September 2009

Gannett Newspapers Demonstrate Complete Ignorance of Twitter

September 13, 2009 - 20:14

AB419DCE-E6A2-44B4-B069-D54B9BB46E25.jpgWhile traditional media outlets around the country continue to put energy into paying lip service to embracing social media services they appear determined to put even more energy into demonstrating their profound ignorance of even its most basic elements.

As a frequent critic of the consistently lousy "reporting" at Gannett's Journal News (Westchester/Rockland County, NY), I have to admit that even I was surprised to see an inane article purporting to list the "top Twitters" in communities across the two countries served by the paper. The list of "top Twitterers is based on nothing more than cobbling together misleading, incomplete data gleaned from meaningless searches of a "directory" of Twitter users called Twellow. I have nothing against Twellow. I have been interviewed many times by WebProNews which created Twellow. But if you think that their directory can used to provide meaningful location analysis you either do not understand how to use a database, do not understand how Twitter works or both.

Huge Crowd Attends 9-11 Remembrance

September 13, 2009 - 01:17

Eight years after 9-ll the people of New Rochelle remember this tragic day. A huge crowd showed up at the American Legion Post 8 despite the inclement honor the memory of those that had lost their lives. The cub scouts and daisy scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance and were followed by a musical interlude by the Iona Bagpipe band and Bob Lebensold who led the audience in the singing of America the Beautiful. The Marines, Army, Navy, Police and Fire Departments and the media all had representatives at the ceremony.
The master of ceremonies, Peter Parente, set the tone by speaking about how we should never forget the sacrifices that are made by many of our citizens and service men to keep our country free.
Ron Tocci, former Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Veterans Affairs. gave the keynote address and this was followed by speeches by Jim Killoran, and Commissioners Kiernan and Carroll. A candlelight ceremony followed and the names of those lost from New Rochelle and Iona College on 9-11 were read. The ceremony concluded with a singing of God Bless America.

9-11 Memorial Candlelight Vigil tonight 7:30 PM @ American Legion Post 8 Hall

September 11, 2009 - 22:52

*********************** IMPORTANT CHANGE *************

Due to the increment weather, the 9-11 Memorial & Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle, will be held tonight 7:30 PM at the American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave, New Rochelle.  Parking either on site or in the Mormon Church lot across the street.

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

Notice Regarding 9-11 Memorial and Vigil - To Be Held at American Legion Hall

September 11, 2009 - 19:28

In response to the inclement weather predictions , the Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil will be held at the American Legion Hall , Post 8 located at 112 North Avenue , in New Rochelle.

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The ceremony will begin at 7:30 PM Additional parking is available, across the street in the Mormon Church parking lot . Please join us .

Avalon has "incident"

September 11, 2009 - 17:39

Yesterday as I drove past Avalon on Memorial Highway there were a lot of fire trucks parked in front on the building. When I checked today I was told it was an elevator alarm that was triggered by high winds.

Winds created by high rise buildings have been brought up at many City Council meetings. One concilman even offered a suggestion to install wind alleviation fixtures on these high rise buildings.But the wind problem in downtown has not been addressed.

Transportationally Challeged: Bus Companies Struggle to Get New Rochelle Students to School on Time

September 11, 2009 - 00:07

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Today was a rough day for the Transportation Department at the City School District of New Rochelle as many parents called to try and resolve transportation issues. Kids left at bus stops waiting for busses that never arrived. Busses arrived late to school in the morning and after school programs in the afternoon. Folks at the City School District of New Rochelle Transportation Department had their hands full.

Last year NRCP reported on other struggles the Transportation Department seems to have done better this year. You can read that story here: New Rochelle Fails to Inform Parents of Transportation/School Bus Schedules

As many readers know, members of the City School District of New Rochelle Board of Education, Administration, Teachers and Staff often visit Talk of the Sound to get "feedback" on their job performance. Share your story, people are reading.

Bruce Negrin Radio Show Tonight 8pm WVOX 1460 am or

September 10, 2009 - 19:02

Councilman Lou Trangucci visits us tonight

Call the studio at 914-636-0110

* Avalon Givebacks: No harm in asking.

* North Avenue Development

* Quality of Life Panhandlimng in New Rochelle

* Desegregation Settlement - What's at stakle for New Ro?

* Church of Latter Day Saints concecrated at NR Train Station

*Are you ready for some football? New Ro takes the field

New Rochelle Downtown Fall Sidewalk Sale Sep 23rd-26th

September 10, 2009 - 16:52


SidewlkSale_ObamaPhoto.jpgWant to have your photo taken with President Obama? Want to be remembered as standing between the President and Michelle? Then come to the New Rochelle BID Sidewalk Sale , Wednesday, September 23rd through Saturday, September 26th.

Fancy Photo at 514 Main Street , one of more than thirty stores and restaurants at this year’s BID Spring Sidewalk Sale will be selling photo packages of you with the President and/or Michele Obama.

Less than 1 in 5 Americans Give Nation's Schools High Marks

September 09, 2009 - 23:27

We've been writing about the various ways the government, including school district administrations and school boards, like to produce rankings where they rank themselves. Not surprisingly they generally give themselves high marks. The consumers of their product -- parents -- are apparently not as gullible as that.

82% of adults gave American schools a C, D, or F with just 18% giving U.S. school an A or a B according to a new Harvard study on parental attitudes towards education. It is well worth the read.

One of the studies authors, Paul E. Peterson, published an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal.

Yesterday President Barack Obama delivered a pep talk to America's schoolchildren. The president owes a separate speech to America's parents. They deserve some straight talk on the state of our public schools.