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On March 25th, Borough President James Oddo awarded the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation with the Maniscalco Award at a special ceremony in Borough Hall. The Albert V. Maniscalco Community Service Award was established in 1986 in honor of the ninth borough president. The award celebrates the civic-mindedness and tireless energy of individuals or organizations that work to help community members in need and to make Staten Island a better place.
Teddy Atlas accepted the award on behalf of the organization, which helps thousands of individuals and families in difficult times – paying for medical insurance, purchasing medical equipment, making a home handicapped-accessible, buying a headstone, helping in any way that is appropriate in a given situation. The Foundation has given away over $3 million to help the less fortunate among us and has done so in such a way as to preserve the dignity of the people receiving help, without red tape and with a discrete check to validate a particular need.
The former Borough President’s children, Dr. Albert Maniscalco and Linda Calarco, attended the event to help present the award. “There is a common thread of community service between us,” noted Dr. Maniscalco, who drew other similarities between the Maniscalco and Atlas families, including medicine and boxing. “Both of us are here because of our fathers.”
“The greatest athletes are those who are said to make their teammates on the court, rink, or field better. You hear folks say ‘he makes everyone around him better.’ Well, what do you call a person who makes the people around him better human beings? I call him Teddy Atlas and I call it the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation,” said BP Oddo.
“Teddy’s convictions, integrity, and the overwhelming force for good that is his humanity make lots of people want to join him in helping people. And, together they have helped so many Staten Islanders. For all he does, for all the Foundation does, it was a true pleasure to award the 2014 Maniscalco Award last night to the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation.”
“What we do at the Foundation is a collective effort,” said Atlas. “This award really belongs to all the people who helped us give back to those in need.”
Among the attendees at the event to congratulate the Atlas Foundation were past recipients of the award, including former Borough President Ralph Lamberti, Allan Weissglass, Joe Valentin, members of the Siller Family, and others.
The Tottenville High School Saxophone Quintet performed at the ceremony and fare was provided and served by the Port Richmond High School Culinary Arts Program. In addition, KIMCO Realty pledged $5,000 to the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation for their continued efforts on behalf of the community.
Borough President James Oddo proclaimed March 16 as Multiple Myeloma Awareness Day on Staten Island. He met with Charlie and Laura Mooney who facilitate the Multiple Myeloma Support Group on the Island. The couple, through their own struggle with the cancer, has helped dozens of Staten Islanders with the disease. Charles was diagnosed in 2010 and has been in remission for four years. Since then, he and his wife have taken on the mission of spreading awareness of the disease and helping Staten Islanders who are dealing with Multiple Myeloma.
"I had to teach myself about this because I knew nothing of it," Laura Mooney said. "Knowledge is power."
Multiple Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, though the majority of patients have never heard of it until they are diagnosed. The cancer attacks the cells in the bone marrow that affect the immune system and can damage bone. Multiple Myeloma currently affects more than 100,000 people in the United States, with an estimated 20,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Once a disease of the elderly, multiple myeloma is now being found in increasing numbers in people under 65. Because it is a rare disease, there can be a delayed diagnosis, leading to delayed treatment.
“Mutliple Myeloma is often misdiagnosed, which causes treatment to be delayed,” noted BP Oddo. “Raising awareness of this disease will help patients get an earlier and correct diagnosis, which can lead to a better outcome.”
Mrs. Mooney encourages her neighbors to get annual bloodwork and learn to read it themselves and talk with their doctor about abnormalities. For more information on the disease and resources for those affected by it, visit myeloma.org.
Borough President James Oddo will award the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation with the Maniscalco Award at a ceremony in Borough Hall on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:15 PM. A reception will follow in the main hall with music by the Tottenville High School Jazz Quartet and fare by the Port Richmond High School Culinary Arts Program.
The Albert V. Maniscalco Community Service Award was established in 1986 in honor of the ninth borough president. Maniscalco's tenure from 1955 to 1965 saw the creation of the Greenbelt and the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The award celebrates the civic-mindedness and tireless energy of individuals or organizations that work to help community members in need and to make Staten Island a better place.
“I can think of no other organization – or individual than the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation and Teddy Atlas who is more deserving of this honor,” said Borough President Oddo. “This award is about community service on Staten Island and the Atlas Foundation is synonymous with community service.”
In 1996, Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer and ESPN commentator, established the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that comes to the assistance of people in need, named after his father. Dr. Theodore Atlas founded two local hospitals and was widely known in the community for his charitable work.
The Foundation operates a food pantry, gives away turkeys on Thanksgiving and toys on Christmas, runs incentive programs in schools and sponsors a basketball league. It helps thousands of individuals and families in difficult times – paying for medical insurance, purchasing medical equipment, making a home handicapped-accessible, buying a headstone, helping in any way that is appropriate in a given situation. The Foundation has given away over $3 million to help the less fortunate among us and has done so in such a way as to preserve the dignity of the people receiving help, without red tape and with a discrete check to validate a particular need.
Past winners of the Maniscalco Award are Richard E. Diamond, John L.F. Sipp, Norma D’Arrigo, Allan Weissglass, Martin Stallone, Roger E. Acker, Reverend Robert I. Gannon, Michael F. Manzulli, Michael J. Petrides, Marie G. Martino, Frank Powers, Susie Hyun Sook Beidel, Brian J. Laline, Reverend Hattie Smith-Davis, and Joseph V. Madory, Lou Caravone, Jose Joe Valentin, Nancy Passeri, retired Borough Commander Anthony Marra, Reverend Terry Troia, Senator John J. Marchi, Wendy Pellegrino, Fred Ariemma, Joanne E. Gerenser, Ph.D., Dr. S. Chitoor Govindaraj, Kathryn Krause Rooney, the Siller Family, George and Maria Esposito, and the Mannix Family.
Borough President James Oddo has a plan for Rockland Avenue that will connect the Greenbelt networks, increase safety for hikers and bikers and motorists, and decrease air pollution.
"It's a win for everyone," BP Oddo told the Staten Island Advance. "This is about safety improvements for motorists and pedestrians. This is about parks. This is about open space and this is about demapping."
The plan would relieve congestion and make intersections safer along a 1.5-mile stretch of Rockland Avenue, where some 115,000 drivers travel daily. The proposed plan, which focuses on safety, is tied to projects with legislation that would demap the Willowbrook and Richmond Parkways. He and Land Use Director Robert Englert unveiled the plan to stakeholders in the area at Borough Hall and to the Staten Island Advance recently.
The proposal cited unsafe conditions for motorists, bus riders and hikers trying to enjoy the Greenbelt. These improvements would alleviate those issues and make the Greenbelt more accessible, while preserving parkland.
His vision calls for two new bypasses – one connecting Brielle Avenue to Forest Hill Road and another at Nadine Street to split traffic at the Richmond Road intersection to help motorists get to where they want to go and not have to go out of their way.
Straightening Rockland’s dangerous curve is imperative for safety and turning lanes at Todt Hill Road and Ocean Terrace would shorten queued traffic. “If you have the turning lanes, it improves the roads," he noted.
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