Saturday, December 3, 2016

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Bonus Savings Card Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program December 2 To December 15 - Get Exclusive Offers And Earn Points On Hundreds Of Items To Be Redeemed On Next Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program items for December 2- December 15 are now available .

Examples of featured items purchased from December 2 - December 15 that earn you big points include
  • Lavazza Coffee earn 100 points,
  • Apple & Eve Cranberry Juice earn 50 points,
  • Polly-O Ricotta Cheese earn 50 points,
  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal earn 25 points and
  • many more shown in flyer below.

Gristedes representative Bob Capano explains the new Customer Diamonds Rewards Loyalty Program, how to sign up to receive exclusive offers and earn points that can be redeemed on your next order.

According to Gristedes:
Start Earning Points Today

Join the Diamond Rewards loyalty program today! Get exclusive offers and earn points on hundreds of items! Get $5 Coupons for every 500 points earned, redeemable on next order.

Look for the Diamond Rewards label on the shelf or the product
If you have a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card and provided your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Diamond Loyalty Program.

You can sign up for a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card online or in store - just make sure you give your email address and whether you are a new or existing Bonus Savings Club member, in order to be eligible for the Diamond Rewards Loyalty program.

Also, Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket invites you to check out their:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, 
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
  • Deli &;
  • Fresh Bakery
Department Offerings for December 9 - December 15

Gristedes representative Bob Capano invites Roosevelt Island residents to check out their various product departments for all of your shopping needs.

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Says Goodbye And Thank You To Coach Michael Gavrilchin And Welcomes New Head Coach Roman Sloudnov To Marlins Family

The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team reports:

Michael Gavrilchin, the longtime coach of the Roosevelt Island Swim team, has left the Marlins to pursue other coaching opportunities and complete his degree in Sports Medicine. Over the seven years with our team, he has touched the lives of so many Roosevelt Island children and adults! Michael has helped us elevate Marlins to a new level, inspiring a generation of island kids to become competitive swimmers. While we are sad that he left, we know Michael will do a wonderful job in his new position.

We thank Coach Michael for his dedication to Roosevelt Island Swim team, and for passing the baton to our new Head Coach - Roman Sloudnov! We are proud to welcome Coach Roman to the Marlins family and look forward to his leadership contributions.

Our goal for the upcoming season is returning to the renovated Sportspark pool and building a stronger Learn to Swim program and competitive team, while continuing to foster an environment where success at the pool is equally as important as children's social development and academic progress.

Coach Roman graduated magna cum laude from Missouri State University with a BS in finance, and worked with swimmers at Drury University, MO (Division II swim team), trained elite athletes for Brazilian Olympic trials at Gremio Nautico Uniao, Brazil, and, before joining the Marlins, coached for Match Point swim team in Brooklyn. As a professional swimmer, he represented Russia in four Olympic games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012). Coach Roman is an Olympic Bronze Champion, multiple time World Champion in 100m breaststroke, 2000 and 2001 World record holder in 100m and 200m breaststroke, 2001 European Swimmer of the Year, and the first person to ever swim 100m breaststroke in under 1 minute.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Roosevelt Island Swim Team, we are eager to see our swimmers progress under Coach Roman's stewardship!

Coach Roman and Coach Michael with Roosevelt Island Swim Team members Mira (Juniors) and Tim (Future Stars)
More information on the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team available at their web site.

Roosevelt Island Job Available As Director Of RIOC Parks & Recreation

Are you looking for a job on Roosevelt Island?

How about a position with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) as Director of Parks & Recreation?

According to Indeed job search web site:

Director of Parks & Recreation
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation - Roosevelt Island, NY
$90,000 a year

TITLE: Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation

REPORTS TO: Vice President of Operations

SALARY RANGE: $80,000 – $95,000


Under the general direction of the Vice President of Operations, the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation will assist in the supervision and management of recreational programs, maintenance and usage of fields and parks, and coordination of special events and filming.
Click here for more info and to apply but can't promise you'll be working

with Amy Poehler.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend And Next 2 But Roosevelt Island Tram Service Returns To Normal With Both Cabins Operating Starting December 3

First the bad news.

 Image From MTA

According to the MTA:
F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

Weekends, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Dec 2 - 5 • Dec 9 - 12 • Dec 16 - 19

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
Now the good news. Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins will be in service starting tomorrow. Hopefully, the long lines will be gone.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be aware that, on Saturday, December 3rd, the Tramway is scheduled to return to its regular service schedule, utilizing both Tram cabins.

Please note the last Red Bus shuttle from the Tram to Manhattan will be on Friday, December 2nd at 8 PM, and the last shuttle from Manhattan will be at 8:30 PM Friday.

Thank you for your patience during this necessary work.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

RIRA And RI Parents' Network Thank Main Street Sweets Owner Scot Bobo For Contribution To Roosevelt Island Community On Day Ice Cream Shop Closed Business

Coach Scot's Main Street Sweets closed it's business yesterday.

Since the closing announcement earlier this month, residents have expressed sadness that our only ice cream shop is no more, but also appreciation for owner Scot Bobo and his family
for creating a community space that was enjoyed by many.

At last night's Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) meeting, RIRA Common Council Member Adib Mansour and Roosevelt Island Parents Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach thanked Scot Bobo for his contribution and service to Roosevelt Island.

Mr. Bobo thanked everyone who came in the shop and said:

... All we did was provide the space. Roosevelt Island provided the community. It's a great community.

Keep the community together. Wherever the next space is, we're the community and that's all we need...
Thank you Scot. Nice job. Your efforts were appreciated by many.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony At Blackwell Plaza Friday December 2 - Music, Gifts, Prizes & Santa Claus

It's that time again for a wonderful Roosevelt Island tradition - the lighting of the Holiday/Christmas Tree in front of Blackwell House tomorrow night, Friday December 2.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
On Friday, December 2nd at 7PM, you are cordially invited to attend Roosevelt Island's annual holiday season kickoff event, the Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join us at Blackwell Plaza (500 Main St.) for a free celebration of our close-knit community, featuring performances by the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, the Beacon Program, and the 116th Street Band. Also, don’t miss a visit from a very special guest! Make sure to bring your camera!.

For more details visit:

Many thanks to our generous contributors:

Amalgamated Bank | Urban American | The Octagon | Hudson Companies | Wholesome Factory | Gristedes | Piccolo Trattoria | Starbucks | Island Wine & Spirits | Roosevelt Nails | Fuji East | Bread & Butter Market | Cornell Tech
Here's the 2015 Lighting of

Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree.

More scenes from 2015 Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting here.

Good times.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association Had A Great Thanksgiving Dinner - RIDA Thanks Adult And Kid Volunteers Who Helped

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Jim Bates reports on and shares these photos from the RIDA Thanksgiving Day Dinner. According to Mr. Bates:

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association had a great Thanksgiving dinner for its members.

About 40 RIDA members attended our Thanksgiving Dinner

this year

at the Roosevelt Island Carter Burden Senior Center.

RIDA thanks the volunteers who served our Thanksgiving Dinner

including Lisa Fernandez, the Director Of Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center and her husband.

Also, thank you to the Children from the Islamic School of Roosevelt Island

who made cards with a piece of chocolate and gave one to each RIDA member along with serving desert.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Grand Opening Sunday December 4 - Check Out Medical Care Services Offered For You & Your Family, Meet The Staff And Ask Questions

The new Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Medical Facility

invites you to their Grand Opening Sunday, December 4. According to Roosevelt Island Urgent Care:
Sunday, December 4th, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Urgent Care’s newest facility at 520 Main Street on Roosevelt Island invites you to a grand opening. See your invitation below.

Urgent Care brings immediate services to Roosevelt Island with a full scale launch.

Come in and enjoy refreshments while staff professionals

Image From Main Street Wire

answer any questions you have about what this innovative style of medical care means for you and your family.

Balloons and surprise giveaways will make this your kids’ favorite doctor office visit ever.

Let us know you're coming on Roosevelt Island Urgent Care's Facebook Page.

Roosevelt Islanders have never had a choice like this. Instead of the stressful demands of going to the emergency room to get routine care for non-emergencies or waiting for a doctor’s office appointment, step inside Urgent Care at 520 Main Street, no appointment necessary.

You’ll find fast service from a fully qualified team waiting for you. In case you have to wait a few minutes, the waiting room is spacious and comfortable with enough chairs for everyone. A big screen TV will keep you occupied. For any little ones you bring, a well-equipped and safe play area is nearby.

While you’re at it, fill out an easy one-page registration form and make your next visit even easier.
More on the medical services offered at Roosevelt Island Urgent Care here.

Roosevelt Island Urgent Care phone # is (646) 977-7974. Hours are Monday - Friday 8 AM  to 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM.

Come welcome Urgent Care to Roosevelt Island at their December 4 Grand Opening.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Completion Of Roosevelt Island Sportspark Facility Renovation Delayed Until New Year - But May Be Sooner Says RIOC

The Roosevelt Island Sportspark facility

 Sportspark Image From Google Maps

closed temporarily last August 15 for renovations scheduled to be completed before Thanksgiving 2016.

Image From RIOC

As reported August 11:
... the Roosevelt Island Sportspark Facility will close temporarily starting about August 15, 2016 for renovations to include the installation of a new roof, a new boiler and repairs to the pool. The Sportspark facility will probably re-open by Thanksgiving

No work will be done during these renovations for improvements to the locker rooms and showers....
Yesterday, Roosevelt Island residents asked:
Sports park?

Have you heard any updates?

Have heard a few rumors but wasn't sure if there was an official word from RIOC.

Thanks for any info!
Another resident inquired:
What about Sportspark’s pool?

I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
Any update on what is happening at Sportspark and when it will reopen?
Ms. Rosenthal replied:
I wish I had better news. We had problems obtaining a pool vendor and after finally contracting with one, work commenced yesterday. The skylights were delayed and thus, the roof is not completed and the boiler completion is awaiting the plumbing permit. To be conservative, everything will be done by the new year---it may be sooner.

Roosevelt Island Marlins Say Goodby To Main Street Sweets And Thank Owner Scot Bobo For Service To Team And Community - Ice Cream Shop Closing At End Of November

Olga S. Shchuchinov reports on behalf of the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team:

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team visited Coach Scot's "Main Street Sweets" shop to give thanks and say goodbye. The shop's closure is a great loss for the Roosevelt Island community and our team. Scot Bobo has donated to the Marlins, supported our events, and always welcomed our swimmers and their families to his store.

Swimmers made cards

and gave Coach Scot a "Marlins" uniform hoodie

as a small token of appreciation for the past 4 years.

Thank you, Coach Scot, Roosevelt Island Swim Team will miss you!"
As previously reported, Coach Scot's Main Street Sweets 

will close at the end of November but there is still time to get some ice - at big discounts.
Sorry to see Main Street Streets close.

Snowflakes And Holiday Cards Crafts For Kids Hosted By Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Saturday December 3 - Celebrate Families From Children To Grandparents And RI Seniors

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach reports:

Dear RI parents and caregivers,

Please join us with your children for the next event in the free "Crafts with Kids" series by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network "Snowflakes and Holiday Cards for RI Families and Seniors". The craft will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, from 10-11 am, on RI (location upon RSVP).

Cecilia will be leading our Holiday craft (thank you Cecilia!). Please RSVP for the craft via this link.

This time of the year we reflect on the year passed and on what we are thankful for. We also celebrate the season, our community, our families from children to grandparents and other seniors, and are looking forward to the new year. The children will be making standing Holiday cards

and snowflakes

which they can use to decorate their cards, or as ornaments for the windows or doors. Pictures of the card and snowflakes examples are attached.

Spread the Holiday cheer to our Island seniors! As we did with the Mother's Day cards, children will create additional cards for the Island seniors - Thank you Karine and Kristi for reaching out to us with this wonderful idea. The cards will be given to a representative of the Senior Center at the caroling event on 12/23 that you are invited to join as well.

If you will not be able to attend but would like to create a Holiday card or snowflake for a senior on RI with your children at home, please get in touch with us to coordinate the pick-up. Thank you!

We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday,

Cecilia, Karine, Kristi and Eva

"Crafts with Kids" is a free workshop series for children organized by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network. The monthly events included "Tram art and necklaces", "Matisse for Kids", "Valentine's Craft", "Black History Month Craft", "Spring Craft", "St. Patrick's Craft", "Earth Day Craft", "Easter Craft", "Mothers Day Craft", "Fathers Day Craft", "Summer craft - a lady bug", a "Back to school craft", a "Halloween craft", a "Lantern making workshop", a "Thanksgiving Craft", a "Family Safety Craft", a "Holiday Craft" and the "On Roosevelt Island We... Craft".
Please RSVP for the craft via this link and contact the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network for more information. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

No Late Night Roosevelt Island F Train From Manhattan November 28 - December 2 Says MTA

 According to the MTA:
F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av Late Nights, 11:45 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Nov 28 - Dec 2

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Roosevelt Island, and 21 St-Queensbridge. No service at Lexington Av/63 St.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
The MTA has issued a weeknight service advisory for the F train, which may affect travel plans. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit or call 511 for more information. For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at

Roosevelt Island Resident Ethel Romm and Son Joe Romm Honored By The Workmen's Circle For Generation To Generation Activism Thursday December 1 - Advancing Workplace Gender Equality To Climate Change Solution Advocacy

Roosevelt Island resident Ethel Grodzins Romm and her son Joe Romm

Image Of Ethel & Joe Romm From The Workmen's Circle

will be honored at The Workmen's Circle's Annual Winter Benefit on Thursday December 1, 2016.

According to The Workmen's Circle:
The Workmen’s Circle will honor Ethel Grodzins Romm, chair of the Lyceum Society of the New York Academy of Sciences, and her son, Joe Romm, renowned climate change advocate, at its Annual Winter Benefit on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

“Ethel and Joe embody fun dor tsu dor—‘from generation to generation’—activism,” said Ann Toback, executive director of the Workmen’s Circle. “Ethel and Joe illustrate the mission and goals of our century-old nonprofit: to make a better and more beautiful world for all. We are proud to pay tribute to their long-standing, tireless work to improve our world and our lives.”

A former Environmental Technology CEO, journalist, and best-selling author, Ethel Grodzins Romm has dedicated her life to advancing gender equality in the workforce. Chair of the Lyceum Society of the New York Academy of Sciences and member of the Roosevelt Island Resident Association Common Council, Ethel is the author of several books and has written for Editor & Publisher, the American Bar Association Journal,Esquire, the New York Times Op-Ed page and New York Magazine. Since World War II, when she was civilian drafting supervisor at Westover Army Air Base, MA, Grodzins Romm has run drafting, engineering, and construction groups. She was president and CEO of Niton Corp when it was a start-up, and is now part of Thermo Scientific.

Joe Romm is a world-renowned climate change expert, author, physicist, and chief science advisor for the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, which won the 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. (Season 2 airs on National Geographic Channel this fall.) New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman dubbed Romm’s Climate Progress "the indispensable blog," Rolling Stone magazine has named him one of the top 100 people changing America, and Time magazine has called him a "Hero of the Environment" and “the Web’s most influential climate-change blogger." He has served as acting assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the Department of Energy, where he oversaw $1 billion in low-carbon tech development and deployment. The author of nine books including Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga and Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, he is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and holds a PhD in physics from MIT.

The Workmen’s Circle Benefit will be held at The Loft at 267 Fifth Avenue. The event starts at 6:00 PM with cocktails and a buffet, followed by a short program and concluding with dessert.

Tickets are $250 - sponsorships and tribute journal ads are available. All gifts to the Workmen’s Circle are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Ticket information is at: ....

.... For more information or to place a tribute journal ad, contact Jaime Gorelick at 212.889.6800 ext. 821 or
Ms Romm described her experiences working as a woman in the construction industry during this April 14, 2016 Non-Traditional Employment For Women/Cornell Tech presentation.

Ethel Romm is also a long time member of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council. Earlier this year the RIRA Common Council Members celebrated Ms. Romm's 91st birthday

Ms. Romm attributes much of her longevity to a vigorous exercise routine which includes climbing 20 flights of stairs in her building each day.

Ms. Romm's son, Joe Romm, is quite accomplished himself. Here's a September, 2016 presentation from Mr. Romm

on climate change solutions.

Roosevelt Island Tram Service Will Be Restored To Normal 2 Cabins Operating Starting December 3 Says RIOC

Earlier today, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:

Any update on when the tram inspection will be completed and normal two cabins service restored?

The original completion date was for end of November. Is that still the case?
A RIOC Spokesperson replied:
Please be aware that, on Saturday, December 3rd, the Tramway is scheduled to return to its regular service schedule, utilizing both Tram cabins.

Please note the last Red Bus shuttle from the Tram to Manhattan will be on Friday, December 2nd at 8 PM, and the last shuttle from Manhattan will be at 8:30 PM Friday.

Thank you.
As previously reported, Roosevelt Island Tram service has been reduced to a single cabin operating

at one time since November 7 causing long lines

due to inspections and maintenance

on both cabins and replacement of

cabin floors.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Forgetfulness Seminar Tuesday November 29 - Signs Of Normal Aging Or Cause For Concern

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports:

Forgetfulness Seminar

Normal Aging or Cause for Concern?

Forgetfulness happens to everyone.

When is it actually a symptom of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

Learn the signs and symptoms of dementia, as well as next steps…

When: Tuesday, Nov. 29 Time: 1 - 2:30pm

Where: 546 Main St. – 12th Floor Conference Room

With: Samantha Muzzulin, LMSW, a licensed social worker

Ms. Muzzulin leads “Team Senior Planet”, a healthy aging & group fitness course; facilitates caregiver support groups, a Helpline, & counseling services through the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

For reservations and more information contact:

Lorraine Altman at 917-232-0369

Presented by the Roosevelt Island Senior Association