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New Rochelle FOCUS Presser Tomorrow at New Rochelle Train Station to Launch "Be a Parent Not a Friend" Campaign

June 03, 2010 - 20:41

FOCUS PalmCard-small.jpgNew Rochelle FOCUS ("Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances") will hold a news conference tomorrow at 10:30 AM atthe New Rochelle Train Station to unveil the coaltion's new media campaign "Be a Parent Not a Friend".

Rep. Nita Lowey will be on hand for the announcement as well as other County and City officials.

Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances (FOCUS) is comprised of New Rochelle community members from all sectors devoted to substance abuse prevention and positive youth development.

Former Ranger Gives New Rochelle Youth Hockey Players Some Tips

June 03, 2010 - 14:12

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Former New York Rangers player Phil Esposito paid a visit to some New Rochelle Youth Hockey members last month.

New Rochelle hockey mom Alysa Vasapolli submitted the following press release and these photos of the practice.

The New Rochelle Youth Hockey program were the lucky recipients of a visit by hockey Hall-of-Famer, Phil Esposito, Sunday, April 25th, 2010 at the Rye Playland Ice Casino's Studio Rink. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was donated to the program by one of the volunteer coaches, whose place of employment won the event in a charity auction.

From the moment Mr. Esposito entered the building, he was all smiles. It is no surprise why this man has had such a successful career on and off the ice. He has charisma; is passionate about the sport of hockey, the players, and most importantly, the next generation of players: our children.

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin Introduces Anti-Bullying Legislation

June 01, 2010 - 19:10


Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains) has introduced legislation that would fight against bullying in schools.

Her communications director sent out a press release, which reads as follows:

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin announced today the introduction of a comprehensive bill in the Assembly that will combat bullying in schools. Dubbed the "Anti-Bullying Act,” the bill defines bullying for schools to use in their codes of conduct.

The bill requires that school administrators report instances of bullying. The bill also creates the crime of aggravated harassment of teachers and school personnel and requires that students are education about the effects of bullying.

“Kids do better in school when they don’t have to worry about being bullied,” said Assemblywoman Paulin, “Requiring that the every school specifically identify and prohibit bullying will make schools safer for our children,” she said.

New Rochelle Girl Scouts Visit State Capitol

June 01, 2010 - 18:56

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Assemblyman George Latimer (Larchmont, Mamaroneck Town, Mamaroneck Village, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Rye City, Rye Town) taught some Girl Scouts from Thonton-Donovan a thing or two about the state government.

Latimer sent out this photo and a caption, which reads as follows:

Assemblyman George Latimer played host to a delegation of Girl Scouts from the Thornton-Donovan School in New Rochelle on a visit to the State Capitol in Albany during May. Latimer introduced the girls and their adult supervisors, including Constance Levi of Larchmont, during the Assembly Session. Unfortunately, no Girl Scout Cookies were involved -- Latimer is still on a strict diet.

Knickerbocker Press Building to Host Art Show

June 01, 2010 - 11:12


Reverol & Co., LLC will be hosting the annual Knickerbocker Art Show this month. The event will be held at the Knickerbocker Lofts (52 Webster Ave.), and will be open to the public Saturday, June 19 11am to 7pm; Sunday, June 20, 11am to 6pm; and Monday, June 21 Noon to 5pm.

The group sent out a press release, which reads as follows:

This June, the historic Knickerbocker Press Building will once again become a sanctuary for contemporary Art. From June 19th through the 21st, Reverol & Co., LLC is pleased to announce The Knickerbocker Art Show 2010.

Utilizing more than eight thousand square feet of dazzling display space, the show will put contemporary art to the fore in New Rochelle. The exhibition includes works that move between sculpture, painting, video, installation, and all space in between. This magnificent group of contemporary artists, work at the boundaries of abstraction and modes of representation to design bodies of work that are both equally familiar and disconcerting.

TONIGHT: "Keep Your Home Safe" Community Meeting to Address North End Burglary Spree

May 25, 2010 - 20:31

Burglar1.jpgIn response to a story first broken here on Talk of the Sound and later picked up by WCBS-TV, Council Members Marianne Sussman and Barry Fertel in conjunction with the New Rochelle Police Department will hold a meeting tonight at Temple Israel of New Rochelle.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. Temple Israel is located at 1000 Pinebrook Boulevard.

Collge of New Rochelle Hosts Special Olympics

May 25, 2010 - 14:53

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Earlier this month, College of New Rochelle hosted the Hudson Valley Special Olympics.

The group sent out a press release, which reads as follows:

The College of New Rochelle hosted members of the Special Olympics from Hudson Valley, Public School Sports League (PSSL) on May 4, 2010. Student and faculty volunteers from CNR’s athletic department, School of Arts & Sciences, Graduate School, and the School of Nursing held basketball and soccer skill contests, and introduced the young athletes to new games and activities in the College’s state-of-art Wellness Center.

PSSL students, 18 from the New Rochelle High School as well as students from Lakeland School District, some of whom are in wheelchairs, participated in the afternoon of sports and games. CNR’s student-athletes also provided sports giveaways from ESPN/Disney “Play Your Way” program for the Special Olympics athletes. This event was organized by The College of New Rochelle’s Director of The Wellness Center, Harold Crocker, and Beth Walsh, Coach for the Special Olympics teams in lower Westchester and Special Education Teacher at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York.

St. John's Restoration Project Seeks Funds

May 25, 2010 - 03:03

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St. John's Episcopal Church on Wilmot Ave. is currently seeking donations to restore and preserve New Rochelle's "Oldest House of Worship."

The group sent out a press release, which reads as follows:

At 152 years of age, showing your age is to be expected. But even after a “face lift”?  The parishioners of St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Wilmot Road in New Rochelle, hope to remedy this with their “Bucks for Buckets” fundraising campaign.

“We need to raise enough ‘bucks’ to purchase at least 100 ‘buckets’ of paint to restore and preserve, for future generations, the original clapboard siding of the church,” said Joanne Bartoli, chairperson of the church’s fundraising committee.  “In 2009 we gave our church a virtual facelift by removing the aluminum siding which we were told by the judges for the New Rochelle Heritage Plaque Award ‘compromised the architectural significance and historical integrity’ of the church structure.  We had no argument with that!”


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Jared R. Rice Receives Democratic Nod for New Rochelle City Council

Jared Rice.jpgAttorney & Community Leader Pledges Effective Advocacy for District Three

(New Rochelle, NY. September 21, 2010) -- New Rochelle Democrats have elected Jared R. Rice, an attorney and community leader, to be their nominee in the November 2nd election for City Council in District Three. Rice, who received overwhelming support from the New Rochelle Democratic City Committee, pledged to be a responsive, accessible and effective advocate for his constituents.

Earlier this month, the New Rochelle City Council appointed Roxie Stowe to represent the Third District on an interim basis until the end of 2010. If elected, Rice would succeed Mrs. Stowe on January 1st, 2011 and serve the final year of the late Council Member’s term.

Rice expressed his admiration for the Stowe family: “Jim and Roxie Stowe have set an inspiring example of strong and dedicated service. I was privileged to work with and learn from Councilman Stowe before his untimely passing, and I thank Councilwoman Stowe for accepting the responsibilities of leadership at such a challenging moment in her life. I will work my hardest to honor their legacy.”

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Community Gathers Tonight to Discuss Weekend Murder; Consider Soluions

New Rochelle residents will be gathering tonight at the American Legion Post 8 at 112 North Avenue to discuss their concerns after the murder which took place Saturday afternoon on North Avenue near Huguenot. This will be the first open public forum indiscuss the events of the past weekend in

The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club is bringing together a number of community leaders including City Council members, political candidates, downtown business owners and others. City Councilman Lou Trangucci is scheduled to address the group and a question and answer session will follow.

Candidates for the District 3 Special Election (Peter Parente and Jared Rice) and for New Rochelle City Judge (Cynthia Lobo and Susan Kettner) have been invited to briefly address the group.

Jim Killorin of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is expected to come by share the result of his meeting Monday with downtown business leaders where he first proposed his idea for a Citizen Safety Committee and a Youth Mentoring Committee. He will also discuss the petition he is circulating which calls for more walking police and a new downtown precinct for the downtown area and some of the surprising organizations that have already signed on.

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Brother John G. Driscoll, Who Served as Iona College’s Sixth President, Dies

Brother John Driscoll.pngLong-time New Rochelle Resident Led Iona From 1971 to 1995

New Rochelle, NY (September 22, 2010) Br. John G. Driscoll, CFC, PhD, who served as Iona College’s sixth President for nearly 25 years, died late yesterday. A graduate of Iona and long-time resident of New Rochelle, Br. Driscoll was Iona’s top administrator from 1971 to 1995. He also served as a professor of mathematics and as a member of Iona’s Board of Legal Trustees.

Iona President Br. James. A. Liguori, CFC, said: “The Iona College community is deeply saddened by the passing of Br. Driscoll who left a rich legacy as an inspired educator, visionary administrator, biblical scholar and as a remarkable human being.” He added: “I was honored to succeed Br. Driscoll as President and build on his nearly quarter of a century of leadership in establishing Iona as one of the country’s leading private Catholic colleges.”

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Fall Leaf Collection Begins October 18

falling-leaves.pngNew Rochelle, NY— The Department of Public Works will begin fall leaf collection on October 18 and continue through December. Bagged leaves will be picked up city wide on the following dates:

November 6, 13, & 20th, December 4, 11, & 18th, 2010.

With the onset of leaf collection, yard
waste collection is suspended until spring.

Street sweeping will be suspended from October 18 until leaf collection is completed; however, alternate side of the street parking rules will remain in effect to facilitate leaf removal. Sweeping will continue in the downtown as weather permits and main arteries will be swept after completion of leaf removal as needed, weather permitting.

Leaf Collection Do’s and Don’ts


-Rake leaves into neat piles or wind rows near the curb line of your property to facilitate pickup.
-Place leaves in brown recycling bags for Saturday pickups


-Put leaves in plastic bags
-Obstruct traffic lanes, catch basins or fire hydrants with leaf piles
-Park cars on top of or near leaf piles
-Mix branches in with leaves, as equipment may be damaged

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District 3 GOP Candidate Peter Parente Issues Statement Regarding Murder in Downtown New Rochelle

Regarding the unfortunate murder of Kevin Williams that occurred yesterday afternoon in New Rochelle. Peter Parente stated," My family and I were stunned when we heard the news. My condolences go out to the Williams family. I can only hope that their questions will have answers so they can begin to heal. I have faith in the New Rochelle Police Department. I know they will do everything within their means to to insure that those responsible for this crime will be brought to justice. We'll pray for Kevin and his family."

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Talk of the Sound Announces First-Ever Annual Fundraising Drive

Talk of the Sound needs your support!

What began as a labor of love has taken on a life of its own. Our traffic has increased exponentially -- up 1,000% since the 1Q09 alone. The costs of running the site have gone up accordingly and we need to put Talk of the Sound on a "going concern" basis. To pay the bills until we can ramp up our new advertising program this fall, we are embarking on a two week fundraising drive which will end September 30th.

If you think Talk of the Sound has made a difference for the better in New Rochelle and want to see more -- just bigger and better -- please consider clicking the "donate" button above to contribute to the ongoing operation of Talk of the Sound.

As readers will recall, our servers melted down due to traffic volume on the site and we had to switch to a far more expensive dedicated server set up with more sophisticated technology to block attacks on the site and provide system redundancies. All of this costs money -- a lot more money than we had planned for back in 2008 when Talk of the Sound was born. On top of this, it turns out that ferreting out corruption in New Rochelle is a full-time job! Who knew? :-) To accommodate this I have pulled back on my consulting business and paid writing for other publications to focus more time on New Rochelle and Talk of the Sound.

In the coming weeks we intend to launch a new version of the site which will incorporate space for taking advertisements which should help in bring in enough income to put the site on a better footing and allow us to expand our coverage and service offerings. To get there, Talk of the Sound had to incur some up front costs and we need to raise about $5,000. Any additional money we can raise will be invested back into more reporting on New Rochelle.

You can use PayPal or any major credit card to make a contribution. As a web site, we would prefer an online payment but if online payments make you uncomfortable you can write a check payable to "Robert Cox/Talk of the Sound" and send it to 34 Aberfoyle Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804. Donations to Talk of the Sound are not tax deductible.

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Suzi for New York to Hold Kickoff Party at New Campaign Headquarters

Mamaroneck, NY – On Sunday, September 19, from 1pm- 4pm, Suzi Oppenheimer for New York Senate
will celebrate with campaign supporters the official opening of its campaign headquarters at 916 East
Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck.

The kickoff party will be attended by Senator Oppenheimer and is open to the public. With election day
only six weeks away, the event is intended to give voters in Westchester an opportunity to meet Senator
Oppenheimer and talk with her in an informal setting about the issues that matter most to them as she runs
for re-election. Food and beverages will be served.

Who: Suzi Oppenheimer for New York Senate
What: Campaign Headquarters Kickoff Party
Where: 916 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
When: Sunday, September 19, from 1pm-4pm

Suzi for New York Launches New Website relaunches to engage Westchester families, voters and supporters

Mamaroneck, NY - Suzi Oppenheimer for New York Senate today launched a new interactive campaign
website promoting her vision for helping Westchester taxpayers, informing the community on Suzi’s
recent legislative victories, and connecting the supporters who have rallied behind her campaign for re-

“The new campaign website will serve as a way for the campaign to directly engage Westchester families
on the issues that matter most,” said Ryan McLeod, campaign manager.

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