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Town attorneys say he’s shown
‘good-faith e ort’
Crews attack the ﬁre from the BY BOB DUMAS of violation as a result of the
back of the home. EDITOR rst no-permit connection,
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JACK CASEY/MFVFD e Town Board voted last but regulatory agencies opted
week to give Councilman to give him a chance to obtain
Fire destroys Mahopac Falls home Mike Barile an extension to the necessary permits to bring
bring his alleged illegal sewer the hookup into compliance.
Cause of blaze under investigation connection at Blu at the Lake- However, back in December,
house Restaurant on South town o cials said that Barile
BY BOB DUMAS Department o cials said that Boyle said about 30 re ght- Lake Boulevard—a property had never lived up to his ob-
he owns with his business ligations to come into compli-
EDITOR rst responders arrived in a mat- ers were on the scene from Ma- partner—into compliance. ance. A dye test conducted on
Dec. 6 revealed the restaurant
ter of minutes to nd a fully in- hopac Falls and with mutual Barile was accused last year was connected to Sewer Dis-
of connecting the restaurant’s trict No. 1 at a second loca-
A re left three Mahopac Falls volved structure. aid from Putnam Valley. Crews sewer line to a main in Sewer tion that “at no point [was]
District No. 1 near Clark Place disclosed or approved by the
residents homeless after a blaze “I was one of the rst on the remained on the scene, he said, without the requisite permits. town or New York City’s [De-
He was later accused of having partment of Environmental
ripped through their Oak Road scene within four minutes of the until about 4 a.m. a second line that lacked the Protection].”
necessary permits as well.
home in the Lake Secor sec- call and the house was a total loss,” Low-hanging wires that were Consequently, the town en-
e scenario dates back de- gineering department issued
tion of the hamlet early Tuesday said MFVFD Chief Je Boyle. still live hampered the re crews. cades to a time when the prop- Barile a second notice of vio-
erty housed a small hamburger lation, saying all connections
morning. e three residents inside the A call to NYSEG had a crew on stand linked to a septic system. must be capped and giving
Barile converted it into the him a timeline to remedy the
Just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 18, home got out safely but Ma- the scene as re ghters battled larger restaurant that it is today.
SEE BARILE PAGE 7
the 911 Center call board lit up hopac Falls EMS and EMStar the blaze. Barile was given a notice
with multiple calls for a house paramedics examined them and Multiple Carmel police units
re on Oak Road West in the decided to take them to Hudson were on the scene keeping
Lake Secor section of the Ma- Valley Medical Center in Cort- neighbors at a safe distance.
hopac Falls Fire District. Initial landt for evaluation. Boyle said Putnam County Fire Inves-
information said there may be they su ered from smoke inhala- tigation o cials responded and
people in the home. tion but would be ne. No other their probe into the cause of the
Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire injuries were reported. re continues.
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Your NeighborTHURSDAY,FEBRUARY27,2020 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3
Mahopac vet pens his ‘Last Goodbye’
Biographic novel tells tales of Vietnam and his life at home
BY BOB DUMAS
Fratangelo was a
Growing up in the Bronx in 1950s and and was seriously
’60s, John Fratangelo never dreamed of
being a writer. wounded in
Vietnam. He was
“When I was a kid, I wrote some plays, awarded both the
but it wasn’t anything I thought about do- Purple Heart and
ing seriously,” the Mahopac resident said.
Ultimately, Fratangelo, now 72, made
his living as a plumber, but it was his PHOTO COURTESY OF
life-altering stint in the Army during the JOHN FRATANGELO
Vietnam War that led him to chronicle his
experiences, and eventually turn them into
a book. It was 50 years in the making, but
“ e Last Goodbye” (Page Publishing)
was released on Jan. 31 and is now avail-
able online from Barnes & Nobles and
Amazon, where it is garnering ve-star
“I really wanted people to know what it
was like going to war and how horrible it
was,” he said. “People who have read the
book said they couldn’t put it down.”
e uncompleted manuscript was
tucked away in a closet all these years until
Fratangelo’s wife and children and some
friends pushed him to nish it. Even co-
median Robert Klein, a friend of Fratan- ‘I really wanted
gelo’s (they were from the same Bronx
neighborhood and Fratangelo had done people to know
plumbing work for him) read some of
its chapters and encouraged him to see it what it was like
“So, I decided to do it,” he said. going to war and
Fratangelo was wounded in Vietnam,
shot in the hip during an ambush while how horrible it
out on patrol, and nearly died.
“I was lucky,” he said. PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
He is now the junior vice commander John Fratangelo with a copy of his book
of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Later that night, Fratangelo had an ex- -John Fratangelo
Chapter 21 of Putnam/Westchester. He them nd jobs.
is also a recipient of the Silver Star, the “Having Anthony here was like having perience that still haunts him to this very
third-highest personal decoration for valor a brother,” he said. “We did everything to- day and is a key plot point of the book.
in combat. gether.” “I went back to my barracks that night
Fratangelo came back from the war When they both turned 19, they were and couldn’t sleep,”he said.“I was the only
to the states via medevac because of his drafted into the Army. one there and it was like one in the morn-
wounds, but many of his fellow soldiers “ ere was no lottery then,” Fratangelo ing. I was just lying in bed and I heard guys [I served with]. And I use everyone’s
landed at pubic airports where they were said. “As soon you turned 19 you got a let- footsteps outside the door. I couldn’t make real names. I want them to be remembered
greeted by angry crowds. ter and o you went. [Anthony] went to it out; it was very dark. e door opened and I have all their pictures.”
“Some told me they were spat on and Fort Gordon in Georgia [for basic train- and it was someone dressed in khakis. It He also joined the writers’ group that
had to go in the restroom and change their ing] and I went to Fort Jackson in South was Tony, and he just smiled and shook meets at Mahopac Library, and they had
clothes,” he said. Carolina.” my hand and went out and disappeared. a similar reaction. So, nally, last summer
Vietnam was a decidedly unpopular war. In Vietnam, Anthony was part of the I guess he couldn’t leave without saying he sought a publisher and wound up with
But while the book relates many sto- 25th Armored Division, while Fratangelo goodbye.” Page Publishing.
ries—his own, and that of other soldiers was part of the First Infantry Division, When Fratangelo got out of the service Fratangelo, whose father was a World
whom he served with—at the heart of also known as the Big Red One. in 1968, he began writing stories like that War II veteran and fought at Iwo Jima,
the narrative is the relationship between When a soldier is killed during com- down as a series of notes and later co- moved to Mahopac in 1992, which is
Fratangelo and his cousin, Anthony Ru- bat, another solider is chosen to escort the alesced his scribblings into a full-length where his third wife was from.
tigliano. ey grew up in the Bronx to- body back to the U.S. One day, Fratangelo narrative that became his book. “ ere’s a lot in the book about my rst
gether. was approached to do that. “I am glad I wrote those notes down marriage,” he said with a laugh.
“He came from Italy when he was 6,” “ ey came to get me and said they’d because I never would have remembered “ e Last Goodbye,” Fratangelo said,
Fratangelo said. “My grandmother had 21 picked me to be an escort,” he said. “I was a lot of that,” he said. is a read that he thinks will bring both a
children.” happy at rst that I was coming home. Fifteen years ago, he joined the Long smile and a tear to the reader.
Some of them died young, he said, so But then they told me it was a possibility Bridge Writers Group and sent them ex- “I think it will have a lasting impact
there were never 21 alive all at the same it could be one of my relatives. I had other cerpts of the story. on the way people come to feel about the
time. But the ones who immigrated to the cousins there besides Tony. I went back to “ ey liked it and said it was one of the combat veteran and [give them] a new-
U.S. came to the Fratangelo household in see my captain, and he handed me a piece most compelling pieces they’d read,” he found respect for every man and woman
the Bronx and his father helped many of of paper and it was him. It was Tony.” said. “I tell the stories of some of the other who proudly serve their country,” he said.
PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020
Town looks to rehabilitate BIRTH
three Mahopac dams
Lake district residents will bear cost of bond
BY BOB DUMAS it will have to be bonded. e taxpayers of “Once these trees are cleared and the Savannah Rose Holden
EDITOR the Lake Casse and Teakettle Park Lake embankments are cleared, it will be seed-
Districts would have to pay the debt ser- ed and grassed, and then they can main- Erik and Stephanie Holden announce they are now
e Town Board will seek to oat a vice cost once the project is completed. tain it as a normal area that needs to be the proud parents of a new daughter, Savannah Rose
bond for nearly $300,000 as part of an maintained,”he said. Holden, born Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day and Super Bowl
e ort to rehabilitate three dams in Ma- Town engineer Rich Franzetti told Sunday) at 6:04 p.m. at Northern Westchester Hospital.
hopac. the board at its Feb. 13 meeting that the e Town Board still must wait for
town has never performed work of this permission from the county for access She weighed 7.4 pounds and was 20 inches long. She
e project is part of a state Depart- nature. He said the DEC’s rules were to Because workers would have to cross joins her brother, Hunter, at home.
ment of Environmental Conservation created several years ago requiring an EA county property to get to Upper Teaket-
(DEC) initiative that requires towns to be performed every 10 years. Until then, tle Lake’s dam,the town still needs access Stephanie Holden is originally from Mahopac; Eric
perform engineering assessments (EA) regular assessments were not required. permission from the county before it can is from Yorktown. ey now reside in Poughquag in
on their dams. authorize any borrowing because work- Dutchess County.
“ is is going to be a multiphase proj- ers would have to cross county property
e dams slated for repair are the at ect,and this is Phase 1,which is to remove to get to it. e proud grandparents are James and Suzanne
Lake Casse Dam, and the ones at Tea- the trees and shrubs from the face of the Holden of Pleasantville, N.Y., and Wayne and Mary
kettle Lake and Upper Teakettle Lake. dam and the upper and downstream em- “We can’t authorize borrowing un- White of Mahopac.
bankments,” Franzetti explained. “Once til we have property rights in hand (an
e environmental consulting rm they are cleared, another assessment will easement) for Upper Teakettle from
Weston and & Sampson was the rm be needed to see if any other repairs need the county,” said town attorney Greg
that won the bid to prepare the plans to be done. Once it’s cleared [of trees and Folchetti. “It’s having access that drives
and specs necessary to bid out for the brush] we will be able to see if there is the price for the work and future main-
actual work and Nicky Diggs Excava- any seepage or any other types of repairs tenance. It shouldn’t be an issue but it
tion (Katonah) was awarded the contract that need to be made. We would have to should be in hand before the borrowing
to perform the job with an overall bid of go and look at it at that time, and then [is authorized].”
$298,833 (Lake Casse, $183,450; Up- design specs would have to be developed
per Teakettle, $68,164; Lower Teakettle and put out to bid to make those addi- Folchetti said the board can set the
$47,2190). tional repairs. It’s being driven by DEC process in motion While it waits for the
requirements.” easement issue to be settled, Folchetti
Town comptroller Mary Ann Maxwell said, the board can set in motion the pro-
reported that since the lake district’s fund Franzetti said the assessments for cess,which includes slating a public hear-
balances had insu cient cash to nance these three dams won’t be needed every ing on the matter, which could come as
there are not enough funds in the lake 10 years. early as March 4.
district’s fund balances for the project, so
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Oil spill in Lake Mahopac County: Prepare for ban on plastic
contained and cleaned shopping bags on March 1
BY BOB DUMAS ing Department. It’s time for Putnam County residents to Reusable shopping bags are sturdy, wash-
remember to bring their own reusable bags able and hold more, if you can remember to
EDITOR Investigators tracked the spill to a with them when they go shopping. bring them, Amy Sayegh, chairwoman of
the Legislature’s Health Committee said.
residence on Mount Hope Road that “Starting March 1, a New York State
law will ban single-use plastic bags,” said “ is is an important law for the state, the
A leaky home-heating-oil tank su ered from the leaking heating-oil Putnam County Legislature Chairwoman county and, of course, the planet,” Sayegh
Toni Addonizio. “Retailers in Putnam, and said.
dumped as much as 250 gallons of oil tank. Mount Hope Road was closed throughout the state, will no longer be able
to provide plastic bags to customers for car- ere are some exemptions from the state
into Lake Mahopac on Wednesday to tra c while the investigation and rying their goods.” ban, including dry cleaning bags, newspaper
delivery bags and bags used by customers
(Feb. 19) but o cials say the spill was cleanup were underway. Jane Meunier, solid waste management to package fruits, vegetables or other loose
program coordinator for the Putnam Coun- items. But now is a good time to think ahead
contained and cleaned up before any Casey said that 200 to 250 gallons ty Department of Health, praised the new to reduce other plastic waste, said Victoria
law. DiLonardo, recycling educator for the Put-
further harm could be done. leaked from the oil tank and into the nam County Department of Health.
“It is our goal for Putnam County to not
According to Jack Casey, Ma- home’s basement, triggering a sump only embrace recycling initiatives such as “After it becomes a habit to bring your
this but to make our County an example shopping bags with you to the store, try
hopac Fire Department’s public pump, which sent the oil to an area of how to improve and be at the forefront switching to reusable produce bags,” DiLo-
in the recycling and solid waste manage- nardo said. “And once that becomes a habit,
information o cer, both Mahopac outside the house and downhill to ment eld,” Meunier said. “We all need to try bringing your own travel mug to the cof-
do our part. e inconvenience of bringing fee shop, and so on. If we can all make small
and Mahopac Falls re departments Lake Mahopac. It was not clear if your own reusable bags for shopping cannot steps toward creating less plastic waste, it will
compare to the devastation that single-use make a big di erence.”
were dispatched just after 1 p.m. the homeowners were home at the plastic bags cause to our environment, and
speci cally our beautiful Putnam County!” Article courtesy of County Executive’s O ce
for a possible oil spill along Mount time of the incident.
Hope Road. ey were joined by Casey said all the agencies worked
Somers Fire Department, Carmel together to contain the spill with
police, Battalion No. 16, the Putnam booms in the lake and absorbent
County Hazmat Team, the New pads along the road and the a ected
York City Department of Environ- neighboring properties.
mental Protection (DEP), the DEP County HazMat set up a com-
HazMat team, the state Department mand area on the lake next to Mc-
of Environmental Conservation Donald Marine and monitored the
(DEC) and Town of Carmel Build- area of the spill.
Doing your own TAXES?
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PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE MAHOPAC ROTARY CLUB
Service above self
Lake Mahopac Rotary member and past president Greg
Amato has become a Paul Harris Fellow for the fth time.
e Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges indi-
viduals who contribute, or who have contributions made in
their name, of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
Club president Lillian Jones, right, and treasurer Bill
Carlin, left, are pictured here with Amato as they present
him with a commemorative PFH + 4 sapphires pin. ey
said his Service Above Self accomplishments represents the
true meaning of being a Rotarian.
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MUSINGS BARILE “ ey just need more time to tem that it once used when it from Day 1, but it’s just been
get this completed and [town was a smaller business. DEP too many chiefs and not
FROM PAGE 2 FROM PAGE 1 attorneys] felt it was no prob- prefers that a commercial en- enough Indians,” he said. “I
lem [to extend the deadline.]” tity not employ a septic system have all my permits. ey just
Teen Health Day issue or face nes and criminal so close to the lake, but insists want the line tested, which is
charges. At its Dec. 18, 2019, e town had hired special Barile must obtain the proper what we are trying to. We are
e Putnam County Depart- meeting, the Town Board gave outside counsel, Manhattan- permits and undergo the nec- waiting for the stars to align. I
ment of Health will host its Barile a Feb. 18 deadline to based Cozen O’Connor, after essary testing to connect to am not the one holding it up.”
6th annual Teen Health Day bring the hookups into com- it, too, was accused by New Sewer District No. 1.
on Friday, March 20, from 8 pliance or the pipes would be York City’s Department of En- Barile said he was con dent
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Carmel excavated and capped. vironmental Protection (DEP) Barile told Mahopac News the test will be done in time,
of being in violation regarding he now has all the requisite and he will meet the March 21
rehouse. is event is free and But at the board’s Feb. 19 the sewer hookup. permits—DEP, DEC, county deadline.
open to anyone 13 and older. meeting, it voted unanimous- health department and Town
Many community organizations ly to extend that deadline to e DEP, one of several of Carmel—but still needs to If he doesn’t, the resolution
will be on-site to answer ques- March 21. agencies that must issue a per- have the pipes pressure-tested. passed by the board last week,
tions on teen health issues. No mit for the hookup, has said it He said that is a matter of get- “reserves all rights to seek re-
question is o limits. A mobile “Our attorneys and engi- would rather see the restaurant ting everyone together on the covery of any payment of all
testing van will be available for neers say there has been a connected to the town’s sewer same day to get it done. such expenditures” resulting
HIV and STD testing from 10 good-faith e ort on [Barile’s] system. Otherwise, it would from the excavation and cap-
a.m. to 2 p.m. ere will be free part to get it resolved,” said have to revert to the septic sys- “We have had good faith ping of the pipes.
food and refreshments, as well Councilman Frank Lombardi.
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Why time begins on e state of the race
LIFE, that Trump has non- to nominate Bloomberg. All
First, I need to give a wink and in which the defense is the primary HEALTH, disclosure agreements of her points on that evening
a nod to omas Boswell, the POLITICS with women in the past were eminently sensible.
late, great sportswriter from handler of the ball. when your own candi-
e Washington Post. I stole the MARA date has plenty of such Nor was the situation
title of the column I look forward to the start of the SCHIFFREN agreements himself, even helped by Bloomberg’s
from one of his if he claims that they are poor debate performance.
books—one of the season each spring the way kids wait all When I left o only about women who Ironically, despite his bil-
last week, Mike did not like “his style of lions, Bloomberg does not
nest books on year for Christmas Bloomberg was joking,” but still refuses to seem to have engaged a
baseball ever written still shaking up the Demo- disclose the actual issues. debate coach worth his salt,
(along with another morning. Usually crat polls, launching himself Despite this, such media one who would rake him
he wrote, “How Life higher and higher on the types believed that all these over the coals if he could
Imitates the World OUT OF around New Year’s, Democrat charts primarily liabilities were outweighed not punch back answers
Series”). MY HEAD when it’s 5-below- by buying his place there. by the fact that potentially he and explanations in a timely
zero out, I and was more of a real challenge manner. Bloomberg gave the
As I sit here on a BOB my like-minded at and trading o of his to President Trump in the appearance that he believed
Sunday afternoon in February writ- DUMAS old reputation as NYC general election than all the he could just wing it, and as
ing this column, I have baseball on friends start post- mayor for centrist policies others who have worked so a result he scored his biggest
the TV. It’s a spring training game— and intelligent management. hard to get elected. public humiliation in years.
Mets vs. Cardinals. ing on Facebook, It turns out the people
On the left, there was a most incensed by Bloom- But it won’t stop him. It’s a
Baseball is in my DNA. It’s been things like “45 mixed reaction to the fact berg’s self-launch—if last sure bet that Bloomberg will
the love of my life since I was 5 years that he was doing this. week’s debate was any mea- continue to spend his money
old. For those of you who don’t like days till pitchers Some felt completely in- sure—were the other Demo- on this campaign. For as he
it, who think it boring, I urge you to censed. How dare a billion- crat candidates themselves. himself stated—and it was
turn the page and maybe go read the and catchers report.” aire buy his way into their is is not surprising, I guess, his best argument all night—
legal notices—something you may race with pocket change! For seeing that he managed to the surest way to reelect
So, when the rst spring training those who claim to represent short circuit much of the Donald Trump is to run a
nd more compelling. the “workers,” nothing could tedious politicking they have socialist at the head of the
Baseball is a complex game. ey games are televised, I’m kicking back be more insulting. been forced to commit to for Democrat party, one whose
throw a round ball at you and you have months as the weaker have platforms will turn o the
a round bat with which they tell you with my favorite adult beverage and Yet others—particularly slowly been weeded out. It’s moderate swing voters who
to hit it square. If you do it 30 percent old political hands in the a long and arduous process fear— rightly—that he will
of the time, you are considered an elite ready to soak it all in. Even though media—found it to be a that gets rid of people who crash the booming economy.
player. Ask the average soul to explain huge relief that there was cannot go the distance. Yet Indeed, I imagine the mo-
the in eld y rule, and they’ll likely it may be below freezing outside, once again a viable centrist in Bloomberg, instead, cut ment Bernie got elected, the
stammer,“Hum-ada, hum-ada”like the mix to go up against Ber- through all the regulations by Dow would begin falling, the
Ralph Kramden and then bolt from watching those Grapefruit League nie, (since Biden is no longer buying himself a rst-class exact opposite trajectory of
the room leaving a person-shaped hole considered a candidate who ticket to avoid all that. at’s what happened when Trump
in the wall. games played under sunny skies in can go the distance). As a kind of annoying! got elected and the Dow
Did you know there are seven di er- result of this calculation, Post-debate, the state of begin its gargantuan rise.
ent ways for a batter to reach rst base? the shadow of the palm trees warms such people chose not to the race is another story.
Can you name them? concentrate on the fact that Elizabeth Warren, in her best So, at least in some
I’ll wait... my winter-weary bones. Bloomberg was buying his debate performance to date, people’s mind, the best
Well, let’s save you the brain spasms way into the election. Nor started the attack on Bloom- antidote remains Bloomberg.
and panic sweats and get right to it: I am a Mets fan and have carried on many other factors that berg and did not let go until Particularly if Bloomberg
1. Base hit made a potential run against he was lying bloodied on the continues his crazy political
2. Walk that burden for six decades lled Trump harder to pull o . By ground. She was a very deft spending.
3. Error which I mean that you can hand at pointing out every-
4. Catcher’s (or elder’s) interference with the good, the bad and the ag- hardly object to a billionaire thing wrong with his cam- Until next week!
5. Fielder’s choice such as Trump being presi- paign from the left’s perspec-
6. Hit by pitch gressively ugly. As I write this, the dent if your own candidate tive. And all of the reasons Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a
7. Called third strike not caught is a bigger billionaire who that did not make sense for writer, certi ed Functional
Baseball is lled with subtle nu- dulcet tones of Met broadcasters actually did buy his way in. Democrats with any integ- Medicine health coach,
ances—the “game within the game” Everyone witnessed that in rity for their own positions certi ed Peak Performance
as they say. And it’s the only game Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith real time. Nor can you object coach and psychological tness
specialist. You can reach her at
Hernandez ll the room. [email protected]
I am home.
I think most kids develop their
sports team allegiances through their
families. My dad and grandfather
were Mets fans. ey had been New
York Giants fans, and when the Gi-
ants left—along with the Brooklyn
Dodgers—for the West Coast, it left
a palpable void. ey both would
just as soon vote for a Republican
than root for the Yankees. So, in
1962, when National League expan-
sion produced the New York Mets
(whose now-iconic blue and orange
team colors were taken from the
departed Dodgers and Giants) and
the Houston Colt 45s (later changed
to Astros), they were ready.
Dad and grandpa quickly adopted
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Looking for attorneys and their clients. As LETTERS just don’t think straight.” a legitimate electoral process. No
rationality in the if this isn’t enough, the governor
has vowed he will legalize mari- Can we ever learn is admonition is so true to- amount of rationalization or un-
wrong place juana in 2020. All of this will end any lessons?
a civilized society in New York day with our politics, particularly intelligent logic can change this
To the editor, State. To the editor,
Regarding Sandy Levine’s Feb. King Solomon warned in the on the national level. e Demo- fact. e American people want
A civilized society protects the
20 letter to the editor (Dethroning innocent, especially the young Bible how “hatred stirs up dis- crat Party and the Nver Trumper both parties to work together, but
King Trump). Are we looking for and elderly. is new law does putes.” My wise and wonderful
rationality in the wrong place—in not protect the people of New fourth-grade nun once rebuked Republicans are so consumed this hatred for our president has
the Donald Trump White House? York. Felons who have been con- my classmatefor shouting his ha-
Is it all that hard for anyone to ac- victed or charged with crimes tred for a fellow classmate. She with hate for Trump, that little, become an easy emotional reac-
tually see just who he is anyway? such as assault, burglary, drug exclaimed, “when you hate you
More to the point, should we ex- o enses, arson and robbery are if anything, can be achieved in a tion to discredit the election and
pect any reason at all from citizens being released. Many have been Restaurant
who can only evaluate these issues charged numerous times for the bi-partisan manner. e Ameri- his legitimacy.
in terms of us-vs.-them? same o ense. ese releases and
the elimination of bail increases can voter spoke in 2016 and SEE LETTERS PAGE 11
Hasn’t this way of thinking been the job for our police to protect elected President Trump through
obsolete for at least 2,000 years? us.
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Beware! The end is will be adding more responsibili-
near! ties to our police and town gov-
ernments. What is Gov. Cuomo
To the editor, teaching our youth? Commit a
Yes, friends, family, all New crime and you get a slap on the
hand—no immediate jail time.
Yorkers, our civilized society is See a crime committed, speak to
coming to an end. We can thank the police, your personal info will
Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Peter Harck- be given to the criminal.
man and the entire New York
State Government for our soci- As an adult it is acceptable to
ety’s destruction. e end of our be high on marijuana, anytime
civilized society ultimately puts of the day or all day long. Rules
our safety at risk. and laws are changing to defend
the guilty and not protect the in-
In the past year Sen. Harck- nocent.
man has voted “yes” to early jail
release for felony criminals and to New Yorkers speak out now
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felony crimes. In addition, Gov. a civilized society.
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Celebrate Read Across America Day
STRONG millions of children. And his - more di cult books. as most Dr. Seuss books, not that are recommended for both
LEARNING nal book, “Oh, e Places You’ll Whether or not a child enjoys only give readers an opportunity the young and the young at
Go,” took them on a voyage of to think, but hours of practice. heart.
DR. LINDA life, including all its challenges. a book is not based on how And where reading is concerned,
SILBERT “Congratulations! Today is your many pages the book has or how as with just about every skill we With your child, select one
day. You’re o to Great Places! di cult the vocabulary is but on learn, “Practice makes perfect.” or more of these books. If the
Dear Dr. Linda, You’re o and away! You have whether the reader can become child wants to read one book
Please remind your read- brains in your head. You have part of the story and start to Following is a list of 25 classic
feet in your shoes. You can think! Easy-to-read books, such books for children and youth SEE DR. LINDA PAGE 11
ers that March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s steer yourself any direction you
birthday. It’s also “Read Across choose. You’re on your own. And
America Day.” at’s not a you know what you know. And
coincidence. In May 1997, a YOU are the guy who’ll decide
small committee at the National where to go.”
Education Association (NEA)
decided to create a day when Motivating children to read
children of all ages could cel- is an important factor in stu-
ebrate reading. And what better dent achievement in school
day—Dr. Seuss’s birthday! and beyond, but many teachers,
parents and librarians interact
School Librarian with children every day who
Dear School Librarian, not only dislike reading because
it’s hard for them but become
ank you for your email and anxious just looking at a book.
thank you Dr. Seuss! Children Whether they have a reading
who love to read love Dr. Se- disorder called dyslexia or have
uss—and children who struggle been forced to read when they
to read or hate to read will didn’t want to, they’ve come to
become readers when they are hate reading.
introduced to Dr. Seuss books.
If your child dislikes reading
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“Cat in the Hat,” “Go Dog Go,” concerned that a book may be
“Green Eggs and Ham” and too young or too easy. In fact, for
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better. Some easy-to-read books
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DUMAS parents’ house after school and in April. We would tailgate in DR. LINDA 12. Danny and the Dinosaur*
wait to be picked up there by my the parking lot—I remember a 13. Don’t Let the Pigeon
FROM PAGE 8 mom when she nished work. I hibachi grill—and then head in FROM PAGE 10 Drive the Bus! *
remember my grandfather would to catch batting practice. Dur- 14. e Frog and Toad
the lovable losers as their own. have the Mets game on his big ing that era, we got to see Doc over and over again, that’s ne. Treasury*
With Casey Stengel at the helm, black-and-white TV and I would Gooden up close and personal— It helps with uency. Make a 15. e Giving Tree
the Mets might have been God- plop down on the couch next to another legendary Mets pitcher, copy of the list and ask your 16. Charlie and the Choco-
awful, but they were fun. him and watch. until his own personal demons child to write the author’s name late Factory
derailed a certain Hall of Fame next to each. Ask your child 17. Harold and the Purple
Grandpa played on a travel- “I think this Seavers kid is career. why he or she thinks the author Crayon
ing team in the 1920s. He was gonna be something special,” he wrote the book.Tell your child 18. Goodnight Moon
a catcher and is in the Dutchess told me. Now, we have Jacob deGrom. which ones are your favorites 19. Madeline*
County Baseball Hall of Fame. I have his rookie baseball card and why. Have fun! If the title 20. Are You My Mother?
My dad was a Little League at’s how he said it: “Seav- and I will pass that on to my has an * next to its name, it is 21. Harry Potter and the
coach for 18 years and taught me ers”—with the extra “S” on the grandnephew when I head o to part of a series. Select one or Sorcerer’s Stone*
the fundamentals. I was inducted end. But he was right. Tom that great baseball stadium in the more in that series. 22.Tales of a Fourth Grade
into the Pawling High School Seaver was something special and sky—even though he’s a Yankee Nothing
Sports Hall of Fame, as a mem- became known as “ e Fran- fan. (I’ve always thought that 1. e Little Engine that 23. e Tale of Peter Rabbit
ber of the 1975 Tiger team and chise.” I have a picture of him rooting for the Yankees was like Could 24. Because of Winn Dixie
later played on a traveling team above my desk in my o ce at going to Vegas and rooting for 25. James and the Giant
(18- to 21-year-olds) in a league Mahopac News. the house.) 2. e Little House Peach
that saw several players make it to 3. Make Way for Ducklings
pro ball. As I said, the game is in When I got into my 20s, a So, spring training is now un- 4. Alexander and the Ter- Dr. Linda
my DNA. (My brother was a star bunch of us, all friends and Mets derway. Everyone is currently tied rible, Horrible, No Good, Very
high school football player, but fans, always got Opening Day for rst place. I will be watching Bad Day Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
he play one year of baseball and tickets. I would make up some carefully for the next out-of- 5. Bread and Jam for Fran- Bad Grades Happen to Good
claims to have led the nation in BS story to get the day o from nowhere superstar, or in the Mets’ ces* Kids” and director of Strong
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