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.


Independence Weekend on Staten Island

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From its traditional parade to winning baseball team, Staten Island is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July and the whole holiday weekend.

Marine Corps Band. Photo: Charles Rivera for Life-Wire News Service.

The Travis 4th of July Parade is the centerpiece of the patriotic events planned all around the Island.  Check out the good old fashion family fun at Richmond Town and Midland Beach, too.

And don’t forget the Staten Island Yankees for some exciting baseball and fireworks.

For some peace and quiet or a rousing concert, local parks are a great destination to appreciate the beauty of our part of the country.

Here are six family-friendly events:


Staten Island Yankees

Come down and cheer on the Staten Island Yankees. They are having a great season and are in first place. Don’t miss the fireworks.

Here’s the weekend schedule of four home games in the Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George at 7 p.m.

July 1-3 against Vermont

July 4 against Hudson Valley

Tickets: $9-$18

2016 S.I. Yankees in our interviews with the Manager, coaches and players.


Staten Island Philharmonic

Patriotic music and song for the whole family

Saturday, July 2; 4 p.m. at the Carousel for All Children

Sunday, July 3; 4 p.m. at Conference House Park in Tottenville

Monday, July 4; 6 p.m. at Alice Austen House in Rosebank. Stick around to get a glimpse of the Macy’s fireworks.


Omar Olusions Fourth of July Block Party

Come celebrate the holiday weekend with a live DJ music, dance contests, fun games, and magic shows with Omar Olusion. Omar’s unique mix of creativity, passion, amusement, and magic will keep guests of all ages on their feet and entertained!

Saturday, July 3; 2 to 6 p.m.; Fantasy Shore Amusement Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, Midland Beach

Check the NYC Parks Department website for more free, family-friendly events and activities including outdoor movies and walks.


Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the classic American holiday with old-fashioned hand-churned ice cream and pie, a Pinwheel Parade and characters from America’s past.

Historic Richmond Town

441 Clarke Ave.; 718-351-1611

Sunday, July, 3 from noon to 4 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $8; children, 4-11, $5; seniors and ages 12-17, $6


Travis 4th of July Parade

Patriotic songs, marching bands and fire trucks are on parade in the over 100-year-old red, white and blue neighborhood celebration

July 4, rain or shine; steps off at 12:30 p.m. in front of PS 26, 4108 Victory Boulevard

For more information, check the Travis 4th of July website and Facebook page




Binx the Clown

A Staten Island jokester is ready to make people of all ages laugh

Monday, July 4 at 2 and 4 p.m.

Fantasy Shore Amusement Park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, Midland Beach


  • Kathleen Hanson and Anthony Pabon with Kathryn Carse for Life-Wire News Service.

2016 S.I. Yankees Take the Field

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The Staten Island Yankees are celebrating the 15th anniversary at their waterfront home in the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George and creating a lot of buzz on and off the field. Less than two weeks in to the New York-Penn League season, the Baby Bombers are in first place of the McNamara Division with a 7-1 record that includes a no-hitter and three extra innings wins.

Not only that, but they stirred up the hometown fans with an announcement to change the team name in 2017.

The night before it all began, the Baby Bombers’ new manager, players and coaches gathered at their St. George stadium to prepare for the season opener against the Brooklyn Cyclones in MCU Park.

Life-Wire News correspondents, Steven Filoramo, Joseph Jones, Anthony Pabon, and Michael Cilmi, found the players eager to play and the coaches optimistic for a good season. [See video.]

The positive vibe paid off  right from the start in a couple of dramatic openers. The June 17 game against the Cyclones ended with a game winning single in the 20th inning. The next night the home opener was a combined no-hitter – only the second time they held an opposing team hitless.

The team is on the road for a series against Vermont’s Lake Monsters, but they will be back on Wednesday, June 29,  and then again for  the Fourth of July weekend. [See schedule here.]

So get an inside look at the team with the Life-Wire reporters and get down to Richmond County Ball Park to cheer them on.

And make your suggestion by July 7 for a new name that highlights one of Staten Island’s features. [Click here to submit your new name for the S.I. Yankees.]

Lifestyles has come up with a few good suggestions: Life-Wire News Service’s Top 10 News Names for S.I. Yankees

  • Steve Filoramo with Kathryn Carse for Life-Wire News Service. Photos by Anthony Pabon for Life-Wire News Service.


Our Top 10 New Yankee Names

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Life-Wire News Service Picks Names for Staten Island Yankee Rebrand

The Staten Island Yankees announced that this would be their final year using their big league name.  They have asked the community for suggestions on a more home-grown name.  The Life-Wire News Service has come up with a few suggestions of their own.  Here they are from our top choice down:

1- Night Herons- for a majestic waterfowl that makes its home in the borough’s many greenspaces.

2- The Commodores- for one of Staten Island’s most famous citizens, Cornelius “The Commodore” Vanderbilt, who started his family fortune by running one of the earliest regularly scheduled Manhattan-Staten Island routes.

3- The Bombers- taking the current Staten Island Yankee nickname (Baby Bombers) and growing it up.

4- The Tottens- for the Totten Family, an early Staten Island clan whose name is immortalized in the town name “Tottenville.”

5- The Hot Dogs- sometimes the answer is right under your nose.

6- The Verrazzanos- like the bridge, just spelled correctly.

7- The Kills- the ominous Dutch name for creek, as in Fresh Kills, Kill Van Kull, Arthur Kill and Great Kills.

8- Sand Castles- it’s all about the beaches.

9- Cicadas- but let’s hope they don’t wait 17 years for a championship.

10- Snappers- the tough turtles that dwell in many of our parks.

What name do you think Staten Island’s New York-Penn League team should adopt?  Send them to the Yankees on their website, here.

-List by Meredith Arout, Jonathan Chernock, Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Steven Filoramo, Michael Halbreich, Andrew Moszenberg, Joseph Jones, Joseph Padalino, Eric Schwacke, and Samuel “Shmuli” Stone, with Kathryn Carse, Edward Gregory, and Mario Papa for Life-Wire News Service.

2016 Staten Island Yankees. Photo: Anthony Pabon for Life-Wire News Service.

Fireworks at St. George as SI Yanks vs. Cyclones, Friday, July 17.

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There’s going to be fireworks at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Friday, July 17, 7 p.m.  The Brooklyn Cyclones will be playing against the Staten Island Yankees, heating up their cross-Verrazano rivalry. The first 2,000 fans are getting #BeatBKLYN caps.  Borough Presidents James Oddo of Staten Island and Eric Adams of Brooklyn will cheer on their teams.  The St. Phillips Heat Drumline will be performing throughout the game.  The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation will benefit from ticket sales.  Go online for tickets: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/siyankees/EN/promotion/home.

– Sam Stone and Eddy Gregory for Life-Wire News Service

Watch our video introducing the 2015 Staten Island Yankees.