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									                                                            OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP




                        Established
                           1973




                        Volume BB, Number 3                                                                                                                                                                     February 1, 2007



                        BORN-AGAIN BUILDING SUPPLIES                                                                                      Feeling Shiftless:
                        From trash to treasure, Build It Green offers New Yorkers                                                         Is Our Two-For-One
                        salvaged building materials at rock-bottom prices
                        By Katie Benner
                                                                                                                                          Makeup Policy
                                                                                                   materials thrown out in the
                                                                                                   city are perfectly good,” says
                                                                                                                                          Too Much?
                                                                                                   the organization’s program             By Diane Aronson
                                                                                                   director, Justin Green. “We’ve


                                                                                                                                          S
                                                                                                   created a marketplace for                    peaking for the general                        Joe Holtz, would be presented
                                                                                                   materials that otherwise                     coordinators at the                            as an agenda item for a vote
                                                                                                   would have been thrown out                   November 2006 GM, Joe                          only after feedback from
                                                                                                   and since we opened in 2005,           Holtz and Allen Zimmerman                            squad leaders and members
                                                                                                   we’ve diverted over 420 tons           presented a for-discussion-                          at large, as well as more GM
                                                                                                   of material.”                          only agenda item about the                           discussion. Joe Holtz is also
                                                                                                      The goods are donated by            Park Slope Food Coop’s work-                         keenly interested in members’
                                                                                                   suppliers that have misor-             shift-makeup policy. Currently,                      reactions to a for-discussion-
                                                                                                   dered loads, by people reno-           members may be responsible                           only agenda item scheduled
PHOTO BY KATIE BENNER




                                                                                                   vating their condos who feel           for making up one or two slots
                                                                                                   guilty about jettisoning per-          per missed shift, depending
                                                                                                   fectly good materials and by           on the circumstances and the
                                                                                                   small landlord and building            shift. Holtz and Zimmerman
                                                                                                   owners who would rather give           initiated discussion about a
                                                                                                   their fixtures and appliances          makeup policy that would be
                                                                                                   away than pay to have them             consistent across the Coop




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PHOTOS BY WILLIAM FARRINGTON
                              ou can buy a toilet for

                        Y
                                                             tral-colored, serviceable             dumped in places like Penn-            and, at least as characterized
                              the price of lunch in mid-     pieces for kitchen and bath-          sylvania. There are no land-           at the November GM, would
                              town, a track lighting fix-    room, along with gallons and          fills still open in the five           be linked to the member’s
                        ture for less than a pack of         gallons of paint.                     boroughs, and it’s expensive           work-slot-attendance history.
                        cigarettes and a gallon of              The sheer number of                to unload in other states.                Any change to the makeup
                        paint for just $5–all while          drawer fronts alone is startling         Heather Green and Matt              policy would need to be
                        helping the environment and          because, keep in mind, this is        Greer were at the store drop-          passed as an agenda item by a
                        easing pressure on the city’s        not a warehouse of the new,           ping off five bales of new attic       future GM and, according to
                        overtaxed waste-disposal             but the way-station of the sal-       insulation, leftover from a
                        network.                             vaged. This massive amount            renovation project on their                                                                 Stephanie Etienne
                           Welcome to Build It Green,        of stuff represents the tiniest       New Jersey home. “We’re also
                        a 17,500-square-foot ware-           fraction of the items that New        here to see what they have for                                                              for the January 30, 2007 GM
                        house space on Astoria’s             Yorkers throw away as they            doors,” says Green.                                                                         and, according to a Coop
                        waterfront that houses the           push to build and renovate               “Our pricing starts at about                                                             handout, reads as “further dis-
                        City’s only non-profit sal-          amid the city’s largest-ever          half of what you’d pay retail,”                                                             cuss the feasibility of adding a
                        vaged and surplus building           construction boom.                    says Nate deVelder, a Coop                                                                  ‘vacation’ credit to the Coop
                        materials store. It’s a cement          According to the New York          member who is also Build It                                                                 work rules.” The idea of a
                        and cinder cavern filled with        City Department of Design             Green’s media, IT and devel-                                                                member in good standing
                        sheetrock, kitchen counters,         and Construction, 33,000              opment coordinator. He says                                                                 receiving a work-slot credit
                        wooden blinds and doors of           tons of construction and              the most popular items are                                                                  was mentioned by at least one
                        all types standing in soldierly      demolition materials are gen-         paint, doors, lumber, cabinets                                                              speaker at the November GM.
                        rows that line the walls and         erated every day, about 60%           and specialty items like refrig-                                                               Comments about the work-
                        slice the space from front to        of our total waste stream.            erators. Contractors move in                                                                slot commitment and makeup
                        back. On any given day, the          From old kitchen fixtures to          and out of spaces, browsing                                                                 policy from shopping and
                        inventory could include              the innards of an office build-       alongside home renovators,             Jamie Kruse                                                     CONTINUED ON PAGE                  4

                        moldings, lumber, timber, a          ing, it has become increas-           elderly couples, set designers
                        trio of old pianos, kitchen          ingly expensive and difficult         and Queens Borough presi-
                        appliances and tools. During         to dispose of all this waste. In      dent, Helen Marshall. In about         Next General Meeting on February 27
                        a Saturday visit, I joined the       the meantime, residential             half an hour, deVelder sells a         The General Meeting of the Park Slope Food Coop is held on the
                        shoppers picking their way           building demolitions rose by          small butcher block counter-           last Tuesday of each month.* The next General Meeting will be
                        around clusters of toilets,          over 600% between 1992 and            top for $5, a 94-lb bag of Port-       Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Elo-
                        radiators pulled from brown-         2002, and between 2000 and            land Cement (that retails for          him Temple House (Garfield Temple), 274 Garfield Pl.
                        stones, sinks, tubs, bathroom        2003 the department esti-             about $15) for $2 and a steady            The agenda will be available as a flyer in the entryway of the
                        fixtures, tools, books, LPs, a       mates the average daily ton-          stream of tools and paint.             Coop on Wednesday, February 7. For more information about
                        Jacuzzi, desks and more.             nage was anywhere between             There’s bartering and banter           the GM and about Coop governance, please see the center of
                        There’s a lot of tile to be had      20,000 to 27,000.                     and lots of questions, and it’s        this issue.
                        here. None of the fancy Ital-           “We opened the store               apparent that the place is full        * Exceptions for November and December will be posted.
                        ian stuff, but plenty of neu-        because a lot of building                     CONTINUED ON PAGE          2



                                                        Thu, Feb 1 •Food Class—The Hungry, Healthy Vegan: 7:30 p.m.                                               IN THIS ISSUE
                                                         Fri, Feb 2 •Film Night: 7:00 p.m. Yo-TV Documentaries
                         Coop                           Sun, Feb 4 •Spoken Word Circle 3:00–5:00 p.m.
                                                                                           at the Old Stone House
                                                                                                                                          Kitchen Composting—Just Say Yes! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
                                                                                                                                          Googling Ourselves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
                                                                                                                                          Radioactive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                         Event                          Fri, Feb 16 •The Good Coffeehouse: 8:00 p.m.,                                     Coop Hours, Coffeehouse, Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
                                                                     Blue Moon Ramblers and The Coop Rhythm Masters                       Coop Calendar, Workslot Needs
                         Highlights                     Thu, Mar 1 •Food Class—Spring Cleaning: 7 :30 p.m.                                   Governance Information, Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                                                         Fri, Mar 2 •Film Night: 7:00 p.m. Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock       Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
                                                                                                                                          Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                                        Look for additional information about these and other events in this issue.       Classified Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
2         February 1, 2007                                                           Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY


Building Supplies                                  Muehlen did. The former con-           changing inventory, the            cer. And if you buy things        they can only pick up large
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                              tractor found a cast iron sink         response has been positive         here, you are using already-      donations. However, they can
                                                   that a client liked so much            and the store now claims a         harvested materials with little   recommend truck rentals and
of regulars combing for bar-                       that he built a new kitchen            loyal group of customers that      additional production and         contractors, and they hope to
gains and hidden treasure.                         around the piece. “You have            comes for the prices, for the      transportation costs.”            offer pick up and delivery as
   “You have to come with an                       to be able to design on the            finds and because they want                                          time goes on. If Coop mem-
open mind,” says Green. “If                        fly,” says von Muehlen, who            to build and renovate in a         “Pricing starts at about half     bers are interested in doing
you’re trying to build a shelf,                    was at the store cutting pieces        more sustainable fashion.           of what you’d pay retail,”       more than donating or shop-
come see what we have and                          from an old sheet of pressed               “One of the reasons we                                           ping, deVelder says there is
                                                                                                                             says Nate deVelder, a Coop
then make something up.”                           tin for a stage set.                   called the store Build It Green                                      also a volunteer program.
   That’s what Stephen von                            And despite the ever-               is because we feel there’s a big   member and Build It Green’s       Times and dates will be up on
                                                                                          boom in green building mate-       media, IT, and development        a redesigned website, but
                                                                                          rials,” Green adds. “Bamboo is             coordinator.              until then you can call the
                                                                                          a really popular material now                                        store for more information.
    Thursday,
                                                                                          because it’s supposed to be           Plus, the organization sup-
    March 1                                                                               greener than lumber. But           ports environmental educa-           Contact information:
    7:30 p.m.                                                                             when it’s shipped from China,      tion because it’s part of the        Phone:
    at the Coop                                                                           a lot of oil is used to get it     Community Environmental              (718) 777-0132
                                                                                          here and then it’s not that        Center, which also opened            Address:
                                                                                          green anymore."                    the solar-powered environ-           3-17 26th Ave. at 4th St.
                                                                                              “We’re the greenest choice.    mental education center              Astoria, NY 11102
                                                                                          We keep things out of land-        “Solar One.”
               Clean
          ring
                                                                                          fills, which release methane          Build It Green does not           Check out www.bignyc.org

        p           in                                                                    and cause global warming
                                                                                          and have been linked to can-
                                                                                                                             offer installation or delivery,
                                                                                                                             and due to cost constraints
                                                                                                                                                               for more information and com-
                                                                                                                                                               plete driving directions. ■
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                                                                Annie Kunjappy is
                                                                a graduate of the
                                                                Institute for Health
                                                                and Culinary Arts. Her
                                                                approach to food is
                                                                                          Kitchen Composting—Just Say Yes!
                                                                deeply connected to       Photos by Judy Janda
                   Menu                                         her long-term study
                                                                of yoga and tradional
                                                                Chinese healing prac-
                            RECIPES                             tices, and integrates
                                                                the belief that our
                                                                bodies needs change
                         adder Flush
     • Liver and Gall Bl                                        seasonally.
                         thie
     • Dandelion Smoo                                   sabi
                                       creamed-fennel wa
      • Red Oak &    Endive Salad with
         vinaigrette
                           Arugula Truffle
       • Vegetable Pave &
                          dding                        MEMBERS &
       • Vanilla Millet Pu
                                                              NON-MEMBERS
                                                              WELCOME.
               $4 materials fee
            Views expressed by the presenter do not           Come early
         necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop.      to ensure a seat.




    What Is That? How Do I Use It?
    Food Tours in the Coop
           Here we are
           spun from the maelstrom                                                        You will need a container, “greens” and "browns.”
                                                                                          The greens are the nitrogen and can be, literally,
           still turning, but slower
                                                                                          leafy greens—as well as other veggies, fruit, and
           life is coming back into focus
                                                                                          spent flowers. The browns are the carbon and can
                                                                                          be dried leaves, sawdust, shredded newsprint or
           Time to regroup, reconnect                                                     egg cartons, peanut shells, cereal grains, paper
           and recharge                                                                   towels, along with dried houseplant prunings and
           No better place to begin                                                       dried flowers. Remember to chop up your contribu-
           than the produce and bulk aisles                                               tions to provide more facets exposed to decomposi-
           of the Park Slope Food Coop                                                    tion, which hastens the process.

           Be stalwart, be brave
           try something new: galangal, ginger’s cousin
           is a fiery customer, so warm-hearted
           or rekindle an old flame: jalapeno peppers
           pressed with squash and goat cheese
           between sprouted tortillas

           Come. Learn something new
           share what you know
           take good care of yourself
           and everyone you love will feel better too
                                                                                                                                                        You’ll need an outside bin or inside
           Step into the heart of the new year                                                                                                          worm bin. Nearby community
           it’s waiting for you                                                                                                                         garden bins are at 6–15 Green at
                                                                                                                                                        Sixth Avenue and 15th Street and
        Mondays, February 5 (A Week)                                                                                                                    the Garden of Union, on Union
        and February 26 (D Week)                                                          From your kitchen wastes you will be collecting               Street between 4th and 5th
        Noon to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.                                              mostly the greens part of the mix. Next to the                Avenues. Join a garden to be able
                                                                                          outside bin should be a supply of browns. An excel-           to contribute your compostables at
        Wednesdays, February 14 and March 14                                              lent source of browns for a home bin is autumn                your convenience. Or get your own
        (B Weeks)                                                                         leaves. Just rake up everything on the block. Oak             bin or one for your building, block,
                                                                                          leaves are best, maple leaves tend to clump, and              or neighborhood. This Bio-Activa-
        5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.                                           avoid leaves from Norway maples. Ten or so 30-                tor bin is a stack of sections that
                                                                                          gallon black plastic bags packed with dried leaves            can be removed or added as
        Or you can join in any time during a tour.                                        should last the year for a two-to-three-person                needed, making it easier to turn
                                                                                          household that consumes a lot of produce.                     and to empty.
                                                                                        Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                           February 1, 2007              3




Googling Ourselves
                                                                                                                                end up working in upscale          to being a card carrying mem-
                                                                                                                                NYC markets.”                      ber. “Okay. So, we’re scruffy,”
                                                                                                                                   If all of the complaints on     she admits, begging ques-
                                                                                                                                the web were as creative as        tions about where she shaves
By Barbara Ensor                                                                                                                Ms. Maltz’s opinion in             and doesn’t shave. But is she
                                                                                                                                Gothamist’s there might be         a Stalinist or a Food Nazi?
                                                                                              blankly. Turns out I was          something to talk about.           “Shopping there makes me
                                                                                              expected to estimate the              But more, it seems to be       feel like I am being more con-
                                                                                              number of bags I would need       about the fact that people         scious about sustainable
                                                                                              for my groceries...”              who are different, even just a     agriculture and healthy eat-
                                                                                                  Then, when Ms. Mehta          little bit, are so fun to          ing,” continues Crawford, dar-
                                                                                              tried to walk out without         ridicule. “Brace yourselves for    ing also to risk being called an
                                                                                              showing the check out person      our favorite kind of fight: hip-   elitist yuppie. Leave it to oth-
                                                                                              her receipts “People started      pie-vs.-hippie smackdown!”         ers to call her a cultist when
                                                                                              screaming. ‘Hey, HEY!’” Well      Amy Langfield wrote in             she boldly asserts, “The fact
                                                                                              yes, they would. But compar-      Curbed.com back in 2004.           that it works at all day in and
                                                                                              ing the organization to “a        Come and see the food coop         day out is itself a miracle.”

                                                               ILLUSTRATION BY DIANE MILLER
                                                                                              Soviet-style reeducation          get a bloody nose and maybe            I belong to the food Coop
                                                                                              camp” seems a little inaccu-      go down, Langfield urged           because I like doing my gro-
                                                                                              rate. And to think, I used to     readers under the misleading       cery shopping here. There is
                                                                                              read the restaurant reviews       headline Red Hook vs. Park         no rule compelling anyone to
                                                                                              on that website.                  Slope: Fairway-Food Coop           belong who doesn’t want to,
                                                                                                  So you have to give credit    Death Match. Some people           so some of this vitriol seems
                                                                                              to Phoebe Maltz of the            will say anything to try to        a little out of place. My own
                                                                                              Gothamist for coming up with      gather a crowd.                    major gripe, and thanks for
                                                                                              a real reason for disliking the      Louise Crawford, the            asking, is that the check out


W
           ith surprising una-     around the neighborhood                                    Park Slope Food Coop. In her      doyenne of Only the Blog           lines are too long too much
           nimity the web          about members who would                                    piece, Opinionist: My Beef        Knows Brooklyn, appears to         of the time.
           journalists of this     turn in close friends who                                  With The Park Slope Food          be the only voice of sanity on         Maybe a little bad publicity
world love to hate the Park        attempted to sneak in and                                  Coop, Ms. Maltz dryly assures     the subject. She freely admits     is just what we need. ■
Slope Food Coop. Prickly           shop without joining.”                                     us she will surely be pun-
comments make for buzz, but           Outrageous allegations                                  ished—exiled gulag-style to
this goes beyond that. When        from unnamed sources give                                  “say, a townhouse in the West
Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood          way to liberal doses of                                    Village—” for speaking out
stops sounding friendly and        misinformation:                                            against the food coop. When
ChowHound.com loses its               “Strict regulations about                               the laughing dies down she
appetite you have to wonder.       those who committed crimes                                 waves the risk aside. “So be
Do they have a point?              against the Coop such as                                   it,” continues Ms Maltz brave-
   Well that depends on your       missing shifts without notifi-                             ly. We may preach diversity,
point of view. Journalism, like    cation… could result in                                    but “The purity of the shop-
gossip, tends toward muck-         suspension.”                                               ping experience,” created by
raking. News of a crime               I began to worry about how                              our system she says, ensures
wave at the food Coop,             long Ms. Giuffre may have                                  “that you will not once
recently reported in these         been having these paranoid                                 encounter a fellow shopper
pages, found its way into the      fantasies. But then she gets                               who does not believe in The
Brooklyn Papers under the          delusional.                                                Cause.” So much for our right
somewhat gleeful serves-              “In order to fit in, I’d have                           to feel smug. But that was just
them-right headline “Has the       to stop shaving my legs and                                the bun. The meat of Ms.
Food Co-op’s Lefty Ethos Led       underarms, forget about dye-                               Maltz’ argument is on even
to Crime?” Then when New           ing my hair, get rid of the                                higher ground.
York magazine asked the            makeup and maybe consider                                      “Rather than having your
coop’s Joe Holtz for a reac-       purchasing a pair of Birken-                               groceries bagged by an
tion, they printed his articu-     stock sandals.”                                            impoverished, possibly illegal        Plastic Recycling Drivers Needed
late response, “Lefty ethos           What is she talking about?                              immigrant while you yap on
did not lead to these                                                                         your hands-free cell phone in       Wednesday, time to be arranged.
crimes…People feeling com-           Red Hook vs. Park Slope:                                 one ear and blare your iPod in      The Plastics Recycling Squads are looking for drivers to
fortable enough to leave their         Fairway-Food Coop                                      the other, you exchange a           transport plastic recycling collected at the Coop to the recy-
purses inside their carts                                                                     meaningful, not-for-profit          cling plant in Brooklyn. Drivers needed to work Wednesday
                                          Death Match.                                                                            during the daytime. The time can be arranged with Jessica
while they went back to aisle                                                                 exchange of money for food
three to pick up the can of            Some people will say                                   with someone you consider to        Robinson but the work needs to be completed between the
tuna fish they forgot led to             anything to try                                      be an equal. The caste system       hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when the recycling facility is
these crimes.” But not with-            to gather a crowd.                                    of service-sector vs. yuppie is     open. Drivers must have a large capacity vehicle (van or
out the barbed comment that                                                                   thus eliminated. You can rest       truck) for the volume of recycling collected. You need to be
“Joe Holtz, the Coop’s general        Chow.com’s Diana Mehta                                  easy from now on.”                  able to lift and work independently. Reliability is a must as
manager, seems most offend-        also attended an informa-                                      So really, we are members       you are the only person coming to do this job on your day.
ed by being dubbed a namby-        tion session. She just                                     in order to escape the dregs        If interested please contact General Coordinator Jessica
pamby liberal.”                    couldn’t resist, she explains,                             of society, and avoid the riff      Robinson at jess_robinson@psfc.coop or drop by the
    (Yeah right, he is very sen-   apologetically.                                            raff. We are a kind of bubble       Membership Office to speak to her.
sitive about that.)                   “Organic blueberries and                                of privilege in a sea of ….Has
   The negative spin is so         entire grass-fed steers, pur-                              this woman actually seen the
consistent, though, you have       chased directly from local                                 Coop?
to wonder if something else        farmers. Big, leafy watercress.                                Our mission statement
is at work here. Fran Giuffre,     Uncommon items like adzuki                                 says, “We are committed to
writing for Mr. Beller’s Neigh-    beans and flaxseed in the                                  diversity and equality,” Ms
borhood, starts by scattering      bulk section. And it was                                   Maltz points out, but hey
her account of an information      cheap…”                                                    what hypocrites we are! By
session for prospective mem-          She showed up for her first                             working a few hours a month
bers with comments that            work slot only to be told that                             we are denying people jobs in
start merely as catty.             she had missed her first shift,                            the grander scheme! You
   “The leader of our group,       and was now on alert. That                                 have to hand it to Ms Maltz. It
Sky, whose chosen ‘work shift’     does sound like a bummer. By                               may be a stretch, but it isn’t          Paper Recycling Driver Needed
was to head this orientation       now her tail was not wagging.                              about our body odor.
                                                                                                                                  Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.
meeting, turned to me and          After working in the office she                                “By refusing to provide
                                                                                                                                  Do you have a large vehicle and want to help the Coop be
smiled showing her perfectly       cruised the aisles picking out                             jobs to those who actually
                                                                                                                                  a good green citizen? Collect recycled paper from the
aligned, white teeth straight      food, delicious-looking food,                              need them, reserving work
                                                                                                                                  Coop, bag it, load it into your vehicle and drive it to the
out of an advertisement for        which like any good                                        instead for those well-off
                                                                                                                                  paper recycling center. You need to be able to lift and work
Tom’s Natural Tooth Paste.”        chowhound she was drooling                                 enough to be shopping for
                                                                                                                                  independently. Reliability is a must as you will be the only
Then she jumps headlong            over. But already bruised she                              organic food in Park Slope in
                                                                                                                                  person coming to do this job on your day. If interested
into nasty hearsay.                was not up to learning the                                 the first place, the Coop is
                                                                                                                                  please contact General Coordinator Jessica Robinson at
   “I had heard about their        ropes.                                                     not fixing any of the admit-
                                                                                                                                  jess_robinson@psfc.coop or drop by the Membership
strict regulations that had           “‘How many bags?’ Scan-                                 tedly legitimate social prob-
                                                                                                                                  Office to speak to her.
earned them the title ‘Food        ner Lady squawked when I                                   lems revealed by the
Nazis.’ Stories circulated         returned, and I looked at her                              breakdown of just who does
4        February 1, 2007                                       Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY


Feeling Shiftless                                                     also observed, based on hav-       tion, but she thought it was
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                                                                      ing done the office work slot,     more challenging for mem-
                                                                      “sometimes people have very        bers who don’t live close by.
receiving squad members work-                                         legitimate reasons—they               Liz Shura, a member for
ing in late December and early                                        were sick, they were on a          about 15 years, who has
January, didn’t require much                                          plane—and sometimes I              worked shopping and receiv-




                                                                                                                                                                              PHOTOS BY WILLIAM FARRINGTON
prompting and were varied.                                            think the rule can be a little     ing, has been on squads with
    Tyler Wood, who has been                                          much.”                             a single-shift makeup policy.
a member for about a year,                                               Based on her on own expe-
and was working as one of                                             rience of having worked on
the orange-vested shopper                                             several squads, Khurana con-
escorts you see all over the                                          cluded that the one-makeup-
Slope, said “I’m actually OK                                          for-one-missed-shift policy
with the work slot com-                                               works best for her. She felt
mitment, since I’m self-                                              that the Coop needed more
employed.” Wood was aware           Jezra Kaye                        flexibility to help members                                          Urbano Sanchez
of the work commitment                                                make up missed shifts and
when he joined the Coop.            ble about it—if you try to get    keep their membership. She                                           policy would be fair. Feeling
The work policy makes a lot         someone—then the theory is        felt that “a lot of people just                                      the Coop offered many
of sense to him: “I feel like I’m   you should only have to make      get sick of trying to catch up                                       “perks,” however, Delgado
saving so much money shop-          up one, but I’ve always had to    on their makeups and just                                            didn’t think the current two-
ping here that I can translate      make up two.” She observed,       ditch the Coop because it                                            for-one makeup policy pre-
it into dollars very easily in      “It gets overwhelming—you         becomes overwhelming. I                                              vented people from joining
my head.”                           miss two and you are working      think that happens all the                                           or staying members.
    Although Wood’s house-          every weekend. I think that if    time.” The current makeup          Liz Shura                            Urbano Sanchez, a 20+-year
hold didn’t have much of a          there was a way to make sure      policy had prompted Khurana                                          member, has worked on shop-
problem with missed work            that people who were              to leave the Coop in the past.     Shura thought that having         ping and receiving squads. He
slot shifts—he and his              responsible about it would                                           the possibility of a two-shift    believes that changing the
housemates cover for each           only have to make up one,                                            makeup is a useful prod for       makeup policy to be uniformly
other—he thought a one-             then that would be good.”         “[A] lot of people just get sick   members—including her-            one shift would be “a good
shift makeup for members in            Amre Klimchak, a member        of trying to catch up on their     self—to make their shifts.        show of grace” on the Coop’s
good standing made sense.           since summer 2006, is fine                                           When queried, she offered         part. On the Sunday we spoke,
                                                                       makeups and just ditch the
He particularly liked the idea      with the current work slot                                           her own observation that          Sanchez was working a make-
of policy consistency               commitment, observing, “We           Coop because it becomes         squads with a two-makeup          up for his wife. With a child in
between shifts.                     pay dues, but we get a huge        overwhelming. I think that        policy had more consistent        the household, work slots are
    Maya Valladares, a mem-         discount. I’ve been at other          happens all the time.”         worker attendance, com-           a balancing act for the couple,
ber for about two and a half        coops and you pay dues and                                           menting, “You’re much more        and he knew of members who
years, “loved the idea of the       get a discount for being a                                           likely to work with the same      left the Coop because the
work slot” when she joined          member, but it’s not that            Jezra Kaye, a Coop mem-         people if you’re on a two-        makeups had become unman-
the Coop. She likes that the        much of a discount. It’s not as   ber for more than 25 years         makeup squad.”                    ageable.
work commitment is across           cheap as the Park Slope Food      and a squad leader for more           A member since fall 2006,         A member since April
the board for active mem-           Coop. The reason it is inex-      than 20, has long followed a       Rob Archangel was in the          2005, Stephanie Etienne has
bers. Describing her own cir-       pensive is that everybody         one-makeup policy for squad        middle of doing a makeup for      worked receiving since join-
cumstances, she would like          works here. You also feel         members in good standing                                             ing. When we talked, she was
to see a little bit more flexi-     ownership: you’re contri-         who called in. Kaye thought it                                       working a makeup for a friend
bility in the work shift            buting.”                          might make sense to have a                                           who was out of the country.
makeup policy. She works               Sarita Khurana, a member       two-for-one makeup policy                                            Swapping shifts and make-
freelance, and has had to           for 13 years, observed “I think   only for very small squads                                           ups are an important part of
miss a Coop work slot               since we have so many mem-        where everyone is essential.                                         how Etienne manages her
because of the unpredictable        bers, we could have less             A Sunday morning shop-                                            work commitment, particu-
nature of her work. But Val-        shifts over the course of the     ping-squad leader, Kaye                                              larly since she too needs to
ladares is not interested in        year. I think it should go to     feels she has enough mem-                                            travel. The two-makeup pol-
FTOP. She says, “because it         once every five weeks, just so    bers doing makeups from                                              icy adds stress to her Coop
feels as if everybody is work-      we could incorporate all the      other squads to fill gaps in                                         commitment; since she’s not
ing FTOP.” She commented, “I        new people.” Although Khu-        her squad. She believed the                                          on FTOP, she finds it hard to
think if you call your supervi-     rana thought the makeup           two-for-one makeup policy                                            schedule a makeup in a way
sor and have been responsi-         policy was “mostly fair,” she     was “antiquated,” and she                                            that works for her and for the
                                                                      was glad there’s talk of                                             Coop. She felt the two-for-
                                                                      changing it.                                                         one policy was a deterrent for
                                                                         A member for about five         Iliana Delgado                    people who wanted to join
                                                                      years who has always worked                                          the Coop: some of her friends
                                                                      on a shopping squad, Jamie         a housemate, who was also         had gotten so far behind, that
                                                                      Kruse felt “it would be great if   working a makeup shift.           they couldn’t even come to
                                                                                                         Archangel found the current       the Coop to shop. Etienne
                                                                                                         makeup policy “punitive,”         summed up her thoughts as
                                                                                                         and wondered if the Coop’s        “I think people work really
                                                                                                         size made it “really necessary    hard and want to be able to
                                                                                                         for the Coop to function” to      shop and buy good food for
                                                                                                         have a two-for-one makeup         their families. It makes it
                                                                                                         policy. He did see the two-       hard to have to worry about
                                                                                                         for-one policy as a “good         when they’re going to be able
                                                                                                         motivator,” but wondered if       to get their shift done and
                                                                                                         the double-makeup was             how they’re going to figure it
                                                                                                         always necessary, particularly    all out.” ■
                                                                                                         if a member had a good rea-
                                                                                                         son and had called ahead.
                                                                                                         Archangel felt the two-make-
                                                                                                         up policy was a factor in peo-
                                                                                                         ple’s decisions not to join the
                                                                      Rob Archangel                      Coop. As an example, he told
                                                                                                         the story of a friend who lived
                                                                      just one makeup were possi-        on the same block as the
                                                                      ble. People want to stay in        Coop but who wouldn’t join
                                                                      good standing, and I think         because of a perception of
                                                                      typically it’s hard to organize    the work-shift policy as “over-
                                                                      around schedules. Making up        bearing.”
                                                                      two shifts could really dis-           Iliana Delgado, a four-year
                                                                      courage people from being          member who has always
                                                                      able to stay in good stand-        worked on a shopping squad,
                                                                      ing.” As a Park Slope resident,    thought that “sometimes it is
                                                                      Kruse pointed out that it was      difficult for people to make a
                                                                      easy to make her shift             shift,” but if a member called,
                                                                      because of a convenient loca-      then a one-for-one makeup
                                                                                                   Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                      February 1, 2007                     5




                                Radioactive
                                                                                                             uranium levels in the water                           each bottled water company                            WHO originally suggested.
                                                                                                             get higher, the acceptable                            and ask them to reveal their                             I dropped off a letter with
                                                                                                             limits are also set higher by                         levels of contamination to                            this information at the
                                                                                                             our authorities, thereby                              me to find out the results.                           Coop’s office, addressed to
                                By Nikola Berger                                                             allowing the water to be sold,                        The bottled water quality                             the buyer of water about two
                                                                                                             without any regard for what is                        standard regulations state                            months ago, but she has
                                                                                                             safe to ingest.                                       that bottled water producers                          never contacted me or
                                                                                                                 The good people of Fin-                           need to test their product                            removed San Pellegrino from
                                                                                                             land did some studying                                once a year and their source                          the shelves. Besides the
                                                                                                             themselves and found that                             waters every four years. The                          atom-splitting quality of San
                                                                                                             the limit should be well                              allowable amount of radioac-                          Pellegrino and Co., I would
                                                                                                             under two micrograms per                              tive contamination is compa-                          always recommend that one
                                                                                                             liter, which would eliminate a                        rable to those for drinking                           drink something that doesn’t
                                                                                                             lot of water sources we cur-                          water by the EPA, fourteen                            have to travel over an entire
                                                                                                             rently consume from.                                  times bigger than what the                            ocean to get here. ■

                                                                                                                     The World Health
                                                                                                                  Organization (WHO)
                                                                                                               suggested in 1998 to set the                                    Coop
ILLUSTRATED BY PATRICK MACKIN




                                                                                                              level of acceptable uranium in
                                                                                                                   drinking water at two
                                                                                                                   micrograms per liter.
                                                                                                                                                                        Plastics Recycling
                                                                                                               San Pellegrino has five to 10
                                                                                                                   micrograms per liter.
                                                                                                                                                                             ALL PLASTIC MUST BE
                                                                                                                                                                           COMPLETELY CLEAN AND DRY
                                                                                                                 Tap water can also contain
                                                                                                             uranium and other radioactive
                                                                                                                                                                       What plastics do we accept?
                                I
                                     read in the reputable Ger-   fold the original without much             substances. One way these
                                     man ecological consumer      explanation or based on a new              substances get into the water
                                     report (öko-test, June       study. The EPA in the US set the           could be through contaminat-                              •#1 and #2 non-bottle shaped containers
                                2005) that San Pellegrino         limit at 30 micrograms per a               ed fluoride, a pesticide added                             and #1 and #2 labeled lids. Mouths of
                                sparkling water (consumed         liter of water (that’s seven-fold          to our New York drinking                                   containers must be equal width or wider
                                in USA as well as in Germany      times two!), based on the same             water and most communities
                                and at the Coop!) has some        studies the WHO used—except                in the USA. Fluoride suppos-                               than the body of the container.
                                of the highest levels of URA-     they used a different body                 edly strengthens teeth (much                              •All #4 plastic and #4 labeled lids.
                                NIUM (think nuclear) of the       weight as average. The WHO                 evidence exists to the con-
                                tested European bottled                                                           trary) but since it is not a                         •#5 plastic cups and tubs and #5 labeled
                                waters. Uranium levels in                                                         natural mineral but an
                                bottled water are not reg-
                                ulated in Germany but
                                                                    Member                                        industrial grade chemical
                                                                                                                  it contains traces of heavy
                                                                                                                                                                        lids and bottle/jug caps, clear and opaque
                                                                                                                                                                        and with all paper labels completely
                                are regulated by the EPA                                                          metals, including radioac-                            removed.
                                here in the US. Uranium
                                is quite unhealthy, not
                                                                  Contribution                                    tive ones. The Environ-
                                                                                                                  mental Working Group, a                              •Plastic film, such as shopping bags, dry
                                only because it is                                                                reputable watchdog in D.C.                            cleaning shrouds, etc. Okay if not labeled.
                                radioactive but also because      used an average of 132 pounds              has done some research on
                                it’s a heavy metal with conse-    or 60 kilos, and the US EPA                the issue and you can go to
                                quences like lead. It doesn’t     used 154 pounds or 70 kilos.               their website and click on the
                                flush out of the body but         Now you might think it’s legiti-           different contaminants (e.g.                              When?
                                gets comfortable and accu-        mate for the US to use a heav-             Uranium-234, Radium-226,
                                mulates in our bodies over        ier average since Americans                etc.) and see which communi-                              •Second Saturday of each month: 12:00–2:00
                                our lifetimes, a process          weigh more than Europeans                  ties are contaminated (http://                             p.m.
                                called bioaccumulation.           (on average) but another recent            www.ewg.org/tapwater/conta-
                                    The World Health Organi-      study said that fat is an excel-           minants). To see all the conta-                           •Third Thursday of each month: 7:00 p.m.–9:00
                                zation (WHO) suggested in         lent storage for all kinds of              minants in the New York water                              p.m.
                                1998 to set the level of          toxic substances which are                 go to their state report.
                                acceptable uranium in drink-      detrimental to our health. So                  I tried to find a similar                             •Last Sunday of each month: 10:00–12:00
                                ing water at two micrograms       the heavier we are the more                study regarding the radioac-
                                per liter.                        substances we can store, con-              tive levels of American bot-                               p.m.
                                    San Pellegrino has five to    stantly polluting our system.              tled water but could not find
                                10 micrograms per liter. Evian       The consumers of water                  one. I called the FDA and a
                                is close to two. The French       have no lobby, which may be                friendly man explained to me                              Where?
                                water Perrier was also in the     the reason for the limits of               that though the sellers of bot-
                                higher ranges.                    acceptable uranium con-                    tled water are required to test                           On the sidewalk in front of the receiving
                                    The WHO recently changed      sumption going up instead of               for uranium levels, this data                             area at the Park Slope Food Coop.
                                its recommended limit to 15       down. The article in öko-test              is just reviewed and not col-
                                micrograms, more than seven-      mentioned that as the                      lected. I would need to call




                                                                                          Do you buy bottled water?
                                                                                                  Check out our new Doulton water filters instead!
                                                                                            These filters remove all biohazards, chemicals and minerals!
                                                                                                                    Here's an example price comparison:
                                                                                                    Doulton undersink dual water filter first year – 600 gallons = $256.05
                                                                                                                                       vs.
                                                                                                    Poland Spring or Appalachian Spring Water – 600 gallons = $762.00
                                                                                                       The second year of Doulton filtered water would only be $78.69
                                                                                                      You can find the filters on the top shelf of Aisle 2 above the water
                                                                                       Illustration by graphic artist Sidy Lamine Dramé, originally appeared in Baobab magazine, published by ALIN (Arid Lands Information Network), based in Nairobi, Kenya.
                                                                                       Mr. Dramé’s main focus has been illustrating extension and training materials on rural development. He has been the principal illustrator for Baobab, since 1991.
6       February 1, 2007                                      Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY


           COOP HOURS                                                                                                                                    A monthly musical
                                                         Friday                                                                               fundraising partnership of the
                                                                                                                                                                 Park Slope
    Office Hours:
      Monday through Thursday                            Feb. 16                                                                                             Food Coop and
                                                                                                                                                       the Brooklyn Society
        8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.                           8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                         for Ethical Culture
      Friday & Saturday
        8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Shopping Hours:
      Monday–Friday
       8:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
      Saturday
       6:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
      Sunday
       6:00 a.m. to 7:30* p.m.
    *Shoppers must be on a checkout line
     15 minutes after closing time.
                                                                                                                    The Blue Moon Ramblers
                                                                                                                    are city folk with a distinct country sensibility. What
    Childcare Hours:                                                                                                they have in common is a love of traditional American
      Monday through Sunday                                                                                         country music—especially, but not limited to, bluegrass.
       8:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.                                                                                       Propelled by the rhythm section of frequent Rambler
                                                                                                                    “Big Daddy” Ben Herzog on bass, and Howard Gotfryd
    Telephone:                                                                                                      on guitar, the Blue Moon Ramblers sparkle, swing, and
      718-622-0560                                                                                                  fly along with multi-genre master Dotty Moore on
                                                                                                                    fiddle, the erudite, honky-tonkin’ Charlie Goldman on
    Web address:
                                                                                                                    the banjo, and the esoteric “Edmund Wilson of blue-
     www.foodcoop.com
                                                                                                                    grass music,” Jerry Hertz, on the mandolin. Expect
                                                                                                                    some corny humor, hair-raisin’ harmonies, drivin’
                                                                                                                    rhythms, and hot pickin’.




                                                                                                 The Coop Rhythm Masters                                    is a swing band
   The Linewaiters’ Gazette is published biweekly by                                             consisting of fantastic musicians from the Coop who got together
the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc., 782 Union Street,                                                because they wanted to have unimaginable fun playing music. Swing
Brooklyn, New York 11215.                                                                        is their music of choice because everyone in the Rhythm Masters has
   Opinions expressed here may be solely the views
                                                                                                 it coming out of their pores. The group features the golden voice of
of the writer. The Gazette will not knowingly publish
articles that are racist, sexist, or otherwise                                                   Christine Correa, the elegant trumpet of Barry Bryson, the cloven saxophone
discriminatory.                                                                                  of Eric Pakula, the grand piano of Frank Carlberg, along with the feral
   The Gazette welcomes Coop-related articles, and                                               combination of drummer Rob Garcia with bassist Alexis Quadrato.
letters from members.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
All submissions MUST include author’s name and             53 Prospect Park West [at 2nd Street] • $10 • 8:00 p.m. [doors open at 7:45]
phone number and conform to the following                           Performers are Park Slope Food Coop members and receive Coop workslot credit.
guidelines. Editors will reject letters and articles                                         Booking: Bev Grant, 718-230-4999
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.
The Anonymity and Fairness policies appear on
the letters page in most issues.
                                                         Puzzle Corner                                             This Issue Prepared By:

                                                         Contributions from members are welcome.                          Coordinating Editors: Stephanie Golden
Voluntary Articles: Maximum 750 words.                   Please sign your entries. Answer is on page 11.
                                                                                                                                                   Erik Lewis
Submissions on Paper: Typed or very legibly
handwritten and placed in the wallpocket labeled         Cryptogram Topic: Health & Beauty Aids                         Editors (development): Anne Kostick
"Editor" on the second floor at the base of the ramp.                                                                                              Petra Lewis
                                                         The code used on the list below is a simple letter
Submissions on Disk & by Email: We welcome                                                                                             Reporters: Diane Aronson
                                                         substitution. That is, if “G” stands for “M” in one
digital submissions. Drop disks in the wallpocket                                                                                                  Katie Benner
                                                         word, it will be the same throughout the list.
described above. The email address for                                                                                                             Barbara Ensor
submissions is GazetteSubmissions@psfc.coop.                                                                        Art Director (development): Patrick Mackin
Receipt of your submissions will be acknowledged         K J O N        X N O R R H I Y                                              Illustrators: Diane Miller
on the deadline day.
                                                                                                                                                   Patrick Mackin
Classified & Display Ads: Ads may only be placed         Y B J F H I
by and on behalf of Coop members. Classified ads                                                                                 Photographers: William Farrington
are prepaid at $15 per insertion, business card ads at                                                                                             Judy Janda
$30. (Ads in the “Merchandise–Non-commercial”            H D H        Q J Y V                                                                      Katie Benner
category are free.) All ads must be written on a                                                                                Traffic Manager: Barbara Knight
submission form (available in a wallpocket on the
                                                         B J K U        Q O I I M I                                         Classified Ads Prep: Heather Cottrell
first floor near the elevator). Classified ads may be
up to 315 characters and spaces. Display ads must                                                                               Text Converters: Joanne Guralnick
be camera-ready and business card size (2"x3.5").        X M Y Q H C O X             Y R M K Z H                                                   Andrew Rathbun
Recipes: We welcome original recipes from                                                                                           Proofreader: Susan Brodlie
members. Recipes must be signed by the creator.          C E H H L H I Y                                                            Thumbnails: Mia Tran
Subscriptions: The Gazette is available free to                                                                                  Preproduction: Sura Wagman
members in the store. Subscriptions are available by                                                                                 Photoshop: Steve Farnsworth
mail at $23 per year to cover the cost of postage (at
                                                         X N H J K Y O K Z                R J U Y
First Class rates because our volume is low).                                                                         Art Director (production): Lauren Dong
                                                         S J X O J N          Q J Y V                                       Desktop Publishing: Molly Mackaman
                                                                                                                                                   David Mandl
                                                                                                                                                   Patricia Stapleton
                                                         Q M O Y C W I O L H I
                                                                                                                            Editor (production): Lynn Goodman
                                                                                                                              Final Proofreader: Isabelle Sulek
                                                         Q J V H W R            I H Q M F H I
                                                                                                                               Post Production: Jessica Tolliver-Shaw
                                                                                                                                            Index: Len Neufeld
Printed by: Prompt Printing Press, Camden, NJ.
                                                                          Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                         February 1, 2007            7



                 Office Setup                                              handwriting, attention to detail, comfort working   requirement. We are especially interested in
WORKSLOT NEEDS

                                                                           with computers, and reliable attendance. A 6-       members who speak fluent Spanish or Russian.
                 Weekday mornings, 6:00 to 8:30 a.m.
                                                                           month commitment is required. Contact Rocco         For more information, contact the Membership
                 We need an early riser with lots of energy to do          Arrigo at 718-622-0560 or rocco_arrigo@psfc.coop    Office or: karen_mancuso@psfc.coop.
                 a variety of physical tasks including: setting up         if interested. The first day to work will be
                 tables and chairs, buying food and supplies,              Thursday, February 8th.
                 labeling and putting away food and supplies,                                                                  Cash Disbursed Bookkeeping
                 recycling, washing dishes and making coffee.
                 Please speak to Adrianna in the Membership
                                                                           Orientation Committee                               Monday, 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.
                                                                           Weekday mornings, 6:00 to 8:30 am                   You will be entering information about checks
                 Office, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to
                                                                           Although we have no openings at the moment,         written from individual papers into our check-
                 2:00 p.m.
                                                                           no members are currently trained to step in         book (cash disbursed journal) and adding it up.
                                                                           when a vacancy occurs. We are looking for ener-     Neat, legible handwriting a must, and facility
                 Gazette Ad Prep                                           getic people with a teaching or training back-      with working with numbers and a calculator
                 Thursday, A and C weeks, 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.              ground who can work Sunday afternoon,               helps. You will be working independently so
                 Are you available to work two shorter shifts              Monday or Wednesday evening, or Wednesday           good attendance record needed. A six-month
                 twice per 4-week cycle? One member needed to              morning. Workslot credit will be given for train-   commitment is required. Please speak to Andie
                 help prepare classified submissions to the                ing sessions. An annual meeting of the              Taras through the Membership Office at 718-
                 Linewaiters' Gazette. Work slot requires legible          Orientation Committee is part of the work           622-0560.


                                                                                                                          A l l A b o u t t h e
                                                                                                                        G e n e r a l M e e t i n g
           C O O P CA L E N D A R                                                                                    Our Governing Structure
New Member Orientations                                                                                              From our inception in 1973 to the present, the open
 Monday & Wednesday evenings: . . 7:30 p.m.                                                                          monthly General Meetings have been at the center of the
 Wednesday mornings: . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m.                                                                  Coop’s decision-making process. Since the Coop incor-
 Sunday afternoons: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:00 p.m.                                                          porated in 1977, we have been legally required to have a
Be sure to be here promptly—or early—as we                                                                           Board of Directors. The Coop continued the tradition of
begin on time! The orientation takes about two                                                                       General Meetings by requiring the Board to have open
hours. Please don't bring small children.                                                                            meetings and to receive the advice of the members at
                                                                                                                     General Meetings. The Board of Directors, which is
Gazette Deadlines                                                                                                    required to act legally and responsibly, has approved
                                                                                                                     almost every General Meeting decision at the end of
LETTERS & VOLUNTARY ARTICLES:                                   General Meeting                                      every General Meeting. Board members are elected at
     Feb 15 issue:        7:00 p.m., Mon, Feb 6                                                                      the Annual Meeting in June. Copies of the Coop’s bylaws
     Mar 1 issue:         7:00 p.m., Mon, Feb 19                TUE, FEB 6                                           are available at the Coop Community Corner and at
CLASSIFIED ADS DEADLINE:                                        AGENDA SUBMISSIONS: 8:00 p.m.                        every General Meeting.
     Feb 15 issue:        10:00 p.m., Wed, Feb 8                Submissions will be considered for the
     Mar 1 issue:         10:00 p.m., Wed, Feb 21               February 27 GM.
                                                                                                                     Next Meeting: Tuesday,
The Coop on Cable TV                                            TUE, FEB 27                                          February 27, 7:00 p.m.
Inside the Park Slope Food Coop                                 GENERAL MEETING: 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                     The General Meeting is held on the last Tuesday of each
FRIDAYS 1:00 p.m. with a replay at 9:00 p.m.                    The agenda will appear in the next issue and         month.
Channels: 56 (TimeWarner), 67 (CableVision).                    will be available as a flyer in the entryway on
                                                                February 7.
If specific programming is available at press
time, it will appear on the Community
                                                                                                                     Location
Calendar page overleaf.                                                                                              The temple house of Congregation Beth Elohim (Garfield
                                                                                                                     Temple), 274 Garfield Place.

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

                                                          SAT, FEB 17                                     SAT, FEB 24
                                                PEOPLES’ VOICE CAFE: Love &                      ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN
                                                War; Bruce Markow. Workmen’s                     ARTISTS ALLIANCE MOVIE
                                                Circle, 45 E 33 St, Manh, 8 p.m.                 SERIES. Between Two Worlds: The
                                                Admission: $12, more if you                      Hmong Shaman in America by
                                                choose, less if you can’t. Members               Taggart Siegel & Dwight Conquer-
                                                $9, (212) 787-3903 www.peoples                   good, 30 min. info@aawaa.org
                                                voicecafe.org                                    (718) 788-6170.


                                                         SUN, FEB 18                                      SAT, MAR 17                       Friday, March 2 • 7:00 p.m.
                                                ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN                             DWA FANM, “Women’s Rights” in                      at the Coop
                                                ARTISTS ALLIANCE. Home Room                      Haitian Creole, is a human rights
           SAT, FEB 3                           Phase II Exhibition Opening                      organization committed to
                                                Reception and Lunar New Year                     empowering all women and girls.
PEOPLES’ VOICE CAFE: Peter                      Celebration. 1-6 p.m. Celebrate                  DWA FANM invites you to The
Siegel; Jay Mankita. Workmen’s                  the year of the Pig with a New                   Vagina Monologues with Eve
Circle, 45 E 33 St, Manh, 8:00 p.m.             Year dumpling workshop, 1-6                      Ensler and surprise guests. Sat,
Admission: $12, more if you                     p.m. Dumpling eating contest, 3                  March 17, 8 p.m. To purchase tick-
choose, less if you can’t. Members              p.m. Lion Dance, 4 p.m. Admis-                   ets call (718) 730-4027.
$9, 212-787-3903 www.peoples                    sion $5. AAWAA Gallery, 136 15
voicecafe.org.                                  St. Bklyn. info@aawaa.org (718)
                                                788-6170.                                                WED, JUN 20
           FRI, FEB 9                                                                            FREE! CAREGIVER STRESS
                                                          FRI, FEB 23                            REDUCTION workshop led by
MAKE YOUR HOME A PLACE OF                                                                        *Joan Vega. Learn breath work,
PEACE. On Feb. 9, come to a                     ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN                             guided meditation, and visualiza-
community dinner and presenta-                  ARTISTS ALLIANCE MOVIE                           tion techniques to cope with the
tion about the legislative/moral                SERIES. Vietnam Symphony by                      overwhelming demands of caregiv-
campaign for justice for NY’s                   Tom Zubrycki, 52 min. info@                      ing. Held at Leeza’s Place at Park
domestic workers at Park Slope                  aawaa.org (718) 788-6170.                        Slope Geriatric Day Center, Tues-
Jewish Center, 8 Ave. & 14 St. Fol-                                                              days, 4-5:00 pm. RSVP necessary.
lowing 6:30 p.m. kabbalat shabat                                                                 Please call 347-296-2345 to register.
services (all welcome). Dinner, $5,
and discussion. Reservations:
(718) 768-1453.


         SAT, FEB 10
PEOPLES’ VOICE CAFE: Rod Mac-
Donald. Workmen’s Circle, 45 E 33                                                                                                          A documentary film made by Cicala Filmworks
St, Manh, 8:00 p.m. Admission:
$12, more if you choose, less if you                                                                                                       and co-produced by local bike and pedestrian
can’t. Members $9, 212-787-3903                                                                                                            advocacy group Transportation Alternatives that
www.peoplesvoicecafe.org.
                                                                                                                                           dares to ask, “How do we solve the problem of
                                                                                                                                           NYC traffic?” Contested Streets features new
                                                                                                                                           footage of reclaimed streets in London, Paris and
    Save these Dates!
                                                                                                                                           Copenhagen and interviews with New York savvy
    The Fun'Raising Committee has plenty of events for you and your friends, Coop members                                                  notables such as Ken Jackson, Mike Wallace, Bob
    or not. Display ads for each will appear in the Gazette as each event approaches.
                                                                                                                                           Kiley, Majora Carter, Kathryn Wylde, Enrique
    Sunday, February 4 ....................................................................................................Spoken Word     Peñalosa, James Howard Kunstler and many more.
    Saturday, March 10 ..........................................................................................Adult Variety Show
    Saturday, April 21 .............................................................................Earth Day World Beat Fiesta
                                                                                                                                           Stefan Schaefer (Director/Producer/Editor, Cicala Filmworks)
    Saturday, May 19..........................................................................................................Game Night
                                                                                                                                           has written, directed and produced documentaries, TV commercials
                                                                                                                                           and promotional videos for clients such as the Guggenheim
                                                                                                                                           Museum, The New York Yankees, and the New York City
                                                                                                                                           Department of Education. In May 2005 he completed the feature
    PROGRAMS                                                                                                                               film Confess, his debut as a writer/director. Recent awards include:
                                                                                                                                           Best Screenwriter at the Hamptons Film Festival, Grand Prize in
    Thursday, February 1                                                                                                                   Digital Filmmaking from Panasonic and Apple, the New York
    through Sunday,                                                                                                                        Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Screenwriting, and selection
    February 4                                                                                                                             to attend the Talent Campus at the Berlin International Film
                                                                                                                                           Festival.
    The following programs will happen
    within four days of publication of
    this issue. For full ads, please look                                                                                                  Dani Simons (Communications and Development Director,
    at the January 4 or January 18 issues                                                                                                  Transportation Alternatives) has worked for several non-profits on
    or pick up copies of the flyers in                                                                                                     bicycling and urban transportation issues. She has a Master’s of
    the Coop.                                                                                                                              Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry. She is
                                                                                                                                           currently in charge of development and communications for
    Thursday, February 1
                                                                                                                                           Transportation Alternatives where she manages a membership
    7:30      Food Class:                                                                                                                  program for over 5,000 members; helps coordinate Bike Month
              The Hungry Healthy Vegan                                                                                                     NYC; runs three annual bike tours and a host of other small events
                                                                                                                                           throughout the year. Dani is also the managing editor of
    Friday, February 2                                                                                                                     Transportation Alternatives Magazine.
    7:00      Film Night: Yo-TV
              Documentaries
                                                                                                                                           A discussion with Stefan and Dani
    Sunday, February 4                                                                                                                     will follow the screening.                                            FREE
                                                                                                                                                                                                Non-members
    12:00 Enjoying Difficult People—
          Including Yourself                                                                                                                                                                        welcome
    3:00      Spoken Word Circle                                                                                                           Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop
                                                                    Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                               February 1, 2007             9




                                               as a bidder and as soon as the final fee     relationships with many of our sup-           pack” sized servings, so I have to buy
                                               was negotiated. I wrote "Now that you        pliers of goods and services. In my           five or six bags instead of just one.
MAKE AUDIT                                     have made it clear that you are a disin-
                                               terested party in terms of the audit for
                                                                                            opinion, this has served the Coop
                                                                                            well over the years and the audit is
                                                                                                                                          This means that in reality I have to stay
                                                                                                                                          within a ten item maximum, since I am
VENDOR SELECTION                               the year ending 1-28-07 I feel that,         no exception. It is my belief that we         using up five items on what is really a
PROCESS                                        even though I have not signed the
                                               agreement, I can now disclose to you
                                                                                            will get superior value from auditors
                                                                                            who accomplish deeper understand-
                                                                                                                                          single item.
                                                                                                                                             Today I found that someone had
TRANSPARENT                                    the following: "That we have come to a       ing of our nonconformist business             bagged 17 cents worth of raisins!
                                               verbal agreement and we expect to            model over the years.                         This may be convenient for those
DEAR COOP MEMBERS,                             receive the agreement in writing short-                                       Sincerely,   who like to throw a small bag into
   I am writing to inquire and make            ly. The agreement will be for the audit                  Joe Holtz, General Coordinator    their kid’s lunch bag, but it does not
transparent the issue of the financial         as well as the income tax work. The                                                        serve those who want a lasting sup-
audit of the Coop. In it’s December            price is $45,000. If you would like to                                                     ply at home. Besides which, the
meeting, I warned that the audit price         discuss why we believe this a fair price,    NEFARIOUS? NO. IN                             cumulative weight of all those extra
would likely increase sharply on year          I will be happy to discuss it with you."                                                   plastic bags and ties makes the item
2 with the audit firm because no com-              He also ignores that I further wrote
                                                                                            NEED OF HELP? YES!                            more expensive, and is ecologically
petitive bidding occurred. I was told          to him, at his request, the following:                                                     wasteful. Doesn’t it make sense to
that reviewing bids would be ‘too              "The reason the fee seems reasonable         TO THE EDITOR:                                do some “family-sized” packaging of
much work’.                                    is because we got an estimate of                I was disturbed to read that the           items that are sold by weight and
   What the GM and I didn’t know               $40,000 ten years ago when our audi-         General Meeting has passed a new              bagged at the Coop?
was that at the time the GM                    tors fee was about half of that. Since       policy that seems to assume that                       Michael Esterowitz, Member #2414
approved the engagement of the                 then, we have become much more               members who repeatedly bring the
audit firm, a price was not yet set….          complex and were surprised that some         same guest with them are illicitly            ESTEROWITZ LETTER
Subsequently, a price which repre-             firms offered prices similar to his. Our     bringing nonworking “household                RESPONSE:
sents a 50% increase was ‘negotiat-            former auditor deliberately under-           members” and thereby stealing ser-               Coop shoppers may count multi-
ed’ between the firm and the                   charged us because he lives in Park          vices from the Coop.                          ple identical items as one item for
coordinators. I am told the price is           Slope and believes the Coop is an               I have disabled arms, and I have           the purposes of staying under the 15-
fair, even though other fees could             important community institution. It          brought the same guest to shop with           item Express Checkout limit. So, for
and would have been obtained at a              was semi pro-bono. So when our new           me for about three years. He is a man         example, five bags of organic flame
much lower rate. How can this price            auditors let us know that on a billable      I employ to help me procure products          raisins and six bunches of lacinato
be ‘fair’ if this is the only proposal.        hour basis their fee audit and tax prep      from the shelves, put them in my cart,        kale count as only two items out of
More so, how come we committed                 would have been more than the                push the cart, take them home, and            the 15-item Express Checkout
our Coop for a deal, without knowing           $34,000, we were not surprised at all."      put them away for me. He is not a             allowance.
in advance the cost? What kind of                  From 1977 through 1-30-2005 the          member of my household, and he
leverage can we have when such                 Coop was audited by Henry Singer, CPA.       does not buy anything from the Coop.
‘negotiations’ take place and the              Henry's last billing for the audit and the      Before I employed this man, I              EDIBLE COMPLEX
year-end fast approaching?                     income tax work was very similar to our      employed several others for several           Everything’s enhanced by food:
   During the process, I learned that          new firms fee of $34,000. In the second      years in similar capacities, bringing         So observers might conclude
the Coop management withheld the               year we have agreed to $45,000. In an e-     them as guests to the Coop.                   Watching people on the go
status of the negotiations until an            mail to Yigal my response to the his            My disability is not immediately           Bolting stuff wrapped up in dough—
agreement was reached. This, I find a          50% calculation of a fee increase was        obvious, and yet I need these individ-        Walking, talking, at a show,
breach of agency duty.                         "That's 32.35 %, not 50%."                   uals to help me shop.                         Listening to the radio,
   My question to those who were                   In regard to Yigal's request for            About two years ago, I got a letter        Glued to TV’s status quo,
charged with the Coop daily affairs: is        transparency, here is a quote from my        from some committee of the Coop               Waiting to see a medico,
this how business and governance               e-mail to him " Yes we will be trans-        warning me that “the committee” was           Wondering—foodless!—how to bear
are always conducted?                          parent about all that you seek us to         watching “me and would continue to            Sitting in the dentist’s chair.
                              Cooperatively,   be. Our transparency, both financial         watch me” because I commit the suspi-         Nothing seems at all complete
                      Yigal Rechtman, CPA      and otherwise is built in to the meet-       cious deed of repeatedly bringing the         If they lack a bite to eat.
                                               ings and to the open reporting of our        same guest, and therefore am obvious-         See them on the subway train
For full disclosure: my prior firm sub-        finances, as well as to the Gazette's        ly engaging in nefarious behavior.            Sucking on a candy cane;
mitted a proposal in 2005 for audit            reports about those financial reports.          I knew I was not doing what the            On a line outside the opera
and accounting services.                       I did not keep anyone in the dark            letter assumed, but thankfully the            Munching on a mutton chopra;
                                               about the process. It was the same           committee never contacted me again.           At the airport, set to board,
RECHTMAN                                       process we used every year for 30               I’m appalled that the General              Downing Coke somebody’s poured;
LETTER RESPONSE:                               years except for the one year that the       Meeting has voted to institute this           Touring Brooklyn’s Museum of Art,
                                               audit search advisory group made a           policy. The spirit of “cooperation” is        Sneaking in a chocolate tart;
DEAR EDITOR:                                   recommendation after our long time           in fact gravely undermined when the           Voting in an election booth,
   Thank you for permitting me to              auditor decided to cut back on his           Coop assumes that people are guilty.          Pushing in a Baby Ruth;
respond to Yigal Rechtman's letter in          work load. In my previous e-mail I                                          Sincerely,     Pacing in the maternity ward,
the same issue that it appears in the          told you that I agree with your sug-                                 Donna Minkowitz       Spooning out the meat from a gourd;
Gazette.                                       gestion to change by making sure the                                                       Christmas shopping, enduring a pitch,
   It is unfortunate that Yigal persists       Board had more information before            MINKOWITZ                                     Chewing on a Santawich.
in writing misleadingly, ignoring my           they vote each year."                        LETTER RESPONSE:                              Food: there cannot be too much
responses to e-mails from him on the               In addition, in my previous e-mail I        If a member is disabled, unable to         When folks depend on an easy crutch.
same issues he writes about in his             wrote:                                       shop, lives alone and there is no             Anything to them that’s edible,
letter. My responses, from which I will            "...you have pointed out it would be     other Coop member who can shop for            Could only improve by being bedible.
quote below, were made well before             better in the future for the Coop, for       them, the Coop can authorize a non-           Anybody wonder that
he made his final decision to have his         the Board of Directors (and therefore        member shopper under the                      People “enhanced” are also fat?
letter printed.                                the General Meeting as well) to have         Authorized Shopper program. More              I’m no better, for goodness’ sake:
   It is also unfortunate that his "full       the cost of the audit known at the time      information about the Authorized              Writing this, I’m feasting on cake.
disclosure" is not full. In fact, he hand-     the vote is taken on approval of the         Shopper program is available in the                                        Leon Freilich
ed me a bid for the current audit con-         auditor. I agree and intend to proceed       Membership Office.
tract at the December 2006 General             in that fashion later this year in regard
Meeting. He also knows that the bids           to the audit for the year ending 2-3-08."                                                  WHERE I’M HEADED
for the prior year were handled by a               Yigal spoke at the December              PRE-BAGGING, WITH
seven-person team known as the                 General Meeting and made it clear that                                                     DEAR EDID’RZ:
"auditor search advisory group," and           his frequent practice is to quote a very
                                                                                            A FAMILY TWIST                                   If you will look, my original letter
that it would have been inappropriate          low price the first year in order to get                                                   had what I called my “headerz” includ-
to have a management only recom-               the business and then raise the price in     TO THE GAZETTE:                               ed; when you printed it you took it out.
mendation on a new auditor. That               subsequent years. In fact, his old firm's       To those of us who are careful to          I know it’s confusing, but I’d appreciate
group consisted of three General               bid was on the high side. But the bid        stay within the 15-item maximum               if you could reprint the following or
Coordinators, including myself, and            from his new firm was quite low. In this     when intending to use the express             something like it as an erratum. BTW, I
four members with financial expertise          case his bid was the only additional         checkout line, it is often frustrating        don’t mean that as a criticism, as the
who received work-slot credit. They            one we received. Most accounting             that certain pre-bagged items seem to         rest of the typing was ACE!
reviewed both the qualifications and           firms would not submit a bid unless          require multiple purchases because                                              Thanks,
the pricing from each firm.                    the potential client made it clear that      they are packed in such minute                                                    albert
   Yigal also fails to mention that I          bids were being sought. Yigal's inside       amounts. For instance, I like to buy             “Ennewaze I thought you’d like to
wrote in an e-mail to him that I did           position, as a member, is I believe why      about a pound to two pounds of                zee what my headerz look like becuz
disclose the proposed cost of the new          we got his unsolicited bid.                  raisins at once, but I find that they are     there’z a lot’a thingz they like ta do
audit as soon as he removed himself                Our Coop develops long lasting           almost always packaged in “snack                           CONTINUED ON BACK PAGE
10               February 1, 2007                                                                                               Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY




                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday, February 24                                  FREE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2:00 p.m. at the Coop Non members Welcome




                        WITH          MORAIMA SUAREZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with Carolyn Meiselbach Circles
                   Is there someone you need to forgive?                                                                                                                                                              of Circles of Joy
           Holding on to feelings of hurt, guilt, resentment,                                                                                                                                                         What is it? Where is it?
         blame, anger and the need to punish binds up a lot                                                                                                                                                           How can I get it?
        of your own energy and keeps you locked in the past,
                    instead of being fully present.                                                                                                                                                                   It’s all there; inside you!
           The Forgiveness Process allows you to release                                                                                                                                                              Come and learn specialized eastern secrets to
      these negative feelings and completes your own healing.                                                                                                                                                         discovering what it is that may be
                             LEARN TO:                                                                                                                                                                                blocking you from your own power,
                    • Forgive yourself and others                                                                                                                                                                     strength and joy. You will be taught
          • Focus and use the power of unconditional love                                                                                                                                                             Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which
                  • Align your head and your heart                                                                                                                                                                    shows you how to reduce or eliminate your
        • Use the power and energy of love to relieve stress
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      own bad feelings, emotional blockages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and past traumas. In addition,
       • Participate in a group unconditional love meditation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you will learn how to relieve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      your physical pain, food cravings,
  Moraima Suarez is a Coop member, certified Holoenergetic ® Healing                                                                                                                                                  addictions or phobias.
  Practitioner, certified Bowen Therapist, and Reiki practitioner. She has studied
  and practiced the healing arts for over 20 years and her healing practice in
  the Park Slope vicinity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Non-religious and non-intrusive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carolyn Meiselbach Circles is a long-time member of the PSFC.
     FREE                                            Saturday, February 17                                                                                                                                              She is an indoor environmental consultant, a health and nutrition
     Non-members welcome                            4-6:00 p.m. at the Coop                                                                                                                                             coach and a practitioner and teacher of EFT.

     Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop                                                                                                                           Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food




 Public Speaking                                                                                                             MINDBODY MEDICINE
  for Everyone                                                                                                                        Lasting Relief for Chronic Stress

                               WITH J EZRA               K AYE                                                                            WITH       ALBERT SPERANZA, MD

                                                                                                                            ➥Do you ever feel that your life
 Do your speeches drive results?                                                                                            would be wonderful if only you did
 Whether you give business presentations…                                                                                   not have to deal with a particular
 speak out for a cause…                                                                                                     problem which doesn't seem to
 or talk to your civic organization,
 this hands-on coaching workshop will help you clarify your
                                                                                                                            get better?
 message, organize your thoughts and find the most powerful                                                                 ➥Did you know that chronic stress
 way to deliver them.                                                                                                       resulting from such difficulties
                                                                                                                            causes detrimental health effects?
 Learn how to:
 ❍ Find and develop your best speaking                                                                                      ➥Do you believe that you just have to put up
 style                                                                                                                      with this problem?
                                                                                                   PHOTO BY JHAZEL HANKIN




 ❍ Outline and write a speech
                                                                                                                            The truth is: No one has to suffer with chronic stress.
 ❍ Prepare to deliver it flawlessly
 ❍ Handle Q&A and media interviews                                                                                          There is a solution to your problem. Your MindBody holds the
                                                                                                                            solution.
 All are welcome. No prior public speaking
 experience is needed. Wear comfortable                                                                                     Join us to find out how you can find relief. There will be a
 clothes, and bring a notebook and pen.                                                                                     presentation, open discussion and a guided meditation. Bring
                                                                                                                            an open mind and open heart.
 Jezra Kaye is a professional speechwriter and presentation skills coach who works with busi-
 ness and non-profit leaders. She is active in Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, which is fighting                            Dr. Albert Speranza is a Coop member since 2004. He is a board cer-
 the 17-skyscraper Atlantic Yards Complex, and has been a PSFC member since 1981.                                           tified psychiatrist who has been practicing MindBody Medicine and
                                                                                                                            Psychiatry since 1993.
     FREE                                          Sunday, February 25
     Non-members welcome                          12:00 p.m. at the Coop                                                    FREE                                       Tuesday, February 27
                                                                                                                            Non-members welcome                        7:30 p.m. at the Coop
       Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop.
                                                                                                                             Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop
                                                                           Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                              February 1, 2007   11



  To Submit Classified or Display Ads:
     Ads may be placed on behalf of Coop members only. Classified ads are prepaid at $15 per inser-
  tion, business card ads at $30. (Ads in the “Merchandise–Non-commercial” category are free.) All
  ads must be written on a submission form. Classified ads may be up to 315 characters and spaces.
  Display ads must be camera-ready and business card size (2" x 3.5" horizontal).
     Submission forms are available in a wallpocket near the elevator.


                                            ATTORNEY-PERSONAL INJURY                   tions including allergies, digestive
        CHILD CARE                          EMPHASIS. 28 yrs. experience in all        disorders, endocrine conditions,
*** CHRISTIAANO *** The Clownesk            aspects of injury law. Individual atten-   female problems, depression, fatigue
& Musical Storyteller is a specialist in    tion provided for entire case. Free        and cardiovascular problems. Insur-
creating a children’s birthdaypar-          phone or office consultations. Prompt,     ance reimbursable. Medicare accept-
tyshow based on the wishes & imagi-         courteous communications. 19-year          ed. Margie Ordene, MD 258-7882.
nation of the children present. No          Food Coop member; Park Slope resi-
                                                                                       HOLISTIC OPTOMETRY: Most eye doc-
need to say that this will be a highly      dent. Tom Guccione, 718-596-4184.
                                                                                       tors treat patients symptomatically by
entertaining show, because every-           MADISON AVENUE HAIRSTYLIST in              prescribing ever-increasing prescrip-
body can be the star. Call Christiaano      Park Slope one block from coop-by          tions. We try to find the source of your
now: 917-648-4808                           appointment only. Please call Maggie       vision problem. Some of the symptoms
                                            at 718-783-2154 at a charge of $50.        that can be treated include headaches,
                                                                                       eye fatigue, computer discomfort,
   CLASSES/GROUPS                           PAINTING-PLASTERING+PAPER-
                                                                                       learning disabilities. Convenient Park
                                            HANGING-Over 25 years experience
RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT GROUP. A                                                          Slope location. Dr. Jerry Wintrob, 718-
                                            doing the finest prep + finish work in
safe, open, co-ed forum to improve                                                     789-2020. holisticeyecare.com
                                            Brownstone Brooklyn. An entire
communication; deepen self-under-           house or one room. Reliable, clean         HOLISTIC DOCTOR in Naturopathy
standing; reduce isolation; and explore     and reasonably priced. Fred Becker -       stimulates body’s natural ability to
how you can have more rewarding rela-       718-853-0750.                              heal chronic conditions, allergy,
tionships. Led by an experienced psy-                                                  skin, muscle, cancer support with
chotherapist. To learn more, call Gary      ATTORNEY landlord/tenant, estate
                                                                                       homeopathy, physical & chelation
Singer, LCSW, at 718-783-1561.              planning & LGBT law. Free phone
                                                                                       therapies, bioenergetic acupuncture,
                                            consultation. Know your rights. Pro-
FOR EXERCISE PHOBICS. Scared of                                                        lab tests, hair analysis & more.
                                            tect your family. 14 yrs experience.
Yoga? Hate exercise? Small class                                                       Research Director. 20 years exp. As
                                            Long-time Coop member. Personal,
forming for people who think they are                                                  Featured in Allure Magazine. Dr.
                                            prompt service. Melissa Cook, Esq.,
too stiff, too large, too unfit to do                                                  Gilman 212-505-1010
                                            16 7th Ave, 718-638-4457, 917-363-
yoga. Gentle, caring teacher. Make          0586. Melissacesquire@aol.com.             ACUPUNCTURE, HERBS, CUPPING
2007 your healthy year. Call Mina           Discount for Coop members.                 THERAPY. Specializing in Meridian
917-881-9855.                                                                          diagnosis and treatment. Grand
                                            ATTORNEY-EXPERIENCED Personal
                                                                                       Army Plaza location. Insurance reim-
                                            Injury Trial Lawyer representing
 COMMERCIAL SPACE                                                                      bursable. Call Steven Guidi, LAC for
                                            injured bicyclists & other accident
                                                                                       appointment at 718-789-8020
                                            victims. Limited caseload to ensure
PROFESSIONAL OFFICES available.
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12         February 1, 2007                                           Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY




                                                                     thad I don’ wantdt. Here’z the           This is what one person said
                                                                     one for thiz let’r:                  about Pacifica Radio, an’ it’s no
                                                                     “They tend to take oudt phone        better there than here. There
                                                                     numbr’z ‘n EMail addrez’z iv you     isn’t a prayer that the manage-        LETTER                             BY
                                                                     don’ tell ‘em nod’ to. An’ they      ment will let the listeners know       DATE       EDIDOR’Z                ME?
                                                                     zbell “Co-Op” az “coop” zo they      a thing about these things,            2006-12-07 Anne Kosteck            No
                                                                     have to be told. The Thanxkzs at     especially about anything to do        2006-12-21 Erik Lewis,             Yes
                                                                     the end could also be zbel’d         with programming decisions!                       Joan Minieri
                                                                     Thankxzs or Thanzskx an’ id’         Only there they do have repre-         2007-01-04 Phyllis Eckaus,         Two
                                                                     woodn’d matt’r much. Well I          sentative government, but it’s a                  Tom Moore
                                                                     god’a led’ go a’ thiz becauz it’z    lot more messed up than it                        Michael
                                                                     6:59 an’ I god’a zend thiz led’r.”   would be if we had it here.            2007-01/18 O’Keeffe                Yes
                                                                                                              By the way, Pacificaradio
                                                                                                          waves@Yahoo.com iz a good way             Well, Thanskxz guyz, whoever
                                                                     SPECIFICA                            to talk about Pacifica Radio and       you were! But I also want to take
                                                                                                          also WBAI—whizh is a part of it        you to task for never telling me
                                                                     PACIFICA                             anyway. You can probably get on it     what was happening with the let-
                                                                        From Nalinie Lasiewicz on         if you say you’re interested. And if   ter that was lost! (Is it because
                                                                     PacificaRadiowaves on 12-27 at       you kan’t get on you kan try           there are new editors at the
                                                                     2:41 p.m.:                           WBAIelections@ Yahoo groups.           Gazette or because Ms. Wheeler is
                                                                        “You’ve already proved my         com or the biggest group               retiring?) We mothers worry
                                                                     own statement the decisions          NewPacifica@ Yahoo groups.com,         about our children, you know!
                                                                     were made by unelected folks.        which has well over 600 members.                                 albert solomon
                 WHAT’S FOR FREE                                     Also, there was no overall strate-   An don’t forget listenerforums.net/               http://www.PACVID1.COM
FREE INITIAL ORAL EXAM in holistic dental office for all Coop        gic plan for the station which any   whizh is an anonimuz posting for                      Microzymian Philosopher
members. X-rays are strictly minimized so bring your own. Dr.        elected group might have had a       anyone to get onnnnn! I’ll help you          World Evangelist for Homeopathy
Goldberg’s non-mercury offices in Soho or in Midwood section of      chance to weigh in on before the     post and use it if you EMail me.         Enfant Terrible of the Park Slope Food
Brooklyn. For info please call 718-339-5066 or 212-505-5055.         changes were made. . . . What are        I want to thank some of the                                           Co-Op
FREE TICKETS for concerts for true classical music lovers only.      the strategic goals? To me, that’s   following editorz for printing          Singin’ Candydate for the 2007 WBAI
Lincoln Ct., Carnegie, etc., on short notice sometimes. 10-20 con-   what ‘transparency’ would            two of my letters in the January                            Local Station Board
certs available each year. S10/yr management fee. For more info,     mean....they the Members are         4th issue, such a blessing! Also,                 HOBCES@YAHOO.COM
call: 212-802-7456.                                                  given a summary of the stations      to start tracking the various edi-                              718-768-9079
                                                                     goals, general policies, program-    tors of the four Gazette teams as          Always remember: Melinda Smith
                                                                     ming decisions…”                     time goes by:                                                              Rul’z


                                                                                WELCOME!
           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.

  Edna Alburquerque           Ioana Boambes               Penny Fellbrich          Valerie Holford         Jessica Lingel            Jean Pierre Nogues         Leila Shifteh
  Andre Alleyne               Naomi Boone                 Jonathan Ferrari         Elizabeth Hopkins       Laura Lopez               John Norton                Kathryn Smith
  John Alleyne                Marnie Brady                Kimi Fujii               Catherine Hourihan      Magdalena                 Michelle O’Brien           Kim Stern
  Nathaniel Allman            Jon Bright                  Crystal Gaudio           Brenda Hunter             Maczynska               Heather O’Shea             Elaine Stogel
  Alessandra Almgren          Takiyah Brooks              Mitchell Georgic         Phillip Hunter          Kevin Mahon               Christiaan Oranje          Caroline Suh
  Jonas Almgren               Yvone Brown                 Hannah Gladstein         Matt Jacobs             Gabrielle Maisels         Ami Paetzold               Rachel Swanson
  Eliza Anderson              Kenny Bruno                 Joshua Goldfein          Carline Jeanniton       Leila Makarechi           Michlesh Patel             Emily Taff
  Heather Anderson            Shani Cameron               Asya M.                  Lars Johnson            Danise Malqui             Rachel Pecker              Anna A. Tavis
  Katrina Anderson            Dorit Cashin                  Gorokhovsky            Omari Johnson           Candice Martin            Bernard Piel               Aminah Thambo
  James Archer                James Cashin                Leonid                   Rashida Johnson         Maitreya Martin           Rachel Pregont             Greg Tiefenbrun
  Angela Arnold               Ming Chan                     Gorokhovsky            Rimma Kalner            Ivy Marvel                Emily Price                Murayama Toshiko
  Dhiraj Arora                Lucy Chapin                 George Graham            Daniel Kelley           Matthew Marvel            Gladys Pryer               Emily Tsiang
  Sam Ashford                 Susan Chiu                  Rachel Graville          Jennifer Kelley         Kathleen Massara          Idull Pryer                Christopher Van
  Godwin Baker                Ahuvah Coates               Damali Gray              John Kelly              Michael McCullough        Ali Qadeer                   Ginhoven
  Patrice Baker               Hezekiah Coates             Emily Grimes             Timothy Kennedy         Nuoko McCullough          Alexandra Rath-            Chuck VanDyke
  Maribeth Batcha             Evan Cohen                  Richie Grin              Eunah Kim               Valerie McGuire             mann-Noonan              Scott Wagner
  Christopher                 Evan Crane                  Delancy Gustin           Caitlin Kirby           Kela McIlwaine            Dawn Elane Reed            Margaret Waldman
    Batchelder                Tony Daniels                Ari Halbert              Matthew Kline           Sharen Mckinney-          Benjamin Reid              Chris Waller
  Meaghan Bates               Joe Datema                  John Hamilton            Stephanie Klose           Alston                  Trevor Robinson            Jessie White
  Anna Beard                  Raquel Derrick              Beth Handman             Kelly Koniowsky         Douglas Meehan            Lisa Ross                  Mark Wilkie
  Brianna Becker              Aurora Deuss                Mattie Harper            Kathleen Konkle         Christine                 Sarah Saalfield            Christine Wolk
  Clayton Belknap             Aislinn Dewey               Nina Harris              Victoryia Koujman         Mendoza-Bital           Marc Sapir                 Josh Wolk
  Connie Bell                 Jamie Ebright               Christy Harrison         Emily Landry            Lilian Mercogliaro        Stephen Schible            Andrew Wolman
  Greg Bell                   Peter Ebright               Bartholomew              Brian Lavalle           Shevauh Mizrahi           Tamara Schneider           Chiharu Yoshida
  Renee Benson                Glenn Edwards                 Henry                  Chloe Leichman          Ken Mosher                Martin Schultz             Lucille Zawislewski
  Patricia Besson             Laura F. Edwards            Bernardo Heraldo         Jaki Levy               Jamie Murphey             Susan Schultz
  Stav Birnbaum               Major Edwards               Chaela Herridge-         Sue Ellen Lewanick      John Nebel                Lior Shefer
  Meghan Bishop               Ruthie Epstein                Meyer                  Jay Liddell             Kristina Nebel            Yona Shem-Tov


                                                                               THANK YOU!
                                       Thank you to the following members for referring friends who joined the Coop in the last two weeks.
  Doris Adler                 Skyler Brickley             Melissa DiPinto          Caroline Handschuh      Abby Lesnick              Martina Nevermann          Street Squad 7th
  Jan Adler                   Ashley Brockington          Carol Diuguid            Hansborough Rec         Albert Leusink            Brianna Nichols             Avenue
  Alyssa Awe                  Diane Canepa                Sarah Chaya Elisha         Center                Lilia                     Rachel Ostrow              Anna Tavis
  Emily Anthony               Teri Cavanaugh              Andrea Farrington        Britt Henriksson        Christine Love            Roie Parchi                Cathy Vignola
  Jonelle Baptiste            Lauren Cherry               Laura Fisher             Mayra Hernandez         Alex Mandl                Nancy Romer                Adam Weinstock
  Sarah Bassett               Havalah Collins             Anny Fodor               Erin Hollaway           Sarah Margles             Alice Rosenthal            Peggy Weiss
  Danett Bean                 Rene Collins                Douglas Foote            Anthony Israel          Yolanda McBride           Donnie Rotkin              Stephanie Welter
  Carol Becker                Kate Cook                   Lewis Friedman           Noah Jarrett            Molly McFadden            Sarah Service              Asmira Woodward-
  William Beckler             Marie Coons                 Ann Gaba                 Christine Johnston      Alyson Metzger            Shabd Simon-                Page
  Lavone Beckwith             Joy Costello                Barbara Gajdos           Pamela King             Michelle                   Alexander                 Karen Zippler
  Nicole Berger               Erin Courtney               Lorna Gottesman          Gayle Kirshenbaum       Ryan Minezzi              Billy Squires
  Jennifer Block              Karen Curlee                Karen Gray               Ellen Kruger            Stephanie Morin           Summer Starling
  Michelle Boule              Laurel Daen                 Suzanne Grossman         Holly LaDue             Emily Mulcahy             Nikolaus Steinberg
  Todd Bresnick               Coleen Devol                Jennifer Guitart         Jeanne LeClare          Forrest Mulcahy

								
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