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The upcoming week’s schedule of CommunityBoard 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-wise noted, all committee meetings are held at theboard ofﬁce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room709 at 6 p.m.
ON MON., SEPT. 27:
CB 1’s Affordable HousingTask Force will meet.
ON TUES., SEPT. 28:
CB 1’s full board meetingwill be held at Access Community Health Clinic, 83Maiden Lane, ManhattanThe ﬁfth annual Tribeca Meet-and-Greet is slated forSeptember 28. This year, it will be held at Reade Street’snewest business, FasTracKids. But don’t let the name of thebusiness fool you, this function is not for the little ones.Frankly Wines will provide the libations and there willalso be some tasty appetizers. It’s primarily a networkingevent and it is by no means limited to Tribeca residents.Anyone is welcome so long as the idea of beneﬁting fromsome friendly chitchat and the exchanging of business cardsseems appealing.Tribeca Meet-and-Greet is organized by the TribecaPerforming Arts Center. For additional information contactDavid Cleaver. New business owners are especially encour-aged to drop by.New York State Senator Daniel Squadron took a trip to Washington D.C. on Wednesday to advocate for “beneﬁtcorporations” at a national symposium dedicated to “PublicPolicy and Sustainable Portfolios.” The Social InvestmentForum sponsored the symposium.In a press release the State Senator said, “In New York andacross the country, there are entrepreneurs and investors whowant to participate in traditional proﬁt making business, butalso want to do good for society and the environment. Theidea of beneﬁt corporations ‘doing well by doing good’ is tak-ing hold nationwide, and New York has the opportunity tobecome a national leader in corporate social responsibility.Due to the recent controversy surrounding Park51, agroup of Muslim-led organizations convened in front of the proposed Islamic Cultural Center on Monday to discusscountering religious intolerance.“Once it became a rallying cry for extremists, we hadno choice but to stand with [Imam] Feisal [Abdul] Rauf,”said Shaik Ubaid of the Islamic Leadership Councilof Metropolitan New York in an interview with theAssociated Press.The Muslim leaders plan to hold a nationwide “Weekof Dialogue” in late October, when they will organize openhouses at their respective houses of worship.“We stand for the constitutional right of Muslims,and Americans of all faiths, to build houses of worshipanywhere in our nation as allowed by local laws and regu-lations,” the group leaders said in a joint statement readaloud at Park51 on Monday, according to the CordobaInitiative website.The statement continued, “It is our hope and desire thatthese events will help to allay tensions in civil society causedby the Park51 controversy and will build bridges of under-standing that unite and strengthen our nation.”
Tribeca Meet-and-Greet turns ﬁve!Mr. Squadron goes to Washington!
Muslim leaders plan nationwide “Week of Dialogue”
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BY JOHN BAYLES
The long-awaited Request for Proposalsfor the Lower Manhattan DevelopmentCorporation’s latest round of grants hasofﬁcially been released. The Community andCultural Enhancement Program will offer$17 million worth of grants to nonproﬁtsand government organizations located southof Houston Street, river to river.As stated on the L.M.D.C. website theprogram “will support cultural and com-munity programs and projects in LowerManhattan that would meet the needs of Lower Manhattan residents, workers, andcommunities resulting from the events of September 11, 2001.” However, the grantsare also available to organizations that“address or prevent blight, and/or beneﬁtlow and moderate income persons.”“This is a very important moment fornonproﬁt and cultural institutions that havebeen struggling,” said Julie Menin, L.M.D.C.board member and Community Board 1chair.Menin, as well as numerous other LowerManhattan residents, has been pushing forthe release of the R.F.P. since the L.M.D.C.announced it would make available themoney earlier this summer.“The Community and CulturalEnhancement Program presents an impor-tant opportunity for New York City,” saidMayor Michael R. Bloomberg, accordingto the L.M.D.C. website. “Through thisinitiative, the L.M.D.C. will provide crucialsupport for nonproﬁt organizations and rein-force Lower Manhattan’s identity as an excit-ing destination for New Yorkers and visitorsfrom around the world.”The funds are left over from an originalround of grants provided by the L.M.D.C.four years ago. Originally, the pool of fundswas divided into two separate categories.Now, both categories have been combined.Menin stressed the importance of makingclear that the money is not just for culturalnonproﬁts. Indeed, she hopes schools applyas well. During the original round of grants,many schools in Lower Manhattan, speciﬁ-cally P.S. 89 and P.S. 234 did not apply forthe grants. Menin said she believes the rea-son was due to a lack of publicity concerningthe programs.However this time around, the L.M.D.C.has agreed to a public session at which theywill spell out the speciﬁc organizations thatare eligible for the grants in an attempt tobe as transparent as possible. As of presstime, the date of the public session had notyet been set.
L.M.D.C. releases community and cultural enhancement R.F.P.
Letterto the Editor
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