Article by ELENA COX with Photographs by JENNIFER PARENTE
A wet and muggy day turned into a warm and breezy night at Westchester Magazine's annual Best of Westchester party. Sponsored by Sound Shore Medical Center and held at New Rochelle's Glen Island Harbour Club (Reader's Pick "Best Place to Get Married"), thousands turned out for the event celebrating the best places to eat, shop, play, and do just about everything else in the county. Winners were able to set up booths to showcase their services and of course, our great city was well represented.
Click "read more" link to see which New Rochelle establishments were present.Read more
Westchester Magazine has published their annual "Best of Westchester" edition for 2010. New Rochelle put in a strong showing in the "Food & Drink" and "Nightlife" categories but was otherwise shut out by the magazine's editors.
Don Coqui and Little Mexican Café were Editor's Picks in the Restaurant category (Don Coqui was also a "Reader's Choice"). Don Coqui was noted for its dancing and brining "A little bit of South Beach flavor" to Westchester. The magazine suggests giving the taco al pastor, a taco with chili-spiked pork roasted under a pineapple, a try at the Little Mexican Café which has previously been honored for Best Authentic Mexican Food (2004) and Best Margarita (2007).
Spectators Sports Bar was selected in the Nightlife category as "Best Out-of-Frat-House Experience" where "the co-eds are just as cute and the beer just as cheap" as you remember from your college days.Read more
Starting this weekend the City of New Rochelle will have lifeguards staffed at both Hudson Park beaches seven days a week and on through until Labor Day weekend. From Memorial Day weekend until the Fourth of July weekend the City only staffs lifeguards at one beach on weekday, a longstanding policy based on usage patterns, City Hall officials say.
Confusion over lifeguard staffing became an issue this week after a New Rochelle resident was prohibited from swimming laps at the "old beach". When the issue was raised to Mayor Bramson, the resident tells Talk of the Sound, she says the Mayor replied to her concern by observing that he had been at the beach the previous weekend and he had not experienced any problems. She considered the Mayor's reply to be unresponsive to her concern but Talk of the Sound has confirmed that the Mayor did refer the matter to the Director of Parks and Recreation Department which then investigated the resident's concerns.Read more
If you have to ask...
Regal Cinemas at New Roc City is sponsoring a special event on Tuesday June 29, 2010 to celebrate the world wide opening of Eclipse at midnight on June 30th. Fresh 102 will be on hand and there will be raffles of Eclipse t shirts and hats. Funfuzion will be doing giveaways.
Tickets for the midnight show are on sale now. They will be letting people into the theaters by 9:00 PM.Read more
The folks over at Regal Cinemas at New Roc City have a full schedule events tied to the release of the new Karate Kid movie. Check it out.
Karate Kid Events Schedule
Friday June 11th
6:00 PM @Regal Cinemas Karate Demo
7:00 PM See the Karate Kid Movie
Saturday June 12th
10:00 AM Women's Fitness Kickboxing
12:00 PM Lil' Dragons Class Ages 4-7
1:00 PM Youth Martial Arts Class Ages 8+
2:00 PM XMA and Individual Karate Demos
3:00 PM "Battle with The Jester" Tricking
Also, Face Painting, Balloons, Family, Food, Fund and Martial Arts
See complete Talk of the Sound events calendar.Read more
...and just 30 days until the Fourth of July!
If you're looking for a great patriotic old movie to watch with your family this month, try "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942) with James Cagney. The added fun is how surprised they'll be when "New Rochelle"' is mentioned in a song.
(TCM will be showing it that day at 5:30 pm or you can borrow a video cassette from the library.)
The following is a quick but poor quality sample, just click:
At New Rochelle High School last night we enjoyed a rollicking musical performance of Big River - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A very strong cast of performers confidently and deftly sang song after song in this show based on the 1860 American classic by Mark Twain. The strongest performer was Huck Finn played by Isaac Assor who was utterly convincing as the vagabond boy. The entire group captured the audience with their first large cast number of the night "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven" with a strong music number choreographed with dozens of wooden spoons.
Even the overture was enjoyable with harmonica music and a wonderful violinist (student Sarah Kenner) playing Bluegrass riffs. The alcoholic dad was portrayed convincingly by Matt Moliterno, who takes his son away from two relatives who were raising him to live in a shack in the woods, all in an effort to take his sons money. Here is the boy in a difficult situation, forced to run away to protect his own welfare. Soon he hooks up with Jim, an escaped slave, played perfectly by Freedom Weekes, spot on. Jim and Huck Finn perform a duet "Muddy Waters" that captivated the audience. It was a perfect balance of song.Read more