New Rochelle, NY -- The owner of a single-family home located at 867 Weaver Avenue in New Rochelle is due in New Rochelle City Court on December 10th to explain his turning a single-family North End home into what amounted to an illegal Single-Room Occupancy hotel, long outlawed in New Rochelle.
John Deraffele, the owner, was served with five appearance tickets covering five major violations: (1) building permit required for 2 sheds and deck in rear of property; (2) building permit required for finishing third floor with full bath; (3) use of a one-family dwelling as a three-family dwelling; (4) use of third floor as a dwelling is not permitted; (5) use of second floor as a dwelling is not permitted.
The building inspector report obtained by Talk of the Sound shows the house had been converted into a boarding house with the second floor basically an SRO hotel for five college students.
A floor by floor summary of the building inspector report follows (portions were redacted in original):Read more
New Rochelle firefighters responded to a fire overnight at 43 Bayard Street on the same street as the YMCA, near the Home Depot between Weyman Avenue and Drake Avenue. The call came in about 4 am.
The house (above, right) is a 3 family home owned by Edward J. Gillespie of Scarsdale, NY.
Erika Tarantal of WNBC-TV 4 broke the story:
erika4newyork: At a house fire in New Rochelle...no serious injuries. If you happen to smell a BBQ later today you're probably just downwind from me.
Talk of the Sound has a photographer on the scene now. Photos a little later this morning.
BTW, if you live in the area and took photos in the early hours please send them along (see CONTACT link above)
UPDATE: Photos from Bayard Street
For those who have been complaining about the ticket blitz and increased permit fees you have your answer -- parking in the lots is for suckers. Just start parking on the sidewalks instead!
An alert reader sent along this photo of a truck that has been parked on a public sidewalk for almost a week without a citation. As can be seen the truck is not only blocking the sidewalk but the handicap access as well. The truck is sticking out of the
Hyundai dealership U.S. 1 Auto Sales on Route 1 across from the Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts.
UPDATE: Ted Tanney, owner of U.S. 1 Auto Sales tells Talk of the Sound he did not receive any complaints about the truck from residents or NRPD but would have it moved off the sidewalk by the close of business today (Tuesday). Tanney said he wanted residents living near his business to be happy and that in the future he hoped people in the area would call him with any concerns. He pointed out that Judge Preston Scher was one of his customers. Moments later Scher drove onto the lot and came into the office.
Whether you have a concern or want to buy a car, Tanney can be reached at 914-636-4439.Read more
(NEW ROCHELLE, NY) -- Firefighters responding to a report of carbon monoxide at a home located at 867 Weaver Street in New Rochelle on Friday encountered dangerously high levels of the poison gas throughout the inside of a house. An effort to locate the source of the carbon monoxide led to the discovery several illegal apartments inside the single-family home along with an illegal boiler, a blocked flue system and various illegal appliances hooked up throughout the house.
The New Rochelle Fire Department called the city building inspector and Con Edison to the scene. The illegal boilers and stoves were "red-tagged" and capped. A warning “RED” Tagis is displayed on any gas pipe, appliance or meter on which is indicated the reason for discontinuance of gas service by Con EdisonRead more
A person out for a walk with children on Friday at Glenwood Lake Park in New Rochelle came across a grisly find at the north end of the park. The group came upon a decapitated goat head place on an aluminum tray and several mutilated chicken heads. This is the second such incident in a New Rochelle park over the past week. Last Sunday, a man walking his dog came across two decapitated sheep at Ward Acres Park.
New Rochelle police responded to the scene at Glenwood Lake Park. They again called in the SPCA. NRPD later removed the carcasses.
On Friday night police roped off an area in the woods between Bergholz Drive and Glenwood Lake Park. Officers on the scene declined to provide information on what they found but removed what appeared to be a dead animal from a spot about 25 feet into the woods. Calls to the desk sergeant at NRPD were not returned.
Brandon I. Williams of 278 Lincoln Avenue, 18, was arrested Friday November 5th by New Rochelle Police Department and charged with Assault in the 3rd Degree. Witnesses tell Talk of the Sound that Williams viciously assaulted his girlfriend, punching her repeatedly in the face.
Williams is a student at New Rochelle High School where the incident took place.
Exactly how the police got involved is not clear. Talk of the Sound received a message Friday at about 2:30 PM from a source who listens to the police scanner that the dispatcher had put out a call around 1:30 PM about a "fight on the bridge at the high school". The NRPD Event Report says "How Received: SELF INITIATE" which sounds like the victim called the police. In either case the called is listed as ANONYMOUS. Although it is not clear who called the police, what is clear is that school officials did not call the police.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Williams was subdued and taken to the high school main office where he again became violent again at which point Williams was taken by police to the New Rochelle Police Station. While in police custody, Williams became violent a third time, sources say.Read more
New Rochelle Police Department are investigating a bizarre sheep-beheading and possible sexual assault this weekend. A sheep body and severed head was found in the Ward Acres Park in New Rochelle. Yonkers police joined the investigation after a similar incident in Yonkers in which it was determined that the
sheep goats found in Yonkers had been sexually assaulted. New Rochelle police are seeking to determine whether the sheep found in Ward Acres was sexually assaulted.
New Rochelle police declined to provide details or confirm the incident.
UPDATE: The remains of the sheep were found Sunday morning by a resident walking their dog. The dog led their owner to the remains. There was no sign the the decapitation was done in the park and no signs of decomposition of the body, suggesting the animal was beheaded elsewhere and the remains dumped in the park overnight.Read more
The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club met on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 PM, at the American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave., New Rochelle. This group meets monthly to discuss a host of local issues.
The first item on tonight's agenda was the proposed Iona Dormitory issue that Greg Varian, an attorney and resident of the area, made a brief report. The dorm is being financed by the NY State Dormitory Authority and is located on the north side of New Rochelle. He highlighted the issues surrounding this new construction citing parking, vehicular traffic, and the surrounding building zoning issues. Iona used to be a commuter school that redefined its self as a residential/dormitory college some years ago.Read more