June 2009

District employees disobeying orders concerning computer use.

June 25, 2009 - 22:00

District personnel are blatantly disobeying a warning issued through inter office memo concerning the use of school computers. Although it has always been a "knowing" rule that school computers were to be used for educational purposes only, the district felt the need to remind employees of this policy once again.The memo states that Failure to abide by this rule would result in "disciplinary action."

Westchester County Health Department Offering Free HIV Testing in New Rochelle This Friday

June 25, 2009 - 21:02

With more than one million people in the U.S. are living with HIV everyone has a reason to get an HIV test. As many as one in four do not know that they have it. Barack Obama and Joe Biden both got tested for HIV. If its good enough for them its good enough for you!

“The earlier a person learns that he or she is infected with HIV, the sooner he or she can begin life-extending medical care, treatment and support that can lead to a better quality of life,’’ said Dr. Joshua Lipsman, the Westchester County Health Commissioner.

The Westchester County Health Department, in conjunction with the members of Project W.A.V.E., a coalition of organizations that includes health departments, HIV and AIDS service providers and media outlets, if offering free events throughout Westchester County this weekend in support of the National Association of People with AIDS 15th Annual National HIV Testing Day on Saturday.

Friday, June 26:

  • The Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center at 107 West Fourth Street in their parking lot, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mount Vernon AIDS Task Force, at Pathmark, Third Avenue at Third Street, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Mount Vernon Hospital, at Cimarron Café, 156 South Fourth Avenue, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Planned Parenthood, at their offices in New Rochelle, White Plains, Yonkers and Mount Kisco.

Yum!!! Smokehouse Grill's New "BBQ Pit Sunday" Runs from now until Mid-August

June 25, 2009 - 19:38

06B1F4B5-C81B-43EE-BBD2-FEB5BF8F1856.jpgThe Smokehouse Grill on North Avenue in New Rochelle is firing up the smoker for an 8 week BBQ extravaganza every Sunday until mid-August. Each week, they will offer different BBQ styles ranging from Carolina BBQ to Kansas City BBQ and all the way out to the Pacific Ocean for some Hawaiian BBQ with stops in Texas, Memphis, and New Orleans along the way. They will be mixing up the sauces and rubs each week and then start smoking the meat a good 10 hours or more. In addition to the BBQ style of the week, the Smokehouse will offer an all-you-can-eat buffet which includes pulled pork, beef brisket, babybackribs, burgers, childogs, corn on the cob, wings, draft root beer, raffles and more. Everything is grilled right in front of you on their patio. Yum!

Sunday June 21st - Carolina BBQ

Sunday June 28th - Texas Longhorn BBQ

Sunday July 5th - All American BBQ

Sunday July 12th - Kansas City BBQ

Why Doesn't New Rochelle Immediately Fire an Employee Who Commits a Crime?

June 25, 2009 - 15:27

In the wake of our repeated disclosures of wrongdoing by school employees, many New Rochelle residents are asking why these employees are left on the district payroll.

In the weeks since we first broke the "sexting" case, many Albert Leonard Middle School parents have expressed anger and a sense of betrayal by Principal Bill Evans who sent out a letter to parents on February 6th urging parents to have a discussion with their children about the dangers of sexting without disclosing the incident the prompted the letter.

"Bill Evans has been a great principal who has done many good things in his time at Albert", said one parent who asked not to be identified, "so I am very disappointed that he would have sent out that letter without sharing why it was sent. My trust in him has been shaken."

In addition to the sexting case, Talk of the Sound has reported four cases of employees assaulting students, misappropriation of school property, no show jobs and much more yet, except for the substitute gym teacher, all continued to be employed by the District.

All disciplinary matters in the school district are covered by New York civil service law and state and federal rights to "due process". In the sexting case, the guard has not been convicted of any crimes although a conviction is not necessary to suspend or dismiss a district employee.

Bruce Negrin Takes Your Calls Tonight on WVOX 1460 AM at 8 PM

June 25, 2009 - 13:46

brucenegrin.jpgBruce Negrin is taking your calls tonight on New Rochelle News & Views on WVOX 1460 AM.

Take this opportunity to get your voice heard as we go off the cuff about the issues that eminate from the Queen City of the Sound. Call the studio line at 914-636-0110. You can listen on the internet at

[EDITOR'S NOTE: I've promoted this announcement because Bruce has no set schedule tonight which means Talk of the Sound readers can call in and discuss topics being covered here such as the New Rochelle Post Office issue, the "Home Rule" issue, school district issues or anything else that interests them]

Former Mayor Len Paduano Speaks to Reform Club at American Legion Hall This Thursday

June 24, 2009 - 22:55

The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club will meet on Thursday, June 25th at 7:30 PM at the American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave, New Rochelle, in the 2nd floor meeting room. The special guest speaker will be former New Rochelle Mayor Len Paduano who will speak about "New Rochelle: Past, Present, and Future". A question-and-answer period will follow. The meeting is open to the public and there is free parking on site or in the Mormon Church lot across the street,

New Rochelle City Council Approves New Bike Rack Requirements

June 24, 2009 - 22:52

Cyclists turned out in force at City Hall on June 16 to testify in favor of a proposed law to mandate bicycle racks on all residential developments containing ten or more dwelling units. In mixed use and non-residential developments with l0 or more parking spaces, a bicycle parking facility must be provided. If it is not possible to provide parking space for bicycle racks, a payment can be made to the City's "Bicycle Rack Fund."

More than a half dozen speakers favored the passage of this legislation. Melinda Maxwell "strongly" supported the proposal because she felt there was a great need for these racks. Education is needed to explain bicycle safety. Dr. Linda Apuzzi supported the proposal because bicycles should have the same provisions for parking as cars.

A traveling therapist also supported the legislation because she recounted when she rides herself to work, she often has no place to park her bicycle. Often she takes her bicycle into the grocery store. On North Avenue she claimed the traffic can be "insane" and she has to ride along the sidewalks. It was also felt bicycle racks in the business area would help the merchants. Since cars can't park in downtown now they keep going.

New Rochelle Police: Gym Teacher Said 5th Grader "deserved to be beat"

June 24, 2009 - 17:09

ABB07A59-C8FA-4474-BB0F-58BD05DB045E.jpgAman Ali of the Journal News is reporting that Daniel Sanabria, the substitute gym teacher who was arrested on charges related to an incident at Webster Elementary School, told police the child had it coming.

Daniel Sanabria, 58, went on to say he does not hit children but that the victim "deserved to be beat," and if the victim was his child "it would be a different story," according to the police statement filed in court. Sanabria also said in the statement he was interested in pressing charges against the child.

The Webster Gym Teacher "chokehold" case was first reported here on Talk of the Sound in the New Rochelle Community Pulse blog: Webster Teacher Facing Criminal Charges over 5th Grader "Chokehold": Assault, Harrasment, Child Endangement.

Mayor Bramson on WVOX: Did He Say the New Rochelle Post Office Will Go?

June 24, 2009 - 03:23

Mr Bramson -Historic building has no value , but I'll take pictures. Thanks mayor.

Having heard the mayor's radio show, I was impressed that he found a way to "preserve" the post office AND tear it down at the same time. Following up on a call from one of his last shows, the mayor showed due dilligence by noting the role the State Historic Preservation Office will play in the decision making process for the registered historic building. He went on to explain how one could record the building with video and pictures and that would be the same as saving the building thereby holding on to the culture and historical depth of the city. In agreement with a caller, he pointed to the capital improvement to the building around 1973(?) which removed any sense of what the building was, thereby minimizing any historical importance the building may have possessed. If capital improvements preclude a building from preservation, does neglect secure the preservation. Good news for the Armory. I'm glad the mayor said it.

Pictures. Why didn't I think of that! If we just take pictures of everything we can then sterilize the city of anything in the way of new construction. Then we could just sit behind a computer screen and absorb the full depth of our history without ever leaving our Capellitown apartment.

Gov. Patterson Attends Westchester County Democratic Committee Gala Dinner in New Rochelle

June 23, 2009 - 23:35

Photo taken on June 18th at the Westchester County Democratic Committee Gala Dinner at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle. The woman to the right of Gov. David A. Paterson is unidentified.  The rest of the people in the photo are: Standing: Westchester County Clerk, Tim Idoni, Treasurer of the Indian American Forum for Political Education NY Chapter, Kochumathen Babu, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano and Seated: Gov. David A. Paterson