March 2009

Local artist brings the mystery of the True Mirror to the Brickyard Bistro on April 6th

March 30, 2009 - 13:07


Spring has Sprung with fun and mystery in SoNo: truemirror John, a newcomer to our neighborhood and a great talent, lets you see your true self in the True Mirror as a benefit for Habitat. The True Mirror, allows one to see a different perspective, like people see us, not just how we see ourselves….Huh? That’s right..its a mystery, but one worth looking at and seeing  along with the fine cuisine, of Brickyard Bistro…so join us in SoNo where the ‘True’ self is always welcome in our down to earth neighborhoods of fine restaurants, shops, and great talented people….for more info, email [email protected] or call Brickyard Bistro, aka the sono at  (914) 481-5365.

Learn more at SoNoNewRo Online.

Security Guard Assaults 8th Grader at Isaac E. Young Middle School

March 30, 2009 - 04:44

It has been reported that on Thursday March 26th, 2009 a male 8th grader from Isaac E. Young Middle School, was pushed from behind as he walked away as well as slapped in the face several times by a female Security Guard at the school. The incident occurred on the top floor of the middle school, sometime after 10:30 AM. It all occurred in a main hallway, in the presence of other students. We understand that the boy was interviewed extensively by the Isaac E. Young Middle School Administration regarding the incident. We also understand that some video is available on the school camera security system and that a police complaint has been filed by the parent.

In an interview with the parent and child, we were told the following:

Councilman St. Paul: Improvements are Still Needed

March 29, 2009 - 19:58

     Councilman Richard St. Paul (D. 4) addressed development initiatives in New Rochelle at his community district meeting on March 24.  He claimed Target and Kohls slated for New Roc are waiting for financing.  Other future plans for the City of New Rochelle are 50 story buildings including a hotel and residential units for Le Count Square. The North Avenue study being completed will assess 9, 7, 5 or 3 story buildings for that corridor.   Cameras in downtown and upgrading of the Church-Division parking lot are also needed.

     When items for the stimulus plan such as moving the city yard were brought up, Chuck Strome, New Rochelle City Manager, claimed it was a "wish list" that had been submitted to the state.  He continued by saying 75% of the city budget was for staffing and "75% of that 75% is for police, fire and sanitation departments." 

     Brian Sussman, a Democratic district leader that attended the meeting, expressed concern about the people who pay taxes.  He felt new housing units would be appropriate on the grounds of Wykagyl Country Club.    

April 3rd Kicks off the SoNoNewRo First Friday Series!

March 29, 2009 - 08:53

Every first Friday in SoNo, there will be music at 591 Main and more!   Join the Jim Malloy All Star Jazz Band, aka honorary Jazz crooner of SoNo, Jim Malloy with his great band at the Habitat ReStore at 591 Main street at 7pm….music and refreshments…email early for reservations as seats fill up early…

A donation is requested. Come and have fun and support Habitat in its First Friday SoNo series….

Also get 10% off dinner at Bella Bella’s before of after the Music..!!!!! All that JAZZ!!!!!

Learn more at SoNoNewRo Online

Norman Rockwell Talk on April 4th

March 29, 2009 - 08:47

Norman Rockwell Museum curator Tom Daly speaks on Norman Rockwell in New Rochelle…with a donated print signed by Norman Rockwell!  Using New Rochelle as his canvas, Norman Rockwell painted here for thirty years……come to this historic talk at THE ROCK (named after Norman Rockwell) Habitat Restore on 591 Main St. New Rochelle.

For more info call Jim at 914-403-4821.


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Friday Fun: What's Wrong with This Picture?

March 27, 2009 - 23:41

image1023813817.jpgThis one is just toooo easy. You are looking at the back of a t-shirt distributed by teachers in the Health Department at New Rochelle High School as part of Fitness Week. Notice anything odd about the sponsors? Apparently the high school's idea of fitness is chowing down on buffalo wings, pizza and jerked chicken followed up by a fine cigar. And in these tough financial times, it's nice to see the school helping our kid's find a cheap place to pick up a carton of Lucky Strikes at "Smokes 4 Less".

Poetry Reading at The Poet's Corner in New Rochelle next Thursday April 2nd

March 27, 2009 - 19:43

Join Iona College Students on Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm for an Off-Campus Poetry Reading Event at The Poet’s Corner:


poetscorner The Poet’s Corner

570 Main Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Refreshments will be provided!


For transportation to and from Iona, email [email protected].

The van will leave from the LaPenta lot at 7:30 pm.


ionaSponsored by:

Off-Campus Housing, Kaleidoscope,

Facing Taxpayer Backlash, New Rochelle School Board Orders Superintendent to Cut 2009-10 Spending Plans

March 27, 2009 - 18:35

Sources close to the ongoing budget discussions within the New Rochelle School District have told Talk of the Sound that the School Board has ordered Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak to get out his carving knife and start making cuts to his proposed $8 million spending increase in the wake of widespread anger over the District's proposed $230 million budget which many believe will come with a 6.9% tax increase -- possibly higher.

In what was described as an animated, heated discussion, school board members made clear they expect the district to take a hard line on district spending and in instructions given to the district's three-person labor negotiations team; Assistant Superintendents John Quinn and Peg Pecunia and Le Fantôme de l'board, sometimes known as Jeffrey Kehl, the outside counsel for the school district. Some Board members who initially supported the District's 3.75% budget increase have now withdrawn that support as they have come to recognize the depth of concern among voters over increased property taxes at a time when more Americans are out of work that any time in U.S. history.

MacMenamin's Trustee Denies "$150,000 Deal" with Jimmy Rodriquez and Don Coqui Restaurant Group

March 27, 2009 - 17:00

Robert L. Geltzer the Chapter 11 Trustee for MacMenamin's Grill has denied claims published in the Journal News that he had pledged to allow the restaurant to continue to operate "if Jimmy Rodriguez, the head of the restaurant group, could produce $150,000 by the next day."

Last week, Ricardo Oquendo, the lawyer representing Don Coqui Restaurant Group, claimed in an email to Geltzer told Allan Drury of the Journal News that Geltzer had informed another Don Coqui lawyer that if Jimmy Rodriguez came up with $150,000 the same day, he would permit the restaurant to remain open for the coming weekend. Oquendo says he came up with the money the following day but Geltzer reneged on the deal. The email was made available to Allan Drury of the Journal News who reported on the exchange last week.

Peter A. Zisser of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, the law firm which represents Mr Geltzer absolutely denies Mr. Oquendo's characterization of discussions between Geltzer and representatives of Don Coqui Restaurant Group, telling Talk of the Sound:

...with respect to Mr. Oquendo's comments, at no time did the Trustee agree to keep the restaurant open in exchange for a cash payment from Mr. Rodriguez.

Poetry Reading at The Poet's Corner in New Rochelle Next Thursday

March 27, 2009 - 16:57

Join Iona College Students on Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm for an Off-Campus Poetry Reading Event at The Poet’s Corner:


The Poet’s Corner

570 Main Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Refreshments will be provided!

For transportation to and from Iona, email [email protected]. The van will leave from the LaPenta lot at 7:30 pm.



Sponsored by Off-Campus Housing,
Kaleidoscope, Office of Student Development, and the S.E.L.F-Help Foundation of New Rochelle