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Published by Halston Media, 2020-01-22 15:30:19

Mahopac News 01.23.20

VOL. 10 NO. 47 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020

Mahopac teaching ‘Life’ Letot tfihlelrethbeeasiorn!gs
beyond the classroom

Curriculum will prepare students for post-graduation success

BY LAURA LEE HOLMBO course is to prepare each student values (risk-taking, compassion, PHOTO: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
CONTRIBUTING WRITER for college and career readiness, resilience and problem-solving)
and to educate all students to be and the STRIVE initiative, which e Mahopac High School Philharmonic Orchestra per-
A well-rounded student is of- responsible and productive mem- stands for Be Safe, Take Respon- forms at the school’s annual pop concert on Jan. 15. e show
ten considered to have an over- bers of the community. sibility, Be Respectful, Act with featured all the school’s musical acts performing an array of pop
all understanding of the world, Integrity and Value Excellence. classics from Looney Tunes to Stevie Wonder to songs from
along with the ability to write e need to prepare students “Frozen.” For more pictures, see the centerspread on pages 14
well and calculate. But students beyond academics is not unique to “ e overarching conceptual and 15.
who haven’t grasped basic life Mahopac. Recently, the Pew Re- framework behind MHS Life was
skills, such as managing time, be- search Center released an analysis born from research on organiza-
ing organized or knowing how to of Census Bureau data revealing tional wellness, which is near and
care for their social and emotional dear to my heart,” said Dr. Mat-
well-being, may graduate from ndings that most Americans say thew Lawrence, Mahopac High
high school but will also face chal- parentºs are doing too much for School principal. “One of the key
lenges entering adulthood. their young adult children. factors to wellness is ‘personaliza-
tion,’ meaning the level to which
is is largely why the Ma- “We believe incorporating real- an individual or groups of individ-
hopac School District has cre- life learning for our middle school uals feel connected to each other
ated a required course for middle sixth graders and high school and the organization. MHS Life
school sixth grade and high school freshmen will help set them up for is an overt mediation to increas-
freshman curriculum that focuses success and overall independence ing our sense of personalization
on helping students build and in school and beyond,”said Antho- among sta and students.”
master skills for holistic success ny DiCarlo, school superintendent.
in and outside of the classroom. “ is is designed to be a high-
MAHOPAC HIGH SCHOOL impact, low-stress class,” Ljumic
is also aligns with both the dis- LIFE CLASS added.
trict’s strategic plan for supporting
students in becoming caring, col- Led by Mahopac High School e goal is to introduce fresh-
laborative and compassionate life- assistant principal April Ljumic, men to the expectations and rigor
long learners. the MHS Life curriculum’s cre- of high school life and beyond,
ation was a collaborative e ort of including activities and conversa-
e sixth grade and freshman the High School Climate Com- tions centered on boosting social,
classes were selected to participate mittee, in addition to feedback emotional, non-cognitive, ex-
in this credited course because they from a consortium of stakehold- ecutive functioning and academic
are in transition to a higher level of ers including students, teachers, skills growth.
learning with a new (larger) school teacher leaders, clinicians, coun-
and culture. e goal of this “skills” selors and administrators. It is SEE CURRICULUM PAGE 17
rooted in the high school’s core

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The Staff STEAM Fair technology, engineering, art and weather, the fair will take place on designed for licensed drivers, but

EDITORIAL TEAM math. Informational and interac- Saturday, Feb. 1. those with permits may attend.
BOB DUMAS
Mahopac Middle School will tive displays in art, technology, ro- Mahopac Library Completion of the course may
EDITOR: 845-208-0774 host the annual district STEAM botics, engineering and health will result in a ten percent liability in-
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SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 share in the excitement with our adults of all ages. is event is free operator as well as a maximum of
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

Students/Lions Club give Art from the Heart for vets

In conjunction with the Mahopac Members of the Lions Club pick up some of the The Lions prepare to deliver the artwork to the veterans
Lions Club, Mahopac students artwork created by the students for veterans.
unveiled more than 750 pieces of Lions Club volunteers at the Chow Down luncheon
artwork this past fall for the second
annual Art from the Heart event.

e program was to show gratitude
to veterans and active service members
in honor of Veterans Day.

Mahopac Lions distributed the
artwork at the Veterans Chow Down
luncheon hosted by state Sen. Sue
Serino and PFC Joseph P. Dwyer
Program, and again at the Veteran’s

anksgiving luncheon hosted by
Councilwoman Suzi McDonough
and Purple Heart Homes New York
Downstate Chapter.

e Mahopac Lions helped serve
lunch and showed the veterans the
appreciation they deserved as they
distributed the students’ heartfelt
pieces. ey also collaborated with
United for the Troops who sent the
remaining artwork overseas to our
active service members.

e Mahopac Lions hosted many
other great events such as local Dine
and Learns, Earth Day Clean Up,
terrarium-making class, as well as
fundraised for annual Mahopac High
School scholarships, Drug Crisis in
Our Backyard, End ALZ, ASPCA,
to name a few.

e Lions are always looking for
new members and exciting new ideas.

“My husband and I were looking
for a way to meet local new friends
while helping our community, said
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“We wanted to lead by example
with our son and help him earn his
community service hours while doing
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Family plot in abandoned cemetery finally gets headstones

Former Mahopac resident inspires historical makeover

It was a special family reunion also buried there. Arthur Nelson

of sorts when former Mahopac Pierson served in Battery D and

resident Brad Smith recently vis- Charles Oscar, or Oscar Charles

ited his ancestors’ family plot at as everyone knew him, served in

the now-abandoned Mahopac the 49th infantry in France. He

Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, also wanted to see to it that their

located o McMahon Place, the graves are marked with ags in

site of the original 1826 Method- honor of their service.

ist Church. A short time later, Smith ar-

“My great grandparents, Nel- ranged for free government-is-

son and Johanna Pierson, immi- sued granite headstones for both

grated around 1880 from Sweden unmarked graves of his great un-

and settled in Mahopac,” Smith cles through the Department of

said. “ ey were dirt poor but in- Veterans A airs (VA). Lorraine

vested in a family plot but could Hanner from Hillside Memorials

not a ord a headstone.” then worked with Town Supervi-

Until recently, the Pierson sor Kenneth Schmitt to secure

family plot had been simply approvals to set the headstones in

marked o by iron rods with no the cemetery.

family name or headstones to Recently, while attending his

commemorate the lives of his Mahopac High School 50th PHOTO COURTESY OF PUTNAM COUNTY HISTORIAN’S OFFICE
great grandparents and approxi- reunion weekend, Smith was
mately ve other family members joined by Allan Warnecke, for- From left, Mike Troy, Allan Warnecke and Brad Smith visit the newly set Pierson brother’s graves at the
buried there. mer Putnam County historian, Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in Mahopac.

Smith, now living in Con- and Mike Troy of the Putnam had become so overgrown that rate all his ancestors buried there. will help build on the last listing

necticut, reached out to the County Cemetery Committee, Albert Pierson’s casket had to be In the meantime, Warnecke, who done in 2002 by Karl H. von Ahn

Putnam County Historian’s Of- to visit the new stones mark- carried over a stone wall. Since places an American ag at each for his Eagle Scout project while

ce to nd out about cemetery ing Arthur’s and Oscar’s graves. then, the cemetery has been veteran’s grave in that cemetery in Troop 1, Mahopac, housed in

records and tips on how to start Warnecke was able to regale the cleared and is maintained by the every Memorial Day, will add the the research library of the Histo-

arrangements for a family head- group with a story of the last Town of Carmel with support Pierson brothers to his list. rian’s O ce.

stone. During this exchange he Pierson family member burial from Putnam County. Smith Smith’s new contribution of the

noted that two of his great uncles that took place in 1969 when the hopes to raise funds to set a Pier- Pierson family members buried Article courtesy of Putnam County

who served in World War I are cemetery had been neglected and son family stone to commemo- at the Old Methodist Cemetery Historian’s O ce

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MUSINGS kids and teens look for our ongoing favor- want to relive the magic, No Quarter is as Barn. e main library desk will not o er
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Anime. Showtime: 8-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
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Tell us how you really feel! Rival moments

Wanting to save a few HERE “I heard that Medicaid covers Two notable political events LIFE,
bucks, I went down AND over 74 million low-income happened last week, both on HEALTH,
to BJ’s the other day Americans—adults, children, Wednesday.
to gas up and do some grocery NOW! pregnant women, the elderly,
shopping. Not only had I picked people with disabilities—and After having withheld the articles POLITICS
the wrong time to go, but it BERNIE that the government pays 90 of impeachment for nearly a month,
quickly became apparent that I KOSBERG percent of the cost. But in some long enough to let all the air out of her MARA
had picked the wrong day, as well. political balloon, Nancy Pelosi nally SCHIFFREN
Fueling up just took a bit longer
than usual, but, once I got my stock supplies and states—the poorest—Republi- signed the articles of impeachment and
was ready to check out, the lines at the registers
were humungous. Trailing behind anxious cus- cans refuse to o er Medicaid, delivered them to the Senate. And not
tomers inching forward their carts—all over-
even to helpless mothers and kids. ere are only did she sign them she brought three entire trays of gold pens
owing with merchandise—was not an experi-
ence I enjoyed. Ugh! I thought to myself, here other states where, even if you’re really sick, you with her name engraved on them. And she broke up her signature
goes a wasted 20 minutes, standing on line.
still have to work to get Medicaid.” into little itty-bits so she could use each and every pen—all 57!—to
Settling in at the back of the line, I began to
people-watch and eavesdrop on a particular con- “Republicans make peoples’ lives worse, not sign the document. en she distributed the pens with glee to her
versation, which quickly claimed my attention.
better,” she said, now staring in my direction, ac- team of “impartial” impeachment managers and their hangers-on as
A woman and a man—she looked to be in
her 60s and he, in his 40s—were pushing two knowledging that I was listening to her. “ ey’re precious souvenirs they could gloat over for the rest of their lives.
carts in tandem and overseeing several older
adults nearby, all of whom appeared to have bullies. On the border, they tear gas mothers and But then Nancy loves to overdo big political moments and make
developmental disabilities. I gured they must be
managers of a group home, out to stock up for children asking for asylum. ey separate the use of props while doing so. Particularly when she knows better than
the week.
kids and keep them in chain-link cages, some- anyone that her actions are o ensive to her political opponents.
e woman was quite animated, and she was
speaking loudly enough for everyone nearby to times far away.” Who can ever forget the moment she walked through a crowd of
hear. inking that she might have something
interesting to say and clearly didn’t mind others “Is this line ever going to move? I feel like I’m Tea Party protesters, hoping to stir up a violent response, with an
hearing, I clicked on my iPhone voice recorder.
Following are bits and pieces of what I heard, going to explode,” she said. enormous gavel in hand so she could sign the extremely unpopular
slightly edited for clarity:
“Look at Puerto Rico. First the hurricane and Obamacare (“You have to sign it to know what is in it”) that her
“ is country has no problem spending money
like it’s going out of style on weapons and giving now the earthquake. Billions for white peoples’ caucus had rammed through the Congress without a single Repub-
tax breaks to the rich. But helping the poor, the
needy, the aged? Nope! ey’re on their own.” coal mines and nothing for brown peoples’ lican vote?

“Republicans are like gravediggers, piling one survival.” O hand, it makes me wonder whether, when she was a child, she
corpse on top of another. ey try to bury any
program they can nd that ghts poverty and “And don’t get me started on the climate enjoyed sticking pencils in the eyes of her childhood rivals after she
hardship unless, of course, your white coalmin-
ers down in West Virginia or soybean farmers in crisis.” had won what she considered a big victory? Because that’s the same
Minnesota.”
“Do you know,” she elbowed her co-worker level of emotional maturity she is demonstrating here, though to a
“You watch TV. ey question Republican
congressmen. All insist that they are ghting as they moved up to the cashier,” that dirt-poor wider audience.
corruption and enforcing scal responsibility.
Really? Cutting o food stamps, gutting housing countries in Africa can’t get food aid from us if In this case, at least, the gesture fell atter than she would have liked.
programs, denying mothers living from one day to
another without clothes on their backs and food they promote birth control?” Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley, who also served as
in their kids’ stomachs; that’s scal responsibility?”
“And tari s…” she said, again eyeing me. “Me the Republican witness at the impeachment hearing despite the fact
“And what about my Social Security and
Medicare?” she asked her co-worker, without and you pay more for everything we buy from that he is not now and has never been a Republican commented on
giving him a chance to reply. “I’m retiring soon;
I can’t do this much longer. On TV, Republicans China. It’s not China that’s punished by trade Pelosi’s decision to withhold the House impeachment articles from
say there’s nothing to worry about. But behind
closed doors, you can bet they’re nagling cuts.” wars, it’s us.” the Senate.

I just nodded. “ e delay now seems largely driven by a desire to preserve the

“ at’s right, this president isn’t only a racist, image of Pelosi as a master strategist despite a blunder of the rst

he’s a thief, too. Everything he touches he sees order.”

through the eyes of pro t and power… the ulti- Sen. Dianne Feinstein expressed the frustration of many members

mate con man, with dark instincts. To him and by saying, “ e longer it goes on, the less urgent it becomes.”

the Republicans, this country is the birthright of However, like so many others before her, Feinstein was promptly

straight, white, Christian men.” made to retract her critical comments, so the glory of Pelosi’s failed

Having now paid and beginning to move strategy would live on endlessly in the minds of her fans.

toward the exit, she stopped in her tracks and Sheesh. And Democrats complain about Trump being an un-

spoke to me directly. bridled narcissist.

“You seem pretty interested… you want to Frankly, one look at the lackluster performance of the six remain-

know how I really feel? Republicans get o on ing Democrats running for president at their last debate before vot-

Trump’s antics. His cruelty and lack of civility is ing in Iowa begins is enough to convince me that Pelosi conceived

thrilling. ey fear and despise immigrants, fem- of impeachment primarily as a way to provide a much-needed assist

inists, blacks and browns, and never-Trumpers to her fellow Democrats in an election year. ey certainly do need

who they consider traitors to their cause. And one. She well knew—because she said so often—that a one-sided

the more outrageous and hurtful Trump is, the impeachment would be endlessly divisive and would serve little

more they seem to love him for it.” purpose. en, months later, she herself—by withholding the im-

Waving goodbye, she said, “You have a great peachment articles for a month—proved that there was no particular

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OP ED Riding the wave

Dangerous We hadn’t had the new TRACY “Acknowledging that the
new bail law microwave that long BECKERMAN appliance was not functioning
jeopardizes when, all of a sudden when I arrived and that noth-
it decided it just didn’t want to ing I did caused it to further
public microwave anymore. malfunction.”

BY KEVIN J. MCCONVILLE “You had one job,” I said to “Fine,” I said and signed the
GUEST WRITER
the microwave, chastising it af- form. “But before you do any-
Many New Yorkers may not fully realize the magnitude
of the various criminal justice changes that will be ter it failed to reheat some left- thing, you should try pointing
taking e ect in 2020. If you blinked, you may have
missed it. Earlier this year, within the 175-billion-dollar state overs. “Is that really so hard?” the satellite dish in a di erent
budget, which passed in the middle of the night, was a statutory
change that e ectively eliminated cash bail for the vast major- Naturally, I had no idea what went into making direction to see if that solves the problem, because
ity of crimes in this state. E ective January 2020, these new
so-called “reforms” will be an everyday reality across the state, a microwave. I assumed it probably had something not only is the microwave broken, but also, our TV
unless our elected o cials in Albany take a course correction.
Either way, we need to make sure we are prepared. Sadly, while to do with the sun, since it used microwaves, and isn’t getting very good reception.”
it may have been well intentioned, these changes did more to
protect alleged criminals than victims or the rest of our law- maybe also radio waves or ultraviolet rays, and He looked at me like I was one burner short
abiding public.
therefore there was surely a solar panel installed of stovetop. “ ey have nothing to do with each
e legislation changed the language of the Criminal Proce-
dure Law (CPL) Section §150.20(1) from the current “may” is- somewhere, that made it work, as well as a transis- other.”
sue an appearance ticket to “shall” issue an appearance ticket for
all warrantless arrests for all o enses other than A, B, C or D tor radio and sunscreen. Since I had no experience “What?” I said.

SEE MCCONVILLE PAGE 11 with microwaves or radio waves or UV waves “Your microwave and your TV,” he said. “Com-

You quote. (except that one time when I was 7 and I got a pletely unrelated.”

I give. really bad sunburn), I thought this was all well out “Got it,” I said. “But could you check the TV

of my limited range of appliance repair knowledge when you’re done with the microwave, anyway?”

and decided to call in a professional. “I only do kitchen appliances,” he said.

I looked online for a repairman in my area and “But the TV is in the kitchen,” I replied. en I

chose Mike’s Microwave repair because it had a recalled that the ad said, Mike’s Microwaves, and

number of good reviews and also, Mike and Mi- not Mike’s Microwaves and TVs, so I decided to

crowave both begin with an M and I like allitera- let it go.

tion. I had to wait two weeks for Mike to show up I watched the one TV channel that worked well

because apparently, there was a sudden epidemic while Mike did surgery on the microwave. But

of microwave deaths at the same time that mine when I decided to switch channels, all of a sudden,

pooped out. It was like some kind of microwave u at the exact same time, the microwave whirred to

that must have been transmitted over the airwaves, life.

or maybe the radio waves, I couldn’t be certain. “Hah!” I yelled. “I xed the microwave!”

By the time Mike nally arrived I was beside “No, you didn’t,” said Mike. “I did. I put in a

myself. I was a child of the microwave generation new fuse.”

and never realized that food could also be reheated “I’m not so sure, Mike.” I said assuredly. “I was

in an actual oven, so for two weeks I ate cold on CNN and when I switched to HGTV, the

leftovers and brooded about how di cult life was microwave started to work again.”

without a microwave. “I told you, they’re not related,” he argued.

“I think it might be the fuse,” said Mike when I shrugged. “If you want to believe that, that’s

he nally arrived and did triage on my microwave. ne,” I said. “I don’t want to make waves.”

“It should be an easy x, but there’s a chance I

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MCCONVILLE enforcement agencies. All while nesses, will now be turned over di cult to obtain for e ective new changes threaten public
new criminal prosecutions are to the defendant and his/her prosecution. safety and puts victims as well as
FROM PAGE 10 being dealt with. attorney, as well. What impact law enforcement at greater risk.
will this have on individuals Is this what people really had
felonies, and a few other select Was any state funding pro- that would cooperate with law in mind when they asked Albany I ask my fellow neighbors to
o enses and circumstances. vided to support these new enforcement or the District At- to pass reform? Fewer rights and contact the governor and their
mandates on law enforcement? torney’s O ce? What happened protections for victims of crime respective state representatives
is new law places unfunded No, of course not. to the judicial system’s protection and more rights for those that to reconsider these dangerous
mandates on law enforcement, of those from retaliation for their are alleged to have broken the changes.
county probation departments e legislation also addresses testimony? laws?
and district attorney’s o ces; Grand Jury testimony; what Kevin J. McConville is a
while in contrast, funding for once was a sealed record in order is will make crucial As a former chief of the MTA retired chief of the Metropolitan
local public defender’s o ces to provide con dentiality to the evidence and testimony more Police, and as 30 years of experi- Transportation Authority.
statewide is being signi cantly identities and testimony of wit- ence in law enforcement, these
increased.
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Debunking the top five myths Addiction
about surgical weight loss support groups

BY DR. MITCHELL ROSLIN gery. 5. After surgery, you’ll have a in Mahopac,
Yorktown
GUEST WRITER Obesity is a serious disease that large scar, lose your hair, and may
e Spotlight Family Support Group, a guided re-
a ects you physically and emotion- gain your weight back. curring support group for family and friends su er-
ing the e ect of a loved one’s struggle with addiction,
1. If you’re obese, you don’t ally, no matter how old you are. For We do minimally invasive sur- will take place in Mahopac and Yorktown throughout
2020:
need bariatric surgery. To lose the teens, obesity not only increases the gery through small incisions, so
Mahopac: 6:45-8 p.m., Mahopac Library, third
weight, diet and work out. risk of the health problems noted scarring is minimal – four to six tiny oor, 668 Route 6.
All dates are Tuesdays: Jan. 28; Feb. 11, 25; March
Obesity is probably one of the above, but also a ects mood, self- marks. As for hair loss, there’s some 10, 24; April 7, 21; May 5, 9; June 2, 16, 30; July 14, 28;
Aug. 11, 25; Sept. 8, 22; Oct. 6, 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1,
most misunderstood conditions in esteem, the ability to concentrate, truth to this. Some patients under- 15, 29
Yorktown: 6:45-8 p.m., Cappellini Community
the world. It’s an energy-storage get good grades, and even make go hormonal changes after surgery and Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown,
Room 26 (Enter through the theater entrance on Vet-
disease: a problem with the body’s friends. e good news is that sur- and might experience thinning hair. erans Road.)
All dates are Tuesdays: Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March
central regulator. Obesity occurs gical weight loss is very success- However, you won’t go bald. 3, 17, 31; April 14, 28; May 12, 26; June 9, 23; July 7,
21; Aug. 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10, 24;
when your body’s regulator is set too ful in adolescent patients, helping As for gaining weight back after Dec. 8, 22
Sharon and Jim Herring of the Herring Founda-
high, and that elevated “set-point” them physically, emotionally, and surgery, this depends on the person. tion also have a group in Fishkill: Keeping It Real with
G’ma, 33 Herring Dr., Fishkill, which meets the rst,
drives you to consume more food to academically. e surgery is also If you have the surgery and refuse third and fth ursday of every month.
For more info email: [email protected]
produce the energy to meet this in- safe and e ective for older obese to develop healthier habits, it’s pos- com or call 845-842-1212. Meetings are open to the
public. No registration required.
creased demand. Exercise and low- patients, many of whom are func- sible you’ll regain weight. at’s

calorie diets produce short-term tionally impaired, meaning they why it’s important to exercise regu-

changes that make only a slight have radically limited their activi- larly—three to ve times a week—

di erence. But bariatric surgery ties because of their condition. At and to choose foods that make you

changes your gastrointestinal tract Northern Westchester Hospital, feel full, don’t drive up your sugar

and set-point, so you get full faster, I’ve seen patients who are in their level, are nutritious, and take longer

feel less hungry, and therefore can seventies. to digest. At Northern Westchester

lose signi cant weight. 4. Women can’t have children Hospital, a registered bariatric di-

2. Bariatric surgery is danger- after weight-loss surgery. etitian helps you stay on track with

ous. Big myth! In fact, surgical weight healthy eating. We also o er sup-

is mainstream procedure has loss boosts fertility since the lead- port groups to help patients make

minimal risk compared to the com- ing cause of infertility in women is healthier decisions about post-sur-

plications of obesity, which include obesity. Polycystic ovary syndrome, gery eating.

cardiovascular disease, hyperten- a common cause of infertility, is as-

sion, high cholesterol, diabetes, sociated with obesity. And obese By Dr. Mitchell Roslin is director

sleep apnea, and dementia. pregnant women have a higher rate of bariatric surgery at Northern

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Mahopac High School concert band, Brass ‘n’ Bass, PACa- man?”, as well as the sax quartet per-

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Wednesday night ( Jan. 15) e program featured the groups the symphonic band o ering up a mix

featuring its various vocal performing renditions of pop songs. of Stevie Wonder tunes.

groups and music ensem- Highlights included the philharmonic After the show, there was a recep-

bles, including the philhar- playing instrumental versions of songs tion in the gym featuring refresh-

monic orchestra, PACapellas, from “Frozen,” including “Let It Go,” ments and performances by Jazz Band

goes Mahopac’s music programSinfonietta, sax quartet, chorus, and “Do You Want to Build a Snow- I and Jazz Band II.

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PACaVoce sings “River Deep Mountain
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PACapellas sing
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A few students are highlighted in symponic band during their performance of The MHS
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County Health Dept. issues
radon warnings for homeowners

Radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer York State where the rate is 14.5 percent.”

among people who don’t smoke. For residents e EPA estimates radon gas claims the

who do smoke, the combination of the two lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. e

may cause worse health results. Putnam has natural decay of uranium leads to the release

been classi ed by the Environmental Protec- of radon in rock, soil and water. High lev-

tion Agency (EPA) as a “high risk”radon zone. els of radon in homes usually come from the

is naturally occurring odorless gas can seep surrounding soil. Radon gas enters buildings

into homes. through cracks and openings. Radon-resistant

In winter when homes are sealed up to keep construction can be utilized when building From left, Dr. Richel, the Magi and their assistant, and Dr. Buetti-Sgouros at
Northern Westchester Hospital’s Three Kings Day celebration.
the heat in, trapped radon gas is a particular new homes; older homes must be tested. Be-
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NWH
danger. at’s why the EPA designates each cause radon levels can vary from one house to
The kids were super excited to receive their gifts at the Three Kings Day celebration.
January as National Radon Action Month. another,the only way to know for sure is to test
Magi shower kids with gifts
Smoking is a serious risk all year long, but every home. at Three Kings Day event

much like radon, second-hand smoke has less For $11, the state Department of Health

chance of escape in winter. o ers short-term radon testing kits, which

“To protect our residents’ health, I urge includes the lab fee. e test remains in the

homeowners to test for radon, and if you home for a number of days and then the kit

smoke, consider quitting or cutting down for is sealed and mailed in for analysis. Results are

the New Year,” said County Executive Mary- typically returned to the homeowner within

Ellen Odell. “Testing for radon in a home is a few weeks. Similar test kits can also be pur-

not di cult; quitting smoking on the other chased at local home and hardware store. El-

hand usually takes multiple attempts,” she evated radon levels can be corrected by handy

added. homeowners, or by certi ed radon mitigation

Health Commissioner Dr. Michael J. contractors.

Nesheiwat, agreed, pointing out that “an easy, To learn more about radon,or to order a test

convenient do-it-yourself testing kit can be kit through the state and discover mitigation

purchased at most hardware stores and on- options, visit the state website, or call them at

line. Putnam has high rates of lung cancer, so 518-402-7556, Or call the health department

it is important to talk about and work to re- at 845-808-1390, ext. 43163.

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CURRICULUM check-out is our opportunity to and then share with the class ways Classroom, teachers work with and are very adept with social me-
connect, build positive relation- to broaden their interpretation
FROM PAGE 1 ships, and trust with students on a of the way they view day-to-day students on learning and under- dia and others do not yet have a
one-on-one basis and respond to situations and the world.
With tactics such as social me- individual student needs to sup- standing di erent learning styles. phone,”Cozzocrea said.“Our goal
dia education, digital citizenship, port success,” Ljumic said. “We’ve “ ere are kids on all social
meditation, practicing a growth been blown away by the honesty and academic levels in the class From there, students can self- is for MMS Success to help build
mindset and civic responsibility, and openness of the students’ self- and this gives each one tools for
the class structure varies forms of re ections, and it has really made success in the next level of their identify what type of learner they a foundation for our students with
introspection work, small groups a positive e ect on how we can education and then adult world,”
activities, guest speakers and proj- e ectively support them to meet DeMatteo said. are and establish the study habits responsible digital citizenship for
ect-based learning. Instruction is their individual goals and the
innovative, interactive, multime- MHS LIFE curriculum therein.” MAHOPAC MIDDLE SCHOOL and time management techniques years to come.”
dia rich, and learner-centered. SUCCESS
is also allows teachers to that work best for them. Teachers As the sixth graders learn how
“ e organization of MHS Life thoughtfully prepare lesson plans Like MHS Life, the middle
provides the opportunity for high that are data-driven based on the school curriculum, MMS Success, then weave in strategies for stu- to set themselves up for success
school resources that are impor- needs of students. emphasizes strategies for personal
tant for freshmen to get to know, growth and development to help dents to explore, such as note-tak- in and out of the classroom, the
such as counselors, clinicians, and On any given school day, you’ll sixth graders gure out their place
our SRO (School Resource O - nd no two MHS Life lessons are as good citizens in their commu- ing methods, establishing a study teachers also tie in the importance
cer) to give instruction in a small alike. For instance, Kelley Posch, nity and the world. e half-credit
student setting. Also, this bene ts an MHS algebra teacher, begins MMS Success class is comprised routine to accommodate their of community. Embracing the
us logistically since we do not have her class with a guided medita- of four components: technol-
to take students out of class for tion that leads to a discussion ogy (including topics such as key busy schedules and how to access core value of giving back to those
an assembly which was how this about the growth mindset prin- boarding skills, Chromebook care,
type of instruction was previously ciple. e class does an exercise and responsible media usage); help for emotional self-care. in need, the sixth graders chose to
shared,” said Dr. Lawrence. of matching famous people who organization (time management,
have learned from failures and collaborating for project-based A recent lesson in teacher Paula collect food,toys,leashes,blankets,
roughout the school year, the risen to success. Some of her ex- learning and making reading
curriculum is divided into three amples include Walt Disney, who selections); character building/ Frey’s class focused on the impor- towels and assorted other items
modules: was red from a newspaper for social and emotional wellness
“lacking imagination,” and “Harry (mindfulness and positive peer tance of morning routines. She for the Putnam Humane Society:
• #WeEngage: Creating a sup- Potter” author JK Rowling, who interactions); and middle school
portive learning community was rejected by 12 publishers for logistics/safety (ranging classroom encouraged the students to share As these freshmen and sixth
her rst book. e students then expectations to safety procedures
• #WeE ect: Developing self- share their learnings via a shared in and out of the classroom, in- their routines with each other in graders continue their education
awareness and self-management virtual Google Classroom with cluding the use of social media).
fth graders in Austin Road El- detail, including the time their at Mahopac, it will be interesting
• #WeUnite: Building relation- ementary School. “Middle school is a big change
ships and resolving con icts Down the hall, Christine for sixth-grade students, no mat- alarm goes o , morning hygiene to follow their progress.
Honohan, MHS history teacher, ter where they are academically,”
Perhaps the most poignant is leading a discussion about ef- said Tom Cozzocrea, Mahopac regimes, eating breakfast and get- Something magical is going on
component to the class is the fective study techniques. Upstairs, Middle School principal. “Some
student self-re ection and teach- Amy Mahoney, an MHS English students are adept in coursework ting to school. With no right or here,” Ljumic said.
er-student check-in/check-out. teacher, and Dominic DeMat- but lacking the skills of navigating
Students complete an individual teo, an MHS physical education life as a new middle-schooler.” wrong answers, she
self-re ection which allows their teacher and varsity football coach,
MHS LIFE teachers to get a have combined classes and are With full class discussions, skillfully pointed
pulse on how students are doing discussing paradigm shifts. Le- small groups and individual re-
socially, emotionally and academi- veraging text from “ e 7 Hab- out examples of
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“We see a big dis-

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Kids have the power to change the world

Dear Dr. Linda, but I just wanted to share my STRONG 9. She was the rst female 20. First to the market with
We just celebrated Dr. Martin thoughts with you and your LEARNING aviator to y solo across the an incandescent light bulb and
readers. Atlantic Ocean. sound recording, he is known as
Luther King, Jr. Day on Mon- DR. LINDA one of America’s greatest inven-
day. It reminded me of the History Teacher SILBERT 10. She led more than 300 tors and businessmen.
column you wrote about how Dear History Teacher, slaves to freedom.
one person can change history. they did. Answers: 1) omas Je er-
Since I teach American history, ank you for sharing this Obviously, the list is endless, but 11. He was the U.S. president son 2) Martin Luther King 3)
I had my students write pa- with us. Also, thank you for of- from 1932-45. Louisa May Alcott 4) Abraham
pers on what they would do to fering your students an oppor- here’s a 20-question quiz to see Lincoln 5) Sacajawea 6) Charles
change history. tunity to think and discuss the if you know the following people 12. Along with Elizabeth Darwin 7) Bill Gates 8) Steve
importance each person has in who have changed history, and our Cady Stanton, she played an Jobs 9) Amelia Earhart 10)
It was fascinating. eir history. We all make a di erence, culture and our lives for the better. important role in the women’s Harriet Tubman 11) Frank-
papers re ected a generation whether we realize it or not, by su rage movement. lin D. Roosevelt 12) Susan B.
that wanted to create a better what we do and say—and what 1. He was an American presi- Anthony 13) Ernest Heming-
world, one that is focused on we don’t do and say—that per- dent and wrote the Declaration of 13. He was an American au- way 14) Oprah Winfrey 15)
peace and a healthy environ- haps we should. ese children Independence. thor who wrote “ e Old Man Benjamin Franklin 16) Emma
ment. is assignment led to a will determine the future of the and the Sea” and other classics. Lazarus 17) Irving Berlin 18)
class discussion on how certain world and they must understand 2. He was a civil rights leader. Rosa Parks 19) Lucille Ball 20)
Americans helped shape our now that no matter how rich or 3. She wrote “Little Women.” 14. She is the host of a
country and our culture. I wish poor they are, no matter what 4. He was president during the television show and actress who omas Edison
parents would take the time to their ancestries, no matter where Civil War and helped end slavery. started her own TV network. Dr. Linda
listen to what their kids would they live, they have the power to 5. She helped Lewis and Clark
do to change history. make the world a better place for on their expedition. 15. He created the post o ce, Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
everyone. 6. He developed the theory of re department and library. Bad Grades Happen to Good
As a parent of three kids and evolution. 16. She wrote the poem that is Kids” and director of Strong
as a teacher, I know how hard it roughout history there are 7. He is the founder of Micro- on the Statue of Liberty. Learning Tutoring and Test Prep.
is to nd time to sit with your those people who have not only soft. 17. He wrote the song “God If you have any questions for
kids and discuss our country changed the lives of those close 8. He led the digital revolu- Bless America.” Dr. Linda, email her at [email protected]
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A first for New York State

MHS o ers course in addiction/recovery with counselor certi cation

BY LAURA LEE HOLMBO in the new year o ering rigorous school. As illicit substance abuse specialized addiction training Falling fourth to California,
CONTRIBUTING WRITER coursework focused around three continues to increase in the needed to fully understand and Pennsylvania and Massachusetts,
core modules: United States, so does the need treat the intricacies of addiction New York has the highest em-
When students learn the facts for quali ed, dedicated profes- and at the completion of this elec- ployment level in this occupation
about what’s happening with sub- • Basic knowledge of substance sionals to treat those su ering tive, Mahopac student participants in the nation. Furthermore, the
stance abuse, addiction and recov- abuse disorders from addiction. will earn their rst-tier (85 hours) Bureau reports that the New York,
ery in their local environment, they of certi cation towards the 350 New Jersey and Pennsylvania
have a stake in the vitality of it. • Overview of the addictions “ is is why we included the hours required to be credentialed a metropolitan area has the highest
eld OASAS (New York State O ce substance abuse counselor. employment level in this occupa-
is is what two Mahopac High • Diversity of intervention and of Addiction Services and Sup- tion and the highest annual mean
School educators are determined treatment approaches ports) certi cation component e certi ed substance abuse wage of $56,400.
to prove next semester. to the elective which will provide counselor has a wide variety of
e curriculum will include each student the rst-level of employment options and is in With just a prerequisite of suc-
In an unprecedented feat, functional partnerships with local becoming a certi ed substance high demand. According to the cessfully completing a required
Davia Bugge, Mahopac High and state services, such as Arms abuse counselor,” Bugge said. United States Bureau of Labor state health education class, any
School student assistance coun- Acres, Cove Care Center, Drug Statistics, substance abuse, behav- Mahopac junior or senior may reg-
selor, and Valarie Nierman, Ma- Crisis in Our Backyard, e Har- Mahopac High School is the ioral disorders, and mental health ister for this elective that o ers the
hopac School District health co- ris Project, New York Depart- rst school in the state of New counselor employment is project- potential for a bright career path.
ordinator and high school health ment of Education and New York York to request and be granted ed to grow 22 percent from 2018
teacher, have designed a half- Department of Health. approval as an OASAS Educa- to 2028, much faster than the av- In learning the reality of sub-
credit class, “Substance Abuse, tion and Training Provider. e erage for all occupations. is job stance abuse, addiction and re-
Addiction, and Recovery,” for “Just with the subject nature, Credentialed Alcoholism and growth is expected as people con- covery together, Mahopac High
junior and senior students that each lesson will root in the MHS Substance Abuse Counselor tinue to seek addiction and mental School students will likely trans-
not only provides an instructive core values of compassion, resil- (CASAC) is the sole New York health counseling. form it. And that is promising.
immersion in substance abuse iency, risk taking and problem State credential to require the
awareness, prevention and treat- solving,” Nierman said. “Twenty-
ment but also enables a viable seven students have already reg-
career path opportunity. istered for this elective and will
learn to view di cult situations
“Our goal is to help students from a new perspective. Students
better understand the plight of may or may not have a personal
those who have seen their lives connection to substance abuse
thrown into chaos as a result of and addiction issues. Regardless,
drugs and alcohol abuse and then this course will help them gain
o er a practical way for making the knowledge and skills for
a possible profession in helping challenges they may face.”
with recovery,” said Anthony Di-
Carlo, superintendent of schools. According to the National In-
stitute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),
Holding true to the district’s nearly 50 percent of all high
strategic plan for supporting stu- school seniors nationwide have
dents in becoming caring, collab- used some sort of illicit drugs in
orative and compassionate life- their lifetimes. Furthermore, 60
long learners, this elective debuts percent of them had consumed
alcohol within their last year of

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WRESTLING

Mahopac has league title in sights

Late pins close out Indians’ win over Arlington

BY SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

e Mahopac wrestling team picked up

dual meet wins over Roy C. Ketcham and

Port Chester last week, but the big news

came on ursday ( Jan. 16), when the In-

dians came from behind to defeat Arlington,

46-36, in a key meeting of the league’s only

unbeaten teams.

With the winner of the match on their

way to a league title, both teams wanted the

win.

Mahopac led the matchup until an In-

dians forfeit at 285 gave the host a 30–28

advantage. Mahopac then lost in the next

match, putting Arlington ahead 36-28. Indians captain Tyler Roa (front)
But the Indians had three of their top and the Indians like what they see
on the mat last week at Arlington,
guns in the nal three matches, and Xander where Mahopac came from
Smith (106), Angelo Centrone (113), and behind to take a win, and put a
Aiden Muldoon (120) all came through stranglehold on the league title.
with pins to give Mahopac the victory.

Mahopac can clinch a league title with a

win over Carmel on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Admirals coach Dave Grafmuller said his

team knew Mahopac was the team to beat.

“We knew Mahopac was probably

the toughest team in the league, and

the winner of this match would be in

the driver’s seat (for a league title),”

the coach said.

“We were pretty happy with the

win,” Indians coach Steve Tornambe

said. “ e kids have worked hard,

and to beat Arlington was big—we

knew we needed to beat this team to

win the league. And it’s good to see

success, it keeps the guys motivated.

We won the swing matches. Xander, Brock Fitzpatrick (left) picked up All-Section junior Aidan Muldoon (top) clinched the match, and in all
Angelo, Aidan… When you nish a third-period pin for the Indians likelihood a league title, for Mahopac with this first-round pin at 120
with your horses, that’s always a good last week at Arlington, improving
thing.” to 13-2. pounds last Thursday (Jan. 16) at Arlington.

Ryan Kick (18-8) gave the Indians

a quick 22-second pin to open the

match at 126 pounds. Chris Russo Indians
(20-5) won by pin at 1:32, Larry Nardecchia “Angelo should’ve won, but in the end it’s 126-pounder Ryan
picked up a 10-1 victory at 145 pounds, and not that big of a deal,” Tornambe said. “It Kick (right) earned

Carlos Miguel continued to wrestle well, was a judgment call, and I think it was a bad a pin in 22 seconds
at Arlington, and
earning a 7-3 win at 1:52. call. e rule book states that a clear bottom improved to 18-8.

Tyler Roa (26-2) earned a 9-5 win at 170 and top (teeth marks) must be visible, and

pounds,and Brock Fitzpatrick (13-2) picked they were not.” PHOTOS: SKIP
PEARLMAN
up a third-period pin at 182. Centrone nished the week at 31-3.

Mahopac also picked up a 61-24 victory Tornambe said several of his wrestlers have

over Ketcham the prior Tuesday, and last been progressing well.“Kick had a 3-0 week,

Friday, the Indians hosted Port Chester, and has been looking good,” the coach said.

posting a 41-27 victory. “Russo also had a 3-0 week, Carlos Miguel

Mahopac got victories from Kick, Russo, went 3–0, and has been chipping away, we’re

Miguel, Roa, Fitzpatrick, Liam Condon, expecting him to win in the lineup now.He’s

Londrim Hasanramaj, Chris Morris, Smith, been improving, and nding ways to win.

Muldoon (22-2), Nardecchia (22-5), and AJ And Brock and Liam have both been doing

Watts. a great job.

Centrone took a rare loss at 113 in the “ e guys are coming on at the right

Port Chester match, despite having pinned time,”the coach added.“We just need to stay

his opponent. focused and take it into the post-season.”

After the pin was called, Port Chester‘s e Indians will host their own 16-team

Bruz Garcia claimed he was bitten by Cen- Peter Caruso Tournament Saturday begin- include Mahopac, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, Rondout Valley, Middletown, Carmel, Pine

trone. e referee made a judgment call and ning at 9 a.m. Semi nals are scheduled for Byram Hills,Lourdes,Corning,John Glenn, Bush, and Smithtown East.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 21

Mahopac givesGIRLS BASKETBALL
11th ranked

Lourdes a scare

BY SKIP PEARLMAN good game for us on o ense and

CONTRIBUTING WRITER defense, and had 10 points,” Scoz-

zafava said. “Melanie and Mia gave

e Mahopac girls basketball us a great defensive spark, Caitlyn

team posted a 63-46 league vic- is always good with rebounding,

tory last Friday ( Jan. 17) at John and we played good basketball. e

Jay (East Fishkill), but the bigger girls looked for each other. Our of-

news was the Indians’ near-upset fense is starting to gel, and we were

on Wednesday, Jan. 15, barely fall- hitting shots.”

ing to powerhouse Our Lady of e Indians were scheduled to

Lourdes, 67-65. host New Rochelle at 6:30 p.m.

e Warriors are 11-3, consid- Monday, Jan. 27.

ered one of the best teams in the

section, and are ranked No. 11 in Indians junior forward Caitlyn
the state in the most recent New O’Boyle averaged a double-double
York State Sportswriters Associa-
tion Class AA poll. in three games last week.

Mahopac (8-4, 3-2) trailed by FILE PHOTO/SKIP PEARLMAN
13 in the rst quarter, but pulled

to within ve (38-33) at halftime.

e Indians out-scored the

Warriors, 22-12, in the third

quarter, and led by as many as

eight at one point. But Lourdes

came back with a 17–8 fourth

quarter to hold o Mahopac.

“ at was a tough loss, but

we played really well,” said In-

dians coach Chuck Scozzafava.

“Lourdes is one of the better

teams in the state in AA, and it

was back-and-forth. We went up

in the third, but in the fourth we

missed some good shots.”

Junior forward Caitlin O’Boyle

led the Indians with 15 points

and 14 rebounds, Mia Klammer

added 15 points and grabbed 3

steals, and Melanie DeMeo came

through with 15 points.

Ava Learn led the Warriors

with 31 points, including 10 in

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Indians roll past JJEF

BY SKIP PEARLMAN job,” the coach added. “He gives
CONTRIBUTING WRITER us good energy every night. But
Vin was really dominant in that
Vin Bastone (23 points, 7 re- game.”
bounds) and Matthew McMa-
hon (16 points, 7 rebounds, 8 Coach McMahon likes the
assists, 4 steals) had big games way his team has been coming
to lead the Mahopac boys bas- together, improving to 5-5 over-
ketball team to a 67–51 win all, 2-2 in league play.
over John Jay (East Fishkill) in a
league meeting on Friday, Jan. 17, “We’re 10 games in, and I
at Mahopac. think it was important for us to
get to that .500 Mark,” Coach
Patrick McMahon added 7 McMahon said. “Now we have
points and grabbed 7 boards, and 10 games in the next 17 days, so
the Indians got solid play from to head in with a .500 record, I’m
Ryan Reilly, making his rst var- pretty pleased with that. We’ve
sity start, and Colum Ranahan. won our last two games, the guys
are shooting better, getting good
“Vin had his best game of looks, and sharing the ball.”
the season for us,” said Indians
coach Tom McMahon. “We re- e Indians were set to host
ally needed that. Matthew had Harrison at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24;
another solid game, and Colum travel to New Rochelle at 6:30
and Ryan both gave us good play p.m. Monday, Jan. 27; host Car-
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29; and visit Arlington at 6 p.m.
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RunnersTRACKAND FIELD set personal records at league meet

Coach: ‘ e future is bright’ for young team

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER points came from Dhiannie ish for the 4x200 relay (Chris season alone, we saw the boys’ cord at the league meet,” Posch
SPORTS EDITOR Brito and Maddie McCrosson, Evangelista, Matt Luongo, Nick
who placed second and third, Ahern, Max Semegran); and a team score nine times as many said.
e Mahopac boys and girls respectively, in the shot put; An- third-place nish for the 4x400
track and eld teams competed dréa Jenkins placed fourth in the relay ( John Kelly, Frank Cam- points as they did last year, and She also spotlighted Luongo,
at the League 1A Champion- 300 meter; and their 4x400 (So- marata, David Kaprielian, Con-
ships against Arlington, Carmel, phia Doupis, Avery Przymylski, nor Atton). the girls’ team scored over ve who is “inching toward” setting
John Jay (East Fishkill) and Roy Danielle Dacey, Ilia Arcery) and
C. Ketcham, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 4x800 (Kiarra Condon, Tatiana “Both teams saw a wealth times as many points as last year. school records in the long jump
at the Armory in New York City. Moran, Annie Caraher, Emily of personal records and coun-
Pontillo) relays placed fourth. ty meet qualifying marks last Runners who quali ed will and trimple jump. Luongo is
ough both Indians teams night,” Posch said. “We are in-
nished in fth place, coach Kel- Scoring for Mahopac on the credibly happy with the growth compete at Northern Counties also part of the 4x200 relay team
ley Posch is encouraged by her boys’ side were: Chris Evange- that we saw this season on both
runners’ growth and improve- lista, fth in the 55 meter; Max sides. Championship on Sunday, Jan. that continues to imrpove.
ment over last year, noting that Semegran, fth in the 1,000
a “plethora of personal records” meter; Matt Luongo, third in “Even more so,” she contin- 26, also at the Armory. Overall this season, Posch is
were set at the league meet. the long jump and fourth in the ued, “we are starting to see a
On the girls’ side, Mahopac’s triple jump; a second-place n- real change in the culture of this “We are bringing a much larg- excited to see her roster grow to
team. It is a tribute to the ath-
letes who have chosen to do the er group than last year, which is almost 90 athletes.
hard work, to persevere through
the long season, to never give up another sign of our growth,” “We are thrilled at these num-
and to trust the training. In this
Posch said. “At this meet, we bers,” Posch said. “We continue

hope to see more athletes qualify to see our rosters made up of

for the Class A Championship mostly freshmen and sopho-

meet.” mores, so we are a young team

At the county meet, Posch with quality upperclassmen

also hopes Jenkins will lower her leading the way and setting the

300 meter time (43:76) and set a standard for the culture of these
“Yowuearnedthyoourorusgtahflyfof a second from beating the re- added.
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GYMNASTICS Mahopac wins own invitational

Mahopac gymnastics’ Rounding out the performanc- best all-around scores of the sea- ercise, whe she nished sixth.

“Blue” team took rst es were Rachel Romero on the son. e coach also complimented

place at the 33rd annual balance beam, Nicole Giannetta Giannetta, Collins said, “made Graap, who despite being in-

Mahopac Invitational on and Fabiola Laska in the oor a couple of adjustments in her jured, competed on the uneven

ursday, Jan. 2. exercise, and Juliette LeBlance oor routine and had her best ef- bars and balance beam, nishing

“It was a great team on the vault. fort of the season.” second and rst, respectively.

e ort,” said Coach Vin-

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Other participating Putnam Valley by just 1.65 points 169.200.

teams were Lakeland- on Monday, Jan. 6.

Panas/Putnam Valley, Mahopac, scoring 169.350 MAHOPAC WINS FIVE TEAM

Su ern, Wappingers, points, nished second in the MEET

Clarkstown and FD four-team meet. Also competing Mahopac took rst place at a

Roosevelt. were Lakeland-Panas (171.000 ve-team meet on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Chloe Lee nished points), Clarkstown (91.150 e Indians scored 160.20,

rst in the uneven bars points) and Edgemont (65.200). defeating Scarsdale (143.6),

and Lia Graap nished Castrataro, he said, had “her Wappingers (139.3), Clarkstown

rst in the oor exercise. best e ort of the year,” scoring (132.8) and Edgemont (27.45).

Performing in the all- 36.10 points in the all-around. Mahopac was led by Castrata-

around were Jamison With 9.55 points, she also n- ro, who took rst place in the all-

Rachel Romero Castrataro and Kaylie ished rst in the oor exercise. around competition.

Ann Hammond. Lee and Graap also had their Collins said Giannetta, who

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Financial moves for life’s ‘in ection points’ Home,
Lifestyle &
You’ve probably heard or read about both may be able to avoid serious nancial Family Show
in ection points. e term has a at JV Mall
speci c de nition in mathematics, but GUEST disruptions. You’ll need to work out how to
it’s also used widely to describe historical or CORNER divide your nancial assets, paying attention e Yorktown Chamber of Com-
technological events, such as the Industrial to bene ciary designations, which you may merce, Jilco Window Corp., and the
Revolution or the creation of the internet— JV Mall will host the annual Home,
events that changed human existence in some TOM well need to change. Also, as a newly single Lifestyle & Family Show on Satur-
important way. However, you have personal CASEY individual, you may need to review and revise day, Feb.8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
in ection points, too, and when they occur, the Je erson Valley Mall, 650 Lee
you’ll need to make the right nancial moves. your long-term investment strategy to ac- Blvd. in Yorktown Heights.

Here are four of the most important of these in ection commodate changes in your goals and your is year’s show expects over 1,000
points, along with suggestions on dealing with them: people throughout the day and pro-
retirement income. vides area businesses an opportunity
• Marriage – When you get married, you and your spouse to participate while o ering opportu-
will need to discuss a variety of nancial issues: What assets • Retirement – By the time you retire, you will have hope- nities to build relationships, generate
and liabilities do you each bring to the marriage? Should you leads, and create brand awareness.
combine your nances or continue with separate accounts? Is fully been investing in your IRA and 401(k) or other retire-
one of you a “saver” while the other is a “spender”? Do you e show will feature companies in
share similar investment philosophies, or is one of you much ment plan for several decades. But once you do retire, you’ll the home industry eld such as reno-
more aggressive than the other? You don’t necessarily have vations, remodeling, painting, roo ng,
to agree on everything, but you should at least try to gain need to determine how much you can a ord to withdraw plumbing, heating, electrical, ooring,
enough knowledge so you can avoid unpleasant surprises, and more.
such as hidden debts, and nd enough common ground so each year from your various retirement accounts. Your with-
your household can advance toward your common nancial For pricing information on the An-
goals. drawal rate will depend on your age, your asset level and your nual Home, Lifestyle & Family Show,
visit www.YorktownChamber.org, or
• New child – When you welcome a new child into your retirement lifestyle. And you’ll also want to consider other contact Nancy Stingone at 914-245-
family, you’ll need to make sure you have adequate life insur- 4599, or [email protected]
ance. You’ll also want to review the bene ciary designations issues: Are you prepared to deal with health care costs? Even
on any existing insurance policies, as well as on your IRA and
401(k). And if you can a ord it, you may want to start con- with Medicare, these costs may be higher than they were
tributing to a college fund, possibly using a 529 savings plan,
which can provide you with tax advantages as you put money when you were working. And how about your estate plans?
away for your child’s higher education.
Are they up to date? Have you protected your family from the
• Divorce – It’s unfortunate, but true: Divorce is still pretty
common, and it’s neither pleasant nor cheap. You might not possibility of your estate going through the time-consuming,
be able to avoid some of the costs, such as lawyers’ bills, but
if you and your ex-spouse can work together amicably, you expensive and public process of probate? You may need to

work with your nancial, tax and legal advisors to develop an

e ective estate strategy.

By making smart decisions following your own in ection

points, you can ease the transitions in your life – wherever life

takes you.

is article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local
Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Tom Casey, a licensed securities
adviser associated with Edward Jones, located at 163 Route 6 in
Mahopac. He can be reached directly at 845-621-8647. Edward
Jones, its employees and nancial advisors are not estate planners
and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your
estate-planning attorney or quali ed tax advisor regarding your
situation.

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