Education

Life-Wire Podcast: Joe’s Violin on PBS

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Joe’s Violin, the story of how a Holocaust survivor donated a violin to a Bronx school.

My heart was touched.  I liked it because he donated that violin from his heart.  When they met, I wanted to cry.  She played the violin very nicely and Joe was proud of her.  I would be too.

Joe’s Violin premieres on PBS’ POV, Monday, July 24, 2017, 10:00, check local listing.

-Review by Joseph Padalino with Edward Gregory. Photo by Frank Faretra.

For more about this film visit Joe’s Violin online.

To learn more about the premiere of Joe’s Violin on POV on PBS, visit the POV Website.

 

Top 10 Life-Wire News Service Stories of 2016

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Life-Wire News Service had a spectacular first full year.  Here are our most popular stories of 2016.

1- Koko Gets Her PBS Close-Up

 Our crew reviewed the PBS/BBC documentary Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks.  Koko lives at the Gorilla Foundation with Penny Patterson, who taught her sign language. -Anthony Pabon

2- Living with Down Syndrome: Eric Schwake

Eric’s video helps people understand what it is like to live with Down Syndrome. We are all the same inside.  -Joseph Padalino

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Eric Schwacke. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.

3- Inclusion in Fashion II: FTL Moda Runway Show

People with disabilities can do anything, even in fashion.  I photographed model Madeline Stewart – she is so sweet. Because I’m short, the other photographers let me move to the front row. At the runway show, I stayed in one spot right in front and didn’t move.  I also met model Shaholly Ayers and singer Meredith O’Connor – I loved the dress she was wearing. -Meredith Arout, photographer.

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Meredith O’Connor

4- Hamilton’s America Shines on PBS

History comes alive in Great Performances’ Hamilton’s America on PBS. You get to see all the actors and actresses put their heart into it in behind-the-scenes interviews. We reviewed the documentary, and our colleagues Larry Oliveri and Meredith Arout covered the premiere. Check out their interviews with star of the show. Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ron Chernow and many others. -Salvatore DiBenedetto, reviewer.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda. Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

5- 59th New York Emmy® Awards

I remember how tired I was and how my feet hurt.  It was different.  I never thought I’d cover the Emmys, but I did it. Please check out my photos. -Meredith Arout

She did a magnificent job. I hope to work closely with Meredith in the near future. -Joseph Padalino

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6- Mandela Future Leaders Visit Staten Island

It was an experience for me. I got to interview people from all over Africa and I enjoyed it. -Anthony Kefalinos

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The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

7- Willowbrook Mile Ribbon Cutting

It got really bad when I lived at Willowbrook.  I hope it never comes back. Geraldo’s interview tells us how things are better now.  Never again. -Anthony Buscarello

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Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

8- Sen. Lanza Responds to SIDDC Rally

I think this video inspires everyone to help people with disabilities find housing. Don’t give up the fight. Watch this video and learn hat you can do. -Joseph Padalino

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Andrew Lanza. Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

9- Holy Week Procession in Ferrol, Spain

This is a Catholic parade for Good Friday in Ferrol, Spain. I found it interesting and some people find it unfamiliar.

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10- S.I. MakerSpace: Making Dreams

MakerSpace is an interesting place to work.  They have tools and machines you can use to build all kinds of interesting things.  When I was there, I met a guy making a replica of rhythmicon, an instrument that only two exist in the world.  -Anthony DiFato

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Scott Van Campen (left) with Eric Schwake. Photo: Aeneas Jenkins for Life-Wire News Service.

Great Kills Parents Rally for Expansion

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Demand Facilities for Incoming Special Education Population

With colorful signs and boisterous chants, parents and PTA members rallied outside PS37/ Great Kills High School on June 15th to demand a larger school with more up-to-date facilities to serve the growing population of special needs students.

“We need a new high school now” and “Disability isn’t a choice. Discrimination is. Stop now,” were among the messages for City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and the Department of Education.

Advocates say with 10 eighth graduates this year and only four seats available, the problem needs to be solved now with a temporary facility for September. They are also pressing for a more permanent solution to serve their children and rejecting the DOE’s alternative to expand the District 75 program by providing seats at New Dorp High School. Their severely disabled teens, they say, need more supervision in a school with self-contained classrooms.

[Follow the  story in the Staten Island Advance at SILive.com: City dragging feet on special ed school expansion.]

[Watch NY1 News coverage at NY1 Online: Parents Rally for New Special Needs School.]