Tonight at 6:00pm the trucks began to gather on lower North Avenue to begin the scheduled nighttime repaving project.
View from intersection of North & Pelham Road
It is an impressive fleet of vehicles, including the huge pavement scraper called a 'asphalt cold milling machine' (Roadtec RX-900) that scrapes the deteriorated pavement off the road and a conveyor belt moves the ground up debris up and shoots it into a big dump truck. One worker said that the machine costs $700K new.
The machine has big teeth that grind the pavement. According to the workers, it works great on asphalt, but less well on cement. A few teeth have to be replaced every 100 yards or so. The man has a few boxes of extra teeth and removes the damaged ones and hammers on new teeth.
The road remains open, but this is a lot of action and the team is geared up for the night. It will be great to have a nice new road. This stretch is a two day project, then they will move to the next section.
Trucks arrive after 6:00pm
Here is the massive Roadtec RX-900 at 9:30pm
Here the Roadtec RX-900 needs teeth replacementRead more
In the past two weeks, two vehicles which were parked on Ronalds Lane in the Sycamore Park area of New Rochelle, have been vandalized for the mere reason of parking on Ronalds Lane. Residence / home owners of Ronalds Lane think that they own the portion of the road in front of there homes and that no one else is allowed to park there. Ronalds Lane is a public street where any one can park their non-commercial vehicle.
There are a number of resident home owners that park “spot holder” vehicles in front of their homes and these vehicles become permanent road fixtures. These home owners park these “spot holders” for week and months without moving them so that other people cannot park their vehicles in front of their homes. This “spot holder tactic is illegal. These same home owners have driveways which they keep empty.
This writer knows that these crimes are being committed by resident home owners of Ronalds Lane, and that these home owners are gutless, selfish, socially challenged, inept, jealous, loathing individuals.
These crimes have been reported to the New Rochelle Police for investigation. If there are any others who have had their vehicles vandalized while parked on Ronalds Lane, report the act to New Rochelle Police Department. These resident home owners must be punished!!!Read more
With high heat and humidity returning this week, Con Edison will have extra crews and support personnel available 24/7 to respond to any service problems that may arise.
Con Edison urges customers to report power interruptions or service problems, as well as view service restoration information, online at www.conEd.com, or on their cell phones and PDAs. Customers can also call 1-800-75-CONED.
If you experience a power outage:
Turn off all light switches and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored. Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored;
The New England Thruway was closed for hours this afternoon following a multi-car collision on I-95 North near Exit 16 in New Rochelle involving 3 white vans, an SUV and a car. One person was reported in critical condition. Survivors were rushed from the scene in multiple ambulances.
All is not well in the land of Rob and Laura Petrie and taxpayers are fed up.
Gannett/Journal News, Don Imus, ABC's Channel 7 Eyewitness News and Cablevision's Channel 12 News have all now picked up our story on New Rochelle's "Crossing Guards to Nowhere" -- our exclusive investigative report on crossing guards in New Rochelle, NY who sit around doing nothing in the middle of the school day more than a year after the local school district eliminated half-day Kindergarten.
The City says the workers will continue to be paid until the end of 2011 when the current contract runs out.Read more
On Sunday, June 20th the Journal News ran a front page "Print Exclusive" by Hannan Adely. It was an article about the school crossing guards in New Rochelle who work a lunch shift with no students to cross. Now that kindergarten is full day in New Rochelle, there is no need for the two hour lunch shift of 18 crossing guards citywide.
UPDATE: The Journal News article is now online.
The crossing guard issue was first disclosed on this site. The Journal News gave Talk of the Sound credit for its original reporting which can be found here: Why Is New Rochelle Paying Over $100,000 for Guards to "Cross" Invisible Students?
Under the Journal News headline of "Crossing guards guiding no one" it says "Schedules unchanged despite end of half-day kindergarten". The article was only available in print, but will be available online on Tuesday. I will link it up, when it becomes available.Read more
Four Coach Tour passenger buses were booted at the Home Depot parking lot last night at faced up to $10,000 in fines as part of a crackdown by Home Depot at the behest of the City of New Rochelle. Pressure was put on Home Depot by the Buildings Department after a Talk of the Sound article on Wednesday: Lack of Code Enforcement by New Rochelle Turns Home Depot into Illegal Truck Stop & Limo Holding Pen. The use of the parking lot other than customer use is prohibited under the City Building Code.
In response to warnings from the City of New Rochelle, the management at Home Depot fired Safeway Towing and brought in a new company, L.A. Towing of the Bronx to manage the parking in their lot. Soon after the first L.A. Towing signs went up in the Home Depot lot, Home Depot employees reported seeing a person driving a Safeway Towing truck driving through the lot tearing down the L.A. Towing signs or cutting them in half. Safeway is the primary towing contractor in New Rochelle and works for the New Rochelle Police Department.Read more
As Mayor Bramson last night presented to the City Council, a "sustainability" plan encompassing his vision for new laws and building codes designed to lower vehicle emissions in New Rochelle, a fleet of 18-wheelers, flat-bed trucks, vans and ultra-large limousines took up their usual position in the Home Depot parking lot. Vehicles sat, idling throughout the night, spewing their black diesel exhaust into the air, rattling the doors and windows of nearby homes as the Mayor explained the importance of acquiring expensive hybrid garbage trucks to reduce carbon emissions to council members.Read more