News & Notes: May 2011

An Award from Kingsboro Temple

The Park Slope Civic Council is honored to have received an award for its contributions to the community from Kingsboro Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church. Pastor Ainsworth Joseph presented the award at the Civic Council’s monthly meeting on May 5.

In accepting the award, Civic Council President Michael Cairl said, “We are very humbled to receive this award, especially as it is we who should be recognizing your congregation for its enthusiastic support of our semi-annual Civic Sweep and other events.” In 2010, the Civic Council donated $500 to a relief drive organized by Kingsboro Temple to aid victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

“The Civic Council is proud to have Kingsboro Temple as our neighbors and as enthusiastic contributors to the betterment of our community,” Cairl added. “We look forward to our organizations, and other faith communities in Park Slope, working together in the many common interests we have.”


Another Successful House Tour

Despite some cloudy skies, some 750 people came out for the 2011 Park Slope Civic Council House Tour, held on May 8. Tour-goers from San Francisco, Chicago, and places closer to home enjoyed a showcase of beautiful and interesting homes in the southern part of the neighborhood, from Seventh to 13th Streets.

Participants commented on the wide variety of homes on the Tour, which included grand brownstones with gorgeous woodwork, a sleek loft with a flower and vegetable garden, a cozy coop with treasures from around the world, and an environmentally friendly frame house dating from 1858. The starting point for the event was P.S. 107, the hallways of which were filled with colorful and charming artwork by the school’s children.

Many people also attended the lecture after the Tour by architectural historian Francis Morrone, “South Slope 1900: Lives and Times,” held in the lovely sanctuary of the Park Slope Jewish Center.

The 2011 House Tour garnered about $20,000; those proceeds will fund the Civic Council’s Grants Program, which helps to fund projects at local schools, charities, and cultural institutions.

The 2012 Park Slope House Tour will take place Sunday, May 20. We look forward to seeing you then for another look at the wonderful homes of Park Slope.

— Candace Woodward, a Civic Council trustee, is the main organizer of the House Tour.


Raccoon Troubles?

Have you seen raccoons in or around your home? What should you do? The city’s Department of Health has issued a brochure about how to get rid of these potentially dangerous creatures safely.

“Raccoons can carry rabies, and rabid raccoons have been found in New York City,” the brochure reads. “Although, so far, there has not been a human case of rabies contracted from raccoons in New York City, this risk does exist and should be taken seriously.”

The document describes whom to call, what you should know about the mammals, and how to get them off and keep them away from you property. The brochure can be downloaded at

from the May 2011 Civic News