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Medicare Members Complete Tarrytown Walking Program


Several members of certain Empire Medicare plans recently completed a six-week walking program in Tarrytown in coordination with the Arthritis Foundation.

The “Walk with Ease” program teaches participants how to make physical activity part of their everyday life. While designed to help people with arthritis better manage their pain, the program targets anyone who wants to increase his or her physical activity. Participants walked along the Westchester RiverWalk. Several pledged to continue incorporating walking into their fitness routine after the program ended.

Walking has been shown to improve arthritis symptoms, physical function, gait speed and quality of life. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of adults don’t walk enough. (more…)

July 26, 2013 |

The Birth Chart of the Royal Prince


Author: Tricia McCannon

The Birth Chart of the Royal Prince

Much of the world held their breath as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born on Monday July 22nd at 4:24 PM on a full moon in the sign of Leo. Being an astrologer who specializes in understanding how the birth patterns of our Natal Chart define our spiritual mission in the world, naturally I wanted to see what kind of soul and destiny this little darling might be destined for.

To begin with, his Natal Chart is fabulous, a perfect blueprint of the future King of England. It indicates a highly spiritual soul who has come in to awaken his people with kindness, spiritual wisdom and healing and who has the power to transform the monarchy in the highest expression of what it means to be a King. Because the chart is clear, but complex, we will go through the elements one by one. (more…)

July 25, 2013 |

Mahopac’s Riefenhauser Is A Major ‘Ray’ of Hope



C.J. Riefenhauser, the finest pitcher Mahopac High School has yet produced, turned professional from junior college in 2010.  His signing bonus with the Tampa Bay Rays was so small he calls it “pretty much nothing.”  His play-for-pay career he terms “an uphill battle.”

But he’s almost at the top of the hill now.

First, however, came the steepest of the uphill battles: A change of arm angle when  pitching, a change from starting to relieving and a difficult transition season in 2012. (more…)

July 24, 2013 |

Tips for Getting Your Kids Geared Up for College


(StatePoint) Whether living on or off-campus, students heading to college are in need of all of life’s essentials that parents once provided.

It’s easy to turn a dorm room into home with some basic and stylish accessories. Follow these tips to make shopping for and setting up student living quarters smooth and successful:

Prepare Ahead
Once a student receives a housing assignment, he or she should connect with future roommates. Lots of decisions need to be made. Decide ahead of time what to share, and if students want to coordinate décor.

Look for a retailer that can help you stay organized and on budget. For example, Bed Bath & Beyond offers college shopping checklists with separate lists for dorms and apartments. You can create a custom checklist online. You can also refer to their “Find My College,” page to determine whether your dorm has rules and regulations prohibiting certain decorations and supplies. (more…)

July 23, 2013 |

5 P’s


Most everything we do issues from a thought, the idea being that “thought becomes behavior.” It’s a commonly understood psychological motivation. But however well-endowed our thinking, “t” (time) is the arbiter of achievement and the efficiency that naturally obtains from it. Whatever we hope to accomplish is too often directly related to the time we spend on it. We may have little time for most things until we decide to take the time necessary to do them. No doubt, you can relate.

In the world of small business, “planning” is that elusive something that seldom gets the time it deserves. Very few Main Street businesses have plans to work from, a blueprint of sorts that charts the path to the stated goal-something virtually all business owners have, at least in mind. There are seldom in evidence a Business Plan, a Revenue Model, a Marketing Plan, or even a description of the Use Model for the targeted customer. Interestingly, there are often loosely knit thoughts about such things, but very little ever gets to paper. “What’s not on paper turns to vapor,” as the saying goes. That which ensures we return from the grocery store with the product we sought is the same as that which ensures we don’t overspend our resource-a list!  (more…)

July 23, 2013 |

A New Honor For Blevins


By Chuck Slater

If the major league organizations are looking for some pitching help for their high-end minor league clubs, they could well take a look at what  Briarcliff’s Bobby Blevins is accomplishing.

Pitching for the Rockland Boulders of the independent professional Canadian American League, Blevins was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week for the third time in six weeks on July 22.  He earned the designation this time for defeating the defending champion Winnipeg Goldeyes,  9-1, in July 18 with his third straight complete game.

Blevins, 7-5, is 3-1 in July with a 2.18 earned run average in his hitter-happy league. He leads the Can Am in innings pitched (87 2/3) and complete games (4), is second in victories (7) and fourth in strikeouts (54).

He could not be reached for comment on July 23 because he got up at 4 a.m. to travel with his second place Boulders for a key series in Quebec with the league-leading Capitals.  Blevins is scheduled to pitch the second game of the series at night on July 24.

July 23, 2013 |

Are You Getting Your Eyes Checked Often Enough?


(StatePoint) Are you taking good enough care of your eyes? According to a new study, your gender and where you live may indicate if you are practicing good eye health.

Women go to eye doctors 28 percent more than men, according to the 2013 Eye Health Index released by VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the country. Analysis showed that women, who are statistically at greater risk for eye-related diseases, make a more concerted effort to care for their eyes.

The research also concluded that Boise City, Idaho, is the top city where more residents took care of their eyes in 2012. Boise City had the highest rate of eye exams compared to any other city on the index for the past two years. Other cities ranking in the top 10 eye healthy cities are Sacramento, Oklahoma City-Tulsa, Wichita, Columbus (Ohio), Des Moines, Birmingham, Denver, Raleigh, and the San Francisco Bay Area. (more…)

July 23, 2013 |
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