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Did you “Pick up a book and read!” this week? My readers responded with their thoughts about recent books they had read.

My Gentle Reader Diane wrote: “Funny you should ask... I just finished “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. Through the book, I traveled to China in the 1820’s where I met Lily and followed her life into her old age as Lady Lu. I learned sadly about foot-binding, the joys and sorrows of female friendships and of nu-shu, which is the secret-code writing, developed thousands of years ago and used by women in a remote area of southern Hunan Province. I highly recommend this book!”

My Gentle Reader Mark shared: “I read a book recently called “Miracle of the Bells” by Russell Janney published in 1946. The Story involves a

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Check out my new listing in Annadale—162 McArthur Avenue!


This immaculate, well-kept one-family semi-attached 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on a quiet street in Annadale, features an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, hardwood floors throughout, recessed lighting, Andersen windows, with sliding glass door leading to an enclosed all-season room off of the kitchen, gas line with grill, new rain sensor sprinkler system, pull down stairs to attic for storage. Great for entertaining!                           

The First level is the foyer with a few steps up to a Living Room, Dining Room combination, Eat-In Kitchen, leading to an all- season room with gas line grill outside with egress to the beautifully manicured huge yard.




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Did you attend the Staten Island New Teacher Job Fair at Petrides, Wine Tasting at Honor Wines at their new location at 104 Beach St., the Third Annual Greenbelt Outdoor Adventure Day at Willowbrook Park, Historian Pat Salmon’s talk and discussion about the history of The Oystermen of Captain's Row at The Noble Maritime Collection or the 52nd Annual Art Exhibit, presented by The South Shore Artist Group at Conference House Park or the Victory Boulevard Merchants Association’s Annual Restaurant and Merchant Stroll?   So many things to do but so little time… I often say that, never the opposite--“I’m bored”. If we ever dared to utter those words, my parents would tell us, “Pick up a book and read!” Life can be exciting as you visit other places, other

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I’m going to share a secret about my family. . .We are diehard fans of Fleet Week! From childhood, before it was called “Fleet Week”, ships would dock on Staten Island and Dad would strengthen our weak little legs enough (with hard work around the house! Lol!) to climb up and down those ladders and through the ship without tripping, slipping or complaining. It was an exciting experience for us, and every year, without a miss, we would wait on lines to tour the ships. Since then, our family would venture to Ft. Wadsworth and wait for the Parade of Ships. Usually, it  would take a couple or more hours before the first one would come under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. The kiddies would run around playing with the other kiddies as photographers would take

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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 final 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 BBQ in

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The Grand Opening Event at the Empire Outlets NYC took place on Wednesday evening. Crowds of people lined up for an evening of entertainment, dancing, giveaways, food trucks, shopping and a camaraderie that I haven’t seen in a long time. The waterfront views of Manhattan were spectacular. The open spaces invite one to sit and enjoy the music, the sights and sounds, people watching and chatting. You can take a bus or the S.I.R.T. to the ferry to easily check out the new shopping venue or park in the nearby enclosed garages at the ferry, the Outlets site or on St. Mark’s Pl. at the Courthouse. Following are some photos from the opening night.










Thank you, Elissa, my gentle reader, for

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What a beautiful week! That is, until the rain came, barely stopped and then began again Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc.…. I want to congratulate my handsome, smart, funny, creative, first Grandchild, Gerard Nils Coogan, on his First Holy Communion which took place on a warm sunny Saturday morning at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Tottenville. He is an excellent student in 2nd grade at P.S. 3 and in his CCD class. All the children were taught well, knew their prayers and sang the beautiful songs during the Mass. I pray that Gerard will be blessed today and throughout his life. Check out the banner he designed and made for his Communion ceremony and the nod to a certain favorite creature. Hint: He is a dinosaur aficionado.






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Did you catch the performance by the Yankee Rebels Bluegrass Band at Everything Goes Cafe, take the Richard Buegler 10-Mile Spring Walk, attend Stop ‘N’ Swap at CSI, shop the Open Garden and Plant Sale at the home of Sage Reynolds? Below are some photos from Sage’s wonderful garden of unusual plants and flowers and happy shoppers.

Did you shop for Mother’s Day at the Craft Fair at the Art on the Terrace Gallery and view their art exhibit: “Good Earth” or at the Spring Fair at Stapleton UAME Church? Did you attend the Staten Island Giving Circle’s Basket Bash on Tuesday? For more information or to volunteer your services, visit

The Walking Tour of Livingston's Bard Avenue neighborhood took place on Saturday

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Did you spend time with the kiddies, grandkiddies, nieces or nephews treating them to any of the Cool School Holiday events around town?  Did you attend St. George Day, or Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day at Staten Island Makerspace on Sunday? 

I decided to get some exercise on Saturday during “Move your Body, Meet Your Neighbors” Weekend Walk Street Festival sponsored by Councilwoman Debi Rose, Staten Island Business Outreach Center, NYC Dept. of Transportation and the newly established Castleton Avenue Merchants Organization (CAMO).  This little corridor of Castleton Avenue has been a favorite of mine for years.  It’s an eclectic mix of small businesses that add value to the local community.  Among the businesses participating on Saturday were

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Have you registered to be an organ donor? Or applied for a Library Card? Did you attend Dr. Shulimovich’s Lunch and Learn--Cancer Control Awareness Month at RUMC or Dine Out 4 Autism? Or attend the Arts, Culture & Fun: Public Theater Mobile Unit: “The Tempest”? or the"The Crucifixion, an Oratorio" at The Reformed Church on Staten Island?  I hope you enjoyed the lovely weather and embraced nature during Easter and Passover holidays.

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