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Is it a neighborhood associaition meeting, or a local business fair? This time, it was both

RITA A. LEONARD - Heres the new Brooklyn Action Corps Board, from left: Chair Ben Tarne, new members Josh Hettrick, Lily Gilbert, Mike Erwin (Secretary), Guy Berliner, Melaney Dittler (organizer of the concurrent Business Fair), Don Stephens (Treasurer), and Mark Romanoggi. The monthly meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association at the Sacred Heart Villa meeting hall featured the installation of the newly-elected BAC Board. After the ceremony, Chairman Ben Tarne introduced special guest speaker Molly Mayo, new Executive Director of Southeast Uplift, the nonprofit "neighborhood coalition" serving Inner Southeast's neighborhood associations.

"At our headquarters [on S.E. Main, a short distance west of the parking lot for the Hawthorne Boulevard Fred Meyer Store], we now have conference rooms and office space for rent," reporteid Mayo. "We're hoping to become more well-acquainted with local organizations."

Tarne, who manned a table for the Friends of Brooklyn Park at its recent fundraiser, revealed that that organization now has $17,000 in donations – very close to the $18,500 needed to support this year's Brooklyn Park Summer Youth Program.

As the reactivated "Greater Brooklyn Business Association" gains traction, they are becoming more publicly prominent, and once again the group organized a neighborhood Business Fair in conjunction with this monthly meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps. Fifteen members participated.

Before the meeting ended, Brooklyn Neighborhood Newsletter Editor Marie Phillippi thanked all the BAC volunteers and the new Board Members. She announced that in June, the nearby Sacred Heart Church plans to finally break ground for a new Fellowship Hall, which will be located adjacent to the Rectory.

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