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Concentration is Han’s Forte


Slater's Slant







By Chuck Slater



His grandmother introduced Nathan Han to golf. (PHOTO COURTESY OF LEIGH FIORITO)

In this space a week ago, one read about a local golfer who won the girls’ state high school championship as a junior, Carmel’s Lauren Peter. Well, a day later, a local golfer won the boys’ state high school championship as a sophomore. And second-year student Nathan Han of Somers had to work overtime to do so. He needed a three-hole playoff to edge Adam Xiao of Manhasset over two rounds at the famed and challenging Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca. And whereas Peter had been second as a freshman and sophomore, Han had tied for second as a freshman.

Peter, whose family did not play golf, picked up the sport at a Centennial Golf Club camp. Han, who also plays at Centennial, was introduced to the game by his golf-playing grandma and his whole family usually travels to tournaments with him.

While Peter is known for her icy dedication to thinking golf all the time, Han is cited for his icy concentration when playing the sport. “Nathan is as good a golfer as anyone I’ve ever had,” said Somers golf coach Leigh Fiorito, a coach for 39 years. “He has extraordinary concentration, exceptionally focused on each shot. This is part of what makes him so good. Whatever happens, he just keeps working for the next shot. He’s young — he doesn’t hit a long ball. But as I said, he cuts out the noise. In States, he was in the rough a lot but he didn’t let it faze him.”

“I managed to scramble pretty well,” said Han, who also is an exceptional student scholastically. After the first round at States, the Somers sophomore was in third place, two shots back of Xiao. He closed with a 72 of his own the next day and seemed to have won outright until Xiao birdied the par-5 18th. Han had to scramble on the first and third extra holes after dropping his drive in a fairway bunker. But, as is his wont, he recovered both times and the second time he won the event by holing a 10-foot par putt.

“I felt a huge shock of relief,” said Han, who was engulfed by teammates after the winning putt. “The pressure escaped me and I showed a lot of happy emotions.” Han praised his teammates for their “great support,” but now it is on to another shot, another tournament.

“He’s been playing in a lot of tournaments,” said Fiorito, who will have her champion for two more seasons. “To him, States is just another tournament. He’s on to the next tournament.”


June 28, 2017 |

Cool Down with Patriotic Frozen Pops


In Good Taste








The perfect treat to celebrate and escape the heat this summer

(Family Features) With backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic celebrations in full swing leading up to the Fourth of July, kids are constantly on the go with summertime activities. For long summer days in the sun, a cool treat is the perfect way to help keep kids energized for all of their summertime activities.

These homemade red, white and blueberry frozen pops are the perfect patriotic summer snack for active kids. Made with wholesome ingredients like fruit and milk, they’re a great way for moms to add quality nutrition to snack time with flavors their kids already love. Plus, with milk as an ingredient, this delicious recipe is a creative way to help the whole family get added nutrients they need, like calcium and protein.

Whether celebrating Independence Day or relaxing following an afternoon in the sun, this tasty and nutritious summertime snack is one the whole family can enjoy together. For more inspiration and recipes to serve up summer fun, visit

Red, White and Blueberry Frozen Pops

Servings: 10

1/2      cup granola

2         teaspoons brown rice syrup

3/4      cup reduced fat milk

6         ounces fat free vanilla Greek yogurt

1          cup whole strawberries, tops removed


1 1/4   cup blueberries, divided


In small bowl, stir granola and brown rice syrup until combined. Using end of wooden spoon, press approximately 3/4 tablespoon granola into each frozen pop mold. Granola should be packed tightly into bottom of molds.

In another small bowl, stir together milk and yogurt; set aside.

Using small food processor or high-powered blender, puree strawberries until smooth. Stir water into each puree so they are pourable, about 2 tablespoons each, more if necessary.

Set aside 30 blueberries and puree remainder. Add water, as needed, to make pourable.

To layer pops, start by pouring, piping or syringing 1 tablespoon milk and yogurt mixture into each mold, covering granola layer. Put each mold in freezer until firm, at least 1 hour.

Layer 1 tablespoon strawberry puree on top of frozen yogurt layer in each mold. Cover top of molds with foil, insert sticks and freeze again until solid. Remove foil, add another layer of yogurt and freeze again.

For final layer, add 1 tablespoon blueberry puree and 3 blueberries to each mold. Freeze until solid. Keep frozen pops in molds until ready to eat. Run each mold under lukewarm water for approximately 10 seconds to loosen and remove frozen pops. Pops can be made 1 day in advance.

Tip: For clean lines between frozen yogurt layers, use small syringe.

Nutritional information per serving: 70 calories; 2 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 3 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 20 mg sodium; 48 mg calcium (4% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using reduced fat milk.




June 28, 2017 |

Understanding the Serious Nature of Mini-Strokes


To Your Health








(Family Features) Knowing the warning signs of a mini-stroke could help save a life.

A survey conducted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association shows one-third of United States adults have had symptoms consistent with a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke, but only 3 percent called 911 for help.

“Ignoring any stroke signs could be a deadly mistake,” said Mitch Elkind, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. “Only a formal medical diagnosis with brain imaging can determine whether you’re having a TIA or a stroke.”

The survey showed 35 percent of respondents experienced at least one sign of a TIA or mini-stroke, such as sudden trouble speaking or a severe headache with no known cause. According to the online survey, those who suffered symptoms were more likely to wait it out, rest or take medicine rather than call 911.

Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability in the United States and among the top five causes of death. However, with proper, timely medical attention, stroke is largely treatable. The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to have a positive outcome.

The American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative, nationally sponsored by Medtronic, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people remember the most common stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency:

F – Face drooping

A – Arm weakness

S – Speech difficulty

T – Time to call 911

While the symptoms are the same, the difference between a TIA and a stroke is that the blockage is temporary, lasting between a few minutes and 24 hours. People who suffer a TIA, sometimes called a warning stroke, are more likely to have a stroke within 90 days, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Elkind said anyone who experiences a stroke warning sign that appears suddenly, whether it goes away or not, should call 911 immediately. This could improve the chances of an accurate diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Stroke symptoms come on suddenly with no known cause and may include confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; or a severe headache.

To learn more about stroke warning signs and treatment, visit


Photo courtesy of Getty Images

June 28, 2017 |

Fairy Tales and Land of Make Believe

Bits & Pieces Column

Helpful Chitchat







By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



This was a busy month for us with a weeklong visit by our two little grandchildren, ages 5 and 7. It was the first time they stayed with grandma and grandpa without their parents along. I wondered how they would do and if they’d become homesick after a day or so. They live five hours away, so taking them back home would be a long round trip drive. Besides, we were looking forward to their visit and I had a list of daily activities lined up for them to enjoy. By the way, this will be a topic of future columns about the wonderful activities here around Westchester for families to enjoy.

At the end of each busy day of exploring, then swimming at a friend’s pool, we’d have bedtime stories. I’d let them select the books they wanted me to read. Since I am a “saver” I still have two shelves lined with books from our three children’s childhood days and used these for our story time. Returning back to these days of fairy tales and make believe, I realized that words and places we know in literature are now magical and new to early learners being introduced to them. Take a journey back in time and see what you remember about the pretend places of famous books.



  1. In Greek myth, what is the name of the island beneath the Atlantic Ocean?
  2. Frank L. Baum’s book was about a young girl’s journey to what land?
  3. What is the name of the place where King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot lived?
  4. James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon was about a fictional place in Tibet called what?

(It was also a 1937 movie directed by Frank Capra starring Ronald Colman and Jane Wyatt)

  1. The name of this place, a word derived by Sir Thomas Moore, is now used to describe a perfect destination, unequaled.



  1. Atlantis – The Greek name means “daughter of Atlas.” Its location is depicted as west of Gibraltar.
  2. Oz – Dorothy and her quest to return home to Kansas!
  3. Camelot – A story based upon a 12th-century romance by French writer Chretien de Troyes and is a stage musical and film favorite to this day.
  4. Shangri-La – The word “La” means mountain pass in Tibetan, and Shangri-La was inspired by National Geographic articles describing the isolated Tibetan mountain villages.
  5. Utopia






June 28, 2017 |

Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Byrne Present $1,000 Grant to Local Fraternal Order of Police



Grant Will Support the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band

The bagpipes have been a staple of music for as long as there have been parades, memorial services and traditional ceremonies. Renowned composers such as Joseph Hayden and Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote symphonies incorporating the bagpipes. The unique sound of the pipes can even be heard in non-traditional music in the songs of Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and unbelievably, AC/DC. Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne recently visited the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #704 in Carmel to show their support of the mission and the music of the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band by presenting the Lodge with a grant for $1,000. The grant was provided by the American-Irish Legislators Society.

The Band was formed in November 2007 in honor of New York City Emergency Police Officer Stephen P. Driscoll, who was killed in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. The Band is based out of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #704.

“The Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band provides some of the finest traditional Irish and Scottish music heard today,” said Senator Murphy. “They proudly represent the 40th Senate District, and have continued the time-honored custom of giving back to their community by mentoring young musicians and volunteering their talents to help other organizations.”

An accomplished piper in his own right, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne met the Driscoll family in 2000, learning to play the bagpipes with Stephen’s son, Barry. The two played together in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Pipe Band. Barry Driscoll has since followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a detective.

“It is with great pleasure we bring back this grant from the American-Irish Legislators Society to support the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band,” said Assemblyman Byrne. “As a charter member of the band, I’ve seen this band grow and expand, teaching dozens of young people about Celtic traditions, music and art. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the band, and I expect this band to continue to grow for another 10 plus years.”

The band’s mission is to promote the appreciation of bagpipe and drum music by providing class instruction, presenting innovative musical events, pursuing group competition, encouraging individual competition, and fostering Celtic tradition.

The Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band has marched in parades throughout the Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut, performed at the U.S. Military Tattoo at West Point, played with the Chieftains and opened for Shillelagh Law.

The Fraternal Order of Police was founded in 1915 by two Pittsburgh patrol officers, Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle, who pledged to improve their fellow officers bleak 12 hour work days and lack of representation. They formed Fort Pitt Lodge #1 and held their first meeting along with 21 other officers on May 14, 1915. By 1917, their dream of having a National Organization of Police Officers had become a reality. The Fraternal Order of Police has since become the largest professional police organization in the country, with more than 318,000 members and 2,100 lodges.

June 26, 2017 |

It’s Personal


ROI by Frank J. Rich







By Frank J. Rich


We are seldom made of the clay that repels insensitivity. In a world that pursues individual rights as though the elixir for fulfillment, we are near desperate for the comfort of an understanding voice—the philter in the art of customer service.

Why does Amazon guarantee satisfaction with products purchased on its site, even though from another vendor? Why has Google inserted itself into the buying chain with an offer to do the same? Why did Progressive Insurance break the “buyer beware” shackles by allowing easy online changes to policies and a list of competitors rates? Why have L.L. Bean, Lands’ End and so many others prepared a buying public for a “good customer experience,” with a 100% guarantee on all products sold, one of the keys to a successful revenue retention model? Why indeed? Because “business is personal,” and those who treat their customers with this in mind do best. 

This column spends more ink on customer service issues because it matters more than anything else. Its underpinnings are as applicable to any area of human exchange. Even Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith in their recent book, Most Likely to Succeed , find in the roots of failure (in the American educational system) the need for a more personal approach in matching skills and motivations to curriculum. I worked briefly with both as a member of the Boston-based group The Massachusetts Redevelopment Institute (MRDI), whose purpose was to rebuild the elements of the technology machine known as The Massachusetts Miracle. They were then, as now, astute observers of their surroundings.

In a visit some years ago to the Zuni reservation in southwest Arizona I was struck by the farm scenery on the reservation. The plants were plentiful though small. In researching the agricultural model of Zuni farms I came upon a revealing story. It tells of a man, like me, who paused over a similar curiosity. When he asked a local Zuni farmer why so many of their stories have to do with water, the farmer answered, “It’s because we have so little of it. I guess, it’s the same reason so many of yours have to do with love.” The small plants mystery, and the Zuni’s irrigation model were revealed.

In a sense this column may have co-opted the farmer’s sentiment. Customer service needs more airing for its lack of it. Buyers are people, and though we may experience those who appear without much credential, business is also personal.

June 23, 2017 |
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