I was invited to spend a few minutes with the students at Beth El’s nursery school this morning. We read a couple of books together. The first was an easy crowd-pleaser: The Mixed-Up Chameleon by mainstay children’s author Eric Carle. But it’s the second book by Tom Tomorrow that may be of greater interest, especially … Continue reading Very Silly
There are many good reasons to run the North Avenue Mile on June 14th. 1) It’s a fun community event that brings together friends, neighbors, and families throughout New Rochelle. 2) How often do you get to run down the middle of North Avenue? 3) Proceeds benefit the Campership Fund, a great local organization that … Continue reading I’ll Race You!
Last week, I attended the ground-breaking for Iona’s new student residence hall on North Avenue. The building will also include taxable commercial space on the ground level. You can read more about the event in this press release from the college. This development is obviously an important step forward for Iona, but it is also … Continue reading Iona Residence Hall Reflects New Partnership
My Brother’s Keeper is a Presidential initiative aimed at helping more young people thrive in school and transition successfully to work, with an emphasis on better collaboration among service providers, educators, government, and the broader community. For several months, a group of local civic leaders — with Council Member Jared Rice, NRHS Principal Reggie Richardson, … Continue reading New Ro Accepts “My Brother’s Keeper” Challenge
The annual Special Education PTA (SEPTA) dinner is always a terrific event, drawing hundreds of people and celebrating some truly extraordinary teachers and students. This year’s dinner on Thursday was no exception. Here I am with Michael Apollo, who received the “Student Bridges” Award (and gave a really exceptional speech,) plus the winners of the … Continue reading Bridges Award at SEPTA Dinner
When the old Thruway Diner closed down a few years ago, thousands of residents mourned the loss of a beloved institution. So few events have been more eagerly anticipated than the arrival of a new eatery at the very same intersection of Weyman and Main. This week, the “New Rochelle Diner” finally opened its doors, … Continue reading New Rochelle Diner Opens Its Doors
If you missed my State of the City Address last month, and if reading a transcript isn’t your thing, here’s a video of the speech. The microphone shadow is a little distracting, but otherwise not too bad.
The New Rochelle YMCA’s “Be A Lifesaver” campaign got a nice boost in March when Democrats and Republicans joined together at an event to raise money to rescue the Y’s pool. But more needs to be done, and without its pool, the Y may have to shut its doors. There’s still time for you to … Continue reading New Rochelle YMCA Gets Boost, More Help Needed
I am no expert on educational testing and wouldn’t presume to offer my own comments on the subject. But the following observations from Todd Kern, a New Rochelle resident and public school parent whose professional life is devoted to academic innovation, are so thoughtful and informative that I felt his words deserved to be shared … Continue reading Thoughtful Comments on State Ed Tests
I recently sat down with RNN’s Andrew Whitman for a roughly 15 minute “Newsbreaker” interview, focusing primarily on downtown development issues, but also touching on politics and some personal history. Here’s part 1. And here’s part 2.