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Jingle all the way! Barile faces another
Second ‘illegal’ hookup at restaurant
found; criminal charges loom
PHOTO: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL BY BOB DUMAS hookup into compliance.
EDITOR However, town o cials said
Santa gives Frankie Maiolini, 8, and his sister Lyla, 6, candy canes
during last weekend’s Candy Cane Run, which was held by both the Councilman Mike Barile is Barile never lived up to his ob-
Mahopac and Mahopac Falls re departments. e annual event also in hot water once again over the ligations to come into compli-
helped the re ghters collect for Toys for Tots. For more photos, see the alleged illegal sewer connection ance, and said that a dye test
at Blu at the Lakehouse Restau- conducted on Dec. 6 revealed
centerspread on pages 12 and 13. rant on South Lake Boulevard, a that the restaurant is connected
property he owns with his busi- to Sewer District No. 1 at a sec-
ness partner Tommy Boniello. ond location that “at no point
[was] disclosed or approved by
Barile had been accused ear- the town or the [Department of
lier this year of connecting the Environmental Protection].”
restaurant’s sewer line to a sewer
main in Sewer District No. 1 Consequently, the town en-
near Clark Place without the gineering department issued
requisite permits. He is now ac- Barile a second notice of vio-
cused of having a second unper- lation, saying all connections
mitted line and could face nes must be capped and gave him a
and misdemeanor charges if the timeline to remedy the issue or
situation isn’t remedied. face potential nes and criminal
e scenario dates back de-
cades to when the property Pursuant to Town Law 135,
housed a small hamburger stand the violation of the Sewer Use
and Barile converted it into the Law is a misdemeanor punish-
restaurant it is today. able by ne or imprisonment or
both. Anyone found to have vio-
Barile was given a notice of lated the code faces nes not to
violation as a result of the rst exceed $1,000 per violation each
unpermitted connection, but day of noncompliance.
regulatory agencies opted to
give him a chance to obtain the SEE BARILE PAGE 3
necessary permits to bring the
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3
Mahopac students make season bright at Maria Fareri
Donate more than 100 toys to children’s hospital
On Friday, Dec. 13, Mahopac High “I think that this was a great trip for
School teacher Jennifer Degl took 11 the students because not only were they
students from grades 9-12 to Maria practicing giving and compassion by
Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westches- donating toys, but they were gaining
ter Medical Center to deliver 110 toys empathy for what families have to go
that were donated by MHS students and through when a child is in the hospital
sta . e students decorated the collec- over the holidays and they were exposed
tion boxes to add some holiday cheer. to a new career path that they might
Upon arriving at the hospital, the not have thought of before. at is im-
group was greeted by “Santa’s Helpers” portant to me as a high school science
and escorted up to the Neonatal Inten- teacher,” Degl said.
sive Care Unit (NICU) for a tour. Degl has been collecting toys and tak-
“My students were given this oppor- ing this trip for six years, since returning
tunity because I am the coordinator of to work after her daughter’s extremely
the NICU parent mentor program at premature birth at just 23 weeks gesta-
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, called tion in 2012.
Maria’s Hope,” Degl explained. “I volun- “My daughter Joy was born weigh-
teer my time to run this program and I ing only 1 pound and 4 ounces and she
also mentor in the NICU on most Mon- spent 121 days in the NICU at Maria
day evenings.” Fareri Children’s Hospital,” she said.
Dr. Sergio Golombec (a neonatolo- “Although she is a happy 7-year-old lit-
gist) and Sharon Schell (assistant nurse tle girl now, that was a very rough time PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER DEGL
manager) gave the students a tour and for my family, and we are happy to give Teacher Jennifer Degl (back row, third from left) with her students and Santa’s helpers
took questions about their education back to the hospital and families so that from the hospital with some of the toys that were donated.
and career path that led them to where their holidays can be a little brighter.”
they are now. Students also got a rare You can read more about the Degl’s
look inside the NICU to view some of story and advocacy work at www.speak- “Mahopac High School has some was able to collect over 100 toys in a few
the most critical babies. ingformomsandbabies.com. great kids,” Degl said. “ e fact that I short weeks is a testament to that.”
BARILE “You failed to mitigate [any] of both the town and DEP on or plan. He is also required to submit Barile said the restaurant may
further risk associated with the un- before a Dec. 6 deadline. correct “as-built drawings”under an have to go back to the septic sys-
FROM PAGE 1 authorized connection to CSD #1 independent third-party engineer’s tem, but he will consult with the
by utilizing the on-site [septic] or “As the result, I hereby issue an seal. DEP to understand what his next
Barile denies the accusations and disconnecting such connection at Noti cation of Violation pursuant move will be. He said he didn’t
said he continues to work with the the property,”Franzetti wrote in the to… the Sewer Use Law with re- “In the event that you elect to completely understand the accusa-
DEP to resolve the issue. memo. “In response to a question spect to the unauthorized out-of- utilize the on-site [septic], notify tions set forth in Franzetti’s notice.
as to why you had not reconnected district connection of the line from the town, DEP and [county de-
In the notice of violation memo to the septic system, your counsel the property to Sewer District # partment of health] 48 hours in ad- “I am only doing what the DEP
sent from town engineer Richard publicly stated,‘ at’s a good ques- 1 through the second connection vance that the septic system is being is telling me to do,” he said. “I
Franzetti to Barile and Boniello, tion. I wish I could answer that for for unauthorized treatment at the returned to service to allow such don’t know [what it’s about] and
Franzetti writes, “[With] your fail- you without getting in trouble.’ New York City DEP Mahopac agencies to conduct any inspection I am the one who [received the
ure to comply with the terms of Consequently, I nd your failure wastewater treatment facility,” the or testing of such septic system lo- violations].It’s ring around the rosy
this second NOV (notice of viola- to mitigate potential noncompli- memo continues. “As the conse- cated at the property,” the memo with these guys.”
tion) and cease and desist [order] ance as it relates to the Sewer Use quence, I hereby order you to cease concludes.
in a timely fashion, the town re- Law and the town’s status under and desist with your unauthorized Town o cials say the new vio-
serves its right to disconnect your the 1938 Agreement with DEP to use of CSD #1 and to disconnect Barile told Mahopac News he lations stem from an investigation
unauthorized use of SD #1 and to have been willful.” any and all connecting lines from believes the accusations are disin- by Cozen O’Connor, an outside
factor the cost in any ne or pen- the property to the Clark Place genuous and he remains in contact law rm based in Manhattan, an
alty assessed.” Franzetti wrote that on Dec. 17 manhole,as well as the second con- with the DEP to remedy the prob- investigation that cost the town
he sent the DEP a letter in which nection, by capping all such line(s) lem. He said there are actually three $120,000 to date.
Franzetti’s memo laid out 81 he withdrew the town’s consent for at the property.” or four connections to the sewer line
points detailing the timeline of Barile’s out-of-district hookup re- in question and that it was common e board voted 3-0 to pass the
events, with supporting docu- quest,which was previously granted Franzetti wrote that work must knowledge. resolution to cite Barile and Boni-
ments,that led to the second notice as being compliant because Barile be done only after 48 hours ad- ello with Barile and Supervisor
of violation. submitted inaccurate “as-built” vance notice to the town engineer “ ere is one from the beach,one Ken Schmitt abstaining. Schmitt
drawings and because all DEP-re- and any members of the engineer- from a neighbor and one from Fer- said he abstained because the
e memo states that Barile quired actions and testing had not ing department. ry Island and there might be anoth- resolution came with more than
failed to submit a progress report of been completed to the satisfaction er but I’m not sure,” he said. “ ey 260 pages of ancillary documents,
his plans to come into compliance Additionally, Barile is required (town o cials) knew this, and are which he hasn’t had the time to
with the Sewer Use Law by a Dec. to submit a 10-day compliance trying to say I snuck a line in.” read.
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Mahopac’s Henry the ram ﬁnds a new home
After coyote attack, Animal Nation adopts wayward sheep
BY BOB DUMAS
e saga of Henry the ram has
a happy ending.
Henry escaped from a Mahopac
farm back in November after a
coyote attack that decimated most
of the livestock there—a ock of
about 30 sheep. A panicked Henry
was able to fend o the coyotes
and escape, leading Carmel police
cars to follow him down the road
on a “low-speed chase” until he re-
turned home safely.
Henry’s owner told police that
he couldn’t a ord to coyote-proof
his property and wanted to do
what was best for Henry. He When he ﬁrst arrived at Animal Nation, Henry’s coat was thick and PHOTO COURTESY OF ANIMAL NATION
would be better o somewhere matted, something that can be caused by stress.
else. After being shorn, Henry is looking handsome in his new home.
Up stepped Animal Nation, an quartered in Rye with a farm (Lewisboro).
animal rescue organization head- animal sanctuary in South Salem “We are the only organization in the area that does farm ani- Mahopac farm were inside a
mals, so we get a lot of 911 calls,” building, but the coyotes broke
said Patrick Moore, vice presi- through the windows and at-
Ha dent of Animal Nation. “We got tacked them.
calls that a ram was on the loose “So, Henry took o down the
in Mahopac, cops were following
him. Our phone was ringing o road, and he ended up about two
the hook. Henry’s owner couldn’t miles away,” Moore said. “We
keep him anymore.” went out the next day and had a
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Alyssa Marie Bevilacqua Tony and Joan owned and operated four restaurants and night- FROM PAGE 4
clubs from 1954 to 2008, e Village Barn, Circus, Bon Vivant
Alyssa Marie Bevilacqua, 52, passed away unexpectedly of and the Whistle Stop. vet come out with us—Dr. Maria
natural causes on Saturday, Dec. 14, after a long battle with brain Kremerman from South Putnam
cancer. He was a quiet man with an amazing sense of humor, zest for Animal Hospital. Henry was so
life and a generous spirit. He is survived by two daughters, Gail nervous and was not castrated,
Born in Mahopac on Nov. 30, 1967, she was the daughter of Kinkler ( Jim), and Joy Klvana (Michael); his grandchildren, which is necessary to come here.
He was sedated and castrated
Matt and Marie Bevilacqua; mother of Nicole, Alaina and Juli- Carly, Jed, Zak and Zoe; his sister, Doris Simon; and nephews, and then brought here and the
very next day he was ne.”
anna Brophy; sister of Dr. John (Dr. Lisa) Bevilacqua and the late Allan Arnell and Lewis Simon.
As per Animal Nation rules,
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A funeral mass was celebrated Dec. 18t at St. Francis of Assisi Mahopac, NY “He joined our four sheep and
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Anthony J. Mancini, a lifelong resident of Mahopac, has passed dent wasn’t the rst time Henry
came to the police department’s
away. He was 94. Tony was born Oct. 19, 1925 to Mariano and hopac; 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Prede- attention.
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Adventures in small- ink big, Mahopac
In recent weeks the town’s master OF HUMAN
Acolleague recently suggested I OUT OF plan has gured prominently in the INTEREST
write a column about what it’s MY HEAD Mahopac News. e town nally
like to be the editor of this paper. took a forward step and hired a consul- LORENZO
You know, pull back the curtain and BOB tant. I must admit that I’m not all that GARO
show people how the magic happens. DUMAS sanguine about Mahopac’s future, or my
future in it. nearby Westchester.
Well, to be honest, there’s not a lot of school board would say and do anything I haven’t lived in Mahopac fulltime
magic going on here. It’s usually days and to get him to leave.) Most of the people that I grew up with
days of routine, mundane stu , occasion- in Mahopac have left for sunnier climes for the past few years. It’s given me a
ally followed by a few moments of abject Anyway, he had this penchant for call- and places with lower taxes. Mahopac is di erent perspective. I see a town with
terror when a story breaks and I have to ing me up to complain anytime we wrote in the same boat as a lot of other towns a great deal of vitality. Weekend tra c
drop what I’m doing and go chase it. something he didn’t like. along the Northeastern corridor that are is terrible on Route 6, the intersection
seeing stagnant growth. Taxes are outra- at Hill Street and Route 6N needs a
It got me to thinking about my career “Did we get something wrong?” I geous and housing expensive. Combined light, and parking in town can give you a
and when some of those moments hap- would ask. “Is the information wrong?” with healthcare, childcare, and all the rest heart attack, but people still love living in
pened. When you think about commu- that’s required to keep a body alive, it’s Carmel and Mahopac. ere are plenty
nity journalism, you probably think about “No,” he would reply, “I just don’t think tempting to move to Finland. of lakes, wide open skies and vistas, trees
photos of giant check presentations, it was appropriate.” and parks. Swan Cove is going to be a
town budget stories and high school It’s amazing how little downtown delightful place.
football games. We are not war corre- Appropriate? In other words, he would Mahopac has changed over the years.
spondents reporting from a combat zone have preferred people didn’t know about When my family moved here in 1958 Being a reader of Mahopac News, I’m
in ak jackets as bullets y over. it. it consisted of the same two blocks, one impressed by the diversity and enlight-
short, one long, we see today. Among ened leadership within the school dis-
But what we do is also important. We It all came to a head when he discov- the stores were two barbershops, three trict. With so many community events,
are the watchdogs of local democracy. A ered a star football player from southern clothing stores, two groceries, and a abundance of sport elds and parks,
lot of small towns have lost their local Westchester County who had a grade rowdy saloon called, Skippers. When you Mahopac is a great place to raise a family.
papers over the past 10 years and as a point average of less than zero had been went shopping, you went to town. ere And the town’s leaders care enough to
result, their governments have been al- suspended from his team. He paid the was no place else to go. e barbershop hire a consultant to help plan the future,
lowed to operate unfettered and without kid’s mom o and moved him up to employed a Native American, who gave so it will be a viable place for businesses
restraint. When that happens, things can Pawling and secretly had the district pay me my rst haircut. To this day, he’s the to come. I see only one impediment for
get sketchy fast. the rent on his apartment, where he lived only Native American I’ve ever seen in the town as it moves forward: money.
by himself. He was placed on the Pawl- Mahopac. I had my rst drink at the bar
But when we are there, and watching, ing football team and rushed for more where every other young punk in Ma- So, at the next Town Board meeting I
there are always those who don’t like it than 100 yards every game until the ruse hopac had their rst drink: Skipper’s. will be bringing a check for $50 million
and would prefer we go away. And while was uncovered… by us. to get the ball rolling… I only wish. All
I’ve never felt I’ve been in harm’s way Town bustled with life during the I want to do is be able to stay in Ma-
like those war correspondents dodging Of course, the superintendent didn’t summer. Vacationers ocked to three hopac without worrying so much about
bullets, there have been times when I’ve think our articles were “appropriate” and large hotels along the lake. Combined, the taxes. I saw a recent article in the
been compelled to look under my car to told me in no uncertain terms that I they accommodated over 1,000 people. News where members of the Chamber
see if anything with a blinking red light should probably sleep with one eye open. of Commerce encouraged residents to
has been duct taped to the gas tank. I didn’t take this lightly because the dude ey drove Mahopac’s economy. e ma- come to Town Board meetings and give
had his supporters and they were quite jestic school on top of High Ridge Road, their input. I’m not able to do that. is
I’ve written in this space before about fanatical. (To this day, I could never with its slate roofs, cut stone veneer, and column will have to su ce. For what
my time as the managing editor at the grand mahogany foyer, could not have it’s worth, respectfully, here are a couple
weekly paper up in Pawling. It was gure out why.) been built without the help of the “sum- of things I’d like to say about the town’s
mostly the quiet, mundane stu I men- A few days later, I came out of my of- mer people.” By the early 1970s all three future.
tioned earlier. We did have a few spec- ce to nd that the two back tires on my hotels, along with most of the summer
tacular res and one time we had a guy Toyota had been slashed. at seemed to residents, were gone. I remember well Every town has an identity. Mahopac
dressed as Santa Claus rob a bank. (He end it and some time later the guy left all the talk about bringing industry to has always been a hard-working, blue
was caught about two minutes later… the school district (probably with a great Mahopac, because of the rising taxes. collar kind of town. It will never be
easy to identify!) letter of recommendation in hand) to Bedford. Mahopac celebrates Christmas
wreak havoc somewhere else. ey were only going to keep going up, with re trucks and sirens, there are no
But we also had a crooked school A few years ago, I was working for a everyone feared. specialty shops with latticed windows
superintendent. He was sketchy from paper called the Hudson Valley Reporter. that serve cheese and charcuterie. Let
the get-go, arriving in our district from In hindsight, those who supported
a school in upstate New York that had SEE DUMAS PAGE 9 bringing industry to Mahopac were SEE GARO PAGE 9
given him a glowing recommendation. forward thinkers. Carmel may not have
(We found out later, he’d been nothing made a master plan in 20 years, but its
but trouble up there as well, but their real failure to plan ahead happened in the
’70s, when it declined to broaden its tax
base, as many of the other towns did in
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DUMAS tention of all our fellow shop- militants and Second Amend- GARO for decades. Open it to the
pers standing in the lines with ment enthusiasts who took a public. It’s the right thing to
FROM PAGE 8 us. dim view of red ag laws. ey FROM PAGE 8 do. Rename it, “Indian Beach,
encouraged the like-minded create some historic and civic
It covered northern West- “Sure. Well, I’m right here. who lived nearby to head to the Mahopac be Mahopac. pride. Exclusive is a dirty
chester, Putnam and southern Talk to me.” stando and ght the police. When my family moved word.
Dutchess counties. I was the
Dutchess editor. It was a short- Instead, the guy pulled his ey also came after Mahopac here there were two public Mahopac can no longer
lived endeavor, but I think we cart out of the line and headed News, wondering why we beaches. Today, there are a ord to be a little “sleepy
did good work while it lasted. o deeper into the bowels of the weren’t on the scene to expose none. It’s terrible to think town.” Its budget is too big.
store. I chose not to follow, and the actions of these deep state that a child growing up here
One day, during this time, I the other shoppers continued to traitors (aka police). might never get to swim in ere was once talk that IBM
was standing in line with my regard me with great curiosity. the lake. e Town Board might come here. e town
shopping cart at the Hannaford When I nally wrote the sto- is aware of Nickel Beach, wasn’t receptive then, but now
supermarket in Pawling. ere “Um… no autographs,” I ry—the next day—and revealed a space owned by the town it has no choice. ink big,
was another guy in the line one mumbled. that the police weren’t there which has been sitting fallow Mahopac!
aisle over and he seemed to be to take his guns but, rather,
giving me the stink eye. I met I headed out to the parking to arrest him for breaking the Classic Realty
his gaze and he said, “Are you lot, frequently looking over my order of protection, one of those
Bob Dumas?” shoulder. But I never met the militant types wrote, “Mahopac Licensed Real Estate Broker
guy again and still don’t know News is printing lies and will be Each Ofﬁce Independently Owned and Operated
Being in the business that I who his daughter is or what I dealt with accordingly.”
am, I’m used to this. “I am him,” wrote about her. Grace Vinciguerra
I said. Fortunately, these keyboard
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“You and I are going to sit a story from last month when a live in their parents’ basements,
down and have a little talk,” Mahopac resident had a stand- surviving on Cheetos and Red 3 Heritage 202 Center,
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there to con scate his gun and/ board meetings and taking those on the REAL Trends list of
“I don’t like what you wrote or magazines under the state’s photos of giant check presenta-
about my daughter!” he hissed. red ag laws. tions, I say, “You and I are going “America’s Best Real Estate Agents.”
“You and I are gonna have a to have a little talk.”
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Overcoming college rejection
STRONG Dear Perplexed Parents, accepted over one who spent his a failure. Rejection is a part of rejections as indications that you
LEARNING I wish I could tell you exactly weekends helping the underprivi- life—we all su er rejection in one somehow failed, Kim will feel like
leged. One college admissions way or another. If you take these a failure too, and none of you did
DR. LINDA what “went wrong,”but that’s not counselor once told me that when anything wrong.
SILBERT possible because you probably they have to choose one student
did everything exactly right, and and have two with essentially ere’s no point in wasting
Dear Dr. Linda, even if you didn’t, it probably has identical quali cations, they basi- your time going over and over the
Our daughter Kim applied early nothing to do with why Kim was cally ip a coin. disappointment. Instead, rejoice
rejected. in the acceptances. Once the ac-
decision to Cornell and was just It’s just a fact of life—colleges ceptances come in (and they will
rejected. I graduated from Cornell, Over the years, I have seen a can’t accept everyone who ap- if she applied to “safety” schools,
and therefore thought she had a student who was second in his plies. After your child has spent too), visit those colleges before
good chance at getting in because class rejected by a prestigious col- years building their resume with making a nal decision. If you’ve
of legacy. However, we did not rely lege while the student who was extracurricular activities, studying already been, visit them again.
on legacy alone. She worked hard! for hours to keep the GPA high, Make sure Kim knows that if
She took every AP course o ered, fth in his class was accepted. I’ve taking every course o ered to en- after she chooses, she feels she’s in
her SATs were high, she’s on the seen students get into Harvard sure that they do well on the SAT the wrong college for her, she will
varsity soccer team, plays the ute, with 1400s (out of 1600s) on the and/or ACT, and volunteering at always have the option of trans-
etc. We’re all in shock. My hus- SAT and others who scored 1500 the animal shelter on top of it all, ferring to another college. And as
band and I can’t gure out what or above not get in. it’s disappointing not to get into long as she’s doing well academi-
went wrong. Do you have any idea the college he or she dreamed of cally, as I would expect she will,
what happened? It all depends on what a college going to. she can reapply to Cornell—and
is looking for at the time. e have a much better chance of
Perplexed Parents school may have enough students e best gift you can give Kim, getting in.
from a particular geographical however her journey turns out,
area and so they accept a student is to help her learn how to deal Remember that for most
from a di erent area. ey may with rejection without feeling like students and most majors, what
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MUSINGS Reads at Reed Boy Scout Troop Boulevard Diner in Je erson Val- Volunteer Drivers
Weekly Meeting ley at 10 a.m. Needed
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will meet Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. Troop 1 of Mahopac invites all Senior Citizens of Can you spare a little time to
course workbook). Register by to discuss the book “Before We boys 10 years and older ( fth grade Mahopac make a di erence in the life of an
Dec. 30. For more info or to regis- Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. and up) to see what Scouting is older adult? RideConnect, a pro-
ter, contact Julia Blair at 845-527- all about at Lakeview Elementary e Senior Citizen of Mahopac gram of Family Services of West-
0976 or [email protected] e meeting will be held at Reed School, from 7-9 p.m. We meet Inc. started on July 25, 1967. We chester, is an information, refer-
Memorial Library, 1733 Route 6, every Tuesday that school is in ses- are now 52 years and going strong. ral and volunteer transportation
Carmel Rec Winter Carmel. Contact 845-225-2439 for sion. No previous Scouting experi- We meet the thirdSaturday of ev- program for adults ages 60-plus
Classes more info. ence is required! You do not have ery month starting Sept. 21 at the who can no longer drive. We seek
to be a Cub Scout to become a Kohler Center Route 6 Mahopac volunteer drivers who are willing
Registration is open for winter Computer Classes for Boy Scout. For questions, contact from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We serve to provide occasional rides to our
classes at the Carmel Recreation Seniors Scout Master Joe Link 914-760- refreshments, play bingo, hold older adult neighbors. ese rides
and Parks Department. Many, 2574 or [email protected] holiday parties, tag sales and other enable our clients to remain active
many classes to choose from in- e Putnam County Computer com. events. Come join us and make in their communities and to con-
cluding skiing, snowboarding and Learning Center for Seniors holds new friends. Contact Tina Capi- tinue to lead ful lling lives. Rides
ice skating lessons. For more in- registration the rst ursday of Mahopac Writers zola 845-628-9184 are typically to medical and dental
formation on classes and to see the every month from 9:30-11 a.m. for Group appointments, grocery shopping
brochure, visit the website at www. computer classes at the William Crafts at Koehler and other errands. Give the gift
carmelny.org/recreation or follow Koehler Senior Center,180 Route 6 Mahopac Writers Group Center of mobility and independence. No
them on Facebook @CarmelRec- in Mahopac. In all,there are 13 dif- meets every ursday at Mahopac minimum commitment. Match
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genealogy, basic computer, tablets Koehler Center, 180 Route 6, and be set up by phone or on-line.Your
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is o ered every Friday afternoon meets the second Wednesday of gifts. Crafts class takes place every can ride along. For more informa-
from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for help with each month at the library at 6:30 Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. call Mary tion, go to rideconnectwestchester.
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Get the facts about the cold and ﬂu
e common cold and in uenza are u is that it can be contracted from the u
two contagious viruses that many people vaccine. is is not true. Harvard Medical
may be all too aware of. School says the u shot is made from an
Although colds and u can be contract- inactivated virus that can’t transmit infec-
ed any time of the year, winter tends to be tion. People who get sick after receiving
a prime time for cold and u outbreaks, as a u vaccination were going to get sick
more time spent indoors in close proxim- anyway, as it takes a week or two to get
ity to others provides an easy way for vi- protection from the vaccine. Many people
ruses to pass from one person to another. assume that because they became sick af-
Despite how common these illnesses ter getting the vaccine, the u shot caused
can be, there seems to be no shortage of their illness.
misinformation concerning prevention Even though the u and colds share
and treatment of the viruses. ose who some symptoms, such as runny nose,
think they know all about a cold or the u sneezing, hoarseness, and cough, the u is
can still bene t from a refresher course, not just a bad cold. While very few people
which may even debunk some prevailing have landed in the hospital with a cold,
myths about both ailments. the u can be so severe as to require hos-
COLD Steering clear of people who are sick,
Colds are relatively minor infections frequently washing hands, sterilizing
of the throat and nose that are caused by common surfaces, and getting the u shot
more than 200 di erent viruses. Rhino- are ways to prevent illness. Antibiotics are
virus is the most common cause, which not e ective against the cold and u, and
accounts for between 10 and 40 percent antiviral medication can lessen the e ects
of infections, advises the American Lung and shorten the duration of u but may
Association. Adults get an average of two not be able to prevent it.
to four colds per year, while children suf- e ALA notes that herbal and mineral
fer six to eight colds annually. In fact, in include runny nose, sneezing and nasal It infects the throat, nose and sometimes products have received a lot of publicity
the United States, colds account for more congestion, often with sore throat, mild the lungs, advises the Centers for Dis- as cold and u remedies, but insists that
visits to the doctor than any other condi- cough, mild aches/fatigue, and fever in ease Control and Prevention. Like colds, such claims are not solidly supported by
tion, says the ALA. youngsters. the u also can be spread through tiny science. If symptoms do not abate, see a
e Cleveland Clinic states colds are droplets made when infected individuals doctor.
contracted from inhalation of microscopic INFLUENZA cough, sneeze or talk, or by touching in-
particles in the air or from contact with e u is a contagious respiratory ill- fected surfaces. is article is from Metro Creative
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5 things I was so happy to have when I gave birth
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GUEST COLUMNIST for the labor and delivery team. Lorraine born classes and all the other resources avail- with my own recovery, he could go to the
walked me through the induction process able to us for support after discharge. After nursery and receive excellent care there as
My birth plan was simple. and gave me a tour of the hospital. meeting with Lorraine, I went from feeling well. Fortunately, we were able to keep our
I expected to have a natural birth in the frightened about my potential induction to son in the room with us, and the nurses re-
hospital with which my doctor was a li- In the process, Lorraine introduced me feeling informed about the process. I be- peatedly checked in to make sure we were
ated, without any real complications. After to several things I hadn’t thought about, but gan to relax and focus on the excitement of all doing well.
all, my pregnancy had been smooth. I was which made all the di erence in my child- meeting my baby boy.
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that childbirth is unpredictable. When I family time to bond after birth. I found this nursing sta . Not only did they do all they
reached a week past my due date, a surpris- about induction, I was scared. However, privacy especially important during breast- could to put me at ease and tend to me and
ing reality hit me: I was most likely going to knowing that I was at a facility with a state- feeding. For a rst-time mother, nursing Henry, but they also helped my husband.
be induced. of-the-art Level III NICU, the highest level can be di cult, and I appreciated the space After almost 12 hours of labor and delivery,
Now I started to grow concerned: What NICU a community hospital can o er, gave to focus on feeding Henry. As my son and I was so exhausted that I fell asleep shortly
if there are complications during delivery? me a sense of comfort as I faced the un- I adjusted to this new—and sometimes after our son was born.Left alone to care for
How can I get the best possible care for my known. I knew that whatever happened, my challenging—process, the peace o ered by our hours-old infant, my husband was un-
baby? How can I make sure I am there for baby would have access to board-certi ed a private room helped to ease my nerves derstandably nervous. e nurses continual-
my child every step of the way? neonatologists and highly trained nurses and make the transition into parenthood ly checked on him and helped him adapt to
who could provide 24-hour care if needed. as smooth as possible. e room was so re- his rst Daddy moments. ey showed my
at’s how I found myself contemplat- It was also meaningful to me that, should laxing, in fact, that my husband and I often husband how to change our baby’s diapers,
ing something that was de nitely not in my my baby require medical assistance, my hus- joked that we felt like we were staying at a and, later, how to assist with breastfeeding
birth plan: switching hospitals at 41 weeks band and I could be right by my baby’s side hotel instead of a hospital! and rock Henry to sleep. As we cared for
pregnant. every step of the way. our newborn, the nurses made sure my hus-
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of a cesarean section, it became increasingly Before contacting Northern Westchester hydrated. We couldn’t have asked for better
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friend recommended Northern Westches- ing little Henry home. She explained every- so important in those early days after birth. To learn more about the maternity experience
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Medicare vs. Medicaid
BY ALAN D. FELLER, ESQ. means-based health insurance cov- and D (Prescription Drug cover- then Medicare may not cover the ceives more than $859 a month in
GUEST COLUMNIST ering people of limited resources age). Part C or Medicare Advan- remaining days and a family may income. Medicaid has a ve-year
and disabled individuals requiring tage is an all-in-one bundled plan have to le an appeal to prove that lookback on a person’s nancial ac-
When you have two national long term care at home or in a care that includes Parts A,B and D). the rehab is working. If a patient counts when they are applying for
healthcare programs that sound facility. Medicare also operates as either stays out of the hospital for 60 days Nursing Home Medicaid. Trans-
similar but function di erently, it is a primary or secondary insurance in a row, they will be eligible for fers, gifts, payments and deposits
no surprise that there may be con- For those who are disabled, both where an individual is also receiv- a new 100 days of skilled nursing are reviewed thoroughly. Home
fusion. plans may be utilized at the same ing employer-based health insur- care following a three-day hospital care and Assisted Living Medicaid
time to provide a full range of cov- ance. e nuances that lie beneath qualifying stay. do not have ve-year lookbacks.
Medicare is a federal health erage. Medicare has part A (hospi- these broad strokes make Medicare
insurance program for those in- tal, short term skilled nursing and the more complex system to un- Once the Medicare 100 days If a loved one is disabled, the goal
dividuals 65 years of age or older, rehab, hospice and limited home derstand. have been exhausted or the rehab is is to ensure that Medicaid pays for
certain disabled people under 65 care), B (some inpatient doctors’ ready to discharge the person, then long term care while Medicare cov-
and individuals su ering from End services, outpatient care, medical e discharge from hospital to Medicaid eligibility becomes the ers doctor visits, hospitalizations,
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Mahopac honors Roa for 100th win
Mahopac High wrestling coach Steve Tornambe, parents Frank and Aida, Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo, and Athletic Director Frank Miele honored senior team
captain Tyler Roa’s 100th career win in a brief ceremony prior to the ursday, Dec. 19 match vs. Fox Lane. Roa earned the milestone victory at the recent Yorktown dual
meet tournament, and stands at 18-0 this season, and 104-39 for his four-year varsity career.
“His poise really stands out, and he has great skills and leadership qualities. He’s the total package,” Tornambe said of Roa. “He nds ways to win.”
Mahopac tops Panas in OT
BY SKIP PEARLMAN urday (Dec. 21) at noon (too late for this edition). ” ey started out fast,”he added.“We were Mia Klammer had a season-high
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Cailean Nolan dropped 32 points on Ma- down seven after one, but we kept ghting 19 points to go with 8 steals in
back. And we had a good third quarter, but an overtime win over Panas at
Girls basketball coach Chuck Scozzafava hopac for the Panthers, who rallied to tie the lately we’ve had trouble closing out.” the Hen Hud tournament.
would be the rst to tell you: It wasn’t pretty, game at 64-64 with an 8-0 run in the nal
but it was a win. minute. Klammer had a season-high 19 points,
and grabbed 8 steals, including 3 in overtime.
Scozzafava’s Indians blew an eight-point Mahopac got three free throws each from Caitlyn O’Boyle added a double-double,with
lead over Panas with a minute to play last both Mia Klammer and Lauren Beberman, 15 points and 10 boards, and Rush came up
Wednesday (Dec. 18) night, and then after and two from freshman Kristina Rush, in with 14 points.
failing to score a single eld goal in overtime, overtime. e Indians converted on nine of
still managed to beat the Panthers—on the their 14 free throw chances in OT, while Pa- “Mia played really well for us down the
strength of nine free throws. nas hit on four of eight shots. stretch,”Scozzafava said.“Caitlyn did most of
her damage in the rst half, and played well.
Mahopac managed to outscore Panas, 9-4, Scozzafava liked that his team walked away Rush had a three-pointer in each quarter,and
in overtime—with all of those points for both with a win. But the coach didn’t want the fact had a couple of free throws in overtime.”
teams coming from the line—to pin down a that the Mahopac held an eight-point cush-
73-68 victory in the rst round of Hen Hud’s ion with a minute to play to get lost. Mahopac was set to take on New Rochelle
Jack McGuire Tournament. at 6 p.m.Friday,Jan.3,at Mahopac,and the In-
“It was a nice win, and Panas is a nice dians visit Arlington at 6 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 7.
e Indians (3-1) were set to take on Hen team,” Scozzafava said. “ ey’re aggressive,
Hud in the tournament championship game Sat- and play good defense.But we have to be bet- FILE PHOTO/SKIP PEARLMAN
ter at hanging on to that late lead.
PAGE 18 MAHOPAC NEWS SPORTS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019
Senior Aidan Martin ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – AIDAN MARTIN
FILE PHOTO/ Senior captain
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CHANGE A LIFE BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER My biggest role models are without a
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some noise in sectionals. We preach being love to do and being able to y would save
the team nobody wants to play. I try my sooooooo much money.
best not to focus on individual goals. I re- What is your favorite place to visit on
ally just focus on helping the team win in vacation and why?
any way, shape, or form. Colorado is without a doubt one of the
coolest places I’ve ever been. My family
How old were you when you started and I really love to hike and just be out-
playing hockey and what got you side. e mountains were amazing for all
started? of that. ere is just so much to do there.
What is your favorite place to eat
I actually got my start playing roller locally?
hockey here in town when I was 5 years Benvenutos. e penne alla vodka and
old. I really fell in love with the sport right chicken parm are untouchable.
away. From there, my parents signed me What’s the go-to app on your phone
up for the in-house league at Brewster and why?
Ice Arena. Once I reached fourth grade, I de nitely like Twitter. I don’t tweet a
I started playing travel hockey. My older lot but it is cool to see what’s going on in
brother, Luke, was the key to the start of high school sports and in the world. My
my hockey career. My mom rst brought followers are lacking so go follow me @
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then I have been a rink rat. Mahopac School District, what would
you tell them about the experience of
What is your favorite team activ- being part of the hockey team and why
ity or pregame or postgame ritual that should they go out for the team
you share with your teammates? What Being part of the hockey team has been
about a personal pregame or postgame an awesome experience. Playing in front
ritual? of the Maniacs with your best friends is
unbeatable. e way the Mahopac Hock-
I really enjoy warming up with the ey Association and the community treats
team outside before games. I think of it us is amazing. Playing for guys like Coach
as our last chance to relax before we all Donaghy, Coach McGee,and Coach
focus in on the game. Personally, I make Woodrow is awesome. ere’s nothing I
sure I’m drinking a lot of water and eat- would change about these last four years.
ing right before and after the game. At
the rink I tape my stick at the same time,
same spot, and the same way. I also do the
same stretches every time and listen to a
lot of music.
Who has been your biggest role
model over the years and what have you
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 19
Mahopac’s Liam Condon looks to score at
170 pounds vs. Fox Lane on Dec. 19. WRESTLING
Mahopac’s Ian Hamilton
battles at 195 pounds. Mahopac comes close, but
Mahopac’s Steve Guaragna picked up still takes third loss to Foxes
a win for the Indians at 99 pounds.
BY SKIP PEARLMAN even with a loss, we really walked away from this
CONTRIBUTING WRITER one feeling better.”
After opening the Dec. 19 home meet against Mahopac winners included senior Steve Gua-
Section 1 dual meet champion and powerhouse Fox ragna at 99 pounds, junior Aiden Muldoon at 120,
Lane down 30-0, it didn’t look like Mahopac was junior James Russo at 138, senior captain Larry
going to have a competitive day. Nardecchia at 145, senior captain Tyler Roa at 152,
sophomore captain Angelo Centrone at 113, and
But Mahopac’s wrestling team (11-6) rallied senior Xander Smith at 126.
back to earn wins in seven of the remaining weight
classes to make the nal score a respectable 48-36 “Muldoon wrestled really well,” Tornambe said.
win for the visiting Foxes. It was the third time the “Russo also looked good, and Tyler and Angelo
unbeaten Foxes have beaten Mahopac this season. are just so consistent. Steve Guaragna, at 99, had a
tough go at 106, but I think he’s at the weight he
“If we had picked up another win somewhere, we needs to be at now. He really gutted out a win.
would have had eight and tied the match,” said In-
dians coach Steve Tornambe. “It was close. It was “Overall, I like the way we fought back,” the
30-0 to start, and we came all the way back. I was coach added.“I like the way we’re learning, and get-
very impressed with the guys. ting better every day.”
“All week we had talked about it,”Tornambe said. Mahopac was scheduled to compete at the
“I challenged them—if you don’t like something, Somers tournament on Jan. 4.
change it. ey had already beaten us twice… But
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Pereira is PHOTO COURTESY OF PAIGE LEVINE-BRENNAN
Hailey Pereira, a junior at Mahopac High School, Manhattan College
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Max Levine, a resident of Mahopac and He has been a member of the Trinity-
at Bryant University (Smithﬁeld, R.I.)
a senior at Trinity-Pawling High School Pawling varsity golf team since 2016 (cap-
(Pawling), has signed with Manhattan tain since 2018).
College, where he will compete on the In 2018, he won the Coaches Award
school’s Division I golf team. and the Pride Athlete of the Week. In both
Levine spends his summers working at 2018 and 2019, he was the Junior Club
Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury,Conn., champion at Mahopac Golf and Beach
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Time for some New Year’s PUZZLE SOLUTIONS
ﬁnancial resolutions Corresponding to Last Week’s December 19 Issue
Have you thought about your mented not getting in “on the
New Year’s resolutions for 2020? GUEST ground oor” of what is now a
When many of us make these CORNER mega-company. But a far more
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promises, we focus on ways we
can improve some form of our TOM overreacting to temporary mar-
health. We vow to get more CASEY ket downturns by selling invest-
physically healthy by going to ments at the wrong time (when
the gym, or we promise to im- their prices are down) and
prove our mental health by staying out of the market until
learning a new language or in- things calm down (and possibly
strument. But it’s also important to think about missing the next rally). e nancial markets al-
our nancial health – so it’s a good idea to develop ways uctuate, but if you can resolve to stay in-
some appropriate resolutions for this area, too. vested and follow a consistent, long-term strategy,
What kinds of nancial resolutions might you you can avoid making some costly errors.
make? Here are a few suggestions: • Be nancially prepared for the unexpected.
• Increase your retirement plan contributions. Even if you’re diligent about saving and investing
One of the best nancial moves you can make for your long-term goals, you can encounter ob-
is to take full advantage of your 401(k) or simi- stacles along the way. And one of these roadblocks
lar employer-sponsored retirement plan. If you could come in the form of large, unexpected ex-
contribute pre-tax dollars to your plan, the more penses, such as the sudden need for a new car or
you put in, the lower your taxable income will be some costly medical bills. If you aren’t prepared for
for the year, and your earnings can grow on a tax- these costs, you might have to dip in to your long-
deferred basis. So, if your salary goes up in 2020, term investments to pay for them. To prevent this
increase the amount you put into your plan. Most from happening, you may want to keep su cient
people don’t come close to reaching the annual cash, or cash equivalents, in your investment ac-
contribution limit, which, in 2019, was $19,000, or counts. Or you might want to maintain a com-
$25,000 for those 50 or older. You might not reach pletely separate account as an emergency fund,
these levels, either, but it’s certainly worthwhile to with the money kept in low-risk, liquid vehicles. If
invest as much as you can possibly a ord. possible, try to maintain at least six months’ worth
• Use “found” money wisely. During the course of living expenses in this account.
of the next year, you may well receive some money It will take some e ort, but following these
outside your normal paychecks, such as a bonus resolutions could help you move closer to your -
or a tax refund. It can be tempting to spend this nancial goals in 2020 – and beyond.
money, but you may help yourself in the long run HumPauntenSaomciety
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