Community & School News July 2018

Broadway in the Boros
Get a taste of Broadway without leaving the Island! Broadway in the Boros is back for its third year bringing free shows to all boroughs outside of Manhattan, including Staten Island of course. Cast members and musicians from 2018 Tony-nominated The Band’s Visit and Wicked will be performing at Lighthouse Point Plaza (waterfront adjacent to the National Lighthouse Museum) on Friday, July 13, 12-1pm. The event will also feature Broadway tickets and giveaways, trivia games and more, hosted by Julie James, host of the popular SiriusXM Radio show “On Broadway.”

New York City Council Member Debi Rose said, “Our city is a center of musical talent and energy, and Broadway in the Boros gives Staten Islanders a sample of that talent without having to cross the harbor. As a lifelong fan of musicals, I’m thrilled to help bring dozens of Broadway stars to our beautiful waterfront space at Lighthouse Point Plaza for all Staten Islanders to enjoy. I thank my partners in government for bringing this event to our shores, and I encourage all of my constituents to come out and enjoy this summer afternoon performance on our waterfront.”

Time to Go, Turkeys!
The chicken might have a reason to cross the road, but no one really knows why wild turkeys roam the streets of Staten Island. Now we are finally saying “gobble, gobble, goodbye” to the strangely iconic birds of South Beach.  City Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo and Speaker Corey Johnson recently announced they have secured $100,000 in funding for the capture and relocation of wild turkeys around the campus of Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) in Ocean Breeze and the surrounding East Shore communities.

Don’t worry – the turkeys won’t be hurt; a new forever home awaits at a farm animal sanctuary in Upstate New York. Poultry puns aside, the animals pose a considerable public safety risk. According to a statement from Minority Leader Matteo’s office, the aggressive birds congregate near hospital entrances, often cause traffic and sometimes accidents, interfere with ambulances and patient drop-offs, and leave unsanitary droppings on the sidewalks.

“These turkeys have been a nuisance to Staten Islanders for far too long, and the hazards they pose to public safety are serious. That is why I worked with several agencies and my colleagues on a safe, humane capture-and-relocation plan, and why I am committed to seeing this through until the end,” said Minority Leader Matteo.

Congrats to Disability Day Poster Contest Winners!
Assemblyman Michael Cusick recently met with several Staten Island elementary school students in Albany to call attention to New Yorkers living with various physical and mental impairments and to celebrate their numerous accomplishments. “I will always work to improve conditions, and make life easier, for men, women, and children living with disabilities. These young men and women are the future leaders of our world and it is important that we provide them with the tools to understand issues that affect everyday people. They are an inspiration to the state and nation, and will always have a friend in me.” Assemblyman Cusick said.

The students present at the State Capitol were winners in the annual Disability Day Poster Contest. From Kindergarten up to 5th grade, the winners who were honored at Albany are: Jayden Balatucan, Anthony Pizzo, Salvatore Ragucci, Michael Tisi, Scarlett Serdaros,  Jordyn Carmelengo, Chiara Selfridge, Emma Kokkinakis, Joseph Iacono, Marcella Del Balso, Daniel Boylan,  Nico Vitagliano, Star Papas, Jayla Rae DiTringo, Lily Ahlborn, Fifth Grade Sara Pukala, Nicole Kindja, and Madison Hoerle.

Enhanced Special Education in Catholic Schools
Beginning in September, a new special education program will be offered in three Catholic Schools in Staten Island. The Enhanced Special Education Program will be piloted at Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Adalbert’s and Holy Rosary. While the schools already serve students with special needs, a targeted investment is being made for additional inclusion of these students.  Click here for more information on the new program offerings.

“This is not going to just benefit the children who have these learning needs,” said Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese. “The diversity that they bring to our schools is going to benefit all children. You have to know how to embrace, accept and work with diversity, which certainly includes people who learn and work differently.”

Free Summer Meals
School is out, but grumbling bellies don’t break for summer. The Summer Meals Program has returned this year, providing free, healthy breakfast and lunch to all children ages 18 and under at hundreds of locations around the City until September 1 (with the exception of July 4 and August 21). The Summer Meals Program is available at various public schools, community pool centers, libraries, and other locations around the city. Children do not need to register or show any kind of documentation or ID to receive their free meal. To find a Summer Meals location or view a menu, go to or download the “SchoolFood App.” Click hereto link directly at

2019 High School Directory
If your child is entering eighth grade this fall, then now is the time to start thinking about high school. The 2019 NYC High School Directory is currently available online at the Department of Education website, and it’s filled with important information for students preparing to enter High School in fall of 2019. You’ll find High School Fair dates, admissions test dates, application deadlines, important websites, as well as guidelines for applying, methods of admission, programs offered, and much more. You can link to the directory here  to get started helping your teen or tween apply to the high school of their choice.

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming
Staten Island is no stranger to hit TV shows, and Impractical Jokers is decidedly one of best. A new exhibit at the Staten Island Museum is giving museum-goers an in-depth view of the show and its hilarious cast. Impractical Jokers: Homecoming explores the story of four longtime friends from Staten Island whose hidden-camera, comedic television show, Impractical Jokers, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Steeped in embarrassment and awkward situations to make you laugh and cringe, the humor is built upon a foundation of trust and camaraderie amongst the four guys, James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brain “Q” Quinn, and Joe Gatto.

See original costumes, props and art created over the past seven seasons. View new interviews, episode highlights and learn about behind-the-scenes production, including some secrets. Take a journey with the Jokers from high school hijinks to mainstream comedic success that all started on the shores of Staten Island. Interactive surprises are found throughout the museum to make the Jokers’ exhibition experience as unexpected as the Impractical Jokers themselves. Regular museum admission rates apply. Impractical Jokers: Homecoming is on view from July 13, 2018 through March 17, 2019.