December 2017

Bond Helps Planetarium; Shows Resume in January

December 22, 2017 - 16:03

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Good news for indoor stargazers, science buffs and anyone who enjoys a spectacular show: The planetarium at New Rochelle High School is getting an upgrade.

A brand-new Spitz SciDome projector mounted on the wall will project sharper video shows of heavens and vast landscapes in high definition.

"It's going to look bigger and more spectacular because it's going to be crystal clear," said astronomy teacher Bruce Zeller, who runs the planetarium. "It's beautiful."

City School District of New Rochelle

TODAY Show Spotlights Student, Meals on Wheels

December 22, 2017 - 15:59

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Yes, that was New Rochelle High School senior Nicholas Pallotta on the TODAY show recently, helping turn a spotlight on the importance of Meals on Wheels - and offering an example of New Rochelle spirit to a wide audience.

Pallotta's friends told him their relatives from other states called to ask them about the segment.

"It's a very cool experience to think that people around the nation are seeing it," Pallotta said. "I hope there's increased attention to Meals on Wheels, not just in New Rochelle."

TODAY Show Spotlights Student, Meals on Wheels

Columbus Hosts Chess Competition

December 22, 2017 - 15:54

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Five inches of snow did not deter the more than 100 chess players who gathered at Columbus Elementary School on Saturday, Dec. 9, to participate in the National Scholastic Chess Foundation Columbus Winter Scholastic. The City School District of New Rochelle was represented by students from Isaac E. Young, Albert Leonard, Columbus, Webster and Ward.

Columbus school chess players (from left) Ignacio Valencia, Giovanna Murgia, Joel Salick, Kaily Argueta, Gianna Murgia, Dylan Solovyev and Naolin Concha

Hands-On Lessons Charge Full STEAM Ahead

December 22, 2017 - 15:48

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Folding sheets of tinfoil, second-graders at Daniel Webster Magnet School created boats to float in small basins of water, then dropped pennies in one at a time until they sank.

From narrow canoe-like craft to flat-bottomed vessels, the boats helped students discover which designs made the most sense (and held the most cents.)

"We can do more!" Aidan Wigfall said as a boat his group devised took on its 26th penny - the number that had sunk their previous attempt. 

Webster second-graders (from left) Joan Pancho, David Weiss and Aidan Wigfall test the buoyancy of a tinfoil boat with pennies.

Civics Symposium Tackles Hot Topics in Community

December 22, 2017 - 15:23

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Community leaders gathered recently in the annual New Rochelle High School Civics Symposium to debate the hot topics of the day, responding to arguments made by NRHS students.

Five students' papers, filled with substantive research, presented positions on gun control, gerrymandering, political correctness, the question of police bias and the disparate effects of the Drug War on people of color. The issues kept the discussion rolling among the panelists, who had been provided with the papers in advance.

Civics Symposium Tackles Hot Topics in Community

Astorino Announces $6 Million for Youth Programs

December 22, 2017 - 14:36

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that grants totaling more than $6 million – $2,123,000 annually for 2018, 2019 and 2020 – will be awarded to 34 agencies for 56 at-risk youth programs under Westchester’s Invest-In-Kids program.

“Invest-In-Kids is a vital partnership between Westchester County and our non-profits that responds to the needs of Westchester’s youth,” Astorino said. “I am excited to partner with these 34 agencies to provide essential services with far-reaching, positive results for our at-risk youth population.”

Robert P. Astorino

2018 Tax Prepayment Information for Property Owners

December 22, 2017 - 14:10
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Proposed changes in federal tax policy may reduce the deduction for local property taxes in 2018, it might be in the financial interest of property owners in the City of New Rochelle to pre-pay 2018 property taxes before the end of this year to maximize their 2017 deduction.

Accountants or financial advisors should be consulted to better understand individual circumstances and options. If prepayment is the right financial option, there are two tax bills available for prepayment now:

2018 Tax Prepayment Information for Property Owners

Trio of Double-Doubles Lift Monroe Women’s Basketball over Host Montgomery

December 22, 2017 - 08:04

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Fueled by three double-doubles, the Monroe College women's basketball team wrapped up the Montgomery College Holiday Tournament on Sunday with an 80-69 victory over host Montgomery to claim the tournament title. The Mustangs improve to 8-5 overall on the season after going 2-0 over the weekend.

Trio of Double-Doubles Lift Monroe Women’s Basketball over Host Montgomery