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Parade and ceremony Schmitt protests hiring
pay homage to vets of outside attorney
Manhattan law rm hired
again, this time to defend
PHOTO: MAUREEN DALY BY BOB DUMAS partment of Environment Pro-
EDITOR tection (DEP) and the county
Members of the Auxiliary to VFW 5491, from left, Denise McHugh, Camille Blasko, Angie Plourde, Ann health department, by Council-
Marie Vicario, Brenda Robitaille, and Stephnanie Morrow-Stobbe of the Veterans Day parade. For more e Town Board voted last man Mike Barile last month.
pictures see pages 16 and 17. week to once again retain the
Manhattan-based law rm of Barile and his business part-
Cozen O’Connor to defend ner, Tommy Boniello, had been
itself against an Article 78 law- accused of creating an illegal
suit, leaving Supervisor Ken sewer hookup for the Blu at
Schmitt—the lone “no” vote— the Lakehouse restaurant on
frustrated and angry. Route 6N (property they own),
and the town was also cited by
Schmitt said the hiring of an the DEP for not following sev-
outside law rm should have eral guidelines regarding sewer
gone through a bidding process hookups. e town hired Coz-
(request for proposal, or RFP) en O’Connor to defend itself
in an e ort to nd a less expen- against those DEP allegations.
Meanwhile, Barile said a
An Article 78 proceeding is permit from the DEP was the
used to appeal the decision of a last document he needed to
New York State or local agency make the hookup legal when,
to the New York courts. One he said, some members of the
was led against the town of
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MFVFD holds annual Installation of Ofﬁcers Dinner/Dance
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department held
its annual Installation of Ofﬁcers Dinner/Dance Gala at Villa Barone Hilltop
Manor. The evening included dinner, drinks, dancing and a series of installation
ceremonies led by Barbara Reitz, the wife of the late Judge James Reitz.
Patrick “P.J.” Kelly gets the Chiefs
Award from Chief Brian Sacher
Walter Jackel and Jack Casey were honored for 50
years of service to the department.
Ofﬁcers are Vice President Anthony Grosso, 2019 Presidents Award recipients
sworn in by John Scala and Casey Stiller, with President Hans Schweizer
Bill Owsiany assists Barbara Reitz as she addresses the audience, thanks everyone for the love and support John Mulvaney, who was honored for his years of
for her and her late husband, Judge James Reitz, and swears in the new ofﬁcers. outstanding service to the department, presents roses to
his wife Linda.
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PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019
launch Hope Not
BY BOB DUMAS ask for the Hope Not Handcu s
EDITOR program. ey will be treated
with compassion and respect.
e Putnam County Sheri ’s A call will be made to an “an- PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN PRIVITERA
Department, the town of Kent gel” volunteer from the Hope
Police Department and the Car- Not Handcu team who will Chiefs from the Carmel, Cold Spring, and Kent police departments, along with the Putnam County
mel Police Department have an- come and actively seek out a Sheriff’s Department, Annette Kahrs of the Tri-County Community Partnerships, and some Putnam
nounced their participation in treatment plan. Individuals suf- County angels, kick off Hope Not Handcuffs on the Courthouse steps.
the Hope Not Handcu s pro- fering from addiction will in- struggling with drug addiction to steps of the County Courthouse wouldn’t be possible.”
gram. stantly gain an advocate and a encourage them to seek recovery in Carmel to mark the o cial Hope Not Handcu s—Hud-
Anyone seeking help in the network of resources designed and regain control of their lives. start of the program. son Valley, a program of the Tri-
ght of drug or alcohol addic- to lead them to success. Hope On ursday, Oct. 24, police “It was an epic day!” said Lau- County Community Partnership,
tion may come to any of those Not Handcu s is a proactive and county o cials and angel ren Privitera who oversees the is aimed at bringing law enforce-
police department locations and approach to reach out to people volunteers gathered on the front Hope and Healing event each ment, community organizations
year in Mahopac. “We launched and volunteers together to nd
Red Mills the Putnam County Hope not viable treatment options for in-
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For the love of cars… and best friends
Friends restore ’73 Camaro for terminally ill buddy
BY BOB DUMAS only were our kids the same age, Bonacci owns a 1973 Chevy Ca-
EDITOR but we have the same wedding maro Z-28 that’s been sitting on
anniversary and so we started cel- the side of house for a long time.
Mahopac’s Bob Olazewski, ebrating those together. Over the “He used to drive the car regu-
Tom Pinto and Tom Bonacci years we have hung out a lot. We larly,” Olazewski said. “It’s an
have been friends for a long time. go on vacations together. We are original numbers-matching car,
Olazewski and Bonacci grew up a tight-knit group.” which means it’s as original as
in Yonkers, though they didn’t re- en last month, Bonacci re- the day it came o the GM as-
ally get to know each other until ceived some devastating news. sembly line and out of the show-
they both moved to Mahopac. He learned he had pancreatic room. It has the original motor
“We met about 14 years ago,” cancer that had spread to his liver. and transmission, which is rare
Olazewski said. “Our kids are the e diagnosis was terminal. because with cars like this, what
same age and go to school to- “He got diagnosed about a happens is guys like us get them
gether. We have the same back- month ago. He wasn’t feeling and rip the motor out and put
ground and we both collect cars. well and was going back and in something bigger and faster.
We both grew up in Yonkers, but forth to the doctor,” Olazewski But not this one. He got this one
on opposite sides of the town. said. “His wife called us up and about 25 years ago and drove it
We ran into each other back in gave us the news. e doctor had daily. But like many of us, he got
the day but didn’t really hang told him he has pancreatic cancer married, had kids, the car goes on
out. But we both had the same and it spread to his liver and it’s the side of the house. He didn’t The crew takes a break from restoring the car at Tom Pinto’s home.
passion for cars. I started build- not too good. He just turned 50.” want to get rid of it. Eventually,
ing when I was 15 and so did he. One of the passions that unit- it became undrivable because it
When we both got up here (Ma- ed Bonacci with Olazewski and wasn’t started, it wasn’t run.”
hopac), we discovered that not Pinto is their love of classic cars. More than a month ago, after
they’d all learned of Bonacci’s
Happy Thanksgiving! diagnosis, the group of friends
gathered at Pinto’s house.
“Tommy [Bonacci] told us that
the one thing he really regretted
was he never had the chance to
get that car running and take his
kid for a ride,” Olazewski said.
“After he left that night, Pinto
came up to me and looked me in
the face and said we have to get
that car running now.”
Serving Olazewski created a Facebook The Camaro’s restoration is underway. PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
page called “Camaro Build Day
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their way around a car engine to $4,000 in parts. We have new Awnings, Iguana Wanna Car
Sandwiches— show up at Pinto’s house and help brakes, all new brake lines, a new Wash, Brian’s Automotive Inc.,
Stay in Café or to go! bring the Camaro back to life. fuel tank, new carburetor, new AutoZone of Mahopac and Ar-
windshield, tune-up kit.” ies Automotive from Somers.
“For the last few weeks, I made
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The ‘73 Camaro Z-28 fully restored PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB OLAZEWSKI
CAMARO Olazewski said that, sadly, Bonacci’s condition
FROM PAGE 6 worsened last week and he was moved to hospice
care. However, the family was able to visit and
Zach’s Pizza delivered free pizzas to the crew show him some pictures and videos of his beloved
while they worked. Z-28 undergoing its transformation.
e plan was to nish the car by the time Bo- “We were relieved we could do it and we are
nacci was release from the hospital and then drive happy he got to see it,” Olazewski said.
him to Pinto’s house where they would surprise But Bonacci’s friends’ generosity hasn’t stopped
him with his newly restored Camaro. at the Camaro’s restoration. ey’ve created a Go-
Bonacci’s son, Tommy Jr., 13, said his dad would FundMe page to help the family cope with the
probably have mixed emotions about the project mounting medical bills. A goal of $50,000 has
that his friends have embarked on. been set and as of this writing, a little more than PHOTO COURTESY OF WORLD HOMES REALTY
“I think he will be a little bit mad because he $48,500 has been raised. To contribute, visit www. The following children were selected in their age groups out of 119
total submissions as winners of the Halloween coloring contest
doesn’t like people touching his stu ,” he said. gofundme.com/f/the- ght-for-strongman-tom. sponsored by World Homes Realty: Madison Gray, 10, Nora Young,
9, Ava Toro, 6, and Veronica Mauriello, 4.
“But later, he’ll be happy.”
PAGE 8 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019
SCHMITT the board’s Nov. 13 meeting. hire Cozen O’Connor—this allegations, said there may be continued. “It’s money we could
“ at will be decided in the time to defend against the Arti- local attorneys who are less ex- be spending elsewhere. I think
FROM PAGE 1 pensive, but that because Cozen it’s foolish we are going to a
O’Connor is already familiar Manhattan law rm. It doesn’t
courtroom whether that’s legal cle 78—without soliciting com- with the speci cs surrounding matter what I said last week, I
the case, it made sense to go changed my mind.”
Town Board asked the DEP to or not. But the Article 78 basi- petitive bids. with them.
“You don’t like me bringing up
cease the permitting process, cally says, and I will use layman’s “Do we really need to give this “ ere probably are [less ex- [you changed you mind] because
pensive local law rms], but you are contradicting yourself,”
which he said slowed everything language, ‘Quit playing games work to a Manhattan law rm when we spoke about who we Lupinacci retorted.
were going to hire, we all agreed
down. He led the Article 78 in with us and tell us what’s going when it could be given to an- that if we hired someone else “No, you like bringing it up
they would have to get up to because you like to make other
response. on.’ at’s it. Very simple. other law rm that would be less speed with everything that has people look bad,” Schmitt re-
happened from Day 1 through sponded.
“ e Article 78 was led by “By the way, once the Article costly to the taxpayers?” Schmitt now,” she said. “So, it could end
up equaling the same amount “Because you changed your
me and my partner because a 78 was led, all the agencies asked the board. [as Cozen O’Connor]. [A dif- mind, now you are trying to
ferent attorney hired by the make us (the Town Board) look
letter was sent to the DEP from started working together. It’s re- Councilwoman Suzi Mc- town] may even have to contact bad,” Lupinacci said.
Cozen O’Connor about it and
the town of Carmel asking them markable,” Barile added. Donough, who is serving as the Cozen O’Connor may charge to “I’m not trying to make you
speak with them. To me this was look bad; you just look bad do-
to stop their review [of the per- Schmitt protested that the liaison between the town and cleaner and hopefully less time- ing this,” Schmitt said. “ is is
consuming.” wrong that you are giving the
mit application],” Barile said at Town Board would once again Cozen O’Connor for the DEP work to Cozen O’Connor. Do
But Schmitt was not con- it the right way—RFP it. Get
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Small Business Saturday SALE! sentiment in a recent executive ey,” Barile said.
session, speci cally asking that
November 29 & 30th RFPs be sent out seeking bids Nonetheless, the board moved
from other law rms. to pass the resolution 3-1, with
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Councilman John Lupinacci abstaining.
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Schmitt’s original sentiments, During the public comment
but that he later changed his portion of the meeting, several
mind and approved the Cozen residents spoke in support of
O’Connor hiring, which trig- Schmitt’s desire to ask for re-
gered an angry debate between quests for proposals from an
the two. outside law rm.
“You said that [you were op- “I want to commend Super-
posed to it] in the beginning, but visor Schmitt for standing tall
then you said you were ne with here tonight against a push from
giving it to Cozen O’Connor,” other board members who are
Lupinacci said to the supervisor. funneling work toward associ-
“ at is how we concluded that ates who are not competitively
conversation.” bidding,” Peter Gephardt said.
“I wasn’t happy with it. I was Carmel hamlet resident John
very adamant we should get a Butler said that because the town
proposal,” Schmitt said. “I don’t already hired Cozen O’Connor
have a law rm that I particular- to defend itself against the DEP
ly like to give work to. You guys citation is the very reason it
do have a law rm you particu- should not hire it for the Article
larly want to give work to. And 78 case.
that was Cozen O’Connor and I
disagreed with you. “I’ve never seen anything like
this before. Just the very fact that
“I know there are three votes this law rm (Cozen O’Connor)
to do this, but I am personally is engaged by the town in a sepa-
against it because it’s going to rate investigation of what I think
cost a boatload more money to is the same matter, automatically
defend the Article 78,” Schmitt should bifurcate the issue from
one law rm to another,” he said.
SEE SCHMITT PAGE 9
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 9
Volunteer tax counselors needed in Putnam
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Dinner with Mumbles anksgiving gratitude
My wife and I went out to din- side with you, losing over 11,000 of Thanksgiving is the best American exceptions to this. e awful history of
ner with Mumbles and his our brothers ghting ISIS. Trump has holiday! slavery runs completely counter to this
latest girlfriend, Emma, last abandoned us for no explainable reason.
In the dark days of late No- narrative and I want to acknowledge
Friday, in downtown Brooklyn. Going After a secret phone call with Turkish vember, when light is tangibly vanishing those many poor souls, too.
out with Mumbles President Erdogan, he day by day and the But for the majority
is always a treat. Not HERE announced that he was weather is rocketing LIFE, of the rest who came,
only does he have AND withdrawing Ameri- between bone-chilling HEALTH, America represented
a craving for well- NOW! can troops from Syria’s
prepared, exotic foods, border with Turkey. cold and gray, rainy the golden dream of the
days, the feeling that POLITICS future where to some
but he’s also one of BERNIE Why? Overnight, Tur- there is a big holiday to MARA extent you could make
the most opiniated, KOSBERG key invaded land lived look forward to always SCHIFFREN your own destiny, some-
well-informed and in- on by the Kurds for lifts my mood and thing that was simply
teresting guys I know. over a hundred years, sends it soaring. unattainable back in the
Debating him is fun. killing thousands of ci- I love the call-back old country. e trait of
I arranged to meet Mumbles and his vilians arbitrarily and directing a wave of to the earliest Puritans with the recollec- believing in personal liberty and indi-
silver-haired gal on the corner of Atlan- arson, looting, kidnapping, and roadside tion of how unsure life was for them in vidualism is bred in the bone in the U.S.
tic Avenue and Henry Street, a locale executions. It has driven 300,000 people those days. e mere victory of surviving for many of us still.
loaded with hip bars, unique eateries from their homes, with nowhere safe to until harvest season was a huge endeavor What else is there to love about
and, for me, fond memories of bygone go. for which to give serious thanks because anksgiving? Why, the food of course!
days. We arrived a bit early—surprising “Trump has only contempt for human every aspect of everyday life itself in this Formal tables laden with an array
for me—and while waiting, I regaled my life,” he continued. “He has supported new world was a completely i y proposi- of delicious harvest food. Giant roast
babe of better than 50 years with stories the Turkish use of poison gas; endorsed tion. turkeys and other game birds, corn-bread
from my youth, undoubtedly ones she’d violence against journalists reporting ink back to those times when setting stu ng, potatoes and squash galore,
heard many, many, many times before. this extermination; and stands idly by as o on a creaky, wooden ship to sail for vegetables of whatever sort you like best
e restaurant Mumbles chose had Turkey deliberately targets Kurd fami- many weeks to a mysterious continent— adding a contrasting green note. Shiny
once been a second- oor at in an old lies, accusing everyone, indiscriminately, unsure whether you would sink at sea, pumpkin pies with notes of cinnamon,
railroad tenement. It had a series of of being suspected terrorists. blow way o course, or arrive safely—was nutmeg and ginger di using through the
interconnecting rooms, decorated with “And just last week,” he concluded, itself an act of will. And the fact that you house to make you feel cozy as you sit
burgundy velveteen furniture, wine-red as a special bottle of Kurdistan caber- took these steps to escape the con nes of reside with burning logs releasing the
wallpaper, and an assortment of Oriental net was delivered to our table, “Trump the old-world order and resist its strati - notes of wood re into the room. It’s a
rugs. e entrance room had several o ered a new argument for these cation was remarkably courageous. hearth like scene that appeals to the pri-
vintage-style couches and chairs and atrocities: ‘Death and su ering in war en to be among the rst Europeans mal senses, as the afternoon light vanishes
co ee tables with large hookah pipes on are good for peace.’ Bull crap! e only to settle onto this continent, so far away and turns dark.
each, where folks sat patiently waiting countries pro ting from the Turkish from every known comfort in their world anksgiving is a holiday to eat your
for a table to open up. genocide are Syria, Russia and Iran— and every aspect of culture—what a stun- heart out with the array of nourishing
Mumbles appeared to know the exactly the opposite intention of your ning act of bravery for these bold souls. food! And then eat again all weekend
owner well. He greeted us warmly, country’s formerly long-standing foreign e only thing we can compare to it long!
showed us to our table in the back room, policy goals.” in our world is the bravery of astronauts And then, of course, it is the kicko
and stayed to chat for a few moments. Mumbles and Emma were no longer going o to the moon or to a new planet. to holiday season as the days continue to
is was clearly a Turkish restaurant, I smiling, nor were we. Like the characters in “Star Trek” who whither and grow ever shorter. e coun-
thought. Considering the agony pres- “ is country’s politics has been boldly go where no one has gone before. terpoint to all the darkness is gathering
ently visiting that corner of the world extraordinarily divisive in recent years,” at’s hardly an everyday event in our together in community and spreading
and the fact that Mumbles is a staunch said Mumbles, “and, now, considering lifetimes. Life in America these days is human warmth and creativity. at is,
Democrat who holds exceedingly liberal Trump’s worsening behavior as presi- rarely so liminal —where your life is until the turn of the year when the days
views, I was surprised and perplexed by dent, inhumanity towards the Kurds, on the line. Where you feel that it is a slowly become longer and the crystalline
his choice. and impending impeachment over the question as to whether you will survive chill of January falls upon our world in
Once seated, Mumbles introduced us. Ukrainian scandal, the tension and stress day by day. the Northeast.
e restaurateur is a Kurd, not a Turk, is going to get much, much worse… on But anksgiving is also about the May you enjoy a delicious and mean-
I quickly found out, and he generously both sides.” tradition of individualism in the United ingful anksgiving this year and the
supports e orts to thwart the ethnic “ is ever-present anxiety has in l- States. entire holiday season!
cleansing Trump’s political decision- trated our lives,” chimed in Emma. “I Because the majority of the early set-
making has unleashed on the Kurds in feel it when I get up in the morning; I tlers who came here took an a rmative Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, certi ed
Northeast Syria. feel it at work; and I feel it when I sit decision to change their lives and that of Functional Medicine Health coach and
e owner, still standing nearby, then down with Mumbles in front of the TV their progeny for the better by moving certi ed Peak Performance coach. You can
chimed in: “Kurds thought Americans SEE KOSBERG PAGE 12 somewhere new. at boldness is still reach her at mara.schi firstname.lastname@example.org
were their friends. We fought side-by-
part of the American ethos. ere were
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019 OPINION MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 11
OF HUMAN wonder? Drivers will put their dying without ever knowing- in to understand the di erence. in the elds singing his songs,
INTEREST lives at risk—as well as others— the biblical sense of knowing… Poetry helped. scaring the hell out of all the
to get home ive minutes sooner. a girl. “You want a girlfriend,” farmers. And that he wrote the
LORENZO What’s so important that it Laura said, “start writing po- In late summer we had a best poem ever written: “To
GARO can’t wait? etry.” Laura thought that guys barbecue. It was just the family, Autumn.”
who played sports, guys with a going-away party for Laura,
Igive you fair warning: is It wouldn’t surprise me if the muscles, were just “dumb jocks.” who was leaving for college. “Would you liked to hear it?”
column is about poetry. slowest cars on the road are But a guy with a poem in his She was very happy, excited to she asked. She knew it by heart.
For those of you who driven by poetry lovers. Poetry heart was irresistible. be getting away from Mahopac
haven’t turned the page, thank slows the mind and body down, and meeting new people. Ex- “Season of mists and mel-
you. Most people have the which doesn’t necessarily make I thought she was crazy. Real cept for a stout breeze blowing low fruitfulness,” she began, her
wrong idea about poetry. ey for safer driving. A drive up the men didn’t write poetry. Poetry from the north, it was a per- voice trembling with emotion.
think that it’s hard to under- Taconic Parkway, in the poetry was for sissies. What I needed fect day, the sky the color of a Suddenly, she threw her hands
stand. But the best poetry, at of autumn, can be as dangerous was a hairy chest and some bi- bluebird’s wing. e tablecloth over her face and burst into
least to my mind, captures the as driving under the in uence. ceps. Yet, I tried to read the po- that mom spread over the picnic tears, unable to continue.
beauty of an ordinary moment etry Laura gave me. Even when table wouldn’t lay still. e wind
that’s hiding right in front of If not for my older sister, she explained what the poems teased Laura’s hair, which she It didn’t matter. Poetry
your eyes. Laura, I probably would have were about, I still couldn’t wore long with a simple side isn’t necessarily in books. It’s
never discovered poetry. My understand them. Nevertheless, part. She had given me “Leaves in autumn, when the forest
Poetry takes time, and who mother and father worked hard Laura kept giving me poems to of Grass” to read and asked, changes into a sunny cathedral.
has time—especially for poetry? to give us a middleclass up- read, explaining what they were in not too serious a way, how It’s the tears of a 17-year-old
bringing. For a while they com- about and telling me that poets I liked it. I’d read a few poems girl about to leave home for the
e great mystery about living muted to the city. ey didn’t were the “true legislators” of the and given up.
in our tech-infatuated culture is have time to worry about my world. rst time, crying for all that she
that for all the things technol- little problems. When I didn’t “Oh, that Whitman,” I said. will miss and the grand life that
ogy does to make life easier and make the basketball team, it was I carried Pablo Neruda’s “100 “He is the best.” lies ahead. It’s the wind in the
simpler, so we can have more Laura who consoled me. When Love Sonnets” to school every trees, the buzz of bee, a bat and
time, we seem to have less. I had trouble with geometry, it day for two months. What an “No, Keats is the best.” a ball, an old pair of shoes, a
People talk quicker, walk faster was Laura who helped me make act. I hardly understood a word. “I thought you liked Neruda broken branch, a blade of grass,
and drive 75 mph in all kinds sense of the isosceles triangle. Like any teenager, I couldn’t best?” a stone, the uty chirps of a
of weather. What’s the hurry, I When I wanted to get a girl to comb my hair, put on a pair “Compared to Keats, Neruda hungry sparrow, a dead tree, a
like me, it was Laura who tried of pants, or look in the mir- is a 12-year-old boy.” living tree.
her best to show me how. ror without thinking of love And then Laura started tell-
and sex. It took me a long time ing me all about Keats, how he Poetry is a winding road, the
At 15, my greatest fear was died young, the way he walked moon and the stars, and every-
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Who framed Audrey Hepburn?
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“Hey, honey,”I said.“ is is seri- move would be. e apartment walked into the apartment, I felt about elves who came in each
ous!” came furnished and, apparently, this sudden urge to put on pearls night to the cobbler’s shop and drey Hepburn is haunting our
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A anksgiving quiz
Dear Dr. Linda, for everyone.To make it worse, STRONG But only some states celebrated Canada it’s the second Monday
I have two requests to ask of they’re arguing about your chil- LEARNING anksgiving. in October. (2).True (3).True (4).
dren in front of them. You need 8. In 1830, the state of Massa- False. It was celebrated in Plym-
you for your anksgiving column. to step in to protect your children DR. LINDA outh, Mass, (5). False. Gov. Wil-
First to provide another anks- because that type of behavior is SILBERT chusetts was the rst state to have liam Bradford (6). False. e cel-
giving quiz because my whole unhealthy and can scar them. an o cial anksgiving Day. ebration lasted for three days. (7).
family, every generation, loves it. A THANKSGIVING QUIZ True (8). False. e state of New
Before anksgiving or any True or false 9. In 1863, Sarah Hale, the York was the rst state to have an
e arguing between generations event in which you’ll be together, 1. anksgiving is celebrated editor of a famous lady’s magazine, o cial anksgiving Day. (9).True
as to who answered rst and cor- talk to each grandma privately and convinced President Abraham (10).True (11). False. ere is no
rectly is hysterical. personally—not by text or email. in both the United States and Lincoln to proclaim that the last proof that turkey was even eaten at
Tell her that you appreciate her Canada on the same day. the rst anksgiving. Historians
My second request is not that advice, that it’s always good to hear ursday in November a day of believe lobster and other sh and
funny. How do I deal with the someone else’s opinion. But to 2. anksgiving is celebrated thanksgiving. game were served.Turkey rst
arguing that occurs between my share her advice with you and your late in the fall because it’s a cel- became popular as the main meal
mom and my mother-in-law? We husband rst and not directly with ebration of the harvest. 10. In 1941, Congress passed a in 1863, after Lincoln declared
have four wonderful kids ranging your children. Comments, looks law that anksgiving would be
from 5 to 14 and the argument or gestures from signi cant others 3. e rst anksgiving obser- observed on the fourth ursday anksgiving a national holiday.
always seems to be over something that children perceive as negative vance took place on Dec. 4, 1619 of November and it would be a (12).True. But the rst Macy’s
one of my kids said or did. may have a lifelong e ect. in Virginia and it was entirely reli- legal federal holiday. parade was intended to celebrate
gious and did not involve feasting. Christmas. (13). False. Slaves in
Last year, it was over my Some grandparents go directly 11.Turkey was the only bird at the South, during colonial times,
14-year-old daughter’s grades to the child because they know 4. e rst anksgiving was the rst anksgiving celebration. from the tropical region of Nigeria,
because report cards had just that the parents are not open to celebrated in New England in the Ivory Coast, and West Africa,
come out. It got so bad that our hear anything. at’s not good, 1621 in Boston. 12. e rst Macy’s anksgiv- came from an area known as the
daughter ended up crying and my either. Grandparents, because ing Day Parade was in 1924. “yam belt.” ey probably cooked
in-laws walked out before dessert. they’ve had years of experience 5. e governor at the time of the sweet potatoes as they would
What are these two women teach- and have learned from it (hope- the rst anksgiving in New 13. Eating sweet potatoes on have yams. (14).True (15).True
ing our kids about anksgiving? fully), are a great resource for England in 1621 was Gov. Wil- anksgiving is a tradition which
you. Be careful not to push them liams. began with the New England Happy anksgiving!
Christine away. Remember, they love your colonists. Dr. Linda
Dear Christine, children, too. 6. e celebration lasted for a 14. Benjamin Franklin wanted
whole day. the turkey to be the national bird, Dr. Linda Silbert is the author
First, the problem you’re facing If Grandma 1 and Grandma not the eagle. of “Why Bad Grades Happen to
is that you want to have a wonder- 2 continue to argue with you and 7. In 1789, after the Revolu- 15. In 1941, Congress passed a Good Kids” and “Building Strong
ful family anksgiving dinner don’t see what they’re doing is tionary War, President George law that anksgiving would be Students.” Submit questions
just like in the Norman Rockwell damaging, it’s still your respon- Washington proclaimed that Nov. observed on the fourth ursday using the contact form at www.
painting. Unfortunately, it looks sibility to bu er your children. 26 of that year would be a national of November and it would be a StrongLearning.com.
good in a painting, but doesn’t al- Consider going skiing next year. holiday to give thanks for the es- legal federal holiday.
ways happen. In your situation, the tablishment of a new government. Answers: (1). False. anksgiv-
two grandmas don’t seem to see ing is celebrated in both countries,
eye to eye which creates tension but in the U.S. it’s the fourth
ursday in November and in
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Students target careers in HVAC thanks to BOCES
Doug Andreotti has taught the year program is the fact that jobs reason for student interest is that work and learning how to work they pass the exam, they become
the program o ers them more with the equipment.” instantly more marketable. Con-
heating, ventilation and cooling in HVAC are on the rise, which than the typical day of academia tractors look for certi cation and
found at most high schools. Senior Jonathan Gjuraj, also the fact that our students get that
program at the Tech Center at means students can get a job right from Mahopac, agreed. certi cation makes them sought
Mahopac students are helping after.”
PNW BOCES for 27 years, but out of high school after the pro- to push those class enrollment “We learn pipe threading, sol-
numbers upward. dering, wiring and all about boiler Local contractors, including
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“I love the fact that I am not in ing in Mahopac, often look to
“We have always had good to the Bureau of Labor statistics, a classroom all day,” said Dylan Both students said they will Andreotti’s students to ll jobs.
Ferrieri, a senior at Mahopac likely pursue a job in the eld
numbers,” he said of enrollment, employment of HVAC mechan- High School. “I like the hands-on after graduation, something they “ e Sheet Metal Workers
will be well-situated for given the Union seeks our students out as
“but in the past two years it has ics and installers is projected to rigors of the program. well,” Andreotti added.
almost doubled.” grow 13 percent from 2018 to “At the end of the second year, Article courtesy of PNW BOCES
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Among the reasons for that up- 2028, much faster than the aver- tion exam,” Andreotti said. “Once
tick in student interest in the two- age for all occupations. Another
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Rich Dunne honored PHOTO COURTESY OF CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
for 40 years as Master
Mahopac resident Rich Dunne a committed volunteer. With his
is celebrating his 40th year as a
Master Gardener Volunteer with white beard and smiling face, he
Cornell Cooperative Extension of
Putnam County. In those four de- regularly plays Santa at the Master
cades, he has shared his knowledge
and passion for gardening with Put- Gardeners’winter gatherings.
nam County adults and youth. On
“My time with the Cornell Co-
ursday, Nov. 14, at the Putnam
County Golf Course, he was hon- operative Extension of Putnam
ored for his service.
County has been extremely reward-
Dunne graduated in the Mas-
ter Gardener Class of 1978. He is ing to me since I have met so many
among the rst Master Gardener
volunteers in New York State (the wonderful people,” he said. “I have
NYS program began in 1977). By
the end of this year,Dunne will have been a 4H leader, on the Board of Rich Dunne
completed his 40th year of service. Directors and presently in the Mas-
Dunne is a Navy veteran and is ter Gardener Program. e volun-
active with his local VFW. After re-
tiring from IBM, he taught math at teers I have met and worked with
Kennedy Catholic High School for
12 years and delighted his students have enriched my life and for that I
with his wry wit.He served as a 4-H
club leader working with youth in am thankful.”
our community. He also serves as an
exhibit judge at the Putnam County He also remarked that volun-
4-H Fair, judging science and horti-
cultural projects and exhibits. teerism is very rewarding, he enjoys
As a member of the Master Gar- sharing knowledge and his experi-
dener community, Dunne remains
Article courtesy of Cornell Cooperative
From left, Rebecca Ligrani,
horticulture agent; Jennifer
Julianna Lerner, horticulture
program director; and
Richard Dunne, at last week’s
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROL MORRIS
MAHOPAC NEWS THURS
Mahopac celebrates VeteranPAGE16
BY MAUREEN DALY
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the VFW 5491 Color Guard marches from the Korean War atomic veteran Ed Gettler and VFW Post 5491 Po
eleventh month, a Veterans Day ceremony was ceremony. Front row - Fred Wennberg, Anthony World War II Veteran Mario Porto Ray Callinan gives
held at Memorial Circle on East Lake Boulevard DelDuco; Second row - Rich Dunne and Louis invocation.
in Mahopac. Preikschat; Third Row - Larry King, Jim Zupan, and
Ray Callinan Back row- Joe Hoffman and Nick PHOTOS
Beginning with a short parade from the VFW Mucciarone
headquarters to the circle, the event included MNeawh
participation from VFW 5491 and its Auxiliary,
American Legion Post1080, its Auxiliary and
Sons, Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt, Council-
woman Suzi McDonough, Police Chief Mike
Cazzari, Town Justice omas Jacobellis, Ma-
hopac and Mahopac Falls re departments, Boy
and Cub Scout Troops 371, 271 and 71, and Girl
Scout Troops 1139, 1120, 1566 and 2479.
Bill Duschaneck was the master of ceremonies
for the event, which opened with an invocation
delivered by VFW 5491 Chaplain Ray Callinan,
followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the na-
tional anthem. Speeches were made by Anthony
DelDuco of VFW 5491 and James Hosford,
commander of American Legion Post 1080.
“ ank you to my fellow veterans for all that
you have sacri ced to make this country great and
thank you to our rst responders for keeping our
community safe and protected,” DelDuco said in
his remarks to the crowd.
Master of Ceremonies Bill Duschaneck led the
Scouts in a rendition of “God Bless America,” fol-
lowed by a closing prayer from VFW 5491 Chap-
lain Ray Callinan. Afterward, all were invited to
return to the VFW post, where refreshments were
served and state Sen. Pete Harckham stopped by
to say hello. Mark Badolato and Ajith omas,
administrators of the Paramount Rehabilitation
and Nursing Center in Somers, were on hand to
deliver pies to the veterans.
“I was honored to attend and participate in the
Veterans Day ceremonies,” Supervisor Schmitt
said after the ceremony. “Each and every day we
should thank our military veterans for their ser-
vice and sacri ces to our great nation. I would also
like to thank our local veterans’ organizations—
the VFW and American Legion, for all they do
for our community.”
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In 2017, statistics from the
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ese res caused 2,630 deaths
and 10,600 injuries. On average,
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Here is a list of meetings in the coming weeks for the town of Carmel government and the Mahopac School District. Times/dates are subject to change. Call the Town Hall at
845-628-1500, or the school district at 845-628-3415, with any questions.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 21
County names Climate Smart Communities chief
Putnam County Executive ner, Taylor has overseen long- mate Smart Communities Goals, to natural gas, replacing windows Smart Communities certi cation,
MaryEllen Odell has appointed range planning studies to preserve Odell said. and antiquated HVAC systems Putnam will be eligible for fund-
Lauri Taylor as coordinator of our natural resources and partnered and upgrading to smart building ing through New York State En-
the county’s new Climate Smart with the municipalities to assess “I am grateful for the opportuni- management technology. Given its ergy Research and Development
Communities Initiative. the environmental impacts of capi- ty to protect our natural resources experience, Odell said designating Authority’s (NYSERDA) Clean
tal projects throughout the county. and help the county reduce green- the Capital Projects Committee to Energy Communities program.
“Lauri Taylor has spent years house gas emissions,” Taylor said. serve as the task force was the logi-
protecting the environment in In her role as manager of the “ ere couldn’t be a more impor- cal step. e certi cation would also make
Putnam County,” Odell said. “She Soil and Water Conservation Dis- tant job.” Putnam a stronger candidate for
has the spirit and experience that trict, Taylor has worked with the “ e committee is trained to other state environmental grants.
make her the right choice to lead County Legislature, town govern- In addition to naming Taylor take a comprehensive approach,
the county’s e ort to reduce green- ments, landowners and residents as coordinator, Odell has selected and that’s what you need in order
house gases and adapt to a chang- to address soil erosion, site reviews the Capital Projects Committee to to be truly climate-smart,” Odell
ing climate.” and other conservation projects. serve as the Climate Smart Com- said. “It will examine future county
munities Task Force. e Capital policies with an eye toward reduc-
Taylor currently serves as the rough her educational out- Projects Committee sets priorities ing greenhouse gases, increasing
senior environmental planner for reach to the community, Taylor and evaluates the feasibility, cost energy e ciencies, promoting job
Putnam County, as well as the has developed strong relationships and method of nancing for all the growth and improving the quality
district manager for the Putnam with stakeholders in the Highways county’s proposed capital projects. of life.”
County Soil and Water Conserva- & Facilities Department,the Plan-
tion District, positions that make ning Department and others that e committee has overseen an en- e Climate Smart Communi-
her uniquely quali ed to head the will help facilitate the work of the ergy audit of county buildings and ties initiative is a program of the
Climate Smart Communities Ini- Climate Smart Communities Ini- is preparing to upgrade nearly 20 state Department of Environmen-
tiative, Odell said. tiative and will work closely with county facilities with energy sav- tal Conservation. If the county
the Task Force to achieve the Cli- ing measures, such as adding new achieves the department’s Climate
As senior environmental plan- solar arrays, converting from oil
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the dedication and commitment of the hard-working volun- unteerism and always welcome new members and new ideas.
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unteer hours and 2019 is tracking the same. Each week these become a Friend. Applications are available in the lobby or visit
volunteers give countless hours of their time to greet custom- Mahopac Public Library’s website at www.mahopaclibrary.org.
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MUSINGS St. John’s Christmas individuals with disabilities and Town seeks resumes
Boutique provides equal program and em- for court justice
FROM PAGE 2 ployment opportunities.
St. John the Evangelist Church e town of Carmel is accepting letters of interest along with
ere will be children’s activi- in Mahopac will hold a Christ- Friends of Music resumes for the position of Carmel town justice.
ties such as crafts and face paint- mas boutique on Sunday, Dec. 8, Fundraiser
ing at the Carmel High School 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors are needed. ose interested should submit their letters of interest and
cafeteria starting at 3 p.m. From Vendors should contact Terry Ko- Mahopac Friends of Music will resumes to Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt by the close of busi-
4-5:30 p.m., there will be carol- mendowski at 845-628-2006, ext. hold a fundraiser at Spins Bowl, ness on Monday, Dec. 2. Letters and resumes should be sent to:
ing and hayrides with Santa at 133. 23 Old Route 6, Carmel, on Sun- Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt,
Cornerstone Park at the corner day, Dec. 29. Check in is at noon;
of Fair Street and Gleneida Av- St. John’s Food bowling is 12:30-2:30 p.m. $60 fee Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., Mahopac, NY 10541,
enue (Route 52). Also starting Pantry includes two hours of bowling with or emailed to Anne Pasquerello at email@example.com.
at 4, the annual chowder-tasting up to six bowlers per lane. Price in-
event will be held in Cornerstone e St. John’s Food Pantry cludes shoe rental. Payment will be is appointment is to ll the seat formerly held by Judge
Park. e Cornerstone Park tree has extended its hours to include at check-in on the day of the event. Joseph Spo ord who won election to county court judge.
will be lit at 5 p.m., after a cer- Registration must be received by
emony honoring local veterans. ursday evenings,5:30-7 p.m.,for Dec.8.Mail name and contact info Carmel Rec Winter 7:30 p.m. at St. Joachim Church
Dec. 12. Regular hours are Fridays, to: Wendy Kasper, 25 Myrtle Ave., Classes in Beacon, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at
roughout the day, the vari- 10 a.m.-noon. All are welcome. Mahopac NY 10541 First United Methodist Church in
ous churches in the Hamlet will St. John’s Church is located at 221
be having bazaars and holiday East Lake Blvd. in Mahopac. Any questions,email MFOM at Registration is open for winter Brewster, the Chorale will perform
events. From 5:30-6:30, there firstname.lastname@example.org
will be live music on the steps of Christmas Bazaar classes at the Carmel Recreation “Let the Psalms Resound,” a selec-
the old county courthouse and Mahopac Library
along Gleneida Avenue toward e First Presbyterian Church Events and Parks Department. Many, tion of Old Testament psalm in-
Route 6. At 6:15 p.m., there will will hold a Christmas bazaar on
be a Santa Stroll down Gleneida Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harry Potter Adult Book Group many classes to choose from in- terpretations by the choral masters,
Avenue from Fair Street to Route (Snow date is Dec. 14.) Crafts, Monday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. is
6 to raise money for Cancer re- baked goods, gift items, decora- book group meets on the fourth cluding skiing, snowboarding and Mozart, Bach and Handel, accom-
search. From 6:30-7:30, there tions. Breakfast and lunch served. Monday of every month; new
will be an electric light parade members are always welcome. On ice skating lessons. For more in- panied by the Putnam Chorale
through the hamlet featuring e church is located at,411 Route Nov.25 we will discuss the second
more than 40 oats. After the 6N (at Secor Road) Mahopac. For book in the series: “Harry Potter formation on classes and to see the Orchestra.In addition,on Saturday
parade, spectators can enjoy car- more information, write to pres- and the Chamber of Secrets”by J.K.
oling on the shore of Lake Gle- email@example.com or call 845- Rowling – pickup your copy at the brochure, visit the website at www. Dec. 14, the Putnam Chorale En-
neida with free doughnuts and 628-2365. library’s circulation desk. Drop-in
hot chocolate. e activities will group, no registration needed. For carmelny.org/recreation or follow semble will perform 18th-century
culminate with the lighting of 70 .edu/events. Cornell Coopera- information call 845-628-2009, ext.
Christmas trees and an appear- tive Extension is an employer and 100. them on Facebook @CarmelRec- period Christmas music as part of
ance by Santa. educator recognized for valuing
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Concerts program will also be presented
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December. On Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019 Sports MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 23
The student becomes the teacher
Bota, 26, to run program with former head coach
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
Not long ago, senior captain Jon Bota scored 41 goals and 25 assists to lead Mahopac
lacrosse to their ninth section title in school history.
Not even a decade removed from his playing days, the 26-year-old Bota will try to restore
the program to its former glory from the sidelines.
“ is program has a rich history,” Bota said. “Realistically, chasing after that section could
be a goal this year.”
Bota, who graduated from Mahopac High School in 2011, was appointed head coach of
the varsity lacrosse team by the Board of Education on urs-
day, Oct. 24.
He played three years for the varsity team as an attackman,
scoring 123 points. His most successful year was his senior year,
when then Indians captured the Section 1 Class A title, beating
teams like Yorktown and Lakeland-Panas in the process.
“We got to do some pretty special things in 2011,” Bota said.
“It was a special year for that group.”
Bota played under co-coaches, Michael and Dave Haddeland,
brothers who led the program together until 2013, when just
Michael took over. An illness forced Michael Haddeland to
resign shortly before the 2016 season, passing the baton to
co-coaches Tony Tanzi and Sean Mohammed. New coach Joe
Bucello took over the following year, but was let go over the
Michael Haddeland will return to the sidelines with Bota this
“Michael Haddeland is going to be my assistant,” Bota said.
“He’s ready to get back involved and get this program back to
where we had it in 2011.” Jon Bota helped lead Mahopac
After graduating from Mahopac, Bota continued his lacrosse to a section title in 2011.
career at Western New England University. He started for three
years, earning All-Conference honors and leading the Bears to PHOTOS COURTESY
three Division III tournament appearances, advancing to the OF JONA BOTA
Elite Eight in 2013.
Not long after graduating college, Bota got his rst taste of coaching varsity
lacrosse at Putnam Valley High School, serving as an assistant. He also coached
with 845 Lax, which works with youth and varsity lacrosse programs.
“ en the opportunity for Mahopac opened up and I couldn’t resist,” Bota said.
“It kind of happened a little quickly. I had a couple of meetings with [Athletic
Director] Frank [Miele] and everything seemed to go well.”
Bota, acknowledging his young age, said he feels “more of an urgency because
of it.” But being so closely removed from his playing days could also be a bene t.
“ ere are a lot of rule changes,” Bota said. “I feel like because I got to be so
recently involved in it, that it helps me out now.”
Bota is ready to hit the ground running.
“I feel I can get these kids involved in some high-level lacrosse,” he said.
‘ is program has a rich history. Realistically, chasing after that section could be a goal this year.’
–Head Coach Jon Bota, Mahopac Lacrosse
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FOOTBALLMahopac lays foundation for strong future
Four players earn post-season awards
BY SKIP PEARLMAN
It wasn’t the fall season the Ma-
hopac High football team was
looking for, but after nishing 3-6
and out of the playo s, the Indi-
ans and Head Coach Dom De-
Matteo are hoping the foundation
has been laid for a solid future.
“It was a disappointing season
as far as wins and losses, but con-
sidering where we are as a pro-
gram, we found success in other
ways,” DeMatteo said. “I was very
pleased with how we built our
senior class. e seniors came to-
gether as leaders and brought the
team together. We had a lot of
rst-time players—73 percent of
our team was playing football for
the rst time.
“I think we created a lot of ex-
citement with the program,” the Junior WR/RB/LB Vin Bastone was named Senior captain and WR/DB Zach Esteves FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN
coach added. “We had to come All-League, and earned the team’s Justin was named All-Conference and earned team
together quickly, and our seniors Wagner Award, and Outstanding Offensive awards as MVP and Outstanding Receiver. Junior WR/DB Matt Puckhaber was named
took a leadership role and made Back Award. All-League and earned the team’s Most
Outstanding Defensive Back award.
Zach Esteves, a senior captain, MVP. Esteves played in the Sec- North team. Award, and was named Most the team’s Most Outstanding
was named All-Conference, and tion 1 Exceptional Senior game Junior Vin Bastone earned Outstanding O ensive Back by O ensive Lineman award, and
earned team awards for Most on Sunday and had four recep- All-League honors. Bastone the team. Junior Dom Perricone SEE FOOTBALL PAGE 25
Outstanding Receiver, and team tions in a winning e ort for the also won the Justin Wagner earned All-League honors, and
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• Zach Esteves, senior,
• Vin Bastone,
• Dom Perricone,
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FROM PAGE 24
award for Most Outstanding
“All four of them truly
epitomize the concept of
student-athlete,” the coach said.
“ ey’re all very hard workers,
they all contributed on o ense
and defense, and they are all very
high character kids. ey’re all
leaders, and all four of them had Mahopac’s football team ﬁnished at 3-6 this fall. FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN
a very productive season.”
e Indians lose 18 seniors to
graduation, including 11 start-
ers, but DeMatteo is looking for
good things next fall.
“We return 25 players—16 ju-
niors and nine sophomores—and
many of them were in the rota-
tion this season,” the coach said.
“I’m very optimistic about next
year, and I’m also excited that our
JV went 7-1. Overall, we’ll have
more kids with experience, and
that means everything.”
e coach said he liked the
way his team competed this sea-
son and is looking forward to a
planned move from AA to Class
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The Mahopac girls celebrate after their playoff quarterfinal win over Greeley.
Honors • Mia Klammer, junior—All-Section, • Christina Lopreato, senior, captain— • Alexa Rispoli, senior—All-League
All-League All-League Honorable Mention
• Grace DiVincenzo, senior, captain— • Jenna Daly, senior—All-Section • Sabrina Nogula, senior—All-League • Madison DeCola, sophomore—All-
All-Section, All-League, League IA Co- Honorable Mention, All-League • Hailey Pereira, junior—All-League League Honorable Mention
Player of the Year
Eight players earn post-season honors
BY SKIP PEARLMAN “Overall, we really exceeded FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER all expectations, and had a great
year,” Carroll said of the season. THE LAST CELEBRATION: The Indians celebrate for the final time of their season, after tying the Section 1
Talk about a roller coaster ride. “I’m so proud of them all, and championship game at 1-1.
Before the season even started, they made a lot of people proud.
the Mahopac girls soccer team
lost their best player—Carly “After the high of winning
Steinberg—for the season. the Arlington game, and then
playing as well as we did against
e Indians were devastated. North Rockland, it was really
But with a rst-year coach and kind of bittersweet,” Carroll add-
never-say-die attitude, the team ed. “I think we shocked a lot of
came together and soon started people, because we lost a lot of
playing like one of the section’s good players. But we had a lot
best. of talent, and they really peaked
Mahopac went into the Sec- at the right time, and had a great
tion 1 Class AA Tournament as season.”
the No. 4 seed, and destroyed No.
13 Fox Lane and No. 5 Gree- Senior team captain Grace
ley—outscoring those teams DiVincenzo was named All-
14-0—before pulling o the up- Section, All-League, and League
set of the season in the semi nal, IA Co-Player of the Year. Junior
stunning No. 1 Arlington on two Mia Klammer earned All-Sec-
late goals, 2-1. tion and All-League honors for
the second straight season. And
e Indians were edged by No. senior Jenna Daly took home
2 seed North Rockland in the All-Section Honorable Mention
championship game, falling 2-1, and All-League accolades.
and closed the year at 16-4.
Senior captain Christina
Coach Casey Carroll was
named League IA Coach of the SEE SOCCER PAGE 27
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 27
Junior Mia Klammer earned All-Section and All-League honors for the second time.
FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN SOCCER contribute in so many ways,”Car- niors and six starters—hopes are
roll said. “It really takes a team to high for next fall.
Senior captain Grace DiVincenzo was named All-Section, All-League, FROM PAGE 26 do what these girls did. e girls
and the League Co-Player of the Year. who were named all made it easy “Anytime you lose nine players
and junior Hailey Pereira earned to be nominated. ey were such it’s going to hurt,” Carroll said.
All-League status. Senior Alexa a presence on the eld, all lead- “We lose leadership, and a lot of
Rispoli and sophomore Madison ers.” experience. But the girls we still
DeCola were named All-League have… I think they can be a lot
Honorable mention. Carroll said that while the like this year. I think the girls can
team loses considerable talent to do a lot more than might be ex-
“ e (honors) list is di cult, graduation—including nine se- pected.”
because we had so many girls
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Winning at all costs
If everyone’s cheating, no one “Runners on second base com- MARSH aren’t guilty of cheating. Not and totally pervasive, I’d prob-
is. monly peer in at a catcher’s signs MADNESS really, anyway. ey’re guilty of ably do it again,” Armstrong told
to tip o hitters as to what pitch cheating too well. BBC in 2015. “It was a bad deci-
A lot of Houston Astros is coming next,” a writer for BRIAN sion at an imperfect time, but it
fans made that argument last MLB.com wrote in February. MARSCHHAUSER Nobody cared about steroids happened.”
week when it was reported that in baseball until Sammy Sosa
their favorite baseball team was In those cases, it falls on the e use of technology to gain and Mark McGwire started is brings us to the real issue,
stealing signs during their 2017 catcher and pitcher to develop in-game tactical advantages over hitting 60-plus home runs. which was hit on by Grant Bris-
World Series run (and possibly more intricate signals. One index your opponent is also explicitly bee, a writer for e Athletic.
again in 2019). prohibited by Major League Nobody cared about doping
nger for a fastball won’t cut it. Baseball’s bylaws. in cycling until Lance Arm- “I know it’s not just the Astros.
e evidence seems clear cut. Many baseball fanatics love the strong won seven straight Tour It’s probably a bunch of teams,”
Countless videos show banging sport for the strategy of it. Sign- MLB is now investigating de Frances. he wrote on Twitter. “But I could
noises emanating from near the stealing is just another layer of this issue. Eventually, just like see some teams being too squeaky
Astros’ dugout when the oppos- that. It’s like a game of chess. steroids in the late 1990s and Nobody cared about the PSI clean to even consider this.”
ing team’s catcher signaled for early 2000s, we may nd out just of a football until the New
an o -speed pitch. Mike Fiers, e Astros, however, have how pervasive and widespread England Patriots started win- “If you’re not cheating, you’re
a former Astros player, corrobo- taken sign-stealing to another this kind of sign-stealing is. ning titles. not trying.” I’ve heard that say-
rated this information to e level. According to reports, at ing since tee-ball. But somebody
Athletic. home games, a live camera feed As a Yankees fan whose team Nobody cared about sign- isn’t cheating. What about them?
focused on the catcher’s sig- lost twice to the Astros in the stealing until the Astros made
“I just want the game to be nals was relayed to a monitor playo s since 2017, I’m not in their second World Series ap- I often wonder with sadness
cleaned up a little bit because near the dugout. If the catcher a hurry to gloat or cry foul. My pearance in three years. about baseball players who re-
there are guys who are losing signaled for an o -speed pitch, team could be guilty, too. fused to take steroids even when
their jobs because they’re going somebody would make a loud It seems just about every 99 percent of their colleagues
in there not knowing,” Fiers said banging noise, giving the batter a But ultimately, the Astros great champion from this era were. A career Minor Leaguer
in the explosive report. signi cant advantage. is tainted in some way. After in the 1990s could have been a
Barry Bonds was found guilty Hall of Famer in a cleaner era.
Sign-stealing has been part of is no longer feels like a of cheating his way to both the Does that thought keep Mark
baseball for time immemorial. game of chess. It’s espionage. single-season and all-time home McGwire and Sammy Sosa up
run records, a nation in search at night? Have they ever thought
BUSINESS OWNERS: of a clean home run king turned about it?
its hopes to A-Rod, who also
401 LSLCHCOORRSPA? turned out to be a cheater. As long as competition ex-
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IRA Cheating, unfortunately, has politics—somebody will always
become the new normal, which be trying to get a leg up on their
means idealists are at a disad- opponent. It’s the way the world
vantage. e right way is the works. Some moralistic indi-
losing way. e Los Angeles viduals succeed in spite of it, but
Dodgers, who lost to the Astros they’re increasingly seeming like
in the World Series, can’t hang the exception. People who refuse
a banner that says, “2017: Had to play dirty have clean clothes
Morals.” but not much else.
Cheaters will tell you they’re If you cheat, it’s less about
just keeping up with the com- living with the consequences
petition. ey’re probably right. (because there aren’t many) than
But try telling that to your kid it is about being able to live with
and sleeping well at night. yourself. Is it better to cheat and
win or play by the rules and lose?
Lance Armstrong deals with Only you can make that deci-
that dilemma constantly, saying sion.
he fears the day when his young-
est children learn about his illicit Mike Fiers, in coming clean,
activities. decided he could no longer look
at his 2017 World Series ring
But does he regret it? Not with a clean conscience.
What can you live with?
“If you take me back to 1995,
when [doping] was completely
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Schechtman Orthodontics has merged with iSmile Orthodontics
Week-long open house is set for Dec. 9
iSmile Orthodontics with re-branding and undergoing an as fun and mentally stimulating ogy, energizing colors, a modern ismileorthodontics.com or call
Dr. Schechtman, currently lo- extensive renovation, which is for kids. 3.5” x 2.5” | Mtarexatmimentuamrea, Fanod nottheSr ifuzne:9134-0962p-9t600. rough Feb. 29,
cated at 3630 Hill Boulevard, set to be completed by the end “I am very excited about the amenities. when mentioning “New O ce/
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Financial strategies“We’re especially ex- e iSmile/Schechtman Ortho-
down to Suite 401. get to share in the excitement! To book a consultation, visit
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ientertainment room, fresh look with a modern design
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eager to see it for nology and more open spaces; life insurance policy?
themselves,” said there’s even a new game room! Tom Casey, AAMS®, CRPC®, CR
e advice new space,
designed to enhance
the overall experience,
is slated to be bright and
relaxing for adults as well
see the new face of our practice.
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LEGAL NOTICES Mahopac, NY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC TENTATIVE ASSESSMENT 845-621-8647
New York during normal
HEARING ROLLS OF CARMEL SEWER business hours.
DISTRICTS #1, #2, #3, #4, #5,
NOTICE IS HEREBY #6, #7, #8 AND EXTENSIONS At said Public Hearing, all
GIVEN, that the Town Board THERETO AS WELL AS interested persons shall be heard
on the subject thereof. e
of the Town of Carmel, pursuant CARMEL WATER DISTRICTS Town Board will make every
to Town Law Section 202-a #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, e ort to assure that the Public
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will conduct a Public Hearing
at the Town Hall, 60 McAlpin
Avenue, Mahopac, New York on
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
at 7:00 PM or as soon thereafter BE IT FURTHER should contact the Town Clerk.
that evening as possible for the NOTICED, that the 2020 By Order of the Town Board of
ADVERTISEthe Town of Carmel
following purpose: Tentative Assessment Rolls may
be inspected at the Town Hall, Ann Spo ord, Town Clerk
TO CONSIDER THE 2020 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac, IN HALSTON
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Wishing You a Bountiful and
Wonderful Holiday Season
At this time it's my pleasure to say "Thank You" to my
customers and clients for their continued support.
Licensed as Geraldine Finan
Associate Real Estate Broker
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