February 2011

Student Volunteers from Iona College’s Hagan School of Business to Offer Free Assistance with Basic Tax Returns

February 27, 2011 - 21:46

(New Rochelle, NY) -- Student volunteers from Iona College’s Hagan School of Business will again offer free tax help to low-and middle-income taxpayers on four Saturdays leading up to Monday, April 18, Tax Day. The traditional tax return filing deadline is April 15, but the IRS this year has approved extending the deadline by three days for 2010 tax returns in observation of Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

Approximately 25 students, who are majoring in accounting at the Hagan, will be available for consultations between 9:00 AM and 1 PM on March 5, March 12, March 26 and April 2. Iona provides the income tax assistance program annually which is available on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis only. It will be held on the lower level Computer Lab of Hagan Hall on Iona’s campus, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York.

Taxpayers will need to bring the following:

  • Last year’s tax returns
  • This year’s tax package and/or label
  • W-2 and 1099 forms
  • Information on any other income
  • Information on deductions or credits

For more information, call (914) 633-2267.

The Laramie Project, One Night Only at New Rochelle High School on March 3rd

February 27, 2011 - 21:11

LaramieProjectThe Laramie Project”, directed and produced by Sarah Bedrick, a senior at New Rochelle High School, will be performed for one night only on Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm in the Linda E. Kelly auditorium at New Rochelle High School, 365 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY. It is a sold out performance.

New Rochelle Talk of the Sound Roundup

February 27, 2011 - 16:29

Each day Talk of the Sound scours tens of thousands of web sites looking for articles on New Rochelle which are then linked to the site under the Elsewhere on the Web tab on the home page. From time to time, we looking to highlight a few articles from Elsewhere on the Web we think are worth a second look.

Greg Maker, Charlie Johnson and Paige Rentz have a "must read" article up on The New Rochelle Sound & Town Report: City No. 1 in tax challenges. The article provides a comprehensive explanation of property tax assessment and property owners petitioning to reduce their assessment and thus shift the local tax burden to those who do not petition. Unsaid is the clear message, you are a sucker if you own property and do not regularly and aggressively grieve your property tax assessment. The statistics show that New Rochelle is unusual in the amount of tax appeals occurring in New Rochelle, a little under 3 times the next highest municipality (Mount Vernon) and more than 6 times that of Yonkers which has 4 times as many residents:

Snow Melt Reveals A Dirty, Sodden Compost of Trash, Leaves and Christmas Trees on the Streets of New Rochelle

February 27, 2011 - 01:56

Maybe we were better off with the snow?

Now that we can see what has been left behind as the snow melts, New Rochelle has turned into a trash heap in various places around the City. Christmas Tree pick up was set to begin on February 22nd but many areas report the trees are still there. Some neighborhoods still have leaves from the fall. Residents and shoppers on Sickles near North Avenue can walk from one end of the street to the other with their feet never touching the pavement. Cups, cans, boxes, paper and other garbage have turned into a sort of Papier-mâché melange.