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George W. Bartels, former New Rochelle Assistant to the City Manager, Dies at 94

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George W. Bartels

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U.S. Army officer assigned to the Nuremberg trials.

POMPANO BEACH, FL -- George W. Bartels, former New Rochelle Assistant to the City Manager, died January 16 in his home in Pompano Beach, Florida. He was 94.

Mr. Bartels was born April 14, 1920, in New York City, to Henry and Isabella Bartels. In 1941, he married Joan T. Neuthard, who predeceased him.


Winter Storm Juno Brings Blizzard Conditions to New Rochelle

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Weather Channel Forecast (as of Sunday Night)

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New Rochelle residents are urged to stay off the roads and stay safe as brutal winter storm bears down on Northeast.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The National Weather Service is forecasting a potentially historic winter storm with heavy snow and high winds expected to create white-out, blizzard conditions. Twenty to 30 inches of snow is possible in some areas with winds gusting 55 to 65 mph. Snow is expected to fall between January 26 at 1PM until January 28 at 12:00 AM. Residents are urged to prepare accordingly.Tags: JunoWeather & Traffic

New Rochelle Police Investigate Serious Car Crash near Beth El Synagogue

Featured Posts - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 19:25

New Rochelle Police investigate serious car crash at North Avenue at Quaker Ridge Road

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New Rochelle Police, including the department's Forensic Unit, are investigating a serious hit-and-run traffic collision.

Police have cordoned off an area on North Avenue near Quaker Ridge Road, in front of Beth El synagogue, closing off the southbound lane to all traffic. The area is being treated as a crime scene.

One person was seriously injured in the collision. The driver of the other car left the scene.


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Iona WBB Tops Niagara On The Road, 83-72

Featured Posts - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 17:01

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LEWISTON, NY - Senior guard Damika Martinez and junior guard Aaliyah Robinson led four players in double figures as the Iona College women's basketball team moved to 7-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play with an 83-72 victory over Niagara Friday evening at the Gallagher Center.

Martinez and Robinson tallied 19 points each, with Martinez connecting on six of her 12 attempts from the field along with a 6-for-6 effort from the charity stripe. Robinson knocked down five three-pointers and finished with a game-high nine rebounds and three steals.

Junior forward Cassidee Ranger also recorded five trifectas, and went 6-for-9 from the field to record 17 points. Junior forward Joy Adams scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Adams' final board of the contest pushed her career total to an even 1,000, becoming just the third player in program history, and 13th in league history, to accomplish the feat.

The Gaels connected on 13 three-pointers, one shy of a season high, and recorded 21 assists on 31 made baskets. Sophomore guard Marina Lizarazu dished out a game-high nine assists.

Iona never trailed in the game, and scored seven of the first nine points to grab a 7-2 lead with 15:47 left in the first half. The Purple Eagles responded with five straight points to even the contest with 14:42 remaining in the period.

A 17-6 run by the Maroon & Gold, aided by a pair of Rangers three-pointers and six points by Adams, pushed the Gaels ahead 24-13 with 9:09 in the stanza.

Seven straight Niagara points cut the margin to four points, before a 6-0 charge by Iona pushed the advantage back to double digits, 30-20, with 6:20 remaining in the first.

The Gaels ended the opening half with a 22-15 run over the final six-plus minutes to take a 52-35 lead into intermission. Iona connected on six threes over the stretch, including two apiece from Ranger and Robinson.

A Robinson three 15 seconds into the second period gave the Gaels a 20-point advantage before another trifecta by Robinson gave the Maroon & Gold its biggest lead of the game, 64-42, with 15:26 remaining.

With Iona ahead 83-64, the Purple Eagles trimmed the deficit as the Gaels went held scoreless over the final five minutes of the game.

Meghan McGuinness and Victoria Rampado each finished with a game-high 21 points for Niagara. Iona is back in action Sunday, when it visits Canisius for a 2:00 pm tip.

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Snow Removal Reminders from the City of New Rochelle

Featured Posts - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 16:58

Sadie in the Snow at a fire hydrant

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The City of New Rochelle has issued an alert following the first significant snowfall of 2015.

With 176 miles of highways and municipal and commuter lots to clean, Public Works crews are busy today. Help them.out by shoveling and blowing snow to the curb instead of in the street. If possible, avoid extra shoveling by waiting until Public Works crews have done their final clean-up on the street (snow plowed to the curb line).

And, help the Fire Department by digging out fire hydrants near your home or business.



Book Signing Sunday at Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in New Rochelle

Featured Posts - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 01:27

Discovering Black America

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Acclaimed local author Linda Tarrant-Reid, will sign copies of her book Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century at the newly opened Habitat for Humanity Re-Store at 695 Main Street from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tarrant-Reid has worked as a freelance journalist, writing on the history of African Americans for the New York Daily News. She is also a communications specialist for school districts and is the author of several books for adults. She lives in New Rochelle, New York.

Of the book, Library Journals wrote:

While not intended as "an exhaustive review of African American history," this attractive volume is an epic work. Starting with the first Africans to come to the New World, Tarrant-Reid follows the history up to the election of Barack Obama. Highlights include profiles of early black explorers, a look at the roots of slavery, a fascinating account of the philosophical differences between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, and the little-known correspondences between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.

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Powerful Women Discuss Challenges and Opportunities in Fashion and Retail at The College of New Rochelle

Featured Posts - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 01:13

Speakers at the Powerful Women in Retail/Fashion event at The College of New Rochelle: (Left to right) Judith Huntington, President of The College of New Rochelle; Barbara Lamonica, Founding Partner Lamonica-Baas Group; Kara Mendelsohn, Creative Director and Designer cooper & ella; Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President Fashion Institute of Technology; Julie Gaynor, Vice President/General Manager Neiman Marcus, Westchester; Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, Principal, Thompson & Bender.

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Technology and an ever-shrinking world present the biggest challenges and opportunities in the business of fashion and retail, according to the panelists in the latest edition of the Powerful Women series, held January 14 at Maura Hall.

"As we are speaking here today, the industry is changing," said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of the Fashion Institute of Technology, citing the impact of technological advances and the advent of social media. Flexibility is important, she said, which means taking one's passion and channeling it into producing something that is relevant.

Online shopping is "growing like crazy," said Barbara LaMonica, founding partner of the LaMonica-Baas Group, a wholesale and retail fashion consulting firm. "Stores need to change to keep clients coming in," she said. "They need to reach out and get different collections, keep up with the times."

"It keeps me up at night," said Julie Gaynor, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus in Westchester. "We have to be accessible to customers in any way they want," she said, whether that's online or in brick-and-mortar stores.

Gaynor said one bold move her company has made is providing all of its sales professionals with smart phones, allowing them to contact customers easily. "People still want that human connection, the expertise we can offer," she said.

Kara Mendelsohn, creative director and designer for women's clothing company Cooper & Ella, noted that the Internet didn't exist when she started in the industry. These days, retailers update their social media channels multiple times a day.

Not only does this provide a way of reaching customers, it's also another means for creative people to work in the industry, Mendelsohn said. "It's an enormous opportunity that didn't exist 15 years ago."

Young people who have a talent for engaging others through social media and blogging should sell that skill to potential employers.

It's never too early to get started either, according to Brown, who told the story of one student who quickly parlayed an internship into managing a department from his dorm room.

Moderator Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson asked the panelists whether they see a trend of production returning to the United States from Asia.

Mendelsohn, who has overseen production facilities around the world, noted that clothes are still being made in the U.S., citing New York's Garment District and the denim industry in Los Angeles. "But the cost is still higher than in Asia," she said. "Stuff made here will be higher-end stuff."

LaMonica said quality control is important, "but it's a global world now."

Brown noted that quality is not just a matter of textile or needlework, but fit. "We find that the market for patternmakers has diminished, except in the couture world."

That realization led to the creation of FIT's Technical Design program, seeking to satisfy the demand for professionals who can precisely communicate the details of a garment, regardless of distance.

The panelists also pulled back the curtain on the perceived glitz and glamour of the industry. Smaller entrepreneurs, LaMonica said, "are constantly juggling all the pieces of the business."

"You sell or you're out," said Mendelsohn. "That's the bottom line."

Unfortunately, that also goes toward explaining the lack of diversity in fashion collections. During the Q&A session, one audience member said retailers need to be more adventurous.

"A lot of the stores do look more alike than they used to," LaMonica said. "You've got to make money in these stores, so many are afraid to take the risk."

While at Bergdorf Goodman, she recalled taking a chance on the up-and-coming Giorgio Armani, and getting burned when he couldn't get production together. It still paid off in the long run, "and we do need to get back to that," LaMonica said.

President Judith Huntington, who spoke at the start of the event, joked that the pressures of running a college were nothing compared to deciding what to wear to an event with the word "fashion" in its name.

Huntington spoke proudly of previous editions of the Powerful Women event, which featured movers and shakers in media and finance -- the latter an arena she spent 25 years in. "But this event is very dear to my heart," Huntington said, confessing to an obsession with fashion.

Huntington also noted the impact technology has had on her shopping habits, confessing to making a flash sale purchase via iPad during a meeting.

Dee DelBello, CEO and publisher of Westfair Business Publications and a CNR alumna, offered a tribute to Mary Jane Denzer, Westchester County's priestess of high fashion.

Denzer, who was unable to attend the show due to a bout with pneumonia, still conducted business from her hospital bed, said DelBello -- coordinating by phone and email the gracefully attired models who helped set the scene for the event.

"For 35 years she has been dressing captains of industry and the rest of us," DelBello said. She praised Denzer's "timeless elegance, grace, sophistication, style, and oh, that Southern Georgia charm." But her success has also required business savvy from the start.

While working at Bergdorf Goodman, a customer asked her to open and manage a store for 50 percent of the business. Denzer agreed, DelBello said, but only if she got 51 percent.


Astorino Appoints New Westchester County Mental Health Commissioner

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Dr. Mark Herceg with Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino

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WHITE PLAINS, NY -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced Friday the appointment of Dr. Mark Herceg, a lifelong Westchester resident, as the new Commissioner of Community Mental Health.

Herceg, who starts on Feb. 2, is currently the Director of Neuropsychology at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains. He is a professor of psychology in clinical neurology at Weill-Cornell Medical College and a member of the school's concussion clinic, consulting with local schools and amateur and professional athletes who have sustained concussions. Herceg is also a consultant psychologist to Silver Hospital in New Canaan, CT.

"We spent months searching for the best candidate and we found that person in Dr. Mark Herceg," said Astorino. "Mark's experience and enthusiasm will serve both him and the county very well as he leads this challenging and rewarding department."

The Department of Community Mental Health plans, oversees and coordinates services for individuals – and their families – with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

"As a life-long Westchester resident, I am honored to be appointed to help ensure the mental health needs of fellow county residents are met," said Herceg. "I look forward to dedicating all my energy in this new role."

Herceg received his doctoral degree in Clinical Health Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. He was trained at NYU Medical Center/Rusk Institute of Rehab Medicine and spent seven years on staff there. He has given presentations abroad on the subject of concussions and rehabilitation of brain injury and stroke, and wrote a chapter on concussion management in a Sports Law handbook published by the New York State Bar Association.

He lives in Irvington with his wife and three daughters.

Astorino also announced the promotion of Michael Orth to Deputy Commissioner of Community Mental Health. Orth is currently 2nd Deputy Commissioner and has been with the department since 1993. Astorino credited Orth with leading the effort to incorporate the nationally recognized Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course and evidence-based suicide prevention training as part of Safer Communities, the county executive's initiative that focuses on violence and its causes as a public health issue. YMHFA provides parents, teachers and coaches with a simple tool kit to help identify and treat mental health issues in our young people at the earliest stage. Orth is a graduate of Iona College and has a Master's in Social Work from Fordham University.

Astorino also thanked Dr. Sherlita Amler, the county's Health Commissioner, who in addition to her regular duties, took on the leadership of the Department of Community Mental Health while a search went on to replace the former Mental Health Commissioner, Dr. Grant Mitchell.

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Complaints Logged Against New Rochelle Police Officers Do Not Support Claims by Bramson, Rice

Featured Posts - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 20:12

New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll, Deputy Commissioner Anthony Murphy address City Council

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- At the request of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, Tuesday January 13th, senior officials of the New Rochelle Police Department made a presentation to City Council on training within the department in the context of recent Grand Jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. Bramson, along with Council Member Jared Rice, have repeatedly referenced New Rochelle police in the context of protests following the Garner and Brown decisions.

During the meeting Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Murphy distributed an Interdepartmental Communication from Lt. Gary Robinson cataloging the number, type and outcome of Civilian Complaints over the past 5 years (2010-2014). Robinson runs Internal Affairs.

The records showed that 102 complaints were logged during that span, an average of about 20 complaints a year logged against NRPD officers. From 2010, the level of complaints had dropped by 28%, from 25 in 2010 to 18 in 2014.

Of the 102 complaints since 2010, 16 complaints have been substantiated/partially substantiated, primarily complaints that an officer was discourteous.

There was has been one complaint of use of an ethnic slur by a police officer over the past 5 years.

There has two police-involved shootings of another person in 25 years.

Of the most serious complaint-types (Uses of Force, Abuse of Authority), just 1 out of 15 complaints of Use of Force was partially substantiated; 5 complaints of Abuse of Authority was substantiated or partially substantiated.

The records of logged complaints against New Rochelle police officers does not appear to support the claims of Bramson and Rice.

NRPD Internal Records of Logged Complaints

  • 2010: 25 logged complaints.
  • Force: 2 (1 substantiated/partially substantiated, 1 not substantiated)
  • Abuse of Authority: 8 (not substantiated)
  • Discourtesy: 9 (not substantiated)
  • Ethnic Slur: 1 (not substantiated)
  • Miscellaneous: 5 (1 substantiated, 4 not substantiated)


  • 2011: 22 logged complaints.
  • Force: 2 (1 not substantiated, 1 exonerated)
  • Abuse of Authority: 10 (8 not substantiated, 2 exonerated)
  • Discourtesy: 5 (not substantiated)
  • Ethnic Slur: 0
  • Miscellaneous: 5 (3 substantiated/partially substan.; 1 exonerated, 1 not substan.)


  • 2012: 16 1ogged complaints.
  • Force: 1 (not substantiated)
  • Abuse of Authority: 4 (not substantiated)
  • Discourtesy: 9 (3 substantiated/partially substantiated, 6 not substantiated)
  • Ethnic Slur: 0
  • Miscellaneous: 2 (exonerated)


  • 2013: 21 logged complaints
  • Force: 2 (not substantiated)
  • Abuse of Authority: 6 (2 substantiated/partially substantiated, 4 not substantiated)
  • Discourtesy: 8 (2 substantiated/partially substantiated, 6 not substantiated)
  • Ethnic Slur: 0
  • Miscellaneous: 5 (1 exonerated, 4 not substantiated)


  • 2014: 18 logged complaints.
  • Force: 1 (not substantiated)
  • Abuse of Authority: 8 (3 exonerated, 3 substantiated/partially subs., 2 not substantiated)
  • Discourtesy: 4 (1 exonerated, 3 not substantiated)
  • Ethnic Slur: 0
  • Miscellaneous: 5 ( 4 exonerated, 1 substantiated
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Westchester County Offers 100 Free Tickets to The New York Times Travel Show

Featured Posts - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 19:29

The New York Times Travel Show

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Free tickets offered for locals to attend NYC event.

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County Tourism & Film is offering 100 free tickets, on a first-come-first-serve basis, to local residents interested in attending The New York Times Travel Show. Westchester County Tourism will have a booth, located at Booth #956, where guests can enter a raffle to win backpacks filled with travel goodies for a fun adventure in the county. A separate raffle will be held for a Westchester Weekend Getaway Package prize. 

Those interested in free passes to the event can visit Westchester County Tourism Facebook page or go to http://tinyurl.com/mltns56, click on “Consumer Registration,” and enter promo code meetme2 to download the pass.

The event will be held at The Jacob Javits Center located at 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY on Saturday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..

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Four Reach Double Figures In HVIAC Win Over Vaughn

Featured Posts - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 19:22

Blue Angels down Vaughn College

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle's Jah-Leah Ellis fell an assist short of the program's first triple-double, tallying 15 points and game-highs of 22 rebounds and nine assists as the Blue Angels posted a 68-37 HVIAC win over Vaughn College tonight at the Wellness Center.

Ellis was one of four Blue Angels in double figures, as she was joined by Alyssa Pechin (14 points, six assists), Caitlin Harrison (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Hannah Cambel (12 points).
Vaughn was led by Cianna Peterson's 20 points, but the CNR defense held the conference leading scorer (27.2 ppg) to just 8-36 shooting from the floor (22.2%) and 2-19 (10.5%) from beyond the arc.  For the game, the Warriors converted just 17.9% (14-78) of their field goals.

After Vaughn's Peterson scored the game's opening basket, CNR outscored the Warriors 38-11 over the rest of the first half to open up a big lead.  Both Ellis and Harrison had achieved a double-double by halftime.

Cambel scored nine of her 12 points in the second 20 minutes as the lead never dipped below 24 points in an evenly scored second stanza.

The College of New Rochelle improves to 9-5 overall (2-1 HVIAC) with the win, while Vaughn falls to 6-5 overall and 1-4 in HVIAC play.

The Blue Angels return to the court on Saturday, hosting HVIAC-leading Berkeley College in a game slated to being at 1:00 PM.  The CNR 1984-85 National Runner Up team will be honored at halftime on the 30th anniversary of their legendary run.

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What Can New Rochelle Expect from Red Light Cameras at Intersections?

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 22:41

Red Light Camera (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New Rochelle can expect an increase in traffic collisions, a failure to provide accurate data to New York State and resistance to provide records under Freedom of Information requests. And more revenue. This according to recent reports by the Automobile Association of America which opposes Red Light Cameras.

New Rochelle, along with Mount Vernon, submitted a request to be approved for a New York State program to install Red Light Cameras over the summer. The New York State Legislature approved New Rochelle for the cameras and the City Council voted to give the go ahead. New Rochelle can now install up to 12 cameras on local intersections.

New Rochelle Police Commissioner told City Council that the installation of Red Light Cameras would take time.

The City has since put out an RFP and received responses which are currently being reviewed, according to City Manager Charles B. Strome.

The city conducted a pilot program last year at several intersections and found many vehicles ran the red lights at those intersections.

Police Commissioner Carroll said that initially, the cameras may go in about six or seven intersections. "We can always move them around if there’s good compliance at one intersection after a while," said Carroll.

The City budget does not include any revenue from Red Light Cameras.

The idea for installing Red Light Cameras came from the New Rochelle Citizens Budget Committee, that is to say from New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who many believe drafted the Committee's proposals behind the scenes.

City Manage Charles Strome said Red Light Cameras were not about making money but public welfare.

“This is not about being a revenue generator. It’s really for public safety,” said Strome.

The folks at AAA beg to differ.

In a press release issued last May, AAA cast doubts on the program.

An analysis of the five red light camera programs in New York State (Yonkers, New York City, Rochester, Suffolk County and Nassau County) has found that municipalities operating them have failed, to varying degrees, to comply with state law that requires reports that measure program effectiveness. With the pilot programs in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Yonkers and Rochester set to expire December 1, AAA New York State strongly opposes any legislation that would remove state oversight and encourages the continuation of the pilot programs with strict enforcement of state requirements.

In a recent article in Car & Travel magazine, AAA raised further doubts about the program after spending months seeking data from the five active Red Light Camera programs.

“A lack of transparency in red light camera programs undermines the public’s trust in government and squanders an opportunity to promote safety whenever the programs are mentioned,” said Sinclair. When seeking data, AAA New York State was stymied by some of the municipalities and was forced to file FOIL requests for New York City and Suffolk County and endure delays from Yonkers.

AAA cited nearby Yonkers as the worst offender.

Refusal to acknowledge unflattering results is no more apparent than in Yonkers. Local officials defended the cameras with blatantly cherry-picked data. They proclaimed how red light violations decreased substantially at the first three intersections with cameras. While this may sound like good news, our initial review found that both crashes and injuries had increased at those intersections. Newly released data is even more outrageous. Across all camera locations, injury crashes have risen 29 percent and rear-end crashes have nearly doubled. Yet Yonkers officials continue to assert that the cameras are "preventing accidents."

What do you think?

Are Red Light Cameras a way to slow down traffic and improve safety? Will they cause more collisions as cars suddenly halt to avoid being caught on camera? Or is this just one big revenue boondoggle for a cash--strapped city looking to make a quick buck?

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New Rochelle Restaurant Gets a Sparkling Review in the New York Times

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 22:02

A Place 2 Go Restaurant in New Rochelle, NY

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Steve Reddicliffe, Larchmont resident and Deputy Editor of The New York Times Travel Section, thoroughly enjoyed a night out at A Place 2 Go, in New Rochelle.

The pork and the punch are the work of the chef, Edwin Crisp, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Chyrisse Crisp, its manager. Mr. Crisp, who grew up in Jamaica, said on the phone after our visits that his goal was “putting out true Caribbean food without holding back.”

“I didn’t want to do a crossover,” he continued. “I wanted you to get the feeling of what we eat, how we eat and how it’s done."

Read the entire article here: Cuisine With Bite to Soothe Jack Frost’s Nipping


Misappropriation of New Rochelle School Funds by David Lacher Featured in Year in Review Edition of City Review Newspaper

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:38
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A May 2014 article by Katie Hoos for the City Review of New Rochelle,  Discussion Of Board President’s Finances Gets Heated, was selected as one of the featured stories in the 2014 Year in Review editions.

Former School Board President David Lacher -- not renewed for second year in office after Talk of the Sound revealed that he had misappropriated over $13,000 in school district funds to pay for his private medical insurance -- is featured on the cover of the newspaper.

Hoos wrote:

Through a series of Freedom of Information Law requests filed by Robert Cox, publisher of the [Talk of the Sound], it was revealed the district was paying Lacher’s premiums and was seeking reimbursement for the payments while Lacher continued to be covered. The district repeatedly reached out to Lacher, requesting payment and threatening to terminate his policy.


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Security Guard Suspended 30 Days For Inappropriate Texts with New Rochelle High School Student

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 20:22
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Robert McLean, a school security guard at New Rochelle High School, was sent home last Thursday and suspended for 30 days, after complaints involving inappropriate behavior involving a female student at the school. 

Talk of the Sound has reported for years on McLean engaging in sex with students at New Rochelle High School. McLean was also involved in an incident at the school were two men made their way past security, looking for McLean, who allegedly stole money that had been collected as part of a forced savings program.

Joseph Keolamphu, a history teacher at New Rochelle High School, made a complaint to New Rochelle High School Principal Reggie Richardson after observing text messages sent by McLean to the student, according to one source. Another source says the student made her own complaint that McLean was "stalking" her. A third source says the parents got involved and complained to Richardson.

Talk of the Sound first began reporting on McLean in 2011.

School officials referred complaints about McLean to the Sex Crimes Unit of the Westchester County District Attorney's office later that same year but no action was taken against McLean.

A phone call to the Disitrict public information office was not immediately returned.

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Talk of the Sound Launches New Web Site

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:16

Robert Cox puts the finishing touches on new Talk of the Sound web site.

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We are VERY excited about the new web site and anxious to share with readers some of the reasons why.

As we have been hinting for a month — and as readers are now experiencing for themselves — Talk of the Sound has been significantly upgraded.   What readers can see is that we have a new “theme” or layout design; what readers cannot see is that the new design is on top of a radically different underlying software framework. We have been using Drupal 6. The site has been upgraded to Drupal 7. I would note that this was a complex upgrade and would not have happened but for the persistence of our web developer, Sara Caldwell of Convey Media.   One of the main reasons for our excitement is that Drupal 7 allows for something we have been wanting to add to the site for two years, “mobile-responsive” themes. When a reader views the web site on a desktop or laptop computer, the site appears “normal”; when the reader views the site on a mobile device like a smart phone or tablet, the site is displayed in a layout design formatted for the narrow, upright width of a phone or tablet.   When Talk of the Sound was launched in 2008, the number of readers accessing the site via a mobile device was low, less than 10% of total traffic. Today that figure is greater than 60%. As a majority of our traffic is coming from iPhones and the like, this will make for an enhanced reading experience for those readers.   The experience on a desktop or laptop computer is vastly enhanced. The new layout is less text-based, designed to allow the reader to navigate through recent articles largely through images. We think this is easier, more interesting and a bit more “fun” for the reader. It also gives us a great way to show off more of the quality photographs we obtain covering news and events in New Rochelle.   For readers wanting to go deeper into the site, there is an enhanced search box capability and an “archive” link at the top of each page which groups every article by month going back to the original launch of the site.   The new site offers new ways to register for the site and new reasons to register.   Readers still have the option to register directly with the site (see the “Why Register?” FAQ at the top of the home page) but now have the option to register using a Twitter account (OAuth) or the Open ID system. These are third-party authentication systems that allow readers who have Twitter or Open ID accounts to login using those User IDs and Passwords rather than obtain them from Talk of the Sound (if you do not have Twitter we recommend it as a great way to follow Talk of the Sound on your phone).   There are many benefits to registering or logging in to Talk of the Sound.   Registered users can add comments to articles or add their own articles, and upload images. New in this version of Talk of the Sound, readers can rate articles (as part of adding a comment), bookmark content for later reading and vote in polls. Registered users can help us moderate content on the site by flagging comments as inappropriate where applicable. Rating, Bookmarking and Flagging occurs within a specific article. 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Richard Yaffa, New Rochelle High School Sports Star, Played with Princeton Heisman Trophy Winner, Army Officer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:39

Richard Yaffa (photo courtesy of Princeton University)

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Athlete, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, 82 of Bedford, New York on January 21st of complications from a fall.

Dick was a graduate of New Rochelle High School, Princeton University and Harvard Business School. As a football player he was named a High School All-American in Football, Westchester Most Valuable Football Player of the Year and played at Princeton, as a starting member of the Top 10 National team and was in the backfield when Dick Kazmaier won the Heisman Trophy.

As a track star he won three medals, a Gold, Silver, and Bronze, at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He was a member of record setting Penn Relay and Millrose Games relay teams for both New Rochelle High School and Princeton University, also setting numerous team and individual records. An avid tennis player he was a USTA Nationally ranked player in the seniors and played again on the United States Maccabiah Pan-Am Senior Team.

Dick was elected a member of the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame and the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame.

As an Entrepreneur, Dick founded Manhattan Products and Laundry Aids, the leading provider of household cleaning products in the country.

As a philanthropist, Dick was the President of the United Way of Westchester, President of Congregation Emanu-el of Westchester and the Founder of My Money Workshop Foundation, which was his most recent passion. He developed the curriculum, educating thousands of High School and College students throughout the country on Financial Literacy, often teaching 6 to 8 Classes a week himself.

He was also proud of his service to his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, serving at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and McKees Rock, Pennsylvania.

He was the beloved son of the late H. Saul and Minna Yaffa, devoted Husband of Claire, proud Father of Richard and Robert, loving Grandfather of Caroline, Douglas and Jessica and Uncle to Amy, Dale, Peggy and Sam. Services will be held at Temple Emanu-El of Westchester at 10am on Friday January 23rd.


Snow and Freezing Rain Expected Saturday in New Rochelle

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:24

National Weather Service weekend forecast of snow and freezing rain expected to hit New Rochelle on Saturday

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The National Weather Service has forecast a dangerous mix of snow and freezing rain for Saturday in New Rochelle as part of a wider winter storm named Iola that is expected to impact the Northeast over the weekend.

Snow is likely before 1pm, then snow and freezing rain between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of rain and snow after 4pm. High near 33. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Rain and snow will continue into the evening 7pm, then a slight chance of snow between 7pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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CNR Blue Angeles Picks Up First Win at Dual Swim Meet

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:27

College of New Rochelle Swim Team in Action

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In their second dual meet of the year, The College of New Rochelle Swim Team picked up their first win of the season splitting the meet between College of Mount Saint Vincent and St. Joseph's College. The Blue Angels lost to St. Joseph's College 106-74 but were able to hold off Mount St. Vincent 88-71 to secure their first win.

Ilsy Rodriguez got out to a fast start for the Blue Angels as she broke yet another record on the season. Earning a first place victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:23.65 breaking her own personal record from earlier in the season. Rodriguez also swam her way to a second place finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle at 30.81.
Barrett Pritchard also swam well for the Blue Angels, picking up two third place finishes in the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 100 Yard Freestyle. She was also among the second place 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team with teammates Claudia Benitez, Rodriguez and Zuri Mena.
Benitez, Rita SaadAllison Gurney Meghan King and Angela Avalos helped the Blue Angels along the way to secure their first team victory.
The College of New Rochelle will stay at the Wellness Center for their next dual meet taking on Sarah Lawrence College and the College at Old Westbury Saturday January 24 beginning at 4:30pm. 

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New Rochelle Opens Skating at Three Lakes

Featured Posts - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:22

South Lake iced over at Huguenot Park/Twin Lakes at New Rochelle High School

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Due to persistent below freezing temperatures, the following lakes and ponds have been inspected and designated by Park staff to open for skating within the roped areas effective today, January 15.


  • Paine Lake
  • South Lake (nearest Eastchester Road) at Huguenot Park/Twin Lakes-NRHS
  • Carpenter’s Pond


Park staff will post white signs with red lettering indicating skating is now permitted at these locations. Signs have been posted and areas where skating is permitted are designated by ropes and barricades. Parks staff will update ice skating lake/pond status following daily inspections and surfaces will remain open as conditions allow. Skating is not permitted outside designated areas or at any other City lakes.


For further information contact the New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department at 654-2087.



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