December 2011

Holiday customers careful this season, claims survey

December 20, 2011 - 05:51

The current tradition of camping out in front of shops on Thanksgiving night to be able to be the very first to get "Black Friday" discounts could be dropping its attraction for many Americans. A recent study shows that the turnout this year might be less than it has been in 3 years. Source of article: Black Friday holiday shopping may be losing its appeal

People are more cautious

A yearly online holiday buying survey was done by management consulting firm Accenture. The survey polled 500 consumers around the nation about their holiday shopping plans. Most buyers this season are not just looking for a steal. They want the smallest price on what they want.Janet Hoffman works in the Retail division at Accenture. As the managing director, she said:

Army General Honored as Vietnam War Hero at New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade Labeled "Phony"

December 19, 2011 - 22:15

FerminMarreroPOW Network, a website dedicated to American Prisoners of War, is reporting that the recent Honorary Grand Marshall of the 2011 New Rochelle Memorial's Day Parade misrepresented his rank, his military service and just about everything else as part of a broader pattern of fraud. Talk of the Sound has confirmed that Marrero never served in Vietnam, was not a Prisoner of War, did not escape from a Vietnamese prison and is, in fact, on probation after pleading guilty in 2009 to fraud charges

John Lilyea (SFC, US Army Retired), author of the This Ain't Hell But You Can See It From Here blog is reporting that the man claiming to be Brig. General Fermijon Marrero is actually Private Ferman Ernesto Marrero.

Messages left for Marrero were not returned.

BOARD OF ED MEETING TONIGHT: Third Time the Charm? New Rochelle BoE Will Try Again to Justify Hiring People Without Background Checks

December 19, 2011 - 20:51

The New Rochelle Board of Education will discuss tonight, for what will be the third time, why the school district is hiring people without background checks as required under New York State law. The above video is a compilation of three clips, the first from the November 29th Board of Education meeting, the second two are from the December 6th Board of Education meeting which represents the entirety of the public dialog that has taken place so far.

Residents who are concerned that the District continues to hire employees without first completing the required background checks are encouraged to attend tonight's board meeting at the Linda Kelly Theater at the New Rochelle High School tonight at 7:00 P.M.

So far, the district has put up a variety of explanations and excuses and more can be expected tonight so those who intend to come tonight need to watch the video above, paying close attention, and then contrast that with the claims made by the district tonight.

Noam Bramson: Today we mourn a great leader

December 19, 2011 - 18:53

In front of the dead-bolted front doors of City Hall, a visibly shaken Noam Bramson addressed a somber crowd.

"Today we mourn the loss of a great friend and leader: Kim Jong-Il. The fair and evenhanded manner by which this great statesmen presided over his constitutents serves as a model for me, here in New Rochelle. This is a devastating loss for the world and I can only hope to continue his great work through my dealings in local government."

The excerpt from Bramson's speech came shortly before he broke down in tears at the loss of his friend and mentor. Few people have had as much influence over the mayor's stylistic approach to leadership as the North Korean dictator, and the loss being felt by Noam Bramson was evident from the first words he uttered.

Who I Think I Am and Why

December 17, 2011 - 18:51

The other day there was a post announcing a $500,000 matching grant for Facade Improvement. I expressed my point of view which, if you read my posts, essentially points out that this was not exactly great news for the City and why. Perhaps the rather solemn faces of the people on hand indicates some shared values and so I posted and with the lingering question of why a college head is the BID head (yes I know $$$$$) I put it out of my mind.

Light at the End of the Tunnel for Parcel 1A as Sound Shore Medical Eyes Space in Trump Plaza of New Rochelle

December 16, 2011 - 21:08

TrumpPlazaThe New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency approved a request from Capelli Enterprises to modify their agreement with regard to Trump Plaza of New Rochelle, clearing the way for a deal with Sound Shore Medical Center to lease 23,000 square feet in the largely vacant space on the first two floors of the building.

The lower two floors comprise 140,000 square feet of space. The New York Sports Club has leased 45,000 square feet. With final negotiations underway with Sound Shore Medical Center for 23,000 square feet and a second potential tenant considering 11,000 square feet, the day when Trump Plaza's lower two floors would be more than 50% occupied is now visible on the horizon.

TONIGHT AT 7 PM: Talk of the Sound Radio - City Budget, Armory Murals with Ron Tocci & More

December 15, 2011 - 21:48

Talk of the Sound Radio airs live tonight at 7 pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox along with Talk of the Sound Events Editor Matthew Pryce.

Former New York State Assemblyman Ron Tocci will be our guest tonight. Ron is the former Veterans Affairs Commissioner and currently Co-Chair of the Save Our Armory Committee. Ron will discuss the history of the New Rochelle Armory, the Murals and the current Restoration project.

Listen to the show by visiting the Talk of the Sound Show Page or just click on the play button on the Blog Talk Radio Player (upper right corner of the Talk of the Sound home page)

You can call-in to the show on our studio line: (805) 830-8302.

You can join the chat room and discuss the show with other listeners. Our producer and co-host Matthew Pryce will be monitoring the chat room.