As 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!
FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!
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.