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Volume CC, Number 24                                                                                                                                                                                             November 20, 2008

The Great Bike Valet Experiment                                                                                                                   Falling Prices
By Larissa Phillips                                                                                                                               Threaten
    n a sunny, cold Saturday
    in October, Coop member
    Ellen Baxt rode her bike to
the Coop for a shopping trip.
                                                                                                                                                  By Gayle Forman
   Normally, shopping at the
Coop by bike can be fraught

                                                                                                                                                        s the prospect of a                                the director of the

                                                                                                               ILLUSTRATION BY SUSAN GREENSTEIN
with challenges. The bike                                                                                                                               recession looms and                                     Department of San-
racks, as a sign above                                                                                                                                  New York City                                            itation’s Bureau of
the racks points out,                                                                                                                             attempts to grapple with                                         Waste Preven-
are a high-theft area.                                                                                                                            its own mounting bud-                                            tion, Reuse and
Additionally, the rack                                                                                                                            get deficits, is the city’s                                      Recycling, “is the
is often so full that                                                                                                                             recycling program head-                                          worldwide down-
bikers say they                                                                                                                                   ed for the trash heap? In                                        turn in post-
sometimes have to                                                                                                                                 2002, in the wake of a                                           consumer com-
walk blocks away to                                                                                                                               post-9/11 economic                                               modities. Num-
find an unoccupied                                                                                                                                downturn,         Mayor                                          bers one and two
lamppost.                                                                                                                                         Michael Bloomberg                                                plastics were sell-
   But this shopping trip                                                                                                                         suspended recycling                                             ing for an all-time
was different; it was the day                                                                                                                     of glass and plastic                                            high in the past
of a trial run of the Bike Valet                                                                                                                  for nearly two years.                                            two years. In the
System, a service initiated by                                                                                                                    In response to the                                              last month, prices
the PSFC Shop & Cycle Com-          used the system that day,                tee’s members, “the most                                             current budget crisis, the city                               have fallen precipi-
mittee and, some hope,              including Baxt, gave a                   pressing issue for members is                                        has already suspended its                                    tously.” Park Slope
poised to eventually become         resounding thumbs-up.                    the lack of bicycle parking in                                       annual autumn leaf pickup.                                 Food Coop member
a permanent weekend work-              “It was great,” says Baxt. “I         the area around the Coop.”                                           Can glass and plastic be far                             Lloyd Hicks, a member
slot. Here’s how it worked:         definitely think it should               The committee came up with                                           behind?                                             of the Environmental Com-
   Instead of wrestling her         return to the Coop as a regu-            valet bike parking as one                                               Probably not. At least not                       mittee, explains further.
way into a mass of parked           lar thing.” Next time, she               solution to this problem.                                            yet. Because although plas-                         “P.E.T. plastics, the ones
bikes, Baxt handed her bike         says, “I wouldn’t have to bring          “We’ve been working on other                                         tics recycling is in trouble, it                    labeled number one, used to
over to a crew of Coop mem-         my lock, which is taking up              angles as well,” she says,                                           is not necessarily for the                          sell for around 21 cents a
bers set up under a tent. The       valuable grocery space.”                 “such as increasing the                                              obvious reasons. The real                           pound. Now they’re three to
workers mounted her bike               The trial run that day was a          amount of the Department of                                          threat, says Robert Lange,                                      CONTINUED ON PAGE                6

onto one of several eight-foot      culmination of seven months              Transportation [DOT] racks in
aluminum frames they had            of planning by the Shop &                the neighborhood and look-
built and temporarily               Cycle Committee. This                    ing to other cities for bicycle
installed on the sidewalk out-      exploratory committee, com-              parking ideas.”                                                      Next General Meeting on December 16
side the Coop. Baxt signed          prising six members, says its               Aside from the lack of                                            The next General Meeting will be Tuesday, December 16, 7:00
her name, the bike valets           mission is to promote bicy-              parking spaces, the commit-                                          p.m. at the Congregation Beth Elohim Temple House (Garfield
gave her a claim ticket and         cling as a sustainable mode              tee says bikers are also chal-                                       Temple), 274 Garfield Pl.
she headed inside. A bike trip      of transportation and as a               lenged by fear of theft, and                                         The agenda will be available as a flyer in the entryway of the
to the Coop without worrying        convenient way to shop.                  limited grocery-carrying abili-                                      Coop on Wednesday, December 3. For more information about
about theft or finding a free          “Currently,” says Sarah               ties. It was the theft issue that                                    the GM and about Coop governance, please see the center of
lamppost? Most bikers who           Phillips, one of the commit-                       CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
                                                                                                                                                  this issue.

                              Fri, Nov 21 • The Good Coffeehouse 8:00 p.m.                                                                                               IN THIS ISSUE
                              Sat, Nov 22 • Bag, Pocketbook & Shoe Exchange
                                                 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.                                                                             Hard Times Hit Coop Pension Funds, Increase Membership. . 2
 Coop                         Thu, Dec 4 • Food Class: Wisdom of Ayurveda 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                  A Loner Comes Home to Cohousing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                                                                                                                  What’s Happening to FTOP?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
 Event                        Fri, Dec 5 • Film Night: Shorts About Gender 7:30 p.m.                                                              Coop Hours, Coffeehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
                                                                                                                                                  Coop Calendar, Workslot Needs
                              Fri, Dec 12 • Wordsprouts 7:30 p.m.
 Highlights                   Sat, Dec 13 • Children’s Clothing Swap, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                     Governance Information, Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                                                                                                                                  Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
                              Fri, Dec 19 • The Good Coffeehouse 8:00 p.m.                                                                        Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
                                 Look for additional information about these and other events in this issue.                                      Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
                                                                                                                                                  Classified Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
2       November 20, 2008                                     Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

                                             GENERAL                         MEETING                        REPORT

Hard Times Hit Coop Pension
By Anita Aboulafia                                                   chase them closer

                                                                     to the actual date.
        ne hundred forty-six members braved
                                                                     Annual Agenda
        the unexpected winter-like evening and                       Committee
        attended the Park Slope Food Coop’s                          Election
October 28 General Meeting. It was David                                There are three
                                                                     two-year terms
Moss’s debut as General Meeting chairman.                            open for member-
                                                                     ship to the seven-
Money Matters                     already decreased in value         member Annual
   Mike Eakin, general coordi-    and Eakin anticipates further      Agenda Commit-
nator, prepared and delivered     decreases in the weeks and         tee. The Commit-
the finance report. The Coop’s    months ahead. On the upside,       tee’s mandate is to
finances are in good shape.       the downturn has resulted,         accept items con-
The gross margin for the first    according to General Coordi-       tributed by Coop
                                          nator Allen Zimmer-        members       and
                                          man, “in a sharp           ascertain     that
                                          growth in member-          each one is placed on the            was up for discussion, not a       shopping hours would not be
                                          ship, possibly more        agenda in a timely manner.           vote. A proposal will be made      affected. The Coop has pur-
                                          than we can han-                                                      and presented at a future    chased all of its refrigeration
                                          dle at this time.”                                                    General Meeting.             and compressor equipment,
                                                                                                                   To alleviate the over-    as well as air-conditioning
                                            Food for                                                            crowding, there was a pro-   units, from RAC Mechanical
                                            Thought:                                                            posal       to
                                            Thanksgiving                                                        relocate the
                                            Preparation                                                         basement
36 weeks in 2008 is 16.9%.           As the Coop prepares                                                       compressor
Thanks to the introduction of     for this annual food fest,                                                    room to the
debit cards just over a year      Zimmerman had some                                                            roof and move
ago, sales have increased.        suggestions to help make                                                      the hot water
Inventory turnover is currently   members’ shopping experi-          Additionally, committee              heater to the sec-
63 times per year, compared       ences more pleasurable. To         members assist people in the         ond floor’s large
with last year’s turnover of 56   avoid the long lines during        preparation of agenda items          meeting room. A
times per year. These figures     Thanksgiving week, he sug-         to ensure that the proper for-       basement floor
indicate that inventory                                                                                   plan was distrib-
is     depleted       and                                                                                 uted. According to
replaced more than                                                                                        Zimmerman, 5,000
once a week, represent-                                                                                   cases are delivered to the         and has a service contract
ing a very healthy                                                                                        Coop each week and the base-       with them. Moreover, a good
turnover of inventory.                                                                                    ment’s overcrowded condition       deal of the newer equipment
   The largest operating                                                                                  has meant that workers were        is glycol-based, which is an
expense—no surprise—                                                                                      lifting heavy objects in a too-    ecologically advanced system.
is personnel costs,                                                                                       small space and, ergonomical-         The cost for equipment
which at 11.4% is lower                                                                                   ly speaking, that made             and labor would be $285,000,
than last year’s figure of                                                                                conditions unsafe, particularly    which includes extensive
13.08% because, accord-                                                                                   for workers’ backs.                removal and installation of
ing to Eakin, the Coop                                                                                        Food quality has suffered      piping. An architect would
has been slow to add                                                                                      as well. For example, more         have to file plans with the city.
staff. Finally, the Coop’s                                                                                than 100 cases of avocados            Several members had
membership            has                                                                                 are delivered weekly and           questions and comments
increased 10.64% over                                                                                     ripened at temperatures a bit      about this item: Are compres-
the past year—from                                                                                        too warm and stored at tem-        sors quiet (since they will be
13,177 to 14,579 mem-                                                                                     peratures a bit too cold due       exposed on the roof)? The
bers.                             gested that members shop for       mat is used. Committee               to the basement’s storage          answer: Soundproofing mate-
   A member asked if the          staples in the weeks leading       members must attend six              constraints.                       rial would be installed. Has
                                          up to the holiday.         General Meetings annually.               A proposal was made to         the work been bid out to other
                                          Moreover, he recom-        Three members—Kathy Baur,            hire RAC Mechanical, a lead-       companies? The answer: No.
                                          mended that people         Glenn Brill and Erach Srew-          ing New York refrigeration and     Should the work be bid out to
                                          buy their turkeys          vala—whose terms have                air-conditioning contractor        other companies? According
                                          beginning the Friday       expired, were seeking reelec-        since 1973, to do the job;         to Eakin, no other company in
                                          before Thanksgiving        tion. No additional nomina-                                                     the New York area
                                          to avoid long lines        tions were made. Paper                                                          compares to RAC
                                          and relieve the over-      ballots were distributed and                                                    Mechanical in terms
                                          crowding that occurs       the three were reelected.                                                       of experience and
                                                                                                                                                                                 PHOTOS BY HAZEL HANKIN

                                          in the basement                                                                                            expertise.
                                          coolers. Fresh turkeys     Basement Blues
                                          for Thanksgiving are          General Coordinator Joe                                                      Shop & Cycle
Coop would feel the impact of     available at the Coop begin-       Holtz began by saying that                                                      Committee Work
the financial market’s down-      ning on Thursday, November         the basement produce refrig-                                                    for Credit
turn. Some investments in the     20; members won’t get fresher      eration area was running out                                                       The proposal was
Coop’s pension funds have         turkeys by waiting to pur-         of space. This agenda item                                                      to have the Shop &
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                                             GENERAL                         MEETING                        REPORT

Funds, Increase Membership
                                                 Alternatives,       tion to the DOT. It may also
                                                 the valet bicy-     make a presentation to the
                                                 cle-parking         local community board. The
                                                 demo that           committee’s second goal is “to
                                                 took place on       explore transforming our one-
                                                 Saturday,           day valet parking demonstra-
                                                 October 18,         tion into a regular workslot at
                                                 was         an      the Coop. The coordinators
                                                 unqualified         have raised a number of valid
                                                 success. Over       concerns about this and these
                                                 a four-hour         concerns will need to be
                                                 time period,        addressed and resolved over
                                                 48 bicycles         the next several months if
Cycle Committee, which was       were checked in and out. Com-       valet bike parking is to become
approved at the April General    mittee member Ken Coughlin          a reality at the Coop.” Over the
Meeting, continue                                                                 next eight months,
to operate for                                                                    the committee
credit for an addi-                                                               would like to con-
tional       eight                                                                duct a member sur-
months. Commit-                                                                   vey     regarding       Anna Lappé, author, Hope’s         mandate is to advise on the
tee members were                                                                  bicycle use, in         Edge: The Next Diet for a Small    rules of conduct at General
present and out-                                                                  addition to investi-    Planet, Coop member and            Meetings.
lined the work they                                                               gating      bicycle     daughter of Frances Moore             Zimmerman announced
had done over the                                                                 products that the       Lappé. For more information,       that Jean Calixte, who used to
past six months.                                                                  Coop could begin        go to www.brooklynfoodcon-         greet members attending the
Much of their time                                                                selling. They also                       General Meeting at the
was taken up with                                                                 plan to hold occa-
the planning and                                                                  sional workshops
implementation of                                                                 for Coop members
a demonstration of how valet     reported, “The Shop & Cycle         on topics related to ancillary
bicycle parking could work at    Committee views valet bike          bicycle equipment.
                                             parking as a way           There was a motion to
                                             to harness Coop         extend the committee for
                                             resources to par-       four months, but that propos-
                                             tially solve the        al was voted down and the
                                             extreme shortage        membership voted over-
                                             of bicycle parking      whelmingly to approve the
                                             near           the      proposal to have the commit-
                                             Coop....We              tee work for credit for an
                                             believe that lack       additional eight months.
                                             of parking is the
                                             major factor keep-      Update on Politics of
                                             ing more mem-           Food Conference
                                                                        Kathie Borowitz, a member
                                                                     of the Safe Food Committee,
                                                                     provided an update on the
                                                                     Politics of Food Conference          Open Forum                         entrance door of Garfield
                                                                     that will be held on Saturday,         Dave Golland, secretary          Temple’s Beth Elohim Social
                                                                     May 2, 2009, at P.S. 321 and         and member of the newly            Hall, had died suddenly of a
                                                                     John Jay High School. The            formed General Meeting             heart attack. He was 60 years
                                                                     event, cosponsored by the            Rules Committee, announced         old. A memorial will be held
                                                                     Coop and the Caribbean               that one slot is open on the       at Beth Elohim on Monday,
                                                                     Women’s Health Association,          committee. The committee’s         November 24, at 7:30 p.m. ■
                                                                     is designed to educate and
                                                                     activate people about the
                                                                     many local, regional, national
                                                                     and international organiza-
                                                                     tions that are working to
                                                                     change the global food sys-
                                                                     tem by providing environ-
the Coop as a way to expand      bers from shopping by bicycle.      mentally sustainable and
parking facilities and reduce    Another deterrent is the ever-      healthful food and promoting
bicycle theft. For those who     present danger of bicycle theft,    social justice. So far, con-
may be unfamiliar with the       which valet parking also            firmed conference speakers
concept, valet bicycle parking   addresses.”                         are: Raj Patel, author, Stuffed
is like a coat check for bicy-      The committee is currently       and Starved: The Hidden Story of
cles. A member does not          seeking permission from the         the World Food System; La
need to lock up his or her       Department of Transportation        Donna Redmond, South Side
bicycle—workers monitor          to situate more permanent           Chicago community organiz-
them at all times.               bicycle racks on Union Street       er, Institute for Community
   With technical assistance     near the Coop by writing a pro-     Resource Development; Dan
provided by Transportation       posal and making a presenta-        Barber, chef, Blue Hill; and
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Bike Valet                        motes alternatives to driving.      ing bikes all the time. Could
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                “Traditionally, a valet bike     we do that? It might be a
                                  parking corral is erected at        stretch.”
prompted the creation of the      special events where cyclists          Committee          members
committee itself.                 tend to gather, such as races       counter that the so-called car
                                  and bicycle film festivals,”        lobby has more than that
Bike Theft                        says Phillips. “Valet bike park-    number of workers aiding the
   Josh Gosciak, Coop mem-        ing is popular with cyclists        car drivers.
ber and cofounder of the          because it eliminates the              “We effectively encourage
committee, remembers see-         need to fiddle with locks and       people to drive because we
ing a Coop member discover        to remove components such           offer a service to car drivers,”
his bike had been stolen. The     as lights and water bottles         says Ken Coughlin, one of the
member came back into the         that can easily be stolen.”         organizers, who is also a
Coop, Gosciak says, visibly       Once bikes are secured,             board member at Transporta-
shaken. “I immediately knew,      Phillips says, bikers can relax,    tion Alternatives. “We as a
and felt his pain and loss. His   knowing their bikes are safe.       coop could be doing more to
bike was stolen.” Adding             With less weight on their        encourage a more sustain-
insult to injury was the fact     bikes—some bikers carry             able way of shopping.”
that the bike had been taken      upward of 20 pounds of                 Phillips says Holtz’s num-        Shopper Amelia Estrada (and four-legged friend) enjoying
while the member was work-        locks—bikers could carry            bers are far larger than what        a proposed transportation alternative.
ing his shift. “It was stolen     more groceries on their bikes,      she is imagining: closer to
while the street squad was        at least in part addressing the     150 workers per month,
out in force walking shoppers     third major issue faced by          rather than the 640 Holtz sug-
to their cars,” says Gosciak.     bikers. Between backpacks,          gests. “It would be Saturdays
   There’s no way to really get   foldout racks and panniers, or      and Sundays, and there
even with the bike theft prob-    side-mounting bags, commit-         would be three shifts,” says
lem in New York City. So Gos-     tee members say it is possi-        Phillips. “It wouldn’t be nec-
ciak got mad, citing what he      ble to carry about $100 worth       essary at six in the morning.
calls “the continual abuse        of groceries on their bikes.        The whole point is to do this
that cyclists receive.”           (Although this may be a mat-        when we don’t have enough
   The more he talked to          ter of intent; member Carl          bike parking.”
other Coop members, the           Biers, who has been shop-              As for the possibility of an

                                                                                                                                                                                                 PHOTOS BY KEN COUGHLIN
more Gosciak realized he was      ping by bike since he joined        organized mass theft of bikes,
not alone. An active commu-       the Coop 17 years ago, says         she suggests adopting proce-
nity of cyclists existed at the   he can fit $175 worth of gro-       dures the Coop has imple-
Coop. “But unlike the purvey-     ceries on his bike.)                mented to prevent the
ors of meat and beer,” says          Whether the valet system         organized mass theft of food
Gosciak, “or the automobile       will return on regular basis        deliveries. “We also could
lobby, who get walkers and        remains to be seen.                 speak to Dixon’s to see what
reduced parking at the                                                they do to prevent coordinat-
garage, we were completely        A Coordinator’s                     ed mass thefts.”                     Trial run: the Shop & Cycle Committee’s bike valet system.
unorganized around bicycling      Concerns                               For now the Bike Commit-
issues.”                             General Coordinator Joe          tee is working on evaluating
   The recent increase in cli-    Holtz is supportive of the sys-     the trial run that happened in            PA R K S L O P E F O O D C O O P
mate change awareness com-        tem but has some concerns.          October. At the November
pelled Gosciak to rally for       “My general feeling is I would      General Meeting, the com-
valet parking.                    love it to happen,” he says. “I     mittee received approval to                               Product Return Policy
   “It was time to really         think the Coop should do            spend another eight months,               The Coop does not “exchange” items. You must return item and repurchase
change that old paradigm,”        things that are environmen-         for FTOP credit, continuing to            what you need. Returns of eligible items will be handled at the Second
he says. “So valet parking,       tally friendly and member-          hone its ideas for supporting             Floor Service Desk within 30 days of purchase only when accompanied by
which I saw implemented by        friendly. This meets both           and promoting cycling                     the PAID IN FULL receipt.
Transportation Alternatives       those criteria.”                    among Coop members. They                  Please use the following guide to determine if an item is eligible for return:
throughout the city at many          But he is concerned about        continue to research alterna-
events, was one solution to       theft. The bikes are not            tive solutions used by other              Produce                     May not be returned with the exception of
address several problems: It      locked up but rather are            communities, and are about                (fresh fruits & vegetables) coconuts, pineapples and watermelon. Even if
would encourage bicycling,        attended by members. “If the        to submit a proposal to the                                           the claim is that the item is spoiled or that it
                                                                                                                                            was purchased by mistake, produce cannot be
be convenient and eliminate       bikes aren’t locked, could a        DOT asking for a site visit in
                                                                                                                                            returned except for the three items listed above.
theft.”                           team of people decide to            the neighborhood to increase
                                  steal the bikes?” Holtz won-        transportation alternative                                              The produce buyer may be contacted on
The Valet Solution                ders. “Could they get away          options.                                                                weekdays by members to discuss any other
   If the phrase “valet system”   with it?”                              Phillips says the response                                           claims for credit.
makes you think of a car-park-       He also wonders about the        to the trial run of the bike valet        Books                         May not be returned.
ing service at an old-fash-       work force necessary to make        system was overwhelmingly
                                                                                                                Juicers                       May not be returned.
ioned Italian restaurant, you     the system happen. “We have         positive. She hopes Coop
may never have been to a bik-     40 shifts a week. If you need       members will write letters to             Bulk items & bulk items       May not be returned. Members may contact
ing event hosted by the city’s    four people for 40 shifts, that     the Gazette or speak to the               packaged by the Coop          the bulk buyer to discuss any other claims for
Transportation Alternatives,      would be 160 people a week,         coordinators to express their                                           credit.
an advocacy group that pro-       or 640 people a month watch-        support for the system. ■                 Refrigerated items            May not be returned unless spoiled.
                                                                                                                Frozen items
                                                                                                                All Other Products            A. Other products may be returned if they
                                                                                                                (not covered above)              are spoiled or defective and the category
                                                                                                                                                 is not specified above
                                                                                                                                              B. Other products may be returned if they
                                                                                                                                                 are unopened, undamaged and therefore
                                                                                                                                                 can be sold again.
                                                                                                                                              C. Other products may not be returned if
                                                                                                                                                 they are opened or unsellable, and were
                                                                                                                                                 purchased by mistake or not needed.

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A Loner Comes Home to Cohousing
By Ken Macdonald                                                     places it squarely in the
                                                                                                          Holiday Shopping Hours
                                                                     lap of the community. We               Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27
      or the past two years                                          felt that risk in a visceral                   8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

F     I’ve been involved
      with a movement to
bring a model of coopera-
                                                                     way. I’ve written checks
                                                                     that left me trembling
                                                                     when I left the bank.
                                                                                                          Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24
                                                                                                                    8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
tive living to Brooklyn. It’s                                           The      question      of          Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25
called cohousing. And I’m                                            whether this project will                        8:00–2:30 p.m.
annoyed that I ever found                                            happen seems to have
out about it.                                                        passed, though. We now              New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31
   I think of myself as a                                            have a site in Fort Greene,                    8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
loner. I dream of places                                             in the center of the land-
                                                                     marked district, near a                 New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1
like the Northwest Territo-
ries, Death Valley and the                                           great park, with everything                       10:30–5:00 p.m.
Kamchatka Peninsula. But                                             we were looking for. There
my job, instead, is in the                                           is a large courtyard, a ren-
produce department of                                                ovated church that will
this Coop, working with you       ing in adjoining rooms while    hold many of our common                        Swapping
every day to bring in the         we discussed our hopes and      eating and gathering spaces,
tons of organic chard, mel-       our fears and tried to get a
                                  handle on this model of
                                                                  and we have designed about
                                                                  40 apartments, from studios
                                                                                                          Helps the Coop and You!
ons, lettuce, rhubarb and
                                  building a community. We        to three- and four-bedroom         Can’t make it to your regularly scheduled shift
asparagus that thousands of
us consume every week.            floundered around with a        units, as well as several          over the holidays? Don’t leave your squad mates
   This means I know most of      process of consensus deci-      guest rooms where relatives        understaffed! Swap with another member to
you by your collective con-       sion making, tried to make      (and other cohousers) can          make sure your job is covered.
sumption of broccoli and          room for everyone to share      visit. Our orientations and
                                  their thoughts and held ori-    meetings are packed, our           There are three ways to find a swap:
persimmons (and your weird
                                           entations where we     website, brooklyncohous-           1. The “Shift Swap” bulletin board next to the
                                           publicized what we, is visited regularly,

                                                                                                        cashier area is where members looking to
                                           were doing and         and we hope to start con-             trade shifts put up notices.
                                           invited anyone who     struction in a few months.
                                           wanted to join us.        So we continue to meet          2. The Coop website ( has a

  Contribution                                We learned how
                                           to distribute the
                                           workload and began
                                                                  weekly and for long weekends
                                                                  and use our process to agree
                                                                  on heating systems, sound-
                                                                                                        “Shift Swap” section where members post
                                                                                                        messages for trades. Look for “Arrange a
                                                                                                        Shift Swap” on the homepage.
fascination with kiwis), but      to face fears that we may not   proofing, meal plans and
I’m still fairly sheltered from   have had the courage to face    snow removal. And I’m              3. The Coop provides committee schedules that
the rest of your lives. With      alone. The cohousing model      adjusting to the notion that it       include the names and phone numbers of
the number of Coop mem-           takes the risk of develop-      may be a while longer before I        other members who do the same type of work
bers interested in cohous-        ment out of a real estate       make it to Kamchatka. That            as you at the same time on alternate weeks.
ing, however, this may            developer’s hands and           may be okay. ■
                                                                                                        These schedules are available in the entrance
change soon.
   So what is a cohousing                                                                               lobby and in the Membership Office.
community? Well, there are a
lot of them in this country at
this point, more than a hun-
dred. And they’re all a little
different. I had never heard
of them two years ago, but
                                                                                                     Pocketbook, Purse, Bag
now I’ve visited a couple. The
people living in them own
                                                                                                       and Shoe Exchange
their own homes; they have                                                                          This exchange is a community event that is ecologically
their own kitchens and living                                                                                   responsible and fun. Why support the con-
rooms and bedrooms. They
                                                                                                                    sumer market
have shared or “common
spaces” built into the com-                                                                                           and buy, when you can share bags that
munity. These are often liv-                                                                                            have already been well loved?
ing and dining rooms,                                                                                                  Reuse, renew, recycle.
kitchens and children’s play
areas, laundry areas, work-                                                                                             FREE
shop’s and outdoor garden                                                                                               Non-members
spaces. But that’s not so dif-
ferent from other models of
clustered housing, fancy                                                                                           Saturday, November 22
coops or communes.                                                                                                 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
   What made them unique to                                                                         in the meeting room
me is the process of coopera-
tive design and the ritual of
making decisions as a group.                                                                        To bring pocketbooks, and shoes…
   Our group is young. We’re                                                                        • Do not leave items in the Coop
in our second year. We call                                                                           before the hours of the exchange.
ourselves Brooklyn Cohous-                                                                          • Bring up to 15 items only
ing and when we began we                                                                            • Bring gently used, clean purses,
didn’t know each other. We                                                                            pocketbooks and shoes that you are
met in daycare spaces                                                                                 proud to be able to exchange with
around Brooklyn, sitting on                                                                           a new owner.
tiny plastic chairs or mats on                                                                      (Unchosen items will be donated to a local shelter.)
the floor, our children play-
6          November 20, 2008                                             Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

Recession Recycling                                                              city is in the process of
                                                                                 changing its waste manage-
                                                                                                                    told: “You have to stop for a
                                                                                                                    while because we can’t sell
                                                                                                                                                       accept our number five plas-
                                                                                                                                                       tics, which are then recycled
                                                                                 ment policies, from entirely       the plastic anymore,” and          to make the company’s line of
four cents a pound.” Other               tic products using virgin               outsourcing to entering into       since then the manufacturer        plastic products, some of
plastics have become literally           petroleum than using recy-              a public-private partnership       has not accepted any more of       which the Coop sells.
worthless.                               cled plastics.                          to build a waste recovery          our plastics. Holtz then called       As precarious as the future
   Like so many other market                The problem has gotten so            facility in South Brooklyn.        the carting company that           of recycling might seem,
implosions, the downturn in              out of hand that boats carry-           This facility could actually       takes away the Coop’s trash        Holtz points to one potential
the post-consumer com-                   ing post-consumer plastics to           increase the types of plastics     to see if it would take bales of   silver     lining.     Mayor
modities is directly linked to           China are just sitting docked,          the city will pick up as well as   plastic bags, only to be told      Bloomberg, in an effort to
the current economic crisis.             unable to unload because                lower the city’s processing        that the plastic wasn’t worth      increase revenues and to
“It’s all interconnected and             there is no demand or                   costs. As for the Coop, its        anything; if the Coop wanted       green the city, is considering
comes back to consump-                   because prices have dropped             hugely popular recycling pro-      to have the carting company        a six-cent plastic bag tax,
tion,” Hicks says. He goes on            so precipitously in the time            gram is “in flux,” says General    take plastic, it would have to     which Holtz thinks is an
to explain that the economic             it’s taken for the ships to             Coordinator Joe Holtz. The         go into our trash contain-         encouraging step. Moreover,
crunch has meant that peo-               cross the ocean.                        Coop has had a relationship        ers—and into landfill. Coor-       while the lower demand for
ple are buying less of every-               So what does all this mean           with Brooklyn-based AAA            dinators and members of the        cheap plastic products is cer-
thing, including plastic                 for New York City and for the           Polymer, which took many of        Environmental Committee            tainly having an adverse
products manufactured in                 Park Slope Food Coop’s pop-             the Coop’s numbers one, two        scrambled to find a new con-       impact on the plastics mar-
Asia. It is those very products          ular recycling program? The             and four plastics, as well as      tractor to take our plastics       ket’s appetite for post-con-
that are often made with raw             Sanitation Department con-              bags and film. The Coop then       and were successful in find-       sumer waste, it also points to
material from recycled plas-             tracts out its waste process-           bought plastic bags made, we       ing one to take everything         a different model of con-
tics. Couple that trend with             ing and has a long-term                 thought, from the very mate-       except for bags and film. For      sumption, one in which
the price of oil, which is cur-          contract. “We share the rev-            rials we were recycling.           now the Coop will continue         cheap-to-buy and quick-to-
rently hovering around $60 a             enue and the risk. I think we              In early November, a Coop       to accept the numbers one          toss products no longer flood
barrel. It becomes cheaper               can ride this out,” says Lange.         driver made a regular drop-        and two plastics the city does     the market as consumers pay
for companies to make plas-              He also points out that the             off to AAA Polymer only to be      not take (those with a mouth       more mind to the first two of
                                                                                                                    wider than the base) as well       the three Rs—reduce and
                                                                                                                    as numbers four and five and       reuse. ■
    Coop Job Opening:                                                                                               plastic bags and film. The
    Computer Programmer                                                                                             Massachusetts-based com-
                                                                                                                    pany Recyline continues to
    The ideal candidate will work as part of a team and be well versed in Object Oriented methodologies and
    the full software development life cycle (analysis, design, coding, testing, debugging and documentation).
    The programmer will interact with Coop members and staff members. The candidate will maintain the fol-
    lowing legacy applications while rewriting them to utilize a SQL database backend and, eventually, web-
    based user interfaces.
    Membership accounting application (tracks workslots, member data and member card printing application)
    Inventory/Produce applications (maintains inventory data and assists ordering process)
    Other in-house developed programs
    SQL database design and maintenance experience
    Web-based application development in Java, Perl, PHP, LAMP or similar
    Experience with analysis, development and maintenance of an interactive application communicating with
    proprietary or SQL-based backend.
    Strong interpersonal/communications skills
    Experience with source code versioning systems
    User and source code documentation experience
    Candidate must have at least three years of programming experience and a BS in Computer Science or
    equivalent experience.
    Highly Desirable:
    Work experience with the following:
    Automated unit testing
    Adapting to a legacy development language or framework
    Tiger Logic/Raining Data’s Omnis 7 / Omnis Studio
    Application development in a Mac OS X environment
             Hours: • 40 hours/week
            Wages: • $ 76,151.24 year
           Benefits: • Four paid holidays: July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day
                        • Five weeks vacation
                        • Health & Personal paid time
                        • Health insurance and long-term disability insurance, fully paid by the Coop
                        • Defined benefit pension plan, fully paid by the Coop
                        • Transit Checks
                        • Health Reimbursement Account
                        • Not a profit-driven environment
                        • After 12 months of employment: Dental Coverage, employee-funded 401(k) and Life
                        • Flexible hours
    Application & Hiring Process:
    Please email a cover letter with your résumé to Alternately you can mail your
    letter and résumé or drop them in the mail slot just inside the entryway vestibule of the Coop. All members
    who submit both a cover letter and résumé will receive a response. Please do not call the office to check on
    the status of your application.
    Must be a current member of the PSFC, immediately prior to application and for at least six months.
    Probation Period:
    There will be six-month probation period.
               We are seeking an applicant pool that reflects the diversity
                               of the Coop’s membership.

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                                                                Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                            November 20, 2008                      7

                   COORDINATORS’                                CORNER                                         Thursday,
                                                                                                               Dec. 4

What’s Happening to FTOP?                                                                                      7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                               at the Coop

By Joe Holtz, Jess Robin-
son and Karen Mancuso                                                  the area (for more informa-
                                                                       tion on this, contact Ellen
    Over the past several                                              Weinstat through the Mem-                The Ancient Wisdom of
months many FTOP                                                       bership Office). And from                      Ayurveda
members have been                                                      now through the New Year,
experiencing difficulty                                                check the wall charts for addi-                  helps us align with nature,                       Guest Chef Paige
                                                                                                                           both inner and outer.                          Churchman is a
signing up for shifts. This                                            tional staffing needs during              Learn how to determine yourconstitution
scarcity of shifts leaves                                              the holiday season.                                  and keep in balance.                          graduate of Dr. Naina
members feeling frustrat-                                                                                          For winter, we’ll make a healing ghee,                 Marballi’s Ayurvedic
ed.                                                                    Some Tips for Scheduling                          three porridges, and learn                       Nutrition program and is
    The Coop’s member-                                                 FTOP Shifts                              self-massage to feed skin, stimulate organs               certified as a holistic
ship is at an all-time high,                                           • Check for FTOP openings                               and lymph flow.
                                                                                                                                                                          nutritionist by the
which means that slots                                                 more than once a week.
that could not have been                                               Openings change as people                                          MENU                            National Association for
filled without FTOP work-                                              cancel and reschedule, so a                                      Ghee
                                                                                                                                                                          Drugless Practitioners.
ers in the past are now                                                shift that is full one day                • Cardamom Saffron
                                                                                                                                     e Massage Oil
filling up with members                                                might have availability the               • Rosemary Sesam                           phas
                                                                                                                                     ge - a porridge for ka
on regular ABCD squads.                                                next. Also, the wall charts get            • Barley Rye Porrid                     oat groats
                                                                                                                                      sea vegetable and
In a larger sense, this is                                             updated several times a                    • Hiziki Oatmeal -                         d spices
                                                                                                                                       rridge - Cornmeal an
good news for the Coop,                                                week. The big update—where                  • Morning-After Po
                                                                                                                                            of over-indulging
since the Coop’s strength                                              we add a new week’s worth of                  to follow an evening
                                                                                                                                                                          MEMBERS &
comes from having con-                                                 openings—is available when                                                                         NON-MEMBERS
sistent squad member-                                                  the Membership Office opens                                                                        WELCOME.
ship. The relationships and          line with the history of FTOP.    on Monday mornings.                                  $4 materials fee
                                                                                                                         Views expressed by the presenter do not          Come early
knowledge that develop               It would be great if the need     • When looking for a shift, try                necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop.     to ensure a seat.
among consistent groups is           for FTOP members and the          to be as flexible as possible
key to the Coop’s success and        number on FTOP were per-          about the type of work and
longevity. The downside is
the difficulty and frustration
many of you are experienc-
                                     fectly in balance. Creating
                                     new workslots might achieve
                                     that balance for a time, and
                                                                       timing of the work. There are
                                                                       many different kinds of work
                                                                       open to FTOP workers at
                                                                                                                 Announcing Auditions
ing. The Coop needs FTOP
workers too; they have been
                                     additional member services
                                     will probably be added in the
                                                                       many different times during
                                                                       the week.
                                                                                                                          for the third
historically crucial in filling in
the gaps when/where the
                                     future.                           • If you have last-minute
                                                                       availability, contact the Mem-
                                                                                                                    ADULT Coop Variety Show
Coop needed workers.                 What You Can Do                   bership Office on the day you
                                     to Help                           want to work if nothing
The History of FTOP                     The Coop wants and needs       comes up before that.
   The FTOP program was              to preserve the FTOP system.      Because FTOP workers are
created in 1985 to help fill         The solution, for the immedi-     allowed to cancel up to 30
empty slots where the Coop           ate future, will be the com-      minutes before the start of a
needed workers—traditional-          bined effort of paid staff and    shift, open shifts that have
ly during the day Mondays            members. We will do every-        been “full” for weeks have
through Fridays—while cre-           thing we can—and we wel-          openings on the day they                       AUDITIONS:                         You must audition to be in the
ating a program that allowed         come        suggestions—to        meet.
people with unpredictable            maintain the balance                                                        Sunday, January 4
                                                                       • Remember that you can                                                           ■   Polished act not required for
                                                                                                                  12:00–2:00 p.m.
schedules to participate in          between FTOP members and          attend two General Meetings                                                           audition; we can help you pol-
the Coop. The benefits of            available shifts so that being    per year for FTOP credit. You            Saturday, January 17                         ish it.
FTOP have always gone both           on FTOP in the Coop doesn’t       must sign up for the meet-                  2:00–4:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                         ■   Singers and other musicians,
ways. It helps the members           become unduly difficult.          ings in advance by adding                 Coop second floor                           poets, jugglers, stand-up
who are able to participate             If you are an FTOP member      your name to the sign-up                    meeting room                              comics, rappers, dancers,
through it, and the program          who can find a way to be          sheet in the entrance lobby.                                                          magicians, gymnasts, etc. (no
helps the Coop as well by giv-       happy on a four-week rota-        • Only sign up for shifts you                                                         lip-syncing please)
ing our organization a flexi-        tion schedule, please consid-     know you can attend. This
ble workforce.                       er it. And if you are very far    may not help you directly, but                                                    We look forward to hearing
                                                                                                              PERFORMANCE DATE:                          from you!
   FTOP members have also            ahead on your FTOP work,          if everyone did this the entire           Saturday, March 7
been an important asset              please consider not signing       FTOP system would work                        7:30 p.m.                           Presented by the PSFC
when the Coop has created            up for additional shifts for      more smoothly. Because of                                                         Fun’Raising
                                                                                                              at the Old First Church
new workslots or services,           several cycles so that mem-       last-minute cancellations we
                                                                                                                 To reserve an audition spot contact:
often comprising the bulk of         bers who need shifts are          often have openings on the                  Martha Siegel 718-965-3916 or
workers during the initial           more likely to find them.         day of the shift after telling       
months of new services or               Take advantage of special      people for weeks that the
shopping hours. Past exam-           FTOP opportunities that arise     shift is full. Some of this is
ples of adding services have         throughout the year. Some         unavoidable given the other
included increasing shopping         examples include the bian-        commitments in people’s
hours on the weekends, the           nual Civic Sweep, painting        lives. However, it is frustrat-
implementation of the cart           yellow lines for the firehouse    ing for people who want to
return service and the train-        next door, the Annual Meet-       work and for everyone in the
ing for the now one-year-old         ing proxy counting and the        building when shifts are
debit card system.                   upcoming Politics of Food         understaffed.
   Right now the percentage          Conference (see ad on page            If you have any questions
of the membership on FTOP            14) to name a few. Consider       or feedback, please contact
is 12%—that’s 1,807 mem-             working some FTOP shifts at       the Membership Office. ■
bers out of 14,740. This is in       other start-up food coops in
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8       November 20, 2008                                        Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

           COOP HOURS                                                                                                                                            A monthly musical
                                                         Friday                                                                                           fundraising partnership of
    Office Hours:                                                                                                                                                     the Park Slope
      Monday through Thursday                            Dec 19                                                                                                      Food Coop and
        8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.                           8:00 p.m.                                                                                              the Brooklyn Society
      Friday & Saturday                                                                                                                                           for Ethical Culture
        8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Shopping Hours:
       8:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
       6:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
                                                                                                       Jen Chapin
                                                                                                       Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk—story songs that search for community and
       6:00 a.m. to 7:30* p.m.                                                                         shared meaning, powered by the funk, soul and improvisation of the city.
    *Shoppers must be on a checkout line                                                               Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful..
     15 minutes after closing time.                                                                    worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically
                                                                                                       deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).
    Childcare Hours:                                                                                   Her performances are powerful, spotlighting the world-class musicianship and
      Monday through Sunday                                                                            rare chemistry of “Rosetta Trio”: husband/acoustic bassist Stephan Crump and
                                                                                                       guitarists Jamie Fox and Liberty Ellman.
       8:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
      718-622-0560                                                                                                          David Roche
                                                                                          David Roche has been doing Coop shifts for as long as he
    Web address:
                                                                  can remember but for even longer than that he’s been writing songs and playing                                         guitar. A founding member of the renowned “Cooperating Cooperators,” he is thrilled
                                                                      to get the chance to earn at least two Coop shifts for performing this Dec. 21st
                                                                                                                              for the Coop fundraiser.

                                                                 53 Prospect Park West [at 2nd Street] • $10 • 8:00 p.m. [doors open at 7:45]
   The Linewaiters’ Gazette is published biweekly by                        Performers are Park Slope Food Coop members and receive Coop workslot credit.
the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc., 782 Union Street,                                                     Booking: Bev Grant, 718-788-3741
Brooklyn, New York 11215.                                                   Childcare is available from Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture for a nominal fee.
   Opinions expressed here may be solely the views
of the writer. The Gazette will not knowingly publish
articles that are racist, sexist, or otherwise
   The Gazette welcomes Coop-related articles, and
letters from members.                                            R
                                                                Monthly on the...
                                                                       Last Sunday
                                                                       November 30
                                                                                                                                             This Issue Prepared By:
                                                                                                                                    Coordinating Editors: Stephanie Golden
                                                                                                                                                          Erik Lewis
All submissions MUST include author’s name and
phone number and conform to the following
                                                                 E10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
                                                                     Second Saturday
                                                                       December 13
                                                                  10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                  Editors (development): Dan Jacobson
                                                                                                                                                         Michael O’Keeffe
                                                                                                                                                  Reporters: Gayle Forman
guidelines. Editors will reject letters and articles
that are illegible or too long. Submission deadlines
appear in the Coop Calendar opposite.                            C    Third Thursday
                                                                       December 18
                                                                   7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                             Larissa Phillips
                                                                                                                                                             Anita Aboulafia
                                                                                                                             Art Director (development): Michelle Ishay

Letters: Maximum 500 words. All letters will be
                                                                On the sidewalk in front of
printed if they conform to the guidelines above.                                                                                                 Illustrators: Susan Greenstein
                                                              the receiving area at the Coop.
The Anonymity and Fairness policies appear on
the letters page in most issues.                                                                                                            Photographers: Hazel Hankin
Voluntary Articles: Maximum 750 words.
Submissions on Paper: Typed or very legibly
handwritten and placed in the wallpocket labeled
                                                          PL ASTICS
                                                           What plastics do we accept?
                                                                                                                                                           Ann Rosen
                                                                                                                                           Traffic Manager: Monona Yin
                                                                                                                                           Text Converters: Peter Benton
"Editor" on the second floor at the base of the ramp.
Submissions on Disk & by Email: We welcome
digital submissions. Drop disks in the wallpocket
                                                          • #1 and #2 non-bottle shaped
                                                            containers and #1 and #2 labeled
                                                            lids. Mouths of containers must be
                                                                                                                                                            Diana Quick
                                                                                                                                                Proofreader: Margaret Benton
described above. The email address for
submissions is
Receipt of your submissions will be acknowledged                 I
                                                            equal width or wider than the body
                                                            of the container.
                                                          • All #4 plastic and #4 labeled lids.
                                                                                                                                               Thumbnails: Barbara Jungwirth
                                                                                                                                            Preproduction: Yan Kong
                                                                                                                                                 Photoshop: Bill Kontzias

on the deadline day.
                                                          • #5 plastic tubs, cups & specifically
Classified & Display Ads: Ads may only be placed            marked lids and caps (discard any                                  Art Director (production): Lynn Cole-Walker
by and on behalf of Coop members. Classified ads            with paper labels).
are prepaid at $15 per insertion, business card ads at                                                                                Desktop Publishing: Leonard Henderson

                                                          • Plastic film, such as shopping and                                                            Lee Schere
$30. (Ads in the “Merchandise–Non-commercial”
                                                            dry cleaning bags, etc. Okay if not
category are free.) All ads must be written on a                                                                                                                 Midori Nakamura
submission form (available in a wallpocket on the
first floor near the elevator). Classified ads may be      ALL PLASTIC MUST BE COMPLETELY                                             Editor (production): Michal Hershkovitz
up to 315 characters and spaces. Display ads must                  CLEAN AND DRY
                                                                                                                                          Post Production: Becky Cassidy
be camera-ready and business card size (2"x3.5").                   We close up promptly.
                                                             Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the                                       Final Proofreader: Nancy Rosenberg
Recipes: We welcome original recipes from
                                                               collection end time to allow for
members. Recipes must be signed by the creator.                                                                                                          Index: Len Neufeld
                                                            inspection and sorting of your plastic.
Printed by: New Media Printing, Bethpage, NY.

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                   Environmental Committee                                      Data Entry Project

                                                                                                                                         the Risograph machine. You will need to be
                   Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.                                  Monday or Wednesday, Daytime                             able to troubleshoot possible problems with
                   Work for the environment while fulfilling your               Do you have accurate typing skills and are famil-        the printer. This is a continuous job that
                   Coop workslot! The Environmental Committee                   iar with working on Excel spreadsheets? The              requires that you will be on your feet for most
                   has room for new members. Our goal is to make                Bookkeeping Coordinator needs your help.                 of the shift. You will be working independently
                   sure the Coop operates in the most environmen-               Shifts are available for FTOP or makeup credit           so good work attendance is required. A six-
                   tally responsible manner, both internally and in             entering data from Voucher sheets into a spread-         month commitment and three-month member-
                   the community. We particularly need people who               sheet. Workslots are available on Monday or              ship are required. If interested please speak to
                   are good at putting ideas into action. There is              Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please            Debbie Parker in the Membership Office.
                   room for everyone, but leadership or organiza-               contact Renee St. Furcy at 718-622-0560 or renee_
                   tional abilities will be put to good use. You must  to arrange shifts.                     Make-up Recorders
                   be a member of the Coop for six months before                                                                         Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday,
                   joining this committee. For more information,                Schedule Copying                                         8:30 to 11:00 p.m.
                   phone Robin Simmen at 718-768-1175 or contact                Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.                               The Coop needs detail-oriented members to
                   the Environmental Committee at ecokvetch@                    The main task of this workslot is to copy com-           help maintain attendance records for Coop
                                                            mittee schedules from originals provided using                                   CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

                                                                                                                                   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
 New Member Orientations                                           General Meeting Info
                                                                                                                            From our inception in 1973 to the present, the open monthly
 Monday & Wednesday evenings: . . . 7:30 p.m.                      TUE, DEC 2                                               General Meetings have been at the center of the Coop’s deci-
 Wednesday mornings: . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m.              AGENDA SUBMISSIONS: 8:00 p.m.                            sion-making process. Since the Coop incorporated in 1977, we
 Sunday afternoons: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:00 p.m.      Submissions will be considered for the Dec 16            have been legally required to have a Board of Directors. The
                                                                   General Meeting.                                         Coop continued the tradition of General Meetings by requiring
 Be sure to be here promptly—or early—as we                                                                                 the Board to have open meetings and to receive the advice of
 begin on time! The orientation takes about two                    TUE, DEC 16                                              the members at General Meetings. The Board of Directors,
 hours. Please don't bring small children.                         GENERAL MEETING: 7:00 p.m.                               which is required to act legally and responsibly, has approved
                                                                   The agenda will be available on Dec 3.                   almost every General Meeting decision at the end of every
 Gazette Deadlines                                                                                                          General Meeting. Board members are elected at the Annual
                                                                   The Coop on the Internet                                 Meeting in June. Copies of the Coop’s bylaws are available at
 LETTERS & VOLUNTARY ARTICLES:                                                                                              the Coop Community Corner and at every General Meeting.
    Dec 4 issue:            7:00 p.m., Mon, Nov 24
    Dec 18 issue:           7:00 p.m., Mon, Dec 8                  The Coop on Cable TV                                     Next Meeting: Tuesday,
 CLASSIFIED ADS DEADLINE:                                          Inside the Park Slope Food Coop                          December 16, 7:00 p.m.
    Dec 4 issue:            7:00 p.m., Wed, Nov 26                 FRIDAYS 2:30 p.m. with a replay at 10:30 p.m.
    Dec 18 issue:           7:00 p.m., Wed, Dec 10                 Channels: 56 (TimeWarner), 69 (CableVision).             The General Meeting is usually held on the last Tuesday of each
                                                                                                                            month, with the exception of November and December
                                                                                                                            because of the holidays.
                 Attend a GM                                               Park Slope Food Coop
            and Receive Work Credit                                         Mission Statement                                Location
                                                                                                                            The temple house of Congregation Beth Elohim (Garfield
    Since the Coop’s inception in 1973, the General                                                                         Temple), 274 Garfield Place.
Meeting has been our decision-making body. At the                       The Park Slope Food Coop is a member-
General Meeting (GM) members gather to make                             owned and operated food store—an alter-
decisions and set Coop policy. The General-Meeting-for-                 native to commercial profit-oriented business.      How to Place an Item on the Agenda
workslot-credit program was created to increase
participation in the Coop’s decision-making process.
                                                                        As members, we contribute our labor: work-          If you have something you’d like discussed at a General
    Following is an outline of the program. For full details, see       ing together builds trust through cooperation       Meeting, please complete a submission form for the Agenda
the instruction sheets by the sign-up board.                            and teamwork and enables us to keep prices          Committee. Forms are available in the rack near the Coop
• Advance Sign-up required:                                             as low as possible within the context of our        Community Corner bulletin board and at General Meetings.
   To be eligible for workslot credit, you must add your                values and principles. Only members may             Instructions and helpful information on how to submit an
name to the sign-up sheet in the elevator lobby.                                                                            item appear on the submission form. The Agenda Committee
                                                                        shop, and we share responsibilities and bene-
   Some restrictions to this program do apply. Please see                                                                   meets on the first Tuesday of each month to plan the agenda
                                                                        fits equally. We strive to be a responsible and     for the GM held on the last Tuesday of the month. If you have
below for details.
                                                                        ethical employer and neighbor. We are a buy-        a question, please call Ellen Weinstat in the office.
• Two GM attendance credits per year:
  Each member may take advantage of the GM-for-
                                                                        ing agent for our members and not a selling
workslot-credit program two times per calendar year.                    agent for any industry. We are a part of and        Meeting Format
• Certain Squads not eligible:                                          support the cooperative movement. We offer
   Eligible: Shopping, Receiving/ Stocking, Food                        a diversity of products with an emphasis            Warm Up (7:00 p.m.)
Processing, Office, Maintenance, Inventory, Construction,               on organic, minimally pro-cessed and                • Meet the Coordinators
and FTOP committees. (Some Committees are omitted                       healthful foods. We seek to avoid products          • Enjoy some Coop snacks
because covering absent members is too difficult.)                                                                          • Submit Open Forum items
                                                                        that depend on the exploitation of others. We
• Attend the entire GM:                                                                                                     • Explore meeting literature
                                                                        support non-toxic, sustainable agriculture. We
    In order to earn workslot credit you must be present                                                                    Open Forum (7:15 p.m.)
for the entire meeting.
                                                                        respect the environment. We strive to
                                                                        reduce the impact of our lifestyles on the          Open Forum is a time for members to bring brief items to the
• Childcare can be provided at GMs:                                                                                         General Meeting. If an item is more than brief, it can be sub-
   Please notify an Office Coordinator in the Membership                world we share with other species and future
                                                                        generations. We prefer to buy from local,           mitted to the Agenda Committee as an item for a future GM.
Office at least one week prior to the meeting date.
                                                                                                                            Reports (7:30 p.m.)
• Signing in at the Meeting:                                            earth-friendly producers. We recycle. We try
                                                                                                                            • Financial Report
   1. After the meeting the Chair will provide the                      to lead by example, educating ourselves and         • Coordinators’ Report
Workslot Credit Attendance Sheet.                                       others about health and nutrition, coopera-
   2.Please also sign in the attendance book that is
                                                                                                                            • Committee Reports
                                                                        tion and the environment. We are commit-
passed around during the meeting.                                                                                           Agenda (8:00 p.m.)
                                                                        ted to diversity and equality. We oppose
• Being Absent from the GM:                                             discrimination in any form. We strive to make       • The agenda is posted at the Coop Community Corner and
   It is possible to cancel without penalty. We do ask that                                                                 may also appear elsewhere in this issue.
you remove your name if you know cannot attend. Please                  the Coop welcoming and accessible to all and
do not call the Membership Office with GM cancellations.                to respect the opinions, needs and concerns         Wrap Up (9:30-9:45)
• Is it FTOP or a make-up?                                              of every member. We seek to maximize partic-        (unless there is a vote to extend the meeting)
    It depends on your work status at the time of the meeting.          ipation at every level, from policy making to       • Meeting evaluation
• Consider making a report…                                             running the store. We welcome all who               • Board of Directors vote your Squad after you attend the meeting.                          respect these values.                               • Announcements, etc.

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                          COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Community calendar listings are free. Please submit your listings in 50 words or less by mail, the
mailslot in the entry vestibule, or Submission deadlines are the
same as for classified ads. Please refer to the Coop Calendar in the center of this issue.
*Denotes a Coop member.

                                       & the Good Coffeehouse. At the          the community dealing with
       SAT, NOV 22                     Ethical Culture Society, 53             issues around elderly parents,
PEOPLES’ VOICE CAFE: Sharon            Prospect Park West. 7:30-10:00          family or friends. Come share feel-
Abreu & Mike Hurwicz; Ron Ren-         p.m. Info: 718-636-6341.                ings, insights and resource ideas
ninger. At the Community Church                                                with others. Info: 718-783-4404.
of New York Unitarian Universal-               FRI, DEC 5                      THE BROOKLYN HUMANIST
ist, 40 East 35th St. (between                                                 COMMUNITY presents “Sharing
Madison & Park); wheelchair-           GOOD COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC                  the Spirit: A Humanist View of the
accessible. Info: 212-787-3903 or      PARLOR: Bev Grant* & the Dissi- Sug-         dent Daughters (Angela Lockhart*
                                                                               Holidays” at the Central Library in
                                                                               Brooklyn at 1 p.m. More info:
                                                                                                                      Friday, December 5 • 7:00 p.m.
gested donation: $15 general/$10
members/more if you choose, less
                                       and Carolynn Murphy*)/Friction
                                       Farm. 53 Prospect Park West at
                                                                               917—292-2587.                                    at the Coop
if you can’t/no one turned away.       2nd Street in Park Slope. Info: 718-
                                       768-2972,                    FRI, DEC 12
                                       Show start at 8 p.m.; doors open at
Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI)—a                                              GOOD COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC
                                       7:30 p.m. Adults $10/kids $6.
Park Slope-based not-for-profit—                                               PARLOR: Pat Wictor with Cheryl
presents Rhythm Journeys: Mas-                                                 Prashker—Roots Music. 53
ters of World Music and Dance,                 SAT, DEC 6                      Prospect Park West at 2nd Street
featuring Orlando Marin, the Last                                              in Park Slope. Info: 718-768-2972,
Mambo King. Bronx Library Cen-         ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY:     Show start at 8
ter, 310 East Kingsbridge Rd.,         Start saving your e-waste and           p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Bronx. 2:30 p.m. Info/directions:      bring it to P.S. 321 on Seventh Ave.    Adults $10/kids $6.
718-579-4244. FREE.                    (btwn First & Second Sts.) from 10
                                       a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: http://lesecolo-
                                                               SAT, DEC 13
      SUN, NOV 23
                                       PEOPLES’ VOICE CAFE: Charlie            PEOPLES’ VOICE CAFE: Jack
“REVOLUTION IN HUMANISM”: a            King & Karen Brandow. At the            Hardy & David Massengill. At the
talk by Humanist Minister Joseph       Community Church of New York            Community Church of New York
Ben David, presented by the            Unitarian Universalist, 40 East         Unitarian Universalist, 40 East
Brooklyn Humanist Community.           35th St. (between Madison &             35th St. (between Madison &
Followed by songs performed by         Park); wheelchair-accessible. Info:     Park); wheelchair-accessible. Info:
the Sticker Dude. 1 p.m. at the        212-787-3903 or www.peoples             212-787-3903 or www.peoples
Kensington Branch of the Brook- Suggested dona- Suggested dona-
lyn Public Library, 410 Ditmas
                                       tion: $15 general/$10 members/
                                       more if you choose, less if you
                                                                               tion: $15 general/$10 members/
                                                                               more if you choose, less if you
                                                                                                                       Three Short Films About Gender
                                       can’t/no one turned away.               can’t/no one turned away.             1. JUGGLING GENDER:
Curated by Peter Weitzner*; fea-       RHYTHM JOURNEYS: Latin Jazz                                                   Politics, Sex and Identity, 1992
turing violinist Maria Bachmann,       music by Park Slope-based Juan                SUN, DEC 21                     A loving portrait of Jennifer Miller, a lesbian performer who
pianist Jon Klibonoff and clar-        Ma Morales and So ido Costeno;
inetist Alan R. Kay playing works                                              FREE CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES:            lives her life with a full beard. JUGGLING GENDER explores
                                       presented by Circuit Produc-
of Katchaturian, Brahms, Reger         tions/Susan Goldbetter*. The            featuring violinists Aaron Boyd &     the construction and fluidity of gender and sexual identity.
and Stravinsky (L’Histoire du Sol-     Bronx Public Library Center, 310        Adela Pena; violist Ah Ling Neu*;
dat). FREE! 4 p.m. at the Dweck        East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx.           cellist Roberta Cooper; and Peter     2. STILL JUGGLING, 2008
Center for Contemporary Culture        2:30 p.m. Info/Directions: 718-579-     Weitzner* on double bass; playing     A new video 15 years later, discussing family and religion,
at the Brooklyn Central Library in     4244. FREE.                             works of Corigliano, Rossini and      gender and The Beard.
Grand Army Plaza.                                                              Dvorak (String Quintet in G Major,
                                                                               Op. 77) FREE! 4 p.m. at the Dweck     3. THE CONEY ISLAND SIDE SHOW, 2008
                                               SUN, DEC 7                      Center for Contemporary Culture       Documents the Side Show by the Sea Side performers includ-
       WED, DEC 3                                                              at the Brooklyn Central Library in
                                       SUPPORT GROUP for people car-                                                 ing Jennifer Miller.
                                                                               Grand Army Plaza.
FOLK OPEN SING: Come sing with         ing for aging family and friends
us. Bring voice, instruments,          meets the first Sunday of each                                                Tami Gold is committed to integrating art with social issues and
friends. Children welcome. Co-         month from 9:30–11:00 a.m. at                                                 using personal stories to illuminate our complex and contradictory
hosted by the Folk Music Society       Park Slope United Methodist                                                   world. She has produced and directed over 20 films including:
of N.Y., the Ethical Culture Society   Church. Open to all members of                                                Every Mother’s Son (with Kelly Anderson, Tribeca Film Festival
                                                                                                                     Audience Award and national POV/PBS broadcast); Land Rain and
                                                                                                                     Fire; Out at Work: Lesbians and Gay men
                                                                                                                     on the Job; Looking for Love: Teenage
                                                                                                                     Parents; Signed Sealed and Delivered:                                 FREE
                                                                                                                     Labor Struggle in the Post Office, and     Non-members
                                                                                                                     Emily and Gitta. She is the recipient of a
                                                                                                                     Rockefeller Fellowship and a
                                                                                                                     Guggenheim Fellowship to new just a
                                                                                                                     few. Tami’s work has been screened at many museums, including
                                                                                                                     the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum and she has
                                                                                                                     lectured on panels at The Kennedy Center and at museums and
                                                                                                                     universities throughout the world. Tami is a Professor at Hunter
                                                                                                                     College (CUNY).

                                                                                                                     Alexandra Berger is a filmmaker living and working in
                                                                                                                     Brooklyn. For many years she ran a screenplay reading series
                                                                                                                     at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, called The Fifth Night, which
                                                                                                                     aided over 50 filmmakers make their feature films. She is cur-
                                                                                                                     rently editing her first feature length documentary which fol-
                                                                                                                     lows the life of an amatuer porn producer looking for love.

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

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                                                                                                                  LETTERS POLICY
DON’T SELL                                   shortage throughout the New York
                                             City area, your assistance in hosting            We welcome letters from members.               1. The Gazette will not publish
BOLTHOUSE JUICES!                            this blood drive is very valuable to          Submission deadlines appear in the            hearsay—that is, allegations not
                                             the community.                                Coop Calendar. All letters will be            based on the author's first-hand
DEAR COOP MEMBERS,                              Ellen Weinstat and the entire staff        printed if they conform to the pub-           observation.
   We strongly urge the Coop not to          are always wonderful to our staff. We         lished guidelines. We will not know-              2. Nor will we publish accusations
sell Bolthouse products anymore. We          appreciate their assistance in making         ingly publish articles which are racist,      that are not specific or are not sub-
want all the members of the Coop to          announcements with words of                   sexist or otherwise discriminatory            stantiated by factual assertions.
be aware of Bolthouse Farms’ April           encouragement to the workers and                 The maximum length for letters is              3. Copies of submissions that make
2008 donation of about $100,000 to           shoppers. We appreciate the squad             500 words. Letters must include your          substantive accusations against spe-
pass Proposition 8 in California.            leaders who allow the workers time to         name and phone number and be                  cific individuals will be given to those
Proposition 8, which is effectively a        donate along with their shift.                typed or very legibly handwritten. Edi-       persons to enable them to write a
constitutional ban on gay marriage,             On behalf of the entire Blood              tors will reject letters that are illegible   response, and both submissions and
just passed by a slim margin last            Donor team, New York Methodist                or too long.                                  response will be published simultane-
week, thanks in part to Bolthouse’s          Hospital and the patients that greatly           You may submit on paper, typed or          ously. This means that the original
money and influence. As Coop mem-            benefit from the blood, we thank you          very legibly handwritten, or via email        submission may not appear until the
bers, we believe that Bolthouse’s            for all your efforts.                         to or            issue after the one for which it was
action goes against the Mission                 We look forward to working with            on disk.                                      submitted.
Statement of the Coop, which states          you again the future.                                                                           The above applies to both articles
“…We are committed to diversity and                                        Yours truly,    Anonymity                                     and letters. The only exceptions will
equality. We oppose discrimination                    Grace Gehrke and Sidney Leonidas        Unattributed letters will not be pub-      be articles by Gazette reporters which
in any form….”                                                   Blood Donor Recruiters    lished unless the Gazette knows the           will be required to include the
   Just as a reference, these are some                                                     identity of the writer, and therefore         response within the article itself.
of the Bolthouse juices and smooth-                                                        must be signed when submitted (giving
ies that we carry. See www.bolt-             HONOR THE RULES                               phone number). Such letters will be           Respect                                                                  published only where a reason is given           Letters must not be personally
   Also, for more information about          TO THE EDITOR:                                to the editor as to why public identifica-    derogatory or insulting, even when
the Bolthouse donation to Proposi-               I come across and hear of more and        tion of the writer would impose an            strongly criticizing an individual
tion 8, please see www.dontbuybolt-          more members who have misrepre-               unfair burden of embarrassment or dif-        member's actions. Letter writers                        sented to the Coop the number of              ficulty. Such letters must relate to Coop     must refer to other people with
                                 Regards,    adults in their household. One adult          issues and avoid any non-constructive,        respect, refrain from calling some-
           John Stanley and Ross Scheepers   joins and shops for two or more,              non-cooperative language.                     one by a nickname that the person
                                             breaking a rule that the Coop tries to                                                      never uses himself or herself, and
                                             impose through the honor system.              Fairness                                      refrain from comparing other peo-
THANKS FOR THE                               Those breaking this rule who I’ve             In order to provide fair, comprehen-          ple to odious figures like Hitler or
                                             talked to about it don’t feel that their      sive, factual coverage:                       Idi Amin.
BLOOD!                                       honor is compromised. They say that
                                             the Coop already has more than
DEAR PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP:                   enough labor and that they are doing
   We would like to offer our sincere        no harm. If most of us would disagree,
gratitude for your continued support         we should also consider the possibili-
of our program by hosting the fall           ty that the Coop is too big to be able to
blood drive at the Park Slope Food           count on the cooperative spirit of all
Coop. As a result of the October 3           its members and look for a reliable
drive we saw 54 potential donors and         means of determining the number of
we were able to collect 44 units of          eligible workers in each household.
blood that will help many ill patients.                             Jimmy Wallenstein
   As there continues to be a blood

                           A NEW COOP!
                           Do you live or work in the Bronx?                                                             In Memoriam
   Would you prefer to do your workslot on Saturdays?                                                                  michele broder
   Then inquire about supporting the South Bronx Food Cooperative!                                 Michele Helaine Broder, a free and creative spirit who found greatest
   In accordance with the 6th Principle of Cooperation, the Park Slope                         expression in music, art and laughter, lost her battle with cancer at 11:55
                                                                                               p.m. on November 5, 2008 at the Calvary Hospital Hospice with beloved
   Food Coop is offering the SBFC support and consultation by allow-                           friends at her side. She was 46 years old. She leaves behind inspired com-
   ing PSFC members to complete their workslot at the Bronx location.                          munities in Brooklyn, Canada, England and Israel. Michele will be remem-
                                                                                               bered for her compassion, understanding, forgiveness and unconditional
   PSFC members will receive FTOP credit in exchange for their help.
                                                                                               love for humankind.
   To receive credit, you should be a PSFC member for at least one                                 There will be a Memorial on Sunday, November 23, from 12:00 noon to
   year and have an excellent attendance record.                                               3:00 p.m. at the Prospect Park Picnic House, best reached by entering the
                                                                                               park at 3rd Street & Prospect Park West. Volunteers to help with set-up are
   To make work arrangements, please email or
                                                                                               welcomed to arrive at 11 a.m. Please contact Laura Ann Wilson at 347-581-
   call 718-622-0560                                                                           3722 for travel information.
                                                                                                   Donations in Michele's memory are being accepted. Please make dona-
       South Bronx Food Coop • 646-226-0758 •                                                  tion checks out to "Rev. Kim Lesley" and mail to Lesley Desaulniers, 89
                                                                                               Verona St, #3R, Brooklyn, NY 11231.

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                                   Puzzle Corner                                                                            The Environmental
                                           World Tour
                                                                                                                          Committee has a blog!
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                                                                                                                                                                           about our
                                                                                                                                                             activities at the Coop,
                                                                                             32                                                                            as well as
            33                                                      34                                                                                       environmental events
                                                                                                                                                            of interest at the Coop
                                  35                                                                                                                                    and beyond.

                                                                                                                                                                 Find us at:
                          What country are you in if you are....                                                                  
     ACROSS                               33    On Lake Sevan in the Caucasus      18 On the Caspian coast in Baku
      2 In Bogota                         34    In the capital Dhaka               19 In the Caribbean city of
      5 In Muscat on the Arabian Sea      35    In the Old City of Salzburg           Bridgetown
      7 In the medieval old city of       36    In the Polynesian city of Apia     21 In Patagonia
        Zagreb                                                                     23 Visiting Angkor Wat                        We need your
      8 In Luanda on the Atlantic Coast   DOWN                                     25 In Doha on the Persian Gulf
     10 In Tripoli                         1 In the West African city of Accra     26 Visiting the Turning Torso in              participation!
     11 On Easter Island                   2 At the end of the Silk Road              Malmo
     12 Sunning near Saint Johns           3 At the Colosseum                      27 Crossing the Aswan Dam              The Park Slope Food Coop and the Payments Research division of
     14 In Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval     4 In Belgrade                           28 Visiting the Imam Ridha shrine
     15 In Bimini                          6 At the Grande Marche in Niamey        30 In Brazzaville                      the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will be conducting a survey
     17 Between France and Spain           7 On the Caribbean beaches of           32 Seeing the Plain of Jars outside    jointly to learn more about member preferences for payment
     20 Touring the Greek ruins at           Varadero                                 Phonsavan
        Butrint on the Adriatic            8 Traveling the Khyber Pass                                                    methods and the effects on the shopping experience.
     22 Visiting the WWI monuments in      9 Between Tonga and Tuvalu             For answers, see page 14.
        Ypres                             11 In the Saharan city of N’Djamena     This issue’s puzzle author:
     24 In modern-day Babylon             13 Climbing Mount Fuji                  Stuart Marquis                          Look for information in December at the Coop.
     29 In Algiers                        14 In La Paz
     30 Visiting Banff National Park      16 Swimming in the Great Barrier
     31 Between Guatemala and Mexico         Reef

                     WORKSLOT NEEDS                                               CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9

 workers. You will need to work independently, be                   a staff person to set up and clean the shopping
 self-motivated and reliable. Good attendance is                    floor checkout stations. Must like to clean, be
 a requirement. Members will be trained for this                    meticulous, detail oriented and able to work
 position, and staff members are available for fur-                 independently. Great opportunity for someone
 ther assistance. Workslot requires a six-month                     who wants to work when the Coop is not
 commitment and a good attendance record.                           crowded. Please contact Cynthia Pennycooke at
 Please speak to Cynthia in the Membership                 or through the
 Office if you would like more information.                         Membership Office at 718-622-0560.

 Office Data Entry                                                  Early Morning Receiving/
 Tuesday, 4:30 to 7:15 p.m.
 Are you a stickler for details, accurate on the
                                                                    Stocking Committees
                                                                    Monday–Friday, 5:30, 6:00, and 7:00 a.m.
 computer and like working independently? If
                                                                    Early morning Receiving/Stocking squads work
 this sounds like you, then Office Data Entry will
                                                                    with Receiving Coordinators to receive deliveries
 be your perfect shift. You will receive training,
                                                                    and stock the store. These squads help to unload
 and Coop staff will always be available to
                                                                    delivery trucks, organize products in the base-
 answer questions. Please speak to Ginger
                                                                    ment, load carts, and stock shelves, bulk bins,
 Hargett in the Membership Office if you would
                                                                    coolers and produce on the shopping floor. You
 like more information. Workslot requires a six-
                                                                    may be asked to stock perishables in the reach-in
 month commitment.
                                                                    freezer or walk-in cooler. Boxes generally weigh
                                                                    between 2 – 20 lbs., a few may weigh up to 50 lbs.
 Shopping Floor Set-up and                                          Other duties include breaking down cardboard
 Cleaning                                                           for recycling, preparing produce for display, and
 Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.                                       general cleaning. You will have the opportunity
 Are you an early riser with a love of cleaning                     to work closely with our produce buyers and
 and organizing? Work under the supervision of                      learn a lot about the produce the Coop sells.

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                    2008 Turkey News                                                                             What Is That? How Do I Use It?

                        Fresh turkeys available beginning
                                                                                                            Food Tours in the Coop
                         Thursday, November 20                                                                     Yes! we can (and did!)

                           NO ADVANCE ORDERING!                                                                    Here we are on the other side
                                                                                                                       of the mountain
     Bell & Evans (New Jersey)                                      8 to 26 lbs., $2.42 lb.
                                                                                                                   we now have a clear view
                                                                           (November 21)
                                                                                                                   of all the mountains ahead
     Plainville Farms Pasture-raised (New York)                   16 to 24 lbs., $2.66 lb.                             and of the green valleys below
                                                                          (November 20)
     Stonewood Farm Pasture-raised (Vermont)                      16 to 20 lbs., $3.39 lb.                         Our foremothers and fathers
                                                                          (November 24)                               invented a country
     McDonald Farm Heritage Breed–American Bronze                      8-26 lbs., $3.99 lb.                        and we have come to a place
                                                                                                                      where we could reinvent it anew
     (New York)                                                             (November 24)
                                                                                                                   Now is the time to apply ourselves
     Eberly Certified Organic (Pennsylvania)                        8 to 24 lbs., $4.36 lb.                          to the new standard we have set
                                                                           November 20)
     Koch Certified Organic (Pennsylvania)                           10-22 lbs., $3.87 lb.                         At every moment each of us
                                                                          (November 20)                            has the the chance to chip into the kitty
                                                                                                                      of the collective good
     FROZEN Wise Kosher Certified Organic                            12-24 lbs., $3.45 lb.
     (Pennsylvania)                                                       (November 18)                            Rain falls drop by single drop
                                                                                                                     to make the gleaming waters
            All the above are delivered FRESH, except for Wise Kosher.
                                                                                                                   Fill your buckets to brimming
                  All are locally raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free.                                                 you know how
                                                                                                                   you've been doing it all this time
                      BUY YOUR HOLIDAY TURKEY EARLY                                                                right here at the Park Slope Food Coop
                          SMALLER SIZES GO QUICKLY                                                                 Manifesting change every day
                                                                                                                                        by Myra Klockenbrink

                                                                                                                   Sunday               November 23
                                                                                                                                        Noon to 2 p.m.
                                                                                                                   Mondays              December 1 and
                                                                                                                                        December 15
                                                                                                                                        Noon to 1 p.m. and
                                                                                                                                        1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                   Wednesdays           December 10 and
                                                                                                                                        10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                     You can join in any time during a tour.

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                                            blond wood finish. Similar to Hey-          attention provided for entire case.
   BED & BREAKFAST                          wood-Wakefield pieces. Five drawers.        Free phone or office consultation.        To Submit Classified or Display Ads:
BROWNSTONE BROOKLYN BED                     49” h, x 34” w, x 20” d. Some scratches     Prompt, courteous communications.            Ads may be placed on behalf of Coop members
AND BREAKFAST. Victorian home on            but quite nice looking. Pix available.      20-year Park Slope Food Coop mem-         only. Classified ads are prepaid at $15 per insertion,
tree-lined Prospect Heights block           Shelley 718-788-3048 shelleymdia-           ber; Park Slope resident; downtown
                                                                                                                                  business card ads at $30. (Ads in the
has space with semiprivate bath, air                             Brooklyn office. Tom Guccione,
                                                                                                                                  “Merchandise–Non-commercial” category are free.) All
conditioning, Cable TV & phone. Full                                                    718-596-4184, also at www.tguc-
                                            SLEEPTEK ORGANIC LATEX king-size                                                      ads must be written on a submission form. Classified
breakfast provided in attractive                                              
                                            mattress for sale. Covered with quilt-                                                ads may be up to 315 characters and spaces. Display
smoke-free environment. Long &              ed organic wool & organic cotton. 5         NO JOB TOO SMALL! Carpentry, tile         ads must be camera-ready and business card size (2" x
short stays accommodated. Reason-           months old. Mint condition. Slept on        installation and repair, painting,        3.5" horizontal).
able rates. Call David Whitbeck,            two weeks only with organic mattress        plastering, doors hung and repaired,         Submission forms are available in a wallpocket near
718-857-6066 or e-mail brown-               pad. Comes with original bag & extra        shelves installed, bath regrouts, gen-    the elevator.                         bag. We paid $2,253. Yours for only         eral handy work. Serving the Park
                                            $1,350 (save over $900). We need            Slope area for 19 years. Free esti-
                                            more space. 718-499-2789.                   mates. Call Rocco 718-788-6317.
                                            CELLERCISER, used once, with all            MADISON AVENUE Hair Stylist is
        CHILD CARE                          accessories and book, $200; gold-           right around the corner from the
LOVING, WISE, RESPONSIBLE care-             plated jewelry signed by artist (vin-       Food Coop—so if you would like a
taker for children, elderly or disabled     tage), $20-$40; women’s shoes               really good haircut at a decent price,
seeks employment. Call Linda at             (Merrell, brown), brand new, size 8         please call Maggie at 718-783-2154. I
917-596-0386 for reference & contact        1/2, $25. Call 718-768-1598.                charge $60.00.
information.                                                                            HAIRCUTS haircuts HAIRCUTS.
                                                                                        Color, HIGHLIGHTS, lowlights in the
                                                                                        convenience of your home or mine.
                                                           PETS                         Call Leonora 718-857-2215. Adults
   CLASSES/GROUPS                           ADOPT Hannah! Sweet 9-month-old             $35.00, Kids $15.00.
NANLAOSHU QIGONG means “hard-               healthy, petite, spayed calico. She         NYC SCHOOL HELP-Public/Private
to-grow-old” and cultivates balance,        loves to be held, loves treats & loves      Nursery and Elementary school info.
flexibility, agility and grace. This        other cats. Pics can be emailed to          High School and Middle School
Taoist art promotes vital energy,           you. Modest adoption fee. If interest-      choice workshops. Save time, man-
transforms joints and sinews, and           ed, contact Victoria at 914-443-9209        age the process, stop stressing.
flows in a Taiji form. Carol Lin is a 30-   or at              School search consultant specializing
year practitioner. Tuesdays (1-2:30         Her name can be changed.                    in north Brooklyn lower schools/city-
p.m.) @ Devi (Park Slope Yoga @ 837                                                     wide HS. Joyce Szuflita 718-781-1928.
Union St.) Call 718-522-2729. nan-                                            
                                                                                        NEED HELP WITH YOUR NOVEL?
                                                       SERVICES                         Author of four published novels will
                                            TOP HAT MOVERS, INC., 145 Park              work with you to create a final pol-
                                            Place, Bklyn. Licensed and Insured          ished draft worthy of submission.
       COMMERCIAL                           Moving Co. moves you stress-free.           One-on-one meetings, for serious
         SPACE                              Full line of boxes & packing materials      writers only. Hourly rate. For more
                                            avail. Free estimates 718-965-0214.         information, email
                                            D.O.T. #T-12302. Reliable, courteous,       .
ABLE. Ideal for a colon therapist,
                                            excellent references & always on
psychotherapist, medical doctor, shi-
                                            time. Credit cards accepted. Member
atsu, reiki, speech therapist, etc. Be
                                            Better Business Bureau.                                 HEALTH
part of a Holistic Center in the beau-
tiful SOHO section of Manhattan.            PAINTING-PLASTERING+PAPER-                  HOLISTIC DENTISTRY in Brooklyn
The doctor will introduce all patients      HANGING-Over 25 years experience            (Midwood) & Manhattan (Soho). Dr.
to you. For further information,            doing the finest prep + finish work in      Stephen Goldberg provides compre-
please call 212-505-5055.                   Brownstone Brooklyn. An entire              hensive, family dental care using
                                            house or one room. Reliable, clean          non-mercury fillings, crowns, den-
                                            and reasonably priced. Fred Becker -        tures, thorough cleanings, minimal
SPACE AVAILABLE. Ideal for body-
                                            718-853-0750.                               X-rays and non-surgical gum treat-
work. Fri. evening, Sat. after 3 PM,
Sun. all day. One block from Coop.                                                      ments. For a free initial exam and
                                            YOUR SMALL & HOME OFFICE com-
Call Sally at 718-398-5284 or email                                                     insurance     information,     call
                                            puter techs: NY Geek Girls, Inc. Network-                                                               212-505-5055.
                                            ing & internet; setup & configuration;
                                            hardware & software maintenance; data       HOLISTIC OPTOMETRY: Most eye
                                            recovery; viruses; backups. Mac and PC.     doctors treat patients symptomati-
                                            On-site or pick-up/drop-off. References,    cally by prescribing ever-increasing
      MERCHANDISE                           reasonable rates. Long-time Coop            prescriptions. We try to find the
                                            member. 347-351-3031 or roberta@            source of your vision problem. Some
AFRICAN ARTIFACTS. Musical instru-                            of the symptoms that can be treated
ments, Masai necklaces, hand-carved                                                     include headaches, eye fatigue, com-
chair, mask, etc. Phone 917-613-4207.       EXPRESS MOVES. One flat price for
                                                                                        puter discomfort, learning disabili-
                                            the entire move! No deceptive hourly
                                                                                        ties. Convenient Park Slope location.
                                            estimates! Careful, experienced
                                                                                        Dr. Jerry Wintrob, 718-789-2020.
                                            mover. Everything quilt padded. No
                                            extra charge for wardrobes and pack-
    MERCHANDISE-                            ing tape. Specialist in walkups. Thou-      HOLISTIC DOCTOR in Naturopathy
   NONCOMMERCIAL                            sands of satisfied customers. Great         stimulates body’s natural ability to
                                            Coop references. 718-670-7071.              heal chronic conditions, allergy, skin,
BOOKCASE HEADBOARD twin bed                                                             muscle, cancer support with home-
size. White with shelves and two            ATTORNEY—Experienced personal
                                                                                        opathy, physical & chelation thera-
small treasure drawers. 43” wide, 18”       injury trial lawyer representing injured
                                                                                        pies, bioenergetic acupuncture, lab
deep, 50” high. Attaches easily to          bicyclists and other accident victims.
                                                                                        tests, hair analysis & more. Research
standard twin metal bed frame. $100,        Limited caseload to ensure maximum
                                                                                        Director. 20 years exp. As featured in
Windsor Terrace location. For photo         compensation. Member of NYSTLA
                                                                                        Allure magazine. Dr. Gilman
email                 and ATLA. No recovery, no fee. Free
                                            consult. Manhattan office. Park Slope
CASHMERE COAT. 100% cashmere;               resident. Long time PSFC member.            PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR INDIVIDU-
camel color, small size 4 or 6. $200,       Adam D. White. 212-577-9710.                ALS, COUPLES AND FAMILIES pro-
excellent condition, neg. Call 718-                                                     vided by Dr. Helen Wintrob, licensed
826-3254 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.         ATTORNEY—Personal Injury Empha-
                                                                                        psychologist and trained family ther-
                                            sis—30 years experience in all
FOR SALE: c. 1950 wood dresser,             aspects of injury law. Individual                  CONTINUED ON BACK PAGE

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apist. Insurance including GHI,
Oxford, Aetna and Blue Cross
accepted. Park Slope Office.
Evening and weekend appoint-               Diversity and Equality Committee Looking for Additional Members
ments available. Please call
718-783-0913 to make an appoint-          The Diversity & Equality Committee (DEC)          Committee is recorded on an hour-for-hour         impartial and use critical thinking skills.
ment.                                     is dedicated to improving human relations         basis. Sought-after skills for each sub-commit-   Interviewing experience may be helpful.
                                          and communications through impeccable             tee within the DEC are listed below.
                                          interpersonal interactions, policies and                                                            Seeking a Secretary: Take dictation and
       VACATIONS                                                                            To express interest contact Jess Robinson at      detailed notes; transcribe and archive.
                                          procedures in the Coop. Our goal is to work
Three season vacation cottages for                                                 or phone at 718-          Have general computer skills; editing and
                                          toward preventing and eliminating discrimi-
sale in our friendly, wooded north-                                                         622-0560. Please be prepared to provide a         writing skills; be compassionate; impartial
ern Westchester community. Pool,          nation in the Coop. The DEC has met on a
                                                                                            listing of your relevant experience, along        and a critical thinker.
tennis, biking, hiking; near Hud-         monthly basis since 2004 to promote the
                                                                                            with your Food Coop member number.
son River and Metro North.                ideal of equal and respectful treatment                                                             Outreach Sub-Committee
$97,000-99,000; One-time initia-          between all Coop members and paid staff           The Diversity Education Sub-Committee
tion fee, $3000, maint. approx.                                                                                                               This sub-committee needs at least 1 new
                                          regardless of each individual’s different iden-   This sub-committee seeks people commit-           member to create continual methods of
$3200. Cash sales only; no dogs.
212-242-0806 or junejacobson@             tity. The DEC also aims to provide advocacy       ted to the concepts of diversity, multicul-       informing the general membership of:                            for individuals who feel they have experi-        turalism, pluralism and inclusion. Superior       recruitment needs, what the DEC is work-
                                          enced discriminatory practices in the Coop.       relationship/people skills are needed.            ing on, and increasing general membership
 WHAT’S FOR FREE                                                                            Please be pro-active, savvy, and non-judg-        participation with the
                                          In order to be considered for the Diversity and
                                                                                            mental relating to all types of people.           DEC. The skills this
FREE INITIAL ORAL EXAMINA-                Equality Committee you must have at least one
                                                                                            This position may be leading and organiz-         position may
TION in a Holistic Family Dental          year of Coop membership, have an excellent
office for all Coop members. Using                                                          ing group activities. Experience leading          need are: Word
                                          attendance record, have the ability to be
a nutritional approach, Dr. Gold-                                                           workshops, ideally around diversity issues        processing &
berg practices preventive den-            accountable, to take initiative, to work inde-
                                                                                            is desired. Public Speaking skills, conflict      ability to meet
tistry, with non-mercury fillings,        pendently, be organized, and have an ability
                                                                                            resolution skills, and mediation skills are       deadlines. Be
thorough cleanings and non-surgi-         to work collaboratively with others. In addi-
cal gum treatments. For insurance                                                           also helpful for this position.                   a self starter
                                          tion, the committee meets monthly on second
information and an appointment,                                                                                                               who is innov-
                                          Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm – 8:00         Complaint Review Sub-Committee
please call 212-505-5055.
                                          pm. These meetings are mandatory. Committee       Seeking a Mediator: Needs excellent conflict      ative with
                                          members also work outside the meetings on         resolution and mediation skills with good         ideas & be
                                          projects for their sub-committees. Work on the    editing and writing skills. Be compassionate,     accountable.

           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.
   Lisa Abel                  Sarah Connerley          Michele Giordano           Alexandra Krispel-         Matthew Peter M.           Nathaniel Popper          Monique Sterling
   Gabrielle Ahern            Edwin Correa             Mimi Glaser                  Lippman                    Montesano                Jayson Rahmlow            Christopher Stewart
   Thomas Ahern               Randy Corriette          Clara Goldfarb             Mathias Kunzli             Gerry Mullany              Heather Rajamani          Elissa Strauss
   Daniel Ain                 Caitlin Cusick           Joseph Gordon              Matthew LeBlanc            John Mulley                Thirukumaran Rajamani     Eric Suess
   Denise Alexis              Bernardo S Da Silveira   Jonathan Gradman           Paula Lee Poy              Jimena Murabito            Shaun Rance               Pamela Tatz
   David Ashkenazy            Brandon Dalton           Victoria Grimshaw          Uri Leventer               Katherine A. Murray        Ruby Randig               Pam Texada
   Cristina Atkin             Thomas Dargan            Sharon Halali              Diana Levy                 David Nardone              Armon Rezai               Suetching Tham
   Zimmy Ayer                 Daniel daSilva           Tzion Halali               Allison Leyton-Brown       Alex Navarro-McKay         Michael Roberts           Charlotte Thomas
   Brian Baker                Georgia Davidson         Annie Happel               Sandrine Ligabue           Kate Navarro-McKay         Laura Robinson            Kazuyoshi Tosaka
   Eitan Baron                Miechzyslaw Debski       Erin Hathaway              Stephen Lippman            Lakisha Newman             Noelle Roland             Michael Viola
   Petra Bartosiewicz         Gregg Deering            Garnet Heraman             Courtney Lobel             Cecil Nunes                Chaya Rose                James Wagner
   Juan Baztan                Clayton DeKorne          Ana Hevesi                 Rachael London             Newton Nunes               Anjana Roy                Roxana Fong Wagner
   Carl Bernholtz             Eric DeMenthon           Victoria Hill              Ethan Long                 David O’Higgins            Subrato Roy               Cassandra Walcott
   Mikela Bjork               Jeremy Dewey             Deena Hoffman              Nicole Marino              Masahito Okunishi          Nicu Rubenstein           Jeff Walton
   Alicia Blackmountain       Lamine Diallo            Susan Huang                Joshua Marland             Wendy Olsoff               Marisa Sako               Robert Weinstein
   Rose Blakelock             Nzingah Diallo           Nancy Hughes               Paul Masterson             Mia Ormes                  Diana Salas               Daniel Wiedemann
   Stephanie Bonin            Kaitlyn Dorman           Jennifer Humphrey          Jenna McAuley              Brady Ovson                Primitiva Sanchez         Lia Wiedemann
   Kay Branhan                Ashley Edwards           Noam Hurvitz-Prinz         Thomas McCormack           Kenneth Page               William Sanders           Rob Wienk
   Laura Brino-Evin           John Emerson             Bettina Hutschek           Joel Mejia                 Ashley Paulsell            Alexandra Schieber        James Williams
   Eitan Burstein             Nyree Feliciano          Johanna Jainchill          Michelle Memran            Haley Pearl                Enno Schroeder            Jenny Williams
   Garry Canegitta            Brian Ferree             Hanz Jatzke                Robin Michals              Yumei Peng                 Taylor Schwarzkopf        Melanie Zarabi
   Kathleen Carr              Laurie Fischer           Keiko Kanamaru             Melissa Miles              Fernanda Pereira           Allison Sciplin           John Ziegler
   Matthew Cascuccio          Caleigh Fisher           Adrienne Kearney           Ethan Miller               Meaghan Pierce-Delaney     Joseph Sharkey            Zaneta Zubkova
   Fritz Celestin             Tricia Fitzsimmons       Jason Kende                Kate Miller                Alexis Poledouris          Acacia Shields            Gregory Zuccolo
   Osman Chaudhry             Rubiana Franzini         Kristen Kosmas             Allan Mitchell             Beata Poltorak-Debski      Seanna Sifflet
   Yvette Choy                Jake Fromm               Zachary Kostura            Beverly Mitchell           Gary Popkin                Raushanah Smith
   John Clark                 Heidi Galli                                                                    Louise Popkin              Amy Smith-Stewart

                                                                              THANK YOU!
                                      Thank you to the following members for referring friends who joined the Coop in the last two weeks.
   Ayonna & Sabeen            Connie Coady             Sarah Freeman              Patricia Joyce             Rachael Maciasz            DJ Park                   Gianna Short
   Sarah Barber               Andrew Corless           Paul Galli                 Lindsay Katona             Lindsey Megrue             Leonardo Pejsachowicz     Nicole Simon
   Deb Barsha                 J. Johana Cuccia         Jules Gimbrone             Susan Lee                  Meredith Mendelsohn        Daniel Pepper             Lorin Sklamberg
   Julie Bleha                Iris Cushing             Bev Grant                  Margie Lempert             Lara Miller                Leah S. Pillsbury         Meredith Slopen
   Elan Bogarin               Parijat Desai            Eiko Gustavson-Fukudo      Sarah Lenigan              Allan Mitchell             Eyal Rabinovitch          Emma Starr
   Douglas Boyce              Linda Faust              Ginger Hargett             Kristen Leonard            Stephen Moses              Maya Roberts              Hans Steiner
   Pamela Bradshaw            Steven Faust             Mary Hart                  Kathy Levine               Kim Muench                 Yvette S.                 Akim Vann-Osse
   Dominque Bravo             Emma Firth               Joe Holtz                  Chana Lew                  Kenneth Nix                Garbriel Sanders          Cynthia Winings
   Vincent Carter             Deirdre Fishel           Andrew Ingkavet            Yana Liakhouskaya          David Novack               Emily Sands               Robb Wood
   Andrea Chu                 Maggie Fishman           Iyato                      Toby Liebowitz             Amallia Orman              Kristen Schafenacker      Matthew Wyatt
   Clatje                     Marilyn Fraser           Ame Johnson                Jennifer MacFarlane        Naima Oyo                  Lou Schiro                Kate Zuckerman

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