October 2010

Iona College’s Spirituality Institute and Schola Ministries Present Spirit Seeking: A Celebration of Celtic Soul, Oct 30

October 27, 2010 - 20:10

Fionnu Gill.jpgLead Singer Fionnuala Gill of Riverdance to Perform in Welcoming Celtic New Year

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (October 27, 2010) Iona College’s Spirituality Institute and Schola Ministries will present an evening of music, poetry and prayer in honor of the Celtic New Year at 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 30, at the college’s Arrigoni Center, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle. Fionnuala Gill, the noted Irish singer, harpist and lead singer of Riverdance will be the featured performing artist.

Sister Kathleen Deignan, CNP, Ph.D., founder and director of Spirituality Institute, said: “In the Celtic world, the New Year is ushered in with the Festival of Samhain, a season that honors the end of summer, the darkening of the days, the remembrance of the beloved dead - a time of opening to worlds that lie beyond the thin veil of this world.

Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester Physicians Named Top Docs

October 27, 2010 - 19:08

DoctorGroup Top Docs West. Mag. Oct 2010

Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is pleased to announce the inclusion of 12 of its physicians in the recent “Top Doctors” issue of Westchester Magazine.

Once again this year the healthcare research firm Castle Connolly conducted their rigorous, peer-review process to identify the Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area. With the completion of the exhaustive process, Westchester Magazine has showcased the 183 physicians in Westchester chosen by the experts as Top Doctors for 2010. Westchester Magazine commented, “One of the many advantages of living here is that some of the best medical minds anywhere live among us and practice here.”

The following SSMC medical staff members received Westchester Magazines’, 2010 Top Doctors distinction:


Cardiac Electrophysiology - Bernard Gitler, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism - David Blum, MD

Andrew Cuomo Names Suzi Oppenheimer a Partner in Bringing Change to Albany

October 27, 2010 - 16:38

Mamaroneck, NY – Yesterday, fresh on the heels of receiving his endorsement, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer joined Andrew Cuomo on stage at a campaign event in Westchester County, urging voters to support their mission to bring change to Albany.

Calling her “a great Senator,” Mr. Cuomo declared, “I need Suzi in the Senate to help me reform Albany.” He also credited her efforts to lower property taxes, a goal they both share.

“I am happy to be here with the person I fully expect will be the next governor of the great state of New York,” declared Senator Oppenheimer. “We need Andrew Cuomo’s leadership as we take on the important challenges we’re faced with today. Mr. Cuomo has developed a thorough plan that will push key reforms I have long fought to enact. I am excited about partnering with him to make our state government effective again.”

As Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s most committed and successful public advocates. To learn more about his campaign for New York Governor, visit

Senator Oppenheimer represents the 37th Senate District, which includes the Cities of New Rochelle, Rye, and White Plains, and the Towns of Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, North Castle, Ossining, Rye, and Scarsdale.

Why Is Change So Hard for Some People to Accept?

October 27, 2010 - 02:15

I recently read comments saying that Peter Parente is a racist. It is a shame that LIES that defame ones character are allowed on the Internet. It is also a shame that people who afraid of change must spout LIES that defame a war heros character. I know Peter Parente very well, have spent time with him, hung around alot with him, worked on the parade with him and NEVER EVER heard him make a racist statement EVER. His brother is an African-American. He grew up in a very diverse family and loves people of all races and nationalities. He served in the Marines with people of every possible race and does NOT have a racist bone in his body or the slighest racist thought Ever. If I didn't respect this man as much as I do, I wouldn't waste my time responding to IDIOTS who have te resort to LIES and Defamation because they are afraid that Peter will win the Election and their might just be some change in this city that can surely use some. I must stand up for this great man who put his life on the line for me and even for the IDIOT who made these Slanderous comments. Obviously, Peter Prente has more character in his toe than you have altogether. It is easy for the cowards to make untrue slanderous comments where they can hide behind a user name and don't have to be accountable for them.

FARCE: New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak Will Read His 2010-11 Goals and Objectives Tonight at Barnard Sch

October 26, 2010 - 21:02

org-liar.jpgAt the Board of Education Meeting at Barnard School tonight, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak will read his 2010-11 Goals and Objectives to the board.

Why he does this each year is anyone's guess since he never reviews his progress against those goals. Same with the rest of the administration. They read their goals and then toss them in the trash can. In discussing this with board members from other districts around Westchester County I learned that school boards routinely have the administrators to mid-year and year-end reviews against their goals.

These goals are even more meaningless for certain administrators because they do not preset their Goals and Objectives to the Board until halfway through the year or more.

Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle Takes Aim at the Flu

October 26, 2010 - 19:31

Community Outreach 005

Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is taking aim at the flu season by offering flu shots. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM, individuals – with or without insurance – can arm themselves by receiving their annual vaccination at a cost of $20. There is no out-of-pocket expense for Medicare recipients.

An appointment is not required and individuals are seen on a first come/first serve basis. The flu shots are available through SSMC’s Ambulatory Care Center. Its entrance is located on Glover Johnson Place between Lockwood and Washington Avenues in New Rochelle.

To learn more about this community offering, please call 914.365.3161.

For a prompt, personal referral to one of Sound Shore Medical Center’s internists or specialists, please call MDs-LINE (914.637.5463); and for additional information on our Care. For Life. services, visit today!

Iona College Nun "Sister Susie" at Center of Embezzlement Scandal; Likely Deeper and Large Than Reported

October 26, 2010 - 17:20

IonaPhotos.jpgTalk of the Sound has confirmed from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the matter that Sister Marie Thornton is the person fired by the college of using a college credit card to make personal purchases and writing college checks for her own benefit. A subordinate was also fired when college officials learned that the subordinate had approved purchases and checks at the direction of "Sister Susie" as Sister Marie Thornton was known, sources tell Talk of the Sound. An initial report by the Chronicle for Higher Education indicated that amount the college claimed stolen was about $80,000 over 10 years or about $800,000 but sources tell Talk of the Sound the figure is likely far higher.

OPEN LETTER TO CHUCK STROME RE: New Rochelle City Clerk Bennie Giles Failure to Follow Freedom of Information Law

October 26, 2010 - 15:58

BennieGiles.jpgThis is an open letter to New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome regarding the repeated failures of City Clerk Bennie Giles to abide by the New York State Freedom of Information Law.

Mr. Strome,

Despite Mr. Giles best efforts to obfuscate the issue, there are numerous outstanding FOIL requests not just one. I have made every effort to work with him on a positive basis -- to give him time to get adjusted to his "new" position as City Clerk -- and the result has not been very good.

Spirit of Thomas Paine Awds Dinner-11/17 @ VIP-Dick Morris Awardee & Keynote

October 25, 2010 - 16:46

Press Release from
Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association
The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum
20 Sicard Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10804

Contact: John Wright
Phone: 914-633-1776
Fax: 9-14-632-7745

The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, 20 Sicard Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804, a not-for-profit historic house museum, formerly the home of the famous founding father and currently the headquarters of the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association, is pleased to announce its annual "In the Spirit of Thomas Paine" Awards.

This first .annual award sponsored by the Cottage in New Rochelle is given to a recipient who is a broadcast or print journalist, commentator or author who exemplifies, on a national level, in Paine's own words,

"But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing."

Its recipient will be the keynote speaker and have a book signing at the Awards Dinner to be held Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the VIP Country Club, 600 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle. Cocktails and the book signing will begin at 6 p.m, and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Community Award recipients will be local persons and organizations whose actions strive to enhance the community.