August 2009

Join Westchester's Habitat for Humanity in a day of service on September 11th

August 26, 2009 - 14:10

As another way of remembering 9/11, September 11th is now also recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Habitat for Humanity had already chosen 9/11 as the day for its annual buildathon.

‘On 9/11 the world changed forever, this 9/11 come help change the world.’ 

Help in SoNo. Help rehab the home of a single parent with 2 kids. Join us during the day as we help this family get back into their home; and then that evening join us in the evening as we plan on attending the service at the Armory (7:30pm)

for more information call 1 888 9 HABITAT.

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Mark your calendars -Vigil for those we lost because of September 11th, 2001

August 25, 2009 - 13:55

There will be a Memorial & Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle, on Fri. Sept. 11, 2009, starting at 7:30 PM, on the lawn of our BELOVED New Rochelle Armory, 270 Main St., New Rochelle. 

Come join us as we REMEMBER our fallen brothers and sisters who perished on or because of September 11, 2001.  It will be an evening of healing through remembrance, prayer, and song.  The many heroes who were taken or made that day shall Never Be Forgotten!  The program will include short prayers from multiple religions, patriotic songs, and mention or remarks from those who lost loved ones because of 9-11.  The lawn of the New Rochelle Armory Building is a significant location due to its service to Ground Zero, as a support facility during the days that followed the attack on America.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at The American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave., New Rochelle. 

For further information please contact Peter Parente (UVM&PA) 914 557- 5556.

Learn More at SoNo NewRo Online

9 - 11 Memorial and Candlelight Vigil to be Held at the New Rochelle Armory . An Evening of Rememberance and Reflection

August 25, 2009 - 04:13

There will be a memorial service to honor the lives lost, and pay tribute to those who gave selflessly in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11th , 2001 . All are welcome .

Join family , friends , and the community to reflect upon a day that changed so many lives forever , and to remember loved ones lost through prayer , story and song .

Come together on Friday , September 11 at 7:30 PM on the front lawn of The Armory 270 East Main St , New Rochelle . The Armory served as a staging area for relief supplies to support the efforts at Ground Zero

In the event of inclement weather , the service will be held at the American Legion Hall , Post 8 , 112 North Ave . The service is being held under the auspices of the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of the City of New Rochelle.

They are all gone into the world of light,
And I alone sit lingering here;
Their very memory is fair and bright,
And my sad thoughts doth clear.
~ Henry Vaughan,

Faith Communities in So No

August 23, 2009 - 04:58

In addition to the great restaurants and businesses, SO NO’s faith groups are a big part of our community.

See Pastor Ray Mott and be spirit filled with and fed with the Word of God! Pastor Mott’s congregation is the Family Christian Center Worship times are 9:30 – 11:30 and are held at the Regal Cinemas in New Roc City.

You can also see a directory of our other faith communities here.

Learn more at SoNo NewRo Online

Listen to (1460AM) this evening to hear what's going on in SoNo

August 20, 2009 - 17:53


Tonight some special coverage on So No New Ro, some residents, businesses, its all fun..join Jim Killoran and other SoNo residents, as you hear about what’s going on in the neighborhood, issues, sales and more..the excitement is building...between

hear about So No and the bike club.

Saturday at Bethesda Baptist, NewRo Housing Authority Presents Author of New Book: "Post Traumatic Slave

August 19, 2009 - 19:46

7C1033E8-A5A6-47E6-A150-1616FF95DFAB.jpgThe New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority will present Dr. Joy DeGruy (formerly Leary), internationally renounded author and speaker, on Saturday, August 22, 2009, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Bethesda Baptist Church, Dr. C.M. Long Sr. Family Life Center, 71 Lincoln Ave.

Dr. Joy DeGruy has over twenty years of experience in the field of social work and is a renowned speaker on issues of race relations, contemporary social issues and culture.

Comments on Talk the Sound

August 19, 2009 - 07:52

Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist in New York has some thoughts on comment threads which bear on our upcoming one-year anniversary.

I agree that simply adding a comment thread at the end of a news story is a recipe for trouble. But it is only a recipe for trouble if that is as far as you go. An unattended comment thread will be full of garbage and many are.

But if the author of the news story, or opinion piece, or blog post, tends to the comments, replies to the good ones, signals the bad ones, chastises the loudmouth bullies, and generally runs the comment threads like a serious discussion group, a serious discussion will result.

We will soon be disabling anonymous comments. This is a long-planned move that is part of the natural evolution of a maturing blog. Wilson's point is spot on. The effect, however, of allowing only registered users to comment is an initial drop in comments and traffic. My experience is an 80% drop in comments and 20% in traffic -- initially. After a few months comments will surpass the previous numbers and traffic will jump. More importantly the quality of discussion in the comments will improve dramatically.

Does Guessing on Multiple Choice, Leaving Written Portion Blank = Level 2 on State Test?

August 19, 2009 - 02:29

Diana Senechal conducted a little experiment over at Gotham Schools to see if she could earn a promotion to the next grade simply by guessing on multiple choice questions and leaving the written portion blank.

Surely it isn’t possible to get a 2—and thus a promotion to the next grade—by just guessing! Or is it? To find out, I conducted a little experiment...while this approach does not result in a 2 for all the tests, it comes a bit too close for comfort, and another guessing system might work. A fifth grader told me that his father had told him, “Just mark ‘C’ for all of the answers, and you will pass.” On the fifth grade ELA test, this would indeed have resulted in a 2.

Now, is this Talk of the Sound calling our students dumb or is that dumb administrators trumpeting test scores from a test that, quite literally, a chimpanzee could pass.