May 2011

Summer Collection Hours Begin 5/30; Expanded Plastics Recycling Begins June 1

May 27, 2011 - 20:00

Residents are reminded that for the summer months only, all garbage, recycling and bulk items must be placed at the curbside for pickup by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of collection. This policy is in effect between the dates of May 30 through September 5, 2011 (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

Additionally, beginning June 1, plastic containers PET coded 3-7 must be recycled along with containers PET coded 1 and 2, in accordance with Westchester County’s Source Separation Law. These include most plastic personal care and food packaging waste, such as medicine and shampoo bottles, and food and beverage containers. Also included are coded pails and buckets as well as
coded flower pots rinsed free of soil or other products no larger than 2 ½ gallons.

For further information please refer to the 2011 Refuse Collection Schedule or visit

Owner of New Rochelle Liquor Store Charged with Defrauding New York State of $380,000 in Sales Tax

May 27, 2011 - 17:37

ShoreRoadLiquorsWestchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox announced today that Steven Malkin (DOB 08/11/58) of 29 Chester Drive, Rye, New York was arrested and charged by Felony Complaint with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, a class “E” Felony,
  • two counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felonies,
  • one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

In addition, Old Tyme Wine & Spirits, Inc. located at 422 Pelham Avenue, in New Rochelle was charged by Felony Complaint with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony.

New Rochelle Dems Pick Slate for Upcoming CIty Council and Mayoral Race

May 27, 2011 - 14:10

The Democratic Party of New Rochelle held their nominating convention last night. As expected, Mayor Noam Bramson, Barry Fertel of District 5 and Jared Rice of District 3 are all running for re-election. Marianne Sussman will not run for re-election as Council Member for District 6. Instead Shari Rackman will run for the open seat. Former City Council Member Roberto Lopez will run in District 1 and "reluctant politician" Ivar Hyden will run for District 4. Hyden is known for his work as Chairman of the Municipal Arts Council.

The Democrats will not field a candidate for District 2 against Council Member Albert Tarantino. Under the Democrats redistricting plan almost all of the Republican leaning Election Districts have been placed in District 2 with the intent to giving the Democrats a 6-1 advantage on Council which will mean they can "bond" (i.e. borrow money) at will.

WVOX Talk of the Sound Radio Friday 11 AM: Peter Parente on New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade, Dems PIck Their Candidates

May 27, 2011 - 13:51

WVOXLogo.jpgTalk of the Sound Radio will back to its normal format starting today. We wil be on the 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. This week we have on Peter Parente of the United Veterans of New Rochelle to fill us in the upcoming Memorial Day Parade. Peter has taken this once sleepy event and turned it into one of the biggest parades in Westchester County. As always, Matthew will run down the Talk of the Sound Community Calendar.

SPECIAL TOPIC: New Rochelle’s Annual Memorial Day Parade: “We Remember” Salutes Vietnam Veterans

2011.05.27 - Matthew's Community Calendar Round-Up!

May 27, 2011 - 12:39


As always, a big memorial weekend in store for the residents of New Rochelle:

The NRPL always has a full calendar of events for kid’s and tomorrow is a case in point public library hosts Yoga Tots & Sing Your Heart Out – both kicking off at 10 am.

Then, Sunday, get ready to mingle at the Memorial Day Singles Party hosted by Single Gourmet out on the high seas of Westchester – board the boat for lunch, dinner, dancing, live music and so much more departing from the New Rochelle Marina at noon.

Next, help remember the honored military troops who have so graciously and heroically served this country with the New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade. We had Peter Parente, Marine and coordinator of this event, on as a guest and he said a lot of great things about it. Come claim your spot early, the parade kicks off at Memorial Plaza at 10 am.

Great & interesting items as we make our way into June as well –

Iona College to Host 57 Annual Convention of the College Theology Society

May 26, 2011 - 22:11

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (May 2011) Iona College will host the 57th Annual Convention of the College Theology Society (CTS), June 2-5. The theme will be “They Shall Be Called Children of God: Violence, Transformation and the Sacred.” This marks the first time that Iona will host this thought-provoking convention.

Founded in 1953 as a Roman Catholic organization, the CTS is comprised of more than 900 college and university theology professors throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. While maintaining its roots in the Roman Catholic tradition, the Society is increasingly ecumenical in its membership and concerns.

The convention will feature four plenary sessions and 57 break-out sessions organized by 22 topic areas in theology and religious studies. The plenary sessions, which will be presented by prominent theology professors, are:

Violence, Religious and Secular: Questioning the Categories
William Cavanaugh
Senior Research Professor
Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology
De Paul University, Illinois

God among the Ruins: Companion and Co-Sufferer
M. Shawn Copeland
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Boston College, Massachusetts

James T. Logan

Ivar Hyden Announces Bid for Democratic Nomination for City Council District 4

May 26, 2011 - 21:41

IvarHydenIvar Hyden announced today that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for city council in New Rochelle’s district 4. “I’ve lived in district 4 for over 16 years and have had a business in the downtown section of the district for over 20 years. I want to use my experience and knowledge of the issues to bring about positive change.

"We need independent thinking and a cooperative spirit to solve our city’s problems”, Hyden stated.

Hyden has been the chairman of the New Rochelle Municipal Art Commission for the past six years, and is on several other boards and committees including the Library’s Strategic Planning Committee.

“This city is unique in its geography, diversity of population, and proximity to New York City and has all of the ingredients needed to blossom again into the Queen City of the Sound. In this difficult economic climate, it is important that we pursue

As Occupants Flee, New Rochelle FIre Department Battles Smoky North End Blaze

May 26, 2011 - 02:40

The New Rochelle Fire Department spent the better of the the early evening today battling a devastating fire at a single-family home at 1 Elizabeth Road in the North End of New Rochelle. The fire began in the kitchen but soon spread out and up the back of the house engulfing the entire rear of the house in flames.