October 2012

New Rochelle Parks Worker Busted On The Job With Heroin, Oxycotin and Urine After Crashing City Vehicle

October 25, 2012 - 20:08

Bjorkman photo

Keith Neal Bjorkman, 33, of 184 Harding in New Rochelle, NY was arrested by New Rochelle police on October 2, 2012. Bjorkman, a worker for the City of New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance-7th, a misdemeanor, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle-3rd, also a misdemeanor. He was released the same day on $250 cash bail and given a return date of October 16, 2012. His next court date is October 30, 2012.

Bjorkman crashed a city vehicle, a 2008 White Hino Dump Truck, into a light pole at Lincoln Park. Police responded to the scene. A search of the vehicle turned up a bag inside of which police found glassine envelopes containing a white powder, pills and a container holding a yellow liquid.

Obituary: Maria Gallagher (1971 - 2012)

October 25, 2012 - 17:05

Maria E. Gallagher, 40, of Danbury, wife of Kevin M. Gallagher died at her home on Wednesday morning, October 24, 2012.

Mrs. Gallagher was born in Mexico, November 14, 1971, a daughter of Antonio and Elena (Figueroa) Alvarez of New Rochelle, NY. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1978 first settling in New Rochelle. She attended New Rochelle schools, New Rochelle High School, Westchester Community College and received her Bachelor's degree from Albany State College and her Master's of Business Administration from Iona College.

A marketing analyst, Mrs. Gallagher was employed by the W.J.Deutsch & Sons LTD of White Plains, NY. A resident of Danbury for the past ten years coming from Mt. Vernon, NY, she was a member of St. Joseph's Parish of Danbury. Mrs. Gallagher enjoyed arts and crafts, scrapbooking and was an avid reader.

In addition to her husband Kevin of fourteen years and her parents, Mrs. Gallagher is survived by two daughters, Amanda Gallagher and Megan Gallagher both of Danbury; three brothers, a sister and several nieces and nephews.

New Rochelle's School Lunch Recycling Program Now Also Adopted By Yonkers

Submitted by Anna Giordano on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 02:56

Last Thursday, the first Yonkers public school celebrated the roll out of its School Lunch Recycling Program. Program Coordinator Anna Giordano helped Foxfire school to transform into a practically waste free facility.

Principal Don Solimene, a stern proponent of recycling, got the entire school staff involved in the process.

So Yonkers Superintendent of Schools Bernard Pierorazio , Commissioner of DPW Thomas Meier, Town Council man Michael Sabatino and other central administration executives were treated to a wonderful celebration of Caring for our Earth.

Don Solimene asked the teachers to involve the children. As result, the walls in the cafeteria were covered with the most fabulous posters, poems, and songs created by the children. 15 Children were asked to present their work in front of everybody. They were very excited when they realized that Channel 12 was filming them and they would be on TV.

Why Did The New Rochelle Board of Education Fire An Employee for Drunk Driving Then Replace Him With Another Drunk Driver?

October 24, 2012 - 22:26

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On September 17, 2007 Gary Iarocci was arrested for drunk driving by the New Rochelle Police Department. He was convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated First Offense on November 9, 2007. He was held overnight after his arrest, paid a $500 fine and given a Conditional Discharge. Iarocci has since passed away.

Iarocci was fired from his position as a Motor Equipment Operator with the New Rochelle Board of Education. Ironically, his replacement, James Vincent Bonanno had been convicted on an identical drunk driving charge two years earlier.

Westchester Volunteer Firefighters Demand Apology From George Latimer Over Outrageous Attack Mailing

October 24, 2012 - 20:01

Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117


Mailing Suggests 19-Year-Volunteer Firefighter Bob Cohen...Would Watch Homes Burn

Westchester--Oct. 19 - A group of Westchester volunteer firefighters today demanded that Assemblyman George Latimer apologize for a campaign mailing in which he depicts businessman and state senate candidate Bob Cohen standing with hands in his pockets while a Westchester home burns.

Mr. Cohen has served as a volunteer firefighter in Westchester County for 19 years, and has been injured on the job.

Mayor Bramson Makes "New Rules" for Citizen Input in New Rochelle

October 24, 2012 - 18:29

In the October 18 2012 issue of the Westchester Guardian

A highly spirited march from the American Legion to City Hall by a group of veterans and supporters of the Save Our Armory Committee was held on October l0 to protest the selection of a plan City Council had chosen to redevelop the Armory. This group was joined in front of City Hall by a large contingent of New Rochelle Police Officers who were protesting their lack of a contract and reduced number of officers. Former Mayor Len Paduano said when he was in office he never laid off one police officer and was supportive of his Police and Fire Departments. After the speeches, the group entered the New Rochelle City Council chambers and many of them participated in the Citizens to be Heard portion of the City Council meeting.

Harpist Brandee Younger Comes to New Rochelle's PAC House Theater Nov 3rd

Submitted by Incoming Tide on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 17:21

Harpist Brandee Younger brings to New Rochelle her brand of jazz infused by harp. Performing with Brandee are drummer EJ Strickland, bassist Rashaan Carter and on sax Chelsea Baratz.

The concert is on Saturday, November 3rd at 8pm. The PAC House is located at 311 Huguenot Street between Division and centre. Your host, Eric Woodlin, producer of Wildcliff and PAC House branded projects.

Thinking Out Loud

October 24, 2012 - 17:15

Hmmm, how might I increase the number of butts in seats at the PAC House Theater? I know... eblast database, create content on Talk of the Sound, Daily Voice of New Rochelle, New Rochelle Patch and insert events to all online calendars, such as, Westchester Magazine, ArtsWestchester. And maybe they will come, hmmmm.

Not quite sure if 77,000+ residents are following those pages. So what else should I do to engage the community? Postcards, advertising, free events...hmmm. I have tried them all....and not to say they're not responding, they do spend time at Wildcliff and PAC House events. Though, how do I increase the participation?

I'll keep hammering away.