August 2012

Legislation Outlining New County Policy for West Nile Mosquito Larvicide Treatments Being Introduced

August 30, 2012 - 17:35

Mosquito3WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Concerned over numerous mosquito batches in Westchester having tested positive for the West Nile virus, Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) will introduce new legislation next week requiring all Westchester County storm water basins around the county receive mosquito larvicide treatments based on a formula derived from the previous winter’s weather pattern.

The legislation will be introduced at a meeting of the BOL Environment & Energy Committee, chaired by Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers), on Tuesday, September 4 at 3 PM.

Presently, storm water basin inspections and larvicide treatments are undertaken without any specific guidelines regarding seasonal temperatures. Many health officials across the U. S. are worried that warmer winters are allowing the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus to flourish.

Obituary: Warren W. Inglese (1925 - 2012) Distinguished Photojournalist, Served with Distinction in WWII

August 30, 2012 - 17:34

Retired Journal News chief photographer Warren W. Inglese, who distinguished himself on battlefields across Europe in World War II and went on to win more than 150 awards for his photojournalism, died early Monday of the effects of a recent fall. He was 87.

Warren joined Westchester County Publishers, later to become Gannett Suburban Newspapers and The Journal News, in 1948. After 14 years working in Westchester, he shifted "temporarily" to Rockland, where he worked until his retirement in 1991. From 1980 on, he was chief photographer, directing an award-winning staff.

Obituary: John Lennon (1922 - 2012), WWII Tech Sergeant, CBS TV

August 30, 2012 - 17:28

John Lennon passed away peacefully at home August 27, 2012 at the age of 89. He will be remembered most for his smile- he always had one.

John was born to Molly and John Lennon on November 9, 1922 in New Rochelle, New York.

He lived through the depression, formed enduring friendships and met his future wife, Maura Jackson, who lived on his paper route.

John was generous, loyal and brave. A member of the "greatest generation." He served proudly as a technical sergeant in the Second World War in the 386th Anti-Aircraft Division, Battery D. After the war, John graduated from the Chicago Television Institute where he trained for a lifelong career in television. He never missed a day of work for the nearly forty years at Columbia Broadcasting Station (CBS), a job he truly loved.

Obituary: Margaret Berg (1921 - 2012) New Rochelle High School Grad, Served as Coast Watcher in WWII

August 30, 2012 - 16:57

Margaret Gallinger Cone Berg passed away on August 27, 2012 at the Hospice House in Vero Beach.

She was born in New York City on January 29th, 1921 to George and Louise Gallinger. She graduated from New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY and Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 1942. She then graduated from Katherine Gibbs.

She was a volunteer Coast Watcher during World War II.

Mrs. Berg married her 1st husband, Robert E. Cone June 6th, 1946. They lived in Orchard Park, NY.

She was a member of the Buffalo Junior League. They moved as a family first to Essex, CT and then in 1964 to Darien, CT where they lived until Mr. Cone's death in 1983. She volunteered as a member of the Stamford-Norwalk Junior League. She was a Principal and Real Estate Broker in Robert E. Cone Associates. Mrs. Berg then moved fulltime to Vero Beach, FL in 1984. She was a member of Orchard Park Country Club and The Moorings Club where she served as a member of the Board as Membership Chairman. She was a member of the Norton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT and the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, FL.

Has New Rochelle Done Its Homework on a $1.5 MM LED Lighting System Planned for New Roc and Transit Center Garages?

August 30, 2012 - 16:06

LED Garage Lighting

The New Rochelle City Council voted unanimously July 10th 2012 to approve borrowing $1.5 million to buy an LED lighting system for the City-owned garages at New Roc City and the New Rochelle Transit Center. The project is now moving forward despite a lack of independent review and a failure to solicit competitive bids.

As a long-time New Rochelle resident, familiar with the New Rochelle DPW's checkered past regarding purchasing decisions, and more than three decades in the field of Architectural Lighting, I suggest this deal needs to be examined under, if you will forgive me, more light. Without fully understanding the science involved, the City intends to pay northward of 1.5 million dollars, using borrowed money, for a new and emerging technology. While LED Lighting is coming to the forefront of the Architectural world as a means of saving energy and saving maintenance dollars that alone does not make this a good deal. Further examination is required.

Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2011-2012

August 30, 2012 - 14:04


Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2011-2012 assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment, and sustainability. The study builds on the longest-running and largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries begun in 1994 by John Carlo Bertot and Charles R. McClure.

The report provides information that can help library directors and library IT staff benchmark and advocate for technology resources in communities across the nation. The data are also of importance for policymakers at local, state, and federal levels, manufacturers of information and communication technologies, and the communities served by public libraries.