MT- Community 10.10.12
United Palace Cathedral honors outstanding leaders
The United Palace Cathedral (UPC) honoredoutstanding community leaders of the Washington Heights and Inwood communities at its 45th Anniversary Community Black and White Ball this past Sat., Oct. 6th at the Palace.
Pastor Jack Bomar said, “UPC is a spiritual and multicultural community modeling and celebrating creative work in partnership with the community.”
Fresh Youth Initiatives (FYI) received a special award as “Organization of the Year,” which was accepted by its Executive Director Steve Ramos.
The New York Blood Center will have a blood drive at the 34th Precinct on Thurs., Oct. 11th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The 34th Precinct is located at 4295 Broadway at the corner of West 183rd Street. All residents are welcome.
For more information, please call 212.927.0576.
Unity in the Heights Festival
The 33rd Precinct will host a community festival on Sat., Oct. 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on West 175th Street between St. Nicholas and Audubon Avenues. There will be free food, games, sports, music and safety resources.
For more information, please send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NMIC awarded competitive grant for citizenship services
The Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) has received a two-year $160,000 grant from the U.S. Office of Citizenship for its citizenship and integration services, as was announced this past Tues., Oct. 2nd.
NMIC will expand provision of English Literacy (EL) Civics classes and Citizenship Preparation classes in both English and Spanish, allowing more residents to access affordable, accurate citizenship-focused services.
While basic English Literacy Civics and Citizenship Preparation programs have been offered since 2003 at NMIC, a new addition will be the Spanish-language Citizenship Preparation classes.
NMIC’s comprehensive Social Services department will assist in continued and expanded intake and consultations for clients seeking important services, and the English language classes will be expansions of existing successful NMIC programs in high demand by community members.
NMIC anticipates serving 100 students in both the English and Spanish citizenship preparation classes, and projects high rates for program participant success based on
the Adult Education department’s record of high accomplishments.
The U.S. Office of Citizenship selected 31 organizations out of more than 150 eligible applications to receive two-year grants to expand citizenship preparation instruction and naturalization application services to permanent residents through September 2014. In the fourth year of these competitive grants, NMIC was one of only two New York recipients to receive funding; the other New York organization awarded was the International Rescue Committee, Inc. (IRC).
Free flu shots
Free flu shots for senior citizens sponsored by Northern Manhattan’s public officials will be administered by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York on Wed., Oct. 31st from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hebrew Tabernacle, located at 551 Fort Washington Avenue at West 185th Street.
The doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Registration is required; residents are asked to call Mariella Rueda at 212.568.2828 in Assemblyman Farrell’s office.
WE ACT hosts tree giveaway
WE ACT for Environmental Justice has teamed up with Million Trees NYC and New York Restoration Project to give away 100 trees.
The tree giveaway will take place this Sat., Oct. 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Sculpture Garden Park, located at 452 West 153rd Street (between St. Nicholas and Amsterdam Avenues).
The tree selection includes an array of mostly native ornamental trees: American Persimmon fruit trees, Serviceberry fruit trees, Common Witch-hazel trees, and American Hazelnut trees.
As part of WE ACT’s mission to improve the environmental quality of life of all northern Manhattan residents, trees will be provided.
“Trees are so important to the environment; they provide shade, beautify our neighborhoods, safeguard against both soil erosion and extreme flooding, and most importantly, help combat pollution and contribute to improved ambient air quality,” note organizers.
There will be music and light refreshments, and reservations are required.
The trees available for pickup will be young trees, weighing 15-30 lbs. Those interested are asked to plan accordingly for transportation, and dollies or carts are suggested.