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Friday, September 5
, 2014

Dear Neighbor,

Welcome back to school to all of the Districts Pre-K through high-schoolers, and their families! Theres lots of
news-you-can-use in the Education/Vocation section below. And, just because summers over, there are still lots
of recreational, cultural and fitness opportunities in our parks and throughout the District. Scroll down also for
information on free flu shots (Health, Recreation & Fitness section),afterschool and workforce development
opportuinities at CUNY in the Heights (Educational & Vocation Opportunities section), and the ever-popular CU
Lions football tickets (Looking Ahead section) available now through Sen. Espaillats office. The Medieval
Festival needs volunteers (How You Can Help section). And, next Tuesday, September 9
is Election Day! If you
are registered in a party, dont forget to vote. Polls are open from 6am-9pm. As several polling sites have changed
since the last election, go to the Board of Elections website to check for your polling place:

***Note for residents of Pinnacle buildings: As the result of a class action settlement, rent-regulated tenants in
buildings owned by Pinnacle are eligible to receive damages for actions from 2004 to 2010. Read the Legal Aid
Society's flyer online (in English and Spanish), or call our office (212-544-0173) or 888-736-8115 for information.***

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Next week (12 items)
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Looking ahead / Save-the-Date! (19 items)
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Health, recreation & fitness (6 items)
How You Can Help (4 items): share your money / stuff / time
General information & ongoing events (4 items)
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***TODAY & THIS WEEKEND*** (5 items)
The Fix: A Documentary Over the last two years, award-winning documentary, The Fix, was filmed within our
Einstein methadone clinics. A personal story of redemption and hope, The Fix puts a human face on addiction and
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disease with sensitivity and grace. It touches on such topics as Hepatitis C, alcohol and drug use disorders, and
harm reduction. There will be a FREE screening of the film, including live music, a panel discussion, Q & A, and
refreshments. At the Lehman College-Lovinger Theater. (The event is not in the 31
SD, but it features the work of
one of our constituents, a WH resident, who sent us this email.) For more information and RSVP at Friday, September 5
at 6pm.

Explore Inwood's Marshes with Expert Naturalist Mike Feller Explore the marshland at Inwood Hill Park as you
have never seen it before with expert naturalist Mike Feller, who has been involved in marsh restoration
throughout the five counties of New York City. Compare the new salt and fresh water wetlands at Muscota Marsh
with Inwood Hill Park's marsh. Bring the whole family to learn what exactly a marsh is, its impacts in New York City,
particularly post-Sandy, and their purpose today. Meet at Inwood Hill Park's Indian Road & W. 218
Entrance. Saturday, September 6
, 10am - 11:30am.

Memorial Concert in honor Bruce Reynolds will held in the community park named after him, following his tragic
death on 9/11. A very soulful and beautiful concert of Koto and Shakuhachi music will celebrate his life and legacy
by Taikoza. Isham Park (near W. 215
& Park terrace East). Music by the East Winds Ensemble, featuring Marco
LIENHARD, Shakuhachi and Masayo ISHIGURE, Koto. Free! Bring your folding chairs. Reception to follow. Saturday
September 6
at 5pm.

Gaga pal Pueblo traditional Dominican art including music, singing, dancing, visual and culinary art. Anne Loftus
Playground, Intersection of Dyckman St. & Broadway. For more info: Sundays
through September 21
, 3-7pm.

Riverbank Sunset Concert put on by the Harlem Creates Music Festival. Their show is coming straight from the
Apollo the night before only our show is FREE! The genre-bending music includes everything from a chamber
orchestra, a brass quartet, the Alvin Ailey dancers, jazz & reggae led by sax player, Rakiem Walker, to the new
sensation of AFROPUNK! Come watch the sun sink into the river with us no need for the shade of the trees or the
hats, bug spray or umbrellas! Itll be a beautiful thing. At Riverbank State Park, 145
Street @ Riverside Drive.
FREE. Sunday, September 7
, 5pm - 7pm

***NEXT WEEK*** (12 items)
Second Annual Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund: See Education section below or visit Application deadline is September 8

District 6 Community Education Council Business Meeting Introduction and Report of the Newly Acting
Superintendent, Manuel Ramirez; Presidents Report; Reports of the English Language Learners, Special Education,
Capital Plan/Zoning, Public Education Policy, Parent Involvement/Outreach, and Green & Wellness Committees; a
vote on a Resolution regarding Class Size Matters; selecting of dates for the Capital Plan Hearing and a Town Hall
Meeting; and updates on various events including a Kindergarten Fair and a Harvest Festival. At PS 48 (4360
Broadway @ W. 184
St.), room 531. Monday, September 8
, 7pm-10pm.

New York State Primary: If you are registered in a party, dont forget to vote in the Primary Election on Tuesday,
September 9
. Polls are open from 6am-9pm. As some polling sites have changed since the last election, you may
wish to check the Board of Elections website for your current site:

Hey knitters (and crocheters), come to the library on Tuesday mornings and join our new knitting circle! A great
way to meet your neighbors! At the Inwood Branch Public Library, 4790 Broadway. Every Tuesday at 11:30am.

Cooking Classes Who doesnt love to eat? We know that making healthy meals on a budget can be tough and want
to help make it easy and fun! Join us Tuesday evenings at 5:30 pm starting August 5th for a free six week class on
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healthy eating. Youll learn about whole food nutrition including fresh produce and get great recipes that give you
real bang for your buck. Plus youll get to take home a binder of recipes after the classes. Sponsored by the
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, Inwood Community Services, Inc., Community League of the
Heights and EmblemHealth. To sign up call 877-444-3674. Tuesday, September 9
, 5:30pm 7:15pm.

The NYPD Citizens Police Academy course shares training and tactics used by the NYPD as well as helps to foster a
working relationship with the NYPD. This is a 14-week training at the Police Academy, located at 235 E. 20
(btw 2
& 3
Aves.) The curriculum will include penal law and patrol guide procedures, stop/question/frisk,
firearms simulation training, CCRB, counterterrorism, and hands-on training. All applicants will be screened; if
selected, you register on the first day of class. If you are selected for training, please wear business casual; no jeans
or sneakers. The course is limited, so residents of the 34
Precinct please submit your application to the precinct.
For more information, contact Det. Pabey or P/O Perez at 212-927-0576 / 212-927-0287 or email (If you live outside of the 34
Pct., contact your precincts Community Affairs Office.) Class
begins September 9
, and meets Tuesdays at 6pm.

NYC, NYS & Corporate Certification and Contracting Opportunities Join the New York Womens Chamber of
Commerce, the Dominican Consulate and the Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce to learn about business
opportunities in the Dominican Republic through MWBE contracting. With presentations by Sen. Espaillat, NYC
Small Business Services, NYC Comptroller, Mayors Contracting Office, NY & NJ Minority Purchasing Council, Empire
State Development Corporation, National Supermarket Assn., and more. At the Dominican Consulate, 1501
Broadway (btw. W. 43
& W. 44
Streets). For more information: 212-491-9640 / Wednesday,
September 10
, 6pm-9pm. (You must RSVP.)

Community Board 12 Licensing Committee In the large 6
floor conference room at CB12s offices, 530 W. 166

St. (@ St. Nicholas Ave.). Agenda items include: State Liquor Authority Alteration Application (Beans & Vines
Corp. - 4799 Broadway, at the corner of Academy Street.); On-Premise Liquor License RENEWALS (El Nuevo Taino
Restaurant Corp. - 2228 Amsterdam Avenue, at the corner of W. 171st Street; R&M Restaurant Corp. - 1261-1263
St. Nicholas Avenue, bet. W. 173rd & W. 174th Streets; Floridita Restaurant Uptown Inc. - 4162 Broadway, at the
corner of W. 177th Street; Pasapalos Inc. dba Marcha Cocina Bar - 4055 Broadway, at the corner of W. 171st
Street; Broadway & 166th LLC. dba Dallas BBQ - 3956 Broadway, at the corner of W. 166th Street; Aero Lounge
NYC LLC. dba Skyline Lounge - 3847 10th Avenue, at the corner of W. 206th Street); NYC Taxi & Limousine
Commission Renewal of Livery Car Base License (Broad Dyckman Car Service Inc. - 200 Dyckman Street, at the
corner of Broadway); NYC Department of Consumer Affairs New Application for Unenclosed Sidewalk Caf (J&H
Restaurant Associates, Inc. dba Viva Tapas Bar & Lounge - 65 Sherman Avenue, at the corner of Arden Street;
South Beach Restaurant & Bar LLC. - 1390 St. Nicholas Avenue, bet. W. 179th & W. 180th Streets; Floridita Bakery
Corp. dba Floridita Broadway Bakery - 4187 Broadway, at the corner of W. 177th Street); State Liquor Authority
NEW On-Premise Liquor Licenses (Bleu Beauty Bar Inc. - 264 Sherman Avenue, at the corner of Isham Street;
Burgos Restaurant Corp. - 206 Dyckman Street, at the corner of Broadway; La Cerveceria Inc. - 120 Dyckman Street,
at the corner of Post Avenue; El Gran Valle IV Restaurant Inc. - 1944 Amsterdam Avenue, bet. W. 156th & W. 157th
Streets; 151 Dyckman Corp. dba Lotus Caf - 151 Dyckman Street, at the corner of Sherman Avenue; GEO 181 Inc.
dba Bangkok Heights - 812 W. 181st Street, at the corner of Pinehurst Avenue; Dyckman Hospitality LLC. dba
Uptown Social - 186 Dyckman Street, at the corner of Vermilyea Avenue; Villa Lounge 2 Corp. dba Rose Revolution
Beer Bar - 130-132 Audubon Avenue, at the corner of W. 172nd Street.); NEW Restaurant Wine Licenses (HL Art
Gallery LLC. - 120 Dyckman Street, 2nd floor (at the corner of Post Avenue; Taquera Los Jarritos Inc. - 121-A Nagle
Avenue, (bet. Sickles & Arden Streets; 805 V&S Foods Corp. - 805 West 187th Street, (near Ft. Washington Avenue;
Lux Bar & Grill Corp. - 92-A Nagle Avenue, (at the corner of Sickles Street; El Palacio Seafood Market Corp. - 1049
St. Nicholas Avenue, (at the corner of W. 163rd Street); NEW Tavern Wine License (Kazza Corp. - 709 W. 177th
Street, bet. Ft Washington & Broadway Aves.); NEW Eating Place Beer Licenses (1 Guadalupe Victoria Inc. - 1484
St. Nicholas Avenue, (bet. W. 184th & W. 185th Streets; Tropical Spanish Food Corp. - 3771 Broadway, (at the
corner of W. 157th Street). For more information, call 212-568-8500 or email Wednesday,
September 10
at 7pm.

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Where Does Israel Go Now? An Insiders View. An evening with IDF Major General (ret.) Yaacov Amidror: Senior
Advisor to JINSAs Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy, former National Security Advisor to Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu. At the Jewish Center (1st floor), 131 West 86th St. To RSVP, contact Eliane Glassman at 212-
724-2700 / or visit Thursday, September 11
at 8pm
(registration at 7:45pm).

Join the Ban the Illegal Hotel Campaign Kick off! There is a new coalition forming to fight back against Airbnb's
major PR campaign. We will be having a kick off rally on the steps of City Hall. We will send a strong message that
we are ready, willing and able to take on Airbnb's illegal hotel operation that creates fire and health safety hazards
for residents and tourists, contributes to the decimation of NYC's already-scarce supply of affordable housing, and
results in evictions because residents who rent out their apartments, even if they own them, may not know they
run the risk of being evicted for profiteering in violation of their leases. For more information, call Wendi Paster at
212-312-1492. Friday, September 12
at 11am.

Hereafter: Paintings by Andrea Arroyo The exhibit features select works from 2004-2014, including a series of
intimately sized works inspired by art and dance of South East Asia. At the Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino
Americano, 2710 Broadway (near 104
St.), 3rd fl. Free and open to the public. Opening Friday, September 12
, 6-
8pm; on display through October 4

El Grito de Dolores / Cry of Delores Mano A Mano is hosting a celebration of El Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores),
which marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence.The ceremony will follow special presentations by
El Ballet Folklrico Mexicano de New York and the Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino. City Councilman Carlos
Menchaca (the first Mexican-American elected to office in New York State and Chair of the Council's Committee on
Immigration) and Ambassador Sandra Fuentes, Mexico's Consul General in New York, will also attend the
celebration. The event is FREE and there will be light refreshments. Dress in your best traditional outfit, or wear
something green, white or red! At the Church of the Intercession, 520 West 155
Street between Broadway &
Amsterdam Avenue. For more information visit: or call 212-587-
3070. Friday, September 12
, 6pm 9pm.

***NEXT WEEKEND*** (6 items)
Muslim Arts Festival: Discovering Math Through the Arts Explore mathematical elements in Muslim art, stories
and textiles through interactive workshops that explore calligraphy, design and story telling. Childrens Museum of
Manhattan (CMOM), 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam and Broadway. For more information, visit various times on Saturday, September 13
& Sunday, September 14

Climate Justice Teach-In WeACT for Environmental Justice and a coalition of community partners is offering a free
community Teach In on Climate Change and Climate Justice to educate and inform our community members about
these critical issues. This event is also intended as a mobilizing event for the People's Climate March on Sunday,
Sept. 21
. For more information call James Burke at 212-961-1000, x314. Saturday, September 13
, 11am - 2pm.

Composting in Sherman Creek with the New York Restoration Project. Help process food scraps collected from the
neighboring Inwood Greenmarket and learn about how the Sherman Creek Compost Site keeps nutrientrich
compostable materials from ending up in landfills. Sift finished compost so that it can be used to amend poor
soils and help new plantings around NYRPs Parks and Gardens. Info: Danica Doroski, 212-333-2552 / Saturday, September 13
, 1pm - 3:30pm.

St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble comes to the five boroughs for free one-hour concerts featuring music for wind
quintet, starting at The New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Bring new or gently-used books
for children in under-served communities, to be donated through our partnership with Kids Research Center. Enjoy
a gourmet ice cream sandwich after the concert! Coolhaus will sell their unique and delicious ice cream inventions.
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Visit our event table to sign a letter to the mayor supporting libraries in our communities. Seating is first-come,
first-served. At the Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Avenue, Saturday, September 13
at 2:30pm.

Bloomingdale Family Days (composting, environmental information), Amsterdam Avenue between 106
Streets. Please note that textile and electronics recycling are on September 21
only. For more information
contact the Columbus-Amsterdam BID: 212-666-9774 / Sundays, September
& 21
, 11am 5pm.

Novels With a Social Conscience: A Book Discussion Group at Word Up Join us to discuss Isabel Allende's Of Love
and Shadows (1984, 290 pp.) This novels transports us to a Latin American country in the midst of a military
dictatorship, where a journalist and a photographer discover a hideous crime. Please prepare in advance by
reading this novel. For more information, contact Bob Lamm at At Word Up! Community
Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ W. 165
Street. 347-688-3456. Sunday, September 14
, 3pm - 5pm.

***LOOKING AHEAD / SAVE THE DATE*** (19 items)
English Class information sessions to enroll in Uptown Library classes (Inwood, Fort Washington and Washington
Heights Libraries) are coming soon. The information sessions will be held at: Bronx Library Center (310 Kingsbridge
Road) on Monday, September 15
or Tuesday September 23
at 12pm or 6pm; Harlem Library (9 West 124

Street) on Wednesday, September 17
at 1pm or 6pm.

Auditions for the Wind in the Willows with the Pied Piper Childrens Theatre. For ages 5-11. At the Theatre Space
at Inwoods Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St. between Broadway & Seaman Ave. (one block north of the
Dyckman Street A train station). Rehearsals begin October 20
; performances will be on December 13
, 14
, 20

& 21
. Children auditioning do NOT need to prepare anything, just show up! We hope to see you there! Tuesdays,
September 16
& 23
at 5pm.

International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice at Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920
Broadway. For more information see Wednesday, September 17
& Thursday,
September 18
, 8am 5pm.

Autism Initiative @ Sinergia Presents a series of FREE Education Workshops and Support Group. Open to
individuals, families, caregivers and professionals. Topics include The Evaluation Process in Children with ASD
(Tuesday 9/16, 10am-noon); Coping with Problem Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
(Wednesday, 10/1, 10am-noon); and additional topics in November and December, all by leading experts in the
field. RSVP: 212-643-2840 Ext #305 / Simultaneous English/Spanish translation
available. Light refreshments will be served. Rregister for as many workshops being offered by Sinergia as you like!

Movie Screening: The Future of Energy Join hosts New York Society for Ethical Culture, NYC Coalition of Block
and Community Leaders, and Planetary Advocates for the NYC premiere of the film, "The Future of Energy, a
positive film about the renewable energy revolution, and a love story about the countless individuals and
communities that are re-imagining their relationships with the planet and with each other. The film focuses on
solutions to climate change and advocates for the use of 100% renewable energy. The work of, Green for
All, Alliance for Climate Education, Solutions Project, and Go 100, along with that of many other organizations, is
featured in the film. As Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, has said, the film "is really about the
clean energy revolution happening right now. By the final credits, you'll know both how and why renewable energy
is the cleanest, quickest, cheapest, and safest way to supply all our energy needs." For a Vimeo preview, check out The filmmakers will be on hand for the NYC premiere; an audience Q&A follows the
movie. This will be a big event leading up to the first ever People's Climate March here in NYC. Be inspired! At the
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64
St. $ 10 suggested donation will be gladly accepted. Tuesday,
September 16
, 6:30pm 9pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm, event starts at 7pm.

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The Joy of Improv at Word Up Join us for improv comedy in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. No performing
experience is necessary just a willingness to experiment, play, and laugh with others. For more information,
contact Bob Lamm at At Word Up! Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @W.
Street. 347-688-3456. Wednesday September 17
, 7pm - 8:30pm.

Precinct Community Council meeting at the YM/YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave. Call
212-927-0576 for more information. Wednesday, September 17
at 7pm

Columbia Football: Go Lions! Northern Manhattan Neighbors Appreciation Day is back with all the fun, activities,
refreshments, giveaways and football you look forward to! The Lions will be playing Fordham on the Robert Kraft
Field at W. 218
Street, and as a northern Manhattan neighbor, its free! You can get tickets at the welcome table
on game day, or contact our office ( / 212-544-0173) to pick them up in advance.
Columbia University will also be making tickets available to three other home games October 4
(vs. Princeton),
November 1
(vs. Yale) and November 15
(vs. Cornell) to northern Manhattan residents. Tickets should be
available after Labor Day, but mark your calendars! Saturday, September 20
, beginning at 11am.

Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive & Community Celebration Rally for reading at 1pm Sister's
Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Ave. at W. 156
St.). Bring (or buy) a favorite book in order
to #RockThoseReads (publicly display your identity as a reader) AND a new or like-new children's book to donate
to a Harlem shelter. At 2pm, enjoy delicious samples from TEN's Literacy Across Harlem Day partner cafes, guided
by knowledgeable community ambassadors past historic reading-related landmarks. At 3pm, arrive at Marcus
Garvey Park's Richard Rodgers Amphitheater for an interactive, family-friendly community celebration of reading
and writing! Saturday, September 20
, 1pm - 4pm.

Summer on the Hudson: West Coast Swing Outdoors West coast swing, a partner dance fusing elements of slow
lindy hop, salsa, and booty-shakin, can be danced to R&B, pop, rock, hip hop, and blues. At W. 125
& Marginal
Streets, West Harlem Piers Park. For more information, visit Saturday, September 20
6pm-9pm; lesson at 7pm.

Electronics Recycling Recycle your e-waste in an environmentally responsible way. Bring your electronics and
batteries for recycling. Rain or shine. Free, though a donation of 50 per item is suggested for media disposal. For
households, non-profits and small businesses only. For more information call the Columbus-Amsterdam BID at
212-666-9774 or the Lower East Side Ecology Center at 212-477-4022 or visit
%20bring? Amsterdam Avenue (west side) between W. 109
& W. 110
Streets. Sunday, September 21
, 10am

Free Textile Recycling Bring your clean textiles including clothing and shoes (wearable or unwearable) for recycling
and help keep them out of NYC landfill. Handbags, blankets, sheets, curtains, towels, etc. also are accepted;
carpeting is NOT accepted. Rain or shine. La Salle Street (equivalent to W. 124
St. just east of Broadway). For
more information contact the Columbus-Amsterdam BID: 212-666-9774 /
Amsterdam Avenue (west side) between W. 109
& W. 110
Streets. Sunday, September 21
, 10am 4pm.

Rally for Climate Change In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate
crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to
dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, well take
a stand to bend the course of history. Well take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a
world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a
world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. There will be hundreds of coordinated actions
around the world. For more information, visit Sunday, September 21

Manhattan Wetlands & Wildlife Association North Cove Cleanup What started as a dumping ground is now a
beautiful community wildlife sanctuary. Join Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife and Conservancy North to help
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cleanup North Cove. Enjoy a talk on biodiversity with EPA award winner Jim "Birdman" Cataldi. There will be food
for all those who pitch in. Please arrive a little early. Sturdy shoes or boots and long sleeves recommended. At the
end of 9
Ave, just north of W. 207
St., on the Harlem River. Roll up your sleeves and make a difference in the
community! The Harlem River North Cove Music Festival follows (3pm-8pm) featuring top NYC jazz, rock n' roll &
more.....acoustic / electric, free admission, but free-will / pass-the-hat donation requested. Questions? Contact site
leader Jim Cataldi at 347-360-1227. Saturday, September 27
, 10am 3pm

Congratulations to Washington Heights own Andrea Arroyo on her exhibition, Women in Movement at the
Women's Rights National Historical Park Gallery in Seneca Falls, NY (136 Fall Street), site of the first Women's
Rights Convention, July 19-20, 1848.. This show features recent works that incorporate hand-made textiles -such as
a Mexican huipil, and an Indian prayer shawl- and are inspired by mythical and historical women of achievement
from around the world, including two works in tribute to the pioneers of the Womens Movement, Susan B.
Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. On display September 15
October 15
, 9am-5pm (weds-Sun only);
opening Saturday, September 27
, 1pm-4pm,

Annual Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park Produced by the Washington Heights/Inwood Development
Corp. (WHIDC) and sponsored by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, this festival is one of the oldest and
largest scheduled events in all NYC Parks. The festival is a unique chance to experience the Medieval period in the
most authentic setting this side of the Atlantic. The area around the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park is
transformed into a medieval market village where knights in armor, jugglers, jesters, magicians, musicians,
storytellers, and puppeteers will perform. A blacksmith, manuscript illuminator, glass bead maker, potter, stone
carver and other artisans will demonstrate their crafts. Performers and fairgoers alike dress in period-styled
costumes. The afternoon includes a human chess game, musical and theatrical performances, and culminates with
a jousting event at 5pm. We hope to see you on the 28
! For more info: Washington Heights/Inwood
Development Corp., 212-795-1600. Admission and entertainment is free; food/beverage are available for
purchase! Sunday, September 28
, 11am 6pm.

Concert in the Lounge @ Hudson View gardens We are proud to start the season with legendary Chicago-based
guitarist GEORGE FREEMAN, direct from his engagement at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. Freemans long career
includes playing and recording with such jazz greats as Charlie Parker, Jimmy McGriff, Lester Young, Gene
Ammons, Red Holloway, Buddy Rich, "Groove" Holmes and Johnny Griffin, among others. Still active at 87, George
performs in New York City for the first time in decades. 128 Pinehurst Ave. @ W. 183
St. Sunday, September 28

at 3pm.

Under the Viaduct in Harlem's White Light (Tour Intervention) This is an interactive, tour-based intervention
where participants will view a dancework choreographed by Ellen Maynard and Autumn Scoggan; use their
smartphones to scan codes matched with graffiti letterings by artist Lady K Fever under the 12
Avenue viaduct
and then engage with multiple digital artworks. This event coincides with the Paris-based Festival of Lights with the
Paris based Festival of Lights. The Curator, Savona and the West Harlem Art Fund, is developing their version of the
festival with featured dances, graffiti, sound and digital art. Nuit Blanche (white night in French), an annual all-
night or night-time arts festival, was originated in 1984 by Jean Blaise, founder of the Research Center for Cultural
Development in Nantes, France. Note: participants must have a smartphone to interact with map. 12
Viaduct @ W 125
St. & 12
Avenue. Cost: $25; register online:
in-harlems-white-light-tour-intervention-tickets-12726018865. Saturday, October 4
, 4pm 7pm.

Movie Screening: A Place at the Table, a film that gives a fascinating look at hunger in America. "A Place at the
Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to
eat" ( Following the film, we will be
hosting a panel discussion. At the YM/YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave. FREE! For more
information, contact Chevi Marks, 212-569-6200 x 251 / Sunday, October 19
at 2pm.

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Universal Pre-K: Its not too late to register! If your child was born in 2010, you can apply for a FREE, quality UPK
program in your community but calling 311, texting prek to 877877, or visiting Enrollment
specialists at the Department of Education are available to speak with you and let you know about options in your
neighborhood suitable for your child, and can take your application over the phone.

CUNY in the Heights Open Houses Come see all of the opportunities in the Division of Continuing Education &
Workforce Development. The Open House is FREE and the classes, many of which can be taken individually or as
part of a certificate program, are affordable and convenient. Classes include computer training (graphic design,
code development, InDesign, social media for business, etc.), certification courses for Personal Fitness Trainer,
Teacher Assistant, Security Guard; Healthcare Certification (CNA, CPR/AED, ECG/EKG, phlebotomy, Pharmacy Tech,
Dental Assistant, Dialysis Tech, medical billing/coding specialist, Spanish for Medical Professionals); Education &
Language Arts (including SAT prep, ESL, GED and more); enrichment programs; Saturday College for Kids offering
both academic and cultural enrichment, and much, much more! At 5030 Broadway, btw. W. 213
/ W. 214

Streets. Call 212-567-7132, email or visit for
scheduling information. Learn more at our open houses: Wednesday, September 10
, 5pm 8pm & Saturday,
September 13
, 11am 2pm.

Second Annual Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund: a $20,000 Scholarship fund created to support
New York City school children (grades 2-8) to pursue their unique passions and talents. Michael Perelstein was a
devoted dad who watched his children pursue their passions in nontraditional fields while simultaneously
achieving financial security. Observing the paths of his kids, he realized the importance of nurturing passion and
talent and even switched careers himself to support his own interests. Perelstein passed away at age 56; the
scholarship fund established in his honor by his wife, Elizabeth Perelstein, is built around the concept of supporting
the passions and talents of children. The Discover Your Passion Competition will award the grand prize winner
$5,000 toward his or her pursuit; three second place winners will receive $3,500, and three third place winners will
receive $1,500, for a total of $20,000. Finalists will be selected from each of two age categories: 2
- 5
grade; 6
grade. The scholarship winners will be announced and awarded their prizes in October in New York City. For
complete information about the scholarship and to apply see To read about the 2013
scholarship winners, visit
05:00&max-results=3. Application deadline is September 8
; for more info, go to

Apply now for elementary and middle school afterschool programs for your child This year, there are more
programs available than ever before. Mayor de Blasio invested an additional $145 million to increase afterschool
for middle school students across the five boroughs. This means schools across the City are offering afterschool
programming right in your neighborhoodand for the first time ever, the overwhelming majority of public middle
schools will have high-quality afterschool programs on site. From volleyball and hip-hop dance to cooking classes
to computer and graphic design courses, theres an afterschool program available right in your neighborhoodand
you can start applying now. These no-cost programs offer a variety of options for safe, educational afterschool
activities throughout the school year. Afterschool programs are 5 days/week, beginning September 8
. Click here
( to apply for an elementary or middle school
afterschool program for your child.

High School Directories Notice Students applying to a NYC public high school for the 2015-2016 school year can
access the 2014-2015 High School Directory. Visit for complete information and the English
directory. You can also find the directory online in 9 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole,
Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu; click on Translations in the pull down menu at the right of the screen.
Questions regarding the 2014-2015 High School Directory may be directed to the High School Admissions Team at

Contact Liz Ritter at to receive updates via email
Autism Initiative @ Sinergia Presents a series of FREE Education Workshops and Support Group. Open to
individuals, families, caregivers and professionals. Topics include The Evaluation Process in Children with ASD
(Tuesday 9/16, 10am-noon); Coping with Problem Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
(Wednesday, 10/1, 10am-noon); and additional topics in November and December, all by leading experts in the
field. RSVP: 212-643-2840 Ext #305 / Simultaneous English/Spanish translation
available. Light refreshments will be served. Rregister for as many workshops being offered by Sinergia as you like!

CUNY in the Heights Afterschool Program Play, learn and grow together! Our program is a safe yet fun learning
environment where homework is our main priority. We offer many additional activities including snacks, arts &
crafts, board games, dance, organized sports, and much more. From 2:45pm 6pm, Monday through Friday, at
Muscota/Amistad, 4862 Broadway (btw. 204
& Academy). Monthly flat fee of $200. For more information please
call Ms. Mercedes at 212-567-7132 or email Every child must complete a
registration packet before starting the program.

Part-time Synagogue Custodian The Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights (551 Ft. Washington Ave. @ W.
St.) is looking for part-time custodial help. The hours would be on Sundays and on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays afternoon/evening. There would be an opportunity to work additional hours during the upcoming
holidays. If you know of any capable individuals who would be interested, or are interested yourself, please
contact Shelly Koy, or call 212-568-8304 and leave a message.

SAGEWorks Boot Camp Seeks Enlistments for Job Training. Attention, job seekers ages 40 and up: If you are
highly motivated and dedicated in your search in your employment, then SAGEWorks wants you as a new recruit in
its SAGEWorks Boot Camp in New York City. This two-week program is an intensive training course designed to
provide participants with essential skills that will lead them to job placement. In return, troops are expected to
complete the entire course schedule (Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 2pm; times subject to change). SAGEWorks Boot
Camp will be based at The SAGE Center, 305 7th Avenue, in Manhattan. The first session starts on September 8.
Subject to change, future dates are as follows: October 27, January 12, March 2, April 27 and June 8. To apply,

Youth Workforce Development Programs through the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation. All of
NMICs programs are FREE opportunities for advancing the educational and occupational skills of disengages young
Young Adult Internship Program: The Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) serves young adults aged
17-24 who are unemployed and not in school. YAIP's goal is to prepare participants for the workforce
through job readiness training and a paid internship in an area of individual interest. For more
information, call 212-453-5381 / 212-453-5366 / 212-453-5394.
YouthBuild: YouthBuild is a program for Out-of-School youth (ages 17-24) who do not have a High School
Diploma or GED/HSE. Participants will receive High School Equivalency Instruction, Construction
Apprentice Training, and Leadership Development. Job placement assistance will be provided upon
completion of the program. For more information, call 212-453-5381 / 212-822-8355.
Youth Empowered To Succeed (YES): The Youth Empowered To Succeed (YES) program for Out-of-School
Youth (OSY) at NMIC serves young adults aged 16-21 who are not connected to school or work and need
assistance in upgrading their occupational skills. Participants receive Construction Training (HBI PACT &
OSHA 10 hr) and job placement assistance upon completion of the program. For more information, call
212-453-5399 / 212-453-5381 / 212-822-8355.

AmeriCorps community service opportunities with NYRP The New York Restoration Project seeks to fill positions
to start in October 2014 for an 11-month term of service. Learn more here:

Contact Liz Ritter at to receive updates via email
Digital Journalism Internships @ the Youth Channel The MNN El Barrio Firehouses Youth Channel (YC) is looking
for journalists and media makers ages 18-24 who are passionate about reporting on community news to join our
digital journalism team. Youth Channel productions highlight important justice and cultural work taking place in
NYC. Interns gain significant experience and training in field and television studio production, producing for cross-
platform programing, and community journalism. If you are looking to create media that matters, redefine the
concept of news, and work in a fast-paced, production environment grounded in social justice values apply
already! Applications are due Friday, September 19
. For more information call 212-757-2670 or email

St Paul's Choir School Seeks After-School Activities Assistant charged with managing homework help, tutoring,
snacks and meals, enrichment activities, and developing outreach projects to support the local community. This is
a part-time position, and does not include benefits. This is a newly created position. Duties include attending choir
school sessions (currently Mon/Weds, 3:30 to 6pm), as well as all school services and concerts held on- and off-
campus; developing and providing oversight of the after-school enrichment program; recruiting and training
volunteers and mentors; working with parents and volunteers to provide after-school snacks for children; assisting
the Director and other staff in keeping current records for all children enrolled in the program. Must have a
Bachelors degree in an allied/related field to education and/or the arts; minimum of three years experience
working with children ages 8+; organizational leadership skills and experience; three professional references (incl.
contact info). Hourly rate commensurate with professional experience. For more information about the Choir
School, visit For further information and to apply, contact Mark Trautman, Director
of Music, at St Paul's in Englewood: 201-568-3276 /

Hike the Palisades and see them up close! If you are interested in experiencing first-hand the unique beauty of one
of our most cherished Natural and Historical Landmarks, feel free to contact me and we can hopefully arrange a
time to enjoy some walking/hiking trails of this most wonderful park. I have been leading hikes in the Park for
several years now and can organize walks from easy to more difficult. A long time resident of Englewood Cliffs, I
am a hike leader and hike leader trainer for the Appalachian Mountain Club, among other hiking clubs, and a
delegate to the NY/NJ Trail Conference, which maintains over 1,800 miles of trails in the New York metropolitan
area. No prior experience necessary; just bring your camera to capture some unforgettable views. Times are
flexible. For more information, contact Margo Moss at

Live Healthy Community Health Program continues with more free yoga, zumba, healthy cooking with City
Harvest and wellness talks to help you stay healthy, get well and live better. Registration is now open. Learn more
about the great activities and sign up today. Sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation,
Inwood Community Services, Inc., Community League of the Heights and EmblemHealth. To sign-up, click here:
le%201&utm_campaign=Live%20Healthy%20 or call 877-444-3674 for a full schedule of classes. All sessions are
FREE. At Holy Trinity Church in Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, just west of Broadway.
Zumba, Tuesdays, through September 16
, 7:15 - 8:15 pm & Fridays, through September 19
, 6pm - 7pm
Yoga, Fridays, through September 19
, 7pm - 8pm.
Cooking Classes, Tuesdays, through September 9
, 5:30pm - 7:15pm.
Health Talks Tuesdays, (see schedule), 8:15pm - 9pm.

Tai Chi Easy & Chair Yoga for Seniors DOROT is a wonderful neighborhood non-profit that provides numerous
services to seniors (both at the center as well as to the homebound), including group movement classes, lectures,
concerts, kosher frozen food delivery to homebound seniors, a friendly visiting program, telephone educational
classes, and more. Wellness classes are open to all seniors over 60, though DOROT asks for a doctors note to
attend exercise classes, and a member of the staff interviews each person to make sure (s)hes a good fit for the
program(s). Classes are small, with a lot of individual attention. Classes are $5, though scholarships are available.
Contact Liz Ritter at to receive updates via email
At 171 W. 85
Street, near Amsterdam Avenue in a beautiful townhouse. For more information, call 212-769-2850
or visit

Flu Shots Its never too early to start thinking about protecting yourself from the flu. We will be sponsoring several
clinics throughout the district in partnership with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Free flu shots will be
provided to adults as well as to children 9 and over with parental consent. The supply of flu shots is limited and
appointments are recommended to guarantee your shot. Dates/venues in Washington Heights & Inwood TBD; We
will be co-sponsoring a clinic with Senator Brad Hoylman, to be held in his office (322 Eighth Ave., enter on 26
suite 1700. Call 212-633-8052 or email with your complete contact information and the
time you would like to come in for your shot.) Thursday, October 2
, 10am 1pm.

Easier-to-Access Services for Older Adults The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (WHIY) has
collaborated with the Riverdale YM-YWHA, the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights and Inwood, and
the Hebrew Home at Riverdale to form a unique partnership called The Hudson Community Project: Safe at Home.
It combines our agencies resources, expands the geographic scope of our services-and streamlines the way we
provide them. The result older adults can receive a more comprehensive selection of services aimed at helping
you maintain your independence and make living at home more comfortable and secure. Some of our services
include: case management, housing advocacy, kosher food pantry and meals, social adult day care, in-home
support, health maintenance, rehabilitation, transportation. For more information, please contact Sarah Leiner,
MSW at 212-569-6200 x 233.

FREE Fitness for NYC Seniors The CityParks Seniors Fitness welcomes all New Yorkers ages 60 and over to
participate in free tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in parks across the city. Activities in this
eight-week fitness program take place twice a week. CityParks Seniors Fitness aims to keep neighborhood parks a
great place for community activity. Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help us feel better, maintain or lose
weight, reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes, and minimize the symptoms of arthritis. No matter how old we
are, our bodies always benefit from physical activity. Visit
fitness/ or call 718-760-6999 for more information and to register.

***HOW YOU CAN HELP*** (4 items)
District 6 Community Education Council seeks art supplies In an effort to make CEC meetings more accessible to
District 6 parents, the Parent Involvement & Outreach Committee will be establishing childcare at each meeting.
They are looking for donations of arts and crafts and other such supplies (crayons, markers, paper, stickers, small
toys/puzzles, etc.) to help keep children occupied during meetings that are interesting and important for adults,
but not so much fun for kids. Also they are looking for donations of food/snack, if you are a business owner, or a
generous person with a Costco card. For more information or if you are able to make a donation, please call Marilu
Pisani at 917-521-3793 or email

West Harlem Fire Relief Fund Donate to the residents of 512 W 136
Street, who recently suffered a tremendous
loss in an August 18
fire. A child was killed. 60 others were displaced, most of them losing all of their belongings.
Monetary contributions can be made securely online through a special PayPal account that WHGA has established
at, through October 1
. All funds donated will be provided to the fire victims. You will receive an
email from PayPal with your receipt. Supplies and clothing donations will be collected at the Church of the
Annunciation at 88 Convent Avenue on the corner of 131
Street. Thank you for your generosity. If you have
questions, call Saiydah Walls at the WHGA at 212-862-1399, or the Church of the Annunciation at 212-234-1919.

Peoples Climate March Not signed up for the People's Climate March yet? No problem! Click here to sign up:

The 30
Annual Medieval Festival Needs You! This years Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park will be held on
Sunday, September 28
. The festival is one of New York City Parks largest events, attracting over 60,000 visitors.
Contact Liz Ritter at to receive updates via email
The Washington Heights/Inwood Development Corp. needs volunteers to help in the following areas can you be
part of the festival? Advance needs: graphic arts, set design, signage, wood frame repair. Day-of-event needs:
information booth (2-hour commitments; we provide costumes!); hospitality tent; constume tent; hay bale
delivery/distribution (7am-11am); directors; set construction/break-down; decorating squad; traffic control; stage
management; childrens tents; official photographer. We also need help with flyering/publicity! We need
volunteers to distribute flyers to local businesses so they can display them in their window or entry area. (Please,
no sticking them on lamp posts!) We also need volunteers to post official NYC Police Dept. No Parking Sept. 28,
2014 signs along Cabrini Boulevard from 190
to Ft. Washington Avenue during the week preceding the Medieval
Festival (Sept. 21-27). If you are interested, please contact Martin Collins at 212-795-1600 or e-mail him at Tell him what you are interested in and how long you can help. Thanks!

EZ Pass Phishing Scam The New York State Thruway Authority is warning that an email going around to E-ZPass
holders is actually a phishing scam. The email, which looks as though it was sent by the E-ZPass service center, asks
customers to download an invoice with a list unpaid tolls. (Hint: don't do that!) "Please be advised this is not an
authorized communication from E-ZPass, the New York State Thruway Authority or any other toll agency
associated with E-ZPass," the Thruway Authority said in a statement. "We advise you not to open or respond to
such a message should you receive one." Anyone having questions about any correspondence can call customer
service center at 800-333-8655.

An Important Update from the Social Security Administration regarding SSI Benefits: I wish to inform you of an
important change that will take place October 1, 2014 that may affect some of the people in New York State who
receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

SSI is a program based on need administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSI pays a monthly cash
benefit to people age 65 and older or people who are blind or disabled, regardless of age, who meet certain basic
program requirements. The SSI payment may be comprised of a federal cash benefit and a state supplement. In
New York State, the state supplement is often combined with the federal payment and issued as a single payment.

Beginning October 1, 2014, New York State will issue its own State Supplement Payment (SSP) while SSA will pay
the federal cash benefit that is due. This means that people who receive SSI in New York and who currently receive
a combined federal and state supplement will receive two, separate payments one from SSA and another from
New York State. Their total payment amount will not change. If the individual only receives a SSP, that will be paid
by the State. While the payments will be separated beginning October 1, 2014, the SSI rules remain unchanged. If
you or those you serve have questions about the New York State Supplement Payment, you must call the New
York State SSP Customer Support Center by phone at 855-488-0541.

Some useful information on NYC litter baskets The City places and maintains garbage receptacles at commercial
street corners along standard collection routes. The City accepts requests for litter baskets in new locations within
commercial and mixed-use zones. You may not request a public litter basket for a residential area. The City also
accepts reports that public waste receptacles are overflowing or are being used for household or commercial
purposes. A person or group may adopt a City trash receptacle and change liners when the baskets are full. The
City provides liner bags and a collection schedule. A person or group may donate an upgraded litter basket to
replace a standard litter basket. The sponsor will receive a recognition sign with their name or company logo. Call
311 to sponsor a litter basket or report an overflowing litter basket.
Request a litter basket in a new location:
Adopt a litter basket:
Download the Adopt-A-Basket flyer (PDF):
Contact Liz Ritter at to receive updates via email
Report misuse of a litter basket:

A word from your neighbors at the Ft. Washington Collegiate Church Dear Neighbors: Thank you for your
continued patience as we proceed with renovations. We are undergoing a major renovation to our century-old
church with some exciting new enhancements that will benefit both our congregants and the local Fort
Washington community, including:
A glass enclosed pavilion and enlarged Fellowship Hall, a space frequently used by groups and
organizations in the neighborhood for meetings and concerts and other public events;
Additional classrooms for youth education in the community;
Program space for the church's Scouting Program, an outreach program for teenagers;
Redesigned and renovated green open space; and
Accessible public entrances and an elevator to the three floors of the main church building.
We would like to update you on the on-going schedule of construction occurring at our church campus. Beginning
at the end of the week of August 18 and expected to last approximately four weeks, we will begin excavating the
site to create an underground rainwater collection system as required by New York City law. Since the church
property is on very solid bedrock, the construction company will be using heavy equipment to excavate and
remove soil and rock from the front and side of the church property to prepare for the piping installation. For
three weeks, special machinery will be used to chip away at the bedrock. This jackhammer type machine will
create a loud noise and some localized vibration as it works. We will limit this work to reduce inconvenience to our
neighbors by not beginning before 8am and stopping by 6pm and only working on weekdays.

We acknowledge that construction creates inconveniences to our neighbors and the community, and as a good
neighbor, and we will work to minimize such inconveniences. Please do not hesitate to contact us at, if you have any questions or concerns about this work. Our plan is for
all construction to be completed by Spring 2015. We look forward to welcoming you and the entire community to
our renovated sanctuary and church campus next year.

The town of Leonia is the latest to adopt a resolution calling on LG to lower the height of its proposed new
headquarters building in neighboring Englewood Cliffs. (The Englewood City Council passed a similar reso last
week.) Read more here:

The Palisades Meetup-Cleanup meets on the first Sunday of every month at Ross Dock, where they assemble to
clean up the trash on the trails and picnic grounds. This is a joint effort between the Palisades Insterstate Park and
the Appalachian Mountain Club. For more information, visit Sunday, September 7
, 10am

Lastly, help spread the word about LG's development and its threat to the historical and landmarked Palisades.
Keep this in mind when you make consumer choices regarding cell phones, TVs and other household appliances.
SIGN the petition on our website: And if you havent already done so, write to CEO
Bon-Joon Koo and ask others to do the same. For more ways to Protect the Palisades, visit our Take Action page.

Elizabeth Lorris Ritter
Community Liaison
State Senator Adriano Espaillat, 31
Contact Liz Ritter at to receive updates via email
5030 Broadway, Suite 701 NYC 10034
(212) 544-0173 (ph)
(212) 544-0256 (fx)