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John Jay Wins Again

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By Chuck Slater

John Jay’s surprising baseball team survived a first-inning scare, then cruised to a 7-1 victory over Section 4’s Maine-Endwell in Binghamton on Monday, June 3 to reach the regional finals.  The Indians face Section 9’s Cornwell Tuesday night, June 4, in Fishkill, the winner advancing to the state semifinals./

The scare, however, had nothing to do with the scoring.  Sophomore second baseman Ronnie Correli was knocked unconscious in a first-inning collision and had to be hospitalized.  Soon he was fine , however.

And so was his team.  The Section 1 titlists, though concerned, broke open the game with a four-run second inning and Alec Brown yielded just five hits and a run over six innings.  Sophomore Jack Weiller went 3-for-4 with two walks.

“The kids were resilient,” said Coach Geoff Curtis.

June 4, 2013 |

Awareness, Use, and Innovation

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By Frank J. Rich

Cycles are a persistent part of most things. Even the weather, though seemingly capricious in nature at times, delivers the seasons with cyclical preciseness. In efforts to simplify the world we live in, no less a complicated marketplace, cycle analysis helps. Cycle time reduction is one of the methods applied to organizational change that squeezes efficiency from random growth. And efficiency reveals the advantage of speed.

 

As the “Point Zero Five to Five Rule” suggests, only .5% to 5% of the time, in most products and services, is there value being added. The conclusion: only cost and not value is being added. Consequently, most cycle time analysis models not only simplify but enable processes with more efficiency, flexibility, less cost, and improved quality.

 

How might enterprises employ a simple cycle analysis that sees through the complicated math-based cycle models to drive growth? Let’s give it a try. (more…)

June 4, 2013 |

When Disagree Comes to Dis

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BY BRUCE APAR
MAYOR, TOWNLINK

What makes a question impertinent? Not necessarily the subject matter. Not always how it’s phrased. What makes a question impertinent, as was on gaudy display during the Q&A of a recent “Ask Astorino: On the Road” town hall presentation by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, is the etiquette of the questioner.

The erstwhile public official is making the rounds these days to more than a dozen Westchester municipalities. He has an agenda, of course, that is summed up in two words: Stop Albany. Hard to quarrel with that call to action. It was a lot more transparent, well-researched and respectfully presented than the agenda of the hecklers who showed up in Yorktown May 30 to play their very mature game of Gotcha!

Yes, it is an election year for the incumbent, and it makes sense he, as with any office-holder eyeing re-election, wants to make himself as visible and likable as possible to voters. The thing is, regardless of his politics or yours, the youthful, ebullient Rob Astorino projects as affable and eloquent a persona as any politician, on the stump, or off. Like his host for the occasion, Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, Mr. A can retail his sincerity and warmth with the best of them, no irony intended. (more…)

June 3, 2013 |

John Jay Surprises in Baseball

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By Chuck Slater

At the start of the first game of a very promising baseball season for John Jay a couple of months ago, senior pitching ace Will Jahn went down with a season-ending labrum injury to his pitching arm requiring surgery.

“At that moment I didn’t think much of our chances for being sectional champions,” recalled Geoff Curtis, the very successful Indians coach.

Yet on Friday, May 31, sixth-seeded John Jay became exactly that, sweating out a 2-1 Class A sectional title-game victory over fourth-seeded Beacon at Provident Bank Park. Curtis’ surprising crew next faces Maine-Endwell at Union Endicott High School on Monday, June 3, in a regional semifinal. It is the only local team to win sectionals.

“Even without Will we had pitching depth,” said Curtis. Indeed, Sam Milnes (twice) and Alec Brown, both seniors, had won John Jay’s first three sectional games and Curtis still had senior Trevor Filacchione for the title game. He delivered 5 2/3 shutout innings while allowing just four hits to a team that had scored 29 runs in its first three playoff games and beaten the Indians by 10-2 during the regular season.

But with two out in the seventh, Beacon got runners on the corners with two outs. Curtis called on Milnes, who before the game had told the coach he could get him an out or two.   After giving up a run-scoring single, Milnes got the final out.

The Indians (16-8) won with only two hits. Jack Weiller’s single plating the game’s first run. “All season,” Curtis said, “we’ve won with timely hitting, strong pitching and an incredibly improved defense.”

June 3, 2013 |

John Jay & Putnam Valley Win Regional Championships

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By Chuck Slater

The two local girls lacrosse teams still in action both took their regional championships and advanced to the semifinals of state competition on Saturday, June 1.  And they did so with the most one-sided scores they have hung up in the post-season.

John Jay thumped Section 9 champion Saugerties, 20-2, for the Class B regional crown, then Putnam Valley took home the C title, 10-4, also against a Section 9 foe, Red Hook, 10-4, at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.

The Tigers had won their previous five tournament matches by a total of nine goals.  “This shows how tough the competition in Section 1 and in our league really is,” said Putnam Valley coach Kurt Worell.

Indeed, John Jay’s romp suggests its toughest foe may have been the top-seeded Yorktown squad it edged, 12-10, in the sectional final.

“This was a team effort,” coach Christina Smith said of her Indians.  “We practiced very hard.  It showed.”

“I can’t believe all our hard work has paid off,” said senior Delaney Spencer, who had four goals in the romp. (more…)

June 3, 2013 |

Yorktown Lacrosse Loses Late

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By Chuck Slater

Yorktown went into its regional game in Albany on Thursday, May 30, ranked sixth nationally among high school lacrosse teams. But its opponent, Section 2’s Niskayuna, came in ranked second.  So the result was not a  big surprise: Niskayuna rallied for a 13-11 victory after trailing for most of the first three quarters.

“The breaks didn’t go our way,” said Dave Marr, coach of the Section 1 champions.

The Huskers took an early 6-3 edge and were still leading, 10-9, after the third period.  But the Section 2 champions got two goals early in the fourth quarter before Brian Prestreau scored his team-high fourth goal for Yorktown to knot the score.  However,  Niskayuna then scored twice in the last five and one-half minutes.

“The boys tried hard,” Marr said, “but in the end they were outplayed.”

May 31, 2013 |

Of Paramount Importance: The Show Must Go On

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BY BRUCE APAR
MAYOR, TOWNLINK

On the stage of the slightly renamed and emphatically rejuvenated Paramount Hudson Valley (dotcom), John Platania was getting in his frontman licks as the band played on. Soon, Peekskill resident and performing-dervish violinist Daisy Jopling materialized to trade riffs with the man who for years kicked axe in Van Morrison’s band.

Outside, several minutes earlier, on a warm and sunny May 15, 2013, Peekskill’s Acting City Manager Brian Havranek and Kurt Heitmann, CEO of Red House Holdings, transacted the lease, signifying the ceremonial encore of an historic entertainment landmark seven months after it unceremoniously got the hook due to insufficient funds, about 300,000 simoleons’ worth.

Now “Under New Management,” one of the encouraging signs, oddly enough, is that Mr. Heitmann and Co., at the outset, seem suitably realistic about the challenges of transforming the venue into a healthy moneymaker. For the first six months, under the deal between operator and the city, which owns the building, Peekskill will absorb certain operating costs so new management can find its – pardon the pun — “see” legs. Part of the deal also calls for the City to collect 5% of box office receipts.

There already are events scheduled, from rock-and-rollin’ violin virtuoso Daisy Jopling’s June 9 concert with the Westchester Putnam Youth Symphony to a physique competition June 29. (Jopling tix are available through brownpapertickets.com; 800.838.3006.) See my interview with Daisy Jopling here http://youtu.be/s56t9Mp6ZZU. (more…)

May 30, 2013 |
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