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April is National Donate Life Month! For the 2019 National Donate Life Month theme, Donate Life America was inspired by bicycles and the phrase “Life is a beautiful ride.” Like the donation and transplantation journey, a bicycle serves as a symbol of progress, renewal and the moving circle of life. Nearly 9,500 New Yorkers are currently on waiting lists for donated organs that could save their lives.  If you would consider becoming an organ, eye or tissue donor, visit: https://www.donatelife.net/register/ You can also become a donor by registering with your local DMV when applying for or renewing your driver’s license. Visit:https://www.dmv.org/how-organ-donation-works.php I have been registered for many years on my license (note the heart on the right

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Were you able to check out the New York Public Library in your neighborhood or online this week?  Have you thought about discovering the history of your home and/or neighborhood?  Perhaps you might attend a program presented by The Preservation League of Staten Island or go on a tour of historic homes and districts of Staten Island.  Below you will find a program on Sunday, 3/13.  Visit their site for information, membership and more: http://preservestatenisland.org/index.htm 

If you participated in the Recycle@GrownNYC.org Stop ‘N’ Swap event at Christ Church on Saturday, then you will agree it was a great success. Swarms of people were dropping off bags before 11 a.m.  The organizers had their hands full with weighing, organizing and setting up

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When I was a teenager working part-time after school at the New York Public Library as a PAGE, I would sometimes get lost in the volumes of books I returned to the shelves.  I was an avid reader as a kid and not a big history buff, but I would just eat up anything about the history of Staten Island and New York City. The books had wonderful pictures of Staten Island as a wilderness.  My Dad would walk us to Sailor’s Snug Harbor in our neighborhood--a home for retired merchant seamen.  There were cows, horses and other livestock grazing on the property along Henderson Ave. and great “old” buildings (which still exist) where the snugs lived.  We would listen to the sailors relate stories of their lives and travels and how they came to retire on Staten

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Have you started putting your records together to file your taxes?  Do you need help? You can get Tax Prep assistance from AARP volunteers for FREE at the New York Public Library. For low and middle income taxpayers, with emphasis on Senior Citizens on a first come, first serve basis, help is available on Monday and Wednesday at 11 at West Brighton Library and Thursdays at 10 at the Todt-Hill Westerleigh Library.  At the St. George Library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-6 you can receive help in preparing and filing your tax return electronically from a tax assistant at the St. George Library Center and Tuesday at 11 at Richmondtown Library. http://www.nypl.org/events/calendar

Join the community outreach team of Staten Island University

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Are you sad to see the snow melt?  It’s hard to believe that just a week ago I wrote about the major blizzard and trying to find help with shoveling driveways and clearing sidewalks.  My grandson visited commenting that he hadn’t even had a chance to walk in the snow.  Well, his Dad put his boots on and out in the yard they trudged, throwing snowballs and building a snowman.  It was a pleasure watching them have so much fun in just an hour. Alas!  See below the melting snowman a few days later.  Yippee!  Here comes Spring!

How many of you attended the Art shows at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Wagner College and/or St. George Theater?  I went to the opening reception for the exhibit "Photographs and Prints by Vincent Verdi and Ann Marie McDonnell" on

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This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day.  I hope you. my gentle readers, will find the time to give thanks for your life, your family, friends and neighbors.  As good or bad as you may feel your life is, there are others who have nothing or much less than anything you can ever imagine.  I urge you to remember those in your lives who are in need of companionship; maybe a phone call or a visit would make their day.  Holidays can be lonely.  If you can, invite someone to your home or volunteer to serve food at a community food kitchen. 


Spotted a few "lucky" turkeys outside of Staten Island University Hospital today.  They seem very happy roaming around the streets.



Did any of you visit the New York Public Library this week? Maybe you

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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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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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Did you attend the Tribute to support and honor our NYPD officers as well as fallen officers? Or attend the Family Fun Day sponsored by the South Shore BID at the various Richmond County Savings Banks sites?  Did you dance till you dropped last weekend—ballroom, Latin, Country line dancing?  Or take a hike through Fresh Kills?  If you have photos of you or your family or friends at any of these events and would like to share, I will be happy to post them.

SSG Michael Ollis is a native Staten Islander who gave his life for his country at the age of 24.  He served one tour of duty in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. He left for his third deployment in 1/2013 and was due home in October. On 8/28, the base in Afghanistan where Ollis was stationed was

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Have you begun polishing your communications skills at the “New Day Toastmasters” at the Regina McGinn Education Center?  The group meets on Thursday at 7John’s Pasta Party was a blast with much support being shown for a great cause—to help students with cancer stay in school during and after treatment.  If you would like to contribute to the John Dressler Scholarship Fund, make checks payable to the South Shore Rotary Foundation, with a note “for the John Dressler Scholarship”, and send to the South Shore Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 061068, Staten Island, NY 10306-0011.

As a middle child, I would invariably get my sister’s hand-me-downs.  Sometimes I hated it, but most of the time I cherished whatever my older sister had—books, clothes, toys and a

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