As the weather starts to turn a little colder and your yard goes into hibernation, the pests that used to live outdoors will want to take up residence in your warm, cozy home. Getting bugs out of your home is not only a headache, but also means that you’ll be spraying a variety of chemicals throughout your home.

Pesticides Can Be As Bad As Pests

Conventional pesticides usually get the job done, but they have been shown to negatively affect people and their pets. Children are especially sensitive to the chemicals as their organs, nervous and immune systems are still developing. Moral of the story, the fewer harsh chemicals you use, the better for your health.

Most Professionals Have Natural Options

Many professional pest control companies have…

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Yet another year of sold out Spooktacular fun at the Staten Island Zoo this past weekend. The jungle exhibit was turned into a Frozen theme attraction and the safari exhibit became the ever popular haunted house. Other attractions included: Zoo Family Feud, sit down show for the Wizard of Oz, a walk through Candy Land and a "Transylvania's Got Talent" show.

Tom Delese, a former toy and industrial designer, as well as retail advertising account executive at Staten Island Advance, is the mastermind behind the Souvenir Family Portrait Booth. Tom Carnesecchi, a fellow colleague of Delese's from Staten Island Advance, assisted in building the family oriented booth. The same backdrop and decorations have been used since the first year - back in 2004.

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The fall season has hit Staten Island real estate, and we put together the Island market recap from September 2014. 

September 2014 Real Estate Market Sale Sides

Month Year Monthly Sales Monthly Volume Avg Sale $ Median Sold $
September 2014 298 $130,616,573 $438,310 $401,014

The fall season started with 298 monthly sale in properties. Monthly volume on Staten Island increased from August 2014, although monthly sales decreased a bit from last month. Great Kills area had the highest number of sales in September, with a number of 31. Second, is Westerleigh who had 21 sale sides.

Staten Island kicks off the season with an average sale price of $438,310, which is a significant increase from August 2014's $417,303. 

Month Year Monthly Sales

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The count down to 13 days of Halloween is only a few days away. It's never too early to get in the mood and start planning ahead. The following are lists of upcoming kid and adult friend friendly events throughout Staten Island for this Halloween.

October 18th Weekend

Date Time Place Event Description Contact & Fee Info

 18th & 19th

 11:00am - 4:00pm

 Decker Farm Pumpkin Picking  Hayride, face painting, farm animals, arts and crafts, and corn stalk maze. 

 $5 per person

Free shuttle bus service available from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the  Decker Farm.

(718) 351-1611 x281


1:00pm - 5:00pm  Conference House  October Festival  'Music by Les Moore and…

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Westerleigh Park located between Willard Ave., Springfield Ave., Maine Ave., Neal Dow Ave.

It takes a lot to maintain one of the most desirable neighborhoods on Staten Island. The beauty of Westerleigh is courtesy of one of Staten Island’s predominant non-profit civic group.

Established in 1893, Westerleigh Improvement Society has evolved into an association with over 600 members. This makes the civic group the oldest and largest membership on Staten Island.  

What Does Westerleigh Improvement Society Do?

The association aims to address concerns in the community and preserve the beauty of Westerleigh through ongoing projects. Some of the recent projects: a street survey regarding “street pavement conditions, street signs and…

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Westerleigh is one of the most desirable neighborhoods on Staten Island. It features lavish colonial and ranch homes, but some may not know the grand victorian house on the corner of Wardwell and Waters Avenue.

273 Wardwell Avenue was built back in the late 1800's although public records say 1905, the house was originally occupied by a Dr. Green who practiced in the house. Since Dr. Green, the Queen Anne Victorian house had been sold throughout the years and homed many families.

The architecture is beyond unique, no house in the area resembles any similarities:

Cedar shingles cut in different patterns - as a signature from the original architect - and clap board siding. This creates a complex texture to the exterior.

The interior and…

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