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Bases loaded!: IS 383’s Brooklyn Bulldogs play ball in the Dominican Republic.
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Three cheers to the Brooklyn Bulldogs Baseball team and Coach Charles Lalane. The team took one heck of a summer field trip to the Dominican Republic. Coach Charles is a math teacher at Bushwick’s Phillipa Schuyler IS 383, and has dedicated his life to teaching children and believing in the power of field trips.

The Bulldogs, levels 12U and 14U, traveled to Samaná in the Dominican for a baseball cultural exchange with local teams.

In partnership with the governor and mayor of Samaná, Lalane co-organized a tournament and parade that included 14 teams. Dominican native Rafael Santana, the shortstop from the 1986 New York Mets, threw out the first ball.

“My wish is that these players learn from each other,” said Lalane. “My Bulldog teams play a super smart, strategic game; and the Samaná El Wilmore have the strongest work ethic I’ve ever seen.”

The Brooklyn Bulldogs travel team, part of the 78th Precinct Brooklyn Youth Council, hosts players ages 8–15 and includes College Showcase teams to help players pursue baseball at the college level.

Phillipa Schuyler IS 383 [1300 Greene Ave. in Bushwick, (718) 574–0390].


Babies are first

The stork has a new place to hang his diapers — the Brooklyn Birthing Center. The facility is the only accredited, freestanding birthing center in the city metro area, and it just received designation as the borough’s very first “baby-friendly” facility.

In order to achieve the designation, hospitals and birthing centers must provide extensive breastfeeding education and support, encourage skin-to-skin care, and rooming-in while limiting the separation of mothers and newborns, and avoid promoting products that interfere with breastfeeding (such as infant formulas, bottles, and pacifiers).

There are more than 20,000 designated baby-friendly hospitals and birthing centers across the globe, but less than 18 percent of U.S. births occur in such facilities.

Brooklyn Birthing Center is one of just five baby-friendly designated birthing centers in the nation, and one of just two independent (as opposed to hospital-owned) such birthing centers in America.

Standing O says “Welcome.”

Brooklyn Birthing Center [2183 Ocean Ave. between Quentin Road and E. 21st Street in Midwood, (718) 336–4119].

Park Slope

Something fishy

Grab those tackle-and-bait buckets for the staff and volunteers at Prospect Park Alliance. The do-gooding, fish-loving vollies, in preparation of the restoration of Dog Beach, rescued fish and other wildlife from the Upper Pool in the park.

Staffers donned the best waders in town and rescued the park’s native aquatic wildlife. Dog Beach is a popular off-leash swimming area for dogs, and in order for construction crews to get it ready, the water from the lake had to be drained. Not wanting to leave those fine-finned friends high and dry, landscape management crews and volunteers stepped into the draining waters, and collected fish and other creatures.

The restoration of Dog Beach includes replacing the existing pavement with natural stone slabs from upstate New York, installing durable mesh fencing to replace a chain link fence, removing invasive aquatic plants along the shoreline, and adding boulders and native plants. Funding for this project was provided by the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, councilmen Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, and the Brooklyn Delegation, as part of the renovation of the adjacent Long Meadow Ballfields.

The restored beach is scheduled to reopen next spring.

Standing O, dogs, and pescatarians everywhere thank the members of the Alliance.

Prospect Park Alliance [95 Prospect Park West at Fourth Street in Park Slope, (718) 965–8951].

Updated 5:35 pm, August 3, 2016
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