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The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s Annual Holiday Meeting-Party will be held December 15 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kings Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27th Street.

The evening will include refreshments, music by the Marine Park Junior High School 278 jazz combo, as well as the opportunity to meet neighbors, elected officials, 61st Precinct officers, and community leaders. The meeting-party is free and open to the public.

There will be no MMHCA meetings in January or February. For more, call (718) 375-9158.

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure, right? Well, there will be a lot of junk and a lot of potential treasure available tomorrow, June 4, when the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association cobbles together 15 to 20 garage sales worth of stuff into one location: the Neighborhood Yard Sale at King’s Chapel.

The event is the second annual fundraiser for the Mary Powell Award, a cash gift given to a local eighth grade student that demonstrates a commitment to civic duty through volunteering in the school or community. The award is in memory of their long-time president Mary Powell, who passed away in February 2010.

There might still be tables left, too, so if you want to offload some of the stuff you’ve had laying around your house, let the civic know you are interested by calling Pat at (718) 627-3335, or Joe at (718) 382-0812.

The yard sale kicks off tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m., at King’s Chapel on Quentin Road and East 27th Street.

Normally we’d write our own little thing about it, but Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association sent me this amusing little letter I thought I’d leave untouched:

Today’s “To Do” list: (1). Write a check for $25 (payable to Madison-Marine Civic Assn.). (2). Bring the check to the civic’s meeting this Thursday, May 19th, 7:30 p.m. at the King’s Chapel on Quentin Rd. & East 27 St. (3). During the next 2 weeks, go through your basement, garage, attic, look under the bed, inside that box in the corner of the closet, even check your car’s trunk. Search for odds and ends you forgot existed, clothing you haven’t worn in years, books, records, baseball cards, pieces of furniture collecting dust…you know, things that fit the saying: “one person’s junk is another’s treasure.” (4). Prepare to sell all this “stuff” and keep whatever money you make on the sales!

Clearly, it’s time to sign up for a seller’s table at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s “Neighborhood Yard Sale.” While the event doesn’t take place until Saturday, June 4th, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., on the ground’s of the country-like King’s Chapel, the deadline for reserving a table is May 28th. So, do it now.

The alternative to hand delivering your $25 table fee is mailing it to:
MMHCA, PO Box 432, Brooklyn, NY 11229. It’s all for a good cause. Money collected from table reservations goes to the “Mary Powell Awards” for civic minded students at Marine Park JHS and Cunningham JHS. The awards are in memory of the late, long-time president of the association.

For more information or to let the civic know you are interested, call asap either Pat at 718-627-3335, or Joe at 718-382-0812.

And, for prospective buyers: good luck in finding something that might land you on “Antiques Road Show.”

PS The raindate for the yard sale is Sat., June 11.

Frank Guariglia

A life-long Marine Park resident, and teacher at Marine Park Junior High School, is looking to you to save his life.

Frank Guariglia is currently on emergency medical leave from I.S. 278 as he battles polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing them to become enlarged. Guariglia is in urgent need of the live-saving organ donor. His family members and friends were not a match or were disqualified for personal health problems, leading him to turn to the general public.

The 43-year-old social studies educator first discovered the problem at 24, but doctors at the time told him it was unlikely the disorder would become problematic until his sixties. But, despite a healthy lifestyle, Guariglia said it “destroyed kidney function sooner rather than later.”

It’s not the first time Guariglia has been on the prowl for a kidney donor. His donor hunt began on the job in 2008. Twenty-one people were tested on Guariglia’s behalf, seven of them parents of former students. In January 2009, one passed through all screening becoming a donor.

But, for a year and half, his body wrestled with the newly-implanted kidney, and with complication after complication, it was ultimately rejected.

Guariglia began circulating fliers and turned to social media for help, and we’re helping pass one the word.

If you’re 21 years or older, in good physical and mental condition, and have blood type O, positive or negative – volunteer for testing by e-mailing Free Sheepshead Bites t-shirt for any reader that ultimately donates. That’s something, right?

We just received the following note from Reeves Eisen, Councilman Lew Filder’s chief of staff:

I just spoke to Principal Debbie Garofalo, who said that it was a small, construction material related fire on roof. Fire didn’t come into building, but FDNY broke open ceilings on the top (3rd floor) to check, and that was the only interior damage That’s all been cleaned up. Air quality testing will be done tonight, and results should be available around 10. They are hoping to reopen tomorrow, assuming the results are good. Parents are being told to call 311 after 11 tonight. If the building isn’t clear to open for morning classes, the contingency plan is for grade 6 to report to PS 207 and grades 7 and 8 to PS 222.

UPDATE (10:54 a.m.): Here’s a bit from the FDNY:

IS 278, 1925 Stuart Street, Brooklyn. Today 4/5/11.
The fire was reported to be on the roof. The school was evacuated. Dispatch time was 7:39 a.m.; the first unit on the scene was 7:42 a.m.; the fire was under control 8:20 a.m. No injuries were reported. Referred to Fire Marshals. Responding units: E321, E309, E276, L159, L156, BC 33, L169, Squad 1, E254, Rescue 2, Div. 15.

UPDATE (10:41 a.m.): A fire occurred around 7:45 a.m. on or near the school’s grounds, forcing an evacuation and relocation to P.S. 207 (4011 Fillmore Avenue). As of now, it does not appear that any children or faculty were injured. We’re told the relocation to P.S. 207 is complete and all staff and students are accounted for.

Here’s more information we received from Reeves Eisen, City Councilman Lew Fidler’s Chief of Staff:

So far here’s what we know. I heard lots of sirens going down Fillmore at approx 7:45 this morning. At approx 8:00 several eyewitness accounts reported lots of emergency vehicles closing off the block of Stuart, S/Fillmore, with a cherry picker hoisted to the roof. As you know, no one is answering at the school. I left a VM on the principal, Debbie Garofalo’s cell. There are reports of students taking the B100 to Flatbush and Fillmore, which is the normal pattern at dismissal.

Original post: We just received the following Notify NYC announcement about Marine Park J.H.S. (I.S. 278)L

Notification issued 4/5/11 at 10:15 AM.  Due to a building condition, staff and students of JHS 278 in Brooklyn will be relocated to PS 207 located at 4011 Fillmore Ave in Brooklyn. Students will be dismissed from PS 207.

We’re not yet sure of the nature of the “building condition,” but will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

This is a breaking news post and more information will be published as it becomes available.


After two years of going head to head with the New York City Department of Education, Marine Park Junior High School (I.S. 278) has finally been granted the go-ahead to house an ASD NEST Placement Program for higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder students in the school.

The sought-after program, set to open in September 2012, will be welcomed after the lengthy David and Goliath battle, which pitted frustrated parents, District 22 school officials, local pols and community leaders against the daunting New York City Department of Education (DOE). More than fighting for a new program, administrators had to battle off a slew of previous proposals for the school at 1925 Stuart Street, including housing a high school, elementary school or a Hebrew-language charter school in the same building, plans that were met with resounding jeers.

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Hundreds from the Marine Park community braved torrential rains yesterday to enjoy I.S. 278’s annual “Carnival,” a yearly fundraiser held inside the school’s auditorium at 1925 Stuart Street.

Marine Park Junior High School’s teachers, students, parents and neighbors enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, all for a good cause, while participating in game booths such as “Big Mouth,” “Foul Zone,” “Captain Hook,” “Rainbow Roll,” “Bash a Bully,” “Ring Toss,” and more.

The carnival helps raise money to make up for the Department of Education’s tight purse, helping to pay for classroom supplies and more. The school’s principal, Debra Garofalo, stated that one of the kids’ favorite highlights of the Carnival — a booth in which students get to slam dozens of whipped cream pies into their teachers’ faces — raised $700 alone.

Fallachi Entertainment’s DJ Ross supplied the evening’s music, game booths, popcorn and cotton candy machines, and giveaways.

View the photo gallery and see what an awesome time these kids had.


Parents, teachers and the Marine Park community are victorious in their latest battle with the Department of Education. They won their fight against placing the New American Academy, a K-5 public school, in the same building as Marine Park Junior High School (I.S. 278) for the next school year.

Councilman Lew Fidler has confirmed rumors first published on that the persistence of parents and the community, including strong letters from the local elected, had convinced Chancellor Black to pull the idea.

It makes the score three-to-zero in favor of Marine Park Junior High School (1925 Stuart Street) administrators, who have already fought off an attempt to put a high school and a Hebrew-language charter school in the building.

After some praise for new Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, who also reversed course on the planned closure of P.S. 114 in Canarsie, Fidler said he is hoping the DOE’s recent goodwill will soon extend to Marine Park J.H.S.’s attempts to open a NEST program for autistic children. The program is already operating in District 22 elementary schools only, and middle school-aged children must travel across the borough.

Marine Park Junior High School IS 278


by Michèle De Meglio

City Councilman Lew Fidler has joined parents in criticizing the Department of Education for considering opening a 300-seat high school in I.S. 278′s building, slamming it as bad policy.

Members of the school’s PTA believe that having two separate principals and teaching staffs would create a level of chaos, thereby making it difficult to resolve problems. They also fear that the older high school students would bully the middle grade kids.

“This is a new Department of Education phenomenon, putting older high school kids in with younger children. New and bad,” Fidler said.

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