July 2010

New Rochelle Opera Performs at Hudson Park

July 22, 2010 - 02:23

Tonight the New Rochelle Opera, sponsored by Metro Med, performed selections of Turandot among other pieces at the bandshell in Hudson Park. It was a nice sized crowd of families, seniors and couples. Several people running for office were shaking hands through the crowds and handing out customized fans and leaflets. A snack bar did a busy enough business selling sodas and snacks, plus more. The music was lovely, particularly the first baritone.

Further Developments in : Channel 12 News Reports on Heroin Addiction; Channel 2 News Crew at New Rochelle Marina

July 21, 2010 - 16:26

Paula izurieta.jpgChannel 2 News is in New Rochelle following up on the story first reported on Talk of the Sound yesterday that Paula Izurieta, a woman arrested in Rockland County on Monday for burglarizing the home of a friend killed in a motorcycle accident on Friday is the same woman who reported Mount Vernon fireman James Drago missing in the water off Larchmont after Drago took his boat out of the New Rochelle Marina on June 26th.

Channel 2 News was interviewing people at the New Rochelle marina.

Not reported as far as we know but word is that on the morning Drago took his boat out of the New Rochelle marina there was some sort of altercation at the gas station at the marina. We are looking into that.

Vito Costa Hearing Date Today

July 21, 2010 - 15:41

vitocosta-before-after.jpgVito Costa has a compliance hearing today in Westchester County Criminal Court before Judge John P. Colangelo.

Costa was arrested on August 14, 2009 and plead guilty on April 7, 2010 to Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree and Falsify Business Records in the 2nd Degree. Under a plea agreement, Costa received Interim Probation and will be re-sentenced on April 6, 2011 on the misdemeanor charge of Falsifying Billing Records. Costa was required to make restitution to the City School District of New Rochelle. At the time of his sentencing he had repaid $40,000 to the school district. The New Rochelle Board of Education had previously authorized litigation against Costa.

Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Costa held his "no show" job as an HVAC engineer for years all while routinely pilfering HVAC supplies for use by his own company.

Fire at Assisted Living Facility in Downtown New Rochelle at 41 Lockwood Avenue

July 20, 2010 - 22:45

41 Lockwood-2.jpgNew Rochelle Firefighters are responding to a report of a fire at the Home for Adults, an assisted living facility at 41 Lockwood Avenue. Developing...

UPDATE: Talk of the Sound was on the scene and file a report for "Talk of the Sound TV" and shot some photos. We spoke with Deputy Chief Lou Dimeglio of the New Rochelle Fire Department (picture above, left) who gave Talk of the Sound a run down on what took place. Watch the video.

Only Witness to Drowning of Mount Vernon Fireman Arrested in Rockland County for Looting Home of Motorcyclist Killed Friday

July 20, 2010 - 18:47

Paula izurieta.jpgTALK OF THE SOUND EXCLUSIVE -- The mysterious case of Mount Vernon fireman James Drago has taken on a bizarre new twist as the only witness in the case has now been arrested for burglarizing the home of a Rockland County man who died Friday following a motorcycle accident.

The woman involved in both cases, Paula Izurieta,29, of 17 Smart St., Yonkers, was never named by the police as a witness in the Drago case. It was members of the Mount Vernon Fire Department who recognized Izurieta from her mugshot in today's Journal News and contacted Talk of the Sound's EyeonNewRoc.

It was on June 26th that Izurieta called 911 to report Drago missing in Long island Sound, setting of a search and rescue effort by local police and the Coast Guard. A week later, on July 4th, Drago's body was found floating in the water within a mile of where he was first reported missing, near the Larchmont Shore Club.

At the time, Izurieta, the only witness on the boat, told Larchmont Police that Drago took his boat from the New Rochelle Marina, left the boat to go swimming, went under the water and never resurfaced. No charges have been filed in the case so far.

Maisano Endorsed for Supreme Court Justice by New Rochelle Firefighters

July 20, 2010 - 14:40

NR Fire Endorsement

County Legislator Jim Maisano is proud to announce that the New Rochelle Uniformed Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 273 has endorsed his campaign for Supreme Court Justice in the 9th Judicial District (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess & Orange).

Byron Gray, President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 273, stated, “Jim has always been a good friend to the New Rochelle Fire Department during his time as a county legislator. We respect his dedication to the City of New Rochelle. The New Rochelle firefighters are convinced, based on Jim’s career experience and commitment to independence and fair and impartial justice, that he will be an excellent Supreme Court Justice. We plan to work hard to elect him this year.”

Regents Approve Scoring Changes to Grade 3-8 Math and English Tests

July 20, 2010 - 14:37

The Board of Regents today strongly endorsed the rationale presented by Education Commissioner David M. Steiner to adjust the “cut scores” on the state’s grade 3-8 math and English assessments based on research that clearly suggests the need to more accurately indicate “proficiency” on those exams. With the support of the Board of Regents, Commissioner Steiner will set the cut scores accordingly. School, district, and statewide results from these tests will be released during the week of July 26.

The Regents discussion of the cut scores was informed by a review of research that analyzed how student performance on the grade 3-8 state tests relates to performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam; how student performance on the state’s eighth grade math and English tests relates to later performance on Regents exams; and how performance on Regents exams relates to first year performance in college. Additional data was provided that linked NYS assessments to SAT scores.

Senior Deputy Commissioner John King said, “The data shows that schools responded to the assignment they were given – they worked hard to help students achieve standards as measured by the state tests that were being given at that time. And more students did, in fact, pass those tests.

New Rochelle Police Chase Three, Capture One Suspect in North End Home Invasion

July 20, 2010 - 13:15

Joseph Gill.jpgNew Rochelle police, responding Friday night to a 911 call of a home invasion residence, responded quickly and located the suspects. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued, and quickly terminated near the high school - a foot pursuit then ensued, officers gave chase on foot.

One of the suspects, Joseph E. Gill, 39, of 148 Tudor Court, Lakewood, N.J. was apprehended and arrested. Two other suspects escaped.

Police are attempting to link the three men to the North End burglary spree going back to November of 2009 first reported by Talk of the Sound in April.

According to the police report, a woman was awakened at 10:34 PM at her home on Forest Avenue. She saw a man in her bedroom taking jewelry from her dresser. The woman followed the man out of her bedroom, came across two other men and confronted them at which point they fled the scene. She called 911.

The men drove off in a van. The car developed a flat tire and stopped on Faneuil Place at which point Gill, the driver of the vehicle, was apprehended. The other two fled and were not caught.

Water main service springs multiple leaks

July 20, 2010 - 09:43

image1415523280.jpgUnited water of new rochelle was on main st. & lawton St. trying to fix multiple leaks of service pipes to various business's on main st. The leaks started around 7:30 at main and north and then spread to two other locations on main between north and lawton on main. As of 1:55 am tuesday united water still had one lane closed on main from lawton to north . After speaking to the crew on scene they would be there until at least 9:00am tuesday, try to avoid this area if at all possible...