As I continue to think about the quote, “The best things in life are not THINGS!”, I wonder how many of you agree.  If you would care to share your opinion, I am all ears!  My cousin told me he loves the security of money and what it can buy, especially his tools!  He is the type of guy who is happy in a t-shirt and jeans and not known for amassing lots of “stuff”--other than tools.  I agree with him that money gives you a sense of security, but as I de-clutter and give away things I have no use for and especially clothes that I have not worn in a long time, I question how and why I bought these “things” in the first place.  Should more thought be taken to help those who can’t help themselves, enjoy life in the present, be humble and kind?  I think I will start listening more to Tim McGraw's song, "Humble and Kind", especially the following lyrics:

“When it’s hot, eat a root beer popsicle, shut off the AC and roll the windows down. Let that summer sun shine. Always stay humble and kind.  Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you.  When you get where you’re goin’, don’t forget turn back around and help the next one in line.  Always stay humble and kind.”

Did you attend the Staten Island Orchid Show and Sale this past weekend, plant a tree for Arbor Day or take a hike?  Did you join Vincent Verdi and Ann Marie McDonnell at the Champagne Closing Reception of their exhibit at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum.  Congratulations to Vincent and Ann Marie on a fantastic show!  


Today, Wednesday, 5/4 from 10-12, participate in a Bird and Nature Walk at Clove Lakes Park. The trees and shrubs come alive with neotropical migrant songbirds like the scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, parula warbler and warbling vireo. Meet at the Martling Ave. Bridge.

Check out the Dinosaur skull replicas (over 20 on display including tyrannosaurus and triceratops!) this Wednesday through June at the  Stapleton Public Library, 132 Canal St. Call for info: 718-727-0427. 

All are invited to the National Day Of Prayer Service, to pray and hear speakers talk about the importance of prayer, along with the religious foundations of the United States on Thursday, 5/5 at noon at the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, 320 St. Mark's Pl.  The theme this year is "Wake up, America."  Rev. Alfred Correa will preside over this special celebration of our diverse history of faith and the ideas of religious freedom unique to our shared American Heritage.  For info, call 718-448-0165 or visit

Join Jane’s Walk on Friday, 5/6 from 2-3 beginning at the Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Pl.--a FREE walking tour in honor of neighborhood defender Jane Jacobs' 100th Birthday! From Lenape watering stops to amusements, cricket grounds and the first game of tennis on American soil, St. George has many surprises. With new developments on the way, it’s a great time to take a walk! Wear comfortable shoes, hills are steep! Call 718-727-1135,

On Saturday 5/7 at 11, Jane’s Walk continues at the National Lighthouse Museum (adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry), 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point (behind St. George Post Office.  Leaders share their knowledge but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers. Call 718-390-0040 for Scheduled Walks/lectures.

On Saturday beginning at 11, the U.A.M.E Church at 49 Tompkins Ave. will have its Annual Spring Fair Dinners, sides, desserts and refreshments will be sold. Vendor tables available at $25, raffles and more!  Call 718-273-2857 for more info or visit!special-events/safrr

Celebrate spring at the Annual Festival at Bethel United Methodist Church, 7033 Amboy Rd. on Saturday from 8-4. There will be breakfast, lunch (featuring pulled pork and homemade salads), a bake table, garden plants and an outdoor flea market. Coffee is free for all visitors. For info, call 718-984-1277 of visit

FREE Comic Book Day is on Saturday from 10-4:30 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Cosplay is welcomed!  One Comic per person while supplies last! There will also be a superhero craft at 1:30 p.m. for children and teens.

A Trash & Treasure Sale takes place Saturday from 10-2 in the conference center basement of the New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd. Call  718-351-0090 for further details or visit

Naturefest 2016 is on Saturday from 11-4 at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A. The Museum’s annual environmental fair will include FREE activities for children & adults, nature walks, information tables and arts and crafts.








Attend the Spring Fair sponsored by The Women's Auxiliary of Historic Richmond Town on Saturday from 11-5 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Homemade baked goods and craft items, unique gifts for Mother's day including plants, homemade jams, herbal gifts, gift baskets and honey will be available for sale.  Visit the historic homes, create a "Make and Take," and stop at the Bennett Cafe for light lunch and refreshments. There will be a special visit by the 9/11 Memorial Engine 343, the FDNY Fire Safety House and their Antique Fire Engine. Admission of $5 includes raffle & seed packet. Children under 3 free.

Come to a FREE Neighborhood Concert: Viento de Agua on Saturday at 2 at the Music Hall in Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Latin jazz big band Viento de Agua takes its name from a Puerto Rican phrase used to describe the damp and humid air that precedes an intense rainstorm. The band mixes traditional Afro–Puerto Rican rhythms with other Afro-Caribbean beats and jazz influences.

On Saturday at 2 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, join Staten Island OutLOUD in co-hosting Mark Twain's Lost Staten Island Novel with Island historian Andrew Wilson, who has uncovered an intriguing Mark Twain/Staten Island connection. Is there a lost Mark Twain novel set on our island home?

The Cinco de Mayo Festival takes place on Saturday at 3:00 at Faber Park, 2178 Richmond Terr. Mariachis, authentic Mexican food, traditional folkloric dancers, a DJ, rock wall, African American drummers, arts and crafts and more will fill Faber Park for a celebration of Mexican American culture and Staten Island's Diversity. This is a FREE, fun-filled event that brings the whole community together and is the result of a strong collaboration and partnerships among lawmakers, not-for-profits, local businesses, foundations and government offices and agencies. Call  718-420-6466 or visit for more details.

Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts Fair is on Saturday, 5/7 and Sunday 5/8 from 11-5 at the Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd.  Enjoy the spring grounds and find something special for mom, featuring handmade goods from local artists and crafters. Call 718-816-4506 for more details.

I wish all you mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, friends a special, loving Mother’s Day.  If you would care to share photos of you, your friends and family at Mother’s Day celebrations, please do not hesitate to call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at

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