This weekend there’s an opportunity to resolve outstanding warrants (no felonies, or anything through the DMV or MTA, however). Project Safe Surrender on December 2 and 3 from 9am to 3pm:
Brooklyn clergy, partnering with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Office of Court Administration, the Legal Aid Society and the New York City Police Department offer the opportunity for individuals with warrants/summons to turn themselves in to clergy and law enforcement and to have their warrants/summons lifted and their cases adjudicated in a safe environment. This is not a pardon; but rather a solution that is favorable.
Outstanding warrants they can help with include:
· Unlawful possession of alcohol under age 21
· Consumption of alcohol in public
· Aggressive solicitation
· Unlawful possession of handcuffs
· Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk
· Making unreasonable noise
· Animal nuisance
· Failure to have a dog license
· Unleashed dog
· Disorderly conduct
· Unlawfully in a park after hours
· Failure to comply with posted signs in park
· Marijuana possession – New!
· Smoking marijuana – New!
Last month the city unveiled a sleek new design for public seating, and you can let them know where you want to sit. The CityBench program aims to install 1,000 steel benches across the five boroughs, and while they have priorities–bus stops, retail districts, near libraries, etc.–the public is welcome to help determine where they go.
There is a form for bench requests available online, so if you know of a spot where a bench is needed, please fill it out. In addition to the top priority locations, there are several restrictions that limit where they can go, including width of the sidewalk and where tree pits and business doors are. But I’m sure there are some good places you can think–any ideas? Or do we have enough?
As students put the final touches on their high school applications–which are due on Friday–here’s some news that’s a nice reminder that we have a great option in our area. Midwood High School physiology teacher Margaret DeSimone was one of seven NYC teachers recently honored by the Fund for New York City in the Third Annual Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics.
A teacher at Midwood for 22 years, she tells the Daily News that her students “love to dissect a pig’s heart, a cow’s eye and even a sheep’s testicle for the advanced class.”
The award recipients receive $5,000 each, plus $2,500 for their school’s math or science department.
Disappointed [Coach Leonard M. De] Virgilio commented that this was “ridiculous” and looked frustrated while talking about the issue.
Jason He ’12 commented, “It is frustrating that we can’t use the pool right next door. However, there is nothing that will hinder our determination this year.”
Brooklyn College spokesman Jeremy Thompson said its simply a matter of availability. The college’s swimming and diving teams are given priority, as are swimming classes.
“In addition to courses and athletic teams that require access to the pool, the West Quad Center is a recreational facility open to our students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the surrounding community, all of whom pay a membership fee,” Thompson explained in an email, adding that for most Brooklyn College students, this is included in a general student activity fee each semester. “Therefore, it is important the pool be made available for recreational use during the remaining hours of operation.”
Finally, Thompson explained that the college is open to making the pool available for rental by outside groups—as it does other campus facilities—during the hours it is not being used for these other activities. “However,” he said, “that window of opportunity is limited and unlikely to correspond to the times the high school swim team requires.”
The boys varsity swim team begins its season this week. Best of luck, Hornets!
If you’ve ever scoured the web for old Brooklyn photos, then you’re probably familiar with the awesome Brooklynpix.com, which is run by Brian Merlis. With a serious dedication to the history of the borough, Merlis has already published several books on different neighborhoods, and this month he, along with Lee Rosenzweig and Oscar Israelowitz, has given Midwood the honor.
If you’ve got a coat sitting unused in the back of your closet, consider donating it to the New York Cares Coat Drive. The drive aids many New Yorkers who cannot afford to purchase a warm coat for the upcoming winter. The goal for this year’s drive is 100,000 coats, so they need your help!
Coats are being collected citywide through December 31 at any New York City Police Precinct. The 70th Precinct is located at 154 Lawrence Ave, between Ocean Parkway and Seton Place; and the 63rd Precinct may also be convenient to some, located at 1844 Brooklyn Avenue, between Avenues I and J.
Here’s a little advance notice for anyone getting away for the holiday: The Q train won’t be running between Prospect Park and 57th St/7th Ave from 12:01am Saturday, November 26 to 5am Monday, November 28.
If you follow the Di Fara’s Facebook page, you’re familiar with the occasional status update that says the popular pizza place will be closed for one reason or another. Last week, one such message went up, but an update added that it was because of “a glitch in some paperwork beaurocracy [sic] with the new grading system … I will need about 24 to 48 hrs to resolve.”
According to the Department of Health website, Di Fara’s was shut down last Wednesday, November 16, after an inspection racked up 67 violation points. Violations include evidence of mice, flies, and inadequate personal cleanliness.
No arrests have been made in last week’s incident, and police are investigating this case as well. The reward offered for information leading to an arrest in the Ocean Parkway crime is now over $56,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).
This weekend, PBS’ American Masters is premiering Woody Allen: A Documentary, and we hear that the Midwood native takes a ride to his childhood home and reminisces about the stoop he played on, and more. He also discusses the Midwood Theater, which his family owned for a while. If you’re a fan, or just want to see a little bit of the old Midwood through a former neighbor’s eyes, definitely check it out.
The documentary premieres nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11pm (part one), and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30pm (part two) on Thirteen.
“I am the child of a Holocaust survivor, and this makes me uncomfortable,” said Judy Pfeffer, 62, a retired city education department employee who lives blocks away. “Even then, it was just vandalism. But it led to the Holocaust.”
Police are still investigating, and so far, no arrests have been made. The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for this crime has risen to $25,000.
The 66th Precinct is spreading the message far and wide–I saw several police vans driving slowly around the neighborhood over the weekend playing a recorded message about the incident and how witnesses should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).
No arrests have been made, and the 66th Precinct, along with members of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force, are investigating. Councilmember David Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the incident.
Fox notes that the incident occurred the morning after the anniversary of Kristallnacht, a series of brutal attacks launched by Hitler against Jews in Nazi Germany and parts of Austria.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. Police say all calls are kept strictly confidential.
Join neighbors at the East Midwood Jewish Center to celebrate “oneness” on the awesome date of 11/11/11:
Meet & Greet at 6pm, Shabbat Service in the round at 6:30 led by Cantor Sam Levine, followed by a festive light meal. You’ll enjoy a lively evening filled with song, conversation, friends, new & old. We look forward to welcoming one and all–singles, couples, and families. FREE
Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of $500 to $3,000 to volunteer-ledgroups to work on projects that bring neighbors together and that have a positive impact on the community. They also offer project planning assistance and skills-building workshops.
Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate effectively for better housing conditions, and start school recycling programs.
The application deadline is January 31. Grant applications are available online here. For more info, contact Emi Wang at 212-822-9563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 2pm on Wednesday, November 9, all television and radio systems will broadcast the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). You may be familiar with the message and beep that is occasionally broadcast on the local level, but this will be a little different, and a little longer–up to three and a half minutes.
The national test will help federal agencies such as FEMA determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally.
The landmarked Avenue H station house has finally reopened. It’s not completely finished–a worker told me today that they still have some minor things to do, including hanging shingles on one side, all of which he estimated would take another couple weeks to complete–but it is open, and the agent booth is manned.
The installation of bronze rocking chairs outside the station as part of Arts for Transit will happen in the spring. But the tree trunk columns on the front porch and the beautiful wood ceiling inside are enough of a reason to stop by and check it out now.
Granite Construction did a really terrific job–compare the renovated building to the original, and you can see that though they’re slightly different, the spirit is definitely there.
The entrance on the opposite, southbound side of the tracks is currently closed while the booth is dismantled. It was put in as a temporary structure, and once it’s removed, access will be available to the platform via the wheelchair ramp that is already in place. Construction is expected to be complete on that side by December 31.