CHCA Meeting Minutes: April 2009

The meeting of the Crow Hill Community Association, Inc. was held on April 21, 2009 at the Haitian/American Daycare, Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.


The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. by Eve Porter.

Ms. Porter greeted everyone and asked that each person say “hello” to the person on their right.


Minutes of the March 17, 2009 meeting were read and accepted.


There was no financial report.

Dues were collected.


Election of officers was done at the February 2009 meeting and also by e-mail for those who were not at the meeting. The elected officers are: Eve Porter – President, Stacey Sheffey – Vice President and Treasurer, Nina Meledandri – Corresponding Secretary and Project Manager, Zelita Ross – Recording Secretary. Hodiah was voted in for Assistant Treasurer and it was not known if she had accepted.


Ms. Porter stressed the need for people to attend the 77th Precinct meetings which are held on the second Monday of each month. The meetings are held at various locations. The location is posted on CHCA’s website each month. The next meeting, which is May 11, 2009, will be held at the Duryea Presbyterian Church on Sterling Place and Underhill Avenue. The June 8, 2009 meeting will be at the 77th Precinct, which is located at 127 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn (between Dean and Bergen Streets).

Ms. Porter stated that she went to Washington D.C., the week before President Obama’s inauguration. It was a very nice meeting. People from all over as far as Florida attended. There were 25 items on the agenda. Some of these items included the city streets, the loud music, markings for the curbs and monies needed for revitalization of communities.

Ms. Porter also attended a meeting with Deputy Inspector Cosgrove and other block associations on opening up a street in the summer, two days a week so the children could play. If anyone knows of a suitable place, please give the information to PAL.


Nina stated that a lot of help is still needed. Approximately 40 forms were submitted, but a lot more is needed. A $1,000 grant was received to offset the cost of mailing and other expenses. An account of how the money was spent has to be submitted.

Ms. Porter said that she asked Community Board 8 to give us a map, so we know exactly what area we are in. The area was originally named Crow Hill, but the realtors changed it to Crown Heights.


Franklin Avenue will be given a clean up on April 26, 2009 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Ms. Porter said that she would make some calls to get top soil, manure, brooms, garbage bags etc.

Make the Music Day and Crow Hill Day, together with a second clean up is scheduled for June 21, 2009. Ms. Porter said that she would ask Deputy Inspector Cosgrove to get no parking signs.

Ms. Porter suggested that since Mr. Mazon is not ready to continue with his project, it would be a good idea to get some youths to do graffiti work on the boarded area surrounding the site.


Bristen’s will be having a flea market at Sterling Place and Franklin Avenue, every Saturday and Sunday, starting on May 2nd and ending on September 25th. They have donated space to Crow Hill.

Anyone who has stuff to donate can do so as soon as a drop off location is given.

Also, help is needed in manning the tables.

Hodiah suggested that we do different things each week.


Jerome spoke on the need to open a temporary library because of the limited hours of the Brooklyn Public Library. He asked that we get the word out to as many people. They applied for a $10,000 grant.

There are monthly planning meetings. Nina announced our Face Book page.

Mr. Richardson, the Chairman of the Haitian American Daycare gave a demonstration on Kangen Water. He said that the water has helped several people with different illnesses. He invited everyone to stop by the Daycare the next day after 6:00 pm to get a free sample. He also mentioned that meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month at the Daycare Center.


There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.