May 2010

Join the New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade as We Remember Our Veterans

May 19, 2010 - 21:07


Everyone loves a parade and this years Memorial Day Parade promises to be even better than the last! The New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade will work it's way through our city to remind us of the sacrifice and service of our armed forces past and present. Join the city as we come together for this auspicious event. Line the sidewalks and cheer them on, then fall in behind the march and celebrate at Hudson Park. Meet and greet the troops (for many, it's their first time in New York). Like the poster says, bands, floats, New Rochelle's finest and bravest, Marines and Sailors in for Fleet Week, and the latest addition, a CH-46 Marine helicopter will be on display, courtesy of the Headquaters Marine Corp.,Division of Public Affairs, a very special USO show by the Liberty Bells, local bands, return of the 1 dollar menu, and much, much more. You don't want to miss it!

How to Obtain Public Records in New Rochelle: FOIL, Property Portals and More

May 19, 2010 - 14:53

FOIL.jpgAs Talk of the Sound has grown over the past 18 months, readers and contributors have demonstrated a strong interest in better accountability and increased transparency in New Rochelle -- much to the dismay of certain individuals who find an informed public a threat.

Many readers have sent in tips and story ideas that have turned into significant stories. Illicit combat veteran benefits for Civil Service Commissioner Domenic Procopio, maintenance and grounds workers misappropriating school district vans and trucks for hunting trips and other personal use, theft of services by district employees and many other stories have come from reader tips. At the same time, we have gotten even more tips that do not pan out; tips that could have first easily been checked using online resources.

To help readers and contributors better sort the wheat from the chaff, we have put together a resource guide to help readers and contributors to do preliminary research, fact-check and otherwise refine information on their own before brining it forwward.

New Rochelle School & Library Budget Passes; Jerome Smith Ousted as Merchant, Orellana Push Incumbent Aside

May 19, 2010 - 06:15


School Budget passes 2,076 to 1,694

School Board

*Valerie Orellana - 2,290
*Lianne Merchant - 2,069
Jerome Smith - 1,648


Library Budget passes 2,208 to 1,587

Library Bond passes 2,146 to 1,572

Library Trustee Walters 2,215

The big news here for Talk of the Sound is that the two incumbents who we vigorously opposed are now both on their way out. Cindy Babcock-Deutsch (10 years) opted not to run at all and Jerome Smith (15 years) lost after our series of exposes on his failure to maintain a primary residence in New ROchelle, making him ineligible to serve on the board.

There is some question about the "yes" votes coming form Ward; the actually total may be 173 "yes" votes not 73 but the budget passed regardless. The Board of Ed will ratify the results tomorrow night.

Off-Duty New Rochelle Police Officer Dies Unexpectedly

May 18, 2010 - 15:38

The New Rochelle Police Department is reeling from the news that veteran Police Office Kevin McAllister died unexpectedly last week.

According to area police, McAllister died just off the Taconic Parkway in Columbia County, late last week.

“The New Rochelle Police Department and the City of New Rochelle are saddened over the sudden loss of Police Officer Kevin McAllister”, said Police Commissioner Patrick J. Carroll. “Officer McAllister was a 17-year veteran of the department and a recipient of one commendation during his tenure. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

UPDATE: Official from NRPD

"Police Officer McAllister was laid to rest today in a cemetery in Brewster, N.Y. A small memorial service was held prior to his burial."


SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE TODAY: Voters Go to the Polls in New Rochelle 7 AM to 9 PM

May 18, 2010 - 12:56

Today is election day for the three candidates running for two school board seats. By default, the winners should be challengers Lianne Merchant and Valerie Orellana.

Incumbent Jerome Smith, who no longer has a primary residence in New Rochelle, is ineligible to serve on the board but refused to withdraw from the race after Talk of the Sound disclosed Smith's failure to meet the district residency requirement.

If ever the school budget were to be defeated this would be the year. There has been a noticeable absence of lawn signs supporting any of the school board candidates and just a sprinkling of "vote yes on the budget" signs. Many parochial and private school voters, upset over the proposed service cuts for 6th graders, have organized to oppose the budget including a "vote no on the budget" online petition.

Attention All Parents: Technology and Our Children "Perils and Pluses"

May 17, 2010 - 21:00

Technology and our Children:
Perils and Pluses

Are we Paying Enough Attention?
Are our Children Losing the Human Touch?
What about online Predators & Bullying?

Join us as the Inter Religious Council of New Rochelle host a presentation given by the District Attorney's Office of Westchester on Thursday, May 20, 2010, 7PM @ Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library, Iona College 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY

REFRESHMENTS will be served. For Further information please call 914-636-7440

Vote NO on the School/Library Budgets

May 17, 2010 - 17:39

Take a stand and vote NO tomorrow. We've all been here before. Another school budget is before us and as ususal the School Board and the PTAs are out pushing for us to vote yes on a budget that's supposed to increase our taxes by 3.8%. I say supposed to increase by 3.8% because last years budget that we approved was supposed to increase our taxes by 3.2%, yet when I look at my tax bills the actual rate of increase was 6.7% so I'm thinking the budget writers are a bunch of morons that didn't make it through Calculus.

My property taxes are going through the roof and the majority of it is for the school and so are your tax bills. I mean no harm to the school district. I have kids in various grades, but if I can't afford to live hear because of skyrocketing school taxes then they won't be going to New Rochelle schools anymore.

If the budget is voted down, we'll get to vote once more on a new budget or the school board can present the same budget. This happened 10 years or so ago. The board simply presented the exact same budget that was voted down, not even with a small reduction, but they were able to rally the troops to get enough support to pass the budget. I started thinking it seemed rigged to me but that was 10 years ago and now we're at another budget juction.