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Temple Beth Shalom ‘Vision’ panel sees bright 2020
Annual event renamed after late Judge Reitz
BY BOB DUMAS
e late Putnam County Judge Barbara Reitz, center, surrounded
James Reitz was a longstand- by members of the panel
ing member of the Temple Beth
Shalom Men’s Club’s annual Vi- PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
sion Breakfast panel. On Sunday,
Jan. 26, the temple renamed the
event in his honor.
Reitz, who pioneered the
county’s drug treatment court,
was 57 when he passed away
last June, su ering a heart attack
while on the bench.
“He was here at every occasion
that the temple had,” said Joel
Greenberg, who organizes the
Vision Breakfast. “He was really
a part of this temple. Because of
that, our breakfast is now called
the Judge James Reitz Vision
Rabbi Sarah Freidson said Re-
itz was an important part of the
temple community and called
him a friend.
“When I came [to Mahopac],
he welcomed me with open
arms,”she said.“Every year at this
breakfast, we got to hear his up-
beat vision and his honest assess-
ment and the work he was doing
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3
Chamber honors Business Person of the Year
e Greater Mahopac-Carmel Cham-
ber of Commerce held its 2019 Business
Person of the Year banquet on Tuesday,
Jan. 28, at Four Brothers Restaurant in
Mahopac to honor its 2019 award-win-
ners, including Business Person Meritori-
ous, Emerging Professional and, of course,
the Business Person of the Year.
Chamber Board of Trustees Chairman
John Malzone emceed the event, which
saw Vincent D’Ambroso (Government
Employees Federal Credit Union) named
Business Person of the Year, James Pfeifer
(M&T Bank) named Business Person
Meritorious and Christine Picone (Wil-
liam Raveis Real Estate) honored as
Here are pro les of the three honorees:
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR:
Born in the Bronx, Vincent D’Ambroso
attended Cardinal Hayes High School.
After graduation, his family moved to
Yonkers where he commuted to New York
City to attend New York University and PHOTO: CORINNE STANTON
earned a bachelor of science degree in eco-
nomics. From left, Vincent D’Ambroso, Business Person of the Year; James Pfeife, Business Person Meritorious; Christine Picone, Emerging
Professional, with Chamber of Commerce member Amy Sayegh
Shortly after graduation, he married his
childhood sweetheart, Marie. e couple In December 2002, he became the chief He has experience as a board or commit- ganizations and events in Putnam Coun-
moved to the Woodlawn section of the nancial o cer of the Putnam Federal tee member for various organizations that ty. He served as the treasurer for Cor-
Bronx where they bought a house and Credit Union and was reunited with Sal- represent multiple business sectors—pri- nell Cooperative Extension of Putnam
where both of their children were born— vatore Gambino, who was his boss at the vate (for-pro t), public (education) and County’s 4-H Fair and as chair of the
son, Steven, and daughter, Stacy. ey will General Foods Federal Credit Union. not-for-pro t. He has also been an advo- 4-H Fair Treasury Committee and chair
mark their 42nd anniversary on April 22, D’Ambroso’s association with Sal Gam- cate for school districts and education, not of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce’s
2020, and will soon become grandparents, bino had begun at the General Foods Fed- only in Westchester and Putnam counties Scholarship Committee. He served as the
Son Steven and his wife, Mayra, are hav- eral Credit Union that. at relationship but on a state level as well, dealing with American Heart Association’s 2011 Heart
ing a baby. grew strong and was responsible for his political leaders on local, county, state and Walk Campaign chair and continues to be
Upon graduation from NYU, he ac- ultimately joining the Putnam County federal levels. an active volunteer for both the Heart As-
cepted a position with the General Foods community. is year’s honoree has served as a sociation and American Cancer Society.
Federal Credit Union. He then began his He began his career as a business de- board or committee member of many “As someone who believes in serving
pursuit of an MBA in accounting by at- velopment professional in July 2010. e organizations within the county, includ- the communities in which I live and work,
tending Pace University’s Lubin School of Putnam Federal Credit Union was taken ing the Brewster Chamber of Commerce, I am honored to have been considered for
Business. over by the Hudson Valley Federal Credit CoveCare Center, Friends of the Putnam this award,” D’Ambroso said. “You can
In 1992 the couple moved to orn- Union. Being responsible for the expan- County O ce for Senior Resources, Put- image how much being named the 2019
wood, N.Y., where they still live. sion of existing business relationships and nam Service Dogs and the United Way of Business Person of the Year means to me.”
at same year, he accepted a position the development of new business, he de- Westchester and Putnam, and is a former
with Banco Popular, N.A. as a senior ana- veloped an extensive network of business, board member of the American Heart BUSINESS PERSON MERITORIOUS:
lyst. He worked with them until Decem- community and political leaders and be- Association Putnam County Regional JAMES PFEIFER
ber 2002, leaving one year after the 9/11 came extremely involved within the com- Board, the United Way Regional Board of James Pfeifer has been with M&T
terrorist attacks, saying he always will have munities that were served. Putnam County and the Westchester Put- Bank for seven years and is currently the
horrible memories of that awful day. As Fortunately, his current employer, the nam School Boards Association. Business Banking Regional Team Leader
the result of the attacks, his division had Educational and Governmental Employ- D’Ambroso is also a member of many in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan
to relocate and he was given responsibility ees Federal Credit Union, supports and chambers of commerce throughout the and Ulster counties. He leads a team of
for the relocation. e relocation was done encourages community involvement. Lower Hudson Valley, including the dedicated business banking profession-
promptly and e ciently, allowing nancial A seasoned nancial and business de- Greater Mahopac Carmel Chamber of als who understand what is important
operations to be up and running within velopment professional with more than 40 Commerce. He has served on the Ma- to local business owners and provide cus-
one week. D’Ambroso was recognized for years’ experience in the nancial-services hopac Carmel Chamber of Commerce tomized solutions through a local commu-
the safe evacuation of the employees and industry, D’Ambroso has extensive expe- board for six years, including serving as its nity approach.
for the prompt and e cient relocation and rience in establishing and strengthening chairperson for three terms. SEE CHAMBER PAGE 15
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Police seek man who tried to lure kids into truck
BY BOB DUMAS e incidents happened on where she lived. Sullivan wrote Sullivan also reported that her and had some type of badge or
EDITOR Wednesday and Friday in the
area of Route 301 in the hamlet that her au pair witnessed what 9-year-old son and his friend patch.
Carmel police say they are of Carmel.
working closely with the Kent was happening and intervened. said the same thing had hap- Sullivan said her neighbor has
Police Department and Putnam Carmel resident Kristen Sul-
County Sheri ’s O ce to track livan wrote on the Mahopac She said the driver told her he pened to them two days earlier. a surveillance video of the truck.
down a man they believe tried Moms Facebook page that a
to lure young children into his man in a small white pickup was just making sure the girl got ey said the suspect also o ered Carmel Police Chief Mike
pickup truck with the promise tried to lure her 7-year-old
of toys and candy this past week. daughter into the vehicle by home safely. them candy and said he had some Cazzari told Mahopac News that
o ering her candy and asking
e small white pickup truck “cool toys” in his truck. e boys they take such reports very seri-
in question was described as got scared and ran away but told ously and that all his o cers are
“beat up,” with a dent in the rear police the man said not to tell on the lookout for the vehicle. He
fender. It had blue and orange anyone or “you won’t live.” asked that anyone spots the truck
New York plates but tape had Sullivan’s daughter described and its driver, described as a white
been placed over the numbers the suspect as an “army man” who male in his 30s, to call the police
on the front plate. was wearing camou age clothes department at 845-628-1300.
Enjoy Life Corrigan retires as undersheriff,
More with others promoted
Mortgage! Putnam County Undersheri ored to have Undersheri Kevin
With a reverse mortgage, Michael F. Corrigan has retired Cheverko serving with me and serv-
you can access cash from
the equity in your home and from his position after a 36-year ca- ing the people of Putnam County,”
release yourself from monthly
mortgage payments. reer in law enforcement. Langley said.
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Langley said that as a result of years and served with distinction.
Corrigan’s retirement a lot of move- Sgt. Michael Villani will be pro-
ment for promotions was generated moted to the position of lieutenant.
within the department. Villani is a veteran member of the
Capt. Kevin Cheverko will be Putnam County Sheri ’s Depart-
promoted to the position of under- ment who has served with distinc- Undersheriff Michael Corrigan
sheri . Cheverko served with the tion since 2002.
Westchester County Department Correction O cer Richard Bart- served the Putnam County Sheri ’s
of Corrections for 32 years and as ley will be promoted to the position Department for over six years and
their commissioner of corrections of sergeant. Bartley has more than has excelled within the corrections
since 2010. 21 years of experience in corrections. division.
“I cannot think of anyone more Correction O cer Travis Bjork-
quali ed and experienced to pro- ander will also be promoted to the Article courtesy of Putnam County
mote to this position and am hon- position of sergeant. Bjorkander has Sheri ’s Department
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D.A. Tendy has failed to protect me from David McKay Wilson’s inappropriate actions
On January 8, 2020, my father had to appear in court on charges ﬁled against him by David McKay Wilson. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Robert Tendy.
The charges stemmed from my father and husband observing David McKay Wilson ﬁlming me up and down, very inappropriately. My husband approached Wilson in anger
and my father in that moment threw Wilson’s cell phone outside. Prior to writing this I requested a copy of the court transcript for complete accuracy, as opposed to how
other publications publish statements. Conveniently for DA Tendy and David McKay Wilson, much of the transcript was apparently deemed “inaudible” by the court approved
transcriber. Call me paranoid, but that seems oddly convenient.
For those of you that don’t know, for two years now Wilson has made me feel extremely
uncomfortable. He has followed me, walked around my car taking pictures, published numerous photos,
and many times when I wear dresses he positions himself near the ﬂoor. Wilson has taken hundreds
of pictures and videos of me that have not been published, I would assume for his own horrid personal
use. He has also published my name with false information in stories that don’t even pertain to me. The
harassment goes on and on.
I have been attending town board meetings now for about four years- long before my father was an
elected councilman. I attend meetings because I have found that I learn a lot about the town I live in,
the town I pay taxes in, and the town I run my own, personal, business in that I started about 18 years
During court on January 8th my father‘s attorney explained that the incident stemmed from Wilson [Mr. Tendy quoted below from transcript]
once again taking pictures of me in an unethical and unprofessional manner. At this moment Wilson
turned to my sisters and me in the court room and winked at us. DA Tendy stated, “I’ve been an elected
ofﬁcial for 17 years, Judge, I’ve never had any of my kids at a public meeting” (transcript attached). It
is to my sisters’ and my recollection that he then stated, “Daughters have no place at Town Board
meetings.” As mentioned above parts of the transcript were inaudible, with this piece being one of
them. I could not speak up in that moment, but I construed DA Tendy’s comment to be sexist, ignorant,
and absolutely ridiculous. As a leader in Putnam County he should be outright embarrassed by it. He
further stated, “I saw nothing improper that the complaining witness [Wilson] did” (transcript attached).
A statement like this gives men who are acting inappropriately the conﬁdence to continue doing what
they are doing, and also discourages women/daughters/family members (regardless of their town
residency) from attending public town meetings that all residents should feel comfortable attending.
DA Tendy further stated that we did not do enough to keep Wilson away from me. He speciﬁcally
stated that an elected ofﬁcial has “proper channels through which he can vent his frustration. Letters
to the editor, letters to the publisher, contacts with police or law enforcement agencies. None of this
happened here” (transcript attached). Before stating this in the courtroom, and on record, DA Tendy
should have known that I have been to the police two times regarding David McKay Wilson. The Chief of
Police had spoken to him regarding his presence on properties my father and/or I own, because tenants
complained of being bombarded with questions and photographing women only. Further, on multiple
occasions my attorney contacted both Wilson and the Journal News (in writing and via phone) saying
that he made me uncomfortable and to stay away from me. Unfortunately Wilson knows how to use his
press pass to remain within his legal limits while unapologetically acting completely inappropriate.
In my opinion, the system, led by DA Tendy, has failed me. He encouraged Wilson to follow young
women who have no political stance, no political position, and who are strictly trying to be an
informed tax payer, from coming to town meetings. DA Tendy should be reminded that this is not the
1800s. Women and daughters are welcome at public meetings and shouldn’t be harassed or be made
uncomfortable in doing so. I feel that his comments and stance are an absolute disgrace to Putnam
For people who say that I am a 40 year old adult, and should defend myself and leave my father out of
it… I did to the best of my ability. As I already stated, I went to the police twice, contacted both Wilson
and his employer, and asked him to stop ﬁlming me the night of the incident. At some point a father and a
husband step in to protect their family. In my family there is no age limit to love and protect.
In addition to excerpts from the ofﬁcial transcript of the court proceeding outlining what DA Tendy
said, I have attached a photo from my phone from the night of the incident after I repeatedly asked David
McKay Wilson to please stop ﬁlming me. I feel victimized and scared to be in Wilson’s presence. The wink
that he gave us in the courtroom shows how this is all a joke to him and how he encompasses the exact
demeanor of a predator.
I can only hope that Putnam County has a better future coming once DA Tendy is out of ofﬁce. In the
meantime, it seems to me that our elected prosecutor prefers to defend someone in the press who has no
respect for women, as opposed to innocent law abiding citizens.
— Nicole Barile Stern Paid for by Nicole Stern
PAGE 6 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
Harckham hosts panel discussion
on hate at Mahopac Library
More than 60 community included Amy Erard from the ert L. Langley, Jr., Brandon Lil-
members attended a special Hudson Valley Islamic Commu- lard, CCSI team coordinator at
panel discussion entitled “Hate nity Center; Rabbi Sarah Fre- CoveCare Center in Carmel,
in the Age of Multiculturalism” idson of Temple Beth Shalom and Norma Pereira, co-founder
that was hosted by State Sen. in Mahopac; and James Hyer, of the Putnam Community
Pete Harckham last month at Esq., treasurer of Hudson Valley Connection ESL Program,
the Mahopac Public Library. Stonewall Democrats. rounded out the panel.
e diverse group of panelists Putnam County Sheri Rob- After a brief welcome, Sen.
Harckham posed this question
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that were marked by insults and that came to the Mahopac Library to discuss “Hate in the Age of
WE do the work so insensitivity. Pereira, a native of Multiculturalism.”
YOU DON’T HAVE TO! Guatemala, spoke of feeling dis-
tressed and “exposed” from com- bridge understanding between instead of helping to foster un-
ments made to her, which caused di erent groups was through derstanding, the internet has am-
storytelling among di erent pli ed people’s worst and darkest
her to learn of community ser- people and letting them become tendencies.
vices that supported immigrants. familiarized with new cultures “Our voices and actions have to
Hyer later recalled the words and ideas in a more personal set- be louder then,” answered Hyer.
of former Westchester County ting. Others on the panel talked ere was a short Q&A near
Human Rights Commissioner about educating oneself, and even the end of the program, and
Delores Scott Brathwaite, who, starting the education process a number of attendees spoke,
he noted, said, “Everyone checks with your children at home. including Joseph J. Tock, a lo-
one box or another” in our di- All agreed, however, that too cal lawyer and library board
TEL: 845.208.7071 verse world, and that our job is much hate seems institutional- member, who wondered why
“to protect each other.” ized in our country, and too often other community stakeholders
FAX: 845.208.7072 Meanwhile, Sheri Langley there is not enough push back on had decided to not show up for
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hate was felt also in the law en- tolerance. event.
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When asked how communi- let’s be honest with each other, discussion, Harckham was asked
ties can agree on shared values and talk about the many, many to host another forum on hate
Make your and get young people to rally kinds of culture that make up soon, and there was some talk
around societal inclusion, Rabbi American life,” said Pereira. of an interfaith event along the
Valentin ’s Day Freidson expressed hope for the e panelists all concurred that same lines in the near future.
road ahead, noting that youth fears and prejudices are wide-
today seemed more tolerant. She spread to the point of being uni- Article provided by Sen.
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Soup’s on! READING,
Iinvented a new soup recipe bringing them into work or to a the bookshelf and was reminded mediately jumped out of my seat CHOCOLATE
over the weekend. I’d been friend’s house to share. I was so of my Cajun cooking phase by all and checked to make sure that the KIM
thinking about making a con dent about my recipe devel- of the handwritten notes I had oven and stovetop burners were all KOVACH
pot of soup for the last couple of opment skills that I even pitched inserted in between the pages with turned o in the kitchen. Noth-
weeks. e freezing cold outdoor the idea of creating a recipe book- recipes for sh llets in pecan but- ing seemed amiss. Next, we heard
temperatures encouraged me to let for my client,Tuscan Dairy ter sauce, barbecued shrimp with sirens wailing from the rehouse
put on my culinary thinking cap. Farms, to promote their avored rice, southern biscuit mu ns, and around the corner. “Smells good in here,”a reman
I gathered my Dutch oven yogurt drinks. jambalaya. In a matter of minutes, we said.
5-quart pot, special wooden spoon, At that time, I was a voracious I also recalled one dinner party heard clomping boots running up Turns out that a woman on the
ladle, and cutting board. en I reader of cookbooks and cooking that ended up with unexpected the stairs of the four-story brown- third oor came home from work,
chopped and sliced my vegetables. magazines. I was determined to guests. I had invited my friends, stone. is building did not have put a pan of soup on the gas stove
I had forgotten how amazing the include strawberry, blueberry and Je and Diane, over for dinner. a re escape. Since I lived on the burner to heat up and promptly fell
aroma of sautéed leeks can be. I banana avored yogurt into break- ey pressed the buzzer down- top oor, my only escape would asleep on the couch. Her soup evap-
added lentils to my simmering fast, lunch, dinner and dessert stairs and trudged up the four have been up the creepy dark stairs orated and the pot handle caught
vegetables, along with brown rice recipes to encourage consumers to ights of stairs in anticipation of to the roof in case of a raging re on re. e remen were very nice
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For the nishing touch, I stirred in lot of fun in my tiny fourth- oor On this particular evening, I made out to be two remen checking to
some coconut milk. apartment kitchen after work and blackened cat sh, wild rice and make sure we were OK. e re- Kim Kovach is a big fan of
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delicious and healthy. What more ings, mixing yogurt into granola topped with a new dressing I came
could you want? and oatmeal, etc. up with using the strawberry-
Years ago, I used to invent new is was the 1980s, when Who turned out the lights?avored yogurt drink.
recipes all of the time. I experi- Dinner was excellent. We were
mented on the weekends dream- stu ed and sitting around the
ing up new avors of brownies, table chatting when we started to
cookies and cheesecakes and then smell something burning. I im-
Cajun food was popular. I still though, there was nothing
have that classic cookbook, Chef
Paul Prudhomme’s “Louisiana sharp about me except an acute
“YowuearnedthyoourorusgtahflyfKitchen.”I pulled that tome o TRACY sense of smell which does not
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In the meantime, I tried to
decide if a few bumps on my
forehead were worth the conve-
When the time came to nience of not having to switch
get new eyeglasses, I glasses every time I went in and
decided I was ready for out throughout my day.
an upgrade. e optician told me Wondering if there were
I could get the kind of lenses that perhaps a compromise, I stopped
knowledgeable about would turn dark when I was in the by the opticians and asked if
sun, so instead of having a regular there was anything they could
pair of eyeglasses and a second pair do to help with the issue before
our case, prompt, of prescription sunglasses, I’d have I ended up accidentally walking
one pair that would do everything. into a men’s room, getting locked
If I could just get them to cook in a meat freezer, or trapped in an
responsive, courteous... dinner, they’d be perfect. indoor snake enclosure.
ey were wonderful in concept, “We can’t really speed up the
employees like yours but when they arrived and I took time it takes for the lenses to go
them out for a spin, I realized that back to normal,”said the techni-
they didn’t just get dark, they got cian.“But you could take the glasses
are rare and a valuable really, really dark, and they stayed o when you enter a building for a
that way for a good ve minutes few minutes until they readjust.”
after I got back inside. is left me “But I need the glasses to see,”
”asset to any business. looking either like a celebrity who I said.
-E.C. was trying to avoid the paparazzi, “Yeah, I could see how that
an extremely tired lemur, or Ray
Charles. e biggest issue, though, would be a problem,”he replied.
was that whenever I went inside, “Get it. SEE how that would be a
I was blind as a bat. is is actu- problem?”He laughed.
ally a pretty strange comparison
considering bats are nocturnal and I shook my head. I needed an
are able to nd their way around optician, but somehow, I’d ended
in the dark just ne. Unfortunately, up with Jerry Seinfeld.
I do not have any echolocation
abilities like a bat to help guide me When I got home, I bumped
around dark corners. is meant into my front door and then
I spent a lot of time walking into greeted a coat I thought was my
walls until the lenses faded. husband.
Being a mother had somewhat “Hey, honey,”I heard my husband
say from another part of the room.
“You’re not going to believe this, but
I just found out I have to get glasses,
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APAR it’s meant to be an ironic com- amount of intensely disciplined, Mahopac
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so I licked my chops over play- (W. W. Norton & Co. 2010). game show, anked by two other Mahopac Flower Shop will donate $5
ing this category at home. Alas, all-time champions breathing
I was outclassed, instantly, and “We are becoming ever more down your neck. to the St. John the Evangelist
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but what we are losing is our ca- CURIOSITY WON THE
HOW DOES HE DO IT? pacity for concentration, contem- CONTEST for every dozen roses sold
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do that? en I reconsidered- watching an old movie on TV arm’s reach.
-maybe it’s a uke. He was lucky RHAPSODY OF ROAD RAGE or doing a crossword puzzle or
on that one, right? Yeah, right. What we’ll invariably nd is a reading the back of a cereal box.
lot of coarse noise in the extreme, ere’s information all around
Alex: “Sacred place for your at the expense of granular nu- us, if we’d only pay attention to
most exceptional bottle of Bor- ance in the name of moderation. it. It’s a state of mind more than
deaux.” Sadly, the middle of the road is anything else.”
paved with roadkill. e left and
Once again, Mr, Jennings was right lanes? ey’re at a standstill, In other words, the secret to his
on it like white on rice: “What is honking horns and fuming at success is that Ken Jennings not
a Fine Wine Shrine?” each other in a dissonant rhap- only goes wide in the breadth of
sody of road rage. It’s exhausting. information he consumes. Even
Oh, man, I said to myself. is more important, he goes deep.
guy is not for real. He’s like a Answer: Plenty.
magician performing tricks. How Question: What does any of Postscript: My wounded pride
does he do it? this have to do with Ken Jennings? in falling at on my face with the
“Triple Rhyme Time” category
My mind then turned to a ere is something somewhat was somewhat salved by the
book I’ve been engrossed in, magical, and disarming, about the Final Jeopardy clue in one of the
Deep Work: Rules for Focused nonchalant, self-deprecating way G.O.A.T. episodes.
Success in a Distracted World, he delivers the correct “questions”
by Cal Newport (Grand Central time after time, conquering even Alex: “ ese 2 foreign-born
Publishing 2016). the most daunting clues. directors have each won 2 Best
Director Oscars, but none of their
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surrounding yourself with Bruce: “Alfonso Cuaron is one.”
able point that “most people random and obscure facts may (I blanked on the second, Ang Lee.)
have lost the ability to go deep- seem a distraction in the kalei- How did the three G.O.A.T.
-spending their days instead in a doscope of shallow content we contestants do?
frantic blur of e-mail and social spend hours a day grazing over
media.” on screens, it takes an enormous ey all came up empty on
both answers. Ha!
e title of another book I’ve
been paging through sounds like
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Groundhog Day provides teachable moment
Dear Dr. Linda, not scienti cally proven, there STRONG into a sequence of events. is is see its shadow, which meant it
LEARNING a wonderful strategy for chil- was a cloudy day, spring would
Feb. 2 was Groundhog Day, is nothing wrong with it if—as dren to use when studying for come early. Of course, there’s
DR. LINDA tests. Children who are exposed no relationship at all between a
so I called my grandchildren the an adult—you are capable of SILBERT to listening to stories from their groundhog’s experience and the
parents, grandparents, aunts and arrival of spring. (What if the
night before to tell them to go knowing and separating fact to see if the groundhog sees uncles pick up this strategy and groundhog lives in the Southern
his shadow involve storytell- can use them in their everyday Hemisphere where it’s hot on
online to see if the groundhog from ction while preserving ing, which is bene cial for the learning. Feb. 2? What if a groundhog in
young and old brain. Storytell- Pennsylvania sees its shadow,
saw its shadow. Despite my the fun of the ction. ing requires digging into long- Telling your grandchildren but one in Florida doesn’t?)
term memories and experiences, the groundhog story every year
husband telling me that I’m When your children are of sharing cultural information can help them on a variety of e question is why intel-
and tales, and putting them levels. As you read this story, ligent adults who understand
lling their heads with non- age, they too will understand think about all the parts of the the di erence between fact and
brain your grandchildren will
sense, I have to tell you that all the di erence, and continue be using. ction still fall back on ctional
family traditions. Because, as
my grandchildren, from 6 to 14, family traditions based on old Groundhog Day is a tradition children, the traditions gave
in many cities in the United them a sense of security. Since
went online to nd out if the folklore. e practice is not no one knows what will hap-
States and Canada as well. It pen in the future, continuing
groundhog saw its shadow. only fun but has long-term seems that this tradition these traditions brings back
began in Germany that warm feeling they felt at
I’m a pretty savvy grandma bene ts. It’s been shown that in the 1800s with the time it all began. ey feel
a Pennsylvania safer, more con dent and more
who uses all the new electron- family traditions keep genera- Dutch supersti- secure.
tion. If a ground-
ics at home as well as at work, tions connected, reinforcing a hog saw its shad- Hope your Groundhog Day
ow after coming was fun!
but I still love Groundhog Day sense of belonging for children. out of its den
on Feb. 2 (which Dr. Linda
and the story that comes with it. e need to belong is one of meant it was a
clear day), it would Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
When I was growing up, it was the most basic needs of hu- go back to its den, Bad Grades Happen to Good
knowing there would Kids” and director of Strong
a family tradition to nd out if man development. As a result, be six more weeks of Learning Tutoring and Test Prep.
winter. If it didn’t If you have any questions, email
the groundhog saw its shadow. children who practice and her at [email protected]
I knew this tradition wasn’t sci- then later continue
enti cally based, but it gave me, family traditions ap-
and still gives me, a feeling of pear to be emo-
comfort for some reason and I tionally healthier.
wanted them to experience that. When children
I hope you put this in your know what to
column for all the other parents expect they feel
and grandparents who think as more secure. It
I do. provides order in
Nana their lives, which,
in turn, reduces
Dear Nana, stress for them and
As I said in the past, in spite the adults around them.
of those who look down their Shared family tradi-
noses at old traditions that are tions such as looking
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County urges homeowners to use licensed tradesmen this winter
With the cold weather slowly and other heating systems. of shopping around. Often, con- of Consumer A airs asks consum- have no proof of either agreements
setting in, the Putnam County Of- When it is cold outside and the sumers end up looking at price ers to consider this: When you for work or payments made.
and availability as top priorities for hire a Putnam County licensed/
ce of Consumer A airs would heat goes out, consumers tend to hiring servicemen. Also, consum- registered tradesman, know that erefore, the O ce of Con-
like to remind homeowners to use look for a quick, economical solu- ers forget to get written estimates the person you are hiring is insured sumer A airs’ recommendation to
licensed and registered tradesmen tion and many are forced to agree and signed contracts. Finally, at the and bonded and had to go through all homeowners, aside from keep-
for all home repairs. to repairs, not knowing anything urging of the repairman, consum- the rigors of becoming licensed, ing warm this winter, is to always
about heating systems. ers are tempted to save money by including in most cases, testing to ask if a tradesman is licensed/reg-
All too often, especially dur- paying cash up front. verify they are quali ed to perform istered in Putnam County. If the
ing the winter months, Consumer Consumers must trust that the trade? speci c work. rough this answer is yes, ask to see the license.
A airs receives complaints from technician is telling them the truth While entering into service process, the licensed tradesman is Each tradesman is given ·an identi-
residents regarding sub-standard and most times, the consumer work agreements can seem like a invested in his commitment to the
work performed by unlicensed or doesn’t have time to get a second good idea at the time, the O ce residents of Putnam County. And cation card complete with photo.
unregistered tradesmen on boilers opinion or doesn’t have the luxury while there is no guarantee that all Ask for written estimates and get
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Get the ANSWERS something does go wrong, in many get a signed receipt for payments
you’ve been looking for! cases the O ce of Consumer Af- made.
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one of the largest state budgets ful and you should get out there mel remains one of the safest all one people from one God,”
in the country,” he said. “We are one day.” towns in New York. We have he said. “We come from di erent
be part of ],” she said. “We want facing a $6.1 billion de cit from Lombardi reminded the au- great police o cers; some new, places, di erent faiths. But we are
to meet face to face with [the last year. Medicaid is certainly dience that the opioid crisis is young o cers who are energetic one people from one God. If we
community] as part of this com- part of that. In the months to still a blight on the community and anxious to get out there and really believe that then the idea of
prehensive master plan to make come, we are going to have and remains a challenge for have an impact on our commu- loving each other is really easy.
sure we are inclusive of everyone. budget hearings and then we 2020. nity,” he said. “ ere are a lot of “You have welcomed me as
“We may be looking at zon- go into negotiations with the “Last year there were two great things to look forward to in a member of your [temple] and
ing changes, so we want to governor and hopefully have a overdoses in our town, which 2020 and I am happy to be part that is a real gift,” he continued.
make sure we hear from every- timely budget passed by April is two too many,” he said. “We of it.” “It’s how we present ourselves to
one,” McDonough said. “If you 1.” passed a synthetic-marijuana Newly elected councilman Bob others that really matters. If we
have any suggestions, no mat- Byrne said he’s been advocat- law (preventing its sale) a few Schanil said with the revision of are not a loving, just, and caring
ter how small or how big, make ing for the governor to forgive years ago—it’s all just chemical the master plan, the town has an people, they’ll see right through
sure to get them into the super- an error committed by the Ma- compounds that messes up the opportunity to position itself to us.”
visor’s o ce. We want to make hopac School District nearly 10 brain. When we work together make it palatable to both seniors Barbara Reitz, Judge Reitz’s
sure you are heard.” years ago that caused the state as a group, we get a lot more and young people just starting out. widow, thanked the synagogue
McDonough said the Town to halt its aid for a capital proj- done. ere is so much more “We have to make it attractive for naming the breakfast after her
Board also wants to improve its ect and ask for money to be re- that brings us together than to millennials,” he said. “ ere are husband.
professionalism and decorum at turned. e legislature passed a what keeps us apart.” a lot of millennials in the city hav- “I know everything he’s stood
its meetings. bill calling for forgiveness and He agreed with McDonough ing babies and starting families for comes from kindness,” she
“We’ve had some bad press holding the district harmless, that etiquette at Town Board and I want to make Carmel and said. “We would not go out to
lately, but we want to try to turn but Gov. Cuomo vetoed it. meetings need to improve. Putnam County a place they’d like dinner much because I couldn’t
that around,” she said. “Life is “One thing we will be advo- “We need to bring a little to call home.” eat [because] he would stop every-
too short for this kind of nega- cating for is the bill for forgive- more professionalism back [to Deacon John Scar from St. one as they walked past and give
tivity, so let’s all be positive ness for the Mahopac School the Town Board]. We have John the Evangelist Catholic them a smile. He loved everyone
and work together. We want to District building aid. I nd it started working on that and will Church said his presence at the and we were a good team. I know
make it so people say, ‘Wow! disheartening [it was vetoed] continue to that,” he said. temple’s breakfast illustrates that he’s still here. I’m more blessed to
You live in Carmel? at’s awe- because the issue was self- He also had praise for local inclusion is the cornerstone of life have loved him and have him in
some!’” reported,” he said. “Mahopac law enforcement. in Mahopac/Carmel. my life.”
State Assemblyman Kevin wanted to do the right thing. Doing your own TAXES?
Byrne said that while the nation is is an issue across the state
seems more deeply divided than
ever, he believes its diversity re- that school districts have been
dealing with. It’s not fair that
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“It’s not just about our back- Councilman Frank Lombar-
ground, but it’s understand- di, who lost re-election to the ninnymuggin!
ing that people have di erent board two years ago but won
thoughts and ideas and that’s back his seat last November,
OK,” he said. “So, the solutions said he’s excited to return be-
that we come up with will last a cause 2020 brings much work
thousand times longer because to be done.
more people bought into that “We have a lot going on in
idea. town and that’s one of the rea-
“When I’m in Albany, that’s sons I wanted to come back to
why it’s important I get buy- the Town Board,” he said. “We
in from the folks on the other have some important issues
side of the aisle,” he continued. that need to be addressed, in-
“I need to get advocates from cluding the many parks that we
both sides. It’s challenging but were struggling to put together
extremely rewarding.” when I rst came on the board.
Byrne said one of his big- People were playing soccer on
gest challenges for 2020 will be a baseball eld and vice versa.
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Mahopac ﬁnishes ﬁrst e Mahopac gymnastics team nished in rst place
at divisionals in Division 2 at the divisional championships on Mon-
day, Feb. 3, at Odyssey Gymnastics Center in Mahopac.
WRESTLING Lakeland/Panas/Putnam Valley took the top spot in
e sectional championships will take place ursday
(Feb. 6), at Carmel High School.
The Mahopac gymnastics team after winning the
PHOTO: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
Angelo Centrone Tyler Roa Aidan Muldoon PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN
Mahopac clinches league titleBrockFitzpatrick
BY SKIP PEARLMAN Tyler Roa ( 160), Brock Fitzpatrick (170), added. “But the kids really stepped up, the guys have been working hard, and I think
CONTRIBUTING WRITER and Londrim Hasanramaj (220). seniors were ready, and that spilled over they’re ready.”
to our underclassmen. To win the league
e Mahopac High School wrestling One day earlier, the Indians beat Car- as a rst-year coach was very exciting for Centrone took a second at last year’s
team wrapped up a league championship mel to clinch the league title. me, the kids are really peaking at the right sectional tournament, and stands at 35-2
last week at Carmel by beating the Rams, time. And we’re really looking forward to going into divisionals. Mahopac’s other
45-30. e Indians also rolled to a 69-12 “Carmel was a closer match,” said Indi- a great tournament on Saturday.” top contenders include Roa (31-3), Fitz-
victory one day later at Horace Greeley, ans coach Steve Tornambe. “Our heavy- patrick (21-3), Muldoon (26-4), Russo
and stand at 22-9 on the season. weights really stepped up. Liam Condon e Indians are set to participate in the (26-8), Nardecchia (28-6) and Hasanr-
had a big pin for us at 170, Brock had a Division 2 Tournament Saturday at West- amaj (22-7).
Last ursday ( Jan. 30) at Greeley, the second-period pin at 182, (Sa ullah) lake High School, including the Indians,
Indians got victories from Sam Przymyl- Ahmed gave us a big pin at 220, and Lon- Fox Lane, Ossining, Nyack, Rye, Somers, e top four wrestlers in each week class
ski (106), Xander Smith (113), Angelo drim moved up to 285 and also came up Roy C. Ketcham, and Greeley. move on to next weekend’s Section 1 tour-
Centrone (120), Aidan Muldoon (126), with a pin. ose guys all really pushed us nament. Wrestling on Saturday, Feb. 15,
Ryan Kick (132), James Russo (138), Lar- over the top. “It’s the post-season, and now if you’re will be at Sleepy Hollow, with Sunday’s
ry Nardecchia (145), Carlos Miguel (152), not in the top four, your season’s over,” action moving to Clarkstown South High
“Being part of a rivalry, you never know Tornambe said. “It’s do or die. But our School.
how kids are going to respond,” the coach
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 25
Mahopac wins two, loses one
‘Pac legends Keevins, Corace, Collins to be honored
BY SKIP PEARLMAN and we came out and played well “We played poorly on the road excited, but they still made plays. Tommy O’Brien),” McMahon
early. against a senior-laden team,” Ryan Reilly had a fantastic game said. “ ese guys are now the
Mahopac High School’s boys
basketball team won two of their “Vin was a monster in that McMahon said. “But we’ve got for us, he got some big rebounds foundation of the culture we
three games last week, picking up
a 47–44 win Saturday (Feb. 1) at game,” the coach added. “We’re to show up with a better e ort in the last 30 seconds, he’s really have built, and we will remem-
home over Somers, after topping
crosstown rival Carmel, 44-41, starting to see him get better and on a Friday night. We had a been playing better.” ber this group for that more than
the prior Wednesday ( Jan. 29),
also at home. Sandwiched in be- better. Luke also played a really chance to be in the league title Matthew McMahon had a anything.”
tween, the Indians took a tough,
62-31, loss at Arlington on Fri- good game for us, he’s at his best conversation, so to show up and strong game, scoring 6 points to Mahopac will also honor In-
day night ( Jan. 31).
when he’s rebounding. If he has lay an egg like that... was really go with 11 rebounds, 8 assists dians coaches Gerry Keevins, Joe
In Saturday’s win over Somers
(6-10), Vin Bastone had a big a lot of rebounds, we’re probably frustrating.” and 3 steals. Bastone added 7 Corace and Vin Collins on Se-
game to lead Mahopac with 19
points and 17 rebounds, a season successful. To get 30 rebounds e prior Wednesday at home, points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals, nior Night. Keevins will have the
high. Luke Syku pulled down 13
rebounds to go with 10 points. from those two guys was big. And the Indians held o the Rams Ryan Reilly came up with 9 Fitness Center named after him,
“ at was a very important Matt is playing point guard now, (7-9), sweeping the season series. points and 10 boards, and Syku and Corace and Collins will be
bounce back win for us, after
playing poorly in Arlington the a di erent role, and he’s done a “Obviously winning the series added 8 points and 8 rebounds. inducted into the school’s Hall
night before,” said Indians coach
Tom McMahon. “We had a dou- real nice job the last few weeks.” was important, so the kids were Mahopac (7-7) was set to host of Fame.
ble-overtime war with them early
in the season (a Mahopac win), One night earlier at Arlington excited,” McMahon said. “Our Brewster Friday night at 6 p.m. e Indians play at John Jay
(10-7), the Indians were ham- seniors have now gone 4-0 vs. for Senior Night. “It should be (East Fishkill) at 6 p.m. Monday
mered by a solid Admirals squad. Carmel in the last two years. We a special night for our four se- (Feb. 11) and travel to Green-
Sophomore Mike Callahan led played well, we had a nice crowd niors (Mike Kertelits, Matthew burgh-North Castle at 4:30 p.m.
Mahopac with 11 points. and nice intensity, the kids were McMahon, Adam Mitchell and Tuesday (Feb. 12).
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Mahopac falls to
Senior Night scheduled for Saturday
Mahopac (2-13-1) skated against one of the top teams in Section 1 on Saturday, falling 10-0 to John
Jay (Cross River) at Brewster Ice Arena. It was the 11th straight win for John Jay, the two-time defending
section champions, who improved to 14-1-1.
Mahopac skated again on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Clarkstown. eir Senior Night game against Fox
Lane will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Brewster Ice Arena.
Cooper Betancourt skates against John Jay on Feb. 1. Action in front of the Mahopac goal
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New rules for retirement plan PUZZLE SOLUTIONS
Corresponding to Last Week’s January 30 Issue
If you’ve had an IRA or 401(k) you plan to work past what might
for a long time, you’re probably GUEST be considered the typical retire-
familiar with the rules govern- CORNER ment age, you have the opportu-
ing withdrawals and contribu- nity to add a few more dollars to
tions because, for the most part, TOM your IRA.
they haven’t changed in years. CASEY Another SECURE Act provi-
And you may also know what’s
sion deals with early withdrawals
going to happen to your IRA if from your IRA and 401(k). Usu-
you leave it to someone as part ally, you must pay a 10 percent tax
of your estate plans. But we are about to see some penalty when you withdraw funds from either of
changes, and you should be aware of how they these accounts before you reach 59 1/2. But now,
may a ect your individual situation. with the new rules, you can withdraw up to $5,000
Here’s the story: Congress recently approved penalty-free from your IRA or 401(k) if you take
legislation called the SECURE Act, which, the money within one year of a child being born
among its many provisions, includes several that or an adoption becoming nal.
should be of interest to IRA and 401(k) investors. e new rules also might a ect your loved ones
e rst of these changes deals with the money who stand to inherit your IRA. Under the old
you take out of your IRA and 401(k). As you may rules, a non-spouse bene ciary could stretch tax-
know, under the old rules, you were required to able RMDs from a retirement account over his or
start taking withdrawals, known as required mini- her lifetime. Now, most non-spouse bene ciaries
mum distributions (RMDs) – from your tradi- will have to deplete the entire account balance by
tional IRA and your 401(k) when you turned 70 the end of the tenth year after the account owner
1/2. Of course, you did not have to wait until that passes away. So, this change could have tax impli-
age, but if you didn’t take your full RMDs on time, cations for family members who inherit your IRA.
the shortfall would typically be subject to a 50% You may want to consult with your estate plan-
tax penalty. Under the Secure Act, the RMD age ning or tax professional regarding this issue.
has been pushed back to 72. Keep the new rules in mind when creating your
is higher age could bene t you by giving retirement strategies. e more you know, the bet-
your IRA and/or 401(k) more time to potentially ter prepared you can be to make the appropriate
grow on a tax-deferred basis. On the other hand, moves for you.
by waiting until you’re 72, you could be forced to
take larger RMDs, which are calculated by divid- is article was written by Edward Jones for use by
ing your account balance by your life expectancy, your local Edward Jones nancial advisor (member
as determined by IRS tables. And these RMDs SIPC). Tom Casey, a licensed securities adviser
are generally taxed at your personal tax rate. associated with Edward Jones, located at 163
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