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Mahopac marks Memorial Day
PHOTO: MAUREEN DALY
Mahopac honored its war dead with a parade, speeches and a wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day (May 27), as well as a patriotic boat parade on Lake Mahopac
with ags waving and “Taps” blaring. Mahopac VFW Post 5491 and American Legion Post 1080 led the event, which was attended by elected o cials, clergy, Scouts and
many of Mahopac’s service organizations. For more photos of the parade and ceremonies, see page 3.
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Eagle Scout projects to aid church, town park
BY BOB DUMAS of the Holy Communion on will have a small entry staircase; [the gazebo] will provide a great Wahl said $1,500 will be do-
EDITOR Route 6, which will expand the the interior will include a perim- opportunity to go outside for nated to dedicate the gazebo to
church’s ability to hold Bible eter railing and benches. Bible study class. It can also be the late wife of the church’s pas-
Two new Eagle Scout projects classes, perform ceremonies and a place to hold weddings and tor.
have been given the thumbs up hold social events. “I have been there just about outside church services. e
by the Town Board and will get every Sunday since I was 5 and I church’s concerts and barbecues Wahl will hold a pasta dinner
underway this summer at a local Wahl told the board at its May have a close relationship with ev- can be held there as well.” at the VFW to raise money, and
church and town park. 8 meeting that the gazebo will eryone there,” Wahl said. “Cur- more fundraisers will be held if
be 12 feet in diameter and fea- rently, all Sunday school classes Wahl said he hopes to com- necessary. Money will also be
Noah Wahl will build a gaze- ture eight concrete footings with are held inside at small tables for plete the project by July 1 with donated from the church.
bo on the grounds of the Church pressure-treated wood posts. It the children. During the spring, help from the church’s youth
group, fellow Scout members, “We’ll use a kit that will be
Replacing scores of football and track throw-team shipped [to the church] and
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Mahopac’s Cub and Boy Scouts march.
FROM PAGE 3
disabled, those that are in hospi-
tals, and the homeless.
“It is up to all of us to support
veteran programs so that the en-
titlements that we promised to
them are never taken away,” he
At the conclusion of the cer-
emony, singer Maire McVicker
sang,and the Boy and Girl Scouts
were invited inside the circle.
Afterward, the American Le-
gion and the VFW conducted
military-style rollcalls to honor
and remember deceased mem-
bers. A patriotic boat parade Anthony Pellicio and Jim Hosford of American Legion Post 1080.
followed, with ags waving and
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It’s rabies season: Be vigilant, SCOUT
vaccinate your pets
FROM PAGE 6
Rabies is a viral disease that almost always leads capture it safely and contact the health department
to death, unless a vaccine is provided soon after ex- for an exposure assessment,” Nesheiwat said. “A friends from the football team,” he said, noting that Scouts
posure. Springtime is when wild baby animals are captured bat can be tested for rabies and if it is not can’t use power tools, “so we’ll have adults making the cuts and
born, and bats often return to the local area. While infected you can avoid the two-week series of shots.” we’ll be doing all the heavy lifting.”
rabies is most often seen among wild animals such
as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes, pets and live- To safely capture a bat, watch the popular demo “ is is a beautiful project, it really is,” said Supervisor Ken
stock can also become sick with rabies. Current from the New York State Department of Health Schmitt. “ ank you for this. I am sure the church is really
vaccination can protect pets if they are exposed to (NYSDOH), available on the Putnam County happy.”
rabid animals. website at http://www.putnamcountyny.com/
how-to-capture-a-bat/ . Building inspector Mike Carnazza said he would donate his
e Putnam County Department of Health time to perform the footing inspections.
(PCDOH) hosts three pet vaccination clinics each e Feral Cat Task Force is another program
year. e next will be held at Hubbard Lodge in that helps reduce the chance of spreading rabies. “We’ll make it work for him,” Carnazza said.
Cold Spring on July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. e Town Board agreed to waive the building permit fee for
e Feral Cat Task Force has captured, neutered,
“We have been able to keep the number of hu- vaccinated and returned 54 cats, and adopted or the project.
man rabies cases extremely low due to the combi- fostered 17 kittens so far in 2019. For people in- Scout Kyle Link plans to build and install two picnic tables
nation of companion animal vaccination programs terested in volunteering or donating in support of
like the one o ered at the PCDOH and human this program, contact the Health Department’s at Red Mills Park. e 8-by-5-foot tables will be made of ce-
rabies vaccine availability,” said Health Commis- environmental health hotline at 845-808-1390, dar and will be situated on platforms made of eldstone. e
sioner Dr. Michael J. Nesheiwat. “Remember, it is ext. 43160. project was approved by the Recreation and Parks Advisory
never a good idea to approach a wild or stray ani- Committee.
mal. An animal does not have to look sick to be All animal bites or contact with wild animals
infected and the only way to tell if an animal has should be reported promptly to the environmen- Link said each table will cost $350 to $400; the stone pads
rabies is to test their brain tissue.” tal health hotline. After hours or on weekends/ will cost about $175 each. He hopes to raise money via a bake
holidays report the incident by calling the depart- sale and ra e.
Rather than approach a baby animal that seems ment’s environmental health hotline and pressing
to have been abandoned, residents are urged to “3.” A representative will promptly return your call. e tables are designed to be accessible to wheelchairs.
leave the animal alone, or call a wildlife rehabilita- If a family pet encounters a wild animal, avoid im- “I love that it is handicapped-accessible. I think that is very
tor to see if the animal truly needs assistance. Chil- mediate handling of your pet, or use rubber gloves, wonderful,” said Councilwoman Suzi McDonough.
dren should be taught to avoid all wild and stray and call the health department. PCDOH person- Recreation Director Jim Gilchrist said the wooden tables
animals and to tell an adult if they have come in nel will facilitate testing wild animals for possible will match the wooden signs throughout Red Mills Park and
contact with an unfamiliar animal. rabies after an incident involving human or pet that the eldstone pads will also match the park’s décor.
contact. “If you go out to Red Mills Park and look at the agpole you
Bats remain the No. 1 reason for rabies treat- will see that there’s a stone platform with the lights in it,“ he
ments. Article provide by Putnam County Department of said. “ ose are the same stones and design that will be under-
Health neath the picnic tables.”
“If you nd a bat in your home, it is important to Link said he and his team will assemble the tables at his
house and bring them to the park. He hopes to complete the
project later this summer.
“It’s going on town property, so you are saving the town
money,” Schmitt said.
Both Scouts will have their Court of Honor ceremonies, of-
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Mahopac’s Carrozza is Senior Citizen of the Year
Mahopac’s Ed Carrozza was the recipient of an RSVP “I love getting out and vol- and older as resources in pro- the county, involving more than
was born to volunteer. And Humanitarian Award. unteering, helping the seniors,” viding volunteers able to tackle 435 people age 55 and older in a
on ursday, May 30, Putnam Carrozza, 80, was born in he said. “I truly enjoy it and the Putnam County’s most pressing broad range of activities. RSVP
County’s Retired Senior Volun- Queens. He began a construc- best is when I can bring a smile community problems, including, is part of the National Senior
teer Program (RSVP) honored tion career when he was 17. At to their faces with a silly joke or education, environment, health, Service Corps, which is part of
him with the Senior Citizen 26, he got married and moved action.” human services and safety. the Corporation for National
of the Year Award at its 46th his family to Mahopac in 1978. e RSVP volunteer program e program was established and Community Service.
annual awards breakfast at the Using his construction ex- promotes the idea of engaging in 1973 and is now the largest
Putnam County Golf Course. perience, he and his siblings and recruiting individuals 55 senior volunteer organization in Article provided by RSVP
Carrozza’s co-honoree was started Carrozza Bros., which
Marjorie Williams of Patterson. ourished for 15 years. After Rated “Don’t Miss!” —The New York Times
Carrozza has been part of the the business’s dissolution, he
RSVP volunteer medical trans- went back to work for the Lo-
portation program for 17 years. cal Carpenters Union until he Beautiful Steaks. Fresh Seafood.
He connected the county’s Of- retired in 2003.
ce for Senior Resources with In addition to his work with Restaurant Our Menu is 95% Gluten-Free.
his brother in Texas who or- RSVP, Carrozza is the president
ganizes a handyman program of Carpenters Union Retirees,
to help seniors with small jobs and volunteers through that
around the house. In 2007, he position as well.
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A time before e wood-wide web
Roe v. Wade
Now that we have arrived at the shop, and spent time in the Redwoods.
height of the season, what a Not enough time, I might add. ey are
fabulous green spring it has been. such magni cent trees; you can feel the
Abortion-rights groups are Treading daily along paths intensity of their presence
up-in-arms, challenging newly
enacted statutes in several but perforated uteruses—damaged by of owering shrubs and LIFE, almost immediately. In
Southern and Midwest- perennials to check what HEALTH, any case, the guide spoke
ern states that restrict a untrained abortionists or by a woman has come into bloom, it’s POLITICS about how the “mother”
woman’s right to choose. like taking a walk through redwood trees are known
attempting to perform the abortion
however, welcome the on herself—were a
challenges. eir goal
is to have Roe v. Wade HERE frequent result (ofttimes splendor every single day, MARA to provide water and
overturned by the Su- AND permanent). the colors, the scents, the SCHIFFREN other nutrients to their
preme Court and then, NOW! smells. daughter trees at need.
if these states’ historical Before 1973, abortion
reluctance to cover contraception of was legal in just eight ough the trees and ey have a system of
any kind is a guide, a crackdown on the
morning-after pill and other chemical BERNIE states, and only when bushes are best viewed, communication. In fact,
options will come next. KOSBERG the mother’s life was at
monumental risk—no of course, on one of the remarkably few redwoods were reduced to such low num-
e primary purpose of these abor-
tion bans is not merely to overturn sunny days we have experienced in the last bers that California enacted a law that
Roe, but to go back to the way it was
before that landmark decision, in 1973. matter rape, incest, or few weeks. it made it illegal to cut any more down,
So, what did it look like when diagnosed debilitating But the ongoing deluge of rain has so much devastation was done to them
women were forced to get illegal abor-
tions? Scholars estimate that between defects. Yet, a pregnant woman with meant that absolutely everything has been by previous, non-conservation minded
20 and 25 percent of all pregnancies
still ended in abortion and, frequently, $2,500 and suitable connections could growing like crazy. Plucky young trees that generations.
there were dangerous complications.
enter a private hospital for a procedure survived the winter with some pruning It has now become known that all kinds
It was extremely risky, particularly
if you were young and without re- where sympathetic physicians would back, caused by Mother Nature herself, of trees form networks underground. In
sources. Geography mattered. Women
in certain states, and especially those classify with an acceptable label. With- have now lled in completely and grown times of drought or lack, the strong trees
living in larger metropolitan areas,
had an easier time accessing informa- out big bucks and connections, how- close to a foot taller. Incredible growth, can dump nutrients down their roots and
tion about where to obtain a “safe”
illegal abortion. Even so, there were ever, women oundered in emotional with the earth absorbing all the sky-fallen provide it for the younger and weaker trees
numerous tragedies, especially if you
were nancially strapped. Hundreds agony, forced outside the margins of moisture each day, making it feel spongy and plants. It is not really known yet how
of women died each year; for far too
many, the saga of a back-alley abortion legitimate medicine. and moist. And returning it to us through all this happens, except that fungi networks
was a tragic reality.
In 1969, a distraught young girl—a incredible plant growth. I have never play a part in translating the information
Most of the time women survived
physically intact but went home to recent graduate of a prestigious Catho- seen more buds on the peonies, nor taller between the trees. is was discovered only
deal with the emotional trauma on
their own. Many, however, did not lic high school in the Bronx—was bushes. Everything seasonal is at peak a few years back, by forest ecologist Dr. Su-
escape harm. If they were alive, they
were brought to a hospital where an given a slip of paper by her local priest growth. zanne Simard. And the network has been
entire women’s ward might be lled
with patients under treatment for an after Confession. A telephone number All this earth energy, held in reserve all named the wood wide web.
assortment of medical ailments that
came under the all-purpose heading of was scribbled across the top and, as he winter long, is springing out now in trees ese fungal networks also boost the
“botched abortions.” Serious infection
was the most common complication; slipped it to her, he whispered that she and bushes and owers. If you allow it immune systems of the plants that are
must use a payphone to make the call. space to come in, as you walk underneath hosting them. And it is the immune sys-
e person who answered her call giant green-canopied trees, a sense of tem of the trees that provide such a ben-
identi ed himself as the Rev. Howard peace gradually comes over you. When e t to humans who are walking through
Moody, a Baptist minister. He made you feel that, in the same moment, look them. When you stride along a forest
an appointment to see her in his o ce up to see their grandeur. And realize that path and breathe in deeply, that scent is
at Judson Memorial Church, and told all this growth, the translation of light and made up of terpenes released by the trees
her how to get from the Bronx to the earth and water into uninhibited expan- to help protect them from all kinds of
church, which was across from Wash- sion, has made the trees come into their natural predators. And it provides an im-
ington Square Park in Greenwich glory in six short weeks. If you listen hard mune boost for humans as well. It is when
Village. enough, with that still, small voice inside the air is moist that the highest number
She and her boyfriend were led into of each one of us, you can feel the joy of of terpenes are circulating through the
Rev. Moody’s study, after waiting in the trees. woods. is is just one of the many ways
the anteroom for about an hour. e It’s this time of year the sense of living that spending time in nature boosts your
Reverend asked lots of questions, and in a verdant biosphere feels strongest in health naturally.
the three spoke for quite some time. me. I have always had a strong sense of So now that it is spring and the weather
She was insistent that she could not conservation. As a teen, I memorized Dr. is perfect, why not spend time in na-
possibly tell her parents and that she Seuss’ e Lorax, in order to recite it as ture and plan for more forest walks this
was not ready to be a mother. He a night-time tale for the children I was weekend?
listened. babysitting. “I am the Lorax. I speak for
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KOSBERG to see where he’s going. Don’t nursing garb and asked for $500. soon after each girl entered— operating room was there, too,
take them o until you reach the en, they waited. they lasted only a minute or two looking teary-eyed and sad. e
FROM PAGE 10 destination. After the procedure, She remembers there already but shook the room to its core. three ate together quietly at the
go directly back to the airport After a time, the girl unsteadily airport and exchanged phone
very speci c directions: Buy two and leave on the 7 p.m. plane. being about 10 girls in the room, exited the room and was escort- numbers. She remembers that
roundtrip tickets to San Juan on all looking anxious and afraid: ed down the stairs and out the the girl was from Ohio. Both
Eastern Airlines. Both of you Borrowing money from her one with her mother, another front of the store, where another girls would be returning home
will leave on the last ight out older sister, she and her boy- with her boyfriend or husband, taxi was waiting for return to the to resume their lives, outwardly
tomorrow night, which will land friend boarded a ight to Puerto and the rest alone. Over the airport. pretending this never happened;
about midnight. Take a taxi to Rico late the following night. next several hours, one after inwardly, suppressing feelings
the San Juan Hilton and sit in another was prepped and sent She was last, and when they of shame, guilt and cold fear;
the lobby facing the door. At 6 When the taxi ride ended, the into an adjoining room. Blood- climbed into the taxi, the girl always remembering …
a.m., a taxi driver wearing a blue driver directed them in broken curdling screams could be heard who had preceded her into the
shirt and Panama hat will come English to take o the masks
inside and stand by the revolv- and walk into the Borinquen
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follow him out to his car. Once Once inside, they were sent up
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Invasion of the hornet snatchers
We’re at that weird backyard and taken up residence porch watering the owers. I “Why is that?” he wondered. LOST IN
homeowner in-be- in our house while we’ve been heard a slight buzzing sound “Because there is a wasp con- SUBURBIA
tween stage where we away. is is actually more com- and since I wasn’t asleep, I knew dominium over our front door.”
are primarily living in the city, mon an issue than one might it wasn’t me snoring. Suddenly, “If they’re not paying HOA
but we haven’t sold the house think, although in our case, it there was a y-by buzz over fees, then they have to leave,” TRACY
yet. is means that we need wasn’t so much aliens that was my head and when I followed he said. BECKERMAN
to check back in on the house the problem. the path of the buzzee, my eyes “Maybe we can include it
from time to time to make sure It was a family of wasps. landed on a wasp nest under in the sale of the house?” I
everything looks nice and, also, I discovered the squatters the portico above the front door wondered. “You know, along
that aliens haven’t landed in our when I was outside on our front that was roughly the size of with the fridge and the light son takes one look at your nest,
Rhode Island. xtures.” steps back, and says, “Whoa!”
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OF HUMAN didn’t answer any of my prayers. a cow’s behind, the cow, too— in purgatory and then join my sounds were our footsteps and
INTEREST In fact, I always got the oppo- they’re all God. family, cats and dogs included, the chirps of a small ock of
site of what I wanted. in Heaven. Catholicism is more chickadees, who seemed to be
LORENZO I enjoyed Krishna, until I got about hair shirts than enlight- tagging along on our walk. ey
GARO It didn’t work out so well. interested in Buddhism, a reli- enment. So, between Jesus and were either curious or escort-
ere are some who, try as they gion that isn’t really a religion. Buddha, what’s a hungry soul ing us from where they’d been
Sooner or later, even the might, can’t keep themselves In fact, given that there’s debate supposed to do? eating seeds. After they disap-
most fervent believer has from believing in God. For bet- as to whether it even needs a peared, Dawa, bemused, asked
a moment of doubt. It’s ter or worse, it’s my fortune to God, it’s perfect for those with If you’ve never been to the if I thought the chickadees had
been said, though, that doubt be one of them. outsized doubts. e main Chuang Yen Monastery in been o ering a greeting. As a
is a part of faith, a healthy part. My sojourn into godlessness, thing with Buddhism is to get Kent, you should go. For one dedicated birdwatcher, I had to
Absolute faith in the will of though, had at least one posi- yourself enlightened, to stop thing, it’s less than a 30-min- say no.
God can have fatal consequenc- tive aftere ect. I’d known the the endless cycle that causes ute drive from Mahopac. For
es. Muslim conquests, praise Catholic God, maybe it was su ering. We are, unknowingly, another, they have a mind- “Chickadees may be the least
Allah, have murdered in the time to try a few new ones. So miserably attached to a myriad blowing statue of Buddha that’s shy of all birds,” I said, “I feed
hundreds of millions. On the began my religious odyssey, so of desires, which, while pleasur- almost four stories tall. Visitors them every day, but if someone
other hand, too much doubt can to speak. able, bring no lasting peace or are welcome throughout most took my place, they wouldn’t
turn the mountain that faith You want a fun God? Try the happiness. Over and over we of the year and a vegetarian notice. e only thing they’d
could have so easily moved, into Hindu God (s). Here’s a reli- want sex, cars, vacations, per- lunch is provided. notice is if the feeder wasn’t
Everest. gion that requires no initiation, haps better than the last, and in full.”
no rude baptisms or painful cir- the end, we’re still stuck inside It was a cheerless February
One bleak day doubt got the cumcisions. Just nd yourself a our tormented selves. day of endless winter, the sky “But how can you know that?
better of me and I decided to go temple, a favorite deity and start an impenetrable gray vault. e Have you ever been a chicka-
it on my own, without God. He praying, or, if you like, dancing. Being a Catholic, immersed monastery was closed for the dee?”
Look at a ower, and you’re for so many years in sin, guilt season. Depressed and needing
looking at God. A bedpost, the and penance, I always gured to some good karma, I made up “No,” I said. “Have you?”
screen on your phone, the y on do my stint on earth, not mur- my mind to take a walk in the Dawa laughed so hard, he had
der anyone, spend some time woods that surround the mon- to hold his stomach. We soon
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robe; a plain woolen cap covered the silent and the invisible.
his shaved head. He greeted Of course, for Doogie, that
me with a prayerful bow and only meant hidden rabbits and
then stared intently at Doogie, squirrels. For Dawa, it meant a
who was rigid and sni ng the hidden God.
air. Referring to Doogie, Dawa On the way out the woods,
said, “He’s in his attentive state, I again crossed paths with the
I see.” chickadees. I listened to their
gentle chirps and the soft,
“He’s more of a Buddhist velvety rustle of their wings and
than me,” I said. for a brief, undeniable moment,
felt the company of a long-lost
e curiosity in Dawa’s eyes friend.
never wavered. Without speak-
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they’re bigger and meaner. But don’t worry. I’m a hornet removal
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getting a guard dog to protect the house while we’re gone, but
a swarm of mean, angry ying insects with enormous painful
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out of the nest.”
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neighbor around the block who reported us to the town because
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it’s all done.”
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ing signs; take appropriate action, for adults, $5 for children and in- June 28 urday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., A Mass in honor of St. Antho-
and build barriers against scams. cludes dinner, music and ra es. rain or shine. Refreshments will ny and St. Padre (in Italian) will
be available. Vendors are wanted. be held ursday, June 13, 7:30
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ursdays, June 13, 27, 7 p.m. Road), in the building adjacent mation, call 845-628-2365 or visit italianamericanclubofma-
Re-connect with your inner e Friday Night Barbecue Live to the parking lot. $20 admis- email [email protected] hopac.org or contact Giulio Ce-
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June 9, 4–7 p.m. “Botanic Gar-
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challenges of long-term relation-
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hopac Public Library and includes
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How to study for nals
STRONG of each exam on the calendar. that you have gathered through- Unmotivated? If so, think procrastination. By working
LEARNING From that number, deduct the out the year and put them all about where you want to be in with someone else, you’re more
number of days you will not in one place, one notebook, likely to succeed at getting your
DR. LINDA be able to study. For example, one folder, one section of a le ve or 10 years. Write down the studying done.
SILBERT every Sunday is booked up with folder. Organize them into top- short-term goals, the steps you
sports or other activities, or ics and the topics into smaller must rst accomplish in order Dr. Linda
Dear Dr. Linda, June 5 is your recital, or June 9 chunks of three to ve pieces to achieve your long-term goal.
Is it too early to start to study is your cousin’s wedding. Don’t of material you need to learn. Refer to them regularly, but es- Dr. Linda is co-author of
study then. It’s not realistic and pecially when you nd yourself “Why Bad Grades Happen
for nals? Here’s why I ask. Last if you start to prepare for tests en learn each small chunk of slipping. to Good Kids,” and director
year my son waited until the early, there is no need to drag material each day. In addition, of Strong Learning Tutoring
last minute and it made the last your books with you while you review the material you learned Inclined to procrastinate? If and SAT/ACT Test Prep.
few weeks in June a nightmare! play ball or dance at the wed- on previous days. Use learning you always nd something else Send your questions to [email protected]
I just don’t want it to happen ding. You can relax and have a strategies that worked for you to do rather than start prepar- stronglearning.com. Find more
again. Any advice? good time because you planned in the past. You need to practice ing for your nals, nd a study articles at StrongLearning.com.
ahead. No less will you ruin a everything you’re learning over pal who doesn’t su er from
Pat great time, but you won’t learn and over again in order to move
Dear Pat, that much. It’s been shown that it into your long-term memory.
studying for test while multi- As that saying goes, “If you
It’s never too early! In fact, tasking lowers your grade and don’t use it, you’ll lose it.”
students who start preparing takes longer to learn the mate-
for nals weeks ahead have an rial. Finally, if you su er from one
advantage. Even though that’s or all of what I call the three
hard for most teenagers to un- • Now that you have a real- “tions”—disorganization, lack
derstand, it makes sense. Share istic estimate of the number of of motivation, procrastination,
the following with your son. days you have until your tests, here’s some advice to help you
put the number next to the test succeed.
To prepare for nal exams do on your calendar. Ex: English,
the following: 40 days; Math, 38 days, etc. Disorganized? If so, write
everything down that you need
• Place the name of each • Next, talk to your teachers to do. at means everything.
exam on the date it will be to nd out if they, or any other
given on your calendar. Be sure teachers, are having review ses- en, next to each “to do” item,
to specify if the exam is given in sions. Mark the dates on your write the day and approximate
the morning or afternoon. calendar and make every e ort time you’ll do it. is will get
to attend them. en gather all that overwhelmed feeling out
• en count the number of the notes, handouts, whatever, of your head and onto a list.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF ACME MARKETS Most graduation ceremonies occur when temperatures tend to be
rather warm. For schools with large student bodies, the distribution
Lakeview’s Moriarty named of diplomas might take place outdoors on a football eld or under a
Teacher of the Month tent. Some ceremonies may take place in poorly ventilated auditori-
ums. at can make conditions less than comfortable for graduates.
Acme Mahopac supermarket named Lakeview Elementary fth-grade Mary Moriarty the
Teacher of the Month for May. Moriarty was nominated for her dedication to her students Attire also can make grads uncomfortable. Graduation caps and
and her enthusiastic teaching. Pictured here, Moriarty (center) and her class celebrate her gowns can be cumbersome, especially the heavily robed and layered
award with a party. gowns that signify higher academia.
Finally, graduation ceremonies tend to be lengthy, which can only
exacerbate any discomfort grads may feel.
Discomfort need not dominate come graduation day. In fact, stu-
dents can take various steps to ensure graduation day is as comfort-
able as possible.
· Wear something lightweight. Layering a gown on top of heavy
clothing can be a recipe for overheating.
· Stick to sensible shoes. at short trek across the stage to receive
the diploma will be watched by hundreds in attendance and possibly
recorded for posterity. Avoid slip-ups by wearing comfortable, at
shoes that are skid resistant.
· Bring some tissues along. Reactions and emotions can run high
on graduation day.
· Leave ample time. Crowds will be descending on the school for
the festivities. Tra c and parking issues are to be expected. Early
birds will get the best parking spaces and will be around to hear
their names called.
· Stay hydrated. Stu y auditoriums or sunbaked bleachers can
quickly make for an uncomfortable setting. While you shouldn’t
bring along a bag, purse or too many accessories, tuck a small water
bottle under your seat to help you stay refreshed throughout the
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Learning to grow, growing to learn
Mahopac teachers take on farm-to-table lessons in classroom
BY BOB DUMAS class for teachers,” Dore said. altogether.” Dore said that just like her have learned so much.”
EDITOR “It’s been kids working with kids, e classes are indeed inspir- young students, the teacher stu- Dore called last ursday’s class
which is beautiful, but the teach- ing. Lakeview has broken ground dents enjoy getting into the gar- a “reward day” because the class
If you grow it, they’ll say, ers are saying, ‘We don’t know for a garden of its own and Ful- den and getting their hands dirty. was going to get to cook the kale
“yum.” what to do in the garden.’” mar Road is looking to resurrect “We worked the soil and I and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
at is the basic philosophy Dore said the cooking/garden- an old garden that fell by the taught them about sustainabil-
ity and compost,” she said. “ ey SEE FARM-TO-TABLE PAGE 24
behind Austin Road fth-grade ing class has been well received wayside.
teacher Beth Dore and year- by her colleagues. Summer Special
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How to face the challenges of saving for college tuition
Parents likely don’t need to be between 2001 and 2012, tuition saving for a child’s college educa- but it’s never too early to start from aggressive to conservative
told that college tuition is ex- increases at four-year public col- tion. According to rules govern- growing a college fund. mutual funds as children age.
pensive. Whether you’re a parent leges ranged from 5.7 percent to ing New York’s 529 College Sav-
of a high school student on the 13.3 percent per year. Between ings Program, adults cannot open • Choose a diversi ed portfo- • Take your tax deduction.
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of a newborn with decades to go schools raised tuition by just 3 children, as bene ciaries must the adage, “Don’t put all your bills each month, and that can
before the rst college tuition bill percent per year. have a Social Security number or eggs in one basket.” at adage make some parents wonder if
comes due, the burden of how to taxpayer identi cation number. is especially noteworthy when it’s even possible to contribute to
pay for higher education is likely e challenge of saving for However, expecting parents or saving for college. Many people college savings accounts. Speak
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able if tuition costs don’t rise as to have children can open ac- college isn’t enough, and that make room in the budget for
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Summer in the Yard! FARM-TO-TABLE “It’s been very exciting because
SUMMER CLASSES [Dore] has given us permission
Art • Pottery • Kids Classes • Teen Classes • Art Therapy FROM PAGE 23 to just be students and say, ‘I don’t
know the answer to that ques-
7 weeks starting the week of July 8 — August 23 “It’s farm to table,”she said.“It’s tion,’” Gretling said. “For us to
the idea of using the garden for take this science back to our class-
things like a ‘plants-part salad.’We rooms and have knowledgeable
use the roots, stems, leaves, owers conservations with our students
. . . nothing goes to waste.” about soil, gardening, germinating
seeds is great. I am really hoping
Dore gets her seeds, bulbs and to have a middle-school garden in
seedlings from farmer John Pa- the next couple of years.”
hucki and the Do Re Mi Farm in
Orange County. She gives him a at’s music to Dore’s ears—
list each February and he donates exactly what she hopes will hap-
to the cause. pen.
“ is was my rst time teach- “ is is what I hoped for—
ing a Teachers Teaching Teach- to have a garden at their own
ers class, so, of course, I was very schools,” Dore said. “I really be-
nervous about it,” Dore said. “But lieve every school should have its
the enthusiasm is amazing, and own garden. So, it’s been wonder-
every teacher is engaged and ex- ful to see how the light bulbs are
cited about bringing this to their going o in [the teachers’] heads
students.” and how they can take [these les-
sons] and apply them.
Ginny Gretling is the middle
school’s family and consumer sci- “Working in the garden, the
ence teacher and lets Dore use the kids are so much more inclined to
middle-school kitchen classroom taste things,” Gretling added. “If
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Sports cheer teammates
from the dugout last
week vs. John Jay.
Title run ends with semiﬁnal loss to John Jay
BY SKIP PEARLMAN
One bad pitch. for,” Becker added. “ e defense behind better pitcher—and most believe she will The Indians walk
In a game so evenly matched, between me was all I could ask for. ey were great —opposing batters could be in for a long off after last
two of the top pitchers and softball teams teammates—great behind me, had my game when facing her. For stretches this week’s heart-
in the section, that’s all it took. back the entire season, and especially this season, the sophomore was untouchable.
In last ursday’s (May 30) Class AA game. I’m going to remember all the good wrenching playoff
semi nal at John Jay, Mahopac sophomore accomplishments, and obviously it was After giving up the home run in the sixth, loss at John Jay.
Shannon Becker left a ball over the plate, rewarding. But de nitely (I’ll remember) Becker quickly belted an RBI single in the
and John Jay’s Madison Mason took care the feeling I’m feeling now—I’ll take that top of the seventh to bring the Indians to PHOTOS: SKIP
of the rest, blasting a high, arching three- into the o -season, and use it.” 4-3, but Mahopac couldn’t get any closer. PEARLMAN
run homer that that turned a 2-1 ‘Pac
lead into a 4-2 de cit, and eventually If Becker comes back next year as an even “We knew they were capable of Giansante said of Jay. “But a three-run
sent the second-seeded Patriots on to the coming back,” Mahopac coach Christina homer hurts… nothing you can do about
championship game with a 4-3 victory. that. ose things tend to happen. But we
John Jay (19-3) went on to top White didn’t give up, came back to 4-3, couldn’t
Plains Saturday ( June 1) for the AA title. ask for more from my girls. ey played
Mahopac (19-4) had plated two runs in their hearts out today.
the fourth, and after giving one back, held a
precarious 2-1 advantage heading into the “Becker had a great game,” Giansante
bottom of the sixth. added.“She and our catcher were throwing
Becker, who had been nearly awless to
that point,uncharacteristically walked a pair SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 27
of batters, then left a pitch over the plate to
Mason, who sent a high shot down the left-
eld line that appeared to be hooking foul.
But the ball hung in the humid air, barely
snuck over the fence, and fell about 6 inches
inside of the chalk foul line.
“It was a bad pitch, just a bad pitch,”
Becker said after the game, as she fought
back tears. “It’s a feeling I can’t describe, we
had it. It really upsets me, this feeling, but
I’m going to use it going into next season,
and in the o -season. Use it as motivation,
instead of defeat.
“ e team was great today, they gave
me run support, and that’s all I can ask
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Four Indians earn post-season honors
BY SKIP PEARLMAN
It was a solid season for the Mahopac Mahopac ﬁnished the Third-year senior Indians senior
boys lacrosse team, which nished at 12- season at 12-8, losing in middie and team captain Mike
8, after the Indians reached the Class the Class A semiﬁnal to
A semi nals, where their season ended top seed and eventual captain Drew Argila was
with a 9-4 loss to eventual champion champion Mamaroneck. Riolo earned All- named All-
Mamaroneck. Third-year League honors. Section and
senior All-League for
“It was a great season, I thought defenseman Indians third- the second
the boys played really well,” Indians and team year senior consecutive
coach Joe Bucello said. “We had some captain Tim defender John
inconsistencies, but they really got it Cegielski Dundon earned year.
together when they needed to, and played was named All-Section
well in the playo s. Even in our loss, I All-Section Honorable
thought we played really well.” and All- Mention and All-
League for League honors.
Four players earned post-season the second
honors. ird-year varsity defender and time. PHOTOS: SKIP
team captain Tim Cegielski earned his PEARLMAN
second All-Section and All-League nod.
Fourth-year varsity starter and team
goalie Mike Argila, a senior captain,
also earned All-Section and All-League
honors for the second time. ird-year
defender John Dundon earned All-
Section Honorable Mention, and All-
League honors, and senior captain and
third-year varsity player Drew Riolo was
named to the All-League team.
“Jim and Mike were phenomenal
leaders and incredibly athletic,” Bucello
said. “ ey’re hard workers, blue-collar
guys who work for everything they got.
ey were never too high, or too low, just
calm and hard-working. ey’re special
“John really worked hard and really was
a student of the game,” the coach added
of Dundon.“He was creative and reliable,
and great on takeaways and ground balls.
And Drew was a true grinder, he never
stops working, and he’s phenomenal
between the restraining lines. He loved
seeing people score o of his passes.
(Riolo’s 38 assists ranked him third in
Bucello also mentioned the
contributions of junior Tom Elliott,
Puckhaber (captain), and junior middie
“Tommy had a phenomenal season,
he was right on the cusp for post-season
honors,” the coach said. “He was really
great in the post-season, and he’s a
great leader, and a true two-way player.
Puckhaber was very solid, he battled
some injuries and played well for us.
And Zach (Esteves) was also a very well-
rounded middie for us.”
Mohopac loses ve starters, and eight
seniors in all, to graduation. Bucello
expects to be competing for a title again.
“Next season I see us competing
with the best, and being in the top of
the section,” Bucello said. “ e guys
are highly motivated, they’re ready for
summer activities. ey feel like they
came up a little short this season, and
they don’t want that feeling next year.
“Our whole o ense is coming back,”
he added. “We have a lot of defensive
spots to ll, but we have experience.
Expectations are high, I don’t see us
dropping o .”
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 27
Shannon Becker Usewicz
John Jay in last
week’s Class AA
takes a swing
SOFTBALL so I was happy to see that. Our
FROM PAGE 25
girls all really stepped up today.
We’ve been working on not
great pitches, calling a great game. folding when we’re down, and
But you leave one over the plate they didn’t fold. at was nice to
and they’re going to hit it. ey’re see. After the homer, we came
a great hitting team. But Becker back and scored another run, so
was lights-out the whole game. I I was happy to see us not fold
can’t ask for more, the girls played when we were down.”
amazing.” Jay pitcher Megan Schumacher
Giansante said Becker wasn’t allowed six hits and walked
thrilled about giving up those two with 11 strikeouts. Becker
two sixth-inning walks. “I think allowed four hits, walked ve and
she was getting a little frustrated struck out ve. It was Jay’s third
because the two girls who walked, win over the Indians this season.
both of them probably should Mahopac plated two big runs
have been struck out,” she said. to take the lead in the fourth,
“So that kind of stinks - when when Ashley Usewicz tripled,
you’re not calling them both scoring Danielle Sabia, then
the same way. If any of those scored on a Kailey Zecca single.
had struck out, it would have “It was a great season,”
been three outs, and it’s a whole Giansante said. “ ey impressed
di erent game. But we can’t me. A lot of people didn’t think
control that. we were going to be anything
“ eir pitcher did a nice job, because we graduated ve
threw a nice game,” Giansante starters, but this was probably one
added. “But our girls hit her early, of the best teams I’ve had so far.”
PAGE 28 MAHOPAC NEWS SPORTS THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019
TRACK & FIELD Runners reach personal
bests at championships
Aunchalee O’Brien Mia Klammer goes to Section 1 State Quali er
Section 1 State Qualiﬁer to solidify a fth-place nish for the Indians.
“ is quartet has consistently performed well to-
Mia Klammer competed at the Section 1 State gether all season,”Posch said.“Coming in fth out of
Quali er meet on Friday, May 31 in the 800-meter all of the Class A schools was a great feat and a testa-
and the long jump, placing fth and seventh respec- ment to their hard work. We are excited to see them
tively. She ran 800 to win the second heat and beat build o of this in the future, as the team consists of
the time of four girls who were in the rst heat in two sophomores, a freshman and an eighth grader.”
2:23.71, a time that was just over one second slower
than the school record, coach Kelley Posch said. BOYS
“She quickly had to come back for the long jump - “Each of our athletes competed hard and im-
nal.Seriously,she went straight from the nish line to proved throughout the season,” coach Vin Collins
the long jump start and jumped,”Posch said.“While said. “ Just about every one of our athletes achieved
she wasn’t recovered enough to do her best, she still season or career bests at the county meet. ey kept
performed well enough for a seventh-place nish working hard and it was demonstrated by their com-
whichshelooksforwardtoimprovinguponnextyear.” petitiveness and performances. I am extremely proud
of each and every one of our athletes for their dedica-
Section 1 Class A tion, hard-work and discipline.”
Mia Klammer Championships Section 1 Class A
Mahopac competed at the Class A champion- Boys 100 Dash - Prelims
ships May 23. 34th Chris Evangelista 12.40
e meet had competitive qualifying standards 47th Nick Ahern 12.65
and Mahopac athletes quali ed in most of the
events, which was a great improvement from last Girls 100 Hurdles -Prelims
year, Posch said. 22nd Aunchale O’Brien 18.61
e day started with Aunchalee O’Brien, a fresh-
Girls 200 Dash - Prelims
men, who ran a strong 100-meter hurdle race where
she lowered her personal record to 18.51. 32d Andrea Jenkins 28.38
Klammer competed in the triple jump and the Girls 800
long jump, nishing sixtth in the long jump. She
then hit the track to run her second best mark of the 12th Mia Klammer 2:26.25
season in 2:26, racing in the same heat as Katelyn Boys 800
Her sister, Piper Klammer, also raced in the same 20th Max Semegran 2:07.51
heat as Tuohy in the 1,500-meter. She smashed her Girls 1500
eighth-grade record to run an 8-second personal best
for a sixth th place nish of 4:55. 6th Piper Klammer 4:55.97
“She ran with the con dence and wisdom of a vet- Boys 1600
eran and continued to prove that she belongs with
the best in the section,” Posch said. 11th Matthew McMahon 4:34.67
Andrea Jenkins ran a tough Girls Long Jump
200-meter, contending against a
6th Mia Klammer 16-02.50
head-on wind for a 28.38 mark.
Jenkins then led o the 4x400- Girls Shot Put
meter relay, handing o in sec- 23rd Dhiannie Brito 27-05.75
ond place to Kaylie Ann Ham-
mond. Hammond matched her Girls Triple Jump
personal best mark to hand o 10th Mia Klammer 33-07.50
the Piper Klammer who ran the
fastest leg in 63 seconds. Klam- 5th Girls 4x400 Meter Relay
mer anchored the relay with a 4:19.29
kick that took down Scarsdale
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Is it time for you to have the talk with your parents?
its ability to gather the neces- grandparent has been taken ill ating and funding a Medicaid member of the rm of Enea,
GUEST sary nancial information and or been diagnosed with demen- trust, gifting of assets and/or Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP of
CORNER documents to apply for Med- tia. is is especially relevant if purchasing long-term-care in- White Plains and a home o ce
icaid, and/or take the neces- they have a family member that surance (if insurance is an avail- in Somers. He can be reached at
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ENEA from the cost of long-term care. home care. Share these stories prove to be very helpful in the the Past Chair of the Elder Law
Additionally, when the parent with one’s parent. ere is noth- event of the parents’ incapacity is and Special Needs Section of the
passes away, children are often ing better than real life stories to have the parent execute a Du- New York State Bar Association
left scampering to try and piece by a member of one’s family or rable General Power of Attorney (NYSBA). He is the incoming
I recently consulted with a together information relevant to friends to motivate a parent into with broad provisions that allow Chair of the Senior Lawyers
92-year-old who had never exe- the decedent’s nances for the taking action; the agent to engage in Medic- Section of (NYSBA). Mr. Enea is
cuted a Last Will and Testament requisite estate and tax lings. (c) O er to pay for the aid/ Long-term-care planning the Past President and a founding
and/or any other form of estate Clearly, if a child is unsure as parent(s)’ initial consultation for the parents. member of the New York Chapter
or long-term-care planning. to whether the parent has done with the elder law attorney. I Whether a client is 65 or 90 of the National Academy of Elder
I asked her why she waited so any planning, it is best for the have found that in some instanc- years of age, their taking req- Law Attorneys (NAELA). He
long to see an attorney and she child to raise the issue with the es, children who are willing to uisite steps to protect their life is also a member of the Council
stated that “I’ve been very busy parent. e child can directly ask nance the cost of the consulta- savings from cost of long-term of Advanced Practitioners of the
the last 91 years.” the parent whether or not he or tion, and in some cases even pay care is better than not taking any National Academy of Elder Law
While it is true that life of- she has done any long-term-care for the planning, is of signi cant steps to do so. It is always bet- Attorneys and is a Certi ed Elder
ten seems to pass by at lighting planning, and if not, recommend assistance in helping the parent ter to be late than to have never Law Attorney as certi ed by e
speed, I still believe that in 91 that they consult with an experi- to act. is would of course re- planned at all when it comes National Elder Law Foundation.
or so years, she could have (and enced elder law attorney. How- quire the consent of the parent; to long-term care and/or estate Mr. Enea is the President of the
should have!) found an hour or ever, if this approach is not ef- (d) If the parent(s) still resist planning. Westchester Bar Foundation and
so to consult with an attorney. fective, the child(ren) may need any attempt to engage in long- a Past President of the Westchester
When I looked across the ta- to resort to a more creative ap- term-care planning, such as cre- Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a County Bar Association.
ble at the client’s daughter, she proach.
shrugged and said that she had Some of the tactics used by BUSINESS OWNERS:
been asking her to do it for at children that have helped their
least 20 years. parents are as follows:
For many, approaching a par- (a) Taking steps to educate
ent about whether or not they one’s parent(s) about the advan-
have done estate and or long- tages of engaging in long-term-
term planning can be an uncom- care planning. For example, pro- 401 LSLCHCOORRSPA?
fortable and intimidating task. viding them with articles about
As a practicing attorney for al- the cost of long-term care (nurs-
most 35 years, I know full well ing homes/ home care), the use
that some parents never discuss of a Medicaid Asset Protection
their personal nances and plan- Trust to protect assets from said
ning with their children. It is cost and Medicaid eligibility re-
something they feel is no one’s quirements. It is not unusual for
business. However, I also know a parent to be poorly informed
that this can often be quite un- about the devastating impact
fortunate for both the parent(s) that long-term-care costs can
and the child(ren). e lack of have on his or her nances if
knowledge about the parent’s they are unable to become eli-
nances often becomes prob- gible for Medicaid. Articles are
lematic, especially if a parent is available on our website at ess-
taken ill, rendered incapacitat- law rm.com;
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away. Under said circumstances, and friends about the issues they IRA
the family is often hampered in have faced when a parent and/or
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