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Did you schedule your Colonscopy?  March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t hesitate--JUST DO IT!  Did you attend the Free Memory Screening Event or the First Step to Starting a Business seminar or the 8th Annual John’s Pasta Party?

Below are some pictures from John’s Pasta Party, a successful fundraiser hosted by the South Shore Rotary in memory of John Dressler to help support students with cancer stay in school.  If you would like to make a donation to the John Dressler Scholarship, you can send a check payable to the South Shore Rotary Foundation to P.O. Box 061068, Staten Island, NY 10306.

 




People ask me, “How can I receive the “Weekend Events” blog.  If you enjoy reading my “Weekend

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Have you participated in any of the hikes throughout Staten Island’s parks or attended an open house for summer camps or schools for your children?  If you would like to share photos from any of the events you attended, please feel free to email them to me and I will include in this week’s blog. 

I love to see the snow melting and the green tops of plants popping out of the wet soil.  Now is the time to start planting seeds on your window sill to ready them for your garden when the last freeze is over.  As I write this, the weather is expected to go up to 50.  My kitty actually insisted on going outside to bask in the sun.  Is Mother Nature teasing me?  Time will tell.

 

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colonoscopies save lives.

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Did you, my gentle readers, embrace the surprise snow storms we encountered this past week?  I do enjoy the scenery after a new-fallen snow! I finally had a chance to play in the snow with the grandkiddies, helped them build a snowman, made snow angels, watched them slide down the hills and listened to their squeals of delight.  I don’t, however, appreciate the stress of commuting in the snow, struggling to get to appointments on time and, of course, shoveling. 

 

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an

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YES, SPRING IS ON ITS WAY!  We have had ice, sleet, snow the last couple of days and weeks but also weather in the high 40’s.  Not your typical winter, I know, but it gives us some hope of warmth in the near future.  Of course, the other surprise was a quick snow storm which gave my grandkiddies a chance to shovel snow with their Dad and build a snowman.  See also the photos of the crocuses popping up all over and other signs of spring. 

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the

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After the snow and sleet storm last week, I ventured out the next morning to start the cleanup.  Chopped ice on all the walkways, shoveled it away and spread some salt in the driveway hoping it would melt.  Most of it did; and before I went back inside, I sat on the porch, soaked in some vitamin D for 45 minutes and meditated.  It was so refreshing that I actually caught a second wind and started to clean my house!  How’s that for revitalizing oneself?

 

Did you participate in the Valentine’s Day 5K Run at Conference House Park or hike in one of the parks this week? There is so much to do outdoors on Staten Island especially with the changeable weather we have been having.  Get your boots on, bundle up and breathe the fresh air!  I learned how to

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Did you get involved this week in your Community Board, neighborhood civic group, the PTA or any other organization where you can make a difference?  As a child, I learned from the example of my parents, relatives and friends to volunteer my services, get involved with church, school and/or neighborhood groups.   It seemed like the more I had on my plate and the busier I was in my life, the more I could accomplish.  I’m sure many of you feel the same.  We are all occupied with family, friends, health, work and our other issues which become overwhelming at times.  Somehow, I have found that when you help others, all those issues melt away.  My own opinion, of course!  

This week, my grandchildren came over, and we worked on Paper Crafting. (Thanks to

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Good news! Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow so that means an early Spring.  I hope he is right! 

Did you attend the Property Tax Exemption and Rent Freeze Enrollment Event sponsored by Senators Lanza and Savino, the Tenant, Home Owner and Landlord Resource Fair sponsored by Councilwoman Debi Rose or the Town Hall meeting hosted by North Shore Assemblyman Charles D. Fall?  You, my gentle readers, have the opportunity to attend Community Board meetings, neighborhood civic organizations or any of the forums where you can make a difference and become a part of changing the issues that you may be dealing with. If you did not attend but continue to complain about everything wrong with your neighborhood, taxes, rents, elected officials, etc., I

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Did you register your child for the Zimmer Club’s 2019 Winter Youth, accompany your teen to the Staten Island NAACP 9th Annual HBCU Experience College Fair 2019, enroll in one of the classes at Staten Island MakerSpace or attend the Exhibit Opening of the “Sons and Daughters of Italy: The Fashions and Faces of the Regions of Italy” at the Garibaldi-Meuicci Museum?  

Whatever you did, after the extremely low temperatures rose to 29 degrees, did you feel like you were warm again?  I actually wore long-johns to warm these old bones last week--something I haven't done in many years.  It was a relief for a brief moment as we anticipate snow, ice, etc. this week!

I participated in a Paper Crafting class at the H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park

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Did you, my gentle readers, shovel snow this weekend?  If you live on Staten Island, you probably had all the tools of the trade ready—snow blower, shovels, salt.  All over the country, there were floods, icing, snow storms and chilly, sub-zero weather; even my Southern friends were chilled. We dodged the snow bullet on the Island but were prepared. I hope you left the house and participated in some activities--maybe the Bird and Nature Walk at the Conference House or Evening Group Hike through the Greenbelt or volunteered with HEALTH for Youths cleaning and beautifying various parks as part of the It’s My Park program.  I attended the Writing Workshop for Adults: Introduction to Memoir Writing on Saturday led by award-winning author Marianna Randazzo at

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Did you attend the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services “Business Planning Basics” last Wednesday? There is nothing like being your own boss.  This course is a good start to organizing your business plan and making your dream of owning a small business a reality.  Did you hear Author Kristin Pitanza discuss Speed My Way Up?  I’m sure many of you have your own thoughts about relocating to Staten Island and others about how the Island changed after the Verrazzano Bridge was built and the ensuing overbuilding and overcrowding, especially on the roads.

Did you take any hikes throughout Staten Island’s many parks?  Please feel free to share your photos.   

Did you attend Picture Lotto Sunday, at historic Mont Sec house in Ft. Wadsworth? 

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