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Party for Pediatric Cancer Research
The only thing better than a good time, is a good time for a good cause! The American Cancer Society’s Holiday Brunch for Pediatric Cancer Research puts the spotlight on pediatric cancer patients and their siblings to provide some holiday cheer while supporting the fight against childhood cancers.

On Sunday, December 8, from 11am to 2pm, all are invited to the Grand Oaks Country Club for a family-friendly holiday brunch. All donations for the event will be contributed to pediatric cancer research. The fun includes performances from Staten Island Dance and Arts, Staten Island Community Band Brass Quintet and the St. George Theatre Christmas Show. Attendees can expect activities, a visit from Santa, caroling, food and more.

The American Cancer Society looked to Staten Island’s young leaders and school communities in an effort to bolster youth involvement with the event and increase awareness of the cause. Several public and private schools have committed time and resources to support the event. Special events and fundraisers are already underway at several Staten Island schools, including Bridge Prep Charter School, St. Charles, I.S. 75, St. Peter’s Boys High School, P.S. 11 and Our Lady Star of the Sea. In addition, Bridge Prep is sponsoring a “Bridges for Bears” campaign to purchase over 100 Teddy Bears for children at the event.

The American Cancer Society, together with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, has raised $11 million to fund the most innovative and cutting-edge research. St. Baldrick’s and the ACS both recognize that while science has made tremendous strides in cancer research and treatments, there is still more to be done, particularly in the fight against childhood cancers. An estimated 10,590 children were diagnosed in 2018. Childhood cancer remains the second leading cause of death in children, and the leading disease-related cause of death for children ages 1-19.

For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Meagan Hallworth at 347-422-5401 or [email protected] You can also visit the American Cancer Society – Staten Island Facebook page for more information.

The Gift of Reading
Did you know nearly two out of three children in New York City affected by systemic poverty can’t read at grade level? Barnes & Noble Staten Island is inviting customers to give the gift of reading to children in need during their annual Holiday Book Drive, when patrons have the opportunity to donate books to locally designated non-profit organizations. Last year, Barnes & Noble customers and booksellers provided more than 1.2 million books to over 630 local charitable organizations that provide services to children across the country.

This year, the Staten Island Barnes & Noble will be collecting books for the Literacy Inc. organization and the Readers are Leaders program. In addition, they will be donating a portion of proceeds to designated local schools on various dates throughout the holiday season (listed below). Just say “book fair” at checkout to ensure a donation to the school.

November 30 – Tottenville High School
December 1 – P.S. 4
December 6 – Blessed Sacrament
December 7 – The Giving Circle
December 8- I.S. 7
December 11 – St Joseph Hill High School
December 14 –New Dorp High School
December 15 – Susan Wagner High School
December 18 – Our Lady Star of the Sea

To find out how to participate in the Holiday Book Drive, email Christine Zall at [email protected]

Kids’ Night on Broadway 2020
It’s the night kids take over Times Square! The 2020 edition of Kids’ Night on Broadway in NYC will take place on Tuesday, February 25, with tickets going on sale this momth. Kids’ Night is an annual event wherein young people ages 18 and under can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket also includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, and more. Select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, special edition activity books, and other events. Visit for information and to purchase your tickets when they become available.

Operation Santa
Those real letters to Santa might not make it up to the North Pole, but they will end up somewhere just as special. The United States Postal Service has launched Operation Santa in an effort to fulfill the holiday wishes of children throughout the country. Just go to the Operation Santa website and choose a real letter to “adopt,” and then ship your gifts to the child or family you’ve selected. Their website says: “Letters come from hopeful children and families. Answer one (or many) to make a difference. No matter how big the wish, do what’s doable for you.” You can adopt letters on your own or team up with friends, family or coworkers to make wishes come true. Go to to learn more. Just a fun side note: go to to learn how to get a letter from the North Pole!

S.I. Mall Steps Up Security
Although the impressive upgrades to the Staten Island Mall have been well-received, recent increasing security concerns – particularly due to incidents involving unruly teenagers – have become a matter of concern to many, parents, in particular. According to Councilman Steven Matteo, Mall Management is taking the following measures to ensure the safety of its patrons:

Task Force. The mall is assembling a task force of local community members, retailers, elected officials, NYPD and school officials to develop strategies to deal with the root of a problem that has surfaced at the mall–teen behavior. This is a grass roots effort to deal with the overall issue of how to deal with unruly teens within a public/private venue.

Increased K-9 patrol. The mall has additional K-9 patrols on specific days when schools are out and teens are more likely to be hanging out at the mall.

Increased security staffing. Additional officers will be present during days when teens are present at the mall, such as after school, evenings and holidays.

Video surveillance. Additional cameras will be added to surveil the mall.

Training. Additional training will be required for all security officers on dealing with groups of teens and young adults.

NYPD presence. The NYPD has increased the amount of officers patrolling the mall property and will continue to add patrol coverage during the busy holiday season.

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