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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, March 3, 2022

March 3, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOT MEETING ON BQE CANCELLED: A meeting that NYC Dept. of Transportation had scheduled with Community Board 6 for tonight, March 3, at 6 p.m. was cancelled, with no reason disclosed yet as of press time. The meeting would have provided updates on the two-lane configuration on Brooklyn Queens Expressway, according to a notice from Community Board 6, which added, “We hope to reschedule with DOT asap.”

The topic is the bailiwick of CB6’s Transportation & Public Safety Committee.

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ID PROTECTION ALERT FOLLOWING T-MOBILE BREACH: New York Attorney General Letitia James yesterday provided guidance to consumers who may have been impacted by a 2021 T-Mobile data breach, following reports that the stolen information was put up for sale on the dark web. Alongside a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general, she has advised all New York residents who believe they were impacted by the data breach to take appropriate steps to protect their information from identity theft.

Recently, a large subset of the information compromised in the breach was discovered for sale on the dark web — a hidden portion of the Internet where cyber criminals buy, sell, and track personal information.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS TO ENHANCE STATE PARK: Open calls have been announced for artists to design, fabricate and install public art at Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg, issued from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks), which is seeking proposals for a decorative gateway at the North 8th Street entrance to the park, as well as for a monument to the park’s namesake, Black transgender pioneer and activist Marsha P. Johnson. The public art will build on recent and ongoing work to enhance the park, which includes adding a park house and installing a great lawn, porous concrete pathways, stormwater management system, extensive native plantings, and irrigation.

The RFPs are open to all artists, artisans, architects, landscape architects, and teams with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management and construction administration.

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LOTTERY OPEN FOR TOURS OF NEW ADAMS ST. LIBRARY: Open House New York will give a tour of the new Adams Street Library, Brooklyn Public Library’s newest branch built since 1983. The $7.2 million project transformed a former factory building into a 21st century library that is the first branch to serve DUMBO and the neighboring Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Farragut Houses communities.

All tours, though free of charge, are accessible only by an advance lottery, with a deadline of this Friday, March 4, at 5 p.m. (registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAhu9M7Uhor0PGUjgWmKO6ZBs2rXci-sK2pdZVWPSxx6Sihw/viewform)

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SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHED FOR DESCENDANTS OF ENSLAVED PEOPLE: The Reparations Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island (which also serves Brooklyn) has launched a scholarship program for Black, African American, or Caribbean American descendants of enslaved people seeking to pursue higher education or vocational training. This new program, named the “Barbara C. Harris Scholars Program” in honor of the Right Rev. Barbara C. Harris (1930-2020), a descendant of enslaved people and the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion, is open to high-school seniors or students currently enrolled in an accredited university or vocational school and reside within the Diocese of Long Island.

Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, who had requested that the Reparations Committee form the scholarship program to foster equity in education, will present the awards on Juneteenth (June 19, which falls this year on a Sunday), at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. He said, “The scholarships are offered to support children from families who were disenfranchised by the racist policies of real estate red-lining and discriminatory hiring practices within the area of our diocese.

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2nd BROOKLYN COLORECTAL CANCER SYMPOSIUM: The Brooklyn College Cancer Center-CommUnity Outreach, Research and Education (BCCC-CURE) will host a series of events geared toward research, community service and engagement, as well as furthering students’ knowledge so they can become the next generation of cancer fighters. One such event, free and open to the public, is the second Brooklyn Colorectal Cancer Symposium, taking place via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYldO-rrj4sHNM56PiSbF739s3TYwjp70y8) on March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hosts for the daylong symposium, which will feature lectures on basic and applied research, as well as clinical approaches for the treatment of colorectal cancer, are BCCC-CURE, Maimonides Medical Center, and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

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ONCOLOGY EXPERT ALUMNUS TO SPEAK AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE: Brooklyn College will welcome back Dr. Eugene Shenderov ’05 for a BCCC-CURE scientific and career hybrid seminar, “Cancer Immunotherapy: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times.” This March 11 event, with host Professor Brian Gibney, and part of the BCCC-CURE series, will run from 12:30 to1:30 p.m. in 411 Brooklyn College Library. Register for the in-person event via e-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Shenderov is an oncologist with Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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‘AGE-FRIENDLY’ PRESENTATION: “Age-Friendly New York City, An Introduction” is the topic of a Zoom presentation, open to all, that the Bay Ridge Center is hosting via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/7183335782) this Friday, March 4.  Elana Keiffer, Acting Director of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Aging, will discuss what Age-Friendly means, and why it’s important for a New York City with over 15 percent of its population 65 years and older, and growing.

Age-Friendly is an important initiative at the Bay Ridge Center. Those with questions about this event please email [email protected] .

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NYPD HOLDS HUMANITARIAN FIRST AID SUPPLY DRIVE: Local NYPD Precincts are holding a Humanitarian Aid Collection for Ukraine, specifying the need for first aid and pain-relief products. The NYPD is requesting that only the following items be dropped off at one’s local precinct: Please only donate the items listed below before March 11: First Aid, bandages, gauze, tourniquets, aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen.

One of the Brooklyn precincts holding the collection is the 68th, at 333 65 Street.

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CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION ON UKRAINE: U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-12th District) voted to pass a bipartisan resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire and the full withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine and expressing unequivocal support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. H. Res 956, titled “Supporting the people of Ukraine,” also calls for the continued use of sanctions to fully isolate the Putin regime over its illegal and unprovoked invasion, and urges the United States and its allies to deliver additional and immediate defensive security assistance to Ukraine.

Moreover, the resolution promises to continue to provide significant additional aid and humanitarian relief to Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s aggression.

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NEW CONSUMER PROTECTION TEAM FORMED: Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has announced the formation of a Consumer Protection Team in the Office’s Civil Division. The Consumer Protection Team enhances the Office’s focus on protecting the health, safety, economic security, and dignity of individuals in the Eastern District of New York and nationwide, including the most vulnerable residents – older adults and children.

Comprising the new team are six Civil Division Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including the Civil Division’s Chief of Affirmative Civil Enforcement.

 


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