Good morning. Today is the 31st day of the year. It is the birth anniversary (1797) of composer Franz Schubert. Schubert, who died of typhus in Vienna at the age of 31, never got a chance to finish his Eighth (“Unfinished”) Symphony. By his request, he was buried near the grave of Beethoven.
Well-known people who were born today include Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, actress Minnie Driver (Grosse Pointe Blank, Good Will Hunting), singer-actor Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan), singer John Lydon of the Sex Pistols and Brooklyn-born actress Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me, The Flamingo Kid).
A group of seniors from the Abe Stark Senior Center in Canarsie have received the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award for their fitness activities, according to NY1. The seniors, mostly in their 80s and 90s, continue to exercise for at least one hour every day. The center’s assistant director, Marianna Hernandez, got the seniors involved in the President’s Challenge exercise program after seeing the kind of impact it was having on her sons at school.
A tractor-trailer jackknifed on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway near the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday morning, tying up rush-hour traffic, according to the Daily News. The accident happened at about 8:10 a.m. on an eastbound lane, closing the side to all vehicles and causing major delays.
Also according to the Daily News, a Brooklyn mother has been arrested and charged with abandoning two of her daughters, ages 3 and 5, on a sidewalk, then driving away in her car. The News reports that a neighbor of Dalisha Adams, 26, of the Breukelen Houses in Canarsie, has said that Adams was always screaming at the kids and saying things like “shut the f—- up” and “I’ll punch you in the f—- face.”
According to Pardon Me for Asking, best-selling author Patrick Taylor, best known for his Irish Country series of novels, will visit the Carroll Gardens branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 396 Clinton St., on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign his novels. The event is hosted by Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library.