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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Celebrate Purim At The Bake Shop With Chabad Of Roosevelt Island - You Donut Want To Miss This!

The Chabad of Roosevelt Island invite you to Celebrate Purim at The Bake Shop on Thursday, March 21:

Don't Be Flaky And Rise To The Occasion. Join Chabad Of Roosevelt Island For The Annual Purim Celebration. Purim at the Bake Shop. Whisking You A Happy Purim. You Donut Want To Miss This!

Please RSVP here.

Rabbi Zalman and Nechama Duchman add:
Let the joy begin! Purim is a fun and exciting Yom Tov with a lot focused around children, however, Esther and Mordechai, the heroes of the story, personally requested that we celebrate the victory in four specific ways (not multiple choice but all of the below). Therefore....

Tomorrow, Wednesday night (3.20.19), hear the Megillah - read from a scroll in its original text (we will be reading the Megillah at 8:00pm - 425 Main Street #6A)

Thursday (3.21.19), in between sunrise (6:58am) and sunset (7:09pm), make sure to do the following:

1. Mishloach Manot - send two ready-to-eat food items to another Jewish person (this is to enhance camaraderie within the celebration of Purim, not gifts to the poor, it can be something as simple as an apple and orange).

2. Matanot La'evyonim - gifts to the poor - give at least one coin to two different needy people. If you don't know a person that falls into this category, one can give money to an organization that distributes it specifically on Purim and for Purim. If you would like, you can send it to us and we will distribute it appropriately.

3. Partake in a Yom Tov (holiday) meal.

4. Hear the Megillah - a second time.

One can fulfill these four Mitzvot on their own or at Thursday’s Purim @ the Bake Shop.
 According to the Huffington Post:
Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community's narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word itself, purim, comes from the Persian word for "lots" and is a reference to the fact that the date set for the Jews' annihilation was chosen by casting lots.

There are several major components of the Purim holiday, including public readings of the Book of Esther (k'riat megillah), giving charity to the poor (matanot la'evyonim) and delivering gifts to friends (mishloach manot). But Purim is most obviously characterized by a boisterous feast (se'udah) during which participants dress in costumes and drink to excess....
The Maccabeats celebrate and explain Purim too.



Click here to RSVP for Chabad of Roosevelt Island Purim At The Bake Shop.

How To Safety Dispose Of Your No Longer Needed Or Expired Medicine In An Environmentally Friendly Manner - Drop Off Medicine Disposal Kiosk To Be Installed At Roosevelt Island Duane Reade Pharmacy

According to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA);

When your medicines are no longer needed, they should be disposed of promptly. Consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine, and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment...
The Roosevelt Island Duane Reade (Walgreens is parent company) will soon make it easier for you to dispose of your expired or unused medication at this newly installed, though not yet operational, kiosk next to the Pharmacy counter.


Currently, the closest Duane Reade medication disposal kiosk is located at their 3rd avenue and 57th street store.





The FDA adds these informational links for medicine disposal.
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Monday, March 18, 2019

Roosevelt Island Resident & iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico Moderates UN Civil Society Briefing On Local Community Sustainability Practices And Shares 7 Tips To Greening Your World One Industry At A Time

Last February 14, Roosevelt Island resident, iDig2Learn founder and Sustainability Activist Christina Delfico moderated a United Nations Civil Society Unit Briefing titled:

Bridging Sustainable Practices Across Industries: A Focus on Food, Film & Waste - Civil Society Thursday Briefing

Ms Delfico reports:
The response from our February 14th United Nations Civil Society briefing on Sustainable Practices was been so positive, I put together an article, Seven Tips to Greening Your World, One Industry at a Time, for those who missed the conversation. Thanks to the Civil Society Department of Global Communications, it was such an honor to participate in this UN panel which included tips from youth plus different industries such as film, farm, urban design, food, compost and waste. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase how the simple act of Roosevelt Islanders creating green space led to unstoppable friendships and partnerships capable of restoring natural habitat and tackling even larger issues like waste reduction.

Please watch the briefing and share how you keep our water, land and air clean by tagging #EarthLove and including @iDig2Learn and @UNDGC_CSO in the conversation.
Below is list of panelists and video of the Sustainable Practices presentation:
Welcome remarks: Jeffery Brez, Chief of Civil Society, Advocacy and Special Events Section
Moderator: Christina Delfico, Founder of iDig2Learn, a project of Open Space Institute, Inc.

Speakers:
Akari Tomita, 8th Grade Student, United Nations International School (UNIS), Member of Environmental Club
Duygu Celik, Partnership Advisor, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Claudine Marrotte, Executive Producer and Director, Park Slope Pictures
Max Lerner, Coordinator, Sustainability Development Project, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Erycka de Jesus, Master Composter and Co-Founder, Just Soil
Tama Matsuoka Wong, Author, Forager, Entrepreneur, Founder, Meadows and More



Below are:
SEVEN TIPS TO GREENING YOUR WORLD, ONE INDUSTRY AT A TIME
by Ms. Delfico

The Twitterverse has more on the briefing.

The Amazing Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts Tech Hoppers Team Win NYC First Lego League Robotics Championship Award - Next Stop, World Championship Tournament

Cornell Tech Director of K-12 Education Diane Levitt tweets yesterday:


Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov reports:
We are all still in a state of shock!! We did indeed win the NYC First LEGO League Robotics tournament today! The top two teams in NYC go to the World Championships in Detroit -  It's pretty amazing!! The girls did such an amazing job!!
More on the amazing Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts Tech Hoppers from this May 2018 post and video.



Congrats to Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts Tech Hoppers Robotics Team.

Great job and keep coding!!!!!. 

Stay tuned for more info about the Roosevelt Island Tech Hoppers later this week.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Transplanted Alabamian Now Roosevelt Island Resident Surprised To Finds Awesome Breakfast Grits In NYC At Unlikely Spot, Local Nisi Restaurant - What Would Cousin Vinnie Think?

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

Awesome grits at the Roosevelt Island Nisi Restaurant - who would have thought?

Cousin Vinnie would be pleased.



Stop by the Roosevelt Island Nisi Restaurant


and try their breakfast grits or anything else on the voluminous menu.

Wow, Some Good News For Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train To And From Manhattan, Tram Service On Sunday, Both Cabins Working & Winter NYC Ferry Astoria Route Schedule

Good news. There is Roosevelt Island F Train subway service to and from Manhattan this weekend.


More good news. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), the Tram will operate on Sunday and both Tram Cabins are in service....
Tram Update:

Please be advised that both Tram cabins will be back in service temporarily, starting tomorrow, Friday, March 15th, until the next phase of the project begins. An advisory will be sent out when only one tram cabin will be operating....

... No further Sunday Tram shutdowns will be needed.
More on the Roosevelt Island Tram Overhaul project at this prior post.

Here's the Winter Schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry Astoria route service.