July 2011

Check out photos from July 21 Beach Party Supporting County Leg. Maisano's Re-Election Campaign

July 28, 2011 - 20:07

Here is the Flickr link to check out the photos from last week's very fun and successful beach party at Dudley's for my re-election campaign:

Thanks to all those that attended the event or made a contribution.

I am very lucky to have such awesome supporters!

Jim Maisano
County Legislator
Minority Leader

Performing Live at Wildcliff - Saxophonist Carras Paton

Submitted by Incoming Tide on Thu, 07/28/2011 - 15:14

New Rochelle's Wildcliff open air concerts are a big hit with residents and guests from surrounding towns. At $10 per show, you're seated next to the Long Island Sound, with gentle breezes and shade. For comfort, its suggested that guests bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets.

This Saturday features a multi-talented saxophonist named Carras Paton. His style of jazz, funk and progressive music takes you through his own compositions and standards. Carras has played many local NYC jazz clubs, Iridium, Bitter End, Knitting Factory and the Catalina Grill in California.

He is accompanied by Lars Potteiger (Keyboard), Rob Mintzer (Drums), and Dmitry Ishenko (Bass).

Gates open at 5pm. Patrons of the following restaurants with receipts over $20 receive discount ticket of $5 (one per receipt only). Restaurants: BeachBar at Hudson Park, Alvin & Friends, Gnarly Vine, Rangoli Indian Cuisine.

New Rochelle Native to be Visiting Instructor at Duke University Continuing Education in Fall

July 28, 2011 - 03:56

Just got news my project's course was accepted at Duke University in the Fall. I will be a visiting instructor. The project focuses on a documentary we did on the historic Black Business District called Hayti in Durham.

In this research and fieldwork course, students will record oral histories and use archival material to produce a series of short documentaries about Durham’s Hayti neighborhood. Participants will create a multimedia portfolio and contribute to an ongoing project about Hayti’s history, as part of a collaborative community-based project sponsored by Triangle Media, Inc.
AIM: The Hayti the Heritage Lecture Series will
OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:
• Easily explain and create timelines of the historic Hayti Community milestones in its nationwide recognition of a sophisticated U.S. Black Business district.
• Easily explain and create written documents to indicate leadership figures, ideologies and lasting contributions
• Easily be capable of coherently discussing the past, present and future of Durham, NC.

Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard: New Rochelle Court Issues Stunning Defeat for Patrick and Tracey Hickey in Five Year Long Battle with Neighbor

July 27, 2011 - 19:55


This is Part VII in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.

Judge Anthony Carbone today sentenced Suzanne Ribando to Conditional Discharge, a highly unusual and light sentence based on an equally unusual recommendation from the Westchester County Department of Probation. Carbone also vacated an unconstitutional Order of Protection imposed on Suzanne Ribando by Judge Gail Rice in 2008, lifting a ban on Ribando entering or enjoying the use of her own backyard. Patrick Hickey, one the complainants in the case, glared at Ribando as he stormed out of the courtroom.

"I am happy," said Ribando's attorney John Mangialardi about the sentence, "Given the fact that she was convicted of what she was convicted of this was a good outcome."

Jeanne Torigian Neville, Founder of Butterflies from Jodie, Passes Away at 58

July 27, 2011 - 00:13

JeanneTorigianJeanne Torigian Neville, 58, who founded the Butterflies from Jodie Charitable Fund has died. Torigian had been battling Leukemia over the past year.

According to Butterflies from Jodie website, Butterflies from Jodie, a symbol of life, love and eternity, was established in November 2000 following an untimely death of Jodie Torigian at age 21. Undergoing a sudden cardiac arrest, this charitable fund was set up with the hopes to turn a tragic loss into a vital and giving organization. With the unrelenting support we have received over the last 10 years, we have been able to help keep Jodie's amazing spirit alive through our defibrillator distribution program and cash gifts, known as butterflies.

New Rochelle Man Indicted for Stealing $1.5 Million Worth of Toner from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

July 26, 2011 - 22:08

(New York, NY) -- Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of Marque Gumbs, 32, for stealing more than $1.5 million worth of printing toner cartridges from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (“MSK”) in Midtown Manhattan. Gumbs is charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the First Degree.[1] The theft occurred between September 27, 2007 and August 27, 2010.

“More than $1.5 million intended for the operation of a world-renowned health care facility was instead squandered on the defendant’s pursuit of a luxurious lifestyle,” said District Attorney Vance. “To victimize an organization dedicated to saving lives is deplorable. I commend our Special Prosecutions Bureau for its swift work on this case.”

Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard: The Stink Test

July 26, 2011 - 20:53

NRCourthouseThis is Part VI in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.

Days before her trial on eight criminal counts of harassment, contempt and criminal mischief -- just two days before a pre-trial conference on October 29th -- Suzanne Ribando stepped out her front door and found Detective Jeff Wilson lurking in the shadows across the street from her house.

Standing stock still on her front porch, Suzanne Ribando watched as Detective Jeff Wilson got out of a car parked along the street near her house on Stephenson Boulevard. Wilson walked into the street and stood under a street lamp. She could just make out an object in his hand. It appeared to be a video camera. Ribando said Wilson looked directly at the front of her house, right at her, then turned around, went back to his car and drove away. Having been told previously to call if anything unusual happened, Ribando called Michael Galluzzi who told her that if he came back again to try to get the license plate number of the vehicle.

Centre Avenue Bridge in New Rochelle is Closed

July 25, 2011 - 16:56


The Centre Avenue bridge was closed this weekend.

UPDATE: As of Monday morning at 9 a.m., the bridge was still closed.

UPDATE: The City of New Rochelle has made it official:

Centre Avenue Bridge Closed for Repairs

Due to necessary work by the New York State Thruway Authority, the Centre Avenue Bridge has been closed. Motorists seeking access to Centre Avenue and Grove Avenue should use Webster Avenue or the Memorial and Division Street Bridges.

It is estimated that repairs will take one month. For further information, contact Project Manager Peter McDermott at 403-4872.

The intention had been to keep one lane open. There was a traffic collision on the bridge soon after traffic was cut down to one lane. To prevent further collisions a decision was made to shut down all traffic. This may allow the fork to be completed sooner than one month, as originally project.

Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard: The Dark End of the Street

July 24, 2011 - 22:45


This is Part V in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.

After visiting Suzanne Ribando in the Westchester County Jail in the spring of 2008, Michael Galluzzi spoke with her criminal attorney to review the situation. He formed the opinion that there was no way the Westchester County District Attorney would have any interest to pursue as a criminal matter what amounted to a "he said-she said" dispute between neighbors. He gave these assurances to Suzanne and her mother, Betty Ribando.

All of that changed after the Felony Hearing on December 8th, 2008. The true motive of the Hickey's became clear when ADA Michael Borelli made his startling request for a modification of the order of protection previously obtained by the Hickeys against Ribando:

Wheels of Time Auto Spa is Now Open in New Rochelle

July 24, 2011 - 17:12

We just moved to New Rochelle.

Wheels of Time Auto Spa is located at Two Town Dock Road in New Rochelle, NY.

We Massage Your Wheels!

Hand Car Wash, Detailing, Boats, Interior and Exterior. Come in see our new shop and meet the staff. We enjoy what we do. We've been doing it since 1998.

Come see us or call 914-346-8440.