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January 2010

Jim Killorin of Habitat for Humanity Westchester on Channel 12 News at 5 PM; Announces Haiti Mission

January 18, 2010 - 20:33

Jim Killorin of Habitat for Humanity Westchester will be was on the 5 o'Clock news on Channel 12 today to talk about his relief mission to Haiti and his efforts in helping to support the local Haitian community in New Rochelle.

Jim tells me that he is researching to find a home for Habitat to be able to help bring some of the orphans here to New Rochelle.

Jim learned last night that 50 habitat staff alive there in Haiti.

United Taxi is a Haitian-owned business so if you get in a United Taxi cab in the coming days be aware of that.

Jim is looking for someone to donate the use of a house in the area, he is planning to head down to Haiti soon. The American Legion is making their hall in New Rochelle available as a receiving point for donations.

Developing...

UPDATED: Jennifer Jones Caught up in Paterson "Scandal"

January 18, 2010 - 18:23
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UPDATE: The New York Post story originally said she was from New Rochelle. They have now changed that to say she is from Mount Vernon which has led to some confusion which we are still attempting to sort out. Sources at City Hall have told Talk of the Sound Jones is not on the payroll at City Hall. They said she is not on the Youth Bureau Board. That has also been confirmed based on data obtained by the Journal News. We will post more as we get it but it appears that the initial basis for this report may be incorrect. If you have any additional information post a comment.

UPDATE: We have now learned that there is some connection between Jennifer Jones and the New Rochelle Youth Bureau. The information provided by the City earlier today while accurate appears to have been an attempt to mislead by telling a narrow version of the truth. Sources now tell Talk of the Sound that either Jones or a company associated with her as done some sort of consulting for the Youth Bureau. This explains why sources saw her in and out of City Hall and in the company of Mr. Kelly, Executive Director of the Youth Bureau.

New Rochelle Woman Denies "Canoodling" with New York Gov. David Patterson at Jersey Restaurant

January 18, 2010 - 17:34
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The New York Post which originally broke this story reported that Jennifer Jones was from New Rochelle. This is not the case. She is from Mount Vernon, NY.

UPDATE: The New York Post story originally said she was from New Rochelle. They have now changed that to say she is from Mount Vernon which has led to some confusion which we are still attempting to sort out. Sources at City Hall have told Talk of the Sound Jones is not on the payroll at City Hall. They said she is not on the Youth Bureau Board. That has also been confirmed based on data obtained by the Journal News. We will post more as we get it but it appears that the initial basis for this report may be incorrect. If you have any additional information post a comment.

New Rochelle Doctor Stabbed with Swiss Army Knife at Home on Kensington Oval Said to be "Clinging to Life"

January 18, 2010 - 15:59

203 kensington oval.jpgSources tell Talk of the Sound there was a stabbing incident at a house at 203 Kensington Oval at the victim, Dr. Robert Dyson, 83, is clinging to life at Sound Shore Medical Center. Channel 12 News was on the scene this morning interviewing neighbors.

Initial reports indicate it was a domestic dispute that took place around 10 PM last night. Dr. Robert Dyson of Einstein Hospital in the Bronx was allegedly stabbed by his wife Romola "Rose" Dyson but reports are still sketchy. Dyson is currently at Sound Shore Medical Center where he is "clinging to life", sources say.

UPDATE: Channel 12 News at Noon did not identify the victim or suspect, but did say the victim had surgery and is in stable but guarded condition, that he was stabbed with a Swiss Army knife, that police have interviewed the wife, that she was the only one home, but that she has not been charged (we updated our headline accordingly).

Unprecedented Thirteenth Extension Given by New Rochelle City Council

January 18, 2010 - 14:32

The unprecedented thirteenth extension of the LeCount Square proposal by the New Rochelle City Council is baffling.  Why are certain members of City Council overlooking all of Louis Cappelli's financial problems with this and other projects?  Further, how are certain City Council members assessing the veracity of the Cappelli organization?  A representative of the Cappelli organization claimed that Kohl's Department Store would sign an agreement for their proposed store in New Roc no later than November 20.  So on December 21 when there was no Kohl's agreement, why were five Council members so willing to continue to approve the thirteenth extension of the adjoining LeCount Square development proposal?

The previous City Council vote for the twelfth extension had only one negative vote by Councilman Lou Trangucci.  At that meeting three Council members expressed reservations about the property.  Councilman Al Tarantino stated there were blighted conditions in the area.  Councilman James Stowe endorsed Tarantino's statement and added the thirteenth renewal would be the "bewitching hour."  Councilman Barry Fertel said he agreed with these concerns, finding the area had unacceptable conditions and added the Cappelli organization should implement needed changes.  City Manager Chuck Strome claimed the staff had concerns about the area for the last few months and said he woul

UPDATED: More "Great Reporting" from Journal as New Rochelle Police Dispute Account of "Taser" Incident

January 18, 2010 - 13:42
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UPDATE: This article was originally published on Mon, 01/18/2010. Will David, the reporter for the JN, contacted Talk of the Sound to say the story had been "corrected". By that he meant that the location of the incident was changed from "10 Main Street" to "10 May Street". The account of the incident itself is entirely wrong BUT the JN corrected the address where the incident took place so apparently in the minds of Will David and his editors the story is now somehow "accurate". Of course, that the JN had the wrong street address suggests they did not obtain a copy of the police report or talk to the two officers. Further, the quote from officer Salerno is entirely out of context or misleading because Perkins did not actually "pull a gun" on the two officers. The actions of the police officers were based on standard police procedure and thus did not show "great" restraint just "normal" police action where it is normal for police officers to show restraint.

Last week Will David of the Journal News reported that a "22-year-old Yonkers man" pulled a loaded handgun on a New Rochelle police sergeant and officer when they responded to a report of a "suspicious" person at "multifamily building at 10 Main St."

New Rochelle and Hartsdale Robbery Spree May Be Linked to Assault Case in Sutton Manor

January 17, 2010 - 18:48

Talk of the Sound has learned that New Rochelle Police are considering that the recent assault of a New Rochelle man may have been an attempted taxi robbery that changed course when a man carrying a briefcase happened to walk towards his home where the pair of armed robbers were laying in wait. Police suspect that the pair may have been intending to request a taxi at that address but saw the opportunity to grab the briefcase and acted upon it.

New Rochelle Resident Brutally Assaulted by Two Men Hiding in Bushes

A New Rochelle resident was viscously assaulted and robbed earlier tonight outside his home in Sutton Manor. The man was just completing the walk from the New Rochelle train station to his home when two men who sprang from the bushes in front of his house, struck him in the head with a blunt instrument and then made off in a car parked nearby.

Cabbies on edge after robberies in Greenburgh, New Rochelle

A recent spate of robberies of taxi drivers — three in Greenburgh and one in New Rochelle — has rattled cabbies in the area and has taxi dispatchers taking steps to keep their drivers safe...a Blue Bird taxi in New Rochelle was sent to pick up two men at 55 Poplar Ave.

New Rochelle High School Benefit Concert for New Rochelle Humane Society

January 17, 2010 - 18:45

The New Rochelle High School PAW Club, which consists of New Rochelle Humane Society Junior Volunteers, has recruited talent from the high school to perform. Raffle items & food will be available for sale. Proceeds from the concert will go to the New Rochelle Humane Society’s (New Rochelle, New York 10801) homeless animals.

Tickets cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

The concert will start at 6:30 pm on January 23, 2010 at the New Rochelle High School/Linda Kelly Theatre – 265 Clove Road – New Rochelle, NY 10801. For more information, please call (914) 576-4500.

New Rochelle School District Encourages Illegal Charitable Solicitations at Ward Elementary School

January 17, 2010 - 15:55

76B86F76-A983-4DB6-8AF0-836AB2A1E1D7.jpgThe Journal News has a story about a 3rd grader at Ward Elementary School that only a mean old ogre like me could complain about -- New Rochelle 8 year old making a difference. In an age when many parents are terrified of putting forward ANY information about their young child on the Internet, the family of the girl featured in the story is actively promoting the web-based distribution of her name and photograph. That's their choice and I am not going to take issue with the wisdom of that decision.

I was struck, however, by this passage from the JN story:

Ray Rice Signs Marketing Deal with Steiner Sports

January 16, 2010 - 23:09

New Rochelle, NY, January 15—Baltimore Ravens’ Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, a native of New Rochelle, New York and one of the greatest running backs in Rutgers University history, has signed an exclusive collectibles agreement with New Rochelle-based Steiner Sports Marketing (www.steinersports.com), it was announced today by Steiner founder Brandon Steiner.

“Ray Rice is one of the NFL’s elite players both on and off the field,” said Steiner. “We are delighted to have him join the Steiner family of athletes. He is a force to be reckoned with on the grid iron and in corporate America.”

The New Rochelle High School/Rutgers product was the Ravens 2nd round selection (55th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. Rice has amassed 1,952 yards and eight touchdowns this season, was one of a trio of AFC running backs selected to the Pro Bowl (Miami/January 31).

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