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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Friday, June 10, 2022

June 10, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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TANDON PROFESSOR WARNS AGAINST ALGORITHM’S POTENTIAL PRIVACY VIOLATIONS: Julia Stoyanovich, an Associate Professor at NYU- Tandon School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was quoted in an article on Lifewire Tech for Humans about the dangers of privacy violation for new algorithms designed to analyze emotions and level of participation for Zoom users. “I don’t see how such technology can work — people’s emotional expression is very individual, very culturally dependent, and very context-specific,” Stoyanovich said. “But, perhaps even more importantly, I don’t see why we would want these tools to work.”

Zoom reportedly would use Artificial Intelligence AI to evaluate a user’s sentiment or engagement level, although human rights groups are urging Zoom to rethink this plan that is believed to carry data security concerns.


WORKSHOP HELPS PUBLIC NAVIGATE FAMILY COURT ISSUES: “Navigating Family Court 101,” that the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the Brooklyn-based Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project will offer on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. gives the community a chance to examine relevant issues and the current state of affairs in this branch of the New York court system. Among the post-COVID topics to be discussed at the program, being held at the Bridge’s home at 1894 Flatbush Ave., are custody support, visiting and grandparent rights.

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Panelists will include Kings County-State Supreme Court Justice Lisa Ottley, Flatlands-based Family Law practitioner LaFleur David, Esq. and Suffolk Family Court Judge Mary Porter; with Lola Waterman, Esq. as organizer and moderator, and Assemblymember Monique Chandler-Waterman (D-58/East Flatbush/Canarsie participating.


GRAND OPENING FOR NEW HOUSING, SUPERMARKET: The grand opening took place yesterday for 50 Penn, a 218-unit 100-percent affordable housing development at 50 Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development New York City Housing Development Corporation Pennrose, and RiseBoro Community Partnership teamed up on building the mixed-use, mixed-income community that is designed to address key priorities identified in the East New York Neighborhood Plan, including affordable housing, greater access to fresh food choices, and include community-wide benefits.

In addition to the affordable housing, the ground floor is anchored by an 18,500 square foot grocery store as part of the NYC Department of City Planning FRESH program, which supports convenient, accessible grocery stores in underserved neighborhoods.


ISRAEL ON NOSTRAND CELEBRATION: The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will hold its Annual Israel on Nostrand Celebration, considered the borough’s only such outdoor salute, this Sunday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free, public event, expected to attract thousands of people of all ages, will feature live music, kids’ activities, giveaways, an Israeli marketplace with jewelry, Judaica, Israeli crafts and food; and of course, greetings from elected officials, whose names were not available yet as of press time.

Nostrand Avenue will be closed to traffic between Avenues U and V in Sheepshead Bay.


HUGE TURNOUT TO HONOR MONSIGNOR CASSATO: More than 1,200 parishioners, prominent Brooklyn leaders and other luminaries recently feted Monsignor David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Bensonhurst, during a sold-out, celebratory dinner at El Caribe marking two landmark events for the beloved pastor. The dinner celebrated the 50th jubilee of Msgr. Cassato’s ordination to the priesthood, and his upcoming retirement from parochial leadership, although he will stay busy as diocesan Vicar for Education and a chaplaincy promotion.

The festivities looked forward; as NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell promoted Msgr. Cassato to Assistant Chief Chaplain with the New York City Police Department after his 20 years of chaplaincy to New York’s Finest.

Msgr. Cassato receives a Proclamation from Frank Carone, Chief of Staff to Mayor Adams, and Ingrid Lewis-Martin, Chief Advisor to Mayor Adams.
Brooklyn Eagle Photo by Mario Belluomo


CATHOLIC SCHOOLCHILDREN HOLD THEIR OWN CEREMONY FOR THEIR PASTOR: The students of St. Athanasius Catholic Academy in Bensonhurst held a special celebration to mark the 50th Anniversary of Monsignor David Cassato’s ordination to the priesthood, and his retirement as parish pastor. The salute began with a special Mass at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, at which the students recited one of Monsignor Cassato’s favorite poems about the Blessed Mother.

The students held a surprise assembly in the school auditorium, with each class holding a special performance for their beloved pastor.

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The students of St. Athanasius Catholic Academy honor their pastor, Msgr. David Cassato, as he prepares to retire on June 30.
Photo courtesy DeSales Media



FREE BIKE REGISTRATION AT NYPD’S 68TH PRECINCT: The 68th Precinct will sponsor a free Bicycle Registration Day this Monday, June 13, from 1-5 p.m. at the precinct (333 65th St.). The NYPD’s Bicycle Registration Program, according to its website, “discourages theft of bicycles by engraving a serial number on the bike in a discreet location and affixing a decal to the bicycle identifying it as registered with the NYPD. If the decal fails to prevent theft, removal of the decal leaves behind the word “void” which alerts police that the bicycle has been stolen.”

Readers wishing more information about this event may contact the 68th Precinct Crime Prevention Officer, PO Bari at 718-439-3455 or via email at [email protected].


FILMING IN BAY RIDGE FOR SHOW ABOUT GRAVESEND: The NYC Office of Media and Entertainment notified the Community District 10 Office (serving Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights)  of upcoming filming to take place for the television show “Gravesend Season 2 Unit 3.” The filming takes place on Monday evening, June 13, between 5-10 p.m., at 419 101st St. between 4th Avenue and Jackson Court, adjacent to John Paul Jones Park.

Parking, of course, will be affected on 101 Street, from 4th Avenue to Jackson Court (full block on the north side).


FRIDAY FIREWORKS AND MONDAY MOVIES IN CONEY ISLAND: Starting Friday, June 24, the Alliance for Coney Island launches the Friday Night Fireworks, considered the only such series in the tri-state area. Viewable from the boardwalk and the world-famous Wonder Wheel, the Friday Night Fireworks display lights up the skyline for an unforgettable night for ten weeks straight (weather permitting), starting at 9:45 p.m..

The Coney Island Flicks On The Beach series will also be kicking off Monday, June 27, with the 2021 Disney hit, Encanto, to celebrate the end of the school year and the official beginning of summer for NYC students. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and visit the boardwalk businesses before the start of the movie for popcorn and snacks.

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