Bay Ridge Democrats at the Bridgeview

The Bay Ridge Democrats will host their first meeting of the New Year at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 11 in the back room at the Bridgeview Diner, at 9011 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge.

Be sure to order something -- a meal, a coffee, a dessert -- during the meeting. The club's order = the room rental, so don't forget to chip in.

Invited speakers include representatives of the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns. After hearing from each representative, the Club will make its 2016 presidential endorsement.

Nonprofit Food and Water Watch, a longtime friend of the BRD, will address the group on issues that include GMO labeling, the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, and the upcoming "March for a Clean Energy Revolution."

Twenty sixteen will be a watershed year in politics.  If you're a Democrat and a closet politico, this would be your year to come out. 


Electronics Recycling Is the Law

New York City has pledged to reduce its landfill contributions to zero by 2030. But the transition to mindful recycling is bit of a challenge for those of us not used to having think before we dump.

One way you can help reduce the city's engorged waste stream is to recycle your old electronics.

Since January, 2015, it's been illegal in New York State to trash your old TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, servers, scanners/printers, tablets/e-readers, MP3 players, VCR/DVR/DVD players, fax machines, video game consoles, cable/satellite boxes, mice, and keyboards.

Remember, in a city without landfills or incinerators, that with every used TV set or DVD player you trash, you're not only breaking the law, you're casting a vote for more waste transfer stations -- like the hated marine facility soon to be constructed on Gravesend Bay in Bensonhurst -- and out-of-state landfills.

Do the right thing by using the recycling options available to you for both working and non-working electronics, including:
  • The DSNY e-cycleNYC program, available to apartment buildings with at least 10 units, offering free, convenient pickup services. Visit nyc.gov/ecycle for details.
  • Retail drop-off programs at Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy, Staples (TVs excepted), or the nearby Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse. Visit nyc.gov/elecronics for details.
  • Free mail-back programs offered through the manufacturer's website. Check the site for details.
  • Electronics recycling events, such as those hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center or DSNY (SAFE Disposal.) Visit nyc.gov/safedisposal for details.
  • Donate or sell working electronics through NYC.gov/stuff exchange. Visit the site for details.   
There are also options available for mobile phones through your wireless provider; for appliances and housewares, which can be stripped of batteries and recycled with your rigid plastics, metal, glass and cartons; and rechargeable batteries, which can be accepted at most stores in NY State that sell these items or products that contain them.

For more information, visit nyc.gov/recycle.


Brooklyn Welcomes the Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey, ruled by quick wit, guts and bravado, is all about risk-taking and rebellion.

Cheeky little guy should be right at home in this town.

Saturday, February 6 

Take the 11 AM tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Steinhardt Conservatory at 990 Washington Avenue to look for plants, like citrus, bamboo and ginger, associated with the Lunar New Year celebration. 

Monday, February 8

The Prospect Park Alliance invites Brooklyn families to explore nature, learn about the survival strategies of Prospect Park's animals, and enjoy arts and crafts at the historic Lefferts House ($3 suggested donation for materials).

Free with admission. For further details, check out the Mommy Poppins Lunar New Year post.

Monday, February 8

Learn the ancient art of Chinese brush painting. At 3:30 PM on Monday, February 8, and on February 22 and 29, the Brooklyn Public Library's New Utrecht branch will host Chinese brush painting lessons with professional artist and teacher Ray Se. Pre-registration is required.

Call the branch at 718.236.4086 to register.

Sunday, February 14

Welcome the Year of the (Fire) Monkey with a celebration that draws elected officials and local notables on Sunday, February 14 along Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park/Borough Park.

Past guests have included U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressional Representative Jerrold Nadler, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto, and delegates of sponsoring organization the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association.

Speeches and performances will begin at around 11 AM in front of the grandstand at 8th Avenue and 50th Street. The parade will step off at around 1 PM and proceed down 8th Avenue. Times are approximate and the street will be packed. Best to arrive early.

The event will feature children's musical performance, Lion Dancers and big, loud fireworks to drive away evil spirits.

Sunday, February 28

Lunar New Year at the Prospect Park Zoo.

From 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM, the Wildlife Conservation Society-run Prospect Park Zoo is celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special Lunar New Year activities.

Sunday, February 28

Lantern Festival in Sunset Park from 53rd to 55th Streets along 8th Avenue.

From 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Better Chinatown will host a program of cultural performances, martial arts, Lion Dancing, arts and crafts, calligraphy, giveaways, free popcorn, cotton candy, and informational booths.


"ISIS" Pranksters Briefly Hijack the R Train

In what the Daily News reported as "an apparent prank" last night between 23rd Street and Union Square, two riders took control of the conductor's booth on a Brooklyn-bound R train, got on the PA system, and broadcast a message something like: "This is ISIS. We are hijacking the train."

But as the train pulled into Union Square, the suspects got off and ran.

While there seems to have been no real terror threat, the train was removed from service and taken to the Jamaica Yards, where the NYPD dusted the car for fingerprints and searched it for other evidence.

The incident raised questions about how the 20-something suspects were able to get into the conductor's booth so easily. But as every straphanger knows, many subway conductors and operators have a very relaxed approach to security, routinely leaving the doors to their small compartments open or ajar.

No doubt that's about to change.

The Daily News article

Old Man Winter Is Back


Third Annual Mathiew Johnson Blood Drive at The Bayview School

Brooklyn Eagle photo
From 3 PM to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, March 15, P.S. 102 (The Bayview School), at 211 72nd Street in Bay Ridge, will host its Third Annual Blood Drive in Memory of Mathiew Johnson. (Use the Cafeteria entrance on 71st Street at Ridge Boulevard.)

The event honors the memory of Mathiew (Matty) Johnson, a dedicated blood donor who was committed to helping others.

Call the NY Blood Services Eligibility Line at 1-800-688-0900 in advance to make sure you are eligible to donate blood.

Before giving blood, you should eat a wholesome meal.

Bring a photo or signature ID on the day of the blood draw.

There will be a free raffle, prizes, complementary coffee and tea, and tasty snacks for volunteers.

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