May 2010

New Rochelle Memorial Day 2010 Photos

May 31, 2010 - 20:09

If you took photos in New Rochelle this Memorial Day please send us a link to your online photo gallery or contact us to arrange getting a batch of photos onto Talk of the Sound.

UPDATE: Due to an uploading error, only a small portion of my photos uploaded on Monday. I have no uploaded the full gallery of over 900 photos.

Link to this album.

Link to this album.

John Hessel Photos

Lines from Lincoln

May 31, 2010 - 11:44

... "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

- from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
November 19, 1863

How Public is a Public New Rochelle BID Meeting?

May 31, 2010 - 01:31

The New Rochelle BID (Business Improvement District) recounted their successful lobbying of the New Rochelle City Council for a change in overnight parking regulations. Particular mention was made of the l0 p.m. to 4 a.m. street parking which had been advocated by the BID that was eliminated from the new law. Finance Commissioner, Howard Rattner, reassured the group that the law passed would not be enforced until June l. James O'Toole, who had voted against this parking restriction, wanted to make sure all the business owners knew about the change. Councilman Albert Tarantino, who is an officer of the BID, had met with Police Officer Marshall and would be meeting with him again in four weeks to discuss the effectiveness of this parking change. O'Toole added that seniors in the Maple Avenue building as well as 25 people in his building were told parking permits were only available in the Church-Division lot. The City Manager, Chuck Strome, is supposed to revisit this situation.

The trucks parked in the library parking lot were mentioned. The legality of the trucks parked in the downtown lots raised questions. Tarantino clarified that the Garden Street parking lot was the only one where trucks are allowed to legally park.

New Rochelle Remembers Veterans at Holy Sepulchre and Beechwoods Cemetery

May 30, 2010 - 16:27


Peter Parente of United Veterans of New Rochelle served as Master of Ceremonies for a ceremony at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery to remember our veteran this Memorial Day Weekend. The decorating of the headstones is done the Sunday before Memorial Day each year in New Rochelle.

The Firing Detail of American Legion Post 8 fired a salute. American Legion Post 8 Commander Tom O'Keefe served as one of the flag bearers. Cub Scout Den 1, Packs 1, 3 and 6 from Holy Name Church also displayed the colors. New York State Senator George Latimer led the group in a rendition of the National Anthem. Chaplain Robert Pierce gave the invocation. Also on hand was Susan Kettner, Chairperson of the New Rochelle Zoning Board of Appeals and a candidate for City Judge. Other veterans on hand include William Moye, Henry Bast, Manfred Wuttke, James Murphy III, James Lasser, Eugene Longhi, Steve Savino, Thomas Roberts, William Roberts.



Adding an Image to a Blog Post

The information below starts from the premise that you have a basic understanding of how to display an image on the web using HTML. If you are not already familar with the basis you can learn more by doing a Google search for "HTML Code Images" or similar. Here is
one such article
that we found that covers the basics.

Two primary ways to get an image into your post:

1. If you are using desktop blog editing software (recommended) like Marsedit (Mac) or Microsoft Live Writer (Windows) the software should have a button you can click to add/publish an image. Each software program is different and we cannot be a tech support line so first read the Help file for your software. If, however, you are still stick, we will do our best to assist. This is the simplest way, you simply click the button in the software to add an image, select the image on your computer and add the photo.

2. If you are using a photo sharing site like Picasa, Flickr, or Photobucket, you should be able to click an "embed" button on their site and copy/paste HTML code into your post to display the image. This is not the preferred method because if the site where you have uploaded your image is experiencing any delays or problems the image will not display in your story. Also, it will take longer for the photo to load.

Get Your Handy Dandy Program Guide with Timeline for New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade Spectacular

May 29, 2010 - 15:10

MemorialDay2009 - 11.jpgEach year it gets better and better and this year New Rochelle has once again outdone itself in preparing for what has certainly become Westchester County's most ambitious, wide-ranging jam-packed Memorial Day commemoration with an emotional, patriotic remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service, a parade with bands, floats and representatives of all of the Armed Forces. It is full-day schedule of events that is sure to attract a large number of residents and draw additional thousands to New Rochelle making the Memorial Day parade perhaps making it the single largest annual event in New Rochelle.

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Bob Cohen Seeks a Non Partisan Approach

May 29, 2010 - 15:07

In one of the races that will determine whether or not the GOP retakes control of the New York State Senate this November, Scarsdale resident Bob Cohen, 55, has been chosen by the GOP to challenge 25 year Democratic veteran State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer to represent the 37th district. On Monday May 3rd, the Westchester County Republican Committee nominated Cohen to take on 25-year veteran Suzi Oppenheimer. A primary for the GOP nomination appears unlikely.

Man Jumps from I-95 Overpass in New Rochelle Lands Head First and Survives (UPDATED)

May 28, 2010 - 21:14

UPDATE: The man was taken to Sound Shore Medical but later died as a result of his injuries.

UPDATE: The man who died is James D. Bennett of New Rochelle, 57, according to New York State Police.

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A resident of Lockwood Manor at 41 Lockwood Avenue in New Rochelle jumped from the I-95 overpass at North Avenue near the intersection of Garden/Burling this afternoon. Sources at the scene tell Talk of the Sound the man landed on his head but survived.

Surface streets were closed in the area. I-95 traffic was reduced to one lane.

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The "N" Word at New Rochelle High School

May 27, 2010 - 22:14

During my period of time at NRHS from 8-3:00, I hear the "N" word maybe about 500-700 times, in a day! There are signs around the school encouraging kids not to say it. That is surely not enough. Action and punishment needs to be brought to the students who say it. Please hear me out when I say something needs to be done about this.

Senator Klein Fights to Save Community Gardens

May 27, 2010 - 20:59

Deputy Majority Leader State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced Thursday that the NYS State Senate passed his bill to provide continued support for local community gardens. Senator Klein’s bill helps support the efforts of many New Yorkers to use these gardens to grow low-cost, fresh fruits and vegetables, and build stronger community and neighborhood bonds.

Specifically, Klein’s bill (S.6343/NYS Assembly same-as A.6442-A/Cook) requires municipalities that sell, transfer, or lease land from a community garden for a different purpose to use a small portion (10%) of the sale price to purchase or create a new garden, sustain another existing garden, or support local groups that maintain these gardens.

“Small, locally maintained gardens provide more than just fresh food – they promote physical exercise and help New Yorkers to build a vital sense of community. Especially in today’s tough fiscal times, we must ensure that these gardens do not get unnecessarily thrown on the chopping block. I urge the Assembly and the Governor to join me in supporting community gardens, and helping to provide much needed open space, recreation, and food production to countless New Yorkers,” said Deputy Majority Leader State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).