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Mahopac News 10.15.20

VOL. 11 NO. 34 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020

Town budget calls for 3.75% decrease in tax rate


e Town Board was expected to years, which has helped the town earn its “ at’s a signi cant amount of money CHART
vote this week to adopt Supervisor Ken Moody’s Aa1 bond rating. we’ve put away into our reserves,” Schmitt PROVIDED BY
Schmitt’s tentative budget, which calls for noted. “It’s one of the things that Moody’s THE TOWN OF
a 3.75 percent decrease in the tax rate. In 2010, the fund balance stood at just looks at and we have not been using it, CARMEL
over $4 million. In 2019, it had grown to we’ve been increasing it.”
“We put together what we feel is a very nearly $12 million. “We’ve been able to establish fund bal-
responsible budget,” Schmitt said. “Town ances for capital projects and for equip-
spending has actually decreased by about ment reserves and retirement expenses,”
$500,000. at’s good news.”
Schmitt introduced the $30.5 mil-
lion spending package at the board’s Oct.
7 meeting. It’s the rst time in recent
memory that the budget has called for a
decrease in the tax rate.

e budget also remained under the
state-mandated cap on the tax levy (the
amount of money collected by property
taxes), which is 2 percent or the rate of in-

ation, whichever is lower. is year’s cap
is 1.56 percent, which, for Carmel, equates
to a maximum allowable tax levy increase
of $845,129, including an available carry-
over from 2020 of $835.

Under the proposed budget, a home-
owner assessed at $370,000 would pay
approximately $1,802 in taxes, a $70 de-
crease from last year if it’s assessed at the
same value.

Employee compensation and bene t
costs account for most of the $30.5 mil-
lion in spending—some $21.9 million, or
about 72 percent of all expenditures.

Comptroller Mary Ann Maxwell gave
a PowerPoint presentation of the bud-
get at the Oct. 7 meeting and both she
and Schmitt noted the steady increase in
the town’s fund equity over the past 10

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Three-year-old Mike Sperling
David Goluccio charges up his
wonders where Mitsubishi.
the engine is.
A cruise down Electric Avenue
Electric car show comes to Mahopac

BY BOB DUMAS Nissan Leaf and a Chevy Volt. for EV owners to help plan trips

EDITOR “ e range was around 70 and know where the chargers are

miles when they rst came on the located.

e future came early to Ma- market, and now it’s around 240 “Driving an electric car long

hopac last weekend. for the Nissan Leaf,” he said. distance does take some plan-

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the orga- As EVs begin to prolifer- ning,”he said.“If you own a Tesla,

nization Sustainable Putnam, in ate, Montuori said the need for in 30 minutes you can recharge.

conjunction with the Mahopac charging stations will increase, If I take my Bolt to Tops, in 30

Public Library, held an electric especially here in Putnam Coun- minutes I can pick up 100 miles

car show in the library’s parking ty. in range. I have a Level 2 charger,

lot in an e ort to educate people “I would like to see it happen so when I go home at night, if

about the technology and show more quickly, but New York State my battery is low, which is about

them what the vehicles are ca- is committed to installing thou- once a week, I plug it in and then

pable of. sands of chargers in the next two overnight it’s fully charged.”

Joe Montuori, who helped years along all of the through- EV safety has improved over

found Sustainable Putnam ear- ways in rest stops,” he said. “Most the years, as well.

lier this year, said the group’s people don’t realize it, but most “ ey are tremendously safe. If Lance Wong, left, discusses his Tesla with Steve Marino.
mission statement includes look- shopping centers have chargers you have a major collision with an

ing for projects that can help in out-of-the-way spots. Stop electric car, there’s not going to be

households, businesses and lo- & Shop in Baldwin Place has a any re or explosion,” Montuori

cal governments reduce carbon Level 3 charger, which is a fast said. “A Chevy Volt has a Level

footprints and lessen the impact charger, and so does Tops in Put- 5 safety rating—the highest you

of climate change locally, as well nam Plaza in Carmel.” can get. And EVs tend to have

as develop a lifestyle that is more Montuori said that he would more electronics, like computer-

sustainable and resilient. like to see the town add some guided cruise control, lane-assist

“If you look at the carbon chargers to the Swan Cove/mu- warning, backup cameras. ey

footprint of people in Putnam nicipal parking lot project as it’s are just as safe or safer [than a gas

County, the largest chunk of car- being developed. car] and they have much lower

bon emissions comes from driv- “I think it’s in the best inter- maintenance costs. ere’s just 20

ing,” Montuori said. “Buying an est of our community to install moving parts. ere is very little

electric car is the single most sig- more chargers in public spaces, to break.”

ni cant thing that you can do to like the library, which, by the way, Lance Wong drove his Tesla all

reduce your carbon footprint.” is looking into it,” he said.” And the way down from Brunswick,

Electric vehicles (EVs) are in our parks, like Swan Cove. near Albany, to attend the show

powered by lithium ion batteries at would be a perfect spot. It’s and tell people about electric cars.

and the price of those batteries a draw, because if I’m traveling “I bought the Tesla to save on

has been dropping dramatically, through this area, and I see there gas, but after I owned it for a PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
Montuori said, becoming more is charger there, I’m going to stop while, everything else came into Sustainable Putnam’s Joe Montuori) shows off his Nissan Leaf.
powerful and increasing the and charge for an hour and may- view,” he said. “It’s also about the

range of the cars before they need be get something to eat or shop amount of energy, CO2 and air a lot of people don’t think about “After I bought this, I said I

recharging. in one of the stores.” pollution [you can reduce]. [Air it. It’s linked to just about all ma- would never buy another gas-

Montuori owns two EVs—a Montuori said there are apps pollution] is a really big deal and jor chronic diseases. powered car again,” he added.



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TOWN BUDGET zzari, took advantage of the of-
fer, which Schmitt said saves the

town tens of thousands of dol-

Maxwell added. “We have cer- lars. Some other budget drivers/

tain reserves that are specialized highlights in the proposed 2021

for certain purposes. It’s not that spending plan include:

this $12 million is free to use; it’s • Health insurance costs: New

established for certain reasons— York State Health Insurance

like the property downtown Program rates decreased from

(Swan Cove). We were able to 2019 to 2020. A 6 to 8 percent

buy that out of our reserves in- increase was budgeted for 2021,

stead of borrowing.” but the rates won’t be known un-

Schmitt also touted the early- til next month.

retirement incentive the town •Pension contributions: ey

o ered police o cers this year. increase substantially for town

O cers with more than 20 years employees—30.6 percent for

on the force could take a $50,000 police and 18 percent for other

buyout to retire now. Four o - workers, thus saving the town

cers, including Chief Mike Ca- money.

• Mortgage-tax revenue: e

year-to-date actual revenue is

about $959,000 through Septem-

ber with a $950,000 budget. e

town is expecting even more next

year and budgeted $1,150,000

for 2021.

• CHIPS highway fund-

ing: State aid is estimated to

decrease by around 20 per-

cent—$344,033—for the 2021


• Police-reform training: e

2021 budget contains $100,000

for police reforms as per Gov.

Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Or-

der No. 203. at number in-

cludes the hiring and training

of a consultant. “ is is another

unfunded mandate from the state

and someone has to pay for it,”

Schmitt said.

Budget expenditures for 2021

break down as follows:

• Public safety (police, dog

control, code enforcement, etc.—

$10.9 million (38.5 percent)

• General government (town

departments, info tech, insurance,

etc.)—$6 million (19.8 percent)

• Highway/transporta-

tion—$8.7 million (28.6 percent)

• Community services (zoning,

planning boards, ECB, recycling,

cemetery)—$500,000 (1.5 per-


• Debt service transfer—$2.4

million (7.8 percent)

• Recreation/culture—$2 mil-

lion ($6.5 percent)

e town taxes make up only

15 percent of a Carmel home-

owner’s tax bill. Most of that bill

is school taxes—63 percent. Nine

percent is for water; 8 percent is

for the county; 2 percent each for

the library, re and garbage; and

1 percent for lighting.

e tentative budget was

subject to review by the Town

Board, which was expected

to vote to adopt it on Oct.

15, after Mahopac News had

gone to press. e vote would

change the tentative budget to

a preliminary budget. A public

hearing will be held Nov. 4 on

the nal budget, which must be

adopted and sent to Albany no

later than Nov. 20.


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Retail shops, restaurant planned for old Lantern Pub site

Planning Board wants more details before moving forward

BY BOB DUMAS tation (DOT), New York City’s that to be used,” he said. plan falls as an “existing use” and ing building; the Lantern Pub
EDITOR Department of Environmental Town o cials said they are in town attorney Joe Charbonneau had it, but that was a single-use,”
Protection (DEP) and the coun- con rmed that “all the proposed Franzetti said. “You have ve
A plan is in the works to turn ty Department of Health. discussion with the school dis- uses are conforming uses.” uses now. How do you account
the Route 6 Tap House build- trict regarding that issue. Karell for the safety of the pedestri-
ing (formerly the site of Lantern Karell said a tra c study ana- said that in the event an ease- “ e Lantern Pub was per- ans walking from their cars to
Pub) into a series of retail stores lyzing the tra c impact the new ment can’t be obtained, they mitted for 171 seats, which pro- any one of those ve businesses
and small eateries, as well as of- retail center would have on the have two other scenarios for duced 10 times the ow that will at any given time? at should
area is being forwarded to the parking and the aisle widths that go into that septic system by this be considered. You haven’t ad-
ce space. DOT for review and comment. would work instead. proposed use,” Karell pointed dressed how pedestrians are go-
John Karell Jr., a Patterson- out. “We’ve met with the DOT ing to move in and around there
based engineer working for the e second oor would be a Karell said he wanted to move and they recognized it’s an exist- and what the safety issues are.
applicants, recently went before 1,000-square-foot o ce, Karell forward with a public hearing on ing use. It’s just a matter of dot- Where are the doorways for the
the Planning Board to lay out told the board. e co ee shop/ the project and didn’t feel it was ting the i’s and crossing the t’s.” businesses, how are they get-
an amended site plan, which bakery would not be a “restau- necessary to go before the Zon- ting in and out? How are people
calls for a 42-seat, high-turnover rant” but would be classi ed as ing Board of Appeals (ZBA). Still, Carnazza said the devel- walking in there amidst all the
sit-down restaurant, a Carvel ice “retail use without seats.” opers needed to address a series parking?”
cream parlor, a cell phone store, “Nothing has changed with of comments from the town
a co ee shop and bakery and “ ey will be repaving the respect to the building or the before the plan could move for- Planning Board member Kim
a fried-chicken (takeout only) parking lots and must address property lines,” he said. ward and wouldn’t get a referral Kugler shared those concerns.
store. O ce space would be cre- all the striping and dimensional to the ZBA until that is done.
ated on the building’s second requirements,” he added. But Mike Carnazza, the “It’s a very busy oor plan. It
oor. town’s code enforcement o cer Karell said the parking spaces seems like there is a lot of [foot]
Several variances would be Karell said that half of an out- and building inspector, said it are laid out and the number of tra c coming in and out of this
needed for the project, a num- door deck on the front of the was indeed necessary. spaces is in accordance with the small space,” she said. “[Re-
ber of them regarding the park- building extends into a DOT code and a variance that was garding the parking lot] that is
ing lot and its aisle widths, as right-of-way. “ e building is not the same previously granted when it was a lot of car tra c, and a lot of
well as an easement for a part as it was for [the last] 50 years. the Lantern Pub. foot tra c. I am thinking of the
of the property that’s owned by “ e applicant intends to Kobu [Asian Bistro] parking lot
the Mahopac School District. continue to use that, so they do e building has changed and “So, that shouldn’t be an is- and there is a lot of tra c go-
Permits are also needed from need the DOT’s permission,” he [moved] forward. We are being sue,” he said. ing in and out of there. is is a
several agencies, including the noted. given information a little bit at smaller space with a lot of shops
state Department of Transpor- a time. at’s why we are ask- But town engineer Rich Fran-
Karell pointed out that the ing for all these details,” he said. zetti said that while this plan SEE RETAIL PAGE 24
parking lot extends o the site “It’s so you can get to the Zon- may involve an existing use, it is
and onto the neighboring school ing Board—if you need it, which still di erent.
property. “ ere is either a li- you do at this point.”
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e fate of the country is in Breaks in reality
your hands
LIFE, ed they were watching a very
HERE House, and the idea of legal submit to his personal political HEALTH, di erent lm of reality than I
AND precedent—are turning out to interests,Trump concludes that POLITICS was. Not for the rst time!
NOW! be just imsy norms, dependent you’re not up to the job.
on public opinion for their MARA Personally, I wondered why
BERNIE potency. Our democracy, today, Trump’s immorality is insa- SCHIFFREN President Trump had not been
KOSBERG has become, under Trump, one tiable, a sinkhole that threatens prescribed hydroxychloro-
in which transparent lies carry the strength and constancy of We are at a funny point quine. His doctor mentioned
Long before he ran for more weight among large seg- American civic life. In spite of in the immediate run that the president had asked
president, Donald ments of our populace than do his depravity, Republicans and up to the election. about that treatment, as he did
Trump was a man solid facts. Republican-leaning indepen- President Trump, Melania and about many others which he had
known to be dishonest, cruel, American democracy has dents see Trump’s dishonesty and part of the president’s sta got heard of over the past half year.
disloyal and corrupt. In addi- survived for almost 250 years moral decadence as a sideshow ill with COVID-19 last week. However, it seems as though
tion, his inexperience and lack because every president—dating they will tolerate to secure their For a week, everything seemed the new antibody Regeneron
of expertise in government was back to George Washington— prurient interests—keeping to slow down and get even more treatment, either alone, or taken
compounded by his ignorance has honored the checks and bal- America White-dominant, the hyper-focused on him. As usual, with the Remdesivir, which
of the U.S. Constitution, his ances written into the Constitu- rich and powerful on top, and the he was the lightning rod for both was created speci cally to deal
disinterest in understanding tion, has respected the rule of law, poor and the needy in their place concern and attacks, which ate with COVID-19 (unlike HCQ
how government works, and his has adhered to accepted norms of on the bottom. up a great deal of the oxygen in which was always a stop gap
lack of an historical framework. conduct and standards of decency, the news-o-sphere. Also, in the method) is a brand new, power-
Nevertheless, he was appointed and has respected the opposition. If Trump should succeed— mental space of people con- ful treatment, quite adequate to
by the Electoral College (despite Not Donald Trump! Trump not given his various ongoing cerned with news. e progres- do the job in concert with other
losing the popular vote), and only disrespects the nonpolitical attempts to undermine the elec- sive’s take on his illness seemed treatments, when the COVID
there have been dire consequenc- independence of crucial institu- tion—and is appointed by the to simultaneous believe that he is caught early and the patient is
es ever since. tions—the Department of Justice, Electoral College or the Supreme was making the whole episode relatively healthy.
the intelligence community, and Court, he will approach the next up as a way to garner sympathy
It should be of no surprise, the military—he degrades and four years with ferocious savagery. because he was sinking in the e one great thing that came
therefore, that Trump’s rst term excoriates them, as well. Not only will our democracy die, polls, and that he was so ill it was out of this experience is that
in o ce has been chaotic, un- Trump considers himself above but it will die a horrendous death going to kill him, which they Trump has now became sort of
predictable and norm-shattering, the law, indiscriminately dismiss- and—under his leadership—turn heartily approved of. Babylon a living example of how quickly
and may well stand for genera- ing any and all oversight of his authoritarian in an attempt to Bee memorialized this latter a senior citizen can go through
tions to come as the launching actions and behavior. In April keep the discontented masses with a satiric column headlined the illness and bounce back. As
pad for the deterioration of and May of this year,Trump red under control. with a big picture of Trump in a result of his own experience,
American democracy. ve inspectors general of di er- the hospital surrounded by cards President Trump is authorizing
ing departments and government And even if Trump loses, saying, “Get Dead Soon.” Like the use of Regeneron and a simi-
Since the earliest days of the entities. is includes the intel- democracy may be in trouble, as usual, the Bee’s satire hit the lar medicine from Eli Lilly free
Trump presidency, he, his sta , ligence community, the Defense both Trump and Mike Pence bullseye. for people with COVID-9. He
and Republican sycophants in Department, the Department have atly refused to commit to a has called it “a cure” and has also
Congress have insulted and of Health and Human Services, peaceful transfer of power. Never So, there were many disap- stated that “the FDA is approv-
denigrated opponents, vili ed the the Transportation Department in the history of this country has pointed people when Trump ing things in weeks that used to
media as “fake news”and “en- and the State Department. Why? a president signaled he will not recovered quickly with the help take months and years.”
emies of the people,”and actively ey were independently pursu- leave o ce if he loses, arguing of a cocktail of new medica-
exploited various agencies of ing investigations that might have that America is incapable of tions and supplements that he Due to this experience, he
government for self-glori cation somehow embarrassed or ques- holding a free and fair election. received. So, disappointed were can now speak with a kind of
and to serve his and their politi- tioned the behavior of Trump, his American presidents don’t refuse they that media folk and citizen authority about the subject
cal interests and personal needs. administration, the Republican the peaceful transfer of power. commentators both continued as someone who has su ered
Party, or his family. However, tinpot despots do. to write a ton of very suspicious through it. Moreover, he can
Trump’s presidency has Donald Trump not only acts copy suggesting that Trump was think about it and strategize
revealed how fragile our de- as if the U.S. government is his According to polling data from still ill as a dog even as he was about it di erently as someone
mocracy actually is. What most private enterprise, but that every numerous sources, more and back up and producing videos who knows the e ects rsthand.
citizens and non-citizens, alike, one of its two million civilian more people—across all party again and that his recovery and
had considered the basic tenets of employees owe him their abso- lines - are recognizing the inher- his doctor were both total and at will prove useful, particu-
American society—the separa- lute allegiance, even if it sacri ces ent danger of reelecting Trump complete shams. larly in the event that he wins a
tion of powers, law enforcement’s their health. If you don’t slavishly and his self-serving supporters in second term.
independence from the White Congress. I hope you make the I looked at the doctor and
decision to save our democracy looked at Trump and I conclud- Sure, the political press and
on November 3. e fate of the late-night comedians will con-
country is in your hands. tinue to mock him for using this
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ary to understand him. He’s a We are not buying a reverse Recession he began buying dent might try to keep the
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This might be my last done. Liberals are fed up with fame and past success. How reporting millions of dollars in could have gotten very sick.
political column. If the lies. His supporters answer could they lie? ey’re on tele- losses on his taxes. It’s unlikely Instead, I watched in disbelief
Biden wins, I’ll have by saying that all politicians vision! America’s adoration of that he had hundreds of mil- as he climbed the stairs at the
nothing to write about. If lie, and Trump’s lies are mostly celebrity and wealth owes just lions of dollars in cash laying White House and de antly
Trump gets elected, I’m mov- just harmless exaggerations. as much to Trump’s ascension around. Where did he get the took o his mask. He kept
ing to Switzerland where Lighten up, he’s just having as any other explanation. If money? Nobody knows… yet. saluting. Who was he saluting,
they have the closest thing to fun. Liberals nd Trump im- you worship Donald Trump, anyway? As Samuel Johnson
a direct democracy. A repre- moral. e president’s fol- your temple probably holds a Bob Woodward asked the declared, “Patriotism is the
sentative democracy like ours, lowers laud him for being a golden calf or two. president if he was worried last refuge of a scoundrel.”
of course, is only as good as winner. at’s the bottom line: about getting COVID. “No,”
its representatives. We have Winning. And if the president Let’s talk about that wealth. the president answered, “I Joseph Stalin once said,
a president who is actively has to hurt some feelings or I drive a pick-up truck that’s don’t know why, but I’m not.” “It doesn’t matter how many
trying to steal an election. separate children from their 17 years old. I prefer let of votes you get, only who counts
Enough said. If he’s allowed to families, the end justify the sole in gourmet cream sauce at’s easy to explain. It’s them.” It’s obvious that Trump
get away with it, America will means. but must settle for tuna. at because he has eight doctors is going to try to keep mail-
have the leader it deserves. said, I would not trade my and access to the best treat- in votes from being counted.
Donald Trump is a great ments possible. If the average, He’s tampering with the life-
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve many things to a great many nances with Trump’s. At least overweight 74-year-old man’s blood of democracy: free and
heard it a thousand times: people. Above all else, in my what I own, I own free and oxygen level slipped to 94, fair elections.
What do Trump’s rabid sup- view, he’s a con man. Like all clear. Donald Trump rents as did the president’s, and he
porters see in him? I don’t con men, he succeeds not by billboards. And the wolves was at home, unaware that a It will be chaos. Republi-
think liberals get it. ey fail who he is, but by who people are at his door. People who deadly virus was replicating cans hold both legislatures in
to see that what repels them think he is. study his nances closely say in his system, needless to say, the six closest battleground
about Donald Trump appeals that his debt might be over a his survival would be under states. Trump will cry fraud
to others. Liberals are aghast You cannot separate Trump’s billion. threat. and demand that the legisla-
because he’s inarticulate and rise to power from his TV tures ignore ballot tabulations.
lacks an intellect be tting of celebrity. Television gives even What is known for sure By contracting COVID, the
the worst people instant cred- is that over $400 million of president nally showed some ere will be lawsuits. A con-
ibility. Turn on the television Trump’s debt is personally leadership, if inadvertently. stitutional crisis is likely. e
and you will be hard-pressed guaranteed. If he can’t pay, he People around the country Supreme Court may be forced
not to nd an ex-athlete or will once again have to claim got it. ey were ready to do to decide the winner.
bankruptcy. e most curious what they should have been
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ABOUT POLITICAL school bureaucracy of the highest in the nation and
LETTERS Kevin Byrne is the New York So, ALEC’s big corporate donors

chair of ALEC. What’s ALEC? take the millions they spend on this is what we are getting for
e American Legislative Ex- promoting their own interests as To the editor, them? For what we pay in taxes

To the community: As is our change Council is a bill mill. ey tax deductions, cheating our gov- Our family, friends and neigh- and what the school receives per

policy every year, Halston Media write up and propose legislation ernment of the funds they need to bors are all completely disillu- student from the state (close to

will not run any letters regard- to state governments that rep- serve the interests of the people. In sioned by the school events of $28,000 per student), each stu-

ing the Nov. 3 elections the week resent the best interests of their other words, big corporations get late. Our superintendent is more dent should have a private tutor

prior to the election. e absolute large corporate members such as a tax break, but our towns don’t of a politician then a superinten- and a chau eur. e politics of

last week for letters of a political Exxon Mobile, P zer, and Koch get the improvements needed for dent. Clearly, based o actions “I hate Trump at all costs” mad-

nature will be Oct. 22. To en- Industries. ey ght against en- roads, schools, healthcare services, he is not acting for our kids but ness has forced households to

sure your letter makes it into the vironmental protections and deny etc. is in fact acting for teachers and juggle schedules, create home

Oct. 22 edition, letters must be climate change science. ey pro- Has Byrne done anything to bureaucracy. To put it simply, if classrooms, increase Wi-Fi, leave

emailed to [email protected] mote “stand your ground” laws help the small businesses that are you don’t have enough teachers to work, take o work, quit in some

com by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, that have led to vigilante deaths the lifeline of our communities cover classrooms, then get into a cases and teach!

and should be 400 words or less such as Trayvon Martin. ALEC survive the COVID crisis? ere’s classroom and deliver! Don’t hold I am one person who says

and must include an address and has gotten bills passed in six states not even a press release on his web- a town hall, conduct a survey, or ENOUGH, and I NEVER use

phone number for our records. that make it harder for citizens to site that makes that claim. drown us with 6,000 emails and CAPS! I’ll end by saying this: If

Byrne doesn’t vote, especially students, seniors, Kevin Byrne wants to go back calls— deliver for our kids! teachers don’t teach or don’t want

and the poor. ey have been a to Albany as our assemblyman. Defund the police? Never! De- to teach, they shouldn’t be paid

represent us major force in privatizing prisons ALEC and the big corporations fund bureaucracy? Absolutely! and should be replaced, just like
– and making sure they are lled want him there. Me? I would ese events have made it abun- the rest of us. Every taxpayer in

To the editor, so the corporations that run them rather elect Stephanie Keegan. She dantly clear that we are severely this community should be infuri-

Some people think that Kevin can make more pro ts. wants to be in Albany to represent bureaucratically overleveraged. ated by and compensated for this

Byrne is doing a good job in Al- Is it legal? Sort of. It is legal to us. Do we really need close to 47 debacle, and every student should

bany. at depends on whether lobby government. But is it not Marsha Waldman administrators in a district with get as many resources as possible

you are a large corporation or a legal to pretend to be a not-for- Mahopac less than 3,000 kids? We need to to make up for this poor educa-

rework this whole district from tional delivery system, and not at

the bottom up—not top down, our cost.

as technology has pointed us in Our school board needs to

that direction. If we replaced each step up and act, by actively seek-

administrator with a teacher’s ing both a new structure and new

aide, our students would be bet- administration. is system is not

ter served! Competition, change, working for our kids.

leadership and school choice are SEE LETTERS PAGE 12

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LETTERS who are proud to y a Biden ag are pa- We aim simply to get people to stop scream- cent threat by Gov. Cuomo and Mayor
triots, working to serve their communities, ing and listen respectfully to one another, DiBlasio to close down a number our

pay their taxes, and make the world a bet- because this will help both sides understand churches, both Catholic and Christian, as

One last thing. I am a certi ed teacher ter place. each other as human beings, recognize the well as number of synagogues, once again.

and have been for 28 years! And yes, this I know a lot of capitalists (both Demo- similarities in their objectives, and nd com- Our Catholic laity is getting more and

is harsh, but no less harsh then families crats and Republicans) who support Biden mon ground. more frustrated that our Catholic lead-

struggling to keep employment and their because they want the economy to come First, we ask you to sign a letter on our ers continue to remain silent while our

homes together, and all while dealing with back and work for everyone. I know a lot website, to hold elected leaders in New York impose their

the whims of these bureaucratic decisions. of conservatives who support Biden be- America Together.We are trying to get as will on every Christian and Jewish com-

James Scarangella cause he is a moral public servant who many signatures as possible. Braver Angel is munity, especially our Catholic churches.

Mahopac believes government should be by, for, and also implementing an initiative called With Our churches have bent over backwards

of the people, not a giant piggy bank to be Malice Toward None, inspired by President to follow safe practices in their worship

Dems are just regular raided for personal pro t and graft. Lincoln’s second inaugural address as the throughout this pandemic. Our Pope de-
neighbors Guess what, Mr. Montes... Democracy Civil War neared its end. nounces Catholics who desire safe and
protected borders and less government
is a beautiful thing, and we all get to mat- We encourage people to go to the Braver interference in our lives, while remaining
ter. Democrats are many things, including Angels website at

To the editor, your white, suburban, neighbors ying our we-do/with-malice-toward-none/ to learn silent on what damage these politicians are

e Trump echo chamber and Fox Biden ags here in Mahopac - and we more about the With Malice Toward None doing to restrict religious freedom.

News have clearly hoodwinked people aren’t going anywhere. program and to take the pledge below: If church leaders fail once again to take

like Rick Montes (Letters,“Marxist Dems Jennifer Colamonico “Regardless of how the election turns out, I a stand on this issue, then our church will

Should Leave Carmel,”Oct. 1) into think- Mahopac will not hold hate, disdain, or ridicule for those become less and less important in the lives

ing that Democrats are a dangerous bunch. who voted di erently from me. Whether I am of its members.

He thinks we are all Marxists and that we With malice toward none pleased or upset about the outcome, I will seek to Frank DelCampo
should leave. understand the concerns and aspirations of those Mahopac

Guess what? I have been involved in To the editor, who voted di erently and will look for oppor-

Democratic politics for 25-plus years, I am the New York State coordinator for tunities to work with people with whom I don’t Defending Trump’s COVID
lived here in Mahopac for 15 years, and Braver Angels, an organization whose goal agree.”

have led our town Democratic Commit- is to reduce the heated political polariza- Randy Freeman

tee for six years and I don’t think I have tion that has deeply divided our country. e Somers

ever met a real live Marxist (is that even a upcoming election may make this situation New York State Coordinator, To the editor,

thing anymore??). even worse regardless of the outcome. ere Braver Angels is letter is in response to Ralph Eh-

Most Democratic activists are either will be winners and losers. How each side renpreis, the pre-COVID Trump. e let-

retirees who are outraged about the nepo- perceives and treats the other will be crucial. Stand up for religious ter claims Obama is responsible for the
tism and corruption in local government; Braver Angels’ mission is to help restore freedom great economy pre COVID. As I read it,
teachers and re ghters tired of being civility by fostering and creating opportuni- I see he writes unemployment dropped
from 9.8 to 4.7 percent, under the Obama
eeced; or moms who are disgusted by ties for respectful dialogue essential to un-

those who lead the Republican Party and derstanding one another in order to stem the To the editor, Administration. Wow—that is impressive,

the bad behavior that they have to explain vitriol and polarization. A critical moment has arrived for SEE LETTERS PAGE 14

to their kids. Most of the people I know We are not trying to change political views. Catholic leadership to denounce the re-

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LETTERS National debt under Obama China, and subsequently Europe. SCHIFFREN
nearly doubled. It went from $10 He was called a racist, and xeno-
FROM PAGE 12 trillion to $19.5 trillion. Under phobic, for doing that. He enlisted FROM PAGE 8
Trump it climbed to $22.7 trillion Ford Motor Co. to make ventila-
if you take it at face value. When in 2019. It will increase another $4 tors, moved Navy Hospital Ships in the future. But there are millions upon millions of
you look into the numbers, you to $6 trillion due to the virus that to NYC, and L.A., ramped up Americans who do not believe in the narrative real-
will nd the reason for that is China unleashed on the world. If PPE, and held daily news brief- ity of the mainstream media, who have had enough
people were no longer on the un- Nancy Pelosi has her way, it will ings with his team of healthcare red pill moments in their own life to understand
employment rolls, and it wasn’t surely climb even higher. professionals. Furthermore, as of there is a huge gap between the reality they live in
because they had jobs. eir un- late, there is a good possibility of daily and how the press and the late night come-
employment bene ts had expired. As for being isolated from the a vaccine by the end of this year. dians characterize their own version of reality and
world, that is ridiculous. e then work very hard to make the rest of the story
e fact is when Obama took of- world needs the U.S to be strong anks to “Operation Warped cohere to that, which includes burying news stories
ce in 2008 the labor participa- economically as well militarily. I Speed”—nother e ort put togeth- that show a di erent side of reality and refusing to
tion for all working age Ameri- feel we are becoming more insu- er by the Trump Administration. demand policy answers from either Joe Biden or
cans was 66.2 percent, and when lated and secure by not being de- Kamala Harris.
he left o ce in December 2017, pendent on other countries for our Ken Ferrara
labor participation had fallen to resources. For example, we have - Mahopac At the moment, the press seems perfectly happy
62.7 percent. As you can see there nally become energy independent. with the perverse stance of both Biden and Har-
was a steady downturn during his As a result, we have lower gas and Get ready for the ris that they will not clarify to the voting public
eight years. Trump takes o ce in electric prices, and they have re- chaos whether they intend to pack the Supreme Court or
2017, and by January 2020, the la- mained stable for the past three not if they are elected.
bor participation climbed to 63.2 years. is has a direct and positive To the editor,
percent, and was trending upward e ect on working people’s income. Columnist Maria Schi ren is When has that kind of explicit obfuscation of
until the virus was upon us. As I hugely important presidential policy been aided
examined the statistics from the Since Ralph Ehrenpreis, likes right on when she says that ex- and abetted before? Never, in my memory. But ev-
Board of Labor, I also found Afri- to quote Ronald Regan, I will as pecting Trump to play by the de- ery year, the media standards that favor Democrats
can American labor participation well with regard to his criticism bate rules is silly. And when the in o ce slip lower and lower.
was 61.9 percent when Obama left of Trump’s, handling of the virus. leader of the free world is allowed
o ce. Under President Trump it “ ere you go again” As I have to steal an election he has clearly As President Trump stated last Friday on the
rose to 64.9 percent. stated before, he cut o travel from lost, you won’t have to turn on the Rush Limbaugh show, “ e people of this coun-
TV to watch the chaos that will try are smarter than the people that cover them.”
Enjoy Life ensue, just look out your front
More with window. ank God that is so.

Phil Garzillo Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, certi ed Functional
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Getting to the root of the learning problem

STRONG contacted his faculty advisor background in biology and background in either subject. to study. It’s easy to say that he’s
LEARNING who informed me that he’s in chemistry which means that he Maybe he is so confused that not motivated to do biology
the honors program and is do- probably doesn’t have com- he has stopped trying. Many and chemistry because he’s not
DR. LINDA ing well in history and Eng- mand of the vocabulary needed students who do well through interested in them, but you can’t
SILBERT lish. However, he is failing my to succeed in your classes. Years K-12 school never really have say that unless you talk with
course and intro to chemistry. ago, I met with a student who to study. ey understand the him about it, especially since he
Dear Dr. Linda, was in honors chemistry in material when it is rst taught did so well in high school.
I teach freshman biology in e advisor is totally confused, high school and was struggling and sail along. But eventu-
along with the chemistry with the class. When I con- ally, when these students face If he doesn’t start to succeed,
a local college. I have a student, professor because Joe aced the tacted the school to nd out subjects that are new to them, contact a menta- health worker
Joe, who is failing. I’ve been math and English entrance why he was placed in honors for whatever reason, they don’t at the college and share your
helping him since the year exams. Do you have any ideas chemistry, I was told that he know how to proceed. ey’re concerns because there may
began in late August. He hasn’t as to what is happening? got a 100 percent on the biol- embarrassed to look for help be something else wrong. He
improved one bit. I’m trying ogy exam the previous year, because they feel they’re stupid. may be depressed, homesick or
to decide if I should just walk Biology Professor so his counselor and biology using drugs or alcohol to self-
away and let him fail. Dear Biology Professor, teacher decided he’d be able to Secondly, Joe is a freshman medicate. In the meantime,
handle honors chemistry. in college, which is scary in though, continue trying to help
I never like doing that, but e three of you are con- itself, and has probably found him. Start rst by guring out
in this case, I’m considering fused because this is confusing. Well, it turned out that he himself in unfamiliar territory. what he already knows in rela-
it because when I work with I can see why you’re tempted was able to handle it and do Hang in there and see if you tion to biology and chemistry
him, his usual answer is, “I to just walk away and let him well, but only after it was dis- can help him. Start by nding and work from there.
don’t know.” He’s very di - fail. However, before you do covered that he did not know out if he knows the meaning of
cult to engage. He acts like he that, which you’ll probably much of the terminology used terms and vocabulary that you’re Dr. Linda
simply doesn’t care. Secondly, have trouble doing, here’s a few in chemistry. At rst, it was using. Find out what he knows
he rarely contacts me. I have suggestions that may help him like taking a course in another and begin there. Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
to contact him and make the start to succeed. language. Bad Grades Happen to Good
arrangements. irdly, I just You may also nd out that Kids” and director of Strong
First of all, he may have aced is could be happening he’s disorganized and can’t Learning Tutoring and Test
the math and English entrance with your student. Perhaps he manage his time. Having never Prep. Send your questions to
exam, but all that means is simply doesn’t have a su cient had to, he may not know how [email protected]
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MHS librarian Dara Berkwitz smilies behind her mask (and First day o
newly installed plexiglass shield) as she waits for students
and staff to visit the library. In-person learning k
Julie Cummins (counselor), left, and Jen Stytzer
(school social worker) welcome students back to After three weeks of remote learning, Ma-
Mahopac High School. hopac schools opened for in-person classes on
Sept. 29 for the rst time since March, albeit via
a hybrid model. Half the student body attended
school in person on one day, while the other half
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next day they switched.

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Keegan cited for unfair campaign practices in assembly race

Byrne says such attacks ‘only fans the ames of hate’

BY BOB DUMAS e rst complaint referred to an Aug. in his district,” the committee wrote. “On In a prepared statement in the wake of
EDITOR the ruling, Byrne called the truck incident
22 incident in which someone interrupted Aug. 23, Mr. Byrne condemned the inci- at the rally “a disgusting display of hate”and
A non-partisan campaign watchdog added that “universal condemnation of acts
group founded by the League of Women a racial justice rally on the Carmel court- dent on a resident’s Facebook page, and on like this are a given.”He noted that Keegan
Voters ruled last week that Assemblyman has since removed the posting from her
Kevin Byrne’s opponent, Democrat Steph- house steps with a sign on his truck with Aug. 25, Mr. Byrne posted a condemnation Facebook page.
anie Keegan, engaged in unfair campaign
practices. the words “F*** Black Lives.” ( at per- on his own Facebook page.” “I understand our opponent is a rst-
time candidate, but this type of political at-
e Westchester Fair Campaign Prac- son, a 54-year-old Kent man, has since In the second complaint Byrne further tack only fans the ames of hate and should
tices Committee (WFCPC) determined not be tolerated by anyone regardless of po-
that Keegan’s actions were “unfair” in re- been arrested on misdemeanor menacing complained that Keegan engaged in an litical a liation,” Byrne said. “I do appreci-
sponse to complaints led by the incum- ate that it appears she has since taken her
bent’s campaign team. However, the Com- charges.) On Aug. 25, Keegan shared on unfair campaign practice by promoting an post down from Facebook, even though it
mittee, founded in 1991, has no power to remains on Twitter. It is my sincere hope
compel anyone or any group to stop doing Facebook a post created by the Putnam image featuring him next to an image of that other political candidates and politi-
what it has found to be unfair, nor does cal leaders can learn from this and avoid
it have the authority or power to enforce Young Democrats that included the sen- the truck with the “F*** Black Lives” sign engaging in this type of discourse. Despite
election or other laws. our political di erences, I believe we can all
tence, “Kevin Byrne refuses to condemn a xed to it, thereby creating the false and agree that threats and ugliness are never the
e Byrne campaign complained that answer.”
Keegan shared and promoted an image racist attack in his district.” Byrne com- misleading impression that he is somehow
on social media that gave “a false and mis- In a prepared statement,Keegan said that
leading impression that Byrne refused to plained that Keegan engaged in an unfair associated with racist behavior. Byrne should have been more forthcoming
condemn a racist attack” that occurred in in his condemnation of the incident.
Carmel earlier this year. campaign practice by creating a false and e Committee found this “unfair” and
“My opponent says a comment he made
e campaign also complained that an misleading impression that he refused to wrote that the “juxtaposition of Mr. Byrne’s on a private citizen’s Facebook page consti-
image featuring Byrne next to an image tutes a public statement,”she stated.“Voters
of a truck with a “F*** Black Lives” sign condemn a racist attack. picture next to a truck with the words ‘F*** shouldn’t have to dig through individuals’
a xed to it, again created “the false and Facebook pages to hold their leaders ac-
misleading impression that the assembly- e committee found the Keegan state- Black Lives’ violates the following WF- countable, and I feel the WFCPC’s ruling
man is somehow associated with racist deals a blow to accountability by setting
behavior.” ment “unfair,” writing that the word “re- CPC principle: e candidate will not use such an expectation.”

fused” implies that there was a request to or condone any campaign material…that

condemn the act and that Byrne rejected misleads the public.

it. ere was no evidence provided that By-

“ ere was no evidence that Mr. By- rne was in any way associated with the truck

rne ‘refused’ to condemn a racist incident pictured, the Committee’s ruling stated.

‘Despite our political di erences, I believe we can all agree
that threats and ugliness are never the answer.’

-Assemblyman Kevin Byrne


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New law will limit parking on Route 6 Library
‘Restaurant Row’ partners

BY BOB DUMAS John Dearman, and the Putnam was leaving a restaurant parking they would have to approve any with
EDITOR County Tra c Safety Board,”said lot, killing a teaching assistant at plan we had for prohibiting park- scouts for
Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “ ey Primrose Elementary School in ing,” Schmitt said. “We sent the food drive
e Town Board has unani- looked at this stretch of Route 6 Somers. DOT letters and they agreed
mously passed a law that will as being problematic, where ve- and gave us permission to des- On Saturday, Oct. 17, public
prohibit parking in certain areas hicles were parked on the shoul- Schmitt said police and town ignate no parking zones, not for libraries across New York State
along Route 6 in the corridor der of the road obstructing the o cials had received numerous the entire lane but in zones we will participate in e Great Give
known as Restaurant Row. view of ingresses and egresses of complaints over the past several designated as problem areas—30 Back, a day for community mem-
businesses along what is known as years about the parking situation feet on both sides of the entrances bers to participate in meaningful
e board passed the law at Restaurant Row. ere have been along that section of Route 6. and exits [of businesses] would be service-oriented experiences.
its Oct. 7 meeting after a pub- accidents along this corridor and a su cient.”
lic hearing, during which no one contributing factor was obstruct- “My o ce has been receiving Mahopac Public Library will
from the public spoke on the mat- ed view, mostly for people leaving complaints about it and what can Schmitt said it took time to de- take part in this project by part-
ter. e new ordinance will pro- the restaurants. I’m sure you’ve all be done to limit that,” the super- velop the plan. nering with several local Girl and
hibit parking on the state high- noticed it—when the restaurants visor said. “Chief Cazzari did re- Boy Scout troops to collect non-
way in designated areas between are busy, they’ve been parking up ceive calls as well.” “ e speci c locations were perishable food items which will
McMahon Place and East Lake and down the shoulder.” identi ed by the police depart- be delivered to the St. John’s Food
Boulevard (where the Shell sta- Schmitt said the board began ment,” he said. “ is is the smart Pantry in Mahopac. e scouts
tion is located). Schmitt noted there was one looking into it two years ago and thing we can do for public safety.” will collect donations in the Adult
fatal accident in that area, a refer- decided to regulate the parking Garden at Mahopac Library from
“ is comes from the recom- ence to a November 2015 crash there but needed help from the Schmitt said the no-parking 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; items suggested
mendations of former Police in which a car struck a Jeep that state Department of Transporta- zones will be marked with signs by the food pantry include pasta,
Chief Mike Cazzari, and Lt. tion (DOT). and, in some cases, pavement cereal, cookies, snacks, canned
markings as well. items, and toilet paper.
“Route 6 is a state road, and
e St. John’s Food Pantry
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In addition to the food collec-
tion, the scouts will be accepting
damaged American ags that will
be delivered to the local VFW or
American Legion for proper dis-
posal. We are grateful to all of the
members of Girl Scout troops
1410, 1140, 2660, 1130, 1286,
1578, Boy Scout Troop 371, and
Cub Scout Troop 271,who are vol-
unteering their time to participate
in the Great Give Back,and we ex-
tend our thanks to our constituents
for their support of this e ort.

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Mental health in focus: October is Depression Awareness Month

Putnam’s in-person Out of the Darkness Walk set for Oct. 18

is October more than ever priority,” said County Execu- Castellano of Putnam’s Mental “Family stress is at a high point ber for those who can use extra

before—mental health matters. tive MaryEllen Odell. “We need Health Association (MHA) and right now. Some have been home support. e recovery coaches

Day-, week- and month-long ob- to share and promote all the Coordinator Marla Behler of the alone with the same group of are not crisis workers. ey are

servations serve as a backdrop to resources we have here in Put- Child Advocacy Center (CAC) people for these many months. trained, objective listeners who

the e ect the pandemic is having nam and ght the stigma that is of Putnam County, together Even in the best situations this have knowledge of community-

on everyone’s mental well-being. sometimes associated with men- chair the Suicide Prevention Task can be di cult. Additionally, based resources and supports,

National Depression Screening tal health issues. We know times Force. ey urge everyone to now that school has started and many of whom know what it’s

Day was Oct. 8; World Mental may be di cult, that is why we reach out to support family and re-openings are occurring in dif- like to struggle with anxiety and

Health Day, Oct. 10; Mental Ill- have to continue to spread the friends as much as possible, while ferent formats, many children depression o ering a unique and

ness Awareness Week runs from word about available help.” also paying attention to self-care. are back o cially learning from specialized lens. e phone num-

Oct. 4 through 10, and nally it’s e Putnam County Crisis is means becoming famil- home at least part of the time. So, ber is 845-278-7600 to reach a

National Depression Education Intervention hotline is 845-225- iar with not only the resources parents are trying to navigate this recovery coach or for a referral.”

and Awareness Month. 1222 and it operates 24/7. available in the county but also as well. For those children who Dr. Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD,

People are fortunately ac- e number of results from the potential warning signs that are in the schools, there is unde- county health commissioner and

knowledging these issues and a national online depression may indicate someone is experi- niably a di erent environment, as Commissioner of Social Services

events and taking action because screening—indicating moder- encing mental distress or having teachers deal with added respon- and Mental Health Michael Pi-

anxiety and depression are at an ate to severe levels of anxiety and thoughts of suicide. sibilities and challenges.” azza, also emphasize that help is

all-time high as the pandemic depression—are nearly 400,000 “We have passed the six- Other residents have nearly available.

continues. Putnam’s mental higher this year when compared month point in this pandemic. the opposite reality, being home “Many agencies providing

health advocates, from the health to 2019. is is true for the six- Many people have been hanging alone experiencing isolation and mental health and/or substance

and social services departments, month period since the pandemic on because they thought the end lack of social connectedness. e abuse treatment services have

the Mental Health Association began in March, through August. was in sight. What started out question is what people can do moved online to provide tele-

in Putnam, and the Suicide Pre- So reports Mental Health Amer- as a sprint, however, has turned about all these feelings. health since COVID-19 emerged

vention Task Force are joining ica, the nation’s leading nonpro t into a marathon,”. Castellano “ e answer is rst to ac- last spring,” Nesheiwat said. “ e

with the Hudson Valley chap- promoting mental health for all, said. “With food shortages and knowledge and validate them,” take-away message is clear: you

ter of the American Foundation which has a variety of mental nances as serious continuing Ms. Castellano said. “ en en- are not alone.” Promoting mental

for Suicide Prevention to ght health screenings free of charge concerns. ese stressors weigh courage people to reach out health has been o cially identi-

stigma and reduce suicides, while on their website at www.mhana- heavy on everyone. It is impor- and connect with personal and ed as one of Putnam’s top health

raising awareness about just how tant for people to understand County support systems. In ad- improvement priorities through

common mental health issues are In Putnam County, calls to the that any feelings of anxiety and dition to our County’s crisis ho- the department’s work with com-

today. Crisis Intervention Hotline have depression are completely normal tline, at the Mental Health Asso- munity partners during the last

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mental and physical, are a top Executive Director Megan Behler agreed, saying that that can be a support team mem-

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Mahopac Library opens exhibit AWARENESS ters, provides free and con dential
of artwork by Sherry Mayo FROM PAGE 21
emotional support to people in sui-

cidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7

two “CHIP” cycles, beginning in and best practices for profession-

2013. e CHIP, short for Commu- als. e number 1-800-273-8255

nity Health Improvement Plan, is (TALK). Options exist for individu-

“From Drawing to Painting,” an exhibit of the painting emerged and so too its palette. mandated by the state Department of als who speak Spanish, are deaf and

recent work by Sherry Mayo, is now on view Layers of paint and impasto created space that Health. hard of hearing, or those who prefer

in the ird Floor Gallery at Mahopac Public oated above the surface and bright moments Piazza describes other valuable a “chat” format. More information is

Library. of color popped up between these spaces to County resources, including FIRST available at www.suicideprevention-

is exhibition consists of two years of draw- form image and sign. LINE, a “warm line” for law enforce-

ing practice and four oil paintings that come S Mayo was born in Queens and grew up ment and emergency personnel. In addition to learning about and

from those drawings. Mayo’s delicate and in the Hudson Valley. She went to college in “ is is 24/7 peer-to-peer phone using available county resources,

ethereal works will Boston and invented support for police o cers, re ghters, residents are encouraged to support

remain on view at her own major, bio- emergency services providers, correc- the Out-of-the-Darkness Walk on

the Library through art. After a brief tions o cers and dispatchers, as well Oct. 18 in whatever way they feel

Oct. 30, and can be time in medical re- as their families,” he explained. “We comfortable. Residents can raise

viewed during cur- search, she moved also have a separate Vet2Vet ‘warm awareness about mental health, fun-

rent library hours to Manhattan to line’ for Veterans and their families.” draise online and/or participate in

(visit www.mahopa- pursue her dream of Both lines o er free, con den- the in-person walk while practicing for more living in New York tial, 24/7 peer-to-peer support. e public health measures of masking

information). City as an artist. She number for FIRST LINE is 845- and distancing. All organizing sta

e drawings studied at New York 745-0088; the support number for and volunteers will be wearing masks

are tender marks University and lived all Veterans, regardless of discharge and gloves, and hand sanitizer will

made from graph- in the East Village status, is 914-519-8097. be provided along with masks for

ite on printmaking “Peace” by Sherry Mayo oil on wood for a decade. Af- Other resources are available from those who have forgotten their own.
(sommerset) paper. ter working at the
the State Department of Men- More information is available under

ey consist of light School of the Visual tal Health and the U.S. Substance “Events” at

marks and the viewer must come close to see Arts, she decided to pursue further study at Abuse and Mental Health Services hudson-valley-westchester.

them despite their window size. eir implicit Teachers College to explore questions about Administration (SAMHSA). e More information about the Men-

nature makes a great deal of negative space the integration of technologies in artists’ NYS COVID-19 Emotional Sup- tal Health Association and their mul-

out of the paper itself. e drawings are of- studio practices. Sherry’s scholarly interests port Helpline, sta ed by specially tiple continuing services for youth

ten sensual, atmospheric, observational, funny, include 21st Century contemporary art, the trained volunteers 7 days a week, 8 and others is available online at www.

and sometimes relate to the everyday. cultural impact of digital technologies, and a.m. to 10 p.m., can be reached at More information

e treatment of the painting and its pro- consciousness. (Learn more at https://www. 844-863-9314. More information, about the CAC of Putnam County is

cess was very much the same as nding the available in 11 languages, is available available at

drawing out of the paper. e ground of the For further information about the ird at e Na-

painting was very similar to the working of the Floor Gallery exhibits, visit www.mahopa- tional Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a Article courtesy of Putnam County

graphite into the paper. Out of this process,, or call 845-628-2009, ext. 108. network of over 170 local crisis cen- Department of Health

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MUSINGS all three dates.To register visit gram. Registration with a working email serving the distancing guidelines will ne-
Mahopac Library Events, or call 845-628-2009, address is required. Register at cessitate reducing the student enrollment
ext. 135., or call 845-628-2009, in all our classes. Minimum enrollment is

e Great Give Back – Food and Flag ext. 100. four students and maximum enrollment

Kids Virtual Halloween Parade Collection Light Bite Book Group for small group classes will be based on

Oct.8-23 Send in your picture for the Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. e Light the physical distancing guidelines set

Kids Virtual Halloween Parade. Experi- members of Girl ScoutTroops 1578,1139, Bite Book Group, led by Cindy Green, forth by New York State. E enrollment

ence the awesomeness of the Library’s 1140, 2660, 1410, and Cub Scout Pack will meet in Mahopac Library’s Adult will be on a rst come/ rst serve basis.

Halloween parade with the amazing 271 to collect non-perishable food items Garden to discuss “ e Alice Network” Nnote there will be “on-line” only regis-

connecting power of the internet. Email to donate to the St. John’s Food Pantry by Kate Quinn.You can request a copy tration.

a photograph of your child in a costume in Mahopac. Suggested items: dried pas- of the book by calling the library at 845- Art Explosion with Ed Dabrowski

they plan to wear for Halloween to gperil- ta, cereal, cookies, snacks, canned items, 628-2009, ext. 100, or via email: [email protected] Instructor: Ed Dabrowski

[email protected] Include your toilet paper. Please, no expired items. In case of inclement Designed for all levels

child’s rst name and age; we’ll do the rest. 175 families are assisted by the St. John’s weather, we will meet via Zoom. Email Neo-Expressionism - Abstract Art.…

e last day to email photographs is Oct. Food Pantry each week. Help make the [email protected] for a Zoom Urban Art…Gra ti Inspired Art…. are

23; the virtual Halloween parade will be holidays extra special for those in need by invite. New members always welcome. all apt descriptions of artist Ed Dabrows-

posted on the Library’s website and social donating non-perishable, nutritious food ki’s innovative and eclectic mixed media
creations. If you are ready to move be-
Marine Corps Birthdaymedia sites during the week of Oct. 26- items. e scouts will also be accepting
31. For information call 845-628-2009, damaged America ags that will be de- Celebration yond realism and create work that is big
and bold…art that will provoke thought
ext. 136. livered to the local VFW or American

Book Babies Zoom Parent Meet-Up Legion for proper disposal. is event is e Putnam County Marine Corps and raw emotion… this workshop is for

ursdays, Oct. 15, 22, 29, 11 a.m. part of THE GREAT GIVE BACK, a League is sponsoring a Chili, Beer and you. We are excited to o er this rare op-

Zoom meet-up for parents of babies and day when public libraries throughout NY Drinks Night at the Mahopac American portunity to learn from Mr. Dabrowski

toddlers. Share the joys and challenges State encourage their communities to Legion Hall, Buckshollow Road, Friday, techniques of using textural and expres-

of being a new parent and pick up some volunteer and address community needs. Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., to celebrate the Marine sive brushwork and intense colors that

Early Literacy tips for your child. Reg- For information call 845-628-2009, ext. Corps birthday. All the chili you can eat will inspire and excite! Sunday Oct. 18,

istration with a valid email address re- 100. plus two drinks of your choice. Donation: three-hour workshop 1-4 p.m. $75/$70

quired; register at www.mahopaclibrary. Discovering Your Patriot Ancestor $20 per person; half of the pro ts will be PAC members

org, or call 845-628-2009, ext. 135. Monday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. Do you think donated to the Semper Fi Fund to assist

Fall Story Time you have an ancestor who served in the veterans. PHOTOGRAPHY

Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27, 11 a.m. Fall Sto- Continental Army or contributed to the Putnam Art Center Private and semi-private lessons with
ry Time for ages 3-6 with Miss Cindy. Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War? James Sparks – for intermediate and ad-

Come read, play, and craft with us in the Learn where to look and how to verify Classes vanced students
Adult Garden and listen to some fun fall the information. e program will also Arnaldo Erazo – for beginners

books. In case of rain, program will be touch upon entrance requirements for PAC is ready to welcome you back See information on the website regard-

held virtually through Zoom. Registrant the Sons/Daughters of the American to classes at the Art Center. We are ad- ing course description by teacher. Students

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persons age 2 and over are required to held via Zoom; a link will be sent to reg- guidelines in this time of COVID and SEE MUSINGS PAGE 24
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RETAIL MUSINGS the Putnam County Depart- Reed Library/ guided hike! While they can-
FROM PAGE 6 ment of Health, the clinic is Women’s Resource celled an in-person hike early
Center Partnership in the year due to the pandem-
that seem to be popular types of being held at Putnam County ic, Master Gardener Volunteers
and o ce sta will contact you Veterans Memorial Park (Up-
“ ere will be a sidewalk in
the front just like when the to coordinate your lesson. 845- per Park), 201 Gipsy Trail lmed and narrated a hike of
Lantern Pub was there,” Karell
responded. “ ere is nothing 803-8622. One hour private les- Road, Carmel, and is open to Once again, the Reed Library Putnam County’s Fred Dill
much else you can do for that
building.” son at $60 per person. all Putnam County residents. will partner with its patrons to sup- Wildlife Sanctuary. ese walk-

Board Chairman Craig Clay Studio Rental Bring photo ID as proof of Put- port the Women’s Resource Cen- ing trails are right in the heart
Paeprer said the property is in
the heart of town, so it’s impor- Available on a monthly nam County residency, as well ter. Please drop your donations o of Carmel, and easy to access.
tant that it be handled correctly.
($250), weekly ($150), and daily as proof of prior rabies vaccina- to the library during the month of In this short video, Master Gar-
“ is is an important piece of
property for us. It’s downtown ($40) basis for potters with ex- tion. Tags are not acceptable. If October. Last year, Reed Library dener Volunteers introduce you
and part of the revitalization,”
he said. “We get one chance to perience. you do not have proof of prior collected a large assortment of to local history, natural resourc-
do this right.”
Availability is dependent rabies vaccination, your pet will new sheet sets, quilts, sets of bath es, and the invasive plants that
Board members said they
would like to see renderings of on our pottery class schedules. receive a one-year rabies vac- towels, toiletries, and gift cards. threaten those resources. You’ll
the exterior of the building, in-
cluding a list of the types of ma- Contact PAC’s o ce for info cine. All dogs must be leashed In these unprecedented times see where to park and nd the
terials that will be used.
att 845-803-8622 and controlled. Any dog that the Women’s Resource Center trailhead, learn about the man
Karell told the board he would
address all its concerns and At the Belle Levine Art Cen- may become aggressive must be needs our support. Drop o for whom the park is named,
comments and provide sketches
of what the building would look ter, 521 Kennicut Hill Road, muzzled. Cats and ferrets must your donations at Reed Library and enjoy the beauty of Putnam
like at the next meeting.
Mahopac. To learn more, or be in carriers, no harnesses. All 1733 Route 6 Carmel. Hours are County’s forests. We welcome

register, go to putnamartscoun- animals must be supervised by Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 you to enjoy this curated hike an adult with the minimum a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday/ ursday, experience.

Rabies Vaccination number of people necessary. 3-7 p.m. Call the library if you Community and government
COVID-19 guidance must be have any questions: 845-225- partners include the Putnam
Clinic followed including social/phys- 2439, or visit County Soil & Water Conserva-
ical distancing and face cover- tion District, Parks Department,
Attention Putnam Residents! ings are required. Master Gardener County Historian, and the Put-

Bring your dogs, cats, and fer- For more information and di- Volunteers Virtual Hike nam History Museum. You can
rets to a free rabies vaccination rections, please call the Putnam nd this and other videos, on

clinic on Saturday, Nov. 7 from County Department of Health Cornell Cooperative Exten- Cornell Cooperative Extension

10 a.m. to noon.. Sponsored by at 845-808-1390 ext. 43160. sion Master Gardener Volun- of Putnam’s YouTube channel at

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Celebrating The SMtarheoept ac
Carmel Chamber
OCT. 6
of Commerce

A Special Pullout to honor the Tishivsiryteuaarl!
Chamber and its members for all
CRReaapltleYFsoo! ur r
they’ve been doing for the
community during this pandemic.

We will donate 10% of profits to the
Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.


A main story about the Chamber organization itself
and how it has adapted during coronavirus.

Features on member businesses

(who has expanded, adapted, or has done something
innovative during the pandemic).

A compilation of photos from around town.

Messages from local leaders.

The Special Pullout will be inserted in the

AD BOOKING DEADLINE: We are also celebrating the business
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Noon on Wednesday, Oct. 21
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Mahopac 13U squad ready to rumble with PV in playoffs

BY SKIP PEARLMAN allowing no hits with eight strikeouts. Start- FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER er Lucas Bilichuk went three innings and al-
lowed one hit with eight strikeouts. Tyler DeBrocky and the 13U Indians open their playoffs Friday vs. Putnam Valley.
e Mahopac 13U fall baseball team is
set to open fall postseason play Friday night Feierstein liked what he saw. “Both of
with a rst-round home game against No. them, if they pitch like that in the playo s,
15 Putnam Valley. Action is set to get un- there’s no stopping us,” the coach said of the
derway at 5:30 the Crane Road elds. pair.“Both of them pitched very well.”

e Indians drew the No. 2 seed out of Carmel was up 1-0, until Bilichuk
37 teams in the championship gold bracket. knocked in a run in the fth inning to tie
the game. One inning later,Tyler DeBrocky
Mahopac (10-4) has been playing well as connected on a two-run single to put Ma-
of late, and topped Carmel, 3-1, last Friday hopac ahead for good.
at Crane Road. e team has won 10 of its
last 12 games, after starting the season 0-2. “Bilichuk and DeBrocky both came up
with big hits,” the coach said. “We only had
“ e team has been playing very well,
our pitching and defense have been hold- ve total hits between the two teams, so
ing us together and keeping us in games,” those were timely hits.”
said coach Bill Feierstein. “Carmel won the
summer championship,so the kids were very e prior Sunday, Mahopac split a dou-
happy to beat Carmel,which also happens to bleheader with the New York Silverbacks,
be coached by Mahopac‘s new athletic direc- losing game one, 9-3, before winning the
tor, Steve Luciana.” nightcap, 10-3.

In the win over Carmel, Mike Behler Feierstein feels good about his team’s
picked up the victory for the Indians on the chances in the playo s. “We have a deep
mound, pitching four innings in relief and pitching sta , so we’re kind of built for it,”he
said. “We could have four games in 10 days,
so I feel good about that with our pitching.”


BASKETBALL Lucas Bilichuk

O’Boyle commits to Tufts

Mahopac senior Caitlyn O’Boyle will continue her basketball career
at Tufts University, a Division III school in Massachusetts, she an-
nounced on social media.

“Very happy and excited to announce my commitment to the admis-
sions process to play basketball at Tufts University!” O’Boyle wrote. “A
huge thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way!”

As a junior captain, the center earned All-Section and All-League
honors for the rst time while averaging 11 points and 12 rebounds per
game. Mahopac went 15–7 and reach the playo quarter nals.

Caitlyn O’Boyle backs down a Yorktown defender.



Visiting spectators banned from fall sports

Home teams can allow two guests per player

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER In recent years, many school vidual streaming at some schools, ers” who are trained and hired by their computer. e game pro-
districts in the area have contract- meaning it has the ability to LocalLive, Devaney explained. ducers are paid per game and

ed the services of LocalLive, a broadcast speci c home games at ey can be anywhere in the their skills are rated by Local-

Only home spectators will be Connecticut-based company that non-partner schools. country and operate the PTZ Live. e better the rating, the

allowed at high school athletic allows friends, family members Cameras are installed and con- (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras by con- more jobs and high-pro le games

contests throughout the region and fanatics to watch their favor- trolled remotely by “game produc- necting an Xbox controller to they get.

this fall, Section One declared last ite varsity sports teams from the

week. comfort of their own home.

Two spectators per home athlete e free service is also being IS YOUR SON
will be allowed. Crowdgoers, much used to broadcast concerts and
like the athletes and coaches, will other special events, like gradua-
be required to distance when pos- tions.

sible and wear masks. School dis- Districts have contracted Lo- IONA PREPARED?
tricts may elect to be more restric- calLive to install high-de nition
tive than the state’s Department of cameras in their auditoriums, at

Health guidelines. Schools are also their elds, and in their gyms. e INVEST. INSPIRE. IGNITE.
being encouraged to o er health cameras are controlled remotely.

screenings for spectators and have ere are other bene ts for

them provide contact information players and coaches. All broad-

for tracing purposes. casted games will be archived on

“If deemed necessary, school LocalLive’s website, making it

districts may choose to be more re- easier to review game footage. It

strictive and place additional limi- also allows players to make high-

tations on the number of spectators light reels for use in recruiting.

at their athletic events,” wrote the Neighboring districts, such as

Section One Executive Commit- Bronxville, Briarcli , Fox Lane,

tee in a letter to school districts. John Jay (Cross River), and

“In addition, the host district has Somers, have contracted Local-

the ability to restrict any spectator Live to broadcast their homes

from being in attendance who does games, meaning certain North

not comply with the guidelines Salem road games will be avail-

set forth by the [Department of able online.

Health], [New York State Public Kevin Devaney Jr., vice presi-

High School Athletic Associa- dent of digital content for Lo- Maximizing Instruction. Minimizing Risk.
tion], the local health department calLive, said the company was

and/or host district.” founded in spring of 2017 by Nel-

e Section One Executive son Santos, who is also CEO. SAFE. Our PK-4 - Grade 8 Lower School is 100% in-seat thanks to ample space
Committee is scheduled to meet LocalLive has grown from 10 on our 11-acre, suburban campus, while our 9-12 Upper School is up to 50%
again on Tuesday, Oct. 26, to dis- in-seat on a 5-day cycle.
cuss the topic of o -season work- schools in 2017 to nearly 100 in
2020, said Devaney, a former re-

outs. porter for the Journal News and SEAMLESS. Prekindergarten through Grade 12, our Gaels don’t miss a beat
MSG Varsity. using Google Classroom and Meet for the all-important live instruction that
LocalLive maximizes learning.
LocalLive has contracts with
schools in more than 15 states,

With family and friends barred Devaney added, with the larg- SYNCHRONOUS. Our highly credentialed and capable faculty teach on two
from watching road games, the est focus in southern New York, planes simultaneously, so your son receives the exact same instruction whether he
services of livestreaming compa- northern New Jersey and Fair eld is in-seat or virtual.
nies are perhaps more relevant than County (Connecticut). is fall,

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Mahopac 14U hitting its stride at the right time

BY SKIP PEARLMAN “I feel pretty good about go- team is battle tested.” each went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Chris Sapienza and Bally com-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ing into the playo s,” Nystrom On Sunday (Oct. 11), Mahopac “ at was a really nice team ef- bined on a no-hitter to lead the
told Mahopac News this week. ‘Pac. Sapienza started the game
After winning seven of their “We opened the season at 1-5, topped the Patterson Pirates, 14- fort,”Nystrom said.“ e guys were and went six innings without al-
nal nine games, the Mahopac In- our worst start ever in six or seven 3, in a game played at the Crane hitting really well in that game,and lowing a hit, striking out 14. Bally
dians 14U fall ball team is headed years. Since then, we’ve gone 7-2, Road elds. have hit well during the win streak. pitched the nal frame and struck
for a rst-round playo matchup and I was very happy with the way And all three of our pitchers also out two.
this weekend with the Hastings the boys rebounded. ey started Quentin Bally started for the In- looked good, they were throwing
Yellowjackets. to hold each other accountable dians and picked up the win, going strikes.” “ at was a great performance
and turned it around. We won the three innings. Nevin Nystrom and by Chris, and Bally closed it out.”
e No. 12 Indians nished 8-7, 12U title two years ago, and a 13U Andrew Salumn each went one in- e prior ursday (Oct. 8), Nystrom said. “ e whole team
and closed the season playing solid fall championship last fall. So, this ning in relief. Mahopac beat visiting Putnam played well in that game.”
baseball, said coach Reid Nystrom. Valley, 9-1, also at Crane Road.
Nystrom and Tyler Castrataro

Chris Sapienza went 6 innings with 14 strikeouts in a combined no- Quentin Bally Tyler Castrataro FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN
hitter on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Indians 16U fall ballers ready to roll into playoffs

BY SKIP PEARLMAN 10-2, behind the strong pitching
CONTRIBUTING WRITER of Matt Bilichuk, who went six

innings and allowed two runs in

Mahopac’s 16U fall ball team his season debut.

drew the No. 3 seed (out of 17 “ at was Bilichuk’s rst pitch-

teams) and was set to open the ing performance of the season,”

playo s Friday night with an 8 Mante said. “He was phenom-

p.m. home game at Crane Road. enal, really outstanding. He’s our

e winner moves onto the regular catcher, and he asked to

quarter nals, set for Sunday or pitch, so I let him. I think some

Monday. pitching could be in his future.”

After a recent four-game los- Anthony Mante had a monster

ing streak, the Indians came back day at the plate, hitting a grand

to win their next four games and slam and collecting a career-best FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN Matt Bilichuk and the 16U Indians open the fall
playoffs this weekend.
close out their regular fall season eight RBI. Steven Perrone also Ricky Tardio

at 8-5. went 2-for-2 at the plate.

Coach Paul Mante said he likes “Anthony has been one of our

the way his team has been click- solid hitters, and that was an

ing heading into the fall post- amazing performance,” the coach

season. said of Mante’s career night. “He

“With our team, when they hit the ball hard in all three at-

show up and play baseball, they bats.”

can pretty much beat anyone,” e prior Tuesday, the team

Mante said. “We’ve been hitting handed Shrub Oak a 14-10 loss,

well, our pitching and defense also on the road.

have been doing well, and if we Perrone picked up the win on

do all of those we’ll be in good the mound, going three innings

shape. is is a young team, and and allowing two runs.

even with COVID, a lack of prac- Ricky Tardio drove in two runs

tice, etc., between the summer for the Indians and went 2-for-3

and the fall, I think they’ve done at the plate. Robert Tissier had an

really well.” RBI and scored twice, and Bili- Anthony Mante

Last Saturday, the team beat chuk went 2-for-3 with an RBI

Mount Pleasant on the road, and two runs scored.


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LEGALS Avoid nancial mistakes during retirement

FROM PAGE 30 When you retire, you’ve GUEST at age 70.) Of course, if you need
learned a lot about CORNER the money at 62, you may have to
156-15 seeking permission to have legalized the previously all sorts of things, take it, but if you believe you have
constructed 12,012 SF storage building 5’into the rear yard setback of helping you avoid some of the longevity working in your favor,
the subject property. e property is located at 113 Stillwater Road,
Mahopac, NY and is known as Tax Map #86.5-1-25. mistakes you made earlier in TOM and you can a ord to wait, you
life. However, you may still be CASEY may be better o by delaying So-
• Code Requires/Allows: Commercial Rear Yard: 30’; Provided: susceptible to nancial mis- cial Security as long as possible.)
25’; Variance Required: 5’ rear yard variance
steps speci cally related to your • Don’t invest too conserva-
2. Application of LAURA RUDOVIC for a Variation of Section retirement years. How can you tively. Once you’re retired, you

156-15 seeking permission to convert existing building to Bridal dodge these errors? might think that you should
Shop. e property is located at 1707 Route 6, Carmel NY and is
known as Tax Map #55.6-1-12. Consider these suggestions: take as few chances as possible with your invest-

3. Application of MICHAEL CONTE for a Variation of Section • Manage your withdrawal rate carefully. You ments – after all, you simply have less time for
156-15 & 280A seeking permission to reconstruct new dwelling on
footprint of existing dwelling and 280A for no frontage. e property will likely need to tap into your retirement ac- them to bounce back from a downturn than you
is located at 82 West Lake Blvd., Mahopac NY and is known as Tax
Map #75.7-3-17. counts—your IRA and 401(k) or similar employer- did during your working years. Nonetheless, it’s

• Code Requires/Allows: Front Yard 25’; Provided: 82’; Variance sponsored plan. But you should establish an annual important to own a reasonable percentage of
Required: --
withdrawal rate that’s appropriate for your situation. growth-oriented investments to help keep you
• Code Requires/Allows: Side Yards 15’; Provided: 1’& 7’; Variance
Required: 14’ & 8’ By withdrawing too much each year, especially in ahead of in ation. Even at a low rate, which

• Code Requires/Allows: Rear 20’; Provided: 13’; Variance the early years of your retirement, you risk outliv- we’ve experience recently, in ation can erode your
Required: 7’
ing your resources. You may want to consult with a purchasing power over time.
• Code Requires/Allows: Frontage 100’; Provided: 0’; Variance
Required: 280A Variance nancial professional to determine the withdrawal • Don’t be more generous than you can a ord.

MISCELLANEOUS: amount that’s right for you. (Keep in mind, though, If you have grown children who need nancial
• August 27, 2020 that once you turn 72, you will be required to take help, or grandchildren heading to college some-
• September 24, 2020
out at least a certain amount each year – based on day, you’d no doubt like to do whatever you can
All persons in attendance of the ZBA Meetings MUST adhere your age and account balance – from your tradi- to provide assistance. However, the hard truth

to the CDC guidelines for social distancing while in the meeting tional IRA and 401(k) or similar plan.) is they simply have more time than you do to
rooms. e wearing of face coverings are required if maintaining
the 6 ft. social distancing cannot be achieved; no exceptions!! No • Don’t underestimate healthcare costs. Once nd workable nancial solutions, whereas if you
more than 50 people will be permitted in the meeting room during
the ZBA meetings. you turn 65, you will be eligible for Medicare, deplete your funds through your generosity, you

By Order of the Chairman, but you may still need a Medicare supplement could put yourself in a precarious position. So, be
John Maxwell
plan and will probably also incur other expenses. as giving as you can a ord but don’t go beyond

In fact, A healthy 65-year-old couple who that. By preserving your nancial independence,

retired in 2019 will need nearly $390,000 over you’ll end up bene ting your family, as well.

their remaining years just to pay for healthcare, Retirement can be a wonderful time of your

according to HealthView Services, which pro- life, and you may enjoy it more by doing what

duces healthcare cost projection software. Other you can to avoid costly nancial mistakes.

estimates show di erent amounts, but they all

amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, is article was written by Edward Jones for use by

when calculating your expenses during your re- your local Edward Jones nancial advisor (member

tirement years, reserve a big space for health care. SIPC).Tom Casey, is a licensed securities adviser

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you reach age 62, but your payments will generally Edward Jones, its employees, and nancial advisors

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retirement age, which will probably be between 66 advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney

and 67. ( e size of your payments will “max out” or quali ed tax advisor regarding your situation.



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