September 2010

Peter Parente on Steve Malzberg Show WOR-710 AM to Discuss 9/11 and the Ground Zero Mosque UPDATED WITH AUDIO

September 30, 2010 - 16:18

Flight175_Strut_2_455.pngPeter Parente, a U.S. Marine from New Rochelle who pulled the plane wreckage from Flight 175 out of the building at the center of the controversy over the proposed site of an Islamic Center and Mosque, will appear live on WOR 710 AM at 4 PM today. Parente will recount his story first published here on Talk of the Sound: New Rochelle Marine Disputes Defenders of 'Ground Zero' Mosque in New York City.

You can listen live on the web here: Talk of the Sound will attempt to record Parente's appearance and upload an .mp3 file here. Steve Malzberg Show web page on

Parente is currently a candidate in the November 2nd Special Election for City Council District 3. He is running against Jared Rice.

UPDATE: You can download/listen to an mp3 file of Peter's interview by clicking here

UPDATE: The show is also available on the Steve Malzberg site in the archive.

Con Edison Ready for Coming Storm

September 30, 2010 - 15:49

NEW YORK -- Con Edison is closely monitoring the approaching rain and wind storm that is expected to strike our region today and tomorrow. The company will have additional crews available to respond to any power outages.

Expected high winds and heavy rain could drive trees into power lines and knock out electricity. In addition, extensive flooding could damage underground electrical equipment in low-lying areas, which could cause customers to lose power.
Con Edison is urging any customer who loses power to notify the company by visiting or calling 1-800-75CONED. Customers can also report outages and check service restoration status online by computer or cell phone at When reporting an outage, have your Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether your neighbors have also lost power.

Con Edison offers the following storm tips to customers to help weather the possible effects of a storm:
· If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by snow, tree limbs, leaves or water.
· Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately.

Autumn Festival @ Thomas Paine Cottage on October 9

September 30, 2010 - 07:11

Autumn Festival

Saturday, October 9, 2010
10am-5pm Rain Or Shine


* Grandma’s Pie Sale White Elephant Sale

* Experience a 19th Century School Day at The One Room School House.

Visit The Newly Restored Cottage. See New Exhibits.

The Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association
Thomas Paine Cottage
20 Sicard Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804
For More Information, Call: 914-633-1776

Talk of the Sound Radio Sets to Launch This Friday at 11 AM

September 30, 2010 - 03:18

NewImage.jpgWell you can bet this show is going to be certain people's worst nightmare.

The folks over at WVOX have offered me an amazing opportunity to have my own 1 hour show on WVOX, Fridays at 11 AM. They asked me for a name of the show. I figured "Talk of the Sound" might be a good name. What do you, my loyal readers, think?

Bob Marrone is going to start promoting the show tomorrow in the morning drive time slot.

This is all just happened but I figure an hour a week doing a roundup of the week's top stories and previewing the following week might by good. Now, if someone will just teach me how to hit the 5 second delay when Eye on New Roc calls I will be all set.

Habitat For Humanity Petition Says We Want NRPD Foot Patrols

September 30, 2010 - 01:52

September 27 & 28, 2010, New Rochelle, NY - Habitat For Humanity of Westchester Executive Director Jim Killoran was at the New Rochelle train station on Monday and Tuesday this week, looking for signatures for a petition requesting New Rochelle Police Department patrolmen back ‘walking the beat’ and out of patrol cars in the vicinity of Main Street/North Avenue intersection and the train/bus station.

Once again there’s a clamoring for the return of foot patrols. With gang-related activity and local drug trafficking on the rise, it is not unreasonable for businesses and the general public to call for a resurgence of patrolmen walking the neighborhood.

Many of those that signed the petitions sited an increased fear of illegal activity. One person even cited the seemingly endless number of gun violence incidents in Newark, NJ and wondered out loud if New Rochelle was going to begin to see the same kinds of problems.

According to Mr. Killoran, years ago, there used to be two police stations – one of them on Lawton Street the downtown area and foot patrolmen were a constant sight back then. With a problematic budget crunch years ago, the downtown station house disappeared and so did the patrolmen. With more than 3,000 people new residents in this district in recent years, some people think it’s high time the NRPD resume using shoe leather.

New Rochelle Police Swarm North Avenue Retail Stores After Wave of Counterfeit Bills Hit the Streets - UPDATED

September 29, 2010 - 23:23

Police Activity at 148 North.jpgIn another unexpected series of isolated incidents, all of which occurred in close proximity and within a very narrow time frame, a group of four young people, ages 19 to 21, two male and two female, were arrested Wednesday by New Rochelle Police after passing counterfeit one hundred dollar bills up and down North Avenue from Bonnifoy to Huguenot. Victims of the counterfeit ring including Battaglia Brothers where some of the group purchased 2 gallons of water with what police have determined is a fake bill. At the liquor store down the street they bought a fifth of liquor. The Dollar Store on North was also hit. The various items purchased were found in the vehicle driven by the suspects, sources say.

Police are going up and down the street to determine what other retailers were hit.

The suspects are said to be age 19 to 21. One female is described as blonde/white the other is described as light-skinned/black. No description of the two male suspects.

Free Energy Audits Offered for Small Businesses

September 29, 2010 - 22:28

City partners with Con Edison for energy efficiency, cost savings

New Rochelle, NY— The City of New Rochelle is partnering with Con Edison to help its small
business community become more energy efficient.

Through Con Edison’s “Small Business Energy Efficiency Program”, eligible New Rochelle
businesses- those using an average of 100 kilowatts or less of electricity per month- will receive a
free energy audit plus a free thank you gift of some energy saving products. Should the business
elect to implement any of the energy efficiency improvements recommended by the audit, up to
70% of the cost will be paid for by the program. Examples of typical energy upgrades are high
efficiency lighting; heating, ventilation and cooling system tune-ups; and refrigeration upgrades.
These energy efficiency upgrades will save the participating businesses money by lowering their
utility bills.

“This Con Edison program is a fantastic deal,” says Deborah Newborn, New Rochelle’s
Sustainability Coordinator. “This program can play an important role in New Rochelle’s effort to
become a more energy efficient and sustainable city by providing our small businesses with
completely free audits as well as the upfront payment of 70% of the cost of most energy upgrades.

AOL Statement: Regarding the mug shot issue with New Rochelle Patch

September 29, 2010 - 21:04

I received the following email from Brian Farnham, Editor-in-Chief, He called. I have accepted his version of events and his apology and consider the matter now closed.

Hi Robert,

It has come to my attention that the editor of New Rochelle Patch, Allison Esposito, misled us when questioned about the use of the mugshot photos in her story of Sept 24 regarding the stabbing death on North Avenue:

The image she posted was, in fact, a download of the composite image you made from the police mug shots. I sincerely apologize for this unattributed and unauthorized use of your image. We have extremely high standards of journalism here at Patch, and Allison did not live up to them. Her behavior was unacceptable and we are taking immediate disciplinary action. The image has already been removed from our story.

I am cc'ing Bill Densmore on this email, since we sent him our official response to your original charges. I need to point out that when this issue first arose, we conducted an internal investigation in good faith and were satisfied with the answers we got. The Regional Editor who wrote the response, Katie O'Connor, should not be blamed for the misinformation she received.

New Rochelle Patch Removes Murder Mug Shot Images Lifted Talk of the Sound

September 29, 2010 - 20:40

Screen shot 2010-09-29 at 4.43.39 PM.jpgOver the weekend I noticed that New Rochelle Patch editor Allison Esposito used without a permission an image of the three suspects in the murder of Kevin Williams on her site that I had created from three mug shots provided to me by the New Rochelle Police Department. This is commonly known as plagiarism. I might have also made a case that I owned a copyright on the photo as I had "transformed" (a legal term) the images into a new image. I wrote about, pointed out that the two images were the same and sent emails to Esposito, her boss Katie Ryan O'Connor and Hudson Valley Regional Editor for asking that the image be taken down while pointing out that had they asked, and given attribution, they would have been welcome to use the photo.

Rather than acknowledge their "error" they chose to ignore me. I then sent an email to a journalism list of which I am a member seeking advice and was urged to contact their bosses publisher Warren Webster and Editor-in-Chief Brian Farnham. To date I have not heard back from any of them. The story was then picked up two journalism web sites: Romenesko and Media Bistro.

As Richard Fevang Moves to Protect His Pension, 10 Year Veteran DPW Worker Forced to Resign Over Forged Doctors Notes

September 29, 2010 - 20:04

New Rochelle Department of Public Works sanitation worker John Paolucci,32, resigned suddenly today when confronted with evidence that he had forged notes from a doctor. Threatened with prosecution, Paolucci felt he had no choice but to submit his resignation.

Paolucci offered no excuses. "I screwed up", he told Talk of the Sound. Paolucci worked for the DPW for 10 years.

Richard Fevang.pngWhile not excusing Paolucci, some sources in City Hall expressed dismay at the disproportionate response noting that DPW Fleet Manager Richard Fevang (left), who has a history of problems and is currently under investigation by the Westchester District Attorney's office, continues to draw a paycheck. Word is that Fevang is considering retirement in order to protect his pension

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