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I hope your holidays were blessed and joyful.  Did you enjoy FREE admission at the Staten Island Children’s Museum on Monday?  Or visit Ocean Breeze Park at 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. and check  out the many programs that are offered there?  My 5 year old grandson very proudly announced that usually he only has Saturday and Sunday off from school. But this week, he said, he will have so many more days off and doesn't have to return until “next year”!  I asked him if he will miss going to school.  He tentatively replied, “Yes.”  I know Gerard and many other students as well as educators will be happy to have this week off to rest, play and recharge their internal batteries. 

My sister, brother and I took a quick trip to Manhattan on Monday (walked over

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Did you visit the magnificent, completely hand-made Grotto this week during the 113th Anniversary Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society?  If not, you still have a chance to enjoy the festivities this Thursday, 7/21 through 7/24 at 7:30 at Virginia Ave. in Rosebank. On Sunday, a magician was entertaining the delighted kiddies.  Enjoy music by DJ Vin D and bands throughout the festival. Following are photos of the Grotto and surrounding altars.


Back to the Beach took place on Saturday and Sunday with the sun blazing most of the day but cool breezes made the heat bearable.  Many visitors stopped by at the Gillani Homes booth to say hello and enter the chance to win a Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket House.  See the photos below.


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Did you recycle your electronics this week or de-clutter your house/apartment/shed?  I have begun with one closet and will soon go to the next closet--it feels good to be free of clutter.  Speaking of clutter and ridding oneself of it. . .My friend, Jodi Kenny, has reopened the thrift store in Richmond Valley—Nothing New Thrift Shop at 4719 Arthur Kill Rd. and is accepting all donations.  Profits are given to local and regional charities.  Look for my blog in the days to come highlighting the new Shop.  In the meantime visit  and/or view the website: http://www.nothingnewwarehouse.com



John’s Pasta Party was a success with much support being shown for a great cause—to help students with cancer stay in school during and after treatment.

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Attention all of you Jazz aficionados!  The 28th Annual Staten Island Jazz Festival, presented by the Universal Temple of the Arts, takes place on Saturday, 10/17 at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace.  Beginning at 10:30 a.m., you can participate in diverse jazz-themed workshops:  music, vocals, dance and collage art and a panel discussion titled “The History & Future of Jazz”.  From 2 through 7 p.m. enjoy five hours of live music.  For information on admission and acts, visit:  UTASI.org or e-mail info@utasi.org. Save $5 off advance tickets by calling 718-273-5610.

The co-founder and executive director of UTA is Sajda Musawwir Ladner, a lovely woman whom I have known for many years after sharing a pattern

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Have you read my blog on Volunteerism? http://www.gillanihomes.com/blog/the-importance-of-volunteering.html. It is never too early to start volunteering or encourage your offspring, nieces, nephews or neighbor youth to do the same.  The Staten Island Children’s Museum is accepting nominations for the 24th Annual Kid of Achievement Award.  The award, which acknowledges the hard work of an 11 to 18 year old whose volunteerism has made a difference in the community, comes with a $100 honorarium and a framed certificate that is bestowed at the museum’s Circle of Friends business luncheon.  It takes place on 11/12 at the Hilton Garden Inn.  For more information on how to nominate your child, deadline, etc., call 718-273-2060, ext. 151 or visit

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There was a lot of dancing going on at the Free concert on Saturday night and so much singing along with the hits from the 50'2 and 60's.  Frank James, The Expressions and Vito Picone and the Elegants entertained the crowd at the Freedom Circle in Midland Beach until late into the evening.  The fireworks display was the topping on the cake.  I was fortunate enough to be in the first row!  (Recognize anyone in picture?)  How is that for royal treatment?  Did you volunteer at the Forest Restoration Workshop at the Egbertville Ravine on Saturday or join in the Stargazing at Great Kills Park?

Here’s your chance to Build a Birdhouse for your back yard at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veteran’s Road West today Wednesday, 8/19 at 4.  For info, call

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Thanks to all our friends/customers/clients for stopping by at the Gillani Homes booth at “Back to the Beach” on Saturday and Sunday!  The bands played at both ends, there were many booths and many new attractions.  I had a blast making new friends.  One of my gentle readers and a friend, Susan, crossed off the Family Camping Staten Island from her bucket list.  She had a great time but was uncomfortable sleeping on rocks!  How did those cowboys do it on the range?  How do you “campers” keep comfortable in your sleeping bags?  Any hints would be appreciated. You still have time to get in on the adventure.  Visit: www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

I want to congratulate the Liedy family and Liedy’s Shore Inn, 748 Richmond Terrace, New Brighton, on its

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Did you enjoy “In the Heights” at Port Richmond High School?  Have you planted a fruit tree in your yard yet?  How did you celebrate “Cinco de Mayo”?  What exciting events did you attend this past week?  I am excited about the warm weather teasing me every few days and the cool nights at bedtime.  My azaleas bloomed overnight.  You can hear me singing, “These are a few of my favorite things…” in the garden as I pull weeds.  Life is grand!

Do you cringe or begin to sweat when you are asked to speak in public?  Working in Corporate Real Estate for many years, I interacted with landlords and tenants and corporate types on an everyday basis.  Sometimes I questioned whether I was an effective speaker.  I took a Dale Carnegie course where each attendee had

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This Saturday, 2/28, girls (I prefer to call them young ladies) ages 16 to 18 years old can participate in a free day-long conference on “Girls Empowerment”.  Beginning with a light breakfast and check-in at 8:30 a.m., a who’s who of female power hitters will be speaking and leading these young ladies to explore their talents, strengths and learn from these inspirational leaders of our community.  The program will conclude with a fitness session on yoga and zumba. The conference takes please at CSI High School, 100 Essex Drive.  To pre-register call 718-370-6900, ext. 2401, or e-mail Annette Lentini at alentini@schools.nyc.govhttp://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/02/girls_empowerment_to_be_focus.html

The Parkside Boot Camp takes place at Silver

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I would like to take you on a tour of a gem on the North Shore of Staten Island--Snug Harbor Cultural Center and more specifically, the Staten Island Children’s Museum.

On a recent weekend, I offered to babysit my grandson ALL DAY while his parents had some needed adult time together.  After I made the offer, I called my brother to see if he would like to join (help) me--he was game.

Many years ago, I took my son to the original Children's Museum in Stapleton, a hands-on learning and fun experience.  Over the years, I have brought my nieces and nephew to Snug Harbor.  Now it was time to experience it through the eyes of yet another tot. 

Outside the museum, we were greeted by a huge metal sculpture made from used car parts, Francis the Praying

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