I joined my grandkiddies at the Summer Reading Kick-Off: The Universe on Wednesday at 4 at the Tottenville Library which was decorated with everything “Universe”.  Even the fabulous Library staff  were sporting Martian ears!

Entertainment was provided by an animated musician from Rockness Music who drew the children into the performance by singing about space, robots and Martians--they laughed, sang, danced, jumped up and down and enjoyed an afternoon that ended with giveaways and popsicles. The children had lots of fun as evidenced by the photos.







Sunday was the most relaxing afternoon I have had in a long time at the Annual White Party Fundraiser hosted by the Friends of Seguine Mansion and…

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The Annual Conference on Aging last Friday at the Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC was informative and helpful.  Sessions on physical, emotional, creative, cognitive and long-term wellness, as well as sessions aimed to combat memory loss and even tap dancing, were held. Free hearing, vision and BMI screenings were performed by medical professionals. We enjoyed a healthy lunch with the chorus and the band entertaining the crowd.

Did you display your American flag on Flag Day?  In my travels throughout the Island, I noticed that of the flags displayed a third of them were in poor condition and should be retired. To learn of the correct way to display your flag and to properly retire the flag, visit http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html The…

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Did you “Pick up a book and read!” this week? My readers responded with their thoughts about recent books they had read.

My Gentle Reader Diane wrote: “Funny you should ask... I just finished “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. Through the book, I traveled to China in the 1820’s where I met Lily and followed her life into her old age as Lady Lu. I learned sadly about foot-binding, the joys and sorrows of female friendships and of nu-shu, which is the secret-code writing, developed thousands of years ago and used by women in a remote area of southern Hunan Province. I highly recommend this book!”

My Gentle Reader Mark shared: “I read a book recently called “Miracle of the Bells” by Russell Janney published in 1946. The Story involves a…

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Check out my new listing in Annadale—162 McArthur Avenue!


This immaculate, well-kept one-family semi-attached 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on a quiet street in Annadale, features an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, hardwood floors throughout, recessed lighting, Andersen windows, with sliding glass door leading to an enclosed all-season room off of the kitchen, gas line with grill, new rain sensor sprinkler system, pull down stairs to attic for storage. Great for entertaining!                           

The First level is the foyer with a few steps up to a Living Room, Dining Room combination, Eat-In Kitchen, leading to an all- season room with gas line grill outside with egress to the beautifully manicured huge yard.




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Did you attend the Staten Island New Teacher Job Fair at Petrides, Wine Tasting at Honor Wines at their new location at 104 Beach St., the Third Annual Greenbelt Outdoor Adventure Day at Willowbrook Park, Historian Pat Salmon’s talk and discussion about the history of The Oystermen of Captain's Row at The Noble Maritime Collection or the 52nd Annual Art Exhibit, presented by The South Shore Artist Group at Conference House Park or the Victory Boulevard Merchants Association’s Annual Restaurant and Merchant Stroll?   So many things to do but so little time… I often say that, never the opposite--“I’m bored”. If we ever dared to utter those words, my parents would tell us, “Pick up a book and read!” Life can be exciting as you visit other places, other…

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