Week In Review, Aug. 13

Rev. Jacob Smith

Rev. Jacob Smith

Several members of the Cavalry-St. George’s parish, including Reverend Jacob Smith and Josh Encinias, were at the All Angels Episcopal Church in Twilight Park, Greene County over the weekend when a fire broke out. Everyone was able to escape the building and although several people were hospitalized, all are expected to make a full recovery. The building was destroyed in the fire, which is believed to be electrical in origin. Reverend Smith will be at Calvary-St. George’s next Sunday and available then to provide an update.

Stuyvesant Town resident and swimmer Simona Dwass completed a big race on the first Saturday in August. The recent high school graduate was attempting the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, taking a counterclockwise turn about the island, and she made it in eight hours and 20 minutes. She was initially worried that the water temperature might be an impediment to her finishing but managed to overcome the obstacle. “I was cold, but just kept going,” she said. “Overall it was a great adventure.”

Breastfeeding mothers and families, elected officials and advocates from throughout the city participated in the “NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council’s Annual Breastfeeding Subway Caravan” on the steps of City Hall on Friday.
After the rally, the caravan traveled on the A train to Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza for the Brooklyn Alliance for Breastfeeding Empowerment’s (B.A.B.E.) day-long breastfeeding celebration. The Breastfeeding Leadership Council seeks to draw attention to the fact that too many women are still being questioned or harassed for breastfeeding in public.
At the rally, Maloney was presented with the NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council’s Breastfeeding Champion Award for her leadership in promoting breastfeeding as an option for working mothers. For many years, Maloney has introduced legislation to promote and protect a mother’s right to breastfeed. She partnered with Senator Jeff Merkley to include a provision in the Affordable Care Act stating that employers must provide breastfeeding employees with “reasonable break time” and a private, non-bathroom place to express breast milk during the workday, until the child’s first birthday.

State Senator Brad Hoylman (third to right) and staff members Photo courtesy of Brad Hoylman)

State Senator Brad Hoylman (third to right) and staff members (Photo courtesy of Brad Hoylman)

This past Sunday, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, ranking member of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, and his staff joined the White Roof Project in painting an apartment roof in the East Village to reflect the sun and help save energy costs. The East Village/Lower East Side area of New York is one of the highest per-capita energy-using neighborhoods in New York State, and a large part of that energy is generated from black tar roofs that trap heat in buildings. White solar-reflective coating helps lower building temperatures, reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and save up to 40 percent of energy costs by reflecting 90 percent of sunlight.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced she will gather with prominent members of the Greek financial and business communities to urge the U.S. to take steps that can boost Greece’s economy. This will be in a press conference this Thursday at noon inside the Atlantic Bank at 405 Park Avenue. Due to the financial crisis and the €60 per day withdrawal limit, remittances cannot get to those who need money in Greece. With hundreds of millions of U.S. remittances to Greece sitting on the sidelines, Maloney will be calling on top U.S. officials and key federal financial regulators to work with their Greek counterparts to find a way to allow these funds to reach family and friends in Greece.

Department of Health Commissioner Mary Bassett released a statement last Friday about the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in the Bronx.
“New York City is experiencing the worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in its history, with more than 100 people diagnosed in the South Bronx,” Bassett said. “We now see the frequency of diagnoses decreasing, as well as the number of emergency department visits for pneumonia in the South Bronx. We’re optimistic that we’ve seen the worst of this outbreak, and that our remediation efforts are having an impact. However, we must all remain vigilant. The Health Department will continue to monitor for new cases and check that building owners are continuing remediation efforts.”
The mayor’s office reported on Tuesday that there have been 115 individuals with Legionnaires’ and 79 have been treated and discharged. Twelve people have died and all those deceased were adults with underlying medical conditions.

The basketball courts get restored at Tompkins Square Park. Photo courtesy of NYC Parks)

The basketball courts get restored at Tompkins Square Park. (Photo courtesy of NYC Parks)

NYC Parks, in partnership with YouTube, announced the completion of the newly restored basketball courts at Tompkins Square Park, East 10th Street and Avenue B, on Monday. The refurbishment of the courts included new structural framework, upgraded backboards and rims, sealed uniform asphalt overlay and a fresh painting of the courts and lines. Two full courts have been completely restored as well as two additional half courts that received new backboards and rims. The courts were reopened to the public immediately upon completion of the work on Saturday evening, August 8. This is the first renovation of the basketball courts since their original construction in 1992. This renovation was made possible through generous funding provided by YouTube.

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