July 2009

Making a Wakable, Bikeable NewRo

July 28, 2009 - 09:58

How do we get there.. are the crosswalks walkable..why do we have cars running through the heart of Main Street like a route 95 bypass at speeds, that race more than 50 miles an hour...

One of our mission for SoNo is also to be able to change traffic patterns..Imagine a median in the middle of Main Street..imagine like NYC parking pattern on main street that allowed for slower traffic..imagine if crosswalks would be painted, and also would be having crosswalk signs that would actually allow you to walk across the street without having to rush..and no one would get hit..

Imagine, a bike parking space on Main and bike lanes...

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Rise up with Jim Killoran on 1460 AM

July 28, 2009 - 09:45

This Wednesday Chef Jolo, of Jolo's Kitchen, a new vegetarian restaurant in New Rochelle, will be on Jim Killoran’s radio show this Wednesday from 9-10am on 1460AM; along with Tom Daly, Norman Rockwell Curator talking about History and Rockwell’s presence in New Rochelle and importance in the world today...and your ability to call in about news in SoNo and 914 636 0110.

Your Taxes are Going Way Up - Jump in Tax Appeals to Trigger Massive Increase in School Taxes-- Revisited

July 28, 2009 - 00:34

An article published, on July 17th, in the Journal News provides additional evidence that New Rochelle school taxes will increase in excess of the 3.3% claimed by the district.

Back in early May I forecast that New Rochelle property owners could expect property tax increases between 6% and 9% (2 to 3 times higher then district projections) based on much higher then normal property tax relief appeals. The article in the JN confirms this as the number of property tax grievances is approximately double when compared to last year.

According to the JN roughly 21% of New Rochelle residential property owners have filed for property tax reduction. In my May 7th post I projected that the number would be 20%.

City tax assessor Louis Perone now says “The City is expecting around 2,500 (appeals) this year”. Last year 1,320 cases were filed. Perone expects a “majority” of the 2,500 grievances will be granted. Last year only 416 of the 1,320 (32 percent) were successful. When Perone states a “majority will be granted” we should expect something over 50%. I expect that number to be in the area of 75% to 80%.

Main Street Resurfacing Project Begins Tonight, Road Subject to Closure Until Wednesday

July 27, 2009 - 20:15

DPW Main Street Closure.jpgJust got a Reverse 911 Call from New Rochelle DPW suggesting drivers should avoid Main Street over near the old Thruway Diner for the next few nights.

Listen to the message here (.wav file)

7.27.09 Main Street Resurfacing

Hello, this is the New Rochelle Department of Public Works with an important message regarding roadway resurfacing.

Beginning at 8 PM this evening and ending at 6 AM tomorrow morning, Main Street will be resurfaced between Allard Avenue and Pintard Avenue. This work will be repeated both Tuesday and Wednesday nights of this week. Main Street will be reduced to one travel lane per direction and will be subject to periodic short-term closures during that time.

To avoid delays, motorists are advised to seek alternate routes during this work. We request your patience with both the noise and traffic conditions.


BREAKING: Car on Train Tracks Behind Avalon One Apartments

July 27, 2009 - 18:56

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We are getting unconfirmed reports that a car went through a barrier and ended up on the train tracks behind the Avalon apartment building at 275 Huguenot Street. No reports yet if anyone was injured. Police are responding to the scene. If anyone is in the area can take a few photos -- even on their cell phone camera -- or shoot some video please send it along.


UPDATE: We are starting to get in some photos courtesy of Talk of the Sound readers. Obviously this report is now confirmed. Thanks folks. Keep them coming!

UPDATE: We are hearing that the driver of the vehicle is OK. We here the driver was rounding the corner and instead of turning towards the taxi stand the driver continued straight into the fence, the car then dropped about 20 feet down the hill. Looking at the photos of the car on the tracks I am going to say that no one was seriously injured; unless the fence and brush slowed the car as it fell.

BREAKING NEWS: More Trouble for the McKnight "Family" As Car Chase on I-95 Ends with Weapons Drawn

July 27, 2009 - 07:37

Reliable sources have informed Talk of the Sound there was more trouble for the McKnight "family" tonight following a car chase by New Rochelle police officers that came to an end with a suspect arrested at gunpoint on the Hutchison River Parkway off I-95.

On Sunday a young woman called the New Rochelle Police Department to report that the father of her child had menaced her, threatening to produce a gun but not actually producing the weapon. NRPD responded to the call outside her residence. She told officers she was the daughter of Detective Timothy McKnight. Also present was Demetrius Hazelton, who recently filed a lawsuit against the NRPD, after he was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. Readers will recall Hazelton also dropped McKnight's name to police.

NRPD spent a good part of the day looking out for the young man who had menaced the young woman. Later in the day the young woman called NRPD a second time to report that she was on I-95 and that the young man was in a car ahead of her. NRPD responded immediately, chasing down the car and arresting the young man.

Back at the station, the young woman recanted her story, saying she made it up.

SoNo Biker to participate in the Harlem Valley Ride this Sunday

July 26, 2009 - 01:50

One of the SoNo Bike Club riders, Ron, will ride 55 miles Sunday in the Harlem Valley Ride...cheer him on....our first annual SoNo bikeathon is being planned this coming fall, and on Sundays, the bike ride heads out at 10am...stay tuned for more info on donated bike racks......Congrats Ron!!!!!!

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Louis Cappelli Has 8 Hour Emergency Brain Surgery

July 25, 2009 - 06:48

Saw this on Channel 12 News.

Story was that he was in the shower and leaned forward and felt a massive pain in his head. His wife (pictured here with him at a charity event) convinced him to get medical attention. He was found to have a brain aneurysm and he was rushed into emergency medical surgery. He was in bed recovering when he spoke to Channel 12. He sounded pretty good for a guy who just had brain surgery. He said he would be back at work on Monday.

I guess that's the benefit of having one of your reporters dating Cappelli's spokesman.

Other than that Noam Bramson saw his political future flash before his eyes and nearly fainted, what else do we know?