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					                                                             OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP


                           Volume BB, Number 14                                                                                                                                                                   July 5, 2007

                           Albany Eyes Supplement Industry                                                                                     ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE REPORT

                           By Allison Levy
                                                                                                                                          New Bike Racks
                                                                                                                                          By David Barouh
                                                                                                                                                hose of us who bike to                     the most pleasant spring

                                                                                                                                          T     the Coop have become
                                                                                                                                                familiar with the bike
                                                                                                                                          parking crunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Coop Rides to the Rescue
                                                                                                                                             The bike racks the Coop                          But now we have some
                                                                                                                                          installed near the Dixon                         new bike racks on Union
                                                                                                                                          mural have long been over-                       Street. The Coop’s Environ-
                                                                                                                                          whelmed by the number of                         mental Committee requested
                                                                                                                                          bikers wanting a place to lock                   the racks through the Depart-
                                                                                                                                          up, and both sides of every                      ment of Transportation
                                                                                                                                          rack and both sides of every                     CityRacks program.
                                                                                                                                          street sign within 50 or so                           We used their online
                                                                                                                                          yards of the Coop have bikes                     application form, but we
                                                                                                                                          locked to them. And there are                    wanted to push the process

                                                                                                                                          still more riders in need of a                   for quicker action and to
                                                                                                                                          place to lock up.                                make sure more than just one
                                                                                                                                             The brownstones on Union                      rack would be installed. So
                                                                                                                                          Street have signs attached to                    we called the city’s 311 num-
                                                                                                                                          their fences and gates plead-                    ber and were put in touch
                                                                                                                                          ing with cyclists not to lock                    with the state DOT, probably
                                                                                                                                          their bikes up on them. Even                     incorrectly, since it was the
                                                                                                                                          trees have been used to lock                     city’s DOT we needed.
                           Nutritional information on packaging as required by law.                                                       up bikes, although this is ille-                    The mistake turned out to
                                                                                                                                          gal. The situation exists on

                                   e brought us the law                                             and their supporters, argue           cold winter days as well as                                 CONTINUED ON PAGE                                      2

                                   banning motorists             “This bill is intended to allow    it’s a waste of time and money.
                                   from using hand-held                                                  “We already have all the
                           cell phones. Brooklyn Assem-           the consumer to know which        studies and they are supplied
                           blyman Felix Ortiz is known           products have been tested so       to the FDA. It’s just a case of
                           as the driving force behind            that a more informed choice       bureaucracies multiplying
                           New York’s legislation, which                 can be made”               work,” says Neil Levin, a clini-
                           was the first in the nation               ~Assemblyman Ortiz             cal nutritionist and nutrition-
                           back in 2001.                                                            al educator who works with
                              Now Ortiz, who represents                                             the NOW brand, which is sold
                           Sunset Park, wants to make           bill in January, Ortiz wrote an     at the Coop.
                           his mark on the food and             accompanying legislative                Supplement manufactur-
                           nutrition industry.                  memo that said: “This bill is       ers say a product label is not
                              While he proposes dozens          intended to allow the con-          the ideal locus for this kind of
                           of consumer bills every year,        sumer to know which prod-           federal-state tug of war. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ILLUSTRATION BY OWEN LONG

                           including legislation this year      ucts have been tested so that       consider it both unnecessary
                           calling for a statewide ban on       a more informed choice can          and costly to set up a prece-
                           trans fats in restaurants,           be made when purchasing             dent of unique labels for
                           there’s one area Ortiz is            these various products.” He         every state. “Each label would
                           focusing on that has caught          wrote that the intention was        be as long as a roll of toilet
                           the attention of the nutrition-      to deal with the analysis of        paper,” says Levin.
                           al supplement industry.              the product for “purity.”
                                                                                                    Reinventing the Wheel
                           An ‘Informed Choice’                 Proof of Health Claims                 Citizens for Health, a health
                              Ortiz and several cospon-            At the same time, Ortiz          care policy and activist group        Next General Meeting on July 31
                           sors in the state Senate want        also proposed legislation to        based in Washington, sees             The General Meeting of the Park Slope Food Coop is held on the
                           to require manufacturers of          require anyone selling dietary      dangers in states taking on the       last Tuesday of each month.* The next General Meeting will be
                           dietary and nutritional sup-         supplements that “make              role of gatekeepers. James            Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Elohim
                           plements to “clearly indicate        health or appearance claims”        Turner, who directs Citizens          Temple House (Garfield Temple), 274 Garfield Place.
                           on the package whether the           to provide “competent and           Health and also the National          The agenda will be available as a flyer in the entryway of the
                           product has been tested by           scientific evidence substanti-      Institute for Science, Law and        Coop. For more information about the GM and about Coop
                           the FDA.”                            ating those claims.”                                                      governance, please see the center of this issue.
                              When he introduced the               But some in the industry,                 CONTINUED ON PAGE        4      * Exceptions for November and December will be posted.

                                                         Thu, Jul 26    •Blood Drive: 3:00–8:00 p.m.                                                            IN THIS ISSUE
                            Coop                          Fri, Jul 27
                                                        & Sat Jul 28
                                                                        •Blood Drive: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
                                                                        •Blood Drive: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          The Carts of Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
                                                                                                                                          Plastics Primer: Know your A, B, and PVCs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                            Event                         Fri, Aug 3    •Film Night: 7:00 p.m., Under the Sun and the
                                                                         Birthright Crisis
                                                                                                                                          Coop Hours, Coffeehouse, Puzzle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
                                                                                                                                          Coop Calendar, Workslot Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                            Highlights                       Sat, Aug 4 •Adult Clothing Exchange: 10:00 a.m.                              Governance Information, Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                                                                                                                                          Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
                                                        Look for additional information about these and other events in this issue.       Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                                                                                                                          Classified Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
2       July 5, 2007                                               Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

New Bike Racks                       and have the block evaluated
                                     for additional racks.
                                                                          the Slope—the various
                                                                          Heights, Hills, Forts, Parks,
                                                                                                                ally need to cycle in, or
                                                                                                                whether the shortage of places
                                                                                                                                                       filled with locations that
                                                                                                                                                       would benefit from the
                                                                          Gardens, Woods, Villes,               to lock up would stop them.            CityRacks program, and any-
be fortuitous, however,              Three New Racks                      Hursts, and Burgs of Brook-           On the other hand, such is the         one can request that a bike
because the official we were             The result is three new          lyn—to cycle to the Coop              demand that like the ball field        rack be installed at a site they
put in touch with turned out to      racks of the double loop vari-       instead of taking their cars.         of the movie “Field of Dreams,”        have identified as in need.
be a Coop member, Peter Dun-         ety that can accommodate                 Traffic can get intense in        where “if you build it, they will      The city DOT will evaluate the
leavy, from the state DOT’s          five bikes each. One is right in     front of the Coop and up              come,” we can probably expect          request and make an on-site
Landscape/ Environment               front of the Coop, one up by         Union Street, where cars              that the new racks will fill up as     inspection to determine its
Unit, and its former Bike/ Ped       Dixon’s Bike Shop, and one           heading toward Prospect               surely and quickly as the old          suitability. The request can
coordinator. He put us in            across the street in front of        Park often back up all the way        ones did. Nonetheless, we              be made online using the
touch with the head of the city      the Black Pearl Restaurant.          to Seventh Avenue.                    need to do what we can, and            DOT’s online request form.
DOT’s CityRacks program,                Hopefully, the new racks             One may speculate about            each new cyclist is one less car.      (
Joshua Benson, who promised          will encourage people com-           how much encouragement the               The Slope and Brooklyn’s            dot/html/bikeped/bikerack.
to fast-track our application        ing from the areas outside           Coop’s dedicated cyclists actu-       other neighborhoods are                html). ■

    Diversity and Equality Committee Looking for Additional Members
    The Diversity & Equality Committee (DEC) is dedi-                                                                       and non-judgmental relating to all types of people.
    cated to improving human relations and communi-                                                                       • Basic Group Facilitation—have experience leading
    cations through impeccable interpersonal                                                                                workshops, ideally around diversity issues.
    interactions, policies and procedures in the Coop.                                                                    • Public Speaking skills, conflict resolution skills, and
    Our goal is to work toward preventing and eliminating                                                                   mediation skills
    discrimination in the Coop. The DEC has met on a
    monthly basis since 2004 to promote the ideal of equal                                                                The Survey Sub-Committee
    and respectful treatment between all Coop members                                                                     Needs 4-5 new members with interest relevant to con-
    and paid staff regardless of each individual’s different                                                              ducting a study of Coop members’ experiences with bias
    identity. The DEC also aims to provide advocacy for                                                                   or discrimination at the Coop. The necessary skills are:
    individuals who feel they have experienced discrimina-                                                                • Data entry skills: Qualitative & quantitative data
    tory practices in the Coop.                                                                                             analysis software (such as SPSS) experience
    In order to be considered for the Diversity and                                                                       • Writing skills for documenting and presenting study
    Equality Committee, you must have at least one year                                                                     findings
    of Coop membership, have an excellent attendance           Please be prepared to provide a listing of your relevant
    record, have the ability to be accountable, to take ini-   experience, along with your Food Coop member num-          Complaint Review Sub-Committee
    tiative, to work independently, be organized, and have     ber.                                                       Needs 2 new members, a secretary and a member with
    an ability to work collaboratively with others. In addi-                                                              mediation skills. The necessary skills for each position
                                                               Committee Secretary
    tion, the committee meets monthly on second Thurs-                                                                    are:
    day of the month from 6:30 pm–8:00 pm. These               To record and distribute the monthly DEC minutes. The
                                                                                                                          • Mediator: Needs excellent conflict resolution and
    meetings are mandatory. Committee members also             necessary skills are:
                                                                                                                            mediation skills; good editing and writing skills;
    work outside the meetings on projects for their sub-       • Ability to comprehend what is being stated and             compassionate; impartial; good investigative skills;
    committees. Work on the Committee is recorded on an          record it accurately in writing.                           critical thinking skills; good interviewer; attend a
    hour-for-hour basis.                                       • Ability to do word processing and distribute minutes       hour and a half subcommittee meeting every month
                                                                 via e-mail from home.                                      in addition to the general DEC meeting.
    The Committee is organized into subcommittees by
    area. The specific sub-committee needs and skills are      The Diversity Education Sub-Committee                      • Secretary: Take dictation and detail notes; transcribe
    detailed below. In addition, we are looking for a secre-   Needs 4-5 new members. The necessary skills are:             and archive; data entry and general computer skills;
    tary for the committee as a whole. Please specify which    • Committed to the concepts of “diversity”. Other terms      good editing and writing skills; compassionate; impar-
    sub-committee(s) interest you (each member partici-          that “resonate” in the “industry” are “multicultural”      tial; good investigative skills; critical thinking skills;
    pates in only one sub-committee). To express interest        “pluralism” and “inclusion”                                good interviewer; able to attend a hour and a half sub-
    contact Jess Robinson at the Food Coop via e-mail at                                                                    committee meeting every month in addition to the gen-
                                                               • Superior Relationship/People skills—pro-active, savvy, or phone at (718) 622-0560.                                                                     eral DEC meeting
                                                              Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                             July 5, 2007               3

          THE CARTS OF
By Kira Sexton

       he only time I availed       It was Johnny Dona’s first      of working outside in the

T      myself of help trans-
       porting my cart home,
it was winter and one of
                                 day putting in a shift at the
                                 Coop. Crown Heights resi-
                                 dents, Dona and his wife
                                                                    winter, Chiprouth just
                                                                    shrugged me off. “You dress
                                                                    warmly in the winter,” he
those cold and yet humid         have belonged to the Coop          stated simply. “But if you
days, the kind that we           for one month. Dona works          dress too warmly, you will
describe as “bone-chilling”      during the week as a pharma-       sweat. Nice days, people
and “raw.” I was not expect-     cy technician at Kings County      don’t want to shop,” he                                 Join the Blood Drive
ing to require help with my      Hospital. This is one reason       added, not wanting to over-                         at the Park Slope Food Coop
cart, but my bags were curi-     he says he appreciates the         state the obvious—this
ously heavy and there were       opportunity to work outside.       reporter had never seen a                ❦ Thursday, July 26 • 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
three cart pushers hanging       He also likes to read and sit      calmer Coop Sunday.                      ❦ Friday, July 27 • 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
around on the bench out-         down between stints walking           A resident of Flatbush,
                                                                                                             ❦ Saturday, July 28 • 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
side.                            people and their carts home.       Rebecca Patterson has
    I cleared my throat and      Dona says he only had to           belonged to the Coop for
three eager faces beneath        deny his services once, to a       four years and spent three of                      In the second floor Meeting Room
heavy parkas whipped toward      Cooper who wanted to take          those years in Receiving. As                      FACT: Less than 3% of the population donates blood
me. “Um,” I started, but then    Dona and the cart to East          an FTOP worker, she takes                            and 90% will use blood some time in their life.

stopped speaking. I live         Flatbush. “That’s just too far,”   the cart gig whenever it’s                             • Park Slope Food Coop • 782 Union Street •
                                                                                                                                 • Brooklyn, NY • 718-622-0560 •
beyond the perimeters of         Dona said.                         available and loves it. “It’s                      • In cooperation with New York Methodist Hospital •
where the carts are normally                                        nicer in the summer.” Patter-       For further information about blood donation, call Stuart Rosenhaus, 780-3644

allowed to venture. But I was         Now that it’s summer,         son seemed very Zen about
a Cooper in need. “Can            I find myself wondering how       her position, an attitude that
someone help me as far as                                           I’ve always suspected is
                                   the cart pushers are doing
you can go?” I asked. “What is                                      required by a person doing
it, Fifth Street?” From there             in the heat.              FTOP duty. “I enjoy sitting on    WHAT IS THAT? HOW DO I USE IT?
on, I would carry my surpris-
ingly heavy bags the rest of
the way home, which was
                                    Gary Chiprouth, of Mid-
                                 wood, has been a member of
                                                                    the street and watching peo-
                                                                    ple go by.”
                                                                       But do people try to talk
                                                                                                     Food Tours in the Coop
much better than carrying        the Coop for 15 years. His         your ear off? Do you have to     I wrote this for you
them all the way home from       favorite shift was as a sec-       push the cart and the gro-
the Coop. One cart pusher        ond-floor monitor, but he’s        ceries yourself? What if they                It was you I was thinking of
agreed to help. I was over-      put in two years with the out-     have children and a stroller                 when I opened the door
joyed, I must add, when she      side carts and likes it just       and a cart? What do you do                   to the idea of how
helped me all the way home.      fine, though he emphasized         then? Patterson shook her                       to eat better
I asked (half-jokingly) if I     that he prefers to work in         head vehemently. “They’re
could tip her. And she, very     cooler weather.                    very clear. Only push the cart               I thought of your family
seriously, said, “No.”              Chiprouth stressed that he      back to the Coop.” Then she                  and what it takes to feed them well
    Now that it’s summer, I      didn’t choose the carts. They      shared some Coop gossip                      the shopping, the schlepping,
find myself wondering how        chose him. “After they [the        with me, an urban (bor-                      the storing and still,
the cart pushers are doing in    Coop] went digital, they did-      ough?) legend about a noto-                  nothing yet cooked!
the heat. It must be a lot of    n’t need me to take four           rious Cooper who got into a
fun, right? Unless, of course,   Polaroids and give [people] a      lengthy argument with a guy                  I thought of you coming home hungry
the weather is dreadfully hot    laminated card.” Chiprouth         who wouldn’t push her cart                   tired from tiresome tasks
and humid, like a sauna.         worked in the office for a         for her. “He said he wasn’t                  and all the ditches you have to dig
    So, on a gorgeous Sunday     while, but when an evening         allowed to,” Patterson said.                 and fill again
afternoon, I strolled over to    class required that he work        (Ed. note: They’re allowed to
find the Coop surprisingly       on weekends, he found an           but not required to push the                 I thought of the look on your face
empty. Everyone was at the       opening on Sundays, push-          cart.) Then she added, look-                 when a plate of fresh food
                                                                                                                 freshly made with love
park, it seemed. Except for      ing Coop carts.                    ing toward the bustling Coop
                                                                                                                 was placed before you
the workers assigned to             When prodded by this            and its much calmer envi-
escort shoppers and their        reporter (who frankly hates        rons, “I like the rhythm out                 How you paused
carts home.                      the cold) about the negatives      here.” ■                                        very briefly
                                                                                                                 I saw you soften
                                                                                                                 your heart open

                                                                                                                 And when you ate
                                                                                                                 peace flowered in the room

                                                                                                                 Come talk to me
                                                                                                                 about how to eat better
                                                                                                                 It's all in a day's work
                                                                                                                    at the Park Slope Food Coop

                                                                                                                 by Myra Klockenbrink

                                                                                                                 Mondays,              July 16 (D Week)
                                                                                                                                       Noon to 1 p.m. and
                                                                                                                                       1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                 Wednesdays, July 11 (C Week)
                                                                                                                             August 8 (C Week)
                                                                                                                             2:30 to 3:30 then
                                                                                                                             4:00 to 5:00 p.m..

                                                                                                                 Or you can join in any time during a tour.
4        July 5, 2007                                             Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

Albany Eyes Supplement Industry
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17            really work. As a result, one of                                                          food stores, like the Coop, to   why a burden of proof is need-                      “Not knowing
                                  our bills would require that                                                              make scientific proofs avail-    ed,” Stern says.                                 their definition of
Public Policy, argues that this   manufacturers provide proof                                                               able to purchasers.                However, according to                          burden of proof, or
could lead to reinventing the     for any health claims,” Stern                                                                Stern says that Assembly-     Levin, supplement manu-                         their medical exper-
wheel in health arenas that       says.                                                                                     man Ortiz believes that the      facturers are precluded                        tise to assess that,
have already been studied,                                                                                                                                               from making                       opens the door to all
debated and voted on.                                                                                                                                                    medical claims.                  kinds of errors,” argues
   Ortiz introduced the                                                                                                                                                      “We can’t say        Levin. “In the past, we’ve seen
assembly bills as chairman of                                                                                                                                            vitamin C cures          lawmakers taking 30-year-old
the Assembly Task Force on                                                                                                                                               scurvy even though       research that has already been
Food, Farm and Nutrition                                                                                                                                                 that is scientifically   superseded by newer studies,
Policy. While it’s not Ortiz’s                                                                                                                                           proven,”         says    and using that as their sole
intent to change the favor-                                                                                                                                              Levin. He says           criterion. You can expect slop-
able climate for natural sup-                                                                                                                                            NOW’s labels and         py science when politicians try
plements created by federal                                                                                                                                              advertising are          to exert control.”
laws (principally DSHEA, the                                                                                                                                             entirely consistent         Turner claims one com-
Dietary Supplement Health                                                                                                                                                with that policy.        mon error is using testing
and Safety Act of 1994), it                                                                                                                                              Supplement pro-          methods and criteria devel-
                                                                                                                                                                         ducers are only          oped for studying poisons
                                                                                                                                                                         allowed to make          and misapplying them to
        It’s just a case of                                                                                                                                              “structural” claims,     common foods, plant prod-
          bureaucracies                                                                                                                                                  such as “calcium         ucts and their derivatives that
       multiplying work                                                                                                                                                  helps build bones,”      have been eaten for centuries
    ~Neil Levin, NOW Foods                                                                                                                                               but not medical          without any demonstrable
                                                                                                                                                                         claims, such as          harm resulting. On an anec-
                                                                                                                                                                         “calcium helps pre-      dotal basis, Turner points to
                                                                                                                                                                         vent osteoporosis.”      an outstanding record of low
could be the end result,                                                                                                                                                 All such evidence        to no harm for herbs.
acknowledges Robert Stern,                                                                                                                                               for claims is sup-          For the industry and its
program manager for the task                                                                                                                                             plied to the FDA,        supporters, the question is,
force.                                                                                                                                                                   Levin says.              in protecting people from the
    “Other states might be                                                                                                                                                  So what would         risks of making their own
inspired by our initiative.                                                                                                                                              be accepted as           health determinations and
Ultimately these things are                                                                                                                                              proof in New York,       product choices, are the pro-
decided by long legal battles                                                                                                                                            under the legisla-       posed New York laws protect-
and court decisions,” Stern                                                                                                                                              tion that would          ing consumers from harm? Or
acknowledges.                                                                                                                                                            have rules set by        are they imposing unneces-
              “Our specific                                                                                                                                              the state Commis-        sary barriers?
              concern is that     Just some of the Coop’s huge selection of supplements.                                                                                 sioner of Agricul-          Ortiz argues the public
               people may                                                                                                                                                ture?                    has a right to be informed,
                be wasting           According to a recent arti-                                                            laws are needed, particularly      “The legal definition is ‘com-     while advocates, like Turner,
                 their money      cle in Vitamin Retailer, the                                                              for people who refuse conven-    petent and reliable’ evidence,       are concerned that the net
                  purchasing      new law could potentially                                                                 tional medical care because      but what that really means I         effect of these bills would
                 supple-          obligate both supplement                                                                  they believe that a supple-      can’t say. It would be defined       undermine public access to
          ments that don’t        manufacturers and health                                                                  ment works as well. “That is     by the courts,” Stern says.          supplements. ■

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     ground who can work Sunday afternoons, Monday or
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     Wednesday evenings, or Wednesday mornings.
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     part of the work requirement.                                                                                  
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                                                                Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                     July 5, 2007           5

Plastics Primer: Know Your A, B and PVCs
By Cynthia Blayer
           hen plastic was first developed by Alexan-      some packaging. The production of PVC releases             tic bags, and type 5, in some containers, are consid-

W          der Parkes, it warranted a showing at the
           1862 Great International Exhibition in Lon-
don. It’s hard to imagine the now ubiquitous materi-
                                                           dioxins into the air and water. This chemical is known
                                                           to cause cancer, as well as reproductive, developmen-
                                                           tal and immune system problems. PVC plastic con-
                                                                                                                      ered safer bets throughout their life cycle, and are
                                                                                                                      generally recyclable, depending on where you live.
                                                                                                                      Most plastics that New York City does not accept can
al being rare enough to garner a spot in such a            tains phthalates, which have been shown to cause           be recycled at the Coop on the second Saturday of
venue. For many years, we’ve all made use of this          developmental and reproductive damage. Discarded           each month from noon to 2 p.m., the third Thursday
cheap and convenient material—although we’ve               PVC ends up in landfills, where it can leach toxins        from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the last Sunday from 10
come to realize that the hidden cost to the environ-       into the ground water. Children and infants in partic-     a.m. to noon.
ment and public health is quite high.                      ular need to be protected; they are especially vulnera-        Recycled plastic generally transitions into sec-
                                                           ble due to their developing immune systems and             ondary products such as parking lot bumpers or plastic
Environmental and Public Health Problems                   their tendency to put things in their mouths. Green-       lumber, while plastic containers and bottles are made
    Americans go through about a hundred billion plas-     peace and the Healthy Building Network both main-          with new plastic, which is why recycling, while impor-
tic bags a year, not to mention the myriad other plastic   tain databases of alternatives to PVC plastic.             tant, is not a substitute for reuse, and for reducing use.
products we all use. According                                                      Number 6 (polystyrene): Poly-     Consumers have tremendous power in the choices

to the EPA, the plastics industry                                                styrene is used in foam food         they make—industries will take heed as citizens make
is second only to the chemical                                                   trays, egg cartons, carryout con-    it clear that they want safe and recyclable products.
industry in generating ozone-                                                    tainers, opaque plastic cutlery          If you have any questions or comments, email the

layer-damaging toxic releases.                                                   and other disposable food ser-       Environmental Committee at ecokvetch@
Carcinogenic chemicals such as                                                   vice items. The toxic component      Please let us know if you’d like to be on our Friends of
dioxin and benzene enter the                                                     styrene can leach into food and      the Committee list and get very infrequent (really!)
environment during manufac-                                                      beverages. Over a dozen U.S.         updates about new green products the Coop is carry-
turing; these materials pose additional threats, as they   cities such as Berkeley, Santa Monica, Portland, OR        ing or issues the committee is working on.
can leach from containers into food and beverages.         and Suffolk County, NY have legislation banning the
    Scientists estimate that discarded plastic items       use of polystyrene, which means restaurants and            What You Can Do
will take hundreds of years to break down, if they         others have to use safer materials. The Santa Monica          Purchase water filters for home and office to avoid
ever do. Plastic bags discarded or blown out of dis-       ban mandates that takeout packaging be compatible          the expense and waste of buying bottled water.
posal trucks and landfills litter the landscape, posing    with that municipality’s curbside recycling, thus ban-        Don’t microwave or heat foods in plastic containers
a hazard to birds and other wildlife. Plastic kills        ning polystyrene by default, as well as encouraging        or use plastic to hold hot liquids—toxins can leach
wildlife through ingestion, starvation, entanglement       the sales of biodegradable and recyclable packaging.       into food or beverages.
and suffocation. In coastal areas, plastic items float     Suffolk County, NY enacted one of the nation’s earli-         Make sure children and infants have toys and bot-
out to the ocean and are eaten by marine birds and         est polystyrene bans in 1988. At the time, the plastics    tles made of safe materials (see https://www.thegreen-
fish. According to World Watch, nearly 100,000             industry unsuccessfully sued to repeal the ordi- 
marine mammals are killed annually in the North            nance. Currently, restaurants in Suffolk County are           Reuse and then recycle plastic. According to a 2001
Pacific by ingesting or getting tangled in plastic         prohibited from using foamed polystyrene or PVC.           EPA report, 80% of post-consumer plastic waste is sent
debris. Approximately 15% of the world’s 280 species          Number 7 (polycarbonates and others): Polycar-          to landfill, 8% is incinerated and only 7% is recycled.
of sea birds are known to have eaten plastic in the        bonates, used in some plastic baby bottles and sport       See to find recycling facilities
form of pellets, bits of Styrofoam or small toys.          water bottles, contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). An Envi-         in your neighborhood.
                                                           ronmental Health Perspectives report found that                Grocery stores account for 60% of plastic bag
The Bad Plastics                                           even low-dose BPA exposure on laboratory animals           waste—bring a reusable tote when you shop; keep a
   Many plastic types can be identified by the triangle-   has significant effects, including changes in brain        few washed and reusable plastic bags in your purse or
enclosed number on the bottom, ranging from 1              chemistry, behavior, the immune system and male            briefcase for spontaneous errands.
through 7. The types of plastic that are most problem-     and female reproductive systems.                              Use safer plastic alternatives (http://www.
atic throughout their life cycle are numbers 3, 6 and 7.                                                    , or bioplastic(http://
   Number 3 (polyvinyl chloride or PVC, sometimes          The Better Plastics                               or glass.
just called “vinyl”): PVC is used in construction, toys,      Plastic types 1 and 2, used for clear beverage bot-        Look for alternatives to PVC plastic (#3) for building
some water bottles, fashion (imitation leather) and        tles, milk and yogurt, as well as type 4, used for plas-   and renovations ( ■

                                     Coop Plastics Recycling
                                                                                      What plastics do we accept?
                                                                                      •#1 and #2 non-bottle shaped containers and #1 and #2
                                                                                       labeled lids. Mouths of containers must be equal width or
                                                                                       wider than the body of the container.
                                                                                      •All #4 plastic and #4 labeled lids.
                                                                                      •#5 plastic tubs, cups & specifically marked lids and caps
                                                                                       (discard any with paper labels).
                                                                                      •Plastic film, such as shopping bags, dry cleaning shrouds,
                                                                                       etc. Okay if not labeled.

                                                                                      •Second Saturday of each month: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
                                                                                      •Third Thursday of each month: 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
                                                                                      •Last Sunday of each month: 10:00–12:00 p.m.
                                                                                      On the sidewalk in front of the receiving area at the Coop.
6       July 5, 2007                                              Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

           COOP HOURS
    Office Hours:
                                                                                                       Puzzle Corner
      Monday through Thursday                               1      2      3             4    5     6    7       8           9    10     11   DOWN
        8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.                                                                                                                    Gab
                                                            12                          13                                  14
      Friday & Saturday                                                                                                                           Paean
        8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.                              15                    16                            17    18                          Do fussing
                                                                                                                                                  Rock genus
    Shopping Hours:                                                       19                            20                                        Louis G's treats
      Monday–Friday                                                                                                                               Linewaiters Gazette, Derisively
       8:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.                             21     22                        23    24                            25     26
                                                                                                                                                  EU branch
      Saturday                                              27                          28         29                            30               They fill the coop
       6:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.                                                                                                                   Clammy state
      Sunday                                                31                          32   33                             34                    Gone by
       6:00 a.m. to 7:30* p.m.                                                                                                                    360 to the dollar, once
                                                            35                    36                            37    38
    *Shoppers must be on a checkout line                                                                                                          Boxer's square
     15 minutes after closing time.                         39            40                            41            42                          California cabbage
                                                                                                                                                  Address of kings
    Childcare Hours:                                                      43                            44      45                                Croissant aisle
      Monday through Sunday                                                                                                                       Bow strings
                                                            46     47                              48                            49     50
       8:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.                                                                                                                     Sea refuge
                                                            51                          52   53                             54                    A draft for everyone
    Telephone:                                                                                                                                    Hard 28D's
      718-622-0560                                          55                          56                                  57                    Soft 26D's

    Web address:                                                                                                                                  Bearded bloomer
                                                                                                                                                  Ultimate coop products?                                                                            ACROSS
                                                                                                                                                  Linked rings
                                                                  Note quickly                          Apparatus
                                                                                                                                                  Prep a potato
                                                                  Green for a Gabor                     See 41D
                                                                                                                                                  Coworker to Jimmy and Lois
                                                                  Flowers after showers                 Understaffed jazz combo
                                                                                                                                                  With 32A, French food favorite
                                                                  Lemon or lime                         Thursday doc drama
                                                                                                                                                  Red Hook feature
                                                                  Western stage                         Get stuck in muck                         "…the lonely ___ and the sky" -
                                                                  Stone or iron                         Book back                                 Masefield

   The Linewaiters’ Gazette is published biweekly by              Eating away                           Selling garlic stalks online?             One of many on the F-line
the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc., 782 Union Street,                 Red, white but not blue               They're tight on the gridiron             Tennis deuce
Brooklyn, New York 11215.                                         Half a cow                            Hot ____, role for Loretta                The skinny on the ponies, e.g.
   Opinions expressed here may be solely the views                Thumb to pinky                        The coop on Christmas                     Versatile legume
of the writer. The Gazette will not knowingly publish             Vermicelli vis-a-vis spaghetti        Equipment in bulk or produce              Response to a doctor
articles that are racist, sexist, or otherwise                                                          Unpleasant cleaning task for
                                                                  They fill the coop
discriminatory.                                                                                         Maintenance squad                    This is the first in a series of new,
                                                                  Stocks bulbs
   The Gazette welcomes Coop-related articles, and                                                      Fruiting spike in agriculture
                                                                                                                                             more challenging puzzles and crosswords
letters from members.                                             Pervasive Bococa chain                                                     we’ll be featuring in the Gazette.
                                                                                                        Poker call
                                                                  Buckeye st.
                                                                                                        Fifth road for Crosby and Hope       For answers, see page 11.
                                                                                                        Rain refuge
All submissions MUST include author’s name and
phone number and conform to the following
guidelines. Editors will reject letters and articles                                                    Valerie Plame, for one
that are illegible or too long. Submission deadlines
appear in the Coop Calendar opposite.
Letters: Maximum 500 words. All letters will be
printed if they conform to the guidelines above.         This Issue Prepared By:
The Anonymity and Fairness policies appear on
the letters page in most issues.                                 Coordinating Editors: Stephanie Golden
Voluntary Articles: Maximum 750 words.                                                       Erik Lewis
Submissions on Paper: Typed or very legibly                  Editors (development): Dan Jacobson
handwritten and placed in the wallpocket labeled
                                                                                             Michael O’Keeffe
"Editor" on the second floor at the base of the ramp.
Submissions on Disk & by Email: We welcome                                      Reporters: David Boyer
digital submissions. Drop disks in the wallpocket                                            Masha Hamilton
described above. The email address for
                                                                                             Johannah Rodgers
submissions is
Receipt of your submissions will be acknowledged         Art Director (development): Michelle Ishay
on the deadline day.                                                           Illustrators: Susan Greenstein
Classified & Display Ads: Ads may only be placed
                                                                                             Owen Long
by and on behalf of Coop members. Classified ads
are prepaid at $15 per insertion, business card ads at                   Photographers: Hazel Hankin
$30. (Ads in the “Merchandise–Non-commercial”
                                                                                             Ann Rosen
category are free.) All ads must be written on a
submission form (available in a wallpocket on the                       Traffic Manager: Monona Yin
first floor near the elevator). Classified ads may be             Classified Ads Prep: Beth London
up to 315 characters and spaces. Display ads must
be camera-ready and business card size (2"x3.5").                        Text Converter: Peter Benton
Recipes: We welcome original recipes from                                     Proofreader: Margaret Benton
members. Recipes must be signed by the creator.                               Thumbnails: Barbara Jungwirth
Subscriptions: The Gazette is available free to
                                                                         Preproduction: Matt Coffman
members in the store. Subscriptions are available by
mail at $23 per year to cover the cost of postage (at                          Photoshop: Bill Kontzias
First Class rates because our volume is low).              Art Director (production): Lynn Cole-Walker
Printed by: Prompt Printing Press, Camden, NJ.
                                                                  Desktop Publishing: Leonard Henderson
                                                                                             Matthew Landfield
                                                                       Final Proofreader: Janet Mackin
                                                                        Post Production: Becky Cassidy
                                                                                       Index: Len Neufeld
                                                                           Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                  July 5, 2007            7

                                                                            be your perfect shift. You will receive training
                   Maintenance                                                                                                   Kitchen Cleaning

                                                                            and Coop staff will always be available to
                   Vacuuming Squad                                          answer questions. Please speak to Rocco Arrigo
                                                                                                                                 Wednesday, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
                   Wednesday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.                                                                                  Deep clean all three kitchens in the Coop:
                                                                            in the Membership Office if you would like
                   Learn to use a specialized vacuum (HEPA) to                                                                   childcare, meeting room, staff room. You will
                                                                            more information. Workslot requires a six-
                   clean various, hard-to-reach areas of the Food                                                                work independently to clean countertops, cabi-
                                                                            month commitment.
                   Coop. Love of cleaning, a willingness to get                                                                  nets, drawers, kitchen equipment, sinks, and
                   dirty and comfort with climbing ladders a must.                                                               refrigerators. Reliability is a must as you are the
                   Please speak to Mary Gerety in the Membership            Wall Chart Updating                                  only person coming to do this job on your day.
                   Office if this workslot appeals to your inner            Sunday, 8:00 to 10:45 a.m.                           Please speak to Adriana in the Membership
                   neat-freak! Workslot requires a 6-month com-             This is the perfect job for a detail-oriented per-   Office, Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00
                   mitment.                                                 son who likes a quiet and pleasant work envi-        p.m. if you are interested.
                                                                            ronment. You will be trained by a staff person
                   Office Data Entry                                        who will always be available to answer ques-         Office Setup
                   Wednesday, 4:30 to 7:15 p.m.                             tions. You are part of a team of 2 to 3 people,      Weekday mornings, 6:00 to 8:30 a.m.
                   Are you a stickler for details, accurate on the          but you will work on your own. If interested         The Coop needs an early riser with lots of ener-
                   computer, and like working independently? If             please speak to Camille Scuria in the                gy to do a variety of physical tasks including:
                   this sounds like you, then Office Data Entry will        Membership Office.                                                               CONTINUED ON PAGE8

                                                                                                                            A l l A b o u t t h e

         C O O P CA L E N D A R                                                                                           G e n e r a l M e e t i n g

                                                                                                                       Our Governing Structure
                                                                                                                       From our inception in 1973 to the present, the open
                                                                                                                       monthly General Meetings have been at the center of the
                                                                                                                       Coop’s decision-making process. Since the Coop incor-
                                                                                                                       porated in 1977, we have been legally required to have a
                                                                                                                       Board of Directors. The Coop continued the tradition of
                                                                                                                       General Meetings by requiring the Board to have open
 New Member Orientations                                        General Meeting                                        meetings and to receive the advice of the members at
                                                                TUE, JUL 31                                            General Meetings. The Board of Directors, which is
 Monday & Wednesday evenings: . . . 7:30 p.m.
 Wednesday mornings: . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m.                                                                  required to act legally and responsibly, has approved
                                                                GENERAL MEETING: 7:00 p.m.                             almost every General Meeting decision at the end of
 Sunday afternoons: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:00 p.m.
                                                                The agenda will appear in the next Gazette and as      every General Meeting. Board members are elected at
 Be sure to be here promptly—or early—as we                     a flyer in the entryway on [NEED DATE FOR              the Annual Meeting in June. Copies of the Coop’s bylaws
 begin on time! The orientation takes about two                 THIS SPACE].                                           are available at the Coop Community Corner and at
 hours. Please don't bring small children.                                                                             every General Meeting.
                                                                TUE, AUG 7
 Gazette Deadlines                                              AGENDA SUBMISSIONS: 8:00 p.m.                          Next Meeting: Tuesday,
                                                                Submissions will be considered for the Aug. 28
 LETTERS & VOLUNTARY ARTICLES:                                  General Meeting.                                       July 31, 7:00 p.m.
 Jul 19 issue:              7:00 p.m., Mon, Jul 9                                                                      The General Meeting is held on the last Tuesday of each
 Aug 2 issue:               7:00 p.m., Mon, Jul 23              The Coop on Cable TV                                   month.
 CLASSIFIED ADS DEADLINE:                                       Inside the Park Slope Food Coop
 Jul 19 issue:              7:00 p.m., Wed, Jul 11              FRIDAYS 2:30 p.m. with a replay at 10:30 p.m.
 Aug 2 issue:               7:00 p.m., Wed, Jul 25              Channels: 56 (TimeWarner), 69 (CableVision).           The temple house of Congregation Beth Elohim (Garfield
                                                                                                                       Temple), 274 Garfield Place.

                                                                                                                       How to Place an Item
                 Attend a GM                                           Park Slope Food Coop
                                                                                                                       on the Agenda
            and Receive Work Credit                                     Mission Statement
                                                                                                                       If you have something you’d like discussed at a General
    Since the Coop’s inception in 1973, the General                  The Park Slope Food Coop is a mem-                Meeting, please complete a submission form for the
Meeting has been our decision-making body. At the                    ber-owned and operated food store—an              Agenda Committee. Forms are available in the rack near
General Meeting (GM) members gather to make                          alternative to commercial profit-oriented
decisions and set Coop policy. The General-Meeting-for-
                                                                                                                       the Coop Community Corner bulletin board and at
                                                                     business. As members, we contribute our           General Meetings. Instructions and helpful information
workslot-credit program was created to increase
participation in the Coop’s decision-making process.
                                                                     labor: working together builds trust              on how to submit an item appear on the submission
    Following is an outline of the program. For full details, see    through cooperation and teamwork and              form. The Agenda Committee meets on the first Tuesday
the instruction sheets by the sign-up board.                         enables us to keep prices as low as possi-        of each month to plan the agenda for the GM held on the
• Advance Sign-up Required:                                          ble within the context of our values and
                                                                                                                       last Tuesday of the month. If you have a question, please
   To be eligible for workslot credit, you must add your             principles. Only members may shop, and
                                                                                                                       call Ellen Weinstat in the office.
name to the sign-up sheet in the elevator lobby.                     we share responsibilities and benefits
   Some restrictions to this program do apply. Please see            equally. We strive to be a responsible and
below for details.                                                   ethical employer and neighbor. We are a           Meeting Format
• Two GM attendance credits per year:                                buying agent for our members and not a
  Each member may take advantage of the GM-for-
                                                                                                                       Warm Up (7:00 p.m.)
                                                                     selling agent for any industry. We are a part     • Meet the Coordinators
workslot-credit program two times per calendar year.
                                                                     of and support the cooperative movement.          • Enjoy some Coop snacks
• Certain Squads not eligible:                                       We offer a diversity of products with an
   Eligible: Shopping, Receiving/ Stocking, Food                                                                       • Submit Open Forum items
Processing, Office, Maintenance, Inventory, Construction,            emphasis on organic, minimally pro-               • Explore meeting literature
and FTOP committees. (Some Committees are omitted                    cessed and healthful foods. We seek to
because covering absent members is too difficult.)                   avoid products that depend on the                 Open Forum (7:15 p.m.)
• Attend the entire GM:                                              exploitation of others. We support non-           Open Forum is a time for members to bring brief items
    In order to earn workslot credit you must be present             toxic, sustainable agriculture. We respect        to the General Meeting. If an item is more than brief, it
for the entire meeting.                                              the environment. We strive to reduce the          can be submitted to the Agenda Committee as an item
• Childcare can be provided at GMs:                                  impact of our lifestyles on the world we          for a future GM.
   Please notify an Office Coordinator in the Membership             share with other species and future genera-
Office at least one week prior to the meeting date.                  tions. We prefer to buy from local, earth-        Reports (7:30 p.m.)
• Signing in at the Meeting:                                         friendly producers. We recycle. We try to         • Financial Report
   1. After the meeting the Chair will provide the                   lead by example, educating ourselves and          • Coordinators’ Report
Workslot Credit Attendance Sheet.                                    others about health and nutrition, coopera-       • Committee Reports
   2.Please also sign in the attendance book that is
passed around during the meeting.                                    tion and the environment. We are com-             Agenda (8:00 p.m.)
                                                                     mitted to diversity and equality. We              • The agenda is posted at the Coop Community Corner
• Being Absent from the GM:
   It is possible to cancel without penalty. We do ask that          oppose discrimination in any form. We               and may also appear elsewhere in this issue.
you remove your name if you know cannot attend. Please               strive to make the Coop welcoming and
do not call the Membership Office with GM cancellations.             accessible to all and to respect the opin-        Wrap Up (9:30-9:45)
• Is it FTOP or a Make-up?                                           ions, needs and concerns of every member.         (unless there is a vote to extend the meeting)
  It depends on your work status at the time of the                  We seek to maximize participation at every        • Meeting evaluation
meeting.                                                             level, from policy making to running the          • Board of Directors vote
• Consider making a report…                                          store. We welcome all who respect these           • Announcements, etc. your Squad after you attend the meeting.                       values.
8         July 5, 2007                                                 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

                          COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Community calendar listings are free. Please submit your listings in 50 words or less by mail, the
mailslot in the entry vestibule, or Submission deadlines are the
same as for classified ads. Please refer to the Coop Calendar in the center of this issue.
*Denotes a Coop member.
                                       12:00 AM (music for all partner       photos and stories and make that
        FRI, JUL 6                     dances played). Dance Times           album you've been meaning to
DANCING FOR ANIMALS, a non-            Square, 156 W. 44th St., 3rd Floor.   make! Resources, refreshments,
profit organization, is holding Fri-   212-946-1824 www.dancingforani-       tools and support provided week-
day night dance parties. Every                              ly! No fee! Thursdays 7–9 p.m. and
Friday through July 6, enjoy an                                              Sundays, 4-8 p.m. Memories Out
evening of dancing while helping                                             of the Box. 633 Vanderbilt Ave. btw
                                              SUN, JUL 8                     St. Marks and Prospect Place. 718-
animal welfare organizations at
the same time! Intro dance class       ALBUM MAKING BEES at Memo-            398-1519 22242
9-9:30 PM. General dancing 9:30-       ries Out of the Box! Bring your                                             Friday, August 3 • 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                            at the Coop
                                WORKSLOT NEEDS
                                                          Vitamin Assistant
    setting up tables and chairs, buying food             Saturday, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    and supplies, labeling and putting away               or 8:30 to 11:00 p.m.
    food and supplies, recycling, washing dish-           Are you a detail-oriented worker who can
    es and making coffee. Sound like your                 work independently and in a busy environ-
    dream come true? This job might be for                ment? The Coop’s vitamin buyer needs you
    you. Please speak to Adriana in the                   to help her check in orders, organize the vit-
    Membership Office, Monday through                     amin supply area in the basement and on
    Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m                       the shopping floor, label vitamins and sup-
                                                          plements, and other related tasks. You will
                                                          be trained by Edite and will report directly
                                                          to her. If interested please contact the
                                                          Membership Office.

                                                                                                                     Under the Sun and The
                                                                                                                        Birthright Crisis
     Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8
     The following programs will happen within four days of publication of this issue. For full                    Under the Sun (2005) 22 min. In May 2004, after a
     ads, please look at the June 7 or 21 issues or pick up copies of the flyers in the Coop.                      flood ravaged the town of Jimani, Dominican Republic,
     Fri, Jul 6                                                                                                    an entire community of Haitians and Haitian-
     7:00 p.m. Film Night: Bloqueo                                                                                 Dominicans were displaced and forced to relocate. 19
                                                                                                                   year old Daniel and his neighbors talk about how they
     Sat, Jul 7
     10:00 a.m. Parenting Solutions with Dr. Laura Markham                                                         were excluded from the government’s flood relief, and
     2:00 p.m. Why You’re Not Losing Weight with Coleen Devol                                                      what they will do next.
     Sun, Jul 8                                                                                                    The Birthright Crisis (2005) 15 min. Over 10,000
        12:00    The Road to Financial Freedom with Jessica Ames and Sue Gilad
                                                                                                                   Haitians and Haitian Dominicans have been deported
                                                                                                                   from the Dominican Republic this year, many of them
                                                                                                                   children. This video includes
                                                                                                                   testimonies from deportees,                 FREE

                     MM E RTIME
                                                                                                                   and calls to action from Haitian Non-members

                                                                                                                   and Dominican activists.                welcome

                                                                                                                   Filmmaker Miriam Neptune is a U.S. citizen of Haitian
                                                                                                                   descent who has visited the Dominican Republic seven
                                                                                                                   times in the past 10 years. Two of Neptune’s most
                                                                                                                   recent documentary films - “Under the Sun” and “The
                                                                                                                   Birthright Crisis” - focus on the lives and thoughts of
                                                                                                                   Haitians living in the D.R. and call for an end to the
                                                                                                                   discrimination and violence they face.
                                                                                                                   In addition to filmmaking, Miriam Neptune is Director
                                                                                                                   of the High School Documentary Workshop at the
                                                                                                                   Educational Video Center, a non-profit youth media
                                                                                                                   organization in New York City dedicated to teaching
                                                                                                                   documentary video as means to developing the literacy,
                                                                                                                   career, and leadership skills of high school youth.
                                                                                                                   A discussion with Miriam will follow.

                                 ...and the living is easy.                                                        Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop

                But don’t forget your coop shift!
             If you plan on being away during one of your workslots,
               please make arrangements to have your shift covered.

        One way to do it is to use the Shift Swap at

                            Your co-workers will love you for it!
                                                                 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                           July 5, 2007            9

WEATHER WIZ                          sition, or Friends of WBAI)       should be shiny, hopeful, and         their own work slots are far
                                     gained three votes last year.     positive!" - Kimberly Wilder          removed from the demands
Will it rain today?                  We went from 8-15 to 11-13           Also, the first number of          of the ABCD Squads: Shop-              which the retired General
Park Slopers always know.            which means that now they         our five-part series of com-          ping, Receiving, Office, etc.          Coordinator Linda Wheeler
A special someone parks              have to come to meetings!         mentaries on the WBAI board              The argument against the            joined. Today, Linda can
A cart amid the flow                 This is not a bad thing. Even     is out:                               suggestion, that allowing              enjoy the benefits of her ser-
Of heavy sidewalk traffic            though we are in favor of rep-         some longterm members to               vice to the Coop as a member
The corner of Seventh and            resentation rather than direct    deoplay?docid=67211291148             eliminate the work require-            and retiree, although she is
   Carroll,                          democracy for the Co-Op, our      04896601&hl=en                        ment would actually discour-           far younger than 75. Ms.
Stuffing the red four-wheeler        intensive experience with            Sorry for the long URL but         age others who want to work,           Drake, on the other hand, can
As full as a moving barrel           WBAI and Pacifica meetings        by the time you read this it          is ludicrous. We are not               try to arrange her schedule
With who knows what or not,          in the last two years has con-    will also be posted on                speaking about children faced          so that she can continue
All topped with a plastic            vinced us of the value of in- (that's like              with peer pressure! Joe Holtz’         working. This is hypocrisy
   sheet                             person meettings no matter        "Pacifica Video 1").                  comment that in the distant            worthy of George Orwell’s
And always unattended                who is at there-- well almost        Oh, since we have more             past “several senior mem-              Animal Farm, a community in
In cold and mild and heat.           no matter.                        space it's always worthwhile          bers” rejected retirement with         which “all animals are equal
Yet there are days on which             BTW we finally have new        say that above all we work for        the claim “We’ll tell you when         but some are more equal
The cart's not in its domain—        pix of our granddaughter (6       representative democracy at           we’re ready” is at once irrele-        than others.”
And wholly without fail,             months) after much begging        the Co-Op, which for all its          vant and ironic. Well, Joe,               Fellow members, we are all
Those days, it's sure to rain.       and imploring. Glad to send       faults will preserve much of          here you had a member                  workers in the Coop, even
So who's the missing owner,          a pic if you send an EMail or     the transparency and                  telling us that she was indeed         though a few of us are paid
The self-assured, bold master        leave a message on the            accountability that the cur-          ready—and the response was             staff. Shouldn’t we all be sub-
Who fears no passing robber?         phone-- BTW the message is        rent regime so "smoothly"             to tell her to join FTOP!              ject to the same standards for
The Slope's own rain                 generic-- don't know how to       and thoroughly destroys.                 I believe the member who            retiring from active work? If
   forecaster.                       change it, lost the instruc-                            Breathlessly,   brought the proposal, Bar-             we remain silent on this
                     Leon Freilich   tions-- but it's us.                         albert, 718-768-9079,      bara Drake, joined the Coop            issue, nothing will change.
                                        Recently made an alliance                  in 1978, the same year in                               Michael Rieman
                                     with a Green Party politician                Hom?opathic Visionary
                                     from Long Island, who writes:
                                        "Please take the opportu-                                               The Coop’s Friday Night Film Night is
                                     nity to present visions. How      RETIRE THE
                                     things could be. People are
                                                                       RETIREMENT                                   looking for a projector donation.
                                     so sad and hopeless, and
                                     really, ignorant in the ways of   PROPOSAL                                The projector should have at least 2500 lumens
                                     democracy. Giving them
                                     some hope and the idea for a      DEAR FELLOW COOP                        and be high resolution. If you can donate a
                                     few projects could be useful.     WORKER-MEMBERS,
                                        "In my dreams, you insert         I was appalled—but unfor-                                   projector, please contact
                                     a line that says the co-op        tunately not surprised—by                                          Trish Dalton at
                                     has a responsibility to the       the outcome of the May GM’s
WBAI ELECTIONS                       world to stay democratic.         discussion of a “retirement”                             
                                     Because there are so few          proposal brought up by a                                            (Please note that
COOP MEMBERS,                        progressive institutions left     longterm member. This type
   If you are reading this, the      in the world. And, because,       of proposal has always been                                          because the Coop is
Co-Op elections are already          by asserting that it is demo-     frowned upon by the Coordi-                                          not a charity, there
over and we again have not           cratic, it becomes a beacon       nators, who have managed to
won a place on the Board of          for other groups. For             secure generous retirement                                            would be no tax
Directors after about 10 tries.      instance, did people know         benefits for themselves while                                         write-off for the
Or is not winning perhaps a          that the yes/no voting            expecting the rest of us to
greater reward? In any case          method was duplicated for         simply continue working until                                          donation—just our
the WBAI elections are com-          the Green Party of New York       we are at least 75 years of                                             gratitude).
ing up in October and                State[?] And, it was some-        age. They pack the house with
whether or not Albert runs,          what of a flop. The co-op         “older members” who invari-
please join so you'll have a         should work harder on mak-        ably testify to the spiritual
choice about who gets on the
Board there. We (The Oppo-
                                     ing its democracy a model.
                                        "Oh, well. I think you
                                                                       pleasure of Coop work but
                                                                       who neglect to mention that                       Adult
                                                                                                                   Clothing Exchange
                                 LETTERS POLICY                                                                     Have you noticed that Coop members
                                                                                                                            are great dressers?
    We welcome letters from members. Sub-             relate to Coop issues and avoid any non-con-               The season is changing, and this is your opportunity to trade gen-
mission deadlines appear in the Coop Calen-           structive, non-cooperative language.                       tly used and beautiful clothes that you no longer wear with other
                                                                                                                 Coop members.
dar. All letters will be printed if they conform
to the published guidelines. We will not know-        Fairness                                                   A clothing exchange is a community event that is ecologically
ingly publish articles which are racist, sexist or    In order to provide fair, comprehensive, factual           responsible and fun. Why support the consumer market and buy,
otherwise discriminatory                              coverage:                                                  when you can wear clothes that have already been well loved?
    The maximum length for letters is 500                 1. The Gazette will not publish hearsay—that                                      Bring items that you think others might
words. Letters must include your name and             is, allegations not based on the author's first-                                        enjoy–and a snack to share.
phone number and be typed or very legibly             hand observation.
handwritten. Editors will reject letters that are         2. Nor will we publish accusations that are                                                        FREE
illegible or too long.                                not specific or are not substantiated by factual                                                Non-members
    You may submit on paper, typed or very            assertions.                                                                                         welcome
legibly handwritten, or via email to Gazette-             3. Copies of submissions that make sub- or on disk.                     stantive accusations against specific individu-                                          Saturday, August 4
                                                      als will be given to those persons to enable                                           10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
Anonymity                                             them to write a response, and both submis-                                                 in the meeting room
   Unattributed letters will not be published         sions and response will be published simulta-
                                                                                                                                       To bring Clothes…
unless the Gazette knows the identity of the          neously. This means that the original                                             • Do not leave clothing in the Coop before
writer, and therefore must be signed when sub-        submission may not appear until the issue                                           the hours of the exchange.
mitted (giving phone number). Such letters will       after the one for which it was submitted.                                           • Bring up to 15 items only
be published only where a reason is given to              The above applies to both articles and let-
                                                                                                                                          • Bring gently used, clean clothing that
the editor as to why public identification of the     ters. The only exceptions will be articles by                                         you are proud to be able to exchange
writer would impose an unfair burden of               Gazette reporters which will be required to                                           with it's new owner.
embarrassment or difficulty. Such letters must        include the response within the article itself.
10   July 5, 2007   Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
                                                                           Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                          July 5, 2007             11

                                                                                                                                                      ing non-mercury fillings, acupuncture,
  To Submit Classified or Display Ads:                                                                                                                homeopathy, temporo-mandibular (TM)
                                                                                                                                                      joint therapy & much more. For a no-obliga-
     Ads may be placed on behalf of Coop members only. Classified ads are prepaid at $15 per insertion, business card                                 tion free initial oral examination, call 212-
  ads at $30. (Ads in the “Merchandise–Non-commercial” category are free.) All ads must be written on a submission                                    505-5055. Please bring X-rays.
  form. Classified ads may be up to 315 characters and spaces. Display ads must be camera-ready and business card size
                                                                                                                                                      HOLISTIC OPTOMETRY: Most eye doctors
  (2" x 3.5" horizontal).                                                                                                                             treat patients symptomatically by prescrib-
     Submission forms are available in a wallpocket near the elevator.                                                                                ing ever-increasing prescriptions. We try to
                                                                                                                                                      find the source of your vision problem.
                                                                                                                                                      Some of the symptoms that can be treated
                                                                                                    EXPRESS MOVES. One flat price for the             include headaches, eye fatigue, computer
       CLASSES/GROUPS                                                                               entire move! No deceptive hourly estimates!       discomfort, learning disabilities. Convenient
                                                                                                    Careful, experienced mover. Everything quilt      Park Slope location. Dr. Jerry Wintrob, 718-
ARTISANS! Sell your Brooklyn-made crafts                                                                                                              789-2020.
at a wonderful new craft fair on the Redhook                                                        padded. No extra charge for wardrobes and
Promenade on the weekends (by Fairway).                                                             packing tape. Specialist in walkups. Thou-        ALL OF LIFE IS CHANGE. I can help you man-
It's very low cost for a space and the organiz-                                                     sands of satisfied customers. Great Coop          age change so it doesn't manage you. And as
ers couldn't be nicer. Call or email Ted Berg-                                                      references. 718-670-7071                          a Dating Coach as well as a NYS Licensed
er (212-246-3788 or for                                                          CAREER SHRINK Ray Reichenberg can help            Psychotherapist, I can also help you either
an application). The fair is juried; applicants                                                     you get more control of your livelihood.          find and build a satisfying relationship, or
need to submit photos of their work.                                                                Unlock from toxic work relationships. Gain        help you end one and move on. Call Charley
                                                                                                    insights about relationships at your present      Wininger, L.M.H.C. 718-783-3222. See
                                                                                                    job or begin a new job search. Acquire skills
    COMMERCIAL SPACE                                                                                necessary with certified career coach and         RELIEVE LOWER BACK and neck pain,
PROFESSIONAL OFFICES available. Ideal                                                               psychotherapist "Dr. Ray" 917-627-6047.           shoulder, chronic tension and stiffness -
for massage therapist, acupuncturist, psy-                                                          ATTORNEY-Personal injury emphasis, 29             poor digestion - headache - insomnia -
chotherapist, etc. Be part of a holistic center,                                                    yrs. experience in all aspects of injury law.     stress. Rejuvenate body, mind and spirit
either in a beautiful Soho section or in an                                                         Individual attention provided for entire case.    with shiatsu. Special first session offer $80.
excellent Brooklyn neighborhood. Doctor                          SERVICES                           Free phone or office consultations. Prompt,       Contact Claudia Copparoni. 14 yrs experi-
will introduce all patients to you. For infor-                                                      courteous communications. 18-yr. Food Co-         ence., 718-938-5573.
mation call 212-505-5055.                          TOP HAT MOVERS, INC., 145 Park Place,
                                                   Bklyn. Licensed and Insured Moving Co.           op member; Park Slope resident. Tom Guc-          CHALLENGES WITH HEALING? Holistic
                                                   moves you stress-free. Full line of boxes &      cione, 718-596-4184.                              consultant can help you determine what is
           EMPLOYMENT                              packing materials avail. Free estimates 718-     PARK SLOPE SAT TUTOR. I am a college              blocking your progress. With the help of the
                                                   965-0214. D.O.T. #T-12302. Reliable, courte-     English professor and I received my MFA           Designed Clinical Nutrition/Flower
MY FRIEND'S son Luke is a hard-working 16-         ous, excellent references & always on time.                                                        Essences/Herbs/Energy Balancing all done
                                                                                                    from Columbia University. I've been teach-
year-old who is looking for work. Experi-          Credit cards accepted. Member Better Busi-                                                         with Nutrition Response testing your heal-
                                                                                                    ing for over 7 years. As an SAT tutor, I assess
enced in yard work and some office work, he        ness Bureau.                                                                                       ing challenges can be sorted out and
                                                                                                    individual strengths and weaknesses, target-
can care for pets, help clean out basements                                                                                                           resolved. Call 718-526-1698. Ask for Leonora
                                                   SPRING YOUR FLOORS TO LIFE by sanding            ing those specific areas. We all learn differ-
and other hard areas and can help people
                                                   and refinishing! Floor mechanic will install,    ently. Reasonable rates, excellent ref.           BERKSHIRES vacation rental—4 BR house
move. A cartoonist and letterer, he is a good
                                                   repair, refinish wooden floors. Reasonable       917-797-9872 or          on beautiful clean lake. Quiet wooded set-
sign maker and problem solver. Call 718-
                                                   prices. Good references. Call Tony—Cell                             ting. Well-equipped kitchen. Canoe, row-
                                                   phone: 917-658-7452.                             DON'T LEAVE your memories in a box! Get           boat, kayak. $1100 per week. Call Marc,
                                                                                                    them back into your life or let us do it for      718-768-4768.
                                                   MADISON AVENUE HAIRSTYLIST in Park
                                                   Slope one block from coop-by appointment         you. High school, college years? Weddings?
                                                   only. Please call Maggie at 718-783-2154 at a    Baby pictures? Anniversary? Reunions? Is a              WHAT’S FOR FREE
                                                   charge of $50.                                   box any place to keep your life? Memories
                                                                                                    Out of the Box, 633 Vanderbilt Ave. (St.          FREE INITIAL ORAL EXAM in holistic dental
                                                   PAINTING-PLASTERING+PAPERHANGING-                Marks & Prospect Place) 718-398-1519.             office for all Coop members. X-rays are
                                                   Over 25 years experience doing the finest                      strictly minimized so bring your own. Dr.
                                                   prep + finish work in Brownstone Brooklyn.                                                         Goldberg's non-mercury offices in Soho or in
                                                   An entire house or one room. Reliable, clean     LEARN TO SING with confidence. Graduate
                                                                                                                                                      Midwood section of Brooklyn. For info
                                                   and reasonably priced. Fred Becker - 718-        of Manhattan School of Music offering pri-
                                                                                                                                                      please call 718-339-5066 or 212-505-5055.
                                                   853-0750.                                        vate voice lessons. Work on breath control,
                                                                                                    projection, diction, stage presence & more.
                                                   COMPUTER HELP-CALL NY GEEK GIRLS.                Also, ask about piano lessons. call 347-423-
                                                   Setup & file transfer; hardware & software       8274.                                             ADVERTISE ON THE WEB
                                                   issues; data recovery; viruses & pop-ups;
                                                   networking; printer/file sharing; training;                                                         If your ad would benefit from
       HOUSING WANTED                              backups. Home or business. Mac and PC.                 SERVICES-HEALTH                              broader exposure, try the Coop's
                                                   Onsite or pickup/drop off. References, rea-                                                         web page, The
APT SHARE OR ROOM: Sept. 2007 to Aug.              sonable rates. Longtime Coop member. 347-        HOLISTIC DENTISTRY in Brooklyn (Mid-
2008 for German student (20-year-old                                                                wood) & Manhattan (Soho). Dr. Stephen R.           ads are FREE.
                                                   351-3031 or
female) volunteer at social services agency                                                         Goldberg provides family dental care utiliz-
serving holocaust victims. Pgm pays rent           NEED AN ELECTRICIAN CALL ART CABR-
($450/month); student buys & prepares own          ERA, celebrating 35 yrs in the electrical con-
food, needs kitchen access. Contact Beth           struction industry. No job too large or small
Zeidel at Selfhelp 212-971-5475 or bzei-           specializing in trouble shooting, 220 wiring,                                  fans, lights, total or partial renovations.
                                                   Expert in Brownstone renovations. Serving
                                                   Park Slope since 1972, original coop mem-
          MERCHANDISE                              ber, P.S. resident. 718-965-0327
lows, comfort products & accessories. Mat-         Trial Lawyer representing injured bicyclists
tress comes with a 20-year guarantee & a           & other accident victims. Limited caseload
3-month trial period. The ultimate in com-         to insure maximum compensation. Member
fort & pressure relief. Truly will improve the     of the NYSTLA & ATLA. No recovery, no fee.
quality of your sleep. Call Janet at Patrick       Free consult. Manhattan office. Park Slope
Mackin Custom Furniture—a T-P dealer for           resident. Long time PSFC member. Adam D.
10 yrs, 718-237-2592.                              White 212-577-9710

        MERCHANDISE-                                         Puzzle Answer
       NONCOMMERCIAL                                              from page 6
FOR SALE: Ceilerciser, new plus acces-
sories, $200; Braun 10-cup coffeemaker, $15;         J   O T 4     A   C   R E S #    M   A Y
vintage table radio (wood, solid-state, circa        A   D E       C   O   A C H      A   G E
1960), $50 or BO; gold-plated jewelry signed         W   E A R     I   N   G   O N    I   O N
by artist (vintage), $20–40. Call 718-768-           4     S I     D   E     S P A    N
1598.                                                T   H I N         S   H I P P    E R    S
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                                                     H   A N G     S       A R E A      O    H
       PEOPLE MEETING                                R   I G       L   I   V E R      D U    O
                                                     E   R   M     I   R   E   S P    I N    E
DAY HIKE-Experienced but aging hiker look-           E   S C A     P   I   N G   E    N D    S
ing for hikers to go on day hikes. Moderate
                                                     #     L I     P   S     O P E    N
hikes, 4-6 miles. I have a car. Call Vinne 718-
638-5628 or                     S   C A L     E       T O I L    E T    S
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                  Classified advertising in the Linewaiters’ Gazette is available only to Coop members. Publication does not imply endorsement by the Coop.
12         July 5, 2007                                      Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

        Have you experienced bias
              at the Coop?
              Do you have ideas on how to better address
                      bias incidents at the Coop?
                               We would like to hear your story…

        The Diversity and Equality Committee will be holding focus groups with                                 Looking for
      Coop members to better understand the types of bias incidents occurring at
       the Coop and members' experiences of these incidents. Please join us on:                              something new?
                                                                                                            Check out the Coop’s products blog.
                                    Monday, July 23rd
                                                                                                                 The place to go for the latest
                                      6:30-8:30 pm                                                                information on our current
                                                                                                                      product inventory.
                                                                                                      You can connect to the blog via the Coop’s
                                      Sunday, July 29                                                       website:
                                       1:00-3:00 pm
     Please call (888) 204-0098 to confirm your attendance or for more information.
      This is a voicemail box, so please be sure to leave your name, coop member
         number and contact information so that we can be in touch with you.

                           Diversity and Equality Committee
                               PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP
                      Work credit is available to those who attend.

           A warm welcome to these new Coop members who have joined us in the last two weeks. We’re glad you’ve decided to be a part of our community.

     Jason Aleksa              Samantha Cohen           Juliana Gildesgame         Emily Lavelle             Joan Pelletier            Michael Sebba
     Liat Avital               Claire Coleman           Michael Glumac             Ryan Leary                Patricia Peretz           Martin Seck
     Omer Avital               Erin Considine           Daniel Goers               Simon Leaver-Appelman     Tracy Perrizo             Pixie Seth
     Abraham Azar              Debra Crist-Pelletier    Adam Gottlieb              Lidiya Lednyak            Edwin Pierre              Lucy Simic
     Mary Azar                 Doreen Crow              Allison Gottlieb           Sean Licorish             Maria Pineda              Leasha Smalls
     Matthew Bachler           Robert Crow              Aaron Gregory              Minkah Makalani           Kepsnide Plantin          Nate Smith
     Randi Barros              Jairo Cueto              Phil Griswold              Lora Mallory              Emily Powers              Dmitri Smolansky
     Maria-Pia Batista         Austin Plann Curley      Jan Grznar                 Craig Marcum              Diana Quinones Rivera     Jessie Solomon-
     Andrew Birkhead           Valiance Curri           Gina Guddemi               Kathy Marcum              Akiva Reich                 Greenbaum
     Tonya Blazio              James Currie             Lauren Gulbrandsen         Alexandra Marr            Tamar Reich               Carla Spartos
     Virginia Bradley          Kofi Donnelly            Svetlana Guney             Jamie McPartland          Dan Reshef                Abbi Stern
     Simon Braunstein          Tara Douce               Matt Hackett               Victoria Messina          Alex Riina                Emily Stone
     Ellen Bruce               Scott Eiden              Daniel Halainen            Nadine Moise              Cary Riina                Aviva Sufian
     Angelika Brudniak         Kate Engle               Ben Halberstam             Naomi Morse               Bella Rotsenmar           Kristine Taylor
     Nicholas Buccelli         Redmond Entwistle        Katherine Harvey           Robert Moy                Yefim Rotsenmar           Curnell Thompson
     Thomas Bulter             Dori Fern                Adrienne Henck             Nathan Murphy             Peter Rowland             Pamela Tuffley
     Dan Bursztyn              Kate Ferranti            Aya Hibino                 Simone Myers              Brieana Ruais             Christopher Varmus
     Maureen Butkiewicz        Diane Fung               Tomoko Igarashi            Alex Nahas                Josh Rudder               Carolyn Vega
     Shannon Carlin            Eric Fung                Nikhil Joglekar            Sarah Nestel              William Rush              Laura Vogel
     Shu Ying Chen             Ryan Garfine             Keshni Kashyap             Stephen O'Connell         Michael Samuel            Kristen Wilke
     Victorine Chester         Shawana Garfine          Aaron Koffman              Susan O'Connor            Tara Sansone              Candice Williamson
     Risa Chubinsky            Davina Gazo              Hawa Koroma                Roland Oliva              Jim Santangeli            Yonatan Zamir
     Robert (Bob) Cofresi      Bill Gerhard             Juliana Kreinik            Suzanne Palmer            Emma Schwartz             Irina Zoueva

                                                                    THANK YOU!
                                 Thank you to the following members for referring friends who joined the Coop in the last two weeks.

     Julia Albores             Amy Cunningham           Meredith Kadet             Mecca                     Seth Prins                Elizabeth Streicker
     Brendan Baer              Ewa Einhorn              Micah Kelber               Anthony Meehan            Leigh R.                  Jennah Synnestvedt
     Christie Block            Sue Epstein              Sarita Khurana             Victoria Miller           Sherie Randolph           Diana Vozza-Garcia
     Leslie C.                 Ken Falk                 Gayle Kirshenbaum          Deborah Monlux            Nancy Romer               Stana Weisburd
     Nathalie & Darrin Cabot   Jacinta Flavius          Rebecca Kottler-Wein       Daisuke Narita            Hillary Rubenstein        Ophra Wolf
     Claudia Cannizzaro        Madeline Fox             Qingyu Li                  Suzy Newbury              Joanie Russell            Ira Yankwitt
     Chloe Cerwinka            Heather Gershen          Wendy Lipson               Noah                      Lissa S.                  Alon Yavnai
     Riely Clough              Deborah Gordon           Lorenzo                    Ted Panken                Jade Sanchez-Ventura      Steve Zak
     Barbara Condliffe         Nazmin Bhatia Gordon     Cynthia Madansky           Park Slope Parents        Felisa Sheskin
     Sarah Cox                 Gregory                  Mary                       Margo Pelletier           Erin Shinneman
     Jon Crow                  Linne Ha                 Helene Mayer               Marcy Perlman Tardio      Shabd Simon-Alexander
     Anthony Cunningham        JoAnn                    McHail                     John Pinckard             Elise Slobodin

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