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Mahopac News 06.20.19

VOL. 10 NO. 17 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

Judge James Reitz dies
Beloved Mahopac resident su ers heart attack while on the bench

BY BOB DUMAS overseer of the Putnam County Ju- Judge James Reitz
EDITOR dicial Diversion/Treatment Court,
an innovative program that provides PHOTO: TABITHA
Putnam County Court Judge addicts with an alternative path to PEARSON MARSHALL
James Reitz passed away Friday incarceration. e court has proved
morning, June 14, after su ering a to be a monumental success and
massive heart attack while on the has been emulated by several other
bench. courts across the country.

Reitz, 57, who graduated from In 2015, Reitz told Mahopac
Carmel High School and lived in News the idea behind the Diversion/
Mahopac his adult life, received Treatment Court was to treat addic-
CPR from rst responders and was tion as a medical problem, not as a
transported to Putnam Hospital criminal issue, although o enders
Center where he died. were still held accountable for their
Reitz had served as a Putnam
County Court judge since 2007, and “ e idea is to hold them account-
also served as an acting justice with able while keeping them out of jail,
the State Supreme Court. He was so they are out there paying their
re-elected as a county judge in 2016. bills and taking care of their kids,”
he said. “We are treating them with
He received his B.A. from Mercy healthcare professionals. It’s far-
College in 1986 and his J.D. from reaching. Not too many get better
the omas M. Cooley Law School. when they come out of [a] jail where
they are not being treated properly.”
Reitz spent 19 years as a pros-
ecuting attorney and was elected e Putnam County drug court,
as a part-time town justice in Car- in fact, was so successful it garnered
mel from 1996 to 2006 before being the attention of NBC’s network tele-
elected to the 10-year term as a Put- vision producers, who were putting
nam County Court judge. together a ve-part documentary
series on drug addiction in America.
As an acting State Supreme Court Called “Hooked: America’s Heroin
justice, he oversaw personal injury Epidemic,” the series featured Reitz
and wrongful death suits, matrimo-
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EDITORIAL TEAM FROM PAGE 1 attorneys and the court personnel. “As a Putnam County Family Odell said the judge wasn’t like
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CORINNE STANTON appeared before Reitz thousands summate volunteer. I knew him ment. “He has been a mentor to she said. “He was a pioneer for the
of times and knew the judge both in various capacities, and I would many of our students, a trusted ad- drug treatment court that gained
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Visiting Israeli Scouts show how to be a hero
Perform CPR on stricken Lakeview sta member

BY BOB DUMAS are two of the Israeli Scouts who Shatil said they did massage to

EDITOR were helping to set up for the try to open the woman’s airway

show. and get her to breathe better.

e Israeli Scout Caravan has “ ey came sprinting down “I checked her pulse and

come to Mahopac each spring the hallway,” Lazar said. “ ey wasn’t getting much,” Shatil said.

for the past several years to put went right in and calmly took “It was there but very small.”

on shows at the elementary care of the situation. ey are Hatan, 24, said helping out in

schools and Temple Beth Sha- both highly trained.” a crisis comes naturally to Israe-

lom to teach about the arts, wil- Lazar said the ironic thing is lis.

derness survival and education. that the Scouts were not origi- “In Israel, if there is a problem

ere’s a little song and dance nally supposed to be at Lakev- or an emergency, you come to

tossed in as well. iew on that day. help, no matter what,” he said.

But this year, the Israeli Scouts “We were not supposed to be As the two Scouts worked on

gave a demonstration on how there on the 11th; we were sup- the victim, one of the school’s

to be a hero when one of the posed to be there a week earlier, sports coaches came in with

Lakeview Elementary School but Lakeview had to resched- de brillator paddles, which the

sta members su ered a heart ule,” she said. “It just worked out Scouts employed.

attack. that way. It was meant to be, and “It was only ve minutes be-

On Tuesday morning, June 11, these guardian angels were there. fore the ambulance came and

the Scouts were setting up for e whole school is just over- took over but it seemed like so

their performance at Lakeview the-top about them.” long,” Shatil said.

when the unexpected happened. Shatil, 23, said that when they After the ambulance left with

“At around 7:40, a guy comes heard the call for CPR, they got the patient, Hatan and Shatil

out of the library and asks if to the library as quickly as they had time to re ect on what had PHOTO: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
anyone knows CPR. He looked could. just happened.
white and all shook up,” said Israeli Scouts Amit Hatan, left, and Dor Shatil, right, posed with
Kjersten Lazar, co-chair of Tem- “We ran to the library and saw “Both of us were in shock; we Temple Beth Shalom congregrants, Jennifer Lomas and Kjersten
that she wasn’t reacting to any- didn’t know how to react,” Shatil Lazar, who served on the committee that brought the Scouts to

ple Beth Shalom’s Israeli Scouts thing,” she said. “She was sitting said. “We asked the principal if Mahopac.
committee, which helps bring in a chair and we took her down we should still do the show and

the Scouts to the U.S. “I took to the oor. She was blue and she said do it to calm [the stu- helped us a little bit to get out of e school district has not re-

o like a shot and called, Dor! couldn’t breathe. We were both dents] down. Let’s do the show; the shock. We are glad we were leased the name of the employee,

Amit! CPR! We need you now!” in the army and we learned in this is what we need, we need there to help with whatever we who works in the Lakeview li-

Dor Shatil and Amit Hatan high school how to do CPR.” to dance, we need to smile. at could.” brary, or her condition.


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Town gears up for goose-removal project at local lakes

Culling of birds leaves some in fowl mood

BY BOB DUMAS budget for the Lake Mahopac operation, Councilwoman Suzi McDonough Mike Barile said they would vote in fa-
EDITOR Gilchrist noted, but he said the money said she understood the reason for the vor of the removal.
can be transferred from the contingency roundup, but still couldn’t bring herself
e town is looking once again this fund balance. to vote in favor of it. “ e lake districts have done every-
year to conduct a Canada geese round- thing they can possibly do,” Barile said.
up, removing as many as 125 of the birds At Lake Mahopac three to four sites “You know my feelings,” she said at “ e meat is not getting wasted. It’s go-
from Mahopac lakes and ponds. will be used to corral and capture the the Town Board’s June 12 meeting. “I ing to homeless shelters. It’s been done
birds, which will be herded using kayaks, have never voted for it and don’t plan on before and it’s a proven solution.”
Many consider the geese to be a nui- canoes and gas-powered 12-foot boats. voting for it this time. at is their home
sance, defecating on lawns, beaches and Long Pond and Lake Casse will use out there. Where else are they supposed Mahopac businessman Dave Nicho-
docks and in public parks where chil- beach areas for capture sites. to go? I do understand [the reason for las told the board that he opposed the
dren play. it]. You go down to the Chamber Park roundup, calling it “inhumane” and a
Tom Maglaras, a licensed wildlife and you see goose poop all over the “waste of taxpayer money within the
e geese-removal operation was re- agent, said in a letter to the town that place. I understand but I just don’t like [lake] districts.”
quested by the Lake Mahopac and Lake a May 7 survey found 50-plus birds on killing the birds.”
Casse park district advisory boards and Lake Mahopac; 23 birds on the ball- “It’s just a few wealthy landown-
by Recreation and Parks Director Jim Schmitt said he understood Mc- ers with big lawns who are too damn
Gilchrist on behalf of Sycamore Park/ elds near Long Pond and two birds on Donough’s point of view and felt her lazy and cheap to do something about
Long Pond. e U.S. Department of Lake Casse. pain, but believes it is something that it themselves,” Nicholas said. “One of
the Interior speci es the rules for the has to be done. those landowners is on that park dis-
removal, which it calls a “depredation.” “I will make another visit to Long trict board and he told me himself two
Pond and Lake Casse on June 24 or 25 “You know what the issues are: they years ago that they’re doing it because
Seventy- ve birds are expected to be and report back to [town engineer Rich] poop all over the place,” Schmitt said. [the geese] were messing up his lawn.
removed from Lake Mahopac at a cost Franzetti on what I nd and whether or “I am an animal lover as well and don’t I wanted to slap him for that. We just
of $10,125; 15 birds would be culled not to proceed with these two round- want to harm any animals. I don’t like to spent $10,000 to clean up his lawn. So,
from Lake Casse for $5,225, and Long ups,” he wrote. do it, but I think it’s necessary.” we murder a bunch of geese?”
Pond would have 35 birds removed,
costing $5,525. e permit caps the to- “ e park districts are requesting this,” Councilman Jonathan Schneider said Nicholas presented the board with a
tal number of birds that can be removed said Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “ e geese the depredation shouldn’t move forward packet that, he said, contained informa-
at 150. will be caught and corralled in pens, until other alternatives are tried. tion on how to get rid of the birds with-
crated and delivered to a poultry proces- out hurting them that could be done for
e cost of the bird removal in the sor in Steuben County, New York. e “ ere is technology out there and “almost nothing.”
two park districts would be borne by roundup will take place in the coming we should try it instead of [spending]
the residents of those districts. Town weeks. is is harvesting that we have $20,000 right now,” he said. “It seems e roundup was approved, as expect-
o cials said there is enough money done in the past.” there are alternatives that should be at- ed, at the June 19 voting meeting, the
in those districts’ budgets to cover the tempted before we send them out for project would begin sometime over the
costs. Nothing was set aside in the town e cost of processing the geese is $15 processing.” next several weeks.
per bird. e birds will then be donated
to homeless shelters. Both councilmen John Lupinacci and






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Have you ever found yourself LIFE, onslaught against control of your

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In 2017, the United States endured puter as you ipped through HEALTH, best way that I have learned, quite
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Unprecedented natural disasters ree, four, ve times in a row? You catch ere are ve main types of brain waves.

struck in 2018, from the deadliest wild re in California history yourself, go back to your proper work on the Delta, the slowest wave, is associated with deep

(Camp Fire) to two of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the East computer, and a quarter hour later you are doing relaxation and healing sleep. A su ciency of

Coast (Michael and Florence). Towns, farms and forests de- it again? delta waves during sleep allows us to wake feel-

stroyed; hundreds of fatalities; and over $50 billion in losses. Pretty alarming, right? ing entirely rested.

So far in 2019, unprecedented ooding and violent tornadoes Scrolling aimlessly through Facebook is a time en there is theta, which occurs during day-

have ripped through the Midwest; enormous wild res have struck sink with very little redeeming value. It’s the ulti- dreaming and creative activities. When you are

Northern California and Washington State; a blizzard (Winter mate expression of the monkey mind part of our out in nature, deeply relaxed and relating to the

Storm Wesley) blanketed the Great Plains and the Midwest, in brain, like a gerbil running fruitlessly on a wheel habitat, the rocks and trees and animals, those

April; and the Arkansas River ooded as record-breaking rainfall in a cage to no purpose beyond the motion itself. are theta brain waves predominating.

destroyed levees and drowned numerous towns and thousands of Beta brain waves regurgitating endlessly. Next there is alpha. Alpha waves are the

acres of farmland. Losses, again, are already the billions. So much deliberate calculation has gone into waves that predominate when you awake, when

All of the above can be linked to weather and climate, accord- the algorithm of how to catch you on Facebook your mind is clear and alert, quiet, not yet clut-

ing to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as or Twitter (or whichever brand of social media is tered. It is a tranquil state of consciousness, brain

climate change plays a major role in causing natural disasters to be your vice) and keep you scrolling. waves that help with creative problem solving

more intense, destructive and costly. And, as the oceans warm, it is Recently, tech billionaire Narval Ravikant and insights.

highly probable that the U.S. is going to see a dramatic increase in appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast and com- Next higher in frequency there is beta brain

these types of occurrences, over the next several years. mented: “ e most powerful people in the waves, which range over an array of stimulated

e United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate world today are the people who are writing the states of mind. Your morning co ee, for example,

Change has projected that we have less than 12 years to mitigate algorithms for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram increases beta waves. It can be a focused and

the worst e ects of global warming. Even so, science education is because they’re controlling the spread of infor- productive state or unfocused, even anxious state.

not keeping pace with this critical reality. Climate change is not mation. ey’re literally rewriting people’s brains. And nally, there is gamma brain waves, at

part of the required curricula in most schools and colleges in this ey’re programming the culture.” around 40 Hz, which is associated with informa-

country, despite researchers having alerted us to its importance Rewriting people’s brains. Reprogramming the tion rich task processing from all over the brain.

since the early 1980s. culture. Scary stu . And with complex memory formation. And with

According to the results of a national NPR/Ipsos America poll, And correct, as far as it goes. changing core belief.

84 percent of parents with school-age children in this country (80 “Social media is addictive by design. e So, the next time you are on Facebook or on

percent of parents, overall) support the teaching of climate change. companies involved put tremendous amounts of Twitter, unpleasantly stressed out by a conversa-

Over 60 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats thought and e ort into making it that way, so tion you are engaged with, simply remember to

agree that climate change should be taught in school. that people will be glued to their screens,” writes disengage. Stand up, breathe in deeply several

Sixty- ve percent of all parents polled believe climate change University of Tennessee Law Professor Glenn times. en go for a walk around your work-

lessons should start as early as primary school and shouldn’t re- Reynolds, in his new book, “ e Social Media place or house. Notice some trees and owers,

quire parental permission. Upheaval.” Elsewhere, he notes, that these social whatever you see before you that is striking.

Only 45 percent of parents, by the way, reported that they had media giants promote “engagement,” by which Take them in and spend enough time so that

ever discussed climate change with their children. they mean an emotional response to the posting. your brain waves shift, and you are suddenly in a

A poll of teachers found even more support for climate change “ e easiest emotions to engage are the nega- much more relaxed place, a more enjoyable state

education. Eighty-six percent agree that climate change should tive emotions.” is is one major reason these of mind. Consciously detached from all that

be taught, and 42 percent already address climate change in their platforms often have the e ect of exaggerating consuming, negative emotion. And focus instead

classrooms. However, 58 percent do not! negative emotions. One thing that I see continu- on something beautiful that can transport you

Why aren’t a signi cant majority of teachers required to include ally, very often in people prone to anxiety, is the into a much better mood. If you only let it.

climate change as part of their curriculum? pursuing of stories which produce even more

e most common reasons o ered by teachers for not includ- anxiety. And then a great deal of emoting about Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, Campus Watch

ing climate change in their lessons are: Sixty- ve percent said that it among friends, which further ampli es the fellow, certi ed Functional Medicine Health coach

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Kosberg’s errors Deuteronomy 30:15-20 “See, I set LETTERS behalf in every instance, yet all we provide answers, even if they are
should not stand before you today life and prosperity, see is complete self-interest. uncomfortable. If an issue requires
and death and adversity; 19… So to serve us. We demand that the investigation, no subject or person
To the editor, choose life in order that you may live, highest standards are followed When elected to the Town should be above scrutiny.
I recently came across Mr. Kos- you and your descendants…..20 … when it comes to our water qual- Board, I will keep taxpayers con-
that you may live in the land which ity. We demand rules and regula- cerns at the heart of everything I It’s time we stop wasting every-
berg’s Here and Now column, the Lord swore to your fathers, to tions are enforced for the good of do, because I have been the one body’s time and money and serve
“ e Hypocrisy of Some Re- Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give all residents and we demand ac- showing up for years asking ques- the best interest of all Carmel resi-
publican Women” of May 10, on them.” countability from our elected o - tions. I will do the necessary prep- dents.
your TAP Mahopac website. e cials. ere is no reasonable excuse aration and follow-up so that I
author has several errors which William Monti for their lack of transparency. e can accurately and knowledgeably Jean Hopper
should not stand. North Salem board is duty-bound to act on our
Town Board candidate
Mr. Kosberg’s opening assertion Town Board needs
that a pro-life person can deny to give clear, honest
anyone their choice is fallacious;
every person makes their own answers
To the editor,
Pro-life people attempt to edu- At last week’s Carmel Town
cate, o er alternatives and pray
for the life of the unborn about to Board meeting, a taxpayer ex-
aborted or a person to be eutha- pressed concern about reports of
nized. improper wastewater manage-
ment at lakeside properties and
Mr. Kosberg mistakenly takes asked for clari cation on numer-
this Sister as the voice of Catholic ous items. No clari cation was
Church doctrine. He can educate given. Instead, his concerns were
himself about Church doctrine dismissed out of hand and he was
with respect to caring for the un- told not to believe what he reads
wanted, the poor and the needy. in the newspaper. It’s unacceptable
not to give clear and honest an-
e U.S. Catholic bishops website swers to fair questions, particularly
(USCCB.ORG) provides great when our water quality is in ques-
insight on Church teachings. tion. It’s shameful that the Town
Board would take its frustration
He claims, without evidence, with newspaper reports out on the
that the “Church (has a) war on a taxpayers.
woman’s self-determination.”
Our Town Board is elected
Abortion is not “reproductive
rights” it is the taking if a life.

I call Mr. Kosberg’s attention to
the Old Testament:

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Once a year, Eli calls to wish me a Eight hours later, that, the church scandal whelmingly, the prevailing sentiment
happy birthday and invite me to was that Serena Williams had been
the party he holds for his wife, tired and hungry, I ar- OF HUMAN broke. A week after that, victimized. Someone asked Roosevelt
whose birthday falls on the same day as rived home at 1 o’clock INTEREST the agent called to tell if he thought racism played a part. He
mine. in the morning and me that in the current shrugged.

“Well, mate,” he said last September checked my messages. LORENZO atmosphere my manu- “Are you kidding? Racism is written in
in his nasally Australian accent, “at least the rules.”
you don’t have to worry about getting Surprisingly, I heard GARO script wasn’t sellable.
old anymore. You are old!” He meant more than just the rules of
Eli’s voice. ose 25 She told me to rewrite it tennis. No argument there, but watching
I met him 23 years ago when he spoke Serena smash her racket and launch in-
at a writers’ conference. Writing was a pages, restarted at least and add a few pedophile vectives had been embarrassing. I voiced
good way for me to pass long winter my feelings and nished by saying that
days in the o -season. It was either that, a two dozen times and priests. I didn’t write Serena had gone, “beyond the pale.”
drink, or go mad.
endlessly edited, were the result of six another word for almost 15 years. Roosevelt said, “Well, ain’t that rich.
I attended the conference because for Where you from, brother?”
the rst time I’d started something that months’ work. Eli’s prickly exterior is a subterfuge.
might be half-way decent, possibly even “Lake Mahopac.”
publishable. I brought the rst 25 pages “I like what you gave me,” I heard. Inside he’s made of marshmallow. at’s “A small town?”
of what I was working on, hoping to at- “Yeah.”
tract the interest of a literary agent. “Actually, it has potential. Give me a why he calls every year and invites me to “You grew up there?”
Eli, who has published ction and ring.” his fancy dinner parties. He knows that All conversation stopped, except for
non- ction alike, asked what I was Roosevelt’s and mine.
working on. I untied my preciously I called him the next day. It was a for every successful writer, there’s 10,000 “All your friends had pale faces?”
guarded portfolio and handed him my It’s amazing how much can go
life—at least that was what it felt like. little disappointing when he asked about who’ve been rejected. He still asks if I’ve through your mind in one second. Pale?
He casually leafed through my sweat Had I subconsciously asserted my white-
and blood and then randomly placed his my education. I was forthright, telling anything to show him. ness? I can’t be absolutely sure. It’s not so
easy to wash away 200 years of history,
nger down in the middle of a page. him that I never went to college or even His Gramercy Park apartment is especially with a 250-pound black man
“Every sentence you write has to be looking you square in the eye.
good, if not beautiful,” he said. nished high school. a pre-war. Pre- World War II or the “Yes, all my friends had pale faces,’ I
He read a sentence, went to another said. “But I’m always looking for new
page, read another sentence, and then Feeling stupid, I said, “I once lived Revolutionary War, I’m not sure. ere’s ones.”
another. “ is isn’t all that bad,” he com- Whew, that was a close one. I like Eli’s
mented. He promised to read my work across the street from a library. My head a gaping limestone replace, high ceil- parties.
and give me his impression.
isn’t completely empty.” ings with thick plaster moldings, and

Now that he’d been appraised of my Louie-the-something armchairs all over

lowly academic status, I was surprised the place.

that he invited me to what turned out to I recognized most everyone from

be his wife’s birthday party. years gone by, except for a large African-

After that, Eli followed the progress of American man named Roosevelt. Eli

my novel, which was set in the Catholic intimated that he was brilliant.

Church. It took me six years to nish. I “He spent 10 years in jail,” said Eli,

made sure I went to his party that year, proud of his guest. “He’s writing a prison

2001, and gave him my manuscript. memoir. Publishers are going to be

He thought it might be sellable and ghting over it!”

o ered to do some editing. A year later, Conversation turned to the debacle at

without his help, or editing, I found an the US Woman’s Open, which had oc-

agent to represent me.Two weeks after curred the day before the party. Over-

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Don’t get me wrong… I barking and growling in my LOST IN he suddenly had an apartment he would run the other way.
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I cry at dog movies, decided that there were plenty contend with. Fortunately, nearly
volunteer at pet adoption days, of sh in the sea and I didn’t TRACY all the dogs that Monty encoun- of Bi ’s bullying ways. As we
and spend more money on need these kids as my friends if BECKERMAN tered were also nice dogs. waited for the elevator, Bi
specialty dog food for our pet there was a chance that Lucky appeared and lunged at Monty,
than I spend on groceries for would give me a pair of cement I told my boyfriend, he said, Except one. yapping and baring his teeth.
my family. shoes and turn me into sh bait. “Sweet Janie? She would never It was a French bulldog Monty cowered behind me,
do that!” But Janie and I knew named, appropriately, Bi . Bi but instead of ignoring Bi ,
But I have a doggie dark side. Did I mention that Lucky better. She was a dachshund would lunge at any other dog I lunged forward at him and
Embarrassed as I am to admit was a miniature schnauzer? with a vendetta. that was within spitting dis- growled back. Bi stopped yap-
it, I have a grudge against some tance of him, straining at his ping, tucked his tail between his
dogs from my past. Yeah, John Dillinger was Eventually I had my own leash, while his owner looked legs, and ran back to his owner’s
It started with a schnauzer short, too. family and got my own dog, a on and said nothing. Coinci- side.
next door named Lucky. I was golder retriever, who was the dentally, Bi always seemed to
pretty sure Lucky was a doggie My next run-in with a mean sweetest animal on the planet. be in the lobby waiting for the Ultimately, like all bullies, Bi
mobster. He was sweet and obe- dog was Janie, my ex-boy- Monty didn’t have a mean bone elevator the same time that we was all bark and no bite.
dient around his family, but if friend‘s dachshund. Janie was in his body and I never once were. Monty was terri ed of the
you weren’t family, he would get his rst girlfriend and was really heard him growl. e dog was bully bulldog Bi , and it wasn’t For more Lost in Suburbia,
so mean you’d think he might not happy to have a rival in the a 90-pound pushover. He was long before Bi turned my become follow Tracy on Twitter
take a hit out on you. Lucky house. I soon discovered that the doggie version of Charlie dog into Monty McFly. When @TracyBeckerman and become a
clearly saw my 7-year old self as Janie was two-faced. She was all Brown. Monty would see Bi coming, fan on Facebook at www.facebook.
some kind of threat to the fam- nice to me in front of him, but com/LostinSuburbiaFanPage.
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I would stop by to ask the kids would jump up into his empty but when we moved into the city,
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KOSBERG exceptions, according to Jen- a comprehensive survey of in the study reported encourag- learn that the problems are im-
nifer Atkinson, a professor of secondary public-school science ing their students to debate the mense and urgent. My brother
FROM PAGE 10 Biometrics at the University teachers, in 2015, asking them causes of climate change. is, is in the sixth grade and they
of Washington, colleges have what they know about climate despite the topic being signi - talk about climate change in
it’s outside their subject areas. not been doing a good job of change. Asked, what proportion cantly evidence-based. Disturb- all his subjects, every day. It’s
An equal number think parents teaching climate change. Col- of climate scientists think that ing, huh? kind of outrageous that climate
might complain—the issue is lege students, on the whole, global warming is caused mostly change wasn’t a bigger part of
divisive, especially for families are not being adequately by human activities, only about A former honor student at my education back there. Kids
of students who are climate- prepared “to face real-world 40 percent of the respond- Mahopac High School with have no idea how serious this
change deniers. problems and emotions related ing teachers chose the correct whom I correspond on occasion, issue is. We’re running out of
to global warming” and will be answer: 81 to 100 percent.” In moved to Southern California time and we’ve got to gure
Seventeen percent of teachers ill-equipped to cope with the addition, 60 percent of teachers with his family this past sum- things out.”
say they don’t have the materi- “anger, grief, and despair that mer. “Out here,” he said, “we
als; an equal percentage say they can arise,” opines Atkinson.
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e Israeli Scouts Caravan, sponsored by Temple
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Will take on Maloney in 18th District race

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER nal District, which includes all en Gillibrand by a 2:1 margin. still lives at home.
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR of Orange County and Putnam I’m an engineer by background.
County, as well as parts of south- Give me a little bit of your
Chele Farley (R-Tuxedo) has ern Dutchess County and north- bio—your family, your career I have two degrees in engineering
announced that she is running eastern Westchester County. e and your education. from Stanford [University]. en
in 2020 against incumbent Rep. 52-year-old Republican ran for I came to New York City and
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold United States Senate last year, I’m married to Richard Farley, have worked in nance at Gold-
Spring) in the 18th Congressio- but defeated by incumbent Kirst- who is a lawyer. We are raising man Sachs, UBS Capital, and
three sons. e youngest is 12. He then in private equity, and most
recently at Mistral Capital. So, I
The Schoolhouse Theater & Arts Center do energy and real estate invest- Chele Farley
Dorothy Lyman’s home, every business/o ce build-
One of the big things in this ing is going to have to be retro t-
“3 GENERATIONS OF WOMEN GATHER IN THE CATSKILLS OVER PRESIDENT’S DAY campaign is I feel like our taxes ted. I think it is very important
WEEKEND TO DECIDE THE FATE OF THEIR FAMILY FARM…” are too high and our infrastruc- that we make sure that we have
ture is falling apart. ese are clean air and clean water, but we
Dorothy Lyman Thea McCartan Jeanne Lauren Smith areas that are really in my sweet have to do this in an economi-
Eric Bryant Meredith Handerhan Frank Shiner spot as an engineer, a nance cally responsible manner.
person, and most importantly as a
Directed by Bram Lewis negotiator. You said your opponent
doesn’t re ect the ideals of the
TIX: | June 13th-30th We need somebody to negoti- district. What are those ideals?
(914) 277-8477 | 3 Owens RD. Croton Falls, NY | [email protected] ate a better deal for New York.
BUSINESS OWNERS I think they’re living within
is last tax bill was really tough your means, being hard-working,
GROW BIGGER when it’s capped at $10,000 a that are very important. But one
LIVE BETTER year and the average property thing we’ve got to do is our taxes
tax bill in Westchester is close to are too high and our energy costs
HUDSON BARTER EXCHANGE $18,000 a year. I want to go to need to be reduced as well.
Washington and at least double
THROUGH BARTER. LEARN HOW! if not triple it. People say, ‘Well, Our energy costs in New York
there isn’t enough money.’ I say, are 25 to 30 percent above the 914.372.7155 ‘Actually, there is enough money.’ national average. It’s ridiculous
It’s New Yorkers’ money and we and we’ve got to do something
need to bring it back to New about it and there are things that
York. can be done. But I just don’t see
anybody in Washington getting
What made you want to get it done and certainly not Sean
back into politics so quickly and Patrick Maloney.
now run for Congress after run-
ning for Senate? What is on the top of your
agenda should you be elected?
I think seeing that there was
this opportunity that nobody is ree things: It is reducing
doing anything and we’ve got taxes, it is improving our infra-
Sean Patrick Maloney, who has structure and it’s reducing energy
moved so far to the left, away costs.
from the ideals of the district.
Our readership is based in
He signed up as the co-sponsor Northern Westchester and
of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Putnam. What can you do for
Green New Deal that would cost this area?
$93 trillion, a number nobody
can wrap their heads around. A great example is, we’ve got
to do something to improve
ey understand that it would I-84 and I-684. ey need to be
cost every hard-working Hudson resurfaced. e MTA needs to
Valley family $600,000, and it’s expanded and improved. It is the
ridiculous. lifeblood of the commuting pub-
lic. We really need to do a better
He wants Medicare for all, job with it.
which would get rid of every-
one’s private insurance, let the Again, people say there isn’t
government run it, and it would money, but there is money
double the government budget, because $50 billion goes to other
which means everyone’s taxes states to fund their infrastructure
would double. I am not in favor needs and instead it needs to
of that, neither is anyone else that come back to New York.
I know, so I think we need some
other ideas and we need another You’ve told me about the job
alternative—and that’s why I’m you think Sean Patrick Malo-
running. ney is doing, but Congress as a
whole, what do you think of the
You mentioned Ocasio-Cor- job they’re doing?
tez’s Green New Deal. Can you
explain why you’re so opposed to I think that we need more
that and why you think that’s a people who will actually get stu
bad idea?
Yes, I think it’s a bad idea
because it’s going to cost every
family $600,000. Literally, every


MUSINGS June 27 - Native New Yorker dition to academics, there are in- FARLEY But it is fantastic having
FROM PAGE 18 a New Yorker in the White
Band (six decades of popular mu- door and outdoor play areas, mu- FROM PAGE 20 House. But we don’t seem to
have gotten a lot done and
sic) sic, crafts, story time, snack time done. I’m glad you brought this [taken] advantage of that in
up, because I am a huge fan the last three years. So, we need
Tickets are available for purchase July 18 - rown Together and holiday celebrations. Call of term limits. And I do think new blood to get in there, get
that one of the reasons why the gateway project funded, and
online for $29 at putnamcounty- (party rock) Michelle Armstrong, director, things don’t always get nalized lots of other things that would
and resolved is because so many help hard-working families. We and include bar- July 25 - Patrick Perone and at 845-803-0701 or email Ma- politicians want an issue to could bring that money back.
remain outstanding so they can People’s property taxes will
becue bu et and the show. A cash the Blue Suede Rockers Show- [email protected] campaign on it again. go down and we all know our
property taxes are the highest
bar will be available throughout band (Elvis tribute) com for more information and to Let’s take a look at the black- in the country. Westchester is
outs we had this winter and last literally the highest county in
the evening. Tickets at the door National HIV set up a tour. winter throughout Westchester. the country.
are $35. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Testing Day It’s ridiculous. I mean, we live
We rock rain or shine and take Short Story Writing in the richest country in the Why should voters in
it indoors to our large ballroom Do you know your status? Get for Seniors world, and frankly we live in Northern Westchester and
during inclement weather. Bring the richest state in that coun- Putnam vote for Chele Farley?
try, and the fact that we can’t
chairs and blankets for outdoor tested for HIV! National HIV Introduction to Short-Story give power to our residents is Because I will improve their
appalling, and something better infrastructure, lower their taxes,
show. Testing Day is ursday, June Writing for Seniors - Join author, has to be done. and reduce their energy costs.

Upcoming shows: 27. e Putnam County Depart- columnist, and teacher, Dorothy What do you think of the Sean Patrick Maloney, as an
job your party’s leader, the example, in his last six years, he
Big Shot: Billy Joel band - ment of Health is o ering free Killackey, for a free six-session president, is doing? has sponsored over 80 bills. e
bills sound fantastic. e prob-
June 28 HIV testing at the Health De- short story writing workshop I have been very upfront lem is, only four of them got
about the fact that I voted for out of committee, and only one
Epic Soul - July 5 partment’s main o ce at 1 Ge- to help guide aspiring writers. the president, I support the of them passed into law, and it
president, and, especially, I sup- was a bill to rename the post
PAC Kids Summer neva Road in Brewster, from 10 Classes will be held every Tues- port his policies when they are o ce. at doesn’t help a hard-
a.m. to 3 p.m. Results ready in 20 day, 11 a.m.-noon, at the Wil- good for New York. working family. So, we need
somebody who’s actually going
Art Programs minutes. No appointments nec- liam Koehler Senior Center, 180 Unemployment is at all-time to get in there and get things
essary. For more information, call Route 6, Mahopac. Registration lows, the stock market is at all- done. at’s what I have done
time highs, but when his poli- in the past and that’s what I’ll
Kids’ summer multi-arts and 845-808-1390. required. Call Irene at 845-808- cies aren’t good for New York, do down in Washington.
like the tax bill, I will negotiate
clay arts programs for ages 6-13 Nursery School 1734, ext. 2. and make them better.
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In praise of the public library

Dear Dr. Linda, can a ord to purchase for our entertainment dents—partnering with local agencies to
Please remind your readers to visit address social issues like providing meals
books. It o ers free ac- STRONG and development, or all for hungry children or by providing
their public library this summer. We, tutoring for immigrants in order to learn
along with our neighboring libraries cess to books and other LEARNING three. Libraries today English. Many libraries that provide
are o ering a variety of programs for forms of education and still provide books and reading help or help with tax return
preschoolers, children, teens and adults. culture. It’s the center DR. LINDA they provide, more im- preparation. Some even provide video
Unfortunately, many people only think of the community SILBERT portantly even, a meet- conferencing for small start-up busi-
of the library as a place to go if you want nesses, while others provide resources
to borrow books. We o er much more. where residents can ing place where people for people with disabilities. For example,
Just contact us to learn about our sum- some libraries have sta members uent
mer programs. anks so much. meet face to face. have a chance to meet in sign language.

Lauren, a dedicated librarian Each community others. ere actually is Finally, libraries provide teens with
opportunities to do volunteer work,
Dear Lauren, has public schools designed speci cally no other place in a community for this internships and jobs, and a ord little
ank you so much for contacting children the opportunity to learn about
to educate the children. Each com- to occur outside of houses of worship or sharing which is essential to child devel-
me because it gives me a chance to talk opment.
about the importance of public libraries. munity has a police station and a re schools.
e public library has lasted this long
When Benjamin Franklin founded the department (also created by Benjamin Libraries today are meeting places because it serves the needs of the com-
rst library in 1731, he could never have munity. And unless we fail to support
imagined that 288 years later, libraries Franklin) to protect and assist everyone for free “mommy and me” groups, free the institution as it has supported the
would not be as valued because of the community itself, it will continue to be
Digital Age. Back in Franklin’s time, in emergencies. Each community has story times for preschoolers, book club the heart of every city, whether urban,
next to schools, the library was the hub suburban, or rural.
of knowledge in the community. a post o ce (also created by Benjamin meetings, community plays, concerts, art
But now, the value of the library seems Support and celebrate your public
to have been diminished because of Franklin) so its residents can send let- displays and senior citizen get-togethers. library!
technological advancements. People have
all the knowledge they can imagine liter- ters, packages, etc. to others around the In other words, they are where people Dr. Linda
ally at their ngertips. Yet, every little
town and big city still has a library and world. And, each community has a town of similar interests and needs can meet Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad Grades
they’re still alive and well and needed Happen to Good Kids,” and director of
more than ever. hall where local laws and issues are ad- others in the community—and mem- Strong Learning Tutoring and SAT/ACT
Test Prep. Send your questions to [email protected]
e public library is just that—pub- dressed. bership doesn’t cost a thing (unless Find more articles at
lic. As a result, it’s open to everyone in
the community and not just those who e public library is the only you don’t return your checked-out

community municipality that books on time)

is devoted to the intellec- In addition to lending books, li-

tual and social welfare of the braries across the country also

community. e original idea lend books on tape, videos,

was to provide access to books cake pans, framed posters,

of all kinds—books from tools, as well as original art.

which to acquire Special collections grow out

knowledge, books of speci c community

with informa- needs.

tion to help us ey also have

solve prob- become involved

lems, books in providing

with stories support for resi-

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Italian American Club awards scholarships

e Italian American Club academic achievements, and for e recipients were Natalie
of Mahopac earlier this month their overwhelming contribu- Scanlon, who will attend North-
awarded three high school se- tions to both school community eastern University, Nicole Fi-
niors $500 scholarships in rec- and the greater Putnam County erro who will attend Manhattan
ognition of their demonstrated community. College, and Christopher Bauco,
who will attend Penn State Uni-
The history of the versity. PHOTO COURTESY OF IAC
graduation cap
Giulio Cefaloni, president of From left, IAC Vice President Joseph Fierro, Nicole Fierro, Christopher
Graduation ceremonies are a Many graduation caps were the Italian American Club, intro- Bauco, Natalie Scanlon, School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo and
duced the winners at a June 5 cer- IAC President Giulio Cefaloni
tradition that dates back to the initially black or gray. Accord- emony and invited each recipient
to share their essay on “How the
rst high schools and universities. ing to the graduation informa- Italian Language and Culture
Have A ected My Life”.
While many aspects of gradu- tion site Graduation Source, tivities. their educational pursuits, hope
Anthony DiCarlo, superinten- Cefaloni addressed the stu- that they will continue to study
ation ceremonies have evolved when color photography be- dent of Mahopac Central School the Italian culture and language
District and 2019 Putnam dents, their families and mem- and encourage them to stay en-
over the years, the graduation cap came the norm in the 20th cen- County Columbus festivities bership saying, “Individuals like gaged in both their school and
grand marshal, congratulated the these ll us with pride and hope communities at large.”
has remained a hallmark of such tury, schools began to use gowns honorees, and wished them well for a brighter future. e better
in their future endeavors. Also in world of tomorrow belongs to For additional photos and in-
ceremonies. and caps in di erent shades attendance were Putnam County them. Congratulations to these formation on the 2019 Colum-
Court Judge Jim Reitz, and Put- students on this well-deserved bus Parade Festivities, visit itali-
Graduation caps are one of the because they would show up nam County Commissioner of award. We wish them the best in
Health Dr. Michael Nesheiwat,
most visible aspects of gradua- in photographs. Schools often a special honoree for the 2019
Putnam County Columbus Fes-
tion dress. Many scholars believe coordinate caps and gowns, so

the mortarboard style cap gradu- their colors re ect their o cial

ates don was developed from the school colors.

biretta, a similar-looking Italian While certain degrees war-

hat worn by Roman Catho- rant di erent styles of gown,

lic clergy. In the 12th and 13th cowls and hoods, mortarboard

centuries, students and teachers caps are relatively standard. In

typically wore clerical clothing addition to the cap, there is a

because the church was highly single button at the top. Tas-

in uential at this time. Medieval sels hang from these buttons. At

universities helped inspire aca- commencement, tassels are tra-

demic dress, including the famil- ditionally worn on the right side

iar graduation cap. of the cap and then moved to

Mortarboards are shaped like the left once graduates receive

a square, perhaps to give them a their diplomas.

scholarly appearance like a book Graduation caps are part of

or to represent the shape of a the larger scope of academic

quad on the campus of Eng- dress that comprises school tra-

land’s Oxford University, where ditions. Millions of graduates

many graduation dress customs across the globe will don their

are believed to have originated. caps and toss them into the air

Others theorize that the mortar- later in celebration of their hard

board, which is named after the work.

at board used by bricklayers and

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Mahopac Academy
students ‘fundamentally
changed’ by service dog

e Mahopac High

School Academy re-

cently welcomed Car-

los, a black Labrador

retriever, as its newest

team member. e dog

is an integral part of

the dialectical behavior

therapy (DBT) pro-

gram at the Academy.

With the job title

“comfort dog,” Carlos

can provide support

in the classroom, in

counseling, or just be-

PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL FREY ing seen wagging his

Selling muffins tail in the hallway or PHOTO COURTESY OF MAHOPAC SCHOOL DISTRICT
for a cause
lying under a desk in Carlos the service dog
For ve years the Mahopac Middle School has supported the e a classroom.
Ty Louis Campbell Foundation (a nonpro t organization that funds
Research geared toward the treatment of e childhood cancer) by “Having Carlos
hosting Marvelous Mu ns in the month of May. Money raised during
Marvelous Mu ns goes directly to the TLC Foundation. is year part of the Academy has fundamentally changed the learning at-
more than $2,900 was raised at MMS. is endeavor allows students
to become involved in charitable work, assists the Foundation in mosphere for students, not only in the Academy but throughout all
carrying out its mission and brings support from local businesses
such as Bucci’s Deli, Park Ford, Stop & Shop, Elite Progression of Mahopac High School,” said Dr. Greg Stowell, assistant superin-
Cross t, Frasier Hardware, the Mahopac Teachers’ Association,
Raymond Opticians and Mike and Joe’s Restaurant. tendent for pupil personnel and educational services.

In partnership with Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown

Heights, Christine Nolan, special education teacher at Mahopac

Academy, and her family have fostered Carlos for more than three

years. He’s an esteemed stud and has produced 70 puppies.

Nolan introduced Carlos to the Academy a few weeks ago after

waivers were distributed informing parents that the dog will be on

school grounds. Students were also given an orientation on the role

of Carlos in their classroom.

“His rst week on the job, students just brightened up,” Nolan

said. “One student, who rarely speaks, immediately smiled and

chatted with Carlos as soon as they met.”

Bringing Carlos to the classroom was a request from students and

combined e ort of Stowell; Dr. Catherine Sweeney, administrator

for secondary special education and the Academy teaching sta .

Summer Special “ e students asked us for a dog in the classroom a year or two

ago,” Stowell said. “Dr. Sweeney researched possible grants and I

looked into options, too. We were having issues securing the right

dog that met our students’ needs and learning culture. Mrs. Nolan

brought up the idea of trying out Carlos in the classroom, which

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Sports Eight earn post-season honors

GIRLS LAX Senior defender and team captain Natalie Scanlon (fourth-year varsity player) was named All-Section and
All-League for the second time, and was also named Academic All-American (an honor awarded to only nine
players in the section). Junior mid elder and team captain Christina Lopreato also earned her rst All-Section
and All-League nods. Senior attacker and team captain Katie McDonough (fourth-year varsity player), senior
mid elder Colleen MacNeil, and junior attacker Sophia DeFrancesco were named All-Section Honorable
Mention and All-League. Senior goalie and team captain Jordan Barbagallo, and senior defenders Zina
McInerney and Katrina Klammer were named to the All-League team.

Natalie Scanlon Sophia DeFrancesco Katie McDonough
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Girls cap historic season with semifinals appearance

Six Indians earn post-season honors; ’Pac already eyeing 2020 title

BY SKIP PEARLMAN Sophomore pitcher the third straight season. She was and Becker is expected to earn for Mahopac, nishing with a
CONTRIBUTING WRITER and team captain also named Section 1 League All-State honors (for the second 0.39 ERA, and a 0.97 batting av-
Shannon Becker 1A Pitcher of the Year for the straight year), and All-American erage against. She’s the only high
e Mahopac varsity softball earner All-Section and second straight season. She is honors in the upcoming days, school pitcher in New York State
team is coming o the best sea- All-League honors for the all-time Section 1 Class AA when those are announced.
son in program history, and the the third time, and single-season strikeout leader, SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 27
future looks even brighter. was the League 1A Becker pitched all 23 games
Pitcher of the Year.
e Indians just completed a She’s also in line to
season in which they went 19-4, earn All-State and All-
advancing to the Class AA semi- American honors for
her 2019 season.
nals, where they lost in a gut-
wrencher to eventual champion where she struck out all 21 bat-
John Jay of East Fishkill. ters she faced.

“Overall, it was a really great Becker, who struck out an as-
season,” Indians rst-year head tounding 369 of the 549 batters
coach Christina Giansante said. she faced this season, was named
“Mahopac has not gone 19-4 in All-Section and All-League for
who knows how long. We had
also never been to the semi nals,
so that was a rst. So, it was a re-
ally good season; we were able to
exceed our expectations, and ev-
eryone else’s.”

“We lost in the semi nal in a
heartbreaking way,” Giansante
added. “But the girls did a phe-
nomenal job, I couldn’t ask for
anything more.”

Elevating the team to one of
the elite in Section 1 was pitch-
ing sensation and team captain
Shannon Becker.

e two-time League 1A
Pitcher of the Year—as a sopho-
more—has already earned a rep-
utation as one of the most domi-
nant pitchers in both Section 1,
and in the state, thanks to her
perfect-perfect game this season,


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