Yearly Archives: 2012

Staten Island....four weeks later

It doesn't seem like it was only four weeks ago that our little Island's world changed. Quiet bedroom community of over 500,000 woke up to find that their security was gone. But there is always a silver lining or should I call it what it was. A blessing from God. For the last 4 weeks the Staten Island community led by neighbors, friends, churches and compassionate out of towners showed the rest of the world who we are. We woke up Tuesday morning to a new landscape and paradigm of who our neighbors were. They were next door, the local church and a group of people that had never heard of Staten Island till then. We had Mennonites who had just finished up working rebuilding after Katrina. We had a family of farmers rebuilding and so many others. As we pumped out someones basement a block away from the water, I was handed one of the best hamburgers I ever had. As people from all over marched up and down the 100's of blocks and thousands of homes offering water, sandwiches and ... read more

Sandy salt water flooded cars

God bless those of us who have been devastated by the flood. Last week many of us Staten Islanders were down in the devastated areas to help our brothers clean out basements and pump water out. We also needed to gut homes so they could try out and begin rebuilding. The one thing that struck me was the amount of cars damaged. Every car that was in these areas experience salt water flooding. Thousands of cars. I was in the local VW dealer who stores 200 cars in the area. He told me the dealership had no damage but they found the cars on top of each other. 200 new cars destroyed. Unbelievable. I've had 5 customer call or come in with salt water flooded cars. 3 can't start the cars, 2 have started and using their cars but 1 has already experienced electronic problems. The experience of salt water flooded cars is unfortunately documented as recently as Katrina. These cars are not salvageable. Call your insurance companies and start the settlement process. I can help you on val ... read more

Sandy's Affect on Staten Island

Good Morning, We're doing our best but Sandy's destruction is ever in our face as customers come in with their stories of family and friends who lost lives, property and hope. Staten Island lost almost one half of the lives reported in NYC so far yet the resources to search and rescue are not here. Unfortunately we're forgotten once again. And now that the cold weather is upon us, we're worried for the elderly and youth of our borough. But there is hope in prayer and neighborly support. Staten Islanders are coming together to help one another. It is a sight to see. We will rebuild. Keep us in your prayers and thoughts. and if you want to donate please go to the following link:

Sandy beat us up

Sandy beat us up

My heart goes out to all our customers, friends and family living here with us in NYC. So many friends lost homes or had damaged property. One church we're associated with lost 2 members. The coast line of Staten Island was destroyed and homes flooded. Our prayers go out to you. We suffered only minor property damage and power outage a short time. Our married kids and grand kids have been living with us these last few days until they get power. We have so much to be thankful for today. Business is open, more to accommodate neighborhood customers and help the community. We've been providing minor car care, cell phone charging, coffee and water. Mostly encouragement that we will rebuild and a prayer. I was surprised to see the attitude of some people when gas lines turned into fist fights. Don't we have enough to deal with? Anyway, most Staten Islanders have come together and stepped up to the plate. The city is getting back on it's feet and we will survive. Guess that's ... read more

Car maintenance

Car maintenance

Does your car squeal in the morning or around a hard turn? Is it hard to steer and is your battery running down? Then you've got a bad belt. The belts in your car charge your battery, enable power steering, affect your air conditioning and control your engine timing. Those things are kind of important. Don't worry we've got you covered, and when we're done with your car you'll feel the difference. You'll probably hear it too. And if you've ever noticed some leaking under your car, don't settle for it. It's not normal. You probably have a hose that's about to get a lot worse. The hoses go through extreme temperature changes through the year and will eventually lose their hold as they age. An engine that's loosing coolant is operating on borrowed time. Check us out at

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