Today, recent graduates met on the field at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George for the 5th Annual High School Baseball Senior Game and Autism Awareness Fundraiser. The game, hosted by 1 on 1 Physical Therapy, raised awareness for autism by honoring Julianna Russo and Anthony DiMasi. The contest also honored the memory of coach Gordon Rugg, by retiring his number, 21. Life-Wire News Service video coverage is coming soon. Meanwhile, please enjoy the following moments by our photography crew.
You may have heard a soundtrack, but Broadway in the Boros is like being at a Broadway show. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) kicked off the five-borough initiative at Lighthouse Plaza in St. George, Staten Island, on Friday, June 24, with the casts of She Loves Me and Fiddler on the Roof, joined by Julie Menin, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and NYC Council Representative Debi Rose.
At rock concerts, guitar, keyboard and drums are part of the band, but this band included bass and violin, and a very different sound. The lyrics were clear and understandable even if you were not familiar with the songs. It felt like being at a Broadway show.
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- Meredith Arout with Kathryn Carse for Life-Wire News Service.
The Staten Island Yankees are celebrating the 15th anniversary at their waterfront home in the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George and creating a lot of buzz on and off the field. Less than two weeks in to the New York-Penn League season, the Baby Bombers are in first place of the McNamara Division with a 7-1 record that includes a no-hitter and three extra innings wins.
Not only that, but they stirred up the hometown fans with an announcement to change the team name in 2017.
The night before it all began, the Baby Bombers’ new manager, players and coaches gathered at their St. George stadium to prepare for the season opener against the Brooklyn Cyclones in MCU Park.
Life-Wire News correspondents, Steven Filoramo, Joseph Jones, Anthony Pabon, and Michael Cilmi, found the players eager to play and the coaches optimistic for a good season. [See video.]
The positive vibe paid off right from the start in a couple of dramatic openers. The June 17 game against the Cyclones ended with a game winning single in the 20th inning. The next night the home opener was a combined no-hitter – only the second time they held an opposing team hitless.
The team is on the road for a series against Vermont’s Lake Monsters, but they will be back on Wednesday, June 29, and then again for the Fourth of July weekend. [See schedule here.]
So get an inside look at the team with the Life-Wire reporters and get down to Richmond County Ball Park to cheer them on.
And make your suggestion by July 7 for a new name that highlights one of Staten Island’s features. [Click here to submit your new name for the S.I. Yankees.]
Lifestyles has come up with a few good suggestions: Life-Wire News Service’s Top 10 News Names for S.I. Yankees
- Steve Filoramo with Kathryn Carse for Life-Wire News Service. Photos by Anthony Pabon for Life-Wire News Service.
Life-Wire News Service Picks Names for Staten Island Yankee Rebrand
The Staten Island Yankees announced that this would be their final year using their big league name. They have asked the community for suggestions on a more home-grown name. The Life-Wire News Service has come up with a few suggestions of their own. Here they are from our top choice down:
1- Night Herons- for a majestic waterfowl that makes its home in the borough’s many greenspaces.
2- The Commodores- for one of Staten Island’s most famous citizens, Cornelius “The Commodore” Vanderbilt, who started his family fortune by running one of the earliest regularly scheduled Manhattan-Staten Island routes.
3- The Bombers- taking the current Staten Island Yankee nickname (Baby Bombers) and growing it up.
4- The Tottens- for the Totten Family, an early Staten Island clan whose name is immortalized in the town name “Tottenville.”
5- The Hot Dogs- sometimes the answer is right under your nose.
6- The Verrazzanos- like the bridge, just spelled correctly.
7- The Kills- the ominous Dutch name for creek, as in Fresh Kills, Kill Van Kull, Arthur Kill and Great Kills.
8- Sand Castles- it’s all about the beaches.
9- Cicadas- but let’s hope they don’t wait 17 years for a championship.
10- Snappers- the tough turtles that dwell in many of our parks.
What name do you think Staten Island’s New York-Penn League team should adopt? Send them to the Yankees on their website, here.
-List by Meredith Arout, Jonathan Chernock, Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Steven Filoramo, Michael Halbreich, Andrew Moszenberg, Joseph Jones, Joseph Padalino, Eric Schwacke, and Samuel “Shmuli” Stone, with Kathryn Carse, Edward Gregory, and Mario Papa for Life-Wire News Service.
The students of St. Adalbert’s honored veterans with a Memorial Day Ice Cream Social on May 26 at their school in Elm Park. A great lunch spread and sundaes welcomed veterans from Korea, Viet Nam, The Gulf Wars, and even Grenada. Students in patriotic costumes greeted their heroes and listened to their stories.
Life-Wire News Service reporter Anthony DiFato observed, “they were all humble saying that they didn’t do much. Maybe on their own, but as a unit the accomplished great things.”
The auditorium was decorated with a lot of red, white, and blue balloons on the tables and in great arches above the doors. All soldiers who served our country were gathered together to share their memories and honor those who were lost in war.
-Text: Anthony DiFato, Gregory Perosi, Meredith Arout and Eric Schwacke with Edward Gregory and Kathryn Carse for Life-Wire News Service.
Photos: Meredith Arout and Eric Schwacke for Life-Wire News Service.
To all the Yes fans out there. The Yes, the Album Series tour is coming to the Staten Island on Tuesday, August 9. The band that everybody knows as Yes is coming to the St. George Theatre. If you want tickets, go to the St. George Theater Website, or go to their box office. If you want to see the show, have a good time. They’re going to perform their 1980 album Drama and their 1973 album Tales from Topographic Oceans. If you want to see Yes, make sure you get there and have a good time.
- Chris Bungay, reporting for Life-Wire News Service, edited by Edward Gregory. Originally featured on Lifestyles Radio‘s Totally 80’s Chris Show.
There’s going to be fireworks at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Friday, July 17, 7 p.m. The Brooklyn Cyclones will be playing against the Staten Island Yankees, heating up their cross-Verrazano rivalry. The first 2,000 fans are getting #BeatBKLYN caps. Borough Presidents James Oddo of Staten Island and Eric Adams of Brooklyn will cheer on their teams. The St. Phillips Heat Drumline will be performing throughout the game. The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation will benefit from ticket sales. Go online for tickets: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/siyankees/EN/promotion/home.
– Sam Stone and Eddy Gregory for Life-Wire News Service
Watch our video introducing the 2015 Staten Island Yankees.
Staten Island musician Edwin “Pupa” Santiago has been playing in the New York City area since arriving in 1970 when he gathered a group of musicians under the name A Band Called Losiada. Since then he has played in many bands and now operates Sky View Studio in St. George.
Santiago will celebrate his 60th birthday on August 1st, 2015 at Alor Café, 2110 Richmond Road, playing guitar with his current band, Five Myles Utopia. The band also features James Ceribello on vocals, JoAnn Aliseo on drums and their new bass player, Moby Medina. Other local musicians are expected to join in the jam. Call Alor Café for details at (718) 351-1101. You can learn more about Santiago at the Pupa Santiago Official Website.
Life-Wire News Service interviewed Santiago in his studio about his music, including his current band. Five Myles Utopia. Please enjoy and share our video.
– Anthony Pabon and Eddy Gregory for Life-Wire News Service
Meet the 2015 Staten Island Yankees. The Life-Wire News Service team gets up close and personal with the new and returning Baby Bombers.