June 2012

No Conspiracy Behind Modified Bid Posting Armory in New Rochelle, Development Commissioner Explains

June 21, 2012 - 17:15


There has been a bit of confusion and controversy over an announcement recently posted to the City of New Rochelle web site.

I sent a series of questions to City spokesperson Kathy Gilwit based on the concerns raised to me; she got a response from New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth (below).

Talk of the Sound Questions:

1. What is the word-for-word difference between the original proposal and the modified proposal?

2. Why were words added or removed?

3. What was/were the precipitating event(s) that drove the decision to make a modification?

4. What is the technical or legal effect of the change in language?

5. What is the practical effect of the language?

6. Was Monroe College a factor, directly or indirectly, in the decision to create what became the Modified Bid Posting Armory.

New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth responded:

Unique Event at New Rochelle Public Library This Friday, Special Screening of Documentary Trailer on Life and Times of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

June 21, 2012 - 16:50

Filmmaker Muta'Ali is raising funds to complete a documentary film about his grandparents, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis: Life's Essentials. He is half way there and he needs help from the New Rochelle community.

To assist in that effort, New Rochelle Councilman Jared Rice will host a special screening of the trailer for Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee this Friday, June 22nd at the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library at 7:00 p.m. sharp. The screening will include a preview trailer and commentary from Muta'Ali who will share the vision of the documentary.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to [email protected].

Iona's Goal Club Honors Six Hall of Fame Inductees

June 21, 2012 - 16:22

2012 Iona Goal Club Hall of FameNEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College Athletic Department held its 31st Annual Goal Club Hall of Fame Golf Outing on Monday, June 4, 2012 at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle.

Six stellar former student athletes and supporters were inducted into the Goal Club Hall of Fame. Highlighted by the surprise induction of Jeanne Morris '74 and Janice Ghiorsi '76 - two pioneers of women's athletics at Iona College as the first captains of the women's basketball program - the pair joined men's basketball's Steve Burtt '06, women's swimming and diving's Laura Koch '98 and benefactors David J. McCabe '80, and JoAnn Mazzella Murphy '98H as the Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

M. Zonzini Pipeline Services of New Rochelle Makes Friends in Mount Vernon

June 21, 2012 - 14:53

Zonzini Pipeline was recently included in the award of a substantial contract by the New Rochelle Board of Education. They were given the contract, along with George Wood Plumbing and T&G Electronics. The need to award contracts for services like Carpentry, Masonry, Painting and Plumbing when the district already employs carpenters, masons, painters and plumbers was justified by Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Assistant Schools Superintendent John Quinn on the grounds that the contractors were being used for specialized work. Organisciak cites painting flag poles as one example. Note how the DPW Commissioner in Mount Vernon justifies hiring Zonzini on the same grounds.

In Memoriam: Detective William E. Mancusi, New Rochelle Police Department October 12, 1922 - July 20, 1934

June 21, 2012 - 08:52

WilliamMancusiDetective William Mancusi was appointed to the Department on October 12th , 1922. He died on July 20th, 1934 when the unmarked car he was a passenger in was involved in an accident in Stamford, Connecticut. Detective Mancusi was on his way back from Milford at 4:00 a.m., where he had been questioning a suspect in connection with recent jewelry thefts. News accounts at the time said 41 year old Bill Mancusi was the best-loved and most popular detective in the Department.

During his career, Detective Mancusi was singled out 16 times for department recognition. He solved the $12,000 robbery of the South Side branch of the Huguenot Trust Company, and also had a hand in nearly every important case during his career.

Detective Raymond Andolina Receives New Rochelle Police Commissioner's Award

June 21, 2012 - 08:52

RaymondAndolinaDetective Raymond Andolina was appointed to the Department in August 1996, and is currently assigned to the Police Services Division PACT Unit as a Youth Officer. He is the recipient of the Police Commissioner's Award, two Class C Citations, four Commendation Awards and was also the recipient of the Department's Problem Solver of the Year Award in 2003. Detective Andolina also serves as the Department liaison to both the New Rochelle Youth Court and Drug Court. On March 21, 2011 a Pinebrook Boulevard homeowner reported a burglary in progress, and provided a description of the getaway vehicle. Detective Andolina joined the search, and observed the vehicle on Fifth Avenue. After a brief vehicle and foot pursuit, Detective Andolina was able to apprehend a suspect. Assisting officers were able to take three other suspects into custody, and the proceeds of the burglary were recovered.

A Dream Come True: Getting A Foul Ball at Yankee Stadium

June 21, 2012 - 03:33

MicaelaFoulBall YankeeStadiumToday was one of the happiest sports moments of my life. It is a day I will not soon forget. Finally, after decades of dreaming, I got hold of an honest-to-goodness foul ball hit into the stands at Yankee Stadium. This was no lollipop floater lobbed into the stands and landing in my lap; I had to fight for it. The result is the joy on my daughter's face in the picture above, ball in hand, Derek Jeter up at the plate behind her, in Yankee Stadium. It is in the cuts and scrapes and bruises on my arms.

Like the time my wife's cousin got me field press pass for Giants home game or running on the field after Notre Dame beat Miami 31-30 in the infamous Catholics vs. Convicts game on their way to a National Championship or being in the old new Yankee Stadium when Chris Chambliss hit a walk-off home run to send the Yankees to the World Series or watching Bruce Jenner wave an American flag after wining the Olympic decathlon in Montreal, this was a great sports moment in my life.

For the non-fan it may be impossible to explain why getting a foul ball hit into the stands is such a big deal so if it means nothing to you then this story may not make much sense. For those who get it, I should not need to explain further.

American Catholic Bishops Urge Civil Disobedience

June 20, 2012 - 21:36

The American Catholic Bishops in a call for civil disobedience are urging Catholics to defy the Obama HHS Mandate and are sending bulletin inserts nationwide which quote Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King wrote:
"I would agree with Saint Augustine that 'An unjust law is no law at all.' A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law."

One Catholic priest in New Rochelle has already said he supports the Bishops.

There is a new 88 second video!

The U.S. Bishops have urged Catholics across America to participate in a 14-day campaign of prayer, study and public action dedicated to protecting our religious liberty.

The Fortnight for Freedom campaign starts this Thursday, June 21, the vigil of the Feasts of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More. The campaign culminates on July 4, the day Americans celebrate our Independence.