Monday, August 31, 2009

Guest Blogger: 10 Easy Ways to Get Kids Involved in Community Service

So we're starting a new feature to the team tish blog- guest blogging! Today, our guest blogger is Donna Scott, who writes about online-based higher education here.

Cultivating a tradition and commitment to community service can teach your family and your children valuable lessons in responsibility, professionalism, compassion, and even ethics. And even though kids enjoy playing video games, going to the movies and spending time with their own friends, it’s not hard to introduce them to the mutually beneficial attributes of volunteer work. Here are 10 easy ways to get your kids involved in community service.

1. Pick a cause they’re interested in. If your child is an animal lover, don’t bring him or her to community garden project: take them to the animal shelter to help with pet adoptions.

2. Allow them to invite their friends. As a child, everything is more fun if kids their age are involved. Invite friends or neighbors to participate as well.

3. Keep up a schedule. It’s easier for kids to become used to volunteer work if they participate regularly, so set up a weekly or monthly schedule.

4. Don’t over do it. Young kids especially can get burned out on hard work or feel anxious or upset if they’re exposed to community service projects that require a certain level of maturity.

5. Keep them active. Sign up your kids to walk in a race to raise money for cancer research or work on a project that includes a lot of outdoor time.

6. Help them understand the cause. By explaining to your child the overall significance of the project, they’ll be more likely to feel useful and enthusiastic about helping.

7. Adopt a positive attitude. Your children will ultimately adopt your attitudes about volunteer work, so always try to keep a positive attitude about what you’re doing.

8. Help them relate to the project. Show your children how helping the community on this particular project directly impacts their lives, too.

9. Give positive feedback. Reward your children for helping the community and doing the right thing by taking them out for treats and praising their work.

10. Ask for their feedback. Consistently monitor your children’s reactions to the volunteer work they’re doing. You’ll want to evaluate the mental and emotional stresses of the work, as well as physical effects, their interest level and any questions they have about community service.

Donna Scott welcomes your feedback at


Kinship Caregiver Law Project, which partners families in which children that are being raised by grandparents and other relatives, with legal counsel, is offering legal assistance.

FREE legal advice, counsel and representation in court for:


First MONDAYS of the month 9AM-1PM at Dr. White's office
Kick off: Monday, October 5, 2009
Additional dates: October 12th, 19th, and 26th
200 Gold Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

As a part of our new Healthy Families Initiative, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens invites you to our Dr. White's Community Center.

If you are a grandparent, aunt, sibling, or other relative caring for a related child outside the formal foster care system please come to this no-cost legal clinic provided by MFY Legal Services and the Kingship Caregiver Law Project.

For more information and to make an appointment please contact the Ms. Saddiqa Beyah at 718-875-8801x. 110 Walk-ins also welcome between 9AM and 12PM on the dates listed above.

The Office of Council Member James is not responsible for any legal advice you may be given.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Moving Pictures: Awaiting the Feast

On Tuesday September 1, 2009 the production “THANKSGIVING” is scheduled to shoot interior scenes at 251 Clermont Ave between Dekalb Avenue & Willoughby Avenue


ATTENTION: Upcoming Community Events

MONDAY, August 31, 2009
6PM- 9PM
Jewish Children's Museum
792 Eastern Parkway (at the corner of Kingston Avenue)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213


TUESDAY, September 1, 2009
6PM- 9PM
Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church
424 East 19th Street (corner of Dorchester Road)
Brooklyn, NY 11226

For more information you may call (718) 287-1142 or (718) 287-0493 to RSVP.

SPONSOR: United States Representative Yvette Clarke, 11 CD

"THE BUCK STOPS HERE"- A Public Policy Forum at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and the Citizens Budget Commission with the Democratic Primary Candidates for New York City Comptroller--

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
5:30PM- 7PM
Baruch College
Newman Conference Center
151 East 25th Street, 7th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10010


Time For Lunch "Eat-In" at Prospect Height's P.S. 9

Monday, September 7, 2009
12PM- 3PM
80 Underhill Avenue (between Bergen & St. Marks Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Join P.S. 9 families and others in the community for a potluck in the P.S. 9 schoolyard, part of Slow Food USA's "Time For Lunch: National Day of Action" to get real food in schools. There will be kids activities, speakers, and great conversation. NYS Senator Eric Adams and NYC Council Member Letitia James will be on-hand. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Please try and bring a dish that:

- Is nutritious and uses 'whole' foods (not processed foods)
- Costs less than $20 to make
- Is delicious to kids

Don't forget to bring your own plates, cups, utensils and non-alcoholic beverages, too!

For more please visit here for more information.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

REMINDER: North Flatbush Avenue BID hosts Blood Drive; 8/28; 2PM

Why we posted the information for the North Flatbush Avenue BID's Blood Drive all the way back in July is beyond us, but we thought we'd remind you to head over to the Crunch at 330 Flatbush Avenue Friday, August 28,2009, from 2PM-7PM to donate blood.

The New York Blood Center (NYBC) states that "donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Each day, the NYBC needs close to 2,000 people a day to roll up their sleeves to give the gift of life," so please consider helping someone in need of healthy blood.

WHEN: Friday, August 28,2009
WHERE: CRUNCH Fitness; 330 Flatbush Avenue (at Sterling Place and 8th Avenue)

NYCB can be reached through their website, or at or (718) 783-1685.

Moving Pictures: Are Really, Really Ridiculously Good Looking

On Thursday August 27, 2009 a photo shoot is scheduled to shoot exterior scenes at the following locations:

• 117 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue
• Graziella’s Pizzeria at 232 Vanderbilt Avenue between DeKalb and Willoughby Avenues
• Kent Avenue between S. 1st Street and Grand Avenue.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CM James and Rooftop Films Present Child Rapper Documentary; 9/3; Fort Greene Park

We want to remind you that Rooftop Films will be screening in our district this Thursday, September 3, 2009. They’ll be screening “P-Star Rising,” a documentary about a local hip-hop child artist (and current Electric Company star).

Details are as follows:

At age 9, Priscilla, an adorable yet precocious little girl, tells her single-father, Jesse,: “I am going to become a rapper and fulfill your dreams of succeeding in the music business.” Moved by Priscilla’s passion and impressed with her natural talent and undeniable charisma, he begins to teach “P-Star” all he knows about rapping.

Venue: On the lawn of Fort Greene Park
Address: North Portland and Myrtle Avenue, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn
Directions: The G train to Fulton is the closest train, but you can see all the nearest trains here
Rain: In the event of rain, the screening will be rescheduled for September 10th.
8:30PM: Live music performance by P-Star
9:00PM: Film
10:30PM: Filmmaker Q & A
Admission: FREE
Presented in partnership with: Cinereach, New York magazine, Verizon Fios and Council Member Letitia James
Full details:

ATTENTION: Public School Registration Process (School Starts 9/9!)

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The New York City Department of Education has released information regarding the application process for guardians enrolling children in public schools. Here are the basics--

For parents of elementary or middle-school students-
-children may be registered at their zoned school starting Wednesday, September 9th.

For parents of high school students-
-students must be registered at the Student Registration Center.

The Student Registration Centers of Brooklyn are located at-

Brooklyn High School of the Arts
345 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Clara Barton High School
901 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

The Montauk
4200 16th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11204

Brooklyn Technical High School
29 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

For registration, please bring-
a). birth certificate or passport
b). immunization records
c). proof of residence
d). latest report
e). child's Individual Education Program (IEP) and/or Accommodation Plan (if applicable)

For more information, please see the Department of Education's website at:

Monday, August 24, 2009

CM James Joins WPIX and Coalition for the Homeless for PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL- Providing Homeless Children Get School Supplies

Join the COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS, WPIX/CHANNEL 11, & COUNCIL MEMBER LETITIA JAMES for PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL, and help New York’s 16,000 homeless kids get the school supplies they need to succeed. As you shop for backpacks, lunch boxes and other school necessities this fall, pick up a little extra to help get our most vulnerable neighbors started on the right foot this school year. The District Office of Council Member James is a drop-off location for backpacks and school supplies; it is located at 67 Hanson Place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.


The COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS has teamed up with WPIX / CHANNEL 11, Council Member Letitia James and other supporters for PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL, an urgent initiative to help New York’s homeless kids obtain crucial school supplies. This fall, New Yorkers will donate new backpacks and lunch boxes, along with other school supplies to help get our most vulnerable neighbors prepared for the school year. With your help, we can ensure that New York’s neediest boys and girls have the tools necessary to succeed in school, and in life.


The work of the Coalition for the Homeless has never been more critical - New York City has set a new record for homelessness among families. Over 16,000 children will sleep in emergency shelters tonight. Homelessness extracts a particularly heavy toll on kids. The inherent lack of stability causes many homeless children to fall behind in school, and almost half suffer from anxiety, depression or social withdrawal.

ABOUT THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct services organization helping homeless families, men, women and children. They believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since 1981, the Coalition for the Homeless has fought successfully for lasting solutions to homelessness through groundbreaking advocacy. Each day they provide help to over 3,500 New Yorkers.


Contact: Amyre Loomis in the Office of Council Member Letitia James - (718) 260-9191

Coalition for the Homeless


Early Years (Pre-K to 1st Grade):

❍ Backpack

❍ Pencils (#2)

❍ Pencil Box

❍ Crayons

❍ Washable Markers

❍ Elmer’s Glue

❍ Composition Book

❍ Coloring Paper

❍ Eraser

❍ Safety Scissor

Elementary School (2nd to 6th Grades):

❍ Backpack

❍ Pencils (#2)

❍ Pencil Sharpener

❍ Pens (Black and Blue Ink)

❍ Glue Stick

❍ Composition Book

❍ Binder

❍ Eraser

❍ Safety Scissor

❍ Ruler

❍ Pocket Folders

Middle School (7th to 8th Grades):

❍ Backpack

❍ Pencils (#2)

❍ Pens (Black and Blue Ink)

❍ Glue Stick

❍ Composition Book

❍ Binder

❍ Eraser

❍ Safety Scissor

❍ Ruler

❍ Weekly Homework Planner

❍ Pocket Folders

High School (9th to 12th Grades):

❍ Backpack

❍ Pencils (#2)

❍ Pens (Black and Blue Ink)

❍ Composition Book

❍ Binder

❍ Scissor

❍ Ruler

❍ Weekly Homework Planner

❍ Calculator

❍ Pocket Folders

❍ Dictionary

❍ Computer Accessories

*Please Note the intended age group for your backpacks. And, don’t forget to include good luck notes in them for the students

Moving Pictures: We Couldn't Find A Picture That Wouldn't Get Us Into Trouble

On Tuesday August 25, 2009 the commercial “WALMART PHARMACY COMMERCIAL” is scheduled to shoot exterior scenes at Clifton Place between St James Place & Grand Avenue.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Moving Pictures: We Can't Lose

On Saturday August 22, 2009 the commercial “CAN’T LOSE” is scheduled to shoot interior and exterior scenes at 109 St. James Place between Greene Avenue & Gates Avenue


Friday, August 21, 2009

REMINDER: DOE Sponsors 2nd Annual "Back-2-School Kickoff"; 8/22; Central Park; 10AM

As we posted here, the New York City Department of Education's Office for Family Engagement & Advocacy (DOE-OFEA) is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Back-to-School Kickoff!

WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd
WHERE: Central Park, Bandshell area (72nd Street & 5th Avenue)

Moving Pictures: Electronics and Appliances Edition

On Sunday August 23, 2009 a commercial for “PC Richards” is scheduled to film driving scenes at the following locations:

· Manhattan Bridge
· Nassau Street between Gold Street and Flatbush Avenue


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Team Tish: Some Recent Photos

Welcome to our "Recent Photos" adventure, in which we follow Council Member James on her activities within the 35th District and throughout New York City:

CMs James and deBlasio join Speaker Quinn at Brooklyn's PRIDE Parade on June 13, 2009.






CM James is joined by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) at the "Capital One Bank Clinton Hill Branch Grand Opening Day" on July 23, 2009.




CMs James and Liu are joined by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Assembly Member Karim Camara, as well as community activists [from Real Economics for Building Unity and Innovative Local Development (REBUILD)], at a press conference calling on Mayor Bloomberg to spend stimulus funding on jobs within our communities on July 30th, 2009 at City Hall.

CMs James is joined by members of (REBUILD) and Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler.

*Photos courtesy of William Alatriste.
**Photos courtesy of PACC.

CM James and Act Now Fdtn Present BAM Film Screening on African Diaspora

You are invited: Council Member Letitia James, ActNow Foundation and BAMcinematek present-

ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema with a screening of 6 Things I Never Told You. This series was developed to focus on independent feature films that mirror the experiences of the African Diaspora.

Contact: Amyre Loomis at the Office of Council Member James - (718) 260-9191


Contact: Aaron Ingram
Phone: 347.274.0563

6 Things I Never Told You Premieres as Inaugural Film in the “New Voices In Black Film” Screening Series at BAMcinèmatek

New York, NY– August 2009- ActNow Foundation, in conjunction with Council Member Letitia James, is partnering with the historic, world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to usher in its new ongoing screening series, “Act Now: New Voices In Black Film.”

Focusing on true independent feature films that mirror the experiences of the African diaspora, the inaugural film in this series is 6 Things I Never Told You, a collaboration of six very different films under one banner by six award-winning NYU Graduate Film Program alums, best described by them as an “anthology of cinematic snapshots examining committed romantic relationships in flux.” Each film centers on a significant landmark in the time line of relationships that are either renewed, dominated or lost, but all longing for one thing: control.

Breaking from standard relationship film fare, 6 Things… examines Black sex and sexuality without showing the act of sex. “Showing sexuality without showing sex allowed us, and the filmgoers, to explore the relationships on a different level,” says “Thing Two - The Cable Box” director Cinque Northern. “Black love and sex on the silver screen tends to not be nuanced,” explains Northern, “with 6 Things…, we show this love in different forms.”

Working collaboratively to release one film is experimental enough, but the self described “6 Leagues” took the experiment even further. Choosing ‘randomness’ as one of the underlying guidelines for each film, at their first meeting they picked a book off “KING - Thing Five” director Caran Hartsfield’s shelf, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, and picked one random line from the book as the basis for their films, interpreted by each filmmakers sensibilities.

Northern further describes the experience of 6 Things I Never Told You as a “total, artistic experiment that challenged [the filmmakers] and aims to challenge to film going audience from the standard movies on Black relationships that we’ve been inundated with for years.”

Starring Jamie Hector (HBO’s The Wire), Novella Nelson (Antwone Fisher), Hassan Manning, Cherise Booth, Dominique Morriseau, Leopold Lowe, and Lela Aisha Jones, 6 Things I Never Told You will be shown at BAMcinématek on August 27th, 2009. For more information, go to

ActNow Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) theatre & film organization, based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, which focuses its productions on the full range of African-American & Latino experiences in New York City, throughout the United States and around the globe.

Letitia James is the New York City Council Member for Brooklyn’s 35th Council District. Elected in November of 2003, she proudly represents the neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights, as well as parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Council Member James is a Brooklyn native; she chairs the Contracts Committee and serves on the committees for Economic Development, Parks & Recreation, Small Business, Government Technology, Veterans and Women’s Issues.

BAMcinématek, Brooklyn's only daily, year-round repertory film program, presents new and rarely seen contemporary films, classics from cinema history, work by local artists and festivals of films from around the world, often with special appearances by directors, actors and other guests. BAMcinématek has not only presented major retrospectives by well-known filmmakers, but has also introduced New York audiences to contemporary artists. BAMcinématek is part of the greater Brooklyn Academy of Music arts community, America's oldest continuously operating performing arts center founded in 1861.

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On The Legislative Front: Department of Corrections Edition

Earlier this year, Council Member Letitia James introduced two bills that focused on greater accountability within the NYC Department of Correction (DOC).

The first was Int. 937-2009, which called on the commissioner of the DOC to report on census data and security indicators involving adolescents in NYC city jails. When the bill was introduced, the DOC reported general data which contained information regarding the overall jail population at Riker's Island. However, there was no separate information being routinely reported (or required to be reported) by the DOC specifically regarding “adolescents” who are housed separately from “adults” in Riker’s Island. This bill was signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg in May 2009, becoming local law 2009/029. This law will provide the Council and the rest of the public, information that is vital to proper oversight of the DOC, helping the Department closely monitor the most vulnerable individuals of the incarcerated community.

The second bill was Int. 938-2009, requiring the department of correction to develop a discharge plan for adolescents leaving city jails. This bill is currently being reviewed in the Council's Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services.

At the next Stated hearing in September (there's a Stated today, by the way), Council Member Letitia James will be introducing legislation that would require the commissioner of the DOC to report on race and ethnicity, zip code of residence, precinct of arrest and charged offense of adolescents admitted to city jails. This bill would allow the public, agencies, organizations, and elected officials to examine trends in the adolescent groups that are being arrested citywide.

Letitia looks forward to moving along with her efforts to address the rights of adolescents in City jails.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Things We May Have Neglected To Mention: Upcoming Community Events Edition

Clinton Hill Blog Re-Launches With New Layout

The Clinton Hill Blog relaunched yesterday with some cool new features and a new layout. Check it out.

The Center for Law & Social Justice at Medgar Evers College presents "Don't Lose Your Vote" Workshop

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
1150 Carroll Street, RM 207-C
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225
TOPIC: General Voter Education- How to Protect Your Vote

Topics to be discussed:
- Voting rights for people who were formerly incarcerated
- The 2010 Census
- How to protect your vote in the upcoming local elections
- General voter education
- Other related topics

Neighborhood Dialogue on Public Schools

Join your neighbors in an honest dialogue on how we can transform the way we educate our young people. Help shape how our education leaders and community think about public school reform!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA
1121 Bedford Avenue (at Monroe Street)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216
6:30PM- 9PM

Sponsors: Education Voters Institute and the YMCA of Greater New York

Brooklyn for Barack will be hosting a forum for those running for the Office of New York City Comptroller

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Union Temple
17 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11238
7PM- 8:30PM

Questions for the candidates may be submitted to Questions will also be accepted at the event.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

GRANTS FOR THE ARTS: Brooklyn Arts Council 2010 Regrant Program

Brooklyn Arts Council 2010 Community Arts Regrant Program

Funding is available for Brooklyn-based artists and non-profit organizations in the areas of visual arts, film and video, photography, craft, folk arts, dance, music, opera, theater, literature/writing and multidisciplinary arts. Capacity-building grants are also available to Brooklyn-based nonprofit arts organizations.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 24, 2009

Applicants who have not received BAC regrant funding in the last two years are required to attend. However, all applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Additional one-on-one application assistance is available by appointment, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call 718.625.0080 or email for more information.

For dates and times of application seminars for individual artists and organizations, or to register for a seminar, please go to

Monday, August 17, 2009

ATTENTION: OEM Opens Cooling Centers Throughout NYC


August 18, 2009

The Office of Emergency Management has opened cooling centers throughout the city due to the extreme heat. OEM continues to monitor the conditions in the city and will provide updates as necessary. An alert was sent by the City Council to the advanced warning system (AWS) list, as well as email subscriber lists with the following message:

Cooling Centers Open today, August 17
Find a cooling center near you

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in New York City for Monday, August 17, until 7 PM. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s until Tuesday afternoon. The City has opened cooling centers to help New Yorkers escape from the extreme heat.

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Things We May Have Neglected To Mention

You DO Know About Battle Of Brooklyn...Don't You?

"The Battle of Brooklyn follows a group of people who come together to fight the Atlantic Yards Project, a massive real estate development that threatens to destroy their homes and neighborhood."

Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Hold Forum; 8/12; 7PM; Park Slope

Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) invites you to a forum on Wednesday, August 12th, 7PM- 9PM at 548 10th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in Park Slope featuring John Liu, candidate for New York City Comptroller.

Back-To-School Assistance For Low-Income Families

Press Release: "Governor David A. Paterson today announced a historic collaboration with George Soros and the Open Society Institute (OSI) that will provide one-time, $200 grants to more than 800,000 children in low-income families across New York State to help purchase school supplies as they prepare to return to class in September. Families who receive public assistance or food stamps can access this one-time Back-To-School Supplement of $200 per school-aged child (ages 3 through 17) starting [August 11, 2009]." Those eligible must be recipients of food stamps or medicaid, and have guardianship for children in public school and between the ages of 4-17. Please call our office at (718) 260-9191 if you have any further questions.

Mammography Van

Tomorrow, there will be a Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center Mammogram Van parked at 650 Fulton Street between 11AM-5PM.

UPDATE: Arrest In Pratt Student Attack (UPDATED- Press Release Attached)

As many of you are aware, a young man who is a student at Pratt Institute was beaten in a robbery on August 4th by a group of young men. Additionally, there were a number of violent incidents that took place in the area between July 10th- July 14th, as well as a number of attacks that have taken place this summer throughout the district.

We want you to know that Council Member James is working hard with the police precincts in the area, local businesses, organizations, and other stakeholders, as well as the City administration, to best address these violent incidents in the most effective way possible. We hope to have more information for you soon.

Regarding the Pratt student, NY1 reports that a teenager was arrested in connection with the assault. Both NY1 and The NYT Local blog are reporting that NYPD CrimeStoppers was helpful in identifying the accused attacker.

We strongly advise that residents use both personal safety measures, as well as informating the local police precinct, community groups and associations, public safety organizations, local elected officials, and their neighbors about any relevant safety concerns. We outline good tips here.


Additional Media:

Update NYT- Local post (with information on alleged attacker)-
Gotham Gazette-
ABC News-


August 12, 2009

Minor Arrested in Savage Assault of Brooklyn Architecture Student, Council Member Letitia James Outraged by Teenagers’ Behavior

Brooklyn, NY- On the evening of August 4th, 2009, Eduardo Sanchez, a Pratt Institute student in his third year was assaulted en route to the Brooklyn campus. Sanchez was jumped by as many as five teens at the corner of Lexington and Grand Avenue.

Sanchez had left his Putnam Avenue apartment a few minutes before the incident, and he was nearly halfway to campus when a group of teenage boys approached him demanding his valuables. The teens then brutally attacked him, stealing his wallet and cell phone. He was also bashed in the head with a crowbar and left alone bleeding on the street. Sanchez was then rushed to Kings County Hospital Center, and was believed to have improved from his injuries until he fell into a coma on August 7th.

Earlier today, 16-year-old Eugene Adams from Brooklyn was arrested by the 88th Precinct, and he is now charged with assault, robbery and criminal possession of stolen property. The other four attackers are still on the loose.

“I breathed a sigh of relief when learning of an arrest in the assault of Pratt Institute student Eddie Sanchez. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated under my watch; there are simply no excuses for violence, ever. I am outraged and downright disturbed by the lack of regard for human life by these youngsters. Eddie remains in my prayers, and in the thoughts of all Clinton Hill residents. I vow to install better lighting, to place more security cameras, and to secure the deployment of more police in this area,” said Council Member James.

Safety and crime prevention tips to always keep in mind: be acutely aware your surroundings when walking and consider taking a car if in unfamiliar surroundings; unplug yourself from electronics; travel in pairs or groups if possible; please use caution when responding to an assault; carry only those valuable on your person that are absolutely necessary for the day; do not hesitate to contact the NYPD if you observe suspicious behavior; and immediately call the local police precinct if you’ve been a victim of a crime.

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ATTENTION: Green Carts Application Process Open Until 10/15/09!

Anyone interested in operating one of New York City’s Green Carts can apply now! The Green Cart waiting list is now open through October 15. To help potential Green Cart vendors succeed, the NYC Health Department is hosting information sessions for anyone interested in operating a Green Cart during the following dates:

When: Thursday, 8/20; or Wednesday, 9/2
Time: 6PM-8PM
Location: 304 Hudson Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
How: Please call 646-943-1433 or email to reserve a seat at one of the sessions.
Llama al 646-943-1433 para apuntarse en la lista. Se habla espaňol.

Additional information about Green Carts, license and permit application instructions, frequently asked questions and resources for Green Cart vendors are available online at or call 311.

Note: All Green Cart waiting list applications must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2009.

More on Green Carts:

What is a Green Cart?
A Green Cart is a mobile food cart that offers fresh produce in certain NYC areas. Green Carts can only sell fresh fruits and vegetables and can only operate in designated areas. To operate a Green Cart you need a valid mobile food vending license and a Green Cart permit.

What kinds of produce can a Green Cart sell?
A Green Cart can only sell raw fruits and vegetables such as whole carrots, bananas, apples and berries. Frozen or processed produce is not allowed. For food safety reasons, Green Cart operators cannot sell cut, sliced, peeled or processed fruits or vegetables. Green Cart vendors can receive free help with buying and selling fruits and vegetables. To receive free help, please call the Karp Resources Green Cart hotline at (646)943-1433.

Where can a Green Cart operate?
Each Green Cart permit allows a cart to operate in one NYC borough ONLY. Within each borough, Green Carts can operate only in certain designated areas. Go to for list of designated areas.

How many Green Cart permits are available?
A total of 500 full-term permits were made available in 2008: 175 permits for Brooklyn, 175 for the Bronx, 75 for Manhattan, 50 for Queens, and 25 for Staten Island. This year, 500 more Green Cart permits are available.

What do I need to operate a Green Cart?
You need BOTH a license and a permit to operate a Green Cart. The license is for the person and the permit is for the cart. The license is the same license you need to operate any mobile food cart. If you do not have a license, you need to get one before you can apply for a permit.

How can I get a mobile food vending license?
• Call 311 and ask for “Mobile Food Vendor License Application”.
• You must first attend a 2-day Food Protection Course for Mobile Vendors at the Health Department.
• You must register for the course in person at the Citywide Licensing Center at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, in Manhattan. The fee for this course is $56.00.
• Obtain a Certificate of Authority to Collect Sales Tax from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
• After you complete the course and obtain your tax certificate, apply for a license in person at the Licensing Center.

How Can I Apply for a Green Cart Permit?
Once you have a license, the next step is to apply to be on the Green Cart permit waiting lists. All individuals who have a valid mobile food vending license are invited to apply to be on the waiting lists (see Question 5 if you do not have a license). If you have a valid license and are already on a mobile food vending waiting list you can still apply and will get priority.

How can I get an application to be on the Green Cart waiting lists?
Beginning in August 2009, there are three ways to get a Green Cart Waiting List Application:
• Go to the Citywide Licensing Center (42 Broadway, 5th floor, in Manhattan)
• Call 311 and ask for “Green Cart Waiting List Application”.
• Visit and go to “Information about how to apply”.

What is the deadline to mail the waiting list application?
Your application must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2009. You can only apply by mail.

For additional information, visit or call 311.

Monday, August 10, 2009

LISC: Human Resources Intern Needed

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest comprehensive community development support organization, seeks a graduate or undergraduate student for a flexible 20-25 hour/week internship during the 2009 academic year, in its national human resources department. The office is conveniently located between Penn Station and Times Square. A stipend is available, and applicants are encouraged to work with advisors to arrange college credit.

The intern will have responsibility for a range of duties related to diversity and inclusion work. The year-long position has a flexible work schedule of 20-25 hours per week; and is best suited to a graduate student, or college senior interested in non-profit management, human resources management, and/or organizational change management as a career goal.

The intern will need to possess excellent writing skills, be comfortable with and proficient with the uses of technology, be organized, willing to take initiative, and comfortable handling multiple and shifting priorities to have a successful experience.

The intern will:

-Help manage, expand and evaluate mentorship program
-Help research and design a leadership development program
-Manage and maintain the diversity and inclusion sections of the company’s external webpage and intranet site: including researching information and posting materials
-Compose, copy, and design communication pieces related to LISC’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts, including its diversity e-newsletter and mentoring program
-Assist with activities related to recruiting for diversity
-Identify and disseminate information related to diversity best practices
-Act as staff for Diversity & Inclusion committee meetings

The successful candidate:

-Will be able to work with minimal supervision
-Enjoys conducting research, compiling results, doing analysis, and making recommendations for action
-Pays attention to details, sees projects through to completion, and understands how to set priorities
-Has expertise with WORD, Publisher, Excel and other software programs

Information about LISC and its commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found at:;

To Apply: please send a cover letter and resume to


ATTENTION: Positions Available at NEW Concord Market!

You may know that a new grocery (Concord Market) will be opening on Tillary and Jay Streets in the near future. Concord Market is looking for staff, and have partnered with Good Help- Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to provide pre-screening services.

The Good Help Jobs Database can be found here.

Follow these links to the specific jobs at the supermarket:
Stock /Maintenance /Delivery Clerk


Receptionist /Administrative Assistant

Resumes can be sent to Albert Smith at They should specify Concord Market and the particular position you are applying for.

Two Free Summer ’09 Theatrical Matinee Readings In Fort Greene Park

ONE: An adaptation of Charles Dickens’
By David Joss Buckley, from a storyline by David Joss Buckley and Mickey O’Donoughue

Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 3PM
Fort Greene Park
Rain Date: Sunday, August 23, 2009 AT 3PM

TWO: an adaptation of a Medieval Play
PIRATE BESS: A swashbuckling Elizabethan romantic adventure comedy
Adapted by Thomas Haywood’s “Fair Maid of the West” by Raymond Gaspard

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 3PM
Fort Greene Park
Rain Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 3PM
Sponsored by: The Fort Greene Park Conservancy; The Society for Clinton Hill; and in part by funding from the Partnerships for Parks, a joint program at City Parks Foundation and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Independence Community Foundation.

The Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center in conjunction with the Classical Theatre of Harlem is organizing this special theatrical event for the whole family. The interactive performances will take place in the grove of trees by the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (designed by American Architect Stanford White) at the top of the knoll. Bring a picnic and enjoy the FREE cultural event.

Further information at or 917-292-8042.

Workshop: Legal Structures for Latin Entrepreneurs

A Workshop for Aspiring Latin Entrepreneurs on Legal Structures

This workshop will be for aspiring Latin entrepreneurs and existing business owners regarding legal structures of a business. The entire workshop will be presented in Spanish.

Este "workshop" será para los aspirantes a empresarios Latin y propietarios de negocios existentes con respecto a las estructuras jurídicas de una empresa. La totalidad del "workshop" serán presentados en español.

Wednesday, August 26
5:30PM- 7:30PM
Williamsburg Market
110 Moore Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Miercoles, 26 de Agosto
5:30PM- 7:30PM
La Marqueta de Williamsburg

ATTENTION: Upcoming Community Events

Making healthcare affordable and accessible for all, especially the 47 million currently uninsured Americans, is of critical importance. What is also vital, is ensuring that all individuals have access to federally funded programs. On Tuesday, August 18th, Congress Member Yvette Clarke will be hosting a Community Health Benefit Forum to provide information about how to access healthcare programs and answer questions regarding benefits that you may be entitled to.

Representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), NYC's Department of the Aging (DFTA), and the Human Resources Administration (HRA) have been invited.

The Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 18th in the Community Room of 123 Linden Boulevard (first floor) between 2PM- 4PM. This will NOT be a discussion about the congressional healthcare reform legislation. This is an opportunity to hear from state and federal health officials about existing coverage and assistance programs that are available to you.

SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE RSVP at (718) 287-1142.

State Senator Eric Adams and N.Y.C. Mayoral Candidate & Comptroller William Thompson, Jr. invite you to a health fair at Wingate Field. Attendees will have access to blood pressure screenings, glucose testing, and the opportunity to speak with medical professionals.

Monday, August 17, 2009
Wingate Field
Entrance on Brooklyn Ave. (btwn. Rutland Road & Winthrop Street)

For more information you may call, 718-284-4700.


Meet Jill Richardson author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken And What We Can Do To Fix It; food policy blogger extraordinaire (Orangeclouds115) on Dailykos, and proprietor of the food issues blog La Vida Locavore.

Come meet these experts and learn about food justice, food safety, nutrition, sustainability, supporting small and family-owned farms in the face of the federally-supported agriculture industry, organic vs. conventional foods, what the Farm Bill means, etc.:

Date: Sunday, August 9
Time: 4:30PM - 6PM
Place: Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Office
548 10th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(just off 7th Avenue)

RSVP to:

Friday, August 7, 2009

CM James Helps At Autour Du Monde; Clinton Hill; 8/8; 10AM


August 6, 2009

Council Member Letitia James lends a hand to Chef Claire Wood at Autour Du Monde this Saturday; they will be cooking up a Brooklyn Bayou Brunch!

Council Member James will graciously act as your server during brunch from 10AM– 1PM on Saturday August 8th at Autour Du Monde restaurant, located at 860 Fulton Street near Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn– you are invited to come share this extraordinary New Orleans experience with her and the community.

(Brooklyn, NY)– Council Member Letitia James joins chef Claire Wood and her partner Gabrielle Smith at Autour Du Monde restaurant in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill to host a New Orleans style Brooklyn Bayou Brunch this Saturday. She will assist the chefs and act as waitress for the many food lovers who attend this affordable weekly event, which also features live jazz music. Entrees served include the following: Beignets and Coffee; Bananas Foster Waffles; Shrimp Po-Boys; French Quarter Chicken; and Brooklyn Bayou Breakfast.

Who: Council Member Letitia James, chefs Claire Wood and Gabrielle Smith

What: Brooklyn Bayou Brunch in Clinton Hill

When: Saturday, August 8th from 10AM until 1PM

Where: Autour Du Monde restaurant, 860 Fulton Street (corner of Clinton Avenue – C train to Clinton-Washington exit & B25 & B26 buses along Fulton Street)

For more information contact: Claire Wood at (917) 209-7466, and/or Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Thursday, August 6, 2009

UPenn's Grad School of Education Offers Black Male Grad Prep Academy!

Black Male Grad Prep Academy- University of Pennslyvania
An Initiative Focused on Preparing for Doctoral Study in Education

According to the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), black men earned only 2.1% of doctoral degrees awarded at American universities in 2008.

In response, UPenn's Graduate School of Education (GSE) has made a serious commitment to preparing promising Black male scholars for admission to and success in Ph.D. programs in education. UPenn seeks to identify talented Black male undergraduates who are entering their junior year for participation in a Black Male Grad Prep Academy, a program that includes a four-day visit to the University of Pennsylvania in November 2009.

The school will select 10 Black male juniors and cover all their travel expenses, lodging, and meals. During their visit to our campus, the selected scholars will learn more about applying to and succeeding in graduate school; hear about the excellent research of our faculty; interact with our Black male graduate students and alumni; and tour Philadelphia. Next spring, they will pay for Academy participants to take a three-month Kaplan course valued at $1,200 to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam (the GRE is required for admission to most education doctoral programs). Additionally, each Academy participant will be paired with a current Black male Ph.D. student in education at UPenn's GSE or elsewhere who will offer mentoring throughout the graduate school application process, feedback on essays and other application materials, and advice on where to apply for graduate study.

Lastly, Academy Scholars who apply for Fall 2011 admission to a Ph.D. Program at UPenn's GSE will receive an application fee waiver. That deadline is December 1, 2010

Because a master’s degree is not required for admission to Ph.D. programs at Penn GSE, the goal is to enroll as many of the Academy participants as possible in doctoral programs in Fall 2011, the semester after completion of their undergraduate degrees. Each Ph.D. student is fully-funded for 4 years and supported by paid research assistantships with faculty. Academy participation in no way guarantees eventual admission to the University of Pennsylvania. The larger aim is for all 10 scholars to enroll in highly-selective graduate programs in education at top research universities in Fall 2011.

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR BLACK MALE JUNIORS ONLY– those who are starting their junior year of college in Fall 2009 and anticipate earning bachelor’s degrees at the end of Spring 2011. Applications are invited from students across all majors, not just education. However, only those who have intellectual interests that are somehow related to education (the study of teaching and learning, human development, educational psychology and counseling, history of education, K-12 or higher education leadership, sociology or philosophy of education, language and literacy, educational disparities that disadvantage certain populations, education finance, research methodologies applied to education, student affairs and college student development, or K-12 or higher education policy) should apply.

All application materials must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, August 21, 2009. Each applicant will receive a decision within four weeks.

For more information, see here:

*photo courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Current. Michael Eric Dyson, PhD. is an author, radio host, and professor. He is a former UPenn professor.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

ATTENTION: Upcoming Community Events

State Senator Eric Adams and N.Y.C. Mayoral Candidate & Comptroller William Thompson, Jr. Invite You To RECYCLE Your Unused Cell Phones

Turn your old cell phones into a HopeLine from Verizon Wireless. Help provide phones and airtime for victims and survivors of domestic violence along with U.S. soldiers overseas. Drop off your old cell phone at the office of State Senator Eric Adams at--

572 Flatbush Avenue
(btwn Midwood & Beekman Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

For more information call (718) 284-4700.

United States Representative Ed Towns invites you to a JOB FAIR--

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
10AM- 3PM

Brooklyn Marriott Hotel
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

For more information call (718) 855-8018.

Atlantic Yards- What is Real?
Community Informational Meeting where the public is encouraged to bring questions.

Thursday, August 6, 2009
7:30PM- 9PM

Irondale Theater Center
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sponsors: Fort Greene Association & the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Cradle to College
State Senator Eric Adams will sponsor a free parent empowerment seminar

Saturday, August 15, 2009
10AM- 4PM
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Free educational supplies, laptops, workshops, and so much more.

For additional information call (718) 284-4700.

CM James Restates Position on Proposed Atlantic Yards Project

August 4, 2009

Statement by Council Member Letitia James about Status of the Proposed Atlantic Yards Project

As the City Council Member representing the area in which the Atlantic Yards project is proposed, I must once again state my opposition to the plan as presented by developer Forest City Ratner, as well as its currently proposed modifications.

I stand opposed because I know that Brooklyn deserves better. What was six years ago a vibrant and organically improving neighborhood has been decimated by this developer’s threat of eminent domain and the complicity of the unelected ESDC. The proposed development at the Vanderbilt Yard is the largest in Brooklyn history, and if built would be the densest residential development in the United States. Normally, a project like this would undergo the City planning and approval process known as the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure or ULURP. Instead the ULURP process was completely disregarded.

Normally, this process has public hearings at each level of city government, allowing public input and scrutiny. Instead, concerned citizens were left with a state process consisting solely of environmental impact disclosures. In place of public hearings and strict review, citizens were left with zoning overrides and violations of existing zoning regulations. Normally the ULURP process includes approval by the community boards and ends in a vote by the 51 members of the City Council. Instead there was no vote by local officials and the state completely took over the largest proposed development in Brooklyn history.

Brooklyn deserves better. The three affected community boards and the City Council deserve a vote. Brooklyn deserves more democratic and local decision making, but that’s not what we are receiving. The people of Brooklyn should be informed and involved in an open and transparent decision making process. Brooklyn deserves to know how much the developer stands to generate from this project. Brooklyn deserves to know the indirect benefits the developer will receive in tax breaks and exemptions, land values, PILOTS and other incentives. Brooklyn deserves a complete and public cost/benefit analysis.

There has never been a better time, or a greater need, to go back to the drawing board and create a plan for the Vanderbilt Yard that is for the people of Brooklyn. The site should be developed properly and democratically. The project, whatever its current forms, should be scrapped, the rail yards should be put up for bid to multiple developers, and the plans should go through ULURP. Then, and only then, will my constituents’ voices be heard. It is time to put the proposed Atlantic Yards development out of its misery - the end is near. Now is the time to engage in smart and sustainable development, and bring forth a plan that respects the people of Brooklyn.

This city is beset by rising homelessness, the closing of daycare centers, and the closing of senior centers, infrastructure in need of repair, neglected public housing, and a crisis in affordable and supportive housing. Given all the serious issues facing our city, all of these concerns, can someone please tell me why we are still considering the public financing of an arena for a private company? Why are we offering another taxpayer bailout for a private billionaire? I ask Borough President Markowitz, Mayor Bloomberg, and Governor Paterson – WHO DO YOU SERVE? Whose side are you on? Where are your priorities? Where is the transparency? Where is the accountability?

As the years have passed, it has become much more evident that this development project is not, and never was, an example of great city planning. It has also become clearer that this is NOT a plan that does justice to our great Borough of Brooklyn, or our great City. I will continue to stand opposed because I know that Brooklyn deserves better.

Contact: Alfred Chiodo at (718) 260-9191

Anti-Gun Violence Mural Painting

Please join Crown Heights youth to paint a powerful and beautiful anti-gun violence mural on the wall of the Alternative Learning Center

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
11:00am – 1:00pm
Brooklyn Ave. and Prospect Pl.

For more information, contact the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center at 718-773-6886

Monday, August 3, 2009

LaborersLocal10 Green Labor Union Sponsors Green Jobs Training Program

A new green labor union- LaborersLocal 10 is piloting a Green Jobs Training Program for unemployed, underemployed, and disadvantaged workers in New York City. The program is part of Local 10's broader efforts to create long-term careers and pathways out of poverty in communities most burdened by the duel problems of energy costs and climate change.Local 10 is also committed to creating good-paying residential construction jobs, and the program provides participants with a foundation to secure union positions in the affordable housing and small homes markets.

Currently, almost 80% of New York City's greenhouse gas emissions come from our buildings. This problem particularly affects outer-borough and low-income communities, many of which have the City's oldest, most inefficient homes where residents struggling month-to-month to pay their electric and gas bills. Realizing this, the city, state and federal governments are pouring billions of dollars into the residential energy efficiency market. This funding will allow building owners and tenants to undertake numerous energy efficiency measures such as installing light sensors, replacing boilers, and caulking around windows; and will create jobs in the process.

Local 10's pilot program is preparing workers from low-income communities for those jobs. Among other green-related skills, the program provides trainees with a hands-on introduction to green construction, energy audits, and insulation. The program also has components of construction basics such as utilizing hand and power tools, construction safety, and indoor environmental awareness. Although the pilot program will end next week, Local 10 will continue to train workers as the job market for residential energy efficiency grows.

Those interested should contact Myles Lennon, Director of Green Operations at--

Cell: 646-408-1871

ATTENTION: Upcoming Community Events

*The Working Families Party (WFP) is extending an invitation for you to attend a breakfast reception honoring Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown with special guest Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator--

Monday, August 3, 2009
8AM- 9AM
100 Wall Street, 23rd Floor
N.Y., N.Y. 10005

Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center invite you to attend their World Breastfeeding Week Celebration--

Monday, August 3, 2009

10AM- 2PM
Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center- Main Plaza
100 North Portland Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205

The event will include games, gifts, raffles, guest speakers and refreshments.
*photo courtesy of bizjournals Business News.

And don't forget about tonight's Public Advocate/ Comptroller Candidates' Forum at St. Francis College!