May 2011

Read this fun article about Don McLean and New Rochelle - From County Leg Maisano

May 18, 2011 - 21:50

Searching for a piece of “American Pie” in New Rochelle

By Mark Lungariello – New Rochelle Sound Report – May 12, 2011

Even those of us that aren’t fans know the chorus: “Bye-bye, Miss American pie / Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry / Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye / Singing ‘this’ll be the day that I die.’”

But what exactly it means is anyone’s guess.

Music geeks have been trying to decipher the lyrics of the song “American Pie” for years. And as legend has it, the Rosetta Stone to understanding the song is the City of New Rochelle itself.

Don McLean, the artist who released the iconic tune back in 1971, grew up in New Ro – and many believe the lyrical narrative of the song is set right here on the Sound Shore.

WVOX'S Metal Mayhem To Interview New York's Own Carnival Of Souls This Friday!

May 18, 2011 - 14:48

Carnival Of Souls To Guest on WVOX'S Metal Mayhem This Friday!

New York metal band Carnival Of Souls will be Matt O'Shaughnessy live guests this Friday at 8:10pm on 1460 am and worldwide.

Carnival of Souls was founded in the early 2000's by bassist, Gene Hunter and vocalist, Dee (Damien) Hunter. They then added guitarist Rob "the Machine" DeForge who they knew from other bands, and lead vocalist, Lee Cancela. Closing out the circuit on drums was Ron Hunter.

COS went big from the start and began playing packed out shows in local theaters and clubs on the Island and around the tri-state area.
Pretty soon Carnival of Souls found themselves touring and opening up for such well known bands as: Twisted Sister, Queensryche, Motorhead, and Anthrax. Vocalist, Dee recalls her fondest memory being at a special jam show in California. At this event many different members of bands came together just to rock out. Carnival of Souls opened the show, and some of the more famous musicians watched them and complimented on how much they enjoyed the show.

Fans can call into the show at 914-636-0110.

A Financial Analyst’s View of New Rochelle - The Last Word

May 16, 2011 - 19:14

When I first started paying attention to matters of the school board back in March, I was shocked with what I had found: out-of-control spending, a broken budgeting process, and a seemingly disengaged Board of Education. As I dug into the school’s finances, I turned up more and more disturbing information. For example, the sum of the Principal’s salaries in Appendix C don’t match the budget line item on page 42 (Section 2020.150). The over-budgeting in that line could fund 2-3 more teaching positions alone! To hear the whole sordid tale, read my full account in the following links:

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

A Financial Analyst’s View of the New Rochelle School System - Part 2

A Financial Analyst’s View of the New Rochelle School System - Part 3

A Financial Analyst’s View of the New Rochelle School System - Part 4

A Financial Analyst’s View of the New Rochelle School System - Part 5

Adam D. Egelberg, CFA

Godspell – Terrific Night at St. Gabriel’s in New Rochelle

May 16, 2011 - 15:53

When I became a County Legislator, a former legislator once told me, "You don't always have to hit home runs - singles and doubles are important too." Last night, I thought I hit a single, but later learned I really had an extra base hit!

Last year, I was approached by friends from the New Rochelle Arts Council. They mentioned that St. Gabriel's Church in New Rochelle, a mostly Hispanic Church, was trying to put on a Spanish language version of the great play Godspell, but was having trouble with funding. The roadblock was paying for royalty rights. My friends at the Arts Council did not have the funding available to help them, and asked if I or the county could help.

Guess what my favorite play is? Yes, Godspell! My family loves to listen to the soundtrack, and I have enjoyed the play about ten times. It is such a positive presentation of my religious faith. I immediately said YES. St. Gabriel's was so excited about this play, and it just had to happen. It was also important for city and county officials to step in and recognize that New Rochelle's growing Hispanic community is part of the artistic culture of our city.