Good Morning, Brooklyn: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
NEW FIRE MARSHALS: Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro will preside over a ceremony promoting 36 Fire Marshals and 5 Supervising Fire Marshals this morning at the FDNY Training Academy at the Field House on Randall’s Island. “These newly promoted Fire Marshals and Supervising Fire Marshals will investigate the cause and origin of fires, while at the same time providing firefighters and the general public with life-saving information that will help prevent and educate on how to stay safe from fires,” said Commissioner Nigro ahead of the event.
Expected participants include Chief of Department Thomas Richardson; Chief Fire Marshal Daniel Flynn; and many other FDNY officials and their families.
NY AIMS TO EXPAND MANDATE: Governor Kathy Hochul has announced new measures to combat the COVID-19 Delta variant and updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combating the virus. Following the Dept. of Health’s announcement last week that all staff in healthcare facilities need to be vaccinated, the state is exploring how to expand this requirement to include staff at all state-regulated facilities. The governor said she will be working with localities, the state health department and the Public Health and Health Planning Council to establish mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated public and charter school employees, and to establish a vaccination requirement for all staff at state-regulated facilities and congregate settings.
Moreover, $65 million will be available to local health departments across the state to support the quick and reliable distribution of booster shots.
FALL FEST SAMPLING OF MUSIC CLASSES: The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM) is gearing up for a festive fall of classes, lessons, ensembles and workshops through core programs like the Community Music School (CMS), Suzuki, Music Therapy and Music Partners. The community is invited to experience the offerings at BKCM’s Fall Fest, on Friday, September 10 from 3-6 p.m. at Fall Fest 2021! featuring 5-15-minute classes and private lessons, performances by faculty and students, faculty meet-and-greets. To learn more visit bkcm.org/fall-fest.
The Community Music School also offers jazz programs for all ages. The Amy Winehouse Jazz Program lets pre-teens and teens explore the world of jazz and improvisation through a wide repertoire of styles and compositions. There’s also a Jazz Instrumental Lab for intermediate-level adults interested in collaborating, improvising, rehearsing and developing performance confidence.
UNIVERSITY OPEN AIR: Brooklyn Public Library, in collaboration with Prospect Park Alliance, will launch the fourth semester of University Open Air, a free series of classes taught by professors, researchers, and academics who were trained outside of the United States. The two-week semester begins on Thursday, September 9, with classes (non-accredited) taking place at the Boathouse and the surrounding area in Prospect Park located at 101 East Drive. Register via https://www.bklynlibrary.org/university-open-air
A sampling of class titles for University Open Air, which is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund, includes: “How to Spot Misinformation and Take Action”; “Modern Mythology of the American Superhero”; and “How to Write a Winning Proposal.”
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR SOUGHT: The Marine Park Alliance is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, train, and supervise all Marine Park Alliance volunteers. This part-time, paid job opportunity is an on-site position working with and managing tools and volunteers for Marine Park Alliance’s stewardship program. Applicants should a resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter to [email protected].
The Outdoor Volunteer Coordinator liaisons with NYC Parks Department and all of the Alliance’s partner organizations. Volunteer events are open to the general public and individualized special projects also occur, such as internships and skill-based assignments
LANDER SUPPORTING BACKPACK DRIVES: City Councilmember Brad Lander has coordinated with Camp Friendship and the Warren Street Tenants Association to support their back-to-school backpack drives. Backpacks for children living in the Warren Street Houses can be dropped off at Councilmember Lander’s district office: 456 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Monday-Thursday of this week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The backpack drop off point at Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street takes place Friday from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Or one can donate money toward backpacks and supplies.
The backpacks will be distributed to children at the Warren Street Houses next Tuesday 9/7 by the organizer, Ms. Joe Ann Brown, the President of the Warren Street Tenants Association.
KINGDOM CHURCH FILLS MORE BACKPACKS: New York Cares, in partnership with Bishop Hezekiah Walker and The Kingdom Church – Love Fellowship Tabernacle is hosting a back-to-school event today, September 1. Volunteers at The Kingdom Church, 464 Liberty Avenue, are filling 300 backpacks with school supplies and other basic essentials to help prepare over 5,000 New York City public school students for the upcoming school year.
All backpacks will include scissors, markers, pencils, glue sticks, folders, pink erasers, and other school supply items. The Kingdom Church will distribute the assembled backpacks, along with 900 new and gently used books from Brooklyn Book Bodega, to students and families within East Brooklyn.
DIOCESAN WAREHOUSE COULD AID HAITI: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s warehouse in Bushwick that stores church furniture, stained glass windows, pews and candles could help rebuild churches in Haiti that were destroyed in last month’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake, most notably Immaculate Conception Parish in Les Anglais and Sacred Heart in Les Cayes. Monsignor John Bracken, who manages the warehouse of equipment from closed or refurbished parishes, was quoted on the diocesan’s DeSales Media on his plans to lend a hand to the stricken Caribbean nation with a large Catholic population.
“It’s an aid to devotion, a real connection that we are a universal church that we are one body and we’re happy to share it with each other,” said Monsignor Bracken.
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