The City of New Rochelle's official Christmas Tree went dark over the weekend as thieves made off with the light bulbs that had adorned the tee. In a daring and despicable act of holiday humbug right out of Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, the tree was stripped bare.
The tree has been shining each night since the annual holiday lighting ceremony on December 3rd. The event sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement District and the City of New Rochelle Parks Department celebrated the Holiday season for all faiths. Rabbi Wohl, Father Francis and Reverend Wearver spoke of the significance of the lighting-up the darkness in this time of seasonal observances.
City of New Rochelle saves Christmas. The lights have been replaced.Read more
Twenty-seven police recruits graduated today from the Westchester County Police Academy and are headed off to work at 11 law enforcement agencies in Westchester and beyond.
The new officers, who completed 20 weeks of training at the police academy in Valhalla, received their diplomas during a ceremony at the State University of New York at Purchase. Family members and friends packed the Performing Arts Center and cheered the graduates who were called forward individually to receive their diplomas.
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, Department of Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth and District Attorney Janet DiFiore addressed the graduates and wished them well in their careers.
“Stay true to your ideals and rely on the outstanding training and example you have received these past 20 weeks,” Astorino said. “The challenges ahead will be many. Greater still will be the rewards that come from doing this important work with humanity and professionalism.”
Longworth told the new officers that police work today was more demanding than ever.Read more
Upcoming 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
Two drivers fighting over a parking space in front of Cormondel restaurant on Division Street in downtown New Rochelle ended up in a rather awkward position with one vehicle backed up onto the hood of the other vehicle. No injuries were reported. Ironically, parking in the City lot at Avalon 2, just a few feet away from the parking space in question, is free during the holidays.
WVOX is reporting New Rochelle Police are searching for three men after a home invasion. The house was occupied by Iona College students.Read more
A black Lincoln Town Car entering I-95 from the Cedar Street/South ramp spun out immediately upon reaching the thruway road surface colliding with another vehicle setting off a chain reaction that involved four cars and a tractor trailer. Two people in the Lincoln Town Car were injured and taken to Sound Shore Medical Center. The driver of the silver 4-door vehicle struck by the spinning town car described the incident to Talk of the Sound. Neither he nor the two passengers with him were injured.
New York State Police had control of the scene. New Rochelle Police, Firefighters and Paramedics responded. A flat-bed tow truck removed the Lincoln Town Car.
The weekend got off to a rousing start when a New Rochelle Fire Truck collided with a car in front of the Ryan Library at Iona College. About the same time, the Associated Press went national with the Iona nun embezzlement case which launched our little "Sister Susie" story from October into the stratosphere. Over 300 news organizations have run the story -- and counting.
On the overnight, a pedestrian crossing North Avenue near Anderson was hit by a car.
At the same location, New Rochelle police arrested a man for disorderly conduct after getting into an altercation with a woman on the streetRead more
New Rochelle Fire Department Engine 22 was involved in a collision with a white Nissan Altima at the intersection of Hubert Place and North Avenue at about 4 pm. No injuries were reported.
Police had Hubert closed off but traffic open on North Avenue by Conese Hall.
The driver, a white female, was informed by police that DMV records showed the registration on the vehicle was suspended and the car would impounded.