August 2012

Obituary: Leonore Sylvester (1931 - 2012)

August 28, 2012 - 03:59

Leonore Sylvester, a resident of New Rochelle, passed away on August 26, 2012.

She was born on April 3, 1931, to the late Roberto and Soledad Manrique in Bogota, Colombia. She married Louis Sylvester on April 12, 1958, who passed away on June 3, 2000.

She is survived by her children Linda (Salvatore) Calderone, Ronald and Daniel Sylvester, her grandchildren Sonny Calderone, Nicholas Calderone, and Danielle Gallo, her great grandson Frankie Gallo, and her two sisters Blanca Surtees and Elvira Caicedo.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister Cecilia Frenk.

Visiting hours are Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc. 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle. Mass will be on Wednesday 9:30 am at Holy Name Church. Interment private.

New Rochelle Man Diagnosed With First Positive West Nile Virus Case In Westchester

August 28, 2012 - 03:57

Mosquito3NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Westchester County has learned of its first human case of West Nile Virus this year, which was recently diagnosed in a 28-year-old New Rochelle resident who is recovering at home after being hospitalized.
The Westchester County Department of Health conducted a local environmental assessment of the area around the individual’s home for signs of mosquito breeding activity nearby. Residents were advised to remove any standing water from their properties and several catch basins in the area were retreated with larvacide.

As in prior years, the Health Department prepared for the summer mosquito season by applying larvicide briquettes to street catch basins that held standing water on county and local roads in an effort to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus. Residents should continue to do their part by taking personal protection measures and removing standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

New Rochelle Woman Arrested For Hating Men

August 27, 2012 - 20:37

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Katisha Hollomon, 28, of Sickle Avenue in New Rochelle was arrested at her home on Friday after she allegedly committed an unprovoked assault with a rock on a 75-year old man. The charge of Assault-2nd, a felony, was upgraded to a Hate Crime after Hollomon made several statements to officers that she attacked the victim because she "hates men".

"She was motivated by displeasure towards men," said New Rochelle Police Detective Captain Joseph Schaller.

Holloman and the victim were riding an elevator together she she struck him with a rock, Schaller said.

New Rochelle Police Investigating Rape and Sodomy Charges Involving Pair of 11 Year Old Boys at New Rochelle Public Library

August 27, 2012 - 18:55

NRLibraryNew Rochelle Police are investigating a sexual incident involving two 11-year old boys at the New Rochelle Public Library.

Police were called to 1 Library Plaza in downtown New Rochelle on Friday afternoon to investigate allegations of rape and sodomy.

"The incident took place in a corner of the library." said New Rochelle Police Detective Captain Joseph Schaller.

Given the age of the two boys, police were not forthcoming with additional information, saying only that the matter was still under investigation.

Several New Rochelle police vehicles were at the library this morning.

New Rochelle Library Director Thomas Geoffino issued a brief statement:

"We can confirm that there was an incident on Friday afternoon. Police are investigating the matter. We are not at liberty top discuss the matter any further."

New Rochelle Fire Department Awarded $1 Million Homeland Security Grant

August 27, 2012 - 17:31

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the New Rochelle Fire Department (NRFD) has been awarded a federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant due to the efforts of Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Representative Nita Lowey (D- NY) and Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY).

The objective of the SAFER program is to enhance the nation and its cities preparedness for fire and emergency first responder related hazards by strengthening local communities’ response capabilities.

Application for the federal grant was made by the New Rochelle Fire Department (NRFD) working with the city council and Mayor Noam Bransom. The $1 million dollar plus grant will add 6 new firefighter positions for the city.

“This Homeland Security grant will go a long way to enabling us to better protect the community,” said Byron Gray, president of the New Rochelle Uniformed Fire Fighters Association. “Our deepest thanks go out to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representatives Lowey and Engel who fought to bring this vital federal funding home to New Rochelle.”

Westchester To Offer Free Programs On Medicare Basics

August 27, 2012 - 14:28

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Introductory workshops on Medicare “basics” will take place this fall on Sept. 27, Oct. 24, Nov., 15 and Dec. 4 at the County Office Building, 9 S. First Ave., Mount Vernon.

The sessions are presented by the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the eighth-floor conference room.

All workshops are free, but early registration is suggested because the classes fill up quickly. To sign up, call the DSPS Medicare Information Line at (914) 813-6100, which is open year-round.

Case workers will provide information about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D and explain how to use Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) for even greater savings. EPIC is a New York State-sponsored plan that helps eligible seniors pay prescription drug costs. They will also discuss Medigap insurance, cost-sharing and preventive benefits.

Seniors are also reminded that enrollment for Medicare Part D for 2012 will take place this year from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 for plans to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Obituary: Harold Schiff (1927-2012), NRHS Grad Managed Major Building Projects Including Pan-Am Building, Sears Tower

August 27, 2012 - 14:25

Harold Schiff died on Tuesday August 7 in Chicago, Ill., at the age of 84 after several years of declining health. Harold was born in New Rochelle, New York on September 24, 1927. He graduated from New Rochelle High School and attended Columbia University for two years. He served in the US army in the occupation of Japan.

Harold made his career in the nascent field of construction management, where he led major projects in New York City, Chicago and around the world. Among the most noted buildings he worked on were the Pan-Am building in New York, the Sears Tower in Chicago, and the Tour Monparnasse in Paris. He worked for Diesel Construction, Morse-Diesel Inc, ARA Services, and founded Schal Associates, which he later sold to Bovis.

Harold was pre-deceased by Rosalind (Holman) Schiff and Mozelle (Edelstein) Schiff.

Obituary: Anthony C. "Tony" Foglio (1927 - 2012), Former American Legion Post Commander at Post 8 in New Rochelle

August 27, 2012 - 14:22

Anthony C. "Tony" Foglio, a former long time resident of Sun City passed away on July 29th in Virginia Beach, VA, where he had been residing with his family since 2010. Anthony was born on Feb. 8, 1927 to Jennie and Carmine Foglio, in New Rochelle, NY. After a 20 year career in the US Air Force Anthony retired and went on to receive a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska followed by an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

Upon returning to the NY area Anthony was employed by the State of New York as a Veterans Counselor. After 20 years in that position he retired and relocated to Sun City, AZ in 1987.

Anthony was an active member of the American Legion for more than half of his life, serving, at one point, as Post Commander at Post 8 in New Rochelle, NY.

Obituary: Dr. Angeles S. Tiangco (1930 - 2012), New Rochelle Radiolgist

August 27, 2012 - 14:18

Dr. Angeles Samson Tiangco, 82, of New Rochelle, NY, peacefully passed away August 16, 2012.

Dr. Tiangco was born August 2nd, 1930, in Manila, Philippines. In the 60's, Dr. Tiangco earned an M.D. in surgery and worked at Flower and 5th Avenue Hospital in New York City and later became Chief of Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. After having her third child she chose to switch specialties to enable her to raise her family and earned an M.D. in Radiology. In the 70's she opened a private practice Radiology office in New Rochelle and became a leading specialist in breast cancer detection. She was most proud of a citation awarded to her by the Medical Society of the State of NY for 50 years of medical practice.

She is now resting peacefully with her deceased husband, Dr. Herminio Tiangco. She is survived by her three children, Joyce (Robert) Biolsi, Ken (Gerarda) Tiangco, Lynda (Frank) Zingaro and her loving grandchildren, Juliana, Lauren, Brandon, Tatiana, Nickolas, and Kenny; her brother Rogelio Samson and her sister Teresita Samson.

Westchester CountySponsors Blood Drive Sept. 12 At County Center

August 27, 2012 - 14:17

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County has teamed up again with the New York Blood Center’s Hudson Valley Blood Services to sponsor a blood drive on Sept. 12, part of a week of volunteer events by the county in honor of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001
The Marylou Seaman County Employees Blood Drive is open to the general public as well as county employees. It will take place at the Westchester County Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 76, weighing at least 110 pounds, is eligible.

The public is encouraged to donate blood to ease the persistently low supply of whole blood and platelets. Double red blood cells will be collected as well as regular units of blood.

People can register by calling Janet Lokay at 995-2127 or by emailing her.