NYPD takes community to court for a game of basketball

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

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Leadership Through Sports sponsored a police versus community basketball game at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton Saturday night.

Police from the 120 precinct played a friendly game of basketball to help facilitate a good relationship between police and the community.

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Woman who allegedly stalked pol is volunteer for his opponent

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

The woman arrested for allegedly sending a series of bizarre mailings to the private homes of Assemblyman Ronald Castorina Jr. volunteers for his primary opponent, Castorina revealed on Saturday.

Marylynn Cellamare, 55, of Port Richmond, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and fourth-degree stalking after, authorities allege, she sent the packages, many of which contained a sheet of paper with the word “greetings” on it, to the Republican’s private addresses.

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Games, fun, performances at St. Clare’s annual feast

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

Despite Mother Nature providing Staten Island with a sweltering day, the St. Clare’s R.C. Church community in Great Kills came together through faith to mark its sixth-annual feast.

“It’s wonderful to see the community coming together — school and parish — even on such a hot day like today enjoying themselves and having a good time,” Theresa Signorile, St. Clare’s School principal, said.

“There’s a strong bond here, it runs through the school and the community,” she added. “The children are happy to see each other and their teachers.”

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‘Tis the season: Block parties bring neighbors together across Staten Island

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

Mother Nature couldn’t wash away tradition at block parties Saturday in New Dorp and Sunnyside.

Fo 33 years now, residents on Rose Avenue have gathered for their annual party. Despite the rain, Saturday was no different.

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Real-life Pokemon Go scavenger hunt draws a crowd on first day

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

“Gotta catch ’em all” took on a new meaning Saturday as curious Staten Islanders scattered throughout the borough to find real-life Pokemon figurines and win prizes.

Michael Perina, owner of Assembyl 3D Printing in Stapleton, came up with the idea for the scavenger hunt to capitalize on the game’s popularity. He created 500 plastic figurines based on the characters — including Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur — and hid them near the highly popular Pokemon Go game’s “Pokestops.”

If a player finds one of the figurines, they can cash them in at a local business, a pizzeria or store, for instance.

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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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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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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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