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October 2012

Stamford Firefighting Heroes To Be Honored By City Of New Rochelle

October 16, 2012 - 21:35

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- On Tuesday, October 16, at 7 pm in New Rochelle, members of the Stamford, Connecticut Fire & Rescue Department will be honored by the Council of the City of New Rochelle for their outstanding feats of courage and heroism during the rescue of four New Rochelle residents. The presentation will take place in the Council Chambers, City Hall, at 515 North Avenue in New Rochelle.

In the late evening hours of July 22, 2012, Stamford Fire & Rescue responded to an overturned boat in Stamford Harbor, with two passengers clinging to the hull of the boat and two others trapped underwater in the boat’s cabin. Divers had to make their way through debris and an 18-inch-wide entrance to the cabin to reach them.

New Rochelle Fire Fighter Keith Morris died in the accident.

The resolution states, “This City Council extends its deepest gratitude and honor to all the participants in the in the heroic rescue.”

Iona Prep Receives Cornerstone Gift in Support of Strategic Expansion Initiatives

October 16, 2012 - 21:34

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Iona Preparatory School, an all-boys National School of Excellence Catholic high school located in New Rochelle, N.Y., today announced the strong endorsement of its strategic expansion plans with a cornerstone gift of $100,000 from Charles S. Jones , a graduate of the class of 1967 and a global business leader. In the coming year, Iona Prep will expand its academic program with the addition of grades K-8, extending its Catholic heritage in the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice by merging with Iona Grammar School.

Obituary: William Cooper Falk (1992 - 2012)

October 16, 2012 - 21:33

William Cooper Falk of Madbury, ME died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 23, 2012 in New Rochelle, N.Y. Cooper was born on January 27, 1992 in Portland, Maine. After graduating from Oyster River High School in 2010, he went on to study martial arts in Israel and interned at Project Vote Smart, a nonprofit voter education program in Montana. He enrolled at Iona College where he studied history and was a member of the crew team. He enjoyed travel and visited Rome, Russia and Cambodia. Cooper worked for the Durham Marketplace and Walker's Christmas Tree Farm.

He leaves behind his parents, Tom Falk and Linda Sten and his brother Arun, all of Madbury; his Aunt, Anne Falk of Portland, Maine, the Mar family of Wilmington, Mass., the Falk Family of Cheshire, Conn. and the Sten family of Macungie, Pa.

A memorial gathering is planned for Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Madbury Town Hall. At 4:30 p.m., friends are invited to share memories of Cooper.

Day Of The Dead Exhibit And Program To Complement New Rochelle’s “Big Read” Of Sun, Stone, And Shadows

October 16, 2012 - 21:30

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- “Day of the Dead” (El Día de los Muertos), a festive observance from Mexico that commemorates the return to earth of deceased family and friends each year, will be observed on November 1st with the opening of an impressive exhibit and festive family program at the Museum of Arts and Culture and Linda Kelly Theater, in the new wing of the New Rochelle High School. The free public event is one of final programs for New Rochelle’s 2012 Big Read of Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories. The community-wide project, orchestrated by the New Rochelle Public Library, began on September 16th with a Fiesta Grande for Mexican Independence Day and has since involved thousands of New Rochelle adults and young adults in reading and discussing the superb literary collection.

New Dorm Opens at Iona College

October 16, 2012 - 21:28

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In time to celebrate Homecoming Weekend, Iona College is scheduled to welcome over 100 students back to campus with the opening of East Hall, Iona’s newest residence hall, on Wednesday, October 17 through Friday, October 19, 2012.

“The construction of this much needed residence hall is indicative of our commitment to students and was made possible earlier this year through the diligent and collaborative community planning process. Neighborhood leaders, city officials, and representatives of Iona College worked together to identify solutions,” said President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. President Nyre also thanks the New Rochelle City Council for their support of Iona College, which has a significant and positive economic impact in New Rochelle and surrounding communities.

East Hall is three stories and has the capacity to house 112 students. There is an elevator in the center lobby area and lounges on both the second and third floors. Each room has wireless internet, cable television and telephone lines. The main floor hosts a kitchen area, the mail room and laundry facilities. Three resident assistants and one campus minister will also reside in East Hall.

Iona College to Host International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies

October 16, 2012 - 21:04
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Paine common sense 1776NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- On October 19th and 20th Iona College in partnership with the Thomas Paine National Historical Association, will host a gathering of national and international scholars for presentations and discussion on the life, legacy and ideas of a long neglected Founding Father of the United States, Thomas Paine.

In addition to 32 papers delivered in 12 sessions of scholarly presentations, the conference will also feature a keynote speech by Lewis Lapham (former editor of Harper’s Magazine), a presentation of the play, Citizen Paine, as well as receptions at the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Building and the Thomas Paine Cottage.

Thanks to a grant from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust, the conference is free for Iona faculty, students, independent scholars and the general public.

Seniors Can Change Medicare Part D, Enrollment Runs Through Dec 7

October 16, 2012 - 20:59

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Seniors who want to change their Medicare health plan and Part D coverage for prescription drugs for 2013 can enroll through Dec. 7.

Until that time, they are eligible to move in or out of any type of Medicare coverage they choose. They can also switch to a new health or drug plan or drop their health plan and return to original Medicare. All changes take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Because Blue Cross/Blue Shield is discontinuing its health plans next year, the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) has scheduled a special session to help seniors select a new one.

The program, “Medicare: Selecting a Health Plan (Advantage, HMO or PPO),” will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the eighth floor of the County Office Building, 9 S. First Ave., Mount Vernon.

Information on how to select a new health plan will also be discussed at already announced Medicare Basics workshops on Oct. 24, Nov. 15 and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the same location. All sessions are free.

Seniors who want help to select the plan that best suits their needs, should call (914) 813-6100 – DSPS’ year-round Medicare Information Line.

Trinity and Columbus Elementary Schools Identified as Fattest in New Rochelle

October 16, 2012 - 20:11
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Children at Trinity and Columbus Elementary Schools are the most obese in the New Rochelle public school system, according to a new report published by the New Rochelle Board of Education. 14% of students at the two schools have a Weight Status Category of 99% or higher. Isaac Young middle school students are the most overweight with 48% having a WSC over 85%.

The study, prepared by Dr. Adrienne-Weiss and Registered Nurse Barbara Ehrenreich uses height and weight measurements to determine whether a child is overweight (85th percentile or higher) or obese (99th percentile or higher). Weiss also disclosed for the first time that the district is combining data taken from pediatrician reports and reporting additional information on asthma, diabetes type 1, diabetes type 2, hyperlipidemia and hypertension.

City of New Rochelle Honors Stamford Firefighting Heroes

October 16, 2012 - 14:43

On Tuesday, October 16, at 7 pm in New Rochelle, members of the Stamford, Connecticut Fire & Rescue Department will be honored by the Council of the City of New Rochelle for their outstanding feats of courage and heroism during the rescue of four New Rochelle residents. The presentation will take place in the Council Chambers, City Hall, at 515 North Avenue in New Rochelle.

In the late evening hours of July 22, 2012, Stamford Fire & Rescue responded to an overturned boat in Stamford Harbor, with two passengers clinging to the hull of the boat and two others trapped underwater in the boat’s cabin. Divers had to make their way through debris and an 18-inch-wide entrance to the cabin to reach them.

New Rochelle Fire Fighter Keith Morris died in the accident.

The resolution states, “This City Council extends its deepest gratitude and honor to all the participants in the in the heroic rescue.”

The College of New Rochelle Announces Major Gift of Complete Museum Set of Ansel Adams Photographs

October 15, 2012 - 21:06
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Judith Huntington and Ansel Adams photosNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle announced Thursday, October 10, it has received a gift of a complete Museum Set of photographs by renowned American photographer Ansel Adams. The Museum Set -- which includes 75 signed photographs -- is one of only ten complete Museum Sets of Mr. Adams' photographs in existence.

The Museum Set donated to the College is a compilation of Mr. Adams' life work with photographs of landscapes, including his classic “Moonrise,” as well as photographs of famous American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The collection was recently appraised at $2.5 million. The College will unveil 15 framed and signed photographs from the Museum Set at its Annual Gala on October 11.

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