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August 2010

New Rochelle BID Announces New Restaurant and Business Support Program

August 23, 2010 - 20:00

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Community Capital Resources, NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), and Con Edison join the New Rochelle Business Improvement District in an innovative program for downtown restaurants and retail businesses.

The New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID) announced a new BID Restaurant and Business Support Program for downtown New Rochelle. The program is designed to help downtown restaurants and stores lower their operating costs by identifying energy saving measures; get access to conservation incentives, and most importantly, for eligible businesses, obtain financing, to assist not only in implementing selected energy saving measures, but for business improvements and operating expenses as well.

BID Director Ralph DiBart stated: “The New Rochelle BID is excited to announce a unique partnership with Community Capital Resources, NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), and Con Edison. Through this coordinated effort, each participating restaurant and store will receive comprehensive energy audits and incentives for energy improvements helping them lower their operating costs by implementing identified conservation measures.

5 Anderson Meets Deadline...3 Weeks Latre

August 23, 2010 - 19:44

Whatever exterior improvements were going to be done at 5 Anderson by Cappelli Enterprises appear to be completed. Talk of the Sound is pulling down its Cappelli Countup Clock at 20 day and 16 hours and 22 minutes and 14 seconds. This is about three weeks past the date at which the MOU expired of its own terms and 16 days after the Mayor say if the work was not completed in 14 days he would expect the Development Commissioner would make a determination that the terms of the MOU had not been met but 1 day before the new-new-new deadline announced by the Mayor 3 days before the new-new-new deadline.

A New Search At SUNY Optometry For Vito's Job Starts Today

August 23, 2010 - 17:17

The process starts all over again this week in the search to fill the now vacant position of Assistant or Associate Director of Maintenance held by short timer Vito Costa at SUNY. This time they changed it up a bit renaming the position as Chief Engineer.

Frank Orehek will again head the committee along with his assistant, and several others to try and fill this position that has held eight different individuals over the last 6 years. Now that’s a turnover statistic that should be looked at!

It seems that not many people can hold the position for long as the leadership of the department is confusing at best. This position at SUNY is sort of a “buffer” between Frank and the watch engineers.

While Frank likes to have someone in the position, he still tends to get very involved in the day to day issues he knows little or nothing about. I would say that he can be classified as a micro manager.

So put your bet in on the pool for this person’s longevity at SUNY. I have 60 days until old Frank puts out the claws!

A New Search At SUNY Optometry For Vito's Job

August 23, 2010 - 17:17

The process starts all over again this week in the search to fill the now vacant position of Assistant or Associate Director of Maintenance held by short timer Vito Costa at SUNY. This time they changed it up a bit renaming the position as Chief Engineer.

Frank Oerhek will again head the committee along with his assistant, and several others to try and fill this position that has held eight different individuals over the last 6 years. Now that’s a turnover statistic that should be looked at!

It seems that not many people can hold the position for long as the leadership of the department is confusing at best. This position at SUNY is sort of a “buffer” between Frank and the watch engineers.

While Frank likes to have someone in the position he still tends to get very involved in issues he know little of nothing about. I would say that he can be classified as a micro manager.

So put your bet in on the pool for this person’s longevity at SUNY.

9/11 Memorial and Vigil to be Held at New Rochelle Armory

August 23, 2010 - 04:25

The United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association (UVMPA) will be hosting it's annual 9/11 Memorial and Candlelight Vigil on the front lawn of the New Rochelle Armory on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 7:30 PM. The Armory is located at 270 East Main Street in New Rochelle. All are welcome.

Join the community of family and friends to reflect on the events of the day that changed so many lives forever. By remembering those who were lost, we celebrate their lives and all that they shared with those who knew them.

In the days and weeks following September 11th, the Armory served as a rally point for relief supplies being delivered to ground zero. Nine years later, the Armory still serves the community as a place for the relief and healing of a wounded community and indeed, a Nation.

A schedule of events to follow.

Teca's Tacos Terror

August 23, 2010 - 02:26

DSC_3072.jpgThe driver of a dark blue Ford Econoline van was slowly weaving back and forth, driving west bound along Fifth Avenue near City Park, before it struck a blue Ford Explorer, according to witnesses. The Ford Explorer was thrust forward and struck a parked taco truck sending chorizo and salsa flying inside the vehicle. Teca's Taco truck is a licensed vendor and long time fixture at City Park.

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An onlooker told Talk of the Sound said he noticed the driver was struggling to drive straight as he drove past the baseball field and was already calling 911 just as the collision occurred. The man, who did not wish to be identified, stated that the driver appeared to have suffered some sort of seizure or epileptic fit.

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New Rochelle-La Rochelle Sister City Committee member Brian Carter off to France

August 22, 2010 - 23:48

Brian will once again travel to La Rochelle to be a featured Artist in The Jazz in Out Festival www.jazzinout.fr.

Brian is a 5 year Sister City Committee member who has traveled to La Rochelle twice before, the first time in 2007. Brian has a commitment to the "International Music Relationship". The organizers of the French festival, were the inspiration for the recent New Rochelle Jazz Festival, Jazz In July, Sponsored by the Sister City Committee, and New Rochelle Parks and Recreation. The plan is to exchange musicians yearly. Several musicians have already came here from France, including Malo Mazuri, and Cyprien Damicourt. Zach Lipton of New Rochelle has traveled to the New Orleans Jazz Festival in May of 2010, also in La Rochelle.

See last years festival at www.mativi.fr/jazzinaout

Read more about Brian Carter here.

George Latimer Wants to Help You Collect Unclaimed Funds

August 22, 2010 - 15:21

George Latimer.pngFrom the office of George Latimer:

Sound Shore residents have had numerous opportunities in the last year to find money that New York State owes them; Assemblyman George Latimer has sponsored Unclaimed Funds seminars in all seven communities, accessing the State Comptroller's database to find reimbursement checks due individuals.

The money may come from a dividend checks, deposit for a utility, or any number of other sources where the organization could not find the proper recipient - usually because of a change in address, or a misaddressed location.

Individuals can seek to check on their own: access on-line www.osc.state.ny.us and click on "Search for Lost Money" and enter the last name and city for you or any relative. If you need any assistance, contact Latimer's Assembly office at 777-3832.

"At a time when people are hard-pressed to pay ever-increasing bills and taxes, every dollar counts. Don't pass up this chance to see if money is coming your way --- over a dozen people at a recent session in Port Chester found a check waiting for them or for a loved one", Assemblyman Latimer noted.

"The Enduring Mystery of the Huguenot Hills" or "Ever Notice Something Odd About Those Condos Across from Salesian"

August 20, 2010 - 16:21
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DSC_2219.jpgSpending time each summer on the waters of Echo Bay, I recall watching as the structure that was to become the Huguenot Hills development was built. Driving past I recall being amazed how the structure appeared to take up almost every inch of the parcel of land on which it was built. As it was being finished, I noticed how the sidewalk appeared to be overly narrow and the windows of the units facing Main Street were almost touching the wires of the utility poles in front of the building.

A few weeks ago a reader and area resident raised the issue of Huguenot Hills and asked me if I have noticed anything unusual about the building. I mentioned the narrow sidewalks, the utility poles and how it seems like the building covered every inch of the parcel of land. He smiled and suggested that next time I go by that I look more closely...and look up. With that he walked away.

Intrigued, I made a beeline to the building the next day. I looked and looked and looked but could not figure out what he was talking about it. I gave up and got back in my car to drive away, heading North on Main Street. It was then, taking one last look, that I saw it and suddenly realized it was the most odd thing about this very odd building.

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