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Flag Raising Begins New Rochelle 325th Celebration

Events will take place throughout 2013.

New Rochelle's 325th Anniversary celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall.

Marianne Sussman, chairwoman of the anniversary committee and former City Council member, said the even will feature Scout troops raising the flags, speakers and music.

"Everything will be New Rochelle home grown," she said, adding that ceremony is scheduled to take place in front of City Hall, but in case of bad weather it will take place inside.

"I think it's a time to recognize who we are, what is distinctive about New Rochelle and also to celebrate all of us here, who, for the most part, find it a very beautiful and comfortable place to live," Sussman said, "and to recognize that we are growing and on the upswing and have a right to be proud of our city."

She said the city Web site has a section devoted to the 325th anniversary and contains a calendar of events to date, including concerts, exhibits and a gala celebration.

Sussman said November Homecoming Showcase will feature celebrity guests, yet to be announced.

"We have some very good people from New Rochelle," she said, including television personalities and comedies.

The light pole banners, displaying the 325th Anniversary logo, Sussman said, are still available for $250 each—or five for $1,000—until Dec. 31. After that, they will be $325 each. Information on purchasing them can be found here.

Following the flag raising ceremony Dec. 31 will be the third annual Ring in the New Year at Noon at New Roc City event with a 325th anniversary theme. That begins at 10:30 a.m. and is part of the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District Family Day series.

Residents can find out more information by checking the committee's Facebook page or by following them on Twitter.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been changed from its original version to include Facebook and Twitter information.

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