Issuu on Google+ Vol. 15/Number 8 PLAYLAND PROBLEMS There are now growing concerns within the county that the Playland boardwalk, which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, will not be fully repaired in time for the amusement park’s scheduled May opening. For story, see page 5. File photo Former priest indicted on additional rape count By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER Allegations against the Rev. Richard McCormick, a former New Rochelle resident, mounted recently as a grand jury in Essex County, Mass., indicted him on an additional count of child rape. McCormick, 72, stands accused of five counts of child rape in connection with alleged incidents in Massachusetts nearly three decades ago. According to a statement issued by the Essex District Attorney’s Office, a second victim came forward “late last year.” A grand jury that convened March 7 indicted McCormick in connection with the most recent allegations. “The new indictment alleges that the defendant raped a child between the ages of 7 and 9 from 1981 to 1983,” the statement from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said. The alleged incidents occurred at the Retreat Center of the Salesian Brothers in Ipswich, Mass. A not guilty plea was entered on McCormick’s behalf during an April 5 arraignment in Salem Superior Court. Authorities arrested McCormick on the first set of charges at his New Rochelle residence Aug. 30, 2012. Ipswich, Mass., police obtained the “indictment warrant,” allowing them to take McCormick into custody following a lengthy investigation into the alleged rape of a male victim approximately 30 years ago. Police and prosecutors began the yearlong investigation that resulted in the issuance of the indictment warrant after the alleged victim in the case approached the Essex District Attorney’s Office. According to Assistant District Attorney Kate McDougall, the prosecutor at McCormick’s first arraignment said the alleged victim claimed McCormick raped him while he attended a summer camp at the Retreat Center of the Salesians in Ipswich during the summers of 1981 and 1982. Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said there is a statute of limitations that expires 27 years from the victim’s 16th birthday. However the clock stops “any time an alleged perpetrator goes out of state.” “It would appear that Rev. McCormick has been out of Massachusetts for some time, so we are well within the statute of limitations [in this case],” Kimball Monahan said after McCormick’s initial arraignment. McCormick, the former head of the Salesian Brothers’ eastern division, pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape of a child during his Aug. 31, 2012 arraignment in that case. Judge Timothy Feeley released McCormick on $1,000 cash bail following the arraignment. Feeley also ordered that McCormick continue to live at the Provincial Residence of the Salesians in New Rochelle, but the court changed those arrangements on Oct. 23, 2012. McCormick must now reside at the Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri, report to superior court probation by telephone once per week and in person on every court appearance, attend each and every court appearance, and not have unsupervised contact with minors. McCormick, who is represented by Boston attorney Stephen Neyman, can be held without bail for a maximum of 60 days if he fails to abide by any of those conditions, prosecutors said. In the meantime, a pre-trial conference in the new case and a status hearing in the old case have both been scheduled for June 5. Feeley waived McCormick’s appearance at those hearings, prosecutors said. Neyman was unavailable for comment as of press time. April 12 & April 19, 2013 Public weighs in on Iona dorm By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER A disagreement over management of a future Iona College residence hall that could be built along North Avenue surfaced during a public hearing at the City Council’s Tuesday night meeting. Dozens of people spoke at the hearing regarding the proposed North Avenue zoning ordinance changes meant to “reflect the recommendations in the final report of the Community College Planning Committee.” Tasked with finding a way to meet the school’s housing needs in a way that is palatable to the community, the committee met for a year before releasing its final recommendations last fall. The committee ultimately endorsed a local developer’s proposal for the construction of two buildings–one of which would be a seven-story residence hall built along North Avenue “near the college.” As proposed, it would include groundfloor retail space with six floors of student housing above. The committee’s final report stipulates that Iona would manage the residence hall portion of the building, which would accommodate approximately 260 beds for Iona students. Iona, which wants to own the building, could ultimately “take title to it” after 30 years, according to the report. The first speaker, Naomi Towers, served on the planning committee. She read an email sent to city officials that she said reflected not only her own concerns, but those of some of her fellow committee members. She said they object to the changes in the zoning code that would allow a private company to manage the dorm. “We recommended building the residence hall only if it was managed by Iona,” she said. Conversely, the zoning text amendments submitted for the City Council’s consideration include the following language: “Documentation shall be submitted indicating the IONA, continued on page 9 Iona students, college officials and residents are at odds over who should be allowed to manage a possible residential hall that could be built on North Avenue. File photo

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