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Published by Halston Media, 2019-08-07 16:21:54

Mahopac News 08.08.19

VOL. 10 NO. 24 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019

Public hearings slated
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Height of both towers has been lowered

Pu yTHEY CALL IT BY BOB DUMAS the plan. ey contend the tower is a
Lov EDITOR blight on the landscape and could lower
property values in the area.
Seven-year-old Douglas Mark gets some puppy e Planning Board has scheduled
love during Rock ‘n’ Rescue’s Cuddle Fest held at public hearings for two controversial Homeland was in front of the Plan-
Park Ford in Mahopac last Saturday. e South plans to build cell towers on residential ning Board again at its July 31 meeting
Salem-based rescue group set up adoptions for properties in Mahopac. to lay out changes it has made to the ap-
27 kittens, three dogs and two rabbits during the plications—most signi cantly, reducing
event that drew animal lovers from all over the e hearings are scheduled for the the height of the towers.
region. For more photos, see page 4. board’s next meeting on Wednesday,
Aug. 14. e towers are proposed to e Croton Falls Road plan initially
PHOTO: BOB DUMAS be built at 254 Croton Falls Road (also called for a 180-foot tower but it was
known as the Lake Casse site) and at 36 lowered to 160 feet in subsequent revi-
Dixon Road. sions. en, at the July 31 meeting, the
attorney representing Homeland said
e plans have drawn criticism from the tower had been lowered yet again,
residents and some town o cials be- this time to 140 feet.
cause they would be built on private
property in residential areas.Town code “Since we last met, we have revised
prioritizes desirable sites for cell tow- the materials [for the Croton Falls Road
ers and puts residentially zoned areas at application] in a number of di erent
the bottom of the list. However, federal ways,” the attorney, Robert Gaudioso of
law—the Telecommunications Act of Snyder & Snyder, told the board. “We
1996—limits what local municipali- have reduced the height to 140 feet
ties can do. e applicant—Danbury, where we now think we can reasonably
Conn.-based Homeland Towers—calls o er a ‘tree’ option.”
the locations the best options to ll gaps
in cellular coverage in those areas. e “tree option”means that a mono-
pole can now be disguised as a pine tree
A group of residents in the Croton because at 140 feet it would be closer
Falls Road neighborhood has hired an to the natural tree line. If the tower had
attorney in an e ort to thwart or alter
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As concerned neighbors affected directly or indirectly by the installation
of a Cell Tower to be placed on:

Croton Falls Road Tower at the height of 140 feet

and

Dixon Road Tower at the height of 110 feet

The two cell towers are proposed to the Town Board / Carmel Town Planning Board.

All residents need to voice their concerns on cell towers being placed in residential neighborhoods.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

Sophia Hardy Mahopac gets cuddly
cuddles with Tabitha.
Pet lovers from all over the re-
Raquel Brogan, who gion came to Park Ford in Ma-
came from Peekskill, hopac on Saturday afternoon for
holds little Chandler. the rst-ever Kitten Cuddle Fest,
sponsored by South Salem-based
Rock ‘n’ Rescue, a nonpro t orga-
nization whose mission is to res-
cue pets in need and nd homes
for them. “We rescue pets to res-
cue people” is the Rock ‘n’ Rescue
motto. ey rescued most of the
kittens from a kill shelter in Ken-
tucky, but a few came from North
Carolina and New York as well.

But it wasn’t just kittens that
were up for adoption. ere were
dogs and bunnies, too. e group
announced that at the end of the
day, 27 kittens, three dogs and Danille Canora, center, a Park Ford internet specialist/manager with
two bunnies had found their for- Rock ‘n’ Rescue founders Marla Valentine, left, and Juli Dritz Cialone
ever homes.

e event featured live classic
rock from the band Alter Ego
and the Park Ford sta grilled up
burgers and hot dogs for the at-
tendees.

Sisters Juliana and Nicolette
Viggiani got inside one of the pens

to do some cuddling.

Sophia Berrios, 6, and Sarah Faby, Emily Cavanaugh, 10, came from
19, with a kitty named Sprinkles Putnam Valley for some bunny
cuddles.

Rachel Formale of Fernando Manilla from
Mahopac was looking Carmel poses with Regal.
for a new kitty.
PHOTOS: BOB DUMAS
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Taco Bell design still
needs some tweaking

Planning Board says public hearing
request is premature

BY BOB DUMAS are trying to do, as you directed us to, The Planning Board expressed IMAGES PROVIDED BY TOWN OF CARMEL
EDITOR is provide consistency and continu- concerned about the mural planned
ity throughout the building as well for area near the drive-thru, saying it An artist’s rendering of the front of the proposed Taco
It will still be a little while before as try to evoke the character you were was “too in your face.” Bell building - the old Friendly’s on Stoneleigh Avenue.
local residents can make a run for the looking for in the Route 6 corridor. It will feature a second tenant, yet to be named.
border after plans to convert the old We feel the revision we made marries anything from the state Department
Friendly’s restaurant on Stoneleigh the contemporary look of the current of Environmental Conservation
Avenue in Carmel into a Taco Bell Taco Bell prototype with some of the (DEC),” Franzetti added.
were sent back to the applicant’s features of the existing building and
drawing board for more tweaking. some of the projects you liked in the e building will eventually house
area. We feel we’ve balanced the Taco two businesses, with Taco Bell on one
Paul Dumont, a senior engineer at Bell corporate needs with the needs side and a yet-unknown tenant on the
JMC Engineering, who represents of [the Planning Board]. What you other. Pat Cleary, town planning con-
the applicants, Kai Carmel LLC, see today is a happy medium.” sultant, said that at the May 22 meet-
went before the Planning Board at its ing the main issue was the façade of
July 31 meeting to present an updated Town engineer Rich Franzetti the building, and how to integrate the
version of the site-plan application. It noted there are no changes in the two tenant spaces into one.
included changes the board had re- existing building’s footprint and the
quested during its May 22 meeting existing parking lot will be used. He “ e applicant has been working
when the application was rst pre- said the primary changes are the ad-
sented. dition of the drive-thru window and SEE TACO BELL PAGE 7
tra c lane for the restaurant. He also
“ e design has gone through sev- noted that Kai Carmel LLC received
eral iterations and we are very pleased the necessary permit from the town’s
with what we are presenting to you Environmental Conservation Board
tonight,” Dumont told the board. (ECB).
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architecture and made some signi - “ ey will work with the engineer-
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CELL TOWER 1, when we agree to a minimum height, we don’t want to ferrals,” Franzetti said. “I want to make sure the applicant is
FROM PAGE 1
agree to a height that doesn’t allow for co-location [adding aware that it’s up to them to go make these referrals. I think

more carriers] without an extension. We think this height they’re aware of that already. Permits will also be needed

been higher, it would have been above the tree line and a does that. If an extension is required, that cost usually gets from the state for stormwater.”

tree design would have presented aesthetic issues. passed on to the carriers, so it discourages them nancially Additionally, the original plan called for electrical service

“A tree pole would have looked goofy at 180 feet,” Gaud- from adding that extension. When you have a mono-pine to the Croton Falls Road site to be installed underground.

ioso said,“but we are ne with either option (with or without (the tree design), it becomes even more expensive and that e revised plan allows for service to be installed on seven

the tree design) and will leave that to the discretion of the further discourages them from extending the tower unless poles that pass in front of the neighboring property. Typi-

Planning Board. ere might be some feedback from the it’s absolutely necessary.” cally, the board requires that all utility lines be placed un-

ZBA [Zoning Board of Appeals] regarding the two alterna- Ronald Grai , a radio frequency consulting engineer derground.

tives. Ultimately, the design will be this board’s prerogative.” hired by the town to review the radio frequency applica- “I can’t recall an instance where [the Planning Board]

If the town opts for the tree design, Gaudioso said, the tion and help with the technical aspects of the plan, said the has not required utility connections to be provided under-

“tree” would be covered with a “sock”—a colored covering, original proposal of 180 feet was “signi cantly overreached.” ground,”said Pat Cleary, the town’s planning consultant.

rather than painting it. “ en they submitted more information and those results Gaudioso said Homeland would be amenable to burying

Planning Board member Raymond Cote asked whether illustrated more accurately that 136 feet was probably the the electrical wires.

Homeland could come back later and extend the height of minimum height required for their antenna,”Grai said. “While it’s not required by the code, we don’t have any

the tower if it was initially built at 140 feet.He was told that it Grai also agreed that increasing the height down the problem putting [the electrical] underground,” he told the

could be raised no more than 10 percent (in this case, 14 feet). road would be problematic. board. “ e reason we showed it above ground here is we

Asked by Cote whether Homeland would be willing to “You are designing this as a tree, and if it were to be in- wanted to show the option.We don’t have any problem put-

rule out future height increases as a condition of site-plan creased you would have to change all the branches and the ting them underground as long as the ECB (Environmental

approval, Gaudioso called that a bad idea. If Homeland, or shape of the tree,” he said. “You want it to continue to look Conservation Board) is OK with that.”

some future owner of the tower, needed to add more capac- like a conifer. It’s my professional opinion to draw a line in Planning Board Chair Craig Paeprer said, “We would

ity and couldn’t raise the tower, he said, a new tower would the sand and say this is as high as it can go.” prefer them underground, especially when you think about

be required. O cials noted that Homeland still needs some variances seven poles.”

“I think it would be bad planning for us and bad plan- for the Croton Falls Road tower. Mike Carnazza, the town’s e tower on Dixon Road will also be lowered from the

ning for the town because it might handcu everybody in building inspector,said that while the Croton Falls plan calls original plan of 156 feet to 110 feet.And like the Croton Falls

the future if someone did prove that they needed the height,” for a 140-foot tower, town code only allows towers up to 75 Road site plan, a variance would be needed for a tower that

Gaudioso said. “If they could prove they needed a higher feet. A variance would be needed for the extra 65 feet. Addi- high. ere is no issue with the electrical there—the original

height, technically under federal law they could get another tionally, town code calls for a 24-foot wide aisle into the site, plan called for the wires to be underground and that has not

tower and I don’t think anyone wants that.” but plans call for one that is just 12 feet wide, thus requiring changed. Another stipulation for the Dixon Road plan is that

Manny Vicente, president of Homeland Towers, said that another variance. A variance would also be needed for the it must demonstrate that the tower will not unreasonably in-

he’s never sought to have a tower’s height increased after it 8-foot fence planned to enclose the tower’s 36-by-100-foot terfere with the view from nearby McDonough Park.

was constructed. equipment compound. With the public hearings for the project now slated for

“Every time we design a tower, whether we think it’s suf- Town engineer Rich Franzetti said that the compound Aug. 14, Gaudioso said Homeland would extend the “shot

cient height or not, we always design the foundation for fence would warrant a referral to the Mahopac Volunteer clock”until the end of September. e Federal Telecommuni-

an extension,” he said. “But I have been building towers for Fire Department, New York City Department of Environ- cations Act of 1996 allows cell tower applicants to set a “shot

12 years at Homeland Towers and we’ve never extended a mental Protection (DEP) and New York State Department clock”if it feels local boards aren’t responding quickly enough.

tower, and we’ve built about 50 of them. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). e law states that state and local o cials should ordinarily

“ ere are a few reasons for that,” he continued. “No. “ e applicant has acknowledged the need for these re- take no more than 90 days to act on wireless applications.

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TACO BELL goes around it’s now a cohesive Dumont asked the board to we have some due diligence to dated design with the requested

FROM PAGE 5 design.” schedule a public hearing for do here,” he said. changes. After that, the public

Mellusi said he would like to the project, but Planning Board Paeprer said the next Planning hearing could be scheduled.

with our architectural consultant see samples of the siding the ap- Chair Craig Paeprer said that Board meeting is Aug. 14 and “We don’t even know if they

to help further that conversa- plicants plan to use on the build- was premature. advised the applicants to get on need any variances yet on their

tion,” Cleary said. ing’s façade rather than just pho- “I know you are anxious, but that agenda and provide an up- sign package,” Carnazza noted.

Vincent Mellusi of Elmsford- tos and drawings.

based Warshauer Mellusi War- “When we do things on the

shauer Architects, PC, the town’s computer, it looks great. But

architectural consultant, told the sometimes touch and feel are

board that the challenge was to better,” he said.

take the design of the existing Dumont said they’d be happy

building and tweak it to the style to provide samples.

the board is seeking while still “We will be prepared to bring

maintaining Taco Bell’s corpo- a sample board to the public

rate aesthetic. hearing,” Dumont said.

“ e building as rst pre- He also said that once the

sented was a very contemporary Planning Board is comfortable

building,” he said. “ e idea was with the overall architecture, he

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Is this America’s new ‘normal’? Debate fates
As expected, the column the alleged perpetrator is now
I wrote a few weeks The second half of the second
back accusing Donald HERE the president.” Democrat presidential debate LIFE,
Trump of being a racist gener- AND Over the years, at least 16 had some illuminating mo- HEALTH,
ated several angry rejoinders NOW! ments last week. POLITICS
from his most ardent fans and women have accused Trump of Former Vice President Joe Biden,
a rather nasty one from Floyd a sexual transgression or assault. MARA
(not his real name). Floyd, you the longtime front runner, seems SCHIFFREN
may remember, is the reader BERNIE Carroll is the second woman to have recovered from his slump
who becomes especially hostile when I call
Trump out for his callousness and cruelty and KOSBERG to accuse him of rape. (Ivana
racist behavior.
Trump, his rst wife, accused
Well, Floyd, it seems that your beloved presi-
dent is an accused rapist, as well. him of rape in divorce papers, after the rst debate where he was

In late June, another in a long line of women but later withdrew the accusations.) Trump has attacked by Kamala Harris, senator
came forward to accuse Trump of a forcible,
sexual assault. In this case, however, it was denied each and every one of these accusations from California, and did not have an adequate riposte.
purported to have been violent, a distinction
that meets the legal de nition of rape in New and, given Carroll’s timeline, he cannot be is time around, he came loaded for bear and responded well
York State.
charged because the statute of limitations for to numerous attacks from various candidates, including New Jersey
Trump’s accuser, longtime writer and col-
umnist Elizabeth Jean Carroll, is a well-known rape expired. Sen. Cory Booker.
and highly respected American journalist and
advice columnist. Her “Ask E. Jean” column has Carroll’s accusation is consistent with what After the debate, in a revealing moment that showed nothing
appeared in Elle magazine since 1993.
Trump said he frequently did in that infamous as much as his insulation from the current reality prevailing in the
Carroll’s allegation is detailed in her upcom-
ing book, excerpted in New York Magazine, “Access Hollywood” tape when he said, quite Democrat Party, he stated his shock and dismay at the fact that
and reported by the New York Times. She
accuses Trump of attacking her in the dressing proudly, that he grabs women by the genitals, President Obama had been criticized by Democrats.
room of a New York department store—Berg-
dorf Goodman—back in the late 1990s. Ac- and takes advantage of them without hesita- Apparently, Biden still considers it a form of “lèse majesté” to crit-
cording to Carroll, she con ded in two friends
soon after the event, and both have recently tion. icize the policies of Obama. In fact, while Obama was president, the
corroborated her account to several news orga-
nizations. e American public has been force fed press was noticeably supine. It did not harangue him with over-the-

Carroll writes, as reported in the Times, that so many repulsive actions by Trump over the top criticism every single day the way they do President Trump (and
Trump “pushed her against the wall, pushed
his mouth against her lips, then pulled down last 30 months that it is has become inured to they did President George W. Bush). He seems to have misunder-
her tights…and it was a ght. I want women
to know that I did not stand there. I did not his alarming behavior. is latest revelation, stood this impulse not as that of a press in league with a president
freeze. I wasn’t paralyzed, which is a reaction
that I could have had, because it’s so shocking. though, is truly ugly and revolting. Are we and hoping beyond hope that he succeeded by every measure. But
No, I fought. And it was over very quickly. It
was against my will, 100 percent.” now to believe that rape is no longer a big deal rather, Biden believed that Obama and his administration was actu-

Trump has repeatedly denied the accusation, and, according to his Republican supporters, ally as spotless as the lack of criticism made it seem.
saying, “it’s a total false accusation. And I don’t
know anything about her.” “let’s just let Trump be Trump?” Is this the e Republican perspective on this event was very di erent.

Quoted in e Hill (a DC newspaper), new normal in America? In fact, many people believe that the press were so eager for the
Trump said of Carroll, “She’s just not my type,”
implying that if she was, his behavior would be ere are numerous Trump crises and rst black president to have a hugely successful presidency, that
understandable.
potential disasters to focus on, whether it is they practically made it sacrosanct to criticize him. If you criticized
As Charles Blow put it in his New York
Times opinion column: “Place yourself, or your immigration and the caging of children; the President Obama and his policies, likely you had to run a gauntlet
mother, or your wife, sister, daughter, cousin,
girlfriend or friend, in that dressing room. environment and climate change; healthcare; of claims that you were a racist. Because, of course, the only conceiv-
Imagine the struggle. Imagine the violation.
Imagine the anger. And now remember that women’s reproductive rights; trade wars; rela- able reason you had for disagreeing with him was his race, not the

tions with European allies; attacking the FBI fact that you disagreed heartily with his political policies.

and our security agencies; and looking for a As a result of this, two things happened. One, America elected a

war with Iran. Do we have time, even, to con- man in 2016 that perhaps not everyone who voted for him likes or fully

sider rape? I guess not. respects, but who was able to make any politically incorrect statement

A signi cant segment of our society seems that he wanted without paying a penalty for it among his voters.

to accept his malignant form of evil, even as he And two, the Democrats have doubled down on their policy. Now,

deliberately chips away at long-held American no black or “POC” politician in America can be criticized at any

values. Republican politicians are gutless and time, no matter how outré their policies—Green New Deal any-

afraid to upset him. Republican men—almost one?—without a chorus starting that that person is racist. Recently,

entirely white—stand on the sidelines and AOC’s Squad of Four even directed the accusation of racism at

cheer him on, as if he’s competing in a 100- Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she criticized them publicly.

yard dash. But back to Obama. Apparently, he is so unused to being criti-

As Blow says, “ is president acts as if he cized by the left that he immediately vented his displeasure about

is above the law or is the law. He lies and he it to his aides to put forward for public consumption: “[Obama]

cheats, and he bullies. He is hateful and rude has privately expressed exasperation at some policy proposals and

and racist. He talks about women to whom he promises that he believes are unrealistic. And he and people around

is attracted as if they’re objects to be possessed him question the wisdom in assailing the record of a popular ex-

and about women who dare to challenge him president rather than the unpopular-by-comparison current one.”

as enemies who must be destroyed.” It seems that both Biden and Obama are behind the times. Demo-

And he has surrounded himself with moral crats are stuck in the position where they realize they cannot honestly

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OP-ED

2019 legislative session had pros and cons

BY ASSEMBLYMAN KEVIN BYRNE more to protect criminals and people of legislation that bene ts everyday New Conference successfully pressured the
GUEST WRITER who reside in this country illegally, at the Yorkers. We passed the Child Victims executive chamber and assisted in the
expense of lawful residents. ese chang- Act to protect victims of child sex abuse, expansion of a college tuition assistance
This June marked the end of es ranged from “free college” and drivers’ passed a permanent property tax cap, program for Gold Star families that
this year’s legislative session in licenses for illegal immigrants to “cash- closed the LLC loophole, and banned su ered the loss of a loved one who was
Albany. roughout my time in less bail” for criminals and tax increases the medically debunked and abusive killed or severely disabled from his/her
the Assembly, I have made it a priority on everyday New Yorkers, as well as the practice of conversion “therapy” for military service.
to advocate for a more responsible, ef- passage of laws that devalued human life minors. Additionally, I worked with col-
fective, limited government that respects and chipped away at our constitutional leagues from across the aisle to help pass Toward the end of session, I’m pleased
taxpayers’ wallets and protects their rights as law-abiding Americans. Some legislation that protects youth shooting to report that I helped restore signi cant
liberties. o cials have gone so far as to nickname and safety programs in our state. state funding for our local infrastructure,
this year’s legislative session as the “Year including $65 million in state-wide Ex-
Our government needs to rst focus of the Criminal.” Building o of our work in past ses- treme Winter Recovery funding. As the
on fundamentals such as taking care sions, I continued to serve as a staunch co-chair of last fall’s Assembly Minority
of our roads, public health and safety. Regardless of their e orts, the extreme defender of our local taxpayers, ghting Task Force on Critical Infrastructure
Instead of focusing on the fundamentals, left hasn’t stopped me from pushing against wasteful spending and onerous and Transportation, I’m all too familiar
we saw a one-party-controlled legisla- back and voting against many of these tax increases. I’m proud that we were with the numerous factors threatening
ture and executive o ce venture away dangerous policies in the Assembly. It once again successful in advocating for our state’s transportation system. is
from these core tenets and instead focus also has not and will not prevent me our local roadways, public libraries, rst additional funding from the state will
on controversial social and scal policy from staying focused on the many other responders and veterans. ese are the support our local highway departments,
changes that, in many cases, will do New needs of our state. fundamentals that need to be protected boost our local economy, and limit ad-
York more harm than good. and made a priority, not treated as an ditional burdens on property taxpayers.
So, what were some of our more posi- afterthought.
Many of the so-called “criminal justice tive accomplishments? Over the course of the legislative
reforms” and other controversial policy rough a very active public advocacy
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How’s it hanging? SCHIFFREN

OK fellas, you may want to check out of this column. LOST IN FROM PAGE 8
I want to talk about bras. No, not the sexy, demi, what SUBURBIA
woman-in-her-right-mind-would-wear-this-to-go-food- border without also denouncing the position of President Obama,
shopping-bras. I’m talking about the everyday, full coverage, gets- whose administration built the “cages” in 2014 that we see in
so many photos. As a result, because of this irrational frenzy of
the-job-done-without-a-jiggle bras. TRACY hatred against President Trump’s border policies, they now loathe
For 40-something years I’ve managed to nd the right-size BECKERMAN President Obama’s border policies as well.

bra that made me feel comfortable, con dent, and contained. No So there was Julian Castro at the debate asking why Biden
did not do more to prevent the number of detentions and de-
easy feat for a 36DD. And not a pole-dancer 36DD, but a two- portations that occurred in Obama’s eight years in o ce.

pregnancies-later-and-now-approaching-menopause-36DD. Even All this is open for criticism now in a way it never was before.
Perhaps neither Biden nor Obama fully realize that many of
when I was pregnant and I grew to a size H (and by the way, who these candidates are seriously proposing a form of open borders
for illegal immigrants, a policy never advanced in earnest until
even knew that was a letter in the bra alphabet?) I was still able to nd my own bras without any recently and one that is frankly outrageous.
And yet here we are.
outside help. I also enjoyed how Tulsi Gabbard hammered Kamala Harris
at the debate on her illiberal and non-progressive record as at-
But apparently, the internet doesn’t believe me. ey think I need a bra intervention. Every day I torney general in California. e fact that she was against DNA
testing for an African American man on Death Row, still trying
am bombarded with ads for bras, bandeaus, and bralettes. I’m inundated with ads asking me, “Do to establish his innocence, is not likely to make her more popu-
lar among progressives or many members of the general public.
you have saggy breasts?” ey yell at me, “Are you wearing the wrong size bra?!?!?” And they com- How Kafkaesque of Kamala.
To my mind, this exchange did irreparable damage to Kamala
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Concerned that the Bra Police were indeed spying on me, I covered my computer camera and

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e messiah with orange hair

In the mid-1950s Lake rife with racial unrest. National liking to me, seeing for sure that I hand on my shoulder, Christ-like, OF HUMAN
Mahopac had a large summer enmities often carried over to the had some “black feet” in me. and told me that no harm would INTEREST
population, which was mostly caddy yard. Until the Messiah come my way, so long as he was
Jewish. e only place to play arrived. Wesley introduced me to soul around. LORENZO
golf was Mahopac Golf Club, a music. Every weekend I’d drive GARO
“gentile club,” an anachronism Wesley, the Messiah, had a him home to Peekskill and he’d I spent that summer caddy-
today, thank God. But it wasn’t in mountainous orange Afro. He play James Brown, Archie Bell ing under a cloud of guilt. I’d Wesley made a giant scorecard,
1957, the year the Jewish summer called it his “Sicilian halo.” and the Drells. “Tighten Up,” we defected from Mahopac. Putnam every name of the 30 caddies
vacationers built Putnam Golf sang. And I got loosened up! His was sexier. One day I mentioned participating in the tournament
Course, so they could have a place “My man,” he once said, friends would come, and everyone to Wesley that Mahopac held a stylishly printed in green magic
to play golf. “Sicily’s just a canoe ride from would start dancing. I became caddy tournament with prizes marker. In the hazy light of dawn,
AF-RI-CA, you got plenty of prejudiced: I thought black and a dinner. Wesley rubbed his we practiced on a dewy putting
e club had a mixed contin- red-headed brothers don’t even people were better than whites. chin, then spread his arms wide green, holding our putters like
gent of caddies. Half were from know they’s half- I- talian.” And and proclaimed, “We gonna have swords. Wesley was late, then
Mahopac, the other half from then he would start to preach. e biggest, meanest caddy in the biggest, the badest caddy later, then, obviously, not coming.
Peekskill. is column takes “WE ALL BROTHERS!” the yard was Wilber. He didn’t tournament the world has ever But at least he’d paid for all the
place in 1969. America was then fraternize with “whitey,” and known!” prizes. e pro, as it turned out,
He hung out mostly with us when one of the younger brothers knew nothing about that. Some-
“white boys,” and took a special got too friendly, they got a lecture. e next day he came with a one yelled, “Larry, you owe us all
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apple on my head, ala William Was I seeing things? Later in “Little brother,” he said, hand-
Tell, aiming to show o his karate the day, the trophy was in the ing me $i0, “I owe you this. at’s
prowess. window, along with a sign an- what Wesley paid me for letting
nouncing the rst annual caddy him knock you into me. Now let’s
“Just don’t move,” he said. “I’m tournament. go play some golf.”
gonna kick the apple o your
head- not even one hair’s gonna In the following weeks, Wesley Halfway through the round, I
move!” devoted himself to collecting do- said, “Wilber, I thought you hated
nations. He stationed himself on white people.”
A natural showman, he the walkway between the ninth
histrionically counted o a few green and tenth tee. He sat at a “I do,” he replied, not sounding
steps from where I stood, took small folding table, writing down really serious. “But you’re alright.
a deep breath, and then hopped the names of the members who Just don’t ever trust a black man
toward me. Something went donated. I was his lieutenant, in with orange hair!”
wrong, though. He stumbled and charge of collecting from the cad-
knocked me into Wilber, who dies, all of whom were required to at day, Wilber, a par golfer,
grabbed me by the shirt and lifted pay a $10 fee, their contribution drove the 17th green.To this
me in the air. e Messiah came to the prize pool. At the end of day, I can’t play that hole with-
to my rescue. each day Wesley took a jar brim- out thinking of him. I miss him
ming with 5s and 10s to the pro almost as much as a real Messiah.
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ordered Wesley. He got into a We nished with over $700.
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BYRNE In less than three weeks, Sen. Pete Harkham and I worked together to pass
legislation that will help allow a new international multi-million-dollar distillery to
FROM PAGE 10 move forward with its plans to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages in Carmel.
Lastly, by working with colleagues from across the aisle, we passed legislation that
session, I also stood up for our local libraries, ensuring that they have the necessary would save the Mahopac School District millions of dollars by granting forgive-
funding to continue providing valuable services to all residents of the 94th Assem- ness for ministerial errors made by a previous administration in ling paperwork for
bly District. Within the budget clean-up bill passed at the end of the session, we capital improvement projects in 2012. Each of these bills also passed the Senate and
successfully restored the $20 million cut, initially made by the governor, for library now await Gov. Cuomo’s signature.
construction grants. is funding is vital for many libraries seeking to complete
needed renovations to comply with various Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Now that the legislative session has formally ended, hard-working New York-
standards. ers fearing additional costly mandates and taxes from Albany can rest and breathe
a little easier. I will have the opportunity to spend even more time in the district,
In addition to supporting the aforementioned statewide legislation, I also spent meeting with our neighbors and gaining a greater awareness of the issues that mat-
much of this session introducing and sponsoring my own legislation that would ter most to you. While still making periodic visits to Albany and other parts of the
bene t our local area. To that end, I was able to get four new pieces of legislation state to ful ll my other legislative duties, I will ensure that my Assembly sta and I
passed in the Assembly in 2019. is includes designating Junior and Sparkles lakes in are accessible to you so that we remain prepared for the upcoming legislative session.
Yorktown as inland waterways so that they will be eligible for waterfront revitalization
grants from the New York State Department of State and Environmental Protection ere is still much to do and I’m eager to do it. ank you for your continued
Fund. With this valuable source of funding, local municipalities can improve the water faith and trust in me.
quality of these waterways, as well as preserve the nearby habitat, expand eco-tourism,
and combat pollution and the proliferation of endangered species. Kevin Byrne (R/C – Mahopac) is assemblyman for the 94th Assembly District.

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fun and smiles to young and old!
e 48th annual Putnam County
he fair featured an entire tent dedicated to 4-H Fair, sponsored by Cornell Coop-
ames and toys for the kids. erative Extension, attracted huge crowds
the weekend of July 26, 27 and 28 as
Hailey Kikel, 3, enjoys the toys. attendees from all around the region
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event, including live music at the Shady
Grove eater; lots of animal and live-
stock exhibits; the Master Gardeners
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plants and owers and get advice from
experts; magic shows; Civil War and
Revolutionary War encampments;
myriad games and demonstrations; the
county living auction; and all kinds of
delicious food, from grilled corn on the
cob to fair’s famous chicken barbecue.

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Town to create internet-purchase exchange zone

Neutral locale at Town Hall will make selling online safer

BY BOB DUMAS online transactions are being cre- meet-up spot so the public can But the exchange can some- ing lot. He said Police Chief Mike
EDITOR ated at Carmel Town Hall/Police safely exchange purchases. It’s times be dangerous. According Cazzari suggested a spot next to
Headquarters, creating a safe popular across the nation because to reports, since 2007, more than the 9-11 memorial because four
For Carmel and Mahopac exchange area for residents who there is a trend where people are 100 murders have been linked to cameras are trained on that area.
residents, buying stu on the in- buy and sell products online. buying items that they found postings on Craigslist. Yorktown
ternet from private individuals is online like the Marketplace on Police Chief Robert Noble, who Schmitt said the safe exchange
about to get a little safer. “We are creating an internet- Facebook or on Craigslist where created a similar safe exchange area idea was initially suggested
purchase exchange location,” said people list items for sale.” space at his department’s parking by Councilman Mike Barile.
Parking spaces reserved for Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “It’s a lot, said there are many more in-
stances of victims being assaulted “I agreed with him,” Schmitt
Your Radiance or robbed when meeting to nal- said. “I think it’s something we
Is Our Philosophy ize an internet transaction. should do, and I picked it up
from there. It’s a great initiative
In fact, such a robbery took and I think the town residents
place earlier this summer in Yor- will embrace it. I put [the idea]
ktown when the seller opted not on Facebook, and it got a lot of
to use the exchange site at police attention. It’s another way where
headquarters. A Yorktown man we can go one step further for
who had posted his all-terrian people to do this safely.”
vehicle for sale online was robbed
at gunpoint during a meeting Carmel and Mahopac have not
with the “buyers,” according to seen an incident like the one in
the Yorktown Police Depart- Yorktown, Schmitt noted, but said
ment. During their meeting, the town doesn’t want to wait for
Noble said, the buyers, both men, something bad to happen.
displayed what appeared to be a
handgun. One of the men drove “We are trying to be proactive,”
o in the ATV while the other he said.“ ere have been no inci-
left in a car. e victim was unin- dents that I know about in Car-
jured, and the perpetrators were mel, but you have no idea what
eventually caught. [the buyer’s] background is and
whether someone is sur ng these
“So, a lot of sellers are reluc- sites and preying on people. ey
tant to have people come to their will show an interest and all they
home,” Schmitt said. “ ey don’t ask is where you live, and then
know the party and whether unsuspecting people become the
there may be some type of crimi- victim of a crime.”
nal activity. ey would rather it
would be a natural location and Schmitt said that two signs will
that’s what we are creating here designate the Town Hall exchange
at Town Hall.” area. ey should be ready in about
two weeks and the site will be ready
Schmitt said the Town Hall, by mid-August. He advised resi-
at 60 McAlpin Ave., is a natural dents to take advantage.
choice for the location because
it is also the home of the police “If you tell someone you
department and there are surveil- want to do [the exchange] there
lance cameras all around the park- and they don’t want to do it,
that probably tells you that you
shouldn’t do it and to just move
on,” he said.

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Mahopac students earn academic honors

e following is a list of Ma- tion honors included summa --- ated with a B.S. in nance. ed adolescence education major;
Michael Marocco was named --- William M. Long last attended
hopac students who received cum laude, honors college, de- to the Dean’s List at Purchase e following students will be Mahopac High School, and is an
College for the spring semester. intended current undeclared ma-
Dean’s List accolades as well as partmental honors and the Mary --- attending SUNY Oswego this jor; Joseph P. Siclari last attended
fall: Samantha M. Colonna last Mahopac High School, and is
other college honors this past se- Louise Buchanan Award. e following students gradu- attended Westchester Commu- an intended electrical and com-
ated from Roger Williams Uni- nity College, and is an intended puter engineering major; Kayli F.
mester: --- versity in Providence, R.I.: Pat- broadcasting and mass commu- Timpano last attended Mahopac
rick Brunetti graduated cum nication major; Alexander Poljak High School, and is an intended
Nikoles Conde was one of 103 Christopher DellaMeda- laude with a Master of Architec- last attended Westchester Com- biochemistry major.
ture; Christian Pinaud gradu- munity College, and is an intend-
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Grant gives Carmel PD new defibrillator

e Carmel Police Department e John T. Sloper Com- the legacy of John T. Sloper and by the Sloper-Willen Commu- Foundations of the Hudson Val-

has been awarded a $2,500 grant munity Fund was established the Sloper-Willen Community nity Ambulance Service, by pro- ley for the grant funding.” Car-

from the Community Founda- by the Community Foundation Ambulance Service, to promote viding training and emergency mel police o cers carry an AED
tions of the Hudson Valley to and endowed with the proceeds and encourage people and orga- medical equipment to enhance in their marked police vehicles
purchase an additional automated from the sale of Sloper-Willen nizations to provide emergency the delivery of emergency medi- while patrolling and are available
medical services, and to save lives. cal services to residents of those to respond to medical emergen-
for Yorktownexternal de brillator (AED). is Community Ambulance Ser-
award was received through the vice. Founded in 1958 by John T. e John T. Sloper Commu- communities to improve acces- cies involving cardiac arrest. A

John T. Sloper Community Fund Sloper, the company motto was: nity Fund promotes programs in sibility to emergency health ser- person’s chances of survival im-

of the Community Foundations “ at lives may be saved.” is southern Dutchess and Putnam vices in order to save lives. prove signi cantly if CPR and

of the Hudson Valley. fund was established to honor counties, areas previously served Carmel Police Chief Mike the lifesaving AED shock are

now that deserves a free car? Cazzari said his department administered within minutes of a
is” grateful to e Community cardiac arrest.

nate a for Yorktown County Tourism Dept.
to Win Cel•eHebilnprNaeaFerditenidng 10 years transition to in-house
Cars
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Odell said the county is close to said, “exciting things are happen-
choosing a new director of tour- ing in Putnam.”
ism who will showcase Putnam
as a destination and promote the At Tilly Foster Farm in South-
economic growth of the county. east, hundreds of rock ‘n’ roll fans
came out for the “Satisfaction,

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candidates and will send recom- Tribute Show,” Saturday night,
• NYoomurinate mendations to Odell, who will July 27. It was an evening of
Neiygohbuorr forward her preferred choice to fun, food and dancing under the
Neighbor the Legislature for approval. stars that attracted visitors from
throughout the region. e Roll-
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itself, Odell said, but the new

tourism director will work with a new series of summer events at

stakeholders throughout the the county-owned farm, which

county and be better able to en- also features Tilly’s Table restau-

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MUST be residents the Country Begins.” community garden.
of Yorktown, NY
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MUST be residents of Yorktown, NY County Visitors Bureau for its zzino Italian Art Foundation, a
e orts and said the transition museum of Italian Postwar and

from a non-pro t funded by Contemporary art that opened

THE TIME TO APPLY IS NOW!l need county and state grants to an in- two years ago in a renovated

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MUSINGS Aug. 31. Selected authors only: Friday Night at the door). A cash bar will be with many a ordable and ex-
James Patterson, Janet Evanov- Barbecue/Concert available throughout the evening. ible options including one week
FROM PAGE 4 ich, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. We rock (three days) in drawing, paint-
desk. Registration for this pro- Clive Cussler, W.E.B. Grif- Series rain or shine and take it indoors ing, collage and more or two

gram is required. Register online n, Nora Roberts and Danielle to our large ballroom during in- week (four days) options in clay

at www.mahopaclibrary.org, or Steele. Also, Teacher Sale; buy e Friday Night Barbecue clement weather. Bring chairs arts. Sarah Bell, a certi ed public

call 845-628-2009, ext. 139. one/get one: buy one and get the Live Entertainment Series at and blankets for outdoor show. school teacher with the Carmel

Library Book second of comparable value for Putnam County Golf presents Upcoming shows: School District will teach clay

free now through Sept. 30. Chil- Aug. 9 - Appetite for Destruc- Aug. 16 - e Fast Lane (Ea- arts, and Donna Mikkelsen, a

dren’s section only. Book Barn tion (Guns N’ Roses tribute). gles tribute) working artist with over 25 years
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Barn Sales hours are Tuesdays, 1-7 p.m.; Tickets are available for purchase school and in community based
Sunset Concerte Mahopac Library Book Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; online for $29 at putnamcounty-
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Department presents its annual under $150; visit www.putnam-

Put your mind at ease... Sunset Concert Series on urs- artscouncil.com to learn more
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ing golf out on Monday, Aug. the Park, at the Peekskill River

Elder Law Guardianships 26. Enjoy a full day of golf at the Front Green, Peekskill, Sunday,
Mahopac Golf Club including Aug. 25. 3-9 p.m., featuring e
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Evening in the Support Connection, Inc. will
Piazza hold its next session of their
free monthly program “Mah-

jong, Co ee and Camarade-

e Mahopac Italian Ameri- rie” on ursday, Aug.15, from

can Club will hold its annual 10-11:30 a.m. at the Support

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urday, Aug. 17, 4-9 p.m. at the Heights. Open to people living

Chamber Park, South Lake with breast, ovarian and gyne-

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Coping with rst-day-of-school anxiety

Dear Dr. Linda, • Kids are concerned, write down any prob- most students still follow in school was
I know it’s the rst week in August, created in the 1800s and followed the
even fearful, about their STRONG lems she perceives in a factory system. First grade is for 6-year-
but my daughter has already begun wor- new teacher(s). Will LEARNING little notebook/journal, olds, second grade for 7-year-olds, and
rying about the rst day of school. She’s they be nice? Will they and then together, you up through 12th grade. e bell rings to
entering sixth grade, but this has been give a lot of work? Will DR. LINDA can talk about all her signal the opening and closing of school
the pattern since rst grade. She seems they be mean? Will SILBERT options on how to deal just like the factory. And there’s lunch
to get through July OK because she’s so hour, again following the factory system.
happy to be on vacation, but as soon as they like me? Many with the problems. We’re not cogs in a wheel—some of us
Aug. 1 comes around, she obsesses over are more comfortable in environments
going back to school. at rst day is have been told by older Most importantly, if that are more exible.
a nightmare and it usually doesn’t get
much better as the year goes on. Late siblings or friends that she agrees, and you’ve e point is that children who struggle
May and June are the best months be- in school appear sometimes not to care
cause summer vacation is soon. Any sug- particular teachers are really mean or give promised to do that, follow through. Let or to be lazy or overreactive. But no child
gestions on what I could do to help her I’ve ever met in almost 50 years of work-
calm down and enjoy August. It would a lot of work. her know that you are listening to (and ing with them even disliked school with-
be much appreciated. out there being a good reason. Children
• Kids are afraid that they won’t know hearing) her, that we always have options who struggle in school appear to not care,
Mom but inside they’re hurting, and they don’t
Dear Mom, anyone in their class. Will their friends be for how to respond to di erent things, know what to do about it.

ere seems to be two issues here. with them or will they be alone? Will the and, above all, that she’s not alone. Parents, teachers, and other school
e rst issue is the anxiety of starting professionals need to be on top of this, to
a new school year. e second issue is school bully be in their class again? ey Now, let’s talk about the second issue. identify the problem, and to devise a so-
that it sounds like your daughter dislikes lution that works for the individual child.
school. Let’s begin with the rst issue. worry that no one will be their friend and It seems as if your daughter simply does
Even though there’s an excitement about Dr. Linda
seeing their friends again and for some— they’ll have to eat alone at lunch. not like school and the sheer idea of
although not most—about learning new Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad Grades
things, most children are anxious about • Kids are scared that the work the it creates stress for her. Otherwise, she Happen to Good Kids,” and director of
starting a new school year. Strong Learning Tutoring and SAT/ACT
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Four tips for a successful college career

BY FREDERICK L. SHIELS things about adjusting to that are Job No. 1 right now. the same time. First the breaking the ice early
GUEST COLUMNIST and thriving in your new Here is a checklist of some straight talk “hard news”: by raising your hand and
life that you may have FACT: Many college stu- showing that you have read the
So you have been accepted to heard or read about, but common sense, and some not- dents from the best high schools assignment or are truly engaged
a college and are getting ready I am willing to bet many that obvious techniques for mak- and with really good grades and in the topic (don’t be intimidated
to begin your new life soon! you have not. Call this advance ing these good results happen, SAT scores will experience real by know-it-all other students).
speci c inside information avoiding common pitfalls, and di culties, especially during Professors can spot thought-
All of the years of middle about achieving academic suc- so freeing up the rest of your the freshman or sophomore ful people who don’t have to
and high school courses are be- cess from someone like the four college life for maximum sat- years. e same applies to stu- raise their hands constantly. On
hind you, the SATs and ACTs, to ve dozen professors you will isfaction. You can conquer the dents from just decent high leaving class or perhaps before,
the essays and applications and be dealing with, regardless of “academics” and prosper in the schools with just decent grades try to get acquainted with the
what people are telling you/pre- subject, major or your present “total college experience” at and scores. You do not have to professor as a person, his/her
dicting will be four of the best level of self-con dence. be one of these. research interests, your curios-
years of your life lying ahead. FIRST, be aware that college ity, etc. It is amazing how few
Don’t let anybody kid you: is not just preparation for your students take the trouble to do
And this can certainly be those friendships you will make, career or life in the “real world.” this and it can make your life as
true, but there are a number of and late night talk sessions that College is the start of your ca- a student much richer.
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surprises and disappointments since Medieval times, the so- learned in “making it” at your between being swallowed up in
that are all too common in that cial scene and the early bouts school of choice—and I mean the library reading and writing
freshman year— and the years of homesickness are no small people skills as well as great papers, and being organized
right after. thing and a big part of what you grades—are not unlike those enough to read enough of the
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019 Sports MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 23

Mahopac 12s top Cortlandt in semis
Can’t solve Yonkers in championship game

BY SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Mahopac’s 12U baseball team The Mahopac 12U B Casey Feierstein is all
came up with an impressive finalsits, front row,from smiles as he slides head-
performance in its GHVBL left: Ethan Giorgianni,
playo semi nal last ursday, Chris Russo, Michael first into second after
Aug.1, shutting out Cortlandt Behler, Nick Tardio, Danny doubling.
National, 4-0, on the road, to Robinson; back row, from
earn a spot in the B nal. left: Coach Rich Eppolito,
Lou Girau, Ryan Tissier,
But the No. 3 seed Indians Coach Bill Feierstein,
weren’t able to shut down the Lucas Bilichuk, Kieran
Yonkers o ense in an 11-6 loss to McCormack, Anthony
the fourth-seeded Lumberjacks Eppolito, Coach Rich
in the Aug. 4 championship Tardio, Casey Feierstein,
game at Rogers Park in Danbury. Tommy Bonacci, Coach
Bobby Tissier.
Michael Behler went four
innings for Mahopac, and Ethan Anthony Eppolito had two RBIs in
Giorganni and Casey Feierstein Mahopac’s championship game
both pitched in relief. loss, and one in the team’s semifinal
win.
Mahopac (6-7-1) got two
RBIs each from Lucas Bilichuk
and Anthony Eppolito. Ryan
Tissier and Feierstein each drove
in one run.

“ ey hit three home runs, and
that was the game,” Mahopac
Coach Bill Feierstein said. “ ey
were a very good team, a club
team, with good hitters.

“Lucas and Anthony both did
a good job for us at the plate,”
Feierstein added. “And so did
Ryan and Casey, driving in runs.
Chris Russo had a good catch for
us in center eld.”

Behler earned a complete-
game, shutout victory in the
semi nal, quieting Cortlandt on
its own home court at Seaboldt
Field in Montrose. Behler struck
out six, and allowed just four hits.

“He pitched a masterpiece,”
Feierstein said of the performance.
“He gave up a couple of hits, but
he didn’t break down at all. He
did a really nice job.”

Bilichuk smacked a solo
homer, and Tissier, Eppolito and
Feierstein each had one RBI to
pace the Indians’ attack.

“Our top six in the order have
all really come through for the
team all year long,” Feierstein
said. “ ey work hard in practice,
and it’s showed on the eld. And
Nick Tardio, Ethan Giorgianni
and Eppolito all played good
defense for us.”

Mahopac hurler Michael Behler earned Lucas Bilichuk
a complete-game victory in Mahopac’s had two RBI in the
semifinal win over Cortlandt National. championship game,
and a solo homer in the
Indians’ semifinal win.

PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN


PAGE 24 MAHOPAC NEWS SPORTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019

13U falls to Put Valley in playoff slugfest

BY SKIP PEARLMAN played at the Crane Road elds. of their own in the top of the each had two-out RBI singles for “and these boys win more than
CONTRIBUTING WRITER e game featured four seventh, and held on for the win. the Indians. they lose. After they won the
GHVBL 12U summer title last
Mahopac’s 13U Indians lead changes, with No. 3 seed Casey Brandstetter had a Sapienza pitched four innings year, we all went into the 2019
baseball team came up on the Mahopac (which earned a rst- two-run double for the Indians for Mahopac, Brandstetter playo s with high expectations.
short end of a 10-8 battle agaisnt round bye) rallying for three runs (11-5), and nished with three pitched two innings in relief, and Although we didn’t win it all,
Putnam Valley Sunday, July 28, in the bottom of the sixth to take RBIs. Joe Koch had a double Tyler Castratro went an inning. we’re proud of these young men
in the quarter nal round of the a lead. and scored two runs, and Robert with their performance and
GHVBL playo s, in a game Dusovic and Chris Sapienza “ e entire 2019 baseball year development. Moving up to the
But PV came up with a rally has been a successful one for [bigger] eld is a big transition
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“Almost the entire team has
played together in Mahopac for
the past ve years,” he added,

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE 13U MAHOPAC INDIANS

Mahopac 13U baseball team, front from left, Tyler Castrataro, Joey
Luczkowski, Owen Ryan, Joe Defeo, Casey Brandstetter; back from
left: Joe Koch, Chris Sapienza, Nevan Nystrom, Robert Dusovic,
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5. Having wings 31. One-billionth of a second 53. Sea eagles 18. One point east of

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12. Cobb and tossed are two 33. Dog 56. Small island (British) 21. Books of the New

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16. One of the six noble communication 58. A type of monk 23. Political action

gases 37. Marked 63. Pictures or sculptures of committee

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23. Longs (abbr.) 32. Pull up a chair

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26. Peyton’s little brother 45. Witch 1. Engine additive 35. Removed

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3. Satisfaction 39. Fall back

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the audience 44. Jeans and jackets

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substance 47. GreenwichTime

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by themselves, • What other predict the future, many potential

probably aren’t sources of retire- solutions exist to put the program

enough to enable ment income on more solid footing. Conse-

you to retire comfortably, they can should I develop? Contribute as quently, try to focus on the actions

be a key part of your overall retire- much as you can a ord to your IRA you can control.

ment income strategy – if you use and your 401(k) or similar employ-

them wisely. er-sponsored retirement plan. You is article was written by Edward

To help you make decisions may want to consult with a nancial Jones for use by your local Edward

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your estimated longevity and

your other sources of income.

• How should I consider po-

tential spousal bene ts? If you

are married, or if you’re divorced

but were married for at least 10

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half of your spouse’s full retire-

ment bene t (o set by your own

bene t, and reduced if you claim

early). If you outlive your spouse,

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