NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle announced Thursday, October 10, it has received a gift of a complete Museum Set of photographs by renowned American photographer Ansel Adams. The Museum Set -- which includes 75 signed photographs -- is one of only ten complete Museum Sets of Mr. Adams' photographs in existence.
The Museum Set donated to the College is a compilation of Mr. Adams' life work with photographs of landscapes, including his classic “Moonrise,” as well as photographs of famous American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The collection was recently appraised at $2.5 million. The College will unveil 15 framed and signed photographs from the Museum Set at its Annual Gala on October 11.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Iona Preparatory School officially acquired Iona Grammar School today. Both schools were founded by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, but the schools had been operating as separate educational institutions since the 1970s. The acquisition of Iona Grammar School by Iona Prep will bring the strength of the Prep’s academic, athletic and extracurricular programs to the Iona Grammar School and form the strongest Catholic educational institution for young men in the region.Read more
After realizing that 90% of the garbage generated in our schools is fully recyclable, I set out to identify just how much of our tax dollars are attached to that amount of garbage.
A quick look into the proposed budget for the upcoming school year revealed that the school district budgets
$120,000 for the mere dumping of garbage. (page 22/23)Read more
New Rochelle Board of Education Meeting on August 28, 2012. Discussion Item: Echo Bay Development.
In attendance, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone, Board of Education Vice President Deidre Polow, Board of Education Members David Lacher, Jeffrey Hastie, Valerie Orellana, Rachel Relkin, Naomi Brickell, and Mary Jane Reddington.
ORGANISCIAK: OK. Echo Bay. Who would have ever thought that we would be talking about Echo Bay in the educational part of this building? Echo Bay proposal…uh…we were invited...
PETRONE: Yeah, I was. Richard had reached out to me. I was invited to go to a meeting. I was obviously out of the country as was Dee so I had asked Rachel to kind of go to the meeting on behalf of me and Dee and just gather information so I am sure you can give us update but Rich if you can talk a little about that.Read more
I was asked by a blog reader to mention New York State’s Anti-Bullying laws. Two important laws went into effect this past summer with the goal of reducing bullying in our schools. I think we can all remember how badly some of our classmates were treated back in high school, and as I look back on those days as an adult and father, it is troubling to remember the abuse some kids had to deal with. I dealt with it from both sides of the vicious cycle many kids experience – at some points I was bullied, and at other points I behaved badly towards classmates. Let’s take a brief look at New York State’s efforts to address these issues.
1) Dignity for All Students Act (“DASA”), passed in 2010, but effective July 1, 2012 (the following from Child Abuse Prevention Services website):Read more
UPDATE: Call has been made. Manhunt for the chain snatcher is over. Police units are 10-2. Helicopter leaving. He got away. I did get some great photos of the bloodhound.
UPDATE: Incident has now reached the 6 hour mark. County bloodhound has been following a track for about an hour -- from New Rochelle near Mount Tom to Pelham golf course to Pelhamdale then back the other way. This seems like a lot of resources for a snatch and grab robbery.
UPDATE: Westchester County Helicopter on scene, above Pelham golf course. Two NRPD Captains and Police Commissioner on scene along with 20+ patrol cars, motorcycles, trucks from New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Westchester County.Read more
The Monroe College Athletics Department was heavily sanctioned in 2011 by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) due to violations of the NJCAA Letter of Intent program. As a result of the sanctions, the NJCAA took away a total of 52 scholarships in six sports over a two year period. The sanctions will end in 2013.
An NJCAA Letter of Intent is a legally binding agreement that a student-athlete is bound to a particular institution for a period of one year. A signee of an NJCAA Letter of Intent counts towards the overall maximum number of individuals in that sport regardless of the amount of athletic scholarship. Failing to file LOIs with the NJCAA would allow a member institution to circumvent scholarship limits.
The Monroe College Men’s baseball program was reduced to 14 scholarships from 24 for two years. The Monroe College Men’s basketball was reduced to 11 scholarships from 15 for one year. The Monroe College Men’s soccer program was reduced to 10 scholarships from 18 for two years. The Monroe College Women’s basketball was educed to 9 scholarships from 15 for one year. The Monroe College Softball was reduced to 22 scholarships from 24 for one year. The Monroe College Women’s volleyball program was reduced to 10 scholarships from 14 for one year.
The NJCAA does not announce disciplinary actions against members nor does it require members to announce disciplinary actions against themselves.
Monroe College only made a statement about the rules violations 10 months after the sanctions went into effect. The statement was provided to Talk of the Sound in response to inquiries related to the news web site's investigation into an incident last fall involving an altercation between two players and a loaded .9mm semi-automatic carbine. The team's coach was fired following the incident.Read more
New Rochelle Board of Education member David Lacher told a group of parents they were among the "most demanding" in the district. Lacher went on to encourage those parents to approach board members in public or call them at home with their concerns.
"We are all public people," said Lacher. "Our telephone numbers are published."
Lacher was speaking Tuesday at back-to-school night at the George M. Davis Elementary School.
Lacher went on to encourage parents to attend board meetings, watch them on TV or online and to be demanding of the board. He called demanding parents a source of strength for the district.
"We know on the board that Davis parents are among the most demanding parents in the entire school district," said Lacher. "I don't think you ever let us forget that. That's OK but that's part of the involvement, that's really what makes us all strong, makes us the district that we are and helps us with the potential to continue to grow and continue to get better and better."
Lacher went on to describe direct engagement with board members as an important part of the school board's culture.Read more