January 2010

Red Cross Generates Millions in Haiti Relief Funds via Text Messaging; How You Can Text a Donation Too

January 16, 2010 - 14:49

35B9B5D9-A0B0-4A3C-9851-95DA0FA83960.jpgTech-saavy New Yorkers have contributed more than a tenth of all mobile giving to the Red Cross according to a recent blog post by the International aid organization.

News reports have indicated that younger people (those below age 30) who say they have not given to disaster relief before -- especially teens and college students - have been willing to add $10 to their phone bills by sending a text message to donate the money to the Red Cross.

It's easy. To donate to the Red Cross via a text message:

1. Send a text with the word "HAITI" to 90999 on any cell phone with texting capability.
2. You will receive a reply message asking you to confirm that you wish to donate.
3. Reply "Yes" and you will get a messaging confirming that $10 will be charged to your phone bill.

That's it. It takes about 8 seconds to complete the donation.

To donate to the Red Cross via the Web click here.

Lincoln School Desegregation Today - Weekend Break

January 16, 2010 - 03:11

Lincoln School Desegregation Today - Weekend Break

On this the weekend where we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., why not take the time to listen to his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The kids will appreciate it, too.

Have a safe and happy weekend -

UFFA Local 273: FireFighters Offer Thanks for Community Support Regarding Safety In New Rochelle

January 16, 2010 - 02:44

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Dear New Rochelle Residents, Business Owners, and Home Owners:

The New Rochelle Firefighters, UFFA Local 273 would like to thank all of the residents and business owners for their support over the last several months as we faced potentially devastating cuts in our manning and personnel.

Salesian Missions Lose Missionary in Haiti, Second Salesian Still Missing

January 15, 2010 - 21:37

Salesian Missions, headquartered in New Rochelle is reporting that most of their buildings in Haiti collapsed as a result of the 7.0 Earthquake which rocked the area around Port-au-Prince, the island nation's capitol. A container of Rice has been sent and is scheduled to arrive on Monday, January 18th.

If you wish to donate to the Salesian Missions click here.

The Salesians of Don Bosco have become one of three largest religious families of men and women in the Church. Their mission is to teach young people various trades that will help them find decent jobs and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. The Salesians insist that the needy help themselves in whatever way they can, even minimally. They do not encourage dependence or paternalism, but strive to live up to the working maxim, “helping others to help themselves.”

Washington Post Does Feature Story on New Rochelle's Own Ray Rice

January 15, 2010 - 21:31

Dave Sheinin, a Washington Post Staff Writer for the Sports page, has a lengthy story on Ray Rice and his mother and growing up in New Rochelle. The reporter came to New Rochelle and toured Ray Rice's old stomping grounds at Isaac E. Young Middle School, New Rochelle High School and The Hollows, the housing project here he grew up.

Running back Ray Rice leads Baltimore Ravens into NFL playoff matchup with the Indianapolis Colts

The Hollows, as the project where the Rices lived for two generations is known, looks pretty much like this: Two non-descript, brick buildings, with a trash-strewn, concrete courtyard between them. Janet Rice strolled through that courtyard, pointing out the locations of some of her son's milestones. This is where he learned to play football. That's where he rode that bike as a two-year-old. That's where he did his 'Evel Knievel' thing and bloodied up his face. Those monkey bars is where he would do pull-ups all day with the older kids, while the other kids his age were playing games.

Senator Oppenheimer Announces Agreement on Ethics and Election Law Reform

January 15, 2010 - 21:19

E2F2DB25-CBF7-4800-A15A-F761CBD4DDBF.jpgSenator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) issued a press release today on what her office describes as an "historic" ethics and election law reform agreement between the New York Senate and Assembly.

“The public deserves a more transparent, accountable and effective state government, and the reforms we’ve agreed to are important first steps in making that a reality,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “Much more needs to be done to restore the public’s faith and I am working closely with several of my colleagues to push for additional reforms, including tougher campaign finance laws and the establishment of an independent nonpartisan redistricting commission.”

The reforms would require greater financial disclosures by legislators and lobbyists, restore an independent state lobbying commission and create an enforcement unit within the NYS Board of Elections to ensure compliance with campaign finance laws, while stiffening the penalties for violations. The agreement would also explicitly ban the use of state resources for outside, for-profit business, making it clear that such actions defraud the government -- a felony under state law.

TONIGHT: Grand Re-Opening of Brickyard Bistro: Brazilian Jazz Trio led by Annette Aguilar Scheduled to Perform!

January 15, 2010 - 18:02

7A1845A1-0B15-4A95-90E4-1FBD58DBAA8E.jpgThe Brickyard Bistro in downtown New Rochelle is celebrating obtaining their New York State liquor license with a Grand Re-Opening and a performance by Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Annette Aguilar and Stringbean. The fun starts at 7:30 PM.

Spread the word and be sure to tell Maha you heard about her party from Talk of the Sound.

Annette A. Aguilar and Stringbeans is a Latin Brazilian jazz ensemble (using strings) who incorporate Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian rhythms along with other world music forms, including jazz, folk and classical music. The group features founder and percussionist, Annette A. Aguilar , Ellen Uryevick (harp & percussion), Jane Getter (guitar), Harvie Swartz (bass), Rob Thomas (violin), Vince Cherico (drums) and Deanna Witkowski (piano). The group is celebrating the release of their debut CD Special Friends.

Annette A. Aguilar and StringBeans Latin Jazz Quartet join The Rythm Road: American Music Abroad Program 2006! They were also selected as 2003 & 2005 Jazz Ambassadors by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts!

Lincoln School Desegregation Today (Part VI): The Defense Presents and Judge Kaufman Decides

January 15, 2010 - 11:54

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Editor's Note: This is Part VI in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.

Previously: In Part I, New Rochelle gerrymanders the Lincoln school district starting in the 1930s to create a "Negro elementary school". In Part II, the Board of Education's hire consultants who recommend desegregation. In Part III, as white voters approve a plane to build a new Lincoln School, black parents mobilize with the help of civil rights attorney Paul Zuber. In Part IV, parents engage in civil disobedience at New Rochelle Schools, Zuber files Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education. In Part V, Zuber presented his case to Judge Irving R. Kaufman.

Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part I - Early Gerrymandering
Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part II - The Dodson Report
Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part III - Frustration Grows