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Rental truck rams two cars in New Rochelle


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The Journal News reports:

A stolen rental truck was sent down a Maple Avenue driveway early yesterday, ramming two cars, one of which went through the rear wall of the garage in which it was parked.

The truck's engine was running, and the rear wheels still spinning when police arrived at 12:50 a.m. A rock was on the gas pedal, and the steering wheel was taped to keep the vehicle straight, police said.

Westchester pays highest property taxes in U.S.; Rockland in top 10 | | The Journal News


Think you are paying too much in property taxes? You're right!

The Journal News reports

Westchester County property owners paid the highest property taxes in the country last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The median property tax bill in Westchester hit $8,422 in 2007, the highest of all mid- to large-sized counties, according to the 2007 American Community Survey. The median is the midpoint, meaning half of property owners paid more and half paid less.

Talk of the Sound Joins Placeblogger


We have joined Placeblogger - you can learn more about Placeblogger here. Their site should give readers here a pretty good sense about what a hyper-local community site like Talk of the Sound is all about.

NRHS Students' Top 20 Teachers for 2008; 67 Teachers Make Honor Roll


New Rochelle High School students have once again ranked their favorite teachers on the popular web site. 67 of 338 teachers made Honor Roll this year. The rankings are based on a raw score total determined by total number of votes cast by students multiplied by overall ratings average for each teacher. The Honor Roll represents those teachers who earned a 4.0 or higher average rating from their students, on a scale of 1 to 5.

Levee Goes Dry as "American Pie" Tavern Loses Liquor License


Beechmont ClosedIf you drive your Chevy to the levee you are going to find that once again "The Levee" is dry - at least until Westchester County officials relent. The operators of the Beechmont Tavern were busted for serving alcohol to minors, not having a bouncer at the door, and over-occupancy all of which comes with a $7,000 fine and a suspension of their liquor license.

Summer's Over: Governor Recalls Legislators

Are New Rochelle teachers worried about hidden cameras at school?


Do New Rochelle teachers share concerns about the use of hidden cameras

"Almost a quarter of teachers have voiced their concerns about 'hidden' surveillance cameras in schools, a survey said Monday. A survey of nearly 250 primary and secondary school teachers by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) found that 84.6% have CCTV in their school and more than half (52.9%) said it made them feel safer.

Cop-Cams Increase Traffic Fine Revenue by 3,000% in DC suburb


MEMO: City Council Members
RE: New Ways to Solve Budget Problems

Reduces traffic violations...check!
Raises much-needed cash for the City...check!
Frees up police resources...check!

What's not to love about cop-cams? Sure, civil libertarians will cry foul but pointing so-called cop-cams on public streets is not a violation of anyone's civil rights and can help the City deal with reckless drivers at a minimal cost with a potentially huge payoff.

McClatchy DC reports:

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