June 2012

Early Morning Fire at Laundromat at 43 Drake Avenue Leaves Residents in Three Apartment Buildings Without Power

June 22, 2012 - 20:48

An early-morning fire left residents in more than 40 units in three apartment buildings without power for hours. The fire broke out in a first-floor laundromat in a four-story apartment building at 43 Drake Avenue. Mexico Lindo, a restaurant next door to the Wash & Dry laundromat had some water damage.

Con Edison spent the morning to working to restore power which went back around noon.

The fire could have been much worse. The Drake Avenue firehouse is just two blocks down the street from the scene of the fire. Firefighters arrived in a few minutes where they encountered a fully involved fire. The fire was brought under control very quickly.

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you were at the scene this morning and have photos or videos you would like to share please contact [email protected]

Iona Senior Finishes 12th In NCAA Championship 5K in Des Moines

June 22, 2012 - 16:22

GooseIonaDES MOINES, IA - Iona College men's outdoor track senior Mitch Goose finished 12th in the 5000-meter NCAA Championship at Drake University. Goose ran a time of 14:02.53 two seconds behind the 11th place performer and just five seconds off the First Team All-America pace.

Goose's time was his second fastest of the year behind his NCAA qualifying and school record time of 13:34.41 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in April. It stands as one of the Top 15 times in school history.

Southern Utah's Cameron Levins won the event with his time of 13:40.05.

Goose's performance wraps up the 2011-2012 campaign for Iona College athletics. He will earn Second Team All-America honors when its announced on Monday.

In Memoriam: Patrolman Timothy Mahoney, New Rochelle Police Department April 3, 1922 - May 5, 1930

June 22, 2012 - 08:52

TimothyMahoneyPatrolman Timothy Mahoney was appointed to the Department on April 3rd,1922. He died on May 5th, 1930, shortly after his patrol wagon overturned during a collision. He was responding to another auto accident at North Avenue and Brookside Place.

Patrolman Mahoney had served as president of the Police Association in 1925 and 1926. He had received a commendation for helping to save a drowning man on June 10th, 1928 and was to have been promoted to Sergeant in the near future. "He was always conscientious and he performed his duty well," Chief Frank L. Bermingham said shortly after Patrolman Mahoney died.

A requiem mass was held at Blessed Sacrament Church. Six police officers carried their fallen comrade into church as police officers from all over Westchester County paid their last respects. Fifty uniformed officers marched in a cortege from the Mahoney residence of 49 Lincoln Street to the Church and from there to Holy Sepulcher Cemetery for internment.

Police Officer Marc Weinerman and K-9 Officer Tank Honored by New Rochelle Police Department for Role in Drug Arrests

June 22, 2012 - 08:52

MarcWeinermanPolice Officer Marc Weinerman was appointed to the Department in February 2004, and is currently assigned to the Police Services Division's Critical Incident Unit as a K-9 handler. He is the recipient of one Class C Citation, three Commendation Awards and a Lifesaving Award. He is partnered with K-9 Tank, one of the Department's three canines. On three separate occasions in February, Officer Weinerman and Tank were invaluable in Department investigations. On February 2nd , while assisting the New York State Police with a vehicle search, Tank Located a trap which contained a significant quantity of marijuana that would have likely not been found using conventional search techniques. On February 6th , Tank recovered a loaded 9 mm handgun used in a shooting, and the handgun was covered in several feet of snow. On February 18th , Officer Weinerman and Tank tracked a suspected drug dealer several blocks and located him on the third floor of a building.

New Rochelle Farmers Market Opens June 22nd; “Local” Vendors Travel “To Market & Back In A Day”

June 21, 2012 - 23:47

FarmersMarketLogoNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- 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.

Community Markets greatly appreciates the continued support of the New Rochelle community, as expressed by Mayor Noam Bramson:

New Rochelle UFFA Local 273: Fred Taylor Jr. Tells When Floor of a Bayard Street Building on Fire Collapsed from under Him

June 21, 2012 - 22:42

FF. Fred Taylor Jr, a 23 year veteran, tells when the floor of a Bayard St. building on fire collapsed from under him. Were it not for a floor joist catching his fall, Taylor would have plummeted into the basement of the building. FF Taylor suffered a tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his knee, requiring surgery and months of difficult rehabilitation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video is part of a series, New Rochelle Fire Fighters Speak of Pain, Suffering & Dangers of Fires

Patch "Reports" New Rochelle Honda Rated a Top Dealership for Outstanding Customer Experience by Women

June 21, 2012 - 20:55

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I saw this article in AOL Patch today and could not believe my eyes. It has been my experience that New Rochelle Honda is absolutely the worst car dealership I have ever dealt with. Both my wife and daughter would second that, probably even triple that. How bad is it? I have bought or leased 4 Hondas in the past three years. I bought the first one at Honda of New Rochelle. For the next three I went to a dealership near Binghamton, NY -- just to get as far away from Honda of New Rochelle as possible. The contrast between Miller Auto in Vestal, NY and Honda of New Rochelle was so vast as to be embarrassing.

Without a byline, Patch has an article that looks like the best sort of self-serving media goodness that only money can buy -- the claim that woman love Honda of New Rochelle.


Confidence in Public Schools Reaches New All-Time Low

June 21, 2012 - 18:46

Gallup SchoolConfidenceA new Confidence in Institutions Gallup Poll is out which shows Americans' confidence in public schools has reached a new low with just 29% expressing "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in public schools. In the last survey in 2007-08, confidence in public schools stood at 33%. The high was 58% the first time Gallup included public schools, in 1973.

Gallup has conducted its survey of Americans confidence in a variety of U.S. institutions since 1973, including annually since 1993.

Americans are most confident in the military (75%). Congress is ranked last with 13% confidence.

For more on the entire survey click here.