NOVEMBER 2014

BITS & BYTES
Should you get an iPhone 6?
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FROM THE CHAMBER
Start your own business!
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TAX TALK
Don’t let the tax tail wag the economic dog.
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SALON TODAY magazine announced that Caryann Concilio and Amanda Intoccia, owners of Bamboo Salon on
Richmond Road, are the grand-prize winners of the first-ever SALON TODAY Total Makeover competition. By
demonstrating their willingness to grow their salon to the next level in business, the mother and daughter own-
ers beat out a large number of other salon owners to capture approximately $30,000 in prizes from sponsors
Takara Belmont, STX and Keratin Complex. Bamboo celebrated its 11th anniversary in September. Pictured,
the team at Bamboo Salon celebrates its win.
Bamboo Salon wins makeover prize
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By TIM RONALDSON
Business Trends
Explosions, car chases and
cowboys will soon be coming to
Staten Island.
And it’s a good thing.
That’s because those explo-
sions, car chases and cowboys
will be fictitious, located inside
the 69 acres of the former Arthur
Kill prison that is in the process
of being transformed into a
“moviemaking mecca” that will
bring almost 1,500 jobs and an es-
timated $30 million investment to
Staten Island.
Back in February, the Empire
State Development Corporation
announced that Broadway Stages
was selected to redevelop the
Arthur Kill site on the Island’s
West Shore. The Brooklyn-based
company operates 27 other stages
in Brooklyn and Queens on more
than 1 million square feet.
The investment in Staten Is-
land is projected to be big. Broad-
way Stages paid $8 million for the
Arthur Kill property, and another
$20 million in private investment
will be used to develop the facility
into a showcase sound stage, offi-
Quiet
on set:
Broadway
Stages
coming
to Island
please see MOVIE, page 14
By TIM RONALDSON
Business Trends
More than 10 years ago, the Van Duzer
Street Civic Association was founded with a
simple goal in mind – to address quality of
life issues for the people living around Van
Duzer Street. The organization started small,
focusing on speeding along the street, which
is an access road for the Staten Island Ferry.
But as time went on, issues arose, and the
association broadened its wings. Now, the as-
sociation is focusing on a wider reach – on is-
sues such as crime, education, arts, sanita-
please see STAPLETON page 25
Resurgence coming to Stapleton?
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Investors Bank celebrated the grand opening of its consumer and small business banking center in Tot-
tenville. The bank also marked the expansion of its retail banking network on the Island by forming al-
liances with two local nonprofits: Michael’s Cause and the Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. During the past
24 months, Investors and the Investors Foundation have donated more than $900,000 to local nonprof-
its and Staten Island economic development organizations. Pictured, from left, are: Linda Baran of the
SI Chamber of Commerce; John Sollazzo of the N.Y.C. Firefighters Union; Brian Gomez, Matthew Langella
and Mark Noto of Investors Bank; NYC Council Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio; Michael Capolongo of
Michael’s Cause; NYS Assembly Member Joe Borelli; Domenick Cama of Investors Bank, S.I. Deputy Bor-
ough President Edward Burke; Theresa Merola of Investors Bank; Anthony Rapacciuolo of C.V. Bini Fund;
Sallyann Bartels of the SI Chamber; Robert Capolongo; Jackie Hancock-Pena of Investors Bank; SIEDC
V.P. Jodi Guagliardo; and Andrew Reinhart representing state Sen. Andrew Lanza.
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Lois and Richard Nicotra, owners of the Hilton Garden Inn, hosted their 6th Annual Employee Apprecia-
tion BBQ on the hotel grounds.
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in our opinion
Truly ‘interesting times’
6 BUSINESS TRENDS — NOVEMBER 2014
T
here’s a saying purported to be
a curse that goes “may you live
in interesting times.” Oh my!
For that reason, we are hesitant to say
– although there is no denying it – that
these are interesting times on Staten
Island.
There are so many big things in the
works, including the NY Wheel proj-
ect, the development of the old GATX
site into a vibrant waterfront econom-
ic engine, and the upcoming opening
of Broadway Stages on the old Arthur
Kill prison property, which is featured
in one of our front-page stories this
month. Rather than being a curse,
these “interesting times” appear to
offer a great many opportunities for
local businesses and institutions to
jump in and benefit – if they are
proactive and creative.
Here’s a very specific example. Not
long ago in this space, we noted the
growing trend of new merchant asso-
ciations, local development corpora-
tions and business improvement dis-
tricts popping up across the Island.
Now, one of those organizations – the
New Dorp Merchants Group – is
reaching out to the entire Staten Is-
land community, offering a chance for
collaboration and mutual benefit.
The Group has put out a Request for
Expression of Interest, offering New
Dorp Lane as a venue. A venue for
what, you ask? Well, that’s the beauty
of this. They are open to your ideas.
In a nutshell, they are looking for con-
cepts that will draw more patrons to
the New Dorp Lane commercial corri-
dor. If you or your organization comes
up with a proposal that will accom-
plish that goal, there are funds avail-
able to help implement the project. As
stated in the RFEI, “Projects can be
one day, one week, one month. The
longer the project, the greater the
award.”
So think of the possibilities: arts
and cultural organizations can pres-
ent a festival or street fair to showcase
themselves and draw foot traffic to the
Lane; non-profits can do outdoor
events like walks and races as
fundraisers; for-profit businesses can
present participatory activities that
highlight their goods or services. And
these ideas are just the tip of the ice-
berg.
So let your imagination roam, and
get in touch with the Staten Island
Economic Development Corp. (which
is coordinating this effort) at
info@siedc.org or 718-477-1400 for more
information on putting together and
submitting a proposal.
66 Willow Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
718-556-4200
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Director
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Director
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Director
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Director
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Chairman
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By BILL DUBOVSKY
Situation
Apple has released its annual update on
the iPhone and this season’s crop seems
great for a number of reasons.
What is it?
The new iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch display
and the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5 inch dis-
play are very impressive. They are thin (.27
inches/.28 inches), light (4.55 oz/6.07 oz)
and selling even more than Apple had
hoped. They are currently in short supply
with some September orders still not deliv-
ered. Apple is catching up with the larger
phones that Samsung and others have been
so successful in selling. Tim Cook, Apple’s
CEO, has stated that it has sold 39.3 million
iPhones in the period that ended Sept 27 vs.
37.8 million that analysts predicted. Sales
look even more promising for the holiday
season.
Many pundits feel that the iPhone 6 Plus
will be a huge seller. Speaking with sales-
people in September, the iPhone 6 seemed
to be selling more than the iPhone 6 Plus,
but many of my professional contacts have
mentioned that the larger screen, retina
display (really sharp – good for us folks
over 40), with the ability to still fit in your
pants pocket (and not bend), will be a big
selling point.
You can even get an iPad-like case for the
iPhone 6 Plus that opens to a simple stand
for watching videos.
Many people today use their mobile
phone as their computer, Internet access
tool, communications device, phone/video
recorder, e-book/Kindle reader, calendar,
etc., and this larger iPhone Plus screen
may further erode iPad mini sales.
How it works
I won’t get into the technical features as
you can get detailed info on
www.apple.com, but the new specs are im-
pressive.
The Siri intelligent assistant is available
as with older models (great for asking how
to spell unusual words). AirPlay Mirror-
ing, photos, audio and video out to Apple
TV (2nd generation or later) is available,
which allows you to use your Apple devices
with any HDTV that is connected to Ap-
pleTV, a $99 device which no Apple home
or office should be without.
Both iPhone 6 models have TouchID fin-
gerprint identity sensor built into the
Home button and Apple Pay that will allow
you to use your Touch ID in stores and in
apps to pay for goods and services.
What you need and how to get it
You can order through your mobile
phone carrier, Apple stores, as well as elec-
tronics stores. Many current iPhone users
are upgrading through their carriers to re-
ceive rebates and special deals.
Bottom line
If you are an Apple office (or home) this
is a no-brainer – get yourself on the list for
an iPhone 6 Plus. As mentioned in past ar-
ticles, Apple’s strategy is to make all its
software and hardware devices seamless
with its MAC computers as well as iTunes
and iCloud. Each new device and software
upgrade makes everything increasingly
more compatible, simple to use and seam-
less. While there are many competitors for
Should you get an iPhone 6?
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8 BUSINESS TRENDS — NOVEMBER 2014
MONDAY
Bus. Outreach Ctr of SI/WBCLDC
Small Bus. Counseling –
MWBE/BOC Capital: WBCLDC, 705
Forest Ave., 2nd Fl. By appointment
only. For info, call 718-816-4775.
Kiwanis Club of Richmond Co.:
LaFontana Restaurant, 2879 Amboy
Rd. 7 p.m. Call 718-420-1966.
College of S.I., Small Bus. Dev. Ctr.
Business Counseling: CSI, 2800
Victory Blvd. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No
charge. For info, call the SBDC at
718-982-2560.
TUESDAY
Greater New Dorp Networking
Group: 8 a.m. Perkins, 1409 Hylan
Blvd. For information, call Steve
Lombardo at 718-702-8623.
SI Business Friends: 7:30 - 8:45
a.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South
Ave. For information, call Dr. Richard
Bove at 718-938-5978 or visit
www.sibfnetwork.com.
Bus. Outreach Ctr of SI/WBCLDC
Small Bus. Counseling –
MWBE/BOC Capital: WBCLDC, 705
Forest Ave., 2nd Fl. By appointment
only. For info, call 718-816-4775.
Direct120.com, Ultimate Think
Tank: Lorenzo’s, 1100 South Ave. For
info, visit www.direct120.com.
Kiwanis Club of South Shore:
LaFontana, 2879 Amboy Rd. 7:30
p.m. For info, call 718-370-2770.
SCORE Business Counseling: S.I.
Bank & Trust, 1550 Richmond Rd. 9
a.m. to noon. No appointment nec-
essary. No charge. For info, call 718-
727-1221.
Business Guild I of the S.I. Cham-
ber of Commerce: Hilton Garden
Inn, 1100 South Ave. 7:45 a.m. Mem-
bers and invited guests only. Call
Michael Anicito at 646-606-2111.
Business Network Int’l. (BNI) Net-
work Alliance Chapter: Z-One
Lounge, 1821 Richmond Ave. 7 to
8:30 a.m. For info, call Timothy
Houston at 718-981-8600.
Rotary Club Staten Island: LiGre-
ci’s Staten, 697 Forest Ave. 12:30 to
1:30 p.m. Members and guests wel-
come. For info, call 718-370-3140.
College of S.I., Small Bus. Dev. Ctr.
Business Counseling: Chamber of
Commerce, 130 Bay St. 9 a.m. No
charge. Call 718-982-2560.
College of S.I., Small Bus. Dev. Ctr.
Business Counseling: CSI, 2800
Victory Blvd. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No
charge. Call the SBDC at 982-2560.
WEDNESDAY
Bus. Outreach Ctr of SI/WBCLDC
Small Bus. Counseling –
MWBE/BOC Capital: WBCLDC, 705
Forest Ave., 2nd Fl. By appointment
only. For info, call 718-816-4775.
Richmond County Referral Source:
Comfort Inn. 7:00 to 8:15 a.m. For
info, email jcmexp@aol.com
Staten Island Business Council:
Andrew’s Diner, 4160 Hylan Blvd. 7
a.m. Members and invited guests
only. For info, call 347-855-4488 or
send an e-mail to info@sibizcoun-
cil.com.
Bucks Business Network: Hamp-
ton Inn, 1120 South Ave. 7:45 a.m.
For info, call 718-351-2557 or visit
www.sibucks.com.
Kiwanis Club of Brighton: Jody’s
Club Forest, 372 Forest Ave. 7:30
p.m. For info, call 718-348-0505.
Kiwanis Club of North Central:
LiGreci’s Staten, 697 Forest Ave.
7:30 p.m. Call Len Bosso at 718-442-
7804.
Rotary Club of Gateway: The Lake
Club, 1150 Clove Rd. 7:15 p.m. For
info, call 718-447-1509.
SCORE Business Counseling:
Chamber of Commerce, 130 Bay St.
9 to 11:30 a.m. Appointment neces-
sary. No charge. Call 718-727-1221.
E.L.I.T.E. (Executive, Leadership,
Interactive, Team, Effort) Net-
working Group: 1110 South Ave. 8
a.m. New members welcome. For
info, call 347-273-1375.
College of S.I., Small Bus. Dev. Ctr.
Business Counseling: CSI, 2800
Victory Blvd. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For
info, call 718-982-2560.
THURSDAY
Bus. Outreach Ctr of SI/WBCLDC
Small Bus. Counseling –
MWBE/BOC Capital: WBCLDC, 705
Forest Ave., 2nd Fl. By appointment
only. For info, call 718-816-4775.
Richmond Business Connections:
Z One, 1821 Richmond Ave. 8 a.m.
For information, call Ronald P.
Cutrone at (347) 258-8131.
Kiwanis Club of Staten Island:
LiGreci’s Staten, 697 Forest Ave.
7:30 p.m. For info, call 718-967-4345
or kiwanisclubofstatenisland.com.
Rotary Club of South Shore: Man-
sion Grand, 141 Mansion Ave. 12:15
p.m. For info, call 718-987-2061 or
visit southshorerotary.org.
WEEKLY MEETINGS
please see MEETINGS, page 24
NOVEMBER 2014 — BUSINESS TRENDS 9
Country Awards & Trophy Center
1600 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
Located Inside Rab´s Country Lanes
raysr@country-awards.com
Phone: 718-354-4026
Fax: 718-980-6616
www.country-awards.com
Our Motto: ºWe Not Only Bulld Trophles. We Bulld Relatlonshlps"
By TOM SCARANGELLO
The Staten Island Chamber of
Commerce can help you start
your own business. They can
hook you up with great resources
like NYC Business Solutions,
NYC Business Express, the Small
Business Development Center,
and SCORE (retired executives
willing to consult with people
looking to start a new business).
But what business are you
going to start? Here are some
ideas:
• Recycling – Garbage ain’t
what it used to be; it’s recyclable!
NYC will soon even require com-
posting. That means those
thrown away leftovers will need
storage too. Figure out a way to
make that easier for consumers to
recycle and you have a business.
• Software training – Software
makes it easier to do things, but
you need to know how to use it be-
yond basic data entry. Most peo-
ple I know use Word as a fancy
pen and paper and Excel as a digi-
tal abacus. There’s opportunity
in teaching people how to make
software really work for them.
• Health-care consulting – Oba-
macare is so complex that we see
reports on the same half hour
news show saying it’s working
and then it’s not working and
then it’s working again. With all
the new regulations and all the
providers changing their product
offerings, expertise in the health
insurance coverage arena is in
high demand. Even insurance
agents can take advantage of this
kind of help for their clients.
• Food truck – Nobody can re-
sist a “dirty water dog!” You have
probably noticed more and more
food carts and trucks around.
While the food service business
has the highest business failure
rate, this option avoids the high
up-front investment and overhead
of a brick and mortar location.
You can change menus and loca-
tions easily to meet demand. You
can offer healthy alternatives;
just remember that everyone real-
ly wants a “dirty water dog!”
• Freelance – more companies
are hiring freelancers for data
entry, web development, copy
writing, and software projects be-
cause it allows them to adjust
their work force and thereby save
on labor costs.
In other words they can hire
you for a few weeks or months or
even days when they are busy and
then “un-hire” you when things
slow down. It’s the friendly way
to say, “You did such a great job
we are firing you!” But the next
project comes along and you can
get hired and “friendly-fired” all
over again.
• Mobile consulting – Mobile
computing is here to stay, and
being able to guide small busi-
nesses on how to use it and make
it available to their customers
and employees is becoming a
high demand service.
Right now we use our phones
and mobile devices for everything
except going to the bathroom. Ac-
tually we use them to find the
bathroom and then use them in
there, too.
There’s lots of opportunity in
the field, but develop an app that
“wipes” and you are the next
Billy Gates.
• Translator – As the economy
becomes more globally connect-
ed, the world gets smaller and the
need to do business with foreign
companies increases. And, you
may find this hard to believe, but
people don’t speak English in
some other countries; I heard
some even have their own lan-
guages! What’s more, as immi-
gration continues unchecked
here (as per Bill O’Reilly) the
need to speak other languages to
serve customers will only in-
crease. Demand for translator
services are expected to rise 22
percent.
• Salon house calls – As the pop-
ulation gets older, the need for
services to be brought to them
will increase. Salon services are
an example. Grandma has to
keep her hair the right color blue
for the bingo game this week and
if you’re willing to go to her, that
job is yours.
Ideas are easy. Execution is
where success is born. When you
are ready, call the Chamber and
use their business start-up servic-
es to make your entrepreneurial
dreams come true.
Tom Scarangello, a principal with
Scaran Heating, Air Conditioning and
Plumbing, is chair of the Small Busi-
ness Committee of the Staten Island
Chamber of Commerce.
Start your own business
FROM THE CHAMBER
By JOHN J. VENTO
Some tax-cutting strategies
make good financial sense. Other
tax strategies are simply bad
ideas, often because tax consider-
ations are allowed to override
basic economics.
Here’s one example of the tax
tail wagging the economic dog.
Let’s say that you run an unincor-
porated consulting business. You
want some additional tax write-
off, so you decide to buy $10,000 of
office furniture that you don’t re-
ally need. If you’re in the 28 per-
cent bracket and you deduct the
entire cost, this purchase will
trim your tax bill by $2,800 (28 per-
cent of $10,000). But even after the
tax break, you’ll still be out of
pocket $7,200 ($10,000 less $2,800)
— and stuck with furniture that
you don’t really need.
There are other situations in
which people often focus on tax
considerations and ignore the
bigger financial picture. For ex-
ample:
• Someone increases the size of
a home mortgage, solely to get a
larger tax deduction for mortgage
interest.
• A homeowner hesitates to pay
off a mortgage, just to keep the
interest deduction.
• Someone turns down extra in-
come, because it might push them
into a higher tax bracket.
• An investor holds an appreci-
ated asset indefinitely, solely to
avoid paying the capital gains tax.
As a general rule, the best tax
strategies are those that generate
a deduction and leave you in con-
trol of your money. This is what
happens, for example, with IRAs,
401(k)s, and other retirement
plans. Strategies that result in tax
deferral can also be desirable,
since you get to pay your tax bill
years from now in usually cheap-
er, inflated dollars.
Tax-cutting strategies are usu-
ally part of a bigger financial pic-
ture.
John J. Vento is a certified public
accountant in private practice and
president of Comprehensive Wealth
Management, Ltd. He may be
reached at (718) 980-9000 or via
email at john@ventocpa.com.
10 BUSINESS TRENDS — NOVEMBER 2014
Don’t let the tax tail
wag the economic dog
smart phones, tablets and mp3
players, there is no other one
company that has it all synchro-
nized with a desktop/laptop com-
puter (which can run both OSX
and Windows via Parallels!) like
Apple.
You almost don’t need any-
thing else.
For more information: Click on
www.google.com or contact Bill
Dubovsky via email at bill-
dubovsky@gmail.com with your
feedback, experiences and ques-
tions.
Bill Dubovsky is an entrepreneur,
educator, and technology reviewer.
He teaches at the CSI, School of
Business, CUNY, and at Wagner Col-
lege, and is a telecom/network con-
sultant with Comtel Information
Services. Contact him at bill-
dubovsky@gmail.com or on
Linkedin.
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Ralph Branca, president and CEO of Victory State Bank (back row, center), gathers with co-workers cele-
brating employee-anniversary milestones of five or more years during a recent get-together at Patrizia’s
of Staten Island in Great Kills.
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cials said. The company expects
the entire effort could result in
1,500 new jobs, primarily in the
fields of carpentry and electrical
as well as opportunities for grips,
special effects, sound and video
technicians, food service workers
and numerous other support po-
sitions.
While the transformation of
the facility is still underway, com-
pany officials said when the time
is right, they would prioritize
local hiring.
“We’re excited to transform the
shuttered Arthur Kills prison
into a world-class TV and film
studio that will create hundreds
of good jobs right here on Staten
Island,” Broadway Stages Presi-
dent Gina Argento said.
Broadway Stages officials said
they are aiming to make New
York City the go-to destination for
TV and film production, and that
includes Staten Island.
Arthur Kill was a “natural
choice” for the company, as the
physical structure and enclosed
space will allow for “new and ex-
citing” types of scenes that are
ideal for movies.
In the next two years, the com-
pany expects the property will
boast five world class sound
stages that could be used for
everything from movie and televi-
sion series production to music
videos, studio photo shoots and
commercial production. Broad-
way Stages’ existing facilities in
other boroughs host television
shows such as “The Good Wife”
and “Blue Bloods,” and film
music videos for stars such as
Jay-Z, Beyonce and Kanye West.
As a family-run company, the
owners of Broadway Stages said
they hope to play a significant
role as a community partner. It
played a vital role in the revital-
ization of Greenpoint, Brooklyn,
its owners said, as it supports a
network of more than 150 local
small businesses for services
such as catering and set design,
and has donated more than $1
million to neighboring communi-
ty groups such as McGolrick
Park, PS 110’s Green Science
Week, the Greenpoint YMCA,
Elmhurst’s Church of the Ascen-
sion, 5 Boro Basketball, North
Brooklyn Boat Club and Queens
Botanical Garden.
The company has also engi-
neered the first solar-powered
sound studios that generate 30
percent of its own electricity, and
built the first organic rooftop
farm in New York to improve ac-
cess to fresh produce in North
Brooklyn, company officials said.
“We look forward to working
closely with the community to en-
courage tourism, promote local
business and bring more revenue
dollars to Staten Island,” Argento
said.
14 BUSINESS TRENDS — NOVEMBER 2014
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MOVIE
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Robin Warren has been named
the general manager of the
Hampton Inn & Suites located in
the Corporate Park on Staten Is-
land.
She has been employed at the
hotel for seven years. Before start-
ing with the hotel as a guest serv-
ice agent, Warren held a series of
jobs in customer service. She also
served as a sergeant in the United
States Army. From her first days
at the Hampton, becoming gener-
al manager was a long-term goal.
She has attended classes for
years, and said, “I have been gear-
ing up for this growth opportuni-
ty.” Hampton owner Richard
Nicotra explained, "We always
say that our employees are our
greatest asset and we often look to
promote from within; Robin is
surely an example of how our em-
ployees can advance within our
company.”
JOHN J. VENTO
The Wagner College DaVinci Society
The Wagner College DaVinci
Society held its 11th annual schol-
arship and awards dinner at the
Hilton Garden Inn. This event is a
major fundraiser for the scholar-
ships given to Staten Island Ital-
ian-American students attending
Wagner College. Among those
honored that evening was John J.
Vento, president of an Island-
based CPA firm and Comprehen-
sive Wealth Management Ltd., a
certified financial planning firm.
Vento is also the author of “Fi-
nancial Independence, Getting to
Point X: An Advisors Guide to
Comprehensive Wealth Manage-
ment." He has lectured on finan-
cial literacy at Lutheran Medical
Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and
NYU School of Dentistry and has
held seminars in the NY Public
Libraries throughout the 5 bor-
oughs of New York City.
CHERYL ADOLPH
The Staten Island Museum
The Executive Committee of
the Staten Island Museum Board
of Trustees has named Cheryl
Adolph as interim president and
CEO to succeed Elizabeth Egbert.
Adolph joined the Staten Island
Museum in 2004. She became
chief operating officer in August
2010, serving as a key advisor to
the CEO, enhancing and supervis-
ing the internal organizational
processes and infrastructure nec-
essary to support the museum’s
$32 million capital expansion cur-
rently underway at the Snug Har-
bor Campus on Staten Island.
Previously she served as direc-
tor of development where she
was responsible for special events
project management, board rela-
tions and membership, which in-
cluded maintaining and broaden-
ing the museum’s individual
donor base.
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was led by Jeff Kazee, of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
fame. Pictured, from left, are the sponsors of the event: Robert
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Linda Vinciguerra, owner of Linda Lingerie boutique, received the Elizabeth A. Connelly award for her
business leadership and charitable endeavors in support of the Staten Island community from the Staten
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merce "Business After Hours" gathering. Pictured, from left, are
Chamber President Linda Baran, Rab's proprietor Frank Wilkinson
and Lisa Gessert of Organizing.Buzz.
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Dean Balsamini, director of the Small Business Development Center
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STATEN ISLAND
ARTIST MARKET
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: 73 Wave St.
For information, call 347-257-9263
RICHMOND CNTY.
BANKERS ASSOC.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Location: Mike’s Place, 4677 Hylan
Blvd.
For information, call 718-370-7037
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bella Vita Café, 1919 Hylan
Blvd.
For information, call 718-816-5991
INDEPENDENT
ASSOC. OF
ACCOUNTANTS OF SI
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bocelli, 1250 Hylan Blvd.
For information, call 718-948-0810
POWERFUL YOU!
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Giuliana’s, 4105 Hylan
Blvd.
For information, call 718-608-1640
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Call 718-816-1422 x104
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: LiGreci’s Staaten, 697
Forest Ave.
For information, call 718-226-6462
SI CHAMBER: BUS.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Sunrise Senior Living, 801
Narrows Rd. N.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Z-One Restaurant, Rich-
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Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: LiGreci’s Staaten, 697
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mansion Grand, Mansion
Ave.
For information, call 718-948-8175
NEW DAY
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: SI Univ. Hosp.
For information, call 347-265-1161
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Business Calendar
Rotary Club Mid-Island: New Dako-
ta Diner, 921 Richmond Ave. 7:30 to
9:00 a.m. Call 718-981-0700.
SCORE Business Counseling: SI
Bank & Trust, 1550 Richmond Rd. 9
a.m. to noon. No appointment nec-
essary. No charge. Call 718-727-1221.
Rotary Club of North Shore: LiGre-
ci’s Staten, 697 Forest Ave. 7 p.m.
For info, call Chris Williams at 718-
442-9047.
Business Network Int’l. (BNI) High
Achievers Chapter: PK’s Restau-
rant,1281 Arthur Kill Rd. 7 to 8:30
a.m. For info, call Timothy Houston
at 718-981-8600.
Business Guild II of the S.I. Cham-
ber of Commerce: Hilton Garden
Inn, 1100 South Ave. 7:45 to 8:45
a.m. Members and invited guests
only. For info, call Dovid Winiarz at
718-983-9272.
Business Guild III of the SI Cham-
ber of Commerce: Hilton Garden
Inn, 1100 South Ave. 8 a.m. New
members welcome. Call Nick Testa
at 646-823-4494.
College of S.I., Small Bus. Dev. Ctr.
Business Counseling: CSI, 2800
Victory Blvd. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For
info, call 718-982-2560.
Community Emergency Response
Team (CERT): 7 p.m. For info. and
locations, call John Tidona at 448-
7160 or portrichcert@yahoo.com.
FRIDAY
Bus. Outreach Ctr of SI/WBCLDC
Small Bus. Counseling –
MWBE/BOC Capital: WBCLDC, 705
Forest Ave., 2nd Fl. By appointment
only. For info, call 718-816-4775.
SATURDAY
SCORE Business Counseling: St.
George Library, 5 Central Ave. 10
a.m. to noon. Appointment neces-
sary. No charge. Call 718-442-8560.
SCORE Business Counseling: Rich-
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10 to 11:30 a.m. Appointment neces-
sary. For info, call 718-668-0413.
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MEETINGS
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Weekly Meetings
Special to Business Trends
Vincent M. Zaloom of Zaloom Realty, right, stands with his son, Vin-
cent Jr., left, and SIBOR President Laird Klein after receiving
SIBOR's William Coull Realtor Service Award for outstanding lifetime
service to the real estate industry and the community.
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tion and the overall development
of Stapleton at large.
“We’ve gone in many direc-
tions,” said Priscilla Marco, who
has been president of the associa-
tion for the last four years.
Marco, who lives about a half
block from Van Duzer Street, be-
came a member of the associa-
tion when it began because she
was passionate about her commu-
nity. She said she was especially
concerned about the direction
Stapleton was heading.
“There are many issues in our
neighborhood. Stapleton has been
a transitional neighborhood,” she
said.
“Some people care about their
properties, and some don’t and
engage in bad behavior. As a way
to stop the bad things from com-
ing and to promote the good
things, I got involved.”
The Van Duzer Street Civic As-
sociation has been the voice of
the residents of Stapleton, dis-
cussing pedestrian safety and
how drivers had trouble getting
out of their driveways, discussing
crime and how it affects the value
of homes, and discussing busi-
ness and how they’d like to see a
change for the good. The group
holds monthly meetings and en-
courages residents to get involved
and express how they feel, so the
group can take that information
to government and elected offi-
cials with whom it has estab-
lished relationships.
While things have improved in
Stapleton, and positive building is
on the horizon, Marco is still wor-
ried for her neighborhood’s fu-
ture.
“Right now, bad development is
putting in peril some of the good
development that’s coming to Sta-
pleton,” she said.
The good development Marco
refers to is URL Staten Island, a
large residential and retail devel-
opment that is coming to the wa-
terfront in the coming years. The
bad development, she suggests, is
a proposed 50-bed psychiatric
ward that would house mentally
ill patients.
But Marco isn’t the only one
concerned about Stapleton’s fu-
ture.
Kamillah Hanks, the president
and CEO of the Historic Tappen
Park Community Partnership,
feels Stapleton, with its 10,000 res-
idents, is primed for a resurgence.
“You have every component
possible for a beautiful town cen-
ter,” she said. “We knew that all of
this was coming, so now was the
time to capture the park.”
The partnership was founded
in 2010, funded by the city parks
department, to revitalize Tappen
Park. Hanks said it started doing
“little things in the park.” After
some time, it raised money, won a
$25,000 SBS grant and has begun
organizing merchants and part-
nering with other organizations
such as the Van Duzer Street
Civic Association.
Hanks’ biggest concern is that
the outside perception of Staple-
ton was, in fact, true. Tappen
Park, which was referred to as
“needle park” because of a
methadone clinic nearby, needed
to be cleaned up.
So the partnership teamed
with local schools to do plantings
and maintenance. And now, in ad-
dition to the park being attrac-
tive, local business owners have
changed their perceptions of
their own local community.
“It’s still an amazing thing to
see – that a community can take
back their own community,”
Hanks said.
Hanks said the partnership’s
work going forward will be fo-
cused on building a brand for Sta-
pleton, under the title “Stapleton
10304,” getting new businesses
started, getting residents and vis-
itors to patronize their restau-
rants, and letting elected officials
know they will fight for what’s
right in their community.
“We’re here now, and you’re
not just going to dump anything
here anymore. That’s an ongoing
fight,” she said.
Hanks’ vision is to bring the
Stapleton community what it
needs – a baker, more restaurants
and other “mom and pop chic”
shops that could turn it into a
town like New Hope, Pa. As for
the URL Staten Island develop-
ment, which is on the site of the
old Navy Homeport, Hanks said
it’s vital to make sure it becomes
connected to the entire communi-
ty.
“How do we not isolate people
on this side of the tracks from the
people on that side of the track?”
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she asked.
“My job is to say to our elected
officials, brokers and to any other
agency that thinks they’re not
going to invite us to the table for
any decision that has to do with
our neighborhood, we’re going to
fight.
“We’ve become even more ag-
gressive, because it’s the differ-
ence between living and dying.
We can’t absorb anymore.”
Marco agrees.
The Van Duzer Civic Associa-
tion would like to see the Staple-
ton Homeport connected to the
rest of the community better. It
would like to see new businesses
around Bay Street and Tappen
Park.
It would like to see new jobs
created for residents, and it would
like to see more partnerships
with other community groups
and the police.
Like Hanks, Marco believes the
URL Staten Island development
could be good for Stapleton, but
only if there aren’t too many “bad
actors” in the neighborhood that
would make the developers, Iron-
state Development, “wall off ” the
project and make it a private com-
munity.
While the civic association has-
n’t had formal discussions with
Ironstate as of yet, Marco hopes
to do so in the near future to en-
sure the arrangement will be mu-
tually beneficial.
In the future, the association
will focus on the economic devel-
opment of Stapleton, and the con-
nected traffic, safety and quality
of life issues that are bound to
arise.
“Sometimes, unfortunately, we
have to get loud for our voice to be
heard,” Marco said. “I think it’s
coming. I believe in the power of
unified action.”
STAPLETON
Continued from page 25
Resurgence coming to Stapleton?
‘Operation Clean Sweep’
Borough President James
Oddo and sponsors Northfield
Bank, SI Chamber of Commerce,
Shamrock Paint, Home Depot and
Costco are teaming up to encour-
age local businesses to take part
in “Operation Clean Sweep.” The
goal of the program is to reduce
litter and to help keep Staten Is-
land clean.
As part of the program, local
businesses that join will receive a
branded broom and pan, as well
as recognition from the Borough
President. Although required by
law to clean their businesses and
18 inches into the street, the reali-
ty is that many businesses do not.
Those who join Operation Clean
Sweep will pledge that they will
clean in front of their stores
every day to help keep Staten Is-
land clean. All Staten Island busi-
nesses are urged to join this pro-
gram.
For more information, call
(718) 816-2134.