Good morning. Today is the 201st day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of July 19, 1901, says that the Hebrew Benevolent Society of the Eastern District (meaning Williamsburg and Bushwick) would be sponsoring an excursion to Rockaway Beach for “sick Hebrew children.” “Refreshments for the children will be provided on the train and at the beach,” the Eagle continued. The society, it said, was sustained “purely by voluntary contributions.”
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Well-known people who were born today include actress Clea Lewis (“Ellen”), former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern and Hall of Fame tennis player Illie Nastase.
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Today at Borough Hall, Borough President Marty Markowitz will join entertainer Ben Vereen for a day of events at Borough Hall as part of the 2012 “Lighten Up Brooklyn” campaign. Activities include dancing for older adults led by the Mark Morris Dance Center, a power walk, yoga and capoeira as well as a press conference at noon.