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A More Perfect Union


ROI by Frank J. Rich







By Frank J. Rich



When was the last time you started a relationship with an organization at which you were given a written description of what you might expect from the organization? Whether beginning a new job or project we seldom benefit from a “resume” of the organization’s skills and talents for achieving the stated outcomes. Executive coaches often refer to this quality in organizations as “success dependencies.” The cloud in one’s mind usually reads something like this: What about this new organization is a clear demonstration of their ability to succeed after I get there, and what evidence do they offer to warranty the behavior necessary to the achievement they expect of me? Employers and employees alike are openly passionate about each other, but when it comes time to shake on the deal only one of them has paper in hand with the details of what he must do.

Oddly, for as common as are job descriptions and goal sheets (for individuals), they are seldom matched with the same from the organization. In fact, the psychological contract between employer and employee—a set of beliefs about what each is expected to receive and to give—may be the most unilateral of contracts. If, in fact, a contract at all, by what mechanism have we constructed this model of agreement in which the responsibility of one side is in writing, and that of the other is imagined, or worse, taken for granted?

Perhaps, we are carrying the artifacts of an earlier era in which the employee is assumedly less valuable to the organization than vice versa. What does that mean for the phrase, “People are an organization’s most valuable asset?” One can only imagine, and some have—enter the knowledge worker whose broad understanding of the comprehensive contribution necessary to an ever faster moving market economy is transforming the view of human capital. Clearly, absent real equity in the arrangement, organizations are at risk of losing good people for insensitivity to their responsibility in this important contract between employer and employee.

So much of our effort depends on the passion we develop for our work and our organizations. Whether written or just spoken about, our expectations and the passion that excite them, have a significant impact on how we think, feel, and act, no less on our attitudes toward work. In fact, not unlike the anticipation of flowing ketchup as we take in the smell of grilled hamburger, expressed expectations have a greater emotional effect than the actual meeting of them. Surprised? Think ahead a month or so to anticipated joy in the holidays and the actual results. Here’s hoping you are outside the curve.

In our efforts to form a “more perfect union” between employer and employee, consider three key elements in the model of engagement necessary to cooperative achievement. In everything be reminded to communicate, initiate, and adjust in your march to achievement.


Source: Integro Leadership Institute

October 6, 2017 |

Brewster Dance Studio Offers Free Story Time Program




Parents join their children in a fun and creative story time

Story Time with a Twist is a weekly story time group combining movement, music and mostly just fun! Seven Star School of Performing Arts is offering this FREE program to the community.

This program is open to all children 1 – 4 year olds and will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:00-9:30 AM! Parents and children are invited to stay and play afterwards during open studio time until 9:45 AM!
In addition to having some fun, quality time with their children, parents have the opportunity to introduce their children to performing arts in a warm and friendly environment. The arts build skills such as problem solving and critical thinking; they bring opportunities for the development of language/communication, mathematics, as well as the development of social and interpersonal skills.
Seven Star School is located at 509 Route 312 in Brewster. For more information about this and other programs visit them at or call 845.278.0728.




October 4, 2017 |

New Rochelle Opera Pays Tribute to Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura


Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 3:00 PM
The Fountainhead, New Rochelle, NY

(NEW ROCHELLE, NY) October 3, 2017 – New Rochelle Opera will host a tribute to Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The fundraiser will be held at The Fountainhead, located at 55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY. All proceeds will support the Company’s 2018 production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme.

The event will celebrate the life and careers of Eggerth and her husband, Kiepura. Together, the couple appeared in over 2,000 performances of The Merry Widow—Eggerth portraying Hanna, the wealthy widow, and Kiepura singing the role of her suitor, Count Danilo. The presentation will consist of discussion, video clips and photos as told by Marjan Kiepura and Jane Knox, son and daughter-in-law of Eggerth and Kiepura. Additionally, a short concert of selections from the operetta will feature NRO artists Kelli Butler and Youngjoo An.

The program will begin at 3:00 pm. All tickets are $40, and include a coffee and dessert reception following the presentation. To purchase advance tickets, visit, or call 1-800-838-3006, Ext. 1. All tickets will be held at the door. For further information, call (914) 576-1617.

New Rochelle Opera was formed for the purpose of presenting imaginative and appealing operatic productions to the Westchester community. It serves to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of live opera, and make it accessible and affordable to a diverse audience. The company presents the art form in its various aspects (e.g. fully staged performances, opera in concert, school programs, opera workshops and demonstrations), engaging aspiring young artists as well as experienced professionals.

Presented by New Rochelle Opera
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm
The Fountainhead
55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY
Tickets: $40
For tickets, visit or call 1-800-838-3006, Ext. 1.
For more information: (914) 576-1617

October 4, 2017 |

Introduce Freshness to Your Family Table


In Good Taste







The original farm-to-table food kids already love – milk

(Family Features) Locally sourced foods are becoming increasingly important to families across the country – and more moms are taking note of where their family’s food comes from. In fact, more than three-quarters of moms are actively looking for locally sourced food options when grocery shopping for themselves and their families, according to a new survey from the National Milk Life Campaign.[1]

From Farm to Glass

Many people are surprised to learn that milk is one of the original farm-to-table foods. Nearly two-thirds of moms think milk takes anywhere from more than two days to more than a week to travel from the farm to grocery stores throughout the country, when it typically arrives on shelves in just 48 hours, on average, after leaving the farm. In fact, milk often originates from many family-owned and operated farms about 300 miles away from your grocery store.[2]

Part of a Balanced Diet

As a minimally processed and farm-fresh beverage, milk is a wholesome way to help your family get natural protein and balanced nutrition. Whether it’s reduced fat, fat free or organic, dairy milk is remarkably simple, containing just three ingredients: milk, vitamin A and vitamin D.

Whether enjoyed as a beverage or used as an ingredient in your favorite recipe, milk is a versatile pairing for any meal. Even award-winning chefs and restaurateurs like Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli use milk as a foundational farm-to-table ingredient in many of their signature dishes.
For a traditional favorite that kids are sure to enjoy, try Giorgio’s homemade ice cream recipe. The whole family will love making (and eating) this treat, and you can feel good about the wholesome and delicious ingredients like milk.

For more information and delicious recipes, visit

Giorgio’s Homemade Ice Cream

Servings: nine 2/3 cup servings

1 1/2    cups whole milk

2 1/2    cups heavy cream

8          egg yolks

1          cup cane sugar

1/4       teaspoon sea salt

1          tablespoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and the heavy cream to a simmer, over medium heat.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until they lighten in color. Temper the cream mixture into the eggs and sugar by gradually adding in small amounts and then return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat. Continue to cook until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. Add the vanilla, adjust the seasoning and cook the ice cream base for 3-4 hours.

Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Nutritional information per serving: 390 calories; 30 g fat; 18 g saturated fat; 260 mg cholesterol; 5 g protein; 27 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 115 mg sodium; 113 mg calcium (10% of daily value).

[1] Weber Shandwick conducted an online Google survey among 1,010 moms between the ages of 18-54 on behalf of The National Milk Life Campaign between June 22 – June 26.

[2]Milk: More Local Than You May Think,”, (August 06, 2014).


October 4, 2017 |

Ferrante Got an Early Tennis Start


Slater's Slant







By Chuck Slater




Caitlyn Ferrante avenged a sectional upset. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CAITLYN FERRANTE)

Veteran Yorktown High tennis coach Roger Dayer got an early look at the athlete who is Number 1 on his girls tennis team hitting the ball — a very early look. Caitlyn Ferrante was all of three years old. “Her brother Rob was the first man on my boys team,” Dayer related. “When we won the sectional final, his little sister came out on the court and hit with him.” “I used to travel with him all the time,” Caitlyn said. “I started playing when I was three and always hit with him.”

In high school, Rob made it to the quarterfinals at States. Flash forward 14 years or so. Rob Ferrante, now 27, is a tennis teaching pro at the Saw Mill Club where his sister practices. Little sister Caitlyn, now a high school junior, won the state championship as a sophomore — the first Yorktown girl to do so — and is undefeated this season.

“She’s incredibly good and she keeps getting better,” says Dayer, “already the best player we’ve ever had.” Dayer, it might be noted, is in his 28th year of coaching tennis.

“Her serve used to be below the rest of her game,” the coach said, “but she’s picked it up.” “That’s so,” agreed the light-haired 5-foot, 7-inch Ferrante. “And I’m fitter; I work out a lot. So I’m quicker.” And smarter. “She’s got mental toughness and she believes in herself,” the coach said. “She studies her opponent’s game and analyzes how to beat it. Plus she’s got no ego — a tremendous teammate who’s always willing to help the other girls.”

Last year, the sophomore Ferrante did go through the regular season unbeaten but lost in the sectionals to Briarcliff’s unseeded Rachel Lim. But she got to state competition where she avenged the loss to Lim and in the finals defeated Our Lady of Mercy’s Julia Andreach despite losing the first set by 6-1. It was on Halloween, no less.

“She did something at States I doubt has ever been done or ever will be done again,” Dayer said. “She defeated the Number 1, Number 2 and Number 4 seeds in order to win.” Caitlyn Ferrante couldn’t do that this October since she will certainly be a top seed. But she certainly could win again though still only a junior.

So what does she think about a repeat? “That would be awesome!”

October 4, 2017 |
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