Area residents keep pressure to save Angel Guardian Home
In the latest salvo in a long-running battle, supporters of the Angel Guardian Home and the Narrows Senior Center, which was located within the home until recently, rallied recently for the historic building’s preservation. The blocklong building at 6301 12th Avenue was sold last year by its owners, the Sisters of Mercy, to a still undisclosed buyer, according to Brooklyn Reporter.
This time, however, state Sen. Marty Golden had some hopeful words for the protesters, the Brooklyn Reporter said. “Right now, I do believe that there is a window of opportunities, and that window is going to be discussed by the elected officials, the builder, the Sisters of Mercy and Catholic Charities.” Fran Vella-Marone, president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association, added, “We want to maintain the building, we want to maintain this property and, most of all, we want to keep our seniors here.”
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East New York program brings music to homeless kids
Once a week, kids at an East New York homeless shelter get to create beats and lay down tracks as part of a music therapy program sponsored by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the nonprofit group CAMBA, according to NY1. The Brooklyn-based company Symphonized donated headphones and other high-tech equipment. Administrators say they’ve seen positive trends among the kids. “Whether it’s that they’re calmer, or their anxiety seems to be a little less, they’ve built their coping skills. Music is just the venue for them to do that,” Christine Hodgkins of CAMBA told NY1.
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