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Four Steps You Can Take to Help Food-Insecure Families

While we’re all aware of the job losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, a less publicized aspect of the crisis is the skyrocketing level of food insecurity across the country. According toFeeding America, the number of people without adequate access to nutritious food is likely to grow by 17 million in 2020, including nearly seven million children. Bringing that number down starts in our local communities—so we’ve compiled a few

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Ways to Give 2019

Giving is a great way to help those who need a hand up this holiday season. We have many ways to help, including gift drives, warm winter wear drives and more.  For any of the great drives below, feel free to organize a toy drive with your office or your baby group!  Have a holiday party potluck and have people bring gifts to donate.

Share these drives with work colleagues, block associations, or on social media. Every little bit helps!

SecondChanceToys

Second Chance Toys

Earth Day is April 22nd and we have a way to SAVE THE PLANET ONE TOY AT A TIME!  Second Chance Toys rescues gently used toys for children in need.

Maryland: 50 States in 50 Days


Snagged by moi
Maryland is known as the old line state, the free state, Little America or America in miniature, not because it looks like a "mini-me" of the country but because of its varied topography, from mountains to beaches and rolling hills. Maryland officially takes its name from Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I of England however, it also contains a reference to the fact that George Calvert who applied for the charter in 1629 intended
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Maine: 50 States in 50 Days

Havona and the Stony Cook's Maine
Maine, The Pine Tree State or ”Vacation Land” is also the land of Stonewall Kitchen, homemade ice cream-so-good-it-kick-Ben-and-Jerry’s-butts, cheap lobster, blue berries, moose, Stephen King, George H Bush, and L.L.Bean. Maine may take its name from the ancient Provence of Maine. It may be a nautical reference to the “mainland”. Like a lot of states, it turns out, we just don’t know. What we do know is that Maine
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Louisiana: 50 States in 50 Days

Found! Louisiana by Renya Sofia
We’re taking a break from our pre-harvest festival/pre-Halloween festivities to highlight Louisiana, our next state. Louisiana is utterly unique, a mix of French, Spanish, African and Native American cultures at its apex in New Orleans.
It borders by the state of Texas on the west, Arkansas to the north, Mississippi on the east and the Gulf of Mexico at its south. For visitors it’s a strange topsy-turvy place
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Kentucky: 50 States in 50 Days



Havona and the Stony Cooks got Kentucky

Kentucky is the Bluegrass state. This is bluegrass as in actually grass, not the music, though bluegrass music is certainly made in Kentucky. If we were to play six degrees of separation, Kentucky would be one of those key names, like people on Facebook who seem to know everyone. It borders seven states: West Virginia lies to the east, Virginia to the southeast, Tennessee to the south, Missouri to the
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Kansas: 50 States in 50 Days

Meredith Lopez put us "over the rainbow" with this!
Kansas: we’re not there anymore, but you‘d never know it by the weather. How can we possible think about Kansas with every second leave cruelly sheared off, littering the sidewalks and choking the gutters? What’s the Matter With Kansas? It’s a documentary. Today we know Kansas for tornados (though we’re giving them a run for their money) and Conservatives but apparently Kansas has a rich history
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Iowa: 50 States in 50 Days

Eye-O-Way

A big "thank you" to Matt Law, a relative newcomer to our plate bandits, for this lovely specimen!

Iowa, the Hawkeye State is synonymous with corn – even before the development of the Corn soy nexus. It takes its name from the Ioway people, the largest native American tribe living in the area. Some people from Iowa actually refer to their home as I-OH-WAY.
The Iowa border is formed by the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers on the west, the
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Indiana: 50 States in 50 Days



a "beemer", no less

Havona and the Stony Cooks have been busy trawling the streets of Park Slope in search of rare plates like this one from Indiana. Indiana is the Hoosier state. I am glad we’ve reached this point because it affords and opportunity to answer the question on everyone’s lips. Just what is a Hoosier, exactly?
I put the question to Dan Janzen, local dad, writer for hire and Indiana native. Dan writes:
“No one knows! It's been used to
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50 States in 50 Days: Illinois



I have no idea where this came from
Did you send me this lovely picture of the Illinois plate? Please let me know so that I can thank you publically. Not only is this a nice, clear shot, Illinois is a nice state.

Illinois is the Land of Lincoln, or sometimes the Prairie State. It is the most populous state in the Midwest and home to wonderful, big-shouldered Chicago. Illinois joined the Union in 1818 and really was Abraham Lincoln’s home. Like many
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50 States in 50 Days: Hawaii


The rarest of them all?

In a strange expulsion of brain wind yesterday I neglected to post Hawaii. Oh the Humanity! This exceedingly rare plate comes to us from Amanda Aaron, an early co-founder of PSP and all around good egg. This plate was top of the list of Plates-we-probably-won’t –find, and yet here it is. Amanda explains that she and her children began collecting plates quite independently of The Cause because the discovery of the Hawaii
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50 States in 50 Days: Idaho


Havona's Idaho is no small potato
Potatoes, mountains and militias: there's more to Idaho. For instance, Idaho is known as "The Gem State" because nearly every gemstone can be found there. It is also one of only two sources for star garnets, the other being in the Himalayas.
The origin of the name Idaho is hotly disputed. It may be derived from a Native American Word meaning enemy, gem of the Mountain, and expression of surprise as in "OMG! "
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50 States in 50 Days: Georgia

Havona and the Stony Cooks -- again!

From the Katherine Fletcher collection
Its been a productive week here at the nerve center. Mrs Malchman came through with Arkansas and we were able to mention both escaped pythons and ravenous Gambian pouch rats in a single post. We now need only Kansas, Mississippi, North Dakota and Wyoming. I would be lying if I tried to pretend I'm not feeling somewhat wistful, only four to go... but then my inner,
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50 States in 50 Days: Florida


Basic Florida Plate
Children's Plate from Havona and the Stony Cooks


Katherine Fletcher's Florida


Florida Police plate
Florida is the Sunshine State and the home of many exotic license plate designs; we’re showing only a few today. Florida is known for many things: retirees, the Everglades, hurricanes, Dave Barry and Carl Hiassen, The Golden Girls, The South Beach Diet, alligators pastels (which sorta work there), escaped voracious pythons
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50 States in 50 Days: Arkansas


What comes of taking photos on National Coffee day
Now I know what you’re thinking… this picture of the Arkansas plate is blurry. Why would you run a blurry picture? Why indeed? The answer is that Arkansas is such a rare find that the photographer dispatched to capture the image by the South Slope’s delightful Mrs. Malchman, was so overcome with excitement that his hands would not stop trembling. Who among us would have the nerves of steel
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50 States in 50 Days: Connecticut


Havona and the Stony Cooks strike gold again
Today’s Connecticut plate comes to us from Havona Madama and the stony cooks (who should form a band if they are not already). We have made great progress from last week with only 4 - count ‘em! - 4 states to go! Connecticut, a veritable Sybil of a state, is “the nutmeg state”, “the constitution state”,” the provision state”, the state where Lucy and Rickie moved when they left Murray Hill. Whatever you call
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50 States in 50 Days: Alaska


What a find! Meredith Lopez stikes again! You go girl!

*** Correction: the Meredith who found this gem is, in fact Meredith Lopez, not Meredith Littleas credited on Friday. Both Merediths have a knack for finding the seemingly impossible. My most sincere apologies for the mix up. I blame high fructose corn syrup.***
Only 7 states to go! Meredith came through with this awesome find yesterday. We also received Missouri, Michigan, Iowa plus some
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50 States in 50 Days: Colorado



One of Colorado's many Volkswagens
I snapped this beauty last week. Colorado, prounounced "ColoRADo" by residents joined the Union in 1875. The name means "red". It is the one of only states whose borders are defined by lines of longitude and lattitude. That's why it is a big quadrangle. It is bordered by Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Utah and New Mexico. One of its corners touches Arizona.
Colorado is known for it's beautiful scenery,
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50 States in 50 Days: California



Havona strikes again!
California, Oakland no less. Is California New York's laid-back twin? Is Oakland Park Slope's twin? Yes and no. Let's just put this out there: Park Slope is Berkeley's twin, and every body knows it. Oakland seems a bit more like Jackson Heights, Queens - not quite hip, but getting there.
My view of the New York/California relationship is straight out of Annie Hall. Visiting "The Golden State" makes me feel uncomfortably
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50 States in 50 Days: Arizona



"Vintage" Arizona courtesy of Katherine Fletcher
"Exotic" Arizona courtesy of Havona Madama and the Stoney Cooks

Our plates runneth over. We are now down to a mere handful of states left to find (see below). These two fab Arizona plates, the gritty, two-headed-snake-behind-the-last-chance-filling-station style version and the irrigated-golf-course-peopled-by-retirees rendition come to us from two of our most prolific licence sleuths, Havona and
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50 States in 50 Days: Alabama


Courtesy of Marcia Adams
Could we find 50 state licence plates on the streets of Brooklyn in 50 Days? How about 50 hours? We've had a tremendous response and we are now only 12 states short of our goal! A big "thank you" to everyone who sent in photos. You can see the states we still need below. I will personally buy the person who finds South Dakota (my ancestral home) a beverage of his or her choice . In the meantime, on with the show!
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50 States in 50 Days!

The District of Columbia: the Joker in our deck

**Community Events and Traffic Advisory for this Weekend**

Sunday, May 1, 2011 - Court Street Fair.Court Street will be completely closed to vehicular traffic from Union Street to W. 9th Street, from approximately 10:00 AM until approximately 8:00 PM.  The Fair officially runs from 12 Noon through 6:00 PM, but requires the street to be closed earlier to allow the vendors to set up, and later, to allow for clean up.  All surrounding side streets that lead into Court Street along the route will be

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Borough Taxis: Let the City Know What You Think!

You may have heard about the Mayor's proposal to establish a new category of livery cars that can make on-street pickups outside of Manhattan just like yellow cabs do. It will give many New Yorkers another safe, reliable and convenient option for getting around. The program aims to improve taxi availability while bringing yellow-taxi-like amenities (e.g., metered fares, credit/debit card payment, easier-to-spot cabs) to the Bronx, Brooklyn,

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Don't Park Here!

8th Avenue will be closed between 13th and 11th Streets after 8:00 PM Wednesday the 20th through 10:00 PM on Thursday the 21st.

9th Street Bridge Closed Thursday and Friday!

The New York City Department of Transportation Division of Bridges will fully close the Ninth Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal on Thursday, July 15, 2010, from 10 p.m., until Friday, July 16, 2010, at 4:00 a.m.

Giving Tuesday-- Check out our Favorite Places!

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, and, if you’re like me, you’ve gotten a plethora of emails asking you to give. We wanted to remind people to give locally and as generously as you can. If you have presents to buy this season, consider purchasing MEMBERSHIPS as gifts and asking family and friends to do the same. It can be a membership for folks in your family or for friends, a nanny, baby group leader who helps plan lots of events, a teacher,

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Sean Casey Animal Shelter Needs Your Donations!

The Sean Casey Animal Shelter--a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter--is accepting donations at the following sites through Sunday, Dec. 18:

Brooklyn Toiletries Drive

 

Hey All,

 

Do you have toiletries (body washes and lotions, soaps) that you can donate?

 

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