"Philanthropists Lois and Richard Nicotra gathered with 50 non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients at The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation Fall Awards Ceremony at the COMMONS café on November 22nd, 2016. The Nicotras presented $66,199 in awards and scholarships; 100% of the profits from the COMMONS café contribute to the funding for these Staten Island non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients. Since 2011, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation has awarded a total of $548,898 to more than 292 non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients." Read Full Article on SILIVE.com
The Bloomfield Conservancy The Template for this effort is the Bloomfield Conservancy, the non-profit branch of the Nicotra Group, a real estate company owned by Richard Nicotra and his wife, Lois. Their properties include seven office buildings, the Hilton Garden Inn and the Hampton Inn, all located within a 415-acre natural preserve in The Corporate Park of Staten Island on South Avenue. "I want this to be the Park Avenue of Staten Island," Mr. Nicotra has said about the West Shore thoroughfare. The Bloomfield Conservancy, which was established in 1998, has history of working with the city, along with corporate and business sponsors, on maintenance of the environment and on long-term public projects. "The Parks Department has limited funds and we need to help them and help ourselves to keep this area of Staten Island beautiful," Mr. Nicotra has pointed out.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As previously reported, parents who have lost children to cancer or whose lives were affected by it had requested of the Empire State Building's "Lighting Partner" program to light its spire for the cause. They were turned down, despite the fact that the building has been lit to highlight numerous other special causes. Thus, the Empire Go Gold movement was born, gaining momentum from other boroughs and Long Island for buildings to be lit gold in the month of September. Read the full article on SILIVE
o out and eat. That's the simple clarion call for this year's 16th annual Dine Out Against Hunger event, scheduled boroughwide for April 10. "If there's one thing I do well, your mom does well, and most of us here do well is eat," said the Rev. Terry Troia, executive director of Project Hospitality, during the kick-off lunch Tuesday in the agency's Community Services Center in Stapleton. The all-day Dine Out campaign will see 125 Island restaurants open their doors for breakfast, lunch and dinner, providing 20 percent of that day's proceeds to benefit Project Hospitality. But the message behind Rev. Troia's initial lightheartedness goes much deeper: massive federal cuts have hit food benefit programs, as even more Island residents become dependent on local pantries and food kitchens. Read the full article on silive.com
The future of education for Staten Island students was at the fore of Thursday's luncheon at Lavelle Preparatory Charter School in Bloomfield. Although they sat on opposite sides of the aisle in Congress, former Staten Island Rep. Vito Fossella, a Republican, and his successor, former Rep. Michael McMahon, a Democrat, who shared the keynote spot at the luncheon, put aside party views to agree that the future of education lies in putting children first. "We share in common the idea that the children in our district deserve the best education," McMahon said. "We put the kids at the center," agreed Fossella. "Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, if you're not putting the kids first, you're in the wrong business." The two, who both served in the City Council before heading for Washington, agreed also that the future of education rests on forging a strong partnership among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, businesses and the community. Read the full article on silive.com