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Watch Super Bowl Commercials While at the Game? There’s an App for That!



TownLink Tech TuesdayBy Samantha Murphy Kelly

If you’re headed to Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix this year, you’re probably not thinking about the TV commercials you’ll miss. But the NFL rolled out its first ever Super Bowl in-stadium app on Monday that will allow ticketholders to experience the game just like those watching back home on the couch.


The Super Bowl Stadium App, born out of an NFL partnership with Verizon, will give game day attendees within the University of Phoenix Stadium stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the ability to watch commercials and instant replays from four different camera angles (zoom and pause capabilities too) and access the venue’s seating and concession maps.

NFL-Super Bowl Stadium app

January 27, 2015 |

The Sony Walkman Is Back! And it’ll $et You Back


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Audiophiles may have to cash in their rare-LP collection to afford it

Sony unveiled a new Walkman on Tuesday (Jan. 6) that will deliver an exceptional audio experience—at an exceptionally high price.

The new Sony ZX2 Walkman will set audiophiles back by $1,119.99, Sony revealed at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. According to Sony, the payoff comes with a clarity of sound that approaches master recordings in studio.

January 6, 2015 |

Dr. Belinda S. Miles Named President of Westchester Community College


Belinda_Miles_currentDr. Belinda S. Miles has been named president of Westchester Community College. Miles is currently provost and executive vice president of Access, Learning, and Success at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). A nationally known academic leader, she will start her new position January 2015. Miles has nearly three decades of experience in higher education, primarily at the community college level.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity to engage with students, faculty, staff, and the community to advance a comprehensive learning and success agenda,” says Miles. “Together we will work to expand Westchester Community College’s role in helping students achieve their academic and career goals.” (more…)

December 3, 2014 |

Katonah Broker Carol Christiansen Named 2014 Realtor of the Year


Realtor of the Year photo Diane ChristiansenThe Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, a 9000+-member board, has selected Carol Christiansen as its 2014 Realtor of the Year.

The selection process is a vote by the membership. This prestigious award was bestowed on Ms. Christiansen for outstanding contributions to the association. Her endless support for her fellow Realtors has always been a top priority and the award a well deserved recognition of her efforts.

Carol Christiansen, a Realtor member for the past 20 years, has served the membership as a volunteer in many capacities… director, committee chair, committee member and Women’s Council of Realtors president, among others. Her time and dedication is delivered with a smile and positive energy. Carol is a believer in people and their potential and celebrates life with enthusiasm.

Carol’s career spans a multitude of real estate positions…salesperson, manager, assistant team leader, mentor and now principal broker/owner of Cafe Realty, Katonah (N.Y.). Her vision is to serve the public, clients and agents by educating and advocating for them. This award captures her spirit and dedication to the industry.

December 3, 2014 |

How to Keep a Holiday Party from Becoming a Holiday Disaster


Counseling Corner by American Counseling AssociationBy American Counseling Association

           If the holiday season brings office parties and social events that have you feeling nervous or fearful, you’re not alone. We’ve all heard of office parties where a few drinks led to a terrible outcome, or that family gathering where a relative decided to tell everyone just what he or she really thought of them.

But holiday parties needn’t be disasters.  A little planning and common sense can help ensure that an upcoming event is a good time for you, not something to feel anxious about or avoid altogether.

For starters, do go to that event, whether it’s an office party, neighborhood gathering or a family get-together.  It’s good for your reputation to make an appearance, even if you just show up early, stay for a short time, thank your host and leave. That’s better than being a no-show, and there’s always the chance that you might enjoy yourself and want to stay.Company Holiday Party (more…)

December 3, 2014 |

Driving Main Street


Bruce the Blog


Did you know that local businesses account for the largest base of business in the U.S.? Or that the percentage of their revenue that goes back to the local community is three times greater than from chain stores?

Did you know that local businesses’ charitable contributions are 10 times greater than from chain stores because they are the heartbeat of the community?

Did you know that towns grow at a faster rate when their local businesses are supported?

In 2010, American Express created Small Business Saturday, which returns this week on Nov. 29. In 2011, the U.S. Senate recognized it as an official event that benefits the American economy. In the past two years, that one day out of 365 is credited with generating more than $5.5 billion in revenue, thanks to Main Street shopping. sb-100 (more…)

November 24, 2014 |

N.Y. Shoppers Plan to Spend Same on 2014 Holiday Gifts as Prior Year, Says Siena Survey

  • 75% Plan to Donate to Needy

  • 36% Plan to Volunteer

  • NYers Welcome Winter

  • Figuring How to Endure Heavy Snowfalls

Holiday Shopping ForecastLoudonville, N.Y. – Fifty-nine percent of New Yorkers plan to spend about the same this year as last on holiday gifts, while 32 percent plan to reduce their spending and seven percent intend to spend more. Those are highlights of a new statewide survey of consumers by Siena College Research Institute (SRI).

Nearly two-thirds are buying gifts for the same number of people, with 58 percent budgeting the same dollars per individual this year as in 2013. Sixty-four percent (vs 61 percent in 2013) plan to hold their gift spending under $600, while 23 percent (vs 25 percent in 2013) have budgeted $1000 or more.

“Despite increasing overall consumer sentiment, holiday spending appears likely to be similar to last year,” according to SRI director Don Levy. “Every indicator – intended spending target, number of people on your list and actual dollars budgeted – looks nearly identical to last year’s plans.”

Fifty-eight percent of New Yorkers, compared to 72 percent a year ago, say they are excited about the upcoming holiday season, while 41 percent are either not very excited or not at all excited.

“Perhaps as part of the new economic normal, by two to one, New Yorkers say that, as much as they can, they will buy practical gifts more than splurging on impractical items. While we won’t be wrapping up coal, it is more likely we’ll see needs, rather than wants, under the tree,” Levy said. “And, as a sign that consumers hope to stay within their budget, over eighty percent plan to pay now rather than let the bills extend well into 2015.”

Plans to shop online increased slightly this year: 49 percent of New Yorkers intend to do at least 25 percent of their shopping online, up from 46 percent a year ago.

Charitable Giving and Volunteering
Seventy-five percent of New Yorkers say they will make donations of money, food or gifts during the holiday season to charitable organizations that focus on the needy.

“The warmth of New Yorkers is evident in this survey as even in the face of a sluggish economy, across every demographic group, overwhelming majorities plan to give to help others enjoy this season. Even among those making less than $50,000 a year, nearly two-thirds plan to donate,” Levy noted.

Thirty-six percent, compared to 33 percent last year, will volunteer some of their time this holiday season for organizations that help people.

Mixed Feelings on Winter and Snow
Asked to assess their feelings about winter, 60 percent of New Yorkers said that while “it may be cold, it is a special time of year,” and they look forward to winter activities and all the season provides, but 36 percent admit that they “dread it,” especially the cold and the darkness. Thirty-nine percent of New Yorkers predict more than average snow this year, 37 percent expect an average accumulation, and 16 percent expect less than average snow. (The survey was conducted prior to the recent record snowfall in western New York.)

“A strong majority are excited about winter’s arrival, but sentiment flips when the topic is snow, ” said Levy. “When thinking about the white stuff, a majority says they figure out how to endure it and wouldn’t be upset, as long as we had very little of it.”

Tree and Greetings
Seventy percent of New Yorkers put up a Christmas tree for the holidays, of which 61 percent prefer an artificial tree. Fifty-one percent most often use “Merry Christmas” as their holiday greeting rather than “Happy Holidays” (38 percent) or “Seasons’ Greetings” (6 percent).

The SRI survey of Holiday Spending Plans was conducted November 3-17, 2014 by random telephone calls to 809 New York adults via landline and cell phones. Data was statistically adjusted by age, race/ethnicity and gender to ensure representativeness. SRI reports this data at a 95% confidence level with a margin of error of + 3.4 points. The Siena College Research Institute, under the direction of Donald Levy, Ph.D., conducts political, economic, social and cultural research primarily in New York State. For more information or comments, please call Dr. Don Levy, Director Siena College Research Institute, at 518-783-2901. Survey cross-tabulations and frequencies can be found at
November 24, 2014 |
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