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The creative community of Staten Island has planned a three-day event filled with more art than you can imagine. The Art by the Ferry festival will take place Friday May 29th through Sunday May 31st, with events at 73 Wave Street in Stapleton and at the St. George Ferry Terminal.

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday, May 29th - An opening reception will be held at the Hub 17 Gallery at 73 Wave Street from 6-9pm. There will be live music and light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, May 30th - A handmade crafts fair will take place at the St. George Ferry Terminal Platform from 11:30am - 7:30pm.

Sunday, May 31st - Several performances will take place at the St. George Ferry Terminal Platform, from 11:30am - 7:30pm. Performances include

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When shopping at the Empire Outlets, you won't have to worry about lugging your heavy bags around with you or fitting everything into the car for the trip home. The concierge service Bags Inc will be available to ship your bags to your home when you're finished shopping.

The Florida-based company will be available for city residents and tourists alike who wish to have their bags shipped instead of carrying them. Plus, there will even be a "free shipping" perk if you spend a certain dollar amount while shopping. Bags Inc is a growing company, known for their operation at Walt Disney World. The company will have a 12,000 square foot space including a welcome desk and visitor's center at the forthcoming St. George shopping center.


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The nation-wide, favorite fast food chain, Sonic, will be opening it's first location within New York City on Page Avenue in our very own Richmond Valley.

The restaurant was initially meant to open in 2013, and co-owner Paul Montella apologizes for the delay. "Some things are beyond our control," he said, referring to construction taking place along Page Avenue to widen the roadway. So far, two managers are in training to run the franchise location, but Montella will not look to hire a crew until the restaurant is closer to opening.

We can expect the establishment to open sometime around late July or August. Save your appetite!

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The large office building at 1 Edgewater Plaza in Stapleton recently sold for $21.5 million, marking one of the most expensive real estate transactions this borough has ever seen.

The property is currently home to the Board of Elections and an NYPD precinct, and formerly housed an EZPass center. The purchase was made by NYC developer Stephen Wu. Wu has stated that the building will continue to be used as office space. The developer also stated that he feels it was a secure investment, since the surrounding neighborhoods of Stapleton, Tompkinsville, and St. George are each seeing major developments that will bring new life and business to the area.

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How many of you actually know the meaning of Memorial Day?  It is a federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.  Many people visit cemeteries and memorials.  Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national and local cemeteries.

When I was a child, Memorial Day meant attending the parade on Forest Ave. and having a barbeque

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Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, some of the most visited beaches on Staten Island are due to open this Saturday.

The beaches that will be open for swimming include Franklin D. Roosevelt Beach and Boardwalk in Midland Beach and South Beach, Cedar Grove Beach in New Dorp, and Wolfe's Pond Beach in Prince's Bay. Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10am to 6pm, starting Saturday until Labor Day.

Here's to the warm weather! Happy summer to all!

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Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs has boarded up its shop in the Staten Island Mall food court this week.

But not to worry! This Coney Island-born, neighborhood favorite hot dog joint has other locations within the K-Mart store of Hylan Plaza in New Dorp and a freestanding store on Forest Ave in Mariner's Harbor. Nathan's is also slated to be one of the restaurants to open in the upcoming Empire Outlets center in St. George.

Sometimes when we see a chain restaurant close, we fear the company may be in financial trouble. Such is not the case with Nathan's, which was ranked #22 in the Best Small Companies of 2014, according to Forbes.

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A ceremony was held at the Excelsior Grand catering hall in New Dorp yesterday, paying tribute to 28 emergency service workers in honor of EMS Week.

The event featured brunch and an awards ceremony, and was hosted by Borough President James Oddo along with the Staten Island EMS Task Force. A speech was given by Dr. Glenn Asaeda of FDNY Medical Affairs. Awards were presented in the following categories: Emergency Medical Technicians of the Year, Paramedic of the Year, Instructor of the Year, and the Frank W. Geib Memorial EMT Student Award.

Pursuing a career in the emergency services is a brave and important decision. We are grateful for all EMS personnel who work hard to serve the public every day!

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Those passing thunderstorms we experienced on Saturday evening actually did a bit of damage. A telephone pole outside of the St. John's University library was struck with a bolt which caused a transformer to blow.

It's no wonder the pole attracted a lightning strike, since Grymes Hill sits about 300 feet above sea level and is the island's second highest point. Thankfully, there were no injuries. Earlier that morning, the school had celebrated the class of 2015's graduation and the library was empty.

Damages to the electrical equipment within the library are still being assessed. The library will remain closed for repairs, and it is unclear whether or not it will be ready by the start of this year's fall semester. 

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The first thing you should know is, there are now two types of speed cameras- fixed cameras attached to poles, and mobile cameras which are set on top of cars parked in school zones and aim to capture the speed of the unsuspecting.

The second bit of information you may find interesting is, although we may think of these speed cameras as pesky, Staten Island has shown a whopping 55.4% percent drop in speeding since their implementation in June 2014.

The map above shows the locations of various speed cameras around the island. Red marks indicate well-known, fixed-post speed cameras, while blue and yellow dots represent mobile cameras. Since the position of mobile cameras may change over the course of time, here are the exact locations of the fixed

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