At New Rochelle High School last night we enjoyed a rollicking musical performance of Big River - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A very strong cast of performers confidently and deftly sang song after song in this show based on the 1860 American classic by Mark Twain. The strongest performer was Huck Finn played by Isaac Assor who was utterly convincing as the vagabond boy. The entire group captured the audience with their first large cast number of the night "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven" with a strong music number choreographed with dozens of wooden spoons.
Even the overture was enjoyable with harmonica music and a wonderful violinist (student Sarah Kenner) playing Bluegrass riffs. The alcoholic dad was portrayed convincingly by Matt Moliterno, who takes his son away from two relatives who were raising him to live in a shack in the woods, all in an effort to take his sons money. Here is the boy in a difficult situation, forced to run away to protect his own welfare. Soon he hooks up with Jim, an escaped slave, played perfectly by Freedom Weekes, spot on. Jim and Huck Finn perform a duet "Muddy Waters" that captivated the audience. It was a perfect balance of song.Read more
New Rochelle had 12 elementary school districts until some schools were closed due to low enrollment and other factors.
Watch this animation for how the districts merged when the schools were closed.Read more
New Rochelle resident Jared Bergman (NRHS '07) passed away yesterday, March 26. He was a junior at the University of Rhode Island.
Bergman was a large sports fan, baseball and basketball being his favorites. He also gave swimming lessons at the Jewish Community Center of Scarsdale.
EDIT (3/29) : Funeral services will take place on Monday, March 29 at Beth-El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Avenue, at 10 a.m.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, April 1, from 2-8 p.m. at the home of Leon and Rosalyn Darefsky, 164 Thistle Pond Drive, Bloomfield, CT. An evening Minyan service will be held at 7 p.m.
Donations in Jared's memory may be sent to the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, where a scholarship fund is being created.Read more
On Friday, March 12th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by New Rochelle Superintendent Richard Organisciak, school officials and students, presented a $100,000 grant to the New Rochelle School District.
The money will be used to fund the expansion of the district’s SmartMusic program, giving elementary students new opportunities to learn how to play a musical instrument and improve their vocal performances.
“Programs like SmartMusic not only enrich children’s lives but enhance their arts education with lessons and skills that bring joy to their day and for some, the building blocks of a future career," said Klein.
New Rochelle High School launched the SmartMusic program in December 2008. Through performance learning software, students at all skill levels play instruments or sing with professional accompaniments. The program offers a variety of styles for band or string orchestra, brass, percussion, strings or vocal. Teachers assign students different exercises electronically and students complete them either in school or at home.Read more
Representing Bronx and Westchester Counties
From the Desk of State Senator Jeff Klein…
Funding Our Children’s Future
Dear Westchester Residents:
Ensuring that all children in New York State have access to a high quality education has always a top priority for me, regardless of our state’s budgetary situation. Providing vital and necessary funding to our public schools is our responsibility. At the same time, we cannot ignore the needs of the more than half a million children who attend New York’s religious and independent schools. These schools provide a valuable and vibrant education for students and do so at a considerable savings to New Yorkers’ hard earned tax dollars.Read more
Tonight at the New Rochelle Public Library one of the Little Rock Nine spoke in the Ossie Davis auditorium. Carlotta Walls Lanier, the youngest of the group, read three passages from her book and answered questions from the audience. The book is A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School and has a forward by President Bill Clinton. It took her 30 years to really speak about her experiences and almost 50 years to start to write the book.
She ironically recalls that as a young black child growing up in the south, she couldn't go to the white public library. She had to use a Quonset hut with the lesser collection of books. She said she appreciates the venue of the library to speak and is pleased that her book has been purchased by 800 libraries and has only been released at the end of August 2009.Read more
This is a correction concerning an article posted 12/31/2009. The article states that Adele Patrella was relieved of teaching duties at Trinity Elementary School. Not true. Mrs. Patrella is currently
Co-Teaching in three(3)4th. grade classrooms. This is in effect until she takes over Primary Teacher responsibilites in a 2nd. grade class in March 2010.
Mrs. Patrella is an experienced and dedicated teacher who has been with the District for 21 years.
She previously taught in NYC.
Professor Paul Murray, a sociology professor at Siena College, is working on a biography of Paul Zuber, the lead attorney for the Lincoln families in the New Rochelle case. Murray is looking to interview current and former New Rochelle residents who were involved with or impacted by the case.
Murray, a noted civil rights scholar, is a contributor to The African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press, 2008). He wrote a brief biography of Zuber published (with permission) below:
Zuber, Paul Burgess (20 December 1926 - 6 March 1987), lawyer and professor, was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His parents were Paul A. Zuber, a postal worker, and Jennie Baer Zuber. He attended school in Williamsport through third grade. In 1934 his family moved to Harlem and he was enrolled in the all-black P.S. 157.