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Found 28 entries for April, 2015.

How did you spend Earth Day?  Plant any trees?  Pick up trash in your neighborhood?  Participate in forest restoration at High Rock?  Did you attend the grand opening party at Gotham Motorcycles?  (Did you think about purchasing a Harley, an Indian?)  I put the top down on the convertible and welcomed spring—nothing like fresh air!

If you never saw the play “In the Heights” on Broadway, now is your chance to catch a performance of Port Richmond High School’s production of this high energy, sweet and sentimental show on Friday, 5/1 and Saturday, 5/2 at 7.  I have attended the shows at Port Richmond for many years and have never witnessed a more enthusiastic, hard-working group of students singing, dancing, acting their hearts out to entertain the

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A series of events is planned for the month of May, Mental Health Month, focusing on the identification of and ways to cope with various mental health issues. These workshops will cover suicide prevention, schizophrenia awareness, and using spirituality to improve mental health. 

SafeTALK Suicide Prevention: Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Beach Psychiatric Center Auditorium, 777 Seaview Ave.

Training with Dr. Stephen J. Wakschal will provide some practical approaches to identifying someone with suicidal thoughts and knowing what to do.  Dr. Wakschal is a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) specialist. He has provided suicide intervention training to the NYPD, FBI, Federal Marshall Service, Homeland Security,

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College of Staten Island doctorate student, Seth Wollney, has launched a campaign to fund his research of Staten Island's ponds. So far, the campaign has reached 15% of it's $17,000 goal, with 23 days left to go.

As stated on the fundraiser's Experiment.com page, this project will inventory the biological communities in seven ponds using cutting-edge environmental DNA collection techniques. Data from surveys will lead to a deeper understanding of what humans can do to help conserve these important ecosystems for future generations. 

In addition to healthier spaces for plant life and microorganisms, Wollney believes that people will simply feel better about living near thriving ponds and parks. "People need to have open spaces and park land for

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The Standard Burger on Hylan Blvd in Great Kills has been closed for a few months for renovations, and now we know why. The restaurant is going be featured on an upcoming episode of "The Profit," a CNBC series hosted by entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis.

The neighborhood-favorite burger joint will be delivering a new menu, including famed LaFreida meat patties, hand-cut french fries, yucca fries, and craft beer. The restaurant will also serve Crumbs cupcakes and Mr. Green Tea ice cream for dessert. In addition to the menu remodel, the building has undergone some serious design improvements. The outside, lighted logo has been revamped and streamlined, interior lighting has been replaced with a collection of solo, hanging bulbs, and the dining furniture

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On Saturday, the boys of St. Rita's Boy Scout Troop 7 pitched in and spruced up the Trinity Church Cemetery in West Brighton, one of the Island's oldest abandoned cemeteries. 

The group of 25, led by sixteen-year-old Anthony Griffin, focused on beautifying the cemetery's entrance gate by removing weeds that had grown out of control. The troop also treated the area with gardening fabric and woodchips.

"We uprooted all the weeds and put mulch down to make it simpler to maintain," said Griffin. Speaking about the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island, he said, "Our troop is closely associated with them. They're great; they always have something for us to work on."

According to Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island's

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Started working on my garden which I’m happy to say is blooming nicely. 

Have you signed up for one of the Community Gardens in your neighborhood?  Did you attend the 2015 Daffodil Festival in Faber Park or participate in the Forest Restoration at High Rock?   Did you make any new friends this week or learn a new skill? 

On Saturday, 4/25 at 1:00, come out and join Red Storm Drum & Dance Troupe in celebrating Native American Culture at the new Heritage Park, Blissenbach Marina, Richmond Terrace.  There will be plenty of traditional story telling and audience participation.  A teepee and artifacts from Staten Island will be on site.

Also on Saturday from 11-6, help celebrate Earth Day at St. George Day in Tompkinsville Park at the intersection

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The Staten Island branches of the YMCA in both West Brighton and Eltingville are holding a "Healthy Kids Day" on Saturday, April 25th, beginning at 9am. The event is designed to help teach kids and families how to easily keep a healthy routine at home.

Planned activities for the day will include Tae Kwon Do, basketball, swimming, arts & crafts, nutrition information and more. The senior executive director of the Staten Island YMCA, Anita Harvey, said, "We'll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips they can easily replicate at home."

For more information, call the Broadway YMCA at (718) 981-4933 or the South Shore YMCA at (718) 227-3200.

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In observance of Earth Day on Wednesday, the students of St. Joseph Hill Academy held a Green Fashion Show. Student designers fashioned outfits and dresses out of recycled household items, such as plastic bags, newspapers, and bottle caps.

The aim of the project was to promote students' environmental consciousness and to illustrate how much trash we throw away on a daily basis. The school's student council sponsored the event, where faculty members served as judges. Cash prizes were awarded to the designsers: $100 to first place, $60 to second, and $40 to third. 

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Dan Cavagnaro, founder of Bay Street Bottling, has been brewing kombucha at his home in South Beach for the past six months. After realizing how great it tastes and how it helps to alleviate symptoms of his Crohn's disease, he wants to make it available for everyone to try.

Kombucha is an age-old drink made from black and green tea leaves and sugar, fermented with probiotic bacteria and yeast cultures. Cavagnaro criticizes the bigger brands' pastuerization process, saying they're not doing it right. "You lose the meticulous attention of a home brewer," he says. Cavagnaro uses a shorter fermentation process, thereby preserving more of the health benefits of the drink.

His company plans to start making 200 eleven-ounce bottles of "St. George

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A new merchants association has been launched to help improve more than 75 businesses within a mile stretch of Richmond Road in the areas of Grant City and Dongan Hills.

The Richmond Road Merchants Association is being jumpstarted by Councilman Steven Matteo contributing $25,000 and another $10,000 from Borough President James Oddo. This marks the fourth merchants group Matteo has started in his district.

The New Dorp Merchants Group, Victory Boulevard Merchants Association, and Midland Avenue Merchants Association have each been deemed great successes by Oddo. "This commercial strip includes a variety of small businesses who add character to our community," said Oddo, referring to Richmond Road. "Good things happen when small business owners

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