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‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘The Comedy of Errors’
John Jay Middle School play is Nov. 14-16
A case of mistaken intent results in war. A case of mistaken identity ends in hilarity. John Jay Middle School presents two of Shakespeare’s great Roman plays: the classic tragedy
“Julius Caesar” and the fast-moving and delightful “ e Comedy of Errors,” directed by David Fritsch.
e plays run ursday, November 14 through Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 1 p.m., at John Jay Middle School’s theater. Tickets are $10 and
can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets as well as at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.
The Comedy of Errors Julius Caesar PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN JAY MIDDLE SCHOOL
KLSD board unanimous on ‘You Can’t Take It With You’
replacing ‘Indians’ mascot A conversation with the cast
BY TOM BARTLEY more recently an outspoken advocate of BY KATE BELDERS legendary Frank Capra directing.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER retaining the Indians sobriquet, promised CONTRIBUTING WRITER John Jay’s production is being directed
to soon post a link on an alumni Facebook
With “Indians” o cially dropped last page to an online store where shirts em- At John Jay High School, nal rehears- by William Friedman. John Jay student
week as John Jay’s nickname in interscho- blazoned with “John Jay Indians forever” als are underway for the fall production of Mariel Richardson is serving as the stage
lastic athletics, those who consider that could be purchased, with proceeds to be “You Can’t Take It With You.” e play, manager and John Jay student Jackson
word the teams’ indelible, iconic identity donated to a Native American tribe. written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Roche is working as the assistant stage
were already moving to keep it alive. Hart, is a comedy in three acts which rst manager.
Giardina spoke at the Oct. 17 school appeared on Broadway in 1936 and was
Nicholas J. (Nick) Giardina, himself a adapted for the screen in 1938 with the Friedman has assembled a dynamic and
John Jay quarterback three decades ago and SEE MASCOT PAGE 4
SEE PLAY PAGE 4
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Community Tree anksgiving Day service at p.m. and 7 p.m. 15 at 4 p.m.
Lighting First Church of Christ, Scien- Tickets cost $5 for students e Sing-Alongs have packed
The Staff tist, 13 Bedford Road, Katonah. and seniors, $10 for adults, and the chapel with families from
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Christmas carols as the whole
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Democrats unseat Republican
incumbent on Bedford Town Council
BY TOM BARTLEY Lee V.A. Roberts, the town’s longtime supervisor as well as a
CONTRIBUTING WRITER councilwoman, had held the other Republican board seat. She did
not seek re-election.
A pair of political newcomers not only gave Democrats a rock- Uno cial returns made Calves, Bedford 2020’s program direc-
solid lock on the board but also put women in all four council seats. tor, the top vote getter in the contested race. e county Board of
Councilwomen-elect Ellen Calves and Bobbi Bittker rode a ris- Elections this week showed Calves with 2,733 votes. Bittker was
ing Democratic tide to capture the last seats still in Republican second at 2,261 and Scott totaled 2,102.
hands. ey will join incumbent Supervisor Chris Burdick—un- Burdick, who drew 3,159 votes in his unopposed re-election to a
opposed in his bid for re-election—in January after the revamped fourth term as supervisor,led an Election Night victory celebration
town board is sworn in. at the Bedford Hills Metro-North railroad station. Covill
e balloting turned the Democrats’ 3-2 board majority into Bittker, in a statement to happy Democrats lling the station, in District 2
a 5-0 alignment. Incumbent councilwomen MaryAnn Carr and said Scott had telephoned her to concede the contest. County Legislator Kitley Covill
fended o a challenge from Republican
Kate Galligan still have two years remaining on their four-year Standing side by side, Calves, Bittker and Burdick thanked their Gina Arena to retain her seat in District
2 on Nov. 5.
terms. volunteers, supporters and family members in the station throng.
According to uno cial election re-
In the three-way race for a pair of four-year board seats, the With the election of Calves and Bittker, the town board in once sults, Covill, a Democrat, garnered
8,386 votes to Arena’s 4,852 votes to
Democratic surge ousted incumbent GOP Councilman Don B. solidly Republican Bedford will for the rst time comprise only stay at the helm of District 2, which
includes Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount
Scott. Gracious in defeat, Scott, in a statement, called the cam- Democrats. Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge and
parts of Somers.
paign “a hard-fought race with quality candidates who worked e transition from all-Republican control began early in
In a Facebook Post, Arena congratu-
hard. Couldn’t be more honored to have served the citizens of 2007, Burdick recalled, as he and another Democrat, David Ga- lated Covill and thanked her supporters.
Bedford. I called my opponents to concede and wish them the brielson, won seats. In 2013, when Roberts relinquished her su- “Bless you all for your incredible sup-
port, faith and love,” Arena said. “We
best and assured them I would be there every step of the way to pervisor’s seat after 10 years in o ce, Burdick successfully ran to ran a great, positive race!”
support them.” replace her.
Incumbents fend off challenger
on Lewisboro Town Board
Incumbent Democrats John Pappalardo and Daniel Welsh will keep their seats on the Lewisboro Town Council.
Challenger Republican Gregory La Sorsa trailed in the polls with 1,403 votes to Pappalardo’s 2,324 votes and Welsh’s 2,031 votes,
according to uno cial election results.
Supervisor Peter Parsons ran unopposed for another two-year term, as did Town Clerk Janet Donohue,Town Justice Susan Simon
and Superintendent of Highways Peter Ripperger.
CROSSING Ongoing social activities include the during the toy drive: Donate a toy and you more information, email at northeastetsy-
knit-crochet group every Monday at can get a picture with Santa Claus; Cookie email@example.com or on Instagram @
FROM PAGE 2 2 p.m., Mah Jongg every Tuesday at 1 decorating; A tour of the Vista Fire Depart- northeastetsyartists and Facebook facebook.
p.m. and bridge on the third Tuesday of ment Firetrucks and Ambulances. com/NortheastEtsyArtistsCollective.
Holiday Boutique at KES the month at 10 a.m., a book club on the
fourth ursday at 10:30 a.m. and the Civ- Northeast Etsy Artists Bedford Chamber Concerts
Katonah Elementary School’s 4th Annual ic Singers on Friday’s at 10 a.m. All events Collective
Holiday Boutique to be held Saturday, Nov. are held at Memorial House. Bedford Chamber Concerts launches
23 from 10 a.m.to 3p.m.Come by for holiday e Northeast Etsy Artists Collective, its 19th season with an all-Bach concert
shopping, music, food & fun! Katonah El- Vista Fire House a group of local and regional artisans with featuring Carter Brey, the principal cellist
ementary School is located at 160 Huntville shops on Etsy.com, the global, e-commerce of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra,
Road, Katonah. Event hosted by KES PTO. For more information, visit vistafd.org. website for handmade goods, announces and series director Anthony Newman.
Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive its second annual Holiday Market at the
Women’s Civic Club Join the Fire Department on Saturday, Katonah Village Library to take place on All concerts are held on Wednesday evenings,
of Katonah December 7, for the annual “Toys For Tots” Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at 8 p.m.,in Fellowship Hall at St.Mat-
Toy Drive between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Please Holiday shoppers can discover and shop for thew’s Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford.
e Women’s Civic Club of Katonah is donate a NEW and UNWRAPPED toy exceptional, unique handmade gifts includ- Tickets for the October concert are $40 per per-
back in action after their annual August to the Vista Fire Department (377 Smith ing jewelry of all kinds, pottery, fabric acces- son; student tickets, $10 per person. Discounted
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MASCOT ing for the demise of the generations- PLAY Stuttman: Honestly, my favorite part of
old mascot. this show is that I get thrown up into the air
FROM PAGE 1 FROM PAGE 1 at one point, which is really fun. Usually, I
Instead, the board’s president, Mar- do stage crew, so this is my rst full show, so
board meeting,suggesting that only a vo- jorie Schi , asked Selesnick to establish talented cast, including John Jay seniors Lily it has been very interesting to see the other
cal minority was pressing the issue and the process by which the trustees could Oyen (Penny Sycamore), Isobelle Novack side of the performances.
that the Indian symbolism is a tribute to evaluate the symbol’s appropriateness. (Mrs. Miriam Kirby), Katie Gebbia (Alice
the area’s Native American ancestors. Sycamore), Marty Stuttman (Mr. Anthony Linz: I think my favorite part of this
Selesnick, for his part, went beyond Kirby) and Jonah Linz (Boris Kolenkhov). show, speci cally, is probably being able to
Otherwise, few supporters of the that charge, delivering a month later have these really weird wacky moments,
Indian iconography have addressed not a “process” but a verdict. Calling it a During a recent rehearsal, members of the where I can go really deep into this charac-
the school board on the issue, though no-choice decision, the longtime educa- cast and crew sat down with the Katonah-Lew- ter [Boris Kolenkhov] and not worry about
online, social media has crackled with tor outlined the logic that informed his isboro Times to discuss the play, their experi- anything else, which is not something I get
posts on both sides. thinking: ence and what audience members can expect. to do in real life.
Discussion of a replacement mascot is 1. A state anti-bullying law requires KLT: What have you enjoyed about KLT: What drew you to this show in
expected to begin at the school board’s a school district to change any person’s working on this show? particular?
next meeting, Nov. 21. In response to a conduct if someone deems it o ensive,
question, School Superintendent An- “even when that person believes their Oyen: Everyone in the cast gets along Oyen: Since I have done all the shows
drew Selesnick said after last week’s intentions are good.” really well, and we get to bounce ideas o at the school, I wanted to be a part of it,
meeting that the school’s teams will each other. especially since it is my senior year. However,
retain the “Indians” nickname until the 2. Numerous national organiza- after reading the audition packet and the role
2020-21 academic year. tions—the state Education Depart- Novack: I agree with Lily, the cast is really of Penny, I saw how dimensional the charac-
ment, National Congress of American special, and we all know each other to the ter was and how fun she would be to play.
Katonah-Lewisboro’s seven-member Indians and U.S. Civil Rights Commis- point that we are comfortable with each
school board quietly consigned the sion, among them—have denounced other and can try new things.
name and its associated imagery to his- the Indian symbol as hurtful.
tory last week, calling their continued Richardson: For the stage crew, we meet Novack: It had this really interesting con-
display an a ront to Native Americans. 3. Ergo, the symbol must be retired. every weekend for about 14 hours. Our cept of absolute chaos all the time. I really
Supporters of the iconography contend e superintendent also addressed group has been together since freshman year, wanted to see how this concept would play
that it honors the region’s rich Indian and it has been great to have that same group, out with the rest of the cast.
heritage, something Katonah’s early set- two popular talking points of the cur- the same family work together on this show.
tlers clearly demonstrated, the argument rent mascot’s supporters: Richardson: I have been signed on to this
goes, by adopting a Ramapo sachem’s Roche: For me, I have really enjoyed position [stage manager] for over a year, but
name for their hamlet. 1. Why is a small minority of the working with the set.Typically our sets don’t once I got to read the script and looked at
community making a decision for the have two stories like this one, so it is really the tech and the set design, it was just really
e board’s unanimous action came whole? Selesnick noted, among other enjoyable to see stairs and platforms. interesting and wacky, and just really fun.
48 days after trustee Terrence Cheng things, that in 1989 it was a “student-
raised the issue at a Sept. 19 meeting. At led” initiative that led to a campus-wide Gebbia: e one great thing about this Roche: is set is much more extravagant,
that time, in an unexpected moment, he vote overwhelmingly supporting a mas- show is there is so much going on that you which has been di erent from other shows.
condemned the Indian iconography as cot change. are never bored, whether you are watching it
“a very divisive symbol.” While his re- or involved in it. SEE PLAY PAGE 5
marks generally were positively received, 2. Why not submit the question to
his fellow trustees stopped short of call- a community-wide referendum? Be-
cause “you don’t take a vote,” Selesnick
explained, “to see how o ensive some-
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FROM PAGE 4
Gebbia: ere is just something about this show,
a juxtaposition. Since the show is set in the 1930s,
you think everything will be very proper and put
together. en you get to see the inside of this fam-
ily’s life, which is completely insane and wacky, yet
they are so fun.
Stuttman: I really love how it blends really weird PHOTO: KATE BELDERS We Are Now Taking
characters and scenarios with very universal human
experiences. e play also debates the question of The cast of “You Can’t Take It With You.” Thanksgiving Orders
how people should be spending their time.
lot more personal and a lot more connecting since Free Range Bell & Evan Turkeys
Linz: I usually go out for the drama every year, the major theme of the show is to be connected to Organic Turkeys
and I have had a really good experience every time. others and to t in somewhere.
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KLT: What should the audience members know Gebbia: [What] I would want the audience to We Are Also Taking Orders For:
about the show, and what should they expect when know and take away from the show is the love
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Head Case Sneak peek at Peekskill Art
and Media Center
READING, Norwalk Library writing class
WRITING & asked me for some tips on BRUCE and expand on all the momen- house two separate theaters.
CHOCOLATE THE BLOG tum that the community has e larger cinema would have
nding inspiration for writing contributed to over the past
KIM short stories. I told her that BRUCE decades, and to deliver on the a seating capacity of 109. With
KOVACH inspiration is all around us. “Just APAR promise of Peekskill as a thriv- the addition of a stage, it is easily
look out of the window,” I said, ing artists’ enclave. Everyone could be converted to a live per-
You know how we inherit “people watch, nd one thing Aquarter-century after working on our team believes forming space that would seat 98.
di erent traits from our that you have never noticed Peekskill laid the ground- it is a privilege to make this It would be designed to meet the
parents? Well, I did not before.” work to establish itself project happen. Vibrant cities rigorous standards of theatrical
inherit the accessories gene as a hospitable haven for artists, have art centers. It is time.” union Actors Equity Association
from my mom. My mother My student got very excited the northern Westchester river (AEA), allowing it to accommo-
always dressed nicely and ap- and said, “I saw something city at long last is going to have a ‘A Great Idea for Our City’ date professional, as well as com-
plied lipstick before leaving the unbelievable the other day on permanent home for the arts. It Council members, led by munity theater, productions. e
house. Other mothers would the train!” She started scrolling is anticipafted to start operating Mayor Andre Rainey, reacted to second art cinema can seat 49.
throw on a bathrobe and slip- through her cell phone to show some time in 2021. those remarks and to detailed
pers with their hair still in curl- me the unbelievable spectacle descriptions of the Center and its Above the arts center, on the
ers to drive a child to school or she observed on a Metro North e Peekskill Art and Media amenities with comments that second level, will be a dozen
run out to pick up a container train. Nan set the scene for Center (PAMC) is a privately- included “wonderful,”“this is re- commercial spaces for rent.Two
of milk. Not my mom. me as she continued to scroll funded development that will also ally important,” and “a great idea of the spaces will be multimedia-
through her photos. “I was sit- house the Peekskill Arts Center, a for our city.” ready, which means they will be
My mother had a large ting across the aisle from this not-for-pro t 501(c)(3). connected to the larger theater,
clothes closet with shelves and young woman who was dressed e site plans call for the converting it into a sound stage
drawers lled with shoes and very elegantly all in beige,” Nan e entire project is conceived Peekskill Arts and Media Center for the production of audio,
purses of every size, color, fabric recalled. “When I looked over, and being developed by Ben to occupy an existing 25,000 video, and multimedia content.
and style. Her plethora of I was shocked to see what she Green. Known in Peekskill as a square-foot structure, located
pocketbooks included shoulder had on her lap!” visionary developer with a strong in the suburban city’s walkable Ray Wobbe said Stephen Tilly
bags, clutches and hand bags civic conscience, among his prop- downtown grid, at the corner of Architects “has a lot of experi-
for every season and occasion. Nan handed me the cell erties is the historic Hat Factory, James Street and Howard Street, ence taking an older building and
I only have two pocketbooks – phone. A young woman in her a commercial complex where north of Main Street. Erected bringing it up to date.” Its project
both black. My summer pock- twenties wearing a beige turtle- half of the 100,000 square feet is in 1887, the edi ce’s history portfolio includes Film Forum in
etbook features a woven fabric neck and long beige wool coat leased to businesses involved in includes livery stable, auto repair Greenwich Village, Dobbs Ferry
and the winter bag is made sat with a pocketbook shaped some form of media. shop, and light industrial storage. Playhouse, Lyndhurst man-
out of leather. I have no desire like a human head on her lap. sion in Tarrytown, and Music
to match every out t with a At a work session of the Peek- Multimedia Ecosystem Conservatory of Westchester in
di erent handbag. I just need e “purse” included a nose skill Common Council on Nov. Ben Green described his am- White Plains.
something sturdy to carry my jutting out of the side and a 4, backed by members of the bitious brainchild as “a private/
eyeglass case, cell phone, pens, brightly colored fabric shoulder Center’s newly-named board of public ecosystem built from the Mr. Wobbe said under consid-
tissues, note pad, change purse strap. It really was pretty creepy. directors of local business lead- ground up -- a partnership for eration for PAMC, to maintain
and health insurance cards. ers and arts in uencers (see list commercial and not-for-pro t a green-friendly physical plant, is
Nan said that she Googled below), Mr. Green o cially un- activity forti es and expands each solar energy and other 21st Cen-
When I was in seventh grade, “human head pocketbook” to veiled plans for PAMC. He also other’s potential and opporunity. tury energy-e cient upgrades.
my mom decided that it would was accompanied by architects In addition to Peekskill proper, it
be fun for us to make a trendy nd out more about this unique Ray Wobbe and Jonathan Walko, will serve the surrounding region ‘Filling a Very Important
pocketbook for me out of a met- accessory. Once I got home of the Stephen Tilly archtectural as well.” Niche’
al lunch pail (think construction from my writing class, I also did design rm.
worker). My mom is an artist so an online search. My search his- e mixed-use blueprint in- “ is looks like it’s going to
she jumped into “our” project full tory must look pretty morbid. Time Is Ripe for an Arts cludes a visual arts center, two art be amazing,” enthused Peekskill
steam ahead. Mom painted the I was surprised to nd dozens Center cinemas, classrooms, o ce space Mayor Andre Rainey, who just
metal lunch pail black and then of di erent types of purses and for commercial and non-pro t was re-elected to a second two-
cut out pictures from magazines pocketbooks in the shape of hu- “For the past 25-30 years, tenants, and a co ee roastery. year term. “I see it being success-
topped with a couple of coats of man heads and skulls (one skull Peekskill has earned a reputation ful right away.”
varnish for a decoupage look. I purse was made out of leather as an artists’ community,” said Showplace Gallery
was embarrassed to bring this with a zipper across the fore- Mr. Green. “Lately, the creative e visual arts space, also “As a lifelong resident of Peek-
work of art to junior high. e head to keep your belongings arts industry has been ourishing skill, this makes me really happy,”
metal lunch pail clanged against safe). An artist in Israel created here as well. Yet Peekskill never 4,000-square feet, features a said Peekskill Councilwoman
the metal-link shoulder strap a line of human head draw- has had its own arts center. showplace gallery, with see- Patricia Riley.
with every step I took. I did not string bags made out of felt. through walls, suitable for
feel like a trend setter and made “We know this is a long time exhibitions and public or private Her colleague, Councilwoman
some excuse not to take that Now that we’ve changed the coming,” he contiued, “a quarter- business and social events. Class- Kathie Talbot, agreed: “All things
lunch pail pocketbook to school clocks back, it is time for me to century in the making. It feels rooms adjacent to the gallery will come in their time. You’re lling
ever again. transfer my pens, eyeglass case, right to do this now, to capitalize serve a full range of instructional a very important niche with a
tissues, note pad and insurance arts programs for children, adults, small theater and combined arts
Yesterday, a woman in my cards from my summer pocket- seniors, and the di erently abled. center.”
book to my winter pocketbook.
I like to keep things simple. Also in the plans is a 4,000 Peekskill as ‘Mediapolis’
square foot James Street Cinema Ben Green also is chairman
Kim Kovach is always on the and Playhouse, which would of AIM, a marketing group that
lookout for new column ideas.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019 OPINION THE KATONAH LEWISBORO TIMES PAGE 7
e case of the bathroom phantom
TRACY “Can you call Maintenance,”I asked the head at the mystery toilet user. But the
BECKERMAN lady at the front desk.“ ere doesn’t seem bathroom was empty. e windows
to be a problem with the plumbing, but the were locked. e only way into and
The resort I stayed in for a writing bathroom smells really bad. Maybe there’s a out of the bathroom, besides my door,
retreat was old. sewage issue?” was the bathtub drain.
It wasn’t one of those spartan,
spa-like places with hot stone massages and “ ere isn’t anything around or below Deciding I must have been dream-
seaweed facials. It was more of an Old West your bathroom to cause that,”she said.“But ing, I closed the door again, hung up the
lodge, with replaces in every room, chairs I’ll get somebody over there to take look.” deer head, and went back to sleep. When
you could sink into, and loads of warm, I woke up in the morning, the smell was
belly- lling comfort food. It was built Eventually the maintenance man showed gone. Nothing lingered. ere wasn’t so
sometime around 1920 and was host to a up and went under and around the building much as a whi of what had smelled so
number of well-known writers and artists. I was in, but nothing turned up. As the day bad the day before.
progressed, the smell got worse and I had
It was also, reportedly, haunted. to close the bathroom door, so it didn’t seep “It’s so weird,” I said to the lady at
e haunted part was not really an issue into the bedroom. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to the front desk. “ e smell was horrible
spend the night in there, but there was no yesterday and today it’s like it never even
for me. As a connoisseur of old hotels, I’d other room for me to move into… the lodge happened.” I told her about the dream I’d
shared quarters with alleged ghosts before was full. had about someone ushing my toilet
and found they were mostly benign, if not in the middle of the night, and she
sometimes noisy. As long as they didn’t I went to sleep that night with my pil- smiled a knowing grin.
answer to a deity named Zuul and threaten low over my head trying to hide from the
the lodge with destruction by a giant Stay awful poopy smell. I managed to fall asleep “Well, you know, some people say
Pu Marshmallow man, I was cool with it. but was suddenly awoken in the middle of this lodge is haunted.”
the night by the sound of my toilet ush-
I wasn’t really thinking about any ghosts, ing.Tentatively, I walked to the bathroom “So, you’re saying some phantom
though, when my bathroom suddenly door, afraid that someone, somehow, had pooper came into my room yes-
started to emit a rather pungent, unpleas- entered the bathroom, used the toilet, and terday, left a phantom poop in my
ant kind of bathroom smell. I ushed the toilet, and then came back last night
toilet a bunch of times and ran the sink ushed it. I looked around my room to see because he forgot to ush?” I said.
and shower, but everything seemed to be what I could possibly use as a weapon in
working ne. case the intruder was still in the bathroom. “Could be,” she replied.
But there was only one thing that was “OK,” I said. “But next time he comes
heavy enough and pointy enough to in ict to do that, could you ask him to bring
bodily damage. some air freshener?”
I grabbed the deer head o the wall You can follow Tracy on Facebook at https://
and using it like a shield, I threw open the www.facebook.com/LostinSuburbiaFanPage/
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e Halloween Ghost
Now that Halloween has come and some of us wailing, we Realizing that she was hide my 42 year old hands. “It’s all in the
gone, I can confess that the day details,”I assured Kim. I was introduced to
always brings me back to when hugged and kissed them JUST getting older and I had to the gang as Kim’s shy younger cousin, and
Kim was 12 years old. good bye, each one of JO ANN try to let go a bit, I said we hoped they were too involved with trick
us certain that the plane yes, but only if I went or treating to even bother with me.
Kim is my only child and she was also would hit the side of JO ANN along as well.
the only “only”child in her school from a mountain and we FRANCELLA Happily no one ever realized who I was
kindergarten to 12th grade. Most of her “No Mom. Please. and no one even talked to me. We actu-
friends had an older sibling or two. My ally got away with it; and I got a sack full of
point is that Kim’s friends’parents were not would never see them e kids will make fun candy. It was the biggest haul of my life!
as strict with their children as I was with
Kim. ey had all been through it and had again. With that kind of me and never let me Fast forward to Kim’s senior year in high
already loosened the reigns a bit when their school and her entire class was going to
second or third child arrived. Not so for me. of upbringing, I was forget it.” Cancun for spring break. I had heard too
Kim was my rst child and was also still many stories of drinking and all the aw-
my baby. I worried about her safety all the doomed; but still, I tried my best not to be a “I know that! at’s why I’ll be dressed ful things that go along with that, so my
time. at plus the fact that I come from a husband and I said,”No.” e compromise
long line of Italian fatalists who believe that “helicopter mom.” in a Halloween costume.” at was the deal this time was that I promised to take her
if something tragic can happen, it will, and shopping and spend the same amount
that it will happen to us, our children and So, at the age of 12, when Kim asked and she had to take it or leave it. She took that it would have cost to go to Cancun. I
everything we hold near and dear. explained to her that it was not about the
if she could go trick or treating with her it. money, but about keeping her safe.
I can still remember that when I was
a child my grandparents were ying to friends, both male and female, on Hallow- I draped myself in an enormous white A quick shout-out to my amazing daugh-
California to visit family. My mom, dad and ter, Kim, who has with grace and not all that
sisters and all my aunts, uncles and cousins een night, all the hairs on my body stood on sheet with a few holes cut out for my eyes much fuss, put up with most of my antics
drove them in a caravan to the airport to and rules as she was growing up.
see them o . With tears in our eyes and end. and arms. I also made sure I wore gloves to
Fun Facts by Jo Ann
Americans purchased nearly 600 million pounds of candy
this year for Halloween. Candy.com lists the most popular
candy given out in New York State as “Hot Tamales.”
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overall in Class B
to make states.
Clodagh McGroary qualiﬁed
for states and placed eighth.
PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
Crawford, McGroary make states
John Jay’s girls team takes second at sectionals
BY ROB DIANTONIO hard and was happy to qualify for states.” knew that we would have to collectively have our best
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Senior Morgan Johnson was right behind McGroary races of the season as teams to hope to win the section.
John Jay’s four-year run as Class B girls section cham- in ninth (20:20.4), just missing out on states. e boys and girls rose to the challenge, but we could not
pions came to an end, but it was still a positive day last Samantha Comstock (19th, 22:00.2) and Ciara Mc- pack our top ves in close enough at the nish to beat
Saturday, Nov. 9, at Bowdoin Park. them.”
Groary (20th, 22:00.8) nished a split second from each
Junior Kelsey Crawford and senior Clodagh McGroary other. Lily O’Shoughnessy (31st) and Sophie Guo (46th) Crawford and McGroary will continue their cross-
each quali ed for states and the John Jay girls nished in rounded out their competitors. country seasons in the state championship meet on Nov.
second as a team behind Pearl River. 16 in Plattsburgh.
For the boys, junior omas Dachik just missed quali-
Crawford nished fourth in a time of 20:06.1 while fying for states by one spot with a seventh-place nish in “Both girls have been running very well all season and
McGroary was eighth in 20:18.1. the Class B race. He clocked a time of 17:25.7. Sopho- are aiming to be on the podium on Saturday,” Saloom
more Max Goodman wasn’t far behind in ninth (17:36.2). said.
“Both girls ran great races,” said John Jay coach Paul
Saloom. “ ey went out hard from the start and kept Connor Jenkins (18th, 18:10.5), Sam Posner (26th, Crawford will be making her fourth trip to states but
their positions throughout the race in a very talented eld 18:26.9), David Lovejoy (36th) and Liam Tuohy (40th) it’s her rst time competing as an individual instead of
of runners.” with her full team.
nished in the top 40 runners.
Crawford has overcome some obstacles this season. e boys team placed fourth out of 18 teams. “It will be much di erent,” she said. “I hope Clodagh
“I have not been running well all season due to an ill- and I can run well. Last year I nished eighth, and it
ness, and I felt it during this race,” she said. “But I fought Saloom was proud of the e ort from both of his squads. would be great to do that well this year after how hard
“Both teams ran their hearts out,”he said.“Pearl River’s the season has been.”
boys and girls teams were the favorites going in and we
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019 SPORTS THE KATONAH LEWISBORO TIMES PAGE 13
ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – SHANE MARTINSEN
John Jay senior shines in football, basketball
BY ROB DIANTONIO while, but we still won eight have put in a ton of work in will you study and why? time and they have great food.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER games and had a great season. the o season to try and emerge I’m going to study business. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat
themselves. e goal is always to
John Jay senior Shane Mar- As a senior on the team, how win the section, and personally I’m interested in it, and can see or Instagram? Why?
tinsen was a key lineman on the much do you value being a I’ve wanted to make the County myself doing something in busi- Twitter. It updates you on ev-
varsity football team, which n- leader? Center since freshman year, so ness/marketing.
ished the season 8-1, falling to that’s the focus going into the erything going on, and is super
Yorktown in the Section 1 Class Now as a senior, I value being season. If you could have one super- entertaining. I can scroll through
A semi nals. Martinsen is also a leader a lot, and I think all the power, what would it be and my Twitter feed for hours.
a forward and the top return- seniors did. We all lead by exam- Tell us one thing about why?
ing scorer on the boys basketball ple and just worked really hard. yourself that not a lot of people For a young athlete grow-
squad. It can make such a big di erence know? I’d want to time travel. It ing up in Katonah-Lewisboro,
in high school sports, and sets would be cool to go back and see what would you tell them
How old were you when you the culture. I’m playing lacrosse this year things like the dinosaurs. about the experience of being
started playing football and in the spring. part of the football and basket-
how did you get started? What was your favorite team If you could pick one place ball programs and why should
activity, pregame or postgame Will you continue to play to visit on vacation that you’ve they go out for the team?
I’ve been playing football my ritual that you shared with football or basketball in col- never been to, where would you
whole life. I started playing ag your teammates. lege? If yes, where are you go- go and why? e football and basketball
when I was in kindergarten, and ing and why did you pick that programs at John Jay have been
my rst year of tackle football e ursday night dinners. school? California, I haven’t been so rewarding for me, and I would
was in the second grade. My dad Every ursday before a game there and it seems super nice. suggest them to any young ath-
signed me up and got me started the moms would make a ton I’m not sure yet. I’m applying lete. ere’s nothing like playing
and I’ve always loved playing of food and we would all eat. to schools normally, and talk- What is your favorite food to on Friday nights under the lights
since I was little. We’d always be starving because ing to coaches for both sports so eat before or after a game? or in a packed gym. e support
we’ll see. of the community is unbeliev-
How did you feel overall ursdays are our longest days Grilled chicken. able and the coaching sta s are
about the team’s performance of practice, and the food was al- Do you know what you want Best place to eat in the great.
this season? ways great. to study in college? If yes, what Katonah-Lewisboro area?
I’d go with Empire Bagels in
Overall, it was a great season. What are your expectations Cross River. I eat there all the
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New York could sack youth tackle football
Bill would prohibit children 12-and-under from playing the sport
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER goal on every single play is to knock one commonly referred to as CTE. former WWE wrestler.
SPORTS EDITOR person to the ground with violence.” But the assemblyman said he was keep- Drakos and Nowinski, the latter having a
No smoking or drinking until 21. No Swearengen was one of about a dozen ing an open mind. doctoral degree in neuroscience from Bos-
driving until 16. No tackling until 13? expert witnesses invited to testify in Man- “We do want to hear more,” Benedetto ton University, presented studies linking
hattan on Tuesday, Oct. 29, before the tackle football to CTE.
Members of the New York State As- New York State Assembly’s Committee on said. “We do want to hear what the latest
sembly are considering a bill that would Health to vet a bill proposed by Assembly- studies have shown. And we do want to ough much of the focus is on major
prohibit children 12-and-under from play- man Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx). hear the arguments that might propel us to blows that result in concussions, another
ing organized tackle football in New York ignore my law. We want to hear from both concern is repetitive “sub-concussive”blows,
State. Swearengen and many others touted sides.” in which the brain is injured without show-
the intangible bene ts of football, such as ing signs of a concussion,such as headaches,
Industry leaders say new tackling tech- teamwork, leadership skills, accountability, To become law, the bill must pass memory loss, dizziness, or nausea.
niques and concussion protocols, the elimi- and work ethic. But those same bene ts through the 25-member committee; be
nation of high-contact plays like kicko s, still exist in ag or touch football, he said. approved by both houses of the New York “We are discovering that these sub-con-
and reducing contact in practice have made State legislature; and be signed by Gov. An- cussive impacts may be silent injuries but
the game of tackle football safer than ever. ough the 1993 Rose Bowl champion drew Cuomo. are a cause of increasing concern,” Drakos
looks back on his football career fondly, “I said.
But the only truly safe way to play tackle have a fear in the back of my mind that I Swearengen isn’t the only former football
football is to not play it at all, said Julian may die prematurely after steep cognitive player fearful that his years of playing tackle According to a University of Wake For-
Swearengen, a former University of Michi- decline,” Swearengen said. football will catch up to him. e three- est study, the average player between 9 and
gan player and co-founder of e Concus- hour hearing started o with two former 12 years old is involved in 240 impacts per
sion Legacy Foundation. Benedetto rst proposed his bill seven or Harvard University football teammates: Dr. season, about 1 percent of which have a g-
eight years ago following the death of NFL Mark Drakos, an orthopedic surgeon at the force above 60.
“Football is like a [Ford] Pinto,”Swearen- great John Mackey, a Syracuse University Hospital for Special Surgery, and Dr. Chris
gen said. “It’s unsafe at any age. It can be alum and native of Long Island, who died Nowinski, co-founder/CEO of the Con- “To give some perspective,” Drakos said,
made incrementally safer. It will never be at 69 years old as a result of chronic trau- cussion Legacy Foundation, co-founder “that is equivalent to being in a car crash at
safe to participate in an activity where the matic encephalopathy, a brain disease more of Boston University’s CTE Center, and a
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TACKLE and others do not,” said Herceg, ‘ Youth football is argument falls at. completely disproven after a ban
who called sub-concussions “a re- safer today than it “Can we acknowledge that is instituted, what is the identi -
FROM PAGE 14 search-focused concept that have able harm?” Anderer said. “We’re
yet to make their way to clinical has ever been.’ football is di erent than every merely advocating for delaying
20 mph with a xed object.” understanding.” other sport?” he said. “In football, tackle football in favor of ag
Drakos and Nowinski drew –Jon Butler on every single play, the object football until the age of 12; not
In fact,Herceg said,some stud- Executive director, is to violently hit the opposing abolishing the game. Coaches
many parallels between play- ies have concluded that people player and bring that player, that will remain employed and youth
ing tackle football and smoking who play football are likely to be Pop Warner opponent, to the ground. at football programs will continue
cigarettes/drinking alcohol. Not less depressed. makes football singularly dif- to run.”
all tackle football players will de- sponses to those questions right ferent than any other sport that
velop CTE, just like not all sub- Herceg, who as Westchester now,” he added. we’re really talking about here.” But, he said, “What happens if
stance abusers will develop lung County Department of Health the data holds up and we fail to
cancer or liver disease. However, commissioner launched a Con- Herceg and others argued that Nevertheless, Herceg said, sci- take action? We have needlessly
doing any of those activities for cussion Task Force, faulted Bene- football should not be legislative- ence may be decades away from exposed thousands of children
an extended period of time in- detto’s legislation for its “arbi- ly singled out while other physi- truly understanding the e ects of to the possibility of future brain
creases the likelihood of negative trary” enforcement. cal activities also have dangerous tackle football on the brain. dysfunction when a simple and
side e ects. consequences. reasonably unobtrusive solution
“Is it OK to hit your head at “Good public policy needs to lay within our grasp.”
Studies have revealed, Now- 13 or 14?” Herceg said. “Is it OK “Virtually no physical activity be grounded in hypothesis con-
inski said, “that the single factor to hit your head in other sports? is without risk,” Herceg said. “If Dr. omas M. Abraham
that best drove whether or not Why should a small,thin-framed, we truly care about the brain, in rming scienti c ndings,” he Jr., a former football player at
they had CTE was how many 5-foot-2 boy of 13 be allowed to all aspects and stages of life, then said.“A policy that is not ground- Duquesne University, was forced
years they played tackle football, play football but a 6-foot, able- the focus also needs to include ed on scienti c ndings, with a to give up his OB/GYN practice
independent of the level at which bodied, strong athlete at 12 not everything, like boxing, MMA, full grasp of all factors, can have last year because of neurogenera-
they played.” be allowed? Why limit it to only wrestling, school ghts, or even unintended consequences.” tive brain disease/dementia.
football? In New York State, why riding a bicycle—not solely on
Youth tackle football “looks does a bike helmet only need to youth tackle football. ough science remains unset- He began su ering behavioral
like a pillow ght,” Nowinski be worn until the age of 14? tled, inaction is the riskier propo- changes in his mid-30s and could
said. “But the reality is the brain Benedetto, though, said that sition, said Dr. Erich G. Anderer, not recall his destructive actions.
is getting hit nearly as hard as it “It becomes a slippery slope chief of neurosurgery at NYU
would if they were adults.” real quickly and we really don’t Langone Medical Center. SEE TACKLE PAGE 16
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A COUNTER ARGUMENT
Dr. Mark Herceg, director of
the concussion program at Phelps
Hospital (Sleepy Hollow), said
it’s premature to take legislative
action while the science is still
“ e simple truth is we don’t
know why some people get CTE
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TACKLE than it has ever been,”Butler said. fried (D-New York) countered ‘Sometimes, science play, Hallenbeck said.
For example: by asking if the new rules “serve a ruins a good “Parents do not want their gov-
FROM PAGE 15 • Kicko s and the three-point public relations purpose but actu-
ally have no health bene t?” narrative. And the ernment telling them when they
He also had trouble remember- stance have been eliminated for science shows that can play football,” he said. “ ey
ing names and appointments and the youngest age groups; A similar sentiment was put football is a collision want to make informed decisions
would get lost driving familiar more bluntly by Michael Kaplen, sport that can cause for themselves.”
routes. • Contact is restricted in prac- chairperson, New York State
tice time; Traumatic Brain Injury Services brain damage.’ Dr. Robert Zayas, executive
While performing a hyster- Coordinating Council. director, New York State Public
ectomy on a patient, Abraham • Coaches are required to be –Dr. Mark Drakos High School Athletic Associa-
recalled, he forgot how to nish certi ed in Heads Up football, “Safe tackling is a public re- Orthopedic surgeon, tion, said parents are more edu-
the surgery. So, he stepped out- an NFL-backed youth football lations gimmick promoted by cated than ever about the poten-
side and watched a video to jog program that promotes tackling clever but desperate marketing Hospital for tial dangers of contact sports.
his memory. techniques aimed at reducing in- professionals,” Kaplen said. Special Surgery
juries; Harvard Football “Parents must weigh their
“Isn’t it likely that repetitive Swearengen said there is no known and unknown risks con-
hits to an undeveloped brain will • Full-speed blocking and tack- safe way for a child to hit their (1994-98) stantly when deciding what ac-
cause brain damage?” Abraham ling drills (where players line up head. tivities are appropriate for their
said. “One does not need a medi- more than three yards apart) have nization, he said, is “teaching bet- son or daughter to participate in,”
cal degree or science background been banned; “Despite what anyone from ter techniques to reduce contact Zayas said.
to answer this question.” the football industrial complex in football.”
“In the end, we believe in mak- wants to say, the focus is on win- But, Nowinski said, parents are
A SAFER GAME? ing the game safer and better,” ning,” he said. “It’s on knocking A PARENT’S CHOICE risking their children’s health by
Studies linking former football Butler said.“ ousands of coach- the crap out of the other team. Parents, not the government, signing them up to play tackle
es and administrators and parents It’s on knocking the ballcarrier to football. e irony, he said, is that
players to CTE are unreliable be- across the state want the same the ground. When the play starts, should decide whether tackle the best players su er the most
cause they were playing a di er- thing and have made change hap- it’s 11 kids’job to nd the ball and football is safe for their child to because it means they play the
ent game, said Jon Butler, execu- pen independent of state govern- to knock that boy to the ground.” sport longer.
tive director of Pop Warner. e ment. A ban on a sport that has
sport, he said, is being made safer been played by millions of New Scott Hallenbeck, CEO of “It’s odd that the kids who suf-
without legislative involvement. York residents for more than 100 USA Football, said, “Our com- fer the most as adults are the ones
years is not the right step.” mitment to player safety is real,” who accomplish the goals that we
“Youth football is safer today despite what critics say. e orga- set out for them,” Nowinski said.
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“For some reason the messages
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Medicaid and/or SSI. In most instances I have been involved that is more suitable to the anticipated Elder Law Attorney as certi ed by e
Unlike a rst party SNT, which must be in, the creator/grantor of the third party and current needs of the bene ciary. National Elder Law Foundation as
irrevocable and is funded with the assets SNT has elected to utilize a free standing In some instances, because of their con- accredited by the American Bar Association.
owned by the disabled bene ciary, a third irrevocable third party SNT. If the trust cern about a disabled loved one, families Mr. Enea is the President of the Westchester
party SNT can be revocable or irrevoca- is irrevocable, other individuals such as tend to over fund the third party SNT. In Bar Foundation and a Past President of the
ble and is created and funded by some- grandparents, close friends, siblings, and some cases, the likelihood of the bene - Westchester County Bar Association.
one other than the disabled person. Most other family members can be encouraged
often it is created by a parent, grandpar- to make contributions to the SNT during
ent or sibling. e most distinguishing their lifetime. ey could do so without
feature of a third party SNT is that the worrying that they made contributions
source of the assets used to fund the trust to a trust that could later be revoked and
are not those of the disabled person and that their contributions upon the trust
that upon the death of the disabled per- revocation could potentially be distrib-
son and the termination of the trust, the uted to someone other than the disabled
trust assets do not have to be paid back person.
to the government to reimburse them for However, when utilizing an irrevocable
any bene ts they paid. third party SNT, both the creator/grantor CELEBRATE THE
SEASON WITH US!
A third party SNT can be “inter-vivos” and others making contributions to the
(a revocable or irrevocable living trust), trust will need to understand that once
or be a “testamentary” trust (created in the contribution is made, it can not be re-
a last will) or a sub trust e ective after turned back to them. Cocktail Parties
death. However, in all events, the spouse e irrevocability of the trust gives to
of a disabled bene ciary or the parent of a the individuals making the contributions Corporate Functions of All Sizes
minor disabled bene ciary cannot create to the trust the peace of mind that their Family & Neighborhood Events
and fund “inter-vivos” third party SNT original goal of helping the disabled
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