November 2012

Some Much for Bramson Lectures on "Process"; Good Profit to Proceed Without MOU

November 13, 2012 - 21:22

Since August, Mayor Noam Bramson has defended his one-sided approach to the Good Profit proposal for the New Rochelle Armory on the grounds that there was some sort of sanctity to "process", referring to the RFP process for the adaptive reuse of the New Rochelle Armory. At the last Citizens to be Heard meeting in October, the Mayor lectured the audience for 15 minutes on the supposed sanctity of process to explain why he would not allow the proponents of the Veterans Performing Arts Center to make a presentation in September before the City Council made an "unofficial" vote to move forward with Good Profit. As late as November 1st, the Mayor told the City Council that Good Profit was unable to move forward with an MOU because email was down to Hurricane Sandy.

Tonight, the Mayor is proposing to move forward with Good Profit on the basis of a so-called "Letter of Agreement".

UPDATE: The Council held off consideration of the Good Profit deal until next week.

This raises a number of questions:

  • What is the legal difference between an MOU and an LOA?

Anthony Bongo (1930 - 2012)

November 13, 2012 - 18:26

Anthony Bongo Sr. passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. He was 82 years old.

Anthony was born in Tuckahoe, NY to Antonio and Florence Bongo on January 20, 1930. He graduated from Eastchester High School as a baseball star and was drafted by the NY Baseball Giants. After high school he worked as a construction laborer and also played for the NY Giants farm teams on the east coast until the Korean War. He enlisted in the Air Force and rose to the rank of Sergeant and was decorated during his tenure. Upon returning from his service he joined his family who now resided in west New Rochelle. There he met his wife, Rose Ann Caiazzo. They were married on September 9, 1956. He then worked for various construction companies in Westchester, finally joining his sons in his last venture, PAB Contracting in New Rochelle.

New Rochelle Resident Organize's Help Trip

November 13, 2012 - 17:02

New Rochelle resident Vin Parise sent a message to his friends on Facebook and got a big response to help out people in need from Sandy. The following is what he put on Facebook.the event took place this past weekend.

Hey Everyone,
I know it is short notice but I am organizing a bus of volunteers to
head to Breezy Point to help a family & their neighborhood with
Hurricane Sandy cleanup. This community has lost so much and need a
lot of help. They are currently overloaded with donations but do not
have nearly enough manpower.

We will be leaving at 9:30 am Sat. morning from New Rochelle &
returning late afternoon around 4:00 pm.

The cost is $20 per person, which will help pay for the bus & a good
amount of the supplies that he will purchase at Home Depot.

We are taking the first 30 people - so please message Vin Parise or
Amy Torigian Parise via Facebook if you are interested.

Please wear work clothing & high boots because it's muddy & dirty down there.

They will provide food & water for volunteers. We will have a great
time & help out a lot of people!

Bus leaves: 33 President St. New Rochelle, NY 10801 at 9:30 am Saturday.

Iona College to Host Ballet Production Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Albania

November 13, 2012 - 15:21

Legacy Promo 2 SmallNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Leonard Ajkun, co-artistic director of the Ajkun Ballet Theatre and resident choreographer, looks forward to celebrating the rich culture of his native country with the audiences of New Rochelle (Iona College, Christopher Murphy Auditorium, November 29 at 7pm) and New York City (Hostos Center for Arts & Culture, December 21 at 7pm).

Leonard's exciting and daring choreography depicts the deep rooted historical rituals from 2000 BC and impressed upon Albanian culture by the Romans, the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic faith, touching on the contemporary social topics such as discrimination against immigrants, religion and Illyrian heritage.

Legacy premiered at the MMAC Theater in New York City in October of 2010, with an introduction by author and journalist Pëllumb Kulla, Albanian Ambassador to the United Nation, ex officio; the ballet toured Albania, Italy and Australia in 2011 and 2012.

Rotary Club of New Rochelle Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fundraiser 9/28

November 13, 2012 - 15:15

The Rotary Club of New Rochelle is holding a Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief. Proceeds raised through Rotary to benefit Victims of Sandy in our Community

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Cash Bar and limited Hors D’oeuvres
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$30.00 Donation Suggested

The Davenport Club
400 Davenport Avenue
New Rochelle, NY

If you would like to make a contribution please make checks payable to New Rochelle Rotary Foundation

Rotary Club of New Rochelle
P.O. Box 785
New Rochelle NY, 10801

For additional information contact
Kathleen V. Fanese
(914) 672-9823
[email protected]

The College of New Rochelle's King and Rosado named HVWAC volleyball All-Conference

November 13, 2012 - 14:40

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference (HVWAC) announced its All-Conference Team today, and The College of New Rochelle was represented with two honorees, senior middle Dalila Rosado (Vega Baja, PR/Dorado Academy) and sophomore outside hitter Meghan King (New City, NY/Clarkstown North HS).

Rosado provided leadership and poise for the Blue Angels throughout her career, and is among the team leaders in nearly every category. A presence on the block, she led the squad with 31 total blocks, including 18 solo blocks and is among the HVWAC leaders in that category. For the season, she averaged 1.58 digs, 1.06 kills, 0.48 aces, 0.35 blocks and 0.20 assists per set.

Eliese S. Cutler ( - 2012)

November 13, 2012 - 14:37

On Thursday, November 8, 2012. Eliese S. Cutler died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of the late Dr. John C. Cutler; mother of Dr. Stuart D. Strahl (Melissa); grandmother of Linda Strahl, Danielle Strahl-Heldreth (Jason) and Margaret Strahl; sister of the late William Egbert Strahl; aunt of the late Eric R. Olds. Mrs. Cutler grew up on the shores of Long Island Sound in New Rochelle, New York, where she nurtured an unquenchable spirit for adventure and humanitarian causes. Graduating from Wellesley College in 1939, Eliese married Dr. John Charles Cutler in 1942. She worked tirelessly in support of John's pioneering research with the United States Public Health Service, World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization, serving throughout the United States, Latin America, India, Afghanistan and elsewhere.