October 2010

Hard Luck Church Hit by Electrical Wires, Blaze Guts Vestibule

October 01, 2010 - 15:45

image411465756.jpgThe Pentecostal House of Prayer church on Union Avenue and Webster, struck by lightening last week, was set on fire early this morning. It is the second time in as many weeks the building has caught fire due to a passing storm.

Firefighters at the Webster Firehouse, a block away, were alerted to the fire by an area resident who knocked on the firehouse door at 5 am, according to a firefighter on scene.

Deputy Fire Chief Lou DeMiglio said NRFD had not completed their investigation but downed electrical lines and black powder above the front door indicated a Con Ed line fell, touched the building and sparked a fire that worked it's way inside the building. Dimiglio said when firefighters opened the door flames shot up the ceiling. the fire was put out around 7 am


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Meet Geeta Singh: New Rochelle "Resident" and School Security Guard from Bronx, NY

October 01, 2010 - 01:28


Geeta Singh, a part-time school security guard working for the New Rochelle Board of Education, did not live in New Rochelle at the time he applied for a job through the New Rochelle Municipal Service Commission in 2009 as required for civil servants in New Rochelle. When informed of this during the last school year, the Board of Education failed to investigate the allegation but sent a letter to the complainant claiming they had done so.

Singh, sources say, resigned from his previous position in 2009 rather than be terminated by his former employer, the College of New Rochelle, following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

The New Rochelle Board of Education was made aware of questions about Singh's residency in a letter sent to School Board President Sara Richmond on January 8, 2010. In her response dated January 10th, Ms. Richmond stated that the district had looked into the matter and was satisfied that Singh lived in New Rochelle.

The matter has been investigated by the City School District of New Rochelle's Human Resources Department and it appears to the best of our knowledge that this person has a valid New Rochelle address.