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Published by Halston Media, 2019-08-29 12:22:38

Mahopac News 08.29.19

VOL. 10 NO. 26 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019

Changes await as students return to school
New classes, sport programs on tap

BY BOB DUMAS High school students will discover the new
EDITOR logo on the front of the building when they
arrive for the first day of school next week.
When Mahopac students return to
school next Wednesday, Sept. 4, there will PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
be a host of changes ready to greet them,
from the classroom to the athletic eld
and, in some cases, inside the buildings
themselves.

Mahopac News sat down with Super-
intendent Anthony DiCarlo and high
school principal Dr. Matthew Lawrence
to discuss what the students will discover
when they return this fall for the 2019-20
school year.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS DiCarlo said the district is also con- MIDDLE SCHOOL ball on that,” DiCarlo said. “We are prob-
“One of the big things happening this tinuing to do a lot with its math pro- e middle school is nally establishing ably the last middle school to do that, so
grams at the elementary level. we are really excited about it. We did a
year is we are starting our Readers Work- a full foreign language program for seventh pilot, but now it’s full-time.
shop for grades K and 1,” DiCarlo said. “We dedicate an hour of math time and eighth graders in which students can
“Our goal is to have a uniform curricu- each day—congruency and benchmarks,” take classes in German, Italian and Spanish. SEE MCSD PAGE 3
lum. is is the rst year of the rollout and he said.
we will introduce the workshop model in “We have been really behind the eight
grades K and 1. e following year will
be grades 2 and 3, and then grades 4 and
5. Over the next three years we will have
a complete Readers Workshop model for
all our elementary schools.

“What is really important is that we
are really establishing a solid framework
in our elementary schools because all the
research shows you is if you can get stu-
dents to be on grade level for reading by
the end of third grade they will be suc-
cessful in middle school and high school.

ere is continuity of instruction, which
is very important.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

MCSD helps assimilate other subject matter such
FROM PAGE 1
as math, English and art.

“It gets the kids excited because now

HIGH SCHOOL they see the importance of science and

e high school might be the place math, which were standalone classes,” he

where some of the most signi cant chang- explained. “It brings context to your learn-

es have taken place, both physically and ing—‘Oh, now I know why I am doing

academically. this.’”

e most obvious change will greet Also new for this school year at both

students when they rst roll up in front the high school and middle school will

of the building. A giant sign sporting the be classes called MMS Success (for sixth

blue and gold Mahopac Indians logo now graders) and MHS Life (for ninth grad-

adorns the front façade of the building. ers).

But inside, more changes await. “Both classes focus on getting ready

Room 111 has been retro tted to make for the challenge of middle school and

way for Project Lead the Way, which fo- for high school,” DiCarlo said. “It’s about

cuses on engineering, math and technol- how to academically prepare yourself

ogy and prepares students for the chal- from a studies-skill point of view, so-

lenges of a global community. cial and emotional, digital citizenship,

“Project Lead the Way is a brand. It’s and social media. It allows us to get kids

the premier engineering program in the when they rst come into that experience

nation,” Lawrence said. “When you enter in middle and high school to understand

into a partnership with them, the teach- what it’s going to take to be successful

ers go through a certi cation program for and give them the skills and strategies to

two weeks up at the Rochester Institute do it. It allows us to have outside agen- PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
of Technology (RIT). It’s a really rigorous cies come in and go into the classroom
program for the teachers.” instead of taking kids out of class and Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo and high school principal Dr. Matthew Lawrence in the
having assembly programs. We are very renovated room 111, where the Project Lead the Way engineering design program will
Lawrence said the course will be entry be taught

level—intro to engineering design with no excited about it. It is our rst year and our

prerequisite. Upon completion, students goal is to have this as a yearly course as DiCarlo said. “We talk about the health or phone call about issues between high

could have the opportunity to earn three the kids come into the middle and high consequences. ere was a protest in the schoolers and middle schoolers on the

college credits from RIT. school.” city outside one of these [vape] shops be- bus,” he said. “For many years we had is-

“ is is typically for freshmen, but I Students in the high school will also cause people are realizing how companies sues. We had 18-year-olds on the bus with

opened it up to everyone, giving freshmen nd some major changes in the nurse’s are marketing like the cigarette companies 12-year-olds and that was a potential bully

priority,” Lawrence said. “We rolled it out suite. It’s received a complete makeover. used to years ago (targeting teens). problem. Last year, we didn’t have one is-

at freshman orientation and then met with “It was all redone; all new air condition- “I can’t stress enough that kids are com- sue. e majority of the parents, sta and

every grade level and had 75 registering ing and it’s airier, brighter, and has new ing to school to get the best quality educa- kids themselves loved it. ey were with

for it last spring. It was very well received.” ooring,” he said. “It was all done by our tion in a smoke- and drug-free environ- their peers. It worked out very well.”

Lawrence gestured around the new own carpenters, plumbers, HVAC people. ment. In Mahopac schools, it’s not going is year, DiCarlo said, bus drivers are

space. e space that was here before was old and to be tolerated. If you come in and are performing dry runs of the routes to make

“ is room will be the birthplace for it,” archaic. caught vaping or using any type of drugs sure they’re feasible.”

he said. “Engineering design calls for an within that vaping process, it’s taken seri- “ ere were some unrealistic time

open and exible learning environment so NEW PERSONNEL ously and there are serious consequences.” schedules to begin with for many years,”

the kids can work with production teams. e district has hired a new director of DiCarlo also noted that the district— he said. “Fulmar Road and Austin Road

It also requires a high level of technol- buildings and grounds, Michael Shore, and law enforcement—will monitor social get out at 3:25 p.m. We had routes that

ogy integration. Our tech department has who will begin work this week. It is also media closely and any threats made via said you were getting home at 3:30. El-

been very busy. ey installed four moni- in the middle of a search for a new assis- those platforms will be taken seriously. ementary school students take at least 15

tors that are wireless for teaching stations tant superintendent of business to take the “You have heard about red ag laws minutes to load the buses. So, for Austin

so that teachers will be able to work with place of Harvey Sotland, who left to return (a gun control law that permits police or and Fulmar, no drop-o should be before

kids in certain groups and wirelessly demo to his home school district in Cortlandt. family members to petition a state court to 3:45.”

things to them, which is really cool.” Frank Miele has been brought back to order the temporary removal of rearms is year, the district will have a system

Lawrence noted that all the desks and serve as the athletic director. from a person who may present a dan- in place in case something happens that

chairs are on casters. ger). Well, we have it. It’s important for means the kids will be getting home late.

“Everything is movable,” he said. ATHLETICS parents to understand that if their son or “In place for this year is something we

A small side room next to Room 111 “I think it is going to be a great sports daughter posts a threat to somebody or the developed called the school bus messen-

was gutted and revamped for the engi- school year,” DiCarlo said. “We are excit- school, we will be going to the police and ger,” DiCarlo said. “We have all the names

neering class. It will be used to store some ed; the kids are excited.” the police will be coming to your home. of the students on the buses, and if some-

of the new equipment the students will Prompting some of that excitement is We don’t fool around with stu like this. thing happens, like there is a tree down or

use. the fact that the district has brought back Parents will say, ‘My son or daughter was a road closure and we are not going to be

“We purchased a state-of-the-art laser an array of modi ed sports, something kidding.’But those days are gone. You can’t in that ve-minute window, we will call up

cutter,”Lawrence said.“And we have a 3-D that was cut from the budget several years do it. We have a code of conduct and you and say we had to reroute the bus, your son

printer and table saws and a bandsaw with ago when the country was in the recession. need to follow it. is is the playing eld or daughter may be home 10 or 20 min-

the idea that the teachers will instruct the “We have modi ed sports back in,giving and you need to know what the expecta- utes late today. We found out that as long

kids through the design process and even- kids more opportunity to play,” DiCarlo tions are.” as parents are noti ed, it takes the anxiety

tually get to the production phase where said. “In the fall, we added boys soccer; in away.”

they will use engineering programming to the winter, boys and girls basketball; in the TRANSPORTATION Also, the transportation department will

design things and actually produce things spring, girls softball and boys baseball. We Last year, the school district took on a make sure there is someone on hand to

on the laser cutters or the 3-D printer. It’s have added back a number of sports that new bus schedule in the wake of an ex- take calls should parents have questions—

very cool. I’m very excited about it.” were taken away when the economy was panded school day at the high school. e something that was an issue last year.

e principal also noted the school now bad, and we had to cut money. We are try- rst few weeks were fraught with glitches. “We are also going to make sure that in

has 25 high-powered laptops speci cally ing to put them back in and get even more DiCarlo said there shouldn’t be a repeat. the morning and in the afternoon, when

built with the programs to support the en- kids involved in our sports programs.” “We had a rough start, but right after buses are picking up and dropping o , that

gineering class. that we stabilized it and had a great school we have a number of people down at [the

“Our teachers are really excited about HEALTH AND SAFETY year,” he said. transportation department] so if there is

this and to roll it out,” Lawrence added. DiCarlo said that the district will have To avoid any potential bullying, Di- an issue someone will be there to answer

“ e idea is to grow it from here. Other a zero tolerance this year when it comes Carlo said, they changed the times for the the phone,” the superintendent said. “We

courses they will integrate down the road: to vaping—an epidemic with dire health high school and middle school so sixth know that was problematic last year, so we

computer programming, biochemical en- consequences that has impacted teenagers. graders and 12th graders wouldn’t be on are trying every which way to make it as

gineering courses.” “ is district has addressed vaping and the same buses together. smooth as possible. We are optimistic we

Lawrence said the engineering program I’m proud of the work we’ve done here,” “All of last year, there was not one email are going to have a good run.”


PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019

TLC Foundation thanks town, PD, for TYathlon help

Members of the Ty Louis Camp- has been raised. PHOTO COURTESY OF BERT MELCHNER
bell (TLC) Foundation presented a “But none of this would be possible
plaque to the Carmel Police Depart- The TLC Foundation presents the Town Board and police department with a plaque. From left,
ment and Town Board at the board’s without the generous support and Lt. John Dearman, Chief Mike Cazarri, Bert Melchner, Louis Campbell, Councilwoman Suzi
Aug. 14 meeting, thanking the town dedication from the town of Carmel,” McDonough, Supervisor Ken Schmitt, councilmen John Lupinacci and Mike Barile.
for its support of the annual TYathlon. Melchner said. “From day one, all we
heard was yes. Anything we needed,
Ty Louis Campbell was 5 years the answer was and still is yes.”
old when he passed away from cancer.
His parents started the TLC Founda- Melchner thanked the board for
tion, which also sponsors the annual supporting and approving the event
Muddy Puddles Mud Fest, to help and the Carmel Police Department
fund research that would change how and Sheri ’s Department for keep-
children were cared for when deal- ing the course safe. He also thanked
ing with the horrible disease. When the Mahopac Fire Department for
Ty’s father, Louis Campbell, and Bert providing onsite EMS, and local busi-
Melchner decided to hold a triathlon nesses for their support, as well as the
to honor Ty. town Highway Department for keep-
ing the roads in good shape.
e seventh annual TYathlon will
be held in Mahopac Sept. 14 with “And most of all, we thank the resi-
more than 1,500 participants ex- dents of Mahopac who come out to
pected. Hundreds of spectators attend the event, let us take over the roads
each year as well and nearly $300,000 for a morning in September and also
make donations,” he said.

Carmel grad latest officer to join police force

BY BOB DUMAS Garcia, 32, is a 2005 graduate the service that he discovered his
EDITOR of Carmel High School. He was calling was in law enforcement.
introduced at the Town Board’s
e Carmel Police Department Aug. 21 meeting. “I kind of gured it out when
hired its ninth new police o cer I was in the Army,” he said. “I
in the past 13 months last week After graduating high school, was in a military police unit, and
when Patterson resident David Garcia joined the Army Reserve, you are surrounded by cops. You
Garcia was sworn in by Supervi- doing three overseas tours of just start learning about the job. I
sor Ken Schmitt. duty—one in Iraq and two in Af- thought, ‘you know what, this is a
ghanistan. It was while he was in great t for me.’”

Garcia joined the White Plains PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
Police Department ve and a half
years ago but eventually longed to Nicole Garcia pins the badge on her husband, David, after he was
return to his hometown and con- sworn in as the latest officer to join the Carmel Police Department.
tinue his career there.
Being a local boy, Garcia said he “ e chief has been great to me
“I just threw my resume out
there, mostly for the Putnam knows the area well and can’t wait and everyone has been very sup-
County Sheri ’s Department and
Carmel PD,” he said. “I wanted to start the job on Sept. 2. portive. I can’t wait to get to work.”
to work in my community. After
having the ve years’experience in “I am ready to hit the ground Garcia and his wife, Nicole, have
White Plains, I wanted to come
home.” running. I’m very excited,” he said. four children—Vincent, Dominic,

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Deal struck to get American Legion’s sewer back

Vets have been without service for nearly six years

BY BOB DUMAS enough and said they would take Nicho-

EDITOR las to court, condemning the property and

taking it over via eminent domain.

It took ve and a half years for the Town “ e town decided we would put in a

Board to raise the specter of litigation, but sewer main,” Schmitt told Mahopac News

it looks as though the Mahopac Ameri- at the Aug. 21 meeting. “But in order for

can Legion Post 1080 will nally have its us to install the main and bring litigation

sewer service restored. for eminent domain against the property

It’s a long, complicated and somewhat owner, it would have to be for public ben-

sordid tale, but town o cials and the Le- e t. e public would have to bene t from

gion’s neighbor, Dave Nicholas, a local de- the taking of the property through a con-

veloper and landlord who owns Lake Ma- demnation proceeding. Right now, the only

hopac Properties, reached an agreement party that would hook up to the main is

on Friday to resolve the issue. e agree- the American Legion. But other properties

ment will allow the Highway Department within the sewer district would have the

to enter the parking lot next to Putnam ability to hook up to that main down the

Music Center at 609 Route 6 (for which road. And that’s the public bene t part.”

Nicholas is the landlord) so it can access Schmitt said that Nicholas and his at-

a town-owned stormwater pipe and make PHOTO: BOB DUMAS torney left the town with no alternative
repairs. While there, the town would also The Legion has had to use port-a-potties on the hall’s front porch for nearly six years. other than to take the eminent domain

replace a broken sewer lateral that leads to route.

the Legion hall, which would restore its in the 1960s, not realizing that the sewer septic system and abandon the town sewer “We got to a point of no return. It’s been

sewer service. pipe that goes from Route 6 to its bath- system. going on for multiple years and the Le-

e Legion hall is located on Buckshol- rooms also runs under the neighboring For the past ve-plus years, town o - gion has been using port-a-potties all this

low Road and the roots of this story date property, now owned by Nicholas cials have said their hands were tied be- time,” he said. “It seemed like all e orts

back more than 60 years, to a time when e sewer main’s lateral broke in 2013 cause it was a dispute between two private on our part and the Legion’s part were

that building and neighboring parcels and needed to be replaced, but Nicholas property owners, although Supervisor Ken failing. Every time we felt we were mak-

were located on property owned by the was reluctant to allow the work to take Schmitt, town attorney Greg Folchetti, ing progress and there was an agreement,

now-defunct New York and Putnam Rail- place because he said it would disturb his and other Town Board members tried on they would want to change the language

road (Old Put). e railroad subdivided parking lot and have a negative impact a number of occasions to broker a deal be- to something that was not acceptable to

that land and sold o the individual par- on the businesses that rent from him. In tween the two parties without success. town council. It was ridiculous.”

cels. American Legion Post 1080 bought 2018, Nicholas told Mahopac News he But at the Town Board’s Aug. 21 meet- SEE SEWERS PAGE 13

the building that is now the Legion Hall would prefer that the Legion get its own ing, Schmitt said the board had had
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e fear factor Moving beyond
the dark side
Americans, today, HERE African Americans,” he
are more afraid AND rails, deliberately stok-
than they’ve
been in a long time. ing discord. In aming Recently, I came
According to a recent across a quotation
Gallup poll, the fear NOW! tensions is the center- on social media that LIFE, OK. But what does this
of being victimized by grabbed my attention. It
domestic terrorism and BERNIE piece of his presidency. made me laugh by resonat- achieve? Why does this
crime is at its highest KOSBERG Anxious people want ing strongly, though in a
levels in 15 years. grim kind of way. “What HEALTH, work?
to feel protected from doesn’t kill you gives you a POLITICS For one, the exercise it-
A majority of Americans, accord- lot coping mechanisms and
ing to a recent survey by the Public outsiders. How does a really dark sense of humor.” is quota- MARA self strengthens the neural
Religion Research Institute (PRRI), tion threw me back to college years when, SCHIFFREN bers in the middle of the
worry that they or their families will Trump propose to for a few years, black humor was my stock
be victims of terrorism. is alarming in trade. prefrontal cortex. And that
statistic has gone up signi cantly dur- overcome the threat of terror, of crime,
ing the Trump presidency. In addition, e quote is a ri o the famous saying
almost two-thirds of Americans now and of brown people immigrating to by the 19th century philosopher, Fried- creates a dramatic di er-
worry about being victims of violent rich Nietzsche, “What does not kill you,
crime, even though crime rates, factu- this country? Simple, he’ll build us a makes you stronger.” For years, that was a ence. Because it allows you
ally (as opposed to Trump hyperbole), favorite of mind. But I like the additional
have been reduced to historic lows. wall. And how does Trump propose detail provided by the updated social media to help integrate and balance your con-
version. Indeed, living through events that
Trump supporters are concerned the to protect us economically? Simple, as create emotional havoc in your life do cause sciousness. As Dr. Daniel Siegal writes in
most. According to PRRI, 65 percent you to nd grim humor in the darker side
of Trump supporters fear being vic- well. He’ll ght the world and cut o of life. In my own case, for a long time, sar- “Mindsight,” performing this action consis-
tims of terrorism, versus 51 percent of casm became my go-to coping mechanism.
all Americans. Seventy- ve percent of trade, no matter the fallout. Maybe, tently “creat[es] a ‘hub of awareness’ [that]
Trump supporters fear being victims It was a dark time in my life. But, hey,
of crime, versus 63 percent overall. he’ll even buy an island country that’s I’m over that! enables us to acknowledge troubling states

Trump supporters are also unduly not for sale. Indeed, trauma creates xity in many without being taken over by them, and to
worried about foreign in uence over people. It makes you hunker down prefer-
their economic lives. Eighty-three For people threatened to the core ably in a safe place, unable to transform, see things as they are, rather than … how
percent say that the American way of stuck in a poor state of mind. Unprocessed,
life needs to be protected from foreign by their fear of displacement, Trump’s trauma can keep you stuck in a state of they ‘should be.’” Siegal goes on to state
encroachment, versus 55 percent stress, where the nervous system maintains
overall. And more than two-thirds of messaging is simple and clear: e the ght- ight-freeze response. is is bad that the very act of mindfulness, “opens us
Trump supporters worry that they or enough on its own, but even worse is that it
a family member will become unem- wrong kinds of people are responsible creates all kinds of health and psychological to the full range of our perceptions—to
ployed. problems down the road if not resolved.
for threatening you and your loved ones, information from the external world, from
e selling of fear and economic But what can we do to alleviate this
anxiety are distinguishing characteris- and I’m here to defend you. Trump is a framework when it starts to become ha- our bodily states, from relationships, and
tics of the Trump presidency. Know- bitual?
ing conservative-leaning voters are master at validating identity politics, from the mind itself.”
particularly susceptible to fear-based One extremely useful tool is to build a
appeals, Trump has played on their fueling fear, and creating ambiguity. few minutes of mindfulness into your daily And these results are very useful things.
sensitivities and wariness of change by routine. Mindfulness has become a buzz
provoking anxiety and resentments. Disparaging Mexican immigrants term of late. Lots of people are talking For people stuck in a depressed mindset,
about it. So, what is it?
Fear-based appeals hit us on a as criminals and rapists; attempting learning to disassociate their core being
primitive level. Under stress, our It is the practice of going internal,
id takes over and demands control. to ban all Muslims coming into the focusing on the breath and allowing your from their negative emotions and training
Trump expertly manipulates his fol- mind to run while disengaging from your
lowers’ latent fears that others—less country; saying people in the U.S. thoughts and emotions. at is, instead themselves to let their thoughts go, without
deserving –will gain unfair advan- of “owning” your thoughts and emotions,
tages. He speaks to that innermost from Nigeria will never “go back feeling them and being one with them, you feeling ownership of them, can rescue them
self that can’t tolerate uncertainties. allow them simply to run through your
“Fear Mexicans, fear the Chinese, fear to their huts;” referring to Haitians mind, while you sit in non-judgment and from dangerous or even suicidal tendencies.
observe them.
and Africans as coming from “s--- e secondary bene ts are very helpful as

hole countries;” promoting a birther well. When you are open to the full range

crusade against President Obama; of your own perceptions, you learn how

and constantly using racially charged to begin to pay attention to the voice of

language. His purpose is clear: feed wisdom from your own body. And the voice

fear and uncertainty. of your own unique genius, which Plato

Trump’s disciples believe that only referred to as the daemon, which is your

he stands between them and a life of higher intuition.

inconsequence. ey cheer when he And when you are in daily touch with

ridicules the di erent and the chal- these inner voices, the result is you become

lenged; the LGBTQ community; the more integrated with yourself. You are not

“invaders” along the southern border; alienated from your core self. And you feel

when he launches into ugly, racist at- more whole. And wholeness and integra-

tacks on women of color; and when he tion breed a sense of oneness, which creates

demeans esteemed black congressmen inner happiness.

from Georgia and Baltimore. Have you been feeling stuck lately? Or in

More than any recent American a dark mood that won’t resolve? e daily

politician, Trump grasps and channels practice of mindfulness may be exactly

the fear coursing through the elector- what can help you move past it.

ate, and uses it to his advantage, with

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No more delays for
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To the editor,
For over ve years, American Legion Hall Post 1080 on

Buckshollow Road, has been battling a neighboring land-
owner to get their sewer main repaired. For over ve years,
our veterans have been without a working bathroom. And
for over ve years, they have incurred both the cost of port-
a-potties and the loss of venue rental income. Beginning in
2017, and many times since, I have spoken about this injus-
tice at Carmel Town Board meetings and privately to our
elected o cials, urging them to remedy this situation, and
suggesting avenues of resolution. I escalated my outreach to
the Putnam Department of Health and the American Le-
gion headquarters in Indianapolis.

I was, therefore, very encouraged by the Aug. 21 Town
Board meeting, at which the board proposed a resolution to
begin litigation against the landowner who has denied our
Legion Hall access for repairs to its sewer line. While I wish
this sensible action had been taken sooner, I strongly com-
mend the board for their stance on this matter.

Even more encouraging is the landowner’s word to reach
an agreement with the Legion Hall by Aug. 30, thereby stav-
ing o costly litigation by the town. I urge our Town Board
to hold him to his promise. Repair of the sewer line must
then commence without delay, before the blacktop supplier
closes for the season and before the rst frost precludes com-
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No resident of Carmel should be without proper waste
removal, let alone our veterans. No more delays, no more ex-
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OP ED Walk this way

BY JEAN TOCK I continue walking, with two and owers and wildlife and And then guess what hap- provided some of the comfort

GUEST COLUMNIST out of three walkers returning breezes would be here on this pened? I stopped to admire and healing I sought. I hope you

my “good morning.” path today whether or not my a red-spotted purple admiral nd the same comfort when

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ago, Mahopac News printed soft yet audible swoosh through But I am comforted by knowing bright red cardinal lit upon a friend said to me recently, “isn’t

“ e Long Goodbye,” an essay woody reeds that sway 10-feet it was she who instilled in me branch next to the butter y. that what we so often seek as

that described my mother’s battle high, their silky tassels bloom- the power of observation and So, even though the tears humans, to jusSt know we are not
alone?”
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SEWERS Schmitt said the agreement what I understand, it’s a fairly peratures in the winter. ey’ve American Legion, who served

FROM PAGE 6 has two parts. e rst, a main- simple easement.” also lost thousands of dollars in as the Legion’s point man on

tenance easement, will give the Schmitt said the work would revenue because they have not the sewer issue because he is the

Nicholas approached the town access to repair the new likely take less than a week and been able to rent out the hall for town of Yorktown’s director of

board at last week’s meeting and stormwater pipe, which it plans the agreement calls for it to be parties. planning, said he was glad the

asked it to delay the eminent to install this fall. When the completed no later than Nov. 1. “We’ve spent more than issue might be over but will re-

domain litigation, saying he town digs the trench to install He said he was elated that a deal $22,000 on [port-a-potties] serve any celebration until that

felt an agreement was near. e that pipe, it will also x the has nally been struck to ease since this thing started—for- rst toilet is o cially ushed.

board, noting that even after broken lateral, restoring the Le- the burden on the veterans, call- get about the money we lost on “We are not dancing yet, but

court papers were led it would gion’s sewer service. e second ing it a “feel good story.” rentals of the hall,” Legion trea- I am happy and optimistic,” he

be months before the case came part is a temporary easement for “ is is great news,” he said. surer Fred Wennberg told the said. “We are grateful to Mr.

before a judge, decided to give the initial construction. “I want to thank Mr. Nicholas Town Board at a meeting last Nicholas for nally making it

Nicholas one last opportunity to Schmitt said the Legion will for coming back to the table and year. “And instead of washing happen. It looks like it’s nally

strike a deal. Schmitt, Highway also need a sewer easement with getting this done.” glasses in the dishwasher, which done.”

Superintendent Mike Simone, Nicholas for the sewer lateral. But it has been a di cult ve saves money, it’s plastic cups, Reached for comment, Nich-

and Councilman Mike Barile “ at’s in the works right years for the legionnaires who forks, spoons, knives. is has olas told Mahopac News, “I’m

met at Town Hall with Nicholas now,” Schmitt said. “ e Le- have been forced to use port-a- really been a burden on us.” just happy it’s over. at’s about

and, by phone, his attorney, on gion’s attorney will be in touch potties on the front porch of the John Tegeder, third vice com- all I want to say about it right

Friday morning. with Nicholas’ attorney. From legion hall during freezing tem- mander for the Sons of the now.”

“It went extremely well,” My Community Bulletin Board

Schmitt said. “We left the table
with an agreement.”

Schmitt said he wasn’t con-

cerned about Nicholas reneging

this time around because the

threat of the eminent domain Business Home
litigation still looms. Umbrella Policies Auto

“ e authorization to le that

suit is still active, but it’s on hold

for now and we’ve agreed not

to move forward,” Schmitt said.

“I wouldn’t have walked away

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FROM PAGE 2
Pigs, “a satire on “Twelve Angry for Putnam County residents 18 dose u vaccine will be avail- room during inclement weather.

Armchair Actors Men,” “Stories from the Pound,” years of age and older on Mon- able at the clinic for those 65 Bring chairs and blankets for
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IBET Newcleagmiselraatsiotnoasucthhooorlizbeussaedsding
you can!
Would catch cars passing illegally; Mahopac will take part
A successful path
to employment BY BOB DUMAS [Cuomo] is saying is that we are allowed to “ is legislation will allow for the installa-
for autistic youth EDITOR out t the buses and we want to do that,” Di- tion of cameras on school buses to crack down
Carlo told Mahopac News.“ ere is money to on drivers who illegally pass them on the road,
GUEST Looking to help ensure the safety of New do that. ere will be discussions with our local putting young people’s lives in danger,” she
CORNER York’s students, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation state representatives to nd funding, grants. said. “ e e ort builds on our other progres-
earlier this month authorizing school districts sive policies to protect students and all New
DIANNE to install stop-arm cameras on school buses to “We will look at the bill with our attorneys Yorkers from harm.”
ZAGER, PH.D. catch drivers who unlawfully pass a stopped bus. and transportation department and take the
appropriate measures,” he continued. “We have DiCarlo said he knows that buses are being
BY DIANNE ZAGER, PH.D. “No parent should ever have to worry that worked closely with our local police and we have passed illegally in Mahopac.
GUEST WRITER their child’s bus ride to and from school is any- parents who will let us know what they think.
thing other than safe and easy,” Cuomo said in But this makes it uniform; it makes it easy. And “ ere’s no question it happens here,” he
How many people with autism a prepared statement. “By signing this measure it’s a deterrent. e buses would have cameras said. “Our bus drivers will call and let [police]
do you see or interact with when into law, we are providing school districts with on them and if you get caught passing one, the know and try to get the license plate number.
you run errands in town? the tools they need to hold reckless drivers ac- camera is there, and it will be a hefty ne.” But it happens very quickly. We will try to be
countable and advancing New York State’s bold proactive in Mahopac and we will do it (the
How often do you hear proud initiatives to keep our schoolchildren safe.” Passing a stopped school bus can bring a installation of cameras) right.
parents of an autistic young adult rst-o ense ne of up to $400, 5 points on the
brag about their son or daughter’s Mahopac School Superintendent Anthony driver’s license and the possibility of as much as “ is happens throughout the country and
college acceptance or new job? DiCarlo said adding the cameras is a district 30 days in jail. I think it is important for the community and
goal and he and his sta will sit down and ex- Lt.Gov.Kathy Hochul said the state is com- parents to know that we are transporting pre-
Your responses to these ques- amine the legislation in detail. mitted to ensuring the safety of students get- cious cargo and people need to know what the
tions likely attest to a bleak story ting to and from school.
that re ects the limited number of “We really have to look at it because what SEE BUSES PAGE 18
adults with autism spectrum disor-
der (ASD) who are successfully in- Country Dance
tegrated into our communities.We
can,and must,change the outcome A Different Kind of Dance School
of this story. Lives depend on it.
Jazz Tap Director, Linda Duci pWhoeneacrae lolnalywaay
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pare students with ASD for suc- Ages 3 to Adult
cessful adult lives. If students are
to gain the skills they need to live Our staff of teachers and assistants have been working together for years to provide
independently, we need to examine caring, professional classes for everyone.
traditional education, taking into
account the poor transition out- Our Goal is to offer performers of all ages and at all levels new experiences in a
comes. Let’s re-think school pro- fun, family atmosphere, while gaining confidence and versatility.
gramming so that we can enable all
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opportunity for people with au- 5:00 to 7:00 pm O
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is impairment in social interaction.

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BUSES Emotional fortitude critical to school success

FROM PAGE 17

rules are,” the superintendent add- Dear Dr. Linda, these meltdowns, she’d be ne. child (not a 2- or 3-year-old) has
ed. “I think the governor has seen continuous meltdowns, something
enough of it happening that he After reading your column Concerned Mom is wrong. As a parent, your job is STRONG
is saying, ‘Listen, you are good to to learn why this is happening and LEARNING
go. We are OK with it. Let’s out t last year, I, too, went out and Dear Concerned Mom, how to help your child develop
them.’ Now, it is a matter of how we strategies for dealing with it when DR. LINDA
can expedite it but in a nancially bought boxes, bins, baskets and For a child to achieve in it happens. SILBERT
prudent manner.”
a hole punch. And it did help, school, it is not solely dependent To begin with, as a parent, think meltdowns because they can’t ar-
In New York State, approximate- about this. Are you putting undue ticulate their needs (hungry, tired,
ly 1.5 million students ride school because I was able to organize on intelligence or aptitude. Years pressure on your daughter to do etc.) and don’t have the brainpower
buses to and from school every year. well in school? Do you get angry or skills to respond appropriately. If
It is illegal to pass a stopped school my daughter’s school papers. of research have shown that when she doesn’t do well on a a child doesn’t feel well for any rea-
bus. However, Operation Safe Stop test? Do you ground or punish her son, just as with an adult, they can
in April 2018, the one day in which But it didn’t help her because emotional fortitude as well as when she gets bad grades? Are you “fall apart.”So many children come
law enforcement targeted o enders a perfectionist seeking to make home from school hungry and
passing a stopped school bus, docu- she had one meltdown after well developed social skills are your child perfect? Does your exhausted and mom or dad say
mented that hundreds of people ig- daughter feel responsible for your that they must do their homework
nore this law. More than 850 people another in spite of having every- critical to school success. In fact, happiness? Do you live in a high- immediately or they can’t watch
were ticketed, the equivalent of pressure area, e.g., an area where TV or play on their electronics.
someone passing a stopped school thing organized. some studies have shown that students are expected to get into
bus over 150,000 times in a 180-day top-tier colleges, and your daugh- ese parents don’t seem to have
school year, endangering the safety Now, you’re recommending there is a connection between ter feels she can’t keep up? If you the sensitivity to their child’s needs.
of schoolchildren in every corner of said yes to any of these scenarios,
the state. e legislation will hold metacognition. You suggest that high intelligence and emotion- think about what you can do to ey’re human beings, not robots!
drivers accountable. remediate the situation. Even adults can’t focus well when
I help my daughter think about ally healthy students. we’re hungry or tired.
DiCarlo said he’s unsure at this Next, are you sure that your
point how much it would cost to t all what she’s thinking about! I agree, Emotionally and socially child does not have a physical or Emotionally, socially and
the district’s buses with the cameras. learning disability that has not cognitively healthy children can
that’s a good idea, but you haven’t healthy students have many at- been diagnosed? Many children get a B, a C or even fail a class
have language-processing issues and they don’t have meltdowns.
met my daughter. She’s entering tributes that help them succeed. that make them constantly a little
confused as to what is going on ey are strong enough emotion-
ninth grade and to be honest Among those attributes are around them or they have di culty ally to stand back, examine what
quickly understanding the nu- went wrong, develop strategies to
with you, even though she’s intel- knowing how to manage their ances of what is being said to them. respond di erently the next time
Others have a nonverbal disorder around, and move on.
ligent enough to get all A’s, I’m behavior well. ey have good that stops them from learning cues
to social and physical interactions. Instead of projecting what you
not optimistic about high school. coping skills. ey know how think is going on with your child,
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ZAGER We refer to our model as IBET, or MHS grad awarded
volunteerism scholarship
FROM PAGE 17 Independence-Bound Experiential

Teaching. is exciting new model

Interestingly, another widespread guides students as they build job skills

feature of this disorder is an ex- and independent functioning, along

traordinarily high unemployment with self-determination competence.

rate. e dismal employment statis- e practices we’ve developed could

tics are unfortunate because people be easily incorporated into any high e Firemen’s Association of the State of
New York (FASNY) has awarded the 2019
with ASD often have outstanding school program to achieve the most FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer
Scholarship to Emma Goodrow of Mahopac.
strengths and abilities that would important goal – adult independence.
Goodrow received a certi cate and schol-
make them highly valued assets in IBET (as in IBET you can!) pro- arship of $1,500 at Mahopac High School’s
Senior Award Night for her volunteer service
the workplace. vides a framework for delivering in the community from Donald J. Farrell, the
FASNY sergeant-at-arms.
Educators are in a position to meaningful instruction that is related
“My father is a FASNY member and my
improve the employment rate for to lifelong productivity. e ultimate family has a long history in the re service. I am
proud to follow in their footsteps and continue
persons with autism. A major re- goal of IBET is to deliver a relevant the family tradition of volunteerism.” Goodrow
said. “ e relationships I have formed through
sponsibility of secondary schools is education that will prepare students the re department are long-lasting. Many of
the people in my rehouse are like family to me.
to prepare students to realize their for productive and satisfying lives.
ey are all very supportive and helpful in ev-
potential and become contributing In our culture, the degree of ful ll- erything that I do.”

members of their communities.High ment that people achieve in adult- Goodrow plans to attend Drexel University
this fall where she will study biomedical engi-
schools should be held accountable hood is measured by their degree of neering.

for students’ outcomes. Adolescence community participation, including Outside of the rehouse, Goodrow enjoys
playing club soccer, which she will continue
is a di cult time for young people career/vocation, community integra- to do at Drexel. She also holds a third-degree
black belt in taekwondo.
with an ASD and their families. At tion and level of autonomy. IBET
Goodrow is one of 26 students chosen for
this critical developmental stage, is designed to build competencies this scholarship.

schools can play a pivotal role in clos- that will yield successful outcomes in “My advice for anyone considering joining PHOTO COURTESY OF FASNY
the re service is that doing so will be the best
ing the under-employment gap. is these domains. decision you’ll ever make,” she said. “Not only Emma Goodrow receives her certificate from
will you have a great time and learn a lot, but Donald J. Farrell, the FASNY sergeant-at-arms.
is a time that schools can o er expe- the relationships you build with other members
will last a lifetime. I am very grateful for every-
riences that will build college readi- Dianne Zager, Ph.D., is Head of thing the re service has taught me.”

ness or job-related skills. School for Shrub Oak International Scholarships are awarded based on an appli-
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mitted to demonstrating the value of across the U.S., and founding editor of good character and completion of a written
essay.
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community. Our transition team has Developmental Disabilities, one of the

created a model that has yielded pos- most widely read journals in the eld.

itive results in a wide range of work Families and educators who would

settings, including varied retail stores, like to learn more about the IBET

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GIRLS SOCCER

Sights set high despite setback

Carly Steinberg, last year’s leading goal
scorer, lost for season

BY SKIP PEARLMAN Klammer,a junior forward who
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
earned All-Section accolades last
e fall schedule hasn’t even
kicked in yet, but the Mahopac fall, and DiVincenzo, a senior
girls soccer team has already
taken its biggest loss of the mid elder/forward named
season.
ASHM last year, head the list of
e Indians found out
recently that senior forward/ returning starters. Junior Hailey
mid elder Carly Steinberg—a
two-time All-Section selection Pereira (mid eld), seniors
and a team captain last year—
will miss the season due to a Christine Lopreato (defense),
torn ACL. Steinberg su ered
the injury early in the summer Sabrina Nagula (mid eld) and
playing on a club team, and the
severity became more clear over Isabel Omboni (goalkeeper), Mahopac
the last two months. senior
along with sophomore Maddy forward/
It’s a huge blow to the team’s midfielder,
fall hopes. Her team-high 25 DeCola (mid eld/defense) are Grace Mahopac All-
goals won’t be easy to replace. DiVincenzo, Section forward
But the Indians and their also back from last year’s starting All-Section
new coach have had a chance Honorable Mia Klammer
to absorb the news, and the lineup. Mention Mahopac
team still has talent—and high senior
expectations. “ at group has a lot of we can in sectionals,” Carroll
said. “We have the talent to do goalkeeper
“It’s hard… not only is she talent individually,” Carroll something. We just have to make Isabel
a leader, but she’s known for it happen, playing together, on
turning games around,” said said. “But we need to work on the eld. Omboni
Mahopac Head Coach Casey
Carroll, who takes over for Ross our formations, and working “We have talent at both ends
Fumusa. “It’s obviously a huge of the eld—we’re solid at every
loss. She will be around, and together. Talent-wise, I think it’s position—and I think that’s a
active with the team, but she will real strength,” the coach added.
be missed on the eld. there. But trying to get everyone
Carroll has been the JV coach
“So we need some of playing in the system they may for three years, and has been
our underclassmen to step at Mahopac for eight, and said
up,” Carroll added. “Grace not be familiar with is hard. she’s ready for her rst shot
(DiVincenzo) and Mia as a varsity coach. “I’m really
(Klammer) both worked closely We’ve been changing things excited about it,” she said. “But
with Carly last year, and we’re it’s because I have an attachment
hoping the two of them can do up a bit. to these girls, these are girls I’ve
some good things.” had in modi ed, or JV, so we
“Going back to some basics,” have a connection and a rapport.
e Indians have a nice core It makes it a little more special,
returning from last year’s 12-6 Carroll added. “ e goal is to and I’m very excited to be their
team that lost to Clarkstown coach.”
South in the quarter nals of the try to nd the strengths of the
Section 1 Class AA playo s. Mahopac is scheduled to open
team.” its 2019 season at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, hosting
Juniors Alyssa Chiulli Mamaroneck.

(defense) and Sophia Curcio

(goalkeeper) also return from

last year’s team, and seniors

Jenna Daly (mid eld/defense)

and Alexa Rispoli (mid eld/

defense) are new players Carroll

is hoping can impact the team.

“ ey’re both seniors who Mahopac
junior
weren’t on the team last year,” midfielder
Hailey
she said. “But I have had them Pereira

both, and I know they both want PHOTOS: SKIP
PEARLMAN
to play, and start. Both have

good skills and vision.”

Carroll said the Indians—who

play in League 1A with Carmel,

John Jay, Roy C. Ketcham, and

Arlington—believe they have

the pieces to put together a

strong run.

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Play like a girlMAHOPAC SOCCER ASSOCIATION
Travel team celebrates start of new season

BY JEN COLAMONICO Kathryn DeCicco, of the U11 Mahopac

GUEST WRITER Aces, said she “loved scrimmaging with

the other travel teams and getting to know

At the end of a summer where Ameri- the girls because maybe she will get to play

can women brought home the World Cup with them on the high school team one

trophy to prove once again their soccer day.”

dominance, girls across Mahopac are ex- Nora Beltrami of the new Mahopac

cited and ready to hit the elds for the fall Firecrackers U9 team said, “I liked hav-

season. ing a lot of role models since I am nervous

On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Mahopac about playing my rst season in travel soc-

Soccer Association held a season kicko cer.”

celebration of the girls travel soccer pro- e Mahopac High School varsity

gram. More than 60 girls came out for an players talked to the younger travel play-

afternoon of fun and competition, includ- ers about the rewards of soccer, why it is

ing members of the brand new U9 Ma- worth it to push through even when it is

hopac Firecrackers, the U10 Storm, U11 hard, and the friendships they have made

Ponytails, U12 Aces and U13 Lightening. playing with some of the same girls since

About 15 varsity players from Mahopac kindergarten. Grace Divincenzo talked

High School came out to help and par- about times in her soccer career when she

ticipate in the fun. may have doubted herself and almost quit, PHOTO COURTESY OF HEATHER KLOMHAUS
e event was designed to help the but working through those challenges
helped her grow as a person. Dozens of girls in the Mahopac Soccer Association participated in the season kickoff
girls get to know girls on other teams, celebration.
underscoring the importance of building Isabel Omboni talked about how soccer

a strong soccer sisterhood. e girls tested is worth it even if sometimes you miss out Mahopac Rockets. working together with Mahopac Central

their strength and speed in a series of sta- on parties or trips to the mall with friends. Mahopac High School varsity coach School District soccer coaches and lead-

tions, doing planks, crab walks, sprints and Carly Steinberg, a Mahopac senior who Casey Caroll spoke to the younger girls ers to build a strong development program

shooting drills. ey were then split into will play soccer at Colgate University, told and encouraged them to try out for modi- turning out strong and agile players to

older and younger groups to scrimmage the girls to remember how much they love ed soccer in seventh grade to start build- propel Mahopac teams to victory.

before enjoying pizza and snacks together the game, even when things get competi- ing the team that will play together in

as the sun went down on a beautiful af- tive and people aren’t always so nice. Many high school. Jen Colamonico is secretary of the Mahopac

ternoon. of the varsity girls played together on the e Mahopac Soccer Association is Soccer Association.

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BASKETBALL Return of the Mac

Tom McMahon gets second stint as head coach

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER through their youth and they
SPORTS EDITOR
didn’t want their dad coming back

and messing up their high school

‘I’m a believer that Last year was the rst time since experience,”McMahon said.
competition in practice
makes everyone better. I 1998 that Tom McMahon didn’t ough McMahon declined the
don’t want anybody getting
comfortable. I want guys coach varsity or youth basketball. district’s invitation, “It did get the
competing for spots.’
But anyone who’s played or wheels turning a bit.”
–Tom McMahon
Head Coach, Mahopac Basketball coached sports can describe their When head coach Matthew

Tom McMahon almost magnetic pull. For the Simone left the varsity program

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM MCMAHON 42-year-old father of three, being three months ago to pursue other

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named head coach of the varsity one left.”

basketball team at the Aug. 22 Just like that, Mahopac had no

Board of Education meeting. basketball coaches.

It will be his second go-round “You go from wanting to be a

with the program. part of a program to there being

He previously coached Ma- no adults left in the program,”Mc-

hopac High School for two sea- Mahon said.

sons (2005-2007) but stepped With the blessing of his kids,

away after the birth of his third McMahon pursued the varsity

son. head coaching gig, which was

“At that point, I felt I really made o cial last week.

needed to focus on my family,” In describing his expectations

said McMahon, an eighth-grade for the 2019-20 season, McMa-

English teacher at Mahopac Mid- hon kept returning to one word:

dle School since 2002. “Compete.”

But basketball was in his veins. “I’m a believer that competition

He had been coaching at the ju- in practice makes everyone better,”

nior varsity level in North Salem McMahon said. “I don’t want any-

and Mahopac since 1998. Before body getting comfortable. I want

that he played for Mahopac, win- guys competing for spots.”

ning a league title. And with just four returning

Five of his last 10 years away players, including his son, Mat-

from Mahopac were spent leading thew, “We’re going to have a lot

St. John the Evangelist’s Catholic of turnover, a lot of spots up for

Youth Organization basketball grabs.”

program. “We need to be grinders, we

Asked last year to return to Ma- need to be hard-nosed,” McMa-

hopac basketball in some capacity, hon said.

McMahon declined because his But most of all,“My biggest goal

sons were on the junior varsity and is we compete.”

varsity teams. e 2019-20 basketball season

“I had coached [my sons] all begins the rst week of December.

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Taking a look under the hood

MARSH e following year, Ford took to wait and see. Our car is being story? Tell us about it. Are there thousands of readers, all intimate-
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Having a (pickle)ball
Sports gains popularity

PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER ktown, had a few ideas.
SPORTS EDITOR “Great exercise, but really, to
Yorktown’s Lynne Withers and Mahopac’s Ziggy Klammer organize pickleball games.
Pickleball is the fastest grow- me, the most important thing
Add Value ing sport in America. is the social aspect,” said Meg
to Your Home Robstad, 64. “You sit on the
e Sports and Fitness Indus- bench and you meet your neigh-
try Association puts the roster of bors, and everybody has good-
current players at more than 3.1 will and it’s just a great game.”
million, including hundreds of
people right here in the Hudson Others, like 82-year-old Sal-
Valley. vatore Pascarella, enjoy it mostly
for athletic reasons. Pascarella
A cousin to tennis, the sport also enjoys playing racquetball
has a multigenerational appeal, and bocce.
but it’s most popular among the
55-and-older crowd, accounting “I like any kind of sport,” Pas-
for nearly 75 percent of pick- carella said.
leball players. On a court 20 x
44 feet—smaller than a tennis One Yorktown resident said
court—pickleball players wield playing the sport has even
wooden paddles as they volley a helped with her Parkinson’s dis-
plastic ball over the net. ease. “You have to move your
body in di erent positions, you
What makes the sport so ap- have to keep your mind on the
pealing? e regulars at Granite game,” said Helena Rodriguez,
Knolls Sports Complexe, in Yor- 64. “It builds new cells on the
other part of the brain and it
changes the synapses.”

Mahopac resident Ziggy
Klammer, 75, has been playing
the sport for years, including in-
doors at Club Fit, which recent-
ly donated windscreens to the
Granite Knolls courts, prevent-
ing the plastic balls from being
blown away or redirected by the
elements.

“ is is a little faster than
tennis and it’s more agile for all
kinds of people—young, old,”
said Klammer, a retired New
York City re ghter.

Lynne Withers, a 67-year-
old retired phys ed teacher, said
the courts at Granite Knolls are
regularly lled with not just Yor-
ktown residents, but also people
from New York City, Connecti-
cut, and other Hudson Valley
communities.

“We’re probably now the only
dedicated [pickleball] courts in
Westchester,” Withers said.

e Granite Knolls Sports
and Recreation Complex is ac-
cessible from Stoney Street.

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A pooled community trust can keep New Yorkers in their homes

As such, it is recommended to ability to enroll in the pooled Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP of of the National Academy of Elder
Law Attorneys (NAELA). He
GUEST use the funds deposited to the community trust, most disabled White Plains and a home o ce is also a member of the Council
CORNER pooled trust on a monthly basis. seniors would not be able to re- in Somers. He can be reached at of Advanced Practitioners of the
National Academy of Elder Law
e pooled community trust tain their monthly income and 914-948-1500. Mr. Enea is Attorneys and is a Certi ed Elder
Law Attorney as certi ed by e
ANTHONY J. is established and managed by continue to reside at home and the Past Chair of the Elder Law National Elder Law Foundation.
Mr. Enea is the President of the
ENEA a not-for-pro t association that receive Medicaid Home Care. and Special Needs Section of the Westchester Bar Foundation and
a Past President of the Westchester
acts as the Trustee of the Trust; It is a critical component in al- New York State Bar Association County Bar Association.

a trust company must also act as lowing seniors to receive Home (NYSBA). He is the incoming

a Co-Trustee. As a pooled com- Care Medicaid and be able to Chair of the Senior Lawyers

A pooled community trust is munity trust can have numerous utilize their income for their Section of NYSBA. Mr. Enea is

regularly utilized to prevent the bene ciaries, a separate sub-ac- needs. the Past President and a founding

spend down of income by the count is created and maintained Additionally, the pooled com- member of the New York Chapter

recipient of Home Care Medic- for the sole bene t of each dis- munity trust can be of use and

aid. It is a speci c type of Special abled bene ciary. advantage to a disabled younger

Needs Trust (SNT). Any person, irrespective of person with special needs. For

An SNT allows a person with their age (even over age 65), can example, a disabled younger

a disability to continue receiv- establish and fund the pooled person may be a bene ciary of

ing government bene ts, such trust; however, there may be SSI and Medicaid. If said per-

as Medicaid and Supplemental Medicaid and/or SSI transfer son were to receive an inheri-

Security Income (SSI), irrespec- of asset penalties for those over tance, an accident settlement

tive of the dollar value of assets age 65. or recovery, or accumulates too

and income held by the SNT. e most frequent utilization much income, which would oth-

e purpose of the SNT is to of a pooled community trust erwise disqualify them from SSI

supplement (not supplant) the occurs when an applicant for and/or Medicaid, the use of the

bene ts paid by the government Community (home care) Med- pooled community trust may be

to help improve the quality of icaid has income in excess of of signi cant advantage to them.

the life of the person with the the amount permitted by Med- Depending on the facts for each

disability. e legal requirements icaid. For example, for the year disabled person, they may be

for an SNT in New York are de- 2019, an applicant for Medicaid able to receive the inheritance,

lineated in the Estates, Powers is permitted monthly income in settlement, recovery and/or ex-

and Trusts Law of New York. the amount of $879. If the ap- cess income while continuing

Unlike other forms of SNTs, plicant has income of $2,000 to receive SSI and/or Medicaid.

the pooled community trust has per month, the excess income of Said funds and/or income can be

no age limitation and has no $1,121 is paid to Medicaid as- deposited into the pooled trust

payback to the government re- suming the applicant does not and be used for the disabled

quirements (such as a self-settled enroll in a pooled community person’s living expenses as delin-

SNT). However, the funds held trust or has monthly medical ex- eated above.

in the pooled trust at the time of penses in the amount of the sur- ere are presently over 20

the bene ciary’s passing remain plus. However, once enrolled in not-for-pro t organizations

WHY DO WEin the pooled trust and may not the pooled community trust, the in New York that o er pooled

be paid to the bene ciary’s es- surplus income less the monthly trusts. e assistance of an ex-

tate or family. If the pooled trust administrative fee paid to the perienced elder law attorney in

ADVERTISEchooses not to keep said remain- not-for-pro t can then be used selecting a suitable pooled trust

ing funds, they must be paid to to pay for the disabled person’s not-for-pro t and enrolling in

Medicaid up to an amount equal living expenses, such as food, a pooled trust can be invaluable. IN HALSTON
to the total amount of medi- rent, taxes, mortgage, clothing,

cal assistance paid on behalf of telephone, utilities, private pay Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a

the bene ciary by Medicaid. care services, etc. Without the member of the rm of Enea, MEDIA’S

LEGAL NOTICES LOCAL
NEWSPAPERS?
LEGAL NOTICE OF obligations were authorized in TO PAY THE COST OF
ESTOPPEL violation of the provisions of the TO ADVERTISE WITH US,
Constitution. THE INCREASE AND CALL BRETT FREEMAN AT (845) 208-8151
e bond resolution, a
summary of which is published A complete copy of the IMPROVEMENT OF
herewith, has been adopted on resolution summarized herewith
August 21, 2019, and the validity is available for public inspection FACILITIES OF CARMEL
of the obligations authorized by during regular business hours at
such resolution may be hereafter the O ce of the Town Clerk for WATER DISTRICT NOS. 1,
contested only if such obligations a period of twenty days from the
were authorized for an object or date of publication of this Notice. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 13 AND 14, IN
purpose for which the Town of
Carmel, Putnam County, New Dated: Mahopac, New York, THE TOWN OF CARMEL,
York, is not authorized to expend August 22, 2019.
money, or if the provisions of PUTNAM COUNTY, NEW
law which should have been Ann Spo ord
complied with as of the date YORK.
of publication of this notice Town Clerk
were not substantially complied Class of objects or purposes:
with, and an action, suit or BOND RESOLUTION DATED
proceeding contesting such AUGUST 21, 2019. Construction of improvements
validity is commenced within
twenty days after the date of A RESOLUTION to the district water tank or
publication of this notice, or such AUTHORIZING
THE ISSUANCE OF shared water tank of Carmel
AGGREGATE $2,728,390
BONDS OF THE TOWN Water District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9,
OF CARMEL, PUTNAM
COUNTY, NEW YORK, 10, 13 and 14.

Period of probable usefulness:

40 years

Maximum estimated cost:

Aggregate $2,728,390

Amount of obligations to be

issued: $2,728,390 bonds

SEQRA status: Type II

Action. 6 NYCRR Part 617.5(c)

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