Junior Tennis

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 5 - November 8, 2014

Two Roosevelt Island teens won coveted Jacob Javitz scholarships through  the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) this year.

Adventures Off-Island

Written by Sara Maher. Posted in Volume 35, Issue 5 - November 8, 2014

There’s a chill in the air, but don’t hibernate until you’ve had a little fall fun (and maybe a feast!).

Big Wins: Cuomo, Maloney, Serrano, Seawright

Posted in Web Extras

Governor Andrew Cuomo drew 73% of the vote today (Election Day, November 4) in voting at Roosevelt Island’s PS/IS 217.  Cuomo received 868 votes.  His Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, scored 14% (169 votes), with three other candidates, combined, doing almost as well.

RIRA Council Makes a Fresh Start

Written by Dick Lutz. Posted in Volume 35, Issue 5 - November 8, 2014

Voters in Tuesday’s Residents Association election seemed to be responding to President Jeff Escobar’s plea for a calmer, more purposeful Common Council.

Deli Renovating

Written by Briana Warsing. Posted in Volume 35, Issue 5 - November 8, 2014

M&D Deli is getting a much-needed facelift – a renovation to be completed before the new year.

In a Time of Plague, Island's Star Role

Written by Laura A. Russo. Posted in Volume 35, Issue 5 - November 8, 2014

The recent arrival of Ebola in New York harkens back to a time on Roosevelt Island when smallpox – then among the world’s deadliest diseases – plagued the city.


• The PS/IS 217 PTA is working hard at raising money for the school. There’s a Thanksgiving Pie Sale in progress (and who doesn’t need a Thanksgiving pie?). To get in on the fun (and food), go to tinyurl.com/217pies. Last day to order – Monday, November 17.

Meantime, PS/IS 217’s Direct Fall Appeal raised over $45,000, with a 42% rate of participation. The Halloween Carnival brought in $5,000.

And one final reach for funds: Islanders who shop on Amazon.com can enter the shopping site through www.217pta.com, and the school will receive a percent cut on the purchases.

• Coler Hospital will get $181 million in Sandy relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A flood wall will be built to protect critical parts of the building, and a generator will be replaced. The funds also cover electrical work already completed. The funding is part of a $1.6 billion package obtained by the City for its Health and Hospitals Corporation.

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