Richmond County Savings Foundation grants $614,000 to community organizations

The Richmond County Savings Foundation has donated $614,000 to fund a variety of community programs serving thousands of Staten Islanders. Representatives from the various recipient organizations gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield, for the presentation Tuesday. The organizations being funded are: Community Health Action of Staten Island — $105,000 Meals on Wheels — $300,000 Central Family Life Center — $40,000 ECHO…

Harpo the service dog: A boy’s best friend

Readers of this column will recall that just about a year and a half ago, we connected you to young Liam Petri, now 7, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Liam was accepted into a service dog program, where a canine is trained to interrupt emotional outbursts in children, prevent wandering and track a…

Four new Staten Island ECHO board members elected

Four new board members were recently elected by the Emergency Children’s Help Organization (ECHO). The new board members are: Robert Toscanini, a graduate of Wagner College who is currently a proprietary, commodity trader Joseph Biondolillo, a graduate of St. John’s University and founder of the Biondolillo Financial Group. Thomas S. Scalici, a St. John’s University…

Founder of Staten Island non-profit ECHO honored at Italian Heritage Month ceremony

Sebastian Angelico, the founder and chairman of the non-profit organization Emergency Children’s Help Organization, was dubbed the 2013 Italian Heritage Month honoree in a ceremony Sunday. “At this year’s ceremony, we have an opportunity to honor an exceptional Italian-American. Years before he created E.C.H.O., Sebastian was deeply involved in philanthropic work helping the most vulnerable…