Island Groups Scramble as Sportspark Remains Closed

Written by Briana Warsing. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 9 - January 21, 2017

At the end of last summer, the Island’s community pool and indoor sports facility, Sportspark, closed for much-needed repairs, including the installation of a new roof, a new boiler, and resurfacing of the pool. The facility was supposed to reopen around Thanksgiving. At the end of November, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (known as RIOC) announced that the renovations would take until the beginning of the new year. Now, with an opening date that keeps moving further into the future – and an additional closure looming on the horizon, this time for the locker rooms – Islanders and Island groups who use the facility are getting worried.

The Community Column: PS/IS 217 Parent Teacher Association

Written by Erin Olavesen. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 9 - January 21, 2017

When the New York City Department of Education established our Island’s public school 40 years ago, it didn’t take long for Island parents to come together to form the PS/IS 217 Parent Teacher Association (PTA). According to newspapers from the time, these pioneering parents worked with local community groups to host a carnival to fund the school’s arts program and purchase art supplies.

A group of concerned moms will gather to host an interfaith event on January 28. We hope it will be the first of many. We will enjoy desserts together, have our children play and sing together, and get to know one another: Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Atheist, Mormon, and more. We want to be part of creating relationships across differences; we want to build up and support the beautiful diversity of our Island through the easy times and the hard times.

curated by Sara Maher

So, you’ve tried out 2017 for a few weeks. How does it feel?

Youth Center Operator Fights Retain Contract

Written by Super User. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 9 - January 21, 2017

For the past 38 years, the Roosevelt Island Youth program, headed by Executive Director Charles Defino and Director Aikaterini (Katerina) Drougos, has managed the Youth Center on Roosevelt Island. The group also runs the Beacon afterschool program at PS/IS 217 through a contract with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Although the two programs are considered separate entities, they often function as a single program.

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