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Friday, April 19, 2019

Amazing Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts Tech Hoppers Robotics Team Win NYC Lego Championship, On Way To World Championship Next Week With Plan For Asteroid To Mars - Honored By NY State Senator Jose Serrano With Achievement Certificate And Cited As Shining Example To All Young Women Interested In Robotics

As reported last March 18, Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3001 Tech Hoppers Robotics Team were the winners in the First Lego League NYC Robotics Championship. Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov reported at the time:

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!!
Last Wednesday evening April 17, during the Tech Hoppers final practice at Cornell Tech's Tata Innovation Center before heading off to the First World Championship Competition in Detroit, Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano met with the Tech Hoppers team,

listened to their competition presentation on Flying An Asteroid To Mars and honored the Tech Hoppers with a Certificate Of Achievement.

According to this statement from Senator Serrano's office:
... Senator Serrano will be honoring Girl Scout Troop 3001's the Tech Hoppers, for their achievements in robotics and their first place victory in the FIRST Lego League New York City Championship. Next week, the troop is proudly headed to the worldwide FIRST Championship in Detroit, the world’s largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for students. The team of nine girls in the 6th and 7th grades, meets weekly at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, where they are mentored and coached by Cornell students and staff. In its four years, the troops robotics program has involved over 15 Girl Scouts and has never turned a girl away because of need or experience.

"As a supporter of empowering girls and women to enter STEM fields, I am very proud of the Roosevelt Island Tech Hoppers," said Senator Serrano. "They serve as a wonderful example to other young students interested in robotics, and regardless of the outcome at the world championship, they have already accomplished a tremendous achievement."
and from social media.

Here's the Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Tech Hoppers practice presentation proposing their solution to the radiation problem for astronauts traveling to Mars - use an asteroid as the transportation vehicle

Here's State Senator Serrano's presentation of Achievement Certificates to the Tech Hoppers Team.

Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov adds:
I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of our supporters -

Cornell Tech for providing the team with an amazing space, coaches and mentors – in particular, Diane Levitt and Samara Rose Selden and Cornell Tech mentors Jillian Burns, Natalie Abrams and Jivesh Tolani!

Nathalie and Ilan from Dr. Wu's lab at Cornell Tech

Talya Stein, Anne Goodfriend and Yoav Friedland from FIRST Lab for providing a welcoming space for us to practice on weekends!

Mike Sorrenti from SpaceX for mentoring and inspiring the girls on all things space-related!

Norm Sutaria and Lisa Cai from NYC FIRST

Girl Scouts of Greater New York - Abby Whipker, CEO Meredith Maskara and the Council's fabulous fundraising team, for supporting the team and sending us to Detroit!

We couldn't have accomplished so much without all of this incredible support!!

Roosevelt Island parents -

This is our local RI Girl Scout team and we are heading to Detroit next week!!! Our wonderful Girl Scout council is fundraising to pay for the entire trip!!! If you can support the team, please consider a tax deductible donation to our council!

You can follow us while we’re there on Instagram at techhoppers.

I am so proud of how hard these girls have worked!!!

If anyone is a parent of a girl that would like to be a coach next year - please reach out to me. Our incredible coach with these amazing girls want to mentor a new team next year!!
From the Girl Scouts of Greater NY:

Since 2011, Girl Scout Robotics has become an important component of our suite of STEM programs. We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time, one of our talented teams will compete in the world championships!

The Tech Hoppers of Troop 3001 won the NYC FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament and have advanced to the international FIRST Lego League World Championships in Detroit!

After years of hard work, the Tech Hoppers from Roosevelt Island will join tens of thousands of students, educators, and STEM industry professionals at a multi-day competition this month. We could not be more proud!

We are working to raise $25,000 to send the Tech Hoppers to the Championship, and we hope friends like you will invest in these young engineers.

Will you make a gift to send this talented team to Detroit?...
Congrats to the Roosevelt Island Girls Scouts Tech Hoppers team for your achievements to date. Roosevelt Island is rooting for you in the Championships. Good Luck.

Hope Church Hosts Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt Saturday April 20 At Firefighers Field - 10 Thousand Eggs To Be Picked Up Filled With Candy

Hope Church is hosting the annual Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt at Firefighters Field.

According to Hope Church:
Join neighbors from the surrounding area for an island Egg Hunt. Gather at Firefighters park (across from 405 Main Street) for a free egg hunt. Get ready for some live music, kids activities, snacks, and 10,000 Eggs filled with candy!

We will also be raffling fun prize baskets from our local Roosevelt Island businesses. This is your place to purchase your discount raffle tickets below. The day of prices will go up!
Here are some scenes from 2018 Egg Hunt.

Past eggs hunts hosted by Hope Church and before them, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), here.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - No F Train Service To Manhattan, One Tram Cabin Working, Red Bus Shuttle To Manhattan And Astoria Route East River Ferry Service

There is no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan this weekend.

According to the MTA:
ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS Apr 19 - 22, 9:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av, Queens to Canal St, Manhattan and via the A to Jay St-MetroTech, Brooklyn.

No Coney Island-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63, 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway and York St.
For F Train service to Manhattan, take the Jamaica bound F to Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights and switch to the Manhattan bound F running on the E line. Will take about 20 minutes to Roosevelt Avenue.

Also, only 1 Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin working due to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Tram Overhaul project.

RIOC adds:
Please be advised that, due to a planned F train service disruption, we will be adding free Red Bus shuttles this Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st, to and from the RI and Manhattan Tram stations. The shuttle will run between 11 AM and 8:30 PM. 

The Tram will be operating with only one cabin in service this weekend. 

For MTA F train service details please go to for up to the minute changes. 

What are my travel alternatives?

Red Bus Shuttle- service will be available on April 20th and 21st, between 11 AM and 8:30 PM, to and from the Manhattan Tram Station, beginning from the R.I. Tram Station. 

Red Bus Shuttle pick-up locations:

Manhattan: Southwest corner of 58th St. and 2nd Ave.        
Roosevelt Island: Tram Station Plaza

NYC Ferry service ( are available to and from Manhattan. 

Q102 MTA bus service is also an option to connect to Midtown Manhattan-bound trains at Queensboro Plaza. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you.
Here's the Schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry Astoria route service. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Sign Up For Broadway Boot Camp At Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance For Spring Break April 23-26 - Grade 1-8 Students Learn Singing, Dancing & Acting

Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance is hosting a Broadway Boot Camp

during next week's (April 23 -26) school Spring Break recess for students in Grades 1-8.

According to MST&DA:
Broadway Boot Camp for Grades 1-8

Spring Break, April 23-26

You choose....attend 2 days or all 4!

9am - 4:15pm*

*Show for parents/caregivers from 4-4:15pm on Wednesday & Friday.
MST&DA Assistant Executive Director Kimbirdlee Fadner and her husband Jonathan oversee the  Broadway Boot Camp.

Ms Fadner is:
... a versatile vocalist known for her beautiful tone and incredible range that's topped off with blazing high notes. As a singing actress with operatic and theatrical technical training, she frequently performs classical music, musical theater and new works by composers and writers in NYC....
MST&DA Instructor and Choreographer Haley Ostir said of the most recent Broadway Boot Camp:
It was great to see the kids “doing it all”. It’s important for kids to be exposed to Singing, Dancing & Acting. I think that’s why the camp was such a success, everyone got a taste of everything. It’s great to see kids dance different styles that they typically don’t do every week.

I also think at MSTDA we are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to have the theatre at our finger tips, giving the kids a chance to perform at the end of the day for families and friends with lights and everything!
and Roosevelt Island Parent/Community Pastor at Hope Church Amanda Sadlier adds:
Lucy (age 7) Loved the Bootcamp. It was her first experience with MSTDA. She came home from the class and kept singing, acting, and dancing all week! The teachers and environment made her feel completely comfortable and we loved being able to see what they worked on at the end of the day!

We will be back.
Here's Ms Fadner performing at MST&DA

More info and registration info at the MST&DA web page.

You're Invited To Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Community Passover Seder April 19 & 20 - Answer The 4 Questions Or Ask 40 Of Your Own

An invitation from the Chabad Of Roosevelt Island to the Roosevelt Island Community Passover Seder.  According to the Chabad Of Roosevelt Island:

Roosevelt Island Community Passover Seder

Whether you are a Seder veteran with answers to all four questions or a curious explorer with 40 questions of your own, Chabad's Seder offers a stimulating & satisfying experience.

Friday April 19, 7:15 PM
Saturday April 20, 7:30 PM

Suggested $36 - $50

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Wishing all our friends and neighbors a Happy Passover. For all your Passover needs, please contact or visit Chabad of Roosevelt Island web site.
Take a listen to the Maccabeats

perform Passover's 4 Questions in Hebrew

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Historical Society Cherry Blossom Tour Saturday April 20 - Last Chance To See Beautiful RI Cherry Blossoms

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society(RIHS) invites you to their 2019 Cherry Blossom Tour. According to RIHS:

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S A T U R D A Y , A P R I L 2 0 T H | 1 1 : 0 0 A. M.

Please join President of RIHS, Judith Berdy, on a walking tour of the colorful and unique assortment of Cherry Blossom

Trees in bloom throughout the Island.

No Reservations Required.

Suggested Donation:

$15 – Adults, $10 – Seniors

Meet at RIHS Visitor Center Kiosk in Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island.

For general inquiries please email

Here's a brief virtual tour of Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossoms from April 16-17. (Click on the full screen icon at bottom right of video for  better view).

RIHS had nothing to do with last Saturday's Cherry Blossom Festival transportation mess.