February 1, 2011
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Memories of Holidays Past and Family Events Yet to Come

Families always have a great time celebrating holidays downtown.

Among recent holiday highlights were Ballet Atlantic’s family favorite, the Nutcracker Ballet (video), performed downtown for the first time. See photo gallery. At Ring in the Year at Noon at New Roc City (video), a special BID Family Day in partnership with New Roc City, nearly 1,000 revelers gathered in the atrium of New Roc City. Emceed by Jimmy Fink of 107.1 The Peak, the end-of-the-year celebration in a Times Square simulated atmosphere featured a countdown and indoor balloon release. See photo gallery. The annual BID Family Day favorite Three Kings Celebration featured traditional piñatas, music, food and of course the Three Kings.

Don’t miss celebrating the “Year of the Rabbit” at our upcoming Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday, February 5th and then on Saturday, February 26th families can enjoy an African Dance and Drum Performance, both free BID Family Day events.

New Rochelle Science Cafés

Want to get out of the house for interesting adult conversation about a newsworthy subject with an expert in the field, hosted in a tasty, warm environment, then head downtown to one of New Rochelle’s Science Cafés. Initiated by PBS’s NovascienceNow, Science Cafés are free monthly gatherings each with a noted scientist making a brief presentation and leading a discussion on an interesting and timely topic of conversation intended for the general public.Often the conversation continues over food and beverages which can be purchased at the host restaurant.

The New Rochelle BID joins the New Rochelle Public Library and Iona College in co-sponsoring a second season of the New Rochelle Science Cafés. The next two cafés will take place downtown at Coromandel Indian Restaurant, 30 Division Street. Tuesday, February 8th at 7:00 PM get a fascinating glimpse into “Genetics for the Consumer” with Sharon Terry, President and CEO of Genetic Alliance, and on Tuesday March 8th, also at 7:00 PM explore Suburban Ecosystems: Soil and Climate Change with Dr. William H. Schlesinger, President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. MORE »

Merry-Go-Round Toy Store
by Suzanne Nolan

Suzanne Nolan and her husband Christopher, formerly of Pelham, have been residents of New Rochelle for the last twelve years. Suzanne is a Landscape Architect and has been involved with the New Rochelle Heritage Task Force since its formation in 2007. Their two sons, Andrew and Peter, attend Albert Leonard Middle School, and their daughter Frances is a student at William Ward Elementary. The family spends more time than ever downtown now that both one of their favorite restaurants, Rangoli Indian Cuisine, and Frances’s dance school, Ballet Atlantic, have moved to New Rochelle. With three children, Merry-Go-Round Toy Store has long been a New Rochelle family favorite. One of the nice things about having Ballet Atlantic in downtown New Rochelle, in addition to its great new facility and easy access, is the fact that we can conveniently visit restaurants and stores during our children’s classes and also run errands with our kids after class. MORE »
(Below: Mary Balogh of Pelham left, joins Suzanne Nolan, right, at Merry-Go-Round)