August 2011

Convicted Murderer Laurell Smith has been Transferred from the Westchester County Jail

August 31, 2011 - 20:31

Laurell Smith, the man convicted of murdering Kevin Blank during the infamous “broad daylight stabbing”, has been transferred out of the Westchester County Jail, sources say. Smith's new home in the New York State prison system is as yet unknown to Talk of the Sound.


New Rochelle Board of Education Meeting: ID Badges, Back-Door Residency Audit, Illegal Electioneering, Organisciak Pay Freeze

August 31, 2011 - 19:28

The New Rochelle Board of Education met last night in their last meeting before the start of the school year. Here are a few highlights with some commentary:

Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak said that harassment in the schools has gotten to the point where the district needs to go beyond what they have in terms of bullying prevention and sexual harassment.

VICTORY: Rolf Koehler Out as New Rochelle School Security Administrator Following Two Year Battle with Talk of the Sound

August 31, 2011 - 16:23

StromeProcopioOrganisciakBramsonIn what can only be described as a major victory for Talk of the Sound, residents and taxpayers of New Rochelle and the honest, hard-working employees of the New Rochelle school district, Rolf Koehler is no longer emp

New Rochelle Wins New York State Drinking Water Taste Contest

August 31, 2011 - 03:00

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Aug. 30, 2011) – The New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. today announced that New Rochelle today won the 25th New York State Drinking Water Taste Test at the New York State Fair.

After being selected from 10 regional contests, water from 10 municipal water systems (see list below) were tasted and judged by nearly 300 Fairgoers today. Votes were cast for two finalists – the Village of Baldwinsville in Onondaga County (judged the best tasting water among ground-water drinking sources) and the City of New Rochelle in Westchester County (judged the best tasting water among surface-source water systems) with New Rochelle winning the final tally by just three votes.

The Environmental Facilities Corp. sponsored this year’s contest to underscore EFC’s role in improving and protecting Clean Water and Drinking Water systems in New York State. EFC has assets of more than $12 billion for low-interest financing, grants and other financing of drinking water and wastewater systems in New York..

New Rochelle Police Respond to Mutual Aid Call from County Place for Playland Muslim Melee

August 31, 2011 - 02:26

Westchester County Police put out a mutual aid call to police departments throughout the area including New Rochelle. Six officers, unofficially, responded to the scene. 15 people were arrested.

The incident began as a dispute among several Muslim women at the park as part of an outing to celebrate the end of Ramadan. When other women in their group attempted to intervene, the dispute escalated into a melee involving several women. When Westchester County police intervened, several Muslim men got involved and an "all hands on deck" call went out throughout the County. Police officers were seen racing to the scene on I-95 and I-287.

Some of the women had been denied access to rides at the Westchester County-owned amusement park based on a policy that prohibits wearing head coverings on certain rides such as the Dragon Coaster. Some of the women were wearing hijabs, traditional Muslim scarves.

The trip was organized by the Muslim American Society of New York, which according to news accounts planed to bring 3,000 people to Rye, NY from locations around New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.

This story is almost guaranteed to go national by tomorrow morning.

Fallen Tree in Residence Park Stumps Local Officials in New Rochelle

August 31, 2011 - 01:53


Every cop, firefighter, DPW supervisor, elected official and Con Ed worker agrees. The tree at 22 Laurel Place needs to come down.

A city tree in the Residence Park section of New Rochelle, NY fell Sunday at about 5 PM, as high winds kicked up on the back end of what was Hurricane Irene, shutting off power to the residence. New Rochelle Firemen and Police officers responded. They looked the tree over and saw it was being supported by a triple combo of another tree, walkway and live electrical wires, Clearly, the all agreed, it should come down. They called it in and the section was yellow taped roped off.

On Monday, Joe from DPW was visiting his sister on Liberty Avenue. He happened upon the yellow tape. Not knowing anything about it, he dutifully radioed it in. Talking to the homeowner, he agreed the tree needed to come down. Later that day Michael Duffy, a Con Edison supervisor from Manhattan meandered up and looked at the tree.

Iona College Suspends Provost Over Inaccuracies in Performance Data

August 30, 2011 - 20:26

WR officeIona College has suspended Dr. Warren Rosenberg, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective immediately after becoming aware of inaccuracies in student performance data reported to external agencies. Rosenberg is a tenured professor and so still employed by the college. Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Brian Nickerson has been appointed as interim Provost.

Sister Patricia McGinley, SSJ, Special Executive Assistant to the President & Campus Director told Talk of the Sound she could not discuss details on the nature of the data or the agencies involved or when a report would be issued.

"Hopefully we get this resolved and move on to what we are here do, serving our students, said McGinley.

The college released a statement today disclosing that the school is undergoing a "comprehensive internal investigation by outside legal counsel and commissioned an audit by an independent, third-party accounting firm to determine the nature and scope of the reporting irregularities." The Provost's responsible for ensuring that the investigated data and reports to external agencies are true and accurate. All results of the completed audit, according to the statement, will be shared with the faculty, staff, and students. The Board of Legal Trustees and the administration have stated their commitment to take "all steps necessary to uphold the mission and integrity of Iona College, and to serve the interests of students and the Iona community of faculty, staff, alumni and supporters."

Ways to Reduce Battery Drain on iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3+)

August 30, 2011 - 16:49

IPhone pingOver the past few weeks the battery on my iPhone 4 was completely drained twice a day after holding a charge for a couple of days when I first bought it last year. The main culprit appears to be the multi-tasking feature in iOS 4.3. Advice on the web began with checking the multi-tasking bar to see how many apps were open and running at the same time. Not even knowing that this existed or that the iOS 4.3 was keeping apps open, it should be no surprise that when I did look there were over 40 apps running. That's going to drain the batter pretty quickly.

In my research I found a number of ways to address battery performance issues on an iPhone and figured I may as well share them here as for those readers who have iPhones.

There were two very good articles plus comments that offered many ideas on how to address batter life issues in iPhone 4.

Fix iPhone 4 Battery Drain Issues After iOS 4.3

The Storm Next Time

August 30, 2011 - 15:39

Of course, we expected the worse. And we were happily disappointed when we woke up Sunday morning and saw the clouds clearing, the wind waning and the sun starting to shine. From the honking of the media, we thought water would be up above Pelham Road. But it didn’t happen like that.

It is hard to predict the extent of damage a hurricane can cause. It was not a lot wind gusts, but the water damage in the areas outside of New Rochelle are devastating.

On Sunday, I got a personal call from the County Executive Rob Astorino. I like to call it personal because his voice was on the line. But it was actually a robocall. He spoke with confidence of what was being done to address the damage in our county and advised us on how to proceed after the storm.