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Published by Halston Media, 2020-07-22 11:45:10

Yorktown News 07.23.20

Vol. 9 No. 17 Visit TapIntoYorktown.net for the latest news. Thursday, July 23, 2020

Gina Hayes Atlantic
was chosen as Appliance
the winner of approved for
the town’s first warehouse
Independence construction
Day decoration
contest. BY KATHERINE BORCHERT
STAFF WRITER
PHOTO COURTESY
OF THE TOWN OF e Planning Board approved
YORKTOWN construction of a 45-year-old local
business’s new warehouse at its meeting
Patriotic decoration on Monday, July 13.

ree winners were chosen for Yor- Burkhard and Paul Szcepanski each Day as an opportunity for patriotism Atlantic Appliance, a Yorktown retail
ktown’s rst Independence Day deco- took home winnings for their proper- and unity.” staple since 1975,won approval for the con-
rating contest. Residents were encour- ties decked out in American spirit. struction of a two-story, 25,720-square-
aged by the town, in lieu of a Fourth of e contest was sponsored by the foot building on two parcels comprising
July bash, to decorate their properties “ e Fourth of July Patriotic Deco- Town of Yorktown, Yorktown Small nearly 5 acres at 2010 Maple Hill St. It
for the holiday and submit them for a rating Contest is an opportunity for Business Alliance, e Lions Club, Al- will move from its current location across
chance to win a gift card to a local res- residents and business owners to dem- liance for Safe Kids, Yorktown Cham- the street at 50 Triangle Center and will
taurant and be featured on the town’s onstrate their creativity while at the ber of Commerce, Rotary International neighbor the Yorktown Post O ce and
website and social media pages. same time boosting our community’s and Grange. e winners were: Gina Sunshine Starts preschool.
spirits during this di cult year,” said Hayes; Chris Burkhard and Paul Szce-
Resident Gina Hayes, Pied Piper Supervisor Matt Slater. “I encourage panski; and Pied Piper. e new building will include retail,
preschool, as well as residents Chris everyone to re ect on Independence o ce and warehouse space for its 30
employees, as well as Yorktown’s rst
“green roof,” a vegetated roof that helps
reduce stormwater runo , energy use and
the “heat island e ect.” e heat island
e ect, or urban heat island, is an urban
or metropolitan area that is warmer than

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 Yorktown News – Page 3

My Brother Vinny wins van donation

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT One person who spoke about Mir-

STAFF WRITER itello and the organization was Wayne

Reese, an Army veteran, who said that

My Brother Vinny founder Paula when My Brother Vinny helped him,

Miritello got the surprise of a lifetime he knew he wanted to be a part of the

when she was given a new van for her organization. Since that declaration, he

nonpro t organization by Mike Rowe has accompanied Miritello on almost

through his Facebook Watch show “Re- every move.

turning the Favor,” which aired on the “When you don’t have the bare neces-

social media platform on Tuesday, July 7. sities and then they’re provided for you,

Miritello, who runs the organization it gives you that motivation to move for-

in honor of her late brother, Vincent ward,” Reese said to Rowe on the show.

Miritello, who lived with cerebral palsy “I tell Paula [Miritello] all the time,

and passed away in 2000 at the age of you have a lot of people you admire but

20, helps provide veterans with house- Paula Miritello is mine. at’s my role

wares, furniture, clothing and food. To model, that’s my superstar. e things

date, the all-volunteer group has provid- I’ve seen her do are amazing.”

ed 1,100 veterans with furnishings and PHOTO COURTESY OF MIRITELLO Rowe asked Miritello what it will take
clothes, continuing its work throughout for people to understand the challenges
the COVID-19 pandemic. Paula Miritello with veteran and volunteer Wayne Reese, Tamika Robinson and Andrea facing men and women upon reentering
Baldwin in front of van gifted by Mike Rowe’s show “Returning the Favor.” society from the service.
e organization also helps animal

shelters, outreach groups, housing shelters Westchester and beyond to aid veterans. ings were at a standstill with the pan- “I don’t think people realize that. I always

and individual families. Each year, the organization raises money demic, that is, until the crew of “Return- say, ‘It’s going to take more than hot dogs

“My brother Vincent was my favorite with its annual walkathon, which took place ing the Favor” and local supporters of My and handshakes.’ ey need more than

person in the world,”Miritello said in a vid- virtually this year due to the COVID-19. Brother Vinny showed up at Yorktown Self the parties we celebrate,” Miritello said.

eo posted on Facebook. “I didn’t want him e walk, which was held on Sunday, June Storage with a 2016 Chevrolet Express “To serve our country is the most beauti-

to be forgotten so I said ‘let me do tons of 14, raised $51,077 for the organization, a van with 16,000 miles and the My Brother ful thing in the world. To be an American

charity in honor of Vinny to keep his name huge relief for the director, who in the past Vinny logo. citizen is amazing. I think that people have

forward.’” has had to take out pension loans,two 401(k) Miritello spoke on Zoom with Rowe, to understand that while they are celebrat-

She said that she couldn’t stop helping loans, and has used other personal funds. who has hosted shows like Discovery ing them. ey do have PTSD issues or

veterans through the pandemic since their After the walk, another pleasant surprise Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and CNN’s “Some- they may have addictions or depression. I

daily struggles didn’t cease and the COV- awaited Miritello at the Yorktown Self body’s Gotta Do It,” while volunteers and think that you have to speak to them and

ID-19 pandemic only exacerbated mental Storage, the company where My Brother local supporters were on the opposite side say, ‘Can I lend you a helping hand?’”

health issues and food insecurity. Vinny keeps donated furniture for veterans. of the storage facility waiting for the sur- e van reveal left Miritello in tears.

But all that service for those who have “I’m very thankful for that [the walk] and prise reveal. “We love what you’re doing. We want

served has taken a toll on the organization’s then this happened,” Miritello said. “ is is Producer Sarah Yourgrau said that My to make sure the whole country sees what

only van. a super blessing on top of that. It was un- Brother Vinny was deserving of the van, you’re doing. We have a little favor that we

“We need a van because our other van expected to have our charity be chosen; I’m calling Miritello an “incredible woman who want to return to you,”Rowe said as the van

has almost 100,000 miles on it,” Miritello still very shocked about it.” has dedicated her life to helping veterans.” was driven up to Miritello.

said. “We can still use it but there are a lot Miritello said that she initially thought It wasn’t until they lmed the show that To watch the episode of “Return-

of miles on it and we [My Brother Vinny] she was being interviewed for a documen- Miritello found out about how supporters ing the Favor,” visit https://www.face-

don’t have a guaranteed budget.” tary back in February when producers ap- have been nominating her charity for the book.com/ReturningTheFavor/vid-

Miritello said uses the van to get around proached her. Facebook Watch show for years. eos/266176391346566.

Yorktown educator pens new book

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT for Supervision and Curriculum Develop- the pull, the push, the shove and the nudge. He said in his work, he uses “nudges and
STAFF WRITER ment, an association for educators focused Each force is e ective depending on what pulls,” explaining a pull is something that
on supervision and curriculum develop- context the applicant uses them in. individuals accomplish together, like a game
is year, many parents have had to adapt ment. is is the second book Ende has of tug-of-war.
to managing their own workload as well written for the ASCD; he published “Pro- “We explore each of these four forces and
as homeschool their children. Meanwhile, fessional Development at Sticks”in 2016. strategies educators can use with the hope e shove and push are both more ag-
teachers have been looking for new ways that it will help people think much more gressive approaches that are successful when
to advance their teaching skills while others “One of the things that had occurred to through a lens focused on relationships that used in the right context and applied to the
have found themselves wanting to advance us as we talked about our di erent roles they have,” Ende said. proper relationship.
in their careers but don’t know where to start. in education was that a lot of the ways we
interacted with people, a lot of the way in He gave an example between a boss and e book provides guidance on how to
Just in time to add to that summer read- which we worked with people to help them a subordinate and what approach might be use each force and when, as well as how to
ing list some may have been getting around accomplish things in schools was very simi- applied. recover from setbacks. It also o ers assess-
to, Fred Ende, a Yorktown resident and lar,” Ende said. “It was an interesting spark ments and templates to drive thinking.
assistant director of Curriculum and In- for an idea because in both her case in in- “Because your boss is your supervisor,
structional Services for Putnam Northern structional approach, someone who’s work- you wouldn’t necessarily apply a shove. You ough the book is published by a na-
Westchester BOCES, has written a book ing with teachers to help them shift their wouldn’t say to your boss, ‘You’ve got to do tional education organization, its goal,
that may help teachers, those with at-home practice, and in my role, where I’m helping things this way.’ Instead you might apply a which is to provide positive outcomes and
learning woes or anyone who wants to take schools and districts design professional de- nudge, which is a really subtle force, to help leverage positive change by navigating rela-
a di erent approach to achieve success velopment programs to help them further them shift their work,”Ende explained.“You tionships, can be applied to all readers such
through their relationships. strengthen their teaching, what we realized might do that by, let’s say, you read an arti- as educators, parents, employees and even
is that in those roles, we don’t have a direc- cle in a journal about something you think those in leadership roles.
“Forces of In uence: How Educators tive say what people do. What we realized would be important for your boss to think
Can Leverage Relationships to Improve was that there are these strategies that you about as that person making that decision. “ e hope would be that the book will
Practice,”written by Ende and Meghan Ev- can use to help people shift their practice So, you might share the article with your prove to be helpful to people to think about
erette, an educator and instructional coach that are based totally on the relationships boss and say, ‘Hey, I just came across this re- their own connections within schools, re-
from Salt Lake City, Utah, talks about the that you form with them.” ally interesting article and it made me think gardless of their role,” Ende said.
importance of building strong relationships a lot and I’d be happy to chat with you about
and using those relationships to accomplish ey then took the strategies they use it.’ But the hope is your boss would read it, e book is available through ASCD,
goals. Both are members of the Association and applied them to four di erent forces: connect it to what he or she is thinking and Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Target.
then shift their practice based on that.”
To learn more, visit http://www.ascd.org/
Publications/Books/Overview/Forces-of-
In uence.aspx.


Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Staff No summer concerts
Lions look for new ways to raise funds
EDITORIAL TEAM
JODI WEINBERGER BY KATHERINE BORCHERT e concerts, which would and COVID-19.
STAFF WRITER have taken place every Sunday at “Our town is number one, so
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 the Jack DeVito Veterans Me-
[email protected] e Yorktown Lions have set morial Track and Field or e we’ve got to be safe,” said York-
up fundraising for the rst time Yorktown Stage on rain dates, town Lions president Jim Pou-
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER on their website after the club have been canceled due to health lin. “We just couldn’t do this to
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 decided to cancel its summer concerns related to large crowds the extent that we wanted to and
[email protected] concert series. also take care of our concertgo-
ers.”
ADVERTISING TEAM Replacing scores of
LISA KAIN Allstate | State Farm | Geico He said that he and the Lions
are disappointed that they are
914-351-2424 Policies Everyday! unable to provide the town with
[email protected] the free music events.
ONE CALL… MULTIPLE QUOTES We Offer Many
PAUL FORHAN So You Can Get The Best Buy! A-Rated Companies Councilman Ed Lachterman,
914-202-2392 a Lions Club member, said that
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[email protected] certgoers and not have the social
SHELLEY KILCOYNE [email protected] distance barriers broken,” Lach-
terman said. “ ere’s no de ni-
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that raise $22,000 to $25,000
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DESIGNER GOODYEAR GOODYEAR e proceeds cover the costs of
the circular for the concert se-
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Thursday, July 23, 2020 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 11

Finding and lling in the learning gaps

STRONG Dear Leslie, activities to reinforce what they “when”? Does she put meaning stands between a child (or an
LEARNING Your email is one of many worked on previously. And I’m to the words she’s reading? In adult) learning something new
describing children who weren’t other words, can she tell you is our simply not knowing what
DR. LINDA I’ve received in the last few struggling in school when the about what she reads in her they don’t know and trying
SILBERT weeks from parents of el- coronavirus arrived. own words or is she just reading to build on a foundation that
ementary school children in individual words? doesn’t yet exist.
Dear Dr. Linda, the same situation. Parents Are Julie’s reading skills slip-
Let me begin by saying that usually rely on their children’s ping? How do you know? If so, In order to make the sum- Dr. Linda
teachers to recommend what in what area of reading is she mer tutoring worthwhile, try to P.S. Oops! Several readers
I’m really concerned. Julie they should work on over the su ering? What you really need obtain a good tool for assessing noti ed me that the answer to
is entering second grade in summer to help their child is a professional reading teacher if and where Julie may have No. 16 on last week’s Fourth of
September. As of February, she and that process was obviously who will be able to evaluate speci c issues from her last July quiz was incorrect. Guilty
wasn’t reading on grade level disrupted. Julie and then work on what she year’s teacher, her upcoming as charged! I don’t know how
and turned 7 early in March. needs. But since that can’t be teacher, or a friend who teaches I slipped up. In fact, as I typed
Teachers, as well as parents accomplished and one-to-one elementary students. We can’t it, I heard Kate Smith, who
en COVID-19 hit, and she and children, were thrown into tutoring may be too expensive, popularized the song “God
started online learning. I think unknown territory. How do you’ll need to continue work- x a problem if we don’t know Bless America,” in my head,
her reading skills slipped even you evaluate a young child’s ing with Julie. e rst step is what the problem is. To assess but I still made a mistake and
more. progress online? We have no to determine what’s standing most of what I described in wrote down “ e Star Spangled
data about how reliable or valid in the way of Julie’s learning to the paragraph above, go to my Banner.” en, a retired music
We’ve been sitting with her an evaluation by Zoom is. As read. website at StrongLearning.com teacher informed me that the
every day doing ash cards and a result, many parents have and download my free phonics real title of the answer to No.
completing workbooks that tried to help, but like you, aren’t Let’s start by looking at assessment. It will give you an 20 is “America,” although many
I bought from Amazon. She trained as teachers, so they don’t where she may simply have gaps idea if Julie has gaps in learning people think it is “My Country
doesn’t seem to mind it, but I know how they’re child is doing. in the building blocks of read- and an idea of what to focus on ’tis of ee,” which is actually
still don’t think she’s making So, they go online, as you did, ing. Begin by nding out if she just the rst line of the song.
any progress. Whether school and buy a variety of programs knows all her letters, and can rst. See? ere is something new
will be online or in person and piles of ash cards. identify them in both upper and By the way, reading isn’t the to learn, no matter how old we
with masks, we feel she’s going lower case? Does she know the only subject in which unknown are!
to struggle. We can continue e problem is that many beginning and ending sounds of gaps occur. Just because we
working with her, but we really programs for parents are made consonants? Consonant blends think children have learned Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
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Motivational lag

I’m nally getting around to weekends, but three or four. I was re-seed. I spread the seeds around it inside my house, and vacuum MAN
doing some of the things I’ve expecting a warm welcome back, and covered them with hay, and a the oor mats, and Armor All the OVERBOARD
been putting o for a long maybe a plaque that said “custom- month later there is no grass but steering wheel and then wax the
time, and believe me, it takes a lot er of the pandemic”on it, or just the hay is still there. I’m hoping a damn thing. I could take it to the RICK
of e ort to put things o for this a friendly greeting, even someone little glyphosate will get rid of it. brushless car wash, but last time MELÉN
long. I thought I’d be more eager to just say,“Hey, nice cans.” e when I watched it go through,
to get to these projects that have machine lled up immediately on I haven’t gotten around to there was this big thing that someone your size. at wasn’t
been hanging over my head for a steady diet of Coors Light, or at cleaning my downstairs o ce looked like a brush assaulting it so hard, was it? Complimenting
so long, but I seem to be su ering least it said it did, so I’ll have to yet, because I can’t get in there. practically the whole time. yourself is time-consuming but
from solitude lassitude. come back. necessary.
ere’s something blocking the Everything I do uncovers a
I had about 3,000 beer cans My lawn has always complained door, it might be one of the many bunch of other stu that needs Getting exercise is also impor-
bagged up in the garage waiting that it doesn’t get to spend enough o ce chairs I’ve collected over the doing, and I can’t get motivated to tant. I try to get out of the house
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and recycle them in the beer can the lawn is getting a little clingy. o ce chairs, and each one has a days. It turns out that this is not door. Don’t make your projects
machine. When New York went First it was the weeds. ere was bunch of stu on it that’s very im- uncommon during quarantine. too big and daunting. It’s not easy
on pause it seemed like the perfect chickweed, dollarweed, bindweed portant, and since there’s no place Experts say that the stress caused to write an article about nothing
time, but the recycling machines and knotweed, I had crabgrass, to sit down I never go in there. by prolonged isolation can be each week, and sometimes I run
have been closed due to covid-19. nutgrass and goosegrass, I had One person, and three chairs, the enervating. Dealing with nancial into some writer’s block. But I
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machines getting sick and unable kers and, well, actually the cat was I guess I could take some of the so much time with someone like and see if it sparks any ideas. After
to do their job. Now that New sitting on the lawn so I just pulled stu out of my o ce and put it me can manifest itself in di erent I spell check it a couple times and
York is somewhere between play him out by hand. I think I identi- on the dining room chairs, but ways, sometimes a lack of energy. see if anything rhymes with it, it’s
and fast forward, I hauled them then what would I do with them? time for lunch. So just bite o a
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the parking lot saw me coming ferent product to get rid of it. For live atop a steep driveway, and I yourself for feeling this way. I try to lunch. After lunch I might even
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Thursday, July 23, 2020 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 13

LETTERS MARTORANO

YHS should do more Debt grew under Astorino FROM PAGE 10
than apologize
To the editor: promoted. It is not surprising that with
To the editor: What a shock reading a letter from life-long New Yorker, the recent dramatic awakening of our
I was distressed to read “Regeneron co-founder, YHS su- moral conscience that these edi ces
Rob Astorino, complaining so much about our beautiful, di- have been the focal point of anti racist
perintendent apologize after grad speech,” written by Brian versi ed and exciting state. Just read “13 Reasons Why Living protest.
Marschhauser, from the July 2 edition of Yorktown News. YHS In New York Is the Best – And Everyone Should Move Here.”
had invited a local pharmaceutical executive as a keynote speaker. We look to history not only as a guide
Expected to speak about COVID-19, the speaker delivered a rant But the complaining of someone who ‘would be Governor’ to the future but also as a stabilizing
against Black Lives Matter or police reform. He bullied those who tries to focus on scal issues. is too is shocking once you in uence. My profession, the law, prides
did not agree. e rant was racially hostile at a public school, un- learn that when he was in his last year as Westchester County itself in being a reassuring in uence in
researched before an academic audience, and delivered where bul- Executive Standard and Poor’s global ratings downgraded troubling and unsettling times. One
lying is purportedly not tolerated. e district needs to make this its outlook for Westchester’s debt from “stable” to “negative,” example of this is the principle of stare
right. e district must respond with a denouncement of racism while citing a reliance on so-called “one-shot” revenues to bal- decisis. is is an unwritten code which
and bullying, and support for academic rigorousness and character ance its annual county budgets. suggests that judges respect decisions
by correcting the mistake of allowing that speech. and the legal reasoning of past decisions,
To be fair, when Astorino took o ce in 2010, he was faced literally demonstrating a form of judicial
e speaker said police violence on people of color is rare. He with signi cant debt. Well everyone was in debt in 2010. e reverence for our legal history. e re-
gave data that were inaccurate-without citations. He should have recovery from the 2008 Great Recession was just beginning in cent Supreme Court decisions concern-
stated that Black people are 3 times more likely to be killed by po- 2010. What a great opportunity. Take over during a recovery. ing the issuance of subpoenas for the re-
lice than white people. (See mappingpoliceviolence.org). cords of the President is but the latest of
Apparently poor nancial management led to Astorino bor- many examples of the court’s reliance on
e speaker took calls for police reform as unfair vili cation of rowing (more debt) to pay for expenses and pension costs. past decisions to provide us with a sense
law enforcement, as if the struggles of police o cers and of blacks Borrowing to cover expenses is usually frowned upon because of continuity as well as an assurance that
is comparable. An o cer has o cial power and a duty to conduct it implies, you’re spending more than you’re earning. e bor- our three branch system of checks and
his/herself in a way worthy of that power. It is voluntary to take on- rowing only adds to your costs due to the interest charges to balances might actually endure.
or resign from- a position in law enforcement. A Black person has cover the added debt thus increasing your annual expenses fur-
no o cial authority, does not choose race, and can never “resign” it ther. If you have credit card, or any other debt, you understand In the end we may reasonably
or otherwise avoid subtle and unsubtle discrimination. this. conclude that the study of history is a
worthwhile endeavor. While cognizant
e speaker challenged those in the audience who disagreed At the end of Astorino’s nal year as County Executive he of every historian’s inevitable slant, we
to come to the podium, while school sta and police prevented left an operating de cit of more than $32 million. And this still can glean from our past, society’s
the audience from doing so. Yet, school sta had not stopped the was during the growth years as his mentor Trump was claim- successes and failures, dreams and short-
speaker. is non-verbal message needs to be corrected. ing the economy was having “the best of times.” comings. Now our mission becomes
clear; buoyed by our values of justice,
YCSD has an obligation to communicate an appropriate mes- Birds of a feather because the Federal de cit now hovers equality and fairness for everyone, and
sage now.Apologizing for “any”hurt suggests the hurt might be too around $26 trillion. armed by a rm grasp of our history we
sensitive rather than that speech was wrong. can place ourselves in a better position
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The year live music died Areamusiciansstrug
during the pandemic

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT Anduze, Calvin Strothenke, Ethan Gros- es that support local musicians have hit a ing a live stream acoustic show on Face- as an oppo

STAFF WRITER man and Joseph and Anton Klettner, have sour note. book, not only to keep myself from losing increase t

lost out on concerts and summer festival North Salem musician and radio-host practice but also to help other people who Zlotnic

Unable to perform due to the coronavi- opportunities as more cancellations are an- George Mallas said that not only has his were a ected by [the pandemic],” he said. creative, a

rus pandemic, local musicians are singing nounced. e band’s young members come band, e Four Horsemen of the Apoca- “Hopefully, it would give them some hap- Hop.

the blues these days. from the Katonah-Lewisboro, Bedford lypse, had to cancel gigs and a fundraiser in piness.” “I happ

Many musicians are feeling the sting and Putnam Valley School District. Earlier Danbury, his radio show “ e Songwriters To make up for nancial losses, some a home r

of lost income when New York on Pause this year, they had applied for a spot in the Block” on Pawling Public Radio he hosts performers play online shows to try to pandemic

went into e ect in mid-March. Tours and Pleasantville Music Festival before it was with Melanie Berti, has been postponed gather donations from fans. down] ga

shows were canceled, and venues closed cancelled. since the beginning of the shutdown. Northern Westchester resident Elisa gure it o

down. Now, with summer here at last and Steve Massa, a full-time musician, and “We’ve been on hiatus since this pan- Zuckerberg,who hosts the website HearIt- album’s w

COVID-19 numbers attening, concert independent guitar teacher who also demic broke out. ey closed the station,” ere.com, a live-show locator and mar- With t

opportunities may once again emerge. teaches at Putnam Music Center, said Mallas said. “I had a ton of guests sched- keting tool that nds live music in the area, ing, some

However, for theaters and music halls and that for musicians who tour for a living, uled to come in and play live and I’ve had said that many of the bands she promotes shows an

other venues, their fates remain unknown. the cancelation of shows has caused issues to cancel everything. I do have a full-time had switched to Zoom or YouTube and set for some

Musicians with upcoming shows and when it comes to rescheduling. job. I’m not somebody who uses my music up GoFundMe pages to get through the “I have

tours remain in limbo, many are still unsure “Everything that’s on the books for this income to support myself.I would be living nancial struggle. door kind

if their shows are postponed or canceled al- year is most de nitely not going to hap- in a cardboard box somewhere if I did.” “I can’t imagine that artists and musi- time resta

together. pen,” Massa said. Mike Burns, a Purdys resident and cians really had any income the last few businesse

Members of the band Trillium, with Massa said that he and his band had owner of the Westchester Bluegrass Club months even though I’ve been trying to hurting, s

Somers resident Rick Melen, Colleen Ca- multiple dates scheduled for this year but in Lake Purdy, said that the pandemic has help them get the word out using the mar- to hire liv

sale, and Lauren Beachak, said that they due to the pandemic all shows were either shut down the club completely, and while keting tools I have,” Zuckerberg said. “Un- from play

had about four gigs planned prior to pan- canceled or put on hold. at creates a they do have dates in the future, that future til they can play live again, I think it’s going now it’s a

demic but were “corona canceled.” backup in acts that were scheduled before does not look bright. to be a challenge.” on the we

“Obviously, like everybody else, the the mandatory shutdown. “Our last show was the rst Sunday While many performers have live- slow and

coronavirus shot a hole through everyone’s “You see that with a venue that’s booking in March,” he said. ‘We’ve been trying to streamed music for their followers, even quite whe

plans,” Melen said. shows way out in advance,”he said.“When run two shows a month, and we’ve had to practicing has become a challenge. be.”

Full-time folk-rock singer and song- you have to basically pull the plug on ev- cancel everyone up until this point. Our Trillium members said that while they Hop sa

writer Dan Zlotnick from Somers said he erything long-term for many months or next show is scheduled for Nov. 8 and I’m initially tried to practice over Zoom, it be- rst show

had to cancel multiple gigs which especial- upwards of a year, there’s going to be a lot thinking that might not happen either.” came di cult with internet lag. However, overlooki

ly hurts full-time musicians like him. of those acts that have to be rescheduled. Burns said that the venue is a small space the Zoom meetings gave them time to be some othe

“Musicians at my independent level You have to basically start from scratch that holds about 70 people, and they have creative and write music. Platinu

[spend] so much time with the booking it’s “Let’s say that Elvis Costello was com- to ll the space or it to be economically “One of the important things about get- four show

just so frustrating to see hours and hours ing to the Paramount in Peekskill and he feasible, something future social distancing ting together with Zoom is that being in Ridge eld

and months and months of planning go had to have his date rescheduled,’ he con- guidelines may not allow. a band isn’t just about music, there’s also a post-COV

down the drain. at was kind of an ini- tinued. ‘When he nally goes back out on “If we were to cut it to about 20 or 30 social component to it,” Melen said. to get the

NewsMay20tt2oia0lgAso&hBoto_cLkta,h”yeoZuMlto1tind4iwc/3ke0ss/t2a.0iId2.0w“aI1s2w:g4ao4sinPsugMptpoPoastgheede 1 the road next year, maybe with two or three people, the band wouldn’t make a whole Beachak said that they hope to be able gan to rai
of his band members there’s going to be a lot of money,’he said.“It wouldn’t be worth to get the new songs ready for the next gig then, they

Northeast. I was going to do a New Eng- con ict with and now he’s got to go out their while at that point.” since COVID restrictions have eased, and them to t

land tour and it just immediately became and hire subs and alternates. ere’s a lot He said that he’s hopeful once the threat they have nally been able to practice to- And wh

‘everything is canceled until further notice.’ of micromanagement stu that will have of the COVID-19 pandemic no longer gether outside Melen’s garage. outdoor

So, that’s obviously quite disappointing.” to be handled within each act. But even if looms, the club can start up again next year. Anduze of Platinum Moon said that loom for m

Petey Hop, a blues and rock guitarist, that’s not the case, as you can see, it’s not Many musicians have begun streaming coming back together to practice after two months. M

and songwriter, as well as an instructor at like you could just [schedule] a gig and online to ll the creative void. months was a challenge at rst, with band “ ere

the Putnam Music Center in Mahopac, then play it in another two months. A lot Guitar and electric bass player, as well members having to practice under di er- being run

said that he su ered nancially due to the of it’s out of your hands and it’s out of your as Putnam Music Center instructor Mike ent tents, maintain proper social distance, would say

pandemic, losing two to three tours in Eu- control.” Seminara, said that he has been live- as well as making sure everything is sani- back in th

rope and possibly hundreds of gigs. Not only had the COVID-19 pandemic streaming to try to bring others joy. tized. She and Strothenke said the band before. I

Platinum Moon, with members Ava impacted the players but also the business- “I would spend my Friday evenings do- used the downtime the pandemic created again unt

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gle to nd work

ortunity to create more music and PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE MALLAS. Platinum Moon plays for a crowd
the band’s social media presence. at a Ridgefield, Conn., restaurant.
ck said he has used the time to be The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse,
a sentiment also echoed by Petey from left , David Ray (War), Mike Latini PHOTO: SARAH BUSSINGER
(Famine), George Mallas (Death), Dave
pened to have just bought myself Goldenberg (Pestilence). PHOTO COURTESY OF RICK MELEN
recording set-up right before the
c,”Hop said.“So lucky! [ e shut- Trillium members Lauren Beachak, Colleen Casale and Rick Melen
ave me all the time in the world to
out and record, basically what is an FACEBOOK/PETEY HOP
worth of material plus some.”
the state in Phase 4 of reopen- Petey Hop
e outdoor patios have opened for
nd things have begun to look up
musicians
e played places that are doing out-
ds of patio gigs, but at the same
aurants are hurting and the small
es where we make our living are
so it’s not really easy for them
ve music,” Zlotnick said. “I went
ying four or ve times a week to
an exciting thing if I have one gig
eekend. So, it is starting up but it’s
for good reason. But it’s just not
ere we would consider normal to

aid that he was able to play his
w outdoors on the Fourth of July
ing Windham Mountain and has
her outdoor gigs scheduled as well.
um Moon has already performed
ws at 850 Degrees Restaurant in
d, Conn., and at their rst gig
VID lockdown, had to scramble
eir equipment inside when it be-
in at their outdoor concert. Since
y have learned to bring a tent with
their outdoor performances.
while many others continue to play

shows this summer, questions
music venues in for the cooler fall
Many said it’s too soon to predict.
are some open mics now that are
n outdoors,” Mallas said. “But I
y come the fall, we’re going to be
he same situation that we were in
think it’s all going to shut down
til there is a vaccine.”

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Having trouble sleeping?
You’re not alone

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DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR SLEEP MEDICINE ably in for a rough night. On the other tine. Whereas before the pandemic, we I advise a daily 2 p.m. cuto . However,
AT NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL hand, for most people, when the major may have gotten up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. to ca eine lasts a lot longer in some people’s
stressor creating the anxiety goes away, commute to work, and had an early bed- bodies. So use 2 p.m. as the latest cuto
Anxiety about the coronavirus is pre- the balance is restored between sleep and time of 10:30 or 11 p.m., we now stay up point; you may need to take your last caf-
venting record numbers of people from awake brain chemicals, and your ability to to 2 or 3 a.m. because we can get up at 9 feinated sip earlier. Experiment a little—
getting a good night’s sleep. Don’t despair. sleep well returns. a.m. is is like telling your brain: “We’re the rewards are well worth it.
Before you endure one more sleepless not in New York anymore; we’re in Ha- 4. Finish dinner earlier
night (and day of fatigue), discover 11 ex- e No. 1 treatment for insomnia and waii.” Even though you may be getting Food stimulates your digestive system,
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It helps to understand something about Easier said than done, right? e coro- throws o the production of those criti- in for the night. Make sure to eat at least
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your body with “awake” chemicals. stresses—from loss of employment, loss of you need them. Now you’re asking your before bed, eat foods high in tryptophan,
income, fear of infection, and fear for the brain to produce sleep chemicals at 2:30 an essential amino acid that boosts the
at’s great if you need to climb Mt. health and safety of loved ones to coping am rather than at 10:30 p.m. as in the old sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Try
Everest. But when all you want to do is fall with children out of school, social isola- days. a small amount of these tryptophan-rich
into a deep sleep for seven hours, it’s a di- tion, and uncertainty about the future. foods: turkey, nuts, citrus fruits, banana,
saster. roughout the day and night, your None of these is amenable to a quick, easy e solution is to create a sleep/wake warm milk.
brain produces both calming “sleep”chem- routine and stick to it. If you always woke 5. Avoid these screens before bed…
icals and stimulating “awake” chemicals. x. up at 7 a.m. and went to bed at 11 p.m., do For the last few hours before bedtime,
Depending on the time of day, the bal- e good news: Despite the current your best to continue this pattern or some- avoid using an iPad, iPhone or laptop – all
ance changes. Toward evening—triggered thing close to it. Your brain is a creature of of which are close to your eyes. is close-
by various factors, including the arrival of challenges, there are e ective ways to im- habit. In order for it to automatically trig- ness hurts your ability to drift o because
night and darkness—a greater amount of prove your sleep. You’ll see that these fall ger sleep chemicals at the right time, that the screen light that falls in your eyes is
sleep chemicals helps you fall asleep and into two categories: 1. Doing things that time needs to stay the same. stimulating – acting as a kind of “switch”
stay asleep. Hours later, once you’ve met promote your body’s production of natu- that prevents the production of melatonin
your sleep requirement, your body auto- rally occurring calming chemicals; 2. Dis- 2. Avoid watching the news before and other sleep-promoting chemicals.
matically starts producing more “awake” tracting yourself from your own anxiety. bed 6. Watch TV anywhere but your bed-
chemicals to stimulate you into action. room
11 effective ways to sleep Don’t watch the news on TV for the last Unlike the screens mentioned above, the
But when you feel anxious, the balance better despite anxiety two to three hours before you go to bed.
of calming sleep chemicals versus stimu- about COVID: SEE NWH PAGE 18
lating awake chemicals is disrupted. Anxi- e news triggers anxiety. Instead, watch
ety triggers the production of more stimu- 1. Stick to a routine (or read, or listen to) something that com-
lating chemicals than sedating chemicals. Now that many of us are working from pletely takes your mind o what’s happen-
ing around you.

Immunotherapy: A Game
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Ask the Doctor Q: What is Immunotherapy? system. Another immunotherapy agent is a vaccine
A: Your immune system is a network of cells, tissues, called “BCG” that is instilled directly into the bladder to
Lev Davidson, MD and organs that work together to keep you healthy attack very early bladder cancer.
Medical Oncologist by defending your body against harmful invaders. Who is a good candidate for immunotherapy?
Medical Director, Cancer Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses your A: The best candidates for immunotherapy are patients
Treatment and Wellness Center immune system to thwart cancer cells. Immunotherapies whose disease may have a genetic component. We
Northern Westchester Hospital are often used in combination with traditional test for a number of things to see whether a patient’s
chemotherapy medications to boost the effectiveness particular tumor may be due to a genetic cancer
Learn more about of those regimens. syndrome. Those types of tumors seem to have better
Dr. Davidson, visit susceptibility to immunotherapies. Whether or not
nwhcancercenter.org/ Q: Are there different types of immunotherapy is used alone or with other treatments
DrDavidson immunotherapy treatments? is determined on a case-by-case basis.
A: Yes. The first, called “checkpoint inhibitors,” are What are treatments like?
drugs that help your immune system respond more A: Immunotherapy can be administered intravenously,
strongly to a tumor by blocking the proteins that keep orally, topically (for very early skin cancers), or
T-cells from killing cancer cells. intravesically (directly into the bladder). How often
and how long the patient receives immunotherapy
Another type of immunotherapy, “adoptive cell depends on the type of cancer and how advanced it
transfer,” boosts the natural ability of your T-cells is, the immunotherapy agents themselves, and how
to ght cancer. In this treatment, T-cells are taken from the patient tolerates and responds to the medications.
your tumor, and those that are found to be most active Exciting new uses of immunotherapy agents are seen
against your cancer are grown in large batches in the on a regular basis, says the doctor. They’re really making
lab, and then eventually returned to your body to ght their way through the treatment of many different
off the cancer. types of cancers now. This is the cutting edge of
oncological care.
Next are “monoclonal antibodies,” which are immune-
system proteins produced in a lab. These antibodies are
designed to attach to speci c targets found on cancer
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Thursday, July 23, 2020 HEALTH & WELLNESS Yorktown News – Page 17

Families in crisis
What they should know about addiction

BY SUSAN SALOMONE, MS, CASAC wished we knew while my son was still We learned that early use of any drug by years are needed for the brain to recovery,
GUEST WRITER alive. We learned that continued attempts a child, including alcohol and marijuana to learn how to live without the drugs and
at recovery raises the chances of success. lead to higher rates of addiction. e ado- learn strategies to manage the desire to use
COVID-19 has hit the recovery com- Once is not enough and sometimes 10 lescent brain is still developing, and it is again.
munity hard with many of those trying to times is not enough, but the important imperative to delay any use until after early
be substance free relapsing because of iso- thing is to keep trying. Even if you think adulthood. Drinking and vaping marijua- We learned that the family, the siblings
lation and lack of support. Unfortunately, you’ve heard everything before just maybe na is not a rite of passage! are victims to this disease. ey watch
we have lost many lives over the last 4 you are ready to hear it now. Remaining their brother or sister create chaos in the
months due to overdoses. Like so many hopeful under the most distressing cir- We learned that there is a family pro- house and struggle with the anger that
other families that have lost loved ones cumstances is di cult but very important pensity for the disease of substance use they feel toward them. If the sibling dies,
to this opioid epidemic, I divide my life to the recovery of your loved one. disorder, same as is with diabetes and heart they then feel guilt for not trying harder
into the before and after. e before was disease. If you have a family member no and being there for their sibling. ey need
May 28, 2012, and the after was May 29, Medication-assisted treatment is the matter how distant, the chances increase help too. is is a family disease everyone
2012 when my son Justin died of a heroin rst line of defense against opioid use dis- for addiction in the bloodline. Educate in the family is a ected. Family therapy is
overdose.Today, eight years later, I ask my- order. is includes Suboxone, methadone your children on this important health strongly recommended if someone is ad-
self what has changed and what have we and Vivitrol. MAT with behavioral ther- condition in the family. dicted to a substance. ere are also sup-
learned? apy increases the chance of recovery. We port groups for families: Alanon, Naranon
cannot make anyone get well; they have to We learned that people su er in silence and Spotlight Family Support Group.
rough the e orts of many grassroots do this on their own. However, recovery is because of the stigma associated with ad-
organizations like Drug Crisis in our possible with the support of family, pro- diction and mental illness. People think For the many families that are in crisis
Backyard, we have brought awareness of fessional intervention and a solid support that they are the only ones when in reality today, there are supports that did not exist
the rampant use of heroin and opioids in network-AA, NA, Smart Recovery, or any approximately 20 million Americans age when we were struggling with my son’s ad-
our community, we have helped countless like-minded mutual aid group. 12 and up, according to the National Sur- diction. Family Support Navigators have
families understand substance use dis- We learned that this is a brain disease. vey on Drug Use and Health 2017, need been trained in NYS to help families learn
order (addiction) as a disease and rallied We learned that more than 50 percent of treatment and only a small percentage of strategies to live with active addiction in
together in an e ort to support each other the people that use substances su er from them seek help. We learned that Ameri- their household. One evidence-based
live with the symptoms in a loved one. some form of mental health issue which cans consume close to 80 percent of all model that we recommend is CRAFT
As a community, we have been pleased to might include social anxiety, generalized painkillers (Community Reinforcement and Family
see agencies work together for the better anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive Training). is model helps families prac-
good. We have participated as hundreds disorder, ADHD, and bipolar. Early in- according to Express Scripts 2014 re- tice self-care and communication skills to
rally in Albany to stop the stigma associ- tervention by parents, teachers and friends port, manufactured in the entire world. in uence change.
ated with addiction. can help an adolescent before they seek
alcohol and drugs to ease their mental at many insurances will only cover only Recovery coaches and peer advocates are
We have learned so much in the last health symptoms. a short treatment stay and there is no won- trained and certi ed to help those in early
eight years. We learned things that I der that this is a revolving door with peo-
ple coming out of treatment and relapsing SEE SALOMONE PAGE 19
within hours. With opiates, months and

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Nuvance puts plasma donation centers on hold

Decline in COVID cases prompts temporary suspension

e Nuvance Health Convalescent stored for future use. nations and those from the New York Blood now starting participation with the Johns
Plasma Donation Centers at Danbury After working with the New York Center and American Red Cross. Hopkins protocol to treat non-hospitalized
Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Vassar patients with convalescent plasma. is
Brothers Medical Center have been put Blood Center and the American Red To participate in the program, interest- new study may necessitate re-opening one
on hold for the near term. Cross to procure donations at the start of ed donors were asked to register at www. or more of the donation centers.
the pandemic, Nuvance Health opened its nuvancehealth.org/plasmadonorregistra-
Nuvance Health is the owner of Put- own donor centers in April to meet de- tion. Presently, the database has 2,182 “We thank our community for their
nam Hospital Center in Carmel. mands and to rapidly increase available registered donors. While Nuvance Health tremendous generosity in donating their
plasma. Plasma contains antibodies that is no longer collecting plasma donations, own plasma to help others during these
e program is no longer actively col- can ght infection and potentially help the registry will remain open should the unprecedented times and making it pos-
lecting donations due to a decline in critically ill patients ghting COVID-19. need arise. sible for research like this to occur,” Chief
COVID-19 cases in New York and Con- Quality O cer Dr. Diane Kantaros said.
necticut, in addition to a sizable supply Since then,302 patients were treated with Nuvance Health has been involved in the
of plasma already in reserves. Nuvance convalescent plasma across the Nuvance Mayo Clinic convalescent plasma research Article courtesy of Nuvance Health
Health has more than 600 units of plasma Health system, both through in-house do- protocol for its hospitalized patients and is

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Estate planning for unmarried couples SALOMONE

BY ALAN D. FELLER, ESQ. may be forced out of that property as the estate duciaries FROM PAGE 17

GUEST WRITER prepare to sell the residence. recovery stay the course during the most di -
cult times. Recovery coaches help guide the re-
Avoiding these di culties while preserving the non- coveree in their journey to a stable sobriety that
is hard to maintain without the extra support.
Marriage is not for everyone. Many long-term couples marital relationship is often tasked to the estate planner.
Accepting that your loved one has a disease
anchored by commitment and companionship chose not e preparation of wills and trusts along with advance di- and at least for now this is the reality, is very
important. Denial has no place here and is non-
to seek matrimony. is type of arrangement may succeed rectives including powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, productive. During one of the many sessions we
spent with Justin’s addiction psychiatrist, he said
functionally and emotionally, but when illness or death living wills and dispositions of remains can greatly reduce as long as there is life there is hope.Truer words
were never spoken, and I think of this state-
touches one of the relationship’s partners the legal conse- anxiety. Trusts are valuable documents that can hold and ment often. When I rst heard it, there was no
connection for me because deep inside I never
quences can be profound. organize assets previously owned by the unmarried part- believed that Justin would die. e pain and
anxiety caused by living daily with the disease
If an unmarried partner becomes ill and requires long- ners. Assets held in trust avoid probate or intestacy and can of addiction clouded my judgement and caused
such anger and resentment that I couldn’t see
term care, nancial and real property transfers between the limit problems posed by other family members. Advance my son’s pain. I only saw the symptoms of the
disease: lying, stealing, and manipulating. So,
partners would not be exempt for Medicaid purposes and directives grant authority to the unmarried partner to han- now I know the truth and pass this onto others.

therefore subject to penalties. Other Medicaid planning ap- dle health and money matters should the other partner’s As long as there is life there is hope. It is im-
portant to believe that they can die and once
proaches would also not be available to non-spouses. Not abilities become compromised. e disposition of remains they are gone there is no going back and trying
again. Now that there are many more resources
having Medicaid for long-term care would mean paying is an overlooked form that governs who is in charge of the for help for your loved one don’t let shame or
embarrassment get in the way. ere are more
privately with large out-of-pocket costs. funeral and burial and how the instructions are to be carried people dealing with substance use disorder
then you could imagine. Please reach out to
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into issues with an adult child in terms of decision-making planning documents to protect their assets and ensure that

priority and that may run counter to the ill person’s wishes. their companion is protected legally. A will, a trust, a power

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WAREHOUSE cels of 4.6 acres, only 1.5 acres member John Kinkart said the think to relocate anywhere but LIONS
FROM PAGE 1
of trees will be cut down where board has thoroughly reviewed in Yorktown. FROM PAGE 4

the building will be located. e the mitigation plans and feels “It would be like the Yankees its campers.
Not only is the health and
surrounding areas due to human 3.1-acre parcel will not be dis- Steve Marino of Site Design moving out of the Bronx,” Vu-
safety of Yorktown Stage camp-
activity. turbed aside from mitigation Consultants, the design team kaj said. “ e new store is going ers a concern, but many Lions
members are in an elderly age
Other environmental pro- and restoration. Deer fencing on the project, has addressed to be bigger and much nicer.” bracket that puts them at a
greater risk should they be ex-
tections are incorporated into will be maintained for three concerns about both the wet- He added that he hopes the posed to COVID-19.

the property design such as a years around the site to protect lands and the trees on the new store will be open for La- Poulin, who had battled the
virus, said that he would not
stormwater treatment plan that the new trees and shrubs as they property. He added later that bor Day 2021 and expects to want any others to go through
the experience.
includes routing the site runo grow. the measures taken to improve open a satellite store in Mount
But with this cancellation,
to a treatment basin before be- Many residents took issue aspects of the area far out- Kisco later this year. fundraising for other town
events or charity opportunities
ing discharged into the Hal- with the removal of the large weigh the loss of 1.5 acres [of Supervisor Matt Slater, who could fall through.

locks Mill Brook, the removal number of trees at the public trees] “that is situated between sits on the Planning Board, said e Lions Summer Concert
Series helps fund 10 local schol-
of invasive species such as reeds hearing on the project at the two commercial buildings on a the town is thrilled the local arships, ve given to Lakeland
High School seniors and ve to
and dead trees on wetlands, last Planning Board meeting, whole commercial strip, across business has chosen to reinvest Yorktown High School seniors,
which are sponsored by the club.
along with clearing debris such on Monday, June 22. the street from one of the larg- and expand in Yorktown. It also distributes donations to
local food banks, organizes San-
as shopping carts and lawn At the July 13 meeting, a let- est downtown developments” in “As Yorktown emerges from ta visits at the PNW BOCES
Pines Bridge School, provides
chairs that have polluted an ter from resident Linda Miller Yorktown. the pandemic shutdown, we clothing for veterans, as well as
hosts the Christmas Electric
over ow of the brook. was read by Planning Board Planning Board member are determined to make our Lights Parade and the Hallow-
een Parade, in partnership with
More than 120 trees will be Chairman Richard Fon. e Aaron Bock added that he felt community a business-friendly the town of Yorktown. rough-
out the COVID-19 pandemic,
removed from the main parcel letter was submitted within the the mitigation plan as a whole is choice for local companies and the Lions have also made dona-
tions to local rst responders.
to make room for the building’s 10-day open comment period satisfactory because it works in newcomers,” Slater said. “Our
“A lot of the money we raise
structure. However, under the after the public hearing. several ways to o set the loss of commitment to revitalizing goes to a lot of di erent things
and unfortunately, without the
town’s tree ordinance, the devel- In the letter, Miller questions trees and woodlands on the site. Yorktown includes pre-appli- concerts this year, we’re going
to take a hit,” Lachterman said.
oper Site Design Consultants the mitigation plans, accusing Atlantic Appliance owner cation meetings with business “We have recently updated our
website and people that would
agreed to plant 107 new trees the Planning Board of accept- Joey Vukaj said the reason for owners, expedited permit pro- like to support the Lions and
our activities can still help us
and 122 shrubs will be planted ing wetlands mitigation as both the new location is an increase cesses and an ongoing modern- out by going online and there
is a donation page there. It’s an
in the wetlands bu er and in- a double-duty wetlands and tree in demand. He added that while ization of land uses to meet the important aspect. Where we’re
getting hit, we hope that our
corporated into the site’s land- mitigation plan. the business has outgrown its needs of 21st century business- community that has enjoyed the
concerts and our events can still
scaping. Between the two par- However, Planning Board current location, he wouldn’t es, consumers and residents.” support us.”

There is no better place To donate to the Lions Club
of Yorktown, visit www.York-
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Sports season delayed by four weeks

ADs think creatively: ‘All options are on the table right now’

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER played beginning with winter
SPORTS EDITOR
sports in January ( Jan. 4 – March

13), fall sports in March (March

e state’s decision to postpone 1 – May 8) and spring sports in

the start of the varsity sports year April (April 5 – June 12). e lat-

by at least four weeks was not a ter two seasons overlap by almost

popular one among some players four weeks, creating con icts for

and parents,but many local athletic students who play both fall and

directors say it was the right call. spring sports, such as football and

“We have to get kids back in the lacrosse. All athletic directors who

classrooms,” said Christian Mc- spoke to Halston Media called

Carthy, athletic director of Kato- that “unrealistic.”

nah-Lewisboro Schools. “ at’s “Our programs are what they

our No. 1 goal, and that’s a daunt- are because of multi-sport ath-

ing task.” letes,” McCarthy said. With the

Fall season practices were overlaps, smaller schools might

scheduled to begin on Monday, have trouble even elding teams.

Aug. 24. But given the uncertainty “I just don’t see how that would

surrounding the start of the school possibly work in our community.

year, extracurricular activities like It was outside the box, but I don’t

sports are taking a backseat until think it’s realistic.”

at least Monday, Sept. 21. After the hypothetical scenario

“ at gives us some time to was released, Catalino said his

get kids back into classrooms in phone was ringing o the hook

the beginning of September,” with concerned spring coaches.

said Dan Bel , athletic director Lakeland’s athletic director

of Lakeland Schools. “It gives us agreed about the unrealistic over-

a little leeway. It’s a di cult deci- laps but said the foundation of the

sion, but from a time standpoint, I scenario is solid. For it to work, FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

think it’s the right call.” Bel said, the seasons would have Sports like field hockey will not begin until at least Monday, Sept. 21. A more pessimistic scenario would
postpone fall sports until 2021.
e four-week delay eliminates to be condensed even further to

the possibility of regional or state eight or nine weeks.

champions being crowned this fall. “I’m optimistic we’ll get three

e starting date represents seasons in somehow this year,” unfortunately that’s what the gov- Sept. 21, while preparing for it to Other scenarios, like the spring

only the day that teams and in- Bel said.“ e next month should ernor wants right now.” change at any minute. season being extended into July,

dividual student-athletes can of- be telling, for sure.” At the very least, Luciana said, “ e worst part is the uncer- seem less realistic.

cially begin practicing. Because Many parents and student-ath- the students should be able to par- tainty,” Luciana said. “I think all “From a dollars and cents

of practice requirements, the earli- letes had trouble making sense of ticipate in o -season programs so options are on the table right now.” point-of-view, contracts end when

est most fall seasons can begin is the postponement, given that most they can better prepare for the fall Given how COVID-19 has schools end [in June],” McCarthy

Monday, Sept. 28. sports have already been given the seasons. spread di erently in di erent re- said. “ at’s all bargaining; that’s

Despite receiving no guidance green light to resume competition “I’m watching my 13-year-old gions, a one-size- ts-all approach not in the contract in any way,

yet from the State Education De- in New York State. Bel said it’s play, but we can’t get our high to regulating sports in New York shape or form.”

partment or the Governor’s Of- not an “apples to apples” compari- school kids out there with our State might not be feasible. ough teenagers appear to be

ce, schedule-makers can’t a ord son. coaches who will make sure that “I think it should be regional,” less susceptible to COVID-19,

to take a wait-and-see approach. “ ese are school sports, and all guidelines are followed,” Luci- McCarthy said. “If you’re up in their worlds have nonetheless

ey must work swiftly on re- these are an extension of the school ana said.“ e high school coaches the Finger Lakes and your infec- been turned upside down. Luci-

working schedules for seasons day. Our rst priority is getting would probably do this in such a tion rate is nonexistent, I don’t ana said he’s been impressed with

that may never happen. kids back in the classroom,” Bel professional way.” think you should be impacted the how his students have handled

“I think Sept. 21 is going to said. “You have to separate the Schools have been given little same way if there’s a hotspot on such a di cult situation.

be here awfully quick,” said Ro- entities, but that’s been tough for guidance beyond the new start- Long Island.” “ e kids deserve all the credit

man Catalino, athletic director of people. And I get it. People have ing date, making it di cult for ough varsity teams can’t live in the world,” Luciana said. “For

Somers Schools. been cooped up in their homes.” athletic directors to make any rm in a “bubble” like professional 15-, 16-year-old kids to have this

Mahopac’s new athletic direc- Luciana, whose kids are cur- projections. sports teams, there are still ways to all taken from them, they’ve really

tor, Stephen Luciana, stopped rently participating in club sports, “ e issue with the whole thing limit exposure. handled this so well. I don’t think

short of endorsing the state’s deci- said he’s sympathetic to parents is the unknown,” McCarthy said. “Maybe we create athletic co- they’ve gotten enough credit. I

sion to postpone fall sports, saying who might be upset by the state’s “Right now, is it possible that we horts—community cohorts with- know they’re chomping at the bit

he “understands” the reasoning. decision. have some form of athletics in in the athletic world,” McCarthy to get out there. We’re just waiting

“Everybody I think wants to see “I’m frustrated right along with the fall? It’s de nitely possible. It said. “Maybe it needs to be, here’s for the OK. e kids will be ready

sports come back,” Luciana said, them,” Luciana said. “We have won’t be the way we know it. It a cluster of schools; here’s John to go.”

but the health and safety of stu- educators who are certi ed coaches might not be every sport. We have Jay, [Horace] Greeley, Bedford, Bel said athletic directors are

dents is the priority. “What I do who cannot be with their team and to mindful what sports are higher Byram Hills and Somers. You’re just as eager to get going.

appreciate is they’re just not look- have a better understanding than risk for transmission than others. going to play each other in ev- “We’re waiting for further di-

ing to cancel the season.” just a baseball dad who’s coaching. But I think all those things will erything. So, you might play a rection. We want to get this right

e state is also preparing for e fact that youth clubs are going have to play themselves out.” team three times… It just seems for kids,” Lakeland’s athletic di-

the fall season to be wiped out and our school kids with certi ed, Luciana said his o ce will op- to make the most sense. e more rector said. “As soon as we get a

entirely. If that happens, three professional, educated coaches are erate under the assumption that local we can stay, the better o we rulebook to play with, we’ll play

condensed seasons could be not is a tough pill to swallow, but sports will begin on Monday, can be.” the game.”


Thursday, July 23, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 23

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SPORTS EDITOR
eld fences at Legacy Field

and Granite Knoll Sports

BY MIKE SABINI Legislation recently passed Complex in order to fund

CONTRIBUTING WRITER by the New York State As- turf replacement at both fa-

sembly would give the town cilities. is provides a new

Coach Tim Hourahan is well- of Yorktown permission to sell creative revenue source for

known for pouring his heart and advertising space on its sports local facilities without having

soul into the Lakeland High eld fences with the condition to further dip into the wallets

School boys soccer program and that all revenue raised be put and pocketbooks of property

Section 1 soccer. back into the parks. taxpayers. I thank my col-

at’s why having the third Bill A10012, sponsored by leagues for their support of

annual Hudson Valley ID Camp Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R this bipartisan bill that assists

at Lakeland, which gives players – Mahopac), passed through both taxpayers and local rec-

exposure to colleges, being called the Assembly last month with reation.”

o cuts so deeply. a 141 to 3 vote. A Senate ver- Yorktown Town Supervisor

“I am absolutely gutted at how sion of the bill, sponsored by Matt Slater thanked Byrne.

much our players have missed Sen. Peter Harckham (D – “ is is an important ini-

out on over the past four to ve South Salem), is still in com- tiative that will help protect

months, and I cannot wait to get mittee and, as of Tuesday, has local taxpayers while provid-

up, and running with them all not been voted on. ing critical funds for the fu-

again soon,” said Hourahan, the “ e passage of this bill is ture use of Yorktown’s turf

camp director. FILE PHOTO/BRIAN LANZETTA the result of teamwork and elds at Legacy Field and

Somers coach Brian Lanzetta SUNY Brockport coach Gary LaPietra and Lakeland coach Tim collaboration with our part- Granite Knolls,” Slater said
and Mamaroneck coach Rich Hourahan at the 2019 soccer showcase. ners in local government,” in the press release. “York-
Becker have also been instru- Byrne said in a press release. town appreciates Assembly-

mental in the development of the “ is legislation, initially re- man Byrne’s strong advocacy

camp. extension, some SUNY coaches “However, as much as I would quested by the town of Yor- and partnership.”

Last year, 41 college coaches mentioned to Hourahan that like to get something up and run- ktown, will permit the town

attended the event. is year, 105 their recruiting budgets had been ning for the players, it has to be

players were registered, from as frozen for now, and they would the right time and safe for our Sports Deadline
far east as Long Island and far not be able to travel and stay players to attend,” Hourahan The sports deadline for Yorktown News is the Sunday before
north as Ulster County. overnight, as they have in previ- said. “We can only hope that will the next publication date. Varsity coaches should submit
ous years. happen sometime soon, and for results and information by e-mail to [email protected]
Originally, the camp was slated the time being, I will continue to com. All youth sports and recreational sports items should
for the third weekend in July, “So, because of all of those put out highlight tapes of all 105 also be submitted to the same e-mail address by the
like it had been the previous two combinations, and let’s face it, the registered players on our social Thursday before the next publication date.
years. current reality we are in, would it media page.”
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LACROSSE/SOCCER

O’Callaghan also starred in lacrosse for the Huskers. Timmy O’Callaghan plays
against Lakeland under the
FILE PHOTO/BOB CASTNER lights at Yorktown High School in

October 2019.

FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

O’Callaghan’s next stop is Holy Cross

Former Husker earned All-Section in two sports

BY MIKE SABINI crowns this spring. we could do.” both lacrosse and soccer. “Once “We were playing St. Antho-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER “It was de nitely one of the O’Callaghan said that he is we get back, I will appreciate ev- ny’s, who was, at the time, Top 10
ery single moment I have with in the nation,” O’Callaghan said.
Yorktown lacrosse is as much a biggest setbacks I’ve ever experi- “absolutely itching” to get back to my team from day one. Although “I scored the rst 2 goals of my
part of the regional high school enced,”said Timmy O’Callaghan, playing lacrosse, which he will do I have always appreciated the op- varsity career in what was a huge
sports scene as Yankee baseball is a recent Yorktown graduate who at the College of Holy Cross. portunity to play, I now under- 10-5 statement win on Charlie
to the professional sports scene. played o ensive mid eld and at- stand how fortunate we all are, to Murphy Field under the lights.”
tack. “Sports are such a big part “Competition is something I be able to share special moments
Unfortunately, due to CO- of my life, especially lacrosse in have been thirsting for, and al- with our teammates, on and o O’Callaghan also was part of
VID-19, the Huskers never got Yorktown. is year we had an though it’ll be with a new group the eld.” some of the most successful years
a chance, to add to their legend- unbelievable group of players, of people, I’m more than ready in Yorktown boys soccer history.
ary tradition, which includes and it absolutely crushed us that to get back to playing the sport O’Callaghan couldn’t be more
seven state titles and 40 sectional we couldn’t show the nation what I love,” said O’Callaghan, an All- excited to be a Crusader. “During my sophomore year,
Section and All-League player in we won our rst section title in
“Holy Cross has an extremely 27 years,” O’Callaghan said. “In
welcoming atmosphere and an the semi- nal game, we met No.
elite coaching sta , as well as 1 seed, nationally ranked Arling-
a very talented roster that I’m ton. Defensively, we had one of
honored to now be a part of,” the best performances I have ever
O’Callaghan said.“On top of this, seen, and I managed to score the
competing in the rigorous Patriot decisive goal 5 minutes into the
League allows us to play some of second half, en route to a big 1-0
the top-tier teams in the country. upset. Although we managed to
As a team, we would obviously make it to the regional nal af-
be looking to win the Patriot terwards with some incredible
League title, along with picking victories, this was the game that
up impressive out-of-conference we all realized just how special
wins. Individually, I hope I can our team was.”
make an impact on the team from
the moment I arrive on campus. I What O’Callaghan will miss
would also like to bring the deep most about being a student-
love, and dedication, to the game, athlete at Yorktown, is all of the
that my coaches, and teammates, connections he’s made with his
instilled in me during my time at coaches and teammates.
Yorktown.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of having
Although playing lacrosse at some of the best people I’ve met
Yorktown brought O’Callaghan as my coaches, and I’ve formed
many incredible memories, the great friendships through sports
one that stands out to him was at Yorktown High School,” said
the second game of his sopho- O’Callaghan, who was mainly a
more season. central mid elder, and striker, on
the pitch.


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e importance of a proactive approach to estate planning

Ihave always found it im- little control, proactive people GUEST more proactive, using the time in sions. If you have not taken the
portant to follow the motto focus their time and energy on CORNER quarantine to arrange their a airs. time to review your estate plan,
“Hope for the Best, but Plan the things they can control. bene ciary designations, assets
for the Worst.” When it comes LAUREN ENEA ese individuals have utilized and income, I urge you to do so
to estate planning, this motto e di erent reactions—and this period to take inventory of now.
especially runs true.Today more frankly, stages of grief, worry and jority of victims of the Covid-19 their current nancial a airs, to
than ever a proactive approach stress—we have encountered dur- pandemic were senior citizens or review any existing estate plans Being proactive is always the
to handling one’s legal and estate ing the Covid-19 pandemic best those with underlying health is- and advanced directives they best choice, and it is never too
planning a airs is essential. illustrates the di erence between sues. If the possibility of becom- prepared in the past, to examine early or too late to start planning
proactive and reactive people. ing ill or incapacitated is greater the decisions they have made (in- for your future.
ere are a number of bene ts Over the past three months I due to a global pandemic, I would cluding the individuals they se-
to being proactive. A mentor have heard many clients, col- hope that this would be all the lected as bene ciaries and agents), Lauren C. Enea, Esq. is an
of mine once told me that if I leagues, friends and family say more reason to be proactive and and to organize and prepare Associate at Enea, Scanlan &
wanted to truly understand the that they are putting o making ensure that the important estate comprehensive lists of their assets Sirgnano, LLP. She concentrates
concept, I needed to read Ste- any major plans and decisions, planning documents (such as a and income. With this roadmap her practice on Wills, Trusts and
phen Covey’s best-selling book including seeking medical or Last Will and Testament, Power of information in hand and the Estates, Medicaid Planning, Special
entitled “ e 7 Habits of Highly of Attorney, Health Care Proxy help of their attorney, proactive Needs Planning and Probate/Estate
E ective People.” For those of nancial advice, formulating and perhaps a Revocable and/or clients then formulated estate and Administration. She graduated
you unfamiliar with this particu- their estate plans and drafting Irrevocable Trust) are prepared elder law asset protection plans to from Pace University School of
lar writing, Professor Covey’s rst their advanced directives (such as and ready to sign as soon as pos- help ful ll their goals and objec- Law Summa Cum Laude and is
habit is to “Be Proactive.” He Health Care Proxies and Powers sible. tives, such as estate tax planning, admitted to practice law in New
de nes proactive people as those of Attorney) until “things go back planning for the cost of long term York and Florida. Ms. Enea is
who take responsibility for their to normal.” Fortunately, over the past three care (home care / nursing home the Sponsorship Chair of the Elder
lives and do not nd external months I have also seen many care) and protecting their life Law and Special Needs Section
sources to blame for their behav- While one can understand the seniors and others becoming savings. Sponsorship Committee of the
ior or circumstances. Covey em- decision to avoid doctors and New York State Bar Association
phasizes that instead of reacting medical facilities, or to hold o e simple exercise of merely (NYSBA), the Co-Chair of the
to or worrying about conditions on making any major nancial listing one’s assets, income and NYSBA Elder Law and Special
or situations over which you have decisions, the decision to delay objectives is an excellent example Needs Section 2020 Fall Meeting
estate planning seems particularly of being proactive. Once this is and the Publications Committee
PUZZLE odd in light of the fact that a ma- done, the next step of meeting Production Editor for the NYSBA
SOLUTIONS with a quali ed Wills,Trusts and Elder Law and Special Needs
Estates and Elder Law attorney Section Journal. She can be reached
becomes a less daunting and at (914) 948-1500 or at [email protected]
more redemptive experience. It esslaw rm.com. Please visit
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