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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Friday, October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STREET CLOSURES FOR COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND EVENTS: Several thoroughfares in Brooklyn will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for special events, some of which are separate from Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day.

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PANAMANIAN PRE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL: Classon Avenue between President St.t and Eastern Parkway are closed today for the 26th Panamanian Pre-Independence Day and Festival, starting at noon. The parade formation is on Bergen St. near President St.

Grand Marshal: Bishop Eric D. Garnes, a Funeral Director here in Brooklyn and active with GodSquad/67th Precinct Clergy Council. He joins Grand Marshal International: José Luis Fábrega Polleri, Panama City Mayor.

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BENSONHURST’S COLUMBUS DAY PARADE: Bensonhurst between 17th and 19th Avenues and 61st-63rd streets are closed today, for the 39th annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade, which is sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizations. The marshals are Ana Oliveira, Investors Bank senior vice president; Nicholas Cutaneo, entrepreneur for C & C Catering; Principal Andrea Cillotta of the Brooklyn Studio Secondary School; and a representatives from Maimonides Medical Center.

New York Building Congress President Carlo Scissura, FIAO chairman, will once again serve as the parade emcee.

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NORTH BROOKLYN DEVELOPMENT CORP FESTIVAL: This Monday, October 11, Bedford Avenue between North 3rd Street and North 12th Street will be closed off between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the North Brooklyn Development Corp Festival, according to the DOT and NYPD’s Public Information department. No further information was available as of press time.

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ANOTHER PARADE IN BENSONHURST: Moreover: The following streets will be closed on Sunday, October 10, 2021 from noon to 2 p.m. for the Community Parade. Bay Ridge Parkway between 17th Avenue and 18th Ave., 18th Ave. between Bay Ridge Parkway and Benson Ave. and 18th Avenue between Benson and Bath avenues.

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PROTESTING THE GOWANUS FRACKED GAS PLANT: More than 40 elected officials at all levels of NY government have signed a letter urging Governor Hochul to Stop the Gowanus Fracked Gas Plant, asserting that the Gowanus fracked gas plant is an affront to environmental justice, threatening the health of the communities of color in which it is located. It would undermine the aggressive renewable energy goals contained in New York’s new climate law. Moreover, the signers ask the governor to “help lead the charge towards a 100% renewable New York. also declares, in part, that “The project is in clear violation of the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which mandates 100% carbon neutral electricity by 2040 and 70% renewable electricity by 2030.”

The Brooklyn signers of the letter, which was complete with annotations and footnotes, include Borough President Eric Adams; NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who previously served in the 45th District and is a Brooklyn native; current City Councilmembers Brad Lander, Carlos Menchaca, Laurie Cumbo, Antonio Reynoso, Robert Cornegy, Inez Barron, Stephen Levin, Farah Louis, State Senators Jabari Brisport, Andrew Gounardes and Julia Salazar; and Assemblymembers Jo Anne Simon, Latrice Walker, Robert Carroll, William Colton and Phara Forrest.

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HOUSING PLANS WITH TRANSIT HUBS: A new initiative will allow the MTA to leverage planned private development in order to more quickly achieve a fully accessible transit system and save money. Called Zoning for Accessibility, the plan, a collaboration among several agencies including City Council and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, incentivizes private developers to design their buildings to incorporate public station accessibility projects or build the improvements at nearby MTA stations.

Zoning for Accessibility also creates a new set of tools – and strengthens existing ones – that build off the MTA’s commitment of over $5 billion of funding for 77 accessible subway, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Staten Island Railway station projects.

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VACCINES AT BROWNSVILLE MULTI-SERVICE: The Brownsville Multi-Service locations have updated the available sites where two of the COVID-19 vaccines are being administered, with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines now available at the agency’s 650 Ashford Street and 592 Rockaway Avenue hubs. The Brownsville Multi-Service at St. Paul’s Vaccination Hub at 859 Hendrix St. has the Pfizer vaccine available and the Pfizer-BioNTech which has been authorized for people 12 to 15 years old.

Once a patient receives his or her first dose at the BMS@ St. Paul’s hub, that person is eligible to pick an incentive, including a $100 gift card.

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GOVERNORS PARTNER AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE: The governors of a four–state area have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share crime gun data in an effort to prevent gun violence and enhance public safety. New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday signed the agreement that allows law enforcement agencies from those states to share crime gun data across state lines in order to detect, deter, and investigate gun crimes, as well as identify and apprehend straw purchasers, suspect dealers, firearms traffickers, and other criminals.

Governor Hochul said, “We face complex challenges that we can’t take on alone…This partnership will give law enforcement the resources they need and make our states and communities safer.”

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ANOTHER PET BLESSING THIS WEEKEND: Pet owners who may have missed St. Francis of Assisi day at churches around Brooklyn still have a chance to get their furry family members blessed. Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, a landmark Episcopal parish, will celebrate its Annual Blessing of The Animals this Sunday, October 10, at 4 p.m. in the parish’s Grace Garden Court.

This special tradition will feature prayers and music in honor of God’s good creation and blessings for beloved pets.

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ISOLATION AND SOCIAL RESTRICTION: The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative has invited artist Aaron Asis to create a site-specific installation designed to honor and celebrate the multifaceted history of the Naval Cemetery Landscape, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Titled “Layers,” the project is in two parts to showcase the past and remind its visitors of the layered history beneath their feet.

“Layers: is on display at the Naval Cemetery Landscape at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, located at 63 Williamsburg St. W,, Brooklyn, NY 11249. The installation is free to view during the Naval Cemetery Landscape’s public hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6.p.m., through Sunday, October 24.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS: Eligible essential workers now have the opportunity to apply for the Human Services Career Advancement Scholarship (HSCAS), which offers eligible essential workers an opportunity to advance in their careers, thanks to a collaboration with the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, CUNY, and the Center for New York City Affairs. Today, October 8 is the deadline for applications for associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs the 2022 Spring semester. But applicants for the LMSW program have more time (deadlines for the LMSW and master’s degree program have until December 5 and 15, respectively.)

This landmark program is a $2.5 million city investment creating a path to a degree or licensure for nonprofit human services workers who have had to defer education because of a lack of financial and other critical supports.

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CLIMATE HAZARD PLAN PASSES CITY COUNCIL: The New York Building Congress and other leading organizations applaud the New York City Council’s passage of Intro. 1620, which requires the City of New York to develop a Climate Adaptation Plan every 10 years that considers and evaluates various climate hazards impacting the Big Apple and its more than 500 miles of shoreline. The legislation requires the city to develop a five-borough resiliency plan that considers factors like extreme storms, heat precipitation and wind, as well as sea level rise, tidal flooding, wildfire and flooding surge events associated with a storm. The plan must then be developed and released to the public by September 30, 2022 and updated every 10 years thereafter.

The Legislation calls on the city to identify the neighborhoods that are most vulnerable to various climate hazards, particularly those that are disproportionately burdened by the effects of climate change.

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NEW SERIES FEATURES BROOKLYNITE: The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) announces premiere dates for two new NYC Media series, “Date While You Wait” and “NYC Women’s Fund Showcase. “ Date While You Wait follows Emmy Award nominee and Brooklyn native Thomas C Knox as he invites strangers to sit down for a chat or a game against the backdrop of the NYC subway system. Joining the “NYC Life” family is an honor for me,” said show host Thomas C Knox. “My original goal was to simply sit in the subway and bring people together. Now, millions of New Yorkers can join in on the conversation, and hopefully, together, we can change the world.”

“NYC Life” (WNYE) is available on cable and satellite channels Spectrum 25, FIOS 25, Altice 25, Comcast 1025, DirecTV 25, Dish 25 and RCN 25; and over the air broadcast channel 25.1.


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