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April 2011

New Rochelle Veteran James Murphy Recalls Restoring World War I Plaque to Place of Honor in City Hall

April 12, 2011 - 17:57

WWI Plaque1Long-time New Rochelle resident and veteran James Murphy recalls with pride the day the City of New Rochelle restored to a place of honor a forgotten part of New Rochelle's role in The Great War, a commemorative plaque now installed in the City Hall main entrance. The plaque was a gift to the City from grateful American soldiers, many of whom never returned from war.

According to the official history of Fort Slocum, during World War I, between December 10th and 20th 1917, the City of New Rochelle was deluged with young men seeking to enlist to fight in the Great War in Europe. Fort Slocum on David's Island in New Rochelle was "designated as the recruit examining and reception point for for all of New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When the army announced that no volunteer enlistments would be accepted for the army after December 15th, 1917", a flood of prospective inductees descended on New Rochelle. Thousands of men, told to pack light, suffered bitter cold weather with no place to stay and no way to get to David's Island.

This is the story of how New Rochelleans rallied to support these men, averting a catastrophe, and how those men, in turn, thanked New Rochelle by presenting a bronze commemorative plaque which reads:

This tablet is erected by the volunteers of the National Army in grateful appreciation of the kindly welcome and hospitality extended by the people of New Rochelle from December 10th to 20th, 1917. Coming in such numbers that the Recruiting station at Fort Slocum could not provide accommodation for them, these thousands of men found food and shelter in the homes and public buildings of the city while awaiting reception into the service of the nation.

The plaque was originally installed at the New Rochelle Public Library in 1919. When the library was closed the plaque was put into storage. Through the efforts of Murphy and former New Rochelle Mayor Len Paduano this bit of New Rochelle history was given back to the people of New Rochelle.

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Look Out Wayne Gretzky, Youth Hockey Star Scores 70 Goals in a Season, Wins Tournament Championship on Overtime Goal

April 12, 2011 - 17:20

HockeyYouth hockey star Michael Carducci scored an amazing seventy goals this season playing for the Larchmont Mamaroneck Travel Hockey Team, capping off his run with a spectacular performance in the teams' final game in Massachusetts.

Carducci is the grandson of Brian Collins, New Rochelle resident, former security official in the New Rochelle school system and retired Major League Baseball scout. Collins beams with pride as he talks about this grandson's incredible hockey season.

"In a league where top players score several goals during a season, 70 goals is quite a feat," said Collins.

The Larchmont Mamaroneck Travel won this year's Marlboro Tournament in Massachusetts with Carducci scoring 4 of the team's five goals in the championship game, including an overtime goal to win the final game and along with the Championship.

The team record was 32-10-2, going 22-2 in league play. The team finished the season in second place behind the Brooklyn Sharks (23-1).

Ajkun Ballet Theatre presents Don Quixote This Weekend at New Rochelle High School Theater

April 12, 2011 - 14:31

AjkunBT Quixote2Ajkun Ballet Theatre presents Don Quixote Friday, April 15, 2011 through Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the The Whiteny Theater at New Rochelle High School located at 265 Clove Road; New Rochelle, NY.

Buy Tickets online. General Admission seating, you choose your seats when you get to the theater.

By far the most successful ballet choreographed after Cervantes' story, Don Quixote is a magnificent spectacle of dancers’ athleticism suffused with an infectious passion for life. A joyous celebration of love and laughter!

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 7:00PM
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 2:00pm

(no intermission)

Internationally-Acclaimed Metal Band "Accept" Interviewed This Friday On WVOX's "Metal Mayhem"

April 12, 2011 - 13:38

Internationally - acclaimed "Accept" To Guest On WVOX's "Metal Mayhem" This Friday 9pm!

Hot on the heels of their latest sonic masterpiece - "Blood Of The Nations" - international mega-group Accept will be featured by Matt O'Shaughnessy on WVOX'S "Metal Mayhem" in New York on 1460 am and worldwide on wvox.com.

The band will talk about what's in-store for fans at Accept's big show at New York City's Best Buy Theater on April 16th...and their current headlining North American Tour ...and also their nomination at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards and much more.

"Blood Of The Nations" has been top three in the official WVOX top ten list since its release! The band that is well known for such headbanging songs as "Balls To The Wall", "Restless and Wild", Fast As A Shark and "Blood Of The Nations" will be on WVOX this friday at 9pm est time. 1460 am and wvox.com!

Independent New Rochelle Citizen's Group: City Council's Redistricting Plan Ignores Demographic Changes,Enshrines Inadequacies

April 12, 2011 - 10:46
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New Rochelle, NY, April 11, 2011 - The New Rochelle City Council's just-released 2011 redistricting plan is "all wrong, from the get-go" stated Concerned New Rochelle Citizens' Redistricting Committee (CNRCRC) chairman Mark McLean. After seeing the council's map and the Mayor's published statements in local media, the leader claimed that the entire document "ignores demographic changes, enshrines past inadequacies" following the release of the latest US Census data foe 2011.

After a panel of CNRCRC members studied the council's own approved map and policy statements issued from Mayor Noam Bramson's office, the ad hoc, independent group announced its opinion and offered delivery of its own outline of the six New Rochelle councilmanic districts within a week. McLean stated, "This map is incorrect and insufficient on numerous grounds; the published boundaries are: illogical, ignore population realities and not contiguous. Most important, they deprive minority interests of the rights enshrined in the United States Constitution's First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, the 1973 Voting Rights Act as confirmed in the 2003 decision and consent decree of the US District Court."

County Democrats Seek to Repeal Voter Rights

April 12, 2011 - 05:54

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2011

CONTACT: Jim Maisano (914) 469-5486

County Democrats Seek to Repeal Voter Rights

Last week, County Legislator John Nonna proposed legislation that would repeal section 209.161 of the Westchester County Charter, which would eliminate the requirement that certain amendments to the Charter be approved by a mandatory referendum by the voters of Westchester County. Legislator Nonna’s proposal would deny the people of Westchester County a vote in the following fundamental changes to our Charter:

1. create or eliminate an elective office.

2. change the fundamental powers of voting or veto of an elected position.

3. change the method to remove an officeholder.

4. change the form of the county government or create a new form of county government.

With Spring in the Air, New Rochelle School System Fills Courts, Jails and Prisons from New York to Ohio

April 12, 2011 - 01:16
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NewRochelleYearbookIt's getting so you need a scorecard this Spring to keep track of all of the criminal proceedings involving New Rochelle school district students and employees. See if you can match the mug shot with the criminal case against these former students, administrators and buildings and grounds employees. Extra points if you can name the crime! In the past month, New Rochelle managed a murder conviction, child rape, attempted armed robbery and an old chestnut for the Huguenots, the classic "no show job" conviction. Way to go, purple!

And faster than you can say "Mary Kay Laterno", we are going to have more fun and games to come. You are going to want to sharpen those pencils as New Rochelle gets ready to play "staff having sex with students" bingo, with your host, Richard Organisciak. Coming soon to a web site near you!

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