December 2009

Talk of the Sound Top 10 Lists for 2009

December 31, 2009 - 17:34

It's that time of year and Talk of the Sound would like to close out 2009 with a few top 10 lists for your enjoyment.

In compiling these lists, I cannot help but pleased and amazed. It would seem safe to say that many, many of the stories below would never have come to the public's attention except for reporting by Talk of the Sound. Most of these stories are based on tips from readers or articles by contributors and I want to thank each of them for making 2009 a great year for Talk of the Sound. This is what a community news site is all about -- no one person knows everything going on in town but together we can become a tremendous resource and a check on corruption and dishonest dealing my those who feed at the public trough.

Highest Paid Teacher at Trinity Elementary School Relieved of Teaching Responsibilities

December 31, 2009 - 17:18

Several sources have confirmed that Adele Patrella, listed as a 5th grade teacher at Trinity Elementary School, has been relieved of her teaching responsibilities in her building. It is not clear whether the action taken by the school was involuntary or at the request of Mrs. Patrella. We have been told that Mrs. Patrella, a veteran teacher, was experiencing difficulties with her teaching assignments and may have requested to be removed from the classroom. Furthermore, it is our understanding that another teacher has taken over her class.

Sources describe Mrs. Patrella's current responsibilities as performing "odds and ends" (i.e. photocopying) throughout the building. Data Central at the Journal News reported Adele Patrella's 2008 salary at over $120,000 per year. She was the highest paid Teacher at Trinity Elementary School in 2008. Sources at Trinity contacted New Rochelle Community Pulse to express concern and outrage regarding this situation.

New Rochelle Mourns Death of Retired NRPD Police Detective and Head of Security at IEYMS

December 31, 2009 - 15:39

New Rochelle Police Department vehicles began gathering close to the at around 9:00 AM at Holy Name on Petersville Road. They and others who knew and love him came to pay respects and bid a final farewell to retired Police Detective, Mario A. Giaccone. For many years after retirement Mario worked City School District as a Security Supervisor, first at New Rochelle High School and later at Isaac E. Young Middle School. Mario was one of the Good Guys. Our deepest condolences to Mario's family and loved ones.

DPW Union and NRFS Executive Board Vote "No" on Raise Deferral, NRFD Rank and File Voting Coming Soon

December 31, 2009 - 14:36

Local 663 (DPW) voted yesterday by 10-20 vote margin to take their contractual raises. As a result three Community Service Officers are now terminated by the City of New Rochelle.

Meanwhile, the NRFD rank & file will vote over the next two days on a proposed raise deferral. The executive board of the NRFD voted down the deferral but a full vote is required. The current status of the terminated firefighters was unclear but their firings were to be effective this week.

Honda of New Rochelle is Hiring for Sales Positions

December 28, 2009 - 23:48

Honda of New Rochelle is looking to hire for Sales Positions. They are offering a $1,000 sign on bonus for current GOLD Level Honda Sales People. They are also looking for a Business Development Representative.

They say experience preferred but not necessary and they are willing to train the right candidate. The work will include evenings and weekends. These are front line positions so the person must have good phone skills and be people friendly.

If you are interested bring a resume to Honda of New Rochelle at 25 East Main Street in New Rochelle. Ask for Jason Lee or Vic Fiore.

One Year Late, Work Completed on New Rochelle High School South Tower

December 28, 2009 - 21:16


The City School District of New Rochelle contacted local media (except Talk of the Sound, of course) to "celebrate" the raising of the roof on the South Tower at New Rochelle High School -- more than a year late. School Board member Mary Jane Reddington was on hand and spoke to reporters.

A lightening strike and fire badly damaged the structure on August 15, 2008. In the weeks after the fire, school officials reported that most of the interior structure had been repaired and the rest of the work would be completed "before the end of the year". That year was 2008. The roof was replaced today and the scaffolding has still not been removed.

Anti-Israel Group Demonstrates During Pre-Christmas Mass at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle

December 28, 2009 - 20:09

Anti-Israel activists disrupted a Catholic mass the week before Christmas by carrying out a political demonstration at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle. The group hoisted a banner during mass and, after being asked to take down their banner, attempted to propagandize churchgoers outside the Church. By the group's own account, the parishioners rejected the group and dispersed after New Rochelle police arrived on the scene.

In an email sent out of by the pro-Hamas group, the WESPAC foundation Nick Mottern recounted the December 13th incident at the church. Sitting at the front right side of the church, opposite the choir, according to Mottern, the far-left activists stood up and raised a banner which stated the number of U.S. soldiers and citizens killed and wounded in Iraq and claimed that the United States had spent $3 trillion on the two wars. Below, the banner read "Join Us to Help End the Wars!

The group stood silently, holding up the banner for several minutes before an usher asked them to leave. Mottern says the group asked if they could stay if they lowered the banner, they were told if their "purpose was to worship, you can stay."  According to Mottern, the protestors returned to their seats with a folded banner.

New Rochelle, Corruption at its Best !!!

December 28, 2009 - 15:07

Bramson & Strome must be so happy that they were able to “BUY” the votes from City Council members that granted Cappelli its 13th unprecedented amendment on the LeCount Square Project. That’s the biggest Christmas Gift a City could give a developer, 13 amendments!

How much did Cappelli pay Bamson, Strome and the other Mindless, Greedy City Council members to pass this 13th amendment? New Rochelle residents know that city officials are on the take. How else could this amendment have passed?

All New Rochelle Residents should be outraged and disgusted with ALL the Mass Corruption of City Officials. It seems that our city officials are so out of touch with reality that they are causing more harm to our City, that at its current rate, it will take years to recover.

Since 1991, New Rochelle has been in a downward deterioration. Idoni’s failures and Bramson’s lack of experience have been a detrimental factor. Together they have destroyed New Rochelle’s business development while raising taxes to an all time high. Take a good look at Main Street. All there is are nail salons, dime stores and fruit markets.

New Rochelle residents pay the highest tax per service ratio, and now they are cutting services even more! When was the last time anyone’s seen a street sweeper in their neighborhood, especially in the South End?