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Panas Volleyball Star Burcescu Headed to Northeastern U.



The search is over, the long year of recruiting finished. Brigitte Burcescu has chosen to continue her brilliant volleyball career at Northeastern University following her senior season at Panas.

As a junior, Burcescu was clearly the area’s premier volleyball player. The 6’1″ outside hitter captained and led Panas to a 20-5 record as well as its first sectional and regional championship. She also made first team all-state.

“She’s made an excellent choice,” Panas coach Joe Felipe said of the Boston university. “It’s somewhere she can make an impact.

“Northeastern has a strong volleyball program but, even more important to Brigitte, it is very strong academically.”

The highly-sought Burcescu considered myriad collegiate suitors — including Georgia Tech, Lehigh, Colgate and Delaware — before choosing the Huskies. Last season, she rewrote school records for kills in a single match (36) and a season (526). In both cases, she erased marks of her older sister Vivian, who started as a freshman for the University of Virginia this past season.

Having her college decision in the rear-view mirror is a comfort, the younger Burcescu said. “But I’m just going to work harder” to be prepared for the first year of college, she added.

“She’s outstanding as a player and a person,” Felipe said.

April 30, 2013 |

‘Relay’ Gives Voice to Local Talent

Mayor, TownLink


“We knew Yorktown could dance, but we wanted to find out if Yorktown could sing!”

What on earth is Lynne Rothman, a resident of Yorktown in Westchester County, N.Y., talking about? Doesn’t she know municipalities can’t dance and sing. Their workload is taxing enough as it is.

It’s all about birthdays. Celebrating more of them each year. In the name of fighting the most dreaded of diseases. Ms. Rothman belongs to one of the top fundraising teams for the local Relay for Life, an annual rally of the human spirit that occurs across the country under the aegis of American Cancer Society, whose poignant and perfect tagline is “Sponsor of Birthdays.”

Citizens affected directly or otherwise by cancer form themed teams that invent new and clever ways to collect donations for cancer research. Led by creative, energetic types like Ms. Rothman and attorney/musician Gary Cusano, the Bunco Babes/Class Action team in Yorktown in the past few years has been the king of ka-ching! (more…)

April 30, 2013 |

Relay for Life Paint the Town Purple


Decorate your home, school or business!

The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step with us by joining the global Relay For Life movement. When you walk to end cancer at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from cancer and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer. (more…)

April 29, 2013 |

Birdsall House: More Than Just Beer


Established in 2010 by Tim Reinke (co-owner of the Blind Tiger Ale House and Gleason’s) and John Sharp (Gleason’s), the Birdsall House quickly became a destination for craft beer and locally sourced cuisine (some from our own garden!) in the Hudson Valley. Chef March Walker’s culinary talents perfectly compliment the gastropub’s beer-centric beverage program. The Birdsall House Beer Garden opened in 2011 offering patio dining and picnic tables for groups to congregate and socialize over a pint. We look forward to your visit.

April 29, 2013 |

You’ve Got To Stand For Something


By Frank J. Rich

It is often said that those who defend everything stand for nothing. It’s another version of the logical conundrum so common among the PC crowd – “there are no absolutes.” Clearly, the logic comes apart when you consider that the absence of absolutes reveals the presence of one.

You have heard me talk about the purpose and value in the concept of “a single organizing idea.” It’s a form of patterning that builds momentum around something of value. After all, it is “something of value” that everyone seeks, and they’d like to pay as little as possible for it. That’s what increases the value. It’s an old idea; what the military calls a “battle cry,” and trancendentalist’s call a mantra. It’s what organizations may call their DNA – the characteristic way in which they behave. And it is this unique quality that is necessary to driving a unified approach to the marketplace, that which qualifies all great organizations. While the terms may be variously familiar to you, the concept of a single organizing ideal (in this case) is the rallying pole around which great organizations find the energy necessary to achievement. Not coincidentally, it also forms the basis of the value proposition that attracts the best people. (more…)

April 24, 2013 |

The Mental Health Association of Westchester County Honors Boston Victims


To honor the Boston victims and runners, MHA on the move 5K Run/Walk and 1- Mile Kids’ Race is asking participants to wear blue and yellow on race day in solidarity. The Mental Health Association of Westchester event will take place at FDR State Park in Westchester County, NY, on Sunday May 5, 2013 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

MHA’s Run/Walk, now in its 9th year, is an inspiring, community-wide event in support of mental health and wellness. An essential resource in the Hudson Valley, MHA helps more than 20,000 individuals each year. (more…)

April 24, 2013 |
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