THE DIRECTORS OF PARKER’S BOX ART GALLERY IN WILLIAMSBURG, ALUN WILLIAMS, HELIANTHE BOURDEAUX-MAURIN and gallery manager CéLINE EMAS JAROUSSEAU, wanted to give thanks to the borough that has nurtured and encouraged the gallery since it opened in 2000. Last Friday, the exhibition “From Brooklyn with Love” opened to that effect. The show features work by 23 artists (including Walt Whitman) who found inspiration and motivation in the fertile creative climate that is Brooklyn. The show encompasses work from artists passing through and those from diverse origins who have made the borough home. More than a third of participating artists have previously exhibited at Parker’s Box, making this a family reunion of sorts for the gallery. “All of the artists have been chosen for the respect we have for their work, and the feeling that for multiple, contrasting reasons, Brooklyn has them in its blood — or vice versa,” said the gallery. The exhibition will be open through June 29 at 193 Grand St. For hours, visit www.parkersbox.com.
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THE LETTER CARRIERS AT CADMAN PLAZA will hold their fifth Annual Bowl-a-thon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on May 18, led by office managers GEORGE BAEZ, MARLENE RIVERA, CARMEN WILLIAMS and TIANA CRAWFORD. Of the 54 routes covered by the Cadman post office, 40 bowlers will hit the lanes to raise funds. Those who “aren’t very good bowlers,” by their own admission, will be on hand to cheerlead the players, including two boys with muscular dystrophy who will roll the first ball of the morning, 11 a.m. at Maple Lanes on 60th Street.
GATHER A BUNCH OF NEW YORK WRITERS together in a room and what do you have? A rollicking good time, to be sure. On May 15 at 7 p.m., New York Sun columnist LENORE SKENAZY (who caused a stir when she let her 9-year-old son ride the subway alone and wrote about it), Park Sloper and former New York Magazine sex writer AMY SOHN, LOUISE CRAWFORD of OnlyTheBlogKnowsBrooklyn.typepad.com and others will entertain a crowd with excerpts from their work. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. at Montauk Club at 25 8th Ave. in Park Slope.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT RESIDENT HOLLY SLOWIK will share the podium with other honorees at the commencement ceremonies for Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus on May 15. She is to be honored with the Secondary School Teacher of the Year Award for challenging and nurturing her students while also supporting her colleagues at The Ron Brown Academy, M.S. 57, in Brooklyn. As a member of the leadership team for her school, Slowik worked for the non-profit organization Computers for Youth, helping to introduce educational technology to low-income families. In addition, she teaches the African-Brazilian martial art capoeira and Brazilian language and culture through an after-school sports and arts program she initiated.
ON MAY 3, THE METRO NEW YORK CHAPTER of the Mathematical Association of America presented St. Joseph’s professor Dr. David Seppala-Holtzman with the Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The professor was chosen as the award recipient for his success as a teacher whose influence has extended beyond his own institution. Seppala-Holtzman has served with St. Joseph’s faculty for 27 years, and as the chairman of the Mathematics Department for all but four of those years.
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STUDENT MOHAMMAD FARHAN of John J. Pershing School, I.S. 220, was recently named as the grand prizewinner of Lutheran HealthCare’s essay contest for best answering the question, “What Does Good Health Mean to Me?” He pocketed the top prize of $125. Lutheran HealthCare held the contest for dual purposes: as a continuation of its 125th anniversary celebration and to raise health care awareness among Brooklyn youth. Other contest winners from I.S. 220 were Djenne Langhorn, who took home an iPod shuffle for second place, Rifat Iqbal with a $50 Barnes & Nobles gift card for third place, and honorable mention to Tohidul Islam. Winners Karen Tiatelpa from I.S. 88 and Nequai Nipper from M.S. 313 each received an iPod shuffle. Eighth grade essay-winner hopefuls submitted entries between late January and March 10.