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 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

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 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 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

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 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

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


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

ATTENTION: BK Food Coalition Meetings Begin; United Way Grants

Want to improve access to good, healthy food in our community? Want to work with neighbors to improve our health and environment?

You are invited to a Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Community Meeting of the Brooklyn Food Coalition

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project
472 Myrtle Avenue, 2nd Fl. (Press the buzzer labeled "MARP")
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205


The United Way of New York City is offering grants of $5K- $20K to community-based organizations with budgets under $5 million for assistance with fundraising, fiscal management, and strategic planning. Further details may be obtained at this link.

Monday, November 2, 2009

CM James, Tenants Speak Out About Conditions at Dermot Property

**For Immediate Release**

October 29, 2009

CONTACTS: Elana Shneyer - (646) 245-2935,,
Amyre Loomis - (718) 260-9191,

Tenants in Predatory Equity Buildings Speak out about poor conditions, harassment and the loss of affordable housing- immediately following forum on Poverty, Housing, Hunger and Homelessness

Brooklyn, NY- Council Member Letitia James and tenants from Brooklyn apartment buildings owned by the predatory equity company Dermot gathered outside of Trinity Church Parish Hall Thursday (October 29, 2009) evening to call attention to the rapid loss of affordable housing throughout NYC.

“Where are we supposed to go? Where is the housing for us? All I see in our neighborhood is new high rise, luxury condos being built. My building has lost nearly 1/3 of the rent stabilized apartments and more are being pressured to leave. Where can we live?” asked Linda Foster, a resident of 43 years at 266 Washington Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Tenants spoke about their landlord in particular, Dermot, and the harassment they’ve experienced, lack of repairs, poor communication with management and pressure to vacate their rent stabilized apartments.

“The apartments where older tenants live are not being maintained well. The repairs are unprofessional and messy,” said Michael Melville a 17 year resident of 260 St. James Place.

Tenants also spoke to the larger political climate that has affected, and basically created these unfortunate situations.

“This is a human rights issue. It’s not just about tenants in our building, in buildings owned by Dermot - it’s about people losing their homes, where they’ve lived all their lives. It’s not just an apartment to us, it’s our home; it’s our community. Why are they taking away our home for their own greed,” said Kim Longsworth, a 36 year resident of 266 Washington Avenue. “We need a mayor who will take the needs of all New Yorkers into account.”

“A number of the tenants concerns could be resolved if the management would agree to meet with the tenants,” said Jon Furlong, a Community Organizer at Pratt Area Community Council. “But, Dermot even refused City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s request for a meeting. They view people’s homes as a money making investment and have no regard for tenants’ rights. This is another sad example of corporate greed.”

Dermot purchased a number of rent stabilized buildings in Central Brooklyn over the past three years at prices way above the previous sale price. They have explicitly told tenants they want to make a profit on the building. Dermot is only one of a number of predatory equity landlords that have purchased rent regulated buildings at high purchase prices and then tried to aggressively raise rents by pushing out tenants.

“Since Dermot has taken over management of apartment buildings in my district, my office has learned about a series of transgressions on their part. Tenants have expressed that they feel Dermot plans to rid their buildings of rent stabilized apartments. Dermot has failed to communicate their intent to ensure that their tenants remain in place,” said Council Member James. “I am also holding Dermot responsible and accountable for completing all repairs in their buildings, and for providing quality housing, period,” she said.


Photo Captions:

1: Tenant Kim Longsworth shares her story of harassment since management of her building was taken over by the Dermot company.

2: The Dermot company, owners the building where Joe Pressley resides (center); he says Dermot is not completing necessary repairs since purchasing the property.

3. Council Member James vows to keep fighting for affordable housing on behalf tenants residing in the 35th Council District.