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Lanza Hosts Special Needs Fair at JCC

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Parents of people with special needs connected with services and opportunities at the 2016 Special Needs Resource Fair, May 13th at the Manor Road Jewish Community Center.  “What Every Parent Should Know” was the theme of the event, hosted by New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza. Life-Wire News Service reporters and photographers were on hand to cover the event.

Video hosted by Steven Filoramo, Anthony Pabon, and Raheim Gladden for Life-Wire News Service. Photos by Raheim Gladden and Jonathan Chernock for Life-Wire News Service.

Opening the Stapleton Waterfront

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The North Shore got a little greener today with the opening of the Stapleton Waterfront Park.  Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, City Council Representative Debi Rose and Assemblyman Matthew Titone were on hand for the ribbon cutting outside the new URBY apartment complex.  Life-Wire News Service photographers Anthony DiFato, Raheim Gladden and Michael Halbreich were on hand to capture the moment.

“The opening of this park nicely complements the renaissance that is taking place along the North Shore,” according to Oddo. “The park will surely become a waterfront haven thanks to its proximity to URBY and the rest of the ‘Core Four’ projects. Creating this green space is an important step in the major redevelopment that is going to transform the North Shore and increase activity along the waterfront.”

FDNY Ladder 81 Centennial Celebration, South Beach

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Celebrate Ladder 81’s 100 years of service to the South Beach community on Staten Island. S.I. Borough President James Oddo, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, and FDNY Cheif James E. Leonard join the September 28, 2015 celebration. Video hosted by Anthony Pabon, Life-Wire News Service.

100th anniversary of South Beach's Ladder 81. Photo: Sam Villalobos.
100th anniversary of South Beach’s Ladder 81. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
100th anniversary of South Beach's Ladder 81. Photo: Sam Villalobos.
100th anniversary of South Beach’s Ladder 81. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
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100th anniversary of South Beach’s Ladder 81. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro salutes Ladder 81 on its 100th anniversary. Photo: Sam Villalobos.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro salutes Ladder 81 on its 100th anniversary. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
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FDNY Cheif James E. Leonard praises Ladder 81 for 100 years of service. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
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Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
Staten Island Borough President marks the 100 anniversary of Ladder 81 in South Beach. Photo: Sam Villalobos.
Staten Island Borough President James Oddo marks the 100 anniversary of Ladder 81 in South Beach. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
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New York Staten Assembly representative Nicole Malliotakis and NYC Council Representative Steven Matteo share the stage to honor the FDNY and mark the 100th anniversary of Ladder 81.  Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
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Bag pipers add to the celebration at the 100th Anniversary of Ladder 81 in South Beach. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.
Bag pipers add to the celebration at the 100th Anniversary of Ladder 81 in South Beach.
Bag pipers add to the celebration at the 100th Anniversary of Ladder 81 in South Beach. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.

Blood Drive Remembers the Fallen at St. Slyvester, Sept. 14.

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One great way to honor our heroes is by giving blood.  Come to the St. Sylvester Parish Hall to give on Monday, September 14, 2015 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 884 Targee Street, Concord. This blood drive is in memory of all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, especially Firefighter Brian Cannizzaro and Paul Vincent Barbaro, both were parishioners of the St. Sylvester Parish.

“Since this year’s drive honors two members of the St. Sylvester Parish,” said Joanne Certo, director of the Lifestyles for the Disabled Educational Center, which operates at the site, “I hope everyone in the community will come out and support this event.”

The blood supply is particularly low right now, particularly after the recent long holiday weekend, so there is a great need to give at this time.  Donors should be between 16 and 75 years old; 16 year olds need a parent’s consent.  People must weigh at least 110 lbs and be in good health to donate.  Call the New York Blood Center at 800.688.0900 if you need more information on medical eligibility.  Please eat a healthy meal before donating, and remember to bring your identification.

Please contact Ben Brescia at 718.986.8633 to obtain a specific time slot to give blood.

Meredith Arout with Eddy Gregory for Life-Wire News Service.

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Photo by Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

Seven Facts about the Fireboat Fire Fighter

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By Anthony Pabon and Edward Gregory

1-  The Fire Fighter is the first fireboat of the Fire Department, City of New York (FDNY) with a diesel-electric propulsion system, making it the most powerful fireboat of its day. It could deliver 20,000 gallons of water per minute.

2-  Originally berthed in Manhattan, the Fire Fighter was stationed in Brooklyn at the Bush Terminals for a time before being relocated to Staten Island in 1967.

3-  The Fire Fighter took part in extinguishing the fires aboard the USS Normandy on Pier 88 on Manhattan’s west side on February 9, 1942.

4-  On June 2, 1973 the Fire Fighter responded to an enormous fire in the Narrows when the Sea Witch collided with the SS Euro Brussels.  28 crewmen were saved from the deck of the burning Sea Witch.

5-  The long career of the Fire Fighter stretched from 1938 to 2010, fighting more than 50 fires in those years.

6-  The Fire Fighter is currently a museum vessel, located in the marina of the Village of Greenport in Suffolk County, NY.

7-  On December 7, 2010, The Firefighter was replaced by the FDNY’s Fire Fighter II, which is quartered at the Staten Island Homeport in Stapleton.

This article is based on information at Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum as well as Wikipedia’s Fire Fighter (fireboat) and Fire Fighter II pages.

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Photo: Fire Fighter II by Anthony Pabon for Life-Wire News Service