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Yorktown News 06.23.2022

Vol. 11 No. 14 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, June 23, 2022

Adaptive playground opens in Granite Knolls

EDITOR this project and have volunteered
Lucas Canniff leads the way into the new adaptive-use playground at the Granite Knolls Recreation countless hours of their personal
It all started with an email. and Sports Complex. time to make sure this community
Several years ago, Lisa Canni , has the best of the best — a com-
a Yorktown mother whose son, Knolls, which also includes turf from various departments, volun- them for supporting this project plex unlike any other in this state.”
Lucas, is paralyzed from the waist elds and pickleball courts, has teer Parks and Recreation Com- and recognizing the importance
down, reached out to Town Clerk mission members, local school of having a facility like this in our Town Supervisor Matt Slater
Diana Quest, then chair of the spanned several administrations, organizations, businesses, and community,” Quast said. “I would said this playground, along with
Yorktown Parks and Recreation and the list of people who had contractors. also like to personally thank our the recently developed Acces-
Commission, about developing a hand in it is long. It includes Parks and Recreation Department sibility Advisory Committee, are
a playground for children of all elected o cials, town employees “I thank each and every one of proof of the steps Yorktown is
abilities. taking to become a more acces-
“It was a wish,” Cani said Sat- sible community.
urday, June 18, at the park’s grand
opening. “I never imagined that “Yorktown is a place for every-
[my email] would be answered one,” Slater said. “In recent years,
within hours. Diana responded, we’ve taken substantial strides to
and it all took o from there.” create a community for everyone.”
Quast took the lead on the
adaptive-use playground project, Jamie Collins, vice president of
which was made possible by a the Yorktown SEPTA, thanked
$250,000 state grant secured by Lucas Cani for serving as the
state Sen. Peter Harckham. e inspiration for the project.
state legislator from South Sa-
lem presented the grant in 2019. “You are truly an amazing kid,”
However, pandemic-induced de- Collins said. “And I want to thank
lays pushed the project’s ground- you…for giving everyone in this
breaking back until April 2022. town inspiration to get up and do
something to make sure everyone
e playground at the Gran- in this town has a place to be a kid
ite Knolls Sports and Recreation and play together.”
Complex nally opened over the
weekend. After 20-plus minutes of
speeches, it was time to cut the
“I can’t wait to see these kids ribbon. “ e absolute worst thing
play in here,” Harckham said. “It’s in the world anyone could do is
been a long time coming for this to talk about things in front of a
community.” playground with young people
waiting,” said former Parks and
e development of Granite Recreation Commissioner Al



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EDITORIAL TEAM Angelina Friedman an only child who moved to Mohegan Lake
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It could easily be said that Angelina in 2006. “Growing up, ours was the hang-
SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR Friedman lived a full life. A survivor of both out house and on any given day, you’d have
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PAUL FORHAN Angelina died peacefully in her sleep at the Mom in the kitchen cooking up pasta to

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JAY GUSSAK party and always took pride in how she will to her fellow residents and sta .
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(914) 924-9122 Jets fan and even was visited by former Jets for others and was never too busy to join in
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TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL she celebrated her 103rd birthday. Despite Elba, administrator at North Westchester

CREATIVE DIRECTOR such famous guests, Angelina stole the show Restorative erapy and Nursing Center. “I
with her colorful Jets-themed out t, pen- don’t think anyone who met her didn’t walk
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NOAH ELDER nant waving, and raucous cheering. lina was cared for by her two sisters, allowing away a little happier, a little changed.”
Angelina was a survivor of two pandem- the family to reunite with their father, who Angelina is survived by her daughter and
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ics. Joanne Merola, Angelina’s daughter, says had previously immigrated to the United son-in-law, Joanne and Michael Merola, of
BRETT FREEMAN Angelina was born onboard a ship in the States as a stone mason. Angelina contract- Mohegan Lake. She was preceded in death
845-208-8151 middle of the Atlantic as her family traveled ed Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021, successfully by her parents, siblings, and husband, Har-

[email protected] from Italy during the Spanish Flu pandemic. recovering both times. old Friedman. She was buried May 14 in

Deadlines Her mother died on board, but baby Ange- “My mother was a character,” said Merola, Valhalla.

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Marisa Ragonese, Daks Armstrong, and Rachel Frederick at the Pride Angel Elektra performing at the Pride Festival
Festival Flags were waving, music
was blaring, chants were echoed
through the sidewalks, and pass-
ing cars honked their horns to
show support.

e parking lot adjacent to
Yorktown Town Hall marked
the starting point for the all-day
Pride celebration as marchers
gathered at 1 p.m. on Saturday,
June 11.

Around 150 people kicked
o the day with a march down
Commerce Street, Downing
Drive, and then on Route 118
back to the starting point at town
hall. Yorktown police stopped
tra c to ensure the safety of par-

“ is is our second march and
our rst festival for Pride,” said
Marisa Ragonese, an organizer.
“Yorktown for Justice decided
it was very important for us to
have and host pride right here in
Yorktown where we live. We do
it because we want to celebrate
the beautiful diversity of the LG-
BTQI+ community, and we do it
because we are still ghting for
civil rights and against backlash
to social progress.”

Marchers lined the streets with
homemade signs, colorful attire
showing support, and ags rep-
resenting di erent sexualities and
genders draped around them.

“ is is very important to peo-
ple in Yorktown. We have a com-
munity that is very diverse, and
this is the other half of Yorktown
where we have LGBTQ+,” said
Jennie Sunshine, an attendee of
the celebration. “We need to give
them a voice, too.”


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TikTok brings attention to security issue

BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA Yorktown News was unable to I think it’s time that we really look
STAFF WRITER nd the video. Slater said that into these doors and see if we can get
the keypad up there just to protect
Who needs the Patriot Skate the Yorktown Police Depart-
Park when the halls of the Ca- ment shared the information
pellini Center have become a about the video with him.
bicycle speedway for local kids?
Marino listed improvements
Discussion of the need for up- that he would like to see come
grading the security systems at to life in the building, including
the Capellini Center came up at security cameras and two secu-
rity doors.

the Town Board’s June 14 work e security cameras would the tenants; protect the residents.’

session. have a wireless system in the

Phil Marino, director of manager’s and building supervi-

building maintenance, said that sor’s o ces. –Town Supervisor Matt Slater

sta were chasing kids out of the e doors would limit the ac-

building on the night of June 10 cess people have to the di er-

— the same night as Yorktown’s ent parts of the building: one

Relay for Life event, which took would prevent access to the Se- parts of the building is due to we have our events and also have Councilman Sergio Esposito

place next door at the Jack De- nior Nutrition Center, and one the building being open during access for when people are using o ered to help Marino in his

Vito Veterans Memorial Field. would be located at the staircase events at the Jack DeVito eld. the eld that they’d be able to go search for cameras and o ered

Town Supervisor Matt Slater across from the Senior Nutrition For example, patrons of the Re- inside and use the facility,” said to provide contacts for the secu-

added that there is a TikTok Center so people can get in but lay for Life event were able to Marino. rity door systems.

video circulating the social me- not out. Employees would have use the restrooms inside of the Slater says that he hears con- With the ball rolling on the

dia platform showing kids rac- a passcode key to have access building. cerns from the daycare about the potential security upgrades,

ing their bicycles down the hall- throughout the building. “We want to leave the doors access people have to the build- Slater wanted to remind his fel-

way of the building’s third oor. eneedforclosingo accessto open to give people access when ing and agrees that new security low Yorktown parents to discuss

‘ The whole team measures should be implement- the need for respecting the track
is friendly and ed. He also described the build- at Jack DeVito eld as well as
compassionate. ing as a “di cult facility to really the Capellini Center.
“I’m taking the opportunity to
“I think it’s time that we really remind parents, because we have
look into these doors and see if seen an uptick in complaints re-
we can get the keypad up there garding the track. Please remind
just to protect the tenants; pro- your kids to respect the rules of

tect the residents,” said Slater. the track,” said Slater.

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Hateful graffiti motivates series of murals

BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA representing their respective lighting the inclusivity of the at the table here,” said Town Su- Slater asked that the committee
STAFF WRITER community. community. Either route would pervisor Matt Slater. “It is their establishes parameters for the
lead to a “prompt” being given to community too.” kid’s art contest.
A hateful gra ti incident has “I would love to see something the artists, whether professional
snowballed into a proposed chain that really integrates… some- or children, inspiring them to de- Slater asked Apar to work with “I don’t want to let this go,”
of unifying murals throughout thing that gives a visual message pict their ideas of inclusion and the Yorktown Arts and Culture Slater said. “ is was a very frus-
the hamlets of Yorktown. that says, ‘A picture’s worth a unity. Committee to come up with a trating, sad, angry chapter and so
thousand words,’ and I’d love to potential list of locations for the I think we really need to end it in
Bruce Apar, co-chair of the see that integration there versus “I think it’s important that multiple murals as well as the our way. I think that’s together as
Yorktown Arts and Culture sloganism,” Lachterman said. they have a voice and have a seat positive phrases. Additionally, a community.”
Committee, presented potential
ideas for the project at the Town While “hate has no home here”
Board’s June 14 work session. has become a mantra used in re-
sponse to the gra ti incident,
While the town has yet to hear Apar wants a more uplifting
back from New York State about theme to apply to the multiple
permission to create the mural, murals.
the town is brainstorming for
when the opportunity arises to “I would want the art to sym-
begin. bolize who we are as a town, what
we stand for, and where we’re
e original plan for the mu- moving… where we’re going,”
ral was to place it on the Taconic said Councilwoman Luciana
overpass where the o ending Haughwout.
gra ti was discovered three
weeks ago, leading to the arrest Apar proposed two potential
of four teenagers from Croton- routes for having the art come to
on-Hudson. At this time, Apar life: a call for artists to create the
does not want the mural to be on murals, or a children’s art contest
the overpass because it will not be to get them involved in high-
seen by many people. Instead, he
wants to choose between ve to ‘The idea is to have multiple
seven locations throughout York- murals displayed around
town to make home to inclusive
art. town so that we get
maximum exposure for
“ e idea is to have multiple
murals displayed around town so people seeing it.’
that we get maximum exposure
for people seeing it,” Apar said. –Bruce Apar
Arts and Culture Committee
Councilman Ed Lachterman
suggested that there be at least
one mural site per hamlet, each

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Messy bin situation leads to canceled contract

BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA The bins at the Jefferson Valley Mall, pictured on June 4 PHOTO: SOPHIA CASELNOVA “It is funny because you can’t
STAFF WRITER tell if someone is trying to do the
bins are strictly intended for the ture is not rare for the company e company’s employee did right thing in donating furniture
Recycling bins for clothing drop-o of shoes and clothing as to nd, it is questionable why it not want their name to appear in or other things to people who
— or a dumping ground for gar- stated on the labels. While furni- is left there. this article. need it, or if they’re using the
bage? e labels at Je erson Mal- bins as an easy way to get rid of it
ley Valley’s bins clearly state that rather than going to the dump,”
clothing and shoes are accepted, said the employee. “Either way,
but the surrounding area has ev- we take care of it and our bins.”
erything from the living room to
recyclables. e employee said that if a
caller informs the company of
e Je erson Valley Mall has a cluttered drop-o space on a
had four drop-o bins for re- non-pick-up day, they will try to
cycled clothing and shoes in its either send a smaller truck out to
parking lot that are owned by clear it or they will have one of
Standard Recycling Corp. of Ar- the larger trucks stop by on their
dsley. route to nishing their pick-ups
for that day.
On May 31, Yorktown News
was informed that the area im- “We try to do our best to make
mediately around the bins was sure everything is clean. We have
cluttered with a sofa, other furni- locations everywhere from the
ture, items over owing from one Bronx to Rhode Island,” said the
of the bins, and trash bags. Come employee. “It’s a hands-on type
June 4, the clutter was still there of business. We have to be there
but was di erent from that of physically to pick it up.”
May 31. In addition to furniture,
there were clothing donations Nevertheless, the mall decided
and bags of recycled bottles left to terminate its contract with
around the bins at the drop-o . Standard Recycling Corp. on June
7. ey are currently looking into
A member of the company other companies to partner with
owning the bins told Yorktown to keep the recycling going, said
News that they typically have Town Supervisor Matt Slater.
pickups from their bin locations
scheduled for three to four times Repeated attempts to contact
a week. ey also stated that the mall representatives were unsuc-

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Underhill Farm discussion draws dozens

BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA senior center, a courtyard in the Dozens came out to the Underhill Farm public informational hearing. PHOTO: SOPHIA CASELNOVA
STAFF WRITER apartment building, and a pond
area intended for public use. • ere would be 523 trees re- and cannot maintain their homes the overlay districts. e founda-
A public informational hear- tion is not against “responsible”
ing at the June 13 Planning e project’s professional moved from the property. ere anymore. However, questions development, said PYQLF di-
Board meeting had the Town consulting sta gave a presenta- rector Trish Sullivan-Rothberg,
Hall Board Room packed with tion covering the most updated was concern over how this would were raised over the a ordability but there are concerns over the
residents concerned about the details of the development. Fol- environmental impacts that the
Underhill Farm project. lowing the presentation, residents a ect wildlife and the environ- of the residential units as they project would potentially cause.
who signed the list were called
Attendees of the meeting upon to speak. Of the many ment. will be listed at market value. e Planning Board’s review of
lled the seats, lined the walls, points made at the meeting, there Underhill Farm will continue at
and dozens signed their names were some common concerns • e Planning Board should Amongst those who spoke a later date, where questions and
on a list to be able to voice their and opinions brought before the concerns posed by speakers at the
opinions and ask their questions Planning Board: make the development as eco- at the meeting were members meeting will be addressed.
about the project.
Unicorn Contracting, which • e development of this friendly and “green” as possible of the Protecting Yorktown’s
bought the property two years project will negatively impact
ago, plans to create 148 housing the character of the surrounding to minimize the carbon footprint. Quality of Life Foundation, Inc.
units and 18,000 square feet of community. Neighboring resi-
retail space. e 148 units would dents enjoy their views of trees Some speakers supported the (PYQLF), which led legal chal-
be made up of 52 townhouse and do not want them to be af-
units, 32 condominiums, and 64 fected. project, saying it was good idea lenge in April to overturn the
apartments. Out of these units,
118 are intended to be “senior • e Underhill property for seniors who want to downsize Town Board’s vote to establish
friendly.” e historic mansion should be removed from the
would be transformed to an inn overlay district to prevent it from
and a restaurant. e project has negatively a ecting the character
been in development since 2020. of Yorktown Heights.
In addition to the retail space
and housing units,the project also • Being a historic site in Yor-
plans for numerous amenities, ktown, the preservation of the
including two pools, a clubhouse entire property was important to
in the condominium building, a some attendees. e Yorktown
Heritage Association wants to
have a say in preservation deci-

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Faulkner holds ‘Secure the Border’ rally

BY CAROL REIF Currently a Somers town Border” rally attended by about hind his call to action. (In 2020,

STAFF WRITER councilman, the Republican- 25 people, Faulkner claimed that the federal Drug Enforcement

Conservative candidate hopes to close to ve million “unauthor- Administration reported that

Asserting that “every town is challenge incumbent Democratic ized migrants” have crossed the Mexico and China are primary

now a border town,” candidate U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney southern border since President source countries for fentanyl and

for Congress William Faulkner in the newly drawn 17th  Con- Joe Biden took o ce in 2021. fentanyl-related substances traf-

demanded recently that the fed- gressional District this fall. Both Calling this “utter lawlessness,” cked directly into the United

eral government move more ag- men face primaries in August. he claimed that an upturn in States. India, it said, is starting to

gressively toward thwarting ille- Speaking in Carmel on Sat- drugs such as fentanyl and “hu- become a source as well.)

gal immigration. urday, June 18, at a “Secure the man tra cking” are reasons be- “Since when do we want the

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Faulkner asked the  gathering,

summer space... accusing Biden and Maloney of PHOTO: CAROL REIF
not only doing “nothing to stop
it,” but “making every e ort to Congressional candidate William
accommodate, relocate, and fund Faulkner was joined by Yorktown
these e orts.” Supervisor Matt Slater and
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Thursday, June 23, 2022 Yorktown News – Page 9

FAULKNER urday was  Yorktown Supervisor grants. You cannot give free sources such as schools. Saturday for greater pushback
Matt Slater, a Republican who health care to undocumented e response was “absolute ut- on any government policy that
FROM PAGE 8 is running for the 94th  District immigrants who are over the age would “further enable illegal im-
State Assembly seat being va- of 65. What about all of the men ter silence,” he claimed. migration” such as making New
Urging supporters to “speak cated by  Assemblyman Kevin and women here who have built Calling that “completely unac- York a “sanctuary state.”
up and speak out,” Faulkner said Byrne. (Byrne, who was also at their lives here, who’ve paid into
that, if elected, he would “se- the rally Saturday, is running for a system and are being taken care ceptable,” Slater opined that local Last year, state legislators in-
cure our border” and “ nish the Putnam County executive.) of?” he asked. o cials “deserve to know” details troduced a measure that would
(U.S.-Mexico) wall” proposed by of any plan. stop local and state law enforce-
Trump. Saying that the border situa- Slater said he wrote a letter ment from secretly cooperating
tion’s impact on New York state to the federal government ask- “If you don’t have a plan, tell us with federal immigration o -
“We will do what Mexico and is “one of the reasons I want to ing for “basic information” such that as well because, from where cials.
every other country does with il- be our voice in the Assembly and as whether people in the reuni- I’m standing, there is no plan
legal immigrants. We will return continue the work of Kevin By- from the federal government,” he If the bill becomes state law,
them home, and they can get on rne.” Slater wanted to be “very cation program are vaccinated said. police o cers and other agencies
line like everyone else,” he prom- clear,” however, that he wasn’t against Covid, have criminal and entities — including munici-
ised. anti-immigration, but only “anti- records, or if they’re going to KEVIN BYRNE pal corporations — would not be
illegal immigration.” negatively impact community re- Also a supporter of greater able to ask someone about their
Suzanne Berger, chairperson of immigration status. Supporters
the Westchester County Demo- “I think we all recognize the border security, Byrne called say the “New York for All Act”
cratic Committee issued the fol- fact that, if you’re an American would protect undocumented
lowing response to the remarks — with a few exceptions — that PHOTO: CAROL REIF migrants and give their families
on “mystery ights” on Monday, you actually came from immi- greater peace of mind. (As of this
June 20. grants. So we all have a story.” Faulkner spoke out against flights by the federal government that writing, the bill is languishing in
bring undocumented people into the tri-state area. both the state Senate and As-
“For years, Republicans in But it has to be done legally, he sembly committees.)
Washington have blocked  the said, noting: “We are a country of
kind of comprehensive immi- laws.” e Republican promised that
gration reform which could stop if elected county executive, he
this. We need leaders who will People are unfairly bene t- would battle similar e orts in
ing from a “broken system,” said Putnam.
ght for reforms that will se- Slater, pointing out that the
cure our border and x our im- state’s budget has grown by more “We should be a rule-of-law
migration system while living up than $40 billion since 2018. ( is state, and we should be a rule-of-
to America’s proud legacy as a year’s spending plan totaled $220 law county. at shouldn’t be a
nation of immigrants, not fear- billion.) controversial thing to say,” Byrne
mongering politicians like Coun- said.
cilmember Faulkner who want to Citing the possibility of an
scare people instead of o ering economic crisis spurred by record “ e reality is we need to make
solutions.” in ation, both he and Byrne have sure that we follow the rules.
called on Albany to impose a We have a process that applies
Maloney declined to comment. more stringent spending cap. equally to everybody. Me too, like
everyone else, a proud result of
OTHER POLS SPEAK OUT “You cannot give free health immigrants.”
Next up at the podium Sat- care to undocumented immi-

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A question of tuition

As other families who share our way of managing his reality. learned about
experience can attest, when you To qualify for the annual academic
lose a child, there is yet some- the Heinz
award we present, a student must com-
dilemma, the

thing to be gained: the privilege of plete an essay. Our foundation each year moral dilem-

helping others in your provides a fresh, topical ma faced by a

child’s name. prompt for the essay, man stealing

at’s what we’ve which is one of several medicine to

tried to do since 2003 BRUCE criteria used in the selec- save his wife.
with our Harrison THE BLOG tion process, along with
Apar Field of Dreams academic honors, writing Our current

higher educa-

Foundation. Born BRUCE aspirations and extra- tion market
with a rare dwar sm curricular interests. has produced

and an indomitable e 2022 Harrison the College

spirit, our 38-inches- Apar Scholarship Award Heinz Dilem-

tall son was 15 when recipient is Ethan ma: people are

he passed that year, Grabowski. (See his forced to make At the annual Yorktown High School Varsity Sports Senior Awards
impossible dinner, baseball assistant coach “Ruby” (Michael Rubenfeld, second
after his third heart surgery. brief bio at end of this article.) choices to send from left) and Harrison’s dad Bruce Apar presented the YAC Harrison
their children Apar Memorial Baseball Scholarship to Matthew Alduini (left,
One form of helping others is through Here is the essay prompt we provided to college. entering Quinnipiac) and Nicholas Jacoby (SUNY Oneonta). Rubenfeld
Should they said of his boyhood friend, “What Harrison did not have in stature, he
memorial scholarship awards that honor to scholarship applicants, followed by give up their definitely made up in heart. His desire to play and not let anything
retirement stop him from doing so is something that I’ll always remember and
both the recipient and the presenter’s Ethan’s response to the topic… savings or sell admire about him.”

loved one after whom the award is

named. (Note – ese are not multi- ESSAY TOPIC

year tuition scholarships, but one-time Currently in New York State, middle-

monetary awards that generally range class families and individuals making up

from the hundreds of dollars to a couple to $125,000 per year qualify to attend their homes to

thousand dollars.) college tuition-free at all City University pay for college? ere should just be “college.”

of New York (CUNY) and State Uni- Currently, families are nding them-

BEYOND ATHLETICISM versity of New York (SUNY) two- and selves in this moral dilemma. ey are Yorktown High School senior and 2022

e sports awards presented each year four-year colleges. With that in mind, taking on six- gure debt in college, Harrison Apar Scholarship Award recipient

in Harrison’s name (including in YAC’s discuss why you think college tuition be which they know is going to loom over Ethan Grabowski is attending Franklin

Golf program, headed by Yorktown a) free for all; or b) not free for all? them for decades. ey are betting on & Marshall College this fall as a Diplomat

varsity golf Coach Skip Marini), are not e College Heinz Dilemma landing a job that can pay this debt, lim- Leadership Scholar. He plans to major in

focused on sheer performance. BY ETHAN GRABOWSKI iting career choices. e increasing cost government, which Ethan says will allow

ese awards look beyond athleticism It used to be that making a list of of college is making the pathway toward him to study the “dynamics of power, justice,

to recognize extraordinary e orts in college applications included columns adulthood look scary. Tuition must be and equity in the world.” Ethan also plans

overcoming personal hardships, which for “Reach” and “Safety” schools, but my free for everyone. Today, the pursuit of to minor in either history – where he can,

then are forged into an iron will to suc- parents and I had to add a new column happiness is the pursuit of a well-paying he says, “learn about the decisions of the past

ceed, which was Harrison’s impressive called “Financial Reach” schools. ese job that requires a quality education. that could help us make decisions today” – or

included schools I could never When critics argue that implementing in philosophy, which could allow him to

attend because of a ordability. a free higher education system will be study more instances of the Heinz Dilemma

Many schools ended up on that di cult, they aren’t wrong. It will take and other injustices in our world.

column. In this context, it is ap- several years, possibly over a decade, to

propriate for us to reevaluate the properly implement. It will

cost of college for Americans. be expensive and require

In nations like Brazil, Morocco, taxes to be raised, mostly on

France, and Turkey, college tu- the wealthy.

ition is free. e United States is However, as hard as it

best o adopting such a policy, may be to adopt free tuition

as it will bene t not only indi- college, it will pay o ex-

viduals but society as a whole. tremely well. If the demand

e world is in the midst of a for highly educated students

fourth industrial revolution. Jobs in the workforce is met, our

needing only a high school di- economy will be boosted

ploma are becoming automated, signi cantly. New techno-

while new jobs are being created logical advancements and

in elds like technology and increases in industry produc-

engineering, careers for which tivity could lead to a wide

a college education is essential. variety of improvements,

Plenty of schools can prepare from sustainable food and

students for this new workforce, energy production to e cient

if only they could a ord them, transportation.

because of unrealistically high e accessibility of col-

tuition costs. If the US wishes lege to everyone is a stepping

At the Yorktown Huskers Varsity Sports dinner, to continue its modernization stone to these possibilities. It
Olivia Salveggi (with father Lou) was honored with and technological advancement,
the Harrison Apar YAC PBA Senior Sports Award, college education needs to be may be the di cult thing to
which her sister Erica won in 2018. She’ll be at accessible to all Americans.
do, but it is the right thing

Sacred University this fall. IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES to do. Our country’s students Harrison Apar Scholarship Award recipient Ethan
should not have to classify Grabowski with Harrison’s parents Bruce and Elyse
schools as “ nancial reaches”

In my psychology class, we or “potentially a ordable.”

Thursday, June 23, 2022 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 11

Can cryptocurrency harm the environment? Yes!

BY LAURA KOSBAR tion/transactions. e blockchain le is 99.99% of the computational work done slated to close in 2018 struck a deal with
for data mining is thrown out when one a Bitcoin mining company and it went
YORKTOWN100 public and shared with computers around miner triumphs. e result has been a from operating only 46 days in 2020 to
huge increase in electrical consumption running near full capacity in 2021. In NY,
Let’s start with some basics — like the globe. is increases the security of solely to verify Bitcoin transactions. A Greenidge Generation converted a moth-
what is cryptocurrency and how report from the UK nancial site Money- balled coal- red plant to natural gas for
does it di er from other curren- the information, as tampering with a SuperMarket calculated that every bitcoin another Bitcoin mining operation in the
single copy of the le would quickly be transaction (regardless of the size of the Finger Lakes region. It not only pollutes
discovered and rejected when it did not transaction) consumes 1,173 kilowatt the air, but discharges up to 134 million
hours of electricity — enough energy to gallons of hot water a day into Seneca
cies? Most cur- 2040 Yorkto wn100 Zero match the other power the typical American home for six Lake — NY’s deepest glacial lake. New
rencies up until copies. is may all weeks — at a cost of over $170! York currently accounts for about 10% of
now were issued sound like a pretty the Bitcoin mining in the U.S., and it has
A recent article from the Columbia been estimated that crypto mining could
and backed by a Net Carbon STEP UP TO A good idea (at least Climate School indicated that Bitcoin account for up to 7% of all carbon emis-
speci c nation. SUSTAINABLE in theory), right? consumes an estimated 150 terawatt- sions in New York State by 2030.
Cryptocurrency LIFESTYLE And how could it hours of electricity annually — more than
is an entirely possibly be bad for the entire country of Argentina, which Obviously, the vast amount of energy
digital currency Emissions by the environment? has a population of 45 million. Producing required to verify current crypto transac-
that energy emits some 65 megatons of tions (much less any future expansion)
that is not as- Well — it comes CO2 into the atmosphere — comparable is incompatible with the global goal of
to the emissions of Greece. While most reducing/eliminating the use of fossil fu-
sociated with back to that word of the Bitcoin mining used to take place els. Fortunately, all of this wasted energy
in China, in 2021 China banned crypto is not a requirement for cryptocurrency.
or controlled “cryptography.” mining operations. Much of the min-
ing operations have moved to the US, ere are other models for transaction
by any nation, bank, or other nancial When a cryptocurrency transaction oc- which currently has a 30-40% share, and veri cation that require drastically less
Kazakhstan. And the electricity used to energy consumption. Cryptocurrencies
institution. It is entirely virtual. e rst curs, it needs to be encrypted by solving mine for crypto is coming from more pol- such as Solana, Terra, and Cardano al-
luting sources. ready use low energy veri cation systems,
cryptocurrency — Bitcoin — was cre- complex mathematical problems before it and Ethereum is in the process of con-
After China’s crackdown, the share verting.
ated in 2009 in response to the 2008 can be added to the blockchain. Crypto of natural gas used in Bitcoin’s electric-
ity mix doubled to 31%. Kazakhstan Long term, laws may be required
nancial crisis. e intent was to allow “miners” around the world attempt to gets about 50% of its energy from high- to limit the energy use of this sector.
emissions coal-powered plants. In Mon- New York is the rst state in the nation
individuals to have complete control of complete these encryption problems on tana, a coal- red power plant that was
their own money and avoid issues such as their computers. e rst miner to suc-

failing banks (or nations) or the possibil- ceed gets to verify the transaction — for

ity of having their assets seized or frozen. which they get a payment in Bitcoin.

Transactions are peer-to-peer and do not When more miners compete to “mine”

rely on banks or governments. for Bitcoins, the more di cult the

Cryptocurrency transactions are gener- computations become. More computing

ated, secured, and veri ed using cryptog- power is then required to solve problems

raphy to keep the transactions safe. e quickly — which uses more energy. Also,

records of transactions are grouped into since all of the miners are trying to solve

“blocks” and included in what is known as the same problems, they are all using

a “blockchain” — a data le with a chain electricity even though only one of them

of sequentially added blocks of informa- will prevail. It has been estimated that

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Highlighting hypocrisy Concerns about Supervi- policy papers advocating less money for public FROM PAGE 11
of elected o cials sor Slater’s credibility education, against increasing the minimum
wage, freezing the wages of public employees, to pass legislation (cur-
To the editor, To the editor, cutting their compensation plans, and criticizing rently awaiting the
As a father of a young Yorktown boy, I Election season is approaching, and Supervi- expansion of the Medicaid program. Many of governor’s signature) to
our seniors and residents with disabilities rely implement a two-year
attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of sor Matt Slater red an opening salvo in his on the long-term care bene ts of the Medicaid moratorium on energy
an integrated and accessible playground at campaign for State Assembly in an opinion program for essential hands-on care. intensive cryptocurrency
Granite Knolls Park — a project long in the piece for last week’s Yorktown News. Mr. Slater mining. U.S. Senator
making.Town Supervisor Matt Slater properly is a competent administrator and good with Rather than bringing us together, Mr. Slater Kirsten Gillibrand re-
thanked the many people who had a hand words. If he’s going to Albany, his views on further divides New Yorkers by pitting upstate cently co-sponsored a bill
in bringing this beautiful project to fruition, policy issues, including state spending, gun con- residents against downstate residents and blam- to establish a regulatory
including many of his predecessors and politi- trol, reproductive rights, and public education ing New York City for state budget-busting. framework for cryptocur-
cal opponents. As state Sen. Pete Harckham are what really matters. However, New York City has remained the rency, however, at present,
noted, this project is an example of what gov- engine that drives New York’s economy through the bill does not appear
ernment can accomplish when people of good I am deeply concerned about the credibility of tourism and is one of the largest nancial to set limits on, nor even
will put their di erences aside for a project for Mr. Slater ‘s sources. Mr. Slater quotes “inde- centers in the world. It is not responsible for the require the disclosure of
the common hood. pendent, non-pro t”Wirepoints, which is based decline of industry in our upstate counties. the amount, or source, of
in Illinois. It “delivers original research and the energy used. So, for
is stood in sharp contrast to the cringe- commentary about Illinois’economy and gov- I agree with him about the importance of a the short term, it is up to
worthy speechifying by recently elected board ernment.” ey are clearly not experts on New two-party system with checks and balances at us to make informed and
members who did nothing to make this park York’s economy. ey take positions against all levels of government. Yet, he presides over a sustainable investments for
happen, and instead supported divisive candi- adequate funding for public education, twist the council which is 100% Republican, so there is the future of our planet.
dates to the Board of Education whose words true meaning of critical race theory, and attack no one guarding the hen house from the poten-
and policies run exactly counter to the idea of public employee compensation. Its director, tial for cronyism and backroom deals that favor Laura Kosbar is a retired
inclusiveness and even the operation of good Ted Dabrowski, was previously vice president wealthy developers and mega-stores. In Albany, IBM researcher who is
government. ose candidates were nihilists for policy of the Illinois Fiscal Institute, which the Republicans at least have a voice. actively working for climate
bent on subverting the idea of government of in 2017 was roundly criticized for publishing a change with Yorktown100, a
the people, and our newly elected reps should racist cartoon featuring a sambo characterization If these are the ideologues Mr. Slater uses as volunteer group of neighbors
be ashamed of the way they grasped the lime- of a Black child begging for money. Wirepoints resources, and the ideas he will bring to Albany, working to reduce our carbon
light from those who deserved it, and to deny is also a liated with the well-known right-wing I believe many constituents will disagree with footprint by 5% a year
these amenities to children who need it. funders, the Koch Foundation. these positions. If you agree with these conser- through various programs.
vative positions, that’s ne. Just don’t be misled Contact us if you would
Michael Hickins e “public watchdog”group he quotes, the that Mr. Slater is a moderate public servant. I’m like to learn more or would
Empire Center, is a very conservative think- looking forward to the publication of a similar like to join. We welcome
Yorktown Heights tank which describes its mission as “promoting commentary by Mr. Slater’s opponent Kathleen new members! Visit us at
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All set for an exciting summer

BY VIM WILKINSON  have planned at My Cousin’s.
e restaurant will be closed July
David Gallo, the young entre-
preneur born and raised in the area, 1 and reopen on July 8, and when
gave us My Cousin’s, the white ta-
blecloth, casual upscale restaurant we return, we’ll be in full swing
with an unpretentious classy repu-
tation. e restaurant gained quick with the addition of some fun to
popularity since it opened last Sep-
tember. is summer, Gallo is add- the dining experience. We’ll be
ing to the excitement with some
great new o erings. We asked the hosting comedy series on July 21,
owner about his plans for this sum-
mer. Here’s what he shared with us. 28 and Aug. 4. We have partnered

Tell us a about My Cousin’s with the New York Comedy Club,
Sunday brunch.
one of the premier comedy venues
My Cousin’s Sunday brunch,
which runs from noon to 3 p.m., is in the city to bring the communi-
decorated with mimosas, candied
bacon, and a variety of scrump- ty entertainment that they would
tious delights. We’re really excited
about introducing brunch this year. typically have to go to Manhattan
Now that we nally got our feet
underneath us, and have built a to see. You can either come a lit-
good following, we are very excited
to spread our wings and bring the tle early and enjoy a three-course
community things that aren’t really
being o ered around here. Sunday meal and a show for $100, or you
brunch gives people another reason
to come out and spend time with can just come for the show only for
friends and family, plus who doesn’t
love bottomless mimosas? $40 with a two-drink minimum.

What can people expect from We are also giving a free ticket to a
the upstairs space for parties and
events? future show at the New York Com-

Since we opened the door peo- edy Club with every purchase to
ple have been asking us what we
are doing with the space upstairs, the show at My Cousin’s. You can
and we are de nitely happy to
announce that the space is nal- purchase tickets now at, mycous-
ly available. It really is a beautiful
space. It ts up to around 60 people I’m sure they’re
and is perfect for graduation par-
ties, communions and christenings, going to go fast so make sure not
and we’ve had several baby showers
that have really gone well. We also to wait! We are also planning some
just had our rst private pharma-
ceutical dinner last week, now that wine pairing dinner specials. So
we have hooked up a projector and
big screen for presentations. ere look out for those as well.
is a bar and additional restroom
upstairs making it ideal to hold What are some of the new ad-
ditions and the must-try dishes?
Tell us about the events you
We are always running daily PHOTO: CAITLYN BARRICK
specials like Chilean seabass and DAVID GALLO, OWNER OF MY COUSIN'S

braised beef short ribs. We’re about

to add a few new pasta dishes in-

cluding linguine with clams and

rigatoni carbonara, as well as put-

ting our very popular fried zucchini

sticks from our happy hour menu

onto the regular menu.

Mark your calendars for a great

evening of food and entertainment

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Summer reading musts

The beginning of July has forever humans and the natural world. Her writ- in the United States, especially considering that is forms the main question she tackles
inspired me to create a summer ing is nothing short of brilliant. If you fall the continuing destructive e ects of the big in this book. She examines, in a way I have
reading list. Over the years, shifts for Ms. Roach’s style, like I have, you will lie and the attempted January 6 coup. Make never seen before, the interconnectedness
no mistake about it, this book is a must- of nature and nurture. She takes an evolu-
in my concerns, values, and interests have be delighted to learn that she has a host of read if you believe in democracy. tionary view of our biological transforma-
tion into caring and empathetic beings. If
been mirrored in the books I have chosen to other bestsellers — “Gulp: Adventures on IV) “Bring the War Home: e White you like science and have a curiosity about
Power Movement and Paramilitary philosophy, this book is for you.
devour during this, my favorite time of year. the Alimental Canal,”“Grunt: e Curi- America”by Kathleen Belew. Like Ruth
Ben-Ghiat, Ms. Belew has made a huge VII) “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”
In my earlier years, I ous Science of Humans at contribution to our collective understand- by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I love this book. It
ing of what on earth is going in today’s just seems weird that people are in so much
favored ction’s lighter War,”and “Spook: Science upside-down world. When I was growing of a hurry that they need an abbreviated
up neo-Nazis, e KKK, the John Birch book on the universe. It reminds me of that
fare: murder myster- MY Tackles the Afterlife.” Society, and others like them were outlying old joke about a person who takes a speed-
ies, courtroom dramas, PERSPECTIVE III) “Strongman: Mus- groups that never made it to center stage. reading course and then goes through “War
science ction, etc. As Today, what was once fringe has become and Peace”in 20 minutes. And then states
solini to the Present”by mainstream, with radical groups like the triumphantly: “It’s about Russia.”In any
Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers at the event, this book has it all, from the big bang
I age, I’ve gotten a tad JAMES Ruth Ben-Ghiat. Not core of the January 6 insurrection. Ms. to the black hole, from quarks to quantum
MARTORANO since Hannah Arendt’s Belew traces the roots of today’s radicalism mechanics, and from the search for planets
more serious, although right back to the Viet Nam war and the to the search for life in the universe. If you
formation of paramilitary groups which like science and speci cally cosmology, this
there are exceptions. “ e Origin of Totalitari- appeared soon thereafter. I also recom- is a must for your summer reading.
mend her 2021 work: “A Field Guide to
is year, I thought I anism,”have I read a more White Supremacy.” e truth is that the VIII) “Pro les in Courage”by John F.
crazy extremist nonsense that both political Kennedy. I know what you are thinking.
would try something de nitive study on authori- parties used to shun only a handful of years Yes, this is an old book. But It’s important
ago, now occupies a prominent place in our for one reason — it is as relevant today as it
new by listing some of my all-time favorite tarianism. Ruth Ben-Ghiat painstakingly political world. In fact, in some jurisdictions, ever was. Kennedy brings to our attention
you can’t get elected to political o ce if you individuals who did the right thing despite
books for your summer reading list consid- describes the playbook used by despotic don’t subscribe to what most of us would the certain pain they knew they would
recognize to be anti-democratic ludicrous endure personally. Over half a century later,
eration: demagogues from Mussolini to Putin. She propaganda. this book is still as captivating and vibrant
as it was the day that I rst picked it up
I) “Sti : e Curious Side of Human insightfully depicts the tactics that strong- V) “Rough Draft: A Memoir by Katy as a high school senior. It is an important
Tur.”An interesting, captivating look at the book in 2022 because, today, we see politi-
Cadavers.”Author Mary Roach is an in- men utilize to lure their followers. She life of Katy Tur. She is a MSNBC anchor cian after politician agrantly disregarding
and New York Times bestselling author their sworn oath to protect and defend the
credibly funny, creative, eloquent, and com- documents speci c instances where authori- and in this book she does not disappoint. Constitution. Indeed, we have witnessed
She takes us on a personal family journey them do much worse, promoting serious
pelling writer who manages to somehow tarians have skillfully used patriotism, fear, and gives us an insight into what it is like and destructive falsehoods and corrupt
to spend your life chasing the news. Critics policies for their own personal gain. It is a
combine science, humor, and a solid dose nativism, racism, misogyny, and the brute have described her work as “introspective,” rarity to see anyone put their country and
“bitingly funny,”“a thrilling ride.”I recom- the Constitution above their individual
of humanity in matters that are so unusual power of their personality, to rise to power. mend this book wholeheartedly. fortunes. But it does happen. If there were a
second edition of this book, I would want a
you must wonder how she ever thought of Time and time again, these bad actors who VI) “Conscience: e Origins of Moral chapter to be dedicated to Congresswoman
Intuition”by Patricia S. Churchland. is Liz Chaney who clearly has put her own
them. In “Sti ,”she looks at an odd inquiry: claim to be saviors, evade all accountability one requires a particular intellectual palate. I personal fortunes second to those of our
read everything I can get my hands on that democracy.
what happens to bodies postmortem. while striving (and often succeeding) to rob Professor Churchland has written. In this
astounding work, she combines neurosci- So, there you have some of my all-time
II) “Fuzz”by Mary Roach. I must confess people of truth, property, and the protec- ence and philosophy in looking at the favorite books. I hope that at least one of
formation of our moral compass. Di erent them makes it onto your reading list this
I am a huge Mary Roach fan. If you want to tions of democracy. Ms. Ben-Ghiat traces cultures have di erent moral values. Why summer.

be entertained and learn something in the the same pattern of lies, deceit, violence, and

process, you must read one of her delight- corruption in tyrants like Vladimir Putin,

ful creations. In this best-seller,“Fuzz,” Mobutu Sese Seko, Augusto Pinochet,

she takes an amusing view of the science Benito Mussolini, and Muammar Gadda .

(and laws) managing the con icts between Her ndings are a huge warning sign for us

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Summer activities to prepare for next school year

Dear Dr. Linda, their potential. Only when I do motivation. psychologist, or psychiatrist.

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Terms and conditions

Look, I know you’re going to laugh to answer my wife’s phone and couldn’t are no instruction books anymore. If wanted to use the little microphone
at me, ridicule me and call me gure out how.” “Did you swipe it?” He you have a question, such as “how the icon so that I can just tell you my text
names. I’ve been called so many hell does this work?” you have to go out loud, and when you read it you
asked. I said, “No, I just borrowed it.” and join the online community, and if can transpose it in your head back into
anyone knows they answer they’ll sort my voice so you can hear it. If there’s a
names that people sometimes use a He typed away at his computer. “Do you of tell you. I’m reluctant to burden the stranger listening in I add the sentence,
community with my problems. I want “...And the cops aren’t going to know
rst name, a last have a plan?” He asked. them to always think of me in the best where the body is unless they nd this
light and perhaps erect a statue in my phone.” So just disregard that part of my
name and even a I said, “Yes, of course I honor next to the post o ce. Plus, if text message to you. But when I tried
I ask too many questions I’ll probably to use the microphone, a noti cation
middle name. And MAN do.” He pressed, “Which have to “give back to the community.” noti ed me that my permissions weren’t
the reason you’ll OVERBOARD one?” I had never been set correctly. So I had to gure out who
probably make fun of asked this before. I said, On my laptop I hover over an icon I needed permission from. My parents
and a label pops up to tell me what aren’t here anymore, and that’s whose
me is that I almost RICK “Well, rst I think we it does, but they apparently didn’t name I would usually use to forge
MELÉN think of that when they designed a permission slip at school. “Please
never use my cell need to address global the phone. So I keep trying di erent excuse Rick from doing anything that
ones until a message ashes on the includes math today. Take it from our
phone, and I like it warming, and during screen that says, “ALL IMPORTANT experience, this can be time-consuming
INFORMATION NOW DELETED.” for the entire class, and in the end, of no
that way. Usually it the winter, global long-term bene t to any of the parties
ere is no message that says, “Are you concerned. Trigonometrically yours,
has been more time- cooling. Once we get the sure you want to do this?” (Ordinarily Rick’s Parents.”
I hit the “yes” box.) And then a new
consuming to learn temperature just right-” message comes up: “Maybe you want to I’d love to chat more, but I have
check with someone smarter rst?” (I hit to nish reading the “Terms and
how to live in the smartphone culture Turns out he was talking about a data the “no” box.) “Do you remember what Conditions,” which clearly state that
happened the last time you did this?” (I the terms and conditions agreed upon
than to just do things the way I always plan. “Do you have contacts?” He asked. hit the “was it necessary to remind me of in the “Terms and Conditions” are
that?” box.) conditionally agreed upon under the
have in Mesozoic Era. Also, I hate the I said, “Yes but just for reading, distance, terms required by those outlined in the
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idea of living a one-dimensional life and reading at a distance.” He meant dumb ngers that were not meant to
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I like to read a book, lose my bookmark you can sign in using your ngerprint.

and not remember where I was. I like to It’s perfect, since I’m already used to

use a real camera and incorrectly adjust signing in that way down at the police

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read a little bit of it, then swat a bug stolen my ngerprints? Can I set my

with it and say, “THERE- the news is phone up to do a quick DNA test to

worse for YOU for a change.” make sure I’m really me? Instead, I set

But in order to be more aligned with the phone up using my toe print- no one

the annoying real world, I recently got would be dumb enough to go to those

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Reap the many health benefits of a good laugh

Most people have heard the adage that often. Lower blood pressure

“laughter is the best medicine.” ere are reduces the risk for stroke and

many indications that laughter can be ben- heart attack.

e cial to the mind and body, and that the

perks of laughter and humor are far-reaching. HELPS HEAL THE

Various professionals have studied the BRAIN

clinical bene ts of laughter, including Dr. Laughing can help reverse

Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at Loma symptoms of grief or depres-

Linda University in California. Here is what sion by increasing the pleasure-

these experts say in regard to the bene ts of a enhancing neurochemicals

few good belly laughs. in the brain, according to the

Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM A good laugh also may help

A 2016 study titled “ e Laughter Pre- people recovering from chronic

scription” and published in the American illnesses by helping to alleviate

Journal of Lifestyle Medicine found that fear and anxiety that could oth-

the amount of laughter a person experiences erwise preoccupy the mind.

is related to the immune system’s ability to

ght o infections, among other bene ts. SUPPRESSES STRESS

e study references additional research that HORMONES

indicated spontaneous (not forced) laugh- Drs. Berk and Tan found

ter boosts the immune system by increas- that the stress hormones epi-

ing natural killer (NK) cell activity. Levels nephrine and cortisol decrease

were measured after participants watched a following laughter. Laugh-

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Hyperbaric chamber hood saves doctor’s life during pandemic

Phelps Hospital’s doctor wins excellence award

During the rst wave of the later, he has made a full recovery 2021 in the journal Respiratory

pandemic in 2020, Dr. Morton and is back to seeing patients and Medicine, on the bene ts of the

Altwerger fell ill with COV- practicing podiatry. hyperbaric oxygen hood. e

ID-19. He struggled with severe In recognition of his continued study demonstrated that the role

symptoms, his breathing became diligence and excellence in the of hyperbaric oxygen hoods pro-

di cult, and ended up at Phelps practice of hyperbaric medicine, vided signi cant improvement in

Hospital emergency room. particularly in how his studies oxygen saturation above that of

Knowing the mortality risks of have improved patient care, the conventional high- ow oxygen

being ventilated, he opted for a Undersea & Hyperbaric Medi- delivery systems and prevented

hyperbaric chamber oxygen hood cal Society (UHMS), an inter- immediate/imminent intubation

like the one routinely used at national nonpro t association and mechanical ventilation in

the Department of Undersea & serving physicians, scientists, as- the short-term. is allowed ad-

Hyperbaric Medicine at Phelps sociates and nurses in the elds ditional time for other medical

Hospital Northwell Health. It of hyperbaric and dive medicine, treatments and medications to

may have saved his life. has presented Dr. O’Neill the work. e oxygen hood is a safe,

Working with the Feinstein 2022 Excellence in Hyperbaric reliable, and an e ective form of

Institutes for Medical Research, Medicine Award. PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHWELL HEALTH oxygen delivery which may re-
his physician, Owen J. O’Neill “I am particularly honored by duce mechanical ventilation and
MD, MPH, medical director this recognition as it highlights A look inside Phelps Hospital’s hyperbaric chamber, the largest mortality rates.
Division of Undersea and Hy- the continuum of work that my hyperbaric chamber in the northeastern United States. The chamber
perbaric Medicine at Phelps team and I accomplish at Phelps can fit up to 12 patients seated or 4 stretchers per treatment without “Dr. O’Neill has been a mentor
any seated patients. of mine for years,”said Dr. Dayya.

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clinical trial, which he believed ing the boundaries of hyperbaric mortality risks of mechanical Northwell Health, the largest hy- hyperbaric medicine. He is a true

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Young athletes’ offseason training options

Summer vacation and holidays from conditioning specialist with Children’s when a training stimulus is removed, e o season gives athletes a chance
school present opportunities for young Health Andrews Institute Sports Per- physiological adaptations begin to revert to back o of intense competition and
athletes to take well-deserved breaks formance, says focusing on one sport all to pre-training levels. By maintaining a training, but continue a tness regimen
from their sports. However, staying in year can lead to overuse injuries. Opt for that helps them get back into game shape
shape during the o season can help ath- a new workout that’s di erent from your tness level training schedule that’s be- more quickly when play resumes.
letes maintain their performance when a in-season workout routine. Doing so can tween 50 and 60 percent of their in-sea-
new season begins. strengthen other areas of the body and son regimen, athletes can return to their is article was provided by Metro
reduce risk for overuse injuries. sports with much less e ort than if they Creative Connection.
Many sports have clearly de ned o - were to start from scratch.
seasons, while others are a bit more • FOCUS ON NEW INTERESTS TO
vague. Complicating the issue even fur- AVOID MENTAL BURNOUT.
ther is that some athletes play in multiple
leagues. at means they are committed Young athletes can get stuck in a com-
to play for school teams, all-star teams or petitive groove, feeling that they have to
even travel teams. is can shorten, if not win to be successful. e o season can
eliminate, traditional o seasons. be used to provide a mental rest during
which athletes can focus on interests
According to the tness experts at the other than sports.
International Youth Conditioning As-
sociation, all young athletes should have • EMPHASIZE AEROBIC TRAINING.
some form of an o season. Time away e IYCA reports that most young
from competition can be used to focus on
improving movement patterns, building athletes do not realize the vital role aero-
general strength and conditioning and bics play in building the stamina that
recovery. Time o also gives the body and powers high-intensity work intervals
mind a break from the stress of competi- sports play often requires.Taxing the car-
tion. diovascular system helps deliver oxygen
to working muscles and boosts perfor-
But athletes need not spend an entire mance. Athletes can spend the o season
o season resting on their laurels. Here cycling, running and swimming to ben-
are some o season training tips that can e t their bodies and give some muscles
ensure athletes recover without compro- a break.
mising their ability to perform once a
new season begins. When it is time to return to competi-
tive play, athletes won’t need as much
• EMPHASIZE NEW ACTIVITIES TO time to return to in-season status if they
AVOID OVERUSE INJURIES. continue training during the o season.
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When a famous individual movement — causing mental lives. Common symptoms of tremors, among others. medications may be prescribed

announces a Parkinson’s and behavioral changes as well. PD include: ere is no cure for PD, as needed.

diagnosis, like singer- • Shaking or tremor but medications and therapy Parkinson’s a ects millions

songwriter Neil Diamond did WHO DOES PD AFFECT? • Rigid muscles can help control symptoms. of people. Early diagnosis and

in 2018, there’s an immediate e National Institute on • Di culty walking Carbidopa-levodopa is a treatment can help reduce

uptick in interest in the disease. Aging says that anyone can • Bradykinesia (slowness of medication that passes into symptoms and prolong comfort.

at can be turned into a develop PD, but the disease movements) the brain and is converted to

positive, but it’s important a ects about 50 percent more • Lack of facial movement dopamine to help reduce the is article was provided by

that people recognize how men than women. Most people • Poor posture e ects of low brain dopamine Metro Creative Connection.

Parkinson’s a ects individuals develop symptoms around age • Unsteady balance concentrations in PD. Other

every day, regardless of their 60, making age a risk factor

social status. for PD. However, roughly 5 to AS THE DISEASE Saving a Life EVERY 11 MINUTES
10 percent of individuals with PROGRESSES, THESE
WHAT IS PARKINSON’S PD have “early-onset,” which SYMPTOMS MAY aloneI’m never
DISEASE? begins before the age of 50. OCCUR:

Parkinson’s disease,also called Harvard Medical School • Slurred or soft speech
PD, is a neurodegenerative also says that there may be • Trouble chewing and
disorder that a ects environmental causes behind
predominately dopamine- PD. Studies have shown a swallowing
• Memory loss

producing (dopaminergic) correlation between exposure • Emotional changes Life Alert® is always
neurons in a speci c area to chemicals used in pesticides • Decreased ability to smell here for me.
of the brain known as the and herbicides, as well as metals • Restless legs

substantia nigra, according to and organic pollutants, and • Urinary problems One touch of a button
the Parkinson’s Foundation. development of Parkinson’s. • Sleep disruptions sends help fast, 24/7.

ose neurons weaken and die Repeated blows to the head can

over time. In the simplest of increase the risk of developing DIAGNOSING PD GwPiSth!

terms, PD is a nervous system PD as well. ere are no medical tests to

disorder that eventually a ects de nitively detect the disease.

movement and sometimes SYMPTOMS OF THE Doctors use a series of markers Help at Home Help On-the-Go

behavior. e Mayo Clinic DISEASE to determine if PD may be ®
says symptoms tend to start Symptoms tend to develop present. e National Institute
o minor and are often on Aging says diagnosis is Batteries Never Need Charging.
barely noticeable. PD builds gradually before progressing. usually based on gait issues,
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