August 2011

New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound Radio Launches Today at 11 AM on Blog Talk Radio; First Edition of Newsletter Published

August 19, 2011 - 13:15

As many readers know, Talk of the Sound Radio was taken off the air after Robert Cox and Matthew Pryce declined to sign an agreement regarding recent policy changes at WVOX. The show will go on through the Blog Talk Radio network and we have now added a weekly Talk of the Sound Newsletter as well. Today we will discuss the recently disclosed financial situation at the New Rochelle Public Library with NRPL Board Trustee Bo Kemp who is extremely knowledgeable on the topic, the NRPD church clean up and other stories ripped from the headlines of Talk of the Sound.

Talk of the Sound Radio

The show will still air live at 11 AM every Friday as before. The call in number to speak with the host is (805) 830-8302. To listen to the show you have several options:

  • Listen live via the Blog Talk Radio player in the upper right corner of the Talk of the Sound home page.
  • Listen live via the Talk of the Sound Radio Show Page with the added benefit of being able to join a live online chat room.
  • Listen live on your smart phone (iPhone, Android, etc.) via the Talk of the Sound Mobile Show Page.
  • Listen later to an archived version of the show, a podcast, which becomes available immediately after the show airs via any of the above means plus via iTunes and RSS.

NOTE: You can get updates and reminders of air times by signing up for a free Blog Talk Radio account and clicking the "follow" button on the show page.

Talk of the Sound Newsletter

There is a "newsletter block" in the right-hand column, towards the bottom.

  • Registered Talk of the Sound readers can click the "subscribe" button or manage their subscriptions here.
  • Unregistered Talk of the Sound readers can subscribe by adding their email address but cannot manage their subscriptions via the website.

NOTE: You can read the 1st Edition of the Talk of the Sound newsletter here.

An Expensive Cup of Joe

August 19, 2011 - 12:55

I am sitting down having lunch with my daughter when a squad car from the New Rochelle Police Department pulls up in the front of the café. I am thinking they are coming in to have some coffee. But they just sit there for 15 minutes.
Suddenly, the driver comes in the café and issues a ticket to the clerk for having chairs and table outside without a city permit.
The clerk gets the owner John Reverol on the phone to talk with the cop. Of course, I cannot hear the conversation but one thing was clear. My friend John asked for a warning, not a ticket. The officer responded: “Sorry, the chief does not allow us to give warnings.”

Talk of the Sound Newsletter: Vol. 1, #1 August 19, 2011

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Submitted by Robert Cox on Thu, 08/18/2011 - 19:21

TOTS newsletter

This is the first edition of the Talk of the Sound Newsletter. Each week we will send a weekly summary of the top news stories from Talk of the Sound and Elsewhere on the Web plus information about Talk of the Sound Radio. Please share this NEW newsletter with your friends; they can subscribe using the Newsletter Block located at the bottom of the right column of our home page.

SUV Rollsover At Garden Street Near I-95 in New Rochelle

August 18, 2011 - 15:32


A green Jeep Cherokee rolled over earlier this morning at Garden Street near Cedar  Street in New Rochelle. The driver,was take taken to Sound Shore Medical Center for observation. The driver was not seriously injured.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. this morning. New Rochelle police responded to the scene. Safeway wrapped chains around the vehicle and flipped the car right side up and then towed it away.

Statement of New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees Concerning Library Accounting

August 17, 2011 - 13:05

The New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees has recently become aware of lower than expected cash balance for the library due to a series of accounting errors. These accounting errors reflect the need for increased internal controls for the library’s accounting process. The lower cash balance is not expected to result in any change in Library services for the public.

At the time of the development of the New Rochelle Public Library budget, the Board of Trustees believed that the Library had over $500,000 in cash in the bank, mostly from the result of bonding expenditures not spent the previous fiscal year.  A portion of this cash was thought to reflect the $77,500 in fund balance from the previous year’s unspent funds.

In June 2011, the Board of Trustees was notified by the School District that our cash flow was low and that we needed to monitor spending until the receipt of the regularly schedule Temporary Anticipation Note (TAN) funding. The Board of Trustees immediately hired a CPA and began researching the nature of these differences.

New Rochelle Police Officers Clearing Out "Training House" Materials from Mariano Riviera's North Avenue Church

August 16, 2011 - 19:53

NRPD MarianoChurchOfficers from the day tour of the Critical Incident Unit of the New Rochelle Police Department are expected to spend the next days clearing out materials from a "training house" which was previously built inside the Church.

After the deal was announced with Mariano Rivera, the Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher, DPW workers began clearing out the building. The work was halted over concerns of asbestos in the building. City Manager Chuck Strome confirmed today to Talk of the Sound that there was asbestos in the church and that it was removed. Asked why the City was doing the work instead of the new tenants. Strome said "We agreed to clear all debris from building."

CORRECTION: Hickey Uncle Not Father Killed Mykytyn Girl

August 16, 2011 - 13:50

In the article, Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard: Why Did Patrick Hickey Have So Much Pull?, Talk of the Sound reported that Patrick Hickey's father drove drunk and killed a girl and that Patrick Hickey grew up on Rhodes Street.

In preparing this article, several sources told Talk of the Sound that Patrick Hickey's father was the driver of the car 30 years ago including a close relative of the victim. Since the story ran several long-time New Rochelle residents familiar with the incident have come forward to say that it was the uncle not the father who drove the car the killed the girl. Further, that the driver was arrested and served about a year in jail. After some effort to sort this out Talk of the Sound has concluded that the original sources had confused the uncle and the father and the story has been edited to reflect that. Further that the confusion may have extended to which Hickey family lived on Rhodes Street so that sentence has been stricken from this article.

Wanted: Upscale Supermarket for Downtown New Rochelle

August 16, 2011 - 11:35

I am a little bit jealous of the Avalon Chrystie Place in Manhattan. They have a Whole Foods. Our Avalon on the Sound proposed to place a Whole Foods supermarket in their building too, but it did not happen.

Could an upscale, wholesome supermarket be drawn to locate in Downtown New Rochelle?

Attracting a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or any similar supermarket to an urban area is not an easy prospect. These companies consider walking traffic, demographics and a host of other criteria. With the Avalon buildings, the Trump building, and various smaller apartments and condos there is an excellent market for a more urbane gourmet supermarket.

Trader Joe’s is an excellent prospect for downtown New Rochelle. It has plenty of products that fit into the lifestyle of the urban commuter. I especially enjoy the prepared meals for two with a diverse selection of Indian, Thai, Mexican, and Italian foods. You can’t beat pad thai for $1.99!

So I called the corporate office of Trader Joe’s in California. Why not? Let’s find out if they would be remotely interested in putting a store downtown New Rochelle.

Making It Easier to Read New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound with Services like Instpaper, Read It Later, and Readability

August 15, 2011 - 21:15

Talk of the Sound contains quite a few "long-form" articles. Some readers have complained that scrolling down these long articles makes for an unpleasant reading experience. I have been using Instapaper for so long now that I forget that people still head the long articles the old-fashioned way. Old habits die hard but reading long-form articles in a browser is one habit worth slamming in the head with a 2 x 4.

To have a more enjoyable reading experience, take a moment to sign up for Instapaper. If you have an iPhone or iPad you will REALLY like this app.

Readability is a more public-spirited approach in which you agree to pay a monthly fee of your choice ($5.00 is the recommended monthly minimum) and the funds are divvied up among the publishers of the articles you read. They have a very nice video which both explains their service and the general content.