Brooklyn Today: Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Good morning. Today is the 75th day of the year. It is the birth anniversary (1767) of Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States. Jackson first became popular as a general during the War of 1812 and was considered an advocate for the common man.  He opposed a central bank because it gave too much power to wealthy industrialists, and he expanded voting rights to include poor whites as well as property owners. His benevolence did not extend to Native Americans, however, and he was responsible for the forced expulsion of several tribes from the Southeast.

Well-known people who were born today include actor Judd Hirsch (“Taxi”), singer Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), singer-musician Sly Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) and Brooklyn-born U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Today at 7:30 p.m., Carlo Scissura, senior advisor to Borough President Marty Markowitz, will speak at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association. The meeting will take place at King’s Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Scissura plans to run for borough president. ….

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Today at 11 a.m. at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, the Commodore Barry Club will mark the 267th anniversary of Barry’s death. Barry, born in Ireland in 1745, immigrated to America and became a hero of the Revolutionary War.  …

Today, 651 Arts and the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn will present a special edition of the live interview series, “Live and Outspoken,” with actor Blair Underwood and dancer-actress Carmen de Lavallade, moderated by radio host Esther Armah. The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza. Among other things, Underwood and de Lavallade will discuss their roles in the upcoming Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Today at 5 p.m., the Midwood Development Corp. will hold a free banking workshop for neighborhood workshops. The guest speaker will be Yan Baron of Amalgamated Bank. The workshop will take place at the group’s offices, 1416 Avenue M.

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