Articles Tagged ‘People’

217's Principals Share Plans

They are two of the Island’s most important people, and they’ve had a very busy year. PS/IS 217 (217) Principal Mandana Beckman and Assistant Principal Jennifer Allen sat in Beckman’s large, bright, first-floor office after school one day last week to discuss the school’s challenges, recent successes, and the guiding principle of inclusiveness driving it all.

A Wedding in the Air

Jenny and Wes Hansen exchanged wedding vows over the East River on the Tram on December 22.

Anita Michael: An Actress Who Sings

by Jim Baehler

“I think I could sing before I could talk. I don’t remember ever not singing.” So says Anita Michael, another of the talented people who call Roosevelt Island home.

At Calendrillo Gallery, New Artist Explores Zen Art

Philip Smallwood’s interest in arthas been “life-long.” However, the Boston-bred furniture designer did not start his artistic journey until later in his life. Now, combining years of art education with the study of eastern religions and Asian paintings, Smallwood has found a new outlet for his artistic passion in Zen art.

Comedy Show Scores

For Islanders unlucky enough to have missed the Roosevelt Island’s Only Comedy show on April 22, you have another chance on May 27 and every fourth Friday after that.

For Island Acting Teacher, Adult Theater Is about Unleashing Potential

Joanne Eichel first met actress Mihaela Mihut at a 2015 benefit for the Island’s Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance (MST&DA). In addition to her day job teaching acting at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Mihut, an Island resident, teaches an evening adult acting class at the Island’s theater program.

Islander Invited to Women’s Rally as Seawright’s Guest

Islander Joyce Short was welcomed as a special guest of Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright at the January 30 New York State Family Planning Advocates’ Day of Action, in recognition of her work as an advocate for women’s issues.

Kallos Honors Islanders

Roosevelt Island was front and center at City Council Member Ben ­Kallos’ 2016 State of the District event on January 10th. Kallos commended PS/IS 217 and Girl Scout troop leaders Janine Schaefer, and Aiesha Eleusizov, for winning his Council district’s 2015 Participatory Budget Vote.

Margaret Cristiano

Margaret Cristiano ("Peggy") passed away on June 14, 2016, at age 73. She had been a member of the Roosevelt Island community for 20 years, and truly embraced Roosevelt Island as her home. She was giving, kind, and, always the first to offer help when needed. She was a good neighbor, CCD (Continuing Catholic Development) teacher, and part of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish Council.

Mary Camper-Titsingh

Longtime resident Mary Camper-Titsingh died on July 11, 2016, exactly three months shy of her 91st birthday. Born in the Netherlands, she became a U.S. citizen in 1954 after experiencing the difference in lifestyle on this side of the Atlantic.

New Resident Hits Broadway

George Bernard Shaw said, “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”

Island resident Lynn Shore takes Shaw’s words and puts them into action with his new original musical, Happy 50ish, which began playing at the Beckett Theater on Theater Row July 15.

NYC Marathon Finishers List

Here's a list of Roosevelt Islanders who completed the NYC Marathon.  Were you among them?  Have photos?  Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in this week's WIRE.

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