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For better or for worse Independence Day
Town clerks continue with marriages, other functions e Vail’s Grove community held a modi ed socially distant July 4 parade this year
with masks out tted with patriotic stickers and residents dressing up for the occasion.
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Yorktown. “We do all the same business.”
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR One of the few functions that can’t be SEE INDEPENDENCE DAY
What does a town clerk do? performed digitally is notarizing signa-
It’s a question with no easy answer. tures. Patricia Kalba, town clerk of Somers, PHOTO COURTESY OF CB MORRIS
is doing them by appointment only.
ey issue all sorts of licenses and Andrew Kruzykowski, Rob Lee, Caitlin Lee, Michael Broderick, Lindsay Hindz, Helen
permits. ey maintain vital records. “I pick a day I’m going to be [at the Vail, James Collins, Sarah (Van Scoy) Broderick, Emilia Lee in the wagon and Ben
Somers Town House] and for how many Broderick in the stroller.
ey notarize signatures. ey respond hours,” Kalba said. “ en I’ll go into the
to open-records requests. ey run mu- parking lot and I’ll notarize your docu-
nicipal meetings and take minutes. Some ments. I’m still working at home on some
perform marriages. And they’re usually days.”
the rst face you see when you enter your
town hall. Residents can also still purchase an E-
ZPass from their clerks.
With few exceptions, these elected of-
cials have continued to perform nearly “I’ve been selling E-ZPasses out the
all of these functions as the world around back door,” said Janet Donohue, town
them continues to change in unexpected clerk of Lewisboro. “I tell people to bring
ways. exact change or a credit card number.”
“I’m sitting here in my living room, but
we’re doing everything that we’ve normal- Fumagalli has taken an inventive ap-
ly done,” said Lisbeth “Boo” Fumagalli, proach to selling E-ZPasses without com-
town clerk of Bedford. “I’m right in the ing into contact with her constituents.
middle of sending an email to a resident
who needs a handicap permit. We’re going “People will call us, they’ll give their
to send him the permit and then he can credit card information,” Bedford’s town
send us the paperwork. We’re not going clerk said. “We have a mailbox right out-
to hold him up. So, that’s how we’ve been side town hall. ey’ll tell us when they’re
handling a lot of things.” coming; we’ll put the E-ZPass in there.”
Most o ces in this area are modestly
sized, rarely exceeding four people—in- Maria Hlushko, town clerk for the
cluding the clerk. ough the public is small town of North Salem, said residents
rarely allowed into municipal buildings being barred from town buildings is the
these days, most clerks’ o ces are still be- biggest change for her o ce. Otherwise,
ing sta ed. it’s business as usual.
“We adapted by meeting [constituents]
outside,” said Diana Quast, town clerk of “I go out with a mask and gloves with
a clipboard and pen that have been wiped
down,” Hlushko said. “I do marriage li-
censes in the parking lot.”
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Thursday, July 9, 2020 North Salem News – Page 3
FROM PAGE 1
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CB MORRIS Helen Vail delivers masks for the parade attendees. Sarah, Mike and Ben Broderick
CLERKS ple, and I think that’s really good,” Fuma- all of their documents.” forwarded to her cellphone.
FROM PAGE 1 galli said. But despite its success, nothing When the big day comes, the couple is “I’ve basically done things the most
can replace human interaction. “I really asked to bring all of their original docu- traditional way I can possibly do them,”
TAKING IT ONLINE miss the people. I miss the interaction ments with them to town hall. Kalba said.
Some towns were more equipped than with people and seeing people, and that’s “We meet in the lobby of the court,” Quast and her sta have even traveled
others to transition to a mostly digital been very, very tough.” Fumagalli said. “ ey sit on one side [of to residents’ homes, delivering everything
world. Some towns, for example, manage In Yorktown, Quast’s home o ce looks the bench], I sit on the other side with my from permits to masks to absentee ballots.
records electronically while others keep more like a control room. She hosts the mask on. ey sign the marriage license, I Quast also performs checks on some of
paper records in boxes. Some have online meetings on a tablet; uses a laptop to sign it, seal it, and then we’re done.” Yorktown’s senior residents “so they don’t
payment systems while some only accept search and review information and uses a Quast’s o ce has performed marriages feel alone,” she said.
cash. But for the most part, handicap per- desktop to monitor the cable feed. in the back of town hall and at nearby Pa- “All town clerks are about their resi-
mits, dog licenses and even death certi - “If you add two cellphones onto that triot Park. She said she tries to make the dents,” Quast said. “ ey’re out there to
cates can now be issued without having with texts and emails, it’s an interesting day as special as possible for the couple. help people, and that’s one goal we have
to come to town hall. In Yorktown, the time,” Quast said. “ ey had to cancel all of their [wed- in common.”
clerk’s o ce will even come to you. A town board meeting agenda can ding] plans,” Quast said. “We just felt that
Because of Yorktown’s mobile clerk’s of- have a dozen or more items with as many being here for them was the most impor- A NEW NORMAL
ce, “I think it was a little bit easier for us guests scheduled to speak. When guests tant thing that we can do.” North Salem’s clerk said residents were
to transition and work remotely,” Quast arrive to the Zoom meeting, Quast will Fumagalli and Quast have also per- more cautious about the disease at rst,
said. “We were already moving forward send them into a virtual waiting room formed weddings on Zoom. but lately more and more have ventured
and doing a lot more things electronically until it’s their time on the agenda. Resi- “ e rst one was really great,” Fuma- out and to her o ce.
and online.” dents can also still have their voices heard galli said. “ ere must have been 30 to 40 “It’s slowly getting back to normal,”
e pandemic has given town clerks during the public comment portion of the people on, and really it was a lot of fun.” Hlushko said. “In the past week it’s de -
another skill to add to their resumes: meeting. In order to get married, even on Zoom, nitely picked up. It’s like people are com-
“Pro cient in Zoom.” e videoconfer- In some ways, the clerks said, the pan- both parties are required to physically be ing out of the woodwork.”
encing app, which has seen its popular- demic has resulted in a more engaged in New York. Right now, Fumagalli is try- Many months down the line, when this
ity and stock price surge since March, has public. Donohue said the most recent ing to get a special waiver from the state pandemic ends, the clerks are unsure what
hosted nearly all municipal board meet- Lewisboro Town Board meeting had 41 for a bride who is stuck in Germany while “normal” will look like. But many said
ings—with only a few hiccups. participants—far exceeding the usual the groom is in Bedford Hills. they will begin to integrate some of their
“ e rst couple were tricky, and we got Monday evening crowd at town hall. “ ey would really like to get married new practices.
Zoom-bombed one time when we didn’t In Bedford, Fumagalli said her o ce on a speci c date because it has meaning “I think it will give us all a realization
have a password cover on it,” Donohue has dealt with a record number of open- to them and their family,” Fumagalli said. that we can work remotely if we have to,
said, referring to an unwanted digital in- records requests under the state’s Free- and that was something that was kind of
trusion into the Town Board’s meeting. dom of Information Law. MORE THAN A ‘CLERK’ always frowned upon. I don’t think it will
“We learned to make all of our meetings “FOIL requests have gone through the Lewisboro’s town clerk almost also got be any longer,” Fumagalli said. “ ings we
password-protected.” roof,” Fumagalli said. “People have been stuck overseas. In early March, Donohue thought were not possible to do anywhere
ough worried at rst about how it sitting at home thinking. It has just been was in Vienna, Italy, visiting her daughter, else but the o ce can be done outside the
would work, some clerks now say they unbelievable. We’ve been very busy. I re- who was studying abroad. She switched o ce.”
prefer using Zoom instead of meeting in ally feel good about the fact that we really her ight and arrived in New York at 8:30 She and Donohue, though, both said
person. haven’t missed a beat.” p.m. on a Friday, mere hours before inter- they miss the public dearly. Lewisboro’s
“Nobody wants to give up Zoom. We national travel was halted. Donohue was town clerk said she enjoys chatting with
all love it,” Fumagalli said. “I really don’t HAPPILY EVER AFTER then quarantined for two weeks. residents and sharing her knowledge
think we’ve skipped a beat. I think people Marriages have also increased during Since then, Donohue and her deputy about the town.
were a little frightened at rst, especially the pandemic, with Quast estimating her have been coming into the o ce a few “When we open to the public, it may be
with zoning and planning [boards] with Yorktown o ce has performed twice as days a week, splitting mornings and af- by appointment only,” Donohue said. “I
these huge plans, but it’s really worked many as usual. ternoons. get it, but I don’t like it. is is their town
out. We’ve done bid openings on Zoom. “We had a woman from Canada who “Phones have been covered, emails have house; they’re paying for it. So, I wish they
at has worked out absolutely ne.” called to get married,” Quast said. been covered, and people are pretty sur- could come in whenever they wanted to.”
Once-rigid meetings have taken on an e preliminary paperwork is done prised that we get right back to them,” When town halls do open, Plexiglas
entirely di erent atmosphere, Fumagalli without the couple coming to the o ce. Donohue said. “Town clerks, that’s what will likely separate their o ces from their
said. “We take a blank marriage license and we do. We make it work.” constituents.
“It’s not as formal. People are more at we scan it to the couple,” Fumagalli said. When she’s not in the o ce, Somers’ “It’s just going to be kind of a new nor-
ease. ere is better interaction with peo- “We have them ll it in and they send us town clerk said she’s had her o ce calls mal,” Donohue said.
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BY CAROL REIF
Although COVID-19 has forced North Salem to
cancel its normal day camp at Mountain Lakes Park, the
town is hoping summer won’t be a complete bummer.
According to camp director Lauren Rosasco, local
recreation folks have been putting their heads together
with state and county health o cials to gure out a way
to safely o er outdoor sports-oriented and craft-making
programs, and maybe even yoga, to children and teens.
Each one-week program would take place Monday
through ursday, three hours a day, and would be run
by a vendor. the sterilization of common surfaces, will be followed. cancellation of all the town’s programs.
Rosasco emphasized that the proposed programs, to Participants and sta will be required to have their tem- Because space is going to be so limited (the maximum
start around July 20 and run through the end of August, peratures checked, Rosasco said. per program per week is likely to be 10 to 15 people)—
do not constitute “a camp,” and were not included in Because of the ever-changing nature of pandemic and the town wants all kids to get the chance to partici-
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s June 29 reopening date. ese regulations, some things are obviously still in ux, but pate, families are being asked to pick no more than two
summer programs are included in Phase 4. vendors have been lined up and last-minute contract de- or three programs to start. If they want to participate in
e Mid-Hudson Region entered Phase 3—which tails are being worked out. more, they can re-register for Round 2, Rosasco said.
allows restaurants to reopen and gatherings of up to 25 “ e guidelines have been changing week to week, so e programs are likeTlyhutorstdaakye, Jpulalyce9,a2t0J2o0e Bohrdrum
people—last month. Phase 4 covers arts (museums), en- we’ve had to roll with the punches,” she said. Town Park on Sunset Drive. And since they are all out-
tertainment, recreation, and education (schools). e town is teaming up with local athletic leagues so doors, it won’t be a “rain or shine situation,” she added.
It covers Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, kids can hone their individual skills in sports such as (A “rain date” will be included on the registration form.)
Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties. basketball, tennis, lacrosse, baseball and oor hockey. Once the children’s programs are squared away, the
It was “on track” to enter Phase 4 on Tuesday, July 7— Folks will be able to register on the town’s website, town hopes to whip up a little something for the antsy
if it met all its markers. northsalemny.org, via CommunityPass, a new regis- adults, too.
All federal, state and county health guidelines, such as tration service that was meant to be unveiled this past e goal is to do “anything we can so people can get
social distancing, hand washing, wearing face masks and spring. It was delayed because COVID-19 forced the out and do things,” Rosasco promised.
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A side dish for ducks
SEASONAL this story does not take place in A Not So Swampy JELL-O Add the 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until
TIDBITS the festooned living room but Creation completely dissolved. Add the 1/2 cup cold
rather in the controlled chaos of Ingredients water.
LAURA the kitchen. Stir in 2 cups of Cool Whip. The Cool Whip will
CAMPAGNA 2 cups boiling water melt and dissolve. The mixture will become
e menu was roasted duck, 1 (6 ounce) box Lime JELL-O (or 2 3 ounce very light. It will separate into two layers are it
Not everyone can bake. wild rice and a side of glazed boxes) (you can use your favorite ﬂavor instead chills. Pour into a 8 inch square pan.
Not everyone can cook. carrots and ‘homemade’ rolls of Lime) Chill preferably not in an air conditioned car)
is fact is evident on from a tube. As we settled 1/2 cup cold water overnight. Cut into squares.
television with popular cooking in the living room with hors 2 cups Cool Whip, thawed
and baking shows that highlight d’oeuvres that we brought, we 8 inch square pan
the lack of skills that some in- began to hear clatter coming Directions
dividuals possess in the kitchen. from the kitchen that one only
hears if there is a problem. My Empty the Lime JELL-O packet in a large bowl.
is fact is also evident in our mother scanned the room to see
own families. if anyone was going to set down how many pounds of wild rice came out of the kitchen. We all O recipe that would feed a
their cocktail napkin and ven- should be purchased if duck for went home with goodie bags of crowd, make it without any help
I have a relative, who shall ture to see what was happen- seven people was being served. uncooked wild rice. and bring it to the next party.
remain nameless for fear of em- ing. We all shoved more hors With twists and turns in the My relative looked nervous as
barrassment that could audition d’oeuvres into our mouths, and interpretation between what Later in the year, close to the challenge was being laid
for one of those cooking shows continued on with our conver- the clerk heard and understood, summer, we were at another out, but with the reassurance
and come out with the golden sations. My mother stood and he suggested seven pounds of family gathering with some of the crowd, the challenge was
spatula and the cash prize. is made her way to the kitchen, of rice. We believe he thought he friends. e wild rice episode accepted.
said relative has no problem course we all snuck up behind was asked how many pounds was brought up, retold at that
retelling the story I am about to her to catch a glimpse of what of rice would seven ducks, not time with more detail by my For weeks in di erent kitch-
tell you, but since it is not my was taking place. What she seven people, eat. So there it relative. After the laughter sub- ens across town, JELL-O reci-
o cial place to retell the story found was my relative taking all was, the seven pounds of rice sided, someone asked if there pes were carefully looked over
with exact details such as the of the pots from the cabinets sitting on the counter waiting was something that my relative and created. Since the compe-
name and location of the event, and lling them with water. to hit the boiling water. My could possible cook without tition was to be held at a July
I will do my best to recreate When asked why so many were mother calmly explained that a help. e sound of crickets 4th celebration, colors of red
what I was a witness to. needed, it was explained that it half a pound was MORE than and blue JELL-O, blueberries,
was for the wild rice. At this enough. At that moment, we all lled the air as we all tried to strawberries and tubs of cool
It was a major holiday and time, we all entered the kitchen entered the kitchen with sleeves think of something that took whip ew o the store shelves.
my relative decided to host the and looked at the sacks of rolled up and helped with the the least amount of culinary At precisely 3 o’clock on July
dinner. It was the rst gather- wild rice on the counter. My basting, baking, measuring, skill. A young tot from across 4th, a plain, no frills rectangular
ing in the new apartment and mother asked what was the stirring and carving, explaining the room suggested JELL-O. It table was set up in anticipa-
no expense was spared in the plan with all of the rice, and each step in the process. e was super easy and required no tion of the gallons of JELL-O
holiday décor. I should mention my relative declared it all was meal was a huge success and formal culinary training at all. creations to be admired and
that if there was a competi- going to be cooked; it was the my relative was proud of what It was there that annual JELL-
tion for decorating and styling side dish to the duck. At this O competition was born. e SEE CAMPAGNA PAGE 7
a home, I would be proud to point in the retelling, I have to rules were simple, nd a JELL-
say I knew the winner. e mention that we later found
apartment was something out out that when my relative went
of House Beautiful, but alas, food shopping for this event,
the clerk in the store was asked
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Thursday, July 9, 2020 OPINION North Salem News – Page 7
How dry I am not
TRACY and do not usually need to visit the “I’m ne,” I growled. “You left the “You left the toilet seat up, again!” I
BECKERMAN bathroom in the middle of the night. toilet seat up.” bellowed. I was stunned. It was equal
Apparently, though, someone else does, parts disbelief and cold water. It oc-
Someone recently told me that because the rst night of my water “Oh, sorry,” came the sleepy reply. curred to me that I didn’t actually need
I should drink more water to experiment, I woke up, went to the at was it? “Oh, sorry?” Here I was to drink the water to hydrate my skin.
hydrate my skin and delay the ag- bathroom, sat down in the dark, and fell with my lower region submerged in the In my house, I just needed to sit on the
ing process. Of course, this is the same in the toilet. toilet and all I got was an, “Oh, sorry?” toilet. I was prepared to really pro-
person who told me to try elephant I removed myself from the bowl, low- test this time, but once again, when I
dung cream for wrinkles, so I’m not I’m not naming names or pointing ered the toilet seat, and went back to returned to the bedroom, the toilet seat
exactly sure why I am listening to her ngers, but the truth of the matter is, I the bedroom to lambast the culprit, but o ender was out cold.
about this water thing. However, since only share the bathroom with one other he was already asleep.
water seemed to be more benign than person. It is the same person who shares Fortunately, I am the forgiving type. Shaking my head in disgust. I went
elephant poo, I decided I had nothing my bedroom and kind of happens to be I decided that if a certain someone back to bed… and woke up two hours
to lose by giving it a try. male. Men are known to lift the toilet showered me with chocolates the next later with that familiar urge.
seat when they do their business… and day, I could overlook this momentary
Unfortunately, according to the laws sometimes, forget to put it back down. lapse in male etiquette. So, I went back Recalling that old adage, “Fool me
of physics, what goes in, must come out, to sleep. And two hours later, I was up once; shame on you. Fool me twice;
and for me, it mostly seemed to want to is was the state of the toilet seat again. Cursing the friend who recom- shame on me,” I decided not to take any
come out at night. when I went to the bathroom in the mended this stupid water regimen, I chances. I went directly into my son’s
middle of the night. went back to the bathroom. Hoping to bathroom across the hall, sat down…
I’m typically something of a camel, get it over with quickly, I ung myself and fell in the toilet.
“Argh!!” I yelled, as I experienced the onto the seat… and fell in the toilet
shock of cold porcelain followed by the once again. Apparently, the apple does not fall far
further shock of cold water. “Are you KIDDING me?” I roared. from the pee.
“Everything OK?” came the voice
“Hey... are you OK?” I heard a voice from the bedroom. You can follow Tracy on Facebook at
yell from the bedroom. Apparently, my facebook.com/LostinSuburbiaFanPage and
yells and the ensuing splash must have on Twitter at twitter.com/tracybeckerman.
woken up the toilet-seat culprit.
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FROM PAGE 6 were drawn upwards to see who the swamp belonged fridge was ignored, thus creating the swamp.
to. ere was my relative, holding the tin foil that had
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Rankel ‘We can all
Local author and
children’s book on C
BY CAROL REIF spect and validate children’s feelings, but she wasn’t
STAFF WRITER exactly sure how to help him.
On the surface, community life is looking relatively en a light bulb went o : Make him a character
normal nowadays. in a book, a book that tackled the subject—in a gentle
and upbeat way.
Folks are browsing in stores. ey’re eating out in
restaurants. Getting a trim at the local barber’s. Soak- Although a creative person, Rankel can’t draw for
ing up the rays at the public pool. Walking their dogs. beans. So she recruited Elizabeth Barksdale, a mul-
timedia artist from Mahopac she met while taking a
You would almost not know that there was a pan- class at Railyard Arts Studio in Croton Falls.
demic going on, except for all the colorful masks.
Barksdale, a mom herself, enthusiastically agree to
Everyone’s wearing some kind of facial covering help.
to help slow the coronavirus’s spread. Well, most are,
anyway. ey thought that, because the timing was so criti-
cal, the book should be published electronically. To
If the sight makes you nervous as an adult, just make it accessible to all, they also decided to make
imagine how confusing, if not scary, it can be for our it free.
“We Can All Be Helpers: Comforting the Fear of
Children who are just learning language rely heav- Masks During the Time of COVID-19” tells the sto-
ily on facial expressions to interpret the world. ry of Finn and his pooch, Doodle, as they encounter
familiar faces—now masked—on their daily walkies
Kids also read body language. If all the adults around town.
around them are ill at ease, their own anxieties can
multiply. e real-life “Finn” took to it immediately, Rankel
North Salem’s Lauren Rankel knows all about that.
A former preschool teacher, she always had a chil- First of all, he really loved being a character in a
dren’s book or two kicking around in her head. But the book. But, more importantly, he got the twin mes-
mom of two girls never seemed to have the time—or sages—that people may look di erent now, but un-
a big enough incentive—to get those ideas down on derneath they’re still the same…and that even the
paper. youngest among us can be part of the solution no
matter how overwhelming the situation.
en recently a very dear friend con ded in her
that her usually cheerful and curious 5-year-old son One of the nicest parts of the e-book format is that
was becoming too afraid to leave the house. its reader can use a slider bar to show each character
with their mask on and with it o .
He couldn’t understand why the postman, or the
nice cashier at the grocery store, looked so di erent. Part of the COVID-19 fear factor is the loss of
With masks on, they could all be strangers, as far as control. is feature gives kids a bit of that back, the
the boy knew. author and the artist both said.
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l be helpers’
to “lift up others” while also gaining some personal When grannie passed away, she and her husband,
comfort. Stephen, and their youngest daughter, Hailey, 19,
“We all feel a little bit helpless now,” said Barksdale. moved into the old homestead. e couple’s oldest
Rankel swears she couldn’t have done it without her child, Kiersten, 24, lives in New Orleans, working on
artistic friend’s colorful illustrations. coastal restoration projects. Hailey is studying meteo-
“When people share their strengths, beautiful rology.
things can happen,” she said. Rankel’s grandmother lived a good long life, prob-
Barksdale has worked on loads of child-oriented ably because she knew how to decompress once in a
projects and programs for museums and organiza- while. “Some people do yoga; she had a martini at 5
tions, and her love of nature, science and people- o’clock every day,” Rankel said.
watching is front and center in the book. A little white Being on “alert” 24/7 because of the pandemic is
bird alights gently from a tree and a comical seal bobs causing many to become emotionally exhausted.
in the harbor. e pink posies that Grandma’s tending “When your primary focus is safety, it can take a lot
were inspired by the blooms in her own garden. out of you,” Rankel said.
Barksdale said she is grateful to be able to nd a way She is not just talking out of her hat. She teaches
to use her skills to help people, especially youngsters. professional development courses for fellow educators
After all, she and her husband, David, who works for in STEAM, nature “infusion” and mental health sup-
Blue Sky Animation Studios, have two of their own: port for students.
15-year-old Raven and 13-year-old Davin. But human beings have to let themselves “o the
And although the book’s target audience is 3- to hook” once in a while, she contends.
8-year-olds, everyone can enjoy its simple but power- “Don’t set such lofty goals. It’s OK if all you did
ful message. today is go out for a walk,” she said.
Children need to know that experiencing fear, anxi- We also shouldn’t beat others up for being less than
ety and anger is perfectly normal. Owning those feel- perfect, she said.
ings is the rst step toward calming them, Barksdale ere may be many reasons why some are not wear-
said. ing a mask. Public shaming will only cause them to go
As far as taking back control and being a respon- on the defensive. It’s much better to gently remind
sible citizen goes, wearing a mask in public is, she them (back to the book again) that they would be do-
added, “the one thing we can all do–keep our germs ing something for others…and themselves.
to ourselves.” In Rankel’s book, being sensitive “empowers” peo- Elizabeth
Rankel moved to North Salem last fall, but she had ple to make good choices.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF
been coming to the town all her life to visit her grand- “When we know better, we do better,” she said. LAUREN RANKEL
mother. To read “We Can All Be Helpers,” visit https://
“I always had such peace in my heart when I came wecanallbehelpers.wixsite.com/wecanallbehelpers.
here,” she recalled.
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How well do you know your American history?
STRONG in which American colonists, in was over slavery and what? Answers: 1) Native Americans 2)
LEARNING protest of taxes by the English 11. Which amendment to the New Hampshire, New York, Massa-
Parliament, dressed like native chusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island,
DR. LINDA Americans and dumped tea into Constitution brought an end to the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware,
SILBERT the Boston Harbor? practice of slavery and the slave trade Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina,
in the U.S.? South Carolina, Georgia 3) Boston
Dear Dr. Linda, 4. What is the name of the Tea Party 4) Declaration of Inde-
I wrote to you last year because document which was signed by 12. What started from both pendence. 5) Revolutionary War
representatives of the 13 American the East and West and connected 6) Bill of Rights 7) Freedom of
my son was entering seventh grade colonies in July 1776 declaring people who lived on opposite ends speech, worship, peaceable as-
and was about to start learning independence from Great Britain of the country in 1869? sembly, and a free press. 8) Checks
U.S. history. I told you that I re- and King George III? and balances 9) Louisiana Pur-
member my seventh-grade history 13. What tragedy in 1911 exposed chase 10) Preserving the Union
class because that’s when I fell in 5. What was the name of the war the conditions under which many 11) 13th Amendment 12) Trans-
love with American history. My which began in 1776 and ended in were made to work and gave rise to continental Railroad 13) Triangle
son is now entering eighth grade 1781? labor unions? Shirtwaist Factory re 14) 19th
and therefore will continue learn- Amendment 15) Democracy 16)
ing U.S. history. To my delight, he 6. e Constitution is the su- 14. Which amendment to the “ e Star-Bangled Banner” 17)
too has also fallen in love with the preme set of laws of the U.S., Constitution in 1920 granted the Peace and quiet at home, our
subject. initially rati ed in 1788. As a group, right to vote to all women? home being America. 18) July 4
what are the rst 10 amendments to 19) To be sure that the citizens
Like last year, would you please the Constitution called? 15. e U.S. and their allies were and their children, etc. will always
create a U.S. history quiz in honor victorious in two world wars. e be blessed with freedom during
of Independence Day? 7. What does the First Amend- purpose was to make the world safe their lifetime. 20) “My Country
ment protect? for what? ’Tis of ee”
Dear Mike, 8. e three branches of the 16. e lyrics,“Stand beside her Have a great Independence
federal government are the executive and guide her through the night Day!
ank you for asking. Here you branch, the legislative branch and with a light from above,”are from
go! the judicial branch. Each branch what? Dr. Linda
oversees the other two in order to be
Happy Birthday, America! sure no branch becomes too power- 17. What does the phrase “ensure Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
1. Who lived in the land we call ful. is concept is called what? domestic tranquility”mean in the Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids”
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Potential sports year begins to take shape
State task force reviews six conceptual scenarios
SPORTS EDITOR Under some of the
Baseball in the fall? Football
in the spring? Shortened sea- considered, low-risk
sons with no state champion- sports like baseball could
be played in the fall
High school sports, if they instead of spring.
return at all in 2020-21, could FILE PHOTO/CHRIS LOVELL
look quite di erent in 2020-21.
e New York State Public
High School Athletic Associa-
tion’s COVID-19 Task Force is
currently reviewing six poten-
tial scenarios for the upcoming
school year. e scenarios are
conceptual in nature. No deci-
sions have been made and no
guidance was given at the Task
Force’s second summer meeting,
held virtually on Tuesday, June
Scenario No. 1 is essentially
business as usual. Schools re-
open, sports are played during
their normal seasons, and noth-
ing changes except for close
monitoring of health and safety
measures related to COVID-19. and girls golf, girls tennis, girls diving, gymnastics, volleyball) ing, boys swimming and diving) membership, according to a sur-
Scenarios No. 2 (distance and swimming and diving, girls la- • Winter Season: Jan. 4-Feb. 19 • Season 2: March 1 - May vey of coaches and administra-
in-person learning) and No. 3 crosse, boys and girls bowling) (boys and girls basketball, boys 8 (football, competitive cheer, tors.
(distance learning only) call for • Winter Season: Nov. and girls indoor track and eld, boys and girls cross country, eld “With regional di erences
an adjusted sports schedule. 16-March 20 (boys and girls ice hockey, boys and girls skiing, hockey, boys and girls soccer, girls in con rmed COVID-19 cas-
In these scenarios, some low- basketball, boys and girls indoor uni ed bowling) swimming and diving, volleyball, es, hospitalizations and school
risk sports (baseball, softball, golf, track and eld, gymnastics, boys • Spring Season I: March uni ed bowling) openings, sports seasons should
bowling, track) would possibly swimming and diving, ice hockey, 1-April 24 (football, boys and • Season 3: April 5 - June 12 be amended on a sectional or
shift to the fall while high-risk boys and girls skiing, volleyball, girls soccer, eld hockey, com- (baseball, softball, boys and girls regional basis with the focus of
sports (football, boys lacrosse, uni ed bowling) petitive cheer, uni ed basketball) golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys engaging students to provide
soccer, wrestling) would shift to • Spring Season: March 15- • Spring Season II: April 26- and girls tennis, boys and girls participation opportunities,” the
the spring, conceivably a time June 12 (football, boys and girls June 12 (baseball, softball, boys outdoor track and eld, uni ed proposal read.
when COVID-19 is less of a soccer, eld hockey, boys and girls and girls outdoor track and eld, basketball) Other considerations that
threat. cross country, boys lacrosse, com- boys lacrosse, wrestling, uni ed “ is will provide school dis- need be ironed out before the
e downside to these scenari- petitive cheer, boys tennis, wres- basketball) tricts the opportunity to adapt to 2020-21 school year are prac-
os is they would create participa- tling, uni ed basketball) Scenarios No. 4 (distance and a new school setting before ad- tice requirements; protocol/pro-
tion con ict, with sports like boys To account for those con icts, in-person learning) and No. 5 dressing extracurricular partici- cedures if a student-athlete or
lacrosse/football/wrestling and the Task Force is also reviewing (distance learning only) call for pation challenges,” the proposal coach becomes sick; screening
eld hockey/soccer overlapping ve shortened seasons instead of the fall sports season to be elimi- read. for student-athletes and coach-
in the spring. It could also create three longer seasons: nated, with three shortened sea- Scenario No. 6 calls for the es; invitational tournaments; and
a facilities con ict, with lacrosse, • Fall Season I: Aug. 24-Oct. sons beginning in January: fate of the sports year to be de- potentially extending spring sea-
football, soccer and eld hockey 17 (boys and girls golf, boys and • Season 1: Jan. 4 - March 13 cided on a sectional or regional son into July.
all vying for eld time. girls tennis, boys and girls bowl- (boys and girls basketball, boys basis. No statewide consistency e next meeting of the CO-
• Fall Season: Aug. 24-Dec. 5 ing, boys and girls cross country) and girls bowling, gymnastics, would mean no state champion- VID-19 Task Force, which only
(baseball, softball, boys and girls, • Fall Season II: Oct. 19-Dec. ice hockey, boys and girls indoor ships, which are considered to be provides guidance, has not yet
outdoor track and eld, boys 12 (girls and boys swimming and track and eld, boys and girls ski- a low priority by NYSPHSAA’s been announced.
Fall coaches reappointed
Despite the uncertainty sur- • Leslie Aitken – JV Field • Tyler Steinfeld – Modi ed • Bill Posch – Varsity Cross • Kevin Kumerle – Varsity
rounding the sports year, nearly Hockey Boys Soccer Country Assistant Girls Tennis
all of North Salem’s fall coaches
were reappointed at the Board • Emily Watson – Modi ed • Bob Martin – Varsity Girls • Eric Pechenko – Modi ed John Veteri, coach of the var-
of Education’s reorganizational Field Hockey Soccer Cross Country sity volleyball team, was not re-
meeting on Wednesday, July 1. appointed at the July 1 meeting.
• Ron Hendrie – Varsity Boys • Chris Werlau – Modi ed • Chris Brandt – JV Volley- A text message to Veteri was
• Jennifer Frohman – Varsity Soccer Girls Soccer ball not returned by press time.
• Mike Valentini – JV Boys • Chris Gould – Varsity Cross • Rina Rjushi – Modi ed
Soccer Country Volleyball
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e importance of a proactive approach to estate planning
GUEST He de nes proactive people as until “things go back to normal.” their a airs. ese individuals the time to review your estate
CORNER those who take responsibility While one can understand the have utilized this period to take plan, bene ciary designations,
for their lives and do not nd inventory of their current nan- assets and income, I urge you to
LAUREN external sources to blame for decision to avoid doctors and cial a airs, to review any existing do so now.
ENEA their behavior or circumstances. medical facilities, or to hold o estate plans and advanced direc-
Covey emphasizes that instead on making any major nancial tives they prepared in the past, to Being proactive is always the
Ihave always found it im- of reacting to or worrying about decisions, the decision to delay examine the decisions they have best choice, and it is never too
portant to follow the motto conditions or situations over estate planning seems particu- made (including the individuals early or too late to start planning
“Hope for the Best, but Plan which you have little control, larly odd in light of the fact that they selected as bene ciaries and for your future.
for the Worst.” When it comes proactive people focus their time a majority of victims of the agents), and to organize and pre-
to estate planning, this motto and energy on the things they Covid-19 pandemic were senior pare comprehensive lists of their Lauren C. Enea, Esq. is an
especially runs true. Today more can control. citizens or those with underlying assets and income. With this Associate at Enea, Scanlan &
than ever a proactive approach health issues. If the possibility roadmap of information in hand Sirgnano, LLP. She concentrates
to handling one’s legal and estate e di erent reactions—and of becoming ill or incapacitated and the help of their attorney, her practice on Wills, Trusts and
planning a airs is essential. frankly, stages of grief, worry and is greater due to a global pan- proactive clients then formulated Estates, Medicaid Planning, Special
stress—we have encountered demic, I would hope that this estate and elder law asset protec- Needs Planning and Probate/Estate
ere are a number of bene ts during the Covid-19 pandemic would be all the more reason to tion plans to help ful ll their Administration. She graduated
to being proactive. A mentor best illustrates the di erence be proactive and ensure that the goals and objectives, such as from Pace University School of
of mine once told me that if I between proactive and reactive important estate planning docu- estate tax planning, planning for Law Summa Cum Laude and is
wanted to truly understand the people. Over the past three ments (such as a Last Will and the cost of long term care (home admitted to practice law in New
concept, I needed to read Ste- months I have heard many Testament, Power of Attorney, care / nursing home care) and York and Florida. Ms. Enea is
phen Covey’s best-selling book clients, colleagues, friends and Health Care Proxy and perhaps protecting their life savings. the Sponsorship Chair of the Elder
entitled “ e 7 Habits of Highly family say that they are put- a Revocable and/or Irrevocable Law and Special Needs Section
E ective People.” For those of ting o making any major plans Trust) are prepared and ready to e simple exercise of merely Sponsorship Committee of the
you unfamiliar with this particu- and decisions, including seek- sign as soon as possible. listing one’s assets, income and New York State Bar Association
lar writing, Professor Covey’s ing medical or nancial advice, objectives is an excellent example (NYSBA), the Co-Chair of the
formulating their estate plans Fortunately, over the past of being proactive. Once this is NYSBA Elder Law and Special
rst habit is to “Be Proactive.” and drafting their advanced three months I have also seen done, the next step of meeting Needs Section 2020 Fall Meeting
directives (such as Health Care many seniors and others becom- with a quali ed Wills, Trusts and the Publications Committee
Proxies and Powers of Attorney) ing more proactive, using the and Estates and Elder Law at- Production Editor for the NYSBA
time in quarantine to arrange torney becomes a less daunting Elder Law and Special Needs
and more redemptive experience. Section Journal. She can be reached
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