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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 11.07.19

VOL. 2 NO. 22 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019

imminent on
Senior mascot’s fate
flourishes under
performing arts BY TOM BARTLEY
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Promising comments but not a formal vote to decide
the fate of John Jay’s Indian iconography, the Katonah-
For Katie Gebbia, John Jay High School senior and Lewisboro school board was expected ursday night,
Nov. 7, to put that thorny issue back into the adminis-
theater student, it’s not just about the performance, but tration’s hands.

the learning experience. In the latest volley in the mascot controversy, school
board President Marjorie Schi said trustees will “sim-
Katie was born in Mount Vernon and began perform- ply provide feedback” on School Superintendent An-
drew Selesnick’s recommendation last month to retire
ing at a very early age. Whether singing, acting or danc- PHOTO: MAGGIE GEREGHTY the Indian symbolism. He called the mascot “at odds
with our educational mission” and urged the seven-
ing, Katie felt most comfortable in front of a crowd. As Katie Gebbia has excelled in the arts. member board to decide whether to retain it.
Katie got older, she found that performing allowed her
Expressing “hope that we’re reaching this decision
“the ability to inspire an audience and create change.” ment, doors to new friendships and unique artistic and together,” Selesnick said on Monday, “I think we’re on
the same page.”
Katie also started to “appreciate the art form and how academic opportunities began to open.
At issue is whether displaying Native American
in uential it can be not only to the audience but the per- During freshman year, Katie participated in the musi- symbols—even the use by sports teams of the “Indians”
nickname—is, as critics contend, racist, divisive and de-
former as well.” cal “Little Women.” She was cast as Beth March, one of meaning.

In her freshman year, Katie moved from Mount Ver- the four March sisters featured in the production. She e Indian mascot has been a proud xture for
generations of John Jay athletes and their fans. When
non to Lewisboro and began her John Jay High School quickly bonded with the three other students, who were questions of its appropriateness arise, as they have in
the past, supporters insist the symbolism honors this
journey. Katie had previously attended a private school, cast as the other sisters. It would be these friendships that region’s abundant Native American heritage. Espe-
cially in recent years, they note, safeguards forestall any
so not only was she new to John Jay; Katie was new to would help Katie learn about the culture surrounding the
the public-school experience as well. Having done the- performing arts at John Jay.To this day, she stays in touch

ater at her previous school, she decided to seek out the with these three former John Jay students.

drama o erings at John Jay to help her nd her place in As her years at John Jay went on, she became an active

her new school. member in the theater program, participating in nearly

Katie quickly realized that the theater program at John all of the school’s recent shows. Last year, she served as

Jay would be di erent from that at her previous school. the junior director for the freshman play, and this year

Not only was John Jay known for its high-caliber theater she is the co-director of the group’s production of David

program with outstanding resources, Katie also found Mamet’s “Revenge of the Space Pandas.” e freshman

that the John Jay community heavily supports the arts. SEE GEBBIA PAGE 4
As Katie became more engaged with the theater depart-

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BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER why educating girls is one of the most e ective entrees and desserts. Musical Entertainment Vista Fire House
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John Jay High School’s Symphonic Orchestra treated
students during period three lunch with a Halloween performance of “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

e French piece takes its inspiration from the medieval legend that death plays his violin every year
at midnight on Halloween and all the ghosts rise up and dance.

e performance was prepared and conducted by orchestra teacher Elissa Leventhal and
included freshmen through seniors on strings and woodwinds.

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Other Katonah-Lewisboro School District festivities included Team Supreme’s Costume
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BY HELU WANG the entire 90,000-square-foot building will their property values. quick end to the proceedings because the
STAFF WRITER bring jobs and revenue to the community, Angela Ryan, who said her property has pending sale of his property depends on ap-
as well as bene t local businesses. proval of the plan, said the noise is tolerable.
Mercedes Benz of Goldens Bridge is one su ered from drainage problems related to
step closer to approval of its plans to expand “It’s one of the oldest Mercedes Benz the business for 20 years, expressed doubt “I lived there for 42 years and I’m exactly
now that it has been given the green light dealerships in the country. It hasn’t been that the business would keep its promise next door to them,”Castelli said.“I’m pretty
from the Lewisboro Zoning Board. remodeled since it was opened in the ‘50s,” based on how it handled the drainage issue. familiar with exactly how they are and what
Maoli said. “It’s an eyesore right now.” noise they make, and I obviously lived with
e application will now go back to the “ ey’ll buy us out and do whatever they it and not have had any problem with it.”
Planning Board for nal approval. To mitigate impact on the neighborhood, want to do,” Ryan said. “I’m counting on
Maoli said the proposal has been revised at [the board members] to protect us.” Kevin Catone is concerned the building
At its Oct.30 meeting,the Zoning Board least 15 times since the original proposal would be too aggressive for a residential
approved the 22 variances sought,amid dis- was submitted two years ago. e major Mercedes Benz attorney Michael Siri- neighborhood and asked the board mem-
agreement among residents, businesses and changes include adding more landscaping gnano said previously that a new stormwa- bers to consider the neighbors.
board members. and screening, and reducing the number of ter management system would be included
vehicle stackers, amount of parking space, in the rst phase of the proposed renova- “It was zoned for business, but the area
Located on the east side of Main signage and lighting. tion and the business can’t start amending around it is residential. I would not want to
Street, the 50-year-old business proposed the problem until the project gets approved. live next to this; I doubt anybody out there
a 41,200-square-foot expansion with a e nal version reduces the number of would want to live next to this,” Catone
showroom and a service building to accom- vehicle stackers from 64 to 32, adds more Another resident, Mickey DeNicola, as- said.
modate the demand of customers while screening to shield the view from neigh- serted that the business is responsible for
complying with design requirements im- boring residential properties, and decreases Zoning chair Robin Price said the busi-
posed by Mercedes Benz USA on all of its lighting to 25 percent of daytime lighting xing the drainage problem before any ness has the right to expand that much and
dealerships nationwide. during o -hours. other activity. the project would be an improvement for
the area.
Tom Maoli, owner of the business and “We’ve done a lot to support the com- “ e drainage could have been addressed
a classic car collector, looks to display his munity,” Maoli said. long before now. is should not be a quid “ ere’s only 5.5 percent over the cover-
collection of vintage Mercedes Benz au- pro quo situation,” DeNicola said. age that allowed for the land; it’s a small
tomobiles in the showroom so people can However, the plan was still unsatisfactory number,” Price said. “[ e business] is al-
see the history of Mercedes Benz. He said to nearby residents, who reiterated their e town had rezoned two adjoining lowed and has the right to build that size.”
in a phone interview that the renovation of concerns at the Oct. 30 meeting about the parcels from residential to general business
scale of the project and potential impact on so they could be added to the site. e proj- SEE MERCEDES BENZ PAGE 5
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GEBBIA presentations. e second year, the focus is on where she studied theater seven days a week. MERCEDES BENZ
one project. For Katie, her work, titled “How Katie describes the experience as “amazing”
FROM PAGE 1 Musical eatre Impacts the Actors and Au- as she was able to learn with other theater- FROM PAGE 4
diences,” was 75 pages once completed. loving students. While not currently en-
play is exclusively cast from rst-year stu- rolled in dance classes so that she can focus Sandra Troiani reiterated her
dents and is directed by upperclassmen. Ka- In addition to her academic achievements on the college application process, Katie has concerns about the rear entrance
tie feels that the freshman play is a unique and drama activities, Katie is a member of previously studied ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical, that continues to be used fre-
opportunity that John Jay provides students; the Treble Makers, a co-ed a cappella group, a dance style that combines jazz and ballet. quently by Mercedes Benz em-
the ability to lead a full production as a high and Vocal Jazz. Last year, as a member of ployees for parking and the poten-
school student. It would be this experience Vocal Jazz, Katie received the judge’s choice While the school year has just started, tial impact on her property value.
with the freshmen play that got Katie think- award at the 51st Annual Berklee High Katie is already planning for the future. Ini-
ing about directing and the opportunities School Jazz Festival, which featured 200 tially, Katie had thought about attending “As a homeowner, we have
available in theater beyond performing. high school jazz groups and had 5,000 at- a theater conservatory program; however, the right to want quality of life,”
tendees. e judge’s choice award is given to she realized that she would miss being in a Troiani said. “ e quality of life in
As Katie’s participation in the theater de- the student performer who stands out most classroom. While performing is an integral Goldens Bridge is changing.”
partment expanded, her hard work, dedica- among the ensemble. part of her life, Katie envisions a future for
tion and talent were recognized by faculty herself that includes a broader focus. us, Price said that the board has ap-
and sta . Amanda Urban, a John Jay High When not performing, leadership oc- she has decided to pursue a path in liberal proved similar cases many times,
School English teacher, said Katie’s perfor- cupies Katie’s time as she is involved in arts. Katie is looking at several schools that but he has never heard people
mances are “impressively earnest and ener- several academic organizations, including have a core focus on education with a robust complain about signi cant de-
getic” and that “she takes the time to explore the National Honor Society and Tri-M, an performing arts program. Currently, Katie crease of their property values
each character and breathe life into” them. honors society for music students. Katie is plans to double major in English and the- afterwards. He added that the
also working with several other students ater with an emphasis on directing, produc- drainage and parking issues are
is hard work has paid o . at John Jay in an attempt to establish the ing and dramaturgy, the study of dramatic not within the board’s jurisdiction.
“Audiences are always captivated by Ka- International espian Society, an honors composition. Looking past college, Katie
tie’s performances,” Urban said. organization for theater students. Katie and foresees a future where she will be directing “We’ve been through this
However, it is Katie’s kind personality the other students feel that the inclusion of and studying dramatic literature. many times with di erent proj-
that Urban most appreciates. “I feel lucky this organization in the John Jay commu- ects. I’ve never heard anybody
not only to work with such a talented actor nity is not only a great way to recognize the Katie is the daughter of Liz and Bob come back to say ‘my property is
but also with such a kind, wonderful human hard work of drama students but will also Gebbia. Liz Gebbia is the vice president of worth so much less than before’,”
being.” spread the culture of the theater department Enterprise Risk for Synchrony Financial Price said. “You took the hit on
Academically, Katie enjoys and excels in throughout the school. and Bob Gebbia is the CEO of the Ameri- the house before you got there,
the areas of English and research. During can Foundation for Suicide Prevention. and that’s the way it is.”
her time at John Jay, Katie participated in Outside of school, Katie spends a great
the Humanities Research program, which is deal of her time focused on her craft with If you would like to see Katie’s work, e proposal is still pending
a two-year course of study. community theater and conservatory pro- the John Jay High School fall production before the Lewisboro Planning
“It is truly one of the best programs at grams. is summer, Katie attended the of “You Can’t Take It With You” is play- Board, which is waiting for more
John Jay. You became a great research writer New York State Summer School of the Arts ing Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, information on vehicle stackers
and presenter while learning from the other for theater. e audition-based program Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. e John Jay and the minimum requirements of
students in the class,” Katie said. only accepts 32 students from the state. High School freshman play,“Revenge of the corporate before the case can be re-
In the rst year, students are expected to As part of the month-long program, Ka- Space Pandas,” can be seen on Friday, Dec. viewed again at the upcoming Nov.
write several small research papers and give tie stayed on the campus of SUNY Delhi, 13, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. 19 meeting. If all goes according to
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MASCOT I recommended a decision instead.”
Making his position clear, Selesnick wrote, “In
2019, maintaining the mascot is at odds with our
inappropriate displays or actions like tomahawk educational mission. If we are to teach our students
the importance of truly listening when someone or
chops and war chants. some group tells us that our behavior or our words
are harmful or unwelcome, then we as a district
Indeed, at last Friday’s football game, a 20-7 loss should serve as a model.”

to visiting Yorktown, the only Indian images to be At both the meeting and in his letter, Selesnick
noted that several Native American and other or-
found were on the backs of a handful of hoodies em- ganizations have called for discontinuing such ico-
nography. ey include the National Congress of
blazoned,“Make John Jay Great Again.”In back,the American Indians, the U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights, the state Education Department and the
pro le of a Native American with an Indian head- National Association for the Advancement of Col-
ored People. “Each group has indicated their belief
dress appeared above the word “Tribe,” a sometime that Native American mascots cause harm, no mat-
ter the intention behind them,” Selesnick said.
self-identi er for John Jay fans.Other than “Indians”
Under state law, the superintendent pointed out,
in small letters on players’jerseys, no “o cial”Native “when someone indicates that our words or actions
are causing harm, we must change our behavior,
American representations were on display. even if we believe our intentions are good.”

e trustees will not formally vote at the Nov. 7 In his letter, Selesnick acknowledged the commu-
nity divisions evident in previous e orts to change
meeting on whether to end the mascot’s use, Schi , the school mascot.But,citing the extensive discussion
that accompanied each of those attempts, the super-
the board president, made clear. “Although there are intendent told the board that “this is one of those rare
instances when nothing may be gained (and, in fact,
many actions and resolutions on which a board must more may be lost) by additional discussion.”

take a vote in order for the administration to move “Taking time to seek additional input, only to
reach the same outcome,” he said, “will likely frus-
forward, that is not the case here,” she said Sunday trate and possibly anger those who take time to par-
in an email response to a reporter’s question. “In this
Still, Selesnick scheduled one nal opportunity
case, the board will simply provide feedback on the for district residents to make known their views.
A “Learning Café” on Oct. 28 drew more than 80
recommendation made by our administration.” people to the middle school dining room.

Selesnick’s recommendation, made at the board’s ere, at tables big enough to accommodate eight
adults, including an administration note-taker, resi-
last meeting, Oct. 17, put the issue back in the trust- dents gathered for a series of low-key conversations.

Judi R McAnawFJuindaincRiaMl AcFJdAvuinnisadaowrincRiaMl ees’ court, where the controversy’s latest incarnation e discussions were led by Selesnick but carried
out in the small-group setting. “ at’s the structure
Financial AdvisorSomers Financial Center Member SIPC had ared to life at the board’s Sept. 19 meeting. of the Learning Café, Selesnick told the attend-
In a board discussion then, trustee Terrence ees. “Rather than hearing from a few voices in the
room—or you all listening to me all night, which
edwaCrdhjeonngese.xcporemssed opposition to having a Native wouldn’t be good for anybody—we can hear from all
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Selesnick to develop “a process” for considering the

mascot’s fate.

At the Oct. 17 meeting, the superintendent sent

the issue back to the board. As he told the commu-

nity in a letter the next day, “although our Board of

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South Salem. For more information or to RSVP, visit Tips & Tricks for Apple & Android Devices on Wednesday, November 13 at 2 p.m., and an “iPad/

Estate Planning and Cutting the Cord. On Satur- iPhone Tips & Tricks” class on ursday, November 14

day, November 9 the Library is bringing back two of at 2 p/m. Come hear about the latest tips, tricks and

its popular educational seminars. At 11 a.m., Michael apps available for your personal device. Must bring your

Martin will give a presentation on “Estate Planning: device ID and password.

Protect Your Parents & Yourself.” Two Events with Author Jules Zuckerberg on Friday,

“Cutting the Cord” takes place at 2 p.m. that day. At November 15 at 7 p.m., John Jay alum Jules Zuckerberg,

this seminar, people will learn cost-saving alternatives to co-author of A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and

cable and satellite television, what new streaming ser- Trans Identities, will be joining us for a special discus-

vices are available, and how to determine what services sion of the book, its design and illustrations and theme

are best for you. of acceptance. is program is for teens and adults.

e Joy of Wild Bird Feeding on Sunday, November On Saturday, November 16 at 11 a.m., Jules will re-

10 at 2 p.m. Steve Ricker, the Director of Conservation turn for “An Exceptionally Exception Storytime about

and Wildlife Management at the Westmoreland Sanc- Acceptance.” is special storytime for families will in- Free to all. Cake and co ee served.

tuary, will discuss how easy it is to attract birds to your clude reading picture books about the important act of Katonah Native and Artist John Donohue Presents

yard while avoiding common problems associated with being kind and accepting others. Afterwards, everyone Drawings from His New Book“All the Restaurants in

this hobby. Bird feeder and seed type examples will be will make button pins - a fun way to express yourself ! New York” November 8 at 7:30 p.m.

on hand – in addition to a live bird! Katonah Village Library Donohue will present slides from the book and talk
Workshops on Earring Design and Job Networking about his work with Julia Sexton, the editor-in-chief of

Learn how to design earrings while giving back to oth- Edible Westchester. e evening is cosponsored by the

ers on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. Joan brings a Death Cafe Westchester: Advance directives work- Katonah Village Improvement Society and the Kato-

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guide them. For each pair you make to keep, you must an interactive workshop where participants will discuss, Contemporary Adult Storytelling at the Katonah

also make a pair to donate to women’s shelters. Suitable review, and complete their own personal New York state Village Library Sunday, Nov. 10 from 4–5 p.m. Darkly

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Happily Ever After

Get squirrelly What are you so afraid of?

They are every- READING, with his furry mod- Is it a pumpkin? at big round of the food chain because they eat all the
where. Running WRITING & els. On his website, orange thing with a goofy smile on insects, and isn’t it interesting that they
across the lawn, CHOCOLATE, you its face? People voted for much the have eight eyes, etc. Well, once I got a
scurrying up trees and KIM can see Mr. Weggen
gutters, darting across KOVACH leaning out of an open same thing for presi- look at this spider, it
the roof tops. Squir- window with a peanut
rels gathering their in his mouth and a dent before they knew was ginormous, with

how frightening it MAN hair all over it and
really was. What is so
OVERBOARD giant teeth, and it was
scary about pumpkins? breathing heavily and
provisions for the cold hungry squirrel about e only thing scary RICK not looking at all ben-
MELÉN e cial. I saw something
winter months ahead. to grab that peanut for about pumpkins is that

e Eastern Gray Squirrel, common a snack. at’s really throwing yourself someone might come just like it in a movie,

in this part of the country, is part of into your work! along and try to make and it tried to trample

everyday life. I only notice a squirrel if it Did you know that the word squirrel beer out of them. But the entire city of Tokyo

is particularly noisy or chasing another derives from the Greek word skiouros ( there they are every Halloween, part and they had to call out the army, and

squirrel high up in the trees. A nature skia means shadow and oura means tail). of the American legend on an evening they were so confused that they were

photographer in Sweden has turned his Shadow tail refers to the way a squirrel dedicated to people trying to scare each barking out commands in Japanese that

backyard squirrels into supermodels by looks when it sits upright, raising its tail other. came out a second later in English. If I

setting up props outside to capture squir- up and over its back and head, providing What scares you might not scare me could read lips in Japanese it looked like

rels in unusual scenarios. shade on a sunny day. Squirrels are at all. I came home early from work last one of the generals was asking if spiders

Geert Weggen captures the local members of the Sciuridae family which week and was sitting in the kitchen eat- even have teeth. I was trying to remem-

squirrels in a variety of cute photographs includes chipmunks, ying squirrels and ing a sandwich, and my wife walked into ber how the movie ended so I would

which he has turned into books, post- prairie dogs among other rodents. the room and jumped ten feet into the know what to do, but instead I grabbed

cards and a new calendar titled, Gettin’ Here are a few squirrel facts that you air when she saw me. “ at scared the a shovel and conked it over the head

Squirrelly. Using owers and vegetables can pass along to fellow commuters or crap out of me!” She said. And she really and scooped it up and threw it outside

from his garden, along with small props other people standing on line at the gro- looked disturbed, with her hand over in the general direction of Tokyo and

and dollhouse furniture, squirrels are cery store: A squirrel’s front teeth never her heart in case it tried to jump out. I closed the garage door before it came

featured sitting in a tiny canoe and stop growing; squirrels can nd food guess it was the sandwich, which had a to and tried to grab my shovel and conk

inside of a toy VW minibus. My favorite buried beneath a foot of snow; squirrels frightening amount of calories in it. me back.

is a photograph of a squirrel with ears zig-zag to escape predators; squirrels Now a spider, for instance, really is My friends Lauren and Tim had a

sticking straight up standing beside a toy communicate with each other through scary if it’s big enough. My wife was great Halloween costume party last Sat-

baby grand piano and seeming to pound chattering and screeching noises; there cleaning the garage and she yelled, urday and I was really afraid. I was afraid

on the keys like Little Richard. e are more than 300 di erent kinds of “ACK! Get in here and get this spider! I was going to get a ticket for parking

photogenic squirrels in Mr. Weggen’s squirrels worldwide. It’s huge!” I made a little avuncular on the street. Lauren had bought some

neighborhood in Bispgarden, Sweden, Squirrels appear very industrious in chuckle and thought how much I love great props on Craigslist from a haunted

have rusty-reddish color fur with a white their pursuit of nuts and seeds during women because they make the rest of house designer, and there was scary stu

stomach. SEE KOVACH PAGE 13 us seem useful, and I gave a little speech SEE MELEN PAGE 9

Mr. Weggen really enjoys working about how spiders are a bene cial part

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MELEN scary. I asked the clown, “Were into a fruit with a one-inch were starting to get to me, and it o as part of my out t.
you lonely growing up? I bet thick skin? ere were decora- I felt a little uncomfortable, like I guess deep down we all
FROM PAGE 8 you always wanted to please tions all over the house, things people were looking at me fun-
people but you never knew how like cut-o bloody ngers, and ny. Maybe this whole Halloween really like to be frightened a
all over the place. ey had this to go about it and it seemed like I wouldn’t be surprised if one thing was a little scarier than I little bit, it keeps the adrenaline
huge monster guy in a corner everything you did came out or two of them were real. I like thought. I had to get away, and
and when you got too close to wrong and inappropriate. Am I to carve a “reverse pumpkin,” I ducked into the bathroom to owing and lets us know we’re
him he started talking some close?” He said something I can’t where I remove everything but get an aspirin out of the medi- still alive. I already have my
smack to you which I couldn’t print here but what he meant the eyes, nose and mouth. A cine cabinet. I closed the cabinet costume for next year: it’s me
understand because monsters was, “Yes.” pumpkin without any of those door, and that’s when I saw it sitting around the kitchen eating
are not known for their great has no sense. re ected in the mirror: a big a sandwich. I don’t know if that
diction. en he would laugh is one gal had a great scary pimple on my forehead, will scare you, but I bet it gives
that evil laugh: Mwah ha ha ha costume, all done up like an As the evening wore on, all and there’s no way I could pass my wife a trauma.
ha! HA HA HA! HAHAHA- old lady. “ at is an interesting the decorations and costumes
HAHAHA! As if he just told out t,” I said. “ e gray hair, the Say hello at: [email protected]
the greatest joke in the world. wrinkles, great stu . I believe
Comedy is another thing mon- that as a child everyone said you
sters are not famous for, so I told had an ‘old soul,’ and subcon-
my notorious penguin joke and sciously, you always wanted to
got a great laugh out of him. be older, and that when you got
a little older you wished you
I’m a bit of an amateur were wiser. And so by dressing
psychologist, specializing in up as a hideous old woman-”
the analysis of peoples’ choice “I’m not wearing a costume,”
in costumes. I can tell a lot she said. “I’m here to pick up my
about your personality from the granddaughter.”
costume you picked, so I had a
little fun with some of the party It was time for the pumpkin
guests. ere was a guy dressed carving contest! Is there any-
as a clown, but I was not afraid thing more scary than people
of him. A little psychoanalysis with Jell-o shots, sharp knives
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Dolores The Lewisboro Library held
Antonetz, on Friday, Oct. 11. Teens in m
has a great zombie target practice, crafte
time with the made a fake bloody scar to w
bloody scar mummy-wrapping contest.

Cristian Vicente, 17, Brendan Mulligan, 15,
Elijah Siegel, 15, Devin Braun, 15, and Matthew
Visconti, 16, at the zombie shooting gallery

George Ferrarone, 11, wraps Aidan
McCaffrey, 11 into a mummy

Alex Kasel, 17, Mackenzie Rieger, 17, Catherine Clayton Hadlock, 16, Mackenzie Rieger, 1
Curry, 17, and Campbell Mckendry, 17 the mummy, and Catherine Curry, 17
Braun, 15,
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Alex Kasel, 17, the mummy, and
mong Campbell Mckendry, 17, the wrapper

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Curry, 17,
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Aidan McCaffrey, 11, George Ferrarone,
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On Stage: e Champagne of Jukebox Musicals

BRUCE including Best Picture. e for Me,” “ ey Can’t Take that pad, hoping to have his work siderable charm. While nobody
THE BLOG movie, an artistic triumph that Away from Me,” and more. accepted by an art gallery. He should be compared to a legend
was hugely popular at the box comes across fellow American of his stature, I would have liked
BRUCE o ce, also earned an honorary S’WONDERFUL VOCAL Adam Hochberg (Tommaso to see a little more swagger to
APAR Oscar for its multi-talented star ARRANGEMENTS Antico), a budding composer, Jerry.
and choreographer Gene Kelly. and Frenchman Henri Baurel
“An American in Paris,” And the icing on the éclair is its e orchestral and vocal ( Jonathan Young), heir to a tex- ere’s no shortage of swag-
on stage at Westches- ranking in the top 100 movies arrangements on iconic songs tiles fortune who would rather ger, though, in wise-cracking
ter Broadway eatre and top 10 movie musicals of such as “S’Wonderful” truly be a nightclub entertainer. Adam Hochberg, played by
in Elmsford (N.Y.) through all time by the American Film are wonderful; actors singing Tommaso Antico. He makes
Nov. 24, has the kind of pure- Institute. in rounds e ectively layers the Henri’s mother is pushing a memorable rst impression,
bred pedigree that would make songs with a richer, more dra- him to propose to Lise, whose investing his character with
a French poodle proud. (Ticket Add to that embarrassment matic texture. personal history makes her feel a strong, salty persona that
info: 914-592-2222; Broadway- of riches a nostalgic treasure indebted to his family, and to captures the proverbial su ering
trove of standards by George e story, set at the close his mother’s wishes that they young artist. I liked him right and lyricist sibling Ira Gershwin of World War II, after Paris form a lifelong union. Reveal- away. He’s the kind of guy with
is show’s resplendent roots that were not in the movie, plus has been liberated from Nazi ing any more of the storyline whom you can have a friendly
a socially-conscious, pithy script occupation, focuses on three — which is smart and quite conversation at the drop of a
reach back nearly a century to by acclaimed playwright Craig artistically-inclined young men substantive for what at its core hat. Mr. Antico has Broadway
a jazz-infused symphony by Lucas, and — voila! — you have with great ambitions, in career is a song-and-dance show — vocal chops too.
George Gershwin that was the what justly can be called the and in romance. ey all have would spoil the fun, so I’ll leave
basis for a 1951 MGM movie champagne of jukebox musicals. their eyes on the same young you with that amuse-bouche for Jonathan Young easily elicits
musical that won six Oscars, woman, aspiring ballerina Lise now. our empathy as the confused,
Supplementing the lm’s Dassin (Deanna Doyle). somewhat frustrated Henri. We
famous numbers —such as “I GENE KELLY VIBE feel for his plight.
Got Rhythm,” and “Stairway to ere’s American GI Jerry e roles of Jerry and Lise
Paradise” — are Gershwin gems Mulligan (Brandon Haagenson) Strong in their supporting
“ e Man I Love,” “But Not — the Gene Kelly role — who’s require considerable dancing roles are belter Lauren Sprague,
roaming Paris with his sketch skills. Deanna Doyle makes a as wealthy American philan-
suitably lithe Lise and Brandon thropist Milo Davenport, who
Haagenson, particularly in his makes an unabashed play for
physical appearance, actually Jerry, and Erica Amato as Hen-
pulls o a Gene Kelly vibe, ri’s mother, Madame Baurel.
though at times it feels a tad
cliched. e inimitable Mr. e WBT live orchestra is
Kelly had a frisson of wiseguy at full force for the show, with
that added to his already con- 10 musicians, directed by Ryan
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e show’s scenic design (Steve Loftus) and costumes (Keith

Nielsen) e ectively exploit a “gay Paree” (read: joyous city) color
palette, anchored by a stage oor covered in dappled brush strokes,
paying homage to the French impressionist school of painting, nota-
bly that of Claude Monet.

Franco-friendly ourishes like that throughout the show — ac-
cented by beautifully choreographed dance interludes that play
almost like silent mini-movies (lush music sans singing) — contrib-
ute to “An American in Paris” being one of the handsomest, tres chic
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Other noteworthy stagecraft is a huge French ag hanging aloft
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Seine rear-screen special e ect, and an Ei el Tower split backdrop
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ballet ends.

Swirl it all together, and you’ve got yourself a champagne jukebox
musical, ready to uncork and savor.

e only thing missing is a character named Dom Perignon.

Lauren Sprague (as Milo Davenport) and
Brandon Haagenson (as Jerry Mulligan) in “An
American in Paris,” at Westchester Broadway

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VOLLEYBALL Madigan Flynn spikes it
over the net for the Indians.
John Jay
Section 1


Indians fall to Hen Hud in straight sets Allie Driesen
sets up Bella
BY ROB DIANTONIO being the biggest factor today.” “ ere was no lack of work or e ort,” Garcia in the
CONTRIBUTING WRITER John Jay and Hen Hud played a ve- Rizzotti said. “ ey came in with a focus Class A final.
and attitude and that was to win the sec-
After reaching the Section 1 Class A set thriller early in the regular season but tion. We came up short but that kind of Ariana
semi nals last season, John Jay’s volley- the championship game lacked the same drove us all season. We knew coming in Rugova gets
ball team took it one step further with an drama. what we had and we knew if we could
appearance in the Class A nals in 2019. put it together it was going to be spe- low for a
e Indians did have leads in both the cial. Even though it didn’t nish the we dig in the
e top-seeded Indians, however, ran rst and second sets. ey were a point wanted it to, I still think it was a special semifinals.
into a buzzsaw in second-seeded Hen- away from a win in the second set with season.”
drick Hudson and fell in straight sets the score at 25-24, but a towering Sailor
(20-25, 25-27, 23-25) on Nov. 2 at Pace team rattled o three straight points to JOHN JAY 3, LAKELAND 1
University. put the Indians in a 2-0 hole. e Indians defeated fth-seeded
“ at’s something that we’ve been
“We’re two very good teams and it’s a great at all year, closing out (sets),” Riz- Lakeland 3-1 (25-11, 24-26, 25-19, 25-
battle we knew was coming,” said John zotti said. “I think sometimes the mo- 23) in the Section 1 Class A semi nals at
Jay coach Tom Rizzotti. “We just fell ment is bigger than you realize. Until home on Oct. 31.
short today. We didn’t quite execute as you learn to get through those moments
well as we wanted. We’ve been clicking and handle them, it’s not a lesson you can JOHN JAY 3, NYACK 0
better than we were today and I give teach in practice.” Preis recorded the 1,000th kill of her
credit to Hen Hud. eir serving was Lily Preis led John Jay with 21 kills and
great and they get us out of system. What 14 digs. Kira McMann added 11 kills career in a 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-14, 25-
I think you also saw today is when ex- while Bella Garcia tallied eight kills. Allie 13) of ninth-seeded Nyack in the Class
perience pays o . You have a really good Driesen notched 25 assists and seven digs. A quarter nals on Oct. 29.
Hen Hud team and a really good John Taylor Ho man distributed 20 assists,
Jay team. You have one team that knows served two aces and had 20 digs. Libero e junior nished with a game-high
what it’s like to be in these games and Annie Rutherford registered 17 digs. 17 kills.
knows what it’s like to win, and one team
that’s just learning. I think that ended up e Indians ended a strong campaign Garcia and McMann had nine and
with a 17-2 record. seven kills, respectively. Ho man and
Driesen dished out 16 kills apiece.

Sydney Phillips
Varsity10/28-11/3 Roundup
John Jay falls to
Lakeland in semifinals

Indians bow out in quarter nals at Magnus

BY ROB DIANTONIO Goalies Samantha Spieler
CONTRIBUTING WRITER and Ashleigh Brennan made
10 and four saves, respectively.
Field Hockey (8-5-4)
Lakeland went on to defeat
JOHN JAY 2, RYE 0 Somers, 4-0, in the Section 1
Fifth-seeded John Jay went on the road and defeated
nal on Nov. 2.
fourth-seeded Rye, 2-0, in the Section 1 Class B quar-
ter nals on Oct. 28. Girls Soccer Morgan Burhance gives
(12-5-1) chase against Lakeland
e game was scoreless at halftime, but the Indians on Oct. 30.
got on the board after Melina O’Connor found Ella
Blum for the goal on a perfectly executed corner. Blum ALBERTUS MAGNUS 2, JOHN JAY 1
later extended the lead on a penalty stroke. Sixth-seeded John Jay fell to third-seeded Albertus

“My girls wanted this win so bad,” said John Jay coach Magnus, 2-1, in the Section 1 Class A quarter nals on
Debbi Walsh. “Having not played well against Rye dur- Oct. 28.
ing the season, they were ready for a rematch. Our passes
were not clean today, but our intensity made up for it.” e Indians gained a 1-0 lead on a goal from Mia
DiChiara just four minutes in.
e Indians’ run ended when they fell to top-seeded Midway through the rst half, the Falcons found
the equalizer and the teams went into the break tied at
Lakeland, 6-0, in the Section 1 Class B semi nals on 1-1. Albertus Magnus scored the game winner midway
Oct. 30. through the second half.

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JohnFOOTBALL Jay falls in semifinals to Yorktown

BY RICH MONETTI the disadvantage doubled down Ryan Brennan (21) and Shane Martinsen with the pressure
CONTRIBUTING WRITER on the next play. Max Miraglia
was stripped on the return and gave Yorktown quarterback Trev-
Top-seeded John Jay rode an Patierno took the fumble 38 von Johnson nothing but a wall
eight-game winning streak into yards for the touchdown. John to run into on third-and-two. e
the section semi nals against Jay could not answer back, and stage was set for another John Jay
were fortunate to hold the de cit score; however, the drive stalled
fth-seeded Yorktown on Nov. at 13 when Josh Le el missed a at the 45.
1. But the Indians’ roll could not 20-yard eld goal at the buzzer.
keep up with with the Huskers Smith and Yorktown moved
in Cross River, and largely ended Even so, the Indians came the chains and ran out the clock,
on the heels of a 200 yard, two- out red up. But Smith quickly giving John Jay their rst defeat
touchdown performance by Yor- doused John Jay’s hopes and led of the season.
ktown RB Dylan Smith o with two runs to the John Jay
39. He then broke 12 yards on But Clark made sure his team
“He runs downhill and hits the third-and-six to put the Huskers held their heads high.
holes,” Head Coach Jimmy Clark at the 25 and nished the drive
said of Smith after the 20-7 loss. with a four-yard touchdown run “Yorktown did a great job. But
on third-and-three. our guys fought until the end, I’m
e evening, though, began as proud of their e ort and I hope
a eld position game, and John Down 20-0 with 6:41 left in that they still see themselves as
Jay had Yorktown twice pinned the third, the top-seeded Indians champions,” said Clark.
deep in their own territory. But were not going down without a
Huskers punter John Bowen got e loss was tough to take for
o two good kicks to move John ght. Miraglia returned to the players like Ian Gallagher. “I’m
Jay back past mid eld. 37, and Mercer struck Henry sad because I’ll never play a snap
DeGrasse over the middle for 13 with these guys again,” the senior
Unable to capitalize, John Jay more. lamented.
surrendered the advantage when
Dean Patierno returned Luke Stalled momentarily, a Mer- Max Miraglia makes for the sideline.
Mercer’s bouncing punt to the cer sneak kept the drive alive on
50 and then left it to Smith. e fourth-and-two. He then hit De-
senior turned the corner 40 yards Grasse again for a 23-yard gain
to the John Jay 10-yard line, and to the 16. Two plays later, Mercer
three plays later, he ran the ball in and DeGrasse nished the drive
from the two. o , and John Jay was within 13
with 2:07 remaining in the third.
In the unfamiliar position of
trailing at 10:18 of the second, e defense took the cue and

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