Staten Island

Dyslexic students to benefit from new Staten Island charter school

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Plans are moving forward to establish a charter school that addresses the needs of children who are having difficulty learning because they are dyslexic.

“We’ve got a problem on Staten Island. Students, our children, with dyslexia are going to public schools and their needs are not being met,” said Laura Timoney, the borough’s deputy director of education.

Borough President James Oddo’s office found that the need is pressing and the available programs are both costly and distant for local residents. The conclusion: We need a community charter school.

Plans are going forward for Bridge Prep for Creative Thinkers where multi-sensory instruction that appeals to all learners will be implemented.

In her remarks to a general counsel presentation at the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, Timoney explains the process and plans to open the school with a second and third grade class for the 2018 to 2019 school year. A grade will be added each year until the school serves students in grades 1 through 8.

Watch the video for both the story and a question and answer period.

Dyslexic student endures hours-long daily trip to school.

Basketball Fantasy: Shoot the winning basket

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The crowd is going wild. The cheerleaders are pumped. Brian coolly dribbles in, shoots and sinks the winning basket.

Brought to you through the magic of a green screen.

Members of Lifestyles Media Department traveled to New Dorp  to join the high school students at Staten Island Tech for some cool sessions in their TV studio.

In addition to a control booth and three video cameras, the studio is equipped with a green screen. The creative juices were flowing with all the possible visual effects provided by the digital backdrop.

For Brian, that meant hearing the roar of the crowd as he launched the game winning shot.

R5 Fan Fantasy with SI Tech and Lifestyles for the Disabled

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Members of Lifestyles Media Department traveled to New Dorp  to join the high school students at Staten Island Tech for some cool sessions in their TV studio.

In addition to a control booth and three video cameras, the studio is equipped with a green screen. The creative juices were flowing with all the possible visual effects provided by the digital backdrop.

Meredith Arout chose to “attend” a concert of R5, her all-time favorite band.

“I didn’t really know what I was going to do ahead of time, but I have been to an R5 concert so I know what it was like,” said Meredith.

She looks right at home dancing on stage.

“It was funny when I ran off the stage,” she laughed.

Was she nervous about being “on stage.”

“No. I was excited,” she beamed.

Meredith Arout with Kathryn Carse

Unexpected Re:Views -A Call For Inclusive Art

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Laura Martocci, PhD, is seeking works by artists with disabilities for an exhibit sponsored through a grant from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs grand awarded by Staten Island Arts. The art will be exhibited at various locations across Staten Island, including The Art Lab, Staten Island University Hospital, the College of Staten Island, NY Public Libraries, restaurants and other locations. Find out more in our interview by Gregory Perosi.
Thumbnails of works can be submitted through March 15 directly to SIUnexpectedReviews@gmail.com. Artists will receive a receipt of the submission and will be advised of their status by March 31, 2017.

Night for All to Shine

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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.

 

Winter Birds and Owl Pellets at Gateway

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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!

Thanks Kathy,

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.

Best Regards,

Lifestyles Media Department

Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Riki Garcia, Joseph Jones, Christopher Lazzaro, Greg Perosi and Eric Schwacke

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Create NYC Listens to Staten Island

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Create NYC met with the Staten Island arts community to develop the first arts plan for the five boroughs. Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs led the workshop at the College of Staten Island with Staten Island Arts and many other local organization. Life-Wire journalist Eric Schwacke was on hand to get the scoop.

Here are photos of the event, courtesy of our photographer, Meredith Arout: