Year in Review July to December 2019

July

Spring Creek Towers’ 2019 Scholarship Program Winners

BY PAMELA STERN

The Spring Creek Towers (SCT) Scholarship Program has been awarding high school seniors scholarships annually since 1986 to ease some of the financial burden for SCT high school seniors and their families. Over 1.2 million dollars has been awarded since the inception of the program.

East New York’s Opening of the Shirley Chisholm State Park

July 2, 2019 – Brooklyn, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivers remarks during the opening of Shirley Chisholm State Park. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

BY PAMELA STERN

On July 2nd, the gates to the Shirley Chisholm State Park were officially opened to the public for all to enjoy. Upon entering into the newly formed state park stands a mural dedicated to Shirley Chisholm, created by Danielle Mastrion.

After decades of parkland development, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to signify the first phase of the Shirley Chisholm State Park’s grand opening. This oasis rests on top of the former Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenue landfills.

Photos courtesy of: Mei Yuk (Shirley) Wong, Spring Creek Branch Brooklyn Public Library, and Pamela Stern

Celebrating a Century of Life

BY AMANDA MOSES

On July 12th, Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) resident, Mildred Perman was honored at the Vandalia Neighborhood Senior Center (47 Vandalia Avenue) for her 100th birthday.

Photo by Amanda Moses

August

SCSP Thanks Volunteers

BY AMANDA MOSES

Spring Creek Senior Partners (SCSP) hosted their annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon in the Brooklyn Sports Club’s (BSC) gymnasium. Every year the staff works hard to ensure the volunteers that their efforts are deeply appreciated. SCSP Director Ronald Jean, and his staff, Denise Ruiz the Spring Creek Towers Service Coordinator, Anya Buberman the Coordinator of Volunteers and Special Projects and others felt so indebted to their team. They presented the volunteers with beautiful speeches on how helpful they have been and provided them with gift bags and certificates.

Photo by Amanda Moses

Safety Sunday at Spring Creek Towers

BY PAMELA STERN

The sun was shining and the music was pumping in the basketball courts just outside of the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC) for “Safety Sunday” on August 4th sponsored by Jack Jaffa & Associates with participation from NYPD’s 75th precinct, FDNY and Spring Creek Towers’ Department of Public Safety. Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) residents were able to register their bikes with the NYPD’s 75th precinct which reinforced bike safety. SCT residents who registered their children’s bicycle received a free bike helmet, which was provided by JaffaCares, a community safety initiative created by Jack Jaffa & Associates. In addition to bike safety, residents signed up to receive stove knob covers that are used for fire safety prevention.

Photo courtesy of Twaxit Marketing Group

Teen Central Impresses with Afro-Hip Hop Dance Showcase

BY AMANDA MOSES

Over the summer, Spring Creek Teen Central launched a new program inviting its female members to express themselves artistically. The initiative was deemed the Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM), where females can find a way to express their voices through the arts. The first activity the girls participated in was Afro-Hip Hop dance classes.

Photo by: Amanda Moses

Summer Bruncheon at Be’er Hagolah Institutes

BY AMANDA MOSES

On August 12th, Be’er Hagolah Institutes culminated the summer with a brunch extravaganza for day campers and their families. For many busy parents, there are only a few morning delights that they are able to relish in—a freshly brewed cup of strong coffee and perhaps a sweet treat, like a croissant or muffin. These were just a few of the splendors parents enjoyed at the annual summer bruncheon in Be’er Hagolah Institutes.

Photo by Amanda Moses

September

Time to Head on Back To School

BY AMANDA MOSES

On September 5th, all across New York City students rubbed their sleepy eyes, shaking off the residual summertime bliss as they prepared for their first day of school. From the morning alarms to the blaring ring of school bells, students left their homes and arrived at their schools for a new educational year.

Photo by Amanda Moses

Annual Book Giveaway for International Literacy Day

BY AMANDA MOSES

September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1967 to spread awareness on the importance of literacy and education. This year’s theme was “Literacy and Multilingualism,” which focused on diversity in education.

Photo by Amanda Moses

October

PS 346 Hosts Bike Bash

BY AMANDA MOSES

Do you remember the first time you learned how to ride a bike? At first, there is a fear of falling, but that sensation wears off and is replaced with pure exhilaration as you feel the wind in your hair. Learning how to ride a bike can be intimidating at first, especially when you are trying to do it without training wheels. Cycling is one of many healthy activities Abe Stark Primary School (PS) 346 is promoting through active living lessons. Students are being taught that riding a bike is a fun and healthy way to exercise, while also instructing them on how to ride safely.

Photo Courtesy of PS 346

Annual National Dads Take Child to School Day

BY AMANDA MOSES

On September 17th, fathers nationwide took part in Dads Take Your Child to School Day (DTYCTS). Since this initiative was introduced in 2007 by NYS Office of Children and Family Services it has helped improve family engagement in schools and garnered more fatherly involvement in both a child’s education and participation in extracurricular activities.

Photo by Amanda Moses

November

PS 346 Opens New School Library

Ms. Danielle Bonin, the school librarian and character education teacher, cut a ceremonial red ribbon officially opening PS 346’s school library.

Photo by Amanda Moses

Celebrating A Grateful Season at Spring Creek Towers

BY AMANDA MOSES

Thanksgiving is also a season when individuals feel the urge to give back to those less fortunate, which is why many of the schools throughout the Spring Creek Towers’ community hosted food drives during the holidays.

Photo by Amanda Moses

Wild, Wild West Dance

BY AMANDA MOSES

On November 15th, Frederick Douglass Academy (FDA) VIII held their annual dance in Abe Stark Primary School (PS) 346’s cafeteria—the theme was the Wild, Wild West. Event coordinator Mrs. Marian Gallo-Cummings is a social studies teacher, so she decided to incorporate this year’s theme with the history of Western American culture. Gallo, FDA VIII staff, and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) adapted the glamour of Hollywood Westerns for the dance’s decor, transporting students to a John Wayneesque cowboy film set.

Photo courtesy of: Frederick Douglass Academy VIII

December

The Brooklyn Sports Club’s Ugly Sweater Open House

BY AMANDA MOSES

Tis the season to celebrate the holidays with your best ugly sweater! This wave of holiday attire has become a festive pastime for everyone to enjoy. The Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC) kicked off their celebrations with a Holiday Ugly Sweater Open House on December 11th, inviting complimentary access to the facility for all guests.

Photo by Amanda Moses

Judokas Head to NY State Judo Championships

BY PAMELA STERN

On Sunday, December 1st, the Starrett Judo Club showed off their talent at the New York State (NYS) Championship at SUNY Purchase. Each year the NYS Judo Championship takes place in a different venue within New York State, and this year it was in the picturesque Hudson Valley at SUNY Purchase in Purchase. It doesn’t matter how far away from home the Judokas (that is what they are called) were, they still strutted their stuff.

Nine of the students enrolled in the Starrett Judo Club attended the New York State (NYS) Judo Championship. Each of them paid an entry fee of $50 to compete. According to Coach Legros this is the first time that this group has attended the NYS Judo Championship. “This is a fairly new group and this is the first time that they have competed in the NYS Judo Championship. They did a great job and we have a state champ,” said Legros.