September 2011

CONGRATULATIONS: Dr. Anthony Bongo Earns Doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College

September 07, 2011 - 21:25

Anthony Bongo.jpgTalk of the Sound is happy to announce that Anthony Bongo has met all requirements and graduated from Columbia University Teachers College. Congratulations, Dr. Bongo!

It has been a long road with many fits and starts but the Office of Doctoral Studies has confirmed that Dr. Bongo's diploma has been mailed to him.

As we have said before, when he has actually earned his doctorate we would be happy to announce that here on Talk of the Sound and offer congratulations.

So, there you go.

Albert Leonard Middle School Expects Full Power Restoration for First Full Day of School on Thursday

September 07, 2011 - 20:42

ALMS ConEd2Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle, NY has been operating without power from Con Edison over the past two days. Con Edison tells Talk of the Sound they expect to have full restoration of power by 5:00 PM Wednesday. According to a Con Ed spokesperson, there were defective cables at the school.

Two Con Edison trucks have been on the scene since yesterday, one in the parking lot and one near the main entrance to the school. The school has been promised a generator truck to run the building tomorrow in the event power is not fully restored, say school officials.

Orientation meetings for Albert Leonard staff was moved to New Rochelle High School yesterday. No students or staff were put at risk due to the electrical problems at the school.

"There was no safety issue today as today was strictly for orientation", said New Rochelle schools spokesman Paul Costigliano. "Students came in at their assigned time to get their schedules, buy metro cards and agenda books and that is pretty much it."

City of New Rochelle and Iona College Develop Planning Framework for Student Housing

September 06, 2011 - 20:03

Iona College Dorm

Below is a document describing the framework established by New Rochelle and Iona College for discussions on the future of Iona College student housing. Your comments are welcome below.


The City of New Rochelle and Iona College seek to form a stronger relationship that can better serve the interests of our entire community. The planning process and objectives described below are intended to confront common challenges and seize opportunities for mutually beneficial action.

It is understood that this planning process does not supplant or diminish the legal rights and authority of either the City or the College, that all participants reserve the right to withdraw from this process at any time, and that the recommendations that emerge from this process are not binding on either the City or the College.

How Do You Destroy a City? One Deal at a Time.

September 06, 2011 - 01:32

According to the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency, we have granted more than $10 million in annual tax breaks to the two Avalon buildings in downtown New Rochelle. Of that amount, almost $8 mil should be going to our schools.

I am told that more than 100 New Rochelle students live in the two Avalon buildings. We spend almost $21,000 per student per year in our city, meaning the annual burden on the school system from these two buildings exceeds $2.1 million. And for that we’re getting less than $70,000 in fees paid from the buildings into the school system.

The Avalon on the Sound deal expires in 2029 while the Avalon on the Sound East deal expires in 2034. We will feel the effects of these bad deals across a generation.

It’s time for some fresh thinking in city government.


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