Watching the Parade of ships on Wednesday at the beginning of Fleet Week was a treat!  Many had binoculars; some brought ladders to get a better view, some children sat on their parent’s shoulders.  A group from a senior citizen home arrived, climbed up the steep inclines of Von Briesen Park near Ft. Wadsworth, some with walkers, some with wheel chairs.  After a few hours of waiting, they left without seeing one ship but literally exercised while waiting, doing tai chi (put me to shame!) and enjoyed the fresh air.  The first ship of the “Parade” arrived around noon. 

Touring the ships the next day was neat! 


The Memorial Day Parade took place on Monday. The weather was threatening torrential rain, but the sun shone beautifully shortly before noon for all the participants and spectators. I shed more than a few tears when the very proud veterans groups marched by--the men and women who have fought for our freedoms--and especially the banner of the POW-MIA's!  Please remember those who have sacrificed for us and for those who have not returned. 



Visit the City of Ships Photo Exhibit by Byron Huart, beginning Wednesday, 6/1 from 11-4 at the National Lighthouse Museum, 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point (behind St. George Post Office).  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military and $3 for students and children over 12.  Members are always FREE. For info about the Lighthouse Boat Tours, exhibits and other events, call 718 390-0040 or visit

The NAMI Family Support Group, for relatives and friends of people living with mental illness, meets today at 7 at Freedom From Fear, 308 Seaview Ave.  For details, call 718-477-1700 or visit

Are you a smoker and want to QUIT?  Attend the FREE New York Kick Butts Day on Thursday, 6/2 at 10 at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave.  RUMC personnel from the Respiratory, Lung Screening and Stroke teams, along with community partners, will offer programming to help the public stop smoking. The YMCA will be partnering to offer a demo class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on “Kicking Butts,” and representatives from GlaxoSmithKline will be available with information on Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Call for details: 718-818-2391.  

The CareerCon School to Career Fair is on Thursday at 3 at  St. John's University, 300 Howard Ave.  Have you ever wondered what kinds of careers are available from local employers and what skills they seek out in candidates for those careers?  Over 40 Staten Island businesses will be on hand to speak with you about career opportunities. If your dream career requires a college education, St. John's University reps will help you figure out what majors would be best for your chosen career path and how to begin to acquire the skills you will need during your high school studies. For details, call 718-390-4500 or visit 

The NYC DCAS (Department of Administrative Services) has released its examination schedule for June.  Positions such as Traffic Enforcement Agent, Environmental Police Officer, Child Protective Specialist, School Safety Agent and Correction Officer are available for testing.  For info on other positions and how to apply for testing, visit  

Attend the Annual Spring Fair, featuring vendors, games, raffles and a white elephant table, on Saturday, 6/4 at 9 at Christ Church of New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave.  Lunch will be available for sale.  For info, call 718-761-6100 or visit

Free Homework Help Saturdays, including reading tutoring from Pre-K through 3rd grade and Math tutoring from Pre-K through 8th grade is on Saturday at 11 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Space is limited; first come, first served.  Register in person. Sign-up list will start when library opens.  Call for 718-351-2977 or visit

The Victory Boulevard Restaurant Stroll takes place on Saturday from 12-3.  Sample dishes from more than a dozen restaurants and food establishments on Victory Blvd., between Bradley Ave. and Manor Rd. Tickets can be purchased online at or at Alfonso's Pastry Shoppe, Schaffer's Tavern or Met Foods on Victory Blvd.  Admission is $20.

Bring the children to the Carnival & Science Spectacular on Saturdayat 1 at the Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. Admission is $12 presale/$13 members/$15 public day of event. The event includes carnival rides, games, face-painting, “Science of the Circus” clown show with Watson & Christine, “Spin! Pop! Boom!” presented by Weird Science® and much more.  Call 718-273-2060 for further details.

Cooking Matters at Met Food, 1177 Hylan Blvd. sponsored by City Harvest will be on Saturday from 11-2.  Take a self-guided grocery store tour, receive FREE samples and healthy recipes to take home.  Also learn tips and tricks to stretch your food dollars.  After you’ve visited all 5 stations and complete a survey, you will receive a cookbook, reusable grocery bag and $10 worth of FREE groceries.  I took this tour and was pleasantly surprised at all I learned.  When was the last time you read the labels on the food you buy?  Don’t miss this day at Met Food!

Take part in the SunriseWALK Fundraiser on Sunday, 6/5, 8:30 at the Mt. Loretto Unique Area, 6450 Hylan Blvd. Sunrise Day Camp is Staten Island's only summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings in Staten Island and all of NYC. It is completely free of charge. Under the direction of the JCC of Staten Island, it will welcome children who have been referred by their physician. Registration fee is $20 and begins at 8:30 a.m., walk starts at 10:30. For more details, visit http://Sunrise-Walks.Org

The 49th Annual Art Show at the Conference House Park takes place on Sunday from 11-5.  Participate in a raffle of original art, kids’ crafts and activities, enjoy the beautiful park setting and art work of over 50 artists and artisans.  Admission is FREE.

Have you reserved your FREE rain barrel which will be distributed Saturday, 6/18 from 10-1 at the Midland Beach parking Lot?  Sponsored by Borough President James Oddo and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, rain barrels capture storm water from your roof for future use such as watering your lawn or garden.  It is easy as pie to install and use.  I have one and use it throughout the seasons.  Call 718-987-0197 to reserve.

The 8th annual Polish Festival, which annually attracts thousands of visitors, takes place on Sunday, 6/26 from 12-8 at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.  You can be a sponsor and receive a tax deduction, purchase a prize for the lottery or sweepstakes and your name will be announced from the stage during the festival or participate in the Festival as a vendor.  If you are interested, please call the Parish office of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church from Tuesday to Friday at 718-447-3937.  More information will follow in my future blogs.

If you would like me to post events that your organization is sponsoring, please let me know. If you have  photos of you, your friends and/or family at events to share, please do not hesitate to call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at

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