Community News – 07.04.12

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Community News – 07.04.12

Fort Tryon Park celebrates 75 Years

As part of its 75th year celebration, the Fort Tryon Park Trust hosts a series of events, including a live music concert with the Garbage Men. Photo: www.garbagemen.com

As part of its 75th year celebration, the Fort Tryon Park Trust hosts a series of events, including a live music concert with the Garbage Men.
Photo: www.garbagemen.com

Neighborhood Yard Sale

This Sun., July 15th, the Trust will hold a Neighborhood Yard Sale from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Park’s Stan Michels Promenade.

Reduce, reuse, recycle: give your old things a new life in the hands of a neighbor and make a few bucks while you are at it.

Bargain hunters come from near and far to shop the yard sale on Stan Michels Promenade.

Table rental is only $35. Rental includes a 6–ft. x 10–ft.space and use of a 6–ft x 30–in. table. Limited tables available.

Reserve a table at www.FortTryonParkTrust.org to sell personal and household items.

The Trusts asks residents to note that the Neighborhood Yard Sale’s permit stipulates that  is for individuals sell personal and household items only. Space is not be to allocated to organizations, artists, businesses etc. On the day of the event, any commercial enterprises will be asked to leave and no refunds will be given.

Baker’s Bash

 

 A bake-off competition for all community residents will be held on Linden Terrace.

A bake-off competition for all community residents will be held on Linden Terrace.

Also on Sun., July 15th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Park’s Linden Terrace, come out to enjoy a bake-off competition, breakfast buffet, face painter, with live music from Bossy Frog Band as well as the Garbage Men.

A complimentary breakfast from Coogan’s Restaurant will be served.

For the Baker’s Bash, bakers are welcomed to enter the baking competition and win prizes. Entrants must provide a dozen servings for each category they wish to enter.

To enter the baking contest, please email stephanie.blaufarb@parks.nyc.govor call 212-795-1388×302 to let us know your name, email, phone, address and what category you will enter.

Live Children’s Music Concert

The Bossy Frog Band is a fun and funky musical experience for children, young and old. Led by Jeffrey Friedberg, certified music therapist, on banjo, The Bossy Frog Band creates a safe environment for children to let loose and discover the world around them. Songs are composed specifically as a means of facilitating growth socially, personally, cognitively, and physically. Children will dance, sing and immerse themselves in the Bossy Frog experience.

The Garbage-Men are five teens from Sarasota, Florida whose instruments are made from recycled objects. The band started about two years ago. Jack Berry—who was in eighth grade at the time—decided to make a playable, homemade guitar. After som etrial-and-error, he ended up building it from a cereal box, a yardstick and toothpicks.

After Jack showed his creation to his friend Ollie Gray, Ollie had the idea to form a band using other homemade instruments as a way to promote recycling. “We want to show people there is more to recycling than throwing things away in the bin,” Jack, 16, told TFK. “You can actually reuse materials.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at www.FortTryonParkTrust.org. Space is limited.

The 175th Street Greenmarket re-opens

 

The  seasonal 175th Street Greenmarket has reopened.

As announced by GrowNYC, the stretch of 175th Street between Wadsworth and Broadway will be transformed every Thursday morning into a bustling marketplace overflowing with fresh local fruits and vegetables.

Residents will be able to purchase produce, Mexican specialty products and bread, pies and scones made with local flour. School groups and other community organizations also frequently visit the market which doubles as classroom and social center.

Weekly cooking demonstrations and nutrition education are led by NYC Department of Health’s Stellar Markets program.  In addition, the market offers free recipes in English and Spanish.

The 175th Street Greenmarket is located on 175th Street between Wadsworth and Broadway, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday through November 15.

* WIC and FMNP checks accepted at individual farmer stands.

* EBT/Food Stamps and Debit/Credit accepted at market info tent.

Some of the vendors this year include:

  • Caradonna Farms: Orchard fruit and plants from Ulster County, NY.
  • Bread Alone: Artisan breads, mostly certified Organic, and pastries from Ulster County, NY.
  • Hoeffner Farms: Fruits, vegetables and plants from Orange County, NY. One of Greenmarket`s founding farmers in 1976.
  • La Baraja Farm: Vegetables and Mexican specialty items from Orange County, NY. A New Farmer Development Project Participant.
  • Migliorelli Farm: Vegetables and orchard fruit from Dutchess County, NY.
  • Nature’s Way Farms: Honey, bee pollen & candles from Chemung County, NY.
  • Meredith’s Bakery: Baked goods from Ulster County, NY.
  • Nolasco’s Farm: Vegetables and Mexican specialty items from Warren County, NJ.  A New Farmer Development Project Participant.
  • S & S.O. Produce Farms: Vegetables from Orange County, NY. One of Greenmarket`s founding farmers in 1976.
  • Seatuck Fisheries: Wild-caught fish and seafood from Suffolk County, NY.
  • Wager’s Cider Mill: Orchard fruit, grapes, juice & cider from Yates County, NY.

For additional information about this market, visit www.grownyc.org/ourmarkets.

WIBO holds First Annual Executive Summary Competition

Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) will hold its First Annual

Executive Summary Competition.

Founded in 1966 in Harlem, WIBO is a private non-profit organization that is committeed to assisting men and women become successful entrepreneurs. Its mission is to enable small business owners and budding entrepreneurs from underserved communities to develop economic power, provide jobs and improve communities.

WIBO is encouraging alumni, as well as other interested business owners to register today for its first Executive Summary competition in an effort to help all move through the process of getting their thoughts and plans for business growth “out of their heads and on to paper” and achieve a well-developed Business Plan.

For more information, please send an email to competition@wibo.org or call 212.684.0854.

DEP Issues Safety Alert on Opening Fire Hydrants

 

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection seeks to remind local residents of the dangers of open fire hydrants.  Photo credit: Isaacc Garcia

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection seeks to remind local residents of the dangers of open fire hydrants.
Photo credit: Isaacc Garcia

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection reminds New Yorkers that opening fire hydrants without spray caps is illegal, wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure and put lives at risk if there is a fire. Children can also be at serious risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can knock a child down, causing serious injury.

The unauthorized opening of New York City fire hydrants often spikes during heat waves. Firefighters need adequate water pressure to put out fires. Opening a hydrant without a spray cap lowers water pressure and can hinder firefighting by reducing the flow of water to hoses and pumps. The reduction of water pressure resulting from illegally opened hydrants can also cause problems at hospitals and other medical facilities. Opening a hydrant illegally can result in fines of up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both. New Yorkers should call 311 to report open fire hydrants.

Hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap. One illegally opened hydrant generally releases more than 1,000 gallons of water per minute, while a hydrant with a spray cap releases 20 to 25 gallons per minute. Spray caps can be obtained by an adult 18 or over, free of charge, at local firehouses.

New Yorkers are urged to report illegally opened fire hydrants to 311 immediately.

DEP manages the city’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons of water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight million in New York City. NYC Water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, and comprises 19 reservoirs, and three controlled lakes. The in-city distribution network consists of 6,600 miles of tunnels and water mains, and includes approximately 109,000 fire hydrants throughout the five boroughs.

For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/dep or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nycwater.