I met some of my gentle readers and friends I haven’t seen in quite some time at the “Optimism Strikes out Parkinson’s” Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday at Rab’s Country Lanes. The raffles were terrific and the bowlers were fantastic.  I just watched but remember how enjoyable it is to bowl (when you aren’t super competitive and just play to have fun).  Did you participate in the PUMPKIN SMASH last Saturday so the NYC Compost Project can turn them into compost for parks and green spaces?


PLEASE TELL YOUR CHILDREN OR NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH:  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.

Early registration has begun for emergency snow laborers who remove snow and ice citywide from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and streets in the City after heavy snowfalls. (I know, I know—who wants to think about SNOW?!)  Individuals interested can register at their local district Sanitation garage, weekdays between 7 and 3.  They will be paid $13.50 per hour, and $20.25 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week. Applicants must be 18+ years of age, eligible to work in the U.S. and capable of performing heavy physical labor. You must bring two small photos (1½" square), original and copy of two forms of identification and Social Security card. http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dsny/index.page 

Along the same vein: Where-to-Turn is looking for volunteers for the Snow Shoveling for Seniors Program.  If you read my blogs this past winter and recall my kvetching about the tons of snow I was shoveling every week, a lot of us are getting older (not me, of course) and need help with the task.  There are nearly 10,000 students eligible for the program (7th grade through college).  A senior requesting this service will be matched up with the child/teen/young adult who lives within walking distance.  Please visit www.where-to-turn.org or call Dennis McKeon at 718-966-6531. 

The FREE Memory Screening Event, is today, Wednesday, 11/11, from 9-11 a.m. at the Colonnade Diner, 2001 Hylan Blvd.  Sponsored by the Advanced Memory Institute and Staten Island Agency for Alzheimer’s & Dementia, there will be a Q & A session, brief screenings of memory function and light breakfast for registered attendees only.  RSVP at 718-667-7110.

Friday, 11/12 at 9 a.m., the SIUH/NS Health System mobile van will be at Tompkinsville Park, Victory and Bay, to deliver FREE flu shots 

Friday, 2:30 at the New Dorp Public Library, 30 New Dorp Ln., join Staten Island OutLOUD for a lively conversation on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, "The Great Gatsby".  For more info, visit http://www.statenislandoutloud.org

A FREE Electronic Waste Recycling Event takes place Saturday, 11/14 from 10-4 rain or shine at Catholic Charities of Staten Island, Mt. Loretto Friendship Club Parking Lot, 6581 Hylan Blvd.  They are accepting computers, monitors, printers, TV’s, cell phones and more.  Visit info@lesecologycenter.org or call 212-477-4022 for additional information.

Join Project Feeder Watch on Sunday 11/15 at 2:00 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. where you will learn about this citizen science bird monitoring initiative and create a pine cone bird feeder.  Good for ages 8 and up.  Registration required.  Call 718-351-3450.

Christmas, Holiday and Craft Fairs:

Friday,  9-3 - RUMC, Auxiliary craft sale, 356 Bard Ave.

Friday, 11-6:30, Saturday, 11-6:30 - The Church of St. Andrew, 40 Old Mill Rd.,

Friday, 7:00 - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 347 Davis Ave.,  Basket Auction

Saturday, 9-3 - St. John’s Lutheran Church, 216 Jewett Ave.

Saturday, 9-3 - Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 St. Paul’s Ave.

Saturday, 9-3 - Staten Island Tech H.S., 485 Clawson Ave.

Saturday 9-6 - Holy Child Church, 4747 Amboy Rd.

Saturday, 10-3 - Oakwood Heights Community Church, 345 Guyon Ave.

Sunday, 9-3 - Holy Family Parish, 366 Watchogue Rd.

If you are a Veteran looking to start up or expand your business, the Staten Island Small Business Development Center wants to hear from you.  The SBDC provides expert management and technical assistance and offers start up advisement, marketing plans, loan assistance, franchise opportunities, seminars and more. Visit http://www.nyssbdc.org/about.html for the nearest office and further information.

Today, November 11 is Veterans Day. Please honor a Veteran, thank him for his service and for sacrificing all to keep us free.  If you would like to mention a Veteran close to you, I would be honored to share his photo and bio in this 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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