BP Oddo and the Richmond County Medical Society will host the next event in the “Walk With A Doctor” series on Wednesday, August 26th, at 6 p.m. at Historic Richmond Town. The walk, which was rescheduled due to rain, will take place prior to the Sunset Summer Concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the same location.
Prior to the walk, Dr. Radha Syed, MD, FACOG, will give a talk about bone health, vitamin D deficiency, and screening recommendations for osteoporosis. Dr. Syed is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at Staten Island University Hospital.
The walk will be hosted by a guide from Historic Richmond Town who will educate participants on the property and Staten Island history.
“Walking is the easiest thing you can do to get your body moving and get on the path to good health,” said Ginny Mantello, M.D., Director of Health and Wellness at Borough Hall. “Our program is unique because while you’re getting exercise, you are also learning about osteoporosis from a board certified obstetrician.”
Each session in the series takes place at a different location on the Island.
On Friday, July 24th, Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, Historic Richmond Town’s Ed Wiseman and Lois and Richard Nicotra announced that Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses will headline Rome Through Richmond Town. The Columbus Day celebration will celebrate all things Italian—including food, entertainment, and education. The free festival will take place on Saturday, October 10th at Historic Richmond Town.
Louis, son of music legend Louis Prima – does an incredibly energetic show playing jazz swing tunes. He and his band previewed one of their songs at the announcement, getting the crowd to dance along with them.
“Last year’s event was a resounding success, and we hope that the performer we have booked will make this year’s festival even better,” said BP Oddo. “I want to personally thank the Nicotras for sponsoring the music at the event again this year.”
In addition to the Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation, sponsors who have committed to Rome Through Richmond Town this year are Broadway Stages,
Project-One, Cangiano Estates, Richmond University Medical Center, Green Mountain Energy, Northfield Bank, Gerald Peters and The South Fin Grill.
Borough President James S. Oddo announced plans to add a special tribute at his annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony at a press conference on July 22. The video tribute will honor the lives of those we lost by highlighting their families since that day. BP Oddo has asked those who lost loved ones in the attack to send his office photos and descriptions of recent family events for inclusion in the video.
“When the towers fell it may have seemed as if time stood still, but in reality, of course, it did not. Life went on, our children and grandchildren continued to grow, there were weddings, births, graduations; all of the events that those we lost should have been there to celebrate. Those we lost that awful day live on through each of the special moments, in the lives of loved ones they so tragically left behind,” noted BP Oddo. “This year, as an addendum to our Staten Island 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Postcards, we would like to include the good news families have had in the time since their loved ones passed. Those we lost that awful day live on through each of the special moments in the lives of loved ones they so tragically left behind. Let us celebrate all of these events as a community. In addition to the memorial ceremony we hold so dear, let’s set aside some time to hear about those milestones that make us smile and make our hearts glad.”
He praised his predecessor James Molinaro’s graceful handling of the 9/11 memorial each year, and hopes to continue to honor the victims of that tragic day, as well as their families. Drawing on his own experience of losing his father just months before his wedding last fall, the Borough President explained his wish to show that those lost on September 11 live on in the achievements and milestones of their family members. “I could hear my Dad that day,” he said. “He was with me.”
With this in mind, Borough Hall will collect information and photos regarding families’ joyful milestones such as weddings, births, and college acceptances, all of which will be compiled into a video to be shown during the memorial. Please send via email to email@example.com by August 7.
BP Oddo also stressed that all Staten Islanders are welcome at the memorial ceremony, to be held on Friday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 PM at the Postcards Memorial, just steps from the SI Ferry terminal. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our common humanity and unite as one Staten Island community,” he said.
On July 15, Borough President James Oddo and NYPD Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre held a press conference at Borough Hall to announce a new initiative called the “Drop Box Program: Police and Parents Protecting Our Kids.” They were joined by executive director of Staten Island YMCA Counseling Services Jacqueline Fiore Filis, executive director of Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness and project director for Tackling Youth Substance Abuse Adrienne Abbate, and DOE District 31 Superintendent Anthony Lodico.
BP Oddo began by explaining the initiative, which helps Staten Islanders safely dispose of unneeded prescription drugs. The program encourages parents to clean out their medicine cabinets of unused medications and bring them to drop box centers at their local precincts. The goal is to prevent children from experimenting with prescription drugs, which all too often leads to addiction.
“We want to encourage Staten islanders to discard expired drugs or medications that are not being used,” said BP
Oddo. “We want them to get rid of them.”
The program is an offshoot of the successful “Too Good For Drugs” program, which was piloted in five Staten Island schools this year. If parents bring their children when they drop off their drugs, the children will be rewarded with Too Good For Drugs placards, which they can present to their school principals for recognition. Involving children in a positive way empowers the students and parents to be a part of the solution to Staten Island’s drug epidemic.
The initiative is an extension of the NYPD’s Found Controlled Substance procedure. The procedure allows people who discover illicit substances in their homes to voluntarily turn the drugs in to a police station without their family members getting in trouble.
“It is critical to develop yet more ways to reach the family members of active addicts. They are suffering in silence, fear, and shame and require a special or concerted effort to engage and break the cycle,” noted Executive Director of Camelot Counseling Center Luke Nasta.
Superintendent Lodico then spoke about the importance of school involvement in curbing prescription drug abuse. “It truly is work that has to be done as a community,” he said. He acknowledged that this program is only the beginning, and said that he looks forward to continued engagement in anti-drug initiatives.
Adrienne Abbate then asserted the essential nature of the initiative. She explained how the majority of youth who have experimented with prescription drugs report that they found them at home. It is essential to break this cycle because, as Abbate said, “people addicted to painkillers are 40 times more likely to get addicted to heroin.”
The good news, according to Jacqueline Filis, is that these anti-addiction programs have been working. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Borough’s leaders and the cooperation of our community, “Overdose deaths are decreasing. Kids delay experimentation. There are less kids using drugs,” she said.
“We realized early on that our role at Borough Hall was to focus on students,” BP Oddo said. “Ed Delatorre is the driving force behind this. he’s been a tremendous partner and asset to the community.”
On Tuesday, July 14, Borough President James Oddo welcomed the Monsignor Farrell High School Baseball Team, led by Coach Bob Mulligan, to Borough Hall to congratulate them on winning the CHSAA Intersectional Baseball Championship.
Farrell was eighth seed in the playoffs, but scored a spot in the finals when they defeated the top-seeded St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School. In the final game on June 12, Farrell triumphed over Salesian High School by a score of 4–2, winning the first city baseball crown in the school’s history.
“By working together to reach their goal, these players have shown the power of teamwork, dedication, and perseverance,” BP Oddo said. “As a proud Farrell graduate, I am particularly thrilled to congratulate them in person on their big win.”
After exchanging baseball stories with the team and reminiscing on his own time at Farrell, BP Oddo challenged the students to a game of whiffle ball against Borough Hall staff. Unwilling to let the rain spoil the fun, the Borough President hosted the game inside the building. Afterwards, BP Oddo welcomed the players to his office, where he rewarded them with a proclamation to honor their hard work and achievement.
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