As I reflect on the horrible disaster of September 11, watched as families memorialized their loved ones who perished at Ground Zero and again Sunday evening in St. George at The Postcards monument to the Staten Islanders who were lost, I remember the extraordinary feeling of unity that occurred afterwards.  People said “hello” at the bus stop, on the ferry, on the street.  Houses of worship were filled with people looking for answers, asking “why” and praying for unity, love and understanding.  I feel we have forgotten, not what happened that day and those who perished, but the love and understanding that is needed to exist in a peaceful world.  I strongly believe in the power of prayer so today, I pray for unity once more.  My gentle readers, will you also join me in a prayer?

Did you become a member of the “Voices of Experience”?  The group meets Thursday afternoons from 1-3 at the Staten Island Museum in Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr. Did you take any classes at your local library to hone your computer skills or bring your children for Homework Help?  Check out for a schedule of classes. 

Attend a seminar: “Protecting and Preserving Your Wealth in Today's Economy” on Wednesday, 9/14 at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, The Fountain Room, 1100 South Ave.   James E. Sak, an estate planning attorney, will be the guest speaker at this FREE workshop on what you should know about retirement. Those who attend will learn ways to avoid outliving their money, generate penalty free income prior to 59-1/2, distribute assets from retirement accounts in a tax efficient manner, construct a portfolio designed to help achieve personal financial goals and determine whether a Roth IRA conversion should be considered. A complimentary hot buffet breakfast will be served. RSVP by calling 212-978-1122 or register online at 

A Bird and Nature Walk will take place at Clove Lakes Park on Wednesday from 10-12.  Meet on the Martling Avenue Bridge to search for southbound migrants on this 1-2 mile hike.  Call 718-390-8000 for info.

On Wednesday at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd., bring your tweens and teens to the Back to School Bash at 2:30.  At 4, ages 4+ can attend for story time and candy pencil craft.  FREE giveaways and fun surprises.  First come, first served!  Space is limited.  Call 718-984-0945 for details.

Attention children ages 10-14!  Tween Crafters meets on Wednesday at 4 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave.  You will be making back-to-school crafts including a duct tape pencil holder. For info, visit

On Wednesday at 7 at Freedom From Fear, 308 Seaview Ave., guest speaker, Lorraine Millan, will present how “Great Connections” uses a holistic person-centered model of care to helping young adults with social and emotional issues. For info, call 718-477-1700 or visit and

The Staten Island Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets Wednesday from 7-9 at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd.  Patients and caregivers are welcome. For info, call 718-524-6970 or visit

Spraying for the Zika virus takes place on Staten Island on Wednesday between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in the North and South Shores.  Please read the following article for info on the areas being sprayed, and follow the recommendations to prepare for spraying.

“Look Good Feel Better”, a FREE program helping women with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, takes place on Thursday, 9/15 at 10 at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave. Workshops include instruction in skin care and makeup application, a complimentary makeup tool kit filled with donated products from the cosmetic industry and practical tips and instruction on wigs, head coverings and nail care. Contact Colleen Wisnewski to RSVP at 718-818-2143.

Richmond University Medical Center and Fidelis Care will host a FREE Back to School event for children at RUMC's Family Health Center, Castleton Davis Medical Arts Building, 800 Castleton Ave. on Thursday at 4.  There will be school supply giveaways, free refreshments, entertainment and general wellness information for parents and children. For details, call 718-818-2102. 

Exclusively for teens 12-18, the Teen Café is on Thursday at 5:30 at the Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Ave.  Hang out with friends, draw, write, chat, eat, browse the internet and do homework. Also make sure to bring your snacks, coffee, and beverages.  For details, visit

Attend a Sports Injury & Trauma Prevention Seminar, geared towards student athletes, coaches and parents, on Thursday at 6:30 at Staten Island University Hospital, 475 Seaview Ave. Hear the experts discuss how to detect symptoms and seek the most appropriate treatment to prevent short-and long-term harm and get back into play.

The Artist’s Reception, Art by Domenick Denaro will be at the J Gallery on Thursday at 7 at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community center, 1466 Manor Rd. Domenick Denaro, a contemporary abstract artist using creativity and imagination, works in acrylic paint on canvas. The exhibit runs through the end of October.  For info, call 718-475-5263 or visit

A Healing Service will take place Thursday from 7-10 at Inspiration Healing Center, 630 Arden Ave. with Padre Paul Funfsinn, a spiritual leader and co-founder of Celebrating Life Ministries.  Padre Paul works in the realms of pray and a devotion to God to help manifest healing and miracles in people’s lives. For further information and to register, visit

The Heritage Farm Stand at Snug Harbor, open every Friday from 3-6, sells seasonally fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs produced on their 2.5-acre farm. This year, customers will also be able to drop off vegetable food scraps for composting locally, thanks to the NYC Compost Project. 

Northfield Bank at 1731 Victory Blvd. will sponsor a FREE Community Shred Day on Saturday, 9/17 from 9-1.  There is a 3 box limit. 

Volunteers are needed for Forest Restoration Workshop at Sharrott Beach on Saturday at 10.  Meet in the NYC Fishing Pier parking lot opposite the intersection of Hylan Blvd. and Sharrott Ave. Trash from the beach will be collected, separated and recorded. Data from this clean-up will be used to monitor the cleanliness of the beaches and the health of our shoreline waters. Protectors will provide gloves, bags and refreshments. Community Service credits are available.  For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393. 

Black Heritage Family Day/ Parade is on Saturday at 10 at Tappen Park, 630 Bay St. and kicks off with the opening ceremony on Vanderbilt Avenue and Richmond Rd. At noon, the SIBHFD Parade marches down Vanderbilt Ave. to Bay St. The exciting, fun-filled, family-friendly, festivities continue in Tappen Park at the "We are Family Festival”, with vendors, food, music, live entertainment, free giveaways, face painting, activities for the children, health screenings, and the NYPD's Famous Rock Wall. For info, call 718-448-0010 or visit

The 66th Annual Fence Show takes place on Saturday from 10-5 at Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A.  Meet your friends or make new ones as you gather to see the conventional, the abstract and the extraordinary on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens. Check out the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble’s Open-Air Music Festival. Visit or contact Donna Pagano at for applications to display your art.

The Mental Illness Interfaith Prayer Group, a non-denominational prayer support group for anyone affected by mental illness for themselves, family or friends, meets Saturday from 11-12 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church 10 Austin Pl. For info, call 718-477-1700 or visit ttp://

The Brighton Heights Reformed Church Health Education Committee invites all to attend a free health talk on the subject of Women's Health on Saturday at 3 at the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, 320 St. Marks Pl.  Focusing on urologic issues, Dr. Alexander Sokol will be the guest expert and will give a wide-ranging talk on health issues, followed by a question and answer session with the public. For info, call 718-448-0165. 

A Memorial Show for Richard Capuozzo—“All you Need is Love and a Camera” is open on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. Exhibiting Photographers are Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Jeff Mason, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez, Fritz (Steven) Weiss and Richard Xuerub.  For more info, visit

The Photographs of Alice Austen and Christine Osinski will open on Sunday, 9/18 from 2-5 at the Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd. The work of Alice Austen and Christine Osinski, almost one hundred years apart, comprise a candid look at life on Staten Island. Separated by time and distance, the work of both artists bear marked similarities in subject matter and approach. Call 718-816-4506 for details.

Discovery Day takes place at Freshkills Park on Sunday, 9/18 from 11-4. During this FREE event, 700 acres and eight miles of trails in the normally closed site will be open, with opportunities to explore and learn about the landfill-to-park project. Bring a bicycle or borrow one at the park to bike across paved roadway, including a three-mile loop along meadows and wetland ponds. NYC Audubon, the Staten Island Greenbelt, NYC Sanitation, and others will lead educational walking tours and activities. FREE shuttle buses from the Taxi Stand at Ramp E will make trips to and from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George between 10:30 and 2. For info,call 212-602-5372 or visit

Just a reminder:  On Tuesday, I picked up my sack of freshly harvested New Jersey produce—two eggplants, basil, Romaine lettuce, Gala apples, Suntan squash, green squash, garlic and cherry tomatoes.  You, too, can reserve your  “Go! Healthy Food Box Program” sack sponsored by The Children's Aid Society for just $10!  Go to Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave., on Tuesday from 4-6 and every week until November, to reserve your sack for the following week.  You can sign up, reserve and pay for a sack to be picked up the next week.  Payment is by credit card, cash, NYS Health Bucks and EBT.  Each week you will receive a new recipe.  This week's recipe is "Eggplant and Pepper salad” and Rita, as always, prepared it to perfection.  Samples of the recipe are available as well as helpful hints about how to freeze your favorite produce, how to store for the longest life and much more.  See you next week at Goodhue! 

If you would like me to post photos from the weekend events you participated in, please let me know.  If your organization would like to promote their event or if you have events specifically for children to participate in, or volunteer opportunities, please do not hesitate to call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at

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