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Yorktown News 07.02.20

Vol. 9 No. 14 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, July 2, 2020

Chief reacts to calls Regeneron co-founder,
to ‘defund’ police YHS superintendent
Elected o cials throw support behind o cers apologize after grad speech

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER law enforcement professionals who BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR don’t agree, Noble continued, “it may CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
be time to turn in your badge.” He
Calls for police reform have perhaps echoed those sentiments in an inter- Both the keynote speaker and head of the
never been louder than they are now, view with Yorktown News.
ringing out on both Wall Street and Yorktown Central School District have apolo-
Main Street. “We are not Minneapolis,” Noble
said. “We are outraged by the actions gized for a speech delivered to the Yorktown
Falling into the latter category is and inaction of the Minneapolis po-
suburban Yorktown, where police of- lice o cers that resulted in the death High School Class of 2020 during its Gradua-
of George Floyd. We hope that they
cers are known mostly to commu- are held accountable and prosecuted tion for All event on Saturday, June 27.
nity members by name and face rather to the fullest extent possible. I remain
than badge number. ey patronize hopeful that those that are showing During his keynote speech, Dr. George Yan-
small businesses, participate in com- their public outrage know that we are
munity events, and raise families in committed to continue to police with copoulos, co-founder and chief scienti c o -
the northern Westchester community empathy and professionalism.”
of about 37,000 residents. cer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, challenged
Despite the positive vibes and good
Perhaps because of that, the animus intentions, Yorktown is not immune Yorktown High School graduates to “question
directed toward police departments in from calls for reform, including the
larger cities is not being felt with the so-called “defund movement.” Calls everything,” including the “popular narratives”
same intensity on the local level, said to “Defund the Police,” a slogan some
Yorktown’s police chief, Robert Noble. have taken quite literally, generally driving social justice movements.
means to reallocate money away from
“I’m feeling very positive locally, police departments toward non-polic- “I believe Black lives matter,though it should
because we have built trusted relation- ing forms of public safety and com-
ships with our community over the munity support, such as social services. not be a crime to say all lives matter,” Yanco- PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
years, and those relationships are help- poulos said at the second graduation event held
ing all of us get through this di cult “I do not have any fat in my budget by the district. e previous weekend, the grad- Dr. George Yancopoulos, co-founder
time,” Noble said. to support defunding,”Noble said.“At uates received their diplomas while individually and chief scientific officer of Regeneron
this time, our agency needs increased walking across the stage in the high school au- Pharmaceuticals
Noble, in a Facebook post on June funding of departmental training. e
3, was quick to condemn the actions continued policing of our community ditorium for a socially distant ceremony. He continued by saying, “Widespread hate
of the Minneapolis police o cers
who are accused of killing George SEE POLICE PAGE 3 Yancopoulos, a Yorktown Heights resident, and prejudice against all cops is just as wrong
Floyd during an arrest, calling them
“egregious and unacceptable.” For said police are being “scapegoated” for much as hate and prejudice against any ethnic group.”

larger issues behind systemic inequities, citing e graduates and their families, adhering

high rates of deaths of Black people from dia- to social distancing guidelines, were parked in

betes and violence and during childbirth. their cars facing the stage located in the park-

“So, if Black lives matter, what about all of ing lot. At one point during the speech, some-

these Black lives?” Yancopoulos asked rhetori- body laid on their car horn for dozens of sec-

cally. “And what about the systemic inequity onds, prompting Yancopoulos to stop talking.

represented by these unjusti able deaths? Why “Whoever is honking their horn, you want

aren’t these numbers in the headlines or in the to come up to the stage for a second if you have

videos? Does anybody really believe the police SEE SPEECH PAGE 23
are behind these unjusti ed deaths?”


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Astorino will challenge Harckham for state Senate seat

BY CAROL REIF Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 gu- must be heard. Violence, rioting, ‘no’ to Trump and surrogates like to municipalities.”
STAFF WRITER bernatorial elections. In 2017, vandalism, and those seeking un- his close friend Rob Astorino.” He also said he helped provide
after serving two turns as county rest and anarchy, however, should
It’s been no secret that Rob As- executive, he went for a third term be prosecuted to the fullest extent Harckham said he was elected “vital funding to our veterans, se-
torino has been planning to seek but lost to Democratic challenger of the law.” to the state post “because voters niors and first responders.”
public office again. George Latimer. rejected Donald Trump’s divisive
In his statement, the candidate and reckless politics.” As part of the Senate majority,
The former Westchester Coun- The father of three went on also called for an independent he said he helped pass legislation
ty executive and one-time Repub- to work for Cardinal Timothy investigation of nursing home The senator said he was “deeply protecting reproductive health
lican nominee for governor made Dolan’s delegate to the Mother deaths caused by COVID-19, an involved”with relief efforts related care and adult victims of child-
it official Thursday, June 25, when Cabrini Health Foundation, a issue for which his former rival’s to the pandemic, so he planned to hood abuse. He also spoke of the
he announced on YouTube that Catholic philanthropic organiza- administration has been taking a continue to “focus on safeguard- enactment of “common-sense gun
he was challenging Democratic tion that serves the poor. He also lot of flak. ing and helping our residents for safety measures” and the making
Sen. Pete Harckham of South Sa- has been a paid national commen- now.” of voting during elections “easier
lem for his seat in the state Sen- tator for CNN. HARCKHAM and more accessible.”
ate’s 40th District. Harckham, who had no Harckham then listed some of
“New York is in turmoil right his accomplishments during the Harckham, chair of the Sen-
The district includes parts of now, and there’s a critical need Democratic challengers, said he last two years. Those included se- ate’s Committee on Alcoholism
Putnam and Dutchess counties, for firm, measured voices in the welcomed Astorino’s candidacy curing “record-high funding for and Substance Abuse, claimed to
and the towns of Somers, North state Legislature,” he said. “Peace- Thursday, but was confident “that our schools without raising taxes,” have “doubled treatment times,
Salem, Yorktown and Lewisboro ful protesters should be respected. voters will send me back to Alba- passing “critical legislation to pro- reduced costs and eliminated bar-
in Westchester. We should encourage thoughtful ny in November because they are tect our environment” and deliv- riers to life-saving treatment.”
dialogue and all sides of a debate even more ready this year to say ering “over $8 million in state-
Astorino was defeated by Gov. funded infrastructure investments SEE SENATE PAGE 23

POLICE And on Tuesday, June 16, officers arrested a Though the governor’s executive order These types of crimes infrequently hap-
murder suspect out of New York City. is directed more toward unaccredited po- pen in Yorktown, earning it the No. 74 spot

“You don’t know who’s on that phone. lice agencies, Slater said, the town intends on SafeWise’s “Safest Cities in America” list

in an exemplary manner is attributable to the It’s not a picture calling,” Lachterman said. on taking the process of police reform very for 2019. Yorktown had 0.4 violent crimes

character of the police officers who wear the “They make the decision based on doing seriously, as evidenced by their participation per 1,000 people and 5 property crimes per

badge and the opportunity to provide those their job.Our police department is phenom- in anti-racism demonstrations in Yorktown 1,000 people.

police officers with timely and relevant train- enal, and I appreciate the job they do day in Heights on Sunday, June 7 and Shrub Oak Noble credits crime prevention tactics and

ing. As for completely defunding or abolish- and day out.It’s one of the reasons my family on Tuesday, June 16. community policing for his department’s

ing police departments—it’s a preposterous and I stay in Yorktown.” “When we go through this process, and success.The department communicates with

notion.” A movement to paint a blue line on Yor- we’re going to go through this process, it’s the public, often in a light-hearted nature,

In Yorktown, the police department’s ktown’s roads in support of police gained really important I think as leaders for us to through its Facebook page, which has more

$10.65 million budget makes up about 17 steam on social media recently. To move be a part of these conversations,” Slater said, than 9,000 followers. It also uses Nixle, a

percent of the town’s total expenditures this forward, if painted on a town road, such a “which is why we’ve continued to partici- communication platform, to alert residents

year.Most of the department’s budget (about project would need the backing of the town. pate in the demonstrations that have taken via phone or email about scams or crimes.

$7 million) is spent on salaries. According to “We receive feedback from town residents place within our community, because we Pre-pandemic, the department held several

budget information, the department has 59 all the time on local issues and ideas they need to hear the concerns and we need to “Coffee with a Cop” and “Pizza with Police”

law enforcement professionals (one chief, have to improve our town,”Slater told York- digest those concerns and understand those events, where residents were encouraged to

three lieutenants, eight sergeants, six detec- town News.“This suggestion as well as many concerns, and we need to have conversations chat with officers at a local eatery or coffee

tives and 41 police officers).Yorktown Police others are being reviewed by town officials.” about those concerns, and then we can de- shop.

Department employees account for 39 of Also, a GoFundMe has been created to velop the necessary policies to address them.” “You will often hear us say, ‘Help us, help

the 42 highest salaries in town government. purchase a sign or signs in support of Yor- Roker also welcomed the process. you,’” Noble said. “We are at our best when

kown police.As of Tuesday,$1,265 had been “I’m very happy to hear about diversity our community acts as added ‘eyes and ears.’

SUPPORT ACROSSTHE BOARD raised. training,” she said. “It’s not a bad thing. I In my judgment, with our friendly and

The department, which has the full- like the idea of learning something new ev- team-oriented approach, it makes folks less

throated support of the town’s elected of- CHANGE IS COMING ery day. I don’t think there’s anything wrong apprehensive about reaching out to us with

ficials, seems unlikely to be “defunded” any On Friday, June 12, Gov. Andrew Cuomo with that. I think we’ll be better off for the helpful information.”

time soon. Town Supervisor Matt Slater signed a package of bills that banned the use training.” Community policing, Noble said, starts in

heaped praised on Noble and his officers at of chokeholds and repealed the state’s civil As an accredited agency, Yorktown’s poli- the schools, where school resource officers

the Town Board meeting on Tuesday, June code known as 50-a, which prohibits the re- cies already meet or exceed the state’s stan- are staffed. Every year, the department also

16. lease of “all personnel records used to evalu- dards, Noble said. Though some reform is takes on little leaguers in a charity baseball

“Our police department has proven, time ate performance towards continued employ- “certainly needed,” Noble said, he was frus- game.

and time again, to be just a model depart- ment or promotion” of police officers except trated that law enforcement “did not have “Having school resource officers in our lo-

ment,” Slater said, noting that Yorktown is by court order. a seat at the table” during the most recent cal schools provide us with the ability to build

among the 29 percent of law-enforcement The same day, Cuomo signed the “New policy changes. bonds and build trust with young adults in

agencies in New York be accredited by the York State Police Reform and Reinvention “We did not have a voice,” Noble said. our communities,” Noble said. “We greatly

state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services. Collaborative,” an executive order that re- “Not even the polite opportunity to make assisted both school districts (Lakeland and

Other town council members expressed quires local police agencies to develop a plan a positive suggestion or two, that could be Yorktown) in planning high school vehicle

similar sentiments. that “reinvents and modernizes police strat- summarily dismissed by our New York State parades for high school seniors, who missed

“I am thrilled that we’re able to say that egies and programs” based on community political leaders, if need be. I’d ask that even out on formal graduation ceremonies.”

we have a good police department that we input.To be eligible for future state funding, those out there who do not care for law en- Every fall, the department participates in

would put up as a model for any other po- police forces must adopt a plan by April 1, forcement professionals to be mindful of “No-Shave November,” raising funds for lo-

lice department,” said Councilwoman Alice 2021. this. Trust is hard to build, but easy to lose. cal families.In May,the department donated

Roker. Slater said internal conversations have al- We will continue to police with empathy and $3,800 to St. Mary’s Food Pantry.

Councilman Ed Lactherman said the de- ready begun in regard to diversity training professionalism. Members of the Yorktown “In my judgment, the long-lasting impact

partment has been nothing short of exempla- and equal-employment policies. Police Department will continue to make a we are making is that the police officer is

ry, noting their heroics in recent weeks. Last “To me, that’s just common sense,” the positive difference in our community.” not the enemy,” Noble said. “He/she is your

month, a resident dialed 9-1-1 but told the town supervisor said.“It never hurts to make partner!

dispatcher it was a mistake and hung up the sure people understand how to interact with COMMUNITY POLICING “The men and women who work for the

phone. Officers, however, followed through others in a professional way.That’s why these What makes a town safe? Yorktown Police Department earned their

on the call, and found a suicidal resident at conversations, to some they may be uncom- According to SafeWise, one of the many badge and continue to work diligently to

home with a noose. Shortly after, officers po- fortable, but that’s why they’re so important. independent institutions that rank these earn community trust daily,” he added. “If

tentially saved the life of a drug overdose vic- It forces you to reflect on yourself,your orga- sorts of things, a low rate of both property we continue to bring honor to our individual

tim by injecting them with Narcan, a medi- nization, find ways to put those words into crimes and violent crimes makes for an ideal family name and to our shared profession,

cation used to block the effects of opioids. action.” environment. we’ll be fine.”

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Gertrude M. Lent sharpen a needle to day marriages were took time to play with them and teach

remove burrs prior permitted during the them lessons – ones they would never for-

Gertrude Marie (Stager) Lent: January to giving an in- season of “Lent” in get. e fairy box was a source of mystery

25, 1930- June 14, 2020 (age 90) jection. She saw the Catholic Church and excitement for good children who

Gertrude “Trudy” Marie Lent has gone many changes in at the time. ey cel- came to visit. e “May I” jar always had

to heaven and is reunited with the love of healthcare and al- ebrated 50 years of goodies, but you had to ask politely to ac-

her life Charlie (Charles D. Lent). She ways stayed on top marriage together in cess its treasures. She loved being a Nana

entered enteral life on June 14th, while of her game with 2001. and it showed.

sleeping peacefully in her home. Her new advances. Dur- Trudy and Charlie Trudy was “Generous”. She gave and

spirit is carried on by her daughter Donna, ing her career as a had fun together. ey gave, if she had it, she would share it; time,

son-in-law Stephen (Steve) Lankard and nurse she worked at traveled, laughed, cel- love, friendship, money - all of it. Just ask

her three grandchildren Mary, Charlie Peekskill Hospital, ebrated, volunteered, the kids in the neighborhood – they will

and Julie who were her greatest gift and Mount Saint Flor- and built a wonder- tell you who gave out the full-size candy

brought her the most joy. ence home for girls, ful life together. ey bars at Halloween. She just loved seeing

Trudy was born to James F. and Alice Chestertown Hos- even built their own their eyes widen as they gazed over the se-

(Carney) Stager on January 25, 1930, in pital in MD, BO- home together… and lection of big candy bars.

Yonkers NY. She was the 6th of 7 chil- CES, and Hudson Valley Hospital until stayed married. ey were the favorite She had a wonderful sense of humor

dren and, she outlived all her siblings: she retired in 1994. Nursing was her call- Aunt and Uncle to many…many nieces and quick wit. You always knew where

Catherine Newman, James Stager, Mar- ing, she was the ultimate caregiver espe- and nephews. Many great memories were you stood with her- she was very matter of

garet Bell, Alice Nevins, William Stager cially in times of need. She was as they made at that little red house with all the fact. Admirable qualities that are genuine.

and Mary Hehner. say “Old School”. When she returned kids and Susie their dog. ey longed for Trudy would want you to share your

Trudy was an educated woman who was to nursing in the ‘80s she was one of the a child of their own and in 1967 they ad- love, say what you feel, be honest, be kind

smarter than any book learning. She had few wearing her nursing “whites” and the opted Donna Marie. ey soon moved to and be as generous as you can with all that

an eager interest in being a lifelong learner traditional starched white cap with RN Yorktown to raise their family. Trudy left you have and have a drink on me! She al-

who never shied away from learning new black stripe. She soon realized the dress her career on hold and dedicated herself ways signed o with blowing a kiss and

skills or advances in technology. She was code had relaxed but she always wore her to being a full-time mother. She volun- all her notes ended with “Mucho Love”.

able to acquire and retain information “whites”. Nurses and doctors alike looked teered at school and as a Girl Scout leader; So, it seems tting to end this tribute with:

quickly and was known for always nish- up to her as she was classically trained, and always willing to lend a hand. She dem- Mucho Love, Trudy.

ing the daily crossword puzzle and the her experience showed. But most impor- onstrated how to be a good and generous In lieu of owers donations can be made

word jumble - always staying sharp. As tantly she always showed up for work… person, a true role model for her daughter to one of the following:

a child she attended grade school at Saint even in the worst snowstorms sometimes and others. Yorktown Community Help (YCH),

Joseph’s in Yonkers and graduated from escorted in Charlie’s green pickup truck or Trudy’s greatest gifts were her grand- 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown

Gorton HS in 1947. She attended and the snowplow truck. children. She stepped right up to be the Heights. NY 10598

graduated Cochran School of Nursing in She met Charlie Lent from Peekskill best Nana ever. She taught them to be e Jack DeVito Foundation, 334

1950, with her Registered Nurse (RN) and fell in love. ey were married at Saint loving, kind and to “be nice”. She loved Underhill Avenue, Suite 4D, Yorktown

degree. Back then she was taught how Joseph’s Church in 1951 on March 17th- them unconditionally and always o ered Heights NY 10598 jackdevitofoundation.

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November approaches, it will and physiology have proven mous with the celebration of Inde- tional Harbor World Peeps Eating
pendence Day. e annual eating Championship in Maryland, Matt
only get rockier. As a change this. ere is no color in the competition will be held on July Stonie ate 200 marshmallow peeps
4th in front of the iconic Nathan’s in ve minutes. He beat his own
of pace, let me suggest that world other than what our Famous restaurant on the corner world record the following year by
of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in eating 255 peeps. Yikes!
we take a break from this year’s challenges and brains produce as a result of the stimuli of the Coney Island.
In 2011, the Nathan’s Hot Dog
dedicate some of our leisure time exploring issues outside world. e same goes for sound, taste, To comply with Covid-19 safety contestants were separated by
measures, the festivities will go on gender to give women a chance
that have intrigued mankind since its inception. smell and touch. Yet we objectify and reify all as planned but without spectators to compete on their own terms.
cheering on the contestants.To Miki Sudo has achieved victory
Consequently, I hope to share my thoughts in our sense experiences, confusing the two worlds ensure social distancing, only ve in the women’s competition at the
competitive eaters will chow down Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
coming columns about topics such as truth, the beyond recognition. at one time, instead of up to fteen every year since 2014. Born in
eaters in previous years. As usual, New York, Miki is a 35 year old
self, ethics, the law, and even the beginnings of I am not suggesting that all stimuli we experi- the contestants will have ten min- who can pack away more than 30
utes to eat/cram/devour as many hot dogs at one sitting.
the universe. I hope you will nd it interesting ence in the world produce the same results. Far hot dogs and buns as possible.
How does a person decide to go
or at the very least better than talking about the from it. Otherwise we would never prefer one e Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating into competitive eating as a career
Contest has been televised since choice? Did a high school guid-
virus! So let’s have some fun. thing over another. But it is our brain’s appara- 1972. But the event has been ance counselor make the sugges-
going on a lot longer than that. tion for an unconventional way to
Let me rst set the stage. Our goal with each tus that manufacturers the experience that we According to the internet, the rst earn money and travel the world?
uno cial hot dog eating contest
topic is the attainment of a coherent picture (sun- mistakenly assign to the stimulant. was in 1916. Legend has it that Competitive eating events
four immigrants gathered at the around the globe include bacon
optikos) employing whatever disciplines we deem is insight is reminiscent of an expression my very rst Nathan’s Famous hot eating, oyster eating, and pie
dog stand in Coney Island on July eating. In 2018 in Laredo,Texas,
suitable. However, it won’t be easy, our obstacles mom used to repeat all the time, “beauty is in the 4th and had an American hot dog Molly Schuyler won the $1,500
eating contest to see who was the grand prize for eating 265 jala-
are many. To begin with, we are born into this eye of the beholder.” In my younger years I was most patriotic. peno peppers at a jalapeno eating
complex and mystifying world with a small piece fond of repeating that old latin saying, “de gusti- In 2019, American competitive
eater Joey Chestnut won $10,000 Don’t worry. You have time to
of the puzzle (our conscious self ) and bestowed bus non est disputandum” which loosely trans- in cash and the coveted Mustard practice before the National Buf-
Belt by downing 71 hot dogs. falo Wing Festival in Bu alo, NY.
with the unnerving desire to comprehend how lated means, when it comes to matters of taste Considered one of the greatest
eaters of all time, Joey, nicknamed is annual Labor Day weekend
everything ts together. But we don’t even have a there can be no dispute. My mom and I were “Jaws,” lives in California and trav- tradition hosts several contests for
els the world as a dominant com- professional eaters and amateur
picture on a puzzle box to help guide us. both close to the truth but not quite on point. petitive eater. e 36 year old is a chicken wing eaters, as well as a
force to be reckoned with when it Triple Atomic Hot Wing Eating
We are forced to begin our inquiry by facing We both were pointing to the subjective nature comes to ingesting food for prize Contest and a Miss Bu alo Wing
money. He holds 43 world records contest.
up to the brute fact that we live in two worlds: of taste but neither of us went far enough. in 43 di erent “disciplines.” He has
won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eat- e 2019 winner, Geo rey
the world in here, of subjective experience, and When it comes to beauty, whether a painting, ing Contest more than any other Esper, ate 281 chicken wings in
competitor over the years. 12 minutes. He edged out Joey
the world out there, the real world of everything a song, or a simple ower, the question we should Chestnut by only ve wings. Miki
Last year, Matt Stonie, a 28 year Sudo nished third with 221
not us. Philosopherdescribe this condition as ask is; where does the beauty radiate from? Is old competitive eater and YouTu- wings consumed.
ber consumed 46 hot dogs at the
“encapsulation.” e two- world predicament it in the painting, in the music, in the beautiful Nathan’s July 4th Hot Dog Eating Kim Kovach only eats small portions.
Contest. Matt won the Nathan’s
characterizes all experiencing creatures, from ower growing outside our window? From a Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2015

re ies to hawks to humans.To make matters scienti c perspective, beauty is in the experience;

worse we get, to our detriment, these two worlds it is located in our thoughts and feelings; it is in

mixed up all the time. our brains. Without creatures to experience it,

Just a cursory view of how our senses work can beauty would not exist at all. Understanding this

be illustrative of the problem. Imagine a grape- principle is an essential and basic starting point

fruit sitting on your breakfast table. You never in all philosophical explorations. By embracing

really “see” the grapefruit. What we notice is the it we can achieve an honest assessment of the

light rays being re ected o its surface. e light quality we are experiencing without tra cking in

rays are in the vicinity of 6000 angstroms, what SEE MARTORANO PAGE 14

we think of as the “yellow” part of the spectrum.

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Community comes together to plant in Garden of Hope

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT basic building blocks you need to survive.

STAFF WRITER If you don’t have food, you can’t go on to

do the other things and be a successful

Yorktown’s interfaith community has person, whether it’s being a successful stu-

come together for its seventh year at the dent or a successful worker or any of that

Garden of Hope to provide food for those kind of stu . So it’s one of the most ba-

in need in the Yorktown community. sic, you know, building blocks and we feel

e garden, at 1243 Whitehill Road called to feed people.”

in Yorktown Heights, holds plots that e church has taken on the task of car-

are maintained by di erent volunteers ing for three rows of produce in the gar-

from the interfaith community and Scout den, and those involved in tending it are

troops. bene ciaries, as well, of the educational PHOTOS: KATHERINE BORCHERT
Town o cials were guided through the experience it provides by learning how
much work goes into growing something Councilman Vishnu Patel, Sasha Seales, Basin and Emmet Newby, Joe and Maeve
garden by Buddhist Rev. Paul Silverman that seems so basic, such as a green bean Cunningham, Amy Erard and Ali Mbareck, Councilman Ed Lachterman, Supervisor Matt
and met the volunteers who have been or tomato. Slater, Lieutenant James Graham, Reverend Paul Silverman, Paige Edelman, Eric Song,
tending it. Nestor Garcia, Ingrid Shaw, Bob Conboy, Bob Giordano and Steph Hare stand before
“ at’s really important for understand- new plantings for the garden.
e produce that is grown in the Gar-

den of Hope is donated to the food pantry ing the overall scope of food justice,” Hare

at First Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, said.

at 2880 Crompond Road. e garden was originally operated by was at 40 percent capacity. It was bumped ing more food, including more volunteers

Steph Hare, director of Youth Minis- Peekskill until Silverman and the York- up to 70 percent capacity last summer and and introducing new educational and con-

tries at First Presbyterian Church, said the town Interfaith Council took over opera- this year, the garden is at almost 100 per- servation programs.

food pantry at the church has been run- tions and changed the rules, broadening cent capacity, generating that much

ning for 30 years and is still going strong. the volunteer base to include Scouts and more food for those in need.

In the past, it has also donated and dis- others to adopt plots and plant. Volunteers now include Boy Scout

tributed food to the pantry at St. Mary’s “Initially, houses of faith would come Troops 165 and 267, Girl Scout

Church in Mohegan Lake and the York- in and adopt a row. ey would use some Troops 2091 and 1482, the all-girl

town Senior Center. of it [produce] and some of it they would Cub Scout Den Troop 165 as

“We’ve been very interested in the is- donate to a pantry and other places of well as volunteers from

sues around food justice because we see it need,” Silverman said. “When I took over Hudson Valley Islamic

in our own backyard that there are people at the beginning of last year, we changed Center on Lexington

who don’t have access to food, but then we the rules a bit. Now 100 percent of what Avenue and Graymoor

also know that it goes beyond just our im- we grow here is given to families in need in Garrison.

mediate community,”Hare said.“It’s a sys- and to local pantries.” Silverman said it is Next year, the Garden

temic problem. It’s related to the way that up to the volunteers to determine “what of Hope will relocate to Wil-

food is distributed around our country. It’s they want to grow, where they want to low Park at Curry Street and Tu-

related to the way the food is grown. It’s grow and how they want to grow it; that’s lip Drive. e town recently creat-

people’s access to food. It’s a poverty is- the fundamental rule. We also opened it ed a Monarch Butter y Garden in

sue as a nutrition issue. It’s a racial issue. up to the larger community including the the park with the help of milkweed

It’s really an issue that cuts across so many Scouts and the Scouts have crushed it this plants grown in the Garden of Hope.

communities and intersects with so many year.” e new space will allow the garden

other issues and it’s also food. It’s the most When Silverman took over, the garden to triple its footprint, thereby produc-


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Atlantic Appliance seeks warehouse approval

Plan to remove trees angers residents

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT rent tree law. “ e disturbance includes has the right to come in and develop their “I am fully, fully supporting this project
STAFF WRITER any activity that alters the existing struc- property and if they can do it to meet all development, commercial development,
ture of protected woodlands, including of the codes and all of the things that which will bring taxes into our commu-
During a public hearing held by the all the layers of vegetation. Mr. Marino they need to rise to do under our laws, nity,” Ziedins said.
Planning Board on June 22, residents has talked about mitigation plans for then they are able to do that,” Tegeder
took issue with a proposal by Atlantic trees and somewhat for the woodland in said. “I don’t think that you would be Councilman Ed Lachterman, who also
Appliance to build a warehouse on Ma- the wetland bu er but dismisses the rest able to cause an application to be disap- sits on the Planning Board, said that the
ple Hill Street which would entail the re- of the woodland of being low quality. I proved simply because they did not want site is completely overgrown with thorny
moval of large number of trees. would like to point out that the tree and to rent a store that happened to be empty, brush and marred by litter.
woodland law doesn’t allow for any value whether it’s nearby or across town.”
“We don’t have any business cutting determinations in regulation protection.” “I think the mitigation that is going
down large swaths of trees, especially in Lieberman spoke again, saying that to be done there on a couple of di erent
our town,” one resident, Jennie Sunshine, She said that due to the site having he wasn’t suggesting the board obligate levels, especially toward that back wet-
said of the plan for the two-story build- many specimen trees, it quali es it as a them, but it would help the applicant and land area, is much needed to help get it
ing that would be located on about 5 high-quality woodland site. town at the same time. He suggested the cleaned up,” Lachterman said.
acres at 2010 Maple Hill as well as work board help applicants nd empty spaces
on an adjacent parcel to the east. “As the approval authority, it’s the in town. He added that it was “an amazing ben-
Planning Board’s responsibility to carry e t for the town” for Atlantic Appliance
Atlantic Appliance is currently located out the intent of the tree and woodland Planning Board President Richard to maintain the land.
in the Triangle Shopping Center but is preservation law and that intent is to Fon, like Tegeder, pointed out that that
seeking to build the warehouse to provide preserve both individual trees and wood- was not the responsibility of the Planning Marino addressed those who had
it with more o ce and retail space. lands while accommodating reasonable Board. thought the removal of trees was on the 5
development. e key word here is ‘ac- acres of both parcels.
Steve Marino of Site Design Con- commodating’,” Miller said. “We don’t go out and solicit applicants.
sultants spoke about the mitigation and We don’t promote any properties,” Fon “We’re about 4.6 acres total between
stormwater plans at the meeting, saying Susan Siegel, a former town supervisor said. “As applications come in, we review the two parcels and the 3.1-acre parcel
the plans would include the removal of and another member of ABY, said that them on their merits and when we have is not being disturbed at all except for
125 trees on the main parcel. He said Atlantic’s application before the Planning these hearings, obviously, as you see, it’s mitigation and restoration. ere are no
the applicant would plant 50 new native Board was the rst under which the new open to the public and people have their trees being cut down on that parcel. One-
trees on the adjacent parcel and 45 on tree law applied, and as such, the applica- ability to make any comments or ques- point- ve acres of trees will be cut down
the main plot in addition to planting 122 tion of the law was imperative as to how tions towards the application, but we do on the parcel where the building is sup-
new shrubs on both parcels. future applications will be considered. not go out and solicit applicants for peo- posed to go,” Marino said.
ple to come and develop properties. at’s
e mitigation plans address additional “It’s important that the Planning Board not what the Planning Board does.” He said he submitted a letter to the
runo from the site, routing it to a treat- discuss the square footage and review and Planning Board on Monday, May 11,
ment basin before being discharged into consider the extent of the woodland dis- Planning Board attorney Jim Glatthaar which detailed the building plans as it
the Hallocks Mill Brook, Marino said. turbance,” Siegel said. echoed Tegeder’s sentiments about prop- pertained to the tree law.
erty owners’ rights.
Invasive species and dead trees on Resident Mark Lieberman suggested He also added that in the past, devel-
wetlands located on the site would be that instead of building on woodlands, “I think it’s best to understand that opers have been asked not to disturb wet-
removed, along with such debris as shop- the Planning Board should encourage anyone who owns a piece of property, lands and bu ers but are now being asked
ping carts and lawn chairs that have pol- business owners to open up shop in pre- there comes with that property a bundle to not cut trees down, as well, which puts
luted an over ow for the brook. existing buildings in town. of rights and while the Planning Board them in a di cult situation, particularly
can look at each application with an eye in commercial zones.
But residents spoke out against the re- However, Director of Planning John towards the overall impact on the town,
moval of so many trees. Tegeder said that action could impede on you can’t do so in such a way to deny that Joe Riina from Site Design Consul-
owners’ rights. person their bundle of rights to the prop- tants said the developer is going “above
“As you know, Yorktown’s tree law is a erty they have in mind,” Glatthaar said. and beyond” in terms of stormwater
tree and woodland preservation law and “I think the Planning Board is always quality and ood attenuation, which both
the outstanding feature of the law is the concerned with the built environment Resident Mara Ziedins defended the bene t the downstream properties and
recognition of woodlands as valuable and the natural environment. When it project, saying that the empty buildings the Croton Reservoir.
ecosystems,” said resident Linda Miller, a comes to actual development applica- in town are not suitable for the needs of
member of Advocates for a Better York- tions under the New York state law and Atlantic Appliance. e Planning Board will continue re-
town and a principal architect of the cur- our laws, an applicant as a property owner viewing the application at its next meet-
ing, scheduled for July 13.

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BECKERMAN “You could also wear your meggings to walk MARTORANO when made by the culture at large,
the dog!” I shouted as the door closed behind inescapably produce classi cation
FROM PAGE 9 them. FROM PAGE 8 systems which can become hateful
wedges between perceived “groups”
of athletic men in skintight leggings with I decided that it probably wasn’t the concept false attributions. We need to of people. ese unacceptable
various prints doing various things. ere were of the meggings that bothered my husband as distinguish between the physical, misconceptions are reinforced over
magenta meggings and mustard meggings, much as it was the name. He was somewhat emotional or aesthetic experience and over again, with devastating
meggings with monkeys and meggings with disturbed by the term, murse (man’s purse), and on the one hand, and the concep- consequences.
mallards, meggings for muscular men and meg- truly horri ed by the name, mantyhose (man’s tualization of it on the other.
gings for medium-sized men. Men who were pantyhose). ere were also manties, manpris, As we undertake our summer
microwaving in their meggings and others who and manscara, which were probably taking the Sociologists all agree that in project of exploring some of the
were meditating in their meggings. ere was a whole manparrel thing to the extreme, and I spite of the reality of our encap- major concepts and issues of the
megging for every man and every activity. It was would certainly understand if my husband didn’t sulated self, cultures universally ages, it was tting that we begin
a whole new megging-wearing mega-world. want to have to ask a salesperson where the conceptualize or “reify” a majority the process by identifying what
mirdles were in the department store. Not that of the principles we live by.To properties belong to the world
I showed my husband the pictures so he could he needed one… just hypothetically speaking, of reify means to regard or treat an “out there” and which are correctly
see what he was missing. After he recovered course. abstraction or idea as if it had a understood to originate “in here.”
from what I had surmised was a megging- concrete or material existence. e Being able to di erentiate the two,
induced stroke, he spoke. Ultimately, I thought I could understand his rei cation, although faulty in its helps us appreciate the fact that
reluctance. We don’t give specialty female names inception, provides the members so much of what we believe to
“Forget giving them to me as a present. You to women’s apparel, although there are some of society with order and meaning. be physical entities are really just
couldn’t pay me enough to wear those.” drug store items that are named for the female Its concepts and worldview are ideas. Even geographical, cultural,
parts that they treat, which is unfortunate. shared by others and are constantly ethnic, and racial di erences are
“Why not?” I asked. “ ey look super com- reinforced through social inter- really creations of our minds. So
fortable and you can wear them to do yoga.” However, we do have men to thank for one actions; its reality is uncritically too are religion, theism, atheism,
very important name in the beauty world… accepted as the true view of things. liberalism, conservatism, Bud-
“Only if I want to o end everyone in the yoga dhism, Islam, and Christianity.
class,” he said. e manicure. So you may ask; what’s the dif-
ference? If the light rays re ected Over millennia humankind
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from within or without? Experience distinction between the two worlds
APAR e best advice I can give mencement Speech, Mildred teaches us that the consequences will prove to be an essential tool in
anybody about going out into E. Strang Middle School, of confusing our “two worlds”is our search for an understanding of
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Coping with aftermath of remote learning

Dear Dr. Linda, the student learns the on a rainy day. Finally, (if they need it) so they don’t fall behind.
My friends and I have a question for English: is is a good time to catch up
material while building STRONG don’t forget to read
you. What do we do with our kids over con dence and a feel- LEARNING together. with writing skills. Online learning works
the summer to be sure they’ll be ready for ing of self-worth. Find well when learning how to write papers
school in September, if there is regular Grades 6-8: Focus on or even essays for college admissions,
school? We truly feel that our children Also, check that your child read the books
didn’t learn anything with online learning. someone who can tutor DR. LINDA hands on activities that he or she was supposed to during the
We’re not blaming the teachers because SILBERT previous year and get a head start reading
they had to learn overnight how to teach your child online in a involve planning, orga- next year’s books—even if it means you
online. read them together.
one-on-one environ- nizing, problem solving
Parent Group History: A golden opportunity to
Dear Parent Group, ment. and time management. work with your high schooler if you love
history. Read together, talk together and
Did you see the recent column in the Meanwhile, here are ese are essential skills debate your points of view. Watch docu-
Wall Street Journal entitled, “ e Results mentaries on television and discuss.
are in for Remote Learning: It Didn’t some suggestions of what you can do at middle schoolers will need now, in high
Work”? Problems ranged from students Science: Probably not a golden oppor-
not having the correct technology to not home over the summer: school and beyond. Cooking involves tunity to work with your high schooler.
showing up to class to teacher training to Even though science does not follow a
grading to computer programs that didn’t Grades K-5: Focus on playing! Re- all those skills in addition to math skills sequential order, if your child struggles in
work to overworked parents at home and science, get help for them over the sum-
more. search has shown that children learn when doubling recipes or cutting recipes mer so they don’t fall behind when school
Since children and teens haven’t more when they’re having fun—because in half.
actually been in school for many months, Foreign Language: is is only a
the summer slide may be worse this year. they’re engaged. And engaged children Read a book with a sixth grader, about golden opportunity for the parent who
knows the language. Otherwise, get help.
erefore, you may want to review or learn. Playing games such as Hide and the Middle East, Greece or Rome during Each year builds on the past year.
move ahead to help your child succeed in
school when it reopens. Seek, Twenty Questions, Clue, Battleship, ancient times because they’ll be learning And remember no matter what the
subject area, it’s di cult to go forward
CAUTION! If you don’t have the Memory, Double Solitaire, Monopoly, about that time. For seventh and eighth if your child has missed what’s taught
temperament to work with your child or before.
the subject background, nd someone Scrabble are just a few of the thousands graders, who will be learning U.S. history,
who does. It’s hard enough for children Dr. Linda
and teens to have lost months of school- of games that promote brain development read historical novels together focus-
ing—they don’t need or deserve a teacher Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad Grades
who does not know the subject, does not as well as social and emotional learn- ing on a particular time in history. My Happen to Good Kids” and director of Strong
fully understand child development, and/ Learning Tutoring and Test Prep. Send your
or does not know how to teach so that ing because they involve problem solv- Brother Sam is Dead is ideal for students questions to [email protected]

ing, development of patience and good living in New York and Connecticut who

sportsmanship, provide practice following will learn about the Revolutionary War.

directions, etc. Keep math skills fresh in their minds

en nd online games to keep ad- by reviewing the four arithmetic skills,

dition, subtraction, multiplication, and but especially multiplication facts because

division facts fresh in their minds. Some they’ll need to have them automatic to

children may enjoy “math-a-minute” make learning fractions, decimals and

while others become too stressed and percentages more easily.

would rather play a math game. Put on Grades 9-12: Focus on individual

plays to promote memory skills or have subjects.

them read their part which promotes Math: Since math is learned sequen-

reading uency. Have your children read tially, it’s important to keep up. erefore,

billboards and signs as you drive around if your child was taking algebra, geometry,

and count the change in the piggy bank etc., get help for them over the summer

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Can I kick it?

Yes, you can (with some exceptions)


SPORTS EDITOR ting everybody out to the elds.

We’re following the guidelines ‘ ere are always exceptions. ere are some who have concerns.
Organized sports such as of what New York State pro- But the vast majority that I have heard from are very excited
soccer, baseball and softball— vided and the town as well.”
and frankly anxious to get going.’
among those considered to be ough it is possible to keep

low or moderate risk by New distance in drills, matches are –Kevin Marcus
York State—are set to resume more di cult. “I think you can
President, SYSO
play on Monday, July 6, in re- control some of it—until you’re

gions that have reached Phase keeping score,” he said. “Once

3 of the state’s four-phased re- you’re keeping score, I think the

opening plan. game’s going to be the game” e Greater Hudson Val- pretations,” said Kevin Marcus, if there’s any sort of degree of

It will be business as usual for Rietsch, a father of three, said ley Baseball League, the largest president of the Somers Youth relation to somebody who tests

many sports, which can resume he understands why some par- league in the area with over 700 Sports Organization. “What positive for COVID, is that go-

all games and practices, except ents are reluctant to send their teams participating throughout we’re trying to do is synthe- ing to shut down the league? I

for tournaments or events with kids back on the eld. the year, was scheduled to play size all that information and think that’s the challenge. How

multiple games in one day. “We’re certainly hearing some its rst game in Connecticut on do what makes sense for us in is that going to be addressed?”

Soccer was a late addition to people being nervous about the July 2, and games are set to be- terms of what’s 1) required and Ultimately, Marcus tells par-

the list of moderate-risk sports. return,” he said. Still, more than gin in New York on July 6. 2) what’s appropriate in terms of ents, “you need to make deci-

It was initially placed in the 50 families have registered their mitigating risks.” sions that are appropriate for

high-risk category with foot- children for the club’s ve-week RULES, REGULATIONS AND Jordan Brooks, of North Sa- your family.” But he doesn’t be-

ball, wrestling, ice hockey, rugby, program. SAFETY RISKS lem Youth Baseball and Soft- lieve they’re choosing between

basketball, volleyball, contact la- Coaches will wear masks, but On top of guidance from the ball, said many unanswered their children’s physical or men-

crosse, martial arts, and compet- the players will not. “In 85- to local, state and federal govern- questions remain. tal wellbeing.

itive cheer/dance. ose sports 90-degree heat, you can’t run ments, youth leagues will have “What if a kid on the team “ e idea that we can do it in

can only resume individual or around with a mask on,” Rietsch their own set of rules teams is diagnosed or a parent is di- a relatively safe way is where the

distanced group training. Prac- said. But coaches will monitor must follow. But no matter how agnosed? What’s the protocol?” comfort level comes in,” Marcus

tices and games are still prohib- distancing on the benches and thorough youth sports organiz- Brooks asked. “If I nd out that said “It shouldn’t come down to

ited. the sharing of equipment. ers are, new guidance is likely one of my son’s teammates par- making tradeo s toward your

“We’re going to hit the elds Diamond sports—baseball to keep coming until Opening ents has COVID, are we going health on one side as it relates

on July 7,” said Chris Rietsch, and softball—lend themselves Day. to feel comfortable with that to COVID risk and your health

president of John Jay Futbol to social distancing more natu- “We have to be very exible kid being on the team? Probably on the other side as it relates

Club and varsity soccer coach rally than sports like soccer, in terms of changing and modi- not. Are we going to go into a to being sedentary, having kids

at John Jay High School. “We’re where physical contact is an un- fying what we’re doing to the quarantine for 14 days? Let’s locked into their devices and

going to manage toward get- avoidable regular occurrence. changing directives and inter- say we have 50 teams signed up, never leaving their house. I

think you can accomplish both.”

Bill Consiglio, executive di-

rector of Shrub Oak Athletic

Club baseball, said about 100

players are already signed up to

play ball.” SOAC will require

each of its nine teams to have a

Safety Committee with at least

three parents, with one mem-

ber in attendance at every game.

e athletic club will follow

mask protocols (coaches will

wear them; not players), enforce

distancing inside and outside of

the dugout, and sanitize equip-

ment, such as the baseballs.

If players or coaches test posi-

tive for COVID-19, they can-

not return for at least 14 days.

Other players are not required

to be tested if a teammate tests


“We’re taking the safety very

seriously,” Consiglio said. “It’s

likely we’re taking even further

than many organizations…

I think this approach, which

incorporates not only league

requirements but New York

State and CDC guidelines, it’s

what’s likely to yield the greatest


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

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