Good Morning, Brooklyn: Friday, November 26, 2021
NEW DIPLOMA AND LANGUAGE PROGRAM: The St. Nicks Alliance in northern Brooklyn has launched its Pathways Program! Its Tech Literacy Data Analytics Training Program begins this Monday, November 29, as part of a partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, this program offers classes for High School Equivalency Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Pathways to Graduation program offers classes for students (ages 17 to 21) to earn a High School Education diploma, with a paid internship component.
The program takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30PM to 6:30PM at St. Nicks Office at its Brooklyn location at 790 Broadway.
ENDING RACISM IN CLINICAL ALGORITHMS: Flowing from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s landmark resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, the agency has formed Coalition to End Racism in Clinical Algorithms (CERCA). Clinical algorithms are tools used by clinicians to guide their decision-making in medical care of patients. Clinical algorithms using race norming — also called “race adjustment”— often negatively impacts the treatment and care for persons of color.
For example, the “adjustment” factor for Black patients, in reference to kidney function, calculates Black kidney function levels to be healthier than white patients for the same measured result, sometimes delaying needed care.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHANUKAH FOOD OUTREACH: Volunteers are needed for Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island’s annual Chanukah Food Package Distribution. Starting on Tuesday, November 30, volunteers stationed on 3001 West 37th Street (between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk) will pack bags; food distribution takes place from December 1-3. The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s “Kosher Food Network” (the largest kosher food network in the country), the Food Bank for New York City, United Way of New York City’s HPNAP (Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program) and private donations have made these food packages possible.
Moreover, NYC Council, particularly the leadership of the City Council’s Brooklyn Delegation and Councilmember Mark Treyger, have supported this outreach.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION IN 3D: The Green-Wood Cemetery’s historian, Jeff Richman has just released a book, “Building The Brooklyn Bridge: 1869-1883: An Illustrated History.” Enthusiasts may also attend Richman’s December 15 presentation (nominal fees for members and non-members) in which he will lead a virtual journey through how the Brooklyn Bridge came to be, sharing superb 19th century images from his book that illustrates how a small group of dedicated engineers and thousands of workers toiled for more than a decade to construct what was then the largest suspension bridge ever built.
Green-Wood Cemetery will send 3-D glasses to those who register for the program via their website.
SPECIAL-NEEDS STUDENTS PERFORM IN HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music has teamed with Actionplay – a theatre organization for autistic, neurodivergent and disabled teens and adults for an Actionplay Holiday Concert Extravaganza, on Friday, December 3. Holiday performances at the free 7 p.m. event include BKCM music therapy students.
FREE KLEZMER CONCERT: The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s annual Klezmer Hanukkah celebration takes place outdoors on Sunday, December 5 at the Park Slope Jewish Center Join the (1320 8th Avenue at 14th Street). Ira Temple leads the Conservatory’s Community Klezmer Band for this free event, though limited seating is available.
Strings, winds, brass, percussion and accordion players comprise the celebrated Community Klezmer Band, which meets as a class and is one of many ensembles for Conservatory students.
MILESTONE: THE TOKENS’ PHILIP MARGO: Word comes that Brooklyn-born Philip Margo of The Tokens, whose 1961 pop hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight” topped the Billboard charts, has died at age 79. According to Neil Genzlinger’s bylined New York Times obit published in the past week, Margo (original name Margules—he had both Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish ancestry) was raised in Brighton Beach. He sang baritone in “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Fellow band member Jay Siegel sang the falsetto that opens the song.
“The Lion Sleeps” was Number 1 on Billboard for three weeks, becoming an icon itself. The 1994 movie “The Lion King” brought another version of the song to a new generation of fans.
MOST LIKELY SPOTS FOR PARKING TICKETS: SpotAngels, the ‘Waze for Parking’ app that helps drivers find street parking and avoid tickets – has released a report showing commuters the best and worst spots and NYC neighborhoods for getting stuck with parking tickets, between October 2020 and September 2021. A parking ticket costsNYC citizens an average of $65, with the most common violation being ‘NO PARKING-STREET CLEANING.’ SpotAngels focused on a subset of 1,235,775 parking tickets exclusively linked to parking and not driving a vehicle and that have accurate geographic coordinates in all boroughs but Staten Island. The Brooklyn neighborhoods with the highest raw number of tickets (27,776) were Borough Park, followed by Bedford-Stuyvesant (26,604) and Williamsburg (26,285). The lowest number was in Gerritsen Beach.
But Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn presented high ratios—likelihood—of being ticketed. SEE PAGE 1.
PUBLIC ADVOCATE’S STATEMENT ON GEORGIA CONVICTIONS: Following the murder convictions of three white men for killing Ahmaud Arbery, a black man jogging in his Brunswick, Georgia neighborhood, several organizations and elected leaders have issued statements, including NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. “I still haven’t watched the footage of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder. I still can’t,” said Williams. “But today I watched a semblance of justice…But with some measure of accountability today, I pray for some measure of comfort for his family, and some measure of change for the country that saw him killed for the crime of being a Black man in America.
Williams said also, “Being a Black man in America is also reflected in the absurd dread of waiting for this verdict and being in doubt of its outcome even in the face of overwhelming evidence, hoping for justice but not expecting it. Because we’ve been here before, so many times, and seen justice denied – seen our humanity denied.” SEE PAGE 1.
MAYOR-ELECT ADAMS’ STATEMENT ON VERDICT: Brooklyn Borough President and Mayor-elect Eric Adams also issued a statement on the Ahmaud Arbery verdict. “Nothing can bring back Ahmaud Arbery, but today in Georgia, justice was served to the people who murdered him.”
Adams said also, “I want to also recognize the courageous work of the activists who called attention to this case. Without their efforts, Mr. Arbery’s killers might have never been held accountable.” SEE PAGE 1.
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