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January 2012

New Rochelle Police Engage Drug Suspects in 45 Minute High Speed Chase Through Southern Westchester in Multi-Agency Operation

January 10, 2012 - 20:46

CVS Car ChaseNew Rochelle police engaged four drug suspects Saturday night in a 45 minute, high-speed chase through New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Mount Vernon, Eastchester, and Scarsdale before winding up back in New Rochelle near Stratton Road where the suspects exited their vehicle and fled into the surrounding neighborhood on foot. Two suspects were captured right away, a third about 20 minutes later and a fourth not until 4 hours later when he was found hiding in the back of a house in New Rochelle's North End.

Police officers from New Rochelle, Eastchester, Scarsdale and Westchester County pursued in cars while Westchester County Police's aviation unit followed in a helicopter. A County K-9 Unit also engaged in the pursuit.

New Rochelle Police Arrest Suspect in Parking Pay Station Vandal Case

January 10, 2012 - 18:27
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Duc DoNew Rochelle police have made an arrest of a suspect in the parking pay station vandal case. Police were able to use an image from a surveillance camera installed in one of the pay stations to identify a man who works nearby and was said to be angry over receiving parking tickets. "He was distressed over the level of parking enforcement", said New Rochelle Police Detective Captain Joseph Schaller. "He had picked up several parking tickets in that lot." Duc Huang "Jimmy" Do, 38 of 2590 Grand Avenue in the Bronx was arrested last night as he walked near the Prospect Street parking lot. Police say he was acting suspiciously. His jacket matched an image taken by a surveillance camera last week just prior to a machine in the Library lot was disabled on January 2, 2012. Do was charged with criminal mischief, 2nd degree, a D felony on January 9, 2012 for the damage done to the parking pay stations in the Library lot and Prospect Street lot on January 2, 2012 as well as the previous attacks in 2011 on October 6th, May 16th and February 11th.

Is SOPA Unconstitutional? I Believe the Answer Is Yes.

January 09, 2012 - 18:18

One of the hot issues being debated in Congress is the Stop Online Privacy Act or SOPA (a similar bill in the U.S. Senate is called Protect IP Act).  The internet world is waging a fierce battle against it, and I am pleased to see the opposition.

It is my view that SOPA is deeply flawed and being rushed through Congress without the proper due diligence of a substantive review.  I believe it creates a prior restraint of free speech on the internet and grants way too much power to the federal government to regulate speech and commercial activity, while eliminating rule of law safeguards to those regulated and sanctioned by the law.  I strongly urge opposition to this law as currently drafted.

I don’t deny that internet piracy is a real problem, but this law is a massively overbroad remedy to the problem.  Unfortunately, it appears to be moving quickly through both houses of Congress since it is backed by the massive money and power of the media corporate world.  The U.S. Senate vote is currently scheduled for January 24.

New Rochelle City Hall Crime-Busting Style Positively "Nixonian!"

January 07, 2012 - 09:11
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Tonight's criminal outburst has shocked the community.  In defiance of claimed statistical improvements in crime indices, a recent murder-suicide and other seemingly random outbreaks have cast a pall over our struggling downtown, and again earned it unwanted attention from regional and national media.

William O'Shaugnessy: Profiles in Integrity

January 06, 2012 - 15:10
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Author, gadabout, politico, inherited upper-cruster, dog-fancier, radio mogul, tall, car passenger.

These are just some of the words that define New Rochelle's white fox: William O'Shaugnessy.

For years, his privately owned radio station WVOX 1460 am has been ruling the airwaves spreading the message that the people have a voice to be heard! The 12 watt station is the cornerstone of the O'Shaugnessy empire and serves as a symbol for all that Mr. O, as he is lovingly called, represents.

As soon as you enter the studio, you are innundated with photos of Mr. O and his famous friends. Standing arm in arm with other beacons of professionalism and integrity, pictures of William Jefferson Clinton and Donald Trump immediately lend credibility to the station.

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The impressive peer group Mr. O has built over the years speaks to his character and shines impressively in the hall of the station. It is a reminder, frozen in celluloid, of the modesty of a such a proud man.

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to be Elevated to Cardinal by Pope Benedict

January 06, 2012 - 12:05

NewImageThe Pope announced earlier today that he will elevate Msgr. Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York, to Cardinal.

At the midday Angelus for the celebration of the Feast of the Ephiphany, Pope Benedict XVI announced a consistory for February 18th.

The consistory is a formal meeting of the Sacred College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. Consistories are held in Vatican City for taking care of the business of the college. In this case, for the purpose of elevating 22 priests to Cardinal.

The cardinals to be created are:

1. Msgr. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples;
2. Msgr. Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Major Penitentiary;
3. Msgr. Santos Abril Y Castellò, Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major;
4. Msgr Antonio Maria Veglio, President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People;

New Rochelle Police and Westchester County Police Helicopter Track Strong Arm Robbery Suspects in Downtown New Rochelle

January 06, 2012 - 04:43
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NRPD Police Chase Robbery Suspects 052 New Rochelle police in patrol cars and Westchester County police in a helicopter chased two suspects in a strong arm robbery through downtown New Rochelle tonight prompting calls from worried residents who noticed police cars moving at high speed throughout the city as a helicopter hovered overhead. The pair of suspects were not found. The incident began in front of a deli located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and North Avenue. Witnesses told police that two male/blacks beat up a male/hispanic victim. Police were called at 9:06 pm. There was blood on the street outside of the deli. The victim was taken to the hospital. The two assailants fled the scene of the robbery, heading south on Main Street. On the sidewalk in front of a wig shop at 505 Main Street police found a smashed cell phone that matched a description provided by the victim.

Are There Reasons Why Mathematics Achievement Drops?

January 06, 2012 - 04:16

Parents in a Westchester school were unhappy with the Mathematics Investigations Program being used in an elementary school. They believed the children were falling behind in mathematics because "standard ways" of doing math were improperly expressed. The principles expressed in the MIT program emphasize a "constructivist approach" in order to facilitate children thinking in a mathematical perspective. One parent who objected to the program had to supplement his son's middle school mathematics with additional instruction. Children incorporate constructivism in mathematics in order to surmise solutions deduced through their own thinking processes, as opposed to first being taught and thereafter using rules or processes. They are supposed to construct their own solutions to the problems. This theory is often attributed in education to Dewey and Piaget.

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