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June 28, 2017

Island internist Dr. Jack Resnick has been a champion and advocate of in-home care for the past two decades. His quest began in 1998 after he lost a 48-year-old quadriplegic patient to a hospitalization gone wrong. According to Resnick, if the patient’s urinary tract infection had been treated at home, the antibiotic-resistant bedsore that caused his death would have been prevented. 

Dr. Jack Resnick started the DASH program

Convinced that in-home care...

June 11, 2017

At the May Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation public board meeting, the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) was approved to receive approximately $12,000 in public purpose funds (PPF) by a 5-to-1 vote. It was a moment the group had been waiting for for months.

The only naysayer was Board member Michael Shinozaki, who harshly questioned RISA President, Barbara Parker, for receiving compensation for teaching classes under the former RISA boar...

May 28, 2017

In the April 29 issue of The Wire, Margie Smith, the chair of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Governance Committee, is quoted as saying, “Here [on the Island], we don’t have the same kind of representation as people in New York City who have elected their officials.” It seems that, despite her best efforts, bringing representation to RIOC is still a reverie.

On May 16, the routine RIOC Governance Committee meeting became stranger than fict...

May 28, 2017

Project Main Street’s third annual Tim Sheehy Softball Classic Tournament was held last Saturday, May 20, on Roosevelt Island. Ten teams competed for the trophy in the homegrown charity fundraiser. The last four teams standing got reinforcement from former MLB players, including Aaron Boone and Mike Lowell, as well as sports broadcaster Jessica Mendoza. 

Many families and kids enjoyed a photo-op with the sports stars, who also signed paraphernalia that...

May 15, 2017

Eight months after opening a new art gallery at 507 Main Street, owner Paul Calendrillo is in search of a new space. 

The original gallery location, situated next door to the Subway sandwich shop, was rented on a month-to-month basis with the caveat that they would move out when a more permanent tenant was found. That day came when Islanders Owen and Bridget Johnston, who run the children’s music program Music Together, signed a lease to transform the...

May 14, 2017

On May 19 and 20, Islanders will have the chance to do some sports stargazing while also supporting Project Main Street, a homegrown charity dedicated to helping patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) live a better life. 

The third annual Tim Sheehy Softball Classic Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 20, on the Island’s Capobianco Field across from Westview from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A gala and auction will be held the previous night,...

April 29, 2017

Set against a backdrop of the magnificent, vibrant colors of Ioan Popoiu’s paintings at Gallery RIVAA, poets recited works full of frustration, passion, and hope in front of a full house on April 21st. The spoken-word event, part of the Open Doors project, featured Slam poet Steven Willis as well as Coler Hospital residents affected by gun violence. 

The reading was the first in a series of events dedicated to sharing the poetry and personal narratives...

April 9, 2017

Today, the role of antiseptics and good hygiene in preventing the spread of disease and infection is considered a cornerstone of medicine. And it’s often taken for granted that patients with severe or chronic injuries should receive physical rehabilitation. What’s less known is that both these practices, and several other medical advancements, originated on Roosevelt Island. 

In a March 22 lecture at the Carter Burden Network Senior Center, Roosevelt I...

April 9, 2017

The Roosevelt Island Marlins rank 19th out of 115 swim teams in the metropolitan area (which includes New York City, Westchester, and Long Island). The team also finished the season with three metro medalists after participaing in the 8 & Under Championship and the 2017 Junior Olympics Championship. 

7-year-old Timur Seliger (pictured left) became a four-time Metro Champion, winning the 100 freestyle, 100IM, 25 breaststroke, and 50 breaststroke at the...

March 25, 2017

Sixteen years ago, after nine Island related victims perished in the 9/11 attacks, the newly formed Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA) expressed their emotions using art in an empty window of the Rivercross building.  Several months later, with the support of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the organization received permission to use the then empty, former Bigelow Pharmacy space at 527 Main Street for a group exhibit.


February 19, 2017

At some point, each of us spends time on the outside looking in, whether it’s with a new social group, an unfamiliar culture, or a foreign land. At the best of times, this new perspective can inspire us to reevaluate our own culture and assumptions – at the worst, it can leave us feeling alienated and afraid. 

The Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association, known as RIVAA, is currently hosting two shows that explore the world through the eyes of an outsid...

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