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September 2010

Obama Education Speech Shuts Down Internet Throughout New Rochelle Schools

September 15, 2010 - 03:43
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The second Obama Back to School speech went off with none of the fanfare and controversy that accompanied his first speech. This time the speech was streamed live not tape delay.

TODAY URGENT - REMINDER- NO INTERNET from 12:20-1:30 PM - Tuesday September 14th


We will be streaming live the President's message live to schools and need ALL the bandwidth during that time frame.

That means...

NO ESCHOOLS
NO ECHALK
NO IEP DIRECT
NO FINANACE MANAGER
NO GOOGLE
NO INTERNET APPLICATIONS


Thank you,

New Rochelle District 3 Nominees Set by Major Parties: Jared Rice v. Peter Parente

September 14, 2010 - 22:42
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The two major parties have now selected their nominees for the upcoming Special Election for District 3 in New Rochelle. The Democrats nominated Jared R. Rice, an attorney and son of New Rochelle Judge Gail B. Rice. The Republicans nominated Peter Parente, a small business owner and former Marine most well-known as organizer of the New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade.

Jared Rice.pngJared Rice, 31, works for Rice & Rice Attorneys at Law, a general practice law firm located in New Rochelle. He also works as a public defender for local courts in Westchester County. Rice recently launched a sports law practice and represents a dozen world-class athletes. Rice received his undergraduate degree from Delaware State University in 2001 where he was a scholarship athlete at the Division I school. Rice received an academic scholarship to attend North Carolina Central School of Law and graduated in May 2004 prior to joining Rice & Rice. Jared Rice graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1997.

Peter Parente.pngPeter Parente, 43, is a small business owner; he owns and operates two area automobile services stations. Parente is the Commander of VFW Post 439, President of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association and Co-Chairman of the Save Our Armory Committee. Parente volunteers in numerous capacities throughout the City of New Rochelle and is perhaps most well-known as the organizer of the annual New Rochelle Memorial Day parade. Parente graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1985 and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Parente served for 8 years on active duty and in the reserves. Parente served overseas in Operation Desert Storm after which he received an honorable discharge in 1993. Parente is a life long resident of New Rochelle.

As the Nation Pauses to Remember, A City Comes Together to Heal

September 14, 2010 - 10:21

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On a clear and crisp September evening, citizens, family and friends quietly gathered on the front lawn of the historic New Rochelle Armory to pay their tribute to the lives lost, and continued sacrifice resulting from the attacks on September 11th, 2001.

As the crowd of hundreds quietly took their seats in front of a brilliantly lit American Flag, the metaphor became all too obvious as they soon found themselves surrounded by members of the Armed Forces, Police, and Fire Department. A symbolic reminder of how these men and women protect us daily in our time of need, they now stood fast around the crowd as the words of a grateful public thanked them and offered support as we reflected upon the loss shared by a city and as a Nation. Hearing the National Anthem galvanized the crowd as we joined together to reinforce the notion of "out of many, one".

Former New Rochelle District 3 Council Member Bea Brown Failed to Return Funds Raised to Benefit New Rochelle Citizen Corps

September 13, 2010 - 23:47
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Bea Brown.pngAs coordinator of the the New Rochelle Citizen Corps, a group organized in the wake of the 9-11 attacks to better coordinate community response to emergencies, former District 3 Council Member Beuenia “Bea” Brown failed to account for over $2,000 in cash, raffle tickets and event tickets for an NRCC fundraiser in 2005. After months of repeated requests -- and then demands -- that she turn over the money or provide a detailed accounting Brown quit her job coordinating the NRCC and ignored further calls and letters. When officers of the NRCC sought to press charges for embezzlement against Brown they spoke with Omar Small, Assistant to the City Manager Chuck Strome. Small refused to take action saying “we’re not pursing that”, according a knowledgeable source.

A review of NRCC records made available to Talk of the Sound show that under Brown’s watch the organization distributed $1,860 in raffle tickets and sold $200 worth of tickets at the door to a fundraiser held in April 2005 at the New Rochelle Community Center at 95 Lincoln Avenue.

Iona 1st College in Westchester County To Adopt Con Edison Energy Savings and Rebate Program

September 13, 2010 - 21:50

ConEdison.jpgNew Rochelle, NY (September 2, 2010) — Iona College has taken another major step to achieve a more environmentally sustainable campus by becoming the first educational institution in Westchester County to take advantage of a major energy savings and rebate program from Con Edison. By adopting an energy-saving lighting system for 17 of its buildings and facilities, Iona will save up to $117,000 annually in electric costs and will earn an additional rebate of $130,000.

Brother James A. Liguori, President of Iona College, and Craig S. Ivey, President, Con Edison, made the announcement today in Iona’s Hynes Athletics Center gym, one of the buildings where the upgrading is underway. The new lights in that building will produce the largest savings, $34,000 a year.

Officials also noted the environmental benefits of the upgrade. Con Edison estimates that when the project is completed, the new lighting will save up to 784,000 kilowatt hours a year.

Iona 1st College in Westchester County To Adopt Con Edison Energy Savings and Rebate Program

September 13, 2010 - 21:20

ConEdison.jpgNew Rochelle, NY (September 2, 2010) — Iona College has taken another major step to achieve a more environmentally sustainable campus by becoming the first educational institution in Westchester County to take advantage of a major energy savings and rebate program from Con Edison. By adopting an energy-saving lighting system for 17 of its buildings and facilities, Iona will save up to $117,000 annually in electric costs and will earn an additional rebate of $130,000.

Brother James A. Liguori, President of Iona College, and Craig S. Ivey, President, Con Edison, made the announcement today in Iona’s Hynes Athletics Center gym, one of the buildings where the upgrading is underway. The new lights in that building will produce the largest savings, $34,000 a year.

Officials also noted the environmental benefits of the upgrade. Con Edison estimates that when the project is completed, the new lighting will save up to 784,000 kilowatt hours a year.

Graduation at NRHS is now Certified!

September 13, 2010 - 19:32

The New Rochelle School Board recently approved a major change in how our children will graduate in 2011. The New Rochelle High School class of 2011 will now be certified. This means that if you meet your goals and adhere to required credits to graduate, you will be allowed to walk on graduation day. Thus, New Rochelle finally is in compliance with what every other school district has been doing for years. A little late for many students who were allowed to walk on graduation day, yet did not attend or complete promised summer sessions. I always believed that all NRHS graduations should be certified. In my mind, certification acknowledge the work of those students who did their homework, passed a test, came to class and generally did what every student should be doing in school. What the district allowed for many years was to diminish the value of graduation. There were no consequences for the students who cut class continuously, didn’t do their work or who did not received a proper education. They all knew that even if they had less than required graduation credits, they would march in June.

New Rochelle Board of Education Continues to Tolerate Overtly Racist Employees

September 13, 2010 - 16:30
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racist janitor.jpgWhoever said "crime doesn't pay" never worked in the New Rochelle school system.

The New Rochelle Board of Education last month approved moving Michael Freiman, the racist janitor, back to the day shift where he will once again have the opportunity to address black and latino children with vile racial and ethnic epithets. Freiman, an employee of the City School District of New Rochelle with a long history of racist behavior, has been bounced around from school to school for years. In a manner similar to the Catholic Church's handling of pedophile priests, "problem" New Rochelle Board of Education employees like Freiman are never fired but simply shuffled around the system until the next incident.

RESOLUTION No. 11-61-15
SALARY ADJUSTMENT - CHANGE FROM NIGHT TO DAY SHIFT - CUSTODIAL (A1620163390000)

RESOLVED, that the salary adjustment be authorized and approved for Martin Freiman, Assistant Custodian, Grade 8, Step 6, $48,646 per annum, change from night shift to day shift, effective July 1, 2010

The New Rochelle Board of Education has a history of tolerating racist behavior by district employees.

Oppenheimer to Hold Sham Hearings in Wake of Exam-gate Scandal

September 10, 2010 - 12:03
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Cohen Says Hearings Look More Like a Pre-Election Whitewash Than an Investigation

WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to quit protecting the special interests bankrolling her political campaigns and use her full authority as Senate Education Chair to launch a comprehensive investigation into the unexplainable decline in education performance standards in recent years. Cohen called the Senator’s currently planned hearings ‘window dressing’ and an ‘attempt to cover up a scandal that occurred on her watch as Education chair.’

“Parents who thought their children were doing well in school are now shocked to learn that they are actually behind the curve,” said Cohen. “As a parent and a taxpayer, I am appalled. Senator Oppenheimer owes us a thorough investigation, but it looks to me like the Senator has already determined the outcome of her committee’s hearings.”

New Rochelle Helicopter Mystery Resolved with Happy Ending

September 09, 2010 - 23:21
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Project Lifesaver.jpgOn the night of August 22nd, a number of New Rochelle residents observed a Westchester County helicopter searching the area with its spotlight near the Hutchison River Parkway and the Cross County Parkway. Given the flurry of burglaries last winter and spring, some worried that the police were chasing a burglar in the area.

Talk of the Sound confirmed today with the Westchester County Police that the helicopter was responding to a Project Lifesaver call from New Rochelle Police. Under the Project Lifesaver program, persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia who have a history of wandering away are fitted with a special tracking bracelet. Specially trained and equipped county and local police officers are able to locate missing persons wearing the bracelet by tracing a radio signal that it emits.

The man was eventually located through the combined efforts of the New Rochelle and Westchester County police.

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