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Found 30 entries for June, 2015.

Yet another large development is in the works for Staten Island. This time, it will be a 457,000-square-foot retail complex near the Outerbridge, toward the end of Arthur Kill Road in Charleston.

The proposed "Riverside Galleria" has been proposed by Melohn Properties Inc., a major New York City developer. Along with retail shopping and restaurants, design plans include a promenade overlooking the waterfront, a multiplex cinema, and a wetland preserve area. In addition, there will be multiple enterances, walkways, and parking for 1,850 cars.

As it stands right now, the project is expected to begin construction in 2016, and be ready to open in 2017. Architecture firm STUDIO V are in charge of the design. Jay Valgora, principal architect, stated

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Did you try those ribs at the Sandy Ground Festival last Saturday?  Aren't they to die for?  Even though there were parking glitches at the Richmond County Ballpark on opening day last Friday, how about those Staten Island Yankees?  The menu has improved and lots of fun was had that night against the Brooklyn Cyclones.  Check out Boardwalk Days at South Beach every Sunday from 4-8.  Enjoying the cool breezes off the ocean, you will have a splendid time.

Let me begin my blog today with “Has anyone seen Max”?  The heartsick family is offering a “large reward” for their silver and white Persian cat, Max, who bolted out of his carrier in the parking lot of Home Depot in Charleston Shopping Center last Sunday at approximately 10:15 a.m.  Please call

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Native Staten Islander Steve Stanulis, a retired NYPD officer with connections in the film and entertainment industry, has recently announced plans to launch the 2016 Staten Island Film Festival. 

Due to the success of a film festival he produced in Atlantic City in 2010, Stanulis was inspired to bring the same type of event to his home. During a press conference, the idea received support from the Borough President James Oddo. "Borough Hall is excited and we will try to be as helpful as possible," Oddo said. 

Residents may or may not be aware, but Staten Island has been a popular filming location over the past few decades. A film festival here would highlight the more attractive locations of our home, while also bringing more cultural knowledge

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Students of Port Richmond High School in Port Richmond are afforded the opportunity to attend after-school culinary classes as part of the NeON Arts Program.

Throughout the 14-week program, students were able to learn basic cooking skills, recipes, knife skills, food safety training. They should have no problem finding a job in the culinary field since they've also been able to receive their food handler's license and gained valuable resume-building tips.

The focus of the NeON Arts Program is to introduce young people to various artistic avenues in a controlled setting. Aside from culinary, other programs include animation, music, and documentary skills. 

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The long-awaited Ocean Breeze Track and Field Complex near South Beach could be subject to the same membership fees as other Parks Department facilities. 

The proposed annual membership fees are as follows:
•Children age 17 and under - Free
•Young Adults ages 18-24 - $25
• Adults ages 25-61 - $100
• Seniors age 62 and older - $25

Members gain access to the track and field areas of the complex, fitness rooms, and regularly scheduled recreational programs. If you feel the need to contest these fees or make your opinion known, there will be a public hearing this Thursday, June 25. Call 212-360-1355 to sign up and attend.

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After his 35th year in business, Sam Corigliano, owner of the Marina Cafe in Great Kills, will be retiring, leaving the restaurant in his kids' hands.

It's hard to find someone who hasn't enjoyed a warm, summer afternoon or evening meal and drinks at the Marina Cafe. Sam Corigliano has maintained this dockside, fine-dining establishment for the past thirty-five years, and is now passing the torch to his son, Joe LaBriola, and daughter, Rosemarie Saladino. Each of his children have been involved in this business for the past several years and Corigliano is confident the business will continue to thrive.

The Marina Cafe suffered heavy damages after Hurricane Sandy struck in the fall of 2012, and major renovations kept the restaurant closed for

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A program called "Link Up" brought student musicians of P.S. 65 together with the professional musicians of the Staten Island Philharmonic for a once-in-a-lifetime performance this week.

The "Link Up" program offered the youngsters of the Tompkinsville school as 20-week music education, followed by the opportunity to play with the professionals. The lessons and final performance were held at the JCC of Staten Island, and were sponsored by the Chait Foundation and the Music Institute Foundation. Attendees of the performance included parents, teachers, and musicians and representatives from Carnegie Hall.

Principal of P.S. 65, Sophie Scamardella, was proud of her students, who she refers to as "little dolphins" in light of the school's mascot. She

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The city's Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has proposed a new traffic plan to connect Richmond Avenue with the West Shore Expressway near the Heartland Village area of the island. The plan would add a four-lane roadway off of Richmond Avenue, which would split onto two bridges, crossing the main Fresh Kills streams, and would then connect to the expressway.

The DDC brought the idea to Borough President James Oddo, who embraces it and is now focusing on securing funding for the project. "We want to bring this alive and have a road system that doesn't just serve the park, but goes well above and beyond that.... This is one of the significant steps towards mitigating and lessening the Island's traffic burden," Oddo said.

The project is

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Did you meet your friends at the third annual FREE Atlantic Salt Maritime Festival on Sunday?  The US Coast Guard training ship Eagle was a beauty to tour.  It was a pleasure chatting with members of the crew who hail from all over the country. What a noble and terrific way to see the world!  There were plenty of activities for the kids—bouncy house, slides, arts and crafts, paper boat races, free watermelon, ices, hot dogs, cold water, music, dancing, entertainment.  Did you attend the concert “Saluting the Flag in Song and Dance” at St. John’s celebrating the 240th birthday of the U.S. Army ?  And did you fly your American Flag on Sunday, 6/14—Flag Day?  I saw many flags flying and was inspired.  Maybe patriotism and love of our country is returning. 

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Borough President James Oddo and Councilman Steven Matteo introduced Clean Town earlier this week, an initiative to reduce littering around Staten Island Railway stations. The program will bring more waste and recycling baskets to stations, along with twice a week visits from a cleaning crew.

At a press conference, Oddo stated that the volume of litter scattered around North and South Railroad Avenues was an embarrassment to the borough. But instead of blaming the MTA, he pointed the finger at residents and the continued pattern of littering. Empire State Bank donated $10,000 to the initiative, allowing the New Dorp stop to be the first 'Clean Town' station. Oddo hopes to bring the program to at least one station in each Council district and is

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