November 2010

New Rochelle Reporter Aman Ali Leaves Journal News

November 08, 2010 - 16:38

AmanAli.pngAman Ali, a reporter for the Journal News since 2007, is no longer with paper, Talk of the Sound confirmed today.

Ali came in for criticism from Talk of the Sound for his glaring failure to go beyond press releases and self-serving statements from city and school officials in New Rochelle.

There is no indication that Ali left for any other reason that his other interests have pulled him away from working for a daily newspaper. Ali is a stand-up comic and had a huge success with his 30 mosques in 30 days project. Ali has been traveling back and forth to Pakistan working on a documentary film.

Parent Enters Columbus School, Assaults Teacher in Classroom, Terrifying Students

November 08, 2010 - 16:28

Columbus School.JPGIn another "isolated incident" in the New Rochelle public schools, there was an altercation in a classroom at Columbus Elementary School between a teacher and a parent who bypassed security to enter the building. The parent entered the school and made their way to their child's classroom. The teacher informed the parent that she was not supposed to be in the classroom without permission and directed her to leave. A heated argument ensued which became physical when the parent began to push the teacher. All of this took place in front of students in the class, some of whom were hysterical and screaming, sources tell Talk of the Sound.

As was the case with the recent intruder incident at Barnard School Bruce Daniele did not come to the school to investigate. Questions have been raised internally as to which security officer was assigned to guard the front door that day and how the parent was able to evade security.

More Shots Fired at Hartley House in New Rochelle

November 07, 2010 - 23:28

Make that five gun incidents in eight days after more shots were fired near the Hartley House apartments in New Rochelle. Last weekend there was a series of gun incidents in New Rochelle.

This would be the third incident of shots fired in the area around the Hartley House apartments since Halloween weekend, the fifth anniversary of the events surrounding the "2-5" murder.

At least two of the incidents have been tied to the "2-5" murder case. This week is the five year anniversary of the "2-5" murder and subsequent retaliation murder which set the city on edge in 2005 leading to evacuations at New Rochelle High School. The shooters near the Hartley Houses reportedly shouted as they drove, referencing 2-5 and saying the shootings would go on all week.

Despite the repeated shooting incidents and threats to continue firing shots in the area, there were no New Rochelle police officers posted the immediate area, sources say.

The New Rochelle Police Department declined to provide further details.

Beheaded Sheep Found in Ward Acres Park in New Rochelle, Police Seek Connection to Sheep Sex Assault in Yonkers

November 07, 2010 - 21:50

Wards Acres Sign.jpgNew Rochelle Police Department are investigating a bizarre sheep-beheading and possible sexual assault this weekend. A sheep body and severed head was found in the Ward Acres Park in New Rochelle. Yonkers police joined the investigation after a similar incident in Yonkers in which it was determined that the sheep goats found in Yonkers had been sexually assaulted. New Rochelle police are seeking to determine whether the sheep found in Ward Acres was sexually assaulted.

New Rochelle police declined to provide details or confirm the incident.

UPDATE: The remains of the sheep were found Sunday morning by a resident walking their dog. The dog led their owner to the remains. There was no sign the the decapitation was done in the park and no signs of decomposition of the body, suggesting the animal was beheaded elsewhere and the remains dumped in the park overnight.

Talk of the Sound Radio 11 AM Friday on WVOX: Local Elections, Breakdown in New Rochelle School Security

November 07, 2010 - 00:32

Talk of the Sound Radio will review of some of the top stories on Talk of the Sound of the week including the elections on Tuesday, security breakdowns in the New Rochelle schools and the series of gun-related incidents over the Halloween weekend. We will also have the Talk of the Sound Community Calendar with Matthew Pryce and maybe even a call from Abdul from Division Street and his "tip of the week".

You can listen to Talk of the Sound live on WVOX 1460 AM and WVIP HD 2 or streamed at

Dick Morris Endorse Thomas Paine

November 06, 2010 - 21:47

Dick Morris.jpgMr. Dick Morris, a well-known political pundit, recently announced his acceptance of the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Society’s Spirit of Thomas Paine Award. At the Thomas Paine National Historical Association we were initially quite surprised. Who would ever imagine Mr. Morris as a Paineite? Nevertheless, we are happy to acknowledge his conversion. In these times of political half-truths and vapid attempts to celebrate ignorance as one’s vainglory, standing in the Spirit of Thomas Paine is worthy of applause.

Society is Responsible for the Creation of Both Wealth and Poverty. Thomas Paine wrote that “Poverty … is a thing created by that which is called civilized life.” He held society responsible for both wealth and poverty. We always thought Mr. Morris was a staunch individualist. By endorsing Paine’s philosophy, Mr. Morris is agreeing that society is largely responsible for the well-being of its citizens. Bravo, Mr. Morris. Promoting the State’s responsibility to its citizens is a breath of fresh air.

Progressive Redistribution of Wealth.

Spirted Discussion At The November 4 New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club Meeting

November 05, 2010 - 03:56

The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club met on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 PM, at the American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave., New Rochelle. This group meets monthly to discuss a host of local issues.

The first item on tonight's agenda was the proposed Iona Dormitory issue that Greg Varian, an attorney and resident of the area, made a brief report. The dorm is being financed by the NY State Dormitory Authority and is located on the north side of New Rochelle. He highlighted the issues surrounding this new construction citing parking, vehicular traffic, and the surrounding building zoning issues. Iona used to be a commuter school that redefined its self as a residential/dormitory college some years ago.

New Rochelle Barnard School Principal Waits Hours to Notify Police of Intruder; Parents Told Man In Building Was Outside

November 04, 2010 - 23:33

barnardschool.jpgLast Thursday between 1 pm and 2 pm an unidentified man entered the Barnard Elementary School during school hours where he was observed wandering through the building, sources tell Talk of the Sound. The man was later discovered hiding in a closet inside an empty classroom by a Barnard staffer returning to the classroom after lunch. The staffer fled the room and reported the encounter to the main office. A subsequent search failed to turn up the intruder who was later presumed to have left the building on his own.

Multiple sources have independently contacted Talk of the Sound to say that police were not notified for several hours after the incident. This was the second incident of an intruder at Barnard School over the past year.

UPDATE: Police Report indicates that a "male/black grey top possible grey bottom observed in the bldg by a few people for the last hr and last seen about 15 mins ago in the bathroom".