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Greene Means Go! Go! Go! for Kennedy Catholic High Star Athlete

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SLATER’S SLANT
BY CHUCK SLATER

One of the drawbacks of John F. Kennedy High’s athletic switch to the Catholic League this school year is that the followers of Section 1 sports miss seeing some fine players.

Players like Leah Greene, the JFK senior who led its championship soccer team in scoring and does an outstanding job point-guarding its winning basketball team.

Of course, don’t blink or you might miss her.  She’s that fast.

Even before people tell you how nice she is, how smart she is, and how incredibly athletic she is, they tell you how fast she is.

“She’s very, very fast,” says Kennedy soccer coach Brent Tieber. (more…)

January 9, 2014 |

How to Succeed in Business…

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BY FRANK J. RICH

Award-winning 1960s Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” may have been a satire, but the words make perfect sense. “Trying” is how to succeed in business. And the effort is more sweat today than in recent history. The current seven-year cycle—the average length of economic cycles in America—finds key verticals still struggling to regain lost customers. Employment, retail and real estate remain weak, while only the auto segment may be in recovery.

Consumption is the fulcrum issue, and while investors are driving new highs in equity markets, Wall Street is shedding jobs, and consumer spending is slow as more net disposable income (NDI) goes to savings, 4.9%, according to Bloomberg News. What can small business America do? (more…)

January 9, 2014 |

‘The Old Guard’ Keeps ‘em Young

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BRUCE THE BLOG
BY BRUCE APAR

“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.” Those lyrics from Kenny Rogers’ hit song “The Gambler,” written by Don Schlitz, could be a theme for The Old Guard of White Plains. Now in its 60th year, the august group of retirees, like its members, is still going strong.

Virtually all its members are older than the organization, ranging in age from the 60s to 90s and beyond. A friendly fraternity of 150 male members, The Old Guard holds dear to the passion that “to fold ‘em” is to surrender to the aging process. Their mutual resolve is “to hold ‘em.” (more…)

January 7, 2014 |

Colleges, Coaches Covet Iona Prep ‘Big Shot’ Matt Ryan of Cortlandt Manor

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SLATER’S SLANT
BY CHUCK SLATER

Matt Ryan didn’t move his sneakers to a basketball court until he was 8 – “The Ryans are a football family,” he said – but right away two things were obvious. He was taller than his friends, in a sport where height helps – and he could score from further out.  “I always could,” he said.

It’s a contradictory combination, and one that has dozens of college coaches courting the high-scoring 6’-7” Iona Prep junior.

One doesn’t every day find big men hitting 3-point shots almost as if they were layups.  Which is why Ryan has 28 scholarship offers and is being followed and pursued by more than 50 coaches at last count.  And he’s a junior.

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January 2, 2014 |

It’s You!

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ROI
By Frank J. Rich

Where would life be without the Internet? How well would we make it to work, or to the trash can outside each day if we didn’t put our feet into shoes? How many lives have been saved, crises averted, schedules met, assurances made, friends connected, products and services found, etc., because of the proverbial “hip cricket” on our person? Desk or desktop, sedan or SUV, train or bus, boat or rail—all are tools we choose to make life more workable, more livable, more productive, more enjoyable, and more promise-filled. The one thing common to all is you, the user of tools, perhaps itself, the greatest tool of all. (more…)

December 27, 2013 |

For John Jay’s Nohillys, Athletic Talent Runs in the Family

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BY CHUCK SLATER

“I’d been trying to get him to be a coach for us for a while,” said John Jay-Cross River athletic director Chris McCarthy.

The “him” refers to Tom Nohilly of Katonah, one of the nation’s top running coaches.  But Nohilly worked with older runners of superior potential and accomplishment, world class and Olympic post-grad athletes.  He also helped Chris Garden, the United States’ No. 1 squash player, with his endurance.

But high schoolers, including green freshmen and even younger girls? (more…)

December 25, 2013 |

Chase Media Group Joins Fight Against ‘Advertising Tax’

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Prominent Hudson Valley company Chase Media Group has joined the growing chorus of business owners and media organizations throughout the country that are voicing stiff opposition to a disastrous tax proposal about to be debated in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as part of overall tax reform.

Under the ironic heading of “Cost Recovery for Certain Taxpayer-Created Intangible Assets,” Sen. Max Baucus (Dem.-Montana), chair of the Senate’s Finance Committee, is pushing a plan to allow only 50% of a company’s advertising expenses to be deductible in the year the costs are incurred, with the remaining 50% required to be amortized over the subsequent five years, or 10% a year.

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December 20, 2013 |
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