Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc.
  March 2013, Vol 4, issue 3      
New York City flag  The Sixth Sense

Welcome to The Sixth Sense - the monthly email newsletter of Brooklyn Community Board 6, serving the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens/South Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook.

 

They say that March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb, right? Well is it just me, or has this been a pretty tame winter? A couple of cold days, not too much snow, relatively uneventful as far as New York City winter's go. It could be within Mother Nature's range of normal seasonal variation. Or it could be a sign of global warming and climate change. Either way, no matter how sophisticated we become, some people still love picking on the meteorologists when they get it wrong.

 

With so many people yearning to put the winter behind us there's lots of signs that spring is on its way. Now is a good time to get a jump on some of those things we love about springtime like the urge to purge, re-emerge and splurge. Here's a few ideas and events that should help you put your winter blues behind you and bask in a new day's sun...

 

E-Waste Recycling Collection: The Park Slope 5th Avenue BID is hosting an electronics waste recycling collection on Saturday, March 16th, 10am-4pm, rain or shine, at the Key Food parking lot, 5th Avenue at Sterling Place. Thanks to Council Member Levin for sponsoring, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center for managing the event!

 

P.S. You don't have to wait for a special collection to get rid of your e-waste anymore. Visit LESEC's Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street), Tuesdays thru Saturdays.

  
"The Glory of Brooklyn: An Artistic and Literary Evening": Transcendent photographs. Evocative essays. Haunting watercolor paintings. No matter the medium, the sentiment of respect clearly shines through in the art and writings of the talented trio - Thomas Rupolo; Joan Marans Dim; and Antonio Masi, who will present their works in an entertaining evening sponsored by Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library at 396 Clinton Street on March 19, 7:00-9:00pm.
  
Locavores celebrate! We've got a new CSA for South Brooklyn/Red Hook area coming to town. El Poblano Farm is offering shares for the 2013 season which will run for 20 weeks starting June 1st. A convenient pickup location has been established for 106 Union Street in the Columbia Waterfront on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30pm. Want to sign up? Learn more? Click here.
  
And, the pi�ce de r�sistance, if it's March it must be Dine In Brooklyn month of course. A creation of our own Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, DIB celebrates the best of Brooklyn's restaurants across the borough by offering deliciously affordable lunches for $20.13 and dinners at $28.00 per person. DIB runs March 11-21 at participating restaurants so make your reservation now! More information on DIB including an interactive map is available at the Visit Brooklyn website. A feast for the mouth without paying through the nose.
  
It's our community! Let's take care of it, and each other.


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March Madness: Contests! Contests! Contests! 

Youth AwardHere's a few local contests that may not receive the same level of media attention as college basketball's March Madness. But the best part is that you can participate! And they really do spotlight some wonderful aspects of life in the district:

 

Name That Lawn Contest: If you've never checked out the Pier 6 lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park, this is the perfect opportunity to visit this cozy corner and get inspired! Maybe you have a favorite flower or bird that lives in BBP? Something particularly cool about the view? A little-known fact about local history that deserves some recognition? Send us your idea by March 20th and tell us why you think it's the perfect name for the Pier 6 lawn.

 

Red Hook Criterium: This annual unsanctioned bicycle race series features a field of world class road racers, track specialists, bike messengers, and urban athletes competing over multiple laps around a short, technical circuit. Fixed gear track bikes are mandatory requiring riders to possess both street tuned handling skills and high levels of fitness. The RHC is expanding into a 4-part championship series with races in select urban locations across the world. The first round will be held on March 30th at Red Hook's Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

 

Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5KBrooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is thrilled to welcome the Dugan 5K back to Brooklyn Bridge Park for its second year. This year's run will take place on Saturday, April 6 at 9:00am. All proceeds will support BBPC's free public programming, so register here today! And, even if you're not running, cheerleaders are always welcome!

 

Scrabble for Cheaters: 826NYC's sixth annual scrabble tournament is a benefit to help the nonprofit organization, whose mission is to support students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to help teachers inspire their students to write. The event will take place at 12:00pm on April 6th at 826NYC, 372 5th Avenue (between 5th/6th Streets). There's still time to register online and raise funds.

 

2013 Neighborhood Achievement Awards: The Department of Small Business Services is pleased to seek the nominations of individuals, small businesses and community organizations for the 2013 Neighborhood Achievement Awards. Nominations for the eight different categories of awards are due by April 19th and can be submitted online, by email or regular mail. More information is available by calling 311.

 

Golden Apple Awards: The Department of Sanitation presents their annual Golden Apple Awards which consists of three TrashMasters! contests for schools in New York City (both public and private), grades K-12, recognizing exemplary school-based recycling programs, waste reduction programs, and cleanup, beautification and reclamation projects. Applications must be submitted online by May 1st. Congratulations to M.S. 51 William Alexander School for winning last year's Brooklyn borough award for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge. Represent!
 

And, putting in another plug for our own annual contest, we're still accepting nominations for our Youth Acknowledgement Awards, and Robert Acito Award for Youth Involvement. Nomination forms which are due by April 5th can be downloaded or obtained from our district office.

Community Education Council Elections 

DOE CECsCommunity Education Councils (CECs) are education policy advisory bodies responsible for reviewing and evaluating schools' instructional programs, approving zoning lines, and advising the Chancellor. CECs play an essential role in shaping educational policies for the New York City public schools. Each CEC consists of nine elected parent volunteers who provide hands-on leadership and support for their community's public schools. Council members hold meetings at least every month with the superintendent and public at-large to discuss the current state of the schools in the district.

 

There are 32 CECs in New York City. Each CEC covers a Community School District that includes public elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools. The Brooklyn CB6 district overlaps primarily with Community School District 15, and a small portion of Community School District 13.

 

Parents of public school students may apply to run for election to a Community or Citywide Education Council. Eligibility requirements are set forth in Chancellor's Regulations (at sections D-140, D-150, D-160 and D-170). The application period for candidates opened on February 13th and closes at 11:59pm on March 27th. Interested and eligible parents can apply online to become a candidate.

 

Parent members will be selected by designated selectors during a Selector's Vote held from May 1 to May 14, 2013. The PA/PTA President, Secretary, and Treasurer (or their respective designees) for every school in the community school district will be eligible to cast votes in the Selector's Vote.

Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program
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Over the last few months people around the district have been contacted about a voluntary program designed to protect New York City homeowners from the unexpected costs of service line repairs. This Water and Sewer Service Line Protection program is being offered by American Water Resources (AWR) in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Protection to all of DEP's customers.
  

Most homeowners are not aware that they are responsible for all of the costs associated with repairing damaged water or sewer service lines that run from their building's exterior to the municipal service lines in the street. These repairs are not covered by most homeowners insurance policies and can cost thousands of dollars.

 

AWR has been selected as the exclusive provider of the Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Programs for DEP customers. As a homeowner and DEP customer, you can enroll in the protection programs, and AWR will take the responsibility of paying for service line repairs off your shoulders.

 

Special introductory rates of $3.99 per month for water line protection and $7.99 per month for sewer line protection will be offered until June 30, 2013. For future years, the New York City Water Board will adopt the annual rates for the Programs along with regular water and sewer service charges. These charges will be included in your DEP water and sewer bill and must be paid to remain eligible.

 

For more information about the Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program, call AWR toll-free at (888) 300-3570 or visit their website.

Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc. (Federal EIN 04-3780020) was established in 2003 to support the work of Brooklyn Community Board 6 in improving the quality of life in the district.  Friends seeks to provide planning, advocacy, research and administrative resources to supplement the limited capacities and budget of the Community Board, thus enabling it to properly carry out its City Charter mandated tasks of evaluating the needs of the district and advocating on behalf of its communities.
 
Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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In This Issue
* March Madness: Contests!
* Community Education Council Elections
* Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program
* For the next meeting
* Good and Welfare
For the Next Monthly General Board Meeting 
6:30pm, March 13
John Jay Educational Campus Building, 
(btw 4th/5th Streets) 
Brooklyn, NY 11215 
  
(Board members are encouraged to supply corrections to minutes.)

All posted Community Board meetings (general, committee, informational, etc.) are open to the public; however, public participation may be limited.  Contact the district office if clarification is needed.
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Who's Who at
Brooklyn CB6

CB6 2013 Officers:
● Daniel M. Kummer,
Chairperson
● Thomas Miskel,
First Vice Chairperson
● Lou Sones,
Second Vice Chairperson
● Gary Reilly,
Treasurer
● Elizabeth Shipley,
Secretary

CB6 Committee Chairs:
● Richard Bashner,
Waterfront/Community Development
● Paige Bellenbaum,
Human Services, Co-Chair 
● James Bernard,
Youth Services 
● Norman Cox,
Housing 
● Peter Fleming,
Land Use; Elections 
● Glenn Kelly,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs, Co-Chair
● Daniel M. Kummer,
Executive
● Mark Kolman,
Education, Co-Chair
● Nica Lalli,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs, Co-Chair
● Robert Levine,
Landmarks 
● Sayar Lonial,
Public Safety  
● Rick Luftglass,
Budget; Economic Development 
● Thomas Miskel,
Transportation 
● Gary Reilly,
Finance/Personnel & Law; Permits & Licenses
● Mark C. Shames,
Environmental Protection 
● Benjamin Solotaire, 
Human Services, Co-Chair
● Suzanne Turet,
Education, Co-Chair 

District Office Staff:
● Craig Hammerman,
District Manager
● Leroy P. Branch, Jr.
Assistant District Manager 
● Liza Santiago-Sierra,
Community Associate 
● Sarah N. Phillips,
Special Projects Coordinator
● Helena Miskel,
Office Volunteer
● Melissa Umberger,
Urban Planner
● Hans Jensen, 
Planning Fellow
 
Newsletter Production:    

● Craig Hammerman,

Editor
Sarah N. Phillips,
Contributor
GOOD AND WELFARE
Condolences are extended to the Blake Family on the February 6th passing of Cherry M. Blake, sister of former CB6 Chairperson and current 78th Precinct Community Council President Pauline E. Blake.
 
Congratulations to Brooklyn CB6's Landmarks Chair Robert Levine for being honored by the Prospect Park Alliance for his invaluable contributions and service over the years to supporting Prospect Park archiving efforts. Bob's personal collection of postcards and ephemera is enviable by most collectors' standards and a must-see for historians and nostalgics alike.
 
In recognition of March being Women's History Month, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes honored 33 extraordinatory Brooklyn women for their accomplishments and service to their communities. Honorees hailing from the Brooklyn CB6 district include:
 
Cynthia Gonzalez, who works for the Carroll Gardens Association;
 
Brandon Holley, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky magazine and Red Hook resident;
 
Jill Eisenhard, Founder and Executive Director of Red Hook Initiative;
 
Florence Hutner, Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence and Park Slope resident, and;
 
Catharine Hough, co-founder of Massarte, Ltd. and Park Slope resident.
 
BRAVA, ladies!
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