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GSE team from India is coming. Can you help?

The incoming Group Student Exchange team from India will be here soon, and the program District 7250 Chairperson, Joanne Maiorana-Davis, is looking for help. She writes:

“We still need two host families for April 6 through April 9 and host families for April 14 through April 18. Can two clubs please claim these weeks and host a member? Please RSVP as soon as possible.

“I will also need a Chairperson for each club hosting to coordinate the calendar of events, etc.

“Thank you so very much for your help.”

Contact Joanne at joanne.maiorana-davis@fnbli.com or (631) 243-2600.

Markowitz chief of staff tells Rotary: ‘Brooklyn’s become a great place,’ but challenges remain

Carlo A. Scissura, chief of staff to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, told the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club on Aug. 4, that “Brooklyn’s become a great place.”

Mr. Scissura described how “a lot of kids whose parents and grandparents left Brooklyn in the ’70s and ’80s” are moving to “neighborhoods that their grandparents ran out of — like Williamsburg and Greenpoint and Sunset Park and Crown Heights.”

But problems remain, Mr. Scissura cautioned. There’s high unemployment, especially among young African-American men, and some of Brooklyn’s schools are not what they should be.

“We always say let’s talk about all the great things, but let’s focus energy on places that really need it,” he told Rotarians gathered for their weekly luncheon meeting, at Archives Restaurant in the NY Marriott Brooklyn Bridge hotel.