Inducted this year were Dean Balsamini
, news; Sally Ann Brittain, accounting; Angela Calabro, payroll; Barbara D'Aquila, payroll; Michael Dominowski, news; Joe Hicks II, mailroom; Robert Palisay, mailroom; Elizabeth (Liz) Ponterio, credit, and Elisa (Lisa) Taff, display advertising.
Dean Balsamini is night city editor of the Advance.
Balsamini, 48, was hired as a news reporter in May 1985.
teeth as a general assignment reporter covering Staten Island's
three community boards.
also wrote for the Friday entertainment section and began a 20-year run as the newspaper's pop music critic.
spent the bulk of his
Advance reporting career covering the criminal justice system, first as a police reporter and then in the courts.
For the past decade, Balsamini has been a member of the Advance City Desk, the "nerve center" of the newspaper where the day's news, including breaking stories, are assigned to reporters and photographers.
From 2001 to 2004 he was an assistant city editor, and for two years the city editor.
For the past three-and-a-half years he has served as the night city editor, directing reporters, writing headlines, editing stories and posting them on SILive.com, the Advance's home on the Web.
is now in his
fourth year co-authoring Pinstripe Prophets, a Yankees' baseball blog, which also can be found on SILive
is a unique, special place and the Advance
is a unique, special newspaper," Balsamini
"It's been a dream to work for my hometown paper."
Balsamini was raised on Staten Island and is a 1980 graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School.
He earned a degree in liberal arts and communications from Villanova University (Pa.) in 1984.
wife, the former Patricia McGinley, were married in 1996.