June 2009

NYC Schools Chancellor Offers Lessons for New Rochelle Schools in Fordham Law Speech: To Fix Poverty, Fix Education

June 11, 2009 - 02:49

0B3D1C6B-9EBF-451F-A155-C11088892CCA.jpgChancellor of New York City Public Schools, Joel Klein, told of his bold vision for change needed in public schools.  He spoke on June 3 at the Fordham Law School's Center for Social Justice on how public education is a path out of poverty. As Chancellor he is living his "passion, fighting for children in New York City."  When he became Chancellor he was told, you will never fix education unless you fix poverty, but he believes the opposite, that the solution to poverty is education.  He grew up in public housing and would not be where he is today if his education had mirrored his family income.  "What makes America America" is that you can come from anywhere and become a Supreme Court Justice.

Garden Club: Secret Gardens of New Rochelle Tour This Saturday June 13

June 10, 2009 - 21:53

On Saturday there will be a tour of 8 "Secret Gardens" in New Rochelle organized by the Garden Club of New Rochelle. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door). The tour is self-guided and runs from 11 AM to 3 PM. All proceeds go to supporting the Garden Club of New Rochelle and its various beautification projects around New Rochelle. There will be refreshments and a raffle.

Click "Read More" to see a video provided courtesy of The Journal News

Memo to Jeff Hastie: Electronic Text Books and Web-Base Calendars for Schools

June 10, 2009 - 21:47

Jeff Hastie ran for school board with a boatload of promises making better use of technology to educate and to communicate with parents and the public. Here are a couple items to get the discussion rolling:

BBC: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has unveiled a plan to save money by phasing out school textbooks in favour of internet aids

Gov Schwarzenegger believes internet activities such as Facebook, Twitter and downloading to iPods show that young people are the first to adopt new online technologies, and so the internet is also the best way to learn in classrooms.

From the beginning of the next school year in August, maths and science students in California's high schools will have access to online texts that have passed an academic standards review.

The governor says digital textbooks can be updated easily - so learning keeps pace with progress.

TechCrunch: Isn’t It Time Your Kid’s School Used A Web-Based Calendar?

School Board President Stymied; Cindy Babcock-Deutsch Unable to Cite Law She Claimed Bars Public Discussion of Union Negotiation

June 10, 2009 - 17:38

Cindy Babcock Deutsch.jpgFrom March until May, dozens of New Rochelle residents came before the school board at so-called "Budget Workshops" to share their concerns about increasing property taxes, out-of-control spending and especially runaway salaries, benefits and overtime for District employees. Residents repeatedly hammered away at two questions during the school board meetings: (1) will there be a pay freeze (2) will there be any sort of giveback on health insurance benefits. Time and time again School Board President Cindy Babcock-Deutsch lied to residents claiming there was a law which precluded any public discussion of ongoing union negotiation to the obvious discomfort of other board members who knew full-well there was no such law.

Back on June 2nd, I wrote about my appearance before the school board:

Sound Shore Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Michael Palmieri Looking at 7 Years for Insurance Fraud; Tip of an Iceberg?

June 10, 2009 - 16:03


As has now been widely reported, Dr. Michael Palmeiri (pictured right) was arraigned last week after having been accused of fraud by the New York State Insurance Department. Palmieri was changed with third-degree grand larceny and for violating New York State workers’ compensation law after filing false medical forms on behalf of a former New York State corrections officer who pleaded guilty in 2006 to "second-degree grand larceny, filing a false tax return, falsely claiming injury and receiving $40,170 from the New York State Insurance Fund." A State investigation showed that Coletti operated a contracting business in Westchester and did work on Palmieri's home. The story received national attention because the Palmieri's patient, Leo Coletti, was a guard at the famous Sing Sing Prison.

Gnarly Vine is hosting a Michael David food and wine tasting on June 17th

June 10, 2009 - 13:06

The Gnarly Vine will be having a Michael David food and wine tasting June 17th from 7 to 9 pm. 

We will be showcasing wines from the Lodi region in California the heart of the red Zinfandel grape along with some delicious bites.

Reservations 914 830 0232


Learn more at SoNo NewRo Online

Operating Engineers Local 137 Strikes Nelstad Materials Corporation

June 09, 2009 - 19:22

IMG_0438.jpgLocal 137 of the International Union of Operating Engineers struck Nelstad Materials Corporation of 40 Huntington Place in New Rochelle early today. Nelstad concrete mixers, long a fixture on the roads of New Rochelle, were not rolling this morning as several union members and Local 137 representatives picketed outside the Nelstad property.

Asked why they were striking, members refused comment and turned their back on a camera taking their photograph.

If anyone knows why they were on strike please post a comment.

UPDATE: I went by at 3:30 PM and the strikers were gone.

Car Crashes into Liebman's Children's Clothing & School Uniforms Store; Windows Smashed

June 09, 2009 - 19:12

A car crashed into Liebman's Children's Clothing & School Uniforms store in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The store, on the corner of Main Street and Church Street smashed up most of the store front windows and destroyed a window display.

The Journal News reported that NRPD told them the incident occurred at 3:30 AM when a driver struck another vehicle in front of him with his vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle was sent to Sound Shore hospital with minor injuries and is under investigation. The other driver was not injured.