Christmas 2011: Hope for a Better World

Christmas 2011:  Hope for a Better World  by Peggy Godfrey
     This year is ending on a high note as many troops are returning from abroad to their families in time for the holidays and Christmas. Their unselfish service to our country sets a standard for all of us during this season of good will toward all men.   During World War I on Christmas 1914 eve and day, many German and British soldiers actually walked across their trenches to sing Christmas carols and exchange holiday greetings.  These troops demonstrated the true spirit of Christmas which is a model for all of us during the coming year. 

Trinity School Holiday Boutique Rates Big Success for PTA


The Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY held its annual Holiday Boutique. Treats and holiday gifts were sold to raise money for the Trinity PTA. Frosty the Snowman made a special appearance.

Talk of the Sound Welcomes Our Newest Advertiser: Rose Hill Nurseries


Rose Hill Nurseries is our newest advertiser (right column). Click the ad to visit the new Rose Hill Nurseries web site.

If you mention Talk of the Sound before Christmas, Henry and Heather will offer you a nice discount on your entire purchase. Be sure to mention Talk of the Sound.

In the video, Henry demonstrates what he calls "The Greatest Christmas Tree Stand Ever!"

Watch the video and find out why…and be sure to listen for "Luigi".

New Rochelle Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown New Rochelle Draws Children of All Ages


In what may combine every child's dream, Santa Claus arrived on top of a fire truck, jumped down and handed out candy canes to the eager youngsters. Santa arrived just after the New Rochelle Christmas Tree, New Rochelle Menorah and New Rochelle Mishumaa Saba were lit.

Leds Brighten Holidays, Lighten Electric Bill


NEW YORK – Con Edison is encouraging customers who plan to decorate their homes or offices to use energy-efficient LED lights during the holiday season.

Using LED or light emitting diode lights, instead of traditional incandescent bulbs, saves on bills and helps the environment. LED lights use nearly 90 percent less electricity than older bulbs, which also means fewer carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
LED holiday lighting is one way customers can trim bills and contribute to energy savings that aid the environment. An array of energy-savings tips is available at Energy efficiency tips are also found on Con Edison’s Power of Green Facebook page at
Con Edison is also helping customers make their home or business more energy efficient. A list of programs can be found at or by calling the “Green Team” at 1-877-870-6118.
Con Edison also encourages customers to make safety a top priority when installing their holiday lights and offers some tips.

• Make sure that holiday lights carry the seal of approval of a recognized safety-testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

“Skate With Santa” And Tree Lighting At The Playland Ice Casino


Toymaking at the North Pole may be in full swing but the big man in the red suit is once again making time in his busy schedule to take a turn around the ice with children of all ages during “Skate with Santa and Tree Lighting,” Saturday, December 10, during the regular afternoon public skating session at the Playland Ice Casino in Rye.

From 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Santa will take to the ice on both the main and children’s rinks. Bring a camera and he’ll be happy to pose for holiday photos as well. “Skate with Santa” has become a popular Playland Ice Casino tradition.

After the skate, everyone is invited to gather at the Fountain Plaza outside the rink for a festive tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

Regular admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for adults with a Westchester County Park Pass; $5 for senior citizens with a county Senior Citizen ID; $6 for children age 12 and under and $5 for children accompanied by a Westchester County Park pass holder.

Westchester County’s Department of Social Services Announces Holiday Gift Drive


Hoping to make sure that every child can feel the joy of opening a special package this holiday season, Westchester County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is once again organizing a gift drive for local youngsters living in a foster home or residential center.

“Westchester residents are always generous during the holiday season” said County Executive Rob Astorino. “I know this year’s toy drive will be as successful as those in the past.”

New and unwrapped gifts are being sought for more than 800 children, infants to age 21, who don’t have parents to present them with packages for the holidays. Collection boxes open to the public will be placed in county offices from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. WFAS radio is helping publicize the drive and will also offer collection boxes.

Because more than half the youngsters are teenagers (who appreciate the ability to make their own choices), the donation of gift cards is also encouraged.

Donations Sought for Annual Give A Gift Event in New Rochelle


The Youth Council of the New Rochelle Youth Bureau, The City School District of New Rochelle and the Police Association of New Rochelle are sponsoring their Annual Give a Gift event on Sunday, December 18, 2011. This event provides Holiday cheer and gifts for New Rochelle families in need.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a gift for a child from the Wish List please contact Michelle Oliveros at (914) 654-2048, Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. on or before Wednesday, December 7th.

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