2014 Year in Review: July to December

July

Spring Creek Towers, The Community That Keeps On Giving

Blood Drive July 3 2014

Blood donors were welcomed to the New York Blood Center (NYBC) collection hub in the Spring Creek Towers shopping center by Rebecca Caraballo, Starrett City Tenants Association (SCTA) President, Florence Hall, SCTA 1st Vice- President and grandson Prince, and Stella Hobson, SCTA Recording Secretary.

BY AGNES E. GREEN

Make no mistake about it, Spring Creek Towers (SCT) has residents who genuinely care about people they will never know but may need their help. On Saturday, June 21, the first day of summer … a picture perfect day, they answered the call to “Give the Gift of Life” by donating blood at the Spring Creek Towers Community Blood Drive – held in the SCT shopping center.

Photo Credit: A.E. Green


Community Profile July 18 2014

Community Profile/ Brooklyn Sports Club Home to Master Bodybuilder

BY AMANDA MOSES Five years ago, Hugh Ross moved from Spring Creek Towers (SCT) to Ozone Park to become a homeowner. No matter where he goes or what he achieves in his life, he says SCT will always be a home away from home. When Ross moved into SCT in 1992, he fell in love with all the community offered, especially its gym at the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC), known back then as the Pool Club. “The BSC is the perfect facility for a professional because it has top notch equipment and a wonderful staff,” says Ross, who still works out and prepares for world-class bodybuilding competitions at the fitness facility.

EDITED BY AGNES E. GREEN

Photo Credit: Amanda Moses


 

August

Summertime at Spring Creek Towers

BY AMANDA MOSES

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The laughter of children playing and the lively banter between seniors trying to best their opponents in games of chess are just a few of the sights and sounds of summer in Spring Creek Towers.

Photo: Kimari Hazward



 

 SYEP Workers Become Mother Nature’s Helpers

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SYEP workers Alyssa Fulton (left) and Amanda Colace spent this day trimming and weeding vegetable plants.

BY AGNES E. GREEN

Since May 2012, the Spring Creek Recreational Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Classroom Garden (UCG) has proved to be an important contributor to the education of Spring Creek Towers’ schoolchildren. As a part of local schools’ programming, students have had opportunities to acquire up close and personal knowledge about natural science through hands-on experiences as gardeners. During the summer months while schools are closed, the garden was tended to by the community’s young people, who are participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Three days a week, they assisted Environmental Educator Randy Cameron, Jr. with keeping the garden running and productive. Cameron is UCG’s Environmental Educator who works with the schools and interested community groups. The SYEP workers, like many young people living in a city, have never worked in a garden. Their work during the summer in the UCG has been a good learning experience and an enjoyable one.

Photo : A.E. Green


 

BSC Offers Life Saving & Safety Skills for Babysitters

BY: AMANDA MOSES & AGNES E. GREEN

The Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC) held an accredited American Red Cross “Babysitter’s Training with CPR” class to train individuals how to immediately respond in an emergency situation. Participants learned Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) so they could earn their certification upon successful completion of the class. The class was taught by BSC’s Aquatics Director Sheldon Sucre, a certified American Red Cross instructor. Participants learned safety skills and techniques that can be applied while babysitting from behavior management to how to change a diaper to management of your own babysitting business.


 

Food Pantry August 15 2014

To help keep things moving smoothly, volunteers assisted participants while on line.

Community Group Hosts One-Day Food Pantry

BY AMANDA MOSES

Eight o’clock in the morning Saturday, August 9, dozens of people with shopping carts and bags in hand formed a line outside of 1460 Pennsylvania Avenue and waited for the start of a food distribution to begin. The event was scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to noon, but after an hour and half the grocery stockpile was depleted. The food was distributed from the Italian Civil Rights League’s (IACRL) office. One by one, participants entered and were assisted by volunteers who helped them to select what they wanted from a variety of foods that included soups, canned vegetables, jars of peanut butter and jelly, loaves of bread, and boxes of macaroni and cheese.

EDITED BY AGNES E. GREEN


 

Community Jams on Friday Nights

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September

jobfairIMAGE_1877Jobseekers Meet Retailers for Gateway Mall Stores.

BY: AMANDA MOSES

On the last Thursday in August, more than 400 people, dressed in business attire, wrapped around the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC). They were there for the Fourth Annual East New York Restoration Job Fair. With high hopes of employment, these job seekers were seen and interviewed by retailers, like Nordstrom Rack, The Children’s Place, Designer Show Warehouse (DSW), Lane Bryant and Bed, Bath and Beyond—all new businesses in the newly expanded Gateway Center Mall.

EDITED BY AGNES E. GREEN


 

literacy september

BRC volunteer Benny Brinson helped seven-year-old Saryah to find the perfect mystery book to add to her collection.

Reading Council Gives Gift of Literacy

BY AMANDA MOSES

“I am elated by the enormous support and opportunities that our youth and their parents, teachers and neighbors are gaining today,” said Yvette Grant, coordinator of the Brooklyn Reading Council’s (BRC) fifth annual International Literacy Day Project, celebrated in the Spring Creek Towers (SCT) community on September 8. “This is a win-win experience where children and adults are sharing an excitement and joy for books.” Dozens of readers of all ages sifted through books piled onto several tables stationed in front of the Professional Center in the SCT shopping center. Volunteers from BRC, the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. /Theta Chapter and the Popular Literary Club, gave away approximately 2,000 free books along with bookmarks, pamphlets about literacy, resources for writing, parenting tips and teacher materials to anyone who asked.

EDITED BY AGNES E. GREEN

Photo: Amanda Moses


 

Urban Garden Classroom Opens Its Gates To Seniors

Seniors Garden

Many vegetables and flowers get their start as a seedling grown in a small pot.

BY AGNES E. GREEN

Spring Creek Senior Partners (SCSP) added another activity to its roster— a Garden Club for community residents with a green thumb or those who want to acquire one. Since July, club members enjoyed regular visits to the Spring Creek Recreational Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Garden Classroom (UGC) on Louisiana Avenue. The Garden Club was a natural addition to SCSP’s ongoing effort to encourage and help older adults to understand how important it is to their health and independence to eat fresh and nutritious foods. Club members grew, cooked and ate organic vegetables, herbs and fruits produced in their neighborhood garden.

Photo: Agnes E. Green


 

Fathers

Fathers and their children listened intently as P.S. 346 Principal Kevin Caifa welcomed them to the special occasion.

Fathers Turned Out in Large Numbers for Dads Day at P.S. 346

BY: AMANDA MOSES, AGNES E. GREEN

Throughout New York State, fathers and their children participated in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day.” The celebratory event was held to encourage fathers and other significant male caregivers to become more involved in their children’s lives and education. At P.S. 346, about 200 proud fathers escorted their children to school that day.

Photo Credit: Amanda Moses


September

Special Event/ One of A Kind Comedy Show to Make History

BY AGNES E. GREEN After years of talking to others about producing a comedy show starring disabled artists, Damon Rozier, a wheelchair bound comedian, decided last year to stop talking and to do it himself. “I got tired of pitching the idea and no one stepping up to the plate,” said the Spring Creek Towers resident. His efforts paid off. On Saturday, October 25, Laughter is the KEY to Life presented the “We Dare You Not to Laugh Comedy Tour” at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in Manhattan. “Over the years, there has been the Kings of Comedy, the Queens of Comedy and the Latin Kings of Comedy. In the history of comedy, there’s never been a comedy show consisting of all disabled comics,” says Rozier, executive producer of the show, which made entertainment history.


 

November

It's Harvest Time

SCRF’s Urban Garden Classroom Environmental Educator Randy Cameron, Jr. with Afterschool Program’s fifth grade gardeners and group leaders.

It’s Harvest Time! From Garden to Kitchen Table

BY AGNES E. GREEN

In November, the sixth grade members of the Spring Creek Afterschool Program at P.S. 346 visited the Spring Creek Recreational Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Garden Classroom (UGC) with one thought in mind, harvesting crops they grew for their first ever Farmer’s Market. During one afternoon, a table loaded with the fresh, organic vegetables they harvested was set up in P.S. 346’s lunchroom – and the market was opened. As parents came to pick up their children from the program, the young urban gardeners directed them to vegetables which were free for the taking. Choosing from healthy looking carrots, sweet peppers, butter crunch lettuce, radish, collard greens, kale and tomatoes, the parents were amazed to see how well their children had done as gardeners.

Photo: Agnes E. Green


 

 

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BY AGNES E. GREEN

October is the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on Saturday, October 25, the Starrett City-Spring Creek Lions Club, Inc. could not have asked for a better fall day to hold its annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” community walk through Spring Creek Towers.


 

December

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Cheers to an all-around good guy! Corda was toasted with apple cider by fellow Spring Creek Towers maintenance co-workers.

Community Profile/ Residents Bid Farewell to Kind Maintenance Worker

BY AMANDA MOSES AND AGNES E. GREEN

Residents of 1425 Pennsylvania Avenue, Spring Creek Towers’ building G2, gathered in their lobby for a surprise retirement party for Eddie Corda, the building’s maintenance worker who always went above and beyond the call of duty. Greatly surprised to see all of the tenants last Saturday, a teary eyed Corda humbly said, “This is beautiful, all I did was my best to keep the place nice.”

Photo: Amanda Moses