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.