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July 2012

Should the New Rochelle Board of Education Authorize a Penn State-style Independent Investigation into the Jose Martinez Case?

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Submitted by Robert Cox on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 23:06
Yes
51% (185 votes)
No
19% (68 votes)
Fire Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak
30% (110 votes)
Total votes: 363

* Yes
* No
* Fire Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak

Freeh Report on Penn State Cover Up of Sandusky Sex Crimes Offers Stark Contrast to New Rochelle Board of Education Response to Jose Martinez Case

July 12, 2012 - 23:00

SexAbuseCasesToday's release of a long-anticipated report on an independent investigation into Pennsylvania State University's handling of allegations of sexual abuse of children by long-time football coach Jerry Sandusky is a stark reminder of the failure of the New Rochelle Board of Education to conduct a long-promised independent investigation into the Jose Martinez child-sex-abuse case at Isaac E. Young Middle School.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was hired with a mandate "to investigate this matter fully, fairly, and completely, without fear or favor."

NRPL Presents Calpullii Mexican Dance Troupe

July 12, 2012 - 15:59

Calpullii Mexican Dance Troupe Members of the famed Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will delight all ages with their colorful costumes and dances from various regions of Mexico, when they present a free performance in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Tuesday, July 17 at 7:00 pm. The dance company celebrates the rich, regional dance traditions of Mexico’s diverse cultural history interpreted through its unique artistic vision, honoring Mexico’s past and immigrant life in the United States.

We Live On the Margins

July 12, 2012 - 13:39
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The USA Today informs us that the top 50 best selling books today consist of 48 fiction and only 2 non-fiction. More interesting to me is that in the top ten, 9 of the authors are women, 1 a man and, E.L. James has four of the best selling 10 while Suzanne Collins trails closely with three.

Perhaps girls do just wanna have fun, but the message is surely somewhat more than titillation. If you see what pops up most frequently on U Tube, top music downloads and Google searches, something begins to suggest a more prominent theme. Even searching the Talk of the Sound results you will see that sex, violence, crime and misdemeanors are going to do a hell of a lot better than the other reads.

Yet, it has always been this way to some degree and it suggests to me that escapism is more closely connected to avoidance and perhaps even apathy than we might have thought before.

Woman Injured After Car Collides with Light Pole on Pinebrook Boulevard

July 10, 2012 - 22:11
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A 93-year old woman was injured following a one car collision on Pinebrook Boulevard. Initial reports are that the woman fell asleep at the wheel driving a white Hyundai Elantra. The car drifted to the right and struck a light pole just north of Forest Avenue.

New Rochelle Celebrates Bastille Day July 13

July 10, 2012 - 20:42

In celebration of New Rochelle's founding by the Huguenots over 320 years ago, the New Rochelle Sister City Committee will present a Bastille Day flag-raising ceremony on Friday June 13 at 10 AM. The event will take place in front of City Hall. Bastille Day, the French national holiday recalling the storming of the French king’s political prison, recognizes the French Revolution as direct result of the lessons learned in the American Revolution and expounded in the Declaration of Independence.

The ceremony includes greetings by Mayor Noam Bramson, a talk by James S. Kaplan, Esq., Attorney-at-Law and Sister City Committee member, “Marquis de Lafayette: The French Aristocrat and Important Founder of American Democracy”, and a brief note on “Why We Celebrate Bastille Day” by Peter A. Korn, of the Sister City Initiative. Celebrants and guests will witness the raising of the tri-color of the French Republic and sing, “La Marseillaise”, the French national anthem, and "The Star Spangled Banner".

Obituary: Marjorie A. Talt (1931 - 2012)

July 10, 2012 - 20:38

Marjorie Talt, a life-long resident of New Rochelle, NY and parishioner of Blessed Sacrament church, passed away peacefully on Monday morning surrounded by her family at the age of 80. Marjorie was born on August 18, 1931 to the late Edward and Christina (Grab) Murphy. She worked for many years as an operator for the NY Telephone Company. She is survived by her husband George; her 10 children: Martin Talt, Stephen Talt, Kevin Talt, Michael Talt, Brian Talt, Marjorie Worley, George Talt, Robert Talt, Kristine Lemmis and Nancy LaPietra; and her 18 grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday 7-9pm and Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc., 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday 9:30 am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will be private.

Sound Shore Medical Center Welcomes New Gastroenterologist

July 10, 2012 - 20:35

Image002 NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is pleased to announce the addition of Roger Coron, MD to its medical staff. As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Coron will offer his expertise in treating patients with disorders and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. His capabilities span the spectrum - from diseases of the esophagus, stomach and the small bowel to the colon and pancreas. Dr. Coron has particular interest in irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and diseases of the liver.

Commenting President and CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center, John R. Spicer said, “The addition of Dr. Coron to Sound Shore Medical Center strengthens our gastrointestional capabilities.” He concluded, “Sound Shore is pleased to add a physician of his caliber to the Medical Staff.”

New Rochelle City Employee Exempts Herself from Parking Regulations at Hair Salon on North Avenue

July 10, 2012 - 20:25
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CSO ParkedIllegally 269Still another New Rochelle municipal employee who works for the New Rochelle Police Department is exempting herself from parking regulations. She regularly parks her Black Mercedes E350 Luxury Sedan in front of a hair salon on North Avenue where she works without feeding the meter and likes to brag about how she does not get parking tickets.

On the vehicle dashboard is her NRPD Crossing Guard ID, signed by Police Commissioner Patrick J. Carroll. Anyone looking to make a Fake ID Badge for a City Employee will have an easy time doing so courtesy of this Crossing Guard. Residents might consider that this is a City so concerned about terror attacks that since 9/11 the front doors to City Hall have been closed and yet security IDs are left in plain view on the busiest street in downtown.

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Last month we reported on an NRPD CSO who works at Isaac E. Young Middle School who was parking illegally in front of the school and was also routinely parking the same vehicle illegally near police headquarters on Winthrop Avenue.

The month before that we reported on an NRPD Community Service Officer who was parking illegally on Church Street near the intersection with Pelham Road who did the same thing.

All of this comes in the wake of increased parking restrictions, new parking meters, higher fees and a generally more aggressive parking policy -- for everyone but City employees, apparently.

Could a Tax Exemption for Sheldrake Nature Preserve Become Part of a Deal to Add a Leaf Transfer Station and Salt Dome in the North End of New Rochelle?

July 10, 2012 - 14:50
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Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak wants the school district to give Larchmont a $38,000 a year tax exemption on property that makes up most of the Sheldrake Nature Preserve. Giving Larchmont a tax exemption on the property is a pure giveaway with no identified benefit to New Rochelle. The only justification offered by Mr. Organisciak is that, years ago, the City and Library, gave a similar tax exemption to Larchmont.

The actual value of $38,000 a year, every year, in perpetuity, is over a million dollars, not just $38,000. And the value of the tax exemption will go up every year, reaching over $65,000 a year in 30 years. This is a major transaction and ought to be more carefully considered.

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