May 2017

Former New Rochelle Schools Director John Gallagher Pleads Not Guilty, Mauro Zonzini Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

May 24, 2017 - 16:34

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- John C. Gallagher Jr. plead Not Guilty in Federal Court in White Plains today. Mauro Zonzini, his partner in a bribery-kickback scheme plead Guilty to tax evasion and bribery charges.

Both men face up to 10 years in federal prison.


BREAKING: John Gallagher of Aramark Arrested by Feds for Bribery Scheme in City School District of New Rochelle

May 23, 2017 - 19:21

NEW YORK, NY — John C. Gallagher, Jr., an Aramark executive and former Director of Facilities for the City School District of New Rochelle was taken into custody Tuesday by federal agents in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. following a Grand Jury Indictment on charges related to bribery.

GETTING RESULTS: Owners of Alvin and Friends Building Enter into Six Figure 2 Year Agreement to Pay Back Taxes to City of New Rochelle

May 23, 2017 - 12:58

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — West Friends Management Group, LLC, the company the owns 12 Memorial Highway, home of Alvin & Friends restaurant, has entered into an Arrears Agreement with the City of New Rochelle Tax Department on May 1, 2017, according to records obtained by Talk of the Sound under a Freedom of Information request. Payments for back taxes and tax liens may be spread over a 2 year period under the agreement. 

Why is Clove Road in New Rochelle a Mess and What Can Con Edison Do About it?

May 22, 2017 - 22:25

NEW ROCHELLE, NY —- Clove Road in New Rochelle is a secondary road but an important one, connecting various parts of the City with New Rochelle High School located at 265 Clove Road. ON weekends, the road is used by people coming and going from Holy Family Church.

The section of Clove Road between Mayflower Avenue and Eastchester Road has become an increasing problem since work was done on the street by Con Edison.

Clove Road in New Rochelle, NY

Op-Ed: Improving Graduation Rates in New Rochelle High School

May 22, 2017 - 22:07

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In 2016, New Rochelle High School (NRHS) announced that it raised its graduation rates from 78% in 2008 to 86% in 2016. This was an important accomplishment for NRHS, especially since Hispanic students broke the 80-percentile mark for the first time with the most recent graduating class. Hispanic students are the largest demographic at the school, and have a lower graduation rate and higher dropout rate than other students.

New Rochelle High School

New Rochelle Initiates Foreclosure Proceedings Against Owners of Alvin & Friends Property

May 22, 2017 - 20:48

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — According to records obtained by Talk of the Sound under a Freedom of Information Request, the City of New Rochelle initiated foreclosure proceedings of tax liens against West Friends Management Group, LLC on March 23, 2017. As of May 1, 2017, West Friends Management Group owed $115,898.56 on the the property located at 12 Memorial Highway, the home of Alvin & Friends Restaurant. 

EMPTY WORDS: New Rochelle Board Opposes Obvious Path to Close Achievement Gap

May 20, 2017 - 02:02

The motto of the New Rochelle Board of Education, printed on every meeting agenda is "Embracing Diversity: Driving Success"

Every school board member and the board member-elects all ran for the school board stating that "equity" was important to them, many included the term in their palm cards and mailers. At the PTSA forum Paul Warhit said "equity" was what he was most passionate about.

Obituary of Lorraine M. Pierce by her loving husband Robert E. Pierce

May 19, 2017 - 21:53

The soul of my wonderful wife of 52 years, Lorraine Mary Helen Lhotan Pierce, (Lori) was taken by Holy Angels to be with Jesus Christ in Heaven on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:00 AM. She was and is a blessing to me from Our Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus the Messiah. My heart is broken and my eyes tear continuously. I miss her so much. Lorraine was so very compassionate, intelligent and beautiful. We married April 05, 1965 when I was in the U. S. Marine Corps. God used her to save me from going to Vietnam 1965.

Robert and Lorraine Pierce

Con Edison Portable Generator Ignites Shingles at New Rochelle Home

May 19, 2017 - 01:57

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- A New Rochelle family is blaming Con Edison for a dangerous fire incident at their home located at 373 Forest Avenue.

Due to transformer issues in the vicinity, likely a remnant of an auto collision into a utility on Pinebrook Boulevard several years ago, the two houses on the Southeast corner of Pinebrook Boulevard and Forest Avenue do not have a typical electrical hookup.