This has been one heck of a week! In all my years on this earth, I have never experienced a pandemic--schools are closed, as well as businesses, houses of worship, libraries, gyms, restaurants, bars, casinos, and functions, events, fundraisers have been cancelled. Supermarkets have been ransacked by hoarders for toilet paper, cases of water among other essentials. We are being warned not to congregate in large groups because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and yet, crowds of people are waiting in lines just to get into grocery stores each day!

Needless to say, this week’s events will be abbreviated, and I will be on hiatus for the foreseeable future. I have left a few outdoor events on the list, but I advise you to call beforehand if you want to attend.…

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2020 started with strong demand for housing and a brisk spring selling and buying season was emerging. As we all know the corona pandemic hit and sent the stock market in a freefall. These are unchartered waters which we have never navigated in our modern and global economies world wide. So the question that this poses is how will this affect the local Staten Island real estate market. At the current time it seems that most buyers will continue to stay in the market and keep looking to purchase their first home, or sell and buy their future home. That being said, the fact that we are being advised to practice "social distancing" this  will slow down showing appointments and sellers are showing signs of waiting to come to the market. As far as the…

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I was delighted to see my outdoor plants budding and blooming and the weather becoming mild. Some of my aches and pains seem to have eased, also. Now is the time to start planning seeds indoors to transplant outdoors after the last frost. I started the lettuce (Romaine and Butterhead) in bowls of water on my window sill and have moved quite a few into a large pot. I will separate the different kinds of lettuce into different pots, though. I also grow parsley in a pot and use the crop for all my recipes. You can virtually grow anything--basil stems, Sweet Potatoes, Ginger, Carrots, Green Onions, Celery, Leeks, Bok Choy, a Garlic Bulb, Basil, Lemongrass and Mint and save your money. Below are some photos of my indoor starter garden. Check out the internet…

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Thank you to Dorcas Meyers for sharing photos of the “Black History Month: Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference” event at Dreyfus Intermediate School, IS 49. Hosted by the African-American community and the JCC Beacon program, the honorees were Minister Robert Perkins—Community Service Award, LRaye Means—Entrepreneurship and Community Service Award and Elijah Scott-Pyle, Youth Community Service Leader Award. Congratulations to all the honorees--you are inspiring! Read about the event at: https://www.silive.com/news/j66j-2020/02/ecbaae917c4628/three-honored-thursday-for-outstanding-contributions-to-the-staten-island-community.html

 

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