As the redevelopment of the North Shore looms closer, there will be important changes for commuters who use the SI Ferry parking lots as construction gets underway for the anticipated New York Wheel and Empire Outlets. Impark, the company that manages the lots, has made this information available. Please click HERE to access the information from Impark or view the images below.
Like religion and politics, diet is a question that people sometimes don’t like to talk about because it often leads to disagreements or arguments amongst friends. At this year’s annual Health and Wellness Expo, however, Borough President James S. Oddo wants to talk about diet and address how our health and vitality is impacted by the foods we eat.
To start the discussion about food and diet, Oddo, along with Council Member Steven Matteo and the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at the 2014 Health and Wellness Expo will be Dr. Loren Cordain. This year’s Expo will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. Dr. Cordain’s free presentation, “Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century” will be the keynote address from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm in the Tea House Garden. Dr. Cordain will also take questions from the audience at the conclusion of his talk.
Dr. Cordain is the world’s foremost authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease. Featured on Dateline NBC, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, Dr. Cordain is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading expert on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, and his research into the health benefits of Paleolithic Diets for modern humans has appeared in the world’s top scientific journals, including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, among others. He is also on the Advisory Board of Paleo Magazine, the first - and only - print magazine dedicated to the Paleo/Primal lifestyle and ancestral health.
Dr. Cordain’s popular book, The Paleo Diet, has been widely acclaimed in both the scientific and lay communities and was fully revised in 2010. His next book, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, published in October 2005, discusses how the Paleo Diet can be modified for the high performance endurance athlete and lead to improved health and performance. His next book, The Dietary Cure for Acne, is available in paperback and as an instant download ebook on his website http://www.thepaleodiet.com/. The Paleo Diet Cookbook was published in 2010 and became an instant bestseller. His most recent book, The Paleo Answer, was released in December 2011, and represents a sequel to The Paleo Diet (Revised). Dr. Cordain is the recipient of the Scholarly Excellence award at Colorado State University for his contributions into understanding optimal human nutrition.
Dr. Cordain’s full biography can be accessed at http://thepaleodiet.com/dr-loren-cordain/.
According to Google Zeitgeist, the Paleo Diet was the most “Googled” diet of 2013. The Paleo Movement is growing exponentially and individuals from all walks of life are following its tenets.
“There is no doubt that Dr. Cordain’s writings and research have improved the lives of many who have adopted a Paleo lifestyle in whole or in part,” said Borough President Oddo. “Dr. Cordain is the foremost expert in this field and it will be an honor to welcome him to Staten Island to hear about his research and continue the very important conversation about how we eat. Our diet is simply the most important lifestyle factor that affects our health. Many recent studies appear to confirm the research of Dr. Cordain and others, so we believe this will be a timely presentation that will help Staten Islanders make more informed choices. As a community, we should be having a conversation about diet and how what we eat affects our health and well-being. This presentation will be both informative and entertaining and I urge Staten Islanders to attend the Expo on October 2.”
“I am delighted and look forward to presenting at the SIEDC Expo,” said Dr. Cordain. “Contemporary Paleo Diets are not really diets at all, but rather a lifetime program of eating to help people maximize health and minimize risk of chronic disease. If our society as a whole adopted The Paleo Diet, the effects upon health and well-being would be enormous to say nothing about the potential reduction in the vast health care costs that are paid out yearly in the U.S. for medications, prescriptions and medical procedures. Human suffering caused by the chronic diseases that afflict nearly 75% of all U.S. adults would be immensely reduced. The Paleo Diet mimics the food groups (fresh fruits, vegetables, grass produced meat, poultry, eggs, fish, seafood and nuts found in supermarkets and farmers markets) our hunter gatherer ancestors consumed and avoids foods (refined sugars, grains, vegetable oils, dairy, processed foods) unavailable to them. By following these nutritional guidelines we put our diet more in line with the evolutionary pressures that shaped our current genome, which in turn positively influences health and well-being.”
“I am glad that we can showcase one of the leading experts in the field of nutrition to discuss his research and findings with our community,” said Council Member Matteo. “I hope that Dr. Cordain’s address at the coming Expo will provoke a lot of thought in the Staten Island community about how each and every one of us can do a better job of taking care of ourselves.”
It was also announced that Dominick’s Bakery and Café, located on New Dorp Plaza, will provide samples off its Paleo menu, the only Paleo menu on Staten Island, at the event and conduct cooking demonstrations.
BP Oddo launches new fitness initiative to help connect Staten Islanders with all the fitness activities, many of them free, happening around them
Today Borough President James Oddo announced a new initiative as part of his health and wellness agenda called Island in Motion, a campaign that strives to help Staten Islanders who want to begin a fitness regimen or increase their existing activity.
The focal point of the initiative is a virtual one. A new portal on the Borough President’s web site, www.statenislandusa.com, will feature tools to measure fitness activity and lists free events for beginner, moderate, and expert fitness levels available to all on Staten Island. The activities range from high impact adventure races for those who are already physically fit, to lower impact nature walks for those who are just getting into a fitness routine, and everything in between.
Borough President Oddo said, “We truly are an ‘Island in Motion.’ There are activities happening throughout our borough that provide Staten Islanders with the opportunity to become active, have fun, and get healthier. Often times, however, people are not aware of what’s happening. If you don’t like to run, there is yoga or kayaking, or biking, or walking, or other fitness related activities available. Whatever your interest, there are probably activities occurring on Staten Island, many of them free. So, I encourage Staten Islanders to take advantage of some of the opportunities happening around them. My office is committed to helping Staten Islanders find those activities that interest them, and our new web portal will help do just that.”
The tools are available at www.statenislandusa.com/islandinmotion
The Borough President also encourages organizations that want to list free events on the site or share their resources as a link to contact the office. Please email submissions to DMarciuliano@statenislandusa.com with the subject line “Island in Motion.”
On Wednesday, August 13th, Borough President James S. Oddo announced the creation of “Rome Through Richmond Town,” a new event to celebrate Italian American culture that will debut this year. Rome Through Richmond Town, which will take place on October 11, 2014 (rain date on October 12th) from noon to 5 PM at Historic Richmond Town, will be free to the public, and replace the Columbus Day Parade, which has experienced declining attendance in recent years. The festival will celebrate Italian-American culture, music, food and fashions. There will be Italian food demonstrations and tastings, musical and comedy performances, a Bocce tournament, and educational exhibits highlighting Italian history and culture.
“We are hoping that by doing this, we, as Italian-Americans, can share our culture and history not only with other Italian-Americans, but with all of Staten Island,” BP Oddo said. “We are also open to suggestions from the community in order to make it really special.”
“It’s time for a fresh start,” said Council Member Steve Matteo. “It’s about getting Staten Islanders to come out to Richmond Town, stay all day, and celebrate Italian-American heritage.”
“This is an exciting opportunity for Italian-Americans to learn about where they’ve come from and reconnect with their history,” said State Senator Diane Savino.
As part of the event, Lois and Richard Nicotra are sponsoring free musical performances by “The People’s Tenor” Michael Amante as well as “Song, Shtick, and Sinatra” from entertainer Joe Piscopo.
Borough President Oddo called on community organizations for their input and participation in the event.
The venue was a no-brainer, according to the BP. Weaving the Italian American experience with the American experience that Historic Richmond Town preserves just makes sense, he said. He also thanked Ed Wiseman, CEO of Historic Richmond Town, for his leadership and for being a willing partner in this new endeavor.
“We want to bring everyone together,” noted Wiseman, who has had great success with events like the NYC Chili Cookoff and NYC BBQ Cookoff. “We intend to romance you and fill you with Italian-American culture.”
Former Borough President Ralph Lamberti said, “I invite all Staten Islanders to participate in this event, because they will find out that no matter what their ethnic background is, we all have more in common than differences.”
In addition, the newly formed New Dorp Lane LDC announced that they will be hosting their own Family Day Festival on Monday, October 13th, in the parking lot of Santander Bank on New Dorp Lane. The merchants of New Dorp Lane have been engaged in an effort, led by Council Member Matteo and the BP, to increase economic activity on this important commercial strip.
Vendors who want to participate can contact Eze Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-351-1611 x 241.
When Borough President James Oddo wages war on litter, it’s a multifaceted approach.
His Clean Team initiative, partnership with United Activities Unlimited and the on-call litter response team are all part of the solution. But on Wednesday, August 6, the Borough President launched another side of this campaign, a poster initiative, encouraging the public to get involved.
“I know posters alone aren’t the answer, but building an awareness and encouraging the community to be a part of the solution is a step in that direction,” noted Oddo. The posters- which feature a cross-section of Staten Islanders – were displayed around the press room during the kick off. The BP said that he called upon some friends and those passionate about keeping the community clean to help out.
Boxer Teddy Atlas, Hoteliers Lois and Richard Nicotra and their dog, Lorenzo, and Brian Laline, editor of the Staten Island Advance all spoke at the press conference voicing their support of the initiative.
“This is important,” Laline said. “People need to take pride in their community.”
Other poster subjects, including 93-year-old grandmother Nancy Filoramo, Bishop Victor A. Brown, PSA contest winner Aria Mutkoski and student Sincere Griggs were also on hand for the debut of their posters.
In addition, Mike Sweeney, owner/operator of two McDonald’s restaurants on the Island was also on hand. Local McDonald’s owners are partnering with the Borough President on the initiative and will display the posters in 10 locations across the borough. Stores on Forest Avenue, New Dorp Lane and others have already put the posters in their windows. Business owners who would like to display the posters should email a request to the office at email@example.com.
Click here to learn more about the Borough President's Clean Up SI initiative.
Borough President James Oddo has committed $1.5 million for improvements in trails at Clove Lakes Park. The investment will improve drainage, improve surface material and edging, add distance markers and more, he announced at a press conference on July 18 at the park.
“I have allocated $1.5 million from my FY 2015 capital budget to construct a new world class cross country trail in Clove Lake. It will rival Van Cortland Park in the Bronx - sorry to my friend Borough President Ruben Diaz,” Oddo quipped.
“On April 17, 2013, I had my first meeting with Witt Halle and Bill Allert about this dream they had to construct a world class cross country trail here at Clove Lake. I was immediately supportive of the proposal,” Oddo said.
Among the attendees at the press conference were Assemblyman Michael Cusick- a runner, Adena Long, Parks’ Borough Commissioner, and many representatives from Staten Island’s vibrant running community.
“A goal of my office has been to get Staten Islanders more active and healthier to help combat some of the poor health indicators in our borough. Investing in new recreational options that will help Staten Islanders become healthier and more fit is a wise investment,” he said.
The very first Staten Island Borough President 5K Trail Classic was held on the trail on August 2. Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated.