March 2012

Mustangs survive Spartanburg scare, play for 'cinco' Saturday

March 24, 2012 - 02:11

Medium DSC 0195 copyEmploying a two-unit substitution system, the Monroe Mustangs survived a scare from a plucky Spartanburg Methodist (SC) team to win 67-61 in the third round of the NJCAA Division I Men's National Basketball Tournament being played this week in Hutcinson, KS. The 32-4 Mustangs will play the fifth-place game on Saturday at 2:00pm (3:00pm NY time). It will be Monroe's final game of the season. Box Score Read about it in an SC newspaper Read about it in the Hutchinson News

Thursday's contest was Monroe's third national playoff game in three days and Monroe coach Jeff Brustad went to his bench extensively to give his starters a chance to regain their energy after two grueling games against top-ten teams in the first two rounds.

Monroe women catapult over #1 Johnson County, 64-50, advance to national semifinal Friday

March 24, 2012 - 02:09

Medium Verdine Warner 2(Peoria, IL) -- In a tournament full of upsets, the ninth-seeded Monroe Mustangs women's basketball team pulled off perhaps the biggest of the tournament Thursday night with a 64-50 win over #1 Johnson County (KS). With a large crowd looking on at the Division II Women's National Tournament being held this week in Peoria, IL, the defending national champion Mustangs defended a barrage of three-point attempts to defeat the Cavaliers (Johnson County was 9/48 from the arc). Prior to tonight, Johnson County had only lost one game all season. With the win the Mustangs move on in the semifinal round Friday night at 8:00pm (9:00pm NY time) against Louisburg (NC). Box score

Sound Shore Medical Center Adds Another ACS Program

March 24, 2012 - 02:07

ACS RoadtoRecovery(New Rochelle, NY) -- Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is pleased to announce its new partnership with the American Cancer Society (American Cancer Society) and TransCare to offer another ACS program – Road to Recovery. The Program provides free transportation to treatments for cancer patients.

World Tuberculosis Day Observed March 24

March 24, 2012 - 02:04

WorldTBDayTomorrow is World Tuberculosis Day, which marks the day in 1882 when microbiologist Robert Koch announced he had discovered the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. More than two billion people – one third of the world’s population – are infected with tuberculosis.

In Westchester, the county health department closely monitors tuberculosis. In 2011, 38 Westchester residents had tuberculosis, on par with the 37 cases in 2010. Although the number was relatively stable, the county’s most recent cases have been much more complex, either due to drug resistance or because of the settings where the cases occurred and the numbers of people exposed.

“A simple skin test can determine whether you have been exposed to TB,” said Dr. Sherlita Amler, Commissioner of Health. “I encourage everyone to talk to their doctor about this test, to see if they would benefit from having one. With treatment, a person’s chances of a full recovery are quite good.”

Memorial Day: Our Troops Pay the Price For Freedom, We Need Your Help To Pay the Cost to Honor Them.

March 23, 2012 - 20:02


The New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade is an event that New Rochelle residents have enjoyed for the past four years. Each year the parade has grown larger and better. A part of the day has also included the after-parade-event at Hudson Park. In the past this event has been filled with music, good food, military vehicles and helicopter static-display, fun for the kids and so much more.

The planning process, which is monumental, is underway for this year’s Memorial Day Parade. Remembering the sacrifices made on our behalf by our brave veterans is a most important and worthy endeavor. Honoring and showing our appreciation for the many troops who are brought up to New Rochelle on Memorial Day during “Fleetweek” is also the least we can do as they serve our country in Afganistan and other places overseas. The appreciation and gratitude they receive here in New Rochelle has become something that the troops remember and talk about for years afterword.

Meet Sean Driscoll

March 23, 2012 - 16:11

SeanDriscollLast week asked the question, Who is Sean Driscoll?, noting that Sean Driscoll is a name listed with Dun & Bradsteet as associated with WVOX.

Talk of the Sound readers had the answer. One provided a high level of detail:

I first met Sean Driscoll about 46 years ago, when I was working at WVOX, when it was then part of the "Herald Tribune Radio Network", which consisted of WVOX-AM and WGHQ-FM in Kingston (NY) WVIP-FM in Mt. Kisco (NY), and WPAT-FM in Patterson (NJ).

In those days, the WVOX offices and studios were in the Pershing Square Building, what most people now call the "K" building (Kaufman). I guess I was about 17 at the time, and as I remember, Sean was about 15. He was a good kid, very intelligent with big dreams - as I suppose we all had, at that age. After a couple of years, I moved on, but Sean stayed on, as I recall, a few years more. I think he worked finally for a few years selling airtime.

New 10-Story High Sewage Treatment Plant is Game-Changer for Echo Bay Development Plans

March 22, 2012 - 19:07

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While the debate over moving the City Yard out of its current location, extending Forest City's MOU and building a new DPW Yard at the Beechwood Avenue site continues, the massive expansion of the New Rochelle Waste Waste Treatment Plant ("NRWWTP") has received little notice. As the new structure begins to take shape, that will likely change. In what could well prove to be a game-changer for the desirability of residential property in the area between Lefebvre Lane and the New Rochelle Armory, several new structures, much wider and far taller than the existing facility are rising above the site of the proposed Echo Bay Development.

Talk of the Sound reached out to County Legislator Jim Maisano, who voted against the legislation for the project, to obtain information from Savin Engineers which acknowledged that the new structure will rise to a full height of 10 stories tall.

Congressman Eliot Engel Announces Candidacy For Re-Election to Represent New Rochelle in New 16th District of New York

March 22, 2012 - 17:37

EliotEngelCongressman Eliot Engel announced his candidacy for re-election to Congress from the newly-configured Congressional District covering southern Westchester and the north Bronx.

Congressman Engel said, “I am very enthused about the honor of representing the new 16th District of New York. I have always had the honor and privilege of representing people from the Bronx and Westchester communities while in Congress. Now, due to Federal court redistricting of Congressional Districts, many Westchester residents will be new to the Congressional District that I have represented.

“I look forward to meeting and working for the people who are new to the Congressional District. Congresswoman Nita Lowey and I have worked closely together on the problems facing all communities in Westchester and I will continue to work hard to represent the people of this new district.

More Corruption in the New Rochelle School District Under Service Master Employee John Gallagher

March 22, 2012 - 05:08

BoE Van Raffa 120Talk of the Sound has observed, on numerous occasions, a work van owned by the New Rochelle Board of Education parked in the driveway of a private home on Harold Court in New Rochelle. As this article is written, Vehicle E-68 is parked in the driveway of 21 Harold Court, the residence of Anthony Raffa, a plumber working for the New Rochelle Board of Education.

Person Shot In Marshall's Parking Lot New Rochelle

March 22, 2012 - 02:20

MarshallsShooting 118At 10:13 p.m. Wednesday evening, New Rochelle Police responded to a report by police on the scene of a person being shot in the parking lot of Marshall's department store 200 Petersville road in New Rochelle.

Police reported the incident as a suicide attempt.

The incident took place on the exit ramp leaving the Home Goods/Marshall's parking lot. Police sources tell Talk of the Sound the man used a gun on himself as the police arrived on the scene. The victim was taken under police escort to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition.

Police were responding to the scene after receiving reports that a man was in the Marshall's story making threats against employees. Police identified a man matching the description from the store employees and approached him. The man responded by pulling out a gun, placing it under his chin and pulling the trigger. He suffered wounds to his chin and head.