The Marine Park Civic Association is proud to announce our 90th Anniversary in 2016. To celebrate our legacy and on-going support of the Marine Park community, we will be commemorating this milestone with a party to be announced next year. In order to support this event we are issuing a limited edition MCPA 90th Anniversary shirt -- available starting at our June 16, 2015, general meeting. For only $10 you can show your pride in Marine Park. Please purchase a shirt for yourself and family members and show your on-going support to our great community. Sizes range from "Small" to "XXL." ONLY: $10.
We would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the Marine Park 2015 Fall Festival a wonderful success.
And a special Thank You to Senator Marty Golden.
MPCA F ALL FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Sen. Marty Golden
Tracey Real Estate
VRC & Associates
Federal Savings Bank
One on One Physical Therapy
Nicks Fine Jewelry
Brand, Glick, Brand
Horizon Pest Mgt.
Marine Park Hardware
European Wax Center
Jane Carbonao ESQ
China New Star
Gloria’s Dog Salon
Jenny Styling Nail
Click the picture to find out about the progress of The Marine Park Reconstruction Project
Listed below is the new slate of
Officers and Board of Directors that was unanimously voted in at the April General Membership meeting.
President Robert Tracey
1st Vice President Sebastian Crociata
2nd Vice President Jim Tobin
3rd Vice President Robert Mazzuchin
Corporate Secretary Paul Link
Treasurer Vincent Cervone
Correspondence Secretary Peggy Accardo
Recording Secretary Therese Campbell
Sergeant at Arms Dominic Castellano
Asst. Sgt. at Arms Manny Gerratano
Board of Directors
(*) Denotes new Board Members
MPCA Officers and Board of Directors
VA Eliminates Net Worth as Health Care Eligibility Factor
Elimination of Net Worth Makes More Veterans Eligible for Health Care
Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health care benefits they’ve earned and deserve.
Effective 2015, VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs and copayment responsibilities. This change makes VA health care benefits more accessible to lower-income Veterans and brings VA policies in line with Secretary Robert A. McDonald’s MyVA initiative which reorients VA around Veterans’ needs.
“Everything that we do and every decision we make has to be focused on the Veterans we serve,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “We are working every day to earn their trust. Changing the way we determine eligibility to make the process easier for Veterans is part of our promise to our Veterans.”
Instead of combining the sum of Veterans’ income with their assets to determine eligibility for medical care and copayment obligations, VA will now only consider a Veteran’s gross household income and deductible expenses from the previous year. Elimination of the consideration of net worth for VA health care enrollment means that certain lower-income, non-service-connected Veterans will have less out-of- pocket costs. Over a 5-year period, it is estimated that 190,000 Veterans will become eligible for reduced costs of their health care services.
In March 2014, VA eliminated the annual requirement for updated financial information. VA now uses information from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration to automatically match individual Veterans’ income information which reduces the burden on Veterans to keep their healthcare eligibility up to date. That change better aligned VA’s health care financial assessment program with other federal health care organizations.
Veterans may submit updated income information at www.1010ez.med.va.gov/, or by visiting their nearby VA health care facility. For more information, visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits or call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).
Word of Caution!!!
has recently been reported on the news that there is another telephone
and email scam.
calls or sends an email identifying themselves as working for the IRS.
They intimidate the recipient by telling them that they owe the IRS
a sum of money, and if they do not pay within 24 hours they will be
arrested. They ask that payment
be made with either a debit card or credit card. These phone calls
originate outside the USA, but have a Washington DC area code.
not be fooled, the IRS would not make such phone calls. The IRS
people through the mail. After contact through the mail, someone might follow up with a phone call.. You should look up a valid phone number for the IRS, and verify any
wish to welcome
Captain Thomas W. Burke
as the new commander of the 63 precinct.
We look forward to working with him to help make our neighborhood safer and stronger.
Good luck and all the best.
Santa in the Park
in the Park was held on Saturday, December 6th, at the Carmine
Carro Community Center. It was a joint effort between the Marine
Park Civic, the
Marine Park Alliance, and Brooklyn South Park’s Administrator Frank Filatro. This was truly a family centered community event.
the families entered the center they were greeted by Civic and Alliance
Board members. They were given a free raffle ticket, directed to
Santa, the workshop, refreshment tables, and craft tables.
children cheerfully told Santa their Christmas wishes. The moment
was captured on film by Dave Watts. Santa’s helpers were on hand
to distribute gifts to the children, and the photographs to their
parents. We thank Dave Watts, Santa, and his team for giving the
families a memento of the festivities.
Bracken, store manager of Mill Basin Home Depot, also assisted in the
day’s celebration. Home Depot turned the large classroom into
Santa’s workshop. They donated wooden craft sets for the children
to make beautiful handmade gifts. Jim, Shelley-Ann, Jamal, Sherman,
and Netisha from Home Depot helped to organize and conduct the workshop.
We thank Home Depot for their help in making Santa in the Park a success
for the past five years.
Ballet Theater of Brooklyn offered to entertain the children. The
ballet students gave a wonderful performance. As a matter of fact,
their performance was so good that it inspired one toddler to stand in
the middle of the room and try to copy their steps. We thank them
for sharing their skills and talents.
of the first things the families did was to view the door prizes. They
put their raffle ticket into the one that best fit their family.
These prizes were generously donated by various neighborhood businesses,
organizations, and elected officials. Senator Golden donated four
tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show. Councilman
Maisel donated a scooter and a game. The Aviator donated five
tickets for a Family Skate Date. Tracey Real Estate donated two
tickets to an Islanders game. Vincent R. Cervone and Associates,
Income Tax and Accounting, donated two All Access Pass tickets to a Nets
game. Jane Carbonaro, Attorney at Law, donated a gift certificate
to Toys R US. The New York Hall of Science donated four tickets for
a family visit. Joe Torre East Hwy Little League donated a complete
uniform and a certificate for baseball registration. Covenant
Ballet donated a tutu and a month of beginner’s lessons. The
Hurricanes donated a certificate for football registration and a
certificate for Speed Skool. The New York Jets donated an
autographed lithograph of Nick Mangold. ASYO, Marine Park Soccer
League donated a certificate for soccer registration and a soccer ball.
Amazing Grace Productions donated two handmade stuffed animals. Bob
Kaplan made the red wagons that held the gifts. The Civic thanks
all those involved in the raffles for their generosity and willingness to
support the community of Marine Park.
needed only to see the smiles on the children’s faces or hear the
excitement in their voices to know that the day’s events where a
success, and that the months of preparation were worth it. “Santa
in the Park” is one of the events that makes Marine Park a great place
to live. The MPCA is a vital organization to our community as it is
also involved in a multitude of issues that affect our quality of life.
It takes the dedication and generosity of many people to effectively
serve the community and run events like this. If you are interested in
becoming an MPCA volunteer call (718) 336-7343. Let’s
work together to keep
Marine Park one of the Best Places in Brooklyn to Live .
The MPCA Holiday Party was celebrated on Tuesday,
December 16th. It was one of the best attended parties we have
held. Everyone enjoyed the music, food, and fellowship.
is a tradition to look back upon the year and thank those who have served
us. Bob Tracey, thanked New York's Finest, for their service to Marine
Park. Our members supported Bob's statement by applauding our police
officers. NYPD, you have the support of the MPCA. Next,
Senator Golden honored our student volunteers by giving them citations
from the New York State Senate. Those who received citations were
Kevin Ahrens, Taylor Campbell, Christopher Campbell, Francis
Crociata, Francine Crociata, Aidan Perna, James Guariglia, James
Garthaffner, Timothy Mineo, Olivia Mineo, Nicolette Santangelo, Daniella
Santangelo, Krystal Cruz, Gabrielle Ward, Rebecca Lawson,
Messiah Malloy, Jaydn Gutierrez, Devin Forde, Damari Brown, Syria
Tulloch, and Christopher Larroy. We are grateful that Senator
Golden acknowledged and encouraged our youth to be people who positively
affect our community. We wish all of our members a happy, healthy,
and prosperous New Year.
our November meeting we had a representative from the District
Attorney’s office telling us about Identity theft. Here’s what to do in case
your Identity is stolen:|
First, call the 3 credit bureaus. Equifax 800-525-6285, Transunion 800-680-7289 and Experian 800-397-3742.
Get a copy of your report so you can file a fraud affidavit.
Next, call the Social Security Fraud hotline 800-269-0271.
Then, Call the Federal Trade Commission 877-438-4338,
NY Attorney General 800-771-7755, Secret Service Fraud squad (if over $10,000) 212-637-4500 and US. Postal Service 800-275-8777.
Finally, file a report in person with your local precinct.
We hope that you never need this information, but just in case, it’s smart to keep it on file.
of our members are under the misconception that the MPCA has a physical
office. We don’t. One member even commented that we never answer the hotline and just let the machine pick it up. That’s partially true. Our hotline number is unmanned and goes directly to an answering machine which is checked daily by our volunteers. When a volunteer calls you back, please be courteous to them. They are giving their time and effort to try and help you. We have no paid employees. We will always do our best to assist you, but if we are unable to, please be mindful that we have limitations, and do not take it out on the person who is calling you back. Being respectful of others and working together is the most effective way to get things done! We very much appreciate your understanding and support.
Sandy Fire Prevention Program
Community Boards 13,15,18
Hurricane Sandy affected seniors,
disabled and hard of hearing residents by providing free in-home safety reviews and installing free combination smoke/CO alarms.
schedule a review,
please call 718-281 3872
the FDNY and the
in part by the assistance to firefighters fire prevention and safety
US department of Homeland Security
a ton of information bombarding everyone, everyday, we were wondering if
the homeowners in our community are aware of this lawsuit going on, and
it's potential impact.
article by Corinne Lestch came from the Daily News-Thursday 2/27/14.
TAX RACIST: SUIT
THE CITY'S property tax system has long been criticized for
favoring homeowners over renters, but a bombshell lawsuit filed Wednesday
charges that it discriminates against blacks and Hispanics as well.
allegation, if upheld, could force a radical overhaul in how property
taxes are levied – potentially forcing homeowners to pay billions of
dollars more each year.
state would have to alter the property tax system to address the
disparities," said Doug Turetsky of the Independent Budget Office.
class action lawsuit seizes on a long-documented imbalance:
one-, two- and three-family homes account for 48% of the market
value of all city property, yet generate 15.5% of property tax revenues.
apartment buildings account for 23% of total market value, but pay 37% of
all property taxes. When abatements for condo and co-op owners are
factored in, the share of taxes paid by rental apartment buildings is
imbalance is deliberate, part of a decades-long effort by state lawmakers
and City Council members to keep the city's residential homeowners - at
one point, considered the middle class – from leaving the city.
the lawsuit says the imbalance amounts to discrimination, because
homeowners are disproportionately white or Asian, while renters are
disproportionately black or Hispanic, compared with the city's
asking that a dysfunctional (system) be examined and repaired," said
civil rights attorney Randolph Mclaughlin, who filed the lawsuit.
suit cites a 2006 IBO study that said taxing all classes of property
equally would save owners of rental buildings $1,237 to $1,854 per unit
each year - savings that likely would be passed along to tenants.
shifting the tax burden away from rental buildings likely would trigger
outrage among homeowners.
The Marine park Civic Association would like to thank Colleen Grace from the Tunnel to Towers
Foundation for her inspiring presentation at November’s General
Meeting. For those who missed it, the foundation
builds Smart Homes for our most
catastrophically injured service members returning home.
Please be generous and
support this effort. Checks
should be made payable to
“Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation” and can be sent to:
Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10306
You can also visit their website at www.tunneltotowersfoundation.org
would also like to express our appreciation to Senator Marty Golden,
Assemblyman Alan Maisel, Councilman Lew Fidler, Assemblywoman Helene
Weinstein, the D’Alessandro family and Met Food on Quentin Road for
their generous donation of Turkeys for our Thanksgiving raffle.
The NYPD handed out a form at our November meeting to sign people up for their information and crime prevention newsletter. Your completed form can be dropped off at Marine Park Hardware (3502 Ave. S).
On Saturday, June 7th, the Parks' Department and the Marine Park Alliance organized “It's My Park Day”. Home Depot (Ave U store), as always, supported our neighborhood in a big way by donating the paint. Volunteers include members of Marine Park Civic, Boy Scout Troop 396, Lions' Club of Flatlands, Leo's' club of Flatlands, Brooklyn Baseball Association, and students from Stuyvesant and Midwood HS.
On Saturday, October 26th, the Parks' Department held "It's My Park Day" in Marine Park.
It was organized by Park
Administrator, Frank Filatro, who saw that the
playground was in great need of pruning, cleaning, and repainting.
Maria D'Alessandro and the MPCA reached out to the community for
volunteers and donations. Volunteers
were at the playground from 9:00 AM to as late as 4:00 PM painting,
mulching, and sweeping. Our
playground is now a beautiful, colorful, and cheerful place for our
children to play.
Three Cheers for:
from Blaster's Power Wash Service, who volunteered his services to clean
Depot for their continued support of our community outreaches, by
supplies, and bottles of water for volunteers.
Depot's enthusiastic and knowledgeable employees who assisted with
Testaverde, who is always there to help out.
Scout Troop 396 and their leaders who are a dedicated and helpful group
that assisted with painting.
Lions Club and Leo's Club, who are a conscientious and helpful group that
assisted with painting.
for Life Members, who are dependable and diligently assisted us with
residents of Marine Park, who are the backbone of what makes Marine Park
a great place to live, assisted with painting and mulching.
Without the generosity and dedication of these people and
companies our playground would not be a fun and creative play area for
huge thank you from the Marine Park Civic Association!!
"Marine Parks Little Known Secret"
For over 35 years, Marine Park Soccer / American Youth
Soccer Organization Region 266,
has provided children the opportunity to join a team, meet new friends, and exercise their
mind, bodies, and spirit, all the while being cheered on by their parents as they learn and play
the world loved game of soccer, on autumn mornings from September to November in Marine Park.
An all-volunteer organization catering to children ages
4-18, Regional Commissioner Annette
Walker guarantees that children, who register to play, will do just that. "There are no bench warmers
in my league.", RC Annette says. "No tryouts, no unhappy faces. Every child who registers, gets
placed on a team, given a uniform, plays in every game, and unlike other neighborhood youth sports,
is treated with respect. Its simply part of our core philosophies."
Our program's goal is for kids to play soccer so we mandate that every player on every team must
play at least 50% of every game. It's no fun to spend the game on the bench…and that's no way to
Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it's more fun and a better learning
experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows for each player to gain the experience of a wide
variety of teammates of different skill levels.
Our program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age who want to register and play soccer.
Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.
Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment for the players and leads to better-skilled
and better-motivated players. A coach can be one of the most influential people in a child's life, so AYSO
requires they create a positive experience for every boy and girl.
We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude,
and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their
abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.
Marine Park Soccer also offers a Very Important Player
(VIP) Program for players with special needs.
The VIP program provides a quality soccer experience for players whose physical or mental disabilities
make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. "Our VIP program has grown nicely since
we started it in 2009, with about 40 participates and 20 'buddies" playing every Sunday.", said RC Annette.
If you'd like more information about the Marine Park
Soccer program, visit their website
Registration for the Fall 2014 season will begin in January 2014.
Marine Park Soccer AYSO 266
PO Box 340646
Brooklyn New York 11234
Do you own one of these?
If you bought it in 1925,
this is what you paid.
It will cost you almost $2000 to replace a laptop and over $500 for a TV if a burglar takes the one you own - but it costs only about a dime to keep a light on all night at your door or in your window. Those dimes are well spent if they protect all of your valuables. It is a simple fact that criminals do not like bright places. If one house is brightly lit, and another has no lights, criminals will generally head for the dark one. No one likes to attract attention, especially when your intentions are no good! Deny a burglar the opportunity to make you their victim. Keep outside lights on around your house, or in your windows through the night. Now that is a "bright" idea!
In crime prevention, little things can mean a lot. Take, for example you car's cigarette lighter or power outlet. It may not look like much to you, but it can send an important signal to thieves.
Some criminals look at the dashboards of cars. If they see the cigarette lighter is missing or the cover is open on the power outlet, they figure there is at least a possibility that it has been taken out to accommodate a battery charger or power adapter for an electronic device. They're willing to take a chance that the device is not far away - maybe stored in the glove box or center console. So, when they don't see a cigarette lighter in a car, some thieves will break the passenger side window, and search your car, hoping to find some valuables inside. If you don't have anything, the criminal will just move on, looking for another opportunity. But he - or she - has left behind a mess of broken and shattered glass for you to clean up, and a colossal headache until you get the car repaired.
Don't give criminals an opportunity. Whether or not you have anything, keep that cigarette lighter just where it belongs and the cover closed on those accessory outlets when you leave your car. If you do, you're much less likely to encounter an unwelcome surprise when you return.
Auto Theft Prevention
Taking precautionary measures can minimize your chances of becoming the victim of auto theft. In the United States a vehicle is stolen an average of every 21 minutes. Not only does auto theft costs the victim time and money, but it cost society as it drives insurance premiums up. Stolen vehicles are also commonly used to commit other crimes. Car thefts can occur anytime -so be alert and aware and follow these simple tips
Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a store - this occurs frequently in winter months as drivers leave the engine running to keep the car warm - all it takes is a split second and your car is gone!
Never leave any keys in the car, the ignition, or in hide-a-key boxes - even inside a locked garage
Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home
Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight - Remove GPS mounts, and the tell-tale ring that is often left by suction cups on the dashboard
Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas, whenever possible
Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen model vehicles such as a Honda Civic
Never leave personal identification documents, such as the vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle
Do not store your home address in your GPS system, but rather use a nearby intersection of business address.
If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, or mechanic leave only the ignition key and not any house keys. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm, you can check with the Department of Consumer Affairs for more information
In high theft areas the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts.
Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report
If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately!
IRS Disaster Resource Guide
The IRS has released a Disaster Resource Guide for Individuals and Businesses. This resource guide provides information to individuals and businesses affected by a federally declared disaster and the assistance available to disaster victims. This Disaster Relief Resource Guide can help you claim unreimbursed casualty losses on property that was damaged or destroyed. A federally declared disaster is a disaster that took place in an area declared by the President to be eligible for federal assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
For tax assistance call 1800 829 3676 ask for a disaster loss kit and they will mail it to you. You need to give this to your accountant when you file your taxes for increased returns due to damages due to hurricane sandy.
More on the IRS Disaster Kit links:
ways to prevent injury and even death getting that snow off the ground.
shoveling if you have any symptoms of heart disease or have had a heart
attack in the past.
Heart patients or individuals who have ever experienced symptoms of heart disease should not shovel. Individuals over 65 should leave the shoveling to someone else.
2. Be cautious when using snow blowers.
Snow blowers that have to be pushed or are too small for a big job can be physically demanding, too. The self-propelled variety is best for individuals not used to the physical demands associated with clearing pathways after a big snowfall.
3. Dress warmly and in layers.
Bundle up, and be very warm. Make sure you’re not chilled and that you cover your face with a scarf or a mask. The cold stimulates adrenalin and constricts the blood vessels, which can increase the likelihood of a heart attack,
4. Hold the booze and caffeine.
Both substances constrict blood vessels and can spike blood pressure.
5. Shovel a little bit at once and ease into it.
Shoveling snow for 15 minutes is roughly the equivalent of a half-hour jog at a medium pace. Rather than tackle a driveway covered in a foot of snow, shovel as the snow falls.
6. Protect your back.
Keep the ears, shoulders and hips aligned when shoveling snow. Don’t twist the back, and try to use the legs to do the lifting. That will help prevent muscle injuries in the shoulders and back.
7. Warm-up, hydrate and cool down.
shoveling snow like exercise. To prevent injury, warm up by walking in
place and stretching. Stay hydrated and then do a cool down afterward.
REMOVING AND PREVENTING GRAFFITI
IF YOUR PROPERTY IS DEFACED WITH GRAFFITI
Rewards of up to $500, for the arrest and conviction of anyone who commits Graffiti Vandalism Call 911 for Crimes in Progress or 311 to Provide Information. Remember: Graffiti Vandalism is a Crime.
Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of any violent felon. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.
Important Phone Numbers
Flatbush Volunteer Ambulance, Business (718) 338-0434; Emergency (718) 338-0444
Public Assistance, (800) 472-8411
Street Lights, Traffic Lights, Signs, (718) CALL-DOT
Water Leaks, (718) 337-4357
Child Abuse, (800) 342-3720
Civilian Complaint, (800) 341-CCRB
Domestic Violence, (800) 799-SAFE
Alcoholics Anonymous, (212) 647-1680
Birth Certificate Information, (212) 788-4520
Day Care, (212) 676-2444
Death Certificate Information, (212) 788-4520
Food Stamps, (718) 291-1900
Medicaid Information, (718) 291-1900
Pest Control, (718) 956-7103
Poison Control, (800) 222-1222
Suicide Prevention, (212) 673-3000