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NEXT TOWN SQUARE MEETING! Monday, October 5, 2009 102 Oak Street 7 pm Dear Town Square Members, Our next meeting is coming up next Monday, October 5th. As you all know, Town Square typically meets on the 1st Monday of each month unless otherwise specified. The rest of our 2009 meeting schedule is presented below. RSVPs are not required, but would be greatly appreciated. Scheduled 2009 Meetings: 1st Monday of the Month October 5 November 2 December 7 With good food, drink, and enthusiastic company, it’s amazing what we, as friends and neighbors, can come up and accomplish together. QUICK SEPTEMBER RECAP A. FAMILY DAY AT COOPER PARK represents the first program offered by Town Square in this lovely park. The event was rained out on Saturday, September 12th and was rescheduled for the following Saturday, September 19th. It was wonderful with tons of fun activities for kids (the Greenpoint Y, the Painted Cloud, & Seth Ginsberg’s Creative Music Programs), live music (Maquina Mono), and an outdoor screening of Disney’s “Howl’s Moving Castle.” A huge “THANK YOU” to Carolina Asirifi, Steven Garrelts, and Jeff Mann for making this possible! We’d also like to thank the Cooper Park Neighborhood Association for helping plan the event, Metro Fuel for donating their amazing bio-diesel generator and Engine House 216 for coming out to fill our movie screen’s water barrels. With the help of neighborhood groups such as the Cooper Park Neighborhood Association, St. Nick’s, and Cooper Park’s Tenant Association, we hope to bring other family programs (such as Pumpkin Day!) to this park. OCTOBER! A BUSY MONTH IN STORE! B. Sat, 10/10 is our popular PUMPKIN DAY in McCarren Park. Kids get to pick out their own pumpkin and receive a goody bag chock full of arts & crafts activities. There’ll be live music and a grand time for all. And guess what! There’s going to be not just one but TWO Pumpkin Days in our ‘hood for we’ll be having another Pumpkin Day at Cooper Park on Sat, 10/24! C. Sun, 10/11 is the dotORG-athon, a walk/jog/bike/roll-athon, sponsored by Mission Related (a World Vision affiliate) for small NYC non-profit organizations. What makes this fundraiser so marvelous and unique is the fact that Mission Related is allowing participants to raise funds for any not-for-profits, such as Town Square – who would not have the capacity to organize such an event by themselves. In keeping with this sentiment, Town Square invites our fellow neighbors - other community organizations, churches, schools – to join us on the 11th. We have completed/paid all the application paperwork/fees and will act as fiscal agent. All you need to do is get your pledges and come walk with us. You can pledge the donations to Town Square or another worthy group of your choice. We thought it would be a wonderful sight to see a whole procession of North Brooklynites marching together. The shortest route is less than 2 miles and you can roll the route (ie. bikes, scooters, what fun!): it would be a great community fundraiser to involve our kids! If you are interested in learning more, please come to our Monday meeting or contact Marice at D. Sun, 10/18 is SCHOOLFEST (11 am – 3 pm at 325 Bushwick Avenue, home to both PS 147 & the Brooklyn Latin School). We’ll have tables from schools, day care centers, and child service providers in Greenpoint, Williamsburg - and now, Bushwick - and a student talent show. We’ll also have a college presence this time. Not only do we have over 50 institutions confirmed but the workshop line-up is amazing! So far, we’ve got the following planned for you: (1) Pre-K/Elementary choices/application, (2) Middle School choices/application, (3) High School choices/application, (4) Special Needs resources, (5) College choices/application, (6) College preparation, (8) Student Loans, and more. This exciting program is made possible by the generous support of our council members, Diana Reyna and David Yassky, and the DOE! E. Sat, 10/24 is our first annual PUMPKIN DAY in Cooper Park. Kids get to pick out their own pumpkin and receive a goody bag chock full of arts & crafts activities. There’ll be live music and a grand time for all. F. Sun, 10/25 is our annual CHILDREN’s HALLOWEEN PARADE & PARTY (4-7 pm, 177 Java Street). We will start at 177 Java Street, march down Manhattan Avenue to Nassau and return to Java for a spooktacular time! HOLIDAY SEASON G. HOLIDAY LIGHTS: As you may recall, there weren’t going to be any Holiday Lights last year on Manhattan Avenue. Town Square stepped in at the last minute (literally, as in December) and was able to put up decorations for our community. We hoped that a merchant association or group of merchants would step up for this year’s holiday lights – but this is not looking to be the case. So, we are putting this on the table for discussion for the last time: should Town Square shoulder the responsibility again this year? H. SANTA BREAKFAST: A breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 5th sounds like a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season. Caroline is spearheading this project. We need to choose a location and menu, and of-course, a volunteer for the jolly old soul. OTHER I. OFFICE SPACE: Michal Pankowski, our accountant, has generously donated office space for us to use at 97 Greenpoint Avenue, between Franklin and Manhattan Avenues. Thank you so much, Michal! J. STAFFING: Marice has been working for us on a part-time basis but with our expanding programs, we are on a constant lookout for great interns and another part-time staffer (who could be a candidate for a full-time position). And if you would like to volunteer for any of our events or programs, we would be delighted! We can always use a helping hand or two or three. K. SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Town Square has formed a school committee, comprised of educators, parents, and other interested individuals. The committee will be a key and vital vehicle for developing and planning Town Square programs and events that involve our schools and kids such as Schoolfest, Earth Day, music programs, etc. And we have a few more ideas to share. The committee agreed to meet quarterly (not bad, no?) but will communicate regularly by email and conference call. If you would like to be involved, please contact me. We are going to try to schedule a meeting for Friday, September 25th, at or after 3 pm. L. MUSIC SCHOOL: We are still working on this objective and would welcome your thoughts and participation. M. Finally, if there are any community announcements or events that you would like us to share with our mailing list, do let us know and we will happily accommodate your requests. We’ll see you on Monday! Regards, Susan Anderson Chairperson Town Square 718.609.1090 UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG Thursday, October 1, 2009 GENERAL The Brooklyn Library: The Greenpoint and Leonard Branches both have neighborhood Friends Groups which advocate and support their neighborhood libraries. For info on these groups, please go to Brooklyn Public Library's home page at; click on Supporting the Library on the left sidebar; and click on Friends Groups. Contact info etc is provided there. FALL 2009 Mon, Oct 5, 7 pm Town Square’s monthly meeting. Location TBD. Contact Susan at 718.609.1090. Sat, Oct 10, 11 am–1 pm Town Square’s Pumpkin Day at McCarren Park. Sun, Oct 11 DotORG-athon. Come walk for Town Square in the Bronx. Festival to follow at Orchard Beach. Sat, Oct 17, 3 pm - 6pm Family Night, Halloween Event, Greenpoint Y, 99 Meserole. Sun, Oct 18, 11 am-3 pm Town Square’s Schoolfest. 325 Bushwick Avenue, PS 147 & The Brooklyn Latin School. Sat, Oct 24, 11 am–1 pm Town Square’s Pumpkin Day at Cooper Park. Sat, Oct 24, 1 pm - 5pm Harvest Festival, PS 132, 320 Manhattan Ave. Sun, Oct 25. 4 pm-7pm Town Square’s Children’s Halloween Parade & Party. 177 Java St. WINTER 2009 Mon, Nov 2, 7 pm Town Square’s monthly meeting. Location TBD. Contact Susan at 718.609.1090. Sun, Dec 5, 11 am Town Square’s Santa Breakfast Mon, Dec 7, 7 pm Town Square’s monthly meeting. Location TBD. Contact Susan at 718.609.1090. December Town Square’s Jingle Bell Bazaar (?) December Town Square’s Santa Parade (?)

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