Join theTrinity Elementary School's PTA Annual Holiday Boutique
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Trinity gymnasium
There will be over 30 vendors.Read more
The people of New Rochelle have no assurance that their public employees are being hired, promoted and paid on the basis of merit and fitness as State law has required for 126 years. The most recent incident involving a Board of Education hire has shed light on serious deficiencies within this system and it has now become incumbent to request the assistance of Nancy Groenweger, the NYS Commissioner of Civil Service. As she did with her investigation and findings of the City of Long Beach earlier this year, she will find that the system in New Rochelle is broken. As a former counsel for the New York State School Boards Association, she will certainly feel offended at the machinations of the New Rochelle Board of Education. It is a system designed to get friends and acquaintances into the payroll despite their incompetence, but more importantly they are thumbing their nose at the very process that is supposed to be fair and transparent. To have the Board of Education be part of this onerous scheme or being misled by their legal or HR leaders is a shame. We will await further instructions from our complaint in Albany.Read more
BREAKING NEWS: Tonight the BoE pulled Resolution 11-183. The Board said they were referring the matter to the City of New Rochelle to review the language in the job description.
This is going to be a long article so pull up a chair, get comfortable and put on your thinking caps. If, at the end, you are as disgusted as I am about what the school district is doing here, considering showing up tonight and speaking our or, at least, bearing silent witness to the travesty of justice scheduled for tonight.
A few new disclosures in this article: (1) I was able to review the Eligibility List for the "Safety and Security" Civil Service Exam given in February which shows that Rolf Koehler was not on the eligibility list; (2) a draft copy of formal complaint sent to the New York State Municipal Service Commission by "concerned citizens; (3) the informed claim that the school district did not interview candidates for the open security administrator position. OK? Here we go...Read more
In light of the recent and topical conversation about New Rochelle’s second government (the board of education), now seems like a good time to shed some light on another specific issue that chronicles poor decision making by the BoE, misuse of funds, continued ignorance of the issue and seemingly no effort to make right the misdeed. This issue makes New Rochelle visually seem more like an inner-city slum than a fine suburb of Manhattan. It wholly shows the inconsiderate and uncaring attitude of the Board of Education, it lowers the real estate value of the neighboring areas and reflects poorly on the city overall.Read more
A four-year old child from New Rochelle, has died from complications related to the flu. The child, John Joseph Pippo, a student at Barnard Elementary School, was hospitalized earlier in the week and passed away Friday.
The family are members of Holy Name Church where parishioners were asked today to pray for John and the Pippo family. Memorial Services will be help at the Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel at 16 Shea Place near Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle, NY. The phone number at Lloyd Maxcy is (914) 632-2700.
Domenic Procopio, Chairman of the Municipal Service Commission who serves at the pleasure of Mayor Noam Bramson, paid a small fraction of the total amount of back taxes owed on 7 Pinebrook Boulevard due to illegal tax exemptions which he claimed on the property going back to 2002.
Ballet Atlantic and their Family Favorite, the “Nutcracker” performed in Downtown New Rochelle
For the first time, Ballet Atlantic’s annual family favorite, the “Nutcracker Ballet” will be performed downtown this holiday season on Friday, December 10th at 8:30 PM and Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 AM at 306 Huguenot Street, thanks to the generosity of downtown property owners Gary Garafola and Susan Friedman. This is Ballet Atlantic’s 36th year producing the Nutcracker based on the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman with music by Tchaikovsky.
An accomplished ballet troupe and popular dance academy, Ballet Atlantic has taken up full-time residence in downtown New Rochelle at the BID’s Artist Studios (Rental information: 914-960-1460) at 81 Center Avenue, in 10,000 square feet of newly renovated space for artists and art businesses directly opposite Talner Jewelry Store.Read more
For one night anyway, justice prevailed at a New Rochelle Board of Education meeting as an attempt to subvert the New York State civil service law was stopped...for now. Past being prologue, residents can rest assured that like a vampire rising from the grave, this resolution will be tweaked and then brought forward again, most likely at the next BoE meeting scheduled for December 7th.
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak had sought to bring forward a resolution that would have authorized him to submit a waiver request to the New York State Civil Service Commission. The resolution was the result of a month long effort to concoct yet another pretext to keep Rolf Koehler on the BoE payroll as a security administrator despite having failed to pass a civil service exam last February.Read more