August 2011

Westchester County Seeks Nominations for Senior Hall of Fame

August 11, 2011 - 14:05

Do you know a senior who is making a difference in Westchester County?

Perhaps he or she is a special volunteer at a hospital, senior center or nonprofit group. Or maybe that person has been a leader in improving services for seniors or other Westchester residents. If so, consider nominating that person to the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame.

The nominees who are chosen will be inducted at the 29th annual Senior Hall of Fame Luncheon on Dec. 2 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.

The Hall of Fame awards are presented for outstanding contributions in one of three areas: human services, humanitarianism and philanthropy, and for outstanding leadership in initiating, improving or expanding services or programs.

To learn about more criteria for nominees, to download a nomination form and to see the list of winners from previous years, visit the Web site of the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) at HYPERLINK ""

New Rochelle is Hit on Face Book: You Know You Are From New Rochelle If…

August 11, 2011 - 01:46

YOU KNOW YOU ARE FROM NEW ROCHELLE IF…This two week old entry on Face Book has attracted thousands of comments from all over the country galvanizing current and former natives and former residents of New Rochelle from all ethnic backgrounds including instant “hometown” commentary like no other vehicle before it on the Queen City of the Sound.

Hundreds of people with multiple entries from every walk of life are excited about their and others reflections on everything from historic New Rochelle neighborhoods, landmarks, people, incidents, clubs and associations, nicknames, retail, positive and negative news, teachers, principals, gossip, sports, parties, festivals, teams, romances and many other delights of the heart that are obviously -- still aflame.

For this writer it is refreshing to hear from people collectively who even know what it was about historically in New Rochelle and to have an immediate and welcome platform for commentary.

Can You Criticize New Rochelle And Not Be A Right-Wing Terrorist?

August 10, 2011 - 19:52

If you have criticism for the New Rochelle City government you are a "tea partier" who is "unable or unwilling to find the truth"; if you do not support raising taxes you are a hypocrite who accepts government services while decrying them as socialist, if you try to make your case for lower taxes and smaller government you are "ignorant".

This strikes me as an odd way for a radio show host in New Rochelle to describe his long-time, regular listeners. For WVOX Good Morning Westchester host Bob Marrone, if you are not with him in his support for the liberal Democrat agenda in Washington or the same local Democrat members of City Council and the Democrat-appointed City Manager then you are, according to Bob, an ignorant, hypocritical, fraud.

Sheesh, tell us how you really feel!

HELP! Differentiating Between News Tips, Advocacy and Promotion for New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound

August 10, 2011 - 14:54

Dear Reader,

As Talk of the Sound has continued to grow, I am inundated each day with news tips, requests for intervention, requests for advocacy, promotions and press releases. Of course, one person's news tip is another person's press release so it can be difficult to sort out one from the other. As the emails and phone messages pile up, I get people complaining that "their" information is not getting my attention and not making its way onto the site.

I very much appreciate getting any communication from readers with news, information, tips, event information, promotions and press releases -- as long as it is NewRo-Centric. The site is called TALK of the Sound for a reason, the site is meant to be a virtual water-cooler around which New Rochelleans can gather and discuss topics of of the day.

New Rochelle Police Capture Bank Robbers Following High Speed Chase on I-95

August 10, 2011 - 13:14

WebsterBankRobberyNew Rochelle police responded to reports of a robbery at the Webster Bank branch located next to the Radisson Hotel on River Street, chasing the suspects until the driver of the getaway car crashed near Exit 14 on I-95. Two men entered the bank around noon on Tuesday. They were wearing masks. One displayed a hand gun while the other demanded money from a bank teller.

After getting money from the teller, the pair left the scene in a blue SUV with Pennsylvania plates driven by a third man.

One of the responding officers from the New Rochelle police department saw the blue SUV and engaged in pursuit of the vehicle which was heading southbound on I-95. The officer observed one man throw something out the window. A gun was later recovered near that location.

The chase ended at the I-95 Exit 14 for the Hutchinson River Parkway. The driver lost control of the vehicle, struck a barrier and rolled forward onto a grassy area.

While I was away Iona drops Proposal, Much has happened!

August 09, 2011 - 19:05

While I was Away!

Some may have misunderstood some of my quotes from different sources while I was away on vacation. I reiterate my support for the proposal involving Iona College's withdrawal of the 10-story dorm proposal. This follow up is meant to avoid any misunderstanding of my previous statements. The statements were intended to show my support for the temporary changes raising the occupancy limit on the existing dorms and should not be viewed as a reward for the College's past non-compliance. It was to enforce the need to move forward towards a solution that benefits all parties and finds a solution for Iona College's need for student housing. Again, we all must work together with Iona College, The City of New Rochelle and the Neighborhood Associations surrounding the college in a fashion that works for all of us.

Laurell Smith Sentenced to 20 Years in State Prison for Daylight Stabbing Murder in Downtown New Rochelle

August 09, 2011 - 17:03


Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Laurell Smith (DOB 02/12/90) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York was sentenced today to 20 years in state prison on his conviction after a jury trial of:

one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,

for a daytime stabbing on September 18th, 2010 on North Avenue in New Rochelle, resulting in the death of Kevin Williams.

In addition, the defendant was sentenced to an indeterminate term of one to three years in prison to be served concurrently on a violation of probation resulting from his arrest and conviction in this case.

Rico Johnson (DOB 03/11/91) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to:

one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,
one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony

and was sentenced on June 14th, 2011.