This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving Day.  I hope you, my gentle readers, will find the time to give thanks for your life, your family, friends and neighbors.  As good or bad as you think life is at times, there are others who have nothing or much less than anything you can ever imagine.  Please remember those in your lives who are in need of companionship; maybe a phone call or a visit would make their day.  Holidays can be lonely.  If you can, invite someone to your home or volunteer to serve food at a community food kitchen. 

Did you take a walk through one of our many parks on Staten Island or join Staten Island OutLOUD for one of their events or attend one of the many Christmas/holiday Fairs all across the Island?






See photo below of Joann Gilmartin, President, and Dolores Celentano, Vice President, of Cross Road Foundation, whose purpose is to assist women and families who are facing unplanned pregnancies by providing them with information about their options and by offering them ongoing support.  If you would like information about this organization, please visit

Were you lucky enough to purchase one of Scott LoBaido’s patriotic pieces of ART?  Did you visit the Botanical Watercolor Exhibit at the Conference House or The CPG Gallery Holiday Show and Sale?  Have you raked all the fallen leaves in your yard or merely let the kiddies jump and play in many piles as I did.  That can be fun, too. 

On Wednesday, 11/23 at 4, attend Family Storytime: Art Explorers! at Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. Call 718-442-0148 for info.

Do your children need Homework Help?  Children Grades 1-6 can receive assistance at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South on Wednesday at 5

Enjoy a night of Line Dancing before the holiday on Wednesday at 7:30 at Christ Methodist Church, 1890 Forest Ave. Don't know how to dance?  No problem.  New and beginner dancers, come early at 7:30 and learn all the basic steps.  Free coffee & cake and on-site parking.  Admission is $8. For info, call Tom and Ellen Dailey at 917-468-8991.

Attend the Thanksgiving Yoga Class on Thursday, 11/24 at 8:45 a.m. at 5 Boro Power Yoga, 176 Rose Ave. Put the turkey in the oven and come out to join us for our 6th Annual Thanksgiving Morning Yoga practice. This one-hour practice is by donation to support Project Hospitality - monetary donations as well as non-perishable food items are welcome as donations. All are welcome including beginners!! For details, call 718-667-5279 or visit

Join the Day After Thanksgiving Family Hike and Lunch on Friday, 11/25 at 10 sponsored by Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd.  Walk off the huge Thanksgiving meal on this one-hour hike, and enjoy the serenity of the woods. Hike will be followed by a delicious Thanksgiving brunch at the JCC. Special Bonus: Each hiker will receive one entry into a drawing for a 30-minute spa session. Admission is $5 for members; $10 for non-members.  For information, contact Christina Tesoriero at or call 718-475-5250.

Black Friday shopping vs. Black Friday Hike?  Participate in the Vigorous Post-Thanksgiving Super Hike on Friday at 11 at Gateway National Recreation Area, 210 New York Ave.  Call 718-967-3542 for details.

5 Sense Programs-in-a-Box takes place on Friday at 12:30 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd.

Professor Science will be at the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. on Friday at 3:30 for ages 6 and older.  Call 718-442-1416 for details.

Teens ages 12-18 can attend the Anime and Manga Club on Friday, 11/25 at 4 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Meet up and talk about your favorite Anime and Manga series with your fellow Otaku at Mariners Harbor Library! Episodes of your favorite anime series will be shown. Snacks are included. Call 212-621-0690 for info or visit

Attend a performance of “A Rainbow Holiday” by Lori Sigrist and Joe Simonelli on Friday at 8 at The Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd. Maggie Anderson and her boyfriend Jerry Collins are expecting a peaceful Thanksgiving until an unexpected visit from their grown children puts a comic damper on the festivities. Group rates for 10 or more available. There is limited seating so advanced reservations are encouraged. Call 347-355-8989 for info on all performance dates and reservations or visit  

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 2016 takes place this Saturday 11/26.  You may want to skip the crowds on Black Friday and head out to your local merchants to start your holiday shopping.  No matter where I am on that day, I shop local!  The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this year’s event, which is promoted nationwide by American Express, to stress the importance of patronizing locally owned small businesses.  Check out the list of retailers, special deals and giveaways being offered. as well as the following event at Terminal 1.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY - POLISH STYLE takes place Saturday, 11/26 at 7 at Terminal 1 Casual Bar and Grill, 323 Sand Ln.  Meet owner Joseph Notwicz, and taste some traditional Polish cuisine as well as American food. Celebrate what our neighborhood has to offer and support our local and small businesses, while enjoying delicious traditional Polish foods provided by Terminal 1 Casual Bar & Grill. This is a perfect opportunity to kick off holiday shopping with vendors such as :

Olivenar - artisan soaps, handmade bath & body items, unique gifts

Jarful House - restored & hand painted furniture, home & wedding décor

Arbonne - pure, botanically based ingredient skincare provided by a team of independent Arbonne consultants

Krysia Design Jewelry - handmade jewelry, unique one of a kind design

Globe Polish Agency - books, crocheted gifts, beautiful calendars, and European treasures from across the globe

There will also be a sponsored raffle that will benefit a child in need! Call 917-861-6372 for details or visit

Visit the Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday 11/27 and Sunday 11/27 1-5 at  the Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd.

Bring the kiddies to Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. on Saturday, 11/26 from 9-10:30 and 11-12:30 (two seatings) for Breakfast with Santa.  Sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary of Historic Richmond Town at The Bennett Cafe (Richmond Rd. and Court Pl.), enjoy a variety of delicious pancakes with bacon along with juices, hot chocolate and milk. Santa will have cookies and candy for the children and a big smile for your photos.  Admission is $15, children under 3 free.  Prepaid reservations are required so call Rose at 718-370-3835.  For info, visit

The fabulous, Tony Award winning Melba Moore and Friends will be performing at the St. George Theater on Saturday, 11/26 at 8 (doors open at 7). Proceeds from this event will allow CANVAS: Institute of Art, Culture and Civic Engagement to support and expand upon educational programs for our youth. For more information on this fundraiser and youth programs, visit  To order tickets, visit or Ticket Master 1-800-745-3000.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 53 St. Patrick’s Pl. will present its annual Advent Concert on Sunday, 11/27 at 4.  

NYRR Open Run: Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd. will take place on Sunday at 9 a.m.  For info, call 855-569-6977.

Visit the Botanical Watercolor Exhibit at the Conference House Visitor Center, 298 Satterlee St. through the end of the holidays, Monday through Saturday 8-4.  For info, call 718-984-6046 of visit

Visit the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. Exhibiting Photographers are Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Jeff Mason Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez and Richard Xuerub. Opening Reception is Saturday, 11/19 from 1-5  Gallery Hours are 11-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. For info, call 718-228-2405 or visit

NYC Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) has released its examination schedule for November for a variety of positions, including Correction Officer, Environmental Police Office, Police Communications Technician, School Safety Agent, Special Officer and Traffic Enforcement Agent.  For information about registering for these and other tests, log on to the DCAS website

The State of New York may owe you CASH.  Every year, unclaimed funds from utility deposits, court funds, dividends, estate proceeds, insurance benefits and old bank accounts are turned over to the State Comptroller’s Office.  To find out if you are owed money, visit

The NYC Department of Sanitation is looking for able-bodied Staten Islanders for snow and ice removal from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and other locations through the city. If you are interested in per diem work, snow laborers will be paid $13.50/hour and $20.25/hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.  For required documents, where to report and other information, visit

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