January 2010

Lincoln School Desegregation Today (Part III): Frustration Grows

January 12, 2010 - 07:04

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Editor's Note: This is Part III 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 , the New Rochelle Board of Education proposes addressing complaints from black families over segregation at Lincoln School by authorizing construction of a new building to replace the aging structure. New Rochelle votes overwhelming in favor of new construction; the Lincoln District votes overwhelmingly against. In Part II, the Board of Education hires consultants who shock members by recommending the district desegregate.

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

We continue with Part III...

Board of Education Response to the Dodson Report

Hold the Presses! Journal News Does Original Reporting on New Rochelle on Local Boxing Team

January 12, 2010 - 06:37

73F57D3E-9775-4B0C-AF81-56AC94069131.jpgThe Journal News mentions New Rochelle in one or two items per day, usually a sports score or a "police blotter" story. But today the Journal News has a rare bit of feature reporting on New Rochelle, a story on a local boxing team which relocated to downtown last summer.

Main Street was opened July 1 as a boxing and personal-training gym by Stellate, a former trainer of celebrities on the West Coast. At the same time, O'Leary was in the process of moving his small boxing team from Westchester Boxing Club in White Plains to another gym in the Bronx. He happened to pass Main Street one day and got to talking with Stellate. The owner told him to bring the team there instead. From there, it expanded rapidly.

The girl dressed in a pink boxing outfit has nothing to do with the story; the photo is just a shameless way to draw attention to the article. Apparently it worked because you are reading this!

ShopRite of New Rochelle Now Open

January 11, 2010 - 22:59

ShopRite issued a press release announcing the opening of their new store. The Grand Opening was yesterday morning.

70,000 Square Foot Store to Bring Convenience and Value to Westchester County

New Rochelle, NY (January 5, 2010) – ShopRite announced the grand opening of its newest store in New Rochelle is planned for Sunday, January 10. The store will be opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 A.M. Scheduled to attend are Mayor Noam Bramson, City Manager Chuck Strome, Store Director John Salcito and Dave Figurelli, President and COO of SRS Stores, owner of this location as well as 26 other ShopRites stores in the area.

Starting next week, ShopRite will offer the local community a broad selection of products and services at its traditional low prices. The 70,000 square foot supermarket will be located at 8 Joyce Road, the site of a former Home Depot Expo and will be the largest ShopRite in Westchester County.

In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, the store will have several services that ShopRite customers have come to expect including: a fresh bake shop; fresh meats; fresh seafood; full-service floral department; pharmacy as well as a broad selection of ethnic foods and natural and organic products.

Appointment of New Development Commissioner for City of New Rochelle Imminent; Charlene Indelacato a Finalist

January 11, 2010 - 21:24

It is my understanding that a new commissioner of development will be announced shortly. Sources identify two finalists; one candidate with a background in development and former City Manager Charlene Indelacato. Ms. Indelacato is also former corporation council for the City of New Rochelle and the County of Westchester. Should Ms. Indelacato receive the appointment it would be open to discussion in that there was a question as to Costco receiving park land from D’Nofrio field under her tenure as city manager. I would also think that City Manager Chuck Strome would be in an atypical situation in that his former boss would now become his employee.

Anthony Galletta

52 Days Since Capelli Said Kohl Deal Would Be Signed, New Rochelle Review Offers Confused Account of LeCount Place MOU Vote

January 11, 2010 - 20:05

D756FC97-B917-47E0-890F-565544DEEB9B.jpgThe New Rochelle Review published an article this month by Stephen E. Lipken on the recent Capelli MOU Vote for LeCount Place.

District Four Council member Richard St. Paul noted that although there was blight and “less than aesthetic character of the neighborhood, the developer has heard our concerns.

Cappelli Enterprises has supported the Sound Shore Medical Center; Silesian High School, Youth Bureau, New Rochelle National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Trump Building.

“They also brought in Target and Kohl’s, bringing an increase in sales tax. Six months is not a long time. I have great expectations for the improvement of the area but if there is no progress after six months, I certainly will vote no. For now I will vote ‘yes.’”

What does it mean to say that Capelli "supported" the Trump Building? Is that a charity now?

Since when did Capelli bring in Target and Kohl's?

Lincoln School Desegregation Today (Part II): The Dodson Report

January 11, 2010 - 03:53


Editor's Note: This is Part II 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, in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, some black parents in New Rochelle began to complain about the decades of gerrymandering and a "whites only" transfer policy that has left Lincoln Elementary School over 90% black. Some parents believe their children are getting an inferior education due to low expectations and lack of resources at New Rochelle's unofficial "Negro school".

Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part I - Early Gerrymandering

We continue with Part II...

The Dodson Report

Lincoln School Desegregation Today (Part I): Early Gerrymandering

January 10, 2010 - 05:11

Editor's Note: This is Part I 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.


With an African American President and African American governor in New York, and the observation of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. this month, I thought the timing was just right to explore local civil rights history. I also wanted to see how the Lincoln School district court cases affect our elementary schools today.

Many people don't know that New Rochelle was once called the "Little Rock of the North" and garnered nationwide attention in a desegregation case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Everyone remembers Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954). The United States Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal schools are inherently unequal and they deny black children equal educational opportunities. The New Rochelle case happened seven years later.

New Rochelle Board of Education Plots to Hold Illegal Secret Meeting to Evaluate "Tax Cert" Lawyers

January 09, 2010 - 18:13

DSC_0556.jpgAs the reality of the decline in "assessables" has begun to sink in over at the City School District of New Rochelle, the Board of Education has been furtively discussing the idea of hiring "tax cert" lawyers to "recoup" property tax money.

Back in November we ran a story on this which board members unofficially denied: New Rochelle Solution to School Budget Crisis? Take Homeowners to Court!. Through back channels, the board claims that the lawyers are being hired only to "advise" on certiorari issues on commercial property coming before the District in the future. The entire process of adjudicating tax certioris is handled by the City of New Rochelle tax department so it remains unclear how ANY certiorari issues would become before the District. They might as well hire lawyers to advise them on how to handle Congressional or State Legislature legislation that comes before the District; there is none. After a recent board meeting, outside of City Hall, David Lacher was quite emphatic that the purpose of hiring the lawyers was NOT to file lawsuits but simply to "advise".

Fourth Grader, Formerly of Ward and Trinity in New Rochelle, Shot and Killed in Mount Vernon

January 09, 2010 - 17:24

Darrell Evans Mug Shot.jpgAyana Evans, a 9-year old 4th grader who had recently attended Ward Elementary School, was shot and killed Friday by her father, Darrell Evans. Also killed by Evans Lorna Williams, 42, the girl's babysitter. Grief counselors will be on hand at Ward and Trinity on Monday. Ayana Evans was enrolled at Martin H. Traphagen Elementary School in Mount Vernon at the time of the shooting.

The Evans Family issued a statement:

Evans Family Statement

The Evans family is shocked by the news of the death of Ayana and Ms. Williams and is devastated to learn that it was by the hand of Darrell. We cannot imagine any justification for such a horrific act under any circumstances.

We are deeply grieved by the loss of our niece. We wish to extend ourselves to support and console Joan and the Whitfield family and we are making efforts to do so.

New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Names New Executive Director

January 09, 2010 - 03:07

F2D1C636-69F1-4539-8E97-28D5811880F3.jpgThe New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce today named Eli Gordon as its new Executive Director effective Jan. 5, 2010.

Gordon was the Director of Development of the Food Bank for Westchester, Executive Director of the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley, and as Vice President and Area Manager of Atlantic Design Company, in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Anyone know the background on this?

There was no mention of fixing the parade fiasco.