June 2009

Webster Teacher Facing Criminal Charges over 5th Grader "Chokehold": Assault, Harrassment, Child Endangerment - UPDATED

June 15, 2009 - 18:36

56C42A55-9E3C-420A-8C6A-CAAE6C2335EF.jpgEXCLUSIVE TALK OF THE SOUND REPORT -- A very credible parent source from Webster Elementary School has shared with NRCP that a district assigned substitute Physical Education Teacher assaulted (parent used expression "teacher put child in a chokehold") 5th grader at the aforementioned school. The alleged assault occurred yesterday, June 12th, 2009. We are gathering more details at this time. We were also told that there was a letter sent out to parents. Citizens, please write in and let us know what you know!

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story which has now been widely reported in newspapers, online and on TV was broken her first thanks to alert New Rochelle residents who have taken to reporting the news themselves via Talk of the Sound. Another signal of how citizen media is changing the rules of the game. Great work all around.

UPDATE: On Friday, June 12 a teacher was charged criminally (assault 3rd degree, endangering the welfare of a minor, and harassment).

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser Draws Excited Crowds to Downtown New Rochelle for Fazzino Art Exhibit & Signing

June 14, 2009 - 07:40

468EA368-FB55-4321-8A62-F51CB0B62AC6.jpgTony Aiello and Charles Fazzino co-hosted a wonderful benefit event to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. Organized by Jim Killorin, the event was a great success, raising money to building homes for the less fortunate in Westchester County.

The event featured an exhibit of the work of renowned 3D Pop Art artist Charles Fazzino who was signing poster prints of his painting American Dreams of La Rochelle throughout the evening. Signed copies for American Dream of La Rochelle are now available for $40.00 plus shipping or you can save the shipping and stop on by Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations during at either 524 main Street or 591 Main Street in downtown New Rochelle.

NRPD P.A.C.T. Officer and Councilman Trangucci Address South End Civic League

June 14, 2009 - 06:02

The South End Civic League of New Rochelle met Monday June 8 at the YMCA in New Rochelle. Speakers included members of the New Rochelle police force and and City Council member Lou Trangucci.


  • The highest percentage of first responder calls in New Rochelle come from two of the newest developers: the Avalon buildings and New Roc.
  • Thefts are the most common incidents at the public schools reported to the NRPD.
  • Costco may expand to better compete with the newly opened BJ's in Pelham Manor.
  • Hudson Park has been getting a makeover.
  • Trangucci says LeCount Square Project sales tax revenue per square foot is out of line with mall developers around the county.

Showing of Charles Fazzino's American Dreams of La Rochelle tonight in SoNo

June 12, 2009 - 20:23

Habitat for Humanity Westchester is hosting a showing of Charles Fazzino’s work including the unveiling of his latest work “American Dreams of La Rochelle” tonight at the Chase Bank on the corner of Lawton and Main Streets In SoNo starting at 6:30.

To obtain more information, click HERE  or call Jim Killoran at 914-430-4821.

Over 400 Students, 150 Staff "Go Missing" on New Rochelle High School Fire Inspection Safety Report

June 12, 2009 - 16:52

25C4E4A4-56D6-45B8-9DBB-73D68769BB7F.jpgA recent fire inspection safety report for New Rochelle High School shows a significant discrepancy between the building population reported to the New York State Department of Education and the population reported to the New Rochelle Fire Department. Records obtained by Talk of the Sound show that over 3,400 students were reported enrolled at New Rochelle High School but less than 3,000 students were reported to the New Rochelle Fire Department. The same report omits over 150 full-time non-pedagogical staff and an unknown number of part-time staff.

Emails and phone calls to New Rochelle school officials seeking comment were not returned.

"Introduction to Blogs" Class Thursday 6 PM at New Rochelle Public Library

June 11, 2009 - 21:34

For readers wishing to learn how to start writing their own posts on Talk of the Sound (or any blog for that matter), sign up now for a 90 minute course on the basics of blogging at the New Rochelle Public Library. There is room for 12 people and seating is first come, first serve. Drop-ins are welcome; we will do our best to make room.

Introduction to Blogs

Event Type: Computer Classes
Date: 6/11/2009
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
Intro to Blogs
Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room

New Rochelle Costco, Feeling Heat of Competition From New Pelham BJ Store, Mulls $4M Facelift

June 11, 2009 - 15:54

B18E2148-046A-4D9D-940C-66919FB242F5.jpgCouncil Lou Trangucci at the South End Civic League meeting this week stated Costco is getting a lot of competition from the newly opened BJ's in Pelham.  Costco is considering spending several million dollars to their New Rochelle store.  One department under consideration is the bakery department.

Trangucci noted that competition for Costco is going to impact the City of New Rochelle as declining sales decreases revenue from sales tax. Costco contributes over $1 million a year to city coffers.

Trangucci also stated that the former Linens and Things site has potential for a new store.  Simone is negotiating for that site.

New Rochelle's History Burns While Council Fiddles- say NO to home rule

June 11, 2009 - 15:13

If the council really is considering to vote on weaseling out of their obligation to maintain the Armory, then they really are fiddling around with the sole purpose of why they are elected. To serve the public, not the interests of a developer or their own personal vision of what they want to see. A caller on WVOX made the claim that the mayor has no great project to call his own, and bullying and pushing through HIS vision would give him the "feather in his cap" needed to spur him on to loftier political goals . Isn't there ANY sense of history left within this city. We go around and polish the plaques, restore a few monuments and call that preservation? Meanwhile, the grand icons of our culture as a city get razed to suit the current political idea of the month club. At OUR expense, mind you. Museums, theatres, Armories, neighborhoods, none of that has any significance anymore when compared to the money given away to outsiders. It's shameful. Perhaps there aren't any true New Rochellians left that care about their history, and the importance of true preservation. By voting for the home rule request, it's only a matter of time before they come after YOUR property. Think about that. Say NO to home rule, but don't say it to me tell your council person. They're here to serve, Right?

The New Rochelle Tax Base is Bleeding and it Needs Your Help

June 11, 2009 - 05:21

In a desperate attempt to circumvent the binding deed and covenant compelling New Rochelle to maintain and use the Armory for the good of the public, it is reported that Mayor Bramson will be bringing a Home Rule Request up for a vote at an upcoming council meeting. This would pave the way for council running amuk with no accounting to the public (tax payer). There has been no real discussion about a readaptive use for the Armory, although elsewhere, throughout this country, people have chosen to make a success of the jewel in their possession.

The city council chose to turn their back on the Armory on the advice of their developer. Mr Kruse from Forest City said ...our retail guys have looked at it and considered it a "missing tooth". What if the city said "we want to readapt the Armory" ? Well, the developer would have included it in their plans. Abe Naperstek, also from Forest City, said they would have included the Armory if the council told them to. Realizing the importance of the structure, one of the other developers applying for the project, Twinings Development, actually did include it in their plans . So. you see, it CAN be done, it just takes the commitment to turn an historical icon into something we can all be proud of.

Newsweek Reports New Rochelle Schools Sinking From #351 to #1,239 (out of 1,500)

June 11, 2009 - 03:51

No wonder Richard Organisciak did not want to participate in the Newsweek survey. In a report out this week of the top 1,500 high schools in the nation, Newsweek ranks New Rochelle 1,239 out of 1,500 down from 914 last year. In 2003 it was ranked 351.

What happened?

Read the report here

[EDITOR'S NOTE: In March, at a board meeting held at Ward School, Superintendent Richard Organisciak made a recommendation to the school board that the District refuse to respond to Newsweek's request for data and otherwise not participate in the Newsweek survey.

On March 3rd: