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September 2009

Busted! Cell Phone Cops Crack Down

September 09, 2009 - 23:00
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The always dapper Erik Rivera was busted for talking on a cell phone by New Rochelle's finest -- and he is planning on fighting back!

Getting pulled over in New Rochelle... For talking on my cell phone... Yet my new car has Bluetooth. Guess who's fighting this ticket?

Ummm...good luck with that. He ought to chat with C.K. Sample about fighting tickets in the Queen City. Obviously Erik is not familiar with New Rochelle.

Erik would have known better if he was reading Talk of the Sound:

New Rochelle Links from over the Holiday Weekend

September 09, 2009 - 22:53

Blogging has been a bit slow. I have been out of town most of the past two weeks -- getting my freshman son squared at Notre Dame and then heading back there for a college reunion and a football game (Notre Dame beat Nevada-Reno 35-0). There were a few articles that caught my attention which I've linked below.

Any chance Google can help solve the Hebrew Immersion issue?

Oy! Google Translate now speaks Yiddish
CNET News

You all know I cannot stand when people type in all upper case letters so you know I am hoping this next story is the beginning of a trend!

Woman Fired For Using Uppercase in Email
New Zealand Herald

Traveling in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois over the past month only served to highlight how incongruous our most recently passed school budget.

More Meaningless Public School Rankings: A’s or B’s Given to Most NYC Schools

September 09, 2009 - 20:36

The New York Times is reporting that 97 percent of New York’s elementary and middle schools earning an A or B on the city’s annual report card.

Suddenly, New York City looks like Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average — or like the Ivy League, noted for grade inflation that makes, say, a B-minus seem like the new F.

The "Making AYP" Charade

...making AYP means only that New Rochelle is not among the bottom 5% of school districts in New York State. At the county level making AYP translates not being in the bottom 7%. Considering that the New Rochelle school district is one of the 50 most expensive school district in the United States (25 of Westchester's 37 districts are among them top 50) this is not what most people would consider an indication for getting good "bang for the buck"...

There are measures of success for public schools but these "grades" and "tests" are not them. Parents need to start asking the right questions about how to judge the relative merits of a particular school or particular school district and stop relying on the district's themselves or the state public education system to tell parents how to judge.

Phil Reisman Journal News: Spano signs power over to Obama in HUD deal

September 09, 2009 - 20:19

Article from LOHUD on 9/3

Spano signs power over to Obama in HUD deal

If there's any remaining doubt that the Obama administration hasn't actively extended its long arm into the affairs of day-to-day community life, then Westchester's $62.5 million housing settlement with the federal government should be a convincer.

More and more, this fuzzy deal looks like a triumph of centralized bureaucracy over local practicality.

Is there racism in these parts? You bet there is. But this curious case seems to have less to do with racial justice than it does with the assertion of power - federal power.

And the stark fact is that County Executive Andy Spano literally, though perhaps unwittingly, signed that power over to the feds. The smoking gun is contained in a deposition he gave.

Said Spano: "I signed whatever I have to in order to get the money from HUD."

The New York City-based Anti-Discrimination Center, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, alleged that Spano's admission was evidence of the county's "false claims" that it had complied with requirements to "affirmatively further fair housing" when it secured $52 million in grant money from the Department of Housing and Development.

Westchester County Legislator Jim Maisano Upcoming Town Hall Meeting about County Desegregation Settlement

September 09, 2009 - 17:28

TO ALL - See Below from Jim Maisano. Make your voice heard. When do the taxes end? Why is New Rochelle being taxed? And if we have to pay this county tax why doesn't the county as a whole cover the cost for the upgrades to the NR sewer treatment plant? New Ro residents will be on the hook for that at an estimated $700 per household.

I do hope our city council memebers will be there making a statement for the citizens of New Rochelle. We may be forced to pay another onerous tax but we do not have to like it! I do hope an elected official will voice OUR displeasure and have it put on record.
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County Legislator Maisano Announces Town Hall Meeting on September 17 for New Rochelle and Pelham to Discuss Controversial Settlement Agreement

Westchester County Legislator Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) announced today that he will be holding a town hall meeting to discuss the proposal before the County Legislature to settle the lawsuit accusing Westchester County of filing false statements with the federal government relating to the Community Development Block Grant program on Thursday, September 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the New Rochelle City Hall Annex (the old courthouse), 90 Beaufort Place, Room B1, New Rochelle, New York.

Board of Education Meeting Tonight at New Rochelle High School

September 08, 2009 - 19:33
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Tonight is Tenure Night. This year about 40 teachers are up for tenure so this will be a pretty long meeting as the principals and department heads will get up and offer some praise for each newly tenured teacher.

Still no resolutions published on the district web site that I can see.

Here is the agenda for tonight...

When: Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Where: Linda E. Kelly Theater (New Wing), New Rochelle High School

AGENDA
7:00 P.M. …Committee of the Whole Session

I. Board of Education Announcements

II. Superintendent's Report

A. The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International Award
B. Medicaid Impacts
C. Foreign Language Award
D. NYSSBA – Proposed Resolutions
III. Review of Additional Draft Resolutions

8:00 P.M Regular Meeting

Goings on in SoNo

September 07, 2009 - 16:26

So No Bike club on historic tour!

have you seen the historic homes..did you know Charlie Chaplain lived here, have you seen the waterfront where historic soldiers came through...an amazing place.! join us @ 10am on Sunday for bike rides and during the week!

CELEBRATE NEW ROCHELLE DAYS!!!!!! SEPT 26TH

  • BOOK SIGNING BY BARBARA DAVIS OF NEW ROCHELLE, 1PM;
  • TALK ON NORMAN ROCKWELL, FRED ESTAIRE, OZZIE DAVIS;
  • SIGNING OF CHARLES FAZZINOS PRNT...OF NEW ROCHELLE;
  • ALL AT 591 MAIN STREET IN SO NO NEW RO! ALSO TOUR OF HISTORIC LOEWS THEATRE!!!! DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!

ALSO REMEMBER - 911 SERVICE:  IS AT 730PM...THIS FRIDAY AFTER A DAY OF SERVICE, VOLUNTEER AND DOING SOMETHING GOOD ON FRIDAY THEN JOIN US FOR A SERVICE...

Learn more at SoNo NewRo Online.

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