NewRo Runners Celebrates First Anniversary

New Rochelleans Steven Stein and David Brot founded NewRo Runners just last summer for six local residents to share their weekly run and encourage each other to stay in shape. One year later, their membership has grown to over 50 runners from New Rochelle and neighboring communities. Each Saturday and Sunday at 8 am they run a different route in New Rochelle, announced through their email list and posted on their website,

On October 10, twenty-five NewRo Runners participated in the Westchester Running Festival half and quarter marathons along the Bronx River Parkway, hosted by Westchester Medical Center. Friends and family cheered along the route and at the finish line, and waved a big banner with the group’s running “R” logo.

NewRo Runners’s mission is to provide a supportive environment for runners of all levels and ages in the area and to promote a healthier community. These goals are consistent with the public health objectives in New Rochelle’s Draft Sustainability Plan, GreeNR, which includes initiatives to establish walking groups and encourage physical activity.

For more information, visit the NewRo Runners’ website or email


AJ’s & The Loop Team Up for Build-a-Burger Contest

Regular readers already know of my semi-obsession with food, so I was very happy to be invited to serve as a judge in a burger recipe contest, sponsored jointly by AJ’s Burgers and

The show-down will occur on Sunday, November 7th at 4:00pm at AJ’s Burgers (542 North Avenue.) A live audience will be present, and the contest will be videotaped for submission to the Food Network. Proceeds benefit HOPE Community Services. And the winner’s burger gets a place on AJ’s menu! I’ll be fasting for at least a day before. Come join the fun!


Thanksgiving Parade Returns on November 20th

The New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade is back! Following a regrettable one-year hiatus, the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the New Rochelle Department of Parks & Recreation to sponsor the returning parade on Saturday, November 20th. Financial sponsorship is once again generously provided by Charles & John Valenti.

The fun kicks off on North Avenue at Eastchester Road at 10:00am. The route will run down North Avenue, make a right turn on Main Street and then conclude at Maple Avenue.

Also returning that same morning from 8:00am to 9:30am is the annual Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence. The Pancake Breakfast is held in the cafeteria of the new wing of New Rochelle High School. The cost for a hearty breakfast, served up by school administrators, board members and volunteers, is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. For more information call 914-576-4657. The Pancake Breakfast is a perfect way to fuel up before the parade and is within easy walking distance of the parade’s starting point.


New Online Public Works Permit System Rolled Out

As part of the City’s continual upgrade of online resources, applicants for Public Works permits will now be able to prepare and track their applications on the City’s website. Application status and basic property information is also available at the new Property Information Portal.

Businesses that apply frequently for Public Works permits can access additional online services by paying a subscription fee. For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at (914) 654-2130.


Glenwood Lake To Receive Aerator System

The City and the Glenwood Lake Association are teaming up to install an aerator system at Glenwood Lake. Designed by Vertex Water Features and recommended by Iona Professor Joe Stabile, the low-cost aerator is intended to improve water quality in the lake and combat some of the ecological challenges that have impacted the lake’s health and appearance.

Vertex summarizes the reasons for adding oxygen to the lake:

Pond aeration allows the water at all depths the ability to support animal and plant life, control algae growth by limiting its food source and aid decomposition of suspended organic material and muck on the bottom of the lake. Through circulation, the water is able to release harmful gases that build up on the bottom into the atmosphere, thereby further improving water quality and eliminating any unpleasant odors. A pond aeration system improves the aesthetics and overall health of a body of water.