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Broadway in the Boros
Get a taste of Broadway without leaving the Island! Broadway in the Boros is back for its fourth year bringing free shows to all boroughs outside of Manhattan. On July 26, Broadway in the Boros will help mint a public plaza in the newly opened Empire Outlets on Staten Island’s waterfront. The showcase features Beetlejuice, with eight Tony nominations including best musical, and perennial hit Chicago. All “Broadway in the Boros” performances take place Fridays from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, rain or shine. In addition to performances, each event features Broadway tickets and giveaways, trivia games and more! All performances are hosted by Julie James, host of the popular SiriusXM Radio show “On Broadway.”

Free Summer Meals
School is out, but grumbling bellies don’t break for summer. The Summer Meals Program has returned this year, providing free, healthy breakfast and lunch to all children ages 18 and under at hundreds of locations around the City until August 30 (with the exception of July 4 and August 12). The Summer Meals Program is available at various public schools, community pool centers, libraries, and other locations around the city. Children do not need to register or show any kind of documentation or ID to receive their free meal. To find a Summer Meals location or view a menu, go to

AdvantageCare Physicians Opens in the Staten Island Mall
AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) has opened a new medical office at the Staten Island Mall on Richmond Avenue. Their services include urgent care as well as extended evening, weekend and holiday hours – making it the perfect location for a new medical office. Aside from walk-in services, they offer primary care as well to help patients ensure they see the right type of provider at the right time. The ACPNY practice spans all five boroughs and Long Island, and the new Richmond Avenue mall location is the third in Staten Island. You can schedule your first appointment at now.

2020 High School Directory
If your child is entering eighth grade this fall, then now is the time to start thinking about high school. The 2019 NYC High School Directory will be available this summer online at the Department of Education website, and it’s filled with important information for students preparing to enter High School in the fall of 2020. You’ll find High School Fair dates, admissions test dates, application deadlines, important websites, as well as guidelines for applying, methods of admission, programs offered, and much more. You can link to the directory at to get started helping your teen or tween apply to the high school of their choice.

Big Apple Winners
Seventeen educators from all five boroughs were honored for their outstanding work, including Paraskevi Langis, High School Biology and General Science Teacher at Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School here in Staten Island. The Big Apple Awards is a citywide recognition program open to all full-time teachers in New York City public schools and recipients were selected from a record 7,100 nominations.

Ticked Off on Staten Island!
Tick season is upon us, and every year we need to be more cautious than the last. Reports of Lyme disease have grown exponentially in Staten Island over the past few years. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of cases jumped 250% from 2012 to 2016. So how prepared are we for tick season this year?
Everyone knows that ticks are found on deer, but did you know they are also commonly found on mice? The City has invested millions of dollars in past years to reduce the deer population through vasectomies, a program that continues for the next five years, they’re now also trying a tick-prevention method with mice. Mice are lured into bait boxes, where they receive a dose of fipronil, which kills ticks on animals.

Another cause for concern is the sudden appearance of the Asian long-horned tick, an invasive species which can reproduce on its own. Because of their asexual nature, thousands of these ticks can be found on a single person or animal. The first sighting of this species in New York was on Staten Island’s South Shore.
Last month, Borough President James Oddo hosted a forum to educate people on Lyme Disease prevention. He stressed the importance of public awareness, stating the following: “Our quest to mitigate the growing number of Staten Islanders suffering from Lyme disease is being fought on many fronts, and educating the public about the disease and how it is spread is a vital step. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University are working with us on the front lines to combat ticks and the spread of Lyme disease. It is essential Staten Islanders gain as much information as possible to be able to protect themselves.”

For more information on preventing Lyme disease, go to

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