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Happy County stresses importance
of Census count
holidays! BY CAROL REIF in states and the allocation of seats in the
PHOTOS: MEGAN KREINEN STAFF WRITER House of Representatives. State o cials
Children and Maverick the use Census data to redraw the boundar-
bearded dragon got a visit
from Santa during the Somers Getting your numbers right really ies of congressional and state legislative
Volunteer Fire Department
Candy Cane Run. See more counts—especially when they determine districts.
photos on pages 3 and 12-13.
how billions in federal dollars are parceled Calling them a “distraction,” the U.S.
out to vital services such as public safety Supreme Court didn’t buy the Trump
and health care. administration’s reasons for including the
at’s the message Norma Drum- citizenship question and subsequently
mond hopes folks have internalized by blocked it. Citizenship in general, how-
the time the 2020 Census gets underway ever, continues to be a political lightning
this month. rod.
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, According to Drummond, the county
the head count has been conducted every uses Census data to “make informed de-
10 years since 1790. cisions every day.”
Westchester’s commissioner of plan- It, municipalities, school districts, hos-
ning has been busily dropping in on as pitals, nonpro ts and regular citizens
many of its 45 towns, villages and cities need solid numbers to “apply for grants
as possible in a quest to drive home the and to direct resources where they are
importance of an accurate population most needed,” she said.
poll and so people “know what to expect.” Census data is also used to help resolve
Drummond recently visited Somers, local issues and to plan for future devel-
North Salem and Lewisboro. opment. It a ects the size of the slice of
Drummond has sought to erase any tax sales pie municipalities sometimes
lingering fears related to President rely on to balance their budgets.
Trump’s last-minute bid to include a New York has lost congressional seats
citizenship question. Critics said it was in the past, so it’s important that its pop-
intended to intimidate households with ulation is tallied correctly, Drummond
immigrants—even those who are U.S. told the Somers Town Board in Novem-
citizens— and could have distorted the ber.
nal count to the detriment of all. More importantly, she said, citing a
Because the data can only be used to George Washington Institute of Policy
produce statistics, it cannot be shared report, Census data is used to determine
with immigration or law enforcement the distribution of $880 billion in federal
agencies. funds each year.
It’s also about fair representation. Cen- SEE CENSUS PAGE 4
sus numbers a ect the balance of power
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The Staff School investigates handling of DWI incident
EDITORIAL TEAM District puts transportation director on leave
BY CAROL REIF communicated, and where we ger under age 16. “acting strange.”
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 STAFF WRITER could have done better.” e district’s attorneys are in- Bernardi called Royal Coach
Somers schools transportation William J. Mendez, 61, of vestigating the incident, “includ- Lines’ Somers dispatch to have
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER director Joe Bernardi has been Somers was arrested on Wednes- ing what occurred leading up to, the driver cease operations and
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 placed on administrative leave in day, Dec. 18, and charged with during and after the incident,” then drove to the bus’ location, ac-
[email protected] the wake of a DWI arrest of one Aggravated DWI and DWI, af- Blanch wrote,adding that Bernar- cording to state police.
of the district’s bus drivers. ter children aboard his bus called di was placed on leave “out of an
ADVERTISING TEAM parents to report that he was driv- abundance of caution and no as- Mendez was relieved of his
LISA KAIN Schools Superintendent Dr. ing erratically. He had been taking sumptions should be made based duties and taken to the hospital
Raymond Blanch made the an- students home from the Somers upon this action.” for evaluation. e Westchester
914-351-2424 nouncement Monday, Dec. 23, in Intermediate School. County District Attorney’s O ce
[email protected] a letter to parents. Bernardi is also e district has also asked its got a search warrant and obtained
the district’s chief emergency of- e former charge, a Class E safety and security experts, Altaris a sample of Mendez’s blood.
PAUL FORHAN felony, was brought under Lean- Consulting, to review its “trans-
914-202-2392 cer. dra’s Law, or the Child Passenger portation policies, procedures and Tests showed that his blood
[email protected] e district is delving into the Protection Act. It imposes special practices, and their implementa- alcohol content was 0.22 percent,
CORINNE STANTON sanctions on anyone convicted of tion in relation to the incident.” police said. Leandra’s Law set the
845-621-4049 Dec. 9 incident aboard Bus P endangering the life of a passen- BAC at 0.08 percent.
[email protected] including “how it was managed, is will, Blanch said, involve
JENNIFER CONNELLY “a review of records from both the Mendez was arraigned before
914-334-6335 Welcome Home with district and Royal Coach.” Judge Denis Timone in Somers
[email protected] Town Court and released on his
BRUCE HELLER Mendez was an employee of own recognizance, police said. He
914-202-2941 Royal Coach Lines. is scheduled to be back in court on
[email protected] Monday, Jan. 6.
PRODUCTION TEAM According to Blanch, this as-
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL sessment “is already under way Blanch told parents that “the
PRODUCTION MANAGER and will include the October 2018 district places paramount impor-
DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER accident in which the Bus P driver tance on your children’s safety,
[email protected] was involved.” health and well-being.”
ASST PRODUCTION MANAGER No details about that incident “As such, we are conducting
were available at press time. these reviews with a critical eye to
DESIGNER determine what needs to improve
[email protected] According to New York State and what the district can do to
EXECUTIVE TEAM police, the district had been noti- avoid any similar incidents.”
BRETT FREEMAN ed by a parent that Mendez was
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Candy Cane Run! Keegan Geary, 5,
waited to Santa
e Somers Volunteer Fire Department held its Candy Cane looking like
Run on Dec. 15. Fire ghters accompanied Santa Claus through Santa
the community, handing out candy canes and greeting children.
Lena Ruth, 4, with Lyla, 7, and Bryce Gaudio, 9 Will, 2, and Ben
Olivia Chamakian, 5
Ritacco, 6, The happy
rushes to see kids at Lake
Santa with Lioncolndale
her sister Lake House
Aubrey, 3 gather around
Alessandra, PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
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CENSUS to respond to it online. get a form delivered to them. how many people are living in that As part of a nationwide e ort in
FROM PAGE 1
Letters will be mailed to the e less than 1 percent who live unit,”Drummond said. 2018, the county reviewed housing
public on March 16, April 8 and in very remote areas such as north- As a last resort, the Census will addresses and found 370,000—
“Every person that is not count- April 20. ern Maine and Alaska will have to use tax forms, food stamps, Med- 24,000 more units than were “of-
ed is a loss of approximately $2,500 Responses also can be submitted be tracked down and surveyed. icaid rolls and data from Housing cially”accounted for.
a year to local municipalities and by phone or mail. Residents have If residents haven’t responded by and Urban Development, Veterans “If that doesn’t worry you, it
the county,” Drummond said. until the end of July to respond. mid-April, they can expect to be Administration, Health and Hu- worries me,”Drummond said.
“ at means that just 400 people e Census Bureau must deliver visited by a Census taker. man Service, Social Security Ad- Some of the units were likely
not getting counted is a million- the o cial count to the president e bureau is now allowed to ministration and Internal Revenue empty, but even if there were only
dollars-a year loss.” by Dec. 31. canvass building managers and Service to obtain the count. one person in each of them, that
For the rst time, the majority About 5 percent—most likely neighbors. Census data cannot be shared would have made the “di erence
of Americans won’t be getting a those who use post o ce boxes,have “If they’ve been knocking on with any other federal department. in Westchester County being over,
Census form in the mail. Instead, rural route addresses, or have been that door, and nobody answers, e questions are very basic: or being under, a million people.
95 percent will receive “invitations” displaced by natural disasters—will they are allowed to ask neighbors name, sex, age, birth date, race, at’s huge,”she said.
ethnicity, whether the person is of e county found that seven
Hispanic, Spanish or Latino heri- municipalities were not complying
tage and what his or her relation- with monthly requirements to re-
ship is to “Person 1,” the owner or port things like residential building
renter of the home. permits.
Drummond has raised concerns “You know, there’s basements
over whether seniors and disabled and attics. ere’s second oors
residents would have the tech and rst oors. Whether they’re
savvy—or equipment—to respond legal or not, we don’t care, and
electronically. Sixteen percent of neither does the Census Bureau,”
Westchester’s residents are over 65 Drummond said.
and 10 percent of residents have In October, it o ered training
some sort of disability. On top of sessions to get the outliers back on
that, 8.3 percent are living in pov- track.
erty and might not have access to a e Census Bureau plans to hire
computer. more than 6,200 people to knock on
Collectively, these special needs doors in Westchester and Putnam.
groups represent about 250,000 “ ey are not necessarily 9-to-5
people, or 25 percent of the popu- jobs. ey are looking for people
lation. to go to people’s homes when they
e county intends to reach out are home—nights and weekends,”
to senior centers and nutrition pro- Drummond said.
grams, not only to educate seniors Background checks have to be
about responding online but what made, so people should apply as
to expect if someone comes to their soon as possible.Training begins in
“ ere are so many scams out In February, the bureau will
there that a ect our seniors.We re- begin counting people in “group
ally want them to be careful,but we quarters” such as prisons, assisted
want them to respond to the Cen- living facilities and college dorms.
sus,”Drummond said. Students who commute will
ey should always ask for ID have to be logged in at their resi-
and should never give out their dences.
bank account, credit card or Social In general, barriers to participa-
Security information. tion seem to be apathy, concerns
e county is hoping to estab- about data con dentiality and pri-
lish “hubs” in public facilities such vacy, fear of repercussions and dis-
as libraries and to recruit teenage trust of government.
volunteers to help seniors complete But, Drummond said, many
the Census online. want to know “what’s in it” for
It will be rolling out a website them personally.
with “visual aids,” including the When asked what would make
county’s logo, photos of the actual it worth doing their civic duty, they
mailings and versions of the Cen- usually mention more money for
sus in Spanish. health care, xing potholes and
Last spring, County Executive bettering their children’s education.
George Latimer formed the Cen- en there are those who are un-
sus 2020 Complete Count Com- aware that the Census exists—like
mittee. 20-somethings, new immigrants
“ e mission is very simple—we and visiting workers—and need to
want to make sure that if you reside be brought up to speed.
in Westchester County that you Getting to the parents through
are counted. e potential loss of their kids is one tactic for raising
dollars and representation is what awareness, Drummond said.
is at stake here,”he said. Drummond said schools are be-
During the 2010 Census, West- ing encouraged to weave lessons
chester’s population earned the about the Census into subjects
dubious distinction of being the such as math and science—much
ninth hardest county in the state to like they did with environmental
count. Only 76 percent of house- issues.
holds submitted responses. “My child came home from
Back then,the county just let the school one day and said,‘Mom! Do
federal government “do its thing,” you know how many water bottles
but decided to get proactive after there are in the ocean?’ at’s how
uncovering awed data, Drum- we learned to recycle; our kids
mond said. guilted us into doing it.”
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Somers Democrats honor Ken Kearney
On Oct. 24 the Somers Democratic
Town Committee presented its Com-
munity Appreciation Award to Ken Ke-
arney. e event was held at Anglebrook
Kenneth Kearney is the founder and
president of e Kearney Realty & De-
velopment Group (KRDG), a diversi ed
real estate development and property
management rm based in Carmel.
Kearney’s nearly 23 years in real es-
tate development includes many accom-
plishments of completed and successful
projects located throughout the Hudson
Valley. To date KRDG has built com-
mercial and residential projects valued at County Executive George Latimer, Somers Democratic Chair Christine Robbins,
more than $250 million and is currently Ken Kearney and Sen. Pete Harckham.
involved with several projects at various
stages of development.
Known by friends and associates as “a
businessman with a big heart,” Kearney
brings experience, tenacity, a strong work
ethic, and solid professional relationships
to any project he undertakes. He has been
recognized by many for achievements in
developing successful projects.
In Kearney’s free time he is a board
member on two nonpro t organizations,
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Happily Ever After
A new year…A new me 2019: e year in
review, part I
Where did the old THE with lighting and mirrors.
year go? I just SEASONED Being overweight is not These stories is a Large Magel-
got used to dat- CITIZEN are the high-
ing my checks 2019 (I still healthy, but starving one- lights of the
ADRIENNE self to look like a movie
pay most of my bills the KAVELLE icon is just as dangerous. MAN lanic Cloud running
‘old fashioned’ way) and Instead of trying to change OVERBOARD around out there
soon it will be 2020, actu- ourselves, why don’t we year in review, but RICK and it’s making a
I’m actually pretty MELÉN bee-line for our
ally a much easier date to just enhance who we are? surprised we viewed galaxy, and speci -
remember. Start by believing we are
As a Seasoned Citizen I nd the days long each beautiful in our own way and take it them in the rst cally, my car. Cur-
and the years short. ey seem to whiz by, from there. place. Look them rently the Large
taking me farther and farther from the ‘me’ I Actually, I don’t miss the ‘me’ I was, I just up if you still believe Magellanic Cloud
used to be. I resent the fact that I tire more need to accept the ‘me’ I am now. e old that ction is stranger than truth. is about 163,000 light years away, but
easily now and cannot do things I once did ‘me’ would look into every mirror she passed, could get close enough to put an end
‘standing on one foot’. I have become my needing to be sure the outside was perfect MAN SCREAMING ‘WHY DON’T to life as we know it a couple billion
grandmother, the doyen of my family, the before she could project her inner perfection. YOU DIE?’ AT SPIDER TRIGGERS years sooner than expected. ey said
one to be cared for but not whistled at (sorry I now realize it’s the other way around. POLICE RESPONSE the same thing two billion years ago
all you 21st century women, but I did enjoy I’ve stopped coloring my hair, wear- is is the kind of thing that can and look what happened. I consulted
walking into a room and hearing everyone ing make-up, and dressing as though I just happen only in Australia. Apparently several cosmetologists about this and
say, ‘Wow!’). I know, I know that old adage, stepped out of Vogue. Not because I wanted the passer-by who heard the commo- none of them seemed too concerned
“beautiful young people are accidents of na- to, but because my health challenges forced tion didn’t notice the spider, and I’m about it.
ture, while beautiful old people are works of me to…and guess what I discovered…I’m guessing that the police responded
art.” PHOOY! Actually, I’m too tired to re- still the same ‘me’, just a little less amboy- with riot gear, stun guns and a rolled FLORIDA MAN SHOVES PIZZA IN
ally care! ant! It’s not so much the way you look, but up newspaper. If you are a human DAD’S FACE AFTER LEARNING HE
e quote I like best is when Hamlet, in how you project yourself. ink you’re beau- and you get “SWATted,” it’s danger- HELPED DELIVER HIM AT BIRTH
the cemetery scene, holds up a skeletal head tiful and you are beautiful. ous. But if you are a spider and you Why this information should in-
and says, “ Get thee to my lady’s chamber I started this article writing about how get swatted, it’s game over. Later it ame the son so much is one mystery,
and tell her though she paint an inch thick time seems to pass so quickly and wound up was determined that the spider had and why this didn’t already happen in
to this end must she come!” talking about how we see ourselves. Well, escalated the situation, so no charges Australia is another. But I will say that
What actually is ‘beauty’? Hollywood time does just that. It changes us, and if we were led. if the dad took more than 30 minutes
tells us it’s smooth skin, long lustrous hair, don’t ght the changes, but accept them and to help deliver him, the birth should
lithe bodies, and perfect make up. We be- go with the ow, then beautiful old people NEARBY GALAXY IS HURTLING be FREE! e bigger question is how
lieve them and try to emulate actors who, on can really be works of art. TOWARDS MILKY WAY AND COULD come I never get attacked with pizza?
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Generation MELEN farm-to-table restaurant is going e French Fencing Fed-
next to have to move their table. And eration has sanctioned the Star
FROM PAGE 8 I don’t want to say any of this Wars phenomenon in order to
father-in-law and my father too loudly because there is a tree get younger people interested
After the pizza attack maybe right outside my o ce and I in the sport of fencing. If the
George’s generation. ey some other guy could come along don’t want it to hear. French ever recognize robot bat-
and thrash me with an orange tling, South Park trivia, Poke-
BRUCE all entered this world on the soda, and then somebody with POLICE SEARCH FOR MOTHER mon Go and drone racing, they
THE BLOG cusp of, or in the midst of, dessert could nish me o . It’s a HARASSING COLLEGE WOMEN can host their own Geek Olym-
case of assault and pepperoni. TO DATE SON pics. May the farce be with you,
e Great Depression; they but any fencing I do is going to
CHINA GROWS FIRST PLANT e Baltimore Sun reported be with a guy who runs a pawn
BRUCE fought their way abroad ON THE MOON that a woman in her mid-50s was shop in the Bronx.
allegedly stalking the campus of
APAR and at home through the Chongqing University’s Towson University showing her BIRTH CONTROL PILLS
experiment to grow a cotton son’s photo to coeds and ask- LINKED TO FEWER SEVERE
Great War; they nanced seedling on board a Chinese ing them if they’d like to date KNEE INJURIES IN TEEN
lunar lander su ered a sad blow him. She’ll probably be out there GIRLS
homes and built careers when the plant withered and looking until she comes across
died its rst night as the tem- another mom with a picture of a A new study suggests that
during post-war prosperity, perature plunged to minus 170 daughter she’s trying to unload. teenage girls who are taking
degrees Celsius on the dark side As annoying as this woman may birth control pills are less likely
they birthed Baby Boomers. of the Moon. I’m not sure what be, imagine what the son is like to injure their knees than those
the Chinese are up to, but if if his mom would go to these who are not on oral contracep-
is column originally appeared eir collective history is they’re going to put a factory up lengths to keep him from moving tion. If you really think I need a
there, delivery costs for my new back in after he graduates. joke here you need your knees
on Feb. 14, 2019. the story of the 20th Century. sneakers are going to literally examined.
skyrocket. And if they intend LIGHTSABER DUELING
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Upon learning earlier this
year of the passing of my wife ELUSIVE BLESSINGS
Elyse’s 94-year-old father, Dr. It’s woven into the fabric of
Leonard “Buddy” Middleman, human existence that children
a sudden realization washed SEE APAR PAGE 10
over me. It left me ush,
humbled, and endowed with a
familial authority that only the
passage of time and the pass-
ing of life can bestow.
With my parents long gone,
in the moment that my father-
in-law took his last breath,
my life was rede ned. Just like
that, in the transitional mo-
ment of loss, I was transmuted
into Bruce the Elder, the
As he and others of the
World War II generation take
their nal bow, awash in our
gratitude for their courage and
sacri ces, the Baby Boomer
generation is next in line to
dispense the wisdom of our
advancing age, while hopefully
tamping down the impulsive
foolishness of our false sense
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Overcoming obstacles to learning
Dear Dr. Linda, remains at the same level. I have ways feels good to make New overcoming that obstacle. For
Year’s resolutions—no matter example, one of your students
Every year I ask my eighth- never seen one student do any our ages—because they’re about may say that he gets low grades STRONG
something we really want to because he doesn’t do his home- LEARNING
grade English students to make better. My colleagues make fun happen but are unlikely to seri- work. As a class, investigate why.
ously commit to bringing them Is it because he doesn’t remem- DR. LINDA
a New Year’s resolution about of me, but I keep trying. I’m about. As a result, most resolu- ber to get his assignments? If SILBERT
tions don’t last very long. e that’s the reason, then deter-
what they are going to do so optimistic someone will come same is true for your students. mine three options: One op- be taught various techniques
Following a list of resolutions to tion might be for him to put it and strategies to help us learn
that they’ll do better in school. through. Any thoughts on this? improve their grades is probably on his phone. Another option the material, such as chunking,
not going to happen. is to have an assignment pad creating acronyms and learning
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tions. But those resolutions don’t Dear English Teacher, they don’t know how to achieve has the assignment. resolution unless they know:
it, 2) their courses are too dif- 1) what’s causing them to do
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Dishin’ with the dog
TRACY licks when they’re dirty. It’s the dishes better access.Technically, he did what I’d You can follow Tracy on Facebook at www.
BECKERMAN he licks when they’re clean. For some said so I couldn’t be mad. I quickly stepped facebook.com/LostinSuburbiaFanPage and
reason, in addition to a penchant for over the dishwasher door to where he was read her blog at www.lostinsuburbia.com.
No matter what I make for din- chicken, carrots, and socks, the dog has and stood in front of him.
ner, cleanup in our house is a also developed a taste for dishware. I
pretty speedy a air because we thought that since he knew the dishes I picked up one of the dinner dishes
have three dishwashers. First there is were dirty going in, maybe he theorized to move it out of his reach.
the electronic one which does a pretty that they would also be dirty coming
good job, assuming you pre-wash the out. Who knows? I don’t speak dog, or “Listen buddy,” I said,
dishes before you run them through the I’d ask him. waving a dish at him.
dishwasher. en there’s dishwasher No. “ ese dishes are clean.
2—my husband. He’s generally respon- Whatever his motivation, the upshot
sible for the hand wash… the pots, pans, was that whenever I went to empty the ere is no food on
and cooking utensils that don’t go in the dishwasher, I had to body block the dog them. ey are an
dishwasher. Having spent a summer at to get to the dishes before he did. Unfor- empty promise of
sleepaway camp when he was 16 as, you tunately, the dog was at dishwasher level, a snack that has
guessed it, a dishwasher, my husband and I was not, so he had the upper hand, long since been
considers himself an expert in the eld. er, paw, in the race to the dishes. washed away by
At the end of a meal, he will throw him- time and Cascade.
self into his work with such gusto that it “Beat it, Monty,” I barked at him one
almost seems like he’s participating in an morning as I lowered the dishwasher is is not a dish.
Olympic event. door. He ignored me. He had been It’s a dream. Time to let go.”
trained to “sit,” “stay,” and “fetch me ice
e third dishwasher in the house is cream,” but “beat it” was not part of his e dog admitted defeat and
the dog. Of all three, the dog ranks best repertoire. He moved a little closer to nally moved away from the
for getting the dishes completely free the dishwasher and I tried to put my- machine. I stepped around
of food, although I wouldn’t want to eat self between the dog and the dishes. It him to get back into a better
o the dishes he cleans. e problem, occurred to me that most dog owners unloading position, failing
though, is not so much the dishes he have to worry about their dogs chasing to notice that I had cre-
squirrels, not licking the clean dishes, ated a small puddle on the
and I marveled at how unique our dog oor from the not-quite-dry
was, which could also be a euphemism dishes. Naturally, I slipped on
for weird. the puddle, lost my balance,
and hurled the clean dish
“Monty, move!” I said more aggressively. onto the oor where it
is time he listened… and moved to the broke into a million pieces.
other side of the dishwasher where he had I shrugged.
One less dish for the dog
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Candy Cane Run (From Page 3)
Tom Breglio, 9,
Happy children from
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and Marro families
Olivia Tatela, 10 The Bocchino, O’Grady and Marro children pose with Santa.
Jake and Debra Elliott
The St. Pierre and Frey families
hursday, January 2, 2020 Page 13
6, with her sister
George Sullivan, 10, with his dad Tim
Santa and Evelyn Pearce, 20
his elves months, and her sister
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While many adults spend the publisher and health requires guests to sign ice on a frozen lake or take a plunge into
rst day of the New Year the icy waters of the Baltic Sea. e idea
sleeping late and lounging on and tness enthusi- READING, a waiver and a release is to immerse yourself in the chilly water
the couch with the remote in hand, why WRITING & for 30 seconds to one minute to release
not start your new year o with a splash? ast. Mr. MacFadden CHOCOLATE agreement before endorphins, get out and run into a sauna
believed that a dip in participating in a to warm up and sweat and release toxins
ose hardy members of the Coney from your body, and nally to run back
Island Polar Bear Club have the right the icy water was ben- KIM swim. Winter weather outside and jump into the frozen water
attitude. Promptly at one o’clock in the e cial for stamina and KOVACH swimming can pose a again. e Finns swear by it!
afternoon on New Year’s Day, the annual
Polar Bear Plunge is a 116 year tradi- the immune system. risk of hypothermia. e idea of the Polar Bear Plunge
tion with a dip in the frigid waters of the appeals to me. e requirements are
Atlantic Ocean. Club members swim But fans of cold water very low—no swimming experience
necessary, no age limits. You just have to
e New Year’s Day Polar Bear all winter long, not just swimming believe that walk or run across the cold, damp sand
Plunge is open to everyone. ere is and splash into the icy waters lapping
no fee to participate but donations are on New Year’s Day. Members gather on this activity promotes good circulation, the Brooklyn shoreline. en everyone
encouraged for di erent charities. e shrieks and laughs and runs back to grab
2020 plunge will raise funds to create a the beach in Coney Island every Sunday releases endorphins and reduces stress. their dry clothing and talk to the TV
more sustainable and cleaner environ- reporters. Sounds fun!
ment in the Coney Island community from November through April to swim Fans of cold water swimming around
as well as for programming for Coney Kim Kovach set her own personal record
Island youth. in the chilly Atlantic Ocean. the world have been plunging them- when she was in eighth grade by jumping
into the cold backyard pool on anksgiving
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Island Polar Bear Club was founded in Club regulars as they spread out in a Scandinavia for centuries. I read about a
1903 by Bernarr MacFadden, a wealthy
circle on the beach and do jumping jacks group of employees in Sweden who take
and stretches before making a bee-line a little eld trip on their lunch break
into the icy water. Members often wear once a week to jump into icy water.
o cial Polar Bear Club hats, sweatshirts ere is a video, of course, “Sweden
and robes. Some intrepid souls form o ce workers relax with lunchtime icy
another circle in the choppy waters and swim” showing these co-workers jump-
whoop it up. Others swim around for ing into the cold water with snow cover-
a few minutes before running back on ing the ground.
shore to grab dry towels and sweat shirts. In Finland, a favorite activity is to
I read that the Polar Bear Club jump into a rectangular hole cut into the
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VARSITY ROUNDUP Sports
Winter track season underway
BYSNS bounce back before break
Indoor Track GIRLS HIGH JUMP • Boys 4x800, 8:29.41 (2nd) (1G, 1A), Brunco (1G),
9) Nadia Pennella, 4-03.00 • Boys 4x800, 9:02.05 (9th) Jonathan Graham (1G),
Boys and girls runners from • Girls 4x800, 10:44.62 (3rd) Ian Woloshyn (1A), Ryan
Somers opened the winter track GIRLS LONG JUMP Hockey (3-6) Cindrich (1A), Connor
season at the Energice Coaches 15) Lexington Quigley, 13- Brooks (1A), Michael
Hall of Fame Invitational on 09.00 D’Erasmo (1A), and
Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Armory 19) Anna Keane, 12-05.50 BYSNS 3 VS. CLARKSTOWN 7 Gergley (22 saves).
Track in New York City. Friday, Dec. 20 “It was a massive win
BOYS LONG JUMP e BYSNS trailed 4-0 against for us, going into the
ENERGICE COACHES HALL 19) Ethan Cukaj, 17-06.25 visiting Clarkstown at the Brew- break on a high note,” said
OF FAME INVITATIONAL 20) Liam Palmieri, 17-02.25 ster Ice Arena, rallied to get back BYSNS’ co-coach Joey
Saturday, Dec. 21 (Armory in the game, but eventually fell Bonitatibus, whose team
Track, New York City) GIRLS POLE VAULT to the visitors from Rockland plays next at 4:30 p.m.
3) Emily Heese, 10-06.00 County, 7-3. Friday ( Jan. 3), against ri-
BOYS 55 METERS PRELIMS 5) Ciara Murphy, 8-00.00 Second-period goals from val Mahopac, at Brewster
23) Justin Wright, 7.19 Sava Makarenko (1G, 2A) and Ice Arena.
BOYS POLE VAULT Frankie Vigiletti (1G, 1A), as- Propelling the BYSNS
GIRLS 55 METERS PRELIMS 10) Jan Hoekstra, 8-00.00 sisted by Makarenko, sliced to victory was Goodli e,
1) Ashley Moon, 7.31 10) Alexand Pedersen, 8-00.00 Clarkstown’s lead to 4-2. who scored two rst-pe-
18) Sabrina Somoza, 7.86 10) Evan Rich, 8-00.00 “Cutting the lead in half gave riod goals, put the visitors
40) Lexingto Quigley, 8.42 us more momentum and we on top 2-0.
BOYS TRIPLE JUMP started to put more hits on the ice “One of our girls, Ash-
GIRLS 55 METERS FINALS 15) Ryan Mahoney, 35-11.50 and started to play like a team,” ley Goodli e, scored two
1) Ashley Moon, 7.27 Makarenko said. goals early, which really
GIRLS TRIPLE JUMP Clarkstown answered by scor- got the team pumped, it
BOYS 400 METERS 23) Cait Van Tassell, 26-02.00 ing the rst goal of the third pe- kept the energy high,” FILE PHOTO/PAUL ANDREWS
58) Max Caron, 1:00.11 riod before the BYSNS scored Bonitatibus said. “Also,
BOYS WEIGHT THROW again, on goal by Carson Brunco, continuous crashing the Somers’ Ashley Moon opened the winter
BOYS 1 MILE 2) Brian Luciano, 50-07.75 assisted by Makarenko and Vigi- net was key for us.” track season with a win in the 55-meter
8) Matthew Reimann, 4:45.76 4) Samuel Rivilis, 42-01.75 letti. race at the Armory Track on Dec. 21.
70) Casey Palmieri, 6:10.94 7) Max Caron, 31-05.00 “After the 5-3 score, it as well Carson Brunco (Somers)
74) Jack Hannan, 6:50.64 GIRLS WEIGHT THROW gave us more momentum but we scored a goal in the Dec. 21
just couldn’t put any more in,” win over Mount Pleasant.
BOYS 1 MILE FRESHMAN/ 1) Megan Spencer, 33-02.25 Makarenko said. FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO
SOPHOMORE 4) Katherin Velardo, 30-01.75 Matt Gergley recorded 14
25) Ryan Allen, 5:16.94 saves for the BYSNS.
36) Alexander Holmes,5:20.60 RELAYS “Our team chemistry started to
• Boys 4x200 (Preliminaries), spark a little more than the pre-
GIRLS 1 MILE 1:38.87 (13th) vious games,” Makarenko said.
27) Maeve Janecka, 6:17.65 • Boys 4x200 (Preliminaries), “We have become a far better
28) Katie Hill, 6:17.73 1:47.45 (25th) hockey team than in the begin-
31) Jordan Han, 6:28.58 • Girls 4x200 (Preliminaries), ning of the season. We just have
32) Emily Wray, 6:31.49 1:49.46 (5th) to put in more e ort and we will
34) Ariel Markowski, 6:39.47 • Girls 4x200 (Finals), 1:48.81 be a better team.”
44) Eleano Greenbaum, (4th)
7:05.79 • Boys 4x200 (Freshman/ BYSNS 7 MOUNT PLEASANT 4
Sophomore), 1:51.12 (11th) Saturday, Dec. 21
GIRLS 1 MILE FRESHMAN/ • Girls 4x200 (Freshman/ e BYSNS came up with
SOPHOMORE Sophomore), 2:04.66 (9th) that e ort Makarenko was re-
24) Emma Murphy, 6:30.93 • Boys 4x400, 3:50.61 (14th) ferring to with a big 7-4 win
• Girls 4x400, 4:34.97 (6th) against Mount Pleasant at the
BOYS HIGH JUMP • Girls 4x400, 4:53.71 (18th) Westchester Skating Academy,
15) Patrick Eames, 5-03.00 • Girls 4x800 (Freshman/ led by Ashley Goodli e (2G,
Sophomore), 11:53.42 (5th) 1A), Vigiletti (2G), Makarenko
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