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February 2009

Confederation of Neighborhood Associations Meets Tomorrow Night

February 25, 2009 - 19:51
The Confederation of Neighborhood Associations will be having a meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave., New Rochelle, in the 2nd floor meeting room. 

The topic of the meeting will be the agenda for the 2009 year, identifying new leadership for officers, and identifying neighborhood problems.  

This meeting is open to the public and there is free parking on site or in the Mormon Church lot across the street. 


Iona College PRSSA Sets Up Website For 'Hit the Books Running'

February 25, 2009 - 06:23

The Iona College PRSSA has set up a website (ichitsthebooks.blogspot.com) for the Hit the Books Running event that will take place at the Boys and Girls Club (Remington Unit) on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 5 PM at 116 Guion Place in New Rochelle.

The website provides information for students and their parents about college preparation topics such as getting good grades and the difference between loans, grants and scholarships. The site also features links to other websites like collegeboard.com and finaid.org that get visitors started in the college search and help with financial planning.

The College Bound Aid Hit the Books Running program gets students in middle school and the early high school years to start thinking about college. Along with stressing the importance of earning a degree in today's world, the program also gets students and their parents thinking about how they will pay for college.

Federal Election Commission Releases 2008 Election Cycle Data for New Rochelle

February 23, 2009 - 10:12
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On February 9th, 2009, the Federal Election Commission in Washington, DC released their final tallies for all Presidential campaign contributions during the 2007-2008 election cycle. The Center for Responsive Politics has compiled the data and made it available at OpenSecrets.org.. This article is the first in a series analyzing the FEC final data for the last election.

kucinich2008.jpgNew Rochelle played a major role in funding the 2008 Presidential horse race which saw John McCain and Barack Obama rise to the top of their respective parties with Obama coming out on top in the November election. The total amount of campaign contributions to the presidential campaigns -- this excludes donations to PACs, 504 Committees, and Parties -- was $666,444 coming from 747 individual contributions.

The actual amount given was much higher but 47 contributions totaling $68,488 had to be returned by the campaigns for various reasons including donors giving behind the legal limit of $2,300 per candidate for the primaries and the general election. Had the money not been returned the total figure would have been $734,932.

Are You Still Surfing the Web? Time to Let the Web Come to You

February 23, 2009 - 01:18

I was ask to write for The Westchester Herald. Rather than write about politics and zoning issues in New Rochelle, I offered to help educate readers on various aspects of blogging and social media and things like that. For my first piece I wrote about RSS and RSS readers; encouraging Internet users not familiar with RSS to give it a try.

Are You Still Surfing the Web? Time to Let the Web Come to You

Unfortunately, as is the case with most of the local publications, being on the web means putting up a PDF file of the paper. So, you need to view the article in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Not Guilty! New Rochelle Man Acquitted on Kidnapping Charges

February 20, 2009 - 13:41

From the Journal News:

A New Rochelle man was acquitted today of charges he tried to kidnap and imprison an 11-year-old girl at an Eastchester horse stable, but was found guilty of child-endangerment and trespassing charges.

McKean who lived just a few blocks from New Rochelle High School at the time of the incident will be sentenced on May 15th. He faces up to a year in prison.

Shortly after the incident at the River Ridge Stables on July 16th Mayor Noam Bramson attended a meeting in New Rochelle of McKean's neighbors who were outraged that police had originally charged McKean with child-endangerment. After the July, meeting Bramson and other local officials lobbied the District Attorney's office to up the original charges to child-endangerment to the more serious kidnapping charges.

CrowdSourcing: What Do We Know About Scott Siegel

February 19, 2009 - 20:12
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Crowdsourcing is where we ask readers what they know about a story like this one about Scott Siegel, the New Rochelle resident who made the national news today after he was arrested last night by DEA agents and Eastchester Police. Siegal led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase through Eastchester, smashed up cars, stole one, and generally made a mess of things for himself and others.

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So far we've learned he owned a tanning salon, went to prison a few years ago for dealing steroids, ecstasy and animal tranquilizers, and lived at 25 Nautilus Place. What else do we know?

UPDATE: A reader sends along this clip of Scott Siegel in his now infamous "life-imitating-art" scene with Mickey Rourke from The Wrestler (NSFW: Rourke drops an F-bomb at end of clip):

Iona College PRSSA to Host Program in New Rochelle for Middle School Students and Parents to Plan for College

February 19, 2009 - 09:25

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The Iona College Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will be bringing the Hit the Books Running program to the New Rochelle community. On Thursday, February 26, 2009, the Iona PRSSA will be hosting an event in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club (Remington Unit) in New Rochelle. This event will get students ages 11 to 14 to start thinking about going to college and their parents to start thinking about how to pay for it. The event will take place from 5 to 7 PM at the Boys & Girls Club (Remington Unit) on 116 Guion Place in New Rochelle. High school counselors and HSBC bank will be on hand to provide information to attendees.

Near-Drowing at Larchmont Resevoir Shows Why New Rochelle Parks Department Cautious on Ice Skating

February 18, 2009 - 18:15

The Loop has more on the story of Thomas Heslin, an area resident who nearly drown when he ran out onto the ice at the Larchmont to chase after his dog.

Some New Rochelle residents have been critical of the Parks Department for showing an abundance of caution in closing local lakes to skating on January 28th, two weeks after the lake surfaces were determined to be safe for skating. Parks Commissioner Bill Zimmermann tells Talk of the Sound that Heslin's fall through the ice should be a lesson to area residents who might venture onto frozen lake surfaces.

"Surface thickness can be deceiving and very unsafe", said Zimmermann, "Our standard requirement for safe ice thickness is 4 inches from center
to edges"

The New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department opened and maintained the city-owned lakes and ponds this winter with daily checks for ice
thickness and plowing when conditions warranted, from January 16-28,
2009.

New Rochelle Parks Department Says No Toxins in Echo Bay

February 18, 2009 - 18:05
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In response to some of the concerns raised here about toxins in Echo Bay we contacted New Rochelle Parks Commission Bill Zimmermann who informed Talk of the Sound that testing of the waters around New Rochelle -- done by the Westchester County Health Department -- has shown no evidence of toxins in the water samples.

Zimmermann tells TOS:

The City uses the testing services provided and coordinated through our Westchester County Department of Health, the agency who licenses our public swimming areas and those water samples are taken throughout the season several times per week and sent to the testing lab for analysis. Based upon those readings, we will determine whether or not to open public swim areas or deem them unsafe for the general public's health and safety. Those standards are outlined in the NYS Public Health Code, which we the City follows as required. Depending upon tidal shifts, we usually are dealing with the excess discharge of waste into LI Sound from the adjacent treatment plant and Echo Bay overflow valves which is a natural and temporary sanitary condition. To date, the Health Department has reported no toxins in the water samples.

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