Weekend and Summer Events

I just sent the following citywide message.  Lots of great events and activities in New Rochelle this weekend and extending into the summer.

This is the City of New Rochelle with some important service reminders and an invitation to community events.

Para espanol, oprima numero uno. 

In observance of Juneteenth, City Hall will be closed on Monday, and, next week, DPW will follow a holiday collection schedule, with garbage pickup on Tuesday in the North End and Wednesday in the South End, then Commingled Recycling on Thursday in the North End and Friday in the South End.

A reminder that gas-powered leaf blowers are prohibited throughout the summer.  To report violations, please contact the Police Department at 914-654-2300.

As summer gets underway, enjoy the season with some terrific community events. Juneteenth celebrations are planned for eight different venues, including a flag-raising this Sunday at City Hall that will include a jazz concert, art exhibit, food vendors, and marketplace. For a full schedule, visit the Facebook page TLPCJuneteenthCelebration. On Saturday, the Thomas Paine Center will open with a ribbon-cutting followed by a Colonial Fair.

Ongoing activities include the farmers market at Paine Cottage every Friday through the fall, LL Bean Discovery classes at Five Islands Park, and Empire Ultimate Disc League home games at City Park. Hudson Park Beach is open on weekends now and full-time starting June 27.  The Pinebrook Tennis Courts are finally reopened and ready for play. And mark your calendar for the Spark the Sound fireworks on Monday, July 4.

Visit newrochelleny.com for all the details about these any many other programs and events.

This has been Mayor Noam Bramson. Thank you for listening, and enjoy the summer.

Celebrating Thomas Paine

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.

Juneteenth Observance in New Rochelle

New Rochelle will observe Juneteenth with a range of community activities and celebrations, including an afternoon of performances at City Hall from noon to 5:00pm on June 19th.  There is more information about community-wide Juneteenth observances on this Facebook page.  Thank you to the Lincoln Park Conservancy for its great service and leadership.

Celebrating Pride at City Hall

I am very grateful to live in a community where all people are encouraged to be their true, best selves, and where we lift up our neighbors, friends, and colleagues with respect and love.  The Pride Flag and the other Pride symbols in place today at New Rochelle City Hall affirm these important values, while also celebrating the enormous contributions made by LGBTQ residents to our whole city.

Honoring a Hero

Join us this Thursday at 2:30pm on Bayberry Lane as we honor Ben Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg prosecutor.  A towering figure in the world of international law and human rights, Ben is still active at the age of 102.  He lived for many years here in New Rochelle on Bayberry, which will receive the honorary designation “Ben Ferencz Way.”  All who are interested in celebrating a true local and global hero are welcome to attend.

Update:  I was honored to deliver these remarks at the ceremony.