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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 |

Silent Auction to Benefit the Field Home’s Team Seabury in their Walk to End Alzheimer’s


A silent auction of paintings by Seabury Resident Deacon John Weir begins today at Fieldhome and will run through August 12th. Monies raised by the auction will be used to support Team Seabury in their the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 29th in White Plains. The paintings will be awarded to the highest bidders on August 12th. The paintings will be shown at The Seabury and Field Home – Holy Comforter throughout the next month.

Team Seabury would like to thank Deacon John Weir for his donation of these beautiful paintings. Deacon Weir has won prizes for his paintings from the Yorktown Grange Fair and LeadingAge New York. He also teaches watercolor painting techniques to the residents of The Seabury. (more…)

July 22, 2013 |

Outdoor Movie Playing of “Rio” @ Kensico Dam Plaza


Load up the SUV with some blankets and chairs for a picnic on the lawn and treat the family to the Lippolis Electric Movie under the Stars showing of the animated family film Rio (PG, 2011) on Wednesday, July 31, rain or shine, at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. The movie begins at sundown.

“I am very grateful to our business neighbors, WFAS and Lippolis Electric and their team of co-sponsors for joining with the Parks Department to make this event possible,” County Executive Robert P. Astorino said. “It is wonderful to be able to invite county residents to Kensico for a free movie and a picnic. This is a great example of the public and private sectors coming together to benefit our residents.”

Admission and parking are free. Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic.

The movie, which will be shown in standard format, tells the story of Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, who meets the fiercely independent Jewel, and takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the “bird of his dreams.”

The Lippolis Electric Movie under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and sponsored by radio stations 103.9 WFAS-FM and 1230 WFAS Talk Radio, Lippolis Electric, National Lawn Sprinklers Inc. and Alamo Draft House.

July 22, 2013 |

Metropolitan Museum Now Open 7 Days a Week


Open Mondays throughout the Year for First Time in 42 Years

New York, N.Y. – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is now open to the public 7 days a week. This new schedule went into effect July 1 at both the Museum’s main building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in Manhattan and at The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.

“Art is a 7-day-a-week passion, and we want the Met to be accessible whenever visitors have the urge to experience this great museum,” stated museum Director & CEO Thomas P. Campbell in making the initial announcement of the new schedule in March. “Last year we had record-breaking attendance of 6.28 million visitors and yet were turning away many thousands more on Mondays, when we have traditionally been closed. Our new schedule will remedy that, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our encyclopedic collections, robust exhibition program, and wide-ranging educational offerings nearly every day of the year.” (more…)

July 22, 2013 |
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