March 2010

Iona head coach to leave for new digs

March 29, 2010 - 08:06

Seton Hall will hire Iona coach Kevin Willard as the successor to Bobby Gonzalez, the school confirmed on Sunday.

Willard will be introduced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Willard, whose father, Ralph Willard, is a veteran coach, has turned the Gaels around in just three seasons. He was hired in 2007 after a 2-28 season. This season, Iona was 21-10, 12-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, to finish third in the conference and Kevin Willard was named coach of the year in the league.

Willard is 45-49, including 27-27 in the MAAC, during his Iona tenure.

Wild Turkey on North Avenue

March 28, 2010 - 15:40

With Thanksgiving a safe six months away and Easter ham on many locals grocery lists, this magnificent fowl visited southern New Rochelle. He (or she) strutted through our neighborhood and crossed North Avenue on the morning of Saturday, March 27th.

I wondered if he was looking for the Davenport Bird sanctuary that the Isaac Young students are reviving. Or was he looking for his friends to talk about how the term limits for city council got voted down. At any rate he did not look worried. I doubt he was going to Shop Rite!

Happy holidays to all -

New Rochelle Armory Celebrates 1000+ Visitors

March 28, 2010 - 14:28

New Rochelle Armory Celebrates 1000+ Visitors

March 28, 2010


Armory archive photoCitizens with a clear vision of historic  preservation and a true sense of how best to serve the community have helped to make history happen, again.  Citizens like YOU have helped this Armory website reach the milestone of over 1000 visits in just under 2 months! Thanks to you, more and more people are realizing the significance of this jewel of a building we already own. More and more citizens,like you, can see the benefit of mixing the past with the future. A benefit that all of New Rochelle can enjoy to be sure. Remember, It’s Your Armory.

Thanks to all of you for helping shape the future of New Rochelle!

NRHS Alumni (Class of 2007) Passes Away

March 27, 2010 - 18:27

New Rochelle resident Jared Bergman (NRHS '07) passed away yesterday, March 26. He was a junior at the University of Rhode Island.

Bergman was a large sports fan, baseball and basketball being his favorites. He also gave swimming lessons at the Jewish Community Center of Scarsdale.

EDIT (3/29) : Funeral services will take place on Monday, March 29 at Beth-El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Avenue, at 10 a.m.

Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, April 1, from 2-8 p.m. at the home of Leon and Rosalyn Darefsky, 164 Thistle Pond Drive, Bloomfield, CT. An evening Minyan service will be held at 7 p.m.

Donations in Jared's memory may be sent to the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, where a scholarship fund is being created.

Passing of Dr. Richard Guidorizzi, Former History Professor at Iona College

March 27, 2010 - 13:51
With Deep Regret: Today's Wake for Dr. Richard Guidorizzi
It is with deep regret that I report the death of Dr. Richard Guidorizzi.  He was a friend of the New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club and helped shaped its name and mission.  He was also active with the New Rochelle Republican City Committee and often recruited Iona students where he was a professor of history to help with campaigns and local issues.
His wake is today (Sunday March 21) at Fox Funeral Home , 2080 Boston Post Road, Larchmont from 3 to 5 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at Holy Family Church, New Rochelle at 9:30 a.m. Monday March 22.    He will be missed.


What I Learned Trying to Understand the Convoluted Debate over the "Education Mandate Relief Act"

March 26, 2010 - 21:19

I have been spending this week trying to understand the meaning and intent of two recent New York Post editorials, one written March 19 (Take-hike Back Stab) and the other March 23 (Scratch One Tax-hike). The topic had to do with education; more specifically with bills that would affect the school tax voting process and property tax changes. I had some initial serious concerns; (1) did our State legislators actually propose some additional tax burden on us which, in my judgment,would be unsustainable, (2) were any of our most important basic rights such as our voting outcomes, being threatened and, (3) how could the New York Post write such a vitriolic article, with minimum fact, maximum rhetoric; in sum, providing much more heat than light. Also, why is it that issues of such potential importance to taxpayers not made more transparent prior to being legislated. Why are our leaders so unable to think critically about these important issues; rather than having solutions in search of problems?

The Tag Sale Lady Needs Your Help Finding New Rochelle Tag Sales This Weekend

March 26, 2010 - 17:30

NewRo Tag Sale Lady.jpgWell golly darn! So far there are no listings of any tag sales this weekend in the Journal News classifieds, the Pennysaver or Craiglist. Looks like I am going to need your help!

To report a tag sale or list your own leave a message at 914-500-8386 or email tagsalelady AT newrochelletalk DOT com. If you have a cell phone with a camera you can just snap a picture of any flyer stapled to a telephone pole and email it to me. The more the better!

For those planning a Garage Sale, you should know the City of New Rochelle has stiff penalties for holding garage sales without a permit so know the rules. Remember, the Tag Sale Lady always says says "holding a Garage Sale in New Rochelle without a permit is penny wise and pound foolish." Not really but you know what I mean. Happy Bargain Hunting


  • The City of New Rochelle requires a permit from the City Clerk to hold garage sale. Along with the form, the resident must pay a $25.00 fee and provide proof of public liability insurance coverage of at least $500,000.

Census Video Clears Confusion

March 26, 2010 - 16:42

Representing Bronx and Westchester Counties


Contact: Abby Ross
Office: (718) 822-2049
Cell: (479) 283-3505
Video clip helps clear up misunderstanding regarding town listed on Census form

NEW YORK- Today, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) received the following video from the U.S. Census Bureau. It gives a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of how Census data collection works and clears up any confusion regarding the town listed on the Census forms.

Feel free to post the following link to the video:

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Registration is now open for the New Rochelle Police Department’s annual Citizen's Police Academy

March 25, 2010 - 21:25

7CE34CCC-04AD-4E11-842C-35B8C77EFAEF.jpgThe New Rochelle Citiizen's Police Academy will begin on April 20th, 2010 at the New Rochelle Police Department. It meets once each week for ten weeks. If you are interested click here for more information and for an application form to apply.
The NRPD says...

The Citizen Police Academy is designed to strengthen the partnership between the New Rochelle Police Department and the community we serve. Citizens of our community will be introduced to the law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Instructors for the Citizen Police Academy will represent every facet of the New Rochelle Police Department. Included among these instructors will be the Police Commissioner, Division Commanders and other police instructors who have developed presentations on selected topics. It is the goal of the Citizen Police Academy to provide the community with an accurate insight of their Police Department and encourage increased interaction between New Rochelle Police Officers and the citizens of New Rochelle.

Trend in "Bubble Gap" Narrows (Yay!); Actual "Bubble Gap" Grows (Boo!): Confused? Read On...

March 25, 2010 - 20:56

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Good news and bad news for New Rochelle residents...and then some really, really bad news.

GOOD NEWS: the gap between the actual school budget and the school budget adjusted for the decline in home prices (using the Case-Shiller Home Price Index) is showing its first decline in several years.

BAD NEWS: the gap last year, forecast at $35mm, was far wider than expected ($46mm v. $35mm). The gap is narrower but larger ($38mm v. $35mm).

Now, the REALLY BAD NEWS...the Board of Education and administration of the district continue to fiddle while Rome burns. The nearly single-minded focus at every budget meeting has been cost, cost, cost (code for teacher's union, teacher's union, teacher's union). There has been almost no discussion about the revenue side of the budget except for the usual complaints about the "unfairness" of the decline in "assessables" -- the "assessed" value of all property in New Rochelle -- as if that has some bearing on what the district is SPENDING.