New Rochelle Department of Public Works Election Week Refuse Collection Schedule

This week and next week garbage collection and recycling will be collected as per a regular weekly schedule with recycling collected city-wide on Wednesday. The collection schedule for these weeks were changed after your public works brochure had been printed. Please call the Department of Public Works at 235-5830 if you require additional information. Thank for your cooperation.

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A $9.8 Million Grant...with Conditions

The City of New Rochelle has no contract with Monroe College to use the City Park ball fields, only an agreement that Monroe College will pay $500,000 for lighting the field when it is renovated.  The City has passed the resolution for the County Legacy Grant of $9.8 million with no analysis of the taxes, costs and revenue it will generate.  The City is now going to develop a balance sheet to determine the profits and costs of the project.  When Councilman Richard St. Paul asked about the projected revenue, he was told the fees may quadruple because nonresident teams will use the hotels and restaurants.

As part of the agreement the City must take over the ownership and operation of all county roads (5.67 miles) in the City.  The agreement claims the City must "obtain all permits...and act as a lead agency" for the SEQR documentation.  The athletic complex should be open "to all county residents."  If the housing units are not constructed the city will repay the county...based on the units not approved."

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Halloween Day Wine Tasting

Join us Saturday October 31, 2009 from 1 - 5 pm for a SPOOK-tacular wine tasting to celebrate Halloween!
We will be tasting South African wines from the Stellenbosch region featuring; 2008 Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc; 2005 Alto Cabernet Sauvignon

Both of these wineries specialize in the production of high quality wines. Mulderbosch is widely accepted as being one of the best white wine producers in the country, while Alto has by far the best location and terroir for growing red grape varietals, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.

We look forward to seeing you..!!!  410 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, New York

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Read It and Weep: Obama Education Secretary Says State Education Departments Are Lying to Children

Apparently it is not just a few community observers who question the work of the public schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement on Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2007, which the National Center for Education Statistics released today:

Today's study confirms what we've known for a long time: States are setting the bar too low. In all but a few cases, states aren't expecting students to meet NAEP's standard of proficiency. Far too many states are telling students that they are proficient when they actually are performing below NAEP's basic level. At a time when we should be raising standards to compete in the global economy, more states are lowering the bar than raising it. We're lying to our children when we tell them they're proficient but they're not achieving at a level that will prepare them for success once they graduate.

Just to be clear, this is an issue distinct and apart from the problems at Isaac E. Young Middle School where wide disparities in test data on test that are and are not reported as part of determining Adequate Yearly Progress. This report shows that the districtwide 7-8% increase in test scores is a function of of lowering the bad.

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Living in Sin: 18 Years at 10 Congress Street with No Certificate of Occupancy

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The City of New Rochelle Bureau of Buildings on Friday issued a Notice of Violation for Unlawful Occupancy for 10 Congress Street to Mr. Carl Carilli more than 18 years after Carilli first filed for a building permit for the dwelling which he has occupied illegally for years, according to sources familiar with the matter. The Bureau of Buildings has given Carilli until November 9th to file the required documents and obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.

Sources tell Talk of the Sound a Bureau of Buildings official examined the folder for 10 Congress Street as a result of work on a nearby property not owned by Mr. Carilli and discovered the open building permit.

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New Rochelle School District Publishes Goals & Objectives For Senior Administrators

For the first time ever, the New Rochelle School District has published Goals & Objectives Statements for Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Dr. Jeffrey Korostoff with, hopefully, more to follow.

This is a topic Talk of the Sound has raised since last year. I raised it again on Tuesday. As the leading critic of the school district let me compliment the Board. This is the sort of swift, decisive step towards greater transparency and accountability that marks a healthy, well-functioning school district.

Just in case they change their mind I've copied and pasted the Goals & Objectives Statements below.

Richard E.

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Rockwell, Fazzino SoNo Nov 19th and 20th

Rockwell in So No..did you know Norman Rockwell lived and worked and walked here, using many New Rochellians as his models - some who have stopped by the Rock, the Habitat Rockwell Restore at 591 Main St, with Rockwell prints and talks on Rockwell as the ultimate American Artist.

On Nov 19th and 20th, Tom Daly, curator of education for the Norman Rockwell Museum, will speak about Rockwell in New Rochelle as part of both a lunchtime series and early evening talks. Also members of Charles Fazzino studios will show a present day Rockwell of New Rochelle and will donate signed Fazzino prints to Habitat for holiday sales as a benefit for homes...

Come to where artists who knew America was well represented on Main street in So No, at 591 Main Street New Rochelle...for more info call Jim Killoran at 914 403 4821.

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