GRINCH STRIKES NEW ROCHELLE: Christmas Goes Dark in New Rochelle as Lights Stolen from City Christmas Tree


NewRoChamber_HolidayLighting2010 - 05.jpgThe 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. christmastree_saved.jpg

Maisano Delivers for Area Children with Toys for Tots Event at Dudley's



County Legislator Jim Maisano held a highly successful Toys for Tots event earlier today at Dudley's Parkview Restaurant. Guests donated hundreds of toys while overflowed the large receiving box set aside to collect gifts to support the annual U.S. Marines Reserve Toy Drive.

“This is a lot of presents for a wonderful program of the Marine Corps Reserve," said Maisano, a retired Marine. "I am so proud to see this kind of support from so many Westchester residents".

Over the past 60 years the Toys for Tots program has delivered hundreds of millions of toys to needy children.



Santa Makes Surprise Appearance at New Rochelle's Senior Center



Santa Claus stopped by the Hugh Doyle Senior Center this afternoon, spreading Christmas cheer and candy canes to the good little seniors enjoying the Center's Christmas Party. Santa even took some time to get on the dance floor and shake a leg with a bevy of willing partners.





Trinity Elementary School's PTA Annual Holiday Boutique


Join theTrinity Elementary School's PTA Annual Holiday Boutique

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: Trinity gymnasium

There will be over 30 vendors.

New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony Draws Kids and Kids at Heart


NewRoChamber_HolidayLighting2010-08.jpgThe New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce in celebrating 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. Santa arrived after the lighting to give candy to the children who were eagerly awaiting his arrival.

For more photos from the New Rochelle Holiday Lighting 2010 please visit the Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle web site.

December Holiday Happenings in Downtown New Rochelle


The BID has some great happenings going on this holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays Downtown with Lights, the Nutcracker, Crafts, Music and Family Events

Start this special month with Father Francis Maurice, Rabbi Amiel Wohl and Reverend Allen Weaver welcoming Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza with benedictions and song at the always popular Holiday Lighting at Memorial Plaza. Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance and then move to New Roc City on weekends where Santa will hear children’s holiday wishes and for family photos.

NutcrackrTalk.jpgDon’t let your children miss the Downtown performances of Ballet Atlantic’s 36th Annual Nutcracker Ballet. Older holiday revelers can join New Rochelle’s renown jazz musician Brian Carter and his Trio at an open Holiday Jazz Jam at McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern.

County Leg. Maisano Sponsoring Annual Toys for Tots Event on December 18


County Legislator Jim Maisano is pleased to announce that his annual Toys for Tots drive to collect toys for kids in need will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2010, from Noon to 3 PM at Dudley’s Restaurant, 94 Hudson Park Road, New Rochelle, NY.

Legislator Maisano stated, “I proudly support this fantastic charity as a member of the Marine Corps League. The Toys for Tots program of the Marine Corps Reserve has distributed hundreds of millions of toys to needy children for more than 60 years. Please help us make sure that kids receive presents again this year - all of the gifts we collect will be delivered directly to children in our area. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has asked that we promote gifts for teenage children, which can include gift cards or monetary contributions. We ask that all gifts be new and unwrapped.”

If you cannot make it on December 18, please bring your unwrapped toy or gift to one of the drop box locations set up by Legislator Maisano:

-- Dudley’s, 94 Hudson Park Road, New Rochelle
-- goHEIDI Toys at Gingers, 153 Fifth Avenue, Pelham
-- The Cut Above, 2122 Boston Post Road, Larchmont

The “Nutcracker” performed in Downtown New Rochelle Dec. 10th and 11th


Ballet Atlantic and their Family Favorite, the “Nutcracker” performed in Downtown New Rochelle

For the first time, Ballet Atlantic’s annual family favorite, the “Nutcracker Ballet” will be performed downtown this holiday season on Friday, December 10th at 8:30 PM and Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 AM at 306 Huguenot Street, thanks to the generosity of downtown property owners Gary Garafola and Susan Friedman. This is Ballet Atlantic’s 36th year producing the Nutcracker based on the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman with music by Tchaikovsky.

An accomplished ballet troupe and popular dance academy, Ballet Atlantic has taken up full-time residence in downtown New Rochelle at the BID’s Artist Studios (Rental information: 914-960-1460) at 81 Center Avenue, in 10,000 square feet of newly renovated space for artists and art businesses directly opposite Talner Jewelry Store.

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