July 2012

Why Read the New Rochelle Master Plan of 1966?

July 07, 2012 - 15:37


Why Read the New Rochelle Master Plan of 1966? Well, heck, the same reason you would read the 1996 Comprehensive Plan!

The City recently put up an EnvisioNR web site which looks pretty cool, actually. Go check that out. But today I am going Old School.

I spent part of my afternoon today in the Development office reading through old traffic studies and looking through the 1966 Master Plan, or at least parts of it. That's not a typo. Lynn Brooks-Avni, Senior Planner was kind enough to dig through their files and provide various traffic studies related to the Weyman Avenue Large Scale Retail area. She also found an original version of the Master Plan from 1966. Unfortunately, all they could find was Part 2. So, if you have Part 1 laying around somewhere please let me know.

1966MasterPlan Cover

I took digital photos the every page of New Rochelle Master Plan of 1966 Part 2 and then cropped them and put them into PDF format. Maybe someday there will be a bette version but at least now there is a decent electronic version available. If Part I turns out I will do the same thing with that (I am thinking either Barbara Davis or Len Paduano or someone like that will come through).

New Rochelle High School Science Program Inducts 13 Students into Science Honor Society, More

July 07, 2012 - 09:17

The Science Department at New Rochelle High School has been keeping students and the community engaged in scientific endeavors over the past school year.

On June 5 thirteen students were inducted into the Science Honor Society: Exia Burns, Nicole Calautu, Rafael Cisneros, Michael Dorman, Katherine Eacobacci, Alesandra Greco, Ben Hirsh, Akshay Koottala, Ashley Kurian, Madeline Miceli, Robyn Oster, Joseph Ramondelli and Kaya Thomas. These students were recognized for their service and academic achievement in science.

On June 5 seven seniors presented the research they completed at various laboratories in the metropolitan region: Tara Asokan, Olivia Watkins, Simone Wien, Frank Wiegand, Jacob Lynch, Julia Schwarz and Benjamin Ackerman. In addition, Akshay Koottala presented the research he is presently doing at Iona College with Dr. Sunghee Lee. Akshay was the winner of our first poster contest.

New Rochelle City Council Considers Iona College Dorm Proposal, Siete Ocho Siete Cabaret License and Sound Shore Grant Funding

July 06, 2012 - 12:10

COWAgendaJuluy2012The New Rochelle City Council will meet on Tuesday July 10, 2012 to discuss three major items as well as a host of minor items. The major items are a five year extension of the Occupancy Limits for Iona College dorms on North Avenue, a Special Cabaret License for Siete Ocho Siete on Pelham Road and a grant application to benefit two projects (Sound Shored Medical Center/Landmark Healthcare Facilities and Echo Bay Development/Forest City Ratner). The minor issues include alternate side of the street parking, a new union contract with the CSEA that includes a "no layoffs" provision, and a $6,000 consulting contract for North Avenue Research, the company that volunteered to do work for the Citizen's Advisory Committee on Sustainable Budgets on a pro bono basis.

July 10, 2012 New Rochelle City Council COW Agenda Detail

Three three major items on the Agenda are as follows:

  • Iona College Housing/Extension of Occupancy Limits

Obituary: Marie Camillone Royle (1954 - 2012)

July 05, 2012 - 20:14

Marie Camillone Royle, a Scarsdale resident and former New Rochelle resident, died on July 3, 2012.She was 58.

Marie was born on April 9, 1954 in New Rochelle to the late Michael and Anne (Valastro) Camillone.

She is survived by her husband Lee J. Royle whom she married in 1978; her daughter Kristy Lee Royle Arsenis and her husband Nick; her sister Carol Mancusi and her husband Robert and her brother Michael Camillone.

Visiting hours will be Thursday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc., 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday 10am at St. Joseph Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ovarian and Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710 NY, NY 10122

Westchester County provides Funding to the Lexington Center for Recovery to Initiate a Compulsive Gambling Treatment Program in New Rochelle.

July 05, 2012 - 20:11

Lexington Center for Recovery, a non-profit, substance abuse, treatment center, has launched a Problem Gambling Treatment Program through the auspices of Westchester County. The treatment site is located at 3 Cottage Place in New Rochelle.

Lexington Center for Recovery offer comprehensive and innovative out-patient and aftercare services, in assisting persons, and their families, suffering from the devastating effects of compulsive gambling.

“Ultimately, we want to do more than just treat the addiction; we want to show the addicted person, through education and therapy, how to live life on life’s terms. At the Lexington Center for Recovery, we help the individual and their families find balance and make positive life choices in order to establish a healthful existence” Rod Correa, gambling counselor.

For further information, contact Rod Correa: New Rochelle, NY at 914 235-6633, ext 1520 or Mount Kisco NY at 914 666 6740 ext 125.

Varsity Baseball Named MSG Varsity Spring Team of the Year

July 05, 2012 - 20:07

Baseball 2012 MSG Team of the Year
Iona Prep's varsity baseball team was recently named the MSG Varsity’s Team of the Year for the spring season. The Gaels had a tremendous season as they defeated Fordham Prep 9-2 in the CHSAA Class "AA" City Championship on June 8, 2012. This was the Prep’s second baseball championship in school history, the first coming in 2003. However, the win was especially important because it was the final game for longtime Head Coach Fred Gallo who announced his retirement during the Gaels' playoff run.

The winning pitcher of the championship game, Tim McCarthy '12, who will attend Temple University in fall on a baseball scholarship, was interviewed on MSG Varsity, Channel 14 for iO subscribers, a few days after the victory.

Edmund Rice Camp Provides Summer Fun, Free of Charge

July 05, 2012 - 20:04

IMG 9475 Iona Prep recently hosted its annual Edmund Rice Camp Camp, which is an opportunity for young boys to experience the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice.

During the last week in June, Iona Prep hosted its annual Edmund Rice Camp. The Edmund Rice Camp is an opportunity for young boys to experience the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice. The children who attended the camp took part in many activities such as sports, science and arts & crafts. Discussions and prayer took part at the beginning and end of each day. The Edmund Rice Camp provides a terrific summer experience for boys who were recommended by their pastors. There is no charge to the children who attend the camp, or to their families.

Over a dozen current students and graduates from Iona Prep volunteered their services to run the week-long camp. During the year, the Iona Prep community engaged in various fundraising activities in order to support their work with the camp and keep the service free for the children.

New Rochelle Development Commissioner Responds to New York State Authority Budget Office Report

July 05, 2012 - 20:01

New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth sent a memo Tuesday to members of the City Council and the City Manager in response to a report by the New York State Authority Budget Office that the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency delinquent in filing its 2011 Annual Report.

Freimuth told City officials that the IDA's annual report could not be certified to date because not all of the data required to be provided by the project companies has been received. He said the New Rochelle IDA is still collecting IDA project information.

"The ABO has always asked public authorities to wait until they have complete information available to submit required reports," said Freimuth. The ABO has specified it does not expect the IDA to submit the report without complete and accurate information."

Freimuth states that the ABO asked that the IDA wait until all information is available to submit the 2011 report.

The memo goes on to explain recent actions by the IDA at their June 28, 2012 meeting:

New Rochelle Humane Society to Hold Annual Dog Wash

July 05, 2012 - 19:57

The New Rochelle Humane Society will hold its 12th Annual Dog Wash Sunday, July 15, on the shelter grounds. A fun-filled day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. of pet pampering, nail clipping, microchipping, good food & activities for the kids, including face painting, games, & fun for all!
Other attractions include the Canine King's “Ask the Trainer” booth, family portraits with your best canine friend, and New Rochelle police dog demonstration.

Admission is free. The Dog Wash is $20 to $40 (based on pet’s size); nail clipping and the Canine Good Citizen Test both cost $10. The microchip is $40 and includes registration. The price for a 5x7 family portrait with your pet is $15.

The rain date is Sunday, July 22, 2012. For more information contact Dana Rocco, Shelter Manager, or Beverly Press, Events Coordinator at (914) 632-2925 or at [email protected] or [email protected]

Last Gasp of the Old Guard on New Rochelle Board of Education as Reform-Minded VP Removed from Office

July 05, 2012 - 16:51

As predicted, Jeffrey Hastie was removed as Vice President of the New Rochelle Board of Education in what can aptly described as the last gasp of the board's Old Guard in their long-standing effort to stomp out reform in New Rochelle.

Mary Jane Reddington (6 five-year terms) nominated Deidre Polow (5 five-year terms) for Vice President with the support of David Lacher (5 five-year terms). Going along with the Old Guard was newcomer Rachel Relkin who has been taken under the wing of Polow and Lacher and current Board President Chrisanne Petrone.

Naomi Brickell nominated Jeffrey Hastie.

Valerie Orellana and Lianne Merchant were not present.

The vote was 5-2 with Lacher, Polow, Reddington, Petrone, Relkin voting for Polow and Hastie and Brickell voting for Hastie.