2014 Year in Review

January

Teen Central Members had an Exciting Year

Learning how to paddle on Jamaica Bay.

Learning how to paddle on
Jamaica Bay.

BY AMANDA MOSES

Members enjoyed an exciting year of kayaking, roller skating, swimming and other special events. “We want to create a safe place for teens to come for academic advice and socialization, while also exposing them to healthy activities that they can do during their spare time,” said Director Sharon Brown, who explained the center’s work in encouraging teens to use teamwork, exercise, arts and crafts and academic preparation for their future studies/careers.
Photo: Sharon Brown


 

FDA VIII Students Put Talents to Work at Health Facility

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These two ladies wrote a poem about what makes Christmas special; “Christmas: trees, the park, Christmas carols, coconut and ginger rice, presents…Christmas.”

BY AMANDA MOSES
Students at Frederick Douglass Academy VIII (FDA VIII) are lending a helping hand and gaining valuable insight into lives of patients at Spring Creek Rehabilitation Center. Since December, the students have been taking their writing and graphic arts skills to the center on Louisiana Avenue. And through hours of community service, the school’s students “share their talents to make someone happy,” says Barbara Gathers, FDA VIII Arts Coordinator.
Photo: Amanda Moses


 

February

Say It Ain’t Snow…Again

Plow trucks clear sidewalks of snow and slush all around Spring Creek Towers.

Plow trucks clear sidewalks of snow and slush all around Spring Creek Towers.

BY AMANDA MOSES
It’s a slippery Valentine’s Day because another winter storm has just hit our fair city—adding more inches of the cold and wet white stuff to this year’s rapidly increasing accumulated snowfall record.


 

SCBC Hosts Youth Clinic, IBF Camp Coaches

Sharing his past experiences with the attendees, Hopkins stressed the importance of making well-informed decisions.

Sharing his past experiences with the
attendees, Hopkins stressed the importance of making well-informed decisions.

BY AMANDA MOSES
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Light-Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins made a guest appearance at the Starrett City Boxing Club (SCBC) when it hosted a boxing clinic to introduce a new program. Open to young people ages 8 – 18, the event was an activity of Youth Fighting Forward, a new SCBC program created to help steer young children and teens in the right direction through boxing, educational experiences and mentoring. “We want to give kids an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and to prepare them for life,” SCBC Chairperson Kwani O’Pharrow Jr. said.
Edited by Agnes E. Green


 

Starrett City Boxing Club Receives History Making Championship Belt

SCBC Makes History Feb282010

HISTORIC PRESENTATION: (Leftright) Willie “Papo” Vargas, Master Trainer, Johnny “Masis” Najjar, CEO Masis Boxing Belt, Clevan Evans, Master Trainer, Kwani O’Pharrow, Sr., Chair, Starrett City Boxing Club, Joseph Moumge, Owner, Masis Boxing Belt.”

BY AGNES E. GREEN
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the Starrett City Boxing Club (SCBC) added yet another honor to its
extraordinary and accomplished 36 years as a premier boxing organization. The “Home of Champions” received the first-ever Championship Boxing Belt presented to a boxing club in the sport’s history.
Photo: A.E. Green


 

March

P.S. 346 Makes Elementary School Science Learning History

 

Science Learning History March282014BY AGNES E. GREEN
From early morning until the end of the school day, Abe Stark Primary School 346 buzzed with exhilarating excitement on March 19. It made history that day by becoming the first Aquaponic Garden Classroom in a New York City elementary public school.

Made possible with a $10,000 grant from the eBay Foundation given to the Spring Creek Recreational Fund (SCRF) to help expand its Urban Garden Classroom program, the Aquaponic Garden Classroom will make it possible for students to explore and learn about the highly symbiotic relationship between plants and aquatic life.

Photo: Amanda Moses


Starrett Judo Newbies Compete in Maryland Tourney

Judo Newbies March 282014

Starrett Judo Club Coach Parnel Legros and his young players made a strong showing at the annual Ken Tamai Memorial Championships earlier this month. Pictured here are several of the club’s participants: (front, left-right) Mekhai Godette, 6, and Christian Reed, 7; (2nd row, leftright) Ryan Johnson, 10, Ethan Snider, 7, and Jayden Lopez, 6; (back, left-right) Tariq Ramkalup,18, Chasity Jordan,14, and Coach Legros.

BY AGNES E. GREEN
The Starrett Judo Club went to Maryland for the annual Ken Tamai Memorial Championships and returned to Brooklyn very happy to have participated in this perennial judo tournament.

SJC Coach Parnel Legros says the event, which has been around for more than 35 years, is one he has attended over many years as both an athlete and coach, “It’s one of the most consistently well-run tournaments.”

Photo: A.E. Green


 April

Recycle This!

BY AGNES E. GREEN
“The average NYC resident discards nearly four and a half pounds of waste each day, or more than three quarters of a ton per year,” according to GrowNYC, a non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life for city residents through environmental programs.

Over the months, GrowNYC worked with the Spring Creek Towers Office of Public Affairs/Community Relations to increase public awareness and education about the importance of recycling among the housing development’s residents.


Where Teen Central Alumni Are Now

BY AMANDA MOSES
The Spring Creek Sun caught up with Teen Central alumni and asked how their experience in the program influenced their lives.

Brianni Elmore, 18, (member 2008-2013) credits the director, Sharon Brown, with assisting its young members with learning the importance and value of volunteering and helping others to have a bright future.

Brianni Elmore, 18, (member 2008-2013) credits the director, Sharon Brown, with assisting its young members with learning the importance and value of volunteering and helping others to have a bright future.

Edwidge Pearson, 23, (member 2003-2008)is on active duty in the United States Marines, and is classified as a shipping specialist. His decision to join the military was heavily influenced by Teen Central’s former assistant director, Hiawartha Rogers. A Marine veteran, Rogers frequently invited recruiters to speak to the teens about military career opportunities. “He really helped me out,” says Pearson who decided to join the Marines.

Edwidge Pearson, 23, (member 2003-2008) is on active duty in the United States Marines, and is classified as a shipping specialist. His decision to join the military was heavily influenced by Teen Central’s former assistant director, Hiawartha Rogers. A Marine veteran, Rogers frequently invited recruiters to
speak to the teens about military career opportunities. “He really helped me out,” says Pearson who decided to join the Marines.

Lloyd Antoine, 25, (member 2002- 2006) credits his academic success to being a member of Teen Central. “I remember Ms. Brown saying, ‘Teach a man to fish and it will feed him for a lifetime.'"

Lloyd Antoine, 25, (member 2002- 2006) credits his academic success to being a member of Teen Central. “I remember Ms. Brown saying, ‘Teach a man to fish and it will feed him for a lifetime.'”

Breana Fulton, 21, (member 2005-2010) remembers the fun she had there; more specifically that there was a sense of belonging, friendship and community. She says that she will always cherish the lifelong friendships she made at Teen Central.

Breana Fulton, 21, (member 2005-2010) remembers the fun she had there; more specifically that there was a sense of belonging, friendship and community. She says that she will always cherish the lifelong friendships she made at Teen Central.


 

May 

Community Profile: Putting Self Confidence on the Front Burner

Uriah Thompson

Uriah Thompson

BY URIAH THOMPSON

For quite some time, I’ve taken a bag with me, filled with doubts and can’ts. Years have gone by, and
this bag has been burdening me, telling me “You’re not good enough” or “You can never do that” causing
me to hide in a shell bringing me down. However, as if a breeze of wind passed by, a few scenarios helped
most of my troubles to drift away. As Chef Marcus Samuelson said in his memoir “Yes Chef” “I’m always
battling myself the part of me that says I can and the part that says I can’t. My greatest gift has been the
part of me that says “I can” is always just a little bit louder.”

Editor’s Note: “Putting Self Confidence on the Front Burner” was written by Spring Creek Towers’
Resident Uriah Thompson and submitted as part of his application to participate in the Careers through
Culinary Arts Program (C-Cap), Cooking Competition for Scholarships. Eighteen year old, Thompson was
one of only two students to win a $108,624 scholarship in this year’s competition. The award will cover
his entire tuition cost while he is successfully enrolled in a culinary school of his choice.

 


 

Students Walk for Autism Awareness

FDA Autism Walk May 23 2014

Onlookers were surprised and supportive to see FDA students, who were enthusiastically chanting and marching through the shopping center to highlight autism awareness.

BY AMANDA MOSES
More than 30 members of Frederick Douglass Academy VIII’s (FDA VIII) chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), participated in the school’s fourth annual Autism Awareness Walk around the Spring Creek Towers (SCT) community. Chanting “Autism Speaks! Everybody Listen!” and carrying colorful signs, they walked down Twin Pines Drive, through the SCT shopping center, along Louisiana and Seaview Avenues, onto Pennsylvania Avenue … and then back to their school.
Photo: Amanda Moses


 Seniors and Teens Share Creative Time Together

Art instructor Susan Louis explained how to transform single pieces of fabric into attractive tote bags.

Art instructor Susan Louis explained how
to transform single pieces of fabric into
attractive tote bags.

BY AMANDA AND A.E. GREEN
Throughout June, Spring Creek Senior Partners’ (SCSP) Intergenerational Art Program returns for a
fourth year, and again brings together Spring Creek Towers’ senior citizens and the community’s young
people to jointly participate in a creative venture. “We have usually worked with younger students. This time we decided to invite teens to socialize and work with the seniors. It is good to bring different age groups together so that they can share their experiences and learn from each other,” said Theodora Ziongas, SCSP Director.


June

Spring Concert Showcases Musical Talents

Accompanied by Lead Music Conductor Mark Thrasher and their music instructors, The After School Youth Symphony and P.S. 346 In-School Band performed their annual Spring Concert for family and friends.

Accompanied by Lead Music Conductor Mark Thrasher and their music instructors, The After School Youth Symphony and P.S. 346 In-School Band performed their annual Spring Concert for
family and friends.

BY AGNES E.GREEN
In June, playing before an audience of adoring fans (parents, siblings and friends) in P.S. 346’s
auditorium, the After School Youth Symphony and P.S. 346 In-School Band celebrated the arrival of
spring with an eclectic repertoire of musical treats arranged for the full orchestra, band and soloists.

 


Girl Scouts Fall in Line at Boot Camp

The Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS) were eager to follow each drill command. Photo: Starrett City Girl Scouts

The Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS)
were eager to follow each drill command.

BY AMANDA MOSES
The sound of marching feet at Fort Hamilton military base were just a little lighter as 65 Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS) were “enlisted” in a basic training program. The visit was sponsored by 354th Movement Control Battalion (MCB) Family Readiness Program and access to the base was approved by the U.S. Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) services.

Girl scouts, their parents and family members of military personnel marched and participated in various physical exercises.

Photo: Starrett City Girl Scouts