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 The Chamber web site is woefully out of date, the Chamber's annual Thanksgiving Day parade was cancelled last November and the organization had to close its storefront location on Main Street and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
I am a New Rochelle resident and I feel very strongly that the Armory should be preserved. Instead of viewing the Armory as problem that needs to be dealt with, we should view the Armory as an opportunity and a central focal point of our city. Forest City and New Rochelle have it backwards: rather than building newer and newer commercial facilities hoping to spur prosperity, we need to encourage unique, historical, and civic facilities that will make people want to visit and ultimately invest in New Rochelle. The proposal for a Monroe College facility is a step in the right direction. Other avenues should be considered as well, such as a performing arts center. Implicit in any facility should be the history of the Armory and the needs of our servicemen and women.Read more
“How’m I doin’ ?” - Ed Koch was famous for asking that question. Putting aside the publicity aspect of the question, I’m sure it helped him to gauge just how well he was doing as mayor, based on the feedback. Believe me, when a public official asks a New Yorker that question, he’ll get plenty of “feedback” if you know what I mean.Read more
Yes indeed, the city, by its own admission, acknowledges their responsibility for maintaining the Armory.
The Armory was deeded to the city with the specific intention and requirement that" said premises shall be improved and maintained...". As you can see from thiscurrent screen shot of the official City of New Rochelle web site, the Property and Grounds Bureau, under the direction of the city engineer, is directly responsible for the maintenance of the Armory, among other buildings. Having said that, the obvious and purposeful neglect by current and previous administrations would be considered a breach of contract as defined by the legal and binding deed accepted between the City and State. Very little effort towards maintenance and control of the building and property would have, no doubt, prevented the current damages from developing.Read more
While researching for this project, I read that the school board connected with the New Rochelle church leaders to promote understanding and kindness as the Lincoln children started in their new schools.
In a report by John Kaplan called "Civil Rights USA - Public Schools Cities in the North and West 1962, New Rochelle" he writes "The superintendent of schools also wrote the head of each relighous organization in New Rochelle asking that cooperation with the school board be urged to provide for the proper acceptance and adjustment of the transferrring pupils; he also held meeting with each of the elementary school principals and with the custodial staffs to assure a smooth reception to the transferees."
As I drove up and down the streets in or adjacent to the Lincoln school district I noticed so many churches. Some were handsome and large, others small and intimate, tucked among houses. I tried to photograph as many as I could. If I missed your church, please post a photo of it in a comment.
Shiloh Baptist Church, Lincoln Avenue
Gospel Tabernacle Church on Lincoln Avenue
St. Catherine African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church on Lincoln Avenue