Today is November 7—25 mph is the new 30!  In case you don’t read the newspaper, watch TV or listen to the radio, Mayor de Blasio has signed a new law changing the speed limit on local streets to 25 mph.  This restriction only applies to streets where no speed limit is posted.  Highways and parkways with still have higher limits and school zones and other areas will still have lower speeds.  People--let’s try to comply with the new law and stay safe!  With that said, let me tell you about all the fun things that are happening on our Island this weekend. 

Harbor Lights Theater Company’s production of the iconic and one of my favorites, “West Side Story” opens Friday, 11/7 and runs through 11/9 and two weekends thereafter in the Music Hall at Snug Harbor.  Also offered is a Dinner/Brunch/Theater special.  Call 718-273-7516 or visit for further information.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Ovation-tix at 866-811-4111.

Bethel AME Church is hosting its annual Cranberry Festival today, Friday, from 4-9 and again on Saturday from 8-3 with turkey dinners on both days at 7033 Amboy Rd., Tottenville. Call 718-984-1277 for further information and reservations.

A Holiday Fair will be held at The Church of St. Andrew in Richmondtown on Friday and Saturday 11/7 and 11/8 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Saturday dinner will be served at 7:00.  Crafts, homemade decorations, toys, baked goods and theme baskets.  For info, call 718-351-0900. 

Trinity Lutheran, 309 St. Paul's Ave. will host their Holiday Fair on Saturday, 11/8 from 9-3 featuring Fair Trade items offered through the Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade Handcraft Project.  Crafts, attic treasures and vintage jewelry will be offered and photos can be taken with St. Nicholas. 

A fundraiser Brunch for Labs4rescue will be held on Sunday, 11/9 from 12-3 p.m. at the Upper Great Room at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Labs4rescue is a non-profit dedicated to providing new lives for rescued Labrador Retrievers and mixes.  For further information, visit 


On Sunday, 11/9, 4:00 p.m., the Mighty String Demons, an ensemble of young Staten Island violinists ranging in age from 7 to 18, will play classical and traditional folk music at the Church of the Ascension, 1 Kingsley Ave. This performance is not to be missed!  

Let me know what you are doing this weekend.  Anything you would like to share with me that I have not listed?  Call me or write me below or at

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Wow- that violin concert sounds good. Is it free?

Posted by Shavonn on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 3:06pm

Why yes, it is! It cannot be missed! Hope to see you there.

Posted by Joan Coogan on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 4:01pm

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