As a result of the increased risk of fire caused by a combination of high winds, low relative humidity and very little rain, County Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor today announced a ban on open fires at all county parks.
While this ban is in effect, charcoal and propane fires will only be permitted for cooking in permanently fixed grills in the parks. No open fires are permitted. She also asked that patrons be vigilant in alerting park staff to any potential fire hazards they may see while visiting.
Conditions will be monitored on a daily basis.Read more
NOTE: The New Rochelle Public Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 22 for the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation’s fundraiser, “CelebriTea”.
Library Presents Magic And Comedy Show For Families
A free, live performance by comic magician Jim McClenahan will be featured at the New Rochelle Public Library on Saturday, April 14th, at 2:00 pm. The popular magician-comedian is returning to the Ossie Davis Theater with new tricks and surprises to delight children of all ages – and their parents and grandparents. Jim’s terrific blend of awesome tricks, side splitting jokes and high levels of energy guarantees a great time. His warm presentation, wacky stunts and zany humor is a winning combination each time he performs. Seating for the performance is on a first-come, first served basis, to the 145-seat capacity of the theater.
The free program is a BID Family Day event, made possible through a partnership of the New Rochelle Downtown BID (Business Improvement District) with the New Rochelle Public Library, the City School District & PTA Council, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.Read more
The New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees has released the library’s proposed 2012-2013 budget, to be determined by New Rochelle voters on May 12, 2012.
The proposed budget will see an increase of 2.2% in the tax levy for New Rochelle residents. This translates to an increase of $93,209 in the tax levy, or an annual increase of $7.31 per average homeowner. The increase is below the New York State property tax cap.
The board and library administration took unusual measures to limit the tax levy increase. Total Operating Costs have been reduced for the 2nd year in a row. The number of staff positions has been decreased from 42 in 2005 to 30 in 2012.
The local public support per capita of the New Rochelle Public Library remains the sixth lowest in Westchester County.
New Rochelle Public Library is not displaying new banners in the Children’s Room banners, Each was created by college-aged New Rochelle artists.
Maya Menon and Aston Lemelle-Thomas standing below banners they created for NRPL Children's Room.
Free sessions of easy yoga to help reduce stress and relieve tension continue to be offered during Monday and Wednesday lunch hours at the New Rochelle Public Library, through June 2012. Monday sessions are held for 30 minutes, from 12:15 - 12:45 pm, and Wednesday sessions are 45 minutes in length, from 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm.
Participants do not need to change out of work clothes, and mats will not be needed for these sessions of breathing and meditation techniques as well as the guided relaxation. The drop-in sessions do not require advanced registration.Read more
Two classic films will be presented at the New Rochelle Public Library to complement the ANCIENT GREEKS / MODERN LIVES: Poetry—Drama – Dialogue project being conducted through a partnership of the library, the Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) at the New Rochelle High School, and the Aquila Theatre Company in March, 2012.
Jason and the Argonauts will be shown on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm in the library’s Ossie Davis Theater. In the 1963 film, the legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the Golden Fleece. The action-packed fantasy classic featured Ray Harryhausen's amazing stop-motion special effects, and stars Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack and Gary Raymond. The 104 minute film is in color.Read more
The Greek spirit, culture and history will come alive in a sweeping program, “A Greek Musical Odyssey”, to be presented in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 pm. The acclaimed soprano Julie Ziavras will perform music by prominent Greek songwriters, with accompaniment by pianist/arranger Spiro Cardamis, bouzouki master Kostas Psarros and Ms. Ziavras on guitar. The program will include Greek acoustic classics with songs by renowned Greek composers, including Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Vassilis Tsitsanis, rembetika ("the blues of Greece"), and traditional songs. The fabulous music is a crossover from classical artsong to Greek folk music, creating a unique sound with roots in both the east and west.
A donation of $2.00 is suggested at the door. This concert is made possible by the Lillian Robbins Memorial Fund.Read more
New Rochelle, NY February 21, 2012 — The New Rochelle Council on the Arts will honor founding member Thea Eichler with a special exhibition at the New Rochelle Public Library from March 11th through March 28th. An opening reception on March 11th from 3 to 5 p.m. will feature a range of artistic performances for members of the NRCA as well as friends and family of Thea Eichler. The performance will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater and will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.; both are free and open to the public.
Thea Eichler has been active in the cultural life of New Rochelle for more than 30 years. As the Program Chair of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, she was the creative force behind years of themed art shows, concerts, special events and exhibits that highlighted the historic role New Rochelle played in contributing to the arts.
Among the events she conceived and coordinated were “Norman Rockwell Originals,” a show at the New Rochelle Public Library’s Lumen Winter Gallery and a costume ball based on Rockwell’s magazine cover characters; Frederic Remington, a show at the NRPL featuring originals from Ogdensburg plus an exhibit from the artist’s family album; a Reunion Gala of instrumentalists from the NBC Symphony who worked with New Rochelle resident Arturo Toscanini; “Fabulous Fakes,” an exhibit featuring “art forgeries” created in the style of great artists; exhibits by artists Charles Fazzino and Alton Tobey; a two-day Black Performing Arts Festival and “Music Makers of New Rochelle”, a comprehensive exhibit focused on the city’s celebrated songwriters.Read more