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    A three-year project to replace a bridge over I-95 in Westchester County will cause various delays and closures until it is completed.  The project, which will cost $31.8 million, will replace the 65-year-old North Avenue Bridge in New Rochelle that travels over I-95, according to the New York Thruway Authority.  The bridge is currently estimated to be used by an average of 20,000 drivers per day and connects North Avenue, Garden Street, and Burling Lane. The ultimate goal of the replacement is to increase the bridge's vertical clearance to 16' 6" from the current height of 14" 3', as well as create a wider roadway to accommodate and improve traffic flow on the bridge.  The new bridge will accomplish this by adding lanes, converting nearby Burling Street to a one-way street from North Avenue to Memorial Highway, and rebuilding sidewalks. Decorative lighting and fencing are also included in the plans.  The project is planned to be completed in three stages to minimize the impact on commuters and pedestrians:  The first stage will move vehicles to the two center lanes of...
    A student at a high school in Westchester overdosed who overdosed after vaping what they believed to be marijuana was saved by a school nurse. The incident took place at New Rochelle High School on Monday, Jan. 9 when the nurse had to administer Narcan to save the life of the student after they vaped what they believed to be marijuana, said Superintendent of Schools Jonathan P. Raymond. Raymond said the incident was the first time a nurse had to administer the drug to save the life of a student. "Today marks an ominous milestone in our schools – one we had hoped would never be necessary," Raymond wrote in an email to parents. "For the first time, our nursing staff had to use Narcan to save a student who vaped what the student believed to be marijuana." He went on to say that the drug might have contained the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which can be lethal in small doses. "I implore you to speak with your children immediately about the dangers of vaping," Raymond said. "It is urgent. This device...
    You may not know the name Robert L. May, but chances are good that you’ve heard of the iconic, misfit reindeer he created more than 80 years ago. May, a New York native who conceived the character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is set to be honored by his Westchester County hometown of New Rochelle on Sunday, Dec. 4, according to a city statement. He’ll be inducted into New Rochelle’s “Walk of Fame” at the Rudolph Rocs New Ro holiday festival, located at Ruby Dee Park on Library Green from 3 to 5 p.m. The festival is described as a winter wonderland, with Rudolph characters, music and dancing, arts and crafts, make-a-gift, face-painting, and a gingerbread bounce house. Those attending are asked to dress as a reindeer. Free antlers and red noses will be provided. May came up with the idea for Santa’s ninth reindeer in 1939 while working as an advertising copywriter for Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago. The company had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas each year and decided to create their own book...
    After a brief chase, police caught a man who they say broke into a Westchester County home.  On Friday, Oct. 28 around 7:40 p.m., police responded to a home in New Rochelle on Storer Avenue after a man who was not home received a notification from his security system that someone had broken into his residence, authorities said.  When they arrived at the home, police found the suspect in the backyard with a full backpack, who dropped the bag and started running, according to New Rochelle Police.  Police were able to apprehend the man after a short chase, and found that his backpack was full of items stolen from the home and that he had pried open a back window to enter the house, police said.  Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Louis Garcia-Comas of Queens and charged him with the following:  Second-degree burglary; Third-degree criminal possession of stolen property;  Possession of burglar's tools.  Garcia-Comas was transported to New Rochelle Police Headquarters, according to authorities. 
    Work on a new 477-unit apartment complex in Westchester County will soon begin.  The new complex, to be located in New Rochelle at 500 Main Street (Route 1), will contain apartments ranging from studios to two-bedroom homes, as well as a fitness center, lounge, pool, roof deck, and on-site parking, according to New Rochelle city officials.  The building will be a 26-story tower, according to Niles Bolton Associates, an architecture firm that worked on the project.  119 of the new apartments are also planned to be affordable units, with 20 apartments available to residents earning up to 50 percent of the area's median income, and 9 units available to residents earning up to 60 percent of the area's median income, city officials said.  "500 Main Street is situated in the center of downtown New Rochelle with easy access to a vast array of dining, shopping, and nightlife options," officials said.  The complex is scheduled to be completed by 2024, according to New Rochelle officials.  A ground-breaking for the new complex is planned for Thursday, Oct. 27. 
    Two people, including a Westchester resident, were charged in connection to a shooting that left two people wounded over the weekend in New Jersey — one for obstruction of evidence and the other for pulling the trigger, authorities said. Dewitt Gilmore, age 32, of New Rochelle, was charged with attempted murder while Ainslee J. Clark, 28, of Middlesex, was charged with obstruction and drug offenses, in connection with the incident early Sunday, Sept. 11 in Manville, New Jersey, Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald said. Two male victims were shot at a  Manville home on North Weiss Street around 5 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, McDonald said. One victim was found on South Main Street and the other at the North Weiss Street home where the first victim said he had been shot, McDonald said. Gilmore was identified as a suspect and arrested Monday, Sept. 12, on charges of attempted murder, along with weapons and drug offenses, authorities said. Clark was charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and obstruction, McDonald said. Both were lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention...
    The owner of a Westchester County restaurant was sentenced for failing to pay more than $23,000 in wages to eight employees. Paul Hurley, age 57, of New Rochelle, was sentenced on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution to the victims, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah announced. In June, Hurley pleaded guilty to failure to pay wages for failing to pay eight employees of Hurley's Steakhouse and Pub a total of $23,114 for their work between October 2018 and June 2019, the DA's Office reported. The restaurant has since closed.  Rocah said the employees worked as cooks, dishwashers, food runners, kitchen runners, and waiters at Hurley's restaurant. Hurley was arrested on Feb. 5, 2020, after an investigation by the New York State Department of Labor and the Economic Crimes Bureau of the District Attorney’s Office, according to the report. Instances of wage theft and labor crimes can be reported to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office at 914-955-8477.  The DA's Office said it offers language assistance and does not ask about documentation status.
    Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspected shoplifter who made off with hundreds of dollars worth of items from a grocery store in the region. The incident happened Friday, July 29, in Westchester County, at the New Rochelle Farms on North Avenue, according to New Rochelle Police. Investigators released surveillance footage of a woman who allegedly filled her personal shopping cart with $350 worth of merchandise before leaving the store without paying. She was last seen walking southbound on North Avenue, police said. The suspect is described as a Black woman with short hair, standing approximately 5-foot-5-inches, weighing 140 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a gray V neck t-shirt with black shorts and sandals. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Rochelle Police at 914-654-2281 and refer to case number 22-002876.
    A 48-year-old Westchester County woman who died unexpectedly is being remembered for the lasting impact she made on others. Melissa Scheurich, of New Rochelle, died on Friday, July 8, according to her obituary. Scheurich was born in the Bronx and grew up in Yonkers, and was a graduate of Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale and Iona College in New Rochelle. "Melissa was a people person and enjoyed many careers where she interacted with people," her obituary reads. "She was passionate about making people feel like they mattered."  Most recently, Scheurich worked as a bartender at Gianna's Restaurant and Saxon Woods Golf Course, her obituary said.  "She touched the lives of her coworkers and customers and made such a strong, lasting impression, that they became family to her," her obituary reads.  Scheurich is survived by her mother, Donna, her father, Donald, her siblings, Tarra and Eric, and her nieces, Jaclyn, Ava, and Julianna. A visitation is set for 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 11, at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. The funeral mass is set for 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July...
    Award-winning journalist Katie Couric was on hand to welcome a new high-end hair salon to a busy Westchester development. Couric was in New Rochelle this week to welcome Hair House to the community as it opened its flagship location in Westchester at 360 Huguenot, a mixed-use residential and retail development in the heart of downtown. According to the Chamber of Commerce, Hair House is known for its celebrity client list and was originally located in the Bronx before signing a 10-year lease to take over ground floor space at the downtown development. “Our New Rochelle Downtown transformation continues with increased beauty and lifestyle choices for those who live here and visit,” Karel Littman, Executive Director, New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRBID) said in a statement. “Hair House is quite the package of talent, skill, beauty, and luxury that we are so pleased to add to our retail services mix.” The salon includes on-site parking and is within a five-minute walk of the New Rochelle train station, they noted. “Hair House is a boutique salon offering haircuts, color,...
    An alert has been issued by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) advising that a stretch of the Hutchinson River Parkway will be closed for days. Over the weekend, the southbound lanes of the parkway will be closed between Exit 8 (Cross County Parkway) in the City of New Rochelle and Exit 6 (East Lincoln Ave) in the City of Mount Vernon/Village of Pelham. The closure is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 20, and last through 5 a.m. on Monday, May 23, weather permitting. During the closure, motorists have been advised to utilize the signed detours for the Cross County Parkway. According to the NYSDOT, the closures are required to facilitate construction activities at Exit 6 in New Rochelle as part of an ongoing bridge replacement and rehabilitation project in the area. 
    A city official in Westchester who has served more than three decades announced his intention to step aside and retire at the end of the year. Chuck Strome III, who has been the New Rochelle City Manager since 2002, announced to the City Council that he plans to retire, staying with the city through Dec. 31, 2022, to assist with the transition. In 1989, Strome began his career in New Rochelle before ascending to become the Assistant City Manager/City Coordinator three years later in 1992. He was appointed as Deputy City Manager in 1995, and active City Manager in April 2002 before taking over permanently in November that year. During his time as City Manager, Strome was tasked with presenting annual budgets, “many of which were prepared in the face of distressing economic challenges,” according to the City Council. “Despite these adverse circumstances, the City was able to maintain secure financial footing and even more, prosperity with a strong fund balance and most recently, an upgraded bond rating,” they added. “It has been my honor to serve the City of...
    NEW ROCHELLE, Westchester County (WABC) -- Firefighters were battling both intense flames and bitterly cold conditions after a three-alarm fire broke out on the top floor of a six-story building in New Rochelle.The blaze broke out at 90 Union Street around 12:30 p.m. and quickly spread to the cockloft.At least 20 residents were evacuated to warming centers, while firefighters dealt with ice and freezing equipment as they poured water on the fire."Once the fire gets above the top floor, there's a little space on top of the building called the cockloft," New Rochelle Fire Chief Andrew Sandor said. "The fire got up into there, and then it travels across the building. As you can see, actually, the crews made a great stop. What they do is they make what's called a trench cut, OK? They made the trench cut to stop it from going into the other wings. So we tried to save the rest of the building."Firefighters managed to keep the flames from spreading to a neighboring six-story building, and the American Red Cross was on the scene to...
    One of the largest school districts in the region will start the new year closed for in-person learning due to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. The announcement by the New Rochelle City School District came after the Yonkers Public School District announced a similar measure on Friday, Dec. 31. Both districts say they are switching to virtual learning for one week, starting on Monday, Jan. 3. New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Jonathan Raymond said the decision was driven by "rapidly increasing COVID-19 infection and transmission rates. He said the district is "monitoring health conditions with the intention to reopen school Buildings" on Monday, Jan. 10. Earlier this week, a pediatrician who is an expert on disease and vaccine development sounded the alarm about the ability of schools to resume in-person learning during the height of the new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sparked by a surge of cases from the highly contagious Omicron variant. "Here's the problem," Hotez said in an interview on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Dec. 29. "We're kind of going off old information what it's been like for the previous...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in new guidance released Friday that unvaccinated students who are deemed close contacts of a positive case and continually test negative do not need to quarantine. CDC director Rochelle Walensky announced the changes during a White House briefing Friday. Prior to the announcement, the agency had recommended all unvaccinated close contacts quarantine. “These studies demonstrate that test to stay works to keep unvaccinated children in school safely,” Walensky said in the briefing. This is a breaking news story and will be updated. News CDC Rochelle Walensky School Reopenings
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Students at the biggest high school in Westchester County will have to wait to return to school. Storm damage is delaying the start of in-person learning in New Rochelle, a major disappointment for students who wanted to start the year with a return to normal, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Thursday. READ MORE: Police: MTA Train Conductor Punched In Face At Brooklyn Subway Station The twin lakes that frame New Rochelle High School make for a pretty scene, but contributed to an ugly mess after the storm on Sept. 1. Rain and sewage mixed with chemicals stored in the flooded basement, resulting in a toxic stew. Everything it touched must be ripped out and replaced. Disaster crews are using a specialized instrument to detect contaminated water that soaked into the walls. The superintendent said the mess will delay the stay of in-person classes for weeks. “We’ve got 40 air purifying scrubbers there now just cleaning the air. We’ve gotta be really thorough because not only do you have that contaminated water, but it has seeped into...
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Last year, Westchester County saw an increase, a trend that adds urgency to efforts in September, a month which is dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Wednesday. READ MORE: Manhattan Restaurant Owner Reunited With Wife, 3 Children Who Fled Afghanistan A display of colorful pinwheels in New Rochelle tells a concerning story. One pinwheel represents each completed suicide in Westchester County in 2020. “They represent, each of these pinwheels, a human life. Someone that loved and was loved. A mother, a father, a sister or brother, a daughter or son,” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said during a Wednesday briefing. County officials believe the pandemic is partly to blame for a 14% rise in suicide deaths. “We had 78 completed suicides of individuals in our county in 2020. In the past, typically, we’ve ranged from 65 to 68 completed suicides,” said Michael Orth, commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health. READ MORE: Breaking The Stigma: CBS2’s Cindy...
    NEW ROCHELLE, New York (WABC) -- Police have made arrests in connection to a stabbing of an Uber driver in Westchester County.The incident happened on Saturday, July 2 around 2:25 p.m., when New Rochelle Police officers responded to North Avenue and Huguenot Street on a report of a stabbing of an Uber driver.Officials say an Uber driver picked up five passengers at the New Roc City entertainment complex. Shortly into the drive, a verbal dispute began between the driver and a female passenger.Police say the Uber driver stopped to let the passengers out and then the dispute became physical.ALSO READ | Woman's screams may have saved her life after she was tackled, strangled inside parkEMBED More News Videos Lauren Glassberg says a woman's screams may have saved her life after she was tackled and strangled by a man before a bicyclist heard her yelling and intervened. During the dispute, another female passenger stabbed the driver twice in the chest.The driver was taken to Jacobi Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.Officials say the five passengers fled on foot but were stopped by police.An...
    NEW ROCHELLE, Westchester County (WABC) -- Former Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera will be inducted into the New Rochelle Walk of Fame.Rivera lived in New Rochelle while he played on the Yankees.He played for the Bronx Bombers from 1995 to 2013 as a relief pitcher nicknamed "Sandman" and "The Closer."He posted 652 saves, struck out 1,173 batters, and achieved an ERA of 2.21.The five-time World Series champion was the first player ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by unanimous vote in 2019.Fritz Pollard will also be honored Friday.He was the first African American head coach in the NFL. He was a former football coach at New Rochelle High School.(Video in the player above is from when Rivera was honored in 2019 by New Rochelle for being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame)ALSO READ | Child Tax Credit: Up to $300 per child paid 6 times to US families: Here's when money arrivesEMBED More News Videos Qualified families will receive a payment of up to $300 per month for each child under 6 and up to $250 per month...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Dr. Alex Marrero will be the next superintendent of Denver Public Schools. The DPS Board of Education voted 6-1 to appoint the former interim superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle in New York. While he had much support among board members, a local education group says this isn’t an appropriate time to select the new leader of DPS. Alex Marrero (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) The Latino Education Council wrote a letter to DPS Wednesday in a final plea to convince the board to delay their vote. The LEC expressed concerns about the superintendent search previously. READ MORE: Traffic Alert: Northbound Interstate 25 Closures Start Friday Night South Of Denver In a letter to DPS Board President Olson and Denver Public School Board Members, the Latino Education Council wrote:   “The recent federal lawsuit filed against Dr. Marrero (in his individual and official capacity), and the new allegations of possible sexual misconduct against DPS Director Anderson, have further distressed the citizens of Denver.” A federal lawsuit accuses Marrero and other...
    NEW ROCHELLE, New York (WABC) -- A high school student in Westchester County didn't just get into one Ivy league college -- she got into five.New Rochelle High School senior Rachel Rivera was accepted at 17 schools in all.It comes as no surprise. Rivera says she has a 101.9 GPA.She is the co-founder of a group that mentors younger students about science research. Rivera is also a member of the school superintendent's leadership group.Despite this, she says she was shocked when the acceptance letters rolled in."My parents were very excited, they had seen how hard I worked in high school, so it was really nice to see how everything paid off, but it was super grateful and really surprised," Rivera said.Rivera says she has narrowed down her choices to her top three: Yale, Stanford and Columbia University.She says she will decide by May 1. Rivera says all of the schools are offering nearly a free ride.She wants to bring diversity and more women into the sciences. In fact, Rivera plans to be a cardiologist.----------* More Northern Suburbs news* Send us...
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A toy store in New Rochelle found a way to survive the pandemic by inspiring customers to help their neighbors. Now, there’s something new on the shelves: a prestigious business award from the state. READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Trial: Jurors Hear Testimony From Key Medical Experts On Death Of George Floyd Toy stores are happy places. But a year ago, the owner of TP Toys was, “Terrified!” Kamesha Salmon’s store was in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s infamous New Rochelle “containment area,” which The Daily News called “New Roch-Hell.” “I didn’t think we were gonna last,” Salmon told CBS2’s Tony Aiello. “We’re a small business. So, to be standing here now, I’m honored, and the fact that we were able to give back during a difficult time means even more to me.” Salmon has a reputation for generous donations and community initiatives. She spearheaded an effort to provide educational toys and accessories to families hit hard by the pandemic. “When the pandemic happened, this wonderful small business owner, instead of worrying about herself and her own income,...
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Crews were sent to the scene of a water main break in New Rochelle on Wednesday. It happened around 4:20 p.m. on Bridge Street. Much of the street was under water, and at one point, a stream of water poured down a wall onto part of the Metro-North train tracks, causing flooding. All roads in the area were closed while crews made repairs. It’s not clear what caused the water main to break. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK COVID Vaccine: Biden Administration To Send 17,000 Doses Each Week To New York City New Jersey Community Raises Thousands For Postal Worker Who Lost Twin Sister, Mom To COVID-19 Within 2 Weeks Gov. Cuomo: Plan Coming To Allow Indoor Dining In New York City To Resume At 25%
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A smoky fire forced the evacuation of a post office and several businesses in New Rochelle. It started in the motor of a glass top display freezer at the Carvel store at the Quaker Ridge Shopping Center. The freezer was so well insulated the Carvel Flying Saucers inside did not melt. Smoky fire at ???? Carvel /Quaker Ridge Shopping Center in New Rochelle – started in the motor of an ice cream display freezer – check this out ⬇️ #TheFlyingSaucersSurvived pic.twitter.com/5RuGTyCpYg — Tony Aiello (@AielloTV) January 5, 2021 Smoke traveled to the adjacent post office and a diner. New Rochelle Fire Chief Andrew Sandor says no one needed transport to the hospital. Damage runs into the thousands of dollars. More From CBS New York: New York Has First Confirmed Case Of New, Highly Contagious Strain Of COVID New Year, New Laws: Paid Family Leave, Stretch Limo Seatbelts, E-ZPass Rates &; More Love In The Time Of COVID: Dating Apps Flourishing As Lonely Singles Scramble In Advance Of Valentine’s Day
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — After a two-day strike, some nurses in Westchester County are back at work, but others say they’ve been locked out. The group gathered outside Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital on Thursday. More than 200 nurses walked off the job Tuesday after contract negotiations broke down after two years of talks. The nurses said they received a call Wednesday night saying some could return to work. Others said they had not been contacted. More: Nurses Strike At Montefiore New Rochelle, Saying ‘We Don’t Have Enough Staffing’ And ‘It’s Not Safe’ “It’s upsetting because we want to be working, we want to be taking care of our patients. I mean, we did this as a statement so that we could get better staffing and get a proper contract,” one woman told CBS2.  “And this is still the way they treat us CBS2 asked Montefiore New Rochelle for a response but had not heard back. The nurses and the hospital have been unable to reach an agreement on pay increases, staffing and benefits. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Hundreds...
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nurses in New Rochelle are planning to strike during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic unless contract negotiations with Montefiore Health System go their way. CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported the decision to strike could be made Monday night. Outside Montefiore New Rochelle, people waited for a COVID test in the rain, a reminder of the storm we’re in, but nurses need no reminder. “We’re the ones that worked through COVID… We’re the ones that held our patients hands. We’re the ones that prayed with our patients,” said Kathy Santoiemma, a registered nurse and Montefiore New Rochelle. Santoiemma is among the registered nurses ready to walk off the job if contract negotiations don’t move. “The nurses here have been waiting here for two years to get a decent contract. This is unconscionable,” said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, president of the New York State Nurses Association, which would back the strike. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Find A COVID-19 Testing Site Near You In NYC Check NYC Testing Line Wait Times Resources:...
    For the second time in a week, a man who used an online app in an attempt to sell a next-generation video game system was robbed at gunpoint in a Westchester city. New Rochelle Police officers responded to a stretch of Seventh Street near Feeney Park shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, where there was a report of an armed robbery that had just taken place. New Rochelle Police Capt. Cosmo Costa said that a man who had arranged a meet to sell an Xbox Series X was approached by his would-be buyer, who was brandishing a handgun. The meet was arranged on the “OfferUp” app, similar to an incident earlier in the week when a man robbed a seller of a Playstation 5 at gunpoint. Related story - Man Attempting To Sell PS5 Through Online App Robbed At Gunpoint In Westchester Costa said that the suspect then brandished a handgun, stole the video game console, and fled on foot eastbound on Washington Avenue. The victim's car keys and an iPhone were also stolen in the armed...
    The New Rochelle school district has become the latest in Westchester to transition to all-virtual learning through the rest of the month. New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Alex Marrero issued a notice on Thursday, Nov. 19 advising parents that the entire district - aside from a cohort of special education classes - will revert to its full distance learning model beginning on Friday, Nov. 20. Marrero said that students will continue remote learning through at least Thursday, Dec. 3. 
“We have made this decision in consultation with the Westchester County Department of Health because a large portion of our district has been designated as a yellow zone by New York State,” he added. “This designation indicates a concerning increase in the spread of COVID-19.” Earlier story - COVID-19: Three Schools In Westchester District Go Remote Due To Staffing Shortages, New Cases New Rochelle had been dealing with a staffing shortage as COVID-19 cases mounted and hundreds of students and staff members were instructed to quarantine due to possible exposure to the virus. Before allowing the special education students back into the...
    Three schools in a Westchester school district are going remote after new positive COVID-19 cases caused a staffing shortage. New Rochelle interim Schools Superintendent Alex Marrero said that on Thursday, Nov. 19, the high school, Daniel Webster Magnet School, and Columbus Elementary School will be switching to all-virtual learning. Marrero said that absences related to the virus and quarantines have left the schools with inadequate staff to ensure that students are properly supervised. Related story - COVID-19: 130 Students, 29 Staffers At New Rochelle HS Told To Quarantine The news comes on the heels of four new students who tested positive for COVID-19: two at New Rochelle High School, one at George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School, and one at William B. Ward Elementary School. According to Marrero, any student or staff member who may have been in close contact with any of the infected individuals has been notified and will be placed into quarantine. There have now been 62 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from students in the New Rochelle School District, with six teachers and staff members testing positive, according...
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Some New Rochelle schools will switch to all-remote learning starting Thursday. New Rochelle High School, Daniel Webster Magnet School and Columbus Elementary School will make the change because of COVID-related absences and quarantines. In addition, four students have tested positive within the district. RELATED STORY — COVID In NYC: Schools Switching To All-Remote Learning Starting Thursday The interim superintendent says remote learning is necessary because the schools do not have enough staff. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Wild Road Rage Incident Caught On Video Shows Car Crashing Into Flushing Bakery, Baseball Bat Fight NYPD: Armed Suspects Arrested Overnight After Holding Queens Family Hostage Inside Home Coronavirus: Unless Something Dramatic Happens Quickly, New York City Staring At Orange Zone Status Soon
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It’s a recipe for small business success in a Westchester County city. A multi-billion dollar development firm is helping a mom and pop restaurant survive during the coronavirus pandemic, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Tuesday. Built with love over 22 years, the Aguilar family was not sure Taqueria El Chino in New Rochelle would survive a seven week shutdown. “It was very stressful. Numbers were going down tremendously. It was better to close because basically there was like no business,” Irma Aguilar said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage El Chino is still cooking authentic Jalisco cuisine, thanks to a coronavirus relief Paycheck Protection Program loan obtained with help from financial pro Albert Wu. “I know there’s a...
    When school begins, New Rochelle Superintendent Laura Feijóo will be on the sideline after undergoing necessary surgery. Feijóo announced that she will be taking a brief leave of absence when schools open back up on Thursday, Sept. 3 to undergo surgery for an undisclosed ailment. It is expected that Feijóo will miss approximately two weeks, with Alex Marrero, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction stepping into her shoes while she is on medical leave. “I am sure you can appreciate how difficult this decision was for me to make at this time but it is simply unavoidable,” Feijóo said in a letter to the community. “It was my strong desire to delay this procedure as I understand and appreciate my absence comes at a difficult time, however, given the circumstances and upon the advice of my doctor, I could not delay the surgery.” Feijóo added: “with the strong support of the Board and the administrative cabinet I am fully confident that Dr. Marrero is best situated to serve as the District’s leader during this time. “Prior to the commencement of...
    LAKEVIEW — The food service industry has been devastated by coronavirus, but for chef Allen Rochelle, the pandemic has brought his catering business back to its restaurant roots. Le Fleur de Lis, Rochelle’s Creole and Cajun restaurant that closed in Bridgeport in 2014, will return for a pop-up dining experience Aug. 27–30 in Lakeview. It’s part of a collaboration with Get in the Kitchen, the “party school for cooking classes” at 3617 N. Broadway. Rochelle had just started leading Cajun cooking parties at Get in the Kitchen when the pandemic hit, he said. Like most business owners, he wasn’t sure if his catering, meal prep and cooking class company would be able to weather the months of mandated closure. “It’s an ever-changing market, and the cooking classes aren’t as popular right now with the pandemic,” Rochelle said. “We figured shifting gears to offer a pop-up dining experience could be more popular and bring in some revenue for both our businesses.” Jason Bailin, owner of Get in the Kitchen, said if the pop-up is a success, he hopes to partner with...
    NEW ROCHELLE, New York (WABC) -- The latest school district to require remote-only learning was at the epicenter of the Tri-State coronavirus outbreak.No matter what they did with New Rochelle schools, some parents were bound to be upset.On Thursday night, in a virtual meeting, some were furious."Its very disastrous, I wish I could change school districts," one parent said.The New Rochelle Schools Superintendent, Dr. Laura Feijoo said schools in New Rochelle will open with remote learning only, in an effort to make sure children and their families are as safe as possible from COVID-19.RELATED | NYC public schools will have nurses, but no delayed reopening, mayor saysMany parents said they are safe and that numbers are low."We think its the right decision to put the health and safety of our students first," Feijoo said. "Our numbers have been down because we're doing the right thing. And we're looking at schools, we see changes and spikes."There were parents on the call who agreed with the decision and thought the safest place for their children is at home, but many raged at...
    When the school year begins, New Rochelle students will be doing so remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Laura Feijóo announced on Thursday, Aug. 13 that the district consulted with state health officials and determined classes will be held virtually through at least the month of September. Feijóo said that at the end of September, they will continue monitoring the situation to determine how and when schools can reopen for in-person learning. “With this virtual plan, our district remains committed to universal internet and Chromebook access and will be sensitive to the needs of special education students, ENL students and families with child care issues,” she stated. “The final virtual learning plan may include limited and targeted in-building programs for these populations.” New Rochelle was one of the first hotspots for COVID-19 in the country when a super-spreader infected dozens of people with the virus after attending a pair of heavily-attended religious gatherings. “As difficult as this decision is, I feel it is my obligation as your Superintendent to place the health and well-being of...
    NEW ROCHELLE (CBSNewYork) – A prominent local dentist remains behind bars charged with attempted murder. Police say a love triangle drove a doctor to stab a romantic rival. The immediate aftermath was captured on surveillance video. Dr. Alika Crew purchased a New Rochelle split-level for $800,000 18 months ago. In recent week, something happened behind its bright blue door. It led to a woman with a deep stab wound to her neck, and Dr. Crew charged with attempted murder. Her neighbor spoke off camera. Alika Crew (Credit; The Stein Dental Group) “Alika was a really sweet person. She seemed kind and nice and spoke to everyone, and we’re just shocked and just praying for her,” the neighbor said. New Rochelle police say that on Tuesday morning Crew hid in a Jeep owned by a romantic rival involved with Crew’s ex-fiance. He’s identified as 35-year-old Kurtz Howell. The victim had spent the night at Crew’s home. She drove away, and had only traveled a block when Crew allegedly attacked, left the scene, and then returned, pretending to be a good Samaritan....
    Pressure is mounting on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James to launch an outside investigation into a fatal police-involved shooting in Westchester. Earlier story - Video Released Of Police-Involved Shooting In WestchesterPolice in New Rochelle attempted to stop a vehicle in which 24-year-old city resident Kamal Flowers shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday, June 5. When the vehicle stopped, Flowers took off on foot fleeing at the intersection of Potter Avenue and Pierce Street. It is alleged that after a struggle with officers, Flowers displayed a handgun and attempted to fire, at which point one of the officers shot him. Flowers was treated at the scene and died en route to the hospital. Following the shooting, there was a call for an outside investigation, but according to multiple reports, Attorney General Letitia James will not be investigating Flowers’ death as it falls outside her office's jurisdiction. The case is primarily being investigated by the Westchester County District Attorney's Office. In the wake of the announcement that James’ office would not be investigating, there has been...
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