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Lifestyles goes on set at Staten Island CTV

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“Quiet on the set! 5 – 4- 3- 2 …”

And so began a new Lifestyles for the Disabled community partnership with Community Television (CTV), a place where we can to go to produce television shows.

harry2We visited the studios on Cable Way in Mariners Harbor and were impressed with the knowledgeable people who work there and the facility which includes studios, offices, a green room and editing rooms.

For our first show, Kristin Dalton, a reporter with the Staten Island Advance/SILive interviewed Lifestyle participants and staff about their work on Life-Wire News Service, a voice for people with disabilities. Life-Wire founders and developer Eddy Gregory, Joseph Maturi and Kathryn Carse were joined by Lifestyles Associate Executive Director Scott Salinardi for the first segment. 

“Thanks to CTV, this helps us build our network and continue to grow our vision for   Life-Wire. The show was an opportunity for us to explain the work we do and the skills we are teaching to provide content at lifewire.news.” – Joseph Maturi/Co-Founder of Life-Wire. 

“I was nervous to be on TV. I was afraid, what if I mess up,” said Meredith A. “But I was prepared and Kristin guided me when I hesitated.”

Meredith was part of a panel of future hosts along with Anthony P and Greg P. Meredith talked about her work as an interviewer and photographer which included working at 2016 NYC Fashion Week. Anthony described his experience interviewing and photographing the Staten Island Yankees. Greg recalled his interview with Staten Sen. Lanza at his annual Resource Fair.

“When I first got there, I was very enthusiastic about learning about TV and being on TV,” said Anthony Pabon. “Seeing the work that was being done was very impressive.”

Other Media Department members observed the taping from the audience. They saw lighting, sound checks and behind the scenes personnel in action.

“We had to be quiet during taping,” observed Yoni C.

He and Harry R helped document the activity by taking photographs (see gallery below).

Whether on the set or in the audience, everyone is looking forward to going back and thinking about the role they can play in future CTV productions.

“Where I went  today was the best expence I ever had,” said Dolores P. “I saw how to work on set with people that work at CTV. I also learned a lot of new things that I might like to do in the future.”

Meredith A., Yoni C., Andre F., Anthony P., Dolores P., and Harry R. with Kathryn Carse

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Photos by Yoni C and Harry R

 

 

 

Bonus track:  Dolores Palermo interviews Gregory Perosi about the new Life-Wire News.

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.