May 2011

Change of Heart: City School District of New Rochelle Decides to Reinstate Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

May 26, 2011 - 01:32

After communicating to the public the elimination of the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources position as a cost saving measure, it appears that the City School District had concurrently placed an add to fill the eliminated position. The add can be found on the educational job posting website It reads as follows:

ESPN Hosts ESPY Prom for World Class Athletes at Salesian High School in New Rochelle: Serena Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Others

May 25, 2011 - 21:18

Espy1ESPN Sports Network has taken over the new gymnasium at Salesian High School and turned into an "ESPY Prom" for star athletes including tennis star Serena Williams, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, Green Bay Packers pass rusher Clay Matthews and sexy Olympic downhill racer Lindsey Vonn.
The shoot is to promote the 2011 ESPY Awards. Nominees will be officially announced next month. The 19th annual ESPY Awards ceremony will air live on ESPN from Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9 p.m. ET. An ESPY Award, short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award. It is an accolade presented by ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. The first ESPYs were awarded in 1993. The ESPYs are hosted by a contemporary celebrity; the style, though, is more relaxed, light, and self-referential than that of many other awards shows like the Grammys and Oscares, with comedic sketches usually included.

Also on hand for the shoot today at Salesian is John Wall of the NBA's Washington Wizards, B.J. Raji of the Green Bay Packers, Kevin Love of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. Scheduled but not available today was the New York Yankees First Baseman Mark Texiera. Saturday Night Live Weekend Anchor Seth Meyers who will host the annual summer event was also on hand.

WVOX'S Metal Mayhem Salutes Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax Yankee Stadium Concert!

May 25, 2011 - 20:33

WVOX’S “Metal Mayhem” Show in New York To Present “THE BIG 4″ Live Block This Friday!

In honor of the “The Big 4″ concerts featuring Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth, WVOX’s "Metal Mayhem" will air it’s “Big 4 Live Block” saluting each band with tracks from each group every Friday between 6-7pm exclusively on 1460 am and worldwide.

The monumental New York area date for “The Big 4″ is September 14th at Yankee Stadium.
Fans can call into the show at 914-636-0110 and request their favorite “Big 4 Live Block”.

This is an awesome way the listeners and fans can be a part of our salute to The Big 4″ by just picking up the phone and requesting their favorite Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth or Anthrax song!” says host Matt O’Shaughnessy of WVOX.

What You Missed While I Was Running For New Rochelle Board of Education

May 25, 2011 - 19:35

I have spent the past couple of days getting caught up, posting older articles, clearing the backlog in my email inbox and otherwise refocusing on Talk of the Sound. Here are a few items of note that did not get covered due to my time spent on the campaign.

The Westchester County District Attorney postponed the Grand Jury hearing scheduled for May 10th. The DA plans to reschedule another hearing for early June with an entirely new Grand Jury panel.

New Rochelle Fire Commissioner Raymond “Doc” Kiernan Announces Retirement After 45 Years

New Rochelle City Councilman Selected as Rising Stars 2011 Albany's Next Generation of Political Leaders by The Capitol News

New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Offers Extended Hours

New Rochelle Appoints New Tax Assessor to Replace Chip Perone

May 25, 2011 - 18:44

City Manger Charles B. Strome and Finance Commissioner Howard Rattner announce the appointment of Dan Whittemore as City Assessor, effective May 2, 2011. He will assume the position of Louis “Chip” Perone who is retiring.

Mr. Whittemore has over 25 years experience in the assessment field, serving most recently as the Deputy Assessor for the Town of Greenburg. Under NYS Real Property Tax Law, Mr. Whittemore will fill Mr. Perone’s unexpired term from May 1, 2011 to September 30, 2013.

Iona Prep President Comments on Bankruptcy Filing of Christian Brothers Institute

May 25, 2011 - 18:38

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Bro. Thomas R. Leto Iona Prep President

On Saturday, April 30th, The Journal News of Westchester County had a story relating that the Christian Brothers Institute has filed for Chapter 11 protection and reorganization with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. As a separately incorporated entity Iona Preparatory School is neither involved in nor affected by this filing. There will be no short or long-term consequences on the viability and continuity of our school, or on the quality of education that is the hallmark of Iona Prep. Students, parents, faculty and our entire community can be confident that Iona Prep will continue its long-standing tradition of providing the highest quality education that challenges our young men in an environment and culture based on our Catholic faith, the Gospel of Jesus and the traditions of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers.

Dick Cavett to Emcee Iona College’s 50th Trustee Award Dinner, April 29

May 25, 2011 - 18:30

HynesLiguoriNew Rochelle, NY (April 2011) Dick Cavett, Emmy Award winner, television personality and writer, will be master of ceremonies at Iona College’s Trustee Award Dinner, Friday, April 29 at The Waldorf Astoria, New York City.

The event will honor Brother James A. Liguori, CFC, EdD, who will be ending his 17th and final year as Iona College’s seventh President, in recognition of his contributions in raising the college’s stature.

“Brother Liguori has left an indelible mark at Iona College. His legacy is evident everywhere on the campus,” said James P. Hynes, Chair of Iona’s Board of Trustees. He added: “Under his leadership, Iona was transformed from a commuter school to a prestigious, nationally-recognized, mid-sized college and a vital neighbor in the New Rochelle community.”

New Rochelle Fire Commissioner Raymond “Doc” Kiernan Announces Retirement After 45 Years

May 25, 2011 - 17:59

Kiernan RetireFire Commissioner Raymond “Doc” Kiernan today announced his retirement from the New Rochelle Fire Department. Commissioner Kiernan has served the City for 45 years. His retirement becomes effective July 30, 2011.

“I certainly had a very rewarding career,” said Commissioner Kiernan. “It was an honor to be head of the New Rochelle Fire Department for so long, and I look forward to new blood carrying it into the future.”

“Words cannot express the impact of the Commissioner’s decades of service to the city,” said City Manager Charles B. Strome, III. “Doc will be severely missed by everyone who lives and works in New Rochelle. He truly is a public servant, who insured public safety for a long period of time.”

Strome indicated that no successor has been named as yet, and that the City would be conducting an extensive evaluation and search in the months to come.

New Rochelle Jazz Festival Begins to Set Dates for Summer 2011

May 25, 2011 - 17:33

The New Rochelle Jazz Festival "Jazz in July" is gearing up for beautiful downtown New Rochelle/

The events will showcase local talent with a French Connection, Malo Mazurie from France. Kick off parties in local restaurants surrounding the "Green" will occur on July 8. Day and evening concerts will take place on July 9-10 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the "Library Green" and on July 11 at Chase Park in Scarsdale.

Featured artists include: Bob Baldwin, Gil Paris, Brian Carter, and Many more.

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Isaac E. Young Principal Anthony Bongo Hooded at Columbia University Ceremony; Claims "Doctor" Title Prematurely

May 25, 2011 - 17:23

DrBongo1Isaac E. Young Principal Anthony Bongo was granted permission to walk in the graduation ceremony last week at Columbia University Teachers College, subject to completion of all requirements. It is typical that doctoral candidates who are waiting a final read of their dissertation but have completed all their course work and reached the final stages on their dissertation are allowed to go through the ceremony. Bongo has been enrolled in the Organization and Leadership program, a sort of "executive" doctoral program since 1996.

New Rochelle Principal Anthony Bongo's Illustrious Academic Career; Twenty Three Years of Study Towards Two Degrees