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Dancing... Italian style!
Attendees at the Italian American’s Club’s Evening in the Piazza break into spontaneous dance in the middle
of Chamber Park on Saturday (Aug. 17). e annual festival featured all kinds of Italian food, fun and games
for the kids, vendors, and, of course, music. For more photos, check out the centerspread on pages 16 and 17.
PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
Neighbors vent anger at cell tower public hearing
Say towers could impact historic site, lower property values
BY BOB DUMAS e Planning Board held public hearings Croton Falls Road tower, intrude on a po- the site where a renowned American novel-
EDITOR for each project—one slated for 254 Croton tential nationally historic adjacent property. ist wrote his most acclaimed book.
Falls Road and the other for 36 Dixon Road.
Mahopac residents nally had the oppor- Neighbors criticized the plans on several Gail Fiero, a resident of Croton Falls “ ere is a problem with...the applica-
tunity to express their feelings publicly on fronts, contending the towers would reduce Road, said Homeland Towers, the Dan- tions because I have a letter from the state
plans to build two cell towers in residential property values in residential neighbor- bury-based company that would build the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preserva-
neighborhoods last week and the anger and hoods; would destroy the aesthetics of the towers on behalf of Verizon, may have to go tion that says 294 Croton Falls Road was
despair was palpable. bucolic communities; and, in the case of the back to square one in the site-plan approval
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The Scouts at their
OF LIZ GAGNON
‘We’re not just about selling cookies…’
Mahopac Girl Scout resurgence is setting records
BY BOB DUMAS out and they told us how to rebuild and what we needed up now,” she said. “We’ll have a topic and they can ask
EDITOR to do to be successful.” questions, like how do you create badge work, how do
you run the meetings and drive the girls to nish their
Not so long ago, the Girls Scouts in Mahopac could When Horvath decided to step down three years ago, badge work. For example, the Brownie troop is going to
have been considered an endangered species. Now, under Gagnon and DiMilia became service unit managers and the courthouse to earn their civic badges.”
the auspices of new leadership that has brought renewed Gagnon noticed that the member numbers in Mahopac
energy and fresh ideas to the organization, the group is were increasing. ey now have more than 300 girls and Another way Gagnon and DiMilia are working to
bigger and more vibrant than ever. 140-plus leaders. eir goal is to add 20 percent to the grow the Scouts in Mahopac is by taking advantage of
membership each year for the next three years. social media—Facebook, in particular—something that
“When my daughter started about ve or six years ago, wasn’t readily available a decade ago. ey’ve also just
there wasn’t a lot of communication,” said Liz Gagnon, “Two years ago, we started busting through all our launched a website, mahopacgirlscouts.com, which con-
service unit manager for Mahopac Girl Scouts.“[ e or- numbers, breaking records,” she said. “We were one of the tains an abundance of information both for leaders and
ganization] had started to wane. Girls were graduating few units whose numbers were increasing year after year.” for those thinking of joining.
and the older leadership was moving on, leaving behind
younger leaders who didn’t have the knowledge or con- “We have come a long way since that day,” DiMilia “We are always doing recruitment now,” Gagnon said.
added. “It was the three of us that went to the commu- “We have a table at Back to School Night; we are at the
dence.” nity and asked what we can do to make this better, and it street fair. We want people to know we are alive and well
At that point, Gagnon says, Anna Horvath took over took about three years to turn it around.” and looking for girls who want to make a di erence.”
as the service unit manager. About six months later, Ga-
gnon and another mom, Randi DiMilia, decided to join It wasn’t easy at rst, DiMilia said, but patience and Gagnon said they aren’t just trying to recruit Scouts,
Horvath’s team. perseverance paid o . but adult leaders as well.
“ ere was a lot of stress,”she said.“We were all young
leaders. I looked at Randi and said, ‘You and I are go- “It started as a gripe fest, but it ended really well, and “I am a working fulltime mother and so is Randi,” she
ing to help rebuild this community.’ It was oundering. we got a lot out of it,” she said of the initial meetings said. “We know what it’s like to be busy. We tell the [po-
ere were no community events, no one was participat- with the leaders. “We’ve tried to stay on top of it and in- tential] leaders who are on the fence about it that Girl
ing. It was a mess and we didn’t know what to do.” troduce ourselves to all these new leaders and be person- Scouts is what you make it. Anything is possible.”
Gagnon said she was the “idea person,” but pointed to able so people can reach out. We have a softer side now
DiMilia as the behind-the-scenes volunteer who did a and are more well-known throughout the community Gagnon said they’re trying to promote all aspects of
lot of the heavy lifting. and we are beginning to have a face.” scouting, from the outdoors to community service.
“We always called her the ‘great behind service unit
manager,’” Gagnon said. “Randi is the detail person; she Gagnon credits that new group of leaders with helping “Girl Scouts has a robotic team if they’re into that;
is on the phone and organizing. I am more the idea per- to revitalize the Scouts, along with a long list of commu- if they want to sing, we have the Dotted Half Notes,”
son. For three years we were on the phone at 5 o’ clock in nity events they’ve implemented over the past few years. she said. “We have a big kayaking event planned with
the morning or texting each other—rebuilding, creating Hudson River Expeditions, and family apple picking at
events, creating badge work, helping leaders get on their “We have such an incredible group of young leaders Stewart Farms on Oct. 6. We are working on the Red
feet and recruiting people.” coming on board,” she said. “Our events are growing Cross babysitting certi cation, First Aid certi cation,
DiMilia went to regional Scout leaders to ask for help and growing—the holiday fair, the Girl Scouts birthday and nancial planning for older girls to learn how to
in jump-starting the Mahopac group. party, where we had 112 girls show up, about half of all spend money responsibility.”
“I went to our council in Pleasantville and told them the girls from 40 troops
we are falling apart and [asked] how can we x it,” she Gagnon said scouting is an alternative to activities
said. “ ey gave me names and phone numbers for lead- “We said our No. 1 goal was to break [the stereotype] such as sports and cheerleading.
ers in Carmel, Yorktown and Lakeland and we reached that we just sell cookies,” she continued. “Girl Scouts
is so much more than that. We are building girls with “ ose things are awesome, but not everyone is into
courage, con dence and character and by doing that we that,” she said. “Some want something more. I want
are creating a sisterhood of leadership.” more girls to know there is an opportunity here. We do
something almost every weekend out in the community.”
Gagnon said they have leaders’ meetings monthly and
do team-building exercises. SEE GIRL SCOUTS PAGE 13
“We have roundtables with 16 or 17 leaders showing
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CELL TOWER be bringing back the character of our historic they will be made available to us.” found quite the opposite. ey agreed that [val-
FROM PAGE 1 house, which existed decades before cell towers Simon then presented her own studies. ues] decrease.What they could not agree on was
even existed” Swanson told the board. “Instead, “According to the National Association of the percentage. So, we got percentages as much
the home that Richard Yates, the famous this cell tower has been an enigma and a source Realtors, Journal of Finance and Economics, as a 10 percent decrease in these adjacent homes
author, lived in. All of Homeland’s applica- of anxiety in our home and making us revisit our National Association of Appraisal Institute, to up as much as 30 percent.”
tions are going to have to be redone,I think.” long-term plans and whether we will continue and the National Institute of Public Policy, Montanoro said that as many as 30 homes
Fiero presented a letter from the state’s to live in this area in which I was born and raised. that’s not true,” she said. “According to them, would be a ected should the Dixon Road
Division for Historic Preservation, written by Our home has been a major investment like the there is a signi cant social welfare cost in put- tower be built.
William Krattinger, an analyst for the His- many folks who are here tonight. But it seems ting cell towers near homes, with declining “ e estimated [property value] loss be-
toric Preservation Program. e letter states like one neighbor has other plans for all of us. values at 2.5 percent on average. For homes in tween all those homes is $3 million,”he said.
that the agency “has made careful assessment “We are not prepared to have our home’s view of those towers,the decline is 9.7 percent.” “ ose same 30 homes pay $500,000 in
of these resources as they relate to potential value adversely a ected so others can collect Simon also said that should that happen, taxes to this town every year. ese numbers
State and National Register of Historic Plac- a check,” she continued. “Is the town pre- homeowners would need to be compensated. are staggering and certainly large enough to
es eligibility and has concluded that they sat- pared to give everyone within 1,000 feet a “If this does go through,I’d like to know how consider for litigation.”
isfy the criteria for listing. More speci cally, tax break? Commercial activity of this scale the properties directly abutting this property Montanoro said he would also provide
the property appears to satisfy Criterion A, and nature has no place in residential areas.” will be compensated for that value loss,” she the board with a brief containing statements
in the area of literature for its direct…asso- Ron Leviner, a Stacy Lane resident, said said. “Will there be any sort of tax incentive? from residents describing the aesthetic im-
ciation with Yates’ 1961 book, which was au- Homeland’s claim to have studies that indi- ere is precedent for this in other towns and pact the tower would have on them.
thored while the Yates family resided there.” cate cell towers don’t impact property values counties across the United States and I would “In our brief, you will get various aesthetic
Yates wrote his most famous novel, “Rev- doesn’t make sense. like to know if I am going to be compensated letters from these homeowners about what it
olutionary Road,” a candidate for the Na- “Homeland mentioned an analysis for the for the loss of the resale value of my home.” is doing to destroy the beauty of where they
tional Book Award, while living there. loss of property value. I am not an expert, Residents of Dixon Road were represented live,” he said. “Some of them have said they
“ e eligibility of the Yates-related resi- but I certainly have an instinct on the topic by Brittney Lane homeowner Robert Mon- simply want to sell and get out.
dence should be taken into consideration and anyone who has been a homeowner in tanoro, who told the board he also researched “To add insult to injury, the rent for this
relative to any action that triggers these his- this town or anywhere else has a feel about the claim that the property values in the shad- tower is going to go to a private individual
toric preservation laws,”Krattinger wrote. whether...that analysis is unbiased,” he said. ow of a cell tower are una ected or increased. instead of looking for alternative sites in the
Residents also told the board that the “What kind of assurances can Homeland “I have heard about Homeland claiming that town where the town would be the landlord,
Croton Falls Road tower would have an provide us with respect to the integrity of no property values are damaged or even in- collect the money and perhaps use it to hold
adverse e ect on their property values, al- their analysis?” creased,so just on the rare instance that an attor- down the taxes that all the people in this
though Homeland said it has several studies Jennifer Simon, another Weber Hill resi- ney for a for-pro t corporation is either giving town are paying,”he added.
that maintain it does not lower values and,in dent, echoed Leviner’s sentiments, saying misleading information or making a mistake, Homeland was expected to appear be-
some cases, may elevate them. she has evidence that shows cell towers im- we thought we would do our own homework.” fore the Zoning Board of Appeals ursday
Emily Swanson, who lives on Weber Hill pact neighboring property values in a signi - Montanoro said he polled a half-dozen night (Aug. 22) for variances for the two
Road about 1,000 feet from the proposed cantly negative way. real estate agents on the cell-tower issue. projects, including ones for the height of the
tower, said she and her partner were rst- “I know Homeland has stated that they “[Real estate agents] make their money based fences that would enclose the equipment
time homeowners looking to restore an old, have lots of studies that show home values on a percentage [of the sale],so you would think compounds and for the width of the drive-
historic home. She said the proposed place- increase within a radius of the tower. e sci- they would want a cell tower, at least according ways leading to them.
ment of the tower would be devastating. ence says otherwise,” she said. “I would like to Homeland,in everybody’s front yard,”he told e public hearing was left open and the
“We thought our biggest challenge would to know who conducted those studies and if the Planning Board.“But what did we nd? We Planning Board will reconvene it on Sept. 11.
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OP ED Mercy and molars
Building a culture Who likes going to OF HUMAN egregious. Max needed
of respect the dentist? With INTEREST braces. His bite was o .
the exception of a
few masochists, nobody likes Fast forward 32 years. Max
never did get his cracked
the drilling, the needles, the LORENZO teeth capped. ey’re still
BY MARSHA WALDMAN her friends experienced bullying screaming nerve that’s not GARO hanging by a thread. e bite
GUEST WRITER and abuse because of any di er-
ences—brown, Jewish, foreign ac- quite asleep. We detest the issue hasn’t been resolved, ei-
There is a wise old expres- cent, overweight, gay. We recently
sion, “Watch your words, read in the Mahopac News about unwanted intimacy of reclin- ther. Max had been so terri-
for words become ac- two young ladies who blithely
tions.” Our nation was shaken denigrated a woman for wearing ing helplessly, while a virtual ed in Dr. Jaipur’s o ce that
by the truth of this when Patrick a headscarf. While the schools
Crusius stormed a Walmart in put in some programs to promote stranger sticks his ngers in our mouths. his father had to hold him down. As a result
El Paso, slaughtering 20 people tolerance, they never really ad-
and injuring dozens of others dressed the culture of bullying. I at’s normal, perfectly understandable, even of the trauma, Max hasn’t seen a dentist in 22
after posting a hate- lled screed fear we are in denial.
against Mexican immigrants. to dentists. years. But he’s tired of living in pain and hid-
Horribly, his words echoed those What about Putnam County?
of our president. Perhaps even Our legislature just voted to And then there’s Max, a gigantic mountain ing his smile. He has of late visited a number
more horribly, some of us weren’t object to the recently passed New
shaken because we might accept York State law that will issue of a man, who bench presses 500 pounds the of dentists, getting estimates to repair years
our president’s racist remarks driver’s licenses to undocumented
and these violent incidents as old immigrants. Why do they object? way most people lift tomato cans o the shelf. of damage and neglect. One dentist gave him
news. Without the new Green Light
License, immigrants are put in a He’s been petri ed of the dentist since the age four di erent cards to see specialists, another,
Can we blame Trump for the position of breaking the law just
increase in hate crimes? ere is to drive to work or the grocery of 7, when he fell and cracked two of his front a $50,000 estimate. He started work with one
good reason to think so. Accord- store. ese are people who want
ing to the Associated Press, the to live the American dream, who teeth. doctor, but every time he sees him, he comes
Trump campaign ran over 2,000 work hard, often doing jobs our
ads on Facebook alone using the citizens aren’t willing to do, often Little Max had never seen a man from home with a toothache.
word “invasion” in reference to providing services that improve
the immigrants on the Mexi- the quality of our lives. Taking India. He’d never been in a dentist chair, One day, Max was driving on Route 6 and
can border. “Invasion.” It is the care of our lawns, our children,
rhetoric used by white supremist the elderly. Washing dishes and with its drilling apparatus, a long-hinged arm had to stop for a tra c delay. e ag lady
groups. It is the very word that digging ditches. Why does our
Crusius used before he commit- legislature object to having these that made him cry even before he knew its walked over to his car and explained the situa-
ted mass murder. Further, the people learn the rules of the
FBI tells us that hate crimes in road and qualify for insurance? purpose. Dr. Jaipur’s rst words couldn’t have tion.
our country have risen signi - It makes everyone safer. Do our
cantly every year since Trump was legislators, too, harbor the racist, made Max more afraid. “How are you today?’ she asked.
elected. Trump might not pull the anti-immigrant thoughts that our
trigger, but he triggers others to president spews on Twitter? “ ere’s nothing to be afraid of.” Max told her that he had at least three
hatred giving them permission
to voice their ugliest opinions. So, what can we do? We deeply e two bottom teeth, hanging by a thread, toothaches. e gentlewoman noticed that
And these words become action. value freedom of speech in this
Violent action. country, but we should recognize Dr. Jaipur said, would need caps at a later SEE GARO PAGE 12
that it comes with responsibility. date. But he discovered something far more
What about us here in Ma- When we express racism, we con-
hopac? Do we feel emboldened tribute to a culture of hatred that
to express racist, anti-immigrant in turn contributes to a culture
ideas because Trump feels free to of violence. Perhaps if we change
express them? When it happens our words to words of respect, we
at a high school sports event, we can build a culture of respect.
brush it o by saying it’s just a
few bad apples. But the reality is Marsha Waldman is treasurer of the
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Happy 50th, Woodstock alumni… we are golden
iconic image no less—to certify He remembers a lot more, and has borrowed our parents’ cars to immobile, a trip that should have
their presence at Max Yasgur’s
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APAR high school friends, Mitch Sirotta, in the natural amphitheater, to PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHARLES DERING
Billy Kronen, and I, having de- have a clear, if distant, line of sight
FROM PAGE 9 cided rather late to make the trip, to the stage below. Fifty years later, Charles Dering, of Mohegan Lake, still
brought nothing but the clothes has his tickets from Woodstock.
taken a couple hours or less took on our back—and some personal On Sunday morning, says
three or four times as long. After e ects we left in the car, to which Charles,“We passed by a butter y Or com- because of how improbable the
exiting Route 17 in the town of we didn’t return until the trip plaining? circumstances, and how joyous the
Bethel, even with bene t of a home Sunday morning. ag on a pole and found a good Just sayin’. sensation. It is my most transcen-
shortcut that Mitch knew from spot for our army blanket about 20 dent memory of Woodstock by far.
his summers in camp at nearby Charles and his friend brought feet away. I stood watching Grace I remem-
Swan Lake, we didn’t nally lo- a cooler with beer, sandwiches, Slick and Je erson Airplane. ber a shirtless ese musicians came on in the
cate a place to park until the sun fruit, chips and snacks, which kept Nearby, Nick Ercoline and Bobbi guy touching dead of night Saturday, about 3 a.m.
came up on Saturday. them nourished till Day ree Kelly were standing, wrapped in the sound We were all totally spent, nodding
(Sunday). a blanket. None of us knew each tower a few o if not asleep, mired in mud.
Charles remembers asking other, or that feet to our
an “old-timer” at a rest stop in Mitch recently reminded photographer right. He started tfully shouting, Suddenly, illuminating the
Liberty, “Is this the way to the me,“You stayed where we had Burk Uzzle “I’m being electrocuted!”which darkness like a bolt of lightning,
Woodstock concert?” e help- positioned ourselves in front of was just a sent a momentary shock through Sly and the Family Stone electri-
ful fellow pointed to a VW Bus, the stage. I went looking for food, few feet our section, until we quickly real-
ornamented with owers painted mud up to my ankles. All I could away with ized that people were perched on ed the crowd, singing,“I Want to
on the side, and said, “Just follow his camera It, like pigeons, with no problem. Take You Higher.”And just like
them hippies. at’s where they nd were cold hot dogs and warm pointed in our His was an irrational reaction to that, rising as one, the crowd was
are all going.” soda. We sat there eating it, saying direction.” the tower’s low-voltage electrical on its feet, deliriously dancing to
‘ is is disgusting.’” current, no doubt triggered by the music. I’ve never seen anything
THE WOODSTOCK MUD He nally got to something he “ate.” like it. Who needed acid? We
After we parked the car, Mitch Still, we survived the unplanned meet the couple were tripping on the naturally
Woodstock Diet. As Charles for the rst time THE MOST MEMORABLE ACT pure power of teenage adrenaline.
remembers our walking at least a points out,“We were all skinny in at e Winery in When people ask me which We were giddy with rapture. e
couple of miles before reaching the those days and did not have 24/7 May.“It took me 50 years to soundtrack doesn’t begin to do it
promised land of the concert site, access to food, so we did not miss nd out,”says, Charles,“but Bobbi groups we saw at Woodstock on full justice. You had to be there. I
but not before getting caught in a non-stop eating.” and Nick are two of the nicest folks Saturday (Day Two), I’m hard can’t believe I was.
downpour.“ at was the Wood- I have ever met.” pressed to exercise total recall
stock mud,”Mitch recalled the Upon arriving at the eld of without consulting a play list. Fifty So, Woodstock alumni, wher-
other day as we wished each other people as far as the eye could see, PRICELESS $7TICKETS years is a loooong time. ever you are, congratulations to
Happy 50th Woodstockiversary. we planted ourselves in the rst Mitch, Billy and I hadn’t all of us. I don’t know if we are
patch of dirt that revealed itself But there is one group that stardust, but nobody can deny that,
Where Charles and my Wood- between bodies pressed together bought tickets, at $7 a day or $18 always comes instantly to mind as we mark the 50th anniversary,
stock memories diverge is in how like canned sardines. It put us for a three-day pass, but Charles we are golden.
well prepared they were—and close to the performers’front right and Tim did. Before any of us got
how well prepared we were not. corner of the huge stage. there, the concert was declared
a free event, so Charles still has
Charles and his friend,Tim Charles says they pitched a tent those priceless tickets, in mint
Tassoni, brought a tent, blankets farther back in the throng, on a condition.
and copious food rations. My
at landing. From there, they only ere are a few moments I do
had to walk a few steps, to a slope remember vividly.
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I, robot vacuum
LOST IN could not only run itself when it upon itself to tell me. much to ask it to clean up after
SUBURBIA I’m not home, it could also let Realizing this was something itself ?
me know when it was done. It
TRACY wouldn’t however, feed or walk I only had to worry about once a For more Lost in Suburbia,
BECKERMAN the dog, make dinner, or pick up year, I decided to let this one go, follow Tracy on Twitter @
my dry cleaning, so honestly, I’m and focus on the more important TracyBeckerman and
At 1 a.m. on a Sunday I not really sure why I was bother- issue: become a fan on Facebook
woke up to hear the robot ing with it at all. at www.facebook.com/
vacuum vacuuming. e If I got the vacuum cleaner a LostinSuburbiaFanPage.
next night it started at 2 a.m., and But anyway, the only way to birthday cake and it left crumbs
then Tuesday it was back to 1 a.m. set the vacuum up to do vacuum on the oor, would it be too
things was to download a vacuum
“What the heck is going app which would let me control When you look good,
on with that thing?” asked my all the vacuum settings. If I didn’t
husband as we heard the vacuum do this, it defaulted to its factory You feel good.
banging on our bedroom door to settings, which, for some reason,
get in. was to suck cup the dog hair on Actual SSASuEpK nUmeScAdBimOaUoTleOfsUrR
our oors at one o’clock in the
“Obviously, it wants to clean in morning. Client
here,” I said, half-asleep.
After I downloaded the app,
“Yes, I understand that,” he I set the vacuum to clean at 10
said. “But why does it want to a.m. each day, but not to notify
clean in here at one in the morn- me when it was done, or when it
ing?” encountered a foreign object that
was in its way, or when it couldn’t
“I dunno. Maybe it prefers to
clean by moonlight?” nish the job because it had fallen
o a cli (the vacuum’s words, not
I decided that either my mine). ere were myriad noti -
vacuum was possessed, or I fed it cations I could opt to get if I so
after midnight and it turned into opted, but I didn’t because, really,
a Gremlin, or some joker at the I had better things to do than be
factory set up a middle-of-the- at the beck and call of my robotic
night vacuuming schedule just to vacuum all day.
tick some people o . I opened the
bedroom door and the vacuum Con dent that I was now fully
rushed in to deal with what it robot vacuum-literate and would
thought was a late-night dog hair no longer be bothered by late
emergency. I hit the o button night cleanings or egregious noti-
and it let out two beeps to let me
know how disappointed it was cations, I went on with my life.
not to be allowed to take care of But then one day while I was
our ctitious cleaning crisis. at lunch my phone pinged and
when I looked at it, I saw that I
e fact that it was even turn- had an urgent noti cation, so I
ing itself on at all was a surprise clicked on it.
to me. I hadn’t realized that the It was my robot vacuum.
vacuum could actually be set to It wanted me to know that it
run itself. But when I Googled was its birthday.
this phenomenon the next day, I was oored (no pun intend-
I found out that if I had actually ed). I had not seen this particular
read the manual I would have noti cation in the settings, which
learned that the robot vacuum meant that it was either factory
programmed to let me know this
information, or it was just taking
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GARO of Zen, a Zen hygienist. She What’s that Barry Manilow Dr. Mark has been all busi- cavity and wants to do some free
cosmetology on Max’s smile.
FROM PAGE 8 never once asks him to move song, “Can’t Smile Without ness, no small talk, his hands and “Frequent ier miles,” he calls
it. He’s scraping around the two
one of Max’s front teeth was a his head. Max eetingly sees You?” manner decisive. Not that Max teeth that were cracked so long
stub. ago, the day that began all Max’s
her masked face bouncing in Dr. Marc comes to do the ex- hasn’t stopped shaking from the fears and his subsequent retreat
“You need Dr. Marc,” she said. from the dentist’s chair.
Max memorized the num- the bright light, her movements amination. Finally, after record- moment he sat in the chair, but
ber. “You won’t nd him in the “ ey’ve been hanging by a
telephone book. He doesn’t like a choreographed dance. She ing all the damage, he pushes his his experience in Dr. Marc’s of- thread for 32 years,” he tells the
advertise,” hollered the ag lady doctor.
as Max rolled away. whispers, “Do you want to do chair back from the patient and ce—he has two dogs that roam
Max rst scheduled a visit “You’ll be buried with them.
to see the hygienist, Leslie. He something with that broken one pulls down his mask. freely about the o ce—has Neither needs a crown,” Dr.
thinks she must be a practitioner Marc answers.
in front?” “What do you want me to do?” relieved his sense of doom. His
Temple Beth Shalom “My bite has been o for 32
e dentist he’d been seeing e question has any number response to Dr. Marc’s question years, too.”
A vibrant, contemporary broke it by accident. It had a of answers. Get me out of pain. is completely unexpected. Dr. Marc nods. “Some o ces
put money rst.”
AAvivbirbcaronatnm,tc,mocnoutnnetimetmypopthroaarratyry deep cavity, which he started to Make me so I can smile again. “I want you to save my teeth,”
Dentists and plumbers—
cocmommmunuintiytythtahtat drill. e tooth now needs a root But something has spurred Max he hears himself say. sooner or later we all need them.
When we do, we are at their
balances Jewish values canal, post, crown and $5,000. to greater ambitions. On the next visit, Dr. Marc mercy.
bablaalnacnecsesJeJwewisihshvavlauleuses pulled the stub, which had been “Blessed are the merciful.”
Obviously, Jesus had Dr. Marc
witwhwimtihthomdmoedorednrensrnosocsicoeicetiteyyt;;y; scheduled for an oral surgeon, in mind. Now, if only Max could
inspiniisnrpisniprgirn,igne,gde, udecudacuatcitanitngign,,g, nd a merciful plumber.
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Taco Bell plans move forward
Planning Board to schedule public hearing
BY BOB DUMAS step toward fruition when the on Aug. 14 to address some ar- of Elmsford-based Warshauer with that.”
EDITOR Planning Board voted to sched- chitectural concerns raised by Mellusi Warshauer Architects Dumont said that wasn’t an
ule a public hearing for the proj- the board. PC, the town’s architectural con-
Plans to convert the old ect. sultant, to discuss the changes. option for Taco Bell.
Friendly’s restaurant building on Paul Dumont, a senior engi- “We understand the board
Stoneleigh Avenue in Carmel Representatives from Kai neer at JMC Engineering, who “Since we were last before you,
into a Taco Bell took one more Carmel LLC, which owns the represents Kai Carmel, said that we have responded to comments [liked] that existing architec-
property, went before the board he’d met with Vince Mellusi made by the town engineer and ture but it was not an option for
Restaurant the town’s architectural consul- our clients to keep that existing
Rated “Don’t Miss!” —The New York Times tant,” he said. “ e plans now roo ine,” he said. “It’s very much
Beautiful Steaks. Fresh Seafood. fully detail the proposed parapet. Friendly’s corporate architec-
Our Menu is 95% Gluten-Free. And we have submitted a sign ture. We feel that the plan before
package detailing the size of the you balances both sides the best
project and as [building inspec- that we can.”
tor Mike Carnazza] indicated, it
complies with town code. Giannico disagreed.
“I respect your point, but it
“We also have a sample board doesn’t balance both sides; it bal-
showing the proposed paint col- ances Taco Bell’s needs,” he shot
ors and the stone that will be on back. “ ere was no attempt to
the tower,” Dumont continued. even meet us halfway. It’s a very
“We had the opportunity to nice-looking modern building,
meet with [Mellusi] and show but as it sits right there next
him these samples in person and to the new gas station (Coco
he indicated that they are ac- Farms) that this board worked
ceptable to him.” on, [and] the developers there
did a great job tting in our vi-
Dumont said the revised plans sion. To me it is going to feel out
show that a brightly colored ac- of place.”
cent mural near the drive-in Eric Levitz, the architect on
window had been removed af- the project, said the building
ter board members said it was currently feature’s Friendly’s
“too in your face” and Carnazza iconic architecture and Taco Bell
warned it would likely not re- needed to change that.
ceive a required variance. “ at is Friendly’s corporate
architecture. Every Friendly’s
Anthony Giannico, the was built in that direction with
board’s co-chair, said he was dis- that roo ine,” he told the board.
pleased that the board’s request “In the eyes of Taco Bell, we
to keep the building’s roo ine, just can’t come in there and put
which features a cupola, be left a sign on a Friendly’s building.
mainly intact. ere is no modifying it; either
it would be a complete scrape or
“[We] speci cally focused in rebuilding. What we came up
on the roo ine and asked you to with, I think, is a balance with
address that—how we’d like the the existing surroundings along
look of a building [to be] in line with [Mellusi’s] recommenda-
with our vision,” he said. “And tions.”
I see before me a revision that Despite the disagreement, the
totally disregards that. I would Planning Board voted unani-
have liked to see a revision with mously to move the site-plan
the current roo ine. Obvious- approval process on to the next
ly, it had to be altered at some phase—a public hearing. A date
point to meet the needs of Taco for the hearing has not yet been
Bell, but what I see before me is scheduled.
a blatant disregard of the board’s
comments. I do have an issue
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Dems nominate Linson to
run for county court judge
Here is a list of meetings and other events in the coming e Putnam County Demo- unique empathy and judicial de-
weeks for the town of Carmel government and the Mahopac cratic Committee has nominated meanor necessary to successfully
School District. Times are subject to change. Camille Linson to run for county preside over our family court,
court judge. surrogates court, and treatment
TOWN BOARD Town Hall, 60 McAlpin court,” Reing said. “Judge Linson “ e drug court survives on the
Wednesday, Aug. 28 Ave., Mahopac e position had been held by embraces evidenced-based prac- dedication and, most important-
Judge James Reitz until his pass- tices that work and will ensure ly, specialized knowledge and ex-
Meetings starts at 7 p.m.; BOARD OF EDUCATION ing in June. the fair and equal treatment of perience of its judge. Judge Reitz
Town Hall, 60 McAlpin ursday, Sept. 12 all parties. We could not ask for mentored me in treatment court
Ave., Mahopac Meetings start at 7:30 Linson is a town justice in somebody better suited to work matters, and I have been working
Philipstown, and a self-employed with some of the most vulnerable hard in this area since taking the
PLANNING BOARD p.m.; Falls School, 100 Myr- attorney for more than two de- members of our county.” bench.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 tle Ave., Mahopac Falls cades.
Linson has lived in Putnam “I am a regular participant in
Meetings starts at 7 p.m.; RECREATION ADVISORY County Democratic Chair- County for more than 20 years. events targeting the opioid crisis
Town Hall, 60 McAlpin COMMITTEE man Scott Reing said Linson She raised her family in Philip- and incorporate drug court phi-
Ave., Mahopac will continue the empathetic and stown, while volunteering in the losophy and practices in my work
ursday, Sept. 5 distinguished work carried on by community and maintaining a on the town court bench,” she
ZONING BOARD OF Meeting starts at 7:30 Reitz and his Putnam County law practice,including a pro bono added. “I am up to the challenge
APPEALS ZBA p.m.; Sycamore Park club- Judicial Diversion/Treatment practice providing cost-free legal of stepping in to ensure that the
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ursday, Aug. 22 courts continues.”
ursday, Sept. 26 “Judge Linson exempli es “I am excited to run for county
Meetings start at 7:30 p.m.; everything we could want in a court and to serve the people of
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Simple ways to help
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Childhood obesity is a global health issue. ing the beverages with water and only allowing
In fact, childhood obesity is so prevalent that kids to have them on special occasions.
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41 million children across the globe were over- Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents use
weight. at’s a troubling statistic, as overweight snack time as a way to increase kids’ intake of
and obese children are likely to remain so into fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are
adulthood, increasing their risk for various diseas- nutrient-dense, and the WHO says increasing
es, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. fruit and vegetable intake is a great way to ght
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Common challenges and tips for breastfeeding moms
BY KIM MCKECHNIE If the baby is having trouble latching because the else to feed your baby while you rest. ough you might
GUEST COLUMNIST breasts are too full, warm soaks and gentle hand expres- have heard the advice to “sleep when the baby sleeps,”
sion prior to feeding can also help. that’s not often a convenient option. More realistically,
ere are few greater privileges a woman has than be- consider limiting your calendar – and your expectations
ing a mother of a newborn baby. PLUGGED MILK DUCT OR POSSIBLE INFECTION – when you bring a newborn baby home. Try to limit
A plugged milk duct or an infection called mastitis visitors early on, delegate some of your regular chores
But sometimes nursing your baby — an intimate, to a signi cant other, and grab naps whenever the op-
natural and wondrous act — can be a challenge at rst. my also occur. Most common in the rst few weeks portunity arises.
Overcoming these challenges often simply takes a little of lactation, mastitis can be caused by an obstruction,
practice, a little patience, and sometimes a little help. infection and/or an allergy. Symptoms for a plugged RESOURCES
duct and mastitis are similar: Pain, heat and swelling, Support groups are also great for mothers of new-
THE LATCH but they are more intense with mastitis and are often
In breastfeeding parlance, a good “latch” is critical accompanied by u-like symptoms and a fever. If you borns. Support, friendship and advice can encourage
experience these symptoms, continue breastfeeding and breastfeeding success. What better way to learn tips and
for happy baby and mother — and for e ective milk contact your physician. I also recommend reaching out tricks than from other new moms. I lead the breastfeed-
transfer. If breastfeeding your baby is painful at rst, it to a lactation consultant who can provide guidance. ing support group at Northern Westchester Hospital,
might mean your baby is sucking only on the nipple. and any nursing mother is welcome, regardless of where
At the Lactation Center here at Northern Westchester AM I MAKING ENOUGH MILK? your baby was delivered.
Hospital, we encourage breastfeeding mothers to try the Another concern among mothers of newborns is,
“asymmetrical latch” position, where the baby is latch- Most hospitals have resources to help mothers with
ing onto the nipple and areola in a slightly o -centered “Is my baby getting enough milk?” Many new mothers breastfeeding challenges, and we are here to help you
manner. is way, the baby gets more breast tissue close wonder if their milk production is meeting their baby’s as well, even when you’re home. Northern Westchester
to his or her lower jaw and tongue, which enhances nutritional needs. Hydration, good nutrition and ad- Hospital has a Breastfeeding Resource Center available
feeding and discourages sore nipples. equate caloric intake will encourage good milk produc- to all our new mothers.
tion. Nursing moms need about 500 additional calories
ENGORGEMENT per day. Regular, “well-baby” visits to the pediatrician, We are also available for breastfeeding consultation
Another common problem among breastfeeding which always involve documenting baby’s weight and for women who are struggling with lactation issues af-
measurements, will reassure you that your child is gain- ter their hospital discharge. ere is a $100 fee for this
mothers is breast engorgement. A few days after giving ing the proper amount of weight at the right speed. appointment that is usually fully-reimbursable through
birth, it is normal for breasts to become larger or even your medical insurance.
swollen when they begin milk production. It generally FATIGUE
takes about two days for normal physiologic engorge- Let’s not overlook the issue of fatigue. No matter how Know that you can achieve breast feeding success, de-
ment to recede. spite any challenges you might encounter, and we are
you choose to feed your baby, you are sure to experi- here to help.
Although engorgement is sometimes uncomfortable ence exhaustion. Sure, new babies sleep about 15 hours
and slightly painful, if the baby is latching well, you should a day, but not consecutively, which means your baby will Visit nwhc.net/calendar to nd breastfeeding support
continue to exclusively breastfeed through that two-day be having meals throughout the night when the rest of groups, new mom support groups or childbirth preparation
period. Frequent feeding will help relieve the engorge- the world is sound asleep. Expressing your milk using a classes o ered by Northern Westchester Hospital. Kim
ment. Applying ice packs to the breast after feedings for breast pump is always an option. is allows someone McKechnie, RN, IBCLC, is the Lactation Coordinator at
15-20 minutes often helps decrease the in ammation. Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco.
How does Obesity put
Women’s Health at Risk?
Know the medical conditions – and best treatments…
Ask the Doctor Q: Why do people become obese? Obesity also increases the risk of irregular or painful
A: Obesity is now recognized as an energy storage periods, high-birth-weight babies, gestational diabetes,
Dr. Mitchell S. Roslin disease that’s hormonally based. It can develop when and miscarriages. There’s a greater risk of breast cancer,
Director, Bariatric Surgery Program we eat large quantities of simple carbohydrates that especially post-menopause. Sixty percent of cancers
Northern Westchester Hospital break down fast to sugar, such as bread, pasta and of the uterine lining are caused by obesity, as are a
white rice. In response, your body produces excess signi cant number of uterine broids. Obese women
Learn more about insulin to keep the right level of glucose in the blood – with cancer have a higher rate of mortality and
Dr. Roslin, visit a condition called insulin resistance. recurrence because treatments, typically tested on
nwhsurgicalweightloss.org/ non-obese people, may not be as eﬀective.
DrRoslin Excess insulin production is a serious problem because
insulin prevents fat breakdown, so more food converts Q: What are the best remedies for obesity?
400 East Main Street | Mount Kisco, NY 10549 to fat, promoting fat storage. High insulin also reduces A: Weight-loss (bariatric) surgery can work because it
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your brain you should eat less. In women, there’s an weight range your body is genetically programmed for
extensive, complex interaction between the hormonally and that it tries to maintain. However, you must also
based reproductive cycles and insulin system, so subtle eat more protein and vegetables – foods that break
hormonal changes have a greater eﬀect on women. down more slowly. FDA-approved medications help
some people lose weight. We now know that the best
Q: Are obese women at risk for certain treatment for obesity is multi-pronged. Beside surgery,
health problems? I use medications, behavioral therapy, and special
A: Absolutely. Most problems revolve around excessive exercise machines that make it possible for anyone to
production of insulin. Obese women have more diﬃculty run. Exercise greatly improves insulin resistance.
conceiving due to problems ovulating, and are more likely
to have abnormalities during pregnancy, such as high Did you know?
blood pressure. Obesity is the number one cause
of female infertility in the U.S. Obesity is the number one cause of
female infertility in the U.S.
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Did you know? New brand identity revealed
for Putnam Hospital Center
According to the World Health Organization, one in every three
cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer. New brand is next step in nonpro t health
system’s mission to transform the healthcare
As troubling as that may seem, it might not give the full picture as
to the prevalence of skin cancer. e American Institute for Cancer experience in the region
Research notes that estimating skin cancer incidence is uniquely
challenging because of the sheer volume of sub-types of skin cancer. To mark the creation of Nuvance Health, and as one of many steps to transform the healthcare ex-
perience for consumers in New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut, the nonpro t system
e AICR says that non-melanoma skin cancer is often not tracked today unveiled its new brand with an advertising campaign, a new system URL, nuvancehealth.org,
by cancer registries, and even when it is, many registrations are in- and new social media pages.
complete because most cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are suc-
cessfully treated. So skin cancer might be even more prevalent today e brand conveys Nuvance Health’s motivation to challenge assumptions and expectations in
than statistics indicate, and the WHO notes it may only become healthcare and to deliver m ore convenient, accessible and a ordable care throughout the region.
more so in coming decades due to ozone depletion.
Nuvance Health was formed April 1 when Western Connecticut Health Network and Health
As ozone levels are depleted, the atmosphere loses more and Quest Systems Inc. combined. e system’s seven hospitals, including nearby Putnam Hospital Cen-
more of its protective lter. at loss means more solar radiation ter and Danbury Hospital, have 2,600 doctors serving an area that encompasses about 1.5 million
will reach the Earth’s surface, leading to a spike in skin cancer rates. residents.
In fact, the WHO estimates that a 10 percent decrease in ozone
levels could result in 300,000 additional cases of non-melanoma “Coming together to become one health system gives us a tremendous opportunity to rede ne
skin cancers and 4,500 more cases of melanoma skin cancers. e how we provide care by improving on traditional healthcare experiences and elevating our ability to
good news is that scientists with NASA recently documented direct connect our communities with an expanded care network,” said Dr. John Murphy, CEO of Nuvance
proof that the Antarctic ozone is recovering, a recovery that scien- Health.
tists credit to the 1987 landmark agreement known as the Montreal
Protocol on Substances at Deplete the Ozone Layer. at agree- “With our Nuvance Health brand rmly in place, we have an opportunity to create an incredible
ment, which was rati ed by 197 United Nations member countries, energy and culture for our new health system, for our employees and for our community,”said Robert
led to the phasing out of substances linked to ozone depletion. Friedberg, president of Nuvance Health. “Our patients have told us they value a healthcare partner
who stands for something beyond what is expected.”
is article is from Metro Creative Connection.
To deliver this, Nuvance Health is committed to living by four foundational values:
Andrea Kropf, O.D. • We’re committed to being personal. We focus on how we treat people emotionally as well as
Comprehensive Eye Care for Your Family • We embrace our imagination.We always challenge the expected, inspire curiosity and never settle.
Extensive Experience in Pediatric Eye Care • We practice being agile. We stay open-minded and overcome barriers by embracing change.
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FOR ADULTS there for our patients.
Thorough eye exams are essential for As part of the Nuvance Health branding, keeping the names of the hospitals was important recog-
eye health. nition of their unique histories and devotion and connectivity to their respective communities.
- Catch problems before symptoms In the coming year, Nuvance Health will launch new programs and services making healthcare
emerge or worsen. easier for patients to navigate across the growing health system.
- Glaucoma & Cataract Evaluations…
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How orthodontic treatment works
A beautiful smile is something everyone aspires to. few years, o ers the Oral Health Foundation. at’s because
In addition to keeping their teeth and gums clean, people teeth are anchored strongly in the bone of the jaw. In order
can take various steps to ensure their smiles are outstanding. to move teeth into correct placement, gentle, constant pres-
Orthodontic treatment can align teeth and make for an sure needs to be applied in the correct manner.
attractive smile and more functional chewing. Orthodontics A combination of xed and removable devices must be
is a branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are used to help move teeth. With braces, the most common
positioned improperly, advises Colgate. When teeth do not xed appliances, small brackets are a xed to the front of
t together correctly,they can be harder to keep clean.In ad- the teeth and anchors are placed on or around the molars.
dition, misaligned teeth and jaws can cause stress on chew- in arch wires are then passed through the brackets and
ing muscles that may lead to headaches and other pain. held in place with small elastics called ligatures. Tighten-
Most people are introduced to orthodontics when a tra- ing or switching the gauge of the wire helps draw the teeth
ditional dentist examines their mouth, and children are of- into correct position. Rubber bands also can be used to ap-
ten referred to an orthodontist. Certain appliances, such as ply pressure in di erent ways to move teeth accordingly.
palatal expanders and braces, are often recommended to x Other types of orthodontic treatments include xed ing orthodontic treatment. ese consist of various sets of
the most common problems. Extractions may be necessary space maintainers, which keep a space open until a perma- exible plastic that are molded to move the teeth incre-
to make room in overcrowded mouths so that orthodontic nent tooth erupts if a baby tooth is lost prematurely. Fixed mentally.
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Teaching kids to think about what they’re thinking about
Dear Dr. Linda, saying things to your children like, “Just (Most children will have no idea because • Talk to your child about what he is
Every store I go into has sales for do your best,” or “I won’t be mad at you they’re not using metacognition. ey’re doing in class. Have him tell you what
if I know you studied.” not thinking about what they’re learn- he learned in class. is way your child
back-to-school items. I keep getting ing. ey’ll even do the homework and will learn how to think about what
emails about things to do to prepare my To begin with, what does “Just do your still not know what it’s actually about. they’re thinking about. Talk about set-
kids for school. I remember your column best” mean? How does a child know Rote drills don’t facilitate thinking about ting small goals so he understands that
last year said that one of the most im- what his or her best is? Do you know? what or why we’re doing something. his goal is to learn what the teacher says
portant things to get for kids going back is important in class and what he or she
to school is a hole punch and boxes, bins at statement truthfully means noth- • If your child can explain what he’s assigns for homework.
and baskets. I bought those items last ing and a child who fails because he’s actually being taught, the topic or
year and it helped. What do you recom- lacking a skill that he needs learns that subject, you’ve made a breakthrough. Teach your child how to approach
mend this year? his “best” means he’s stupid. Likewise, Talk about it with them. Ask questions studying and learning, no matter what
the statement “I won’t be mad at you if I that will help them think about how the the subject or topic. And don’t be sur-
Mary know you studied” means what? Is being topic a ects their lives. But don’t suf- prised if his “best” is far better than even
mad at your child if he’s doing poorly a focate them with your knowledge. at’s you thought it was.
Dear Mary, rational response? Instead of being mad, an immediate turn-o .
If a hole punch and boxes, bins and identify why he’s doing poorly and help Dr. Linda
your child learn how to learn. at leads • If you see that your child is aware of
baskets helped your kids do better in into the second part of that sentence, “… the what and why of s/he’s learning, help Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad Grades
school last year, it means that they were if I know you studied.” Unless explicitly them come up with strategies for mov- Happen to Good Kids” and director of
more organized. Organization is an im- taught some strategies, most kids have ing the information from short-term Strong Learning Tutoring and SAT/ACT
portant part of school success. is year I no idea how to study. memory to long-term memory. (Hint: It Test Prep. Send your questions to [email protected]
recommend something even better. Help takes repetition and/or practice.) Help stronglearning.com. Find more articles at
your child learn how to learn. So, let’s change the dance this year. them learn to practice the material over
Instead of using all those old clichés that and over again by writing it, saying it StrongLearning.com.
Of course, you can’t buy that in a store have no meaning for most children, help and looking at it and using one or
or online. It’s the best back-to-school your child this year think about what he more strategies for improving STRONG
gift you can give your children—because or she is thinking about which will help memory, like “chunking,” or LEARNING
it’s free. them learn how they learn! drawing pictures. (Hint:
It’s called “metacognition.” Helping • Be sure your child understands what is is also what reviewing, SILBERT
your children develop the skill of meta- the subject or topic is about before try- and studying is about.)
cognition means that you’re teaching ing to memorize it. During dinner or
them how to think about what they’re while you’re in the car, talk to your child
thinking about. Research has shown that about what they’re learning in school.
students who think about what they’re Don’t ask, “How was school today?” at
thinking about do better in school than leads to a one-word answer like “Good”
kids who don’t do this, even if they’re or “Horrible.” Be speci c. “What are
brilliant. It’s been shown that learning you learning about in social studies?”
itself is a behavior that can be learned. or “What did you do in math today?”
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Temple Beth Shalom fundraiser to help students in need
Backpacks, school supplies will go to those who need them most
BY BOB DUMAS working together,”she continued.
EDITOR “I brought [the idea] to the con-
gregation and they loved it and
e rst day of school will be it’s taken o .”
a little brighter for some under- Congregant Sharon Gunzburg
privileged kids in the Mahopac served as chair of the school sup-
School District this year thanks ply drive committee.
to the e orts of the congregation “Not only did we collect mon-
of Temple Beth Shalom. ey, but we had a trunk set up here
e temple collected money in the lobby and our Hebrew
and used it to purchase back- school kids came in with supplies
packs and supplies that will go to to donate,” she said. “So, we had
25 kindergarteners in the school both supplies and
district, as well as children of par- money. We set PHOTOS: BOB DUMAS
ents who are in the care of the up hours when
Putnam/Northern Westchester we would be in Fromm left, members of school supply fundraising committee and the recipients of their
Women’s Resource Center. the lobby [to col- efforts: Joel Greenburg, Cindy Teplitsky, School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo, Marlene
Hochberg, Rabbi Sarah Freidson, Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Ann
Rabbi Sarah Freidson said the lect money] so the Ellsworth, Matthew Hindin, and committee Chair Sharon Gunzburg
idea for the school supply drive parents knew. We
was the result of a two-year fel- had samples of the we also have shelter right now. It helps them to “We are helping you to be suc-
lowship she just completed types of supplies folders, com- hit the ground running and be like cessful upon entering the school
teaching clergy innovation and we needed.” TwtwfwoiirhtesMhontastdnychae-hofyeiopvdooeafltcbhsskaecuichmpnkopdpomleialer.ocgsksawtsrtfifleoillnrlgeetohdrse position and everybody else. ey get to blend district.”
change-management skills. in, so they don’t look like they’re DiCarlo said it was the dis-
Gunzburg said spiral note- not supposed to be there.”
“I needed to do an innova- she received infor- books, plus trict’s principals who thought the
tion project and mine was called, mation from the the rulers, She said their young clients backpacks and supplies should be
‘V’ahavta - e Caring Collec- kindergarten teach- pencil boxes, span a wide age range. given to kindergarteners.
tives of Temple Beth Shalom,’ ers about what kinds erasers, glue
and helping kids was one of those “We just had a family leave the “We had a conversation with
of supplies were sticks-just about shelter, it was a mom plus seven the building principals, and they
collectives,” Freidson said. “ ey needed. Each of 25 the backpacks everything that was in the back- ranging in ages from 18 months all thought it was a good idea to
picked as their project raising contains things like crayons, col- packs.” to 13 years old,” Ellsworth said. welcome them in that framework
money and collecting school sup- ored pencils, washable markers, Ann Ellsworth, executive di- “ ey had left their house with in kindergarten,” he said. “It’s
plies for kindergarteners in Ma- glue sticks, pencils, plastic folders, rector of the Women’s Resource nothing and had to start over. great that Rabbi Sarah and her
hopac schools. But the congrega- dry-erase markers, supply boxes, Center, said she was thrilled and ey have to go to school, so we group opened up and wanted to
tion was so generous that we had headphones or earbuds, rulers grateful to get the donations. do backpacks, we do school sup- do a partnership with the school
extra money and extra supplies, and pocket tissues. “Isn’t this beautiful? I am over- plies, sports equipment-whatever district. It’s exciting. To do this
so we are giving them to the “Plus, there are doubles and whelmed,” she said. “To be able to the kids need to feel normal. is for us is great. ese items are
Putnam/Northern Westchester triples of everything because get school supplies, especially for will go a long way toward that. things that the principals thought
Women’s Resource Center. people donated so much money,” our youngest just starting out, is is is just the tip of the iceberg, would be necessary for the kids to
“So, the seed for the idea came Gunzburg said. “ e Resource really important. It’s for the fami- but to get it this early de nitely have coming in.”
from the caring collectives which Center ages go higher, kindergar- lies of the clients we serve, victims helps. Kids like to know that ev- DiCarlo said the district re-
are grassroots task forces all ten through age 16, so for them of violence. We have 15 in our erything is taken care of.” searched which students would
School Superintendent An- be in most need of the donations.
thony DiCarlo was equally ap- “We ascertained who might
preciative of Temple Beth Sha- need supplies. Sometimes -
lom’s altruism. nances might not be where they
“It is a great partnership should be for parents, so we
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Plath earns All-World ﬁrst team
status at World Series of lacrosse
Heads group of youth players waiting to see direction of varsity program
BY SKIP PEARLMAN
Mahopac’s Robert Plath is in the process “It means he’s one of the best in the He said earning the All-World First PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRIS PLATH
of making a name for himself. country,” he said. “In my opinion, in the Team honor carried a lot of meaning.
2024 graduating class, he’s the most Rising eighth-grader Robert Plath was
And after his performance—on the talented defenseman in the country. He’s “It’s a huge deal,”he said.“I worked really named All-World First Team at the
Westchester-based Prime Time Lacrosse a rare talent. I don’t think we’ve ever had hard for it. I’ve been working since the recent World Series of Lacrosse.
team—at last month’s World Series of a player enter high school with his level of second grade, and I think I’m still getting
Lacrosse, he’s o cially given notice: Plath talent.” better every day.” “Private school is a possibility for an
could be one of the best (and most sought education,” Plath said, “but I hope to play
after) defensemen Section 1 has ever When asked about the best defensive Plath said one of his goals is to play for Mahopac. I feel like I can bring a large
produced. And that’s saying something— players Section 1 has ever seen, Tumolo varsity as a freshman (if he’s healthy, he quantity of defense, ground balls… I want
with names like Ric Beardsley (Lakeland, said: “He is in that class. Hands down, he’s will), which means in the spring of 2021. to be a team leader.”
1991) and 1996 state champ and All- more athletic, stronger, faster, and plays
American Billy Armstrong, setting the with more tenacity than any player on the e only question is whether or not Tumolo believes Mahopac lacrosse is at a
standard. Plath and a talented group of Mahopac crossroads, with the future of the program
eld. He’s de nitely a game-changer.” youth lacrosse players will wind up on the depending on nding the right coach—one
At the World Series of Lacrosse, an elite Plath said he got a lot out of the elite Mahopac varsity team, currently in a state with the right skills,community roots,and a
tournament in July in Denver, that features competition in Denver. of ux after the recent dismissal of head deep connection to MSA youth programs.
the 24 best seventh-grade teams from “It was really fun, and I learned a lot,” coach Joe Bucello. who spent two seasons
around the country, Prime Time reached Plath said of the World Series tournament. with the program. Tumolo said the program has lost players
the tournament quarter nals. e team “You’re competing with the best teams in to other schools in the past, and hopes that
reached the championship game in 2017. the world, it’s de nitely hard, but you get For Plath, a private school is within the trend does not continue.
better. To be the best, you have to compete realm of possibility if the program doesn’t
e Prime Time team features three with the best.” gain some stability. But at the end of the “I think they’re really at a crossroad,”
Mahopac players (Plath, PJ Hodge and day, he’d like to be at Mahopac, playing Tumolo said. “If you don’t get that right
Danny Koch), and Mahopac’s Denny with teammates he grew up with. person in place, one who can bring
Piekutowski, a goalie, played for the LI everyone together, you can lose people. In
Express North team. the upcoming class, we already lost six out
of 17 incoming athletes. It’s unusual to lose
Also on the Prime Time team, from so many.”
the Halston Media coverage area, are:
Luca Duva and Andrew Kiefer of John But the right coach can bring stability
Jay-Cross River High, Conor Duncan, and a sense of new hope to the program.
Andrew Weisman and Chris Constantine
of Yorktown High, and Aidan Bross of “ e future of Mahopac lacrosse, with
Lakeland High. these young players, and with the right
coaching piece, I feel like the future has
“We were happy with the nish,” never looked better,”Tumolo said.
Prime Time coach Nick Daniello said.
“Obviously you want to win, but the boys
really competed, and did what they could.
ey left it on the eld. ey’re some of
the best teams in the country, so it’s very
Prime Time plays a national schedule,
and is ranked No. 6 in the country by US
Plath, along with Arlington High’s
Peyton Anderson, were the only area
players named All-World First Team.
Daniello (Prime Time has had double-
digit Division 1 recruits in each of the last
six years), and Andy Tumolo, Plath’s MSA
coach the last ve years, both know what
elite athletes look like, and they both agree
the ceiling for Plath is unlimited.
“He was the best defenseman at the
tournament—by far,” Daniello said. “He’s
big, he’s physical, and has a great stick.
He can take a face-o , and I think he has
a very good chance of making varsity as a
“He’s played for me since the fourth
grade, and he can cover any player on the
eld,” Daniello added. “He de nitely has
the potential to become a D1 defender.”
Tumolo explained the All-World First
PAGE 28 MAHOPAC NEWS SPORTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2019
Mahopac football golf outing builds camaraderie
Boost funds to football programs
BY SKIP PEARLMAN kindergarten ag, to varsity. with new uniforms for the varsity
CONTRIBUTING WRITER “We do it to raise money for team, and new tackling equipment
for the youth program.
e Mahopac High School equipment and various items for
football program, in conjunction the program,” Callahan said. “We Callahan is hoping the nal tally
with the MSA, held its ninth have players, coaches, teachers, is between $5,000 and $6,000.
annual golf outing Aug. 16 at the community members, it’s open to
Putnam County Golf Club.Perfect anyone.We had a nice turnout,and “ at’s big for our program,” he
weather greeted the approximately everyone had a good time. I think said. “It really helps with supplies,
70 coaches, football players, and people look forward to it, it’s a and helps enlighten the experience
community boosters who came out good thing prior to football (camp) the kids have. And we try to spread
to support Mahopac football. kicko .” it out around our various age
e outing featured a shotgun A portion of funds from last
start scramble, best-ball format, year’s outing were used to purchase Callahan said Mahopac’s
with closest to pin, long drive, and the blow-up tunnel, from which football-loving community is
hole-in-one contests. varsity players enter the eld prior hungry to kick o a new season,
to home games. and the golf outing is like the
Participants had a chance to talk appetizer.
football at a lunch that followed at “We only get three or four home
the Red Mills Pub. games a year, so we want to make “It’s great to get the community
the most of those,” Callahan said. involved at the lunch after, at
MSA Football Director Dan “Whatever we can do to excite Red Mills,” he said. “Mahopac
Callahan said he liked the turnout, the kids and fans, and make it an is de nitely a football town, and
and the funds raised to boost experience.” the business owners give us great
various age-group programs, from support. And everyone loves
is year’s funds are set to help talking football.”
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Business owners: you need your own retirement plan
As a business owner, you can’t a ord to and your employees. Plus, employee contributes. Which plan is right for you? e answer
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2019, you can put in up to no employees other than of the resources you’ll need to enjoy the
Of course, you might think that, one $13,000 — or $16,000 if retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. To
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Volz Auto’s Jeep Fest raises money for charity
BY BOB DUMAS exponentially each year with more and more Jeep fans upstate New York to take part.
EDITOR coming to show o their customized vehicles in hopes Dealership sta ers sold hot dogs and hamburgers,
of winning a trophy in one of the Fest’s myriad award
Jeep fans had a chance to celebrate their love of categories. while other vendors provided French fries and Italian
the iconic vehicle Sunday, Aug.18, and show o their ices. ere was an RTI ramp for Jeeps to climb on and
souped-up customized versions while helping to raise Jen Austin, the dealership’s marketing manager, said country radio station KICKS 105.5 was on hand to
money for a good cause. that Jeep lovers pay an entry fee to display their vehicles broadcast live and emcee the event.
and compete to win prizes. Some of this year’s catego-
It was the fth year in a row that Volz Auto Group’s ries included Most Used and Abused, Best Build, Old But as Austin pointed out, the day was all about char-
Meadowland of Carmel (owned by Kenn, Jenn and Bar- Timer, Best Non-O Road and People’s Choice. ity. Proceeds from Jeep Fest went to the Joseph P. Dwyer
bara Volz) held “Jeep Fest”— an event that is part car Vet2Vet Program.
show, part fundraiser. “It’s a day to celebrate our Jeeps and our Jeep family,”
she said, noting that as many as 200 Jeep lovers came, Also, on hand to raise awareness for their causes was
e car show portion of the event seems to grow some from as far away as the Bronx, Long Island and the Putnam County Humane Society, Blue Path Service
Dogs and Mended Swords.
Jeeps line the Volz Auto parking The Volz Auto crew selling rafﬂe tickets.
lot waiting to be judged.
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