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Lessons from the Past

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I’m pleased to devote this week’s space to a guest columnist who shares his insightful observations about the limited life cycle of landmark products.-FJR

By Gord Hotchkiss
The first designs for the typewriter started showing up in the 1870s. After some rather imaginative designs, including one that looked like a pincushion, the Sholes and Glidden (S&G) Type Writer (1873) was the first writer to introduce the QWERTY keyboard (which we’re still using today). The QWERTY design was introduced to overcome the physical limitations of the machine, which tended to become jammed if frequently used keys were located next to each other. The reason we still use it? Well, suffice to say, habits are a tough thing to break.

The S&G design, and all the other variations that followed for the next two decades, tried various approaches, but all had one thing in common: They were all “understroke” or “blind” writers. The keys hit the paper on the bottom of the platen so users couldn’t see what they were typing.
In the mid-1890s, John T. Underwood was trying to figure what to do with his company, a fairly significant provider of ribbons and carbon paper to then-dominant typewriter manufacturer Remington.

The company had spun off its typewriter division from the sewing machine division, which in turn had evolved from its main business of making guns. But Underwood had heard Remington had plans to start making its own consumables. He countered by declaring, “All right, then, we’ll just build our own typewriter.” Fate upped the ante by bringing together Underwood and German-American inventor Franz X. Wagner. (more…)

July 9, 2013 |

Putnam Bright Smiles – Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentistry

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Putnam Bright Smile Dentistry of Brewster, NY. Dr. Rohit Patel and our friendly, knowledgeable staff are dedicated to making every visit to our office a great experience. Expert dental care is provided with a warm, personal touch in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

Putnam Bright Smile Dentistry is committed to providing you with the highest quality and best service in dental care. In order to do so, we pride ourselves on staying committed to the following values:

Delivering Results
First and foremost, we are focused on results. Brewster dentist Dr. Rohit Patel understands how important your smile is to how you look and feel, and we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of dentistry in Brewster, NY. Our years of education and experience have given us the training to work at the highest level. This training, when combined with our focus and attention to detail, enables able to provide the best possible treatment for our patients. (more…)

July 9, 2013 |

Rolling in the Aisles At the Paramount Hudson Valley

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Peekskill‘s Paramount Theatre has reopened as the Paramount Hudson Valley.  The theatre is kicking off its first of a comedy series called Rolling in the Aisles on Friday July12th @ 8:00pm.  Comedians Buddy Fitzpatrick, Joe DeVito,  John Iavarone will be performing.  Standard admission is $22, $20 for seniors.  Purchase your tickets here.

The Paramount has recently completed a series of major renovation and historic restoration projects . This work has included the following: repairing and replastering the walls and ceiling; recreating the original 1930s ceiling design on hand-painted canvases and installing them on the ceiling; completing the decorative painting of the theatre walls and balcony, faux opera boxes, stage proscenium, and towering plaster columns; installing new carpeting throughout the theatre and lobby areas; refurbishing our classic vintage theatre seats, and, most recently, the complete renovation of our restrooms.

Come out and support the Paramount while enjoying some of the best comedians in the country.

July 8, 2013 |

Bobby Blevins in Top Form in CanAm League

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By Chuck Slater

Bobby Blevins, the Briarcliff native and still resident, became the Canadian American League leader in victories on Sunday, July 7, when the Rockland Boulders ace defeated Trois Rivieres, 8-l, in Canada for his sixth victory. He gave up just six hits and pitched a complete game —  a rarity in the hitter-happy Can Am League.

Blevins also leads the league with 70 l/3 innings pitched and hopes his stellar work  — 6-4 with  a second-place club in its independent professional league –0 will catch the eye of major league scouts.

Blevins carried a shutout into the bottom of the ninth, when he allowed a run on a sacrifice fly and yielded  two hits.  It was his second complete game in his last four starts.

Trios Rivieres is a Quebec suburb.

July 8, 2013 |

TownLink FYI – Somers Library Foundation to Hold 5K Trail Race and 1-Mile Family Fun Run

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On Sunday, September 29, 2013, the Somers Library Foundation will hold a 5K Trail Race and 1-Mile Family Fun Run.  Proceeds of the event will be used to enhance the Somers Library.

The 5K Trail Race will begin in Reis Park at 9:00 a.m. and the Fun Run will begin in Reis Park at 9:30 a.m. The race course will cover cross country trails and fields located throughout Reis Park, Reis Homestead, Van Tassel Memorial Park, Primrose Elementary School and Somers High School.  Refreshments will be provided in the Park.

Participants can register on-line at www.somerslibraryfoundation.org. The Trail Race registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under; and the Fun Run registration fee is $15 per person or $40 per family.  T-shirts are available for purchase for $5.00 each if ordered by September 15, 2013.  All fees increase by $5 after September 15, 2013.  Race day registration is allowed and begins at 8:00 a.m. in Reis Park. (more…)

July 8, 2013 |

The Untold Story About How New York Got Its Name

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Author: Nehemy Willy Gachamba

I am a curious person by nature, who likes investigating the unfamiliar and telling about the same. About the renowned city of New York, how precisely did it get its name? I know … let me explain.

I wish to start with what you possibly know, or what is well known for that matter. The first documented European knowledge of the geographical place of what is today called New York dates back to 1524. The referred description was by Giovanni da Verazzano, commander of a French ship that docked there in the noted year. The area was by then inhabited by some community of Native Americans, the Lenape, who lived through fishing and moderate slash and burn agriculture.

Giovanni did not call or even suggest that the place should be called New York. You possibly already know that! (more…)

July 8, 2013 |

How to Find the Best Jobs in Westchester County?

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Author: John Lewis

If your current job is not very exciting or satisfying then you can look out for better opportunities off shore. However, while searching for new jobs in Westchester, you don’t have to go about a rigorous process of posting resumes and attending endless number of interviews. You can keep looking for better opportunities without compromising on your time and existing job schedule by simply hiring a good online recruitment agency. Once you post your resume on their website, they will do the rest for you and ensure that you get the most fulfilling job in the area of your choice.

Employment Opportunities in Westchester

Westchester is a place where there is no dearth for jobs. You can take up anything from a temporary assignment to permanent or part-time jobs. However, if you want to make the right move, then first find out what type of companies are offering career opportunities to deserving candidates. If you are looking for the best jobs in Westchester County, then depending upon your qualification and experience, you can seek employment at various management levels. There are many different types of industries where you can apply for a high paying job and these include the financial sector, IT sector, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare and medical sector, human resources, advertising companies, media, marketing, retail, etc. (more…)

July 5, 2013 |
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