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Yorktown News 06.06.19

Vol. 8 atingVisit for the latest news. Thursday, June 6, 2019

CeleNo.10 The town took ownership of
50 YEARS Turkey Mountain in January 1969.
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER In the 1960s, the Child Service League

EDITOR of Queens used Turkey Mountain’s 125

acres as a summer camp. When that ended,

Run-down. Derelict. Vandalized. the organization looked to sell the property,

ose were the words John Schroeder used potentially to developers. But two home-

last week to describe the condition of Turkey grown volunteer organizations—Save Turkey

Mountain half a century ago, before Yorktown, Mountain Committee and the Open Spaces

supported by a united team of volunteers, pur- Action Committee—put together a proposal

chased the property and rescued it from be- SEE TURKEY MOUNTAIN PAGE 2
coming another victim of development.

“So, here we are 50 years later, com-

memorating the 50th anniversary of

the town of Yorktown’s purchase of

the Turkey Mountain property and

creating the Turkey Mountain Nature

Preserve,” Schroeder, a board member

of the Yorktown Land Trust, said at a

celebration on Saturday, June 1.

John Schroeder, right, presents Nancy
Klotzle with a copy of a plaque that will
hang in Turkey Mountain honoring her

late husband, David. They are joined
by Aaron Bock, of the Yorktown Land
Trust, and Town Supervisor Ilan Gilbert.


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The Staff TURKEY MOUNTAIN battle, the town of Yorktown nally town students. “We’re here today to honor his
took title in January 1969. A trail that Klotzle created spe- contributions to Turkey Mountain
EDITORIAL TEAM FROM PAGE 1 and the nature preserve,” Schro-
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Today, unlike its neglected con- cially for young children has been eder said.
EDITOR: 914-302-5628 for the town to buy the property. dition in the ’60s, the nature pre- renamed David’s Trail and a plaque
[email protected] e town ultimately agreed to serve is “pristine,” Schroeder said, will be installed alongside it. Schroeder, once employed by
thanks to the hard work of volun- the town’s Parks and Recreation
GABRIELLE BILIK cover half of the $60,000 purchase teers, town employees and count- Klotzle died in 2016, but his Department, also mentioned the
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285 price, but only after two residents, less community-service projects. wife, Nancy, was on hand to ac- work of Jane Olsen, once chair of
Sam Ordway and Robert Ridges, Saturday’s ceremony singled out cept the honors, which included the town’s Conservation Advisory
[email protected] each donated $15,000. one of those volunteers, the late proclamations from the town of Committee, who “spearheaded”
David Klotzle, a naturalist who of- Yorktown (presented by Supervi- e orts to revitalize the property
ADVERTISING TEAM But a court ght over whether the ten shared his knowledge, passion sor Ilan Gilbert) and the New York following the town’s purchase.
PAUL FORHAN nonpro t organization could legally and respect for nature with York- State Assembly (presented by As- An outdoor educational center is
914-202-2392 sell the property put the purchase semblyman Kevin Byrne). named in her honor.
on hold. After a drawn-out judicial
[email protected] e Turkey Mountain Nature
LISA KAIN Preserve,Schroeder said,has been a
“centerpiece” of Yorktown for cen-
914-351-2424 turies. e Leatherman, a notori-
[email protected] ous 19th century vagabond of mys-
terious origins, stayed regularly in
CORINNE STANTON Turkey Mountain, Schroeder said.
“People would come here to pic-
[email protected] nic back in the 1800s,”he said.“Be-
JENNIFER CONNELLY lieve it or not, there was access by
914-334-6335 road to the top of the mountain.”

[email protected] e nature preserve, accessible
NANCY SORBELLA from Route 118 at Croton Heights
914-205-4183 Road, has six hiking trails totaling
3.5 miles, maintained by the New
[email protected] York-New Jersey Trail Confer-
BRUCE HELLER ence. Two of the trails—Blue and
914-202-2941 White—reach the mountain’s
831-foot summit.
[email protected]
The Country Florist Yorktown Cleaners Man
PRODUCTION TEAM • & Shoe Repair arrested on
Rita’s Water Ice
PRODUCTION MANAGER • Heights Hospital charges
[email protected] Rendezvous Nail & Day Spa • What started as a routine traf-
• c stop on Wednesday, May 29,
CHRISTINA ROSE Yorktown Health ended with three felony charges
PRODUCTION/DESIGNER Hair Design Center & Wellness Center for a 22-year-old Brooklyn man,
• who was allegedly in possession of
EXECUTIVE TEAM • a skimmer device, a forged driver’s
BRETT FREEMAN Berniker Decorators, Inc. W.S. Jeung’s Tae Kwon Do license,and two forged credit cards.
• A Yorktown police o cer
PUBLISHER: 845-208-8151 • pulled over Christopher W. Al-
[email protected] Besselman & Consentino Curves fred around 9:49 p.m., after he
LLP failed to stay in the right lane, po-
SHELLEY KILCOYNE • • lice said. e skimmer device and
VP OF SALES: Northeast Dental, PLLC forged documents were allegedly
State Farm Insurance discovered during the stop. Palm-
845-621-1116 • • sized skimming devices can cap-
[email protected] Domino’s ture data from magnetic stripes on
Plaza Laundromat the back, say, of ATM cards.
Deadlines • • Alfred was arrested and charged
J & B Family Jewelers with:
YORKTOWN NEWS DEADLINE Yorktown Wine & Liquor • ree counts of second-degree
THE DEADLINE FOR ADVERTISEMENTS • criminal possession of a forged in-
strument, a class D felony;
AND EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS FOR Iconic Lash Lounge • Second-degree unlawful pos-
• session of a skimmer device, a
BEFORE THE NEXT PUBLICATION DATE. Dolce Vita Cafe • Failure to keep to the right, a
tra c infraction; and
FOR MORE INFORMATION, For more information, please contact RGI Properties, Inc., Managing Agents • Expired inspection, a tra c
914-302-5628 OR EMAIL 914-245-6200 Town Justice Sal Lagonia ar-
[email protected] raigned Alfred in Yorktown Jus-
tice Court, setting bail at $5,000.
Subscribe Alfred, who posted the cash bail,
was due back in court on Tuesday,
OR EMAIL [email protected]




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Thursday, June 6, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 3

Circolo da Vinci hands out student scholarships
Joseph Straci named Person of the Year

Circolo da Vinci, a nonpro t Yorktown organi- ber of the Puerto Rican Family Institute.
zation that promotes Italian-American heritage, Straci was also a charter member and
awarded scholarships ursday, May 8, to 10 area
high school seniors. president of Circolo da Vinci, for which he
orchestrated many fundraisers.
e 37th annual scholarship dinner was held at
Vittoria’Z On e Lake in Je erson Valley. Straci currently lives in Croton-on-Hud-
son with his wife, Carol.
is year’s scholarship award recipients were:
Roger Cirone (Yorktown High School); Michael Joseph Staci, honoree
Gajdoski (Lakeland High School); Daniela Patrino (center), receives a
(Lakeland High School); Emily DeRos (Yorktown Westchester County
High School); omas Megna ( John Jay High proclamation from
School); Olivia Frantzeskos ( John F. Kennedy
Catholic High School); Jenna Vitale (Mahopac legislators, John Testa and
High School); Dante Esposito (Yorktown High Michael Kaplowitz
School); Christina Ruvo (Yorktown High School);
and Michael Ruvo (Yorktown High School). William La Scala is honored by Circolo da
Vinci for his work behind the scenes.
Joseph Straci was named this year’s honoree and
received the Person of the Year Award.

Born in Tunisia to Italian immigrants, Straci
relocated to the United States in 1954 with his
family. In addition to a 50-plus year career at the
Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Straci dedicated
much of his time to community service.

During his tenure as president of the Yorktown
Lions Club, the club helped promote and construct
the gazebo at the Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial
Field. He initiated the town’s Summer Concert
Series as its producer and director, helped install
the Yorktown Lions Club board on the corners of
Route 202 and Route 35, and received the club’s
“Melvin Jones Award.”

As a founding member of the Jack DeVito Foun-
dation, Straci was instrumental in raising funds for
the organization’s mission to “assist those in need
with a primary focus on children and young adults.”
He is also on the board of directors of the South
Bronx Mental Health Council and an active mem-

The Circolo da Vinci scholarship winners with club president Dorothea La Scala, fifth from right PHOTOS COURTESY OF LORETTA LAGONIA

Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, June 6, 2019


Solar panel law moves forward

BY TRUDY WALZ during a review of a draft pro- town’s director of planning. He for no more than 15 years, the vetting for more than a year. e
CONTRIBUTING WRITER posed by Town Attorney Richard began by stating the intent of the state’s tax-emption period. revisions, proposed by members
Abbate. board was to simultaneously pass of Advocates for a Better York-
A law that would govern so- a law authorizing the town to e draft deals separately with town, are designed to strengthen
lar panel installations, large and Abbate discussed some provi- enter into agreements with com- installations in residential and the town’s current tree law, which
small, inched forward last week sions in the draft, the language of mercial applicants which would commercial zones, he said. Ap- was enacted in 2016.
with the input of the Town Board which, he said, was written un- require payment in lieu of taxes plications for installations in resi-
der the eye of John Tegeder, the dential zones would be handled “It is our desire to have a public
by the building inspector, while hearing on both so that we can
W Styl . . . applications for larger arrays, de- make sure we deal with any con-
You’ Smil !
ned as anything that produces ict,” Gilbert said.
brin o efe more than 12 kilowatts per hour, Asked whether Tegeder had
would be directed to the Plan- expressed any concerns regarding
ning Board and would be subject con icts, Linda Miller, a retired
to its site plan requirements, such environmental consultant, a for-
as those for setbacks, tree re- mer member of the Conservation
moval/mitigation and bu ering/ Board, a member of ABY and an
landscape screening. author of the proposed tree law,
said she couldn’t speak for him.
Although the draft also re- However, she said, “A main is-
quires applicants to present plans sue is that the goals and intents
for eventual decommissioning of of the laws are two entirely dif-
the so-called solar farms, it did ferent things. You have a tree law,
not include a bond requirement, which the goal and intent is to
he said, because, “It’s di cult to protect trees and woodlands, and
bond forever.” you have the solar law, the intent
of which is to collect sunshine for
Councilwoman Alice Roker very good environmental reasons,
said she thought the town need- but also economic. And in order
ed some protection, noting expe- to do that, you have to have open
riences with the abandonment of space, which necessitates cutting
cell towers, for example. down trees. So, there’s a con ict
right there, and the Town Board
Town Supervisor Ilan Gilbert has to make a policy decision
also suggested the draft include a about how to weigh those di er-
provision,“because we’re handing ent goals.”
this o to the Planning Board,” Gilbert again stressed the im-
citing the need for it to take into portance of public hearings on
consideration such factors as ero- the proposed laws in its decision-
sion, runo and potential risks making process.
to wildlife habitat, as already re- As for the amended tree law,
quired in the review of any ap- Miller declared, it is “ready.”
plication. “It is in very ne form,” she
said, suggesting all the board
Gilbert noted that the solar needs to do to the nal draft is
law, which was prompted by the press the delete key on question-
emergence of commercial pro- able, italicized passages.
posals, was being considered in
tandem with tree law revisions,
which the board and other town
regulating authorities have been

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Dwight “Doc” Gooden, a former Mets and Yankees pitcher,
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their annual match-up against the Yorktown Police Department.
Gooden will stick around to sign autographs ($30) and take
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ere will also be a DJ, bounce castles and a silent auction.
Money raised at the game will send Yorktown children to
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Thursday, June 6, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 5

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Page 6 – Yorktown News Thursday, June 6, 2019

Ten months and counting
Former supervisor questions long review of ethics complaint

BY TRUDY WALZ sary in moving along a com- day, May 21, “I’m beginning to of the town’s ethics code by rep- have your complaint; we’re

CONTRIBUTING WRITER plaint she led last July with the wonder if we have a functioning resenting a “person or corpora- working on it.’”

Ethics Board. Ethics Board.” tion before any town body”—in “ e absolute silence I nd

A former supervisor appealed “If my complaint is still being In her complaint, Siegel alleges this case, Breslin Realty and the very, very unreasonable,” she

to the Town Board two weeks investigated,” Susan Siegel told that another town supervisor, Planning Board—within a year said.

ago for its help in determining the board during its courtesy of Michael Grace, violated the so- of leaving o ce. Breslin owns the In response, Councilman Ed

whether intervention is neces- the oor at its meeting Tues- called “revolving-door” provision property on which Lowe’s was Lachterman sympathized, say-

“Enjoy your favorite co and great music built and Grace represented it in ing he, too, had led a com-
with tastes of blues, folk, hip-hop, rock, a dispute heard by the Planning plaint—which he did not detail
Board about whether it was re- during the meeting—that took
pop and jazz!” sponsible for connecting neigh- 18 months “before it was an-
boring properties to the sewer swered.” Lachterman had led
line servicing Lowe’s. an ethics complaint against
Councilman Vishnu Patel in
Grace has maintained that his October 2017 alleging that, in
representation in that matter did violation of town code, Patel di-
not constitute a con ict of inter- vulged information to the press
est. that was discussed during an

In a statement Siegel read into

the record, she detailed her ef- executive session of the Town

All Types of Kinds forts to ascertain the complaint’s Board. In March, 17 months
status, and after 10 months, said, after ling the complaint, Lach-
“I have no idea if the Ethics terman told Yorktown News he
Board is still investigating my had not yet received a response

complaint or it’s reached a de- from the Ethics Board.

Benefit Concert for termination and forwarded the But in a phone interview on
recommendations to the Town ursday, May 30, Lachterman

Yorktown Heights Board—because, as you know, said that although he was limit-
Engine Company #1
according to the ethics law, the ed in what he could say, the Eth-

Ethics Board makes a recom- ics Board “has come to a conclu-

mendation to the Town Board sion” regarding what he called

and the Town Board makes the “a very serious breach” by Patel.

nal determination.” He added that he has recused

Regarding her complaint, himself from board discussion

Starbucks Siegel contended, “ is was re- of that conclusion. He said the
ally very straightforward and did Town Board is required to “act
not require an extensive or pro- on it in public,” but it does not
longed investigation—certainly have to disclose the Ethics
not 10 months. In fact, there’s a Board’s conclusion or even act in

1932 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights public record as to what actually support of it.
took place,” further prompting Still, Lachterman defended
her request that the governing the Ethics Board at the meeting,

Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. body meet with the ve-mem- saying its volunteers have “come
ber board in executive session before us; they have needed re-
to weigh its “workload” to see sources.”

whether it is “having any prob- “We have actually had to vote

lems or why it’s taking so long to for it, where they had to have a

deal with this complaint.” legal opinion on a few things,”

She also suggested, because he said. “I believe your case is

the Ethics Board is prohibited one.”

from, per the ethics code, com- Noting that the Ethics Board

municating “directly or indi- meets only once a month and

rectly with any party or other some cases can be “quite time-

persons about any issue of fact consuming,” Lachterman ad-

or law regarding the complaint,” vised Siegel, “I would just say,

that the law be amended to en- ‘Be patient.’ ey’re doing their

able it “just to simply say, ‘We job.”

‘ e absolute silence I nd
very, very unreasonable.’

–Susan Siegel

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 7

Albany’s rent proposals will put
building contractors out of work.

Albany’s rent proposals will make it impossible for many property owners to afford to
maintain and improve their buildings – the majority of which are over 70 years old.
That means thousands of electricians, plumbers and other contractors who work in
these buildings will be out of work. Albany should protect these jobs.

We need Responsible Rent Reforms
that protect tenants and  jobs.

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Page 8 – Yorktown News Thursday, June 6, 2019

Now through June 29th! Historic Yorktown
home demolished

Replica will be built in its place


What’s your A centuries old house on Old Yorktown
Road has been demolished and a near-iden-
IOnTudetondonorios&r FMRONETEH TwoPoInodlsoor tical home will rise in its place, contractor FILE PHOTO/RACHEL ROTHENSTEIN-HENRY
PrSopgorratms s OCWvleaersesk1e5lys5 Mark Franzoso told Yorktown News.
The Adams-Bernstein House, at 3147 Old
Briarcliff Jefferson Valley Franzoso, of Franzoso Contracting (Cro- Yorktown Road, has been demolished.
584 North State Rd 600 Bank Road ton-On-Hudson), purchased the so-called
(914) 250-2134 (914) 250-2750 Adams-Bernstein House from the town a “Bureaucracy,” Franzoso said, was to
half-dozen years ago, intending to restore it blame for the long wait.
offer cannot be combined with any other offer. New memberships only. Must to its former glory.Doing so,however,proved
SuCmammperWoWmAoerrnke’soauOtnly*This not to be both too di cult and too expensive. e single-family home will be sold at
have market rate. Franzoso once considered put-
been a Club Fit member in the last 60 days to qualify for this promotion. Enrollment fee applies. After rst restoring a barn on the prop- ting it on the market as an a ordable house,
Contact us to find out more about your options to join. This offer ends 6/29/19. erty, Franzoso’s team made its way inside the he said, but it no longer made scal sense.
house.To make it code-compliant, Franzoso
said, only 10 to 15 percent of the original “It’s going to be a nice home for some-
home could remain. body,”Franzoso said.

Franzoso, who bought the home for e Adams-Bernstein House, named for
$170,000 in October 2012, said he sank its builder and former owners, was built in
about $35,000 into the structure, on top of the 1830s. Nearly three decades ago, Helen
the $70,000-plus he spent on the barn, be- Bernstein bequeathed the home to the town
fore realizing it couldn’t be salvaged. Mem- to preserve as a historic monument for a pe-
bers of the town’s building department “sug- riod of 10 years. e town still owned the
gested I was wasting my money,”he added. property after those 10 years, but the home,
neglected, had begun to deteriorate.
Franzoso reported his unsuccessful resto-
ration to the Town Board in April 2016, tell-
ing the elected o cials at the time,“I feel aw-
ful. I really do.” ree years later, he obtained
building permits for the new structure.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 9

Mohegan Lake woman accused of starving dog

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER thritis,” the SPCA wrote on its again,” one person said.
website. “His ears are so infected As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, 121

he can’t go more than a few sec- Facebook users had raised $3,845

A 44-year-old Mohegan Lake onds without shaking his head to for Boomer.

woman accused of neglecting her try and ease his pain.” People who suspect animal

dog has been charged with ani- e dog’s owner, Michelle Di- cruelty or neglect can call the

mal cruelty, according to a West- Gennaro, has been charged with SPCA of Westchester’s Con -

chester animal-rights organiza- animal cruelty, a Class A misde- dential Animal Cruelty Hotline

tion. meanor under New York’s Agri- (914-941-7797) or their local

Acting on a tip, Yorktown po- culture and Markets Law. police department.

lice last month found an Austra- “We are extremely

lian cattle dog in an “advanced grateful that someone

state of emaciation and dehydra- called to report about

tion due to neglect” at a home Boomer, who must

on Eleanor Drive, the Society have been su ering for

for the Prevention of Cruelty to months,” said Shannon

Animals (SPCA) said. e dog Laukhuf, executive direc-

had been locked in an outdoor tor of the SPCA.

enclosure, allegedly deprived of at telephoned tip

adequate water, food and veteri- prompted the rst po-

nary care for months. lice visit to DiGennaro’s

e SPCA’s Simpson Clinic in home, on May 9. She was

Briarcli Manor provided medi- arrested on May 22, fol-

cal attention for the malnour- lowing a joint investiga- PHOTOS COURTESY OF SPCA

ished dog, which has since been tion by Ernest Lungaro Boomer was underweight by about 20
renamed Boomer. Boomer’s skull, of the SPCA’s Humane pounds, the SPCA said.
ribs, hip, and pelvic bones were all Law Enforcement Unit

“visibly prominent” and his con- and Kristin Macey, the Yorktown

dition was consistent with starva- Police Department’s animal con- YOU’RE INVITED to an Open House

tion, the SPCA said. trol/community service worker.

Severely underweight at just Boomer’s story quickly cap- at Country Willow’s Newest Space
24 pounds, “Boomer can barely tured the hearts of strangers
walk, his nails are severely over- when it was posted to social me-

grown and he su ers from un- dia.

treated luxating patella’s and ar- “I hope he is never hungry



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Page 10 – Yorktown News Thursday, June 6, 2019

What does the Zoning Board do? On Stage:
McMurphy rules
If you’re reading this, chances are EDITOR putting it somewhere else? Or, if we in ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’
you’re familiar with the Town grant it, will it have any detriment to
Board and its often headline- BRIAN the community? Is it going change In the 92 years of BRUCE
grabbing actions. But did you know MARSCHHAUSER the character of the area?” Academy Awards, THE BLOG
about the town’s nearly two-dozen there are but three
other boards and committees? “You have to come to the Zoning e concerns of the neighborhood, lms that have walked BRUCE
Board to get it basically overruled,” Fine said, are always considered. away with all ve ma- APAR
You might not see them at any rib- Fine said.
bon cuttings, but the town relies on “A lot of times what we’ll try and jor Oscars. “One Flew
these hundreds of volunteers, many Essentially, the board is authorizing do if there are problems with people Over the Cuckoo’s
of whom spend long nights and property owners to do something that in the neighborhood complaining
weekends reviewing issues of signage, is prohibited by town code. Fine said about something is we’ll try and get Nest” is among that
zoning, parks, trees, tra c, ethics and this often causes a lot of confusion and them together, say can you guys try
more. frustration among neighbors. and come up with something that ev- elite group.
erybody could live with before we’re
Most of these committees are advi- “One of the biggest misconcep- forced to rule on it,” he said. “So, e stage version
sory in nature, meaning their mem- tions we get is usually people coming if you could come up with a com-
bers review issues and share their to complain about a neighbor’s appli- promise that makes your neighbors of “Cuckoo’s Nest,”
expertise with the decision-makers. cation,” he said. “A lot of people don’t happy, we’d rather see that than us do
However, some of these boards are understand why if it’s what they call a ruling that someone’s not going to by Dale Wasserman (he also wrote “Man of La Man-
tasked with making important deci- ‘illegal,’ why are we saying they can like.”
sions on behalf of the town. do it. It’s because it’s our job. It’s why cha”), is at Ridge eld eater Barn in Connecticut now
we exist; to overrule the zoning code In addition to variances, the Zon-
For example, nearly all new devel- when we deem it appropriate.” ing Board also issues certain special- through June 22. It is directed by Kevin Sosbe.Ticket
opments, such as Lowe’s, must come use permits.
before the Planning Board. If plans If not for the Zoning Board, Fine information: Ridge eld e stage play
for these new developments deviate said, “Everybody in the town is “If you need a special-use permit
from what’s allowed under the town stuck with the black-letter law of the for an accessory apartment, that was rst produced in the 1960s, starring Kirk Douglas,
code, the applicant must then go building code. You can’t vary from comes before us,” Fine said. “If you
before the Zoning Board of Appeals, it. So, a lot of times there are things want to store a commercial vehicle on and Broadway productions of it since have won awards.
which has the authority to grant vari- you want to do with your property the property or residential property,
ances for things like parking spaces. that you don’t see a problem with and that comes before us. If you want to e 1975 screen adaptation of Ken Kesey’s ac-
most people wouldn’t see a problem house chickens on your property, that
Over the next several months, we’ll with but for the fact that it violates comes before us.” claimed novel was honored for Best Picture (produced
try and speak with as many of these something in the zoning code.”
volunteers as possible to highlight Fine said he understands why his by Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz), Actor ( Jack
their board and the purpose it serves, ere are two types of variances— board rarely makes the headlines.
so you have a better understanding of use variances and area variances. Use Nicholson), Actress (Louise Fletcher), Director (Mi-
how your government works. variances, Fine explained, are when “We don’t have as sexy of topics as
a property owner wants to use his or [the Town Board],” he said. “People los Forman), and Writing (Bo Goldman, Laurence
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS her property in a way that deviates don’t tune in to see how high your
is week, we spoke with Gordon from local zoning standards. A land fence is.” Hauben). at clean sweep is the very rare quintuple
variance, on the other hand, might
Fine, chair of the Zoning Board of be required if a shed or garage is too When asked if he nds volunteer- crown of Oscar immortality.
Appeals. Fine, a lawyer with o ces close to the property line. ing on the board rewarding, Fine
in Yorktown, has served on the board said, “I’ve been doing it for 24 years. It takes an admirably adventurous local theater
since 1995 and has been its chair “ ere are ve factors we have to It’s not for the pension, that’s for
since 2007. consider” before granting a variance, sure.” company to produce a homegrown version of a
Fine said. “Mainly, can the applicant
In describing the ve-member do what they want to do rst with- e Zoning Board of Appeals beloved lm classic that is rmly lodged in the con-
board’s primary function, Fine said out needing a variance, perhaps by meets once per month, typically on
residents or developers come before the fourth ursday, in Yorktown sciousness of anyone going to see the stage version
the Zoning Board when they dis- Town Hall (363 Underhill Ave.,
agree with the town’s code. It is then Yorktown Heights). Additionally, who also has seen the movie.
the board’s job to decide whether to some applications require the board’s
issue a variance. volunteer members to make site vis- In that regard, Ridge eld eater Barn gets bonus
its. ese visits occur once a month,
usually on a Saturday. points for not being afraid to test its mettle with what

is a very challenging serio-comic piece of theater.

Set in a psychiatric hospital, an ensemble of eight

supporting actors play patients of varying function-

ality who orbit around the new arrival, Randle P.

McMurphy, also known as Mac (played by an exuber-

ant Fred Rueck).

Big Mac’s happily arriving at the mental ward

fresh from a prison farm. His perfectly sane mind has

reasoned that medical housing is a lot more accom-

modating than where he was, not to mention more

conducive to his talent for running roughshod over

everyone and everything. How you gonna keep him

down on the farm after he’s seen, as one patient says,

“psycho-ceramics—the crack pots of humanity.”

As overbearing McMurphy, the bombastic Mr.

Marsh Madness Rueck bursts on stage through double swing doors,

spits out your card and you go to the back of the instantly intimidating and challenging the irregular
People who spend more than 2 minutes at an ATM, regulars of the ward, who are awestruck by his “here I
what are you doing?
am to save the day!” posturing.

I always seem to get stuck in line behind someone While I’m on the topic, has anybody else noticed Except there’s one patient who is singularly un-
who is apparently balancing their checkbook or that the drive-thru ATM at the new Chase Bank on
refinancing their mortgage. Commerce Street is difficult to reach while seated awestruck: Dale Harding (Timothy Huber), a model
New rule: If you can’t complete your transaction in in your car? Unless you park a half-inch from the
less than 3 minutes, the machine automatically curb, you might find yourself hanging out of your of sangfroid, at least on the surface.
car window just to try and insert your card.
As the most stable and erudite of the group, Hard-

ing is their de facto leader. After a brief stando , he

and McMurphy form an alliance.


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went a little deeper. Irish American family. As for my dad,

ere are two newcomers to the po- he loved history: American history,

litical scene, both running for Yorktown Irish history and the history of the labor

Town Board. I was delighted to spend movement from [ James] Larkin in the

some time with one of them recently: Dublin lock-outs to Harry Bridges and,

Patricia Sullivan-Rothberg. toward the end of his life, shared stories

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was like growing up. I took care of my dad when he was

My parents were born in the 1930s in dying and I will never forget the talks

the South Bronx, from Irish immigrant we had as he slowly slipped away. I

families. ey were rst-generation Irish know your dad passed as well. Did he

Catholic and I grew with a strong sense impart any words of wisdom to you as

of my Irish identity and a large part of the end neared?

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MARTORANO passed. He didn’t need to work. me a rm commitment to give people that the town portion of possibilities. For example: a cul-
He said, “You have to make a back. I love this town and I want their tax bill is 17 percent. So, tural arts center and/or a multi
FROM PAGE 11 contribution, no matter how big to give back just as my parents Lanny is working with only a generational place to attend and
or how small.” taught me. I know I can make small portion of our tax revenues. see dance concerts and theater
decline and potential death a di erence. I think the town and lms—similar to the Jacob
of the labor movement in this Something that’s lost on so is headed in the right direction e truth is we have wonderful Burns [in Pleasantville]. We
country worried him. He said, many people is how much we under the leadership of Supervi- departments in the town includ- need to think outside the box
“It was in your lifetime, kiddo, are indebted to our parents for sor Gilbert. He has integrity, he ing highway, police, parks, etc. and, instead of sitting at the altar
we got sick days. at wasn’t so their sel ess dedication to us. cares, and he is getting things of developers, we need to look at
long ago.” done for the town that bene ts e campaign is just begin- other businesses—like a cul-
I get emotional talking about all people of Yorktown. ning. I wish you the best and tural arts center, a farm-to-table
It sounds like your parents my parents because they gave look forward to hearing more distribution center that services
shaped your values at an early me so much, I’m not talking You say that Supervisor of your vision and ideas for our ve farms, a hotel with green
age. about money, or trips or material Gilbert is working hard for the Yorktown ’s future. conference center that utilizes
things; I’m talking about core bene t of all Yorktowners. Can our IBM retirees, and a senior
My parents were humble values, about integrity, which is you give me an example? I am thrilled and honored to center with children’s center.
people, children of immigrants, something my parents told me walk the town and talk to our
and the values they instilled in was so precious and that no one I can give you dozens of wonderful citizens about their ese are long-term goals that
me were about building commu- can ever take it away from you. examples but let’s start with an concerns and the future. ey can we achieve.
nity, being of service and giving Words I never forgot. important one: he is working have spoken to me loud and
back. At the heart of everything on infrastructure (new roofs clear. e future is not strip mall ank you for your time.
was, “What are you doing for e rst time I interviewed at police headquarters). Lanny after strip mall. ey are open to My pleasure.
the collective?” It’s essentially you, it was an important mile- understands what’s involved in and excited by new ideas, new
these values I aim to bring to the stone for you. Do you remember? balancing the budget. Another
Town Board. You see, it’s how example is that he’s working out
I’m wired. We are a product of When you interviewed me it the sewer issues, which are com-
the house we grow up in and my was what would have been my plicated and require diligence.
parents wanted us (myself and parents 60th wedding anniversary, He cares, he’s capable and he
my two sisters) to make a contri- and I think about their life and knows how to collaborate with
bution to this world in whatever what they did and how they did others to get the work done. He
small or large way. My dad used it, with very little money, experi- may not be “ ashy,” but “ ashy”
to say, it’s not how much money ence or knowledge really about doesn’t get things done. at
you make; it’s have you made a life or the world. But they had takes hard work, diligence and
di erence and have you made such depth of character and in- dedication. In all three, he excels.
things better for all? tegrity and respect for themselves
and others. I miss them dearly! I remember when I was on
What did your dad do during the Town Board, the No. 1
his retirement years? Given your roots and values, complaint I heard was the high
why are you running for the level of taxes we all pay.
My dad retired from the Town Board?
trucking industry and drove a It’s important to remind
school bus until a week before he My roots established within

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APAR caught the second performance, dow casement, with arms splayed, PHOTO COURTESY OF PAULETTE LAYTON
I’d like to think their critically looming above the fray, wholly
FROM PAGE 10 dramatic relationship will become catatonic. McMurphy sneaks in girls for a party in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” through
more mutually edgy as the show’s June 22 at Ridgefield Theater Barn (from left) Emma Burke-Covitz, Brianna
In one of the play’s central roles, run progresses.) I found the inert physicality Bowman, Timothy Huber, Tim Trewhella, Roger Dykeman, Fred Rueck, Sam Bass.
Mr. Huber delivers a smoothly performed by Mr. Hankla to be an
modulated, poignant portrayal of In the airless unfunny farm extraordinary exercise in self-con- Harding that he committed him- undoing. It also leads to libera-
a con icted man not sure who or over which dour Nurse Ratched trol and concentration. His silent self voluntarily and can walk out at tion—both literal and gurative—
where he wants to be, and who presides, McMurphy appears to presence throughout is haunting any time on his own, as can others for his comrades, as Randall P.
bides his time hiding from cold foment anarchy. Yet, given the and compelling, a human prop in the ward. Captives, maybe, of McMurphy, smothered lovingly
reality. As both a worthy foil and oppressive circumstances, the only that projects anguish and pain. I their own free will. with a farewell kiss from Chief
sidekick for McMurphy, he is the thing subversive in his intention also was struck by his resemblance Bromden, passes into unlikely but
play’s secondary conscience. Mr. is to restore a sense of dignity and to the actor Christopher Lloyd, McMurphy is incredulous at justi able martyrdom.
Huber’s canny performance is a free will to those he views as the who was in the movie version of that revelation, and he is further
highlight of the show. downtrodden, captives of a rigged “Cuckoo’s Nest.” gobsmacked to be reminded that, Bruce “ e Blog” Apar promotes local
system oblivious to their best unlike them, he is not free to leave businesses, organizations, events
While the subordinate patients interests. As the child-like Cheswick, Ste- on his own; he can be kept in the and people through public relations
submit to their institutionalized phen Zerilli stayed fully connected ward for an indeterminate period, agency APAR PR. He also is an
state, as well as to the ramrod rules Among those captives is to every moment on stage, calibrat- subject to electro-shock treatments actor, a community volunteer, and
enforced robotically by Nurse Chief Bromden (A.M. Bhatt), as ing his reactions with instinctive and worse. (Maybe that prison a contributor to several periodicals.
Ratched (Alicia Dempster), it formidable-looking as a bear but timing and precision, making farm wasn’t so bad after all.) Follow him as Bruce e Blog on
takes cocky Mac, a boiling caul- who purrs rather than roars; he kinetic use of his body and man- social media. Reach him at [email protected]
dron of bravado with no patience doesn’t speak. As the story’s nar- nerisms to lighten the mood when- In the end, an uncontrol- or 914-275-6887.
(or respect) for authority to raise rator, he is heard intermittently in ever appropriate. In the language of lable explosion of anger at Nurse
the stakes. voice-overs. actors, he made great “choices.” Ratched proves McMurphy’s

To prove to his lackeys that his e most a ecting moments A shout-out too goes to
swagger is as much substance as in the play occur between Mc- Brianna Bowman as Cindy Starr,
style, McMurphy wagers them Murphy and the Chief, notably McMurphy’s girlfriend he spirits
that he can bend the intransigent when they embrace at one point, into the ward. Her giddy energy
Nurse Ratched to his iron will. and at the emotionally-charged was fun to watch, and totally in
end of play. As Chief, A.M. Bhatt tune with her character.
With McMurphy the center of beautifully conveys vulnerability,
gravity, it’s up to Nurse Ratched to regret, and a quiet pride born of In the second act, which plays
give as good as she gets, creat- ancestral pedigree. ( e sound on stronger than the rst, McMurphy
ing the tension that de nes their his recorded voiceovers could be a arranges a wild party for his pals
fraught relationship. Facing nomi- tad clearer.) – girls, pills, booze included. He
nal pushback, Mr. Rueck breathes exposes young Billy Bibbit (Sam
Another performance I found Bass), a lost boy browbeaten by his
re like a Dany Targaryen dragon, fascinating was Mark Hankla’s, mother, to his rst sexual encoun-
relishing his center-stage domi- as the lobotomized Ruckly. For ter. Sam Bass is all too convinc-
nance. But it takes two to tangle, long stretches he is on stage in a ing as the tragic gure whose
and it’s pretty much a one-man Jesus-like pose, framed by a win- con dence is as stunted (“I’m not
show when they face o . (Since I tough”) as his speech is stuttered.
We ache for Mr. Bass’s Billy, even
Since 1973 as we applaud the actor’s ne work.

McMurphy puts up a brave and
de ant front as he and the Chief
are subjected to electro-shock
treatment. A bigger shock for
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Cool spots to kick o the summer swim season

Ask me where every pool designed to promote safe swim- DIVERSIONS & WHY I LOVE IT are cabins to rent, camping,
is in the Hudson Val- ming and awareness of the river EXCURSIONS Because while you are on picnicking, hiking, biking, sh-
ley and I’ll be likely to stewardship. is pool is located ing and canoe rentals. e park
tell you. I probably have either on the north shore of the Bea- NANCY the “quintessential” Long includes Bash Bish Falls, just
swam there, taught there, or con Riverfront Park, close to the SORBELLA Island Sound, it seems a bit over the Massachusetts border,
lifeguarded there. It’s no secret, train, DIA: Beacon and the wa- far from the crowds and closer a popular, well-instagrammed
I’m a pool person. When the terfront. e unique concept of don’t-miss treat. Follow it up to nature. We were there with hiking and dipping destination.
outdoor season begins on Me- this pool provides recreation as along Main Street and even family members from multiple
morial Day weekend, however, well as education and is across stay overnight in Beacon this generations, even those who WHY I LOVE IT
I want to be outside, in a pool, from the Newburgh waterfront, summer. didn’t want to swim (what??) Because I love New York!
lake or the ocean. ere is no the home of the Annual New- and they enjoyed hiking, bird
shortage of shoreline and hid- burgh to Beacon Hudson River ROCKY NECK STATE PARK watching and taking gor- Because this park, and all
den water holes to explore for Swim. Open to the public from 244 West Main Street (Route geous photos. e surrounding of the Taconic region parks,
a dip or the day. My kids and early July through Labor Day, towns, also, have great food and showcase the state’s beauty
I got started early this year on the non-pro t River Pool is 156), East Lyme, Conn. | shopping but are low key and and biodiversity. Because it
our recent trip to the Bay Area; always free. accessible. is so close and you feel so far
exploring the majestic Paci c away once you get to the falls.
coastline from Crissy Field and WHY I LOVE IT TACONIC STATE PARK, Because Bash Bish Falls are
the Presidio, the Golden Gate Because I grew up on the You’d be hard-pressed to nd COPAKE FALLS AREA the highest single drop falls
National Recreation Area and any part of the Connecticut in Massachusetts. Because
our hands-down favorite, the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry shoreline that isn’t beauti- 253 Route 344, Copake Falls the Park includes part of the
remains of the Sutro Baths. as anyone reading this column ful, and every park and beach | Harlem Valley Rail Trail and
While this set a high bar, I’m knows, and while beautiful, boasts its own unique cachet. is accessible to the Appala-
determined to experience as the pollution at the end of the Still thinking about the Cali- Taconic State Park-Copake chian Trail as well. And lastly,
many of our regional gems as 20th century made accessing fornia coast vibe, I found Rocky Falls Area is a beautiful New because pretty much every-
possible. and enjoying the river prohibi- Neck State Park to be a diverse, York State park, the oldest in thing you can do at the Park is
tive. It was like a tease, sitting textural, and well, rocky state the Taconic region, with year- captured in the “I Love NY”
THE RIVER POOL on the bank, so close, yet so far park. e crescent beach is clean round activities, but you can 1977-1980 radio ad song... just
AT BEACON from being able to experience and free of rocks, fortunately, only swim there in the summer. ask me, I know all the words.
it. Because after all the years of but the quintessential Long Straddling the borders of Con-
Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront clean up, to see the fruits of the Island Sound shore has stun- necticut and Massachusetts
Park, Beacon | labor of the Riverkeeper, the ning jetties and peninsulas that Taconic Mountain
Seegers and so many countless look like a cross between the Range, the ter-
Perhaps one of the coolest volunteers and advocates result Maine and Paci c coasts. e rain is diverse,
hidden gems on the Hudson in intimate, innovative access, swimming is idyllic and there with rich
River, e River Pool at Beacon I couldn’t be happier. is is a is also picnicking, camping, seasonal foli-
is a partially submerged pool hiking, shing and crabbing and age and views.
plenty of waterfowl watching. Copake Falls,
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John J. McDermott in 1981, John is survived by his dent of Su ern, New York. John in his role as grandfather, tak-
13 grandchildren and four great served as Second Class Petty ing his grandchildren and great
John J. McDermott, 87, died grandchildren. John is prede- O cer on a Destroyer Tender, grandchildren for ice cream or to
on May 10 at his home sur- ceased by his granddaughter, USS Arcadia AD-23 from 1952 the park for a ride on the swing.
rounded by love. John leaves be- Stephanie, and his grandson, to 1955. After serving in the John will be missed by many but
hind his wife, eresa (nee Cole- Anthony. Born in County Gal- Navy, John had the opportunity will live on in his family and
man) of 64 years with whom he way, Ireland, in 1932 to John to hone his skills as a draftsman their special memories. In lieu
shared a full and happy life. He and Kathleen McDermott (nee and had a successful career de- of owers, the family is request-
was loved deeply by his daugh- Killilea), John was raised in the signing critical parts of the space ing that donations be made in
ters, Ann Brennan ( Joseph), Bronx as the oldest of three shuttle. John excelled at Auto- his name to Operation Smile,
Mary Fette (Gerald), Patri- children, including Mary and Cad and taught for many years American Heart Association or
cia McDermott and Kathleen Bridget. e Bronx remained after retirement. John’s great- United Hospice of Rockland.
Freeburn (Kevin), and his son, his home where he and eresa est success was his family. He

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OBITUARIES A wake was held at the York- Allison, Nicholas and Michael,
town Funeral Home. brothers: Michael, Frank and

Bank, Dollar Dry Dock Savings Andrea C. Muccioli Richard Giangrande and two
sisters Wendy Giangrande and

Bank and Emigrant Savings Angela Gallant. Andrea is pre-

Bank, from which he retired in deceased by her husband, Vin-

2009. His time in the military cent Sr., and her son, Vincent Jr.

and banking industry left him Bess Millson
with many fond memories of

colleagues and dear friends.

He loved the Yankees; Laval- It is with profound sadness

lete, N.J.; cruising to the Carib- that we announce the death of

bean; and enjoying sunsets with Elizabeth “Bess” Millson on

a Manhattan on the deck. His May 23. She was 48.

greatest achievement was being Bess, born on Nov. 4, 1970,

a true family man and sharing was the beloved daughter of Da-

his love for life with his wife, Some of his favorite pastimes vid F. and Patricia Lively-Mill- store, ReSouled by Bess. She

children, and grandchildren. included astronomy, cars and old son. She leaves her brother Da- went on to ful ll her passion for

Visitation was held at York- movies. An adventure enthusi- vid F. Jr., sister-in-law, Kerri, and antiques through estate sales.

town Funeral Home in Shrub ast, he loved to take long Sunday niece, Khloe. She was the loving Bess wanted to help oth-

Oak. A Mass of Christian burial drives and road trips, stopping to mother of Isabella and Priscilla ers, ultimately she was able to

was held 11:15 a.m. ursday, see the beautiful sights in the area Andrea C. Muccioli, of Yor- Fonte and her cherished chihua- give the gift of life to multiple

June 6, at St. Elizabeth Ann Se- as well as all the national parks ktown Heights, passed away on hua, Piglet. people through Live On. She is

ton Church in Shrub Oak. across the USA. Together with May 27. She was 75. Bess attended Putnam Val- survived by her parents, brother,

William Horgan his late wife, Rosemarie Horgan Andrea was born on April ley Schools and graduated from sister-in-law, niece and two
(nee Ramdeen), they owned and 6, 1944, in Worchester, Mass., Lakeland High School. Follow- daughters. Isabella and Priscilla

operated the computer repair to Armondo and Virginia ing high school, she attended were the “lights” of her life and

William (Bill) Horgan passed business, Future X Computers, Giangrande. On Dec. 11, 1976, Westchester Community Col- she beamed when talking about

away on Tuesday morning, May for 15-plus years, serving the lo- Andrea married Vincent Muc- lege then e Fashion Institute them. Bess was charismatic, elo-

28, in his home, asleep in his cal community. Prior to Future X cioli. She is survived by her of Technology, where she stud- quent, and graceful. Her great

bed, after a ve-year battle with Computers, Bill was one of the loving sons: Anthony Muc- ied virtual merchandising. Bess wit and charm were immeasur-

heart disease. He was 65. top sales agents at the New York cioli (Nanette), Mario Muccioli worked at NYU Medical Center able. Her sparkling eyes, golden

Born the son of William P. Phone Company, NYNEX, for (Kimberly), and John Muccioli as the surgical bed board coordi- curls, and smile that could light

Horgan and Dolores Horgan 15-plus years. (Margaret). She is also survived nator before becoming the prac- up a room will be missed by all

(nee Hanley), Bill was a York- Bill is survived by his daugh- by nine cherished grandchil- tice manager for an otolaryngol- who knew her.

town Heights resident for close ters: Lauren Horgan and Adri- dren: eresa, Vincent C., Ali- ogist. She relocated “home” and Please do something kind-

to 50 years. enne Horgan. cia, Nick, Amanda, Matthew, opened an antique and vintage hearted in memory of Bess.

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Students make donations

Our Montessori School in Yorktown and Carmel, a private school serving children ages 18 months
through sixth grade, recently participated in the Community Center of Northern Westchester’s Moms
for Moms Baby Drive.

Students and teachers lled up numerous boxes with diapers, wipes, baby food, toddler meals, and for-
mula. e purpose of the drive is to raise awareness about of the needs in the community. It is an annual
drive held in the spring to coincide with Mother’s Day.

e Community Center of Northern Westchester is headquartered in Katonah and has been helping
neighbors for the past 25 years.

Moms for Moms representative, Susan Bretti, helps cousins
Miles Pipchinski (Yorktown) and Austin Orme (Chappaqua) in
the Stepping Stones class get their donations into the box.

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How to study for nals

STRONG each exam on the calendar. From in one place, one notebook, one must rst accomplish in order else, you’re more likely to succeed
LEARNING that number, deduct the number folder, one section of a le folder. to achieve your long-term goal. at getting your studying done.
of days you will not be able to Organize them into topics and Refer to them regularly, but
DR. LINDA study. For example, every Sun- the topics into smaller chunks especially when you nd yourself Dr. Linda
SILBERT day is booked up with sports or of three to ve pieces of mate- slipping. Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
other activities, or June 5 is your rial you need to learn. en learn Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids,”
Dear Dr. Linda, recital, or June 9 is your cousin’s each small chunk of material Inclined to procrastinate? If and director of Strong Learning
Is it too early to start to study wedding. Don’t study then. It’s each day. In addition, review the you always nd something else to Tutoring and SAT/ACT Test Prep.
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minute and it made the last few while you play ball or dance at the You need to practice everything tion. By working with someone
weeks in June a nightmare! I just wedding. You can relax and have you’re learning over and over PHOTO: METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION
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Any advice? ahead. No less will you ruin a your long-term memory. As that
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It’s never too early! In fact, longer to learn the material. or all of what I call the three
students who start preparing for “tions”—disorganization, lack of
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nals weeks ahead have an ad- estimate of the number of days some advice to help you succeed.
vantage. Even though that’s hard you have until your tests, put the
for most teenagers to understand, number next to the test on your Disorganized? If so, write
it makes sense. Share the follow- calendar. Ex: English, 40 days; everything down that you need
ing with your son. Math, 38 days, etc. to do. at means everything.

To prepare for nal exams do • Next, talk to your teachers en, next to each “to do” item,
the following: to nd out if they, or any other write the day and approximate
teachers, are having review ses- time you’ll do it. is will get that
• Place the name of each exam sions. Mark the dates on your overwhelmed feeling out of your
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Seeing how the gelato is made…

Yorktown’s newest café, Dolce Vita, took Girl Scouts from Troop 2704 on a behind-the-scenes tour Friday, May 24.
Arta Daberdaku and Anduela Prela, owners of Dolce Vita, also spoke to the girls about running a business.
Afterward, the Girl Scouts were treated to gelato. Dolce Vita, located at 1877 Commerce St., also sells co ee and other drinks and desserts.

Girl Scout Troop 2704 tours Dolce Vita café on Friday, May 24.


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10 am to 1:30 pm BOCES students
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Last month, students from the Putnam-Northern
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Among the 63 students inducted were four from
Lakeland and three from Yorktown.

Lakeland: Gina Astudillo (Computer Graphics);
Amanda Carbonaro (Cosmetology); Alexander Shattan
(Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning); and Jaylee
Morales (Veterinary Science)

Yorktown: Samantha Corado (Computer Graphics);
Melissa Ferro and Arianna Tolosi (Cosmetology)

Area students earn
academic honors at
the Harvey School

e Harvey Middle School in Katonah has announced
the names of the area residents who have earned academic
honors for the rst marking period of the spring term.

Yorktown Heights residents Eli Birch, grade 8, and
Alexa Williams, grade 7, have earned places on the school’s
Head’s List with grade-point averages of at least 3.7.

e Harvey School is an independent coeducational
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Thursday, June 6, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 25


Shane Dahlke Shane Dahlke scoops up a loose ball.

Senior captain committed to play at Marist PHOTO: DEENA BELL

Shane Dahlke was a senior captain for the going to Bliss. Bliss is a ritual where the in college? If yes, what are you planning before or after a game?
Yorktown boys lacrosse squad that made entire team goes to a restaurant in Ma- on studying and why? I’ve always hated eating a lot of food
it to the Section 1 Class B championship hopac. We’re close with the owner now
game. He played attack from his freshman from going for so many years.Personally, I will be a business major. I enjoy learn- before a game so I keep it simple before,
to senior campaigns for the Huskers. Dahlke my only ritual was making sure I put new ing about di erent markets, methods, and but after the game I love to have Maria’s
was named All-Section his senior and junior and fresh tape on my stick. banking systems. (pizza), best slices in town.
years, All-League as a sophomore and All-
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BY MIKE SABINI from them? breakfast/lunch and Maria’s for dinner.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER My favorite professional athlete of all Can’t go wrong with a bacon, egg and
My biggest role model is my uncle time was Steve Nash; my favorite team is cheese sandwich with double hash brown
How old were you when you started Howie, who graduated with my mom the NY Giants. and hot sauce.
playing lacrosse and what got you from Yorktown High School. He has
started? taught me how to be a man on and o What is your favorite music to listen Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?
the eld and has taught me how to react to warming up for a game? Why?
I was in third grade in North Salem to certain people and di erent situations.
playing on the fourth- and fth-grade My favorite music to listen to right Not a huge fan of social media but
team as a third grader. Prior to that my Tell us one thing about yourself that before the game is rap, but a couple hours de nitely Instagram because its where
father played at Bryant University so I not a lot of people know? before I listen to more relaxing music. I follow my friends rather than Twitter
grew up with a stick in my hand. which is just funny tweets.
Not a lot of people know I’m an adren- If you could have one superpower,
What was your favorite thing about aline junky and often times, for example, what would it be and why? For a young athlete growing up in the
being on the lacrosse team at Yorktown? will go cli jumping. Yorktown district, what would you tell
If I could have one superpower it them about the experience of being part
My favorite thing about being on the Do you plan on continuing playing would have to be teleportation because I of the lacrosse team and why should
lacrosse team is the tradition that the baseball in college? Tell us about where could be sitting in the cafeteria in school they go out for the team?
program has and the passion the alumni you are going to school and why you and go to Bora Bora for 15 minutes and
have for it. chose it? come back. Being part of the Yorktown lacrosse
community is something truly special.
What was your favorite team activity I will be attending Marist College and If you could pick one place to visit When you’re wearing a Yorktown la-
or pregame or postgame ritual that you playing lacrosse there. I chose Marist on vacation that you’ve never been to, crosse sweatshirt anywhere in the country,
share with your teammates? What about because of the location, beauty and how where would you go and why? people somehow know somebody from
a personal pregame or postgame ritual? similar it is to Yorktown. that program and I would highly recom-
California or Hawaii because I love mend to just give the sport and commu-
My favorite team ritual is de nitely Do you know what you want to study their culture and geography. nity a try.

What is your favorite food to eat

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Joey Chris Ling is Lakeland
Vetrano quick with baseball goes
the throw back to back
PHOTOS: to stop the
DEENA BELL Hornets make history by beating Nyack
runner from
advancing. BY MIKE SABINI rst Hornet boss to win back-to-

CONTRIBUTING WRITER back sectional baseball crowns,

was very proud of his team.

Lakeland pitcher Evan Berta “I can’t even explain it,” Casey

struck out the last Nyack bat- said. “I am so happy for this

ter in the bottom of the seventh, group. I am in tears right now. It

with a runner on second, to give was a team e ort all-around.”

the Hornets a thrilling 5-4 win Lakeland went up 4-0 after

against the No. 4 Indians at Pace an inning and a half, with one

University on June 2. of those runs coming home on a

e win gave the top-seeded single by Vetrano to left eld in

Hornets’ baseball squad, the No. the second.

1-ranked Class A team in the at single drove in Jace DeI-

state, their second consecutive ulio, who reached on an in eld

Section 1 Class A title. hit and advanced to second on an

It is the rst time Lakeland error.

has won back-to-back sectional For Vetrano, it was his 100th

baseball crowns in their illustri- career hit.

ous history. “It felt great,” Vetrano said. “I

“It was an amazing feeling, it was just trying to get Jace in and

actually took me a moment to get some more runs on the board

even realize he swung,” Berta for our team.”

said. “I was extremely excited for Nyack, though, rallied to score

myself, the team and the seniors. once in the second and three

Just glad I could pitch the full times in the third to tie the game

game. Being a part of the only but Berta, who struck out nine,

Lakeland team to ever win two shut out the Rockland County

(consecutive) section champion- squad after that.

ships is something really special, Berta limited Nyack to just one

and I will cherish it for the rest hit from the fourth inning on.

of my life.” “What Evan Berta did today

Hornet junior captain Joe Ve- was just gutsy. gritty work,”Casey

trano, who was named title game said. “He was unbelievable.”

MVP, said winning back-to-back So was Vetrano (2-4, 2 RBIs,

sectional titles meant a lot. run), who drove in pinch runner

“It’s an incredible feeling and Anthony Zeccola with a base hit

we worked so hard for this,” Ve- to right eld in the sixth that gave

trano said. SEE BASEBALL PAGE 27
Lakeland coach Bill Casey, the

Evan Berta
makes the

catch in

Thursday, June 6, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 27

BASEBALL ball up and I did.”
Rye did tie the game with

two runs in the fourth but Berta

Lakeland a 5-4 lead they wouldn’t slammed the door on them after

relinquish. that.

Zeccola had pinch run for “I had so much con dence in

Zach Lerman, who laced a one- our team, I knew we would come

out double to left eld. back and get more runs,” Berta

“I was just going out there said.

looking for a good pitch to hit,” Lakeland did just that with a

Vetrano said. “Zach Lerman was ve-run sixth.

huge getting that inning started “Before the inning started,

for us.” we told the guys, this is it,” said

Andrew Croce (2-4, double, Cummings, who singled and

run) also produced a two-hit scored in the sixth. “We don’t

game for Lakeland (24-2). want to wait until extra innings,

Nyack forced the winner-take- we want to do it right now.”

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previous day at Pace, with Vetra- single.

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Lakeland falls to Panas in softball finals

Fon makes history, with 40 career HRs, 40 wins

BY MIKE SABINI South Florida but may try out for that

CONTRIBUTING WRITER school’s team in the future.

Bale is already looking forward to next

Entering its Section 1 Class A cham- year but also acknowledged the great sea-

pionship softball game at North Rock- son her squad had this spring.

land High School against sister school “ I think that this loss will be a huge

Walter Panas on June 1, Lakeland was motivating factor for next season,” Bale

22-0, with 2 of those wins coming said. “We came so close to another sec-

against Panas. tion title and want to be able to have that

Unfortunately for the Hornets, third chance again. We won’t forget this game

time was the charm for No. 10 Panas, the but we also won’t forget the great season

Cinderella team of the sectional tourna- we had as a team.”

ment. Claire Fon added four walks and scored

Panas concluded their amazing run twice against Panas.

of upsets throughout the tourney with Fon, who will play at Adelphia Univer-

the biggest one of all, a 7-3 triumph sity next year, made history two days ear-

against the top-seeded Hornets, the No. lier in the Hornets’ 5-3 triumph against

4 ranked Class A team in the state, end- visiting No. 5 Tappan Zee in the semi-

ing Lakeland’s dream season. nals when she became the rst softball

For the Panthers, it was their second player in the New York State Public High

sectional softball title in program history School Athletic Association to reach 40

and their rst since 1983. wins and 40 homers in a career.

Lakeland, which won the Class A sec- “It really means a lot, especially, obvi-

tional crown in 2017, tied the game up ously it’s a sectional game and it’s my se-

1-1 in the rst inning, on a two-out RBI nior year, so going into the sectional nals

single by senior catcher Amber Lopez (2- it really boosts my con dence and makes

3). me feel a lot better,” said Fon, who went

“I felt like I had to do that for my team,” 3-4 with 3 RBIs against Tappan Zee. “All

Lopez said. the hard work I have put in the last few

Panas though scored the next six runs years has really paid o .”

of the game to take a stranglehold on the e 40th homer came in the bottom of

title tilt, going up 7-1. the fth, to dead center eld, a bomb well

Freshman third baseman Stella Bale above the fence, which put the Hornets Stella Bale
slides into
did her best to keep the Hornets in the up 3-0. home.

game with an RBI single in the sixth in- “I was really thinking about the pitcher

ning, cutting Panas’ lead to 7-2 before that came in, she’s a real good pitcher, she

Lakeland added one more run in the nal has a lot of speed so I was thinking of tim-

frame. ing it well,” Fon said. “It was my pitch to

“When I got up to the plate I was hit.”

thinking that I needed to get on,” said Lakeland went up 4-0 later in the fth

Bale, who’s in her second year on varsity. when Bale (2-3, run) knocked in Bernat

“I knew that if I got a single, Selina (Ber- from second base with an RBI single.

nat) would be able to score because of her “ at was pretty big because they

amazing speed. I really wanted to try to put in a second pitcher, she’s really fast,

give the team a chance to come back.” throws really hard and I just thought like

While the loss stung, it couldn’t erase rst pitch, then swung,” Bale said. “It

what was an outstanding season for the went through and I know Selina, she’s

Hornets. really fast, so I knew she would score.”

“ e girls were a lot of fun to play with, Fon allowed six hits striking out one,

we made a great team,” said Lopez, who to earn her milestone victory with Sa-

is taking a year o from softball to rest brina Reichelt (1-2, 2 runs, walk) also

and get her bearings at the University of contributing to the win.

Reichelt is
called safe
at second

Claire Fon


Thursday, June 6, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 29

Boyer and O’Meara named All-Americans

Perrino earns Academic AA honors

Yorktown boys lacrosse players, DEENA BELL

sophomore defender Keith Boyer Keith Boyer

and senior goalie Dan O’Meara, FILE PHOTO
both added to the Huskers’

storied history by being named


“We are very proud of both

Keith and Dan for being selected

by the coaches of Section 1 as

All-Americans,” Yorktown coach

Sean Carney said. “ ey are truly

amazing student-athletes in

every sense of the term. It can be Chris Perrino
considered partially a team award

as well for you must do well as a FILE PHOTO
team during the season to truly BOB CASTNER

garner the attention that these

boys earned. ey play hard and

carry themselves in the right way

on and o the eld.” “To be on a list with so many amazing this season,” Carney said of Boyer. “Sky

Boyer said that it’s an honor to be a part players is a great feeling,” O’Meara said. is the limit for him and his potential. He

of a special group of players. “Obviously our season didn’t end how we plays with an intensity in practice and

“To be in the same group as former All- wanted it to and that still stings, but it feels during games that is tenacious and hard

Americans, especially ones from Yorktown great to receive this and be recognized to match.”

that I grew up watching, means a lot to along with the best the section has to o er, As for O’Meara, Carney said that he

me,” Boyer said. like my fellow teammate Keith Boyer.” stepped up this year to being the best

O’Meara, who will play at Marist Carney said that Boyer is one of the best goalie in the section.

College with Yorktown teammate Shane defensemen for his age in the nation. “His ability to stop the ball with quick

Dahlke next season, said that being named “He was considered by most coaches SEE ALL-AMERICAN PAGE 31

an All-American is a great honor.“ to already be the best player in Section 1

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Rebel boys relay takes
third at state quali er

Andrew BY MIKE SABINI For Yorktown, senior Kenny
Correa of CONTRIBUTING WRITER Howell had a great jump with a
Lakeland/ personal best of 21 feet, 4 inches
Panas clears Yorktown and the Lakeland/ in the long jump, to take second
high jump Panas track and eld teams place on the rst day. Husker
bar. both competed at the Section 1 senior Omar Tabanjeh ran 16.67
Division I state quali er, which seconds to place ninth in the
was held on May 31 at Arlington 110-meter high hurdles and

and June 1 at White Plains. junior Ashley Dobransky earned
ninth place in the shot put with a
throw of 31 feet.

“I couldn’t imagine a better
way for Kenny to nish up
his high school career than by

jumping the farthest that he
ever has on his nal attempt at
his nal meet,” Yorktown coach
Keith Smith said. “I am sure that
he will always remember that.
He jumped 9 inches farther than

his own personal best, which is a
fantastic accomplishment.”

On the second day, sophomore
Keira Flaherty ran a great race
in the 400-meter intermediate
hurdles, nishing in third place.
Her time of 67.55 was not only a
personal record, but she set a new
school record as well.

“Keira has been working very
hard and it was her goal to get the
school record,” Smith said. “She
ran a great race to nish in third

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O’Meara credits his known more for the ‘athlete’

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Grand Opening — Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita, a cafe that serves co ee, gelato, baked goods and more celebrated its grand open-
ing on Saturday, May 18.

e cafe is located in the Underhill Plaza at 1877 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights. It is
owned by Anduela and Marela Prela, who have lived in Yorktown since 2008.

The Yorktown community welcomes Dolce Vita.


LEGALS citizens shall be heard at the A copy of said application is Yorktown Heights, New York at viewed online at http://www.
public hearing to be held as on le in the o ce of the Town 7:30 o’clock PM to consider the y o r k t o w n n y. o r g / t o w n b o a r d /
FROM PAGE 33 aforesaid. Clerk, at the said Town Hall, Stormwater Management/Tree meeting-videos.
where the same may be inspected Permit Application received by
Town of Yorktown, Westchester DIANA L. QUAST, during regular o ce hours or Victor Conte, Conte Homes, All persons in interest and
County, New York on Tuesday, TOWN CLERK on the Town Clerk’s webpage at Inc. for property located at 1550 citizens shall be heard at the
June 18, 2019 at the Town Journeys End Road, Croton- public hearing to be held as
Hall, 363 Underhill Avenue, TOWN OF YORKTOWN under “Pending Projects.” on-Hudson, NY, also known aforesaid.
Yorktown Heights, New York at CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL on the Tax Map of the Town
7:30 o’clock PM to consider the e public hearing may be of Yorktown as Section 69.06, DIANA L. QUAST, TOWN
Wetlands Permit Application CLERK viewed online at http://www. Block 1, Lot 10 for the purpose CLERK
received by Paul and Danielle y o r k t o w n n y. o r g / t o w n b o a r d / of construction of a single family
Kilkenny for property located at PUBLIC NOTICE meeting-videos. residence, driveway, and septic TOWN OF YORKTOWN
39 Somerston Road, also known system. CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL
on the Tax Map of the Town NOTICE IS HERE GIVEN All persons in interest and
of Yorktown as Section 17.11, that a public hearing will be citizens shall be heard at the A copy of said application is CLERK
Block 1, Lot 31 for the purpose convened by the Town Board, public hearing to be held as on le in the o ce of the Town
of the installation of an above- Town of Yorktown, Westchester aforesaid. Clerk, at the said Town Hall, LLC FORMATION NOTICE
ground swimming pool. County, New York on Tuesday, where the same may be inspected
June 18, 2019 at the Town Hall, DIANA L. QUAST, TOWN during regular o ce hours or Lausanne 20A LLC, Arts
A copy of said application is 363 Underhill Avenue,Yorktown CLERK on the Town Clerk’s webpage at of Org. led with Sec. of State
on le in the o ce of the Town Heights,New York at 7:30 o’clock of NY (SSNY) 5/8/2019. Cty:
Clerk, at the said Town Hall, PM to consider the Wetlands/ TOWN OF YORKTOWN under “Pending Projects.” Westchester.SSNY agent
where the same may be inspected Tree Permit Application received CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL upon whom process against may
during regular o ce hours or by Con Edison for the removal e public hearing may be be served & shall mail process to
on the Town Clerk’s webpage at of “danger trees” threatening 345 CLERK 20 Ethelton Rd., White Plains, kV transmission infrastructure WHY DO WE NY 10603. General Purpose.
under “Pending Projects.” for properties known on the Tax PUBLIC NOTICE
Map of the Town of Yorktown as: ADVERTISE
e public hearing may be Section 16.12, Block 1, Lots 15, NOTICE IS HERE GIVEN
viewed online at http://www. 30, & 31; Section 70.14, Block that a public hearing will be
y o r k t o w n n y. o r g / t o w n b o a r d / 1, Lot 6; Section 48.18, Block convened by the Town Board,
meeting-videos. 1, Lot 2; Section 37.05, Bock 1, Town of Yorktown, Westchester
Lots 30 & 34. County, New York on Tuesday,
All persons in interest and June 18, 2019 at the Town
Hall, 363 Underhill Avenue,



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