Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proclaimed March 29, 2012 as Vietnam Veterans' Day in New York. In doing so we are reminded that "we have not forgotten - nor will we ever forget" the men and women who have served, and still serve this Nation. We thank the Governor for the recognition and in holding up the tradition of keeping the memory of the cost for freedom alive. It's been said that no soldier ever dies until he's forgotten. May they all live forever in the collective memory of a grateful Nation.
Visit The New Rochelle Armory for a link to the Vietnam War Memorial Wall and the names of those from New Rochelle who are remembered for their contribution.Read more
This year, Fire Station #3 celebrates its 100th anniversary. The history of the station is beautifully detailed below by Fire Captain Andrew J. Sandor. Located at 756 North Avenue near the corner of Eastchester Road, Fire Station #3 received a Heritage Award in 2009: “The handsome brick building was designed by Barnard & Wilder in the Italian Renaissance Revival-style, with a four-bay stuccoed façade trimmed in brick and a roof of barrel tile. The architects highlighted the two large equipment doors on the first floor with flared voussoirs of alternating brick and stucco. The second floor windows were also trimmed with brickwork and a round-arched blind of brick.”
Captain Andrew J. Sandor, Station Three House Commander, has written a history of the station house:
For the past 100 years, Fire Station Number Three at 756 North Avenue has served the City of New Rochelle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As it did in 1912, Station Three houses a pumper truck and a ladder truck. Since 1987 the Station has also housed an ambulance and crew.Read more
On Saturday, March 24th from noon to 5 p.m., the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association will present “A Midwife’s Tale, An Afternoon with the Midwife” at the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle.
Discover the role that women played in assisting other women in childbirth during Colonial days in a time before this job was assigned to doctors. Hear about a Midwife’s training and physiological outlook to childbirth and her status among the community. See some of the tools used to perform her function, and how they are used at this child-friendly event.Read more
Our beloved Armory has been a part of New Rochelle’s history as well as a part of American history for generations. To those who have served our country in times of war, this place is too sacred to turn into housing. The many heroes who have gone before us and took a stand against anyone who would threaten our freedom would understand and appreciate the importance of the Armory’s history. Unfortunately, only their spirits and our memory of their selfless sacrifice remain with us. They can’t speak out. The spirits of these brave heroes’s call on us from the past to be their voice as our city government considers the fate and future of our beloved Armory and our sacred history in New Rochelle.Read more
WE have always held that keeping this icon of our history alive is the fitting tribute for those who walked before us. Please read this passage from one of our stories titled Can you Answer This Question?
" Imagine a vibrant and energetic arts center or museum and interpretive historical center that would engage the community. A living tribute to what those of this city might have become had they not paid the price of answering their country’s call. A forum for those yet to come. It’s been said that no soldier ever dies until he is forgotten. What better way to honor our history of contribution than by celebrating in life. This is the time to make history for all of the right reasons. When we look back, will the urban development fall under the “rich in history" category?"
Long time supporter of the Armory, County Legislator Jim Maisano, expressed his concerns to the City Council in his letter of record for the latest council meeting. Support continues to grow as more and more people begin to realize the potential that exists in our own back yard. We hope you join with Mr. Maisano and the rest of the supporters to help make the vision become a reality. All of New Rochelle benefits when we work together.
Mr. Maisano isn't the only one who understands the importance of how the Armory was transfered to the City . The subsequent letter from the New York State Office of General Services has offered an explanation of the terms of the transfer. The proposals for Echo Bay have consistently failed to allow compliance with the spirit and intent of the law.Read more
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In the photo above you can see the remnants of a former temporary roof repair. At one point, someone in the city cared enough to secure a blue tarp to protect the roof. It worked, for a while. Now, all we can do is stand by and watch the condition worsen as we drive by. A Main Street display for all to see. A microcosm of what's happening downtown.What happened to the resolve that led to the original temporary repair? As the building awaits its fate, what can be done to halt the continued damage? How can we help?
Meanwhile, the leaks continue.Read more