Did you recycle your electronics this week or de-clutter your house/apartment/shed?  I have begun with one closet and will soon go to the next closet--it feels good to be free of clutter.  Speaking of clutter and ridding oneself of it. . .My friend, Jodi Kenny, has reopened the thrift store in Richmond Valley—Nothing New Thrift Shop at 4719 Arthur Kill Rd. and is accepting all donations.  Profits are given to local and regional charities.  Look for my blog in the days to come highlighting the new Shop.  In the meantime visit  and/or view the website: http://www.nothingnewwarehouse.com



John’s Pasta Party was a success with much support being shown for a great cause—to help students with cancer stay in school during and after treatment. There was a lot of dancing, feasting on every different kind of pasta donated by Island restaurants, face painting, cotton candy, gift baskets and so much more.  If you would like to contribute to the John Dressler Scholarship Fund, make checks payable to the South Shore Rotary Foundation, with a note “for the John Dressler Scholarship” and send to the South Shore Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 061068, Staten Island, NY 10306-0011.








Today, Wednesday, 3/23, at 11:30 a.m. and during March and April, at Springer Concert Hall, 2800 Victory Blvd., Sundog Theatre will perform “Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream”, a one-hour musical about the historical journey of new immigrants through Ellis Island. The program is sponsored, in part, by public funding from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the City Council, specifically Council Members Steven Matteo and Joseph Borelli.  For more information, call 718-982-2787 or visit: http://www.sundogtheatre.org

Bring the kiddies to a FREE Cool School Holiday at the Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. on Friday, 3/25 from 10-6.  The walk-in workshop will be open all day! Create wax resist art. Pick up a timed ticket at the front desk.  If this is your first time with the children, get ready to have a fun time discovering everything the Museum has to offer.  You will not be disappointed.








The Medical Van from SIUH Northwell Health will be at Cassidy Coles Senior Center, 125 Cassidy Pl. on Friday, 3/25 at 10 for FREE blood pressure and BMI screenings and healthy living/healthy aging info. Call 718-273-6808 for info.

Save a life at the Blood Drive on Saturday, 3/26 from 10-4 at the Church Office Conference Center, New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd. and help a New Dorp Moravian student earn a scholarship!  If they earn 50 pints of blood he or she will be awarded $500 to help with their education.  For info, call 718-351-0090 http://ndmcthree.moravian@verizon.net

Are your children ready for a FREE Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 2 at Clay Pit Pond State Park 2351 Veteran's Rd. West?  Prizes inside the eggs—see if they can find them all.  Call 718-605-3970 for info.

Explore Crooke's Point on Sunday, 3/27 at 1 with naturalist Paul Lederer in a talk and walk at Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills Park.  Meet at the Beach Center Parking Lot, follow Buffalo St. to just before it turns into the dirt permit road.  Call Paul at 718-987-1576 for directions and info.

Repost:  Please share this with your friends and neighbors. Have your teens started thinking about time off from school and hanging out with their friends OR perhaps obtaining a summer job?  Staten Island teens and young adults, ages 14-24, can now apply for summer jobs through the 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program. This program will provide young people with PAID summer employment for up to six weeks during July and August in a variety of entry level jobs.  Applicants must be able to provide working papers if under 18 as well as ID and documents.  Programs for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved youth are also available.  Contact DYCD Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or e-mail blicata@unitedactivities.org  Applications can be obtained online at visit https://application.nycsyep.com. The deadline is April 15.

The Youth Police Academy Program returns to Staten Island this summer. The program, which runs from 7/5 to 8/12, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is held at Curtis High School and New Dorp High Schoool.  The goals of the program are enhancing responsible citizenship, providing positive interaction with police officers and education youngsters about the challenges and responsibility of police work.  There are other youth programs offered by the NYPD, such as Law Enforcement Explorers, Police Cadet Corps and the Police Athletic League.  Applications must be submitted by May 20 and can be accessed by visiting: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/community_affairs/2016-ypa-application.pdf Completed applications must be mailed to: NYPD Youth Services Section, YPA 2016, 151 Lawrence St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information, call 718-834-8824

If you celebrate Easter, I wish you, my gentle readers, a blessed holiday.  If your children are out of school this week, make sure to plan something fun and educational so those memories last for years to come.  Now that the weather is getting nicer, recruit them to work on a small vegetable garden.  You can start seeds indoors.  (I already planted pepper seeds in pots. My plants are 4” high! See below.)  You can cut off the bottoms of onions and celery (see below) and place in a glass of water.  Watch what happens in just a few weeks!  When the plants get tall enough and the weather gets warm enough, replant them outside or on a deck or porch. 

Share photos of you, your friends and family at your Easter celebrations or your favorite events.  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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