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Yorktown News 03.12.20

Vol. 8 No. 50 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, March 12, 2020


School districts, town taking extra steps
to disinfect buildings

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT Closings and cancellations

PHOTO: KATHERINE BORCHERT Local leaders are having to make For the most up-to-date information on closings and
quick decisions in the face of the cancellations related to the coronavirus, visit Yorktown
The Town Board and John C. Hart library staff celebrate 100 years rapidly-spreading COVID-19. News online at or on Facebook at
of service to the community after the Board passed a resolution to
raise the staff to the A-1 pay scale. Governor Cuomo on March 7 To alert Yorktown News of
declared a state of emergency dur- a closing or cancellation, email editor Jodi Weinberger at
Town boosts pay for ing a brie ng on the novel corona- [email protected] or call 914-302-5830.
library employees virus, which as of Yorktown News

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT press deadline on March 10 had
the highest concentration of cases Monday, March 9. “Town government is doing ev-
Employees of the John C. Hart Library will now be guaranteed
an equal salary compared to other town workers after nearly two in Westchester County. Supervisor Matt Slater advised erything we can to be proactive but
decades at a lower pay scale.
Pied Piper Preschool on residents to maintain proper hy- we need the public’s help and that
“When parties want to do the right thing, they can nd a way to
make it happen,” library director Jennifer O’Neill said in an email. Crompond Road sent a note to giene and is keeping residents up really comes down to basic hygiene,

At the Tuesday, March 3, Town Board meeting, the board families on March 6 that a family to date through the town’s Face- washing your hands and making
passed a resolution guaranteeing library workers salaries according
to the Class A-1 pay scale. member of a student tested posi- book page, with posts and links smart decisions. If someone isn’t

Civil Service Employees Association workers in Yorktown are tive for coronavirus; however, the from the Department of Health. feeling well, then they shouldn’t be
separated into Class A and Class A-1. Class A positions mostly
school maintained there was no e town has also decided to going out and they should be con-
prolonged exposure to other stu- postpone its Senior Advisory tacting their health care provider to

dents and faculty. Committee meeting this month. make sure they don’t need to take

Remaining members of the fam- “People need to be smart.It’s not any additional steps.”

ily tested negative for COVID-19, something for us to take lightly,but In addition, Slater said, town

including the Pied Piper student, not something to panic over,” Slat- buildings are being disinfected four

and will remain under quarantine, er said in an interview. “As long as times a day and Yorktown will be

according to the Department of people are washing their hands and installing sanitizing stations in

Health. are taking care of themselves and town-owned buildings this week.

After taking the weekend to making smart decisions, at the end e town is also working with

sanitize the facility, the school of the day, the majority of people SEE CORONAVIRUS PAGE 4
resumed its scheduled hours on are going to be ne.

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Page 2 – Yorktown News TOWN GREEN Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Staff Garden Talk Senior Advisory the cancellation, and we hope to Hart Library March
Committee see our seniors in April. Art Exhibit
EDITORIAL TEAM Native plant landscape de- Cancellation
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Students stress cultural education in combating hate

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT the prevalence of Hitler jokes, Black History Month, decided

STAFF WRITER Nazi salutes and the drawings of to celebrate Fitness February be-

swastikas by her peers makes her cause the district is predominantly

Sen. Pete Harckham hosted uncomfortable and she frequently white.

a panel of students to discuss asks classmates to think before Lazar said cultural education

the prevalence of hate in today’s they make jokes. should be as important as learning

world. McQueen said that her family math or science.

Titled “Hate in the Age of and friends have all been impacted e students also discussed the

Multiculturalism,” it was the third by the prevalence of racism. need for individuals to stand up

such discussion Harckham has To Harckham’s request that against rampant hate speech, with

hosted, with this event exclusively they talk about their thoughts on Gale-Donnelly saying people can

catering to young people.Students the the roots of ignorance and not be idle in the face of casual

from local high schools were the hate, Lazar answered that it of- racism or derogatory jokes.

main speakers with Harckham ten depends on the adults; how- e second part of the event

acting as moderator at Lakeland ever with the rise of hate on social was opened up to comments and

High School on Friday, Feb. 28. media, it allows people to act ig- questions from members of the

“What originally sparked this PHOTO: KATHERINE BORCHERT norantly because they can be re- audience.
conversation is the shooting in moved from the situation. One person spoke about the
New Zealand,” Harckham said, Sabina Gale-Donnelly, Sage North, Samantha McQueen, Sen. Pete
referring to the March 2019 ter- Harckham, Stefon Dabbs, Kendall Cousins, Rebekah Lazar and North said community leaders importance of diversity, noting
Zayneb Cherif. and those children look up to also that her 8-year-old cousin didn’t

rorist attacks on two mosques in have a huge impact on how people know that white people and black

Christchurch in which 51 people school student representing the his opening remarks. “ ey are act. people could attend the same

were killed and 49 were injured. African American, Latin, Jew- often not heard from on this is- ey all agreed that social me- school because she had not been

“ at’s when we decided to have ish, Islamic and LGBTQ+ com- sue and they certainly have some dia can aggravate racism and ig- exposed to it.

our rst [discussion] and then it munities. of the most honest and deepest norance, as people are able to hide A Lakeland senior asked why

became more localized as there Among those who spoke about insights into the challenges we are behind a computer screen. he, a white Christian male, wasn’t

were incidents of hate speech and their experiences dealing with all facing together.” However, McQueen said that represented on the panel.

vandalism in Westchester and discrimination in high school Harckham asked members of social media could be positive, as North responded that the peo-

Putnam. So we had one of these and their daily lives, among other the panel how hate and intoler- well, as it enables people the op- ple on the panel represented the

in Pleasantville, one in Mahopac topics, were Samantha McQueen ance had personally a ected them portunity to connect and unify. underrepresented in the country

and we have a request with clergy, from Lakeland High School; and their communities. Harckham also asked about and that hearing from them pre-

which we’re going to do, but while Zayneb Cherif, an eighth-grader Dabbs said that as a young, how young people,such as the 150 sented an opportunity for others

we’re talking about what our next from Mildred E. Strang Middle black male, he encounters dis- students in the audience, could to learn about how they feel in

one was going to be, a teen came School; Sabbia Gale-Donnelly crimination every day. contribute toward coming togeth- their daily lives.

up with the idea, ‘Let’s hear what from Walter Panas High School; Cherif, who wears a hijab, re- er and work toward cross-cultural A woman who identi ed her-

younger folks have to say,’ be- Rebekah Lazar from Mahopac counted an experience in sixth or understanding in a multicultural self as Jewish recounted numerous

cause this impacts them directly High School; and Kendall Cous- seventh grade when she walked world. occurrences of anti-Semitism that

on an everyday basis. at’s why ins, Stefon Dabbs and Sage North onto an after-school program bus North said that a diversi ed she has had to deal with. She also

we wanted to get the schools in- from Peekskill High School. and the other students chanted school faculty helps educate stu- touched on the backlash toward

volved.” “We are here to get the view- “terrorist,” which led her to walk dents about di erent cultures. She the Asian-American community

e panel included six high points of the young people in our o the bus. spoke about a friend whose school SEE PANEL PAGE 6

school students and one middle community,” Harckham said in Lazar, who is Jewish, said that district, instead of celebrating

‘Sandy’ visits the cast of Yorktown High School’s ‘Grease’

e following is from the Yorktown Central stories from the play even before it went to PHOTO COURTESY OF THE YORKTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School District: Brodway.”
Yorktown High School students with Carole Demas, the original “Sandy” from “Grease”
Yorktown High School students in- Faith Pyle, who plays sassy Pink Lady when it debuted on Broadway in 1971.
volved in the upcoming spring musical pro- “Marty” said she relished the feedback that
duction of “Grease”were treated to a special Demas gave to them and was excited that kids,”Stock said.“Such an insight that nor- Yorktown High School will perform
visit that was sure to get them into the spirit she even took some of the students aside mally they would not have had. She gave Grease on March 13 -1 4. Tickets are $12
of the show. to give them advice on their character. “She valuable advice that they should be each and are on sale now at On e Stage. ey
told us how we needed to portray the char- other’s support group and reminded the can be purchased at the door. Shows are at
Carole Demas, the original “Sandy” acters but how we also needed to make kids that the high schoolers in Grease the 7 p.m. March 13 and 14 at e Dr. Ralph
from the Broadway production of Grease them our own.” show were not like them. She gave the kids Napolitano Auditorium at Yorktown High
stopped by Yorktown High School on Feb- such incredible insight into the play itself School- 2727 Crompond Road, Yorktown
ruary 27 to meet the students, answer ques- Alice Tinari, who will play “Jan” said that and about their characters.” Heights.
tions, and get them excited for their school Demas made them look at the show in a dif-
production happening March 13-14. ferent way. “It made us think of the show as
fun, not something to stress about,” Alice
Demas, who originated the role of Sandy said. She was especially interested to hear
Dumbrowski when “Grease” hit Broad- Demas talk of the nightly changes the origi-
way in 1971, sat among the students and nal cast members endured and how they
shared her experiences as part of the origi- were able to overcome the stress with humor
nal cast of “Grease.” e Yorktown High and fun. “It was really cool to hear about the
School cast was extremely excited for the beginnings of this show and how it grew
unique experience and one-on-one charac- into something so iconic in our society.”
ter development, as well as a few back-stage
tidbits from a successful Broadway actor’s YHS Musical Director Andrea Stock
perspective. said that Demas, who lives locally, heard
that YHS was putting on Grease and of-
“It was an amazing experience to get all fered to come in and give the students
her insight about the characters and the some advice. Stock said the experience was
show,” said student Giovanna Phipps, who extremely helpful to her students and she
will play “Sandy” in the high school pro- knows it’s not something most high school
duction. “It was very, very helpful. She gave theater students get.
us a lot of character direction and told us
“It gave such realism to the show for the

Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, March 12, 2020

LIBRARY “It’s my honor and privilege to- CORONAVIRUS mends, and the state agrees.
night to right a long-standing ineq- FROM PAGE 1 Currently, we have members of the school

uity. is Town Board is making his- community who have been tested, but as of this

include workers such as cleaners, tory tonight,” O’Neill said. “While the Westchester Department of Health and the morning, we still have no con rmed cases. If and

cooks, laborers, maintenance work- residents have been able to enjoy all state. when we do have a con rmed case, that school

ers and mechanics, while Class A-1 the wonderful services provided by Yorktown schools Superintendent Dr. Ron community will be noti ed through all means

workers include clerks, typists, ste- the library, we should not forget it’s Hattar said student and sta safety is the No. 1 necessary, including an all-call to inform of the

nographers, building and environ- because of the hard work and dedi- priority and the district is taking “proactive and initial closure.”

mental inspectors and code enforce- cation of the library sta .” progressive measures” to disinfect all school fa- He said that though it has decided to post-

ment o cers. O’Neill said that there were nu- cilities daily. He also said hand-washing breaks pone large group events, the district is still allow-

Supervisor Matt Slater said the merous people to thank for making have been added at the elementary school level ing small group activities.

pay increase goes into e ect imme- pay equity come to fruition, includ- and the threshold for students to be sent home “ e reason we have not postponed all events

diately, with O’Neill and library sta ing Slater for his willingness to listen has been lowered. is to allow small groups such as teams practic-

opting to leave a vacant library posi- and leadership and ability to recog- ough there had been no con rmed cases in ing or clubs that may want to meet to continue

tion un lled and using those funds nize a long-standing injustice. Yorktown as of Tuesday, March 10, Hattar said for the time being,” Stone said. “Spending some

to make up the di erence in salaries O’Neill also thanked Town Board the district has a comprehensive plan in case it time with friends or a small group may help re-

at no cost increase to the town. members Ed Lachterman, Tom Di- does, though he said it will hopefully not have duce the anxiety, stress or fear that our young

e pay increase amounts to ana, Alice Roker and Vishnu Patel, to use it. people are most likely experiencing. Hopefully,

$77,894 and will be distributed as well as previous library director Out of an abundance of caution and to mini- we can help them to understand that this is an-

amongst sta . e position that Patricia Hallinan and CSEA repre- mize any risk to students and members of the other in uenza that one day shall pass and we

is being left vacant has a salary of sentative Vinny Castaldo. community, the district has cancelled large-scale will all return to normalcy.”

$78,959 so the money will cover the “I’m really proud the town was public events. However, on Tuesday, March 10, Stone said

pay increase, as well as bene ts and able to rectify this pay inequality is- Lakeland School District Superintendent Dr. that if a student or sta member should come

retirement. sue after 20 years and put it behind George Stone said he is in constant contact with to school with u-like symptoms, the individual

In 2017, Yorktown News reported us,” Slater said in an interview. the Department of Health along with health of- will be isolated and sent home as soon as pos-

that 13 library employees were ght- He said the move was a joint ef- cials throughout the district and said though sible. Westchester County and state o cials will

ing for the A-1 classi cation. In an fort, citing teamwork between the no cases have occurred, it is prepared to take the also be noti ed.

interview, one employee suggested town’s nance team, building team necessary steps should the schools have to close. On Friday,March 6,a person in Somers tested

that instead of lling a vacant 14th and library sta . “If we have a con rmed case of COVID-19, positive for COVID-19. Members of the family

position, the town instead take the “ is is about equality, this is the school will be required to close for an initial of that individual, including a student at Prim-

salary for that position and distribute about courage, this is about doing 24-hour period, to begin an investigation to de- rose Elementary School in Somers, have tested

it among the other employees. the right thing, and it’s about time,” termine the contacts that person may have had in negative for the coronavirus and are under quar-

Last week, the Town Board made O’Neill said at the meeting. the school,” Stone said in a Facebook post Tues- antine. e parent who tested positive had not

the decision to do exactly that. Slater went on to thank the li- day, March 10.“ e investigation will determine visited the school in recent weeks.

When the resolution was read,Su- brary sta for their work and issued any further closing or quarantines recommended Out of an abundance of caution, the Somers

pervisor Matt Slater invited O’Neill a proclamation celebrating 100 years by the local health department. During that ini- School District closed both its campuses over

to speak on behalf of the library sta , of service John C. Hart Library has tial 24-hour period,the school will clean and dis- the weekend and on Monday, March 9. School

who were all in attendance for the contributed to the town. infect the building. Again the closure is required in Somers was expected to resume Tuesday,

historical declaration. one day but maybe longer if the county recom- March 10.

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Message from the Chamber of Commerce

With the arrival of March, we Arts” in the community for the CHAMBER information. to Donate” program sponsored
start envisioning those refreshing bene t of our residents and busi- CORNER On ursday, May 14, the by participating restaurant.
spring days lled with activities nesses. We are very excited, once When they con rm the dates,
and there is no shortage of them again, to be working closely with SERGIO Chamber will host “Yorktown’s they will be donating 20 percent
on the Yorktown Chamber of Yorktown. ESPOSITO Best of... Awards Cocktail of their proceeds to bene t our
Commerce calendar. With the Reception” at Vittoria’Z on the Scholarship Fund on that day.
successful 2020 Jilco/Yorktown Our next Business Socials will merce Street at Railroad Park in Lake in Je erson Valley honor-
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Lifestyle and Family show under 6 p.m. at e Pub at 1927 Com- enjoy live music, a silent auc- Business and Organization of an upcoming Camp Sunshine
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ing out the details of an o cial Everybody is welcome! out for donations and student town Festival and Street Fair on
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We are excited with the ap- program, which will culminate in of Yorktown. Look for all the
is endeavor will allow us to proaching 3rd Annul SpringFest a Scholarship Awards Dinner in exciting news coming soon!
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PANEL due to a “no-snitching”mentality. themselves without judgment, so Lazar said that by taking others’ can become more understanding
and empathetic. e other things
FROM PAGE 3 Afterward, the students said having this is really important.” experiences into account as well as we’ve heard are speci c strategy
suggestions from students and
due to the novel coronavirus. She they were grateful for the platform North said that she was in- your own is the rst step in shap- the one thing that was loud and
implored the students and audi- clear was education. e other was
ence to act as allies and not per- for discussion. spired by the panel discussion and ing a positive future. to have more events like this so
petuate stereotypes. students can really speak to each
“ is conversation is important thought hearing di erent opin- Harckham said the event is im- other. I was just kind of moderat-
She also asked whether the stu- ing and listening, but it was really
dents have adults they can go to because, especially raising kids ions and experiences broadened portant in understanding how to the discussion they were having
when they face discrimination. amongst each other, to me was the
and raising the new generation, the discussion. combat hate. important thing.”
Lazar said her rabbi at Temple
Beth Shalom in Mahopac hosts having more people that are more Cherif said that she was happy “Hate translates into violence,” He added that he was inspired
discussions where students can by the students’ courage, bravery
talk about adversities they face. open-minded and more open to participate in the panel and she Harckham said. “We need to and thoughtfulness.

North said that at times it can be to making changes when we are hoped people walked away from it understand it and we need to be
hard for high schoolers to reach out
adults is so important,” McQueen more educated. able to defuse it. We need to un-

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Happily Ever After DMV OMG!

The form arrived READING,
in the mail sum- WRITING &
moning me to the CHOCOLATE
Department of Motor Ve-

hicles to renew my driver’s KIM
license and apply in person KOVACH
for a Real ID license. I na-

ively asked my friend, Pat, if

she was free on Wednesday.

I suggested that we stop at the Putnam County Motor Vehicle

bureau in Brewster so that I can pop in and renew my license and

then go out for lunch.

We pulled into the parking lot at the Putnam County DMV to

see a dozen men and women standing outside in the cold. Maybe

those people are smokers, I thought. I soon realized that the line

Rationality on trial to enter the DMV began outside of the building. Wind whipped

my long curly hair around my head.

We peered into the wall of windows to see lines of human-

ity packed inside. I didn’t want Pat to su er in the cold with me.

Areoccurring theme in my Cheerfully, she said that she’d go o to do a few errands and check
columns is the need to
approach our lives and the Junior, who faked his own death, back with me.
universe with rationality. It is my
MY have all been rumored to be the After about fteen minutes, our line inched its way inside. But
PERSPECTIVE famous “Q”. Unfettered by any
requirement of actual evidence, now, horror of horrors, we were crammed in the vestibule right in

front of the restrooms. Every time the outside door opened, a fresh

fervent belief that our willingness JAMES QAnon asserts the existence of a gust of wind blew the stink around us.

to engage in rational thought will MARTORANO worldwide cabal of Satan wor- Line A stretched as far as the eye could see. I glanced around and

determine whether we will survive shipping pedophiles who rule the was surprised to recognize a familiar face from Lewisboro (Hi Beth!).

as a species. world. ey rule politicians and We yelled a few greetings to each other and then settled in for the

Although one would assume Hollywood . President Kennedy long wait. My line buddy next to me turned out to be a chatty fellow.

that we would utilize our most prized power to was about to expose this conspiracy and that is why I learned his whole life story as we inched forward on Line A.

confront our problems, it is clearly not the case. he was assassinated. e same is true for the shoot- As the line snaked around towards the rst set of clerks, I

Detours on the road to a reasoned approach to life ing of President Reagan. Once you accept this con- noticed a well-dressed woman standing about ten people ahead of

abound. Racism, extreme nationalism, nativism, spiracy theory, the entire history of the world can me. She was covering her nose and mouth with her scarf. I looked

superstition, conspiratorial paranoia, mysticism, and then be reinterpreted through its particular slant. further up the line and saw the reason for her pre-caution. One

hatred are just a few of the weapons which, when Everything is clear and simple, and neither debate woman was coughing her lungs out, glassy-eyes and red cheeks,

placed in the hands of a skilled propagandist, can nor nuance is tolerated. e lack of loose ends is, in clearly sick with the u. at hacking woman emitted a swath of

cloud our vision of reality. fact, one of the beauties of a conspiracy theory. germs in her wake that every single one of us on Line A had to

e need to exercise a reasoned approach to Of course, since it is irrational in nature, hybrid breathe in as we inched forward.

reality has never been more critical than in recent versions are also easily propagated. e most popu- While waiting on line, I lled out both sides of my form and

weeks, when the entire world is confronting a lar one is that the devil-worshipping Hollywood- studied the eye chart. Despite the non-stop crush of humanity, the

deadly new virus. e virus is neither a hoax nor based pedophiles are rmly imbedded in an entity DMV clerks were pleasant and e cient. When I nally reached

was it invented or promoted by any political entity. called the “deep state” and have been planning an Window 1, I wanted to ask if the Enhanced ID meant that they

e fact that that sentiment is even entertained overthrow of our government. To prevent this, the could air-brush my new photo but I refrained. I presented all of

publicly by people who are charged with our well military recruited our current President, who will my documents and was instructed to go to Window 11.

being is not only disheartening but very dangerous. initiate the Storm, when hundreds of his enemies e line for Window 11 was where you stood against the wall

I am reminded of the advice given me by my will be rounded up and jailed. to have your new photo taken. I would have appreciated a chance

good friend and philosophy professor, the late Nor- Of course, the propensity to embrace radical to look in a mirror but I was just relieved to have progressed this

ris Clarke. He often reminded me of the dire con- non-evidentiary-based theories is not unique to far. I was then told to go to Line B.

sequences awaiting us if we were unwilling to face extreme rightwing organizations. I remember many Line B was long and contained most of the people I had already

reality openly and honestly. He suggested that like arguments in college with Maoists and Marxists seen on Line A including Typhoid Mary and Scarf Woman. My

wiping our eyeglasses with a cloth, we must remove who insisted on interpreting all evidence within the line buddy was now chatting happily with Beth. Pat returned

from our minds our particular biases, prejudices and purview of their ideological bent. e world is full from reading in the car and doing errands. She was pleased at my

predispositions in order to see the world clearly. If of Kripkean dogmatists (named after the famous progress since Line B was the last leg of the journey leading to the

we don’t engage in this process, if we do not insist contemporary philosopher, Saul Kripke) who payment window.

on reason and evidence, then there would be no believe in their position so ardently that they are After more than two and a half hours standing on my feet at

limit to the absurdities, which can become part of prepared to reject any evidence to the contrary. the DMV, I was looking forward to sitting down and enjoying a

our consciousness. e QAnon movement, also Rather than being prejudged by our particular nice lunch with Pat. My o cial Real ID driver’s license should ar-

known as e Storm and e Great Awakening, is ideological bent, rationality requires that we ap- rive in about ten days. My temporary new license states that I will

an emerging example, gaining in popularity. proach issues prepared to advance an open and have to renew again in eight years. I have to rest up.

An image board posting submitted by someone coolheaded evaluation of all available evidence.

using the name “Q” is credited with the origins of William Lury and Roger Fisher, members of the Kim Kovach leads the spring session of Reader’s eater for Adults
at the Lewisboro Library on Tuesdays at 7pm starting March 24th.
the QAnon movement. A White House Aid, Dan SEE MARTORANO PAGE 10
Scavino, the President himself and John F. Kennedy

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