March 2010

Neptune Signs, More Than Just Hanging Around in New Rochelle

March 13, 2010 - 16:58

In researching information about signs in New Rochelle in the wake of the wind damage to the billboard above Deluxe Storage, I ran across a company called Neptune Signs which appears to be the "go-to" company for signs in New Rochelle. Businesses such as Don Coqui, Marshalls, Annie Sez, Regal Cinemas at New Roc City employ Neptune Signs along with Iona College.

Here are some interesting photos of from the Neptune Signs web site:

Police Close Off Area Around Exit 16, I-95 Due to Wind Damaged Billboard Above Self-Storage Facility

March 13, 2010 - 16:26

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An alert reader took these photos while stuck in truck on I-95 Northbound near Exit 16. New Rochelle police have closed off the area around 111 Cedar Street due to falling debris from a billboard atop the Deluxe Storage facility in New Rochelle. An employee of Deluxe Storage says the billboard company has workers at the scene removing the rest of the material on the billboard frame. They expect it will take another 2-4 hours to complete the work.

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Deluxe Storage location in New Rochelle on a nicer day.

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Don Coqui restaurant is next door at 115 Cedar Street.

UPDATE: By 2 PM, workers from the billboard company had removed all the loose material. Deluxe Store and Don Coqui were back in business and the roads were open.

Immigration Reform

March 12, 2010 - 23:00

Sunday, March 21, 2010 | Washington, D.C.
March for America Flyer


President Obama promised an immigration reform bill that provides a common-sense solution for our broken immigration system. But it’s getting late in the game, the administration has actually expanded the failed enforcement-only approach of the Bush administration, and the opportunity could well be lost to set things right if we don't act now. While Washington dithers, millions suffer.

On March 21st, 100,000 immigrants and their allies will march on Washington to say to the White House and Congress, Enough Beltway gridlock! Enough political double-speak! Demonstrate the courage that change demands! Tell President Obama & Congress: WE DEMAND IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW!

SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2010 @ 2PM

Visit to register and pay for your bus ticket for March for America event on Sunday, March 21, 2010 (only $20 roundtrip + 3% service charge). You can search for New York Immigration Coalition and access our events page or access this link:

Join us! Email [email protected] or call Natalie at 212-627-2227 ext 234 if you have any questions.


College of New Rochelle Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

March 12, 2010 - 21:36

obama_smoking.jpgThe College of New Rochelle has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The College of New Rochelle has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The college is the only one in Westchester County to receive the award.

“At The College of New Rochelle, our commitment to service is an integral part of our mission,” President Stephen J. Sweeny said.

New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence to Honor Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl Running Back Ray Rice (NRHS '05)

March 12, 2010 - 21:33

RayRiceNRHS.jpgPro Bowl running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens will be among the honorees at the March 25 New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence Gala at the Fountainhead in New Rochelle.

Rice, a 2005 New Rochelle High School graduate, helped the Huguenots capture the state championship in 2004 before moving on to a stellar career at Rutgers University and then joining the Ravens. Rice, who frequently visits the New Rochelle schools and whose mother works in the city school system, will receive the Community Spirit award.

Joining Rice as honorees will be Christopher Edley Jr., NRHS ’70, the dean of Berkeley Law School; Frank V. Miceli of Sammarco Stone and Supply, Inc.; and Meredith Adler Hilton, NRHS ‘72, chairwoman of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence. This year’s student honorees are Isaac Assor, Itopia Mills, Kaitlyn Stillwagon, Oren Weiss and Yenet Zepeda.

Tickets to the gala, which include a cocktail hour, dinner, awards program and benefit auction, are $150 per person. For information about tickets or journal ads, call 914-576-4657, e-mail Susan Weisman at [email protected] or visit

Senator Jeff Klein presents 100K grant to New Rochelle School District for expansion of SmartMusic Program

March 12, 2010 - 17:36


On Friday, March 12th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by New Rochelle Superintendent Richard Organisciak, school officials and students, presented a $100,000 grant to the New Rochelle School District.

The money will be used to fund the expansion of the district’s SmartMusic program, giving elementary students new opportunities to learn how to play a musical instrument and improve their vocal performances.

“Programs like SmartMusic not only enrich children’s lives but enhance their arts education with lessons and skills that bring joy to their day and for some, the building blocks of a future career," said Klein.

New Rochelle High School launched the SmartMusic program in December 2008. Through performance learning software, students at all skill levels play instruments or sing with professional accompaniments. The program offers a variety of styles for band or string orchestra, brass, percussion, strings or vocal. Teachers assign students different exercises electronically and students complete them either in school or at home.

Iona Prep Appoints New President, Brother Thomas Leto

March 12, 2010 - 01:25

IonaPrepLogo.jpgIona Prep has appointed Br. Thomas R. Leto, CFC as the new president of Iona Prep. Leto will replace Br. James A. Liguori, President of Iona College, who served as interim President of Iona Prep over the past school year.

The Board of Directors recommended the hiring of Brother Leto and this recommendation was accepted by the Trustees of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers of North America Province who have appointed him effective July 1, 2010.

Br. Leto has been the President of Bishop Hendricken, a high school with 930 boys in Warwick, RI for the past eleven years. During his tenure, the school completed a 33,000 square foot addition that includes twelve classrooms, science labs, a digital production studio, music studios, and a 350 seat theater. He also added athletic fields, press boxes, and a beautiful prayer garden during his time at Bishop Hendricken.

Townhouse of New Rochelle Child Porn Suspect Looks Directly onto Webster School Playground

March 11, 2010 - 19:43

Anthony J. Sanfratello, the man arrested yesterday by the New York State Police on charges related to child pornography lives in townhouse at 48 Westminster Court, New Rochelle, NY that looks directly onto the playground behind the Daniel Webster Magnet School, an elementary school for children K-5. Students at the Webster school range from 7 years old to 11 years old. Sanfratello's brother Joseph, also a New Rochelle resident, is a convicted Level 2 sex offender. He was arrested in 1994 for 2nd degree sodomy of an 11 year-old girl.


An investigation of the area around 48 Westminster Court this morning by Talk of the Show shows that Sanfratello lives almost on top of the Webster School playground in a home with direct and close line of sight into the school. Sanfratello's residence, a three-story townhouse, looks directly into the playground behind Webster School where students play during recess and lunch period. The school is also home to a summer camp run by the New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Department.

D.A.R.E. Program in Danger

March 11, 2010 - 02:33

dare.jpgThis week I found in my child's backpack a letter from a "Concerned Parent". Apparently, it is circulating around Trinity. Someone went through a lot of trouble photocopying this for so many parents. Trinity has not even started the D.A.R.E program yet. Other schools are done or almost done. I will retype it here:

February 24, 2010

Dear Concerned Parents and Friends,

It has come to my attention that the D.A.R.E. program provided for our fifth grade students in New Rochelle will come to a close at the end of this school year. This is very concerning to me as a parent who has had children go through the D.A.R.E. program. This program provides our children with lessons they will be able to use through middle school and high school when decision making about substance abuse becomes equally as important as getting good grades. Det. Leak and Officer Straehle have worked incredibly hard to build a rapport with our school officials and children. The trust and respect our children earned with these officers will be lost if D.A.R.E. is discontinued.