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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 |

Reptile Encounter with Mark Perpetua


Reptile expert  Mark Perpetua will both educate and entertain while he discusses the role of reptiles in ecology. Watch as he handles alligators, rattlesnakes and gets ‘wrapped up’ with a python

Tickets are $12 in advance; $8 for Unison members and $5 for children (advance(

Children Tickets are priced for ages 12 and under

To order tickets, go to or call (845) 255-1559 for more information

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April 17, 2013 |

Once On This Island @ Peekskill High


The Peekskill High School drama club is putting on a play…..”Once On This Island” on Friday April 26th at 7pm, at the Peekskill High School Auditorium. There is also a second performance on Saturday April 27that 2pm and 7pm. Please come out and show your support.

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April 17, 2013 |

For Hen Hud’s Boyle, the Hits Keep on Comin’



This reporter, I must confess, is a Mets fan. I have been one ever since covering the Original Mets, those lovable 1962 losers, in the long-departed Polo Grounds.

Today my favorite player is David Wright. Now, Wright fields brilliantly, throws quite well, hits very well and is a standup guy and the Mets captain. He also strikes out … a lot. About 100 times a year. In the third game of this young season, he struck out three times.

Perhaps Wright could learn a thing or two from Cassidy Boyle, the Hen Hud shortstop who last year as a sophomore was all-league, all-section and second team all-state in softball.

In softball, the ball zips at one underhand between 60 and 70 miles per hour from a distance of only 43 feet, so strikeouts are more frequent than in baseball. But Boyle did not strike out even once last season – and she has not in early games this season. It’s something Wright could envy.

Oh, she also batted .630 as a sophomore, something any player at any level could envy. (more…)

April 16, 2013 |

Investigation of Boston Marathon bombings Continues


Doctors at two of Boston’s major hospitals said today that objects appeared to have been intentionally placed into the Boston Marathon bombs to inflict shrapnel wounds on the victims, underscoring the viciousness of an attack that killed three people and injured 176 others, including 17 who are still in critical condition…Read More

April 16, 2013 |
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