Choices for Hope hosts 2nd annual ‘Day of Choice’ block party in New Brighton …

Choices for Hope hosts 2nd annual ‘Day of Choice’ block party in New Brighton …
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Celenia Fuentes on the blow up slide at the the Choices for Hope’s 2nd annual “Day of Choice” block party in New Brighton. (Staten Island Advance/Vincent Barone) 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y — The Choices for Hope annual block party broke out all the late summer classics: hop scotch, Double Dutch, barbecue and moon bounces.

Marshall Caldwell, president of Choices for Hope, estimates that 700 Islanders turned out throughout the “Day of Choice” summer celebration on Crescent Avenue, alongside Mahoney Park in New Brighton

For Caldwell and his organization, the block party is really about celebrating his neighborhood, New Brighton, and its youth.

“We want to bring awareness to the neighborhood to emphasize the importance of your choices in life,” Caldwell said. “It’s not the best neighborhood, but we want to teach the kids here that it’s not about where you’re from but where you can go.”

The neighborhood was the central theme at Saturday’s event. Caldwell summoned local non-profits from New Brighton to serve as vendors.

Tehaji Smith enjoys a good moon bounce at the Choices for Hope’s 2nd annual “Day of Choice…………… continues on Staten Island Advance –

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