Thursday, December 30, 2010,,

The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce believes buildings express not only the artistic attainments and material progress of a community, but its spiritual and moral character.

The Building Awards Program, which is sponsored by National Grid, is a reflection of that belief. Any borough structure may be submitted for consideration.
The award also may be presented for the creation of “Natural Beauty” through landscaping that enhances a structure or project in the community.

This category recognizes the practical and aesthetic use of Staten Island’s natural terrain.

I am happy to say that I was commissioned to photograph the wonderful 42 million dollar building which houses the Jewish Community Center and that my images were submitted and won the award for "Natural Beauty"

Wednesday, December 29, 2010,

   When I found out my good friend and fellow BUCK ( Robert Cutrona was being honored with the Staten Island Community Service Award from the Staten Island Board of Realtors ( I jumped at the chance to cover it.  Bob lives and breathes our community.  He uunderstands its unique values as a place to live, work & raise families.  He is at the forefront of every major effort to improve the quality of life of this borough, for that all Staten Islanders owe him a dept of gratitude.
   If I knew about this event earlier I would of put in a bid to provide the photographic novelties giveaways
(for which they have already hired another studio)  Even though I explained how important it is to document the evening I was told that there is no budget for another photographer.  In about a second I told them I would volunteer my skills as a way to give back and thank all the Realtors who use headshots by me on their business cards.  But as it is I really wanted it to be a surprise to Bob who has tirelessly championed my work and recommended me whenever someone needs photography.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH must have everything in place... without saying... worthy of a Madison Ave Advertisement.

When Keith Cummings of K.C.M. Plumbing & Heating in Staten Island booked me to photograph his annual party at the GECKO LOUNGE, I had no idea it was at a bar- nothing wrong with that- matter of fact it was a welcome change of pace from all the catering halls I've been going to... What better way to photograph real people out having fun, slice of Americana and all that.   I love it...  That guy Keith really knows how to throw a party!    Thanks Keith!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010,

The BUCKS Business Network is a business club made up of professional and private business owners.  The purpose of the club is to bring together progressive individuals interested in advancement for themselves and their business.  Besides the weekly breakfast meetings, we look forward to enjoying many social events such as the Annual Holiday Party.  It is always held at member John Inserra's
Catering Hall and flowers by with music by and providing the magician and other wonderful specialties for children of all ages.