Saturday, February 26, 2011

NYPL Events for Teens in April

Thinking about what can your teen will be able to do in April? Here are some suggestions ...

April 2011 Events for Teens at New Dorp Branch Library

Anime/Manga Discussion Group April - 4/6
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Talk about the latest Manga! Create your own Art in anime style or in any style! Have fun discussing the newest anime and making friends! Learn about Japanese culture! For ages 12-18.

Teen Café Remixed April - 4/4, 4/11, 4/25
2:30 – 4:30 PM Come join us for fun in the community room. Play your favorite games on the PS3 and the Wii. Come hang out with your friends! You can bring your snacks, soda, coffee, homework, iPod. Check out a laptop and browse the internet! For ages 12-18.

Teen-Art! April - 4/27
3:00 – 4:00 PM Come and be creative at your library! Have fun making your own art, any style you choose. All materials will be provided. For ages 12-18.

Learn to Knit
April - 4/6
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Drop 1, purl 2! Make a hat, scarf, potholder, and more. All materials will be provided. For ages 12 to 18.

So reach out at our local library and get involved.

> Joe Markowski

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bridge Work Impact

If you are planning on crossing the V-N bridge this weekend be advised of the following ...

The work planned on the Staten Island Expressway from Friday & Saturday has been moved to Saturday and Sunday instead. What work? See below ...

Subject: DOT work may affect Verrazano traffic this weekend

Hello everyone:Just want to alert you that NYS DOT work on the Staten Island Expressway may affect early morning Verrazano-Narrows Bridge travelers this weekend.Work includes lane closures and full, intermittent closures of SIE leading to and from the bridge.NYS DOT work will take place on the Brooklyn (east) bound SIE on Friday, Feb. 25th to Saturday, Feb. 26th from 10PM to 10AM and will include full, intermittent 15-minute closures of the highway between 2AM and 5AM. During full closures of the SIE (278 East) a detour will be in place at Clove Road for traffic heading to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Brooklyn.The work will be repeated in the Staten Island- (west) bound direction Saturday, February 26th to Sunday, February 27th from 11:59PM to Noon, and will include full, intermittent 15-minute closures of the highway between 2AM and 5AM.During this time, drivers should follow detour signs after going through the Verrazano's Staten Island-bound toll plaza and exit the expressway via Narrows Road/Hylan Blvd, Lily Pond Avenue, or Bay Street exits. Drivers who want to continue on the SIE can exit at the Narrows Road/Hylan Boulevard exit and follow detour signs back onto the highway.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Upcoming Meetings ... Including Ours on Thursday

Greetings ... I don’t know about you … but I have had my fill of snow and shoveling and shoveling and more shoveling. I am now thinking of Spring even though I know it is quite far off and we have all of February and March to go through.

Our dues notices for the 2011 year have been mailed. We rely on your support to keep the Association going and involved in this community. Your support is vital both through your dues and donations. The support of various merchants and entrepreneurs helps to finance our newsletter. Let us know if you are aware of a business in our community that would like to be represented in our newsletter.

Now for our upcoming year. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7pm. We will be hosting Council Member James Oddo and his Civic Roundtable. At this meeting the heads of various Civic Organizations gather to hear updates from the Council Member and raise various questions and issues to him. This meeting starts at 7pm. So mark your calendars now and let one of your New Year’s resolutions be to become more involved in your community and hopefully this organization.

Did I mention bring a neighbor?

In March we will hear from Michael Reiser on the Recycling Program in New York City and some upcoming challenges and changes.

In April we will hear from Randy Lee on a proposal to develop a senior residence atop the Municipal Parking Lot on New Dorp Lane.

And in May we will be visited by Adena Long, the Borough Parks Commisioner.

We have a busy year ahead of us. Also, never forget that an important part of this dynamic is your feedback and participation. We need your comments, your concerns, your suggestions, your observations, your compliments, your complaints. It is your neighborhood. What is on your mind? Let us know at 718-979-6011, or comment on the blog. Check us out at for continuous updates.

Lastly and as I’ve mentioned quite a bit lately, I need you to sing aloud the need for civic involvement and invite your neighbors to join. The more voices the smoother and richer the sound. Thank you for your interest in our neighborhood. You live here. You know why it is a respected and desirable community. Be proud of it.

See you around the neighborhood.

> Joe Markowski