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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Roosevelt Island 2018 Public Purpose Grants Community Review Process October 21 & 25 - Up To $150 Thousand Available To 10 Local Non Profit Groups, Public Invited To Attend

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Purpose Grants community review process begins tomorrow, October 21. According to RIOC:

Roosevelt Island Non-Profits Present Applications for Up to $150,000 in Public Grants Next Week

Each year, the RIOC Board of Directors approves the allocation of Public Purpose Funds to non-profit community organizations whose work benefits Roosevelt Island residents, enhances their quality of life, health or environment.

The annual fund awards – up to $150,000 total in 2018 - are recommended by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) and are expected to be approved by the Board at its December 13 meeting.

The non-profits organizations will be making their presentations to the RIRA Public Purpose Funds Committee this Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Community Center, 543 Main Street. These presentations are open to the public.

For the presentation schedule and the list of the organizations that have applied, click here.
The Presentation Schedule is as follows.
October 22, 2018

7:00 PM - PS/IS 217M Parent-Teacher Association

7:30 PM - Life Frames

8:00 PM - Open Space Institute (IDig2Learn)

8:30 PM - Island Kids

9:00 PM - Roosevelt Island Disabled Association

Presentations will conclude at 9:30 PM

October 25, 2018

Presentations will begin at 7:30 PM

7:30 PM - Carter Burden Network

8:00 PM - Roosevelt Island Historical Society

8:30 PM - Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance

9:00 PM - Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association

9:30 PM - Wildlife Freedom Foundation
RIOC adds:
Public Purpose Grants first became available after the construction of Manhattan Park in 1989, when New York State allowed the fund to be established in lieu of the developers paying sales tax on construction materials. The RIOC Board of Directors approves the allocation of these funds yearly based upon the recommendation of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA). Not-for-profit community organizations are welcome to apply for a Public Purpose Grant by following the application process below.

Public Purpose Grants should be allocated to benefit Roosevelt Island residents, enhancing their quality of life through education, artistic and cultural enrichment, improved health, or a better environment.

Additional Information about can be found in the Public Purpose Grant Procedures
The 2017 Roosevelt Island Public Purpose Grants were as follows (rationales for award amount at link):
  • PS/IS 217 Parent Teachers Association (PTA) - Amount Requested: $22,500 Amount Recommended: $15,000,
  • Life Frames, Inc. - Amount Requested: $19,900 Amount Recommended: $4,000,
  • Wildlife Freedom Foundation (WFF) - Amount Requested: $5,000 Amount Recommended: $5,000,
  • Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA) - Amount Requested: $42,000 Amount Recommended: $11,800, 
  • Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS), Amount Requested: $32,000 Amount Recommended: $12,000,
  • Island Kids - Amount Requested: $20,000 Amount Recommended: $15,000,
  • Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance - Amount Requested: $35,000 Amount Recommended: $18,000,
  • Roosevelt Island Swimming (Marlins) - Amount Requested: $11,637.50 Amount Recommended: $1200,
  • Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) - Amount Requested: $18,000 Amount Recommended: $18,000.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Report From RIOC President Susan Rosenthal - NY State $25 Million Cornell Tech Payment Not Received Yet, Roosevelt Island Youth Center Update, Halloween Parade Theme Rock Icons, Veterans Celebration & More

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported to the October 18 RIOC Board of Directors meeting on the following subjects.

Various construction projects under way

NY State $25 million payment for Cornell Tech has not been received yet but will be coming soon.

Roosevelt Island Youth Center  update. Steady number of 40-50 kids using the facility daily. 220 kids have registered for Soccer program. Volunteer coaches needed. Basketball program to come. Robotics and coding program from Cornell Tech being planned.

Upcoming events.

October 27 Roosevelt island Halloween Parade theme is Rock icons yesterday and today.

November 10 Veterans Celebration.  RIOC leased space at 544 Main Street for a Veterans Center.

Holiday decorations. Ms Rosenthatl said:

... We heard what you liked and did not like last year. We've made improvements. Tell us what you think after they go up....
Improving ways of communications between RIOC and the Roosevelt Island community.

Ms. Rosenthal added:
... My door is always open. That's true for anyone on the Island....
Below is Ms Rosenthal's full RIOC President's Report.



The full Agenda and supporting Board material package for meeting is here.

RIOC Director David Kraut noted at the end of the Ms Rosenthal's report:
... The island is in better shape than its ever been and it's getting better, step by step, capital project by capital project.

Our main job is to sweep the streets, shovel the snow, cut the grass, take out the trash. We're doing very well....

Roosevelt Island Weekend Transportation - No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend And Next, Both Tram Cabins At Full Capacity And NYC Ferry New Fall RI Service Schedule


There is no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan this weekend. According to the MTA:
SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS 11:45 PM Fri, Oct 19 to 5 AM Mon, Oct 22 Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av in Queens to 5 Av/53 St in Manhattan

Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.

No Coney Island-bound service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island and Lexington Av/63 St.

Travel Alternatives:
For service to 21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Island, take the F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

For service from these stations, take the F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F....
Also:
... STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed...
Both Tram Cabins operating at full capacity.

There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new Fall Schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Roosevelt Island Contaminated Water Supply, Octagon Soccer Field, Street Lamps Off, Holiday Lights, & F Train Schedule Among Items On Agenda For RIRA Island Services Committee Meeting October 19 - Public Invited To Attend

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Island Services Committee is meeting Friday October 19 at 5:30 PM. The Roosevelt Island public is invited to attend.

According to ISC Committee Chair Rossana Ceruzzi, the Meeting Agenda includes:

Preliminary Agenda

Contaminated Water/ Public water fountains/ Follow-up

Octagon Soccer field closure for renovations/ Follow-up/Update

Tree Removal: Irregularities-- Who is evaluating Trees' health on RI?

Planting a Cherry tree in memory of a young resident who lost her life in India rejected by RIOC.

Street lamps off for months near Lighthouse, Blackwell House, Southpoint Park

Railings: What is going on?

Garbage issues again across 425 Riverwalk

AVAC: Garbage removal. Complaints from 40 RR residents about odor, cleanliness and health hazards.

Holidays lights?

Transportation: F train schedule and weekends
If you would like to attend the ISC meeting, please email Ms Ceruzzi.

Roosevelt Island Resident Stephen Quandt Is A First Responder For ASPCA's Anti Cruelty Group Field Investigations & Response Team - He Describes Acts Of Kindness And Shared Humanity In Small Wisconsin Town, Homemade Cupcakes Too

Roosevelt Island resident Stephen Quandt has a difficult job and sees much pain and cruelty. But he also sees and recognizes acts of kindness. Mr Quandt reports:

How is Roosevelt Island like northern Wisconsin? Perhaps it sounds like an odd comparison unless like me you have spent time in both places.

I work as a professional first responder for the ASPCA's Field Investigations and Response Team, a division of their Anti-Cruelty Group. The FIR Team responds nationwide to large-scale criminal cruelty cases like blood sports (dogfighting and cockfighting), hoarding cases and puppy mills often involving many hundreds of animals, sometimes thousands. We also respond to disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and fires.

I work in the Medical Dept. which involves doing everything from assisting on forensic exams (the collection of medical evidence on living animals) providing administrative support and giving treatments and medications to sick or injured animals. What I learned late in life and is so hard to explain is the profound experience of relieving suffering in others. For reasons I don't understand this deeply moving experience is not taught or given to our youth but is mysteriously saved for professional programs like medicine, ministry, counseling and the like.

During my first case in Wisconsin three years ago, I was on a crime scene for the first of several cockfighting cases there. We were on “a farm” of sorts for days collecting evidence, triaging and treating chickens. At one point I was in the woods under a pop-up tent in a thunderstorm helping to examine chickens. Our first chicken escaped through a hole in his coop and ran across the road never to be seen again. It was challenging work. One day perhaps to lighten our mood Sergeant Brent of the county Sheriff’s dept. brought us all cupcakes. Homemade cupcakes. Homemade by him he made a point of telling us, and not by a mix, and not by his wife. The cupcakes were all arranged on a tray, and on the icing was spelled THANKS ASPCA!

Photo by Stephen Quandt

This was my first time in Wisconsin and I was thinking “Where am I?”

Very recently I was back in Wisconsin for another cockfighting and dogfighting case involving 1700 chickens and twenty or so dogs. This would be my third trip to Wisconsin in as many years. When I got to the hotel in the small town I was staying in, I asked the hotel manager on duty if I could Uber or Lyft to the nearest grocery store for supplies. He chuckled and said that he was sorry but there was no Uber or Lyft in this town. There wasn't even a taxi company. I was completely mystified. But then he really rocked my world by saying, "If you like, you can borrow my car while I go swimming in the hotel pool after work." I stammered, "Ahhhh how long will you be swimming?" and he replied, "For about an hour." So, while my mind did somersaults I accepted his offer and again thought to myself, “Where am I?"

What I saw in Wisconsin was one farm rolling into another. Corn and soybeans being grown to within one or two feet of the edge of the properties, farmers demanding every possible ounce of produce from the soil. Our nation is fed by states like this. At first I didn't understand why the grocery stores didn't seem to have a lot of produce. Then someone explained to me that everyone grows food. That helped explain the signs by the road that said, "Free tomatoes, take as many as you want." Kindness helped explain it too. And on this trip I happily saw (now) Lieutenant Brent again.

Stephen Quandt (left) and Lieutenant Brent Standaert (right) of the St. Croix County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s department.

His school district's PTA would bring us treats!

What we share on Roosevelt Island with Wisconsin isn’t in the nightly news. It’s in our shared humanity. It’s in our ever-present opportunity to be kind.

After three trips to Wisconsin I was still asking myself the question, "Where am I?" when I finally figured out the answer.

I was in America.
Learn more about the ASPCA's Field Investigations & Response Team at their web site and from this video.



Mr Quandt has previously reported on similarities in Island life between Roosevelt Island and Little Cranberry Maine.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Attention Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins - Roosevelt Island Annual Halloween Parade Extravaganza Saturday October 27 - Community Groups Invited To Participate And Sign Up By October 22 Says RIOC

The annual Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade & Extravaganza takes place this year on Saturday, October 27. According to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson:

JOIN THE HALLOWEEN PARADE Oct. 27


The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation is proud to be hosting Roosevelt Island’s Annual Halloween Parade & Extravaganza on Saturday, October 27th, from noon - 3 PM. Every year, this FREE event brings our community together in a celebration of the costumes and fun the holiday brings.

This event would not be complete without the participation of Roosevelt Island community organizations. We write to invite you to join in on the Halloween spirit by walking in the parade as an identified community group and/or contributing with a giveaway/activity table at the Extravaganza portion in Capobianco.

Tabling includes, handing out complimentary gift bags, food, or other pre-agreed upon items. If you can’t make it on the 27th, we welcome any donations towards our amusements, gift bags, and food giveaways at the Extravaganza.

We will be starting the parade at Firefighter’s Field this year, and invite you to send a group from your organization to walk in costume (of your choice), with a banner identifying your group. We will be lining up at 11 AM!

If you are willing to participate in any way, please complete and return the Community Participant Form no later than this Monday, October 22nd.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you!
Here are some scenes from the 2017 Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade & Extravaganza.


More pictures and video of the costume Parade down Main Street.