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Published by Halston Media, 2019-05-23 13:04:09

Yorktown News 05.23.19

Vol. 8 No. 8 Visit TapIntoYorktown.net for the latest news. Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fundraising mode:

ACTIVATED

Yorktown Relay for Life kicked o its fundraising season
on Friday, May 3, with the return of its Paint the Town Purple
event.

Bucket-wielding volunteers spent the morning asking
passing motorists to spare their loose change to bene t the
American Cancer Society.

is year’s Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 14, at Jack
DeVito Veterans Memorial Field.

More Paint the Town Purple photos are on pages 18 and 19.

Louis Amen is happy to
donate to the bucket drive.

PHOTO: SARAH BUSSINGER

Weyant development clears another hurdle

BY TRUDY WALZ After closing a public hearing on the posed rental housing at the hearing, which four buildings containing 23 townhouse
CONTRIBUTING WRITER developer’s request to rezone 2.6 acres at had been adjourned from October. units, which would be accessed by a sin-
Crompond and Hamblyn Street from res- gle entryway on Crompond and another
e long and winding journey of idential (R1-20) to transitional, the board Other than a recon guration of the lone on Hamblyn designated solely for use in
a multi-family housing proposal on on Tuesday, May 14, voted unanimously emergency access point for the develop- emergencies. is aspect of the plan, in
Crompond Road appears to be nearing its to issue both resolutions, key steps in the ment, Riina said, “ e plan hasn’t changed particular, appeased some homeowners on
end, provided state and county planning project’s approvals process. since we’ve shown it to you last.” Hamblyn who had voiced concerns about
authorities accept Town Board resolutions tra c generation and ow.
appointing itself the lead agency on the Joseph Riina, a principal of Site Design According to the plan, any structures on
project and declaring it will have no nega- Consultants appearing on behalf of de- the site of the single-family home owned Donna McGevna, whose property abuts
tive environmental impact. veloper John DeVito, presented the board by the Laura F. Weyant Revocable Living
with a nal “master site plan” of the pro- Trust under contract by DeVito would be SEE WEYANT PAGE 2
razed to make way for the construction of

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Page 2 – Yorktown News Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Staff WEYANT tra c ow on Crompond in an- cation going on,” estimating it BRIEFS
ticipation of another mixed-use could take up to 18 months for re-
EDITORIAL TEAM FROM PAGE 1 Small Business
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Symposium
EDITOR: 914-302-5628 proposal for the Roma Building view by the various departments.
[email protected] e Yorktown Small
the site, was among a handful of property, which lies immediately Regarding the landscaping, Business Association will
GABRIELLE BILIK host the third annual Small
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285 residents who attended the hear- to its south. Riina said a 6-foot privacy fence Business Symposium from
8 a.m. to noon Wednesday,
[email protected] ing and made of point of thank- e emergence of the two pro- would be installed along the east- May 29, at Mercy College’s
Yorktown.
ADVERTISING TEAM ing the board “for supporting us posals—for 36 units, originally, erly and southern property lines
PAUL FORHAN is year’s theme is en-
914-202-2392 with regards to the egress out of on the Weyant property and a re- while post-and-rail fencing with trepreneurship with a spot-
light on women and mi-
[email protected] the property on Hamblyn Street. tail/residential development with 24 stone pillars would front the norities in business.
LISA KAIN
at’s what we really want.” 42 apartments on 1.34 acres at property on Crompond. ere will be guest
914-351-2424 speakers, elevator pitches,
[email protected] But another speaker who iden- Crompond and Saw Mill River To renderings of the buildings, networking and workshops.
A continental breakfast
CORINNE STANTON ti ed herself as a Hallocks Mill Road—in quick succession near which did not show full vegeta- will be served. RSVP is re-
845-621-4049 quired. e recommended
Road resident said she consid- the end of 2017 triggered the tive coverage, Councilman Tom donation is $15.
[email protected]
JENNIFER CONNELLY ered the development “a disaster creation of a mini-master plan by Diana said, “I tell you, even with For information, reser-
914-334-6335 vations, or sponsorships,
coming to our town.” which o cials could better assess less shielding, that’s a pretty nice contact Bob Giordano:
[email protected] [email protected] or
NANCY SORBELLA “I’m sad to see all the estab- their cumulative e ects on the view going down Route 202 for 914-874-4347.
914-205-4183
lished trees being taken down environment and tra c ow at people.”
[email protected]
BRUCE HELLER along 202 because we’re denud- the Crompond/Saw Mill inter- Riina said that regardless of
914-202-2941
ing our community,” she said, section. Under the mini-master how the Roma development pro-
[email protected]
but emphasized that her biggest plan, the number of curb cuts for ceeds, the Weyant plan would re-
PRODUCTION TEAM
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL concern was the tra c impact on both properties would be reduced main intact. As to its progress, in

PRODUCTION MANAGER Hallocks Mill. from six to two-and-a-half. It which Riina also plays a role, he
DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER
[email protected] To Councilwoman Alice Ro- also calls for a common entryway said the applicant, Metro Hold-

CHRISTINA ROSE ker’s query, Riina said that a traf- and land dedications by the ap- ings Corp., was trying to nd a
PRODUCTION/DESIGNER
c study presented to the board plicants to widen Crompond to long-term solution to parking,
EXECUTIVE TEAM
BRETT FREEMAN had included Hallocks Mill. At accommodate turn lanes and fur- which the board had encouraged

PUBLISHER: 845-208-8151 Roker’s request, he also spoke to ther ease tra c ow. during a preliminary review of its
[email protected]
the land dedication the devel- Riina reiterated that “the pro- plan in November.
SHELLEY KILCOYNE
VP OF SALES: oper has agreed to make to the cess for the DOT approvals is But, Roker assured the audi-

845-621-1116 state to improve pedestrian and lengthy because there’s land dedi- ence, “It’s going to happen.”
[email protected]
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Thursday, May 23, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 3

Yorktown entrepreneur
launches CBD product

‘Medical Mike’s’ hemp-based rub
geared toward athletes

BY JESSICA JAFET pain and discomfort. He gave neurial enterprise, he decided to letes are the rst wave Mike Vanacoro
CONTRIBUTING WRITER the dog pure CBD oil and was create a product that would be of customers for the
impressed with the results. initially marketed to athletes. product, which retails PHOTOS: JESSICA JAFET
With CBD oil making its He then developed it using ver- for $40 each.
way into the mainstream and “It really helped calm her i ed suppliers: the oil is sourced be ideal customers given the tar-
now being found in cosmetics, down; it helped her with her in Colorado and the product Future plans in- geted areas of muscle pain and
natural medicines, foods and pet movement, and it helped her is made with other ingredients clude selling the soreness that comes from their
products, among others, York- with sleeping,” he said. “She like MCT oil, menthol, pepper- roll-on rub at retail work and repetitive movements.
town’s Mike Vanacoro has add- ended up living almost to 13 mint, clove and cinnamon and stores—along with a continuing
ed his own creation: a roll-on and I rmly believe it was be- is assembled and packaged in e ort to inform the public of its “I just want to try to break the
rub containing the compound cause of this oil—it helped not Pennsylvania. bene ts. Vanacoro explained that stereotype of cannabis and hemp
that he hopes will help consum- only for her to live longer, but beyond athletes, musicians and in general, because there are so
ers nd soothing pain relief. with a better quality of Now available on his even construction workers would many medicinal bene ts that I
life.” website and shared through so- think a lot people can really get a
e salve, which he calls cial media, “Medical Mike” said lot from—whether it is athletes,
“Medical Mike’s Cooling Rub,” e 29-year old, a that local gyms, friends and ath- whether it is pets and the elderly
is speci cally geared toward 2008 graduate of Lake- or young children,” he said.
athletes and comes with a claim land High School, cur-
that each bottle contains 300mg rently works in real estate
of anti-in ammatory hemp-ex- doing title insurance, but
tracted cannabidiol (CBD) that said his passion and inter-
will help alleviate muscle ten- est has always been in the
sion and soreness. area of wellness and tness.
He previously had a com-
ough CBD is a compound pany called “Amped Athlet-
that is extracted from hemp and ics,” where athletes would
marijuana plants, it is a non- represent the brand in order
psychoactive chemical that will to drive business to a website
not make users high; it is said that o ered personal training
to contain properties that can and meal planning.
help with in ammation, chronic
pain, nausea and anxiety. “When we started to get
more traction, we started to
“We use a CBD isolate, so have athletes all around the
there is no THC,” Vanacoro United States, predominately
said. power-lifters; they would wear
our clothing and I would go to
Vanacoro rst observed the their competitions all over the
bene ts of CBD oil while car- States,” Vanacoro said.
ing for his dog, a St. Bernard,
who was su ering with joint Looking for his next entrepre-

KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS

Yorktown lodge donates $2k to veterans groups

e Yorktown chapter of the Knights of Pythias has PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF PAINTNER
donated $2,000 to local veterans groups:
Neil Gross, Yorktown Lodge brother and commander of Chapter 21 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart;
• Military Order of the Purple Heart (in support of Donald Rosenberg, Yorktown Lodge; Sir Joseph Robinson, Grand Lodge; David Goldberg, Yorktown Lodge; Donald
the PTSD program); Thorn, chancellor commander, Yorktown Lodge; Jeff Paintner, Yorktown Lodge; Fred Kanter, Yorktown Lodge; Sir
David Peltzer, Yorktown Lodge; James Rathschmidt, United for the Troops
• Grand Lodge Servicemen and Veterans Fund;
• Veterans Canteen Service; and
• United for the Troops.
Two special books containing biographies of Purple
Heart recipients were presented to representatives from
the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Grand
Lodge Veterans Committee.
Special recognition certi cates were presented to Dr.
Richard Klein and J.V. Bagels for their donations.
For more information, contact [email protected]
yahoo.com.


Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, May 23, 2019

Kids vs. Cops charity game returns
Special guest, ‘Doc’ Gooden, joins youth Sluggers

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER will toe the rubber against York- town Police Department. Last
EDITOR
town’s Finest on Saturday, June 8, year, the kids outslugged the cops

in a charity baseball game at the en route to an 11-7 win.

Yorktown police o cers better Granite Knolls Sports Complex. Looking to ensure another

get their radar guns ready. e annual “Kids vs. Cops” victory, the kids are bringing in

Dwight “Doc” Gooden, who match-up, now in its fourth year, a reinforcement in the form of

struck out nearly 2,300 batters pits the 11U Yorktown Sluggers Doc Gooden, who won a Cy

during his storied baseball career, against members of the York- Young Award and a World Se-

ries championship with the New

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“He’s going to pitch a couple

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Sergio Esposito, who organizes

the event every year with Dr.

Rodd Stein. Heather Marazita, a

friend of Stein’s, “made the con-

nection” with Gooden and in-

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Money raised at the game

will send Yorktown children

to Camp Sunshine, a facility in

Casco, Maine, that provides a

year-round retreat for children

with life-threatening illnesses

and their families. Esposito said

it costs about $2,500 to send FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

one child and their family to the Jimmy Rae pitches in the 2017 charity game.
camp for a week.

Last year, enough money was

raised to send four kids to Camp rst served basis (Chamber of the Yorktown Police Benevo-

Sunshine. Commerce: 914-245-4599, lent Association; Police O cer

Esposito, who is also presi- [email protected]). Anthony Dipietrantonio, who

dent of the Yorktown Chamber ere will also be a barbecue, helped coordinate the game; and

of Commerce, said free vendor light refreshments and music. Police Chief Robert Noble, “who

spots are being o ered for busi- For their time and e orts, Es- has engaged our community in

nesses in the community, but posito thanked Police O cer an unprecedented way,” Esposito

they will be lled on a rst come, Don Peters, representative of said.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 5

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Albany’s rent proposals aren’t just a
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Page 6 – Yorktown News Thursday, May 23, 2019

Yorktown man authors book on county railroads
‘Rails Around Westchester County’ is Kent Patterson’s second release

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER from each town,” he said.

EDITOR ough his book touches on modern-

day railroads, Patterson said, it mostly fo-

After 38 years of working on the rail- cuses on the “Golden Age.”

roads, Kent Patterson has decided to write “I start with a history before there were

about them. railroads, which started out of Manhattan

e Yorktown resident recently au- in 1832,” Patters said. “It got into West-

thored “Rails Around Westchester Coun- chester by the 1840s. By 1849, there were

ty,” a collection of information and photo- three railroads operating in the county.

graphs chronicling the history of railroads ey stimulated commerce in the county

in Westchester County, beginning in the a great deal.”

1840s. e now-defunct Putnam line (“Old

“Rails Around Westchester County,” Put”), which ran through Yorktown, has

Patterson said, is a “book that the average been transformed into the North County

person who is curious about the county Trailway, a popular running and cycling

railroads can look at as a reference book. path that spans 22.1 miles from Eastview

ey don’t have to read end to end. ey in Mount Pleasant to the

can read chapter by chapter.” border of Putnam County.

He came up with the idea two years ago “You can still go on and

while promoting his debut release, “West- enjoy that right of way and

chester County Airport.” see what it was like to ride

While promoting the book, Patterson through the county line,”Pat-

said, “A couple of people said why don’t terson said.

you do a book on the railroads in West- Before becoming an author,

chester County? I felt kind of stupid Patterson was a project man-

thinking, gee, I worked on the railroads for ager at Metro-North Railroad.

38 years and never thought of it.” He also worked as a tower op-

Patterson said he spent the better part erator, yardmaster and train-

of two years gathering and compiling master during his nearly four-

facts, gures and photographs, much of decade career.

which he obtained train enthusiasts, rail- “Rails Around Westchester Kent Patterson, author of “Rails Around Westchester County”

way archives, and local historical societies. County” can be purchased online PHOTO COURTESY OF KENT PATTERSON

“I try to bring up some local history and at many local book stores.

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Page 8 – Yorktown News Thursday, May 23, 2019

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Thursday, May 23, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 9

OBITUARIES

Issam Ishak husband, Vincent, of the Bronx. in December 1944, leaving her brother, Arthur Chaput, and his ing Robert’s Naval career before

He is also survived by three grand- with a young child, Nancy J. wife, Marion, of Worcester. She settling in Shrub Oak in 1962.

Issam “Sammy” Ishak, a resi- children: Alicia, Jessica and Erika; O’Neil, who predeceased her on was the loving mother of Rob- Lillian was one of the rst wom-

dent of Yorktown Heights,passed and a great grandson, Gregory May 17, 2005. ert H. Koch Jr ( Joan) of Putnam en managers with the old County

away on May 13. He was 31. Vincent. He was predeceased by In 1947, she married Robert Valley, Karen Eannacony and her Trust Co. Bank in Shrub Oak, re-

He was born Aug. 13, 1987, his two sisters, Louise and Irene. H. Koch, remaining married un- husband Dave, Deborah Parsons tiring in 1982.

in Yonkers. He is survived by his Final Disposition will be pri- til his death on New Year’s Eve and son-in-law Ronald V. Clark, Family honored Lillian’s life

parents, Ghassan and Rana Ishak. vate. Donations in his memory 1981. surviving husband of Nancy; at the Yorktown Funeral Home.

He is also survived by his broth- may be made to St. Jude Chil- Her sister, Hazel Bryant, pre- cherished grandmother of 11 and Funeral service was also at the fu-

ers, Naim, and his wife, Danielle dren’s Research Hospital, 262 deceased her on Dec. 10, 2005. great grandmother of 16. neral home. Interment followed

and their son, Jonathan; Daniel; Danny omas Place, Memphis, She is survived by her younger She held several positions dur- at Assumption Cemetery.

Christopher, and his ancé, Kris- TN 38105.

tin; and Josef. He was cherished George E. Young
and loved by his family and many

friends.

Sammy brightened up the George Edward Young, of

room with his unforgettable Yorktown Heights, passed away

smile. Sammy always lived life to in his sleep at home on ursday,

the fullest and had no regrets. He May 16, surrounded by his fam-

loved making jokes and putting a ily. He was 87.

smile on everyone’s face. George was born on Oct. 8,

Sammy was always there when 1931, to Daniel and Elizabeth

you needed him—no matter (MacIntosh) Young of Cape

when. Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. On

His passion was playing poker May 4, 1957, he married Ellison

as he had inspirations to be a (White) in St. Catharines, On-

professional poker player. He was tario.

the biggest Patriots fan, loved the George is survived by his

Yankees, and loved hanging with wife, Ellison, of 62 years; his

his friends and watch wrestling. two daughters, Deborah (Mark)

He cherished his family and Giordano and Cheryl Frankild;

his 3-year-old nephew, who he three grandchildren, Mark Jr.

loved with all his heart. (Kimberly), Justin, and Kyle; one

Heaven has gained one of the great-grandchild, Charli Grace,

best angels. He will forever be the love of his life; sister, Mary The Country Florist Yorktown Cleaners
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missed and will always be in our Hunt of Nova Scotia; as well as

hearts. many of Ellison’s brothers and

Vincent N. sisters, their families and other Rita’s Water Ice •
relatives and friends. • Heights Hospital

DeCrescenzo He was preceded in death by Rendezvous Nail & Day Spa for Animals
his parents; brother, John Wil- • •

Vincent N. DeCrescenzo, a liam (Beatrice); sisters, eresa Hair Design Center Yorktown Health
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resident of Crompond, formerly Hunt (Reggie) and Ann Marie
Berniker Decorators, Inc. •
of the Bronx, died on Saturday, urbide ( Joe). • W.S. Jeung’s Tae Kwon Do

April 27, at the North Westches- George and Ellison enjoyed Besselman & Consentino •
LLP Curves
ter Restorative erapy Center in family gatherings at their trailer •

Mohegan Lake. He was 88. in New Jersey for years where State Farm Insurance Northeast Dental, PLLC

He was born on July 18, 1930, swimming, barbequing, camp- •
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to Angelo and Anna Liguori De- res, singing and a ton of laughs

Crescenzo in the Bronx, where he were shared. George entertained

was raised and educated. Mr. De- all with his playing of the guitar

Crescenzo was a self-employed and singing all the old favorites.

mechanic in the Bronx for many e Yankees were also a favorite,

years until his retirement in 1993. along with a good boxing match.

He served his country proudly in He was truly a devoted husband

the U.S. Army as a sergeant from and a loving father/grandfather.

1951 to 1953 and was stationed A mass was said in his honor

in Germany. at the Church of the Holy Spirit • Domino’s
Yorktown Wine & Liquor •
Mr. DeCrescenzo was a pa- in Cortlandt Manor. George was

rishioner of Holy Spirit Church laid to rest at the Assumption

in Crompond and previously Cemetery in Cortlandt Manor. • J & B Family Jewelers
of Santa Maria’s Church in the Iconic Lash Lounge
Bronx. He was a member of the Lillian M. Koch
Knights of Columbus and he •
enjoyed bowling and shing. On Lillian M. Koch, formerly

Sept. 29, 1956, he married his of Shrub Oak, and Worcester, Dolce Vita Cafe
loving and longtime wife, Lu- Mass., passed away on April 26.

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Crescenzo survives and lives in May 8, 1922. Lillian was mar-

Crompond. ried twice, rst to William J.

In addition to his wife, he is O’Neil also of Worcester. During

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Random thoughts Assessing
politicians’ claims
Writing a column isn’t easy. • Speaking of Yorktown Athletic Club bas-
It requires coming up with a ketball, did you know I’m the reason why the Two weeks ago, my paper’s
thought compelling enough to write grates in the YCCC gym (now AACCC) are editor, Brian Marschhaus-
er, ushered in the political
at least 600 words about. Whatever point I’m padded? What I lacked in athletic skill, I made season with his column, “Shame-
less self-promotion,” in which he
trying to make must be up for in hustle. Once, while cautioned us to be wary of politi- MY
cians’“agenda-driven” actions. PERSPECTIVE
backed up by logic and facts diving to save a loose ball that
ere is little doubt we are now JAMES
with maybe a little bit of wit EDITOR was heading out of bounds, I entering a politically charged MARTORANO
thrown in. smacked into those uncovered season, both locally and nationally,
which will last through 2020. Tak- claim is being made and/or b)
Finally, after reading it grates, su ering a separated ing my editor’s lead, I would like even if a majority believes some-
to explore, from a philosophical thing, that does not render it true.
over 15-20 times, I have to BRIAN shoulder and a concussion. standpoint, how we can intel-
MARSCHHAUSER Shortly after, those grates were ligently assess the validity of the 2) Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc.
not hate it enough to share claims made by politicians. is fallacy is also known simply
as post hoc. When things hap-
it with you. I’ve lost count of covered with pads. Whenever you hear a political pen in sequence, people often
gure speak, you will undoubt- conclude that they are causally
the number of columns I’ve • I’ve noticed a nasty trend edly be bombarded with a series related. Superstitions are based on
of factual claims, usually followed this nonsensical type of thinking.
thrown in the trash. of neighbors weaponizing by self-promotional conclusions. For instance, crime rates and ice
For their argument to be valid, cream consumption both increase
e most di cult thing about writing a municipal codes against their neighbors. Be it their conclusion must reasonably in the summer, but that doesn’t
ow from the premise; even more meant that eating ice cream causes
column is having a point to make. I’m not a noise or landscaping, residents often use the critically, their presumed facts people to commit crime. While
must actually be true. If not, we the two facts are correlated, this
preachy person by nature. I don’t like telling police or code enforcement o cers to do their need not even look at the con- doesn’t prove causation. Likewise,
clusion. us, the format of any politicians often take credit for
people how to think or act, which runs counter dirty work. at should be a last resort; not your cogent argument is as follows: if upturns in the economy when, in
A, therefore B. fact, the upturn is due to reasons
to this whole idea of sharing my opinion. rst. Try talking instead. You might nd that As responsible citizens, our job unrelated to their actions. e
is to crosscheck the “facts” that the fact that A happened and then
But I do have a lot of thoughts, many of your neighbor is a pretty reasonable person. Or, presenter actually asserts as true. I B happened does not necessitate
have done this exercise hundreds that A caused B. It’s possible but
which don’t have a home. ey’re not compelling maybe they’re a jerk who doesn’t care about your of times and can’t stress enough it’s not necessarily the case. us,
how important it is. If the initial this fallacy ignores the fact that
enough to have their own column and they’re not quality of life. en by all means use whatever facts are not valid, the conclusion coincidences happen, and that
on which they are based cannot be correlations and causation are not
part of any larger point I’m trying to make. resources you have at your disposal. valid either. Although politicians the same thing.
seem to present “facts” in the light 3) Ad hominem attack. We’ve
Wait, I think I just described Twitter. • After years of reading crime blotters, I like most favorable to them, they often experienced this type of fal-
utilize argumentative “fallacies” lacy almost daily from the cur-
• A few columns back, I celebrated the to think I’ve become an expert in deciphering to promote themselves as well as rent president. He attacks his
their positions. Let’s look at a few opponents by mocking their
competitive races for town government. School police speak. Let me give you a quick lesson: of these “fallacies.” physical stature, their character,
1) “Most people believe…” e their political a liation, their
district boards of education, however, are head- Came into contact with = touched. Fled on foot technical name for this fallacy is patriotism, their motives and even
Appeal to the Majority. Nixon their personality traits. What he
ing in the other direction. ere were no con- = ran. Marihuana = marijuana. Police blotters al- and Agnew used this when they (and anyone else utilizing this
referred to the “silent majority.” fallacy) seeks to avoid is a true
tested races in either Lakeland or Yorktown. e ways leave out the most important information, A good way to spot this fallacy is analysis of what his “opponent”
when someone asserts, “a majority has proposed. A proposal’s validity
reasons why seem obvious. Like elected town though. O cers respond to an incident and, of Americans believe…” e crux does not depend on the person
of this bogus argument is to treat who proposed it. It is either valid
positions, it’s a thankless job. Unlike elected after “conducting an investigation,” the suspect the alleged majority opinion as if or not, regardless of its author.
it were de nitive evidence in sup- Vicious, personal attacks misdirect
town positions, it’s an unpaid job. So, basically, is arrested. In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “You port of a conclusion. e fallacy the focus of our inquiry away from
lies in the fact that a) it may not the matter at hand. By misdirect-
it’s the same (or higher) level of aggravation for yada yada’d over the best part!” actually be true that “a majority ing our attention, any opportunity
of Americans believe” whatever
no compensation. I can’t imagine being a school • When you are driving and see that your lane SEE MARTORANO PAGE 11

board member in the digital age. Apparently, is blocked by a vehicle—usually for delivery,

nobody else can, either. moving, or landscaping purposes—your rst

• I think it’s about time we added a third instinct should not be to move to the other lane

turn signal; one that indicates when the driver while maintaining your current speed. It is your

is heading straight through an intersection. I’ve responsibility to wait and make sure that no

gotten in many stand-o s with drivers opposite cars are coming in the opposite direction before

me because neither of us knew in which direc- passing the parked car. I am oored by how

tion the other was heading. I guess it doesn’t many people think driving into oncoming tra c

matter. People wouldn’t use it, anyway. is a good idea.

• Inanimate objects can’t be racist, would you • When I’m not writing, I’m watching and

agree? Why then, do so many headlines read: listening to board meetings. Zoning, planning,

“Mayor apologizes for racist emails”? My copy- town, school—all of them. I watch them at

editor might argue it’s simply a way to share the the gym, while walking the dog, or from the

most information in the fewest words. I would comfort of my home. As someone who makes a

counter by saying it’s more than semantics; it’s living with words, I appreciate Planning Board

downplaying the acts of a racist person. At its member John Kincart’s dedication to copy-

most accurate, my headline example should editing the meeting minutes. I feel like I’m in

read: “Mayor who wrote racist things apologiz- a classroom and he’s the teacher. I’ve actually

es.” But, if we insist on sacri cing accuracy for picked up a few grammar tips from him over

space, let’s at least write, “Racist mayor apolo- the years.

gizes for emails.” Stop ascribing racist actions to • “I didn’t plan on speaking tonight,” says the

tweets, photos, emails, etc. person who has spoken at every board meeting

• When I played Yorktown Athletic Club since the dawn of time.

basketball as a lad, our teams were named for • is world would be much better o if we

college programs. Duke and North Carolina abided by these two guiding principles: 1) Learn

were always taken, of course. ere would also to laugh at yourself and 2) “It’s amazing what

be a few local favorites like St. John’s or Syra- can be accomplished when nobody cares who

cuse. One that confused me at the time but re- gets the credit.”

ally makes me chuckle now was Catatonic State. OK, that last one was pretty preachy.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 11

MARTORANO have disappeared around the area of the Wayne’s World of STATS
Bermuda Triangle without explanation. It
FROM PAGE 10 must, therefore, be “some mysterious force Expect The Best
at work.” However, the reality is that we
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completely obliterated. proven. Just believing something doesn’t Number of Average Average
make it so. Nor is ignorance evidence of Single Family Sales Price Days On
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cian wants to, once again, shift the focus remember what the interviewer said to me. School District Average Average
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LETTERS

Keeping Yorktown ing things are going on in York- A massive, negative impact on ley homeowners are nancially Mohegan Lake
town. Although I’m an “empty the Je erson Valley Community invested in our community and needs help
informed nester,” I think it’s terri c that will occur if the Yorktown Town do not want to see their property
we have a Kids Fishing Derby Board approves the rezoning, values go down and their taxes To the editor,
To the editor, coming up this month—some- known as Summit Hill Property. go up! Recently, the Mohegan Lake
I just wanted to say how thing I wouldn’t know without
the newsletter. And, I was able to e 150 rental unit proposal is e environmental CONSE- hamlet has received a lot of at-
impressed I am with the email alert friends with young children earmarked for development on QUENCES of approving these tention by the race for Yorktown
newsletter Lanny Gilbert, our about it. the property between Hill Boule- 150 rental units will cause 19.3 supervisor. My family and I have
town supervisor, sends out. Many vard and Lee Boulevard border- acres of trees to be decimated and lived here for 12 years: Mohegan
weeks I cannot get to—or stay So, kudos to Yorktown and to ing Route 6N. be replaced by asphalt and steel. Lake has not been usable in that
throughout—Town Board meet- Town Supervisor Lanny Gilbert We will not hear birds chirp- time, and I can’t remember a
ings, and I don’t know where else for delivering timely, helpful Parking at DeCicco’s, the Post ing and no longer see squirrels, time where the issue appeared
I would get important informa- information to my inbox. ank O ce, etc., is already a major chipmunks and critters. Remov- more in the news than right now.
tion about town government. you! problem. is proposal will bring ing these trees will result in the
an additional 200-plus cars into erosion of soil, which will cause After years of neglect, it is
For example, I’ve learned Sincerely, the area, creating a bigger night- additional major ooding in the great to nally get the focus of
through the newsletter that: John Flynn mare than we already have. e surrounding areas. is will only our town government. We need
building of multi-family develop- contribute to the ongoing water help. Not just the lake, but our
• e Granite Knolls sports Yorktown Heights ments away from mass transit runo problem, which has still roads, too. Ironically, the project
elds are now open; is not visionary planning. We not been resolved. One of the to replace the bridge on Mohe-
• Signi cant progress is being Time for action are developing without strategy, responsibilities of the Yorktown gan Avenue provided an op-
made about the algae bloom in which threatens to further con- Town Board is to protect the portunity for the current admin-
Lake Mohegan; To the editor, gest the very character of the area. conservation and preservation of istration to address both issues.
• Applications for dog licenses An application to rezone a our natural landscape and prevent However, in typical fashion, an
can now be submitted online; e increase of school-aged irreversible environmental dam- opportunity was squandered.
• e Town Clerk has initiated property from single-family children will a ect our school age. Preserve and conserve before
a mobile o ce. homes to 150 one- and two- taxes as well as add to the tra c it is too late! At the April 9, work session
bedroom rental units to be built congestion with the additional it was revealed that the Mo-
rough the newsletter, I’ve on 19.3 acres is on the agenda of school buses. Je erson Val- It is up to the Yorktown Town hegan Avenue bridge replace-
also realized how many interest- the Yorktown Town Board. Board to protect our community. ment project does not include
It is up to us, as voters, to see that any stormwater improvements
Arrested? this massive multi-family rezon- despite apparent assurances that
ing is NOT approved. it would. is was recon rmed
at last week’s Town Board
It’s time to take action. Meeting as well. is means no
Louise DeMarco, Brian Sillik,
Jeanne Troiano SEE LETTERS PAGE 16

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On Stage: ree guys named ‘Art’

BRUCE Watching “Art,” a lect, and taste—or lack thereof. As we meet them, Serge, a blance to a Seinfeld episode.
THE BLOG highly stylized play is 20th anniversary produc- dermatologist, has just paid Mr. Spivey just about
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LETTERS My neighbors in Mohegan Advertisement protect tenants. It is important • ey say buildings will fall
Lake have to ask themselves if was misleading to note that the current Emer- into disrepair because owners
FROM PAGE 12 Supervisor Gilbert really cares gency Tenant Protection Act cannot a ord to maintain their
about our community or if he is To the editor, (ETPA) is the only state law properties. In fact, all residential
enhancements to address the just playing the political games he e recent full-page ad in that explicitly protects tenants buildings are monitored by local
ongoing e orts to restore the campaigned against two years ago. from arbitrary rent increases. building inspectors who can
health of Lake Mohegan. According to my scorecard, he has Yorktown News paid for by
not put forth any real proposal to “Taxpayers for an A ordable Before commenting, I did a ne owners for failure to main-
Supervisor Gilbert was quick assist our community, and when New York” was successful in its little research about who is this tain safe conditions. In addition,
to take credit for a state program the opportunity was in front of intent to catch the reader’s eye “Taxpayer” group: oddly their ETPA and Rent Stabilization
that approved alum treatments him, Supervisor Gilbert struck out. and attention at a time when a web page makes no mention laws do allow rent increases for
for our lake, but when the town more progressive State Legisla- of the Board or Membership substantial capital improve-
had the opportunity to act by in- Sincerely, ture has the opportunity to pass of this group; however, one of ments.
cluding additional improvements Jon Malatino truly equitable rent reforms that their resource documents in the
to the Mohegan Avenue bridge • ey say jobs will be lost
replacement, it failed. Mohegan Lake nest of print credits the NYS and investment in new housing
Realtors Association. So, let’s will be discouraged. Not having
APARPR have truth in advertisement: tenant protection laws leads to
this group is apparently noth- the loss of habitable a ordable
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Acidic and sugary drinks are harmful to our teeth

Ever since we were young kids, an important role in this re-

it was constantly drilled into our gard. at factor considers what GUEST
heads that we needed to brush we are putting into our mouths CORNER
our teeth twice a day, watch our between meals and, even more

consumption of sweets and have critically, what we are drinking. DR. MITCHELL

dental checkups twice a year. In my experience, which in- L. KAHN

When we matured, we were cludes patients from all age

also instructed to oss, as well. groups, I have observed that

Oh, joy! people who consume plain wa-

So what went wrong? Why are ter during the course of the day utes. Swishing with water after-

so many of us all these years later seem to have either none — or wards can also be very bene cial.

still getting cavities and break- the fewest cavities and llings. e bottom line is that most

ing teeth? Why do some people Conversely, people who tend delicious popular drinks hap-

have perfect dental checkups to drink sweetened and acidic pen to be very acidic and sweet.

and others are continually in- liquids have the most number is combination of acid and

formed at their checkups that of problems. What is even worse sugar causes real havoc on

they require treatment? is that a lot of people with these enamel — the important outer

Of course genetics can be habits are “cappers and sippers.” protective layer of the tooth. I

a large contributing factor to ey tend to drink a few ounces have seen teeth harmed so often

dental health — as well as how at a time every 15 minutes or so. from drinking sweetened cof-

our teeth are aligned, and if eir can, bottle, or supersized fee, tea, fruit juices, soda, sport

we are nose or mouth breath- co ee will often last them an ex- drinks, lemonade and iced tea.

ers. However, after decades of tended period of time. is situ- Recently, I’ve observed a rash

treating people’s dental needs, ation isn’t much of a problem if of cavities caused by drinking

there seems to be a consistent your drink is taken with a meal or small amounts of seltzer fre-

contributing factor that plays nished completely in a few min- quently during the day; avored

seltzers can cause even more is-

sues. Even un avored seltzer is

acidic simply from the carbonic

acid that forms from making it.

I love drinking it, but on its own

it is a red ag for enamel, though

not as bad as it is drinking soda.

Sadly, vinegar in our salad dress-

ings and wine do not fair well for

our enamel either.

e acidic liquids on their

own etch or dissolve enamel, es-

pecially on the sides of the teeth

where they meet. Yes, that is the

exact area that we are supposed

to oss. is is where most cavi-

ties tend to form in teenagers

and adults. Add in the bio lms,

or the gooey bacterial plaque

layer that lives on the surfaces of

our teeth; their by-products are

also acids that attack our enamel.

e bottom line is that we

need to protect our enamel from

acid attack. If acidic liquids are

taken with our meals, when sa-

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4 mindset hacks to lose weight and keep it off

Does it feel like no matter how you approach weight 1. DO NOT ATTACH YOUR WORTH TO A NUMBER ner and your snacks, and get your workout in. Or even one
loss, it’s extremely frustrating? ON THE SCALE OR A CLOTHING SIZE
bad day lled with poor choices — how does that a ect
I mean how many times have you tried a weight loss You hop on the scale and you see a number you’ve never
solution with minimal results? Or, you saw great results, seen before, or you go clothes shopping the next day? Or the day after that? Do you decide, “OK I
but you were unable to sustain them for the long term? and you have to get a size up. How does
Why does it seem so hard to lose weight, or to sustain that make you feel? Usually, it makes us will start again next week.” Drop the idea
the weight you lost? feel defeated, and sometimes worthless.
We instantly judge ourselves and get an- of perfection and take your weight loss one
e answer is simple, but to embrace a new mindset is gry, sad, frustrated or upset. en when
a challenge. Are you up for the challenge? we approach weight loss, we think if the GUEST day at a time, one workout at a time, one
number doesn’t change as much as we CORNER meal at a time, one bite at a time. A good
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proach weight loss altogether. It seems we all have this absolutely nothing. But why not measure ALINA
our worth based on what action we are taking towards our- ward spiral, is by talking to yourself with
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reality is that approach is not YOU TAKE
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best way to lose weight is the the weight we want to lose and get a perfect body, we will 4. GIVE YOURSELF TIME AND BE PATIENT
same way we put it on, which be con dent, satis ed and happy. But since that takes time, is is a daily mindset battle. When we reach the point
is over time by developing hab- it’s best to acknowledge yourself for the daily wins you
its. ink about it; it took time achieved that will help you reach your overall goals. Setting that we want to lose weight, it’s usually because we’re so
and poor habits that you picked a goal to workout, actually working out and then celebrat- unhappy and disgusted with ourselves we want it gone like
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gain weight. It’s the same a commitment to yourself and actually followed through. It’s going to take time to lose it. Remind yourself of this,
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Pets and parasites
Why ea, tick and heartworm prevention is a must in our region

Humans aren’t the only ones who get Animal Parasite Coun- and heartworm protec- site prevention—as these insects can easily

more active when the weather warms up: cil, that remains the GUEST tion. ere are many safe, jump from a pet to a person. Pay special at-
eas, ticks and mosquitoes are on the move case when it comes to CORNER e ective products on the tention to the inside of ears, between toes,
market, and some o er under the collar and under the tail.
as well, carrying with them serious diseases both Lyme disease and

and illnesses. heartworm. DR. LEONARD protection from multiple Preventing heartworm is simply a matter

Considering the fact that the Hudson Our humid spring BERK parasites. of making sure pets are on consistent, year-

Valley is a hotspot for ticks and other para- and summer weather Making sure pets have round heartworm protection. While heart-

sites, prevention for pets is essential. also gives eas a fertile consistent parasite pro- worm tends to be rare in cats, prevention is

ese pests are more than just annoy- breeding ground, and tection is especially cru- recommended for them as well, especially if

ing: eas can transmit tapeworm and cause long-term changes in the climate have cial if they live in rural and heavily wooded they go outside. If a pet hasn’t been on regu-

anemia, while ticks are well-known trans- caused these insects to make their appear- areas, or spend time camping and hiking in lar heartworm protection, a heartworm test

porters of many diseases, including Lyme ance earlier in the season than in past years. them. will be required before the preventive prod-

disease. Once they’re on our furry friends, ere are many things pet owners can do It’s also important that after every out- uct can be given, and annually thereafter.

it’s a short trip aboard the “pet express” to to reduce the risk for their pets. First—and ing, pet owners check pets manually for e American Veterinary Medical Asso-

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When it comes to heartworm, one bite a veterinarian about ea, tick site Council have additional information

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animal. Sadly, many pets don’t show symp- ticks and heartworm.

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ATHLETE Mason Nocito
SPOTLIGHT

Nocito to continue lax career at Spring eld College

BY MIKE SABINI my dad because he is always putting others before himself and is
CONTRIBUTING WRITER always doing the right thing.

Senior captain Mason Nocito has played for the Lakeland/Panas Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
varsity boys lacrosse team the last two years, including 2018, One thing not a lot of people know about me is that I am
when they made it to the Section 1 Class A championship game. an artist.
Nocito, who scored four goals and tallied an assist in a 14-1 victory
in this year’s Class A opening round contest against White Plains on Do you plan on continuing playing lacrosse in college?Tell
May 15, splits his time between attack and mid eld. us about where you are going to school and why you chose it?

How old were you when you started playing I am continuing my lacrosse career at Spring eld College
lacrosse and what got you started? because it felt like home to me. e coaching sta is relatable
I started playing lacrosse on a team when I and involved in their players lives. It was also the best academic
was 6 years old but my dad put a stick in
my hand when I was born. He taught t for what I want to study.
me to play, and actually played at
Lakeland and in college. Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes,
what are you planning on studying and why?
What is your favorite thing
about being on the lacrosse I’m going to study physical/health education because I feel it is
team for Lakeland/Panas? a important part of a student’s life and it also ts my personality.

I have to say that my Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro (or col-
favorite thing about being lege) sports team?
on the Lakeland/Panas
lacrosse team is the My favorite professional athlete is Russell Wilson and my
favorite pro team is the Oklahoma City under.
brotherhood and how
everyone has each What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a
other’s backs. game?

What is your favor- Hip-hop music or alternative rock.
ite team activity or
pregame or post- If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
game ritual that you To control time because there are many things in life that
share with your team- could’ve been prevented or improved. Also I would’ve like to
mates? What about a see that life was like back then.
personal pregame or
postgame ritual? If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve
My favorite team activ- never been to, where would you go and why?
ity is our bonding dinners
the moms on our team set up. I would like to go to Santorini, Greece, because of the his-
Before the games I usually listen tory there and the beaches.
to music with my teammates on full
blast to get pumped up to play. What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
After a game my favorite food to eat is penne alla vodka.

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
Bob’s, because of their pulled pork sandwiches.

PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN Do you have any goals for your Facebook,Twitter or Instagram? Why?
nal season for Lakeland/Panas? Instagram, because it’s the easiest to use and to interact with
My one and only goal is to people.

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on a sectional plaque. what would you tell them about the experience of being part
of the lacrosse team and why should they go out for the team?
Who has been your biggest role
model over the years and what I would tell them about the history and tradition of lacrosse
have you learned from them? at Lakeland and that there is room for everyone to grow as a
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Thursday, May 23, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 27

Westchester County Championships

Sophomore Kevin Kouril. Lakeland/Panas Jack-Henry Whalen was sixth
Girls 4x100-meter relay in the high jump.
PHOTO: CHRIS AQUINA
Second place (49.60) PHOTO: CHRIS AQUINA
Boys 4x400-meter relay Aaron McGirr was third in the long
jump. Freshman Hart Nullet in the long
Second place (3:23.60) jump.
Girls 100-meter dash

Makayla Waugh
Second place (12.85)
Girls 200-meter dash

Makayla Waugh
Fourth place (26.75)
Boys 400-meter dash

Patrick Abel
First place (48.80)
Girls Javelin throw

Lianna Vasta
First place (109-03)
Boys Javelin throw

Nicholas DeSantis,
First place (148-05)

Yorktown
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Eighth place (46.32)
Girls 400-meter hurdles

Keira Flaherty
Fourth place (1:10.59)

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Third place,
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Nolan’s game-winner beats Scarsdale

Rebels also defeat White Plains in sectionals

BY MIKE SABINI ring in our rst meeting, they

CONTRIBUTING WRITER wanted their redemption but I’m

happy we came out on top at the

Tom Nolan (1G, 1A), o an right time.”

assist from Sean Laukaitis (3A) JP Walsh played a huge role in

with 2:39 remaining in the game, the victory with 14 saves.

scored to break a 7-7 tie and give “It’s awesome, it’s the reason

the No. 7 Lakeland/Panas boys why coach runs us and puts to-

lacrosse squad a thrilling 8-7 vic- gether tough practices every day,”

tory over No. 2 Scarsdale in the Walsh said. “It’s really cool to see

Section 1 Class A Tournament all the hard work start to pay o .”

quarter nals on May 17. Walsh made Nolan’s goal stand Matt Makar
makes his move.
“My winning goal felt good, up when he came up with a
PHOTOS: ROB
it was an important time in the clutch save with just 20 seconds Phil DIANTONIO
Dellamonica
game and I buried it,” Nolan remaining in the game.
sprints in
said. “ e goal came about start- “Our defense was on the kids’ transition.

ing with Alex Davoli. He’s a big hands and didn’t let him get a

part in our o ense at X after his clean shot o ,” Walsh said. “I was

transition from attack to middie. able to track the ball really well

He draws early slides and moves and then once I had the ball I was tion is to bleach our hair,” Nocito and eighth grade and that play White Plains.

the ball the right way and good just thinking take care of the ball said. “We bleach our hair so we that I scored on most of those “We were just playing smart

things seem to happen.” and we will get out of this game don’t want to lose and go home times is something we ran every defense,” Lakeland/Panas coach

e win was the Rebels third with a win and move on.” looking stupid but when playo s single day back in Shrub Oak,” Jim Lindsay said.“We were keep-

in the last four years and second Matt Makar (2G, 1A), Mason come it’s a di erent type of men- Nocito said of him and Davoli. ing the guy in front of us, play-

in a row in the sectionals against Nocito (2G) and Mikey Walsh tality out here. Everyone steps it “He found me o the cut. We ing like a cohesive group, getting

the Raiders. e triumph also (2G) were among the Rebels’ up to 100 percent. We never let just have that chemistry.” our sticks in the passing lanes,

avenged a 12-11 regular sea- scoring leaders. up until the game hits zero and Makar (3G, 1A), Mikey Walsh getting the balls on the ground,

son overtime loss this season at Lakeland/Panas (8-10) we just keep ghting.” (2G, 2A), Nolan (2G), Reed picking up ground balls, causing

Scarsdale. jumped out to a 6-0 halftime lead Nocito (4G, 1A) had 3 of his ompson (1G, 1A), Phil Del- turnovers, all the little things that

“It truly meant a lot to me en route to a 14-1 victory against goals being assisted by Davoli lamonica (1G) and JP Walsh (3 limit them. When they did get

and my teammates after beating visiting No. 10 White Plains in (1G, 3A). saves) all took part in the Rebels’ opportunities, we limited them

them last year in the quarter - the opening round on May 15. “We used to play back in winning e ort, which included to some low percentage shots and

nals,” Nolan said. “ ey came out “We came out and the tradi- Shrub Oak, back in sixth, seventh stellar defensive play against JP made a couple of good saves.”

Teen Time Management: A Master Class

by Rich Kirby

It’s never been easy being a well as a scholarship-magnet. Trish Curtin (center) with Father Mark Vaillancourt (President/Principal) and Meaghan
teen. Today, in a culture where Carnevalla (Senior College Advisor) Photograph by Jacob Bergmeier
electronic addictions masquer- What’s most impressive about
ade as technological savvy, Curtin is not that she’s smart, “I am very fortunate to have Curtin is heading to the Uni-
binge-watching Netflix is a well-spoken and charming – she learned from my extracurriculars versity of Notre Dame in the
long-distance sport, and keep- is – but the extraordinary way and teachers at Kennedy how fall, where she plans on major-
ing up with the latest memes that she manages her time. to work my time around what ing in physics with a concentra-
has become a solemn spiritual I want to do,” Curtin said. “If I tion in chemical principles or
calling, being a teen of any real Curtin has played soccer for don’t manage my time properly, chemical engineering. She hopes
substance has never have been Kennedy all her four years, as I lose sleep, and sleep is very to become a doctor, preferably a
tougher, or required more disci- well as run spring track for the important to me. I am the type of pediatric cardiologist or oncol-
pline. same period. She has performed person to not go to sleep until I ogist.
every year in the spring musical, know I can handle the workload
For Trish Curtin, a senior at and most recently for Kennedy’s of the next day.”
Kennedy Catholic High School production of “West Side Story”
in Somers, the work has paid she was named dance captain
off. She was named a Nation- and an assistant to the director.
al Merit Scholarship Finalist, She is co-editor of the yearbook,
which is pretty much the brass and also leads the group Answer
ring on the high school academ- for Cancer, which raises money
ic merry-go-round. The accolade for cancer research – specifically
is handed out by the National for those affected by childhood
Merit Scholarship Corporation cancer. Outside of Kennedy,
and is based upon PSAT and Curtin volunteers for the Mid-
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Thursday, May 23, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 29

Yorktown rolls to sectional victory
Beat rival Somers in girls lacrosse

BY MIKE SABINI tough.” (13-4) excelled as well, allowing what we had to do,” McPherson game Somers was going to come

CONTRIBUTING WRITER Yorktown closed out the rst just two goals in the nal 34:38 of said. out and be intense and really try

half outscoring Somers 7-1 to go the game after Somers had tied Yorktown coach Lauren to challenge us, because it’s the

Yorktown and Somers are ri- up 9-3 at halftime, a run that was it at 2-2. McAulay said the team’s key third time we’re playing them,”

vals in every sport but the one capped o by an unassisted goal “We know we had to come out words have been discipline and McAulay said. “So, we were all

that has the most playo history from Jesse Barer (5G). strong, stay composed through- composure and they displayed week practicing under pressure

recently has been girls lacrosse, “We were de nitely going into out the whole time because we each of them in the win. but also kept being disciplined

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VARSITY SPORTS ROUNDUP

DeBenedictis leads Yorktown to playoff rout
Riccardulli sets hit record; LHS softball wins league title

BY MIKE SABINI Yorktown’s Sam
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Riccardulli holding
the ball she hit to
Top-seeded Yorktown led 10-2 at become Yorktown’s
halftime before defeating visiting No. all-time softball hit

8 Nyack 15-3 in the Section 1 Class leader.

B boys lacrosse quarter nals on May PHOTO COURTESY OF
18. SAMANTHA FERNANDEZ

“We actually started out a little

sloppy,” Yorktown’s Alex DeBenedic-

tis said. “But, we know the playo s

are a di erent breed and we need to

be our best no matter who we play.

We brought a ton of energy right

from the start. Once we got it going,

we didn’t look back.”

DeBenedictis (6G, 1A) led the

Huskers o ensively.

“Our o ense moved the ball really Keegan Doller changes direction.
well and we were nding open guys PHOTOS: DEENA BELL

all day to get the best shot possible,”

DeBenedictis said. “I was able to nd Dan O’Meara (10 saves) and Adam Nor- Softball
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to nd me.”

Reese Andrews (2G, 2A), Timmy YORKTOWN 8 YORKTOWN 18

O’Callaghan (1G, 3A), Shane Dahlke RYE 4 GREELEY 1

(1G, 2A), Spencer Norris (2G), Keegan Yorktown (12-5) beat visiting Rye 8-4 Yorktown nished their regular sea-

Doller (1G, 1A), Blake Borges (2A), on May 13, paced by Andrews (3G), son winners of nine of its last 10 games

William Embury (1G), Chase Longordo Doller (2G, 1A), Dahlke (1G, 2A), De- by beating visiting Horace Greeley 18-1

(1st varsity goal), Brendan Regan (1A), Benedictis (2G), and O’Meara (10 saves). in the second game of a double header on

May 18.

“As a team we are really coming to-

gether,” Yorktown senior captain Sam

Riccardulli said. “Our defense and of-

fense has been incredibly strong and

what I think is really helping is that every

game someone new comes up clutch for

us. All around the lineup is powerful.”

Alyssa Buck (7 innings, 8 strikeouts,

3-5, 2 runs), Olivia Fasce (2-6, homer,

3 runs, 6 RBIs), Christina Ruvo (3-5, 2 Brendan
RBIs), Bria Moran (4-5, RBI, 2 runs), Regan

Lainie Ornstein (2-4, RBI), Julianna passes.

Strauss (2-4, RBI, 3 runs), Alyssa Albano

(1-4, 2 RBs, 3 runs, BB) and Marlaina

Cirone (4-4, walk, RBI, 3 runs) did the ivia Salveggi (2-4, 3 RBIs), Strauss (1-3,

damage for the Huskers. HBP), Fasce (2-3, 2 runs) and Ornstein

(3-4, run) produced for Yorktown.

YORKTOWN 15

GREELEY 0 YORKTOWN 11

Riccardulli, who will play at Post Uni- SOMERS 4

versity, broke the Huskers’all-time softball Yorktown bested Somers 11-4 on their

hit record of 135, held by her role model Senior Day May 17, ignited by Christina

and hitting coach, 2008 Yorktown gradu- Ruvo (7 innings,4 strikeouts,4-4,run),Ben-

ate and national champion at the Univer- nett (2-3, 2 runs, BB), Riccardulli (1-4, RBI,

sity of Alabama, Cassie Reilly-Boccia. run), Piehler (2-4, 2 doubles, 2 runs, RBI)

She did it in the second inning with a and Vano (2-4, 4 RBIs, 2 runs, sac bunt).

double, in host Yorktown’s 15-0 victory “It meant a lot to beat one of our rivals,

against Greeley in the rst game of the especially our Senior Day,” Riccardulli

double header on May 18. said. “We really wanted to come out with

“It’s amazing and unbelievable, said a win and it was a lot of fun.”

Riccardulli, who nished the double head-

er with 138 hits. “Honestly I wasn’t even YORKTOWN 7

thinking about it so nding out was a total JOHN JAY CR 0

shock. I’m thrilled to have gotten it, it’s a e Huskers won at John Jay-Cross Riv-

great milestone.” er 7-0 on May 15, led by Buck (5 innings,

Allie Cortino (6 innings, 11 strikeouts, 11 strikeouts), Vano (3-4, run), Strauss (3-

3-4, 3 RBIs), Kaitlyn Bennett (2-3, 4 runs, 4, triple, 3 RBI), Piehler (1-1, triple, walk)

2 walks), Riccardulli (2-4, double, 4 RBIs, and Salveggi (3-3, 2 RBIs, run).

2 runs), Juliana Piehler (4-5, 2 RBIs, 4 SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 31
runs), Bella Vano (5-5, 2 RBIs, run), Ol-


Thursday, May 23, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 31

ROUNDUP

FROM PAGE 30

YORKTOWN 8

PANAS 0

Yorktown (13-7) beat visit-

ing Walter Panas 8-0 on May

14, with Cortino (100th career

strikeout), Vano (2-4, 2 runs,

RBI), Strauss (3-3, 2 runs) and

Fasce (2-2, sac bunt, 2 runs, 3

RBIs, rst varsity homer) doing

the honors. PHOTOS: DEENA BELL The team celebrates their win against Nyack.
Blake Borges picks up a loose
LAKELAND 15 ball and makes his way upfield.
SOMERS 0

Lakeland defeated host

Somers 15-0 on May 16 in six kers on May 14 on its senior night.

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Kness wins final home game Emily McGovern makes a
save for the Rebels.
Leads Rebels to sectional victory
Lakeland/Panas’ Emily
BY MIKE SABINI it and she was able to put it away.” kid,” Rebels coach Rebecca Di- Kness fires a shot vs.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Megan Mucci (3G), Katelyn Sisto-Leslie said. “I have enjoyed White Plains.
coaching her thoroughly the last
Lakeland/Panas’ girls lacrosse Cerrato (3G), Keirra Ettere (2G)
squad defeated No. 5 White and Emily McGovern (5 saves) ve years she’s been on the team,
Plains 12-9, in the Section 1 earned their way into the No. 4 we pulled her up in the eighth
Class A quarter nals on May Rebels’ box score. grade, and just to see her grow
16, in what was the nal home as an athlete, grow as a person
game of the stellar high school “We de nitely settled the ball has been great. She’s de nitely
athletic career of senior captain and didn’t force any unnecessary one of those kids that’s kind of
Emily Kness, a standout player in stops,” said Kness, who will play irreplaceable. We’ll de nitely
lacrosse and eld hockey. miss her next year but I’m happy
eld hockey at Colgate Universi- to still have her for 1 one more
“You know what, it’s really up- ty. “We moved the ball really well game at least.”
setting that this is the last home today, found our teammates.”
game, because I’ve been here for Lakeland/Panas (9-9) fell at
four years, but I really wanted to is spring, Kness led Lake- No. 1 North Rockland 15-7 in
win and end on a good note so land/Panas in points (73) and the Class A semi nals on May
I’m happy we won,” said Kness, goals (59) and was second in as- 18, led by Jenna McCrudden
referring to her years as a stu- sists (14). (3G, 1A), Ettere (2G),
dent-athlete at Lakeland High
School. She was dominant as well in Julia Araujo (2G), Raquel
her junior campaign, where she Nieves (1A), Cerrato (1A) and
Kness (4G, 2A) sealed the win led the Rebels in points (56) and McGovern (4 saves).
by scoring the nal goal of the assists (17) and was second in
game with 6:24 remaining in it, a goals (39).
play sequence which started with
a steal by Cara O’Shea. Kness also put up heady num-
bers in her sophomore year,where
“ at probably was one of she was second on the team in
the most important plays of the goals (44) and points (67) and
game,” said Kness, a Con Ed
Scholar Athlete Award winner rst in assists (23).
who won three state titles in eld Including her 20 goals, 10 as-
hockey. “ e goalie cleared but sists and 30 points as a freshman,
Cara stuck her stick out and got her career total numbers are a
staggering 162 goals, 64 assists
and 226 points.
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Learn about the basics of hospice care

e decision as to whether one if one decides to receive hospice the patient being responsible for facility, hospital or nursing home). GUEST
should begin receiving hospice care at a nursing home or another paying all deductibles and co- Once on hospice care, the CORNER
bene ts is often an emotionally non-hospice facility, it may be insurance amounts.
draining and di cult decision, necessary that the patient apply patient will continue to pay the ANTHONY J.
not only for the person needing for and obtain Medicaid or pay e hospice provider selected Medicare monthly Part A pre- ENEA
hospice care, but for their family. privately for room and board at by the patient for the in-home mium and Part B premiums,
the non-hospice facility. care will coordinate a care plan for a co-payment of up to ve $5 reached at 914-948-1500. Mr. Enea
It is sadly the realization that the terminally ill patient with the per prescription for outpatient is the Past Chair of the Elder Law and
one’s life may soon be ending and Once the patient has been patient and his or her family. e prescription drugs for pain and Special Needs Section of the New York
that the attempts of curing the per- certi ed for hospice by his or her care team will include a hospice symptoms management and 5 State Bar Association (NYSBA); the
son’s illness have been unsuccessful. doctors, is willing to accept pallia- nurse and a doctor who is on call percent of the Medicare approved incoming Chair of the Senior Lawyers
tive care and forego any attempts 24 hours per day, seven days per amount for inpatient respite care. Section of (NYSBA); Past President
Hospice is a program of care to cure the illness, and executes a week. e patient can also include and a founding member of the New
for people who are terminally ill statement choosing hospice care, his or her regular doctor, a nurse As can be seen from the above, York Chapter of the National Academy
and have been diagnosed with a the hospice care will commence. practitioner or a physician’s assis- obtaining hospice care at home of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA);
life expectancy of six months or tant as part of the medical team. or at an in-patient facility requires a member of the Council of Advanced
less. e focus of the hospice care Unlike long-term nursing home that a number of di erent fac- Practitioners of the National Academy
shifts from curing the individual care, the vast majority of hospice Once hospice bene ts have tors be both present and satis ed of Elder Law Attorneys; and a
to palliative care (keeping the care bene ts are paid for by Medi- commenced, Medicare will no before the Medicare approved Certi ed Elder Law Attorney as
person comfortable). e pallia- care. Medicare hospice bene ts longer cover the following: hospice bene ts will be available. certi ed by e National Elder Law
tive care component is both for cover the care for the terminal Virtually all services need to be Foundation. Mr. Enea is the President
the terminally ill person and his or illness and any related conditions. (A) Treatments intended to cure of the Westchester Bar Foundation
her family. e physical, emotional Once one is eligible for hospice the terminal illness and related rst coordinated and approved by and a Past President of the Westchester
and spiritual care needs of the pa- care, Medicare hospice bene ts conditions; the hospice care provider selected. County Bar Association.
tient and family are now the focus. should cover everything one needs
related to the terminal illness (ex- (B) Prescription drugs (except Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a member
In most instances, hospice care cept treatment), even if one remains for symptom control or pain of the rm of Enea, Scanlan &
is provided at home. However, if it in a Medicare Advantage Plan or management); Sirignano, LLP with an o ce
cannot be provided at home, there other Medicare health plan. centrally located in White Plains and
are in-patient facilities, which spe- (C) Care from a provider that a home o ce in Somers. He can be
ci cally provide hospice care. For Once the hospice bene ts have was not arranged by the hospice
example, Calvary Hospital in the commenced, one can still get cov- medical team;
Bronx and Rosary Hill Home in ered services that are not related
Hawthorne are in-patient facilities to one’s terminal illness: original (D) Generally, room and board
dedicated to hospice care. Medicare will cover the services are not covered, unless it is a hos-
for any health problems that are pice facility or if the hospice team
Medicare will cover hospice not part of the terminal illness determines the patient needs short
care at the aforestated types of in- and related conditions, subject to term in-patient respite care services
patient hospice facilities. However, (when the usual caregiver needs
rest, inpatient respite care can be
provided in a Medicare approved

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