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Coach Henry Sassone in the Local leaders support
huddle with his players making Juneteenth
a state holiday
BY CAROL REIF ery in the United States—and it’s
STAFF WRITER a day that is especially relevant in
this moment in history,” Cuomo
Local politicians and racial said in reference to nationwide
equality advocates are weigh- demands for justice and racial
ing in on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s equality in the wake of the kill-
promise to advance legislation ings of George Floyd, Ahmaud
making Juneteenth an o cial Arbery, Breonna Taylor and oth-
state holiday next year. ers.
A portmanteau of June and “ is is a moment where we
nineteenth, June 19 is also known could see change. And I want to
as Jubilee Day and Liberation be a force for change,” he said.
Sassone drops curtain Day, a commemoration of the Change could come through
on 35-year career
end of slavery in the United law enforcement reforms and
States. “expanded racial understanding,
It was on that date in 1865 sensitivity, and progress.”
that Union soldiers, led by Major “And if Juneteenth is part of
Gen. Gordon Granger, arrived in that and recognition of what
Galveston, Texas, with the news happened, an understanding of
that the war had ended and en- what happened and an acknowl-
slaved African Americans were edgment of that, great,”he added.
BY SKIP PEARLMAN chose not to reappoint him to either position, now free. is was two and a half It’s more than a century later,
CONTRIBUTING WRITER sparking outcry from much of the community.
Little explanation was given by the school board years after President Lincoln’s and “there has still been rampant,
North Salem’s Henry Sassone, varsity basket- about the removal of Sassone, who has mostly
ball coach for 34 years and athletic director for kept quiet about the controversy. Emancipation Proclamation, systemic discrimination and in-
31 years, will retire from the school district e ec-
tive July 1, North Salem News has learned. His Sassone, 61, arrived at North Salem in 1985 as which had been made o cial on justice in this state and this na-
retirement was approved by the school board last head basketball coach and phys ed teacher. He
month. took over the varsity basketball program in 1988, Jan. 1, 1863. tion, and we have been working
and has also coached tennis, modi ed baseball,
ough he remained on as a physical education and JV and modi ed soccer. After making the announce- to enact real reforms to address
teacher, his tenure as athletic director and basket-
ball coach ended in 2019, when the school board SEE SASSONE PAGE 12 ment Wednesday, June 17, Cuo- these inequalities,” Cuomo said.
mo signed an executive order Making Juneteenth an o cial
making June 19 a paid holiday state holiday would enable all
for state employees. New Yorkers to use the day “to
“Friday is Juneteenth—a day SEE JUNETEENTH PAGE 4
to commemorate the end of slav-
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SPORTS 6 Supplement
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Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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The Staff School budget passes in North Salem
EDITORIAL TEAM BY KATHERINE BORCHERT their school board seats. trict’s $44.9 million spending ees. Another 13 percent of the
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Hammond ﬁnds other mediums for display of its art
Virtual exhibits framed by the pandemic
BY CAROL REIF years. But that came to a halt when current state of the world.
STAFF WRITER the Hammond had to temporarily Many of the artworks in the
shut its doors to protect the health show reference the coronavirus
Brushstroke by careful brush- and safety of sta and visitors. crisis and its spiritual, mental and
stroke, a hopeful picture of the fu- But just because no one can—at physical e ects.
ture is emerging for art museums present—stroll among the Ham- For example, Carla Goldberg’s
and other cultural institutions. mond’s native larches and Japanese ink, enamel and resin on Plexiglas
e pandemic closures may have maples or admire the irises and koi “Fizzled Out” and “Drowning By
forced a new perspective on the pond, that doesn’t mean they can’t Numbers.”
Hammond Museum and Japanese enjoy beauty in other forms. Goldberg, who has a studio in
Stroll Garden, but the North Sa- On Saturday,June 6,the museum Beacon, said she created the series
lem icon is nding creative ways to launched its series of monthly vir- of digital prints while “listening to
adapt. tual exhibits. the news and the grim numbers
Virtual exhibitions. Online Curated by Pawling artist and over COVID-19 infections and
workshops. And maybe even so- photographer Bibiana Huang deaths.”
cially distanced tai chi classes. Matheis,it drew contributions from Her thought was that “it didn’t
But when can it welcome actual 29 multidisciplinary artists from six have to be this bad.”
visitors back? at’s still up in the states and six countries, including Access to her workspace was lim- PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HAMMOND MUSEUM
air. Germany, Iceland, Japan and Mo- ited by the stay-at-home orders. So
rocco. Goldberg began to take photos of Some of the art displayed during the Hammond Museum’s June
On Wednesday, June 17, Gov. her drawings and then manipulated virtual exhibition.
Andrew Cuomo announced that Among them are Yorktown’s
the Mid-Hudson Region was on Dr. Nalini Rau, a leading dancer, them digitally. Blazis Levitt, Suzy Sureck, Khadija tion was started by founder Natalie
track to enter Phase 3 of the state’s teacher and choreographer of e process, she said, was com- Zizi,Rita Leppiniemi,Leslie Pelino Hays Hammond in 1966. e gar-
reopening plan on Tuesday, June 23. Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical pletely new for her. and Amy R. Farrell. den is lit by paper lanterns while
at would allow a bump in the dance form; and Peekskill’s How- “In a sense, it was a viral spread- Among the sponsors are Arts- participants enjoy a tea ceremony
size of social gatherings from 10 to ard Goodman, a ne arts photogra- ing and multiplication of an original Westchester, the state Department and a bento box dinner of rice or
25 people. pher and Westchester Community work re ective of the spreading of of Parks, Recreation and Historical noodles, sh or meat and pickled or
eaters, museums, recreational College professor whose work is COVID-19,”Goldberg noted. Preservation, and M&T Bank. cooked veggies.
venues and schools are last in line housed in the Whitney Museum According to Laken, the inaugu- To view a video of the June show, e next virtual art show starts
for reopening, in Phase 4. of American Art, the George East- ral event was a huge hit. visit the museum’s Facebook page. on Saturday, July 4.
is spring, the Hammond man House and other collections. “I didn’t think we’d have such a e virtual galleries birthed by
was awarded a $5,000 grant from A virtual artists’ reception will big following, but we do,”she said. each exhibit will be archived and
the Japan Foundation Center for be broadcast live at 10 a.m. on the Only four weeks after the virtual viewable online for a full year after WHAT TO KNOW
Global Partnership. It earmarked rst Saturday of each month on the venue had been announced, 90 art- each launch.
the money for its long-anticipated Hammond’s Facebook page. ists signed up to become members e artworks are eligible for sale; Hammond Museum &
garden reboot and had hoped to of the museum. Japanese Stroll Garden is
unveil details of the project at a All art forms are on display, in- the museum will receive 20 percent located at 28 Deveau Road
cluding music, dance, video and e other June artists are Chris of the money each piece brings.
Farrell, Carla Goldberg, Sachiko While the virtual art exhibits are (Off June Road). Under
symposium this fall. literature.
Most of the normal upkeep of e rst event was MC’d Miki, Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs, free, the Hammond charges for its normal circumstances, it’s
the tranquil 3-acre haven on De- by Poughkeepsie resident Bet- Samuel Farrell,Sheilah Rechtschaf- online workshops. Among the of- open from April through
veau Road is done by volunteers. tina “Gold” Wilkerson, Dutchess fer, Rosalind Schneider, Niki ferings are therapeutic origami, November. General
admission is $5 for adults;
Some are from e Arc Westches- County’s Poet Laureate. Ketchman, Lisa Breznak, Judith brush painting, ower arranging $4 for seniors. Children
under 12 are free.
ter, an organization that serves chil- A montage of the 39 pieces in the Wyer,Mireya Samper,Tilly Strauss, and rice ball or sushi making. For more information, visit
dren, teens and adults with intellec- show is accompanied by Pawling Michael Gellatly, Tanya Kuku- However, until it gets the go-
tual and developmental disabilities. pianist and composer Chris Farrell, cka, Bärbel iel, Pam Smilow, ahead to reopen, the museum’s
According to museum direc- whose music focuses on “wellness Karen Fitzgerald, Karen LaFleur, popular Moon Viewing concert is
tor Lorraine Laken, the Arc folks and healing.” Chuck von Schmidt, Mimi Czajka not happening. www.hammondmuseum.org
have been helping out for about ve Appropriate, considering the Graminski, Leonie Castelino, Joan Usually held in August,the tradi-
New committee will evaluate inequities in curriculum
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT making recommendations as to the inheritance of institutional rac- citizens who have the tools to rec- inventory of bias in curriculum, in-
STAFF WRITER what actions should be taken. ism and bias that still exists today.” ognize racial discrimination and struction and behavior.
the con dence to stand up against
While some local school districts Keenan, who formed a working Continuing, she read, “It is time such inequalities. at committee will be respon-
have remained silent in the wake committee to tackle the issues, said we face these issues head-on for sible for making recommendations
of nationwide outrage against sys- the group had comprised a state- ourselves, for our students and for In moving forward, the school for improvements.
temic racism and police brutality in ment and promise of action. those in our community who are board has promised to take the fol-
the wake of George Floyd’s death feeling hurt, angry and afraid. As lowing actions: provide leadership e school board stressed that
in Minneapolis, the North Salem “On Monday,May 25,our coun- role models, we are aware that our through participation and educa- its ultimate goal is to ensure all
school board passed a resolution try and our children bore witness children are watching and listening. tion in community-based e orts students and families feel safe and
during its Zoom meeting Wednes- to the death of a Black man in that promote equity and tolerance; welcome in North Salem schools.
day, June 17, to ensure equality and the custody of law enforcement. e North Salem Board of Educa- allocate resources that allow its fa-
action, if necessary, in the district. George Floyd along with Breonna tion would like to express to our cilities and sta to fully participate Trustee Andrew Pelosi made a
Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are diverse students and their families in educational community e orts motion to accept the resolution,
Board President Deborah the recent names in a long list of this: ‘We may not be able to fully such as, but not limited to, the BO- which was unanimously approved
D’Agostino said the board has familiar failures that highlight the understand the hardships you face CES Regional Equity and Diver- by the board.
been struggling with what its re- inequitable treatment that Black every day but we can say that we sity Steering Committee; and cre-
sponse should be to the racial ineq- Americans have experienced in our see you, we hear you and we stand ate an ad hoc committee consisting “I applaud the board for taking
uity discussion that has been taking country,” Keenan read. “In recent with you.’” of board members, administrators, a stance on the issues of equity and
place across the country. In its last days, citizens of this country have teachers, students, parents and racial injustice,” said Superinten-
meeting, trustee Brandy Keenan taken to the streets, to social media According to the resolution, community members to be tasked dent Ken Freeston. “ e adminis-
was tasked with researching and and to their own kitchen tables in the district’s task is to empower with performing an institutional trative team is committed to work-
an e ort to recognize and process all students to become successful, ing with you hand in hand and the
contributing, engaged and aware members of the community.I think
this is great work.”
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JUNETEENTH all share in this history and we should should be used “as a platform in PHOTO: SARAH BUSSINGER
all strive to continue the legacy that our continuous pursuit for equal-
FROM PAGE 1 began with President Lincoln’s ity for all.” Many in the community attended Black Lives Matter protest on June
Emancipation Proclamation.” 19, starting outside the Katonah Village Library, joining nationwide
re ect on all the changes we still “To all those who have partici- marches and rallies ﬁghting police brutality and honoring Juneteenth.
need to make to create a more fair, However, Byrne said, he was pated in peaceful protests over the
just and equal society.” puzzled by the governor’s decision past few weeks, and to those who State Assemblywoman Ali- night singin and shoutin. ey
to declare Juneteenth a paid holi- will celebrate the true meaning of cia Hyndman, a Democrat from wasn’t slaves no more.”
State Sen. Pete Harckham, D- day for public employees in light of Juneteenth in the coming days, Queens, last week introduced a
South Salem, applauded Cuomo’s the state’s current budget de cit. know that we hear you, we recog- bill which would make Juneteenth Harper was speaking about
e ort. nize you and we stand with you.” a public holiday in honor of “black hearing he was free two and a half
“If our state is so broke and des- and African American freedom years after his “given freedom” in
“Our work in establishing ‘jus- perate for federal funding, how Susan Cody of Race Amity of and achievements.” Texas.
tice for all’ is still not nished, but are we now able to a ord another Northern Westchester & Putnam
today’s action con rms we will paid day o for our state’s pub- said ursday, June 18, that she On Wednesday, June 17, she “Black Emancipation Day, June
continue moving toward a stronger lic employees? We can observe applauded Cuomo’s promise to read the following quote by for- 19, 1865, also known as June-
future together while learning from and celebrate special days, like so make Juneteenth a state holiday. mer slave Pierce Harper that had teenth, is pivotal in the joy, congre-
the mistakes of the past,”he said. many others during the calendar been published in the 1937 Works gation and spiritual well-being of
year, without it being a paid day e National Center for Race Project Administration’s “Slave Black people in America,” Hyn-
State Assemblyman Kevin By- o ,” Byrne said. “If we are to de- Amity has been lobbying Congress Narratives of Texas.” dman said, adding that she was
rne, R-C-Mahopac, said Sunday, clare a new state holiday, I had to establish the second Sunday in looking forward to working with
June 21, that he was glad that thought Election Day would have June as Race Amity Day, a time, “When peace come they read her colleagues and the governor “to
Cuomo “has decided to bring been at the top of the list.” the organization says on its website, the Emancipation law to the ensure Black history and liberation
greater awareness to Juneteenth.” for all “to re ect (on) and a rm the slaves people, they spent that stays at the forefront of progress.”
Regardless, Byrne added, the dignity of the diverse racial, cultural
“ at’s why I vote in favor of state Legislature “should have and religious backgrounds of the
a resolution in the Assembly to been included in that decision- human mosaic that constitutes the
proclaim Juneteenth in the state making process, rather than (by) United States of America.”
of New York every year.” another executive order.”
In 2015, Massachusetts became
“Remembering, understanding, Westchester County Executive the rst state to do so; in 2019,
and appreciating what it took for George Latimer said ursday, South Carolina became the sec-
our nation to end slavery and move June 18, that Juneteenth carries an ond.
toward a path of equality for all is “even stronger meaning this year,
more important now than ever. as it falls in the midst of a national Pointing to the recent Solidar-
It took decades after Juneteenth call for justice, and a movement to ity Rally for Black Lives held at
( June 19, 1865) to end segrega- bring healing to African Ameri- Somers’ Reis Park and backed by
tion and yet we still see many racial cans around the world.” her organization, Cody said it was
disparities today. We see this in the evidence of more people becom-
outcomes from our state’s educa- All county o ce buildings were ing “really conscious of the full
tion, health care, criminal justice, closed Friday in honor of the “his- force of the situation.”
and failed public housing systems. torical signi cance” of the day.
Making Juneteenth a state holi-
“Everyone has a history, a culture, Latimer said Juneteenth, which day would be “a step in the right
a family and a tradition that is unique was marking its 155th anniversary, direction,” she added.
to them. at said, we as Americans,
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Page 6 – North Salem News Opinion Thursday, June 25, 2020
Talents Write with me
My family and I have been Writing is a solitary
doing a lot of reminisc- endeavor. at image con dence in putting words
ing since we have been in of an author toiling
close quarters together. e other JUST away at the computer late into READING, down on paper.
day my daughter retold the story of JO ANN the night or perhaps an aged WRITING & Many of my adult students
when she had gotten us tickets to scribe hunched over a wooden
the Jimmy Fallon Show and what JO ANN desk, fountain pen in hand, CHOCOLATE have been writing with me
that experience was like. FRANCELLA scribbling words in an attic
room. KIM for years. It’s a pleasure to
Let me start from the very we were asked to enter an alcove KOVACH watch each writer’s indi-
beginning. before we got to the actual audience Whether writing by hand on a lined pad of vidual growth and challenge
seating. At that time, my daughter paper or sitting at my laptop computer, I am
On a cold day several years back, quickly whipped out her cell phone technically alone as I write. But my stories are them to try new genres, ex-
my daughter and I traveled into and photographed the card. peopled with characters that I create. When
the city to go to the taping of e writing ction stories, I am free to invent people plore new topics. In daytime
Tonight Show Starring Jimmy “Have you lost your mind?”I asked that I have never met and entangle them in
Fallon. e show is housed at 30 incredulously. “If anyone sees you activities and relationships of my choosing. ese or evening classes, adult participants have the
Rockefeller Center. We entered they’re going to cut o your hands!!” characters say words that I put into their mouths,
the building and followed the signs sometimes surprising myself, when the characters opportunity to share life experiences and imagi-
where ticket holders had formed a “Don’t worry. I’ve been here so assume their own unique personalities.
line…a very long line. Every few many times and this is the only nation in story form. We laugh a lot and write
feet along the line were Guides tell- place where there are no Guides/ When I write creative non ction about actual
ing us,“No cell phones, no cameras, Guards. I just want a picture of people and places in my life, I try to stay true good stories.
no pictures, no recording equip- this for you as a souvenir, because as to the events and my memories of that speci c
ment.” As the line slowly began soon as we enter the audience area, time. As I sit at the computer keyboard typing When I switched to Zoom to teach my writ-
moving forward we would reach they collect the cards.” away, the memories become clearer. Layers of
the next Guide who would tell us, time are peeled away and long-forgotten details ing classes this spring, the response was fantastic.
“No cell phones, no cameras, no “Oh, okay. I just don’t want you emerge.
pictures, no recording equipment.” to get into any trouble because in e ability to teach remotely resulted in even
After about the fth time being the last hour they must have told us My non ction writing classes o er a way to
told the rules, I began to think that at least 60 times,“No cell phones, spark ideas and retrieve long ago memories while more opportunities. One of my adult writing stu-
this was a bit much, but it contin- no cameras, no pictures, no record- presenting the information in an interesting
ued. We were led up a ight of ing equipment.”” narrative. Participants feel comfortable in shar- dents in Connecticut asked if I would consider
stairs, and with each 4-5 steps we ing happy and painful memories in prose form.
climbed we were again reminded To my amazement, we were ush- Whether writing these family stories for grand- teaching a private class for her and her sister who
that there were to be no phones, no ered into a large room with many, children or as a catharsis, the writing process is
cameras, no pictures and no record- many grey leather sofas, chairs and always worth the e ort. lives in Scotland. Her sister had always wanted
ing equipment. is happened large ottomans. On the walls were
about ten more times before we large at screen televisions that were In ction and non ction writing classes, my to try writing ction and was impressed with the
were sent to a desk to get our actual playing episodes of e Tonight life-long enthusiasm for writing stories shines
seat assignments. We were each Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. through. My “Let’s write!” energy encourages stories her sibling in the states had written in my
handed a small card with the logo, beginners and advanced writers to take on new
As we sat and waited, each group writing challenges. When I meet new students, classes. So I started a new International Fiction
e Tonight Show Starring Jimmy of people was approached by a whether ten years old or 50 years of age or more
Fallon. It also had the date and a young man wearing a Guide jacket than 80 years old and show them how to access Writing class where we meet together each week
seat number. is was really hap- and a camera hanging around his their own ideas and memories to use in story
pening and I was thrilled to be a neck asking if we’d like him to writing, the results are quite magical. Each week despite the ve-hour time di erence!
part of it. After receiving the cards, photograph us with e Tonight we continue to open that door of creativity and
build on the individual writer’s skills and self- Writing with my school-aged students over
SEE FRANCELLA PAGE 7
Zoom is very convenient. ey always have fun
and look forward to each writing challenge. I
encourage students to discover their own writers’
voices. I know that our creative writing classes
prepare them to think di erently and express
themselves in words. ese writing skills will last
Do you want to write ction this summer?
Write with me! Always wanted to write down
those family stories before they are forgotten?
Write with me! Have a fourth or fth grader or
middle schooler not going to sleepaway camp
this summer? Write with me! Do you know
a high school student who can bene t from
support with college application essay writing?
Write with me!
Kim Kovach inspires writers of all ages! Email at
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Let’s all go bananas FRANCELLA
For some strange reason, everyone TRACY middle. FROM PAGE 6
jumped on the banana bread BECKERMAN I gured the almond our must need
bandwagon this past spring. In Show Starring Jimmy Fallon logo on it. He took a
terms of fruit, I’m not sure why it was a standard wheat our recipe and swap more time to cook than the wheat our, great picture of me and Kim and within 20 min-
banana bread and not pineapple cake or the ours out. What could go wrong? so I stuck the bread back in for another utes he brought us each a picture as a keepsake. I
apple pie. I’m actually much more of a 10 minutes. en 10 minutes more. thought that was a nice touch.
peach person than a banana person, but It would behoove me to mention
who am I to call anyone bananas for here that I am not a great baker. When en another 10 minutes. Soon the Ten minutes later a young lady, also with the show,
wanting to make banana bread. my daughter was little and she wanted outside of the bread started to burn and approached us saying that Jimmy loves featuring
to bake cookies with me, I would some- I gave up and pulled it out. people from the audience who have a unique/un-
“Do you think I should make some how either burn them to a hockey puck usual talent. Before she nished speaking, I began
banana bread?”I asked my husband. or under-bake them so they were the I waited a bit and then cut into it. shaking my head yes and blurted out, to my daugh-
consistency of mud. One time I forgot e crust was like a rock and the inside ter’s amazement,“Yes, I have an unusual talent.”
“I don’t know,”he replied.“Do you the sugar. Another time I accidentally was pure goo. It was less like banana
think I should build a bookcase?” used salt instead of sugar. And then bread and more like banana mush. e “Oh great,”said the young girl. “What can you do?”
there was the Great Cookie Incident of outside was inedible, but the inside “I can make castanets sounds with my mouth
“Why would you want to build a 2007 when I dropped cookie dough on seemed ne enough… if I was in the and perform any song you’d like to hear,”I proudly
bookcase?”I asked him. the oor, slipped on it, and went shoot- mood for chocolate chip banana stew. stated. I could feel Kim’s eyes on me and when I
ing into the dining room on my back My husband had been lingering turned to look at her she was staring at me with her
“Well, it seems as random as you like I was in a luge competition. nearby, enticed by the aroma of the mouth open.
asking me if you should make banana baking banana bread. Apparently, he
bread.” Determined to make this work, I thought that he had squatter’s rights to e young girl also stared at me for about 10
mixed all the ingredients together, some of the banana bread by virtue of seconds before she regained her composure.
I decided if I did make banana bread, poured it all into a loaf pan, and stuck the fact that he was living in the house
he de nitely wasn’t going to get any. it in the oven. My mouth watered as I with me. “Um, I’m pretty sure Jimmy would like to see a
smelled the bananas cooking and the “You made banana bread!”he said. really unusual talent. at young man on the other
I was still on the fence about it two chocolate chips melting and I was con- “I did.” side of the room can play the harmonica while
days later… until I saw someone post “How did it come out?”he asked. standing on his head.”
a picture online of fresh banana bread dent I was going to have an amazing “Pretty good,”I said.
with chocolate chips. is was a game banana bread experience. “Can I have some?”he asked. “Oh, okay,”I said and she quickly went to the
changer. I’m of the mind that every- “Absolutely,”I nodded, handing next group of people.
thing is better with chocolate. I would But when the timer went o and I him a plate. en I opened the utensil
eat a shoe if it had chocolate on it. Well, stuck a toothpick into the loaf to see drawer. “Mom, would you really have gone on stage with
maybe not a shoe. But quite possibly a if it was done, it was still raw in the “But here… you’ll need a spoon.” Jimmy Fallon and clicked a song with your tongue?”
ip op. You can follow Tracy on Facebook at “Of course, that’s my talent, and besides, I really
Since I’m gluten-free, I needed to facebook.com/LostinsuburbiaFanPage wanted to get on stage!!”
nd a way to adapt the recipe so it and sign up for her newsletter at
didn’t include wheat our. I assumed tracybeckerman.com/newsletter. [email protected]
that almond our would make an
OK substitute. But instead of nding Fun Facts by Jo Ann
a recipe for banana bread speci cally
using almond our, I decided to just use Castanets were invented by the Phoenicians
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Chop! Chop! Do you hear that? What are the causes of plastic pollution? Well, some causes are throwing animals can lose their homes and foo
That’s the trees being cut down away plastic bags, using plastic straws, and buying and using a lot of prod- and they get their food from trees. A
ucts that are produced in plastic packaging. For example, the world uses look as nice anymore. Also animals ha
in the Rainforest 500 billion plastic cups every year! You may think that single-use plastics the bus and saw people cutting down
are small and do not a ect the environment, but they have a large impact
One way we can stop deforestation
BY JAMES NEMETH on the oceans.Did you know that more than 480 billion plastic bottles were we cut down. Instead of cutting down
sold worldwide in 2016? at is up from about 300 billion only a decade example, an old chair or desk that you
What if I told you that your oxygen supply was being destroyed? e ago! ese examples are all contributing to the fact that single-use plastics have slabs of wood anywhere. I reme
rainforest is being destroyed at a rapid pace, and this needs to stop. are harmful to the oceans and the animals that live inside them. and he needed wood and we had som
In the rainforest every day, trees are being cut down for many reasons. What are the negative e ects of plastic pollution? e negative e ects stop deforestation.
is needs to stop because this is harming our environment in many dif- begin when the plastic is blown away by the wind and into rivers or lakes. In conclusion,one problem behavio
ferent ways. Luckily, there are people working to protect the rainforest, and When the plastic gets into the oceans, it harms the animals. When the trees. It ruins many animal habitats an
hopefully you will be one of those people too. animals see the plastic, they think it is food. en, they can eat it or become help stop deforestation by reusing old
e rainforest is being cut down every day, but do you know why? “Rain- injured by getting it caught on them. Plastic straws have a huge negative need anymore.
forests used to cover 14% of the earth but now it is down to 6%.” One big e ect on the oceans. Since plastic straws are not biodegradable, they don’t
reason why is people are cutting down the land for cattle,housing and many break down into tiny pieces like some other plastics do.
other reasons. is needs to stop now. Another cause of rainforest destruc- What are some solutions to help stop plastic pollution? Well, you can use Fif
tion is natural threats. e res in the rainforest are harming plants and reusable bags instead of single use bags.
animals. Droughts are also harming plants and animals because they need
water to live.“ Droughts are harming the rainforest by weakening them and Also, you can carry out a small amount of groceries in your hands so you
don’t use as many plastic bags. By doing this, you are cutting down on the
causing res and diseases.” one trillion single use plastic bags that are used annually around the world.
e destruction of the rainforest a ects the earth in many ways. One way Another solution is to use paper straws or no straws at all. “Plastic straws grad
is that it is hurting the animals because when you cut down the trees that is are made of our dwindling oil resource, and simply by o ering them in-
like cutting down their place to live.When you do that they have no place to stead of serving one with every drink automatically, we can reduce our
live so they die. One other e ect is that when we cut down the trees we are consumption in half or more,” said by Milo Cress, founder of the Be
actually hurting ourselves because when you cut down the trees we are los- Straw Free Campaign. Compared to all the garbage you may have, get-
ing oxygen.”Trees are cut down to be used in ooring, furniture, and other ting rid of plastic bags and plastic straws may not seem like a big deal. spea
such items.” If we keep doing this there will be no oxygen so we will die. However, to make a good environment, including the oceans, we have
“At the current rate of destruction, rainforests will be gone within the next to cut back on all the plastic we use.
hundred years.”Also res are killing the plants and plants provide medicine, In conclusion, I think all people should try not to use plastic as much
and they also provide food for animals. as they usually do if we want to save the oceans and environment. If
e rainforest is a special place; it has so many animals, trees, and other people keep using plastic bags and straws as much as they have been, The following are e
species. is is why we need to nd solutions to help keep the rainforest plastic will outweigh sh in the oceans by 2050. We can prevent this by PQ elementary stud
healthy. One thing you can do is to donate to a place where you can help using multi use plastics and trying to use paper straws.
the rainforest. We should help deforestation by planting a tree every time Help save Endangered on a number of env
one gets cut down. You can also buy from companies that support the rain- Animals and Habitats! The North Salem
forest. For example, the company UTZ pretzel/chip company supports the these opinion p
rainforest and helps the rainforest. next few
e rainforest is being destroyed at a rapid pace, and this needs to come BY KSENIYA KOZLOVA
to an end. e trees are being cut down in the rainforest and this is causing
our oxygen supply to go down and the animals are losing their habitats. I Did you know that many animals become endangered because people are
think people should start caring about the rainforest because the rainforest ruining their habitat?
is a big deal in our lives. It provides food, oxygen, and medicine for us. ere Deforestation is taking away animals’ homes. Water Pollution
We Can All
are many ways we can help the rainforest. You just need to do your part. We can stop this by cutting down less trees from animal habitats and
Save the rainforest! reusing wood from old furniture you don’t need anymore. When my dad
Did you know that if you make the
Stop Committing Plastic Pollution! was xing something, he used a piece of wood from old furniture. Many
human behaviors are ruining animals habitats,making them go endangered
BY GABE MISTAL or extinct. One of the behaviors is people are cutting down too many trees.
I was picking up my sister one time and I saw an empty piece of land and
Did you know that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than people had cut down trees there. is ruins animal habitats because many a marine animals life? ere is a lot of
sh? As humans, we should be aware of how much single use plastics we animals live in trees. Cutting down trees takes away their homes. Also the of sea life. In fact, there is so much poll
use, and nd other solutions that are better for the environment. People food from the trees can get wasted from people lumbering the trees. coastal areas are too polluted for shing
must reduce and reuse the amount of plastic they use,because the e ects are ere are many negative e ects of these behaviors. For example, defores- this by doing simple things like reducin
sick marine life and damaged water in the oceans. ere are solutions that tation.Deforestation is when people cut down trees for homes.For example Human activity is making water p
can be followed to help reduce the amount of plastic we use. one time I saw people cutting down trees for a store they were building. e about 8.8 million tons of plastic wind
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od. For example, squirrels live in trees to John Hocevar of Greenpeace USA, almost all the plastic that has ever is is why we don’t bring invasive species to our garden. And if we do
Another bad e ect is that forests won’t been made is still with us today. However, it’s not just plastic that is being animals like the Monarch butter ies will have no food supply. One simple
dumped into the ocean. Each year about 1.2 trillion gallons of sewage and thing you could do is to not buy invasive species and make sure none of the
ave to nd new homes. I was once on storm water is dumped into US waters. e e ect of this is approximately plants in the garden is invasive.
trees from a forest. 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for shing. is shows how
n is to decrease the amount of wood humans can have a bad e ect on water pollution. Edge of Extinction
n trees we can reuse old furniture. For
u won’t need. You can also check if you Marine life is also being a ected by the overuse of plastic. Every minute BY SADIE MATT
ember our dad was xing something a dump truck load of plastic goes into the ocean and pollutes the water.
me in the garage. at is one way to Although plastic can be very good for some things, it can be very harm- Can you believe animals that used to roam earth peacefully might be
ful to sea life. ey mistake the plastic for food and die. Over 700 species endangered because of humans! Animals shouldn’t have to live life ghting
or is people are cutting down too many of marine animals have been reported to have eaten or been entangled in for their species. ey should live an equally good life as humans. Many
nd they have to nd new ones.You can plastic. I think that if we are not careful, we can do alot of damage to the animals around the world su er from habitat loss,but they have many other
d wood from furniture that you don’t water and the life that is in it. reasons for being endangered.We can help stop this,but how? How can we
take action for our wildlife?
fth As bad as all of this information sounds, there is some good news! We
ders can help solve this problem with a few simple solutions. Start by weaning How can us humans help our animal friends? We can donate to WWF
ak out o plastic. According to the NRDC,90% of plastic items are used once and who have been working hard in conservation for decades and they have
then chucked.You can reuse plastic by bringing your own bags to the grocery made a huge di erence to our world both on land and in water. However,
editorials written by store, bringing your own utensils and food in a container to work or school you don’t have to donate to WWF to help. ere are many organizations
dents in ﬁfth grade and even bringing your own water bottle instead of buying water. is will protecting animals so you have plenty of organizations to choose from. You
vironmental issues. not only reduce the amount of plastic you use but save you money as well. might even have an organization near you! In addition,we can simply recycle
m News will run and use eco-friendly products.Why not get a water bottle you can reuse over
pieces over the Human activity has a strong e ect on our environment and on the qual- and over again rather than getting a plastic bottle with only one use! Also,
w weeks. ity of our water in particular. Water pollution is killing sea life, destroy- why not help one of your local zoos or wildlife parks! Most people that want
ing our environment, and reducing the number of places for shing and to help save animals mainly are against having them being held in captivity.
on is a Problem
Help Solve swimming. However, we can all help by doing simple things like reduc- ey thought wrong! Zoos and other wildlife parks have actually informed
ing the amount of plastic we use, recycling, and being aware of how our others about the species that need help and even how to help them!
W MELKONIAN actions a ect the environment.
Many animals around the world are getting hurt and killed. For example,
e choice to not use plastic, you can save Don’t Buy Invasive Species tigers face poaching, retaliatory killings, and habitat loss. Just one problem
plastic in the ocean and it can kill a lot for an animal is bad enough but having many problems can lead the species
lution in the water that many lakes and BY AARON LI in a very dangerous situation that could cause extinction. Another animal
g and swimming. We can all help solve in danger of becoming extinct are pandas. Panda’s lack natural predators
ng the amount of plastic that we use. Did you know that invasive species are taking over native species. If and even with their exalted status, pandas are still in danger. reats from
pollution worse every day. Each year, invasive species crowd native species the number of native species goes humans left about only 1,800 pandas in the wild. In Africa, for its prized
ds up in the ocean. In fact, according down, if this happens animals that need native species to live will die o . ivory horns, the elephant was hunted. e population used to have millions
Just make sure to clean your boat before bringing it to another body of water. but now there are only a few hundred thousand. Many species may become
Ever since human settlers arrived on shore, they brought plants that don’t extinct from competition with other species or a scarce food supply. ere
belong there.Now there are too many of those plants,and they are crowding are still tons and tons of animals out there who need help. e three species
the native plants.“And that’s the problem,”says Dr. Doug Tallamy. He is an I talked about today are only a fraction of how many species are endangered.
entomologist.He says 90% of the plant eating insects are specialized. at
means they eat certain plants. When the amount of plant source goes down How did the habitats get destroyed and how is it a ecting animals? Many
the insects die o . And when the insects die o the birds die o . is is bad experts agree that about 80,000 acres of land disappear everyday when trees
for earth because we need di erent types of animals to keep earth healthy. are chopped down and the land is cleared for farms. ey also use the trees
If people bring invasive species to their garden soon take over the native for lumber. It’s not only the trees that are getting cut down, over the last
species. Some animals need native plants to survive but if all they can nd is hundred years about half of the wetlands have disappeared due to being
invasive species they will die o . And animals that eat the animal that died o drained and used as farmland or other industries. For example, Jaguars are
will not have any food. Dr .Doug Tallamy says that’s the problem. Tallamy one of the many animals who su er from habitat loss. Jaguars live mostly in
says that we cannot let all the plants and animals around us disappear.Invasive the Amazon Rainforest but today their territory has shrunk more than half.
species can degrade our soil to erosion. ey can crowd out important trees Habitat loss has a very negative e ect on about 85 percent on endangered
that provide carbon storage. ey can even increase the chances of wild re! animal and plant species. We must at least try to stop the main cause of
But don’t worry this crisis can be solved. e best way to take care of inva- habitat loss and we can do that just by stopping our actions.
sive species is to make sure they don’t even make it. Clean your shoes before
hiking in other territories. Also clean your boat thoroughly before bringing In conclusion, many species have been a ected by human actions. Ani-
it to another body of water. You could even adopt a bird in trouble because mals used to have the life of their dreams but now some su er from people.
of invasive species. en grow plants that attract the insects it needs to eat. Animals su er from several reasons of being endangered, for example habi-
Now that you know about invasive species you can inform your family and tat loss. Animals deserve a better life. We can help them by doing a simple
friends to help ght o invasive species. action of using eco-friendly products and donating to animals friendly or-
ganizations. Simple actions can go a long way for our wildlife.
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Banging the gong
One woman’s journey with breast cancer
during the pandemic
Now that Lynette Waterhouse is retired have treatments now that are very success-
from teaching elementary school for 33 ful. It’s not like when we were kids.’I needed
years,“It’s great to be able to read a book that that. When you get hit with this, you feel
isn’t a student journal!”she chuckles.“A book your stomach plummet.”
I can get lost in.” In the o ce for an MRI,Waterhouse told
In her 60s, living in Yorktown Heights Dr. Chaterji, “I want to live long enough to
with her husband, Robert,Waterhouse leads see my grandsons grow up.”
a quiet life, a good life. She dotes on her two “Don’t worry,” the physician replied in
grandsons, ages 2 and 4, and sees them of- such a kind yet authoritative tone that Wa-
ten (now through Zoom). She gardens (“It’s terhouse believed her. She chose to have
more fun than cleaning the house!”),and she a lumpectomy performed by Dr. Chaterji,
writes letters to the editor of the local paper. followed by reconstructive surgery with Dr.
Michael Rosenberg, chief of plastic surgery
‘YOU FEEL YOUR STOMACH and associate medical director at NWH.
PLUMMET.’ Her fears were calmed.
Waterhouse is a person who follows After surgery, Waterhouse started radia- PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL
guidelines. So, every November she had a tion treatments at the NWH Cancer Cen- Lynette Waterhouse
mammogram and ultrasound—always an ter. She had 30 treatments in all, one a day,
uneventful occurrence. But not in Novem- ve days a week. Her rst treatment was on stood what was happening. If I needed a might see one or two of the women, but
ber 2019. Reading her images, the radiolo- Feb. 13, 2020. Her radiation oncologist was hug, they gave a hug…until COVID.” never again did they share con dences and
gist noticed a “suspicious mass.”Waterhouse Dr. Ashwatha Narayana who has “a gentle, laughs as a group.
needed a biopsy. ings moved quickly; she quiet, calming way of presenting things that CHANGES ere were other changes.
is grateful for that. calms your fears.” Every Tuesday, Water- Safety precautions for COVID-19 started “ ere was limited touching with nurs-
A few days later, Dr. Ranjana Chaterji, house saw Dr. Narayana and “he went over with the nurse at the Cancer Center recep- es—now wearing full PPE—because of the
a breast surgeon at Northern Westchester everything—how I was progressing.” tion desk asking Waterhouse the “COVID distance rule. I understood,” Waterhouse
Hospital (NWH), called Waterhouse with “[ e nurses and radiation technicians questions:“Is your nose running,do you have said. “It was out of their control. It was
the news: She had invasive ductile cancer. were] wonderful,” Waterhouse said. “ e a cough?” at soon progressed to “Here’s a for their safety as well as mine. ey were
Dr. Chaterji’s nurse also called Waterhouse. nurses were fantastic. ey were very funny mask” after the questions. During the last younger than me, going home to kids. I ap-
“She was very comforting,” Waterhouse when we needed to have some fun. Also, two weeks of Waterhouse’s radiation treat- preciated them coming in every day—every
recalled. “She said, ‘take a deep breath. We very professional. ey made sure I under- ments, in March, her temperature was taken day. ey told me that radiation treatments
after the questions; there were fewer people were continuing for people who had already
in the waiting area, and Robert couldn’t be started. I was grateful.”
there with her. ere were constant remind-
ers of the 6-foot social distancing rule. ‘DO YOU ACTUALLY GETTO BANG
“It was sad,” Waterhouse said. “Because THETHING?’
Your ad could be here. there was a camaraderie among the women When Waterhouse rst saw the big gold
patients waiting for treatment. We’d have gong in the Cancer Center waiting area, she
snacks, share a bottle of water. It was our wondered if people really got to strike it.
Call Brett Freeman at 845-208-8151 to ﬁnd out how. own support group.” SEE GONG PAGE 11
Now that treatments were staggered, she
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GONG For the ceremony, Waterhouse wore How to design a ﬁtness
room at home
FROM PAGE 10 her silver angel earrings.
“ ey represent people watching
“Or is it just decorative?”she wondered. over me,” she said. “I believe there are
She read the yer by the gong and angels that walk the earth in the form
learned that every patient was invited of people. I found a lot of them here.
to strike the gong after their last radia- God bless them all for going on despite
tion treatment; that traditionally,touch- the circumstances—making sure pa- People exercise for many di erent New ooring can protect
reasons. Exercise can improve one’s against damage and make an area
ing a gong brought strength and good tients weren’t frightened by what was appearance, reduce the risk for ill- more conductive to working out.
ness, alleviate stress or anxiety, and Rubber mats can o set echoes
fortune. roughout her treatment, she happening—so treatments were suc- even help pass some time. Exercise and reduce the noise of running on
is often a social activity, but in the wake of a treadmill or setting down heavy weights.
saw others striking it. cessful.” social distancing guidelines issue in response
to the COVID-19 outbreak, many people have USE SPACE SAVING EQUIPMENT.
“It was great,” she said. “We would She hit the gong. found themselves looking for ways to exercise A home gym space will likely not be as ex-
wait to watch, we’d be clapping, giving “I tried to give it as big a whack as I pansive as the space inside a traditional tness
Building a home tness room has never center. ankfully,many activities do not require
the person a big hug. It was good to be could!”she said. been a more timely project, and such a project a lot of space or equipment.Classic exercises like
can continue to provide rewards even when life squats, lunges, push ups, and sit ups require little
happy and to show it.” e sound to her ears was loud, yet returns to some semblance of normalcy. Here’s gear but still produce results. Figure out which
how to successfully stock a home gym. equipment you like the most and invest in two
But now, COVID-19 had changed musical. Her husband couldn’t stop or three key pieces.Dumbells of various weights,
FIND A DEDICATED SPACE. a medicine ball and a yoga mat can be all you
things. When a nurse asked Water- hugging and kissing her. A home gym will be limited by the amount need to create a versatile, e ective workout. A
TRX system and a door-mounted pull-up bar
house if she wanted to bang the gong, Months earlier, the couple had of space that can be devoted to workouts. Pos- also are great space-saving options.
sible tness room locations include a spare bed-
she said,“I’m not sure. If I can’t have my planned a celebratory dinner out. room,a garage,a basement,or an enclosed patio. HAVE ATV HOOKUP.
Measure the space so you can pick and choose A home gym may bene t from a smart TV
family with me inside…” “Let’s go to the steakhouse in town!” equipment that will t. Leave some oor space
empty for movement exercises or mat activities. that you can use to stream workout videos or
Waterhouse remembers the nurse’s they had agreed. Instead, they ate a catch up on the latest news while running the
KEEPTHE SPACE BRIGHT. treadmill or using the stationary bike.
reply: “Don’t worry. We’ll bring the take-out dinner from the restaurant. Darkness can sap energy levels, so invest in
A home gym is bene cial year-round, and
gong out. Everyone will be with you.” Lynette Waterhouse had her steak. mirrors and adequate overhead lighting to make can be especially valuable when social distanc-
the space inviting. Natural light can make the ing guidelines are put in place.
And that’s just what they did. exercise area more enjoyable.
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ANGEL EARRINGS “My thanks to everyone at Northern
March 26, the day of Waterhouse’s Westchester Hospital from the begin-
last radiation treatment, was a sunny ning of the process,” Waterhouse said.
day. e nurses and radiation techni- “ e hospital did a wonderful job of
cians brought the gong outside for her, keeping patients safe. I didn’t feel ner-
and it sparkled in the sun’s rays. Every- vous. I felt they’d gotten it under con-
one—Waterhouse’s husband, nurses, trol.I knew this hospital was a safe place
radiation technicians, Dr. Narayana, to be. A place where I could get well.”
other patients—kept the proper social
distance. Yet it felt like a celebration. Article courtesy of Northern
“You could see the smiles despite the Westchester Hospital.To learn more
masks,” Waterhouse recalled. “I said to about comprehensive cancer care at
them all,‘I can only blow kisses.I wish I Northern Westchester Hospital, visit
could hug you all.’” nwhcancercenter.org.
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FROM PAGE 1
During his tenure as bas-
ketball coach, Sassone-led
teams compiled a record of
425-344, won four Section
1 championships and nine
league titles. He’s been Sec-
tion 1 Coach of the Year once,
was Journal News Coach of
the Year in 2008, and was
named Conference Coach of
the Year eight times.
In 2018, Sassone was in-
ducted into the New York Henry Sassone and his family
State Basketball Coaches
PHOTO COURTESY OF HENRY SASSONE
Hall of Fame, and last year
the Lower Hudson Basketball Coaches tough,” he said. “We started in 1992, and
Association created the “Henry Sassone it was the longest football merger in New
Legacy Award” to honor coaches who York, ended in 2010.”
have left an indelible mark on local bas- In 2007, the team went to the sectional
ketball. In 2010, he was honored as the championship, where it lost to Ray Rice-
Section 1 Athletic Director of the Year. led New Rochelle.
Sassone said he’s still not sure how he’ll When asked about other memorable
be spending all his free time. achievements while he was AD, Sassone
“I’m not quite sure what’s next,” Sas- also mentioned two state championships
sone said this week. Sassone resides in by the soccer team, two state champi-
Patterson with his wife, Cheryl. e cou- onships by the varsity baseball team, a
ple has three children, Melissa, 33, and state championship in volleyball, and a
twins, Nicole and Kaitlyn, 31. state champion wrestler, as well as a state
“It’s the right time, and I’m looking champion track runner.
forward to the time o ,”he said.“It’s been Sassone takes great pleasure in see- Coach Henry Sassone ended his career with 425 wins.
a long time… And my wife (a teacher at ing former student-athletes coaching or
FILE PHOTO/SKIP PEARLMAN
Brewster) is happy.” teaching.
Sassone said it was the relationships “ at’s what it’s all about,” he said. “I ‘I hope people remember I gave 100 percent, the
made that will leave a lasting impression. see a lot of kids who played for me who
“ e most precious memories are the are now out coaching, teaching… at’s best I could give. I tried to instill a toughness.
relationships developed with student- pretty special. at makes it all worth- It’s hard to get by in the world without some
athletes, for four decades at North Sa- while. When the kids walk into the build-
toughness. I hope I’m remembered for instilling a
lem,” he said. “It’s incredible to have been ing or come up to you, that’s special.”
there.” He pointed to his 2008 championship work ethic. You can get lost with what’s happening
in today’s world, but stick-to-it toughness, never
His longevity factor was driven home team as also being special. “We lost our
in 2017, when one of his players (Andrew rst game, then won 19 in a row,” he said.
Outhouse) was the son of a player on his “ en we won ve straight in the play- giving up, that’s what I hope I’m remembered for.’
’91 title team ( James Outhouse). o s, then lost to Mount Vernon in the
“I coached a player in the early ’90s, got regional nal.” –Henry Sassone
a section title (1991), and that player’s e coach recalled another unusual sit-
son played for me on my 2017 title team,” uation in 1991 when North Salem won
he said. a sectional title, then lost in the region- “When the opportunity to come to pointed to Claude Keith as a key gure.
During his tenure as athletic director, als to a team that was declared ineligible North Salem came up, it was a quiet “Claude came on board September
North Salem football merged with John after its win. town,” he added. “We had the opportuni- 1990, the year my dad died,” Sassone
Jay (Cross River) in the rst football “ at went to court, and the team that ty to grow it. It’s been an amazing ride, to recalled. “He was a mentor and a father
merger in New York, according to Sas- lost to them actually ended up moving see it grow to where we have such great gure. He was with us for the 1991 sec-
sone. on. It was crazy,” he said. participation by our student-athletes. tional title, as well as the 2008 sectional
“With the size of North Salem, it was Sassone said it was his 1989 team at means a lot of kids are involved, title, and it wouldn’t have been possible
where he coached the best player who and it’s fantastic to have some incredible without Claude on the bench.”
has passed through the program: 6-foot- coaches that have worked with me.” Two other players Sassone mentioned
Career Highlights 7 Mark McMahon. Sassone said one of his favorite mem- were Chris Alterio, the Class C MVP on
“We had three big players,” he said. “A ories came from a student he did not the 2017 Section 1 championship team,
Athletic director for 31 years pair of twin-tower brothers—Tom and coach. and Ryan Donovan, an All-League player,
Boys basketball coach for 34 years Mark Gustinus—and McMahon, prob- “A kid who had never played for me, and one of the “hardest working players
ably the best player I ever had. ey had I met him at the deli,” Sassone recalled. who ever played for me,”Sassone said. He’s
quite a run, went 24-2. We beat some big “And he was telling me about things we currently playing at Maritime College.
Four Section 1 championships teams, and were up 17 in the regional - did in gym class in 1992. ose are the Sassone said he hopes people will re-
Nine league titles nals at halftime, but we lost by one. We things that are so important to coaches member him as instilling a tough work
ran out of gas. ose were special times.” and teachers. A lot of student-athletes I ethic in his players.
Section 1 Coach of the Year Sassone said he felt lucky to get his see regularly. I’ve been to players’ wed- “I hope people remember I gave 100
Journal News Coach of the Year chance at North Salem, and has enjoyed dings, christenings, engagement parties. percent, the best I could give,” he said. “I
growing the athletic program. It’s cool to develop a relationship, and tried to instill a toughness. It’s hard to get
(2008) over time still be involved.” by in the world without some toughness.
“To have spent 34 years as a coach is
Conference Coach of the Year incredible, and 31 years as AD is just Sassone mentioned several special I hope I’m remembered for instilling a
(eight times) as incredible,” he said. “ e number of players over the years, including names work ethic. You can get lost with what’s
scholar-athletes we’ve had is pretty im- like Mike DePaoli (the program’s all- happening in today’s world, but stick-to-
pressive. I was lucky to have the opportu- time leading scorer), and Marc Miller it toughness, never giving up, that’s what
nity to coach and teach here. (member of the 2008 title team), and also I hope I’m remembered for.”
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