New Rochelle, NY February 21, 2012 — The New Rochelle Council on the Arts will honor founding member Thea Eichler with a special exhibition at the New Rochelle Public Library from March 11th through March 28th. An opening reception on March 11th from 3 to 5 p.m. will feature a range of artistic performances for members of the NRCA as well as friends and family of Thea Eichler. The performance will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater and will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.; both are free and open to the public.
Thea Eichler has been active in the cultural life of New Rochelle for more than 30 years. As the Program Chair of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, she was the creative force behind years of themed art shows, concerts, special events and exhibits that highlighted the historic role New Rochelle played in contributing to the arts.
Among the events she conceived and coordinated were “Norman Rockwell Originals,” a show at the New Rochelle Public Library’s Lumen Winter Gallery and a costume ball based on Rockwell’s magazine cover characters; Frederic Remington, a show at the NRPL featuring originals from Ogdensburg plus an exhibit from the artist’s family album; a Reunion Gala of instrumentalists from the NBC Symphony who worked with New Rochelle resident Arturo Toscanini; “Fabulous Fakes,” an exhibit featuring “art forgeries” created in the style of great artists; exhibits by artists Charles Fazzino and Alton Tobey; a two-day Black Performing Arts Festival and “Music Makers of New Rochelle”, a comprehensive exhibit focused on the city’s celebrated songwriters.Read more
From leading abolitionists and suffragists to Broadway stars and television personalities, many prominent women have been a part of New Rochelle’s long and rich history. But many local women should also be recognized as heroines, as they were instrumental in shaping their community through unprecedented acts of charity, steadfast dedication to organizations, and keeping the “home fires burning” during times of war.
For the Friday, March 16th League of Women Voters’ “Coffee and Conversation” at the New Rochelle Public Library, City Historian Barbara Davis will give an illustrated slide presentation describing a few of these remarkable women and their impact on New Rochelle. The free Women’s History Month program runs from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Complimentary coffee and light breakfast fare will be served. For more information, call 632-8254.Read more
A craft workshop celebrating St. Patrick’s Day will be the BID Family Day program for Saturday, March 17, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the New Rochelle Public Library. Children in Pre-K – Grade 5 are invited to make a variety of crowns, pins, hats and other accessories for the “Wearing of the Green”.
The Bid staff of teachers and teens will provide the expert guidance and great materials for the projects.
BID Family Day programs are made possible through a partnership of the New Rochelle Downtown BID (Business Improvement District) with the New Rochelle Public Library, the City School District and PTA Council, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.Read more
The Board of Trustees of the New Rochelle Public Library issued a public statement today on their 7-month long investigation into Accounting Discrepancies first reported by Talk of the Sound last June.
After an investigation of the library’s financial records and those maintained by the City School District Treasurer, the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees has determined that the apparent accounting discrepancy that was brought to the attention of the Board in June 2011 was due to an inconsistency in the designation and reporting of “restricted funds” versus “assigned funds” in the library’s Fund Balance. The cash shortfall was primarily solved by transferring funds owed by the Capital Fund to the General Fund in July 2011.
To prevent future accounting discrepancies the Board has taken the following measures:
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Talk of the Sound has learned that Operations Manager Anthony Maraglino has been "unexpectedly resigned" by the New Rochelle Public Library. His last day was Friday.
Maraglino's departure comes in the wake of the recent disclosure of financial mismanagement at the library, first reported by Talk of the Sound. Library officials are still not entirely sure what happened and continue to investigate but have acknowledged that several hundred thousand dollars thought to be in the library's fund balance is not there. They have described the problem as an error in calculation and provided assurances that no money was stolen. Board members have been somewhat mystified about the source of the problem because as recently as June 9th, the library director Thomas Geoffino had reported to the board that the library spending was under budget, having expended 81% of its 2010-11 budget with 92% of the fiscal year lapsed.Read more
The New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees has recently become aware of lower than expected cash balance for the library due to a series of accounting errors. These accounting errors reflect the need for increased internal controls for the library’s accounting process. The lower cash balance is not expected to result in any change in Library services for the public.
At the time of the development of the New Rochelle Public Library budget, the Board of Trustees believed that the Library had over $500,000 in cash in the bank, mostly from the result of bonding expenditures not spent the previous fiscal year. A portion of this cash was thought to reflect the $77,500 in fund balance from the previous year’s unspent funds.
In June 2011, the Board of Trustees was notified by the School District that our cash flow was low and that we needed to monitor spending until the receipt of the regularly schedule Temporary Anticipation Note (TAN) funding. The Board of Trustees immediately hired a CPA and began researching the nature of these differences.Read more
The Board of Trustees of the New Rochelle Public Library went into an extended executive session last night to discuss an issue related to financial mismanagement by a library employee.
Before the meeting, Board President Greg Varian told Talk of the Sound the issue was on the agenda but would not be discussed publicly but that a statement would be issued Friday.
Talk of the Sound has agreed to hold further reporting on the story until the statement is officially released. Check back here for further developments during the day.
UPDATE: On Friday, Talk of the Sound was contacted by Library Trustee Bo Kemp who told Talk of the Sound that the issue had to do with fund balance accounting and that the amount involved was $100,000. He stated that an official announcement would be forthcoming that day. In the meantime, our reporting was picked up by other media outlets and a formal statement was issued yesterday afternoon which is reprinted below:Read more