Stapleton Block Party on Van Duzer St. Between Beach and Wright – Saturdays in August 2009!


This summer the NYC Department Of Transportation is expanding its Weekend Walks pedestrian program to include Staten Island thanks to its primary sponsor, the Downtown Staten Island Council.

Van Duzer Street, between Beach and Wright streets, will be closed to driving traffic on Saturdays, August 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 12 noon until 8 at night allowing  pedestrians to enjoy a range of summer activities on an open city street free from cars.

Live music featuring the best Stapleton-based acts will highlight the evenings from 4 p.m. until the event closes.  Stay tuned for the exciting official announcements of lineups starting at the end of July.  In addition, the Island’s favorite DJs will spin earlier in the afternoons.

Large-scale participatory presentations are being planned for each of the Saturdays according to theme.  The themes are:

  • August 1 – Art & Music

  • August 8 – Sports & Athletics

  • August 15 – Relaxation

  • August 22 – Dance.  More details will be announced soon.

Kids programs will also be offered from noon to 2 p.m. at Van Duzer Summer Streets.  Children’s song swaps and homemade stuffed animal workshops are just the beginning.

Artists are encouraged to email to participate and get more information.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament – Saturday & Sunday August 15 & 16, 2009

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

14th Annual Richard Willis Memorial – Girls and Boys

Saturday & Sunday August 15 & 16, 2009 – Our Lady Star of the Sea Gyms

Registration Deadline August 4, 2009

Registration Fee $60.00 Per Team

Fee Includes: 2 Game Guarantee, Foul Shot Competition (All Ages) T-Shirt & Souvenirs to All Participants

For Information Visit the Website: or call (917) 692-8570

Click Here for Registration Form

OFEA Back to School Family Kickoff – Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 10 – 3p.m. Central Park Bandsell Area (72nd Street & 5th Avenue)

OFEA Back to School Family Kickoff  Event

  • DOE Information Tables
  • Snacks
  • Student Performances
  • Clown
  • Arts & Crafts, Face Painting
  • PBS Characters: Maya & Miguel

Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 10 – 3p.m.

Central Park Bandsell Area (72nd Street & 5th Avenue)

Call (212) 374-7625 or email:



Project Connect: Do You Need Help Managing the Challenging Behavior of Your 3-6 Year Old?

Do you need help managing the challenging behavior of your 3-6 year old?

Children eligible for OMRDD (Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities) services are eligible for Project Connect.

 The program consists of:

Initial Interview


Data Collection

Development of a Functional Behavioral Assessment

Development of a Behavioral Intervention Plan

Follow-up visits and consultations

For more information and to make an appointment call Bonnie Wohl at Volunteers of America:

(718) 984-7900

OMRDD (Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities) Available On-Line!


The Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) has an Information line that is now available online…..

This provides another point of contact that individuals with developmental disabilities, families, advocates, providers and the general public can use conveniently 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People can call or click to get answers about supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State and register complaints of alleged misconduct, fraud, waste and abuse anywhere in the OMRDD service system.

You may reach the OMRDD Information Line online at; in addition to the toll free telephone line 1-866-946-9733 or TTY 1-866-933-4889. Please note that it is important for people requiring interpretation services to call the toll free information line at 1-866-946-9733 or TTY: 1-866-933-4889.

Free Family to Family Courses in September for Families of Persons Diagnosed with a Mental Illness

The NAMI Family to Family course is a FREE, 12-week program specifically for families of persons diagnosed with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder. The course is taught by trained family members who provide information and practical skills in a supportive environment, and has been shown to provide concrete, long-term benefits.

Course Topics: How diagnoses are made; developing empathy for your family member’s experience; letting go of guilt; how to listen and communicate more effectively with your family member; coping skills for handling crises and relapses; overview of common medications; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.

For a complete list of course start dates, location, and registration details, click here.

Contact the Helpline at (212) 684-3264 or email them at today with any questions.