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With support from Tom Crimmins Realty, the OnSI podcast proudly features original storytelling from Staten Island, New York.

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With support from Tom Crimmins Realty, the OnSI podcast proudly features original storytelling from Staten Island, New York.

    A Somber Remembrance at Postcards and More Stories On Staten Island

    A Somber Remembrance at Postcards and More Stories On Staten Island

    A somber remembrance at the Postcards memorial in St. George as Staten Island honors the people who lost their lives from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when hijackers used passenger jets to destroy the World Trade Center and attack the Pentagon. Also this month, since 9/11, a number of Island-based organizations have turned the tragedy of that day into a force for good. How one of them has kept the memory of their loved one alive by giving back to the community. Plus, this episode’s local hero of the month is a dentist from the North Shore, who in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, served the City and his profession by volunteering for the forensic dental effort at the Medical Examiner’s Office to help bring closure to grieving families. An act of kindness that still means so much to so many.

    • 26 min
    Local Heroes Receive Well-Deserved Accolades and More Stories On Staten Island

    Local Heroes Receive Well-Deserved Accolades and More Stories On Staten Island

    Seven Staten Islanders have been honored this year as "Local Heroes of the Month" in a recurring series that offers a special look at how our neighbors are making a difference in the borough every single day. Also this month, we say it all the time, Staten Island truly has a small town feel despite its ever-growing population, how the borough manages to pull it off and remain a hometown so many people give back to in so many diverse ways. Plus, this episode we continue to celebrate community voices who personify what it means to be altruistic.

    • 16 min
    Summer Brings Long-Awaited Signs of Normalcy and More Stories On Staten Island

    Summer Brings Long-Awaited Signs of Normalcy and More Stories On Staten Island

    Since the start of summer, Staten Islanders have been enjoying long-awaited signs of normalcy returning to local neighborhoods as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. This month, a highlight was the 111th annual Travis Fourth of July Parade stepping off on Victory Boulevard in a sea of red, white and blue. Also this month, the Gerard Carter Center in Stapleton is thriving once again as it offers in-person recreational and educational programs that were sorely missed during the pandemic. Plus, this episode’s "Local Hero of the Month" is a lifelong resident of Rosebank who’s making a difference by promoting and supporting youth volunteerism for more than three decades.

    • 19 min
    Pride Center Has Big Plans for Its New Community Center and More Stories On Staten Island

    Pride Center Has Big Plans for Its New Community Center and More Stories On Staten Island

    The Pride Center of Staten Island is making itself at home inside its newly opened facility in Clifton. How the community center plans to utilize its larger headquarters on Willow Avenue. Also this month, an organic farm is now in operation on the Island’s West Shore, wondering where it is? A hint: you need to take an elevator to get there. Plus, this episode’s "Local Hero of the Month" is a South Shore resident who’s giving back to families who have tragically lost loved ones in the line of duty.

    • 20 min
    Mom-and-Pop Stores Prove Once Again Why They are Essential to Neighborhoods and More Stories On Staten Island

    Mom-and-Pop Stores Prove Once Again Why They are Essential to Neighborhoods and More Stories On Staten Island

    Mom-and-pop stores are oftentimes the lifeblood of neighborhoods, and during the pandemic many have proven just how essential they are. How one local market on the North Shore continues to serve its customers as it closes in on its fourth decade in business. Also this month, Staten Island is home to cultural treasures, fine restaurants, natural wonders and unique shopping districts, but at times it gets a bad rap from people who may have never even set foot on the borough. Why one Island-based initiative looks to change perceptions of the community by rebranding it from forgotten to unexpected. Plus, this episode’s "Local Hero of the Month" is a Staten Islander who’s goal is to lead a community-wide effort to support young athletes with developmental disabilities.

    • 20 min
    Exploring New York City’s Largest Remaining Forest and More Stories On Staten Island

    Exploring New York City’s Largest Remaining Forest and More Stories On Staten Island

    The pandemic has many rethinking travel plans this summer. But, staycationing, doesn’t mean you have to scratch natural wonders off your seasonal to-do list. Why many Islanders have their sights set on exploring New York City’s largest remaining forestland. Also this month, a year ago, Staten Islanders were just coming to grips with the effects of COVID-19 on daily life. As we all grappled with the aftermath of this new virus, local business owners were some of the first to feel its impact and offer assistance where they could. A progress report from one borough favorite who is weathering the ongoing storm. Plus, this episode’s "Local Hero of the Month" is a uniformed leader who goes above and beyond the call of duty to better serve the Staten Island community he and his family call home.

    • 21 min

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