August 2011

How Open Is the Open Meeting Law

August 23, 2011 - 22:55

A recent artcle in the Westchester Guardian featured Bob Freeman from New York State Committee on Open Government presenting information on the Open Meeting Law. Mention was made of pending legislation sponsored by Assembly woamn Paulin (A00081) which would fruther strengthen a citizen's right to obtain important information on requiring the State to make record documentation from meetings and other sources available to the public. Unfortunately two lamentable facts came into play (1) the Open Meeting law is not enforced by the State and relies on the "good will" and due diligence of municipal bodies to comply with the law A dissatisfied litigant would have to arrange to secure legal assistance to bring the matter in question up to the Supreme Court and likely, be obligated to pay significant legal expenses. In addition, A00081 was returned for a signifcant rewrite and a considerably weaker bill, A72B, was finally agreed to by the Senate and Assembly and signed by the Governor. This seems to follow the trail of other NYS laws, specifically the Businss Corporate Law which, for the most part, also require litigants to obtain private counsel to advance their course. It is both distateful and depressing to see bills that actively inform, involve, and energize the NYS electorate be treated with such a negative mind-set and it should present the need for sites like TOTS who work hard to fill in the gaps caused by a lack of high level support.

Man Crossing North Avenue With His Son Seriously Injured After Struck by Car

August 23, 2011 - 22:18

A man crossing the street with this son on North Avenue near the intersection of Rochelle Place was struck by a woman driving northbound in a black Toyota Camry XLE. The man was seriously injured. His son was unharmed but shaken up. Both the father and son were transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. The father is listed in critical condition at the hospital.

As Major Earthquake Rocks East Coast, New Rochelle Rumbles

August 23, 2011 - 18:10


If you felt shaking around 1:52pm this afternoon you were not alone. New Rochelle felt the rumblings of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter 38 miles north of Richmond, VA. The earthquake, reported most recently as a 5.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51 PM.

I was sitting in my living room and my cat started to go nuts, running around; then the room started shaking for about a minute.

Tell us your story with comment or blog. Where were you and what were you doing when the earthquake struck?

Talk of the Sound Website Housekeeping - Recent Comments, Newsletter, ShareThis, Blog Talk Radio, Wiki, User Profile Photos

August 22, 2011 - 21:37

Over the past few days, I have been making a few changes to the web site to improve the experience.

Some folks already noticed that I re-wrote how the "recent comments" are displayed. There is a box on the home page that indicates the user, the title of their comment, when they commented and what article they commented on.

Last week I created a newsletter and sent it for the first time. This is intended to be a weekly feature. This should really have been set up from day one but I kept putting it off because it is more work for me and I am already busy. If you would be interested to become the editor of the newsletter please contact me. I add some additional software to the site that now allows people to subscribe to the newsletter as part of the sign up process; that should have been there from the beginning. Some people did sign up for the newsletter anyway even though we never sent one. Since it is so easy to unsubscribed, I have updated some of the other accounts to be subscribed so that mostly all registered users are now subscribed. If you start getting the newsletter and do not want it just click the link at the bottom of the newsletter to unsubscribe.

Fall soccer for boys & girls starts on 09/10/2011

August 22, 2011 - 21:17

Dear parents,

if you are looking this fall for healthy sport physical and emotional enviroment for your child and never heard of us, please keep reading and give it a try.


Al’s Pals empowered by 1st Touch Soccer Club offers
clinics for boys and girls ages from 3 up to 10 years old, not just from our community.
The word is very powerful tool and now we have kids, coming from Bronxville, Mamaroneck, White Plains, Scarsdale, Rye, Yonkers and Larchmont.

We have developmental program for younger children (3-6 years old) and slightly competetive Town League for older kids ages (7-10 years old). Fall program lasts 8 weeks. The duration of the clinicis is 60 minutes (3-4 years old) or 75 minutes (for older ones). Town League is fun hassle free competition as we always play on the same place (beautiful turf field at City park) and at the same time.
The fee is $125, but you'll rewarded by discount of $15 if you register after reading this article. You can choose Saturday or Sunday program.
e-mail at [email protected]
or call coach Martin at 914-380-6307