July 2011

City Puts out RFP for Video Surveillance System to Remotely Monitor South End of New Rochelle

July 12, 2011 - 03:10

Terminat Visio2The City of New Rochelle is in the RFP Process for a long-awaited deployment of video surveillance equipment, primarily in and around the downtown area of New Rochelle. There will be cameras in the downtown area at Main Street & Pintard Avenue, Main Street & North Avenue, North Avenue & and Huguenot Street, Centre Avenue and Huguenot Street, I-95 Ramp and Division Street, North Avenue and Burling Lane, Garden Street and Cottage Place and 40 Division Street.

Notably, there is not a single police surveillance video camera planned for the area north of Eastchester Road, an area which includes the newly realigned City Council District 5 and City Council District 6. Two police surveillance video cameras will be located in District 2 at the DPW Yard on East Main Street and the NRPD Harbor Unit in Hudson Park. All of the other cameras are located in the remaining three districts, City Council District 1, City Council District 3, and City Council District 4 with City Council District 4 having the most cameras.

Applications Now Available for 2011 New Rochelle Police Department's Explorer Program

July 11, 2011 - 00:29

The New Rochelle Police Department is now accepting applications for its Explorer Program.

The NRPD Explorer Program is a non-profit organization geared towards young men and women ages 14 to 20, who have completed the 8th grade with good academic standing that have interests in Law Enforcement careers.

Explorer Cadets are exposed to all aspects of law enforcement and gain a valuable knowledge of police functions. The program is run by Detectives Terrence Fudge and Brianne Smith, who serve as Post Advisors.  The next session will begin in September 2011.  Post meetings are held every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Field trips and special events will sometimes replace the weekly meeting

Applications and additional information are available on line at HYPERLINK "" and at New Rochelle Police Department Headquarters, 475 North Avenue. All applications are due by August 5, 2011.

New Rochelle Fire Department Responding to Smoke on 18th Floor of High Rise Building in Downtown New Rochelle

July 10, 2011 - 23:45

New Rochelle Fire Department is responding to smoke coming out of Avalon 2.

UPDATE: NRFP leaving the scene. Awaiting further details but it appears to be minor incident or false alarm.


New Rochelle Jazz Festival Fills Library Green with Cool Sounds of Summer

July 10, 2011 - 16:50

NewRochelleJazzFestival5The Second Annual New Rochelle Jazz Festival kicked off this weekend and will finish up this afternoon starting at 1 p.m. and going until 9:30 p.m. Groups are also playing at downtown locations including Backstreet Gallery, Alvin & Friends, McKiernan's, Brickyard Bistro and Beanberry's.

New Rochelle's Brian Carter, Bob Baldwin and many others performed on Saturday.

Sunday features Grammy nominated guitarist Gil Paris, Avalanche, and Second Wind.

The event was put together by Brian Carter and host of others including the Sister City Committee, the New Rochelle BID, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, and the City of New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Department.

Event Sponsors include Westchester Rocks Music School Camp, RSounds, Backstreet Gallery and Framing, Aquarian Drumheads, Bose, and GMS Drum Company.

BeeLine Bus Oil Spill Turns North Avenue into a New Rochelle Slip-n-Slide

July 10, 2011 - 16:14

BeeLineOilSpillA Westchester County BeeLine Bus dumped oil in a continuous stream along the Southbound, right-hand lane of North Avenue between the Mirage Diner near Mayflower Avenue down to the Salvation Army Store near Coligini Avenue. BeeLine Bus services is operated by Liberty Lines, Inc.

New Rochelle police set up barricades and roped the area off. Crews from the Westchester County DPW and Liberty Lines dumped sand along the length of the oil slick. Even with the sand the road was still slick so drivers are advised to use caution.

Derek Jeter Goes for 3,000 Hits Today at Yankee Stadium

July 09, 2011 - 17:27

Jeter3000Jeter going for 3,000.

1: 18 PM - Derek Jeter led off today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays by driving a 3-2 pitch into left field for a single. That was hit number 2,999.

That was quick! One more to go.

1:59 PM - Jeter up again in the 3rd inning.

One away from 3,000

2:00 PM - Home Run! 3,000 Hit

Wahoo! Amazing!

Please share your thoughts on Derek Jeter and his Hall of Fame accomplishment.

A few 3,000 Hit Club Fun Facts:

  • 28 players have reached the 3,000 hit club in MLB history (see list below).
  • 13 players gotten 3,000 hits with one team, including Derek Jeter with the Yankees.
  • 2 players have reached the 4,000 hit club in MLB history (Pete Rose, Ty Cobb).

Severed Rabbit's Head Found on Bridge in New Rochelle's Five Island Park

July 09, 2011 - 15:51

FiveIslandsBridge2New Rochelle police, earlier this morning, responded to a citizen complaint that a severed rabbit's head had been left on a bridge railing in Five Islands Park. A Talk of the Sound reader sent the following report via their Blackberry:

I was at 5 islands this morning and found a rabbit head on the railing of the first bridge of 5 islands. I wasn't sure if I should contact police or not so no report was filed by me. The rabbit head was clearly cut off by a person and left on the bridge due to the fact that the body was no where to be found.

By 11 a.m. when Talk of the Sound went to the location, police had removed the animal remains, according to a park employee. Police were still on the scene. The rabbit's head had been left on the second bridge which is also the first bridge inside the park.