Autism

Field Day Fun at Ocean Breeze Athletics

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At Lifestyles we are all work and play. Check out Ed Burke, Deputy Borough President, singing the praises of the beautiful Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility with Anthony DiFato. And look at all these happy people running, jumping and dancing freely at Staten Island’s premier fitness and competition center. A good time was had by all.

Lifestyles tapes show at Staten Island CTV

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The Media Department traveled to CTV (Community Television) to record some segments for an upcoming show on keeping fit at Lifestyles. Here is an inside peek at the Mariners Harbor studio taken by Aaron Bialer.

“I wanted to capture what everyone is doing and how they enjoyed what they are doing,” said Aaron. “It’s a little tricky — the lights and the settings on the camera. But we go often, so I can keep trying.

“Tony (DeSimone, media staff) talked about how the more you do, you will improve. As long as you don’t give up, you will get it done,” concluded Aaron.

 

 

Mount Loretto before the Spring warmup

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“The weather was so-so. But it’s fun to see Nature, go to the beach, and get some fresh air,” said Riki G.

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The photos show the grayness of the day and a sun that couldn’t quite make it out.

“The geese were being annoying, so I said ‘Shut up geese,’ ” said Meredith A.

The Canada geese can be seen in the pond and along the shoreline.

“I found a seashell, and I  have sand in my shoes,” said Riki. “It feels weird.”

No deer were seen,  but footprints of a deer were, bringing us “one step closer to seeing a deer,” said one participant.

Offerings from the sea — driftwood and smooth stones — were placed at the grotto.

The landscape has only a touch of color, but after this warm weekend, we expect there will be a lot more buds opening on trees and flowers and with it a more colorful scene.

Meredith Arout, Riki Garcia, Andrew Moszenberg with Kathryn Carse. Photos by Merdith Arout, Aaron Bialer and Kevin Distefano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WrestleMania WarmUp at Lifestyles

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The build up is peeking. The card is set. Or is it? What will John Cena and the Undertaker do?

At Lifestyles, Sal DiBenedetto interviewed our own contenders — The Destroyer (Kevin Distefano), Joey Whispers (Joe Padalino), The Darkness (Aaon Bialer), Joey The Wrath (Schiavone). Dangerous Alan Russo, Anthony ‘The Animal’ Arragona, Thomas ‘The Tiger’ Lema. Cena and the DeadMan got nothing on us. Get ready for WrestleMania 34.

 

Willowbrook Mile Ribbon Cutting

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Geraldo Rivera helped cut the ribbon to Willowbrook Walk, a mile-long path to honor people who suffered at Willowbrook State School, today, September 14.

The reporter who exposed the horror of Willowbrook was joined by William Fritz and Michael Kress of the College of Staten Island (CSI); Diane Buglioli, Co-Chair of the event and Deputy Executive Director of A Very Special Place; NYS Assemblyman Michael Cusick; and many others, including Bernard Carabello, a former resident of Willowbrook State School who now works a patient advocate for the NYS Office of People With Developmental Disabilities.  

“I came to this place as a local reporter for Channel 7, Eyewitness News,”  Rivera told

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reporter Joseph Padalino. “I had some doctors who told me I had to come and see how bad conditions were here.  They got me a key so I could get in and film the conditions, which I did.”

“The problem wasn’t that people didn’t care.” Rivera continued. “The problem was that the whole notion that you could mass-produce care for the developmentally disabled the way you mass produce cars was very deeply flawed.  It was doomed to fail.  It was very archaic and it was primitive and thank God it’s now part of distant history.”

“I’d been at Willowbrook for 18 years!” Carabello told reporter Dolores Palermo. He said it was “bad, bad.  The worst place I ever lived. Geraldo came and asked for me at Willowbrook. And that’s how I got out.  He got me out. Now I work for OPWDD. I’m an advocate. I advocate for people who can’t talk for themselves.”

“I’m just so proud to be a part of this,” Cusick told reporter Gregory Perosi. “…because this will show the history of Willowbrook and what it has become.”

Mr. Padalino observed that if not for people like  Rivera, “I would have been in Willowbrook, but I wasn’t. Thank you very much, Mr. Rivera.”

The Willowbrook MIle is a self-guided tour of the former campus of the State School.  It spans the campus of the College of Staten Island and New York State properties that still house services for people with disabilities.  Stations on the walk include a commemorative Memorial Garden Plaque, Building 29 which housed more than 100 residents, The Willowbrook Archives and Special Collections at CSI, the Institute for Basic Research, and the Elizabeth Connelly Center.

For more information on the Willowbrook Mile and to download their brochure, visit there website at http://willowbrookmile.csi.cuny.edu/about-willowbrook-mile.

– This article was written by the Life-Wire News Service staff, with specific contributions by Anthony DiFato, Anthony Buscarello, Jonathan Chernok, Anthony Kefalinos, Joseph Jones, Dolores Palermo, Joseph Padalino, and Gregory Perosi with Kathryn Carse and Edward Gregory.

High Schoolers Take the Field in Annual Senior Game

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Today, recent graduates met on the field at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George for the 5th Annual High School Baseball Senior Game and Autism Awareness Fundraiser. The game, hosted by 1 on 1 Physical Therapy, raised awareness for autism by honoring Julianna Russo and Anthony DiMasi.  The contest also honored the memory of coach Gordon Rugg, by retiring his number, 21.  Life-Wire News Service video coverage is coming soon. Meanwhile, please enjoy the following moments by our photography crew.