Good Morning, Brooklyn: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
NEW YORK COVID ALERT LEVEL HEIGHTENS: New York City’s COVID alert level has increased to high, with the city’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, reiterating a set of cautionary steps for people to follow. “As a city, we have the tools to blunt the impact of this wave, including distributing tests, masks and promoting treatments,” said Dr. Vasan, who advised avoiding crowded indoor gatherings and wearing high-quality masks in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor spaces.
“Getting back to Low Risk depends on everyone doing their part and if we follow guidance, our forecasts anticipate this wave’s peak will not last long,” said Dr. Vasan.
‘SECOND CHANCE CEREMONY’ HONORS THOSE WHO SAVE LIVES: A reunion takes place this morning between first-responders and 10 persons whose lives they saved. This Second Chance Ceremony, being held at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, celebrates National EMS Week reunites ten patients, who have survived cardiac arrest, with the paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, FDNY EMS officers, firefighters, dispatchers, and bystanders with CPR and first-aid skills and other first responders who helped save their lives.
The Second Chance Ceremony was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, and was last held in 2019, which marked the 25th anniversary of the event.
DIOCESAN STEM STUDENTS VISIT FLYING CLASSROOM: The Flying Classroom teams up Captain Barrington Irving, the first African American to fly around the world solo, and will soar into town today, May 18, to give Catholic School students from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens a firsthand look at the Flying Classroom aircraft. One of the schools, Cathedral Prep High School, assisted Captain Irving in the purchase of his latest aircraft, the culmination of a weeks-long research project of analyzing the top three aircraft options.
During the event, taking place at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, these students will see the Learjet 40XR aircraft in person and take an AMAZING STEM+ flight. Some of the students will be surprised with Scholarships and Internships. Students will also meet in person the STEM ‘mission’ teachers with whom they have worked via Zoom for the past two years.
BROOKLYN’S NATIONAL GUARDSMEN PROMOTED: Three New York Army National Guardsmen from the Zip code 11206 in Williamsburg have been promoted in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Manuel Baltazar (assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion) was promoted last month to the rank of 1st lieutenant; Leron Grayson (assigned to the Company D, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment) recently was promoted to the rank of private; and Jared Henry (assigned to the Company A, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion) was promoted to the rank of specialist.
The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state’s executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York’s Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.
WILLIAMSBURG STUDENTS NAMED TO HONORS LIST: Several Brooklynites from the East Williamsburg-Bushwick area and attending Southern New Hampshire University have been named to their school’s President’s List for the previous academic quarter, for having maintained at least a 3.7 grade point average. They are Matthew Streets, Erica Jones and Kerry-Ann Hayle, all of Zip code 11206.
SNHU is recognized as the “Most Innovative” regional university by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country,
‘GRAVESEND’ EPISODE FILMING: Residents and businesses in Community Board 11 are being alerted that filming is scheduled for today between 9 a.m. and noon for the TV organized-crime series “Gravesend Season 2 Unit 3.” A scene with men working out will be shot inside Dolphin Fitness at 2402 86th St. Moreover, parking will be blocked off for a full block along 86th St. between 24th Ave. and Bay 37th St.
Though this episode is being shot in neighboring Bath Beach, the TV series “Gravesend” is set in the namesake’s southern Brooklyn neighborhood, with episode names like “The Feast of 18th Avenue.” Two of the lead actors — Ken Lerner and Paul Ben-Victor — are, in real life, Brooklyn natives.
CONEY ISLAND BUSINESS CELEBRATES EXPANSION: The Alliance for Coney Island holds a ribbon-cutting today that will officially open the expanded business, IT’SUGAR. The location, at the main thoroughfare to the Coney Island Amusement District on the corner of Surf & Stillwell Avenue, and directly across from the Stillwell Avenue Subway Station has doubled, from 2,000 square feet to over 4,100 square feet.
Expected to participate are Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, Councilmember Ari Kagan, local Coney Island businesses, and stakeholders.
IPS NEWS: REP. MALLIOTAKIS MEETS GREEK PRIME MINISTER: U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-11/Southwest Brooklyn) joined members of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and House Committee on Foreign Affairs in attending meetings with Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, following his address to a Joint Session of Congress. During the meetings, the lawmakers discussed several issues important to U.S.-Greece relations, including energy independence, military cooperation, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Turkish aggression.
The daughter of a Greek immigrant, Rep. Malliotakis is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she serves as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact, and sits on the Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber.
IPS NEWS: TWO STATE SENATE BILLS MOVE FROM COMMITTEE: State Senator Zellnor Myrie (D-20), whose district stretches from Sunset Park and parts of other neighborhoods to Brownsville, is the sponsor of two bills that have passaged their respective committees. The Predatory Marketing Prevention Act will regulate false or misleading advertising for unhealthy foods that specifically target young people. The John R. Lewis New York Voting Rights Act (VRA) would make our New York a national leader in the fight to protect voting rights and our democracy.
Myrie said, “Across the nation, we are seeing attacks on the right to vote by those who seek to restrict and suppress our ballots. The VRA will enshrine important voter protections for all New Yorkers in our laws, and ensure that our democracy remains accessible to all eligible voters.”
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