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North Salem News 07.23.20

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Vol. 6 No. 17 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, July 23, 2020

Peach Lake Bear spotted roaming
Market and through town

Barbecue BY CAROL REIF a pet,” Lucas warned ursday,
is closed
permanently STAFF WRITER July 16, on NorthSalemNYinfo, a
on Dingle
Ridge Road, Facebook page he administers.
but may come
back as a Tempting treats like birdseed, On July 6, its scat—the scien-
food truck
or catering pet food and garbage bin leftovers ti c name for animal droppings—
have become a bu et for bears in was found on Daniel Road in
STANTON recent weeks. Croton Falls. A day later, a bear

“Bears are incredibly lazy and was spotted relaxing in someone’s

just want a quick and easy meal,” yard on Westview Avenue not

said Emily Carrollo, a wildlife that far away, Lucas said.

Flame goes out on technician for the state Depart- Two cubs were captured on vid-
Peach Lake BBQ
ment of Environmental Conser- eo as they frolicked on June Road.

vation. Raymond Road residents saw

Here in the northeastern part a bigger bruin strolling toward

of the county, where the woodsy Mountain Lakes Park. Fields

terrain is more bear friendly, Lane and Lakeview Road have

sightings aren’t that unusual. May had furry visitors, as well, judging

through July are the height of the by the “presents” they left behind.

Dingle Ridge Road restaurant may have critters’ activities, as young bears According to Carrollo, who
future as a food truck
that have been kicked out by works with the DEC’s Region 3

mama are seeking new territory in bear program out of New Paltz,

which to settle down and raise a an adult male bear can weigh

few cubs of their own. between 150 and 660 pounds;

BY CAROL REIF nesses, starting smoking meats at brisket, pulled pork, baby back North Salem residents reported a female, between 100 and 200
STAFF WRITER home for fun. His hobby grew ribs and chicken, which he served
into a gig at Harvest Moon Farm with sides of collard greens, slaw seeing a bear, which Supervisor pounds. ey measure about 3
Life in the restaurant biz has & Orchard on Hardscrabble and mac and cheese. He made his
really been the pits lately, says Road during apple-picking sea- sauces by hand and cooked the Warren Lucas has nicknamed feet tall (at the shoulder) and live
Bob Soto. son. meat the authentic way—“low
and slow.” “Lucky,” roaming around Hilltop about 20 to 25 years, although
e North Salem resident had So when the chance to rekin-
racked up many happy childhood dle his old ame came along, he But local foodies will have to Drive last week. they can occasionally reach the
memories wol ng down massive took a leap of faith and bought put their enjoyment of these ten-
sandwiches at Peach Lake Mar- the Dingle Ridge Road spot. der and juicy treats on the back ere was another sighting ripe old age of 40.
ket & BBQ. burner for now, as Peach Lake
Using a smoker out back, he on Hardscrabble Road after one Females have a home range of
Soto, who had experience in expanded its regular menu to SEE BBQ PAGE 3
the restaurant and catering busi- include barbecued meats such as homeowner’s bird feeder was between 10 and 20 miles; males

raided. can roam up to 100.

“Keep Lucky lucky...If he be- In the summer, they are con-

comes a pest, we will have to g- stantly on the move, looking for

ure out how to get rid of him. Do SEE BEAR PAGE 3
not approach Lucky. Lucky is not

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Theater a minimum contribution of ve indie lmmakers of all ages. Im-
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EDITOR: 914-302-5830 Zoom reading of “ e Odd Cou- urday, Aug. 8, at Hay elds Market, Community Center of Northern lar submission deadline on August
[email protected] ple.” is is the female version of 1 Bloomer Road, North Salem. Westchester. 15, and noti cation of acceptance
Neil Simon’s play. e players will Entry fee is $100. ere’s an AM on August 17. Submission for the
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER read the comedy over two days: curise from 10 a.m. to noon and July 28: Westchester Commu- festival is free.
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More than 400 cars stolen from local towns since March

BY CAROL REIF ways to nip car thefts in the bud. or broken into in North Salem, According to police, he tried Castle police, he was arraigned
STAFF WRITER Police are begging owners to Lewisboro and Somers in recent to make a left-hand turn and ran virtually in North Castle Town
months. Mahopac in Putnam into a State Police car. Court and released without bail.
State Police are asking for the lock their vehicles and to never, County was hit with a string of He is scheduled to appear in court
public’s help as they try to curb ever leave the keys or key fobs car break-ins and a car theft in the He continued south after the on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
a recent spike in car thefts and inside—“the most common factor Lake Casse area in early June. collision—in the northbound
vehicle break-ins in the Lower shared among these cases,” they lane—causing the troopers to halt He was charged with third-
Hudson Valley. said. And on Monday, July 13, State their pursuit. degree Criminal Possession of
Police from the Somers barracks, Stolen Property, a Class D felony;
Since March 1, they and lo- “Many of the vehicles stolen partnering with Pleasantville and Seconds later, the same car sped second-degree Reckless Endan-
cal police have investigated more have been from a uent neighbor- New Castle police, arrested an north in the southbound lanes. germent; and third-degree Flee-
than 400 stolen vehicles cases in hoods. Please do not assume this 18-year-old male after he alleged- Troopers were forced to “take eva- ing an O cer in a motor vehicle,
Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess will not happen where you live,” ly stole a car and led authorities in sive action” to avoid another col- both Class A misdemeanors.
and Rockland counties. the Troop K release added. a chase that caused two collisions. lision.
After he was arraigned, the
According to State Police, nu- It also goes without saying that Around 1:15 a.m.that morning, Pleasantville police, who had teen was taken by EMTs from
merous arrests have been made valuables should not be left inside troopers had tried to stop a 2010 been monitoring the chase, spot- the Somers Fire Department to
and many of the cars—although cars. Police also advise owners to Audi A4 on Interstate 684 for a ted the suspect and went after Northern Westchester Hospi-
damaged—have been recovered. close their vehicle’s windows and, tra c violation in Lewisboro. e him. tal in Mount Kisco for medical
when possible, park in well-light- driver ed south on the highway, evaluation.
But, they said, like attening ed, conspicuous areas. exiting at Route 22. Once in the Chappaqua area,
the coronavirus curve, there are the teen lost control and struck
Multiple cars have been stolen a utility pole. Arrested by New

BBQ operation will bounce back in some form. Among PHOTOS: SARAH BUSSINGER
the possibilities are parking his food truck at Har-
FROM PAGE 1 vest Moon, which, as an essential food service, has Joe and Pam Senatore and Bobby Soto, owner of Peach Lake Market
remained open. It o ers farm-raised meats, fresh and Barbecue, at an event at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library last year.
Market & BBQ recently joined the ranks of restau- produce, dairy products and baked goods.
rants and retail establishments forced to shut their
doors because of the coronavirus pandemic. But whether that comes to fruition—or dies on
the vine—depends on the Mid-Hudson region’s re-
Without being able to o er indoor dining, thou- opening status and whether the orchard can hold its
sands of mom-and-pop establishments have had to annual fall festival. at event draws thousands for
rely on delivery services and takeout and curbside apple- and pumpkin-picking, not to mention such
pickups to make ends meet. But some have found goodies as piping hot cider doughnuts.
out that even those aren’t enough to pay all the bills.
Soto is researching other spots where he can de-
e situation has been “just brutal,” the self-de- ploy his BBQ skills, as well as entertaining the idea
scribed “pitmaster” said recently about his painful of catering.
decision to close.
What Soto misses most now are his faithful cus-
“A lot of people will have to start from scratch,” tomers.
Soto said, adding: “I never thought I’d live to see the
day.” “I loved my store. People loved it. I still get calls,”
he said.
While he currently has no plans to reopen at the
Dingle Ridge Road location, Soto hopes his BBQ

BEAR that smells good (to a bear) will said Wednesday, July 15. Once the bear knows where community education.
attract them. ere are four levels of human- the chow line is, it’s hard to get Do not feed them. Do not let
FROM PAGE 1 rid of it.
ere are 2.2 million people animal con ict that the DEC has them get “comfortable” around
food. June and July is peak breed- living in the seven counties in the to consider before it will decide to at’s why, Carrollo insists, it’s humans.
ing season, Carrollo said. DEC’s Region 3. It o ers great remove a pesky bruin. e least se- crucial to get ahead of the situation
habitats for bears, which prefer rious—which seems to be the case before it gets serious. Hazing them—from a safe dis-
While their natural diet consists forested areas where they can in North Salem—is just “obser- tance—is one good way to do this.
berries, seeds, insects like ants and hide from their biggest preda- vation.” e bear is seen running Usually, if a bear has a good es- Air horns are cheap and easy to
grubs and wild greens (skunk cab- tors—us. In 2014, the last time across a road, sitting in a yard or cape route, it will move along of carry. ere are also heat and mo-
bage is a favorite snack), they will data was available, there were hanging out on a hiking trail. its own volition. But sometimes, tion sensors that detect unwanted
eat carrion (dead animals) and, oc- 1,800 to 2,800 bears recorded in especially in a urban landscape, guests and let loose with very loud
casionally, live prey. Region 3. It can ratchet up from there to it could be corralled by tra c or and unpleasant sounds.
midnight raids on a bird feeder crowded by curious humans, and
But the bear’s goal is to pack While Westchester is not con- to close encounters with humans have no way to escape. “Be a good neigh-bear; don’t be
in as many calories with the least sidered primary bear territory, its and pets to actual bruin burglaries. nice,” Carrollo advised.
amount of e ort, she said. more woodsy northern parts are Breaking into a garage or shed is e rst concern is for public
more suited for animal activity. not as serious as trying to get into safety and the safety of the DEC A great source of information
at’s where humans come in. a house occupied by people or at- folks who may have to trap the about living “responsibly” with
Not as lunch on the hoof, but the at doesn’t mean they’re set- tacking livestock such as chickens, wayward animal, she said. black bears is, she said, the website
ones that inadvertently ring the tling down. ey’re more likely to goats and sheep. You can also
dinner bell by leaving garbage just be passing through, Carrollo But the best con ict manage- visit
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Lawmakers join online forum to address youth seeking change

BY SHOSHANA BEDROSIAN predominantly white neighbor- prompted showed itself in re- and getting rid of police o cers, are being considered to combat
CONTRIBUTING WRITER hood, I felt compelled to break sponse to our o ces,”Mayer said. rather, it’s looking at police func- racial inequity in the justice sys-
the silence,” said Carr. “ is event tions and seeing whether there are tem for low-level nonviolent of-
New York state and Westchester today that we are hosting, the so- Covill talked about the recent allocations of resources that need fenders.
County legislators participated in cial justice forum, was largely born formation of a task force for a to be changed. Covill said that
a Social Justice Forum for Young from that attitude of keeping the police training reform group that within her district, the majority of “We are looking very seriously
Voters last week, adding their conversation going.” is looking critically at what kind calls police receive involved emo- at elder parole, which is a bill that
voices to the ongoing conversation of policing is happening in West- tionally disturbed people. says that folks over the age of 55
about racial injustices in Westches- e Tuesday, July 14, forum was chester County. Covill said it is who served a certain amount of
ter County. held on Zoom and all questions looking at transparency, polic- “ e police, in my opinion, their sentence and are no longer
were submitted by young voters ing and policy procedures, use of could really use some embedded a threat to society, must be con-
Westchester County Legislator prior to the event. e questions force and instituting sa transpar- mental health workers who can get sidered for parole. It doesn’t mean
Kitley Covill and Sorvina Carr, a and topics were addressed by Co- ent disciplinary process. resources to people,”said Covill. they have to be granted parole,
Fox Lane graduate and Bedford vill, of District 2, state Sen. Shelley but they must be given a hear-
resident, hosted the online forum. Mayer, state Sen. Pete Harckham Buchwald cited other police A question submitted by a stu- ing,” said Harckham.
Carr moderated the event to en- and State Assemblyman David reform in New York state, such dent from Byram Hills High
gage the younger generation in Buchwald. as the requirement for state and School asked about racial equity in e lawmakers also addressed
questioning their government rep- Westchester County police to the New York state justice system questions around redlining, ballot
resentatives about racial inequali- Topics included issues with wear body cameras. and the government’s plan for re- voting and the impacts of zoning
ties and their plans to eliminate it police systems in Westchester leasing nonviolent drug o enders, on communities of color.
in Westchester County. Carr also County and the racial injustices “ ere are individual things on which the student said are pre-
organized the Bedford Rally for and inequalities that communities the ground that make a di erence, dominantly people of color. Ad- “What makes our community
Black Lives in June, which brought of color face. so I encourage all of you to nd ditionally, the student asked about safe is not aggressive policing, it
hundreds of people together in a what matters to keeping people local policies to address the injus- is strong institutions like schools,
show of solidarity following the State and local legislators said safe and make sure we uphold civ- tices within the system. with good day care, with good
death of George Floyd in Min- the rst course of action was the il rights throughout this country,” after-school programs that really
neapolis. repeal of 50-A, which allowed said Buchwald. Harckham, who is also the challenge and enrich our young
the disciplinary reports of police chairman of the Committee people,” Harckham said. “But we
Fueled by recent national events, o cers to be shielded from the With an increased focus on on Alcoholism and Substance need to invest in things that make
Carr said bringing these conversa- public. Mayer and Harckham police reform, state and local leg- Abuse, said there is historic bias our community safe and allow
tions about racial inequality and in- said that together, they received islators were asked about their in sentencing in the justice sys- people to thrive.”
justices to the surface in a predomi- over 10,000 emails to repeal 50- perspectives on the “defund the tem and New York state has de-
nantly white town in Westchester A. police” movement and what it criminalized marijuana because e Social Justice Forum for
County is the start of change. could look like in Westchester of disproportionate levels of en- Young Voters was recorded and
“ e groundswell of activ- County. forcement in communities. can be viewed on Facebook at
“As a black person living in a ism and civil engagement that
this movement for racial justice Covill explained that it’s not Harckham said more reforms eos/1961802600617048.
a matter of defunding police

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Families in crisis Getting up on the
wrong side of the bed
What they should know about addiction

BY SUSAN SALOMONE, MS, We have learned so much in Early intervention by parents, “Ineed a new bed,” TRACY
the last eight years. We learned teachers and friends can help I said to the sales- BECKERMAN
CASAC things that I wished we knew an adolescent before they seek man. “We are
GUEST WRITER while my son was still alive. We alcohol and drugs to ease their upgrading from a queen to for us.
learned that continued attempts mental health symptoms. a king.” “Do you want medium rm,
COVID-19 has hit the at recovery raises the chances rm, or extra rm?” my sales-
recovery community hard with of success. Once is not enough We learned that early use of After 30 years of mar-
many of those trying to be and sometimes 10 times is not any drug by a child, including riage my husband had man Gregg asked.
substance free relapsing because enough, but the important alcohol and marijuana lead to decided he was the king of “Firm,” I said.
of isolation and lack of sup- thing is to keep trying. Even if higher rates of addiction. e our castle and thus required “Inner spring, pillowtop, or
port. Unfortunately, we have you think you’ve heard every- adolescent brain is still devel- a bed be tting his authority.
lost many lives over the last 4 thing before just maybe you are oping, and it is imperative to Of course, the real reason was memory foam?
months due to overdoses. Like ready to hear it now. Remaining delay any use until after early because our bed was so old that “Um, pillowtop,” I said,
so many other families that have hopeful under the most distress- adulthood. Drinking and vaping one of the slats on the frame
lost loved ones to this opioid ing circumstances is di cult but marijuana is not a rite of pas- was broken and our mattress guessing.
epidemic, I divide my life into very important to the recovery sage! sagged so far in the middle that “Adjustable or standard?”
the before and after. e before of your loved one. when we both got into bed, “Standard.”
was May 28, 2012, and the after We learned that there is a we rolled into the center and “Great! Let me show you a
was May 29, 2012 when my son Medication-assisted treat- family propensity for the disease smacked into each other like a
Justin died of a heroin overdose. ment is the rst line of defense of substance use disorder, same couple of beached sea lions. couple of models.”
Today, eight years later, I ask against opioid use disorder. is as is with diabetes and heart Right away he guided me
myself what has changed and includes Suboxone, metha- disease. If you have a family I actually would have found
what have we learned? done and Vivitrol. MAT with member no matter how distant, the whole thing hilarious, over to what was probably the
behavioral therapy increases the the chances increase for addic- especially since we both knew I Lamborghinis of the bed world.
rough the e orts of many chance of recovery. We cannot tion in the bloodline. Educate was the ruler of the Beckerman
grassroots organizations like make anyone get well; they have your children on this important kingdom, had it not been for “ is is our Floyd model,” he
Drug Crisis in our Backyard, to do this on their own. Howev- health condition in the family. the astronomical prices of a bed said proudly.
we have brought awareness of er, recovery is possible with the frame, box spring and mattress.
the rampant use of heroin and support of family, professional We learned that people su er Naturally, I was charged to go I stopped and blinked. “You
opioids in our community, we intervention and a solid sup- in silence because of the stigma out and nd the most economi- named the best bed in your
have helped countless fami- port network-AA, NA, Smart associated with addiction and cal solution to our problem, showroom, Floyd?”
lies understand substance use Recovery, or any like-minded mental illness. People think that but after trying out a couple
disorder (addiction) as a disease mutual aid group. they are the only ones when in of places that looked like they “Yeah, isn’t he a beaut?”
and rallied together in an e ort reality approximately 20 million supplied their beds to the kinds “Why would you name this
to support each other live with We learned that this is a brain Americans age 12 and up, ac- of motels where the beds shake bed Floyd. Doesn’t it deserve a
the symptoms in a loved one. disease. We learned that more cording to the National Survey when you put a quarter in, I sexier name like Liam or Trent.
As a community, we have been than 50 percent of the people on Drug Use and Health 2017, decided to up my budget to He stared at me blankly.
pleased to see agencies work that use substances su er from need treatment and only a small “Do you want to know the
together for the better good. some form of mental health percentage of them seek help. nd something better. speci cations?”
We have participated as hun- issue which might include social We learned that Americans is latest bed store seemed “No.” I said adamantly. “First
dreds rally in Albany to stop the anxiety, generalized anxiety, de- consume close to 80 percent I want to know what it is about
stigma associated with addic- pression, obsessive compulsive of all painkillers according to to have a decent selection, but
tion. disorder, ADHD, and bipolar. since I am not a bed a cionado, SEE BECKERMAN PAGE 7
SEE OP-ED PAGE 7 I decided I needed some help
to sort out which bed was right

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OP-ED in crisis today, there are supports nection for me because deep in- BECKERMAN
that did not exist when we were side I never believed that Justin
FROM PAGE 6 struggling with my son’s addic- would die. e pain and anxiety FROM PAGE 6
tion. Family Support Navigators caused by living daily with the
Express Scripts 2014 report, have been trained in NYS to disease of addiction clouded this bed that you thought was especially Floyd-like.”
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will only cover only a short household. One evidence-based couldn’t see my son’s pain. I only
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treatment and relapsing within pass this onto others. “You think so?” he said. “I guess we can consider that. In the
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siblings are victims to this dis- di cult times. Recovery coaches let shame or embarrassment you’re out of town,” I said.
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The year live music diedPage8 North Salem News – T

Area musicians struggle to nd work during the pandemic

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT Anduze, Calvin Strothenke, Ethan Gros- es that support local musicians have hit a ing a live stream acoustic show on Face- as an oppo
STAFF WRITER man and Joseph and Anton Klettner, have sour note. book, not only to keep myself from losing increase t
lost out on concerts and summer festival practice but also to help other people who
Unable to perform due to the coronavi- opportunities as more cancellations are an- North Salem musician and radio-host were a ected by [the pandemic],” he said. Zlotnic
rus pandemic, local musicians are singing nounced. e band’s young members come George Mallas said that not only has his “Hopefully, it would give them some hap- creative, a
the blues these days. from the Katonah-Lewisboro, Bedford band, e Four Horsemen of the Apoca- piness.” Hop.
and Putnam Valley School District. Earlier lypse, had to cancel gigs and a fundraiser in
Many musicians are feeling the sting this year, they had applied for a spot in the Danbury, his radio show “ e Songwriters To make up for nancial losses, some “I happ
of lost income when New York on Pause Pleasantville Music Festival before it was Block” on Pawling Public Radio he hosts performers play online shows to try to a home r
went into e ect in mid-March. Tours and cancelled. with Melanie Berti, has been postponed gather donations from fans. pandemic
shows were canceled, and venues closed since the beginning of the shutdown. down] ga
down. Now, with summer here at last and Steve Massa, a full-time musician, and Northern Westchester resident Elisa
COVID-19 numbers attening, concert independent guitar teacher who also “We’ve been on hiatus since this pan- Zuckerberg,who hosts the website HearIt- gure it o
opportunities may once again emerge. teaches at Putnam Music Center, said demic broke out. ey closed the station,” album’s w
However, for theaters and music halls and that for musicians who tour for a living, Mallas said. “I had a ton of guests sched-, a live-show locator and mar-
other venues, their fates remain unknown. the cancelation of shows has caused issues uled to come in and play live and I’ve had keting tool that nds live music in the area, With t
when it comes to rescheduling. to cancel everything. I do have a full-time said that many of the bands she promotes ing, some
Musicians with upcoming shows and job. I’m not somebody who uses my music had switched to Zoom or YouTube and set shows an
tours remain in limbo, many are still unsure “Everything that’s on the books for this income to support myself.I would be living up GoFundMe pages to get through the for some
if their shows are postponed or canceled al- year is most de nitely not going to hap- in a cardboard box somewhere if I did.”
together. pen,” Massa said. nancial struggle. “I have
Mike Burns, a Purdys resident and “I can’t imagine that artists and musi- door kind
Members of the band Trillium, with Massa said that he and his band had owner of the Westchester Bluegrass Club cians really had any income the last few time resta
Somers resident Rick Melen, Colleen Ca- multiple dates scheduled for this year but in Lake Purdy, said that the pandemic has months even though I’ve been trying to businesse
sale, and Lauren Beachak, said that they due to the pandemic all shows were either shut down the club completely, and while help them get the word out using the mar- hurting, s
had about four gigs planned prior to pan- canceled or put on hold. at creates a they do have dates in the future, that future keting tools I have,” Zuckerberg said. “Un- to hire liv
demic but were “corona canceled.” backup in acts that were scheduled before does not look bright. til they can play live again, I think it’s going from play
the mandatory shutdown. to be a challenge.” now it’s a
“Obviously, like everybody else, the “Our last show was the rst Sunday While many performers have live- on the we
coronavirus shot a hole through everyone’s “You see that with a venue that’s booking in March,” he said. ‘We’ve been trying to streamed music for their followers, even slow and
plans,” Melen said. shows way out in advance,”he said.“When run two shows a month, and we’ve had to practicing has become a challenge. quite whe
you have to basically pull the plug on ev- cancel everyone up until this point. Our Trillium members said that while they be.”
Full-time folk-rock singer and song- erything long-term for many months or next show is scheduled for Nov. 8 and I’m initially tried to practice over Zoom, it be-
writer Dan Zlotnick from Somers said he upwards of a year, there’s going to be a lot thinking that might not happen either.” came di cult with internet lag. However, Hop sa
had to cancel multiple gigs which especial- of those acts that have to be rescheduled. the Zoom meetings gave them time to be rst show
ly hurts full-time musicians like him. You have to basically start from scratch Burns said that the venue is a small space creative and write music. overlooki
that holds about 70 people, and they have “One of the important things about get- some othe
“Musicians at my independent level “Let’s say that Elvis Costello was com- to ll the space or it to be economically ting together with Zoom is that being in Platinu
[spend] so much time with the booking it’s ing to the Paramount in Peekskill and he feasible, something future social distancing a band isn’t just about music, there’s also a four show
just so frustrating to see hours and hours had to have his date rescheduled,’ he con- guidelines may not allow. social component to it,” Melen said. Ridge eld
and months and months of planning go tinued. ‘When he nally goes back out on Beachak said that they hope to be able post-COV
down the drain. at was kind of an ini- the road next year, maybe with two or three “If we were to cut it to about 20 or 30 to get the new songs ready for the next gig to get the
tial shock,” Zlotnick said. “I was supposed of his band members there’s going to be a people, the band wouldn’t make a whole since COVID restrictions have eased, and gan to rai
to go to the Midwest. I was going to the con ict with and now he’s got to go out lot of money,’he said.“It wouldn’t be worth they have nally been able to practice to- then, they
Northeast. I was going to do a New Eng- and hire subs and alternates. ere’s a lot their while at that point.” gether outside Melen’s garage. them to t
land tour and it just immediately became of micromanagement stu that will have Anduze of Platinum Moon said that And wh
‘everything is canceled until further notice.’ to be handled within each act. But even if He said that he’s hopeful once the threat coming back together to practice after two outdoor
So, that’s obviously quite disappointing.” that’s not the case, as you can see, it’s not of the COVID-19 pandemic no longer months was a challenge at rst, with band loom for m
like you could just [schedule] a gig and looms, the club can start up again next year. members having to practice under di er- months. M
Petey Hop, a blues and rock guitarist, then play it in another two months. A lot ent tents, maintain proper social distance, “ ere
and songwriter, as well as an instructor at of it’s out of your hands and it’s out of your Many musicians have begun streaming as well as making sure everything is sani- being run
the Putnam Music Center in Mahopac, control.” online to ll the creative void. tized. She and Strothenke said the band would say
said that he su ered nancially due to the used the downtime the pandemic created back in th
pandemic, losing two to three tours in Eu- Not only had the COVID-19 pandemic Guitar and electric bass player, as well before. I t
rope and possibly hundreds of gigs. impacted the players but also the business- as Putnam Music Center instructor Mike again unt
Seminara, said that he has been live-
Platinum Moon, with members Ava streaming to try to bring others joy.

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ortunity to create more music and PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE MALLAS. Platinum Moon plays for a crowd
the band’s social media presence. at a Ridgefield, Conn., restaurant.
ck said he has used the time to be The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse,
a sentiment also echoed by Petey from left , David Ray (War), Mike Latini PHOTO: SARAH BUSSINGER
(Famine), George Mallas (Death), Dave
pened to have just bought myself Goldenberg (Pestilence). PHOTO COURTESY OF RICK MELEN
recording set-up right before the
c,”Hop said.“So lucky! [ e shut- Trillium members Lauren Beachak,
ave me all the time in the world to Colleen Casale and Rick Melen
out and record, basically what is an
worth of material plus some.” FACEBOOK/PETEY HOP
the state in Phase 4 of reopen-
e outdoor patios have opened for Petey Hop
nd things have begun to look up
e played places that are doing out-
ds of patio gigs, but at the same
aurants are hurting and the small
es where we make our living are
so it’s not really easy for them
ve music,” Zlotnick said. “I went
ying four or ve times a week to
an exciting thing if I have one gig
eekend. So, it is starting up but it’s
for good reason. But it’s just not
ere we would consider normal to

aid that he was able to play his
w outdoors on the Fourth of July
ing Windham Mountain and has
her outdoor gigs scheduled as well.
um Moon has already performed
ws at 850 Degrees Restaurant in
d, Conn., and at their rst gig
VID lockdown, had to scramble
eir equipment inside when it be-
in at their outdoor concert. Since
y have learned to bring a tent with
their outdoor performances.
while many others continue to play

shows this summer, questions
music venues in for the cooler fall
Many said it’s too soon to predict.
are some open mics now that are
n outdoors,” Mallas said. “But I
y come the fall, we’re going to be
he same situation that we were in
think it’s all going to shut down
til there is a vaccine.”

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Page 10 – North Salem News HEALTH & WELLNESS Thursday, July 23, 2020

Having trouble sleeping?
You’re not alone

BY DR. PRAVEEN RUDRARAJU When that occurs at bedtime, you’re prob- home, we’ve changed our sleep/wake rou- 3. Caffeine cutoff at 2 p.m.
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR SLEEP MEDICINE ably in for a rough night. On the other tine. Whereas before the pandemic, we I advise a daily 2 p.m. cuto . However,
AT NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL hand, for most people, when the major may have gotten up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. to ca eine lasts a lot longer in some people’s
stressor creating the anxiety goes away, commute to work, and had an early bed- bodies. So use 2 p.m. as the latest cuto
Anxiety about the coronavirus is pre- the balance is restored between sleep and time of 10:30 or 11 p.m., we now stay up point; you may need to take your last caf-
venting record numbers of people from awake brain chemicals, and your ability to to 2 or 3 a.m. because we can get up at 9 feinated sip earlier. Experiment a little—
getting a good night’s sleep. Don’t despair. sleep well returns. a.m. is is like telling your brain: “We’re the rewards are well worth it.
Before you endure one more sleepless not in New York anymore; we’re in Ha- 4. Finish dinner earlier
night (and day of fatigue), discover 11 ex- e No. 1 treatment for insomnia and waii.” Even though you may be getting Food stimulates your digestive system,
pert tips that can help. sleep disturbances is to remove the stressor. the same number of hours as before, the and the last thing you want is to stimu-
change in routine confuses your brain and late your body as you get ready to tuck
It helps to understand something about Easier said than done, right? e coro- throws o the production of those criti- in for the night. Make sure to eat at least
how anxiety a ects sleep. Anxiety oods navirus presents a unique set of multiple cal sleep-producing brain chemicals when four hours before bedtime. If you snack
your body with “awake” chemicals. stresses—from loss of employment, loss of you need them. Now you’re asking your before bed, eat foods high in tryptophan,
income, fear of infection, and fear for the brain to produce sleep chemicals at 2:30 an essential amino acid that boosts the
at’s great if you need to climb Mt. health and safety of loved ones to coping am rather than at 10:30 p.m. as in the old sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Try
Everest. But when all you want to do is fall with children out of school, social isola- days. a small amount of these tryptophan-rich
into a deep sleep for seven hours, it’s a di- tion, and uncertainty about the future. foods: turkey, nuts, citrus fruits, banana,
saster. roughout the day and night, your None of these is amenable to a quick, easy e solution is to create a sleep/wake warm milk.
brain produces both calming “sleep”chem- routine and stick to it. If you always woke 5. Avoid these screens before bed…
icals and stimulating “awake” chemicals. x. up at 7 a.m. and went to bed at 11 p.m., do For the last few hours before bedtime,
Depending on the time of day, the bal- e good news: Despite the current your best to continue this pattern or some- avoid using an iPad, iPhone or laptop – all
ance changes. Toward evening—triggered thing close to it. Your brain is a creature of of which are close to your eyes. is close-
by various factors, including the arrival of challenges, there are e ective ways to im- habit. In order for it to automatically trig- ness hurts your ability to drift o because
night and darkness—a greater amount of prove your sleep. You’ll see that these fall ger sleep chemicals at the right time, that the screen light that falls in your eyes is
sleep chemicals helps you fall asleep and into two categories: 1. Doing things that time needs to stay the same. stimulating – acting as a kind of “switch”
stay asleep. Hours later, once you’ve met promote your body’s production of natu- that prevents the production of melatonin
your sleep requirement, your body auto- rally occurring calming chemicals; 2. Dis- 2. Avoid watching the news before and other sleep-promoting chemicals.
matically starts producing more “awake” tracting yourself from your own anxiety. bed 6. Watch TV anywhere but your bed-
chemicals to stimulate you into action. room
11 effective ways to sleep Don’t watch the news on TV for the last Unlike the screens mentioned above, the
But when you feel anxious, the balance better despite anxiety two to three hours before you go to bed.
of calming sleep chemicals versus stimu- about COVID: SEE NWH PAGE 15
lating awake chemicals is disrupted. Anxi- e news triggers anxiety. Instead, watch
ety triggers the production of more stimu- 1.Stick to a routine (or read, or listen to) something that com-
lating chemicals than sedating chemicals. Now that many of us are working from pletely takes your mind o what’s happen-
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Thursday, July 23, 2020 Sports North Salem News – Page 11

Sports season delayed by four weeks

ADs think creatively: ‘All options are on the table right now’


e state’s decision to postpone the start

of the varsity sports year by at least four

weeks was not a popular one among some

players and parents, but many local athletic

directors say it was the right call.

“We have to get kids back in the class-

rooms,” said Christian McCarthy, athletic

director of Katonah-Lewisboro Schools.

“ at’s our No. 1 goal, and that’s a daunting


Fall season practices were scheduled to be-

gin on Monday, Aug. 24. But given the un-

certainty surrounding the start of the school

year, extracurricular activities like sports are

taking a backseat until at least Monday,Sept.


“ at gives us some time to get kids back

into classrooms in the beginning of Sep-

tember,” said Dan Bel , athletic director of

Lakeland Schools. “It gives us a little lee-

way. It’s a di cult decision, but from a time

standpoint, I think it’s the right call.” FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

e four-week delay eliminates the pos- Sports like field hockey will not begin until at least Monday, Sept. 21. A more pessimistic scenario would postpone fall sports until
sibility of regional or state champions being 2021.
crowned this fall.

e starting date represents only the day

teams and individual student-athletes can don’t think it’s realistic.” dents should be able to participate in o - “bubble” like professional sports teams,

o cially begin practicing. Because of prac- After the hypothetical scenario was re- season programs so they can better pre- there are still ways to limit exposure.

tice requirements, the earliest most fall sea- leased, Catalino said his phone was ringing pare for the fall seasons. “Maybe we create athletic cohorts—

sons can begin is Monday, Sept. 28. o the hook with concerned spring coaches. “I’m watching my 13-year-old play, but community cohorts within the athletic

Despite receiving no guidance yet from Lakeland’s athletic director agreed about we can’t get our high school kids out there world,” McCarthy said. “Maybe it needs

the State Education Department or the the unrealistic overlaps but said the founda- with our coaches who will make sure that to be, here’s a cluster of schools; here’s

Governor’s O ce, schedule-makers can’t af- tion of the scenario is solid. For it to work, all guidelines are followed,” Luciana said. John Jay, [Horace] Greeley, Bedford, By-

ford to take a wait-and-see approach. ey Bel said, the seasons would have to be con- “ e high school coaches would probably ram Hills and Somers. You’re going to play

must work swiftly on reworking schedules densed even further to eight or nine weeks. do this in such a professional way.” each other in everything. So, you might

for seasons that may never happen. “I’m optimistic we’ll get three seasons in Schools have been given little guidance play a team three times… It just seems to

“I think Sept. 21 is going to be here aw- somehow this year,” Bel said. “ e next beyond the new starting date, making it make the most sense. e more local we

fully quick,” said Roman Catalino, athletic month should be telling, for sure.” di cult for athletic directors to make any can stay, the better o we can be.”

director of Somers Schools. Many parents and student-athletes had rm projections. Other scenarios, like the spring season

Mahopac’s new athletic director, Stephen trouble making sense of the postpone- “ e issue with the whole thing is the being extended into July, seem less realis-

Luciana, stopped short of endorsing the ment, given that most sports have already unknown,” McCarthy said. “Right now, is tic.

state’s decision to postpone fall sports, saying been given the green light to resume com- it possible that we have some form of athlet- “From a dollars and cents point-of-view,

he “understands”the reasoning. petition in New York State. Bel said it’s ics in the fall? It’s de nitely possible. It won’t contracts end when schools end [in June],”

“Everybody I think wants to see sports not an “apples to apples” comparison. be the way we know it. It might not be ev- McCarthy said. “ at’s all bargaining;

come back,”Luciana said, but the health and “ ese are school sports, and these are ery sport. We have to mindful what sports that’s not in the contract in any way, shape

safety of students is the priority. “What I do an extension of the school day. Our rst are higher risk for transmission than others. or form.”

appreciate is they’re just not looking to can- priority is getting kids back in the class- But I think all those things will have to play ough teenagers appear to be less sus-

cel the season.” room,”Bel said.“You have to separate the themselves out.” ceptible to COVID-19, their worlds have

e state is also preparing for the fall sea- entities, but that’s been tough for people. Luciana said his o ce will operate un- nonetheless been turned upside down. Lu-

son being wiped out entirely.If that happens, And I get it. People have been cooped up der the assumption that sports will begin ciana said he’s been impressed with how

three condensed seasons could be played be- in their homes.” on Monday, Sept. 21, while preparing for his students have handled such a di cult

ginning with winter sports in January ( Jan. Luciana, whose kids are currently par- it to change at any minute. situation.

4 – March 13), fall sports in March (March ticipating in club sports, said he’s sympa- “ e worst part is the uncertainty,” Lu- “ e kids deserve all the credit in the

1 – May 8) and spring sports in April (April thetic to parents who might be upset by ciana said. “I think all options are on the world,” Luciana said. “For 15-, 16-year-old

5 – June 12). e latter two seasons over- the state’s decision. table right now.” kids to have this all taken from them, they’ve

lap by almost four weeks, creating con icts “I’m frustrated right along with them,” Given how COVID-19 has spread dif- really handled this so well. I don’t think

for students who play both fall and spring Luciana said. “We have educators who are ferently in di erent regions, a one-size- they’ve gotten enough credit. I know they’re

sports, such as football and lacrosse. All ath- certi ed coaches who cannot be with their ts-all approach to regulating sports in chomping at the bit to get out there. We’re

letic directors who spoke to Halston Media team and have a better understanding than New York State might not be feasible. just waiting for the OK. e kids will be

called that “unrealistic.” just a baseball dad who’s coaching. e fact “I think it should be regional,” McCar- ready to go.”

“Our programs are what they are because that youth clubs are going and our school thy said. “If you’re up in the Finger Lakes Bel said athletic directors are just as eager

of multi-sport athletes,” McCarthy said. kids with certi ed, professional, educated and your infection rate is nonexistent, I to get going.

With the overlaps, smaller schools might coaches are not is a tough pill to swallow, don’t think you should be impacted the “We’re waiting for further direction. We

have trouble even elding teams. “I just but unfortunately that’s what the governor same way if there’s a hotspot on Long Is- want to get this right for kids,” Lakeland’s

don’t see how that would possibly work in wants right now.” land.” athletic director said. “As soon as we get a

our community. It was outside the box, but I At the very least, Luciana said, the stu- ough varsity teams can’t live in a rulebook to play with, we’ll play the game.”

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Time to talk about mascots

MARSH cause I’m not from Mahopac the negative feedback. But, if you I know the quickest way to make is about the student-athletes,”
MADNESS and I’m not Native American. take Harckham at his word, that’s someone resent you is by forcing Harckham said. “Boosters and
For those reasons, I won’t not what happened. Without them to change. People tend to parents and fans, they’re going to

BRIAN make this column about me proof that he’s being untruthful, double down when you call them a high-school game to support the

MARSCHHAUSER and my thoughts. But I want- I accepted his explanation with out on their perceived de ciencies. student-athlete; not the mascot.
ed to give Sen. Harckham the some skepticism. at’s his story is type of change is best when “What’s one person’s pride is

chance to clear up confusion and he’s sticking to it. it’s organic. Whatever motiva- somebody else’s pain,” he added.

over his bill. Next, I asked the senator, tions he had for changing his bill, “Some people try to dismiss this

I’m not sure if you’ve heard the On ursday, July 9, a “What exactly is a race-based Harckham seems to understand as political correctness. It’s not. It’s

news, but state Sen. Peter Harck- bill Harckham led threatened mascot? Will mascots like Horace this. insensitivity.”

ham is coming for your mascots. to withhold state funding from Greeley Quakers and Valhalla Vi- “ e point is not to penalize; Harckham didn’t go into this

He’s starting with the Mahopac school districts that have race- kings actually fall under your bill’s the point is to incentivize these blindly. e freshman senator said

Indians,and once he’s forced them based mascots. e districts, per de nition?” conversations,” Harckham said. he consulted with Mahopac com-

to bend the knee, he’s coming for the bill, would have three years to “No,” Harckham said. “ ose In neighboring Cross River, for munity members before ling his

the Horace Greeley Quakers and comply before taking a nancial aren’t races. Native Americans are example, John Jay High School controversial bill.

the Valhalla Vikings. He won’t hit. a race. So, that’s what we’re con- recently retired its Indians mascot “Some are very set; they’re

stop until he’s ripped the heart out Five days later, after it created a ning this to.” without government intervention. proud of what it is,” Harckham

of every community in the name stir, Harckham’s bill was amended. In the senator’s bill, a “race- But it didn’t happen overnight. In said. “Others are very o ended

of political correctness. e nancial penalty was removed based mascot” is de ned as: “Any fact, was a result of decades of de- by it. en there are people in the

Sarcasm aside, I watched with and replaced with a mandatory person, animal, or object used to bate. middle who say, ‘You’re right, we

a mixture of delight and sadness discussion on racial sensitivity to represent a school district which Per Hackham, Mahopac is one need to have those conversations.’

last week as people worked them- be held at least once per year at a is derived from a speci c race or of 120 public school districts in e conversation doesn’t mandate

selves into a frenzy last week over public school-board meeting. ethnicity or is based on certain the state with some sort of mascot an outcome.”

our state senator’s bill aimed at Harckham, in a Facebook post, characteristics of a speci c race or tied to Native American culture. Even if this bill becomes law,

eliminating “race-based mascots” said the rst version of the bill ethnicity.” Few people believe these com- the only requirement is a con-

in New York State. As someone was “errantly ascribed” to him. Truth be told, that de nition munities are being intentionally versation, which I hope is more

who values fairness, I’m frustrated Confused over how such an error does leave some room for inter- insensitive. For most of them, it’s honest and productive than the

that we have seemingly lost the could be made, I called the senator pretation, so it’s no surprise people the opposite. ey see it as a way rhetoric I’ve seen in response to

ability to discuss polarizing issues up and asked him to clarify. took it and ran with it. But it goes to honor the settlers of their com- Harckham’s bill. Nothing is lost

in an intellectually honest manner. “It was not the version that was back to my point about intellectu- munities. from self-re ection.

Given enough time, every debate supposed to go live,” Harckham al dishonesty. Does anybody really I asked Harckham what he As the senator told me, “Let’s

will devolve into a battle of cheap told me. “ ere were a couple of think he’s going after Vikings? would say to a Mahopac resident get beyond the name-calling and

partisan talking points. versions being kicked around.” When I saw Harckham’s rst who felt protective over that iden- let’s begin having those conversa-

I’ll admit to being doubly un- Some speculated that he version of the bill, I cringed a little. tity. tions in our communities about

quali ed to speak on this issue be- amended his bill in response to As a student of human behavior, “I would say the community what these things mean.”

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NWH 8. Relaxation gets your body into a good night’s rest. sleep several times weekly.
ready for sleep 10. Cool and dark is the way is can be enough to start

Relaxation stimulates sleep to go… a better sleep routine for

TV is further from your eyes, chemicals, tilting the balance No matter what the season, your brain. Stop the

and so is ne to watch before in your body toward calm. Try make your bedroom as dark and medication as soon

bedtime. But watch it in the liv- soothing spa music, soft jazz, a cool as possible for sleeping. as you can. e safest

ing room or den—not the bed- warm bath – whatever relaxes Darkness triggers sleep chemi- remedy is two milli-

room. You want to teach your you is helpful. cals in most people; a low body grams of 100 percent

brain that “When I’m in the 9. Train your brain! Create temperature also helps with melatonin in a for-

bedroom, that’s for sleep.” a bedtime routine. sleep. Wearing an eye mask that mulation with noth-

7. Exercise earlier in the day If you stick to it,your brain will lets you achieve maximum dark- ing added. Do not take

Do not exercise during the last know, “Oh, this is time for me to ness can make a big di erence. it seven days a week;

four or ve hours before bedtime. sleep.” Your brain will reward 11. Try these soothing teas… without trying to sleep

Vigorous physical activity has a your consistency by automati- A cup of soothing chamo- on your own, you won’t

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medication the rightyour mental focus is elsewhere. of a TV show (not the news)… If you’ve tried all the sugges-
Experiencing interludes of calm brush your teeth… shower… tions above and are still sleeping course? to three milligrams of 100 per-
can help at bedtime as you ash close all curtains or shades… poorly, a short course of over- cent melatonin. In older people,

back to the state of peacefulness make the bedroom dark and the-counter sleep medication If nothing is working, chron- a higher dose can cause daytime

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