July 2011

Grand Central Terminal Will Host 14th Annual Teen Master' Bowling Championship

July 31, 2011 - 20:17

TeenMastersGCT(New York, NY) -- For the first time ever, Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall will be transformed into a bowling alley on August 3rd and 4th, hosting the national 14th Annual Teen Masters’ Bowling Championship. Eight teenage boys and girls will compete in the championships – a series of matches over two days at Grand Central. The tournament winner receives a college scholarship equal to the national average cost of four years of tuition - $64,000.

The two-day Teen Masters’ championships will feature nine matches in Vanderbilt Hall, which are free and open to the public.

Finals begin at 2 p.m on August 3rd. The Grand Championship Match begins at 7 p.m. on August 4th. The event is free; no tickets required.

Westchester County Police Arrest Eight on DWI Charges

July 31, 2011 - 19:40

Westchester County Police arrested eight persons on DWI charges early this morning while conducting roving DWI patrols and fixed sobriety checkpoints. Six motorists were charged with Driving While Intoxicated and two were charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. One of the checkpoints was located at Webster Avenue in New Rochelle.

“Too often in Westchester we have seen the deadly consequences that result when people drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Every DWI arrest made by our officers is a potential tragedy averted,” said Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O’Leary.

Arrested on DWI charges were:

  • David Lowe, 51, of Rochelle Terrace, New Rochelle, was charged at 12:41 a.m. with Aggravated DWI, a felony, at a sobriety checkpoint on the northbound Bronx River Parkway at Oak Street in Yonkers. The charge is a felony due to a prior DWI conviction.
  • Roshan Mohamed Badureen, 38, of Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains, was arrested at 12:50 a.m. on a misdemeanor DWI charge following a traffic stop on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway at Wilmot Road in Scarsdale.

A Heartfelt Plea to Public Relations Professionals: Please Stop Sending Out Microsoft Word Email Attachments as Press Releases!

July 31, 2011 - 18:56

Dear Public Relations Professional,
You sit down at your computer to draft a press release. You call up a Microsoft Word template or re-use a previous release that has a pre-formatted header. You write up the copy, add a catchy headline, save the file, attach it to an email and send to your list of the media outlets that cover your organization. That's a very common and very comfortable work flow for most PR professionals based on the numbers of press releases I receive each day.
Let me share how that approach works on my end.

New Rochelle Police Respond to Stabbing in Downtown New Rochelle

July 31, 2011 - 02:16


New Rochelle Police responded to a stabbing in downtown New Rochelle tonight. The victim was stabbed several blocks his way but managed to get to North Avenue near Petland Discounts where police responded. The man was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center. Police on the scene said the man appeared to be in stable condition.

WVOX Talk of the Sound Radio Friday 11 AM: Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard

July 31, 2011 - 00:09

WVOXLogo.jpgTalk of the Sound Radio will 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 discuss the Talk of the Sound Series "Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard", the tale of a travesty of justice visited upon one New Rochelle woman by the New Rochelle police department, the New Rochelle City Court and the Westchester County District Attorney's office.
Your calls make the show so please do your homework, read the article, get prepared then call the Studio line at 914-636-0110. Listen on 1460 AM or WVIP HD-2 or on the web at We know what we think. We want to know what you think!

You can listen to Talk of the Sound live on WVOX 1460 AM, WVIP HD 2, streamed over, and the WVOX or WVIP iPhone Apps.

Lighted Boat Parade Showcases Long Island Sound, Boating Community

July 31, 2011 - 00:07

Join the boating community on Saturday, July 30th from 8:00-9:30 pm for a “Lighted Boat Parade” in celebration of the City of New Rochelle’s beautiful waterfront and public parks. Vessels will parade all along the City’s shoreline, with public viewing in Hudson and Neptune Parks.

The parade will begin at the New Rochelle Municipal Marina and travel west past Hudson Park, ending at Glen Island.

Another Alleged Sexual Assault by Another New Rochelle Schools Employee; Victim Related to Senior Government Official

July 30, 2011 - 15:22

Anthony Newman, a glazier in the Buildings and Grounds Department of the City School District of New Rochelle, has been suspended for 30 days, with pay, pending a hearing on allegations that he sexually assaulted a female staffer working for the New Rochelle Board of Education at City Hall. Newman has been sexually harassing women working for the school district for years, sources say. The victim is a close relative of a senior government official in the New Rochelle City government.

Two weeks ago, Newman allegedly approached the victim and grabbed her breasts. This followed a previous incident where Newman engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with the victim and made sexually suggestive comments. Since the recent complaint, two other woman have come forward with additional complaints. Two letters have been submitted to Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak detailing the incident. There were two witnesses to the assault.

A phone message left at Newman's residence in Mount Vernon, NY was not returned.

Changes Ahead for New Rochelle

July 30, 2011 - 02:46

A Senior Building, Utility Potholes, and the Possibility of a Forensic Audit

New Rochelle City Council addressed utility potholes, possibly changing one senior building to a taxable status, and the recent indictments. These items on the July agenda will be taken up at future meetings.
The 35 Maple Avenue Senior Citizen housing building, over 30 years old, needs renovation according to the Mountco Company. They plan to put new bathrooms and kitchens in all l09 units. In the process this senior building will be changed to a taxable building with HUD Section 8 subsidies for tenants where eligible tenants will pay 30% of their income for rent. John Madeo, Vice President of Mountco said there is a contract for his company to acquire the property. He gave assurances that none of the present tenants will be relocated. Mayor Noam Bramson made note that several payments will be made to the city, such as the $60,000 for improvements to the Maple Avenue Parking lot. One tenant, George Imburgia, said he would like to know if this will result in higher rents and if so, he does not support this change. Another resident said that the expansion of the community room

2011.07.29 - Matthew's Community Calendar Round-Up!

July 29, 2011 - 12:25


As always lots of great events happening in New Rochelle –

Tonight at 7, Forget dancing with the stars, you’ll be dancing to the beat of Indi as Rangoli Indian Restaurant presents Bollywood Bellydance Night!

Then at 8, the Ursuline School and the Hope for Change Foundation draw the curtain on Godspell. Running through Sunday, all proceeds from the performances go to benefit breast cancer research.

Tomorrow –

Incoming Tide Entertainment and Wildcliff present the Carras Paton Band at 6 PM

Stick around by the water for the annual New Rochelle lighted boat parade shoving off from the marina at 8 pm. Boats will sail along the New Rochelle shoreline, highlighting the scenic waterfront and public parks.

During the week –

The Board of Education and committee of the whole meets on Tuesday August 2nd at 7 PM –

Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard: Why Did Patrick Hickey Have So Much Pull?

July 28, 2011 - 22:37

In the criminal trial in November, 2009, it came out that Detective Jeff Wilson, the lead investigator on the case, worked for Patrick Hickey at Beckwith Pointe Beach Club & Tennis. The same Detective Wilson who showed up at Suzanne Ribando's house to threaten her, who ordered her arrested over the telephone based on a false claim that she banged on a fence, who was (twice) caught trying to videotape Ribando in her home just days before her criminal trial in 2009. The same Jeff Wilson who went running to the DA, time and time again, hoping to be told he had grounds to arrest Suzanne Ribando yet again, who told Hickey how he needed to make sure and bring a "witness" against Ribando, who repeatedly took false statements from Hickey. Once the financial and business relationship between Hickey and Wilson becomes clear, it highlights the obvious -- that the two of them colluded by concocting stories, reframing statements, making arrests and otherwise laying the groundwork to achieve Hickey's true aim -- drive Suzanne Ribando from her childhood home because she yelled at his kids for bouncing a ball off her fence.