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The Carmine Carro Community Center

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s final meeting for the season will be held this Thursday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue between Madison Place and Marine Parkway. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

The election of officers and directors, reports from local elected officials and the police, plus refreshments, are all on the program. The announcement of “Mary Powell Awards” will also be presented to active students at Cunningham and Marine Park junior high schools.

The group’s next meeting will be October 16. For more information, call (718) 375-9158 or email

The Carmine Carro Community Center

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will be meeting this Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. inside Marine Park’s Carmine Carro Community Center, Fillmore Avenue between Madison Place and Marine Parkway.

On the agenda will be reports from Dr. Rhonda Farkas, superintendent, School District 22; Frank Filatro, Brooklyn South Park’s department administrator; Captain John Chell, commanding officer, 61st Police Precinct, and elected officials.

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Ed Jaworski via email at or call (718) 375-9158 or (347) 661-6960 (cell).

Source: Lisanne Anderson

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association met on Thursday to create a roadmap for tackling the neighborhood’s trash problem, but faced pushback from the Department of Sanitation, which claimed some of their concerns were better addressed to other agencies.

Approximately 50 neighbors gathered at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, located at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, to voice concerns to their local government representatives.

Bruno Iciano, the Community Affairs Liaison from the Department of Sanitation spoke first, opening up the floor to concerns from the group about ongoing garbage problems along major corridors, as well as underneath the Brighton Line subway overpasses. The group’s leadership expressed his hope that the department will work closely with the community to improve conditions.

“Our goal is to create a plan to attack all aspects of sanitation,” said Ed Jaworski, the civic association’s president. “It is our hope that grassroots might drive policy.”

Iciano spoke to the audience about several ways that local communities could get involved with neighborhood problems. He spoke highly of the “Adopt-A-Basket” program, the “Sponsor-A-Basket” program, and the Doe Fund. These first two projects would, respectively, allow property owners and individuals to take responsibility over local trash baskets and allow participants to sponsor “high-end” baskets that discourage residents from using them for household trash. The third program would provide local merchants the ability to hire individuals “going through tough times” at a low-cost to help clean up the streets.

The initiatives, though, fell short of satisfying neighbor’s questions, which focused on enforcement:

  • “What do you do with repeat offenders?”
  • “How can we tell if neighbors that get fined actually pay those fines?”
  • “We need to do something about the subway overpasses by the B and Q train on Sheepshead bay. What can you do?”

Not many of these concerns were resolved. Rather, the conversation seemed to resemble a game of hot potato, a diffusion of responsibility by government agencies.

“We’re not responsible for cleaning sidewalks… The overpasses, those are the responsibility of the MTA… You’ll have to call 311,” Iciano said during his presentation.

The MTA, however, sees it differently. Responding to Sheepshead Bites’ questions about maintenance in February, the MTA has previously said that cleaning underpasses and removing hazards like snow and ice are the city’s responsibility, either through the Department of Transportation or the Department of Sanitation.

On preventing sidewalk litter baskets from overflowing, Iciano said they hope to work more closely with residents who live above the storefronts.

“We’re gonna have to do outreach on Avenue U,” he said.

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch told the crowd he would work to keep the pressure on the agencies.

“Keeping our communities clean is our main mission. We want people to stay and shop here. We don’t want them to go to other areas,” he said. “We need to educate small business owners. But that isn’t the only step. It’s a process, and I will be holding every city agency accountable.”

Jaworksi noted that he wished the MTA had sent a representative so that both, the MTA and DOS, could take ownership over the sanitation problems surrounding the local train stations.

“I wish someone would make the connection and take responsibility, say, ‘Let’s talk and get this done.’ How long can they keep passing the ball around?” said civic member Kathy Jaworski.

Carmine Carro Community Center

The next meeting of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will be this Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue at Marine Parkway.

The meeting will feature a presentation by Lt. Anthony Mancuso, director of Fire Safety Education for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). He will also introduce a special program for seniors.

Local elected officials and representatives from the 61st Precinct will be on hand to give updates on what is happening in the community.

To learn more, call (718) 375-9158 or email

In celebration of the fourth anniversary of “Mary Powell Memorial Day in Brooklyn, USA,” folksinger Danny Quinn will perform traditional Irish and contemporary music Wednesday, March 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Carmine Carro Community Center, 3000 Fillmore Avenue in Marine Park.

Powell, the long-time president of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association, passed away on February 12, 2010. The Brooklyn native set an example of dignity and dogged determination that was inspirational to all who knew her throughout her 91 years.

The public is invited to celebrate the legacy of this civic leader, whose lifetime of dedicating herself to her community inspired the creation of the Mary Powell Foundation, which encourages and promotes community service.

The Mary Powell Foundation will also be celebrating the roots of their organization and showing appreciation to donors and supporters, many from Brooklyn and Marine Park, whose generosity helped to fund four scholarships and awards in 2013 to deserving students at Columbia University, a Brooklyn high school and two Marine Park junior high schools.

Please RSVP by calling Richard at (856) 630-9089 or emailing If you are unable to attend, but would still like to learn more about and help the Mary Powell Foundation, visit You can also “like” them on Facebook.

Carmine Carro Community Center

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s Holiday Meeting-Party will be held this Thursday, December 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Carmine Carro Community Center, Fillmore Avenue between Madison Place and Marine Parkway.

Enjoy a variety of refreshments while mingling with elected officials, officers from the 61st Precinct, and your neighbors during the meeting, the theme of which will be “Favorite Foods and Restaurants.”

The meeting is free to attend.

There will be no meetings in January and February. The next civic meeting will be March 2014.

For more information, call (718) 375-9158.

Some of the many donations to the civic’s 2010 food drive.

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association brought home another successful food drive on Thursday, collecting approximately 20 turkeys, several food gift cards, and more than 1,000 cans and packages for distribution to needy families in the community.

The group brought the food to the Our Lady of Refuge Church food pantry at Ocean Avenue and Foster Avenue on Saturday to keep them stocked through the holiday. Dozens of families will have a full stomach thanks to their hard work and generosity.

Much of the food was collected at boxes placed in local businesses, including Michael’s Bakery, JoMart Chocolates, Mini-Mart, Pronto Pizza, Tom’s Cleaners, Henry’s Deli, T&D Bakery, G&S Pork Store, Avenue U Fish Market and Roosevelt Savings Bank. Many of these businesses also made a donation to the effort.

Councilman Lew Fidler and State Senator Marty Golden also made donations during the group’s Thursday meeting, the final collection night.

Some of the many donations to the civic’s 2010 food drive.

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association has kicked off its annual Thanksgiving food drive to assist the needy. The group is collecting non-perishable food items, both kosher and non-josher, along with monetary donations to put towards turkeys.

The food drive has been underway for a few weeks now, with collection boxes at area businesses including Michael’s Bakery, JoMart Chocolates, Pronto Pizza (all three of which are on Avenue R at Nostrand Avenue); Tom’s Cleaners and Henry’s Deli (on Avenue S at Nostrand Avenue); G & S Pork Store, Avenue U Fish Market, and T & D Bakery (all on Avenue U ); and, Roosevelt Savings Bank (Avenue U and Nostrand Avenue).

Goods will be used to support the needy served by the large food pantry book at Our Lady of Refuge Church, in Flatbush.

The drive concludes with a meeting and party on Thursday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the King’s Chapel (Quentin Road and East 27th Street).

Expected guests at the meeting are Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, Comptroller John Liu, 61st Precinct commanding officer Captain John Chell, and Fr. Michael Perry, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Church.

Checks to purchase turkeys, payable to “Madison-Marine Civic Association,” also may be brought to the November 21 meeting or sent to:  M.M.H.C.A., PO Box 432, Homecrest Station, Brooklyn, NY 11229. For further information, call(718) 375-9158.

The Carmine Carro Community Center

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will hold its “Annual Meeting” — the final meeting of the season — this Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, along Fillmore Avenue from Madison Place to Marine Parkway.

The meeting will present an opportunity to meet and greet with candidates running for various local and citywide positions prior to the September 10 primary.

There will be an election of directors, as well as awarding two civic-minded, local junior high school students the Mary Powell Awards, named for the civic organization’s late, long-time president.

Desserts and refreshments will be served. The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic will not meet again until October 17.

For further info, contact  Ed Jaworski via email at or call (718) 375-9158 or (347) 661-6960 (cell).

On the turf of former State Senator Carl Kruger and embattled State Senator John Sampson, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch came before a group of concerned citizens with a message: don’t despair, not everyone is corrupt, be you must be active and involved to ensure the best from your elected leaders.

Madison Marine Homecrest Civic Association hosted the event on Thursday, May 16, inviting Lynch to the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park to talk about the recent cases. Lynch’s appearance came amid scandalous headlines involving Sampson who’s at the center of a handful of federal probes, and less than two years after the arrest and resignation of Kruger. Both represented portions of Marine Park.

The entire 40-minute talk by Lynch, which included questions from the audience, is posted above. But, aside from Sheepshead Bites, a slew of other reporters were at the event. Here’s what some of them wrote:

From Newsday:

Don’t “succumb to cynicism and apathy. Don’t give up — stay committed,” said Lynch, who is the chief federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, which also includes, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

“Stay involved . . . Don’t give up.”

… When the audience was asked how many of them believed all politicians are corrupt, nearly everyone in attendance raised a hand.

Lynch told the audience, “We have to take back the system from the people who trampled on it. I don’t own it, you own it.”

From the Brooklyn Eagle:

Lynch took that message a step further when she said that not only should people not give up on the political process, but also that their participation is necessary.

… U.S. Attorney Lynch stated that apathy hurts the democratic process and that – along with wiretaps, undercover officers, and witnesses using recording devices – ordinary citizens who notice inconsistencies often play a big role in bringing corrupt politicians down.

“We are all enforcers,” Lynch said. “We all play a role. People need to get involved. ‘See something, say something’ is not just a slogan for the subway.”

Lynch also cautioned people to be patient in corruption cases and warned that just because somebody’s name is brought into the mix doesn’t necessarily mean they are corrupt.

“There can often be names that come out that should not have come out because, especially early on in an investigation, it’s impossible to determine their involvement and often it just tars their names,” she said.

Political reporters converged on Lynch after the event, asking her about recent allegations from minority lawmakers that the feds, including Lynch, were unfairly targeting elected officials of color. Lynch, herself an African-American who began her career working in civil rights, denied the charges.

From the Eagle:

When Lynch was questioned about whether black politicians are unfairly targeted, she replied, “Not stealing money is not a high standard. We look at the behavior of everyone. Our goal is to protect communities. You deserve integrity regardless of what your background is.”

And from Politicker:

When Lynch was questioned about whether black politicians are unfairly targeted, she replied, “Not stealing money is not a high standard. We look at the behavior of everyone. Our goal is to protect communities. You deserve integrity regardless of what your background is.”

… “No matter what type of case we prosecute, people who may feel targeted are concerned and make all kinds of statements about it,” Ms. Lynch said. “It’s part of the problem of public corruption that it really almost makes everyone look as if they’re involved, even if they’re not. And so you have people get very paranoid and very nervous and feel as if they’re under a microscope … We don’t go around targeting people other than those that we strongly have evidence [against], but I think what happens is, the atmosphere is very toxic, for lack of a better word, and it does affect people and that’s a byproduct of these cases,” she said.

A slew of local elected officials, including Councilman Lew Fidler and Assemblymembers Helene Weinstein and Alan Maisel, spoke before Lynch, and used it as an opportunity to remind attendees that the recent headlines reflect a few “bad apples.” They also touted anti-corruption legislation they’re working on, including disallowing lawmakers from using campaign funds on legal fees, and the ability to strip convicted legislators of their pension.

You can see their remarks here:

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