2004-09-23 / Community Guide

Community Guide

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South Canarsie Civic Meeting 9/27

The next meeting of the South Canarsie Civic Association will take place on Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at Seaview Jewish Center, East 98 Street between Avenue N and Seaview Avenue. President Mary Anne Sallustro said the main topic of the meeting will be the proposed high-rise building on East 105 Street and Farragut Road. For further information, call (718) 251-7145.

Mill Basin Civic’s First

Meeting In October

The first meeting of the new season for the Mill Basin Civic Association will take place on Tuesday, October 12 at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 5601 Avenue N. For information, call (718) 209-0934.

Community Council Meeting Tuesday

The next meeting of the 69th Precinct Community Council will take place on Tuesday, September 28 at 8 p.m. in St. Alban’s Church, East 94 Street and Farragut Road. During the meeting, recognition will be given to the sponsors of this summer’s Community Council Baseball League. The raffle winners will also be announced during the meeting. The public is invited. For more information, call (718) 257-6205.

Education Council Meeting Tuesday

The next meeting of the School District 18 Community Education Council will take place on Tuesday, September 28 at P.S./I.S. 66, 845 East 96 Street (between Foster Avenue and Avenue D). There will be a working session at 7 p.m. and a public meeting at 8 p.m. The public is invited.

Two Weekly Chess Clubs

Seaview Jewish Center, 1585 East 98 Street, between Seaview Avenue and Avenue N, hosts a free chess club every Saturday at noon. Beginners to advanced players are welcome. For details, call (718) 251-1900.

Another weekly chess club meets at the Burger King Restaurant at Flatbush Avenue and Utica Avenue every Wednesday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. All chess players are invited to join free of charge. For information, call (718) 968-9827.

East New York Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday 9:30 AM – 3PM. Located at New Lots Ave and Barbey St, (B15 to New Lots and Barbey, B83 to New Lots and Van Siclen, or #3 train to New Lots Ave). Will be featuring local arts & crafts, home-grown vegetable, fruits, cooked food, and so much more!

ESL GED Prep Classes Set

The fall GED preparation and English as a Second Language classes at Bildersee Beacon, 956 East 82 Street (between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue J) will begin on September 27. Registration for new students will be held on September 27 and October 4 at 6 p.m. The classes are free. For further information, call (718) 622-3000.

In-School Education/

Employment Program

Attention parents and youths ages 14-18 — Register now for the 2004-05 In-School Youth Education/Employment Program. We offer “free” after-school academic classes with bonus money, exciting field trips and career workshops. Call the Italian American League at (718) 642-2180 in Starrett City.

Blessing of Animals

Blessing of the animals, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, will take place on Saturday, October 2 at 11:30, a.m. in the parking lot of Our Lady of Miracles Church, East 86 Street and Glenwood Road.

Pets will also be blessed on the following day, October 3, at the Shrine of St. Jude after the 12:30 Mass in front of the church. Please make sure your pets are on a leash.

Synagogue Food Drive

For City Harvest

City Harvest is conducting its annual Food Drive, with plans to collect an estimated 23,000 pounds of needed food from area synagogues and deliver it to community food programs. For information on organizing a food drive, log on to www.cityharvest.org or call (917) 351-8700. To make a donation, call 1-800-77HARVEST.

MetroCard Bus

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-41st A.D.) will be bringing the special Senior Half-Fare MTA MetroCard Bus to her community office, located at 3520 Nostrand Avenue (Corner of Avenue V) on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m.- noon. Seniors over 65 years of age are invited to come to her community office to obtain a Half-Fare MetroCard.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will be on hand to take pictures and accept applications for Half-Fare Senior MetroCards. A temporary Half-Fare MetroCard will be issued. Proper age and photo identification, such as a Medicare Card and a driver’s license must be presented. Additionally, people can board the bus to add money to all kinds of MetroCards.

Individuals with questions about the MetroCard Program should contact Assemblywoman Weinstein’s office at: 718-648-4700.

Seddio Welcomes MetroCard

Bus To His Office

The MetroCard Bus will be at Assemblyman Frank Seddio’s district office, 2424 Ralph Avenue between Avenue N and Avenue O, from 10 AM till 12 PM on the third Friday of every month as a regular service to area residents. The Assemblyman’s staff will also be available to help anyone with other problems.

The district office is open Monday to Friday form 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM to assist local residents. For further information call 718-968-2770.

Abe Stark Senior Center

Sponsored by Millennium Development, the Abe Stark Senior Center, 103-15 Farragut Road, offers a nutritious breakfast & lunch program plus daily activities, including beginning computer time, billiards, bingo and more. Transportation provided. For information, call 1-718-272-9515.

JASA Seniors Meet At Temple Emanu-El

Come join in on the fun at Temple Emanu-El of Canarsie, 1880 Rockaway Parkway, where JASA Senior Center members meet daily. Join them for a hot lunch made in their kitchen and take part in a game of Bingo, cards and other fun activities.

Glenwood Senior Center

All seniors are invited to join the nutritional and recreational program at the Glenwood Senior Center, located at 5701 Avenue H in the Glenwood Houses complex. The program includes breakfast and lunch and offers a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities, including arts & crafts, tai chi, aerobics, bingo, pool, field trips, computers and much more. For further information, call (718) 241-7711.

Glenwood Senior Center invites all grandparents to bring their grandchildren to Grandchildren Fridays @ the center located at 5701 Ave H for the entire summer. Call Eve Vaval. 718-241-7711.


Self Help for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH) will hold its next meeting today, Thursday, September 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn College Student Center, Campus Road and East 27 Street. For more information, call (718) 769-6771.

Support Group For

Jewish Women With MS

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NYC Chapter, is offering a phone support group for Orthodox Jewish women with MS. The group is free and is an opportunity for people with MS to learn more about the disease, treatments and support services. The phone group meets each Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 14 weeks. The first meeting will be October 6. Participants are called in their own homes in area codes 212, 718, 646, 347 and 917. No special equipment is needed. To register, or for more information, call (212) 463-7787, extension 3057.


Forty Plus of New York, a self-help organization, welcomes managers and professionals who are looking for work. Since 1939, thousands of members have used their Forty Plus skills and techniques to land worthwhile jobs. To arrange an orientation and tour of the Forty Plus offices on Seventh Avenue, telephone 212-947-4230.

HELP LINE Helps In Crisis

Have you ever had a crisis or problem that overwhelmed you? Have you ever felt lonesome or depressed, or even suicidal? Did you have someone to talk with? Do you wish you did? HELP LINE, a Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services program, is a non-profit telephone service program offering emotional support and information through a 24-hour hotline at (212) 532-2400. To volunteer, call (212) 684-4480.

Single Parent Support Group

Come and join the Single Parent Support Group at the Hebrew Educational Society (HES). This professionally led mutual support group gives single parents a place to share their challenges and successes. Bring your children and have them join our children’s support group at the same time. For more information, call Orna Neutra at the HES at (718) 241 3000, ext. 60.

Learning Disabled Adult Group

The Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, sponsors a learning disabled adult group that meets every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For further information, contact Bernie Rubin at (718) 648-7703, ext. 230.

Self-Help Center

The New York City Self-Help Center provides free, confidential telephone information and referral to people seeking self-help/mutual support groups. Hundreds of different groups meet for a wide variety of concerns throughout the five boroughs. Phone (212) 586-5770.


Caregivers Support

Fairview Adult Day Care Center, 1444 East 99th Street, sponsors a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Meetings are twice a month. For information, call Laura Schlatter, M.A. at (718)251-5600.

Alzheimer’s Helpline

The Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter, has opened its new 24-hour helpline: 1-800-272-3900. It’s available for people living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members, students and professionals living with the aged.

Center Against

Domestic Violence

Is your partner controlling you? Threatening you? Degrading you? Yelling too much? Throwing things at you? Hitting or hurting you or your children? Forcing you to do things against your will? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, or if you know someone that may be caught up in domestic violence, contact the CADV Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 1-718-439-1000. THEY CAN HELP!

Free Or Low-Cost Mammogram

Low income women who feel they cannot get a mammogram are urged to call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at 800-877-8077 to learn about where they can get a free or low-cost mammogram.

Cardiac Rehab Program

If you have had a heart attack within the last year, a coronary bypass or angina in the last six months and if you have an okay from your physician, you’re a candidate for the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Program at Maimonides Medical Center.

Flatlands Lions Club Health Fair

The Flatlands Lions Club will sponsor a health fair on Sunday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Flatlands Avenue and Flatbush Avenue. For information, call (718) 376-5476.

Maimonides Needs Blood Donors

The blood bank at Maimonides Medical Center, like all blood banks in the region, is currently experiencing a severe blood shortage, especially of Type O-Positive and O-Negative blood. Other blood types are also needed. Please visit the Blood Donor Center on the 3rd floor of the administration building. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, or to arrange a blood drive, call Christine Clark at (718) 283-7179.

Hospital Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to assist in hospitals and nursing homes in the five boroughs. If you can read a story, hold a hand, dry a tear or share a smile, you’ll be a great volunteer.

Flexible hours. Call the United Hospital Fund at (212) 675-6644 for information.

“Samaritan” Volunteers Needed

Help others while improving your own personal and professional communications skills. The non-religious Samaritans seek caring and responsible people who can follow directions and are available one weekday morning or afternoon a week and one overnight per month to volunteer on their 24-hour suicide prevention hotline. Intensive training begins September 25. Must be at least 21. Call (212) 673-3041 for an interview.

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