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Join John Wadsworth, President & COO of Strawn & Co. Insurance for a closer look at real, tangible stories of success. From new small business startups to individuals making major impacts in their local communities, we dive deep to reveal the strategies, thought processes and passions of a variety of guests each and every month.
 
Though carols are traditionally associated with Christmas, this was not always the case. “Carol” comes from the French word 'carole' which means circle dance accompanied by singing. It was part of any festivity and gradually came to be associated with holidays like Christmas. In England, festivities were banned following the Civil War and Protestantism, but many song writers and Protestants wrote musical works to be sung at Christmas and these were referred to as “carols.” Today, Christmas a ...
 
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Ten Staten Islanders have been honored this year as Local Heroes of the Month in a recurring series that offers a special look at how our neighbors are making a difference in the borough every single day; how we and our sponsors celebrate community voices who personify what it means to be truly altruistic.…
 
In July 2022, the Staten Island Cricket Club marked its 150th anniversary. Established in 1872, the club is the oldest continuously operating cricket club in the country, according to its current president. Also this month, we introduce you to our Local Hero of the Month. This former St. Peter’s High School basketball star earned a spot in the Iron…
 
On this episode of Real Success Stories, we are joined by Jim McBrayer, CEO of McBrayer and Associates, Inc. Jim shares his story of establishing his own successful business after a successful career in corporate America. Jim’s insights on how to build a successful sales organization are critical for both business owners and their sales staff. Link…
 
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 retireme…
 
On this episode of Real Success Stories, we are joined by Michelle Amarra, President of SCB Video TV Marketing. Michelle shared the importance of building a great team to sustain an organization and to exceed client expectations. Michelle’s passion to help local businesses grow and reach their full potential is on full display in this episode. Link…
 
After a long pandemic pause, New York City is welcoming back the brave men and women of the military for Fleet Week. Also this month, we introduce you to our Local Hero of the Month. This Dongan Hills native is using his influence as a professional athlete to talk about mental health, and promote positivity, good sportsmanship and service to others…
 
On this episode of Real Success Stories, we are joined by Lewis Robinson, managing director and senior wealth advisor with CapSouth Wealth Management. Lewis shares how his 35+ year career as a CPA led to a mission of helping retirees make the most of their years of hard work. Links ~ www.capsouthwm.com lrobinson@capsouthpartners.com https://www.fac…
 
Gone are the Staten Island Yankees, and with them goes the defunct team’s former sponsor and stadium namesake… what FerryHawks executives have in store for the newly renovated ballpark in St. George. Also this month, we introduce you to our Local Heroes of the Month. This Staten Island couple has spent decades serving the borough and beyond through…
 
Women’s History Month is marked across the borough through art, cooking, creating and portrait picture taking. How the legacy of women of achievement lives on in imaginative ways. Also this month, we introduce you to our Local Hero of the Month, who is a pioneering woman herself, striving to make the borough we love a caring and safe place to live.…
 
On this episode of Real Success Stories, we are joined by Dave Baker, host of The Home Fix It Show on News 95.5 & AM 750 WSB. We have a great time as Dave shares his journey from stand-up comedian to radio host. Along the way, Dave shares tips for homeowners and business owners alike while showcasing a great sense of humor. Dave Baker Links ~ http:…
 
Staten Island’s newest ferry boat is named in recognition of one of the nation’s first free Black settlements, the longstanding Sandy Ground community on the South Shore. Also this month, we are proud to bring you our first extended interview with our Local Hero of the Month. In this installment, we introduce you to an officer who has followed his …
 
On this episode, Mrs. Marcia Taylor shares her incredible story of building the Bennett Family of Companies. During the podcast, you will hear how Bennett has been widely recognized and awarded nationally including being named the number 1 woman owned firm by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for 18 consecutive years. We will also learn about their si…
 
It’s no joke, the decommissioned Staten Island Ferry boat John F. Kennedy is getting a new lease on life courtesy of two Island born-and-bred stars who saved it from the scrap heap. What Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Pete Davidson have up their sleeves for the aging and obsolete vessel. Also this month, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wei…
 
On this episode of the OnSI podcast… A special look back at the year that was, leading-off with renewed calls to remain vigilant, and calm, despite a late surge in COVID-19 cases. Also this month, the borough weathered the ongoing pandemic in 2021 with small, albeit important, victories all along the way. And, while some welcomed signs of normalcy …
 
Sponsored by my favorite tea, Oliver Pluff & Company. www.oliverpluff.com. Sponsored by the best history website on the planet, www.TheHistoryList.com. - HOST CONTACT: Don Mast Link Tree To All My Sites: https://linktr.ee/aguywithbooks Email me: - donaldmast@gmail.com - A Christmas story… On Christmas Day in 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow continu…
 
On this episode of Real Success Stories, we welcome Brandon Hutchison, executive vice president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway. Brandon shares his journey from intern to executive at one of the country’s premier entertainment facilities. Atlanta Motor Speedway Links ~ https://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/ https://www.facebook.com/atl…
 
On this episode of the OnSI podcast… On your marks, go! The starting block for the New York City Marathon returned to Staten Island for the postponed 50th running of one of the most famous races in the world. While it was a smaller field that assembled in Fort Wadsworth than in years past, it still was a big stride toward a greater sense of normalc…
 
On this episode of Real Success Stories, we are joined by Mr. Terry Cullen of Terry Cullen Southlake Chevrolet. Terry has been a business owner and community partner in metro Atlanta for over thirty years. Join us as Terry shares his story of success. Terry Cullen Links ~ Website: https://www.terrycullen.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terr…
 
October is Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month and few places in America are home to as many descendants from Italy as Staten Island. How the borough came together to celebrate again, after a tough stretch apart. Also, the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk returned this month to raise much needed funds for cancer research and…
 
Discover the history behind the song "Yankee Doodle." Sponsored by my favorite tea, Oliver Pluff & Company. https://www.oliverpluff.com/. HOST CONTACT: Don Mast Link Tree To All My Sites: https://linktr.ee/aguywithbooks Email me: - donaldmast@gmail.com Audio Song: Yankee Doodle by Robert Shaw; The Robert Shaw Chorale The full version of the song as…
 
Boston is full of great history, Revolutionary War heroes, and legends. John Hancock, who is best known for his elaborate signature on the Declaration of Independence, died in 1793 at the relatively young age of 56. What happened to his body? ⚰️ Sponsored by my favorite tea, Oliver Pluff & Company. https://www.oliverpluff.com/. **I'm Sorry For The …
 
On this episode of Real Success Stories, we are joined by Katie Tucker, executive director of Haven House. Haven House is a non-profit organization based in Henry County, GA providing emergency relief to people suffering from domestic violence. Katie shares the struggles of operating a non-profit during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the key …
 
A somber remembrance at the Postcards memorial in St. George as Staten Island honors the people who lost their lives from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when hijackers used passenger jets to destroy the World Trade Center and attack the Pentagon. Also this month, since 9/11, a number of Island-based organizations have turned the trage…
 
Seven Staten Islanders have been honored this year as "Local Heroes of the Month" in a recurring series that offers a special look at how our neighbors are making a difference in the borough every single day. Also this month, we say it all the time, Staten Island truly has a small town feel despite its ever-growing population, how the borough manag…
 
On this episode, we welcome Jake Carter of Southern Belle Farm. Southern Belle Farm Links: Website: https://www.southernbellefarm.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthernBelleFarmGA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/southernbellefarm/ SBF History: https://www.southernbellefarm.com/our-history/ Find out more about John Wadsworth, Presiden…
 
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 S…
 
Today we are joined by Rebecca Dervan, Director of Marketing and Development with Strong Rock Christian School. In this episode, we'll learn about what it takes to achieve success in the field of education. We'll also get to hear about the exciting new things on the horizon at Strong Rock Christian School. Website: https://www.strongrockchristiansc…
 
The Pride Center of Staten Island is making itself at home inside its newly opened facility in Clifton. How the community center plans to utilize its larger headquarters on Willow Avenue. Also this month, an organic farm is now in operation on the Island’s West Shore, wondering where it is? A hint: you need to take an elevator to get there. Plus, t…
 
On this episode, we are joined by Mr. Loren Pierce, owner and CEO of Pierce Pharmacy Management with operations in 4 states including Moye’s Pharmacy, Martha Mae’s Floral & Gifts and Mobility Warehouse here in Henry County. Please join us as Mr. Pierce shares his story. Links: http://www.piercerx.com http://www.moyespharmacy.com https://www.faceboo…
 
Mom-and-pop stores are oftentimes the lifeblood of neighborhoods, and during the pandemic many have proven just how essential they are. How one local market on the North Shore continues to serve its customers as it closes in on its fourth decade in business. Also this month, Staten Island is home to cultural treasures, fine restaurants, natural won…
 
On this episode, we are joined by Mr. Greg Cannon, co-owner and CEO of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors and recently appointed Henry County District 3 Commissioner. Please join us as Mr. Cannon shares his story. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors: Website: https://www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CannonClevelandF…
 
Most Americans know about his daredevil electrical⚡ experiment where he attached a metal key to a kite🪁 and flew it in a thunderstorm, there are many other reasons that Benjamin Franklin is known as one of the country’s most influential figures. Here are some fun facts about the man that helped shape our nation’s history. He is credited with invent…
 
The pandemic has many rethinking travel plans this summer. But, staycationing, doesn’t mean you have to scratch natural wonders off your seasonal to-do list. Why many Islanders have their sights set on exploring New York City’s largest remaining forestland. Also this month, a year ago, Staten Islanders were just coming to grips with the effects of …
 
The Medical Mystery of George Washington's Death. Sponsored by my favorite tea, Oliver Pluff & Company. https://www.oliverpluff.com/ . Enjoyed Cacao Shell Tea From Martha Washington https://oliverpluff.com/collections/cacao/products/cacao-shell-tea . HOST CONTACT: Don Mast - donaldmast@gmail.com Link Tree To All My Sites: https://linktr.ee/aguywith…
 
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