December 2010

Early Childhood Innovator Named Program Director at Temple Israel of New Rochelle

December 30, 2010 - 16:11

NancyBossov.pngNancy Bossov, who has been affiliated with Temple Israel of New Rochelle since September, 2010 in a consulting capacity through ‘Designing Rich Futures,” the firm that she founded and manages as Principal, has assumed the directorship of Temple Israel’s Early Childhood Program.

Nationally recognized for her advocacy and consulting work in developing the field of Jewish early childhood education (ECE), she served as ECE Director for the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York and as national ECE Director at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). She was instrumental in establishing URJ’s infrastructure for Jewish early childhood education and in creating the, the professional organization, the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism. She has previously served congregations as ECE director, education director and family educator.

New Rochelle Restaurant Review: McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern

December 30, 2010 - 15:56

McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern
by Don Geyra


Don Geyra is a third generation New Rochellean whose grandfather, Dr. Dominic Dell'Aquila, delivered 10,000 babies in New Rochelle. No wonder he is passionate about our local history and community. He is an accomplished fine arts painter as well as a successful decorative and scenic arts artist working in stage (Billie Elliot, Phantom), film (Sex and the City, Sherlock Holmes), and television (Sesame Street, White Collar). Given his busy life, he enjoys relaxing over dinner downtown with his wife Theresa McClure, who as a nurse practitioner also has a busy schedule, as well as with friends and family. He has found his special place, McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern.

Kicking off 2011 in Downtown New Rochelle

December 30, 2010 - 15:36

Continue to Celebrate the Holiday’s in Downtown

The New Year is coming and what better way to begin than with your entire family at the fun, free Ring in the New Year at Noon a special BID Family Day event in partnership with New Roc City. On Friday, December 31st bring the kids to enjoy face painting, noise maker crafts, kiddy rides, magicians, clowns, a martial arts demonstration, and games; then at 12:00 Noon join renowned radio personality Jimmy Fink of 107.1, The Peak, and joyously ring in the New Year as balloons are released from above.

Events_HarpConcert_Lois.jpgOn Sunday, January 2nd enjoy In Celebration of Twelfth Night, a Westchester Harp Ensemble concert at Trinity Church to benefit the Thomas Paine Cottage. Produced by the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association, a dessert reception will follow.

New Rochelle Inauguration for Rice and Kettner Scheduled for January 1st

December 30, 2010 - 15:29

Saturday, January 1, 2011 begins the New Year...and will also begin the terms of two elected officials in New Rochelle: Susan I. Kettner, newly-elected City Court Judge, and Jared R. Rice, newly-elected City Councilman in the 3rd Council District. Both Kettner and Rice will be sworn into office at a public ceremony to be held in the Council Chambers of the New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Avenue, to begin at 1 p.m. on New Year's Day (1-1-11 at 1 p.m.).

New Rochelle Overnight Snow Removal Clears Downtown Area; Snow Moved to D'Onofrio Field Parking Lot

December 30, 2010 - 15:17


The City of New Rochelle began removing snow from the downtown sidewalks Tuesday night and Wednesday.

As of 5:00 am Thursday morning all snow was removed from the sidewalks from Pintard to Lecount Place on Main Street and on North Avenue.

From Main Street to Huguenot Street, the city used 5 private dump trucks, 2 front end loaders, a small bobcat, a sand truck and 5 men shoveling the snow. By doing this the city freed up all the parking on Main Street. Shoppers will no longer have to climb over piles of snow to get to the stores. The snow was hauled to the D'Onofrio Field parking lot.



Iona MBB: Complete Effort Leads Gaels To 87-62 Win Over Hofstra

December 30, 2010 - 14:39

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College men's basketball team used a balanced attack and led wire-to-wire in an 87-62 win over Hofstra in non-conference action at the Hynes Center. Four Gaels (8-5) tallied double-digit point totals and juniors Mike Glover (Bronx, NY) and Scott Machado (Queens, NY) posted double-doubles as the Maroon & Gold snapped their two-game losing streak with the victory over the Pride (7-5).

Hofstra rebounded from an early 5-0 deficit and knotted the score at both 11 and 13 just over nine minutes into the contest. The Gaels jumped out to a 15-2 run including 10 straight points to take a 28-15 advantage at the 6:24 mark of the first half. The Pride would not get within nine points the rest of the way.

Sophomore Kyle Smyth's three-pointer at 17:03 in the second put Iona ahead 50-30. Senior Alejo Rodriguez (New York, NY) gave the squad its largest lead of the contest with 1:45 left and an 85-60 advantage.

Garbage Collection Reminder for Thursday and Friday

December 30, 2010 - 02:13

An announcement from the City of New Rochelle.

This is the City of New Rochelle with an important reminder regarding garbage and recycling collection for tomorrow and Friday. Due to snow removal operations, your collection day has changed.

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 30, South End Garbage and Paper Recycling will be collected. On Friday, December 31, North End Garbage and Paper Recycling will be collected. We will return to a normal collection schedule next week. Thank you for your cooperation.

Careless NR Plow Destroys Property

December 29, 2010 - 20:50

Amid the statewide discussion of the blizzard & consequent snow removal scenarios that have befallen its citizens - Here is an example of an overzealous plowman haphazardly destroying property with some careless maneuvers behind the wheel.

The first photo depicts the curb as it was, intact. Picture is the portion of the curb that the plow avoided on its collision course.

NR Curb

Here is how it looks now:

NR Plow Rubble 2

New Rochelle Schools AD Magnotta Skips Out on $817 Tab from New York Times

December 29, 2010 - 18:20

Magnotta_headshot.jpgTalk of the Sound has determined that the licensing fee for the The New York Times copyrighted material published by the City School District of New Rochelle in a recent newsletter from the Athletic Department includes $437 for electronic use and $380 for print use - a total of $817.00.

The material, an article on weight training by Jane Brody published in The Times on December 13th, was lifted without attribution by Dr. John Magnotta, the Athletic Director for the City School District of New Rochelle who sought to pass the work off as his own.

A price quote from The New York Times requested by Talk of the Sound requires that the District first show how the content will be used, obtain a license from The New York Times and pay the associated fees for electronic and print use.

Please be advised, the reuse of the copyright material will incur a fee for the proper permission license. Your rate is as follows.

Astorino Says Veto Overrides by Democrats Create Budget Filled with Gimmicks and Questionable Revenues

December 29, 2010 - 17:11

County Executive expresses disappointment in “spending spree” at taxpayer expense

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today slammed the Democratic-majority of the Board of Legislators for overriding hundreds of budget vetoes, thereby adopting a 2011 budget filled with runaway spending and speculative revenues.

“The Democrats on the board went on a spending spree this month,” Astorino said, “Next month the bills will start coming in. The Democrats have decided to put the bill on the taxpayer’s credit card. But make no mistake. The bill has to be paid and it can’t be paid with phony revenues. This budget by the Democrats is government by gimmicks.”

Astorino in November had proposed a spending plan for next year that cut the county levy by 1 percent, protected the county’s most needy, continued all essential services and protected the county’s three AAA bond ratings.