2004-10-14 / Community Guide

LOCAL Meetings

  • Mill Island Civic To Meet 10/28
  • The Mill Island Civic Association has announced its first meeting of the season will be held on Thursday, October 28 at 8 p.m. at P.S. 236, 6302 Avenue U.

    Community Board 18

    Meets October 20

    The next meeting of Community Board 18 will take place on Wednesday, October 20 at 8 p.m. at the Kings Plaza Community Room, Flatbush Avenue and Avenue V. In addition to the regular agenda, a public hearing will be held on the Capital and Expense Budget Submissions for Fiscal Year 2006. For further information, call (718) 241-0422.

    Community Ed Council Meeting

    The next meeting of the School District 18 Community Education Council will take place on Tuesday, October 26 at P.S. 208, 4801 Avenue D. There will be a working session at 7 p.m. and the public meeting will take place at 8 p.m.

    South Canarsie Civic Meeting Nov. 8

    The next meeting of the South Canarsie Civic Association will take place on Monday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Breukelen Houses Community Room, 715 East 105 Street (between Glenwood Road and Flatlands Avenue). For information, call SCCA President Mary Anne Sallustro at (718) 251-7145.

    Two Weekly Chess Clubs

    Seaview Jewish Center, 1585 East 98 Street, between Seaview Avenue and Avenue N, hosts a free chess club every Saturday at noon. Beginners to advanced players are welcome. For details, call (718) 251-1900.

    Another weekly chess club meets at the Burger King Restaurant at Flatbush Avenue and Utica Avenue every Wednesday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. All chess players are invited to join free of charge. For information, call (718) 968-9827.

    Canasta Players Wanted

    The Brooklyn Canasta Club now meets six days a week at various locations to play either Classic or American Canasta. There are openings in most groups, but reservations are needed, since space is limited. For information, call (718) 680-4084.

    In-School Education/

    Employment Program

    Attention parents and youths ages 14-18 — Register now for the 2004-05 In-School Youth Education/Employment Program. We offer “free” after-school academic classes with bonus money, exciting field trips and career workshops. Call the Italian American League at (718) 642-2180 in Starrett City.

    Kristalnacht Observance

    Fred Marguiles, a survivor of Kristalnacht, will be the guest speaker at a special Kristalnacht service at Temple Sholom, 2075 east 68 Street on Tuesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. For information, call (718) 251-0370.

    Synagogue Food Drive

    For City Harvest

    City Harvest is conducting its annual Food Drive, with plans to collect an estimated 23,000 pounds of needed food from area synagogues and deliver it to community food programs. For information on organizing a food drive, log on to www.cityharvest.org or call (917) 351-8700. To make a donation, call 1-800-77HARVEST.

    Police Precinct Showcase

    Patrol Borough Brooklyn South will present their annual Community/Precinct Showcase on Sunday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marine Park, Marine Parkway and Fillmore Avenue. Food, games, entertainment for both children and adults will be presented. The public is invited.

    Music From Good Shepherd Series

    Gregory Harrington, a violinist who graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music will perform in the 9th Annual “Music From Good Shepherd” chamber series on Sunday, October 17 at 6 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, Avenue S and Brown Street in Marine Park. Admission is free. For information, call (718) 998-2800.

    MetroCard Bus

    Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-41st A.D.) will be bringing the special Senior Half-Fare MTA MetroCard Bus to her community office, located at 3520 Nostrand Avenue (Corner of Avenue V) on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m.- noon. Seniors over 65 years of age are invited to come to her community office to obtain a Half-Fare MetroCard.

    The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will be on hand to take pictures and accept applications for Half-Fare Senior MetroCards. A temporary Half-Fare MetroCard will be issued. Proper age and photo identification, such as a Medicare Card and a driver’s license must be presented. Additionally, people can board the bus to add money to all kinds of MetroCards.

    Individuals with questions about the MetroCard Program should contact Assemblywoman Weinstein’s office at: 718-648-4700.

    Seddio Welcomes MetroCard

    Bus To His Office

    The MetroCard Bus will be at Assemblyman Frank Seddio’s district office, 2424 Ralph Avenue between Avenue N and Avenue O, from 10 AM till 12 PM on the third Friday of every month as a regular service to area residents. The Assemblyman’s staff will also be available to help anyone with other problems.

    The district office is open Monday to Friday form 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM to assist local residents. For further information call 718-968-2770.

    Abe Stark Senior Center

    Sponsored by Millennium Development, the Abe Stark Senior Center, 103-15 Farragut Road, offers a nutritious breakfast & lunch program plus daily activities, including beginning computer time, billiards, bingo and more. Transportation provided. For information, call 1-718-272-9515.

    JASA Seniors Meet At

    Temple Emanu-El

    Come join in on the fun at Temple Emanu-El of Canarsie, 1880 Rockaway Parkway, where JASA Senior Center members meet daily. Join them for a hot lunch made in their kitchen and take part in a game of Bingo, cards and other fun activities.

    Glenwood Senior Center

    All seniors are invited to join the nutritional and recreational program at the Glenwood Senior Center, located at 5701 Avenue H in the Glenwood Houses complex. The program includes breakfast and lunch and offers a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities, including arts & crafts, tai chi, aerobics, bingo, pool, field trips, computers and much more. For further information, call (718) 241-7711.

    Glenwood Senior Center invites all grandparents to bring their grandchildren to Grandchildren Fridays @ the center located at 5701 Ave H for the entire summer. Call Eve Vaval. 718-241-7711.


    Self Help for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH) will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn College Student Center, Campus Road and East 27 Street. For more information, call (718) 769-6771.

    Support Group For

    Jewish Women With MS

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NYC Chapter, is offering a phone support group for Orthodox Jewish women with MS. The group is free and is an opportunity for people with MS to learn more about the disease, treatments and support services. The phone group meets each Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 14 weeks. Participants are called in their own homes in area codes 212, 718, 646, 347 and 917. No special equipment is needed. To register, or for more information, call (212) 463-7787, extension 3057.


    Forty Plus of New York, a self-help organization, welcomes managers and professionals who are looking for work. Since 1939, thousands of members have used their Forty Plus skills and techniques to land worthwhile jobs. To arrange an orientation and tour of the Forty Plus offices on Seventh Avenue, telephone 212-947-4230.

    HELP LINE Helps In Crisis

    Have you ever had a crisis or problem that overwhelmed you? Have you ever felt lonesome or depressed, or even suicidal? Did you have someone to talk with? Do you wish you did? HELP LINE, a Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services program, is a non-profit telephone service program offering emotional support and information through a 24-hour hotline at (212) 532-2400. To volunteer, call (212) 684-4480.

    Single Parent Support Group

    Come and join the Single Parent Support Group at the Hebrew Educational Society (HES). This professionally led mutual support group gives single parents a place to share their challenges and successes. Bring your children and have them join our children’s support group at the same time. For more information, call Orna Neutra at the HES at (718) 241 3000, ext. 60.

    Learning Disabled Adult Group

    The Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, sponsors a learning disabled adult group that meets every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For further information, contact Bernie Rubin at (718) 648-7703, ext. 230.

    Self-Help Center

    The New York City Self-Help Center provides free, confidential telephone information and referral to people seeking self-help/mutual support groups. Hundreds of different groups meet for a wide variety of concerns throughout the five boroughs. Phone (212) 586-5770.


    Caregivers Support

    Fairview Adult Day Care Center, 1444 East 99th Street, sponsors a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Meetings are twice a month. For information, call Laura Schlatter, M.A. at (718)251-5600.

    Alzheimer’s Helpline

    The Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter, has opened its new 24-hour helpline: 1-800-272-3900. It’s available for people living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members, students and professionals living with the aged.

    Center Against

    Domestic Violence

    Is your partner controlling you? Threatening you? Degrading you? Yelling too much? Throwing things at you? Hitting or hurting you or your children? Forcing you to do things against your will? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, or if you know someone that may be caught up in domestic violence, contact the CADV Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 1-718-439-1000. THEY CAN HELP!

    Free Or Low-Cost Mammogram

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Low income women who feel they cannot get a mammogram are urged to call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at 800-877-8077 to learn about where they can get a free or low-cost mammogram.

    Cardiac Rehab Program

    If you have had a heart attack within the last year, a coronary bypass or angina in the last six months and if you have an okay from your physician, you’re a candidate for the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Program at Maimonides Medical Center.

    October Blood Drives

    During October, Brooklyn/ Staten Island Blood Services will conduct local blood drives at the following locations and dates:

    Kings Plaza Shopping Center, 5100 Avenue U: Saturday, October 16; Millennium Development Corp., 2303 Bergen Avenue: Saturday, October 16; Lions Club at Starrett City Community Center, 1540 Van Siclen Avenue: Saturday, October 30.

    Maimonides Needs Blood Donors

    The blood bank at Maimonides Medical Center, like all blood banks in the region, is currently experiencing a severe blood shortage, especially of Type O-Positive and O-Negative blood. Other blood types are also needed. Please visit the Blood Donor Center on the 3rd floor of the administration building. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, or to arrange a blood drive, call Christine Clark at (718) 283-7179.

    Yarn Donations Needed

    Knit-Net: Scarves For The Homeless is seeking new and used yarn donations. Pickups in some parts of Brooklyn can be arranged. The organization is entering its 7th year supplying crib blankets, lap blankets, hats and mittens to homeless shelters for adults and children. For further information, call (718) 680-4084.

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