Did you participate in any of the many Halloween activities on Staten Island with your children or attend All About Bats at Bloomingdale Park? I always loved getting dressed up for Halloween as a kid (never store bought, always old clothes from Mom or Dad turned into a costume), and I always love seeing houses decorated for the season. A few houses I have passed lately are displays of death, horror--chillingly grotesque. Is this what Halloween has become? Are we so immune to horror that we want to add it our every day lives? Sorry, not in my book! Today is my gallery of “tasteful” Fall/Halloween decorations. Also, photos of homemade costumes over the years.  Hope you enjoy!

People ask me, “How can I…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I applaud all my readers and friends who walked in and donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk fundraiser.  Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early. A mammogram, the screening test for breast cancer, can help find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat.  Men can get breast cancer, too–over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year. Learn more about male breast cancer: https://bit.ly/2r9nisQ  A mobile clinic, Project Renewal ScanVan, is offering free mammograms and breast exams to women ages 40+ on

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Did you attend Con-Ed Stem Family Day: Dancing Skeletons at Staten Island MakerSpace, Port Richmond Comic-Con at the Pt. Richmond Library, take a Fall Nature Bike Tour at Brookfield Park or bring your 2, 3, 4 year olds to Greenbelt Peepers or Tree Tots at Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley? Did you honor our veterans at the Staten Island Oktoberfest sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Staten Island and Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 NY or Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project) at Sung Harbor Cultural Center?

I participated in the Preservation League of Staten Island’s walking tour around New Brighton’s Hamilton Park neighborhood featuring “Porches, Pillars and Posts” led by Eloise Calderwood and John Kilcullen. It began at Christ…

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Did you pick any pumpkins this week, attend Oktoberfests, Harvest Fests or the opening of Making Faces, the solo exhibition of the ceramics and drawings by Victoria L. Bellinger at Art On The Terrace Gallery?

On Sunday, the St. Peter’s High School for Girls Alumnae Association held their Annual Reunion Brunch at LiGreci’s Staaten. Our class of 1969 had a great turnout. Those 50 years seem to have flown by in a blink.  It was so much fun trying to figure out who was who as we gathered--there should have been name tags! Looking at my fellow classmates in my mind’s eye as teens, we still look terrific! We laughed, told stories, anecdotes from those days, took loads of photos and posted them.  Some of the stories I remembered vividly, some I had no…

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Did you visit Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan Park this week and/or volunteer to help maintain the Sandy Memorial Garden in New Dorp Beach Park, try your hand at Fastnet Observational Drawing Workshop at Freshkills Park, bring the toddlers to Changing Color STEM Program, participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk, or clean out the basement, attic, garage and take advantage of the Staten Island SAFE Disposal Event at Midland Beach?

The 49th Annual Fence Show at Snug Harbor was a hit! Following are photos from this event.



The deadline for submitting a photo of you and your pet for the 3rd Annual Protecting Our Pets’ Calendar Photo Contest, sponsored by the District Attorney of Richmond County, is Friday,…

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