March 2012

New Rochelle Public Library Gets New Children’s Room Banners from Local Artists

March 20, 2012 - 19:03

New Rochelle Public Library is not displaying new banners in the Children’s Room banners, Each was created by college-aged New Rochelle artists.

Maya Menon and Aston Lemelle-Thomas standing below banners they created for NRPL Children's Room.

Maya Menon and Aston Lemelle Thomas standing below banners they created for NRPL Children s Room

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Banners in Childrens Room 001

Living History: The Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association Present A Midwife’s Tale

March 20, 2012 - 18:58

MidwifeOn Saturday, March 24th from noon to 5 p.m., the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association will present “A Midwife’s Tale, An Afternoon with the Midwife” at the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle.

Discover the role that women played in assisting other women in childbirth during Colonial days in a time before this job was assigned to doctors. Hear about a Midwife’s training and physiological outlook to childbirth and her status among the community. See some of the tools used to perform her function, and how they are used at this child-friendly event.

Iona Prep to Host Springsteen Cover Band in Charity Event on April 21st

March 20, 2012 - 18:23

TrampsLikeUsOn Saturday, April 21st, Iona Prep will host "A Night at the Tully" featuring the Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band, Tramps Like Us. All proceeds will benefit the science programs and renovate the physics lab.

The cost is $50.00 per person, which includes light fare, beer, wine and soda (21 and over). Doors will open at 7:00 pm.

All reservations must be purchased in advance. Please RSVP and pay by Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Click the attachment at the bottom of the page to access an invitation with additional information. For questions, please contact Barbara Robertson, chief advancement officer, at [email protected] or (914) 600-6158 or Thomas McGrath, advancement associate, at [email protected] or (914) 600-6188.

Iona Prep & Ursuline Create Joint Habitat for Humanity Chapter

March 20, 2012 - 18:08

IonaUrsulineHabitatIona Prep's Habitat for Humanity chapter has been working with The Ursuline School to create a joint Habitat club. On March 3, 2012, the group had their second build and got the chance to paint a house in Yonkers alongside a group of West Point students. Iona Prep's Habitat chapter also marched with the Ursuline group in the Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day parade on March 18th to raise funds for Habitat's Homes for Veterans program.

TV Show Looking for the Ugliest Room in New Rochelle

March 20, 2012 - 17:25

UglyRoomI just got a request about a casting call for a home renovation/makeover show in the NYC area where they would like to cast someone from the New Rochelle area to be in the show. In the show they are going to be remodeling/remaking one room (for free) so if you have a room in your home that just doesn't quite fit.

They want someone who has a great home with one problematic room they can't quite figure out. The uglier the room, the better.

Below is the actual casting call:

Have you ever wanted to be one of those lucky people who get a home makeover on national television?

Do you (or someone you know) have a bland or boring room? Does it not reflect your personality or style? Does it fill you with shame? We're looking for unique and interesting homeowners, who have a boring room they'd like to see transformed.

Open Letter to 2012 DNC Chairman: New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson - My Way or the Highway

March 20, 2012 - 17:03

Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa, Chair
2012 Democratic National Convention

Noam Bramson is the part-time Mayor of New Rochelle, New York and he was recently selected as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Noam Bramson has been and continues to be a mayor who fails to include the Latino community in any aspect of city government. He does not visit or patronize any sectors of the city where Latinos live and work. Our neighborhoods, when compared with other neighborhoods in New Rochelle, lack the most fundamental of services. It is perhaps because very few were able to vote for him; we will never really know. New Rochelle is almost 1/3 Latino. But I wanted to alert you to a dangerous situation that he has devised which will bring terrible repercussions to our community. His tenure and approach to leading this City has resulted in a degrading travesty of the democratic process for the working class and the communities of color in New Rochelle.

With Districts Finalized, Bramson's Congressional Dreams Deep-Sixed

March 20, 2012 - 16:47

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A Three Judge Panel has found that New York's existing plan for delineating congressional districts failed to comply with the Constitution and so adopted a plan put forwarded by Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann. The Three Judge Panel was comprised of Reena Raggi, United States Circuit Judge, Gerard E. Lynch, United States Circuit Judge, and Dora L. Irizarry, United States District Judge.

New York State has been ordered to implement the Judge's plan so that the 2012 elections for the House of Representatives can go forward as scheduled. New York is required to confirm in writing before noon tomorrow that all steps have been taken to implement the order. All parties have been ordered to appear in court tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse.

Astorino Calls On Hud To Release $7 Million In Housing Funds

March 20, 2012 - 15:01

RobAstorino.jpgAs a follow up to the victory in federal court, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to immediately release the $7 million in affordable housing money that it has withheld in an attempt to force Westchester to take actions that go beyond the terms of the 2009 housing settlement.

Astorino said that the U.S. magistrate’s ruling last week clearly showed that Westchester County has been complying with the settlement and that it was time for HUD to start undoing the damage caused by its unilateral decision in May to withhold previously approved housing funds.

The county was forced to lay off five workers, abolish 10 jobs and curtail funds for various community organizations and many local governments as a result of HUD’s action to withhold what are called Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Yonkers Corruption Trial Provides Glimpse into the Seedy World of Westchester Poliitics

March 20, 2012 - 13:32

SandyAnnabiNorman Oder writing on the Atlantic Yards Report provides an excellent, must read synopsis on the Yonkers Corruption Trial involving Noam Bramson's favorite developer, Forest City/Ratner, more commonly known on Talk of the Sound as "Developer #1".

Prosecutors have been hammering away at the claim by Sandy Annabi and Zehy Jereis that the only reason he gave her $174,000 in cash and gifts was because he was flirting with her, suggesting that a series of emails on Sandy Annabi's computer were manufactured after the fact as part of a defense strategy.

Oder offers many fascinating exchanges like this one:

At the end of the 6/9/06 meeting, "you asked Forest City Ratner for a job," Halperin related.

IRS reports tax underpayment at $450 billion

March 20, 2012 - 10:49

A new year has just started, which means it is almost time for you to file income tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service is going to be watching for underpayments, which it estimates at around $450 billion per year. Article resource: Tax underpayment at $450 billion, says IRS

Waste not the only place cash is disappearing

Fiscal reform has been a rallying cry for several years and political figures love to wax stentorian about this. The Internal Revenue Service has stumbled across a possible trigger behind major shortfalls.