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Published by Halston Media, 2020-09-09 11:29:45

Mahopac News 09.10.20

VOL. 11 NO. 29 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Town accepts scoreboard
donation for Airport Park

BY BOB DUMAS will accept this donation as it is [depict-

EDITOR ed] here, in the memory of Mark Fraser

and Rob and Betty Jo Hatch,” he added.

e Airport Park project is coming Gilchrist said that he put the score-

down the home stretch and now the board donation under the umbrella of

main soccer eld there will have a new the volunteer work that is going on at

state-of-the-art scoreboard thanks to the park’s new building.

the generosity of two Mahopac resi- “Scooter has volunteered his compa-

dents. ny’s insurance for the installation of the

Dan Fraser and Scooter Hatch, who building, and I was hoping to have [the

are both members of the Mahopac scoreboard] as part of that project,” Gil-

Sports Association (MSA), are donat- christ explained. “We have an electrician

ing the funds to purchase the scoreboard volunteering his services and he would

which will be dedicated to memory provide the work [needed to install the

of some of their family members. e scoreboard]. We would install it as per

board will feature a dedication in honor the manufacturer’s recommendations.

of Fraser’s brother, Brian (who was once We would bounce it by our engineer-

chair of the town’s Zoning Board of Ap- ing department just to double check on

peals), and to Hatch’s parents, Rob and that. You’ve got wind loads, the size of

Betty Jo. the footing that’s going in, how deep it

PHOTO: PHIL ROCCUZZO e plan was unveiled at the Town goes. e manufacturer will supply us

Beach baby! Board’s Aug. 26 meeting. with the drawings, and we will get ap-

Little Isadora enjoys playing in the sun and sand at Sycamore Park beach last “ is was approved by the Parks and proval from the engineering department
Sunday. e parks were full of kids and families as the summer comes to a close
and the rst day of school is upon us (although remotely). For more “Sunday in Recreation Advisory Committee as a before we install it. It will be very similar
the park” pictures, see the centerspread on pages 14 and 15.
project to go forward,” Recreation Direc- to what we did up at McDonough Park

tor Jim Gilchrist told the Town Board. for the scoreboard there.”

“We have two individuals in town who Gilchrist said the board will be for

have been heavily involved in sports and the main eld, also known as the varsity

have done a lot of charity—Scooter Hatch eld, where the older children will play.

and Dan Frazier. ey are both heavily “ is is a great honor and a tribute

involved in Airport Park and the building to your parents and your brother,” Su-

that is being constructed out there. SEE SCOREBOARD PAGE 21
“I am hoping that the (town) board

BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE 27
CLASSIFIEDS
LEISURE 26
OPINION
SPORTS 25

10 YOUR NEIGHBOR

24 Brothers rock library
talent competition.
pg 3


PAGE 2 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

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Your NeighborTHURSDAY,SEPTEMBER10,2020 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

Mahopac brothers rock library talent competition

e Dusovics nish fourth in county with their classic rock video entries

BY BOB DUMAS a di erent video. en the public Dylan, made famous by Hendrix);

EDITOR voted the following Mondays and e Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”;

Tuesdays. e top vote-getters “Paradise” by Green Day; and

e Beatles broke up more than would move on to the next round. “Gravity” by John Meyer.

30 years before the Dusovic broth- “We had 11 participants from Robert, a ninth grader who

ers were even born, but their musi- the Mahopac Library and [the plays guitar and sings lead, cites

cal in uence on the duo has been Dusovics] were the last ones left his guitar in uences as Hendrix,

indelible. [from Mahopac],” Perillo said. Meyer and Jimmy Page.

e brothers—Mark, 17, and “We had 2,000 voters vote the Robert said if he was stuck on

Robert, 14—recently teamed up rst week and the last vote was a desert island and could only

to take fourth place in Mahopac our biggest because it was the choose three albums to have with

Library’s countywide Teen Talent last round. And you can only vote him, he’d pick the rst Led Zep-

Competition, which saw 31 en- once. pelin LP and the Beatles’ “Hard

trants vie for top honors in a wide “We wanted something the Day’s Night” and “Let it Be.”

variety of mediums. teenagers could do that would last Mark would take e Beatles’

“We’ve always done a talent the whole summer long,”she add- “Revolver,” “London Calling” by

show but because of what’s hap- ed. “Sort of like ‘American Idol.’” the Clash, and “Nevermind” by

pened (the pandemic) we thought Cash prizes were award to the Nirvana.

we’d have something online for top three nishers—$300 for Adriana Dusovic, the boys’ PHOTO: BOB DUMAS

the kids to do,” said Gail Perillo, rst place; $200 for second place; mother, said her sons were ob- Robert and Mark Dusovic
head of teen volunteer services for $10000 for third place. sessed with the Fab Four early on.

Mahopac Library. “So, we got all Mark, a senior who plays drums “We had every Beatles CD Garage Band and the video into ne with that.

the other libraries together—we and bass, said hearing the Beatles and they would listen to them all iMovie and I would sync them up.” “I didn’t really have any expecta-

had six other libraries participat- around the house was a big in- and if you told them a song, they e nal product looked like a tions going in,”Robert said.“It just

ing throughout the county. [Con- uence and the beginning of the would know which album it was four-man band playing in a Zoom seemed like fun. We just did it for

testants] were allowed to do any brothers’ ongoing love a air with on and which track it was,” she video,enabling Robert to play both the fun of it.”

kind of talent, [with videos] un- rock ‘n’ roll. said. “ en they got instruments rhythm and lead guitar, and Mark Meanwhile, the boys said they

der two minutes with everything “I think the rst rock we ever for Christmas one year and we to play drums and bass, all on the wouldn’t mind forming a legiti-

from basketball to telling jokes listened to was the Beatles,” he started them with lessons at the same song. mate rock ‘n’ roll band someday

to singing songs to writing their said. “We would listen to that all Putnam Music Center.” But the boys’ musical back- if they can nd the right players

own songs. It didn’t have to just be the time and then we moved on to Mark said they used a series of ground is eclectic. Robert plays who share their passion for clas-

music. We had one kid do gym- things like Rush and Led Zeppe- computer programs to record their trumpet (and has played in the pit sic rock.

nastics and another submitted an lin. en I started to listen to more videos for the contest. for various high school musicals, “We play all the time in our

art piece.” grunge and funk and stu .” “I would play the drums rst and Mark plays saxophone. ey basement and are lucky to have

Perillo said all the libraries Ironically, the brothers’ talent and I would record the video on both play in the MHS jazz band. such good neighbors because

placed someone in the Top 10. competition featured no Beatles my phone and then we’d do bass, As for nishing fourth in the sometimes it can get loud,” Mark

ere were four rounds and each tunes. ey entered “All Along vocals and guitar all the same way,” talent contest—just out of the said. “Hopefully, it’s gotten easier

week contestants had to submit the Watchtower” (written by he said.“I would put the audio into money—the boys said they are just for them as we’ve gotten better.”

Cancer-surviving
kids enjoy day on

the lake

PHOTO: RICHARD ROCCUZZO Children who survived cancer were treated to a boat ride on
Lake Mahopac on Sunday, Aug. 30, courtesy of the local char-
Love Holds Life founder Richard Senato and boat owner Christine Picone of William Raveis stand with young ity Love Holds Life and local Realtor Christine Picone.
cancer survivors who were treated to a boat ride on Lake Mahopac on Sunday, Aug. 30.
Picone of William Raveis, donated a family fun day experi-
ence on her boat for the kids that included 10-year-old Zoey
Nieves of the Bronx, who conquered stage 4 rhabdomyosar-
coma cancer and 8-year-old Dylan Panchoosingh of Flushing,
Queens, who conquered stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer.

e event also marked the start of Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month, which began Sept. 1.

Picone has advocated for founder Richard Senato’s Love
Holds Life since 2015, assisting in local activities and aided in
promoting the charity as a past board member with the Ma-
hopac Chamber of Commerce.

“Providing a day to relax on the water and breath fresh air
during the tough times these two families have had to face dur-
ing COVID was a real positive experience for both families to
enjoy and be outdoors on beautiful Lake Mahopac,”Senato said.


PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Eagle Scout project to restore bocce court

Town Board OKs plan for Sycamore Park

BY BOB DUMAS this by removing the metal stakes that hold PHOTO COURTESY OF RECREATION DEPT.
EDITOR in the frame and use rubber mallets to set it
back in its original spot. The bocce ball court at Sycamore Park is in dire needd of restoration.
Bocce fans rejoice! e bocce ball court at
Sycamore Park is getting a makeover thanks “Once that’s done, we are going to install ‘Once the stone dust is placed on the tion and he will limit it to 10 to 15 people
to an Eagle Scout project that was approved a new scoreboard where the original one is court,we’ll spread it and level it and a ground working at any given time.
by the Town Board last week. now,” he continued. “Once it’s in place, we compactor will be used to create a nice n-
will sand down the frame and treat it with ished surface,”he added. He said he plans to begin work on the
Boy Scout Michael Horan of Troop an outdoor resistant nish.” project, estimated to cost about $1,000, as
371went before the board at its Aug. 26 Horan said his volunteers will be wear
meeting to explain the project and lay out e second step will be to replace the masks and socially distance during construc- SEE BOCCE PAGE 23
the details of what it will entail. playing surface

Jim Gilchrist, the town’s recreation direc- “First, we’ll remove any large debris that
tor, told the board that the Recreation and is still on the court, leaves and sticks—any-
Parks Advisory Committee had already seen thing that can get in the way,” Horan said.
the proposal and was in favor of it. “ en we have to remove the rst 2 inches
of topsoil. at will be done by shovel and
“It’s the bocce court below the old bas- will probably be the most time-consuming
ketball courts in Sycamore Park. ey were part of the project. Once that is removed,
built around 2005 and are in need of restora- then we have to lay down landscaping fabric
tion,” Gilchrist said. “It was originally built along the surface.”
with pressure-treated wood all around it
with a clay insert. What Mike is proposing Horan said the frame of court is 9-by-80
is to use stoned dust, which is harder. But it’s feet, so he will need 720 square feet of land-
also a material that won’t allow the growth of scaping fabric to complete the job.
weeds. It’s de nitely the way to go.”
“ en we start moving in the stone dust,”
Horan told the board that there will be he said. “Stone dust was chosen for a few
two main steps for the project. e rst is reasons.Traditionally, bocce courts use either
restoring the frame of the court. crushed oyster shells or sand,but when com-
pacted they’re still permeable to water. Since
“We need to replace any parts of the frame the court is on a slope, it could cause ero-
that can no longer be used—beams that rot- sion underneath the court and cause issues
ted out due to water damage,”he said.“Once later on. Stone dust acts similarly to clay and
that is done, we have to put the frame back water can drain right o the top instead of
in place in [places] where it’s shifted. We do running through it.

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PAGE 6 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Library mascot was man-about-town this summer

‘Dewey’ aids reading program and local businesses

Dewey, the Mahopac Public Library mascot, thought Dewey with Dewey with Zach at Zach’s Pizza
he might have to spend a boring summer in the Youth Gus Wieland at
Services Area without patrons coming to visit him. In- Putnam Music PHOTO COURTESY OF ZACH’S PIZZA
stead, he had an exciting summer out in the community,
meeting some special people along the way, and getting to PHOTO COURTESY OF
know his hometown. MAHOPAC LIBRARY

When the Library launched its Dewey-on-the-Go
project in late June, no one knew where Dewey would
turn up next. Now that summer is coming to a close,
children who participated in the project will be bringing
their maps of the town lled with stickers designating
each stop, back to the Library. ose who do will have
their map stamped by a sta member and will receive a
coupon for a free ice cream at Uncle Louie G’s or Kwality
Ice Cream, courtesy of the Friends of Mahopac Library.
Young patrons have until the end of September to bring
in their completed map and receive their ice cream cou-
pon. And if you’re just hearing about this for the rst time,
it’s not too late to join in the fun. Youth Services sta
members will be set up in the Library’s Adult Garden on
Tuesdays and ursdays from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with
new maps and ice cream coupons.

If you’re curious about which shops Dewey visited this
summer, here is the list: Uncle Louie G’s, D’Berto Pizza,
Maple Grove Nursery, Rooney Orthodontics, Zach’s Piz-
za, Milk2 Rolled Ice Cream and Cereal Bar, Café Piccolo
Bakery, Putnam Music Center, Bucci Brother’s Deli & Ca-
tering, e Freight House Café, and Kwality Ice Cream.

Patrons and business owners alike really enjoyed the com-
munity contact the program encouraged after long months
of social isolation. John at Uncle Louie G’s almost didn’t

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Harckham delivers masks, sanitizer to Mahopac Library

State Sen. Pete Harckham “It is good news for our Harckham delivered to the li-
delivered 100 protective masks communities that the pub- brary will be a big help to us,”
and two gallons of hand sani- lic libraries will be accessible said Michele Capozzella, di-
tizer apiece this past week to once again, and I commend rector of the Mahopac Public
a number of public libraries their directors and sta s for Library. “ ese supplies are
in the 40th Senate District, the hard work and preparation mandated for use in the library
including Mahopac and two they are undertaking to ensure by the state when we reopen
others in Putnam County. everyone’s safety,” Harckham for the public in early August,
said. “ e libraries will need and so far, we have had a hard
A number of libraries locat- a good supply of masks and time acquiring them in a time-
ed in the 40th Senate District hand sanitizer while moving ly manner.”
are beginning to transition to forward, and I’m glad to have
normal or modi ed operat- helped out in this regard.” Article courtesy of Sen.
ing hours again, and opening Harckham’s o ce
their doors to patrons, after For Putnam, he made stops
months of being closed due at Mahopac, Patterson Library Mahopac Library Director
to the novel coronavirus pan- and Brewster Public Library. Michele Capozzella accepts
demic. Wearing masks will face masks and hand sanitizer
be required for both sta and All of the libraries’ direc-
patrons, so libraries were inter- tors greeted Harckham and from Sen. Pete Harckham
ested in having more protec- received the supplies from him
tive masks on hand, plus sani- at each respective stop. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEN.
tizer for use by everyone. HARCKHAM’S OFFICE
“ e protective masks
and hand sanitizer that Sen.

MASCOT owner of Putnam Music Center, ing new restaurants and stores the community every summer. and up. All visitors over age 2
enjoyed getting to see a younger that they might not typically After Labor Day, Mahopac are expected to wear masks and
FROM PAGE 6 clientele than usual. have patronized. One parent said maintain social distancing while
that each of her children bought Public Library will be open with in the Library. Visit the website
want to let Dewey go because Patrons told Library sta that plants at Maple Grove and they limited access for patrons (Ser- @ www.mahopaclibrary.org, or
he really enjoyed seeing how they loved the program and created a container garden on vice Level D of the Continu- email [email protected]
excited the children got when looked forward to the new posts their deck. ey also bought a ation of Service plan linked to for more information.
they found him. Marcella Fante, on the Library’s Facebook page little harmonica at Putnam Mu- the website and available for the
manager at Maple Grove Nurs- each Monday morning with a sic. Many of them have suggested public to read); study areas will Article provided by Mahopac
ery, said the children were “just clue about Dewey’s whereabouts. that Dewey be out and about in be available by appointment, Public Library
adorable.” And Gus Wieland, with limited hours for ages 16
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PAGE 10 MAHOPAC NEWS Opinion THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

A despot is on the horizon e body politic in shock

If Donald Trump wins HERE who asserts that global LIFE, thing you just dealt with. So, our shift
in November, it’s a AND warming is a hoax; a CDC HEALTH, into crisis mode earlier this year was
good bet that he’ll NOW! head who hedges on test- POLITICS lumbering, sloppy and fractious and
have used deceit and ing and changes guidelines for too long it has remained all of
deception to facilitate his capriciously; a surgeon MARA those things.
SCHIFFREN
victory. And even if he BERNIE general who fails to wear Our body politic is now like a
2020 has shaken everyone’s view physical body that has gone into
loses the nationwide vote KOSBERG his mask in the presence of reality. shock, with its nervous system shut
down into freeze state due to intense
by a signi cant margin, of a president touring a Life as we knew it for the last few trauma. In this case, the shock was
generations in the United States, caused both from the rapid loss of
Trump may still be cata- veterans’ hospital. prior to COVID-19, has been re- many individuals and the individual
markably stable. feeling of terror that can engulf you
pulted to victory by the No department or when you feel you have no control
In many regards, this was a gigantic over your ability to survive what you
Electoral College, once again. What might agency head is secure under Trump. He blessing, much to be desired. Dur- feel is an inevitable encounter with
ing stable eras, riches are created that something that may easily kill you.
a second Trump term look like? continually criticizes his own intelligence lift millions of people from poverty,
education can be easily pursued, arts e question now is for politi-
e Republican National Convention was community, the Justice Department, the and creativity of all sorts ourish, cians who have grown overcautious
innovation and development reign about moving the country back to
far from a focused political gathering of party FBI, and the National Security Council for in many elds. People have enough normal, is how do we wake them
money and time to pursue their own up to the new disasters looming on
leaders planning a purposeful election cam- attempting to weaken and sabotage him. health and inner development. ere the horizon, when they have their
is a general feeling in the air of posi- eyes rmly planted at the horror
paign. Instead, it was a Trump family a air e Federal Reserve has been a constant tive advancement. in the very recent past? Our own
Gov. Cuomo, for example, is so busy
that appeared designed to serve as prelude to target for Trump, as he desperately tries Sounds like a dream come true for micro-managing the illness levels
a great nation. around the state, he is refusing to
a coronation. ere was no ideology, no ideas, to twist the arm of its chairman, Jerome understand the magnitude of the
But has it been too stable? And is looming economic crisis on the hori-
no platform, and no moral compass. Standing Powell, in an attempt to in ate the money there ever a drawback to too much zon. Moreover, he is recklessly al-
stability? lowing Bill de Blasio to destroy New
before the cameras for inordinate amounts supply to beef up his reelection chances. York City without saying a word to
Good question. him publicly.
of time,Trump looked worn-out and weary, What young college grad would want A historian looking back at this era
from the future might easily deter- e problem is when the world
a pompous plutocrat vying for reelection in to join the EPA, or the CDC, or the State mine that due to too much prosper- that we are all living in begins to
ity and stability, we had all become rock, how do we cope with these
troubled times. Known for his demagoguery, Department, only to nd themselves work- complacent. We were a people used stressors? is year— rst with the
to feasting o the fat of the land and pandemic and then with the riots
coercion, and dishonesty, and propped up by ing for a scheming political operative who completely unused to dealing with that have shaken the country—it has
instability and chaos, events that were seemed at times like we were oat-
a cult of rage and conspiracy theories, Donald doesn’t believe in the central mission of his more commonplace to Americans ing on a large boat atop an extraor-
in previous generations. In the past, dinarily stormy sea. At times we
Trump was his own political party standing or her agency, and is unwilling to back em- when instability was a frequent, this have viscerally understood, perhaps
kind of complacency was seen as a for the rst time ever, that so much
on that stage. ployees who do? Trump’s disdain for public personal de cit, foretelling a certain of what we treasure in life is con-
temperamental weakness, a lack of tained in this boat. Yet that it is very
American public service has been heavily service is re ected in the huge number of resilience and resourcefulness. possible that the storm will wreck it.
Very few people were expecting a
politicized during Trump’s rst term, and both senior and junior level positions that pandemic to hit this year, leaving out No nation is sacrosanct. Every na-
the individuals who do strategic risk- tion can fall from their own errors if
cronyism, corruption, and incompetence have been left un lled. planning for the world’s top corpora- those errors are not headed o .
tions and perhaps an odd psychic or
have become the new norm. In the US, When Senate Republicans acquitted two. e nation as a whole was not e danger seems in abeyance at
su ciently prepared and when crises the moment because the balance of
high-ranking government o cials take an Trump in his impeachment trial without hit, it is never a repeat of the same events has already shifted. But many

oath to defend the Constitution, not to hearing witnesses, they, in e ect, told SEE SCHIFFREN PAGE 11

serve the political interests of the president Trump it was OK to use the power of

who appointed them. For government to the presidency to promote his own elec-

function fairly and competently, it must tion prospects. Since his acquittal, he has

rely on the e orts of experienced and behaved like a crime boss, abusing his

knowledgeable bureaucrats who willingly authority to punish enemies and reward

serve the greater good. Not in Trump’s friends.

administration, as we have clearly seen. If Trump is reelected, there is an excel-

ere is no doubt that public o cials lent chance that Republicans will continue

have political preferences, but the vast to have a majority in the Senate, and he

majority go to work every day believing will feel that he has been given a mandate

that they are serving the public interest, to do whatever he wishes. It would not sur-

rather than the president and his politi- prise me if Attorney General Barr initiated

cal party. e Centers for Disease Control criminal prosecutions against any and all of

and Prevention, Environmental Protection Trump’s political opponents.

Agency, Federal Reserve, Social Security If Trump is reelected, our democratic

Administration, the Armed Services, et al, form of government may not be able to

are all integral parts of the federal govern- withstand his piecemeal destruction of

ment. In order retain the con dence of the norms, as Trump relentlessly circumvents

populace, government entities must be seen the U.S. Constitution’s checks and bal-

as functioning independently and impar- ances and completely politicizes the federal

tially. judiciary.

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Zooming through the pandemic Under the big top

Pity the poor socialist! After some planet. Maybe in
Despite everything serious de-
you might have some of them Republicans, liberation, the whole hot air
heard at the Republican are still wearing masks, so- I decided to make
OF HUMAN cial distancing, and leaving the switch from TRACY popcorn-popping
INTEREST home as little as possible. BECKERMAN universe.

is par-

Convention, capitalism LORENZO ey’re worried about the microwave pop- ticular machine

is here to stay. Baring a GARO careers of their sons and corn to hot air- was freakishly

nuclear holocaust, America daughters and the educa- popped popcorn. big, decorated

is about as far away from tion of their grandchildren. Is it as yummy as with bright red

socialism as Wall Street is Over the course of the microwave popcorn? Honestly, no. and white striped plastic strips all

from the Black Hills of South Dakota. We past six months, I have noticed a certain But I thought it would be healthier around it, and made to look like a

eat capitalism, breath it, swim in it, wear it— weariness creep into the voice of almost every and tasty in a plastic, Styrofoam, box of popcorn you’d get at a circus.

try nding a t-shirt that doesn’t make you person I know. But I have also discovered, packing material kind of way. ere I assumed the idea was to make

partner in a sneaker company. happily so, that most people are doing things were plenty of cool-looking hot air- you feel like you were actually at a

I must be a socialist. I’m for the rich paying they never dreamed of doing. popcorn poppers to choose from on circus. However, since there was no

their fair share of taxes, regulations that keep For example, my octogenarian friends, the internet, but I decided to pick guy swallowing a aming sword in

oil companies from poisoning the planet and Rose and Vito, distinguished and always one up while I was out running my my house, clowns getting out of cars

its inhabitants, and lenders from making the well-coi ed, are giving each other haircuts. other errands so we would have it in my garage, or people in tights

poor poorer. Democrats want to feed hungry ey have learned to communicate with their for our movie night that weekend, swinging from my chandeliers, I

children, ensure proper healthcare for every- grandchildren through Zoom and nd it or at the very least, I would be able just didn’t see the need to have a

one, and help provide a decent education to marvelous, though their frustration remains. to pop some packing materials for popcorn popper that was trying to

anyone who wants one. As the president said, ey miss the kisses and the hugs. ey some gifts I had to mail out. recreate the circus experience.

“ ey want to destroy your way of life.” still wear masks when they visit their chil- Unfortunately, some other people I thought it would look great in

What I saw on the nal night of the dren’s families. By the way, they are staunch must have read the same articles I a college dorm room or next to an

Republican Convention can only be de- Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016. did because the rst two stores I Easy Bake Oven. But on my kitchen

scribed as depravity. Not only the phony I have a feeling that Rose will vote for Biden went to were completely sold out of counter, next to my modern appli-

fear-mongering, but also the fact that we are in November.Vito, I’m still working on. hot air-popcorn poppers. e third ances, it just looked bizarre… like I’d

in the middle of a pandemic and over 2,000 Another friend, “Big” Joe, started walking. store had a fancy version for several decided to change careers and go to

mask-free people from all parts of the coun- He’s even threatening to get a bicycle, which hundred dollars, which, I assumed, Clown School. All I needed was a

try stood shoulder to shoulder and blithely I encourage, though I worry about the seat. must have popped gold bullions tent and some elephants in my liv-

placed each other and a great many others at Cynthia sent me a picture along with this along with the popcorn. e fourth ing room to complete the look.

risk. I saw an orgy of indi erence, led by an note: “Can you guess what this is?” store had a couple of poppers Still, there were no other options

irreligious president who invoked the name As far as I could tell, it looked like the left in one brand. ere was one and I was out of time so I bought it.

of God at every turn. Poor God! inside of a cave with a close-up view of some problem: It was, without a doubt, I gured we could all have a good

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GARO LETTERS minds who to vote for. ink about with prescribed drugs (medication). I
what the next four years could look can’t help but notice that we have an
FROM PAGE 12 FROM PAGE 11 like with each of the candidates as epidemic of doctor-prescribed highly
president and accept the decision of addictive drugs in our communities.
pretty weird-looking stalagmites. lawful protesters, some of whom he the American people when it is - I may not be a doctor, but you don’t
“Don’t tell me you went spelunking (exploring caves),”I had teargassed so he could stand in nally reached. have to be a weatherman to know
front of a church and hold up a bible, which way the wind blows.
wrote back. which I am willing to bet he has nev- Sandy Levine
As it turned out, she’d taken up baking. e picture was er read, and those angry people and Mahopac Susan Best|
opportunists who riot and loot. He Lake Lincolndale
of the inside of her oven. She baked a custard pie, which, says that this is what Biden’s America Prescribed drugs vs.
tragically, didn’t turn into custard. As she lifted the liquidly will look like but open your eyes! is illicit drugs Mahopac
substance it spilled and immediately melted all over the inside Trump’s America! It is on his watch
of her oven. Undaunted, she cleaned the oven and looked for that this is this happening.Why can’t To the editor, You’re vote is
anther recipe. What a woman! he and his advisors gure out a way I greatly appreciate Susan Salo- important
to calm it down without calling in
Being home much of the time, I’ve been doing a lot of read- the military? mone’s column “Families in Crisis: To the editor,
ing, which wouldn’t be worth mentioning, except that over What they should know about ad- It is more essential now than ever
the past six months I’ve noticed that I’m only choosing books Donald Trump does call Joe diction.” Mrs. Salomone has done
with happy endings. I read “Pride and Prejudice,”a novel that Biden “Sleepy Joe,” despite the fact and continues to do wonderful life- to cast your ballot. While the impor-
I never dreamed I would read. It’s obvious that I’m trying to that Biden is an active and intelligent saving work on behalf of addicts and tance of voting has been hammered
will a happy ending to the horror. Normally, I prefer to see person who surrounds himself with their families. Her scrupulous hon- into our heads since the day that
Anna Karenina ruined by love over Elizabeth Bennet saved by knowledgeable, capable people, to esty is courageous and kind. It helps we turned 18, some of you probably
that selfsame mystery. But these are not normal times. whom he actually listens and heeds people know that they are not alone. still wonder, “what’s the point?” e
their advice. Biden does not spout However, I do have some questions League Of Women Voters of Put-
My sister, Laura, also did something driven by her inmost conspiracy theories but looks at the regarding medication-assisted treat- nam County want to remind you
psyche, or whatever you want to call it.To explain I must rst facts. Normal people make mistakes. ment. that your opinion matters, you need
go back to her college years. She had an old red Volkswagen, If Biden makes a mistake he owns up to be heard.Election results can often
which she loved. On a good day she could get it up to 50 mph. to it.Trump never makes a mistake— “Medication” is a di erent word come down to a select few who have
But she was happy enough just chugging along, the sunroof or so he thinks. Joe sets a good ex- that means “drug.” So, I urge caution decided voting is worth the e ort. Be
throwing a trippy violet light over her shoulders and the ample by wearing a mask during this with regard to drug-assisted treat- one of those voters.
inside of the car. One day, her boyfriend whimsically painted pandemic and being conscious of the ment which can create a di erent
a black racing stripe on the car. ose were the happiest years health and safety of others. He knows kind of lifetime dependency. Plus, ere is an important presidential
of Laura’s life, being free, liberated, and just having plain old that he is not immune to COVID-19 there may be side e ects. I know election on Nov. 3. Also, on the bal-
fun.Today, her longtime partner is in a nursing home, where as Trump thinks that he himself is, that there are many drug-free rehabs, lot will be candidates for state, fed-
Laura has seen COVID death up close. despite the fact that people in his ad- such as Daytop Village, Phoenix eral and local o ces. Voters should
ministration and some people at his House, and Teen Challenge (which educate themselves on the positions
What did she do to help her through these uncertain times? crowded rallies have been sickened. is Christian-based). For parents who of candidates now, and most impor-
She had her house painted red with black racing stripes. It are desperate to keep their children tantly is to make sure you are regis-
sounds crazy, but it looked so good that my brother, trying to I urge my neighbors to look hon- alive, it may appear on the surface to tered to vote.Gov.Cuomo has signed
estly at the contrast between our two make sense to replace illegal drugs
nd things to do while isolating, painted his house the same candidates before you make up your SEE LETTERS PAGE 18
way, with stipes. He also dug up half the driveway and planted
grass. Crazy!

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e challenges of distant learning

STRONG at home. ey’re being realistic. regroup if need be. If the school ing skills, creative thinking, and questions based on what they see,
LEARNING I think it’s more important for decided to have the children back other higher order thinking skills forming a hypothesis (a predic-
everyone to be safe, than for in the classroom, each child would came through. It’s an example tion or educated guess), testing
DR. LINDA everyone to be in school. My return with their own toolkit. that educators will be able to use the hypothesis based on data
SILBERT friend thinks it’s a horrible idea when teaching children how to they’re collecting, and as a result
because she feels her kids will As everyone learned, distance problem-solve and think cre- determining if their hypothesis
Dear Dr. Linda, lose everything in the toolkit or learning for little ones doesn’t atively…two critical skills needed worked or if they have to make a
My children’s elementary lose the toolkit itself! She keeps work that well. Unfortunately, for successful lives. new hypothesis. ey are seeking
complaining the teachers aren’t many parents blamed the teach- answers that are logical and sup-
school has set up toolkits for doing their jobs. ers, as your friend seems to be Nationwide, school personnel ported by evidence.
each child lled with materials doing, but most of the teachers, if have put their heads together to
that the child will use during In my opinion, the teachers are not all of them, had never taught Educators will then have to
the rst quarter of the school doing a great job. I don’t know young students online before. gure out how to educate mil- decide if the plan their school
year. If school opens, each child what she wants. Teachers had to learn what to lions of students across the coun- district comes up with, works for
is handed their own toolkit. In do overnight and that was a real try remotely and in school safely. them. If it works for the majority
case, schools need to be closed Karen challenge. School districts had to Did they all agree on the perfect it will probably become the plan,
again, due to COVID-19, the Dear Karen, come up with many innovative plan? Are all the plans going to however, if it doesn’t work for the
child takes their toolkit home and ideas during this time of crises. succeed? We’ll nd out. Some of majority it will probably be put
the teacher continues with them It is a great idea and thank you It was the opposite of “Don’t the innovations may prove to be aside and a new plan will have to
online. for sharing. I recently spoke to reinvent the wheel!”Teachers and so successful that they will open be devised, again based on logic
a teacher who was also putting administrators had to invent the doors to a new paradigm in the and supported by evidence.
I think it’s a great plan. My dis- together toolkits for her kinder- wheel!
trict is keeping an open mind by garteners. Her school was not eld of education. Others may be Dr. Linda
preparing our kids with toolkits going back to in- school classes in Suddenly, last March, educa- complete disasters.
that can be used in school and September and would continue tors, pre-k through college, had Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
distance learning with each child to gure out how to educate What educators are following Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids”
using their own toolkit. In the millions of students. e good is called the “scienti c method.” and director of Strong Learning
middle of October, they would news is that their problem-solv- Tutoring and Test Prep. Send your
assess where they were and then ey’re following a number of questions to [email protected]
steps, including observing what com. Find more articles on her blog
is occurring, asking di erent at StrongLearning.com.

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