August 2010

Talk of the Sound TV: The Mystery of Huguenot Hills

August 25, 2010 - 14:30

Huguenot Hills is a very odd mixed-used condo/retail development on Main Street in New Rochelle. Robert Cox of Talk of the Sound TV sets out to understand the mystery behind the lack of gutters and leaders on the front of the building, the tangle of wires in front of the windows and just who signed off on this illegal construction.

Maisano Campaign Family BBQ - Sept 26 - 3 to 6 PM - D'Onofrio Park

August 25, 2010 - 10:21




Sunday, September 26, 2010

D’Onofrio Park
End of Emmett Terrace, New Rochelle, NY

3 to 6 PM

$35 per person - $55 per couple
Seniors: $25 per person - $45 per couple
Children: 12 and under are admitted free!

Join us for a fantastic family barbecue with great food and drink and lots of fun people. Meet candidates running for office this year. The park has a playground for the kids and a roof over the picnic area - so come rain or shine. Call (914) 355-9205 for questions. Please RSVP by September 23 by mailing the form below to:

Maisano for Justice
P.O. Box 138
New Rochelle, New York 10802






______ Yes, I will attend the Maisano Campaign BBQ. Enclosed is my contribution in the amount of $ _______ for _______ reservations.

______ No, I am unable to attend. Enclosed is my contribution in the amount of $ _______.

Please make checks payable to “Maisano for Justice.”

Why Was Talk of the Sound Unavailable for the Last Day or So?

August 25, 2010 - 00:48

It would have been hard not to notice that for many readers the site was not loading over the past day. It is a good problem to have -- our traffic has grown to the point where our server was getting overloaded with requests. This has been a problem since June but I was reluctant to address the issue due to the cost of migrating too a newer, bigger server. Today was the final straw so I had to bite the bullet and sign a deal to get more horsepower for the site.

I do not want to get into all the details but the site has gone from 200 readers a month to 22,000 readers a month and it starts to cost real money to host the site on a dedicated server with all sorts of bells and whistles. What that will mean for Talk of the Sound is that instead of running Google ads and things like that I am going to need to start lining up sponsors and selling ads directly. I have signed an agreement with a company called GrowthSpur to help me do this but I mostly need the help of readers. So, if you want to support the site and looking for a way to reach New Rochelle residents (or knows someone who does) please get in touch.

Open Letter to Chuck Strome: Talk of the Sound IS Media Whether You Like It or Not

August 24, 2010 - 22:53

An abbreviated version of this email was sent to City Manager Chuck Strome on August 15th informing of my intention to make an issue of the failure of his government to treat Talk of the Sound as a member of the media, the same as the Journal News, WVOX, or Channel 12 News. Mr. Strome replied today with an email that was not responsive to the issue I had raised and so now I published in full this open letter to Mr. Strome so that he and Talk of the Sound readers can understand my position that Mr. Strome has an obligation to deal with Talk of the Sound "as media" and to instruct his staff to do likewise.

Mr. Strome,

Your reply is not responsive to the issues I have raised so let me lay out the entirety of my thinking here in an open letter which I will also published on Talk of the Sound so that you and my readers have the opportunity to understand my intentions going forward even if I do not hear back from you. I apologize in advance for the length of this email but do hope you will set aside a few minutes to read it and perhaps respond so that at the very least you will understand the approach I intend to take in making the case publicly that you are wrong in how you and your government have interacted with Talk of the Sound.

Letter to the Editor: Do Not Throw Away Pets

August 24, 2010 - 21:40

Dear Robert,

I know this is not the most important problem next to the economy. I just hope the people who dumped the cat they no longer wanted in our neighborhood are proud of themselves. He is a fairly young, black with a white patch on his chest altered male cat. He is the most affectionate and sweet cat. All he wants is to come into a home and not live on the street. My neighbors and I have been feeding him and spending time with him. We can’t keep him because of allergies. I called the Humane Society to see if anyone was missing a cat. We are calling friends to try and find him a home. In the mean time we are trying to give him some affection and attention.

Please tell your readers that if they have an animal they can no longer take care of or do not want to please try and find a home. I know it can be difficult, but how cruel to just turn it out into the street.

Thank you.


If you are willing to give this cat or any other pet a new home please contact the New Rochelle Humane Society.

Ever Been Skipped by a Metro-North Conductor When You Did Not Have a Ticket?

August 24, 2010 - 18:11

Jim Cameron is the chairman of the Connecticut Metro-North Rail Commuter Council and he has a thing or two to say about paying your tickets on the train even when not asked by the conductor. Cameron says the biggest complaints -- "after a lack of seats on rush hour trains and the smelly bathrooms" is uncollected tickets. He says "assengers on the train get really miffed when they’ve paid for their ticket, but they see others getting a free ride." This typically happens because the conductor fails to punch the seat check -- those colorful little tags that say how many passengers are in a row and their destination. When Cameron sees a conductor miss someone he points it out.

I know for me there was a long time after the wildcat strike -- and that was a while ago -- when I purposely withheld my ticket until I was asked for it. It's not really an uncollected ticket if I have a monthly pass but how does the conductor know. That was a long time ago and I have since forgiven the union for the wildcat strike. This got me wondering where Talk of the Sound readers come down on this. Have you been skipped? Did you volunteer to pay? How would you react if the conductor missed you and Jim Cameron was behind you re-directing him to your seat?

New York Comptroller Completes Audit of Westchester County Parks & Recreation Department

August 23, 2010 - 21:09

Thomas DiNapoli New York State Comptroller.jpgPress Release from the OSC:

The Westchester County Department of Parks and Recreation did not have comprehensive performance goals and measures in place for its Golf Division, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“My office’s audits of local governments improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver. With better controls and performance measures in place, the Westchester County golf courses could bring in millions in extra revenue.”

The performance goals and measures in place for the golf division were not comprehensive because division officials could not use them to improve the efficiency of their operations. The two county golf courses run by independent contractors reported better operating margins than the four county-run courses because of both higher revenues and lower costs.

First Family of New Rochelle Thespians Perform "Eleemosynary" at Rye Country Day School

August 23, 2010 - 20:26

Eleemosynary455.jpgNew Rochelle resident, actor and director Paul Carlin will direct his mother and sister in Eleemosynary, a 1985 one-act play by Lee Blessing. Carlin's mother, actress Frances Sternhagen also lives in New Rochelle. Carlin's sister, Sarah Carlin, grew up in New Rochelle and is known to return to the area from time to time, sources say.

Eleemosynary is a 1985 one-act play by Lee Blessing. It follows the relationships between three generations of women. The word "eleemosynary" itself plays a significant part in the plot. The characters in the play are Dorothea (An old woman who has chosen to be eccentric), Artemis (Dorothea's daughter. Holds an important job as a biochemist. Has an incredible memory.) and Echo (Artie's daughter. Lives with Dorothea.