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Senior Hall of Fame
Two residents included in
group of honorees
PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM DALEY BY CAROL REIF bring with them.”
CONTRIBUTING WRITER “ eir generous contributions have
Treats for troops
Local seniors are have proven that “age helped to make Westchester County one
On Nov. 5, the Cubs and families of meets every other Tuesday at St. Joseph’s is never a deterrent to being a vital member of the most senior-friendly places in the
North Salem/Somers Pack 319 lled six Curch. For more information, visit pack- of society,” says Mae Carpenter. world,” she said.
boxes with letters, cards, treats and maga- 319somers.ScoutLander.com or call
zines for a platoon from New York’s own Mike Hurson at 914-556-8558. All boys e commissioner of the county’s De- Tickets are $65. For more information,
10th Mountain Division, deployed in Af- ages 5-9 are encouraged to join. For more partment of Senior Programs and Services contact Rose Cappa at [email protected]
ghanistan. e Troop also participated in photos of North Salem’s Veterans Day said its latest Hall of Fame honorees “show partmentny.com or 914-747-0519.
its rst Veterans Day parade. e Troop ceremony, see pages 12-13. the importance of people giving back to
their communities and to each other.” Here are the honorees:
Westchester County Executive George NORTH SALEM
Latimer plans to join in the honoring of Suzannah Glidden, 82, has worked for
74 senior citizens at the 37th Annual Lun-
cheon, on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Westches- many environmental organizations and
ter Marriott in Tarrytown. has fought for the quality of Westchester’s
air and water for more than 20 years. She
is year’s program taps Sister Alice has created and run organizations, testi ed
Conrad of Mount Vernon and Vincent at hearings, educated herself and others,
Greco of Armonk for top honors. motivated those around her, and brought
about change in her immediate communi-
Latimer praised all members of the Class ty and beyond. Glidden has also advocated
of 2019 for “their dedication and commit- for seniors with breathing and other health
ment to our communities.” issues.
It includes 31 nominees over the age of Allan L. Mendelsohn, 76, has been a
80 and eight over 90. One of the honorees volunteer at the North Salem Boy Scout
is 98 years young. Four pairs are married Troop 1 for 28 years, serving as Scout-
couples. master and assistant Scoutmaster. He vol-
unteers at Temple Beth Elohim and has
Six recipients will receive Special Recog- chaired its house and grounds committee
nition: Phyllis J. Feingold of New Rochelle, and been a board member, president, and
Dr. Alfred John Liotta of Yonkers, Jagadish chair of the Rabbinical Search Committee.
Mistry of Tarrytown, Ann Muro of Yon-
kers, and David Schwartz of Ardsley. SEE FAME PAGE 7
According to Carpenter, age is “an ad-
vantage because of the life experiences they
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Family Day at the Hammond Museum
Families made their own sushi and learned William
the ne art of Japanese culinary culture Satur- Vanderbitt
day, Nov. 9, at Hammond Museum. Yoshimi cut sushi with
Arai demonstrated how to make sushi and instructions
shared tips for creating balanced meals. from his
Samuel Ionis and Elina Zak Gabriel Ionis, 5, looks when Samuel Ionis and
Yoshimi Arai Sharon Slocum put ﬁnal touches to their artwork.
while her student
Sage Rouas, 17, serves sushi for Carolyn and William Vanderbitt.
Sharon Slocum and
taste the sushi.
Laura Lilienﬁeld puts ﬁnal touches to her artwork. PHOTOS: HELU WANG
Yoshimi Arai serves miso soup for Gabriel and Anya Ionis and tells
them to have it with the sushi they made.
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Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is located at 276 Titicus Road. For more information on any of these events,
call 914-669-5161 or visit keelerlibrary.org.
Bagels & Books. First ursday of each month from Story Time at 10:30 a.m.; family story
10:30 a.m. to noon at Keeler Library. Copies of the time for kids of all ages.
books are available at the Library for checkout. No reg- ursdays
istration is required. ursday, December 5, Buddhaland Books and Puppets at 10:30 a.m.; family
Brooklyn by Richard Moraisis. story time for kids of all ages.
History and Biography book group Saturdays
e history and biography book group meets at 7:30 Story Time at 10:30 a.m.; family story time
p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. e group for kids of all ages.
reads books on various historical topics or periods as (Bilingual stories and songs on some Saturdays.)
well as some biographies. e books are chosen by the Writers workshop
group and are wide ranging. Multiple copies of the is workshop is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and
books at the library for people to check out and read. led by Maryanne D’Amato the rst Wednesday of the
“John Marshall: e Man Who Made the Supreme month. It is open to all writers and aspiring writers who
Court,” by Richard Brookhiser on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. are invited to share their work or desire to write in a
New members encouraged! supportive atmosphere. book drop. It is possible to renew a pass for an additional
Story time and crafts Free Museum Passes week, provided no one else is waiting for it, by calling
Mondays North Salem is surrounded by many world-class the library. Loss of a museum pass will result in you
Stories and Songs – 10:30 a.m., for babies from birth museums. You can visit some of these free of charge by being charged the full replacement cost.
to 2-1/2. simply going to the library and checking out passes to ey are available for Keeler Library card holders only.
Tuesdays the museums. Just ask for the passes at the front desk. Don’t have a library card? Show the library proof that
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Community Solar program widens its reach
Residents able to save up to 10% on their electric bill and increase renewable energy to the county
e following is from Sustainable scribe to Sustainable Westches- percent. home electric bill.” bene t from solar installations.
Westchester: ter’s Community Solar. e New York State Public How does this di er from so- How does this work with
e Community Solar pro- Service Commission regulates lar panels installed on your roof- current utilities and already in-
Community Solar o ers gram increases equitable access community solar to ensure con- top or property? stalled home solar panels?
residents a way to have a posi- for Westchester residents to sumer protection, and the ap- Since 2015, Sustainable West- Sustainable Westchester’s
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electricity bills without the need enables people to subscribe to a 2025. bene ts for eligible homeown- and other ESCOs. If you already
for solar panels on their proper- large solar farm located in their Supervisor Warren Lucas, a ers, the majority of Westches- have solar on your property, or
ty, contracts, sign-up or cancel- utility area with no cost to join recent subscriber, had this to add; ter residents are unable to par- if you are a NYSEG customer
lation fees. and no cost to cancel. e en- “I signed up for Community So- ticipate. Among those who are on budget/level billing, unfor-
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nonpro t consortium of mem- farm is sent to the electric grid, out any complicated contracts or who own in multifamily build- community solar.
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ter residents—both Con Ed and credit—resulting in savings on and I am looking forward to the able. Community solar enables easy, but does require automated
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Thursday, November 21, 2019 North Salem News – Page 7
FAME Campaign Committee. He also that help them stay in their own ing) a support group. A former Board of Directors.
headed the annual Temple Beth homes. volunteer with Westchester Com-
FROM PAGE 1 El campaign for many years. As a munity College’s Art Department HISTORY
volunteer, Salzman has been held YORKTOWN at Westchester Community Col- e Senior Hall of Fame began
He is its immediate past president. several positions on the North- Daniel Strauss, 79, works with lege, Ryan also trained facilitators
east Westchester Rotary Club, the and held administrative positions in 1983, the 300th Anniversary
SOMERS Community Center of North- the town and local businesses to with Lambda Peer Support Ser- of Westchester County’s found-
Teresa Clifford, 80, has been ern Westchester, Heritage Hill keep Yorktown Heights neat and vices (LPSS), a LGBTQ organi- ing. Its purpose was to showcase
of Somers, and the Chappaqua tidy. He weeds, cleans up litter, zation. She hosts support groups how seniors have contributed to
a Heritage Hills Condo Board Drama Group. A sculptor, he gift- and encourages businesses to take and events for the LGBTQ building the county. More than
president and member for almost ed his sculpture “Eternal Light” pride in their appearance. He also Community through LPSS and 1,100 seniors have been inducted
20 years. She worked to upgrade to the temple and displays other nudges corporate headquarters to since.
the development’s tness center pieces at a local gallery. ensure that they are good corpo- e Loft. Ryan also facilitates a
and has helped seniors with com- rate neighbors. self-help support group for sexual To be nominated, seniors must
puter skills at the Mahopac Kohler Susan Petroccione, 70, is a trauma survivors and will be lead- have made signi cant and en-
Senior Center and Heritage Hills. retired school teacher and cancer Linda Doerr, 77, was active ing a couples’ dance class at e during contributions to enhance
During Sandy and last winter’s survivor. She is a founding mem- in the Lakeland Federation of LOFT. She is a member of e Westchester’s quality of life
storms, she worked with elected ber and president of the non-prof- Teachers. Since her retirement, LOFT’s chorus and its Silver through their professional work,
o cials, police departments, and it Somers Library Foundation. she has served on the Westchester/ Connections group. volunteer achievements or both.
the Red Cross to help folks nd She volunteers at Support Con- Putnam Retirees Executive Board
food and shelter. Cli ord also nection (family support for breast as vice president of community BEDFORD HILLS Nominations are made by
helps people “age in place” and cancer patients), Opengate (devel- outreach. She is an at-large mem- Rodger L. Guest, 63, is a re- members of the community, and
serves on the Westchester County opmentally disabled persons) and ber of its executive board. She is a the honorees are selected by a
Council for Seniors. Friends of Karen (families of chil- delegate to the American Federa- tired Chief Warrant O cer in panel of judges and Hall of Fame
dren with life-threatening illness- tion of Teachers (AFT) and the the Coast Guard. He was in- members.
Marilyn and Lawrence es). She has held various positions New York State United Teachers volved with its response to the
Kaufman have coordinated and at the Somers Women’s Club and (NYSUT) Representative As- 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurri- e names of past honorees are
run many veteran-related activi- been involved in local and inter- sembly. Doerr is also a member cane Katrina. Guest is a founding engraved on plaques displayed at
ties, particularly for Jewish War national relief e orts. of NYSUT’s Committee of 100 member of the Town of Bedford the DSPS’s o ce in Mount Ver-
Veterans. ey have supported and the Yorktown Grange Fair Veterans Advisory Committee non.
and advocated for veteran bene ts SOUTH SALEM Association. and helps organize campaigns for
and rights. Pamela Veith, 61, directs Lew- Wreaths Across America. Com- e Senior Citizens Hall of
Fran Ryan, 76, has been vo- mittee members lay wreaths on Fame is sponsored by the West-
Arthur D. Salzman, 85, has isboro’s Senior Adults programs cal and visible, participating in more than 500 veterans’ graves chester County Department of
served as a leader and contributor and is also the town’s senior out- protests, marches, championing in Bedford each year. He is the Senior Programs and Services;
to Temple Beth El of Northern reach coordinator. She coordi- issues around LGBTQ equality, commander of the Mount Kisco the Westchester County De-
Westchester in Chappaqua since nates senior adult trips with North women’s rights, and abuse sur- American Legion, where he or- partment of Parks, Recreation
1962. He has been very active in Salem and Bedford and recruits vivor advocacy since the 1980s. ganizes monthly service dinners and Conservation; Westchester
United Jewish Appeal - Federa- members for senior programs and She trained facilitators and for patients at the Montrose VA County Livable Communities
tion of Jewish Philanthropies and special events. She hooks seniors held administrative positions in Hospital. Guest also serves on the and the Westchester Public/Pri-
is the former chair of its Northern up with programs and services I.S.S.U.E. (Incest Survivors Shar- Bedford Hills Fire Department vate Partnership for Aging Ser-
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Hat trick Pet project
Men and women READING, Pat, to take a photo of me Iforgot to men- MAN and part Manx,
have worn hats WRITING & wearing the pink baseball tion this but OVERBOARD so it was probably
for hundreds cap. Months later, I started October 29th a Spanx, which
CHOCOLATE writing feature articles was National Cat was appropriate
of years. Pioneer women
wore cloth bonnets and KIM for a quarterly magazine. Day. I hope you RICK because it could
took the time to MELÉN t into a catsuit
men wore leather or straw KOVACH at editor also asked me hug your cat and
even at an age
hats to keep the sun, rain to include a head shot to
and wind o of their heads accompany my articles. Of tell it how much when most females
as they traveled on horse- course, I sent her my pink you tolerate it. I would have given it
back or in the front seats of wagons. When baseball cap photo. e magazine editor wanted to hug my Cat so I went up. It was as sweet and adorable as a
the automobile became a more popular responded, “We don’t want the same photo over to its expensive cat bed to grab cat could be, until it was just me and
means of transportation, hats were worn in that you use for your newspaper column.” it while it was asleep and snog the her alone in the dark room together.
the open roadsters for the same weather- Since the magazine is quarterly and my crap out of it but it saw me coming en it would get out an emery
related protection. article was going to be published in the spring and ran under the desk. I almost board and sharpen its claws, look-
Hat factories in Norwalk and Danbury issue, I decided it would be fun to match a nabbed it but it bolted out of the ing at me and smiling. I would ask,
employed hundreds of workers, churning out di erent hat to each season. I searched around room at the last second and I hit my “Whatcha doing?” And it wouldn’t
men’s bowlers, top hats, fedoras, western style in my closet and found a wide-brimmed head on the bottom of the desk try- answer, but just sit there and shake
cowboy hats and women’s hats with feathers, straw hat. I tied a piece of pink fabric around ing to stand up, which is something its head. “You planning to use those
ribbons, netting and fabric owers. as a hat band and asked a friend to take my that gets harder and harder each day. claws on ME? I control your food
Danbury was known as “Hat City.” Work- photo. e straw hat photo looked cute so I I caught up with it under the dining source, you know.” Still no answer,
ers were happy to have steady employment used it again for the summer issue. room table, but it took me on a wild but it would rear onto its haunches
in those hat factories until the daily exposure For the magazine’s fall issue, I wrote two goose chase in between the legs of with its claws up and hiss at me, and
to mercury and other toxins made them too articles. One article was on fall walking each chair so that I could wrench then snicker and shake its head some
ill to work. e phrase “mad as a hatter” re- tours and the other article was on the many my back. I grabbed a cat treat out of more when I inched and hid behind
fers to the side e ects of muscle tremors and reasons I enjoy the fall season. But I did the cat treat bag and pretended I was the bed. It knew very well that my
neurological issues (the “Danbury shakes”) not have a fall hat for my head shot. Lizzy eating it. “MMMM! Here, Cat! I wife controlled the food source, and
developed by the factory workers as a result arrived at our Pound Ridge Library adult bet you want one of these don’t you?” my wife LOVED the Cat. “I’m not
of mercury poisoning. writing class the following week carrying It absolutely did not once it saw the afraid of you, I eat cats like you for
I started wearing baseball caps to keep hatboxes and tote bags lled with a variety of face I was making when I got a good lunch,” I’d say, but the Cat knew I was
the sun o of my face while working in the autumnal chapeaux. We had an impromptu whi of it, so I put it on the oor, terri ed of it, and it also knew that
garden and walking laps at the track. My cap fashion show after class. Problem solved. and when the Cat came over to see I’m so picky about food that I would
collection included a Holstein-patterned cap, For the winter issue, I already owned the what all the fuss was about I grabbed never eat it for lunch unless it was on
a Boar’s Head deli cap (amusing since I am a perfect cold weather hat. Over Labor Day it by its tail and picked it up as it the Kids’ Menu. So I would resort to
vegetarian) and a NY Yankees cap. weekend, I asked my neighbor to take a few was scratching my hand and hissing verbally taunting it, thinking I could
Several years ago, I ew down to visit my photos with my cell phone before we set out at me. It saw that I had ruined my win a war of words but not absolutely
mother in Florida. I had forgotten to pack for our daily walk. ere I was on a sunny, back, bonked my head and sustained positive about that, even though it
a hat. Mom’s fashion accessories of shoes, humid 80 degree morning wearing my red several small lacerations, so it started never spoke when I was around. “You
handbags, necklaces, and earrings began to eece winter hat and wool plaid scarf over a purring quite loudly in my arms, don’t even have a tail so I bet you
include baseball caps in every color. Mom let t-shirt. I posed in front of an evergreen tree and National Cat Day was o cially have no balance. HA!” But the Cat
me wear her new pink baseball cap. I liked and submitted that new winter-themed head under way. actually had better balance, because it
it so much that Mom let me keep it for the shot along with my next article. e love/hate relationship I have could sit up brandish its claws at me
ight home. (See my headshot) with cats has been going on ever while resting on that little stub with
Before I submitted my rst column to the Kim Kovach has now added a maroon baseball since I realized that cats love to hate no tail to get in the way.
Katonah-Lewisboro Times, the editor said cap and a jaunty tweed cap to her hat collection. me. We once had a Cat that had no SEE MELEN PAGE 11
tail to grab. I think it was part Sphynx
to include a head shot. I asked my friend, www.kimkovachwrites.com
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The resort I stayed in for a e case of the bathroom phantom
writing retreat was old.
It wasn’t one of those “ ere doesn’t seem to be a had about someone ushing my “Could be,” she replied.
spartan, spa-like places with hot problem with the plumbing, but “OK,” I said. “But next time
stone massages and seaweed the bathroom smells really bad. toilet in the middle of the night, he comes to do that, could
facials. It was more of an Old Maybe there’s a sewage issue?” you ask him to bring some air
West lodge, with replaces in TRACY and she smiled a knowing grin. freshener?”
every room, chairs you could sink “ ere isn’t anything around BECKERMAN “Well, you know, some people
into, and loads of warm, belly- or below your bathroom to You can follow Tracy on Facebook
cause that,” she said. “But I’ll say this lodge is haunted.” at https://www.facebook.com/
lling comfort food. It was built get somebody over there to LostinSuburbiaFanPage/ and on
sometime around 1920 and was take look.” “So, you’re saying some phan- Twitter at https://twitter.com/
host to a number of well-known tracybeckerman.
writers and artists. Eventually the maintenance tom pooper came into my room
man showed up and went under
It was also, reportedly, haunted. and around the building I was yesterday, left a phantom poop
e haunted part was not in, but nothing turned up. As
the day progressed, the smell in my toilet, and then came
really an issue for me. As a con- got worse and I had to close the
noisseur of old hotels, I’d shared bathroom door, so it didn’t seep one thing that was heavy enough back last night because he forgot
quarters with alleged ghosts be- into the bedroom. I wasn’t sure
fore and found they were mostly I’d be able to spend the night and pointy enough to in ict to ush?” I said.
benign, if not sometimes noisy. in there, but there was no other
As long as they didn’t answer to room for me to move into… the bodily damage.
a deity named Zuul and threaten lodge was full.
the lodge with destruction by a I grabbed the deer head o
giant Stay Pu Marshmallow I went to sleep that night with
man, I was cool with it. my pillow over my head trying the wall and using it like a shield,
to hide from the awful poopy
I wasn’t really thinking about smell. I managed to fall asleep I threw open the bathroom door.
any ghosts, though, when my but was suddenly awoken in the
bathroom suddenly started to middle of the night by the sound “Aaaahhh!” I yelled, brandish-
emit a rather pungent, unpleas- of my toilet ushing. Tentatively,
ant kind of bathroom smell. I walked to the bathroom door, ing the deer head at the mystery
I ushed the toilet a bunch afraid that someone, somehow,
of times and ran the sink and had entered the bathroom, used toilet user. But the bathroom
shower, but everything seemed the toilet, and ushed it. I looked
to be working ne. around my room to see what I was empty. e windows were
could possibly use as a weapon in
“Can you call Maintenance,” I case the intruder was still in the locked. e only way into and
asked the lady at the front desk. bathroom. But there was only
out of the bathroom, besides my
door, was the bathtub drain.
Deciding I must have been
dreaming, I closed the door
again, hung up the deer head,
and went back to sleep. When
I woke up in the morning, the
smell was gone. Nothing lin-
gered. ere wasn’t so much as a
whi of what had smelled so bad
the day before.
“It’s so weird,” I said to the
lady at the front desk. “ e smell
was horrible yesterday and today
it’s like it never even happened.”
I told her about the dream I’d
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e news junkie report
BRUCE which has claimed 16 young lives in the tably Millennials. One of her all-too-appro- FARRAH’S FRANCHISE STILL HAS LEGS
THE BLOG U.S. Research shows 28 percent of high priate admonitions to those who aren’t aging Charlie’s Angels is spreading its wings
school students and 10 percent of middle- gracefully or graciously: “You are old. You are
BRUCE school students are using e-cigarettes. not irrelevant yet. But you are less relevant once again, on the silver screen. I know it’s
APAR [Larchmont Loop] every day. Move on.”Abigail, I couldn’t have not angled towards me because the only
said it better myself. [ e Guardian] 2019 Angel actor I know is Kristen Stew-
Every so often in this space, I like to GAME OVER… ALREADY? art, which suggests I’m in the twilight of my
ll it with random things going on Google in 2020 is launching a stream- BOOMER EMPLOYMENT BOOMING movie fandom. According to lm review
near and far and in between. You No, I’m not a self-hating Boomer. I’m aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the profes-
might even nd some of it interesting, or al- ing game service in the cloud (no disc sional critics greeted it with a shrug (58%
ready know what I’m just nding out. Either or downloads needed) called Stadia, and also not a retired Boomer. Neither are approved), while audiences were ying high
way, maybe there are nuggests here that’ll there’s not a lot of cheering out there just millions of my peers. Surprise! Boom- over this version (84%). [Rotten Tomatoes]
help with your next cocktail party conversa- yet. Says one games expert: “[We’re] wait- ers (generally age 65-75) reportedly are
tion (does anybody still have those?). ing to see if Stadia will op. I hope it won’t. the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. A TALE TWICE TOLD
I wouldn’t be surprised if it does.” Sounds workforce.Twenty percent of us in 2018 Topping Amazon’s subjective (not
NIKE TO AMAZON: JUST UNDO IT gamy. [ e Verge] were employed or looking for work, sales) list of the 100 best books of
Nike is running away from Amazon, compared to 12% of those the 2019 is Margaret Atwood’s “ e
MINING WALT’S VAULT same ages 20 yrs ago.
pulling its merchandise from the galaxy’s Disney Plus, the new, Net ix-like [Glassdoor] SEE APAR
biggest retailer to focus on its own direct- PAGE 11
to-consumer e-commerce business. Said streaming subscription service, drew 10
one analyst, “Brands don’t need Amazon. million subscribers for its recent launch,
[It’s] just a tra c aggregator that reduces boosted by a seven-day free trial. e
friction in consumption ... it doesn’t build Mouse House (whose movie catalog in-
communities.” [CNBC] cludes Fox, Marvel, Pixar, and Lucas lm)
hopes to have 90 million subs by 2024,
NO MINOR OFFENSE compared to the 160 million Net ix has
e legal age for buying tobacco in New today. [ e Verge]
York State is now 21 (as of Nov. 13), in an WORDS TO THE WIZENED
e ort to reduce the serious health hazard Speaking of Disney, while I can’t claim
to minors caused by the vaping epidemic,
to be a blood relation of Walt or his Great
Niece Abigail Disney, the documentarian
and social activist speaks my language when
it comes to lowering the boom on certain
Boomers (her and my generation) who wax
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FROM PAGE 8 FROM PAGE 10
It had such good balance that once my wife cooked this fabulous Testaments,” sequel to her cultural touchstone “ e Handmaid’s Tale,” which was adapted to a stream-
Indian meal for her parents, to get them to take their mind o the ing TV series with a cult following. [CNN.com]
fact that she was probably going to marry me. ere were all these
plates of food on the table, and the Cat jumped up onto it and ran AMAZON ADDS TO GROCERY LIST
the entire length straight at my face as fast as it could, hurdling all Locals who routinely beseech Whole Foods to come to their town (a wholly unrealistic expectation)
the plates of food like an obstacle course and narrowly missing my
face as I ducked at the last moment. Her parents were absolutely may want to lower their sights and lobby for a less elitist Amazon-owned grocery store. Amazon plans
shocked, not at the Cat but at the fact that my wife was probably to test a mass-market food market model in L.A. in 2020, but has not yet divulged any details, includ-
going to marry me, and once again the Cat got o Scot free. ing a name. In addition to 500+ upscale Whole Foods locations, Amazon operates 16 convenience
stores called Amazon Go. [ e Dallas Morning News]
e Cats we have now are from the veterinarian’s o ce, where
somebody had abandoned them, and I’m surprised that this doesn’t TWO TAILS OF POOR PETIQUETTE
happen more often. You drop your cat o at the vet for a worm shot 1. In four-legged-friendly Westchester, a 21-year-old thought nothing of letting her dog run around a big box
or something, and come back the next day and the bill is $1400
dollars. Wow, $1400 bucks for some worms? I should have taken hardware store untethered. e owner was given a ticket and (hopefully) a leash (for the dog, of course). [Patch]
the worms in to have the cat removed, and I bet it would have been 2. In the same town, a homeowner’s unleashed dog bit a neighbor. e woman was given a summons
cheaper. “Yes, when you remove the cat just save it in a paper bag,
and don’t let the cat out of the bag.” Most people get the cat for and (hopefully) a muzzle (for the dog, of course). [Patch]
free at the ASPCA, so when you nd that it’s worth $1400 dollars
to repair it’s a shock. “My cat is ready? Oh, okay, great, I’ll be right HEAD CASE
back with the money,” and then you change your phone number and In a nationally televised game, a violently out-of-control NFL player bashed the opposing quarter-
mailing address. I nally had a heart-to-heart talk with the Cat tell-
ing it that it was adopted, in case it wanted to go and nd its birth back over the head with the QB’s own helmet. e assaulting player has been suspended from playing
mother, but it’s still here. for an inde nite period, through this season at a minimum. No word yet on whether he has been of-
fered a contract with WWE, where head-banging is a job requirement. [ESPN]
One of the Cats still chases its tail at the cat-age equivalent of, say,
55 years-old. at’s like me still only eating foods that you would WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
order o of a Kids’ Menu. It’s no use trying to reason with it. “ at’s Dhruv Gaur, a Jeapardy contestant who couldn’t come up with the nal “answer” (in the form of a
kind of embarrassing at your age. And anyway, you shouldn’t chase
things that come out of your butt. Furthermore, where are you going question), won the day anyway by writing, “What is… We love you, Alex,” causing the show’s legend-
to keep that tail if you ever catch it?” I’m not concerned about that ary host Alex Trebek, publicly ghting life-threatening pancreatic cancer, to visibly choke up on air.
because the Cat never catches ANYTHING. In the olden days the #weloveyoualex instantly became a Top 10 Trending hashtag on Twitter. [Deadline]
main reason you would get a cat is to control the mice population,
but cats have evolved to the point where they can’t really be both- The Counsel
ered, and are content to just sit on the crossword puzzle that you’re
trying to do and knock your pen o the edge of the table. You Need
e Cat is still purring loudly as it celebrates National Cat Day, To Make
even though I’m forcing it to sit on my lap against its will, and that’s
part of the paradox of being a cat. It leads a life of leisure that few Conﬁdent
other creatures enjoy, and never lets us forget how lucky the rest of Decisions
us are that it does. If my dog ignored me anywhere near as much as
the Cat does it would be out the door in ve minutes, but for some and Resolve
reason the smallest morsel of a ection from the Cat seems to make
all the other objectionable behavior worthwhile. An expensive new
cat bed just arrived from Amazon in a cardboard box and the Cat
absolutely LOVED it. Not the bed but the cardboard box. We can’t
even return it and get our money back because the Cat won’t leave
the box that it came in.
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American Legion members, Boy
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Monday, Nov. 11.
Boy Scouts from North Salem and
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Supervisor Warren Lucas, Herb Geller,
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Thursday, November 21, 2019 SPORTS North Salem News – Page 17
New York could sack youth tackle football
Bill would prohibit children 12 and under from playing the sport
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER leadership skills, accountability, Dr. Chris Nowinski, co-founder/ is on major blows that result in According to a University of
and work ethic. But those same CEO of the Concussion Legacy concussions, another concern is Wake Forest study, the average
bene ts still exist in ag or touch Foundation, co-founder of Bos- repetitive “sub-concussive” blows, player between 9 and 12 years
No smoking or drinking until football, he said. ton University’s CTE Center, in which the brain is injured old is involved in 240 impacts per
21. No driving until 16. No tack- ough the 1993 Rose Bowl and a former WWE wrestler. without showing signs of a con- season, about 1 percent of which
ling until 13? champion looks back on his foot- Drakos and Nowinski, the lat- cussion, such as headaches, mem- have a g-force above 60.
Members of the New York ball career fondly, “I have a fear in ter having a doctoral degree in ory loss, dizziness, or nausea. “To give some perspective,”
State Assembly are considering a the back of my mind that I may neuroscience from Boston Uni- “We are discovering that these Drakos said, “that is equivalent
bill that would prohibit children die prematurely after steep cog- versity, presented studies linking sub-concussive impacts may be to being in a car crash at 20 mph
12-and-under from playing orga- nitive decline,” Swearengen said. tackle football to CTE. silent injuries but are a cause of SEE TACKLE PAGE 18
nized tackle football in New York Benedetto rst proposed his ough much of the focus increasing concern,” Drakos said.
State. bill seven or eight years ago fol-
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“Football is like a [Ford] Pin- shown. And we do want to hear
to,” Swearengen said. “It’s unsafe the arguments that might propel
at any age. It can be made incre- us to ignore my law. We want to
mentally safer. It will never be hear from both sides.”
safe to participate in an activity To become law, the bill must
where the goal on every single pass through the 25-member
play is to knock one person to the committee; be approved by both
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TACKLE “Good public policy needs to should decide whether tackle
FROM PAGE 17
‘ Youth be grounded in hypothesis con- ‘Sometimes, football is safe for their child to
with a fixed object.” football is firming scientific findings,” he science play, Hallenbeck said.
Drakos and Nowinski drew safer today said.“A policy that is not ground-
than it has ed on scientific findings, with a ruins a good “Parents do not want their gov-
many parallels between play- ever been.’ full grasp of all factors, can have narrative. ernment telling them when they
ing tackle football and smoking unintended consequences.” And the can play football,” he said. “They
cigarettes/drinking alcohol. Not science shows want to make informed decisions
all tackle football players will de- Though science remains unset- that football for themselves.”
velop CTE, just like not all sub- tled, inaction is the riskier propo- is a collision
stance abusers will develop lung sition, said Dr. Erich G. Anderer, Dr. Robert Zayas, executive
cancer or liver disease. However, chief of neurosurgery at NYU director, New York State Public
doing any of those activities for Langone Medical Center. High School Athletic Associa-
an extended period of time in- tion, said parents are more edu-
“In the very unlikely event all cated than ever about the poten-
the data we’ve been discussing is tial dangers of contact sports.
creases the likelihood of negative –Jon Butler completely disproven after a ban sport that can “Parents must weigh their
side effects. Executive director, is instituted, what is the identifi- cause brain known and unknown risks con-
able harm?” Anderer said. “We’re damage.’ stantly when deciding what ac-
Studies have revealed, Now- Pop Warner merely advocating for delaying tivities are appropriate for their
inski said, “that the single factor tackle football in favor of flag son or daughter to participate in,”
that best drove whether or not
they had CTE was how many who called sub-concussions “a re- football until the age of 12; not –Dr. Mark Drakos Zayas said.
years they played tackle football, search-focused concept that have abolishing the game. Coaches Orthopedic surgeon, But, Nowinski said, parents are
independent of the level at which yet to make their way to clinical will remain employed and youth
they played.” football programs will continue Hospital for risking their children’s health by
signing them up to play tackle
Youth tackle football “looks understanding.” to run.” football. The irony, he said, is that
like a pillow fight,” Nowinski In fact, Herceg said, some But, he said, “What happens if Harvard Football the best players suffer the most
said. “But the reality is the brain studies have concluded that peo- the data holds up and we fail to (1994-98) because it means they play the
is getting hit nearly as hard as it ple who play football are likely to take action? We have needlessly sport longer.
would if they were adults.” be less depressed. exposed thousands of children “It’s odd that the kids who suf-
One study concluded that ev- Herceg, who as Westchester to the possibility of future brain • Full-speed blocking and fer the most as adults are the ones
ery year of playing tackle football County Department of Health dysfunction when a simple and tackling drills (where players line who accomplish the goals that we
increases the odds of a player de- commissioner launched a Con- reasonably unobtrusive solution up more than three yards apart) set out for them,” Nowinski said.
veloping CTE by 30 percent. cussion Task Force, faulted Bene- lay within our grasp.” have been banned; The difference between adults
“That means a child who starts detto’s legislation for its “arbi- Dr. Thomas M. Abraham “In the end, we believe in playing tackle football and kids
tackle football at age 5 would trary” enforcement. Jr., a former football player at making the game safer and bet- playing tackle football is obvious,
have 10 times the risk of develop- “Is it OK to hit your head at Duquesne University, was forced ter,” Butler said. “Thousands of Anderer said.
ing [CTE] than one who started 13 or 14?” Herceg said. “Is it OK to give up his OB/GYN practice coaches and administrators and “The NFL employs adults, who
at age 14 and continued to play,” to hit your head in other sports? last year because of neurogenera- parents across the state want have chosen to make a living this
Nowinski said. Why should a small,thin-framed, tive brain disease/dementia. the same thing and have made way,” Anderer said. “We are not
Drakos said it’s a tough pill for 5-foot-2 boy of 13 be allowed to He began suffering behavioral change happen independent of here today to talk about banning
people who love football to swal- play football but a 6-foot, able- changes in his mid-30s and could state government. A ban on a the game of football any more
low. bodied, strong athlete at 12 not not recall his destructive actions. sport that has been played by than we’re talking about banning
“Sometimes, science ruins a be allowed? Why limit it to only He also had trouble remember- millions of New York residents motorcycles, alcohol or cigarettes,
good narrative,” Drakos said. football? In New York State, why ing names and appointments and for more than 100 years is not the all of which have known and
“And the science shows that does a bike helmet only need to would get lost driving familiar right step.” documented health risks.
football is a collision sport that be worn until the age of 14? routes. Assemblyman Richard Gott- “Children,” he added, “lack the
can cause brain damage. The only “It becomes a slippery slope While performing a hyster- fried (D-New York) countered capacity to fully grasp the conse-
debate now in the scientific com- real quickly and we really don’t ectomy on a patient, Abraham by asking if the new rules “serve a quences of their choices.”
munity is how much. We have have the science to back our re- recalled, he forgot how to finish public relations purpose but actu- Angela Campigotto-Harrison,
to determine if we as a society sponses to those questions right the surgery. So, he stepped out- ally have no health benefit?” whose football-playing father,
should tolerate this risk for our now,” he added. side and watched a video to jog A similar sentiment was put Joe, died as a result of dementia,
children.” Herceg and others argued that his memory. more bluntly by Michael Kaplen, said the science is being ignored
Drakos acknowledged that football should not be legislative- “Isn’t it likely that repetitive chairperson, New York State by parents, who continue to sign
“more research needs to be done” ly singled out while other physi- hits to an undeveloped brain will Traumatic Brain Injury Services their kids up to play tackle foot-
regarding the link between play- cal activities also have dangerous cause brain damage?” Abraham Coordinating Council. ball.
ing tackle football and CTE, but consequences. said. “One does not need a medi- “Safe tackling is a public re- “For some reason the messages
science isn’t required to under- “Virtually no physical activity cal degree or science background lations gimmick promoted by are still not resonating, and kids
stand that “nothing good comes is without risk,” Herceg said. “If to answer this question.” clever but desperate marketing are going to pay the price if we
from getting hit in the head,” es- we truly care about the brain, in professionals,” Kaplen said. don’t act,” Campigotto-Harrison
pecially when it comes to unde- all aspects and stages of life, then A SAFER GAME? Swearengen said there is no said.
veloped brains. That is why other the focus also needs to include Studies linking former football safe way for a child to hit their Brendan Bibro, the only two-
youth sport leagues have taken everything, like boxing, MMA, players to CTE are unreliable be- head. time captain in Harvard football
steps to ban dangerous contact wrestling, school fights, or even cause they were playing a differ- “Despite what anyone from the history, said football must change
plays, like checking in hockey riding a bicycle—not solely on ent game, said Jon Butler, execu- football industrial complex wants or face extinction. The circum-
and heading in soccer, before a youth tackle football. tive director of Pop Warner. The to say, the focus is on winning,” stances are not unlike 1905, when
certain age. Benedetto, though, said that sport, he said, is being made safer he said. “It’s on knocking the President Theodore Roosevelt
“This idea should not be earth- argument falls flat. without legislative involvement. crap out of the other team. It’s demanded the sport change as
shattering, a leap of faith or a “Can we acknowledge that “Youth football is safer today on knocking the ballcarrier to the players were dying on the field.
tough sell to thoughtful individu- football is different than every than it has ever been,”Butler said. ground. When the play starts, it’s The result? The invention of
als,” Drakos said. other sport?” he said. “In football, For example: 11 kids’ job to find the ball and the forward pass.
on every single play, the object • Kickoffs and the three-point to knock that boy to the ground.” “We are at a similar moment
A COUNTER-ARGUMENT is to violently hit the opposing stance have been eliminated for Scott Hallenbeck, CEO of in history,” Bibro said. “Football
Dr. Mark Herceg, director player and bring that player, that the youngest age groups; USA Football, said, “Our com- needs to change once more to
of the concussion program at opponent, to the ground. That • Contact is restricted in prac- mitment to player safety is real,” save itself. I do want to live in
Phelps Hospital (Sleepy Hol- makes football singularly dif- tice time; despite what critics say. The orga- a country that does not provide
low), said it’s premature to take ferent than any other sport that • Coaches are required to be nization, he said, is “teaching bet- the lessons that football teaches,
legislative action while the sci- we’re really talking about here.” certified in Heads Up football, ter techniques to reduce contact but we cannot ignore what we
ence is still unsettled. Nevertheless, Herceg said, sci- an NFL-backed youth football in football.” have learned. Football cannot
“The simple truth is we don’t ence may be decades away from program that promotes tackling police itself. It needs legislative
know why some people get CTE truly understanding the effects of techniques aimed at reducing in- A PARENT’S CHOICE oversight to do that. Now is the
and others do not,” said Herceg, tackle football on the brain. juries; Parents, not the government, time.”
Thursday, November 21, 2019 SPORTS North Salem News – Page 19
Winning at all costs
If everyone’s cheating, no it. Sign-stealing is just another MARSH vantage. e right way is the isn’t cheating. What about
one is. layer of that. It’s like a game MADNESS them?
of chess. losing way. e Los Angeles
A lot of Houston Astros BRIAN Dodgers, who lost to the I often wonder with sadness
fans made that argument last e Astros, however, have MARSCHHAUSER Astros in the World Series, about baseball players who re-
week when it was reported that taken sign-stealing to another can’t hang a banner that says, fused to take steroids even when
their favorite baseball team was level. According to reports, “2017: Had Morals.” 99 percent of their colleagues
stealing signs during their 2017 at home games, a live camera were. A career Minor Leaguer
World Series run (and possibly feed focused on the catcher’s Cheaters will tell you they’re in the 1990s could have been a
again in 2019). signals was relayed to a Hall of Famer in a cleaner era.
monitor near the dugout. If the just keeping up with the Jone- Does that thought keep Mark
e evidence seems clear cut. catcher signaled for an o -speed McGwire and Sammy Sosa
Countless videos show banging pitch, somebody would make a ses. ey’re probably right. But up at night? Have they ever
noises emanating from near the loud banging noise, giving the thought about it?
Astros’ dugout when the oppos- batter a signi cant advantage. in baseball until Sammy Sosa try telling that to your kid and
ing team’s catcher signaled for As long as competition ex-
an o -speed pitch. Mike Fiers, is no longer feels like a and Mark McGwire started hit- sleeping well at night. ists—be it sports, business or
a former Astros player, corrobo- game of chess. It’s espionage. politics—somebody will always
rated this information to e ting 60-plus home runs. Lance Armstrong deals with be trying to get a leg up on their
Athletic. e use of technology to gain opponent. It’s the way the world
in-game tactical advantages over Nobody cared about doping that dilemma constantly, say- works. Some moralistic indi-
“I just want the game to be your opponent is also explicitly viduals succeed in spite of it, but
cleaned up a little bit because prohibited by Major League in cycling until Lance Arm- ing he fears the day when his they’re increasingly seeming like
there are guys who are losing Baseball’s bylaws. the exception. People who refuse
their jobs because they’re going strong won seven straight Tour youngest children learn about to play dirty have clean clothes
in there not knowing,” Fiers said MLB is now investigating but not much else.
in the explosive report. this issue. Eventually, just like de Frances. his illicit activities.
steroids in the late 1990s and If you cheat, it’s less about
Sign-stealing has been part of early 2000s, we may nd out just Nobody cared about the PSI But does he regret it? Not living with the consequences
baseball for time immemorial. how pervasive and widespread (because there aren’t many) than
“Runners on second base com- this kind of sign-stealing is. of a football until the New really. it is about being able to live with
monly peer in at a catcher’s signs yourself. Is it better to cheat
to tip o hitters as to what pitch As a Yankees fan whose team England Patriots started win- “If you take me back to 1995, and win or play by the rules and
is coming next,” a writer for lost twice to the Astros in the lose? Only you can make that
MLB.com wrote in February. playo s since 2017, I’m not in ning titles. when [doping] was completely decision.
a hurry to gloat or cry foul. My
In those cases, it falls on the team could be guilty, too. Nobody cared about sign- and totally pervasive, I’d prob- Mike Fiers, in coming clean,
catcher and pitcher to develop decided he could no longer look
more intricate signals. One But ultimately, the Astros stealing until the Astros made ably do it again,” Armstrong at his 2017 World Series ring
index nger for a fastball won’t aren’t guilty of cheating. Not with a clean conscience.
cut it. Many baseball fanatics really, anyway. ey’re guilty of their second World Series ap- told BBC in 2015. “It was a bad
love the sport for the strategy of cheating too well. What can you live with?
pearance in three years. decision at an imperfect time,
Nobody cared about steroids
It seems just about every but it happened.”
great champion from this era is brings us to the real issue,
is tainted in some way. After which was hit on by Grant Bris-
Barry Bonds was found guilty bee, a writer for e Athletic.
of cheating his way to both the “I know it’s not just the
single-season and all-time home Astros. It’s probably a bunch
run records, a nation in search of teams,” he wrote on Twitter.
of a clean home run king turned “But I could see some teams
its hopes to A-Rod, who also being too squeaky clean to even
turned out to be a cheater. consider this.”
Cheating, unfortunately, has “If you’re not cheating, you’re
become the new normal, which not trying.” I’ve heard that say-
means idealists are at a disad- ing since tee-ball. But somebody
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pointers to a
Sharpshooter turned tutor
Former NHL All-Star teaches youngsters at Harvey School
Local kids aged 5 to 9 skat- nos, head coach of the Harvey together was the support from only was it a teaching moment is that they left Monday’s event
ed onto Harvey School’s Ev- School’s varsity hockey team, our current Harvey hockey play- for the kids, but it was a moment with a desire to get back out on
arts Rink, on Monday, Nov. 11, speci cally for novices. More ers who gave up their day o to for me, too.” the ice and play.”
knowing very little about play- than 100 kids suited up and make a connection with the next Ashley Dineen, an English Every child who participated
ing the sport of hockey. skated with Mullen at the pri- generation of hockey players and teacher and multi-sport coach, went home with an autographed
at all changed thanks to a vate school in Katonah. spend the day tying skates and was excited by the number of New York Rangers hockey stick.
crash course led by Brian Mul- “It was truly something spe- playing with the kids on the ice.” girls who signed up to try hock- Another event will be held
len, a former NHL All-Star cial to see so many rst-timers Spencer Hellinger, a Katonah ey. at the school at 10 a.m. on Dr.
whose career included a ve- arrive at Evarts Rink eager to resident and Harvey School ju- “As a former collegiate ice Martin Luther King Jr. Day
year stint with the New York meet some of the New York nior, said there is knowledge to hockey player, I hope we can (Monday, Jan. 20).
Rangers. Rangers alumni and get on the be gained by teaching. continue to raise the involve- For more information or to
e free Veterans Day event ice for the rst time ever,” Janos “It was really cool to give back ment of girls in this amazing register, Google search “Junior
was organized by Greg Ja- said. “What really brought it all to the kids,” Hellinger said. “Not sport,” Dineen said. “My hope Rangers Rookie Series.”
Harvey’s Spencer Hellinger, of Katonah, laces up a young boy’s skate. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GABE PALACIO
Former Ranger Brian Mullen autographs a hockey stick.
Thursday, November 21, 2019 LEISURE North Salem News – Page 21
CLUES ACROSS A 17. One point north of due west
1. Small viper 55. One who noisily enjoys
4. Some are covert 56. About blood 18. Small peg of wood
7. A waiver of liability (abbr.) 57. Transaction veriﬁcation system 20. Stretch of swampy ground
10. Speak out (abbr.) 22. Is indebted to
11. Retirement plan 59. Related through female family 27. Where you were born (abbr.)
12. Small dog members 28. A team’s best pitcher
13. City in Iraq 60. Low velocity grenade 29. Cool!
15. Car mechanics group 61. “In Living Color” comedian 31. Female sibling
16. Shrimp-like creature 62. Veterans battleground 32. This stimulates the thyroid
19. Majestic 63. Expression of creative skill (abbr.)
21. TV detective 64. Midway between northeast and 33. Reserved
23. Central Canadian province east 37. More prickled
24. Causing to wind around 65. Patti Hearst’s captors 38. Forbidden by law
25. Wise man 39. One-time presidential candidate
26. Knicks legend Willis CLUES DOWN 40. A TV show has more than one
27. Muscular weaknesses 1. Something useful 41. A place to stash things
30. John Stockton compiled them 2. It goes great with peppers and 42. Defunct currency in India
34. South American plant onions 43. Causes to ferment
35. To some extent 3. Oriﬁce 44. A type of gland
36. Where manners are displayed 4. Turned into bone 47. __ Humbug!
41. Showy 5. The Princess could detect it 48. Everyone has one
45. Fall down 6. Bands of colors 49. Punctuation
46. Shoelaces are often this 7. Makes use of 51. Central American fruit
47. Disease-causing bacterium 8. Central African country 52. Brooklyn hoopster
50. Egg-shaped wind instrument 9. Lake in the Kalahari Desert 53. 100 square meters
54. Sufferings 13. He was a “Chairman” 58. Local area network
14. Legally possess
CLUES ACROSS B 13. Supreme being
48. Bar bill 15. Ductless gland
1. Study of sight 51. Romanian city 18. Parts producer (abbr.)
7. Becomes less intense 53. Greek sorceress 21. Not arranged in a straight line
13. Juicy, soft fruit 55. Small water bird 24. Red sweet peppers
14. A great ape 56. Tropical Asian plants 26. Famed protest yacht
16. All-time NY Giants great 58. “Unforgettable” singer 27. Drain
17. Big Apple native 59. Belonging to a bottom layer 30. Distributes
19. Home of the Flyers (abbr.) 60. Potato state 32. Small, savory dishes
20. People stand in them 61. A toy that spins 35. Web of Things (abbr.)
22. Automotive legend Iacocca 64. “A-Team” character 37. Defunct aerospace company
23. Inﬂuential linguist 65. Ornamental molding 38. Lacking consistency
25. __ and Andy, TV show 67. Covers again 39. Type of retriever
26. Wives (law) 69. Poets write them 42. Barrier
28. Discriminating 70. Appear 43. Senior ofﬁcer
29. Star Wars hero Solo 46. Categories
30. Married woman CLUES DOWN 47. Call it a career
31. A digital tape recording of sound 1. Popular mid-size Kia 49. Suitable for growing crops
33. Chinese dialect 2. Image management (abbr.) 50. High jumping legend Iolanda
34. Angolan monetary unit 3. Prongs 52. Hairy
36. A type of sheen 4. Cools 54. Dish made with lentils
38. “Ash Wednesday” poet 5. It produces milk 55. TNT broadcaster Craig
40. Nobel Prize-winning chemist 6. Trends 57. Used to align parts
41. Spoke angrily 7. Concurred 59. Cold, dry Swiss wind
43. Separated with a tool 8. Chinese cabbage __ choy 62. Water in the solid state
44. Relative biological effectiveness 9. Greek war god 63. A great play
(abbr.) 10. Straits along the Red Sea 66. Atomic #45 (abbr.)
45. Actors’ group 11. Railway 68. Big shot lawyer (abbr.)
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