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
Cynthia Lobo was sworn in on June 24th as the new President of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. Lobo has pledged to work to revitalize the Chamber of Commerce which has struggled as of late. The Chamber web site is woefully out of date, the Chamber's annual Thanksgiving Day parade was cancelled last November and the organization had to close its storefront location on Main Street and terminate its Executive Director due to a lack of funds.
Pictured above at the ceremony at Five Islands Park is Deborah Mustich, Rosemary McLaughlin, William Cooper Colwell, Louis Dimeglio, President Cynthia W. Lobo, Esq., Judge Anthony Carbone, Vincent Fasano, Edward Loprette, Rita Mabli, and Jeffrey Kraus.
Lobo, a lawyer with offices in New Rochelle, is the Republican nominee for City Judge. She will be on the ballot facing off against Susan Kettner, the Democratic nominee.
Danny Grosso better known as Mr. Boys Club or “the Pope” to family and close friends passed away at the age of 95. Danny was a retired railroad worker who devoted his energies to raising his family, supporting St. Joseph’s Church and was a tireless fixture at the Feeney Park Boys Club. Danny is one of dying breed of volunteers who dedicate their lives to helping our youth long after their children matured. My fondest memory of Danny is as emcee of the annual Feeney Park Roller Skating Shows; Dan was always decked out in his plaid jacket, burgundy trousers and white shoes. Dan would always open the show with a; why did the chicken………. joke. As a team Dan and his wife, Grace, raised two boys, Dan Jr. and Dom Grosso, in the west end of New Rochelle. In this age of townies and heroes Dan stands heads above as the quintessential quiet volunteer who never got involved in the petty politics but rather took action to solve problems and serve as a role model for all who knew him. To say Danny will be sorely missed is a gross understatement.
Arrangements are being handled by Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc., 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle, NY 10801. Visiting hours are Tuesday 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.
God bless Danny and the Grosso family!Read more
It felt like 100 degrees and I have a new appreciation for firemen tattoos. Here is a fun animation from the 2010 Soap Box Derby that took place on Sunday, June 6th on Quaker Ridge Road.
Here is a photo slideshow from the day -
Here are some fun facts:
* The big winner of the day was a 6th grade GIRL from Isaac Young. Girl Power! She gets to compete in Akron, Ohio in July. The event covers part of the travel expenses.
* The brakes of the cars are "Flintstone technology". If you look at the photos you will see that it is a 5" square that gets dragged along the ground to stop the car. At the bottom of the hill, if the brakes don't work, the firemen throw a traffic cone under the car.
* The race is very official, complete with an expert from Akron, Ohio to do the timings. She was a volunteer, too.
* All the cars are weighed in. It has to be 200 lbs for the "Stock" and 230 for the "super stock". This includes the weight of the child. Gym weights are put into the vehicles to make up the difference. They are on metal rods with butterfly nuts. Check out the photo of the old scale, plus the digital scale on top of it in the slide show.Read more
In response to a recent article Why New Rochelle Must save the Armory a commenter under the alias BaxterNR wrote a comment arguing that "the building no longer serves a necessary function for the New Rochelle community", asserting that "the structure began falling into disrepair way before the city purchased it from the state for $1" and closing as follows:
The armory building undoubtedly has a unique history that is significant and important to individuals from the community, however, this view is not shared most new rochelle residents.
In response, I would point out a few things of which you seem unaware.Read more