Recycle your Christmas tree into wood chips! These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide (or you can even take some home with you if you go to MulchFest - details below!).
There are 2 ways you can recycle your tree - curbside collection or MulchFest:
The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees. Collections will take place beginning on Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 16, 2015. You are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at curbside as early as possible during the collection period. DSNY asks residents to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection. DO NOT place trees in plastic bags. Trees will be chipped into mulch that will be distributed to parks, playing fields, and community gardens throughout the city.
You can also participate in NYC Parks & Recreation Mulchfest by bringing your holiday tree to a designated sites throughout the five boroughs on Saturday or Sunday, January 10 & 11, 2015, from 10 am to 2 pm. All of the trees will be chipped into mulch that will be used as ground cover to nourish plantings across the City. Before dropping off your tree, please remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees. Free mulch will be available at Mulchfest locations —bring a bag if you would like to take home some mulch.
MULCHFEST AT PROSPECT PARK: On Saturday, January 10, 10am – 2pm, join the Prospect Park Alliance, Park Slope Civic Council and NYC Parks on January 10 and 11 for MulchFest. Bring your holiday tree to Prospect Park, where it will transform into environment-friendly mulch. The entrance for MULCHFEST at Prospect Park is at 3rd Street or Park Circle.
Volunteers needed! Help assist people who bring their trees in for recycling by removing ornaments and distributing mulch. Register today.
- Category: Holidays and Special Events
Make sure no child goes without a present to open this Holiday season with Toys for Tots.
This year the Park Slope Civic Council and Park Slope Parents are joining forces for the biggest Toys for Tots drive EVER! With over 30 locations throughout Park Slope, Gowanus and Kensington, there’s always a convenient place to drop off toys! Donate a new or very gently used unwrapped gift for children ages 12 and under at locations across the Slope. All toys collected are given to local organizations that work with families in need.
Toys will also be collected at this year’s Jingle Bell Jamboree held at at Congregation Beth Elohim (Eighth Ave at Garfield Place) on Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Let’s make 2014 even better than last year! Thanks to your support, we collected over 2,000 toys that went to kids in need from organizations such as Safe Horizons, CHiPS, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and others!
TIPS FOR GETTING INVOLVED:
- SHOP LOCAL to keep the community strong!
- If you’re unable to shop local, put an extra gift in your online cart for those in need!
- Make it a family affair and have your kids help choose the gift and deliver them together.
We asked our members about how to winterize NYC homes and here are their helpful replies...
Tips from Parents:
1. Get an energy audit
"You should call for an Energy Audit. I’m having ours done next Wednesday, I’m not sure of the cost yet but I believe it is covered by various incentives. After the audit you can become eligible for incentives offered by National Grid and NY SERDA for up to 20% of the cost of any weatherization measures done. We had a free audit done by a guy from National Grid who was knowledgeable but he was basically there to get people to take advantage of the weatherization incentives (which need an actual audit to qualify). My feeling is that no matter how much we spend on weatherization, we’ll get it back in lower heating bills."
"National Grid has a service for businesses or multi-family dwellings where they do have an online analyzer and an onsite audit etc. Check it out here."
2. Insulate any drafty places, like an attic.
"The most important measure is probably insulating the attic and sealing any airspaces up there (If you insulate without sealing, you are basically creating a giant, expensive air filter). If your house is a rowhouse, you probably aren’t losing too much energy from the walls."
Parent safety reminder: "Is your house ventilated? You don’t want to start sealing everything up and not have enough clean ventilation."
Thanks for those of you who are posting the Department of Health information about the EV-D68 enterovirus.
With school back in session and classes well underway, kids coming in contact a lot more with each other. It's important we talk and teach them about public health safety.
Regardless of which virus, remember:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.
Here are some other ways to stop the spread of infection:
- Have kids wash their hands when they come home from school.
- Wash hands after being on the subway, going shopping, or being out and about. Make it a habit to wash when you get home..
- Wash dishes well and don’t reuse glasses.
- Remind kids not to share things such as chapstick, towels, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
- Don’t pick your nose (and keep your kids from picking theirs – or yours!).
- Clean the “green 11s.”
- Keep tissues handy to clean off kid snot before they get it on their hand, to get it on the school banister, etc.
- Cover your mouth (not your hand) with your arm when you sneeze or cough. Teach your kids to do this religiously (have them practice)
- Use safe cooking (and sex!) practices
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL SICK! It doesn’t matter if they are in 4th grade and you fell the “but absences matter” pressure — keep them home for everyone’s benefit.
Keep the pathways to infection clear to reduce the ability of “bugs” to get in your body.
Summer's end means changing childcare needs for many of us, whether hiring a nanny or moving on from a current nanny is on the horizon. Whatever your situation, we have tons of information to guide you as you make the best choices for your family.
Hiring a Nanny?
The 2014 Park Slope Parents Guide to Hiring a Nanny [Beta] is a combination of best-practices, insights and honest expressions culled from years of experience by a diverse group of parents who have all been where you are now. It includes:
Need an after school nanny/babysitter? We asked you for ideas and experiences, and have put together the PSP Guide to Hiring an After School Sitter.
Park Slope Parents strongly recommends you have a work agreement in place. Get yours here.
Does Your Nanny Need a Job?
Be sure to review our "Helping Your Nanny Find A Job" info on the PSP Website.
Need to post about your nanny? Please see the updated PSP requirements including our required template for nanny recommendations! We have a dedicated nanny moderator so it can take 24-36 hours for your message to post.
Saying "Goodbye" to your nanny? See our tips to help with the transitions including severance pay, goodbye partings, and more.
We have a section for nannies! Send your caregiver the PSP "Information For Nannies" guide with tips and advice to help them secure their next job.
Creating a Nanny Share?
We have updated The PSP Guide to a Successful Nanny Share to include tips from what works (and what doesn't) to salary information, scheduling advice and more.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns in your search or posting process by emailing " onclick="window.open(this.href,'','scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,location=yes,menubar=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,left=0,top=0');return false;"> .
In the meantime, happy summer and best of luck.
See you around the Slope.
Melissa and Susan,
Park Slope Parents