June 2012

Teens Are Smarter About Drinking and Driving but Not So When it Comes to Texting & Smoking Marijuana

June 19, 2012 - 12:06

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- High school students have shown significant progress over the past two decades in improving many health-risk behaviors associated with the leading cause of death among youth—motor vehicle crashes—according to the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although motor vehicle crashes account for more than 1 in 3 U.S. teen deaths each year, findings from this survey show dramatic improvements during the past 20 years in motor vehicle safety among youth:

• From 1991 to 2011, the percentage of students who rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol during the past 30 days declined from 40 to 24.

• The percentage of high school students who had driven a car during the past 30 days when they had been drinking alcohol decreased from 17 in 1997 to 8 in 2011.

• Between 2009 and 2011 encouraging improvements were also shown in the percentage of students wearing a seat belt, not riding with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and not driving a car when they had been drinking alcohol.

Iona College Player Selected By Padres In MLB Draft

June 19, 2012 - 11:23

ChrisBurkeIonaNEW YORK, NY - Iona College baseball graduate IF/OF Chris Burke was selected by the San Diego Padres as the 555th pick in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft this afternoon. Burke becomes the 24th Iona player to be selected in the draft since its inception in 1965.

The last Iona player drafted was former catcher and current pitching coach James LaSala in 2006. LaSala was selected as the 1,331th pick (44th round) by the New York Yankees. He played two seasons in the organization appearing in 27 games behind the plate and at first base. LaSala most notably served as Roger Clemens' bullpen catcher in Tampa during his heavily publicized media workout after resigning with the Yankees in 2007.

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New Rochelle High School Chapter of Best Buddies Receives Outstanding Chapter Award for New York State

June 19, 2012 - 11:06

BestBuddiesThe New Rochelle High School chapter of Best Buddies has been selected for the Outstanding Chapter Award for New York State.

Best Buddies New York which sponsors the award said the chapter, “absolutely went above and beyond this year with your programs, and we want to show you off! We are endlessly impressed by your leadership, spirit, and passion for social inclusion. In so many ways, your chapter serves as a model for the Best Buddies program.”

In Memoriam: Patrolman Maurice Ahern, New Rochelle Police Department May 12, 1899 - June 30, 1903

June 19, 2012 - 08:52

MauriceAhernMaurice Ahern was appointed as a "Special Patrolman" by New Rochelle on May 12th , 1899. On June 20th , 1903 he was shot and killed while patrolling a private neighborhood, Rochelle Park. The New Rochelle Press said of Patrolman Ahern, "The man was an exemplary official and highly esteemed." At about 1:15 a.m., Patrolman Ahern observed an individual stumbling over the railroad tracks. After approaching the unidentified man, 'a struggle ensued in which Patrolman Ahern was shot several times. On June 22nd at 9:00 p.m., the assailant was apprehended. Francesco Raffo was convicted on February 18th , 1904, and sentenced to be electrocuted. After a retrial he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to twenty years in prison. Raffo was subsequently stabbed to death by another inmate.

A funeral was held for Patrolman Ahern on June 23rd, and the thirty-two year old was buried at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery under "a great pillow of roses".

Police Officer Sean Kane Named Police Officer of the Year by New Rochelle Police Department

June 19, 2012 - 08:52

SeanKanePolice Officer Sean Kane was appointed to the Department in August 2007, and is currently assigned to the Police Services Division's Third Tour. He is the recipient of the Police Commissioners' Award, four Class C Citations, one Commendation Award and the Municipal Housing Award. During his tenure with the Department, Officer Kane has developed a keen ability to detect criminal activity. He was temporarily reassigned to the Special Investigations Unit in 2011 and made an immediate impact. His street contacts and knowledge of the illegal drug community contributed to the success of Operation City Sweeper. His personal contributions led to sealed indictments in four cases. In 2011, he made 72 arrests, issued 37 city code summonses and filed 110 field interview reports. In acknowledgement of his noted achievements and performance, Police Officer Sean Kane is designated the Police Officer of the Year for 2011.

Wildcliff Sculpture Garden Presents Open Air Opera Concert

Submitted by Incoming Tide on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 20:36

Wildcliff Sculpture Garden's first open air opera concert starts the Acoustic Tuesday concert season.

Join us for music from La Traviata, Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Manon Lescaut, Candide, West Sise Story and more. Featured performers are Teresa Vicario, Denise Esposito, Jodi Keogan and Robert Puleo with Justine Macurdy on piano and Bill Lane as narrator.

Wildcliff concerts on the bay are the next best thing to being in Tanglewood! Bring your favorite picnic items and relax across our lawn.

Our address is 44 Wildcliff Rd in New Rochelle, one block from Hudson Park.

Tickets available at or call SmartTix at 212-868-4444.

Detective Glen Spinner Receives New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Investigator Award

June 18, 2012 - 19:41

GlenSpinnerDetective Glen Spinner was appointed to the Department in January 1999, and is currently assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. He is the recipient of the Police Commissioner's Award, one Class C Citation, four Commendation Awards, the MetroCare Ambulance Life Saving Award and a Unit Citation.

During 2011 Detective Spinner was one of the lead investigators in "Operation City Sweeper," which culminated in November 2011 with arrests of sixty drug dealers on a variety of charges for drug trafficking activity in the city of New Rochelle. One of the Unit's most seasoned and experienced investigators, Detective Spinner was responsible for directing and controlling undercover work that was crucial to the operation's success For his outstanding work in "Operation City Sweeper" as well as his consistently impressive overall performance, Detective Glen Spinner was designated Officer of the Month for October 2011.

Each year, as part of National Police Week each May, the City of New Rochelle acknowledges outstanding police officers and units. The 2012 New Rochelle Police Department Awards Ceremony was held at the Greentree County Club on May 16th.