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Did you attend any of the arts & crafts events this week? Adult Craft: Make Your Own Bracelet at Great Kills Library, CloseKnit at the Noble Maritime Collection, Kinetic Geometry for teens with MakerSpace at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, Valentine’s Card-Making Event at Every Thing Goes Book Café, Crochet 4 Kidz Club at Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, Crazy Little Thing Called Love: How to Write Your Own Love Song at West New Brighton Library, Victorian Valentine Workshop at Historic Richmondtown, participate inFull Moon Drum Circle at Every Thing Goes Book Café, or Staten Island OutLOUD’s: Local Mariners, Local History at Leidy's Shore Inn or enjoy Spoken Word at Art on the Terrace or finally sign your kids up for the Zimmer Club Free Youth Program?

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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 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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Did you attend the Stapleton Library session last Wednesday, “Growing Healthy Eaters”?  This is a 6-session series to educate young children and their caregivers about the importance of eating well through a series of interactive, entertaining and delicious sessions.  Visit the Library at 132 Canal St. or call 718-727-0427 to attend on Wednesday at 4 and for more info. 

Staten Island is a great place to grow vegetables, and the presentation by Jay Weichun "Growing Food on Staten Island" yesterday at the College of Staten Island was proof.  He spent five years documenting and interviewing home gardeners from different backgrounds and nationalities throughout the Island. Convinced that home vegetable gardens are a means of understanding Staten Island and

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ART was in the air this weekend!  Friday night was the S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day Celebration at Everything Goes Bookstore/Café honoring women artists and hosted by Elaine Mendez, founder of Labyrinth Arts Collective. We were entertained with spoken word, monologues, music and an art exhibit all by talented women artists.  To learn more about Labyrinth, visit  labyrintheartscollective.org



The opening reception of the Third Annual “Island of Art” juried exhibition, with Professor Linda Butti, Professor Connie Frisch-Cherniak and Dr. Mark Meng as curators, took place at St. John’s University.  The delightful afternoon featuring all Staten Island artists brought art lovers together. The exhibit continues through 5/27.


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So much for my daffodils, crocus and tulip plants--The Winter Storm Stella of March 2017 gave us a run for the money with the hype but dumped only 4” of snow including sleet on Staten Island. 

I’m ready for an early spring.  What about you?  Have any of my gentle readers warmed their hearts by taking bagpipe and/or drum lessons with the Richmond County Pipes and Drums http://www.richmondcountypipesanddrums.com at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church or attended the Tavern Concerts at Historic Richmond Town.  I know the weather has been hard to predict, but it’s never too hot or cold to listen to music or participate in making music.  Staten Island has plenty of art galleries to visit and a number of theater groups produce shows throughout the year. Have you

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Did you take a moment to pray for the six people who were killed in the bombing and terrorist attack of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993?  More than 1,000 people were injured in the truck bomb explosion in the basement level parking garage.  This was, at the time, the deadliest act of terrorism on United States soil.  My brother, Mark, was working that day and ran down many flights of stairs to safety.  I will never forget what an impact this had on him and our family and how he was one of the lucky ones.  Little did any of us know that this was a prelude to the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, Shanksville, PA and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 killing over 2,900 people.  Mark was working nearby and again was

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How many of you, my gentle readers, attended the workshop on Friday regarding your Notice of Property Value and possible homeowner tax exemptions?  If you were not able to attend, there will be another meeting with the Department of Finance on Wednesday, 2/22 from 6-8 at the Lou Caravone Community Service Bldg., 460 Brielle Ave.  Bring a copy of your Notice of Property Value or download a copy at nyc.gov/finance.  For further details, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/taxes/notice-of-property-value.page. Your market values may go up and down but your taxes will always increase.  However, you may receive a tax exemption if you are Disabled, a Senior Citizen or a Veteran.  Check out the website, call 311 for info or email: nyc.gov/dofcorrespondence. 

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Do you know how to relax?  My mother was a hard worker, kept a clean house, was on top of her ironing and household chores but knew how to relax.  She would find a quiet corner either on the porch or in the house, would prop her feet up and read a book (usually a murder mystery) sometimes for hours. 

My mother was the wife of a detective, and I think that sleuth gene rubbed off on her. She had to unearth every last detail of a story (she was reading or listening to) to come to a satisfactory conclusion. I often wonder if she would have grasped the Facebook craze and spend hours reading other peoples stories.  What do you do to relax?  Meditate? Walk? Yoga?  Knit?  Read?  Dance? Hiking? Work out at the gym?  Pet your cat? Walk your dog? Hang out with

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Well, we received another reprieve of two days of 60+ degrees weather.  I put down the convertible top and worked on my winter intake of Vitamin D “the sunshine vitamin”!  I even gave my grandkiddies a ride with the top down.  My grandson was thrilled to be able to see the world of Staten Island so clearly (Uh, oh! Does that mean a future motorcyclist in the family?!) AND he held his little sister’s hand as he pointed out different things on her side and then his side of the car. We visited the playground at Bloomingdale Park, and it was packed!  It was so glorious to have some sun and heat in January without flying to Florida.

Did you take the winter walk through Willowbrook Park with the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods on Saturday?  One of my

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