February 2012 Staten Island JCC on Manor Road Hosts the Reelabilities Film Festival Regarding the Triumphs of Individuals with Special Needs – Artwork and Presentations too – FREE!

We are especially excited to invite you to our Reelabilities Film Festival presenting films depicting the triumphs of individuals with special needs. The Film Festival will happen at the Joan and Allen Berkowitz JCC at 1466 Manor Road. Please see the flyer for more information: reel abillities flyer 2012

Please see our attached flier for more information about our upcoming film festival and feel free to forward to anyone that would be interested.

You can RSVP to Brian Faughnan at BFaughnan@sijcc.com or 718-475-5291. Attendance is free. Donations are welcome.

7:00 PM Saturday, February 11

We will be having a fruit and cheese reception followed by a showing of “Oceans Heaven” (96 min). On display will be artwork from students at Community Resources Preschool and joining us will be Jayne Smith, Director of Children’s Services, Community Resources.

1:00 PM Sunday, February 12

We will be showing “Mabul” (100 min) and hosting Elaine Hall (author, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism) who will be giving a talk at 3:00 PM. Joining us will be Dr. Eileen Hopkins, Deputy Executive Director, Eden 2 and Mary Alice Fegley, Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent of New York State.

7:00 PM Sunday, February 13

We will be showing “Aphasia” (40 min). Joining us will be Ellayne Ganzfried, Executive Director, National Aphasia Association and Sharon Wasserstein, Speech and Language Pathologist.

People in Staten Island – Do You Need Your GED?

Please link here to find out more about GED programs in NYC:

Find a GED Test Prep Program in NY State: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/nys_map/countiesprep.html

At College of Staten Island link here: http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/continue/gedtesting.html

At the JCC in Staten Island:


If you are still in High School link here:


NYC DOE School Calendar for the 2011-2012 Year

  • Dec. 26th to  Jan.2nd    –   Winter Recess (including Christmas and New Year’s Eve) Schools are closed. Students return to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2012
  • Jan. 16th  –   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Schools are closed.)
  • Feb. 20-24th –  Midwinter Recess (including Washington’s Birthday) Schools are closed.
  • April 6th to 13th   –   Spring Recess (including Good Friday, Easter, Passover) Schools are closed. Students return on Monday, April 16th
  • May 28th –  Memorial Day Observed (Schools are closed.)
  • June 7th – Chancellor’s Conference Day (students will not be in attendance.)
  • June 27th  Last Day for all students

MULCH FEST- Recycle Your Christmas Tree Through the NYC Parks Dept!

Recycle Your Christmas Tree on January 7 & 8!

Kick off the New Year with a green resolution and recycle your Christmas tree for free at the annual MulchFest.

On Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., New Yorkers can drop off their Christmas trees at one of 70 locations citywide. Approximately 30 locations are “chipping” sites, where folks can watch their tree turned into mulch, and even take a bag home. Mulch from this annual event is used by the Parks Department to nourish trees and plantings across the boroughs.

MulchFest is a collaboration between the Parks Department, the Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC. MulchFest is supported again this year by Hot 97 and KISS FM, our radio partners for the 5th year in a row!

Please remember to remove all lights and decorations before bringing your tree to be recycled!

Visit our MulchFest page to find out where you can TreeCycle in your borough!

January 7 & 8
10:00am – 2:00pm
70 locations citywide