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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times

VOL. 1 NO. 51 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019


Preliminary budget
nearly $1 million John Jay High School’s varsity hockey team won its second Section 1 title in as
under tax cap many years on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over Pelham at the Sport-o-Rama Ice Rinks
in Monsey. Complete coverage of the championship game is on page 17.

Spending plan would raise taxes by 1.4 percent

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER e allowable tax levy increase for the

EDITOR Katonah-Lewisboro School District this

year is 2.52 percent. Any district exceed-

Shortfalls in the state budget, potential- ing its cap would need a supermajority

ly as high as $2 billion, have caused nan- (60 percent) of district voters to approve

cial uncertainty in Albany, which could the budget. Otherwise, a budget needs a

make up the de cit by reducing state aid simple majority to pass (50 percent plus 1

to public school districts. vote).

at could require raising taxes later e district has penciled in $8.4 million

in the process. So, with that in mind, in state aid, but Jumper called that gure

the Katonah-Lewisboro School District “tentative.”

has given itself some breathing room by “If that number went down, we could

formulating a preliminary budget that is address that...because we’re under the tax

nearly $1 million below the state-mandat- cap,” he said at the Feb. 21 meeting.

ed tax cap. e projected tax-rate changes for the

At the school board’s Feb. 21 meet- district’s four towns are:

ing, Andrew Selesnick, superintendent of • -2.83 percent for Bedford ($188.76

schools,presented a $110.1 million budget per $1,000 of assessed value, down $5.50);

for the 2019-20 school year, an increase of • 3.23 percent for Lewisboro ($205.34

nearly $1.5 million, or 1.36 percent. per $1,000 of assessed value, up $6.43);

Michael Jumper, the district’s assistant • 3.41 percent for North Salem ($20.58

superintendent for business,said the $97.7 per $1,000 of assessed value, up 68 cents);

million proposed to be raised by property and

taxes re ects a 1.4 percent increase over SEE BUDGET PAGE 2 PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO
last year’s tax levy.
John Jay players celebrate after winning another Section 1 title.

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14 House demolished after
17 Sunday night blaze.

pg 3


The Staff BUDGET • $58,883 in professional development. e revenue side of the budget also in-
e list of capital projects, Jumper said, cludes a quarter-million-dollar decrease in
EDITORIAL TEAM FROM PAGE 1 fund balance usage to $1.45 million. Jumper
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER is longer than usual (annual expenses are said the district is trying to “ween” itself o
EDITOR: 914-302-5628 • 2.84 percent for Pound Ridge ($114.75 usually around $400,000). It includes li- appropriating surplus money to balance the
[email protected] per $1,000 of assessed value, up $3.15) brary renovations at the secondary schools; budget.
improved theater lighting at John Jay High
GABRIELLE BILIK Jumper noted that these numbers are pre- School; partial roof replacement across all In addition to the budget, voters will also
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285 liminary and will not be nalized until the decide a bus proposition, which may also
spring. ve schools; upgrade to water ltration at change between now and the May 21 election.
[email protected] Meadow Pond Elementary School; the re-
In his budget presentation, Selesnick not- moval of an underground storage tank at Ka- e district is asking voters’ permission to
ADVERTISING TEAM ed that enrollment is once again projected to tonah Elementary School; and the replace- transfer $648,485 from its capital fund to
LISA KAIN decline to 2,907 students, down 54 from this ment of HVAC condenser units with more purchase:
year. If the numbers hold, that would cause sustainable and e cient units.
914-351-2424 a sta reduction of three positions (plus two • Four 66-passenger buses ($116,200
[email protected] special education teachers; minus ve teach- “ is is a one-time in ux of money,” each);
ers in elementary, middle and high schools). Jumper said of the projected $914,800 price
PAUL FORHAN However, four contingency teaching posi- tag for these projects. “So, we anticipate this • One wheelchair-accessible van ($72,610);
914-202-2392 tions are included in the budget, in case the going back to the normal $400,000 next • One transportation garage service truck
[email protected] enrollment is higher than projected. year.” ($61,150); and
CORINNE STANTON • One operations and maintenance “rack”
845-621-4049 e major items driving the budget in- e budget increases are o set by three truck ($49,925)
[email protected] crease are: major decreases:
JENNIFER CONNELLY is proposition is based on the expecta-
914-334-6335 • $914,800 in capital expenses; • $615,883 in bene ts; tion that school start times will change, which
[email protected] • $477,599 for new programs, such as spe- • $138,375 in special education services; would require the district to upgrade its small-
NANCY SORBELLA cial education support for kindergarten and and er vans to larger buses. If school start times
914-205-4183 rst-grade, and the potential expansion of • $17,030 in BOCES career and technical stay the same, this gure may be reduced.
[email protected] the Mandarin program in the high school; education (fewer students participating).
BRUCE HELLER • $468,144 in salary; Jumper said the special education decrease e budget is expected to be discussed
914-202-2941 • $178,857 for operations and mainte- is driven by a reduction in out-of-district again at the school board’s meetings on
[email protected] nance, including equipment, maintenance student placements and contract services, March 7 and March 14. e board may
and utilities; which is potentially attributable to improved adopt the preliminary budget on March 28,
PRODUCTION TEAM • $118,553 in health insurance; and programs in the district. followed by a public hearing on May 9. e
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL vote will be held on May 21.

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Fire destroys
Manor Drive home

No injuries reported; cause of re investigated

Some 30 re ghters from the ter season,” McManus said. “ e escaped unharmed, and that no

Goldens Bridge Fire Department re was quick to spread because re ghters were injured. But it is

battled wind-whipped ames of cathedral ceilings from the rst di cult to see someone lose their

and smoke during a devastating to the second oors. Without a home and all of their belongings,”

blaze Sunday night at a two-story, oor barrier, the ames raced ag- McManus said.

single-family home on Manor gressively and unimpeded to the Route 138 was closed in both

Drive. rafters and shot through the roof.” directions to allow re trucks and

Although neither the occu- McManus said the re was tanker engines easy passage to

pants nor re ghters were injured brought under control at around the scene. Mutual aid response

in the aggressive, fast-moving re, 11 p.m., but that re ghters re- came from the re departments

the house had to be demolished, mained at the scene until 2:15 of Croton Falls, South Salem,

according to Chief James McMa- a.m. Somers, Katonah, Bedford Hills,

nus. e cause of the re remains “We were investigating for hid- Vista, Bedford and Mahopac. e

under investigation. den ame pockets or smoldering Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance

e Goldens Bridge Fire De- embers,” he said. Corps and Westchester Paramed-

partment received a call of a resi- ey also remained on scene ics were also on the scene.

dential re at 8 Manor Drive at for another reason. Lewisboro “We are grateful for the mu-

8:29 p.m. Sunday. McManus said building o cials came to the tual aid response and the assis-

the homeowner had called 9-1-1 scene to assess the home’s struc- tance provided by each of our PHOTO COURTESY OF GOLDENS BRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

when she saw that a re had bro- tural damage. neighboring re departments.
“Since the re caused devastat- is operation required an enor- Firefighters remained at the scene until 2:15 a.m.
ken out in her living room.

He said the homeowner was ing damage, we needed building mous amount of resources to

able to escape the re with one of o cials to determine the safety of bring the re under control and re ghters from all nine depart- blaze, he said.

her two pet dogs, and that she was the home. Upon inspection, o - to make the surrounding area ments on the scene. Within the last month, the de-

reunited with her third dog when cials deemed the residence unsafe, safe for neighboring residences,” McManus said that Sunday partment has also responded to

it was found after re ghters ar- and an excavation team was called said McManus, noting that eight night’s re was the second major a nitric acid spill on Green Hill

rived on the scene. in to demolish what remained of water tankers were rotating at the residential re that his depart- Road in Goldens Bridge, and a

“Bringing the re under control the building,” McManus said. scene at the height of the re- ment has responded to in a little signi cant HAZMAT spill of

was extremely challenging due to “Preserving life is always the ghting activity. more than a three-week span. an overturned tractor-trailer car-

excessive wind speeds. It was one utmost priority, so it is fortunate ere were nearly a dozen oth- Fire ghters were able to save a rying diesel fuel and gasoline in

of the windiest nights of this win- that the occupant and her pets er re trucks and close to 80 total house on Nash Road in a Jan. 31 nearby Croton Falls.

Cub Scouts get a lesson in self-defense

e Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts got a lesson in order to be able to escape an attacker.
self-defense on Super Bowl weekend from Second Degree “You always are better o eeing than ghting. at’s a
Black Belt Sensei Ken Deegan, owner of Kempo Academy
of Cross River. He donated the session and as became the last resort,” he told the Scouts.
He taught them vital areas to strike at attackers in order
rst sponsor of the local Cub Scout Pack.
“We really appreciate Sensei Deegan donating his time to render them unable to ght in order to run away and seek
and knowledge to our scouts. He’s worked with dozens of help. He also gave them needed moves to counter someone
families and kids over the past three years and is a valuable that has a hold of them or is physically attacking.
addition to the local community,” said Assistant Cubmaster
Bill Bongiorno. e lesson gave Scouts the fundamentals in order to be
Deegan added, “I was super excited to partner with our able to defend themselves and something to go back and
local Scouts and collaborate on projects. We have a lot in teach the other Scouts. ey practiced on each other, keep-
common as far as philosophy and beliefs. It was a natural ing in mind the Scout law: a Scout is trustworthy, loyal,
[ t] to sponsor the scouts in their endeavors.” helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean and reverent.
e hour-long session included teaching when to ght
and when to ight, always emphasizing defending oneself in The Scouts with Sensei Ken Deegan of Kempo Academy


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County-wide sales tax hike proposed
Latimer: Westchester’s scal well-being at stake

BY TOM BARTLEY penny-per-dollar rise in local Going on the road last week to semblyman and state senator surveyed its membership, but
CONTRIBUTING WRITER sales taxes was urgently needed promote the sales-tax increase, said he has urged the legislature some merchants have already
and far better than yet another Latimer spoke for almost an to approve his sales tax plan for expressed unhappiness with the
County Executive George hike in county property taxes, hour at the board’s Tuesday (Feb. two years as part of Albany’s proposed hike.
Latimer told the Bedford Town already among the nation’s high- 19) meeting, depicting a county current budget negotiations.
Board last week that a proposed est. in scal crisis. e onetime as- An increased sales tax would
Asked his proposal’s prospects generate some $140 million in
WACCABUC | $2,350,000 for passage, Latimer told the new revenue, Latimer estimated.
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| RAVEIS.COM | State restrictions on prop- Westchester’s towns and villages
erty tax increases and dwindling as well as the cities of Peekskill
RECOGNIZED TOP LUXURY BROKERAGE BY LEADING REAL ESTATE COMPANIES OF THE WORLD county cash reserves, Latimer and Rye would divvy up 20 per-
134 Offices • Over 4,000 Sales Associates • Over $10 Billion Residential Sales • 9 States - CT, FL, MA, NH, ME, NJ, NY, RI, VT said, were forcing Westchester cent of it, an estimated $28 mil-
to nd an alternative revenue lion, and school districts would
95 KATONAH AVENUE | KATONAH | NY 10536 | 914.401.9111 source to stay a oat nancially. split the remaining 10 percent
Otherwise, he warned Bedford’s ($14 million).
board, “Your government and
our government will go under.” “I don’t know if our projection
of $140 million is rock-solid,”
For homeowners and local Latimer acknowledged. “It al-
elected o cials who might nd ways depends on what’s hap-
his sales tax hike—from today’s pening in the sales tax and the
7.375 percent to 8.375—a bitter economy in general.”
pill to swallow, the county ex-
ecutive o ered sweeteners: Latimer marked a year in of-
ce last month after ousting
For owners of real property, two-term county executive Rob
Latimer would freeze county Astorino in November 2017.
property taxes at their current Without mentioning his prede-
level for the same two-year life cessor by name, he faulted the
span of the sales tax increase. previous administration for what
he described as budget balancing
e legislature would have to through borrowing and reliance
take up any renewal of the in- on cash reserves.
crease beyond two years. Latimer called it scally “fool-
ish” to repeatedly tap rainy-day
Latimer also pledged to share money.
with local governments and “Using reserve funds is like
school districts a new six- gure using a savings account to pay
windfall the proposed sales tax your monthly mortgage,” he
increase is expected to gener- said. “Sooner or later you run out
ate. “You don’t have to vote for of savings, no matter how much
anything here,” Latimer told the you have.”
Town Board. “You sit back, and Latimer said some $15 million
if this thing passes, you will get of the county’s newfound sales
more sales tax money to your tax revenue would go toward
revenue stream.” building up the reserve fund, re-
storing it in annual installments
While Bedford’s board took from today’s roughly $70 million
no formal action in support of total to about $170 million.
Latimer’s proposal, members At a Feb. 14 news conference,
largely seemed to embrace the Latimer described the county’s
idea. current nancial situation as a
“crisis [that will] only get worse
Councilman Don Scott, how- if we don’t take bold action.” At
ever, warned of the “seductive” the event and anking Latimer,
nature of a seemingly small, pen- a Democrat, a number of elected
nies-on-the-dollar sales tax hike. o cials from Westchester towns
“ e reality,” he told Latimer, “is and villages voiced bipartisan
we do compete with Connecti- support for his initiative.
cut,” where shoppers pay $6.35 A statement released by Lat-
in sales tax for every $100 they imer’s o ce quoted some two-
spend. dozen local municipal leaders,
each discussing how his or her
By contrast, under the Latim- local government’s estimated
er plan, Westchester stores now share of the added sales tax re-
charging $7.38 per $100 would ceipts could address pressing
go to $8.38—a rise of 13.5 per- needs. e projected local shares
cent, Scott pointed out—and ranged from $2.1 million for
they could not provide the ex- Greenburgh to $236,000 for the
emptions for some clothing that Village of Elmsford.
Fair eld stores can o er. “For
all of our businesses in Kato- SEE SALESTAX PAGE 6
nah and Bedford Village that sit
right next to Connecticut that’s
a concern,” he said.

e Katonah Chamber of
Commerce has not yet formally




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ence Room, 425 Cherry St., Bed- a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through April 11. Details on the work- on Wheels, My Second Home,
RideConnect, Stepping Stones,
e following is a list of ford Hills Friday. shop will be provided in the can- and WestFair Rides.

Bedford and Lewisboro meet- School Board ree seats on the Board of didate packets. Pancake Supper
ings that are scheduled to take Candidate Packets
place from ursday, Feb. 28, to Education will be decided by A Journey Through e community is invited to
Wednesday, March 6, Available the May 21 election. A trustee’s feast on pancakes, bacon and
sausages at the annual Shrove
• ursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.— term on the school board runs for Celtic Music Tuesday Pancake Supper, at
three years, from July 1, 2019 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 82
Bedford Wireless Facilities June 30, 2022. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, Spring St., South Salem. An ice
cream dessert will be served. e
Working Group, Bedford Hills Prospective candidate packets Each candidate must le a the Shamrouges will share their church is asking for a suggested
donation of $5 for adults and $3
Train Station, 46 Depot Plaza, are available for residents interest- nominating petition with the dis- musical journey through Celtic for children under 12.

Bedford Hills ed in running for a vacant seat on trict clerk for his or her name to music, with stops (musical ex- ‘West Side Story’ at
Kennedy Catholic
• Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.— the Katonah-Lewisboro School appear on the ballot. e deadline amples) in Ireland, Scotland,
e Kennedy Catholic Players
Bedford Town Board, Bedford District Board of Education. to submit the nominating peti- Shetland Islands, Cape Breton, will present “West Side Story”
on the following dates and times:
Courtroom, 325 Bedford Road, Candidate packets can be tion is 5 p.m. Monday, April 22. Canada, and America.
• Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Bedford Hills picked up from Kimberly Mon- Westchester-Putnam School e concert will take place on • March 1, 7 p.m.
• March 2, 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 zon, district clerk, at the district Boards Association will host a the accessible lower level of the • March 3, 3 p.m.
All seats are $15. Order tickets
p.m.—Bedford Zoning Board of o ce located at 60 North Salem workshop for prospective school library located at 26 Bedford online at
Road in Katonah. Tickets are For more information, email
[email protected] or
SALES TAX would be a hardship on small businesses.” available on the library’s website, call 914-232-5061, ext. 121.
FROM PAGE 4 or at the door. Admission is $10
The Black Sox
“I think we were planning on polling our re- ($5 seniors and students). and Other Betting

tail merchants,” Hanley said in an email, “but I Lewisboro Scandals
Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick, who did am sure [that] this on top of the Sick Day Act
is year marks the 100th
not attend the Feb. 14 news conference, said this that was passed last fall is making them feel very Volunteer Fair anniversary of the White Sox
week that he could not estimate how much his ‘pinched’ as far as running their businesses goes.” World Series betting scandal.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at
town might receive in new revenue, calling it too Addressing those concerns, Latimer said stud- e 10th annual Lewisboro the Lewisboro Library, journalist
Evan Weiner will take a look at
speculative given the uncertain size of future sales ies suggest that people are more inclined to do Volunteer Fair will take place that momentous event, as well as
modern scandals involving foot-
tax receipts. their shopping where they live unless they’re from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, ball, college basketball, and, of
course, Pete Rose.
Sales tax critics generally indict the levy on two purchasing some big-ticket item like a car. A 1 March 2, at the Lewisboro Li-

counts: percent rise in sales tax, he said, is not likely to brary, 15 Main St., South Salem.

For often putting local merchants at a competi- change that pattern. e event pairs would-be volun-

tive disadvantage with retailers in neighboring, Discussing the supposed regressive nature of a teers with local agencies in need

less-highly taxed jurisdictions; and sales tax, Latimer insisted, “It is a consumption of help. Community members

For being “regressive,” disproportionately bur- tax; you pay based on what you consume.” If the can stop by the library and visit

dening those least able to a ord it. additional sales tax would be a burden, he said, the tables of local groups to nd

Many Katonah merchants, already unhappy a cost-conscious shopper can always buy an $80 out about their services and vol-

with the county’s imposition last year of paid sick lamp, for example, instead of the $100 one. More- unteer needs.

leave for small-business employees, appear to have over, he noted, most of the county’s poor live in ere will also be “Helping

similar misgivings with a sales tax hike. Anne its four major cities—Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Hands” stations for all ages to

Hanley, co-president of the Katonah Chamber White Plains and New Rochelle—so they are make much-needed items to

of Commerce, said an informal poll of 18 mem- already paying at least the 8.375 percent in sales donate to non-pro ts. is year,

bers at a recent meeting found most “thought this tax.” visitors can make pull toys for

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Oscar hangover Temptation

I’m one of those lm lovers who has resident who now is 0 for 7 as an Oscar Ienjoy reading books by authors worth’s awaited us. We could also buy
from around the world. Especially hot pretzels, Italian ices or hot dogs
been watching the Academy Awards nominee, a record among female actors. when the author includes speci c from sidewalk vendors.

telecast since I was high enough to reach e Academy of Motion Picture Arts

the rotary tuner on our and Sciences clearly cultural references. One Saturday af-

black-and-white Philco was reaching across the In a new book of ternoon, a group of us

television. When I was the generations by deploying short stories by a READING, gathered our birthday
Swedish author, WRITING & and allowance money
age Millennials are now, BRUCE non-Hollywood names the main character CHOCOLATE and hopped on the
and a Manhattan single, I THE BLOG like Tom Morello of rock
held Oscar parties in my band Rage Against the goes into a gour- KIM bus. We walked in

Second Avenue apart- BRUCE Machine and country mu- met food store to KOVACH and out of stores and

ment, with the ceremony APAR sic star Kacey Musgraves, pick up something bought records and t-

projected on my 72-inch fresh o her four Gram- for dinner. One of shirts and ice cream.

Kloss NovaBeam, a rst- my wins, as presenters. the items she de- Our last store before

generation big-screen TV. ere was the very cides to purchase for herself as a treat heading back to the bus stop for the

One year I dressed up as rare sight of a second was called Jansson’s Temptation. ride home was a small stationery shop.

E.T. I would go so far as to write a fanzine acting Oscar presented to the same person I was intrigued. Did the author While the girls looked at greeting

for the Oscar parties. within two years of the rst honor. at make this up or is it a real dish in cards and key chains and plastic jew-

I didn’t do any of that this year. It’s not would be Mahershala Ali, who in 2017 Sweden? I let my mind wander to all elry, the boys wandered up and down

news that the Oscars aren’t what they used became the rst Muslim to win an acting sorts of possible taste sensations. en the aisles. As we exited the store, one

to be. In the show’s heyday, I remember Oscar (“Moonlight”), and now, after Denzel I Googled Jansson’s Temptation. A of the boys, Tommy, handed me a

Johnny Carson hosting every year, and Bob Washington, is the second black actor to win national Swedish casserole, the recipe pack of bright orange “Kim” stickers.

Hope before him. I remember more than two Oscars (“Green Book”). calls for onions, butter, russet baking He also handed personalized sticker

a few of the presumed liberals in the audi- Mr. Ali also is a good bet to pick up an potatoes, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and packs to Jenny and Donna.

ence hissing as Native American Shacheen acting Emmy Award this fall for his remark- anchovy llets. Ugh! You lost me at Standing at the bus stop, Tommy

Littlefeather spoke on stage after Marlon able performance in HBO’s just-completed anchovy llets. announced that he had stolen the

Brando’s name was announced as Best Ac- mini-series “True Detective.” In it, the I started thinking of other recipes stickers. I thought I would pass out on

tor, for “ e Godfather.” She wasn’t there to 45-year-old actor plays a detective at three with names that sound tempting. the crowded gum-encrusted sidewalk.

accept the award for Brando. She was there di erent points in his life, aging from mid- Have you ever tried ambrosia salad? It Stolen? I can’t accept stolen merchan-

to decline it for him, in protest of Hol- 30s to mid-70s, and he’s wholly convincing sounds divine. A traditional southern dise. My thoughts raced as we climbed

lywood’s caricatured portrayals of Native throughout. U.S. dish, ambrosia salad can be made the bus steps and took our seats.

Americans. In the disapproving reaction in some with several variations but usually Does this mean I am an accessory to

I remember the most emotionally quarters to “Green Book” getting the top contains sour cream or mayonnaise, a crime? Is the acceptance of stolen

charged, and arguably historic, moment in award, we’re witnessing a Best Picture win- canned mandarin orange segments, goods punishable by jail time?

Oscar history. It was when the immortal ner being ridiculed by liberals as being too pineapple chunks, mini marshmallows Jenny and Donna did not seem

Charlie Chaplin, who had been banished liberal. and coconut. at’s a salad? fazed by the ve- nger discount gifts.

from the United States for 20 years, thanks In Mahershala Ali, we’re witnessing the When people talk about being I was wracked with guilt. If I tried to

to the scourge of McCarthyism, returned in emergence of an A-list star with triple-A tempted, it usually means that some- return the stolen “Kim” stickers to the

triumph, as he received an honorary Oscar, talent. At mid-career, his career is taking o thing appears alluring but is bad shop owners, surely they would think

accompanied by a prolonged ovation punc- like a rocket. for them. Tempted to go o a diet, that I had stolen them. Why would

tuated with lusty shouts of “Bravo!” Who would have guessed it? tempted to take the neighbor’s news- Tommy be tempted to shoplift these

is year’s Oscars came at a time of up- Not William Goldman, the Oscar- paper, tempted to irt with someone bright orange name stickers in the rst

heaval in the way movies are made and dis- winning screenwriter who just died and else’s spouse, etc. place?

tributed, thanks to those 21st century foxes, who birthed classics like “All the President’s Years ago, in middle school, my Once I returned home, I shoved

Net ix and Amazon. We’ve gone from the Men,”“Butch Cassidy & the Sundance brother and I shared a group of neigh- those tainted orange “Kim” stickers

elegance of Carson and Hope hosting to no Kid” and “ e Princess Bride.” It was Mr. borhood friends. We usually hung into the back of my desk drawer. I

host, and that worked just ne, thank you. Goldman who famously reminded all of his around outside of our house or walked vowed to never ever use them. I didn’t

ere were no clumsy Busby Berkeley- fellow movie industry folk, “In Hollywood, down to the candy store or walked even like the color orange.

esque production numbers—like the one nobody knows anything.” two miles to the new McDonald’s.

that humiliated Rob Lowe years ago—and Once in a while, we would all decide Kim Kovach’s creative non- ction

that worked very well as well. Bruce “ e Blog” Apar promotes local businesses, to take the Q15 bus into Flushing for writing classes for adults, Hidden

ere was no Meryl Streep, which im- organizations, events and people through public the afternoon. Compared to our sleepy Stories, starts on Monday, March 4, at

mediately increased the chances of lesser- relations agency APAR PR. He also is an actor, residential neighborhood, Flushing the Norwalk Library. Kim’s new session

known actors winning an award. at’s a community volunteer, and a contributor to was the next best thing to New York of Reader’s eater for Adults at the

what happened when Olivia Colman (“ e several periodicals. Follow him as Bruce e City. Department stores, shoe stores, Lewisboro Library starts on Tuesday

Favourite”) unexpectedly grabbed the prize Blog on social media. Reach him at [email protected] record stores, sporting goods, army/ evenings March 19. Class info at

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e wildlife in our backyard

Ihave to admit, although with a while most of the indoor exhibits are always open, the WHY WE LOVE IT
little fear of jinxing myself, that winter is the best time to see the big bears, the snow Because the size of the
this has been a fairly mild win- leopards and red panda in the Himalayan Highlands,
zoo and the scope of the
ter so far. Punxsutaw- Tiger Mountain and the classic sea programming enabled
us to take a deep dive
ney Phil recently pre- lion pool. Without large crowds and into better understanding
endangered species and how
dicted an early spring when DIVERSIONS & foliage on most trees, winter views of Beardsley is carefully working to turn
he didn’t nd his shadow. We’ve EXCURSIONS these outdoor treasures are a de nite this trend around. Because there are opportunities for
been busy, enjoying the outdoors, NANCY MSTA (must see to appreciate!). If kids of all ages to engage and become stewards of the
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dren’s Zoo. ere is always something new to look at.
Running Company’s Frozen Feet Challenge for the WHY WE LOVE IT Our favorite is the waterfowl collection, the largest
collection of sea ducks in the country. e sea lion
second year in a row and so far I haven’t frozen. As Because we love getting our steps in while visiting pond, in the central garden, is a fave, as are the snow
monkeys. During the winter there is so much more
long as there is daylight, we like to be outside, regard- the brown bears and polar bears during this quieter opportunity to observe the zoo’s animals and under-
stand their habitat.
less of the season. time of year. Because when we do get a little cold,
is year, my daughter is really into animals. Every the perfect anecdote is to visit the pu ns, Caribbean Because we love everything about the vast diversity

library book and Scholastic Book Club selection is amingos and penguins in the Aquatic Bird House and of Central Park and the fact that there is a zoo there
is the icing on the cake. Because after your zoo visit
about animals. We are watching “Planet Earth.” She Sea Bird Aviary. Because after the zoo, we hop on over you can ice skate on Wollman Rink or ride in a horse-
drawn carriage around the park. Tip: Join the Wildlife
wants a rabbit for her birthday. To indulge her curios- to the New York Botanical Garden for more natural Conservation Society and the Bronx Zoo, Central
Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and NY
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I nally got a ‘smartphone’

Igot a “smartphone” for station yet, I can just start out MAN half because it’s translated into Eckstein.
Christmas, and I thought with “I,” and keep picking out OVERBOARD every single damned language I’ve survived all this time
I would report on how I’m di erent words from the ever- and some languages are heavier
doing with it so far. To call it changing selection until I have RICK than others. My wife said she without a smartphone, as hard
a smartphone in the rst place a sentence that the cell phone MELÉN would teach me how to swipe as that is to believe. I didn’t have
is overstating things, because if and I can both agree on. I have my phone, but wouldn’t it be one when I was a seven year-old
it had any sense at all it would a sentence in my “drafts” folder don’t want to be one of the less risky to just to buy one? kid playing with toy soldiers
not be hanging out with me. that I am still working on, and cellphone zombies that walk in the basement, where my
But now I can do all sorts of should be completed by the end around the Earth bumping into Surely I jest. e phone is a Mom let me and my imagina-
things that I never could before. of this year. each other like human pinballs, tool, and a useful and powerful tion percolate for hours. Now
Want to know the correct time living their entire life through a one. You can look up anything it seems like every child has
without looking at my watch? I just remembered, I haven’t 3” by 5” screen. e irony is that in two seconds. Who was that a smartphone issued at birth,
No problem! I simply turn on set up my phone mail greeting you can use your iPhone to look annoying kid who played for the and it will remain to be seen
the phone, wait a while as it yet. Not too many people call up anything you need to know, Angels and ALWAYS got a hit whether it takes a toll on ideas
boots up, ashes the logo, tells me, so I can conduct most of but people using an iPhone against the Yankees no matter and thoughts when someone
me who I’m secured by, tells me the conversation right in the very rarely look up. WATCH what Cy Young winner we had else thinks them for you. Will
who I’m powered by, says hello greeting. “Hi, you’ve reached IT—You’re about to fall into the pitching at the time? And how children still play with toy sol-
to me, then goes completely Rick. If this is who I think it Grand Canyon! Oops, too late, many times has my wife saved diers with their hands, or simply
dark. I try to turn it on again is, I know what you’re calling but these people are so good us by booting up her mobile watch them on a little screen? If
but it’s already still on, just about, but I don’t want You- with their phones that as they’re GPS while we were trying to not, those toy soldiers will have
messing with me and we share Know-Who to nd out so call falling, on the way down to the lost their ercest war.
a laugh. I punch in my security me back. If this is You-Know- bottom of the Grand Canyon nd the hotel? Even though as
code wrong twice and right Who, the answer is still ‘maybe,’ they have already called to ar- I’ve explained many times, there Join Rick and the No Options
once, and BINGO! It’s later but it’s not a hard ‘maybe’ so range a FREE mattress delivery. is a di erence between getting band for some St. Patrick’s Day
than I thought. don’t let it get around.” e lost and exploring “alternate, Rock & Roll, Saturday evening,
reason I don’t get many calls is I’m nding it hard to trust a scenic, time-consuming routes.” March 16, 9 p.m. at Lucy’s
I can sext now! OOPS I not because I’m unpopular, it’s phone that doesn’t have an an- I just think think that the world Lounge, 446 Bedford Road in
tried to type “text,” I swear. My because everyone knows I won’t tenna. ere I am buried under would be a lot healthier if I used Pleasantville
fat ngers hit three incorrect have my phone on. I don’t want that landslide and I have no my smartphone a little more,
letters each time I hit a button, to run down the battery. My cell service. If I had an antenna and the rest of the world used Say hello at [email protected]
and it’s up to an algorithm to wife says I should just charge I could at least stick it up and it a little less. Oh yeah: David
the phone when the battery wave it around so someone
gure out what the hell I’m starts to die, like everyone else. would see me and rescue me.
talking about. Or I can just But I never remember, and my And it’s heavier than I’m used
use the words conveniently battery dies, and then I forget to, so my right pants pocket
provided by the “auto-suggest,” to go to the funeral. What if I’m droops and it looks like I’m lop-
and the phone will tell me on Mount Everest, and there’s sided from the waist down. And
what it is I SHOULD be a landslide, and I think I’m I have so much to learn. How
talking about. When I typed in de nitely going to perish, and I long is it acceptable to carry
“Let’s go to the...” the auto- try to call the hotel to cancel my around the instruction book?
suggest suggested “police” next night’s reservation and get
and “hospital,” so already this my deposit back, and the phone e book weighs a pound and a
device knows me better than is dead?
my parents did. If my train of
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at Our Montessori School who Vista on Route 123 in South Salem.
learned some nifty moves from
Latin dancer Ruby Espinosa of e 6,600-square-foot building and as-
Yorktown. sociated playgrounds were constructed
by developer Phil Pine. Situated all on
Espinosa, whose own son, one oor, the Country Childrens Center
Maximiliano Cordova, is in the supports all aspects of the program’s cur-
class, was a special guest for the riculum and belief in educational play for
school’s Valentine’s Day activi- children ages 8 weeks to 5 years old. e
ties. e former owner of a dance center is also licensed to provide before-
school in Queens taught the chil- and after-school care for 13 children.
dren basic steps that they picked
up with gusto and smiling faces. Polly Peace, executive director of the
She has been dancing profession- Country Childrens Center for 31 years, has
ally and teaching in the U.S. and opened ve sites for the care of infants, tod-
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tenure. ose centers are located in York-
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Learning to read: Oh, the places you’ll go!

Dear Dr. Linda, and making sense of it, without day. You’re o to Great Places! You’re You can help, even if you don’t and reading, go to the International
o and away! You have brains in have young children in your life. Get Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the
As a reading teacher I want it, we would have to depend on your head. You have feet in your shoes. involved in next year’s Read Across Everyone Reading websites. ere
You can steer yourself any direction America. Go to a library and o er are plenty of ways to help.
to be sure that you once again others to tell us what’s happen- you choose. You’re on your own. And to read one of Dr. Seuss’s books to
you know what you know. And YOU a group of children. Your library or Dr. Linda
remind your ing elsewhere, are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” the NEA’s website is a good place
to start. Or if you want to learn Contact Dr. Linda at stronglearning.
readers that this complete with But the idea wasn’t meant more about dyslexia and the reason com if you have any questions about a
just for one day. It is intended to it presents a problem for people child who loves to read, is struggling
coming Satur- STRONG their opinions encourage children to read all year with reading or hates to read.
day (March 2) LEARNING and biases. By round. Motivating children to read
is “Read Across knowing how is an important factor in student
DR. LINDA achievement in school and beyond,
America Day.” SILBERT to read, our but many teachers, parents and
Teachers and citizens can librarians interact with children
every day who not only dislike
librarians and make their own reading because it’s hard for them
but become anxious just looking at
others who read educated deci- a book. Whether they have a read-
ing disorder called dyslexia or have
with children sions. been forced to read when they
didn’t want to, they hate reading.
are privy to this day, but most How did “Read Across Amer-
ese children’s needs must be
others are not. I know it’s not a ica”begin? In May 1997, a small addressed so that they don’t become
illiterate. But that requires interact-
national or religious holiday with committee at the National Educa- ing with each child, discovering his
or her current reading level, engag-
deep roots but learning to read is tion Association (NEA) decided ing them, activating their brains, Please Join Us for a Special Presentation
and devising a fun way to get them
an essential part of a person’s life. to create a day when children of all to practice so they become readers “What Every Child with Autism Needs
too. Since we know that children from Their Educational Program”
erefore,“Read Across America ages could celebrate reading. ey love to play and have fun, we have
to bring joy to non-readers so they Tuesday, March 5, 2019 • 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Day”should be celebrated. compared reading to football and can connect joy to reading. Dr. Seuss
understood that like no one else. Shrub Oak International School
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Dear Jen, pep rallies for football, then they Featuring Dr. Dianne Zager, Head of School

anks so much for remind- should also have pep rallies for Dr. Zager, an internationally-recognized expert in autism
education, will lead a panel of experts in a discussion of the
ing us because this is a special reading. And what better day— best programs and practices for students diagnosed with

day. Reading, above all else, is an Dr. Seuss’s birthday! ASD and related disorders.

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Back to back: Indians top Pelham

John Jay wins second straight title with youth movement

BY ROB DIANTONIO back-to-back goals to give the “He prac- John Jay celebrates when Pelham scored early in the
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Indians a commanding 4-0 lead ticed every day and waited for with the plaque after third period. He added that Tyler
heading into the nal period. his chance,” Smith said. “He was defeating Pelham Petschek and Justin DeLucia have
Alex Smith admittedly wasn’t sometimes frustrated (last season) in Sunday’s section been critical defensively.
100 percent sure what kind of “We put a couple of good shifts by not getting a chance. is was final.
talent he had heading into the together,” Smith said. “Tyler Wis- his chance and he’s played great Linthicum Oram, Browne,
hockey season. hart, man, he’s a skilled player.” all season.” The Indians Petschek and Anthony Protomas-
celebrate a first- tro all had assists in the win for
e Indians had graduated a Jack Browne’s empty-netter Oestreicher said that Sasimov- period goal against John Jay, which improved to 15-7.
slew of key players from a team was the icing on the cake with un- ich played “out of his mind” and Pelham.
that won the Section 1 Division 2 der a minute to go. has staked his claim as “one of the “For these younger guys, it al-
championship a year before. best goalies in the section.” PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO most feels like they’ve been on this
Eric Sasimovich, a senior rst- team for a long time,” Oestreicher
But John Jay’s head coach year starter, stood tall in net with “I was kind of like just the want to thank our fresh- said. “It is a little scary that we’ve
quickly realized the skill that was 29 saves. He allowed one goal moral support,” Sasimovich said men for learning the way done it two times in a row because
on hand with a loaded class of early in the third period, but was of last season. “ is year, I had a of the program and giving every- now what are we going to do from
freshmen and sophomores, com- ready time and again when Pel- much bigger role in the win and thing they have. And I want to here.”
bining with some talented return- ham mounted a charge. the whole season in general. I just thank all my teammates, includ-
ing starters. ing my defense that played great Jay su ered a 4-1 loss to the
in front of me. It makes my life physical Pelicans back in early
It took a little time to come to- easier.” December.
gether, but once the Indians did, e Indians were rarely out of
they were virtually unstoppable. position on defense. “ at’s the epitome of this
“And that’s a shoutout to our team,” Sasimovich said. “ at just
Fourth-seeded John Jay coaches,” Oestreicher said. “Com- shows the level of growth that
won its second straight Sec- ing into this game,we knew exact- we’ve had from the beginning of
tion 1 title with a dominant ly what our plan was. We bought the season, losing to them 4-1 to
5-1 win over second-seeded into the system and executed.” beating them 5-1. We came to-
Pelham on Feb. 24 at Sport- Smith said they did a good job gether and just played the way we
O-Rama in Monsey. managing the shift in momentum wanted to.”

“I didn’t mean to under- In the semi nals, the Indians
estimate our guys,” Smith fell behind by a goal, but rallied to
said. “I just hadn’t seen them defeat top-seeded Horace Gree-
long enough. But they really ley 4-2 on Feb. 22 at Brewster Ice
meshed together. We have Arena.
some really top-level, young
players. ey really kind of Trailing 2-1, Oestreicher sent
mixed right in with the senior in a shot from just inside the blue
group and we took o from line and Wishart scored the pow-
there.It was a heck of a second er-play goal with under a minute
part of the season.” left in the second period to tie the
e Indians, who won their
third title since 2013, took Wishart scored again with 6:11
a 1-0 lead with 3:18 left in to play to give the Indians the
the rst period when Mike lead for good. Browne added an
McKeon nished in a scrum in empty-netter. Linthicum Oram
front of the net. also had a goal while Sasimovich
made 22 saves.
e second period belonged to
John Jay. John Jay faces the loser between
Section 6’s West Seneca West and
Ryan Linthicum Oram, a se- Grand Island in a regional nal
nior captain, corralled a puck and on Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. at
Brewster Ice Arena. e upstate
nished with 6:22 on the clock. teams were scheduled to play on
“Once we get rolling and start Feb. 25.
working together, we can really
do anything,” junior defenseman “We’re looking forward to re-
Charlie Oestreicher said. “Once gionals and we’re just going to
we got that second goal, we knew take it one step and one day at a
had something good going.” time,” Sasimovich said.
Freshman Tyler Wishart scored

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Indians stunned by Pirates

John Jay upset by Pearl River in quarter nals

BY ROB DIANTONIO e Indians went through two ex- Kelly Nolan attacks the basket.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER tended scoring droughts in the game.

John Jay-Cross River’s girls basketball team e rst one lasted 4:26 and the sec-
was riding high heading into the Section 1 Class ond one went from late in the third
A playo s, winners of 13 out of 14 games. quarter into the fourth quarter, total-
ing 4:55.
But after defeating Harrison in the opening
round, the fourth-seeded Indians ran into the Pearl River also hurt John Jay on
pesky Pearl River team in the quarter nals and the boards, out rebounding the Indi-
fell 51-48 on Feb. 23. ans, 47-30.

“ e second I saw the brackets, I said, ‘Oh God, John Jay led 23-21 at halftime.
they’re exactly us,” John Jay coach Margo Hack- Pearl River took a 32-31 lead into the
ett said of Pearl River. “Tonight, they were three fourth quarter and opened the nal
points better. Do I think they’re better? No. But quarter on re, scoring the rst six
they won, so good luck to them. ey deserve it.” points to go up 38-31. Two straight
turnovers for the Indians resulted in
Host John Jay fell behind by 12 points with just Pirate buckets, increasing their lead
3:17 to go in the fourth quarter. Two 3-pointers to 43-33.
from Kelly Nolan and an Ana Dorta nish in-
side cut the de cit to 45-41 with 1:38 left on the Dorta led John Jay with 18 points
clock. with Nolan netting 17 points.

e fth-seeded Pirates hit one free throw to Behind 21 points from Kend-
go up by ve. Dorta then nished through con- all Degenhardt, the Indians bested
tact with 40 seconds to spare, cutting the lead to Harrison 51-37 two days earlier in
46-43. the opening round. Dorta added 14
points in the win.
“ ey don’t give up,” Hackett said of her squad.
“We were down 12, but I knew that they were John Jay (15-7) started the sea-
going to make it a game. Do I wish we had an- son at just 1-5 but won 13 out of 14
other minute to play? Yeah, because I think we games to nish the regular season at 14-6. It also
would’ve won. ey never give up and that’s the claimed the league title.
senior class.”
e Indians will lose four starters to gradua-
A Pearl River free throw was followed by an- tion: Dorta, Degenhardt, Erin Walsh and Jenna
other tough nish from Dorta. e Pirates then Giardina.
hit two more free throws with 21.5 ticks left to
go up 49-45. “ ey mean everything,” Hackett said of the
senior class. “It’s my rst group to come into. It’s
Jay’s Sarah Pieratti nailed a 3-pointer with 13.3 sad that they’re o on this note but they’ve done
to go, trimming the de cit to just a point. e so much for this program. We were 5-15 (a year
Pirates, however, answered with two more free before she took over as coach), and now we’ve
throws with 10.9 to go. won the league twice for the rst time in 20 years.

Dorta had a look at a deep three, but it was o ey’re a remarkable group. ey’re good basket-
and the Pirates were able to run out the clock. ball players and even better kids.”


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in overtime

John Jay overtaken by Dutchmen

in quarter nals

BY DOMINICK DEPOLE guard Tim Hogan followed suit e senior missed both shots, Charles Murphy goes in to steal against Roosevelt. PHOTO: DEENA BELL
CONTRIBUTING WRITER with a steal of the inbound for but Paulsen came to the rescue
an immediate deuce that knotted with the rebound and passed to
It’s been 28 years since John the score. Martinsen, who was hacked with
Jay’s boys basketball team a mere three seconds left.
reached the section quarter nal From there, the momentum
as it broke through this season stayed with John Jay. e all- Hitting both free throws, Mar-
past the relentless 10th seeded around star senior Charlie Mur- tinsen built the edge up to 80-77
Roosevelt Sharks in the rst phy picked o another pass and before Roosevelt’s last prayer.
round on ursday, Feb. 21. looped a pass up for the hustling
Martinsen in transition as the It wouldn’t even hoist a shot
“ e kids had tremendous Indians were ahead, 76-74 with though, because Chris Walsh
heart tonight,” head coach Pat- a minute left. came hollering in and poked
rick Heaton said. “We took care away the pass attempt before the
of the basketball. We didn’t allow “We have been in these mo- Indians tossed the ball in the air
their pressure to get a lot of turn- ments before,” Hogan said. “Four as time expired while the court
overs. We were a little at in the of our ve starters have been on
second half, but the kids played the team for three years. When ooded with relieved fans.
with a lot of energy tonight. Any- it came to it, we buckled down “It was a crazy environment
body who we put on the court and got some stops and buckets. and one of these most fun games
did something good. ey didn’t We’ve always had high intentions I’ve ever played in any sport,”
want to go home. ey made it with this group.” Martinsen said. “We thought we
di cult, but they nished.” had the game on lock. It was a
After Martinsen drew a cru- really good game. We boxed out
Leading the match through- cial charge that further fueled and worked hard for rebounds
out, the Indians slipped up in the crowd, he once again scored and got second shots on o ense.”
the fourth quarter and ended up a fast-break layup this time on a Seventh-seeded John Jay led
trailing, 74-70 with 1:45 remain- dish from senior Brett Paulsen. 50-44 before the fourth quarter
ing in overtime. and formed a 10-point advantage
e Sharks, who played from with under three minutes to play.
“Our experience and ability behind for most of the game, Missed free-throws during
to stay poised helped us to come were not intimidated. ey that period hurt the Indians as
back after they hit those threes to swung the ball around to Mar- they watched Roosevelt’s three-
pull it out,” Murphy said. “Limit- cus Heson, who drilled a corner point shooters and one-on-one
ing their runs was integral to the three-ball to cut the lead to 78- drivers go to work.
win.” 77 with 16 seconds left. Still, the Sharks were down
65-60 with 20 seconds left after
Junior forward Shane Mar- After inbounding the ball and
tinsen buckled down for a quick running clock with it, the Indi- SEE BOYS HOOPS PAGE 20
rebound and put-back as senior ans nally saw Hogan get fouled
with just six seconds to go.





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Cook places sixth at states

John Jay senior closes out career in Albany

BY ROB DIANTONIO In the quarter nals, Cook battled

CONTRIBUTING WRITER eventual state champion Ryan Burgos

of Hilton (Section 5) and took him to

For a high school wrestler, the expe- the limit in a 6-4 overtime loss.

rience of competing in the state tour- “It was a great match,” Cook said.

nament is one like no other. “He ended up wining the state title,

In his nal season, John Jay se- which tells me how close I was to be-

nior Chris Cook got the opportunity ing a state champ.”

to wrestle on the grand stage. Cook e John Jay grappler then won two

made the most of his wild card bid, straight matches in the wrestle backs.

placing sixth in the state tournament He lost his next bout and then fell 9-7

at the Times Union Center in Albany. in the fth-place match to nish sixth.

“It was amazing competing at Cook said he is very excited about

states,” Cook said. “It was everything continuing his wrestling career at

I dreamed of and I was overjoyed with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but FILE PHOTO/ VIC MCGEE

my performance. I feel I wrestled the he will very much miss being a part of Chris Cook claims his belt as the
126-pound champ at the Westchester
best I have ever wrestled.” the John Jay program.
County Championships in January.
e sixth-seeded Cook started the “I will miss my teammates and
rst day of the tournament (Feb. 22) coaches now that wrestling is over,”
with a rst round win. He defeated he said. “It was an amazing experience

Luke Riley of Elmira (Section 4), 6-1, and it’ll be tough to have to leave it FILE PHOTO ROB DIANTONIO

to advance. behind.” Chris Cook

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Why bother? You likely won’t keep as the reason. more than 10 percent then? Of course
them. Instead, in 2019, how about mak- GUEST tion of performance, you can’t! (the price of a barrel of oil had
ing a commitment to yourself about get- Since the end of the CORNER additional investments, declined from over $100 to under $30).
ting your nancial house in order? nancial crisis in the early proceeds from selling real
As 2018 came to an end and the New part of 2009 through the Two years from now, you likely won’t
Year began, as a nancial advisor I be- end of 2017, the S&P DAVID estate, inheritances, etc. to remember the cause of this recent decline
gan to evaluate what had transpired over 500 has appreciated over FERMAN attain that goal. either.
the last year and how to prepare for the 300 percent with the
upcoming year. Financially speaking, 2018 dividends reinvested. Sure, Positioning your ac- So as you begin to get your documents
ended being a very challenging year in the people’s accounts are down from the mar- together for tax season, keep this in mind.
nancial markets and elsewhere. In retro- ket highs only four months ago or even counts against an antici-
spect, you probably should have expected from the beginning of 2018, and that’s ag- e bottom line is that you should have a
that coming o a year in 2017 when in- gravating when you look at your statement. pated amount of a goal in plan/goal in place for each of your invest-
vestment portfolios only seemed to go up But put it into perspective. e likelihood ment accounts. Be more concerned with
without any volatility (unrealistic), and that is that you have signi cantly more in your the future rather than trying to beat or how the amount in the account is track-
storm clouds in the global economy and accounts today than a decade ago and that ing toward nancing those future goals
nancial markets could be darkening. should be all that matters. keep up with the market will help you than getting preoccupied in the percent
After helping families plan their In fact, the actual numeric returns of returns year to year or the day to day
nances for almost three decades, I knew your account should be less important come closer to achieving your goals. Hav- noise. Reach out to your nancial advisor
that I needed to spend 2018 lowering my than whether the account is in a position to help you plan this out.
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to their historical averages, it would be expect to receive $2,500 per month in investments referenced may not be suitable
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or more decline in the markets in 2018, of $2,500 monthly that needs to be funded particular investment or strategy will depend
but two! And guess what? at’s exactly by your accounts. Using an interest rate It never ceases to amaze me that when on an investor’s individual circumstances and
what happened. I spent virtually every of 3 percent, that means you would need objectives. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney,
conversation with my clients as we re- $1 million dollars to generate that extra markets decline like they have recently, LLC, member SIPC.
viewed their accounts throughout the year $30,000 you’ll need annually to nance
what my expectations were for 2018 and the di erence. Now you need to plan on people want to sell instead of buy. If any
how you can get your assets to $1 million
other asset/object people want to obtain

gets discounted or goes on sale, people

look to buy. But when it comes to their

investments, the opposite holds true. Why

do people rush to buy investments when

prices are high instead of when they’re

lower? FOMO (fear of missing out) is

my guess. And, to be fair, usually invest-

ments decline in value in response to some

negative, temporary news catalyst that

you won’t be able to remember one, ve or

10 years from now. At the end of 2015 to

the beginning of 2016, can you remember

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