To many Islanders, Donnie Dionne has been more than someone who sells stamps across a counter. He’s represented the best in good spirit and a high standard of service, and residents held a retirement party for him to say thanks. (Photos here are from that party.) The WIRE asked Donnie to share his memories from a 22-year stint at the Roosevelt Island Post Office – part of a 42-year career with the Postal Service.
Like almost everything on Roosevelt Island, the plan was controversial. Islanders were concerned about protecting a way of life they had come to treasure.
But it happened. And Manhattan Park welcomed its first residents 25 years ago.
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.
RIOC President Charlene Indelicato had a plan to provide the Residents Association with some discretionary funding. It was taken off the RIOC Board's agenda after complaints by former Residents Association President Frank Farance.
Four candidates hoping to replace Micah Kellner, the retiring State Assemblymember for the 76th District, will speak to Islanders at a Town Meeting now set for Tuesday, August 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Center.
You’re reading the 19th issue in the 34th volume of The WIRE. In August, we’ll have two more... then, in September, the meter will tick over to year 35 – a good, long run for a newspaper made possible by volunteers.
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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.
Gallery RIVAA has opened what may be the finest show ever mounted in their space at 527 Main Street. It is A Moment In Time, a solo exhibit in which Ioan Popoiu’s paintings fill the gallery.
The vision for the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Cornell-Technion Innovation Institute (The Jacobs Institute) was officially unveiled on Tuesday at Google’s New York headquarters, where Cornell-Tech has located temporarily. A panel described plans and objectives.