Neighborhood News: A Tenants Rights Workshop This Week and a Scholarship Opportunity

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A few things of note in the nabe!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11th at 6:30pm, the Brooklyn Movement Center is hosting its first-ever tenant’s rights training. Here are details:

Maybe you’re a tenant whose landlord is making it more and more difficult for you to live in your Central Brooklyn apartment.

Or maybe you’ve wondered how to go about getting repairs and improvements made in your building, or whether the rent you’re paying is legal.

The Brooklyn Movement Center, in partnership with the Community Development Project, is offering a training on tenants’ right so that you can answers these questions. During this session, we’ll also discuss BMC’s early efforts to strengthen the ability of long-time Black residents to remain in Central Brooklyn, and how you can possibly play a role in building tenant power in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

It will happen at the BMC’s headquarters at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue. RSVP here.

Secondly, applications are open to graduating high school seniors in Central Brooklyn for the Elsie E. Richardson Scholarship. Here are details on that:

Elsie E. Richardson was a community activist in Bedford Stuyvesant for a number of decades. She was born in 1922 in New York, NY and following high school, where she developed secretarial skills, she put these skills to work to serve her country in Washington D.C. during WWII. Following the war she married and relocated to Brooklyn. Elsie’s involvement and activism placed her in the forefront in supporting and/or forming the following well known organizations: Crown Heights Health Center, St. John’s Recreation Center, Pratt Institute Center for Community Development, Medgar Evers College, Boys and Girls HS, Weeksville Society, and Magnolia Tree Earth Center.

Elsie, a strong supporter of education, earned her BA from Pratt Institute and her MA from the New School for Social Research. As the Co-Chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant Housing Committee in the 1960s she escorted Senator Robert F. Kennedy on a tour of the area. Following the tour upon his recommendation she formed a committee which led to the formation of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

Her tireless energy led to her employment as a Broadcaster on Medgar Evers College Radio and a position with the NYC Board of Education. Her family is paying tribute to her commitment to community by offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who meet the criteria identified below.

To check out that criteria and submit an application, go here.

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Open Houses Kicking Off for the Urban Dove Team Charter High School

urban dove charter school, bed-stuy

A local charter school for high-school students is kicking off open house events this Friday, May 4th. The Urban Dove Team Charter High School, according to its website, “energizes at-risk students through a program consisting of sports, health and fitness that focuses on developing teamwork, healthy competition and self-confidence for academic and life success.” The school accepts students 16 and younger with eight core credits or less. The charter also accepts under-credited students who may have not made it through the 9th grade.

The open houses are a chance for potential students and parents to tour the school, talk with teachers and get a feel for the environment. (The students can also bring in their transcript or an IEP, if applicable.) Open houses will be held every Friday between 2:30 and 4pm, just call the school at the number listed above to schedule a visit.

Also, on Saturday, June 2nd, the school will host “Dove Day,” a community fair that’s open to the public. There will be health screenings, a basketball tournament, dunking tank, rock climbing, a student talent show and more. Urban Dove will also set up a recruitment table for families to sign up. That’s happening at Banneker Playground (Lafayette and Marcy) between 12 and 4pm.

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Mark Your Calendar for the Macon Library Friends Group Meeting

Macon Street Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, Bed-Stuy

Support your local library! The Macon Library (located at 361 Lewis Avenue) is assembling a group of Bed-Stuy residents that can help advocate for the local branch in the new year. The first meeting of the Macon Library’s Friend Group for 2017 will be held on Thursday, January 12th. Here are all the details:

We would like to invite you to an information session for Macon Library’s Friend Group on January 12th at 6:30pm. This meeting is for anyone interested in advocating, engaging, supporting, and fundraising for your local branch! This is a great way to get involved in your local community and meet new people. Our goal is to gather a diverse and multigenerational group of volunteers who are dedicated to making positive changes in the library and help it reflect the vibrant community of Bed-Stuy. All are welcomed and please invite your friends. We look forward to seeing you at the library!

Become a friend of the Macon Library!

Macon Street Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, Bed-Stuy

Looking for a way to support the Bed-Stuy community? Here’s a great opportunity: the Macon Library is looking for support. Here’s their message:

My name is Ellen Weaver and I am the children’s librarian at the Macon branch of the Brooklyn Public Library located at 361 Lewis Avenue between Halsey and Macon street. I am reaching out to let you know that the library is looking for locals who are interested in becoming Friends of Macon Library and I though that your page would be a great resource to get the word out. The mission of the Friends Group is to advocate, engage, support, and fundraise for the library. We truly believe that there is something for everyone at the library and we want to make the library the best it can possibly be, but we can’t do this without the input, talent, and dedication from the Bed-Stuy community. You can find us here on Facebook or give the library at call at 718-573-5606 to be added to our Friends interest list.

There has been so much concern about how to engage after the recent election, and this seems like an excellent way to donate your time to the community and support things–like public libraries–that are already great assets in our city and country. Thank you for considering!