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 Wednesday, 11/6 starting at 9:30 a.m. in front of State Supreme Court in St. George. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged. Call today for your appointment: 631-581-4171.

Did you take part in Open House New York (OHNY) on Staten Island this past week? There were many to choose from and events at the following sites: Tech Products, Inc.'s tour, the Governor's House at Snug Harbor, the Snug Harbor Studio Artists, Alice Austen House Museum, the Battery Weed at Ft. Wadsworth, Staten Island Compost Facility at Freshkills Park, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Conference House Park Edition and the National Lighthouse Museum.

Presented by Staten Island OutLOUD at the Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Prof. John Rocco of SUNY Maritime College shared stories of author Herman Melville’s life and work on Staten Island and his role in American pop culture. It was interesting to hear of Melville and his family, most notably his brother, Thomas, the Governor of Sailor’s Snug Harbor, and to discover that Melville decided to write poetry only after his novels did not sell well. One of my favorites and a classic, “Moby Dick” touched me when I read it; and life at sea became a mystery to me of excitement, loneliness, camaraderie, pain, sickness, love? As kids, my Dad brought us to Sailors' Snug Harbor where we would sit on a bench and listen to the Snugs relating their stories of the sea. These old men, these seamen, were fascinating, and we were hooked. I thank Prof. Rocco, Beth Gorrie, Staten Island OutLOUD and the Ciro Galeno, Director of Noble Maritime Collection for presenting this enlightening and entertaining event. Copies of Nathan Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea” were given to all who attended. If you would like to discover more about the Noble Maritime Collection and future events, visit http://www.noblemaritime.org Visit https://www.statenislandoutloud.org for upcoming events presented by Staten Island OutLOUD.  Also, check out the SUNY Maritime College/Stephen B. Luce Library Sailors' Snug Harbor Archives  website: https://maritimedigitalcollections.com

Following are photos from the event and of the Noble Maritime Collection.









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A few weeks ago, I posted photos from the 50th anniversary reunion of our high school graduating class. None of us are getting any younger, but we can sure be optimistic! What fun we had that day; we chatted and bantered as if we were still 17 or 18--teenagers!

I read an article entitled, “Really optimistic folks have a good chance of reaching 85” see following link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/the-big-number-really-optimistic-folks-have-a-good-chance-of-reaching-at-least-85/2019/08/30/21c60712-c9b3-11e9-a1fe-ca46e8d573c0_story.html We all know that if you have your health, you have everything you need. Some of my friends and family have moved to retirement communities or assisted living and are positively thriving. The Assisted Living Research Institute is an industry-leading research organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults by compiling comprehensive research, the latest studies and real-world insight from experts, caregivers, and seniors into easy-to-understand, actionable guides and resources. Check out their website: https://www.assistedliving.org/new-york/

Visit the exhibit--Treasures with Donna Napoli: Staten Island at the H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee St. on Wednesday, 10/23 from 1-5. This exhibit highlights the various “Mom and Pop” businesses, historic homes, parks, and wildlife. She wanted to "preserve" their charm and value as local treasures.

The Thursday M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) is on Thursday, 10/24 from 9-10:30 at the International Christian Center, 1501 Richmond Ave.Encouraging and equipping mothers of preschoolers to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders. For info, contact the office at 718-494-5433. Childcare is available.

Parents and young children can participate in Mouse's First Autumn Storytime and then design your own collage using fabric fall leaves for a picture to take home on Thursday from 10:30-11:30 at Ft. Wadsworth Mont Sec House, 112 A Mont Sec House. For info, call 718-354-4500 or email Diane_Wulff@nps.gov

On Thursday at 11 at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln., check out what’s on the menu this month at our Sensory Café, a feast of sensory experiences for you and your tyke to explore together. Move through a variety of sensory stations and make something to take home with you. For ages 2-4 and caregivers. Pre-registration is recommended; call 718-984-6670.

The Colors of Italy, a celebration of Italian Heritage Artist Talk and Reception, takes place on Thursday from 1:30-3:30 at St. John's University,  300 Howard Ave. Free and Open to the Public.

Bring the kiddies to Campfire Storytime--spooky storytelling and snacks on Thursday at 5:30 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. Good for all ages.

Attend Fun Friday with your kids ages 4+ on Friday, 10/25 at 3:30 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. Pre-registration is required; call 718-494-1642. Come and make a fun craft!

The Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr., will host a screening of Universal’s classic 1954 monster movie “Creature from the Black Lagoon” rated G on Friday at 6:30. The film is a take on beauty and the beast—the beast in this case being a monstrous combination of man and fish. Moviegoers are welcome to come in costume. Admission $5 at the door.

Calling all Rebels! to the Star Wars IncrediBuilds Event on Friday at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave.  Hop on the nearest starship to build your very own BB-8 from IncrediBuilds to take home. Limited quantities. Sign-up required. Plus, get a coupon for a $1 Rice Krispy Bar (Café stores only).

Your family will enjoy Art in the Park: Leaf Art on Saturday 10/26 from 11-12:30 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Make fall leaf sun catchers, leaf rubbings, cut leaf art, and more!  All ages. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x20.

Bring the kids to Storytime and Activities featuring “No More Monsters Under Your Bed” on Saturday at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. This goofy, adorable book about conquering your fears will soon become a household favorite! Get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4. (Café stores only).

Enjoy seasonal fall fun for the whole family at Halloween Fun Day on Saturday from 11-4 at the Great Lawn in Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. We'll have children's games and activities. Come in costume and march in the parade!

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to this FREE community event--Empire Outlets Halloween Bash on Saturday from 12-3 at 55 Richmond Terr., near Old Navy. Enjoy Music by Patrick, food, entertainment, crafts and giveaways.  Join the Trick-or-Treat Parade at 12:30 at the stage.  Goodies and candy will be handed out by our shops.  FREE Trick-or-treat bag for the first 200 kids​.

Participate in Ecosystem Explorers: Hidden Habitats with the Urban Park Rangers at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave. on Saturday from 1-2:30.  Explore the life that moves all around you in the soil, under logs and other places you never thought to look.

On Saturday at 1:30, at The Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. D, attend Hijinks at Sailors’ Snug Harbor and a stage reading of “The Nine Mile Swim”, a short memoir by a former resident of Sailors’ Snug Harbor who thought he was being chased by a shark. Free; donations appreciated.

Meet ghosts of Clay Pit’s Past in this interpretive Haunted History Hike on Saturday from 2-4 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center,  2351 Veterans Rd.W.  Ages 10+.

The Last Kids on Earth Training Camp Event will be on Saturday at 2 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave.  See if you have what it takes to fight the Monster Apocalypse! Join us for activities, a survival quiz, trivia, giveaways, and more to celebrate this favorite series! Plus, get a coupon for a $1 Rice Krispy Bar. (Café stores only).

Bring the family to Halloween Arts & Crafts on Saturday at 6:30 at Miller Field Ranger Station,   New Dorp Ln. & Cedar Grove Ave.  Join the annual Halloween arts and crafts night. All ages are welcome. Materials will be provided.

Participate in Stargazing with the Staten Island Chapter of AAA on Saturday from 8-11 at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St. 

Attend the Fall Festival at the Mount on Saturday 10/26 and Sunday 10/27 from noon to 6 at Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Blvd. The island’s biggest Pumpkin Patch is back, with rides, games, food, scarecrow making and a live DJ. Admission is FREE; parking is $5.

Come for a day of Halloween activities and live music at the Halloween Fall Festival on Sunday, 10/27 from 11-3 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, 625 Fr. Capodanno Blvd.

Triennial Friends and Family Day, an open house event celebrating the public opening of "Deliberate Acts", the 2nd triennial of photography, takes place on Sunday from 2-5 at Alice Austen Park, Hylan Blvd. and Edgewater St. Meet the artists, view the exhibition and talk about contemporary photography.

Bats are amazing and awe-inspiring animals, and they’re the only mammals who can fly! Come to All About Bats at Bloomingdale Park, Ramona & Lenevar Avenues on Sunday from 7-8:30. You’ve probably seen them flying around at dusk as they forage for insects and mosquitos.  Join the Urban Park Rangers for an evening of fun-filled facts about these amazing mammals.

Award-winning Italian Tenor Michéal Castaldo and Friends will perform "The Spirit of Christmas - A Concert with Michéal Castaldo” - a traditional Christmas concert with Italian and International flair on Saturday 12/14 at 7 at New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd. Special Guests: Tenor: Andrew Kay, Soprano: Kaitlin Kleinau, Organist: Dylan Sauerwald and NDMC Children's Choir performers.  Immediately following the concert, refreshments and an olive oil tasting will be served in the Church Social Hall with a meet and greet with the artist. This concert is a fundraiser and community outreach for New Dorp Moravian Church with sponsorship from around the island! For info and tickets, please purchase online at: https://ndmc1763.booktix.com or at the door.

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