Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Updates and Events from the CHCA Meeting


Last night's Crow Hill Community Association meeting at LaunchPad was action-packed as usual. Some updates for those who missed it (click to their website for more info):

- The second-in-command for the 77th Precinct was on hand to discuss the recent arrests on Franklin (including the one that involved a helicopter), the Impact Zone, and Zero Tolerance. More to come on this in a longer post tomorrow. If you're interested in learning more about the 77th Precinct or making your voice heard to those in charge, their next Community Council meeting will be at St. Teresa's on Sterling and Classon on June 13th at 7:30.

- Last Saturday, the CHCA put together 20 new planter boxes for Franklin Avenue, and as soon as they can acquire some soil and plants to put in them, they'll be out on the street (if you know of a way to get a donation of soil, let the CHCA know). They also plunked a handsome new wood brand of the CHCA logo on the existing boxes that you see on Franklin.

- Children's educator Linda White will be hosting open-ended children's play dates at Lily & Fig tomorrow (Thursday) from 3:30 - 5:30 pm and Friday from 10-12 am. All are welcome to come and make use of her extensive collection of arts and crafts materials. If there's interest in this new childcare option in the area, she's hoping to start a regular thing at LaunchPad at some point soon (Ms. White was also involved with the Mandala of Compassion last week at LaunchPad, which I completely failed to cover.)

- Planning for the 4th Annual Kids Day is underway! The event will take place on Franklin between Park and Sterling on July 23rd. Check out their Facebook page to find out more, and consider making a donation - street closures, games, rides, and prizes aren't free, but last year they were free to every kid who came thanks to community generosity.

- Steve the Tree Branch Breaker may be returning home to Crown Heights very soon. If you see him around breaking tree branches again (and hopefully this won't happen, but it could), please keep in mind that he is mentally ill and needs help, not threats. Contact MikeF (a frequent commenter on ILFA) or the CHCA to report such a situation.

- As usual, LaunchPad has a great slate of events coming up:

- On Friday, they host a free performance from the Rafiq Bhatia Quartet from 9:00 - 10:30 pm. They've just released a debut album that includes, in their words, collaborations with Grammy-nominated pianist/composer Vijay Iyer, legendary jazz drummer Billy Hart, The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Valgeir Sigurdsson (best known for his production on Bjork's albums), among others, and they're very excited to be playing on Franklin.

- On Saturday, June 4th, local creative folks will be hosting a art/craft fair and market, "Built in Brooklyn." More on this to come as well.

- Finally, join our State Senator, Eric Adams, in pushing for the renewal of New York's rent laws. You can sign the online petition here.

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