Monday, December 15, 2008

Donate Blood

There is still time to donate blood. This is a special gift which is often in short supply at this time of year so think about making a donation. You can donate blood at the following locations on the following dates:

Thursday, December 18
- South Shore Rotary Club, 141 Mansion Ave 10308
- Fred Limeri 718-227-0808

Monday, December 22
- Richmond County Criminal Court, 67 Targee Street 10304
- Andrew Hassall 718-390-8410

Friday, December 26
- 123rd Precinct, 116 Main Street 10304
Andrew Hassall - 718-390-8410

Sunday, December 28
- JCC Bernikow Center, 1466 Manor Road 10314
- Janice Salerno 718-475-5214

Monday, December 29
- NYPD School Safety, Petrides HS, 715 Ocean Terrace 10301
- Vivian Russo 718-816-0681

Wednesday, January 7
- Richmond County Civil Court, 927 Castleton Ave 10310
- Maria Emmanuel 718-390-5425

- Richmond University Medical Center, Bayley Seton Campus,
75 Vanderbilt Ave 10304
- Jennifer Sammartino 718-818-2100

Thursday, January 8
- Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Avenue 10310
- Jennifer Sammartino 718-818-2100

Friday, January 9
USCoast Guard, Fort Wadsworth - DLA Building 203 NY Avenue 10305
- Lt. Nasif Gordon 718-354-4163

Give the gift of life.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CERT - Looking for Volunteers

The NYC Office of Emergency Management is currently seeking motivated individuals to start up the Staten Island Community Board 2 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT program, run by OEM, is part of a national initiative to prepare individuals on a community level to better respond to emergency situations. The CERT members are trained in various methods of disaster response, including light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, fire safety, and terrorism awareness. After the 11-week training concludes, the CERTs are tasked with not only responding to events but also getting out into their community and teaching their neighbors about the different ways they can prepare at home for any sort of disaster that they may face.

Training is free. It consists of 11 sessions once a week, each lasting roughly three hours long. The location for the training is always within the boundaries of the community board in which the team exists. As of right now, Staten Island Community Board 2 does not have a CERT, and as part of OEM’s mission to ensure optimal response across all five boroughs it is a priority to establish a SI 2 CERT. Training is set to begin on Wednesday, March 11 2009.

Interested individuals can give us a call on the CERT hotline at (718) 422 – 8585 or send an e-mail to This is a great, cost-free way to give back to your community by helping yourself and your neighbors prepare for an emergency. Don’t hesitate to get prepared!

Monday, December 1, 2008

S S S S & V

I just wanted to mention a few things for your consideration:

1. SI Ferry. A new book on the history of the SI Ferry entitled - The Staten Island Ferry: A History - will soon be available. On Wednesday, December 10 at 6pm at the St.George Branch of the Library there will be a discussion of the book and book signing. The talk and discussion are free. Call 718-727-1135 x123 to register and the book will be available for $22. Need a nice gift to give for the holidays?

2. Smoking Study. The NYC Department of Health is doing a study on families with both smokers and non-smokers living in the same household. For their time and effort, family members who are eligible and participate will receive $50. To learn more about the study and find out about your eligibility, contact Kari Lundwall by phone at 212-676-2369 or by email at

3. Snow Shoveling. Where-to-Turn's snow shoveling program is still looking for volunteers who will help shovel snow for seniors during the upcoming winter. To learn more about the program go to If you are a senior or know a senior who would like to apply for help with shoveling, call 718-966-6531.

4. Stigma. The Family Diversity Project has created six award winning traveling photo-text exhibits that tour communities. The Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family exhibit is currently on display at the South Richmond Mental Health Clinic located at the South Beach Psychiatric Center and will be available for the community to view on December 6, 2008. It features photographs and interviews with families whose lives have been affected by mental illness. It is a moving and worthwhile exhibit.

5. Vision for Staten Island. This not-for-profit group is holding public brainstorming sessions to glean residents' wisdom, impressions and aspirations for an Island at the crossroads. Afterward, ideas from those in attendance will be posted online at The session in New Dorp will be Monday, December 8 from 7 to 9pm in New Dorp high School.

Those are just a few things for your consideration.

And remember, if you have an issues in the New Dorp community, make sure you bring them to our attention at

> Joe Markowski