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From the left, Robert Scamardella, chairman of the DaVinci Society, and former Borough President, Ralph Lamberti, former chairman (Staten Island Advance/Carol Ann Benanti) Proper, Susan and Lamberti. (Advance file picture)Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Italian tradition, deeply rooted in historical past and wealthy in creative design and time-honored customs, continues to be preserved all through the world and shared in numerous methods.

It’s at all times gratifying to shine the highlight on vital contributions made by immigrants and their descendants and have fun Italy’s wealthy legacy, in addition to acknowledge the profound influence they’ve had on the event of America.

Right here on Staten Island, as a option to observe these accomplishments — and in mild of the truth that October has been designated Italian-Amerian Heritage and Tradition Month — the DaVinci Society at Wagner Faculty will host an annual Scholarship Dinner to honor these immigrants and generations after them, throughout a singular night that showcases Italian tradition.

The annual occasion is staged in Nicotra’s Ballroom on the Hilton Backyard Inn.

This yr the night is about for Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., the place Group Service Awards shall be offered to 4 members of the “subsequent era,” whose households emigrated from Italy.

Honorees receiving this yr’s award are neighborhood leaders who double as vocalists, performers and dancers with names like Jenny Giacomo Kelly, Vincent Medugno, Charles Poveromo and Nikki Sorrentino.

The Dr. Louis DeLuca Lifetime Achievement Award shall be offered to John Castellano, a musician, vocalist, orchestra chief, businessman, TV sport present and information broadcast guru, simply to say a couple of of his credit.

The Renaissance Award, that’s been renamed the Hon. Ralph Lamberti Renaissance Award, is being offered to Dolores Morris, a 2017 Advance Lady of Achievement, a tv producer, winner of 5 Emmy awards and winner of three Peabodys.

Lamberti, who led our borough from 1984 to 1989, is chairman emeritus of the DaVinci Society, whereas legal professional, Robert Scamardella is the present chairman.

A particular introduction of Wagner Faculty President Angelo Araimo and his spouse, Mary, shall be made by Scamardella.

Lamberti and his spouse Susan, a 1986 Advance Lady of Achievement, have had a long-lasting, optimistic impact on the lives of many Staten Islanders and their accomplishments too many to record right here.

Nevertheless, trainer/educator Michael Bolton, not the singer/songwriter, however a former United Cerebral Palsy recreation director who was a staffer in Port Richmond, got here ahead to shout praises for Lamberti.

“Ralph Lamberti has had a profound impact on my life” mentioned Bolton, who taught on the United Cerebral Palsy of NYC Staten Island workplace in Port Richmond.

Bolton defined again in 1989 Borough President Lamberti offered UCP with a grant of $60,000, which allowed Bolton to kick off the primary recreation program for bodily and intellectually impaired youngsters on Staten Island.

“I’ve by no means forgotten what he did — one thing that lasted all of those years. And my spouse was additionally a trainer like Ralph’s Lamberti’s spouse, Susan Lamberti,” added the UCP instructional staffer.

“If it wasn’t for that grant, I wouldn’t have been in a position to begin this system,” he continued.

Bolton went on to say the group is now known as Adapt Group Community on the facility the place he began on Port Richmond Avenue. However he mentioned, there are a number of different places in Manhattan and in each borough of New York Metropolis with residential services, day applications and employment applications.

“Ralph Lamberti made an enormous distinction in my profession that began in 1986. I didn’t depart that publish till 2013 making all of it collectively 26 and a half years. And because of this, I used to be in a position to create different applications down the highway. However that was the primary. It concerned a chunk of paper and 16 names and I used to be advised I needed to get this program going and all because of Mr. Lamberti.”

Bolton attended the Neptune Ball in June at Comfortable Harbor Cultural Heart & Botanical Backyard when Lamberti was lauded together with neighborhood chief Norma D’Arrigo, who died not lengthy after. Lamberti and D’Arrigo had been honored for his or her longtime service to Comfortable Harbor and had been offered with the Comfortable Harbor Lifetime of Service Award.

These fascinated with attending the DaVinci Society Scholarship Dinner ought to word tickets are priced at $160 and could also be obtained by visiting alumniconnect.wagner.edu/davinci2022 or by phoning 718-420-4551.


Staten Island TV late night time speak present host Johnny Potenza has hosted friends from the worlds of music and leisure and he’s again as soon as once more kicking off the autumn season aboard Staten Island Group Tv’s (CTV) progressive selection present.

Throughout his greater than 10 years with the present, Potenza’s served as producer, editor and host, and located himself interviewing legendary TV character Joe Franklin, Sopranos common, Vincent Pastore, and Robert Clohessy of “Blue Bloods.”

“Up Late with Johnny Potenza,” has welcomed “The Wonderful Kreskin,” finest identified for his appearances on “The Tonight Present with Johnny Carson,” in addition to comic and creator of Uncle Vinny’s movies comic, Anthony Rodia.

Johnny Potenza

“Up Late with Johnny Potenza” is about for Thursday, Oct. 6; seating, 7:30 p.m.; showtime, 8 p.m. (Courtesy/Johnny Potenza)Staten Island Advance

Then there’s radio character, comic Goumba Johnny, who opened for Rodia and who appeared on the St. George Theatre.

The following taping is Thursday, Oct. 6 that includes particular visitor, 77 WABC radio speak present host Frank Morano. Additionally on the invoice is comic Jason McLauren and the Killer Joe band that includes Joe Ferraro.

To be a part of the free studio viewers e-mail: uplate+viewers@gmail.com or go to johnnyptv.com

Seating is 7:30 p.m. showtime 8 p.m.


SEPT. 25

Sunday is birthday time for Ronald Cerrachio, chief legislation clerk within the Richmond County Surrogate’s Court docket, Terry Tarangelo, Lila Victoria, Marilyn Barry, Barbara Buckley, Robert Belliveau, Sally Ann Brittain, Sam Vella, Mildred Alpert, Annelise Lorentzen and Lorraine Ferraninni.

SEPT. 26

Comfortable birthday Monday to Laura Pelliccia Sconzo who shares a birthday at the moment with Joe Bognasco, Andrea Raimondi, Jason Hills, Michael Bowers, Anthony Saltarelli, Danielle Pascale, Steven Vera and Bob Speziale.

SEPT. 27

Birthday greetings Tuesday to hotelier Lois Nicotra, Sean P. Sweeney, Genalin Santos, John Bruno, Steven DeFranco, Jim Taranto, Tricia Britton, Jennifer Quinn, Ralph Marrocco Jr. Meaghan Latuja, Roseann Stockman, Michael Anderson, twins Eileen and John Noone and James Bacchi, who turns 37.

Comfortable wedding ceremony anniversary Tuesday to Peggy and John Ciano.

SEPT. 28

Birthday finest Wednesday to State Sen. Diane Savino, Christina Noce, Rosemarie Barnickel, Joe Hicks, Ernst Pierre, Eileen Loeffel and Stephanie Mollenthiel of Meiers Corners, who turns 59.

SEPT. 29

Birthday playing cards are within the mail Thursday for Geri DeMaio, Charles Dugan Jr., who turns 58, Lisa Marie Romano, Bob Turrisi, Caitlin Persch, Vicki Rosenthal, Kerry Rose Harris, Sonia Pederson and Mya Greene who celebrates her 18th.

Comfortable wedding ceremony anniversary Thursday to Juliane and Stephen Cottone and to Louis and Dolly Manna.

SEPT. 30

The easiest of birthdays Friday to Dr. Frank J. Lacqua, Thomas Watson Jr., Brittany Donna Brown, Andrew Parker, Samantha Rose Guash and Robert Kruse.

OCT. 1

Comfortable birthday Saturday to Vincent D’Antuono, proprietor of Pastosa Ravioli & Cheese Italian specialty store in West Brighton, Mike Hennessy, Isabella Drouin, Tom Matteo and Danielle Van Identify.

Saturday is wedding ceremony anniversary time for Peggy and Raymond Cebula.

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