New Rochelle, NY (February 16, 2011) -- John J. Sweeney, an alumnus of Iona College (class of 1955), was one of 15 distinguished individuals who was presented with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House.
Mr. Sweeney is the current President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO, and served as President of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009. The son of Irish immigrants, a domestic worker and a bus driver in the Bronx, he worked his way up in the labor movement to become President of the Service Employees International Union, growing the union to serve as a strong voice for working people. As President of the AFL-CIO, he revitalized the American labor movement, emphasizing union organizing and social justice, and was a powerful advocate for America’s workers.Read more
What does the creation of the world seem like to little kids? The answer can be found, at least partially, in the abundant creativity displayed in “Seven Days of Creation,” the newest exhibit in the Goldstein Cultural Center of Temple Israel of New Rochelle featuring artwork by the pre-schoolers in the Early Childhood Program (ECP).
The exhibit, which will run through March, highlights a series of themes, each reflecting the events during one of the days of creation. Two classes in the ECP collaborated on each of the subjects creating, as ECP Director Nancy Bossov explains, a multi-age experience that not only provides the opportunity to explore and understand the Biblical concepts but also offers a broader artistic approach. A wide range of materials have been used to interpret the themes and the results, while age appropriate, are impressive in the imaginative design of each.Read more
New Rochelle, NY (February 15, 2011) -- Iona College announced today the appointment of Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. as the College’s eighth President. Dr. Nyre, who will become Iona’s first lay president, succeeds Brother James A. Liguori, CFC, Ed.D., who is completing his 17th and final year as President on May 31.
Dr. Nyre is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hope Institute for Children and Families, a statewide university affiliated organization headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. The Hope Institute advances public policy, conducts research, links institutions of higher education, provides training to pre-service and practicing professionals, and offers healthcare and educational services. Dr. Nyre is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Illinois College of Medicine, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Read more
I thought it is best to give you an update with regard to Jason Pryce '02 and our opportunity to help him obtain treatment in Houston, Texas. Late Friday evening we were told that Jason's insurance company would cover the experimental treatment for carcinoid syndrome. Mrs. Pryce also told us that they needed to be in Texas as soon as possible. We booked the necessary flights, arranged for hotel rooms and a rental car within the hour.Read more
A late night visit to a property leased by the City School District of New Rochelle for use by the Buildings & Grounds department raised numerous questions about how the location is being managed by the district. Talk of the Sound made an unannounced visit to 47 Cliff Street, a parcel leased by the district from Nancy Lore of Pelham, between 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM on Friday, February 4th.
There was no activity at the school district yard but the main gates had been left wide open. There appeared to be no security measures beyond several flood lights which illuminated the yard.Read more
With the crime rate in local schools, the New Rochelle Police Department may want to consider opening a kiosk at New Rochelle High School.
Just this week there has been three arrests of students: February 7th (Robbery), February 8th (Robbery) and February 9th (Attempted Robbery). One of the robberies occurred under the House Four bridge. Two students were arrest after robbing a school cafeteria register. New Rochelle Police were on scene again taking another report today. More on that later.
All together there have been 26 police incidents at New Rochelle High School over the past month including incidents involving Harassment (2/10), Assault (2/7, 1/6), Dispute (2/1), Menacing (1/26), Disorderly Behavior (1/24, 1/24, 1/7, 1/6), Reckless Endangerment (1/24), Larceny (1/6), and Criminal Trespass (1/26).Read more
Under pressure from all sides to reign in out-of-control school spending, New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak appears to be losing his mind. This week Organisciak not only insulted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo but attacked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with a school yard taunt, mocking the heavy set chief executive of the Garden State as "Krispy Kreme".
Organisciak, whose base salary for the 2010/2011 school year is $263,250, wasn’t done. He referred to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who also has spoken out against superintendent salaries, as “Krispy Kreme” and said Cuomo couldn’t be “King Cuomo the Second.”
The New Rochelle Board of Education will begin the 2011-2012 Budget Process tonight with the first of two Community Budget Forum and Input Session at the New Rochelle High School library. The events will take place on Thursday, February 10th at 7pm and Wednesday, March 2nd, also at 7pm.
For the first time, there will be a live broadcast. The meetings will also be broadcast live on NRED TV at Cablevision Channel 77 and Verizon Channel 30 and over the web on the nred.org web site. Talk of the Sound has been calling for live TV broadcasts of Board of Education meetings for years, others longer. Board members Deidre Polow and Mary Jane Reddington, among others, have opposed televising BoE meetings.
In March and April there will be a series of Budget Review Sessions. The Budget Vote & Election will take place in May.Read more