Brooklyn Today for Sept. 11

Good morning. Today is the 255th day of the year. In Brooklyn history, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle for this date in 1902 carried an article about poor water pressure in new apartment buildings in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant. "No Water on Top Floors Is General Complaint," the headline ran.

Well-known people who were born today include U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), singer-pianist Harry Connick Jr., actor Lola Falana, rock singer-songwriter Moby and rapper Ludacris.
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Brooklyn's unique floating concert hall, Bargemusic at Fulton Ferry Landing, will feature a 9/11 Memorial Concert tonight at 8. Admission is free, no reserved seating, doors open at 7:15. Bargemusic founder, the late Olga Bloom, had a sorrowful front-row seat to the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Ironically, though it would be two years later that a violinist named Mark Peskanov would be asked to become the artistic director of Bargemusic, it was he that Olga Bloom called on the phone that day when the Towers were struck. "We were talking on the phone as the second plane struck," recalled Peskanov. "Some firemen who were friends of Olga happened to be there when they received the call to cross the bridge to respond...they never returned." Already in her eighties when the Twin Towers were struck in 2001, Olga Bloom soon brought Mark Peskanov into her organization as a key performer and organizer, then asked him to take over as Artistic Director in 2003. Bloom died on Thanksgiving Day in 2011 at the age of 91. (For more on Bargemusic history and schedules, readers may go to or call 718-624-2083)
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It's an acronym that's hard to pronounce but easy to love and support. We're referring to JALBCA , the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert. Tomorrow, JALBCA's  annual courthouse alert will be kicked off at a cocktail reception in Brooklyn Heights at the Appellate Division courthouse, 45 Monroe Place. Honorary chair of the event will be Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, chief administrative judge of the Courts of New York State. Co-chairing the event are two State Supreme Court Judges that have been JALBCA's strongest supporters since its founding: Hon. Ellen Spodek and former Appellate Division Justice and former Administrative Judge William C. Thompson.

Thompson, whose heart and mind have always been called "the biggest in the room' when he advocates for his beloved charities, was awarded the Purple Heart for service to his country as a military man before he began law practice.

In addition to its strong advocacy and educational role in fighting breast cancer, JALBCA produces a newsletter that tracks legislation and medical malpractice cases involving drugs that have caused cancer. Just this past Sunday, the JALBCA team played a large role in the "Susan Komen Race for the Cure," held in Central Park.  (For more information, readers may contact JALBCA executive director Jennifer Fiorentino at [email protected].)

Justice Ellen Spodek said, "Since its inception, JALBCA continues to provide much needed mammographies to the general public by hosting vans to the courthouses in New York City, as well as in Westchester and Suffolk Counties. We look forward to seeing everyone at the kickoff reception at 5 to 7 p.m. on September 12, 2012."
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Brooklyn's U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton will pay tribute to all civilians and uniformed responders who perished in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Today at 3 p.m. at the base of the flagpole in front of Building 113, a period of silence will be observed, followed by the playing of Taps. (Readers may have more information on Fort Hamilton by calling Officer Bruce Hill at 718-630-4780.)