February 2011

High School Graduation Rates Below State Requirements. Now what?

February 18, 2011 - 14:49

The New York State School Report Card for New Rochelle High School Accountability and Overview Report for 2009-2010 were just published on the website – . There is a wealth of information about all our schools and their performance in the many tests they take. In General, the results for our elementary schools and for Albert Leonard are, as always, good. For Isaac Young Middle School, see them for yourself.
My issue is that we continue to have an ineffective rate of graduation for our children in our high school. At the end of the school year, there were 3,454 students at NRHS. 804 students started the school year; 775 were eligible to graduate in 2010; 596 graduated on time. So out of 775 students that started the school year only 596 graduated – that’s 77%. We don’t know what happened to 29 students who are statistically missing.

Falta de Consideracion a Padres Latinos

February 18, 2011 - 14:04

Ayer el distrito escolar presento los resultados de una encuesta hecha en ingles sobre las opiniones de padres de familia y sus preferencias en asuntos escolares. Resulta que esta encuesta solamente fue hecha por medio del sitio Las preguntas fueron presentadas en ingles solamente. No hubo ningun intento de proveer estas preguntas en espanol o por medio de una papeleta dirigida a las casas de padres Latinos.
Me reuní con un grupo de padres latinos que participaban mucho en sus escuelas, particularmente la de Columbus (después de todo los estudiantes latinos son más de 35% nuestro distrito escolar). Muchos querían participar en esta encuesta, pero lamentablemente no estaba disponible en español. Nos acercamos al superintendente y su director de comunicaciondesde el principio, pero no había previsto que la población quería esta forma de participación. Una encuesta de papel a disposición de los que no tienen computadoras en casa o en español habría sido buena cortésia y basada en respeto a nuestra comunidad.

Union Baptist Church Update from City of New Rochelle

February 17, 2011 - 23:49

Contractors have erected a fence around the church enclosing the entire property.

The right lane of traffic on Main Street will continue to be closed from Locust Avenue to the beginning of the Monroe College building. Locust Avenue will be closed from 11 Locust Avenue to Main Street also, until at least Monday February 21, 2011.

Parking will continue to be restricted on the north side of Main Street from North Avenue to LeCount Place until at least Monday February 21, 2011.
The sidewalk will be closed around the church property.

Fire investigation will begin on Friday.

New Rochelle Police Department Releases Annual Report for 2010

February 17, 2011 - 23:41

(New Rochelle, NY) -- The crime rate in the City of New Rochelle remains historically low, according to 2010 statistics released this week by the New Rochelle Police Department. In 2010, Part I crimes decreased 12% overall from 2009. New Rochelle ranks as the fourth safest city among cities its size nationally, marking the tenth consecutive year it has achieved top five status. New Rochelle also ranks safest among comparably-sized municipalities in New York State and Westchester County.

“These statistics are heartening, and a tribute to the dedication of our entire force as well as the effectiveness of our community policing model,” said Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll. “The City of New Rochelle continues to be exemplary on the national, state, and county level.” In 2010, the Department responded to over 56,000 calls for service.

Specifically, in 2010:

• Aggravated assaults down 56%
• Auto theft down 43%
• Burglary down 31%
• Larceny down 5%

Davids Island Task Force Public Outreach Meeting Tonight at 7 PM at City Hall

February 17, 2011 - 18:34

DavidsIslandNew Rochelle, NY— The Davids Island Task Force will hold a Public Outreach meeting on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

The Davids Island Task Force was formed in September 2010 to shape and achieve a vision for Davids Island as both a destination for residents and the surrounding region. It is comprised of city-wide representatives from neighborhood associations, county and adjoining municipalities, the school district, regional environmental groups, as well as experts in sustainable design and development. Following their kick-off meeting in October 2010, the Task Force formed into two subcommittees: the Re-use committee, to determine future land use options; and the Current Conditions/Challenges committee, to evaluate existing challenges and conditions at the site.

Bring Out Your Trees! Bring Out Your Trees! New Rochelle Christmas Tree Pickup Resumes Next Week

February 17, 2011 - 17:31

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Christmas Tree Pickup will resume on February 22nd.

Citywide pickup of Christmas trees will resume on Tuesday, February 22. All trees should be placed curbside with ornaments removed.


NOTE: some residents have gotten creative with their 2 month old Christmas trees. If you have some amusing or interesting photos send them along.

Iona College Men Crush Manhattan 102-65

February 17, 2011 - 17:27

RIVERDALE, NY - The Iona College men's basketball team led wire-to-wire in a 102-65 win over Manhattan in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Draddy Gym. Five players scored double-digits led by junior Scott Machado's (Queens, NY) 20 points and career-high six three-point field goals in the victory.

The Gaels (17-10, 11-5 MAAC) won their fourth-straight contest and kept pace with Rider and Saint Peter's in a three-way tie for second place in the MAAC standings. The squad still holds the tiebreaker by virtue of its 2-1 record vs. the two teams and remains in control of its own destiny with the final two games of conference play next weekend.

Iona shot a season-high for a half with its 19-for-26 (73.1%) effort in the first half, building a 56-36 advantage at intermission. The 56 points matched their season-high set on Jan. 9 vs. Loyola at the Hynes Center.

The Maroon & Gold continued its torrid shooting in the second half, with a 60.7% effort while outscoring the Jaspers 46-29. Its 102 total points marked the second time this season the team reached triple-digits.