Monday, December 20, 2010

ATTENTION: Suspect Wanted for Sexual Assault In Crown Heights

This is an NYPD sketch of a suspect wanted for a rape that occurred on December 12, 2010 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The suspect has been described to police as a black/African-American male between the ages of 25-30, around six feet, with a medium build and a dark complexion.

Anyone with information about this crime should call the 71st Precinct at
(718) 230-4416. Additionally, you may always report information to the NYPD anonymously at Crimestoppers.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Community Works Presents:

The Gift of Kwanzaa
Monday • DECEMBER 20 • 10:15AM & 12:15PM

Community Works is proudly to present The Gift of Kwanzaa this performance is to celebrate the origin, values, principles, symbols, rituals and the ancient family of Dr. Maulana Karengs gift to the world – KWANZAA.

Tickets: $7.00 - Contact Community Works at or call (212) 459-1854
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

CMs James, Mark-Viverito, Williams, and Dromm Hold Press Conference To Condemn $80M Embezzlement of NYC Funds; 12/17 TODAY; 3PM; City Hall

December 17, 2010

Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis at (212) 788-7081

Council Members Letitia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jumaane Williams, and Daniel Dromm Hold Press Conference To Condemn $80M Embezzlement of City Funds By Citytime Contractors
Call On Administration To Cease Outsourcing Municipal Jobs Without Proper Oversight of Contractors; Urges MTA To Reconsider $120M SAIC Contract

New York, NY— On Wednesday, December 15, 2010 four Citytime consultants were charged with embezzling $80Million from the City of New York through steering public funds to consulting firms who funneled the money to shell companies controlled by the consultants and their families. Ironically, Citytime is a timekeeping system used by some City agencies to monitor payroll fraud and abuse. Currently, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) is the main contractor for the Citytime timekeeping system.

Council Member Letitia James has been a long-time critic of the Citytime project, which has been rife with accusations of administration and management errors that have seen consultants such as the accused paid exuberant prices. In opposition to the operational mismanagement— as well as the ballooned cost of the project ($68 million projected at its onset to more than $738 million)— Council Member James joined Local 375-DC 37 the Civil Service Technical Guild at a press conference in September 2010 to call on a freeze to any further rolling-out of the project, and a full assessment to be performed on the project. Following the press conference, New York City Comptroller John Liu announced that an agreement had been reached with the administration to give SAIC a June 2011 deadline to complete original work on the project before receiving minimal funding for maintenance and support services.

Following yesterday’s events, Comptroller John Liu called for an emergency session of the Payroll Administration Board of Directors and further urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to take care in selecting a SAIC as the final contractor for its new radio communications system.

“I applaud the federal prosecutors for this indictment, but it should not have taken this amount of time to expose,” said Council Member Letitia James. “The fact that this complex scam was able to take place under the radar of the administration is proof of just how out-of-control the greed of some consultants has become. It is time to stop using public funds to continue these poorly managed, poorly supervised private enterprises. The City must stop outsourcing jobs without having the resources or inclination to manage the contractors.”

“This scandal highlights the dangers of the Bloomberg administration’s over-reliance on private contracts,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. “The extent and duration of this embezzlement calls into question the administration’s commitment to truly scrutinize the private contractors and consultants that are getting rich off of taxpayer dollars. In the wake of this news, it is time that we examine these large contracts even more closely, instead of sitting back and waiting on the federal government to find other instances of corruption.”

"I am outraged that the money that was supposed to be going to consultants working with the CityTime project has been mishandled. It is ironic that a program dedicated to eliminate waste and fraud is the same program costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The Mayor has been fiscally irresponsible with these contracts from the beginning. The answer isn't in cutting city funding or programming, the answer lies in proper management of funds," said Council Member Jumaane Williams.

“CityTime is a waste of time,” said Council Member Daniel Dromm. From the very start since the Mayor first tried to implement it, CityTime has been a disaster with cost spiraling to almost $1 billion. Now we find out that, in fact, CityTime is rife with fraud. We need to get rid of CityTime and redirect the money towards saving jobs.”

WHEN: Friday, December 17, 2010
WHERE: steps of City Hall


CM James Dances At Stars of NY Dance For A Cause!

"Even though I lost Stars of NY Dance for a Cause, it was great to participate and dance to fundraise for youth in the community!"- Council Member Letitia James.

*Video borrowed from Bed-Stuy Patch.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

REMINDER: CM James, NYS Senator Adams, and CM Williams Present Holiday Musical Celebration; 12/16 TODAY; 1PM; BK Center for Performing Arts

This is a reminder to attend "A Rockin' Holiday Musical Celebration" featuring Soul Music & Christmas Tunes sponsored by Council Member James, NYS Senator Adams, and CM Williams.

WHEN: Thursday, December 16, 2010
WHERE: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre
2900 Campus Road, Hillel Place

Call the Office of Council Member Letitia James at (718) 260-9191 for more information.

**This is a free event; no ticket necessary**

Gates Millennium Scholars Scholarship - Deadline 1/10/11

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) provide personal and professional development through their leadership programs along with academic support throughout recipient's college career. Through the 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship, GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at ANY college or university of their choice WITHIN THE US.

To start your application, simply click on GMS Application. Please take the time to read ALL of the eligibility criteria and instructions before beginning your application. The deadline to apply, is either online by Monday, January 10, 2011 11:59 p.m. EST or by mail postmarked on or before Monday, January 10, 2011. If you are awarded the GMS scholarship, it will also assist you if you choose to pursue a masters or doctoral.

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:
  • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
  • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Will be entering college/ university as a freshman for the 1st time
  • Are Pell Eligible (typically if youth is eligible for EOP/ HEOP/SEEK/CD √†they are PELL eligible)
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 (this is an 85 avg.) on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
A complete application means you have done the following:
  • Educator’s evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form) i.e. teacher or counselor
  • Evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) i.e. teacher, counselor, employer, mentor (NOT A FAMILY MEMBER)
  • Completed application

CM James Comments On Federal Indictment of Citytime Contractors; $80M "Scam"

December 15, 2010

Contact: Amyre Loomis (718) 260-9191

Statement by Council Member Letitia James

“I applaud the federal prosecutors for this indictment, but it should not have taken this amount of time to expose. The $80Million in funds stolen from the City of New York could have been used to fund day care centers, firehouses, municipal workers, senior centers, and the list goes on. Every penny should be accounted for and this travesty lies at the feet of the Administration who failed to uncover this massive fraud, when I first sounded the alarm two years ago. The fact that this complex scam was able to take place under the radar of the administration is proof of just how out-of-control the greed of some consultants has become. It is time to stop using public funds to continue these poorly managed, poorly supervised private enterprises. The City must stop outsourced jobs without having the resources or inclination to manage the contractors. Until that happens, the MTA should cancel its $10 million contract with CityTime today.”


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ATTENTION: MS 571 Hosts Forum To Discuss DOE Proposed Phase-Out; 12/15 TODAY; 6PM; PH

December 15, 2010

Contact: Amyre Loomis (718) 260-9191


The M.S. 571 School Community will gather Wednesday, December 15th at 6pm in the auditorium of the school to discuss a Fact Sheet and letter distributed by the NYC Department of Education (DOE) and the District 13 Superintendent stating that Middle School 571 is unable to turnaround.

Local Representatives, teachers, parents, and students have a differing opinion. M.S. 571 School Community members question the accuracy of the DOE Fact Sheet, as well as are disappointed that they were not notified of this trouble more in advance.

“A comprehensive reform model was not offered by the DOE, which disappoints all who support this important educational institution for the Prospect Heights neighborhood. This is simply unacceptable,” said Council Member James.

Everyone is welcome to attend this forum. Please come to learn more about the DOE’s plans, as well as help discuss how M.S. 571 plans to move forward in opposition to the proposal.


What: Forum to Discuss Planned Proposed Phase-Out of MS 571 by the DOE

Who: M.S. 571 School Community, Council Member Letitia James, Parents, and Advocates

Where: M.S. 571 - 80 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 - (718) 935-3978

When: 6pm

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CM James Comments on Recent Burglaries. Public Safety Town Hall Meeting 11/14 TONIGHT; 7PM; CH


“It has come to light that burglaries have taken place in the Clinton Hill area recently, and I would like to make the community aware of an incident that occurred last night, so that residents can take precautions during these desperate times, and with the holiday season underway.

The most recent robbery happened at Choice Market on Lafayette Avenue near Grand Avenue around 10:00 pm (closing time) on Tuesday, December 7. Three masked Black males entered the store, displayed two firearms and told the store manager to lay face down on the floor of the restaurant. One robber then removed money from the cash register. The gunmen degraded the employees both physically and verbally and ran with the day’s profits. The incident appears to have been well planned by the perpetrators.

Fortunately, Choice employees were not hurt during the incident, but my office will help to provide any assistance needed, be it psychological or otherwise. I have asked the 88th Precinct to increase patrols in and around Lafayette and Grand Avenues, and will be meeting with businesses to discuss other safety measures. We are also asking if anyone has information that may lead to the arrest of these suspects to please contact the 88th Police Precinct. Tips can be left anonymously at – (718) 636-6511, or 298 Classon Avenue, between Classon and Dekalb Avenues.

I would also like to remind constituents of the Town Hall Meeting my office is hosting on Public Safety taking place next Tuesday evening, December 14 at 7pm, in the community room of the Cadman Congregational Church, located at 350 Clinton Avenue (enter at 210 Lafayette Avenue). The Commanding Officer of the 88th Police Precinct, Deputy Inspector Anthony Tasso, along with Crime Prevention Officers will be on hand to offer safety tips and answer all questions.”

Council Member Letitia James (35th District, BK), NYPD’s 88th Precinct, & The Public Safety Task Force Present a Town Hall Meeting:
• CompStat “reality-check” – the numbers in perspective
• What you need to know to be safer at home & on the streets
• How not to be a “target”
Plus: the Presentation of Special Recognition to the 88th Precinct
December 14 at 7:00 pm
Cadman Congregational Church, 350 Clinton Avenue (enter at 210 Lafayette Avenue)

REMINDER: CM James Hosts Annual Holiday Party/ Toy Drive; FG; 12/15 TOMORROW

This is a reminder to attend Council Member James' Holiday Party/Toy Drive, and to bring an unwrapped toy for a local child.

Date: Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM– 10:00 PM
Place: The Alchemist Lounge
31 Rockwell Place
(btwn. Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Monday, December 13, 2010

FGA and BMS Accepting Donations for Fort Greene’s Auburn Family Shelter

The Fort Greene Association (FGA) and the Brooklyn Music School (BMS) are asking you to donate your sealed, unused toiletry items for the families of Fort Greene’s Auburn Family Shelter. FGA and BMS are looking for tooth paste, mouth wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, perfume/cologne, lotion, baby products, hair and skin care products, etc. Any items you can donate are greatly appreciated. Their goal is to have enough items to distribute to 125 families of Fort Greene’s Auburn Family Shelter.

Please drop off your donations:

Monday, December 13th – Thursday, December 16th
1 PM – 8 PM
The Brooklyn Music School
126 Saint Felix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

If your store or corporation is interested in making a donation please contact Lillian Jean-Baptiste of the Fort Greene Association at to coordinate the receipt of your donation.

The Fort Greene Association and Brooklyn Music School thanks you for your time and consideration to give during the holiday season.

Friday, December 10, 2010

LIU Dance Department Winter Concert

L.I.U. Dance Department presents:

Dance Department Winter Concert - Friday • DECEMBER 10 • 7:30PM & Saturday • DECEMBER 11 • 2PM & 8PM

The Brooklyn campus dance majors perform an exciting program of modern dance including a master work choreographed by Donald Byrd and restaged by Stephanie Guilland-Brown, guest artists Brian Brooks and Bradley Shelver as well as new choreographic works by dance faculty members Alenka Cizmesija and Mary Ann Wall.

Tickets: $15, $10- students and seniors with ID

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts

One University Plaza, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
(718) 488-1624

CM James Talks Residential Parking Permits at AY Traffic Forum

Council Member James discussed her support of residential parking permits at the recent Atlantic Yards Traffic Forum in Prospect Heights:

Read more info here.

*Video borrowed from the Atlantic Yards Report.

CM James Extends Congratulations To Emily Lloyd On Accepting Prospect Park Alliance Position

Council Member Letitia James is pleased to extend her congratulations Emily Lloyd who has accepted the positions of President of Prospect Park Alliance and Administrator of Prospect Park.

Ms. Lloyd has previously worked as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation, and the Executive Vice President at Columbia University.

Ms. Lloyd's years of public service make her an oustanding choice for this position, following the departure of much-loved Tupper Thomas.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NYC SCA Business Development Programs

Through the Department of Education's multi-billion dollar Five-Year Capital Plan FY2010-2014, the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) is committed to providing contracting opportunities to minority-owned, woman-owned and local business enterprises (MWLBE).

The SCA offers several business development programs that promote the growth, education and success of diverse SCA-certified and qualified MWLBE firms. Key components of the support provided by the SCA through their initiatives include:

- Training
- Programs tailored to individual firms' needs
- Partnering & networking opportunities
- Union transition information & support
- Mentoring
- Subcontracting opportunities
- Access to bonding & capital

All Capacity and Capital Improvements projects are subject to a minimum 20% MWLBE participation goal. The SCA also incorporates MWLBE participation as a selection criterion in most consultant Request for Proposals (RFPs).

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete an online application at To learn more about the programs, please visit or call the Business Development Hotline at 718-472-8899 or the Contractor Qualification Hotline at 718-472-8777.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ATTENTION: CM Vann Hosts Water Bill Help Night; 12/8; 6PM: Boys and Girls HS

Council Member Al Vann is sponsoring a Water Bill Help Night

Join Council Member Vann, Coalition for the Improvement of Bed-Stuy (CIBS) and the NYC-DEP to get help with your NYC water bill.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
6PM- 8:30PM
WHERE: Boys and Girls High School
1700 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213
(btwn Schenectady Avenue and Utica Avenue)

At the event you can:
· Discuss your water bill one on one with a DEP Customer Service Representative.
· Learn about other payment options.
· Learn about the Water Debt Assistance Program:
-Customers who meet the eligibility criteria can defer their unpaid water and sewer bill until the property is sold.
· Sign up for the direct debit program:
-Customers who enroll in the direct debit program will receive a 2% discount on their bill.
· Learn about Automated Meter Reading (AMR).

If you require additional information, please contact DEP at 718-595-7000 or visit DEP's website at

Monday, December 6, 2010

ATTENTION: Atlantic Yards Traffic Forum in PH; 12/8; PS9; 7:30PM

Join Council Member Letitia James, Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council at their Atlantic Yards traffic forum at PS9 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7:30- 9:00PM
WHERE: PS9, 80 Underhill Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council presents a forum on traffic and transit issues raised by Atlantic Yards construction and the planned opening of the Barclays Center in 2012.

* What impacts are already being felt?
* What is coming from the arena and future construction?
* What does the recent court decision mean to the community?
* What can we do now?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

FGA Hosts Holiday Potluck Party!; 12/3; FG; 7:30PM

Please join the Fort Greene Association for their holiday season party at-

138 South Oxford Street
on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7:30PM.

It's a potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share! Call 718.744.4910 for more info.

UPDATE: The Stars of NY Dance Re-Scheduled, Additional Stars Dancing!

The Stars of New York Dance event has been re-scheduled-- with Public Advocate Bill Deblasio joining as event host and special guest dancer, and the Rev. Al Sharpton joining as special guest dancer, the event is sure to be amazing!

Tickets are available here.

IFNY Monologue Slam at Kumble LIU- 12/04

The Top Entertainment Group, Inc in association with Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Independent Film New York, and The Malik Yoba National Theater present:

IFNY Monologue Slam - Saturday • DECEMBER 4 • 7:30PM

On the heels of the last three successful IFNY Monologue Slams at Kumble, another group of talented actors will compete against each other for prizes and the IFNY championship title through a series of challenges and boot camp-like exercises in front of industry judges and a cheering audience, hosted once again by Malik Yoba.

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1624

ATTENTION: CM James, NYS Senator Adams, and CM Williams Present Holiday Musical Celebration; 12/16; 1PM; BK Center for Performing Arts

New York City Council Member Letitia James joins New York State Senator Eric Adams and Council Member Jumaane Williams in presenting-

"A Rockin' Holiday Musical Celebration"
featuring Soul Music & Christmas Tunes
performed by
The Anita Wells Ensemble

WHEN: Thursday, December 16, 2010
WHERE: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre
2900 Campus Road, Hillel Place

Call the Office of Council Member Letitia James at (718) 260-9191 for more information.

**This is a free event; no ticket necessary**

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CM James Introduces the "Family Leave for Private Employees Act" into City Council!

At yesterday's Stated Council meeting, Council Member Letitia James was pleased to re-introduce Int. 432-2010 into the City Council- the 'Family Leave for Private Employees Act' that would provide paid family leave to private employees. The legislation would establish that a private employer must provide paid family leave to an employee who is eligible to take unpaid leave pursuant to the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for persons covered by the federal law (note that recent amendments expanded this category). Any such employee would be entitled to a total of twelve weeks of paid family leave within an annual period.

By providing employees with some portion of their regular salaries in those times of personal emergencies, this bill would allow such individuals to attend to the health needs of their families and loved ones without the fear of financial hardship due to lost pay.

Please call the Office of Council Member James at (212) 788-7081 for more detailed information on the bill. We will be posting further on this legislation.

For more information on this issue in general, please see the Working Families page here.

ATTENTION: NYCHA Hosts Town Hall On Capital Funds/Projects; 12/2; PS 67

Tonight, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is hosting a town hall on December 2, 2010 at 6PM with NYCHA Chairman John Rhea to update residents of Atlantic Terminal, Farragut, Ingersol & Whitman on capital funds and stimulus-funded projects.

The town hall will be hosted at-
PS 67 (Charles A. Dorsey)
51 St. Edwards Street
(btwn. Myrtle Avenue and Park Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Please call the Office of Council Member Letitia James (718) 260-9191 for more information.

CM James Hosts Annual Holiday Party/ Toy Drive; FG; 12/15

Council Member Letitia James invites you to a 35th District Holiday Party!

Please bring a new unwrapped Toy for local children.

Date: Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM– 10:00 PM
Place: The Alchemist Lounge
31 Rockwell Place
(btwn. Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

WORLD AIDS Day 2010: BPL; TODAY (12/1)

This day is to mark Awareness, Education & Remembrance

On Wednesday, December 1st 2010 [12:30pm- 8.00pm] at the Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center Auditorium & Lobby, the Brooklyn Public Library and CAMBA will commemorate World AIDS Day.

Activities include:
-Awareness Cafe (Information and Resources)- from 1:30pm-3:45pm
-Afterschool Workshops & Presentations- from 4pm-5:30pm
-"An Evening of Awareness, Rememberance, and Inspiration"- from 5:30pm-8pm
-HIV Testing (free and confidential, same-day results)- ALL DAY

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Cookie told each person he loved them and made everyone smile!

Loving, kind and funny are some of the words local residents are saying to describe Curtis “Cookie” Rodgers, who could be found helping out at Pioneer Super Market, as well as other shops on Lafayette and Grand Avenues nearly seven days a week.

Cookie passed away on Sunday, November 20 in his mid-50s. His friends, family, coworkers and customers describe him as friendly, community-oriented, uplifting, humorous, and a big-hearted man with a smile on his face always.

A wake will take place for Curtis “Cookie” Rodgers on Tuesday November 30 from 1:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Dekalb Funeral Services (Dekalb and Franklin Avenues), located at 491 Dekalb Avenue, (on the border of Clinton Hill & Bed Stuy) Brooklyn 11205 - (718) 230-3147.

A Funeral Service for Cookie is also planned from 10 am until 12 pm on Wednesday, December 1 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 279 Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn 11238 - (718) 622-1107. A final viewing is scheduled from 9:00 am - 10:00 am prior to the funeral service (also at EBC).

Below are a few comments posted on Facebook about Cookie last week:
“Our friend Cookie died on Sunday. Probably the first person I met when I moved to Clinton Hill back in '05. Lesson: you don't need to have $ or a PhD to show someone you care.”


“I remember Cookie :-( sorry to hear.”

“Many happy bk moments involving cookie!”

“Sorry to hear that. Just remember that you were lucky enough to be in his life, as I am sure he will always be in yours.”

“I remember him too, funny, crazy guy. bless his soul...”

For more information please contact: Tango at Pioneer Super Market - (718) 783-8653, or Dave - (646) 685 9554. If you can help spread the word...we would appreciate it!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"READ" Alliance is Recruiting!

"READ" Alliance is recruiting New York City High School Students for Paid After-School Jobs -

READ recruits, trains and closely supervises high school student to tutor at-risk Kindergarten and first grade students in basic reading skills. READ is growing in Brooklyn, and they need even more tutors. They will have a program at PS9K in your district, but they can place teens at other schools that may be nearer to their schools and their homes.

READ Alliance after-school programs run 1.5 hours a day, three or four days a week, for 15-20 weeks (50 sessions in all). Tutors earn $7.25 per hour. Complete information is on the READ Alliance website where teens can apply online at Interested teens should apply at their earliest convinience.

Please contact Jaselis Mejia at or 646-867-6122 if you have any questions!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 Turkey Giveaway at Willoughby Senior Center on Tuesday, November 23rd at 11am!


Thanksgiving 2010 Turkey Giveaway at Willoughby Senior Center on Tuesday, November 23rd at 11am!

“It’s Turkey time again, and Shaun and I are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Willoughby Senior Center on Tuesday to give thanks and celebrate family, good food, and our many blessings throughout the year. Happy Thanksgiving to all, gobble, gobble!” said Council Member Letitia James.

Media reports this week state that prices for the Thanksgiving Day centerpiece have gone up by as much as 28 percent since last year, averaging $1.09 per pound. Turkey price hikes can be blamed on the cost increase of raising the birds, as well as turkey production being down, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Therefore, Council Member Letitia James and NFL Shaun Smith’s 91 Ways Foundation have partnered to donate turkeys to the community to ensure that families in need are able to enjoy their traditional holiday feast.

“New York raised me to become the man I am today. I was privileged to enjoy many Thanksgiving dinners and I want to give that back to those in need as long as I can,” said Shaun Smith.

FYI: Shaun Smith, Defensive Tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs established the 91 Ways Foundation as a platform to effectuate his values, uplift communities, and prompt social change. Using the NFL as a channel, Shaun is dedicated to help others in any way possible. Council Member Letitia “Tish” James was born in Brooklyn, New York. Committed as a public defender and leader of the 35th District, Tish advocates for affordable housing, public school reform, small businesses, and increasing access to jobs.

What: Thanksgiving 2010 Turkey Giveaway
When: Tuesday, November 23, from 11am to 12pm
Where: Willoughby Senior Center, 105 North Portland Avenue, Brooklyn

Achievement First Charter School Parents Demand Disciplinary Reform

Press Release
Contact: Amelia Adams - (646) 250-5797

Achievement First Charter School Parents Demand Disciplinary Reform
Parents Cite Several Incidents in Schools and Detrimental Discipline Policies

Thirty parents rallied and attended the Achievement First Board meeting to call for a change to the charter school network’s discipline policies.

Parents were angered at the disciplinary actions taken against their children in Achievement First schools. Many students in the schools have had detention almost every day of the year and been suspended for infractions such as dropping a pencil, not making eye contact and “slouching.”

“These rules have to change. My son was called a “low-level criminal” because he initialed his name in the wrong location on a form. He was suspended and they made him wear a different color shirt for the rest of the day,” said Jasmine Crawford parent of an Achievement First student.

Parents felt that the disciplinary policies have had a very detrimental effect on students’ emotional states, even to the point where students talk about suicide.

“My son has threatened to walk out in the street and be run over by a car, instead of going to school,” said one Achievement First parent who did not want to be named publicly for fear of retribution on her son.

Parents were also very disturbed that Chi Tschang, who has a history of emotionally and physically abusing children, was brought in as Superintendent of their schools. Mr. Tschang had been reported in California to have put his hands on students and using harsh punishments like sitting out in extreme cold/sun for hours. Parents at Achievement First called for the removal of Mr. Tschang and requested to work with administration to implement a fair and transparent code of conduct.

Several parents delivered a letter (attached) to the Crown Heights AF principal and requested a meeting in regards to disciplinary policies on October 27th, but have yet to hear back.

Council Member Letitia James added her support for the parents, “When a large group of parents gather to voice their dissatisfaction with their children’s school policies, I listen. The parents of Achievement First Schools are my constituents, and therefore my first priority. Apparently, students are also sharing experiences of harsh punishments with others, specifically under the direction of the Superintendent of their schools. Today, I am calling for an immediate meeting to be held with the Crown Heights Achievement First principal to discuss disciplinary policies and make necessary adjustments that are agreed upon by all parties.”

When: Monday, November 22nd at 5:30pm
Where: Achievement First Endeavor - 510 Waverly Ave. in Brooklyn
Who: Achievement First Parents, NYCC, elected officials and community members

Thursday, November 18, 2010

CMs James, Lander, and Van Bramer Award NYC Cultural Institutions, Joined By Actor/Activist Ed Norton

New York City Councilmembers Letitia James, Brad Lander, and Jimmy Van Bramer were joined at today's Stated Council meeting by two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Edward Norton to recognize this year’s NYC-based National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winners.

Heart of Brooklyn and Global Action Project, are two of just fifteen organizations nationwide to receive this prestigious annual award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). This award is the nation’s highest honor for outstanding after-school arts and humanities programs, particularly those that reach underserved children and youth. The awards were presented by First Lady and Honorary Chairperson Michelle Obama on October 20th at the White House, and Committee Member Ed Norton joined the New York City Council in recognizing these two outstanding organizations.

Photo Credit: William Alatriste, New York City Council

ATTENTION: NYC-DYCD Ladders for Leaders Program Preps for College and Career Readiness

The 2011 NYC Ladders for Leaders application is now available on the DYCD website!

What is NYC Ladders for Leaders?
NYC Ladders for Leaders is a college and career readiness program offering New York City high school and college students professional paid summer internships, college scholarship opportunities, free college preparatory and SAT courses, career guidance, and leadership development workshops.

Launched by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, NYC Ladders for Leaders is a joint program of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues (CWI).

Who can apply?
Anyone with prior work experience (paid or volunteer) who is:

- A permanent resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
- 16 to 21 years of age
- A current high school junior, high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore
- Legally allowed to work in New York

**Deadline Monday November 29th**

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ATTENTION: FGA Presents Schools Info Meeting; 11;17; 7PM; FG

Are you interested in exploring different schooling options for your child?
Do you want to hear about the various public school programs?
Perhaps you are considering a private school?
Would you like to know more about the private school admissions process?

If so, please attend the next Fort Greene Association (FGA) meeting entitled-
Schools! Get the Help You Need
Wednesday, November 17th, 7PM
Alliance of Resident Theatres
[138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, 2nd Floor (between Atlantic and Hanson)]

FGA will be hosting a presentation and an open discussion with experts in the area of public and private school admissions.

Confirmed guest speakers:
Joyce Szuflita, NYC School Help
Robin Aronow, School Search NYC

Get there early to enjoy FGA's Neighborhood Mixer. Meet your neighbors, enjoy a complimentary tasting menu provided by Mullanes Bar & Grill and enjoy a special performance by Fort Greene resident singer-songwriter-producer and recording artist Gordon Chambers.

Monday, November 15, 2010

FDNY Paramedics in Fort Greene Catch Thief; Receive Honors Tuesday Evening

FDNY paramedics Rheinhold Danglade and Delano Williams, located in Fort Greene, helped a young woman involved in a robbery attack last month.

The incident began around 8:40 am, on Oct. 18 when a thief snatched 26-year-old Evelina Losik’s cell phone near the entrance of the DeKalb Avenue subway station. Ms. Losik took off running after the suspect. Concerned for Losik’s safety, paramedics Delano Williams and Rheinhold Danglade turned on their siren and began pursuit of the thief. The EMTs then jumped out of their ambulance, and began to chase the suspect, who quickly threw the phone on the ground and surrendered. The heroes restrained the thief until arrival of the NYPD, as well as looked after the health of Ms. Losik.

“Hooray for these paramedics! I'm just so happy this incident ended up without anyone getting hurt. FDNY paramedics Rheinhold Danglade and Delano Williams responded with their gut instincts and came to the rescue of a defenseless young woman in my district,” said Council Member James. Their bravery deserves to be commended, as they have honored and given back to the community with their outstanding service and courage for many years. Thank you for caring.”

Who: FDNY Paramedics Rheinhold Danglade and Delano Williams, 88th Police Precinct Community Council President Delia Hunley-Adossa, Council Member Letitia James, Community Members

What: Honors for Outstanding Service
When: Tuesday, November 16 at 7pm
Where: Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue (Corner of Prince Street)

 Photo by Bess Adler

ATTENTION: Citizens Cmte for NYC Grant Application

Citizens Committee for New York City- New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Grant Application

Have a great idea for a community improvement project?
Apply for a New Yorker for Better Neighborhoods Award!

Through New Yorkers for better Neighborhoods, Citizens Committee for New York City awards of $500 to $3,000 to volunteer-led groups to work on community improvement projects.

Citizen's Committee believes that people can make important change in their communities by working together. They support New Yorkers across the city in their effort to build stronger communities. In addition to small grants, they offer one-on-one project planning assistance, skills-building workshops, and a resource center with access to computer stations, conference space and an equipment loan library.

For more information, contact Arif Ullah: 212.822.9580/

Free Event at Borough Hall on 11/16, 2:30pm: Brooklyn Celebrates FELA - It's Brooklyn Day!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - Fela Brooklyn DAY!
Join the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Office of City Council Member Letitia James as they honor the many Brooklyn residents who are members of the cast and band of the award winning musical FELA! on Broadway.

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - Time: 2:30pm
Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda, 209 Joralemon Street

Meet and greet Brooklyn-based FELA! cast and musicians. Special performance by Jamel Gaines' Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn (Master dancer, teacher and choreographer Jamel Gaines has trained many of the FELA! performers) Reception follows the ceremony.


Community Advisory Notice - Eastern Parkway Project

Beginning on/about Monday, November 15, 2010, and, continuing for approximately one (1) week, the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will be excavating test pits along Eastern Parkway between Grand Army Plaza and Washington Avenue/Underhill Avenue (mid-block) Service Road. This work temporarily restricts curbside parking and driveway access.

This work is being performed in advance of the Eastern Parkway Reconstruction Project and will allow the DDC to identify the location of existing sub-surface infrastructure and utility hardware. The information gathered from the test pits will be used to determine the location for the new infrastructure including the new trunk water main. Please note: All test pit excavations will be restored upon completion.

The contractor’s typical working hours are Monday – Friday between the hours of 7:00AM–6:00PM.

The following are temporary impacts while the work is being performed:
• Each work location will be active for only 1-3 days;
• Parking may be restricted in certain locations;
• Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

• Please call the DDC's Office of Community Outreach and Notification at 718-391-2347.
• Visit the NYCDDC web site at
• During non-construction hours, please contact the New York City Government Services and Information Hotline at 311.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brooklyn Night at FELA! on Broadway

Everyone please join us as we celebrate all the Brooklynites featured in FELA! the award-winning musical featuring Patti LaBelle!

Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 pm, Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 West 49th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)

FELA! is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones.
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Medgar Evers College Preparatory School Marching Band Seeks Donations for Competition

The Medgar Evers College Preparatory School marching band is among the bands that have been invited to the 2010 National High School Stepping Marching Band Championship in Atlanta, Georgia taking place November 12th-13th. The school unfortunately has not been able to raise the $35,000 needed to transport and board the 126-member band.

If you'd like to help the band compete in Atlanta, please call Dr. Jean Adilifu, Assistant Principal of Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, at 718-703-5400 at extension 1226.

Read more from WPIX (video borrowed from their coverage), here, and here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

CM James Congratulates DDDB and Community on Ruling Against Atlantic Yards Development

**For Immediate Release**

November 9, 2010

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Victory At Last!

Congratulations to DDDB and Community on Ruling Against Atlantic Yards Development

State Supreme Court Justice Marcy S. Friedman issued a ruling today granting the motion by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB), and other petitioners. The judge sided with DDDB and associated neighborhood groups stating that the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) did not properly consider the full 25-year schedule of the Atlantic Yards development project. The judge sent the case back to ESDC requiring a detailed, reasoned basis for its findings and support.

Justice Friedman criticized ESDC for the lack of transparency in its approval of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, highlighting that the environmental review process is meant to be an open process involving the public, as well as other interested agencies.

“The Court properly found that ESDC misrepresented the facts of the contracts and there were no requirements that FCRC complete the project,” said DDDB lead counsel Jeffrey S. Baker of the Albany, New York law firm of Young, Sommer, Ward, Ritzenberg, Baker & Moore, LLC. “ESDC’s lack of transparency was not just with respect to its own deliberations, but extended to trying to hide material facts from the Court. We are very pleased that Justice Friedman did not tolerate that behavior.”

Council Member Letitia James said: “It’s time that Forest City Ratner Corporation sit down with the community and incorporate aspects of the UNITY plan into his project, which focuses on affordable housing and buildings that compliment the community. Unfortunately, the taking of homes and businesses by eminent domain in absence of proper findings has already happened. I hold my ground and continue my objection to this entire development, the process, the land grabbing, and the waste of public funds. In light of Justice Friedman’s ruling, it’s critical that Governor Elect Andrew Cuomo examine the overall plan for the Atlantic Yards project, and meet with the community. Lastly, congratulations to DDDB, Prospect Height Neighborhood Development Council, and the community for their perseverance and victory.”

Monday, November 8, 2010

CM James Questions FCR At AY District Service Cabinet Meeting

On November 4, 2010, Council Member James co-sponsored a meeting (with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz) of the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet to discuss the development as well as ongoing traffic concerns.

Below is Council Member James' questioning FCR on their affordable housing promise, community involvement, and involvement of small/local businesses at Barclay's Center. She also addresses FCR's proposal to limit access to its developments, and ongoing parking concerns.

Read more info here.

*Video borrowed from the Atlantic Yards Report.

Friday, November 5, 2010

ActNow, Council Member James, and BAM Present: Nurse.Fighter.Boy on Nov. 8th

ActNow: New Voices In Black Cinema, in Conjunction with BAMcinematek and NYC Council Member Letitia James, Presents: Nurse.Fighter.Boy

Monday, November 8th - Showtimes: 4:30pm, 6:50pm, and 9:30pm at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn, NY

NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, 2008 (93 min): stars Clark Johnson, Karen LeBlanc & Daniel Gordon; is directed by Charles Officer; written by Charles Officer & Ingrid Veninger; and produced by Ingrid Veninger…

Dear Movie Lover,

ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema, Council Member Letitia James, and BAMcinematek present Nurse.Fighter.Boy. The film, directed by Charles Officer, is a heartwarming tale about the Soul of a mother, the Heart of a fighter and the Faith of a child. The visually vibrant story finally comes to Brooklyn… For those of you coming to the 6:50pm showing - you are in for a special treat; we will be having an after party in the BAM lobby following the screening (and prior to the 9:30pm show). This is ActNow Foundation’s way of celebrating the film...toasting to the 2010 ActNow season and welcoming in the 2011 season!

Click here for a look at the trailer.

Award-winning Canadian love story Nurse.Fighter.Boy makes its Brooklyn premiere at “New Voices in Black Cinema” screening series at BAMcin√®matek on Monday. November 8!

Monday, November 1, 2010

NAACP Reminds Residents to VOTE; NOV 2nd!

71st Precinct Crime Update

The 71st precinct would like to inform residents that over the past year the number of robberies in the community has decreased. For the year to date, there is a decrease of 12 percent. The NYPD asks residents to continue to be aware of their surroundings and alert while traveling on the streets, and to take care with your cell phones, iPods, handbags, etc.

Residents should feel free to contact the 71st precinct about any crime prevention programs at (718) 735-0528.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekend Events at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts

Check out the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University this weekend for special events that will stimulate your mind, tickle your funny bone and feed your soul!

St. Martin/St. Maarten Friendship Association presents: The Philosopher of Humor - Fernando Clark
Friday • OCTOBER 29 • 7:30PM

Fernando Clark, The Philosopher of Humor and St. Maarten’s leading stand up comedian and radio host - appearing in his latest comedy DVD release Fernando U 2 Baad - will perform his one-man, stand-up comedy show live on stage – rescheduled from September 3, due to the impact of Hurricane Earl on the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten.Tickets: $25, group discounts available

Minister Marcus and Friends presents: 2nd Annual Kingdom Choice Awards Saturday • OCTOBER 30 • 7PM

The 2nd annual Kingdom Choice Awards is New York City's official urban gospel award show which presents seventeen urban gospel categories, in true award show style. The show features live performances by some of the leading urban gospel artists from New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Ohio and other states. The 2010 KCA honorees will be special guests performers Hip Hop pioneer Kurtis Blow and the grandfather of Holy Hip Hop, Mike Peace. Tickets: $25

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts One University Plaza, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 - (718) 488-1624

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

City Council Hearings Held on Outdoor ATMs, Development, and Post-Storm Clean-up

On Monday, October 25th, the Council Committee on Transportation held a hearing on Int. 257– 2010, in relation to regulating sidewalk ATMs as revocable consents and requiring safety features for all outdoor ATMs. This bill was introduced by Council Member Diana Reyna. The bill will act as a safety measure (currently there is little regulation or security rules in relation to outdoor ATM machines placed outside of non-banking businesses). The bill would look to address this loophole, and increase safety for consumers. Council Member James also has upcoming legislation regarding outdoor ATM regulation.

On Monday, the Council Committee on Land Use also held an oversight hearing which discussed development on 470 Vanderbilt Avenue.

Finally, the Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste, chaired by Council Member Letitia James, held a joint hearing with the Council's Committee on Parks & Recreation regarding the recent storm.

For more information on any of these hearings, or to follow-up on these issues, please contact the City Hall Office of Council Member Letitia James at (212) 788-7081.

ATTENTION: BK DA Hynes Establishes Sex Trafficking Unit

The Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has launched a community outreach campaign aimed at educating the public about sex trafficking and offering help to victims. Sex trafficking exists in Central Brooklyn, and its victims are often girls between the ages of 13-15, and/or undocumented immigrant girls and women. DA Hynes has taken a hard approach against this crime by establishing a Brooklyn Sex Trafficking Unit- or BK STU- to work with victims of sex trafficking.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, please contact BK STU at (718) 250-2770. You are not at risk of being punished due to documentation status. If you have any further questions about the program in general, please contact the office of Council Member Letitia James at (212) 788-7081.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ATTENTION: Arrest In Brooklyn Salon Robber Case

Apparently the alleged would-be Brooklyn salon-robbing suspect, who broke the cardinal rule, was arrested yesterday. If you have any further information for police, please reach out to crime-stoppers.

CM James, Elected Officials, Community Leaders Demand Removal of PCB Chemicals from Schools; 10/26-27

Council Member Letitia James encourages the community to join her, along with State and City representatives to demand action on removing toxic PCB chemicals from public schools

Elected officials, parents, school employees, and activists reach out to a dozen school communities to demand that the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency immediately carry out citywide PCB testing and clean up.

WHAT: PCBs – chemicals which have been proven to pose serious risks to children’s nervous and immune systems and brain development – are currently found in products like window caulk and lighting fixtures in public schools across New York City. Recent results from a pilot study conducted by the NYC Department of Education and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found significantly elevated levels of PCBs in two of three schools tested, with levels at the third also above guidances, putting thousands of kids at risk. There is every reason to believe that many schools out of the nearly 700 built or renovated between 1950 and the late 1970s will be similarly contaminated.

This Tuesday, October 26th, elected officials from across the city will join New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, New York Communities for Change, representatives from the UFT, 32BJ, Local 78, other labor organizations, and parents, outside a dozen potentially contaminated NYC public schools as part of a citywide movement to demand that DOE and EPA rid all NYC schools of PCBs. As children file into their classrooms in the morning, parents, teachers, and school employees will all have the opportunity to sign a petition demanding the immediate and comprehensive testing of all schools built or renovated during the time PCBs were used in building materials. A number of schools have also been selected for petitioning during the afternoon dismissal where parents, teachers, and school employees will have the opportunity to sign the petition as children file out of their classrooms.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 & Wednesday, October 27, 2010
WHERE: In front of schools across the city
Start Time: School/Address Elected Official

7:05 a.m. SBCC, 977 Fox Street, Bronx - AM Marcos Crespo
8:15 a.m. PS 268, 133 E. 53rd St., Brooklyn - CM Jumaane Williams
8:15 a.m. PS 149, 41 W 117th St., Manhattan - CM Robert Jackson/State Sen. Bill Perkins

2:45 p.m. PS 270. Dekalb & Classon, Brooklyn - CM Tish James
2:45 p.m. PS 332, 51 Christopher Ave., Brooklyn - AM William Boyland
2:45 p.m. PS 38, Pacific & Nevins, Brooklyn - CM Stephen Levin

****Wednesday, October 27th
7:30 a.m. PS 53, 10-45 Nameoke St., Rockaway - CM James Sanders

Contact: Lana Gersten

REMINDER: BBP Markowitz and CM James Host School District 13 Town Hall Meeting TONIGHT

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Letitia James, and the Brooklyn Parent Academy urge all school district 13 parents to attend a comprehensive town hall meeting to discuss the welfare of school district 13.

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time: 6:00PM
Venue: Brooklyn Borough Hall Court Room - 209 Joralemon Street

For a comprehensive list of the District 13 schools, see here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Never mess with a black woman when she's getting her hair done": Important Lessons For Life

In international news, today's Daily Mail has a story on NYPD Officer Feris Jones' shooting of an armed suspect in a Brooklyn beauty salon.

The NY Post also covered the story.

Central BK Town Hall Meeting for Discussion on NYS Education Reform; 11/9; Medgar Evers College; 5PM

The New York State Education Reform Agenda Topics:
-High School Graduation Requirements
-N.Y.S. Assessments in grades K – 8 & high school
-Common Core Curriculum and N.Y.S. Curriculum Frameworks
-Race To The Top initiatives

DATE: Tuesday November 9, 2010
Time: 5:00pm– 7:00pm
Location: Founders Auditorium
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225-2017

-Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr. Regent At Large, University of the State of New York
-Dr. John B. King, Jr., Senior Deputy Commissioner, New York State Education Department

-Dean Richard Jones, Jr., Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Adelaide Sanford Institute Board Member

Sponsored by:
NYS Senator Eric Adams
NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery

NYS Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries
NYS Assembly Member Karim Camara
NYS Assembly Member Annette Robinson

Adelaide L. Sanford Institute

Please RSVP by Friday, October 29th; you can email

Watch FL Michelle Obama Award BCAP on Behalf of President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Watch Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) get awarded by First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the best youth arts programs in the country. The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the highest honor out-of-school youth arts programs can receive in the United States. Read more here.

CM James Joins Ebbets Field MS 352 for Computer Give-away

Through their partnership with Computers for Youth (CFY), Ebbets Field MS 352 recently celebrated their fourth computer workshop and give away. This year, CFY enlisted the help of cable television providers who have promised to grant everyone of the students access to high speed internet service for a reduced fee or for free! Now every student will have access to the world from their own living room!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Zombiefest – a Food Bank For New York City Charity Event

The Food Bank For New York City is partnering with indieScreen to host a charity event to support Food Bank For New York City’s continuous efforts to fight hunger.

During the event, people will be asked to dress as zombies and everyone will “crawl” or walk down Metropolitan Ave., toward indieScreen. After the crowd of zombies arrives at indieScreen, participants will have the option to screen the popular 1968 zombie film, “Night of the Living Dead” in zombie attire. A portion of the ticket price will go toward the Food Bank For New York City. After the film, participants can go to The Cove where the charity event will continue! There will be beer specials and a portion of the proceeds made will also benefit the Food Bank For New York City.

Food Bank For New York City recognizes 27 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As one of the country's largest food banks, their mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity.

indieScreen is a brand new theater and entertainment space located on the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn that features a sophisticated A/V room, a restaurant, and a full bar.

WHAT: Zombiefest – a Food Bank For New York City Charity Event

WHEN: Saturday, October 30th at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: “Zombies” will meet at the playground on Marcy Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn.

COST: The Zombie Crawl is free and donations are welcomed. The screening of “Night of the Living Dead” is $12. You can purchase tickets online or at indieScreen before the viewing.

CONTACT: (347) 554-1118

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BCAP Awarded by President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities; Honored by First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Heart of Brooklyn’s BCAP Initiative; One of 15 Youth Programs Awarded Nationwide

First Lady Michelle Obama will recognize Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), the youth education program that gave rise to the award-winning Heart of Brooklyn cultural partnership, with a prestigious National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award at a White House ceremony on Wednesday, October 20. Heart of Brooklyn Director Ellen F. Salpeter and BCAP Summer Camp Adventurer Jamell Allen-Thomas will accept the award on behalf of the thousands of children served by BCAP since 1998.

Selected from a pool of more than 400 nominations, BCAP is one of 15 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to be presented with a 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (formerly, the Coming Up Taller Award- BCAP also was named a 2009 semi-finalist for the Coming Up Taller Award) from Mrs. Obama. The award is the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. BCAP is one of two New York City-based organizations to be recognized at the ceremony, along with youth media organization Global Action Project.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards are administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With the award, Heart of Brooklyn will also receive $10,000 to support its engaging programming that weaves connections between art, world culture, literature, history, nature and science.

The Awards Ceremony will be streamed live at at 11am, EST.

Learn more about BCAP’s innovative programming and the Heart of Brooklyn cultural partnership by visiting

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Join CM James at Ebbets Field Middle School 352 - this Saturday

Council Member Letitia James invites you to join her at Ebbets Field Middle School 352, this Saturday for a special event:

Through Ebbet's Field MS 352's long term partnership with Computers for Youth, each one of the school's sixth graders will receive a free computer this Saturday. Additionally, each student will also be given a one year free subscription to high-speed Internet service.

This opportunity to make the internet more accessible will benefit students academically by bringing information into their living rooms. We hope you'll join Council Member James in being a part of this event.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
First Presentation
8:30 Principal addresses families in auditorium.
8:45 Workshops.

Second Presentation
12:40 Principal addresses families in auditorium.
1:00 Workshops.

CM James Given "A" Grade on Urban Justice Center- Human Rights Report Card

The Urban Justice Center’s Human Rights Project (HRP) released their 2010 Human Rights Report Card yesterday. The report card grades each of the 51 members of the New York City Council on their human rights record. Council Member James is one of the nine Council Members who received an "A" grade on the report card.

You may view the report here; from Council Member James' review:

"Council Member James is working to promote green jobs and human rights in housing. She will reintroduce a bill to address economic and racial disparities in accessing housing, as well as others on paid family leave, pay equity....Her other priorities include expanding LGBT rights; and addressing HIV/AIDS rates in communities of color and government outsourcing of city jobs to the private sector...She has protested rent increases proposed by the Rent Guidelines Board. She is a member of the Progressive Caucus, and co-chair of the Brooklyn delegation."

In 2008, Council Member James was ranked #1 by the Urban Justice Center's Human Rights Report Card.

Culture Classics at LIU this Weekend

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University Hosts: Culture Classics

Friday • OCTOBER 22 • 8PM & Saturday • OCTOBER 23 • 8PM

Come celebrate three years of fabulousness as Brown Girls Burlesque presents Culture Classics. BGB’s Culture Classics is a fusion gumbo of movement and storytelling that merges neo-burlesque with post modern theater and dance. Guest artist Yalini Dream shares her magic. Ashley Brockington will host this unforgettable evening.

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 - (718)488-1624

For more info:

Friday, October 15, 2010

DOE Launches 2010-2011 Elementary School Gifted and Talented Admissions Process

This week, the New York City Department of Education released information for families interested in testing their children for eligibility and possible placement in elementary school Gifted and Talented Programs, kindergarten through third grade, in September 2011. Families interested in having their children participate in the testing – which is required for eligibility to a Gifted and Talented Program – must submit a Request For Testing Form (RFT) by of Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

The Request for Testing Form and the New York City Gifted & Talented Information Handbook 2010-2011 are available to public school students at all public elementary schools, to non-public school students at all Borough Enrollment Offices and to all students at the NYC Department of Education’s website.

The Department of Education will host five borough-wide Parent Information Forums on the Gifted and Talented admissions process. At these sessions, Department staff will present an overview of testing, scoring and placement, and answer questions from families. Each session runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The schedule for the Gifted and Talented Parent Information Forum for Brooklyn is as follows:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunset Park High School
153 35th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232