Christmas

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

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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

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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 www.coned.com/thepowerofgreen. Energy efficiency tips are also found on Con Edison’s Power of Green Facebook page at www.facebook.com/powerofgreen.
Con Edison is also helping customers make their home or business more energy efficient. A list of programs can be found at www.conEd.com/greenteam 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

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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

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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

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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.

Join Us for Leg. Jim Maisano's Toys for Tots Event on Dec. 10, 12-3pm

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Please mark your calendar and join us for my annual Toys for Tots event on Saturday, December 10 from Noon to 3pm at On the Waterfront, 2 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY.

This is always a fun event that will surely get you in the holiday spirit. We are very lucky to have so many awesome friends that drop off toys and gift cards for kids in need each year. We are proud to work on this event with the Marine Corps League. The toys will be given to needy kids in the Westchester area. And this year we are adding to the fun with "Karaoke Christmas Carols," so stay for some refreshments and belt out your favorite Christmas song! Jean and I will be doing a duet.

Please bring unwrapped toys for kids of all ages. We note there is always a need for gifts for teenagers and gift cards and donations are very helpful. You can also drop off gifts before December 10 at The Cut Above, 2122 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont, NY or at my county legislative office in White Plains.

Please call 914-813-1402 if you have questions. See you on December 10!

Jim Maisano
County Legislator
914-636-1621
JimMaisano@gmail.com

New York Metro Area Swamped with 2-3 feet Of Snow. Mass Transit is stopped cold.

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At about Noon this past Sunday, December 26th, the 6th-worst deluge of snow fell on the New York City Metropolitan area. In the area surrounding New Rochelle, NY 22 inches fell while Staten Island and parts of New Jersey received 29”. In time, autos and buses stopped rolling as the drifts reached 4-5 feet. Even rail transportation saw severe delays and even cancellations as the day wore on. New Rochelle and other municipal governments declared snow emergencies for the blizzard conditions at hand.

On Monday the 27th, Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road cancelled their commuter service. Metro-North had hourly Sunday service initially but eventually gave up the ghost as switch and signal woes befelled the New Haven line and was followed by the Harlem and Hudson before long. The Long Island Rail Road cancelled their schedule for the first of two days.

New Rochelle Christmas Blizzard 2010

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Photos and Videos are starting to come in to Talk of the Sound. Send yours along to robertcox@newrochelletalk.com; either individual photos or a link to your album.

UPDATE: Wow! These are some great photos! We received more than 250 photos from all of you. Thanks. It took a while to organize and upload all of them but there here is the entire set (so far) in a slide show format along with a few of the more spectacular photos you took over the past 24 hours below.