Hello, Brooklyn: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

SAVE THE COMING TUESDAYS FOR THE GOVERNMENT CUSTOMER SERVICE EVENINGS: Buildings Department offices are now open every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. for landlords, tenants, small business owners and building managers who seek in-person assistance with planning renovations, construction, dealing with open violations, or other matters, during after-hours DOB buildings. Borough Commissioner, Borough Operations, Development Inspections, Enforcement Inspections, and Plan Review staff will be available at each Borough office.

The Brooklyn Borough Office is at 8e Floor of the municipal building at 210 Joralemon Street, between Court Street and Boerum Square, downtown. For other questions, or to plan a visit, New Yorkers can use online resources, including the Buildings Information System (BIS) and DOB NOW.


IRS WARNS OF “DIRTY DOZEN” TRANSACTIONS: The Internal Revenue Service released its “Dirty Dozen” list for 2022 on Tuesday, which includes potentially abusive arrangements that taxpayers and practitioners should avoid, and be wary of entering into transactions that seem “too good to be true”. The first four transactions, which are mispromoted and likely to attract additional agency compliance efforts in the future, involve charitable residual annuity trusts, Maltese individual pension schemes, foreign captive insurance and installment sales. monetized.

The four potentially abusive transactions on the list are the first four entries in this year’s Dirty Dozen series. In the coming days, the IRS will focus on eight additional scams, some focused on the average taxpayer and others on more complex arrangements that promoters market to higher income earners.


Reverend Landon Moore
Photo courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

NEW VICAR FOR THE DISCERNMENT PROCESS: Reverend Landon M. Moore, priest in charge of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, was appointed Brooklyn Vicar for Vocations, a newly created part-time diocesan position. Bishop Lawrence Provenzano of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island announced that Fr. Moore will serve as a resource person for those considering or in the process of discernment for ordained ministry as well as those seeking specialized lay ministries, and will associate with Bishop Provenzano, other staff members and the chair of the Diocesan Committee on Ministry. identify, encourage and support the next generation of ordained and lay leaders in diocesan ministry.

Prof. Moore, who was previously an associate priest at St. Mark’s, Brooklyn, where he was ordained in 2019, is secretary of the Diocesan Caucus for Black Clergy and serves on the National Youth and Young Adult Committee of the Union of Black Episcopalians .


OPENING OF REGISTRATIONS FOR SUMMER SPORTS: Registration is now open for the City Parks Foundation’s free summer 2022 youth sports programs, including access to free tennis, golf, soccer, athletics and multi-sport equipment in neighborhood parks in the five boroughs in July and August. In Brooklyn, CityParks Everyday Play will take place at Kaiser Park in Coney Island. CityParks Golf, presented in partnership with The First Tee NYC and supporting sponsor Lacoste, also offers beginner programs at CityParks Junior Golf Center, a facility in Bay Ridge.

The City Parks Foundation provides free sports lessons to thousands of New York children each year, including www.CityParksFoundation.org for more information.


COMMUNITY CLEANUP IN NORTH HEIGHTS: Brooklyn Heights Association and NYC Parks Dept team up for family community cleanup at Middagh & Willow streets this Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. NYC Parks will provide all the tools, attendees need only bring their own gloves.

The community cleanup is billed as a family event with many safe activities for people with small hands.


MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING COURSES FOR CLERGY: New York Disaster Interfaith Services and Salvation Army Collaborate to provide free one-day Mental Health First Aid training to community and faith leaders. Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking, globally recognized public education program that introduces participants to the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, helps them understand their impact, and provides insight into treatments and routine interventions. The eight-hour course, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, uses role plays, videos, discussions and games to illuminate material and equip participants to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions, provide help, and connect neighbors to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Interested clergy and faith leaders can learn more via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-mhfa-training-registration-255464740917?aff=ebdsoporgprofile. All participants who complete the training and the short test receive a certificate valid for three years.


LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO EXPAND SNAP ELIGIBILITY: Families with two heads of household will be able to make better use of their SNAP benefits, thanks to an invoice that the The New York State Legislature passed during the final days of its scheduled legislative session. The bill, whose sponsors were Senator Julia Salazar (D-18), whose district stretches from Williamsburg to Cypress Hills and Congresswoman Simcha Eichenstein (D-48e AD), which represents Borough Park, Midwood and parts of Bensonhurst, requires that two electronic SNAP benefit cards be made available to households in which more than one parent or guardian resides full-time.

This legislation will make it easier and easier for SNAP participants to purchase needed groceries by allowing both heads of households to use the card and use the benefits. Cards will continue to be issued to adults only and the second card will not be eligible for additional benefits.


DISTRIBUTION SITE FOR COVID TEST KITS: The Bay Ridge Connects office at 7609 Third Ave. is now a Distribution site for COVID-19 test kits. The organization receives an abundance of self-administered COVID-19 test kits from NYC Test & Trace on a monthly basis.

Local businesses wanting test packs for their employees or customers can call Gabriela at 718-333-5782 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to schedule a test kit pickup.


CUNY’S KINGSBOROUGH MAKES LIST OF FINALISTS FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE: Kingsborough Community College in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn is one of two CUNY schools, with Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, to be named one of 10 finalists for the highly competitive 2023 Aspen Award for Community College Excellence. Last fall, a record six CUNY community colleges were selected from 150 schools to compete for the $1 million prize.

They represented 86% of CUNY’s community colleges, the highest percentage of schools of any college system in Aspen Award history, with three of the six schools advancing to the April 25 semifinals,


One of the works from Fruin’s latest installation
photo creditMike Szpot

STAINED GLASS ART INSTALLATION OPENS: Two new installations by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, titled “From Sea to Shining Sea”, and showcasing Fruin’s famous stained glass sculptures can now be seen along the Brooklyn waterfront near DUMBO. The ICON series now includes dozens of pieces inspired by the original Kolonihavehus, named after garden sheds found in Copenhagen, and the experimental sculpture in this series, and the seminal work that launched Fruin’s ICON series of sculptures in large scale plexiglass and steel.

Many viewers are already familiar with the Fruin Water Tower, visible from DUMBO and overlooking New York Harbor.


IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE VICTIMS OF MASS DRAWINGS: Students, faculty, and staff of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy in Windsor Terrace has raised over $3,000 to support the Robb Elementary School community in Uvalde, TX.

The Academy community dressed in orange on Monday in solidarity with the victims of the recent school shooting in Uvalde and to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Students at a Catholic Academy in Windsor Terrace wear orange to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn.


THE CATHOLIC ACADEMY STARTS A GARDEN: Students from Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy in Canarsie partnered with Cornell University and 4-H last Friday to launch a vegetable garden planting initiative. Together with Cornell and 4-H, both known for their educational agricultural extension programs, and under the direction of their director, Muriel Wilkinson, created a healthy and living agricultural program and planted different seeds to grow tomatoes, onions, basil, parsley, cabbage greens and carrots.

At the end of the planting, the students also painted a mural that reads “God’s love grows in OLTCA” and clouds with the words: friendship, kindness, love and respect. Canarsie in East Brooklyn used to host vegetable and produce markets.

Our Lady of Trust students plant vegetables.
Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn

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