Before I tell you about the events of the weekend, let me remind you that Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.  You should turn your clocks back an hour before you retire on Saturday night.  Your Smart Phones will automatically adjust the time.  If you don’t want to be late or miss the events on Sunday, remember to adjust your clocks.  Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.  My alarm started beeping a few weeks ago so I’m ready for anything! Halloween is on Friday, 10/31, and I’m ready for Trick or Treat from the neighborhood kiddies!  However, I would like to share what three dentists on Staten Island are sponsoring--a Halloween Candy Buyback.  The dentists noted below will buy back candy at $1 a pound to be sent to troops through Operation Gratitude.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, and candy must be wrapped. Please call these dentists for the days and times for candy buy-back.  Let’s face it, how much candy can and should your children eat?  It’s for a good cause, and it will save you future dentist bills! 

Dr. Lisa Lazzara/Kids Dental – 4864 Arthur Kill Rd., 718-356-KIDS. 
Dr. Phyllis Merlino – 268 Todt Hill Road, 718-761-2090
Dr. Ralph Attanasi – 821 Clove Rd., 718-727-7733 

The Borough President Oddo and Councilman Vincent Ignizio will sponsor a Halloween Hoopla at Bloomingdale Park on Friday, 10/31, 2:00-5:00 p.mEnjoy a Hay Maze, pony rides, inflatable rides, costume parade and more to celebrate Halloween. 

On Saturday, 11/1, hike through Long Pond Park at Page and Adelphi Avenues from 1-3 p.m. sponsored by the Protectors of Pine Oak WoodsMeet at PS 6 on Page and Academy Avenues.

If you want to start your holiday shopping early, don’t miss the following Holiday Fairs on Saturday!

From 9-4, Eger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, 140 Meisner Ave. will showcase Eger’s Crafty Ladies, Scandinavian delights, waffles and ice creams, traditional jewelry, Scandinavian sweaters and more. 

New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Road from 10-4 and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 76 Saint Alban’s Place from 10-8 will feature handmade items, goodies and homemade food. 

Also on Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m., The Preservation League of Staten Island will lead a guided tour of NYC designated landmarks on Staten Island all reached via the Staten Island Railway.  The day-long tour will consist of “hop off-hop on” train stops and a view of landmark/historic buildings in various neighborhoods.  It also includes a bagged lunch and snacks.  Call 718-980-1551 for reservations and further information.  This is a great way to see Staten Island; if you have never rode the SIRT, you are in for a treat!
On Sunday, 11/2, the TCS New York City Marathon takes place.  The Course is 26.2 miles through the boroughs of NYC.  It is a lot of fun to watch at any block along the course to cheer your friends on.  The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge upper level will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Saturday night at 11:00 p.m.  On Sunday, both levels will be closed between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  As for the Expressway, the Bay Street and Lily Pond Avenue exits will close at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday and reopen around 3:00 p.m.  If you need help with planning your alternative route, call the NYC Hotline at 311 or the website   If you are running, good luck and have fun! 

Join a guided “Geologic Dune” walk at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Alan Benimoff, renowned geologist and professor of geology at the College of Staten Island. Call 718-984-6046 for further information or visit

Not on the weekend schedule but taking place next Wednesday, 11/5 at 9:00 a.m. will be a “Salute to Veterans” at the Historic Old Bermuda Inn.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Cusick, Senator Lanza and over 40 local businesses, this is a free Veterans Information Seminar, Exhibit and Show.  A musical performance by country music singer Tim Maggart will be at 10:00 a.m.  Breakfast is free and open to veterans and 1 guest. Musical performance is open to all. RSVP by 10/28 – 718-448-4880 or visit

Veteran’s Day is on Tuesday, November 11Thank a Veteran for his service.  God bless the USA! 

Let me know what you are doing this weekend.  Call me or write me below or at

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