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Around Brooklyn: Jaime Williams, volunteers help clean up marsh

September 24, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Jaime Williams, volunteers help clean up marsh

Assemblymember Jaime Williams (D-Canarsie-Georgetown-Mill Basin-Marine Park) and volunteers from NYC H20 joined forces to help clean up the marsh and beach at Plumb Beach and to tidy up the Jamaica Bay Greenway. Williams also said that her district consists of a large portion of tidal wetlands after thousands of pounds of marine debris were removed from the wetlands in Plumb Beach. “The efforts of so many especially those of NYCH2O are not only appreciated but also demonstrate the dedication of our community and as a resident I am grateful,” remarked Williams.

Chabad holds packed late-night prayer service

Men packed into a late-night prayer service at Chabad’s main synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights earlier this month, in violation of the city’s health rules and against the advice of local doctors. The Gedaliah Society, a group of Orthodox Jewish doctors, issued a stern admonition against attending services at the synagogue. “Given the recent developments of continued positive cases in our community, many of which are associated with 770, and given the inherent crowded indoor mixing nature of 770, we strongly advise that all people avoid davening in 770 for the time being,” the doctors wrote on their blog.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

Website features recipes from vegan chefs

The Modern Love Community Cookzine plans to showcase the recipes and personal stories of 12 different vegan chefs, their restaurants and their projects in New York, mainly in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The magazine is chaired by popular vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz as well as the team behind Modern Love Brooklyn. “We are excited to showcase all the talent in the community and to expand the idea of vegan food to vegan cuisine,” she said. The magazine will have both digital and print issues.

Is this how it’s done in Brooklyn, Ohio?

Even though this item is from a different Brooklyn — Brooklyn, Ohio — it’s so unusual that we had to put it up here. At the Cleveland Crossing hotel on Sept. 11, the hotel manager called police regarding an unruly guest who was not only drunk but also naked from the waist down who was intoxicated. He had been harassing other guests. Cops arrested him for disorderly conduct while intoxicated, according to

Rose-backed bill passes House

U.S. Rep. Max Rose helped to pass through the House of Representatives the Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act of 2019, a bill of which he’s a co-sponsor. It would repeal a provision of a 2012 law that directed the Federal Communications Commission to auction off the T-band spectrum. Unfortunately, says Rose, this is the spectrum that New York City’s cops, firefighters and first responders depend on. “Doing so would hinder the ability to respond quickly and properly in times when things are scariest,” Rose said.

Williams opposes HUD rule that would remove gender identity protections

Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams has submitted a public comment to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), strongly opposing the proposed rule which would remove HUD’s existing gender identity protections around admission to homeless shelters that receive federal funding. “This change would permit discrimination against transgender individuals in need of shelter. removal of anti-discrimination protections for trans persons will restore the shelter system’s harassment and violence of the days before the Equal Access Rule, pushing trans persons to risk sleeping in the open rather than subject themselves to those conditions,” he said.

AG James mourns death of Crown Heights rabbi

New York State Attorney General Letitia James recently released a statement on the death of Rabbi Avraham Lider, who dedicated his 61 years to helping people with medical emergencies. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Rabbi Avraham Lider and I extend my condolences to the Lider family and the entire Crown Heights community during this difficult time. Over the years, his organization provided critical health care and services to so many, and more recently, as our city was overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rabbi Lider worked tirelessly to provide care and support to families in need,” she said.

Man wanted for stealing Revel motorbike batteries

A man is wanted for stealing batteries from a Revel scooter in Brooklyn, police said. The incident took place September 9 at 11:57 a.m. on 9th Avenue in Sunset Park. The man removed the battery from an unoccupied scooter that was parked in the street. He fled on foot southbound on 9th Avenue. Photos from video released by police show a Hispanic man wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a baseball cap, according to PIX11.

Coronavirus cases found at more Brooklyn schools

Coronavirus cases were detected at five more Brooklyn schools last weekend, bringing the number of schools in the borough that have had positive COVID-19 cases since reopening to 37, officials said. Among the schools newly reporting coronavirus cases were a pre-K center in Dyker Heights, P.S. 288 in Coney Island, Beth Jacob Day Care Center in Borough Park, P.S. 24 in Sunset Park and Aim High Children’s Services in Flatbush. All of their close contacts have since been quarantined. Only one school in the borough, P.S. 139, has been closed because of coronavirus cases, and it has since been reopened, according to Patch.

‘Brooklyn beer scene’ inspires Texas bar

The Ciola family of restaurateurs, whose members opened their first restaurant in Virginia Beach in 1949, opened a new Round Rock, Texas, location this month. Tony C’s Pizza and Beer garden features a new approach for the business, “inspired by the Brooklyn beer scene,” according to owner Tony Ciola. “Those beer gardens, you can sit there for four hours and lose track of time,” he said. The menu includes 20 Texas craft beers, coal-fired pizza and Italian food classics.

Teachers demand more COVID testing

Public school teachers marched through Downtown Brooklyn on Monday evening demanding more COVID-19 testing. The city began admitting public school students on Sept. 21, with Pre-K and special needs students beginning classes first. They will be followed first by elementary school students, and after that middle and high school students. While the COVID-19 positivity rate is around 1.2 percent in the city, some areas have higher numbers. In Bensonhurst, for example, the positive infection rate has been around 3 percent for several weeks, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Brooklyn nurse named one of Time’s most influential

Amy O’Sullivan, the Brooklyn nurse who treated the first COVID-19 patient in New York City in March, has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. O’Sullivan, who works at Wyckoff Hospital, also contracted the coronavirus herself and had to be put on a ventilator. She eventually recovered and went right back to work, according to NBC New York. Some weeks, 100 percent of the patients were COVID patients, she recalled. After the magazine came out, a fellow employee asked for her autograph.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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