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Published by Halston Media, 2020-10-14 13:56:59

North Salem News 10.15.20

North Salem’s only weekly newspaper mailed to every home and business.

Vol. 6 No. 30 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, October 15, 2020

into a lease arrangement with a Oct. 7
commercial enterprise such as school board
Homeland’s without being in
con ict with its tax-exempt sta-

tus. As Homeland awaited con- meeting
rmation from the state Attorney

could be seenGeneral’s O ce that the applica-

tion could proceed, it was moved
to the board’s back burner.
but not heardHomeland recently noti ed

the town that the attorney gen-
eral had found there was no con-

ict of interest and said it was

prepared to move forward with a BY ABBY LUBY
formal application.

To proceed, Homeland needs

a conditional use permit and site Many attempting to tune in to

plan approval. It also may have to the online North Salem Central

pursue a wetlands permit, accord- School District Board of Educa-

ing to a memo issued by town tion meeting on Wednesday, Oct.

planning consultants Matthew 7, were frustrated to nd that

D. Rudiko Associates. there was no sound throughout

the entire hour-and-a-half meet-

Proposal for cell tower on Hammond During the Planning Board’s And as of press time, on Mon-
meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, day, Oct. 12, the district had
grounds back on the agenda Homeland’s regional manager not posted video or audio of the
Raymond Vergati gave a progress meeting.
report, saying the proposed tow- Parents of Pequanakonck Ele-

Residents prepared to ght location er—with a “monopine” design to mentary School students were es-

emulate the appearance of a tree pecially eager to hear the board’s
to lessen its aesthetic impact—is discussion and watch members

necessary to address a wireless vote on a proposal to reconvene

BY CAROL REIF controversy surrounding it hasn’t with Verizon Wireless, but it’s coverage gap in the area. full in-class learning.

STAFF WRITER faded. likely that other communications Although poor cell reception Some parents contacted North

When rst revealed about carriers also would want to add in the area is a constant com- Salem News during last week’s

After seeming to have dropped two years ago, Homeland Tow- their equipment to its proposed plaint, no one really wants to meeting to complain about the

o the public’s radar, a cell tower ers LLC’s plans were roundly 100-foot tower. have a tower in their own back- lack of audio. ey asked for ano-

project at the Hammond Mu- opposed by neighbors, especially During initial discussions, yard, Supervisor Warren Lucas nymity due to concerns of reper-

seum is back before the North those living on Deveau Road, the proposal raised the question said last year. cussions that could befall their

Salem Planning Board. home to the Hammond. among board members about And that goes double, some children.

But in the year since the board’s e wireless infrastructure whether the museum, as a 501(c) SEE TOWER PAGE 16 SEE MEETING PAGE 4

last hearing on the proposal, the company is currently working (3) organization, could enter

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 Preserving our open space.

 Restoring order to our roadways.

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The Staff Two exhibits at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library this month feature Peach Lake. PHOTOS: CB MORRIS

EDITORIAL TEAM Ruth Keeler feature Peach Lake (located in 1900s through circa 1950s, ac- Sunday of the month. If you plan
Memorial Library both North Salem and South- companied by current (postcard- to patronize Hay elds on Sunday
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 exhibits
[email protected] east). like) photos of select subjects. e mornings for Cars & Co ee, you

BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Peach Lake Postcards: en second exhibit, Re ections on a will need to reserve a parking spot.
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628
[email protected] and Now, includes select old Lake: Finding Serenity During Hay elds is also now charging

ADVERTISING TEAM Two exhibits at the Ruth Kee- postcards from the Vail and My- COVID-19, includes re ective $10/car to cover the increased
ler Memorial Library this month ers families ranging from early photos of Peach Lake in four sea- cost of local police tra c patrol,
(914) 806-3951
[email protected] sons and di erent times of day. additional parking sta and trash

BRUCE HELLER Whe n was the las t t ime you CB (Cathy) Morris, an ama- pick up.
(914) 486-7608 teur photographer who lives in Reservations are as follows:
[email protected] Brewster, NY, is behind both ex- 8 a.m. - 45 minutes

LISA KAIN e njoye d a CELSUS BURGER? hibits. Her photos have appeared 9 a.m. - 45 minutes
(201) 317-1139 in the North Salem News, on 10 a.m. - 45 minutes
[email protected] the North Salem town website, ere are 45 spots available
(914) 760-7009 and in 2017, Balanced Rock: e each hour. Parking will be re-
[email protected]
North Salem Review, and Appe- served and held for those that
(914) 299-4541 tite for Art exhibit. have a reservation.
[email protected]
JENNIFER CONNELLY e exhibits run through Sat- You can enjoy your time at the
(917) 446-7757
[email protected] urday, October 31 at Ruth Keeler store and in the parking lot for
(914) 924-9122 Memorial Library. Check the li- the above alloted time and then
[email protected]
GABRIELLE BILIK brary website for hours. A limited we kindly ask you to move along
[email protected] number of patrons at a time are for the next patron to park.

PRODUCTION TEAM allowed in the building. Masks NOTE: If you do not have a
are required to be in the building. reservation and/or you are not
PHOTOGRAPHER Inside Dining, Hayfields grabbing food to go you will not
be allowed on property if we are
[email protected].COM
CHRISTINA ROSE Outside Dining & Take-Out Available at capacity.
ART DIRECTOR/ A note from Hay elds: Cars Hay elds also asks patrons to

DIGITAL PRODUCTION MANAGER 914-277-4424 and Co ee has gotten too big respect town roads and the com-
[email protected] and too often. erefore, it is now munity and to keep noise down

EXECUTIVE TEAM 440 Rt 22 North Salem, NY 10560 implementing a parking reserva- and drive to the posted speed
CEO & PUBLISHER tion system. is applies to every limits.
North Salem Polling
[email protected] Locations

Deadlines Pequenakonck Elementary

173 June Road
North Salem, NY

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Volunteers increase efforts during pandemic

Food pantry moves to JV Mall


CONTRIBUTING WRITER and others), has characterized this recent seen a “backpack program” some years ag

period as “unprecedented.” In moving the for local students who experienced food

e non-pro t organization, Feeding mobile pantry to the larger site at the mall, insecurity. ose families could receive

Westchester, along with a team of local they were able to nd adequate space to a bag of non-perishable items twice a

volunteers, is providing hunger relief di- feed many more people, while adhering to month, which ultimately transitioned to

rectly in the Yorktown area with its mobile public health regulations. full, mobile food pantry option beginning

food pantry at the Je erson Valley Mall. “Feeding Westchester is seeing a de- in October 2018 that serves both district

For the previous two years, trucks loaded mand for food like never before,”said Pres- families and senior citizens as well.

with food and produce had been available ident & CEO Karen Erren. “Our agency “It all shut down in March 2020 and

once per month at George Washington partners and direct distributions have we were required to pre-box and deliver

Elementary School in Lakeland, according been serving more than 300,000 people the items to the cars,” she said.

to Beth Luft, a school social worker in the per month on average—that is more than Herzog saw an ever-increasing num-

Lakeland School District,who has been an double than before the pandemic—and ber of people seeking food assistance as

active volunteer with the program. from March through August, more than a result of the pandemic and was relieved

“When COVID happened, where we 13 million pounds of food or 11 million to see the operation move to the Je erson

usually had about 85 people coming, we meals were distributed throughout the Valley Mall in April, where it will con-

then had over 200 people and we were like, county.” tinue for the foreseeable future.

what are we going to do?”Luft said. As the e JV Mall parking lot has served “ e Yorktown police have been very

need outgrew the space at the elementary multiple purposes since the pandemic helpful—we were doing it twice a month

school, the operation was moved to the began: as a venue for graduation cer- through June,” she said. “It has been so

Je erson Valley Mall, where it currently emonies, tness classes, drive-in movie humbling to see the number of folks who

serves anybody from Westchester who is nights—and when the request came for became food-insecure following the loss

seeking assistance. a food distribution site, they accommo- of employment.”

Over the summer, the pre-boxed items dated the community’s need to use their Many in Westchester are reaching out

were distributed on a weekly basis when, space—allowing families to obtain food for the rst time in order to keep food on

at one point, Luft said, 507 families came in a contactless way. the table, the president of Feeding West-

for help. “ e mall is a large wide-open space, chester explained, and made a plea to resi-

“With the volunteers, who include so- reaching a high volume of clients, and has dents who might be able to help out.

cial workers, teachers, high school students the capability to socially distance clients “As the county continues to rebuild and

and others, we were averaging 10,000- in a safe manner, with low tra c volume adjust to the new norm, the need for food

12,000 pounds of food being given out a to make it safer for walking clients,” Er- remains at an all-time high,” Erren said.

week,” she said. ren added. “We rely on the support of our communi-

Feeding Westchester, which sources and Another volunteer, Mary Ellen Her- ty members to source and distribute good,

distributes food to towns across the county zog, who is a retired assistant superin- nutritious food to those in need, and any- PHOTOS COURTESY OF LEANNE DUKE

and has a network of over 300 partners tendent for pupil personnel services in one can help by donating, hosting a food

(including food pantries, soup kitchens the Lakeland School District, had over- drive or a fundraiser.”

Page 4 – North Salem News Thursday, October 15, 2020

MEETING ing the technology-sound issues. occurred.” about the prospect of changing guidelines, D’Agostino had said
We are troubleshooting with Board President Deb school days for elementary stu- previously that the room is typi-
FROM PAGE 1 our external vendor. All of the dents and was frustrated by the cally devoid of attendees.
equipment was working prop- D’Agostino was on vacation and lack of audio.
North Salem News attempted erly on campus. It’s possible the did not attend the Oct. 7 meet- e district invites the public
to contact all board members audio can be recovered by the ing. e North Salem School to submit questions or com-
and the superintendent during vendor this morning. If so, the Board switched to virtual meet- ments via email at each meeting.
the meeting via email and text meeting will be viewable on our Attempts to nd out the out- ings during the pandemic but
but none responded at the time. website.” come of several votes taken dur- resumed in-person meetings According to district clerk
ing the meeting were unsuccess- at the start of the school year. Mary Rhuda, the minutes of the
e following day, Superin- Trustee Andrew Pelosi also ful by press time. Although up to 20 people may Oct. 7 meeting are not expected
tendent Ken Freeston emailed: responded the following day, attend the board’s meetings to be posted until Oct. 21.
“ anks for your email regard- emailing, “ at should not have One parent told North Sa- in keeping with COVID-19
lem News she had tuned in to
the meeting speci cally to hear

Virtual event: 54th Annual
INVEST. INSPIRE. IGNITE. Moon Viewing Concert

Maximizing Instruction. Minimizing Risk. Unlimited viewing until
October 20
SAFE. Our PK-4 - Grade 8 Lower School is 100% in-seat thanks to ample space
on our 11-acre, suburban campus, while our 9-12 Upper School is up to 50% ere is still time to hear the master Yasuko Hara followed by
in-seat on a 5-day cycle.
SEAMLESS. Prekindergarten through Grade 12, our Gaels don’t miss a beat Hammond Museum’s Moon music that has been specially pre
using Google Classroom and Meet for the all-important live instruction that
maximizes learning. Viewing concert, view a tea cer- recorded for the Hammond Mu-
SYNCHRONOUS. Our highly credentialed and capable faculty teach on two
planes simultaneously, so your son receives the exact same instruction whether he emony and enjoy the night sky. seum by Masayo Ishigure. It will
is in-seat or virtual.
e annual Moon Viewing include 2 kotos and 2 shamisens.

concert is a tradition that was be- e Hammond encourages

gun by Natalie Hays Hammond you to provide your own bento

in 1966 and has continued by boxes and sake or plum wine to

popular demand ever since. enjoy in the comfort of your own

Although you will not be home while listening to the con-

able to be in the Japanese Stroll cert.

Garden for this ancient custom, Moon Viewing Fee: $20. (Un-

which every year brings together limited viewing until October

people and traditions of the East 20)

and the West, we have created a Vimeo information will be

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 North Salem News – Page 5


Bob Daros
For Town Councilman

Hello, my name is Bob Daros and I’m running for North 
Salem Town Council.   I’d like to introduce myself. 

Bob Daros and wife Ellen Falk. I have lived in North Salem all my life and my family has lived here 
since the mid‐1800's. My grandmother on my mother’s side was a 
Juengst, the family that built the Juengstville area of Croton Falls.  My 
grandfather on the my father’s side was a master mason and was the 
head mason in the construction of Purdy's High School which is now 
the WEC school in Purdys. He personally laid the bricks for the entire 
front facade, work done so well it has not needed to be touched since. 
That sort of dedication to doing the job   right runs in the family. 

I grew up in Purdys and then Croton Falls and currently live on Titicus Road with my wife, Ellen Falk, who teaches at North Salem 
High School, and a few dogs and cats. I have one son and two stepchildren, along with three grandchildren.   I went to school here, 
beginning at PQ and finishing up at the North Salem Middle and High Schools, graduating in the class of 1986.  

I was a Cub Scout and played Little League baseball.  I have been a businessman all my adult life.   In 1991 I cofounded Heritage Fuel, 
which today supplies fuel oil for most of North Salem’s households.   In 2006 I co‐founded Heritage Propane.  I have been a member 
of the National Association of Oil and Energy Professionals, Westchester chapter, since 1998 and have served as treasurer of the 
organization since 2001. I have been on the national board of directors  since 2002 and am currently chairman of the national awards 
I joined the Croton Falls Volunteer Fire Department while still in high school and have been one of the five Fire Commissioners since 
2001 and currently serve as Chairman of the Board. 
Since being appointed to the Town Board last spring to fill a vacancy, I am working on getting generators installed in the various town 
water districts, so that residents of those districts do not lose water in a power outage. I have also been working with state police to 
deal with the deteriorating bridge on Route 116 that currently has a weight restriction of 16 tons and would cause major traffic 
disruptions if the situation gets worse. 

I have also been working with fellow Town Board member Martin Aronchick as liaisons to the Planning Board and to the Croton Falls 
Master Plan.  I have worked all my life to give back to the town I love and I would be honored to have your vote on November 3rd so 
that I can continue to do so on the Town Board.    What I pledge to do for you on the Town Board; 

 Work to preserve our Open Space which is what makes us unique and special.   
 Continue working with the DOT, NYSP and the NSPD to restore order to our roads. 
 Planning Croton Falls 2025 with our Planning Board, engaging the community.   
 Acting at all times in a fiscally conservative manner. 


North Salem Local ‐ Independent  ‐ Republican ‐ Conservative  

N.Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas: "It has been great with Bob on the Town Board.  He 
joined the board and was immediately working with the NYS DOT, NYSP and NSPD on 
traffic issues.   Bob deserves your vote.  Please elect Bob November 3rd.  Thank you." 

    Paid for by the Committee to Elect the Republican team 


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The library is open, but on the bench or in the vestibule. Most of our programs are on to click on, and a password to fun in southern Africa. Take a
curbside pickup will continue You can also place a hold on an ZOOM. We hope to soon be enter. safari, visit a vineyard, take in
indefinitely. item. Deliveries have resumed able to o er socially distanced Capetown – the “Mother City”
between libraries so any holds programs on the library grounds Social Knitting - Bring your and play on the beaches from
Call 914-669-5161 or email you place will be delivered here. soon. Send us an email if you projects and ideas for an hour of your armchair. Escape from our
want to participate: keelerli- chatting and knitting. Send us COVID world with Joanne
the library, [email protected] Online programs [email protected] When you an email and we will send you Smith of Smith Luxury Travel.
email us, we will send you a link an invitation. Led by Cathleen, with your request and Sulli. Mondays in October from Introduction to Mindful-
11:00 am - 12:00 pm. ness Meditation on ursday,
we will nd the item, check it October 15th, and 29th, from
Outdoor In-Person Story- 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Claudia Civid-
out to you and leave it outside times on Tuesdays: Tuesdays in ino, a long-time meditator will
October from 11:00 am - 11:30 lead this Zoom program. One
CANDIDATE FOR NORTH SALEM TOWN BOARD am. Masks are required. Please of America’s leaders in the fash-
bring your own blanket or chair. ion industry, she is the CEO of
KDaathneierilnse If it is raining the storytimes will Loro Piano North America and
be canceled. a resident of North Salem.
Planning and Community Engagement Outdoor In-Person Sto- Family Zoom Cooking
rytimes on Wednesdays: Classes - It’s Apple Picking
Diversity of Leadership Wednesdays in October from Time on Wednesday, October
Fiscal Responsibility 11:00 am - 11:30 am. Masks are 21st, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Join
Preserve Open Space required. Please bring your own Culinary Institute Graduate,
Transparency blanket or chair. If it is raining Deb Rizzo, for a seasonal cook-
the storytimes will be canceled. ing show on Zoom. Learn to
A lifelong commitment to public service make Apple Cobbler and Au-
has taught me that integrity, solid human Teen Book Group: Meets tumnal Apple Salad.
connections, transparency and minimizing weekly on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00
partisanship are essential to excellence in pm. Next Book: Next Book: e Family Zoom Cooking
government. Working for you on the Town Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Classes - Spooktacular Hallow-
Board, I will insist upon careful long-range een Treats on Wednesday, Octo-
planning, controlling spending, and even-handed e library has copies to check ber 28th, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.
enforcement of the town code and the protection out. We talk about the progres- Join Culinary Institute Gradu-
of our unique rural character. I will continue to inspire and sion of the book, as well as play a ate, Deb Rizzo and learn how
encourage volunteerism, the backbone of our community. game of Kahoot! to make Mummy Dogs and get
tips on decorating Halloween
Writers Workshop: Ac- cupcakes.
complished and aspiring writ-
ers are invited to join Maryanne Fabulous, Fun, and Influ-
D’Amato, local resident and ential People of New York on
published author, for a support- Tuesday, November 10th, from
ive meeting. Send us an email 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Learn about the
and we will send you an invita- fabulous and in uential women
tion to join this Zoom session. of New York who made their
On Wednesday, October 7th, mark in politics, business, cul-
21st, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. ture, and the arts. is is the
100th anniversary of the passage
A Virtual Travel Experience of the 19th amendment granting
to Southern Africa: on urs- women the right to vote.
day, November 5th, from 7:30
pm to 8:30 pm. Dream about
wildlife, culture, wine, water, and


George Latimer, Westchester County Executive
Kitley Covill, Westchester County Legislator, District 2

Peter Harckham, NY State Senator, District 40
David Buchwald, NY State Assemblyman, District 93
Chris Burdick, Bedford Supervisor & Candidate NY State Assembly, District 93
Sean Patrick Maloney, US Congressman, District 18
Martin Aronchick, Councilman, North Salem Town Board




Thursday, October 15, 2020 North Salem News – Page 7

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Important note about political letters

To the community: As is our policy every year, Halston Media will not run any letters regarding the Nov. 3 election
the week prior to the election. e absolute last week for letters of a political nature will be Oct. 22. To ensure your let-
ter makes it into the Oct. 22 edition, letters must be emailed to [email protected] by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct.

16, must be 300 words or less and must include an address and phone number for our records.

Sharp objects e Moon is in the
7th house
READING, had traveled to Arles to paint and had announced
WRITING & that he was returning to Paris. microbes on Mars will be a lot like
e one hour program colorfully presented they are here on Earth, not exactly
KIM Bernadette Murphy’s seven year investigative
KOVACH journey as an unfolding mystery. e culmina- MAN the life of the party, usually the
tion of her detective work was the discovery of OVERBOARD butt of a “how many organisms
Iwatched an interesting program on PBS a handwritten letter from the local doctor who does it take to unscrew a lightbulb”
recently. It was an episode of the Secrets of had treated van Gogh’s self-in icted wound. e
the Dead series titled “Van Gogh’s Ear.” doctor included a sketch of the ear to show that RICK joke, etc. No one has mentioned
is intriguing documentary followed an van Gogh had used a straight razor to sever his MELÉN the fact that, who the hell really
independent researcher who made it her personal ear clean o , leaving only a small bit of lobe still knows what to expect? e rover
mission to learn the truth about the Dutch paint- attached.
er Vincent van Gogh and the famous “cutting o could run into a an angry mob
his own ear”story in 1888. Bernadette Murphy A young cleaning woman named Gabby, the
wanted to nd out if van Gogh actually sliced o unfortunate recipient of the ear, may have en- And if Jupiter aligns with of genius microbes up there, just
his entire ear or only part of his ear lobe. countered van Gogh in Paris, a year earlier, when Mars, then peace will guide
she had been treated for rabies by Louis Pasteur. the planets, and love will waiting for a big hunk of raw
Bernadette Murphy visited historical museums Van Gogh may have become obsessed with material that they can turn into their
and also the town of Arles, France, where van young Gabby and followed her to her hometown own spaceship, or even better, a huge
Gogh had lived at that time. She was obsessed of Arles, France. In a reference to the local bull
with learning why the artist would resort to such ghting tradition in the South of France, he may steer the stars, just like the song says. espresso maker.
a dramatic gesture and then walk several blocks, have cut o his own ear to present to her as a
bleeding, clutching the gory ear in a wrapped trophy of his a ection. Unfortunately, that won’t happen e probe, dubbed Perseverance,
cloth to hand it to a speci c young woman in a
di erent part of town. Another historical gure well known for again for another 32,000 years, so will have a microphone on it, so that
wielding a sharp object with terrible results is
Ms. Murphy scoured old letters, interviews and Lizzie Borden. Lizzie grew up in Fall River, Mas- somebody else is going to have to if any of the microbes want to get
census records. She closely observed the paint- sachusetts, as the younger daughter of Andrew
ings van Gogh completed before and after his and Sarah Borden. Andrew earned his living in steer the stars for a while. But did up and make a speech or do a little
self-mutilation. She studied the self-portrait of manufacturing and real estate development. After
Vincent van Gogh with the large white bandage Lizzie’s mother died, Andrew married his second you know that Mars is going to be stand up comedy (no one expects the
wrapped around his head. She found possible wife, Abby. Since Lizzie and her sister Emma
clues in a still life painting showing objects on were not married, they still lived at home with closer to the Earth this month than microbes to have feet though), they
Vincent’s table including an envelope from his their father and stepmother, well into adulthood.
brother, eo. it will be for the next 15 years? You can feel free to do so. It has a drill
On August 4, 1892, Andrew was found hacked
Ms. Murphy was able to put the pieces to death on the living room oor. Abby was won’t even need your glasses like you that will go down into the surface
together to deduce that earlier on that fateful discovered in an upstairs bedroom in a similar
day, December 23, 1888, Vincent had received a condition. At age 33, Lizzie was tried and acquit- did when it was 214 million miles and suck out samples to bring back
letter from eo announcing his engagement to ted the following year. Circumstantial evidence,
be married. eo had been supporting his older including the fact the Lizzie had burned a dress farther away. It will look like a red to Earth. If there are any earthworms
brother Vincent nancially for many years. Did she claimed had paint on it, was not enough to
Vincent fear that his brother would stop sending convict her of murder. Books, newspaper articles star in the Southern sky because of in there then we’ll have to rename
money? Later that same day, Vincent had a ter- and even a catchy jump rope song were written
rible argument with the artist, Paul Gauguin, who about Lizzie’s axe wielding crime. its large concentration of what is es- earthworms I guess. ere is more

Kim Kovach is intrigued by true crime stories. www. sentially rust. Mars has been left out than one camera on board the Perse-
in the Solar System for a few billion verance, so scientists at the command

years too long, it seems. center could conceivably experience a

In fact, there is a rover from rare simultaneous organism.

NASA on its way to Mars right now, If you’re as old as I am, you can

and when it gets there next year it’s remember when Apollo 11 landed

going to rove around looking for on the moon, with that choppy

signs of life. ere are a bunch of video that even back then was still

what used to be lakes on Mars, and better than some talk shows I’ve

scientists think that there could be seen during the coronavirus age.

evidence of microbes there under- Who didn’t imagine themselves as

neath the beds. If it’s anything like an astronaut, looking down at that

the evidence of microbes under- cloudy blue planet Earth? You’d

neath my bed, this should be one of cup your hands over your mouth

the most successful missions ever. SEE MELEN PAGE 9
Scientists are probably expecting that

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e masks we wear MELEN someday people will think the whole
thing was a hoax.
BRUCE trying to make sense of the nonsensical (a FROM PAGE 8
THE BLOG daily endeavor lately). e disdainful mask We’re making such a mess of
when eyeing the maskless. e mournful to simulate a static-y radio this planet that some people are
BRUCE mask when su ering loss. transmission. “ e Eagle has landed!” hitching their star to the stars, and
APAR A chimpanzee ew a space mission in maybe someday we can make a mess
Actors—those professional students 1961, so how hard could it be? en of someone else’s planet. It’s mind
of the human condition—are trained to I saw this centrifuge contraption that boggling to think how much there is
constantly study body language, including they use for training that spins you up there, and how much we’ll never
the nuances and nooks and crannies and around in a giant circle, even worse know about it. And so we make up
contours of facial expressions. than the Black Widow ride at the a bunch of stu and it makes us feel
carnival that I threw up after. At the better. I know that there are people
This is the month kids look forward ZOOM FACE end they scrape you o the side of the who put a lot of stock in their horo-
to, so they can put on masks and Even if someone’s not an actor, is it any simulator with a spatula and hang you scope readings, but I’m not going to
costumes to play pretend in public. from a clothes line until you’re back change my behavior based on what-
I’m a sucker for the playfulness and wonder we are more conscious than ever to normal. I used to get car sick when ever’s going on Mars, 38,586,816
general weirdness that haunts Halloween. of each other’s full-time, unremovable my Mom parallel parked the car, so miles away on a good day. When the
If my surname were any longer, it would “masks”? Nowadays, we see more of each that was the end of that dream. I went Moon is in the 2nd or 3rd house, I’ll
qualify as an apparition. I get so excited, other on a screen in virtual close-up than back to imagining myself enjoying a start paying more attention.
I started rehearsing for the autumnal on the street in real-life fullness. career in consulting, which has been
masquerade six months ago, by wearing a everything I ever dreamed it would be And I’ll keep an eye out for As-
mask. I recently heard a new expression, “rest- since no one has ever consulted me. teroid 2018 VP1. It’s going to pass
ing Zoom face.” very close to Earth the day before
My Halloween rehearsal mask isn’t I fantasize that it’s me stepping the United States election. Hope-
full-face, so completely incognito I’m not, Whatever it means, it sounds a little down from the Lunar Module, fully there won’t be a monumental
but I’m still semi-unrecognizable. If I’m at creepy, and not … quite … human. balancing my co ee cup in one hand disaster. I’m talking about the elec-
the supermarket, say, and someone I know and holding onto the ladder with tion, the asteroid is only about six
walks right by me, I’m not o ended. De- More like a “Twilight Zone” episode. the other, and I see that my co ee feet long, so worst case scenario it
pending who it is, I might even be relieved. Like the one in which we’re all currently is dispersing into outer space, and might dent somebody’s car. But this
appearing. It takes seven hours to prepare one month I’m keeping the shades to my
MASQUERADE cup, and I lose concentration and house closed, because if there is life
Let’s face it, though. Halloween or not, at’s it! I nally gured out my Hal- trip down three rungs of the ladder. on Mars, they’re closer than they’ve
loween disguise! Everyone’s waiting for me to say been in quite a while, and I don’t want
COVID or not, we wear masks all the something memorable. “ at’s one them peeking into my living room
time. Later this month, if you see a doppel- small step for man,” I say, “and yet I and making fun of the naked eye I’m
ganger, cigarette in hand, slipping in and almost killed myself.” I take a couple watching them with.
ere’s the serious mask when trying to out of shadowy recesses, who resembles photos of the place, but there are cof-
look pensive. e a able mask when trying Rod Serling, be sure to stop and say hello. fee droplets all over the place ruining Say hello at: [email protected]
to look friendly. e quizzical mask when the photos, and I have no idea that
It’ll be me.

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Are you hip?

THE Ayinger October Fest-Mar- the tasting shed recently to help Speaking on behalf of the Oktoberfest celebrations in Ba-
KATONAH zen: is newbie brewer (only with the review process. We all L.V.T.S: Yikes, this beer is phe- varia and the world over. If you
BEER MAN since 1878) o ering provides a enjoyed the Pumpkin nose, crisp, nomenal - and only available for like Oktoberfests with slightly
rich copper color, nutty nose, a light (despite 7%), e ervescent, a limited time so get over to your less maltiness and corresponding
JOHN BART rich malty taste and at 5.8%, you and sweet taste with a mellow local purveyor on the double! As sweetness, cough up a few extra
can stick around for a few before bitter nish. noted, consume with care, as a Deutschmarks for these fest
Iam! Got a full hip replace- saying Auf Widersehen. wise friend always says: “Imperial biers, brewed in the cradle of the
ment since the last article… Southern Tier Warlock Im- means strong.” American Revolution.
And, no, it was not due to Montauk Pumpkin Ale: is perial Stout: is is an EPIC
years perched on a bar stool… 5.7% is the best pumpkin ale I’ve 8.6% beer we also tasted that READER REVIEWS Oktoberfest – Zero Gravity
Glad I got it done when I did had this year! Perfectly spiced same day with the (L.V.T.S.) Our Finger Lakes corre- Craft Brewery, Burlington, VT
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both cinnamon and a hint of Picture this: you’re relaxing spondent graciously o ers this Epic Marzen lager checking
at being said, I’ve not had nutmeg that stay on the tongue on the late Fall afternoon with review from Harpoon Brewery, in at a drinkable 5.4% ABV. Ex-
opportunity or mobility for any without overstaying their wel- great friends around a perfectly an “OG” crafter founded in 1986 tremely palatable with Tettnang,
Field Trips, so when the meds come. Only available until end tendered re pit, basking in a that I totally respect and admire: Hallertau and Mittelfruh hops,
ran their course I decided to of October so get on it asap and Bu alo Bills victory and think- the blend of four di erent malts
explore from home with Mrs. let me know what you think! ing, “life could not get any better” Harpoon Flannel Friday: lets the hops come through
KBM and a volunteer network (well.. relatively..). But wait, what 5.7 abv, 35 ibu (ibu is a bitter- while giving homage to that
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to lend their palates to keep kin: Love the partnership here sess? Given the abv you smartly low being less bitter), Amber ale, we all love in an Oktoberfest.
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of my recommendations for cur- suggests: I can picture this in lieu of this stout’s roasty backbone local contributor’s Oktoberfest familiar Marzens. Eminently
rently seasonal beers (Autumnal of a post dinner “pumpkin latte”. abundant with chocolate and a viewpoint with some history crushable at 5.0% ABV, particu-
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‘Indiana Beckerman and the Closet of Doom’

excited for the cooler weather. before it. Sweater after sweater me that the cedar chips that I had cally hear him shaking his head in
exhibited the same symptoms put in my closet 10 years ago might disbelief on the other side of the
TRACY But as I began to pull it o , and I realized with horror that have actually lost their moth-repel- phone.
I noticed a number of white the Great Sweater Epidemic had ling capabilities over time.
BECKERMAN spots on it. With an increasing swept through my entire winter “Didn’t you have cedar chips?”he
sense of dread, I realized the wardrobe. Another moth ew out, bigger wondered.
than the one before. Bigger, fatter,
white spots were actually my I was just about to call the CDC hungrier. It wasn’t just your everyday “ ey appear to have eaten
when I noticed a utter come from moth. It was Mothra. I stared as it those, too.”
white t-shirt showing through within the belly of my closet. took a dinner break on the wall and
knew, with certainty, that my clothes “Sorry, honey,”he said.
thumbnail-sized holes in the Prior to this disaster, I’d had a were doomed “ ey ate holes through all my
false sense of security that our home, wool sweaters!”I groaned.“What
sweater. e sweater was no our haven, was secure. I thought our I picked up the phone. should I do?”
It was a balmy October day; longer a sweater. It was a net. fortress was impenetrable. But in “Do we have moth insurance?”I “Only one thing I can think of,”
the kind that gives you hope Being somewhat skilled in that moment, I discovered that our asked my husband. he said.
inner sanction had been invaded… “You mean like if a giant moth “What’s that?”
that even though the leaves are denying the awful truth when it lands on our house and crushes it?” “Next time, buy cotton.”
By moths. he asked.
turning, and the days are shorter, is staring me in the face, I decided As the moth ew out of the “No,”I said.“I mean if a colony If you’d like to nd something to
closet, the reality of what had actu- of moths breeds in my closet and laugh about every day, come join
it’s still summer. But while Mother the sweater must have su ered ally transpired dawned on me. I devours my wardrobe.” my Lost in Midlife community on
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coming, and I needed to pull my grate in spots over the summer.

wool sweaters out of storage. Tossing it on the oor, I reached

Going through the piles, I tried for the next sweater and tried it

on the rst sweater. It was cuter on. is sweater seemed to have

than I remembered and made me caught the same illness as the one

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Westchester Land Trust welcomes new directors to board

New members bring expertise to conservation organization

Westchester Land Trust that we have been able to attract ing the bank, Dublon worked nature, and clean water to drink. neering from Cornell University

(WLT), a regional land con- such talent to our Board.” at the Harvard Business School Responding to these needs is and a Master’s degree from Vir-

servation organization with Christopher Boege is an avid and at Bank Hapoalim in Israel. what WLT is doing today and ginia Polytechnic Institute.

headquarters in Bedford Hills, outdoorsman who enjoys ex- She was on the Fortune list of has done for more than 30 years. “I’m honored to serve on

announced three new appoint- ploring local trails and preserves. the 50 Most Powerful Women I’m looking forward to working WLT’s Board. eir commit-

ments to its Board of Directors. He and his wife Samantha are in Business for several years and with its dedicated Board and ment to conserving our com-

e new members, Christo- 21-year Bedford residents and has been honored as a “Woman sta to expand its regional im- munity’s natural resources and

pher Boege of Bedford, Dina have three daughters. Boege re- Who Makes a Di erence” by pact even more.” enhancing our region’s climate

Dublon of Bedford Hills, and cently left JPMorgan to pursue many organizations. Dina is Janelle Robbins, LEED AP, resiliency is unparalleled, and

Janelle Robbins of Somers, bring opportunities outside of nance. a board member of PepsiCo has 17 years of engineering and more important now than ever.”

a tremendous level of talent and For most of his career, Boege and T Rowe Price Group, and science experience working with

diverse professional experience to was a salesperson focused on serves on the Independent Au- environmental and conserva- ABOUT WESTCHESTER

the nationally accredited organi- distressed and high yield debt. dit Quality Committee of Ernst tion nonpro ts and consulting. LAND TRUST

zation. e additions to WLT’s Prior to that, he was in the In- & Young. Dublon holds a Bach- Her technical areas of expertise e Westchester Land Trust

leadership team will ensure con- vestment Banking division of elor’s degree in economics and include land and water conser- works with public and private

tinued progress and growth for JPMorgan. Boege holds a Bach- mathematics from the Hebrew vation and environmental site partners to preserve land in

the organization, which has used elor’s degree from Colgate Uni- University in Jerusalem and a design. She previously served as perpetuity, and to enhance the

the challenges of 2020 to trans- versity and a Master’s degree Master’s degree from the Busi- the Executive Director of Bed- natural resources in Westches-

form its work to reach a wider from New York University. ness School at Carnegie Mellon ford Audubon based in Katonah ter and eastern Putnam coun-

audience and increase its impact “I believe that protecting open University. She is married and and was responsible for over- ties. WLT’s conservation e orts

in the local community. spaces and providing access to has two adult children. seeing avian research programs, impact the long-term health of

“Combined, Chris, Dina, and nature is a responsibility we all “Westchester Land Trust is an land stewardship, and commu- these communities through the

Janelle bring world class con- have,” said Boege. “I am excited exciting organization to me be- nity engagement. Ms. Robbins protection of watershed areas, air

servation, management, and about the opportunity to join cause of its immediate, local im- currently is a consultant working quality, and food supply. In total,

nance experience to West- the WLT board and work to pact, together with the impor- with environmental engineering WLT has preserved nearly 9,000

chester Land Trust,” said Bruce preserve more land for genera- tant role it plays in open space and small business marketing acres of open space including

Churchill, Chairman of the or- tions to come.” protection in New York State.” rms. Robbins lives in Somers 900 acres of preserves owned

ganization. “It is a testament to Dina Dublon was, until the said Dublon. “People in our with her husband and young son. and managed by the organiza-

the relevance of our mission, and end of 2004, EVP and CFO of community need local food, ac- She holds a Bachelor’s degree in tion. For more information visit

our e ectiveness on the ground, JPMorgan Chase. Prior to join- cess to the healthful bene ts of Agricultural & Biological Engi-

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aloneI’m never Deveau Road resident Sharon As the overseer of more than
Life Alert® is always
here for me. Churcher claimed Saturday, Oct. 500 acres in North Salem, the MORE INFO SOUGHT
One touch of a button
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be built on its land, Hammond consider the town’s “long-stand- Board is asking Homeland to
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might be violating its own intent ing commitment” to preserve provide “a complete copy” of all
and purpose. North Salem’s rural character the supporting materials it had
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For a FREE brochure call:I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!
mond to do this,” Churcher said. “exploitation, development, and Chairwoman Cynthia Curtis
She said she thought there deterioration.” raised the subject at the meeting,

were other more suitable sites Paul Smadbeck, a 30-year resi- saying she was concerned about

and suggested that if the mu- dent, said his Titicus Road home certain wording in a document

seum needed the revenue such is 200 feet from one of the four the board has because it implies

an enterprise would generate, Hammond spots being oated there was no “third-party” oppo-

it could nd other less invasive for the tower. ere are other sition to the cell tower plan.

ways to accrue it. spots where the tower could be Curtis noted that the project

According to Dr. Marleen built without encroaching on “has once again raised a consider-

Kassel Kerson, president of the neighboring properties, he said. able amount of interest from the

Hammond’s board of trustees, at’s why, Smadbeck said, he neighbors.”

discussions about the tower pro- found it particularly “galling”that e board’s legal counsel, Ro-

posal have been “long, careful and the Hammond’s website invites land A. Baroni Jr., pressed that

transparent.” its visitors to “feel the peace and point to the applicant only to

“Everyone has been heard wisdom of nature.” be told by Homeland’s attor-

and everybody knows what our a“ ey want it as far away as ney, Robert Gaudioso, that he

thinking is,” she said Saturday— possible from their facility at the thought the town’s queries were

that it supports the application emotional and nancial expense “improper” and irrelevant.

and has “faith in the process.” of their neighbors,” Smadbeck “We made application. e

“We’re part of the community claimed, adding that there are board refused to process our ap-

and we intend to work together 25 homes within 500 feet of the plication until we had approval

with the community in the best Hammond. [from the attorney general]. It’s

interests of the entire commu- Neighbor Lisa Weinstein not even clear that the attorney

nity,” Kassel Kerson said. said last year that she had safety general’s approval was required,”

However, one stakeholder— concerns, including whether the Gaudioso responded.

the North Salem Open Land tower might be toppled by high Baroni countered that Gaud-

Foundation—feels that the proj- winds and somehow cause health ioso was being “uncoopera-

ect isn’t in the community’s best issues. tive” and the town has the right

interests and is opposing the Referring to the nearby nature to know exactly what the state

Hammond site because it feels preserve as “the jewel of North based its opinion on.

a tower would mar the “scenic Salem,” she said she found it “We don’t know that the attor-

viewshed.” ironic that those who go there ney general thought we were giv-

“We are not against cell tow- to “detox from technology” ing notice and no one objected.”

ers; it’s the location,” Pam Pooley, could nd themselves staring at e board said it would send

its own letter to the attorney gen-

eral seeking the materials.

Gaudioso, of Snyder & Snyder

in Tarrytown, did not respond to

a subsequent request by North

Salem News for further com-


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later assuring Gaudioso and Ver-
gati that the board’s desire for
more information was not an at-
tempt to delay the project.

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Bedford mourns Gas station fuels up for opening
death of police officer

BY TOM BARTLEY Construction crews have

been as busy as bees preparing

Bedford Police O cer the corner of Fields Lane and

Nicholas D. Hansen was Hardscrabble Road for its future

only 25 when he died at occupant—an 1,800-square-

home on Oct.1. e cause foot gas station and convenience

of death was not immedi- store.

ately made public. e pre-fab building is nally

Hansen had been a up and lots of concrete has been

member of the Bedford poured, but motorists won’t be

force, assigned as a patrol bellying up to the fuel pumps at

o cer,since January 2018, the new North Salem Market

following his graduation just quite yet.

from the Westchester ere’s lots more work—like

County Police Academy. blacktopping and landscaping—

“He served the Bedford to be done and it’s still waiting

community with honor, for a permit for its water system

pride and integrity for al- from the town, said business

most three years,” Lt. An- owner Issa Issa.

drew Bellantone said. “He But, after waiting for years for PHOTO: CAROL REIF
various approvals—including
was loved by his fellow of- one from the state Department Crews are busy working on a new gas station in North Salem.

cers as well as the people PHOTO: BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

he served.” Nicholas Hansen pictured here during his of Environmental Conserva-

A 2013 graduate of 2018 graduation from the Westchester tion after a leaky fuel tank left
Pleasantville High School, County Police Academy.
behind by the previous tenant

Hansen went on to earn was discovered—what’s an-

an associates degree before other month or two or three?

going into law enforcement. He lived in Pleasantville. While there is no set date for

He is survived by his parents, Dean Hansen of West Palm Beach, opening yet, Issa is still revved

Fla., and Vikki (Palmieri) Hansen of Pleasantville; a brother, Matthew up about the project’s progress.

Hansen of Pleasantville; his maternal grandfather, Richard Palmieri of He seems almost as excited

Hawthorne; and paternal grandparents, Henry and Carol Ann Hansen as residents and the commut-

of West Palm Beach, Fla. ers who use Exit 8 o Route

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 Sports North Salem News – Page 19




Stella DiDomenico


Juliet Serra


Tigers look to return to section finals

North Salem coach excited by ‘experienced core’

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER uncertainty surrounding the fall section, as teams scramble to re- title game, 2-0, to Bronxville. and sophomore Emily Collura.
SPORTS EDITOR season. ough many govern- schedule games. Some top players graduated, but “We have a very talented and
ing bodies—from New York Frohman likes what she has seen
A lot of teams develop a motto State to Section 1—have imple- For now, North Salem eld so far in practice. experienced core, all of whom
or a rallying cry to bind them to- mented strict health and safety hockey was slated to open the have been on varsity for two or
gether as they embark on another protocols, a regional spike in season at home against Rye at “We could be very good,” the more years,”the coach said.“ ey
long season. For Jennifer Frohm- cases could jeopardize the sea- 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. coach said. “What I’m seeing bring a wealth of knowledge to
an, coach of North Salem’s varsity son. In fact, many neighbor- Home teams are allowed up to right now is excellent. So, I think all of the younger girls that we’ve
ing schools—Mahopac, Lake- two guests per student-athlete; it’s going to be fun and I hope added onto the teams.”
eld hockey team, her most re- land, Yorktown—have already guests from visiting teams are they get the chance to show how
peated phrase this preseason has lost practice time when school prohibited, a section-wide man- good they can be.” In addition to the uncertainty,
been: “I don’t know.” buildings closed due to positive date. all teams are challenged by mask-
COVID-19 cases in the student e team captains will be se- wearing mandates and a lack of
“I need to have a shirt printed body. ese closings could have e Tigers are expected to be niors Stella DiDomenico, Krista scrimmages. But even in a so-
that says,‘I don’t know,’”Frohman ripple e ects throughout the among the best teams in Class DeModna, and Juliet Serra, and cially distanced season, Frohman
said. “I hate having no answers.” C. Last year, North Salem went junior Kiki DeModna. Also re- said, “Our goal never changes. It’s
15-3-1, losing in the section turning are junior Kayla Andrews always sectional nals.”
e coach is referring to the

Page 20 – North Salem News SPORTS Thursday, October 15, 2020

Visiting spectators banned from fall sports

Home teams can allow two guests per player

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Committee is scheduled to meet
again on Tuesday, Oct. 26, to dis-

cuss the topic of o -season work-

Only home spectators will be outs.

allowed at high school athletic LocalLive
contests throughout the region

this fall, Section One declared

last week. With family and friends barred

Two spectators per home ath- from watching road games, the

lete will be allowed. Crowdgoers, services of livestreaming compa-

much like the athletes and coach- nies are perhaps more relevant

es, will be required to distance than ever.

when possible and wear masks. In recent years, many school

School districts may elect to be districts in the area have con-

more restrictive than the state’s tracted the services of LocalLive,

Department of Health guide- a Connecticut-based company

lines. Schools are also being en- that allows friends, family mem-

couraged to o er health screen- bers and fanatics to watch their

ings for spectators and have them favorite varsity sports teams from

provide contact information for the comfort of their own home.

tracing purposes. e free service is also being

“If deemed necessary, school used to broadcast concerts and

districts may choose to be more other special events, like gradu-

restrictive and place addition- ations. FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

al limitations on the number Districts have contracted Lo- A crowd of students at a Lakeland High School football game in September 2019.
of spectators at their athletic calLive to install high-de nition

events,” wrote the Section One cameras in their auditoriums, at Somers, have contracted Local- porter for the Journal News and Cameras are installed and con-

Executive Committee in a letter their elds, and in their gyms. e Live to broadcast their homes MSG Varsity. trolled remotely by “game pro-

to school districts. “In addition, cameras are controlled remotely. games, meaning certain North LocalLive has contracts with ducers” who are trained and hired

the host district has the ability to ere are other bene ts for Salem road games will be avail- schools in more than 15 states, by LocalLive, Devaney explained.

restrict any spectator from being players and coaches. All broad- able online. Devaney added, with the larg- ey can be anywhere in the

in attendance who does not com- casted games will be archived on Kevin Devaney Jr., vice presi- est focus in southern New York, country and operate the PTZ

ply with the guidelines set forth LocalLive’s website, making it dent of digital content for Lo- northern New Jersey and Fair- (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras by con-

by the [Department of Health], easier to review game footage. It calLive, said the company was eld County (Connecticut). is necting an Xbox controller to their

[New York State Public High also allows players to make high- founded in spring of 2017 by fall, LocalLive has introduced computer. e game producers are

School Athletic Association], the light reels for use in recruiting. Nelson Santos, who is also CEO. individual streaming at some paid per game and their skills are

local health department and/or Neighboring districts, such as LocalLive has grown from 10 schools, meaning it has the ability rated by LocalLive. e better the

host district.” Bronxville, Briarcli , Fox Lane, schools in 2017 to nearly 100 in to broadcast speci c home games rating, the more jobs and high-

e Section One Executive John Jay (Cross River), and 2020, said Devaney, a former re- at non-partner schools. pro le games they get.

The connection between myocarditis, COVID-19, and sports

One of the more notable concerns about postpone their 2020 seasons in August. e

competing in athletics during the pandemic Big 10 decided to begin its 2020 season in

is the potential connection between COV- late October, while tahe Pac 12 will begin

ID-19 and the heart condition myocarditis. in November.

According to Hackensack Meridian It’s important to note that many viral

Health, two studies published in the journal infections can cause myocarditis, and re-

JAMA Cardiology revealed that patients searchers point out that mild cases of heart

who have recovered from COVID-19 may in ammation can get better on their own.

show signs of heart damage. at damage However, it’s vital that athletes and their

may be present weeks or even months after families recognize the potential threat

recovery. Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo posed by myocarditis and other potential

Rodriguez, who began the shortened MLB heart-related side e ects of COVID-19.

season on the injured list after testing posi- For example, Hackensack Meridian Health

tive for COVID-19, ultimately decided to Notes that COVID-19 can make existing

sit out the entire season after being diag- heart conditions worse. In addition, the

nosed with myocarditis, an in ammation Mayo Clinic notes that severe myocardi-

of the heart that can have long-term con- tis can lead to heart failure, heart attack or

sequences. stroke, rapid or abnormal heart rhythms,

Concerns about myocarditis was behind and even sudden cardiac death.

some of the fear associated with playing Athletes face di cult decisions regard-

the 2020 college football season. In mid- ing whether or not to return to competition

August, Brian Hainline, MD, the chief during the pandemic. Understanding the

medical o cer of the National Collegiate potential dangers of doing so, including the

Athletic Association, acknowledged he risk for myocarditis, can help athletes make

was aware of a dozen cases of myocarditis the most informed decisions possible.

PHOTO: METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION among NCAA athletes. Concerns about

myocarditis were a factor in the decision is article was provided by Metro Creative

by the Big 10 and Pac 12 conferences to Connection.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 LEISURE North Salem News – Page 21

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1. Battered corners: dog-__ 34. Breathe noisily 53. Suggestions 23. Make a bleating sound
6. __ Mater: one’s school 35. Full of roots 57. One who overindulges 24. The kids love him
10. National capital 37. Inside 58. Expression 25. Female condition prior
14. Frogs and toads order 38. Small island in a river 59. Maize dough to menstrual period
15. Bathrooms (French) 39. Tear into pieces 60. Make into leather 27. Founder of Sikhism
17. Praise 40. “CSI” actor George 61. British noblemen 28. Sudanese swamp
19. Witch 41. Make less dense 29. He/she can help with
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21. Pork and lamb are two country native 1. One of two or more 30. Part of the human body
types 45. Pike and pickerel genus people or things 31. Mortar trough
22. Rocky peak 46. Important in respiration 2. Small, deerlike water 33. Greek island
23. Women’s undergarments and other biochemical buffalo 35. Change pagination
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26. Bed sheets 47. Belgian city 4. Unit of work 37. Precursor to the EU
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readiness 49. In a more positive way
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practical purpose 51. Reactive structures in
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e pandemic and the presidential election

How will they impact federal and NY estate tax exemptions?

It is undeniable that the CO- it appears that COVID-19 and GUEST and gift tax authorities is that the Clearly taking advantage of
VID-19 pandemic has had a the increase of crime in urban CORNER pressure from the left wing of the larger exemption before the
signi cant and detrimental areas may have already pushed Biden’s party will make a decrease election or before a new Con-
impact on the scal well- being the a uent to depart New York ANTHONY J. in the exemption amount and gress is sworn in is the smart-
of our local, state and federal for these more friendly states. ENEA an increase in the tax rate almost est way to reduce one’s taxable
government. Trillions of dol- inevitable. estate both for New York and
lars in stimulus packages and e ability to work remotely tion of the 2020 Presidential Federal Estate tax purposes.
huge budget de cits at all levels has also had a signi cant impact election, two prominent Senate Earlier this year the IRS an- For the a uent this may be a
of government do not bode on the willingness of people to Democrats proposed legislation nounced that if one made tax- classic case of “If you snooze,
well for the future of the New relocate. reducing the federal estate tax able gifts in reliance on the exis- you lose!”
York and Federal estate tax exemption to $3.5 million per tence of the current estate and
exemptions, which are respec- If one does not properly person and lower. Whether the gift tax exemption, and if said Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a member
tively, $5.85 million dollars plan for estate taxes in New exemption will remain at the exemption is later reduced, then, of Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano,
and $11.58 million dollars per York the tax impact can be present amount will hinge upon in that event the IRS would LLP of White Plains and Somers,
person for the year 2020. devastating. New York has an the results of the upcoming not seek to “claw-back” into New York. He focuses his practice on
estate tax “cli .” If one’s estate election. President Trump has the calculation of the size of Wills, Trusts and Estates and Elder
Large budget de cits will passes to someone other than expressed his intention that the one’s taxable estate the amount Law. Mr. Enea is the Past Chair
place signi cant pressure on the their spouse and is ve percent exemption remain at its cur- gifted before the current exempt of Elder Law and Special Needs
State of New York to cut back greater than the New York rent amount, however, there is amount changed. Section of the New York State Bar
spending and raise revenues by Estate Tax exemption ($5.85 a concern among many estate Association (NYSBA). He is the
every means possible including, million) then the entire estate is planning attorneys and CPAs is in e ect gives the green current Chair of the 50+ Section
reducing the estate tax exemp- taxable at the highest New York that a Vice President Biden vic- light to those wishing to reduce of NYSBA. Mr. Enea is the Past
tion and increasing the estate Estate tax rate of sixteen (16%) tory with control of the house the size of their estate to make President and Founding member
tax rate. Perhaps a harbinger of percent, not just the excess and senate could easily result in large taxable gifts before the of the New York Chapter of the
things to come is the new Mil- above the exemption. the exemption being reduced to federal exemption is scheduled National Academy of Elder Law
lionaire’s tax being implemented $3.5 million or lower and that to drop on January 1, 2026 or Attorneys (NAELA). Mr. Enea
in New Jersey on those making Irrespective of what hap- the tax rate will increase from even earlier. When the above is the President of the Westchester
more than $1 million per year pens with the federal estate tax the present forty percent to as is taken into consideration County Bar Foundation and a Past
in income. exemption, budgetary pressure high as sixty percent. with the potential for assets President of the Westchester County
may result in the New York ex- to be valued lower as a result Bar Association. He can be reached
One of the reasons the New emption being reduced and the Although, Vice President of COVID’s impact and with at (914) 948-1500 or at [email protected]
York Estate tax exemption was New York estate tax rate being Biden has not stated that he interest rates being very low, the esslaw
increased to $5.85 million per increased. 2021 will de nitely would do so, as part of the planning and gifting options are
person was to be more competi- be an interesting year for taxa- Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, even more attractive.
tive with the federal exemption tion issues in New York. Biden has already expressed his
and to prevent the a uent from priority to raise a variety of taxes WHY DO WE
leaving New York for tax friend- With respect to the fed- on corporations and the a uent.
ly states; and states that do not eral estate and gift tax exemp- ADVERTISE
have a state estate tax/death tax, tion($11.58 million) per person e concern among many estate
such as Florida, North Carolina, for 2020 (if not made perma- IN HALSTON
Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Colo- nent by 12/31/2025 it drops to
rado and others. at being said, approximately $6 million per
person) even before the pan-
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