South Beach Civic Association

Staten Island, NY


On Saturday, July 17th the South Beach Civic Association held their 19th Educational Picnic at the Vanderbilt South Fin Grill. This special event was comprised of 20 years of Volunteer work for the Community, and Staten Island. It was a delightful event getting together with members of the South Beach Civic Association, their families, and friends after being in quarantine due to Covid 19. This 19th Educational Picnic was the highest attended picnic in South Beach Civic history. Total of 186 attendees. In attendance there were also various community leaders, business owners, several political candidates and elected officials that helped to support the South Beach Civic during the past 20 years.

With all the delicious appetizing foods, refreshments, and desserts. We send out a Special Thank You to the Vanderbilt Owners Mark & Joe Tranchina, Event Coordinators Brittany Felice, and Sal Sulsenti, and Michelle Galvano MaƮtre D. They have worked and supported us since 2009.

Six people were honored with a plaque for their Commitment, Dedication, Trust and Respect to the South Beach Civic Association and to the Staten Island Community. The 19th Educational Picnic was a tremendous success due to the hard work of the President Joseph McAllister, RoseAnn McAllister-Vice President, Dianne Romano-Treasurer, Pat Venezia- Secretary and the Board members of the South Beach Civic Association, Angie Antonelli, Susan Hansen, and Patricia Venezia.

Friends, Families, and Businesses supporting the Civic and Community residents came out to share their friendship and support to be a part of this 20-year special event. Last year was to be the 19th Educational event but due to Covid -19 it forced us to cancel until this July 2021. Everyone was disappointed but were guaranteed a bigger and much awaited spectacular event this year. It was great to see so many people coming together to be a part of this elite civic association, we all work hard to resolve quality of life issues and the betterment for all.

20 years have come and gone in the blink of an eye with so many accomplishments achieved. Our legacy to educate and enforce quality of life issues will continue to live on indefinitely. It has been a challenge to delegate and direct all the issues and plans to make Staten Island a better place to live. We have put together a 20-year Celebration Journal Book that shows the years forming the civic, rallies, issues, accomplishments, and educational and special events held. Persistence to resolve issues and enforce ideas brought to the civic is what makes the South Beach Civic Association stand out being the most intrigued Civic Association.

Following letter from Linda Sollazzo;

John and I have been members of the South Beach Civic for some years now. It was such an honor to be recognized by them with the Joseph C. McAllister Sr. Award. We are proud to help the Civic and our good friends Roe and Joe McAllister with their mission to help their fellow neighbors. From recovery from Hurricane Sandy to addressing various neighborhood concerns like street repair and crime they have put in 100% of their time and genuine concern for all who live here. I think we should all leave our community better than we found it. Words to live by.

Following Minutes Report from & Board Member 

With over 150 people in attendance, the South Beach Civic’s 19th Annual Educational Picnic & Fundraiser took place on Saturday, 

July 17th at the Vanderbilt South Fin Grill.

Everyone agreed that each year our picnic is bigger and better than the year before!

It takes a lot of planning and hard work by many people to make it happen.

Delicious food, great raffle prizes and educational displays by the fire department, St. Paul’s School of Nursing, On Your Mark, P.L.U.T.O. and several others.

Educational materials were available for the taking.

Honorees at this event were Civic members John & Linda Sollazzo & Karen Sayers, also Marci Bishop from the S. I. District Attorney’s office, Lisa Rooney from 

P.L.U.T.O. and retiring NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver.

They were all given a memorial plaque expressing the Civic’s appreciation for all they do for the Community.

This Educational Picnic was sponsored by many loyal supporters & friends as it has been over the past 20 years!

Each family received a complimentary 20-year South Beach Civic Commemorative Journal packed with pages of pictures from the formation in 2001 to the present. President of the Civic Joseph McAllister and Vice President RoseAnn McAllister painstakingly put together a magnificent Journal.

Live entertainment by DJ Tim Turbiak made for a perfect afternoon in spite of tornado warnings!

Look for us again in July 2022 and enjoy a fabulous time with family and friends at our 20th Annual Educational Picnic!

Thank you so much Carol for all you do for the community and Staten Island, any questions please feel free to call me any time. Home 718-720-5199 or Cell 718-930-6603.

Again, thank you, Joseph McAlister President SBCA.