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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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.

Deuces Child Entertains at the New Rochelle Farmer's Market


Deuces Child will play this Friday August 7 from 11am to 1pm.


About Deuces Child

Having been together for 20 years starting in bands Streelife, Whirlwind and lastly "Deuces Wild" we have now gone back to our musical roots playing and singing acoustically and writing once again. We shall be known as "Deuces Child" (a bit of whimsical wordplay from our not so distant past). We are performing in the metro NY area and points elsewhere in coffee houses and any other venue that strikes our fancy! With the completion of our 12th original song - "Without A Net" I guess it's time to become legit and get into the studio.

Thanks to all of those who come to see and hear us!

Join the fun at lunch for free entertainment at the Farmers Market! South Division Street off Main Street. The New Rochelle Farmers Market is open every Friday from 8am to 3pm.

Open Letter to Mayor Bramson: $2 Million Surplus? Back It Up!


Mayor Bramson,

Yesterday, on WVOX Radio, you asserted as fact that downtown development in New Rochelle has produced a $2 million surplus in school revenue when compared to the costs associated with the children's education from these developments. When I called into WVOX radio to challenge this assertion you cut me off. Is this your idea of public service? You make unsubstantiated claims and then suppress those among the public who dare question your claims?

As you chose to cut me off yesterday, refusing to respect honest disagreement, I call on you today to release the study or analysis which supports your claim of a $2 million surplus.

Such a study would list individual projects -- by full legal name & address -- whether each project was a private deal or a partnership with the City of New Rochelle and what size and type of tax abatements they received (IDA, PILOT, mortgage recording, sales tax on building materials, purchase of land from the IDA for $1 etc.). Most importantly, the study would show what the taxes would be for each project at 100% valuation.

On the revenue side, the study would include a detailed breakdown of precisely what revenue you are attributing to these projects -- property tax, sales tax and so on.

New Rochelle Police Nab Child Rapist Fugitive from Oregon


image1258257197.jpgThe Journal News has the New Rochelle side of the story here. The Oregonian has the Oregon side here.

This case ought to resolve the ongoing debate on Talk of the Sound about illegal immigrants living in New Rochelle. Or not.

New Rochelle Police Department to Photograph Tattoos -- on Fellow Police Officers


tattoo.tiffA campaign by the brass at the New Rochelle Police Department to increase the number of tickets issued for driving while talking on a cell phone has led to a a rift within the department that has now morphed into a new policy to prohibit tattoos on police officers setting off widespread dissension among the rank-and-file within the department.

Recently, an internal review within New Rochelle Police Department concluded that the department was not writing enough tickets for driving while talking one a cell phone. During roll call, police officers were put on notice that they needed to step up enforcement of the law against driving while talking on a cell phone (note to teens: presumably that also includes driving while text thing). While many drivers will no doubt applaud a crackdown on reckless behavior while driving, the rank-and-file within the department were unhappy with the way in which the decision was communicated. Things came to ahead after the girlfriend of a son of New Rochelle’s Deputy Police Commissioner, Anthony D. Murphy, was issued a ticket for driving while talking on her cell phone.

Special Treatment for "McKnight Kids"


Last week we told you about a new development in the McKnight case when we reported that the sister of Demetrius Hazelton told police that she had made up a story about her boyfriend threatening her after which police considered filing charges against her for filing a false police report. This week, Talk of the Sound has learned the identity of the New Rochelle Police Captain who received and the highly unusual phone call that evening from Sergeant Reynolds, the sergeant on duty at the police station at night.

Captain Robert Gazola was the officer was was called at his home and asked to make a decision regarding whether or not to press charges for filing a false police report against the young woman. Sources tell Talk of the Sound this is "never, ever done" because a police captain at home is not in a position to make a a sound judgment based on all the facts regarding an incident in which he has no direct knowledge and worry is not on hand to speak directly with the principals.

New Rochelle BoE Settles Aramark's Half-Million Dollar Lawsuit for Undisclosed Sum


9BEFE7D9-8763-4D2C-82C9-C226EA020A96.jpgThe New Rochelle Board of Education last week quietly settled the nearly half-million dollar lawsuit brought against the school district by Aramark Educational Services in which the food services giant alleged that district officials had engaged in fraud and negligent misrepresentations "designed to induce Aramark to enter into a contract and the district's failure to satisfy outstanding financial obligations owed to Aramark".

Fraud? Misrepresentations? By our New Rochelle school officials? Say it ain't so, Richard.

Aramark Educational Services accused New Rochelle officials of lying about the number of meals served in the public schools and sought a a judgment of $405,031.66 plus interest and attorney fees.

Here is the resolution they don't want you to see...