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
Come one, come all to the Columbus Elementary School where the New Rochelle Board of Education will be presented with a board resolution to give a guy who has been unable to qualify for an administration security position in the New Rochelle public school system but has, on multiple occasions, had special job descriptions crafted to try and make sure that he and only he could get the job.
Rolf Koehler has bounced from waiver to waiver since 2009. His last day with the district was October 30th when his most recent waiver expired. Last year the district put forward three different job descriptions prior to a municipal service exam in February, all part of an elaborate effort to block qualified candidates from beating out Koehler for the position.
Despite their best efforts, Koehler failed the civil service exam. 12 other candidates passed, three were eligible for the position yet none were selected. Instead Koehler was given a new position (Director of Surveillance) and allowed to remain for months beyond what was supposed to be his last day. It was that position that ended on October 30, 2010.Read more
Reunion en el "West End"
Representantes de la comunidad y del gobierno municipal se reuniran este Viernes, 3 de diciembre a las 6:30PM en la Escuela Columbus (275 Washington Ave - Discovery Room). El proposito de esta reunion es para escuchar a la comunidad sobre temas que impactan el barrio oeste de New Rochelle. Traiga sus idea e preguntas para que se discutan con administradores de la ciudad y su regidor elegido.
Esta es su oportunidad para hablar sobre escazes de viviendas, limpieza de nuestras calles, criminalidad e servicios municipales. Traiga a sus vecinos.
New Rochelle, NY -- High school juniors and seniors can “Jumpstart” their college education by earning three college credits at Monroe College in New Rochelle in a special 13-week course, beginning in January 2011 and running through mid-April. The classes are held Saturday mornings and run for about three-and-a-half hours, each week. There is no tuition and textbooks are also given without cost.
“Students will have various courses to choose from, next semester,” said Lisa Scorca, assistant director of admissions and coordinator of the Jumpstart program. “Courses are taught by Monroe College faculty from our various academic disciplines including Business and Accounting, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Allied Health, Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts, and English and Social Sciences.” The final course offerings and start date will be determined by faculty and space availability.Read more