Good Morning, Brooklyn: Monday, March 21, 2022
NEW BROOKLYN FACTORY WILL PRODUCE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: New York Embroidery Studio (NYES) will be the newest tenant at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, signing the largest new lease at the terminal in three years and filling one of the largest spaces at BAT, which is owned by the NYC Economic Development Corp. The full-service design manufacturer will take over nearly 80,000 square feet to create a state-of-the-art facility, where they will manufacture personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers across the country.
NYCEDC President and CEO Andrew Kimball said, “We must be forward-thinking as we address our city’s future pandemic preparedness. NYCEDC is proud to support a local, women-led small business, like New York Embroidery Studio, with a new state-of-the-art space in the Brooklyn Army Terminal,”
WOMEN-OWNED ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS: Preservationist architect Lisa Easton will be the featured speaker at a Women’s History Month event that St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is hosting, titled “Landmark Architecture, Restoration and Sustainability.” Ms. Easton, the principal architect of one of the few women-owned firms in New York City specializing in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and new design, will offer a long view of women in her field, recognizing a few “unknown heroines,” and will share her perspective on our own landmark church, for which she has been the lead architect on past and present restoration projects.
This free event takes place on Sunday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m., live in the sanctuary of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church and will also be live-streamed on YouTube.
COLLECTION TO HELP UKRAINE WAR VICTIMS: A voluntary collection offering to help victims of the War in Ukraine will begin this weekend in parishes around the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn (which includes Queens), Bishop Robert J. Brennan announced on Friday. Bishop Brennan had written to parish administrators asking such a collection be taken up as soon as possible or online through the Catholic Foundation of Brooklyn and Queens at https://catholicfoundationbq.org/ukraine/.
Donors wishing to send checks should make them payable to the Compostela Fund of the RC Diocese of Brooklyn, with the notation “Ukraine” in the check’s memo section. Donations may also be sent via mail to: Compostela Fund c/o Diocesan Finance Office, 310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
WHO LOOKS MOST LIKE ST. PATRICK?: Students at St. Patrick’s Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge celebrated their patronal feast day with a Mass and an Irish Sing-along, performance by Irish Step Dancers, and St. Patrick’s Trivia. A highlight of their celebration was a St. Patrick’s Look-A-Like Contest, to see who most resembled the 5th century saint who brought Christianity to Ireland.
Juliette Perry from 2nd grade won the St. Patrick look-a-like contest; her mother helped her with her costume. The contest had entries from kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 4th grade.
ORGAN RECITAL SERIES: Grace Church Brooklyn Heights (Episcopal) is offering Tuesday lunchtime Organ Recitals through the season of Lent. The recitals, which take place from 1 to 1:30 p.m., feature noted organists from the parish and around the city: Bernadette J. Hoke of St. Alban’s Church, NYC (March 22); Craig R. Whitney, Grace Church, and author of the book, All The Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ And Its American Masters (March 29); Raymond C. Trapp, Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church, (April 5).
During the recital on Tuesday of Holy Week, (April 12) violinist Lynn Bechtold and cellist Jennifer DeVore will join Grace Church’s organist and choirmaster, Paul Richard Olson.
POETRY FESTIVAL IN FORT GREENE PARK: The Fort Greene Park Conservancy, in collaboration with local poets will be hosting its premiere poetry festival with workshops and readings each Saturday next month to honor National Poetry Month in April. Registration is necessary for time slots in this free series, of which the premiere date and opening ceremony is Saturday, April 2, starting at 3 p.m.: https://www.classy.org/event/poetry-month-festival-in-fort-greene-park/e396840
The legacy of poetry & writing in Fort Greene Park has come from poets & writers like Marianne Moore, Richard Wright and Walt Whitman who all shaped the culture of writing here. The poetry festival will offer instructional workshops and open-mic sessions for the month of April.
URBAN PARK RANGERS IN FORT GREENE PARK!: Join the Urban Park Rangers next Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. for the Nature’s Workshop series at Fort Greene Park. Each program in this free series at the Fort Greene Park Visitor’s Center explores its topic in-depth and allows participants to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge their curiosity, while learning techniques to create a seasonal scenic sketch drawing. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided or bring your own if you would like.
SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM: Mayor Eric Adams has opened applications for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s (DYCD) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the nation’s largest summer youth employment initiative. This year, in addition to a record 90,000 SYEP opportunities, 10,000 summer jobs will be available through other city agencies as the result of a $79 million investment in the Fiscal Year 2023 Preliminary Budget that Mayor Adams announced last month, bringing the total baselined funding to $236 million.
Applications can be completed online or at a participating community-based organization during the application period, which runs through Friday, April 22
FUND HOUSING ACCESS VOUCHER PROGRAM: State Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz, chairs of the Senate and Assembly Housing Committees, and other elected colleagues and housing advocates will call for the State budget, to include $250 million in funding for the Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP), proposed in bill S2804B/A3701, authored and first introduced by Senator Kavanagh and Assemblymember Cymbrowitz in 2020, and the initial funding would house about 20,000 households in the first year of the program.
Three-way negotiations are now under way among the Governor, the Senate, and the Assembly toward adopting a final budget by March 31st.
MORE PUNISHMENTS FOR RUSSIA: Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney (D-12) voted last week to impose new economic punishments for Russia’s continued attacks on the people of Ukraine, as well as Belarus’ support for Russia’s unprovoked invasion. This legislation will allow President Biden to raise tariffs on Russian and Belarusian goods, further isolating their economies and cutting off funds for Vladimir Putin’s heinous war.
The House’s vote follows President Biden’s announcement that NATO Allies, the G7 nations, and the European Union will take similar steps in response to Putin’s aggression.
KEY PRIORITIES FOR RENEWING NYC SCHOOLS: New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams has released a new report outlining key priorities for equitable investment in and renewal of the city’s school system as the city works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper, titled Invest in Education, explores how New York City public schools can better support and empower young people across the city, and comes two years after city school buildings closed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the city and state now remove some COVID precautions from schools.
Among the points: ensuring the health and safety of students in the classroom amidst the past two years of trauma, creating healing-centered educational environments where all types of students can thrive, developing offices and programs to better serve the most vulnerable students, and expanding and implementing extracurricular initiatives that complement classroom learning.
LEGISLATION FOR MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH: U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) joined with Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Katherine Clark (D-MA-5) to introduce the bipartisan, bicameral Into the Light for Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Act of 2022, legislation to reauthorize and expand a grant program to screen and treat maternal mental health and substance use disorders. The Into the Light Act for Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Act will also codify the Maternal Mental Health Hotline, which is a national 24/7 voice and text program that is operated by licensed health care professionals who are trained on helping pregnant or postpartum women and family members affected by maternal mental health and substance use disorders.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has also signed onto the legislation.
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