Despite medical difficulties and early learning problems, Lynne Shinozaki has become, in the words of her husband, "a force of nature." She staged two years of Cherry Blossom Festivals on Roosevelt Island, and now has taken up the cause of getting more people -- one in five is the goal -- ready to save a life using CPR.
Formation of social and service organizations on Roosevelt Island was a necessary priority as the nascent Roosevelt Island community formed in the late 1970's. None existed. It was as though New York State said, "Poof! You're a community." But real community depended on residents taking action. Nellie Negrin Finnegan was one of the pioneers who made community happen.
Postal clerk Donnie Dionne reacted to praise last week as his customers and fans gathered at Trellis to launch his retirement after 42 years with the U.S. Postal Service, a good-natured 22 of them at our local branch. He’s agreed to share his memories in a future issue of The WIRE.
A recent rash of nay-saying negativity has stalled and delayed the work of the Common Council of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association. The WIRE calls for concerned and interested residents to run for positions on the Council in November's election -- not that far away when you consider the long summer break ahead.
RIOC President Charlene Indelicato lists a wide range of family events about to take place on Roosevelt Island as summer activities replace the winter blahs.
On June 21, Roosevelt Islanders will gather for a good time and for a general Island planting and cleanup. It's been going on for 18 years, and this year some special treats are in the works. RIRA President Jeff Escobar says Come on out!