I joined the Daly Dose Of Hoops staff in the fall of 2016 and am the beat writer for Wagner College and the Northeast Conference. I’m also the editor of this here website, WerdyNerdy Space, and a contributor to The GWW. My background in journalism started as a sports intern for the Riverdale Press and News 12 The Bronx/Brooklyn and as a breaking news intern at the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com.

I graduated in 2016 from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, concentration in journalism. While in Riverdale, I wrote for Manhattan’s student newspaper, The Quadrangle, where I began as a staff writer before becoming assistant sports editor, sports editor and senior writer. During my time at the Quad, I earned Manhattan’s Excellence in Journalism, Best Sports News Article and Most Prolific awards, including nominations for eight similar awards in my four years.

Crowd marches to remember Eric Garner

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

The dry heat beaming down from the sun’s rays couldn’t stop family, friends and supporters from rallying together on the two-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death.

About 50 people came out Sunday afternoon behind the banner of “Black Lives Matter” in front of Bay Beauty Supply, at 202 Bay St. in St. George, where Eric Garner died in police custody.

Jewel Miller, Garner’s ex-girlfriend and mother to their daughter, Legacy, had only one thing to say:”Two years later, no justice on Staten Island.”

But Garner wasn’t the only one being remembered on Sunday.

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Kayak group brings water fun on Fourth of July weekend

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

On a partly cloudy, slightly breezy and mildly hot July afternoon, Kayak Staten Island attracted scores of families and friends by the water in South Beach.

“Awesome.”

“Wonderful.”

Those are just two words that could be heard being said by people to describe their experience to a handful of volunteers dressed in orange life jackets as they came off the boats and made their way back on shore.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel says goodbye to Augustinian friars

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

The message was “this isn’t the last you’ve seen of us ” at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Tompkinsville when hundreds filled the building to say goodbye with smiles, embraces, standing ovations and tears to 118 years of The Order of St. Augustine.

At the Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell, Augustinian friars who have served as pastors and assistant pastors over the the past few decades were in attendance, along with Bishop John O’Hara, Episcopal Vicar of both Staten Island and southern Manhattan.

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Ho’Brah first pig roast held Sunday

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

Ho’Brah in West Brighton did more than serve of tasty tacos on Sunday. On the menu was roasted pig.

From when it started at 1 p.m., Alan Lynch, one of Ho’Brah’s co-owners, said around 35 people had filtered in and out of the event throughout the day up to that point.

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Fundraiser held to launch free summer day camp for kids with cancer

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

The Jewish Community Center held the SunriseWALK at Catholic Charities of Staten Island in Pleasant Plains on Sunday in an effort to bring Sunrise Day Camp — for children with cancer and their siblings– to the borough.

If successful, the camp will be the fifth in the world able to provide free summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings, and it’ll be the only one of its kind in New York City. There’s one in Long Island and Westchester.

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Mike Pfenninger: Mature, Versatile for the Love of the Game

On April 19 at 10:48 a.m., Michael Pfenninger, Manhattan Jaspers starting infielder, tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/Pfennyboy_27/status/722436647476977664

It’s such a mature message being posted by a 20-year-old. And for those who don’t know Pfenninger, they probably would be taken aback by it, especially in the 20th century. When asked about the tweet, Pffenninger said there’s actually a story behind it.

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Walk to raise awareness of Cooley’s anemia comes to Clove Lakes Park

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

About 50 people braved the rain Sunday and walked in Clove Lakes Park to raise awareness of Cooley’s anemia.

The Care Walk Cooley’s Anemia Foundation has been in existence since 1985 and has organized the walk on Staten Island for the past five years.

“The people who came are just amazing, dedicated volunteers,” organizer Cammie Brandafino said.

Brandafino, of Willowbrook, noted that her daughter has Cooley’s anemia.

“It goes to show you that when people support you anything can be done,” she said.

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Steve Masiello: Coach of a Lifetime

Manhattan Jaspers fans think they know Steve Masiello, their head men’s basketball coach, but they don’t.

They only see the side of him that’s very intense, driven; and a passionate for his program, players and winning whenever there is a home game in Draddy Gymnasium or any place there is a road game.

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Duffy: Pitching, defense & health needed to win championship

“The Pennant Will Rise” was the phrase etched onto t-shirts and hoodies for the Mets’ being crowned National League Champions. For the marathon season ahead, Jim Duffy, Manhattan Jaspers baseball head coach, said “Pitching, Defense and Staying Healthy” is what’s going to earn his team’s way to success in ’16.

Thirty-three games in, the Jaspers find themselves tied with the Rider Broncs for the eighth seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 11 wins and 22 losses. Their longest winning streak of three straight games came between March 22 and March 26, not enough to counter losing five straight in three separate parts of the schedule: (1) Feb. 28 – March 8, (2) March 13 – March 19, (3) April 2 – April 9.

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New York Road Runners Open Run event for autism awareness

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

On a chilly but beautiful day, about 25 Staten Island families participated in the New York Road Runners club Open Run at Conference House Park in Tottenville.

The kick-off of Open Run — a community-based initiative that brings free weekly runs and walks to local families in parks throughout the five boroughs — was postponed last week due to harsh weather.

Organizers said the goal of the run was also to highlight family, community and environment.

“It’s more about this being available to the community,” said Paul Leak, of Manhattan, lead organizer of the Open Run.

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Neighbor describes dead S.I. mother and son; and alleged killer

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016. Co-written with the SI Advance’s Social Media Reporter and Personality Shane DiMaio.]

“I used to argue with him because of how verbally abusive he was to his son — he’s mental.”

That’s what a neighbor said about 49-year-old Anthony Morales — the alleged killer of Idelle Rivera, 47, and her son, Anthony Rivera, 21, who both died after being shot in the face in Mariners Harbor Thursday.

A 22-year-old, Jose Ramirez, was also shot in the leg three times, but is expected to survive.

“Please open your eyes!” neighbor said to dying mother

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Still no bail for mom accused of killing newborn

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

The New Springville mother who allegedly killed her newborn daughter by discarding the infant in the trash, was not present in Criminal Court Friday morning for a brief conference.

No certificate of indictment has been filed yet against Nausheen Rahman, 28, which would transfer the case to state Supreme Court, St. George.

She remains remanded to jail and held without bail.

Her next court date is scheduled for March 24.

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Good news: Stricken man is revived at Staten Island gym

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

FDNY Lieutenant Michael Romano, Probationary Firefighter Niko Negron, and nurses Jennifer Cosentino and Erica Oppenheim teamed up to help save a man’s life at a gym in Tottenville.

It was close to noon Thursday at Retro Fitness at 2965 Veterans Road West.

Negron, Cosentino and Oppenheim, who were all off-duty and working out, were alerted to a man by the name of Frank, who was pale-faced with his head down and arms hanging.

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