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Mahopac News 06.23.2022

VOL. NO. Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2022

State investment
in Putnam County

Pr mNight!child care increases
Day care programs in Mahopac will bene t Mahopac students board the buses that glamour and romance dressed in tuxedos
took them from the high school to The and gowns while enjoying a fine meal
BY BOB DUMAS vestment we have made in the Amber Room in Danbury for the 2022 and dancing the night away. For more
EDITOR state budget for child care, more senior prom on June 10. The kids took prom pictures, see the centerspread on
parents will be able to send their part in a post-pandemic evening of pages 14 and 15.

State Sen. Pete Harckham, children to day care and then get

joined by a number of child care back to work.”

advocates, day care providers and e announcement took place

parents, announced last week an at a special press conference held

increase of state funding for child at the Over the Rainbow Learn-

care and working families in Put- ing Center. Among those at-

nam County. tending the event were Jeanne

New York state is investing $7 Wagner, executive director of the

billion over four years, re ecting Child Care Council of Dutchess

that access to quality child care and Putnam Counties; Bonnie

is critical to children, families Fogarty and Kayla Hendrickson

and a statewide economic recov- from the YMCA of Central and

ery, Harckham said. e increase Northern Westchester, which op-

makes New York state a national erates three day care programs in

leader regarding payment rates. Mahopac; and Kathleen Murphy,

“Child care is essential for the day care registrar for Putnam

many reasons,” the senator said. County.

“Studies show that the sooner is spring, the New York

you start children with education state Senate approved the larg-

and socialization, the better their est investment in child care sub-

outcomes—and the less money is sidies in New York State history.

spent on special services to help It included $2 billion to increase

them later in life. Also, there is an the number of families receiving

economic bene t for families, as child care nancial assistance and

parents can go to work knowing the amount child care providers PHOTO: TABITHA
their children are in a safe place SEE CHILD CARE PAGE 5
that is a ordable. With the in-

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Former attorney pens memoir lled with local characters

BY BOB DUMAS Auschwitz and never made it out. speak before the Board of Education in

EDITOR Protected by his courageous single Palm Beach County. e principal there

mother, he would spend more time in Eu- wouldn’t let them teach about the Holo-

Elliot Fixler has lived his life out loud. rope as the pair survived World War II be- caust because, he said, some people didn’t

e former Mahopac resident and at- fore winding up in a refugee camp in Isra- believe it happened. He got red and was

torney has had more adventures than a el. With the help of relatives in the United trying to get his job back. I was asked to

Marvel Comics superhero—some of them States, they obtained visas and eventually talk, and they ended up not hiring him

right here in Putnam County where he found themselves in Bu alo, N.Y. back. While I was there, I met a guy who

had a law practice on Route 6 in the Car- His life’s journey would eventually bring was an editor and publisher whose parents

mel hamlet. Fixler back to Budapest in search of his were [Holocaust] survivors and he said

Now, all the secrets and escapades are own family identity. In the book, which is he could help me if I wanted to write the

out for public consumption. Fixler’s mem- often tinged with Fixler’s trademark sense book.”

oir, “Full Circle” (LuLu Publishing), hit of humor and charm, he recounts his boy- Fixler said he doesn’t want to give away

the bookstores in April. hood in postwar Bu alo, his misadven- any spoilers but says the book begins with

Fixler, 78, was born in Budapest, Hun- tures in the yeshivas of New York and the a surprising discovery by his 14-year-old

gary, and in 1944, when he was just 2 years launching of his highly unconventional self. It also recounts how his stepfather

old, he and his mother escaped to neigh- law practice. Filled with humorous anec- sent him to religious school in Brooklyn,

boring Czechoslovakia (now the Czech dotes from his courtroom cases, the mem- which “didn’t work out.” But his stepfather

Republic) just days after the Nazis in- oir also chronicles the attorney’s sojourn was undaunted and sent him to yet an-

vaded. Many people he knew ended up in that took him from triumph to tragedy. other religious school, this time in Man-

“I didn’t write for com- hattan.
mercial success,” Fixler “I got kicked out of that one, too,” he Elliot Fixler

told Mahopac News dur- said.

ing a phone interview When asked why, Fixler said, “I take ter of countless fascinating trials, many of

from his home in Florida. the Fifth,” but promised that the complete them chronicled in the memoir.

“I just wanted my kids and story of what happened is all in the book. With his new law rm established in

grandkids to have some Fixler said he knew early on he wanted Carmel, Fixler moved to the area and

sort of idea about where to become an attorney. He nished his last eventually bought a house on Lake Ma-

their ancestors came from two years of high school back in Bu alo hopac before moving to Florida in 2004.

and what they had to do and then did his undergraduate work at “I am not retired. I tell people I am

to get here. I didn’t pay at- the University of Bu alo. He got his law unemployed,” he said with a chuckle. “I

tention to that when I was degree from New York Law School. still answer a lot of questions from people

young, and I regret it.” “Becoming a lawyer was at the front looking for free legal advice.”

Fixler said he never fan- of my mind from the time I could read,” Fixler says the book is lled with real-

cied himself a writer and he said. “I wanted to try cases since I was life characters, warts and all, many of them

never thought about put- 10 years old. I read books about Clarence from Mahopac and other locales through-

ting his life story down on Darrow; I was fascinated by that.” out Putnam County.

paper—as compelling as After graduating law school, Fixler An ardent sports fan, his success in

it was—until he had a talk landed a job in the Bronx DA’s o ce. the courtroom was matched only by his

with friends who were “First, I tried criminal cases and then daughter’s many triumphs on the basket-

visiting Mahopac during started getting into civil cases,” he said. ball court and lacrosse eld.

the pandemic. But Fixler soon longed to get out of the “My daughter, Sarah Fixler, was an All-

“We were having din- city and he befriended an attorney named County lacrosse player and has a banner

ner at a restaurant, and Howard Stock eld, who had a law o ce up in the [Mahopac High School] gym

I was telling some of my in Carmel. for basketball,” he said. “She was a pretty

stories and my friend “He was a judge in the justice court, a spectacular point guard.”

Paul said, ‘You have a lot prominent lawyer,” Fixler said. “He was a Fixler said he has gotten positive feed-

of fascinating stories, you wonderful guy. We got along and formed back on the book and the reviews on Am-

should write a book,’” a partnership in 1973 that lasted for 20 azon have all been ve stars.

Fixler recalled. “It got me years.” “I’ve gotten some pretty nice responses,”

thinking. But I might not As Fixler argued cases from Connecti- he said. “I lived this, I wrote it, but I still

have pulled the trigger on cut to California, his reputation for court- get a kick out of it when I read it. ere is

it if I hadn’t been asked to room pyrotechnics placed him in the cen- nobody I met who doesn’t love the book.”



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years. York working families need ac- lion in stabilization grants be- continued support from the state,
FROM PAGE 1 cess to it. With this in mind, ing awarded for the rst time we will be able to maintain our
“We appreciate the increased Harckham said that the initial ever. New York State O ce of services for local families and
are paid for their essential ser- investment in child care in the eligibility levels for families will Children and Family Services their children.”
vices. is $2 billion in child care New York State budget,” said be increased in August to up to (OCFS) manages the child care
subsidies includes $894 million Wagner. “ is funding will allow 300 percent of the federal pov- funding. Erin Felice, a single mother
in New York State Child Care greater access to quality, a ord- erty level ($83,250 for a family from Putnam Lake and one of
Block Grant funding passed in able care and will support parents of four), up from 200 percent, “ e child care industry con- three parents to speak at the press
the recent state budget. Alto- who can go to work with peace extending eligibility to hundreds tinues to struggle, and parents conference, said, “It has been
gether, this is part of the Sen- of mind.” of thousands of young children in are still having a tough time pay- hard to nd a safe place for my
ate’s commitment of $7 billion New York. ing for day care programs,” said son to grow, and funding for day
Child care is an essential ser- Rita Acerno, program director care allows me to keep working
In Putnam County, 57 child of Over the Rainbow Learning and building our future.”


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WRITING & trees. I recognize the rhythmic ognized the tune “Climb Every shrub looking for a tasty treat. hear the hoo-hoo-hoo of an owl
CHOCOLATE hammering of a pileated wood- Mountain.” up in a tree.
pecker searching a tree trunk for ese little creatures seem bat-
KIM carpenter ants. I can also hear Despite the lush green leaves tery operated! I welcome these joyful outside
KOVACH the chattering of a pair of gray on the trees and shrubs, sounds sounds. I’m all ears.
squirrels as they chase each other seem to be ampli ed in the In the evening, the chirping
Not quite daylight and up and down the tree branches. summer time. Settling down into of the crickets reinforces what I Kim Kovach is teaching summer
those initial cheeps, my rocking chair to enjoy a new already know – it is hot outside. morning and evening sessions
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of birdsong. I listen for the call lunch in the yard, as well. e ball announcer in the distance, bullfrogs in the pond out back
and response, the early bird deer, chipmunks, toads, and fat “A swing and a miss…” followed adds to the evening concert. If I
conversations of the robins, old groundhog go about their by loud auto parts commercials.
cardinals, blue jays, mourning daily activities like silent lm Also, the metallic tinkling of a
doves, sparrows, and black crows stars, accompanied by the tuneful neighbor’s wind chimes.
starting their busy day. I am songbirds.
able to discern the various birds People bring their lives
and their morning calls to the Summer morning sounds outdoors during the summer
worm bu et. It’s a cheerful noise here are much di erent than the months. Music, laughter, and
conducted by nature. I can listen thunderous sounds of trucks, power tools can all be heard as
peacefully for a few moments buses, car horns, and re engine gardens, decks, and yards are
before getting out of bed to start sirens I used to wake up to when once again reclaimed. What
my day. I lived in the city. Barking dogs, summer weekend would be
yelling voices, and car alarms complete without the far-o
e joyful noise of my were often added to the mix. laughter and shrieks emanating
feathered friends forms the Even on the fourth oor, the from a swimming pool full of
soundtrack to the warm sum- murmurs of the pigeons were children on the other side of the
mer months. e red cardinals often drowned out by the jarring woods?
have a varied musical repertoire. of jackhammers and screech-
ing brakes. I recall one late June One of my favorite summer
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of the blue jays are heard as from work and was startled to completely quiet and suddenly,
hear band practice from the a small but distinctive whirring
junior high school next door sound zooms past my head. I
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Dear Dr. Linda, working parents who have little
I do not have any questions knowledge of the educational
system or some other perme-
about children and education (as ation which prevents the parents
mine are young adults already). from being a strong educational
My question pertains to me. I resource for their teenage son or
am a healthcare professional daughter.
and have been for more than 30
years. I provide primary health- And now as I am in the process
care to children and adolescents, of soon semi-retiring from my
and I also have a particular inter- clinical role, I would like to nd
est in the educational journey of out how best to educate myself to
my teenage patients. take on the role of resource agent
for some of these teens. And so
I often will come across teens that is my question to you, the
who get good grades and have educator.
ambitions of higher education
to pursue careers but are often I have thoughts of possibly
struggling in their journey from setting up a non-pro t organiza-
high school to college because of tion to assist teenagers in this
a lack of guidance. Even though journey or else partnering or
I live in the suburbs, I work with working within an established
the New York City school system organization that provides such
in which the sta seems to be services.
overworked and understa ed,
and also many parents may not I do look forward to hearing
have had education beyond a from you very soon.
high school level. And thus, many
of my teen patients have little Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
resources to assist them in their Dear Pediatric Nurse
quest for better future lifestyles. Practitioner,

I will nd that many students Before I answer your ques-
have been steered toward apply- tion, I’d like to thank you for
ing to community colleges when your years of working with and
their GPA would suggest a four- caring for teens who are about
year college workload would be to nish high school and move
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abilities. working with them you’ve seen
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Annual Putnam Pride SCOUTS tion of the 25-year-old bocce ball Stephen Nealon
court at Sycamore Park. e court Nealon wanted to help the

event celebrates had become unusable, and he and community by increasing aware-
Cropsey graduated from Ma- his volunteers rebuilt the framing, ness of the food pantry at St.
hopac High School in 2021 and resurfaced the court, and replaced John’s Catholic Church in Ma-

local LGBTQIA+ is currently a student at Dutchess the scoreboard, enabling visi- hopac, so he had a sign designed
Community College. He is also tors to the park to enjoy playing and made and they installed it and
pursuing his career options at Ar- bocce once again. Horan gradu- revitalized the garden around it,

chitectural Visions in Mahopac ated from Mahopac High School re-mulching and replacing plants.

On Sunday, June 12, Putnam 35 vendors, local organizations, where he is advancing his hands- in 2021 and is studying chemical A 2021 graduate of Mahopac

Pride held its third annual rally agencies and businesses, includ- on learning. He hopes to transfer engineering at the University of High School, Nealon is a history

and march in Brewster. e event ing Rainbow Sponsors Hudson to a larger university soon to pur- Delaware. major at the University at Albany.

began at 1 Main St. in Brewster Valley Credit Union (HVCU) sue a degree in architecture. David Kaprielian Bryant Pappas

Village, where hosts Angel Ele- and Katherine Scrushy and Vir- Matthew DePaso Kaprielian made improve- Pappas’ project consisted of de-

ktra and Shay D’Pines, joined by ginia Murphy. e décor sponsor DePaso designed and built a ments to the memorial garden signing, building, and installing a

Kitty Ka’Boodlez, arrived to lead was e Law O ces of Joseph tree bench for Sycamore Park, and garden prayer path at the custom wood and rope fence on

the crowd of approximately 200 Tock. e entertainment spon- where he attended day camp and Episcopal Church of the Good the waterfront of Mahopac VFW

people in a march up to Wells sors included Magazzino Italian later worked as a counselor. His Shepherd, in Granite Springs, Post 5491, as well as the imple-

Park. Art and Megara Entertainment/ bench has six sides to evenly wrap which he has attended all his mentation of a sandpit cover. e

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and Anita Conway opened the was ai Golden Restaurant; located by the beach and play- for the prayer stations, designed ing accidental falls, and the sand-

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and Pastor Kate Reynolds of Putnam County Tourism; mar- jor role in his childhood. DePaso team built boxes for prayer leaf- Pappas graduated from Fordham

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Box lacrosse league debuts in Mahopac

Water Panthers play inaugural home game

BY BOB DUMAS checks are allowed and there is place because of the size of the have a sustainable league, so we me,” he said. “I didn’t like all the
EDITOR a shot clock. And the size of the net. It’s a great way to improve didn’t want to get too big too fast. standing around. I started playing
goal is considerably smaller—3.5 and build your skills for eld la- We don’t want to oversaturate,” lacrosse in seventh grade.”
Mahopac, one of the most by 3.5 feet as opposed to 6 by 6 crosse.” O’Gorman said. “ e goal is to
sports-centric towns in the re- feet for eld lacrosse. add one team a year and get col- O’Gorman went on to play in
gion, now has another sport for e Water Panthers are part lege kids interested and then get the Men’s Club League at SUNY
fans to cheer about. “It’s rapidly growing but of the edgling Hudson Valley the young kids up through high Cortland where his team won a
still a niche sport,” said Bryan Box Lacrosse League, for play- school interested in the sport. We national championship. He cur-
It’s called box lacrosse, and the O’Gorman, a Mahopac resi- ers 18 and older, which just be- want to keep the quality control. rently teaches in the Haldane
Mahopac Water Panthers played dent, who is owner and general gan its inaugural year of play. It We want to have tryouts.” School District, where he also
their rst home game at the Mi- manager of the Water Panthers. features four teams: the Water coaches lacrosse as well as foot-
chael Geary Memorial Roller “Box lacrosse is Canada’s o cial Panthers, with players from Ma- While Mahopac plays its ball.
Hockey Rink on Route 6 on summer sport. It is picking up hopac, Putnam Valley, Dutchess home games at the Geary Rink,
Wednesday, June 15. momentum, but it’s been kind of County and Northern Westches- the rest of the games are played at O’Gorman said a friend turned
secret. ter; the New York City Lacrosse the E.J. Murray Memorial Skat- him on to box lacrosse.
Box lacrosse is similar to tra- Club; the 845 Box Lacrosse ing Center in Yonkers.
ditional eld lacrosse but is often “Some principles and strate- Club (Rockland County); and “He started a team and I tried
played indoors in a walled area, or gies are di erent [from eld the Darkside Box Lacrosse Club O’Gorman has been a lifelong out and made it,” he said. “A lot
a melted ice rink, or an outdoor lacrosse],” he continued. “ e (Westchester and Connecticut). lacrosse a cionado and player. He of us were new to the sport. We
roller rink, like the Geary Me- physicality and speed are di er- went to high school in Putnam played for two years before it
morial Rink in Mahopac. It has ent. You’re forced to create your “ is is our rst year getting Valley where he rst got inter- folded.”
a slightly di erent set of rules, own space. You have to be decep- o the ground and we wanted ested in the game.
as well. Moving picks and hip tive and put the ball in a certain to grow the game locally and After his friend’s team folded,
“Baseball was too slow for

The Mahopac Water Panthers

The Water Paul Lumonaca takes the face off against Rockland 845 Box Lacrosse Club Bryan O'Gorman, team
Panthers' in the game at Michael Geary Memorial Rink on June 15. founder/general manager/
Jack Murphy coach/player, during one of the
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRYAN O’GORMAN three days of training camp
grabs a before the season kicked off.
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Mahopac senior athletes saluted
Athletes, coaches, families, and tic achievements, your athletic Gabby Marino

friends gathered on the Mahopac achievements and your commu- Mia Lanter

High School Field on Wednes- nity service. You have grown in Ava Lichtenberger

day evening, June 15, for the Se- every aspect of your lives. You Baseball

nior Athletic Awards ceremony. are, indeed, a credit to your high Joey Koch

“ is is a great night. It’s not school, your parents and your- Conor Watts

only a chance to celebrate our selves.” Track & Field

athletes, but also to celebrate the Before the awards were pre- Kaylie Ann Hammon

programs, coaches and teams sented, the names of 16 seniors Men’s Lacrosse

that helped them develop their who were named All-League for Sean Massett

talents,” said School Board Presi- spring sports and seven seniors Michael Harney

dent MIchael Mongon. “If it who were named All-Section, Chris Evans

takes a village to raise a child, it were read to the crowd.

takes a community to create an ese included: ALL SECTION SPRING

athlete. Here in Mahopac, we SENIORS

make sure our athletes work just ALL LEAGUE SPRING Women’s Lacrosse

as hard on their academic skills as SENIORS Ava Jennings

their sports, and that they have a Women’s Lacrosse Avery Przymylski

strong sense of teamwork and fair Ava Jennings Softball

play.” Avery Przymylski Gabby Marino

en Mongon turned the mi- Grace Witt Ava Lichtenberger

crophone over to School Super- Nicole Panny Baseball

intendent Anthony Dicarlo. Audrey Colucci Joey Koch

“Athletes, you do us proud,” Ally Savino Men’s Lacrosse

DiCarlo said. “ e board and Mia DelBene Sean Massett PHOTO COURTESY OF MAHOPAC SCHOOL DISTRICT

I salute you for your scholas- Softball Michael Harney The Mahopac senior athletes honored at the ceremony.

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MUSINGS in the Putnam Valley area prizes - second prize, $1,000; Kent Library of Putnam County who exhibit
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FROM PAGE 25 to their doctors. We need $250. Volunteers extraordinary citizenship,
volunteers over the age of 60
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Kent Library needs volunteers! community while maintaining

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TOM 401(k) and age of your investment dollars
CASEY to growth-oriented vehicles,

In less than two weeks, we an IRA including stocks and stock-
observe Independence based mutual funds. Of course,
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ebrate all the liberties we enjoy
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– such as nancial freedom,
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for many years. And that means or even an inheritance, consider you might be forced to dip into o ers immense bene ts.
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