Sign up for Greenpoint Chess Camp

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Flickr/franlhughes

Have a young child whom you want to be a chess champion?

Sign up for the Greenpoint Chess Camp at St. John’s Lutheran Church (155 Milton Street).

The camp offers each child over the age of 4 a chance to learn about the fun and invigorating game. Supervisors will give special attention to those with a greater commitment to chess.

In the meantime, there will also be fun alternative activities, pizza and ice cream for all. With three hours of chess a day, that adds up to 15 hours a week and 60 hours a month. Your child will be buzzing about chess in no time.

To learn more about the Greenpoint Chess Camp, click here.

Town Square’s Summer Starz lineup

If you missed last night’s screening of Ant-Man, don’t fret!

Here’s the complete calendar to Town Square’s Summer Starz 2016 free movie lineup.

Each movie takes place at Transmitter Park on Greenpoint Avenue and the East River waterfront.

Enjoy Zootopia (July 22), Pixels (July 29), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (August 5) and Inside Out (August 12) this summer!

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How to get half-fare MetroCards

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St. Nick’s Alliance is hosting a MetroCard outreach event for seniors over the age of 65 and people with disabilities.

On Tuesday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Swinging Sixties Senior Center (211 Ainslie Street), seniors are learn more about how to get half-fare MetroCards.

If you’re interested, please bring two valid forms of ID: a driver’s license, Medicare card for a birth certificate.

For more information, call 718-963-3793.

Come sweep McGolrick Park this weekend

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Flickr/erin_can_spell

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., volunteers will gather to help clean up Greenpoint’s beloved McGolrick Park.

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance are teaming up to host “Saturday Sweep.” On four Saturdays, starting tomorrow, you’ll get the chance to help beautify the park.

As an incentive, the two groups are giving out free swag, with conditions:

Volunteer on one Saturday – you’ll get a commemorative buttonFlair!

Volunteer on two Saturdays – we’ll get you some sunnies so you can fight that litter in style.

Volunteer on three Saturdays – you’ll score a tee with our iconic statue. So many bragging rights, so little time.

Volunteer on all four Saturdays – a limited-edition McGolrick tote will be yours!

To sign up, click here.

Public paddle schedule

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Summer is here, and that means the North Brooklyn Boat Club is taking participants on their free public paddles!

These informal trips will take you on a tour of Newtown Creek toward the East River. Trained guides from NBBC will instruct groups to work together on a paddle, which are free and open to everyone.

Taking these trips is a great way to learn about the neighborhood and the history of the bodies of water that surround Greenpoint.

Here’s the rest of the public paddle schedule for this summer:

• Saturday, July 30 from 12 to 4 p.m.

• Saturday, August 26 from 12 to 4 p.m.

• Saturday, September 24 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Honoring the life of Enrique Rios

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The mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others. Many are calling it the worst shooting in U.S. history.

The tragedy took a personal turn when authorities discovered one of the 49 victims was Enrique Rios, a Williamsburg native who went to Orlando to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Rios was a social worker who took personal care of elderly people. His mother, Gertrude Merced, described him as a loving person.

“His motto was that no matter how old they get, they should never be forgotten,” Merced said. “They have their experiences in life and they should be taken care of, always.”

Residents of Williamsburg and northern Brooklyn celebrated and honored his life at a recent vigil at Borinquen Plaza, where he was born. Read more about Rios, his life and the vigil here.

Bring your dog to East River State Park

Photo Courtesy/Assemblyman Joe Lentol
Photo Courtesy/Assemblyman Joe Lentol

Who let the dogs out?

All of Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s dog owners can now finally rejoice after park officials opened up a dog run at East River State Park.

The dog run will be an enclosed space where your dog can run, play, exercise and mingle with other dogs. Councilman Stephen Levin allocated money to this facility as part of his participatory budgeting process a few years ago, and the state Parks and Recreation department followed through.

Now you can take your dog for a morning run, enjoy the beautiful views of the waterfront and have a great time!

Celebrating 110 years with the Greenpoint Y

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Photo Courtesy/Greenpoint YMCA

It’s hard to believe that 110 years ago, the Greenpoint YMCA was born.

In 1887, the Y opened a storefront location on Greenpoint Avenue. In 1903, the Greenpoint Y joined up with the Brooklyn YMCA Association because they needed a larger facility to serve the Greenpoint community.

In 1906, the Y broke ground on a 10,000-square-foot lot on Meserole Avenue and Larimer Street. You may recognize the building today because it’s the same facility.

At the time, the building contained a restaurant, four bowling lanes, a swimming pool, a gym and locker room and showers for boys and men.

Fast forward 110 years, and the Greenpoint YMCA is still serving the families of northern Brooklyn, more than 10,000 people each year to be exact.

Please join us in wishing the Greenpoint YMCA a happy 110th birthday!

Williamsburg Bridge lane closures

Tomorrow, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be conducting its usual maintenance, including cleaning and lubricating expansion joints and trusses on the Williamsburg Bridge. One lane on the outer roadway will be closed a a time.

See below.

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