Memorial Day Tribute from Lifestyles

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Memorial Day brings Fleet Week into our harbors, and at Lifestyles for the Disabled we took time to both think about the sacrifice of men and women who join our military services and to visit those serving today by touring the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen and the cutter USCGC Katherine Walker berthed at the the USS The Sullivans Homeport Pier in Stapleton.

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By Sal DiBenedetto

Don’t forget these Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day Parade, Monday, on Forest Avenue beginning at 11:30 a.m. Here are the details.

And Fleet Week celebrations continue on Staten Island and all over the city.


The Memorial Day Run, Monday, 9:30 a.m., South Beach 

Memorial Day event honors Staten Island Battle of Bulge veteran and fallen soldiers

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DSCF1362The students of St. Adalbert’s welcomed veterans of the United States most recent wars to their annual Memorial Day Ice Cream Soldiers to honor the memory of those who had fallen throughout history to defend the country.

Veterans of wars, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars, gathered in the festive gymnasium for lunch and sundaes and to share their stories.

Peter Fiorella, a 94-year-old veteran, represented the soldiers who fought the Battle of the Bulge, a turning point in World War II when the American forces held back the Germans in the mountains of Ardennes.

Fiorella was a relay man and driver with the infantry. He recently received a medal of honor from France.

“This man is very inspirational to me and I would like to thank him for his service,” said Meredith Arout after hearing his story.

Fiorella was in at least one other major battle — he is a cancer survivor. And he has a lot to live for. He has been married for 73 years and has nine grandchildren,  nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

“When I spoke with Peter I thought he looked to be in his 70s. He looks great for his age,” said Meredith.

“The school was set up really pretty. I think its nice that they do this for our veterans,” she added.

Here is Life-wire News coverage of previous celebrations at St. Adalbert’s:

Honoring veterans on Memorial Day

St. Adalbert’s White Table Ceremony, Memorial Day, May 2015

Dyslexic students to benefit from new Staten Island charter school

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Plans are moving forward to establish a charter school that addresses the needs of children who are having difficulty learning because they are dyslexic.

“We’ve got a problem on Staten Island. Students, our children, with dyslexia are going to public schools and their needs are not being met,” said Laura Timoney, the borough’s deputy director of education.

Borough President James Oddo’s office found that the need is pressing and the available programs are both costly and distant for local residents. The conclusion: We need a community charter school.

Plans are going forward for Bridge Prep for Creative Thinkers where multi-sensory instruction that appeals to all learners will be implemented.

In her remarks to a general counsel presentation at the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, Timoney explains the process and plans to open the school with a second and third grade class for the 2018 to 2019 school year. A grade will be added each year until the school serves students in grades 1 through 8.

Watch the video for both the story and a question and answer period.

Dyslexic student endures hours-long daily trip to school.

Meredith the Magnificent Magician

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Meredith solves her friends’ problems with her magical powers.

How did she do that?

Shooting and editing with the students at Staten Island Technical High School provided budding Lifestyles actors with a chance to have a good time making an intriguing video.

Lifestyles for the Disabled collaborated with Staten Island Technical High School to create this video.

Take a tour of Italy with Giuseppe

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Giuseppe looks right at home strolling around Italy, the thing he wanted to do most if he could do anything.

Members of Lifestyles Media Department traveled to New Dorp  to join the high school students at Staten Island Tech for some cool sessions in their TV studio.

In addition to a control booth and three video cameras, the studio is equipped with a green screen. The creative juices were flowing with all the possible visual effects provided by the digital backdrop.

Enjoy the tour.