Good News: World of Women Welcomes “Operation Blanket” and Distributes New Sheets to People in Need | Upside down

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From left to right, World of Women founder Pat Caltabiano and members Bernadette Davenport and Donna Greco help distribute new bed linen to homeless shelters and those in need. (Courtesy / WOW) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Due mainly to the efforts of Helen Timari, President of World of Women, the organization recently received a donation of 900 new sheets – including blankets and quilts – which will be distributed to 20 charities of Staten Island and then scattered in shelters. and those in need.

“I want to thank Helen for her outreach work, throughout the pandemic and to the present day, and for her diligent efforts to continue to fulfill WOW’s mission of helping the needy throughout the Staten Island community. “said Pat Caltabiano, Founder of Women’s World.


A young person helps a member of the Women’s World to distribute bed linen to shelters for the homeless and to those in need. (Courtesy / WOW) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

The Popular Women’s Group, a Staten Island nonprofit, advocates for families with a mission to “Build a World of Difference for Women and Children of Staten Island”.

Founded by Caltabiano in 1995, over the years World of Women has supported a number of local programs with a strong focus on domestic violence, and it has offered scholarships to adult women returning to school.

The grassroots organization continues to thrive and seeks to further serve the community.


WOW members received donations of new bed linen to distribute to shelters and people in need. (Courtesy / WOW) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

“WOW is grateful for the generous donation, which has enabled us to continue our mission of helping others in the community during this difficult time,” added Caltabiano.


The young people helped the members of the Women’s World to distribute new sheets to shelters for the homeless and to those in need. (Courtesy / WOW) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

“We have supported hospitals, first responders and families in need during the pandemic and will continue to do so through our next fall bingo fundraiser, as well as fundraising events throughout. throughout the year. And we look forward to our belated celebration – due to COVID – of the 25th Women of Distinction Gala in April, a celebration of women’s service to the community – past and present. “

Sainte-Cécile Music Society

At the St. Cecilia Music Society’s annual luncheon at Fiore DiMare Restaurant, Great Kills, members received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of Borough President James Oddo “In appreciation of their 125-year contribution to musical art to our Staten Island community. ” From left to right, Janet Pranschke, former president; Georgiana DiMauro, historian and successful woman in the Class of 1991, Diane Glass, president, and Dolores Harden, publicity. (Courtesy / Janet Pranschke) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance


A native of Staten Island, Dr. Victoria A. Forte has been appointed the new Director of the Cancer Service Line at Richmond University Medical Center, as well as Director of Hematology-Oncology and Director of the Hematology Scholarship Program- hospital oncology.

Board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. Dr. Forte’s specialties include multidisciplinary breast cancer care, new therapies, clinical trials, translational research and personalized medicine.

“I look forward to improving and expanding cancer care services at RUMC,” said Dr Forte. “The mission and vision is to continue to provide high quality, comprehensive and personalized care to the community, and to build a strong cancer research program here on Staten Island where I grew up. “

Dr Victoria Forte

Dr Victoria A. Forte Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

Prior to joining RUMC, Dr Forte held the same position at New York City Health and Hospitals / Kings County Hospital and played a fundamental role in the success of their Cancer Center and Breast Center of Excellence.

Prior to her tenure in Kings County, she held the position of Medical Director at Puma Biotechnology, where she played a central role in the clinical development and FDA approval of a new targeted HER2 therapy in breast cancer. breast. Additionally, she was a faculty member at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

“We could not have asked for a more dedicated, patient-focused leader to lead our oncology department,” said Daniel J. Messina, President and CEO of RUMC. “The most advanced cancer treatments and therapies are provided every day, right here on Staten Island, in our hospitals and specialized ambulatory care centers. Now having a Staten Islander at the helm, someone who understands our community and our grassroots patients, adds an important dynamic when it comes to providing personalized, patient-centered and compassionate care. “


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Happy Birthday Sunday to Joan Coogan, Mary Nielsen, Catherine Vanger and Michael Costa.

Happy wedding anniversary Sunday to Ilene and Charles Greinsky, as well as Patricia and Bill Asley. ??

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Monday is the birthday of Kirsten Schroeder, Amanda Marie Flack, Anne Riopi, Samantha Revello, Morgan Blayke Vazquez and John Meyer of New Springville.

Happy wedding anniversary Monday to Barbara and Cosmo D’Aquila. ??

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The best of birthdays on Tuesday to Jack Stern, a West Brighton lawyer, Michael Carpinello, Phyllis Aloi, Alexa Renee Portney, who turns 13, Andrea Hills, Bobby Heaney, Paul Monforte, Elizabeth Sorgente, Geralyn Villani, Gina Marie Bariletti and Donna Tom.

Happy Birthday Tuesday to Jimmy Cassidy of Castleton Corners, who celebrates the big 3-0 and works at NYC Health & Hospitals, where he was and is very busy securing and allocating the necessary resources in the event of a pandemic.

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Birthday greetings Wednesday to John James Noone, Daniel Santapaga, Rebecca Zalkin, Kayla Sliger, who turns 8, Nicole Leonardi Azarraga, MaryBeth Francis, Kathy Taylor and her cousin Agnes Rubino, who celebrates her birthday on August 29.

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Best birthday Thursday goes to 28-year-old Julia Kruse, Erin Aversa, and her sister, Michaela Aversa, whose birthday is September 1. Erin and Michaela are the granddaughters of the late Jerome X. O’Donovan and Vita O’Donovan.

The best of Thursday birthdays to Dorothy Taylor, Victoria Nicole Falco, Robert Ricco and Joseph Golden.

Happy wedding anniversary Thursday to Nora and John Rosati, as well as Justine and Jon Cauldwell.

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Friday is the birthday of Jianna Jackson, Tony Flagello, Lulu Chiminski and Mario Naccarato, who turns 27. ??

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Happy Birthday Saturday to Bill Van Name, Joan Mary Andersen, Christopher Giovinazzo, Marilyn Wickert, Carol Dennis and Louis L. Buttermark Sr., who turns 94 and still plays a great game of golf.

Birthday greetings on Saturday to twins William and John Malczewski, who are 22 and born on the same day as their great-grandfather, John Cotton Sr., who was a very special member of the family.

Saturday is the wedding anniversary of Felicia and Carmine DeBetta, who turn 55, and Colleen and Tim Kelly.

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