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WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County police used Project Lifesaver technology Wednesday night to find an elderly Alzheimer’s patient from White Plains who had wandered away from home.
White Plains police notified Westchester County police at 8:26 p.m. that an elderly White Plains resident who was enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program was missing from her home and was last seen in the vicinity of Idlewood Road and Hartsdale Avenue. County Police Officers Kathleen Cristiano and Christopher Neuhs, who are trained in the use of the Project Lifesaver tracking equipment, responded to assist in the search for the missing woman.
Under the Project Lifesaver program, persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia who have a history of wandering away are fitted with a special tracking bracelet. Specially trained and equipped county police officers are able to locate missing persons wearing the bracelet by tracing a radio signal that it emits.
The county officers were able to pick up the signal from the woman’s bracelet and located her at 9:12 p.m. at Prospect Street and South Lexington Avenue – about 1.3 miles from home. She was returned home safely to her daughter.Read more
The New Rochelle City Council voted unanimously July 10th 2012 to approve borrowing $1.5 million to buy an LED lighting system for the City-owned garages at New Roc City and the New Rochelle Transit Center. The project is now moving forward despite a lack of independent review and a failure to solicit competitive bids.
As a long-time New Rochelle resident, familiar with the New Rochelle DPW's checkered past regarding purchasing decisions, and more than three decades in the field of Architectural Lighting, I suggest this deal needs to be examined under, if you will forgive me, more light. Without fully understanding the science involved, the City intends to pay northward of 1.5 million dollars, using borrowed money, for a new and emerging technology. While LED Lighting is coming to the forefront of the Architectural world as a means of saving energy and saving maintenance dollars that alone does not make this a good deal. Further examination is required.Read more
Austin Considine has an interesting article in the New York Times: Buying Their Way to Twitter Fame:
It may be the worst-kept secret in the Twittersphere. That friend who brags about having 1,000, even 100,000 Twitter followers may not have earned them through hard work and social networking; he may have simply bought them on the black market.
And it’s not just ego-driven blogger types. Celebrities, politicians, start-ups, aspiring rock stars, reality show hopefuls — anyone who might benefit from having a larger social media footprint — are known to have bought large blocks of Twitter followers.
It is apparently easy and cheap to buy Twitter followers (about 1 penny each).Read more
Two exciting proposals, two unique visions and one giant collaborative effort to revitalize the New Rochelle Armory in an adaptive re-use project were presented and welcomed by City Council inside chamber doors at City Hall. Both project teams consisted of professional knowledgeable members, many of them local residents of New Rochelle thus reinforcing a drive and enthusiasm to preserve the Armory to provide something unparalleled to anything else.Read more
Next month will be the fourth anniversary of the weekend in 2008 when I sat out on my patio with my laptop and began banging out what was officially launched as Talk of the Sound on September 1, 2008.
At each approaching anniversary, I like to take stock as to where the site has been and where it is going. Reader engagement is always an important part of that reflection.
Adding an up/down voting module to the site is a sort of "next step" in the evolution of reader engagement on the site where you, the reader, can vote on the quality of a particular article or comment. The criteria is intended to be the value of the contribution to the site -- the clarity of the writing, the quality of a particular insight, the tone. Articles and comments that are useful, well-written and informative get voted up, articles and comments that are self-indulgent, rambling rants get voted down. You, the reader, are recommending what you believe other readers will find interesting and worthwhile and helping them avoid drivel and dreck.Read more
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) introduced legislation to protect cell phone users whose cell phones have been stolen. The Cell Phone Theft Protection Act amends the Communications Act to require wireless commercial services to cut off service to the stolen phone.
“It makes no sense to reward the thief by continuing service on a stolen cell phone. It’s simple common sense to say the victim of a crime isn’t responsible for service they are no longer receiving. If service is cut off on a stolen phone, it just becomes a useless brick. The motivation to threaten, or commit violence, in order to steal a phone goes away. By cutting off service, wireless companies will do wonders for public safety, and I am confident they will support this legislation,” said Rep. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.Read more