The New Rochelle School Board recently approved a major change in how our children will graduate in 2011. The New Rochelle High School class of 2011 will now be certified. This means that if you meet your goals and adhere to required credits to graduate, you will be allowed to walk on graduation day. Thus, New Rochelle finally is in compliance with what every other school district has been doing for years. A little late for many students who were allowed to walk on graduation day, yet did not attend or complete promised summer sessions. I always believed that all NRHS graduations should be certified. In my mind, certification acknowledge the work of those students who did their homework, passed a test, came to class and generally did what every student should be doing in school. What the district allowed for many years was to diminish the value of graduation. There were no consequences for the students who cut class continuously, didn’t do their work or who did not received a proper education. They all knew that even if they had less than required graduation credits, they would march in June.Read more
The Residence Park Neighborhood and Civic Association of New Rochelle donated more that one hundred knapsack-bookbags, filled with pens, pencils, notebooks, rulers, and other school supplies; to the children whose parents are served by Hope Community Services and Food Pantry at 50 Washington Avenue in New Rochelle.
In addition to the school supplies, Residence Park residents donated money, which was used to "top up" the knapsacks. Additional funds will be used to buy winter coats for some of the most needy children.
COSTCO on Weyman Avenue donated more than 75 bookbags and supplies.
Organizers with the children and a mom: Carol Troum (white shirt) is the Executive Director of HOPE and Karen Collins (black dress) is from Residence Park. Not pictured, Terry Hamburger, Project Manager at HOPE.
Joan Bristol of Residence Park keeps track of things.
Update - JUST TO BE CLEAR- The following story is meant to represent what can be acheived through community involvement, nothing more, nothing less. That being said and to avoid any misinterpretation of the story, the city manager was doing exactly what he is required to do, that is, to protect the city's best interest. Anything less would be inappropriate by any measure. To reiterate, Mr Strome was courteous and above all, professional in his dealings with the situation. The lack of basic paperwork required to perform such work left him with no choice in protecting the city's interests. This policy is applied to anywhere there is work being done on city property, not just the Armory. This was explained to the volunteers and now to the readers.Read more
Domenic Procopio has been receiving “Special Illegal Privileges” for over a decade. These privileges include property tax breaks, school tax breaks, parking and moving violation breaks, etc… It was discovered that Domenic Procopio was and still is receiving STAR Tax breaks on more then one of his properties. STAR Tax break is ONLY eligible for a person’s primary residence. It was also discovered that Domenic Procopio was also receiving Combat Veteran Tax Breaks on his properties. The funny thing here is that Mr. Precopio NEVER served in any of the Armed Forces of these Great United States. So how was it that he was grated such a break? If you ask Mayor Noam Bramson, he’ll tell you it was a clerical error. BULL!!!. There is no way this was an error. This was a deliberate illegal favor given to Domenic Procopio by Tim Idoni, the current County Clerk and carried out by City Manager Chuck Strome and current Mayor Noam Bramson. The issue here is why hasn’t Domenic Procopio been relinquished of his title? I’ll tell you why. Political connections run deep. The corruption in New Rochelle City Hall is so bad that sitting elected officials are afraid to do anything in fear of all the scandals and corruption being uncovered.Read more
The Save our Armory Committee made a presentation to the New Rochelle City Council on July 20, 2010 to describe their plans for a re-adaptive use of the New Rochelle Armory. Speakers including Save Our Armory Committee Co-Chairs Ron Tocci and Peter Parente and SOA Executive Committee members John Verni and John D'Alois. The entire presentation including Q&A ran to about 40 minutes; to meet the requirements of YouTube it is necessary to break the video into four parts.
Part 1 of 4: Introduction and Vision for the Armory, Ron Tocci.
Part 2 of 4: Tech & Uses, Peter Parente.Read more
Forest City Enterprises has granted permission for the City Council to hear an alternative plan for the preservation and adaptive re-use of the New Rochelle Armory. The new plan will be outlined by Save Our Armory committee members Ron Tocci and Peter Parente. The current agreement between the city and the developer grants exclusive rights to Forest City regarding the property included in the Echo Bay development project scope. The alternative plan will be unveiled on Tuesday, July 20 @ 7:00 PM, in the council conference room.
Waterfront access, youth and senior services, sports and veterans services are all part of the vision for a renewed Armory venue. Preliminary discussions with Monroe College have provided a glimpse into the possibilities available in the new facility. As to the question of a partnership between the College and proponents of the Armory Plan, Monroe spokesman Rob Seitz stated "Monroe would consider participation in a feasibility study with the veterans if they get City Council approval,".Read more
When New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramon's end run to get control of the New Rochelle Naval Armory was discovered, the Save Our Armory (SOA) Committee jumped into action. An emergency meeting was called by the committee when it was learned that Mayor Bramson had enlisted State legislators to change the Armory's deeded conditions. The City of New Rochelle was deeded the Naval Armory by the State of New York in August 1997 for $1. The deed stipulated that the premises were to be "improved and maintained" and used for public purposes, "for park, recreation, street and highway purposes, including incidental, necessary municipal business..." Bramson's proposed bill was supported in the State legislature by Senators Jeff Klein and Suzi Oppenheimer and in the Assembly by members George Latimer and Amy Paulin. All four claimed they had heard the problems associated with the New Rochelle Armory had been resolved locally. When Klein learned this was not true, he immediately withdrew his support of the bill, as did the others.Read more
The trolley rides again!
This Saturday from 10am to 3pm, the historic trolley ride will be given. Rides will originate in front of the Habitat for Humanity offices and Re-Store location at 524 Main Street each hour on the hour.
“This is a great fun way to celebrate history and homes in New Rochelle”, stated Jim Killoran, Habitat's Executive Director and the man behind brining the trolley to New Rochelle. "These tours celebrate independence in New Rochelle and our country".
"We are glad to talk about the Revolution and Armory, Norman Rockwell and Mighty Mouse, Eddie Foiy, Ossie Davis and more. The history is endless here in New Rochelle.” stated Killoran.
Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is encouraging fun public transportation with real affordable housing in down towns across Westchester. With fewer cars, more affordable homes and fun transportation like trolleys, communities can be healthier with a sense of pride and history and home.
For more info contact Jim Killoran 914-403-4821Read more