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August 2010

New Rochelle Police Find Garden Street a Target-Rich Environment for Drinking Drivers

August 28, 2010 - 05:57
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DSC_3453.jpgNew Rochelle Police had a sobriety checkpoint set up last night on Garden Street between North Avenue and the Exit 16 on/off ramp, a location ideally situation to insure a steady flow of expired inspection stickers, panicky drivers and a fair share of drinking drivers, several of whom were arrested and removed from the scene. Safeway Towing was doing steady business taking away cars and the occasional motorcycle, two at a time. Sergeant Myron Joseph led a team officers who kept the line moving but patiently checked each car as they made their way through choke points situation to catch unwary drivers off guard as they either pulled off I-95 North at Exit 16 or made the right onto North Avenue coming from downtown New Rochelle.

On man was given an extensive series of sobriety tests which would have been difficult for the most sober teetotaler after Sunday church services. He flunked, was handcuffed and put into the back of an NRPD cruiser.

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GETTING RESULTS: Con Ed Moves Transformers in Front of Huguenot Hills in New Rochelle

August 28, 2010 - 03:55
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Con Edison, aware that the wires in front of Huguenot Hills were becoming an issue based on reports on Talk of the Sound, arrived this morning to move a transformer that may have been just a bit too close to the building. Not wanting to risk the fallout if the transformer exploded so close to the Huguenot Hills building.

Talk of the Sound had not one but three contributors who came upon the seen today and made a report or took photos. You know who you are. Thanks folks and remember if you see something, say something...or at least pull out your cellphone and take some pictures.

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Aman Ali: Our Man in Pakistan

August 28, 2010 - 00:32
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AmanAli.pngAman Ali, the Journal News reporter for New Rochelle (again since Hannan Adley left), stand-up comedian, create of the 30 mosques in 30 days NYC blog is now traveling around the country visiting 30 more mosques in Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and other points south and west but starting at the so-called "Ground Zero" Mosque. He is also reportedly working on a documentary film in Pakistan. In between performing standup and working on his documentary film in Pakistan and preparing for a month long tour of mosques throughout the United States, Aman Ali dropped by New Rochelle to repurpose a few press releases from Capelli Enterprises.

Aman will certainly feel this is directed at him but it is not. He appears to be a gifted, talented and ambitious individual is doing some very cool stuff. What any of this stuff he is doing has to do with New Rochelle, however, is anyone's guess.

New Rochelle Schools Name New Principals for Ward and Jefferson

August 27, 2010 - 22:03

City School District of New Rochelle Press Release

The City School District of New Rochelle has recommended the following appointments to fill administrative positions in the School District for the 2010-11 school year:

Franco J. Miele will assume the position of Principal of William B. Ward Elementary School. The Board of Education is expected to ratify a resolution appointing Mr. Miele during their next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 31 at 8 PM. Most recently, Mr. Miele has been principal of the Sheafe Road Elementary School in Wappingers Falls, NY. Previously, Mr. Miele had served as Assistant Principal of the Roy C. Ketcham Senior High School. Before working in Wappingers Falls, Mr. Miele taught sixth grade at the Lincoln Elementary School in Mount Vernon. Mr. Miele succeeds Kenneth Regan, who is retiring from the Principal position he has held at William B. Ward Elementary School since 1988.

Kimberly Nieves, formerly an Assistant Principal, was appointed by the Board of Education on June 29 to become the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School replacing Cynthia Slotkin, who retired after eight years of serving in the Principal position. After working five years as a Guidance Counselor at the Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle, Ms.

Ya Es Hora - Register to Vote Gente!

August 27, 2010 - 17:46

This November 2, Vote for Respect!

On November 4, 2008, the Latino community turned out in record numbers to vote. This year, as midterm elections approach, we need to remember that this election matters just as much, if not more.

Our country is enduring tough economic times, and the Hispanic community has been hit particularly hard by the recession. But we are also facing challenges of a different type. While intolerance and discrimination are nothing new to Latinos, our country's anti-Latino sentiment has escalated in recent months. We've seen this with the passage of SB 1070 in Arizona, in discussions from some senators about doing away with birthright citizenship, as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and from a general, growing resentment toward the Hispanic community. It's time for us to stand up and say that we won't tolerate bigotry or discrimination anymore.

This November 2, your vote is your voice. Tell your elected officials that the Latino community deserves respect, not intolerance.

REGISTER TO VOTE now through the ya es hora (It's Time) campaign website and be counted in this year's election! You can also sign up for updates on the election by texting VOTE to 62571.

Also, check out NCLR's monthly issue updates below and stay informed on the policies that are affecting Latinos this election cycle.

ASU Professor Dan Gillmor Asks: "Who's a journalist? Does that matter?"

August 27, 2010 - 16:22

Dan Gillmor.pngDan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication has a timely article up over at Salon.

Gillmor asks "What should we call the people who are creating valuable new information in the new-media ecosystem?" and then tries on and casts off various ideas before concluding:

We are all creating media. Any one of us can, and many of us will, commit an act of journalism. We may contribute to the journalism ecosystem once, rarely, frequently or constantly. How we deal with these contributions -- deciding to try one, what we do with what we’ve created, and how the rest of us use what’s been created -- is going to be complex and evolving.

In Replacing James Stowe, New Rochelle Political Parties Offer Conflicting Vision

August 27, 2010 - 13:13
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Jim Stowe.jpgIn dueling press releases, the Republican and Democratic Parties of New Rochelle yesterday offered two very different ideas on how to best serve the needs of District 3. The Republicans have called for a Special Meeting of the City Council to appoint former County Legislator and Board of Education President Pearl Quarles to immediately fill the seat with the understanding that Quarles will not run in any elections in 2010 or 2011. The Democrats have proposed waiting until after a winner is declared in the District 3 Special Election scheduled for November 2nd and then appointing the winner to immediately fill the seat.

The City Charter gives the City Council the authority to immediately appoint a successor in the event a seat on the Council is vacated.

Council Democrats Issue Statement on District Three Vacancy Call For Immediate Appointment of Special Election Winner

August 27, 2010 - 12:00

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Democrats on the New Rochelle City Council – Mayor Noam Bramson, Council Member Barry Fertel and Council Member Marianne Sussman – today issued the following joint statement concerning the vacancy in Council District Three:

Jim Stowe’ s sudden and tragic passing has set in motion a process defined under both the New Rochelle City Charter and New York State Public Officers Law for choosing a new Council representative in District Three.

We believe strongly that this critical choice should be made directly by the people of the Third District through their votes in a special election on November 2nd, and that the Council should not impose its will on District Three residents by making any appointment prior to the election.

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