New Ro Thanksgiving Parade on November 23rd

New Rochelle’s annual Thanksgiving Parade is this Saturday, November 23rd, kicking off at 10:00am at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road, and then concluding at North and Bonnefoy Place.  Come celebrate the season with thousands of neighbors.

Before the parade, fuel up at the Pancake Breakfast in the House IV cafeteria at New Rochelle High School from 8:00am to 9:30am.

Thank you to the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence for their sponsorship of these two great traditions.

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Learn About Energy Savings (While Enjoying Free Tacos)

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Energize New Rochelle is hosting a free Energy Coach Talk on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00pm at the New Rochelle Public Library.  If saving money on energy bills and making your home more comfortable isn’t enough incentive to show up, here’s an added bonus: free tacos from the Little Mexican Cafe will be served alongside the helpful tips.  Here’s more information from Energize:

Each year, many homeowners dread facing another winter in a drafty and expensive-to-heat house or apartment. Energize New Rochelle provides home energy solutions to help people stop the drafts and save money on their energy bills.

The Energy Coach Talk will be an informational presentation featuring Building Performance Institute certified energy expert Norm Jen, who will demonstrate how homes leak energy and how to fix it. He will also explain how New Rochelle residents can take advantage of state incentives to pay for energy efficiency improvements.

Energized New Rochelle Homeowners will speak about their experiences with the program. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about their own homes.

By encouraging New Rochelle residents to get comprehensive home energy assessments – and to follow through with recommended Home Performance upgrades – Energize New Rochelle will help residents lower their oil and utility bills, achieve year-round comfort in their homes, reduce particulate air pollution and increase local construction employment.

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New Ro ArtsFest This Weekend

The 10th Annual New Rochelle ArtsFest kicks off this Friday, October 4th, with an amazing range of events continuing through Saturday and Sunday.

Studio tours, live performances, gallery displays, and kids’ activities — plus food and drink — at literally dozens of venues. It’s way too much to list in a brief post, so be sure to check out the full schedule at newrochellearts.org.

Thank you to the New Rochelle Council on the Arts for its sponsorship and to all the participating artists and organizers. We are fortunate to live in a community with so much cultural vitality.

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This Looks Like Fun

Like a lot of other little kids, as a toddler, our son Jeremy was pretty much obsessed with trucks. He would page through picture books endlessly, identifying each vehicle: “roller, scraper, grader, fire truck, ambulance, backhoe.” On and on, in a kind of devotional litany to big machinery.

So, I expect this event on September 28th will be of great interest to many of New Rochelle’s youngest residents (and their parents!) Come to Hudson Park from 1pm to 3pm to “Touch a Truck” and also meet some of our city’s great First Responders.

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A Very New Rochelle Weekend

Mayor Noam Bramson cuts the ribbon for the 2019 New Rochelle Street Fair

This was the kind of weekend that made me grateful to live in New Rochelle, with terrific events that brought me to every corner of town and that showcase our city’s diversity:

• A backpack giveaway at the Mascaro Boys and Girls Club in the West End. Hundreds of kids and their families, dozens of volunteers, and even a visit from the New Rochelle High School varsity soccer team, whose members were treated like celebrities by the younger children. Feeney Park was filled with life.

• The New Rochelle downtown Farmers Market on Library Green, the entire park lined with festive stalls doing a brisk business in tasty treats. Pickles and soppressata for me.

• The annual Onam celebration at Albert Leonard Middle School, sponsored by the Westchester Malayalee Association. Onam is a harvest festival with roots in the Indian State of Kerala, from which many New Rochelle residents trace their ancestry. It’s an honor to participate each year in the ceremonial procession and observance.

• The New Rochelle Street Fair by City Hall, a rousing success that brought out thousands from just about every neighborhood of the city to enjoy fun, games, drink, and an international assortment of foods. I heard lots of positive feedback on the new location.

I am glad to live in a community that gives each of us a chance to experience the richness of the world’s traditions close to home. New Rochelle is a great city.

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Serve and Remember for 9/11

New Rochelle is once again teaming up with Volunteer New York to sponsor local service activities in commemoration of 9/11. Please visit www.volunteernewyork.org/newrochelle or call 914-948-4452 to learn about great volunteer projects on September 7th, 8th, and 11th. With a wide range of service opportunities, we can all do our part to build a stronger community.

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