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Date Time Place Event Description Contact & Fee  Info


Fri, Nov. 22-24, 2013




College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Ave.


8th Annual Holiday Gift Drive

 The Women's Center is asking for donations for Safe Horizon of Staten Island.

Please donate new toys for children    (1-6 years old). and gifts for mothers 



Fri, Nov. 22-23, 2013


   11:00 a.m. -

4:00 p.m.


Tottenville Historical Society, 229 Main Street


"War Letters" Exhibit 

 This examines the history of America's 20th and 21st century wars through letters written by local soldiers serving on the front lines.


Free Admission

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Wolfes Pond Park is one of Staten Island's largest natural and manmade park that includes a beach, preservation and recreation area located in Tottenville. The park is named after one of the first Staten Island families, the Wolfes.

In 1857 the New York State purchased Wolfe as a quarantine station for immigrants. However, fisherman and oysterman suspected the waters were contaminated and decided to burn down all stations in protest.

Wolfes Pond became a popular recreational site in the late 1920s when the City bought the land. A new dam was built to "protect the freshwater pond from the infusion of salt water from the bay." However the dam broke twice in the past twenty years and the saltwater had killed some of the freshwater fish (nycogovparks).

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A recent study of US and UK home buyers, conducted by the London based Nationwide Building Society, found that more than 40% of people buying homes were confused by the jargon that lenders used to describe mortgages. Saying “more than 40%” seems like an understatement.

According to another study, only 31% of homebuyers understood what the term “LTV” meant, an acronym that stands for “loan to value” and describes the ration between the amount of the mortgage and the value of the home. Not only did the survey show that many mortgage borrowers were confused about what the terms meant, but they also were shy about asking for explanations of words that they didn’t understand. It's just like in school when the teacher asks if anyone has questions and no one

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On Decemeber 31, 1747, Jacob de Hart petitioned for rights of a public ferry that will commute from Staten Island to Manhattan and to Bergen County, N.J.. However, in May the following year, John Beek and Jacob Corsen opposed de Hart's petition stated, from the Calender of Council Minutes 1668-1783, they "have for some years past, used to carry travellers from their lands to the City of New York and to the opposite shores of New Jersey."

Solomon Comes purchased De Hart's farm before his petition was reached, this meant the De Hart's  prior petition was revolked. On March 17, 1748, the Calender of Council Minutes recorded that Comes' petition was granted to have a public ferry that will run between Staten Island and New York. Comes' Ferry became the

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When you have been researching your different options for a mortgage on your home, you might have heard of an “Interest Only Mortgage”. What exactly does this type of mortgage mean and how does it work?

Usually when you take out a loan, you must pay back the capital debt (the amount you borrowed) and the interest on that debt. An interest-only mortgage offers a cheaper option for purchasing a property, because you will only be making payments on the interest and not the capital. Compared to a repayment style mortgage where you are paying down the principle of the loan, an interest-only mortgage will have much lower monthly payments.

However, when you reach the end of the mortgage term with an interest-only mortgage, you will not have paid off any of

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Date Time Place Event Description Contact & Fee  Info

Fri, Nov. 15-17, 2013



 Jimmy Max, 280 Watchogue Road

 South Shore Artist Group Exhibit 

 Acrylic paintings by Gian Pagello and Dominick Denaro.




Fri, Nov. 15-17, 2013



 College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Ave.  8th Annual Holiday Gift Drive  The Women's Center is asking for donations for Safe Horizon of Staten Island.

Please donate new toys for children    (1-6 years old). and gifts for mothers 



 Fri, Nov. 15, 2013     

  6:30 p.m. -

10:00 p.m.

 Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D

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Built in 1696, the Voorlezer's House is the oldest schoolhouse in America. The clapboard house is also the oldest relic from the Dutch settlement on the Island from the 17th century. The word "voorlezer" comes from the Dutch which means "one who reads to other."


The house had three purposes: serve as a church, a school from boys and girls, and a residency. The house had numerous homeowners but the longest family lived in the Voorlezer's House for 150 years.

The school's population were children between the ages of 7 and 12. The parents paid for their children to learn reading, writing, arthimetic, religion and Dutch history. Arthimetic was taught to both boys and girls so they would learn how to maintain a home and business when they

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White Playground in Short Acres was named honoring Staten Island WWI vet John Edward White.

Born in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, White served as a trainman for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in St. George, Staten Island. Never marrying, White enlisted in the United States Army to fight in WWI, and became a member of the Allied Expeditionary Force. He gave his life assisting in the defeat of Germany.

White Playground is located in the Staten Island neighborhood of Fort Wadsworth, which takes its name from the nearby military installation overlooking the Narrows. At 300 years of age, Fort Wadsworth is the oldest continually manned United States military reservation, and, along with Fort Hamilton on the opposite side, monitors movement in the New

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Date Time Place Event Description Contact & Fee  Info

Fri, November 1-2, 2013

                                          7:00 p.m. -

11:00 p.m.


                              NYC Arts Cypher Building, 12 Broad Street. 2nd FL


The Return of the Haunted House Experience

  $10 - kids under  

$12 with school ID                   $15 - general admissions.




 Fri, November 1, 2013




   9:00 p.m. -

2:00 a.m.


 The Phunky Elephant, 1271 Bay Street


 Halloween Bash and 1 Year Anniversary Party

The John Neilson Trio will be going on at 9 p.m. Followed by a DJ to carry on the fun from midnight
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King Charles of England named Richmond Country, after Charles Lennox Duke of Richmond, who was Charles II’s illegitimate son.

What's In A Name?

Staten Island, and the other boroughs, became a part of Greater New York City in 1898; Staten Island then became known as the Borough of Richmond. Less then one hundred years later, the Borough of Staten Island suffered another name change. The Borough of Staten Island became the island’s official name in 1975.

There is a rumor that Staten Island became a part of Greater New York City because a New York sailing team beat a New Jersey team when they sailed around the island in one day.

Then And Now

Richmond County was a rural community; it was well known for farms, mills and shell fishing. Although

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