PS/IS 217 students braved the cold on Tuesday to send a Valentine’s Day message.

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Written by Main Street WIRE. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 11 - February 18, 2017

• The fourth annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards is back. Nominate our library to win $20,000 by March 13, by filling out this form.

Sportspark will reopen no later than March 1, according to RIOC. Scheduled work in the facility is complete, but final approval from the NYC Department of Buildings is still pending.

• The RI Youth Program is currently holding tryouts for two baseball travel teams, ages 10 and under, and 12 and under. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/go8wdrv. They’re also seeking soccer players aged 13-16 for a spring league. Email Andrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• RIOC has modified its online ticketing system for reporting Island issues and repairs. Visit rioc.ny.gov and click on the Fix It icon under Community Information.

Assembly Member Seawright is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of Black History Month. The writing prompt is: Whom do you most admire? Tell us about his or her contributions to our country. Essays are due by February 28 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pre-K applications for NYC schools are due by Friday, February 24. Apply online at nyc.gov/prek.

Island Observer: Opportunity Knocks for Seat on the RIOC Board

Written by Joyce Short. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 11 - February 18, 2017

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is seeking nominees interested in running to fill the expired spots on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board of Directors. How many seats need filling? All of them. Yup, all seven spots! Five seats are awarded by Governor Cuomo, and two are awarded by Mayor de Blasio. All are currently occupied by folks whose appointments have long expired!

RIRA: Children, Youth, and Education Committee focuses on the needs of Island youth

Written by Adib Mansour and Anne Heskel. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 11 - February 18, 2017

At the beginning of its current term, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council elected to expand its previous Youth Initiative into a new ad hoc committee. The resulting Children, Youth, and Education Committee focuses on the needs of Island children and youth. As our population continues to grow, we are excited to become a voice for our younger and smaller constituents and their families. The Committee is co-chaired by Anne Heskel and Adib Mansour.

curated by Sara Maher

O M G, it is cold, y’all. I am over this. How are we supposed to get through the six additional weeks of misery predicted by our groundhog friend? Why, with games, dancing, music, and coffee, of course!

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