December 2010

WVOX Talk of the Sound Radio Friday 11 AM: Top 10 Stories of 2010

December 31, 2010 - 21:05

WVOXLogo.jpgTalk of the Sound Radio will air Friday from 11am to 12pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox along with Talk of the Sound Editor Matthew Pryce.


This Friday, Talk of the Sound Radio will review the Top 10 stories of 2010. We will be soliciting your suggestions as we prepare the annual year-end roundup of our top stories.

Call the Studio line at 914-636-0110. Listen on 1460 AM or WVIP HD-2 or on the web at We know what we think. We want to know what you think!

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And The New Price Is...

December 31, 2010 - 04:26

December 30, 2010 - This morning, I got the full effect of the price of a monthly commutation ticket from New Rochelle to Grand Central Terminal - $204 - a $15 increase from the old price at $189.

This was another 'sticker shock' event in our declining economy. In a recent series of nation-wide price hikes, my wallet is alot lighter that it was a year ago.


New York Metro Area Swamped with 2-3 feet Of Snow. Mass Transit is stopped cold.

December 31, 2010 - 03:47

At about Noon this past Sunday, December 26th, the 6th-worst deluge of snow fell on the New York City Metropolitan area. In the area surrounding New Rochelle, NY 22 inches fell while Staten Island and parts of New Jersey received 29”. In time, autos and buses stopped rolling as the drifts reached 4-5 feet. Even rail transportation saw severe delays and even cancellations as the day wore on. New Rochelle and other municipal governments declared snow emergencies for the blizzard conditions at hand.

On Monday the 27th, Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road cancelled their commuter service. Metro-North had hourly Sunday service initially but eventually gave up the ghost as switch and signal woes befelled the New Haven line and was followed by the Harlem and Hudson before long. The Long Island Rail Road cancelled their schedule for the first of two days.

OFFICIAL: Cappelli LeCount Square Project Dead

December 31, 2010 - 01:49

The City of New Rochelle confirmed this evening that the terms of the MOU Extension for the LeCount Square project granted to Cappelli Enterprises by the City Council in June 2010 have not been met. Asked if any documents had been submitted by Cappelli regarding the purchase of the U.S. Post Office building in downtown New Rochelle, City spokesperson Kathy Gilwit answered simply "no".

A few days earlier, the United States Post Office confirmed to Talk of the Sound that no discussions had taken place regarding the sale of the main New Rochelle Post Office. Workers were recently observed painting the interior of the building.

City Council Member Al Tarantino said he considered the deal dead and noted that there was little support on Council for considering any further extensions. for Capelli Enterprises.

Cappelli Enterprises officials were reportedly away on holiday but their PR firm expected to have a formal statement next week.

The Mystery of Lafayette Avenue: Snow Removal Queries Go Unresolved in New Rochelle's West End

December 31, 2010 - 01:23

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City Manager Chuck Strome calls it all a big mix up, former District 4 City Council Member Roberto Lopez said it was lies being told by liars then later admitted it was true but that he had nothing to do with it, and DPW workers were broadcasting over the radio saying "we're going back to Lafayette and you're not going to believe why!" In the end no one could quite make explain what had happened or how.

Here is what Talk of the Sound has confirmed.

On Wednesday morning, at about the time the City of New Rochelle was declaring an end to the recent Snow Emergency, a rather elite crew of Department of Public Works officials and two workers moved piles of snow in front of, on and through a private, commercial parking lot at 26 Lafayette Avenue.

New Westchester County Department of Social Services Commissioner Named by County Executive Rob Astorino

December 30, 2010 - 21:42

KevinMcGuire.jpgCounty Executive Robert P. Astorino today named a new commissioner of Social Services, selecting a person with almost three decades of bottom-to-top professional experience in health and human services to oversee the county’s largest department.

Kevin M. McGuire, a one-time New York City social services caseworker who up until this week was executive director of the Maryland Department of Human Resources Family Investment Administration, was selected following a nationwide search. He will begin his new job next week.

“Kevin McGuire is a professional with a successful history of managing the many complexities of a large social services organization,” Astorino said. “He knows how to deliver crucial safety net programs to residents, navigate constantly changing state and federal regulations and ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely.”

City of New Rochelle Draft Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Completed

December 30, 2010 - 21:38

GreatSealofCityofNewRochelle.jpgWith the input of community partners and residents, the City of New Rochelle has completed the creation of a draft Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan which identifies projects that can reduce or mitigate damages that may incur from future natural disasters. The creation of the draft plan over the past 12 months was funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and prepared in accordance with state and federal standards. It has been submitted to FEMA for approval.

“This plan will allow the City to apply for funds to implement improvements after a disaster,” said Assistant to the City Manager, Omar T. Small. “Without this assistance, implementation would be costly, and even cost-prohibitive.”

To assist the study team in assessing the nature, extent and probability of various hazards in New Rochelle, a 23-question on-line survey was created for residents to complete and a series of public meetings were held. Information was posted on the City website

WVOX'S "Metal Mayhem" To Present Star-Studded New Year's Show!

December 30, 2010 - 19:15

Make sure you tune into the WVOX "Metal Mayhem" special star-studded New Year's Eve live on air bash from 6-10pm (and maybe longer!) on 1460AM and worldwide on

Host Matt O'Shaughnessy will feature a over-the -top show featuring members of heavy metal bands Accept, Sacred Oath, Dead By Wednesday, Maddam Ink, Age Of Evil, Heaven Below, Sweet Cyanide, ZO2, Ray West and others during the worldwide monumental broadcast. Band members will give their New Year's resolutions and reflect on the past year and also tell Matt what's instore for them in 2011!

It only comes once a what ever you do, lock your radio's into 1460 AM and for a live metal on air party like never before!

Iona Prep to Hold NYC Alumni Reception

December 30, 2010 - 17:50

On Thursday, January 27, 2010, Iona Prep is hosting a reception at Butterfield 8 in New York City for alumni and friends to toast the New Year. Please join us for a cocktail reception, reconnect with fellow alums, and learn about the great things happening at Iona Prep.

On Thursday, January 27, 2010, Iona Prep is hosting a reception at Butterfield 8 in New York City for alumni and friends to toast the New Year. Please join us for a cocktail reception in New York City – reconnect with fellow alumni, learn about the great things happening at the Prep, and meet our new president, Br. Thomas R. Leto. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm and it costs $35.00. Butterfield 8 is located on 5 East 38th Street, between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue.

Link to access an invitation to the NYC Reception!

Please RSVP by Monday, January 24, 2010.

For additional information please contact Mary Loy Pagano, Director of Alumni at (914) 600-6182 or [email protected].

“BID Windows on Art” Features Maria Foladori Weiss

December 30, 2010 - 16:34

Along with new downtown apartments have come many accomplished new residents. The BID is happy to celebrate the work of Argentine-American Maria Foladori Weiss, a gifted painter and photographer born in Buenos Aries, who with her husband, planner and public arts manager Glenn Weiss, now lives and works on Main Street in downtown New Rochelle. With the work of Maria Foladori Weiss, the BID is inaugurating a new Artist Spaces Program, BID Windows on Art, at 249 North Avenue. Created in partnership with the New Rochelle Municipal Arts Commission, BID Windows on Art-249 has already caught the eye of Talk of the Sound.