January 2012

New Rochelle Sustainable Budget Panel Convened

January 31, 2012 - 22:31

The New Rochelle City Council has appointed fifteen citizen volunteers to serve on the Citizens’ Panel on Sustainable Budgets. Tasked with analyzing service delivery levels and methods in the face of dwindling resources for 2013 and beyond, the panel will convene in February and work through July to produce recommendations in time for next year’s budget considerations.

The panel brings together citizens with experience in finance, administration and other relevant fields and will be chaired by resident Todd Kern. Members include Judith Berger, David Bieber, Michael Boyle Sr., Emily Bromberg, Kyran Cassidy, Matthew Costa, Michael D’Ambrosio, Jeffrey Hastie, Linda Kelly-Fauci, Bo Kemp, Martha Lopez-Hanratty, David Peters, Ann Rolett, and John Rorer. Additionally, pro bono consulting services will be provided by North Avenue Research, a team led by New Rochelle resident Mark Grotevant.

Selections were made from a strong pool of applicants in at-large and council district appointments. Mayor Noam Bramson will also serve on the committee along with two rotating members of City Council.

Dr. Dre Headphones Robbery on North Avenue Near Iona College in New Rochelle

January 31, 2012 - 21:04

Beats by dre event 01 copyNew Rochelle police responded to a reported robbery at 3:30 pm this afternoon on North Avenue near Treno Street. Five youth described as male, black, ages 16-20, ripped a pair of Dr. Dre headphones off the head of a person walking down the street. The group of five ran south on North Avenue.

Beats By Dr. Dre is a brand of headphones and loudspeakers marketed by hip-hop/rap artist Dr. Dre and Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine under Beats Electronics, LLC.[1] The headphones, earphones, and speakers sold under the brand are manufactured and distributed under an exclusive license by Monster Cable Products. As part of marketing strategy, the headphones often appear in music videos, movies, advertisements, and other media.

Guilty Plea In New Rochelle I-95 Wrong Way Fatal Crash

January 31, 2012 - 20:01

Screen Shot 2012 01 31 at 3 01 23 PMWestchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Tanisha Gomez (DOB 06/18/85) of 132-39 88th Street, Ozone Park, New York, pled guilty today to all counts of a nine count indictment that charged her with:

  • three counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, class “B” Felonies,
  • one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Vehicular Assault in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law,
  • two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, unclassified Misdemeanors in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law,
  • one count of Reckless Driving, an unclassified Misdemeanor in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

New Rochelle High School Swim Coach Kip Fierro, Driving on a Suspended License, Causes Three Car Collision Injuring Local Elementary School Teacher

January 31, 2012 - 18:45

Kip FierroEdward "Kip" Fierro, the long-time swim coach at New Rochelle High School, was taken into custody a week ago last Thursday by New Rochelle police after he struck two vehicles in New Rochelle and left the scene of the accident. A DMV records check showed that although he had a valid Connecticut drivers license, his privilege to drive in New York had been suspended for failure to answer a summons.

Fierro was issued a 511-1a violation, an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a fine of between $200.00 and $500.00, up to 30 days in jail, 0 points and a mandatory surcharge of $80 or $85. He was due back in court today.

New Rochelle police were called to the scene at 8:11 am on January 19th. Two drivers heading westbound on the North Avenue overpass were stopped at the yield sign at the intersection of the Elmer Miller Circle at Memorial Highway. Fierro, driving a 2004 Jeep, came up behind the two vehicles, sideswiping one and striking the rear of another, a 2001 Honda. Fierro's Jeep pushed the Honda across three lanes of traffic in the circle and onto the center grassy area of the traffic circle. The other vehicle did not suffer major damage and the drive was not hurt.

Fierro continued driving, as a New Rochelle police officer followed, before pulling over on his own at Lockwood Avenue and Warren Street. Fierro appeared disoriented and was taken into custody for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, according to police.

Drugs, Handgun Seized Following Traffic Stop On The Hutch in New Rochelle

January 31, 2012 - 13:51

WCPDHutchArrest Carvalho AlmeidaWestchester County Police arrested two Massachusetts men yesterday and seized more than 1,000 Oxycodone pills and a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun.

Police Officer Stephen Stromberg was on patrol on the eastbound Cross County Parkway at 10:36 a.m. when he observed a 2005 Nissan Altima that was missing its front license plate. He followed the vehicle on to the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway and stopped it in the vicinity of North Avenue in New Rochelle.

Stromberg removed the driver from the vehicle to interview him. When backup officers arrived, the driver, Ryan Carvalho, 26, of Fall River, Mass., threw a plastic bag into a nearby wooded area and struggled briefly with Officers Jaoquim Brito and Christopher Neuhs before being subdued.

The bag, which was recovered, contained 1,088 Oxycodone pills.

Calvin Anderson Launches New East Coast Blog Newspaper Groovetrak Network News!

January 31, 2012 - 08:50

Proud, New Rochelle native and Talk of the Sound contributor, W. Calvin Anderson, M.Ed has announced the launch of his new “East Coast Oriented - Blog Newspaper” to showcase some national and international news but primarily, Groovetrak network members.

Groovetrak members are business and project leaders with news, products, services, events and ideas we think EVERYONE should know about -- so we eblast and market them with support targeted demographic print, digital multimedia, and even “street marketing team” support across the east coast to increase branding and market shares.

“There is no question that we must now take advantage of our networked and digitized economy. So let’s connect the dots by taking advantage of the benefits of global communications and transaction services in our digital age. The blog has editorial in education, business, travel, arts & entertainment, politics, technology, and miscellaneous items. Stop bye and check us out,” invites Calvin Anderson.


Arlene “Beanie” Rice

January 31, 2012 - 08:09

Arlene… was always a help to her family, a
competent person; an “old and sweet soul”if you will.
She, along with Durwood Hall in my reflection
were the first and real youth leaders
on Lawton Street in New Rochelle back-in-the-day
representing [our side] of city hall.

Beanie… was the “big sister” for her siblings and anyone else that
came near. She had a heart of gold
and a voice in music that could make
you fall in love at any age, especially if she
caught you in her smile.

There was no acclaim for Beanie alone in music,
as she was a force in a group of singing sisters:
Rosalyn Major,Deborah Henderson and Lance Rogers.

Today we celebrate
your loving and your life and friendships.

We celebrate your core competencies,
care-taking, courtesies, and give
Voice to our love for you
as a natural leader,
big sister,
friend and
example in our youth
to the benefit of
“good old”
and priceless native,
New Rochelle.

Paul Supports Jose Martinez!! Apoyo Para Jose Martinez!!!

January 31, 2012 - 03:19

i see a lot on this site in regard to Jose Martinez. i have been a personal, close family friend of Jose Martinez for over 20 years. i will continue to love and support him just the same no matter what's in the media. Jose is a very special man with a beautiful heart and deserves to be loved and supported--so here it is--love and support for Jose Martinez!!! -Paul D

veo mucho en esta pagina con muchos comentarios de Jose Martinez. yo he sido un amigo personal de Jose Martinez por mas de 20 años. continuare amandolo y apoyando apenas iguales no importa lo que dicen en los medios. jose es un hombre muy especial con un corazon hermoso y merece ser amado y ser apoyado--y, aqui esta--amor y apoyo para jose martinez!!! -Paul D

Armed Ninjas Strike Again: Man in Ski Mask Robs Iona Students at Gun Point on Eastchester Road Across from New Rochelle High School

January 30, 2012 - 16:08

30EastchsterRoadNews12 is reporting that an armed man in a ski mask held up two Iona College students at 30 Eastchester Road early Sunday morning. Talk of the Sound broke the story last week of an armed home invasion and robbery involving 2 men in ski masks at 77 Centre Avenue in downtown New Rochelle.

News12 is reporting that police believe their may be a link between the two cases.

Investigators say that it was just before 5 a.m. on Sunday when two students were walking into the lobby of their apartment building at 30 Eastchester Road and were approached from behind by a gunman. Detectives say a man wearing a mask and a hooded sweatshirt held up the two woman, ages 20 and 21, at gunpoint. They say he took their purses and cell phones, and then fled off on foot.

Iona Athletics To Host Blood Drive Tuesday

January 30, 2012 - 14:01

KPRAVFELVUMITRU 20120125193336The Iona College Athletics Department, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will host a Blood Drive on campus on Jan. 31, 2012.

The department invites anyone in the Iona Community come out participate in this goodwill effort. The blood drive will run from 9 am - 5 pm, and will be held on campus in the Hegarty Multi Purpose Room of the Hynes Athletics Center.

All donors will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts Coffee.

The American Red Cross and the MAAC joined together to create the MAAC Blood Drive Challenge as a fun and competitive way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. A trophy will be awarded to the school that draws the most donors.