FTL MODA at NYFW: Fashion w/o Boundaries

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This year’s runway trends were diversity and inclusion at the February 15, 2016 FTL MODA show with models Madeline Stuart, Tiffany Tennille, Shaholly Ayers, Fausto Di Pino, Rebekah Marine, Dionne Michelle, and others. The show featured fashions by Josefa DaSilva, LuLu et GiGi, Dunyah, Adolfo Sanchez, Dear Rain, Mr. Decurtis, and FuMo Bespoke.  Life-Wire correspondents Meredith Arout and Eric Schwacke spoke with musicians Chris Reeder and Meredith O’Connor, Josefa, Dionne and Fausto for their thoughts on this extraordinary fashion event.

Madeline Stuart (left) and Fausto Di Pino (right).  Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.



FTL MODA Fashion Week Preview

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Inclusion was in fashion Saturday night as FTL MODA previewed their New York Fashion Week presentation.  Our Eric Schwacke and Meredith Arout interviewed the models who would walk the runway on Monday night, along with some of the other personalities behind the show.  Meet Madeline Stuart, the young Australian model who has been making waves around the world since bursting onto the fashion scene; Rebekah Marine, who is known as the Bionic Model and spokesperson for the Lucky Fin Project; Shaholly Ayers, brand ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion; Meg O’Connell of Global Disability Inclusion; and Iliana Niccolini, producer of the event and the FTL MODA platform.  Global Disability Inclusion has sponsored the FTL MODA show for three years in a row.

Photography: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

Inclusion in Fashion II: FTL MODA Runway Show

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Last night, FTL MODA presented the latest fashions in their trademark inclusive runway show for this season’s New York Fashion Week.  The show at the Lower East Side’s Angel Orsensaz Foundation.  Top models who exemplify inclusion came of for the event, including Madeline Stuart, Rebekah Marine, Shaholly Ayers, Fausto Di Pino, and others. Life-Wire’s Meredith Arout captured the show in the following photography set.


All photos by Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

Inclusion in Fashion: FTL Moda Preview

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FTL MODA‘s show at New York Fashion Week celebrates every body with the inclusion of extraordinary models.  Life-Wire News Service photo-journalist Meredith Arout documented the February 13 preview event in this photo set, featuring Madeline Stuart, Rebekah Marine, Shaholly Ayers, and more.

Photos: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Servcice.  #IamNYFW

Ten Facts about Titanosaur from PBS Nature

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We learned about how to find fossils and about how the Titanosaur lived by watching Nature: Raising the Dinosaur Giant (Watch the trailer here, on Nature Online.), airing Wednesday, February 17, 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. We enjoyed it! It was very enriching.  Here are ten facts that we learned watching the program:

  1. Hearts of the largest Titanosaurs were about 6 feet tall and weighed about as much as three adult humans.
  1. By studying teeth the paleontologists were able to conclude Titanosaurs ate non-nutritious greens like conifers.
  1. Titanosaurs did not chew their food. They bit it off and swallowed pieces.
  1. The Titanosaur in the program lived in the Patagonia region of Argentina.
  1. 40 feet long, (the length of three school buses) the Titanosaurs had incredibly long and muscular necks and tails.
  1. Paleontologists use computers to animate how the Titanosaurs moved.
  1. Paleontologists use elephants’ anatomy to compare how Titanosaurs stood.
  1. Titanosaurs’ legs had more of an angle than that of elephants.
  1. Paleontologists used plaster and toilet paper to protect bones from weather conditions and to transport them safely.
  1. A major threat to the Titanosaur was the Tyrannotitan.

We would highly recommend this documentary! Hope you have a good time learning some facts about dinosaurs.

Nature Dinosaurs
Titanosaur, courtesy of PBS Nature.

-Written as a group, including Joseph Padalino, Gregory Perosi, Anthony DiFato and others with Megan Welch and Edward Gregory.

S.I. MakerSpace: Building Dreams

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Join us behind the scenes at Staten Island MakerSpace, where dreams are built.  Co-Founders Scott Van Campen and D.B. Lampman discuss the work that is happening at their location in Stapleton.  We also talk to designer/engineer Mike Buffington about the rhytmicon he is building at MakerSpace.

Sen. Lanza Responds to SIDDC Rally

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The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC) took their message to legislators across Staten Island on Friday, January 29. Here is their exchange with Senator Andrew Lanza outside his office in Eltingville. Organizing the event was Michael Wienberg, SIDDC Chair, with Barbara Devaney and Donna Long, advocacy co-chairs.
You can add your voice to their call for housing for people with developmental disabilities and increase salaries for direct care workers by sending a letter to
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Mayor Bill De Blasio
City Hall
NY, NY 10007.

Covering the story for Life-Wire News Service:

Meredith Arout

Steven Filoramo

Joseph Jones

Dolores Palermo

with Megan Welch and Edward Gregory

Produced by Joseph Maturi