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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NEW FELLOWSHIP FOR CLINICAL FORENSIC MEDICINE: NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County yesterday launched the Clinical Forensic Medicine Fellowship, a one-year training program designed to build leaders in the field of clinical forensics for emergency medicine. The fellowship, which incorporates evidence collection, crime scene exposure, analyzing witness testimonials, and Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.) practices, is designed to teach clinicians to identify and care for victims of violence and trauma, prevent the destruction of potential evidence, assist in legal proceedings, and recognize and document patterns of violence and abusive behavior.

The fellows will be trained to work closely with community groups such as social workers, crisis counselors, patient advocates, and other local agencies to connect patients to relevant services.

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SENTENCING IN COCAINE TRAFFICKING CASE: United States District Judge I. Leo Glasser handed down a sentence of 10 years in prison to Hilda Maria Gonzalez Lopez yesterday in Brooklyn federal court. The defendant, also known as “La Boyaca” and “Daniela,” and who aligned herself with powerful members of Los Rastrojos, a breakoff group of the violent arm of the Norte Valle Cartel, was ordered to pay $5 million in forfeiture following her October 2021 guilty plea agreement for participating in a conspiracy to internationally distribute cocaine.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD), New York State Police (NYSP), Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, Colombian law enforcement authorities, and the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) Judicial Attachés in Bogotá, Colombia assisted in the apprehension and extradition of the defendant.

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CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY AT FT. HAMILTON ARMY BASE: Col. Craig A. Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton commander, will relinquish command next Tuesday to Col. Brian A. Jacobs in a Change of Command ceremony. In this military tradition, the outgoing commander symbolically relinquishes responsibility and authority by passing the brigade colors to the incoming commander, thus beginning a new dawn of leadership for the incoming commander and the brigade.

Readers can watch the ceremony live on July 12 starting at 10 a.m. on YouTube.

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PENDING ANNOUNCEMENT ON COMBATING GUN VIOLENCE: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez later this morning, at the Coro New York Leadership Center, will announce his plans to combat gun violence. Following his speech will be a moderated Q&A by Coro Executive Director Adem Bunkeddeko.

The host location, Coro Leadership Center, was founded in 1942 to cultivate a new generation of citizen leaders through educational discovery. Over the past eight decades, Coro’s work has grown and diversified to include programs for youth, recent college graduates, and mid-career professionals.

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VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ON HOUSING LOTTERY: Brooklyn Community Board 16 will hold a virtual workshop to explain the lottery process for getting into affordable housing units being constructed within the district, which encompasses Ocean Hill-Brownsville.  The Marketing Division at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will, at the request of Community Board 16, be conducting this workshop next Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. via Webex, meant to clarify the process of selecting applicants through HPD’s housing lottery. Visit tinyurl.com/bk16connect.

According to the Community Board’s website, “The housing stock is a mix of one- and two-family, privately-owned homes and a large concentration of government- subsidized multiple dwellings (which include 15 traditional Housing Authority projects, rehabbed multiple units also under Housing Authority management, SRO and family shelters, Section 8 housing, Mitchell-Lamas, cooperatives, and condos).”

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Brooklyn Chamber’s Randy Peers will speak at his alma mater’s special Commencement.
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn College
Rachel Strauss Muniz will speak at her alma mater’s special Commencement.
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn College

2020/21 PANDEMIC GRADUATES FINALLY GET A CEREMONY: Brooklyn College will hold a special in-person commencement on its campus on July 12 to recognize the graduating classes of both 2020 and 2021, who never got the chance to participate in a graduation ceremony, due to pandemic restrictions. Special guest speakers include alumni Randy Peers ’96, CEO and President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; and Rachel Strauss-Muñiz ’01, actor, producer, writer, and podcaster.

The commencement ceremony will be viewable on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkJIeiCA05k

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BROOKLYNITES ACHIEVE ACADEMIC HONORS: Several Brooklynites were named to the Dean’s List at Hamilton College for the spring 2022 semester: rising sophomore, Brooklyn Technical High School graduate Patrick Dicus of zip code 11225/Crown Heights/Prospect Lefferts-Gardens; rising sophomores and Berkeley Carroll School graduates Luke Ehrenfreund and William Swartz, both of zip code 11215/Park Slope; Rufus Somerby of Brooklyn Heights, a May graduate who majored in economics and interdisciplinary studies; Poly Prep graduate Emily Weinstein, a rising junior from southeastern Brooklyn majoring in computer science and mathematics; Tianzi Lin of 11207/East New York, a May graduate who majored in economics and foreign languages at Hamilton; Philip Bernstein of 11215/Park Slope, a rising senior majoring in sociology, and a graduate of The Winchendon School; and Awildo Gutierrez of Brooklyn of 11208/eastern Brooklyn, a rising senior majoring in mathematics, and a graduate of Bard High School Early College Queens.

Hamilton College, a leading liberal arts institution located in Clinton, New York, offers an open curriculum and robust research, internship, and off-campus study opportunities.

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LIBRARIES’ SUMMER READING PROGRAMS BEGIN: New York City’s three library systems, including the Brooklyn Public Library, have begun their annual Summer Reading and Learning programs with the generous support of the New York Life Foundation. The programs encourage children and teens to read books to develop and maintain critical thinking skills over the summer, and will host in-library, outdoors and online events including story time, meet-the-author talks, and illustrator workshops to help children and teens discover the joy of reading.

Throughout the summer, the Libraries will provide reading lists and recommendations, or children can browse the shelves at select branches to select a book on their own. Audiobooks and e-books are also available online.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CYBER BOOTCAMP: Fullstack Academy, a trailblazer in bootcamp education across the nation, has partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation for their second annual Cyber NYC Fellowship scholarship program to benefit low-income and unemployed New Yorkers. A total of $400,000 in scholarships, offered through NYCEDC’s Cyber NYC initiative, and focused on developing the cyber workforce of the future, will cover full tuition to Fullstack’s Cybersecurity Analytics Bootcamp, the official camp of its kind in New York City.

NYCEDC President and CEO Andrew Kimball said, “New York City has nearly 25,000 open positions in cybersecurity, and the industry is expected to grow 30 percent over the next decade. We are thrilled to partner with Fullstack Academy through our Cyber NYC Initiative to create more equitable opportunities for young people to meet the industry’s growing demand and secure good-paying jobs.”

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IPS NEWS: BAY RIDGE LEADERS SPONSOR ANIMAL ADOPTION EVENT: State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Council Member Justin Brannan will host a mobile Animal Adoption Event next weekend, on Saturday, July 16 from noon to 4 p.m., at 8018 5th Ave. in Bay Ridge, in conjunction with Animal Care Centers of NYC. Adoptions through NYCACC include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian.

Adoption events are subject to cancelation due to rain. Visit nycacc.org/events for updates before heading out to one of our events.


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