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April 2012

Gripedaddy Predicts Demise of Best Buy Weeks Before Company Value Drops $2 Billion in Wake of CEO Ouster over Scandal, 50 Stores to Close

April 16, 2012 - 13:48

You gotta listen to the Gripedaddy. He knows what he is talking about.

Just 12 weeks after Gripedaddy said he sensed that Best Buy was vulnerable and predicted the company could not continue to operate the way it was operating, the national electronics retailing giant, is in turmoil. It has fired its CEO, launched an internal investigation into possible misuse of company funds, announced the closing of 50 stores and seen its share price drop over 20% in a week. lopping over 2 billion dollars from the company's market cap as investors scramble to make sense of it all.

Of course, Gripedaddy saw it coming a mile away.

Susan Moley, Director of Wellness for PepsiCo, Will Speak at College of New Rochelle's Inaugural Lectures Series

April 16, 2012 - 13:09

SusanMoley(New Rochelle, NY) -- The College of New Rochelle (CNR) will present the third in its series of inaugural lectures celebrating the Inauguration of the College’s 13th president, Judith Huntington. Susan Moley, Director of Wellness for PepsiCo, will speak on the topic, “Evolving a Culture of Wellness” on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 5 p.m. in the Sweeny Student Center on the Main Campus of CNR.

72% of Adults Follow Local News Closely

April 16, 2012 - 13:03
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WomanReadingNewspaperScreamingPew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project has released the results of a survey which shows that nearly three quarters (72%) of adults are quite attached to following local news and information, and local newspapers are by far the source they rely on for much of the local information they need.

According to the survey, local news enthusiasts are substantially more wedded to their local newspapers than others. They are much more likely than others to say that if their local newspaper vanished, it would have a major impact on their ability to get the local information they want. This is especially true of local news followers age 40 and older, who differ from younger local news enthusiasts in some key ways.

5Th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Hosted By Cerebral Palsy Of Westchester At County Center Tuesday

April 16, 2012 - 12:34

(White Plains, NY) -- With the support of Westchester County, the Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Barrier Breakers will compete in the annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, April 17 at the Westchester County Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The players will square off against their Westchester rivals, the Wildcats from The Westchester School for Special Children.

This annual event is made possible with the help of the county. The Office for the Disabled has helped coordinate it, while the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation has provided the arena.

“We are delighted to give our support to this fabulous event,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “These kids are outstanding athletes, and their enthusiasm is contagious. Through a program like this, they get the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of competition.”

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester is a non- profit organization that provides essential educational services, vocational training, recreation, rehabilitation and advocacy to thousands of children and adults in Westchester County.

New Rochelle School District Medical Insurer Wasting Millions in Taxpayer Money, Phony Evaluations and Overpayments

April 16, 2012 - 12:21

Thomas DiNnapoliIn a report issued today, the New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli discloses that the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) erroneously paid as much as $11 million for special items such as implants, drugs and blood and evaluation procedures that were not performed according to two audits released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Payments to hospitals accounted for an estimated $3.2 million of this amount, with medical providers paid as much as $7.8 million for phony evaluations. In one of the audits, DiNapoli’s auditors found errors resulting in overpayments in 57 percent of the claims reviewed.

“While most New Yorkers are watching their spending, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United HealthCare are not monitoring bills and are letting the state overpay health providers,” DiNapoli said. “An error rate showing that nearly 6 of every 10 claims are billed incorrectly is simply unacceptable and cannot continue. These companies have to do a better job watching taxpayer dollars.”

EFC Board Approves $80 Million in Interest-Free and Low-Interest Short-Term Financing for New Rochelle Wastewater Treatment Plant

April 16, 2012 - 12:15

NRWWTP 185(Albany, NY) -- Extensive Upgrades at New Rochelle Wastewater Treatment Plant to Ensure Continued Protection of Long Island Sound
The Board of Directors of the Environmental Facilities Corp. (EFC) today approved $40 million in interest-free financing and $40 million in low-interest financing for two wastewater treatment projects at the New Rochelle Wastewater Treatment Plant in Westchester County.

The EFC financing – part of a multi-year financing plan -- will save county taxpayers an estimated $450,000 in interest costs during the first year alone. The short-term financing will pay for improvements at the New Rochelle Wastewater Treatment Plant, including the installation of biological nutrient removal systems and the construction of UV disinfection equipment to meet chlorine residual requirements.

New Rochelle Fire Department at Holy Name Church for Fire Truck Blessing and Communion Breakfast

April 16, 2012 - 03:16
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The Holy Name Society of the New Rochelle Fire Department held its sixth annual communion breakfast at Holy Name Church in New Rochelle on Sunday. On hand was retired Fire Chief Ray Kiernan and current Fire Chief Lou DiMeglio along with many current and retired members of the New Rochelle Fire Department. Captain Andy Sandor served as the organizer of the event.

Bicycle Sundays sponsored by Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks 2012 Kickoff on May 6th

April 15, 2012 - 23:03

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Bicycle Sundays will kick off at the Westchester County Center in White Plains at the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday, May 6th at 10 a.m.

The complete schedule includes May 6, 13, 20; June 3, 10, 17, 24; September 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On these days, the Bronx River Parkway closes to vehicular traffic and opens to cyclists, skaters, non-motorized scooters, walkers, joggers and strollers from the County Center in White Plains south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a 13.1-mile round trip. Admission is free. Parking at the County Center lot in White Plains is $5.00

Bicycle Sundays is presented by the Westchester County Parks and sponsored by Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks, with support from radio station WHUD 100.7.

For more information visit westchestergov.com/parks or (914) 864-PARK

Sound Shore Medical Center Joins National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 15, 2012 - 22:55

SoundShoreEntance(New Rochelle, NY) -- Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester (SSMC) is pleased to join the Fifth Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision making

As a participating organization, Sound Shore Medical Center will have members of the Ethics Committee available to speak about the importance of advance healthcare planning. They will be in the lobby of SSMC and Schaffer Extended Care on National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The Committee members will provide free information that will guide discussions about this important subject with family, friends and healthcare providers. SSMC encourages everyone to talk with family today – make your healthcare wishes known.

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