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Published by Halston Media, 2020-11-18 23:07:32

The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 11.19.20

VOL. 3 NO. 17 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Virus numbers continue Lewisboro considers exceeding the
to increase in KLSD tax cap in its latest budget talks.


BY TOM BARTLEY to be prepared for a transition that could

CONTRIBUTING WRITER come sooner than we would wish,” he


In the midst of a marked upturn lo- e district’s ve schools opened this

cally in coronavirus spread, Katonah- week with the hybrid model still intact, Lewisboro mulls
breaching tax cap
Lewisboro schools were facing the pros- despite the earlier 17 reported cases.

pect this week of a return to fully remote ose positive tests—13 students and

instruction. four teachers or other sta ers—involved

Since September, most of the district’s all the schools except Meadow Pond El-

3,000 students have been following a hy- ementary. None of those infected, by law,

brid class schedule, forced by coronavirus can be further identi ed.

concerns to spend only part of each week November’s positive tests, the rst of

in school buildings and the rest of the the new school year, were reported on Supervisor hopes to avoid raiding general fund

time at home. the state Health Department’s COV-

For the rst six weeks, starting Sept. ID-19 Report Card.

10, classes were held without incident. John Jay Middle School, with positive

But by last week, KLSD schools were re- tests for two students and three adults, BY TOM BARTLEY expense and revenue sides of the ledger
CONTRIBUTING WRITER could trigger the need for a bigger tax
porting 17 con rmed virus cases, a ect- went to remote instruction late last week increase to cover the $155,000 estimated
Demonstrating a resolve to put more cost of police expansion. If it came to
ing both students and adults. but rejoined the others in the hybrid cops on Lewisboro’s roads, the Town that, Parsons asked, would board mem-
Board agreed last week that it would bust bers take the politically fraught step
“My hope is that we can keep our model as this week began. the state tax cap if necessary to pay for a of exceeding Albany’s enshrined limit
beefed-up police presence. on the allowable tax increase? In a 5-0
schools open as long as possible while John Jay High School had six students vote, board members said they would,
So far, such a controversial cap move and formally authorized a cap override.
still maintaining the safe conditions we test positive for the virus, but no adult is not needed. With an anticipated jump Councilman Tony Goncalves said the
of 1.94 percent in next year’s property increased patrols would be “a big help.”
have worked so hard to keep since Sep- had been stricken as of Friday, Nov. 13. levy, Supervisor Peter Parsons’s tentative
$12.4 million budget stays just within In addition to making its own position
tember,” Schools Superintendent An- At Increase Miller Elementary School, Albany’s calculated ceiling for a tax rise.
drew Selesnick said in a letter last week. ve positive tests—four of them of stu- But continuing questions on both

But he saw a “good chance” all district dents—were reported. One student at

schools could revert to the kind of uni- Katonah Elementary School tested posi-

versal at-home instruction model they tive for the illness.

were forced to follow after the pandemic e outbreaks come as Selesnick

struck in the spring. SEE VIRUS PAGE 6
“All our students and sta are asked


23 Musician from Katonah.
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From Katonah to ‘The Tonight Show’

Derek James of e Last Bandoleros in uenced by his travels


Derek James, John Jay High The Last family hosted exchange students, PHOTOS COURTESY OF MICHAEL TEDESCO
School alumnus and a member Bandoleros an experience that led Derek to
of the band e Last Bandoleros, live in France for a few months at Derek James
has taken the music industry by was in the Katonah-Lewisboro age 15 with one of their former
storm. School District and at the plat- exchange students.
form the schools provided stu-
e band is known for their dents. It was his time at John Jay After graduating from John Jay
unique, electrifying Tex-Mex that led him to believe he could in 1999, James attended Syracuse,
country music and their lively, become a musician as he started where he majored in philosophy,
upbeat songs such as “Where Do to write songs and perform in but he continued to write songs
You Go?” bands with friends. through his college years. During
this time, he realized how moved
Rolling Stone pro led the “I would sit in my basement he was by music and especially
band in 2018 and credited them writing songs, thinking, if I could by how his spirit came alive
for their “Tejano ourishes and just get one person to watch me when he was around live music.
an unabashedly rock and roll play, I would die happy,” James Few things in his life stirred him
sound” as well as for “bring[ing] a said. in such a way. And college was
rare hint of diversity and danger where he discovered his calling to
to country’s stage.” While John Jay allowed James country music.
to explore his creativity and mu-
With their distinctive sound sical talents, he credits his parents While he had been familiar
and style, the last few years have for encouraging him and his sis- with the country music scene’s
found Derek and the rest of the ter, Jennifer Breslow, to be open- biggest icons, Johnny Cash and
band on a nonstop, whirlwind minded and curious about the
journey that has included tour- world around them, especially SEE DEREK JAMES PAGE 4
ing with Sting, appearing on when it came to exposure to oth-
“ e Tonight Show” and “Good er cultures. While James and his
Morning America,” and hosting sister were in high school, their
a weekly variety show.

From a young age, James loved
music. Raised in Katonah by his
parents, Dorothea and Ira Bres-
low, he attended Increase Miller
Elementary. At age10, his moth-
er enrolled him in piano lessons.
But it wasn’t until James turned
13 and picked up a guitar that his
interest in music became a pas-

While at John Jay Middle
School, James played trum-
pet and took a class called Fun
with Guitars. At John Jay High
School, James found a communi-
ty attuned to the arts that served
as a launching pad for his cre-
ativity. In his senior year, he par-
ticipated in a program with some
10 juniors and 10 other seniors
designed to further the students’
exploration of their passions and
identities. James remembers it
as a formative time for him and
an experience he will be forever
grateful to John Jay for providing.

Looking back, James marvels
at how rich the arts environment

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Handicap Accessible study abroad in Australia and
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-5 France. While in Australia, e band embarked on
a group of friends persuaded Sting’s “57th and 9th” world
Thursday 11-7, Saturday 10-5 him to participate in an open tour in 2017, during which the
Closed Sunday and Monday mic session. He looks back at band also appeared on “ e
the event and recalls a young Tonight Show Starring Jimmy
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clubs. He produced his rst ing weekly variety show called
EP while there, with his sister “Around a Neon Cactus.” Lit-
Jennifer’s graphic design grac- tle did any of them know that
ing its cover. this show would become an
important part of their pan-
When James returned to demic experience as profes-
the States, he participated in sional artists. e band’s last
at cattle drive in Wyoming, live performance was in New
meeting real cowboys and wit- York City in February, right
nessing the romantic beauty before the coronavirus would
their lives held and o ering alter live music as we know it.
him a glimpse oft a wild, un-
tamed lifestyle that went on to e band had been scheduled
in uence his music. to tour Europe in the summer
and perform at several musical
Once resettled, James festivals, including the outdoor
moved to New York City, of- country music festival Stage-
coach in Indio, Calif.
cially joining the professional
singer-songwriter scene. He Although the band misses
met Jerry Fuentes, who hailed performing live music for large
from San Antonio, and they crowds, their variety show has
became friends and eventu- been a great way to play new
ally roommates. While Fuen- music and connect with fans.
tes and James were solo artists,
they often collaborated. At the ey also have also used their
same time, 2,000 thousand time during the pandemic to
miles away in San Antonio, write new songs and experi-
Texas, brothers Emilio and ment, an area in which e
Diego Navaira also had begun Last Bandoleros thrive. Look-
making their mark in music. ing ahead, the band eagerly
As their collective careers pro- awaits their return to the stage.
gressed, Fuentes met the Na-
vairas through a San Antonio As James examined his ca-
music studio producer. reer, he o ered insightful ad-
vice to would-be artists sitting
After their introduction, in their basements, creating
the group formally introduced music as he did almost 20 years
themselves one of James’s ago in Katonah: Patience and
shows in Brooklyn, at the persistence really do pay o .
now-closed Southpaw in Park
Slope, formerly known as one “While many professions
of the city’s “biggest and grit- are uncertain, this one [in]
tiest” music venues. particular is uncertain, there is
not an exact path you are going
At the time, the Navairas’ to take, but if you really love it,
band was called Ready Revo- it will start to form in front of
lution. It was several years be- you,” he said. “Embrace the
fore Fuentes had the idea to magic of the not knowing, and
know that your talent, your
voice, will make it happen.”


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Students do more remote BOARD Rhetorically, he asked, “So, why are we
learning as cases of COVID-19 increasing it at all?”
increase in the district. He called the increase in the police bud-
clear, the board scheduled an online pub- get “something we need to do. It will fund
PHOTO: METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION lic hearing for this Monday (Nov. 23) to an additional o cer on duty in each shift.
gather residents’ views on exceeding the It will take e ect in the spring of 2021 and
VIRUS ed to stay open if KLSD is classi ed a tax cap. I believe this will help our police force re-
yellow zone. “But,” he cautioned, “it’s spond to the increase in calls that has been
FROM PAGE 1 only fair to let you know that the ob- “Do I anticipate needing this?” Parsons experienced since the COVID-19 pan-
stacles are signi cant.” asked, referring to the cap move. “No. But demic began.”
warned that “the pace of the virus— there are some big unknowns.”
both nationally and locally—has in- Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Par- While the proposed $12,400,905 bud-
creasted dramatically in the last week.” sons also reported an abrupt spike in Among them, he said, were nal num- get would increase police spending by 15
infections in this area. Calling it “grim bers still outstanding on such line items percent, or $155,365, overall outlays are
Port Chester, he noted, had started news,” he told the Town Board at its as labor negotiations and health insurance down from this year’s $12,863,495. But
the week designated a precautionary Nov. 9 meeting, “If you take Lew- rates. the tax levy, responding to a 1.7 percent
yellow zone by state health o cials. isboro together with Pound Ridge, cut in anticipated revenue, would increase
By week’s end, however, the village had Bedford, Somers and North Salem, “Quite honestly, COVID has intro- by more than 1.9 percent, bumping up
become an orange warning zone, its we have had a 40 percent increase duced a set of unknowns into any budget.” against the cap at $7.1 million.
schools operating fully remote. in the number of positive COVID
cases over the last two weeks. at’s Even as he contemplated busting the Under the state’s decade-old cap, the to-
“With the number of positive cases not good.” cap, Parsons stressed the need, especially tal amount collected in property taxes—the
increasing across the county,” Selesn- given the fallout from the pandemic, for a levy, not the tax rate—cannot increase by
ick said, “further yellow zone determi- He expressed concern that “during lean budget. more than 2 percent, or the rate of in ation.
nations seem inevitable sooner rather the holiday season we will drive that
than later.” considerably higher if we are not re- “I believe that it is particularly impor- With allowances for local factors, State
ally careful about what we are doing.” tant,” he said, “that the town minimize Comptroller omas P. DiNapoli set
e district is working, he said, to its tax increase in a year when many resi- Lewisboro’s cap at 1.94 percent. e Town
meet state testing requirements need- dents are continuing to su er from sig- Board can adopt a local law that would
ni cantly reduced incomes as a result of permit a levy increase greater than 1.94
COVID-19.” percent, but it needs the political will to
do so.
Parsons had cited the criminal threat
posed by the virus in calling last month for Parsons ruled out another alternative—
additional police o cers per his proposed dipping into reserve cash—as neighboring
2021 spending. at plan was “essentially towns have done.
unchanged” last week, he said.
“I have chosen not to raid the general
“ ere may be some minor changes, but fund balance or the highway contingency
they’re minuscule, from the budget we dis- provision,” the supervisor said, “because it
cussed previously.” seems probable, in the rst part, that cli-
mate change may have rude surprises for
He blamed the pandemic’s pressures for us in 2021 and, secondly, that there are just
“a very signi cant increase” in both do- too many unknowns as we go forward.”
mestic violence and mental illness.

“ at is not a good thing,” he said. “And
I think nancial strain adds to that.”


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Listen up!

READING, ere are three parts of being an active listener – It all comes out
WRITING & comprehend, retain and respond. An active listener in the end
CHOCOLATE pays attention to the speaker’s words and body lan-
guage to fully understand the information that the of electrolytes.
KIM speaker is trying to convey. e active listener then
KOVACH tries to retain the key points of the speaker’s message. “Yes,” I said. “ e occasion
Finally, the active listener must be able to respond
The other morning I was just nishing my to the speaker by o ering suggestions, sympathy or TRACY is my colonoscopy tomor-
breakfast of mini crumb cakes and co ee solutions. BECKERMAN row and the Gatorade will
when the distinctive high-pitched whine of an facilitate the celebration,
electric drill from the neighbor’s place made me wince. Listening is not the same thing as hearing. Listen-
ing requires concentration in order for the brain to if you want to call it that,
I have excellent hearing. I consider this auditory process the meaning of words and sounds. Hearing
ability to be one of my super powers. As a young child, is the physical act of the ear perceiving sounds. which will happen for a good
I can remember sitting on the top step in our two-
story home and listening to my mother talking on Our sense of hearing is considered an important portion of the evening.”
the kitchen phone to one of her many friends. I could survival skill to avoid danger. e human ear uses
hear the latest gossip while taking a break from play- three muscles to hear an average range of 20 hertz “ What’s with all the He blinked as he reg-
ing with my Barbie dolls or doing my homework. to 20,000 hertz. Hertz is an international unit to Gatorade?” my
measure frequency of one cycle per second. husband asked istered what was about to
As a teen, my super hearing overheard remarks in take place. I was sure he was
the school hallways and cafeteria. One afternoon on Many animals have exceptional hearing ability. recalling his own colonoscopy
the crowded city bus going home from high school, According to the internet, the top ten animals with
I heard two girls sitting towards the back of the bus the best hearing include moths, bats, owls, elephants, when I walked in the door with prep several months prior when
discussing a cute boy. I heard my name mentioned dogs, cats, horses, dolphins, rats and pigeons. e
and listened as one girl complained,“Victor is going moth is considered to have the best hearing in the two bulging bags of the stu . he told me that he now knew
out with Kim Kovach!” world! Moths can hear at higher frequencies than
bats, using this skill to escape predators. “It’s for tonight,” I said rsthand how Mount Vesuvius
My excellent hearing has allowed me to eavesdrop
on many conversations in work situations or sitting Bats are known for echolocation, their ability to matter-of-factly. felt when it erupted. I tried to
in a restaurant. I encourage my writing students to determine direction by squeaking while ying and
eavesdrop to improve their skills in writing dialogue. listening to the sound rebounding back to their ears. “Is there a special occasion be supportive but seeing there
Dogs can hear much higher sound frequencies than
e origin of the term “eavesdrop” referred to the humans. that calls for large amounts of wasn’t much I could really do
water dripping down from the roof edges of a house
to the ground below. Eventually, the term “eaves- Cats use three dozen muscles in each ear with a uorescent green liquid to be to help, I basically just shouted
dropping” came to describe a person who stands hearing range of 45 hertz – 64,000 hertz. Cats have
under the eaves of a house to secretly overhear a the ability to rotate their ears 180 degrees for full ingested?” he asked, wonder- out words of encouragement
conversation. peripheral sound coverage. I had a cat who could hear
when I sat down in the rocking chair in the living ing if perhaps he’d forgotten an while giving thanks for the fact
I consider myself to be a good listener. I am room and he would run in from the bedroom to jump
attentive, thoughtful and caring when in conversa- up in my lap! obscure holiday that was cel- SEE BECKERMAN PAGE 12
tion with a friend or family member. In college, my
favorite nickname was from my friend, Scott. He Annoying sounds for human ears include leaf ebrated with excessive amounts
called me “Doc” because friends always felt comfort- blowers, squealing car brakes, jackhammers, barking
able telling me their problems. dogs, snoring, and wind chimes.

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years of monthly ground tunes playing. Masks and house made citra hop in- e entire KBM family will spectacular. All I needed to do
columns.. hope worn by all. fused cheddar-jalapeno sausage, attest to the special memories was amble over to the Portland
you’ve enjoyed reading them as a mouthful to say and delicious made inside the Bu alo We- section and see the full range
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Grand Opening a few weeks Hazy IPA gave us more Tropics READER REVIEWS
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glaringly apparent, and I’d like Speaking of colleges I Remember when your moth- to the lab, no one can tell you
couldn’t get into, the Electoral er said you had to eat your in advance what it’s going to
MAN to make fun of them now. College seems like an institu- vegetables and go to the den- cost. And the price varies so
tion whose time might have tist? She didn’t do that to make widely around the country for
OVERBOARD e two-party system of come. It was invented to give herself popular in the polls. She the same procedure that you
a bit more weight to less did it because she loves you, barely know how to proceed.
RICK government seems to be kind populous states who couldn’t and knew that someday after I’m not sure I like the word
compete with big cities in the your braces were o you’d smile “socialism,” but I don’t like the
MELÉN of a failure. Since the Supreme popular vote. But it’s come straighter at her. at’s the word “bankruptcy” either. I
to bestow outsized powers to same thing leaders do if they’re don’t know what the answer to
Court ruling in “Citizens rural areas susceptible to nutty really on their game: they make health care is, but I know that
theories and fringe groups. I’m us do things, like wear a mask doing nothing is going to cost
United v the FEC,” corpora- not sure I want my president in the middle of a pandemic, us all more in the end, regard-
elected by the people who that might be inconvenient, less of which end we’re paying
tions have been allowed to pour live in Area 51, and I hear the but have long-term positive through.
people in Area 52 are sick to consequences beyond this
After this election I’m money into our electoral system death of them, too. week’s news cycle. Maybe the Remember when politicians
completely drained and restrictions are going too far, used to compromise? Neither
exhausted, and not in and cloud the results. MacDon- Remember when Reagan but I can’t help thinking that do I. But they used to at least
ald’s could very well be electing said, “Tear down that wall!” if people embraced the masks SAY they did, leading people
our next president, and it could Or George W. Bush said into in the rst place, we wouldn’t to believe that conceding a
a bullhorn, “ e rest of the be in this mess. I hate “gaiter- few crumbs to the other side
the good way like when I say, be Mayor McCheese. With world hears you,” or when hair” as much as you do, but it’s and actually getting something
Daniel Day-Lewis said, “Let where we are right now. done was a virtue. Imagine
“wow, that was great,” and light only two parties to choose from, us strive on to nish the work that. I know I’m just an aver-
we are in, to bind up the na- Remember when I had my age guy, not particularly bright,
up a cigarette even though I issues that I don’t espouse are tion’s wounds!” Okay, he wasn’t rotator cu surgery? Yes you and that’s why I value people
actually a president but he did do, because you heard me cry- who are. Doctors, scientists,
don’t smoke. It’s more like, being piled onto the platform play Lincoln in a movie. When ing in pain all the way inside physicists, people who spent
something bad (or good) your house. I’m lucky: I have their life learning about things
“wow, I feel cheap and used, way too close to me. What if happens in America or in the a good medical plan at work, that make the world run. Even
world, I expect the president and I can’t complain about if I’m not the smartest guy in
and I need a shower right now,” I’m in favor of scal responsi- to stand at the podium and my health, although others the world, I’m smart enough to
say something intelligent and have complained about it. know what I don’t know.
even though I don’t smoke. It’s bility but not in favor of doing meaningful. I hope that will But when the doctor says you
happen again. need a test and they send you Say hello at: [email protected]
been four years of utter divi- nothing about climate change?

siveness, and I’d like to start What if I don’t accept racism

liking people again who don’t but don’t like illegal immigra-

agree with me, and that covers tion either? It’s like choosing

a large swath of humanity. I’ve from a Chinese restaurant menu

never had this problem before. where I order General Tso’s

I’ve never been a political per- chicken and have to accept nuts

son, and I’d rather not be one that I never heard of along with

now. I’ve voted for republicans, it. By the way, if I were a general

I don’t consider myself particu- in an army I wouldn’t appreci-

larly liberal, and I have a gener- ate everybody knowing I was

al distrust of everyone who lies chicken and hung around with a

to me, regardless of their party bunch of nuts. All I’m saying is

a liation. But there are some that If I had only two parties to

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To the editor: As for an increase in the supervisor without raising a are coming from across state, when the funds we need are
In the article, “Proposed tax levy, it would behoove the penny in new taxes. town or county lines those right in front of us and ways
town board to reexamine the agencies need to be fully of stretching an already tight
town budget…”, our normally towns current costs and com- ere is much more that engaged. budget already exist.
“on top of it” town supervisor pare them, line item to line could be done, including more
makes a few assumptions that item, with our neighboring collaboration with county and When putting together a I for one look forward to
need to be reviewed. First towns. A prime example is state social service agencies “Covid-Budget”, Lewisboro a civil, cordial and engaged
is that enhancing the police Bedford, which does not o er that help those in need, so needs to be more creative. debate in a town looking to
department is the best way to part time employees, including crime isn’t their rst option. We have the brain power and come together and nding
combat economic challenges town board members, health expertise in this town and ways to bring neighborliness
facing Lewisboro. More insurance. In Lewisboro, that e town could work more a town board of committed and public engagement back.
patrols might limit the attacks could save over $200,000 a closely with state, county and o cials smart enough to ask
on easy targets, but it will year. A substantial sum in a neighboring police forces to them to be involved in the Robert Kesten
not curtail crime if people combat crime, as it is un-
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“Hey Mom,” how’s it going?” asked my soil, plant, animal, and man
FROM PAGE 8 FROM PAGE 9 is one and indivisible”. Well
son. said.
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CROSSING using just their hands and ba- with a centuries-old ceramics urday October 17th in 20 min- Childs Christmas in Wales”
sic tools. Workshop kits will be tradition, where she apprenticed ute increments. Please contact Dec. 12: “A Tuna Christmas”
FROM PAGE 2 available for pickup at the KMA with a master potter. On Janu- the gallery at 917. 520.3234 to Dec. 19: “A Christmas Carol”
prior to the event. ary 7, join us for a virtual tour of schedule a private tour with the
Inspired by the contemporary Hands & Earth: Perspectives on artist. by Charles Dickens
Japanese ceramics on view at PICTURE & PROSE:THE Japanese Contemporary Ceram- Dec. 26: “ e Man Who
the KMA, and in collaboration ROAD THROUGH MIYAMA ics, currently on view through Walk-In gallery hours are
with the Clay Art Center, this January 24, followed by a discus- Wednesday through Saturday, Came to Dinner” by Moss Hart
workshop invites youth artists to ursday, January 7, 2021 sion of the memoir moderated 11am-5pm or by appointment. and George S. Kaufman
experiment with unique hand- Looking for an interesting by the author herself. Tickets
built clay techniques. Working read during the holidays? e available soon. For more information, please Jan. 2: “ is Wonderful Life”
virtually with Clay Art Center Road rough Miyama by au- visit CB Gallery on Facebook Jan. 19: “12th Night” by Wil-
teaching artist Jeanne Carreau, thor Leila Philip, is a memoir Vista-Lewisboro and Instagram @cbartgallery or liam Shakespeare
students will transform a slab of that recounts her trip in 1983 to Pack 101 contact Christopher Brescia at For more information on how
clay into a one-of-a-kind plate Miyama, a town in rural Japan [email protected] or 917, to join the Zoom readings, visit
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CB Gallery, Katonah’s cut- many fearful of calling 9-1-1 or six 18-hole golf courses were
ting-edge contemporary art gal- going to a hospital during the very popular last season, and
lery, is pleased to announce its COVID-19 pandemic, there is a we expect the same in 2021. No
next exhibition entitled “Chro- critical need to reassure all Lew- matter their age, skill level or
matic Variations,” by Katonah isboro residents if symptoms of frequency of participation, all
resident, Rachel White. e ex- a heart attack or stroke appear, players will appreciate the added
hibit will run from October 14 seconds count and the hospital is monetary value that the “Black
– November 28 with an opening still the safest place to be – don’t Friday” gift cards o er. ey’re
reception consisting of private delay.” fantastic presents for the golfers
20-minute interval appoint- on your holiday list.”
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17th until 8 p.m. Theater e county’s golf courses are
Maple Moor in White Plains;
“Chromatic Variations,” is Upcoming Zoom readings in- Saxon Woods in Scarsdale; Mo-
a show comprised of White’s clude: hansic in Yorktown Heights;
highly stylized and vibrant color Hudson Hills in Ossining and
Nov. 20: An afternoon with Sprain Lake and Dunwoodie,
eld paintings focus largely on Suzannah Nason and Bram both in Yonkers.
gravity, transparence and depth. Lewis
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North Salem resident named director
of joint replacement surgery at NWH

e following is from Northern Westchester Hospital: New York City, to o er both technologies.” Dr. Joel S. Buchalter
He added,“In addition to a focus on surgical excellence,
Dr. Joel S. Buchalter, an orthopedic surgeon with more Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; the American College
than three decades of experience, has been named direc- patients coming to NWH bene t from the Enhanced of Surgeons; e New York State Society of Orthopedic
tor of joint replacement surgery at Northern Westchester Recovery After Surgery pain management program Surgeons; and the New York Chapter of the American
Hospital’s (NWH) Orthopedic and Spine Institute. which provides a faster, narcotic-free recovery. Healthy College of Surgeons.
Hip and Knee replacement patients can have surgery,
“Dr. Buchalter is a leader in orthopedics in the com- walk several hours later, and return home the same day. Buchalter graduated from the NYU School of Medi-
munity and brings a wealth of experience in joint replace- We also do muscle sparing anterior hip replacements us- cine and completed his Orthopaedic residency at the
ment to our orthopedic program. Our goal is to continue ing the Hana table. I am excited to work with the team NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases (now known as the
to advance the surgical services we provide for the com- to advance our surgical practices for patients requiring NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital), He received a
munity and we are excited to have Dr. Buchalter’s exper- orthopedic procedures.” bachelor’s of science degree Magna Cum Laude in bio-
tise and leadership as we continue to build our program,” medical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Insti-
said NWH senior vice president for medical a airs and Most recently, Buchalter spent almost two decades at tute (RPI) in Troy, NY. He served as chief resident in
chief medical o cer, Dr. Marla Koroly. Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel where he served as orthopaedic surgery at the NYU Hospital for Joint Dis-
chief, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, director of the eases; completed a multiple trauma rotation at the Uni-
Buchalter has been a resident of North Salem for over Orthopedic Institute, and president of the medical sta . versity of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore,
25 years. Buchalter also serves as a clinical assistant professor of MD; and an internship in general surgery at Beth Israel
orthopedic surgery at the NYU School of Medicine. In Medical Center in New York.
NWH’s team of highly experienced, board-certi ed addition, he is a managing partner with Somers Ortho-
orthopedic surgeons and specialists at the Orthopedic paedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group, which has
and Spine Institute coordinate a patient’s care with an o ces in Mount Kisco, Carmel, Newburgh, and Fishkill
extended team of professionals including neurosurgery, in New York as well as in Danbury, Connecticut. He
sports medicine, pain management, radiology, internal has also served as team physician at Pace University in
medicine and physical therapy. e team oversees treat- Purchase.
ments from pre-surgical assessments and education to
surgical procedures, post-operative care and rehabilita- Buchalter has received numerous awards, including
tion. Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor NY Metro area; US News
& World Report Top Doctor; the Consumer Research
e Orthopedic and Spine Institute o ers leading- Council of America’s Top Orthopaedist Award; a Pa-
edge technologies and techniques for minimally inva- tient’s Choice Award; and an award for Most Compas-
sive and arthroscopic surgery, all customized to meet a sionate Doctor.
patient’s unique needs,” Buchalter said. “Two advanced,
highly e ective robot-assisted surgical approaches for He is certi ed by the American Board of Orthopae-
full and partial knee replacements called NAVIO and dic Surgery. In addition, he is a member of the Ameri-
MAKO are available at Northern Westchester Hospital. can Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; the American
We’re one of the few hospitals in the region, including in Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons; the American

Treatment for Skin Cancer

What you need to know…

Ask the Doctor Q: How is skin cancer treated? Also, it’s fast. After just two weeks of fteen-minute
A: Traditionally, skin cancers have been treated either treatments with HDRBT, treatment is complete.
Ashwatha Narayana, MD with Moh’s surgery, in which the cancerous tissue is In fact, the treatment itself takes only three to
Chairman, Radiation Oncology removed, or by conventional radiation. Both methods four minutes!
Northern Westchester Hospital offer success rates of 96 to 99 percent. However, now a Q. Who is the ideal candidate for
third option – High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDRBT) this type of treatment?
Learn more about – offers a unique cosmetic bene t that’s particularly A. The cosmetic bene t is especially valuable if
Dr. Naryana, visit valuable for skin cancers the face, head and neck. you have skin cancer near your lips, nose or eyes. Q. What’s so unique about this With this treatment, there is minimal to no scarring.
narayana new type of treatment? This new radiation therapy is also great for elderly
A. With a Moh’s procedure, the cancer is cut out, patients who might not tolerate surgery. In
leaving behind a hole which is lled with skin from Westchester County, we have a high population
somewhere else on your body. This forms a scar. of older community members with skin cancer –
With conventional radiation for skin cancer, not only this treatment has worked really well for them.
is the tumor radiated, but so are its “margins,” or Q. Is there anything else you’d like
edges. As a result, a wide area is radiated – sometimes to say about HDRBT?
causing the skin to thin or break, to get a bit darker or A. Currently, Northern Westchester Hospital is the
lighter, to develop red streaks, or to appear scarred only community hospital in Westchester offering
or wrinkled. If this happens on your face, it is often HDRBT for skin cancer. There’s this myth that
highly visible. community hospitals can’t provide the most advanced
By contrast, HDRBT involves radiating much smaller cancer care. But that’s simply not the case. Here,
margins around the tumor. If we’re treating a tumor patients experience the warmth of a community
near the eye with conventional radiation, its wider hospital, yet receive a level of cancer care that’s
field of radiation creates the risk of blindness, first-rate.
or of damaging the lens, or of the breakdown of
surrounding tissue. But with concentrated HDRBT,
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Thanksgiving quiche puts sweet
potatoes front and center

Sweet potatoes are a favorite side dish at anksgiving dinner tables. Packed with vitamins, nutrients, ber,
and delectable avor, sweet potatoes have earned their place on holiday dinner tables. While many holiday
hosts bake, fry or mash their sweet potatoes, these beloved tubers can be prepared in other ways as well.

If you want to put a new twist on this anksgiving staple, whip up this recipe for “Sweet Potato Quiche,”
courtesy of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission. Submitted to the NC State Fair Tailgate Recipe
Contest by Kristen Frybort, this recipe marries sweet tubers with decadent cheese, rich cream and savory spices.

Sweet Potato Quiche {Makes 8 servings}

Ingredients: Egg mixture: Directions:

2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled 4 eggs Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix together the first five ingredients and place on baking
and diced into small cubes 1 cup heavy cream sheet. Roast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, While sweet potatoes and onions are roasting, shred cheese and set aside. Whisk the
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil minced egg mixture and set aside.
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley, Once potatoes and onions have finished roasting, spoon them into the pre-baked pie
Black pepper to taste minced shell. Next, layer the shredded cheese on top of the sweet potatoes.
3 ounces Gruyere cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt Reduce oven to 375 F. Pour egg mixture over the cheese and potatoes. Place quiche
shredded 1/4 teaspoon pepper in the oven on a center rack. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until eggs are set.
Pre-baked deep dish pie crust
Recipe courtesy of Metro Creative Connection.


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Ilana Posner goes to the turf for John Jay.

Catherine Labriola fights for possession.


John Jay wins league title

BY RICH MONETTI down the lead in the corner and got the ball

CONTRIBUTING WRITER to Mia DiChiara. e senior captain then

drew in the defense, and her assist to Drew

e John Jay girls soccer team opened the DiGuglielmo left a simple tap in.

nal week of the season with a 4-0 loss at Even so, Byram Hill came out of the in-

Somers High School on Tuesday, Nov. 10. termission with their running shoes on and

“It’s frustrating,” said Coach Dave Nuttall. Alexa Jindal led the way with her headlong

“We didn’t come out with enough urgency,” strides down eld. But the Bobcat urgency did

and an early goal set the tone. not pay dividends rst.

“ e goal gave a shock to the system,” said Instead, Brynn DiGuglielmo lofted a Brooke Habinowski battles Byram Hills’ Alexa Jindal.

Nuttall of Somers’ Dahlia Pepe’s score. “We perfect high bouncer over the defense, and Bella Rumack makes
her move.
lost organization and took some time to re- DiChiara settled under the ball and behind
cover.” the defense. e race was then on with the

Pepe added another goal and Annie Ma- Byram goalie and getting there rst, DiChi-

guire and Tori Righetti completed the scor- ara had nothing but net in front of her for a

ing. Still, Nuttall put a positive spin on the 2-0 lead at 26:12.

disappointment. He felt a late-season loss However, the back and forth eventually gave

can serve as a ready reminder—and a reality way in the Bobcats’ favor. Jindal’s footwork led

check—that you don’t want to repeat in the to a penalty kick right above the crease, and

sectionals. she easily cut the lead in half at 18:42.

Nuttall also saw the loss as an opportunity Of course, the Wolves hung on and ended

for the team leaders to step up. their regular season with a record of 7-2-3.

“Now is a test for them,” he said. “If they ey also took the Conference 2 League C

can get their teammates to come together and Championship.

win that’s a good sign.” But the numbers and accolades don’t really

All week to think about it, a 2-1 victory amount to much once the sectionals start, the

at Byram Hills on Saturday, Nov. 14, had his coach said.

girls live up to the expectation. e Wolves “It doesn’t matter who you play. You have

came out strong and kept the play in the Bob- to be able to beat everyone if you want to be

cat end. champs,” Nuttall said.

ere was too much coming up short for John Jay earned the No. 3 seed in the Put-

Nuttall’s liking, though. “ at’s the story of nam-Northern Westchester Large School

the season,” he said. “We probably should bracket. e sectionals were slated to on

have been up 4-0 at the half.” Tuesday, Nov. 17, at home against Ossining.

Nonetheless, the Wolves did break through e second round is ursday, Nov. 19, fol-

at 9:27 of the rst half. Bella Rumack chased lowed by the nals on Saturday, Nov. 21.



John Jay ends regular season with two losses

BY RICH MONETTI game. A power outage in Ardsley moved e play continued in the John Jay Owen Walsh takes a free kick.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER the game north, and the Wolves strug- end, but a free kick by Ardsley at mid-
gled in a 2-1 loss. attacker could not connect.
Last Saturday, Nov. 7, at Somers High eld looked like the Wolves would shake e opportunity missed and Ardsley
School, a 7-0 defeat by the Tuskers left “Our legs are still a little slow,” said o another incursion. Instead, the Pan-
John Jay for dead. But despite the blow- Coach Chris Rietsch. “We’re still ght- thers ran down the ball on the goal line, went right down the eld. Alec Levi got
out, the Wolves didn’t initially su er any ing endurance because of all the COVID and the redirection was a real heads up. behind the defense, and after winning
ill e ects when they took Contest Field roster restrictions.” George Batska took the free ball o his the race to the ball with John Jay goalie
on Monday, Nov. 9, against Ardsley. ey head to Watson, and he headed it past Owen Rabii, he found the empty net at
stayed a step ahead and carried a 1-0 rst e back and forth had Ardsley’s Is- Owen Rabii at 19:10. 21:25.
half lead in what was technically a road sei Nakamura throwing an urgency into
the John Jay defense. e attacker created e tie-breaking goal would eventually John Jay did get one last chance at 1:45,
Matt Macedo on the move opportunities for his teammates and also leave John Jay at 3-5-1. “It’s not where but Owen Walsh sailed it just over the
sailed one just high at the 23-minute mark. we wanted to be,” said Reitsch. “We had crossbar. So, John Jay had to settle for a
much higher expectations.” loss before the postseason
But Cole Fergusson had star power of
his own. He got a shot on goal at 35:15 A remote school day on ursday can- “I would love to have had a win to
and found Jonah Peris ahead of the eld celed the Fox Lane game, and, unfortu- build on,” lamented Reitsch.
twice. Unable to convert, John Jay re- nately, assured a losing regular season.
mained on the upswing, nonetheless. But Friday the 13th did provide for a redo John Jay picked up the No. 6 seed
Rumi Schemmerer led Aiden Oates on against Ardsley. Again at Contest Field, in the Putnam-Northern Westchester
the far sideline, and he angled one past the Panthers were the actual visitors this Large School bracket. Reitsch expected
the Ardsley goalie at 22:10. time, and a penalty kick by Pierce Dillon the Wolves to have a full roster for Mon-
at 18:46 put Ardsley on the board. day’s rst-round game at No. 3 Somers. If
Unfortunately, fatigue set in and the John Jay were to pull o the upset, their
game plan fell apart. John Jay almost returned the favor mo- season would continue on Wednesday,
ments later with a Matt Macedo penalty Nov. 18, followed by the nals on Friday,
“ e defense was dropping back too kick. But Vincenzo Spiniello went high Nov. 20.
much and that forced the mid eld to for the save, and the quality chances re-
drop back,” said Rietsch. “So, we weren’t mained on the Panther side.
getting good transitions.”
e John Jay defense didn’t break,
e result was a lot of “kick and run though, and the o ense eventually re-
possessions,” said Rietsch, and Ardsley sponded. Johnny McMahon found
refused to relent. e inevitable nally Macedo out front, and he beat the Ard-
came due on a loose ball at mid eld. e sley goalie at 30:15. Riding the momen-
Panthers pounced, moved the ball up eld, tum, Macedo launched a perfect pass to
and Robert Watson’s assist freed Aidan the crease and all that awaited was an
Muldoon for the tying goal at 25:15. Aiden Oates header. Unfortunately, the

Rumi Schemmerer races
for the sideline.

Johnny McMahon
takes it upfield.



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Section playo s were scheduled to begin Monday BY RICH MONETTI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER John Jay nished their regular season at one
of the weekly Milton Invitations on Saturday,
A 4-1 loss to Lakeland on Saturday, Samantha Spieler makes a save. FILE PHOTO/RICH MONETTI Nov. 14. e Hudson Valley Sports Dome
Nov. 14, closed John Jay’s regular sea- hosted the a airs, giving John Jay a look at the
son with an 8-3 record. But the home Either way, Sam Spieler recorded 11 John Jay earned the No. 2 seed in course for this week’s section meet.
defeat didn’t have the Wolves backing saves and the regular season’s nal goal the Putnam-Northern Westchester
into the postseason, said Coach Debbi really stood out for Walsh. It came o Large School bracket. e Wolves’ “ e kids ran well,” said Coach William
Walsh. a penalty corner. Carter.
rst round game was scheduled to take
“Regardless of the score, this was “It was a great nish,” the coach place at home against No. 7 Yorktown Max Goodman’s 16:59 put him in the Top
a great game to wrap up our regular said. “ e nal second of the game on on Monday, Nov. 16. e second round 10 out of about 30, and omas Dachik kept
season,” Walsh said. “ e last time a John Jay o ensive corner that was ex- will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 18, fol- close at 17:20. As a result, the boys nished
we played Lakeland, we were more ecuted perfectly by Zoe Eliades.” lowed by the nals on Friday, Nov. 20. sixth out of 20 teams.
defensive-minded, which left us play-
ing frantic and not connecting any of On the girls’ side, Lily Carey set a person
our passes. Today, the girls played with best at 20:05.
a real sense of calmness, and it showed
in our o ensiveness and ability to con- “She didn’t expect it,” said Carter. “She was
nect.” really surprised.”

e precision passing was hard to On the other hand, Kelsey Crawford opted
miss, Walsh said, and the defense kept out of the race because she’s been struggling
Lakeland out of the circle and e ec- with recovering from the grind of previous
tively shut down the corners. Of course, races.
the week was hit with another round
of COVID-19 restrictions. Brewster “We want her to be fresh for the sectionals,”
was closed on Tuesday, so the Nov. 10 said Carter.
home game was canceled. Because John
Jay had a remote day on ursday, the Unfortunately, the way forward may still
Lakeland game was moved to Saturday. leave Crawford and the rest of the team out in
the cold. With COVID changing things daily
and only allowing four meets this season, the
coach said, “We’re just hoping it happens.”

Nonetheless, the team is going to have a
moderate regimen of workouts this week so
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