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
Sal DiBenedetto talk about Tony Orlando and shares is photos of the singer from a live appearance.
PHOTOGRAPHY “MOTXILA 21” -PAMPLONA
Mila Barricarte and Daniel Muñoz told us about us their experience:
On Thursday, March 23, Mila and Daniel went to photograph Motxila 21 [a band from Pamplona that includes many musicians with Down Syndrome]. “We arrived at 7 a.m. They rehearsed in the district of La Chantrea. Roberto and María José were waiting for us. ” On entering, Daniel says he saw several soccer buddies and Mila who noticed that there were many instruments (drums, a bass drum, a drums, a bass …) and photos of the group: “it was a very cool place.” Daniel also told us: “We were a little nervous, because it was the first time we photographed people we do not know. They played several songs while we took pictures of them. ” Mila says that the camera did not work well, that it tried to shoot but it did not obtain it. Daniel did not dare to approach so many people and so many cables. “We took several photos and stayed for a while to listen as they played. In the end they took a picture of us all together. We had a great time and we would like to repeat. ”
Many thanks to the components of Motxila 21 for giving us the opportunity to photograph them and make us a gap in their calendar that we know they have very tight.
- MILA BARRICARTE AND DANIEL MUÑOZ Students of the school E.E. El Molino,
- Photos and text, courtesy of NWN Photo.
FOTOGRAFIAMOS A “MOTXILA 21”
Mila Barricarte y Daniel Muñoz nos cuentan su experiencia:
El jueves 23 de marzo, Mila y Daniel fueron a fotografiar a Motxila 21 [una banda de Pamplona que incluye a muchos músicos con síndrome de Down]. Quedamos a las 7. Ensayaban en un local de la Chantrea. Allí nos esperaban Roberto y María José”. Al entrar, Daniel dice que vio a varios compañeros de fútbol y Mila que se fijó en que había muchos instrumentos (tambores, un bombo, una batería, un contrabajo…) y fotos del grupo: “era un sitio muy chulo”. Daniel también nos contó: “Estabamos un poco nerviosos, porque era la primera vez que fotografiábamos a personas que no conocemos. Tocaron varias canciones mientras les hacíamos fotos”. Mila cuenta que la cámara no funcionaba bien, que intentaba disparar pero no lo conseguía. Daniel no se atrevía a acercarse con tanta gente y tantos cables. “Hicimos varias fotos y nos quedamos un rato a escuchar como tocaban. Al final nos hicieron una foto a todos juntos. Lo pasamos muy bien y nos gustaría repetir”.
Muchas gracias a los componentes de Motxila 21 por darnos la oportunidad de fotografiarles y hacernos un hueco en su calendario que sabemos lo tienen muy apretado.
- MILA BARRICARTE Y DANIEL MUÑOZ Alumnos del colegio E.E. EL MOLINO
- Fotos y texto, cortesía de NWN Photo.
The Staten Island Disabilities Council held its Mourning Breakfast to lament the cuts in services. The March 3 event was one of five breakfasts held in each of New York City’s boroughs to appeal to Governor Andrew Cuomo to restore services, increase salaries of care workers and to open more assisted living facilities for those with developmental disabilities. Several Staten Island lawmakers were there to pledge their support including Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, State Senators Dianne Savino and Michael Cusick, and Assemblyman Matthew Titone.
Life-Wire Reporters Meredith Arout, Laurence Oliveri and Samuel Stone were on hand to photograph and report on the event. Voice over: Salvatore DiBenedetto.
Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente, Troupe de Baile Español Demuestra Inclusión
Danza Down Compañía Elías Lafuente es una compañía de bailarines que tienen síndrome de Down. Muestra que tener una discapacidad intelectual o física no debe impedir que usted haga lo que quiere hacer. Las fotos muestran cómo se sienten las personas cuando bailan. Vemos que no importa qué tipo de discapacidad tiene, puede hacer lo que quiera hacer. Cuando te sientes bien acerca de lo que haces, te hace sentir mejor contigo mismo.
Santos dice de sus imágenes: “Me gusta ver cómo Danza Down Compañía Elías Lafuente trabaja con bailarines con discapacidades, es hermoso y curioso ver cómo profesionales de diferentes artes se dedican a este mundo, un mundo que a la mayoría de la gente no le importa”.
Disfrute de la fotografía de Santos y deje sus comentarios a continuación. Visite Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente en línea para obtener más información.
-Escrito en colaboración por Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Steven Filoramo, Joseph Jones, Gregory Perosi, y Dolores Palermo, con la edición de Edward Gregory por Life-Wire News Service.
-Fotos: Paco Santos, NWN Photography por Life-Wire News Service.
Everyone was a celebrity at a Night to Shine this past Friday, February 10th at The Staaten in West New Brighton. The annual dinner hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation is a festive prom-like atmosphere were people with special needs celebrate Valentine’s Day in style. The fete was posted locally by Calvary Chapel of Port Richmond. Life-Wire News Service’s own Eric Schwacke was on hand to capture the evening in photography.
On a mild Thursday (Jan. 26), members of the Lifestyles Media Department went to Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills for a program on birds. It was just after a nor’easter had hit the area, and Park Services Ranger Kathy Garofalo explained that the birds had deserted the feeders. So with some models and magazines, she introduced us to a number of winter birds and provided color pencils and clay to create our own. Then for those who wanted a little more scientific experience, she provided owl pellets to be dissected. We learned that owls eat rodents, moles, shrews and birds. They swallow their prey whole, but they cannot digest the bones and fur, so they cough it back up in a pellet. Yum!
We really enjoyed our visit to Gateway’s Education Field Center in Great Kills Park. We liked the location, seeing the harbor in the distance, and learning about owls and other birds.
We appreciated your expertise and knowledge and hospitality.
You educated us about things we didn’t know before.
Thanks for helping us feel like scientists, especially when we dissected the owl pellets and collected the bones of a shrew and other animals.
It was also fun to make clay birds and to learn animal facts.
Lifestyles Media Department
Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Riki Garcia, Joseph Jones, Christopher Lazzaro, Greg Perosi and Eric Schwacke