July 2012

Pageants Recruiting Local Beauties for Preliminaries

July 25, 2012 - 15:36

2012 Four Winners SmallNew York Crown Productions is selecting young women to participate in the annual Miss Westchester & Miss Hudson Valley Pageants which will take place September 1-2, 2012 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. The four winners will go on to compete in the MISS NEW YORK USA® and MISS NEW YORK TEEN USA® Competitions, the official state preliminaries to the prestigious MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageants.

Make Sure Your Child is Up-to-Date with Required School Vaccines

July 25, 2012 - 15:09

It takes more than shopping for school supplies and new clothes to get kids ready for school. The Westchester County Health Department is reminding parents and guardians to schedule an appointment with their child’s healthcare provider now to ensure children will have the immunizations required by New York State to start school on time. Recent cases of whooping cough in school aged children here in Westchester and the NYC area, along with national and international outbreaks of measles serve as important reminders of the need to ensure that county residents are up-to-date with recommended vaccinations.

For children who have neither health insurance nor a primary care provider, the Westchester County Health Department will offer free immunizations by appointment during special back-to-school immunization clinics. During these clinics, facilitated enrollers will be on hand to help parents and guardians sign their children up for the health insurance they need. Families without a regular doctor also will receive information about where to go for ongoing pediatric primary care.

E.L. Doctorow Opt Ed Piece in Daily News July 25

July 25, 2012 - 11:13

You may be interested in the esteem E.L. Doctorow's Opt Ed column in the Daily News today on the NYU Expansion downtown.

I leave it up to you for your reflections and comments.

The good Doctorow resides in north New Rochelle and is justly considered a literary lion.

He has, to my knowledge, never taken a positiion on Iona or Monroe expansion and I have never read of any position on opening up all of New Rochelle for expansion or growth which is, of course, proper frm the college's strategic plan.

Doctorw is a professor at NYU and speaks of the views of the what appeara to be a sizable number of faculty members.

I will not comment beyond that point. Perhaps you will reflect and offer your comments.

New Rochelle Police Confiscate Loaded .9mm Semi-Automatic Carbine from Monroe College Basketball Player, Former Coach of the Year Fired

July 24, 2012 - 18:01

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Following a physical altercation last November between two players on the Monroe College women's basketball team, New Rochelle Police took custody of a loaded .9mm semi-automatic carbine owned by one of the players. The gun was turned over to the police by Monroe College officials after an investigation by campus security into alleged death threats made by one of the student-athletes.

The altercation took place on October 31, 2011 at the team's dormitory at 14 Franklin Avenue in New Rochelle, NY. The loaded gun was discovered hidden inside a storage trunk in a dorm room across the street at 5 Franklin Avenue and reported to the police by Clifton Hollingsworth, the Director of Public Safety for Monroe College, on November 3, 2011. Talk of the Sound first learned of the incident last month based on an anonymous tip.

Unauthorized possession of a rifle, shotgun or handgun on a college campus is a illegal in New York State, even for legally registered weapons. Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree is a Class A misdemeanor. The failure to make a timely report of a crime or "imminent threat" is a violation of the Clery Act, a federal law that deals with campus crime.

The two players involved in the altercation were Sydney Streater, 21, and Tamara Jones, a freshman.

Monroe College Vice President of Administration David Dimond said the argument that preceded to the physical altercation was related to a series of thefts in the women’s basketball dorm. There are no police reports of burglaries or robberies at 14 Franklin Avenue in 2011 or 2012.

In the aftermath of the incident Seth Goodman, the team's head coach, was fired. Streater was expelled. Jones was suspended for two months.

Goodman, the head coach of the Lady Mustangs since the 2001-02 season, is a former Women's Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year and the winningest sports coach in the school’s history. During his tenure, Goodman led the Monroe College women to a 180-35 (.837) record. He won three National Championships, five regional championships and was named WBCA coach of the Year for the 2005-06 season. The 2011-12 team he put together won what would have been his fourth National Championship in April 2012.

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Streater, a 6’2” Center out of Rich East High School in Park Forest, IL was kicked in the side by Jones during the altercation on October 31st. The force of the blow caused Streater's spleen to rupture, inducing internal bleeding. She was taken to White Plains Hospital where she remained in the Intensive Care Unit for several days. Tamara Jones is a 6’0” Center out of Progress High School in Brooklyn, NY.

New Rochelle Police Detective Captain Joseph Schaller said his department first became aware of Streater when she was transported to White Plains Hospital.

“We investigated as part of the normal procedure in response to a situation like that.” said Schaller. “We were informed that the student had internal bleeding as the result of an assault. The injuries were not life-threatening and Streater refused to cooperate with police so no charges were filed.”

According to one source, Streater and Jones continued to argue via text messages while Streater was in the ICU. The argument escalated until Streater sent a text message stating that she had a gun and intended to kill Jones and her mother. Other students claimed that Streater had made similar threats in the past.

Dimond says Streater denied making any threats. Attempts to reach Streater for comment were unsuccessful.

Clifton Hollingsworth, a Director of Public Safety at the school told police that he subsequently obtained information that Streater had a gun. Hollingsworth and campus security searched the dormitory at 14 Franklin Avenue and found live ammunition in Streater's backpack.

News12 Anchor Brian Conybeare Leaving to Serve on Tappan Zee Project for Gov. Andrew Cuomos

July 24, 2012 - 01:48

Brian Conybeare, Emmy award-winning anchor for Cablevision News12 is leaving to serve as public liaison for the New Zee Bridge Project, working for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


An announcement will be made at the end of tonight's 10 o'clock broadcast.

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New Rochelle Firefighter Drowns After Boating Accident on Long Island Sound Off Stamford, CT

July 23, 2012 - 15:32

Keith MorrisNew Rochelle firefighter Keith Morris, 31, of Ladder Company 12 at Fire Station #2 on Webster Avenue died last night in a boating accident in Stamford, CT. Morris joined the department in August 2004. Morris was a long-time New Rochelle resident. His father, Steve Morris owns the popular Spectators Pub on North Avenue.

UPDATE: There will be a wake at the Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel at 16 Shea Place in New Rochelle, NY. Visiting hours are Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 5-9 p.m. There will be a funeral mass on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Name Church on Petersville Road in New Rochelle, NY. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, NY.

UPDATE: The Medical Examiner's office in Connecticut ruled the death accidental.

Morris was reported missing and believed drowned after his boat capsized in the waters off Stamford, CT in Long Island Sound last night. Four other people on board were rescued. Stamford Police Department Marine Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard were involved in the search.

Sometime around 11 p.m. last night, Connecticut investigators say the 28-foot craft crashed into a jetty off Shippian Point near Stamford, CT. Five people went into the water. Two were trapped under the boat and rescued by police and firefighter divers. Two other people swimming in the water near the capsized boat were pulled from the water by rescuers.

It's Here! Development Committee Proposal For Re-Use of Armory

July 23, 2012 - 08:55

A Development Committee has released details regarding the adaptive re-use of the iconic Armory on Main Street. The long neglected historic building may get another lease on life thanks to the efforts of some prominent local supporters. The Armory's history of being the place for the community to come together would again be realized through programming such as performing arts, veteran's services and fine dining. Sparking life into the otherwise sluggish local economy, the Armory would revitalize the now dormant Echo Bay area with a mix of events and services not found in the area. A win - win for New Rochelle and it's residents. You can see more detail and plan about the proposal by clicking HERE

We Are All Enablers and In Denial

July 22, 2012 - 00:16

Surely you are impacted by the daily barrage of horror and madness in the world and nation. We see it daily; we see the overweight little fat girl taunting the camera at McCarron pool in New York City when she and 3 to 4 cowardly friends broke a 13 year old girl's nose for no reason. We wonder why some young bastards would play a game where they would sucker punch someone; likely old or infirm. This time it caused a loss of life.

That is within a 3 mile radius; a tip of the icebag. It happens with regularity all over and now, the absolute horrific theater massacre. Will it end in the USA, Mexico, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia.... all over?

Not likely! The reasons are not too difficult to fathom. We have lost all of our safety valves. Families are fractionalized, the economy suffers while the pinheads debate Bain or some other past irrelevancy like Obama's social group in Chicago.

Why our Water Front should be Hotels, convention center, Condo's, restaurants/bar/entertainment

July 21, 2012 - 17:03

Because NYC is expecting 50 million tourists, we're 25 minutes away, we could have ferry service in addition to train, taxi etc.. There is demand for hotels that NYC can't meet, tax revenue, no school burden and tourists spend money. It would also lead to the development of David's Island. Or we could turn it into dorms for Monroe College, It's your choice.

What Are Those Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Icons on Talk of the Sound Stories and Comments?

July 21, 2012 - 15:20

Next month will be the fourth anniversary of the weekend in 2008 when I sat out on my patio with my laptop and began banging out what was officially launched as Talk of the Sound on September 1, 2008.

At each approaching anniversary, I like to take stock as to where the site has been and where it is going. Reader engagement is always an important part of that reflection.

Adding an up/down voting module to the site is a sort of "next step" in the evolution of reader engagement on the site where you, the reader, can vote on the quality of a particular article or comment. The criteria is intended to be the value of the contribution to the site -- the clarity of the writing, the quality of a particular insight, the tone. Articles and comments that are useful, well-written and informative get voted up, articles and comments that are self-indulgent, rambling rants get voted down. You, the reader, are recommending what you believe other readers will find interesting and worthwhile and helping them avoid drivel and dreck.