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Care of local cemeteries is community effort
BY TRUDY WALZ to all whose eyes light upon them. e cemetery that contains the ees of a regional business joined in commission volunteer who handles
CONTRIBUTING WRITER To that end, Briggs and her band remains of some of Yorktown’s old- the rst phase of its cleanup. its press, noted markers engraved
est residents—on some three acres with the names of some of the town’s
Tradition holds—and society of volunteers have undertaken an in- astride the Community Church “It’s really a cool thing,” said littlest inhabitants, its children.
seems to concur—that everyone, ventory of all abandoned cemeteries of Yorktown and extending to a Briggs, whose surname can be
upon passing, deserves to have their in the community, nding as many brook and up a hill—has become found on several markers in the “ ere’s a lot of heartrending
name engraved in stone. And Lynn as nine in want. It also has launched a witness to that e ort. Over the cemetery that she didn’t know tombstones there, but it is also a
Briggs, chair of Yorktown’s Land- an outreach e ort, the rst of its summer, the young hands at a new were there until she explored it. part of the history of Yorktown,”
marks Preservation Commission, kind, by partnering with a variety school and those of the members of “It kills me to see our war heroes, Naumann said. “ ere are Revo-
is doing what she can to make sure of community stakeholders to bring the church’s congregation, the land- or anyone, disrespected, because lutionary War people there, Civil
those names are as legible as possible the gravestones out of the weeds and marks commission and the employ- every life has a value and a story.”
into the open of the 21st century. SEE CLEANUP PAGE 3
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Candidate proﬁles for District 1 legislator
Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, the have seen the limitations of how far prog- Frank Catalina Colin D. Smith
answers of another candidate were printed ress can be taken without further support Republican, Conservative, Independence Democratic, Working Families
instead of Colin D. Smith’s answers in the Oct. from the county level of government. is
24 edition. We are running the full piece again district was well served by legislator John Colin D. Smith better serve the residents of Peekskill and
with the correct answers and apologize for the Testa for 10 years and George Oros before its surrounding communities. Shortages in
error. him. When John retired, I was recruited to Who are you? Provide a brief overview a ordable living solutions, unemployment,
run for the seat based upon my knowledge of your background and experience. crumbling infrastructure and environmental
Republican Frank Catalina faces Demo- of the district, its problems and needs from challenges are all pressing issues that urgent-
crat Colin D. Smith for a two-year term the county level, and my ability to work I was born and raised in Peekskill. I am a ly need to be addressed.
as the District 1 legislator, which includes constructively with the other party – having graduate of the Peekskill High School (Class
Buchanan, parts of Cortland, Peekskill and served my entire two terms as mayor in the of ‘91), Cedarville University (OH—Class of What is a top priority for the county
Yorktown. minority. Quite frankly, the strong record of ‘96) and Pace Law School (NY —Class of over the next five to 10 years?
achievements in Peekskill would not have ‘03). I am admitted to practice law in both NY
We asked each of the candidates to talk occurred without recruiting and retaining and CT, as well as the Federal Court in the I have a few, namely—jobs, a ordabil-
brie y about themselves, their positions and bi-partisan support. We have serious issues Southern District of NY.After graduating law ity and the environment. I will work with
goals. See their answers below: facing this district including Indian Point, school,I worked as an Assistant Bronx District state and local o cials, labor unions and the
the A.I.M. pipeline, the sanitary sewer dis- Attorney. From there, I worked for several pri- business community to provide more good-
Frank Catalina trict, homelessness and maintenance of our vate rms until 2015 when I decided to open paying jobs for our residents. I will demand
county roads and county parks. I know my own o ce in Peekskill and have worked that the state and federal governments make
Who are you? Provide a brief overview there ever since. I was elected to the Peekskill health and environmental safety top priority
of your background and experience. rsthand that when it comes to funding and City School Board in 2012 and again in 2015. during the decommissioning of Indian Point
services, everything north of 287 is severely In 2017, I was elected to, and currently sit on, while also ghting to ensure they do every-
I grew up in Peekskill, graduated from short changed. I will ght that, whether its the Peekskill Common Council. thing possible to blunt the impact of lost tax
Peekskill high school and I am and have route 6 tra c and road repairs or more rea- revenues. Last but not least, I will work to
been a practicing attorney here in Peekskill sonable service on the bee-line bus system. Why do you want to be a county leg- increase a ordable solutions for residents,
for the past 38 years. I became involved in On the county level, issues like the medical islator? especially for senior citizens who should be
politics when George Pataki ran for mayor center, the airport and Playland will need bi- allowed to age in place.
of Peekskill. ereafter, I became a part time partisan e orts to make sure these institu- I am running for County Legislator to
attorney for Peekskill. I have served as city tions adequately serve Westchester.
prosecutor; planning and zoning board at-
torney; attorney for every board and com- What is a top priority for the county
mission including attorney for the Peek- over the next five to 10 years?
skill housing authority; deputy corporation
counsel; trial counsel and ultimately as the Well, always making and trying to keep
corporation counsel. I served under 5 dif- Westchester a ordable by taxing less and
ferent mayors of Peekskill . I ran and was spending smarter. Indian Point is a top
elected as Peekskill’s 23rd mayor and served priority for me and this district. e loss of
two terms from 2014-2018. revenues to the towns and school districts
directly a ected must be addressed not to
Why do you want to be a county leg- mention the waste that will be stored there
islator? and a ecting the area for generations to
After having served in various positions as
a lawyer, and after the death of my wife, with I feel my solid record of achievements as
my three children o in college, I had the mayor of Peekskill uniquely quali es me to
time and honor to serve as mayor. I have a make a di erence on the county board of
solid record of achievements as mayor but legislators and I ask for your support.
CLEANUP them to undertake,and they agreed right away,” in phases, starting out small to avoid over- Pastor Joseph Vigilante, noting the bene ts
FROM PAGE 1
said Briggs, adding, “It actually was fortuitous whelming the students. to all of the project’s stakeholders as well as
that the Boy Scout didn’t follow through.” “We mapped o 10 columns and ve members of the general public who often
War people there. It just goes on and on.” What was not to like? As Candace Baugh, rows, right by the church,” she said. “We stop by to wander the cemetery grounds.
An estimated 550 times, in fact, dating to the transition coordinator at the school, ex- scoped it out and de ned it so the teachers Vigilant explained that the church’s congre-
1760. plained, it promised to bene t the students know what the scope is.” gation is small and its members are older,“so
With so many interred, Briggs understat- both academically and socially. e next step: Clean the cemetery being able to get the young people to come
ed,“It’s a big undertaking.” Baugh said Shrub Oak, which she es- grounds. And then? Clean the markers. along and give a hand, we appreciate it.”
e idea for the outreach e ort was born of timated has an enrollment of 25 to 30, is e latter is the only part that has entail And for those who know Briggs, it will
an inquiry by a local Scout troop leader who a “transdisciplinary school,” focusing on both some expense and expert training, de- come as no surprise that she has plans to ex-
was interested in opportunities to suggest for education across disciplines. Academically, livered by MonuMedic of Sleepy Hollow. pand the work, most recently reaching out
Eagle Scout projects, such as the cleanup of the project helps students develop skills ap- Briggs learned of MonuMedic when the to Lakeland High School Honor Society
abandoned gravesites, Briggs said. She went plicable to science, technology and history; landmarks commission sought bids for the members who may have internship obliga-
to the church on Baptist Road, which was socially, it helps strengthen their abilities to redesign of signs distinguishing Yorktown’s tions to ful ll for college.
landmarked in 1976, and investigated what pay attention to detail and follow directions, 15 historical landmarks (the Community “From what I gather from school o cials,”
was necessary in pursuit of that goal, eshing work with others as well as independently, Church among them). As the cemetery Briggs said, the integration of students from
out the terms and conditions of such a proj- and understand the concept and importance cleanup project took shape, she said she the public and private schools o ers both “a
ect, including insurance coverage. Although of performing community service. invited the business to be a partner. Its em- great experience.”
so armed, the Scouts never followed up. “It’s really an educational program where ployees instructed a group in June on how Furthermore, she enthused, “It’s a highly
She was aware, however, of a school that there’s an academic part, there’s just some to clean the monuments and identi ed leverageable project” that’s “easily replicable”
had opened the previous September, the time outside of school,”Baugh said. what supplies and materials were neces- for other educational, religious, civic and
Shrub Oak International School, and ap- Baugh said two or three students partici- sary—brushes, scrapers, chalk sticks, Orvus social groups interested in performing com-
proached its administration with the pitch pated in the summer,but since school has re- soap, and D/2 Biological Solution (at $85 a munity service.
that as “a new tenant in town,” there was an opened for the new year, “We expanded our gallon), which is applied after cleaning and Having once been on the short end of
opportunity for the commission to develop team and we have ve now.” scraping and works over time (two to three knowledge in relation to the whereabouts of
an intern program with its students, whose e tasks are tailored to each student ac- weeks) to remove the lichen and algae. her own grandmother’s remains, Briggs ex-
ages range from 14 to 22. cording to their function levels, but, she said, But another part of the project is equally plained,for her,the endeavor is also personal.
“I thought because these kids are on a wide “A couple of them are on top of it and do monumental: matching the names on the “I have an a nity for wanting to protect
range of the autism spectrum,some of them are every task.” gravestones to documentation in hand and those who have gone before us and who my
clearly more high-functioning than others, and Nor are the tasks too complicated. Ac- validating the information. have now been disrespected or not cared for
I thought this would be a perfect project for cording to Briggs, the project was designed “It’s a win-win,”said Community Church or lost in shu e, if you will.”
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ConXpo brought together business community
e following is from Bob at the Al Capellini Community roughly half the land mass and certi ed MWBE (Minority (Minority Women Business
Giordano: and Cultural Center. e prime rdone thi of the population of Women Business Enterprise). Enterprise), What Westchester
sponsor of the event was PCSB- the county reside. County purchases and how to
e Yorktown Small Business bank. After the presentations, hun- improve your chances of win-
Association in partnership with County Executive George dreds of people converged in ning a contract and How the
the Westchester County O ce Many attendees commented Latimer gave a presentation on the exposition hall which had Small Business Administration
of Economic Development and on the importance of the event the importance of local small 50 di erent organizations and and Community Capital NY
the Town of Yorktown held the not only for Yorktown and businesses in our economy fol- businesses represented. Included can help your business grow.
conXpo North event on Sept. 25 businesses, but for Northern lowed by Kecia Palmer-Cousins, in the hall were municipalities
Westchester as a whole, where a local small business owner and (town, county, state), educational “ e ConXpo was lled with
institutions (Lakeland School great information, resources
Dear Residents of Yorktown, District, BOCES, Mercy Col- and networking opportunities,
lege) community service orga- Katherine Quinn, Support Con-
It’s vital that we vote for our values, and for what nizations (Support Connection, nection Executive Director and
we think that local government officials can do to Garden of Hope, Yorktown YSBA Advisory Board Member
help our communities. Rotary, Justin Veatch Fund, said. “ e speakers were engag-
SPARC) and businesses (PCSB- ing and knowledgeable, o ering
That’s why I am proud to endorse Yorktown bank, M & T Bank, Fused Fit- many practical ideas to launch a
Supervisor Ilan (Lanny) Gilbert. In less than two years ness, Contractors Register, Artis). business and have them thrive. It
is clear that small businesses play
e three workshops attracted a huge role in the healthy future
many from around the county of our economy and Westches-
and were full to capacity with ter County has an abundance of
over 70 participants. ey in- resources to help any business
cluded How to get New York succeed.”
State certi ed as an MWBEA
Gilbert has opened up communications to the public County Executive American Legion
by televising all meetings, introducing a town newsletter, George Latimer honors veterans
making Courtesy of the Floor convenient, and having an open door policy.
Simultaneously, Gilbert added significant funding for infrastructure projects
such as paving roads and repairing town buildings, in addition to better e Sons of the American Legion plan to honor Yorktown’s vet-
preparing the town for major storms. And to enhance the budget Lanny erans with military tribute banners.
renegotiate contracts that generated significant revenue for Town thus saving
taxpayers. e 30 by 60 inch banners will be sold throughout the winter
months and put up in May, just in time for Memorial Day.
To build a more vibrant future for Yorktown, Gilbert created the Economic
and Business Revitalization Committee. The EBRC has already delivered e banner will feature a picture of a veteran of the buyers choos-
a blueprint for growth that was endorsed by the Town Board. Every ing or, they can opt to have the program choose a veteran for them
recommendation is now being pursued aggressively. to sponsor. e banner will also include who is sponsoring the ban-
ner, the veteran’s name, which war they served in and for how long,
along with any awards in the service they received.
e banners, which will be hung in downtown Yorktown and
on Main Street in Shrub Oak, are available for purchase online for
e town plans to have the banners on display from Memorial
Day 2020 to Veteran’s Day 2020.
Let’s keep Yorktown moving forward with openness and planning, To nd more information or order a banner visit Militarytributebanners.
with the team that’s getting it done for all of the people of Yorktown. org and click on “Current programs/Yorktown, NY”
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Thursday, October 31, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 5
Trustworthy Leadership in Yorktown
Ilan “Lanny” Gilbert Diana L. Quast
Town Supervisor Town Clerk
• Negotiated with Enbridge for • Prevented loss of $10,000,000 • Created a Mobile Town Clerk’s • Successfully wrote $250,000
an additional $4.15 million grant to connect more residents Office to provide services to all grant application for the first
to sewers residents all-inclusive playground in
• Repaired roads and allocated Yorktown
funds for ongoing maintenance • Initiated actions against delinquent • Started online dog license
taxpayers not done since 2013, renewal system, including • Introduced the national
• Repaired roofs on the Water resulting in payments of approxi- acceptance of credit/debit cards program, Cellphones for
Department, Police Department, mately $400,000 in back taxes Soldiers, to the Town of
Justice Court, and Town Hall • Digitized over 1 million Yorktown and has collected
• Created the Economic and Busi- records through state recognized over 200 cellphones, to date
• Installed long-needed backup ness Revitalization Committee, archival program
generators in Town Hall and bringing a diverse groups of • 20 years of experience in the
the Highway Garage individuals to provide innovative • Updated technology for office Office of the Town Clerk
ideas to help our business com- procedures and Town Board
• Improved wireless coverage for munity, including a proposal for presentations • NYS Registered Municipal
first responders and residents at branding and actively marketing Clerk
no cost to residents Yorktown • As Records Officer for the
Town, has preserved historical • International Certified
• Worked with Con Edison and • Represents all the people of Town documents Municipal Clerk
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storm hardening projects in collaborative manner
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Library welcomes new director
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT 30. She previously worked in the worked in Florida for 20 years, trustees, O’Neill plans to deter-
STAFF WRITER Queens library system for two where she oversaw more than mine which direction the library
years and was the director of 30 500 libraries. wants to go in.
e John C. Hart Library wel- branches.
comed its new director, Jennifer O’Neill is currently working on “Mainly you want to get the
O’Neill, last month. In Queens, she oversaw two a strategic plan for the John C. input from the people that use
large projects—the Freedom Hart Library. Hallinan had con- the library and its services. I’m a
O’Neill, who has taken over From Workplace Bullying cam- ducted a survey before her depar- really good listener and that’s the
the position from Pat Hallinan, paign and Everyone Welcome ture from the library, and along
was hired by the town at a salary campaign. with that data and the feedback rst step in any successful stra-
of $105,000 annually on Sept. of library sta and the board of tegic plan. I don’t come in with
Before working in Queens, she a cookie-cutter idea of what a
Proudly library should look like in Yor-
On Day One, Matt has a Plan ktown. I want to listen to the Jennifer O’Neill
ENDORSED BY: to Give Yorktown a Fresh Start. people here and hear what their
needs are,” O’Neill said. “ ere’s a lot of things that
GOVERNOR GEORGE PATAKI have happened here. A lot of
e John C. Hart will also be people have come through these
WESTCHESTER PUTNAM CENTRAL celebrating a century of service to doors,” O’Neill said.
LABOR BODY the community next fall.
O’Neill said that she’s excited
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES “I’m really excited I came on to be working in Yorktown and
COUNCIL OF WESTCHESTER & PUTNAM board right as we’re about to cel- the community has been wel-
ebrate our 100 year anniversary,” coming.
LAKE MOHEGAN PROFESSIONAL FIRE O’Neill said. “We’re going to cel-
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to the future.” year anniversary of John C. Hart
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STEAM-A-THON See more photos
Lakeland grad’s tech event page 9
brings girls together
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOTHI RAMASWAMY
On October 18, inkSTEAM e event was hosted by Mercy
held its biggest STEAM-A- on College and was sponsored by
ever at Mercy’s Dobbs Ferry Cam- Walmart Foundation. Workshops
pus with 165 girls total from 11 dif- were provided by PepsiCo, Mercy
ferent middle schools from Yonkers, College’s Center for STEM Edu-
to Sleepy Hollow, to Porchester. cation, and inkSTEAM. e
inkSTEAM founder and cur- girls began their excitement at the
rent Harvard Freshman, Jothi Ra- beginning of the day by donning
maswamy, a graduate of Lakeland their custom inkSTEAM Lab
High School, noticed there were no Coats and becoming scientists for
girls in her brother’s computer sci- the day. After Opening Remarks
ence class and took action,founding from Steele and Dr. Marrero girls
inkSTEAM in 2015. According were escorted across the campus to
to inkSTEAM co0director and a variety of workshops from Sports
11th grader Alliyah Steele, “ ink- Engineering, Beyond e Bottle,
STEAM is a 501(c)(3) nonpro t Exploring Development Using A
dedicated to empowering, enabling, Chick Embryo Model to Engi-
and encouraging girls to succeed neering Challenge. Steele who is
in the elds of STEAM (Science, aspiring to pursue a career in com-
Technology, Engineering, Arts, and putational neuroscience also taught
Mathematics). a neuroscience workshop titled
“Since our founding in 2015, we Brain Barbies.
have reached over 1,000 girls and During the lunch, girls were
held 54 workshops.”Steele said. treated to a career panel with fe-
She had been planning the event male professionals from di erent
for several months with the help of STEM disciplines. Steele noted to
Mercy Professor and Mercy Cen- the girls that they were “the younger
ter for STEM Education advocate versions of ”the “STEAM superhe-
Dr. Meghan Marrero, and ink- roes” they’d been interacting with
STEAM board director Sujatha throughout the day.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 9
We Can’t Afford
to Go Back
Two years ago, Yorktown voters got rid of an
administration that gutted environmental
protections, paid back campaign donors with
big contracts, and made decisions in secrecy.
They were aggressive partisans who treated those
who disagreed with contempt and disrespect.
Money was wasted on expensive contracts. Our
roads and bridges were neglected for years.
Development projects were pushed through
without protections for taxpayers.
Yorktown has come far in less than two years.
We can’t afford to go back.
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e importance of Nora! Nora! Nora!
Hnath’s many musings on the subject.
was profoundly unsettling. We were not BRUCE I’m a rm believer that any open-mind-
MY alarmed by his claims, which were pa- ed, curious individual can honestly present
PERSPECTIVE tently absurd, but rather by the fact that BRUCE two or more sides of almost any issue with-
a seemingly intelligent man could hold APAR out prejudice. Mr. Hnath is one of those
JAMES persons. He nimbly nds several ways to
MARTORANO these beliefs with such fervor. Unfortu- hypothesize the consequences—15 years
nately, his delusional ramblings have, to- hence—of Nora’s derring-do.
day, become par for the course.
Irrational belief in bizarre and extraor- FACT MEETSTRUTH
What I took away from his entertain-
dinary phenomena is as old as human-
It was a balmy Saturday night in the kind itself. I’m sure you’ve heard of some “ADoll’s House,”by immortal dra- ing exercise is that, while facts may not be
spring of 2006, when I was in the of the more outlandish claims circulating matist Henrik Ibsen, sent shock arguable, we humans since time began love
midst of the most exciting adventure today: waves through strait-laced, late- to argue, with hidebound, defensive feroc-
of my life! I’m referring to my run for • 9/11 is a complete hoax with the so- 19th Century European society by having ity, over what each of us sees as objective
an oppressed mother of two leave her “truth.” You know -- that word we like to
the democratic nomination for Congress called victims now living in hidden tun- family as the curtain came down, leaving use as a convenient euphemism to elevate
audiences of the time in disbelief. -- or cloak -- what in fact is a wholly subjec-
in New York State’s 20th Congressional nels under the former world trade center; tive “opinion.”
“A Doll’s House Part 2”(ADH2) by Lu-
District. I was joined in my e orts that • e government controls the weather cas Hnath imagines what might happen if In ADH2, there are a lot of truths ying
Nora returned 15 years later. e one-act across the stage, in every direction, not only
year by several other hopefuls and rais- and orchestrates every storm and climate play (without intermission) can be seen between Nora (Denise Bessette) and Tor-
through Nov. 2 in Armonk. It is being pre- vald (Kurt Rhoades), but among their now-
ing money was critical. On that particular disaster; sented by Hudson Stage at North Castle adult daughter Emmy (Rachel Kent) and
Library’s Whippoorwill Hall eatre. (For housekeeper Anne Marie (Mary Stout).
evening, my campaign had organized a • e Pope and the Queen of England ticket information: A Doll’s House 2—
Brown Paper Tickets). Nora’s “facts”here are that she’s become a
fundraiser at an o -Broadway play about secretly control all world events; prominent author of books that encourage
Mr. Hnath’s imaginative and provocative women to assert their independence,even if
one of my heroes, Robert F. Kennedy. • e shootings in our schools never creation is both a celebration of woman- it means leaving their husband.
hood and a consideration of victimhood. It
e play was inspiring, and rea rmed happened and the children we see in the is wrought with the rigor of a blacksmith Nora’s “truth” here is that Torvald owes
setting o sparks. her for his years of treating her like chattel
why I was running in the rst place. We videos are actors; instead of as a life partner with free will.
What resonates with people like me in
didn’t raise much money but everyone • e former democratic nominee for this Tony-winning 2017 play is the writer’s Torvald’s “facts” here are that he had to
timely agenda—and obvious facility—in raise their children without a mother (with
had a fabulous time. After the play, my President was operating a child sex-traf- challenging hoary assumptions about stub- live-in nanny Anne Marie sacri cing the
bornly persistent social standards that were care of her own child to serve as Nora’s sur-
team and I went to a nearby diner to cking ring out of a pizza shop in Penn- morally benighted 140 years ago when rogate); and that he never led for divorce
Ibsen unleashed Nora on an unsuspecting from Nora, which now is causing her po-
celebrate. No sooner had we been seated sylvania; world. Call it a male-dominated world’s tential legal trouble that could undermine
shotgun marriage to misogyny. at the her lucrative literary career, compelling her
when a man approached us, who had ap- • e moon landing was a hoax. divorce is long overdue is but one of Lucas
SEE APAR PAGE 14
parently been observing our movements e scope of these conspiracy theories
the entire evening. Standing rather sti y, is, however, not limited to politics:
and after looking around several times, • Nostradamus predicated J.F.K.’s as-
he proceeded to bombard us with a lit- sassination as well as 9/11;
any of warnings, which referenced every • Herbs cure AIDS;
conspiracy theory popular at the time. • Tarot cards can predict the future;
He was careful to include the semi-fash- • Magnet therapy works;
ionable idea that the government had or- • Levitation is possible;
chestrated the September 11 attacks. We • Some people have ESP;
were relieved he did not consider us part • Crystals can heal.
of “the conspiracy.” His diatribe was full SEE MARTORANO PAGE 13
of certainty, intensity and paranoia, and
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ere’s no one-size- ts-all approach to parenting
STRONG up because I kept saying, “Leave good intentions and time are put an appointment with the teacher save the day, but usually you
LEARNING them alone…they’ll be ne.” into it. at’s probably what’s and your son. Be sure your son need to talk to a counselor, social
Finally, the big question is why is happening with your two older is on board and happy to get worker, psychologist or psychia-
DR. LINDA our 4th grader doing so well? children. your input. At the meeting nd trist to rst identify the problem
SILBERT out where the test questions are and then address it. ese are
Doug So, how do parents know coming from. en help your professionals who are there for
Dear Dr. Linda, Dear Doug, what to do? It has been shown son learn how he learns so he you and they do help. However,
My wife probably bought that the best parenting is to can better prepare for the tests like everything else, you must
You probably know the answer respond to the child’s needs and or perhaps do the homework
every book that’s out there and already. Each child is di erent do what you feel is right at each he may be missing. However, if nd the one that ts your family.
has read every article online and therefore will react to each stage. ere are many di er- your son is not on board, angry And yes, your family.
on how to make our kids A+ situation they face di erently. ent approaches that are healthy, or depressed, seek help from his
students so that they go to the No matter how many books or kind and right. Since parent- school counselor or get outside Many parents send the child
top colleges and compete in the online articles your wife reads ing involves human beings, not support. who is failing or having the
global economy. is goal began and decides to follow, the bot- robots, each parent has to follow meltdowns to counseling when
before they were born! She’s not tom line is how the child reacts their child’s unique personal- Now, let’s talk about your the problem is systemic. Chil-
exactly “a tiger mom,” but she’s to what he’s presented with. In ity (and theirs) and respect it, daughter. If she is having melt- dren’s problems need to be ad-
de nitely controlling. other words, it depends on your even though followers of this or down after meltdown, then she dressed as a family—with mom,
child’s personality and needs. that guru will make you want to is having trouble coping. It can dad, siblings and many times
e results of her obsession at believe there is only one way. be coping with school, home or grandma and grandpa. If the
this point in time is as follows: When a child and parent have not feeling well. She may not parents and extended family are
our 10th grade son is failing two similar personalities, whatever Now, let’s talk about your chil- be getting enough sleep, eating not involved, the child’s goes for
courses. Our 7th grade daugh- the parent decides to do will dren. Your wife may have been well, or having peer problems. therapy and then goes back to
ter is having one meltdown usually be ne for the child. at busy following books and articles Or, it can be a combination of all the same situation at home and
after another and our 4th grade may be the case with your 4th when she needed to follow her of this. Again, you need to seek at school and nothing changes.
daughter is the “perfect student.” grader, but she’s probably doing instincts and not someone else, help from school personnel and/
My question to you is…Did my well because her personality ts who does not know your chil- or outside support. Dr. Linda
wife mess up our two older kids perfectly into the structure of dren. Since a child’s education is
with her, “I know what to do at- today’s educational system. a learned behavior, unlike learn- e bottom line is that when a Dr. Linda Silbert is the author
titude because I did soooo much ing to walk and talk, which is in- child or adult is failing or having of “Why Bad Grades Happen to
research on this” or did I mess However, when a parent and nate, you do have some control. meltdowns day after day, some- Good Kids” and “Building Strong
a child have di erent personali- thing is wrong. And you need Students.” Submit questions
ties or may even have opposing First, let’s address the two to talk to someone. Sometimes, using the contact form at www.
needs, things may not work failing subjects your son is Aunt Sally or Grandpa Joe can StrongLearning.com.
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MARTORANO and became a Marxist overnight. Freemasons are one of the oldest assumption on the merits, it be- liefs threaten our individual well
No matter what the conversation, and largest fraternal organizations comes clear that not one of these being as well as our social well
FROM PAGE 10 all of reality was chiseled into a in the world. eir meetings are claims has a shred of evidence be- being.
Marxist analysis of dialectical ma- restricted to members only. ey hind it. Like a house of cards, the
For as long as our species has terialism and every sentence end- have been blamed for everything case against the Freemasons falls ere is one nal reason why
existed, there has been a tension ed with words like, class struggle from the French Revolution to apart, when examined critically. we need to think critically. Most
between wishful thinking and the or dictatorship of the proletariat. Jack the Ripper. e anti-Freema- of us can’t help it. Our species is
need to laboriously sift through son theory is simple and easy to Besides helping us avoid con- instinctively compelled to seek the
the evidence before committing to ere was no room for even the understand, and is built on a series spiracy theories, critical thinking truth. Our greatest tool in this un-
a reasoned belief. Mark Twain put slightest deviation. of assumptions: 1) the Freemasons is important for other reasons. e dertaking is our ability to reason.
it this way,“In religion and politics are out to control the world; 2) quality of our lives is determined Like putting a puzzle together, it’s
people’s beliefs and convictions e appeal of conspiracy theo- their central governing body coor- by the quality of our decisions. also fun. For these reasons, I hope
are in almost every case gotten ries is also that they seem to clar- dinates the activities of individual Our decisions are as wise as the to apply the lens of critical think-
at second hand and without ex- ify so much with so little. Like a Masons worldwide; and 3) each accuracy of the “information” we ing in future columns to topics
amination from authorities who comfortable pair of glasses, they member must do their bidding have when we make them. False such as ESP, ghosts, the paranor-
have not themselves examined the put everything into particular fo- without question. Utilizing criti- information leads to bad deci- mal and other interesting subjects,
questions at issue but have taken cus. For example, one of the long- cal thinking and examining each sions, which will inevitably impact so that we may continue to exer-
them at second hand from other standing paranoid conspiracy the- our lives negatively. Irrational be- cise this vital skill.
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APAR I’m not into spoilers. Virginia Woolf?”) of detonation. He speaks volumes with the cautionary note that
Mr. Hnath adroitly and enter- without saying a word. It all adds couples whose relationship might
FROM PAGE 10 WHAT MEN & WOMEN WANT up to a Bryan Cranston vibe that be on less-than- rma terra will
e playwright gets tremen- tainingly presents the four charac- is the perfect foil for Ms.Bessette’s either have a lot to talk about as
to seek Torvald’s help. ters’varied perspectives on the sac- emancipated, extroverted Nora. they leave the theater -- or won’t
Torvald’s “truth” here is that he dous mileage from riding Ibsen’s rosanct institution of marriage. It be talking at all, at least for a little
coattails to examine a range of all happens so fast, the 90-minute Adding immeasurably to the while, until they can process the
owes Nora nothing, not even an timeless issues that inform how play ew by in what seemed like success of this production is the shock of recognition that just
apology; she chose to leave him men and women co-exist. half that time, a credit to direc- marvelous (dare I say scene- played out in front of them.
and their kids. In his mind, Nora, tor Margarett Perry and the very stealing?) performance of Mary
far from being an innocent victim, We are reminded how seeming- skillful cast. Stout as Anne Marie. Every move In seeing A Doll’s House Part
manipulated and mocked him ly innocent cat-and-mouse games she makes, every line she utters is 2, we are moved to assess our own
during their marriage. can quickly ignite nuclear attacks SKILLFUL CAST beautifully articulated for maxi- treatment of a partner. Are we
of mutually assured destruction As Nora, Denise Bessette mum e ect, to the delight of the kind or cruel? Are we considerate
is is not to say some of the (shades of George and Martha in audience. She is an actor’s actor. or self-serving? Are we content or
aforementioned “truths” don’t Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of (co-producer of Hudson Stage) complacent?
evolve before the curtain falls, but smoothly journeys through a I was intrigued by Rachel
gamut of guises. Her Nora plays Kent’s take on Emmy, Nora and Mr. Hnath succeeds with art-
victim, role model, blamer, confes- Torvald’s daughter. She toys ful exuberance in doing what any
sor, shamer, survivor. She knows mischievously with her absen- quality playwright is obliged to
how to hold a stage, in this case a tee mother, a ecting a decid- do: he makes us dig deep to ques-
strikingly austere room, designed edly smug demeanor, replete with tion our own values and behavior.
by David L. Arenault, with but highly animated facial expressions As half of a relationship, just what
two chairs, walls, and a door (plus that signaled mock interest, over- kind of human being am I being?
cleverly used neon lighting). laid with thinly-disguised disdain.
ere may not be any question
Kurt Rhoades brings to Torvald DE COUPLED in life more di cult than that to
a suitably dour dose of impassive CONVERSATIONS? answer with complete candor and
gravitas, joined by a vulnerability humility.
and repressed rage on the verge I recommend this play highly,
BECKERMAN As we pried open the top, world,” I said.
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Three Huskers players converge on a tackle. Trevvon Johnson takes it outside.
Yorktown ready for showdown at John Jay
Smith’s epic performance propels Huskers to semis
BY MIKE SABINI touchdowns on 19 carries while catching tastic play call by the coaches. From that Highlighting Yorktown’s defensive ef-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER 2 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in run, Brewster was starting to wind down fort was Robinson (11 tackles, 1 intercep-
an epic performance against the Bears. and we kept pumping and repping the tion), Nicholas Mehta (8 tackles), Vincent
e fth-seeded Yorktown football “Dylan is a man amongst children as brand we love.” Cappelli (6 tackles), Gabe Valentin (5
squad broke open a close game late to win we call him. Personally I believe he’s one Once again excelling at blocking against tackles), with Smith, Cermele, Alex De-
35-7 at No. 4 Brewster, in its Section 1 of the best downhill runners in our state,” Brewster were tight end Mike Benzinger, Benedictis and Sean Vogel, recording 1
Class A quarter nal contest, on Oct. 25. Johnson said. “When he’s feeling it, he’s fullback Benjamin Robinson and line- sack apiece.
e Huskers (7-1) were spurred on by feeling it.” men Matteo Cermele, Jack Tinari, Johnny “After the rst quarter, we shut down
their hearty student body, “ e Crop.” Trailing 7-0, Johnson (5 for 7, 54 yards Bowen, Eddie Capone and Gerald Gen- Brewster’s o ense,” Smith said. “ is was
“It [meant] the world, pulling out a passing, 11 carries, 67 yards rushing), and tile. all because of the coach’s game plan as well
huge victory in front of all those fans from Smith, hooked up on an electric 31-yard “Yes, that is the line, the best line in the as the intensity our defense was bring-
the best community,” said Yorktown se- touchdown pass on fourth and 8, with section,” Smith said. ing. We were ying every play and it was
nior captain Dylan Smith. “Yorktown is 1:03 remaining in the opening quarter. A 1-yard touchdown run by Smith and working to perfection.”
an amazing place. Everyone is so close, it’s Smith out-jumped a Brewster defender, a 68-yard scoring jaunt by Dean Patierno
just one huge family. e best part is we all to catch Johnson’s pass at the 5-yard line, nished the scoring.
love each other.” near the left sideline, before running it
Yorktown’s next game is a semi nal into the end zone. e rst of ve Josh
showdown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, Le el PAT’s tied the game at 7-7.
at No. 1 John Jay (Cross River). It is the “ e 31-yard touchdown to Dylan was
Huskers’ fth Final Four berth in the last a play we’ve secretly been brewing up in
six years. practice,” Johnson said. “Dylan is an ath-
“Playing John Jay will be a true test to lete, and I trust him one on one vs anyone.
where we stand in our section,” said York- On fourth down when the play was called,
town senior quarterback Trevvon Johnson. I knew I could get the ball to him and he
“ is following practice week needs to be would come down with it and that’s ex-
lled with hard work and focus if we in- actly what happened.”
tend on ful lling our goals.” Smith gave Yorktown a 14-7 halftime
Smith feels the key to winning the advantage, when he went around the left
semi nal contest will be emotion as well corner, on a 6-yard touchdown run, with
as toughness. 7:44 remaining in the second quarter.
“ e coaches will do what they need to Smith put the dagger in when he broke
do and we trust them with everything,” a tackle on a 45-yard touchdown scam-
Smith said. “Everyone just has to do their per on fourth and one, giving Yorktown
job. Of course there will be mistakes, just a 21-7 lead, with 7:50 to go in the game.
like in every game, but it’s how you act “ e key in that 45-yard touchdown in
from that mistake. Will you let it get to the fourth quarter was obviously the line- PHOTO: BOB CASTNER/CASTNERPHOTO.NET
you or will you make up for it?” men,” Smith said. “ ey just did their job Dylan Smith stiff-arms a Brewster defender.
Smith rushed for 199 yards and 3 to the fullest and I did mine. It was a fan-
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Lakeland sweeps Peekskill
Kubicsko leads Hornets to victory
BY MIKE SABINI Kubicsko added,“We had really good passes and good sets and our
hitters were able to close the set.”
Host No. 5 Lakeland defeated No. 12 Peekskill 3-0 (25-15, 25-
19, 27-25) in the opening round of the Section 1 Class A Volleyball In the third set, Lakeland seemed in complete control, up 23-17,
tournament on Oct. 25, in a match that was much more hard-fought
than a sweep would normally indicate. before Peekskill rallied to go up 25-24.
e win was in stark contrast to Lakeland’s appearance in the rst Lakeland then tied it before Kubicsko, with an authoritative spike,
round last year, when they led 2-0 before losing to visiting Yorktown 3-2.
put the Hornets back up by one, 26-25.
“It feels really nice because, we are more of a team this year and we
are connecting and bonding together, which really lets us win,” said “It felt really nice because it changed the momentum, which let us
Lakeland’s Emily Kubicsko, who recorded a team-high 10 kills.
win,” Kubicsko said.
Hornet coach Steve Fallo said that his team really didn’t talk about
what happened last year, instead focusing on the present. e Hornets (14-5) sealed the match when two of their players
“Last year, di erent team, di erent group of kids,” Fallo said. “We jumped up and blocked a Peekskill shot at the net.
just wanted to come out and win three straight. I mean, that was our
goal, come out and take care of it in three. We know they (Red Dev- “I think they are comfortable in any situation, they don’t really
ils) are a much improved team, they are a good volleyball team. ey
have a terri c libero, they have a net presence with their big girls up panic,” Fallo said of his players’ calmness. “I think over the year, we
front, so we knew that it was going to be a battle.”
have really gotten to the point where the score doesn’t matter. We
Kubicsko closed out the rst set by serving the last four points of it.
“I really wanted to like start momentum up for the second and always talk about the score being 0-0, no
third sets so our team could win,” Kubicsko said.
big deal, no moments bigger than the next, Gabby Zadrima digs it.
at momentum was needed as the Hornets were trying to shake and I think it happened here. And we had
o the rust, because of their long layo . a situation with Put Valley, same thing PHOTOS: CHRIS LOVELL
“We haven’t played in eight days, we were a little rusty,” Fallo said. happened, almost identical. We had a lead,
“We hit a lot of balls out, we did a lot of things that we haven’t been
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Thursday, October 31, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 23
Mohegan Lake’s Tartaglia earns recognition with Stepinac
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER “It’s great that a lineman can get some
SPORTS EDITOR recognition for an award like this, because
they rarely do,”he said.
Mohegan Lake resident Mike Tartaglia, e Division 1 prospect boasts a 3.9
a two-way lineman for Archbishop St- grade-point-average and a 1390 SAT
epinac High School (White Plains), was score. He is being actively recruited by
named Player of the Week for Week 6 nearly a dozen college football programs,
by the New York Catholic High School including Ivy League and Patriot League
Football League. schools.
Tartaglia’s dominating performance in Archbishop Stepinac has won the
the trenches helped lead the Crusaders to a last two Catholic High School Football
45-7 win over previously unbeaten Christ League and Catholic High School Ath-
the King (Queens). letic Association championships.
“It is a great honor to be recognized as “Our team goal, as it always is, is to
NYCHSFL player of the week, especially win the New York Catholic football state
with the great competition we face in our championship,” Tartaglia said. “For me
league each and every game,”Tartaglia said. personally, I want to be the best football
Tartaglia, a 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound player and teammate I can possibly be, but
guard and defensive tackle, said his stand- also hopefully earn an opportunity to play
out performance was made possible by his college football at an elite academic institu-
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Yorktown’s season ends at Somers
Prybylski records game winner against Tappan Zee
BY MIKE SABINI I could have dreamt
CONTRIBUTING WRITER about,”O’Callaghan said.
“Prior to high school, I
Host No. 3 Somers boys soc- was torn whether or not
cer squad got o to an early 3-0 to leave academy to play
lead against rival No. 6 York- for Yorktown, and now
town, on its way to a 7-1 victory looking back, I de nitely
in the Section 1 Class A quar- don’t regret it one bit.”
ter nals on Oct. 26. O’Callaghan said that
“As far as the run of play goes, his decision gave him
it didn’t seem that lopsided, but the opportunity to create
they have a very lethal o ense,” unforgettable memories
said Yorktown senior captain in both soccer and la-
Timmy O’Callaghan. “ ey have crosse, with some awe-
a great ability to score in bunches some people.
and are very athletic up front.” “I think some of the
A penalty kick by O’Callaghan main things I will miss
pulled Yorktown to within two, about Yorktown soc-
3-1, with 19:34 remaining be- cer are going to prac-
fore halftime. tice each day with my
“As soon as I was fouled I best friends and being
knew I needed to convert in or- coached by some of the
der to put us back in the game,” best people I’ve ever Vasyl Oliinych slide tackles the ball away from Somers’ Joe Grippo. Yorktown’s Peter Tinaj heads for the goal.
O’Callaghan said. “ ere was a met, coach Ed (Polchin- PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
ton of time left and I thought one ski), coach ( Justin) Hu ,
goal could give the team a spark. and coach (Marcello) Spiniello,” ylski, with 10:44 remaining in world right there. at was in- bylski said. “ ey support us like
Once they got the fourth, it really O’Callaghan said. the rst overtime, assisted by credible.” no other school supports their
took the wind out of our sails.” Husker goalie Dylan Lo- O’Callaghan. Prybylski’s goal ignited a mas- soccer team, it’s really incredible,
O’Callaghan said that he pez registered 7 saves against “Timmy got the ball on the sive celebration with Yorktown’s what our fan section does for our
could write a novel on every- Somers. wing, and put in a beautiful ball, boisterous student body, “ e program.”
thing he’s going to miss about Yorktown won their opening- right across the box,” Prybyl- Crop,” which was in full, black- Yorktown (13-5) controlled
the Husker boys soccer program. round contest against visiting ski said. “I was able to nish it out mode. possession after halftime.
“Life during the fall these past No. 11 Tappan Zee, 2-1, on a with the left foot. I mean, that’s “We have the best fan section “Well, when they scored that
four years have been everything goal by sophomore Jack Pryb- the most amazing feeling in the in the whole section by far,” Pry- rst goal in the rst half, we re-
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