Staten Island Author and Magician Mike Lane performed a virtual magic show to recognize fourth grade participants in annual reading challenge, appearance made by Author Jocko Willink
Borough President James Oddo recognized this year’s “Readers Are Leaders” participants with a virtual ceremony last night featuring a magic show performed by Staten Island Author and Magician Mike Lane, and words of encouragement from Jocko Willink, author of the “Way of the Warrior Kid” series and former Navy SEAL. This ceremony was exclusive to the students who read for the 2021 challenge which took another form this year due to COVID-19. Fourth graders were able to participate apart from their school by using the Sora app, which is a free book-lending program with access to hundreds of books. For this program, a curated collection of books for the 4th grade reading level and below were picked by the office along with representatives from Sora.
“It’s so encouraging to know that these fourth graders have a love of reading that goes beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Borough President James Oddo. “While this ceremony looks different than in years past, it is important to recognize the hard work of these students who took it upon themselves to read more in addition to their school’s standard curriculum. We want to congratulate all of this year’s participants and hope you all continue to read and enjoy learning.”
This year’s “Readers are Leaders” program challenged all 4th grade students in Staten Island’s public, parochial, and private schools to participate through their school, or individually. Students were tasked with reading a minimum of 6 books in five weeks available to them on the app. Book reports were then submitted to the office through our website.
The challenge was started 25 years ago by then-Councilman Vito Fossella before being taken over by the Borough President’s Office. Since its inception in 1996, 4th graders have read more than 690,000 books for the annual challenge.
Students that participated in the challenge are listed below:
Anthony Abreu; Matthew Abreu; Chloe Alatsas; Saja Anan; Elan Adler; Ihotu Adoyi; Jason Ajello; Eshaal Ahmed; Argentina Alaimo; Addison Ameneiros; Julia Antinoro; Lilly Arroyo; Gabriella Avitto; Muhammad Ayyan; Chole Ballaro; Christopher Pavia Ballesteros; Rebecca Baxter; Stella Berdichevskiy; Alban Boljevic; Salvatore Bonura; Reagan Burke; Liliana Byron; Christopher Calabro; Liana Calabro; Alexis Caragliano; Jordyn Carmelengo; Jenna Carrescia; John Carrescia; Sabrina Casale; Abigail Casatelli; Derek Caserta; Erin Celebre; Gianna Cavaliere; Juliette Cermeli; Kaylan Chen; Matthew Cheng; Jamielyn Chin; Madison Connors; Megan Coppola; Canon Costa; Francesca Costabile; Joseph Costanza; Nicholas Costanza; Alexandra Coyle; John Coyle; Chace Curro; John Cutillo; Liza Dalis; Caroline D'Amelio; Emily Dean; Vince DelGuidice; Katherine Delaney; William Delin; Marcello DeNardo; Giulianna Desiderato; Michael D'Esposito; Luca DiFilippo; Gabriella Dimassa; Francesco DiPaola; Brendan Doda; Mia Donohue; Aldin Djencic; Nora Dragovic; Maya Draszawka; Michael Duta; Coriell Eagle; Gabriella Eidelstein; Nour Elsafty; Haniya Emaan; Megan Enriguez; Ava Famulari; Daria Fedonenko; Michael Ferdico; Alejandra Fernandez; Carley Ferrera; Gianna Fiduccia; Peter Fiduccia; Olivia Fischette; Sergio Flores; Angelina Focca; Gianna Fox; Jason Foxman; Adam Gaied; Lucia Galante; Gianna Gallart; John Garofalo; Sabrina Garcia; Grace Gargano; Julianna Geraldi; Justin Gerlach; Alexis Gilligan; Isabella Gindin; Connor Gioia; Philopateer Girgis; Benjamin Gleyzer; Patrick Golden; Ava Goldstein; Dominick Graziano; Isabella Graziano; Arthur Gumiela; Vinudi Gunasekera; Frederick Gunsch; Leah Gunther; Trofeem Gusev; Anna Harvey; Maeve Heck; Story Hope; Haoying Huang; Ariella Iospa; Isabella Iospa; Daniel Ivanov; Malachi Jacobs; Janelle Jarrett; Andrew Jichetti; Lucas Juno; Roy Kang; Jonah Kelner; Olivia Keyes; Mera Khalil; Shay Kissoondath; Emma Knight; Joshua Knutsen; Karl Kocian; Thomas Kostenbader; Michael Kritikos; Ethan Kubasak; Michael Kusack; Angelina Iorio; Nicolette Laino; Casey Landron; Alexis Lapre; Giulianna LaRosa; Dylan Lavas; Vito Lavignani; Rebekah Leung; Samuel Leung; Benson Lin; Juliette Liss; Julianna LoGiudice; Joseph Logozzo; Charlotte Lopardo; Julian Losurdo; Adrianna Maglione; Faeza Mahbub; Savanna Mahoney; Andrew Manetta; Aaron Maisel; Dandre Martin; Francesco Martino; Joseph Masella; Brendan Massa; Daniella Massaro; Billy Mastro; Kathy Matajy; Adrianna Matrone; Deborah McCoy; Shannon McGlyn; Juliet McKenna; Isabella McVeigh; Hassan Mirza; Christian Misseri; Joseph Memoly ; Arely Montalbo; Luke Monte; Riley Moreno; Sophia Morse; Joseph Mosiello; Olivia Muccigrosso; Julia Nicotra; Crystal Noby; Christian Noonan; Dean Odrechowski; Excellence Ogunsola; Shi Oquendo; Samuel Paolucci; Luke Paone; Odin Peng; Jill Perazzo; Ava Perlman; Anthony Petruzzelli; Christian Pisapia; Julia Pisicolo; Alyssa Powierski; Lily Poyerd; Joseph Procida; Nicolas Profeta; Connor Portis; Alessia Puccini; Luca Puccini; Jason Pukhov; Steven Ragucci; Fatima Ramirez; Maira Rashid; Mariam Rashed; Claire Reed; Julia Remorca; Matthew Reno; Christian Rivera; Jose Rivera; Mariandrea Romero Ramos; Ryan Robinson; Abigail Robisky; Sarah Rodriguez; Taina Rodriguez; Alyssa Rogan; Vincent Ruggiero; Anthony Ruiz; Hailey Ruiz ; Julia Ryan; Joseph Sanger Jr.; Victoria Scamardella; Domenick Scibilia; Dominic Sciortino; Rudy Seddio; Aidan Shultz; James Shultz; Vincent Sereno; Gavin Silva; Mushtaq Shahid; James Sofia; Emma Sparacio; Luciana Spezio; Ryan Spinelli; Salvatore Stuto; Anthony Stefanopoulos; Alexander Suponitskiy; Vanessa Tapia; Emily Tarantino; Matthew Tarantola; Farrah Tedeschi ; Daniel Tichie; Christina Timoshkov; Michael Tisi; Elena Tola; Haley Torija; Noelle Totino; Victoria Traina; Tyler Tran; Aiden Tsybulevskiy; Christopher Vaccaro; Daniel Vataksi; Marcus Velasquez; Medha Venkatraj; Giuliana Vitale; Deanna Volpicella; Kieran Walsh; Chloris Wan; Brandon Wang; Max Cuautle Weinstein; Russell Wong; Kenneth Wonsowicz; Olson Woo; Julian Wright; Imani Yakatally; Wendy Yan; Eavan Yang; Olivia Yang; Alice Yankelevich; Eva Yaroslavskiy; Linna Yee; Anna Elizabeth Zhezha; Luka Zic
Local community leader to accept award for community service during virtual ceremony on June 30th
Borough President James S. Oddo will award Diane Arneth with the 2020 Maniscalco Award via a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, June 30th. Those wishing to join in the virtual ceremony can do so on Borough Hall’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/statenislandusa or CTV Channel 37 (Fios) and Channel 1997 (Spectrum) at 7 p.m.
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.
“Diane has been a staple in the community for decades, and a strong asset to Borough Hall when addressing the inequities of public health all over our borough,” said Borough President Oddo. “Because of her tireless efforts, Staten Islanders have access to improved community health resources, and we applaud the advancements Diane has made on behalf of thousands of our residents. We honor you today and want Staten Island to know all the good you have done.”
A lifelong Staten Islander, Ms. Arneth has been a tireless worker for community health and social justice. A founder of the Staten Island Teen Pregnancy Network in 1981 and the Staten Island AIDS Task Force in 1988, she served for 10 years as Board Chair of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness and led the initial Steering Committee for the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse initiative. She is a founding member of the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association, a trade association for local nonprofits, and served on its Board for six years, two as Board President.
Ms. Arneth has led Community Health Action of Staten Island (originally the Staten Island AIDS Task Force) for 32 years. Community Health Action (CHASI) now provides a wide array of health and social services for over 20,000 Staten Islanders annually. Under her guidance, the agency became a recognized community health leader and won the 2008 New York Times Nonprofit Award for Overall Management Excellence. In January 2015, she negotiated a successful affiliation with Brightpoint Health, a citywide provider of integrated health care for people challenged by health disparities and in 2018 was part of the Executive team at Brightpoint that executed a successful merger with Hudson River Health Care, now Sun River Health. She serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the NY State AIDS Advisory Council and a mayoral appointee to the Municipal Drug Strategy Council. In 2016, she was named a mayoral appointee to the Community Services Board which advises New York City on behavioral health issues. In October 2017, she received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize for her contributions to improving urban public health. While serving as the leader of the organization, Ms. Arneth received a BSN in nursing from Hunter College and an Executive MPA from Baruch College. She lives in West Brighton with her husband Robert Brown, and counts among her numerous blessings her daughter Clare, son-in-law Joel, and grandchildren Ella and Eamon.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to receive the 2020 Albert V. Maniscalco Community Service Award. My partnership with Borough President Oddo and his staff over the past eight years has been one of the most rewarding in terms of real and lasting benefits for our borough. So, I share this recognition of outstanding community service standing with them,” said Ms. Arneth.
Here are the past winners of the Maniscalco Award:
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, Francis H. Powers, Susie-Hyun Sook Beidel, Brian Laline, Reverend Hattie Smith-Davis, Joseph V. Madory, Lou Caravone, 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. Chitoor S. Govindaraj, Kathryn Krause Rooney, the Siller Family, George and Maria Esposito, the Mannix Family, the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation, William A. Morris Jr., Lois and Richard Nicotra, Dee Vandenburg, Monsignor Peter G. Finn and Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 New York.
On Sept. 11, in-person ceremony will honor those lost 20 years ago as well as the First Responders who perished subsequently due to their work at Ground Zero
Borough President James Oddo announced today that he will once again host an in-person event for the annual Staten Island 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. For the 20th anniversary, with restrictions being relaxed, the ceremony will be able to take place at the Postcards Memorial site while following social distancing guidelines. The borough president’s office will also be live streaming the event for those who are unable to come or do not feel comfortable attending an in-person ceremony.
This annual observance will feature the recitation of the names of the Staten Islanders who were lost on 9/11, as well as a reading of the names of the First Responders who have perished since that day due to their work at Ground Zero. Special musical selections and a video tribute will honor those we lost.
“The Borough Hall staff and I are honored that we will be able to join together to remember those we lost on that terrible day, including the First Responders who have passed since then as a result of their bravery on that day and in the days that followed,” said Borough President James Oddo. “On the 20th anniversary of this horrific tragedy, I hope this ceremony gives solace to the families who are able to attend in person, and to those who wish to see it while staying at home. It is only right that we pay tribute to these Staten Islanders, and I ask you to join us in honoring their memories and providing support for their families and friends.”
A letter to the families of those lost has been sent notifying them of the ceremony and inviting them to participate in the recitation of names and the video tribute. Families can expect a formal invitation to be mailed to them this summer.
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