September 2012

Monroe College Athletics Sanctioned by NJCAA Resulting in Loss of 52 Scholarships Over Two Years Across Six Sports

September 14, 2012 - 10:44

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The Monroe College Athletics Department was heavily sanctioned in 2011 by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) due to violations of the NJCAA Letter of Intent program. As a result of the sanctions, the NJCAA took away a total of 52 scholarships in six sports over a two year period. The sanctions will end in 2013.

An NJCAA Letter of Intent is a legally binding agreement that a student-athlete is bound to a particular institution for a period of one year. A signee of an NJCAA Letter of Intent counts towards the overall maximum number of individuals in that sport regardless of the amount of athletic scholarship. Failing to file LOIs with the NJCAA would allow a member institution to circumvent scholarship limits.

The Monroe College Men’s baseball program was reduced to 14 scholarships from 24 for two years. The Monroe College Men’s basketball was reduced to 11 scholarships from 15 for one year. The Monroe College Men’s soccer program was reduced to 10 scholarships from 18 for two years. The Monroe College Women’s basketball was educed to 9 scholarships from 15 for one year. The Monroe College Softball was reduced to 22 scholarships from 24 for one year. The Monroe College Women’s volleyball program was reduced to 10 scholarships from 14 for one year.

The NJCAA does not announce disciplinary actions against members nor does it require members to announce disciplinary actions against themselves.

Monroe College only made a statement about the rules violations 10 months after the sanctions went into effect. The statement was provided to Talk of the Sound in response to inquiries related to the news web site's investigation into an incident last fall involving an altercation between two players and a loaded .9mm semi-automatic carbine. The team's coach was fired following the incident.

New Rochelle Celebrates the Photography of Longtime Resident Arthur Rothstein

September 13, 2012 - 19:43

Dustbowl  Cimarron County Oklahoma

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts is hosting an exhibit of the works of Arthur Rothstein, a leading documentary photographer, who lived in New Rochelle for many years. The exhibit is housed in the Rotunda Gallery at New Rochelle City Hall and runs from September 12, 2012 to October 26, 2012.

Celebrating American Workers Surviving The Great Depression presents a nationwide portrait of workers and the dispossessed, captured in photographs for the U.S. Farm Security Administration.

Rothstein's photos are among the most iconic American photographs ever taken. In his work for the Farm Security Administration, Rothstein "shot some of the most significant photographs ever taken of rural and small-town America".

Among them is one of the most famous photos ever taken -- a farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936 (above)

New Rochelle School Board Member Encourages Greater Engagement Between Davis Parents and Board Members

September 13, 2012 - 18:24

New Rochelle Board of Education member David Lacher told a group of parents they were among the "most demanding" in the district. Lacher went on to encourage those parents to approach board members in public or call them at home with their concerns.

"We are all public people," said Lacher. "Our telephone numbers are published."

Lacher was speaking Tuesday at back-to-school night at the George M. Davis Elementary School.

Lacher went on to encourage parents to attend board meetings, watch them on TV or online and to be demanding of the board. He called demanding parents a source of strength for the district.

"We know on the board that Davis parents are among the most demanding parents in the entire school district," said Lacher. "I don't think you ever let us forget that. That's OK but that's part of the involvement, that's really what makes us all strong, makes us the district that we are and helps us with the potential to continue to grow and continue to get better and better."

Lacher went on to describe direct engagement with board members as an important part of the school board's culture.

Havana Night At Hudson Park -Sat Sept. 15th Salsa Band And Pig Roast

September 13, 2012 - 16:52

I just got an email for this event and would like to pass it along. Sounds like fun

Saturday Sept 15th BeachBar at HudsonPark Havana Night
Cuban Pig Roast
11 Piece Salsa/Cuban Band-Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
Cigar Roller
Mojito Special
Spanish Ice Cart
and more

New Gas Station and Convenience Store Revitalizes Long Dormant Corner of Lincoln Avenue and North Avenue

September 13, 2012 - 16:21

NorthAveFoodMart 549After years as a dead and decaying corner lot, the North Avenue Food Mart is now open at 452 North Avenue, the corner of Lincoln Avenue and North Avenue.

Business at the gas pump was brisk yesterday.

"So far, so good," said Babu Madhani, the owner of the North Avenue Food Mart

Madhani says the gas station will either be a Gulf Station or a Citgo Station, depending on negotiations with fuel suppliers.

For New Rochelle Development Commissioner Mike Freimuth, activating that corner is a special source of pride.

"This became a 'pet' project of mine," said Freimuth. "I walked past that corner every day, coming up from the train station to City Hall."

Freimuth says the City began enforcement action at the North Avenue Food Mart location but soon learned that the owners had a deal in the works that has just resulted in the opening of a new station.

"We worked with the owners to get the project approved." said Freimuth. "That included working through some neighborhood opposition."

New Rochelle Teachers Union Publishes 2011-2014 Contract with Board of Education

September 12, 2012 - 23:02

FUSE Contract 2011 2014F.U.S.E., the union representing New Rochelle teachers and other board of education employees, has distributed the 2011-2014 contract to members. There was a delay in printing the contract which went into effect in September 2011.

F.U.S.E. New Rochelle Board of Education Contract 2011-2014 (35 MB PDF file)

When the agreement was reached in April 2011 issued a statement to members:

"I think the agreement we reached is fair and is in line with other agreements reached by school employees' unions throughout the region. The agreement will help preserve positions and programs that benefit our students and reflects the spirit of cooperation of collaboration that between the district and the union."

The district is responsible for the printing of the books and it was not clear to F.U.S.E. leadership as to the reason for the delay.

PAC House Theater Jazz Opener Friday September 14th at 8pm

Submitted by Incoming Tide on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 22:00

The PAC House Theater, 311 Huguenot Street, reopens this Friday 9/14 at 8pm with local resident, Douglas Detrick's AnyWhen Ensemble. A jazz quintet performing original compositions and standards.

Performing are Douglas Detrick on trumpet and composition, Hashem Assadullahi on alto and soprano saxophones, Shirley Hunt on cello, Steve Vacchi on bassoon, and Ryan Biesack on drums.

Free parking in rear of building. Doors open at 7:15pm. Tix $20 per person available at 212-868-4444 or copy & paste this link to your browser, Your host is Eric Woodlin.

United Water New Rochelle Customers Can Resume Normal Water Use

September 12, 2012 - 21:51

United Water logoUnited Water New Rochelle advises that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has completed emergency repairs to a valve on the Delaware Water Supply system which provides water to the service area. As a result water supply operations have returned to normal and the company rescinded its request for outdoor conservation.

Last night the company asked customers to stop watering their lawns while the repairs were in progress.

Customers heeded the request and United Water was able to meet their water needs today. "We apologize for the inconvenience and we thank our customers for their cooperation," said Chris Graziano, director of operations.

Some residents expressed concern about the ability of the New Rochelle Fire Department to fight fires with lower water pressure in New Rochelle. Fire Chief Lou DiMeglio was not concerned.

"There was no disruption in service," said DiMeglio. "We can experience about a 20% decrease in pressure during peak demand but the water company can boost the pressure in an emergency."

Your New Rochelle Tax Dollars Can Be Saved By The Garbage Bag

September 12, 2012 - 21:38

MountainTrashIf you are like most people, you blissfully kiss your kids good bye in the morning, wish them a good day in school and then concentrate on your own day ahead. Well that was me, it never occurred to me to think about what their lunchroom was like, nor did I ever, in a million years thought about the trash that was generated in that lunchroom.

I was yanked into reality when I did an Earth Day project with my kids, cleaning up the woods. Upon finding a large piece of knarly looking Styrofoam, clearly in the woods for ages, I launched into an explanation how bad Styrofoam is for the environment. My son interrupted me by piping up that in the lunchroom they used disposable Styrofoam trays. I was shocked.

I went to the principal to get permission to survey the lunchroom and low and behold, every single day, the school with 1,064 kids generated a mountain of trash. 22 large garbage bags per lunch.

I did an in-depth survey and realized that 90% of that garbage are fully recyclable materials, if they were just sorted out.