July 2010

Glen Island beach needs sand!

July 15, 2010 - 22:41

image1380808526.jpgAs seen in this photo there is hardly any beach area at glen island. The county charges you $4.00 to park $4.00 to enter the beach area. They have one lifeguard on duty while 5 others sit around talking or playing volleyball. They put green flags up 20 yards apart and they expect 100 to 150 people to swim in it while the other area is closed off to swimmers.What a joke I hope someone in county government reads this site and checks out these conditions at this park. We need more sand and a person to shake things up here.

New Rochelle DPW: Road Resurfacing Starting Tonight at 8 PM Will Impact Main Street and Fifth Avenue

July 15, 2010 - 22:14

Hello, this is the New Rochelle Department of Public Works with an important message regarding roadway resurfacing.

Beginning at approximately 8 PM this evening until 6 AM tomorrow morning and repeated again on Friday evening, Main Street will be resurfaced between Weyman Avenue and Allard Avenue and Fifth Avenue will be resurfaced between North Avenue and Brookdale Avenue. Both streets will be reduced to one travel lane per direction and will be subject to periodic short-term closures during that time.

To avoid delays, motorists are advised to seek alternate routes during this work. We request your patience with both noise and traffic conditions.


The Bestchester 2010 - Westchester Magazine Gala Overwhelms

July 15, 2010 - 19:36

Article by ELENA COX with Photographs by JENNIFER PARENTE

A wet and muggy day turned into a warm and breezy night at Westchester Magazine's annual Best of Westchester party. Sponsored by Sound Shore Medical Center and held at New Rochelle's Glen Island Harbour Club (Reader's Pick "Best Place to Get Married"), thousands turned out for the event celebrating the best places to eat, shop, play, and do just about everything else in the county. Winners were able to set up booths to showcase their services and of course, our great city was well represented.

Click "read more" link to see which New Rochelle establishments were present.

Proposal for New Rochelle Armory to be Unveiled

July 15, 2010 - 00:50

New Rochelle, New York 07/14/10

A planned proposal for the adaptive re-use of the New Rochelle Armory will be presented to the New Rochelle City Council on Tuesdays, July 20 at 7:00 PM .

Executive members of the Save Our Armory Committee, representing Veterans and local supporters of the beleaguered facility, will offer a development plan that includes, opening up access to the water, community services for youth and seniors, veteran support services and open public space with a focus on successful economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 515 North Avenue. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting can also be viewed on Verizon channel 28, Cablevision channel 75 or online, at

The Save Our Armory Committee ( is a privately funded volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and community use of the New Rochelle Armory.

Talk of the Sound is Experiencing Technical Difficulties

July 15, 2010 - 00:01

Since Monday we have been experiencing slow load times on our server -- on average about 13 seconds for what should take about 1.5 seconds.

We continue to work the problem but so far have been unable to resolve the issue.

Having no idea what is causing the problem I cannot say when the problem resolved. It is very frustrating but we will continue to keep working the problem until we figure it out.

In the meantime -- and we cannot say for how long -- we ask for you patience in giving the pages a but longer to load. Hitting "refresh" over and over again will only make it worse.

Thank you.

Robert Cox
Managing Editor
New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound

Oil from Gulf Comes Ashore at Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle

July 14, 2010 - 16:23

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Juan Suarez, an engineer with Dow Chemical in Louisiana, spoke to students in the Young Engineers program at Albert Leonard Middle School today. Suarez, who grew up in New Rochelle and graduated from Iona Prep, is a mechanical engineer who designs and maintains equipment at the Dow plant in Saint Charles parish outside of New Orleans.

Suarez reviewed the many kinds of equipment like complex pumps and turbines used at the Dow plant to mix chemical compounds, generate power and filter water and how engineers have design, monitor and maintain the equipment to keep in functioning and safe. The class discussed safety issues related to mixing chemicals and generating power under high pressure which led into a discussion of what went wrong at the BP Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform and the ensuing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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New Rochelle City Council Agenda Highlights, 7/13/10

July 13, 2010 - 23:10

  Committee of Whole-  3:45 pm

1. Annual Audit report

2. New Rochelle Hazard Mitigation Plan update

3. Hartley House Redevelopment Plan


Citizens to be Heard, 7:30 p.m.  Residents may sign up to speak for three minutes.


Agenda Items proposed for the July 20 Legislation meeting


A.  Amendment to the zoning code, 64 Nardozzi Place proposed for September meeting.

B. Amendment to alternate side parking changing to January 1 to March.

C. Amendment to parking time limit. Main Street from Cooper Drive to City Line.

GETTING RESULTS: SUNY College of Optometry Confirms, Vito Costa No Longer Employed by State University of New York

July 13, 2010 - 21:50

vitocosta-before-after.jpgJust days after Talk of the Sound reported that convicted felon Vito Costa had been hired as Assistant Director of Maintenance at the SUNY College of Optometry, the school has confirmed that Costa is no longer working at the school.

"It is the policy of the State University of New York not to comment on personnel matters", said Ann Warwick, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the SUNY College of Optometry, in response to an inquiry from Talk of the Sound. "However, we can verify that Mr. Vito Costa is no longer an employee of the State University or the SUNY College of Optometry".

Warwick declined to respond to questions as to the SUNY policy regarding the hiring of convicted felons or address what sort of background check is done prior to extending a job offering.