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Monday, September 16, 2019

You're Invited To Magnificent Mushroom Workshop With Curiouseed Tuesday September 17 Presented By Roosevelt Island Seniors Association And iDig2Learn - Sign Up Now For Fundamentals Of Fungi Free Event, Space Limited

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports


Magnificent Mushroom Workshop

Featuring ​Jie Jin aka JJ mushroom grower and founder of ​Curiouseed​.

Learn the fundamentals of fungi and the secrets of spores - plus build a take-home mushroom jar.

A few spots are left.

Don’t miss out on meeting JJ, a mushroom grower from Curiouseed, tomorrow 9/17 from 6-8pm at 546 Community Center at 546 Main Street. RSVP extended through tonight 9/16. Reserve your space and contact:
National Geographic introduces us to what we don't know about Mushrooms

More info about Curiouseed at their website.

Reserve your spot now for the Roosevelt Island Magnificent Mushroom workshop and contact: 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Get Rid Of Your Sensitive Paper And Empty Your Files At Roosevelt Island End Of Summer Shred-A-Thon Saturday September 14 - Sponsored By Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, State Senator Serrano And Council Member Ben Kallos

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports:

FREE End of Summer Roosevelt Island Shred-a-thon! 10 am - 1pm SAT 9/14

It's like a Fall Cleanse for your apartment! Shred those Sensitive Papers for FREE!
Raid the closets, empty the files now because in less than two weeks the Shred Truck is back! 10am to 1pm - Motorgate Turnaround near Gristedes, 688 Main Street.

Start saving those sensitive papers for shredding now! Islanders asked and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Senator Serrano and City Council Member Kallos listened, and are sponsoring another Shred Truck date on September 14th to show their Earth Love and help Roosevelt Island stay clean and green. This is the best way to properly dispose of sensitive papers, you can even watch as it happens. Generous support from the Upper Green Side helps make this possible.

You can also bring your used batteries and your clean plastic bags, which don't go in the recycle bin, for proper disposal!

See you at the Shred.

Does It Say NO U TURN or TURN U NO - New Roosevelt Island Main Street Traffic Markings Confusing To Some Local Drivers

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) recently announced the long needed re-striping of Main Street. According to RIOC:

Re-striping Main Street Completed

On September 4, 2019, Main Street not only received new traffic striping, but also new STOP signs stenciled on the asphalt. These improvements will not only make our roadways safer for pedestrians, but also for drivers. Everyone, including bicyclists, are expected to follow all traffic signs and commands from Public Safety Department (PSD) personnel.
RIOC also stenciled signage to indicate that No U Turns are allowed.

But as one Roosevelt Island Driver shows us with this picture, is the No U Turn street marking clear?


Am I the only one that sees a problem with this?
Here are a couple of other views of NO U Turn or Turn U NO Roosevelt Island Main Street markings?

What do you see - NO U TURN or TURN U NO?

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram & Ferry Service Too

After the last 4 weekends with no Roosevelt Island F train service to Manhattan, this upcoming weekend Roosevelt Island residents

will have F Train service to and from Manhattan.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

More Than Reading Writing And Math - Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Students Learn Computational Thinking And Computer Science With Help Of Cornell Tech NYC K-12 Initiative Says School Principal Mandana Beckman

It's the first full week of school at Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217.

Principal Mandana Beckman describes computational thinking being taught at PS/IS 217 with the help of the Cornell Tech K-12 Initiative. According to Ms. Beckman:

When I think about the work that we have to do here at school, there's so much that we're doing to prepare kids for the future and that the world they live in today is about computational thinking, it is about computer science and we want to make sure that we're preparing them for that just as we prepare them to read, to write, to do math...

We really want the best for every single student here at PS/IS 217, so when they pick their career path they can think back to their experiences in elementary and middle school and how it had an influence on who they are in the future. It's been a great experience working with Cornell Tech and we're excited about what we're going to be doing tomorrow.

And here's more on the Cornell Tech NYC K-12 computer teaching initiative.

Here's more info on the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 school ratings

and the Cornell Tech NYC K-12 School initiative.

RIOC Names Former NYPD Detective Anthony Amoroso As New Deputy Chief Of Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department - PSD Will Continue Community Policing Policies Established Under Retired Chief McManus Says RIOC

As reported last June, Jack McManus retired as Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Chief on July 1, 2019 and Deputy Chief Kevin Brown took over as Acting Chief.

 Chief McManus and Deputy Chief Brown At June 25 PSC Meeting Image From Frank Farance

Today, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced:
On Monday, September 9, 2019, Anthony Amoroso became the new Deputy Director of the Public Safety Department (PSD). He fills the former role once held by current PSD Acting Chief Kevin Brown. Director Amoroso is a resident of Monroe, New York, but grew up in Massapequa on Long Island. At the age of 20, he joined the New York Police Department (NYPD) where he worked for over 28 years. Director Amoroso achieved the rank of Detective First Grade. Mr. Amoroso comes to RIOC with an extensive training background Anthony was a senior detective investigator and instructor assigned to train all members of NYPD Detective Bureau.

During his tenure at the NYPD, Director Amoroso was:
  • Instructor Development Programs, designed to exchange and relay leading-edge ideas in the field
  • Developed and collaborated on innovative courses and lessons of various tactical operations for current and newly assigned Detectives, Supervisors and Undercover Officers.
Some of the certifications in training that Mr. Amoroso holds include:
  • Certified General Topics Instructor, State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • Certified Firearms Instructor, State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services.
  • In addition to training Mr. Amoroso was a patrol officer in the housing developments of NYC and he was a detective investigator in NYPD narcotics division.
I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal:
PSD Deputy Director Amoroso has an impressive background with NYPD.

Not mentioned in the announcement is if he has extensive experience with community policing which was prioritized with great success for the Roosevelt Island community by former Chief Jack McManus?

Kevin has said that community policing was a priority that would continue under his leadership.

Any additional info on community policing background?

Also, any info or timeline about the naming of a permanent Chief of PSD?
A RIOC spokesperson replied:
Deputy Director Amoroso is as committed to community policing as Acting Chief Brown and as Chief McManus was before him. It is a program that is obviously working on Roosevelt Island and we see no reason to change a winning formula now. We hope to be making an announcement about a permanent chief sometime in October.