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“I spoke at the National North American Nature Photography Summit in Vegas a couple of months ago and people came up to me afterwards and told me they hadn't been able to go outside for months if they lived on the water. Not only can you not touch that water, it is not good for you to breathe near it.” Lynne Buchannan As Lynne Buchannan is fighting with her art and heart to save our waters, it becomes clear just what we’re faced with from an administration that doesn’t get it. Buchannan stresses the urgency of realizing that our lives are not viable without water – both the drinkable quality and the water we use to grow our vegetables, clean our clothes, etc. But instead of focusing attention and legislation on sustaining our waters, it appears that government officials – including Cabinet members – have other priorities.

Speaking at an Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Finland in early May, Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised the melting of Earth’s polar caps as being good for commerce. “Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade,” he said. “This could potentially slash the time it takes to travel between Asia and the West by as much as 20 days. Arctic sea lanes could come before — could [become] the 21st Century Suez and Panama Canals.” Environmentalists from around the world who attended at the meeting were stunned at the crass ignorance of the effects of global warming. Unfortunately this reflects the determined denial of climate change by Donalt Trump and his appointees. The world will pay a price for their treachery against the planet. (Credit Image: © Richard Wear/Design Pics via ZUMA Wire)

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FOCUSED GROUP: Khailer Walker, 17, a junior at Brooklyn’s Xaverian H.S. in Bay Ridge, is a rapt listener to community leader Karen Cherry (unpictured) the morning of the first leg of the “Rediscovering Lost Values” tour, Thursday, May 16, in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Walker’s laptop and the brown leather-bound notebook, a gift weathered with character, hold equal weight in his life, the reason he set out to use both to capture his learnings. Walker and students – young and older – quickly learned just how interesting the tour would be a couple of hours later. The inspired narratives of the “Rediscovering Values” tourgoers’ young and older, begins with U.S. Marine Glen Beck’s first-person, UNGUARDED REAR VIEW, on page 7. It continues through to the first week in July, with stopovers June 13 for Mr. Walker and his peers’ reports and impressions.


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ecause of their responsibilities, Civil Court Judges are the ones citizens are most likely to see, particularly when appearing in court without a lawyer. Therefore, we are running a series of interviews with the candidates to offer the community an opportunity to get to know the people who will be listening to pleas and standing in judgment. New York State Primaries have been changed from September to June. On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Brooklyn will be voting. Candidates for Civil Court Judge will be on the ballot. The first candidate to be interviewed in this series is Edward Harold King, Esq. Below, we share the duties of a Civil Court Judge. As defined by NYCourts.Gov,  these judges are elected and serve a term of 10 years. There are 120 Civil Court Judges, of which approximately 50 sit in the Civil Court. The rest of the judges elected to the Civil Court sit in various other courts, including Criminal Court and Family Court. The Civil Court of the City of New York has jurisdiction over civil cases involving amounts up to $25,000 and other civil matters referred to it by the Supreme Court. It includes a small claims part for informal dispositions of matters not exceeding $5,000 and a landlord and tenant/housing part for landlord-tenant matters of unlimited amounts and housing code violations. Judge assignments may include: Civil Motions--A judge who sits for a week in a civil motion part may hear upwards of 650 motions. These motions must DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc. 358 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 599-6828 Web site: e-mail: Publisher DBG MEDIA Editor-in-Chief David Mark Greaves Copy Editor Maitefa Angaza Columnists Eddie Castro Victoria Horsford Michael Johnson Abigail McGrath Marlon Rice

be decided within 60 days. This requires the judges to write several opinions each week while carrying out their other judicial assignments. Small Claims--In general, the judges hear these cases Monday through Thursday nights and during the day on Thursdays in Manhattan and on various days in the other counties. Commercial Landlord-Tenant--On average, the number of commercial motions on the calendar each week may range from 75 to 100, of which between one-third and one-half are submitted. These motions must be decided within 30 days. Tap Judge/Trial Backup--One judge is also assigned to sit in the Trial Assignment Part (“TAP”), where trial-ready, post-note of issue cases are calendared. The TAP judge first tries to settle the case and then transfers the matter to a backup judge for a bench trial or sends the parties to pick a jury if the case does not settle. Personal Appearance--A judge may also be assigned to sit in the Civil Court’s Personal Appearance Part, specifically to hear cases where one or both sides are self-represented litigants. Pre-Note of Issue 325--The majority of the cases transferred to the Civil Court from the Supreme Court in each county are not ready for trial. In fact, in The Bronx and Brooklyn, almost all of the cases transferred are pre-note of issue actions which still require further litigation and judicial deliberation before a resolution will be achieved. In addition to their regular assignments, each Civil Court Judge receives pre-note of issue cases that have been transferred from the Supreme Court to conference every afternoon. Miscellaneous Court Work--Other judicial assignments cover a variety of court work, including signing warrants, ex parte  orders and  nunc pro tunc  orders, handling mechanic’s liens, turnover proceedings, name-change petitions, presiding over traverse hearings, inquests and infant compromises. An infant’s compromise order is the paper signed by the judge approving the settlement of the infant’s claim, authorizing payment to the attorney and empowering the infant’s parent to sign a release settling the claim.

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A solo practitioner, King has specialized in general civil law practice for 35 years. After serving in the Army from 1972-1975, he attended City College of the City University of New York where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Urban Legal Studies. King earned his Juris Doctorate from Antioch Law School in 1983.  He is admitted to the New York State Bar and to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York. “Being a lawyer is a blessing,” King says. He’s been able to help people convicted of misdemeanors to receive certificates of relief and assisted seniors that found themselves as victims of credit card schemes. He’s conducted forums in churches with tenant groups, shared “know your rights” techniques, defended others in Criminal Court and shared how the court system works.

In discussions related to Criminal Court King shared, “The alleged purpose of Criminal Courts is to correct behavior, assign punishment or responsibility based on what happened. You can’t change every situation but for those that listen their interest overrides. An empathetic hand or a strong grip is used in regards to cases. One has to look at a factual situation as it relates to the law. In specific drug or gang-related cases, diversion programs can be used to assist the person or child. Everything isn’t cookie-cutter,” King said. “There are those you give an opportunity to see if it can work out.” King shared that he’s glad for the new legislative bail policy. The New York State Legislature eliminated cash bail for most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony offenses. The law goes into effect in January 2020. “The purpose of bail is the return of the defendant,” King said. “The judge determines, will this person return if released? You don’t want to punish before they’ve had their day in court. The job of a judge is to protect society and further society.” King feels he is the person to do that. In 1983, King began his legal career in the New York State Court System, where he served as a law assistant to the Hon. Milton F. Tingling (deceased), Civil Court, New York County, and as a principal court attorney to the Hon. Randolph Jackson, Supreme Court, Kings County. Since 2017, he has served as a pro bono attorney in the New York County Lawyers Association’s Certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities Project, which assists formerly incarcerated individuals to reintegrate into society. King is a founding member and Deacon of Brooklyn Community Church and is a member of the church’s Legal Committee which sponsors an annual Law Day Program to encourage dialogue among members of the bar, bench and community.  In 2017, King received the “Man of the Year” Award in recognition of his  pro bono  work at Brooklyn Community Church.   King lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant with his wife and has three adult children

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King for Kings County? In preparation for election season we interviewed Edward Harold King, Esq. He was raised by a single parent and shared his experience growing up on the streets of Harlem and The Bronx. “Heroin and other drugs were at an all-time high.” He saw many of his friends killed through violence or drugs and that has stayed with him. He credits summer jobs and academic programs as well as civil rights leaders that came before him as inspiration for his progression and interest in law.

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Lonnie G. Bunch III to Become Smithsonian’s 14th Secretary


he Founding Director of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Bunch represents the first insider to lead the Institution in decades The Smithsonian today named Lonnie G. Bunch III as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Bunch is the Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), a position he has held since 2005. Prior to that, Bunch served as the President of the Chicago Historical Society. He succeeds David J. Skorton as Secretary and will be the first African-American to hold the position. In a Smithsonian press release announcing the new appointment, Bunch said, “I am excited to work with the Board of Regents and my colleagues throughout the institution to build upon its legacy and to ensure that the Smithsonian will be even more relevant and more meaningful and reach more people in the future.” Bunch was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1952 and attended Washington, D.C.’s Howard University before transferring to American University where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in American History and African History. His ascent at the Smithsonian includes posts as historian, curator and director. The opening of NMAAHC in 2016 represented a monumental achievement for the Smithsonian, one accomplished thanks to the Herculean efforts of Bunch. In the Smithsonian press release, John G. Roberts, Jr., the Chief Justice of the United States and Smithsonian Chancellor said, “Lonnie Bunch guided, from concept to completion, the complex effort to build

"I fell in love with museums, especially the Smithsonian Institution. I like to say that I am the only person who left the Smithsonian twice—and returned," said Lonnie Bunch, who was appointed today to be the Smithsonian's 14th Secretary. Photo: Lauren Gerson/LBJ Library ) the premier museum celebrating AfricanAmerican achievements.” “This is a great moment for America,” says Kinshasha Holman Conwill, NMAAHC’s Deputy Director. “It’s really the validation of the concept of what it means to achieve in this country. But the main thing is that this is one of the most distinguished historians on the planet. It’s a great moment for the humanities because for someone steeped in history to run this institution, it’s so exciting. It’s hard for me to put in words. There’s no one on earth I admire more.” It was the former Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins, the Director of the National Air and Space Museum at the time, who first brought Bunch to the Smithsonian, hiring him

A 50th Anniversary Celebration Befitting A Legendary Institution



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ast weekend, people living in all areas of the country gathered in Brooklyn to commemorate a tremendous achievement and a profound legacy. They met up at a joyously electric event – the 50th Year Anniversary of the Founding of The EAST--held at the Masonic Temple in Fort Greene. The place was packed with smiling faces and exuberant spirits. Many people had traveled from a distance to reunite and to celebrate the great success that was this Cultural Nationalist/ Pan-African institution founded by Brooklyn’s own activist educator Jitu Weusi. Adeyemi Bandele, Malika Iman and Ayesha Soaries were among those taking turns hosting on the mic. The EAST AllStars jazz band, headed by Reggie Workman with Danny Mixon, Curtis Fowlkes, Taru Alexander and Ricardo Strobert was masterful, jazz singer Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch set a lovely mood and the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater brought the house down! Anniversary committee house down! Anniversary  committee members Martha Bright, (chairperson); Kweli Campbell, Muslimah Mashariki, Raphael Jackson, Maliki Oluwambe, Segun Shabaka and Shieba Ellerby Watson had clearly done a great job. “I’d like to give heartfelt asante sanas (thank yous) for the diligent kazi (work) in the past six months to create the cultural extravaganza celebrating our legacy,” said Bright. “The tremendous outpouring of love and support for our momentous occasion of reconnection, rejuvenation and renewal in the Sankofa spirit was deeply moving and much

as a historian at the museum in the 1970s. a vision, hire a staff, find a site, amass a In 1983, Bunch moved across the country collection where there was none, get a to become the first curator at the California building designed and constructed, ensure African-American Museum in Los Angeles. that more than $500 million could be raised But in 1989, the Smithsonian once again from private and public sources, ease the beckoned Bunch back with an offer to join apprehension among African-American the curatorial staff of the National Museum museums nationwide by demonstrating how of American History, where he served for all museums would benefit by the creation five years, collecting one of the museum’s of NMAAHC, learn to work with one of most iconic artifacts, the Greensboro Lunch the most powerful and influential boards of Counter, and curating one of its most pop- any cultural institution and answer all the ular ongoing exhibitions, “The American arguments—rational and otherwise—that Presidency: A Glorious Burden.” In 2000, this museum was unnecessary.” he left the Smithsonian again to become the In little more than a decade, Bunch President of the Chicago Historical Society. accomplished his list, bringing together “In college and graduate school, I trained dozens of influential curators and educators, as an urban historian, specializing in the 19th amassing a collection of more than 35,000 century. And while I taught history at several artifacts housed in a 400,000-square-foot universities, I fell in love with museums, world-class, $540 million, LEED-certified especially the Smithsonian Institution. I like museum on the National Mall and within to say that I am the only person who left the sight lines of the Washington Monument Smithsonian twice—and returned,” he wrote. and the Lincoln Memorial. Last week, the At the American History Museum, museum, in partnership with the Alabama Director  Roger Kennedy, known for his Historical Commission and SEARCH, Inc., a ambition and brash manner, became Bunch’s group of maritime archaeologists and divers mentor, teaching him how to navigate a bu- authenticated and confirmed the finding of reaucratic operation and instilling in him the one of America’s last-known slave ships. tools for leadership. If you stick to official The Clotilda arrived illegally in the United channels, Bunch recalled Kennedy telling States in 1860, long after the International him, “progress will be glacial.” Despite Slave Trade was banned, enslaving 109 sometimes biting off more than he could Africans from the Kingdom of Dahomey. National Association of University Women-Brooklyn Branch chew, Kennedy made the museum “a great Working closely with a community of the Contact: Andrea Flateau, Vice“He President. Tel: (917)still 671-8845. Email: place of possibility,” Bunch  recalled. ship’s descendants living together in aflatea OTP_NAUW-BK_AD-2 brought forward ideas.” Africatown, Alabama, the museum is workWhen Bunch got the nod in 2005 to be- ing to preserve their history and the story of come theTIME Director of the National Museum the Clotilda. OUR PRESS of African-American History and Culture, Spencer Crew, a former Director of PAGE AD. 4 7/8” Xtask, 7 1/4” Or Vertical) he1/4 was staggered by theSIZE: overwhelming the (Horiz. Smithsonian’s National Museum of For Publication: Mayself-effacement 23 and May 30, 2019 History, will be the Interim noting with characteristic American in an essay for Smithsonian magazine that Director of the National Museum of Africanall that was left yet to do “was to articulate American History and Culture.

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appreciated. Jitu and our many ancestors are well-pleased. We look forward to closing the year out with our Kwanzaa Extravaganza. Don’t miss it!” Mashariki agreed. “Our 50th Anniversary event was absolutely a Grand Reunion of ASA (African Students Association) members, ATA (African Teachers Association) founder, East family members, supporters and friends, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” she said. “The spirits of our ancestors were in the room as each name was called. It was what we envisioned! Most of the folks had not seen each other in 30-plus years and were overcome with tears of joy. ➔➔ Continued on page 7


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TALK OF THE TOWN/ NYC There are a few outstanding matters for the Albany-based NYS Legislature to embrace before its session ends on June 19. Thinking specifically about 1) marijuana legislation, 2) gestational surrogacy, 3) rent control, 4) sports betting and 5) driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. Will the Assembly and the Senate have the will and fortitude to make these items a reality? BTW, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will run for a 4th term. Tuesday, June 25 is NY Primary Day. It will be a vote for competing politicos and a test of New York’s reconfigured power players. In the crowded Queens District Attorney race, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, whose congressional district spans parts of Queens and The Bronx, announced her support for insurgent Tiffany Caban. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams throws his support behind Melinda Katz. Have not heard whom Congressman Gregory Meeks, who is also Queens Democratic Leader, will support in the DA race. In the past, this would have been deterEric Adam mined by longtime Congressman Joseph Crowley, who was also Queens Democratic head. We will see if the NYC political power landscape has changed dramatically by AOC. HARLEM: Linara Davidson Greenidge, Rosepierre-Louis, Carra Wallace, Laurent Delly, Melba Wilson and at least a score of other Harlem locals will co-host a thought-raiser for NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on Thursday, May 30, 6:30 pm at Melba’s Restaurant, 300 West 114th Street. Since Scott is term-limited, this seems like a mayoral excursion. [RSVP online:]

ARTS/CULTURE/ HISTORY African Voices magazine is an internationally renowned literary print and digital publication formerly headquartered on West

96th Street, Manhattan, until early 2019. With an assist from longtime supporter NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, AV relocated to 325 Lafayette Avenue on the corner of Grand in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill district, a vibrant family-centric arts community. In addition to its literary platform, a destination for fiction and nonfiction writers of color, AV offers a fine arts and film component, Reel Sisters, which hosts an annual film festival. African Voices is a nonprofit founded in 1992 by Carolyn Butts, who remains busy organizing the new office, reviewing writers’ and filmmakers’ works while planning an imminent “office warming” and a major 27th Anniversary Benefit Gala in late 2019. [Visit] BOOK NOTES: Marie Brown was literary agent for author Jeffrey Stewart’s epic biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alaine Locke, the 2019 Pulitzer Prizewinner for Biography. ……Margo Jefferson, Columbia University Professor, former NY Times journalist who won a National Book Critics Circle Award for Negroland: A Memoir about her life, has updated a book she wrote, “On Michael Jackson,” which was published shortly after his death. Her revised 2019 edition of the Jackson book was published May 2019. THEATER: Start off Black Music Month with “Twisted Melodies, a Donny Hathaway Story,” written and performed by Kelvin Roston, Jr. at the Apollo Theater from May 30 to June 2. The one-man show is based on the life of the late Hathaway, the tormented R&B ‘70s music genius. First Fridays at the Schomburg: The BLGBTQ World Pride Edition will be First Friday host on June 7 at 6 pm at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th Street), Harlem, NY.

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS Congrats to Class of 2019 Master’s degree scholars and New York millennials Brittany King, who earned an MBA at Cornell University, and to Crystal Gobern, who earned a MS in Occupational Therapy at Mercy College…… Congrats to NYC first son Dante de Blasio who earned a BA at Yale University. Congrats to Ashley Williams, who earned two Master’s degrees from as many colleges during the same week this month. She earned

a Master’s in Political Management at George Washington University by distance-learning and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond was appointed President of the Union Theological Seminary, the first for an African-American Rev. Dr. woman. Her educaLaKeesha tion credentials include Walrond Spelman College, Union Theological Seminary and UNCChapel Hill, where she earned her BA, MA and Ph.D., respectively. Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond served as Executive Director of the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem since 2006. She was also a UTS trustee. Founded in 1836, the Union Theological Seminary, affiliated with Columbia University, is the nation’s oldest independent seminary, a bastion of progressive Christian scholarship which boasts many prominent thought leaders among its faculty and alumni.

NEWSMAKERS RIP: African scholar and LGBTQ activist Binyavanga Wainina, 48, died in his native Kenya on 5/21. One of the finest African writers of his generation, the peripatetic Binya lived in South Africa and England where he collected degrees, and in New York where he served as Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers at Bard College. His writings often took Western writers to

Binyavanga Wainana task for their condescension to most matters African. They include, “How To Write About Africa;” his memoir, “One Day I Will Write About This Place,” and his provocative coming-out essay, “I Am A Homosexual, Mum,” which elevated him to Time magazine’s “100 Most Important People List” in 2014. He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing for a short story.

SPRING GALAS The world-famous Apollo Theater, celebrating its 85th Anniversary, will host a

VOL. 23 NO. 22 Spring Gala honoring Vista Equity Partners with a Corporate Award which will be held on Monday, June 10 at the world-famous entertainment complex, located at 253 West 125th Street, Harlem. The two-tier gala benefit begins at the Apollo for the Awards Presentation and star-saturated concert featuring Billboard headliners, immediately followed by a Dinner/Dance reception under a party tent at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building Plaza, a block away. Gala proceeds will support work of the Apollo Theater, a notfor-profit 501© (3) organization. [E-mail: Kathleen.hyppolite@ or call 212.531.5330] P.S. – Vista Equity Partners was founded by African-American billionaire/newsmaker Robert Smith, the Morehouse commencement speaker who announced that Robert Smith he would pay student debt for the entire Class of 2019, about 400 Black men. Reviewing the names of the Apollo Board, I spied the names of many high net worth New Yorkers such as Richard D. Parsons; Willie E. Woods; Ronald O. Perelman; Charles E. Phillips, Infor; Paul Tudor Jones II, hedge funder and co-founder, Robin Hood Foundation; Loida Nicolas Lewis; Alfred C. Liggins III, TV One; and Robert Kraft, NFL Patriots owner. Brooklyn-based nonprofit Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic (NTAC) will host its 12th Annual Gala, a “Salute to New York City’s Nonprofits and the Neighborhoods They Serve” and to Caribbean nonprofits, on June 11 from 7-10 pm at Giando on the Water, 400 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. Honorees include Coreen Simpson, Black Cameo jeweler and NYS Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and Caribbean philanthropist Mirlande Laurent Rodneyse Martin and Omar Bichotte Hawthorne. Gala proceeds will provide technical assistance to 10 nonprofits, including Church Women United, Greater Rugged Baptist Church, the Cortelyou Road Church of God and the Brooklyn Cinderella/Young Men’s Project. The NTAC was founded in 1998 by Rev. Dr. Valerie Oliver-Durrah. For gala details and reservations, visit

Artists, Health and Wellness Pros Celebrate Juneteenth with KowTeff at Restoration Plaza Saturday, June 8, 12:00pm - 8:00pm


9th Annual Juneteenth Celebration with African Marketplace, Health & Wellness Expo, Live Performances, Dance Classes for Adults and Children

cross section of the Brooklyn community comes together on June 8th from 12pm to 8pm to celebrate Juneteenth in the heart of BedStuy. KowTeff brings together vendors, artists and health & wellness experts to produce the Ninth Annual Day of Fun, Learning, Health and Movement - free to the community. The African Marketplace features an assortment of vendors selling handcrafted and internationally traded goods, as well as delicious gastronomical offerings. This year’s Health and Wellness Expo will emphasize well-being for seniors with special workshops on mental health, a Seated Yoga class and a (nonalcoholic) Sip-n-Paint class, in addition to blood pressure checks and diabetes screenings.

The Children’s Zone will offer a Martial Arts class with Master Sabu and a Children’s African Dance class. Children will also enjoy Face Painting and other fun activities under the big tent. Inside, participants can take free dance classes in a variety of

genres from the African Diaspora, starting with an annual favorite, Line Dancing with Brooklyn Ed. Participants will also be able to learn from Thelma Loubaki, leading her popular Congolese dance class, and renowned dancer

Ousmane Wiles in his riveting Afro-Beat dance class. Outside, enjoy watching agile stilt dancers moving to Caribbean rhythms. The main performance will start at 3:30pm on the West Plaza Stage. Lineup includes the stunning Mfouambila Kongo Dance Company, ADH (Afro-Hop music), Dapper Africa and the energetic and immensely talented Brooklyn United Music & Arts Program. The dynamic DJ Juwandi will close out this wonderful day with a House Party like never seen before from 5 to 8pm. A great family event for all ages--an opportunity to get out, welcome summer, celebrate African heritage, dance, try new skills and enjoy the vibrant local talent of the Brooklyn community. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza – Courtyard/Amphitheater, 1368 Fulton Street.

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I was in a Chipotle this week. So, some of you are going to judge that first line with candid contempt, either based on the choice of food or the outright decision of a self-proclaimed Old Brooklynite choosing to spend money with one of the beacon institutions of New Brooklyn. I mean, surely, I could’ve went to El Cofre, Calexico or even Tepache, no? Others, however, will not have a problem with that first sentence. He went to Chipotle? Cool. It might even spark in some the taste for Chipotle, which would again put me in the position of feeding the very machine that is chewing the culture from my borough. But I digress. I was in a Chipotle this week. The trip actually started a couple of nights prior. I had a dream about guacamole. And, honestly, I just couldn’t get right until I solved that yearning. So, after sitting on that Jones for a couple days, I found myself at the Chipotle on Myrtle and Vanderbilt buying a burrito bowl with extra guac. It was the middle of the day, maybe 2pm. There were four workers behind the counter when I placed my order; one cooking chicken, one wiping down the counters, one on his phone and the one that took my order. She was a young, brown-skinned girl with a pretty smile and red streaks highlighting her dark brown hair. I ordered a burrito bowl. Brown rice, both beans, chicken, double meat and everything else, double guac. She handled my order pretty well, packed it away and set it next to the cashier’s station. Then she pulled her gloves off and took out her phone. There was

no one else on the line, and there was no one at the cashier’s station. I stood there waiting for one of the four workers to accept the task of ringing me out. My meal was packed. There was no one else in the store but us. I should be on my way any second now, as soon as one of them decides to ring me up. No one moved. Two workers on Snapchat or whatever, one worker cooking chicken and one worker cleaning up. I stood there for a good minute before asking, “Excuse me, is someone going to ring me up?” The girl with the red streaks answered without ever looking up from her phone, “Someone will be with you shortly.” I looked around the store. Who? Who will be with me shortly? I waited another 30 seconds or so, only out of the shock of how quiet the place was, and how not one person behind the counter cared to move to finish the sale. The way they were ignoring me was

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almost comedic in its timing. They couldn’t be serious, could they? Just as I was about to blow my top, another worker comes from the back. Tall kid, skinny, with a baseball cap on and earbuds in his ears. As he passes the girl with red streaks, she looks up at him and says, “Damn Jason. Bust down thotiana!” He looks at her and says, “You know how we do best friend.” In stride, he responds to the girl, hits the cashier’s station and says aloud, “What does he have?” The girl relayed my order, he punched it in and says, “$13.78 please.” I’m not sure what just happened. I don’t know who thotiana is. He called her best friend, so they are probably best friends, but I’m really confused about all of it. So, I look straight at the guy behind the register and with all sincerity I say, “Why is it that I had to wait all this time for you to ring me up?” He replies, “I know. Right?” I can remember getting my working

papers. You used to have to go over to that red building on State Street and take care of the paperwork. My first job was working at the office of City Marshal Charles Sanchez. I would leave Brooklyn Tech every day after school and walk down to 111 Court Street. I’d answer phones and do filing. I’d ride with Mr. Sanchez and hold the eviction notices. I’d do whatever was asked of me because I was excited to be working, to be earning my own money. I can still remember getting my first paycheck and going shopping at The Gap on Montague Street. I wanted to be a good worker. I wanted to do well because I didn’t want to let my parents down. Whatever my reasons were, they motivated me to work hard. That work ethic is with me to this day. What happened to work ethic? What happened to customer service? What happened to helping your co-worker out and accepting the responsibilities of your job? What happened to speaking in complete sentences and making sense? I walked back to my car that day thinking that if I was the manager, I’d fire all of them because not one of them took any initiative with regards to customer service. And then I thought about it. You know, one of them was probably the manager. Those that comprise Generation Z have never known a time without the Internet. They barely remember a time without smartphones. They have shorter attention spans and are less focused than the generations before them. And because they have only existed in a digital and automated paradigm, they are horrible at direct sale customer service. Trust me on this one!

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orn in Downtown Brooklyn 140 years ago, the missed Gage & Tollner Restaurant had called 372-374 Fulton Street Italianate-style brownstone home since 1892. The building was designated a NYC Landmark in 1974 and 8 years later placed on the National Register for Historic Preservation. It closed in 1995 due to slow traffic. Eventually, its cherry-framed mirrors gave way to sheetrock and its mahogany tables were replaced by the seating styles of fasties TGI Fridays, then Arby’s. Later, a discount store offering costume jewelry and leather coats moved in, with a palm reader or hair/nail salon occupying the upstairs. Now, thanks to ambitious restaurant investors with a half-million dollars from an online fundraiser, the former elegant house of chops and oysters returns this fall. But it’s not a full rehab, according to our readers who gauge these sorts of things.


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Gage & Tollner in better days. The landmarked interior still has its gas lamps and wall-length mirrors. Apparently, the once-popular dining spot never departed. Several years ago, they discovered original fixtures behind fake

wall structures; the bathroom basically was intact and the hanging coats never fully hid through remnants of the kitchen. (BG)

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teenager who was born in prison and spent the first 14 years of his life bouncing from care home to care home before finally being adopted has won a $40,000 scholarship to study at Florida Tech. A talented football player, Nyre Handy, 19, moved his adoptive parents to tears when he signed his letter of intent to play for the college team, having only picked up a ball for the first time five years before. And their pride was doubled when Handy won the Patricia Means Scholarship, given out by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which will go towards his college tuition. To win the scholarship, the 19-year-old submitted essays that were reviewed by moderators who finally decided he was the most worthy of the lucrative prize.


E-Conversation with photographer-author Lynne Buchanan

eople have actually held funerals for both those bodies of water. What they share in common is a connection to Lake Okeechobee via canals. Water from this lake, which is heavily impaired due to point-source pollution and runoff from Big Sugar, is released into the canals through locks. The water gushing out into the canal did not look like water at all. It was some weird liquid brown substance. Amazingly enough, I saw some catfish swimming in the water. How they survive in that I am not really sure. I do know I wouldn’t want to eat them.” Bernice Elizabeth Green, Our Time Press: What images have brought you to tears as you photographed them? What areas of the world are your favorites for photographing what humans have accomplished in river preservation? Lynne Buchanan, Author: Florida’s Changing Waters: A Beautiful World in Peril: Witnessing a 23-mile cyanobacteria bloom on the C-44 canal between Lake Okeechobee and the Indian River Lagoon and seeing manatees struggling to breathe made me cry, as did smelling  ammonia in effluent released into a river by a tannery in Bangladesh with no filtration–especially as I knew children played in this waterway and people washed their clothes and bathed in it, too.  When water is sick, animals get sick and so do we. There are no fish at all in many rivers in Bangladesh, yet the people harvest invasive plants for food. Super Fund sites in this country are always in areas where the poorest, most disenfranchised people live. It is a human rights issue of the highest order. I am so glad someone is willing to tell this story. And the water in Florida is killing people and if something isn’t done, the numbers of Alzheimer’s cases and other neurological diseases will increase. Florida truly is the bellwether for the rest of the nation. If people don’t wake up to what is happening, it is going to get worse and worse. I spoke at the National North American Nature Photography Summit in Vegas a couple of months ago and people came up to me afterwards and told me they hadn’t been able to go outside for months if they lived on the water. Not only can you not touch that water, it is not good for you to breathe near it.

I have also been brought to tears seeing beautiful, pristine nature in Iceland and Patagonia. To witness places that have not yet been spoiled by humans or potentially even seen or stepped on by man was overwhelming, because I could see how well nature worked without humans’ interference, functioning as almost a single  organism. It is man that brings about separation and destruction.  BG/OTP: Should art serve an activist purpose? Do you think of yourself as an activist?   LB: I do think I am an activist in the sense that it is important to raise awareness about what is going on.  The way we live these days has become quite divorced from nature, and we just turn on the tap to get water or go to the supermarket to get food.  We often don’t think about where the water comes from, what has gone into it that needs to be purified or if it can even be sufficiently cleaned to be safe.  We wonder when, as in Flint, people turn the faucets on, and fire comes out. Then it is often too late.  When we buy food, we often don’t wonder about the pesticides or fertilizers that have gone into it, or how much water has been used and whether it has been used efficiently to grow the crops or raise the livestock.  I have gone and seen many things and have chosen to point my lens at the problematic as well as the beautiful, fragility of the earth we call home.  However, it is very easy to get burned out, frustrated, sad and depressed doing this work.  I frequently must remind myself of the perspectives I learned while studying to become a yoga teacher.  When we get attached to results and they are not the results we anticipate, then it is easy to become bitter and to feel your work is in vain.  I do my best to work hard and create images and write about what I see and then put it out in the world with the hope by not the expectation that even one person listens and then tells someone else. For any movement to succeed it takes about 10-20 percent of the population to come on board. BG/OTP: Is there anywhere to go from here? LB: Yes. There is somewhere to go. We need artists to continue documenting the shifts in our changing ecologies. This work will serve as important historical records, the true value of which may not be known for 30 years or more. However, we need more than

January, 2016: Lynne Buchannan on the Caloosahatchee River and in the Indian River Lagoon. historical records. We need art that touches people and makes them feel the pain of our polluted waters and the suffering of creatures and ecosystems that depend on freshwater for health. We also need art that shows how the current paradigms we are living within are failing us and art that points to new paradigms based on collaboration and synthesis. As Barbara Kingsolver noted in an interview, the arts and faith are the best ways to reach people on an emotional level and shift thinking. People can always find facts that serve to uphold the framework of beliefs they already hold. We need change and quickly before it is too late for our water, air and life on this planet as we know it. I feel art is more important than ever right now.   At my daughter’s graduation the other day, Sean Edwards (the Chief Technology Officer at Bloomberg) and Mary Cunningham Boyce, the Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, talked about the importance of working together for the common good. They spoke of how engineers will need to address issues related to food security, clean water, climate change and health care for all. They also stressed the need for gender equality and the value of diverse perspectives when coming up with new solutions because when you have to work with people who think differently than you do, it makes you challenge your assumptions instead of

blindly accepting outmoded paradigms. Reality-bending machines were referenced as a possible necessity in coming up with new solutions. Artists and scientists are always looking for new ways to see things.  There are many brilliant, innovative people who I believe will come up with things we can’t even envision right now. The more challenging problems are, the more rewarding it becomes to find solutions.  We need to invest in clean energy and people who are using technology ethically to remediate the critical problems we are facing currently in human history, instead of subsidizing those who are continuing to do business in ways that are destructive to the planet.  There is hope, but scientists, artists and people working in all the disciplines need to work together to shift us away from the  downward spiral we are experiencing from being fossil fuel lemmings. (Buchanan, an Asheville, N.C. resident, was born in Sarasota, Fla. She studied art history at the New College of Florida and took advantage of the interdisciplinary nature at the school to learn about Florida’s water ecosystem. After college, she stepped away from art and the environment and began a career in commercial banking. She lived in NYC for 22 years, 12 of them in Cortlandt Manor near Croton-on-Hudson. At 50, she reconnected to her passion for photography and nature.)

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BAVC’s 2019 “Rediscovering Lost Values” Tour through The South Offered a Protector Insights into Himself and Others…

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had been asked to provide a safe environment and transportation for a four-day event by my friend of over twenty years, Reverend Taharka Robinson. Hark; his incredibly intelligent, supportive wife, Mrs. Bianca Robinson; and his longtime friend Bruce Paul Green, president of the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition, take a yearly journey South with African American children and adults on an event they call “Rediscovering Lost Values Tour.” By the end of the three days in Georgia and Alabama, I came to think of the journey as an “Awakening.” The first day was pretty easy. Settle in, food, a little bit of driving, and as is most first days of every trip, logistics, logistics, logistics: How many people in total, how many children, how many adults, who goes in what vehicle, who shares a room together and in what room, what was everyone’s name and then try to match all the names to all the faces, get a full count each time we start and stop; that sort of day. We had all flown from Brooklyn, New York into Atlanta, Georgia at different times and were picked up and taken to a nearby hotel. I arrived at 9am and was able to meet with my cousin who moved to Georgia from New York many years back, and another friend for a short time before the workday had begun. Free time isn’t the norm when doing this type of work, so I truly enjoyed the opportunity. That evening, after everyone was introduced and had learned some new names and faces, Rev. Robinson took the entire troop out to Ruby Tuesday for dinner. The thirty-plus group of Brooklynites enjoyed the meal with an entire section to us. We were a little loud, but not raucous; everyone was polite. I watched, trying to glean some things about the people who would be my companions for the next few days. The tour would have three vehicles worth of passengers, two 15-passenger vans and a minivan consisting of drivers, adults and children whose ages ranged from approximately thirteen to nineteen; twelve children in all, seven girls and five boys. I was tasked with driving and protecting the teens along with

two adult supervisors who were also under my care. My longtime friend, Chris, who I hadn’t seen in over 20 years, drove the second passenger van. He was a former NYPD and Georgia police officer who had moved to the Atlanta area. He and I had worked together doing nightclub security during the mid-90s. Chris drove the ‘adult van.’ This was Chris’ third trip and he knew what the experience was going to be like, I did not. In the end, I was thrust into something that I truly wasn’t prepared to for… Day two was the real beginning. Chris had arrived early that morning and after a quick ‘hello’ we got started on the day. Before we set out, and with those in my charge finally in the van, I got the teens and adults used to taking attendance. I called out their names in the same order each time they loaded in, just before we were driving off. Also, before leaving on the trip for the first time, I made sure to ask if anyone had any allergies, or any other medical issues. One of the boys was asthmatic. When asked if he had his inhaler, he said, “No.” He and I looked for his luggage as we had packed them in the vehicles randomly. I wanted to ensure that he had his inhaler before leaving. I told him that he’s to carry it with him the entire trip without exception. He agreed. Finally, with everyone and everything packed into the vehicles, we drove to the

first stop on the day’s agenda, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. We disembarked, and Rev. Robinson with his troop, gathered together outside taking group photos to memorialize the first steps of their journey. He gave specific instructions about behavior, then led them in a hand-held group prayer. Chris and I were with vans as we watched on. A car pulled up next to me, it was an old friend and client, A.J. Calloway, former host of BET’s 106 & Park and currently of EXTRA. While driving to the museum for an event he saw me and pulled over. We chatted for a moment and I asked him to meet with the kids. Gracious as ever, he didn’t disappoint. The teens were ecstatic. He took group photos and spoke to them a bit before having to get to his own appointment. I was happy to see their faces alight and smiling with having met the TV star. I suppose that my first contribution to the trip was a hit as they later asked me about other famous people I’ve bodyguarded. The group eventually went into the museum while Chris and I drove to a nearby parking area with the vans and caught up on life. We had a lot of laughs in those two hours. When they were done at the museum, we all settled in nearby for a quick lunch together. Nothing is truly quick when it comes to a group of thirty plus. Afterwards, we saddled up and Chris and I drove in tandem to the next

venue. We drove 163 miles to Montgomery, Alabama to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. Again, I listened intently as well as I could to the chatter of the teens under my watch. Over the next few days I learned that they are truly good young people with great values who are kin- hearted and respectful. By the end of the trip, I was happy to have met them all. Outside of the famed church, Rev. Robinson gathered everyone together for more photos. They took group photos, photos of the men on the trip, the women, the children and then separately the boys and girls. One of the photos taken of the girls was particularly poignant, as they decided to stand on the second landing where only their torsos were visible while their legs were hidden by the bone white colored staircase. They stood proud with their fists raised high above their heads. They instinctively marked this moment in time for themselves much like Tommie Smith and John Carlos had done during the playing of Star-Spangled Banner at the 1968 Summer Olympics. When they raised a black-fisted glove in solidarity with human rights, both Olympic gold and bronze medal winners, respectively! These teen girls, who I was now protecting, expressed perfectly their own need for equality and unity in this single powerful gesture. Certainly, no one was going to ever forget this trip. Especially me. (Glen Beck, no relation to the television broadcaster, returns next week and recurring through the summer, in this year’s series highlighting the powerful impact of the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition-sponsored annual heritage tour in The South. The journey, with guide Taharka Robinson and Bruce Green, encourages youngsters and their guardians to learn about their history in an experiential approach that brings back to life the standards, tenets and values that drove the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Beck’s journey continues next week on the way to OTP’s June 13th celebrations of Juneteenth themes framed by the journals of the young people and adults who attended the “Rediscovering Lost Values” tour. BG)

A 50th Anniversary Celebration Befitting A Legendary Institution ➔➔ Continued from page 3 Our book of reflections will be available at the IAAFestival in July. Asante sana to all!” These former EAST members – still family to one another – were the people who helped to build the immensely influential Black cultural/nationalist institution. And in doing so, they helped to change the way communities in New York City, and across the nation, would come to view themselves. People saw reflected from The EAST the value of cultural grounding, pride, education, hard work, responsibility and self-reliance. We were shown our vast creativity in the arts, our nurturing, our fabulous style, our acumen as business owners, our facility as members of the press, our abilities as nation-builders and our capacity for joy. Led by Weusi The EAST members were courageous and devoted, willing to teach and learn and to grapple with differences while maintaining unity. And they were game to do it all while bearing the disapproval of many of their family members, friends, neighbors

and employers for thinking, dressing, reading, performing and child-rearing differently. They had much to celebrate in reuniting. Adeyemi Bandele, a former ASA student and an EAST founder said, “The celebration of 50 years of The EAST Cultural and Education Center was an incredible event! While we were missing many who were along for the journey at one point or another, it was incredible to see many who are still with us. More incredible was to see the children and grandchildren! Special tribute must be paid to The EAST Sisterhood, who have been keepers of the legacy. Thanks also to those who keep the International African Arts Festival alive. We have so much to celebrate and be inspired by.” Maliki Oluwambe, a former ASA student said, “The East 50th Anniversary proves that as Black people we still have unity and we can come together to do great things in the midst of what is going on in the country today.” Basir Mchawi, former editor of the organization’s newspaper, Black News and host toay of Education at the Crossroads

on WBAI-FM radio, said, “The EAST 50th Anniversary Celebration was a full-scale family reunion! Friends, family and supporters came from around the United States to enjoy, reminisce and plan for the future.” Abimbola Wali is widely credited with being an ingredient of the glue that keeps The EAST family members connected. She didn’t get to socialize much at the event but saw almost everyone briefly. “I was at the door pretty much the whole time,” Wali said, “but whenever I looked up and around, I saw that the place was packed with people! It was amazing! It was wonderful!” Kweli Campbell is a daughter of founder Weusi. “Being a part of the planning of this event and seeing the fruits of that labor was amazing!” said. “It was such an experience collaborating and really getting a glimpse inside the world of the wonderful activists who, along with my father, made up this historical Brooklyn organization.” Her sister Nandi Campbell, Esquire, said, “The EAST community was instrumental in shaping who I am today. I left the celebration

with a renewed commitment to share the story of The EAST and its community in the hopes that its core principles can spread like wildfire! Praise the Red, the Black and the Green!” And their brother Kojo was touched and inspired as well. “The Saturday event was powerful! There were moments of remembrance and reconnection that remind me of the love and trust that backs my actions and works,” he said. The committee has planned a full year of events to commemorate the 50 years, which began with the annual Kwanzaa celebration in 2018 and will conclude with Kwanzaa 2019. Look out for a press conference for the co-naming of Claver Place (the original home of The EAST headquarters) to “Weusi Way” and the distribution of the commemorative book, Voices of The EAST: A Collection of Reflections, coming in June, in time for this year’s International African Arts Festival. It will cost $20 with shipping, $15 without. For more information contact theeastfamily50@


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fter a grueling 82-game season and three rounds of thrilling playoff action in the books, the NBA Finals are here! It will feature a familiar face who is looking to rewrite history and another squad looking to create franchise history. Tonight, in Toronto, it will be the Golden State Warriors vs. the Toronto Raptors. How did they get there? Well for the Raptors, in the first round of the playoffs, they took care of business by defeating the Orlando Magic, then defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in one of the most exciting Game 7 finishes basketball fans will ever see. Then after dealing with some adversity in the Eastern Conference after losing the first two games to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Raptors, along with their star player Kawhi Leonard, stormed back to win four straight and punching their ticket to their first NBA Finals appearance. As for the Golden State Warriors, you know the team that just seems to find a way to win, they are on the verge of becoming the first team to win three straight NBA Championships since the Lakers team in the 2000s. The Warriors were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They defeated the Utah Jazz in the first round, a tough Houston Rockets team in the second round and easily swept the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Finals, making it five straight trips to the Finals. It is definitely an exciting time in Canada and it almost seems as if this season could very well convince

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Kawhi, who is a free agent after the season, to stay, and I think music recording artist and Canadian native Drake will have his say for sure. The Raptors won 58 games this season, one more game than the Warriors to get the home court in the series. For the Warriors, part of their playoff run they have simply taken out the playbook from 2016 and have executed with perfection after losing DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant late in the series against the Rockets. Last I checked, the Warriors still have Steph Curry and he loves playing against the Raptors. In 17 career games when Curry has played, the Warriors have a win-loss record of 15-2 and Curry averages 28.2 points per game, the most against any other team. These two teams squared off twice this season with both on each other’s opposing home courts with the Warriors winning both games. However, both games were played before the calendar season hit 2019. It will be two different teams once the ball goes up in the air tonight for Game 1. Sports Notes: (Baseball) Despite the Yankees having a league-high 17 players on the injured list, the team’s depth has shown great grit in filling out spots for the big-name players who are out. The depth of the team has got the Yankees in first place in the American League East Division. Who is the team’s MVP in the first half of the season? E-mail me at Castroeddie714@ and let’s have the conversation! Call:(917)336-1254 * Car Donation Foundation d/b/a Wheels For Wishes. To learn more about our programs or financial information, call (213) 948-2000 or visit

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LEGAL NOTICES STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF KINGS GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, Plaintiff, vs. DAVID ZOIMEN, et al., Defendants NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT In pursuance of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the office of the County Clerk of Kings County on June 7, 2017, I, M. Randolph Jackson, Esq., the Referee named in said Judgment, will sell in one parcel at public auction on June 20, 2019 at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, County of Kings, State of New York, at 2:30 P.M., the premises described as follows: 9 West 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 SBL No.: Block 534 Lot 46 ALL THAT TRACT OF PARCEL OF LAND situate in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York The premises are sold subject to the provisions of the filed judgment, Index No. 7136/10 in the amount of $852,493.88 plus interest and costs. Megan S. Kale, Esq. Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Plaintiff’s Attorney 700 Crossroads Building, 2 State St. Rochester, New York 14614 Tel.: 855-227-5072 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Kings HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Trustee for Nomura Asset Acceptance Corporation Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-AF1, Plaintiff AGAINST Chaim Meisels, 75 Franklin LLC, Broet al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 7/24/2018 and entered on 8/14/2018, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on June 20, 2019 at 02:30 PM premises known as 75 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 1885, LOT: 1. Approximate amount of judgment is $690,394.48 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 028070/2008. M. Randolph Jackson, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS FREEDOM MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff AGAINST ROSITA TORO, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated September 29, 2015 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on June 20, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 176 NICHOLS AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11208. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK 4121, LOT 58. Approximate amount of judgment $519,666.58 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 10276/2010. MICHAEL F. KING, ESQ., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 63303 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS, AJ PARTNERS, LLC, PLAINTIFF, against, SUZIE BLACKSTOCK, et al., DEFENDANTS. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated December 11, 2017 and entered December 29, 2017, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at Room 224 of the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, on

OUR TIME PRESS May 30 - June 5, 2019 the 20th day of June, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. those certain premises being in the County of Kings and State of New York known as 1246 New York Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11203 and more particularly described as follows: Block 4949, Lot 23. Amount of judgment $196,071.63, plus interest, costs and attorneys fees. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of judgment, terms of sale and prior first mortgage. Index No. 602349/2016. Joel Elliot Abramson, Esq., Referee. Lawrence & Walsh, P.C., Attorneys for Plaintiff, 215 Hilton Avenue, Post Office Box 1200, Hempstead, New York 11551. SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS WITH NOTICE Index No.: 510643/2018 Date Filed: 04/11/2019 Plaintiff designates Kings County as the Place of Trial. Designation of Venue is based upon the situs of the Subject Property. Subject Property: 393 Essex St., Brooklyn, New York 11208. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2007-EMX1, Plaintiff, -against- SABRINA FRANCIS AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF AARON A. FRANCIS A/K/A AARON FRANCIS A/K/A AARON ANTHONY FRANCIS, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the Complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, ET AL, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until sixty (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME.SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $

542,400.00 (said loan was modified to $ 514,779.70 via loan modification agreement executed as of August 25, 2011) and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Kings on November 30, 2006, in CRFN 2006000662108, covering premises known as 393 Essex Street, Brooklyn, New York 11208 - Block 4004-Lot 140 fka Lot 1.The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the Defendant SABRINA FRANCIS AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF AARON A. FRANCIS A/K/A AARON FRANCIS A/K/A AARON ANTHONY FRANCIS, the foregoing Supplemental Summons with Notice is serve upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Noach Dear, JSC of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Kings, dated March 4th 2019. Dated: April 10, 2019 New Rochelle, NY MCCABE, WEISBERG & CONWAY, LLC By: /s/__Matthew Smith, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street, Suite 210 New Rochelle, NY 10801 914-636-8900 914-636-8901 facsimile HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW. BANKING.STATE.NY.US. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME AT THIS TIME. You have the right to stay in your home during the foreclosure process. You are not required to leave your home unless and until your property is sold at auction pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Regardless of whether you choose to remain in your home, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY and pay your taxes in accordance with state and local law. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.

VOL. 23 NO. 22 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS SANTANDER BANK, N.A., V. PAULETTE BAZIL, ET. AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 04, 2019, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein SANTANDER BANK, N.A. is the Plaintiff and PAULETTE BAZIL, ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the KINGS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 360 ADAMS STREET ROOM 224, BROOKLYN, NY 11201, on June 20, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 143 DUMONT AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11212: Block 3555, Lot 53: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND WITH THE BUILDINGS AND IMROVEMENTS THEREON ERECTED, SITUATE, LYING, AND BEING IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, COUNTY OF KINGS, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 504435/2014. Joel Abramson, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Plaintiff AGAINST Mary HewittSimeon; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated July 24, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on June 13, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 9918 Avenue M, Brooklyn, NY 11236. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 8283 Lot 42. Approximate amount of judgment $763,281.65 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 502388/2015. Steven Naiman, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: April 1, 2019 62492 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Plaintiff AGAINST Beverly Esdelle; Florence Punch; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated January 28, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on June 13, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 7 Holmes Lane, Brooklyn, NY 11236. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 8241 Lot 54. Approximate amount of judgment $582,190.75 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 506029/2014. Jack Segal, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: April 2, 2019 62530 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, ELIZON MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST I U.S. BANK TRUST NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS OWNER AND TRUSTEE, Plaintiff, vs. ELEANOR L. BROWNE, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on March 28, 2016, and an Order Granting Extension to Conduct Foreclosure Sale and Amend Caption duly filed on March 22, 2019, I, the ➔➔ Continued on page 11

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Distinguished Commencement Speakers

U.S. Rep. John Lewis is CCNY Commencement Speaker, Friday, May 31

John Lewis, 17-term U.S. Congressman (D-GA, 5th) and veteran Civil Rights Movement leader, is keynote speaker on Friday, May 31st at the City College of New York’s 173rd Commencement Exercises. He will receive the Honorary Degree Doctor of Humane Letters. As co-founder and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington, he played many key roles in the Civil Rights Movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. Born in Alabama, Lewis was inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to join the Civil Rights Movement.  

Brandon Rapp (MBA 2019) was selected as the student speaker for Harvard Business School’s Class Day Celebration, held on Wednesday, May 29th. Rapp was chosen by his peers through an audition process that included more than 50 student speeches. At HBS, Rapp co-directed the African American Student Union’s 46th Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference and was selected as an HBS Social Enterprise

LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 10 undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on June 20, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 1458 East 87th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 8083 and Lot 32. Approximate amount of judgment is $699,184.36 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 5383/2013. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, the Mortgagee’s attorney, or the Referee. Steven H. Richman, Esq., Referee Roach & Lin, P.C. fka Peter T. Roach & Associates, P.C., 6901 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 240, Syosset, New York 11791, Attorneys for Plaintiff SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS

Summer Fellow. The Rev. Al Sharpton, on June 5th receives an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and serves as keynote speaker at Medgar Evers College commencement at Barclays Center. The internationally known civil rights leader and founder is president of the National Action Network. Rev. has been very busy in the academic circles this spring. He has delivered commencement addresses at three HBCUs: Tennessee State University and Fisk University in Tennessee, both of which will award him honorary degrees, and Voorhees College in South Carolina. Back in April 30, in the United Kingdom, he addressed students and faculty at the University of Cambridge. Tarana Burke, civil rights activist and #MeToo M o v e m e n t founder, receives an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on May 30th at Brooklyn College’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony at Barclays Center. She is also giving the keynote address. The college is recognizing her global impact on social justice and advocacy. Hillary Clinton, at the forefront for progressive activism for four decades, on May 30th delivered the commencement speech at Madison Square Garden, where she received the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Leadership Award.


Letitia (Tish) James, New York State Attorney General and a Lehman alumna, tomorrow is commencement speaker at York College. AG Tish delivered the keynote address at the CUNY School of Law commencement on May 31st and is the first woman of color to hold AG statewide office in New York. Carl E. Heastie, New York State Assembly Speaker and an alumnus of Baruch College will deliver the keynote address at his alma mater’s commencement on June 3rd.

Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez delivers the keynote address at tomorrow’s Hostos Community College ceremonies at Lehman College. Rodriguez took office as the eighth Chancellor of the City University of New York on May 31st becoming the first educator of color, and the first Latino, selected to lead the university. Loretta Lynch, the former U.S. Attorney General, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Wednesday, May 30th. Frederick Roosevelt Green, a former campaigner for Mayor Dinkins, also received a degree.

Alison Stewart, broadcast news journalist/author of “First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School” and JUNK: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff, delivered the commencement address for the CUNY School of Professional Studies on May 29th at Lincoln Center. Margaret Chin, Chair, City Council’s Committee on Aging and co-chair and member of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, will receive the President’s Medal of Freedom and deliver the keynote speech at Borough of Manhattan Community College commencement ceremonies on May 31st.

SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, COUNTY OF KINGS, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 21988/2013. Jonathan Engel, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff AGAINST Cora Smith; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated March 7, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on June 6, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1040 Elton Street 18DA, Brooklyn, NY 11208. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 4423 Lot 1522. Approximate amount of judgment $235,588.32 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 500849/2015. Jacob Gelfand, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New

J. Phillip Thompson, D e p u t y Mayor of the City of New York and a graduate alumnus of Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, delivers the keynote for the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies commencement ceremonies on June 14th at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.

York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: March 15, 2019 62182 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR PRETIUM MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST, Plaintiff against IOLANTA TYUTIN A/K/A IOLANTA TYUTINA, ET AL, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Knuckles, Komosinski & Manfro, LLP, 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered August 10, 2017, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201 on June 13, 2019 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 2041 Royce Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234-6220. Block 8416 Lot 19. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, City and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $583,008.68 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 503382/2014. Cash will not be accepted at the sale. Gregory T. Cerchione, Esq., Referee 2296-002906


OUR TIME PRESS May 30 - June 5, 2019 New York Farms dig into the realities of food inequality and trying to sustain a nutritious diet in an urban environment. Moderated by Esther Crain, Deputy Digital Editor of Health. Presented in conjunction with the new exhibition, “Taking Care of Brooklyn: Stories of Sickness and Health.” Tix @ Eventbrite or pay at door.

Tuesday, June 4th PATTI LABELLE

Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. & Prospect Park West, 6:30, Gates-8pm show, FREE. Ms. Patti in the flesh! The powerhouse vocalist and icon of style and grace returns to Brooklyn for a night of beautiful music under the stars. She loves to oblige with some of her biggest hits and to mix it up with a few surprises. From her first solo single, through the sweet tones of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells, to the hot funk of Labelle and beyond, she’s remained relevant and cherished.


the film is followed by a chat with actors Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan and Danny Glover. [For info visit]

MetroTech Commons, 304 Bridge St., 12-2pm, FREE. Powerhouse singer Nona Hendryx (formerly of Labelle) joins forces with acclaimed guitarist Vernon Reid (founder of the band Living Colour) for the opening concert of the long-running summer lunchtime concert series. The two icons at the top of their game will bring the soul, funk, art rock and new wave.


Wednesday, June 5th THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO BAM Cinema, 30 Lafay-

Society, 128 Pierrepont St., 6:30pm, $10. Healthy eating can be next to impossible when you live in a food desert, but who says it has to be? Erick Castro of the Instagram account How to Be Vegan in the Hood and Iyeshima Harris of East

ette Ave., 7pm, $16, seniors & students $12. In this 2019 film directed by Joe Talbot, the protagonist dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. As he struggles to reconnect with family and community in a rapidly changing city, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation. A funny and poignant adaptation from the lead actor’s real-life story,

Siloam Presbyterian Church “Serving

God and the Nation From This Brooklyn Location” 260 Jefferson Ave Brooklyn, NY 11216 (718) 789-7050

Men’s Organization wishes to invite all Men to it’s annual event:

Men in The Kitchen

A contest among Men to prepare a dish that they would serve their Queen that is Nutritious, fantastic to taste, & Eye appealing Contest is Sat. before Father’s Day, June 15th From 10 AM to 3:30 PM ‘Many men talk but few can do’

‘Come one, come All’

For further info and to register contact church

VOL. 23 NO. 22 seeking to meet the public and promote and sell their work. The not-for-profit Fulton Art Fair is one of the longest-running Black art groups and events in the nation. It supports artists year-round with projects and opportunities to enhance their skills. Come out and see work by legends such as Otto Neals and by gifted newcomers as well. Saturdays & Sundays thru 6/23.


Thursday, June 13th TULIVU DONNA CUMBERBATCH Jazz 966 at The Plaza, Downing & Fulton Sts., FREE. Cumberbatch sounds like Sarah Vaughn when you close your eyes; when you open them you see the delightful smiling beauty that has graced Brooklyn’s jazz scene for decades! Come enjoy her, her honeyed voice, and her sterling band – all with seating, shade and snacks.

Friday, June 14th Saturday, June 8th THE FULTON ART FAIR “ON THE FENCE 2019”

Robert Fulton Park, Fulton St./ Harriet Ross Tubman Ave. @ Schenectady, 2-6pm, FREE. Attend the opening of the historic sixday juried event that gathers local artists


Building Plaza, 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Harlem, 12:302:30pm, FREE. December 2018 commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the iconic historian whose work changed the way that people of African descent see themselves and their place in the world. His teachings, mentorship and leadership, will now be memorialized at an unveiling ceremony co-naming this portion of 125th St. in his honor.

Brooklyn Community Board no. 8: One Month Before Summer Hiatus ➔➔ Continued from page 8 do with a patron believing another patron in Ode to Babel had approached her too aggressively. The Community District Office has not received complaints about the establishment. Rather, SLAC received 230 e-mails in support of the business as well as a joint letter of support from Majority Leader Cumbo and Councilman Levin. The Community Board vote resulted in 30 approvals and 2 abstentions.

The Bylaws Committee submitted to the body significant updates and changes in the Memberships, Officers And Elections, and Committes sections, as well as standardizing the general formatting and language of Brooklyn Community Board No. 8’s bylaws.The general body was favorably disposed to these changes and the item passed. After committee reports were completed, the meeting was adjourned.

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