September 2010

Reaction to a murder: Is New Rochelle downtown safe? by Peggy Godfrey

September 27, 2010 - 18:26

      The businesses in SoNo New Rochelle met on September 20 to talk about the murder of a twenty year old, Kevin Williams. on September 18 in downtown New Rochelle. Jim Killoran, Executive Director off Habitat of Humanity, as Chairman of he SoNo New Rochelle group in downtown opened the meeting by promoting New Rochelle as one of the best downtown's in America.  He called it our Times Square, but  then pleaded for a police presence in this downtown area. He asked the people gathered to form a safety committee  to volunteer to patrol the area.  He stated if he had seen someone with a butcher knife at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon (referring to the murder), this incident could have been prevented.  Complimenting the police force, he said the were needed in downtown.  Since there were eight police outside of 311 North Avenue, he thought it was not "unreasonable" that these police could get out of their cars and onto Main Street "all the time."  Killoran asked everyone to pray for the victim's family and opened the discussion on this issue.  He lamented we don't want these things happening in the area.  He opened the discussion to those present.

Parents Can Discourage Multitasking at Homework Time by Peggy and Patricia Godfrey

September 27, 2010 - 16:16

Article in the Westchester Herald, September 4, 2010  issue

Now that school is beginning, parents should think about the research done at the University of Michigan which showed multitasking actually reduced productivity by 20% to 40%.  However, there are things that parents can do to facilitate positive learning when their children are doing homework.

     Some things parents have been told to do should continue.  A child should have a reasonably quiet study spot.  Supplies should be available:  pencils, pens, notebooks, paper, ruler and dictionaries, as starters.  Distractions should be eliminated and this would include not having the television on or using the computer or telephone.   A rule of thumb for the amount of time an elementary school student should spend on homework is about ten minutes for each grade they are in the school  Therefore, a fourth grader should spend 40 to 50 minutes on homework at the most. 

Maisano Endorsed by Former Governor Pataki for Supreme Court Seat

September 27, 2010 - 15:54

Maisano-Pataki.pngFormer New York State Governor George Pataki has endorsed County Legislator Jim Maisano for New York State Supreme Court Justice, 9th Judicial District, citing Maisano’s legal and legislative experience, proven leadership ability and sensible judicial philosophy (photo attached).

“I’m pleased to endorse Jim Maisano for the Supreme Court. As a Marine, attorney, and legislator, Jim has served our country and our state with thoughtful and effective leadership.” Governor Pataki continued, “Jim is exactly the kind of justice we need – qualified, independent and experienced in dealing with complex issues. He will be led by a judicial philosophy that understands the proper role of the courts and the principles set forth in the law and our Constitution. I encourage everyone to vote for Jim Maisano on Election Day.”

Maisano welcomed Governor Pataki’s support and thanked him for his encouraging words: “I’d like to thank Governor Pataki for this important endorsement. This is a wonderful vote of confidence and a big boost to the campaign. I have always had great respect for Governor Pataki’s public service.

New Rochelle Public Library Awarded $244,000 Grant to Develop Public Computer Center

September 27, 2010 - 14:24

NRPL-Night.jpgThe New Rochelle Public Library has announced that it is one of 35 libraries in New York State to receive funding to become a New York Public Computer Center [email protected], and will be receiving $244,000 over the next two years. This grant is made possible by the New York State Library, a unit of the Office of Cultural Education within the New York State Education Department (NYSED), which was awarded $9.5 million in a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to expand computer access in public libraries across New York State.

Candidate Peter Parente Receives Endorsement from Veterans Committee

September 27, 2010 - 05:56


City Council Candidate Peter Parente Receives Endorsement from VPAC

New Rochelle, New York – September 24, 2010 – Following his recent Republican Party nomination, Peter Parente, candidate for the City Council District 3 seat has been endorsed by the Veterans Political Action Committee of Westchester. Representing veteran’s interests, VPAC endorsed Peter Parente for his achievements and his unwavering commitment to supporting veteran’s affairs.

A Special Election is being held in the city on November 2nd 2010 to find a replacement for Councilman James Stowe who passed away unexpectedly on Aug 4th of this year. Parente, a successful business owner, United States Marine and veteran of Operation Desert Storm is known throughout the city for his active involvement in numerous community events.

Bennie Giles and Sheila Marcotte Guest on New Rochelle Cable Show

September 27, 2010 - 04:39

The League of Women Voters of New Rochelle’s cable program “City People and Issues” interviews two new public officials on Cablevision’s Channel 76

Bennie F. Giles III, recently appointed New Rochelle City Clerk describes his background and the broad responsibilities of his position. New elected County Legislator Sheila M. Marcotte of Tuckahoe, represents the northern portion of New Rochelle, Eastchester and Tuckahoe; she describes her background and priorities. She won a special election replacing Vito Pinto.

The programs are shown on Mondays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Sept. 27 and 29: City Clerk Giles
October 4 and 6: County Legislator. Marcotte
Oct. 11 and 13: City Clerk Giles
Oct 18 and 20: County Legislator Marcotte
October 25 and 27: City Clerk Giles
November 1 and 3: County Legislator Marcotte

Host is Ina Aronow. The programs are recorded in the city’s NRTV studios. For further information call 636-6271.

Susan Kettner Endorsed by AFL-CIO

September 27, 2010 - 04:38

SusanKettner.pngThe Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO has endorsed Susan Kettner, Esq. in her bid for New Rochelle City Court Judge. The labor delegates, representing a wide range of labor organizations across the area, stated in their endorsement letter that Kettner's "experience will give [her] a good background for the job [she] is seeking and an understanding of the people [she] will be dealing with". Both candidates for the Court seat actively sought the AFL-CIO nod.

Kettner noted her appreciation for the endorsement: "I have offered the people of New Rochelle the choice of a candidate born in New Rochelle, with 20 years of experience practicing here in our community; elected as the first woman to lead the New Rochelle Bar Association; a candidate who has shown leadership and judicial temperament as head of New Rochelle's Zoning Board of Appeals. I'm gratified to have the support of the men and women of labor who recognize the credentials I will bring to this post."

Kettner is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines for the November 2nd election.

IMPORTANT: Open Planning Meeting for 50th Anniversary of Lincoln School Decision Monday Night at City Hall 6 PM

September 26, 2010 - 23:18


The City School District of New Rochelle is now following the recommendations made by Talk of the Sound last winter to create a year-long celebration to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Lincoln School Desegregation Case. Whatever else you read of this article please skip to the very bottom and note the brilliantly written 8-Part Series on the Lincoln Case by Karen Hessel.

The Invitation from the Lincoln 50th Committee - City Hall Monday 9/27 6:00 PM

As Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak recently "neglected" to mention my role in initiating this event and no one on the Board of Education is likely to want to admit it publicly it falls to me to tell readers of my role in bring this effort forward.