April 2012

Verni Brothers Adaptive Reuse of Mamaroneck Train Station Cited by National Trust for Historic Preservation

April 23, 2012 - 18:19

MamkTrain 202Talk of the Sound's article on the Verni brothers adaptive reuse of the Mamaroneck Train Station was featured in a recent Green Roundup on PreservationNation, the Official Blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. John and Chris Verni are from New Rochelle.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

Notable board members include former First Lady Laura Bush and actress Diane Keaton.

Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949, and now has more than 300,000 members and supporters nationwide. Staff at the Washington, D.C., headquarters, field offices and 29 historic sites work with members from coast to coast, and with thousands of preservation groups in all 50 states.

As Crime Goes Up in New Rochelle, Others Take Notice

April 23, 2012 - 17:43

Crime on the Rise
Apparently the citizens aren't the only ones noticing the uptick in crime in the city. Westchester Magazine has posted it's Winners and Losers: May 2012 and, unfortunately, New Rochelle didn't make the winner slot this month. According to the County-focused magazine, serious crimes in 2011 have risen by 21% over the previous year. This is something that many residents could have told you. One doesn't need to venture very far to hear about the latest crime du jour. (You can view local crime reports on this site by clicking the local crime map in the right side column of this page). Perhaps with other organizations reporting the reality "In the City", the mayor can change his "perception" of the conditions around us.

The article goes on to report the Police Commissioner as suggesting that part of the spike could be "attributed to a change in accounting methods".
I'm sure this is of great consolation to the victims.

New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Seeks to Limit Parochial School Busing to 5 Miles

April 23, 2012 - 15:01

School buses 3Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and dozens of other area superintendents, organized as the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, are lobbying Governor Andrew Cuomo's Mandate Relief Council to reduce mileage limits on private and parochial school out-of-district busing.

LHCSS Mandate Relief Postion Paper
(Summary version)

New York State taxpayers should not be subsidizing private school transportation that is excessive and that financially benefits the private school investors, trustees, and parents who have chosen these as alternative to their local public school.

Drivers Advised to Steer Clear of North Avenue Bridge Area in Downtown New Rocjelle

April 23, 2012 - 13:06

The next phase of the North Avenue Bridge Project in New Rochelle has begun. North Avenue around the area of Burling Lane and Garden Street has been restricted for traffic moving north and south on North Avenue.

The area is a real mess right now. Drivers are strongly advised to find alternate routes during prime driving times.

Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins To Speak At Iona College

April 23, 2012 - 13:04

New Rochelle, NY (April 23, 2012) Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, National Director of Faith Outreach, Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Senior Pastor, The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker at the Jack Rudin and John G. Driscoll Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Iona College on Monday, April 23. Dr. Harkins will speak on "Faith, Values and the Public Square." The lecture will take place at Iona College's Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium in Murphy Center at 3:30 pm. This event is free and open to the community.

Dr. Harkins has most recently spoken out regarding the Trayvon Martin case. Saying last month: "I have never felt as sad and angry as I have been over these last few days...This is an assault on one of our most precious jewels and I said during the service that in America no one should be able to indict, prosecute and execute someone for the crime of being a young black man."

As State Senate Race Heats Up, Cohen and Latimer Duel Over Insinuations Tied to $17,000 in Credit Card Expenses Filed by Latimer Campaign

April 23, 2012 - 11:06

George LatimerThe battle for the 37th Senate District, Cohen v. Latimer, has all the makings of a good old-fashioned slugfest. It's only April but already the pair of political heavyweights are standing toe-to-toe trading punches. So far, it has been Cohen coming out of his corner throwing haymakers with New Rochelle Judge Susan Kettner now becoming an issue in the race.

In a press release last week, Bob Cohen, the Republican candidate to replace Suzi Oppenheimer, raised questions about $17,000 in unitemized credit card receipts on Latimer's finance disclosure reports.

The Cohen campaign specifically called on Mr. Latimer to make public the names of who he dined with on those various occasions, stating "many of which were clearly dinners for two", a not-too-subtle jab at Latimer for his close personal relationship with New Rochelle Judge Susan Kettner. Latimer is married with a wife and a child living in Rye.

Latimer declined to respond to Cohen's insinuations.

"If he has a specific attack to make, I'll respond. But so far, he has made the effort to attack me continually, and I will not indulge his campaign daily in that direction."

Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester Fifth Annual 5K Run & Walk in New Rochelle Benefit Cappelli Diabetes Center

April 23, 2012 - 10:44

SSMC5K 2012 1(New Rochelle, NY) -- Recently Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester (SSMC) held its fifth annual Stride 5K Run & Walk to benefit its Jacee Lynn Cappelli Diabetes Center for the Treatment and Education of Juvenile and Adult Diabetes.

Commenting on the event, John R. Spicer, President and CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center said, “I was pleased to have so many join us for our fifth Stride to benefit the Cappelli Diabetes Center”. He concluded, “I want to thank the enthusiastic runners and walkers who, again this year, made The Stride a big success.”

Castle Gallery Wins Community Arts Award from ArtsWestchester

April 23, 2012 - 10:35

ArtsWestchester AwardThe Castle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle was recently awarded the 2012 Community Arts Award from ArtsWestchester. The award recognizes individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment, and leadership enrich Westchester, its communities, and its citizens. The Castle Gallery won the award for having “demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life, increasing access to cultural experiences, and by enriching the county’s cultural heritage.” The award was presented at ArtsWestchester’s Annual Arts Award Luncheon held April 4, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains.