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County executive The error of our Waze
proposes term limits
Shortcut- nding apps exhaust local roads
BY CAROL REIF ber of public positions, including
STAFF WRITER as a member of the state Senate, BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER “ e roads fall apart faster.”
representing the 37th District.
County Executive George Lat- He has also served on Rye’s City CONTRIBUTING EDITOR e wear and tear created by increased tra c,
imer would like to see Westchester Council, as a county legislator,
further restrict the time he, and his and in the state Assembly. and the cost to repair them, is only one downside
successors, can serve.
In making the announcement anks to smartphone apps like Waze and to the apps. By failing to factor in things like to-
Latimer has submitted an in White Plains, Latimer refer-
“unusual” proposal to the Board enced Washington’s latest kur- Google Maps, motorists are nding quicker ways pography, they also create hazards during severe
of Legislators that would limit fu e over “relative authority.”
four-year terms to two from to reach their destinations and avoid stand-still weather events.
three, meaning county executives “I think what we’re seeing now
would be able to stay in o ce for is a need for a more robust bal- tra c. Last winter, Paganelli said, a fast-accumulating
a maximum of eight, instead of ance between the executive branch
12, years. and the legislative branch,” he said, But those shortcuts, which often divert drivers snowfall during the evening rush-hour commute
adding that checks and balances
is is not a change in overall on power ensure that the “best de- from busy highways to local roads, are creating sent highway motorists into a panic. Rather than
philosophy, the Democrat in- cisions are made on the broadest
sisted Monday, Nov. 18, because possible input and with the great- headaches for Westchester municipalities, many stay the course on a backed-up Taconic State
Westchester enacted term limits est amount of thoughtfulness.”
for legislators and county execu- of which are seeing increased tra c and speeding Parkway, many sought quicker routes home on
tives way back in 2011. Term limits also create a steady,
fresh supply of elected leaders, he in residential areas. local roads. In Yorktown, dozens of drivers were
Latimer, saying that the leg- said.
islation does not contain any “ e criteria [the apps] use is the quickest diverted through the hilly and narrow Baptist
“grandfather” clause, emphasized ey encourage younger, mi-
he will be the “ rst, but not the nority and other aspirants to run point from A to B,” said Dave Paganelli, York- Church Road, which is also a low-salt area be-
last” county executive to honor it. for o ce by lowering the hurdle
they need to leap in order to de- town highway superintendent. “I think that’s a cause of its proximity to the watershed.
Latimer was elected in 2017 feat well-entrenched incumbents.
after defeating incumbent Re- problem.” “We ended up with 15 cars [stuck] there, which
publican Rob Astorino. Greater voter turnout, particu-
larly in local elections, will occur “if For example, Route 35-bound motorists com- hindered our ability to clean the road,” Paganelli
“Eight years is a period of time people feel there is a real race going
most common where executive on and their votes can count,” Lat- ing from Route 202—and vice versa—are direct- said. “It created a major problem for us in even
term limits apply, and I think it imer said in a separate statement.
is a defensible change,” said the ed by both apps to cut through Hallocks Mills reaching the areas.”
Democrat, who has held a num- SEE TERM LIMITS PAGE 5
Road rather than remain on 202, which shaves
just 0.3 miles o their commute. POLICING
Nearby towns like North Salem have experi- In addition to nding its users the shortest
enced similar problems, said Town Supervisor commute, Waze alerts motorists to construction-
Warren Lucas. induced lane closures; school zones; tra c light
“We have people going the strangest ways you cameras; and tra c hazards like fallen trees and
can ever conceive just because Waze tells them potholes, all of which are reported by fellow driv-
to,” Lucas said. “It’s absolutely insane. And it ers.
saves everybody a minute and every road in town Like a digital ashing of the high beams, users
has a thousand cars on it.” can also report areas where police o cers have
In North Salem, with a population just north been spotted. at aspect of the app doesn’t both-
of 5,000 people, there are sometimes more cars er Lewisboro Police O cer Andrew Llewellyn.
on the road than residents, Lucas said. SEE WAZE PAGE 4
“ e apps are killing the town,” Lucas said.
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Lewisboro’s Golden Roads
e Goldens Bridge Hamlet Organiza- Vista Fire Department’s roadside. State Police Station lawn. Stay on Spring at John Jay High School campus. It’s like
tion (GBHO) held its third annual bulb Continue along 123 and bear right on Street and note the da odils at the agpole driving through a corridor lined with daf-
planting session at the circle on Wild Oaks Elmwood Road, where many residents garden at Spring and Main Streets. Take fodils.
Road. George Scott of the Lewisboro Gar- have added da odils to their roadsides. e a sharp left onto Main Street and see the Continue on Route 121, then turn left
den Club donated 400 da odil bulbs which triangle garden at Shady Lane, planted and 4,200 da odils on the Town House Lawn. at Route 138, pass over I 684 and turn left
were planted by the GBHO and friends cared for by the garden club, has scores of Note the many da odils planted by the li- onto Old Bedford Road. Note the 400 daf-
and neighbors in Goldens Bridge. colorful da odils. Arriving at Onatru Farm brary. Continue on and turn left on Bouton fodils at the corner with North Street on
What started three years ago with one on your right, you’ll nd 4,700 da odils at Road. View the triangle garden da odils, left, planted by the Goldens Bridge Hamlet
neighbor, Jayne Preiser, planting bulbs the entrance drive and along the stone wall. now look at the 4,000 da odils at the Town Organization, then continue to the end and
donated by GBHO trustee Jon Monti More golden yellow da odils are in the Al- O ces (former LES) on the left. Continue look at the da odils on the lawn of the old
near the Goldens Bridge Station sign at ice Poor Memorial Garden, on the side of on Bouton and turn right onto Route 35. Goldens Bridge Community House,where
North Street and Route 22, was followed the farmhouse at Onatru Farm. is gar- Go west on Route 35 and note the many the tour ends.
by neighbors planting da odils donated by den is designed and cared for by the garden da odils at Mead St. and Rt. 35, planted by Many of our da odil displays have park-
GBHO trustee Madeleine Polemeni in the club. the Waccabuc Landowners Council. Now ing areas where you can get out and admire
triangle on Old Bedford Road last year, and Continue north on Elmwood and turn on to the 1,600 da odils on the left at the the owers up close.
this year Wild Oaks was the recipient of left on West Lane, which becomes Spring Route 35 and Mark Mead Road intersec- Although our driving tour starts in Vista,
the e orts. Hill Lane. Turn right on Route 123 to the tion in Cross River. At the light at Routes you could also start in Goldens Bridge or
end, then left on Route 35 in South Salem. 35 and 121 note the hundreds of da odils Cross River.
SPRING DAFFODIL DRIVING TOUR istleWaithe Learning Center on right planted by Cross River Shell. A short drive Golden Roads Da odils is made possi-
e tour of 47,000 roadside da odils, has over 4,000 da odils. Note hundreds of west on Route 35 takes you to the Cyrus ble by community donations and proceeds
planted by the Lewisboro Garden Club da odils planted by the South Salem Ani- Russell Community House on the left with from da odil bulbs sales; and by over 60
and community volunteers over the last mal Hospital. Continue on to the Route its 6,000 da odils. Drive into the parking da odil volunteers planting thousands of
12 years, begins with the 3,100 da odils 35 and Spring Street (west section) inter- lot and view the da odils up close. bulbs each year.
at Vista Community Park on Route 123 section, with its large rejuvenated da odil Go back (east) on Route 35, turn left Golden Roads Da odils
at East Street. Head north on Route 123 planting. Turn right onto Spring St. and onto Route 121 (North) and enjoy 8,100
and note the 3,700 da odils planted along see the 2,400 da odils, on the left, on the da odils beautifying both sides of the road LEWISBORO GARDEN CLUB FACTS
• Golden Roads Da odils initiative
started 14 years ago by the Lewisboro
Garden Club (LGC) to beautify our town
roadsides each spring
• LGC coordinates mass da odil plant-
ings along town roadsides each fall
• Planted 47,000 roadside da odils to
date, by the garden club and community
• ousands of da odils planted each
year with 50 to 70 planting volunteers
spending 3 to 4 hours
• No cost to town—funded by donations
and proceeds from da odil sales at Lewis-
boro Library Fair
• LGC encourages residents and busi-
nesses to plant da odils along their road-
sides and properties
• Da odils are perennial, and can last
• Da odils and da odil bulbs are deer
and rodent resistant
• Da odil leaves must be left to yellow
naturally to continue owering year after
year. Da odil leaves will disappear naturally
in early summer. When planted in grass,
don’t mow until at least mid-June to July
1 because leaves need time to absorb sun
energy for next spring’s owers
• Garden club applies an organic bulb
fertilizer to planting beds every other spring
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WAZE RECOURSE Lewisboro Library
Paganelli said Yorktown’s powers-that-be are
FROM PAGE 1 e Lewisboro Library is located at 15 Main St., South Salem. For
aware of the issues created by the apps and are more information or to RSVP, visit lewisborolibrary.org.
“It doesn’t a ect the way I patrol in town, working toward solutions. In fact, the town’s
whether or not they mark us,” Llewellyn said. tra c safety o cer has been tasked with con- Author and Food Historian Peter Rose will speak at the Library
“Really, most patrols you try not to sit still any- tacting Google and Waze directly regarding the on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. A South Salem resident, Rose has just
way.” use of side roads like Hallocks Mill as shortcuts. completed her 10th book, History On Our Plate: Historical Recipes
from America’s Dutch Past for Today’s Cook. She will discuss Dutch
By the time he’s been “marked,” Llewellyn But towns frustrated by the increased tra c foods and their American adaptations through the centuries. e pre-
said, he’s most likely moved to a new spot. Also, have may only have one recourse: improve con- sentation features depictions of Netherlandish 17th-century paintings
such reports tend to slow down other drivers. ditions on the roads from which tra c is being of food which give insight into the colonial diet and food practices.
“If anything, they’re helping us out,” ere will also be a book signing and tasting featuring recipes from her
Llewellyn said. “ ey’re creating digitally more In Lucas’ case, the culprit is I-684, which new book.
o cers on the road than there actually are.” is owned and maintained by New York State.
Maintained, however, might be too generous a Apple Tree Productions presents It’s a Wonderful Life LIVE! e
But by alerting the general public to their word. stage play, which takes place at the Library on Saturday, December 14
location, Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble at 7:30 p.m., is a one-hour adaptation by Joe Landry. It is written to
said, this “tagging” of police cruisers can also “ ey haven’t touched the road since the replicate a live radio show circa 1946, with the cast gathered around
create a safety hazard for his o cers. It also early ’70s,” Lucas said. microphones and live sound e ects. e Apple Tree cast includes Judy
wreaks havoc on roads not meant for high- Allen, Chris Blossy, Elizabeth Breslin, Nancy Maloy, Joe Niola, Si-
volume tra c. Fixing I-684, he estimated, is a $1.5-billion mon Skolnik, Curtis Watkins and Lew Zwick, plus South Salem’s own
project. Working together with leaders from Anne Testa.
“It’s a gift and a curse,” Noble said. “It’s a gift neighboring towns like Bedford and Somers,
for the people driving and it’s a curse for the Lucas and the I-684 consortium are working is production is suitable for all ages. In lieu of an admission charge,
people who live on the local roads.” on plans for the expensive project. attendees may make a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per
family to support Library programming.
Yorktown residents can use the app to their “How hard is it to get $1.5 billion? Very
advantage and ght back against speeding, hard,” Lucas said. “But you won’t get anything Time Change for Fiesta Storytime
Noble said, by reporting police cruisers where without a plan. So, the rst step was to put a e Library’s monthly “Fiesta Storytime” for newborns through age
there aren’t any. Such a report will be removed plan in place.”
if enough users give it a “thumbs down,” but it ve will now begin earlier - 10:15 a.m. instead of 10:30 a.m., begin-
could have a temporary tra c-calming e ect, Lucas holds no grudges against Waze. In ning with the next class on ursday, December 5. Come join singer,
he said. fact, he uses the app himself. “It’s an awesome storyteller and puppeteer Flor Bromley as she teaches Spanish through
application. It puts me on side roads I didn’t music, movement, puppets and theater-based games.
“People need to slow down on the roads,” even know existed.”
Noble said. “Plug in a police o cer in locations Exploring Excel at the Library
even if they’re not there.” In the long run, Waze may end up proving e Library is o ering a free class on “Exploring Excel” on Saturday,
to be a bene t.
Rather than view it as a hindrance, Llewellyn December 7 at 11 a.m. Learn the basics of setting up a spreadsheet,
prefers to use the app to his advantage. “What this application has done is told us manipulating data and creating a chart. Space is limited, so please reg-
that our roads are inferior and our roads need a ister at (914) 875-9004 or online at http://www.lewisborolibrary.org/
“We use it to see where all the tra c is,” lot of work and help,” Lucas sad. adult.htm.
Llewellyn said. “So, when I-684 is backed up
and there’s more commuting on Route 22, we Put simply, Lucas, said, “684 can’t handle the
might be in that area because of speeding and tra c anymore.” Until it is xed by the state,
tra c issues.” North Salem and other local communities will
continue to pay the price.
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Latimer said the move is “consistent” with other things he has done, such as taking the
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He thought that that “statement was necessary to make because we were trying to re-
direct the way the county government operates …” not around the agenda of a particular
person or party, “but around certain principles.”
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Demolition on the horizon for Plum Brook Bridge
BY CAROL REIF In August, Rush informed the town that the DEP Dean’s Bridge’s capstones will be removed and stored at
STAFF WRITER would comply with the request. a DEP facility. Plum Brook’s will be re-used for the new
bridge. Morrissey has asked that some of the granite be
Now that New York City has promised to replace the e city is seeking permits—from Somers and North gifted to the town’s Historical Society.
old Plum Brook Bridge, the next thing to talk about is its Salem—for tree removal, wetlands/watercourse protec-
demolition. tion, erosion control, stormwater pollution prevention, NYSEG crews will be able to access both sites. e
and steep slope protection. Rush wrote that he hoped utility recently relocated poles and raised power lines at
Built in 1904, it carried tra c over a tributary of the Somers shared his “current goal of removing the existing Plum Brook.
Muscoot Reservoir, part of the city’s watershed, providing unsafe structure as soon as possible.”
a link between Routes 100 and 138 until it was closed in Work will begin at both sites after morning school bus
the late 1990s. DEP consultants Je rey A. Busse, Ronald Roman,Vic- pick-ups are completed.
toria Carpenter, and Mark J. DelBalzo recently made an
Ever since, there’s been lots of back and forth between informal presentation on tear-down plans to the Somers Trees and shrubs removed will be re-planted. Work will
the town and the city’s Department of Environmental Planning Board. be not be done within identi ed wetlands.
Protection over what needs to happen once the decrepit
steel structure is razed. It plans to declare itself the lead agency once it has all Both bridges’decks will be cleaned in sheds designed to
the data in hand. A public hearing will be scheduled at keep bad stu from escaping.
at quandary was resolved this summer when the city a later date.
informed Somers that it would honor the town’s request Board members were concerned about the water.
to rebuild the span. e DEP anticipates completing the demolition proj- “We’ve gone through hell in this town with lead con-
ects—including Lakeside Bridge in Bedford—within 18 tamination. We don’t want the city adding to it,” said
ere has also been debate about whether it should be to 24 months. Somers Planning Board member Dennis McNamara.
rebuilt at all. Certain residents have opposed it, fearing
increased tra c and noise. Others say a new bridge will e new bridge is “quite a few years away,” Busse said. e city promised to provide regular updates. “ is is
help commuters who use the Metro-North train station Also to be razed is the old Dean’s Bridge. Closed in just as big an issue for the DEP as it is for the town. We
at Goldens Bridge. Law enforcement and other rst re- 1994, it had linked Dean’s Bridge Road in Somers and don’t want lead paint going into the reservoir or anywhere
sponders, citing public safety issues, supported replacing Route 22 in North Salem over the reservoir. Metro North else. We are going to be taking a lot of precautions,”Busse
it. removed its railroad track crossing a decade ago. said.
While a new bridge is many miles down the bureau- ere are no plans to rebuild Dean’s Bridge. e North In 1877, the state empowered the city to come and
cratic road, if all goes well, demolition work could begin Salem Planning Board was expected to act on the DEP’s “eviscerate the center of Somers”so it could create a reser-
in the spring of 2021, according to Paul Rush, DEP’s permit applications Wednesday, Dec. 4. voir, Planning Board member Nancy Gerbino reminded
deputy commissioner of Bureau of Water Supply. consultants.
e DEP backed o seeking dispensation from West-
On July 11, the Somers Town Board unanimously ap- chester County that would have allowed it to claim Part of the deal was that if the city interrupted town
proved a resolution stating it would approve razing the “abandonment” and relieve it from replacing Plum Brook roadways, it had to “build and forever maintain a bridge.”
Plum Brook Bridge on the condition that the DEP build Bridge.
a new one. Somers is “a growing town” and has “a really strong
e steel structure, once cleaned of paint, may end up need for that bridge for safety reasons,” she said.
A few days later, Supervisor Rick Morrissey wrote to promoting marine life as an arti cial reef. Concrete will
Rush, reiterating the town’s stand that the bridge had be recycled. Gerbino urged the city to rebuild the bridge in a timely
been a “critical conduit” for emergency responders. fashion and not “12 years from now.”
Lead was found during testing, but no asbestos or
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Social Security Administration announces new online reporting for scam calls
Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Saul and Ennis encourage the situations, they normally would not • Demand that you pay a Social with instructions and payment op-
Social Security, and Gail S. Ennis, public to use the new online form to receive a call from the agency. Security debt without the ability to tions. People should never provide
the Inspector General for the So- report Social Security phone scams Social Security will not: appeal the amount you owe. information or payment over the
cial Security Administration, an- including robocalls and live callers, • Tell you that your Social Secu- • Promise a Social Security ben- phone or Internet unless they are
nounce the launch of a dedicated as well as email, text, and in-person rity number has been suspended. e t approval, or increase, in ex- certain of who is receiving it.
online form at https://oig.ssa.gov scams. e form allows people to • Contact you to demand an im- change for information or money. e Social Security OIG will
to receive reports from the public create a unique Personal Identi - mediate payment. If there is a problem with a per- also continue to take reports of
of Social Security-related scams. cation Number (PIN), so if OIG • Ask you for credit or debit card son’s Social Security number or re- fraud, waste, and abuse in Social
ese scams—in which fraudulent contacts a person about their report, numbers over the phone. cord, in most cases Social Security Security’s programs and opera-
callers mislead victims into making they will know the call is legitimate. • Require a speci c means of will mail a letter. If a person needs tions. A separate online form for
cash or gift card payments to avoid “Awareness is our best hope to debt repayment, like a prepaid to submit payments to Social Se- those reports remains available at
arrest for purported Social Security thwart the scammers,” said Ennis. debit card, a retail gift card, or cash. curity, the agency will send a letter their website.
number problems—skyrocketed “Tell your friends and family about
over the past year to become the them and report them to us when
No. 1 type of fraud reported to the you receive them, but most impor- JOHN BUCKLEY
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Social Security Administration. calls.” “MY HOME IS YOUR HOME”
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that will be analyzed for trends ing business with the agency—by
and commonalities. e OIG will telephone for business purposes. Choosing the
use the data to identify investiga- However, Social Security employ- right real estate
tive leads, which could help iden- ees will never threaten a person, or
tify criminal entities or individuals promise a Social Security bene t agent matters.
participating in or facilitating the approval, or increase, in exchange
scams. Ultimately, these e orts are for information or money. In those
expected to disrupt the scammers, cases, the call is fraudulent and
help reduce this type of fraud, and people should just hang up.
reduce the number of victims. Generally, the agency mainly
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Happily Ever After Gift ga e
The holiday season can be a expensive and thoughtful additions
relationship tester. Expecta- to his climbing-the-corporate-
high, especially if M handed me
you intend to drag READING, a little foil-
your signi cant wrapped box
other to meet the CHOCOLATE which contained
family for the rst KIM a pair of imsy
time or attend KOVACH gold earrings.
a holiday work Okay, I thought,
party. ese can I can probably
be very stressful wear these ear-
Sportsunlike conduct situations by themselves without rings a couple of times before the
the added pressure of buying a gift posts break o . M promised that
for that special person. he would bring me something from
“Youth league umpire walks o the Gift givers, especially in new his trip to Switzerland.
eld after parents continuously
berate him” impulsive interference as transitory as having relationships, are faced with three Ten days later, M arrived back in
a bad day at the o ce— or is it congenital be-
options: over-spend to exceed the U.S. and called to say that he
havior that’s seems perfectly
expectations or cheap out and give was coming straight from Kennedy
at was the headline of a normal to them? a token gift or bail on the relation- Airport to my apartment. I looked
recent story in USA Today. No, that wouldn’t be ship entirely. forward to seeing him. I was really
In an accompanying video BRUCE right to write that. After all, When I was in college, my looking forward to my present from
of the incident, the umpire THE BLOG who are we passive wimps
says to the temper-tantrum to judge such impressively friend, Phyllis, attended a university Switzerland! I was hoping for a
upstate. She had her rst serious Swatch watch (it was the 1980’s).
parents, “If you want to have BRUCE Alpha behavior. Besides, boyfriend that semester and was But maybe it would be a selection
a game here, quiet down.” what if that kind of specula- anxiously anticipating the gift he of delicious Swiss chocolates. Or
One parent admonishes tion is misinterpreted as would give her before students maybe he had picked out a gor-
the umpire to “stay profes- facetious rather than sincere, headed home for the holidays. geous hand-knit Alpine sweater at
sional for the kids and just or dismissed as precious When I met up with Phyllis for an an airport gift shop.
do your job.” psychobabble? afternoon of listening to music and M buzzed from downstairs. He
en, yet another toxic voice from the pea- Welcome to my world. When comment- munching on her grandmother’s climbed the four ights of stairs
nut gallery remarks, “Are you mad because the ing on anyone’s anti-social behavior, there are sugar cookies, I asked what her to my apartment lugging his two
kids are taller than you?” certain occupational hazards faced by an ink- boyfriend had gotten her for enormous suitcases. After a few
Reading that got me to ponder—for the stained wretch (like moi) navel-gazing over a Christmas. ere was no way that minutes of chit-chat, I asked what
umpteenth time—the general malaise of keyboard. Phyllis could put a good spin on he brought me from Switzerland.
undisciplined adults soiling youth sports. It We don’t want to sound patronizing, pre- this one. “A frying pan,” she said. M got up from the couch and
happens everywhere, all the time. I posted dictable, hackneyed, or like a holier-than-thou Sure, she liked to cook in her dorm walked towards his large suitcase.
the USA Today story to social media, and the know-it-all. room but that was the lamest boy- en he said, “No, it’s in this
responses moved me to write about it here. Wait a minute! I think I just described those friend gift I had ever heard. one,” and grabbed the even larger
at’s easier said than done, though. What’s back-seat drivers at youth sporting contests A few years later I was living suitcase. Now I was anticipating a
the best approach to take in tackling this who deem it fair game to “continuously berate” and working in Manhattan. My set of skis or a decorative painted
thorny topic. coaches, o cials, even their own kids on the boyfriend at the time had planned wooden village. M unzipped the
Would a sympathetic tone work? You know, eld—or variations thereof, like parents who to visit his parents in Switzerland big suitcase and reached inside. He
like instead of the typical nger-wagging specify to a coach which position their child over the Christmas and New Year’s handed me a tiny envelope. Oh my
lecture, how about trying a new tack, like sug- needs to play. (Can’t blame them for trying to holidays. We agreed to exchange gosh, did he buy me a ring?
gesting that those of us who look down at such game the system, I guess. ey just didn’t get gifts the day before he left for Eu- I opened the tiny envelope to
behavior perhaps should pity them for dealing the memo that youth sports doesn’t work that rope. I had purchased and wrapped nd a small round wooden refrig-
with whatever demons possess a parent to act way, for very good reason.) a beautiful shirt and tie for him, as erator magnet with a tree design
that way. Maybe we need to be more toler- So that’s how I struggled while deciding the well as a down vest. We had been etched on the front. Are you kid-
ant and try harder to understand their plight. best way to write this piece. en, an epiphany: dating since May. e relationship ding me? My immediate reaction
Maybe they just can’t help themselves, like a Why not step aside and let others have their had cooled a bit after we returned was to throw the wooden refrigera-
form of Tourette’s Syndrome, a very real and say. I’ll just be the messenger. from a vacation traipsing around tor magnet directly at his blond
serious a iction. Here’s a condensed selection of comments Austria and Hungary in September. head. But maybe this was a joke. I
Do these adults harass and shout at um- that appeared under my social media posting But still, it was the holidays! waited. at was the gift. Now who
pires and coaches -- and even pint-size of that aforementioned USA Today article… Apparently M had rushed into tops the list for receiving the lamest
players—because they were award-winning One commenter suggested the umpire a department store after work boyfriend gift? Our relationship
athletes in their youth and now apply the same should have shouted back at the parent who before taking the subway uptown to ended in January.
exacting standards to others? made fun of his height, “ e kids are bigger my apartment. He asked to bor-
Or is it because they were underwhelming than you,” meaning they are more mature than row some aluminum foil and was Kim Kovach is nally able to see
athletes in their youth whose frustration now is the sad adult who made the juvenile remark. obviously wrapping something out the humor in this holiday gift
visited on others? SEE APAR PAGE 13 in the hallway. When it was time memory. Happy holidays! www.
Is the source of their unleashed anger or to exchange gifts, I presented my kimkovachwrites.com
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DESIGN • BUILD • REMODEL • SINCE 1973
What happened to the turkey?
Ilove turkey. And because I love to the task. So after Ken brought
it so much, I picked that holiday
to host at my home each year. JUST me the turkey, I told him I could
e others can have Easter with JO ANN manage and that he should go back
its glazed ham and bunny cupcake to bed. “I’ll be right up,”I assured
desserts, or Christmas with a lasagna JO ANN
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and let’s not forget every version of FRANCELLA steps and I was left alone with the
a Christmas tree or Santa face on all
the desserts at the end of the sumptuous meal. turkey. I began removing the plastic
anksgiving is my holiday. It also has special covering and pulling at the neck and
meaning to me because my daughter was born on a
packet still frozen inside. Fingers
anksgiving Day; so in addition to the entire feast, I
bake a special birthday cake for her. numb and yearning to climb back into bed with Ken, I
Of course, I don’t put out the amount of food my began massaging the butter all over the turkey and as I
grandparents and parents did. Back then, it was
almost as if we were eating for the whole year in one tried to lift it into the pan, it slid out of my hands and
day. I serve everything we want and love in modera-
tion, and, of course, many desserts, nuts and fruits. landed with a really heavy thud on the kitchen oor.
e tradition has been that when the stunning “Everything okay down there?”Ken asked. I knew
golden brown turkey comes out of the oven, all the
children stand behind it and the cameras snap. We he didn’t want to leave the comfort of the warm bed
have the very same picture in my photo albums every
year, the only di erence being that the kids get taller. again, so I just answered,“It’s ne. I’ll be right up.”
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FRANCELLA One small step for man, one large step for a Man Cold
FROM PAGE 9 My husband and I both and his might confound doctors, at CVS. When he appeared too
got sick at the same to me it was obvious: I had a regu-
“Um, I may have been half time with the same lar cold, and he had a Man Cold. weak to even pick up the TV
asleep this morning when I put cold and all the same symptoms.
it in the pan.” ank good- I’ve written here before about remote, but could still, miracu- TRACY
ness no further explanation was e di erence was, I made din- the times my husband has had a lously nd his way to the quart BECKERMAN
necessary. As a result of the ner, went grocery shopping, and Man Cold… when we weren’t sure of Haagen Daaz in the freezer.
upside down turkey, we had not walked the dog, while he lay on if he was indeed going to make it
the prettiest, but certainly the his deathbed hovering between a to his next birthday, or even the I’ve never taken these situations
plumpest, juiciest turkey ever. congested coma and near certain weekend. When the kitchen coun-
demise by snot. While this vast ter had been overtaken by so many lightly—except when I’m sick at
[email protected] pendulum swing between my cold cold remedies it looked like an aisle
the same time. At these times,
when I’m folding laundry and
he expresses a wish to cut o his Midwest and somehow gotten
head and throw it out the window, into his system in New York City.
I o er to open the window for him. Still, I am not without empathy.
Having been through a 36-hour is is, after all, the man who held
labor before giving birth to a Volvo, my hand through 36 hours of labor,
twice, I know a little something carried me to the bathroom after
about discomfort. I traveled for work my knee surgery, and made me
with a broken foot, was running (or smoothies for a month after my
rather hobbling) errands a month af- hernia repair. e least I could do
ter a knee replacement and was writ- was warm up his soup, buy him
ing a book two weeks after surgery more tissues, and make his funeral
to repair a sliding hiatal hernia. But arrangements in the chance that he
I’ve never had a Man Cold, so clearly did not recover from his Man Cold.
I don’t really know how miserable a As miserable as we are, though
person can be until I walk a mile in (me, for di erent reasons than him),
his germ-infested bathrobe. when we’re both sick there is some
His colds have been so bad good news. While the Man Cold is
that he has been forced to consult unparalleled in intensity, it is, fortu-
WebMD to make sure there is nately, relatively short in duration.
nothing more serious going on. is is good for both my husband
Unconvinced, he will then seek and myself. For him, it means a small
actual medical attention. Even amount of time when he is veritably
after the doctor assures him it is at death’s door, and for me, a short
just a cold, he will still insist that amount of time hearing about it.
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FILE PHOTOS/ROB DIANTONIO
Team returns strong corps heading into new season
BY ROB DIANTONIO threat and will look to have an even senior Gunnar Carlson (forward),
CONTRIBUTING WRITER bigger sophomore campaign. freshman Walter Oestreicher (for-
“Jack is a power forward with a ward), sophomore Barrett Lunder
A young John Jay team kept get- nasty wrist shot and Tyler is a fast- (forward), junior Zach Dering (for-
ting better as the season wore on en skating playmaker,” Smith said. ward), sophomore Sean Lenahan
route to their second straight Divi- Other key returners at forward are (defense), junior Ryan Kaplan (de-
sion 2 section title last season. junior assistant captain Mike McKe- fense), junior Danny Marschke (for-
Now, John Jay returns a talented on along with sophomores Mattie ward), senior Lars Carlson (forward)
group after only graduating ve play- Wierl and Anthony Protomastro. and sophomore Scott MacDonald
ers and a three-peat is on their minds. Leading the defense are a four- (defense).
“ e team brings a number of some of returners in senior captain John Jay, which lost in the state
players back from last year,”said John Charlie Oestreicher, senior assistant semi nals to Queensbury last season,
Jay coach Alex Smith, whose team captain Tyler Petschek, junior Ethan opened the new campaign with a
defeated Pelham, 5-1, last season to Jackson and sophomore Justin De- 10-0 win over Fox Lane on Saturday,
win the Section 1 title. “We have Lucia. Jacob Silva, a junior assistant Nov. 30, at Brewster Ice Arena.
been working hard to prepare for the captain, is another defenseman. e Indians will also take on West
new season.” Nick Petrella, a senior, is back Seneca West on Dec. 7 at the Ice
Smith said the program’s success after splitting time with the gradu- Hutch (Mount Vernon) in a rematch
has been dependent upon “maintain- ated Eric Sasimovich last season. Sa- of last year’s regional championship
ing strong defensive zone structure, simovich had an incredible run in net game, which John Jay won 3-0.
minimizing mistakes and under- during the postseason to help propel “We have a di cult schedule,”
standing our roles day to day.” John Jay to a championship. Fresh- Smith said. “We are hopeful to get
Two forwards, senior captain man Dylan Rogers is a newcomer o to a good start and build consis-
Jack Browne and sophomore Tyler who also plays goalie. tency throughout the long season. If
Wishart, lead the team o ensively. Rounding out John Jay’s roster are: we can keep our game simple, we are
Wishart quickly emerged during his freshman Kyle Petschek (forward), hopeful to compete in the playo s
freshman season as a goal-scoring sophomore Doug Styles (forward), and extend our season.”
John Jay rebuilds around Martinsen
BY RICH MONETTI we’ll be alright,” Heaton said.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER is year’s team will have Luke Mercer and Stephen
John Jay is coming o a 15-8 season in which the Indians Ingersoll leading the way joined by JV promotion Owen
were stopped one game short of a Final Four appearance at Walsh to round out the help defense.
the County Center in the Section 1 tournament.
Also, Heaton welcomes 6-foot-3 forward Andy Kote and
But the 2019-2020 season will not have the bene t of a similar skillset might have John Jay fans doing double-
cashing in on all that experience, said Head Coach Patrick takes as he suits up next to Martinsen.
“He can also play inside and out,” said Heaton.
“We lost ve of our six top players, so we’re going to be a Nicholas DeVincenzo is the nal call up, and a long o -
di erent team,” Heaton said. season playing in spring and summer leagues for the four-
some, has Heaton feeling pretty good about the readiness of
As a result, the coach will be rst counting on returning his underclassmen.
four-year starter Shane Martinsen. Strong at forward, said But either way, John Jay knows what nights to circle on
Heaton, “He can go inside and outside.” their calendars.
“Lakeland is going to be the class of our league,” Heaton
After that, Heaton is pinning his hopes on the players said.
from the end of last year’s bench. On the boards, Ryan Bren-
nan and James Loeb hopefully can take in their share of the e early returns look promising nonetheless.
haul, and Jack McLoughlin and Ben Cohen can turn the “ e team camaraderie is very strong, and the fact that we
workload into points with their sharp shooting. have 13 guys who can play is a big plus,” Heaton said.
“We have a better shooting team then we have had in the is leaves the nishing touch as a high priority.
past,” Heaton said. “We’re just going to focus on being a little more estab-
lished at the end of games and closing out,” he said.
On the other hand, a lot of scoring went o the board And the overall goal is right in line with last year’s nish.
at graduation. So, Heaton anticipates that it will be a chal- “We’re hoping to take a step forward this year and ad-
lenge for Ben Konak to establish chemistry at the point, and vance past the quarter nals to see if we can make it to the
hopefully Ryan Corelli can assist the duty in his rst year County Center,” Heaton said.
John Jay’s Shane Martinsen
On the other side of the ball, defense is a work in progress.
“We need to work on that. We’re not as strong as we have FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO
been in the past. But the guys are coming along, and I think
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019 SPORTS THE KATONAH LEWISBORO TIMES PAGE 17
John Jay reloads after successful season
BY RICH MONETTI tional championship,” Swertfager
CONTRIBUTING WRITER said.
Either way, Swertfager predicts
Despite losing seven seniors John Jay will be among the top
from last year’s 19-3 squad, John Section 1 nishers and doesn’t
Jay wrestling coach Bill Swert- back down from high expecta-
fager isn’t anticipating much of a tions.
drop-o this winter. “It is our job to do everything
Notable departures include we can to help our wrestlers hit
team captains Phoenix Pagan their goals and dreams,” he con-
and Isaac Frank, Chris Cook cluded.
(All-State) and Jason Salton
“Losing leaders like this is al- Gavin Fiacco (152-160) is
ways hard to overcome,” he said. a top returner for the John
“ ey really were able to create a Jay wrestling team.
wrestling family culture.” FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO
But Swertfager has enough
faith in the overall health of the
program, and how the enthusi-
asm of his wrestlers says plenty
about this year’s chances.
“We have one of the largest
teams I have had in years,” the
coach boasted. “Wrestling is alive
and kicking at John Jay.”
His top returner is Gavin Fi-
acco, wrestling in the 152-160
weight range, who reached the
section nals last year. e other
returning starters are Spencer
Hadlock (99-106), Jake Kern
(106-113), Will Kershner (120-
126), Jonathan Vicente (132-
138), Donald Schaus (145-152),
Max Gryzmala (152-160), Jim-
my Norris (160-170), Ian Galla-
gher (170-184), Will Stein (195),
Matt Ferrer (220) and Max An-
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