May 2012

Rep. Engel Seeks To Protect Personal Online Content

May 11, 2012 - 16:26

EliotEngel(Washington, DC) -- Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) has introduced legislation protecting users of social networking sites from having to divulge personal information to employers, schools and universities. The legislation protects people already employed or enrolled, and those seeking employment or admittance, or those facing disciplinary action. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09) is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.

Con Edison Launches ‘Get Out the Vote’ Student Poster Contest

May 11, 2012 - 14:12

(New York, NY) -- Con Edison is sponsoring a “Get Out the Vote” poster design contest for students to encourage and show the power of voting in this fall’s elections.

New York City or Westchester County students who are at least 13 years old and who will be in high school in September are eligible.

“We’re calling on our next generation of civic leaders to illustrate the importance and privilege of our freedom to vote, the hallmark of our democracy. The contest will engage students in promoting voter registration and participating in the November elections,” said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison senior vice president for public affairs.

A panel of judges, comprised of two executives of nonprofit organizations involved with the arts and three company employees, will chose six finalists from the poster entries. The winning design will be selected by Con Edison employees during a week-long intranet poll.

Obituary: Katie Marie Butler Long (1926 - 2012); Wife of Tuskegee Airman, Member of Bethesda Baptist Church

May 11, 2012 - 14:08

Katie Marie Butler Long of New Rochelle, on May 4, 2012, born January 2, 1926 in Central, South Carolina to Etolia (Reid) and Richard Butler. Katie graduated from New York University earning her Bachelor's in Physical Ed. and Hygiene, and Masters in Guidance and Student Personnel. A physical education instructor for forty years in the New Rochelle Public School System. An active member of Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle, recently she attended First Baptist Church of Bronxville. Katie was married to Tuskegee Airman, Wilbur F. Long, whom predeceased her in 1998. Surviving are one daughter, Dr. Karen O. Long-Rowe; three grandchildren, Victoria, Alexandra, and Cody. Visitation Frida, 9:30-10:30am at First Baptist Church, 407 New Rochelle Road, Bronxville, NY. Services 10:30 am. Interment in Calverton National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Barney T. McClanahan Funeral Home, Inc.

Donations to or to Lustgarten Foundation

Sustainability/GreeNR; Curative; or Kabuki Theater?

May 09, 2012 - 16:21

Green New Rochelle, ICLEI, Agenda 21 etc. are nothing more than local organizing angles torn from the pages of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." This is the textbook of New Age societal re-organization for the hordes and multitudes of the disaffected and self-classified 99 percenters poised and ready to inflict a second Great Recession on our nation with a second Obama term of office.

They are ideological crowbars; extraordinary tools for forcing open the ordinary mechanisms of local governance and political reform in our municipality and injecting into them some very serious, long-term revisions and reversals of accustomed democratic practices in our system of representative government.

As a general matter, no one is his or her right mind can be against serious recycling; reductions in packaging and energy utilization, re-use of carbon-based materials like PVC and PET, composting of appropriate materials etc. The point is only that we do not need a "multi-inch" bundle of mundane platitudes and intrusive prescriptions and proscriptions to achieve it.

Obituary: Marsha A. Flowers (1952-2012)

May 08, 2012 - 18:19

Marsha A. Flowers, 60, of Bemus Point, formerly of Bradford, Pa., died Saturday (May 5, 2012) at her home.

She was born April 3, 1952, in Bradford, the daughter of the late John and Ann Veritz Matis.

Mrs. Flowers attended Bradford Area High School and Slippery Rock University. She worked as a quality control coordinator at Dresser Manufacturing for 15 years, owned and operated the M&M Pastry and The Kennedy Street Café for five years, was a culinary vocational instructor at the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean for 15 years, and a banquet manager at The Village Casino in Bemus Point for 10 years.

Marsha was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bradford, the St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bemus Point, and was a former member of the Power Boat Club.

She was an avid gardener and loved to entertain. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, needlework and skiing.

George T. Davis Funeral Home Hosts Bus Trip to Calverton National Cemetery on May 30th

May 08, 2012 - 18:15


The George T. Davis Funeral Home is hosting a trip to Calverton National Cemetery for those families or veterans who do not get an opportunity to visit their loved ones or friends.

This FREE trip will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The bus will depart from 14 LeCount Place, New Rochelle, NY at 8:15am and will return approximately 4:30pm. A ceremony will host special guest speaker, Commissioner Terrance C. Holliday; Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs New York City and Retired Colonel in the United States Air Force, patriotic songs, folding of the flag, a dove release, Taps and more, will be held at the Assembly area of the cemetery. This year we will also honor those indigent veterans who have no family. After which family and friends will visit the graves of their loved ones.

A continental breakfast will be served at George T. Davis Funeral Home between 7:15am and 8:00am. A box lunch will be provided on the bus at Calverton National Cemetery.

My Objection is Sustained, Move On

May 08, 2012 - 17:07

I have been subjected to granola overload on Sustainability recently over the airways. The more I hear, the more I am convinced that few people have any perspective, or much knowledge on the subject. This is fine as an excuse to smack the kitchen table and scream out dumkopf or muttonhead, but it is serious business when it could well represent reduction in property owner equity or even political persperation. We are going through very, very difficult times and all we need are other reasons to shock the system and step all over any sense or sensibility that exists in governance.

Let's get a grip on Sustainability/GreeNR. Other communities are beginning to see the light and it is our turn.

There have been many other times during the evolution of civilization when we had to change based on natural causes (climate) or technological change (bronze age, iron age). It takes place as a natural process of evolution, of survival of the species. Recently, we have experienced these types of changes we can more readily identify with and these can be correctly define Sustainability and for our community GreeN.

Legislators Maisano & Marcotte - Let's Chat - Sunday, May 20, Noon to 2pm - Beechmont

May 08, 2012 - 16:42

Please visit Sheila Marcotte and I on Sunday, May 20, from Noon to 2pm, for our community outreach event at the Beechmont in New Rochelle. We look forward to chatting about any and all issues with our friends and constituents.



Jim Maisano 75pxJim Maisano is the Minority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He represents District 11 covering New Rochelle and Pelham. You can follow Jim on Facebook, Twitter or on his Blog. You can contact Jim at 914-995-2826 or [email protected]

Dear Blabby: What Happened to AJ's Burgers??

May 08, 2012 - 13:49

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DEAR BLABBY: I drove by AJ Burgers today and see brown paper covering the windows. Their Facebook account is deactivated. Their web site is just more brown paper with the words "? five one eight". I am so distressed. Please tell me that my favorite hamburger joint is not closing.

Dear So Distressed.

People all over New Rochelle have been stopping me on the street with the same question. What is going on with AJ's Burgers?

I have already lectured that young man on giving your poor old Blabby a case of the nerves with his little gag.