April 1, 2011
New Rochelle

Happenings in
New Rochelle!

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Spring Fever is Happening Downtown

Spring is a great time to spend in Downtown New Rochelle. To see all of our free April events. CLICK HERE »

All ages are invited to enjoy a mini-Renaissance Fair, as the Library
Green and the Ossie Davis Theater are transformed into an Elizabethan setting. Enjoy a free screening of selected short silent films inspired by Shakespeare
with live piano accompaniment provided by Ben Model, resident silent film accompanist at the Museum of
Modern Art.

Phuong Nghi Pham, now 15, began piano lessons at the age of five in Vietnam, where she won many prizes in competitions. Phuong Nghi will perform a program of classical music by Max Reger, Lizst and Beethoven.

Enjoy free Family Films – Earth, an epic story of adventure, starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive, or dive into Oceans, for a spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea.

Experience Will Shaw’s unique blend of physical comedy, verbal wit and dazzling circus skills, where he’ll perform great tricks and silly trickery.

See the free film series featuring cinematic versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with interpretive discussions led by Iona College Professors.

Small Business
Support Program

The New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID) is bringing a comprehensive array of technical support, business loans, marketing opportunities, and energy conservation incentives to downtown businesses and restaurants. Working over the past several months with its partners to expand on the BID’s support efforts, Monroe College, Community Capital Resources, Con Edison, Grease Lighting – Westchester, and NYSERDA-New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the BID is now able to offer a greater variety of programs, many FREE, to help downtown enterprises grow and market their businesses. For qualified businesses and restaurants, the BID also provides access to flexible business loans and economic incentives for improvements to lower energy costs.

Among the programs that are now being offered by the BID and its partners through the New Rochelle Downtown Small Business Support Program are:

 Business Loans – The BID, working with Community Capital Resources, is providing qualified businesses with access to loans ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.

Energy Savings Incentives – The
BID is working with Con Edison to
provide free energy audits that provide recommendations for lighting and basic equipment improvements which can significantly lower energy and operating costs.

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by Trish LaPorta

Trish LaPorta and her husband Chuck bought their home in the Glenwood Lake area a few years agoyears ago. Chuck comes from Western Pennsylvania, via New York City's Murray Hill neighborhood, while Trish is a long term Westchester resident. She has lived in Ardsley, Fleetwood and now lives in New Rochelle where her father was born, raised and where he now has returned to live in the City’s West End. According to Trish, she and Chuck “both love that New Rochelle is convenient to lots of things. It's not far from the water, near shopping, near several highways, and it's a quick ride to NYC on the train. In addition, there are a lot of people here who have been here a long time, so they have bits of history to share with us. New Rochelle is also equally convenient to both our jobs." Trish, a real estate lawyer, works in White Plains and Chuck, a Wall Street analyst, is with a firm in Stamford, Connecticut.

My husband Chuck and I have been fans of ‘the grape’ for several years. Chuck’s palate has always demanded red wine, year-round, as he favors the bold, tannic, earthy flavors that a lot of red wines offer. I’ve always had a more varied palate and depending on the weather, my mood, what I’m eating, etc. I can enjoy white wine, champagne or sparkling wine, as well as a lighter red or a glass of robust, inky, fermented deliciousness. MORE »