February 2011

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Mayor Bramson Offers Well-Reasoned Analysis of Differing Perspectives on New Rochelle

February 25, 2011 - 15:12

If the Mayor were to be as realistic and honest generally as he is in this article, In the Eye of the Beholder: How Perceptions of New Rochelle Vary he might find he would get more respect around the City from those who disagree with this vision for New Rochelle. He would certainly get more respect from Talk of the Sound.

The Mayor begins:

Within the span of a couple of days, I came across two very different portrayals of New Rochelle in the media. The first is a column by Phil Reisman of the Journal-News, occasioned by the fire at Union Baptist Church. The second is an article from Westchester Magazine that profiles 19 new restaurants, including two in New Rochelle, Alvin & Friends and Cienega.

Lazarus Gallery at United Hebrew of New Rochelle will Exhibit Original Hooked Rugs

February 24, 2011 - 22:55

LazarusHookedRugs(New Rochelle, NY) -- The Lazarus Gallery of United Hebrew of New Rochelle, a campus of residences and services for older adults, will present a new exhibit of contemporary hooked rugs from the Hudson River Rug Hookers group. Rug hooking is considered both an art and a craft and The Hudson River Rug Hookers have embraced the art of rug hooking using new methods and new materials. United Hebrew opened its gallery in the new nursing home and rehabilitation pavilion in 2009. The gallery is an inspirational space that was created to enhance the lives of residents, family members and visitors.

The exhibit entitled “Hooked on Art” will run from March 4 to May 11, 2011. An artists’ reception will take place on Sunday, March 6th at 2:00 pm in the Lazarus Gallery at United Hebrew, 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, New York and will feature a rug hooking demonstration. The exhibition will be curated by Jodi Moise, president of JMC Art Partners of New Rochelle.

Letter to the Editor from a Former New Rochelle Resident "sorry about my old home town"

February 24, 2011 - 22:47

I received this email today and asked permission to share it with readers.

Dear Mr. Cox,

I lived in New Rochelle from my birth in [the 1940's] to the 60s, and am sorry to hear about the threat made against you and the corruption in the NRPD. I have no idea what the city is like these days, although showing my wife my childhood geography several years ago, I noticed that the near north end of town around North Avenue and Fifth Avenue looked very dilapidated, a far cry from my memory when I attended Albert Leonard JHS (since then, City Hall) in the 50s, and that much of downtown is unrecognizable to me.

It was, I am sure, far from Camelot in my youth, but it was a happy childhood in great, affordable genteel lower middle class neighborhoods (Fifth Avenue near Sylvan Place and later State Street), and Locust Avenue at the other end.

You, in the absence of a local paper (my dad, btw, was a reporter for the old Standard-Star before I was born), appear to be doing some solid reporting on the city. I think he would be proud of your efforts.

Best regards,

DEA Task Force Joins Investigation of New Rochelle Road Drug Mule Case; U.S. Attorney Will Prosecute Case Involving 18,000 Packets of Heroin

February 24, 2011 - 22:11

HeroinMuleCase Torres BaptisteAfter a wild chase liveblogged on Talk on the Sound involving police from New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Eastchester, and Bronxville police departments and the Westchester County Police as well as helicopters and K-9 units, Lance Baptiste, 32, of Waterbury, Conn., and Eddie Torres, 25, of Davidson Avenue, Bronx, were each charged today in US District Court in White Plains with Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute.

The multi-agency Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force has joined the investigation and the two suspects will be prosecuted in Federal Court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal agents and local police, including detectives from the County Police, serve on the DEA Task Force.

A Collaborative Coalition to Overcome Racial Disproportionality Presents "Where Have All the Children Gone"

February 24, 2011 - 20:10

ACCORDEventA Collaborative Coalition to Overcome Racial Disproportionality (A.C.C.O.R.D.) Presents "Where Have All the Children Gone", a discussion on the "Systemic Disproportionality of African American and Minority Children."

Thursday, March 3, 2011 @ 7pm

Martin Luther King Jr Center

95 Lincoln Ave.

New Rochelle, New York 10801

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Honorable Richard St. Paul, New Rochelle Councilman 4th District

Beanberry Frozen Yogurt Store Opens in Avalon One, Replacing Java Dreams Coffee Shop

February 24, 2011 - 19:15


The store opened its doors this week and is in soft launch for now. There will be an official grand opening in a month or so but if you want to stop by and beta tests some delicious frozen yogurt and speciality coffee drinks while they get things up and running you are welcome.

Beanberry is owned by the same folks who brought you the nearby Gallery Cafe (with a kiosk located in City Hall).

Did you miss me? I missed you! _ Bruce Negrin Back on the Air tonight at 8pm - 1460 AM

February 24, 2011 - 19:11

NEW RO BEATS MAMARONECK 2-1 in HS Hockey Playoffs> Go New Ro!

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Tonight's Lineup:

Our City Council Meetings: Observations from the Upper Deck!

Compromise Does Mean a Compromised Echo Bay.

Synchronize the Traffic Lights.

And Your Phone Calls and Opinions

County Police Chase Suspect Near Mount Vernon/New Rochelle Board, Helicopter on Scene

February 24, 2011 - 00:44

WCPChaseA male Hispanic fled a traffic stop on the Cross-County Parkway near New Rochelle Road and is being chased by over 40 police cars from multiple jurisdictions. The search area is in Mount Vernon and Eastchester. K-9 units have been deployed. A WCP helicopter is over the area, visible from New Rochelle.

Large quantity of narcotics found in car.

Command Post set up at Mount Vernon High School.

Suspect last scene moving through backyards in direction of Eastchester and Tuckahoe. Dog going that way near 35 Colonial.

2 helicopters up. 40 cop cars in the area. Police from WCDP, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Bronxville and New Rochelle involved.

Tracks leading into house at 18 Hilltop. House surrounded.

Guy running out, caught, arrested.

WCPD asked us not to publish the names but the Journal News has gone ahead and done that so we provide additional details here:

Found in the car: 18,000 glassine envelopes of heroin (est. value $100,000), $17,000 in cash

Lance R. Baptiste (age 32)
55 Congress Avenue
Waterbury, CT

Eddie Torres (age 25)