November 2010

Ho Ho Ho ! Join Peter Parente for His Annual "Toys for Tots" Christmas Toy Drive and Celebration

November 24, 2010 - 06:24

Merry Christmas! Mark your calendars, the annual Toys for Tots Christmas Party is just around the corner!

Join host Peter Parente as he brings out the best of New Rochelle's Holiday Spirit to collect toys for children in need of a little Christmas Cheer. Share an evening of fun and bring smiles to little faces this year.

The annual event will be held in the American Legion Hall at 112 North Ave in New Rochelle on December 11th at 8:00 PM. An open bar, all you can eat buffet and live music is included with the 25.00 admission. All proceeds go towards supporting the American Legion.


November 24, 2010 - 04:41

The heavy lifting on upgrade the site from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 is now over but the work is not done. This was about 4 months in the making so I am very happy to have gotten to this point. This is not the grand opening but a soft opening. Hopefully by Monday I can announce we are fully launched.

Most of the remaining work is at the edges or cosmetic and so we are opening up the site again. I believe all posts and comments did make it from the old to the new but if we did miss one or two, my apologies.

Bien venidos a La Charla de New Rochelle!

November 24, 2010 - 02:13

Bien venidos a La Charla de New Rochelle! El primer y unico periodico sirviendo a la comunidad latina de New Rochelle.

"La Charla" es una plataforma donde uno puede discutir su interes, compartir ideas y discutir los acontecimientos en la communidad Latina de New Rochelle. Cualquier persona puede escribir lo que quiere sobre el gobierno local, las escuelas, su restaurante favorito o cualquier que cosa!

Visiten con frequencia si quiere aprender lo que es La Charla de New Rochelle!


November 23, 2010 - 13:54

We are going to try this again.

The database has been upgraded to the new software (from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6). Posting and Commenting has been disabled while the upgraded version of the site is configured. This could go on all day. When the new site is live it will be rather obvious.

In the meantime, visitors will be able to READ the site as usual; no one will be able to ADD to the site while it is in LOCKDOWN.

There was some overlap between the old and new database so a a few comments and a post or two may be "lost". We have saved the text and will try and add them back in later but do not surprised if something you posted to the site on Monday goes missing. Apologies in advance for that, if it happens.

Greg Maker Offers a Hazy Trip Down New Rochelle's Memory Lane

November 23, 2010 - 13:50

Greg Maker has a fabulous article up over at the New Rochelle Sound and Town Report: A city’s underage drinking oasis, dried up.

In the not-so-distant past, the so-called “Strip” of North Avenue was populated by numerous watering holes known to attract hordes of underage drinkers from around the county. It wasn’t all together uncommon for teenagers to get into one of the bars with forged identification or in some cases, no identification at all.

The article provides a great deal of background on the evolution of the Iona College bar scene.

Having graduated from Ione Prep in 1981 when the drinking age was 18 you can imagine this story broad back a lot of (hazy) memories. My favorite place to be on Friday's was "free keg" at SmartAlex which later became a Chinese food take out place and now a Jamaican restaurant. It was at free keg that I first met the Ursuline girl who would later become my wife. There are even pictures (of me, not her) but not for publication! I even recall drinking beers at Bumpers with Iona College coach Jim Valvano -- he even bought a few rounds. Sheesh. That was a long time ago.

Journal News Explores Alternatives on Animal Sacrifice in New Rochelle

November 23, 2010 - 03:23

Journal News: Severed animal parts in New Rochelle may be tied to religious rites Jorge Fitz-Gibbon has a comprehensive article on the topic of animal sacrifice in Westchester and nearby counties over the past few decades. This is a very good article, very thorough and well worth a read for those interested in the broader context for the recent discoveries of sheep and goats in New Rochelle parks.

Some experts caution that law enforcement officials may be too quick to label ritualistic incidents as Santeria because of the religion's name recognition — the rock band Sublime even scored with a hit titled "Santeria."

"I think many times what happens is people just jump to conclusions," said Miguel De La Torre, a professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and head of its Justice and Peace Institute. "They found some mangled animal, it has to be Santeria, which obviously is not always the case, especially when you're talking about decapitated animals.

What becomes clear is that this is an issue that will become more prevalent not less as the demographics in New Rochelle continue to evolve.

10-10-10 Project: Slideshow Launch!!

November 23, 2010 - 03:08

On Sunday, October 10th, 2010, 40+ photographers fanned out throughout New Rochelle. The photographers went to the north, south, east and west in order to capture the faces and places, color and vibrancy of New Rochelle. An eventual book is in the works with proceeds to benefit charities selected by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.

New Rochelle Police & New Rochelle Focus Conduct “Four Loko” Alcohol Enforcement Activities

November 23, 2010 - 01:38

four-loko.jpgAs part of a comprehensive program to reduce youth access to alcohol, New Rochelle FOCUS (Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances) funded an alcohol enforcement project with the New Rochelle Police Department. During the month of September, the PACT and Special Investigations Units of the New Rochelle Police Department conducted a series of alcohol compliance checks in off premise alcohol retailers (e.g. deli’s, liquor stores, groceries, etc) in the City over a three-week period.

During a compliance check, a person under the age of 21 enters a store and attempts to purchase alcohol using a valid identification that clearly indicates that the person in underage. The goal of the compliance check is to ensure that alcohol outlets are complying with the law to refuse sales to minors.

Outrage Over Cars Towed on Maple Avenue in Downtown New Rochelle Before Thanksgiving Parade

November 23, 2010 - 01:24

I am hoping I will be able to reach out to people that have had their car towed away on Sat 11/20 on Maple Ave. for the parade. My car was ticketed, and towed and impounded on Saturday due to supposedly signs posted on Maple which were not visible at all.

New Rochelle Woman Pleads Guilty: Drove Drunk, Ran Redlights, Crashed Car, Bit Witness, Fled Scene, Busted by NRPD, YPD

November 22, 2010 - 19:05

sarena walsh.jpgWestchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Sarena Walsh, 26, of 255 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, New York, plead guilty today to four counts of a multi-count indictment including one count of Vehicular Assault in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony, one count of Driving While Intoxicated after a previous conviction, a class “E” Felony, one count of Leaving the Scene of an Incident with an Injury Without Reporting, a class “E” Felony, one count of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class “B” Misdemeanor.