest

You should be a college sophomore to apply. The Institute does not have a GPA requirement. However, the median GPA for recent classes is 3.65. An applicant’s GPA is not the only criterion that is evaluated during the admissions process. Campus involvement, awards earned, athletics, and volunteer work are also important factors. The application can be found on the web at www.i4rc.org/application.htm. Applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline. Inquiries should be directed to info@i4rc.org or (202) 659‐2831.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

ATTENTION: Holiday Jobs for Youth!


These Atlantic Mall Stores are hiring:

RadioShack– Apply online at http://www.jobsatradioshack.com/
Bath and Body Works– Print application online at http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/
Victoria’s Secret– Print application online at http://www.victoriassecret.com/
Target– Apply online at http://www.target.com/, or ask at an in-store kios
Payless Shoes– Apply online at http://www.careersatpayless.com/
DSW– Apply in person
Old Navy– Apply online at www.gapinc.com/storejobs
Marshalls– Apply online at http://www.tjxjobs.com/
Burlington Coat Factory– Apply in store

These stores on or near Fulton Street are hiring:

Cookies Department Store– 510 Fulton Street (see Mr. Rose)
Young World Inc.*- 492 Fulton Street (see Vivian)
Pretty Girl Inc.– 490 Fulton Street
Footlocker– Duffield and Elm Street (see Darryl)
Toystore Inc.*- 468 Duffield Street (see Marisol)
Conway*- 505 Fulton Street (see Menachem)
Closeout Connection– 50 Court Street (see Michael)

Note: Stores with a (*) require a reference letter. See the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center for assistance, which can be reached at 718-733-6886 or chcmcblog@gmail.com.
The center is located at 256 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 11213.

Rep. Town and Assembly Member Towns Host Annual Holiday Party; 12/17; BK Job Corps; 6PM


Hosted by Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns
and Assemblyman Darryl C. Towns

When: Thursday, December 17 2009
Time: 6p.m. until 10p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Job Corps Center
585 DeKalb Avenue (off Nostrand Avenue)

RSVP: Ms. Culpepper at 718-855-8018

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Moving Pictures: It's The Fiber!

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 and Wednesday December 16, 2009 the commercial “NY 1- AntiFIOS” is scheduled to shoot interior scenes at 470 Flushing Ave between Spencer Street & Walworth Street.


CM James and Bridge Cleaners Partner to Collect Coats in "Coats for Kids" Drive

**For Immediate Release**

December 9, 2009

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Bridge Cleaners and Council Member Letitia James partner to collect coats for the needy - this holiday season and into the winter of 2010

(Brooklyn, Dec. 7, 2009) - This week, Bridge Cleaners & Tailors will kick off the National Cleaners Association’s annual “Coats for Kids” drive. The mission of Coats for Kids is simple - anyone in need of a coat will have one. Bridge Cleaners & Tailors, a premiere dry cleaner located in downtown Brooklyn is accepting gently used kid, adult and baby sized winter coats from December 7, 2009 – January 31, 2010. This will start Coats for Kids 25th year of service. Coats collected will be donated to the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services.

“I collect coats for kids year-round and clean and repair them before they’re donated to agencies and schools for distribution. I will also clean the garments of anyone who’s going on a job interview as part of a National Cleaners Association program,” said Victoria Aviles, owner of Bridge Cleaners & Tailors.

Donations will be accepted at Bridge Cleaners & Tailors located at 204 Livingston Street, along with other locations around Brooklyn, including the office of Council Member Letitia James - located at 67 Hanson Place at the corner of South Elliott Place.

Since the program began in 1984, Bridge Cleaners & Tailor’s has collected, cleaned free of charge, and distributed thousands of winter coats to men, women and children who would otherwise be without one. This program receives invaluable support from collection, promotional, supporting and distribution partners, as well as individuals.

“The Coats for Kids drive is a program that I am honored to be involved with this winter. I plan to clean out my own closet and donate coats, as well as to encourage the community to do the same as we start a brand new year. Let’s keep one another warm during the cold weather season through our generosity,” said Council Member James.

For additional information, please call Richard Aviles at Bridge Cleaners & Tailors - (718) 625-1438, or visit www.bridgecleaners.com.

When: December 7, 2009 through January 31, 2010

What: “Coats for Kids” Drive with Bridge Cleaners

Where: District Office of Council Member Letitia James, 67 Hanson Place, ground floor (corner of South Elliott Place)


Moving Pictures: Are Sponsored By WE and Troy Dunn*

On Thursday, December 10, 2009 and Friday, December 11, 2009 the commercial “THE LOCATOR” is scheduled to film interior scenes at:

Bedford Avenue Armory- 1579 Bedford Ave at Union Street


*not really

Monday, December 7, 2009

ATTENTION: Research Conference at CUNY's Center for Puerto Rican Studies; 12/11; 9AM


Discussing Puerto Ricans in low wage jobs and labor markets.

When: Friday, December 11, 2009
Time: 9:00AM – 3:30PM
Where: Hunter College, School of Social Work
129 East 79th Street (near Lexington)
New York, NY 10075

Registration is required– register online at http://www.centropr.org/. Lunch will be provided.
For the most updated information visit http://www.centropr.org/ or call (212) 772-5714.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Moving Pictures: Repeatedly Damaged

On Thursday December 10th, 2009 “Damages” will be returning to shoot interior/exterior scenes at the following location:


9am –5pm 275 Park Avenue btw Waverly & Washington Aves.
3pm – 3am 80 Lafayette Avenue @ S. Portland St.

Moving Pictures: They're Electric.

On Tuesday December 8, 2009, the commercial “ELECTROLUX BIRTHDAY” is scheduled to shoot exterior scenes at 39 South Oxford Street between DeKalb Avenue & Lafayette Avenue.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Moving Pictures: Have Shooting Titles That Make Us Giggle

On Monday December 7th, 2009 a commercial entitled “Making It” will be shooting exterior scenes at the following locations:


6am–10am: 840 Atlantic Avenue between Underhill, Pacific Street & Vanderbuilt Avenue.

10am– 6pm: 317 Clermont Avenue between Lafayette Avenue & S. Portland Avenue.

ATTENTION: CM James Hosts Holiday Party/Toy Drive

You're invited to Council Member Letitia James' Holiday Party/Toy Drive. We ask you to bring an item for a child in need: new unwrapped books, toys, coats, gloves, hats, or scarfs. The party takes place at:

Rustick Tavern
471 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(between Kent Avenue & Franklin Avenue)

When: Thursday, December 17, 6:00PM to 10:00PM

For more information, please contact Council Member James' office at 718-260-9191.

Hors d'oeuvres Served. Cash bar.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

North Flatbush BID Hold Their 4th Annual Silent Auction!

Please join the North Flatbush BID for their 4th

Annual Silent Auction!!!

WHEN: December 15, 2009

7PM- 10PM

WHERE: Oceans 8

Sports Bar and Grill

308 Flatbush Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(between 7th Avenue and Park Place)

For more information, please contact (718) 783-1685.

ATTENTION: NYC Voter Assistance Commission and City Council Hold Public Hearing On Election Day Experiences; 12/15; 6PM


NYC Voter Assistance Commission Chairman Dr. Jeffrey F. Kraus and VAC Director Onida Coward Mayers invite you to a hearing on
Your Election Day Experiences
And How to Improve Voter Participation:

When: Tuesday December 15 2009
Time: 6pm-7pm (doors open at 6pm)
Where: City Council Chambers, City Hall

RSVP to Bibi Yusuf at:
(212) 788-8384 or email at byusuf@cityhall.nyc.gov
Please limit testimony to 2 minutes.
Please bring a hard copy of your testimony for VAC records.

Residents Encouraged to Holiday Shop on Flatbush Strip!

Celebrate the Holiday Season on Flatbush Avenue!!!
Residents who shop on Flatbush Avenue can receive special offers from participating merchants!
A North Flatbush BID Holiday Season Event will feature an appearance by Santa Claus, face-painting, and designable dreidels. Additionally, the North Flatbush BID encourages all residents to donate blood.
WHEN: December 12, 2009
WHERE: Flatbush Avenue
(from Plaza Street to Bergen Street)
(blood donation at 357 Flatbush)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Moving Pictures: Are Freckled and Ginger-Haired

On Tuesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 2nd, a commercial for “Wendy’s” is scheduled to film interior scenes at 470 Flushing Avenue between Spencer and Walworth Streets.


CM James Guest Speaking At Brown Baptist Church, Supports Restoration Project

**For Immediate Release**
November 25, 2009

Brown Memorial Baptist Church Restoration Project is wholeheartedly supported by Council Member Letitia James

Council Member James will be guest speaker at Pre-Christmas Gala held to raise funds for restoration of historic church - on December 4th at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

(Brooklyn, Nov. 25, 2009) Brown Memorial Baptist Church is holding a Pre-Christmas Gala to raise funds for restoration work of the Early Romanesque Revival architectural style building, originally constructed in 1860. The distinct structure is highly ornamented; it features vaulted ceilings, decorative medallions and walls, plus stained glass windows designed by Tiffany Studios.

City Council Member Letitia James is slated as guest speaker for the event. “I’m proud to be able to give back to one of my favorite churches,” she said. The semi-formal dinner dance will feature special entertainment by Deborah Cleavist and DJ Ernest Davidson. Please call Audrey Harrigan at 732-297-3686 for more information. You can also email Dr. Harrigan at dryharrigan@yahoo.com. For media inquiries contact Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191.

For nearly a century, Brown Memorial Baptist Church (BMBC) has served as a central hub of support for the community, offering a range of concrete services – from advocacy and counseling to disaster relief – to those who turn to the church for help. Over the last fifteen years, the church has significantly extended their vision and reach, adding a number of strategic, proactive programs to the overall community-building agenda. While organizational structure and strategies have evolved with the times, BMBC’s mission has always remained the same: to support the aspirations, honor the efforts, and empower the community.

In 2002, BMBC ran a major capital campaign to restore the badly damaged fa├žade, roof, and pinnacles of our landmark church building. That campaign – which combined a $200,000 New York State Historic Preservation grant with $700,000 of individual donations – permitted the church to complete the renovation effort on time and on budget. It also, however, cut deeply into the community’s ability to support our social service programs. This year, BMBC undertakes the second stage of the renovation – replacing a damaged and out-dated electrical and heating/cooling system, repairing the ceiling of the sanctuary, and reinforcing several interior spaces so they can be better used by the after-school and drama programs.

What: Rebuilding The Temple, Pre-Christmas Gala - tickets: suggested donation - $65 each, attire: semi-formal

Where: Brown Memorial Baptist Church, 484 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 - Fellowship Hall (Entrance on Gates Avenue)

When: Friday, December 4, 2009, Reception, Dinner and Dancing - 7:15pm – 1:00am


ATTENTION: Upcoming Community (and City) Events

Click on the links below for two job openings at NYCHA's Ingersoll-Whitman Community Center in the 57th Assembly District.


Join Governor David Paterson for a community conversation in Brooklyn on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 with central Brooklyn elected officials.
LOCATION: First A.M.E. Zion Church
54 MacDonough Street
(between Tompkins & Marcy Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11216
WHEN: Tuesday, December 1, 2009
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Event is sponsored by US Representative Ed Towns, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, NYS Assembly Member Annette Robinson, and NYC Council Member Al Vann. For information call Assemblywoman Annette M. Robinson: (718) 399-7630 OR
First A.M.E. Zion Church: (718) 638-3343

Join Emmanuel Baptist Church in a clothing drive (coats and shoes) for the homeless of New York City, as well as a clothing drive for the needy in Haiti. ONLY clean and slightly used, or brand new items are requested! The drive will be for one day only, and will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at 10am to 4pm in the church parlor.

LOCATION: 279 Lafayette Avenue
(at the corner of St. James Place)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205

St. Luke's Church invites you to their Holiday Bazaar. There will be food, clothes, and holiday items on sale.

WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 2009
11am- 5pm
LOCATION: 259 Washington Avenue
(between Dekalb & Willoughby Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11205

For more information, please call (718) 622-5612

You Can Make a Difference Health & Wellness Symposium

WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 2009
10am- 1:30pm

LOCATION: Medgar Evers College High School (MECHS)
(corner of Nostrand Avenue & Carroll Street)
1186 Carroll Street
Brooklyn, NY‎ 11225

Presenting topics relevant to Wellness and Disease prevention in African-Americans,
particularly, and 2010 Census information including: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, hypertension, obesity and HIV/AIDS.

Contact (646) 824-6810 or (718) 346-9847 for more information.

Albany: Have we reached the Tipping Point?

Join the League of Women Voters on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 5:30pm to 8pm in the Grand Ballroom at 4 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. To RSVP call (212) 725-3541 or email office@lwvnyc.org.

Larry Norden, Senior Counsel of the Democracy Project at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, will discuss possible solutions regarding reform in New York State government including redistricting, campaign finance, ethics and house rules.

Friday, November 20, 2009

CM James Fights for Business Opportunities, Small Businesses

Council Member James has used her position in the New York City Council to strengthen small businesses- from leading the NYCC's Contracts Committee to address the administrations Department of Education outsourcing book contracts to large out-of-state companies over local bookstores, to co-sponsoring local laws 2005/129 and 2008/067, and Resolution 1773-2009. This important legislation increased opportunities and benefits for minority-and-women-owned (MWBE) businesses, especially. Local law 129 specifically increased opportunities for certified MWBE's to bid on public contracts, increase their capacity, and effectively contribute to the City's economy. You can read more about the history of the legislation here.

Additionally, Council Member James has always offered her personal support and encouragement to small businesses in the 35th District. She has consistently encouraged local businesses to hire youth and unemployed adults in the communities they serve, and early-on supported expansion of the Brooklyn Navy Yard to create more industrial business opportunities.

In her continuing effort to build upon small business opportunities, the Council Member James has drafted a resolution in support of U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke's Congressional bill H.R. 3771, a bill that was amended and re-introduced into Congress in October 2009. This bill was designed to aid MWBE small businesses in building their capacity in the industry of construction. The bill would amend the Small Business Act to charge the United States Small Business Administration with establishing and/or expanding mentorship programs, and identifying problems and creating solutions to meet construction needs/demands. The bill was recently amended to include veteran-owned small construction companies, as well as to establish grant programs to enhance access to specialized education and resources.

Council Member James looks forward to using her position in the New York City Council and as Chairperson of the Council's Contracts Committee to strengthen business opportunities, and helping small businesses stay afloat in these harsh economic times.

CMs James and Eugene Join 77th Precinct Cmty Council and community to Announce Fund for Victims of Tragic Fire

**For Immediate Release**

November 20, 2009

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Council Member Letitia James; Council Member Mathieu Eugene; James Caldwell, President, 77th Precinct Community Council; community leaders; and residents hold press conference to announce fund for the Jean Family, who lost 2 little boys- Sebastian, 1, Fabrice, 2, and their father Myrtel Jean, 42, in a fire at their Crown Heights home on Wednesday

Emergency press event to support the Jean family– Friday, November 20, at 3 PM, in front of Hebron Church, 1256 Dean Street (between New York and Nostrand Avenues)

(Brooklyn, Nov. 20, 2009) In light of the tragic house fire which took the lives of a father and his two sons on Wednesday morning, Council Member Letitia James, community leaders, public officials, and residents will gather to support the Jean family, and to announce a fund to assist the surviving wife and mother, Rose Etienne, who lost everything.

“Once again we come together to support a family in need, who suddenly has lost dear loved ones through tragic circumstances. Sadly, a mattress was ignited accidentally, and smoke quickly filled the Crown Heights apartment claiming three beautiful lives, said Council Member Letitia James. I believe that it is the responsibility of the community to hold up their neighbors in times such as these; therefore we will do whatever we can to help the Jean family as they grieve, try to make sense of what happened, and put their lives back together.”

Donations for the family can be sent to Carver Federal Savings Bank, located at 4 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY, 11217. Please make checks payable to Monique Jean, in care of Rose Etienne Jean. Deposits can also be made at any branch, and on-line transfers are accepted. Special thanks to the entire team at Carver Federal Savings Bank for their help.

Rehabilitation Fund for the Jean Family: Bank Routing #- 226072498; Account # - 801102660
Contact Telephone Numbers: Family - Monique Jean / (917) 502-1455; Jean Pericles / (917) 902-0018
Carver Federal Savings Bank - (718) 230-2900

When: Friday, November 20 at 3pm
What: Pres Event to support the Jean Family who lost three love ones in tragic fire this week
Where: Hebron French-speaking Seventh-day Adventist Church – Pastor Roberne J. Saint-Louis
1256 Dean Street (between New York and Nostrand Avenues) - (718) 778-6454

Thursday, November 19, 2009

ATTENTION: CM James and District 13 Present Middle Schools Fair; 11/30

Please join Council Member Letitia James and District 13 Middle Schools within the 35th Council District and other parents and students for a District 13 Middle School Fair!

When: Monday, November 30th from 5:30 - 8:00pm

Where: P.S. 46 - Edward C. Blum
100 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Middle School Applications are due December 15th, so please come out to meet school representatives and learn about your Middle School choices.

For more information about the event, please contact Simone Hawkins at 212-788-7081.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ATTENTION: DOE Creates ARIS Parent Link for Increased Student Data Access

Families are key partners in improving student achievement, and with the use of the ARIS Parent Link, parents can keep up-to-date with their child's academic information.

Teachers have always had increased access to student data through ARIS. Now, the NYC Department of Education allows parents to also have increased access through ARIS Parent Link (APL)- an online tool that provides parents with detailed information about their child.

In ARIS Parent Link, you can find:

- Up-to-date academic information abut your child, available in nine languages
- Results and explanations of assessments your child has taken
- Your child's attendance record
- Contact information on file for you and your child

You can log in to ARIS Parent Link anytime, from any computer at www.arisparentlink.org. To get started, you will need a an e-mail address, your child's ID number (OSIS #), and your temporary password which you can retrieve from your child's school.

If you need further information on how to access the ARIS Parent Link, talk to the Parent Coordinator at your child's school or review the NYC DOE FAQs about ARIS Parent Link for Parents.

ATTENTION: Rep. Clarke Hosts H1N1 Tele-Town Hall Meeting; 11/19

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke

A Tele-Town Hall Meeting on:

Date: Thursday November 19, 2009
Time: 6:00p.m. to 7p.m. EST

Call In Number (877) 229-8493 Pin: 13319

Special Guest- Dr. Aletha Maybank the Assitant Commissioner of New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, joins Representative Clarke to discuss how people can better access the H1N1 vaccine.

For more information please contact: 718-287-1142

Community Entrepreneur Ruth West Passes, Leaves Behind Legacy

**For Immediate Release**

November 18, 2009

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Entrepreneur Ruth West Passes; She Leaves Behind Restaurant Legacy in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

(Brooklyn, Nov. 18, 2009) Ruth Collock West was born in 1934 in Bayboro, North Carolina, and passed in Brooklyn, New York on November 12, 2009.

Having spent her youth in North Carolina, Ruth found her way to Brooklyn after finishing school, and worked her way up from a waitress, to a restaurateur. Ruth worked in the food business for over 50 years; the combination of being a lover of soul food and a people person propelled Ruth forward to opening her first business in 1967, and then three decades later in 1997, she opened the infamous Ruthie’s Soul Food, which is still thriving today.

“All of us on Myrtle Avenue are deeply saddened by Ms. Ruthie’s passing. Ms. Ruthie and her family have been neighborhood fixtures for many years, and we are very grateful for the commitment and investment they have made in helping us to revitalize Myrtle Avenue,” said Michael Blaise Backer, Executive Director, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.

Ruth West was an inspiration. An active member of Friendship Baptist Church in Bed-Stuy for nearly 40 years, she touched many lives within the community, as well as at the two locations of Ruthie’s Soul Food Restaurant in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Brooklyn.

Deaconess Bertha Brown from Friendship Baptist Church related that Ruth Brown was the most loyal church member she knew. “Ruthie was loyal during her entire membership at Friendship Baptist Church; whenever anything needed to be done – she would roll up her sleeves. A trustee for many years, she would help out wherever and whenever needed,” she said.

Ruth’s six children, 22 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, other relatives along with numerous friends and customers will always remember her, and her delicious food with fondness. She shared her heart with all, and each evening at her restaurants closing, Ruth gave food to the homeless, who credit that meal as being their only one on many days.

“Ms. Ruthie was a jewel in the community; she spent her young adult years in Fort Greene and opened Ruthie’s during the mid-90s, which is now treasured within the community. She opened the first black and women owned restaurant in downtown Brooklyn, and was known for helping and feeding the poor and homeless over and over again. I am touched by a handwritten note posted at the Myrtle Avenue store that simply reads - thank you, from someone who is homeless,” said Council Member James.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009



A support group especially for grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relative caregivers with Family Court experiences.

  • Support while navigating through the Family Court system.
  • Share your thoughts on the joys and challenges of parenting a second time.
  • Learn tips for coping with changing family dynamics.
  • Learn effective ways to negotiate with outside systems.

When: Every other Monday at 11:30 a.m.

First three meetings: November 16th, November 30th, December 14th

Pizza will be served Metro cards will be provided.

Where: Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)

350 Broadway, Suite 400
New York, NY 10013

For more information about the group or other LIFT programs:




Monday, November 16, 2009

Moving Pictures: Is Just Like The Channel Four News Team

On Thursday November 19, 2009 the television show “GOOD MORNING JAPAN” is scheduled to shoot interior scenes at 395 Flatbush Avenue Extension between Dekalb Avenue & Fulton Street.


Moving Pictures: The One Where Matt Bomer Could Possibly Be On My Block

On Tuesday November 17, 2009 the television show “WHITE COLLAR” returns to shoot interior and exterior scenes at Cambridge Place between Gates Avenue & Fulton Street.


Friday, November 13, 2009

ATTENTION: Upcoming Community Events

Council Member Letitia James, in collaboration with Watchful Eye, Community Youth, Inc., and Serum Music, presents...

"A Celebration of Praise & Thanksgiving"

at...the "Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at the Walt Whitman Theatre"

Location: 2900 Campus Road @ Hillel Place
1 block west of "The Junction" Intersection of Hillel Place and Nostrand & Flatbush Avenues

When: Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 4:30PM

Please call the office of CM James at (718) 260-9191 for more information.


The Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center's Division of Chemical Dependency cordially invites you to an Open House-

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
12 noon- 3pm
Where: 100 North Portland Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

For more information, contact (718) 260-7806. Refreshments will be served.
Economic Recovery & Business Stimulus Conference

Join the Black Church Means Business on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the Riverside Church in New York City to meet, network, and begin to do business with hundreds of small business owners, more than 400 clergy and church leaders, corporate executives, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

There is a small fee to register. For more information you may call (718) 638-6397.

In recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday and the current economic crisis affecting so many, join the 57th Assembly District Democratic Organization, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Eric Adams and 57th A.D. Democratic Organization & District Committeeperson Olanike Alabi in a canned food drive and reception to benefit the Child Development Support Corporation's (CDSC) food pantry which serves residents in Central Brooklyn. WE ENCOURAGE ALL WHO WILL ATTEND TO BRING 5 CANS OF FOOD.

When: Thursday, November 19, 2009

6pm- 8pm

Where: Teen Challenge Center
444 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y 11238

Update: H1N1 Temporary Vaccination Clinics

The administration has implemented a comprehensive plan to address influenza (specifically H1N1) this flu season, including early vaccination for school-aged children, establishing influenza clinics, and drug store vaccinations.

To further the goal of preparing all City residents for the flu season, every weekend from November 14th through December 13th, the City’s Health Department will be offering free H1N1 vaccines at temporary clinics located in schools throughout the city. Although these clinics were originally designed for middle and high school students, vaccines will be now available for anyone in the following groups:

-Pregnant women.
-Anyone 4 to 24 years of age. (Note: Children younger than 4 are not eligible to be vaccinated
at these clinics.)
-Persons 25 to 64 years of age who have underlying health conditions that increases risk of severe illness or complications. Such conditions include asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung conditions, kidney failure, or a weakened immune system.
-Anyone who lives with or cares for children less than 6 months old.

The vaccination clinics will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are limits on the number of people that the clinics can accommodate, so there may be lines.

The temporary vaccination sites in Brooklyn are located at:

Sheepshead Bay H.S. (K495)
Location: 3000 Avenue X
Dates of Operation:
Saturday, November 14, 11234
Sunday, November 15,

P.S. 196 (K196)
Location: 207 Bushwick Avenue
Dates of Operation: Saturday, November 14,
Sunday, November 15,

J.H.S. 234 Arthur W. (K234)
Location: 1875 East 17th Cunningham Street
Dates of Operation: Saturday, November 21,
Sunday, November 22,

George Wingate Educational Campus (K470)
Location: 600 Kingston Avenue
Dates of Operation: Saturday, December 5,
Sunday, December 6,

P.S. 186 Dr. Irving Gladstone (K186)
Location: 7601 19th Avenue
Dates of Operation: Saturday, December 12,
Sunday, December 13,

Please remember: Vaccination is the best way to protect children and adults from the flu and prevent community-wide transmission.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Moving Pictures: Bringing Good Things To Life

On Friday November 13, a commercial for “GE” is scheduled to film interior scenes at 470 Flushing Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets.


CM James Addresses Shooting Incident in Fort Greene Buffalo Wild Wings

**For Immediate Release**

November 11, 2009

Contacts: Alfred Chiodo at (718) 260-9191, (646) 831-6895

Shooting incident in Fort Greene on Veterans Day Eve alarms local residents and the community

(Brooklyn, Nov. 11, 2009)- In an example of poor planning, two teens were injured by gunfire last night, possibly due to irresponsible management of the promotional event, as well as insufficient security at the Atlantic Center Mall. The incident occurred at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant’s Tuesday, 40-cent, Wing Promotion. An altercation between restaurant patrons happened in the mall, which then spilled into the streets of Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

“Falling on the night prior to the Veterans Day school holiday, the restaurant could not accommodate, nor provide proper security for the crowd of teens that responded to the promotion – geared to middle and high school students. The NYPD was forced to maintain order, resulting in resources being withdrawn from local streets, a burden to Fort Greene and the 88th Precinct,” said Council Member Letitia James.

“I question the marketing and management of this event, and ask that restaurants and mall management seriously re-evaluate security procedures for highly attended promotions such as the one held yesterday evening. It is my hope, and those of the community that the two injured teens have a speedy recovery.”


November 12, 2009

Additional comment from Council Member Letitia James regarding the Buffalo Wild Wings promotion shooting incident on Nov. 10:

“There have been several incidents related to Buffalo Wild Wings promotions where the 88th Precinct was called to establish order. I have talked both with the 88th Precinct as well as Atlantic Center management about this problem, and will be meeting with the restaurant to seek appropriate solutions.

This is a question of Buffalo Wild Wings responsibility when it runs popular promotions but fails to provide adequate security. Gun control is the much larger issue involved with this particular incident, and I have been a firm supporter of national legislation to deal with this problem.

The perpetrators have not been arrested, and we are putting forth a reward for those who provide information leading to the arrest of the individuals that committed this senseless crime.”

Council Member Letitia James
35th Council District, Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Moving Pictures: Now With More Stain-Fighting Power

On Friday November 13, 2009 the commercial “TIDE” is scheduled to shoot interior and exterior scenes at the following locations:

· 16 S Oxford Street between Dekalb & Lafayette Avenues
· Ft Greene Park- Dekalb Avenue @ Ft Greene Place
· 22 Ft Greene Place between Lafayette & Dekalb Avenues


ATTENTION: HEAP Offers Heating Benefits For Low-Income Households

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Training Available

HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy costs.

HEAP also offers emergency benefits for households in heat-related energy emergencies.

HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment. The regular and emergency HEAP components will be accepting applications as of November 2nd. See more information here.

If you would like to attend HEAP Training please call (212) 442-7401 or (212) 442-3026.
Training will be conducted in each borough.

The HEAP application will be available online at www.nyc.gov/aging or by calling 311 and requesting a HEAP Application. Completed applications may be returned to the NYC Department for the Aging, HEAP Unit, 2 Lafayette Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10007.

Monday, November 9, 2009

ATTENTION: PACC Holds Homeownership Conference; Bed-Stuy; 11/10


Welcoming all of Brooklyn’s Homeowners, homebuyers, seniors and teens.

Where: Concord Baptist Church of Christ
833 Gardner C. Taylor Boulevard (formerly Marcy Avenue) (between Putnam Avenue and Madison Street)
Brooklyn, NY, 11216

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

This event will be a great opportunity to obtain information on a variety of things from affordable homes to financial management for teens!

Plus there will be experts from local financial institutions and government programs will be on hand to answer all your questions!

This is a FREE event – Refreshments will be provided

For more information: 718-783-3549 ext: 15 or 11 http://www.prattarea.org/

Governor Paterson Statement On Extension of Fed. Unemployment Insurance


President Obama signed a federal extension of Unemployment Insurance, ensuring that nearly 55,000 New Yorkers who had previously exhausted their benefits will be entitled to an additional 20 weeks.

Unemployment Insurance was created as a safety net for workers who found themselves out of work through no fault of their own. In an economic climate where there is only one job for every six unemployed New Yorkers, Unemployment Insurance has taken on a different meaning. It has quickly changed from a safety net to a lifeline.

As I travel the State and speak with unemployed New Yorkers, I am encouraged to hear that they do not want to collect unemployment benefits forever. They want to work, and there is nothing they want more than the financial independence a good job has to offer.

I encourage the unemployed in New York to visit one of our 81 One-Stop Centers across the State as often as possible. Let our experts help you find a job. From the Department of Labor’s On-the-Job Training program to new opportunities targeting the clean energy sector, there are dozens of government programs that unemployed New Yorkers may not be aware of and they should take advantage of them.

In addition, workers should also visit the Green Careers NY website at http://www.greencareersny.com/. The site is a green jobs portal, providing a way to search all New York based green jobs training programs and jobs at one website.

As I work with the Legislature to tackle the budget deficit in the coming days, my focus remains on ensuring the fiscal strength of the State – and that we have the resources to take care of the most vulnerable among us for months and years to come.


ATTENTION: Rep. Clarke Hosts 2009 Job Fair


Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Time: 10:00AM until 4:00PM

Place: Congregational Nursing Home Building
123 Linden Boulevard, 1st Floor
(between Rogers and Bedford Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Meet job recruiters from various City, State and Federal Agencies as well as Employment Representatives from various corporate retail companies and healthcare organizations--

*New York Life Insurance
*Workforce One
*Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

For more information please call: (718) 287-1142
Due to limited space, please RSVP as soon as possible at (718) 287-0943

ATTENTION: Help Care for Fort Greene Park

The Fort Greene Association requests that residents help to make Fort Greene Park even more beautiful. Fort Greene Park volunteers care for trees, spruce up pathways, install erosion control, spread mulch or compost, repair fences, and care for gardens and lawns. They also may paint, rake, sweep, weed, or water plants.

No prior experience is necessary, and tools and training are provided.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10am - 1pm
Sunday, November 15, 2009 10am - 1pm
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10am - 1pm

To volunteer contact carol.anastasio@parks.nyc.gov

Moving Pictures: Are Like Candles In The Wind

On Wednesday November 11, 2009 the short film “Flowers for Norma” is scheduled to film interior scenes at 881 Washington Avenue between Carroll and Crown Streets.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Moving Pictures: Returned Rescue Mission

On Monday November 9th, 2009 the television show entitled “Rescue Me” will be returning to the area to shoot interior scenes at the following location: 446 Park Place at Washington Avenue.



The Ingersoll Houses Community Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When: Monday, November 9th, 2009
11:00 a.m.

Where: Ingersoll Community Center
177 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Contact: Marlon Forbes (718) 453-1296

Date: November 12th, 2009
You MUST ATTEND a Pre-Employment Workshop.
To register, or to get more information, please call (718) 289-8100.
Only for NYCHA Residents!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ATTENTION: Upcoming Community (and City) Events


With the holidays coming up there are a lot of companies that are looking for part time employees. The Work Readiness Program works on resume writing, cover letters and interview skills.

Where: 1047 Bedford Avenue
(corner of Bedford and Greene Ave)
Brooklyn, NY, 11216

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
11am – 1pm

The program is aimed at individuals between the ages of 17-21. For more information, or to sign-up, please call contact:
Phone: 718-622-6700
Fax: 718-688-6770
Email: alonghorne@ccmnyc.com


Join the New York Urban League at their 23rd Annual Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Fair.

Saturday, November 14, 2009
11am- 3pm
Workshops will begin at 10am and there will be a step show at 3pm!
Registration is free
Where: Riverbank State Park
145th Street & Riverside Drive
New York, N.Y. 10031

The Social Therapy Group

The Social Therapy Group in Fort Greene presents:
Does the Community Need Therapy?

Please join the Community Therapy staff at the Social Therapy Group for a dialogue on what our communities and families need to grow emotionally and otherwise.
When: Saturday, November 14, 2009
11am- 1pm

Where: 106 South Oxford Street
(between Fulton Street & Lafayette Avenue)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217
There is a registration fee, but the registration is discounted for seniors and those who pre-registered.

CM James and MetroClub Clubhouse Sponsor Employment Plus Wellness Expo; 11/10; Downtown BK

MetroClub Employment Plus Wellness Expo Co-Sponsored by Council Member Letitia James


Tuesday, November 10
11:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
25 Chapel Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

In partnership with Council Member Letitia James of Brooklyn's 35th District, MetroClub Clubhouse presents its 1st Annual Employment Plus Wellness Expo. Members of MetroClub, a voluntary clubhouse for adults with mental illness, and members of the community will have the opportunity to connect to employment and educational services, wellness and health services, and entitlements and benefits to help them navigate through the current economic climate. Earlier this year, Council Member James cosponsored MetroClub's highly-successful Economic Empowerment Expo.

To RSVP or for more information on the Employment Plus Wellness Expo, please contact, Michelle Sutton or Christopher Henry at MetroClub at 718-596-8960.

Team Tish: Some Recent Photos

It's been a long time since we did a recent pictures post, so here we go. Let's join Council Member James on some wild-ish adventures throughout the 35th:

CM James joins seniors in August 2009 to discuss changes within the NYC Department for the Aging.


CM James is joined by Comptroller Bill Thompson and CM David Weprin at a rally to protest unfair rent increases on October 1, 2009 at City Hall.

CM Diana Reyna and Comptroller Bill Thompson stand behind real rent stabilization.
CM James is joined by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) and (Brooklyn's own) actor John Turturro at DDDB's "Walk Don't Destroy" Fundraiser on October 17, 2009.

We don't even know...but it's cool.
CM James and Nancy Romer of the Brooklyn Food Coalition work a table at October 24, 2009's Fort Greene Food Conference.

CM James joins tenants and activists on October 29, 2009 to speak out against conditions at Dermot properties, and lack of affordable housing throughout the district.

*Photo courtesy of Stefano Giovannini