April 2011

New Rochelle Middle School Student Suspended for Distributing Marijuana-Laced Brownies

April 16, 2011 - 16:21

PotBrowniesA student at Albert Leonard Middle School received a 5-day suspension earlier this week for distributing brownies laced with marijuana. Several students reported feeling sick after eating the "pot brownies".

The incident was widely discussed among students at Albert Leonard Middle School. Several students who say they know the student, an 8th grade female, tell Talk of the Sound that the student's older sister was recently disciplined for a drug-related incident at New Rochelle High School.

One City School District of New Rochelle employee, who asked not to be identified, told Talk of the Sound the student may have been selling the brownies and that some student knew they were ingesting brownies laced with marijuana.

UPDATE: A reader sent the following note:

Martinez Bail Reduction Denied in White Plains, Waives Appearance in New Rochelle

April 16, 2011 - 00:21

JoseMartinezAlleged child molester Jose Martinez, former administrator in the New Rochelle Public school system, waived his right to appear in New Rochelle City Court. His next appearance date was set for May 12th. An application for a bail reduction was denied. Martinez remains locked up in Westchester County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Talk of the Sound has led the way on coverage of the Jose Martinez case. We were the first to report on his abrupt resignation, his disappearance and his subsequent arrest. Keep reading Talk of the Sound to get the inside story on New Rochelle.

Latest on Jose Martinez case

El voto es poder. El poder está en su voto.

April 15, 2011 - 14:36

Desde ahora y hasta noviembre de 2011, se le solicitará por muchas personas en New Rochelle a votar por ellos para el Concejo Municipal o para el Alcalde de New Rochelle. Por favor, pregúntese si cualquiera de estos funcionarios electos que presumiblemente le representó en los últimos cuatro años le ayudó de alguna manera?
¿Es cierto que cortejó agresivamente sólo en tiempos de elecciones y que ignora el resto del año? Hay muchos temas que son importantes para nosotros como por ejemplo empujar la legislación de inmigración, vivienda asequible, seguro de salud a bajo costo, los recursos equitativos para los niños en nuestras escuelas públicas, etc, pero todos sabemos que ninguno de nuestros funcionarios locales han hecho poco para comunicarse con los latinos. ¿Puede recordar la última vez que el alcalde Bramson visitó nuestro barrio? O más aún, ¿ha visitado alguna vez un restaurante de comida mexicana o hizo compras en Union Avenue?

New Rochelle Board of Education Adopts $231 Million Budget with Project Tax Increase of 4.5%

April 15, 2011 - 14:17

The New Rochelle Board of Education voted last night to adopt a 2012-12 proposed budget of $230,872,398 with an estimated tax increase of about 4.5%. The budget represents a 2.66% increase from last year's budget.

Funding for non-mandated out-of-district busing for private and parochial students was partially restored and there will be fewer teacher layoffs than initially announced. The transportation budget was cut by $750,000 down from the original projected cut of about $1.9mm.

Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak said 35 employees may be laid off down from 100 in the initial proposed budget due to 46 retirements and resignations, an increase in state aid and the employee union foregoing a wage increase in the first year of the new 3-year contract which will be made up on the back end of the contract with subsequent increases of 2.1% and 2.6%.

There will be a purported salary freeze for Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Assistant Superintendents.

WVOX Talk of the Sound Radio Friday 11 AM: School Budget, Redistricting, Criminals in New Rochelle Schools

April 15, 2011 - 14:00

WVOXLogo.jpgTalk of the Sound Radio will air Friday from 11am to 12pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox along with Talk of the Sound Editor Matthew Pryce.


This Friday, Talk of the Sound Radio will review of some of the top stories on Talk of the Sound from the previous week. We will have our newsmaker interview. Matthew will run down the Talk of the Sound Community Calendar.

Stories we will be discussing today include:

2011.04.15 - Matthew's Community Calendar Round-Up!

April 15, 2011 - 12:51


As always, New Rochelle is resplendent with amazing events to fill your weekend!

Beechmont Tavern presents the musical stylings of Jefferson Thomas at 10:00 PM


Kevin Haden performs live at the Beanberry Café and Frozen Yogurt Bar

And Dudley’s Parkview Restaurant presents perennial favorite: The Sundown Band


3:00 - 15 year old pianist Phuong Nghi Pham will perform a program of classical music by Max Reger, Lizst and Beethoven at the Ossie Davis Theatre

And if you want to get in on the action yourself, CJ Cullen’s Tavern Hosts an open jam every Sunday at 8:30

During the week:

The New Rochelle Public Library is presenting a new feature with something for everybody on, each starting at 1:00

Monday - film: Earth

Tuesday - performance for children: Butterfly Boogie

Wednesday – film: Oceans

Thursday - Comedian Will Shaw

Funeral Service for '07 New Rochelle High School Alum Evan Scott Chassen in Mount Vernon, NY

April 14, 2011 - 21:43

There will be a funeral service at the Riverside Memorial Chapel located at 21 West Broad Street in Mount Vernon, NY on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Further details here.

Evan Chassen, 22, died yesterday. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2007.

Tamara's 143 life

7-9 years of age - I liked a boy named Evan Chassen who went to my school, we had kissed also.

TONIGHT: Special Meeting of the Board of Education to Approve Final 2011-12 School Budget

April 14, 2011 - 20:15

The Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting tonight to approve the Final 2011-12 School Budget. The meeting will be held at the New Rochelle High School Library located at 265 Clove Road.

The Board anticipates making a motion to go immediately into Executive Session at 6:00 PM to discuss the employment history of particular persons and collective negotiations. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the Board anticipates making a motion to reconvene the Public Session of the meeting in the library.

7:00 P.M. Special Meeting [Public Session] Library

In short, the board will be meet to discuss the F.U.S.E. proposed settlement then come out to vote on the final budget which will be the basis for the referendum for the tax levy vote in May.