Welcome to the NEW RIRA Common Council Members

posted Nov 12, 2018, 7:56 PM by Admin Rira

At the election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, residents voted for a new President, Lynne Shinozaki and Vice President, David Lawson, as well as representatives from their respective buildings.

Octagon: Brenna Bessa, Stephen Jaye, Robert Leung, Cristrobal a Oltra, Scott Piro, James Rosenthal, David Turley
Manhattan Park: Paula Beltrone, Chris Gassman, Eneaqua Lewis, Elizabeth Stappen, Shuang Yu
Westview: Bafode Drame, Erin Feely-Nahem, Vadim Malinsky
Roosevelt Landings: Cynthia Ahn, Nancy Brown, Dimaura Cole, Shirley Coley, Phinda Dlamini, Linda Maynard-Hall
Island House: Rossana Ceruzzi, Adib Mansour, Lydia Tang, Frank Farance (alternate)
Rivercross: Laura Hussey, Kaja Meade
Southtown:  Sally Ashe, Dave Evans, Janet Falk, Mickey Rindler, Jennifer Weinstein, Sharon Williams

Congratulations to all. We look forward to a productive 2018-2020 term.

It is YOUR Island! Volunteer and Serve on RIRA. Election Tuesday, November 6

posted Sep 28, 2018, 6:46 PM by Admin Rira   [ updated Sep 29, 2018, 9:39 AM ]

Roosevelt Island Residents Association has a Common Council comprised of 44 Representatives. Each neighborhood within the Island has a number of representatives, based on the number of residents.

Here are three reasons to run for election and serve on RIRA:
1. Speak up for yourself and your neighbors
2. Strengthen your community
3. Make a difference
Click to read more and nominate yourself (http://bit.ly/2xLLraU). For more information, please call Janet Falk at 212-677-5770.

The 2016 Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

posted Apr 25, 2017, 8:11 AM by Admin Rira   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 8:15 AM ]

In the shadow of the groves of the sakura, or cherry blossom trees, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association is thrilled to welcome residents, friends and visitors to admire their beauty and bask in the joy of spring.

It is the tradition of the Japanese people to celebrate the arrival of spring, a time of renewal. At this time, it is appropriate to appreciate the fleeting nature of life, given that the blossoms are in bloom for a very brief period.

Schedule of events:

Manhattan Park's Central Park 

11:00 am

Community Picnics (Bring your own food and blankets)

Westview Promenade Plaza

11:00 am

Senior and Disabled Community Picnics

Manhattan Park Theater Club Plaza

12:45 pm

Shamisen (Kicho Kai) Japanese String Ensemble

1:15 pm

Japanese Classical Dance (IchiFuji-kai Dance Association)

1:45 pm

Samurai Swordsmanship (Ikaikai)

2:10 pm

Karate (JKA Karate Shiroma)

2:50 pm

Koto (Masayo Ishigure and Koto Shamisen Ensemble)

3:25 pm

Japanese Blues (Kayo Yoshioka of Neo Blues Maki)

4:00 pm

Community Folk Dances (sponsored by Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance and the Roosevelt Island Japanese Association) 

4:25 p

Japanese Taiko Drummers (Soh Daiko)

Gallery RIVAA

1:00 pm

Japanese Cultural Fair (origami, ink painting, calligraphy, games, kimono try-on)

3:30 pm

Japanese Serenades (Nozomu Kobayashi)

5:00 pm

Sakuhachi (Japanese Flute, Gerald Starlight)

Family Safety Event FREE Sat. Nov. 19 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

posted Nov 15, 2016, 8:28 PM by Admin Rira   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 8:33 PM ]

Get safety tips from NYPD, FDNY, Bike New York and Dr. Grimm (pediatrician) that will help your family. Learn CPR.
Activities for children. 

8 River Road, Manhattan Park Theatre

Vote for RIRA on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:04 PM by Admin Rira

ALL Roosevelt Island residents (US citizens and citizens of other nations) are eligible to vote for RIRA officers and representatives. Elections are held at PS/IS 217 and Octagon residents vote in their building. Learn about the candidates here. Make your voice heard by electing a representative to our community government. 

Represent Your Community. Run for RIRA Representative on Tuesday, November 8

posted Oct 7, 2016, 6:07 AM by Admin Rira

Time to elect representatives to the Roosevelt island Residents Association. If you have ideas about life on our Island, step up and join about 40 others in advocating for activities, services and community spirit. 

You will attend meetings for three hours per month to enrich the lives of our neighbors and community. Anyone who is at least 18 years old may serve, regardless of citizenship or nationality.

RIRA will hold its next election for representatives on Tuesday, November 8th, and we invite you to be part of this organization. If you are interested in making a difference on Roosevelt Island, please contact Adib Mansour, Chair of the Election Nomination Committee at riradib@earthlink.net to discuss RIRA and how you might participate as an elected representative.

Residents Recount 'Tales of the Tram' Tuesday, 5/17 at 1:00 pm

posted May 10, 2016, 8:47 AM by Admin Rira   [ updated May 10, 2016, 8:50 AM ]

Roosevelt Island residents and distinguished guests gather to mark the 40th anniversary  of the maiden voyage of the Roosevelt Island aerial tram on Tuesday, May 17 at 1:00 pm at Tram Plaza. Join us for a celebration featuring remarks by those who were instrumental in the life of the tram, plus a performance by the PS/IS 217 Band. Children of the island will share model tram cabs they have decorated. Bring your stories of unusual events (marriage proposals and weddings), celebrity sightings (Harrison Ford) and exotic guests (deer). A cake, in the form of the tram, will be served. FREE. 

REMINDER: Complete the RIRA Survey

posted May 9, 2016, 6:44 PM by Admin Rira

All Roosevelt Island residents are invited to complete a survey (www.riraonline.com/survey) regarding their views of the issues the community is facing. The survey takes less than three minutes to complete. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 20, 2016.

RIRA will tally the responses and use them to set priorities among the issues presented.

Please contact Adib Mansour at RIRAdib@earthlink.net if you have any questions or encounter any problems.

Thanks for your participation.

Purchase Your Cherry Blossom Festival Mug for $12

posted Apr 1, 2016, 11:30 AM by Admin Rira   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 12:46 PM ]

Celebrate the beautiful cherry blossom trees all year round. You can enjoy your morning coffee and afternoon tea with this dishwasher-safe mug; for a photo, please click the link below. Use the convenient PayPal button and pick-up your mug at the Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 30. Shipping and handling extra. 

Sign Up TODAY for the RIRA Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 at 10:30 am

posted Mar 20, 2016, 8:45 AM by Admin Rira   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 10:48 AM ]

Family fun for Roosevelt Islanders. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is for children ages Toddler to 8 years old and meets in Manhattan Park. Food and books for all. Pre-Register at http://rira-eeh.weebly.com/. Fee is $5 per child and maximum $20 per family. Children will hunt for eggs on the Manhattan Park lawn and greet the Bunny. Make a bonnet and play games. Prizes (stuffed animals, English and non-English language books) will be awarded. Deadline for Pre-registration is Thursday, March 24.

Entertainment includes a performance by the Main Street Theatre cast of Annie. Read-aloud with Girl Scouts and volunteers. In case of rain, the activities will be moved to 8 River Road. For more information, please contact Lynne Strong Shinozaki at lynnestrong@hotmail.com.

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