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Your Tax Dollars at Work: School District Settles Yet Another Lawsuit

The New Rochelle school district has settled the multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by custodian Robert Johnson over the infamous noose-hanging incident at Isaac E. Young Middle School.

Johnson, who is black, had reported that his supervisor Phil Carino, who is white, had hung nooses in an an office at the school during the 2006-07 school year.

Not reported previously -- and left out of the Journal News story -- is that Carino was allowed to quietly retire with full pension last March.

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Highly Suspect Isaac Young Data Accounts for Most "Improvements" in New Rochelle Test Scores

At last week's school board meeting, Dr. Jeffrey Korostoff made another of his "data presentations" which, as usual, failed to provide the data within any sort of meaningful context, offered no in-depth analysis and glossed over any information that did not reflect favorably on the district. Members of the school board, for the most part, passively received the presentation with only one member, David Lacher, raising any sort of serious challenge to any aspect of the presentation but then failing to sustain his point.

Here is the introduction:

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CONTEXT: missing from the report is any mention that in 2007 the Federal government did tests which showed that gains in New York State exam results did not manifest themselves on the federal test. A recent report on New York City schools showed that despite an increase in grades or performance in math on the New York state tests, New York City students were not performing better on the federal test. In other words, there is some evidence that the New York State tests were made easier. In fact, there are jumps in performance in the New York State and New Rochelle test scores between 2007 and 2008 which lend support to this criticism. However, at a previous BoE, Dr.

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Free Community Cook-Out at Lincoln Park on August 22nd

FREEDOM FEST 09’
4th Annual Community Cook-Out
And
Celebration

Date: August 22, 2008
Time: 12pm-5pm
Location: Lincoln Park, New Rochelle, NY

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New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound Surpasses 100,000 in First Year

It was a little less than a year ago that I spent a couple of days on my back porch setting up the web site that would become Talk of the Sound. At the time I made a conscious effort not to advertise or market the site. The plan was to simply write blog posts and encourage others to do the same in the hope that over time the site would grow organically.

Having surpassed 100,000 readers in our first year, I would say that we've exceeded expectations. Or as the BoE might put it, we've made "Adequate Yearly Progress", every contributor is "highly qualified", every blog post has been "exceptional" and the entire site a testimony to our "celebration of diversity".

To gain some awareness for the site, I employed the old P.T. Barnum adage, "if you want to draw a crowd, pick a fight". The worked pretty well with the school district and city officials providing useful foils.

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Fender Bender on Huguenot Street and Centre Avenue

As I was driving around town this morning at about 9:48 AM, right in front of my eyes, what I thought was two cars trying to beat the light. The result was not pretty.

One driver immediately exited her vehicle to assess the situation. Shortly after I got my bagel at Sammy's, I drove by later. The police had arrived and both drivers seemed OK.

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Congratulations to Talk of the Sound on reaching 100,000 reader milestone

 

If you want to keep up to date, give your own opinion, get the latest news and calendar..you  have to hit TALK OF THE SOUND NEW ROCHELLE.... the up and coming fastest news media in New Rochelle...Bob Cox, never without the latest hottest topic, not always liked, or disliked, but gives objective input on what is going on...school calendars..events..latest updates, posted daily....hit it and realize what you are missing..congrats on upcoming one year anniversary..TALK OF THE SOUND NEW ROCHELLE, www.newrochelletalk.com

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SoNo Blog August 8th

Rangolis..great food, perfect service with a smile, and easy streetside parking…Regarded highly on Zagat.com - visit & have a taste of India with love...does it get any better than this...sit outside in their new seating too..

ABCD Child Care!  downtown new Metro North, in So No New Ro...see Lisa..she will help your kids have safe fun affordable child care, with a smile and love...kid friendly So No celebrates our area for children who live in our area...in what is becoming the best place to live in the NY area...in So No New Ro...email [email protected]

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BREAKING NEWS: City Hall Employee Arrested by DEA; New Rochelle Computer Systems Compromised by Latin Kings Street Gang

City employees have been advised to change their passwords following the arrest of an employee in the Information Technology department at City Hall by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The employee is allegedly a member of the notorious Latin Kings street gang, known to operate in New Rochelle.

Sources tell Talk of the Sound, the employee had administrative-level access to computers in City Hall, the New Rochelle Police Department and other City agencies. This would have, in turn, given the employee access to information on confidential informants, pending anti-Gang and anti-drg initiatives, on-going undercover and surveillance operations and much more.

The Latin Kings are considered the largest and most organized Hispanic street gang in the United States. Originally formed in Chicago in the 1940's. The Latin Kings expanded into the New York area in the 1980's.

UPDATE: the guy arrested is Jason Martinez. He allegedly tried to sell ecstasy to an undercover cop working for the D.A. According to the Journal News, Martinez was arrested two weeks ago.

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