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					                                    OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP




Established
   1973




Volume BB, Number 15                                                                                                                                                                                         July 19, 2007




Ship-Shape Shift                                                                                                                       Annual and June
by Barbara Ensor
                                                                                                                                       General Meeting
                                                                                                                                       by D. S. Aronson

                                                                                                                                               ore than 130 mem-                        Fiscal Q&A

                                                                                                                                       M       bers attended the
                                                                                                                                               Park Slope Food Coop
                                                                                                                                       combined Annual and June
                                                                                                                                                                                           After reviewing the finan-
                                                                                                                                                                                        cial report, Robert Reitman
                                                                                                                                                                                        took questions from mem-
                                                                                                                                       General Meeting, which took                      bers. General Coordinator Joe
                                                                                                                                       place on June 26 in the Con-                     Holtz fielded more specific
                                                                                                                                       gregation Beth Elohim Social                     questions on how the Coop
                                                                                                                                       Hall. Carl Arnold was the                        chooses to do business.
                                                                                                                                       meeting chair.                                      Peter Kay asked about the
                                                                                                                                          The Annual Meeting                            increase in staff salary: 2007
                                                                                                             PHOTO BY PATRICK MACKIN


                                                                                                                                       included the Board of Direc-                     saw the total rise to $2,561,113;
                                                                                                                                       tors election to fill two full                   the 2006 total was $2,183,261.
                                                                                                                                       terms of three years and one                     Holtz observed that the Coop
                                                                                                                                       vacant slot with a year                          hired more staff and increased
                                                                                                                                       remaining. The other Annual                      salaries, primarily following
                                                                                                                                       Meeting business was the                         the Department of Labor sta-
                                                                                                                                       presentation of the audited                      tistics for New York-area cost-
                                                                                                                                       financial report for the fiscal                  of-living adjustments.
Shopping squad C 10:30 members Michele Mirro, Rebecca Widom, Therese Shechter, Lisa Badner,
                                                                                                                                       year that ended February                            Arlo Chase asked why the
Jean Marie Louis, Beth Calcaterra, Jon Overvold, Nancy Miller, Judy Burns, Ken Browd (co–squad
                                                                                                                                       2007. The report was pre-                        Coop was holding $1,080,950
leader), Pat Magnuson, George Boziwick (co–squad leader), Melinda Foy, Stephanie Doba, Robyn
                                                                                                                                       sented by Robert Reitman of                      in cash and cash equivalents
Coe, Sean Hoekstra, Faye Hirsch; camera shy: Stephanie Heacox, Phillip Lee, Abe May, Vicky
                                                                                                                                       Cornick, Garber & Sandler,                       (in 2006, the figure was
Moore, Kristin Remus, Dana Archer Rosenthal, Carmen Scheidel, Tony Scott, Judith Wilson
                                                                                                                                       LLP, the Coop auditors.                          $1,074,280). Reitman stressed
                                                                                                                                                                                        it was the Coop manage-
  try not to shop at the Coop         heaven is the result of top-        squad has its own kind. While                                Sales Top $27 Million                            ment’s decision about how

I on weekends, but this one
  time I couldn’t avoid it. As I
entered the shopping area,
                                      drawer teamwork?
                                         “There will be a short
                                      meeting upstairs to talk
                                                                          there are separate leaders for
                                                                          the receiving, shopping, and
                                                                          food processing squads, on
                                                                                                                                          According to the annual
                                                                                                                                       financial report, fiscal year
                                                                                                                                       2007 saw $27,404,349 in
                                                                                                                                                                                        much cash to hold, and he
                                                                                                                                                                                        would later point to liabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                        from pension costs. Holtz
though, things seemed differ-         about any issues that arose         this shift Boziwick and Browd                                sales; the figure for 2006 was                   explained to the meeting that
ent: I proceeded effortlessly,        during the shift,” a voice          oversee all three squads—a                                   $25,648,533. Although sales                      while the pension fund has
without having to elbow my            announced over the PA system.       system most of the Coop                                      increased, membership fees                       performed well historically,
way through the usual crowd                                               chose to get rid of when the                                 for 2007 totaled $81,837, a                      the Coop contributed
around the door; I picked up          The Secret of their Success         place got so much bigger.                                    drop from the 2006 amount of                     $125,000 to the fund in 2007,
the few things I needed quickly          “Continuity, organization,       Browd and Boziwick concede                                   $94,592. The value of member                     as opposed to zero in the two
and easily. I began to wonder if      coffee and entertainment,”          that it was difficult at first,                              loans stands at $805,202.                        previous years.
it really was Saturday, or if         are what make the squad run         after the expansion. “I can’t                                   Pension plan payouts are                         Reitman also highlighted
there was a major national hol-       so well, squad leader George        see everyone anymore, and                                    expected to total $21,962 for                    the value of accrued vacation,
iday I had forgotten about.           Boziwick tells me a couple of       there really isn’t enough                                    the year ending January 27,                      sick, and personal time, which
Emptying my basket at the             weeks later. Part of that conti-    room up in the front, “ says                                 2008, then climb to $436,685                     totaled a combined $106,069
express checkout, I heard             nuity is fifteen years teamed       Boziwick. More people are                                    for the year ending February                     for fiscal 2007. He noted the
music coming from the front.          with co-squad leader Ken            doing makeups as the mem-                                    1, 2009. Personnel expenses                      importance of having assets
People by the check-in area all       Browd. Boziwick’s wife,             bership has grown, and that                                  for 2007 were $3,425,316,                        on hand to cover these sorts
were smiling and seemed to            Stephanie, has been a check-        creates a big challenge for                                  compared to $2,992,671 for                       of liabilities, in addition to
know one another. Maybe it            out worker for just as long.        squad leaders. But by putting                                2006. Salary, health and pen-                    the Coop’s mortgage and
was somebody’s birthday, I            Squad member Pat Mag-               in more time and effort than                                 sion costs, and payroll taxes                    other obligations, including
thought to myself.                    nuson has braved arctic tem-        required, these two make it                                  all contribute to the cost of
    “Why no lines?” I heard           peratures inside the dairy          work well.                                                   staffing the Coop.                                           CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

another puzzled shopper ask           cooler for many of those
the cashier as he began to            years. “Abe May is our fruit-            “We’ve been together
empty his cart.                       and-veg man, and damn good                  for years, so we                                     Next General Meeting on July 31
    “Come back in four weeks at       at it,” says Browd. And why                                                                      The General Meeting of the Park Slope Food Coop is held on the
                                                                               kind of have it down.”
this time and it’ll be the same       would a shopping squad                                                                           last Tuesday of each month.* The next General Meeting will be
thing,” she answered cheerfully,      need a fruit-and-veg man,                                                                        Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Elohim
as though accustomed to the           however good? Isn’t that part          “Ken and I have our best                                  Temple House (Garfield Temple), 274 Garfield Place.
question. “We’ve been togeth-         of the receiving squad’s job?       regulars in the key spots,” says                                The agenda is in this Gazette and available as a flyer in the
er for years, so we kind of have      Well, yes and no.                   Boziwick. “It all comes down                                 entryway of the Coop. For more information about the GM and
it down. “                               Boziwick listed organiza-        to the Dewey decimal system,”                                about Coop governance, please see the center of this issue.
    Kind of? Did the cashier          tion as a key to his squad’s                                                                        * Exceptions for November and December will be posted.
mean that this shopper’s              success, and it turns out this                CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

                                                                                                                                                             IN THIS ISSUE
                                   Thu, Jul 26 •Blood Drive: 3:00–8:00 p.m.                                                            Coop Can-Do: A Primer on Preserving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
 Coop                               Fri, Jul 27 •Blood Drive: 3:00–8:00 p.m.                                                           Got Trees? Great, but now you have to keep them . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                                                                                                       Coop Hours, Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
 Event                              Fri, Aug 3 •Film Night: 7:00 p.m., Under the Sun and The
                                                 Birthright Crisis                                                                     Coop Calendar, Workslot Needs
                                                                                                                                          Governance Information, Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
 Highlights                        Sat, Aug 4 •Adult Clothing Exchange: 10:00 a.m.
                              Look for additional information about these and other events in this issue.
                                                                                                                                       Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
                                                                                                                                       Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                                                                                                                       Classified Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
2        July 19, 2007                                          Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY


Ship-Shape Shift                                                                                how he pulls this one off.
                                                                                                “Good line management,” he
                                                                                                                                   is a natural DJ,” says Boziwick
                                                                                                                                   approvingly. A legal proof-
                                                                                                                                                                       announcements about stuff
                                                                                                                                                                       going on that has nothing
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                                                                           explains, does not mean            reader by profession, Browd’s       whatever to do with the
                                                                                                “putting someone up on a           CD selection is decidedly           Coop. But he hasn’t stopped
jokes Browd. Boziwick, Chief       requests that the Coop work-                                 step stool, directing traffic.”    eclectic. What isn’t American       altogether. “Maybe if I have
of the Music Division of The       ers in the office transfer that                              Together with his wife,            roots music mostly comes            an announcement to make,
New York Public Library, is        person to another shift that                                 Stephanie, Boziwick has            from “Scandinavia, France,          like about something lost or
clearly no stranger to keeping     may be a better fit for them.                                proven that good line man-         the Balkans, various parts of       found, then I might also say
track of stuff. “I print this up   “There are enough people                                     agement is a more nuanced          Africa, and Bollywood” he           that there is a chili pepper
each time,” he explains, hand-     who want to work this shift so                               matter altogether, requiring       explains. “I usually start off      festival going on,” Browd
ing me a list of all the Coop      I can afford to do that,” Bozi-                              some improvisation. It might       with ’Knodelpolka,’ which is        explains sheepishly. “He only
workers they oversee on what       wick says.                                                   mean removing groceries            by the Swiss instrumental           does it when there is some-
would normally be three dif-          The biggest challenge for                                 from one person’s cart, for        band Die Knodel (or the             thing else important to say,”
ferent, simultaneous squads.       any squad leader, says                                       example, so that their items       Dumplings) from their 1995          Boziwick adds loyally. An
The list is color-coded—red        Boziwick, is effectively filling                             can be priced more quickly; it     release, Overcooked Tyroleans.      e-mail from the irrepressible
                                                                                                might mean bagging another         It’s become a kind of C2            Browd offers up another rea-
                                                                                                person’s groceries for them in     theme song,” says Browd.            son the two men may get
                                                                                                order to make room for the         And it sounds entirely appro-       along so well: “We’re both
                                                                                                next person in line. Flexibility   priate.                             Jewish—except George, who
                                                                                                and creativity are called for.                                         is a rather devout Catholic.”
                                                                                                   Caffeinating the workers is        The announcement that            Perhaps equally relevant is
                                                                                                another key managerial strat-      everyone has been waiting for       that both men are die-hard
                                                                                                egy. Several years ago                                                 Yankee fans; Browd grew up
                                                                                                                                    goes out over the intercom:
                                                                                                Boziwick and Browd teamed                                              in Bayside, New York, and
                                                                                                up with the earlier shift (and          The coffee’s ready.            Boziwick in nearby Great
                                                                                                with their own money) to pur-                                          Neck; and both are music afi-
                                                                                                chase a coffee maker. These           Then there are the com-          cionados. Boziwick “plays a
                                                                      PHOTO BY PATRICK MACKIN




                                                                                                days, they explain, it falls on    mercials. Browd’s nonstop           mean blues harmonica,”
                                                                                                Vicky Moore, the food pro-         sense of humor frequently has       says, Browd, “although you
                                                                                                cessing squad leader and           lead to improvised plugs for        wouldn’t think it to look at
                                                                                                seven-year veteran of the          Coop products Browd finds           him.” Browd is also an occa-
                                                                                                shift, to begin brewing the        amusing—like Mr. Barky’s            sional percussionist, or more
                                                                                                coffee early on. Half an hour      vegetarian dog biscuits. These      accurately, he says” I do pos-
                                                                                                later, the announcement that       comic interludes are less fre-      sess an interesting collection
                                                                                                everyone has been waiting          quent now; Coop staffers have       of drums, gongs and other
Co–squad leaders George Boziwick and Ken Browd.                                                 for goes out over the inter-       complained that by monopo-          things that make noise when
                                                                                                com: the coffee’s ready. No        lizing the intercom he was          you strike them.”
for shopping squad, green for      the slots when regular work-                                 doubt there are some jealous       gumming up communication.              Teamwork among the
receiving, and blue for food       ers can’t show up. His own                                   looks from shoppers as C2          While sympathetic to the            squad leaders as well as the
processing—consistent with         system is to be sure he                                      workers (as time permits)          request, Browd clearly strug-       workers is clearly crucial.
the Coop’s own records. The        spends a minute or two with                                  head down to the cheese area       gles with it. “I might still men-   Boziwick, who handles the
purpose is to keep a record of     each makeup worker when                                      to get their cups of java for a    tion that I’m giving a prize if     transition as the shift begins,
attendance—absences are            they arrive, conducting what                                 quarter. “People seem hap-         you know what kind of guitar        also initiates the monthly
noted with checks. Boziwick        he calls the “entrance inter-                                pier and work better,” says        Albert King is playing,” he         squad meeting upstairs that
doesn’t insist that people who     view.” “I find out what work                                 Boziwick, and the collected        says; but the “name that tune”      closes each shift while Browd
have to miss their shift call in   people want to do, and what                                  money, which typically runs        contests are definitely less        makes the transition to the
advance to say they won’t be       they are capable of,” he says.                               anywhere from three to five        common these days. Nobody           incoming shift. The reason
coming. “What good would           “Sometimes you will get a                                    dollars, is given back to the      has ever told him not to buy        for the monthly squad meet-
that do me?” he says. “Two         person who just loves break-                                 Coop at the end of the shift.      the occasional fruit leather for    ings, a rarity amongst squads
work absences a year is fine,”     ing down boxes, and if you                                                                      a patient child he believes         these days, “is just to go over
explains Boziwick. “If some-       need that, it works out great.”                              Add a Dollop of Fun                ought to be rewarded, and he        any issues that may have
body is missing four or five       Short lines were what first                                     With continuity, organiza-      does that when the spirit           come up during our shift,”
shifts in a six-month period,      drew my attention—on a                                       tion and caffeination fully        moves him.                          explains Boziwick modestly.
though,” it’s a problem. When      weekend, no less—and Bozi-                                   deployed, there’s time for            Browd is also trying to          “And to see how we can do a
that does occur, Boziwick          wick is delighted to be asked                                entertainment. “{Ken Browd]        cut down on the friendly            better job next time.” ■




                                                                                                                                          Some of our work includes:
                                                                                                                                          • Investigating allegations of misbehavior by Coop
        Interested in Engaging Coop Work?                                                                                                   members, such as failing to report for or to complete
                                                                                                                                            shifts, bringing in non-members to shop, shopping
        Disciplinary Committee Seeks NEW Members                                                                                            while suspended, stealing, using racist, sexist,
                                                                                                                                            homophobic or nasty language against other Coop




                                                          #
                                                                                                                                            members and staff, etc.
                                                                                                                                          • Participating in disciplinary hearings, which
                                                                                                                                            are sometimes conducted after investigations
                                                                                                If you are good at:                         are concluded
                                                                                                                                          • Mediating disputes between Coop members
                                                                                                Communicating,                            • Engaging in problem-solving
                                                                                                                                          • Working on policy issues related to the DC's work
                                                                                                Problem solving,
                                                                                                                                          We would like to be a committee reflecting as many

        We (the DC) are seeking new members to work
                                                                                                Dealing with                              points of view of the Coop's racial and ethnic groups
                                                                                                                                          as possible.
        with us on making the Coop the best place it can                                          difficult situations &
        be for everyone.                                                                                                                  We seek diversity and encourage candidates of color
                                                                                                Investigating...                          to apply.
        Being a DC member offers the opportunity to be
                                                                                                                                          Requirements for Candidates:
        involved in important, interesting and challenging                                      We need you!                              • Coop members for at least a year
        work. We generally contribute more time than
                                                                                                                                          • have good attendance records
        regular monthly shift workers, though much of it is
                                                                                                                                          • attend an evening meeting approximately
        done from home via phone calls and e-mail. While                                                                                    every six weeks.
        there is this flexibility, we are seeking members
        prepared to make a substantial and consistent                                                                                     Investigative, legal, writing, or conflict-resolution
        commitment to the Coop (you will get credit for                                                                                   experience would be helpful, and use of a computer
        overtime hours).                                                                                                                  and email is essential.

                                        If you are interested and would like to join us please call Jeff: 718-636-3880
                                                                   Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                   July 19, 2007              3


COOP CAN-DO
                                                                                                                                            PSFC JULY
  A Primer On Preserving                                                                                                                    GENERAL MEETING
by Katie Benner                                                                                                                             Tuesday, July 31, 7:00 p.m.
    t’s 95 degrees. It’s humid.                                                                                                             • Items will be taken up in the order given.

I
                                    and these recipes transform                                         trate wax-coated skin,” he
    It’s time to play with boil-    fruit into long-lasting spreads.                                    says. So if you’re going to can     • Times in parentheses are suggestions.
    ing water, treacherously           The most common canning                                          your fruits and vegetables, it’s    • More information on each item may be available at
hot glass, and tongs. It’s time     method is boiling-water pro-                                        best to get them from farmer’s        the entrance table at the meeting. We ask members
to can (or, rather, jar) the best   cessing, which submerges jars                                       markets, the Coop, and CSAs.          to please read the materials available between 7:00
of summer’s fruits and veg-         into a canner or giant stockpot                                                                           &7:15 p.m.
etables so that you can fight       for a long period of time to                                        Essential Equipment                 • Congregation Beth Elohim Social Hall (Garfield
off the winter blues with July      sterilize the jars, kill bacteria,                                      Most canning equipment            Temple)
peaches, August tomato pick-        force excess air from the jar                                       can be purchased at Tarzian           274 Garfield Pl at 8th Ave.
les and a season’s worth of         and make a solid vacuum seal.                                       Hardware on 7th Avenue, or          AGENDA:
crisp cucumbers. But even           This works for pickles, sugar                                       from Polstein’s Hardware in
                                                                                                                                            Proposal #1: “Lowering of Retirement Age: The work
                                                                                                        Bay Ridge, or on their
                                                                                                                                            requirement age shall be 65 years of age with 25 years
                                                                                                        Web site, www.homeandbe-
                                                                                                                                            of service and a work record which demonstrates
                                                                                                        yond.com. Other Web
                                                                                                                                            made-up work absences of no more than 5 per year.
                                                                                                        options include www.home-
                                                                                                                                            (40 minutes)
                                                                                                        canning.com and www.ama-
                                                                                                        zon.com. The good news is           Membership which was attained after age 55 and thus
                                                                                                        that most home cooks will           with less than the above required age and/or years of
                                                                                                        already own a lot of this           service shall be considered qualified for a modified
                                                                         ILLUSTRATION BY DIANE MILLER




                                                                                                        equipment.                          work assignment/requirement to be determined on
                                                                                                            Boiling-water canner:           the basis of an individual’s work record and current
                                                                                                        Orren says you can rig a stock-     needs (i.e. age, health, travel, work/family
                                                                                                        pot to mimic a boiling-water        responsibilities combined, etc.).”
                                                                                                        canner, so long as you place a                                    —submitted by Barbara Drake
                                                                                                        circular metal rack on the bot-     Item #2: Proposal: 2007 Proposed Bylaws
                                                                                                        tom to keep the jars from over-     Amendment (20 minutes)
                                                                                                        heating and cracking. It’s what     To be inserted in the bylaws in Article VII. Currently this
though the siren call to can        preserves and any food that is                                      he used when he first started,      article has two paragraphs. This amendment, if
sings out from the produce          naturally high in acid. For low-                                    but he had to be careful about      approved, would form a new third and last paragraph.
aisles, it’s a daunting process     acidity foods, Orren says, you                                      putting jars in and taking them     The existing paragraphs would be unchanged.
that requires a couple of spe-      need to use steam pressure if                                       out so they wouldn’t crash into     “The ballot used for the Directors election shall provide for voting
cial tools and the aforemen-        you’re not going to pickle                                          one another. The boiling-water      either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or ‘abstain’ for each candidate. Any candidate
tioned pots of scalding             them or add another acid                                            canner has racks designed to        who receives more ‘no’ votes than ‘yes’ votes is deemed to be
liquid. No fear: the Park Slope     component. If you’re just can-                                      fit snugly in the canner and        ineligible for election. Directors elected at the Annual Meeting
Food Coop’s very own Jon            ning these vegetables in salt-                                      keep jars from bumping one          shall be elected by a plurality of ‘yes’ votes cast unless the
Orren generously agreed to          water brine, you must process                                       another when they’re being          candidate has been deemed ineligible pursuant to this paragraph.”
walk members through the            them at a temperature higher                                        processed.                          —submitted by the General Coordinators
basics of canning. Orren            than boiling water. In this                                             Steam-pressure canner:          Item #3: Discussion: “ Too few workers, too many
owns Wheelhouse Pickles, a          case, there are no substitutes                                      This isn’t the same thing as a      workers. (30 minutes)
small-batch pickle company                                                                                                                  Share experiences & discuss possible solutions.”
based in Brooklyn. Wheel-                                                                                                                                      —submitted by the General Coordinators
house took home the Best               WHAT TO CAN—AND WHEN
Fruit prize at the 2005                Now that you know how, it’s time to choose your food,                                                Future Agenda Information:
Rosendale International Pickle         find a recipe that appeals to you and get started canning.                                           For information on how to place an Item on the
Festival with its “Irma’s              The Coop’s own Julie Gabriel, a receiving coordinator who                                            Agenda, please see the center pages of the Linewaiters'
Pears,” an Asian fusion pickle         helps Allen Zimmerman buy produce, says to check out                                                 Gazette. The Agenda Committee minutes and the sta-
with lime and horseradish.             the following vegetable and fruits:                                                                  tus of pending agenda items are available in the
                                       RIGHT NOW              LATE JULY                                          LATE                       office and at all GMs.
Produce Preserving,
                                       cucumbers              tomatoes                                           JULY–EARLY
Step by Step
                                       summer squashes        peaches                                            AUGUST
   Generally speaking, there
                                       zucchinis              nectarines                                         tomatoes
are three ways to preserve
                                       green beans            watermelon                                         peppers
produce—canning, pickling,
and making sugar preserves—
                                       yellow beans           apricots                                           plums                      Have you experienced bias
before processing the jars in
                                       cherries
                                       raspberries
                                                                                                                 blackberries
                                                                                                                 blueberries
                                                                                                                                                  at the Coop?
hot water and sealing them
                                       okra
shut. Canning simply places                                                                                                                    Do you have ideas on how to better
food in a sugar syrup or in            If you want pickles, but don’t want to make them yourself, check out
salt water and doesn’t                 Jon Orren’s goods at www.wheelhousepickles.com.                                                         address bias incidents at the Coop?
dramatically change the
flavor of the food. Pickling                                                                                                                            We would like to hear your story…
submerges food in a vinegar-        for steam pressure canners—                                         pressure cooker and there’s
based brine to alter the flavor.    big stockpots with heavy lids                                       no way to duplicate it. Use it       The Diversity and Equality Committee will be holding
There are two types of pickles:     that clamp down—and a pres-                                         for canning low-acid vegeta-        focus groups with Coop members to better understand
acidified pickles, which use        sure gauge. They’re used on a                                       bles like asparagus.
the acid in vinegar to inhibit      stovetop, just like boiling                                            Jars: These are also known        the types of bias incidents occurring at the Coop and
bacterial growth and keep the       water canner or a stockpot,                                         as mason jars and they often               members' experiences of these incidents.
fruit shelf-stable; and fer-        and they reach temperatures                                         come with lids. Resist the                              Please join us on:
mented pickles, which sit at        of about 240 degrees.                                               temptation to reuse your
room temperature in a saltwa-          “It’s critical to use food                                       mayo and pickle jars; Orren                            Monday, July 23rd
ter solution with spices, garlic    that’s at the peak of freshness,                                    says the glass can’t tolerate
and dill. Certain beneficial        particularly with cucumbers,”                                       another boiling, and could                               6:30-8:30 pm
bacteria grow and form the          says Orren. “Cucumbers need                                         weaken and crack or shatter.
lactic acid that gives sour         to be very firm and just picked                                     Look carefully at the mouth         Please call (888) 204-0098 to confirm your attendance or
pickles their distinctive tang.     in order to get a crisp pickle;                                     of the jar to make sure there       for more information. This is a voicemail box, so please
Oil pickles are made in oil-rich    and peak ripeness means                                             are no chips or cracks.                                      be sure
countries like Italy, and the       more flavor.” He also points                                           Lids: These come in two
idea is to submerge food in oil     out that most conventional                                          parts: the flat lid and the
                                                                                                                                            to leave your name, coop member number and contact
and deprive it of oxygen.           supermarkets buy produce                                            band or ring that screws onto           information so that we can be in touch with you.
Examples include marinated          that was bred for durability                                        the jar. If you’re canning a lot,
mushrooms and olives.               and shelf life, not for taste,                                      have replacement lids and                    Diversity and Equality Committee
“Sugar preserves” is an             and is often coated in wax.                                         bands on hand. Once a lid                        PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP
umbrella term for jams, jel-        “Your typical supermarket                                           has been used, it may not               Work credit is available to those who attend.
lies, marmalades, fruit but-        cucumber won’t pickle
                                                                                                                CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
ters, conserves and preserves,      because the brine can’t pene-
4        July 19, 2007                                                    Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY


Annual and                                 he managed his squad. As of         organization in a
                                           the June 21, 2007, Gazette          sensible way, if he
June General                               issue, the last issue before the    has trouble follow-
                                           Annual Meeting, Meltzer’s           ing rules within his
Meeting                                    published candidate state-          own squad, I’m not
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
                                           ment did not mention his sus-       confident that he’s
                                           pension, although several           going to do a good
member loan payments.                      letters to the editor in the        job.”
   Holtz reminded the meet-                same issue, including
ing of another anticipated                 Meltzer’s reply, addressed his      Board




                                                                                                                                                                                        PHOTO BY JUDY JANDA
expense: the GM-approved                   Coop suspension.                    Candidates’
$350,000 renovation budget                                                     Statements
for the Coop’s entrance and                 “As top ‘yes’ vote-earners,           After       some
exit area.                                 Tobier and Urda were elected        debate with Albert
   Holtz observed that a mil-                                                  Solomon, one of
                                            to three-year board terms;
lion on hand “is a bit of cash,”                                               the board candi-
but he also underscored to                     Penner garnered the             dates, the meeting Coop accountant Robert Reitman takes questions on the audited
the June meeting the impor-                    one-year board slot.”           chair recognized financial report.
tance of preparing for a nearly                                                the candidates’
$500,000 balloon mortgage                      Bachrach was concerned          desire to make brief state-         oversight function regarding     the current governance struc-
payment due in 2012.                       that there had been such            ments as part of the Annual         GM proposals that would          ture as “a great system.”
   Holtz conceded, “I think                vehemence toward Meltzer,           Meeting.                            adversely affect the Coop’s
there could be an argument                 who, prior to his suspension,          In an order determined by        financial health or would            “The Board of Directors
that we should buy a very safe             had shared his shift with           the alphabet, David Meltzer         threaten the viability of the         does not have the role
investment of, maybe, CDs                  another squad leader, and           spoke first. He addressed his       Coop, in his description, “as a
                                                                                                                                                          of running the Coop.
that might pay a little more               did not follow standard work-       six-month suspension and            corporation or a community.”
than a money market. We                    slot makeup guidelines for          commented that he had                  Albert Solomon was the          That’s the role of everyone.”
should look into that.” Cur-               members of his squad.               hoped the board campaign            next candidate to speak. He
rently, some of the funds are              Bachrach conceded that per-         would be one of ideas, with         began by characterizing the         Questions followed the
in a Citibank money market                 haps Meltzer “bent the rules”       “abolishing voting at the Gen-      June meeting attendees as        candidates’ statements. Rob-
fund. One member, Rachel                   but asked, had he done a            eral Meeting” the centerpiece       “sheep,” who had been            bie Butler asked, “What sys-
Levitsky, proposed the idea of             good job as a squad leader,         of his platform. Meltzer’s main     “herded in here in a very clever tem of governance does the
a committee to look into                   commenting, “all of his work-       objection to the GM was that        and subtle system that makes     board use?” Urda answered,
investing the approximately                ers came to support him”            “we’re all entitled to vote.        you think that this is empow-    “In my view, the Board of
$1,000,000 on hand. The                    during his disciplinary             People have jobs, people have       ering you.” Solomon closed by    Directors should approve
meeting chair pointed out                  hearing.                            kids, people take care of elder-    lobbying for a representative    anything [the GM] wants,
that this would need to go on                  Stern had a different view      ly parents. Sometimes people        democracy instead of the         unless it’s illegal or if, in our
a future GM agenda.                        regarding Meltzer’s choices as      can’t make it to a meeting;         General Meeting, which he        business judgment, it would
   The 2007 financial state-               a squad leader. “I don’t think      they’re still entitled to a vote.”  described as “this pernicious    undermine the finances of
ment Q&A session came to a                 skipping a large part of your          Bill Penner spoke next. A        direct democracy.”               the Coop. The Board of Direc-
gradual close, and the annual              shift is a sign that you are        current board member, Pen-             Elizabeth Tobier was the      tors does not have the role of
meeting voted unanimously                  really putting in a lot of effort   ner’s major candidate con-          fourth candidate to speak. She   running the Coop. That’s the
to accept the 2007 financial               working at the Coop,” she           cern was the role of the board      was elected as Coop secretary    role of everyone.”
statement.                                 said. Stern observed that she       and the GM in Coop gover-           in 2001 and has been a board        Peter Kay asked Meltzer if
                                           believed in the impartiality of     nance. He highlighted the           member for four years. Tobier    he had taken any actions out-
A Controversial Board                      the Disciplinary Committee,         importance of the GM struc-         recognized the challenge of      side of running for the board
Candidate                                  and concluded, “I trust that if     ture, which allows any active       members finding time to be       to make his squad atten-
   The next order of Annual                they found that he was in vio-      Coop member to present an           involved, but she praised the    dance policies Coop-wide;
Meeting business was the                   lation of something, he prob-       agenda idea at a GM. Penner         GM as a forum open and avail-    according to Meltzer’s candi-
Board of Directors election.               ably was.” She shared her           observed, “The way the Coop         able to all to “express their    date statement, squad lead-
Two     attendees,      Jewel              concern about Meltzer’s track       fuses its ideas of a town hall-     ideas; have discussions with     ers should have more
Bachrach and Amy Stern,                    record versus the responsibil-      style of democracy with its         other members. That’s the way    autonomy in managing
spoke about one of the candi-              ity demanded by being a Coop        corporate structure is that         the Coop can make decisions.”    squad attendance, including
dates, David Meltzer, who had              board member: “If we’re con-        members vote on the propos-         In Tobier’s view, board mem-     the possible option of issu-
been disciplined by the Coop               sidering whether he’s going to      als that are presented at the       bers should attend General       ing one sick/vacation day
with a suspension after being              do a good job as a member of        meeting. At the end of the          Meetings and respect the         annually. Meltzer responded,
found to have exercised unco-              the Board of Directors, which       meeting, the Board of Direc-        members by accepting their       “No. This is my first foray into
operative behavior in the way              involves helping to run a large     tors will vote to accept the        advice on decisions that are     Coop politics. It’s something
                                                                               advice of the membership.”          voted on by the GM.              I’ve avoided studiously, but I
                                                                                  Penner stressed that one            John Urda spoke last. A       figured there had to be a bet-
                                                                               of the benefits to the board’s      board member for six years,      ter way and there has to be a
             Adult                                                             role is “the Coop Board of
                                                                               Directors is not necessarily a
                                                                                                                   Urda recalled former Coop
                                                                                                                   and board member Paul
                                                                                                                                                    better way of governance and
                                                                                                                                                    there has to be a better way
       Clothing Exchange                                                       platform for proactive change
                                                                               in the Coop.” Penner indicat-
                                                                                                                   Bermanzohn’s description of
                                                                                                                   the Coop as “much more than
                                                                                                                                                    of changing things and that’s
                                                                                                                                                    what I’m trying to do.”
                                                                               ed the board should have an         a store.” Urda characterized
        Have you noticed that Coop members
                                                                                                                                                    The Meeting Votes
                are great dressers?                                                                                                                    After a few more questions
     The season is changing, and this is your opportunity to trade gen-
     tly used and beautiful clothes that you no longer wear with other
                                                                                    Coop Plastics Recycling                                         for David Meltzer, the Annual
                                                                                                                                                    Meeting voted for three board
     Coop members.                                                                                                                                  members. Votes tallied at the
                                                                                                   ALL PLASTIC MUST BE
     A clothing exchange is a community event that is ecologically                            COMPLETELY CLEAN AND DRY                              meeting were those of mem-
     responsible and fun. Why support the consumer market and buy,                                                                                  bers attending that evening
     when you can wear clothes that have already been well loved?                            What plastics do we accept?                            as well as those who had
                                                                                   •#1 and #2 non-bottle shaped containers and #1 and #2            mailed in ballots. As top “yes”
                                  Bring items that you think others
                                    might enjoy–and a snack to share.              labeled lids. Mouths of containers must be equal width           vote-earners, Tobier and Urda
                                                                                             or wider than the body of the container.               were elected to three-year
                                            FREE                                                                                                    board terms; Penner garnered
                                                                                               •All #4 plastic and #4 labeled lids.                 the one-year board slot.
                              Non-members welcome
                                                                                    •#5 plastic tubs, cups & specifically marked lids and              Other Annual and General
                                     Saturday, August 4                                       caps (discard any with paper labels).                 Meeting business included
                                   10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.                               •Plastic film, such as shopping bags, cry cleaning            the reelection of Elizabeth
                                       in the meeting room                                      shrouds, etc. Okay if not labeled.                  Tobier as Coop secretary and
                                                                                                                                                    Tricia Leith as treasurer. John
                           To bring Clothes…                                                                                                        Urda was elected president of
                            • Do not leave clothing in the Coop before                                        WHEN?
                              the hours of the exchange.
                                                                                                                                                    the Coop Board of Directors
                                                                                            Thursday July 19, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.                         and Imani Q’ryn was voted
                              • Bring up to 15 items only
                                                                                              Sunday July 29, 10 a.m–Noon                           vice president. The meeting
                               • Bring gently used, clean clothing that                                                                             renewed the services of Cor-
                                 you are proud to be able to exchange                                        WHERE?                                 nick, Garber & Sandler, LLP,
                                 with it's new owner.
                                                                                     On the sidewalk in front of the receiving area at the          as the Coop auditor and
              Unchosen clothing will be donated to a local shelter.                                   Park Slope Food Coop.                         voted to accept the April 2007
                                                                                                                                                    General Meeting minutes. ■
                                                                                                        Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                   July 19, 2007            5


                                     Got Trees? Great, But Now You Have to Keep Them
                                     by Matthew Wills
                                           rees are remarkable            help keep us cool, produce

                                     T
                                                                                                                We can do better, because         pits a couple of times during       taught at the Brooklyn
                                           forms of life. That they       oxygen, absorb carbon diox-         you can help. What can you          the year and plant pit-friendly     Botanic Garden, which is a
                                           exist in New York City         ide and beautify our neigh-         do? Quite a bit, as it turns        flowers. In winter, use a layer     great resource for things hor-
                                     at all is a testament to the         borhoods. But planting a tree       out. Here are three simple,         of Christmas tree branches to       ticultural and arboreal.
                                     power of plant life, consider-       is only part of the process.        cost-free ways to help:             shield the pit from corrosive          Remember, even if you
                                     ing that they are beset by              Who waters the newly                                                 salts used in snow removal.         plant it yourself on the side-
                                     pollution, poor soil, contami-       planted saplings? Who makes            1. Water. Growing trees                                                       walk, street trees are
                                     nation, drought, vandalism,          sure that supporting guy-           need lots of water, especially                                                   city property. But
                                     vehicle damage, construction
                                     and human ignorance, as well
                                     as the natural scourges of
                                                                          wires, tags, and so on are
                                                                          removed before they start
                                                                          hindering the growth of the
                                                                                                              during hot, dry summers. They
                                                                                                              need slow, deep watering,
                                                                                                              which encourages roots to
                                                                                                                                                        Member                                 adopting the tree(s)
                                                                                                                                                                                               in front of your house
                                                                                                                                                                                               or apartment is good
                                     pests, diseases and storm
                                     damage.
                                                                          tree? Who’s going to make
                                                                          sure the tree pit is kept free of
                                                                                  trash, and that the
                                                                                                              descend. Some new trees have
                                                                                                              attached water bags: fill them
                                                                                                              up once a week. If you have a
                                                                                                                                                      Contribution                             for your health, prop-
                                                                                                                                                                                               erty value, air condi-
                                                                                                                                                                                               tioning bill, and the
                                                                                  soil there is healthy       hose, water trees slowly for 15-                                                 aesthetics of the
ILLUSTRATION BY PATRICK MACKIN




                                                                                  and uncompacted?            20 minutes, once a week.            Get your block association to       neighborhood. This is being
                                                                                  Not the low-bid con-           2. Curb your dog. Urine is       consider tree care as part of       written as the linden trees
                                                                                  tractors who plant          toxic, burning tender roots         its mission. Install pit guards.    bloom, filling the sidewalks
                                                                                  them and walk away,         and causing salt buildup in         Learn about and teach others        with subtle perfume. The bees
                                                                                  dropping dozens of          the soil.                           what kinds of trees we have         agree, since they make a deli-
                                                                                  trees a day and then           3. Advocate. Call 311            in the city and why they are        cious honey from linden trees
                                                                                  leaving them to their       when local trees need prun-         so important. Educate chil-         (aka basswood).
                                                                                  fate. Because of the        ing or where empty tree pits        dren about their neighbor-             For online resources,
                                                                                  shabby treatment it         await a new tree. Call your         hood trees. Learn about the         browse these websites:
                                        Mayor Bloomberg’s plan            receives, a new street tree’s       local reps, community               Asian Longhorn Beetle, a
                                                                                                                                                                                      treesny.com, bbg.org
                                     for a sustainable New York           average life is only seven          boards, and the Parks Depart-       severe threat to street and
                                                                                                                                                                                      arborday.org
                                     City calls for the planting of a     years. (Trees that can handle       ment and tell them you want         forest trees. Take the Citizen
                                                                                                                                                                                      nycgovparks.org/sub_your_
                                     million trees, a quarter of          New York City’s rough condi-        not just more trees, but regu-      Pruner course offered by
                                                                                                                                                                                      park/trees_greenstreets.htm
                                     those on our streets. Planting       tions can normally grow for         lar tree care.                      Trees New York to learn how
                                     250,000 new street trees is an       20-70 years, depending on              And if you want to get           to care for young street trees.     Coop member Matthew Wills is a
                                     excellent idea, because trees        the species.)                       more involved? Mulch tree           The Brooklyn session is             recently certified Citizen Pruner.



                                     Co-op Can-Do: A Primer on Preserving                                     Time to Can                         that it’s important to fill the     press it with your finger, it
                                     CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3                                                       Sterilize                        canner only about two-thirds        will not bounce back. Leave
                                                                                                                 If you have a dishwasher,        of the way because your jars        the jars undisturbed for 12-24
                                     form a secure vacuum seal a          stick, so long as it is clean.      use it. If not, bring water to a    will displace a lot of water. The   hours. Store your wares in a
                                     second time. Make sure the              Digital timer: Each recipe       rolling boil in your canner or      water should cover the jars by      cool place that doesn’t get
                                     lid doesn’t have nicks or            will give a different amount of     pot and place the empty jars        about two inches.                   too much sunlight, and
                                     dents and that the rubber            time for processing the jars,       in the water for 10 minutes.           Remove and cool                  you’re done. If you’ve made
                                     portion is intact. The bands         so you’ll want a portable,          Then just take them out and            Use your jar lifter to           pickles, it will take time for
                                     should be perfectly round;           accurate timer.                     start packing them while            remove each jar and space           them to fully absorb the
                                     not warped or dented.                   Dish towels: Some will be        they’re still warm.                 them a few inches apart on          brine. Once opened, they
                                        Canning funnels: These            used to wipe the mouths of             Wash your lids and bands         your counter so they have air-      should last for up to a year
                                     have a wide opening, fit snug-       the jars after they are filled      in warm soapy water and             flow to help them cool down.        undisturbed.
                                     ly into a mason jar and are          with the brine so that the lid      rinse well. Keep them in a pot         As they cool, the vacuum             While canning is a relatively
                                                                                                              of simmering, not boiling,          seal will form and the lid will     simple process, Orren says
                                                                                                              water until you need them.          depress and become con-             it’s not uncommon for a few
                                                                                                              The water should be at about        cave. You’ll probably hear a        jars out of dozens to not seal,
                                                                                                              180 degrees, but not hotter or      ping when this happens              particularly if this is your first
                                                                                                              they could warp.                    (“That’s a great sound,” says       time canning. “Those are the
      ILLUSTRATION BY DIANE MILLER




                                                                                                                 Prepare the food                 Orren) and the seal is formed       jars you put in the fridge and
                                                                                                                 Your recipe will tell you        when the lid is firm. If you        eat,” he says. ■
                                                                                                              how many jars you need, and
                                                                                                              how to make your brine or
                                                                                                              sugar syrup or vinegar solu-
                                                                                                              tion for pickles. If you’re mak-
                                                                                                              ing fruit preserves, it will tell
                                                                                                                                                         Pocketbook, Purse
                                     made from plastic or stain-
                                     less steel so they won’t react
                                                                          can make a true vacuum seal.
                                                                          You’ll spread towels on the
                                                                                                              you how to cook the fruit and
                                                                                                              give proportions for sugar,
                                                                                                              lemon and spices.
                                                                                                                                                         and Bag Exchange
                                     with the acid in the food. An        counter to set the jars on top         Pack the jars                       This exchange is a community event that is ecologically
                                     aluminum funnel could                of when you take them from             Fill the jars snugly, but not       responsible and fun. Why support the consumer market
                                     impart a metallic taste to           the canner.                         to the top, with the food,             and buy, when you can share bags that have already been
                                     your brine.                             Candy thermometer: This          then the brine. Leave about a          well loved?
                                        Jar lifter: This is the crucial   is used for sugar preserves.        half-inch of space at the top
                                     piece of equipment that will         When your berry, sugar and          of the jar. There needs to be a
                                     keep your afternoon of can-          lemon mix (or fruit juice for       gap between the top of the                                  FREE
                                     ning from becoming an                jam) reaches a certain tem-         food and liquid and the lid so                              Non-members welcome
                                     evening at the ER. It’s a            perature, it has reached its        that excess air can escape.
                                     heavy-duty pair of tongs with        peak thickness. Most often             Put the lid on the jar and                               Saturday,
                                     rubber handles specifically          that will be 220 degrees, but       screw on the band just until                                August 18
                                     designed to clamp onto heavy         your recipe will specify the        you meet resistance. If you                                 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
                                     mason jars and lift them in          temperature.                        screw it on too tightly, it will                            in the meeting room
                                     and out of the water without            Jelly bag: Jelly involves        be hard for bubbles to escape
                                     slipping and splashing.              crushing fruit, straining the       during processing and hard
                                        Plastic spatula: When you         juice and making it into a gel.     to open when you’re hungry.            To bring Pocketbooks, Purses and Bags…
                                     pour hot brine into the jar,         If you don’t want to buy a             Processing                          • Do not leave items in the Coop before the hours of the
                                     inevitably there will form lit-      jelly bag, you could also use          When the canner is at a               exchange.
                                     tle air pockets in between the       several layers of cheese cloth      rolling boil, put in the jars and      • Bring up to 15 items only
                                     fruit or vegetables. Use a thin      to line a strainer and put          wait for the water to return to a      • Bring gently used, clean pocketbooks,
                                     plastic spatula to run along         crushed fruit in there.             boil. Then start your timer and          purses and bags that you are proud to
                                     the inside of the jar to free the       Slotted spoon: When              let the jars sit for as long as          be able to exchange with its new
                                     bubbles. There are special           cooking down sugar and fruit,       your recipe demands. Orren               owner.
                                     spatulas made for this pur-          a scum forms on the surface         says that most pickles take 10-        (Unchosen bags will be donated to a
                                     pose, but Orren says it’s OK         that you’ll want to skim off        15 minutes while other less            local shelter.)
                                     to just use a spatula, a table       with a slotted spoon.               acidic canned produce can
                                     knife or even a wooden chop-                                             take 20-30 minutes. He adds
6       July 19, 2007                                         Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY


           COOP HOURS
    Office Hours:
                                                                                                 Puzzle Corner
      Monday through Thursday
        8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.                           PUNCH!                                   2
                                                                                                       1


                                                                                                                         3
      Friday & Saturday
                                                                                   4                                                                         5             6
        8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                                                                             7                                                                               8
    Shopping Hours:
      Monday–Friday                                                                                              9

       8:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.                                                                   10

      Saturday
                                                                                                                                         11     12                    13
       6:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
      Sunday                                                           14

       6:00 a.m. to 7:30* p.m.
    *Shoppers must be on a checkout line
                                                                                                                 15
     15 minutes after closing time.
                                                                                            16                                 17
    Childcare Hours:
      Monday through Sunday                                                                                                                            18


       8:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.                                                                          19


    Telephone:
      718-622-0560
    Web address:                                                                                                 20

     www.foodcoop.com                                                                  21




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                                                                                            Cement to Broken                                                         Backwards Inside—
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                                                             Cerebral Koby—10-4
                                                             Out! (10)                  16. Unable to Run Off and                                                13. Jam in Caprí Cottage
                                                                                                                              3. Grand One—Wiscon-                   (7)
                                                                                            Wed, We Hear (10)                    sin Bird Can’t Fly (4)
                                                          7. Brit Friend Tackled
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   The Linewaiters’ Gazette is published biweekly by                                                                          4. We Hear He Leaves                   with a Scone (7)
                                                                                            with Pate—It Tastes                  Tropical Fruit (7)
the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc., 782 Union Street,         8. Jamaican Fruit                 Like an Orange (9)                                                   15. Inexpensive
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                                                                                        20. Mentioned William’s
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                                                                                                                                 Pink Flesh, Thick Skin              a Guy! (5)
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                                                                                            speare (4)                                                           17. Syracuse Team: Rage
articles that are racist, sexist, or otherwise               on Long Island (8)                                               6. Figures…Before the
                                                                                        21. Romantic Night Out                                                       On! (6)
discriminatory.                                          10. Gray’s Drink Intoxicat-                                             4th Newton Made it
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   The Gazette welcomes Coop-related articles, and           ed Maya, Papa—
                                                                                                                                                                     Edible Grass! (5)
letters from members.                                        Leave Ma Out of This!                                           10. Nuts Stashed in
                                                             (6)                        (*) = number of letters in the           Cabana? Nasty! (7)              19. In Lancet—Drew’s
                                                                                        word.                                                                        Nickname (5)
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                                                                            Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                               July 19, 2007            7


                   GM Childcare Squad                                        Membership Office if this workslot appeals to        childcare, meeting room, staff room. You will
  WORKSLOT NEEDS


                   Last Tuesday of Every Month, 7:00 to 9:45 p.m.            your inner neat-freak! Work slot requires a 6-       work independently to clean countertops, cabi-
                   The Coop needs two childcare workers to work at           month commitment.                                    nets, drawers, kitchen equipment, sinks, and
                   the General Meeting each month. The shift                                                                      refrigerators. Must be reliable as you are the
                   always meets the last Tuesday of the month at             Wall Chart Updating                                  only person coming to do this job on your day.
                   Garfield Temple, Garfield Place at 8th Ave.               Sunday, 8:00 to 10:45 a.m.                           Please speak to Adriana in the Membership
                   Because this work shift only meets 12 times per           This is the perfect job for a detail-oriented per-   Office, Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 2:00
                   year you must be willing to stay longer than 9:45         son who likes a quiet and pleasant work environ-     p.m. if you are interested.
                   p.m. if the General Meeting runs over schedule.           ment. You will be trained by a staff person who
                                                                             will always be available to answer questions.
                                                                             You are part of a team of 2 to 3 people, but you
                                                                                                                                  Office Data Entry
                   Vacuuming Squad                                           will work on your own. If interested please speak
                                                                                                                                  Tuesday, 4:30 to 7:15 p.m.
                   Wednesday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.                                                                                   Are you a stickler for details, accurate on the
                                                                             to Camille Scuria in the Membership Office.
                   Learn to use a specialized vacuum (HEPA) to                                                                    computer, and like working independently? If
                   clean various, hard-to-reach areas of the Food                                                                 this sounds like you, then Office Data Entry will
                   Coop. Love of cleaning, a willingness to get              Kitchen Cleaning                                     be your perfect shift. You will receive training
                   dirty, and comfort with climbing ladders a                Wednesday, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
                   must. Please speak to Mary Gerety in the                  Deep clean all three kitchens in the Coop:                                     CONTINUED ON PAGE 8




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

                                                                                                                        Our Governing Structure
                                                                                                                        From our inception in 1973 to the present, the open
                                                                                                                        monthly General Meetings have been at the center of the
                                                                                                                        Coop’s decision-making process. Since the Coop incor-
                                                                                                                        porated in 1977, we have been legally required to have a
                                                                                                                        Board of Directors. The Coop continued the tradition of
 New Member Orientations                                         General Meeting                                        General Meetings by requiring the Board to have open
                                                                                                                        meetings and to receive the advice of the members at
    Monday & Wednesday evenings: . . 7:30 p.m.                   TUE, JUL 31                                            General Meetings. The Board of Directors, which is
    Wednesday mornings: . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m.           GENERAL MEETING: 7:00 p.m.                             required to act legally and responsibly, has approved
    Sunday afternoons: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:00 p.m.   The agenda appears in this issue and is available      almost every General Meeting decision at the end of
 Be sure to be here promptly—or early—as we                      as a flyer in the entryway.                            every General Meeting. Board members are elected at
 begin on time! The orientation takes about two                                                                         the Annual Meeting in June. Copies of the Coop’s bylaws
 hours. Please don't bring small children.                                                                              are available at the Coop Community Corner and at
                                                                 TUE, AUG 7                                             every General Meeting.
                                                                 AGENDA SUBMISSIONS: 8:00 p.m.
 Gazette Deadlines                                               Submissions will be considered for the Aug. 28
                                                                 General Meeting.
                                                                                                                        Next Meeting: Tuesday,
 LETTERS & VOLUNTARY ARTICLES:
    Aug 2 issue:            7:00 p.m., Mon, Jul 23
                                                                                                                        July 31, 7:00 p.m.
    Aug 16 issue:           7:00 p.m., Mon, Aug 6                The Coop on Cable TV                                   The General Meeting is held on the last Tuesday of each
                                                                                                                        month.
 CLASSIFIED ADS DEADLINE:                                        Inside the Park Slope Food Coop
    Aug 2 issue:            7:00 p.m., Wed, Jul 25               FRIDAYS 2:30 p.m. with a replay at 10:30 p.m.          Location
    Aug 16 issue:           7:00 p.m., Wed, Aug 8                Channels: 56 (TimeWarner), 69 (CableVision).
                                                                                                                        The temple house of Congregation Beth Elohim (Garfield
                                                                                                                        Temple), 274 Garfield Place.

                                                                                                                        How to Place an Item
                 Attend a GM                                            Park Slope Food Coop
                                                                                                                        on the Agenda
            and Receive Work Credit                                      Mission Statement
                                                                                                                        If you have something you’d like discussed at a General
    Since the Coop’s inception in 1973, the General                   The Park Slope Food Coop is a mem-                Meeting, please complete a submission form for the
Meeting has been our decision-making body. At the                     ber-owned and operated food store—an              Agenda Committee. Forms are available in the rack near
General Meeting (GM) members gather to make                           alternative to commercial profit-oriented
decisions and set Coop policy. The General-Meeting-for-
                                                                                                                        the Coop Community Corner bulletin board and at
                                                                      business. As members, we contribute our           General Meetings. Instructions and helpful information
workslot-credit program was created to increase
participation in the Coop’s decision-making process.
                                                                      labor: working together builds trust              on how to submit an item appear on the submission
    Following is an outline of the program. For full details, see     through cooperation and teamwork and              form. The Agenda Committee meets on the first Tuesday
the instruction sheets by the sign-up board.                          enables us to keep prices as low as possi-        of each month to plan the agenda for the GM held on the
• Advance Sign-up Required:                                           ble within the context of our values and
                                                                                                                        last Tuesday of the month. If you have a question, please
   To be eligible for workslot credit, you must add your              principles. Only members may shop, and
                                                                                                                        call Ellen Weinstat in the office.
name to the sign-up sheet in the elevator lobby.                      we share responsibilities and benefits
   Some restrictions to this program do apply. Please see             equally. We strive to be a responsible and
below for details.                                                    ethical employer and neighbor. We are a           Meeting Format
• Two GM attendance credits per year:                                 buying agent for our members and not a
  Each member may take advantage of the GM-for-
                                                                                                                        Warm Up (7:00 p.m.)
                                                                      selling agent for any industry. We are a part     • Meet the Coordinators
workslot-credit program two times per calendar year.
                                                                      of and support the cooperative movement.          • Enjoy some Coop snacks
• Certain Squads not eligible:                                        We offer a diversity of products with an
   Eligible: Shopping, Receiving/ Stocking, Food                                                                        • Submit Open Forum items
Processing, Office, Maintenance, Inventory, Construction,             emphasis on organic, minimally pro-               • Explore meeting literature
and FTOP committees. (Some Committees are omitted                     cessed and healthful foods. We seek to
because covering absent members is too difficult.)                    avoid products that depend on the                 Open Forum (7:15 p.m.)
• Attend the entire GM:                                               exploitation of others. We support non-           Open Forum is a time for members to bring brief items
    In order to earn workslot credit you must be present              toxic, sustainable agriculture. We respect        to the General Meeting. If an item is more than brief, it
for the entire meeting.                                               the environment. We strive to reduce the          can be submitted to the Agenda Committee as an item
• Childcare can be provided at GMs:                                   impact of our lifestyles on the world we          for a future GM.
   Please notify an Office Coordinator in the Membership              share with other species and future genera-
Office at least one week prior to the meeting date.                   tions. We prefer to buy from local, earth-        Reports (7:30 p.m.)
• Signing in at the Meeting:                                          friendly producers. We recycle. We try to         • Financial Report
   1. After the meeting the Chair will provide the                    lead by example, educating ourselves and          • Coordinators’ Report
Workslot Credit Attendance Sheet.                                     others about health and nutrition, coopera-       • Committee Reports
   2.Please also sign in the attendance book that is
passed around during the meeting.                                     tion and the environment. We are com-             Agenda (8:00 p.m.)
                                                                      mitted to diversity and equality. We              • The agenda is posted at the Coop Community Corner
• Being Absent from the GM:
   It is possible to cancel without penalty. We do ask that           oppose discrimination in any form. We               and may also appear elsewhere in this issue.
you remove your name if you know cannot attend. Please                strive to make the Coop welcoming and
do not call the Membership Office with GM cancellations.              accessible to all and to respect the opin-        Wrap Up (9:30-9:45)
• Is it FTOP or a Make-up?                                            ions, needs and concerns of every member.         (unless there is a vote to extend the meeting)
  It depends on your work status at the time of the                   We seek to maximize participation at every        • Meeting evaluation
meeting.                                                              level, from policy making to running the          • Board of Directors vote
• Consider making a report…                                           store. We welcome all who respect these           • Announcements, etc.
...to your Squad after you attend the meeting.                        values.
8        July 19, 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 GazetteSubmis-
sions@psfc.coop. Submis-
sion deadlines are the same
as for classified ads. Please
refer to the Coop Calendar in
the center of this issue.
*Denotes a Coop member.

       FRI, JUL 20                                                                                                       Friday, August 3 • 7:00 p.m.
RURAL ROUTE FILM FESTIVAL at
the Anthology Film Archives, 32                                                                                                   at the Coop
2nd Ave, Mnhtn. July 20—22. Film
premieres, fresh food, free beer,
and live music celebrating all
things rural. Films from 23                                  Join the Blood Drive
states/15 countries. Many film-                          at the Park Slope Food Coop
makers in attendance. Don’t miss
the Go Organic! program Saturday
                                              ❦ Thursday, July 26 • 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
July 21, 3 p.m. www.ruralroute-
films.com                                     ❦ Friday, July 27 • 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                                              ❦ Saturday, July 28 • 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
       SUN, JUL 22
                                                        In the second floor Meeting Room
ALBUM MAKING BEES at Memo-
ries Out of the Box! Bring your                        FACT: Less than 3% of the population donates blood
photos and stories and make that                          and 90% will use blood some time in their life.

album you’ve been meaning to                                • Park Slope Food Coop • 782 Union Street •
make! Resources, refreshments,                                    • Brooklyn, NY • 718-622-0560 •
tools and support provided week-                        • In cooperation with New York Methodist Hospital •
                                         For further information about blood donation, call Stuart Rosenhaus, 780-3644
ly! No fee! Thursdays 7-9 p.m. and
Sundays, 4-8 p.m. Memories Out
of the Box. 633 Vanderbilt Ave. btw
St. Marks and Prospect Place.
(718) 398-1519
                                                                                                                           Under the Sun and The
                                       WHAT IS THAT? HOW DO I USE IT?
                                                                                                                              Birthright Crisis
       THU, AUG 2                     Food Tours in the Coop                                                             Under the Sun (2005) 22 min. In May 2004, after a
DANCING FOR ANIMALS, a non-
profit organization, is holding                                                                                          flood ravaged the town of Jimani, Dominican Republic,
                                      I wrote this for you
Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes                                                                                           an entire community of Haitians and Haitian-
on Thursdays in August (8/2, 8/9,
8/16, 8/23 8/30). 7:30—8:30 p.m.:                 It was you I was thinking of                                           Dominicans were displaced and forced to relocate.
Mambo w/ Cuban Motion tech-                       when I opened the door                                                 19-year-old Daniel and his neighbors talk about how
nique. 8:30—9:30 p.m.: Beginner                   to the idea of how
Hustle. 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette                                                                                       they were excluded from the government’s flood relief,
                                                     to eat better
St., 3rd Floor, Studio E, btw Astor                                                                                      and what they will do next.
Pl. & E. 4th St. 212-946-1824
                                                  I thought of your family
www.dancingforanimals.org                                                                                                The Birthright Crisis (2005) 15 min. Over 10,000
                                                  and what it takes to feed them well
                                                  the shopping, the schlepping,                                          Haitians and Haitian Dominicans have been deported
                                                  the storing and still,                                                 from the Dominican Republic this year, many of them
    WORKSLOT                                      nothing yet cooked!
     NEEDS                                                                                                               children. This video includes
                                                  I thought of you coming home hungry                                    testimonies from deportees,                 FREE
    CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7                         tired from tiresome tasks                                              and calls to action from Haitian Non-members
                                                  and all the ditches you have to dig                                    and Dominican activists.                welcome
    and Coop staff will                           and fill again
    always be available to
    answer questions. Please                      I thought of the look on your face
    speak to Rocco Arrigo                         when a plate of fresh food                                             Filmmaker Miriam Neptune is a U.S. citizen of Haitian
    in the Membership                             freshly made with love                                                 descent who has visited the Dominican Republic seven
    Office if you would like                      was placed before you                                                  times in the past 10 years. Two of Neptune’s most
    more information. Work                                                                                               recent documentary films - “Under the Sun” and “The
    slot requires a six-                          How you paused                                                         Birthright Crisis” - focus on the lives and thoughts of
    month commitment.                                very briefly                                                        Haitians living in the D.R. and call for an end to the
                                                  I saw you soften                                                       discrimination and violence they face.
    Vitamin                                       your heart open
    Assistant                                                                                                            In addition to filmmaking, Miriam Neptune is Director
    Saturday, 8:30                                                                                                       of the High School Documentary Workshop at the
                                                  And when you ate                                                       Educational Video Center, a non-profit youth media
    to 11:00 p.m.                                 peace flowered in the room
    Are you a detail-orient-                                                                                             organization in New York City dedicated to teaching
    ed worker who can work                                                                                               documentary video as means to developing the literacy,
                                                  Come talk to me                                                        career, and leadership skills of high school youth.
    independently and in a                        about how to eat better
    busy environment? The                         It's all in a day's work                                               A discussion with Miriam will follow.
    Coop’s vitamin buyer                             at the Park Slope Food Coop
    needs you to help her                                                                                                Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop
    check in orders, orga-                        by Myra Klockenbrink
    nize the vitamin supply
    area in the basement
    and on the shopping
    floor, label vitamins
    and supplements, and                          Wednesdays, July 11 (C Week)
    other related tasks. You                                  August 8 (C Week)
    will be trained by Edite                                  September 5 (C Week)
    and will report directly                                  2:30 to 3:30 then
    to her. If interested                                     4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    please contact the
    Membership Office.
                                                  Or you can join in any time during a tour.
                                                                    Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                          July 19, 2007              9




                                               tising. We carry a drink, Kombucha.               Street trees really need all the help         tor please give a complete explana-
                                               On its label, the makers suggest, in           we can give them. Partnerships for               tion of the “fairness policy”? What
SEEKING ASSURANCE                              large typeface, that it is helpful in the      Parks offers free training sessions on           must a letter contain to trigger a right
                                               battle against breast cancer, while the        caring for street trees. You can                 to respond? Does it apply fully and
                                               fine print backs away entirely from            become a card-carrying volunteer                 equally to coordinators?
DEAR EDITOR,                                   that claim (“not intended to diagnose,         steward and get a free set of tools.                I am also curious about the state-
   Why was a letter containing offen-          treat, cure or prevent any disease”).          Check out their website at www.part-             ment in the Gazette that the facts of the
sive and reckless personal attacks             Who is accountable for having                  nershipsforparks.org or call 212-676-            candidate’s original disciplinary case
against Coop member Joe Holtz print-           brought this product on board?                 6054 for more information about                  are “still in dispute.” A decision by a
ed in the June 21, 2007 issue?                                                  Regards,      street trees and how to care for them.           jury of randomly selected Coop mem-
   The letters policy indicates that let-                               Matt Komonchak                                          Thanks,        bers at a disciplinary hearing resolves
ters need to avoid any non-construc-                                                                                Samantha Knowlden          the facts concerning serious wrong-
tive and non-cooperative language,                                                                                                             doing, no matter how many public
and that the Gazette will not publish          GIVE STREET TREES                                                                               testimonials there are as to how gen-
accusations that are not substantiated
                                               A HAND                                         HOW FAIR IS THE                                  erous and kind the wrongdoer is. Such
by factual assertions. Yet a letter refer-                                                                                                     a decision was rendered in this case;
ring to Joe using insults and inflam-
                                                                                              FAIRNESS POLICY?                                 there are no facts in dispute, even if
matory terms was printed.                      HEY COOP MEMBERS,                                                                               the disciplined party disagrees and
   I request that the editor responsible           In the article about the new bike          TO THE GAZETTE,                                  suggests malevolent intent by those
for allowing this letter to be published       racks in the last issue of the Gazette,            I recently wrote a letter to the Gazette     who brought charges. Perhaps the
in our paper explain to the member-            the author mentioned that some peo-            concerning one of the candidates for             writer who claims the facts are still in
ship why this occurred. In addition, I         ple lock their bikes to trees.                 the Board of Directors. When informed            dispute thinks doing so constitutes
seek the Editor’s assurances that an               I’d like to strongly discourage peo-       by an editor that this letter would              fairness; in fact, the claim suggests
error like this will not happen again.         ple from locking their bikes to street         require offering the candidate an                either blindness to the facts or a slant
                                  Sincerely    trees.                                         opportunity to respond under the “fair-          that is far from fair.
                           Elizabeth Tobier        Street trees have a really tough life.     ness policy,” I replaced my letter with a                                Michael Esterowitz
                                               It takes a newly planted street tree           second, more neutral, letter, since I had
                                               around five years to get fully estab-          no interest in a verbal tit-for-tat. When I
THANKS TO ALL                                  lished. Many young trees don’t make            was then informed that several other             GROWTH INDUSTRY
                                               it, and those that do often don’t have         critical letters would give the candidate
DEAR COOP:                                     a very long life.                              a right to respond anyway, I re-autho-           Mondo Condo, right? Well, Brooklyn’s more.
   I appreciated the opportunity to                Trees have a thin layer of cells just      rized the use of my original letter. The         Borough Park, an enclave and a core,
run for the Coop Board, and want to            beneath the bark that transport all of         Gazette ended up publishing both.                Home to a thriving Jewish orthodox
thank the many members who voted               the nutrients up and down the tree                 Aside from the silliness of publish-         Community (and to bagels and lox),
for me in the election. I also wish to         from the roots to the leaves. Locking          ing two letters from the same person             Constitutes the capital of the nation
thank all those that attended the              your bike to a tree can easily damage          on the same topic, the reference to the          In one extremely important consideration:
Annual Meeting and asked thoughtful            this layer and harm or eventually even         “fairness policy” by the Gazette editor          Numbers-mom-&-popping population.
questions about my proposals.                  kill the tree. It can also make cuts and       made me curious about its application.           Yellow buses in the cold and heat
   The fact that 750 people voted for          nicks in the bark, which makes the             I have read a number of gratuitous               Long have clogged the traffic on every street,
me indicates that many of the Coop’s           tree more susceptible to infections.           attacks on General Coordinator Joe               Picking up or dropping off the kids
members also want changes; changes                 Street trees face many other obsta-        Holtz by a frequent writer to the Gazette.       Going to schools within the local grids.
in governance, changes in work rules,          cles, including being bumped by car            Is Joe Holtz contacted by the Gazette and        Who’s that waiting, one bus after the other?
and changes in the disciplinary proce-         doors; being choked by ivy and other           invited to respond each time such a let-         Mrs. Borough Park, the typical mother—
dures. I will continue to work for the         weeds; trash tangled in their branches         ter is received? Although I doubt he             Never heard of family-sizing freeze
changes that I have proposed. Togeth-          and littered at their bases; dog feces         would want to dignify the attacks with a         At the Hospital Maimonides.
er, we can make the Coop more                  and urine; damage from scaffolding             written response, wouldn’t an equal              Therefore, like her neighbors she has plenty
responsive to all of our needs.                and construction; compacted soil;              application of your policy require such          Children, anywhere from ten to twenty,
                                Sincerely,     and the list goes on.                          an invitation?                                   Amplitude enough to beat the band,
               David “Cartslinger” Meltzer         As we all know, street trees play an           While at least one Gazette editor            Turning the section into Babyland.
                                               invaluable role in the city and in             seems to have bent over backwards to             Family values come in multiples,
                                               improving our quality of life. They            ensure that this controversial candi-            Valued higher here than dollar bills.
FALSE ADVERTISING?                             clean the air, create oxygen and help          date was given a forum to debate his             Love’s what growing children need—and room!
                                               to reduce asthma (a major problem              critics, both during this election and           So even before the condo craze could loom,
GREETINGS:                                     for children all over the city, but espe-      at the time of his original disciplinary         Babyland sparked Brooklyn’s building boom.
   I wondered whether the Coop                 cially in low-income neighborhoods).           hearing, which caused the controver-                                               Leon Freilich
adheres to any ethical standards when          Trees provide shade, cool streets and          sy, it is not clear that the same right is
selecting products and whether it              homes, create beauty, provide habitat          afforded Joe Holtz, who is also a
scrutinizes false or misleading adver-         for animals and much more.                     member of the Coop. Could that edi-



    Diversity and Equality Committee Looking for Additional Members
   The Diversity & Equality Committee (DEC) is dedicated        which sub-committee(s) interest you (each member            The Survey Sub-Committee
   to improving human relations and communications              participates in only one sub-committee). To express         Needs 4-5 new members with interest relevant to con-
   through impeccable interpersonal interactions,               interest contact Jess Robinson at the Food Coop via         ducting a study of Coop members’ experiences with bias
   policies and procedures in the Coop. Our goal is to          e-mail at jess_robinson@psfc.coop or phone at (718)         or discrimination at the Coop. The necessary skills are:
   work toward preventing and eliminating discrimination        622-0560. Please be prepared to provide a listing of
                                                                                                                            • Data entry skills: Qualitative & quantitative data
   in the Coop. The DEC has met on a monthly basis since        your relevant experience, along with your Food Coop
                                                                                                                              analysis software (such as SPSS) experience
   2004 to promote the ideal of equal and respectful treat-     member number.
   ment between all Coop members and paid staff regard-                                                                     • Writing skills for documenting and presenting study
                                                                Committee Secretary                                           findings
   less of each individual’s different identity. The DEC also
   aims to provide advocacy for individuals who feel they       To record and distribute the monthly DEC minutes. The
                                                                necessary skills are:                                       Complaint Review Sub-Committee
   have experienced discriminatory practices in the Coop.
                                                                • Ability to comprehend what is being stated and            Needs 2 new members, a secretary and a member with
   In order to be considered for the Diversity and                record it accurately in writing.                          mediation skills. The necessary skills for each position
   Equality Committee, you must have at least one year of                                                                   are:
                                                                • Ability to do word processing and distribute minutes
   Coop membership, have an excellent attendance record,
                                                                  via e-mail from home.                                     • Mediator: Needs excellent conflict resolution and
   have the ability to be accountable, to take initiative, to
                                                                                                                              mediation skills; good editing and writing skills;
   work independently, be organized, and have an ability to     The Diversity Education Sub-Committee                         compassionate; impartial; good investigative skills;
   work collaboratively with others. In addition, the com-      Needs 4-5 new members. The necessary skills are:              critical thinking skills; good interviewer; attend an
   mittee meets monthly on the second Thursday of the           • Committed to the concepts of “diversity”. Other terms       hour and a half sub-committee meeting every month
   month from 6:30 pm–8:00 pm. These meetings are                 that “resonate” in the “industry” are “multicultural”       in addition to the general DEC meeting
   mandatory. Committee members also work outside the             “pluralism” and “inclusion”
   meetings on projects for their sub-committees. Work on                                                                   • Secretary: Take dictation and detail notes; transcribe
                                                                • Superior Relationship/People skills—pro-active, savvy,      and archive; data entry and general computer skills;
   the Committee is recorded on an hour-for-hour basis.
                                                                  and non-judgmental relating to all types of people          good editing and writing skills; compassionate; impar-
   The Committee is organized into sub-committees               • Basic Group Facilitation—have experience leading            tial; good investigative skills; critical thinking skills;
   by area. The specific sub-committee needs and skills           workshops, ideally around diversity issues                  good interviewer; able to attend an hour and a half sub-
   are detailed below. In addition, we are looking for a        • Public Speaking skills, conflict resolution skills, and     committee meeting every month in addition to the gen-
   secretary for the committee as a whole. Please specify         mediation skills                                            eral DEC meeting
10         July 19, 2007                                Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY




     PROGRAMS

     Friday, July 20 through
     Sunday, July 22

     The following programs will happen within
     four days of publication of this issue. For full
     ads, please look at the June 21 or July 5
     issues or pick up copies of the flyers in the
     Coop.
     Fri, July 20
     7:00 p.m. Yes, You can Improve Your Accent!
               with Sharon Montoya
     Sat, July 21
     10:30 a.m. Presenting YOU! with Jezra Kaye
     Sun, July 22
     12:00 p.m. Homeopathy and First Aid Part II
                with Claire Dishman




                                                                                                                WITH         MORAIMA SUAREZ

                                                                                                           Is there someone you need to forgive?
                                                                                             Holding on to feelings of hurt, guilt, resentment, anger, and
                                                                                                                 blame binds up your
                                                                                                   own energy and keeps you locked in the past,
                                                                                                            instead of being fully present.
                                                                                                           ForgivenessWork allows you to release
                                                                                                              these feelings and reclaim your
                                                                                                                    power and energy.

                                                                                                                               LEARN TO:
                                                                                                                  • Forgive yourself and others
                                                                                                    • Focus and use the power of unconditional love
                                                                                                               • Align your head and your heart
                                                                                                  • Use the power and energy of love to relieve stress
                                                                                                • Participate in a group unconditional love meditation


                                                                                             Moraima Suarez is a Coop member, certified Holoenergetic® Healing practitioner, cer-
                                                                                             tified Bowen Therapist, hypnotherapist, and Reiki practitioner. She has studied and
                                                                                             practiced the healing arts for over 20 years and has her healing practice in the Park
                                                                                             Slope vicinity.


                                                                                              FREE                                         Saturday, August 11
                                                                                              Non-members welcome                       3:00–5:00 p.m. at the Coop
                                                                                             Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop




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Be part of a holistic center, either in a   Better Business Bureau.                                                               Ads may be placed on behalf of Coop members
                                                                                       PERSONAL ORGANIZER can help
beautiful Soho section or in an excel-      SPRING YOUR FLOORS TO LIFE by              remove clutter from your home/             only. Classified ads are prepaid at $15 per inser-
lent Brooklyn neighborhood. Doctor          sanding and refinishing! Floor             office. Patient professional will          tion, business card ads at $30. (Ads in the “Mer-
will introduce all patients to you. For     mechanic will install, repair, refinish    design home/office space, organized        chandise–Non-commercial” category are free.)
information call 212-505-5055.              wooden floors. Reasonable prices.          clothing and possessions, select           All ads must be written on a submission form.
                                            Good references. Call Tony—Cell            office equipment and storage and           Classified ads may be up to 315 characters and
                                            phone: 917-658-7452.                       create easy-to-maintain filing sys-        spaces. Display ads must be camera-ready and
HOUSING AVAILABLE                                                                      tems. Call 718-965-1809 or email
                                            MADISON AVENUE HAIRSTYLIST in                                                         business card size (2" x 3.5" horizontal).
ONE HOUR FROM NYC. Small one-                                                          skran@bway.net for further info.
                                            Park Slope one block from coop-by                                                        Submission forms are available in a wallpocket
bedroom cottage in 3-season vaca-           appointment only. Please call Maggie
tion community, woodsy, secluded,
                                                                                                                                  near the elevator.
                                            at 718-783-2154 at a charge of $50.          SERVICES-HEALTH
private, well-established trails near-
by. Five minutes to trains, buses. For      PAINTING-PLASTERING+PAPER-                 HOLISTIC DENTISTRY in Brooklyn
sale by owner. Fully renovated; $50K.       HANGING-Over 25 years experience           (Midwood) & Manhattan (Soho). Dr.
Maintenance/incl. Taxes approx.             doing the finest prep + finish work in     Stephen R. Goldberg provides family
$3,000/yr.     Sorry,    no     dogs.       Brownstone Brooklyn. An entire             dental care utilizing non-mercury fill-
914-734-1530.                               house or one room. Reliable, clean         ings, acupuncture, homeopathy,
                                            and reasonably priced. Fred Becker -       temporo-mandibular (TM) joint ther-
                                            718-853-0750.                              apy & much more. For a no-obliga-
   HOUSING WANTED                                                                      tion free initial oral examination, call
                                            COMPUTER HELP-CALL NY GEEK
APT SHARE OR ROOM: Sept. 2007 to            GIRLS. Setup & file transfer; hard-        212-505-5055. Please bring X-rays.
Aug. 2008 for German student (20-           ware & software issues; data recov-        HOLISTIC OPTOMETRY: Most eye
year-old female) volunteer at social        ery; viruses & pop-ups; networking;        doctors treat patients symptomati-
services agency serving holocaust           printer/file sharing; training; back-      cally by prescribing ever-increasing
victims. Pgm pays rent ($450/month);        ups. Home or business. Mac and PC.         prescriptions. We try to find the
student buys & prepares own food,           Onsite or pickup/drop off. Refer-          source of your vision problem. Some
needs kitchen access. Contact Beth          ences, reasonable rates. Longtime          of the symptoms that can be treated
Zeidel at Selfhelp 212-971-5475 or          Coop member. 347-351-3031 or               include headaches, eye fatigue, com-
bzeidel@selfhelp.net.                       info@nygeekgirls.com                       puter discomfort, learning disabili-
                                            NEED AN ELECTRICIAN? CALL ART              ties. Convenient Park Slope location.
      MERCHANDISE                           CABRERA, celebrating 35 yrs in the         Dr. Jerry Wintrob, 718-789-2020.
                                            electrical construction industry. No       holisticeyecare.com
TEMPUR-PEDIC MATTRESSES,                    job too large or small specializing in     ALL OF LIFE IS CHANGE. I can help
NECK pillows, comfort products &            trouble shooting, 220 wiring, fans,        you manage change so it doesn’t
accessories. Mattress comes with a          lights, total or partial renovations.      manage you. And as a Dating Coach
20-year guarantee & a 3-month trial         Expert in Brownstone renovations.          as well as a NYS Licensed Psy-
period. The ultimate in comfort &           Serving Park Slope since 1972, origi-      chotherapist, I can also help you
pressure relief. Truly will improve the     nal coop member, P.S. resident.            either find and build a satisfying rela-
quality of your sleep. Call Janet at        718-965-0327                               tionship, or help you end one and
Patrick Mackin Custom Furniture—a
                                            ATTORNEY-EXPERIENCED Personal              move on. Call Charley Wininger,
T-P dealer for 10 yrs, 718-237-2592.
                                            Injury Trial Lawyer representing           L.M.H.C.      718-783-3222.         See
                                            injured bicyclists & other accident        www.therelationshop.com
    MERCHANDISE-                            victims. Limited caseload to insure        RELIEVE LOWER BACK and neck
   NONCOMMERCIAL                            maximum compensation. Member of            pain, shoulder, chronic tension and
                                            the NYSTLA & ATLA. No recovery, no         stiffness - poor digestion - headache
PERFECT CONDITION extra long                fee. Free consult. Manhattan office.       - insomnia - stress. Rejuvenate body,
twin size innerspring mattress, like        Park Slope resident. Long time PSFC        mind and spirit with shiatsu. Special
new. Booster car seat, up to 10 years       member. Adam D. White 212-577-9710         first session offer $80. Contact Clau-
old child. Gary Fisher woman’s frame
                                            EXPRESS MOVES. One flat price for          dia Copparoni. 14 yrs experience.
bike, very good condition. All prices
                                            the entire move! No deceptive hourly       clcoppa@hotmail.com,
negotiable. Please call Devorah @
                                            estimates! Careful, experienced            718-938-5573.
718-756-3279 or 347-276-3300. No
Sat. calls.                                 mover. Everything quilt padded. No         WOMEN WHO DON’T HAVE TIME to
                                            extra charge for wardrobes and pack-       waste. Short-term psychotherapy for
CELLERCISER, new plus accessories,          ing tape. Specialist in walkups. Thou-     women interested in moving their
$200; Braun 10-cup coffeemaker, $15;        sands of satisfied customers. Great        lives forward. Over 20 years experi-
gold-plated jewelry, signed by artist       Coop references. 718-670-7071              ence working with depression & anxi-
(vintage), $20 - $40. Call 718-768-1598.
                                            ATTORNEY-Personal injury empha-            ety, relationship issues, body image
WANT TO BREW your own Kom-                  sis, 29 yrs. experience in all aspects     & self-esteem. Come in for free con-
bucha? Stop buying Synergy and
have fun making it at home. I can give
                                            of injury law. Individual attention
                                            provided for entire case. Free phone
                                                                                       sultation and see how we work
                                                                                       together. Reasonable fees. Call Gail
                                                                                                                                            New Members
you a culture and instructions, and
ask only $5 from you to help cover
                                            or office consultations. Prompt, cour-
                                            teous communications. 18-yr. Food
                                                                                       718-857-0436.
                                                                                                                                             Deserve the
packaging and prep time. Call Teresa
at 347-244-6566 or email tere-
satheo@gmail.com.
                                            Co-op member; Park Slope resident.
                                            Tom Guccione, 718-596-4184.
                                                                                          WHAT’S FOR FREE
                                                                                       FREE INITIAL ORAL EXAM in holistic
                                                                                                                                   Royal Treatment!
                                            PARK SLOPE SAT TUTOR. I am a col-
                                                                                       dental office for all Coop members.
                                            lege English professor and I received                                                 The Orientation Committee is looking for
    PEOPLE MEETING                                                                     X-rays are strictly minimized so bring
                                            my MFA from Columbia University.
                                                                                       your own. Dr. Goldberg’s non-mer-
                                            I’ve been teaching for over 7 years. As
                                                                                       cury offices in Soho or in Midwood
                                                                                                                                  energetic Coop members with a teaching or
BEACH PARTY FOR LOVE and equal-             an SAT tutor, I assess individual
ity. Bklyn Society for Ethical Culture                                                 section of Brooklyn. For info please       training background who can work Sunday
                                            strengths and weaknesses, targeting
holds “beach party/barbecue” in its                                                    call 718-339-5066 or 212-505-5055.
                                            those specific areas. We all learn dif-
garden to raise $ for marriage equali-      ferently. Reasonable rates, excellent
                                                                                                                                  afternoons, Monday or Wednesday evenings, or
ty. Sun. 7/29, 2:30-6:00 p.m., 53 PPW.      ref. 917-797-9872 or berit.ander-
Volleyball, storytelling! Gay and
                                                                                                                                  Wednesday mornings. Orienters lead sessions
                                            son@gmail.com www.beritander-
straight. $15/$20. Kids: Donation.          son.com                                                                               every six weeks, and on the week midway
RSVP: loveandequality@gmail.com.
                                            DON’T LEAVE your memories in a                                                        between sessions you must be available as
                                            box! Get them back into your life or let
                                                                                                                                                                                        PHOTO: JOHN H. SHEALLY II/THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT (VIA GOOGLE)




               PETS                         us do it for you. High school, college                                                backup for emergency coverage. Only Coop
                                            years? Weddings? Baby pictures?
ADOPT GOSLING! He’s an adorable 2                                                                                                 members with at least two years of member-
mo. white, brown & black patchy cat.
He’s blood tested – healthy. He’s up                                                                                              ship will be considered.
to date on shots but will need more
and will be neutered prior to adop-
                                                   Puzzle Answers–PUNCH!                                                          Workslot credit will be given for training ses-
tion. No fleas or worms. Modest
adoption fee. Contact Victoria at               ACROSS              14. Clementine     DOWN              12. Apple                sions. An annual meeting of the Orientation
914-443-9209 or haroldluvsmaude@                2. Blackberry       16. Canteloupe     1. Plum           13. Apricot
aol.com. Pic can be emailed to you.             7. Mate             19. Nectarine      3. Kiwi           14. Currant
                                                                                                                                  Committee is part of the work requirement.
                                                8. Ugli             20. Pear           4. Mangoes        15. Peach
                                                9. Minneola         21. Date           5. Guava          17. Orange               For more information, contact the Membership
           SERVICES
                                                11. Papaya                             6. Fig            18. Lemon                Office or write to karen_mancuso@psfc.coop.
TOP HAT MOVERS, INC., 145 Park                                                         10. Bananas       19. Nance
Place, Bklyn. Licensed and Insured
Moving Co. moves you stress-free.

                  Classified advertising in the Linewaiters’ Gazette is available only to Coop members. Publication does not imply endorsement by the Coop.
12        July 19, 2007                                      Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY




 Trainers Needed                                                  Coop Job Opening:                  Office Coordinator
 FTOP Workslot Credit Opportunity                                 Description:
                                                                     The Coop is hiring a Membership Office Coordinator to fill a late afternoon/evening and week-
 The long-awaited new front-end system—
 checkouts and registers—is coming this fall!                     end schedule. Office Coordinators divide their time between shifts of approximately 6 hours in the
                                                                  Membership Office, Technical Support shifts of approximately 6.5 hours working on the shopping
 In order to make a smooth transition, we need a
                                                                  floor, and oversight/ coordination of the Coop's administrative functions. Applicants must have
 group of qualified members to serve as trainers on
 the new system. Trainers will work with members of               excellent people skills, excellent communication and organizational skills as well as patience,
 all shopping squads on a test system in September                comfort with computers and the ability to do detailed record keeping. Applicants should be able
 October. You will receive FTOP credit for these shifts.          to remain calm in hectic surroundings, oversee the work of others, teach and explain procedures,
 We will teach you the system and show you how to                 delegate work, give feedback, and maintain high standards of accuracy.
 demonstrate and explain it to others. If you are                    The Coop's busiest times are during traditional holiday seasons. Applicants must be prepared
 comfortable with computers, are a good communi-                  to work during many of the holiday periods, particularly in the winter.
 cator, have patience and an interest in making our
                                                                        Hours:     Approx. 38 hours: Wednesday-Sunday. Weekday schedule will be
 transition a smooth one, then this is a job for you.
                                                                                   afternoon/evening hours (some shifts until 11:30 p.m.). Saturday
 This is a good opportunity for qualified members
                                                                                   and Sunday hours will be flexible.
 to bank a bunch of FTOP shifts.
                                                                     Wages:        $21.05/hour.
 After the installation in early October, shopping
 squads will still need support. Members who                        Benefits:      —Health and Personal time
 worked as trainers in September will be able to                                   —Vacation–three weeks/year increasing in the 4th, 7th & 10th years
 continue to earn workslot credit by signing up as a                               —health insurance
 support people during the eight weeks after the                                   —pension plan
 new system is installed.                                                          (no payroll deductions for benefits)

                                                                  Application & Hiring Process:
 Schedule
                                                                     Please provide a cover letter with your resumé. Mail your letter and resumé or drop them in the
 AUGUST—EARLY SEPTEMBER                                           mail slot just inside the entryway of the Coop. Applications will be reviewed and interviews sched-
 Trainers learn new system.
                                                                  uled on a rolling basis. If you applied previously to any other Coop job offering, please reapply.
 EARLY SEPTEMBER—EARLY OCTOBER                                       Please do not call the office to check on the status of your application.
 Trainers work with all Shopping Squads on training
 stations in the meeting room.                                    Probation Period:
                                                                     There will be a six-month probation period.
 EARLY OCTOBER—EARLY NOVEMBER
 Work as trained support for each squad after the                 Prerequisite:
 installation.
                                                                    Minimum of six months’ membership in the Park Slope Food Coop.
 If you would like to be a trainer/support person                   Applicants who wish to schedule a shift in the Membership Office should contact the Office
 for our new front-end system, please contact                     and speak to one of the Office Coordinating Staff.
 Jess Robinson, jess_robinson@psfc.coop with
 the subject line “Training” or by leaving a
 voicemail message at 888-922-COOP mailbox 1.
                                                                  We are seeking an applicant pool that reflects the diversity of the Coop's membership.




                                                                      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.
     Emma Alabaster            Michelle Cooper             Murray Greiper             Tatyana Kozlovska            Tiffany Nixon                 Nitzan Shoshan
     Kim Albano                Cristina Covucci            Rachel Greiper             Sara Krugman                 Kimberly Orcholski            Alisa Sikelianos
     Kjirsten Alexander        Patrick Cranston            Lauren M. Grover           Thierry Lacroix              Ana Ortiz                     Peter Simonson
     Suzanne Andrews           Molly Cronin                Dinam Herlands             Tim Lee                      Kathleen Parker               Blair Singer
     Joel Arberman             Ciara Curtin                Paul Hewett                Ken Leeds                    Daniel Pearlstein             Zachary Singer
     Shiran Arberman           Numi Dang                   Jennifer Hickman           Chris Levesque               Jacques-Philippe              Katherine Solem
     Tracy Austria             Ravina Daphtary             Rebecca Hochrein           Anita Lewis                    Piverger                    Ted StDic
     Jim Baek                  Katrina De Wees             Darren Hymes               Judy Ling                    Jonathan Rebold               Diana Stoeva
     Kristen Bancroft          Isabel del Rosal            Huy Voun Ikuta             Rebecca Lord                 Amanda Rhoads                 Gretchen Stover
     Courtney Baron            James Dier                  Seiji Ikuta                Sarah Lozoff                 Kate Roberts                  Amy Troyansky
     Courtney Barrett          Askia Egashira              Kate Jackson               Melissa Madzel               Priscilla Rogers              David Troyansky
     Sandrine Batel-Gill       Kate Elliot                 Gunnar Jacobson            Danielle Marchione           Virginia Rowland              David Usiskin
     Catherine Bird            Eden Eneyew                 Tinika Johnson             Angelica Medaglia            Aimee Ruiz                    Leah Usiskin
     Adam Blackman             Jennifer Fowler             Henri Joseph               Jessica Meller               Angeline Schoonover           Lisa Vura-Weis
     Anna Bongiorno            Mildred Francis             Leila Joseph               Heather Metivier             Ari Schuster                  Jeff Watts
     Graham Brennan            Randy Frank-Leeds           Lauren Kaplowitz           Pietrina Micoli              Jahnan Seymour                Bruce Weinstein
     Emily Buniva              Kate Gage                   Housemate Kelly            CeCe Mikell                  Alba Shapiro                  Leah Winn-Ritzenberg
     Pilar Castillo-Trujiuo    Rodney Gardiner             Taeryn Kim                 Jocob Mitchell               Jason Sherman                 David Yakubon
     Benjamin J. Catella-      Valerie Geffner             Michael Klein              Katherine Moeller            Stephanie Sherman             Anna Zuagelskaya
       Maxwell                 Oliver Gill                 Kim Koettel                Christian Montegut           Dahmay Shiday
     Sekai Chideya             Julia Glazer                Richard Kohn               Ardiana Muca                 Erin Shiffer
     Slyvia Colacios           Manu Goswami                Kevin Konty                Grace Nam                    Lauren Shookhoff



                                                                    THANK YOU!
                               Thank you to the following members for referring friends who joined the Coop in the last two weeks.
     Arianna                   Shara Collins               Maggie Gram                Tammy Logan                   Taylor James Pierce           Lillian Sullivan
     Ed Askinazi               Olivier D’Meza              Hailey                     Rachel Lozoff                 Aleksandr Poznyak             Zoe Sylvester
     Jason B.                  Sarita Daftary              Tai Jamar Hanna            Melissa Marx                  Helen Reingold                Teodora
     Katie Benner              Keri Danziger               Anurag Heda                Carrie McGraw                 Ren-Yo                        Masha Turchinsky
     Abby Block                Samantha duPont             Jo Imbriani                Emily Moeller                 Ramona Resilien               Jenny Werbell
     Nicole Burke              Joanna E.                   Sonya J.                   Juliette Moore                Carolyn Sampson-Jones         Gina Whitt
     Rachel Carter-White       Laura Fix                   Chloe Junge                Farzad Mostashari             Margareth G. Simon
     Melanie Chopko            Emily Flynn                 Alejandra Leal             Ella Nemcow                   Surinder Singh
     Todd Clark                Julia Foulkes               Chana Lew                  Molly Nolan                   Gina Soileau
     Colleen                   Leslie George               Pinchas Lew                Katherine Ornstein            Daniel Steingart

				
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