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Near-Drowing at Larchmont Resevoir Shows Why New Rochelle Parks Department Cautious on Ice Skating

The Loop has more on the story of Thomas Heslin, an area resident who nearly drown when he ran out onto the ice at the Larchmont to chase after his dog.

Some New Rochelle residents have been critical of the Parks Department for showing an abundance of caution in closing local lakes to skating on January 28th, two weeks after the lake surfaces were determined to be safe for skating. Parks Commissioner Bill Zimmermann tells Talk of the Sound that Heslin's fall through the ice should be a lesson to area residents who might venture onto frozen lake surfaces.

"Surface thickness can be deceiving and very unsafe", said Zimmermann, "Our standard requirement for safe ice thickness is 4 inches from center
to edges"

The New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department opened and maintained the city-owned lakes and ponds this winter with daily checks for ice
thickness and plowing when conditions warranted, from January 16-28,
2009.

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New Rochelle Parks Department Says No Toxins in Echo Bay

In response to some of the concerns raised here about toxins in Echo Bay we contacted New Rochelle Parks Commission Bill Zimmermann who informed Talk of the Sound that testing of the waters around New Rochelle -- done by the Westchester County Health Department -- has shown no evidence of toxins in the water samples.

Zimmermann tells TOS:

The City uses the testing services provided and coordinated through our Westchester County Department of Health, the agency who licenses our public swimming areas and those water samples are taken throughout the season several times per week and sent to the testing lab for analysis. Based upon those readings, we will determine whether or not to open public swim areas or deem them unsafe for the general public's health and safety. Those standards are outlined in the NYS Public Health Code, which we the City follows as required. Depending upon tidal shifts, we usually are dealing with the excess discharge of waste into LI Sound from the adjacent treatment plant and Echo Bay overflow valves which is a natural and temporary sanitary condition. To date, the Health Department has reported no toxins in the water samples.

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Former New Rochelle State Senator Gets Less-Than-Flattering Portrait from Westchester Guardian

Disgraced former State Senator Joseph Pisani is the subject of a cover story in this weeks' Westchester Guardian:

Mrs. Masotti approached the Guardian with her incredible story last week. A story that involves top political players, past and present, in Westchester County and Albany; a story that is filled with greed, deception, and plain old-fashioned criminality; a story that actually started long before Mrs. Masotti’s daughter was born; a story that started with one of the most notorious of Westchester’s politicians, Joseph Pisani, Republican ex-State Senator and State Attorney General contender from New Rochelle.

Like so many local websites, the Guardian site inexplicably relies primarily on PDF "hard copy" files on the web and does not provide permalinks to their stories so you can try to get the entire story by visiting their home page or trying to open the PDF file for this week's edition of the paper (it is a 10 MB file so allow time for the file to open). [editor's note: not only do locals governments not want the public to find information but apparently local media outlets don't want to be read either -- pretty ridiculous]

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New Rochelle "Kids" Busted at Mount Vernon Bar

The Journal News has another police blotter story up about a brawl at a bar in Mount Vernon, this one featuring some New Rochelle residents who were in the wrong place at the wrong time:

David DeRiffele, 20, of 32 Edgewood Park in New Rochelle, Michael Anthony Wagner, 18, 106 Clove Road in New Rochelle and Alyssa Pellicano, 20, of 120 Lispenard Ave. in New Rochelle were charged inside the bar with disorderly conduct, a violation.

Bummer.

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MacMennamin's Grill, Gone But Not Forgotten

Brian MacMennamin has a new partner and MacMennamin's Grill has a new name - Don Coqui. The new partner is reportedly Jimmy Rodriguez who owned Jimmy's Bronx Cafe off Fordham Road near the Deegan Expresswway. Jimmy's Bronx Cafe was a popular hangout for members of the New York Yankees back in the day. A person answering the phone earlier today says that although no date has been set for the official Grand Opening, the restaurant is open while they work in the new menu. We're told it's Caribbean fusion with some old MacMennamin's favorites. Anyone have further details?

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Holocaust Survivor Tale by Former New Rochelle Teacher

An interesting post showed up in the New Ro Buzz this afternoon that I thought worth promoting to the front page.

I chanced upon Journey to the Golden Door: A Survivor's Tale by Jay Sommer, and like all holocaust centered books, it contained both the all too familiar, and the amazing. In 1981, Jay Somer, a high school foreign language instructor at New Rochelle High School, was named the National Teacher of the Year. His path to that honor was extraordinary.

Read the rest of the post here.

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Hannah Montana Star Greets Fans as Iona College Women's Team "Thinks Pink"

B41B0472-6BC0-40FD-8754-6F7F2975D49B.jpgIona College's women's basketball team is hosting Siena today at the Mulcahy Center on the campus of Iona College. Today's game is sponsored, in part, by Radio Disney which if offering a special "meet and greet" with Disney star Moises Arias (Rico from Hannah Montana) for Iona Women's Basketball's youngest fans!

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) officially begins the 2009 WBCA Pink Zone week today as over 1,500 schools and organizations have already committed to participating in the initiative. The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The week set aside for this year’s initiative is February 13-22.

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