April 2012

Controversial Principal Resigns from Trinity Elementary School, Second Hispanic Principal in History of New Rochelle Public School System

April 03, 2012 - 11:20

RolandoBricenoTrinity Elementary School Principal Rolando Briceño announced his resignation yesterday to staff at an afternoon meeting and to parents by way of robocall. At the time of his appointment in 2009, Briceño was only the second hispanic principal in the history of the New Rochelle public school system.

Briceño was under fire from Trinity parents from the moment his appointment as principal was announced three years ago. He has had a rocky relationship with parents in the Trinity PTA which came to a head over the past few months with the ouster of former Assistant Principal Nadine Pacheco, the removal of a popular second grade teachers and a recent allegation that a student had been attempting to set fire to seats on a school bus servicing Trinity students. There was a highly publicized complaint of a bullying situation last June involving the grandson of Maria Baez, a prominent, former elected official from New York City.

MSG Varsity To Broadcast Fordham Prep Vs. Iona Prep Boys’ Lacrosse Game Wednesday, April 4 At 7:30 Pm

April 03, 2012 - 01:50

IonaPrepLacross(Bethpage, NY) -- MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s 24/7 HD network dedicated to all things high school, will televise the Fordham Prep vs. Iona Prep boys’ lacrosse game Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. on Cablevision’s iO TV channel 14.

In addition to the full game coverage, MSG Varsity’s Westchester edition of “High School SportsDesk” (7:00 p.m. nightly on MSG Varsity) is THE place to tune into for ALL the latest highlights, interviews and scores from around Westchester.

MSG Varsity is available exclusively to Cablevision’s iO TV subscribers on channel 14; once broadcast, all games are also available on-demand on iO channel 614.

For more information on MSG Varsity’s high school sports coverage, visit

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

April 02, 2012 - 20:07

Today is a good day for me; let me call it properly a day to celebrate life and remember what the New Rochelle I knew so well not that many years ago, exists though struggling to survive.

I turned up at our neighborhood health club, Retrofit, the beautiful managed and maintained facility that is dedicated to the community in terms of rates and quality. I picked my way through garbage, smiled benevolently at the beggars and street people, and entered the facility.

Marion Bordona (sic) was there working with a client and the facility had a fair representation of the true diversity of New Rochelle. People of both sexes, a range of ages, all ethnicities were there, working out and enjoying each others company, but working out.

College of New Rochelle Presents Richard Louv: How Connecting With Nature Enriches the Lives of Children (and Grown-Ups, Too!)

April 02, 2012 - 19:07

RichardLouv(New Rochelle, NY) -- Nature experiences are essential for healthy child development, according to Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. This idea has sparked a nationwide discussion among parents, educators, and healthcare professionals and inspired such legislative initiatives as “No Child Left Inside.”

Louv, a journalist and bestselling author, will speak on the vital importance of reconnecting with nature at The College of New Rochelle on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7p.m. in Romita Auditorium.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Education Programs of the School of Arts & Sciences. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For further information contact Faith Kostel-Hughes at [email protected]. Click here to RSVP for this event. For directions to the College, visit

One Question for George Latimer: Did You Read the State Budget?

April 02, 2012 - 16:11

Contact: Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117


White Plains, NY--March 30...Twenty-five-year career politician George Latimer (D-WFP) claimed last week that he skipped out on Governor Cuomo's historic vote to begin reforming New York's unsustainable public employee pension system because he didn't have a chance to read the bill.

Mr. Latimer's remarks were widely scoffed at in Albany, where it was clear that Mr. Latimer snuck out of the Assembly Chamber out of fear of losing the support of public employee union bosses and their lobbyists standing in the hallways during the vote. Yet yesterday, Mr. Latimer voted on a 12,380-page state budget, which begs the question: Did he read that document before voting? And, if so, how does he reconcile his earlier statement?

Two Years Later, Cappelli Leaves Behind Boulevard of Broken Dreams on Anderson Street in New Rochelle

April 02, 2012 - 14:16

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If New Rochelle officials ever wondered why New Rochelle residents do not trust the real estate developers who, in exchange for grand but vague promises, are offered generous tax abatements, coddled by the New Rochelle IDA, offered public property giveaways and granted repeated MOU extensions despite a complete lack of progress on developing projects, they need to look no further than the once active apartment building at the corner of North Avenue and Anderson Street.

The building known as "5 Anderson" is a monument to the unreliability of promises from real estate developers and the gullibility of city officials when dealing with them.

In never before seen photos of the interior of 5 Anderson (after the jump), obtained exclusively by Talk of the Sound, the utter devastation of the building is clear. Every single room, in every single apartment has been gutted and otherwise left unusable. Exterior photos show the faded remains of window treatments installed under the terms of a 2010 MOU extension obtained by Cappelli Enterprises under the condition they beautify the outside of the building and address various code violations. Additional photos in the slideshows below.

My Last Post

April 02, 2012 - 10:45

To All The People in New Rochelle,
Thank you for reading my post's on Talk Of The Sound. I love the city of New Rochelle and only wish it well. Yes i strongly disagree with how things are done in this city and i made my feeling's known on this site.
Thank you Mr.Cox for letting me do that.
God Bless the resident's of this great city and i will be reading how all is doing.

Yankee Great Mariano Rivera Will Retire Wednesday; Hall-of-Fame Closer Will Trade Pitchers Mound for New Rochelle Church Pulpit

April 01, 2012 - 06:24

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Yankee Reliever Mariano Rivera, 42, will call it quits Wednesday at a press conference immediately after the Yankees play the Mets at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL in the team's final spring training game.

Word of the not-entirely-unexpected news slipped out after Fernando Cuza, Rivera's agent, was briefing reporters in Kissimmee, FL where the Yankees had just wrapped up a spring training game against the Houston Astros.

Rivera, will leave Tampa on Wednesday evening and head straight to New York where he will lead a midnight prayer service as the new pastor at the Refugio de Esperanza church in New Rochelle, NY. Rivera purchased the former North Avenue Presbyterian Church in 2011 for $1 after promising city officials he would invest $3 million in restoring the 104-year old structure.