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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 members, please be fully vaccinated and take a Covid test before In person meetings with other members of Good Neighbors. 

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 E-BLAST 1-22-23


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MEMBER CHECK-IN INFORMATION
Good Neighbors of Park Slope is offering to connect you with another member who also wants a regular check in. 
GNPS will make the initial connection, and after that it will be a mutual relationship between members 
who call/text/email one another on a regular basis, with no further GNPS responsibility.
Please fill out this survey and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Member Check-In Information

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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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UPCOMING GUEST SPEAKERS, PRESENTATIONS, AND NEW EVENTS
UPCOMING GUEST SPEAKERS, PRESENTATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS

(This section may include new activities not included in last e-blast and activities with 

available registration slots)




GAMES GAMES GAMES

In-Person Bridge for Experienced Players - 2/1/2023
In-Person Pinochle - 2/10/2023
In-Person Canasta (Park Slope) - 2/14/2023
Every Tuesday Evening Texas Holdem Online



Upcoming events and presentations
and activities open to more members

Activities Committee Mtg - 2/2/2023

Trivia Contest - 2/2/2023
Learning about GNPS and its website - 2/6/2023
Home Share-Benefits and Pitfalls - 2/12/2023
Advocacy Committee Meeting - 2/15/2023
Book Discussion: The Perfect Way to Go - 2/24/2023





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IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Spring 2023 Senior Debate Series
Zoom and In-Person
March 3 - May 9
Spring 2023 Senior Debate Series


 


Dementia Chat Early Stage Support Group:
Feb 27 - April 24 2023

Dementia Chat Early Stage Support Group



Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign


There will be public workshops on Zoom for CB6 residents on Thursday January 27, and for CB7 residents on Tuesday January 31. Zoom information appears on the link above. There will be 2 sessions each evening, one at 6.30 pm and one at 7.30 pm. The above link also allows you to provide feedback on a form. 




OMNI is now available for reduced fare customers!

Learn More Here



  Park Slope Library Events

First Wednesday of the Month:
Plum Papercraft: Origami
registration thru library website:
Park Slope Library Calendar
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Every Monday from 11:00am - noon
Gathering Wool: Knit and Crochet
drop in session, no registration
GatheringWool_ParkSlope.docx
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Every Thursday 
Total Body Fitnewss from Shape Up NYC - All Levels Welcome
Registration required

Shape Up NYC at PS Library

State Senator Liz Krueger (District 28 in Manhattan)
is sponsoring 5 part series on 
"Living Well: Age-Friendly Housing"
January - May 2023
click here for more info

Liz Krueger Virtual Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors 2023
to register, click 
Age Friendly Housing Series Registation


 
Concerts On The Slope 2022-2023 Calendar

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Presents
Chamber Music Night with
Trio Concertante
BSEC Chamber Music Flyer 3.4.2023





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.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Educational Program
In person January 30, 2023
10 Warning Signs 1.30.2023

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NEW WEBSITE FEATURE: MEET OUR MEMBER!

Meet Arlynn Brody
(by Ruth Gastel)

Ollie

(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😄




Free Covid Tests by mail  are once again availailable starting Dec 15 2022
https://www.covid.gov/tests

Free tests for anyone on Medicare at CVS and other pharmacies.


Free tests can be ordered online or at any pharmacy:


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

link to starting your own

MEET OUR MEMBER

Arlynn Brody

 



Ollie Bio

 

 

As a teacher and then a principal, Arlynn Brody was devoted to the kids in her school. They faced all sorts of obstacles to learning which she helped them overcome. She had such a positive effect on their lives that some of them still keep in touch with her. “They still write to me. They even celebrate my birthday,” she says, laughing with a note of pride.

 

Arlynn (Ollie to her husband, Van, friends and neighbors and Brody to her colleagues) was born in Brooklyn but raised in Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida. “As a college student, I had worked for Eastern Airlines and I expected to continue working there as a manager after I graduated but, at that time, they weren’t hiring women as managers,” Arlynn explained,” so I decided to try my hand at teaching. My first job was as a classroom teacher at a school near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The success of my students prompted the then Chancellor to ask me to begin the first Title I Math Lab in the city. Afterwards I was a Professional Development staffer, traveling throughout the city. I received a degree in Administration and then worked in the Bedford Stuyvesant community for 25 years as an Assistant Principal until 1996 when I became the principal of PS 87 in Queens.”

 

“At that time, the school was one of a group of failing schools that was going to be taken over by the state. Less than 20 percent of the students read above grade level. But seven years later, PS 87 was one of the top 10 schools in the city,” she said.

 

How did she turn school around?

 

“When I joined the school, 40 percent of the students were considered to be learning disabled. Some 20 percent were in Special Education programs. But it turned out that kids were often misdiagnosed. Many needed reading glasses. Some hadn’t been able to see the chalkboard since they started school. Some had hearing disorders. Some lacked the proper language and communication skills, which is not surprising when you realize that they often didn’t have anyone to talk to at home about what they were doing in school,” Arlynn explained.

 

This was a time when computers were beginning to be used in the classroom to help kids like this learn. “There were many different programs and levels, each designed to diagnose and remedy specific deficiencies,” Arlynn continued. “The results were amazing. A computer can work with each kid individually and make them repeat things over and over again until they get it right but a teacher has a limited time to help each one. And as the kids began to overcome their problems

and see progress, they were excited. They wanted to learn.”

 

”For me these were seven years of magical living... learning how the brain works, and how easily some of the problems could be corrected with the right tools. It became an all-encompassing passion.”

 

Arlynn successes didn’t go unnoticed. In 2003, when she was about to retire, the Queens Chronicle published an article which said that the Mayor of New York City liked to have his photo taken with her because the changes she had introduced as principal of PS 87 had made the school a model for the rest of the city.

 

Arlynn says she misses the involvement, the problem solving and the sense of being needed that she experienced being the principal of PS 87. But she’s lucky, she says, to have opportunities that compensate. She has led some very memorable GNPS groups. In one book group, members read “The Giver”, a story about a dystopian society where each person is assigned a set function in life. “It’s a book that leads to so many different kinds of discussions, a book that you’ll come back to at different periods of your life and see things differently,” she said. And now she uses her experience as an educator to participate in peer learning with retired professionals through a CUNY program known as LP2 (Learning Program squared).....another way of passing on the skills and using the intellectual energy that has inspired her adult life.

 

Arlynn has been a Park Sloper since 1973. She is married to a retired Architect, Van and has two grown children: Shawn Brody-Katsanos (living in Windsor Terrace), and Eric Brody (living in Greenpoint), and four grandchildren.



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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