Every cop, firefighter, DPW supervisor, elected official and Con Ed worker agrees. The tree at 22 Laurel Place needs to come down.
A city tree in the Residence Park section of New Rochelle, NY fell Sunday at about 5 PM, as high winds kicked up on the back end of what was Hurricane Irene, shutting off power to the residence. New Rochelle Firemen and Police officers responded. They looked the tree over and saw it was being supported by a triple combo of another tree, walkway and live electrical wires, Clearly, the all agreed, it should come down. They called it in and the section was yellow taped roped off.
On Monday, Joe from DPW was visiting his sister on Liberty Avenue. He happened upon the yellow tape. Not knowing anything about it, he dutifully radioed it in. Talking to the homeowner, he agreed the tree needed to come down. Later that day Michael Duffy, a Con Edison supervisor from Manhattan meandered up and looked at the tree.Read more
A couple of years ago I was with my family near the shore of Echo Bay when I spotted a green, white and yellow bird in a tree. I am no bird-watcher but I know enough to know a parrot when I see one. Figuring that the bird must have escaped and there was some distraught owner looking for their bird, I had the brilliant idea of trying to catch it, put it in a box and deliver it to its owner. While my family tried to lure the bird closer, I called the SPCA of Westchester County to report the bird and see if anyone had put in a claim. The bird actually did come closer, landing on a nearby railing. In a moment of stupidity I used my lightening fast reflexes to grab the bird. As visions of my heroic welcome from the relieved owner danced in my head, the bird began squawking loudly, viscously biting at my hands, breaking the skin, and causing me a good deal of, in hindsight, well-deserved pain.Read more
Recently, my son took the Firefighters Exam for New Rochelle. Although I knew it was a futile effort and a waste of a few bucks, I figured that perhaps moving forward a different climate might be present locally and nationally, and the trend of hiring in the public sector might resurface.
About two weeks ago he received an envelope from Civil Service. Inside we found dates for a scheduled agility exam in November, and information about this phase of the test. Nowhere present was a score. I took it upon myself to call the Civil Service Office. After two days of constant voice mail I was finally connected to Jeanett Medina.
I questioned Ms. Medina to the whereabouts of my son's scores, figuring that this was merely a missed envelope. She told me that she opted to not send scores. Whereas this would "discourage" candidates with low written grades from showing up.Read more
Since mid-May, Anthony Bongo has been telling people he "graduated" from Teachers College at Columbia University. The Isaac E. Young web site was edited to insert the title "Dr." before mentions of his name, even for letters and memos written and published before he "graduated".
A week after Bongo "graduated", we corrected the record: Isaac E. Young Principal Anthony Bongo Hooded at Columbia University Ceremony; Claims "Doctor" Title PrematurelyRead more
An elderly woman stepped on the gas when she meant to step on the brake, according to witnesses at a nearby A&P supermarket, sending a green Ford Taurus crashing through the storefront window of George's Hair Salon in the Quaker Ridge Shopping Center in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle. No one was seriously injured although patrons and workers in the hair salon were visibly shaken.
An elderly man was in the passenger seat and a woman, thought to be care-giver for the couple, was in the back seat.
"She should have been driving", said one witness about the caregiver in the back seat.
New Rochelle police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene.
The store front was completely caved in, the window shattered with glass strewn about the sidewalk and inside the store.
The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape as on-lookers gathered.Read more
No applications/transactions will be accepted after 2:30 p.m.. The office hours are still 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The Building Inspectors, Plumbing Inspector and Plan Examiners are still available for inquiries and questions until 4:30 p.m.Read more
ESPN Sports Network has taken over the new gymnasium at Salesian High School and turned into an "ESPY Prom" for star athletes including tennis star Serena Williams, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, Green Bay Packers pass rusher Clay Matthews and sexy Olympic downhill racer Lindsey Vonn.
The shoot is to promote the 2011 ESPY Awards. Nominees will be officially announced next month. The 19th annual ESPY Awards ceremony will air live on ESPN from Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9 p.m. ET. An ESPY Award, short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award. It is an accolade presented by ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. The first ESPYs were awarded in 1993. The ESPYs are hosted by a contemporary celebrity; the style, though, is more relaxed, light, and self-referential than that of many other awards shows like the Grammys and Oscares, with comedic sketches usually included.
Also on hand for the shoot today at Salesian is John Wall of the NBA's Washington Wizards, B.J. Raji of the Green Bay Packers, Kevin Love of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. Scheduled but not available today was the New York Yankees First Baseman Mark Texiera. Saturday Night Live Weekend Anchor Seth Meyers who will host the annual summer event was also on hand.Read more
Residents of the normally quiet East End section of New Rochelle were amused as they watched a young male deer foraging in their neighbor's garden. A first for any of the locals, it was a pleasant surprise especially for the kids. One neighbor called the police who asked "is he breaking any laws?" and that put it into perspective as we all learn to share the environment.Read more