May 2010

Councilman Lou Trangucci Tonight on New Ro News and Views with Bruce Negrin

May 27, 2010 - 18:24

Lou Trangucci.jpgCouncilman Lou Trangucci will be in the studio tonight with me on the Bruce Negrin Radio Show New Rochelle News and Views at 8 PM on WVOX.

The Studio Call-in Line is 914-636-0110.

Other topics on mind this week:

  • Bipartisanship – So far New Ro News & Views is liking what Andrew Cuomo is saying.
  • Louisiana & The Gulf Coast, I care even if Washington doesn’t!
  • Synchronize the Traffic Lights!!! A drive from Eastchester Road to Jefferson School should not take 21 minutes.
  • The New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade – Got to be there!

Massachusetts School Boards Debate Propriety of Blogging School Board Members

May 27, 2010 - 17:46

CSanderson.jpegIn a story that may well come to have national implications, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachussets has been asked to "clarify" whether blogs, and in particular comment sections on blogs, can become quorums for purposes of Open Meeting Law.

Five concerned School Committee chiefs are investigating whether blog postings written by public officials and the often-anonymous threads that follow them somehow violate the state's Open Meeting Law. On May 18, the leaders of all the Amherst-area school boards...sent a letter to the Northwestern district attorney's office seeking a legal opinion on the matter.

The letter to the Massachusetts AG is here.

The actions appear to have been prompted by two area school board members who operate popular, controversial blogs that discuss school board issues.

Susan Kettner Wins New Rochelle Democratic Designation for City Court Judge

May 27, 2010 - 15:56

Susan Kettner.jpgNew Rochelle attorney Susan I. Kettner has won the designation of the New Rochelle Democratic City Committee for City Court Judge in this year's election. Kettner bested a field of 5 other candidates, racking up support among the 130+ local district leaders on the Democratic City Committee.

"I'm honored to have the support of my fellow Democrats", Kettner said. "This is an important milestone in the 2010 campaign; I am deeply appreciative of the support, and look forward to reaching out to people all across the city in the weeks to come".

Kettner is the principal in Kettner and Kettner, a law firm based in New Rochelle founded by her grandfather, George L. Kettner in 1920, continuing through her father, George E. Kettner; she became the firm's principal in 1991. She is a graduate of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Cardozo Law School in New York City. She was admitted to the bar in 1987.

Silly Bandz All the Rage in New Rochelle

May 27, 2010 - 13:06

silly-bandz.jpgYahoo has a fun and current AP story about the Silly Bandz craze that is sweeping our schools. New Rochelle gets a mention towards the bottom of the article:

[Silly Bandz] receives about 500 fan letters a week. One, signed by a 10-year-old named Logan Librett and a few of his friends in New Rochelle, N.Y., suggested a way to circumvent all the bothersome Silly Bandz restrictions: "Some schools in New York have banned them, but we have ideas that might change that ... clear silly bands that teachers can't see and only glow in the dark."
Just in case the company bites, Librett offered his address. He's still waiting.

Have a great day!

Goooooool - Golazo, Golazo, Golazo

May 26, 2010 - 19:22

FIFA-2010-logo.jpgThe FIFA World Cup tournament begins next June 11th in South Africa. The opening match is between Mexico and South Africa. It’s fair to say that most New Rochelleans will be watching, specially in the West End of New Rochelle, where the largest contingent of Mejicanos live – all fanatical supporters of El Tri. Unlike any other World Cup, you will be able to watch the games on Univision, Telefutura, ESPN, even ABC and perhaps FOX.

Klein Presents "Woman of Distinction" Award

May 26, 2010 - 17:52

Eileen Frey receives 2010 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” Award

NEW YORK, NY - On Tuesday, May 25th, State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) honored Eileen Frey, a Bronx native and Eastchester resident, with a 2010 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” award in Albany.

Frey received the award for her efforts in creating educational opportunities in the Bronx and Westchester by providing much needed scholarships for dozens of children each year.

Frey and her family launched the Michael Frey Foundation in 1997 named for their 29-year-old son who was shot and killed in the line of duty while working as a police officer with the Eastchester Police Department.

New Rochelle Student Makes Dean's List at University of Notre Dame

May 26, 2010 - 16:36

owen at ND.jpgWhat's the point of running a web site if you can't use it for a bit of shameless promotion? "Owen" -- his full name is William Owen Cox -- earned a full scholarship to Notre Dame last year and demonstrated the University's faith in Owen's ability was well-placed.

Today, Notre Dame sent out a press release about my son.

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2010

William Cox of New Rochelle, New York has been named to the dean's list in the University of Notre Dame's First Year of Studies for outstanding scholarship during the Spring 2010 semester.

Student's who achieve dean's honors at Notre Dame represent the top 30% of the students in their college

TONIGHT: "Keep Your Home Safe" Community Meeting to Address North End Burglary Spree

May 25, 2010 - 20:31

Burglar1.jpgIn response to a story first broken here on Talk of the Sound and later picked up by WCBS-TV, Council Members Marianne Sussman and Barry Fertel in conjunction with the New Rochelle Police Department will hold a meeting tonight at Temple Israel of New Rochelle.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. Temple Israel is located at 1000 Pinebrook Boulevard.

Communities for All Ages Intergenerational Initiative Comes to New Rochelle

May 25, 2010 - 17:31

Nancy Henkin.jpgWho is Nancy Henkin and want does she want with New Rochelle?

Dr. Nancy Henkin is the Founder and Executive Director of is the founder of The Intergenerational Center at Temple University which has created the Communities for All Ages program. According to her biography as an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 her inspiration is Maggie Kuhn, a radical activist and founder of the Grey Panthers. Ashoka is a "social entrepreneur" foundation created by William Drayton. Kuhn lived and worked for many years in Philadelphia, the location of Temple University.