How many of you, my gentle readers, attended the workshop on Friday regarding your Notice of Property Value and possible homeowner tax exemptions?  If you were not able to attend, there will be another meeting with the Department of Finance on Wednesday, 2/22 from 6-8 at the Lou Caravone Community Service Bldg., 460 Brielle Ave.  Bring a copy of your Notice of Property Value or download a copy at  For further details, visit Your market values may go up and down but your taxes will always increase.  However, you may receive a tax exemption if you are Disabled, a Senior Citizen or a Veteran.  Check out the website, call 311 for info or email: 

Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2010 on Wednesday, 2/15 at 10 at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave.  Topics include creating Pivot Tables and using the VLOOKUP function.  Call 718-668-0413 for info.  First come, first served.

The Staten Island Museum is hosting a Bird and Nature Walk on Wednesday at 10 at Mount Loretto State Park, Amboy Rd.  Search for wintering raptors hunting over the fields in addition to waterfowl and possibly seals in Raritan Bay. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes for this 1 to 2 mile guided hike. Meet at the DEC parking lot off Hylan Blvd. across from the CYO. Call 718-727-1135 for info or visit




On Wednesday at 1, learn how to make your own website for FREE using WordPress at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave.  Add links, images, videos and more to create your own piece of the web. First come, first served.

Volunteers from AARP will provide assistance and Free Income Tax Preparation to low and middle income taxpayers, with emphasis on Senior Citizens at the West New Brighton, 976 Castleton Avenue on Wednesday at 11 on a first come, first served basis.  For info on the documents that you must bring, call 718-442-1416.    

A support group --Free to be Me-Alateen, for teens who have been affected by someone’s drinking or addiction meets on Wednesday at 7 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2329 Victory Blvd. Come together to share experience, strength and hope with each other. It is sponsored by Al-Anon. For info, call 718-698-1338.  

SIUH's Outreach Team Medical Van will be at Mt. Sinai United Christian Church 382 Jersey St. on  Thursday, 2/16 at 10.  Free blood pressure & BMI screenings as well as healthy lifestyle/healthy aging information will be available. Call 718-720-5212 for info.

Volunteers from AARP will provide assistance and Free Income Tax Preparation to low and middle income taxpayers, with emphasis on Senior Citizens at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. on Thursday at 11 on a first come, first served basis.  For info on the documents that you must bring, call 718-494-1642.

A Job Searching & Resume Writing lab, dedicated to job seekers who need one-on-one help creating a resume takes place on Thursday at noon at the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. Assistance with document formatting and proofreading will be available. Please bring a written draft of your resume and a USB drive to save and/or print your resume. First come, first served. Call 718-442-0158 for details.

Pipsqueak Picasso, for children ages 6-12, Thursday, 2/16 at 4 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Your young artists will follow along with Miss Tanya as they learn how to paint a picture step-by-step. All materials are provided.  Registration is required by calling 718-351-2977.  

Do you Know Your Presidents? For ages 5-12, come to the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. on Thursday at 3:30 for a President’s Day reading, quiz and craft that will be educational and fun.

Teens/Young Adults ages 13-18 years: Join the Teen Advisory Group at the Dongan Hills Library, 1617 Richmond Rd. on Thursday, 2/16 at 4 and get hands-on experience volunteering for the Library. Earn Community Service hours by attending our weekly meetings and giving us your input! What's happening in your world? What’s the hottest book, movie, or CD right now? What programs does the library need? For details, call 718-351-1444.

With This Ring, a bitter sweet story of a wedding ring that travels over five generations to four different couples and the visceral effect it has on each of them, will be performed on Thursday, 2/16, Friday, 2/17, Saturday, 2/18 at 8 and Sunday, 2/19 at 2 at The Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd. A dinner package with DaNoi restaurant is available. Enjoy a 3 course dinner including salad, pasta, entree and dessert for only $20 before an evening performance or after a matinee! General Admission is $20, $17 senior/student. All Thursday Tickets are $15. For further info and reservations, call 347-355-8989 or visit

Bring your babies from birth to 18 months old to Baby and Me on Friday, 2/17 at 11 to the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. to enjoy great books, lively songs and rhymes and meet other babies in the neighborhood. For info, call 718-984-6670.

The Metropolitan Herpetological Society workshop is on Friday from 7-9 at the Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave. The meeting will be an introduction to keeping reptiles and amphibians as pets and picking the right species to best suit you and your family. It will be a fun, hands-on learning experience for everyone. For more information, please call Harvey Bird, Jr. at 917-992-1847.

The Tavern Concerts continue this Friday at 8 with Michael Morreale performing brass and jazz 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.

The Mobile Market of City Harvest is held twice a month year-round and provides free fruits, vegetables and recipes.  The Mobile Market is held every 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday in front of the Senior Center at 22 Roxbury St. from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Feb. 18, Mar. 1 and 18, Apr. and 15, May 3 and 20, June 7 and 17.

You are eligible if you reside in Mariners Harbor, Todt Hill or West Brighton NYCHA houses, Arlington Terr. Apts or live in the 10302, 03, 10 or 14 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

The Mobile Market is held behind 75 Hill St. at Stapleton Houses every 1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Feb. 18, Mar. 7 and 18, April 4 and 15, May 2 and 20, June 6 and 17.

You are eligible if you participate in programs at the Stapleton Houses Senior Center or have a student in IS 49, reside in Berry, Cassidy Coles, New Lane, Richmond Terr., South Beach or Stapleton NYCHA houses, or live in the 10301, 04, 05 or 10 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

Attend Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc: Opera Ebony performance on Saturday from 1-3 at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr. Bldg. T.  This performance is FREE, but you must RSVP at  Families must arrive at least ten minutes in advance of the program to secure their seats. All reserved seats will become available to the wait list ten minutes before each performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit the Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Pl. on Saturday from 1-4 to view “Of Human Feelings: Portraits by Warren Lyons”, a powerful series of large-scale paintings depicting historic figures from American history and the arts, including Billie Holiday, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth, Paul Robeson and others. 

For children of all ages, come to Cinema Saturdays at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. this Saturday, 2/18 at 3.  Watch the library become a movie theater and enjoy a great film on the big screen! Call 718-727-0427 for details.

Attend the Opening Reception of the Exhibit: The Land of Enchantment on Saturday from 5-8 at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. Featured Photographer is Joan Velazquez. Exhibit continues through 3/26. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5. For info, call 718-288-2405 or visit

On Sunday, 2/19 from 2-5, join the Sea Shanty Sessions led by the Folk Music Society of New York at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr.  This program is gaining in popularity and offers a great opportunity to experience authentic, time-honored maritime songs in an appropriately historic setting. The sessions are FREE and family friendly, and you are encouraged to sing along if the mood strikes you! For info, call 718-447-6490 or visit

Do you have a favorite New York Public Library Branch?  Nominations are open for the Fourth Annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards!  New Yorkers can nominate their favorite library to receive a $20,000 award towards upgrades, improving services, programs and more.  The New Dorp Branch was a finalist in 2013 and the Stapleton Branch won $20,000 in 2015.  To complete the nomination form, visit or your local branch. 

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