On Tuesday, February 14th, BP Oddo welcomed 4th grade students from P.S. 50 to Borough Hall to see their artwork, which was installed in Room 125 last month.
The students’ work was inspired by Wayne Thiebaud, John Sloan and Georgia O’Keefe. The students were asked to use specific perspective techniques and color grouping to play with depth perception.
Members of the BP’s design team spoke about real world applications of art and how our office uses graphic design to convey messages to the public. BP Oddo then took questions from the students about working with other government agencies, the proposed dyslexia charter school and the importance of recycling.
“You are the future of art, and I hope you continue down this path,” BP Oddo told the students.
The art exhibit will be on display through April.
On Wednesday, December 28th, Borough Hall joined with the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island (COJO) to host a Menorah Lighting Ceremony to commemorate the fifth night of Hanukkah.
The event, which celebrates the Festival of Lights, featured musical performances by Congregation Toras Emes Hebrew School and the Theater Brats. Following the ceremony, those who attended got a chance to sample traditional Hanukkah treats. Dreidels, menorahs and toys were distributed to the children.
“The holidays are a time for all of us to come together and enjoy the spirit of the season,” noted BP Oddo.
“In these times, this lighting is so important," said Scott Maurer, Chief Executive Officer of COJO. "It says that the light still burns bright for Jewish people all over."
Food and toys for the event were sponsored by Oorah of Staten Island, Dairy Palace and Health Plus.
On Thursday, December 1st, Borough Hall held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting out on Borough Hall Plaza. Deputy BP Burke kicked off the event with some of his favorite Christmas puns. The St. George Theatre and the Tottenville High School Women’s Chorus sang Christmas carols and Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre performed an excerpt from “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” to get Staten Islanders in the holiday spirit.
Santa arrived in a unique way—by motorcycle—to light the tree and give out books to the children who attended.
The event was sponsored by the New York Wheel, Empire Outlets, Staten Island Downtown Alliance, BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), the Gavel Grill and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.