August 2010

House Fire on Elk Avenue Sparks "All Hands" Call for New Rochelle Fire Department

August 03, 2010 - 06:02


Four houses of the New Rochelle Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 47 Elk Avenue. The first truck arrived on the scene at 9:46 PM. Smoke could be seen billowing out of the rear of the house on the second floor as the NRFD deployed. Firefighter entered through the front door and used a ladder to ascend to a second story front window. The residents escaped without harm and assembled on the front lawn.

A preliminary report indicates an accidental fire caused by a burning candle. After the fire was brought under control, firefighters removed an arm chair from the house.

Local Teen to Participate in Miss Westchester Teen Pageant

August 03, 2010 - 04:46

Jazzmin_Lyttle-Hylton_-_Headshot.pngNEW ROCHELLE, NY, August 1, 2010 -- Jazzmin Lyttle-Hylton from New Rochelle, daughter of Marcia Lyttle and Ainsworth Hylton, has been selected to participate in the 2011 Miss Westchester Teen Pageant. The pageant will be held at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, NY on September 5, 2010 at 7 p.m.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to compete in the first Miss Westchester Teen Pageant,” said Lyttle-Hylton. “I also think it’s great for Westchester.”

Lyttle-Hylton, 16, a rising junior at New Rochelle High School is very involved with charitable organizations. “I work a lot with Autism Speaks as well as AFYA in Yonkers,” said Lyttle-Hylton. “I’m especially proud of the work I do with Dream Catchers, an organization that I founded for 3rd through 5th grade girls. We work each week on leadership skills and I try to inspire them to never give up on their dreams.”

Each Miss Westchester Teen Pageant contestant will be judged in swimsuit, evening gown, and personal interview.

Universal Condemnation of United Water at PSC Hearing

August 03, 2010 - 00:50

image1880278534.jpgA demonstration in the New Rochelle City Hall rotunda drew elected officials from Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville and New Rochelle who joined together to roundly condemn United Water not just for the proposed rate increase but for not providing services regardless at rate.

Byron Gray, President of Local 273, disclosed publicly for the first time the dangerously low water pressure at New Rochelle fire hydrants. Gray stated that the proposed per hydrant cost will come straight from the Fire Department budget resulting in the loss of 10-12 firefighters and the possible closing of one firehouse.

Two Days Past MOU Deadline -- with Back Taxes Approaching $150k -- New Rochelle Building Permit Noticed at 5 Anderson

August 02, 2010 - 18:18

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5 Anderson Window Sign Permit-150.pngBased on several visits to the location over the past few days, Talk of the Sound can confirm that required work to fix or cover broken windows, clean up the foyer at the 5 Anderson entran

Sycamore Park Vandal Residing on Ronalds Lane

August 02, 2010 - 15:49

In the past two weeks, two vehicles which were parked on Ronalds Lane in the Sycamore Park area of New Rochelle, have been vandalized for the mere reason of parking on Ronalds Lane. Residence / home owners of Ronalds Lane think that they own the portion of the road in front of there homes and that no one else is allowed to park there. Ronalds Lane is a public street where any one can park their non-commercial vehicle.

There are a number of resident home owners that park “spot holder” vehicles in front of their homes and these vehicles become permanent road fixtures. These home owners park these “spot holders” for week and months without moving them so that other people cannot park their vehicles in front of their homes. This “spot holder tactic is illegal. These same home owners have driveways which they keep empty.

This writer knows that these crimes are being committed by resident home owners of Ronalds Lane, and that these home owners are gutless, selfish, socially challenged, inept, jealous, loathing individuals.

These crimes have been reported to the New Rochelle Police for investigation. If there are any others who have had their vehicles vandalized while parked on Ronalds Lane, report the act to New Rochelle Police Department. These resident home owners must be punished!!!

AOL's Coming to New Rochelle

August 02, 2010 - 14:04

Patch Logo.pngAOL/Patch is coming to New Rochelle., recently acquired by AOL, is preparing to launch a New Rochelle web site and is currently soliciting prospective advertisers and recruiting freelance writers. Full-disclosure, my daughter works at AOL and I know several of the people involved with

Patch bills itself as a "community-specific news and information platform dedicated to providing comprehensive and trusted local coverage for individual towns and communities". They are run out of Manhattan and they hire freelancers to write stories for various towns and then cross-post those stories.

Patch has web sites in nearby towns including and

They have an ad up on Craiglist. They are currently looking to hire "freelance reporters/multimedia storytellers with strong news judgment". They want people to cover breaking news; courts and crime; politics and government; business and development; features; the arts; schools; sports and more. They are paying people $50 to $200 or more to "deadline-driven reporters that are adept at online storytelling".

Public Hearing at New Rochelle City Hall on United Water's Proposed 55% Rate Increase Today

August 02, 2010 - 05:48

United Water.pngThe New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public statement hearings, and otherwise invites public comments, on a proceeding on motion of the Commission as to the rates, charges, rules and regulations of United Water New Rochelle Inc. (UWNR) for water service. The Proposal to raise rates is on the New York State web site.

Interested members of the public may provide their comments regarding this matter at public statement hearings to be held as follows:

Monday, August 2, 2010 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

New Rochelle City Hall

Public Hearing Room
515 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10801

The public will have an opportunity to present its comments at the hearings before Administrative Law Judge Eleanor Stein. A verbatim transcript of the hearing will be made for inclusion in the record of this proceeding.

Jeff Klein Prepared to Discuss IDA Home Rule Bill with GOP Members of New Rochelle City Council

August 01, 2010 - 17:24

Senator Jeff Klein.jpgState Senator Jeff Klein, Democratic Deputy Majority Leader in the New York State Senate, is encouraging members of the New Rochelle City Council to meet with him to discuss a home rule request made last week by Richard St. Paul, Louis Trangucci and Albert Tarantino, the three Republican members of the New Rochelle City Council.

"While I have not yet received the letter, I am more than happy to sit down with members of the New Rochelle City Council to discuss this matter," said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

The request was sent to New Rochelle's four Albany lawmakers -- State Senators Jeff Klein and Suzi Openheimer and State Assembly Representatives Amy Paulin and George Latimer -- earlier this week. Latimer and Klein have responded publicly.

Entertainment Properties Trust Reports on Capelli Settlement to Investors in Second Quarter Earnings Report

August 01, 2010 - 16:53

EPT Logo.pngNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Entertainment Properties Trust, Owners of New Roc City in New Rochelle, reported to investors on its settlement with Capelli Enterprises as part of its Second Quarter Earnings Report.

Cappelli Settlement

As previously announced, on June 18, 2010, the Company entered into a series of agreements with Mr. Cappelli and several of his affiliates and mutually released and settled all claims, obligations and liabilities, including all pending litigation. As a result of the settlement, the Concord resort land and the New Rochelle (New Roc) entertainment retail center are now wholly-owned properties of the Company, and the Company no longer has an interest in City Center, an entertainment retail center in White Plains, New York.

LeCount Square MOU with Capelli Expires, Ending Sad Chapter in New Rochelle's Downtown Development Plans

August 01, 2010 - 06:01

Capelli Enterprises has failed to meet agreed upon exterior improvements by July 31st,, a key condition of a recently signed extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of New Rochelle and Capelli Enterprises for a planned development of the area bounded by North Avenue and LeCount Place and Huguenot Street and Anderson Street in downtown New Rochelle.

...Be it resolved, that the City Council of the City of New Rochelle hereby authorizes the City Manager to execute a Fourteenth Amended MOU to amend Section 2.2 of the MOU to amend Section 2.2 of the MOU to amend the Exclusivity Date through December 31, 2010, upon the following conditions.

1. By July 31, 2010, exterior improvements shall be made to 5 Anderson Street to the satisfaction of the Department of Development. If such improvements are not made by July 31, 2010, the MOU shall automatically expire...