Artist Gregory Perillo of Tottenville and his paintings of original Staten Islanders – The Lenni Lenape Indians – will be featured at the National Conference of the Order of the Arrow, The Boy Scouts of America’s honor society, through Thursday at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
He’s outgoing, full of life, passionate about his work, and generous to a fault. There is no pretension in the man. He greets you like a long-lost friend, even though you’ve never met. It’s difficult to believe he’s eighty-five; there’s just so much energy bottled up. Yet, when he recounts the incident that occurred in Battery Park, N.Y.
A statue in honor of Marine Lt. Nick Lia, who was killed in Vietnam, was unveiled at Wagner College. He was remembered as a role model, the cornerstone of an undefeated college football team, a fraternity president and a friend. Mostly, he was remembered as someone taken before he even had the chance to live.