April 2012

New Rochelle Library Continues Film Fest With The Longest Yard Starring Burt Reynolds

April 18, 2012 - 21:55

LongestYardOn Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 pm, the New Rochelle Public Library will present the 1979 film, The Longest Yard. Featured in the library’s series highlighting various genres, The Longest Yard is a “bone-crunching” comedy that stars Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, and Michael Conrad. In it, the disgraced former NFL star Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Reynolds) is sentenced to prison, where he's forced to lead his fellow inmates against the guards in the dirtiest game of football every played. The color film runs 121 minutes and is rated R (Not recommended for viewers under 17).

Following the free showing, audience members are invited to participate in a discussion led by film librarian Chris Poggiali.

Update from Law Office of James Maisano, Esq.

April 18, 2012 - 16:40

Over the past few months, I have been engaged in interesting and diverse legal matters:

1) helped a family that could not locate a grandmother’s will – by winning a motion – so they could move forward with a probate action in Surrogate Court;

2) settled a significant collection action for a business client that was owed money;

3) drafted several wills, health care proxies, living wills and powers of attorney;

4) worked on several real estate closings;

5) helped a mother with a name change for her daughter;

6) set up a limited liability company with a “doing business as” name, and then drafted an assignment and assumption agreement for this LLC to take over a lease; and

7) helped a landlord evict tenants that had stopped paying rent.

Do you need any legal assistance? If yes, just give me a call or send me an email.

Her History Makes Me Proud To Be An American

April 18, 2012 - 07:07

I hear the voices of the heroes from the past; from New Rochelle’s proud history of service to this great country we call America. They cry out from the halls of our city’s historic Armory saying, “Well done city council”, as the 7-0 vote presents an opportunity for the city to consider a better use of the Armory, which is truly one of New Rochelle’s historic treasures.

The Save the Armory Committee has been working feverously for years to preserve her and to assure that she continues to serve the people of this great city once called the Queen City of the Sound. Yesterday’s city council vote was a major step toward this end. I applaud all who voted to give those determined to preserve New Rochelle’s precious military history the opportunity to respond to the RFP with a plan that assures she will continue to serve New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York and America as was specified when the dollar deal was made with New York State.

New Rochelle City Council Votes 7-0 on Revised Waterfront Proposal for Echo Bay and Armory

April 18, 2012 - 01:30

NewRochelleArmoryA vote that was widely expected to go 5-2 along party lines in favor of extending the Forest City MOU with the City of New Rochelle passed 7-0 in favor after a last minute deal was struck under which changes to the term sheet shortened the length of the MOU extension from 18 months to 9 months while creating a concurrent RFP process for the New Rochelle Armory.

"I am happy everyone has agreed to these terms," said Council Member Al Tarantino before voting in favor of the resolution to extend the MOU until the end of the year. "This will allow Council to put this to bed one way or another".

Council Member Jared Rice was pleased with the Council having achieved consensus on what has been a contentious issue for many years.

"I want to credit Council Member Trangucci and Mayor Bramson", said Rice. "It's a good thing for the City if we can tweak things so everyone can be happy".

Japanese Children’s Day To Be Celebrated At New Rochelle Library

April 17, 2012 - 21:40

NRPL KodomonohiMay 5th is “Children’s Day” in Japan--and at the New Rochelle Public Library, as a BID Family Day event! The free program for children in Pre-K through Grade 5, and their parents and grandparents, will begin at 12:30 pm in the library’s Meeting Room. In Japan, Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) is a national holiday set aside to respect children's unique personalities and to celebrate their happiness. Families display kabuto (samurai armor), hang koinobori (carp streamers) from their homes, and eat kashiwa mochi (rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves). The BID staff will help families make their own fish kite like the koinobori to take home, and will offer samples of some traditional Japanese treats.

OFFICIAL: CVS/pharmacy Announces Acquisition of Almarc Drugs in Larchmont and New Rochelle

April 17, 2012 - 19:46

AlmarcDrugsAs Talk of the Sound first reported on April 6th, CVS is acquiring Almarc Drugs, according to a statement issued by CVS today.

On and after April 5th sources provided Talk of the Sound with the following information:

Employees speaking on condition of anonymity told Talk of the Sound they were informed yesterday that the company had been acquired by CVS and will be closed in two weeks. The price tag for the sale of the two stores including the buildings is said to be around $24 million. A manager at the Almarc Drugs store in New Rochelle declined to comment.

On that day, two Talk of the Sound contributors visited the location and made inquiries as the pending sale. Store staff and the manager on duty that day declined to answer questions. The manager was asked to pass along the request to the appropriate person. No one from Almarc responded and the story ran the next day.

New Rochelle Board of Education Citizen Advisory Committee on the Budget - Complete Set of Documents and Video

April 17, 2012 - 16:53

NRSchoolBudget 2012 13 108For the first time, the New Rochelle Board of Education appointed a Citizen Advisory Committee ("CAC") to review the district's budget and make recommendations on potential cost savings and ways to make the budget document easier to understand for the average reader.

New Rochelle Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone brought forward the resolution to create the committee which was approved unanimously by the board. BoE Member David Lacher served as the Chairperson for the CAC and liaison to the school board. BoE Vice President Jeffrey Hastie served on the board ex-officio. District Treasurer Carol Amorello served as well. The citizen members of the Citizen Advisory Committee were Adam Egelberg, Ed Ackerman, Suyen Taylor and Mary Monzon.

Below is a complete set of relevant documents and video: The Final Report, the Powerpoint Presentation and the Video of the Presentation to the Board of Education on March 27th, 2012 and Albert Leonard Middle School.

“Pictures At An Exhibition” Poetry And Music Performance To Be Presented At New Rochelle Public Library

April 17, 2012 - 15:11

“Pictures at an Exhibition”, a live performance of poetry and music, will be presented at the New Rochelle Public Library on Sunday, April 29, at 3:00 pm. In this innovative program for National Poetry Month, Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 musical composition, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, will serve as the centerpiece for poetry written and read by members of the Westchester Poet's Express. Six movements of the suite--a classical standard for piano virtuosi--will be performed by pianist Marianna Salzman. Just as Mussorgsky’s piece was inspired by the works of artist Viktor Hartmann, the Poet Express poets will present their works that have also been inspired by works of art.

Echo Bay Development? What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

April 17, 2012 - 13:06

Development, Development, What we need is development? Not of buildings and parks, we need to start with building a community. A community that communicates. A City that communicates with its citizenry. A communication of ideas and visions that work towards the betterment of New Rochelle. Not any Outside developer or organizations regardless of what they stand for. No one stands up for New Rochelle more than the citizens of New Rochelle. Now we need our City Council Members to do the same tonight. Use Echo Bay as a catalyst for bringing the citizens and government of New Rochelle together towards one goal, a better, brighter, thriving and community minded New Rochelle. Below is an E-Mail I sent yesterday to The City Council:

Mayor Bramson and City Council Members,

Let me start by saying that my comments have no political motives attached. I speak only in the interest of the betterment of The City of New Rochelle. We cannot continue to keep going about business the same way. Change is hard but change is necessary.