This Thursday, December 9th, we will be holding our quarterly coalition meeting. This meeting is open to the public and we welcome new members. The meeting will be at New Rochelle High School in Room 222 from 11:45am to 1:15pm.
We will be previewing our new public service announcement “The Real Me”, our new guerilla media projects, the upcoming Family University event, our Operation Storefront initiative which deals with alcohol and tobacco advertising in local stores and much more. Please join us and help us make New Rochelle a place with healthy kids and healthy families!Read more
December 5th brought hundreds of volunteers and contributors together to make the latest Care Package Drive a resounding success. Over 1200 boxes were filled with supplies and treats to help bring the homefront just a little bit closer to many servicemen and women who serve our Nation during this holiday season. Alongside the organized chaos of sorting and packing of the boxes, a cluster of tables provided adults and children alike a haven to express words of support and thanks as they happily filled out holiday cards and composed letters with a personal touch.Read more
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.
Don’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.Read more
The Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle in cooperation with the City of New Rochelle and the BID is happy to sponsor the Holiday Lighting ceremony at Main Street and Memorial Highway. The event will start at 5:30 PM at Memorial Plaza.
Santa has agreed to fly down from the North Pole for our lighting ceremony so bring the kids!
In addition the Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle will be having a Holiday Party at the Radisson Hotel following the Lighting Cermony and everyone is invited.
Price is $25.00 pp (includes food; cash bar at Happy Hour prices). Please respond to Eli Gordon.
Join us for a wonderful holiday celebration and networking.
Holiday Lighting Poster courtesy of Brad Spear.Read more
Keep Ithaca always in your mind
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
So you are old by the time you reach the island,
Wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
Not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you have become, so full of experience,
You will have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle held its annual Community Thanksgiving Service. The service rotates among the various congregations with this year’s service being held at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 10 Mill Road at the very northern extent of North Avenue. The service was broadcast live on WVOX-1460 AM with guest commentator Dino Yotides and will be telecast via tape delay on the local cable channel 75.
The Interreligious Council was founded in 1975 by Rabbi Amiel Wohl of Temple Israel, the late Rev. Peter Kyriakos of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and the late Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly of the College of New Rochelle as a way to bridge divides in the rather diverse Queen City. The Thanksgiving service highlights its activities and the service has grown to encompass most of the religious institutions in New Rochelle.Read more
Thanksgiving found many of us joining together with family and friends to celebrate and give thanks for what we have. In stark contrast to the comfort of our celebrating together, approximately 150,000 men and women currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq will spend this Holiday season some 7,000 miles from home and separated from loved ones.
YOU can bring a little slice of home to those who serve just by helping out Jennie McFarland and the good folks over at "Operation Support Our Troops". With very little effort on your part, you can help make a connection with home and let the troops know we care. Keep in mind, we may call them the "troops", but they really are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, aunts, uncles and friends. Don't let their distance come between home and heart.Read more
As part of a comprehensive program to reduce youth access to alcohol, New Rochelle FOCUS (Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances) funded an alcohol enforcement project with the New Rochelle Police Department. During the month of September, the PACT and Special Investigations Units of the New Rochelle Police Department conducted a series of alcohol compliance checks in off premise alcohol retailers (e.g. deli’s, liquor stores, groceries, etc) in the City over a three-week period.
During a compliance check, a person under the age of 21 enters a store and attempts to purchase alcohol using a valid identification that clearly indicates that the person in underage. The goal of the compliance check is to ensure that alcohol outlets are complying with the law to refuse sales to minors.Read more
The Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle has launched a new web site. The Chamber is also now on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn and offers link sharing via Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, and others.
Click the eye-catching image header (linked above) to visit the Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle web site.
Chamber President Cynthia Lobo, in an open letter, is encouraging local businesses to re-engage the Chamber online:Read more