It’s back to school this week for most students after a long hot, hot, hot summer! Please remind your kids to be aware of other children who may not feel comfortable starting a new school or a new class. Tell them to smile and be friendly. Let them know that it’s OK to be nervous and remind them to be kind to their fellow students—they may be nervous also! Bullying should never be tolerated! Remind them if they see something that doesn’t look or feel right, they should tell their teacher, parents or caregivers. I wish them all a successful, happy, safe school year! Check out the first day of school pictures I unearthed from the 50's. Big sister, Ellen; Me starting kindergarten leaving little brother, Mark, at home; cousin Tom Urgo with me starting 1st
Congratulations to the Mid-Island Little League Mid-Atlantic champions! They played spectacularly into this year’s Little League World Series and were honored by a pep rally at their baseball field in Travis with fans lining the streets as their bus returned from PA. The Mets honored the team at Citi Field on Sunday, inviting them to warm ups and batting practice. This Friday, 8/31, the Staten Island Yankees and Empire Outlets will honor the team at the Yankees game against Vermont where each player will receive a $1,000 gift card to Empire Outlets. If you would like to be part of the festivities, you can purchase tickets at https//groupmatics.events/event/MidIsland or call the box office at 718-720-9265 and mention Mid-Island Little League. $5 from
This coming 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 think life is at times, there are others who have nothing or much less than anything you can ever imagine. Please 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.
Did you take a walk through one of our many parks on Staten Island or join Staten Island OutLOUD for one of their events or attend one of the many Christmas/holiday Fairs all across the Island?
On Wednesday, I accompanied my grandchildren to an interactive musical production featuring Presley and Melody at the Tottenville Library. They sing
(with words to the songs on a screen so all can sing along), dance and include every child in their production by sharing props—rainbows, blow-up guitars, pom-poms, smiley face paddles. Afterwards, each participant was given a goodie bag compliments of the Library and local businesses. For more information about Presley and Melody, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Presley-and-Melody- or their website www.presleyandmelody.com
For programs/classes/events for adults, seniors, teens and toddlers at your neighborhood New York Public Library, visit