Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
With some colonial teens
Historic Richmond Town has been a landmark on Staten Island for fifty-two years. It is one of the top places to visit on Staten Island, especially if it is your first time in the borough. Its main purpose is to create opportunities for the public to explore the diversity of the American experience, especially that of Staten Island and its neighboring communities, from the colonial period to the present. Known as New York City's historic village and museum complex, it is comprised of more than twenty-five homes and public buildings. These buildings recreate the history of more than 300 years of continuous residence on Staten Island.
Before the tree lighting
With Ed Wiseman and David Picerno
In front of the "Traditional Tree"
Kara and I had a meet and greet session for about two hours in the Courthouse. The committee had set up a table for us to sign autographs for the patrons. We also visited some of the exhibits Historic Richmond Town had to offer. At 5 o'clock, the Courthouse bell rang to let people know it was time to light the tree. We congregated outside the Courthouse where we were greeted by carolers. Everyone followed David Picerno (Vice President of Historic Richmond Town) in a procession to the "Traditional Tree". We were welcomed by Ed Wiseman (Executive Director of Historic Richmond Town) as he introduced Kara and myself to the patrons. We even got to assist Mr. Wiseman in the lighting of the "Traditional Tree". The tree lite up in beautiful white lights as everyone cheered and applauded. It was a nice way to end a very long weekend.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
With "Mrs. Claus" Nikki Lauren
With Nate my dance partner
Performing with Elfis (before the murder)
Friday, December 4, 2009
With Alexandra Mazzucchelli
With Jonathan Cawley
The evening ended with a special appearance by Santa Claus who helped Borough President Molinaro light the Christmas tree. It was a great way to start the Holiday season.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
With Gladys Schweiger, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Great American Smokeout takes place every year on the third Thursday of November. It is a day that challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps make them aware of the many tools they can use to quit. Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have some means of support, such as:
- nicotine replacement products
- stop-smoking groups
- telephone smoking cessation hotlines
- prescription medicine to lessen cravings
- guide books
- encouragement and support from friends and family members
With Elliot Spiro
I spent my day at Silver Lake Specialized Care Center on Staten Island. I distributed my T.E.A.C.H. brochures to staff, residents, and family members. I had the opportunity to speak to Elliot Spiro, Respiratory Director at Silver Lake Specialized Care Center. We talked about how smoking can affect patients who are on ventilators (a ventilator is a device used for maintaining artificial respiration). He said that "many smokers end up on ventilators because their lungs are so damaged that they can no longer breathe on their own." Elliot Spiro demonstrated how anyone can experience how a Vent patient breathes: First, take a deep breath, maximizing all the air pressure in your lungs. Then, take small breaths on top of that air pressure without exhaling all your air. When I tried to breathe this way, I remember struggling to get air into my body. These patients also cannot breathe out and have a sigh of relief. It is unfortunate to see people suffering this way because of a habit they could not quit. This is why I am so passionate about my platform. If I can give children the confidence to say "No" to smoking, then I can help prevent them from ending up like some of these patients who are now on a ventilator, unable to experience the simple action of breathing.