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Good Neighbors of Park Slope

Welcome to Good Neighbors of Park Slope

Good Neighbors of Park Slope

OUR PURPOSE

Good Neighbors of Park Slope (GNPS) is an all volunteer, non-profit, aging-in-place organization, open to residents of Park Slope and surrounding areas who are age 50 and over. Our goal is to create a network of members to make life in our neighborhood easier and more fulfilling, while maintaining our autonomy and quality of life in our homes.

Members: Be sure to log in with your username and password to have access to 'member only' features of our website.

What's Happening?
For more information and to register go to:


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

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To post activities on our Calendar, contact
Activities Coordinator
or fill out this
Activity Form
Only Members of GNPS can post an activity
on our calendar

To request funds for your activity/event
Activity Funding Request Form



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E-Blast and IMPORTANT GNPS INFO 
IMPORTANT GNPS INFO AND E-BLASTS

For the safety of all our members, unvaccinated members are welcome to enjoy our Zoom meetings, but are asked to refrain from attending any in-person meetups until fully vaccinated.Please always carry your proof of vaccination.



 E-BLAST 9-11-22



A group of members has prepared information to help other groups start an organization like ours, which gives history of the organization. It is 
available here: 
Starting an Aging-in-Place Organization.






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IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION
E-waste event on 9/25/22 Sunday from 10AM to 2 PM-(Rain or shine) at John Jay Educational Campus organized by LES-Lower East Side Ecology Center. 
For more information
https://www.lesecologycenter.org/calendar/e-waste-recycling-event-park-slope-john-jay-educational-campus-2/

20th Anniversary Concert of Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra
Enter "goodneighbor" at checkout for 30% off any ticket type.

Fiesta Chamber Music 10.15.2022
https://events.eventgroove.com/event/20th-Anniversary-Celebration-63303



IF YOU ARE STAYING HOME TO STAY SAFE...
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS OF THINGS TO DO!


Covid Activities - 2022



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7TH AVENUE SENIOR CENTER (PSCSA) PROGRAMS OPEN TO GNPS MEMBERS
7TH AVENUE SENIOR CENTER (PSCSA) PROGRAMS OPEN TO GNPS MEMBERS
Park Slope Center for Successful Aging 
invites Good Neighbors of Park Slope
to participate in ALL activities!

See what is available on a recent PSCSA schedule:

PSCSA Schedule

For the most up-to-date information
become a member of PSCSA and receive their weekly schedule.

MANY ACTIVITIES ARE ON ZOOM.
For IN-PERSON activities at PSCSA, MASKS must be worn.
Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to be vaccinated.

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NEW WEBSITE FEATURE: MEET OUR MEMBER!

Meet Sharon Montoya
(by Ruth Gastel)



(For previous member profiles: Meet Our Members)  



 
😁To access the joke of the day at the bottom of this page
you must be logged into the website as a member😄






MEET OUR CANDIDATES FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022
2022 Board Bios
Vote for 4 candidates by Friday, October 28th

Meet the candidates

Matt Abrams
Director of the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging
gave a presentation on the Center's offerings on September 13th.
You can watch it here.

 

Good Neighbors bird watchers enjoyed the fall migration
in Prospect Park on Friday, Sept 16.
Don't miss our next expert led walk on October 13!

 

bird watching Sept 2022
Photo by Wendy Abel-Weiss

Free Covid Tests are still available .
Learn more at COVID.gov/tests.

Find more information on free testing resources in the COVID.gov/tests "Other Testing Resources" section or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

(If you are blind or low vision, you can get help finding more accessible tests and using at-home tests at the Administration for Community Living's (ACL) page,Tests for people who are blind or have low vision.)

Before disposing of expired at-home covid tests
check the extended expiration date:
Extended Expiration Date

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If you are going to Atlantic Antic on Sunday
please stop by
Care Patrol/Lean On We 
table  between Hoyt and Smith
and say hi to our friends
Enza and Ava.
You can ask about Independent Living/Assisted Living/Home Care.
Thank them for all the presentations done in the past year
for Good Neighbors of Park Slope

 

Curious about Monkeypox
Click HERE
for a 20 minute video with everything you need to know
prepared by NewYork Presbyterian

link to starting your own

MEET OUR MEMBER

Sharon Montoya

 

sharon montoya

 

The story of Sharon Montoya’s early adult life reads like a traditional” boy-meets-girl” movie script.

 

Born in Brooklyn, Sharon received her B.A. from Brooklyn College and her M.A.in English as a Second Language (ESL) from Columbia’s Teachers College. She was unhappy working in New York City public schools because many of her students spoke Spanish and almost no English. She felt a little lost not knowing any Spanish and so decided to go to Madrid, Spain to learn the language. To earn a living, she taught English in a private language school.

 

“One young man, an artist, began writing me notes on his homework papers, asking whether he could take me to see the Prada Museum,” she recalled.“Thinking his advances were inappropriate, I asked to have him removed from my

class,” she said. 

 

But he was persistent. Weeks later, while she was going down some steps to leave the school and he was going up, he stopped to talk to her, wanting to know why she had refused to have him in her class. “I was totally embarrassed,” she said. “I had to explain and justify what I had done." And then he asked whether he could walk her to the bus stop. ”And, that’s how it all began,” she said laughing.

 

True to the movie script, Manuel and Sharon were married two years later: not in Spain but in Gibraltar. “To get married in Franco’s Spain both parties had to be Roman Catholics, Sharon explained. . Gibraltar, which is British, had no such requirement so that’s where they decided to go.

 

But there’s more to getting married than making the decision. There are legal documents to be signed so they needed witnesses. ”We didn’t know anyone in Gibraltar so we had to ask people passing by whether they would come to the Registry Office to witness the signing of the marriage contract.”

 

At first, they lived in a small farming community of some 500 people where many of the old farmers spoke in aphorisms so she improved her Spanish. “We lived in an old granary, using a hot plate to cook on.” Sharon related. After almost a year of being a “Hippy,” Sharon said she missed the more traditional comforts of life so they moved to Segovia, a picturesque, historic city northwest of Madrid with a 2,000-year old Roman aqueduct and an old castle that Walt Disney used as a model for the film “Cinderella”. By then they had two sons. Sharon taught English in a girls’ high school, run by nuns, and also had a group of private students, doctors who were studying to pass U.S. Medical Board exams.

 

However, she wanted their children to have a better future, so they moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn where Sharon taught Spanish at Middle School 51. Her husband then returned to Spain for his art career, while Sharon stayed in New York with the children.

 

Once the kids were out of the house, Sharon decided to fulfill her dream of joining the Peace Corp. At age 59, she was accepted and assigned to the Philippines where she became an itinerant reading specialist, serving 12 schools in the province of Cavite.

 

“It was a demanding job because their only books were written on newsprint with line drawings and no color. When I had to stay overnight in a school far away, I slept with the lights on to keep the mosquitoes at bay. I developed a reading curriculum and, with the aid of a teacher/friend on Long Island, wrote to U.S. book publishers asking for donations for the province’s 200,000 school children. And I also spearheaded the creation of a mobile library system to circulate the books and worked with the teachers to label them according to grade level.”

 

When she returned from the Peace Corps, in 2002, Sharon taught ESL classes and Accent Correction at Long Island University, until she retired.

 

In 2020, GNPS recruited her to teach beginner Spanish classes. “Good Neighbors gave me a chance to meet new people, to be active and to be productive again.” And her students love her.

 


If you would like to join in our activities and have access to all our information, consider becoming a member -- click on our Membership page for more information.


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