September 2009

City of New Rochelle Police Department Gang Member Location Map

September 22, 2009 - 17:44

The New Rochelle Police Department has put together a handy guide to the Gangs of New Rochelle. To request your very own copy of this lovely four-color, suitable-for-framing guide to the City's gang population just call Mayor Bramson's office at (914) 654-2150. For an extra discount when you call just say the words "There are no gangs in New Rochelle" and receive five dollars off the regular price. Hurry, order now while supplies last.

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Keeping all these gangs and sets straight can get a bit confusing so we have put together a Gang Scorecard so you know who are all the players are in Gangland New Rochelle.

Like the old actor joke , Except Aman is not funny

September 21, 2009 - 20:34

Stop me if you heard this one
"What do you do for a living?"
"I'm an actor" (comedian)
"Oh really ? What restaraunt?" (what newspaper)
And so it goes for our old pal Aman. LoHud editors , coworkers , don't you think this is belittling your profession? To think , all your research and schooling, only to wind up needing to compete for your own job against a comedian. He's not even a mediocre reporter amd he stands by your side , making the public laugh . I feel sorry for the hardworking PROFESSIONALS who have their credibility diminished by this joke. Aman , you CAN quit your day job. No one will miss you .

SoNo business, Educational Tools and Toys, highlighted in Westchester Business Journal

September 21, 2009 - 19:35

Countywide, we have both retailers and restaurants being highlighted. Most recent is Educational Tools and Toys, located on Main St…Frank and Rosa McGrath are highlighted in a great article. Their shop is located at 572 Main St, on the corner of Centre and Main. Last month, Habitat’s ReStores were featured as well.

It’s New Ro’s time in So No New Ro!

Learn more at SoNo NewRo online

No Joke: Journal News' Aman Ali is a Real Comedian

September 21, 2009 - 19:30

amanali.jpgIt has often been remarked here that Aman Ali does little more than serve as a stenographer for city and school officials. It has become something of a joke. All of this becomes more clear by a quick visit to his personal web site:

Ali is a regular standup comic in comedy clubs all over the New York City area and performs in comedy clubs and college campuses all across the country. He’s opened for Dave Chappelle and a handful of other acclaimed comics working in the industry today.

At least that explains the Dave Chappelle reference in his Demeterius Hazelton story last July. Busy flying around the country and working late nights at area comedy clubs, he obviously only has time to slap together stories spoon-fed to him by government officials who have found Mr. Ali's "coverage" of New Rochelle to their great advantage.

Over the past few days, Aman Ali has been getting a god deal of national attention for a blog he has been writing entitled 30 MOSQUES IN 30 DAYS.

So No Sidewalk sales this weekend

September 21, 2009 - 03:47

The excitement is building in So No New Ro!  Today on the streets, one could see people talking about this weekends upcoming sidewalk Sales....Sept 24, 25, 26th..!

The sales will be amazing..there also will be music by the Loews theatre along with Barbara Davis signing her book at 1pm at 591 Main Street on the Great History of New Rochelle!

Fun Sales times in So No....If you mention you read this article you will get 10 percent off of Barbara’s book..on the history of New Rochelle!

Only  "45 Minutes from Broadway"  New will love it in So No New Ro! 

Learn more at SoNo NewRo Online

Play by Ruby Dee Can be seen this week

September 21, 2009 - 02:07

the_river_crosses_rivers_image.JPG.jpegThe Ensemble Studio Theatre production of The River Crosses Rivers includes a new (Series A) short play by New Rochelle resident, Ruby Dee. Two sets of seven plays by women playwriters of color include plays by Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage and actress, Ruby Dee. Ruby Dee's play, The Step Mother, explored the emotions of an older woman and her step-daughter. The production is well worth seeing.

The schedule for the sets of seven plays can be found on the Ensemble Studio web site or by calling the theatre at 212-247-4982. Theatre is on 549 W. 52nd Street, 2nd floor. The plays run until September 27.

What a Difference Six Months Makes: Bramson Optimism on Stimulus Funding Evaporates

September 20, 2009 - 23:55

Last February, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson was talking big about bringing $98 million in federal stimulus money to New Rochelle. In his State of the City speech, Bramson claimed the Federal Stimulus Package will help the city.

Don't bother looking on the Journal News site for the story, the Mayor's big talk from last winter has disappeared from the JN web site -- much like the Mayor's unfounded optimism about advancing his ill-conceived pet projects on the backs of American taxpayers.

Journal News, March 1, 2009: New Rochelle seeking $98 million in stimulus money

Back then the City was looking for $25 million to fund relocating the Department of Public Works yard to a site on Beechwood Avenue in the hopes of clearing the way for the development at Echo Bay by Forest City. Since then Forest City has backed way off its plans as it struggles to cope with the impact of the recession.

Back then Bramson said, "In my judgment, the city yard project has merit in and of itself. We'll be replacing a facility with one that is environmentally sensitive. Its linkage to Echo Bay makes it that much more valuable."

Apparently those doling out stimulus dollars did not share the Mayor's excitement; that money has not been forthcoming and there appears to be no chance of that happening.

Journal News Sister Paper Hands Over Identity of Anonymous Commenter to Wisconsin Pol

September 20, 2009 - 21:38

The Associated Press is reporting that a Wisconsin Paper Faces Backlash for Outing Web Critic

When anonymous commenters criticized a local politician many readers of the local Gannett newspaper posted anonymous comments on the Wausau Daily Herald web site.

Zuleger, administrator of the Wausau suburb of Weston, demanded to know who was saying all those nasty things about him, and the paper did something unusual: It handed over one critic's e-mail address.

Zuleger then sent the commenter, a local businessman, a letter on official stationery demanding he stop making personal attacks, disclose his identity and meet with him.

For the record, Talk of the Sound would NEVER turn over personally identifying information about an anonymous commenter because some local politician asked for it.

Firefighters Top List of "The Nation's Top Eight Most-Demanding Jobs"

September 18, 2009 - 16:06

Given all the back and forth about looming budget cuts and the impact on the New Rochelle Fire Department and New Rochelle Police Department, a recently released study might be worth some consideration.

Careercast, a leading job's web site, has put together its list of the nation’s eight most-demanding jobs. The list is based on a new study from's 2009 Jobs Rated Report:

Compiled using information from the Department of Labor and Jobs Rated's exclusive data on 200 different jobs, the new report ranks positions based on a combination of work hours, stress and physical demands to determine the eight most-demanding jobs overall, along with separate rankings of the most exhausting blue- and white-collar positions.

The Nation's Top Eight Most-Demanding Jobs

1) Firefighter

2) Surgeon

3) Senior corporate executive

4) Police officer

5) Roustabout

6) Sailor

7) General practice physician

8) Psychiatrist

Take part in Bloomingdales `The Shopping Benefit` event and help Habitat for Humanity Of Westchester

September 18, 2009 - 12:51

Bloomingdales multi-charity event, “The Shopping Benefit”, will take place on October 29, 2009 at Bloomingdales White Plains. The event will be held from 10am to 10pm and it will support over 40 local charities including Habitat for Humanity of Westchester.

clip_image002“The Shopping Benefit” will feature storewide entertainment, discounts and fashion events! 100% of the ticket price will benefit participating charities.

The purchase of a $10 ticket entitles you to take 15% off almost every purchase, even sale-priced items or take 20% off when you spend $300 or more on your Bloomingdale’s card that day. Some exclusions apply, see ticket for details.

Plus, Bloomingdale’s will donate an additional $5 to the charity stamped on the back of the ticket when you bring in the ticket to the store on the day of the event.