October 2009

Iona College's Campus Ministries Sponsoring ''Make a Difference Week''...

October 09, 2009 - 21:10

…from Oct 24 through Oct 31.

The Kickoff event is a Kickball game which is open to Iona and community members on October 24th from 12-2:30pm at the Iona Softball FieldMADW-Kickball












After the game there will also be an opportunity to take part in either a Neighborhood Cleanup or, for children 7-14, a Basketball clinic.

For more information Contact:

Tiffany DiNome, Center for Campus Ministries [email protected]

or Michelle Sampson, Off-Campus Housing [email protected]

Bruce Negrin Radio Show Tonight 8pm WVOX 1460 am &

October 08, 2009 - 17:26

New Rochelle News & Views tonight

Two way talk radio, studio line is 914-636-0110

Tonights Topics:

Whats bigger than a bread basket? Andy Spano campaign literature.

The Democratic Party being hijacked? What the WFP is going on.

New Rochelle: Will the city ever take a truthful look at itself?

Yankees stink, Lets Go Mets!

Give us a call!

New Rochelle DPW Begins Issuing Recycling Warnings

October 07, 2009 - 21:44

dpw warning.jpgNew Rochelle Department of Public Works employees were walking neighborhoods on the North End today, handing out warnings at any home that did not put out recyclables today. Sources at the DPW tell Talk of the Sound they DPW employees are covering the entire city with reminders/threats that if they find residents mixing recyclables with household trash they may get a summons and/or fine.

Given the financial difficulties facing the City including threatened layoffs of DPW employees I would suggest readers heed the warning because this program could mean easy money for a department looking to justifying maintain its current staff to the City Manager.

Recycling Warning (.pdf)

A Word on the New Ro Buzz, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

October 07, 2009 - 20:57

A few readers have asked so let me clarify why the web site looks a little different: a change in how the New Ro Buzz is displayed and a bunch of new logo/links replacing the list of most recent articles. That last change will be reversed in the coming days so that the recent articles is back at the top but I wanted readers to see that we had set up the links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

New Ro Buzz

The New Ro Buzz section in the middle of the home page looks different because I got rid of the animated version because for some visistors it was slowing down their viewing experiencing on the site.

The New Ro Buzz is the result of some very sophisticated programming. Without getting too technical, it is a very complex amalgam of hundreds of thousands of sources (if not more) of information on the Internet. I sort them using a special service that mashes up the content and allows me to filter out specific sources or block by keyword. Basically, the New Ro Buzz is checking every single thing on the web every 15 minutes and then pulling anything that mentions "Newro" or "New Rochelle". The effect is that any time New Rochelle is mentioned on the web somewhere, it is pulled into the site and displayed as a headline with a link back to the source.

New Rochelle School District Receives Recognition for Excellence in Financial Reporting

October 07, 2009 - 16:53

School District News

The City School District of New Rochelle received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from both the Association of School Business Officials and the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) ending June 30, 2008. Superintendent of Schools Richard Organisciak presented certificate awards to District Treasurer Carol Amorello at the meeting of the Board of Education held September 8, 2009. The award is the highest recognition for school district financial operations offered by ASBO, and is conferred to school systems that have met or exceeded the standards of the program.

Nope, this is not a joke. They are quite serious.

It must be based on some criteria like how neatly the reports were typed or whether the numbers on a given page added up correctly. It sure can't be for knowing what is happening with the hundreds of millions of dollars flowing through the BoE.

New Rochelle Ranked Best for Family City Living by Westchester Magazine

October 07, 2009 - 09:37

New Rochelle was rated “Best for Family City Living” by Westchester Magazine and indeed it is quite an honor. The article touts New Rochelle’s racial diversity, the Huguenot Children’s Library (HCL) and recreation. New Rochelle is defined as “family-centric”. While all of the above are true and New Rochelle should be proud; it is a double edged sword which reveals inept development.

The review cites the Premium Point and Bonnie Crest areas which are not the most representative neighborhoods in terms of diversity or affordability. Why didn’t the article examine quality of life on the Union Avenue corridor or living conditions described by tenants at Avalon; or Hartley House if they were truly interested in diverse living?

NYS Comptroller Report on Nutrition at New Rochelle Schools

October 06, 2009 - 21:01

New York State Comptroller Report on Nutrition at New Rochelle Schools


The New York State Comptroller conducted an audit of 20 school districts throughout New York State to determine whether school districts are ensuring that all food available to students during the school day and at school activities meets established nutritional guidelines to promote
healthy eating habits and proper nutritional goals. We included the New Rochelle City School District (District) in our audit. The audit period was from September 1, 2007 to January 31, 2009.


While District officials have taken some steps to ensure that students may purchase healthy food and beverages items, the District still offers food and beverages that do not meet established nutritional guidelines and compete with the healthier choices offered. The District has adopted a wellness policy and established a health and wellness committee. The most recent State Education Department (SED) review in 2006 found that the District did not fully comply with Federal guidelines. Subsequent to the review, the District took steps to bring the school lunch
program into compliance.



Board of Education Meeting September 29, 2009 at Jefferson School

October 06, 2009 - 20:08

John Quinn: Transportation Report

  • Quinn reported that there was an impact on busing due to advent of full day kindergarten this fall.
  • The impact was planned for and that except for 1-2 exceptions all calls from parents were resolved.
  • Transportation problems work themselves out on their own.
  • Majority of calls were the result of moving Kaleidoscope program from Davis school Webster school.

John Quinn: Library Bond

  • The library is seeking a $3 million bond for her in a structured manner.
  • The district has a legal opinion from their lawyers which state that it is the school is responsible for assisting the Library with issuing the bond.
  • Sara Richmond asked whether the Library Bond will be on the ballot in May.
  • David Lacher stated his view that all costs should come out of the proceeds of the bond, that working on issuing the bond should be revenue neutral to the District, that he expected the administration to be vigilant that there is no cost to the District.

Sara Richmond: Huguenot Herald Online

  • Sara Richmond informed the board that the editors of the high school newspaper had requested that they be allowed to create a online version of the Huguenot Herald.
  • She stated that students asked to use a service from Knight-Ridder called myhighschoolnewspape