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Beeping Egg Hunt for the visually impaired attracts crowd in Bloomfield

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.– 3,000 Easter eggs were placed across the grassy area in front of the COMMONS Cafe in Bloomfield on Friday afternoon for the second annual Beeping Egg Hunt. The event, run by Holly Bonner, founder of, is put in place to ensure the visually impaired and wheelchair users can participate in a fun […]

Staten Islanders Share the Love in Facebook Group

“A Facebook group is bringing together locals who all have one thing in common, love for their borough. The four letter word LOVE started as a display outside the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield, but it’s grown into much more.  The Nicotra Group, which owns the building, started a social media page to show off […]

Pancakes and burgers, with a side of community service

“Staten Island is a borough that’s serious about its food: Ask any resident to name their favorite restaurant and they’ll easily tick off a laundry list of local pizza joints, posh bistros and intimate coffee shops that serve gastronomically impressive fare. But there’s a variety of comfort food cafes throughout the Island that are doing […]

Girl Scouts Honor Veterans, Build Community Partnerships

“Staten Island, NY–There are many Girl Scouts on Staten Island doing amazing things in the community. The first troop serving our community with a wonderful service project is troop 5705 led by Laura Driscoll. Every year, the girls in troop 5705 go to Resurrection Cemetery and place flags on the veteran’s tombstones in honor of […]

Nicotra Foundation Awards Nearly $85K to ‘Do Good’ on Staten Island

“STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Philanthropists Lois and Richard Nicotra gathered Wednesday at the COMMONS Café in Bloomfield to distribute $84,539 in funding to 61 grant and scholarship recipients. And for the first time, the Nicotra Foundation presented the COMMONS Café employees each with $100 American Express gift cards so they could become philanthropists as well […]