March 2012

New Rochelle Brothers Celebrate Re-opening of the Historic Mamaroneck Train Station

March 26, 2012 - 18:52

Groundbreaking Village officials copyJohn Verni and Chris Verni, partners in Verco Properties LLC, will celebrate the re-opening of the historic Mamaroneck Train Station after an extensive restoration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 28th at 5PM. The Verni Brothers acquired the building from the MTA and converted the long-neglected station into space for a restaurant on the ground level and professional offices on a new second level.

The Club Car, a restaurant and lounge that is the vision of Brian MacMenamin, formerly of MacMenamin’s Grill, the Larchmont Oyster House, and the Post Road Ale House, and his wife, Fatima, is now open for business on the ground floor. The new second level will be the new home of Verco Properties LLC, the real estate firm owned and operated by the Verni family, as well as space for additional professional offices.

White Plains Ethics Law Found To Violate NYS FOIL

March 26, 2012 - 16:19

AdamBradleyAn important legal decision relating to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (“NYFOIL”) was released this past week in Westchester, which should place local governments on notice that they cannot pass local laws restricting the availability of documents and information to the public beyond the clear language of NYFOIL, even if the local government does it in the interest of protecting confidentiality.

This decision in the New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County by the Hon. James W. Hubert was filed and entered on March 20, 2012 in the case captioned The Journal News v. City of White Plains.

This litigation deals with an attempt by the newspaper The Journal News to acquire documents from the City of White Plains relating to the ethics investigation of former Mayor Adam Bradley.

We are Running Out of Time

March 26, 2012 - 14:07

Three plans, Democratic, Republican and a Court Magistrate are waiting for a three judges panel decision for New York State's Congressional lines. The Judges' order is expected momentarily in Brooklyn federal court.

Because of the redistricting confusion, New Rochelle and other Westchester residents have no idea which United States Congressional district they are in or who their representatives will be in 2013.

In one district Congresswoman Nita Lowey represents New Rochelle but another could have Charles Rangel in that locale. The primary date is set for June, necessitating that the petition process start on March 20 and continue until April 10. This is a significantly shorter than usual time period to gather petitions. It is also possible all offices, including one for the United States Senate will have a June Primary.

Monroe Women Defeat Lake Michigan 78-73 to Win NJCAA Division II National Championship For Second Consecutive Time

March 25, 2012 - 12:28

Medium 172 5348 a copyFor the second year in a row, the Monroe Mustangs women's basketball team is the NJCAA Division II National Champion! Monroe defeated Lake Michigan 78-73 in a hard-fought final to earn the crown. Monroe led the whole game with a lead that rose to 18 in the second half. But the Indians came all the way back and with 2:24 remaining took a one point lead at 71-70. That was short-lived however as Monroe answered right back on clutch free throw shooting by Aivah Parham to take the lead for good. This is Monroe's second national title in Division II and they also won two when they were a Division III team. They finish the season at 31-6. Box Score

Monroe College Men Defeat Columbia State 79-50 to Finish 5th in NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament

March 25, 2012 - 00:03

Medium DSC 0511 copyThe Monroe Mustangs came onto the court on Saturday afternoon for the fifth-place game in the sixteen-team NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament as loose as they had been all week - maybe all season - and left no doubt why they were regarded as one of the top teams in the nation before the tournament and now that the final tally is in, one of the best at the end of the tournament, too. in their final game together, the 2011-12 Mustangs put on a seemingly effortless array of dunks and three-pointers that characterized their masterful season and in the impressive 79-50 win over Columbia State, put their signature on a 33-4 season and one of the most beloved and highly-regarded basketball teams in Monroe Mustangs history. Box Score

New Rochelle Fire Department Battles 2-Alarm Fire in Wykagyl Shopping Area

March 24, 2012 - 21:24

Fire at 1289A North Avenue 125New Rochelle firefighters responded late last night to an active fire with heavy smoke and flames pouring out of a building at 1289A North Avenue. Three stores were affected: a photo store, an empty store and a nail salon. No injuries were reported.

[Unfortunately, I accidentally left my cell phone in my car and missed the call. Here is where we can put the concept of networked journalism to the test. If you were there and have additional information, photos or video please email me at [email protected]. Thanks!]

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NAVTEQ Car Mapping New Rochelle

March 24, 2012 - 20:29

NAVTEQ 124If you have seen a car driving around New Rochelle the last couple of days with a strange device sticking up out of the roof you might have been wondering what's going on. Talk of the Sound caught up with the vehicle on Aberfoyle Road near Webster Avenue. The vehicle is collecting digital map data for NAVTEQ. The device on top of the car is taking photos from multiple angles

NAVTEQ provides map data used in portable GPS devices made by Garmin, Lowrance, NDrive, web applications such as Yahoo! Maps, Bing Maps, and MapQuest, automotive navigation systems for many car makers, and games such as Microsoft's Flight Simulator. The company is the dominant player in the digital mapping space.

Monroe Women's Basketball Team Reaches National Finals

March 24, 2012 - 18:07

Medium Jasmin Mcroy(Peoria, IL) -- The Monroe Mustangs women's basketball team added another chapter to their storied history on Friday night with a 74-69 defeat of Louisburg (NC) in the NJCAA Division II Women's National Semifinal to earn a berth in the finals against Lake Michigan on Saturday night. This will be the defending national champions fourth finals appearance since 2005. They've won three of them. In the semifinal, Monroe had four players in double figures and Verdine Warner had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. in a tournament filled with upsets, it's only fitting that the ninth- seeded Mustangs will play the seventh-seeded Indians to decide the National Champion. The game will begin at 7:30pm (8:30pm, NY time) and a link to the live webcast can be found here. Box Score

Senator Klein to MPAA: Let Teens See Teen Cyberbullying Documentary

March 24, 2012 - 02:15

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), called upon the Motion Picture Association of America to reverse its decision to give a “R” rating to teen cyberbullying documentary, “Bully.”

The film follows three teens who have been the victims of cyberbullying and two families of children who have taken their own lives after being bullied. It had received a “R”, or “Restricted,” rating due to profanity that had been used during these attacks.
In a letter to the MPAA's Chairman and CEO, former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, Senator Klein urged a PG-13 rating for the documentary, pointing out that its accounts of cyberbullying match those he has heard from children, parents and educators, across New York.