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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Roosevelt Island Youth Soccer Program For Kids 5-18 Starts October 1 At Newly Renovated Octagon Soccer Field - Tryouts Scheduled For Saturday September 21, Register For RI Soccer Program Now

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reports that the 2019 Fall Youth Soccer Program begins Tuesday October 1 at the new renovated Octagon Field.

According to RIOC:
Youth Soccer- Fall Program

Roosevelt Island's most popular sport, soccer, will begin the 2019 season with tryouts Saturday, September 21st at Firefighter's Field beginning at 8:30 AM. The program, which was temporarily relocated to Firefighter’s and Capobianco fields last fall, will return to its original home, Octagon Soccer Field, in October. Register here!

This year’s season will officially begin on Tuesday, October 1st with practices held Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6- 8 PM and games played on Saturday's from 8:30 AM- 3 PM. The season will conclude with championship game play on Saturday, November 16th. The program will be compiled of teams in the following age divisions:

Kinderkickers (5 - 6 year-olds)
Minors (7 - 8 year-olds)
Sophomores (9 -10 year-olds)
Juniors (11-13 year-olds)
Seniors (14 -18 year-olds)

As previously reported, the renovated Octagon Soccer Field will re-open by end of September and the second phase of the renovation is currently underway which::
... will reconstruct paths and seating areas to meet ADA requirements, reconstruct the bathrooms, provide a new shade pavilion near the bathrooms, install new spectator seating and upgrade the planted areas....
The new artificial turf has been laid on Octagon Field

so play can resume while work continues on Phase 2 of the renovation.

Roosevelt Island youth can register here for the Soccer Program.

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.