September 2010

More Isolated Incidents in New Rochelle Today; Drive-By Shooting in West End, Savage Beating on Main Street

September 23, 2010 - 18:34

West End Shooting2.pngThere was another isolated incident this morning, before dark, this time in the West End of New Rochelle. Police believe two or more individuals drove past a house near Union Avenue and 8th straight and fired two or three shots into a bay window in the living room towards the front of the house.

Police detectives and investigators from the New Rochelle Police Department were on the scene when Talk of the Sound arrived and could be heard warning two men who had recently rented the house that the shooters knew where they lived, drove slowly by -- based on the spacing of the bullets in the window -- and deliberately aimed at the windows with the intent of directing bullets into the house. The two men were advised by police to make arrangements with regard to their personal safety.

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Lightening Strikes Cross on New Rochelle Church Steeple, Sparks Fire UPDATED WITH VIDEO

September 23, 2010 - 18:29

Fire at Union-Webster2.pngThe early evening storm that passed through the area around 8:00 pm caused a fire at the Pentecostal House of Prayer church on the corner of Webster and union fire officials said that lighting was more than likely the cause but they are investigating the cause, There was some damage to the outside and inside. The church was undergoing a remodeling at the time of the fire. The fire rekindled again at 10:50pm and the fire department was recalled to the scene. The exact address is 150 Webster Avenue.

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New On-line Building Permit System Debuts on City of New Rochelle Web Site

September 23, 2010 - 15:25

(New Rochelle, NY) -- Building permit applicants will now be able to prepare and track applications online, thanks to a new system rolled out by the City of New Rochelle on Tuesday, September 21.

The Online Building Permit System allows applicants to prepare permit applications, check the application’s status, print permits online and view basic property information. For a convenience fee of $59.95 per year, subscribers will be able to access complete property information, including violation and permit history; receive automatic notification of application status via email or text message; and will be able to print permits and Certificates of Occupancy from home or office. Additionally, subscribers will have the ability to archive electronic signature, licenses and records and access and manage jobs both past and present.

“This new system will streamline the building application process for our residents and contractors, saving both time and money,” said Paul Vacca, Deputy Commissioner/Buildings Official.

To access the new permit system, log on to and click on the “Permits and Approvals” icon. To subscribe for enhanced service, click on the “Construction Professionals” icon.

For further information, contact the Bureau of Buildings at 654-2035.

The New Rochelle Firefighters UFFA Local 273 Host Their Annual Oldies Show

September 23, 2010 - 13:40

The New Rochelle Firefighters UFFA Local 273 will host their Annual Oldies Show on Friday October 1st 2010 at the New Rochelle High School.

Show starts at 8:00pm

We have put together some great entertainment!

This Years Talent Includes

Our Local WVOX radio personality Dennis Nardone

Shades of Sole

T & T Dreaming

And, the Shirelles Featuring Shirley Austin Reeves

Snacks and Beverages are available
50/50 raffle

The New Rochelle Fire Department would like to thank all of our residents and local business owners; it’s because of all of you that we are able to continue providing this great show.

Free tickets are available…email me at [email protected]

Jared R. Rice Receives Democratic Nod for New Rochelle City Council

September 23, 2010 - 11:17

Jared Rice.jpgAttorney & Community Leader Pledges Effective Advocacy for District Three

(New Rochelle, NY. September 21, 2010) -- New Rochelle Democrats have elected Jared R. Rice, an attorney and community leader, to be their nominee in the November 2nd election for City Council in District Three. Rice, who received overwhelming support from the New Rochelle Democratic City Committee, pledged to be a responsive, accessible and effective advocate for his constituents.

Earlier this month, the New Rochelle City Council appointed Roxie Stowe to represent the Third District on an interim basis until the end of 2010. If elected, Rice would succeed Mrs. Stowe on January 1st, 2011 and serve the final year of the late Council Member’s term.

Rice expressed his admiration for the Stowe family: “Jim and Roxie Stowe have set an inspiring example of strong and dedicated service. I was privileged to work with and learn from Councilman Stowe before his untimely passing, and I thank Councilwoman Stowe for accepting the responsibilities of leadership at such a challenging moment in her life. I will work my hardest to honor their legacy.”

Ray Rice Gives Back

September 23, 2010 - 01:58

As we read here and elsewhere about gangs, drugs and lost opportunities, it is important to remember that a lost future is not destiny for an inner city child.

Ray Rice, Baltimore Raven running back and New Rochelle native, was written up just this week in an Herald Review article.

The article chronicles Ray's tough start in a rough neighborhood of New Rochelle. The talks about how early on in his life, Ray worked towards his dreams, despite obstacles and against odds.

I met Ray Rice at a Trinity Elementary School event in June 2009. He was kind enough to meet with winning classes for a PTA event. He spoke to the children and was absolutely great. He is a Trinity graduate, then Isaac Young and NRHS.

Ray told the children to do their homework, be fit, not give up and study hard. He said every small achievement was a step towards further success. He said winning the PTA event (Walking Wednesdays) was something to be proud of and to do more and more positive steps. He loved field day at Trinity, particularly cross country.

New Rochelle Marine Disputes Defenders of 'Ground Zero' Mosque in New York City

September 22, 2010 - 19:17

(NEW ROCHELLE, NY) -- The ongoing debate over the controversial Islamic community center and mosque planned for the site of what was to have been a Burlington Coat Factory retail outlet in lower Manhattan, has left Peter Parente frustrated. Parente, 42, a U.S. Marine honorably discharged in 1993, was part of the small team of construction workers assigned to clear plane wreckage from the building located at 45–47 Park Place in the days after 9/11.

Sitting at the kitchen table in his modest three-bedroom home in the Halcyon Park section of New Rochelle, Parente is uncomfortable talking about the proposed community center and mosque. He said that his service in the United States Marines was dedicated to defending the Constitution and the American way of life, and while he recognizes the First Amendment right of the organizers to build a mosque on the site, he struggles with coming to peace with the plan. But his eyes light up and there is no hesitation when asked about proponents of the mosque who dismiss critics by claiming that the building is not really that close to Ground Zero.

Community Gathers Tonight to Discuss Weekend Murder; Consider Soluions

September 22, 2010 - 18:38

New Rochelle residents will be gathering tonight at the American Legion Post 8 at 112 North Avenue to discuss their concerns after the murder which took place Saturday afternoon on North Avenue near Huguenot. This will be the first open public forum indiscuss the events of the past weekend in

The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club is bringing together a number of community leaders including City Council members, political candidates, downtown business owners and others. City Councilman Lou Trangucci is scheduled to address the group and a question and answer session will follow.

Candidates for the District 3 Special Election (Peter Parente and Jared Rice) and for New Rochelle City Judge (Cynthia Lobo and Susan Kettner) have been invited to briefly address the group.

Jim Killorin of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is expected to come by share the result of his meeting Monday with downtown business leaders where he first proposed his idea for a Citizen Safety Committee and a Youth Mentoring Committee. He will also discuss the petition he is circulating which calls for more walking police and a new downtown precinct for the downtown area and some of the surprising organizations that have already signed on.

Brother John G. Driscoll, Who Served as Iona College’s Sixth President, Dies

September 22, 2010 - 18:13

Brother John Driscoll.pngLong-time New Rochelle Resident Led Iona From 1971 to 1995

New Rochelle, NY (September 22, 2010) Br. John G. Driscoll, CFC, PhD, who served as Iona College’s sixth President for nearly 25 years, died late yesterday. A graduate of Iona and long-time resident of New Rochelle, Br. Driscoll was Iona’s top administrator from 1971 to 1995. He also served as a professor of mathematics and as a member of Iona’s Board of Legal Trustees.

Iona President Br. James. A. Liguori, CFC, said: “The Iona College community is deeply saddened by the passing of Br. Driscoll who left a rich legacy as an inspired educator, visionary administrator, biblical scholar and as a remarkable human being.” He added: “I was honored to succeed Br. Driscoll as President and build on his nearly quarter of a century of leadership in establishing Iona as one of the country’s leading private Catholic colleges.”

Fall Leaf Collection Begins October 18

September 22, 2010 - 14:52

falling-leaves.pngNew Rochelle, NY— The Department of Public Works will begin fall leaf collection on October 18 and continue through December. Bagged leaves will be picked up city wide on the following dates:

November 6, 13, & 20th, December 4, 11, & 18th, 2010.

With the onset of leaf collection, yard
waste collection is suspended until spring.

Street sweeping will be suspended from October 18 until leaf collection is completed; however, alternate side of the street parking rules will remain in effect to facilitate leaf removal. Sweeping will continue in the downtown as weather permits and main arteries will be swept after completion of leaf removal as needed, weather permitting.

Leaf Collection Do’s and Don’ts


-Rake leaves into neat piles or wind rows near the curb line of your property to facilitate pickup.
-Place leaves in brown recycling bags for Saturday pickups


-Put leaves in plastic bags
-Obstruct traffic lanes, catch basins or fire hydrants with leaf piles
-Park cars on top of or near leaf piles
-Mix branches in with leaves, as equipment may be damaged