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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

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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

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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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2011 DPW Refuse Collection Schedule Released

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In addition to the weekly collection schedule, the booklet contains important instructions and guidelines regarding pickup of garbage and trash, recycling, televisions and computers, appliances and heavy metal items, yard waste and fall leaves. Information on street sweeping and snow emergencies is also included.
For more detailed information, visit the Department of Public Works online at www.newrochelleny.com/DPW.

2011 Refuse Collection Schedule

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Special Screening and Panel Discussion on “Race to Nowhere” at New Rochelle High School on January 6th

On January 6, 2011 at 7pm, Theater Works, the theater club at New Rochelle High School, is hosting a screening of “Race to Nowhere”.

Tickets are on sale now: $10 in advance or $15 at door

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Iona College Point Guard Scott Machado Nominated for 2011 Bob Cousy Award

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Talk of the Sound was provided a copy of the remarks courtesy of Mr. O’Shaughnessy.

Introduction/Mark Simone:

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Westchester County Offering Free Medical Services for Veterans TODAY!

Westchester.govLogo.jpgVeterans who want to find out more about the benefits they’re entitled to should come to the Westchester County Veterans’ Service Agency’s next registration day on Thursday, Dec. 16. A newly expanded schedule now invites veterans in to sign up for medical services twice a month.

The Dec. 16 “Veterans Registration Day” event will be held in conjunction with the James J. Peters’ VA Medical Center in the Bronx from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. The next event, on January 6, will include a representative from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt campus of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose.

Programs are held the first and third Thursday of every month at the agency's office at 112 East Post Road, 4th floor, Room 442, White Plains.

Veterans who have not yet registered can get a new identification card, sign up for medical services and arrange for a wellness exam. To take advantage of this service, veterans need to bring their DD-214 (discharge or separation papers).

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New York State Troopers Urge Planning For Safe Holiday Travel

NewYorkStatePolice.jpgUpcoming Holidays Mean “Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest”

Poughkeepsie, NY, (December 15, 2010) – Major Michael A. Kopy, Troop K Commander, today announced that the New York State Police will be out in full force cracking down on anyone caught drunk behind the wheel. Beginning Thursday, December 16th and continuing through New Years Day, police agencies in the Troop K region and police departments across the country will join forces in the effort, which is part of the “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” National Crackdown.

“Since the holiday season is traditionally marked by increased travel and alcohol consumption, troopers will be participating in this national crackdown,” said Major Kopy. “Our goal is to ensure motorists are not needlessly injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug impaired driver.”

Major Kopy recommends the following tips for a safe holiday season:

· Designate a driver before the celebrations begin
· Take public transportation

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Statement of Mayor Noam Bramson on Adoption of of the 2011 Budget of the City of New Rochelle

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It has been the City's goal to balance several important interests: (1) respect the financial pressures confronting taxpayers; (2) preserve investment in essential services; and (3) safeguard the longer-term health and stability of our community. These are seemingly straightforward objectives, yet they are often in tension with each other - and now, more than ever, impacted by factors that local government cannot control.

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