As I promised myself politics would not be included in my blog this week, I will only say this: Donald J. Trump is now President of the United States.  Say a prayer, take a deep breath and let us start on the road to first uniting our friends and family instead of badmouthing and unfriending on Facebook those who do not agree with our opinions. These people are close to you! Charity, compassion, understanding and love begin at home! 

As I write this blog tonight, we are in the throes of a Nor’easter!  The South has been hit hard as well as the Eastern coastline.  I am keeping my eye on the huge trees in the neighboring properties surrounding my home and garage and wonder which one, if any will fall.







Have you battened down the hatches?  Put all your lawn/porch furniture away?  Are the trash cans secured?  Last year at this time, Winter Storm Jonas dumped over 26 inches of snow!  If I had my "druthers”, I would pick rain.  Let's see how it plays out!







Did you participate in the Memoirs OutLOUD, Creative Writing Workshop at the St. George Library led by Staten Island OutLOUD? Visit upcoming events and information on how you can explore your writing potential.  How about the Forest Restoration Workshop last Saturday?  Visit the Protectors website visit and see how you can give back to nature.

Attend Internet for Beginners at the Richmondtown Public Library, 200 Clarke Ave. on Wednesday 1/25 at 10 for an introduction to the Internet, including getting connected, using a web browser, and navigating web pages.  Learn how to find information online using search engines and subject directories. First come, first served.  For info, call 718-668-0413. 

Participate in Meditation 101 on Wednesday from 2-3:30 at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. A. Dress comfortably. Walk-ins are welcomed. The current exhibition, Infinite Compassion, introduces visitors to Buddhist art, culture and beliefs across Asia. Admission is Free with Museum Admission. For info, call 718-727-1135 or visit

On Wednesday at 4, get ready for some ooey gooey family fun in this five­ session workshop—Five Senses at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. Designed for preschool children, these sessions will be a hands-­on exploration of the five senses hearing, touch, smell, taste and sight.  Workshop series is FREE, but space is limited to 12 children so please register in advance by phone 718-984-0945 or in person at the library.

Teens:  Join your friends and make new ones for Teen Movie Wednesdays at the West New Brighton Library, 376 Castleton Ave. on Wednesday at 4:30.  

A FREE Tobacco Cessation Class will be held on Wednesday at 6 at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave. This class could save your life.  Call 718-818-1234 for info.

Meet up with SIUH's Community Outreach team on Thursday, 1/26 at 10 at Shop Rite Supermarket, 985 Richmond Ave. for information on healthier living/healthier aging.  Pick up brochures on cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, blood pressure, smoking cessation, behavioral health and more.

On Thursday at 11:30, join a Book Discussion on Gray Mountain by John Grisham at the West New Brighton Library, 376 Castleton Ave.  The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building.

Tired of seeing the world in black and white or dealing with the gray areas of life? Immerse yourself in the stress reducing and meditative world of coloring. As seen on Fox News, NBC News and USA Today, this new trend has many health benefits. Come color with us--the Great Kills Adult Coloring Group on Friday, 1/27 (and every Friday) at 10:30 at Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. You will be tickled pink. We will supply the coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Attend a Non-Profit Workshop “How to Write and Inspiring Case for Support'' on Friday from 12-1 at the Eden II Molinaro Center for Autism,15 Beach St. Participants will learn how to create a compelling case statement to open up new, possibly continuous sources of revenue. The workshop is being provided by Gary Bernstein, president of Bernstein Group & Associates, LLC. Mr. Bernstein lends his support to a variety of nonprofit organizations nationwide and is the author of “The Fundamentals of Sports Marketing” and also “Nonprofit Sport and Recreation Programs: Principles and Practices of Leadership and Management.”  For info, call 718-889-3010. 

Join your friends for Friday Afternoon Movies on Friday at 2:30 at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave.  Call 718-442-8560 or check website for movie selections .

On Friday, 1/27 at 7, wear your favorite fedora or your slinkiest sheath and join our gregarious host Marty Albucher (owner/proprietor of Electric Hair, 100 Stuyvesant Pl.) for a fun evening of noir in the neighborhood, inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” including live jazz by composer/guitarist Nick Semenykhin. Reservations are essential due to limited space!  Please RSVP by 1/26 to

The Tavern Concerts continue this Friday at 8 with Tom Cintula performing folk, rock, blues and jazz and Bob & Norm performing Saturday at 6 and 8 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Admission is $13 online or $15 at the Door. On-line tickets are available up until 3pm, two weekdays before the event. For Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 pm Thursday.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations.

Playwright's Festival, including original full-length shorts, staged readings, one acts, etc., continues Friday, 1/27, Saturday, 1/28 and Sunday, 1/29 at 8 at The Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd. General Admission is $20, $17 senior/student.  For reservations and info, call 718-524-8467 or visit

Registration for the Winter Youth Program of the Andrew E. Zimmer Youth Conservation Club takes place on Saturday, 1/28 at 9 at Andrew E. Zimmer Fish and Game Assn., 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. The program uses the great outdoors as a classroom to teach youngsters about outdoor activities, conservation and embracing nature. Classes begin Saturday and continue through 4/15.  Classes are FREE to girls and boys under 18.  For details, call 718-948-9599 or visit

Attend a Retirement Funding and Planning Workshop at the Richmondtown Public Library 200 Clarke Ave. Saturday, 1/28 at 2 with retirement planning specialist, Alan Katz, CFP. This workshop explains the important stages of money through life and what it means to families, how to understand the risks of various investment types, how asset allocation can affect your retirement plan. Open to all individuals interested in learning to plan and live through retirement.

Bring your Family and watch a movie on the big screen on Saturday, 1/28 at 2 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Call 718-351-2977 for details.

On Saturday, 1/28 at 2:30 celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, civil rights activist and humanitarian at the Dr. Martin Luther King Movie Marathon at the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. For three successive weeks, film portrayals from the life of Dr. King will be shown. Films Featured: Selma (2014) Boycott (2001) All the Way (2016).

The Knitting Club for Children with Ms. Tanya takes place on Saturday, 1/28 at 3:30 New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.   For info, call 718-351-2977.  

Say goodbye to the Year of the Monkey and hello to the Year of the Rooster as the Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. A, celebrates Lunar New Year on Sunday, 1/29 from 1- 4.  Partnering with the Korean School of Staten Island to provide art activities, traditional Korean costume, guests may try on and have their photo taken in, participate in calligraphy station, games, traditional Lunar New Year refreshments, as well as a Chinese Lion Dance, performed in the southern tradition by Xiaolin Martial Arts. Admission is Free with Museum Admission.  For details, call 718-727-1135 or visit





Have you visited the newly opened Pastry Lovers Choice at 370 Van Duzer St.?  Now is your chance!  The very first “Let it Flow Open Mic” takes place on Sunday, 1/29 at 1. Listen to your neighbors and fellow Staten Islanders share their talents with you while you sit back, relax, and enjoy one of PLC's gourmet treats and drink. The first 15 performers to sign up get a free cup of coffee or tea. Admission is $5 (includes treat and coffee) or $8 (includes treat and espresso).  Call 917-830-0146 or email to sign up.  For upcoming events, visit their Facebook page at

On Sunday at 1, join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a Talk and WalkExploring Crooke’s Point, where he will discuss the geology and human history of the site as well as the plants and animals that call this place home. Participants will meet at the Beach Center Parking Lot in Great Kills Park near the dirt road leading out to Crooke’s Point. For more information or directions contact Paul Lederer at (718) 987-1576 or visit

A Call for Artists: Island of Art continues at St. John's University, 300 Howard Ave. Deadline is 2/10/2017.  It is FREE to submit with a $25 Hanging fee, if selected. “Island of Art” Third Annual Juried Exhibition dates are 3/25-27/17. Opening Reception is Saturday, 3/25 from 2-5.  Only Staten Island artists may apply. No theme restrictions. Two dimensional works, any medium. Maximum size 36” x 36”.  Submission Guidelines: Please submit up to 4 images of your works and resume via email to 72dpi, 1200 longest side.  For further details, call 718-390-4456 or visit

A Lottery has been opened for Affordable Senior Housing at 533-539 Bay Street in Stapleton (see rendering below). Applications are being accepted for 44 apartments now under construction; tenants age 62 and older whose income is between $25,200 and $31,750 for one renter and $26,983 and $36,250 for two renters are eligible to apply. Applications must be requested by mail via a postcard or self-addressed stamped envelope to Bay Street Housing LP, PO Box 20390, Floral Park, NY, 11002. Completed applications must then be postmarked no later than 2/28.  The building is being constructed through the Low Income Housing Credit Program (LIHC) of the New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

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 $15/hour and $22.50/hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.  If interested, report to your local Sanitation garage, weekdays between 7 and 3.  For required documents, where to report and other information, visit

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