January 1, 2011
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Continue to Celebrate the Holiday’s Downtown

The New Year is coming and what better way to begin than with your entire family at the fun, free Ring in the New Year at Noon a special BID Family Day event in partnership with New Roc City. On Friday, December 31st bring the kids to enjoy face painting, noise maker crafts, kiddy rides, magicians, clowns, a martial arts demonstration, and games; then at 12:00 Noon join renowned radio personality Jimmy Fink of 107.1, The Peak, and joyously ring in the New Year as balloons are released from above.  

On Sunday, January 2nd enjoy In Celebration of Twelfth Night, a Westchester Harp Ensemble concert at Trinity Church to benefit the Thomas Paine Cottage. Produced by the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association, a dessert reception will follow.

Then on Thursday, January 6th at 5:00 PM take part in a cultural tradition, the Three Kings Day Celebration for the whole family at the Library, another free BID Family Day special. Colorful festivities and piñatas, live entertainment, a visit from the Three Kings, and traditional bread Rosca de Reyes help make this a special celebration. Check out a full month of free downtown events. MORE » 

“BID Windows on Art” Features Maria Foladori Weiss

Along with new downtown apartments have come many accomplished new residents. The BID is happy to celebrate the work of Argentine-American Maria Foladori Weiss, a gifted painter and photographer born in Buenos Aries, who with her husband, planner and public arts manager Glenn Weiss, now lives and works on Main Street in downtown New Rochelle. With the work of Maria Foladori Weiss, the BID is inaugurating a new Artist Spaces Program, BID Windows on Art, at 249 North Avenue. Created in partnership with the New Rochelle Municipal Arts Commission, BID Windows on Art-249 has already caught the eye of Talk of the Sound.

As reported on her beautiful website, Maria Foladori Weiss was born in Buenos Aires in 1956. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts Priliadiano Pueyrredon and then returned to her first alma mater, the School of Visual Arts Regina Pacis, as the printmaking professor for seven years. In the 1980s, her delicate paintings and prints were successfully exhibited and sold as part of Argentine movement of "naive painting". MORE » 

RESTAURANT REVIEW
McKiernan’s Lawton
Street Tavern
by Don Geyra

Don Geyra is a third generation New Rochellean whose grandfather, Dr.Dominic Dell'Aquila, delivered 10,000 babies in New Rochelle. No wonder he is passionate about our local history and community. He is an accomplished fine arts painter as well as a successful decorative and scenic arts artist working in stage (Billie Elliot, Phantom), film (Sex and the City, Sherlock Holmes), and television (Sesame Street, White Collar). Given his busy life, he enjoys relaxing over dinner downtown with his wife Theresa McClure, who as a nurse practitioner also has a busy schedule, as well as with friends and family. He has found his special place, McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern.

As a lifelong resident, I love New Rochelle for its extensive history and its strong sense of community. My wife Theresa shares these passions, and together we also like dining out. We both enjoy our careers and as a result, spend a lot of time working, so it is important for us to have a place that we can go to for a relaxing dinner, with great service, in a friendly atmosphere. MORE »