"A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!"
-- Thomas Jefferson
Talk of the Sound was officially launched four years ago today. As we do each year, I want to take the time to thank our many contributors, commentators, and readers without which the overwhelming success of this site would not be possible.
Talk of the Sound is more than just a web site. It is more than just a community. It is the community taking back control of our twin governments. The real success of the site is to serve as a beacon around which truth can gather.
For too long, our municipal government and board of education held a complete monopoly on the flow of information and used that control to serve their own ends. It was not that long ago that our Mayor proclaimed that the lack of news coverage about New Rochelle proved what a good job he was doing running things. The Mayor had confused imposing a Cone of Silence on the media with good governance.Read more
Believe my 4 year anniveersary on Talk of the Sound comes up in a few weeks. Aside from an occasional disappearing approval count on a posting now and then (see Malice in Wonderland), I can say with absolutely conviction that this site is essential for the vox populi.
Cox and staff have provided a voice where one did not exist before. Matt Pryce even permits an occasional spiritual outburst on my part. This is all excellent and if I could I would mandate this as required reading for all office holders. As it is, I am sure that most read it nonetheless.
You don't have to be in Bob's book of life to be heard and aside from violating some rather simple rules, you are heard as you are.
So, with this said, my appreciation for providing me and so many others with a chance to be heard.
Few of you know how hard I have tried to be an active contributor to the city government. I had everything intellectually, but I lacked a certain cultural cache I suppose being described as "thinking he knows everything."Read more
I saw this article in AOL Patch today and could not believe my eyes. It has been my experience that New Rochelle Honda is absolutely the worst car dealership I have ever dealt with. Both my wife and daughter would second that, probably even triple that. How bad is it? I have bought or leased 4 Hondas in the past three years. I bought the first one at Honda of New Rochelle. For the next three I went to a dealership near Binghamton, NY -- just to get as far away from Honda of New Rochelle as possible. The contrast between Miller Auto in Vestal, NY and Honda of New Rochelle was so vast as to be embarrassing.
Without a byline, Patch has an article that looks like the best sort of self-serving media goodness that only money can buy -- the claim that woman love Honda of New Rochelle.
As a county legislator, I attend many civic dinners. Often, when I hear the name of the honoree I laugh to myself, “how did he/she get honored again – there has to be more deserving people in our community.”
I am happy to report that my favorite radio station, WVOX, 1460AM, held a dinner on Wednesday night, June 13, at the legendary Mario’s on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and honored someone who truly deserved it – Richard Littlejohn was recognized for his 25 years of service to the station. He has been on the air in the middle of the night for much of this time. Because I am a night person, I have met with Richard many times at the station after midnight, when I needed to tape a commercial or do a report on the Board of Legislators for the next morning, and I always found him to be such a nice, thoughtful, professional and dedicated guy.Read more
Long-time New Rochelle resident Ralph Lucarrelli at Cozzerelli on The Sopranos will appear on NBC this coming Tuesday in the May 16th episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The episode will air on Channel 4 at 10:00 p.m.
This will be Lucarrelli's 4th appearance on the long-running TV series. He appeared in 2003 ("Kip"), 2004 ("Gus") and 2007 ("Diner Owner #1"). He has also appeared on the original Law & Order show in 1999 ("Joseph Russo") and 2001 ("Frank").
Lucarrelli appeared in the HBO series The Sopranos as the owner of Cozzerelli's funeral home in two episodes in the Third Season (2001) and one episode in the Fifth Season (2004).Read more
(Washington, DC) -- Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) has introduced legislation protecting users of social networking sites from having to divulge personal information to employers, schools and universities. The legislation protects people already employed or enrolled, and those seeking employment or admittance, or those facing disciplinary action. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09) is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.Read more
UGH!!! I can't take it anymore. I have to say something. This pablum and drivel coming out of the Daily New Rochelle is driving me crazy.
As they came into New Rochelle, on the heels of Patch, yet another interloper pretending to know something about New Rochelle, I bit my tongue. I have tried to be friendly to both their original reporter and his replacement, Justin Stock. The final straw was Justin's "reporting" on a GreeNR presentation by New Rochelle Sustainability Coordinator Deborah Newborn at a League of Women Voters event at the New Rochelle Public Library. I will address that meeting at a later date.
I sent Justin an email:
Is it the policy of Main Street Connect to only report the government point of view on topics or is that just what they teach at the University of Arizona these days?
I refer to this article: http://www.thedailynewrochelle.com/news/new-rochelle-league-learns-about...