On the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Thursday, 10/29, Staten Islanders are invited to “Light the Shore” beginning with a “resiliency walk” at 6:30 at the Dolphin Fountain in remembrance of those who were lost.  The walk continues to Midland Beach Picnic Grounds on Capodanno Blvd. between Midland and Lincoln Avenues where a Service of Remembrance will be held.  A tribute created by Scott LoBaido—“Empty Chairs”, will be featured during the ceremony.  The names of the 24 Staten Islanders who perished will be read.  A candlelight vigil will be held at the Oasis Christian Center, 539 Greeley Ave. at 7:30.  The New Dorp Beach Civic Association will also sponsor a candle light walk to New Dorp Beach at 7 p.m. at Cedar Grove Ave. at the Memorial Rock. 

I know I can speak for many when I say Hurricane Sandy was a catastrophic event, an act of nature, that will never be forgotten.  As I type this blog and hear the unforgiving rain beating against my house, I remember that day when I spoke to friends who remained in their homes trying to decide if they should stay or leave.  Was it a false alarm like the last storm?  None of us could predict what would happen.  We lived through this disaster in one way or another; it has touched all of us.  So many homes were lost; 24 Islanders lost their lives.  Like after 9/11, Hurricane Sandy brought out the best in many of us, the worst in some.  Let us try to bring back the compassion and love for our fellow man.  Do you remember those feelings?  If you cannot attend any of these remembrances, please say a prayer for those who perished in this tragedy and for their families, for those who rebuilt and are currently rebuilding and for your neighbor.  “There but for the grace of God go I.”

On Thursday, 10/29 from 10-2, SHRED DAY takes place at the Knights of Columbus, 397 Clarke Ave. Three boxes per household will be shredded for FREE (or until truck is filled).  Arrive early!

Join the Haunted Greenbelt Walk at High Rock on Thursday from 5:30-7:30.  Meet at 200 Nevada Ave. parking lot.  Learn about the creatures of the night and hear enchanted haunted tales. This moderate-paced hike will last over an hour. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring insect repellent and a flashlight.  Suitable for ages 10 and up.  Registration is required; call 718-351-3450

On Friday 10/30 from 4-6, the FDNY is staging a FREE smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installation program in the St. George Ferry Terminal.  Those in attendance will be able to get a FREE alarm and submit a request to get an alarm installed in their homes.  Volunteers from the American Red Cross will install at a later date.  If you already have your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, change the batteries to insure these vital devices are in working order. 

“A Haunting We Will Go” takes place Saturday, 10/31 from 3-6 at Cedar Grove Ave. & Seafoam St. Sponsored by the NYC Parks Department, enjoy a haunted walk with our ghosts and goblins!  Bring a pumpkin to decorate, wear costumes!  For more information, call 718-816-6172.

You can still buy tickets to the Kreischer Mansion Halloween Thrill 2015 taking place this Saturday at 8 p.m. The Kreischer Mansion is located at 4500 Arthur Kill Rd. in Charleston and is the perfect venue to experience the hauntings that span all three floors and basement.  Tours of the Mansion along with live performance art, dance party with live DJ, food and drink will be available.  FREE shuttles leave Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza and St. George Ferry landing.  Hosts are Ezat Luba & Lauren Glassman For info, e-mail thekreischermansion@gmail.com or call 626-469-9451.  Order tickets at http://m.mpt.me/event/2380531

Ghosts at the Conference House is on Saturday, 10/31, 7-8:30.  Meet at the Visitor Center in Conference House Park, 200 Satterlee St. for a FREE night-time hike (if you dare!!) through an ancient burial ground and into the Conference House. Registration required. Visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register or call 718-967-3542.

AHRC NYC is offering the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP).  If you are between the ages of 16-24, out of school, not employed, do not have a college education, call Anna, 718-662-1432 for more information.  You will need photo ID, proof of age, proof of address, proof of eligibility to work.  If accepted, interns will receive 4 weeks of paid orientation, 10 weeks of paid internship, work readiness training and job counseling.  AHRC is located at 25 Victory Blvd. 2nd Fl.

There is still time to sign up for the “Optimism Strikes out Parkinson’s” Bowl-A-Thon, an annual event to help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Disease.  There will be raffles for local community prizes and baskets.  Event takes place at Rab’s Country Lanes, 1600 Hylan Blvd. on 11/8 from 12:30-3:30. Registration is $25/person, which includes pizza, soda, t-shirt, bowling shoe rental and open bowling for two hours. All are welcome to bowl; if you can’t bowl, you can come and root on the bowlers or send a donation to: www.apdaparkinson.org  

The NYC Marathon takes place on Sunday, 11/1. Please note the Verrazano Bridge closures that will be in effect. The upper level will be closed in both directions from 11 p.m. Saturday night to 3 p.m. Sunday. The lower level will be closed in both directions from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This weekend, Daylight Saving Time ends.  Please remember to turn back your clocks one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.  

As I was trying to figure out what I should be this Halloween if I was going to a party, I thought it would be fun to get some ideas from photos of past Halloweens and the different costumes people wore.  Wooden Soldier, Jack & Jill, Geisha Girl, Scarecrow, Little Orphan Annie, Colonial Gentleman, Pirates, Cheerleader, Pajama Girl, Clown.  You don't have to rent or buy a costume for Halloween.  Everything you need to reinvent yourself into a "character" is probably in your own closet (or at a thrift store).  Have a fun, spooky and safe Halloween!



If you would you like to share photos starring YOU at Halloween parties or events on Staten Island, I’ll post them in next week’s blog. You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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