June 2012

Dudley's Beach Party a big success - check out photos on Flickr

June 10, 2012 - 14:22

Everyone had a blast at our Dudley’s Beach Party on June 7! It is my annual fundraiser, and I am incredibly thankful that so many friends and supporters attend this event every year. We believe this year was our largest turnout. Please check out the photos on my Flickr Page:

I have been in public office for 15 years and have continued to run for re-election because I enjoy public service and working to make New Rochelle and Pelham better places to live and raise a family. But I also keep running because of my amazing supporters – they have stuck with me at every stage of this journey, and I am proud to tell you that I have the best supporters in this county.

Each year, we make sure the Beach Party is all about having fun and relaxing on New Rochelle’s waterfront. We had beach music, beach balls, leis, terrific food, and Dudley’s is the perfect place to hold this event. You can tell from the photos the crowd had an excellent time.

New Rochelle Fire Fighters Speak of Pain, Suffering & Dangers of Fires

June 09, 2012 - 19:12

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Fire fighters in the City of New Rochelle are releasing a video project to help educate and inform residents of the Queen City of the Sound about the unique and dangerous conditions in modern fires. The project utilizes fire safety testing results produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the scientific arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce and interviews with local firefighters.

The initial series of seven videos are all under 3 ½ minutes and are available on Facebook/YouTube. Above is the first one in the series.

FF. Byron Gray, in his 27th year with New Rochelle Fire Department (NRFD), said the project was undertaken “to allow the community a closer understanding of how the city’s professional fire fighters work and their dedication to the community we are sworn to protect.” FF. Gray is president of the New Rochelle Uniformed Fire Fighters Association (UFFA).

Mariano Riviera Makes Surprise Appearance at Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle

June 09, 2012 - 01:44

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Just days before surgery on his injured knee, now scheduled for next Tuesday, Yankee great Mariano Riviera thrilled an audience of 4th and 5th students gathered at an assembly this morning with a surprise appearance. Riviera met with youngsters from the William B. Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY.

Riviera entered from the back of the room, walking down the aisle without a noticeable limp despite having a torn ACL and torn meniscus.

Riviera encouraged the students to work hard to achieve your dreams and not to give up on them, to have goals in life. Riviera shared that he grew up in Panama and lived in New Rochelle so he knows a lot of people in New Rochelle.

After his talk, he offered to answer three questions.

One student asked if he was OK after his injury.

"I'm fine." said Riviera.

Another student asked if the Yankee closer wanted to play more.

Obituaries: Theresa Murray

June 08, 2012 - 17:16

Theresa Murray, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on June 6, 2012. She was 77.

Theresa was born in Glasgow Scotland to the late Hugh and Janet (Sinclair) McCann. She worked for the New Rochelle Public Library for over 14 years.She was predeceased by her husband James J. Murray who died on November 11, 1997.She is survived by her three sons Scott, James and Steven Murray and her ten grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be Friday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy and Sons Beauchamp Chapel 16 Shea Pl New Rochelle. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday 9:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Westchester and Putnam or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Have You Gotten Your Westchester County Park Pass?

June 08, 2012 - 15:08

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A Westchester County Park Pass is your key to enjoying more than 50 recreational facilities this summer, from pools and beaches, parks and golf courses, and to nature preserves, and even an amusement park and a working farm. And, you can get your pass now at convenient locations throughout the county.

Passes are available to any county resident age 12 and older who has either a driver’s license or photo identification with proof of Westchester residency.

The Park Pass is a photo identification card that provides you with admission to all county-owned parks, pools and beaches. One park pass holder can bring two adults and children under age 12 into all county swimming facilities. Regular admission fees apply to each guest.

The pass also entitles the holder to discounts on golf and on parking fees where applicable.

An individual pass costs $60 and is valid for three years from date of issue. It must be obtained in person. It is non-transferable and can only be used by its owner.

Robert Cox, Muckraker or Disgruntled Parent?

June 08, 2012 - 02:20

Some people call it muckraking, others call it abuse. In the case of the most recent post by New Rochelle resident, Robert Cox, most of the NRHS community would agree with the latter. This post, regarding the publication of a "just-for-fun," harmless, amusing video posted by a student of New Rochelle High School, skewed the original intent of the video.

New Rochelle High School's highly esteemed math teacher, Nazar Rabadi, was featured in a video created by NRHS students lip-syncing to Carly Rae Jepson's popular song "Call Me Maybe". This video was purely for fun! It was intended to be a creative, positive way for students to "blow-off some steam" after a very rigorous year filled with honors and AP classes. The students in the class were merely expressing their adoration of their favorite math teacher-- Mr. Rabadi.

High School Librarian Marisa Anton Appears in New Rochelle City Court on Student Sex Charges

June 07, 2012 - 19:09

New Rochelle High School librarian Marisa Anton, 34, made a brief court appearance at the New Rochelle City Court today. Anton of 34 Winchester Avenue in Yonkers, NY was charged by the New Rochelle police department with a Class D Felony, Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the First Degree.

Appearing before New Rochelle City Judge Gail Rice, Anton's lawyer, Michele Marianna Bonsignore, and Assistant District Attorney Christopher Daniele agreed to a court date of September 10, 2012.

There was a brief mention of an "SCI" or Supreme Court Information

"SCI is a type of charging document, similar to an indictment," said attorney Cynthia Lobo, a lawyer based in New Rochelle. "It is typically used in a felony case where the defendant intends to plead guilty in a plea bargained matter."

Standing before Judge Rice, Anton was quiet and did not display any emotions during the 5 minute court appearance. She was dressed in a white, floral pattern dress with a white sweater draped over her shoulders. She was accompanied by her parents.