How did you spend Earth Day?  Plant any trees?  Pick up trash in your neighborhood?  Participate in forest restoration at High Rock?  Did you attend the grand opening party at Gotham Motorcycles?  (Did you think about purchasing a Harley, an Indian?)  I put the top down on the convertible and welcomed spring—nothing like fresh air!

If you never saw the play “In the Heights” on Broadway, now is your chance to catch a performance of Port Richmond High School’s production of this high energy, sweet and sentimental show on Friday, 5/1 and Saturday, 5/2 at 7.  I have attended the shows at Port Richmond for many years and have never witnessed a more enthusiastic, hard-working group of students singing, dancing, acting their hearts out to entertain the…

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Started working on my garden which I’m happy to say is blooming nicely. 

Have you signed up for one of the Community Gardens in your neighborhood?  Did you attend the 2015 Daffodil Festival in Faber Park or participate in the Forest Restoration at High Rock?   Did you make any new friends this week or learn a new skill? 

On Saturday, 4/25 at 1:00, come out and join Red Storm Drum & Dance Troupe in celebrating Native American Culture at the new Heritage Park, Blissenbach Marina, Richmond Terrace.  There will be plenty of traditional story telling and audience participation.  A teepee and artifacts from Staten Island will be on site.

Also on Saturday from 11-6, help celebrate Earth Day at St. George Day in Tompkinsville Park at the intersection…

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I continue to bellyache about potholes everywhere I drive (why aren’t they repaired/filled in?), trash dumped out of cars in front of my house and by pedestrians wherever they see fit, on the highways, local streets, vacant lots and graffiti.  Does this bother anyone else or are we becoming immune to the state of our Island?  Our elected officials, BP Oddo, Council members Ignizio, Matteo and Rose, have announced the start of a social media campaign where Islanders can share these issues in a number of ways.

  • E-mail or phone.

  • In the comments of the “Staten Island Spring Cleaning” post on the official’s Facebook page.

  • Tweeting with the hashtag #SISpringCleaning.

Include the address and or cross street, photos or any other…

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Last Saturday, my grandson and I planted a number of flowers in my garden.  He made a new friend (Mr. Worm) and got his hands dirty!  He’s definitely into nature, and for that, I am grateful.  The day after Easter Sunday, tulips, daffodils and crocuses emerged brightening up the garden and the front of my house.  Have you begun getting your hands dirty?  I hope your week was blessed, restful and, if you were able to hang out with your children on Spring break, enjoyable. 

Before I go into the weekend events, I want to remind you that there are only a few more days till April 15!  If you haven’t done so yet, the New York Public Library in Staten Island is offering FREE tax preparation at the following branches:  Richmondtown--Tuesday from 11-3, St.…

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Today in our Market Updates series, our friends at KCM ( have provided us with a wonderful infographic about the difference only an hour can make when talking about the housing market.


According to the graph, about 550 homes sell, the median home values go up $1.34, and prices rise approximately .0007% every hour in the United States. This only goes to show that every hour makes a huge difference when buying or selling a home!  

Thanks to our friends at KCM, for more from KCM, visit or check out our other KCM articles here!

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Are you in the mood yet to get your hands into the soil and start preparing your garden?  I turned my compost and saw plenty of worms fertilizing the dirt.  If they are ready, I am, too!

Celebrate Spring by picking up your FREE fruit tree as part of the MillionTreesNYC.  Pre-register at  Upcoming dates and venues are as follows:

4/4, 10:30-12:30, at Rab’s Country Lanes, 1600 Hylan Blvd.
4/25, 11-1, at TD Bank, 1600 Forest Ave.
5/2, 9-11, at Greenbelt Conservancy, 2 Eaton Pl., Carousel For All Children, Willowbrook Park.
5/2, 1-3, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  

Friday, 4/3 from 2-4, the NYPD 120th Precinct Community Council is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Hop at Tappen Park, Bay St., Water St.,…

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