Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, July 28, 2022
VICE PRESIDENT SET TO VISIT RESTORATION PLAZA TODAY: Vice President Kamala Harris Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge and Small Business Administrator Isabelle Guzman are meeting with community leaders at the Billie Holiday Theatre, Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant this afternoon to discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s investment in underserved communities, financial institutions, and small businesses.
The Vice President’s delegation will also be visiting Water Mill, in Suffolk County, for a finance event.
GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO REVOKE BOND: The U.S. Government is asking federal court in Brooklyn to revoke the bond of defendant Christopher Gunn, a fan of R. Kelly. Although the Gunn had been released on a $10,000 bond on July 1, the government wants that rescinded on the grounds that Gunn has reneged on the terms of the bail agreement by violating orders of protection, posting his intentions to harm on social media and being videographed smoking what appeared to be marijuana.
The request was made earlier in writing today to United States District Judge Hector Gonzalez of Eastern District/New York.
CVS HEALTH CORP. BEING SUED FOR ANTI-TRUST, ANTI-CHOICE POLICIES: New York Attorney General Letitia James today sued CVS Health Corporation (CVS) for violating antitrust laws and depriving safety net hospitals and clinics of critical federal funding that could have been used to improve and expand patient care. For years, CVS did not allow New York safety net hospitals and clinics to use the company of their choice to obtain subsidies on prescriptions filled at CVS pharmacies through the 340B federal program, one which allows safety net hospitals and clinics to purchase certain drugs at a discount from pharmaceutical companies and then use the savings for patient care.
Instead, CVS allegedly required New York safety net hospitals and clinics to exclusively use a CVS-owned company, Wellpartner, to process and obtain federal subsidies on prescriptions filled at CVS pharmacies, forcing affected safety net health care providers to incur millions in additional costs, while CVS continued to benefit through its subsidiary.
RETURN OF PESTICIDE SPRAYING TO PREVENT WEST NILE VIRUS: The City Health Department will be spraying pesticides in parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island next week, to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus. The southern and southeastern Brooklyn (neighborhoods of Bergen Beach, Brownsville, Canarsie, East Flatbush, East New York, Flatlands, Homecrest, Madison, Marine Park, Midwood, Mill Basin, New Lots, Remsen Village, Sheepshead Bay, Spring Creek, and Starrett City will be sprayed on Wednesday, August 3 between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, with August 4 being the rain date.
The Health Department will use very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10, Duet® or MERUS® 3. Although the risks of pesticides applied by the Health Department for mosquito control are low to people and pets, some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash or respiratory issues.
NO ORDINARY WAIT STAFF: Cobble Hill is purring about the feline waiter at Dimmer & Summer, a new dim sum hangout on Smith Street. Cats are never “ordinary” anyhow; but this one, named BellaBot, is also a roving cat robot that sings and tells jokes as she serves Asian specialties.
Enjoy your meal: According to the Cobble Hill Association, restaurateur Kenny Mei opened Dimmer and Summer, 196 Smith St., earlier this month to celebrate his Chinese roots, and presents traditional Northern and Southern Chinese dishes with a Brooklyn flair
RISE UP NYC CONCERTS SERIES AT WINGATE PARK: Starting tonight and through September 12, Mayor Eric Adams’ administration launched the ‘Rise Up NYC’ concert series which presents 10 free community concerts across all five boroughs this summer. The first three concerts, including one Wednesday night, take place in Wingate Park, on Brooklyn Avenue Between Winthrop Street and Rutland Rd. in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Admission at 6 p.m.; performances 7-10 p.m., and continue tonight, Thursday, July 28 with Reggae/Soca; and tomorrow, Friday, July 29, with Hip Hop.
The concert series, whose goal is encouraging New Yorkers to explore all of the city and reconnect with one another as the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, features performances by critically acclaimed artists, including gospel singers Mary Mary, Caribbean hitmaker Mr. Vegas, renowned Hot 97 Disc Jockey Funk Flex, and more.
CAKE AND QUINTESSENTIAL BROOKLYN BOOKS: Brooklyn Public Library continues its 125th birthday celebration this Saturday, July 30, by turning its famous bookmobiles into cakemobiles. At six stops throughout the borough, the BPL will be hosting family programs and distributing cupcakes generously donated by Wegmans Food Markets, to library card holders, while supplies last. Cakemobiles will be stationed at Red Hook Park, Homecrest Playground and Linden Park between 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.; and at Herbert Von King Park, Seth Low Playground at Bealin Square and Hillel Place Plaza from 2 to 4 p.m.
Reading is always the focus: Visitors to the Cakemobiles can check out the BPL’s librarian-curated list 125 most quintessential Brooklyn books of all time, including Betty Smith’s classic, “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn,” David McCullough’s “The Great Bridge” and Truman Capote’s “A House on the Heights,” plus lots of titles for kids.
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