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

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On this episode of the OnSI podcast… 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.

OnSI is made possible with funding from Tom and Suzanne Crimmins, owners of Tom Crimmins Realty, the Staten Island-based real estate firm that has made a name for itself for more than a decade as a local, independent, family-run business that knows the neighborhoods it serves.

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OnSI is an independently-owned podcast and digital publisher for Staten Island, New York, with a focus on sharing stories from the community. We are nonpartisan, nonjudgmental, and eternally optimistic about the future of New York City’s oft-forgotten corner.

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