May 2010

New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome's Brush with Death

May 04, 2010 - 13:50

Windy New Ro6.jpgNew Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome was involved in a serious incident while driving his City-owned vehicle in New Rochelle.

Strome was driving his child to school on Quaker Ridge Road Monday near the Cosi's restaurant when a large tree limb fell on the car. Neither Strome or his child was seriously hurt but the force was enough to badly damage the vehicle.

[note: the above photo is from the March 2010 storm]


Why Is New Rochelle Paying Over $100,000 for Guards to "Cross" Invisible Students?

May 04, 2010 - 02:55

crossing guard map1.jpgWhat would you do with an extra $115,000?

New Rochelle schools have full day kindergarten across the entire city. There is no mid-day dismissal at all in New Rochelle. So, why do we still have 18 crossing guards working a two hour lunch shift? There are no children to cross.

In mid December I was home from work on a Friday and walked to the deli for a sandwich. I exchanged a few words with our crossing guard and continued on. He is a great crossing guard, works hard, is friendly to the children and is no nonsense to the drivers. But soon I wondered if we have full day kindergarten now, why is he at his post at lunch? I looked around. There were absolutely no children to cross.

Shiloh Baptist Church Revival 2010

May 03, 2010 - 19:56

Join Us For Our Revival Series 2010
May 5, May 12, and May 19
7pm - 9pm

Guest Choir: Harlem's Legendary ARC Gospel Choir

Speakers include:

Rev. Victor T. Hall, Senior Pastor
Calvary Baptist Church
Jamaica, NY

Bishop Terrell L. Murphy, Senior Pastor
New Birth-Charlotte
Huntersville, NC

Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller Senior Pastor
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA



Phone number: 914 636-7440

New Rochelle "Rediscovering" Itself (Again)

May 03, 2010 - 17:54

NRPL-Night.jpgTo help put the Green R Plan into context, Talk of the Sound offers these remarks from a previous report on the City of New Rochelle:

A recent census undertaken as part of a broadly based citizen-directed program to aid in long-term revitalization plans, identified more than five hundred community organizations in New Rochelle. Their scope of concerns ranges from religious, social and educational to sports, fraternal, political, neighborhood, and civic. A vast reservoir of human resources, these groups have been brought together in major conferences whose aim has been cooperative effort in the service of the city.

IAFF Report Demonstrates Risks for New Rochelle, Need for Adequate Manpower at Fire Scene

May 03, 2010 - 14:08

New Rochelle Fire Department UFFA Local 273.jpgJust recently, a true, non-biased study was performed to show the need and importance of having adequate manpower when responding to a house fire. The report was completed to show a need for adequate manpower at a residential fire, it does not include high-rise structures, but it’s a good start.

Fire Departments across the nation have suffered a loss in manpower putting the public and the fire fighters at an elevated risk. This study shows an absolute benefit when a department has more men.

New Residential Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew Size on Fire Fighting Operations

April 28, 2010 -- A landmark study released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size of fire fighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire service's ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. Click here to read the news release.

College of New Rochelle's 38th Annual Strawberry Festival Rocks the House

May 02, 2010 - 21:48


The College of New Rochelle’s 38th annual Strawberry Festival offered something special for family members of all ages -- a a fun-filled day of outdoor activities, music, entertainment, and strawberry treats. The Strawberry Festival, introduced in 1972, is the single largest event organized entirely by the college’s undergraduates. The concept of the Strawberry Festival originated in the mid-west during the 1890’s as an American festival celebrating the ripening of strawberries, the blooming of lilacs, and the coming of summer.


THere were rock bands, Big Band and pop to salsa and R&B. The giant slide was a little scary for some of the smaller kids, a few of whom turned around halfway up the stairs alongside the slide. There was face painting, a carousel, gladiator joust, Dalmatian Funhouse, spin art, and much more. The highlight of course, was strawberries -- chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry smoothies, and strawberry shortcake, as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones.

Loud Pipes Save Lives at New Roc Harley Davidson/Buell

May 02, 2010 - 21:24

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On a beautiful day for a ride, New Roc Harley Davidson/Buell hosted the second annual Hogs for Hope / Ride for Hope event in New Rochelle, NY. Police vehicles -- cars and motorcycles from around Westhcester escorted hundreds of motorcyclists from the New Rochelle rally point at to northern Westchester, around and back.

At the after party there were free t-shirts for the first 200 registrants, pig roast, live bands, raffle, a 50/50, and more. If you are interested to help support children battling pediatric cancer you can still donate here

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Turkey's Invade North End of New Rochelle

May 02, 2010 - 17:10

My wife was sipping a coffee in our dining room this morning when she did a spit-take as a very large bird waddled over to our bird feeder. The squirrels who normally have their way scaring off the cardinals, blue jays and sparrows that frequent our back yard feeder too one look at the female turkey and sprinted across the yard and up the nearest tree. Fun!



Journal News Reports on Biggest Tax Delinquents in New Rochelle; Greentree Still Among Top 3

May 02, 2010 - 16:16

Cameroon.jpg Maybe there is hope for the Journal News after all. Yet another bit of original reporting by a Journal News reporter! Hannan Adley has a terrific article on the top tax delinquents in New Rochelle.

Eight property owners owe a combined $2.7 million in back taxes and interest to the city of New Rochelle, and the biggest delinquent by far is the nation of Cameroon....After two years of failure to pay taxes, the city typically will start foreclosure proceedings. At that time, some property owners choose to enter an agreement to pay overdue taxes.

#1) Republic of Cameroon: $1.4 million on a diplomatic residence at 50 Montgomery Circle - back to 1995.

#2) Lorcress Enterprises: $376,599 for apartment buildings at 50 and 44 Fountain Place - back to 2008.

#3) Michael Grammas: $248,322 for Greentree Country Club - back to 2007

#4) Calanit Atia: $120,503 for a single-family home at 217 Forest Avenue - back to 2008

#5) Justin P. Carey: $188,544 for a single-family home at 105 Lyncroft Road - since 2008

Is Now the Time for New Rochelle to Embrace Property Reassessment?

May 02, 2010 - 12:47

17E2F1B8-A79D-49DC-BDB2-79162B97F322.jpgEach year we can be assured of two things happening relative to property taxes. The School District will have to work through a long list of Certiorari awards and make budget provisions accordingly and, in doing so, seek out ways to lighten this burden. One or more of these ways may be seen by some as being questionable – for example, the recent brouhaha concerning hiring additional counsel to advise the School Board on certain Certiorari claims.

However, there is another certainty and that would be an yearly Op Ed or Letter to the Editor from former Mayor Alfred Del Vecchio of White Plains who, simply put, strongly opposes any effort to reassess property values throughout Westchester and most likely, in any of its municipalities.

I never paid enough attention to the overall issues or examined in detail his opposition to reassessment. As a former board president of a cooperative, I simply conducted an a search for revenue increases every few years and routinely filed for Certiorari. It always worked out positively and I let it go at that.