Flatbush Avenue BID hosts annual Thanksgiving luncheon

November 21, 2016 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Police and volunteers standing by dessert table. Eagle photos by Arthur De Gaeta
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A Thanksgiving luncheon at the historic Flatbush Reformed Church on Saturday, Nov. 19, was enjoyed by nearly 200 community members. This event is sponsored annually by the church and the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), and was joined this year by co-sponsor Modern MD Urgent Care.

More than 30 volunteers from the church’s congregation, local business owners, residents and former BID staff cooked and served the meal.

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Following a blessing by Church Avenue BID board member and Chaplain Steve Rogers, the 70th Precinct’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector James Palumbo and 70th Precinct Community Council President Ed Powell dished out turkey, ham, rice and peas and other traditional favorites alongside officers and teens from the precinct’s Explorers program.

Modern MD reps were on hand to answer questions about their Flatbush Avenue location and to distribute pens and hand sanitizer.

“Our board is committed to giving back to the community,” noted the Flatbush Avenue BID’s Executive Director Lauren Elvers Collins. “We’ve been providing groceries and recruiting volunteers for this annual event for years under the leadership of former Executive Director the late Jack Katz, and it’s a wonderful event we intend to continue.”

Officer Cheryl Adams told the Brooklyn Eagle that the 70th Precinct had two auxiliary officers there, a sergeant and an officer, as well as 35 Explorers who also brought their families to help. She explained, “The Explorers are a para-military group who range in age from 14 to 21. Their purpose is to provide experience to help young people to become mature, responsible and caring.” Adams added that this was her fourth year helping at the luncheon.


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