Category Archives: Brooklyn Downtown Star

Bed-Stuy program more than summer school

As published in the Brooklyn Downtown Star

Amidst the stifling temperatures and oppressive humidity, 15 young Brooklynites have opted to pass up ever-so-tempting trips to the pool in favor of a dive into books.

But this isn’t your typical summer school.

Located in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Academy of Business and Community Development (ABCD) charter school runs a unique five-week summer program for inner city youth.

The program is different from the average summer school experience; in addition to basic math and literacy tutoring, participants are mentored by New York University (NYU) students through the Liberty Partnership Program (LPP), and also get to go on weekly trips.

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A church survives, despite recession

As published in the Brooklyn Downtown Star

Lilly Jackson, a retired Brooklynite and cancer survivor, knows just where to go when she’s feeling hungry or needs spiritual guidance. When her wallet runs dry and her voice echoes in her apartment, she can always catch the B83 and head to St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church (SPCBC) on Hendrix Street.

The Reverend David Brawley is more than willing to take Jackson and others out for a meal and chat about their issues.

Many Brooklyn churches have been forced to cut back services in the past two years. SPCBC, in contrast, has increased services for its 4,000-member congregation, one of the largest in East New York.

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Church transformed into courthouse

As published in the Brooklyn Downtown Star

Have a warrant, summons or minor violation? Head to church to have it all straightened out.

Thanks to a pilot program called Project Safe Surrender, individuals with outstanding warrants for non-violent violations – such as drinking in public or jumping subway turnstiles – were able to turn themselves in at a makeshift courtroom at St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church on Hendrix Street in East New York.

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Towns to seek 15th term this fall

As published in the Brooklyn Downtown Star

It looks like this Democrat is staying in town for the long run.

Congressman Edolphus Towns announced his run for re-election to the 10th Congressional District on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Monday morning. His public announcement attracted a large crowd of supporters, including Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and East New York community activist and retired Department of Education official Queenie Wooten.

After nearly thirty years of service and fourteen successful elections, Towns has no intentions of stepping – or slowing – down.

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