Now that my crocus and tulip plants are starting to bloom, spring must be right around the corner.  I’m excited about spring cleaning, recycling, sharing clothes with family, friends and those less fortunate and starting anew.  There is nothing like an uncluttered house, garage, basement to put me in the mood for shorts, T-shirts, basking in the sun and a better outlook on life.  Another recycling event takes place this week and provides a great opportunity to dispose of electronics, TV’s, etc. that are merely collecting dust. Take advantage of this event on Saturday.

As part of efforts to educate the public during Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Joseph Roberts, a gastroenterologist at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave., will give a special talk today, Wednesday, 3/16 at 6:30. Members of the hospital's nursing staff will also be available to answer questions. The event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP requested to 718-818-2391.

Celebrate Alice Austen’s 150th Birthday on Thursday, 3/17 from 11-5 at Alice Austen House Museum, 5 Hylan Blvd. FREE admission with tours at 11, 12 and 1.

Baby and Me takes place every Thursday at 11 at Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. Good for ages infant to 1 ½ years.  You will enjoy this special time with your baby outside your own home and meet other parents and babies.    

Homework Help for ages 5-12 is available at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. every Thursday at 4

The Fifth Annual John’s Pasta Party is this Friday, 3/18 at 6.  The Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School students and South Shore Rotarians again team up to host this event in the school’s cafeteria, 100 Essex Dr. to raise money for the South Shore Rotary John Dressler Scholarship Fund to support students with cancer continue their education during and after treatment. More than 20 Staten Island restaurants will feature their favorite pasta entrée and desserts. Admission is $10 prepaid/$15 at door, $5 for kids 5 and younger and includes pasta entrée, drink and dessert.  Face painting and students dressed in costume characters will entertain the whole family. This event is open to the public.  For more information or to reserve seats call Tiffany Reingold, 718-370-6950, extension 2033.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center presents FREE E-Waste Recycling Event on Saturday, 3/19 from 10-4, rain or shine at Forest Ave Shopping Plaza, 1489 Forest Ave.  At this event, they will accept computers, monitors, printers, TV’s, VCR’s, phones of any kind and more.  Call 212-477-4022 or visit: for further information.

If you enjoy the walks, talks and events at Clay Pit Pond State Park (2351 Veterans Rd. West) throughout the year, now is the time to give back on Saturday, 3/19 from 10-1 by helping with the Clean Up to beautify the park in preparation for the warmer seasons.

Take part in the Forest Restoration Workshop on Saturday from 10-2.  Participants will meet in the parking lot of the LaTourette Golf Course on Richmond Hill Rd. The walk begins along the Blue Trail behind the driving range where you will cut invasive vines that strangle saplings along the trail (the 234th monthly workshop).  Protectors will supply gloves, pruners and refreshments. After the work session, enjoy a short walk over nearby trails. For more information contact Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

FREE Math and Reading Tutoring is available on Saturday at 11 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. for grades PreK-8. 

On Saturday at noon at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave., bring your children to Storytime with P.S. 44. All ages are welcome.

On Sunday, 3/20 at 8 a.m., accompany birder Anthony Ciancimino for a FREE guided bird walk at Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. The Park is a great location to see north-bound birds in the spring. Waterfowl diversity should also be good on the bay. Meet in the parking lot at the very end of Hylan Blvd. For more info, contact Anthony Ciancimino at

Join the folks at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden for an informal gathering of community gardeners and composters on Tuesday, 3/22 from 7-9 p.m. at 1000 Richmond Terr. (Lobby of Building P). If you want to join or start a community garden or compost site, want to recruit new members for your garden, want to volunteer at a community garden or compost site or just like to hang out with people who garden and compost, visit  Light refreshments will be served. 

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  Applications can be obtained online at visit 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 5/20 and can be accessed by visiting:  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

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