February 2012

Violent Crimes in New Rochelle and the Mayor Remains Silent

February 07, 2012 - 12:11

Recently, there have been a series of violent robberies in downtown New Rochelle - see today's Journal News

Yet, I could not find any comment from the Mayor indicating any effort at improving our policing activities. Not even his now famous broken record. "we are the safest city in America" bit. You would think that some words of comfort from our Mayor would be good at this time. Is he on vacation?

Martin Sanchez

Talk of the Sound Will Be Reporting LIVE from Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis

February 03, 2012 - 16:02

SuperBowl42 060Managing Editor Robert Cox will be heading to Indianapolis tomorrow to cover Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots for Talk of the Sound. Cox will be reporting every step of the way from the flight in to the celebration after the Giants win.

For Cox, this will be his fifth Super Bowl and his fourth Giants Super Bowl.

He attended his first NFL Championship Game in 1987 where the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 at Super Bowl XXI at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. After missing the Giants 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, Cox attended two more Giant Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida which the Giants lost 34-7 to the Baltimore Ravens and Super Bowl XLII in 2008 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

TONIGHT 7 PM: Talk of the Sound Radio - Ursuline Tragedy, $1MM Swim Coach, Citizens Budget Committee

February 02, 2012 - 23:55

Talk of the Sound Radio airs live on Thursday at 7 pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox. Tonight we will discuss the recent tragedy involving an Ursuline student, our $1 million dollar swim coach and the recently announced Citizen Budget Committee.

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February 02, 2012 - 19:26

Several months ago a student from Ursuline threatened my daughter. She continued bullying my child to the point where i considered reporting it to the authorities. I was able to get the phone number of the bully's mother & called her with the hope that as a parent she would have a conversation with her daughter & help to resolve the issue. That mother's response was that she doesn't get involved in her daughter's affairs! my next plan of action was to write a letter to Ursuline's principal, but i was discouraged by others to do so for fear of repercussions on my daughter. Now i feel remorseful that i did not go through with my intentions to request that Ursuline strongly enforce a policy against bullying. I might have made a positive difference. I don't know all the details surrounding Eira's death, but i do know that as parents we need to stop making excuses for our children. as parents we need to support one another regardless of race, class or creed, so that our children will feel supported. It is so sad what our society has come to. Such a beautiful soul lost at such a tender age. May God Bless Eira's family with strength to get through this horrible tragedy.

Million Dollar Swim Coach Rakes in the Cash at Taxpayer Expense with Sweetheart Deal on New Rochelle High School Pool

February 02, 2012 - 19:20

Kip FierroA recent traffic incident in which New Rochelle High School swim coach Edward "Kip" Fierro caused a three car collision landing a local elementary school teacher in the hospital and him into police custody has brought to light a lucrative deal Fierro and his family have enjoyed for many years at the expense of New Rochelle taxpayers.

The staggering amounts of money involved raises serious questions as to the motivation of school officials involved.

Talk of the Sound spoke with a number of current and former employees of the New Rochelle Board of Education, parents, students and others familiar with the New Rochelle swimming pool and swim programs. They tell us that Kip Fierro has worked for the New Rochelle Board of Education as a Teaching Assistant and Swim Coach as far back as 1997, and possibly longer. He is paid a salary, benefits and accrues a pension. His school day responsibilities largely entail serving as a life guard at the pool. He coaches the boys and girls swim team. His pay and benefits are a pittance to what he makes running the Badger Swim Club out of New Rochelle High School.

The Ursuline School Issues Statement on Recent Tragedy

February 02, 2012 - 15:35

The Ursuline School in Mourning, Feb 1, 2012

"The Ursuline School is deeply saddened by the loss of a fine young member of our school community. Our hearts and prayers are with our student's family in their grief. We have visited the family and offered comfort. We have held special assemblies for all of our students, who are in mourning. We have made available extra counselors to students and staff. We appreciate prayers of support."

College of New Rochelle Guard Alyssa Pechin Named HVWAC Basketball Rookie of the Week

February 01, 2012 - 21:25

NewImageCollege of New Rochelle guard Alyssa Pechin has been selected as the HVWAC Basketball Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. The freshman from Yonkers, NY scored in double figures during a 1-1 week of conference play for the Blue Angels. Pechin accumulated 15 points, eight assists and six steals in only 11 minutes of action in a win over Vaughn. For the week, Pechin averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 steals and 5.0 assists.

Highly Dense Housing Proposed for New Rochelle's Downtown

February 01, 2012 - 18:03

Highly Dense Housing Proposed for New Rochelle's Downtown by Peggy Godfrey

Russell Albanese, chairman of the Albanese company, and George Andrus presented their vision for a highly dense housing development in New Rochelle. An initial set of apartments along with a five deck parking garage would be build on a downtown city parking lot in the southern section of the City. Eventually these buildings could be followed by another seven story garage at the present Church-Division site along with an 23-24 story apartment building with 550 housing units. The project would be developed in several phases.

Teen Suicide Jolts The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, Death Linked to Bullying

February 01, 2012 - 15:52

NewImageA fourteen-year old freshman at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle took her own life last night amidst reports that she was distraught over being bullied at the school.

Eira Fatima Maghuyop died at her home in Yonkers.

UPDATE:(Feb 3 9:16 AM): Fox-5 is reporting that Yonkers PD has issued a statement that Maghuyop was not bullied. WSBT-11 is reporting that Yonkers PD said they have not seen any concrete evidence that bullying was a factor in the death. Calls to YPD by Talk of the Sound have not yet been returned, they will be sending a formal statement to Talk of the Sound today.