June 2012

Talk of the Sound Housekeeping: More Comments on the Home Page, Hall of Fame Data

June 16, 2012 - 15:31

You guys have been great, really talking up a storm! To accommodate the increased volume of comments over the course of 2012, we have made a few changes. Hope you like them.

1. We have increased the number of comments displayed in the "Recent Comments" block from 6 to 10. More access to the hottest topics.

2. We have added a link to "All Comments" for a reverse-chronological (most recent first) list of all comments. With so many comments coming in during the day it was easy to miss a bunch of them. By displaying more of them and providing access to the entire list of all comments you can catch up on comments quickly.

3. We have added a list of the Most Active Contributors by Week, Month, Year, and All-Time. See where you rank!

4. We have added a list of the Most Popular Content by Week, Month, Year, and All-Time. See what everyone is talking about in New Rochelle.

5. We have added a list of the Most Active Commentors by Week, Month, Year, All-Time. Whose got the biggest mouth on Talk of the Sound? Well, after Robert Cox that is.

New Rochelle Corners the Market: The Crime & Courts Section of the Sound Shore Express

June 16, 2012 - 00:13


We were rather surprised to see that in the Thursday, June 14 2012 edition of the Sound Shore Express of the Journal News, seven of the eight articles in the crime blotter were about New Rochelle. The eighth article in the blotter was about a crime committed in Scarsdale. By looking at this particular week's blotter (barring the Scarsdale piece), we got the impression that the Standard Star was back. The fact is that the Sound Shore Express claims to cover Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Pelham, Port Chester, Rye, Rye Brook in addition to New Rochelle.

Seven out of eight briefs were written by the same person; Will David. The eighth one was written by Lee Higgins. We wonder if the reason for this unusual representation of New Rochelle in the Crime and Courts section was because it was a rather slow crime week elsewhere, David did not have time to get around to other towns or simply had his work cut out for him here in our home town. Whatever the case may be, it is not good for New Rochelle. The titles of the New Rochelle briefs read as follows:

Holy Family Church Kicks Off Centential Year Celebration with Carnival This Saturday

June 15, 2012 - 20:35

Holy Family Youth Groups is holding their annual carnival this Saturday in the church parking lot at 83 Clove Road.

This year's fun will include Carnival Games & Prizes, a Bouncy Castle, Arts & Crafts including Spin Art a Dunk Tank where you can dunk a CYO Coach, a CCD teacher or even Monsignor Berardi.

Food and treats include Barbeque Food, Cold Beverages, Popcorn & Cotton Candy.

There will be music, balloons and a raffle.

Entry is $5 per person (includes 6 tickets*) $10 per family (includes 12 tickets*). Tickets are required for games, dunk tank, other activities & snacks Cash can be used for barbecue, drinks and to purchase Centennial T-shirts.

The event will be held RAIN OR SHINE!

New York State Comptroller's Forensic Audit Reveals Metro-North Employees Were No Shows

June 15, 2012 - 20:09

Metro North TrainMetro-North Railroad employees that were supposed to monitor train conditions and crew performance were not on the job when they were scheduled to work and performed poorly when they were, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Auditors and investigators also found that a relative of a manager was hired at an inflated salary over other more qualified employees, a possible violation of the New York State Public Officers Law.

“The public got taken for a ride,” DiNapoli said. “When workers in this unit did bother to show up for their jobs, they did shoddy work or personal tasks when they should have been ensuring that trains were operating safely and smoothly. The MTA needs to do more to tighten up accountability. I am pleased that this audit brought an end to this situation.”

To read the full report, click here.

Summer Arts and Crafts Festival Opens at Wildcliff Sculpture Garden June 16th

June 15, 2012 - 15:52

Taking advantage of New Rochelle’s beautiful waterfront, Incoming Tide Entertainment, LLC is presenting a full season of art, music, family events, workshops and tours of the new Sculpture Garden which will be on site for the duration of the summer.

The first Fine Arts and Crafts Festival on June 16th, from 10am to 4pm, at Wildcliff Manor, 44 Wildcliff Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805, will be accompanied by Yoga demonstrations, pop- up Pastel workshops, live music featuring, among others, Westchester Harp Ensemble. Artist/craftsmen will be exhibiting and selling their work throughout the entire day. Visitors will be treated to a range of fine arts, jewelry, ceramics, metal work, wood and eclectic gift items. At 2:30 there will be an opportunity to meet and speak with the Sculptors about their inspiration and creative process. Rain date is scheduled for Sunday, June 17th 10am-4m. Additional Fairs are scheduled for July 14th and August 11th.

You Brought the Brooklyn Bridge

June 15, 2012 - 15:30

I will be mercifully brief. You brought the equivalent of the Brooklyn Bridge and it is getting harder and harder to divest. While you are at it, look at your property and other taxes, school district issues, and other serious urban indicators of decline or decay.

You earned it! You enabled it! You rationalized that everything was fine, the principle cause of below New Rochelle griping and whining was either because they were untermenchen or that's just the way "people are." And, frankly, "those people" deserve it because of their inability to focus beyond the isolated indicators such as traffic and parking, or the alleged crooked, manipulative, and patronizing ways of Bramson and before him, Idoni.

Let me tell you that things are not that simple. The old maxim of "keeping your friends close and your enemies closer" comes into play.

Let me begin with headlines -- the City is undergoing massive disruption not always evident by the indicators you see and rarely by the explanations given. Look at your quality of life, your safety and security, your asset value, your school system drift.

Eliot Engel, Agenda 21 and Bankruptcy for the United States at Every Level of Government

June 15, 2012 - 11:54

Eliot Engel back in 1992 as an avid supporter of Agenda 21. Consider this video and the text of H.CON.RES.353 and where were then and where we are now and consider where they wish to take us in the future, including 0.7% of GDP given by the U.S. in foreign aid. That is a MASSIVE figure. How massive?

US$ 14.59 trillion (2010) x .7% = US$ 102,130,000,000 (102 billion dollars)

In fiscal year 2010, the U.S. government allocated the following amounts for aid:

Total economic and military assistance: $52.7 billion
Total military assistance: $15.0 billion
Total economic assistance: $37.7 billion (of which, USAID assistance: $14.1 billion 1/3rd of which goes to Israel and Egypt)