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Published by Halston Media, 2020-07-01 17:07:32

The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 07.02.20

VOL. 3 NO. 5 Visit TapIntoKLT.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020

Chief reacts to calls to Residents push town
‘defund’ police to support BLM

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER rected toward police departments in larger BY TOM BARTLEY a resolution—read but not acted on at
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR cities is not being felt with the same inten- CONTRIBUTING LETTER the meeting—supporting diversity and
sity on the local level, said Lewisboro’s po- inclusion.
Calls for police reform have perhaps nev- lice chief, David Alfano. A month after it ignited on a Mid-
er been louder than they are now, ringing west city street, the momentum of a re- e local action mirrors a national
out on both Wall Street and Main Street. “I’ve gotten a ton of emails, text messag- invigorated Black Lives Matter move- concern growing out of the death in
es, letters, and drawings from little kids all ment carried last week into a virtual May of George Floyd, whose neck was
Falling into the latter category is subur- supporting us,” Alfano said. “ at means a meeting of the Lewisboro Town Board, knelt on by a white policeman as the
ban Lewisboro, where police o cers are lot. It puts a smile on my face.” setting o a cascade of crosstalk, nger- handcu ed black man lay gasping for
known mostly to community members by pointing and personal skirmishes. breath on a Minneapolis street.
name and face rather than badge number. Despite the positive vibes and good in-
tentions, Lewisboro is not immune from In a raucous, three-and-a-half-hour Terrence Cheng of South Salem,
ey patronize small businesses, participate calls for reform, including the so-called Zoom session, BLM supporters—al- a Katonah-Lewisboro school board
in community events, and raise families in “defund movement.” Calls to “Defund the ternating with speakers on other topics, member and himself no stranger to
the northern Westchester community of Police,” a slogan some have taken quite lit- especially a proposed cell tower—urged controversy, had joined the meeting
about 12,000 residents. erally, generally means to reallocate money the board to ght racial injustice gener- to thank the board for adopting lower
away from police departments toward non- ally and in Lewisboro speci cally. e speed limits on town roads. Cheng had
Perhaps because of that, the animus di- policing forms of public safety and com- Town Board, for its part, is considering
munity support, such as social services. SEE BLM PAGE 3
SEE POLICE PAGE 3

John Jay postpones mascot decision over concerns

e long-awaited announcement of John Jay High over one of its two mascot candidates—Ravens or Wolf- the mascot selection process.

School’s new mascot will have to wait a little longer. pack. As you are aware, we recently presented two options

Days after holding a vote to replace its Indians mascot, e district, in a letter to school community, did not to students and sta — the Ravens and the Wolfpack.

the Katonah-Lewisboro School District is going back to reveal which mascot choice is potentially problematic, Based on concerns that have been shared in recent days

the drawing board because of but some residents had raised concerns about Wolfpack regarding potentially harmful connotations associated

newly raised con- on social media, saying the term had been used by Nazis with one of the options, we have requested that our Mas-

cerns during WWII and by white supremacist gangs. cot Selection Committee take some additional time to

Results of Monday’s vote were scheduled to be an- consider these concerns and provide an updated recom-

nounced last week. mendation for how best to move forward.

e district’s letter is below: We are sorry to disappoint those who were hoping for

Dear KLSD Community, an outcome today, and we thank you for your patience.

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The Staff Support Connection’s annual walk has
participants sharing steps through social media
EDITORIAL TEAM
JODI WEINBERGER BY KATHERINE BORCHERT nity for people in all geographic Barbara Cervoni, though it has some great response to that, so
STAFF WRITER areas to participate in the walk. been able to continually provide that’s good, but we have to keep
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 We serve people nationwide services. at it because it’s an ongoing pro-
[email protected] Support Connection’s annual through our programs, and now cess.”
fundraiser Support A Walk is people nationwide can walk with “We went to set up hires
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER getting a makeover. In place of us.” that work from home and do Now that Support Connection
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 its usual 3-mile trek in FDR everything remotely and virtu- is gearing up for the Support A
[email protected] park, the new tagline, “Walk e walk will feature a digital ally,” Cervoni said. “We’ve made Walk, Quinn said that this is a
With Us, Wherever You Are,” journal with tribute signs, mes- that switch and are continually unique opportunity to spread
ADVERTISING TEAM encourages supporters to walk sages and special recognition evaluating it, monitoring it and awareness about the organiza-
LISA KAIN on their own, wherever they are, to sponsors. Support Connec- adding things. e other real big tion and its services nationwide.
to raise money for the organiza- tion will also use social media to challenge is that all of a sudden,
914-351-2424 tion. hold contests, such as a T-shirt fundraising events that were on “I’m in awe of my sta because
[email protected] contest, and feature those taking the calendar got cancelled or nobody thought it was an option
e Support A Walk is Sup- part in the walk on its page. postponed.” to sit back and say ‘we can’t do
PAUL FORHAN port Connection’s largest an- this,’” Quinn said. “We were go-
914-202-2392 nual fundraiser, with thousands People are encouraged to do- e organization’s Spring ing to gure out a way and that
[email protected] usually gathering in the park nate, volunteer and participate in Bene t Dinner Dance was sup- is why I’m energized about the
CORINNE STANTON to raise funds for the nonpro t, the walk and follow and use the posed to be held in April, but walk because I feel this is a great
845-621-4049 which has provided free breast hashtags #SupportAWalk2020 with the restrictions put in place way, not only for people to walk
[email protected] and ovarian cancer support and #WalkWithUsWhereverY- due curb the spread of CO- on our behalf and raise money
JENNIFER CONNELLY through counseling, coordinated ouAre. VID-19, it was cancelled. e for what we do, but now, let’s
917-446-7757 support groups and educational group is in the process of trans- say I’m walking in Oregon state,
[email protected] and wellness programs since its ey also are encouraged to forming that fundraiser into a I see that on my social media.
BRUCE HELLER founding in 1996. walk with family, friends, neigh- virtual event, as well. I’m going to know that if I need
914-202-2941 bors and co-workers, and while those services, I could call Sup-
[email protected] Support Connection Execu- the annual walk is 3 miles, peo- “We were really in a position port Connection. So that’s really
SHELLEY KILCOYNE tive Director Katherine Quinn ple can participate in the digital of having to scramble and g- important for us, as well. It’s go-
said “the walk is still going on walk at their own pace for what- ure out how we were going to ing to help spread the word that
CO-FOUNDER strong,” despite taking a di er- ever distance is most comfort- bring in the funds that we need we’re here for people.”
914-924-9122 ent approach this year. able. in order to continue what we do,”
[email protected] Cervoni said. “ e good news is For more information, visit
GABRIELLE BILIK “My goal is to get at least one Support Connection had to that we have had a lot of support https://supportconnection.org/
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/DESIGNER group walking in each state of change “on a dime” in March from the community. We put out support-a-walk/, email [email protected]
[email protected] the country,” Quinn said. “We due to the coronavirus pan- some appeals to people asking supportconnection.org or call
PRODUCTION TEAM see this as a wonderful opportu- demic, according to Director of for donations and we have had 914-962-6402.
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL Services and Communication
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THE KATONAH-LEWISBORO TIMES
DEADLINE PH: 914-232-9444 • FX: 914-301-5474 the defacing of town roadways. lowed by Kristen Browde with
Mon. - Sat. - 9am-5pm • Sun. - 9am-3pm
THE DEADLINE FOR ADVERTISEMENTS 127 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536 Among other statements these 1,647 votes. Jeremiah Pear-

AND EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS IS THE signs denigrated our Police De- son pulled in 1,297 votes, Alex

THURSDAY BEFORE THE NEXT partment. All residents of Lew- Roithmayr has 511 votes and
PUBLICATION DATE.
isboro should know that this Mark Ja e has 396 votes. In a
FOR MORE INFORMATION,
CALL JODI WEINBERGER AT town government rmly sup- Facebook post, Browde said it’s
914-302-5830 OR EMAIL
[email protected] ports our local police force and still “a three way contest, still

Location decries these acts of vandalism. very close.”

BAILEY COURT Chief Alfano and his o cers “Approximately 30 percent
334 ROUTE 202, UNIT C1S
have been at the forefront of of the vote was either early vot-
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the Covid-19 pandemic check- ing or day of the primary/in
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©2020 HALSTON MEDIA, LLC masks and hand sanitizer and leaves 70 percent still to be

ensuring the safety of residents counted, starting ten days after

while many of us have been at the primary (that’s state law, to

home under NYS Pause. ose allow those ballots postmarked

who would seek to diminish by Primary Day to make their

these ne members of our com- way through the mail to the

munity are clearly unacquainted Board of Elections.).”

with our police force. ese acts Burdick agreed with Browde’s

of vandalism will be fully investi- assessment of the situation.

gated and we encourage anyone “ ere is an enormous quan-

with information to reach out to tity of absentee ballots to be

our Lewisboro Police Depart- counted which will determine

ment at 914-763-8903. If police the outcome,” Burdick said.

are out on calls and there is no “It will be at least a couple of

answer, please leave a message. weeks.”


THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020 THE KATONAH LEWISBORO TIMES PAGE 3

POLICE fects our morale to an extent, but we keep order. types with them, possibly a ecting their
our heads up and we just do what we’ve e same day, Cuomo signed the “New actions.
FROM PAGE 1 always been doing—a fantastic job!”
York State Police Reform and Reinven- “We’re going to do a sta meeting here
In Lewisboro, the police department’s SUPPORT FROM THE BOARD tion Collaborative,” an executive order and retraining, because we’ve already been
$1 million budget will make up about 8 At the Lewisboro Town Board meeting that requires local police agencies to de- trained in it,” Alfano said.
percent of the town’s total expenditures velop a plan that “reinvents and modern-
this year. Most of the department’s bud- on Tuesday, June 8, several board mem- izes police strategies and programs” based COMMUNITY POLICING
get (about $639,000) is spent on salaries bers heaped praised on Alfano and the on community input. To be eligible for Alfano is in a unique position to talk
and wages. According to Alfano, the de- Lewisboro Police Department. Council- future state funding, police forces must
partment has three full-time o cers and man Tony Goncalves thanked them “for adopt a plan by April 1, 2021. about the e ect of community policing,
nine part-time o cers with a combined the courtesy, professionalism and respect given that Lewisboro, for the third year in
experience of 325 years. they show to the citizens in town every Only 29 percent of New York law-en- a row, has been ranked “ e Safest Small
day.” forcement agencies are accredited by the Town in America” by SafeWise. e in-
“How are you going to defund us and state’s Division of Criminal Justice Ser- dependent institution reviews crime data,
cut our budget?” Alfano said. “It’s created Councilwoman Jennifer Castelhano vices. Lewisboro is among the unaccred- speci cally violent crimes and property
hatred toward law enforcement and it’s complimented A ano for his “heartfelt” ited 71 percent. crimes, and ranks the towns based on
kind of misguided.” social media post about the civil unrest crimes per capita.
in the wake of George Floyd’s death. She Following George Floyd’s death while
Alfano said state and local budgets have said communities don’t have to choose in police custody and the ensuing civil In 2019, Lewisboro had zero violent
slashed budgets for mental health services between being pro-reform or anti-police. unrest, Lewisboro has begun to review crimes and just one property crime, ac-
in recent years, giving police o cers more its policies and procedures, Alfano said. cording to SafeWise.
responsibilities. “You can have community that works
in both ways,” Castelhano said. “You can ough he supports some police reform, Perhaps even bigger proof of his de-
“ e biggest problem is, if you’re going support police but also understand that the chief was frustrated that law enforce- partment’s solid reputation, Alfano said,
to defund the police, it’s going to create we live in a system that’s just intrinsically ment did not have a seat at the table dur- is that no reports have been led against
more problems,” Alfano said. “We’re go- built on racism in so many di erent ways.” ing the most recent policy changes. his o cers in decades.
ing to be reactive as opposed to be pro-
active. We want to be a presence in the Supervisor Peter Parsons said Alfano is “[ ey have] good intentions but I feel He praised his predecessor, Frank Se-
community to deter crime. Our proactive reviewing the police department’s proto- they’re working on emotions. ey rushed cret, who retired as Lewisboro’s chief of
presence alone is deterring crime. Now if cols, prioritizing the use of force. He also it,” Alfano said of the New York State police in 2016.
they want to defund the police, we will mentioned that the police department has legislature, noting similarities to contro-
now be responding to crimes that have al- received many letters in support. versial bail reform in 2019. “ ey haven’t “Frank Secret made the best long-
ready been committed (reactive). Which, sat down and consulted with law-enforce- lasting positive impact when he made
in theory, would take more time and “At the moment, anybody who can get ment o cials.” the transition to hire full-time residential
money to investigate.” good marks from the public is doing well,” police o cers,” said Alfano, who lives in
Parsons said. Alfano, answering a question about ex- South Salem. “ e o cers were born and
e “anti-cop”sentiment, though not as amples of police reform he supports, said, raised in Lewisboro. We already know all
intense in Lewisboro, is disheartening to CHANGE IS COMING “Sometimes, a department will have a bad the businesses, a lot of the people, school
see, the chief said. On Friday, June 12, Gov. Andrew Cuo- seed, and we personally don’t have any administrators—that goes a long way.
in Lewisboro, they’re protected by civil
“We’re Lewisboro and we’re a small mo signed a package of bills that banned service, they’re protected by the union. ey respect us and we respect them. e
community, but I would say it a ects as the use of chokeholds and repealed the Sometimes it’s hard to get those bad seeds community trusts us and the community
police o cers,” he said. “We have a job state’s civil code known as 50-a, which o the job.” works with us. us, putting you ahead of
to do and people are looking at us a lit- prohibits the release of “all personnel the game in community policing.”
tle di erently. It’s a little frustrating. We records used to evaluate performance He will be retraining his o cers in
built something here and it took time and towards continued employment or pro- “implicit bias,” which means when people Alfano also noted that his department
trust from the community. So, yes it af- motion” of police o cers except by court unconsciously hold attitudes toward spe- has a good working relationship with the
ci c groups of people or associate stereo- New York State Police.

BLM in front a of a police station in action” to address head-on what pared statement. As he ended, A frustrated Crimmins, who
a community that is 95 percent she called the “intergenerational quoting Dr. Martin Luther King had worked with fellow board
FROM PAGE 1 white, in my opinion, is danger- legacy of racism and bigotry in Jr., the chairman of the town’s member Jennifer Castelhano on
ous. e fact that these signs are Lewisboro. Antenna Advisory Board, Ted the lengthy diversity resolution,
initiated that action and had put in on public property is even more Sohonyay of South Salem—on tried repeatedly to read the docu-
motion last September the KLSD troubling because it might seem Two other John Jay alumni, hand for the cell-tower discus- ment into the record.
debate that led to John Jay’s retire- to some that our police or our Erik Perry of Katonah and Jeremy sion—told Perry, “I was a cop.
ment of the Indian mascot. Town Board are OK with social Zimmerman of Goldens Bridge, And what you’re talking about, “I’m running out of patience,”
and racial injustice.” joined the chorus of voices sup- junior, makes no sense.” she said at one point. Directing
“I’m making a personal state- porting BLM aims. Perry said he her remarks at Supervisor Peter
ment now,” Cheng said. “It has e voices raised last week found it “ridiculous how much Later, following further BLM Parsons, she said, “ is particu-
nothing to do with the speed against those ills spanned mul- time we’re taking talking about a support, Sohonyay repeated, “I lar meeting, in addition to many
limit.” While expressing “utmost tiple age groups. Former John cell tower.” was a cop. I know what these peo- meetings that have gone before . . .
respect for the police and rst Jay High School students gured ple go through.” is not being managed well.”
responders,” he took issue with prominently among the BLM But when he chided Police
signs near the Bouton Road po- supporters. Chief David Alfano, not visible When Councilwoman Jane Parsons responded that all had a
lice headquarters reading Blue on the virtual meeting screen, for Crimmins advised him, “It’s not right to speak and be heard.Crim-
Lives Matter and All Lives Mat- Catherine Foley, a 1996 John not being in attendance, Alfano about that, Ted,” Sohonyay hol- mins ultimately got the opportu-
ter. Jay graduate, came to South Sa- quickly made his presence known. lered, “I’m not talking about your nity to read the resolution in the
lem with her “white, a uent “I’ve been listening this whole friends. I’m talking about being meeting minutes but the board
Cheng acknowledged he didn’t family” in 1982. She called on meeting,”he said. a cop. A lot of you have no idea took no action after Parsons said
know who put up the signs. Still, the board to take “immediate what it was like.” he wanted to read the text.
he noted, “To have signs like this Perry went on to read a pre-

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Webinar series benefits LEWISBORO
Community Center of
Northern Westchester Residents fight
plan for additional
CrossTalk 2.0, a series of half-hour July 21: Artist Bisa Butler with holistic
cell tower
weekly Zoom webinars featuring area physician Michael Finkelstein speaking

experts addressing aspects of the current about “change”;

complex and unprecedented moment in July 28: Westchester Community College BY TOM BARTLEY In the end, the board took no action
CONTRIBUTING WRITER on the proposed tower, which under
local history launched last week. Each pro- President Belinda Miles with Columbia federal law and regulation the town
Nobody, it often seems, likes cell- has limited power to block. Homeland
gram will explore, from an interdisciplinary University’s Earth Institute Director An- phone towers. Critics call them visual Towers would build the transmission
vulgarities, raining down radiation and antenna under contract with Verizon.
perspective, the meaning, consequences, drew Revkin speaking about “uncertainty”. untold health risks. An application to
erect one in a bucolic suburban set- Raymond Vergati, Homeland’s re-
and long-term outcomes of COVID-19, e series is the digital successor to ting—say, in a town like Lewisboro— gional director, said that town-owned
routinely provokes a spirited ght. land could host the single-pole anten-
social justice issues, and other compelling CrossTalk, a popular public program the na, rising 130 feet at the salt dome o
Nothing was routine, however, about Spring Street or stand 120 feet high,
topics of this time. Every online session Katonah Museum and Katonah Library the chaotic uproar that broke out—re- clad in ersatz pine tree, behind town hall
motely—last week in Lewisboro. Al- on Main Street.
will feature two prominent speakers from co-produced several years ago. Members of ternating with residents’ heartfelt pleas
for racial justice, opposition to the tele- Vergati, a veteran of local tower skir-
the political, social, cultural, or spiritual the CrossTalk 2.0 Committee, consisting communications structure preceded, ac- mishes, said the latest structure, Lew-
companied and followed the Lewisboro isboro’s fourth, would ll a cellphone
arenas. ese experts will be juxtaposed in of representatives from several local non- Town Board’s consideration last week of “hole” along a stretch of Route 35 and
a proposal for a tower at one of two sites. in parts of Lake Truesdale.
unlikely and seemingly unrelated pairings pro t organizations, will rotate as hosts
On a night when an unscheduled “ ere’s a need,” he said. “ at’s why
but will address the same general topic. of the programs. Committee members discussion of the Black Lives Matter we’re here. We’re not here because we
movement dominated a three-and- don’t have a reason to be.”
Reservations are required, with a minimum include Ellen Calves, Program Director a-half-hour meeting, the proposed
Verizon structure was condemned as Critics disagreed. More than an
contribution of ve dollars, at community- of Bedford 2020 and Town Board mem- unsightly, unnecessary and even an un- hour before Vergati got to speak, Lau-
warranted intrusion on the weightier is- ren Gray of Lake Truesdale opened
centernw.org/crosstalk-20. All proceeds ber; Allison Chernow, Board Co-Chair of sue of racism and criminal justice. the public comment session with a

from the series will bene t the Communi- Rehabilitation rough e Arts; Michael SEE CELLTOWER PAGE 6

ty Center of Northern Westchester, where Gitlitz, Executive Director of the Katonah

the number of families coming to the food Museum of Art; Hans Hallunbaek, Direc-

bank is currently triple the usual volume tor of the Interfaith Prison Partnership;

and the need continues to increase. Mary Kane, Director of the Katonah Vil-

CrossTalk 2.0 will feature: lage Library; Andrew Kuhn, former Kato-

July 7: U.S. Representative Antonio Del- nah Poetry Series Vice President; Karen

gado (D- NY18) with Rabbi Aaron Brusso Sabath, Board President of Bedford 2020;

speaking about “connectedness”; Karin Shiel, Board Co-Chair of RTA and

July 14: Foreign policy strategist Farah Board Chair of Westchester Youth Al-

Pandith with JBFC Program Director Bri- liance; and advisory member Bart Tyler,

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Music, sidewalk sales returning to Katonah CELL TOWER

BY TOM BARTLEY renewal of a favorite evening out, business lunch or morn- FROM PAGE 4
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ing co ee and scrambled.
broadside against the tower, calling on the
Sidewalk sales—long a popular staple of Katonah sum- Earlier, under phase two, the town had encouraged out- board to “take a breath and re-examine this.”
mers, a touch of the familiar especially welcome in the un- door restaurant dining, streamlining the paperwork and
certainty this year has brought—return later this month. regulatory permissions needed to capitalize on the alfresco Whichever town-owned site is chosen for
opportunities. the tower, she said, “it’s going to be seen from
e Bedford Town Board, meeting in emergency session the horse farms, from the cemeteries, from
ursday, June 25, renewed the popular tag sales at the re- Now, o cials are looking at the commuter lots, largely our historic town and it will absolutely de-
quest of the Katonah Village Improvement Society. Bargain unused in the lockdown, as a way to increase on-street park- stroy our little South Salem.”
hunters can take to the streets Friday, July 24, and Saturday, ing opportunities for customers.
July 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “I don’t understand why we need it,” Gray
Most of the board’s 50-minute meeting was devoted to “I don’t think that the commuter lots are going to ll up said.
Katonah commerce, still coming out of a months-long dis- by the end of August,” Councilwoman Ellen Calves said.
ruption due to the coronavirus pandemic. In other action, So, the town will provide free spots in those lots, from July Later, after the public comment period had
the board also approved music events in Gazebo Park and 1 to Aug. 31, for the employees of local retailers, restaurants taken up a discussion of Black Lives Matter
two months of free parking in the hamlet’s commuter lots and others. and then a noise complaint, another caller
for employees of local businesses. agreed with Gray.
Supervisor Chris Burdick convened the session, saying it Normally those workers park on the streets, a practice
was “not simply for the hamlet of Katonah but something that is “taking up a lot of the spaces,” Calves said. “Since “I don’t think the town has an obligation
we wish to do for each of our business districts, which have the commuter lots are empty, it just seems so simple that we to provide a lease agreement on town-owned
been struggling so much.” could try to get them to park in the commuter lots so there property and provide coverage for a cell tower
are more [street parking] spaces for customers.” company,” the caller said.
e board has taken an aggressively proactive stance to
help businesses resume operation, in some cases cutting Comptroller Abraham Zambrano’s o ce oversees the “ ere are already three towers,” he noted,
municipal red tape to expedite and maximize commercial commuter lots and other town parking spaces. He and saying, “ is would add a fourth cell tower
opportunities. “We want to do everything we can to assist Councilwoman Bobbi M. Bittker are expected to esh out providing coverage on Route 35.” Moreover,
those businesses to reopen,” Burdick said, “to be able to sur- the plan’s details, including how to identify employee ve- he maintained, closing what he called a “mi-
vive and, hopefully, thrive.” hicles that are parked in the lots. nor gap” in coverage along that busy thor-
oughfare would only encourage people to use
Downtown Katonah is reopening in a series of calibrat- Sidewalk sales could close Katonah Avenue from Edge- their cellphones while driving.
ed steps after being shut down or sharply cut back since mont Road to Jay Street, at least on July 25, Saturday’s half
March. eir lockdown was part of a state stay-at-home of the two-day event, Burdick said, though a nal determi- “I’d like to comment,” Ted Sohonyay of
strategy designed to minimize the virus’s ready contagion. nation has not been made. South Salem interjected.“I’m the chairman of
the [town’s] Antenna Advisory Board.” Say-
Katonah began the third of four incremental reopening “Organizations may submit event applications and co- ing he had to be “an advocate for the town as
permissions on June 23. Among other things, phase three sponsorship requests to the town to have live music, food well as consider what Homeland Towers and
allowed restaurants to resume indoor dining, albeit at a trucks or other community-building activities for our own the carriers need,” he said, “ ey have a hole
reduced capacity. Social distancing as well as masks until town and to bring people to town,” Burdick said in his web- in their coverage.”
seated at a table provide a COVID-19 punctuation to this site newsletter. “ e Town Board is open to the town sup-
porting activities that are good for our town residents and Someone calling, say, 911 with an emer-
that may also bring people in from other communities to gency, Sohonyay said, might abruptly lose any
shop, eat and enjoy our town.” connection with the police. e proposed new
tower, he said, would provide “backup cover-
age in case a call is lost.”

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Dive in! Competitive

NEWS & Mount Care in Katonah were well READING, cram/devour as many hot 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest.
NOTES set up with Covid 19 protocols, met a WRITING & dogs and buns as possible. Matt won the Nathan’s Hot
nice receptionist, who took my temp. CHOCOLATE Dog Eating Contest in 2015
MARK with a cool non-contact infrared ther- e Nathan’s Hot Dog and is considered the num-
JEFFERS mometer and then I checked in and KIM Eating Contest has been ber three ranked competitive
waited outside for a call, then came KOVACH televised since 1972. But eater in Major League Eating
Welcome to “News & in saw my doctor and even passed my the event has been going circles.
Notes,”where we look at physical, although, I think the nurse The July 4th holiday on a lot longer than that.
the happenings here in had her thumb on the scale when she weekend brings to According to the internet, In 2016, the rst year of
Westchester County… read out loud my current weight… mind the usual tradi- the rst uno cial hot dog the National Harbor World
tions like decorating the front eating contest was in 1916. Peeps Eating Championship
We are on our way to the beaches Everyone in the pool! at’s right, yard with American ags, Legend has it that four im- in Maryland, Matt Stonie ate
of old Cape Cod for our annual fam- the three town pools will open Friday, hosting backyard barbeques, migrants gathered at the very 200 marshmallow peeps in
ily vacation. Six feet away, sunburn, July 3. Here’s a fun warning, while making homemade ice cream rst Nathan’s Famous hot dog
soggy clothes, and sandy sandwiches, movie binging do not, repeat, do not and attending colorful re- stand in Coney Island on July ve minutes. He beat his own
can’t wait…if I’m not eaten by a shark watch the caddie pool scene from works displays. 4th and had an American hot world record the following year
please enjoy this week’s “Vacation is “Caddyshack,”it was a candy bar! dog eating contest to see who by eating 255 peeps. Yikes!
all I ever wanted”edition of “News & e Nathan’s Hot Dog Eat- was the most patriotic.
Notes.” By the way, the town is looking for ing Contest has also become In 2019, American competi- In 2011, the Nathan’s
additional lifeguards. If you have certi- synonymous with the celebra- tive eater Joey Chestnut won Hot Dog contestants were
Our friends at the Community tion of Independence Day. e $10,000 in cash and the cov- separated by gender to give
Center of Northern Westchester have cation in lifeguard training/ rst aid annual eating competition will eted Mustard Belt by downing women a chance to compete
free adult sized masks, sewn by volun- and CPR for the professional rescuer be held on July 4th in front of 71 hot dogs. Considered one of on their own terms. Miki
teers available. e Center urgently you are eligible for one of the jobs. the iconic Nathan’s Famous the greatest eaters of all time, Sudo has achieved victory in
needs reusable bags and paper grocery restaurant on the corner of Joey, nicknamed “Jaws,”lives the women’s competition at
bags to pre-pack and distribute food. Along with the pools, we are happy Surf and Stillwell Avenues in in California and travels the the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating
to announce that the playgrounds in Coney Island. world as a dominant com- Contest every year since 2014.
ey also are now accepting summer the hamlet parks are now open. Parks petitive eater. e 36 year old Born in New York, Miki is a
clothing donations, you may drop o sta will clean and prep the play- To comply with Covid-19 is a force to be reckoned with 35 year old who can pack away
your summer clothing donations near grounds for the reopening, the town safety measures, the festivi- when it comes to ingesting more than 30 hot dogs at one
the back gate of the Center in the bin asks all users to continue to follow the ties will go on as planned but food for prize money. He holds sitting.
marked clothing donations and take a social distancing protocols and the without spectators cheering 43 world records in 43 di er-
donation receipt. requirement of wearing masks when on the contestants.To ensure ent “disciplines.”He has won How does a person decide
unable to maintain that distance. social distancing, only ve the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating to go into competitive eating
ank you to the Katonah Cham- Hand hygiene is also very important, competitive eaters will chow Contest more than any other as a career choice? Did a high
ber of Commerce for providing a ban- so the town encourage all playground down at one time, instead of competitor over the years. school guidance counselor
ner thanking essential workers, and to visitors to sanitize their hands before up to fteen eaters in previous Last year, Matt Stonie, a make the suggestion for an
NYSEG for installing the banner. and after utilizing the playground years. As usual, the contestants 28 year old competitive eater unconventional way to earn
equipment. will have ten minutes to eat/ and YouTuber consumed 46 money and travel the world?
I had a doctor appointment the hot dogs at the Nathan’s July
other day and the good folks at Care- As our schools begin their gradu- Competitive eating events
ation celebrations, I want to take around the globe include

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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020 OPINION THE KATONAH LEWISBORO TIMES PAGE 9

Coping with aftermath of remote learning

STRONG Since children and teens Battleship, Memory, Double Read a book with a sixth grader, the books he or she was supposed
LEARNING haven’t actually been in school Solitaire, Monopoly, Scrabble about the Middle East, Greece to during the previous year and
for many months, the summer are just a few of the thousands or Rome during ancient times get a head start reading next year’s
DR. LINDA slide may be worse this year. of games that promote brain because they’ll be learning about books—even if it means you read
SILBERT development as well as social and that time. For seventh and eighth them together.
erefore, you may want to re- emotional learning because they graders, who will be learning U.S.
Dear Dr. Linda, view or move ahead to help your involve problem solving, devel- history, read historical novels History: A golden opportunity
My friends and I have a ques- child succeed in school when it opment of patience and good together focusing on a particular to work with your high schooler
reopens. sportsmanship, provide practice time in history. My Brother Sam if you love history. Read together,
tion for you. What do we do following directions, etc. is Dead is ideal for students living talk together and debate your
with our kids over the summer CAUTION! If you don’t have in New York and Connecticut points of view. Watch documenta-
to be sure they’ll be ready for the temperament to work with en nd online games to keep who will learn about the Revolu- ries on television and discuss.
school in September, if there is your child or the subject back- addition, subtraction, multiplica- tionary War.
regular school? We truly feel that ground, nd someone who does. tion, and division facts fresh in Science: Probably not a golden
our children didn’t learn any- It’s hard enough for children their minds. Some children may Keep math skills fresh in their opportunity to work with your
thing with online learning. We’re and teens to have lost months of enjoy “math-a-minute” while minds by reviewing the four high schooler. Even though sci-
not blaming the teachers because schooling—they don’t need or others become too stressed and arithmetic skills, but especially ence does not follow a sequential
they had to learn overnight how deserve a teacher who does not would rather play a math game. multiplication facts because they’ll order, if your child struggles in
to teach online. know the subject, does not fully Put on plays to promote memory need to have them automatic to science, get help for them over the
understand child development, skills or have them read their make learning fractions, decimals summer so they don’t fall behind
Parent Group and/or does not know how to part which promotes reading and percentages more easily. when school starts.
Dear Parent Group, teach so that the student learns
the material while building con - uency. Have your children read Grades 9-12: Focus on indi- Foreign Language: is is only
Did you see the recent col- dence and a feeling of self-worth. billboards and signs as you drive vidual subjects. a golden opportunity for the
umn in the Wall Street Journal Find someone who can tutor around and count the change in parent who knows the language.
entitled, “ e Results are in for your child online in a one-on-one the piggy bank on a rainy day. Fi- Math: Since math is learned Otherwise, get help. Each year
Remote Learning: It Didn’t environment. nally, don’t forget to read together. sequentially, it’s important to keep builds on the past year.
Work”? Problems ranged from up. erefore, if your child was
students not having the correct Meanwhile, here are some Grades 6-8: Focus on hands taking algebra, geometry, etc., get And remember no matter what
technology to not showing up suggestions of what you can do at on activities that involve plan- help for them over the summer the subject area, it’s di cult to go
to class to teacher training to home over the summer: ning, organizing, problem solving (if they need it) so they don’t fall forward if your child has missed
grading to computer programs and time management. ese are behind. what’s taught before.
that didn’t work to overworked Grades K-5: Focus on playing! essential skills middle schoolers
parents at home and more. Research has shown that children will need now, in high school English: is is a good time Dr. Linda
learn more when they’re having and beyond. Cooking involves all to catch up with writing skills.
fun—because they’re engaged. those skills in addition to math Online learning works well when Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad
And engaged children learn. skills when doubling recipes or learning how to write papers or Grades Happen to Good Kids” and
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Astorino will challenge Harckham for state Senate seat

BY CAROL REIF On Monday, June 22, Cuomo denied funding for our schools without raising that’s putting dangerous criminals back
STAFF WRITER that his o ce was at fault for the thou- taxes,” passing “critical legislation to pro- onto our streets—the steady ow of fami-
sands of coronavirus fatalities in nursing tect our environment” and delivering “over lies abandoning New York could become a
It’s been no secret that Rob Astorino homes around the state. $8 million in state-funded infrastructure torrent. We must not let that happen,” his
has been planning to seek public o ce investments to municipalities.” statement continued.
again. In an interview with MSNBC, the gov-
ernor called the accusations a “political He also said he helped provide “vital Among the highlights of Astorino’s in-
e former Westchester County execu- charade.” He instead blamed the federal funding to our veterans, seniors and rst augural campaign video, titled “Rebuild,”
tive and one-time Republican nominee for government and the CDC for failing to responders.” was his contention that New York’s
governor made it o cial ursday, June act quickly enough to ban travel from Eu- “troubles didn’t start with the coronavirus
25, when he announced on YouTube that rope, where the virus was spreading. As part of the Senate majority, he said lockdown.” He blamed the state’s “record
he was challenging Democratic Sen. Pete he helped pass legislation protecting re- de cits” and high taxes for causing 1 mil-
Harckham of South Salem for his seat in Astorino was adamant that the state productive health care and adult victims lion New Yorkers to move away in the
the state Senate’s 40th District. “must ensure the safety of our senior citi- of childhood abuse. He also spoke of the past 10 years.
zens if a second wave of the coronavirus enactment of “common-sense gun safety
e district includes parts of Putnam arrives.” measures” and the making of voting dur- Astorino said his administration helped
and Dutchess counties, and the towns ing elections “easier and more accessible.” create more than 44,000 new jobs, opened
of Somers, North Salem, Yorktown and “ e avoidable tragedy that occurred in up child care slots for working parents,
Lewisboro in Westchester. New York nursing homes this spring must Harckham, chair of the Senate’s Com- and earned Westchester “the highest cred-
be impartially investigated and never al- mittee on Alcoholism and Substance it rating of any county in the state.”
Astorino was defeated by Gov. Andrew lowed to happen again,” he added urs- Abuse, claimed to have “doubled treat-
Cuomo in the 2014 gubernatorial elec- day. ment times, reduced costs and eliminated It did it, he claimed, “by bringing peo-
tions. In 2017, after serving two turns as barriers to life-saving treatment.” ple together developing ground-break-
county executive, he went for a third term HARCKHAM ing programs that eliminated veterans’
but lost to Democratic challenger George Harckham, who had no Democratic Harckham said the state now leads the homelessness and the Fatherhood Initia-
Latimer. nation “in the ght against opioid abuse.” tive that helped at-risk dads get back into
challengers, said he welcomed Astorino’s the lives of their children.”
e father of three went on to work for candidacy ursday, but was con dent “I have been keeping my promise to
Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s delegate to the “that voters will send me back to Albany work hard for all of the residents of the “Why can’t Albany do the same?” he
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, a in November because they are even more 40th Senate District, and during this cam- asked in the video.
Catholic philanthropic organization that ready this year to say ‘no’ to Trump and paign, I will continue to do so,”the incum-
serves the poor. He also has been a paid surrogates like his close friend Rob Asto- bent said. Astorino said his plan to “rebuild” the
national commentator for CNN. rino.” state will start with “holding Albany poli-
ASTORINO ticians accountable.”
Astorino said ursday that he was Harckham was rst elected to the state Astorino, a 53-year-old lifelong West-
looking forward to running a “spirited Senate in 2018. Before that, he served in He also spoke of term limits and
campaign based on issues and competing Cuomo’s administration, as the governor’s chester resident, said that, as county exec- “tough new ethics laws.”
visions for New York state.” assistant director of the O ce of Com- utive, he submitted eight straight budgets
munity Renewal. without a tax increase. e candidate hopes to “jump-start”
“New York is in turmoil right now, and the economy by “reducing taxes, reining
there’s a critical need for rm, measured Harckham was a county legislator from He also claimed credit for creating in excessive spending, and eliminating
voices in the state Legislature,” he said. 2008-2015, representing the 2nd District, a bipartisan governing coalition that the regulations that do little but kill jobs
“Peaceful protesters should be respected. which covers all of northeast Westchester. achieved “concrete results” in county gov- and ingenuity.”
We should encourage thoughtful dialogue ernment.
and all sides of a debate must be heard. Vi- Harckham said he was elected to the Schools can be improved, he said, “by
olence, rioting, vandalism, and those seek- state post “because voters rejected Donald Astorino said the state “is being chal- putting parents and teachers back in
ing unrest and anarchy, however, should be Trump’s divisive and reckless politics.” lenged as perhaps never before, and it’s charge.”
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” imperative that taxpayers be vigorously
e senator said he was “deeply in- defended in the coming legislative term.” He also called for strengthening “pub-
In his statement, the candidate also volved” with relief e orts related to the lic safety by repealing the reckless cash-
called for an independent investigation pandemic, so he planned to continue to “ ere are many in Albany already call- less bail law and by improving our po-
of nursing home deaths caused by CO- “focus on safeguarding and helping our ing for dramatic new tax hikes, and mid- lice—not defunding or abolishing them.”
VID-19, an issue for which his former residents for now.” dle-class families can’t a ord to pay a pen-
rival’s administration has been taking a lot ny more. Without rm, common-sense Astorino concluded his opening salvo
of ak. Harckham then listed some of his ac- voices at the table to push back against with: “To change New York, we have to
complishments during the last two years. tax hikes—not to mention ill-conceived change the politicians...we need respon-
criminal justice blunders like cashless bail sible leaders who can bring people to-
ose included securing “record-high gether and get things done.”

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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020 THE KATONAH LEWISBORO TIMES PAGE 11

Goldens Bridge Fire
Department issues safety

guidelines for hiking

BY STEPHEN MANGIONE sonnel responded, including the in the UTV to Todd Rd., where PHOTO: METRO walking, or which part of the res-
GUEST WRITER Bedford Hills Fire Department, the Lewisboro Volunteer Am- CREATIVE ervoir system you will be near so
Bedford Police Department, and bulance Corps. and Westchester CONNECTION they can describe your location
Emergency calls recently in- Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Emergency Medical Services to emergency responders if you
volving rescues of individuals Ambulance Corps. were waiting to treat her, accord- if you’re not used to venturing don’t return by a certain hour.
who sustained physical injuries at ing to Chief Melillo. into the woods. Partnering up
an area preserve and reservoir has Less than 24 hours later, the ensures that one person can get • Stay on hiking trails so re-
prompted the chief of the Gold- Goldens Bridge Fire Depart- Since temperatures were swel- help if the other is injured or has sponders can easily nd you.
en’s Bridge Fire Department ment responded to a 9-1-1 call tering that day, the Somers FD a medical emergency,” the re
to announce a set of guidelines at the Mt. Holly Sanctuary o was on the scene with a rehabili- chief explained. A harmless walk • Bring a rst-aid kit to treat
aimed at keeping residents safe Todd Road in Goldens Bridge tation unit to provide air-condi- through the woods can quickly minor injuries along the way—
on local walking trails and other where a resident who had been tioning, water, oxygen and blood escalate into an emergency if like scrapes, insect bites or ankle
popular summer recreation sites. hiking experienced general fa- pressure screening for re ght- you can’t put weight on a turned rolls—and your EpiPen if you’re
tigue and heat exhaustion nearly ers on the scene and involved in ankle, or you become disoriented allergic to bee stings.
Last Friday afternoon, Gold- a mile and a half into one of the the search and rescue. An engine from dehydration. It can become
ens Bridge re ghters assisted trails. Melillo said the hiker was from the Katonah FD was dis- life-threatening if you slip and • Carry at least 2 or 3 bottles of
in the rescue of a teenager who able to contact a friend, who in patched to the Golden’s Bridge hit your head on a rock. People water to keep hydrated and wear
fell from a rope swing and struck turn relayed the message to a Firehouse on stand-by in the are growing weary of hunkering sunscreen.
her head on rocky terrain at the 9-1-1 dispatcher. event of another emergency call. down at home during the corona-
Muscoot Reservoir. e victim virus pandemic, so they’re taking • Always have a fully charged
was with several companions is rescue was a little more In both incidents, Chief Melil- advantage of the summer season cell phone with you.
who called 9-1-1 and led emer- intense because re ghters had lo said the victims were fortunate, and enjoying the outdoors. But
gency responders to the scene to divide into groups to search the teen by the reservoir because the greater the preparation, the • Wear footwear designed to
when they arrived, according to for the woman since they didn’t she was with others who im- less likely they’ll put themselves navigate all types of terrain and
Golden’s Bridge Fire Chief Al know which of the multiple trails mediately called 9-1-1, and the in unsafe and risky situations.” provide ankle support; remember
Melillo. she was on, according to the re woman on the trail because she that shoes worn for jogging are
chief, who said the department was able to reach someone with In addition to pairing up with not appropriate for walking trails.
As part of its mutual aid re- responded with Engine 139, her cell phone. at least one other person on your
sponse to the Katonah Fire De- Rescue 25 and Utility 38. Todd excursion, Melillo recommends • Carry a note or medical card
partment, the GBFD dispatched Road was closed in both direc- “Both incidents demonstrated the following guidelines: that lists health conditions so that
its Rescue 25 vehicle, Marine 25 tions during the rescue. why it’s important to pair up with emergency responders will know
(its rescue boat), and Utility 38, its a family member or friend—with • If you go it alone, let some- your medical history if you’re dis-
utility terrain vehicle. Melillo said Fire ghters made their way to the proper social distancing one know which trail you’ll be oriented or unconscious.
the victim on the department’s if the person is not from your
re ghters launched the boat at UTV unit, along with members household—when hiking on lo-
Cherry Street and Route 35, while of the Croton Falls FD who pro- cal trails, and nature walking or
the UTV entered the woods o vided mutual aid. When they
Croton Lake Road to get to the reached the woman, Golden’s shing in the reservoir system,”
teen, who su ered lacerations and Bridge re ghters administered Melillo said.
bruises. Other emergency per-
rst aid before transporting her “Hiking on trails can be chal-
lenging and lled with hazards

Bedford farm joins Westchester Land Trust to support those in need

Westchester Land Trust, InterGener- partnership with WLT and are grateful can to ensure that more of our neighbors people access to locally grown food that is

ate and, a private landowner in Bedford to them for connecting us with landown- have access to nutritious food this year.” good, clean, and fair. InterGenerate brings

have joined forces to grow vegetables for ers who want to help grow much-needed Westchester Land Trust works with con- people together across demographics in the

community members in need. Westches- food,” said Suzi Novak, InterGenerate’s servation partners throughout the Hudson community gardens where they teach pro-

ter Land Trust (WLT) facilitated the land Vice President. “ e Maple Grove Farm Valley to actively explore and re ne new gram participants how to grow their own

match between the landowner and In- garden is a manageable size and will in- conservation tools and techniques that ad- food. In partnership with Neighbors Link,

terGenerate, an organization that builds crease access to freshly grown vegetables. dress the issues of farmland accessibility, af- InterGenerate provides a low-cost produce

strong communities on a healthy planet We are experiencing a surge in demand fordability, and sustainability. subscription service to families in need.

through local food production. Vegetables for fresh food due to impacts from CO- “Supporting InterGenerate goes hand In addition, they o er an egg cooperative

will be grown on the land by volunteers VID-19. With this new garden, we’re able in hand with our farmland conservation where families share the responsibility of

of InterGenerate and distributed through to provide a weekly bag of fresh produce to work,” said Kara Whelan, Vice President caring for a ock of chickens and harvest

their food justice program. 20 additional families in need.” of WLT who serves as the Farmlink Advi- the eggs for their use. Contact: Suzi Novak,

e land match has brought new life to WLT encourages and supports con- sor for the organization. “We know there is [email protected]

the raised beds at the historic Maple Grove nections between land-seeking farmers a tremendous need for fresh produce this

Farm in Bedford, which had been out of and non-farming landowners through its year and we are committed to doing all that ABOUT WESTCHESTER LAND TRUST

production for several years. e owner Farmland Match Program and has facili- we can to address that need by getting more e Westchester Land Trust works with

of Maple Grove Farm, which is privately tated land matches that range in size from land in production.” public and private partners to preserve

owned and not open to the public, reached a few raised beds to 10+ acres. Landown- Landowners who are interested in hav- land in perpetuity, and to enhance the

out to WLT o ering the use of their land ers and farmers are encouraged to use the ing portions of their property farmed, pos- natural resources in Westchester and east-

as part of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Hudson Valley Farmlink Network online sibly including additional capacity for In- ern Putnam counties. WLT’s conservation

Network program. After facilitating several portal. On this website, landowners and terGenerate, should contact Ms. Whelan e orts impact the long-term health of

outings to the land with di erent growers, farmers create pro les, and WLT sta of- for assistance. these communities through the protection

the match with InterGenerate was made. fer assistance with introductions and site of watershed areas, air quality, and food

Alan Keeley of Stone Hill River Farms in visits. ABOUT INTERGENERATE supply. In total, WLT has preserved over

Bedford supported the partnership by as- “I’m honored to be part of this partner- A northern Westchester non-pro t or- 8,700 acres of open space including 900

sisting the groups with soil amendments. ship,” said George Bianco, owner of Maple ganization founded more than 10 years ago, acres of preserves owned and managed by

“We are thrilled to announce our new Grove Farm. “and pleased to o er what I InterGenerate was created to give more the organization.


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Wa e Wednesday

SEASONAL program in Moscow. a train to the city. I was moving in report, hand out a tissue for the stop. Purchasing a wa e iron in
TIDBITS e audition was held at a a few days before my daughter as tears when they didn’t get the Manhattan is not an easy feat. I
I had chaperone training. When front row line in the class, run to found a department store in the
LAURA local studio and there were girls I arrived in Manhattan, I hailed a doctor’s o ce or an emergency subway and lugged that wa e
CAMPAGNA from every dance school in the a cab and gave the address.Turns room across town for twisted iron on the subway and walked
tri -state area auditioning for a out the dorms we were staying tendons and broken ngers when the eight blocks back to the dorm
School is out for the summer coveted spot at the barre. e in were 8 blocks from Grand the partner lifted and turned from Grand Central Station.
and with it begins another instructors for the audition Central Station an easy walk, but the wrong way, and ll out more Sex in the City it was not, it was
series of scheduled events. were retired Bolshoi Ballerinas being a county gal, I didn’t want incident reports. more like e Schlep in the City.
Summer Camp. and teachers from the Bolshoi to take the chance of getting lost. When I arrived my daughter
Academy. I was intimidated just Watching these dancers, I asked me if I was caught in the
My youngest daughter is a watching as they walked into the I soon settled into my fourth witnessed what dedication, rain as I was soaking wet. I said
dancer. A ballerina, the serious room, I could not imagine how oor walkup dorm room with passion and loving what you do no that I was just sweaty from the
kind with a pancake tutu, a pair my daughter was feeling. microwave and small fridge and really looked like. I began to have summer heat and the subways.
of pointe shoes a week, a box of shared bathroom, turned on the a bond with the dancers, dancers
bobby pins and half a bottle of e audition lasted two hours AC and headed down to the from all ages and from all over I had told my daughter to run
hair gel in her hair to create the and then a three month waiting lobby to my rst meeting. the globe. ey told me some to the nearby grocery store and
perfect bun. period to see if she was accepted. amazing stories of life back home, pick up a box of wa e mix and
It turns out that the Bolshoi Bal- e role of the chaperone was of family and friends they missed. everything that the box said we
Many activities that are held let Intensive auditions all around fairly simple. I had to make sure needed to make wa es, ice cream
after school end in June and her the world and selects the best dancers walked eight blocks to ey soon turned to me with and assorted toppings, plates and
dance classes were no exception, from those auditions. At last the Grand Central Station, navigate personal problems as well as their forks. She was back in a half an
they were going to end after the three month wait was over and to the subway station that will dance dreams. hour and found me in the court
June recital. Knowing that she a letter with a Russian postmark take them to another station yard with a warm iron. We soon
would be without ballet for two arrived in the mail. She had been to transfer to the uptown train On a subway ride one evening began to make the wa es and
months, she began to investigate accepted. Now, to pay for it. to Lincoln Center (during the after a long and di cult day from a crowd formed. No one had
in February places to dance dur- peak morning and evening rush some of the dancers, we all began ever had wa es with ice cream
ing the summer months. She Turns out, the program o ers a hours) where they would dance talking of doing something fun and they could not get enough.
landed on the Bolshoi Ballet discount if a parent wants to be a all day. Once at Lincoln Center, and di erent. I decided then and When my mix had run out,
Summer Intensive to be held for chaperone for the program. How I was to stand at the doorway of there to have Wa e Wednes- there was a search party sent to
six weeks in New York City. e hard could it be, I was a teacher the dance studios careful not to day in the back court yard of the store to buy more. at rst
Bolshoi Ballet is based in Mos- and a parent. I could certainly attract attention to myself and the dorm. Wa e Wednesday Wa e Wednesday ended only
cow and the intensive follows chaperone other kids. So I ap- monitor each dancer to make was started by my mother who, when it was too dark to cook. It
the same strict curriculum as the plied for it and was granted a sure nothing was happening that in the summers would make was then and there that it was
video conference interview. I ap- would interfere with their lessons. wa es and ice cream for dinner.
parently passed with ying colors I would hand out an occasional I asked another chaperone to SEE CAMPAGNA PAGE 14
because I was hired on the spot. ice pack and ll out an incident make sure they all got back safely
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Can I kick it?

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BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER on July 7,” said Chris Rietsch,

SPORTS EDITOR president of John Jay Futbol Club ‘ ere are always exceptions. ere are some who have concerns.
But the vast majority that I have heard from are very excited
and varsity soccer coach at John

Organized sports such as soc- Jay High School. “We’re going to and frankly anxious to get going.’

cer, baseball and softball—among manage toward getting everybody

those considered to be low or mod- out to the elds. We’re following –Kevin Marcus
erate risk by New York State—are the guidelines of what New York
President, SYSO
set to resume play on Monday, State provided and the town as

July 6, in regions that have reached well.”

Phase 3 of the state’s four-phased ough it is possible to keep

reopening plan. distance in drills, matches are more with a mask on,” Rietsch said. But on July 6. very high con dence they will get

It will be business as usual for di cult. “I think you can control coaches will monitor distancing “New York has done a great job elds.”

many sports, which can resume some of it—until you’re keeping on the benches and the sharing of managing the curve,” said David e GHVBL has 440 teams

all games and practices, except for score,” he said. “Once you’re keep- equipment. Zaslaw, GHVBL founder and registered for this summer’s 42-

tournaments or events with mul- ing score, I think the game’s going president. game schedule—and they regis-

tiple games in one day. to be the game” BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Zaslaw said that the league’s tered about a month ago, well into

Rietsch, a father of three, said he Diamond sports—baseball and schedule depends on town and the pandemic.

SOCCER understands why some parents are softball—lend themselves to so- county o cials opening the elds “I was surprised at the amount

Soccer was a late addition to the reluctant to send their kids back on cial distancing more naturally than so teams can play. School elds are of teams registered. I thought

list of moderate-risk sports. It was the eld. sports like soccer, where physical o the table until Phase 4. some might hesitate,” Zaslaw said.

initially placed in the high-risk cat- “We’re certainly hearing some contact is an unavoidable regular “Some towns are ready to open “Right now, we have 440, which

egory with football, wrestling, ice people being nervous about the occurrence. practices and then have games,” is unreal, that’s unbelievable. I’m

hockey,rugby,basketball,volleyball, return,” he said. Still, more than e Greater Hudson Val- he said. “And some (lower West- shocked, and pleasantly surprised.”

contact lacrosse, martial arts, and 50 families have registered their ley Baseball League, the largest chester) aren’t quite ready. It really

competitive cheer/dance. ose children for the club’s ve-week league in the area with over 700 depends on the town...All of the INTEREST REMAINS HIGH

sports can only resume individual program. teams participating throughout the Mid-Hudson region will be able to Other youth sports o cials con-

or distanced group training. Prac- Coaches will wear masks,but the year, was scheduled to play its rst play baseball by [ July 6]. And it’s rmed that interest remains high

tices and games are still prohibited. players will not. “In 85- to 90-de- game in Connecticut on July 2,and up to the coaches to come up with SEE KICK PAGE 16

“We’re going to hit the elds gree heat, you can’t run around games are set to begin in New York the elds to play on. But I have

Soccer will be allowed to resume on July 6 in regions that have reached Phase 3 of New York State’s reopening plan. FILE PHOTO/MIKE CIARCIA


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