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New Role, Same Old Success


Slater's Slant







By Chuck Slater



As the locally undefeated Panas volleyball team hits its way toward its upcoming bid for a repeat state championship in Class A, there is no doubt who is its best and most important player. The 6-foot, 2-inch senior outside hitter Yvette Burcescu, after all, is the reigning two-time New York State Player of the Year.

But the next most important is Sabrina Patriciello. An all-state libero the past two years, the 5-foot, 7-inch senior moved to the critical setter position to fill a graduation need and has come through like—well, like the all-stater she is. “She’s been setting all season,” said Joe Felipe, Panas’ highly successful coach, “and performing at a very high level.” As is her team. So the question still to be answered is: Is this Panthers squad the equal of the one that brought the school its first state championship in any sport last November?

You won’t get any disagreement from Patriciello, who has dabbled in track, varsity basketball and bowling “just for fun” but devoted herself to only one sport. “I’ve been playing volleyball since I was 12,” she says, “and I love all there is about it. I like the constant motion. I forget everything else when I’m playing.” Of her new position this season, she says, “Setting is a completely different world. I like how I’m involved in every play on offense. Libero (essentially a rear retrieval role) is involved in defense.”

She has rung up some super stats at her new position. Just two weeks ago, she had totaled 551 assists, 43 kills and 102 digs along with 47 aces. Further, on her team, Patriciello says, “And I’m playing on a team with my best friends. I love it.” And she loves helping others, as does the whole team with the Lustgarten Foundation Cancer Walk each year. The libero-turned-setter also teaches volleyball to youngsters.

Would she want to continue playing competitively in whatever college she chooses? “I’d really like that,” she said. What Patriciello and her talented teammates would really like on the eve of the playoffs is to extend their season up to another 10 successful games as they try to make it two state titles in a row.

How good are they? Not long ago they defeated Class AA – the class above theirs – champion Ossining, which returned nearly its full championship team, in three straight games. How good are they? As good as a year ago? Or perhaps almost as good, as in 2015, when Panas lost in the state final? “Ask me after the playoffs,” said Joe Felipe.


October 25, 2017 |

Throw the Ultimate Tailgate


In Good Taste








(Family Features) Football season is back, and that means it’s time to stock up on all the tailgating essentials. Nailing the food lineup is key because few things can ruin a good game like getting “hangry” before kickoff. This year, kick your game up a notch with simple tailgating recipes that bring the perfect blend of flavor and heat. These easy recipes will get you enjoying the festivities in no time, whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or homegating on your couch.
No matter which team you and your friends are rooting for, there’s one thing that all football fans can agree on: wings are the MVPs of game day. Wings have been holding the line ever since 1964, when Frank’s RedHot was the key ingredient in the first-ever Buffalo wings.

After all these years, there’s a reason wings keep their defending champ status: they’re easy to make and a surefire way to deliver that classic Buffalo flavor. Just bake the wings for half an hour to get that crispy coating, toss with your two-ingredient buffalo sauce and you’re all set. Serve them up with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks and you’ll be on your way to the ultimate tailgate.

In order to make sure you’ve got the win locked in, have more than one play in your back pocket. Turn to another tried-and-true, one-pot classic: chili.

Don’t overthink it – all you need to do is brown some ground beef, add some onion then crushed tomatoes, beans, hot sauce and seasoning. All you need is 15 minutes to build flavor and you’re good to go. Even easier, let your slow cooker do the work. Finish it off with shredded cheese, scallions, sour cream and more hot sauce, and you’ll have the hearty chili you need to keep the tailgate going strong. Enjoy your chili on its own or spoon it on top of hot dogs, nachos and whatever else you have on your plate.

For more tailgate tips and great-tasting game day recipes, visit

Buffalo Chicken Wings

2 1/2    pounds chicken wing pieces
1/2       cup Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

1/3       cup butter, melted

blue cheese dressing

celery sticks
Heat oven to 450 F.

In foil-lined pan, bake wings 30 minutes until crispy, turning once.

In bowl, combine sauce and butter.

Toss wings in sauce to coat completely.

Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.


2          pounds ground beef
1          large onion, chopped
1          can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
1          can (15-19 ounces) kidney beans, undrained

1/4       cup Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

2          packages (1 1/4 ounces) chili seasoning mix

shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

scallions (optional)

sour cream (optional)
In large, nonstick pot, cook beef until browned.

Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Drain.

Stir in tomatoes, beans, sauce and seasoning mix. Heat to boiling. Stir often.

Simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes, or until flavors are blended. Stir often.

Garnish, as desired, with shredded cheddar cheese, scallions and sour cream.

October 25, 2017 |

Fun, Arty Studio Cafe is Back November 4th!


Art to be auctioned: Findings by Jason Rohlf



Saturday night, November 4th, Pelham Art Center will be aglow, live music pouring through the tented courtyard, studios and galleries; while the delectable aroma of southern Westchester restaurants’ signature entrees waft through the air. The bars will be hopping as 200-plus guests happily sample the fare and peruse an exciting range of original, affordable art donated by exhibiting artists, as well as must-have auction experiences.

Back by demand, the edgy painting performance group, EYE (, will live-paint a wall-size work of art composed of multiple canvasses, riffing to the smoky sounds of The Jazzy 3. Studio Café guests will be able to bid on the sections as they are being painted. Last year enthused bidders bought every canvas, with clamors for more!

For people in the know, the perennially popular Studio Café fundraiser is casual, fun, and arty. With tickets priced at $85 in advance ($100 at the door), it is a fun, affordable evening of delicious food, art, music, wine and friends. And the benefits go back to the community with Pelham Art Center’s wide variety of free and unique arts experiences and access.

Some quietly spectacular auction items are: a five-day stay In Deer Valley (sleeps 11), a cocktail party and hors d’oeuvres for 20 in the comfort of your own home, a sunset dinner for six on a yacht catered by a world-class chef – and more.

Studio Café this year is chaired by Jennifer Bland, with food overseen by Diane Essig and decorations by the ever-creative Paula McKeever. Proceeds from Studio Café will enrich the entire community with free exhibitions, performances, workshops and events; art scholarships for all ages; after-school art programs in underserved communities; and free folk arts cultural experiences for everyone.

Pelham Art Center would not be able to offer the breadth of its free workshops, performances, and more without the community’s supportive businesses. This year Studio Café’s Gold Sponsor is McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty. Pelham Art Center is grateful for the generosity of the contributing restaurants, businesses, artists and donors who help make the Art Center’s free arts access possible.

Tickets: $85 advance/$100 at the door; Patron tickets: $125: or call 914 738 2525 x111.

Pelham Art Center 155 Fifth Avenue Pelham, NY 10803 914-738-2525
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5pm; Saturday, 10–4pm
Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop
These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Community Foundation; Strypemonde Foundation; ArtEffects; Town of Pelham; Junior League of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; the Rutsch family; Christopher Tahbaz; Jon and Nancy Warner; Members and Annual Fund Donors.



October 20, 2017 |

Hitchcock Meets Hilarious in Carmel High School’s Production of “The 39 Steps”


The Carmel High School Drama Club presents The 39 Steps on October 27 and October 28 @ 7:30PM with a special matinee on October 29 @ 2:00PM at Carmel High School, Casey Hall 30 Fair Street, Carmel NY. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This thrilling tale is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, vaudeville routines and some good old-fashioned romance!

You will follow our hero, Richard Hannay, played by Aidan Wilk, as he attempts to clear his name for a murder and find out about “The 39 Steps”. Along the way he meets an array of interesting characters. Among them are lovely women who aid him, salesmen who distract him, police who are chasing him, and thugs who are ruffing him up. Professor Jordan played by Benjamin Hitchcock, holds the secret to this mystery. Come find out what transpires during this movie come to life!

Space is limited. Advanced tickets are available online at

Deanna Prekalaj and Andriy Gura, under the guidance of the club’s Drama Advisor, Margaret Carey, direct the this wildly entertaining comedy. The talented cast of 25 Carmel High School students includes Samantha Altman, Alieyah Brown , Franchesca Cabrere, Julie Daza, Allison Devane, Julia Field, Jake Groundwater, Olivia Hamilton, Benjamin Hitchcock, Lauren Hoffmann, Caitlin Krause, Hannah Loughran, Ayden Mallegelo, Lena McKee, William Meyers, Madeline Olsen, Jovani Perez, Elizabeth Pulley, James Purr, Allison Sanel, Beck Spears, Liam Tuffy, Anthony Velez, Aidan Wilk, and Natalie Wright.

“This show is perfect for the very funny and talented students of Carmel High School’s Drama Club,” explains director, Margaret Carey, “They are spoofing the genre, adding a bit of modern elements and totally embracing the shtick.”

THE 39 STEPS premiered in the West End in 2007 where it received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and upon its transfer to Broadway, garnered two Tony Awards. Audience Advisory: Very light violence and adult content may not be suitable for our youngest patrons. “The 39 Steps” is a play adapted from the film by Alfred Hitchcock by Patrick Barlow & John Buchan. “The 39 Steps” is presented by arrangement with Samuel French, LTD.




(c) Richard Hannay (Aidan Wilk) tries to escape the clutches of the heavies, Jovani Perez (l) and James Purr (r).

October 20, 2017 |

Just One Thing


ROI by Frank J. Rich







By Frank J. Rich


In thinking about the opportunity that exists in each of those I work with, I’m ever seeking that essential and simple direction that will influence best practices. It presents both opportunity and unique challenges. Gladly, the diversity joins unused brain cells in the gambol toward more effective responses to both. The result has caused something of an epiphany—“a sudden intuitive leap of understanding”—but which more accurately represents a growing appreciation for accumulated knowledge and experience.

The sense that all have felt of being overwhelmed by both the sheer number and immediacy of the challenges we face tends to drive us in two directions. We are either stuck at START, unable to move toward any of the things facing us for an immobilizing focus on all of them at the same time, or we narrow our focus on one thing at a time until all are done or delegated. But the simple wisdom in the approach masks the tension that acts like an emergency brake on a car that just won’t release for having been so seldom used. It’s stuck, like us!

As those of you who read my columns have discovered, I am fond of the character Curly in the film City Slickers. His wisdom is summed up in one expression to the erstwhile cowboys who left the city and their reliance on its conveniences for a trail ride that loses its luster in the hard work of managing cattle on the open range and the grimy and spare conditions of the plain. It is, as he literally points out, one thing! Challenged by the simplicity of it and the anxiety it produces, Billy Crystal is finally driven to ask of Curly just what that one thing might be. Curly leads him on awhile, perhaps to emphasize the value in it, then pronounces it as though it were virtue from on high. “One thing,” he says. “Just do one thing at a time, and do it well and you’ll enjoy success at everything you do.”

“That’s it?” Crystal blurts incredulously?

Our tendency is to see the world as a complex society, unmanageable for its twists and turns. The unpredictable winnowing of order from chance seems far too intricate a puzzle for our daily portion of hours at work to solve. But much like the fox and the hedgehog as depicted in the well-known essay by Isaiah Berlin, there is a need to simplify a complex world into a single organizing idea, a basic principle or concept that unifies and guides everything we do.

But what does this concept have to do with you and the daunting task of preparing an organization for greatness? In his description of the “Flywheels and the Doom Loop,” Jim Collins (Good to Great) models the struggle that is necessary to the success of key initiatives. It is the persistence of a long obedience in the same direction that wins the day. Much like the hedgehog that curls into an impenetrable ball whenever the fox approaches, a single concept that is worked well is the answer.

We have learned that no matter how important or world shattering the end result, transformations do not happen overnight by the power of a single act. Rather, they succeed by the deliberate and focused application of a simple guiding principle—small steps, one at a time, decision-by-decision, push-by-push, of the wheel of progress.

In his effort to inform the method by which post-war nations could revive their industries, Edward Deming fostered the idea of small, continuous improvement, what would later be known as The Kaizen Way, the Japanese name for it. He reasoned that we are so used to living with minor annoyances that it was not easy to identify them or to make corrections to overcome them. Quite oppositely, he discovered these annoyances had a way of growing in size and complexity and eventually blocking the way to change. His breakthrough? Train oneself to spot and solve small problems so as to avoid more sizeable and painful solutions later in the process.

It seems all too simple. In fact, by itself the idea is little more than pleasurable to consider. But the bane of most middle managers, the “how to” in the method, is the deliverance of a dry match in the darkness. With success as the goal, it is necessary to reduce the first step to the smallest possible accomplishment. Once it has been achieved and you have tasted its nectar, it is appropriate to take another. Soon, you will recognize when next steps are automatic, effortless, and joyful. Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into a change of pace—up or down—if it doesn’t feel right to you, Deming urged. Just return to the mind of the hedgehog as you gain the confidence of a practice that works.



October 20, 2017 |

Art Exhibit Gala: Celebrate Our Veterans


Art Exhibit Gala: Celebrate Our Veterans
Art, Photography, Music and Written Works by local Veterans at Studio Around the Corner

The Cultural Arts Coalition in conjunction with Putnam County PFC Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program proudly announces “Celebrate Our Veterans” a Gala highlighting the artistic talents of our local Veterans. The Gala will be presented during the month of November at the Studio Around the Corner located at 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM.
On display during the month will be artwork created by Veterans of Putnam County including paintings, photographs and sculpture. During the month there will be readings from poetry and other written works by our Veterans from their Writers workshop as well as from our book Hero’s Highway. Music by local Veterans will also be performed.

Opening Reception Gala
Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7 – 9PM

Additional Gallery Hours: 12 – 2PM
Saturday, November 4: Artwork Display
Saturday, November 11: Music with Gil
Saturday, November 18: Poetry & Readings
Saturday, November 25: Artwork Remains Up For Viewing
Sunday, November 26: Show closing.
Studio Around the Corner at Old Town Hall
67 Main Street, Suite 101
Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 363-8330


For more information about the Vet 2 Vet program visit
For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit:, call (845) 363 – 8330, email or find us on Facebook at “Cultural Arts Coalition”.

Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 363-8330

About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition
The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “… to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.”
Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.
About Putnam County PFC Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program
On June 28, 2008, Private First Class Joseph P. Dwyer, a combat medic and a veteran of the Iraq War died as a result of an inhaled sedative, which he used to self-medicate his diagnosis of PTSD and depression. Although the Veterans Administration and friends and family tried to help treat his PTSD, Dwyer could not be saved from his “inner demons” and he lost the valiant fight.
Lobbying with veterans groups and with acquired input from friends and family of Joseph then-New York State Senator and veteran Lee M. Zeldin (NY R-Third District) help to introduce legislation creating grants and funding for the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of New York.
The first four counties in New York, were Rensselaer, Jefferson, Suffolk, and Saratoga in 2012. In 2013, seven additional counties were added including Putnam, Westchester, Nassau, Erie, Onondaga, Orange, and Rockland, and four more were added in 2014, then one more was added in 2015 bringing the total to 16 counties in New York as of this date. Today, the Putnam County program is run by Iraq war veteran John Bourges, who started working as a coordinator and peer-to-peer ambassador.
Open to any Putnam County veteran of any era, Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of Putnam County connects veterans who have experienced and overcome post-service social and emotional challenges including PTSD, TBI, substance abuse, and other illnesses. It is our goal with this program to utilize that unique relationship from one vet to another to help foster a relationship and direct the veteran to any services they may need.

Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 363-8330



October 19, 2017 |
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