In a crowded field of notables, Thomas Paine almost certainly ranks as New Rochelle’s most famous and consequential resident, a true giant of American and world history.  Paine’s legacy remains a vital part of New Rochelle today, represented physically in The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, the Thomas Paine Monument, and the Thomas Paine Memorial Building — now together reopening as the Thomas Paine New Rochelle Center.  This week, from June 16 through 18, come celebrate Paine’s life and accomplishments.  Festivities include a ribbon-cutting and wreath-laying ceremony at 11:00am Saturday, followed by a Colonial Fair.  There’s more here.