December 2010

New Rochelle Athletic Director Plagiarizes from New York Times Article in District Newsletter

December 23, 2010 - 17:34

Magnotta_headshot.jpgDr. John Magnotta, Athletic Director for the City School District of New Rochelle plagiarized a recent article from the New York Times, seeking to pass off an article on weight training as his own.

In the recent issue of "At The Buzzer", a newsletter published by Magnotta, every word published on weight training under his own name was lifted directly from an article by Jane E. Brody, Before You Lift a Weight, Get Some Advice. The article was published by The New York Times on December 13, 2010. The article, on the risks of working out with proper preparation, was actually written by Jane Brody of the New York Times. Magnotta even used the same title for the article in his newsletter.

Merry Christmas! We're Broke.

December 23, 2010 - 13:57

thelma_louise.jpgTalk of the Sound has been sounding the alarm since we first launched in 2008. Few among the New Rochelle Pep Squad have heeded the call. Now the bill is coming due and no amount of cheerleading is going to hold back the oncoming tidal wave of financial ruin. In just a few short years, the United States has gone from the benchmark, risk-free debt standard to a threatened negative outlook being issued by Moody's. A downgrade of U.S. debt will mean the end of the U.S. Dollar as a reserve currency and more broadly the end of the world as American's have come to know it in the Post-World War II Era. All debt in the United States from State to County to Local will be downgraded. Oil, no longer bought and sold in dollars, will become more expensive rippling through our economy making everything more expensive.

Iona MBB: Iona’s Dramatic Comeback Falls Short vs. Vermont, 84-79

December 23, 2010 - 11:16

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College men's basketball team cut a 21-point second half deficit to one in the final minute but fell short in an 84-79 loss to Vermont in non-conference action at the Hynes Center. Junior Scott Machado (Queens, NY) scored a team-high 17 points for the Gaels (7-5) in the loss.

The two teams traded leads over the first 13 minutes of the contest. Junior Mike Glover's (Bronx, NY) layup cut Vermont's (8-3) early lead to 22-21 with 7:50 remaining. The Catamounts built a double-digit lead with a 22-5 run and led by as many as 18 at the 2:09 mark. Senior Rashon Dwight's (Newark, NJ) two free throws and another Glover layup put the deficit at 44-30 entering halftime.

Talk of the Sound Responds to New Rochelle's Twin Statements on Rolf Koehler Issue

December 23, 2010 - 02:11

Last night, at the New Rochelle Board of Education meeting, Vice President Chrisanne Petrone read through a list of draft resolutions to be voted on at the next Board of Education meeting on January 4, 2011. After the entire list was read, board member Lianne Merchant raised a question about a draft resolution regarding Rolf Koehler. Before she could complete her question, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak produced a document which he said contained a written statement regarding the resolution.

It was clear from their reaction that not all board members had been informed of the statement, signed by BoE President Sara Richmond along with Organisciak. Richmond was not present for the meeting.

Statement of the New Rochelle Board of Education on School Security Officer Position

The next morning Talk of the Sound received a statement from City Manager Chuck Strome.

One Semester Left for Iona College Seniors

December 23, 2010 - 01:54

At last! Finals are over at Iona, and everyone is now home relaxing and spreading the Christmas cheer. Every Iona student was more than relieved to be finished with the Fall semester, but for seniors, there was a tinge of sadness as it drew to a close. Katherine Dussel, senior at Iona College, says, "I mean, I'm happy finals are over with, but at the same time I only have one semester left now. It's kind of bittersweet." On the other hand, there are some who are more than anxious to graduate. "I'm excited to enter the "real world", but definitely nervous too," says Alyssa Mule, also a senior. Winter break will certainly be a much needed rest period before their Spring, and final, semester at Iona College. When another senior was asked if she was to give younger classmates at Iona advice, what it would be, Brittany Fike responded, "It's important to cherish all the memories you make throughout your college career. Before you know it, you'll be graduating!" Time flies, but it's safe to say these Iona seniors are hoping their last semester goes just a little bit slower.

Former New Rochelle High School Baseball Star, Leading Labor Negotiator Eric J. Schmertz, Dead at 84

December 22, 2010 - 23:16

The New York Times is reporting: Eric Schmertz Dies at 84; Settled Many Labor Disputes

Eric J. Schmertz, who as one of the nation’s most relied-upon labor peacemakers helped resolve thousands of labor disputes, getting both the Rockettes and New York City cab drivers to end strikes in the 1960s, died on Saturday at his home in Mount Kisco, N.Y. A former dean of the Hofstra University School of Law, he was 84.

Schmertz grew up in New Rochelle.

Eric Joseph Schmertz, the elder of two sons of Max and Hetty Schmertz, was born in the Bronx on Dec. 24, 1925, and grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. His first ambition was to become a diplomat, though he might have been an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who offered him a contract after watching him play at New Rochelle High School.

Statement of the New Rochelle City Manager on School Security Officer Position

December 22, 2010 - 14:26

The following is a rundown of the course of events relative to the School Security Officer position for the City School District:

1) The City School District requested a 211 waiver for Rolf Koehler, School Security Officer. This request was granted by the New York State Civil Service Commission to run through June, 2010.

2) In granting such a waiver, the New York State Civil Service Commission required a test for School Security Officer be held to determine if other candidates were available to fill the position.

(The School District determined that the job description for the test did not reflect changes they had requested and asked that the job description be amended. This request was denied by the former Civil Service Administrator.)

3) City Civil Service Commission holds the test in February, 2010. The result of the test was the establishment of a list of 12 eligible candidates for the position. (The incumbent was not required to take the test.)

Statement of the New Rochelle Board of Education on School Security Officer Position

December 22, 2010 - 02:30

Over the course of the last few weeks, there have been many mis-truths and faulty characterizations regarding the postings for a new School Security Specialist position. In an effort to set the record straight, we offer the following chronology and explanation:

1) In 2009, the City School District requested a 211 extension waiver for Rolf Koehler, School Security Officer which was granted by the New York State Civil Service Commission to run through June 2010. This waiver was predicated on the satisfactory work done by Mr. Koehler in his assignments since 2005.

Iona Glover Earns Third Straight MAAC Player Of The Week

December 21, 2010 - 23:27


NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College men's basketball junior Mike Glover (Bronx, NY) earned MAAC Co-Player of the Week honors for his performance at No. 5 Syracuse on Saturday. Glover was honored with a conference player of the week honor for the third straight week.

Glover netted a game-high 25 points and 16 rebounds in the Gaels' six-point loss to the Orange at the Carrier dome. He shot 9-for-11 (81.8%) from the field including four electrifying dunks. Glover recorded his sixth straight double-double, becoming the first Iona player to do so since Nakeia Miller's six in a row to start the 2000-01 campaign.

2011 DPW Refuse Collection Schedule Released

December 21, 2010 - 23:18

The City of New Rochelle Department of Public Works has released its 2011 Refuse Collection Schedule. The 4 page booklet is being mailed to all homes and is available online at

In addition to the weekly collection schedule, the booklet contains important instructions and guidelines regarding pickup of garbage and trash, recycling, televisions and computers, appliances and heavy metal items, yard waste and fall leaves. Information on street sweeping and snow emergencies is also included.
For more detailed information, visit the Department of Public Works online at

2011 Refuse Collection Schedule