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ArtsFest Returns October 15 – 17

ArtsFest returns this weekend, featuring open artists studios, gallery shows, live music, films, dance performances and much more. Highlights include the free ArtsFest Music Festival and ArtsFest Dance Festival, plus activities at dozens of public and private venues across New Rochelle and Pelham.  Be prepared to wear a facemask and/or show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, if required at certain sites.  Visit for more.

Jazz Festival on Library Green – October 9

New Rochelle’s Jazz Festival kicks off this Saturday, October 9 from Noon to 5:00pm at Ruby Dee Park on Library Green.  Come enjoy performances from Louis Hayes and Cannonball Legacy Band, Bobby Sanabria Nonet, Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, GJC All Star Female Band, and Rocky Middleton Jazz Ensemble. Valet service will be available for all visitors to assist with parking in lots near the event.  Hope to see you there.

Iron Man

Celebrating the renovation of the second floor at the New Rochelle Public Library.  One of us is definitely overdressed for the occasion.

Tonight: Learn About Clean Energy Options

This evening at 7:00pm, New Rochelle will launch a campaign to encourage clean energy solutions for heating and cooling.  Supported by the Urban League of Westchester, Comrie Enterprises, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), this campaign will provide practical information about the benefits of clean heating and cooling technologies, connect contractors to customers, and help residents make the switch to electrification.  You can view the virtual launch by registering at  More in this press release.

Food Blog: Smokehouse Returns

Our mixed grill, consumption in progress.

BBQ fans rejoice!  Smokehouse Tailgate Grill is back and better than ever, just re-opened in a new location within the Rockwell on North Avenue, across the street from its previous site.  The space is wonderful — high ceilings throughout and a glass wall that opens to the sidewalk making for a fun, lively indoor-outdoor experience.

My family and I arrived for a recent dinner with hearty appetites, determined to sample as much as possible.  We started with tailgate wings and brisket empanadas, then shared the mixed grill of chicken, brisket, and ribs, with mac & cheese and a kale caesar on the side.  All smoky, juicy, spicy, and wonderful, especially washed down with a couple of beers from local breweries.  We left very, very happy and very, very full.

Welcome back, Smokehouse!


Family Fair at New Rochelle Public Library

The New Rochelle Public Library is holding a Family Fair this Sunday, October 3 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  This free event – with the theme “Recharge Your Super Powers at the Library” – will feature children’s book authors, entertainment, crafts, and lots of other fun activities. Kids (and I suppose adults, too) can come in their favorite super hero costume to meet Iron Man, dance to music from DJ Smithy Boy, and learn how to create their own comics.  More in this flyer.

Ruth Kitchen, Rest in Peace

Ruth Kitchen was already a veteran — and deeply admired — public servant and community leader when I was first elected to the City Council.  Despite her warm and welcoming manner, to me as a newcomer to public office, she seemed larger than life, and I couldn’t help feeling awed by her presence across the Council conference table.  It was a privilege to serve with her, learn from her, and draw inspiration from her personal example of kindness, conviction, and integrity.  She was beloved by friends, colleagues, neighbors, and constituents, and was an invaluable resource to all of New Rochelle.  Read this exceptional obituary, befitting an exceptional life.  May Ruth Kitchen rest in peace.

Car Free Day

I left the car at home and took a nice walk to City Hall this morning, doing my little part to support “Car Free Day.”  Of course, lots of people don’t have the luxury of living within walking distance of their place of employment, which is why investments in mass transit, bike infrastructure, and transportation options like scooters are so important to our community and world.

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