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  • New Rochelle School District Garbage Reduced by 23% Through Recycling   38 weeks 2 days ago

    Anna this is a great savings for the environment and the taxpayers as well. With that reduction the taxpayers would also see similar reductions in the costs per ton to deliver to the transfer station. The costs related to dump those extra tons of garbage that you did not capture from the financial end.

    What does it cost to deliver each truck load in manpower hours and benefits paid to the employees? Then there is the cost of the truck to deliver each truckload in vehicle cost, gas, insurance and dumping fees. I am sure I missed something. When I was in distribution operations we could figure out what it cost just for our delivery trucks to stop at each customer even before any product came off the truck. So I can tell you this is also a substantial savings.

    Good work!

  • CAUGHT ON TAPE: New Rochelle Planning Board Member Chuckles Over Destroying "the entire South End of New Rochelle" to Improve the Views   38 weeks 3 days ago

    I believe Dr. Lipow has it backwards......HE is the one who owes an apology. Don't hold your breath, though. It seems to be a very touchy subject for him.

  • CAUGHT ON TAPE: New Rochelle Planning Board Member Chuckles Over Destroying "the entire South End of New Rochelle" to Improve the Views   38 weeks 3 days ago

    Apparently Dr. Lipow is suffering from a guilty conscience as a result of his gaffe at the January 28th Planning Board meeting. With his microphone still on, Dr. Lipow, in speaking with one of his colleagues, was heard to say "If we could destroy the entire south end of New Rochelle..." [the last part of the comment was inaudible]. Dr. Lipow has repeatedly refused – up until now – to speak about his controversial statement.

    After last night’s Planning Board meeting, while speaking with me, Dr. Lipow abruptly changed the subject and stated that he would "accept an apology" from me, referring to my written comments about his statement back in January regarding the south end. He went on to say that I would be totally embarrassed if I had known what he actually said. I then mentioned that his comment was on tape and that I would not apologize. In fact, I told him I would call him on it again if he ever repeated such a statement.

  • New Rochelle School Student Named Girls Inc. National Scholar   38 weeks 5 days ago

    That sounds like a wonderful organization and congratulations to Samantha.

  • House Owned by New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll Raises Questions   39 weeks 2 days ago

    There is a reason I don't go down to the Davenport Beach clubs. My fear is finding a City official in a Speedo and its bad enough seeing Fertel in shorts graveling for signatures from democrats.
    That being said, Bob really must warn readers of the content when the Commish is shirtless.
    Come on Bob you can harm innocent readers with this sort of stuff.

  • House Owned by New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll Raises Questions   39 weeks 2 days ago

    Mauro Zonzini "You can smoke in restaurant s down here not like in ny with you and the jews."

    As Bob says, readers can draw their own conclusions.

  • New Rochelle Police Release Annual Report   39 weeks 5 days ago

    Uniform Crime Report
    Crime in the United States, 2012
    Caution against ranking Variables Affecting Crime
    Each year when Crime in the United States is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our nation—use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents.
    Consider other characteristics of a jurisdiction
    To assess criminality and law enforcement’s response from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, one must consider many variables, some of which, while having significant impact on crime, are not readily measurable or applicable pervasively among all locales. Geographic and demographic factors specific to each jurisdiction must be considered and applied if one is going to make an accurate and complete assessment of crime in that jurisdiction. Several sources of information are available that may assist the responsible researcher in exploring the many variables that affect crime in a particular locale. The U.S. Census Bureau data, for example, can be used to better understand the makeup of a locale’s population. The transience of the population, its racial and ethnic makeup, its composition by age and gender, educational levels, and prevalent family structures are all key factors in assessing and comprehending the crime issue.
    Local chambers of commerce, government agencies, planning offices, or similar entities provide information regarding the economic and cultural makeup of cities and counties. Understanding a jurisdiction’s industrial/economic base; its dependence upon neighboring jurisdictions; its transportation system; its economic dependence on nonresidents (such as tourists and convention attendees); its proximity to military
    Crime in the United States, 2012 U.S. Department of Justice—Federal Bureau of Investigation Released Fall 2013
    
    installations, correctional facilities, etc., all contribute to accurately gauging and interpreting the crime known to and reported by law enforcement.
    The strength (personnel and other resources) and the vigor of a jurisdiction’s law enforcement agency are also key factors in understanding the nature and extent of crime occurring in that area. Although information pertaining to the number of sworn and civilian employees can be found in this publication, it cannot be used alone as an assessment of the emphasis that a community places on enforcing the law. For example, one city may report more crime than a comparable one, not because there is more crime, but rather because its law enforcement agency, through proactive efforts, identifies more offenses. Attitudes of the citizens toward crime and their crime reporting practices, especially concerning minor offenses, also have an impact on the volume of crimes known to police.
    Make valid assessments of crime
    It is incumbent upon all data users to become as well educated as possible about how to understand and quantify the nature and extent of crime in the United States and in any of the more than 18,000 jurisdictions represented by law enforcement contributors to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the various unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction.
    Historically, the causes and origins of crime have been the subjects of investigation by many disciplines. Some factors that are known to affect the volume and type of crime occurring from place to place are:
    • Population density and degree of urbanization.
    • Variations in composition of the population, particularly youth concentration.
    • Stability of the population with respect to residents’ mobility, commuting patterns, and transient factors.
    • Modes of transportation and highway system.
    Crime in the United States, 2012 U.S. Department of Justice—Federal Bureau of Investigation Released Fall 2013 2

    • Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability.
    • Cultural factors and educational, recreational, and religious characteristics.
    • Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness.
    • Climate.
    • Effective strength of law enforcement agencies.
    • Administrative and investigative emphases of law enforcement.
    • Policies of other components of the criminal justice system (i.e., prosecutorial,
    judicial, correctional, and probational).
    • Citizens’ attitudes toward crime.
    • Crime reporting practices of the citizenry.
    Crime in the United States provides a nationwide view of crime based on statistics contributed by local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies. Population size and student enrollment are the only correlates of crime presented in this publication. Although many of the listed factors equally affect the crime of a particular area, the UCR Program makes no attempt to relate them to the data presented. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, counties, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment. Until data users examine all the variables that affect crime in a town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction, they can make no meaningful comparisons.
    Crime in the United States, 2012 U.S. Department of Justice—Federal Bureau of Investigation Released Fall 2013 3

  • New Rochelle's Schools to Donate Surplus Food instead of Throwing it in the Garbage   40 weeks 3 hours ago

    Let us hope our Superintendent finds a way to donate this food. Recent newspaper articles claim many families are spending half of their income on rent. This leaves less and less money for food.

  • See How Iona College Presents New Rochelle to Students: Get To Know New Rochelle   40 weeks 2 days ago

    In a city with a population of over 77,000 there are no people in the video. Davenport, Five Islands & Glen Island parks yet NO PEOPLE!

    The most blaring flaw is that Iona chose to ignore New Rochelle's strong suit; DIVERSITY! What this video lacks is a stroll down the Union Avenue corridor....

  • See How Iona College Presents New Rochelle to Students: Get To Know New Rochelle   40 weeks 2 days ago

    I would like to say I hate when New Rochelle is referred to as New Ro. What a shock if students and parents drive off Exit 15 or 16 on I95. I guess Iona thinks that New Rochelle needs to be improved. What would Iona's enrollment be if the real New Rochelle was revealed to students and parents.

  • New Rochelle's City Council Flouts Armory Decision   40 weeks 5 days ago

    I find it very strange that the discussion item concerning the armory on the 3/11 Council meeting agenda was referred by Lou Trangucci and not Al Tarantino, whose district includes the armory.

    Perhaps Councilman Tarantino should call another East End meeting so that he can get some input from concerned citizens. He won't find it necessary to invite guests this time who don't appear on the agenda.

  • Lesson Number Two: Why Did New Rochelle Schools Pay $5,792 to Move Dirt to Make Room for "Snow Storage"   41 weeks 2 days ago

    I have been reading your primers as well as Anna’s update on the flag pole and was thinking we need a committee of knowledgeable and honest citizens to review the validity of these expenditures. But then, isn’t that why we have elected a Board of Education?

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   41 weeks 5 days ago

    Anthony,

    Bulfamante did not have the capacity to do the school district alone. However, they managed to find the capacity to service the City of New Rochelle. That's how the game is played, split the contracts up in order to create additional deception.

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   42 weeks 11 hours ago

    Brian,

    You are raising 2 issues -- that a business bidding on a contract builds in profit for itself in any bid, that contracting out to private businesses invites corruption.

    Given your extensive business expertise, I am surprised you do not realize that there are times when it is CHEAPER to hire an outside contractor because they have specialized equipment or specialized personnel or can otherwise be more efficient. There are also times when it is more expensive. It is NOT the case that just because a private contractor seeks to make a profit that they are not also cheaper or can do a better job for various reasons.

    I chalk this up to your knee-jerk liberalism that default to the idea that bigger government is always better.

    But you are wrong in what you said because your are making such a broad, absolutist statement.

    On the second point, while it is certainly true that public entities contracting our for services can lead to corruption, it is also true that corruption can occur without contracting out for services.

    New Rochelle demonstrates this has it has both -- and both at the City, School District and Housing Authority level.

    There is corruption involving outside contractors AND there is corruption involving direct employees.

    The issue is not whether to bid out the work or to use direct employees but whether there is proper management and oversight which ever is used.

    And THAT is the problem in New Rochelle at every level -- a lack of oversight where the mice play as the cat sleeps (except in New Rochelle there has been no cat for a long, long time.

    Now there is! Meow!

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   42 weeks 1 day ago

    Privatization of government services is usually a bad idea, as businesses require the additional costs of profit, and contracting businesses invites corruption.

    This is true in snow removal, parking meter and ticket collections, construction etc.

    Privatization of government services is one of the main reasons for the increased costs of federal, state and municipal government since the early 1980's.

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   42 weeks 1 day ago

    Intersting, I presume Zonzini & Bulfamante were on the 2012-2013 contract because neither was large enough to handle the contract alone. I believe Bulfamante also has a contract with the City of New Rochelle. Seems like certain contractors have the inside track.

  • 03/22 Warhit Family To Be Honored By Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle 7 PM at Mercedes Benz of New Rochelle Showroom   42 weeks 1 day ago

    Best wishes to Quay Watkins and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle for a successful event.

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   42 weeks 1 day ago

    Yes, the contract from 2012-2013 listed both Zonzini and Bulfamente, but the extension for 2013-2014 is only Bulfamente for the full amount, beforehand it was 50,000 each.

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   42 weeks 1 day ago

    It is my understanding that Mr. Zonzini moved from New Rochelle to South Carolina.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education President Preemptively Blames Talk of the Sound for "Failed" Superintendent Search   42 weeks 2 days ago

    David was very wrong!

    How can we fail when we have just begun, If only he and the board would give up so easily when challenged with facts and truth about problems with the school system?

    From what I saw at New Rochelle High School Wednesday night at the presentation, the search team from Hazard, Young & Attea feels we have some very good candidates to look at already. They felt there was a very positive outlook even before the Leadership Profile and Draft Criteria were completed. They had already started the search with announcements and advertisements in professional media. Over forty candidates so far and they also said the feedback and dialog from the community was helpful, even Vince. So I don't know what David was saying. Here is info from last night. District website: http://www.nred.org/

    Presentation:

    http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/nred/Board.nsf/files/9GQ3F98395FC/$file/SuptSearch_PP_HYA_2-26-14.pdf

    Leadership Profile Executive Summary:

    http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/nred/Board.nsf/files/9GQ3FQ839F81/$file/SuptSearch_LPR_2-26-14.pdf

    City of New Rochelle School District Draft Criteria:

    http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/nred/Board.nsf/files/9GQ3FE839D09/$file/SuptSearch_DraftCriteria_2-26-14.pdf

    I want to thank the search team from Hazard, Young & Attea, the executive search firm hired by The New Rochelle Board of Education for a job well done. I took part in some of the meetings and the process. It was both rewarding and enriching for us and them. They seem to have recognized the dynamic and what goes on in New Rochelle and kept things open and professional. I am sure this is not their first rodeo. Maybe it is time for a Leadership Profile and Draft Criteria for the New Rochelle School Board Members as well!

  • New Rochelle Launches Pothole Patrol   42 weeks 4 days ago

    I keep passing the same potholes over and over and over. I have given them names most of the however I call Tergis.
    The citizens should report on where's waldo I mean Tergis so we can know we are making progress.
    Right now I suggest we all fill them with Potting Soil and Tulip Bulbs so at least we can have beauty when we are about to need tires,rims.

  • City of New Rochelle Denies Reports of Free Parking; Scanner Audio Says Otherwise   42 weeks 6 days ago

    I added the following comment to the lohud.com story by Ken Valenti linked above:

    So the Journal News says there is a "report" that "New Rochelle police are not enforcing the local parking meters" and THEIR effort to "investigate" this report consists entirely of sending one email to City Hall, asking if the report is true and then publishing, without question, the answer provided by City Hall. The report came from EyeonNewRoc/TalkoftheSound.

    The players in this little drama are Robert Cox, James O'Toole, Ken Valenti and Kathy Gilwit.

    This report went out via Twitter on EyeonNewRoc (James) and TalkoftheSound (Robert). Ken then emails Kathy and prints her words verbatim.

    After Ken's bogus story concerning Kathy's false statement, Ken was shown our response to his bogus story:

    City of New Rochelle Denies Reports of Free Parking; Scanner Audio Says Otherwise
    http://bit.ly/1hlhz4z

    In the article, we include the audio of the police dispatcher telling officers not to enforcing parking regulations.

    All of us know each other and we each have each other's cell phone numbers.

    Given all of this, I would ask Ken to respond here (meaning below the article on lohud.com), in a comment below, to 2 questions.

    1) Why didn't you call me or James BEFORE you ran your story and ask us WHY we reported that NRPD was not enforcing parking rules in New Rochelle as of Friday afternoon?

    2) Why was this bogus story run in the print edition on Sunday despite the fact that it was not only false but that YOU KNEW it was false the day before?

    Maybe instead of parroting the official line at City Hall, you could do some ACTUAL reporting and pick up a phone and call the folks reporting that NRPD was not enforcing parking regulations as of Friday afternoon and then perhaps we could have played for you the audio recording we have of the NRPD dispatcher announcing to all officers NOT to enforce parking regulations.

    For those interested to do what Ken and the JN did not, you can click here, scroll to the end and click the link to listen to the audio: http://bit.ly/1hlhz4z

    And this is why Talk of the Sound has become the trusted source for news and information in New Rochelle and why fewer and fewer people believe the Journal News, the New Rochelle City government or the New Rochelle Board of Education.

    Talk of the Sound reports the truth. City and School officials lie. The Journal News, acting as their stenographer then prints whatever lies public officials care to spew and then Talk of the Sound demonstrates with hard facts -- public records, audio, video, etc. -- that officials have lied and the Journal News has willingly and happily printed those lies.

    What I find most amusing is that all of these folks -- City officials, school officials and the JN are constantly seeking to disparage our reporting and we are constantly exposing their false statements and false reporting.

    If you want REAL news about New Rochelle, you can get it at TalkoftheSound.com

    What I would encourage readers and New Rochelle residents to consider is that this sort of hand-holding between the Journal News and New Rochelle public officials has been standard practice for many years and why it has taken a long time for residents to UNLEARN so much of the false narrative promulgated by our public officials.

  • New Rochelle Launches Pothole Patrol   43 weeks 14 hours ago

    "When reporting a pothole, residents should provide detailed information including street name with closest intersection, direction of traffic flow (northbound, southbound, etc.), and hole location in the street (left, right, middle) or traffic lane"

    Excuse me here is the detailed information.
    The Potholes are everywhere they consume the roadways of New Rochelle everywhere North South East West, up down and sideways.
    If the commissioner can't find them have him get in his car blindfolded. Clearly no fault par for the course of winter but in many cases I believe waiting till its this bad is neglect. Right now they can rent the potholes out for housing they are so big and abundant.

  • Mario G. Suarez, P.E. (1926 - 2014)   43 weeks 1 day ago

    Your wife's father gave so much to this world and will be missed. My deepest condolences.

  • Mario G. Suarez, P.E. (1926 - 2014)   43 weeks 1 day ago

    Mario G. Suarez was my father-in-law.

    This obituary could have listed dozens more high-profile projects.

    Perhaps the most significant because it literally saved thousands of lives was the the reactor vessel and containment building at TMI-2, otherwise known as Three Mile Island. When systems were failing all around, the concrete structures held and prevented radiological contamination from escaping the power plant.

    New York State Pavilion observatory towers which still remain at the site of the 1964 World's Fair is another.

    Anyone who has visited Fallingwater in Western Pennsylvania since 2002 will see and hear the story of how the building was saved in large part by the solution devised by my wife's father. When our family visited there several years ago, the management was so excited to have the daughter of Mario Suarez on hand that they arranged an exclusive private tour for her.

    I suppose the best thing about specializing in stress steel concrete is that your work tends to last a very long time :-)

    On a personal level, Mario was a good man, very concerned with his family, and very serious. Of all this children, and his siblings, and their children, he was always viewed as the patriarch of the family even though he was not the oldest. He was a serious person, not to be trifled with on serious matters, but a warm and caring person who achieved universal respect among those who knew him.

    Mario was a huge Yankee fan who watched every game he could on TV and attended many games.

    In 1983, following the infamous Pine Tar Incident -- George Brett was called out after hitting a home run when Billy Martin complained that Brett’s bat was illegally covered in pine tar -- Mario applied his considerable engineering skills to a complex proof demonstrating that pine tar on a bat would cause a struck baseball to travel farther than a plain wooden bat this supporting Martin that the pine tar gave Brett an unfair advantage. Unfortunately, his letter to the Yankees did not receive a response and American League president Lee MacPhail ordered the game be restarted from the point of Brett's home run with the Royals winning 5–4.

    In 1999, we watched on TV an exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national baseball team. It was a bittersweet moment for Mario to see his homeland on TV. At the time, I was unaware that the stadium they were playing in, the Estadio Latinoamericano, was built and owned by his father's company. The stadium was later seized by the government and had been remodeled in 1971. Mario paid more attention to the stadium than the game on the field. When a ball was hit to right field Mario broke into a huge grin.

    "It's still there," he said.

    Puzzled, I asked what he was talking about. He explained how, as a student, he had been given the job of designing the bleacher section of the stadium. Despite the renovations, the bleachers remained in tact as they were built in 1946.

    One of my most vivid memories of Mario was Game 5 of the 2001 American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners. It was right after the 9/11 attacks. The Yankees had staged an amazing comeback against the Oakland A’s in the previous round of the playoffs where Jeter made that amazing catch falling into the stands. The Mariners had won 116 regular season games, breaking a record set by the Yankees just a few seasons before.

    We went together. We were able to get into the game with nosebleed section tickets. By about the fourth inning I had my eye on seats at field level to the side of the Yankee dug out. In any other circumstances I would have left the upper deck and tried to work my way into those seats but here I am with my father-in-law, the straightest of straight arrows, and there is no way he is going to break the rules. After another inning I could not take it any more so I leaned over, pointed out the empty seats and suggested we might want to consider moving down there later. I turned away from him for a split second but by the time I turned around Mario was already halfway down the stairs of our section. I ran to catch up with him and next thing we were sitting about 10th row (security today would NEVER allow that but back then this was possible). Mario was a huge Yankee fan. He spent the last two innings precariously standing on his seat, screaming his lungs out, while I tried my best to spot on, imagining the phone call I would have to make if he fell. The Yankees crushed the Mariners 12–3 to the win the American League pennant and we made it home safely.

    He was 75 years old at the time.

    Not many years after that Mario left us, another victim of Alzheimer's disease. His passing this week while sad was not tragic. The tragedy was the onset of the disease and the way this disease can take away so much from a great man with a great mind.

    For this reason, the family is asking that folks make donations to the Alzheimer's Association so that some day their might be a cure.

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