February 2011

New Rochelle's Underutilized Spaces

February 26, 2011 - 22:28

BetavilleI think a lot about underutilized space in New Rochelle. There is an extraordinary amount of it. My thoughts on this topic were re-ignited by Betaville, created by NYU-Poly, which is an "open-source multiplayer environment for real cities, in which ideas for new works of public art, architecture, urban design, and development can be shared, discussed, tweaked, and brought to maturity in context, and with the kind of broad participation people take for granted in open source software development."

How cool! Right now, limited environments are available. Obviously, New Rochelle is not one of them.

Absent a malleable real-time virtual world to share, discuss, tweak ideas about New Rochelle, I think we should generate two lists: one, underutilized and distinctive spaces in New Rochelle; two, a list of unfulfilled community needs. The goal would then be to match spaces to needs.

GETTING RESULTS: New Rochelle Civil Service Committee Holds Public Meeting

February 26, 2011 - 16:30

CSCMeeting2011 0225Under normal circumstances it would not be news that a government committee in New Rochelle would hold a public meeting...unless that committee was the Municipal Civil Service Commission in New Rochelle which has routinely ignored both the New York State Open Meeting Law but the State's Freedom of Information Law.

After a surprise visit from Talk of the Sound which highlighted numerous violations of the New York State Open Meeting law, Talk of the Sound asked readers and listeners to show up and sit in on the meeting yesterday. Six people attended the meeting in addition to three commissioners and the Civil Service Administrator so there were 10 people in the room. In the past, the CSC has been holding its meetings in a private office behind locked doors without posting official notice, listing the meeting on the City's web calendar or even putting up a note on the door as to what was going on inside.

MSG Varsity's "The Student Lens" Highlights High School Filmmakers from New Rochelle's Iona Prep

February 26, 2011 - 16:11

BETHPAGE, NY, February 25, 2011–– The Student Lens, MSG Varsity’s monthly series devoted to student-generated content, returns this week with a wide sampling of videos created, produced, written and edited by high school students from across the tri-state area that are innovative, fun and
informative. Hosted by actor and filmmaker Yang Miller, the new episode of The Student Lens debuted on Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. on MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s iO TV (Channel 14).

The Student Lens will also re-air on MSG Varsity February 26 at 11:00 a.m. and February 27 at 5:00 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Among the features in the new episode are original productions from students at Bay Shore HS (Bay Shore, NY), Bernards HS (Bernardsville, NJ), Communications HS (Wall, NJ ), Iona Prep (New Rochelle, NY), Roosevelt HS (Roosevelt, NY) St. Dominic (Oyster Bay, NY), Oceanside HS (Oceanside, NY), Pequannock HS (Pequannock, NJ) Sacred Heart Academy (West Hempstead, NY), and West Milford HS (West Milford, NJ).

Iona MBB: Gaels Keep Rolling As Season Winds Down; Top Saint Peter's 73-59 On The Road

February 26, 2011 - 16:07

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Iona College men's basketball team won its sixth straight game in a 73-59 win over Saint Peter's in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at the Yanitelli Center. The Gaels (19-10, 12-5 MAAC) maintained their second place standing and are tied with Rider entering the final regular season contest on Sunday.

The offensive-minded Iona squad used a solid defensive effort and a 54-34 rebounding advantage to defeat the Peacocks (17-12, 11-6 MAAC). The rebounding total was the highest since the squad recorded 51 vs. Sacred Heart on Nov. 15, 2006 in the NIT Season Tipoff. It was also the second highest single-game total in the last 10 seasons for the Gaels. Senior Alejo Rodriguez (New York, NY) and junior Mike Glover (Bronx, NY) led the charge on the boards with 13 and 11 rebounds respectively. They combined for nine of Iona's season-best 20 offensive caroms.

Four Dollars a Gallon Gas Hits New Rochelle

February 26, 2011 - 04:38

4$GasThe Mobil Gas Station on North Avenue and Brookside near Iona College has increased the price of high octane gasoline to $4.05 breaking the significant psychological $4.00 barrier as prices have shot up across the nation in response to recent unrest in the Middle East, as if Americans needed another reason to despise Muammar al-Gaddafi.

Prices are moving so fast that there is a wide variation in prices right now. Another station was offering high octane gasoline for $3.76 on the same day.

Shopping around might save you $5 per trip to the pump. Consider an online service like to check prices.