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Newly installed Iona College President Dr. Joseph E. Nyre will hold a news conference tomorrow at 11:30 AM at City Hall to announce the college will withdraw its 10 story dorm proposal without prejudice.
Nyre reportedly learned shortly after assuming his new post that Iona College is at overcapacity in the existing dorms in the CR district by a significant amount.
"They were violating the very zoning created specifically for them", said attorney Greg Varian who has been a leader in working to craft an alternative to the original plan.
The CR zoning was amended to permit the three existing dorms.Read more
Temple Israel of New Rochelle plans to provide a unique model for early childhood education. Initiating its new Kehillah School for Early Learning this fall, it will offer the only Jewish early childhood program in either Westchester or Manhattan with the option of full-day, year-round education, it was announced by Senior Rabbi Scott B. Weiner. Registration is already underway for the September 12 start date.
This Reform Jewish community, which has been providing partial-day schooling for young children for more than 30 years, is now expanding the school to accommodate the needs of full-time working parents, while still catering to families wanting shorter school days for their children. Parents can enroll their children in Kehillah for partial or full days between the hours of 7AM to 7PM, for up to 12 months a year. Families have the opportunity to enroll six week old infants and children up to six years of age in this expanded program, so that siblings can be cared for and educated together under one roof. A rolling admissions policy will enable parents to enroll their children throughout the year.Read more
Just got news my project's course was accepted at Duke University in the Fall. I will be a visiting instructor. The project focuses on a documentary we did on the historic Black Business District called Hayti in Durham.
In this research and fieldwork course, students will record oral histories and use archival material to produce a series of short documentaries about Durham’s Hayti neighborhood. Participants will create a multimedia portfolio and contribute to an ongoing project about Hayti’s history, as part of a collaborative community-based project sponsored by Triangle Media, Inc.
AIM: The Hayti the Heritage Lecture Series will
OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:
• Easily explain and create timelines of the historic Hayti Community milestones in its nationwide recognition of a sophisticated U.S. Black Business district.
• Easily explain and create written documents to indicate leadership figures, ideologies and lasting contributions
• Easily be capable of coherently discussing the past, present and future of Durham, NC.
New Rochelle, NY (July 5, 2011) – Joseph E. Nyre Ph.D. began his first day on campus as the eighth president of Iona College. Dr. Nyre, who succeeds Brother James Liguori, is the first Iona College President not to be a member of the Christian Brothers.
President Nyre, his wife, Kelli and three children - - Hadley, 10, Henry, 7, and Charlie, 3 -- moved into their new home on the New Rochelle campus last week.
President Nyre said: “This is a very exciting day for my family and for me. We are thrilled to be at Iona and to live in New Rochelle. Over the past three months, we’ve been fortunate to meet and receive a warm welcome from students, Christian Brothers, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and community members. Although we have much to learn, Iona College and New Rochelle have already begun to feel like home. We look forward to continuing and expanding upon the legacy of excellence founded by the Christian Brothers and most recently led by Brother Liguori.”Read more
In May 2010, Talk of the Sound reported on the City of New Rochelle continuing to employ crossing guards during the lunchtime hours more than a year after the New Rochelle Board of Education went to full day kindergarten and eliminated the need to cross students at lunchtime.
New Rochelle schools have full day kindergarten across the entire city. There is no mid-day dismissal at all in New Rochelle. So, why do we still have 18 crossing guards working a two hour lunch shift? There are no children to cross.
During his budget press conference last December, Chuck Strome, responding to a question from Talk of the Sound, said the issue would be addressed in 2011 but was not specific. With the school year now ended, Talk of the Sound checked in with the City to determine the latest on this story.
In an update, City spokesperson Kathy Gilwit provided the following information:Read more
New Rochelle Schools Buildings & Grounds Supervisor James Bonanno last month ordered three school district employees to report to work at a house owned by his girlfriend in upstate New York over a period of several days as part of an ongoing renovation of the property, sources say. The house, owned by Bonanno's girlfriend, Heidi Reyes, is located at in Cornwall, NY near West Point, in Orange County.
New Rochelle Schools spokesperson Paul Costigliano declined to comment on the matter.
According to Orange County property records for 30 Hampton Place in Cornwall, NY, the house was built in 1997. It was purchased from the original owner, Reiger Homes, Inc. in 2004 by Ricardo Reyes who then sold the land and house to Heidi Reyes for $1.00. The estimated market value of the property in 2010 was $426,900.Read more
School-aged children may chose from a wide range of free summer workshops and programs at the New Rochelle Public Libraries – the Main Library and the Huguenot Children’s Library. The programs are designed to complement the Summer Reading Game theme, “Discover Creatures Great and Small @ Your Library” and provide children with enriching educational experiences through the summer. Admission to most programs is on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning 15 minutes before the start of each program.
Craft Workshops: Children ages 6-12 years are invited to drop-in to create fanciful animal projects to take home, Mondays, July 11 – August 8. From 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.
Needlework for Beginners: Knitters and crocheters, ages 8 – 10 years, will learn how to make and complete a project, on Mondays, July 11 – August 8, from 1:00 am – 2:30 pm, at the Main Library.
Nature Workshops involves hands-on nature activities, crafts and tastes of food offered for children ages 6 – 12 yrs, on Tuesdays, July 5 – August 9, from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon, at the Main Library.Read more