February 2012

Join Talk of the Sound Publisher Robert Cox at Journalism Accelerator Forum on Sustainable Journalism Wednesday

February 27, 2012 - 20:23

Ja logo 1 copyThe folks at the Journalism Accelerator have asked me to contribute to an online forum on "sustainable journalism" on day two of a conference that begins tomorrow.

Niche Perspective: Publisher forum February 29th examines revenue, collaboration and syndication:

On Wednesday, February 29th, Day Two of the JA forum on sustainable journalism highlights the practice of niche publishing, one name for specializing in a particular subject matter or a certain type of reporting. Their experiences reflect many common issues local publishers know well.

Astorino Delivers Address To UN Panel On Environmental Sustainability

February 27, 2012 - 19:46

Astorino with PanelWestchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino recently delivered a major speech on environmental sustainability at a symposium initiated by the United Nations Academic Impact program in Bari, Italy. Astorino shared some of the successful measures that Westchester County has taken to protect its natural resources and to maintain the quality of life of its residents. He also outlined some of the ways that the county is working to position itself for a future of sustainable development despite current economic challenges.

Retro Fitness New Rochelle to Contribute Monthly Fitness Column

February 27, 2012 - 19:38

Hello New Rochelle!

My name is Mario, and I have been the General Manager of Retro Fitness Club and its predecessor for the past 6 years. We are located at 236 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY, 10801. As a resident of Westchester for the past 25 years, I take tremendous pride in overseeing the daily activities of this great 13,000 square foot fitness club. Our aim is to help our members achieve their fitness goals, and not to just sell them a membership. I am a certified personal trainer, and know most of the members on a first name basis. We provide our community with a fitness facility that offers an inexpensive, clean, friendly, and healthy environment to exercise in. In addition, we offer FREE child care and FREE group fitness classes. For less than 67 cents a day, we provide the same brand new state of the art equipment and services that many of the higher priced fitness clubs offer.

Using my 20+ years of experience in the fitness industry, each month I will strive to provide you with an informative article to help assist you in your health and fitness journey. My aim is to keep it simple yet exciting for you.

Iona College Students APPly Classroom-Based Learnings to Launch Successful Music Application

February 27, 2012 - 18:16

ITraxs AppNew Rochelle, NY (February 2012) – Inspired by an elective course that they took in iPhone/iPad applications development, two talented and enterprising undergraduate students majoring in computer science at Iona College have taken their idea for a new music app to the marketplace.

Nicholas Krzemineski ’12 of White Plains, who will graduate this June and Sean O’Shea ’13 of Monroe, New York are encouraged by the initial market response to the iTraxs app they developed in the classroom. Available for purchase on the Apple Store for $.99, iTraxs allows the listener to select songs and other music from their music library on their iPhone and play only their favorite parts. The user can listen to the edited music before adding it to their iTraxs library.

MAAC Conference Names Three Iona Players to All-Conference Teams: Scott Machado, Mike Glover and Momo Jones

February 27, 2012 - 17:50

Iona AllMAACIona College seniors Scott Machado, point guard, and Mike Glover, forward, were named today to the Men’s Basketball All-MAAC 1st Team. Lamont "MoMo" Jones was named to the All-MAAC 2nd Team.

Machado, who leads the nation in assists, is widely expected to be named conference Player of the Year at the MAAC Postseason Awards Show on Thursday, March 1st at the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Machado finished the regular season averaging 10.1 assists per game.

Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will also be announced Thursday in Springfield.

New Rochelle School District Enables Mobile Access to Email for iPhones, Android, Blackberry and iPads

February 27, 2012 - 16:47

A2385171-A0E8-4651-AAE9-68620A382017.jpgIn October 2009, Talk of the Sound asked Why Doesn't the New Rochelle School District Enable IMAP Email?

Back then we described IMAP as a simple, free way to improve communications in the district by giving staff the option to use their personal mobile devices to send and received district emails. These devices have proliferated and many district employees have expressed interest in having the option to use their iPhones, Android phones or iPads to check district email.

Even though the the District has long ago licensed software with a built-in email capability which will allow any employee with a smart phone who wishes to send and receive email wherever and whenever they choose, the Director of IT Christine Coleman, has, so far, refused to check the settings box in Novell Groupwise that will enable this feature.

Contemplating the Role Developers Play in New Rochelle's Finances?

February 27, 2012 - 00:05

Apparently it is appropriate to use a developer to help create and pay for needed parking in downtown New Rochelle, but it is not proper for another developer to help finance moving the City Yard to Beechwood Avenue. The New Rochelle City Council on February 14, 2012 discussed financial criteria of two development proposals that they will have to vote on at their next meeting.

Mexican Get Out the Vote Effort in New Rochelle

February 26, 2012 - 22:04

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A general election is to be held in Mexico on July 1, 2012 to elect a new President of the Republic of Mexico. The incumbent, President Felipe Calderón, is ineligible for re-election. At the federal level, voters will also elect 128 members to the Senate and 500 members to serve for a three-year term in the Chamber of Deputies.

In order to participate in this upcoming election, Mexican national living abroad will need to have a voter registration card. The deadline to request forms was January 15th.

Mexican nationals living in New Rochelle (or anywhere else outside of Mexico) have until March 31st to provide the correct data to the government so they can be sent a ballot between April 16th and May 20th. Mexican voters abroad have until June 30th to turn in their ballots. Those votes will be included in the voting totals for the July 1st Presidential Election.

Facebook: Voto Mexicano

New Rochelle Council on the Arts To Celebrate Thea Eichler with Art Exhibit and Performance Showcase at the NRPL March 11th

February 26, 2012 - 21:52

TheaEichlerNew Rochelle, NY February 21, 2012 — The New Rochelle Council on the Arts will honor founding member Thea Eichler with a special exhibition at the New Rochelle Public Library from March 11th through March 28th. An opening reception on March 11th from 3 to 5 p.m. will feature a range of artistic performances for members of the NRCA as well as friends and family of Thea Eichler. The performance will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater and will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.; both are free and open to the public.

Thea Eichler has been active in the cultural life of New Rochelle for more than 30 years. As the Program Chair of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, she was the creative force behind years of themed art shows, concerts, special events and exhibits that highlighted the historic role New Rochelle played in contributing to the arts.

Among the events she conceived and coordinated were “Norman Rockwell Originals,” a show at the New Rochelle Public Library’s Lumen Winter Gallery and a costume ball based on Rockwell’s magazine cover characters; Frederic Remington, a show at the NRPL featuring originals from Ogdensburg plus an exhibit from the artist’s family album; a Reunion Gala of instrumentalists from the NBC Symphony who worked with New Rochelle resident Arturo Toscanini; “Fabulous Fakes,” an exhibit featuring “art forgeries” created in the style of great artists; exhibits by artists Charles Fazzino and Alton Tobey; a two-day Black Performing Arts Festival and “Music Makers of New Rochelle”, a comprehensive exhibit focused on the city’s celebrated songwriters.

New Rochelle Fire Department, Responding to Report of Smoke in House, Finds Clothes "Drying" in the Oven

February 26, 2012 - 12:46

Clothes in Over FIre at Chauncey 084Next time, maybe try a clothes line.

New Rochelle firefighters, responding to a report of the smell of smoke in a house on Friday, received no response after knocking loudly on the front door at 110 Chauncey Avenue. Following protocol they broke down the door to gain access to the consternation of a person in the home who, for reasons still not clear, failed to respond to the loud pounding on the door to their house.

A confrontation ensued. Additional police, including the Critical Incident Unit, were called to the scene but the matter was resolved.