Good Works Abound in the Borough Amid NYC Revival, Plus More Stories On Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – On this episode of the OnSI Podcast… The free, borough-wide outdoor concert series “Sounds of Summer” returns to the Island aiding the recovery of New York City’s arts and culture scene.

Also this month, we introduce you to our Local Hero of the Month. This Pleasant Plains resident retired from the FDNY in September 2021 after nearly four decades of dedicated service, but her retirement didn’t last long. She rejoined the workforce through a new Department of Aging program, which celebrates the skills, knowledge, and expertise retirees acquired while working for the city. This alliance benefits the work agencies continue to do every day, while also allowing them to be more age inclusive and diverse in the workplace.

Plus, a look back at a Dongan Hills native who is spearheading projects, events and efforts to help local youths through athletics and activism, while pursing a professional, groundbreaking athletic career.

Photo by OnSI’s Alex Roldán

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.

Links to Listen & Subscribe


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.

OnSI is an active member of the Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers initiative, a collection of organizations across the United States and Canada, supported by the Democracy Fund, Facebook Journalism Project, Google News Initiative, and the Knight Foundation.

Learn More About OnSI