Calls for Beat Cops, School Funds at FGA

This Wednesday’s meeting of the Fort Greene Association saw a standing-room only audience for the musical stylings of R&B crooner Gordon Chambers, who donated two albums to raffle winners.

The meeting then turned to less melodious concerns.

In a discussion on crime, parents expressed worry over recent after-school robberies this year. Fort Greene Association Chair Paul Palazzo announced the Public Safety Taskforce’s “Bring Back the Beat” campaign, which asks Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to reinstate beat cops in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. He asked interested residents to sign a letter, which can be downloaded here.

The meeting’s main focus was schools, a hot-button issue in District 13 this year. Councilmember Letitia James started off by warning the meeting attendees not to let the discussion turn into a debate on the controversial proposed expansion of Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters. James said that she had come up with what she called a “win-win” solution for the dilemma, but she said she wouldn’t announce that solution until she got “Tweed” — presumably the Department of Education — to sign on. Ms. James also said she was actively seeking increased funding for District 13 schools in next year’s cycle.

Keeping a focus on the district’s youth, Brooklyn Pitbulls coach Lloyd Rodriguez took his team to the stage to accept congratulations on their NYC Pop Warner Championship win this year. He gave special recognition to Ramell Redd, an exemplary player several years younger than most in the league, and Taj Oden, who scored the game-winning points at the team’s last game.

A few family-friendly upcoming events were announced at the meeting as well:

This Saturday at noon, the Fort Greene Association will host a gathering to decorate Fowler Square and the stone incarnation of Civil War hero General Fowler for the holidays. Connecticut Muffin will supply free coffee and hot chocolate.

Later in the month, Fort Greene SNAP will organize and host a Thanksgiving dinner for the Auburn Family Shelter, with donations from Jive Turkey and help from the Fort Greene Association.

Finally, at the Fort Greene Association’s holiday party next month, Sharon Robinson (daughter of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson) will read from her most recent children’s book for all of the children in attendance. Her appearance is sponsored by Greenlight Bookstore.

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