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Friday, August 18, 2017

Last Day Of Roosevelt Island Youth Program Beacon Summer Day Camp And Affiliation With PS/IS 217 - RIYP Executive Director Says School Principal Reckless And Reprehensible In Disregard Of Roosevelt Island Community

Today was the last day of the Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) Beacon Summer Day Camp. This afternoon, campers played basketball outside the Youth Center building

and the RIYP issued this statement today:
Last Beacon Day

Today at 6PM the Roosevelt Island Youth Program Inc. ended an era: the program will no longer be affiliated with Public School 217 after 40 years of collaboration.

Beacon programs were designed to establish services for youth and adults in schools in low- income communities. This Agency with the help of then NYC Council Member Gifford Miller and NYC Deputy Mayor Ninfa Segarra secured the Beacon funding for the Island after 5 tough years of negotiating with the Mayor's office and the Department of Youth & Community Development.

After 22 years of RIYP operating the Beacon at PS/IS 217, the school principal Mandana Beckman decided with her handpicked off-island PTA members to prevent the Youth Program from even applying for the funding to operate the Roosevelt Island Beacon program, ensuring the awarding of the grant to an off-island entity.

The RIYP Executive Director Charles DeFino has called Mrs. Beckman's actions "reckless and reprehensible, exhibiting a total disregard for the community.  This action is typical Beckman. The community has dealt with her incompetence for over a decade, but we will continue our commitment to the youth and families of Roosevelt Island”.

The new RIYP after-school program information will be introduced to our island families next week.
As previously reported, the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development named the Queens based Child Center of New York as the new operator of Roosevelt Island Beacon After School Program at PS/IS 217.

Roosevelt Island Brownie Girl Scout Troop 3002 Invites 2nd &3rd Grade Girls To Join - Develop Leadership, Safety & Other Great Skills

Roosevelt Island resident Elle Erickson reports:

Do you have a daughter who is entering the 2nd or 3rd grade?

Does she love to learn new things and go on adventures with her friends?

Looking for ways for her to develop leadership, safety, and other great skills? Maybe you just need a direct line to Girl Scout cookies?

If so, then we strongly urge you to consider joining Brownie Girl Scout troop 3002 - right here on Roosevelt Island. We are a well established Troop that has just bridged from Daisies to Brownies and are seeking more members to join us!

For more information and/or to join, please contact me for more information.

Interested, but have no idea what Brownies or even Girl Scouts of Greater New York do? Let us know we are more than happy to fill you in.
 Image From Girl Scouts

More on Girl Scout Brownies here.

Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Showing Of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Scheduled For Tonight Postponed Due To Rain Forecast - Rescheduled For Friday August 25

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

POSTPONED: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory due to expected rain this Friday, August 18th. Rescheduled for next Friday, August 25th, weather permitting.


E Train Replacing F Train Providing Roosevelt Island Subway Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend

According to the MTA:
F Trains are rerouted in both directions in Manhattan. D, E, J, trains provide alternate service Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 4:45 AM Mon, Aug 18 - 21

• Coney Island-bound F run via the E from Roosevelt Av to 42 St-Port Authority and then via the A to Jay St-MetroTech

• Jamaica-bound F trains run via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

No F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.
But the E train will run on the F line providing Roosevelt Island service to and from Manhattan:
E Trains run via the F between 21 St-Queensbridge and 34 St-Herald Sq, the last stop. A,C,D,F,R, trains provide alternate service

Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 4:45 AM Mon, Aug 18 - 21

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Watch Vice News Documentary Of Charlotesville Unite The Right Rally And Protests - Jimmy Kimmel Has Plan To Save America From Donald Trump

Although at times it may seem that Roosevelt Island is in its own little world, we are not isolated from what goes on in the rest of the country.

Watch this documentary from Vice News on this past weekend's Charlotesville Unite The Right rally by American neo-Nazis, White Supremacy Nationalists and those who protested the rally.

According to the NY Times:

President Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend....

Here's Donald Trump's August 15 press conference with his views on what happened at Charlotesville.

The US Army Chief and Marine Commandant tweet:
and the Air Force Chief of Staff too:
Jimmy Kimmel has a plan to save America from Trump:

Tempers Flare And Fight Erupts As Woman Tries To Get On Crammed F Train At Roosevelt Island Subway Station This Morning

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

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