VOL. 10 NO. 37 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019
Gov. vetoes bill
paperwork faux pas
District may have to repay
more than $3 million
PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB BUCKLEY BY BOB DUMAS ministrative errors made during the
EDITOR 2011-12 school year.
Newly elected town councilmen Robert Schanil, left, and Frank Lombardi at their victory celebration
on election night at Villa Barone Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed e projects in question were
legislation last week that would a bundle of energy performance
Schanil, Lombardi win Town have forgiven the Mahopac Cen- contracts that were being done in
Board seats in landslide tral School District for a paper- conjunction with Con Edison. Vir-
work oversight years ago that now tually every building was impacted
Spo ord elected as county judge has the district on the hook for mil- by the project by the time it was
lions of dollars in past and potential
BY BOB DUMAS votes (39 percent), while former councilman and state aid. nished.
EDITOR deputy supervisor Frank Lombardi pulled in Former district assistant superin-
3,654 votes (38 percent. Democrat Jean Hopper e district completed several tendent for business a airs, Harvey
Republicans made a clean sweep in Carmel capital projects a little more than Sotland, told Mahopac News ear-
on election night, Nov. 5, with both GOP chal- nished a distant third with 2,199 votes. eight years ago, but due to the er- lier this year that at the end of ev-
lengers winning two seats on the Town Board, e three were vying for two seats on the rors of a prior administration, it ery capital project, school districts
according to uno cial results from the Putnam neglected to submit the nal cost in New York must send a nal cost
County Board of Elections. board that belong to current members Jonathan reports to the state. report to the state Education De-
Schneider and John Lupinacci who opted not to partment.
Political newcomer and Carmel resident Rob- seek re-election. Last summer, led by Sen. Pete However, the Mahopac adminis-
ert Schanil, a former police o cer, garnered 3,746 Harckham, a bill was passed by the tration, at that time led by Superin-
SEE ELECTION PAGE 4 Senate and, later, the Assembly that tendent omas Manko, neglected
would have allowed for the submis- to le the paperwork.
sion of this paperwork without in- “When I came on board in July
curring any additional hardship on 2018, I was looking at some reports
the school district. that the state had posted online on
e legislature’s bill would have SEE VETO PAGE 4
granted formal forgiveness for ad-
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VETO been approved by the gover- as Mahopac’s before the gover- ELECTION ‘I feel great; I am
nor,” Harckham said. “By all ac- nor; he signed some and vetoed
FROM PAGE 1 FROM PAGE 1
counts, when the state changed others. In Sullivan County, he Lombardi had sought to be so happy the voters
their website and I noticed there the application process in 2011 approved the Roscoe School reelected in 2017 but lost when returned me to the
was a slew of projects that had for school districts applying for District’s request for a reprieve
no nal cost report led,” Sot- building aid there was some saving it $1.1 million, but ve- he and Democratic candidate Town Board.’
land explained. “So, I knew right confusion, and a number of toed Monticello’s request to Judie Mirra nished behind
away if that happened to be the districts submitted applications escape a $1.9 million penalty. Republicans Suzi McDonough Frank Lombardi
truth, then we were in jeopardy with errors. is was nearly nine In Dutchess County, he signed and Mike Barile in the general
at some point with [the state] years ago, however. e penal- a bill holding the Spackenkill election.
catching up with us and us los- ties that are being levied on the School District harmless, saving He said he is happy to be their concerns are.”
ing aid and having to repay school district now are unfairly it $5.5 million in penalties. back. When he takes o ce in Janu-
[money] we’d already received. a ecting taxpayers and students “I am beyond disappointed “I feel great; I am so happy ary, Schanil said he wants to
We wanted to be transparent. I who were not even in the district with Gov. Cuomo’s decision to the voters returned me to the ease into the job and focus on
reached out to the state and veri- when the mistakes occurred. veto this sorely needed legisla- Town Board,” he said from the the most important issues.
ed they didn’t receive [the re- “In this case, two wrongs de - tion that would have assisted GOP’s election night headquar- “I don’t want to be over-
ports] and that really set things nitely will not make the situa- Mahopac, and thereby aid our ters at Villa Barone. “I am very whelmed,” he said. “I need to
in motion.” tion right,” he added. schools, students, and fellow thankful and humbled.” focus on what needs to be done.
e state legislation would e monetary penalty is sig- taxpayers,” Assemblyman Kev- Lombardi said he knows there e water districts are a major
have allowed the school district ni cant enough to force the in Byrne said. “ e governor’s is a lot on the Town Board’s focus. I want to look at grant
to forgo having to repay $3.1 district to seriously reconsider decision not only neglects the plate right now, and he wants to funding for that. If there is any-
million it has received so far for spending priorities in the up- needs of the school district, but hit the ground running. thing that can be tweaked, I
the projects because of those coming years, and possibly cut further disregards the needs of “We are going to look at all will do that but I also want to
errors. In addition, the district sta or programs, Harckham everyday taxpayers who are try- the projects with a ne tooth maintain the momentum that’s
would still be eligible for $2.7 said. ing to live, work and stay in their comb and I will give my opin- there.”
million of funding promised by e senator said he would home state of New York. e ions and try to make the people Other things Schanil said he
the state for the projects. try again in the upcoming 2020 Mahopac School District acted of the town happy,”he said.“ e wants to see happen are get-
“I am deeply disappointed legislative session to rectify the in good faith by making the er- people elected me and I want to ting the rewriting of the Master
that this important legisla- situation. ror known and by trying to right bring transparency and respect- Plan back on track and making
tion, which was passed, has not ere were eight bills such the mistake of a prior adminis- ability back to the Town Board.” sure board meetings are run in a
tration. Sadly, it seems they are It was Schanil’s rst time “professional manner.”
Happy Thanksgiving! being punished for it.” running for public o ce, but he In the race for county judge,
Byrne said he would continue
said he wasn’t surprised that he Carmel Town Justice Joe Spof-
to work with Harckham to ad-
was the top vote-getter. ford defeated Philipstown Jus-
vocate for forgiveness in the up- “I am beyond elated,” he said tice Camille Linson with 62
coming legislative session. of the victory. “But I am not re- percent of vote, 8,339 to 5,014.
Superintendent Anthony Di- ally shocked [to nish in rst Spo ord will take over the seat
Carlo said the district was disap- place]. e last three weeks or of the late Judge James Reitz,
pointed with governor’s actions so I had a lot of momentum who passed away earlier this
but will work with local legisla- going. People were coming up year. County judge is a 10-year
tors to write a new bill. to me who I didn’t even know term.
“We will work with both Sen. telling me that I had their sup- Supervisor Ken Schmitt,
Serving Harckham and Assemblyman port. Knocking on lot of doors, I Town Clerk Ann Spo ord,
Byrne in crafting a new bill in got to see how big Carmel/Ma- Highway Superintendent Mike
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signed by the governor,” he said. ing to them and hearing what posed and were reelected.
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Town looks to better manage sewer/water district assets
DEC pilot program rst step in getting it done
BY BOB DUMAS & Loguidice in Syracuse, the town’s con- e program’s asset management pro- ment and repair of assets with the budget
EDITOR sultant on the project. “It leads to a lot of vides town o cials with a knowledge of: you have available,” Livermore said. “To
di erent and unique features and how the maintain current levels of service, [DEC}
e town of Carmel is home to eight sewer system is paid for.So,it was really im- • Levels of service did a sewer rate study, which recommends
sewer districts and 13 water districts. Many portant for the DEC to have the town of • Assets and their characteristics increasing [tax] rates when needed to cover
of them are growing old with some in dire Carmel in the pilot program.” • Physical condition of assets projected capital projects and to maintain
need of repairs or upgrades, as is illustrated • Asset performance the working capital reserve fund.”
by the multi-million-dollar capital im- Town engineer Rich Franzetti agreed— • Total cost of ownership
provement project that Water District No. he said it was the town’s distinctiveness that And the ability to: But Livermore noted that the tax rate
2 is about to undergo. caught the eye of the DEC. • Optimize operation and maintenance should remain 2 percent under a town’s
• Assess asset risk median household income
So many districts with myriad assets can “We have eight districts and ve sew- • Identify risk management strategies
be di cult to get a handle on with all the age treatment facilities. at was part of • Prioritize options to fund infrastructure “ e town of Carmel never reaches that
moving parts as town o cials seek to sen- the uniqueness that the state was looking • Predict future demands 2 percent, the [districts] are all under,” she
sibly plan out repairs and renovation while for,” he said. “We have these hydraulically • E ectively manage information and said. “ is is one of the reasons you applied
looking at the big picture and trying to disconnected systems. Another thing that employ decision-making tools for the pilot program—to obtain these low-
keep the costs at manageable levels. makes us unique is we are in the DEP wa- Of the town’s eight sewer districts, er a ordability indexes for your residents so
tershed, which has its own separate rules four were chosen be part of the pilot pro- they can a ord these fees.”
But now, thanks to the New York State and regulations.” grams—districts 4-7.
Department of Environmental Conserva- “ e ultimate goal of the pilot program Supervisor Ken Schmitt said he was
tion (DEC) Asset Management Pilot Pro- Franzetti said the town wanted to be part is to improve the DEC’s municipal sewage pleased with the program, and town o -
gram, the town of Carmel may soon be able of the pilot program in order to “get a better system asset-management guide that was cials noted that being part of it saved the
to do just that. Town Board members got a handle on our assets,a better understanding put out in 2015, as well as create templates town about $200,000.
closer look at the program during a meet- so that we can plan for the future and be and documents for municipalities all across
ing last month. proactive instead of reactive.” the state to use in the future,” Livermore “Now we have a blueprint, a snapshot of
told the Town Board during a presentation what our equipment is, what needs to be
After applying to be part of the pilot pro- e pilot program lays out a plan to en- at its Oct. 23 meeting. “You guys are at the replaced early on rather than waiting,” he
gram several years ago, along with 80 other sure the town is taking care of the infra- forefront of everything.” said.“Now, we have indicators of when that
municipalities, the town found out last year structure assets in the most e cient way needs to take place.”
that it was one of the 10 towns or counties possible, including: e pilot program comes at no cost to the
chosen. And it was because of those many town and includes asset inventory, updated Schmitt said that in the coming months
independent sewer and water districts that • E ective information transfer and GIS mapping, an asset criticality analysis, the Town Board will hold a presentation
got them on the list. knowledge retention sewer rate study, capital improvement plan, from the engineering department on the
long-term funding strategy, asset manage- four remaining sewer districts and 13 water
“Carmel was chosen in order to have a • Rigorous and defensible decision making ment plan document. districts that weren’t part of the pilot pro-
municipality [in the program] that has • Improved coordination and communi- gram analysis. Franzetti said the town put
many sewer districts,” said Lauren Liver- cation “You will be able to prioritize the replace- out requests for proposals (RFPs) for those
more, P.E., project manager from Barton • Improved public con dence remaining districts and the results will be
• Lower cost of owning and maintaining part of that presentation.
PAGE 6 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019
Putnam Hospital gets ‘A’OFHEALTHQUEST
in new safety grades
Putnam Hospital Center nized score indicating the e orts 878 hospitals in the nation that
earned the distinction of an ‘A’ a hospital puts forth to keep pa- earned an ‘A’ rating. Leapfrog as-
grade from e Leapfrog Group, tients safe each and every day,” signed A to F grades to acute-
a national nonpro t focused on hospital President Peter Kelly care hospitals based on their
improving healthcare quality, said. “ is is a true validation of ability to prevent errors, acci-
safety and transparency. the many e orts made by all the dents, injuries, infections and
“ is is a nationally recog- sta at Putnam Hospital in the other harm to patients.
pursuit of a high degree of pa- Patient safety is a process, not
tient safety.” a singular event. At Putnam
Based in Washington, D.C., Hospital Center, an important
Thank You Leapfrog provided Hospital practice implemented is a daily
Safety Grades to more than safety huddle involving depart-
2,600 general hospitals with the ments across the facility to en-
goal to help consumers make sure safety issues are identi ed
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healthcare. “‘A’ hospitals show us their
residents of the e Leapfrog Hospital Safety leadership is protecting patients
Town of Carmel Grade uses national perfor- from preventable medical harm
mance measures from the Cen- and error,” said Leah Binder,
ters for Medicare & Medicaid president and CEO of e
Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Leapfrog Group. “It takes genu-
Hospital Survey and other sup- ine commitment at every level –
plemental data sources. Taken from clinicians to administrators
together, those performance to the board of directors – and
measures produce a single letter we congratulate the teams who
grade representing a hospital’s have worked so hard to earn this
overall performance in keeping ‘A.’”
patients safe from preventable Leapfrog’s methodology is
Happy Here’s wishing harm and medical errors. e peer-reviewed and fully trans-
Safety Grade includes 28 mea- parent, and the results are free
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Mahopac’s Troop 371 celebrates seven new Eagle Scouts
Earlier this year, Mahopac Boy Scout The newly minted Eagle Scouts PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID AMES AUSTIN KUHBIER
Troop 371 had a landmark day. At the VFW Post 5491 on East Lake Boule-
Centennial Golf Club, seven Troop 371 ANDREW BARON skills. A new planter was also constructed
scouts were presented scouting’s highest e Mahopac Public Library was the and placed next to the bicycle rack. vard was the location of this project. e
award—the Eagle Scout rank. Post Hall, which is on Lake Mahopac, has
recipient of this project. MICHAEL BUZEA docks and a swimming area on the lake
As a requirement for the rank, Scouts e library had a rusted broken bicycle is was a beati cation project for the front. e permanent dock on the side
Andrew Baron, Michael Buzea Jr, Austin of the property was extremely old and in
Kuhbier, Chris Nealon, Danny O’Neill, rack on the side of the parking area. e Church of St John the Evangelist in Ma- very poor condition. e surface of the
Mario Termine and Tommy Zelley all project involved the removal and disposal hopac. e project involved the design and dock was replaced and about 30 feet of the
proposed, planned and led service proj- of the old rack and the design, fabrica- fabrication of planter boxes that were placed end was removed. Additionally, the fence
ects at the Mahopac Public Library, St tion and installation of the new bicycle at both entrances to the main sanctuary of that separated the area from the adjoining
John’s RC Church, VFW Post 5491, the rack. By Hammer By Hand, a local met- the church. e six 2-by-4-foot boxes were property was replaced.
Chamber Park and Volz Town Park. alwork business in Mahopac, provided fabricated out of wood and lled with top-
the workshop to fabricate the new rack. soil. Perennial plants that required minimal CHRIS NEALON
e scouts in consultation with the Baron worked with the workshop owner care were placed in each box. is project was the installation of a
bene ciary organizations researched to learn welding and metal fabrication
their projects and prepared proposals permanent chess/checker in the Chamber
for presentation to the Scout District Park in Mahopac. e chess/checker table
Committee. Upon approval they began also included permanent seats around the
planning all aspects of their projects. table. e table and seat are concrete and
were transported to the park. e surface
is included meetings, budgeting and were the table and seats were placed was
fundraising, drawings and sketches, ma- cleared and landscaped with gravel.
terial acquisition, recruiting helpers and
organizing work sessions. In addition to DANIEL O’NEILL
the project, the Scouts were required to is project involved the construc-
earn at least 21 merit badges, of which
13 were in required subject areas. ey tion of a new nativity stable in front of
also held positions of responsibility while the Church of St John the Evangelist
participating in the Scout troop meetings in Mahopac. e new stable replaced an
and activities. During their time in the older one that was heavy and not easily
scouting program, they developed skills disassembled and transported. Lighting,
of leadership, citizenship, camping, cook- hay and moss were included. e stable
ing, rst aid, personal management and was designed to be easily taken apart and
became self-con dent and self-reliant stored on plastic containers during the rest
members of our community. of the year.
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e case of the bathroom phantom
The resort I stayed in for a any ghosts, though, when my in case the intruder was still in lady at the front desk. “ e smell
writing retreat was old. bathroom suddenly started to was horrible yesterday and today
It wasn’t one of those emit a rather pungent, unpleas- TRACY the bathroom. But there was it’s like it never even happened.”
spartan, spa-like places with hot ant kind of bathroom smell. BECKERMAN only one thing that was heavy I told her about the dream I’d
stone massages and seaweed I ushed the toilet a bunch enough and pointy enough to had about someone ushing my
facials. It was more of an Old of times and ran the sink and toilet in the middle of the night,
West lodge, with replaces in shower, but everything seemed in ict bodily damage. and she smiled a knowing grin.
every room, chairs you could sink to be working ne.
into, and loads of warm, belly- I grabbed the deer head “Well, you know, some people
“Can you call Maintenance,” say this lodge is haunted.”
lling comfort food. It was built I asked the lady at the front o the wall and using it like
sometime around 1920 and was desk. “ ere doesn’t seem to be a “So, you’re saying some phan-
host to a number of well-known problem with the plumbing, but a shield, I threw open the tom pooper came into my room
writers and artists. the bathroom smells really bad. yesterday, left a phantom poop
Maybe there’s a sewage issue?” into the bedroom. I wasn’t sure bathroom door. in my toilet, and then came back
It was also, reportedly, haunted. last night because he forgot to
e haunted part was not “ ere isn’t anything around I’d be able to spend the night “Aaaahhh!” I yelled, brandish-
or below your bathroom to ush?” I said.
really an issue for me. As a con- cause that,” she said. “But I’ll in there, but there was no other ing the deer head at the mystery “Could be,” she replied.
noisseur of old hotels, I’d shared get somebody over there to take “OK,” I said. “But next time
quarters with alleged ghosts be- look.” room for me to move into… the toilet user. But the bathroom he comes to do that, could
fore and found they were mostly you ask him to bring some air
benign, if not sometimes noisy. Eventually the maintenance lodge was full. was empty. e windows were freshener?”
As long as they didn’t answer to man showed up and went under
a deity named Zuul and threaten and around the building I was I went to sleep that night with locked. e only way into and You can follow Tracy on Facebook
the lodge with destruction by a in, but nothing turned up. As at https://www.facebook.com/
giant Stay Pu Marshmallow the day progressed, the smell my pillow over my head trying out of the bathroom, besides my LostinSuburbiaFanPage/ and on
man, I was cool with it. got worse and I had to close the Twitter at https://twitter.com/
bathroom door, so it didn’t seep to hide from the awful poopy door, was the bathtub drain. tracybeckerman.
I wasn’t really thinking about
smell. I managed to fall asleep Deciding I must have been
but was suddenly awoken in the dreaming, I closed the door
middle of the night by the sound again, hung up the deer head,
of my toilet ushing. Tentatively, and went back to sleep. When
I walked to the bathroom door, I woke up in the morning, the
afraid that someone, somehow, smell was gone. Nothing lin-
had entered the bathroom, used gered. ere wasn’t so much as a
the toilet, and ushed it. I looked whi of what had smelled so bad
around my room to see what I the day before.
could possibly use as a weapon “It’s so weird,” I said to the
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Understanding Veterans Day
STRONG Dear Dr. Linda, and a quiz to share with your nal purpose of the holiday was to honor those who died in which
LEARNING As a history teacher I appreci- students pertaining to Veterans honor only those who are now war?
Day: retired or discharged from the
DR. LINDA ate your column every year about Armed Forces. 5. It commemorated the day
SILBERT Veterans Day. Would you please • Veterans Day is a public hol- the war came to an end and
run it again? iday which occurs annually on • Veterans Day was originally a cease re went into e ect at
Nov. 11. We now honor all the called Armistice Day, because it the____ hour of the ___ day of
History Teacher men and women who are either commemorated the day World the ____month of 1918.
in service now or have served in War I came to an end and a
Dear History Teacher, the Armed Forces, but the origi- cease re with Germany went 6. In 1954, after the Ko-
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and calendars write it in pos- federal holidays, also known as
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phe—Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ other nine?
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site for the U.S. Department of Answers: 1. Nov. 11; 2. who
Veterans A airs says not to use have served in the Armed Forc-
an apostrophe at all. ey state es; 3. Armistice Day; 4. World
that it is not a day that belongs War I; 5. 11th hour, 11th day
to veterans, but a day for honor- , 11th month; 6. Eisenhower;
ing ALL veterans. 7. Memorial Day; 8. e web-
site for the U.S. Department of
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derstand Veterans Day, ask your an apostrophe at all. ey state
students if any of their family that it is not a day that belongs
members are serving or who may to veterans, but a day for honor-
have served in the Armed Forc- ing ALL veterans.; 9. Yes. It has
es. Ask them to bring in pictures been recognized nationwide by
of family members in uniform. the U.S. government as a na-
Did anyone in their family die in tional holiday since 1926. is
war while serving our country? means that all non-essential
Talk about what they did. If you federal government o ces are
a student’s parent or relative is closed, and all federal employ-
in the military or if their family ees are paid even if they receive
is a military family, ask them to the day o . 10. New Year’s Day,
share what it’s like being part of birthday of Martin Luther King,
a military family. Talk with your Jr., Washington’s Birthday also
children about the importance known as President’s Day, Me-
of being in the military for all of morial Day, Independence Day
the citizens of our country. (4th of July), Labor Day, Co-
lumbus Day, anksgiving Day
VETERANS DAY QUIZ and Christmas Day.
1. Veterans Day is a public
In thanks for the commitment
holiday which occurs annually of all who have served,
2. We now honor all the men
and women who are either in Dr. Linda Silbert is the author
service now or ¬¬¬_____. of “Why Bad Grades Happen to
Good Kids” and “Building Strong
3. Veterans Day was originally Students.” Submit questions
called _____. using the contact form at www.
4. It was originally created to
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LETTERS will be deeply missed. generosity, respectfulness, and but to further unify our county-
We will always admire him
FROM PAGE 11 willingness to genuinely listen and wide community.
with great respect and gratitude
leaders working for his involvement and dedica- share regardless of political party I will keep working hard with
towards this goal. tion to all of the important issues
Don’t allow the a liation. everyone across Putnam to serve
process to slow the county has had
down. Go to town to contend with. I believe that our campaign those who can use our help. As
meetings and ask
them what is go- I will remember contributed to countywide con- one of my Treatment Court
ing on with the him with a smile on
Initiative. Or call my face, just the way versations about integrity and graduates said to me last night,
up the supervisor; he greeted us at the
he’ll let you know Putnam County Golf leadership, and in particular fur- setbacks happen. We use them to
what’s what. Or if you know a Course.
council member, discuss this ther increased awareness of the learn and move forward. ank
with them. ere will be pub- Catherine Ferrara
lic meetings on this planning Cortlandt Manor devastating impact of the opioid you, Putnam.
and Swan Cove. Please attend
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tion, share. thanks
We must continue to act together, Justice,Town of Philipstown
If you truly want a town of To the editor,
progress, growth and fun, you I’m grateful to the many people regardless of party politics, not
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Jeff Finton, special ed administrator, On Sunday, Oct. 20, Mahopac SEPTO (Special Education Parent
with student Kevin Morris. Finton Teacher Organization) held a Halloween-themed family event at the
volunteered to do face painting for Sycamore Park Pavilion. Over 40 families turned out on a breezy fall
this year’s event and it was a big morning to have apple cider, donuts, hot chocolate, corn dogs, chips and
success. hot dogs. ey decorated pumpkins, danced to a DJ who was spinning
the latest tunes, and had their face painted by Special Education
Brayden Suppa gets a push on Administrator Je rey Finton, who graciously donated his artistic talents.
the swing from his dad.
Some children arrived in Halloween costumes showcasing what they
would be wearing in a few weeks. Parents and teachers socialized in the
Sycamore Park fresh air. One of SEPTO’s mission statements is to create
a true sense of community for all families of children with special needs.
“ is event was a great way to take a breath, enjoy the autumn weather,
share some family activities and connect in a relaxed, fun environment,”
said Danielle Romano, SEPTO board member, Fulmar Road teacher, and
mother of two boys attending Mahopac schools. “Everyone had a blast!”
e event was the kicko for the SEPTO 2019-20 year. SEPTO’s next
community event is Monday Night Football at Mahopac Inn on Nov. 4,
followed by cookies with Santa on Friday, Dec. 6.
SEPTO meets monthly on the last Wednesday of the month. You do
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but it is never too late to join SEPTO. More information can be found
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Austin Road ﬁfth graders
become ‘ﬁeld scientists’
Project helps NYS stream study
BY LAURA LEE HOLMBO brates to determine if there were dichotomous keys to determine
signs of pollution. what level indicator species they
Austin Road Elementary fth
graders elevated their status from “Macroinvertebrates are crea- are,” Cerbini said.
students to eld scientists earlier
this fall when teachers Mary Jean tures that do not have a spine, e students were able to de-
Cerbini and Beth Doré tasked
their classes with conducting a such as a cray sh, snail, and in- termine that the stream water
water-health study of the water
in a Pound Ridge Reservation sects like dragon ies,” said Paige was not polluted, and the trout
stream in Pound Ridge.
Bonder, a student in Ceribini’s eggs could be released when they Sully Hunter and Paige Bonder show the types of macroinvertebrates
e purpose of the research that the class discovered.
was to determine if the water was class. “Many macroinvertebrates reach the ngerling stage in the
safe enough for them to release
the trout eggs the student have can’t survive if the water is pol- spring.
been raising in their classroom.
luted.” “I found a Dobson y in the “We learned that craw sh are people in environmental service.
More than 50 students exam-
ined the stream water and sur- e testing was done by kick- stream which con rmed the wa- somewhat sensitive to pollution e foundation was created in
rounding area for macroinverte-
netting. A kick net is a square ter was healthy for the trout. By and often time will ght with 1974 in memory of Dr. George
mesh net about 1 meter wide and just nding one Dobson y out of each other over territory,” Sully Candreva, a Yorktown educator,
long with a pole handle on each 100 macroinvertebrate means the said. Cerbini kept the injured journalist and visionary environ-
side that is used to collect aquatic stream is not polluted,” said Sully craw sh as a pet for her class- mentalist. Since then, thousands
macroinvertebrates in a stream. Hunter, a student in Dore’s class. room which her students named of students in the region have
“ e students then classi ed A craw sh with a missing claw “Captain Hook.” participated in grant-supported
them right in the stream by plac- was one of the many macroinver- “We get to see the claw come activities that range from study-
ing their macroinvertebrate nd- tebrates the students found and back a little every day,” Paige said. ing forest and aquatic ecosystems
ings in ice cube trays and using examined. e students’ study supports a to developing a hands-on and
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tivities, which will be held on Sat- Cornerstone Park at the corner of 6. At 6:15 p.m., there will be a .edu/events. Cornell Coopera-
Corps League will hold a chili and urday, Dec. 7. e activities, all Fair Street and Gleneida Avenue Santa Stroll down Gleneida Av- tive Extension is an employer and
beer party at the Mahopac Ameri- within the hamlet of Carmel, start (Route 52). Also starting at 4, the enue from Fair Street to Route educator recognized for valuing
can Legion Hall on Buckshollow with a pancake breakfast with annual chowder-tasting event will 6 to raise money for Cancer re- AA/EEO, protected veterans, and
Road, Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Cost Santa at the Carmel Firehouse be held in Cornerstone Park. e search. From 6:30-7:30, there will individuals with disabilities and
is $20 per person. Marines and all starting at 8 a.m. Reed Memorial Cornerstone Park tree will be lit at be an electric light parade through provides equal program and em-
veterans are invited,as well as those Library will have holiday crafts, 5 p.m., after a ceremony honoring the hamlet featuring more than ployment opportunities.
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ties such as crafts and face paint- be having bazaars and holiday activities will culminate with the Mahopac Friends of Music will
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019 Sports MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 23
Mahopac senior captain Gabby Rocchio was named All- Mahopac senior outside hitter Diana Kone earned All- Mahopac senior captain and middle hitter Bella Marinelli
League honors. earned her second All-League nod.
FourConference and All-League.
BY SKIP PEARLMAN Indians senior captain Jenna Palmiero was named All-League Honorable Mention. FILE PHOTOS/SKIP PEARLMAN
It was a solid fall season for the Mahopac volleyball ville added. “But we did get better as the season went on, Melville said. “ ey were on-court leaders, and helped
team, who started out slow but played their best volleyball we were more competitive when we saw teams for the the other girls who were new to the team. ey were solid
at the end of the season when it mattered most. second time. We played better at the end, our defense multi-year players. And Diana had a slow start, but really
e Indians nished 8-11 (4-4 in league play) under stepped up. Scarsdale was a good rst round matchup for picked up the o ense as our season went on. She picked
13th-year head coach, Jay Melville. us, there was a little revenge factor going. But Arlington up the hitting, and led the team in kills in most of our
Mahopac‘s season ended in the playo s, with the No. was a much better team, and presented more problems. matches as the season came to an end.”
11 Indians falling to No. 3 Arlington. Still, we competed much better than we did the rst time Mahopac loses ve seniors, including four starters, to
Mahopac lost one of their best players during the rst we saw them.” graduation.
week of the season, and the Indians had to adjust. Earning post-season honors was third-year varsity se- “ e last few years we’ve had a solid defensive group,”
“Our best hitter, Leah Vitiello (a junior), su ered a nior captain Gabby Rocchio, who was named All-Con- Melville said. “Losing Gabby and Jenna, we’ll be losing
stress fracture in our rst week, and unfortunately for us ference and All-League. ird-year senior captain Bella two of our best defenders. We’ll see who can step up and
her return was delayed,” Melville said. “We really missed Marinelli earned her second All-League honor. Second- pick up where we left o . Having Leah back will be big,
her. Losing her had a huge impact on our season. But we year senior Diana Kone was also named All-League, and but we do have some other question marks - hitting and
adjusted well, Jenna Palmiero and Maddie Stark both did Palmiero, a senior captain, earned All-League Honorable defense. We have a lot more questions than we’ve had the
very well on the outside for us. Mention honors. last few years. It will be interesting to see how the players
“Some inconsistencies did cost us some matches,”Mel- “Our captains were great, vocal, and were very active,” develop in the o -season.”
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Matt McMahon was the top ﬁnisher for Sophia DeFrancesco competes in Tommy O’Brien heads downhill. Brett Bergerson led the Mahopac
Mahopac, placing 26th in the Class A the Class A race for the Indians. girls at sectionals.
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New York could sack youth tackle football
Bill would prohibit children 12-and-under from playing the sport
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Concussion Legacy Foundation. ough the 1993 Rose Bowl To become law, the bill must ness, or nausea.
“Football is like a [Ford] Pinto,” champion looks back on his foot- pass through the 25-member “We are discovering that these
Swearengen said. “It’s unsafe at ball career fondly, “I have a fear in committee; be approved by both sub-concussive impacts may be
No smoking or drinking until any age. It can be made incremen- the back of my mind that I may houses of the New York State silent injuries but are a cause of
21. No driving until 16. No tack- tally safer. It will never be safe to die prematurely after steep cogni- legislature; and be signed by Gov. increasing concern,” Drakos said.
ling until 13? participate in an activity where tive decline,” Swearengen said. Andrew Cuomo. According to a University of
Members of the New York the goal on every single play is to Benedetto rst proposed his bill Swearengen isn’t the only for- Wake Forest study, the average
State Assembly are considering a knock one person to the ground seven or eight years ago follow- mer football player fearful that player between 9 and 12 years old
bill that would prohibit children with violence.” ing the death of NFL great John his years of playing tackle football is involved in 240 impacts per sea-
12-and-under from playing orga- Swearengen was one of about Mackey, a Syracuse University will catch up to him. e three- son, about 1 percent of which have
nized tackle football in New York a dozen expert witnesses invited alum and native of Long Island, hour hearing started o with two a g-force above 60.
State. to testify in Manhattan on Tues- who died at 69 years old as a re- former Harvard University foot- “To give some perspective,”
Industry leaders say new tack- day, Oct. 29, before the New York sult of chronic traumatic encepha- ball teammates: Dr. Mark Dra- Drakos said, “that is equivalent
ling techniques and concussion State Assembly’s Committee on lopathy, a brain disease more com- kos, an orthopedic surgeon at the to being in a car crash at 20 mph
protocols, the elimination of high- Health to vet a bill proposed by monly referred to as CTE. Hospital for Special Surgery, and with a xed object.”
contact plays like kicko s, and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto But the assemblyman said he Dr. Chris Nowinski, co-founder/ Drakos and Nowinski drew
reducing contact in practice have (D-Bronx). was keeping an open mind. CEO of the Concussion Legacy many parallels between playing
made the game of tackle football Swearengen and many oth- “We do want to hear more,” Foundation, co-founder of Bos- tackle football and smoking ciga-
safer than ever. ers touted the intangible bene ts Benedetto said. “We do want to ton University’s CTE Center, and rettes/drinking alcohol. Not all
But the only truly safe way to of football, such as teamwork, hear what the latest studies have a former WWE wrestler. tackle football players will develop
play tackle football is to not play leadership skills, accountability, shown. And we do want to hear Drakos and Nowinski, the lat- CTE, just like not all substance
it at all, said Julian Swearengen, and work ethic. But those same the arguments that might propel ter having a doctoral degree in abusers will develop lung cancer
a former University of Michigan bene ts still exist in ag or touch us to ignore my law. We want to neuroscience from Boston Uni- or liver disease. However, doing
player and co-founder of e football, he said. hear from both sides.” versity, presented studies linking any of those activities for an ex-
tackle football to CTE. tended period of time increases
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TACKLE ing, a leap of faith “It becomes a ti c ndings,” he said. “A policy that is not
grounded on scienti c ndings, with a full
FROM PAGE 26 or a tough sell to ‘ Youth football slippery slope real grasp of all factors, can have unintended
thoughtful individ- quickly and we re- consequences.”
had CTE was how many years they
played tackle football, independent of the uals,” Drakos said. is safer today ally don’t have the ough science remains unsettled, in-
level at which they played.” science to back our action is the riskier proposition, said Dr.
Erich G. Anderer, chief of neurosurgery at
Youth tackle football “looks like a pil- A COUNTER than it has responses to those NYU Langone Medical Center.
low ght,” Nowinski said. “But the reality ARGUMENT questions right
is the brain is getting hit nearly as hard as “In the very unlikely event all the data
it would if they were adults.” Dr. Mark Her- ever been.’ now,” he added. we’ve been discussing is completely dis-
ceg, director of the Herceg and proven after a ban is instituted, what is the
One study concluded that every year of identi able harm?” Anderer said. “We’re
playing tackle football increases the odds concussion pro- –Jon Butler others argued that merely advocating for delaying tackle foot-
of a player developing CTE by 30 percent. gram at Phelps football should ball in favor of ag football until the age of
12; not abolishing the game. Coaches will
“ at means a child who starts tackle Hospital (Sleepy Executive director, not be legislatively remain employed and youth football pro-
football at age 5 would have 10 times the Hollow), said it’s Pop Warner singled out while grams will continue to run.”
risk of developing [CTE] than one who premature to take other physical ac-
started at age 14 and continued to play,” But, he said, “What happens if the
Nowinski said. legislative action tivities also have data holds up and we fail to take action?
We have needlessly exposed thousands of
Drakos said it’s a tough pill for people while the science is dangerous conse- children to the possibility of future brain
who love football to swallow. dysfunction when a simple and reasonably
still unsettled. quences. unobtrusive solution lay within our grasp.”
“Sometimes, science ruins a good narra-
tive,” Drakos said. “And the science shows “ e simple truth is we don’t know why “Virtually no physical activity is without Dr. omas M. Abraham Jr., a former
that football is a collision sport that can football player at Duquesne University,
cause brain damage. e only debate now some people get CTE and others do not,” risk,” Herceg said. “If we truly care about was forced to give up his OB/GYN prac-
in the scienti c community is how much. tice last year because of neurogenerative
We have to determine if we as a society said Herceg, who called sub-concussions “a the brain, in all aspects and stages of life, brain disease/dementia.
should tolerate this risk for our children.”
research-focused concept that have yet to then the focus also needs to include every- He began su ering behavioral changes
Drakos acknowledged that “more re- in his mid-30s and could not recall his de-
search needs to be done”regarding the link make their way to clinical understanding.” thing, like boxing, MMA, wrestling, school structive actions. He also had trouble re-
between playing tackle football and CTE, membering names and appointments and
but science isn’t required to understand In fact, Herceg said, some studies have ghts, or even riding a bicycle—not solely would get lost driving familiar routes.
that “nothing good comes from getting
hit in the head,” especially when it comes concluded that people who play football on youth tackle football. While performing a hysterectomy on a
to undeveloped brains. at is why other patient, Abraham recalled, he forgot how
youth sport leagues have taken steps to are likely to be less depressed. Benedetto, though, said that argument to nish the surgery. So, he stepped outside
ban dangerous contact plays, like checking
in hockey and heading in soccer, before a Herceg, who as Westchester County falls at. SEE TACKLE PAGE 28
Department of Health commissioner “Can we acknowledge that football is
“ is idea should not be earth-shatter-
launched a Concussion Task Force, faulted di erent than every other sport?” he said.
Benedetto’s legislation for its “arbitrary” “In football, on every single play, the ob-
enforcement. ject is to violently hit the opposing player
“Is it OK to hit your head at 13 or 14?” and bring that player, that opponent, to the
Herceg said. “Is it OK to hit your head in ground. at makes football singularly dif-
other sports? Why should a small, thin- ferent than any other sport that we’re really
framed, 5-foot-2 boy of 13 be allowed to talking about here.”
play football but a 6-foot, able-bodied, Nevertheless, Herceg said, science may
strong athlete at 12 not be allowed? Why be decades away from truly understanding
limit it to only football? In New York State, the e ects of tackle football on the brain.
why does a bike helmet only need to be “Good public policy needs to be
worn until the age of 14? grounded in hypothesis con rming scien-
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TACKLE ‘Sometimes, science ruins a good narrative. tackle football and kids playing tackle foot-
And the science shows that football is a ball is obvious, Anderer said.
FROM PAGE 27
collision sport that can cause brain damage.’ “ e NFL employs adults, who have
and watched a video to jog his memory. chosen to make a living this way,” Anderer
“Isn’t it likely that repetitive hits to an –Dr. Mark Drakos said. “We are not here today to talk about
Orthopedic surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery banning the game of football any more
undeveloped brain will cause brain dam- than we’re talking about banning motorcy-
age?” Abraham said. “One does not need Harvard Football (1994-98) cles, alcohol or cigarettes, all of which have
a medical degree or science background to known and documented health risks.
answer this question.” not the right step.” A PARENT’S CHOICE
“Children,” he added, “lack the capac-
A SAFER GAME? Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D- Parents, not the government, should de- ity to fully grasp the consequences of their
Studies linking former football players to choices.”
New York) countered by asking if the new cide whether tackle football is safe for their
CTE are unreliable because they were play- Angela Campigotto-Harrison, whose
ing a di erent game, said Jon Butler, execu- rules “serve a public relations purpose but child to play, Hallenbeck said. football-playing father, Joe, died as a re-
tive director of Pop Warner. e sport, he sult of dementia, said the science is being
said, is being made safer without legislative actually have no health bene t?” “Parents do not want their government ignored by parents, who continue to sign
involvement. their kids up to play tackle football.
A similar sentiment was put more blunt- telling them when they can play football,”
“Youth football is safer today than it has “For some reason the messages are still
ever been,” Butler said. ly by Michael Kaplen, chairperson, New he said.“ ey want to make informed deci- not resonating, and kids are going to pay
the price if we don’t act,”Campigotto-Har-
For example: York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services sions for themselves.” rison said.
• Kicko s and the three-point stance
have been eliminated for the youngest age Coordinating Council. Dr. Robert Zayas, executive director, Brendan Bibro, the only two-time cap-
groups; tain in Harvard football history, said foot-
• Contact is restricted in practice time; “Safe tackling is a public relations gim- New York State Public High School Ath- ball must change or face extinction. e
• Coaches are required to be certi ed in circumstances are not unlike 1905, when
Heads Up football, an NFL-backed youth mick promoted by clever but desperate letic Association, said parents are more President eodore Roosevelt demanded
football program that promotes tackling the sport change as players were dying on
techniques aimed at reducing injuries; marketing professionals,” Kaplen said. educated than ever about the potential dan- the eld.
• Full-speed blocking and tackling drills
(where players line up more than three Swearengen said there is no safe way for gers of contact sports. e result? e invention of the forward
yards apart) have been banned; pass.
“In the end, we believe in making the a child to hit their head. “Parents must weigh their known and
game safer and better,” Butler said. “ ou- “We are at a similar moment in history,”
sands of coaches and administrators and “Despite what anyone from the football unknown risks constantly when deciding Bibro said. “Football needs to change once
parents across the state want the same thing more to save itself. I do want to live in a
and have made change happen indepen- industrial complex wants to say, the focus what activities are appropriate for their son country that does not provide the lessons
dent of state government. A ban on a sport that football teaches, but we cannot ignore
that has been played by millions of New is on winning,” he said. “It’s on knock- or daughter to participate in,” Zayas said. what we have learned. Football cannot po-
York residents for more than 100 years is lice itself. It needs legislative oversight to do
ing the crap out of the other team. It’s on But, Nowinski said, parents are risking that. Now is the time.”
knocking the ballcarrier to the ground. their children’s health by signing them up
When the play starts, it’s 11 kids’ job to to play tackle football. e irony, he said, is
nd the ball and to knock that boy to the that the best players su er the most because
ground.” it means they play the sport longer.
Scott Hallenbeck, CEO of USA Foot- “It’s odd that the kids who su er the
ball, said, “Our commitment to player most as adults are the ones who accomplish
safety is real,” despite what critics say. e the goals that we set out for them,” Now-
organization, he said, is “teaching better inski said.
techniques to reduce contact in football.” e di erence between adults playing
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CLUES ACROSS A 25. Before
55. “Luther” actor Idris 26. The color of Valentine’s Day
1. Shelter for pigeons 56. Supporting pin (nautical) 27. Indicates near
5. Popular lit genre __-ﬁ 57. Golden peas plant 28. Bon __: witty remark
8. Used to harvest agave 59. One point north of northeast 29. One’s holdings
11. Wintertime accessory 60. Unit of measurement 34. Request
13. “Gandalf” actor McKellen 61. Where clothes hang 35. Preﬁx meaning “badly”
14. Taxis 62. Opposite of night 36. Midway between north and
15. Political plot 63. A way to change color northeast
16. Public television 64. Korean independence 37. Ottoman military title
17. Nigerian ethnic group proponent Syngman 39. Teased
18. Informal loan clubs 40. Happily
20. “Wheel of Fortune” host CLUES DOWN 41. Pie _ __ mode
21. C C C 1. Reciprocal of sine 42. Mars crater
22. North, South and Central make 2. Political organization 44. Sports TV personality
them up 3. Defunct funk record label 45. Taxi driver
25. In an early way 4. Geological times 46. Abba __, Israeli politician
30. Lied down in rest 5. One who drinks slowly 47. The sick are sometimes on it
31. Female hip-hop trio 6. Nightclub entertainment 48. Relating to olives
32. Improves 7. Establish in one’s mind 51. Swiss river
33. Genus of mackerel sharks 8. Restaurants 52. Grayish white
38. Electronic countermeasures 9. Off-Broadway theater award 53. A way to engrave
41. Emerging 10. Requests 54. Where Coach K. works
43. Balkan body of water 12. You don’t watch to catch it 58. Midway between south and
45. A type of delivery 14. Intestinal pouches southeast
47. Ancient kingdom near Dead Sea 19. Satisfy
49. Title given to a monk 23. Wet dirt
50. Partner to “oohed” 24. Regularly repeated
CLUES ACROSS B 12. “Family City USA”
1. Babies’ eating accessories 14. Proof of payment (abbr.)
5. Charge on a coat of arms 43. French river 15. Flew high
9. Set of ﬁve 44. Saps of energy 18. Wreaths
11. California town 46. Type of sandwich 20. Got rid of
13. One who cites 48. Sets apart again 24. Shortly
15. Elected ofﬁcial 52. Engage in a contest 26. Confer
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LEGAL NOTICES Did you know?
NOTICE OF ADOPTION Carmel Water District #4; and According to the Food Network,thawing a frozen turkey takes several days. e popular food-based televi-
OF RESOLUTION WHEREAS, upon the advice sion channel says it can take roughly four to ve days for a frozen 20-pound turkey to fully defrost. anksgiv-
ing hosts who plan to cook turkeys that weight more than 20 lbs. should a ord their turkeys even more time
NOTICE IS HEREBY of and consultation of Town to fully defrost. e Food Network also recommends that cooks who want their turkeys to have crisp skin
GIVEN that the Town Board Engineer Richard J. Franzetti, leave the bird uncovered in the refrigerator overnight. e time it takes to cook a turkey depends on whether
of the Town of Carmel, Putnam P.E., as well as the operators of or not the bird was purchased fresh. e Food Network advises cooking fresh turkeys for 10 to 15 minutes per
County, New York, at a meeting Carmel Water District #4; it is pound in a 350 F oven, while frozen turkeys need roughly 20 minutes per pound at 350 F. And while stu ng
held on the 6th day of November apparent that rescission of such is a anksgiving Day staple, the Food Network recommends going easy with the stu ng. Turkeys that are
2019 duly adopted the following water emergency declaration not densely stu ed will cook more evenly than turkeys whose cavities are over owing with stu ng.
resolution: for certain water districts within
the Town of Carmel is now PUZZLE SOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION RESCINDING appropriate;
WATER EMERGENCY Corresponding to Last Week’s November 7 Issue
PURSUANT TO SECTION 151 NOW THEREFORE BE
22 OF THE TOWN CODE IT RESOLVED that pursuant CROSSWORD A CROSSWORD B SUDOKU
to Section 151-22 (A) of the
WHEREAS, that the Town Town Code of the Town of BUSINESS OWNERS:
Board of the Town of Carmel, Carmel, the Town Board, acting
acting as the Commissioners as Commissioners of Carmel
of the Water Districts of the Water District #4; hereby
Town of Carmel, and pursuant rescinds the aforesaid declaration
to Section 151-22 of the Code of water emergency with respect
of the Town of Carmel, had to Carmel Water District #4; and
previously determined that a
water emergency existed within BE IT FURTHER
the Town of Carmel, speci cally RESOLVED that the Town
within Carmel Water District #4; Clerk is directed to publish
and this resolution in the o cial
newspapers of the Town and to
WHEREAS, pursuant to a post said resolution on the o cial
previous resolution, the Town bulletin Board of the Town of
Board had declared such water Carmel.
emergency and promulgated
restrictions on the use of water By Order of the Town Board of
for nonessential purposes within the Town of Carmel
Ann Spo ord, Town Clerk
November 7, 2019
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