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Mahopac News 03.12.20

VOL. 11 NO. 2 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

SEPTO, Carmel PD
team up to create database

Initiative would help cops better deal
with special needs kids

PHOTO: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL BY BOB DUMAS look at behaviors such as self-stimu-
EDITOR lation, extreme anxiety, delusions, and
Erin go Bragh! rages as criminal behavior.
Grand Marshal Liz Flannery leads the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade About one child in 59 has an autism
down Route 6 in Mahopac on Sunday afternoon. e gorgeous weather help draw spectrum disorder in the United Now, the Carmel Police Depart-
a large crowd and streets were lled with green and those who declared they were States, and about one in six has ment and Mahopac School District’s
Irish, at least for one day. Marching bands and bagpipers came from as far away severe intellectual and developmental Special Education Parent-Teacher
as Binghampton N.Y. to take part in the festivities. For more photos, see the disabilities such as speech and Organization (SEPTO) are working
centerspread on pages 14 and 15. language impairments and cerebral together to make sure nothing like
palsy, according to MultiBriefs, a that happens here.
publisher of industry information for
trade professionals. As Carmel PD continues to ramp
up its community policing endeav-
People with disabilities are 2.5 ors, it has also begun a collaboration
times more likely to be the victims of with SEPTO to develop a database of
a violent crime and roughly one-third special-needs students throughout the
to half of all people killed by police are community that will serve as a tool for
disabled. o cers when they respond to a call.

Dealing with autistic and di erent- e department has also increased its
ly abled people has been a challenge o cers’ training so they will better be
for law enforcement, primarily due to able to recognize such behaviors. Two
a lack of training. Last year, an inci- Carmel o cers just returned from
dent at a Costco in California brought First Responders Disability Aware-
this issue to the forefront when an o - ness Training at the Westchester Po-
duty police o cer shot and killed a lice Academy and are, in turn, now
32-year-old man who was non-verbal training their fellow o cers.
and described by family as severely de-
velopmentally disabled. “It’s part of the overall e ort to
bring more community policing to the
A Los Angeles Times op-ed piece Carmel Police Department,” said Of-
revealed that most police o cers
do not understand the symptoms of cer Erin Macom, who attended the
mental illness and physical or intel- training. “It was extremely informa-
lectual disability. e report said they tive—very in-depth.”

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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

Mahopac kindergartners
celebrate 100 days

Mahopac’s kindergarten students and teachers celebrated 100 days of schools last
month by taking part in various “100”-themed activities as well as dressing up in
100-themed clothes, or as “100-year-old people.” It was a fun and educational experi-
ence for the young students—something the school does annually.

The teachers at Austin Road are 100 years old! Megan Wistosky’s Austin Road class dressed up like 100-year-olds

Jodi Kozera’s kindergarten class at Lakeview stack 100 cups. Lakeview kids pose with the 100 items they collected for United for the Troops.

Teacher assistant
Nicole Gallagher

helps with the
snack count.

Stacking 100 cups at Lakeview Elementary

The students at Austin Road get
into the spirit of the 100 Days of

School celebration.

Fulmar Road principal Gary Chadwick surronded by “100-year-old” kindergartners. Fulmar kindergartners count out 100 PHOTOS: MARIA SLIPPEN/
snacks. MAHOPAC SCHOOL DISTRICT


PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

Mahopac schools Putnam remains
respond to coronavirus coronavirus-free so far

BY BOB DUMAS that is approved by the CDC ere are no local cases of Nesheiwat, health commission- and disinfectants. It should also
EDITOR for “demonstrated e ective- coronavirus so far, Putnam er, said. enable counties to quickly hire
ness against viruses similar to County Executive MaryEllen more medical workers.
As of Monday, March 9, no the 2019 novel Coronavirus Odell said Sunday after a sharp “We are monitoring 19 Put-
cases of the coronavirus have when used as directed on hard increase in cases statewide led nam residents who either re- “I think the emergency decla-
been reported in Putnam non-porous surfaces.” In addi- the governor to declare a state of turned from mainland China or ration will help us get the money
County, but Mahopac school tion, they will use an electro- emergency. came in contact with a person we need to keep Putnam resi-
o cials say they are working static disinfectant sprayer on who tested positive for the vi- dents safe,” Nesheiwat said. “It
closely with the county Health the bus eet and in all of the “Even though none of our res- rus,” Nesheiwat said. “As of Sun- will de nitely be a bene t to us.”
Department to keep students school buildings on a regular idents have tested positive so far, day, all of those we are monitor-
and their families safe. basis, using the same CDC- with increased testing we expect ing were asymptomatic.” e commissioner urged resi-
approved disinfectant. we may have some cases,” Odell dents to take simple precautions,
e administration took ad- said. “Residents should know Gov. Cuomo declared a state like frequent handwashing and
vantage of a Superintendent’s “We will continue to be in that the Putnam County Health of emergency last Saturday when staying home if they feel sick, to
Conference Day on Friday regular contact with the Put- Department has been preparing the number of people who tested avoid the spread of COVID-19.
to discuss sta questions and nam County Department of diligently and will keep the pub- positive for coronavirus (COV-
concerns Health in order to remain cur- lic informed as things change.” ID-19) was 76. As of Sunday, the He also recommends the “Call
rent as it relates to the status of number of positive tests increased Before You Go,” plan. In other
In a prepared statement, the coronavirus and its impli- e Health Department has to 89. Of those, 11 were in New words, before going to the doc-
school o cials said they’ve cations on our school commu- been working for weeks with York City and 70 in Westchester tor’s o ce, urgent care or emer-
instructed sta and students nity,” the statement concludes. emergency personnel, law en- County. e remaining eight cas- gency room, call ahead and tell
to cover their mouths when forcement, school district of- es were in Rockland, Nassau and your primary care provider about
coughing and sneezing, throw e district has not post- Saratoga counties. your symptoms and any possible
tissues in a trash can, wash poned or canceled any sports cials and other relevant agen- exposure to the virus.
their hands often, and not games, activities, classes or cies to prepare and keep them e declaration will allow
share any personal items. meetings as of this writing. informed of the rapidly chang- health departments to speed up Article courtesy of Putnam County
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DATABASE “It all comes down to timing,” he continued.

FROM PAGE 1 “When we get a call and are responding, on the way

we are going through scenarios in our head. When

It was a chance meeting between Macom and we go through the database, we will know what syn-

SEPTO member Paul Hammer at last year’s Car- drome they have—what they respond to. We don’t

mel Street Fair that planted the seed for the idea to have to waste time; we already know it.”

create the database. Hammer said having such information at the of-

Hammer is the father of a teenage son with spe- cers’ ngertips will be invaluable to them.

cial needs. “ e hope with the database is if an o cer has an

“I had seen stories on Facebook, horror stories interaction with a special-needs kid, they reach out

about interactions between special-needs kids [and PHOTO COURTESY OF SEPTO to dispatch, and they can pull up what the kid has,”

police],” he said. “I don’t want to put my son in that Carmel PD officers Erin Macom and Vinnie Serio (center), surrounded he said. “What are his triggers, what can set him o
position. at scares and concerns me. I was curious by members of Mahopac SEPTO and how to counteract that? Right now, it’s a rough

about how the Carmel Police Department handles draft, still being worked on, and it’s voluntary. Ev-

it.” “We thought of [creating] a meet-and-greet informa- ery parent might not want to participate, but as the

Macom was with a patrol car at the fair, representing tion sheet that could be submitted to a database,” she said. word gets out, maybe more information can be provided so

Carmel PD as part of its community policing e orts, and “It could have a picture and things the parents think we o cers are better able to intercede with the kids.”

Hammer approached her about the topic. should know, such as the child is non-verbal or [prone Dilullo, SEPTO president, said it’s all part of the organi-

“I found out that they have the training and an interven- to] run away. is is especially important when minutes zation’s mission statement: to raise awareness.

tion process in place about how to work with kids with count; the dispatcher can update us while we are en route. “We represent the entire district and its special needs

special needs,” Hammer said. “I asked [Macom] if she It’s important to know the disability so you can assess the population, and the mission statement is to raise awareness

wouldn’t mind meeting with Mahopac SEPTO and share situation.” and provide support with programs by helping parents and

that with us. My son is high-functioning autistic, but we e form that parents ll out to have their child entered dealing with their situations,” he said, noting that this is

have other parents with kids with other disabilities that into the database (something that will be totally voluntary) not a school district initiative.“We are essentially a support

pose other challenges.” is still a work in progress. group to help parents, teachers, and administrators.

Hammer presented the idea of having Carmel PD come “[SEPTO] has been helping us [create the form],” “We have tried to bring ideas like this to the forefront

and speak to the group to SEPTO President Ben Dilullo, Macom said. “We don’t know what the parents think we and I thought this was a good one,” he added. “I think it’s

who liked it. should know.” important because we are trying to help these kids as they

Macom and fellow Carmel PD o cer Vinnie Serio But the o cers point out that the database is just anoth- get older. ey are special-needs ‘kids’ throughout their

attended the meeting and many concerns, thoughts and er tool at their disposal and wouldn’t be much help without whole lives. It ts nicely with what we are trying to do.”

ideas were presented and the database initiative was born. the training they go through. Dilullo said that right now the concept of the database

“It made me feel good that the parents could share their “Besides the training, we go through, all the calls we go is limited to the Carmel PD, but there is an opportunity to

concerns and ideas that could be helpful,”Hammer said.“It to are on-the-job training, but it was nice to get a refresher grow and get neighboring police agencies involved as well.

was like a lovefest. It also grew a new appreciation for the on it,”said Serio, referring to the two-day workshop he and Hammer agreed, saying that’s the ultimate goal.

police department.” Macom attended last month. “Autism, Tourette syndrome, “It’s not sharable with other police departments because

Macom said she and Serio learned that the SEPTO the deaf community. We have resources to communicate every department has its own system,” he said. “But the

parents were open to the idea of the police meeting their with the deaf community now and it makes our jobs easier. long-term goal is to make it accessible to other police de-

children and learning who they were, should they encoun- We can go back and pass the info on to the rest of the de- partments—local to county to state. We’d love to have it

ter them. partment, so everything we know, they are going to know. statewide. But right now, it’s baby steps.”

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Pass the vodka Rumors of his death were
greatly exaggerated
Mario docks his 17-foot
Daysailer at a ma- HERE Cast your mind back LIFE, in real time does not, however,
rina just north of the AND a week and a half HEALTH, solve the issue of how Demo-
Westchester/Putnam County NOW! ago when Joe Biden’s POLITICS crats are going to deal with a
line, in Garrison Landing. Oc- campaign for the president less than exciting candidate who
casionally, I meet up with Mario, BERNIE was mostly dead. ings were MARA appears to be manifesting signs
late in the day, to enjoy a cocktail KOSBERG looking bleak with Biden appar- SCHIFFREN of dementia. Sure, at the mo-
or two, schmooze about politics ently on his last legs and media ment, there is vast relief amongst
and, if we’re lucky, catch the Decisions need to be made on hysteria about Bernie Sanders actually to become subsumed Democrats. But will that
burning sun fading slowly into the basis of good science, clear was on a rising note. and consumed by the socialist translate into voter enthusiasm
the haze of the western horizon. communications, and intelligent wing of the party. Indeed, the in November?
interventions; not incitement to My how the political land- Democrat leadership has been
e Mario I met last week was violence.” scape has changed since then. at remains to be seen. But
agitated and concerned. It was Momentously, the dying presi- ghting o the accusation that I’m somewhat skeptical.
the day before Super Tuesday, en, as if turning on a dime, dential run of Joe Biden was they were sliding further and
and he was disgusted by all the Mario started ranting about the successfully revived last week. further left for decades. ey One main reason is that
public in ghting of the Demo- inspector general’s report criti- As Biden himself stated after his could hardly make such a claim Sanders loyalists are less likely to
cratic presidential candidates cizing the Nuclear Regulatory surprising primary near sweep anymore with an actual socialist be excited enough for Joe Biden
attacking each other’s characters. Commission. on Super Tuesday, “ anks to all at the head of their party. to turn out for him, after having
of you, the heart of the Demo- watched what ey, rightly, be-
“I’m perplexed,” he said, “that “ e NRC is made up of cratic Party, we’ve just won, and Moreover, they did not lieve was a coordinated e ort by
other than ousting Donald industry yes men,” Mario fumed. we’ve won big because of you. believe Sanders would win in the DNC to dispatch the man
Trump, they don’t seem to be “Not only is the Commission And we are very much alive.” the general election. ere was they admire so much.
able to agree about which major remarkably ine cient—taking a consensus that Bernie Sanders
issues are worth emphasizing. years to make relatively obvious I am reminded very strongly ideas were just too radical for Not to mention the Senate
decisions—but it completely of everyone’s favorite quotation anything but the far-left fringe is planning a hearing into the
ere’s no winning strategy at ignored the public’s concerns from the Film, “ e Princess of American politics. After his Hunter Biden/Burisma a air.
work!” before approving that pipeline Bride”: victory sweep on Super Tuesday, And this will highlight the fam-
installation.” Joe Biden made this very telling ily members who have bene ted
Mario also said he was upset “Turns out your friend here point: “Most Americans don’t materially from Joe’s entire
about the coronavirus scare Mario’s passion caught me by is only mostly dead. ere’s a want the promise of revolution. political career, and particu-
and the e ect it’s having on the surprise. I didn’t have the slight- big di erence between mostly larly his eight-year stint as vice
morale of the nation. est idea what he was talking dead and all dead. Mostly dead ey want more than promises, president. I suggest this easy-to-
about. is slightlyalive. You can bring they want results.” understand form of corruption
“It couldn’t be a worse time to them back to life if they are only may have a dimming e ect on
have a government that denies “You’ve lost me, Bud. How mostly dead.” Indeed, most Americans the voter enthusiasm.
science,” he yelled at me. “My about some frame of reference?” merely want to vote for presi- But the re of Trump hatred
wife just went out looking for I asked. And thus, it proved to be for dent later this year. ey don’t continues to burn erce and
another case of hand sanitizer, Joe Biden’s nal presidential want to vote for an endless bright. So even dimmed down
but not before carping about “ e inspector general just campaign. rough whatever revolution that will up end the enthusiasm on the Democrat
me not wearing vinyl gloves came out with a report that the alchemy and breathwork, the entire nancial system and the side, with the entire Democrat
when I lled-up at Sunoco this NRC lied about the dangers stalwarts of the Democrat comforts of home they are used Washington establishment
morning. ere’s a shortage of of building that 42-inch high- Party—led by former President to. voting for him to re-establish
screening kits, of CDC scientists pressure pipeline under Indian Barack Obama—all joined to- the regular order of Washington
working on the problem, and of Point,” he said. “Considering gether to begin infusing breath e best thing about this corruption, may in the end be
time. e minutes are ticking that most of the members of the into Joe Biden’s nearly dead moment is that it shows that su cient to sweep Biden to a
away as we watch this virus turn Commission are industry hacks campaign And now it is fully Democrats are not yet entirely presidency he surely will not
into a nationwide epidemic. who represent their previous back to life. And we all got to ready to throw out the bathtub control.
employers, it’s no surprise. Did witness the partial resurrection along with the dirty bathwater. We shall see!
“We’ve also got Trump on Fox you know that after their term in in real time.
News pandering to our worst o ce ends, most go back to their e leadership prefers stability Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a
racist fears—implying that the previous job? I guess that staring at the very of power. So, their choice for writer, certi ed Functional
spread of the virus is the result real possibility of Bernie Sanders president this year will be a new Medicine Health coach, certi ed
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mission is a federal agency that’s supposed to
Schumer is shell of from his representation as our sen- FROM PAGE 8 protect our health and safety and manage the
former self ator. His inability and unwilling- storage and disposal of spent fuel rods. But,
ness to work in a bi-partisan man- that looks like it’s jutting out into the Hudson? since 1975—the beginning of operations—
To the editor, ner and his sel sh lust for power at’s one of the Indian Point reactors. ere’s numerous congressional reports have implied
ere can be no other reaction will no doubt cause his demise in that the NRC is in bed with the commercial
the next election a 42-inch diameter, high-pressure gas pipeline nuclear power industry. Over 340 times, ac-
to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s verbal -carrying compressed shale gas from Pennsyl- cording to these reports, the NRC has either
attack onSupreme Court justices Frank J. Del Campo vania running under that nuclear facility and waived or chosen not to enforce regulations at
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threatening and borderline crimi- over 30 years’ worth of radioactive waste. ir-
nal with his tirade, “You have re- Local Asian ty years’ worth! at’s ve times the number of “Sometimes accidents happen because of
leased the whirlwind. you won’t restaurants in peril spent rods that blew at Fukushima during the pipeline failure, sometimes it’s due to faulty
know what hit you; you will pay Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011! engineering, and sometimes it’s about inept
the price.” To the editor, inspections,” he went on. “Over 3,000 major
Our local Asian food restaurants “Over 20 million people live within 40 miles accidents have occurred in these types of large
Having known the senator in of Indian Point,” Mario continued. “If the gas transmission lines over the past 20 years. A
my nearly 20 years as an elected are in danger of becoming virus pipeline explodes, thousands of tons of radioac- natural gas explosion at Indian Point, seriously
o cial in Putnam County, I have casualties. As a regular at one of tive material—vapor and ne particles—will be a ecting the infrastructure of the facility, could
seen his once open-minded at- them, I have noted a very signi - released into the air almost instantly. e pipe- render the region uninhabitable for genera-
titude toward his opposition turn cant decrease in tra c there, even line lays underground, but it’s less than 100 feet tions.
to rage and hate for all that rep- at peak dining hours. E orts be- from hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel
resents President Trump and the ing made to reduce expenses in- oil used to operate the plant and cool down the “What a farce!” Mario continued. “Don’t you
Republican Party. I, like many of clude sta reductions but without reactor cores in an emergency.” agree? As long as the commissioners of agen-
his constituents, are pro-life and paying customers these businesses cies like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
expect the senator to respect all may not survive very long. ey’ve While I sipped on a second Bloody Mary, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commis-
of his constituents no matter their got rent and bills to pay, just like Mario churned on: “It’s a horri c accident sion are appointed from within the industry,
position on an issue. the rest of us, and some are barely waiting to happen. Numerous environmental our lives are in danger. ose commissions
surviving month to month. One or groups have identi ed Indian Point—located should be sta ed by independent scienti c
ere is no doubt in my mind two bad months may be all it takes in a seismically active area along the Ramapo experts who, based on experience, advanced
that even though New York is a to shutter them. fault line—as the most dangerous nuclear degrees and related knowledge, can assure us
Democrat stronghold at the mo- facility in the country. e safety issues are that our safety and the safety of our children
ment, the senator’s behavior as e exercising of caution may be well-documented: the reactors are far beyond and grandchildren is protected.
minority leader over the past three wise but if you expect to be able to their engineered lifespan; the plant has rust-
and a half years should ultimately enjoy the ne food that your favor- ing containment domes and leaking spent fuel “ e inspector general’s report is not a sur-
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appease the far left of his party. he them through this stressful time. If domestic sabotage. Even though the facility is experts have claimed for years—that the NRC
has totally misinterpreted what the scheduled to cease operations in 2021, hav- commissioners lied and continue to lie, putting
majority of his constituents expect SEE LETTERS PAGE 12 ing that huge high-pressure pipeline running an untold number of lives at constant risk.”
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Relay for Life holds
annual Kickoff event

BY BOB DUMAS that because 2020 is an Olympic ceremony and several keynote

EDITOR year, this year’s Relay will have speakers, including Eileen

an Olympic theme. D’Anna, whose team, Mary’s

e Relay for Life season is e Mahopac Relay for Life Angels, is a longtime Relay for

o cially underway. has always been one of the top Life participant. D’Anna spoke

e American Cancer Society Relays in the country, in terms of the American Cancer Soci-

kicked o its local annual fun- of fundraising. Last year, a little ety’s Road to Recovery Program,

draiser Sunday, March 1, with a more than $200,000 was raised, for which she is a coordinator,

breakfast at the Putnam County according to Corsitto. Two a program that provides cancer

Golf Course in Mahopac. e teams raised $10,000 or more; patients rides to doctor appoint-

event was meant to inspire in- 13 teams raised $5,000 or more; ments.

dividuals, teams, and sponsors 21 teams raised $2,500 or more; “ e program is o ered to PHOTOS: BOB DUMAS
to hit the ground running, and and 36 teams raised $1,000 or cancer patients who have no
begin raising money for the Ma- more. means of transportation or are Kate Corsitto, community development manager for the American
hopac Relay for Life. is year’s unable to drive themselves,” she Cancer Society (far right), addresses the crowd at the Kickoff event.
e team from Tompkins

Relay is scheduled to be held Mahopac Bank was the top fun- told the audience. “It is at the

Saturday, June 6, at the Mahopac draiser last year and was awarded heart of the American Cancer cer and how she got involved with breast cancer. After her sur-

High School football eld. the Purple Plate at the Kicko Society. It is working to remove with Road to Recovery. gery, chemo, and radiation, she,

Kate Corsitto, community event. barriers.” “Mary’s Angels has been in- too, beat her cancer.

development manager for the e Kicko featured a scav- D’Anna told of her family’s volved in Relay for Life for over “When I was sick, I stayed at

American Cancer Society, said enger hunt, a candle-lighting longstanding struggle with can- 20 years,” she said. “We started Hope Lodge, which is where the

Doing your own TAXES? as a family after our older sister American Cancer Society pro-
Mary was diagnosed with breast vides lodging for patients under-
cancer. She fought valiantly going treatment,” she continued.
for six years but, unfortunately, “I had a brother-in-law who in-

Don’t be a cottonheaded she lost her battle. In 2007, our sisted on driving from Hastings
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Eileen D’Anna, left,
RELAY one of the American Cancer Society presents Kristen
programs that needs the most help. O’Keeffe and
FROM PAGE 16 Sue Musumeci of
Tompkins Mahopac
“ e program is strictly voluntary Bank with the purple
platter for being last
Whether it was a 15-minute radia- and doesn’t ask a lot of its drivers,”she year’s top fundraiser
for Relay for Life.
tion treatment or ve- or six-hour said. “Once a month at a minimum,
State
chemo appointment, he was there. but, of course, many do more than Assemblyman
Kevin Byrne and
I was so lucky and so blessed not to that. Sixty percent of the people who his wife, Briana,
take part in the
have to worry about transportation. need a ride aren’t getting them.” candle-lighting.

is is how I became a volunteer for For more info about Relay for Life

the Road to Recovery; I wanted to do Mahopac,or to form a team or donate,

something to help others.” go to https://secure.acsevents.org/

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PHOTOS: BOB DUMAS From left, Nicole
Brookhouse,
Nearly 90 people attended the Relay for Life Kickoff at the Putnam County Golf Course.
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Coronavirus fears loom over spring sports seasonFILEPHOTO/BRETTFREEMAN

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER to happen,” said Frank Miele, cult to pin down. According ‘I think everybody’s kind of waiting to see
SPORTS EDITOR athletic director at Mahopac to medical experts, many people what’s going to happen. Everybody’s in a
Schools. “Everybody’s in a who have the disease have exhib-
With a few exceptions, coaches strange position.” ited mild to no symptoms, mean- strange position.’
and student-athletes are carrying ing many cases may have gone
on with preparations for the spring Robert Barrett, athletic direc- unreported. –Athletic Director Frank Miele
sports season despite mounting tor of Yorktown Schools, said Mahopac Schools
concerns over COVID-19. his department has been making “Many people will have it and
preparations for weeks, which not know that they have it,” Gov. “If I wouldn’t send my own kid, “Even at my age, I’ve never
e disease, more commonly included canceling out-of-state Andrew Cuomo said at a press
referred to as the coronavirus, trips to Tampa Bay (baseball) conference on Monday. I’m de nitely not sending some- seen anything like this,” Miele
originated in late December in and Seattle (lacrosse).
Wuhan, the capital city of the e mortality rate for school- body else’s kid,” Barrett said. said.
Hubei province of China, and has “Obviously, it changes day to aged children is well under 1 per-
now spread to at least 115 coun- day,” Barrett said. “Part of me cent, but Miele doesn’t expect the Most spring games and prac- As of Monday, other cancella-
tries/regions around the world. says we’re at the tip of the ice- schools will take any chances. e
As of Tuesday, March 10, there berg and it will only get worse; veteran coach and athletic direc- tices are held outside, potentially tions/postponements include:
are more than 115,000 con- part of me says the weather’s tor said it’s possible that games
changing and maybe the virus will be canceled and seasons will lessening the spread of the virus. • e Somers School District
rmed global cases of the highly will change as well. We’re pre- be shortened, which might be
contagious disease, including paring for the worst and hoping unpopular decisions. But for most districts, protocol pushing back the start of its
108 in Westchester County, ac- for the best.”
cording to the Johns Hopkins “We’re ready for everything,” dictates that when schools are spring season from March 9 to
Center for Systems Science and With no vaccines to combat Miele said. “Will our kids un-
Engineering. Many more poten- the mysterious virus—symptoms derstand? Probably not. Will closed, games and practices are March 10;
tially infected people are under of which include fever, cough- our parents understand? Prob-
quarantine. ing and shortness of breath—it ably not. Our hands are tied and also canceled. • Yorktown baseball canceling
could continue to spread expo- whatever we have to do to make
Concerns over the coronavirus nentially for an inde nite period our schools safe, our superinten- “It’s like a snow day,” Miele a trip to Tampa Bay scheduled
have already canceled a few out- of time. e most at-risk popu- dent will do that.”
of-state varsity sports trips, but lations are the elderly or people said. “If it snows, we have no for March 25-27;
the spring season will otherwise with compromised immune sys- When it comes to making
remain uninterrupted—for now. tems. More than 4,000 people decisions about cancellations sports.” • Yorktown boys’ lacrosse can-
with the virus have already died, or postponements during the
“I think everybody’s kind but the true mortality rate is dif- outbreak, Barrett is guided by a e Keio Academy, a private celing a trip to Seattle scheduled
of waiting to see what’s going hard-and-fast rule:
school in Purchase, has already for March 26-29; and

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Indians had their moments in .500 season

BY SKIP PEARLMAN earned All-League recognition. He

CONTRIBUTING WRITER and junior Vin Bastone served as

team captains.

Of course the Mahopac High “I thought Matthew [McMa-

boys basketball team was hoping to hon] provided us with great leader-

make more of its season,but a young ship, and was a tough competitor

squad and a challenging schedule every single night,” McMahon said.

made for plenty of ups and downs. “We’ll miss him, but he left a legacy

Still the Indians managed to close it in this program that will carry on

all out at 10-10 and earn an invita- with our young guys.

tion to the post-season dance,draw- “And Vin [Bastone] is so athlet-

ing the No. 13 seed in the playo s. ic,” McMahon added. “He missed

Mahopac lost to No. 4 seed the entire o -season, so it took him

Mount Vernon in the rst round of a good portion of the season to get

the Class AA tournament. it going.But when he did,we were a

First-year coach Tom McMahon better team. It’s nice to have him re- Coach Tom
McMahon and the
saw a lot of positives. turning,and we’ll need him to take a

“I was very pleased with the sea- more vocal role next season.” Indians finished
son,” McMahon said. “I thought McMahon pointed to strong the winter season
for the most part we won games at 10-10, earning a
we were supposed to win and add- contributions from juniors Luke
Syku and John Cosentino, and playoff berth.

ed a couple of good wins as well. I sophomore Ryan Reilly. FILE PHOTO/SKIP
thought we competed almost ev- “Luke [Syku] was our second- PEARLMAN

ery single night, and that’s a credit leading rebounder, and was the

to the guys and the e ort they put MVP of the Somers Tournament,”

in. Obviously, we had goals that we the coach said. “Cosentino is a tal- Mike Kertelits, Matt McMa- built will be the foundation of any added. “So, there will be some dif-

didn’t accomplish, but I thought ented guard who handled the ball hon, Adam Mitchell and Tommy success our future teams have. ey ferent goals and expectations. It’s a

given our schedule and the inexpe- for us and scored in big moments, O’Brien. have showed our junior and sopho- group that has a lot of parts, and I

rience of our team, it was overall a and Ryan [Reilly] really developed “ ese guys were such great lead- mores how to conduct themselves, hope we can continue to play as a

success. I feel as though we have set throughout the season. His game at ers for our group, and I could not and what it takes to be successful at team like we did this season. But

ourselves up for the coming years to Mount Vernon can be a jumping o imagine this journey without them,” this level. November is a long way away, and

achieve those goals.” point for something special.” McMahon said. “While they’re “We’ll have seven rotation play- we have a lot of work to put in be-

Senior Matthew McMahon e Indians graduate seniors leaving us, the culture they have ers returning next season,”the coach fore then.”

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bars), Lee (38th on uneven parallel bars) and Giannetta
(32nd on oor exercise) competed on the Section 1 team
with other gymnasts from the area. e Section 1 team

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NineWRESTLING grapplers earn Indians captain
post-season honors Larry Nardecchia
(right) was named

All-League.

BY SKIP PEARLMAN “Our captains were all terri c,” Tor- Indians junior Brock Fitzpatrick earned FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER nambe said. “Angelo [Centrone] led by All-Section honors.
example. I think he’s very happy with his Indians captain Londrim Hasanramaj was
e Mahopac High School wrestling season. He had an amazing season, and nd some heavyweights, trying to recruit named All-League Honorable Mention.
team wrapped up another successful sea- with two more years, I think his mindset some new kids. But our modi ed program
son with a league championship and nine is where it needs to be—on the future. I did well, and we have a good JV. We also bers are there. We’re really looking for-
wrestlers earning post-season honors. think anything short of the state nals have a great peewee program, and num- ward to next season.”
would be a surprise to me next season. He
“As a rst year coach, to have nine All- has the talent and the mindset to be a state
League wrestlers, three All-Section, and champ.
one All-State, and to be league champs…
to do all that means so much,”said Indians “Larry [Nardecchia] had a great season,”
coach Steve Tornambe. “It was a learning the coach added. “He was great as a cap-
experience for me, and I think we have one tain, and on the mat. And the same with
of the best coaching sta s in the section. I Tyler [Roa]—he kind of ran the team.
can’t wait for next year.” He had a great senior season. Larry and
Angelo were the only two wrestlers on the
All four team captains earned post-sea- team not to be pinned all season. Lon-
son honors. Sophomore Angelo Centrone drim [Hasanramaj] was always was there
(who nished seventh at states) earned to pick the guys up. I think he was disap-
All-State recognition for the second con- pointed his season go didn’t go better, but
secutive year and nished the season 43-4. he’s a great team leader.”
Senior Tyler Roa (39-6) earned his second
All-Section nod, senior Larry Nardecchia Of Fitzpatrick, Muldoon, Kick, Smith
(32-9) was named All-League, and senior and Russo, and the future, the coach said:
Londrim Hasanramaj (25-10) earned All- “It was a great season for all of them. And
League Honorable Mentions. we have 13 wrestlers returning with win-
ning records.
Junior Brock Fitzpatrick was named
All-Section, juniors Aiden Muldoon and “We have a lot of young talent return-
Ryan Kick were both named All-League, ing with bright futures,”Tornambe added.
and senior Xander Smith earned All- “Brock [Fitzpatrick] has great potential,
League honors. Junior James Russo was and we have other freshmen and sopho-
named All-League Honorable Mentions. mores who are promising. We’re hoping to

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and what causes it? one or more of these symptoms: the feeling of having
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Director, Foot and Ankle Surgery tendon tenses, allowing movement. Though it’s a sound when the injury occurs; possible severe pain,
Orthopedic and Spine Institute strong tendon, it’s also inherently vulnerable; as we with swelling near the heel; an inability to bend the foot
Northern Westchester Hospital age, its mechanical properties degrade and its blood downward or push off the injured leg when walking; an
supply diminishes. A sudden movement can result inability to stand on the toes of the injured leg.
Learn more about in a painful rupture – a complete tear through the
Dr. Voellmicke, visit tendon – and an inability to move your heel. Think of Q: What should I do if I have symptoms?
nwhorthoandspine.org/ your Achilles tendon as silly putty. Pull it slowly and it A: If you have any of these symptoms, elevate and ice
DrVoellmicke elongates and stays intact; pull it fast and it may snap. the leg to minimize swelling. If you’re unable to bear
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ruptures. Warm up before exercising to get your strength. The goal of surgical treatment is to pull the
blood circulating; drink plenty of water to hydrate frayed tendons together at the right length for optimal
your muscles and tendons; and be aware of the long-term function. This results in faster, more efficient
temperature outside – strenuous activities in cooler tendon healing.
temperatures put you at a higher risk. Your tendons
become less elastic, less malleable and more Regardless of the type of treatment, an Achilles
prone to injury. tendon rupture requires a year or more to recover with
full function. Consistent physical therapy will help
Q: What are symptoms of a rupture? strengthen your calf muscles and your Achilles tendon
A: Very often pain is minimal, which could lead you so you’re able to resume all the activities you were doing
to underestimate your injury. Some of my patients before the rupture, without pain. The reported risk of
wait to seek treatment because they don’t have any re-rupture after surgical repair is about ve percent.


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CHEERLEADING

Mahopac stands firm at sectionals

BY MARY BRONZINI KLEIN Section 1 Cheerleading Cham- season just hoping to make some- Berisha, piloted their teammates, Berisha earned a spot on the All-
GUEST WRITER pionships on Saturday, Feb. 29. thing work, and the end result at senior Jude Besharat,juniors Em- Section team.
sectionals truly amazed me. I am ily Reda and Samantha Correa,
“Pac! Pac! Attack!” rang e team invigorated the so honored to say I coached this sophomore Jenna Du y, fresh- “ is team has overcome many
through the Arlington High crowd and scored big to earn amazing group of athletes.” man Owen Klein, and eighth challenges this season. In just a
School gymnasium as the Ma- runner-up in the coed division. graders Alexis LeBlanc and Isa- few short months we have wel-
hopac High School varsity cheer- roughout the competi- bella Chiodi to rst-place wins at comed new teammates and had
leaders took to the mat in the “I am so incredibly proud of tion season, the captains, senior Dover and Ketcham, a second- to overcome injuries and sick-
this team,” said Coach Jasmine Isabella Diaz and junior Ariela place win at the Westchester nesses,” said Coach Kailyn Rief-
DeCosmo said. “We started this County Center, and a third-place enhauser said. “ eir dedication,
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What is an ADL and why is it important to Medicaid home care?

Activities of daily living transfer of assets (gifts) with GUEST ity has been determined. e having numerous components
(ADLs) are the activities we do respect to eligibility for home CORNER rst of which is a “con ict free” that are assessed, one’s cognitive
on a daily basis that are consid- care Medicaid. us, if one were skills relevant to performing
ered the daily tasks of basic life. to transfer all of their non-IRA/ ANTHONY J. assessment. In essence, an over- ADLs are also assessed. Is the
non retirement assets to their ENEA view of the individual and his or applicant able to make decisions
ey are generally the following children and/or to a Medicaid her needs to determine whether regarding the tasks of daily
six activities: bathing, dressing, asset protection trust, then that a Medicaid Asset Protection her or she is an appropriate life? For example, when to have
toileting, feeding, transferring person on the rst of the month Trust and/or to their children or candidate for Medicaid home meals and being able to deter-
(mobility) and cooking. following the date of transfer others, then executing a spousal care bene ts. e second is a mine which articles of clothing
would be nancially eligible for refusal letter and its potential comprehensive and thorough are appropriate to wear for the
e above stated ADLs ap- home care Medicaid services. claims by Medicaid can be assessment of the individual activity to be performed.
pear relatively straight forward; Additionally, as with the Med- avoided. completed by Managed Long
however, when they are a icaid nursing home program, Term Care (MLTC) provid- In conclusion, because aging
critical part of the assessment the home care program also From a nancial eligibility ers to determine the number at home has become prior-
as to whether one is eligible for permits utilization of the spousal perspective, for the year 2020 of hours of care Medicaid will ity No. 1 for most seniors, the
Medicaid Home Care and how impoverishment rules. us, if the applicant if single can have provide. ability to become eligible for
many hours of care one will re- assets are transferred from an ill no more than $15,750 of sav- Medicaid home care services
ceive, they take on a completely spouse to a well spouse, the well ings and no more than $875, In preparing for the more has taken on an increased level
di erent dimension. Each spouse can refuse to utilize their plus a $20 disregard (total comprehensive assessment the of importance. Being able to
individual ADL has multiple assets and income to support the amount of $895) per month need for the applicant and their navigate the rules for Medicaid
component assessments that ill spouse, and instead execute a of income. If the applicant has family to have the guidance of eligibility and maximize the
need to be made and evalu- spousal refusal letter. is would more than $895 per month an experienced elder law attor- hours of Medicaid approved
ated before a determination is allow the ill spouse to become of income, they can enroll in ney is important. home care should not be left to
made as to whether one needs eligible for nursing home and/ a Pooled Community Trust chance.
Medicaid home care, and if so, or home care Medicaid, subject managed by a charity, and their Understanding and know-
how many hours of home care to Medicaid’s right to pursue a income above the $895 can be ing how the assessment will be Anthony J. Enea is a member of
Medicaid will provide. claim against the refusing spouse utilized to pay their expenses for conducted and how the extent Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano,
for the value of the services housing, clothing, food, heating, of one’s inability to perform an LLP of White Plains. He focuses
For residents of New York Medicaid provided. electrical, gas, taxes and insur- ADL will be scored is critical his practice on wills, trusts and
City, the ve boroughs, West- ance, etc. If the Pooled Com- in being able to demonstrate estates and elder law. He is the
chester, Rockland, Putnam and If the option of avoiding munity Trust is not utilized by a realistic “day in the life” of past chair of Elder Law and
immediately adjacent counties, doing a spousal transfer and the applicant, they would lose the Medicaid applicant so that Special Needs Section of the New
the Medicaid home care pro- spousal refusal is available, their monthly income in excess the individual will receive an York State Bar Association. He
gram is accessible and an obvious either because the well spouses of the $895. For a couple resid- appropriate number of hours of is the current chair of the Senior
assets and income are below the ing in the community needing home care coverage. For ex- Lawyer Section of the NYSBA. He
rst option when assistance at community spouse resource and home care they can have up to ample, assessing one’s ability to is the past president and founding
home is needed. e most im- income allowance, or because $1,304 per month of income bath or shower includes assess- member of the New York Chapter
portant factor in making Med- both the applicant and spouse and $23,100 of savings. ing how one is able to transfer of the National Academy of Elder
icaid home care a rst option is are willing to transfer their non in and out of the tub or shower Law Attorneys. Mr. Enea is
that unlike eligibility for nursing IRA/non retirement assets to ere are two assessments of and whether that person is the president of the Westchester
home Medicaid, there is no the ADLs of an applicant for able to bathe each part of their County Bar Foundation and a
Medicaid home care that are body. e assessment may also past president of the Westchester
ve-year look-back period for an required after nancial eligibil- include assessing whether the County Bar Association. He can
uncompensated (non-exempt) individual remembers to shower be reached at 914-948-1500 or at
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