July 2009

Westchester County Legislature Calls on Attorney General to Keep Thomas Paine Collection in Westchester County

July 01, 2009 - 17:26

Press release from 6DC7B0B1-5817-47BE-9B9B-CCFC09228C46.jpgJim Maisano:

Legislators Maisano and Board of Legislators Request that Thomas Paine Historical Artifacts Remain in Westchester County – Hopefully in New Rochelle

Westchester County Legislator Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) announced today that he drafted a letter, signed by every member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, that was mailed to the New York State Education Department and New York State Museum requesting that all historical artifacts located at the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (“TPNHA”) remain in Westchester – hopefully in New Rochelle (Paine_Ltr.pdfletter is attached).

Parking Ticket Problems in New Rochelle

July 01, 2009 - 14:38

Via Twitter, well-known blogger C.K. Sample writes about getting bogus parking tickets from the New Rochelle Police Department:

...although the ticket has our vehicle tag listed, the color listed is wrong, we never received the initial ticket, and it was issued at 8:45 in the morning while Kristin was at work in the Bronx with the car. We looked up the address on the ticket on Google Maps to be confronted with a residential street where neither of us have ever been. After seeing this was wrong we pulled up a file with other parking tickets that we’ve received and paid in the past.

We had received a late notice once before and we assumed that it was for one time when we parked without paying the meter, so we just paid it without looking closely. Now that we’re actually looking at the ticket information again, we discover that yet again this was a ticket issued around 8:45am in the morning in an area where neither of us have ever been and on a day that Kristin was already at work and parked.

County Executive Andy Spano Calls for Thomas Paine Collection to Remain in Westchester

July 01, 2009 - 13:06

Statement by County Executive Andy Spano:

These documents have been in Westchester County for more than 84 years. If the Thomas Paine Museum is no longer suited to house these valuable transcripts, then it is only fitting that the Westchester County Historical Society be selected as the repository for them.

The Museum and its collections have historical connections to Westchester County. They’ve been here all these year and they should remain here.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I do not have the full press release. If a reader has it please send it along.

Thomas Paine Board Disputes Talk of the Sound Report

July 01, 2009 - 12:52

Aman Ali has a story up on the Thomas Paine MueseumThomas Paine Museum in New Rochelle hands off its contents to New York Historical Society in Manhattan

The Journal News article says that the interim executive director of the board of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association is disputing claims by former board member Ken Burchell that the Attorney General's office stepped in ordered the museum's collection transferred to the New York State Historical Society. Interim director Brad Mulkern did acknowledge the museum's collection has been transferred to the New York State Historical Society but claims it was a decision of the board.

At least one part of the Journal News story appears to be wrong:

Many of the board's members were upset by the sales and resigned in 2002, including Kenneth Burchell. He was one of the people who brought the sales to the attorney general's attention.

New Rochelle Monument Restoration Celebration Today

July 01, 2009 - 12:34

City of New Rochelle press release:

The restoration of three significant monuments adorning the east and west entranceways to the City’s central business district will be celebrated at a ceremony on Wednesday, July 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the World War I monument, Faneuil Park, at the East Junction of Main and Huguenot Streets. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 2 at 11:30 a.m.

The Soldier’s Monument (1895), Eliza and Dr. Peter Moulton Memorial (1914) and World War I Memorial (1921) had each suffered considerably through the decades from soiling and moderate decay. The Monument Restoration Project was approved by the Council in 2008 and began in March 2009 under the direction of the Department of Public Works. Ben D’Onofrio, Construction Engineer, was assigned as the Project Manager. The preservation assessment was performed by Jablonski Building Conservation and restoration work was accomplished by Archa Technologies and Steve Tatti. The total cost of the project is estimated to be approximately $100,000.

“Our monuments commemorate the extraordinary sacrifices made by generations of New Rochelleans to advance the cause of freedom throughout the world,” said Mayor Noam Bramson. “They are also wonderful examples of artistry that lend grace and beauty to their surroundings.”

Gnarly in SoNo

July 01, 2009 - 04:15

GNARLY VINE......If it wasn’t gnarly enough...this Thursday from 7-8pm.. they will offer free a martini only the vine, and with a twist to make you move...the Gnarly offers fine delicacies to keep you wanting more..while enjoying a fine glass of wine, dj mike’s mixin’ music, or oysters on the half shell..or gnarly in SoNo this fourth of July weekend.......on Main Street...

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