May 2011

Dust Off Your Picnic Baskets For New Rochelle's Wildcliff 'Open Air' Performances Opening May 14th

May 04, 2011 - 20:39

Yaz Julie2Wildcliff's season opener takes you on a musical journey featuring the YAZ Band and vocalist Julie Hall.

New Rochelle's Wildcliff 'open air' performance series kicks-off Saturday, May 14th at 5pm. Featuring the YAZ Band with vocalist Julie Hall. A dynamic mix of jazz, funk, blues and R&B explored by musicians Yaz Takagi (Sax), Eric Smith (Keyboards), Robb Roberts (Bass) and Tomo Kanno (Drums).

Lounge with us on a grassy knoll with friends, open air, gazing out over Wildcliff's spectacular vista of the Long Island Sound...around you actors breathe life into characters, musicians find their groove, and dancers reach for
the stars. All in New Rochelle.

Be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy an afternoon of lively musical entertainment presented by Incoming Tide Entertainment.

A Financial Analyst’s View of the New Rochelle School System - Part 1

May 04, 2011 - 18:18

NRBOEBudgetMtg1I first got involved with the New Rochelle school budget when the administration proposed cutting busing to out-of-district private schools in an effort to save money. I was surprised by the need to cut services, when for nine years my wife and I had faithfully voted for tax increases to support a vibrant school system that should never, in our minds, be wanting for funds. While we currently have no children in the public school system, our long term plan has always been for them to attend the high school. So we had “skin in the game” in a number of ways: our desire to live in a great community with thriving schools; our understanding that a weakened school system would drive down property values and lead to flight out of the city; and our longer term intention to take advantage of the fantastic programs at the New Rochelle High School (they have a radio station and a planetarium!).

Robert Cox Officially Launches Campaign for New Rochelle Board of Education

May 03, 2011 - 20:51

Cox PalmCard English OneSheet 200As readers have noticed, the web site has been relatively inactive for the past couple of days as I have been devoting time to organizing my campaign for the New Rochelle Board of Education. The election is May 17th, just 2 weeks from today!

Tonight is the first event of this very brief campaign, a forum where all six candidates running for school board in New Rochelle have been invited: Robert Cox, Naomi Brickell, Rachel Relkin, Peter O'Keeffe, Dr. Salvador A. Fernandez, Colin J. Thomas. The event is being hosted by the End Civic Association at Halligan Hall at Holy Name Church. There will be three additional scheduled candidates forum’s, one sponsored by The League of Women Voters on May 9th at 7:00 p.m., one by the PTA on May 11th at 7:00 p.m. at New Rochelle High School and one by WVOX, 1460 AM on May 13, from 11 a.m. until noon where callers will ask questions on a live broadcast.

There has been so much excitement getting ready for the campaign, I forgot to announce that the district held the drawing last Thursday for poll position on the voting machine ballot and we managed to get the first spot on the ballot! I hope that is a sign of things to come!


The campaign will be holding its only fundraiser this Saturday night at the American Legion Hall, Post 8 at 112 North Avenue from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Of course this is a spontaneous event given the nature of the short campaign so we really need your help to spread the word: please email and call your friends today. This is not your typical fundraiser. We want everyone to have a good time, raise some money for a good cause (electing me to the school board!) and build excitement for brining real change to the New Rochelle Board of Education. We've got 100 tickets available at $40 per ticket for which you get ice-cold soda, beer, wine, delicious food provided by AJ's Burgers and great entertainment -- DJ Carlos Sanchez, Keyboardist Matthew Pryce and the always rockin' A to Z Band playing your favorite cover tunes -- this is going to be a fun event. It is the first time ever that Talk of the Sound readers will have an impromptu gathering in one place. I am curious myself as to who will be there. Any excess funds in the campaign will go directly to the victory party the night of May 17th.

Folks have been buying tickets before we even announced so hurry up, RSVP now via email at [email protected] or call me directly at 914-500-8386 and I will put you on the guest list. We will give you instructions on payment options -- check via the mail, check or cash in person either before or at the door or online via credit card or PayPal.

UPDATE: Some folks have been asking about whether this is a kid-friendly event. Yes. I am bringing my two younger kids but would figure my wife will want to run them home about 8:30 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. The rock band will be coming on about then so it is likely to be a bit loud for younger kids at which point it would be more of an adult event but to each their own. Everyone is welcome!


As for the hard work over the past few days, the hardest part has been crafting the message of the campaign and getting that message into the "palm cards", both English and Spanish. That was accomplished over the weekend and fine tuned until today, they went to the printers this morning and we should be ready in time for the weekend. As a Talk of the Sound reader, you get to have a sneak preview right here (feel free to email this article around to your friends and family!).

Click "read more" to see the new palm cards.

VOLUNTEER for the Robert Cox for New Rochelle Board of Education Campaign

May 03, 2011 - 20:51

This is a short campaign with a lot to do and every little bit helps. You can call me directly at 914-500-8386 or email at [email protected] but for specific items it will be quicker for you to contact the appropriate campaign team leader:

1. Host a Lawn Sign or Window Sign: If you are interested in spreading the word please contact Greg Pryce at [email protected]

2. Absentee Ballots: If you need an absentee ballot or want to help put absentee ballots into the hands of voters who will be out of town on May 17 or senior citizen voters who cannot make it to the polls on election day please contact John D'Alois at [email protected]

3. Phone Bank: We want to make phone calls to registered voters the week before the election. We need English and Spanish speaking volunteers. If you are interested please contact TBD at [email protected]

4. Election Day Poll Watchers: We need to have two people for each of the 12 polling places (the 10 public schools plus Holy Name and MLK Center at 95 Lincoln and 570 Fifth Avenue). If you are interested please contact Mickey Boyle at [email protected]

WVOX'S "Metal Mayhem" To Interview Indestructible Noise Command Live This Friday!

May 03, 2011 - 14:51

WVOX'S "Metal Mayhem" to feature Indestructible Noise Command's Founder and guitarist - Erik Barath - live this Friday, May 6th at 8:10pm on 1460 am and worldwide on

In 1985, Connecticut’s Erik Barath and Dennis Gergely birthed I.N.C. out of the frustration and annoyance arisen by the cookie-cutter bands plastering videos on the sole cable station to bring music alive and deliver it to the masses, MTV. This hunger to create more than the norm was what harnessed Erik and Dennis’ energy to form Indestructible Noise Command.

“We were angry and wild,” states guitarist Erik Barath. “[That music] didn’t represent what we were feeling. Aggressive Thrash Metal was our outlet and our truth."

The still relatively new Indestructible Noise Command crew recorded a demo tape in 1986 and immediately started booking bigger shows, appearing on stage with the likes of Exodus, Megadeth and King Diamond. Less than a year later and only six months after their high school graduation, I.N.C. were signed to Giant Records to begin work on their first full length album, Razorback, which was released in 1987.

Westchester Republican Legislators Propose "Protest Law"

May 02, 2011 - 16:49


Westchester Republican Legislators Propose "Protest Law"

Legislator Sheila Marcotte has been joined by fellow Republican Legislators, John Testa, Jim Maisano, Gordon Burrows and Bernice Spreckman in proposing legislation that would prevent the disruption of funeral services by protesters. The primary purpose of the law which Marcotte submitted on April 9, 2011 is to protect the privacy of grieving families of soldiers, police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty. In recent years some small radical groups have exploited the deaths of American servicemen and used their funerals as a backdrop to spew messages of hatred and anti-americanism.

Regardless of how cruel and loathsome the rhetoric of these fringe groups may be, Legislator Marcotte recognizes that their speech is protected under the first amendment. This legislation accommodates the rights of protesters outside a perimeter of 500 feet, up to one hour prior to the start of a funeral or memorial service and one hour after the completion of the service.