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Published by Halston Media, 2019-06-26 15:43:02

Yorktown News 06.20.19

Vol. 8 No. 12 Visit TapIntoYorktown.net for the latest news. Thursday, June 20, 2019

Relay for Life brings out the
best in Yorktown

In another dazzling display of are: Cathy Poulin ($10,174), James

fundraising and community spirit, Poulin ($5,211) and Sue Davies ($4,949).

Yorktown Relay for Life raised more e top three fundraising teams are:

than $100,000 for the American Cancer Building Blocks to a CURE ($20,340),

Society on Friday, June 14. One of HAWKS ($15,015) and Love Struck

the largest Relay fundraisers in the ($10,191).

northeast, Yorktown has now raised Donations can still be made online at

more than $2.6 million in 14 years. relayforlife.com/yorktownny.

e top three individual fundraisers Turn to pages 18-19 for more photos.

PHOTOS: CHRIS AQUINA Surviors Beverly Mazzella, Wendy Masserman and Ashley Kotash

Marlee Pincus, salutatorian of Yorktown High School’s Class of
2018, tells her survivor story.

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The Staff Resident sued by former supervisor speaks out

EDITORIAL TEAM Tanzman: Lawsuit was attempt to intimidate, silence me
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
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SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285 In January, Melvyn Tanzman Less than three weeks later, passed since the lawsuit was

SPORTS@HALSTONMEDIA.COM e resident sued by a former wrote a letter to the editor that Grace, a lawyer with o ces in led, with neither Tanzman nor

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FORHAN@HALSTONMEDIA.COM local newspaper is speaking out he charged that Michael Grace Examiner, claiming the letter Yorktown News, said the lawsuit
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Thursday, June 20, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 3

Paula Miritello, founder of
My Brother Vinny, stands
inside a refurbished unit.

Home Depot
refurbishes My Brother

Vinny storage units
Team Depot, a volunteer branch of Home Depot, refurbished
My Brother Vinny’s storage units at Yorktown Self Storage.

e Home Depot Foundation has given a district grant
to My Brother Vinny, a non-pro t organization that helps
provide food and home furnishings to previously homeless
U.S. veterans. Last month, the Home Depot Foundation
helped My Brother Vinny renovate the storage area where its
donations and furniture are stored in Yorktown.

“ is renovation has been a dream for so very long, but
we could never a ord to do something like this, nor take the
time away from our services,” the organization’s founder, Paula
Miritello, wrote on Facebook.

More than 30 volunteers showed up to renovate nearly all
of My Brother Vinny’s storage units at Yorktown Self Storage.
New oors and shelves were installed in the units before
putting the rest of the furniture in.

Miritello said she was grateful for all the help she received.
“Each and everyone that arrived today made this happen,”
she wrote on Facebook. “My heart is lled with true joy and
gratitude!”
Since 2013, My Brother Vinny has helped more than 840
veterans, and has shown no signs of slowing down.

One of the many refurbished units.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MY BROTHER VINNY

Students receive
scholarships

Hudson River Financial Federal Credit Union has awarded $1,000
scholarships to two high school students: Vanessa Deleg, of Yorktown
High School, and Sarah Hayes, of Pearl River High School.

e students, winners of the Harold Glo Scholarship, will use the
money to help pay for college in the fall.

e annual program provides scholarships to graduating high school
seniors. Winners are selected based on academic achievement, extracur-
ricular activities, teacher references, and an essay discussing how the
scholarship will help them achieve their educational goals.

e program was named after Harold Glo , a longtime Credit Union
Board member and manager, who was also an advocate for education and
its positive impact on the youth of the community.

Vanessa Deleg, of Yorktown, and Sarah Hayes, of Pearl River, receive $1,000
scholarships from Diana Roda, board chair of Hudson River Financial.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HUDSON RIVER FINANCIAL


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YORKTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB

Youth softball
sshpoowrpctlsaamsyeearnssskhililps,

e Yorktown Athletic Club held its annual Soft- Softball players enjoy ice cream.
ball Skills Competition and Championship games at
Downing Park on Saturday, June 8, bringing together Nina Fasce makes her way to third base in the championship game.
young softball players and their families for a day of fun,
unity and sportsmanship. T:9.5” PHOTOS COURTESY OF NICOLE FASCE

e day started o with the 8U softball teams partici-
pating in a Skills Competition, where players competed
in di erent areas of fundamental softball skills such as
hitting, throwing, and running. ere were four teams
competing—Green, Black, White, and Line—and
medals were given to the rst-, second- and third-place
winners of each team, followed by pizza and ice cream.

After the skills competition, the 12U softball divi-
sion played their championship game at 2 p.m., pitting
the Green team, coached by Jimmy Salera, against the
Black team, coached by Carl Piehler. e day nished
on the last championship game of the season with the
10U Black team, coached by Nicole Fasce, playing the
Green team coached by John Keaveney. Both games
ended with pizza, ice cream, and the presentation of
trophies to their players by their coaches.

Coaches said the girls displayed positive sportsman-
ship, prioritizing the joy of the game over winning.

ere were many instances, they said, where the oppos-
ing teams cheered each other for making spectacular
plays.

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Parks and politics

Councilmembers revisit department’s work ow

BY TRUDY WALZ playground o of Marcy Street.” “For the residents, just having peace of others on the council acknowledging its

CONTRIBUTING WRITER However, he said, “I would also encour- mind knowing that it’s on the town’s ra- “many moving parts.”

age the board, if you could, to take a look dar and it’s going to be addressed, I think “I’m going to channel Dave Paganelli,

After a Republican candidate for the at the work ow process,” indicating that a that’s the majority of the battle,” Slater who’s not here,” Gilbert said, referring to

position of town supervisor called out the seeming “logjam” may have contributed to said. the highway superintendent. “While he

Democratic-controlled administration the problem. Roker asked whether the Marcy Street puts up a wish list, for example, of what

over the condition of a public park on e parks department spruced up residents Slater had spoken to had said roads he wants to pave in a particular year,

Marcy Street, he and other critics learned Blackberry Woods a day after the Slater they had trouble getting through to the he is reluctant to publish that list [for] the

one thing, if nothing else, at the govern- piece aired. Doing so so quickly, however, parks department. Slater said the residents public because you never know what’s go-

ing body’s meeting on Tuesday, June 11: could not have been an easy feat, accord- “said they had called multiple o ces.” ing to happen.”

Maintaining the town’s 31 parks, com- ing to councilmembers. “People understand that we’ve had 40 He cited an increase in oil prices, which

plete with seven pools, 16 playgrounds “ ank you for thanking the workers,” days and 40 nights of rain, and that’s part a ects the cost of asphalt and, as a result,

and 12 tennis courts, isn’t, well, a walk in Councilwoman Alice Roker told Slater. of the problem,” said Councilman Tom which roads and how many roads can be

the park. She said that she had discussed the situa- Diana, garnering nods from his coun- paved.

Matt Slater, who is vying with Town tion with the parks superintendent, Todd terparts, while Councilman Ed Lachter- “With that said, it is not a bad idea,”

Supervisor Ilan Gilbert, a Democrat, for Orlowski, and had con rmed “it was on man—his fellow Republican—deemed Gilbert said, noting that the board is

the municipality’s top o ce, returned to his schedule.” the work ow suggestion “a great idea.” “moving forward” with a system to better

council chambers last week to revisit what “While we would like everything to be Resident Jay Kopstein, who followed monitor work ow.

occurred in the aftermath of a tour Slater done at once, there are a limited number Slater to the microphone, said he could “We are addressing it,” he said. “I’m

took with a News 12 reporter to press of town workers that are moving from agree with Slater’s suggestion “as far as con dent we are doing it in a methodi-

such issues as the need for good manage- di erent park parcels to others,” Roker putting up requests.” cal way.”

ment and transparency, illustrating his began to explain. But, he said, “You cannot put up a Roker said that with a GIS, or geo-

point at an overgrown Blackberry Woods “In that case,” Slater quickly respond- schedule. As Councilmember Diana said, graphic information system, “When

Park he said residents had been complain- ed, “I would actually then also ask you it rains. It snows. Are you going to have a people get to look at that, they will have

ing about to no avail. to publish the schedule so that residents rain date? A secondary rain date? And a a greater appreciation of the fact that it

But instead of continuing to chew the would know for themselves when and if tertiary rain date?” takes them, sometimes, a while.”

administration out, Slater o ered an olive their park is on the schedule. I don’t think “ at’s correct,” Roker said. “I agree “It takes almost two full weeks to cycle

branch. we need to hide anything from the tax- with you. Not only weather and other through all the parks,” Lachterman said.

“I just wanted to take a quick moment payers.” conditions, but other circumstances” such Saying he understood Slater’s and Kop-

and thank the work of our parks depart- Before Roker could object to his char- as those that require relocating workers stein’s comments, he added, “I think we

ment,” Slater said, noting that its employ- acterization, Slater said repeatedly that he on short notice. need to make sure that we hear the mes-

ees are rarely heralded for their e orts. did not think the administration was try- “It sounds like something very simple,” sage. You know what? We can improve.

“ ey did an incredible job restoring the ing to hide anything. she said, trailing o amid nods from We can get better.”

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signi cant role in the American Support Connection will hold e day will begin with a June 27, at Frankie & Augie’Z

At 7:30 p.m. ursday, June Revolution. He is also a week- a program, “Cooking and Well- nutrition workshop and some Restaurant, 3673 Hill Blvd., Jef-

20, the Yorktown Historical ly columnist for the Gannett ness: A Summer Retreat,” from hands-on wholesome cooking. ferson Valley.

Society will present “Hidden newspapers. His new book is a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June After lunch, participants will ere are individual lunch

Treasures of the Hudson Val- third book in a series of “Hidden 22, at Hilltop Hanover Farm, learn about the use of acupressure choices. Cash payment is re-

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Who’s counting? Are we free?

Though I’m not as it seems on social As advances in ing work in this area
a particularly media, where it’s not neuroscience
proli c poster, EDITOR uncommon for people continue to MY in 2008 and con rmed
unlock the secrets of PERSPECTIVE the ndings of Korn-
I’ve been using some to fudge their num- huber and Keecke. e

form of social media BRIAN bers. the inner workings JAMES undeniable truth is that
MARTORANO the unconscious parts
since the days of MARSCHHAUSER So, why is this a big of our brains, I am

MySpace. deal? reminded of an intel- of the brain engage in

I remember chat- Because, in this day lectual quandary that the real decision-mak-

ting on AOL at the and age, lying about I wrestled with in my ing process. Once they

turn of the century. I remember join- your follower count is akin to lying on early 20s: Are we really free? are done, they signal to the conscious

ing Facebook in 2006 when it was just your resume. It’s like saying you went Back then, having read the works of part of our brains, thus giving us the

for college students. I remember being to Harvard when you really went to a B.F. Skinner (1904-1990) and Jean- illusion that we are making a decision.

confused by Twitter when it launched a community college. Not that there’s Paul Sartre (1905-1980), I found myself While the brain creates the illusion of

decade ago. I remember when Google+ anything wrong with going to com- torn by their radically diverse points of freewill, the reality is quite di erent.

failed miserably. munity college, just like there’s nothing view. In contrast, the famous writer, politi-

I’ve had accounts on Tumblr, Snap- wrong with only having 200 followers In “Beyond Freedom and Dignity,” cal activist, and philosopher Jean-Paul

chat, Reddit, YouTube, Flickr, Vine, (for me, both are true). behaviorist and philosopher B.F. Skin- Sartre posits a di erent theory. His

Shmoop, Periscope and some others But to lie about it, to misrepresent ner argues that, although we might famous novel, “ e Age of Reason,”

long forgotten. yourself, is wrong. And a company that feel we’re making free choices, all our inspired me at a very young age. Sartre

(Shmoop isn’t real. I just made that hires somebody based on false informa- choices are in fact the result of our rejects determinism completely. Noth-

up to see if you were paying attention.) tion is well within its right to re that unique past conditioning. Freedom is ing dictates what we do. We cannot

My new favorite is Instagram. ere person. an illusion and is itself a conditioned blame a god, or others, or past environ-

is a toxic subculture of Instagram “mod- Just look at Richard Roeper, a movie response. Skinner famously cites two mental factors for our decisions. Boldly,

els,” “comedians” and “in uencers”— critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. examples to support his position: the unreservedly, existentially, he asserts

people who make a living through their Roeper, it was reported by e New leaf and the y. that we must take responsibility for our

postings—but it’s generally a more York Times, was one of many journal- A leaf falling from the top of a tall actions as well as their consequences.

mellow place than Twitter or Facebook, ists, athletes, celebrities and politicians tree covers its journey in zigzag mo- Unlike many thinkers, including

which, in my opinion, have become who “bought” Twitter followers. Es- tions eventually ending up on a pile of Aristotle and the Dalai Lama, Sartre

increasingly vitriolic. sentially, companies create hundreds of other leaves on the ground. Its path can claims that the goal of life is authentic-

But I don’t have a lot of followers thousands of fake Twitter pro les and be traced and predicted by air currents, ity, not happiness. Like fellow existen-

on my personal Instagram account. So, follow their clients, arti cially in ating atmospheric density, minute photon tialist Nietzsche, Sartre suggests that

I notice when I lose one. I especially their numbers. forces, the mass and volume of the our only true alternative is to choose to

notice when I lose two, or three, or four. Roeper lied to his employer, plain leaf, etc. Is the leaf free? No, it follows live life on our own terms.

Investigating my dwindling follower and simple, and he was suspended for predetermined causal laws. Life’s decisions are not a matter of

count led me down a rabbit hole in it. When he shared one of his movie A household y is no di erent. A y genetic makeup or upbringing but the

which I saw some strange and disturb- reviews, it wasn’t reaching a quarter- buzzing around your kitchen may have result of our growth choices. Without

ing things about the business of social million people, as he claimed, because a more complicated trajectory than the this growth, we will never be truly

media. at least half of those people didn’t exist. leaf; however, its previous condition- content. is process is a gradual escape

Let me preface this by saying how erefore, his reviews were not garnering ing, its “needs,” its “desires,” its “goals” from self-deception that eventually be-

important having a large social media as many clicks as they should have, had and the aero-dynamics of its ight, if comes the center of our consciousness.

following is in 2019. It can make or his followers been obtained organically. properly calculated, would also allow us As is the core of existentialism, Sartre

break a career. People are being paid erein lies the true power of a social to accurately plot its next move. maintains that this yearning for authen-

or hired solely on their ability to reach media in uencer. It is not about how Although vastly more complicated, ticity for our true self, the whole self,

a large amount of people in a short many followers you have, but how the same principle applies to humans. If forms the elusive meaning of our lives.

amount of time. much “engagement” each of your posts properly analyzed, our genetic makeup, e truth, once understood, frees us

Reports have surfaced, for example, get. Do people click on your links? Do our upbringing, our surroundings, our from the myths that are designed to

about Kylie Jenner being paid up to $1 they like your post? Do they comment? emotional propensities, our needs and rule us by fear. Neither God nor society

million for every sponsored Instagram Not to toot our own horn, but I’ve our desires could lead to accurate pre- can control our life’s goals. Believing

post. seen companies with a million Face- dictions of our future behavior. in absolute freedom, we can now live

Not everyone is Kylie Jenner, who has book followers get less engagement on e work of neuroscientists, Hans courageously and for the rst time in

138 million followers, but even a small- their posts than when Yorktown News Kornhuber and Luber Keecke, would our lives, truly feel alive.

town “in uencer” with a few thousand shares a story about a new restaurant. seem to con rm Skinner’s beliefs. If you So, given these diverse points of view,

followers can make money posting at’s because every single one of our measure brain activity before a decision are we free? Almost 50 years after I rst

about a product or a place. Some get followers is a real person who is actually occurs, they discovered that you could posed this question to myself, I can as-

free meals or out ts so long as they interested in our content. actually witness its neural process. e sert a decisive maybe!

promise to share it with their followers. So, how does one get a lot of follow- decision itself, they revealed, is made I have a profound appreciation for

For restaurants or retailers, it adds ers on social media? Usually, by being before we actually “deliberate.” Our both Skinner’s and Sartre’s positions.

a certain legitimacy to their product. good-looking or funny or interesting. emotional center, the limbic system, Time has witnessed incredible scienti c

(“Wow, this co ee shop has 10,000 fol- I feel like I’m just describing myself. seems to dominate the entire decision- advances, which have provided fascinat-

lowers. ey must be good!”) How do I have only 200 followers making process at the outset. ing discoveries on the workings of the

Clearly, having a lot of followers has again? Other researchers took up the same brain. Behavior genetics teaches us that

its bene ts. SEE MARSCHHAUSER PAGE 17 issue with identical results. Psychologist SEE MARTORANO PAGE 17

But—surprise!—not everything is John-Dylan Haynes did groundbreak-

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On Stage: Gloria Estefan’s story of glory

If you’re a music fan who is near rst Latin artists out of Florida with rammed into their tour bus on the way to Yet—as if scripted by a Hollywood
Elmsford anytime soon, and you see a crossover appeal to English-speaking writer—less than a year later, at the Janu-
conga line snaking its way through the music fans. a concert date in upstate New York. ary 1991 American Music Awards, there
streets, you might want to join it. ey’ll she was, on her feet, as were the mov-
be on their way to Westchester Broadway ey were riding as e megastar’s spine was shattered, ers and shakers of the record business,
high as the sky. en, welcoming her back with an emotional
eatre, where “On Your Feet” is bringing on March 20, 1990, along with her spirit and standing ovation, as she made her rst
audiences to their feet with the inspira- that ride came crash- public appearance following the near-
tional story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. ing down. Cruel fate hopes of continuing a fatal accident.
intervened, in the form
She’s the Cuban-born pop diva whose of a tractor-trailer that landmark career. Facing A CULTURAL TREASURE
signature sound of “Cuban-fusion pop All of that—plus the fraught relation-
music” has sold 100 million records BRUCE delicate spinal surgery,
worldwide. He’s the one who discov- THE BLOG there was no certainty ship she had with her mother Gloria
ered her, married her, and produced the that she would be able to Fajardo, and her father Jose’s contracting
recordings that have earned the power multiple sclerosis after returning from
couple more than 20 Grammys. BRUCE walk again. military duty in Vietnam—forms the
absorbing story of the Estefans.
Ms. Estefan’s life story doesn’t ex- APAR
actly need to be “dramatized”; its truth is eir fame and their contributions to
inherently compelling. e young Cuban PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN VECCHIOLLA our culture transcend the music business, as
musician (Emilio) who invited her to attested by elite recognition that includes
rehearse with his Miami band soon fell Jose Luaces and Maria Bilbao portray Emilio and Gloria Estefan in the musical about Kennedy Center Honors, Presidential
for her, and she for him. It was love at them, “On Your Feet,” at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford through Aug. 4. Medal of Freedom, and Library of Con-
gress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
rst note.
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com; 914-592-2222.) stage charisma synonymous with Ms. Es-
tefan. As Gloria Fajardo, her embittered
A MILESTONE IN CROSSOVER APPEAL mother, the vibrant Karmine Alers makes
Despite her multilingual skills, the a worthy antagonist to Gloria’s rising
ambitions. Jose Luaces (with a passing
label executive who signed Gloria at resemblance to Julio Iglesias) makes a
rst rejected the idea of her singing in dashing and sensitive Emilio who both
protects and nurtures the love of his life.
English. Her market appeal, he thought,
was strictly of interest to Latin audiences. SEE APAR PAGE 17
After his momentary myopia was cured,
the Estefans and their hit-making Miami
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Thursday, June 20, 2019 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 13

LETTERS e van can accommodate up their highway department. In website is wrong. How are resi- ongoing issues in the town of
to 14 seniors for their commute Yorktown, I have not received a dents supposed to correspond Yorktown: unsafe conditions
FROM PAGE 11 between home and the center. response from Supervisor Ilan with the supervisor’s o ce if we at an extremely busy intersec-
Gilbert. are not given the correct means tion in Mohegan Lake and an
Gilbert supports e van will also be used to of doing so? administration that can’t even
Yorktown seniors deliver meals to seniors who are Instead, his executive assis- provide the right email for
unable to shop for themselves. tant, Stewart Glass, emailed me More importantly, how constituents. is is just another
To the editor, back, asking me for the location many residents have asked for reason why we need a mod-
Apparently, after the Field- As a senior in Yorktown, I (which I had already provided), help or submitted questions ernization in town hall, which
appreciate what Supervisor and pictures. He also instructed to the email address listed on our current administration has
home was sold, the pro ts from Gilbert and Town Clerk Quast me to use a di erent email the town’s website next to the proven too inept to handle.
the sale went into the Field are doing for us. address to contact Supervisor supervisor’s name and received
Hall Foundation. is generous Gilbert. Apparently, the email no response? Robert Pu
foundation allocated signi cant Mary S. Essell address provided on Yorktown’s
funds for the bene t of seniors Yorktown Heights It now seems we have two Yorktown Heights
living in Westchester, Putnam
and Dutchess counties. Incommunicado

e e ort, led by Supervisor To the editor,
Ilan Gilbert and Town Clerk After a month of driving by
Diana Quast, determined that
Yorktown seniors needed a new downed trees and power lines
van and a new food counter for at the intersection of Red Mill
the Senior Center at the Albert Road, Strawberry Road and
A. Capellini Cultural and Com- Lexington Avenue, I alerted
munity Center. both the Gilbert administra-
tion (Yorktown) and the Puglisi
Working with town sta , administration (Cortlandt).
Supervisor Gilbert and Town
Clerk Quast put together a e responses between the
grant application that resulted two could not be more of a
in the foundation donating contrast.
$65,000 to Yorktown to cover
the costs of the new van and the In Cortlandt, Supervisor
food counter. Linda Puglisi emailed me back
directly, and told me she’d alert
the Department of Environ-
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PUTNAM COUNTY

Judge suffers fatal heart
attack on the bench

BY BOB DUMAS Mercy College in 1986 and his to treat addiction as a medical

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR J.D. from the omas M. Cool- problem, not as a criminal is-

ey Law School. sue, although o enders were

Putnam County Court Judge Reitz spent 19 years as a pros- still held accountable for their

James Reitz passed away Friday ecuting attorney and was elected actions.

morning, June 14, after su ering as a part-time town justice in “ e idea is to hold them ac-

a massive heart attack while on Carmel from 1996 to 2006 be- countable while keeping them

the bench. fore being elected to the 10-year out of jail, so they are out there

Reitz, 57, received CPR from term as a Putnam County Court paying their bills and taking care

rst responders and was trans- judge. of their kids,” he said. “We are

ported to Putnam Hospital Reitz might be best known as treating them with healthcare

Center, where he died. overseer of the Putnam County professionals. It’s far-reaching.

Reitz had served as a Putnam Judicial Diversion/Treatment Not too many get better when FILE PHOTO/TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
County Court judge since 2007, Court, an innovative program they come out of [a] jail where Judge James Reitz

and also served as an acting that provides addicts with an they are not being treated prop-

justice with the State Supreme alternative path to incarceration. erly.” network television producers, today,” Murphy wrote on Face-

Court. He was re-elected as a In 2015, Reitz told Yorktown e Putnam County drug who were putting together a book. “In my life, I have met few

county judge in 2016. News the idea behind the Di- court, in fact, was so successful it ve-part documentary series people of greater character, loy-

He received his B.A. from version/Treatment Court was garnered the attention of NBC’s on drug addiction in America. alty and dedication than Judge

Called “Hooked: America’s James Reitz.”

Heroin Epidemic,” the series Yorktown Town Justice Sal

featured  Reitz and his drug Lagonia wrote on Twitter that

court in two of the episodes and Reitz was “an outstanding and

the piece was nominated for an caring judge and a great men-

Emmy. tor.”

Putnam County Executive He is survived by his wife,

MaryEllen Odell said Reitz was Barbara, and his children, Alys-

like family to her. sa, Jaime and Michael. He is

“He touched so many lives, also survived by six grandchil-

whether it was a veteran or a dren and his mother, Mary; his

senior citizen or someone down brother, David; his twin brother,

on their luck, or the kids in the omas, and wife, Kris; as well as

schools,” she said. “He was a his nephew, Matthew, and niece,

pioneer for the drug treatment Madison. He was predeceased

court that gained national rec- by his father, James. F. Reitz.

ognition for the lives he saved. A wake was held at the Put-

My heart is heavy, and I know nam County Training & Op-

the entire community mourns erations Center in Carmel on

this tragic loss. I have lost a dear Monday, June 17, and was at-

friend, and Putnam County has tended by hundreds of mourn-

lost a dedicated public servant.” ers who waited in line for more

Terrence Murphy, former than two hours to get inside. A

state senator, called Reitz a “true mass was celebrated Tuesday at

friend.” St. James the Apostle Church in

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Trash Pick-up Contest one pictured, and the date it was Firemen’s Parade 9 p.m.Sunday). people to display and o er their

taken (the photo must have been and Carnival MARDI GRAS PARADE work for sale.
e second installment of York- taken after the contest start date, Vendors and exhibitors can rent

town News’ four-week trash pick- June 20). Yorktown Heights Engine New this year is a Mardi Gras 10-foot outdoor spaces for the

up resumes this week. Winners e submission cut-o is 5 p.m. Company No. 1’s annual Firemen’s Parade, which will be held at 6:30 three-day event at $150 until July

receive a $25 gift card provided by Sunday, June 30. e winner of the Parade returns 7 p.m. Wednesday, p.m. Saturday, June 29. e parade 10. e price goes up to $200 after

Hudson River Financial Federal $25 gift card, selected at random, June 26. e parade will begin on will line up on Front Street and that. Non-pro ts, community ser-

Credit Union. will be announced in the July 4 issue. Front Street before making its way make its way through downtown vice organizations and 501 (c)(3)

All you have to do to enter is e contest is being sponsored down Commerce Street. Yorktown Heights. corporations will receive a discount

send in a photo of you or your fam- by Hudson River Financial Fed- e ve-day carnival will be price of $100.
Parisi Speed Schoolily picking up trash somewhere in eral Credit Union, located at 3563 held behind the Commerce Street Vendors can also rent a space for

town to yorktownnews@halston- Mohegan Ave., Mohegan Lake. rehouse June 26-30 (6-11 p.m. Open House one or two days.
media.com. Please indicate the For more information, visit hud- Wednesday, ursday and Friday; For more information,go to yor-

area of town, list the names of any- sonriver nancial.org. noon-11 p.m. Saturday; and noon- A free event for kids will be held ktowngrangefair.org, call 914-962-

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The Schoolhouse Theater & Arts Center June 27, in the Club Fit Je erson Senior Advisory
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teach kids between the ages of 7 e Yorktown Senior Advisory

and 15 and their families about Committee will meet at 1 p.m.

the bene ts of performance train- Friday, June 28, at Yorktown Town

ing. e event includes strength Hall. Speaking will be Lara Scri-

and speed tests with drills, obstacle menti, director of the Cancer Cen-

courses,relay races,ra es and priz- ter at NewYork-Presbyterian Hud-

es. Food and drink will be available son Valley Hospital. Also speaking

for purchase. will be Noreen O’Driscoll, site

For more information or to reg- director of the Yorktown Nutrition

ister, contact Sammy at 914-250- Center. A light luncheon will be

2732 or snunes@club t.com. supplied by NewYork-Presbyterian

Church Tag Sale Hudson Valley Hospital. All se-
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“3 GENERATIONS OF WOMEN GATHER IN THE CATSKILLS OVER PRESIDENT’S DAY e 4th Unitarian Universal- Grange Car Show
WEEKEND TO DECIDE THE FATE OF THEIR FAMILY FARM…” ist Congregation, located at 1698

Strawberry Road in Mohegan e eighth annual Yorktown

Dorothy Lyman Thea McCartan Jeanne Lauren Smith Lake, will host a three-day tag sale Grange Car Show and Antique
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Page 24 – Yorktown News SCHOOLS & CAMPS Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kennedy Catholic
HS graduates the
CLASS OF 2019

The Kennedy Class of 2019 and their friends and family.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICH KIRBY

BY RICH KIRBY
GUEST WRITER

Kennedy Catholic held its Valedictorian Eileen Cooney
commencement June 8, at St. Salutatorian Patricia Curtin
Joseph’s Church in Somers,
graduating 144 students.

Following the familiar strains
of “Pomp and Circumstance”
and an invocation delivered
by Anthony Sanseverino from
the graduating class, Patricia
Curtin, the salutatorian who
lives in Hawthorne, took to the
podium. Curtin, a National Merit
Scholarship winner who will be
attending Notre Dame, delivered
an alternately whimsical and
moving speech that lit upon the
transience, and importance, of
memories made in high school.

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Page 26 – Yorktown News Thursday, June 20, 2019

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Jenna McPherson

Yorktown’s Jenna McPherson was a senior captain this past season for the Section 1 Class B
nalist Huskers’ girls lacrosse squad. is year was her third on the varsity, which included

an appearance in the Class B sectional nals in 2018 and a Class B sectional title in 2017.
McPherson was named All-League in each of her three seasons on the varsity, in addition to
being named All-Section Honorable Mention as a junior and All-Section this season.

BY MIKE SABINI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

How old were you when you started Who is your favorite professional
playing lacrosse and what got you athlete and pro (or college) sports team?
started?
e Giants are my favorite professional
I started playing lacrosse in third grade sports team and Eli Manning is my
after hearing from friends and parents I favorite player.
should try it while I was playing soccer.
What is your favorite music to listen
What was your favorite thing about to warming up for a game?
being on the lacrosse team for York-
town? I like to listen to upbeat rap music to
get me hyped for a game.
e memories I have made over the
years. Our team and community is very If you could have one superpower,
close-knit, I wouldn’t want to be any- what would it be and why?
where else.
If I could have one superpower I would
What was your favorite team activity choose to teleport because I am always
or pregame or postgame ritual that you rushing to places and it would be a lot
share with your teammates? What about more convenient if I could get there
a personal pregame or postgame ritual? within seconds.

My favorite team activity has to be our If you could pick one place to visit
pregame dance parties, blasting music on vacation that you’ve never been to,
in the locker room. A personal pregame where would you go and why?
ritual of mine is braiding my hair and
visualizing right before the game. If I could, I would visit Greece because
I would love to see the beautiful beaches
Who has been your biggest role and views.
model over the years and what have you
learned from them? What is your favorite food to eat
before or after a game?
My biggest role model over the years
has been my mom. She’ll do anything for Before a game I usually have fruit and
me and will always look out for others eggs for protein. After a game I’ll usually
before herself. I wouldn’t have gotten to eat pizza or something my parents make.
the place I am today without her leading
me every step of the way. Best place to eat in Yorktown and
why?
Tell us one thing about yourself that
not a lot of people know? Oscars is the best place to eat in York-
town because it has both excellent pizza
Most people don’t know that I can and dinner food.
solve a Rubik’s cube.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?
Do you plan on continuing playing Why?
lacrosse in college? Tell us about where
you are going to school and why you Twitter because it can be so funny
chose it? sometimes when I need a good laugh.

Yes, I will continue to play lacrosse at What would you tell a young athlete
Manhattan College. I have heard many growing up in the Yorktown district
great things about the school from previ- about the experience of being part of the
ous Yorktown graduates. lacrosse team and why should they go
out for the team?
Do you know what you want to study
in college? If yes, what are you planning For any young athlete, the experience
on studying and why? of being on the lacrosse team is one of
the best experiences I’ve ever had and
Yes. I will be studying exercise science wouldn’t trade it for the world. I would
because it interests me and the many pos- also tell them to take it all in because it
sibilities I can do in the future. will be over before they know it.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 27

Yorktown’s Tabanjeh looks to blaze new path
Signs with Division 1 Sacred Heart in track and eld

BY MIKE SABINI who ran at Binghamton; Sean Husker football squad. Omar Tabanjeh FILE PHOTO/VIC MCGEE
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Cuevo (’05), who received a full Yorktown track and eld coach
ride to the University of Georgia; “I would also like to start jump- 60-meter hurdles,”Tabanjeh said.
Yorktown senior Omar Taban- John O’Connor (’98), who ran Keith Smith said that it can be ing 7 feet in the high jump, run- Smith believes that Tabanjeh
jeh has been committed to Sacred at William & Mary; and Mari- a boost to a program to have an ning 14-second hurdle times in
Heart University for track and bel Sanchez (’92) who ran, then athlete sign with a Division 1 the 110-hurdles, and low 7s in the can accomplish whatever he sets
coached, at Dartmouth. school. his mind to.
eld since April 19 but that com-
mitment didn’t really hit him un- “I’ve said it to my friends and “ e team and I are very proud
til he signed his national letter of others many times, and I can say of him,” Smith said of Tabanjeh.
intent with the university on June it again with con dence, York-
12 at Yorktown High School. town is the best place to grow up, Being multi-talented helped
regardless of what you do,” said enable Tabanjeh to put himself in
“Going to the signing I wasn’t Tabanjeh, whose main events in position to be able to sign with a
sure how I’d feel,” said Tabanjeh, college will be the high jump and Division 1 school.
who was named All-League this hurdles. “So, to be able to contin-
spring and All-County in the ue in the footsteps of many other “Omar’s ability to compete in
winter. “I genuinely didn’t think great athletes from here in York- multiple events was a big factor,”
it would feel so special but when town is something truly special to Smith said. “Being a strong high
I sat down and got ready to sign me. Especially with Nicole, who jumper and hurdler was some-
it was an exhilarating feeling, like went along the same path I am thing they really looked at.”
wow, I just signed with my top embarking on, it’s what makes
school to continue a sport I love Yorktown so great.” Tabanjeh said that the reason
at the Division 1 level.” he chose to sign with Sacred
Tabanjeh wants to help blaze a Heart was because he felt it was
Tabanjeh continues a great new path for student-athletes at the best t for him.
lineage of Yorktown student- Yorktown.
athletes who have gone on to the “Out of all the schools I’ve vis-
Division 1 level in track and eld “Most people look at York- ited, none felt like home more
the last 28 years. town as a lacrosse and football than Sacred Heart did,”Tabanjeh
school but maybe I can help lead said. “Sacred Heart was also the
at lineage includes Ni- a new generation to try other only D1 school to give me this
cole Bartosch, a 2013 Yorktown things like track and eld and opportunity and it has always
graduate, who had a great career bring our program up and make been a dream of mine to compete
at Sacred Heart, leaving as its the team better,” said Tabanjeh, at the next level.”
school record holder in the pen- who was also a kicker on the
tathlon; Carter Humphrey (’11), Tabanjeh said his biggest goal
in college is to make it to the
NCAA national championships
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Page 28 – Yorktown News SPORTS Thursday, June 20, 2019

Local Con Ed award winners honored

BY MIKE SABINI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Six local Con Ed Scholar Julianna Cappello Alexa Cole Clare Fon FILE PHOTO/ DEENA BELL Caitlyn Ferrante
Athlete Award winners, all se-
niors, were honored at e Re- FILE PHOTO/ ROB DIANTONIO FILE PHOTO/ RICK KUPERBERG FILE PHOTO/PAUL ANDREWS
naissance Hotel on June 5 in
West Harrison. marks of 40 wins as a pitcher and year and I am so grateful to be one
40 homers as a hitter. She is the of them.”
A total of 37 student-athletes
throughout Westchester County rst person to reach both marks in Lakeland’s Emily Kness, who
were honored at the awards’ din- the history of the New York State was honored for her exploits for
ner. Public High School Athletic As- the Lakeland/Panas girls lacrosse
sociation. squad, was thrilled.
One of them was Lakeland’s
Alexa Cole, who scored her “It really meant a lot to me,” “It was a huge honor to be rec-
1,000 career point this past win- said Fon, who will play softball ognized with the rest of the Con
ter in girls basketball. at Adelphi. “ is recognition Ed Scholar Athlete award win-
showed me that there is always a ners,” said Kness, a three-time
“Receiving the Con Ed award goal in mind and you have to work state champion in eld hockey,
means a lot to me because it hard constantly in order to achieve who will play that sport at Col-
goes to show that athletic abil- it. ere were so many scholar gate. “All of these athletes are so
ity isn’t the only important thing athletes chosen throughout the accomplished and it was truly spe-
that goes into being a good ath- cial to be awarded with them.”
lete or a good person, and it’s an Emily Kness Keira Wax FILE PHOTO
honor that I was chosen to repre- A teammate of Kness’ on that
sent that,” Cole said. “School and Lakeland eld hockey squad, Ju- FILE PHOTO/ DEENA BELL
community service de nitely play lianna Cappello, was another Con
a huge role in the making of a ath- Ed Award winner.
lete and I’m very proud of myself
as well as all the other winners.” “It was so incredible to be

Cole said that she will be at- SEE AWARDS PAGE 30
tending Binghamton University
and might try to walk on to its
women’s basketball squad but as of
right now, she’s not on the team.

Lakeland’s Claire Fon was hon-
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Questions for a potential financial advisor

BY PHILIP SETTEMBRINO appointment, during your meet- sor is not available? Ask how the and are they staying up to date on is that complicated investment
GUEST COLUMNIST ing or a combination of all…there business is run from a management new industry innovations? products often do not solve -
can never be enough transparency. and administrative perspective and nancial goals, but well-construct-
Determining if your current what types of internal procedures DESCRIBE YOUR ed nancial plans often do!
advisor or a potential one is the e tone, quality and level of are in place to provide a high level INVESTMENT
right t for your family’s needs detail in the responses will make of customer service. It is also im- MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY WHERE CAN YOU FIND
can be a daunting task. it relatively easy to determine the portant to nd out how the rm AND PROCESS: INFORMATION ON THE
level of competency of the person is going to protect your data and if ADVISOR PRIOR TO YOUR
When seeking nancial advice, you are speaking with. Here is a they carry cyber insurance. Dive into the underlying pro- MEETING:
it is imperative that you know short list of important questions cess and philosophy behind port-
what you want from an advisor often missed by prospective cli- DESCRIBE THE folio construction and invest- Aside from referrals, websites,
and that the advisor is open and ents, that should be coupled with TECHNOLOGY YOU HAVE ment selection, making sure it is social media or personal relation-
understanding to your goals. Re- the standard questions we often INVESTED IN AND HOW IT something that aligns with the ships, clients can view the back-
member, the nancial services read and hear about. ese ques- CAN BENEFIT ME: level of risk you are comfortable ground and complaint record of
profession has evolved over the tions should also be part of review taking. Ask if the advisor uses in- a nancial advisor on https://bro-
years. Clients recognize now that meetings with current advisors. If Is the advisor focused on us- vestment models and has access kercheck. nra.org/.
it is no longer important about he or she is not addressing these ing the most up-to-date technol- to an open architecture invest-
what product is going to be sold questions voluntarily, it is good ogy platforms? Outside of online ment platform. is is when you Finding a good nancial advi-
to them, but rather what their practice to ask them on your own. access to view your accounts, are should nd out about what types sor is not easy. However, when
advisor is going to do that will they using the most compre- of investments they use, the costs you do, it is worth it!
be transformative for their lives. I DESCRIBE YOUR FIRM: hensive nancial planning, col- associated with them and if they
recommend that you go prepared is should not be a platform to lege planning and social secu- are proprietary products. is Securities and Advisory Services
for an interview meeting with rity software? Do they provide question can often lead to com- o ered through Cadaret, Grant &
a potential advisor with a list of hear about how great someone is. outside account aggregation and plicated answers. If you think you Co., Inc. A Registered Investment
questions that will provide a clear You will want to know the num- budgeting software? What type may not understand the respons- Advisor and Member FINRA/
understanding of how they run ber of associates and their skills. Is of CRM platform do they use es, I always recommend bringing SIPC. Philip Settembrino, WMCP,
their business. Answers to most the rm a stand-alone or part of to monitor clients’ plans and set someone with you who may, or President of Northern Westchester
of your questions should be made a larger company? e amount of reminders for important nancial remembering what was discussed Financial Services, 2649 Strang
available without having to ask, assets they manage and the kind events occurring in the future? and speaking to a knowledgeable Blvd, Suite 104 Yorktown Heights,
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package sent in advance of your factors as well. Are they like you graded their technology platform to take away from this question call 914-514-5000 or visit
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LEGAL NOTICES

NOTICE TO BIDDERS proposals may be obtained at PUBLIC NOTICE ENDING DECEMBER 31, hours by all interested parties.
TOWN OF YORKTOWN the O ce of the Town Clerk TOWN OF YORKTOWN 2018,WITH INDEPENDENT DIANA L. QUAST
at said Town Hall, as well as AUDITOR’S REPORTS has TOWN CLERK
e Town of Yorktown on the Town’s website, www. NOTICE IS HEREBY been led in the O ce of the
(“Town”) is seeking bids from yorktownny.org under Links/ GIVEN that the TOWN OF Town Clerk, Town of Yorktown, TOWN OF YORKTOWN
quali ed vendors (“vendors”) Bids & RFPs. YORKTOWN, NEW YORK 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL
interested in providing “Fine FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Heights, New York, where it
Milling of Bituminous Concrete e bidder assumes the AND SUPPLEMENTARY is a public record, available for CLERK
with Operator/Ground Man, risk of any delay in the mail INFORMATION FOR YEAR inspection during regular o ce
Trimmer, Skid Steer, Water or in the handling of mail by SEE LEGALS PAGE 34
Truck and Sweeping.” the employees of the Town of
Yorktown. Whether sent by mail APARPR
All completed proposals must or means of personal delivery, the
be received in the O ce of the bidders assume the responsibility PUBLICITY WITH PERSONALITY
Town Clerk, 363 Underhill for having bids in on the day,
Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY time, and place speci ed above.
10598, no later than 11:00 a.m.
on July 1, 2019. If mailed, sealed e Superintendent of
proposals must be addressed in Highways reserves the right to
care of the Town Clerk at the reject any and all bids and to
above address and marked “Fine accept that bid which is deemed
Milling of Bituminous Concrete most favorable to the interests of
with Operator/Ground Man, the Town of Yorktown.
Trimmer, Skid Steer, Water
Truck and Sweeping.” DAVE PAGANELLI

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