December 2010

Iona College Point Guard Scott Machado Nominated for 2011 Bob Cousy Award

December 20, 2010 - 23:35

ScottMachado.jpgSPRINGFIELD, MA - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the candidates for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. Iona College men's basketball junior Scott Machado (Queens, NY) is in contention for the annual award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, that recognizes college basketball’s top point guard. Total of 66 players have been nominated for the 2011 award. Nominations were solicited from all schools across the country.

New Rochelle Humane Society - Furry Friends for the Holidays

December 20, 2010 - 21:27

Did you know that the local New Rochelle Humane Society (which services 17 neighboring towns) is offering a 50% discount on all adoption fees for those wonderful senior (slightly older but really lovable) homeless pets or those who have been in the shelter for 4 months or more?

It’s also not too late to post your beloved pet’s name in the Memory Tree which will be on display at the New Rochelle Humane Society from December 1 through January 4! With only a $5 donation, the Humane Society will write the name of your loved one (or a friend’s loved one) on a white or red ribbon and place it on the tree. Or, you can make a donation in a friend’s name and the Humane Society will send a card to the lucky recipient.

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$50 MILLION BULLY: Is AOL Patch New Rochelle Capable of Honest Reporting? The Answer Appears to be "No"

December 20, 2010 - 19:52

Patch_Collage.jpgFor the sixth time in three months, AOL Patch has put out false and/or misleading information about Talk of the Sound or me, Robert Cox, the Managing Editor. They have stolen content from Talk of the Sound, lied about it, made defamatory statements to the press and now run a an story about a community project in which I am intimately involved and for which Talk of the Sound is the media partner where my role is not mentioned nor my site identified as the media partner.

Even after they were made aware that the story was erroneous, and said they would remove it, they left it anyway because, the editor later said in an email, the women featured in the story posted a comment corroborating my complaint. Got that? Because the subject of story acknowledge my role in a comment that contradicted the original article Patch decided that was good enough.

Council member Stowe: Is all the development helping New Rochelle?

December 20, 2010 - 19:19

Council Member Stowe: Is all this development helping New Rochelle? by Peggy Godfrey In the 12/16/10 issue of the Westchester Guardian

For the second month, the New Rochelle City Council has had lively debate on the proposed development for 17 Locust Avenue.LLC. In October Attorney John Kirkpatrick of Oxman, Tulis, Whyatt and Geiger, LLP presented a proposal for a 13-floor building of up to 107 apartments claiming 300 residents would buy goods and services in this downtown area. Twenty percent of the apartments would be "affordable" for residents in the $30,500 to $47,000 income levels.
At that meeting Councilman Albert Tarantino expressed reservations about the proposal because this is a heavily populated area on a one-way street. Mayor Noam Bramson felt population density in the area was needed and anticipated getting answers to questions raised in the Environmental Assessment From (EAP). Instead, the November Council meeting produced another raft of Council member comments, complaints and suggestions on the project including zoning changes requested, required parking provisions and other concerns.

GRINCH STRIKES NEW ROCHELLE: Christmas Goes Dark in New Rochelle as Lights Stolen from City Christmas Tree

December 20, 2010 - 18:31

NewRoChamber_HolidayLighting2010 - 05.jpgThe City of New Rochelle's official Christmas Tree went dark over the weekend as thieves made off with the light bulbs that had adorned the tee. In a daring and despicable act of holiday humbug right out of Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, the tree was stripped bare.

The tree has been shining each night since the annual holiday lighting ceremony on December 3rd. The event sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement District and the City of New Rochelle Parks Department celebrated the Holiday season for all faiths. Rabbi Wohl, Father Francis and Reverend Wearver spoke of the significance of the lighting-up the darkness in this time of seasonal observances.

City of New Rochelle saves Christmas. The lights have been replaced. christmastree_saved.jpg

Entertainment Properties Trust Letter to City of New Rochelle Terminating Cappelli's New Roc Management

December 20, 2010 - 17:46

Talk of the Sound broke the news of the falling out between Entertainment Properties Trust and Capelli Enterprises in June 2010.

Investor Terminates Capelli Management of New Roc, Seizes Accounts After Discovering $700,000 Unauthorized "Loan to Itself"

Entertainment Properties Trust Grossly Misrepresented New Roc Deal to Wall Street Analysts Says Capelli, Demands Retraction

A Freedom of Information Law request was made at that time in order to obtain a copy of the formal notification from EPT and the City of New Rochelle. Here is EPTLetter.pdfthe letter:

April 29, 2010

To whom it may concern:

Effective as of the date hereof. New Roc Associates, L.P. a New York limited partnership ("New Roc Associates") and the owner of New Roc City
entertainment retail center (the "Center"), has terminated New Roc Management, LLC as the manager of the Center and appointed C Richard Ellis, Inc.

Commuter Parking Increase at NR Train Station

December 20, 2010 - 17:41

Having commuted to NYC on MetroNorth for the last 18 years, the NR Transit Center garage was a welcome and huge improvement over parking options at that time. However, overall cleanliness and regular maintenance of the garage has never seemed to be a priority for the city. Information on the steep 2011 permit increase could have easily been included in the application mailed to current permit holders. So in addition to MetroNorth's fare hikes, we must now also pay an additional $17 per month to park at the train station if we purchase the half-year permit (annual cost of $1,150). If you are fortunate to be able to pay for a full year permit at $1,050, you can save $9 each month (no indication of this is anywhere on the application).

Book Launch Party for "VOX POPULI: The O’Shaughnessy Files" a Star-Studded Affair

December 20, 2010 - 16:04

VoxPopuli.jpgMark Simone and Dan Rather were just a few of the big names on hand two weeks ago at Le Cirque in Manhattan to help Bill O’Shaughnessy launch his fourth book VOX POPULI: The O’Shaughnessy Files.

Talk of the Sound was provided a copy of the remarks courtesy of Mr. O’Shaughnessy.

Introduction/Mark Simone: