The Castle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle was recently awarded the 2012 Community Arts Award from ArtsWestchester. The award recognizes individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment, and leadership enrich Westchester, its communities, and its citizens. The Castle Gallery won the award for having “demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life, increasing access to cultural experiences, and by enriching the county’s cultural heritage.” The award was presented at ArtsWestchester’s Annual Arts Award Luncheon held April 4, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains.Read more
Dozens of students from Blessed Sacrament, Iona Prep, Salesian and Ursuline came spent their Saturday this weekend performing community service at different worksites in New Rochelle and Yonkers. Students did construction work at worksites selected by Habitat for Humanity and SAIL at Ferncliff Manor, worked at the food pantry at HOPE Community Services and cleared and prepared the New Rochelle Little League field in time for next week's Opening Day ceremonies.
Iona Preparatory School hosted the event with a prayer service and breakfast in the morning. Students from the schools were mixed into groups to work at each of the sites.Read more
Leo "Leibel" Zisman, an internationally renowned SHOAH speaker, a Holocaust survivor from Kovno, Lithuania, gave his testimony last night at Young Israel Scarsdale in New Rochelle as part of a program to mark Yom Hashoah v'Hagvurahmark. Yom Hashoah v'Hagvurah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day set aside by the Jewish people to commemorate and honor victims of the Holocaust.
Zisman, 82, was born 1931 to a prominent family. The Nazis invaded his country when he was just a young boy. He lost his parents and two of his siblings to the Nazis. He survived the atrocities of the concentration camps on his own.
Shortly after the war he had a dream where his parents told him his brother was looking for him. That day his older brother and only surviving sibling found him at a camp in Hungary. Zisman and his brother emigrated to the United States and started a successful business together which they ran for over 50 years. The two still talk every day.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- The 32nd annual Our Children, Our Artists exhibit will be featured at the New Rochelle Public Library from April 30th through May 24th in both the Lumen Winter Gallery and Community Gallery of the Library. The art work of students in the city’s seven elementary schools will be on display from April 30th through May 9th; and the work of middle and high school students will be exhibited from May 16th through May 23rd. The exhibit is curated by Erica Bogin, artist and art teacher.
A reception and awards ceremony for the elementary school students will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Library. The reception and awards ceremony for the middle and high school students will be on Wednesday, May 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Read more
For the first time, the New Rochelle Board of Education appointed a Citizen Advisory Committee ("CAC") to review the district's budget and make recommendations on potential cost savings and ways to make the budget document easier to understand for the average reader.
New Rochelle Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone brought forward the resolution to create the committee which was approved unanimously by the board. BoE Member David Lacher served as the Chairperson for the CAC and liaison to the school board. BoE Vice President Jeffrey Hastie served on the board ex-officio. District Treasurer Carol Amorello served as well. The citizen members of the Citizen Advisory Committee were Adam Egelberg, Ed Ackerman, Suyen Taylor and Mary Monzon.
Below is a complete set of relevant documents and video: The Final Report, the Powerpoint Presentation and the Video of the Presentation to the Board of Education on March 27th, 2012 and Albert Leonard Middle School.Read more
Iona Preparatory School will host its first-ever “Make A Difference Day” in coordination with all Catholic high schools in New Rochelle on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The event will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. The schools involved are .
The goal of the day is to gather about 100 students from all the schools and mix them into four work groups for a day of Christian service at different worksites. The worksites are Habitat for Humanity (construction), SAIL at Ferncliff Manor (construction), HOPE Community Services (food pantry), and New Rochelle Little League (clean field).Read more
By day, Reza Kholifar appears to be a sane person. He works in New Rochelle as the Human Resources Director for the City School District of New Rochelle. For the past several years, however, Kholifar has been going off the deep end, literally. Each winter he strips down to his bathing suit in the dead of winter and runs screaming into the frigid waters off the coast of Long Island. And he's not alone.
As the founder of the Saint James Polar Bear Club, Kholifar did the first dive alone, on February 1, 2009. This year with a crowd of bemused spectators looking on, more than 30 people joined Kholifar in his mad passion, raising money for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and securing for themselves a Saint James Polar Bear Club t-shirt.
If you have any desire to join him next year click here.Read more