Did you attend and/or participate in Wil Wynn’s Curiously Refreshing OPEN MIC Experience at Everything Goes Cafe, Bat Hike at Clove Lakes Park, ride in the Nature Bike Tour through Brookfield Park, or play in the Staten Island Bocce Tournament at South Beach?

I attended the live reenactment of the September 11, 1776 Peace Conference Celebration at Conference House Park.  The crowd enjoyed colonial dancing, 18th century craftsmen and women demonstrating various trades and crafts, colonial era vendors, homemade refreshments and historic house tours. The actors in the reenactment were spot on!  I felt as if I was a part of the Conference as Ben Franklin, Edward Rutledge, John Adams met with British Navy Admiral Howe.
















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September 1, 2001 was a sad day for the entire world. I and many others will never forget that date, how we witnessed two hijacked planes destroy the World Trade Center, another plane flew into the Pentagon in Arlington, VA and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA. With friends and family working in Manhattan and my sister nearby the crash in PA, we struggled that day to contact each other to hear their voices and make sure all were safe. As the days, months and years went by and loved ones were found dead or missing or never found at all, the pain lasted in the funerals we attended, streets being renamed and those sick, dead and still dying who worked tirelessly to save lives in the aftermath.

There will be memorials on Staten Island to commemorate 9/11 as follows:

The Angels’ Circle will hold its annual memorial ceremony on Tuesday, 9/10 at 7 p.m. on the corner of Fingerboard Rd. and Hylan Blvd. in Grasmere.

On Tuesday, 9/10 at 7 p.m., the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Staten Island will sponsor an “Eve of Solemn Remembrance”, a celebration of Mass in memory of friends, relatives and neighbors who lost their lives on 9/11 at Our Lady of Pity R.C. Church, 1616 Richmond Ave. Bishop John J. O’Hara, episcopal vicar of Staten Island, will be the main celebrant and homilist, and the names of the Staten Islanders whose lives were lost on that day will be read.

On Wednesday beginning at 8:46 a.m., the FDNY Rescue 5 in Concord, members of the community are invited to participate in a memorial prayer service, including moments of silence, at the Clove Rd. firehouse. Candle lighting will take place for any victims, including the 11 members of Rescue 5 who perished while responding to the terrorist attacks. Moments of silence will be held, beginning at 8:46 a.m., the moment Flight 11 struck the North Tower. Participants may gather at the firehouse beginning at 8 a.m. for the service. A private reception will be held at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center for Rescue 5 members and families.

On Wednesday at 11 a.m., Richmond University Medical Center will pay tribute to the victims of the attacks and honor military and first responders at a ceremony in front of the 9/11 memorial adjacent to the main entrance at 355 Bard Ave. Physicians, staff, patients and community leaders are expected to participate. The ceremony will include tributes, a moment of silence and reflections from first responders who participated in the rescue operations 18 years ago.

On Wednesday at 6:30, all are asked to join together as one at the Postcards Memorial, a sacred spot that looks toward the NYC skyline at St. George Esplanade adjacent to the Ferry Terminal. Free parking for the ceremony will be available in the New York Wheel Parking Garage (located next to Richmond County Bank Ballpark at Richmond Terr. and Nicholas St.). Those who wish to attend can also access the memorial via the walkway adjacent to the ballpark. The memorial is a short walk from the St. George Ferry Terminal and the Empire Outlets.



Participate in the 1-2 mile Bird and Nature Walk: Conference House Park on Wednesday 9/11 from 10-12 at Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd.

Bring the babies ages 0-18 mos. to Story Time on Wednesday at 11 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library where they will listen to fun and interactive stories and songs.

Kids 8-14 will enjoy the Lego Club on Wednesday at 4 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd.  The library will supply Legos, while you provide imagination.  All materials must stay at the library -- so bring a camera to document your creations!

Children of all ages are welcome to listen to amazing stories from around the world at Folktale/ Fable and Craft on Thursday, 9/12 at 3:30 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd.  “Seven Blind Mice” by Ed Yong will be read and children will make a colorful mouse! A discussion will follow about the moral, and create a character from the story.

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: Dumbo (2019) on Friday, 9/13 from 7:309:30 at  Wolfe's Pond Park, Cornelia Ave. and Chester Ave.  A young elephant with oversized ears and the powers of flight becomes a circus superstar. His caretaker is torn between his employer's exploitative thirst for profits and his children's desire to reunite Dumbo with his mother. Bring a chair or blanket.

Staten Island Adventure Day, presented by Boy Scouts of America, takes place on Saturday, 9/14 from 10-2 at William Pouch Scout Camp, 1285 Manor Rd. No admission fee. Free for boys and girls. Come enjoy a day full of adventures. This is one event you do not want to miss! Register for free at https://www.bsa-gnyc.org/siadventureday

Participate in Shibori in Shades of Blue on Saturday from 11-2 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  Join artist Janice Patrignani for a fiber art workshop using natural indigo dye. Funded by DCA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.  Suitable for ages 6+.

The 6th Annual Family Fun Fair, presented by Holy Child Parish, 4747 Amboy Rd. will take place on Saturday, 9/14 from 10-5, Rain date: 9/21. No admission fee. Open to all. Bouncy houses, slides, obstacle courses, carnival booth games, duck pond, fish bowl, face painting, tattoos, raffle baskets, Super 50/50, DJ and live entertainment. Hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and all day ride bracelets will be available for sale.

Bring the family and meet your friends at the 12th Westerleigh Folk Music and Art Festival on Saturday 9/14 from 11-7, at Westerleigh Park, Neal Dow and Maine Avenues. The festival features 15 bands on 3 stages playing Folk, Country, Blues & Bluegrass Music, great raffles, square dance lesions, over 40 vendors & an art exhibition.  Free pony rides are available from 12-2.

On Saturday 9/14 from 1-3, enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while working on the Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project) demonstration site. The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost. Please bring your own container.   This is a volunteer event and not a pick-up event. You must volunteer at the workday to receive compost. Supplies may be limited. Registration is strongly recommended at https://snug-harbor.org/compost/

The Street Theater Company will present No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites, a rip-roaring musical which portrays our road to national madness as a bad trip to Hades on Saturday, 9/14 from 23:15 at Cpl. Thompson Park, Broadway and Wayne St.  Book, lyrics and direction are by Crystal Field; the musical score is composed and arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks. 

Christ Church of New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave. is hosting the 2nd Annual BBQ Honoring of the Veterans on Saturday, 9/14 from 2-6 which is free for Veterans and their Families. BBQ, music, dancing and loads of fun. Bring new items to be shipped to our active duty members overseas. Please bring items to the event: socks, underwear, tank tops, shampoo, deodorant, soap and snacks. Please RSVP at: VeteransBBQ2019@gmail.com

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents: Richard III, by William Shakespeare on 9/14, 15 and 21, 22 at 3:00 pm in Fort Wadsworth’s epic Battery Weed, Gateway National Recreation Area, 255 New York Ave. Richard III chronicles the cataclysmic end of one of history’s greatest villains. Richard III is a fast-paced master class in political intrigue with a character that is as alluring as he is obnoxious. Free tickets are available at the door before each performance (if still available) or get them in advance by visiting sishakespeare.org, or https://www.showclix.com/events/1247

Attend the Art Lab’s Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibit Opening Reception at 1000 Richmond Terr., Ste. 10, on Saturday from 3-5.  Meet our faculty and view their artwork.  Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Bring family and friends to this kid-friendly event of All Things Muppets – crafts, face-painting, and fun on Saturday 9/14 beginning at 5 at Tappen Park, Bay St. between Water St. & Canal St. and concluding with an outdoor screening of the original, beloved “Muppet Movie” at 7:30.  Join in a sensational, inspirational, Muppetational celebration of the 40th anniversary of “The Muppet Movie” where Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, only to discover a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.

Walk Like MADD on Sunday 9/15 from 10-1 at Clove Lakes Park, 626 Clove Rd.  Walk Like MADD is MADD’s signature fundraising event to help us raise both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk and drugged driving. We hope that you and thousands of others will rally together in over 90 cities around the nation to help create a future of No More Victims. For info, call 212-639-9675.

Come to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. on Sunday, 9/ 15 from 11-1 for FREE Bingo Brunch!  Light refreshments will be served.

Discovery Day at Freshkills Park is on Sunday, 9/15 from 11-4 at Freshkills Park, 350 Wild Ave.  Discover Freshkills Park and experience the unique landscape and spectacular views the landfill-to-park project has to offer. This free event is a special opportunity to explore the future park while the site is closed to the public. Hundreds of acres and miles of trails will be open for tours, bicycling, and activities for all ages. Shuttles from the St. George Ferry Terminal and parking near Freshkills Park will be available. For info, visit: freshkillspark.org

Come to the 5th Annual New Dorp Restaurant Crawl on Sunday, 9/15 from 2-5 for a unique dining experience with delicious cuisine from 15 plus the area's top restaurants.  From Indian to Italian to Mexican, there is something for everyone.  All are welcome to stroll the Lane and enjoy free entertainment. Festival is on New Dorp Lane, below New Dorp Plaza South. Presale tix are are $15.00 and $20.00 at the door. For tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-new-dorp-restaurant-crawl-tickets Entertainment includes: Live Music, Bouncy Houses, Rides, Face Painters, Balloon Twisters, Photo Booths, Kids Art and more!

The Fig Fest takes place on Sunday from 4-8 at the National Lighthouse Museum, 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point. This event offers those interested in the propagating of figs and those who love to eat them, an opportunity to gather and enjoy all things fit! To help defray the cost of this event, a $5 donation is requested. Photos below from 2018 Fig Fest.








Want to know how to receive the GO!HEALTHY FOOD BOX?   Every Tuesday through 11/19 between 4-6 go to Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave. in New Brighton, and sign up and pay $10 Cash, credit/debit and Health Bucks! (or $8 with EBT or FMNP) at least one week in advance for $30 worth of fresh local produce. Come back the next week (same time, same place) to pick up your bag and taste the weekly recipe!

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