Brooklyn residents give their ideas for Bartlett Playground
by Benjamin Fang
Nov 23, 2017 | 208 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dozens of south Williamsburg residents pitched their ideas on what they would want to see included at a renovated park in the community. Last Wednesday night, the Parks Department hosted a visioning session for Bartlett Playground, the latest site chosen to be part of the mayor’s Community Parks Initiative (CPI). According to Davey Ives, chief of staff for Brooklyn parks, the playground will receive an $8.8 million investment. “We’re excited to put some money and love into this park where it’s needed,” he said. Ives said the park, which is located near Whipple Street and Flushing Avenue, has received minimal investment over the last two decades. The initiative selects local neighborhood parks that have higher-than-average concentrations of poverty to make parks more equitable throughout the five boroughs. So far, the Community Parks Initiative has reconstructed 67 parks in 55 neighborhoods. “It’s one of our older parks,” Ives said. “We’re looking to green it up, to make it more sustainable and really enliven this space. We’re looking for a place that can activate the community by design.” According to officials, the design will take roughly a year to finalize. Construction will begin approximately in fall 2019, and the ribbon cutting will be in fall 2020 or spring 2021. During the visioning session, residents split up into breakout groups to give their ideas. Some wanted more basketball courts, play equipment for young teens, and bench seating with shade. Others asked for a lockable perimeter fence, lights for the courts, and to move the spray shower area. Kristen McConnell, who has lived in Williamsburg for three years, said her main priority is to make the playground more fun for her kids. She brings her young family there four times a week. “The playground equipment is kind of old and boring,” she said. “If the playground was more exciting, probably more kids would come and play and it would be more fun for everybody.” When Bartlett Playground eventually closes for construction, McConnell said she’ll likely take her family to Sternberg Park, which is a few blocks away. She said she already goes there now because it’s a “more fun playground.” McConnell said she also wants to see less garbage in the park. “It’s more about people not littering,” she said. Anthony Copeland, who has lived in the neighborhood for 54 years, has seen the park change over the years. He was raised in Williamsburg and later bought a home nearby. “Growing up, you came here,” he said. “As an adult, you bring your family there.” Copeland noted that the playground hasn’t improved in a long time. During the community meeting, some residents wanted to take away the spray shower area. Copeland disagreed. “The heat in the summertime, it gets very hot,” he said. “You want to bring the little kids out and let them run in the water.” The longtime resident said he would like to keep the basketball courts and fitness areas, both of which are popular. Another priority is keeping the community seating area. “Families want to come out and sit and picnic,” Copeland said. “Their children can run around and adults can sit and keep an eye on their children. “It’s fitting for all ages in the neighborhood,” he added.
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November 23, 2017
Mohammed S
November 22, 2017
With all due respect - to have Larry Moreno and Victor Ogbo on the first and second teams makes a mockery of this list! I love those guys and Law and Tech is a great team but COME ON!!!! Larry won’t even sniff the court at St Francis and Ogbo is a solid low D2/ High D3 kid at best...
EEOC Offers Harassment Prevention and Respectful Workplaces Training
by cjleclaire
 Stephen Hans Blog
Nov 21, 2017 | 1415 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Despite legislation and law enforcement, incidents of harassment still occur in the workplace. Often employers are at a loss in knowing how to prevent it. They can’t be everywhere at once to supervise first-hand what is taking place in their business.

The new training being offered by the EEOC is a proactive solution for preventing harassment. The training applies to real life situations and gives employees and employers valuable tools that begin by addressing uncivil behavior, which can escalate and lead to harassment.

Sexual Harassment

How Does This Training Differ from Other Anti-Harassment Education and Training Programs?

Traditional anti-harassment or anti-discrimination training programs focus on educating supervisors and workers about existing laws, legal definitions and liability standards that businesses must meet.

The EEOC’s new programs , called “Leading for Respect” and “Respect in the Workplace,” focus directly on conduct.

Participants in the program learn about treating others with respect and what respectful conduct involves. By fostering respectful behavior in the workplace, businesses can also become more efficient and profitable. The training also assists employers by reviewing their policies and procedures and evaluating them in terms of harassment prevention.

The point where a company starts preventing harassment is by changing its culture.  Two main aspects of the program geared to do this are workplace civility training and bystander intervention training.

Workplace Civility and Bystander Intervention Training

Workplace civility training promotes civility and tolerance for diversity in the workplace. When workers enter a general culture of civility, employers often see less of its counterpart, harassment.

Civility training has been used by employers and is not new to workplaces. However, bystander prevention training is a newer concept for preventing harassment.

Schools and colleges have used violence intervention training as a way to curb sexual assault. It empowers students to intervene and prevent assault by increasing bystander awareness, encouraging collective responsibility, empowering students through skill-building exercises and making resources available to support intervention. By-stander prevention training brings the same skills to the workplace to enable workers to intervene and stop harassment.

If you have questions or legal concerns about workplace harassment, find out how we can help.

Stephen Hans & Associates has decades of experience assisting company owners with employment related issues.

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