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July 2012

The College of New Rochelle Awarded $250,000 College Access Challenge Grant

July 17, 2012 - 19:19

CNR Newsign NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The College of New Rochelle has been awarded a $250,000 College Access Challenge grant from New York State’s Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). The grant will be used by the College’s School of New Resources (SNR) to provide scholarships to qualified adult learners seeking access to postsecondary education despite lacking a high school diploma or GED certificate. Congress has recently tightened the eligibility criteria for federal financial aid in the form of Pell grants, so that those lacking the HS diploma or the GED no longer qualify for assistance. The scholarships to be funded by the CAC grant will keep the door to college open for a limited number of these students.

LED Lighting to be Installed at ITC, New Roc Garages

July 17, 2012 - 19:12
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Lighting in the New Roc and Intermodal Transportation Center Parking garages will soon be replaced by LED lighting, a change that will greatly reduce the cost of energy to the City as well as maintenance.

With the new installation, energy use will be cut from about 1.9 million killowatt-hours to about 1.1 million killowatt hours, or about 60%. Futhermore, because LED lights are more durable and longer-lasting than traditional bulbs, maintenance and replacement needs will diminish. Annual energy cost savings are projected to be $160,000. Because the project is funded by a loan from the New York Power Authority, initial net savings will be reduced by the terms of the City’s loan repayment.

During years 1 through 7, the City can expect to save between $5,000 and $25,000 per year, depending on interest rates. For the remaining 20 year lifespan of the new lights, the City will receive the full financial benefit of reduced energy use. In all, taxpayers will save approximately $2 million.

Former Iona College Basketball Standout to Play in NBA Summer League

July 17, 2012 - 19:09
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I1012 015 HOUSTON, TX - Former Iona College men's basketball standout Scott Machado (Queens, NY / St. Benedict’s Prep) has reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets and will play for the franchise in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas beginning this Friday (Jul. 13).

After going undrafted in June, the 6-1 Machado drew interest from several NBA teams before settling in with the Rockets. The squad's Summer League roster includes 16 NBA hopefuls with 10 rookies, five second-year performers and one player entering his third season in the NBA.

"There were other teams but I felt like this was the best fit," Machado told SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria last week. "I felt like I’m going to have a good opportunity here, probably the best opportunity here."

In a recent Houston Rockets press release, Machado was highlighted just after the franchise's three NBA Draft Selections: Connecticut guard/forward Jeremy Lamb, Iowa State forward Royce White and Kentucky forward Terrence Jones.

Sorry, No Sex, Crime, Malfeasance or MIschief - Just a Endorsement

July 17, 2012 - 16:28
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I am an independent voter; fiscally conservative, somewhat moderate even libertarian in other matters. I am sickened by the daily displays of excesses in ideological behavior, the presumptive power of the Internet, Social Media, and especially cable news. We have become an angry nation, lacking compassion, basic critical thinking skills, and cannot digest even the most basic ideas of how our spoiled, selfish selves, uber consumers and international moral authorities, have dominated the landscape for too many recent generations.

I am weary of my own holier than thou pronouncements and critiques of people in office who perhaps are no better than they can or even should be. I mean who the hell can Noam look up to in this day and age -- surely not Barack Obama and our sons and daughters with their seemingly endless series of "wants" be it in modern technology or off the wall priced sneakers, worship where they are directed toward by their parents, music and sports heroes, and so....

Downtown New Rochelle; Creating a Greening Fact

July 16, 2012 - 16:58
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If you read about my gaffe concerning Naomi Brickell, I will probably have trouble making sense of impact on this brief entry.

I recall reading the words of Laurence Tribe recently concerning the Obama/Roberts relationship on the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act. As you may know Tribe is an esteemed legal mind on the Harvard Law School Faculty and taught both Obama and Roberts.

Tribe says that "one guiding value; a genuine belief that pragmatism and even compromise can coexist with principle" is critical to both men and by extrapolation of his words, to society.

New Rochelle Jazz Festival at Library Green in Downtown New Rochelle

July 16, 2012 - 03:30

The third annual New Rochelle Jazz Festival returned this weekend to the “Library Green” in downtown New Rochelle. The line up included Grammy nominated artist, guitarist Gil Parris and local favorite Brian Carter, other local luminaries. Grammy nominated artist Aaron Brown and Moments Notice, Zach Lipton, and Courtney Johnson & The C.J. Quintet performed.

New Rochelle Humane Society Hosts 12th Annual Dog Wash

July 16, 2012 - 03:25
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The New Rochelle Humane Society held its 12th Annual Dog Wash Sunday, July 15, on the shelter grounds.

It was a fun-filled day of pet pampering, nail clipping, microchipping, good food & activities for the kids. Other attractions included the Canine King's “Ask the Trainer” booth, family portraits with your best canine friend, and New Rochelle K-9 unit demonstration.

The Million Dollar Larchmont Giveaway Sweepstakes

July 15, 2012 - 22:33
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I have heard several people suggest that the Larchmont tax exemption request is no big deal because it amounts to “only” $38,000 each year. To them I ask, do you want to give $38,000 every year to Larchmont? How about Rye, or Scarsdale, or Pelham? And if so, why?

It is a trick to compare the $38,000 against a budget of $230 million in order to “prove” that is such a small number as to not matter at all. But it matters enormously.

Every year many New Rochelle residents go to City Hall to contest their property taxes, arguing that their homes are overvalued. And in many cases, their assessments are lowered and they owe New Rochelle less in taxes. But that does not mean that New Rochelle receives less tax revenue. It means the tax burden is then reapportioned among the other residents.

IDA, LDC questioned in New Rochellle

July 15, 2012 - 02:15

Journal News Letter to the Editor, July 14, 2012

Re: "NY, Local Agencies fail to file reports", July 4, 2012

Despite the City of New Rochelle's IDA and dormant LDC'S failure to file their required state budget and audit reports in March 2012, the City Council without hesitation appointed the members of their IDA to a new LDC. Is it any wonder that David Kidera, Executive Director, Authorities Budget Office, stated that "almost every New York resident and taxpayers are impacted by state and local IDA, LDC questioned authorities," calling for a "comprehensive debate on the future of our public authorities." He clearly questioned whether taxpayers can afford to support the system this State has. Will New York State create their own Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crisis?

What Do Spokane Schools Know that New Rochelle Schools Don't?

July 13, 2012 - 17:27
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Not much. They have the same bag tricks in Spokane that they use in New Rochelle.

As Laurie Rogers makes clear in her article Hold Ed Bureaucracy Accountable or Lose Your Right to Do It in the current edition of Education News, school districts have become all about money and control. Educating children is towards the bottom of the priority list. Yet anyone critical of the school district is anti-teacher and anti-kids.

She writes:

Those who still think America’s public schools are focused on academics are behind the times. Money, control and influence are the priorities now. You can tell because of the battle being fought behind the scenes in our school districts over open government.

As has been the case in New Rochelle, the battle is over information and open government:

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