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Serious About Work


ROI by Frank J. Rich







By Frank J. Rich




So many interviewers make this issue the primary goal in determining the suitability of candidates. The post-interview summary often sounds like this: “Likeable, easy going, good skills, but talks in the first person singular too much to be a team player.” Or, “He has a spotty work experience.” Is it because he’s not serious about his work?

When in talks with employees, do you have the view that they are doing all they can do to achieve “agreed upon” goals? If not, what do you conclude? Is he taking responsibility for the “complete task” that’s missing?

Enterprise organizations need the best from stakeholders every day. When disengaged—54 percent of employees—the meaning and the joy in work are hard to find. Uninvested employees are indifferent about the work they do and the value of it to them. It’s a common concern since roughly 85 percent of the workforce dislikes their jobs.

Least-resistance oriented, most people find their lowest level of contribution—just enough to get by. It’s a condition just short of complacency for most, though some move quickly to actively disengage—17 percent of the workforce. Armed with this information, how do we determine whom among candidates is serious about his work? The trick may be in developing a good sense of what it feels and sounds like to be actively engaged in meaningful work; the goal of all serious workers. Consider the answers to the following question:

Describe what it means to be serious about your work.

Candidate A: “I’m very serious about my work. I always studied hard when in college, and arrived at work promptly at my first job. I work hard and do everything that is asked of me. I know that this job, like most others, is not 9-5, and I always give 110 percent. I take my work very seriously.”

Candidate B: “To be serious about work means growing a greater sense of the whole than just an understanding of the task at hand. I think it requires that I take responsibility for the success of the team, the individual team players, and the goals of the organization. I think when people do that, they enjoy their work more and are able to make a more valuable contribution to the organization. Encouraging those around me to do their best makes me better and conditions the work with real purpose. I think that is what it means to be serious about your work.”

Which of these candidates has demonstrated an understanding of the meaning in being serious about one’s work? Candidate A’s answer is more common than B’s answer by 10:1. Surprised? Yet, the only modeling apparent in the answers above is in candidate B’s words. Clearly, the candidate is prepared by the thinking that preceded them.

The opportunity in the work we do is prepared in us. If it truly is not in your organization, if the culture is predatory in nature, then move on. But in most organizations, it is not opportunity that’s missing but the willingness to invest fully in the work we do. To make a difference is easy; just give of yourself by an internal standard, not the one by which others measure themselves. Go beyond the task to complete the job. Few do; a difference maker in successful individual effort. Everyone is gifted, but some don’t open the package.


April 20, 2018 |

5th Annual Poughkeepsie High School Career and Job Fair







Student scholars at Poughkeepsie High School met with more than 60 local businesses and organizations to learn about potential career pathways on Thursday, April 19 at the 5th Annual Career & Job Fair at Poughkeepsie High School. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place beforehand to kick off the career and job fair. Special guests including New York State Senator, Sue Serino, Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro, and Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie, Rob Rolison, attended the ceremony and said a few words to the attendees. This event was presented by the Poughkeepsie City School District, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Career Action Center.

The students of Poughkeepsie High School were able to match their skills and interests to real world choices by interacting and networking with professionals. Students were inspired after hearing unique stories of how these exhibitors became successful in their industry. Exhibitors were asked to bring promotional materials for both the students and their fellow presenters. The Career and Job fair served as a format for networking for students and professionals alike.

While the Career and Job Fair only lasted one day, students will be able to follow up on the information they learned about with the Poughkeepsie High School Career Action Center. The Career Action Center is a service located directly in the Poughkeepsie high school with two dedicated mentors and has an open-door policy so that whenever students are not in class, they are welcome to stop by for whatever they need. The Career Action Center offers a comfortable environment in which students can ask questions and get help with things like resumes or job searches. They offer a more intensive Career Exploration Class that prepares students for post-secondary education, assists with finding employment, and offers local internship opportunities. This class provides students with invaluable experiences and skills through internships. Internship experience allows students to become aware of the skills required for a particular career, and helps them become better prepared to choose a career path. The opportunities available to students through the Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School not only benefit their day-to-day experiences, but also prepare them for future successful careers.

The Career Action Center is a program under The Workforce Development Center. Since 1996, the Workforce Development Center has successfully linked businesses to the public workforce system. Their staff works to increase business access to qualified workers, and ensure income eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities, and retention.

For more information about the Career Action Center, or the Workforce Development Center visit or call Audra B. Gerty at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1007.


April 20, 2018 |

Shop the Spring Vendor Fair — Remember Mother’s Day is Coming


Celebrate spring and shop unique vendors at the Seven Star school Spring Vendor Fair on May 5 from 8am – 4pm at Brewster High School 50 Foggintown Road in Brewster, NY. The Vendor Fair is the perfect opportunity to ​find a special gift  for Mother’s Day

We will have a variety of vendors with products including jewelry, clothing, kitchen and home products, totes and bags, makeup and nails, hair accessories, doll clothes, hand-crafted woodwork and more!

​ We will also be holding a raffle for chances to win some great products!​

Come to the fair to visit the following vendors:

Thirty-One Gifts: Our fashionable, functional products make life easier. Select from different types of organizing items including bags, purses, thermal shopping bags and more.

Rodan + Fields Skincare : No matter how young or how old you are there is no reason not to love your skin. Rodan + Fields is life changing skincare.

Pampered Chef: Pampered Chef has been around for 38 years and it known for its innovative and durable kitchen products!

Jamberry: Jamberry is nail art done right! Whether you’re into polishes, gels, or nail wraps, this is your one stop shop!

3 Little Birdies Boutique: Unique, hand made accessories for everyone!

Tupperware: Tupperware is the best food storage and preparation product on the market. Celebrating 70 years of the party.

Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski: Shop for fun and affordable jewelry! Life calls for sparkle!Show us how you style your Touchstone Crystal.

LuLaRoe: LuLaRoe is simply the most comfortable clothing you’ll ever wear! The clothing line has unique patterns and colors in leggings, dresses, skirts and tops for women.

Le-Vel: Simple 3 Step Health and Wellness Company Premium Grade Nutritional Supplements  – Thrive by Le-Vel!

Gastelu Jewelry:  Sterling silver jewelry for women and men. Personal service to take care of your needs and style.

Rebecca Lane Crafts: Handmade doll clothes for American Girl dolls.

18” doll clothes and accessories including dresses with matching purses, jogging suits, pajamas, Capri outfits with matching hats and shoes.

GJF Decorative Wood: Unique hand-crafted woodworking pieces including jewelry and valet boxes, centerpieces, desk accessories, planters and shelves.

Questions? Contact Seven Star School at or call 845.278.0728 or visit








April 19, 2018 |

Double Exposure

Art to visualize thoughts and emotion
Join photographers, Joe Vaccaro and Fabienne Riccoboni, for a unique photography show entitled, Double Exposure opening at The Studio Around the Corner 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY on Friday, May 4 at 7:00-9:00PMJoe Vaccaro is a 17-year-old photographer and filmmaker. For 4 years, he has accumulated several film awards and over 2,000 Instagram followers (@joevaccaro_). This exhibition is more than that; the collection he is sharing is artistic and self-expressive. My goal is for viewers to relate to associate my photography to their personal thoughts and memories, explains Joe. During the showcase, you will hear music composed to match the feeling of his photography. You’ll also be able to learn more about the pieces on display, as well as discuss digital media and art with him.Fabienne Riccoboni, a New York-based filmmaker and photographer who is currently studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. This exhibit, Double Exposure, and its subset, Sehnsucht (noun: yearning; wistful longing) is a perspective on living a mindful existence – outside of ordinary life -, merely viewing, but not experiencing in a sentient way. As this state of being is genuinely felt, explains Fabienne, I attempted to visualize the emotion in a way that is palpable.Additional Gallery Hours are 12:00 -2:00 PM on May 5, 12, 19, 26 & 27 noon-2pm.

The Studio Around The Corner is located at the rear entrance of 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY.

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.


April 18, 2018 |

April 18, 2018 |

Reserve the Rind


In Good Taste









(Family Features) Watermelon rinds make for more than just attractive containers for serving cold dishes and beverages. The rind can also be used in creative, edible ways and is good for your heart.

Watermelon, both the flesh and the rind, is a good source of a compound called citrulline, an amino acid that raises levels of arginine in the blood, which in turn helps maintain blood flow, healthy blood vessels and heart health.

Whether you’re eating for good health or good taste (or both), you can use the rind to make pickles and relishes, grate into salads and slaws, toss into stir-fry and add to smoothies and juice. The key to chowing down on watermelon rind is knowing how to prepare it. These three preparation methods can help you put that rind to good use:

Pickled: Watermelon rind is similar to a cucumber, which is why it’s no surprise that pickled watermelon rind is a popular option.

Juiced: Most people know you can enjoy juice from red flesh of the melon, but you can juice the rind, too. Just like the watermelon flesh, the rind is loaded with water and nutrients.

Stir-Fried: When it’s cut up, watermelon rind is just like a vegetable, which means it can be tossed in a pan and stir-fried right alongside broccoli and carrots.

Look for more creative ways to use your watermelon rind at

Watermelon Rind Pickles

4          cups water

1          tablespoon coarse salt

2          cups peeled watermelon rind, cut into 1-1/2-by-2-inch pieces (leave thin layer of pink)

3/4       cup granulated sugar

1          allspice berry

1/2       cup cider vinegar

4          peppercorns

4          whole cloves

1/2       teaspoon pickling spice

1          long slice of fresh gingerroot

1/4       teaspoon celery seeds

In large pot over medium-high heat, bring water and salt to boil. Add rind pieces and boil until tender, about 5 minutes. Strain. Transfer rinds to large metal bowl.

In saucepan, combine watermelon rind, sugar, berries, vinegar, peppercorns, cloves, pickling spice, gingerroot and celery seeds. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 15 minutes until slightly reduced. Pour over watermelon rinds in bowl. Place plate over top to keep rinds submerged in liquid.

Cover and refrigerate 1 day. Transfer to glass jar and keep sealed in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Watermelon Rind Stir-Fry

2          teaspoons sesame oil

2          cups watermelon rind, julienned (white part only, from about 1/2 of seedless watermelon)

1          cup julienned carrots

1/2       cup chives, cut into 3-inch pieces

1          tablespoon honey

1          tablespoon soy sauce

1          tablespoon fish sauce

1          clove garlic, minced

1          piece (about 1 inch) ginger, minced

1/2       cup fresh basil leaves, torn

1/4       cup cilantro leaves

1/4       cup mint leaves

crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


In wok over high heat, heat sesame oil. Add watermelon rind and carrots and fry, stirring constantly, 1-2 minutes. Let sit over high heat 1 additional minute without stirring. Add chives and stir to combine.

In small bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic and ginger. Pour sauce over watermelon rind and cook, stirring, 30 seconds-1 minute, until fragrant.

Transfer to serving dish. Add basil, cilantro and mint, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired, and serve.


April 18, 2018 |

Small Changes for Better Living


To Your Health









(Family Features) A busy schedule doesn’t have to prevent you from taking steps toward a lifestyle that fosters overall well-being. There are many easy, small changes you can make toward better living that can make a noticeable impact.

  1. Choose the long route. For many people, it’s an automatic move to find the closest parking space or shortest distance to the door. With your lifestyle goals in mind, consider taking a different approach. Look for ways to work in more physical activity. Seek out a spot in the back of the parking lot as an opportunity to increase your steps for the day, or choose the longer scenic route when walking your dog at the park for a more pleasant experience all-around.
  2. Go for guilt-free snacks. Better living isn’t about giving up everything you like; it’s about balance and moderation. For example, Nonni’s Foods now makes a better-for-you chocolate chip thin cookie that lets you enjoy the indulgence without the guilt. Made with real, premium ingredients like dark chocolate, crunchy California almonds and coconut oil, the individual portion packs are portable for the perfect on-the-go snack to satisfy cravings anytime, anywhere. Available in Double Chocolate, Almond Chocolate and Toasted Coconut varieties, each pack contains three cookies that are low in sugar, fat and carbohydrates with an average of only 100 calories total.
  3. Take time to recharge. Even when you’re strapped for time, carving out a few minutes for yourself each day to focus on your mental well-being is important. This can include simply enjoying a few moments of silence or something more specific like meditating or journaling. Busy people tend to carry more stress, so looking for ways to inject these calming activities into daily schedules can help keep you refreshed and bring you more happiness.
  4. Practice self-care. Especially when you’re busy, it’s easy to slack on self-care, but combine that with elevated stress and you may be especially susceptible to not feeling your best. Give yourself a boost with a daily vitamin or try a warm bath with Epsom salt to soothe your senses.
  5. Space out your meals. Waiting hours to eat can cause people to overeat at major mealtimes – especially dinner. Taking time to plan simple snacks throughout the day helps ensure cravings are met and overeating is avoided when the dinner bell rings. Consider keeping a snack like Nonni’s Artisan Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies on-hand for guilt-free snacking when hunger strikes.


For more better-for-you snack ideas, visit




April 18, 2018 |
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