and Child Care:
October 2007, we spoke with Jeremy Laufer, District Manager of Community
Board 7, about the shortage of nearby quality middle school
seats. CB7 voted to try to bring a new middle school into
the district (which covers Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park and Greenwood
Heights), as well as to advocate for more day care in the district.
A new early childhood center for pre-K – 2nd grade and a new
high school are scheduled for Sunset Park and there is a group in
Sunset Park that is pushing for a grades 6 – 12 school for
In 2008, State Senator Eric Adams met with local parents
in summer of 2008 to discuss middle school options. And as of early
February 2009, the Catholic Archdiocese announced plans to possibly
close Immaculate Heart of Mary School (grades pre-K to 8th) and
merge it with Holy Name Church. If you are interested in getting
involved in this issue, please contact email@example.com.
Ave. and Terrace Place: There
has been concern about speeding trucks on this dangerous intersection,
as well as trucks parked overnight along McDonald Ave. and Terrace
Place. Resident Dahlia Ward gathered support from neighbors and
elected officials about this issue. In mid 2008, Assemblyman Brennan
and CB7 requested the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) conduct a traffic
study of the intersection; the DOT concluded that a traffic light
was not needed and that this was an enforcement issue. On the positive
side, the precinct stepped up enforcement of the three-hour limit
on truck parking in a residential neighborhood, greatly decreasing
the presence of parked trucks along the strip.
of contaminated soil on Caton Ave.: In early Sept. 2008,
residents learned of a plan by the Dept. of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) to transport contaminated soil by truck from a site in Far
Rockaway through Brooklyn including along Caton Ave. With the help
of Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Councilmember Bill de Blasio,
we were able to get answers from the DEC that appear to have sufficiently
addressed the community’s concerns.
Jennifer Hopkins is working to establish
a greenway between our two neighboring 500+ acre green areas (i.e.,
Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery) to create an enormous habitat
for native butterflies and birds. She has been working to educate
neighbors on the planting of high-nectar flowers to encourage these
wild species, and is hoping to organize a planting project in Spring
2009 in one of Windsor Terrace’s underused open spaces. For
more information please go to: www.brooklynbutterflyproject.org.
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Car break-ins: Just
hours after the WTA’s September 2008 general meeting, police
from the 72nd precinct arrested three males for breaking into cars
in the neighborhood and in nearby areas. The police were patrolling
the area based on complaints from local residents, concerns that
the WTA had been bringing to the attention of local police and officials.
The suspects admitted to breaking into 30 other cars in the past
in this area.
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