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  • Sammy Melillo Passes   10 weeks 12 hours ago

    I met Sammy when came home from law school and got involved in New Rochelle politics over 20 years ago. Sammy loved New Rochelle and had many loyal friends here. My best to his very nice family. Sorry for your loss.

    Jim Maisano

  • Ray Rice's Former High School Football Coach Carefully Dances Around Middle School Gun Incident During National Press Conference   10 weeks 2 days ago

    From: Martin Sanchez
    Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM
    Subject: NRED Site
    To: bosborne@nred.org, lmerchant , David Lacher
    , Chrisanne Petrone , "jhastie@nred.org" , "nbrickel@nred.org" , vorellana , Liz Saraiva , "rrelkin@nred.org"
    Cc: "rrichardson@nred.org" , "jkorostoff@nred.org" , dmassimo@nred.org

    Is there a particular reason why the Varsity Football games are always prominently announced on the NRED site? Is there a reason why the Varsity Girls or Boys Soccer games are never announced? Or the Girls Varsity Volleyball or X country team? Is there a good reason why? Again, it seems to me like an issue of equity (maybe gender?) which some federal laws seem to have been violated - don't you think? Could we be fair and just ? Don't you think it is time? Or do you think we should keep doing things as we have always been doing? It's rather simple to fix - don't you have a diversity/eeo officer in place?.

    Martin Sanchez

    PS - and why is Richard Organisciak's photo on the photo ribbon in the NRED website? I thought he was no longer Superintendent. Surely this can be removed in less than a minute....

  • KNOCKOUT BLOW FOR RAY RICE: TMZ Video Shows Ray Rice Cold-cocked Fiance in AC Elevator   11 weeks 2 days ago

    I just watched the most disturbing video (if it's authentic) of one of your cities heroes, Ray Rice. Former New Rochelle H.S. star and current Baltimore Raven.

    If this is the actual, true, undoctored video of what he did to the woman (his wife?) in that elevator, he needs to be banned from the NFL for the rest of his life and Roger Goodell needs to be fired for his role, in handing out a two game suspension as a punishment for this reprehensible action.

    Absolutely. Totally. Disgusting.

    Somewhere in professional sports, this thug behavior has got to be stopped. This is as good a place to start as any.

    And there are actually people in our country who use the phrase "war on women" as a way to differentiate the political parties.

    Any woman who attends a Baltimore Ravens football game anywhere in America, until Ray Rice is looking for a new career, is a fool and a traitor to her sex.

  • The New Rochelle Department of Development Recently Launched an Economic Development Branding and Marketing Initiative   11 weeks 2 days ago

    I wrote to the Development Commissioner and City Spokesperson asking them whether there was any report of work product that resulted from EnvisioNR.

    Somehow EnvisioNR was supposed to be the basis for the City’s new Comprehensive Plan although there was just prior to that a GreeNR plan that would have seemed to serve the same purpose.

    "These guidelines, along with professional and public input, will help New Rochelle determine the direction of its future development and will be clearly outlined in the 2020 Comprehensive Plan – EnvisioNR."

    I searched the City web site for the 2020 Comprehensive Plan and EnvisioNR but came up empty/

    This is the main Page for EnvisioNR.

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    Beginning in early 2012, New Rochelle began the important process of updating the city’s comprehensive plan. As a process that welcomes the public’s input and ideas, we hope you will take the time to read about the comprehensive planning process, the future of New Rochelle and the many opportunities for public involvement. Check back regularly for updates as the process moves forward!

    Interactive Website Launched for Comp Plan Process
    To further encourage public input in the creation of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan, the Department of Development has launched an interactive, online forum website www.EnvisioNR.com.

    The EnvisioNR site, run through a platform called MindMixer, features discussion forums to submit ideas, opinions and suggestions on specific questions as they relate to the comprehensive plan’s six focus areas:
    - Economic Development
    - Land Use + Zoning
    - Mobility + Infrastructure
    - Neighborhoods + Housing
    - Open Space + Community Resources
    - Urban Design + Preservation

    The initial set of topics on the EnvisioNR forum focuses on Neighborhoods + Housing. Additional topics on other focus areas will be posted in the weeks and months ahead, allowing participants to revisit the site and give new feedback. All responses will be collected by the EnvisioNR team and reviewed for the next step in the planning process- the creation of recommendations for the city’s future.

    To get started, visit www.EnvisioNR.com and sign up by clicking the purple “Sign Up Here!” box. Signing up is necessary to participate. By clicking on any of the listed questions, participants will be able to submit their own answers, support other participants’ answers, and vote on the best ideas.

    This is the initial notification page for EnvisioNR

    Both pages list www.envisionr.com

    A WHOIS look up of who owns that domain does not disclose ownership:

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    http://www.envisionr.com points to http://www.mindmixer.com

    That site does not seem to have any information about new Rochelle.

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    In the search results for "EnvisioNR" I did come across this resolution from 2012:

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    There is a requirement that Comprehensive Plans have community input and this resolution was for the purpose of funding that input.

  • The New Rochelle Department of Development Recently Launched an Economic Development Branding and Marketing Initiative   11 weeks 3 days ago

    So how much will this poorly thought out branding project cost us? Who's brilliant idea was this (can I guess)? And what happened to the last "marketing" idea we paid for, that we got no results from, "EnvisioNR"? How much did that cost?

    With all the failing infrastructure here in New Rochelle, with an Armory that belongs to the people of this City that has trees growing up from the toilets, with a public works commissioner who is already practicing his excuses as to why the snow can't be removed from secondary streets three to four days after a six inch snowfall because the trucks are broken, we need to waste money on a "branding" study? We still have potholes that are unfilled from last winter. We keep raising fees and carving charges out of our real estate taxes to stay within the tax mandate, & we choose to waste money on a branding project. How about releasing the results of the last effort, before launching into a new waste of time. Whose crony friend got this money from this study?

  • DID JOSE MARTINEZ COMMIT THE PERFECT CRIME? Rape a Child in a New Rochelle School, Move to Brooklyn, Work in Manhattan   11 weeks 4 days ago

    So, if senior district administration, senior building administration and board members knew about the sexual molestation allegations against Jose Martinez, why didn’t they just fire him? One of the topics that was discussed at the time that Jose was initially arrested was that his resignation from Jefferson Elementary School was not his first attempt to resign. Some in the community had discussed that Jose had tried to resign at least once before while he was the Administrative Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School. It was said that his resignation was not accepted. Furthermore, that he was convinced to not resign. PROJECT SAVE—SAFE SCHOOLS AGAINST VIOLENCE IN EDUCATION could be a possible explanation on why he was not fired and/or not allowed to resign:

    http://www.nyscenterforschoolsafety.org/files/filesystem/save_summary.pdf

    13. Prohibiting Silent Resignations

    • Ends practice of allowing person to resign rather disclose allegations of child abuse.

    • Class E. felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, civil penalty not to exceed $20,000.00 for those superintendents who allow employee to resign under these circumstances.

    • Individuals who in good faith comply with the reporting requirements will be entitled to immunity from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise result from such actions.

  • Hey New Rochelle, we’re having a Street Fair! Who Knew?   12 weeks 4 hours ago

    Another week gone and only three days until the Street Fair on Sunday September 7th,

    I am following up regarding my post and an e-mail I sent to The City Council. Since the original post of 8/28/14 and sending that e-mail back on 8/28/14 I have not seen or heard anything that is related to the Street Fair scheduled for this weekend. No signs, No Banners? Oh yes, I saw one when I was in City Hall yesterday. It is a shame that we waste such opportunities to change the image of New Rochelle's Downtown and create a community feel within the city. All the groups from Downtown, BID, Chamber of Commerce and The City of New Rochelle should be working together as one to make this a show case for The City of New Rochelle. I don't see that.

    As an update, on the afternoon of 9/3/14. I was traveling through New Rochelle. I was going from The Home Depot on Weyman Avenue up Main Street to Stop and Shop on Palmer. After I left there, I was on my way home by way of North Avenue past City Hall up to Eastchester Road.

    Needless to say over the last few days I covered most of the busiest parts of the city. We are now just four days from the September 7th date for the Street Fair. I was saddened to not see a single sign or poster advertising the Street Fair. During my travels on Main Street, I saw plenty of signs for the BID Side Walk Sale for September 3rd - 6th and one sign on the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road for the Fall Leaf Program.

    We see banners and signs in and around Mamaroneck, Pelham, Eastchester, Larchmont, and all the surrounding cities and towns. It is not Rocket Science! Once again we see an example of missed opportunities. New Rochelle loses while the company running the Street Fair and the vendors make money and move on. Meanwhile, New Rochelle and the taxpayers get stuck with the bill for police and sanitation coverage for the day and the merchants that are hanging on Downtown get short changed. The merchants still have to pay their rent for the day and the vendors are charged no rent and no fees are paid to New Rochelle (New Rochelle Loves Fees) to use our streets and they take the profits made at the cost of New Rochelle Taxpayer and move on to the next town like the Carnival caravans of years ago. Well. We all know, New Rochelle Love History!

    In response to what I saw, I will just repeat part of what I wrote before.

    Why is New Rochelle always behind the eight-ball when it comes to these types of events? Why, because we can't promote our city and its wonderful events properly, A Big Dis-Connect! How many of you have seen anything for the Second Annual Street Fair? How are we going to improve our Downtown and The City of New Rochelle if we can’t get the promotion of a street fair right?

    You only get so many chances to get things right or people just write you off as a lost cause. Are we to that point? Is New Rochelle a Lost Cause? Don't just think about it, Let's Do Something!

    New Rochelle, Who is to Blame?

    It is not about the blame game. It’s about what is best for The City of New Rochelle, the Citizens of New Rochelle and the future of New Rochelle. Stop the games and politics. Stop taking credit when things are right and placing blame when things go wrong. You also have to be able to admit when things go wrong to correct them.

    It’s about Accountability and Responsibility! The question needs to be, who is responsible for where The City of New Rochelle is today in 2014?

    Mayor Bramson,The Strong Mayor, The Weak Mayor, The City Council, The Mayor and The City Council, The City Manager, The City Staff, The City Manager and Staff, Who? Who will step up for the future of The City of new Rochelle? Who will accept the responsibility for the future of New Rochelle and hold themselves and everyone else accountable. I say all the above along with The Citizens of New Rochelle that stand by and watch as Rome/New Rochelle Burns, inaction is the same as action!

    The Twenty Million Dollar Question is, Who Will Step Up?

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Will Vote Tuesday to Suppress Speech, Crush Dissent   12 weeks 6 hours ago

    This is what George Bernard Shaw said about the unreasonable man:

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

  • GETTING RESULTS: Aramark Management Team Purged from New Rochelle Schools   12 weeks 6 hours ago

    On the question of Getting Results and reaching the "Tipping Point":

    “The answer is that the success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.”

    “For a social epidemic to start, though, some people are actually going to have to be persuaded to do something. ”

    Excerpt From: Gladwell, Malcolm. “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewBook?id=341D3AB8A...

  • Images from "Today and yesterday in New Rochelle" (1913) : Thomas Paine Cottage   12 weeks 4 days ago
  • Hey New Rochelle, we’re having a Street Fair! Who Knew?   12 weeks 6 days ago

    My second career has just presented itself.

  • Hey New Rochelle, we’re having a Street Fair! Who Knew?   12 weeks 6 days ago

    Found this today, perhaps this should be part of the flyer handed out downtown NR.

    How to Panhandle
    Choosing a Location Asking for Money Staying Safe
    "It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief," says an old Japanese proverb. A panhandler is a person who relies on the financial graces of strangers without providing goods or services in return, though it's just as much work as a wage job. Whether you're experiencing a short-term lack of cash and need a few quick bucks or you're in long-term financial trouble, learning a few simple techniques to safely approach people and ask for money may make a huge difference in their response.
    Choose an area with lots of foot traffic. If you're going to maximize your earning-potential, you'll need to go to a place in which you'll encounter a lot of different approachable people. It helps if you're both on foot at the same time. For this reason, by far the most popular locations are subway stations, metro stops, truck stops, urban campuses, or the areas around other commuter zones.
    • Placing yourself directly outside of the entrance to a subway station is a high-yield opportunity. Different people will pass through every couple of minutes, so the turnover is high.
    • Centralized downtown locations are a safer bet than malls or shopping centers, because commercial zones are typically worked by security staff who are typically unwelcoming of your endeavor.
    Choose an area with lots of auto traffic. If you've got a sign or the materials to make one, posting up in a traffic median near an interstate on-ramp or a busy downtown street corner ensures that you'll be seen by lots of people in lots of cars without having to move or even speak.
    • This requires the least amount of effort on your part, but it's also easier for people to ignore someone while in a car. This works best during spring or summer months when people drive with their windows down.
    Avoid wealthy neighborhoods and expensive restaurant districts. While it may seem intuitive to go to where people have lots of money to give away, the wealthiest segments of the population are statistically the least likely to give to panhandlers.[1] People in these areas are also more likely to call police, even if you're being courteous.
    • Stick to downtown commercial districts and middle-class areas.
    Keep moving. Posting up outside the same neighborhood coffee shop every day will likely get you into some heat with the staff and you'll quickly wear out your welcome with the patrons, making the likelihood of an uncomfortable confrontation too great. Besides, at that point, you'll have stopped making any money.
    • Aim to hit up the same place no more than once a month.
    • If you're not tied to a location, you might develop a circuit or a route based on the weather. If you're in New York in the summer, say, make your way to Boston for the early fall, Baltimore for the late fall, and get down to Florida for the winter and sleep on the beach. Keep track of the places you visit, the places you sleep, and friendly areas to work.
    Choose a city friendly to panhandlers. Increasingly, when neighborhoods once commonly friendly to panhandlers become gentrified, the laws and population will change significantly, making it difficult to stay ahead of the game.
    • Medium-to-large cities are typically friendlier to panhandlers than smaller towns. College towns, however, can be a good bet. They're full of young idealistic students who are often flush with disposable cash and susceptible to a good story.
    • Pick a place with good weather. If you're going to be outside all day, rain or shine, pick a place where it'll be shining at least.
    Be polite. If there's one thing that's guaranteed to fail and get you in lots of trouble, it's demanding money from strangers in a rude or confrontational way. Smile, be courteous, and thank people whether or not they choose to give you anything.
    • Thanking people will lay the groundwork for developing a reputation in your area. If you develop a good working relationship with the people in the areas you solicit, they'll be more likely to give you money the next time. It's not worth telling someone off in the long run, even though you might be feeling frustrated.
    Be believable. Whatever your tactic in asking--if you choose to tell people the whole truth, or if you spin a yarn to get some change--you need to sound like you're being honest. If you're asking for money to get a bus ticket because you really need a bus ticket, it won't matter if the person you're asking thinks you're going to buy booze.
    • Tailor your story to your location. If you're going to ask for a bus ticket, it helps if you're right around the corner from a bus station and have a bag. Name a specific location you need to get to, somewhere faraway and strange, like "Ohio."
    • Make sure your appearance matches your story as best as it can. If you're playing the lost traveler, it won't help your story if it looks like you've been sleeping outside for the past couple months, even if you have been.
    Be specific. Some panhandlers believe the key to success is in asking for a very particular amount of money for a very particular reason. "I need 40 cents to get a bus ticket, can you help me out?" tends to be a more effective approach than "I need to get a bus ticket."
    • If you ask for a very specific amount of money, it increases the believability of your question. If you ask for a dollar you may get some spare change, but if you ask for 40 cents, you may get a dollar.
    Be clear and concise. To avoid intimidating people or making them frustrated and unlikely to give you anything, just come out and ask for what you're looking for: "Excuse me sir, I'm sorry to bother you, but I need some change to get something to eat."
    • Ask for one thing and give one reason: "I need ____ for _____."
    • Using a sign can be the easiest way to panhandle. All you need is a piece of cardboard from a recycling or garbage dumpster and something to write with. Make the lettering bold and clear so it can be read quickly.
    • Alternatively, depending on your verbal skills and your experience, being as evasive as possible can be a good way to confuse someone and make them want to get rid of you. This works especially well on "out-of-towners" or college students: "Excuse me sir, how you doing tonight? I'm sorry to bother you, but my cellphone's dead and my girlfriend's stuck up on 34th St. with our kid in the car and they got in a little accident right after they ran out of gas (you don't have a cigarette do you?) and my mom would usually pick them up but she's in the hospital with chronic fatigue syndrome and my battleship's taking off tomorrow and I'm already in the doghouse about that (you know what I mean) so I was just wondering if you had change for a twenty or just had a couple dollars or something so I can get something to eat? You got three tens?"
    Be sympathetic. Some people are more willing to donate if they recognize that you're in a dire situation and are truly in need of help. Whether this is a lie or the truth, try appealing to their sense of empathy and morality. If they think it's their obligation to help you, they'll be more likely to do it.
    • Saying that you're a veteran or that you were injured in a construction accident and stuck with huge hospital bills are likely to appeal to a person's sense of injustice and make them willing to help you. If you find a broken wheelchair in the trash, use it.
    • Be very careful about elaborate lies intended to appeal to sympathy. If you claim to be a veteran and you're not, running into real soldiers with a fake story could be problematic.
    Be funny. Often, appealing to someone's sense of humor rather than their sense of empathy is a more effective tactic. A sign that says, "I know where Bin Laden is. Need $ for a flamethrower and a ticket" or "Why lie? I want a beer" might make someone chuckle and donate who would normally be unsympathetic or unwilling.
    • In a college town, humor can be particularly effective. Stay abreast of current events and local culture to get a sense of what might go over well. Singing "I'll stop singing for a dollar" to the tune of a Lady Gaga song might help rake it in or it might get you arrested.
    Remember the regulars. In the old film "Treasure of the Sierra Madre," Humphrey Bogart plays a down-on-his-luck American in Mexico who accidentally asks the same American for money three times in the same day. "I never looked at your face," Bogart says when the American becomes annoyed. Don't make the same mistake.
    • If you see the same people on their way to work every day, learn their names and greet them. If they know you're there asking for money, you won't have to ask and you know they'll give it if they feel like it. They'll also be more likely to give if you're a friendly face on their commute each day and not an inconvenience.
    Remember: It's a numbers game. Don't become irritated or rude to people if they choose not to give you anything. Thank them and let them move on. Someone else will be past in another couple seconds if you're in a good location anyway. Moving quickly through your routine is a much more effective method than dwelling on lost opportunities. Be consistent and you'll make some money.

    Learn the laws in the area you're planning to panhandle. Some, once popular with panhandlers, have outlawed begging in certain areas. Portland, OR, for example, no longer permits panhandling in traffic medians.[2] Some cities have likewise restricted panhandling to particular areas or at particular times, outlawing panhandling during public events like parades, street fairs, etc. You need to learn the rules governing panhandling, so you're not arrested or ticketed.
    Be a good neighbor. Your relations with nearby businesses and other panhandlers can make or break your efforts. Be courteous and cooperative to business owners and their customers. Show your appreciation for their tolerance by patronizing their shop if you can, and if you’re asked to leave or asked to stand a little further away, do so without argument.
    • Always be friendly to other beggars, as well, and avoid territorial disputes. At the very least you’ll avoid dangerous and unsightly squabbles and you may even get some good money-making tips and make some friends.
    • Watch for "No soliciting" or "No loitering" signs. Be cautious to avoid areas even informally labeled with these tags. You don't want to draw the ire of anyone who'll call the cops, confront you, or make for an uncomfortable scene. Keep moving and be courteous.
    • If someone tells you to move, just move. Especially if you're alone and vulnerable, avoid possibly-dangerous confrontations at all costs. Staying on the move is a good idea in general, so if someone becomes annoyed by your presence, it's time to go elsewhere.
    Stash your money frequently. Panhandlers are frequently the target of robbers. If you've been working all day, you might end up with a fair amount of spare change and cash on hand. It's not a great idea to carry it around with you all the time and attract the attention of unsavory characters.
    • Find a spot to stash your cash, or at least a hidden lock-box or instrument case in which you might keep your money.
    • At the very least, keep your money in different places on your person. Some in your shoes, some in your pockets, etc.

    Exhaust other options before relying upon panhandling to make a living. Local churches, non-profit organizations, soup kitchens, shelters, and related services that are designed to help you get back on your feet. Panhandling is at best an inconsistent source of income and at worst a difficult and dangerous profession. Make sure you investigate all the options available in your area.

  • Beechmont Fountain Dedication Ceremony Adds a Little Sparkle to New Rochelle   13 weeks 23 hours ago

    Bob,

    For what it's worth, I don't think of this site as "easy listening." Don't take this wrong, but you are still an arrogant SOB :).

  • TALK OF THE SOUND EXCLUSIVE: President Obama Coming to New Rochelle Friday   13 weeks 1 day ago

    Or maybe he's going to apologize for campaigning against private equity firms while sitting at a 32000 /plate dinner. Oh wait, he has the answer to echo bay questions.

    If he really wanted to do something for someone besides himself, maybe he will tell us what he will do to secure the return of Sgt. Tahmooressi.

    Will any of this happen? Nah business as usual.

    So just move along, Mr Pres, these aren't the droids you're looking for.

    On another note, this would explain the increased helicopter traffic the past few days circling the area around premium point and the shore line., and the surprising security reviews of some of the clubs along Davenport Neck.

  • New Rochelle Homeless Resource Center Proposal Offers More Questions Than Answers   13 weeks 2 days ago

    This is all too true. The other interesting facet of the proposal is how Hope plans to feed 100 homeless individuals on a lunch budget of 2,000 dollars per year. Even if each individual only ate 1 dollar of food a day for lunch, it still wouldn't cover more than two or three months at most.
    Of course any amount of money given would just go to waste when the program receiving it (Oasis)has a track record of misplaced funds. I know I have mentioned this before but Ray Rice donated this same amount of money two years ago for new beds. Never were they seen.

    I am seeing some of my friends who had initial enthusiasm for this program loose it as it is becoming clear that the shelter itself isn't going to be fixed, the maintenance problems, bedbugs etc. are still there. This isn't right.

    Of course the ironic thing is that this effort to make the suffering of the homeless invisible comes after Mayor Bramson's national crusade against "nimbyism". Of course everyone should be included and accepted, he is right about that. Words are different than actions however, and the latter shows a different pattern than the former. Apparently we are not part of everyone, the destitute don't count, it is ok to not want US in your neighborhood.

    I think there are many people who don't understand homlessness and that not seeing a problem is not the same as it going away. There are also people who are starting to stand up for the right thing. City council's (among other agenicies) biggest mistake so far (in many issues)has been listening to the former group instead of the latter.

  • Beechmont Fountain Dedication Ceremony Adds a Little Sparkle to New Rochelle   13 weeks 2 days ago

    Of course, you are right that what's fair for one is fair for all.

    Has the East End Civic ever pursue this?

    I am talking to you Beth, John!!!

  • Beechmont Fountain Dedication Ceremony Adds a Little Sparkle to New Rochelle   13 weeks 2 days ago

    Ken,

    You think this site has changed to easy listening? And who is "we"? I think you are speaking for yourself, right?

    Have you looked at home page lately? I am not sure how much more aggressive you want me to be than declaring war :-)

    I wrote a three-part series on 70 Belmont. I do not think it was easy listening.

    I suspect you do not understand the difference between when I post under Robert Cox and when a story is posted under Talk of the Sound News.

    Talk of the Sound News is for press releases and officials statements.

    Robert Cox is for when I do original reporting.

    As I was present at the Beechmont Foundation dedication, took pix, etc., I posted the story under Robert Cox.

    What may be confusing you is that more press releases are being posted. That is because my son agreed to take that on for me over the summer and is much more conscientious than I was in posting all the press releases we get from New Rochelle and Westchester.

    In any case, you are welcome to your opinion but nothing has changed at all.

  • Beechmont Fountain Dedication Ceremony Adds a Little Sparkle to New Rochelle   13 weeks 3 days ago

    Bob,
    In your article you stated the Beechmont residents and Iona College contributed $10,000. The project cost $18,500 and the city contributed $8,500. That being stated is there money for other homeowners associations to apply for in order to maintain city property in their areas.

    One example is Stephenson Blvd. The east end had maintained the island on Stephenson Blvd. for years. Buying plants, flower pots and watering the plants. Not one dime was supplemented by the city.

    It is wonderful when citizens and the city work together. But let's be fair. If $8,500 is available to one area it should be available to all.

  • Beechmont Fountain Dedication Ceremony Adds a Little Sparkle to New Rochelle   13 weeks 3 days ago

    Bob
    We all appreciate what Talk of the Sound was and is.
    We all can easily tell a format change when we see it. That's fine this is your baby so you get to dress it how you need to.
    Just like when a Rock station goes Easy listening you can be sure that we are quite aware of the content. For a while your softball's were placed by Talk of the Sound now we see the easy listening being blogged by Robert Cox. We know its all one in the same. I feel a format change would be best to occur when Tammany Hall has left New Rochelle.
    Since Boss Tweed and his henchman are still residing at City Hall I personally am watching the format.
    Others have agreed with me. With all due respect in your search for credibility from City Hall to be allowed back in as a source of News you aught not overlook why you came in the first place. Don't loose track of reality is all I am suggesting.
    The crooks still inhabit our fair town.

  • Beechmont Fountain Dedication Ceremony Adds a Little Sparkle to New Rochelle   13 weeks 4 days ago

    Ken,

    Not sure why you think it is "new" that the site has "positive" content or why this story, in particular, is "positive". It just is. There are new fountains in Beechmont Lake. They look very nice and make a relaxing sound if you walk near the water and they look even better at night.

    As noted, the cost was $10,000 to buy and install; the money was provided by residents and Iona College.

    Sounds like you want to know who is paying for the ongoing maintenance and operation of the foundations -- including electrical.

    I do not know but I will ask.

    I do not believe this is truly a "green" project despite some of the statements that imply that -- these fountains are not pulling from the bottom of a deep lake and circulate the water and they are not intended to solve the algae problem at that lake and will not solve that problem.

    I leave it to the scientists to explain further but I think the fountains look very nice.

    That said, there were fountains at the NRHS lakes. They were turned off several years ago -- a woman donated the money to buy them and install them but do not provide money to maintain them. They became expensive to maintain and were abandoned.

    There IS a plan now to install new fountains at the NHRS similar to what has been installed at Beechmont Lake.

  • Beechmont Fountain Dedication Ceremony Adds a Little Sparkle to New Rochelle   13 weeks 4 days ago

    As I read all of your new positive content Bob.
    I do have a question how much does the electricity cost to run the system?
    Who is paying for the Electrical cost?
    How do we justify this as Green?
    We are mulching leaves, reducing energy in City Buildings. Encouraging Public Transportation and lowering our Carbon Foot Print.
    And although Boy Wonder Looks good in his Green T Shirt I am not sure how this measures up to his green Litmus test?

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   14 weeks 3 days ago

    And if they end the public comment period, I hope they will appreciate the protests out in front of city hall until it is restored.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   14 weeks 3 days ago

    We need to do a clean sweep in NR from the mayor on down. They have been sweeping their dirt under the carpet for too long. It's time for new leadership and new ideas.

  • Astorino Announces IDA Support For $90 Million In Housing Projects, Including New Rochelle   14 weeks 6 days ago

    Is this the same Mountco Real Estate Development of Scarsdale that acquired the 35 Maple Senior Housing Complex property for a song and broken promises? All we have heard is horror stories of frightened seniors. I spoke of this in my last post back on 7/23/14 about the Proposed Group Home.

    In the post I mentioned the 35 Maple Senior Housing Complex and how every month we hear James O'Toole asking The Mayor and The City Council for help down at the 35 Maple Senior Housing Complex where his mother and many other seniors live. Is this the same Mountco Construction and Development Corporation?

    New Rochelle's Washington House to be sold, renovated
    The Westchester Blog
    Ernie Garcia, elgarcia@lohud.com 10:48 a.m. EDT May 15, 2014

    http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2014/05/15/new-rochell...

    MountCo Lied to City Before Acquiring 35 Maple Senior Housing in 2011, Rents SkyRocket
    By James O'Toole on Wed, 12/11/2013
    VIDEO:
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/mountco-lied-city-acquiring-35-ma...

    SHOCKER: Scarsdale-Based Developer of Maple Avenue is a Bramson Donor
    By Robert Cox on Wed, 10/19/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/shocker-scarsdale-based-developer...

    Maple Center Renovations Planned Under New Developer
    The senior apartments will soon be on the city's tax rolls.
    Posted by Michael Woyton (Editor) , November 04, 2011

    http://newrochelle.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/maple-terra...

    2011 Discussion and Vote on Maple Center Elderly Housing Project
    By Talk of the Sou... on Tue, 12/10/2013
    VIDEO:
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/2011-discussion-and-vote-maple-ce...

    The entire deal needs to be looked at if that is the case so more people don’t go through the same horrors as the seniors at the 35 Maple Senior Housing. We can’t have history repeat itself. We all know how New Rochelle loves history.

    Let’ get it right for the people of New Rochelle not the developers!

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 5 hours ago

    I am hardly staying within the boundaries of a game your opponent have rigged.

    You are on this web site because 6 years ago my response to their "game" was to create this web site to report on all of the corruption, cronyism and malfeasance in the school district, on the school board, in city government and elsewhere.

    People here in New Rochelle are well aware of what I've done to play my own "game" -- and play it much better than they do.

    I have been beating them like a drum, stirring up the public to speak out -- it is precisely why they are attempting to suppress public comment at public meetings.

    In other words, we are succeeding and this is their desperate attempt to turn back the clock.

    And I have been taking action -- how do you think you found this article? I reached out to Glenn Reynolds. I am reaching out to others.

    I will post the speech I gave that night, so you can see my initial response which was to say they had declared war on the residents of New Rochelle and that they were going to get Global Thermonuclear War in return.

    I told them I would BURY them by working very hard to gather and report every bit of corruption and malfeasance possible as often as possible.

    While I appreciate the sentiment behind your remarks, you are assuming that the extent of my efforts is to write this one article. It is not.

    They started this fight.

    I am going to finish it.

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