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Meet Classic Rides at Rare Legacies Auto Meet

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If you like classic cars and classic rock, come on down to Midland Beach Sunday, September 24 for the Rare Breed Legacies Auto Meet, beginning at noon.  

Besides classic cars, visitors will enjoy great music from 8-Track, American Cover Story, Nakid Jedeye, Spite Club, and Hard Rock n’ Sports.  Also spinning discs will be DJ Bass Chills.

Proceeds raised will benefit the Stephen Siller Foundation, Semper Fi Foundation, and the NYPD Foundation. Registration for cars begins at 11 a.m.

-Written collaboratively by Anthony DiFato, Joseph Padalino, and other members of the Life-Wire News Service crew, with Edward Gregory.

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A windy Great Kills Beach as Jose passes by in the Atlantic

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While Hurricane-turned-Tropical-Storm Jose is making its moves in the Atlantic, it’s making its presence known along the coast with high surf and riptides.

It won’t be coming here, Andre Fitzgerald assured us. It’s going north and turning east. Rain here, but more in Long Island tonight.

We decided to go to the beach and see for ourselves what if any effect it was having on Staten Island. We headed for Gateway National Park Area at Great Kills. We drove past the harbor and down to the last parking lot between the beach house and Crooke’s Point.

“The breeze is right into your face. It’s what I like,” said Kevin DiStefano who spread his arms and let out a hoot when he arrived.

“It’s not a day for a book and a flask of tea. This is a hold onto your stuff for dear life day,” observed Anthony Difato who nonetheless had book in hand.


Joe Maturi, Media Dept. supervisor, started to head down to the water with Kevin and Tim Fauske. They didn’t get far before a mini sandstorm arose.

“A bunch of sand started blowing hard,” said Tim. Through the fuzzy scene we could see a pair doing yoga at the water’s edge. “It was hard to take a picture,” said Riki Garcia.

Luckily the sand whipping around didn’t last long. But Jose’s reach could be seen in the choppy water and white caps, the dramatic clouds and the blowing leaves and grasses.

“That looks really rough. I wouldn’t go out in that water,” said Joe Trischitta when he saw the photos back in the Media Room. He does quite a bit of boating. And in fact, there were no boats out, even the gulls were hunkered down on shore for awhile. The rain hadn’t moved in yet though, so the sun, clouds and grey and silver water made for a beautiful and relaxing place to be.

We weren’t the only ones. In addition to the yoga pair, there were a couple of dog walkers, a cyclist and a rollerblader to name a few.

All in all it was a good nearly end of summer day. Enjoy the breezes and the clouds, which have been joined by the rain now as Jose passes by.

Kathryn Carse with Anthony DiFato, Kevin DiStefano, Tim Fauske, Andre Fitzgerald and Riki Garcia. Joe Trischitta and Joe Jones who were not with us at the beach also helped shape the story. Photos by Riki, Harry Rodriguez and Jenn Romano





Riki’s Third Tattoo

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I like geeky stuff. This tattoo is from a Japanese cartoon or anime. I like the design. It’s my personality. It’s my body. This is my geeky side.


Riki’s latest tattoo, inspired by anime. “It’s my geeky side,” says Riki. (Yoni Chernock/Lifestyles)
Everyone wants to know: Are you afraid?

No. It didn’t hurt. Maybe a little spasm. But in general, I have a high tolerance for pain, so I feel nothing. The hard part is the tattoo takes hours. You have to stay still, not move around. You have to relax and stay physically still.

First me and my mom have to set up a consultation with the tattoo artist to decide the best place, size and color of the tattoo. My colors are white, dark purple and black.

Both cats have a yellow half moon shape. It is on my first tattoo too. (See below.)

The artist has to have a license. My artist was female. The place has papers that you have to sign. You have to bring ID to show you are of age — over 18.

Riki G talks about her new tattoo. (Yoni Chernock/Lifestyles)

You have to take care of it. You have to wash it twice day with unscented bar soap to clear off bacteria. Then you put a small circle of lotion on it. You can’t swim. You can’t shave your legs.

I got my first tattoo when I was 21. I like bows, dressing up nice. I showed a picture to my mom. She liked it. It’s my tattoo, but she has to be “in the circle.”

I got my second tattoo when I was 22. The meaning is private.

This is my third tattoo. I’m 23. It’s a way to express myself.

This story was written form an an interview with Riki G by Angel Bruno, Yoni Chernock, Timothy Fauske and Anthony Kefalinos

Joe’s Walking essay

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Joseph Padalino aiming his camera. (Meredith Arout/Lifestyles)

My day of being in a wheelchair is horrible. It’s horrible because of my circumstance. I want to be able to walk like other people. I want to kick a ball like other people. I want to be like a normal person. Not because I’m normal now, you know what I mean? I want to be more normal than the average person. Physically, I can’t go to the bathroom by myself, feed myself, put my shirt on or go in the pool. I want to be able to do more things on my own. I want less help.

The reason why I’m revealing my feelings about walking is because I want people to understand what I’m going through.  Sometimes when I go home, I listen to Josh Groban. And I go in my room and listen to him and I cry. I cry because I sometimes get very emotional about this and crying releases tension. 

I like coming to Lifestyles because it brings me to a place where I have friends. It is not a babysitting service. Lifestyles is a structural program, which teaches us to go out into the workforce. It also gives us an opportunity to expand our minds.

And it gives us a chance to shine. Lifestyles hais a social basis where people come and be happy. And this is why I feel good when I come here. We learn to properly introduce ourselves. I enjoy interviewing people on camera and off. We take pictures and learn to be photographers. So when I come to Lifestyles, I feel like I have a purpose. I feel very special because Lifestyles got me a camera that I can put on my tray, so I can take pictures.

There is an invention called [Robotic] Exoskeleton that you put on like a jacket and you can walk. It has worked with some people, but for me, I don’t know. If you take a picture of my spine, it’s curved. So I don’t know how the Exoskeleton would work. I hope someday in the near future it would. The first thing I would do is go on a plane and take a trip to Italy to see my cousins. I did it once, but there were people to lift me. I want to actually walk by myself.

I enjoyed dictating this essay because it gave me a chance to tell you what I go through everyday in a wheelchair. I hope you read my story because I want everybody to know what I’m going through. Thank you everybody for listening and have a good day.

Joseph Padalino attends Lifestyles for the Disabled day habilitation program. This essay was dictated to Acewin Tam, an intern from Staten Island Technical High School, and Kathryn Carse with the Lifestyles M

Review: Nova’s Death ‘Dive to Saturn’

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If you want to get up close and personal to the planet Saturn, you can’t get any closer than the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, which meets its end this week on a final decent into the planet’s atmosphere.  PBS’ Nova explores this pioneering probe in Death Dive to Saturn, premiering September 13, 9 pm. Eastern (check local listings).

Death Dive explores the mysteries of the rings of Saturn and unlocks the secrets of what may lie below the planet’s gaseous surface.  The probe will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday, September 15, on its likely final mission. Meanwhile, Nova will explore the twenty-year journey of Cassini, and the thirteen years it has been exploring Saturn.

Saturn in Red

-Written collaboratively by Anthony DiFato and Edward Gregory with input from Anthony DiCostanzo.  Photo courtesy of NASA.

Lifestyles goes on set at Staten Island CTV

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“Quiet on the set! 5 – 4- 3- 2 …”

And so began a new Lifestyles for the Disabled community partnership with Community Television (CTV), a place where we can to go to produce television shows.

harry2We visited the studios on Cable Way in Mariners Harbor and were impressed with the knowledgeable people who work there and the facility which includes studios, offices, a green room and editing rooms.

For our first show, Kristin Dalton, a reporter with the Staten Island Advance/SILive interviewed Lifestyle participants and staff about their work on Life-Wire News Service, a voice for people with disabilities. Life-Wire founders and developer Eddy Gregory, Joseph Maturi and Kathryn Carse were joined by Lifestyles Associate Executive Director Scott Salinardi for the first segment. 

“Thanks to CTV, this helps us build our network and continue to grow our vision for   Life-Wire. The show was an opportunity for us to explain the work we do and the skills we are teaching to provide content at” – Joseph Maturi/Co-Founder of Life-Wire. 

“I was nervous to be on TV. I was afraid, what if I mess up,” said Meredith A. “But I was prepared and Kristin guided me when I hesitated.”

Meredith was part of a panel of future hosts along with Anthony P and Greg P. Meredith talked about her work as an interviewer and photographer which included working at 2016 NYC Fashion Week. Anthony described his experience interviewing and photographing the Staten Island Yankees. Greg recalled his interview with Staten Sen. Lanza at his annual Resource Fair.

“When I first got there, I was very enthusiastic about learning about TV and being on TV,” said Anthony Pabon. “Seeing the work that was being done was very impressive.”

Other Media Department members observed the taping from the audience. They saw lighting, sound checks and behind the scenes personnel in action.

“We had to be quiet during taping,” observed Yoni C.

He and Harry R helped document the activity by taking photographs (see gallery below).

Whether on the set or in the audience, everyone is looking forward to going back and thinking about the role they can play in future CTV productions.

“Where I went  today was the best expence I ever had,” said Dolores P. “I saw how to work on set with people that work at CTV. I also learned a lot of new things that I might like to do in the future.”

Meredith A., Yoni C., Andre F., Anthony P., Dolores P., and Harry R. with Kathryn Carse

Tune in Tonight 7/20 at 9pm ch. 37 for Fios customers and ch. 1997 for Spectrum Customers!

Photos by Yoni C and Harry R




Bonus track:  Dolores Palermo interviews Gregory Perosi about the new Life-Wire News.

Summer Solstice, Your Shadow and other Signs of Summer

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Have you noticed your shadow lately? The Summer Solstice is a good time to check it out. (It is Wednesday, June 21 in the Northeast.) The longest day of the year, it is the first day of summer, a time when the sun rises early, arcs high in the sky, and sets late. It’s that high arc that has a dramatic effect on your shadow. Check yours out at noon. It will be your shortest noontime shadow of the year because the sun is so high above you.

Riki Garcia and Angel Bruno took shadow photos at noon the day before the official solstice. See how short their shadows are? If their shadows stood up they would only be up to their knees.

Summer isn’t all about sunlight and shadows. Here are some other signs of the season. Feel free to add yours in the comment.

What we do
Play basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf,
Go fishing, swimming; go to the beach
Go out in the evening for a walk or to the park

Things we don’t like
It gets too hot; we sweat; bugs, mosquito bites

What we like
No more jackets, no hat, no gloves
Motorcycles, bikes
Long days,
July 4, music, barbecue
Ice cream, Ralph’s Ices, ice tea, ice coffee, watermelon

Things we wear
Shorts, tank tops, sandals, flip flops, clogs, crocs, hats
Sunblock, bug spray

Angel Bruno, Yoni Chernock, Alice Fair an Riki Garcia with Kathryn Carse