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By Frank J. Rich

For this week’s column, I proudly turn this space over to guest contributor Carla Chase, CEO of Chase Media Group, publisher of PennySaver and provider of “Multimedia Marketing Solutions for an Omnichannel Marketplace.”

A customer call to me in 1995 was to inquire as to whether it was prudent to build a website for their company. The use of the Internet was spotty at best, so the answer formed a slow response. There was little question in my view of the world-wide-web; its potential was apparent for the ubiquitous presence and instant connection to the world it would provide. It was touted as the “way to relieve” us of the paper files that seemed to grow exponentially over time, requiring more rented cold storage for the mounting file boxes. (more…)

October 4, 2013 |

Putnam Stands Against Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence 2015

County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Ann Ellsworth and Sheriff Donald B. Smith on the Historic County Courthouse steps where County employees had gathered. Wednesday was Wear Purple to Work Day at the County to show support for putting an end to domestic violence.

Purple is the color that represents the domestic violence awareness.  Putnam County’s employees wore purple colored clothing to work on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Many joined Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell in a photograph with Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center (WRC) Executive Director Ann Ellsworth to show their support for the WRC’s initiatives to end domestic violence.
“Wearing purple and standing outside on the Historic County Courthouse steps during the day draws attention briefly to subject of domestic violence in Putnam,” said Odell.  “But Ann Ellsworth’s work and that of her staff at the Women’s Resource Center is on-going. This is the least we can do to help bring awareness to the public about the problems too many residents of Putnam face as victims of domestic violence.”
The Putnam Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center provides advocacy, education and services to the community in order to create a safe, supportive environment that eliminates violence against women and children and promotes gender equality.
“We can only make strides against domestic violence when the silence is broken,” said Ellsworth. “I am grateful for the support that MaryEllen and the County employees always show for our efforts. It is always the right time to stand up and get the word out about domestic violence.”
Each October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the WRC and People Against Domestic Violence (PADV) hold a Candlelight Vigil on the Historic County Courthouse steps to draw attention to the on-going problems arising from domestic violence.  The vigil will be held on Monday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. Refreshments and speakers will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Fair Street, Carmel.
In addition, the Historic County Courthouse is illuminated purple at night for the month of October.
Photo Caption: County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Ann Ellsworth and Sheriff Donald B. Smith on the Historic County Courthouse steps where County employees had gathered. Wednesday was Wear Purple to Work Day at the County to show support for putting an end to domestic violence.

October 23, 2015 |

Apple’s Plan to Change How You Pay for Everything

TownLink Tech Tuesday

140910025419-applepay-vs-paypal-620xaGet ready to leave your wallet at home and pay for everything with your iPhone 6.

By Jose Pagliery  @Jose_Pagliery
NN Money

That’s the vision Apple (AAPLTech30) set forth with Apple Pay, a wireless, digital wallet that is coming out in October. To pay for stuff at a store, just put your finger on the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor and it hold it up to the register. Beep. You’re done.

Want to pay for something in an app? Just tap “Pay with Apple Pay,” put your finger on the fingerprint reader, and you’re done.

The charge goes straight to your credit or debit card — whatever you’ve set up with Apple.

It sounds great, but can Apple really reshape the payments industry the way it did for music and phones?



September 16, 2014 |

Dead Last


Everything bought is sold. It’s axiomatic that one follows the other. The gratification in the one may be more obvious than the other; buying things-not just spending money, such as on rent and utility bills-is near instant gratification for most. Even the depressed find their elixir in it. But what about selling those same things? Does it too deliver such elation and inner joy?

At some point those of us who buy must meet up with those of us who sell. Do we find strange the conclusion that we are all in both roles at times? Imagining the buyer in us is easy. He is impulsive, aware of oneself and his self image, loosely, how he thinks others think he thinks about himself, and driven by emotion to satisfy some urge-the taste in unusual food, the feel of new shoes, the specialness in attending a Broadway production, on Broadway.

He is also receptive to being sold, though he shuns this innermost desire. We all want to feel helped by others; it elevates our specialness. And when others reach out to inform and educate our choices-for our unique benefit-it raises our sense of belonging to another, an uppermost need in humans. (more…)

July 30, 2013 |

Under the Covers Winter Concert to Warm Up Brewster Village



Music Director Daphne Sasson

Join the Cultural Arts Coalition “Under the Covers” as they present an entertaining concert of cover songs about winter weather, the holidays and love! NYC musicians and vocalists along with some of the best local talent present an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, soul, and traditional versions of holiday favorites, original songs and radio’s biggest hits for a unique holiday celebration!

The Choir Around the Corner will sing selections from musical theater, Harry Potter and Vulfpeck. The Choir includes Antonia Carey, Elizabeth Dimeo, Max Likens, Tim O’Hara, and Amelia Sasson.

Jazzy versions of wintery tunes will be performed by a duo of the NYC based Rafael Rosa (Guitar) and Benjamin Sutin (Violin).

Arin Maya Lawrence and Edson Sean (bka Write Angle) will present soulful renditions of favorite holiday and romance music along with a few originals.

You will want to sing along to the YouTube style cover of a bass and flute duo mashup of chilly pop songs.

The winners of our cover song competition, SUNY Purchase jazz student Martine Mauro and Brewster High School student Max Likens will also perform their songs!

The “Under the Covers Winter Concert” will be presented twice on Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00PM and 7:30PM at the Studio Around The Corner located at 67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY. Purchase tickets online in advance by December 1st to receive discount admission of $10 for Adults and $5 Students/Seniors.

Please note: Seating is limited; any available tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 Adults and $10 Students/Seniors. Audience members can join in on the fun by participating in an Ugly Christmas (Holiday) Sweater contest! Plus, spend the day in Brewster by attending our concert before or after the Magic Show at 4:30 at the Southeast Museum and Village of Brewster Tree Lighting at 5pm.

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.


November 16, 2017 |

Children and Chores


The Front Porch








By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

There was an interesting report on television recently that talked about parenting skills. The topic was about the extremely low percentage of parents that require their children to do any sort of chores around the house. In so many words the report summed it up that parents are becoming too protective and children are becoming lazy and incompetent. What is the reason for this we wonder? Is it that parents want to be known as being the super mom or dad? Perhaps they feel doing it themselves is faster and then “I know the job is done right.” But what does this teach the child?
Years ago when we first bought our house and I was home with a new baby, every time it snowed there would be a knock on the door during this bad weather. Two young teenage boys, shovels in hand, asked if I would like them to shovel the driveway. I knew it would be helpful for my husband to come home from work and find this task done, so I hired them. Since it was back in the early ’70s, the fee for this shoveling was ten dollars they told me. After the years have marched by and we could use some help, there is not a teen willing to do these tasks. This is confirmed by friends in Jersey and Long Island that have the same complaint.
There is really no age that is too young to start helping around the house. If the child can walk and talk, there is a chore to do. Preschoolers can pick up their own toys, and learn to put dirty clothes in the hamper. Lower grades can help sort laundry and find their matching socks or help to fold towels, small facecloths and their own clothing. Even setting the table can turn into a learning experience on how to fold napkins and on which side of the plate to put utensils. When my children were in fourth and sixth grade they had to help carry in the groceries from the car. During the day I put away refrigerator items, but they had to carry in the rest of the groceries when they came home from school. I told them, “I’m not the only one eating this food, so you can help carry it in and put it away.” Let’s stop growing “soft” children and help them to become useful and independent! One day they will thank you for it, I guarantee.







April 8, 2015 |
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