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
Dick Morris receives "In the Spirit of Thomas Paine" Award
Tonight the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum and the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association had their annual dinner at the VIP Country Club on Davenport Road. It was a well attended and beautiful event. Dick Morris mingled with the crowd and posed for photographs. The Director of Thomas Paine Cottage, John R. Wright, hosted the event with his committee.
The selection of Dick Morris as an award recipient created a controversy that even reached Ethiopia! Here is an article, originally published in the UK Guardian, in the Ethiopian Review.
Dick Morris was awarded the "In the Spirit of Thomas Paine" award to the attentive crowd. Trinity St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Metro Med, and Sydelle & Norman Herzberg each received the "Community Leadership Award".
It turns out that Dick Morris was born in New Rochelle and lived here until he was three, when his parents moved to New York City. And his grandfather was a Huguenot.Read more
The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club met on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 PM, at the American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave., New Rochelle. This group meets monthly to discuss a host of local issues.
The first item on tonight's agenda was the proposed Iona Dormitory issue that Greg Varian, an attorney and resident of the area, made a brief report. The dorm is being financed by the NY State Dormitory Authority and is located on the north side of New Rochelle. He highlighted the issues surrounding this new construction citing parking, vehicular traffic, and the surrounding building zoning issues. Iona used to be a commuter school that redefined its self as a residential/dormitory college some years ago.Read more
On Sunday, October 31st, the NAACP New Rochelle Branch sponsored its 44th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner at Beckwith Pointe. The theme was “One Nation, One Dream”.
The Honorees included Daquana Hargrove (pictured above with NAACP New Rochelle Branch President Ron Williams). Hargrove won the Youth Award. Also honored were Lorraine Johnson, Member of the year Award. Joseph Williams of Webster School, Education AWard. Lt. Mark McLean of the New Rochelle Fire Department, Community Service Award. Jan-Mar Trophy, Business Award. The Keynote speaker was Reverend William M. Mizell, Associate Pastor of Grace Baptist Church.
The Souvenir Journal was dedicated to the memory of the late Mrs. Mattie Wanamaker, Former Chairperson Life Membership Committee.
The recent suicides of gay college students and incidents of bullying and harassment and the need for creating safe environments on college campuses will be the focus of the “Westchester Colleges LGBTQ Summit,” hosted by Iona. Representatives from several areas colleges will discuss common concerns, share resources and explore how they can work together to provide safe and hospitable environments for the LGBTQ community. Hosted by Iona College, Several Area Colleges to Explore Working Together for Safe Environments.
Conveners are Dr. Ingrid Grieger, Director of Iona College’s Counseling Center; Aaron Megibow, President of Iona’s Gay/Straight Alliance and Dr.Read more
Just returned from East End Civic Association "Meet the Candidate Night." This was my fourth or fifth such extravaganza of this busy electoral season. Credit the good people of the association for trying to educate their loyal membership and members of the general public regarding the policies and personalities at stake on election day, November 2.
However, tonight I believe I have discerned a curious new custom permeating the political landscape, in events as diverse as those of the League of Women Voters of Mamaroneck and of New Rochelle, several neighborhood and civic groups and Temple Beth El and Temple Israel of New Rochelle. Have you noticed that every one of the recent "candidates night" events for local, state and federal office (without a single exception to the best of my knowledge) has stated as its procedural policy (explicitly or in effect) that the occasion is for the presentation of views only and not an opportunity for "debate?"Read more