August 2012

Sound Shore Medical Center Celebrates Early Literacy Awareness

August 27, 2012 - 14:15

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Sound Shore Medical Center’s (SSMC) highly-successful Reach Out & Read Program - now in its 13th year - recently celebrated Early Literacy Awareness Week with a visit from New York State Assemblyman George Latimer. Joined by patients of the Outpatient Pediatric Department (OPD), their parents and Medical Center Administrators, Mr. Latimer helped recognize the occasion.

Commenting on Assemblyman Latimer’s visit, President and CEO John R. Spicer said, “We are delighted to recognize George Latimer not only as a supporter of Sound Shore Medical Center but also as a champion of literacy and children.” He concluded, “Assemblyman Latimer frequently takes the pulse of healthcare through visits such as this, and we are pleased that he could join us for our Reach Out & Read/Early Literacy Awareness Week event.”

Westchester County Stormwater Management Workshop In White Plains To Take Place Sept. 21

August 27, 2012 - 14:08

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an issue with great relevance for many New Rochelle residents. We would like to publish a report on what takes place at this event. If you have some knowledge or expertise in this area and would like to cover this event for Talk of the Sound as a credentialed contributor please contact Robert Cox.

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- A workshop titled “Watershed Assessment and Low Impact Development for Local and Regional Stormwater Management” will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

It is open to the public, but is geared towards professional planners and members of planning and zoning boards. Registration is required by Sept. 17. The $50 cost includes all supplies, a continental breakfast and lunch.

Something Positive By the Community

August 27, 2012 - 13:55

It looks like the Sound Shore Medical Center, specifically, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program will present a 4 hour workshop in concert with our local health club, Retrofit, on September 29 in the SSMC Auditorium located on Grover Johnson Place. The hours appear to be between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Some areas to be address and actually open to audience participation are (1) exercising, (b) healthy cooking, and (c) healthy eating.

More information will surely follow and Talk of the Sound will be one source of up to the minute information. I encourage you to reserve space once the full details are known and I trust the City will include this positive expression of Community Sponsoring on their communication links.

This is how things should generally work. What it does is put the question of large vs small government into play, but not so much in absolute terms, but in relative terms. The second proposal on the Armory is a classic case of putting the cart before the horse or at least not reworking the proposal to make it more community accessible.

Two Injured As New Rochelle Police K-9 Unit Attacks Innocent Bystander Then Bites Police Suspect in the Face, Witnesses Say

August 27, 2012 - 03:05

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UPDATED: This story has been updated based on a police press briefing, see below.

A man walking out of a convenience store on Lincoln Avenue was attacked and severely bitten by a New Rochelle Police K-9 unit in a case of mistaken identity, according to witnesses at the scene. The man was bitten several times on the leg by the German Shepard after exiting the #1 American Deli at 41 Lincoln Avenue on Sunday night, shortly before 9 p.m.

Moments later, after the actual suspect was identified further down the street, near St. Catherine A.M.E. Zion Church at 19 Lincoln Avenue, the K-9 officer dragged his partner down the street, approached the prone suspect and bit the suspect on the face, according to several witnesses who watched the drama unfold.

Both injured men were taken to Sound Shore Medical Center and are currently being treated in the Emergency Room.

Marcus Banks, a New Rochelle resident, saw the whole thing.

Is Three Minutes Enough

August 26, 2012 - 20:09

One evening a month the citizens of New Rochelle can attend a meeting labeled Citizens to be Heard. At this meeting, people are able to speak to the mayor, city council and city manager for a full three minutes. We can voice our concerns, make suggestions or ask why our neighborhood has not received services. Oops, I made a mistake, I mean address city government . This is a one way conversation and often you wonder if they are listening. Are we being heard at all or is the council and mayor just going through the motions? Citizens should be thankful that they have a cast of regulars who attend this meeting and are trying to keep the present administration honest and transparent.

I have attended meetings where people address the group and apologize for being nervous, or it is the first time they have attended this meeting. The mayor smiles, tells them it is ok, but you have three minutes to voice you concern. This same citizen then waits for an answer, but that never comes. What is next is an explanation that the mayor and council cannot respond to the speaker. If a large group attends with the same problem, the mayor instructs the group to just stand at their place and state I agree. What happened to their three minutes?

We have some very important decisions this year (moving the city yard, the Armory and Forest City proposals and the addition to Sound Shore Hospital campus) and we all need more than three minutes to discuss these issues. We need more than three minutes to voice our concerns. We need more than three minutes to submit our suggestions and ideas. We need more than three minutes to be part of the rebuilding of New Rochelle. I am in no hurry and willing to give my time towards planning for a better city. I wonder why the mayor is in such a hurry and thinks three minutes is enough.

Only when we can sit together, mayor, council and all concerned citizens and listen to each other can we move our city into the future.

Mark your calendars your next three minutes will start at 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 12.

New Rochelle Public Library’s Free Job Readiness And Social Services Assistance Continues In September

August 25, 2012 - 20:20

The wide range of free services to help residents prepare for employment, and connect with social services assistance, continue to be provided at the New Rochelle Public Library (NRPL) in September. Computer training, resume and cover-letter writing, one-on-one assistance with a job readiness coach or social worker, and additional targeted services continue to help residents of all ages and career levels each day, Monday – Saturday, through the library’s grant-funded Public Computer Center (PCC) - [email protected].

These resources include:

One-on-one assistance job readiness sessions with a trained coach/advisor are provided on a drop-in basis, Mondays, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, and Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:45 pm, in the 2nd floor Help Center.

Classes on How to Write a Resume and Cover Letter and Job Interview Skills are held every Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, in the 3rd Floor Computer Lab.

GED Preparation with trained volunteers helps participants with understanding what’s on the test and one-on-one help with the test components such as math and writing, Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, in the 2nd floor Help Center, on a drop-in basis.

Westchester Legislators Chairman Jenkins, Democratic Board Leaders File Appeal in Child Care Subsidy Lawsuit

August 25, 2012 - 00:16

KenJenkinsWHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) and the Democratic leadership team of the BOL filed an appeal today of the decision by Westchester County Supreme Court Judge Robert A. Neary to dismiss the child care subsidy lawsuit against County Executive Robert P. Astorino. In May 2012, the Democratic BOL leaders originally brought a lawsuit in Supreme Court of the State of New York to stop County Executive Astorino and Commissioner Kevin McGuire of the County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) from raising the family share for low-income child care subsidies from 20%, as agreed upon in the adopted 2012 Budget Act, to 35%.

Libraries To Resume Regular Hours In September; Closed Labor Day Weekend

August 24, 2012 - 20:20

Both the Main Library and the Huguenot Children’s Library will be closed on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 1st through Monday, September 3rd.

Both libraries will resume regular hours on Saturday, September 8th. The autumn hours are as follows:

Main Library:

Monday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Huguenot Children’s Library:

Monday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Should Talk of the Sound Buy Twitter Followers?

August 24, 2012 - 20:01

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Austin Considine has an interesting article in the New York Times: Buying Their Way to Twitter Fame:

It may be the worst-kept secret in the Twittersphere. That friend who brags about having 1,000, even 100,000 Twitter followers may not have earned them through hard work and social networking; he may have simply bought them on the black market.

And it’s not just ego-driven blogger types. Celebrities, politicians, start-ups, aspiring rock stars, reality show hopefuls — anyone who might benefit from having a larger social media footprint — are known to have bought large blocks of Twitter followers.

It is apparently easy and cheap to buy Twitter followers (about 1 penny each).