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Published by Halston Media, 2020-01-22 15:33:10

The Somers Record_01.23.20

Vol. 9 No. 40 Visit TapIntoSomers.net for the latest news. Thursday, January 23, 2020

Conversations on safety ripple District seeks bids from
through local Jewish communities school bus providers

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT Pittsburgh during a Saturday Shabbat ser- Royal Coach may be out after driver
STAFF WRITER vice and opened re, leaving 11 dead and charged with DWI
six injured.
Jewish communities in Westchester BY CAROL REIF saying all changes will be thoroughly
County and surrounding areas are review- In California, the shooting at the
ing what steps they can take to make their Chabad of Poway synagogue left one dead STAFF WRITER thought out.
congregants safer in the wake of an in- and three injured.
crease in anti-Semitic attacks around the e district is gathering advice and in-
country. In December, there was an attack a Jew-
ish grocery store in Jersey City, N.J., which Bus drivers and monitors, fearful they formation from safety experts, attorneys,
Rabbi David Reiner of Congregation left six dead.
Shir Shalom in Ridge eld, Conn., issued might be about to lose their livelihoods, police, school administrators, parents,
a statement to his congregation after the en, eight separate attacks took place
recent attacks in Monsey, N.Y. during the during the week of Chanukkah in New are begging the school district not to give drivers/monitors and the community
week of Chanukkah, telling them not to York, including a home invasion at a
be concerned, but said he could imagine a rabbi’s house where a man wielding a ma- up on their employer, Royal Coach Lines. at large. On Tuesday, Primrose Princi-
colleague in that community sharing the chete left ve injured.
same sentiment to their community just a Many of them also appeared at a recent pal Katie Winter updated the board the
few weeks ago. In September, NYPD data showed that
there was a 51 percent increase in anti-Se- Board of Education meeting to defend transportation task force’s progress.
“As I seek to o er reassurance with mitic attacks in New York City from the
the words ‘no indications of an increased same time the year before. transportation director and chief emer- Some changes have already been made.
threat,’ I am struck by how unsettling this
statement has become,” Reiner said. “ e “All of us have been a ected by the gency o cer Joseph Bernardi, who is on Drivers now must be handed bus mani-
randomness of the violent anti-Semitic at- attacks that have taken place over the
tacks in our region is especially unsettling past years,” said Rabbi Robert Weiner administrative leave while the district un- fests by district employees rather than
at a moment when many are seeking reas- of Temple Beth Am in Yorktown. “We
surance and comfort.” have de nitely seen a surge of worry of packs the handling of the Bus P incident. just picking up the lists. ey are now to
anti-Semitic attacks ever since Pittsburgh.
e United States has seen an increase Monsey is part of a much broader surge of William J. Mendez, a 61-year-old remain at the scene of an emergency until
of anti-Semitic attacks that has left Jewish anti-Semitism that’s going on.”
communities across the country shaken. Somers man and Royal Coach driver, cleared by police or EMS.
Rabbi David Greenberg of Temple
According to Johnathan Greenblatt, the Shaaray Te la in Bedford Corners ex- faces charges of being intoxicated while “Without question we are working
chief executive of the Anti-Defamation pressed his concern about the growing
League, since 2014 there has been a sig- hate in the country. transporting Somers Intermediate through a lot of emotions after the ter-
ni cant increase in anti-Semitic incidents
in the U.S. “I’m very concerned about it and I think School students in December. rible incident with the bus driver. It is no
all good people, as Americans, we stand
In October 2018, a shooter stormed the for equality, acceptance, respecting di er- Schools Superintendent Dr. Raymond surprise to me that our amazing commu-
Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in ences and I think all good people nd this
Blanch told the crowd at the board’s nity continues to come together, to listen
SEE SAFETY PAGE 6
meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, that it was to each other, and to o er productive so-

necessary to start seeking bids from other lutions so nothing like that ever happens

school bus providers now before that again in Somers,” Blanch said.

“option” disappears. It will be up to the Backers said that while mistakes

school board to decide whether the RFP were undeniably made—9-1-1 was not

(Request for Proposals) process moves called; Mendez was removed from the

forward and whether Royal Coach can scene before he could be checked out

participate. by police or EMS; and parents weren’t

Blanch denied the move is, as some SEE DRIVERS PAGE 19
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Thursday, January 23, 2020 The Somers Record – Page 3

The canine calvary

Somers resident brings missing pets home

BY CAROL REIF Somers resident John Whalen’s love of animals fence on a private road. ere she espied a place Bubba
STAFF WRITER led to him starting Missing Pet Pawlice. might have been using to get onto a nearby golf course.

Harriet Dunkerley had lost her dog and she was Get in touch She reached out to an acquaintance with connections
about to lose her mind. in the animal control world, borrowed a second trap, and
John Whalen’s territory covers Westchester, with help, set it up.
Bubba, adopted by her family only days before, had Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange
been spooked by something while being taken for a e next day, there sat Bubba, looking, if not contrite,
walk just outside their Rockland County home. counties and New York City. He can be at least resigned.
reached by calling 914-214-9093 or by
e German shepherd retreated up the front steps as email at [email protected] Praising Whalen’s compassionate expertise as well as
if wanting to go back inside, but when Dunkerley’s hus- all the volunteers’ “amazing” contributions, Harriet said
band, John, tried to open the door, Bubba lunged at him Because dogs “operate through their noses,” Whalen Bubba’s recovery took “a real community e ort.”
and then disappeared into a nearby woods. also “scents” the area by poking holes in a box, lling it
with something yummy like bacon, and hanging it at “It really restored our faith in humanity,” she said.
Mistreated by his previous owners, the 2-year-old least 10 feet o the ground. Whalen has truly walked a mile in the Dunkerleys’
pooch was literally a quivering “bag of bones” when the well-chewed slippers.
Dunkerleys took him in. When something trips the camera—hopefully not a
raccoon, coyote or skunk—the photo goes right to his e proud doggie dad of Mabeline and Winnie, he
“He was just scared of everything,” Harriet recalled. cell phone. had fostered a sick Husky for more than six months.
at night, the frantic family searched for Bub-
But Harriet says Whalen’s best skill is very low- Once well, Sasha was adopted by a family from New
ba, shouting the dog’s name; a big mistake, they later tech—compassion. York City, but then escaped while her new owner was
learned. visiting friends in lower Westchester.
“We were sitting at the kitchen table, working out the
Chasing or calling an animal that’s too terri ed to think plan, and I was like ‘We gotta go, go, go.’” But Whalen’s Not yet in the pet recovery business, Whalen was over
of anything but survival will only make it run farther. calm, professional demeanor convinced the family to let the moon to later learn that the errant pup had been
him take the lead. safely recaptured in a humane trap.
After posting pictures of Bubba on social media and
scouring missing pet websites, the Dunkerleys started After all, making themselves sick with worry wouldn’t is “near tragedy” made the young retiree decide he
to hear from people who had spotted Bubba near busy bring Bubba home any faster. had found a new avocation and a way to continue a life
Route 9W. of service.
“It gave us some peace of mind to know that he was
e thought of their beloved dog darting into tra c out there,” Harriet said. After training online as a “missing animal response
kicked the fear factor up more than just a notch. technician” and getting a PI license, Whalen launched
But sometimes it takes a village to nd a pet. Missing Pet Pawlice, which he runs out of his She-
“I wasn’t sleeping or eating,” admits Harriet. A cantor Harriet said the family was also impressed by his will- norock home.
for a synagogue in Connecticut, she was also starting to ingness to accept help from all quarters, as long as it was
worry about neglecting her work. well-intentioned and not counterproductive. Whalen admits that even someone with heavy-duty
“My only goal is to bring the dog home, not to be a skills like him doesn’t have “magic dust” to sprinkle to
en one of the volunteer searchers suggested call- hero,” explained Whalen, who had set a trap in Rock- make every beloved pet reappear.
ing in the canine calvary, John Whalen of Missing Pet land Lake State Park where Bubba had apparently been
Pawlice. roaming. So part of his duty to their humans is to help them
brace for potential bad news.
e Somers animal lover has not only learned to ree days later, although sightings had mounted, the
“think” like a runaway pup or kitty, he knows how to pooch was still on the lam. “It was heartbreaking,” he said of one recent search
keep their humans from completely freaking out. that turned up the body of a Putnam County client’s
e clock was ticking, so, on a hunch, Harriet arose elderly dog.
Whalen, a retired police o cer, ex-soldier, former one day at the crack of dawn and walked to the end of a
National Guardsman and licensed private investigator, Despite the tragic outcome, Whalen said he was
grateful to have been able to lend the grieving owner
rst interviews “witnesses” to gather purr-tinent data his support.
about the AWOL pet.
Whalen was once teased about his new avocation by a
Is it a Great Dane or Chihuahua? A tabby or Maine friend who thought he was barking mad to chase “kitty
coon? Was it wearing a collar or does it have a micro- cats at 3 in the morning.”
chip? Was it chasing a deer when it went missing or,
as in one of Whalen’s most memorable cases, brazenly But the remark ran like water o a Doberman’s back.
snatched from a shopping mall? “ ere’s nothing better than giving someone back
their pet,” said the softhearted tough guy.
What’s the animal’s personality? Is it one of those hail- So how is Bubba doing now?
fellow-well-met types that will beg anyone for a belly After being relieved of the nasty legions of ticks he
rub? Or is it likely to get snarly or—heaven forbid—bite had picked up on his journey and having a good feed,
or scratch when approached? Is it shy or aloof ? he is settling in.
Bubba is still a bit afraid of Harriet’s husband—per-
Whalen then unleashes his prodigious investigative haps because the person who had abused him in the past
and organizational powers, formulates an “action plan,” was a man—so for now Harriet is the only one who can
posts easy-to-read neon signs with the missing animal’s walk him.
photo and hands out iers with contact information. But with time and patience—and some help from a
professional trainer—Bubba will regain his self-con -
As soon as sightings come in, Whalen uses paw icons dence.
to plot them on a digital map. When he has enough “ ank God, he’s becoming our family dog,” Harriet
intel to pinpoint the area the fugitive is frequenting, he said.
sets up a feeding station, humane trap and weatherproof
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OBITUARIES

Ashley Lynne Manning

Ashley Lynne Manning was born in 1990, in Saratoga Springs. e family later moved to St. Charles, IL, and then settled in Katonah. Ashley attended Somers public
schools and graduated from Somers High School in 2008. She attended Roanoke College and University of California – Irvine, where she received a full academic
scholarship.

rough soccer, sports and activities, Ashley had the opportunity to travel to quite a few places, including National Parks in Colorado, Utah and California, the Ba-
hamas, the Dominican Republic, and, with her soccer team, to play in Milan, Italy. Ashley loved the beach, especially the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod.

Ashley was bright, had a fun sense of humor, was full of life and adventure, and always taking on challenges in pursuit of what she wanted to accomplish.
She is survived by her sister, Taylor, her brothers Steven (Kristen) and James (Deborah) and her nephew Seamus, and her parents Denise and Steve Manning. She is
also survived by her grandmother, Virginia, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Olympic Family John F. Felton

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SAFETY in the country. Larry Kaufman said that even (UJA) Federation of New York to day activities and said, ‘how do
FROM PAGE 1
“Today with social media, small synagogues have had to take hosted a community discussion we make sure we’re keeping every-

things are out there, everybody precautions, hiring armed security on anti-Semitism and how to body as safe as possible?’”

string of horri c episodes a great sees and there are copycats and to guards. combat hate on Wednesday, Jan. Gabe Lomas, chair of the Re-

compromise to our society and all be very honest, a lot of the Jewish “We hate to go to this extreme, 8, in White Plains. gional Security Council, said that

that we stand for,” Greenberg said population is worried,” she said. but it seems like it’s necessary,” Audrey Stein, regional direc- after the shooting of the Tree of

Larry Kaufman, commander of “ ey’re strong, but they’re wor- Larry Kaufman said. “It has got- tor of the UJA, said that $4 mil- Life Congregation in Pittsburgh,

the Jewish War Veterans Post 46 ried. ey’re cautious now. ere ten to a point where we’re fearful lion over the next two years will people became concerned about

in Somers and his wife, Marilyn, were men, especially in WWII, that an incident might happen be spent to enhance the physical security. e council has been dis-

said though frightened, the Jewish that saw what anti-Semitism can that would be very dramatic and security of approximately 2,000 cussing putting certain practices

community must remain strong. do. at’s part of the issue—the maybe lives would be taken, such Jewish institutions in the New in place to stop crises before they

Marilyn Kaufman said that the fact that young people today didn’t as what happened in Pittsburgh York area including Westchester. occur.

rise of social media also contribut- experience the terrible things that and other places in the United ey have also employed “I just proposed to some of the

ed to the growing anti-Semitism happened in the 1930s and ’40s.” States.” Mitchell D. Silber as the com- synagogues in our region that we

Security measures have in- munity security director. Silber develop a safety and security re-

creased in synagogues over the was previously the director of the con committee and we’ve been

last few years and with the recent NYPD’s Intelligence Analysis meeting once a month for over a

attacks. Unit. year now—just sharing informa-

“Needless to say, this new trend Currently, about half a dozen tion, trying to build intelligence

is disturbing to all peace-loving temples or more in Northern and nding areas of strengthening

citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike,” Westchester and Putnam County among our organization and mak-

said Rabbi Yehuda Heber of the have formed a Regional Security ing sure we can be as prepared and

We make Chabad of Yorktown. “While it Council and meet once a month ready for threats as they come to
warm friends
calls for greater security measures, to discuss security measures. us,” Lomas said.
which we as a congregation are Doree Green, rst vice presi- Temple Beth Am even held Ci-
certainly implementing, there are
other messages for us here, as well. dent of Temple Beth Am and vilian Response to Active Shooter
security chair said that while it’s Event, or CRASE, training in its
“As a nation,Jews are no strang- challenging, there’s a much larger synagogue last June.

ers to persecution,” Heber added. Jewish community that has been Synagogues are reviewing the

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SAFETY standing among members of the community,” TRUNK We’ll talk about the art of journalism,
Lomas said. “ e key to reducing violence in what journalists actually do and how
FROM PAGE 6 any area is relationships. We have to under- FROM PAGE 2 you can develop the skills to become
stand each other better.” a talented communicator. To join this
all said they work in conjunction with local dinner and heart healthy tips at 6:30 workshop and become a part of this
law enforcement to ensure the safety of con- Rabbi Shoshanna Leis of the Hebrew Con- p.m. Feb. 6 in the family room at 189 newly-formed group, you can register
gregants. gregation of Somers said making people feel Route 100, Somers, and hear a lec- on line at www.somerslibrary.com or
safe is a top priority and building relationships ture from Dr. Michael Ford. RSVP to call Tara at 232-5717.
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has also helped Jewish communities feel safer. growing hate.
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“It feels, even though you’ve got this one bad “We are always ghting anti-Semitism presentation
actor, like the community has been very vocal through building our relationships because the SEF is accepting applications for
and united in speaking against any intolerance best way to ght hate is through love, commu-
and hatred in our community,” Green said. nity building, and connection,” Leis said. the annual SEF Variety Show. Every- e Somers Fire Department

e UJA Federation organized the No Hate She also echoed the sentiments of Martin one’s favorite, the SEF Variety Show wants to get the word out about a
No Fear march on Sunday, Jan. 5, and thou- Luther King Jr. and said that the path of non-
sands came out to attend the rally and march violence is the best approach. will take place this year on Friday, Jan- new initiative on medical prevention.
across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Over the past weeks, local governments uary 31st at Somers Middle School. In 2018, the re department had ap-
“It was very powerful that 25,000 people have issued proclamations condemning acts of
came together on a Sunday morning, with hate, especially those of anti-Semitism. Auditions will take place on January proximately 2,000 calls for the ambu-
very little notice, to stand up and be counted
and say, ‘we’re not going to be afraid and we’re Local, county and state o cials have also 10th and 15th, Dress Rehearsal- Jan- lance. Over 300 of the calls were from
not going to accept hate’,” Stein said. come forward to speak out about anti-Sem-
itism. uary 29th. Register today before the members of our community falling. A
Building relationships with the community
and educating the public on anti-Semitism is “I’m so thankful to be in this community January 5th deadline at https://www. lot of these falls are avoidable. Falls
another approach that synagogues have taken that there is such an outspoken response to
to maintain safety. this,” Green said. “ ere are some communi- sefny.org/variety-show-form/ can be devastating to a senior. It is
ties when there are these acts, they keep them
“We may also respond to ignorance by very hushed and we discussed that in that Re- If you have any questions, please the leading cause of accidental death
teaching others as brand ambassadors for our gional Security Council. We see some of the
Jewish community, inviting our neighbors to towns keeping things very quiet and I think contact [email protected] in people over 65. e Fire Depart-
Congregation Shir Shalom to show that Juda- when they are kept quiet it’s almost like the
ism is not ‘other,’” Reiner said. “We also nd leaders of those towns are complicit because Writing workshop ment has teamed up with Westchester
strength in coming together, in witnessing that they’re not speaking out and there are no re- Family Care, Burke Rehab and Any-
we are not alone in experiencing the power of percussions to these acts.”
organized people.” time Fitness on a presentation on how
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Lomas, who is a professor at Western Con- been reassuring in uncertain times. Do You Want to Write for Newspa- to prevent falls and providing follow-
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Opinion

Happily Ever After Finding a
quadruped pal

The rst cat to ever THE
own us was called SEASONED
Flu y. Baptized by CITIZEN
our four year old daughter,

Ilene, it was one of many ADRIENNE
stereotypical feline names KAVELLE
we used over the years.

Ilene saw Flu y in a pet

shop window and it was

love at rst sight. To me he looked like a skunk because of a

white stripe running from head to tail. So there we were, dog

people, walking out of the store with a cat, litter box, and cat

What’s the big idea? food.

Never having shared premises with a feline, we treated him

as if he were a dog…and it worked. Since Flu y, we have

been blessed with about 15 more cats, 7 for a while at one

Ihave seen the future, and I time!
have to be honest, it’s kind of
silly. In early January the city are falling all over themselves try- My sister, Nelle, lost her beloved cat, Tatiana, a few months

MAN ing to invent robots that will do ago. Tatti lived to be almost 20, which is a very good age for

OVERBOARD useful things for us AND keep us cats. Now sis is ready to nd another ‘best friend’ and it’s been

of Las Vegas hosted the annual RICK company. Programmers, if you’re a comedy of errors all the way.
Consumer Electronics Show. MELÉN out there, I can’t imagine hav-
For $300 bucks you could at- ing any companion that I don’t Although Nelle loves Russian Blues, she feels it’s her duty

to adopt a shelter resident and give it a permanent home. Her

tend the three days of seminars, constantly argue with. You should only requirement is that it be female and small.

exhibits and conferences designed build into the algorithm the Since the cat chooses its person, my sister is making ap-

to highlight the latest and the ability to push my buttons after pointments to see who might be her ‘kismet.’ When Jason

brightest innovations in the technology industry. I push its button. “Wow, look at you, you turned and I adopted Pyewacket, I dreamed about him for a week

ere were 4,500 companies in attendance show- me on,” my robot says to me sardonically. I reply, before actually making contact and we knew he had chosen

ing o everything from plant-based foods to “Yeah, well, let’s get back to how stupid you are, for us. We called around to di erent shelters and rescue organi-

self-driving cars to arti cial intelligence to virtual something that’s supposed to have super-human zations and made appointments (actually it was Nelle doing

reality to ultra high-de nition televisions, and just intelligence. I can’t believe you think ‘ e White the calling because a cat was going to be her birthday pres-

about everything in between. Album’ is better than ‘Rubber Soul.’ ey couldn’t ent to me). ose days are gone. Everything is now done by

People working in the technology industry even come up with a title for the album, only a computer. You register with ‘Pet nders’ on the web, you email

think that it’s their job to create a product that color.” And we go back and forth on a number of them, they email you and many are not even in New York

does something, and then try to nd a use for it other topics before we break for co ee. I can just State. Nelle has received photos from Tennessee, Georgia,

later. “Ballie” debuted at this year’s CES, a robotic picture myself at the CES wandering around the you name it. Oh, of course there are still shelters here, but

orb that rolls around, following you and trying to exhibits with my robot to keep me company. many of their residents are coming from places across the

convince you to resist the urge to kick it 30 yards We stop at a booth where the folks at Charmin country. It’s like computer dating: enter your requirements,

for a eld goal. It has a camera to take sel es of have rolled out a contraption that fetches you a a picture, and two people to recommend you. en you’re

you clipping your toenails, or it might talk to you toilet paper roll via your Bluetooth device, should matched by strangers who feel they know better than you do

and try to get to know you better. A tweet from you run out at the most inopportune moment, pro- (at least in dating you can meet for a drink, click and go on,

Samsung says that the device “understands you, vided you happen to have your Bluetooth device or just say goodbye).

supports you and reacts to your needs.” Which with you, your arms are long enough to reach the One email my sister received promised to drive the cat

sounds like the same sort of thing I would slam my bathroom door and you can get over the shrieks from Tennessee to spend a week and then pick her up if it

front door on an insurance salesman for saying. Or of laughter coming from Alexa, Siri and Cortana. didn’t pan out. It doesn’t work that way. You need to interact

it could be your new tness assistant, meaning that ere are a lot of “smart home” products on display rst, meet a group of felines and see which reaches out to you.

it will nd a body-positive way to tell you that you this year. Privacy is a big concern, and manufactur- With pictures on the net, you have no idea if they’re around

are still fat. You can use it as a mobile interface, to ers don’t want you to think that your toilet paper the corner or 3,000 miles away.

close your curtains for you, or start your oven, or robot could be hacked into by someone who will Just backs up my theory that the electronic age instead of

get your Roomba to quit goo ng o and get back teach your cat to speak Russian while you’re sitting simplifying things has made our daily lives more complicated.

to work, or to tell your refrigerator that it’s still fat. helplessly on the toilet. Since the adoption fee must be paid before the cat is delivered

I’ve been waiting a long time for this day to roll My companion robot is starting up with me (from another state), there’s no way to tell if it’s real or a scam.

around, only to have it possibly roll away from me again. “You really think that ‘99’ from ‘Get Smart’ At this point I think Nelle ought to keep visiting local

again. is better-looking than ‘Mary Ann?’ ey couldn’t shelters where she can be face-to-face with the applicants.

e irony is that because of technology no one even come up with a name for the character, only I’m sure there must be a kindred quadruped spirit out there

goes out anymore, they just sit at home and watch a number.” I defend my choices while we wait for looking for its biped roommate. I’ll keep you posted on how

Net ix and order from Grubhub.com, while their plant-based hamburgers to come out for lunch. it all works out. ere’s nothing like a warm fuzzy cat on a

self-driving car goes out and enjoys a night on the Back on the oor there is a motor-assisted cold winter’s night.

town. It’s a lonely life. So now technology is left SEE MELEN PAGE 10 Contact Adrienne at: [email protected]
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Thursday, January 23, 2020 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 9

Bonnie crosses the Bridge

WHATWAS the den to the bedroom, up on gusto, sometimes not hearing dedicated and compassion- I don’t know if there is a pet
I THINKING? the bed, back down and into me call her, and other physical ate sta at Goldens Bridge heaven; however, it is kind of
the kitchen—the hissing and problems. I sadly knew a deci- Veterinary Care Center. eir comforting to believe that when
RUTHANN yowling was as loud and noisy sion had to be made: ease her tender and caring attention to our time comes to leave this
SCHEFFER as an MMA bout! As quickly su ering and let her go across Bonnie and me during and after Earth “we look once more into
as the “chase” began, it ended the Bridge peacefully. her crossing Rainbow Bridge the trusting eyes of our pet,
“Just this side of Heaven is with both kitties curled up side was the ultimate in loving care. so long gone from our life but
a place called Rainbow by side to take a nap. I de nitely know that pets Tears and hugs as I held my never absent from our hearts,
Bridge. When an animal have their own angels here on precious pet for the last time and then we cross Rainbow
dies that has been espe- After Clyde passed, I was Earth. My heartfelt thanks to helped ease my aching heart. Bridge together.”
cially close to someone here, that asked by a friend if Bonnie Dr. Steve Immerblum and his
pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.” missed Clyde.
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Acouple of years after Souvenirs
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rm. A co-worker called in sick until I learned our destina- trinkets were displayed with produced to look like something WRITING &
and I was told to go home and tions: Philadelphia, Detroit and the names of each local city. I from the South West. CHOCOLATE
pack for my rst business trip. Saginaw, Michigan. One day in noticed a tiny ceramic mug with
My task was to accompany the each city with trains, planes and Philadelphia on it and decided On an episode of Antiques KIM
product spokesperson to radio cabs to get to the various inter- that I would collect tiny mugs Roadshow, a man brought in KOVACH
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she mentioned the product remember this trip and glanced my trip. Upon returning home, Andrew Clemens and made in Blu s, Iowa, until age 20. Dur-
name in her on-air interviews. around the gift shops for a I displayed my tiny Detroit, Iowa in 1880. e appraiser ing the summers, Andrew and
tting souvenir. e same basic Saginaw and Philadelphia mugs informed the TV viewers that his brothers played near Pic-
on the replace mantel in my Mr. Clemens was a self-taught tured Rocks, a natural sandstone
musical vocal group apartment. deaf artist who created intricate area not far from their home.
designs using grains of colored Andrew developed an interest
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harmony to your next event! bark. I bought it at a gift shop designs including owers, the and color. Over the years, he
on Grandfather Mountain in American ag, a soaring eagle, created decorative sand motifs
North Carolina on the last and the date of 1880. e in small and large glass bottles
day of a fantastic hiking trip. original paper label was still and sold these items to make a
Something about that rustic under the glass bottle top -- living.
birdhouse appealed to me and A. Clemens deaf mute. is
I carried it on my lap on the large bottle had taken weeks Considered to be a master of
plane ride home. ere are no to complete and probably sold sand art, Mr. Clemens was even
labels or marks on the bird- for a few dollars in 1880. Today paid to demonstrate his craft at
house. I like to think that it was the value for this hand-made a museum in Chicago in 1889.
hand-crafted by a local resident souvenir is between $30,000 - Sadly, Andrew Clemens died at
and not made in a foreign fac- $50,000! age 37 from tuberculosis. Few
tory. examples of his sand art in glass
I was intrigued and re- bottles exist intact.
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the kitchen, I also discovered about Mr. Clemens. Andrew Kim Kovach nds writing
a tiny glass bottle lled with Clemens became deaf at the age inspiration everywhere! www.
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The right time to begin managing a parent’s finances

BY ALAN D. FELLER, ESQ. of the bedrock memories when involvement. A parent opening a most of a young adult’s nancial openness. Account titling along
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advice hovers on those three sub- ment are daily reminders of mon- It is no wonder that as parents later, when a parent’s loses mo- their children about nances at

jects so often that other facets of ey’s importance in adult’s lives. In age there is a hesitancy to be- bility or the spouse who paid the an early age. If enough trust exists

life rarely receive a mention. the past, as a child grew into an stow nancial decision-making bills predeceases the spouse who on both sides, then a young adult

A child is aware of a parent’s adult, much of their economic authority on children. Many did not. Waiting has its draw- child can start to be included on

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Debunking the top 5 myths
about surgical weight loss

BY DR. MITCHELL ROSLIN
GUEST WRITER

1. If you’re obese, you don’t need bariatric surgery. To lose the weight, diet and work out.
Obesity is probably one of the most misunderstood conditions in the world. It’s an energy-storage disease: a problem with the body’s central
regulator. Obesity occurs when your body’s regulator is set too high, and that elevated “set-point”drives you to consume more food to produce the
energy to meet this increased demand. Exercise and low-calorie diets produce short-term changes that make only a slight di erence. But bariatric
surgery changes your gastrointestinal tract and set-point, so you get full faster, feel less hungry, and therefore can lose signi cant weight.
2. Bariatric surgery is dangerous.

is mainstream procedure has minimal risk compared to the complications of obesity, which include cardiovascular disease, hyper-
tension, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, and dementia.

3. I’m too young/old for the surgery.
Obesity is a serious disease that a ects you physically and emotionally, no matter how old you are. For teens, obesity not only
increases the risk of the health problems noted above, but also a ects mood, self-esteem, the ability to concentrate, get good grades,
and even make friends. e good news is that surgical weight loss is very successful in adolescent patients, helping them physi-
cally, emotionally, and academically. e surgery is also safe and e ective for older obese patients, many of whom are functionally
impaired, meaning they have radically limited their activities because of their condition. At Northern Westchester Hospital, I’ve
seen patients who are in their seventies.
4. Women can’t have children after weight-loss surgery.
Big myth! In fact, surgical weight loss boosts fertility since the leading cause of infertility in women is obesity. Polycystic ovary
syndrome, a common cause of infertility, is associated with obesity. And obese pregnant women have a higher rate of miscarriage
and diabetes.
5. After surgery, you’ll have a large scar, lose your hair, and may gain your weight back.
We do minimally invasive surgery through small incisions, so scarring is minimal—four to six tiny marks. As for hair loss,
there’s some truth to this. Some patients undergo hormonal changes after surgery and might experience thinning hair. However,
you won’t go bald.
As for gaining weight back after surgery, this depends on the person. If you have the surgery and refuse to develop healthier
habits, it’s possible you’ll regain weight. at’s why it’s important to exercise regularly—three to ve times a week—and to
choose foods that make you feel full, don’t drive up your sugar level, are nutritious, and take longer to digest. At Northern
Westchester Hospital, a registered bariatric dietitian helps you stay on track with healthy eating. We also o er support groups
to help patients make healthier decisions about post-surgery eating.

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Holidays

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Santa, Leo, 5 and Luca D’Angelo, 9

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Magi shower kids with gifts at NWH’s Three Kings Day event

In honor of ree Kings Day—aka the Feast of the Epiphany—when
three wise men presented gifts to baby Jesus, three elaborately costumed
Magi and their assistant distributed gifts to young children as parents,
and Northern Westchester Hospital pediatrician Dr. Peter Richel and
chief of pediatrics Dr. Vicki Buetti-Sgouros (NWH), led the celebration.

e event, a beloved, annual tradition sponsored by NWH’s
Department of Pediatrics and Neighbors Link, supports both
organizations’ commitment to serving the community and celebrates the
cultural traditions of Westchester’s Latino residents.

The kids were super excited to From left, Dr. Richel, the Magi and their assistant,
receive their gifts at the Three and Dr. Buetti-Sgouros at Northern Westchester
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Finding balance in a SKIN CANCER
tech-driven world
FROM PAGE 16
It is impossible to dispute the many ways technol- adolescents and teens have been bullied online.
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to the sun as they traverse the slopes, and that means the
face of education, making it possible for students from into devices, on an almost continual basis, directly af- UV radiation is more intense on the mountain than it
might be in the foothills or lower elevation areas. at
all walks of life to easily access a wealth of information fects the brain by keeping it in a state of constant stimu- heightened intensity only underscores the importance
of reapplying sunscreen.
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rays. A lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher should be
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SYSO Baseball Community,

As the newly elected SYSO Baseball Board, we would like to take this opportunity
to introduce ourselves and to thank you for your support in the recent elections.
We would also like to share some exciting announcements that
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Somers nets four
All-County wrestlers

Girls track team wins league title

BY ROB DIANTONIO ter nals and had to win multi-

CONTRIBUTING WRITER ple consolation matches to earn

Wrestling all-county,” DiSanto said.
Somers has one last tourna-

ment this weekend before the

postseason. It will compete in

WESTCHESTER COUNTY the Peter Caruso Memorial

CHAMPIONSHIPS Tournament at Mahopac on

Sunday, Jan. 19 Saturday, Jan. 25.

Somers/North Salem went “It was a great way to see

home with four All-County how we compare to some of

wrestlers (top six) at the West- the best competition in the

chester County Championships section,” DiSanto said of the

at Lincoln High School (Yon- county meet. “It’s a good sign

kers). e Tuskers also placed how well we did, knowing we

10th out of 26 teams with 63 have not peaked yet. We have

points. another tough tournament next

“I feel we wrestled well over- weekend at Mahopac, and we

all, but I don’t think we wrestled will use that to learn and make

up to our potential,” said coach adjustments to be ready for di-

Ron DiSanto. “Some guys visionals.”

made small mistakes that cost

them matches. Knowing that LAKELAND/PANAS 58,

we weren’t at our best and still SOMERS/NORTH SALEM 27

nished Top 10 in the county Tuesday, Jan. 14 PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO

was a good sign.” Barrella (99, pin), Lupinacci Somers’ Thomas Gall placed third at 220 pounds at the Westchester County championships.
omas Gall, a senior, took (152, pin), Ryan Cole (160,

third at 220 pounds. He fell pin), Kim (170, decision) and

by technical fall to Iona Prep’s Gall (285, pin) picked up wins Vegliante. “We were proud to Megan Spencer won the shot Willman placed rst in the

Matt Kelly, a Somers resident in a 58-27 dual-meet loss to keep the streak going.” put (29-0 1/4) and Katherine 1,000 meters (2:40.24).

and former Tusker, in the semi- host Lakeland/Panas. Emily Heese won three Velardo took rst in the weight e 4x800-meter relay squad

nals. But Gall rebounded by events for the Tuskers: the throw (32-4). Anna Keane of Nico DeMarinis, Hayden

pinning Lakeland/Panas’ Char- PAWLING 48, SOMERS/ 55-meter hurdles (9.73), long leaped to the triple jump crown Klein, Joe Torre and Matt Rei-

lie Dubrawski in 36 seconds NORTH SALEM 42 jump (14-10 3/4) and pole vault (29-1 1/2). mann took rst in 8:59.09.

in the third-place bout. “Other Thursday, Jan. 16 (11-1, personal record). e 4x400-meter relay team Earning second-place n-

than his one loss in the semis, e Tuskers endured a tight “She works harder than any- was rst in 4:18.34. Ella Lan- ishes for the boys were Justin

he dominated the rest of the 48-42 loss to host Pawling two one I’ve coached so all of her sky, Ella Kittredge, Isabella Wright (55-meter dash, 6.94),

day,” DiSanto said. days later. success is well deserved,” Veg- Viscovich and Nieve Mahood Willman (600, 1:29.60), Evan

Dominic Barrella, a North Luke Kennedy (132, pin), liante said. comprised the foursome. Rich (55-meter hurdles, 9.65)

Salem eighth grader, placed Lupinacci (145, pin), Cole (160, Ashley Moon was a double “All those girls all had run and Luciano (shot put, 39-9).

fourth at 99 pounds. He had a pin), Mike Rivera (220, forfeit), winner in the 55-meter dash races earlier in the day,” Veg- Boys Basketball
5-1 lead in the semi nals but Gall (285, pin), Matt Cascio (7.35) and 300-meter dash liante said. “To come back at

was pinned in the second pe- (99, pin) and Barrella (106, pin) (43.24). the very end of the meet and (3-7)

riod by Pleasantville’s Christian were victorious. “She’s been consistent in the run that fast on tired legs shows

Perlleshi, who went on to win Track and Field 55 all season, putting up fast the kind of shape they are in.”
the tournament. times regardless of the situa- Also earning second-place SOMERS 59, PANAS 51

“Dom has been having nose- tion,” Vegliante said. “It shows nishes for Somers were Ma- Friday, Jan. 17

bleed problems, so he has to LEAGUE MEET her growth in the sport.” hood (1,000 meters, 3:07.31), e Tuskers ended a four-

wrestle wearing a protective Sunday, Jan. 19 Sabrina Somoza was right Kittredge (1,500, 5:16.19), game losing streak with a

mask,” DiSanto said. “It has For the 21st straight year, behind Moon in both events, Lansky (55-meter hurdles, much-needed 59-51 win over

been a challenging adjustment Somers’ girls track and eld placing second with a 7.64 10.24), Nadia Pennella (high host Walter Panas in a league

but he grinded through.” team won the indoor league (personal record) in the 55 and jump, 4-8), Somoza (long jump, contest.

Seniors Zach Lupinacci (145 title, capturing the League 2B a 43.90 in the 300. “I think she 14-5), Caitlyn Van Tassell (tri- “ e big thing is that the kids

pounds) and Peter Kim (160) crown. shocked herself with that time,” ple jump, 28-5 1/2) and Spen- have remained con dent and

nished sixth in their respective e Tuskers dominated sec- Vegliante said of the 7.64 in the cer (weight throw, 30-1 1/4). have been working really hard

weight classes. ond-place Brewster, outscoring 55. For the boys, who placed sec- in practice,” said Somers coach

“I was impressed how they all them 144.5-52.5 at the Armory Jordan Han (8:40.87) and ond at the league meet, Patrick Chris DiCintio. “ ey haven’t

grinded their way through the Track and Field Center. Avni Madhwesh (8:58.52) n- Eames won the high jump with been down despite our strug-

tournament, especially Zach “It was a great day all around ished 1-2 in the 1,500-meter a 5-6. Brian Luciano was rst in SEE VARSITY PAGE 23

and Peter, who lost in the quar- for the girls,” said coach John race walk. the weight throw (49-6). Cole


Thursday, January 23, 2020 SPORTS The Somers Record – Page 23

WRESTING were not able to capitalize. Cou-
ple of good bounces and it was
FROM PAGE 22

gling to win. ey went into the our game.”

game with a sense of con dence e BYSNS’ Callahan Du

that we can get this done.” explained how his team was able

Somers stormed out of the to put up 38 shots on goal.

gates with a 17-0 lead but went “We were able to get that

cold after that, taking just a 24- many shots because of how well

19 edge into halftime. we moved the puck and how we

“We were smart enough to kept drawing wingers o their

know that it’s also fool’s gold be- defensemen, allowing us to pass

cause teams are going to make it to them,” Du said.

runs,” DiCintio said. “In the sec- Tied at 1-1, Joseph Jimenez

ond quarter, Panas switched to a made it the Rebels’ game when

zone which forced us to take pe- he scored the game winner, o

rimeter shots. We got cold. But an assist from Kowal, with just

our defensive intensity never 1:10 left in the contest.

wavered.” Kowal gave the Rebels a big

e Panthers erupted for 22 insurance goal, courtesy of an

points in the third quarter to assist from Jack Tuite, when he

take a 41-39 lead into the nal scored with just 39 seconds re-

quarter. Dylan Berliner closed maining in the game, to put the

the quarter with a three-point Rebels up by two.

play on a putback with 10 sec- Kowal assisted on the Rebels’ Peter Kim competes in a 160-pound match at the county meet.
onds left to keep Somers close. rst goal, scored by Tuite, with

e Tuskers started the fourth 12:43 to go in the second peri-

quarter on a 9-0 run, capped od, which gave the Rebels a 1-0 period, when Frankie Vigiletti play, by moving the puck around, lot of energy to the bench and

o by a corner three from Matt lead. scored, o assists from Du and and keeping the defenders on boosted our morale.”

Fitzsimons, to take a 48-41 lead. e BYSNS answered back Ian Woloshyn. the move which led to the goal,” Mike Sabini contributed to

Fitzsimons hit another three to tie it, with 8:25 left in the “We were able to develop the Du said. “ e goal brought a this article.

to stretch the lead to 54-43 with

4:15 to play. e Panthers cut

the de cit to 54-49 but weren’t

able to get any closer than that.

Berliner netted a team-high

13 points while Joe Grippo and

Henry Gilroy had 11 points

each.

“Henry Gilroy was sensation-

al tonight,” DiCintio said. “He

played the best game I’ve seen

him play as a varsity player. He

dominated inside not only with

scoring and putbacks, but just

with his ability to defend and

rebound. Also, Joe Grippo has

been real steady for us and ran

the show all night. He stayed

composed and played a lot of

minutes.”

Bennett Leitner and Drew

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Protecting assets when you need long-term care

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and prudent option available. required minimum distribution is even more likely. Planning president and Founding Member
ANTHONY J. along with payment required well in advance of needing care of the New York Chapter of
ENEA In the simplest of terms, a by the promissory note being is the best course of action. NAELA. He is a member of the
crisis plan is a plan wherein, im- repaid to the applicant. Counsel of Advanced Elder Law
Many of our clients believe mediately prior to the ling of a Anthony Enea, Esq. is a member Practitioners of the National
that because of their age and Medicaid nursing home appli- is calculation requires a va- of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, Academy of Elder Law attorneys.
circumstance that it is too late cation, approximately 40 to 50 riety of factors to be considered, LLP with o ces in White Plains His telephone number is 914-
for them to protect their assets percent of one’s assets are gifted such 3 as the private pay cost of and Somers. He is a past chair 948-1500.
from the cost of long-term care. to children and/or other loved the nursing home, the monthly
While it is always better to start ones. At the same time, the bal- income of the applicant and
the process when one is younger ance of one’s assets are trans- an actuarial calculation of the
and in good health, it is never ferred to the same children and/ promissory note and/or annu-
too late to do the planning. or loved ones in consideration ity payment to be made during
of a special promissory note or the period of ineligibility for
It is not unusual for clients annuity agreement signed by Medicaid. e amount paid to
who are in their 80s and 90s to the children or others in favor the nursing home must always
engage in long-term care plan- of the Medicaid applicant. e be less than the nursing home’s
ning by transferring their assets promissory note or annuity private pay rate, pursuant to
to a Medicaid Asset Protection must comply with the require- Medicaid regulations.
Trust to start the clock running ments of the De cit Reduction
on the ve-year lookback period Act of 2005 (DRA). e trans- Once the ineligibility pe-
for nursing home Medicaid fer is a loan that will be repaid riod imposed by Medicaid has
eligibility. Doing so does not during the period of ineligibility expired, the Medicaid applica-
impact the client’s eligibility for Medicaid described below. tion is brought up to date and
for home care Medicaid (which resubmitted, and the applicant
does not have a look back Once the gift and loan are should then be approved for
period). made and the applicant has no nursing home Medicaid. If the
other non-retirement assets in potential applicant is married,
In fact, one can be a nursing his or her name, the application a crisis plan is not utilized as
home resident and still be able for nursing home Medicaid is a Medicaid application with
to protect approximately 45 to spousal refusal is normally the
50 percent of one’s assets by led. Because a gift (uncom- best option.
implementing a Medicaid crisis pensated transfer) has been
plan. made, the application will be While the implementation of
denied by Medicaid and Med- a crisis plan would be necessary
Several years ago, after icaid will calculate the period for an asset-owning applicant
completing a presentation for of ineligibility created based for nursing home Medicaid, it
a local bar association, a fellow on the dollar value of the gift. would not be necessary if Med-
attorney approached me and For example, if the applicant icaid home care was a viable
recounted a conversation he had has $500,000 of resources and option.
with a member of the Board of makes a gift of $250,000, in
Directors for the nursing home Westchester County, said gift, us, as can be seen from
where his mother was admitted utilizing the divisor of $12,636 the above, it is never too late
(the fellow attorney was also a per month (the Medicaid to engage in Medicaid and
member of the Board for the regional nursing home rate for long-term care planning. e
nursing home). It was explained 2019, as the Northern Met- implementation of a Medicaid
to the attorney that because his ropolitan region for 2020 has crisis plan, when possible, is
mother (a widow) had $500,000 not yet issued), would create a an extremely valuable tool in
in non-IRA/retirement savings period of ineligibility for Med- helping to prevent the unneces-
she needed to pay the nursing icaid nursing home of 19.78 sary dissipation of all of one’s
home privately (“spenddown”) months. us, the Medicaid ap- life savings in the event nursing
until she had no more than plicant would have to privately home care is required. However,
$14,000 in savings. (Presently pay for nursing home care for if one has engaged in Medic-
the amount would be $15,750.) 19.78 months. ose payments aid asset protection planning
will be made by using the appli- in advance of needing nursing
To the dismay of my col- home care, the ability to shelter
league, his mother’s situation
was a classic example of a case APARPR
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