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?  TheUS 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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Today is Flag Day:

Since early childhood, I recall an American Flag being flown each morning from my home and brought in each evening.  I continue to fly my country's flag each morning and bring it in each evening.

After the tragedy of 9/11, the trend was to show patriotism and love of America by flying flags from cars, homes and businesses, on highways from car dealerships to government buildings.  It was an inspiring sight. 

Recently, I began to wonder, "What happened to that show of patriotism and love of America?  How many Staten Islander's fly an American flag?"  I decided to take a ride through my neighborhood and was pleasantly surprised.  On one street, there were four houses in a row displaying American flags.  On apartment…

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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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This is the fourth blog in our series called "Neighborhood Sales Update." In this edition, we'll be giving you all the stats of the homes sold in May of this year in Silver Lake and Snug Harbor!

Silver Lake

This May there were 4 homes sold in Silver Lake, which is an astonishing 300% increase from last May's sales in this neighborhood!

The highest selling price was $821,500, while the lowest was $180,000. The average sale price of homes in this neighborhood this month was approximately $386,625.

Here are the addresses and selling prices:

1. 215 Hart Boulevard #4K - $180,000

2. 215 Hart Boulevard #4L - $245,000

3. 11 Rose Court - $821,500

4. 383 Victory Boulevard - $300,000

Snug Harbor

Last May there were 2…

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This is the third in our new blog series titled "Neighborhood Sales Update." In this edition, we'll be giving you all the statistics on the homes sold in both Grymes Hill and Rosebank in May of 2015.

Grymes Hill

This may there were a total of 4 homes sold in Grymes Hill. This number is the same as the amount of homes sold in the neighborhood last May.

The highest selling price was $700,000, while the lowest was $117,000. The average price of homes sold this month in Grymes Hill is approximately $382,892.

Here are the addresses and prices of each home:

1. 755 Narrows Road N #912 - $117,500

2. 755 Narrows Rd N #608 - $195,000

3. 473 Howard Avenue - $700,000

4. 70 Cedar Terrace - $519,070

Rosebank

Last May there…

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Did you attend Fleet Week and watch the ships approach the Harbor at Alice Austen House?  Have you put air in your tires and hit any of the bike paths on Staten Island?  Just in case you missed the bike maps, visit the following site:  http://www.nycbikemaps.com/maps/staten-island-bike-map   Some of the highlights of the Forest Avenue BID Spring Stroll: Afternoone’s, Café Milano, Pastosa Ravioli, Fab Cup, New York Finest TaeKwonDo, Nucci’s, Edelman’s Financial Services, art work by PS 45 school children on the windows of many of the store fronts. Photos below, Mom juggling baby and enjoying pizza from Café Milano and our hosts at Afternoone's.


It was a beautiful afternoon, and my family had a lot of fun tasting the food, meeting friends and making…

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This is the second blog in our series called "Neighborhood Sales Update." In today's edition, we'll be giving you the stats on the homes that were sold in May of 2015 in both Clove Lake and Graniteville. 

Clove Lake

In May of last year, there were 8 homes sold in the Clove Lake neighborhood. This may, there was only 1. 

The house sold at $170,000 and was located at 1100 Clove Road. 

Graniteville

This year, there were a total of 5 homes sold in Graniteville during the month of May. This is a 25% increase since the number of homes sold last May in this neighborhood. 

The highest selling home was closed at $336,000, while the lowest was closed at $180,000. The average price of the sold homes in Graniteville for this May is approximately…

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Check out my new listing in New Brighton - 91 Franklin Avenue!

This beautiful, well-kept raised ranch on the North Shore of Staten Island is situated on a large corner property--42' x 150' and has had only one owner.  This house has three bedrooms, an L-shaped living room/dining room, eat-in kitchen, newer bathroom, attic storage and basement. 

It boasts a two-car built-in garage with new garage door opener, central air conditioning with a new 3 ton condenser and coil, new 40 gallon water heater and 2-year old dishwasher. 

With two means of egress--front entrance as well as side entrance--it is perfect for entertaining in the spring and summer.  The back yard patio leads to another level of yard that can accommodate additional seating…

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This is the first update in our blog series called "Neighborhood Sales Update." We will be providing you with statistics on the homes sold in the neighborhoods around Staten Island at the beginning of every month!

In May of last year, there was 1 house sold in Castleton Corners. In May of this year, however, there were 4 houses sold. Castleton Corners is definitely an up and coming neighborhood! 

The highest price any house in the neighborhood was sold for in May was $475,000, and the lowest was $320,000. The average price any home in the neighborhood goes for is roughly $379,625.

Here is a complete list of all the properties sold in Castleton Corners in May of 2015:

1. 8 Sommers Lane - $321,000

2. 41 Josephine Street - $320,000 

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