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Lang Scores 8 to Lead John Jay


By Chuck Slater

Senior Sarah Lang has long been a lacrosse standout – her total of 164 goals is the fourth most in John Jay Cross River’s career annals.  And on Wednesday, May 29, she picked the perfect time to score eight goals in one game to lead the Indians to the Class B regional final with a 19-14 victory over Section 2’s Burnt Hills at Fox Lane High School..

Later on the Fox Lane turf, Putnam Valley, a section champion for the first time, advanced to the Class C regional final with a 12-11 squeaker over Albany Academy.

The local boys team in regional play, nationally ranked Yorktown, had its Class B match with Niskayuna, also nationally ranked, in Albany postponed by a thunderstorm.  Hopefully, the two powerhouses will have their showdown on Thursday, May 30.

“Absolutely amazing,” said Lang, referring to John Jay’s success.  “So exciting,” said coach Christine Smith who in her second year at the helm has taken her team to its first sectional title since 1993 and now the regional final.   “The girls deserve it.”

The Cross River girls next face Saugerties in the regional final Saturday in Kingston.

John Jay actually trailed by 10-6 halftime before dominating the second session as Lang scored six of her eight goals.  “No,” she said with a laugh, “I’ve never scored eight goals before.”

“It took a while to adjust to Burnt Hills’ aggressive play,” added Lang, an attack who has a scholarship to the University of Vermont ahead of her.  “But we seniors realized we could be facing our last half in high school if we didn’t pick it up.”

And, led by Lang, pick it up they did.

Putnam Valley next faces Section 9’s Red Hook on Saturday in Kingston.  The Tigers, however, had to hold on after taking a 12-6 lead.

“I know we are going to go all the way,” said Putnam Valley’s Mel Wagner, who had five goals.

May 30, 2013 |

Failing Smart


By Frank J. Rich

Enterprise models often emphasize quick results. Why? The market moves more quickly today than ever, technology forces disruptive change, and innovations are increasingly more destructive (in the short term) than productive. Even the hint of technology advancement (for its effect on the use model) is often enough to stall sales of it. Yet, to affect a market with a new product idea or advancement takes an average of two years. It’s much the same to establish a new business of most any kind. How, then, do we manage the uncertain task of delivering new products to market and new enterprises of promise?

Many of us build our toys two to three times, an errant determinism that shuns a careful review of the directions. We’re just built that way, especially men. We are experimenters, not unlike Thomas Edison, who preferred to view the 10,000 attempts at an incandescent light bulb as experiments and not failures. Perhaps, his optimism or sheer determination, a rose by another name, was sufficient to chase defeat or at least the blahs, propelling him to achieve his goal of lighting the communities of America inexpensively. And in the process, proving “planned failure” as a model of achievement. Most of the experiments worked, however briefly, and then one remained lit, its filament burning for 15 hours into the darkness. (more…)

May 29, 2013 |

Big Victory for Morales


By Chuck Slater

A year ago at this time, Nicole Morales, the precocious young golfer from South Salem, finished 22nd in the prestigious Thunderbird International Junior Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I put too much pressure on myself,” she said then. “I’ll do better next time.”

Did she ever. On Monday, May 27, she won the three-round event, closing with a 69 for a 5-under-par 211. “I was in the right frame of mind,” she said after the most significant victory of her illustrious young career.

Morales, who left the John Jay boys golf team to concentrate on major junior women’s events, drained a 35-foot putt on the final hole to win by a stroke. “My putter was on fire,” she said.

Next up for Morales: trying to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open in New Jersey on Thursday, May 30. It is her 17th birthday.

May 29, 2013 |

Purple Hair Extensions for Hope


Venus Beauty Salon will host a colorful fundraiser for Liam’s Lucarios American Cancer Relay For Life team. The salon will be applying purple hair extensions for an entire month and donating all proceeds to Liam Ollive’s Relay for Life team. All funds will be donated t­o the American Cancer Society. It takes only a few minutes to attach the extension to your own hair, and can last as long as one month. You can wash, curl and blow-dry the extensions as they are made from human hair and not synthetic. They will last as long as the bead holding it in isn’t pulled out or opened. When you want to take out the extension, you simply open the bead by pinching it with a small pliers and it will slide out.

The Venus Beauty Salon is located on 973 Main Street in Fishkill, New York.

Purple hair extensions will be available at the salon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 15th through June 15, 2013.

The suggested donation is $15.00 per extension. Payment is by cash only, as Venus Salon does not accept charge cards. Call Venus at 845-896-3001. Reservations are not necessary but recommended. (more…)

May 28, 2013 |

The Day Before Tomorrow


By Frank J. Rich

My work helping technology companies find effective positioning in their marketplace brought my company many “start-up” organizations as clients. They are an exciting lot – full of the energy required to get an enterprise off the ground and market ready, the commitment necessary to the investment in dollars and blood that are common to them (sweat equity), and the enthusiasm and attitude that informs value and productive ends.

Born of the natural inclinations in us to do our best (actualization), they march steadfastly forward without the usual fear of risk, carrying their dreams with them, not depending on others for their fulfillment. Formed of the brightest and the best in their field, start-ups are a model of what is purely “good” about capitalism – the view that “nothing comes from nothing” (ex nihilo, nihil fit). A collection of individuals organized for a common purpose, the desire to express a better way to accomplish something is their driving force – a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) that quickly and easily orders the doings of our lives, an MP3 Player to encourage our moods, flash memory to hurdle the limitations and size of magnetic drives, a “computer for the rest of us” with an apple at its core. While the VC (Venture Capitalists) who invariably fund these newbies, may be cursed of short-term goals, most start-up founders are focused on the triple play that drives success – satisfy a need, solve a problem, add value, and the promise of a long-term run at it. (more…)

April 30, 2013 |

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 |
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