June 2012

New Rochelle Farmers Market Opens June 22

June 14, 2012 - 20:31

As more people want to know our food sources, mass marketers are imitating calls of courtship with words like “all-natural,” “sustainable,” and “artisanal.” How do we know what’s authentic?

On Friday, June 22nd, Community Markets will open the New Rochelle Farmers Market with the promise of an essential word: local. Throughout the season, shoppers can buy directly from farmers and food producers, who are all “local”, meaning they travel “to market and back in a day.”
“Since 1991, when we started our first farmers market in Ossining, New York, the goal has always been to connect people directly with farmers. Even with our artisanal producers, we make sure that they source their ingredients from area farms. We want to keep farms and local businesses healthy and strong,” said Miriam Haas, Founder of Community Markets.

Incoming New Rochelle Schools Principal Formally Introduced to Parents and Faculty at Trinity Elementary

June 14, 2012 - 13:08

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"Absolutely ecstatic."

That's how a beaming Anthony DiCarlo described his reaction last week to receiving a phone call offering him the position of Principal at Trinity Elementary School.

DiCarlo was introduced to the faculty and PTA on Wednesday. He described himself as a "very approachable" and a "team player".

"I want to thank you for having trust in me," said DiCarlo, vowing to take Trinity to the next level.

It has been a bumpy ride the past few years at Trinity with a high turnover rate in the building leadership position.

New Rochelle Police: No Charges in Sex Assault Case at New Roc City Movie Theater

June 13, 2012 - 22:37

NewRocSexAssaultAutistic 251New Rochelle Police will not be pursuing charges against a teenage who sexually assaulted a child in the bathroom at the Regal Cinema at the New Roc City entertainment complex. Police officers determined that the teen was autistic and not responsible for his actions, sources say.

Police were called to the theater at about 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after a parent called police to report that a white/male teen in a greet shirt had sexually assaulted her child. Police searched the area but did not locate the suspect at the scene. Sources tell Talk of the Sound, police were able to identify the teen and locate him later in the day.

CNR Student Recognized as an "Emerging Voice" By Women in Media and Ford Motor Company Fund

June 13, 2012 - 20:13

Luisa Garcia NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Sophomore Luisa Maria Garcia, a Communication Arts major in the School of Arts & Sciences at The College of New Rochelle, was one of two undergraduates selected by The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund as a scholarship recipient of the “Emerging Voices” program. Luisa was recognized at a Gracie Awards Luncheon on May 23, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA.

The “Emerging Voices” Scholarship program consists of a $2,500 scholarship, made payable directly to The College of New Rochelle in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund.
Her success has not surprised her professors. Dr. Michael Quinn, Communication Arts professor says, “Luisa is not only developing technical skills by working in our TV Studio, she is also improving her skills in a journalist is classes ranging from Newswriting to Political Science. She has also taken advantage of our Internship Program at major media organizations such as CBS and ABC."

New Rochelle City Employee Exempts Herself from Parking Regulations at Isaac Young Middle School

June 13, 2012 - 19:09

Cadillac Isaac 248Another New Rochelle municipal employee who works for the New Rochelle Police Department and also works for the City School District of New Rochelle is exempting herself from parking regulations. She regularly parks her White Cadillac Escalade in front of the school entrance on Centre Avenue in front of a "No Parking During School Hours" sign.

On the vehicle dashboard is a placard displaying an NRPD PBA placard on her dashboard. The placard bears the PBA Shield with the words "P.A.N.R. / Police Association of New Rochelle / Vehicle Identification"

The vehicle is parked there by an NRPD CSO who works at Isaac E. Young Middle School. She also routinely parks the same vehicle illegally near police headquarters on Winthrop Avenue.

Read it and Don't Weep

June 13, 2012 - 15:25

Last night I attended the City Council Meeting prepared to give a brief comment on the importance of working together as a community as well as some steps that should be taken to rebuild and restore New Rochelle.

Preceding general citizens commentary was a presentation to 5 young women students athletes who received awards for excellence on the field and in the classroom. Four of the five were present.

Excerpts from their narratives stating why they should receive these rewards were read and they were exceptional. Thematically these young people knew about the power of positive thought and actions, or as Colin Powell puts it, continuous optimism. They spoke of teamwork, family and community values, and more.

Noam was very gracious and you would hope that he and all of those on stage would take this message to heart.

Following this were the usual diatribes about traffic, failures in governing, checkbook diplomacy, and favoritism in filling slots on committees and other community roles.

Why Read the 1996 New Rochelle Revised Comprehensive Plan?

June 13, 2012 - 15:04


Carl Sagan, astronomer and philosopher, wrote "You have to know the past to understand the present.”

The recently announced EnvisioNR planning process is intended to create a revised Comprehensive Plan for the City of New Rochelle. To put this effort in context today some history is in order. The EnvisioNR will be a successor to the Revised Comprehensive Plan which was adopted by New Rochelle City Council on July 30, 1996. That revised plan built upon the Master Plan for New Rochelle completed in 1965 which was updated in 1977.

The 1996 Comprehensive Plan was prepared by Saccardi & Schiff, Inc. which worked with a Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and the New Rochelle Department of Development.

Members of the City Council at the time were Tim Idoni (Mayor) and Rhoda Quash, Noam Bramson, Alex Eodice, Joe Fosina, Ruth Kitchen and Chris Selin. The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (COMPAC) consisted of 12 people and included two council members (Kitchen, Eodice) along with a future council member (Marianne Sussman) and a future City Judge (Anthony Carbone). Also on the commitee was Lois Brechner, Jay Kreisberg, Gerard Ragone, Joseph Rossini, Sebastian·Bulfamante, Jacquetta Cole, Teresa Morales and Dr. Jason Silverman. Three of the members of the COMPAC members were members of the Planning Board (not sure which 3, little help here) and the Committee reported its findings to the full Planning Board. The Department of Development was led by Commissioner Joseph Madonna along with Alan Schuman and Ed Lynch.

The entire Revised Comprehensive Plan (adopted 1996) plus Amendments can be downloaded here.

Reading a Comprehensive Plan is an effort. It is long, detailed and filled with jargon. For those who want to be a party to the discussions on the current EnvisioNR planning, it is a must read. You are urged to download the PDF document linked above and read it with a notepad handy to capture questions and ideas for the current planning.

No matter what your interest in the current planning process, every New Rochelle resident will find at least skimming Section II: CITYWIDE CONDITIONS AND PLANNING STUDIES worthwhile. It is listed as about 50 pages but the format of the document is such that it is really more like a 20 page chapter of a book. There are many interesting historical tidbits containing in this section and, for many, sure to be some nostalgic memories of past political figures, businesses and previous land use battles. What is truly amazing is the number of issues that we are still grappling with today -- moving the City Yard, downtown development, the North Avenue corridor, parkland and much more. It's been 20 years since that plan was being developed but sections read like it could have been written today.

Do you know why there is a large traffic circle on Memorial Highway? Do you remember the Munchkin Day Parade around the Library? Did you know that the school district taxes utilities and why? Do you know what runs underneath Stephenson Boulevard? These and other nuggets are nestled in among Section II.

If this is not enough to get you interested to download and review the 1996 Comprehensive Plan, click "read more" and continue after the jump.

New Rochelle City Council Votes Unanimously Sell Lot 50 and Lot 45A to DeRaffele for Diner

June 13, 2012 - 01:55

Lot50 246New Rochelle City Council voted 7-0 to sell Lot 50 and Lot 45A to DeRaffele which plans to place a diner on the combined parcels which will be reconfigured to remove Industrial Way and add new traffic lane around the three remaining sides of Lot 50.

Mayor Noam Bramson described the diner as a "expression of interest in the community." Council Member Louis Trangucci described a meeting of the South End Civic Association the night before, saying "they were all excited about the diner". Council Member Ivar Hyden hoped that the diner could be an attraction for New Rochelle.

RELATED: New Rochelle City Council: Everyone Loves Going to the Diner Until the Check Comes

Before the vote, New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth said the City was projecting the proposed diner would have $3.5 million in sales expected to generate $87,000 in sales tax for the City or about $7,250 a month.

Nation of Patriots "Patriot Tour" Riding Into Empire Harley Davidson In New Rochelle This Friday

June 13, 2012 - 00:14


This Friday, June 15th between 10:30am and 11:00am,  Empire Harley Davidson located at 8 Industrial Lane in New Rochelle will be welcoming The Nation of Patriots Tour 2012.  All are invited and urged to join the event.  Come show your patriotism, gratitude and honor for our military and attend this amazing occasion.

One Flag, 14,000 miles, 48 states, and 100 days: The Nation of Patriots will send one American Flag on a journey around the country to honor the US Armed Forces; The Goal is to raise $50,000 to be given directly to struggling families of wounded US Veterans around the country.