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Bank and town agree on deal for parking lot
Swan Cove/parking project clears last major hurdle
BY BOB DUMAS
e last major obstacle in the plan to create a mu- PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
nicipal parking lot and small passive lakefront park on
South Lake Boulevard in the Mahopac business district Supervisor Ken Schmitt holds up a schematic drawing of the trafﬁc light conﬁguration at the Route 6/6N intersection
has been cleared. as Councilman Mike Barile looks on.
e Town Board voted unanimously at its July 24 dilapidated cottages that were torn down last summer, Bank for putting up with us; for their patience,” Barile
meeting to sign a deal to purchase four parcels of land—
totaling exactly one acre—from Mahopac Bank for is approximately a half-acre in size. e town purchased said. “ ey were very professional. We appreciate every-
that property about a year and a half ago for $1 million. thing they’ve done for the taxpayers of this town. I truly
e land is currently used as the bank’s parking lot and
contains the former headquarters of the Greater Carmel- “ is is the start of the change of downtown Ma- believe no one is going to understand it or realize how
Mahopac Chamber of Commerce. e Chamber moved
out of that building several months ago. It will be razed in hopac,” said Councilman Mike Barile, who praised the good this is going to be until it’s nished.”
the next 30 days or so to make way for the project.
bank for making the project possible. SEE SWAN COVE PAGE 18
e negotiations between the town and the bank have “I want to publicly thank the Mahopac National
been going on for nearly two years.
“ ere’s been a lot of back and forth with the bank
over things we wanted in the contract, things they
wanted, things we didn’t want—we had to go back and
forth,” said Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “I am happy to re-
port that after multiple meetings with Mahopac Bank,
we have come to an agreement with respect to those
Schmitt said the deal now clears the way to create
much-needed parking for the downtown area.
“ is has always been an issue with the merchants,
business owners and residents alike,”Schmitt said.“ ey
have complained for years that there is a lack of munici-
pal parking in downtown Mahopac. We know that there
is, and we are doing something about it. We are going
to create a beautiful municipal parking lot and a passive
town park—which is Swan Cove—that we purchased.”
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Mahopac Middle School celebrates diversity
e eighth annual English for to share with the group as the
Speakers of Other Languages students read poems in their
(E.S.O.L.) Multicultural Dinner native languages.
was held earlier this summer at
the Mahopac Middle School. e event was attended by
dozens of members of the
e event was created community and school district,
by Susan Cotten, an MMS as well as E.S.O.L. teachers and
E.S.O.L. teacher, to celebrate the school administrators.
diversity of Mahopac students
and to honor and acknowledge e celebration creates an
the contributions and cultures open and informal setting
of the immigrant families in the in which people of di erent
community. cultures can interact. ey share
food and conversation and learn
e festivities included a about their di erences while
potluck-style menu where developing an understanding of
families brought traditional their commonalities.
home-cooked meals and desserts
Elian Reyes Ramos and Kelbin Cruz introduce themselves. Esteban Merchan and Daniel Hernandez Aquino
Attendees line up for the pot luck dinner featuring traditional homecooked dishes. Tradtional items from different cultures was on display.
Nettie Pizza, age 96 (Susan Cotten’s mom), left, and her sister, Micky Wright, 93 PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
The students who read poems in their native languages and in English were, from left,
Andrew Solano (with little sister, Mia, in front of him),Yin Chen, event founder Susan
Cotten, Betzayda Juarez Mena, Giulia Monte, Nia Kochadze, and in front, Ashley Avila
PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019
Town passes law banning door-to-door peddling
Schmitt says soliciting had gotten out of control
BY BOB DUMAS commercial businesses, which e board held a public hear- ing to the homeowner. When folks have had it with this.”
EDITOR need to deal with salespeople, ing on the proposed new code someone you didn’t open the Schmitt said he knows the
nor does it prohibit political during its July 24 meeting, front door for is now on your town will see a revenue drop by
Nearly a year in the making, candidates from campaigning which no one attended. e back deck, that’s a problem.” prohibiting such permits, but he
legislation that bans door-to- door-to-door. It also won’t stop board, with councilmen Jona- Schmitt said the number of called that a small price to pay
door solicitation won Town ice cream trucks from traveling than Schneider and John Lu- soliciting permits issued by the when compared to the problem.
Board approval last week. local streets and selling their pinacci absent, then voted 3-0 town over the past several years “I know there is going to be
e law will not apply to summertime treats. to enact the new law. has continued to grow. In 2015, a bit of a revenue hit because
e solicitation ban will go 12 such permits were handed there is some money generated
into e ect Jan. 1. Until then, out. at jumped to 27 in 2016. by issuing these permits, but I
Rooney Orthodontics peddlers must continue to ob- In 2017, there was a slight think the concerns that have
tain town-issued permits before drop-o to 21, but last year it been raised by the public out-
knocking on doors. rocketed to 31 permits. weigh that by quite a bit,” he
Children & Adults Supervisor Ken Schmitt rst “It’s a problem that got out said.
proposed the law last August, of control and needed to be ad- Schmitt noted that Carmel’s
saying he’d received numer- dressed,” Schmitt said. neighbors to the north, the
ous complaints from residents e cost of today’s permits is town of Southeast, already have
who said the growing number $500 for each peddler. So, if a such a law on their books and
of door-to-door peddlers had solicitor has ve peddlers on his said he wanted Carmel to emu-
become an intolerable nuisance. sta , the cost would be $2,500. late it.
“ e residents have a concern “I understand that they want “ is is about trespassing on
that there appears to be way too to get out and drum up busi- private property,” he said. “Es-
many peddlers going through- ness, but I am concerned about pecially when they go around
out their neighborhoods,” he the number of them,” Schmitt to the back door; we can’t have
said. “It seems that they are said. “ ere were 31 permits [in that. It’s particularly concerning
even going door-to-door dur- 2018], but there can be multiple to senior citizens and those who
ing nighttime hours when it’s people under each permit. e have young children at home.”
dark out. In some cases, when solicitor will drop o eight or Board members said solici-
17 Miller Rd. they knock on the door and 10 of his peddlers in a certain tors are usually selling services
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Chamber of Commerce
With new blood, new home, group leaves scandal in the past
BY BOB DUMAS e move out to Route 6 was “[ e move] was bittersweet
EDITOR precipitated by the town’s pur- because it was for a good cause,” Chamber Board
chase of the property on which Celestino said. “We were ini- of Directors Chair
It’s been nearly two and a the old Chamber building sits. tially impacted negatively be- John Malzone, left,
half years since Erin Meagher, cause of that [parking lot/park] and CEO Michael
the former Greater Mahopac/ e town plans to tear that project, but we are very much in
building down to make way for Celestino in the
Carmel Chamber of Commerce a municipal parking lot and a favor of it.” new Chamber
offices on Route 6
CEO and executive director, small park on the adjacent Swan SEE CHAMBER PAGE 6 PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
was red and subsequently ar- Cove land.
rested on grand larceny charges
for using a Chamber debit card
to purchase thousands of dollars’
worth of clothing and accesso-
ries for her own use.
It was a dark time for the
Chamber, which came under re
for the incident as members de- When it comes to cardiac expertise,
manded answers and the public
turned a skeptical eye in the or- there’s strength in numbers.
at’s all just a bad memory
now and as current Chamber
CEO Michael Celestino puts
it, “ ere is de nitely a light at
the end of the tunnel. We can
actually see the end of the tun-
With Celestino at the helm, the
Chamber has a new headquarters
and a new chair of its board of di-
rectors. Membership is on the rise
and the group’s image has gradu-
ally been rehabilitated.
“We had to get our house in
order to be better for the com-
munity,” said Celestino, who was
hired in the wake of Meagher’s
sudden departure. “We had to
get our act together internally. I
think we are on a positive path.
We are not quite there yet, but
we can be more [on the] o en-
sive where we get out there and
focus on getting more members
and doing more things for the
community because we have our
New Chamber Board of Di-
rectors Chair John Malzone said
the negative publicity that the Aarti Campo, Anthony Messina, Lawrence Solomon,
scandal generated was di cult MD, FACC MD, FACC MD, FACC
to rebound from.
“You have to remember when At Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, three cardiologists from The Heart Center are now
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ribbon-cutting for its new o ces.
PAGE 6 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019
FROM PAGE 5
Celestino said the Chamber
looked at a lot of di erent pos-
sibilities for a new home and
reached out to its members for
“ at’s how we connected
with Joe Smith,” he said.
Celestino noted that there
were ve nonpro ts that shared
the old Chamber space and the
goal was to try to bring some of
them along to the new quarters.
“We were able to bring Com-
munity Cares with us,” he said,
noting that the space is actually
a suite of o ces with a com-
mon conference room they can
all share. “We vetted out what
we could a ord and what would
be right for us and try to nd
something that was central to PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
Mahopac. We also looked at Surrounded by Chamber members, Board of Directors Chair John Malzone (with scissors), gets an assist from Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt
opportunities in Carmel as well (blue shirt) cutting the ribbon on the new Chamber ofﬁces last Thursday.
because, quite frankly, we are the
Carmel/Mahopac Chamber. But from where we used to be. foot tra c as we’ve been getting. ber elected new board members members,” Malzone said of his
this seemed to be the best op- “We love it,” he added. “I was I’m not sure what the reason is.” and Malzone, who owns Custom goals as chairman. “What I’m
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Sterling smiles e Mueller report
and Dems’ lust for
My mother always OF HUMAN the wife, grandkids, all dis-
insisted that our INTEREST playing shiny white smiles. impeachment
family have break- “Sterling Smiles,” he called his
fast together on Saturday business.
mornings. She’d spread a red- LORENZO He’d thickened around the
checkered cloth over the table GARO waist, was bald, but at least The news was dominated Journal, called it, “Mr. Mueller’s
and make us pancakes and recognizable. He grabbed my
bacon. On one such morning shoulder, a little stunned, I last week by the long- often befuddled testimony.”
in June, the topic of conversa- imagine, because he probably awaited Mueller testimony Most shockingly, during the
tion became a family of wild cats. ey lived in hadn’t thought of me in years. I was correct in before Chairman Jerry Nadler’s questioning, Mueller revealed
an overgrown lot next to where we lived in Ma- thinking that his wife wrote and sent all those House Judiciary that he had no
hopac. Now that the kittens were large enough, cards. He invited me to his house for dinner. Committee. LIFE, clue what Fusion
For those HEALTH, GPS is. is is
mom wanted to catch one and give it a home. After we nished eating, Sterling and I re- the notorious
people who were
But the eld was lled with thistle and wild treated to a screened-in porch for an after-dinner POLITICS rm hired by
rose, broken tree limbs everywhere. It wouldn’t cocktail. at’s when the night turned sour. still expecting
be easy. And then I had a sudden brainstorm. It was a warm September evening, a ceiling an electrifying MARA Hillary Clinton
revelation that SCHIFFREN for opposition
I ran to borrow Sterling’s shnet. Sterling, as fan whirled rhythmically above our heads. We would really, really research against
much a friend as an adversary, tried to negoti- sat in large wicker chairs; the kind that make
ate the loan. e hell with that, I thought. I you feel small. We went reminiscing. signal the begin- then candidate
broke into his basement. ings went crashing “What was the name of that cat you had— ning of the end Trump. e rm
as I groped in the pitch-blackness for the net. the one you caught with my shnet?” of the Trump administration, the produced the Steele dossier which
Sterling cried, “MA!” We named him Smokey. He didn’t last long, testimony was a failure. was used by the FBI—which
e family of wild cats had settled in a shady disappearing only after a couple of months. We Indeed, the thing that became already knew it was an opposition
part of the eld. ey scattered when they thought he’d gone back to live with his wild most clear was that Bob Mueller research document—to acquire
heard my mother and I coming toward them. family, but he returned to us a month after is no longer in the best of health FISA court orders to spy against
Warning us with a erce hiss and a growl, the he’d gone missing. Our happiness, though, was to lead such an investigation. He members of Trump’s campaign
mamma cat was the last to retreat. e one short-lived. He was sick and soon died. I never asked for questions to be repeated, team. It has been a point in con-
we wanted, a gray kitty with four white paws, really got over it. We’d worked so hard to win stammered and halted over his tention for a long time whether
crawled under a patch of thistle. My mother his trust and when we nally did, he became responses, and often did not seem this use was legal or not, given the
took hold of a branch and tried to force him in especially beloved. knowledgeable about the content origin of the document. In other
my direction. I waited with the shnet, my legs “Smokey!” shouted Sterling, laughing of the report that bears his name. word, and this cannot be stressed
already bleeding. half-drunkenly, after I’d made an account of He refused to answer 189 ques- enough, the entire origin of the
As luck would have it, the kitten ran straight Smokey’s brief life. tions. Nor did he seem on top of probe may have set up illegally
into the belly of the net. His claws got caught Sterling said, “I remember you and your his game, mentally speaking. He based on an opposition research
in the webbing, which gave me time to twist the mother calling him day and night. ‘Smokey, came across our screens dimin- dossier paid for by the Clinton
net and secure him for good. Smokey!’ So pathetic.” ished intellectually from the man campaign.
We freed him in the kitchen. He ran behind “Pathetic? Why pathetic?” he once was. When Mueller asked for clari-
the fridge and stayed there, only emerging at “Because I had him in my basement… Sorry, Laurence Tribe, a Harvard law cation on what Fusion GPS was,
night for bowls of milk and bread. Meanwhile, buddy, but you had to be punished for what you professor and sometime political it created the strong impression
my mother was trying to patch things up with did. Taking my shnet without permission.” commentator who is an outspo- that he was not fully familiar with
the Sterling’s. He saw the expression on my face change and ken critic of Trump tweeted on the report and certainly not the
ey were a hoity-toity, wealthy family. After got scared. the failure of Mueller’s testimony: author of it. It also made it seem
I took the shnet, I was no longer welcomed at “Wow, Larry, man that was over 50 years ago! “Much as I hate to say it, this likely he had not kept current
their house. Yet Sterling and I somehow stayed You’re not going to hold a little prank against morning’s hearing was a disaster. with the news during the last two
friendly until the age of 25, when he got mar- me after all this time, are you?” Far from breathing life into his years.
ried and moved upstate. Smokey, the vet said, had an acute lung infec- damning report, the tired Robert As Harvard lawyer emeritus
Our only contact throughout the years has tion. Suddenly, a picture of him in a dark crawl Mueller sucked the life out of it.” Alan Dershowitz stated—and he
been through Christmas cards. In the late ‘90s, space popped into my mind. I had to leave. I David Axelrod, President wrote the introduction to public
computers and printers becoming popular, Ster- was afraid I might punch Sterling in the face. Obama’s former campaign man- copies of the Mueller report—
ling began sending, I’ll call them form letters, How can any human being do what he did to ager and political advisor, stated typically the role of the special
as a way of keeping everyone up to date. He a defenseless kitten? that, “this is very, very painful,” council is to question and review
had children, grandchildren, a successful dental In December, sure enough, came Sterling’s and that Mueller “was struggling.” every single word that makes it
practice, went on a safari. Christmas card. I threw the envelope and form NBC’s Chuck Todd com- into the report before it is pre-
I didn’t plan on looking him up when I letter to the wind, lamenting not only Smokey’s mented that “on optics, this was sented to the Justice Department
traveled north, but I icked through the phone sad demise, but also the animosity that I will a disaster,” for Democrats. Kim SEE SCHIFFREN PAGE 9
Strassel, writing in the Wall Street
directory and there he was, a full-page ad, with feel for Sterling until the day I die.
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Paper should grow the issues plaguing our society today. Regardless of choose. If you listen to many politicians and commenta-
community spirit the extreme, left-wing liberal or right-wing conserva- tors like Bernie, you are led to believe that none of this is
tive, they both employ the same tactics. Fear, paranoia, true and if someone believes in strong borders or Medi-
To the editor, exaggeration and broad condemnation as if there is no care for all, they are horrible people who embrace and
My main reason for writing is a general rebuttal to middle ground are the weapons of choice. support all conservative or liberal policies, respectively.
the tone and negative broad strokes employed by Bernie e reality is that most Americans are more main- e resulting vitriol is not only ugly and inaccurate, it
Kosberg. is rst came to my attention in his article stream and realize that neither extreme is desirable. drives wedges in our society.
generally attacking any Republican woman for embrac- Most are willing to compromise on issues, believe in
ing conservative values. His latest, “Be Prepared!” and the freedom to make choices in their life and lifestyle My simple request is to use your paper to inform
“Yes, Floyd, the President is Racist” aptly demonstrate and for others to have the freedom to live theirs as they
SEE LETTERS PAGE 10
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how Mueller was a Republican, over. No doubt they will be turn-
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up entirely of Democrat political coming months.
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Yield to slow-moving vehicles
for YorkUtownLOSTIN gets a holiday named after him while the
SUBURBIA woodchuck only gets asked the question,
TRACY “Dude, how much wood can you chuck?”
nlike the suburbs, most of the wild We also had lots of deer, an occasional but I thought I had enough colorful ani-
creatures you encounter in the city fox, and once or twice someone claimed to mals to contend with… until I went to visit
are of the two-legged variety. How- have seen a bear, although it was more like- some friends in Florida.
ever, before we moved back into the city, I’d ly that the “bear” was actually a very large
certainly had my share of suburban animal version of the aforementioned groundhog. “What’s the delay?” I asked my Uber
encounters. We had squirrels and chip- driver as we stopped in the middle of the
munks, raccoons and skunks, and wood- Anyway, I didn’t exactly live in the jungle, road on my way to meet my friends for
dinner. I looked around. ere was no stop
chucks and groundhogs, which, I’m told,
SEE BECKERMAN PAGE 11
are the same thing except the groundhog
now that deserves a free car? LETTERS
for Yorktownnate a FROM PAGE 9
to Win Cel•eHebilnprNaeaFerditenidng 10 years and grow community spirit in our neighborhoods, not to cast broad
Cars negative dispersions against members of our community who per-
haps have a di erent perspective or set of life experiences. A com-
munity is made up of people with a wide range of di erent beliefs
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liefs, learn from each other and strive to make our society better. I
believe we live in a very special country with far more good than
bad. We should celebrate our goodness and be unrelenting and un-
apologetic in exposing and eliminating inequality, unfairness and
restrictions on the freedoms of our citizens.
• Nominate Algae blooms not geese’s fault
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Canada geese by the Carmel Town Board, I wish to deal with one
issue and that is the pervasive presence of algae blooms in almost all
of the water bodies of Putnam County and its causes. e presence
of Canada geese in some o ers a facile scapegoat as cited by John
Aquino, a member of the Lake Casse Advisory Board. Extermi-
nation is his cruel and ultimately ine ective response. Inhumane,
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of Yorktown, NY of algae blooms result from a combination of environmental fac-
tors including nutrients: temperature, light, stable conditions and
MUST be residents of Yorktown, NY turbidity. As to nutrients, the research states the following: “In the
landscape, runo and soil erosion from fertilized agricultural areas
THE TIME TO APPLY IS NOW!l need and lawns, erosion from riverbanks, riverbeds, land clearing (defor-
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FROM PAGE 10
The Harvey School is currently
light, no stop sign, and no tra c. looking for families interested in
“ ere’s an animal in the road,” he said matter-of-factly. weekend-hosting international students.
“A live animal or a dead animal?” I asked, craning my neck to see what was in
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front of him.
“A live one,” he replied. family is one of the best things that
“Can you hurry it along somehow?” I asked. “I have a dinner reservation.”
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“Wow!” I exclaimed. “What are we going to do?”
“We’re gonna wait,” he said, and put the car in park.
I was shocked. But apparently, this was a thing here. e hotel where I was
staying was part of a golf resort. In Florida, it’s not uncommon for an alligator or
seven to hang out on a golf course. ey don’t play, of course, but they do like to sun
themselves on the green and take a swim in the penalty areas (also known as lakes
or ponds for those of you who are golf-illiterate).
Occasionally, to get from one penalty area to another, the alligators cross the road.
Or in this case, start to cross the road, and then stop. It became clear to me, an al-
ligator novice, that alligators, when not in search of food, do not move particularly
quickly. Even if you give them a mulligan.
My shock soon turned to impatience when I realized that there were no other
ways out of the resort, and I was going to be late for dinner.
“First alligator?” he asked me.
“Yes,” I replied. “We don’t have this problem in New York.”
“You know why?”
“No. Why?” I asked him back.
“Cuz all the alligators in New York live in the sewers.”
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Introducing kids to the Farmers’ Almanac
Dear Dr. Linda, was rst published in 1818. Obviously, spend most of my time on my computer periodicals and reading materials that
According to the Farmers’ Almanac, still have value. Even though the Farm-
I wasn’t around then, but I was born on and iPhone, I still buy a Farmers’ Alma- ers’ Almanac is not considered to be ne
which is the uno cial authority I always literature, it opens minds to understand-
turn to for weather-related questions a farm in 1930 and nac every year. To make ing and analyzing what is fact and what
(even though much of it is based on is ction. People can enjoy it from 8
folklore), the phrase “dog days” refers to in those days in the STRONG a long story short, I’m years old up to where I am—88.
the hottest time of the year, which is the Midwest, the Farm- sending you this email
40 days that span from July 3 through LEARNING because I have two Retired English teacher
Aug. 11. e reason I bring this up is ers’ Almanac was like
because last week, Jared, my 20-year-old Dear English teacher,
grandson, saw me reading my 2019 issue Google. at’s where DR. LINDA reasons why I want you ank you so much for your email.
of the Farmers’ Almanac. “What is that?” we got a lot of our SILBERT to share it with your
he asked. information. It only readers. I too grew up with the latest Farmers’
Almanac in my home and I too looked
“You’ve never seen the Farmers’ Al- came out once a year First of all, I may be to see the long-range weather predic-
manac?” I asked. “I’m reading about the tions as soon as it arrived in the mail.
dog days of summer. Plus, there’s a good and let me tell you, we a senior citizen, but I’m going to share your email with some
article on home remedies to use to repel teacher friends because there’s a pleth-
looked forward to its I use computers and ora of lessons for kids inside that little
ies during these dog days.” magazine—and they all involve higher-
“What are you talking about? What’s publication. I remember taking it out of other electronics. I’m well-versed and order thinking skills.
dog days? Are you OK?” he asked. I
think he thought I was losing my mind. the mailbox and ghting over it with my rather electronically savvy. But I still anks again,
I quickly let him know that I’m ne and Dr. Linda
fully aware of what I’m talking about. sister as to who would read it rst. e have time to enjoy the Farmers’ Almanac
I invited Jared to sit down with me to Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad Grades
learn about the phrase in addition to most important part of it was the yearly which is composed of folklore, fantasy Happen to Good Kids,” and director of
learning about the Farmers’ Almanac. Strong Learning Tutoring and SAT/ACT
We had a wonderful conversation weather report. I’d look up my birthday and fact. Test Prep. Send your questions to [email protected]
about the phrase “dog days of summer” stronglearning.com. Find more articles at
and about the Farmers’ Almanac, which and know immediately (I thought) what is leads me to my second reason. StrongLearning.com.
the weather would be on my birthday. e youth of today and even their
It was lled with facts, ction and parents need to know that life goes on
folklore. Everyone in the family read it beyond their electronic world. As I said,
from cover to cover and then we’d argue I live with electronics everyday and
about whether certain things were based think it’s an unbelievable asset to our
on real facts or based on someone’s lives. However, the younger generation
opinion. I remember my dad looking to needs to open their minds to material
see how much snow we were in for— from the past and incorporate it into
whether we’d have a “bad winter” as he’d their lives along with their computers
call it—or if the season would be mild. and iPhones. e Farmers’ Almanac is
At this stage in my life, even though I just one example of that. ere are other
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and Malzone said he’d like to reach 400. ties and the members are picking up on that. And
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Celestino said the group’s goal to become the Celestino said that while change was needed
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SWAN COVE A preliminary drawing of the Swan
Cove/municipal parking lot plan
FROM PAGE 1
IMAGE PROVIDED BY TOWN OF CARMEL
Barile noted that the price the town paid for the bank
lots is “about half the appraised value.”
“It was a gift from Mahopac National Bank,” he said,
adding that the bank will also contribute $50,000 to the
cost of landscaping.
“ ey are paying for their own improvements,” he said.
Schmitt said the project will be a renaissance for Ma-
hopac’s business district.
“We had to get to this point before we could go any
further,” he said. “It was a little bumpy along the way, but
we got through the bumps to get to where we are. ere
were concessions made by the bank—many concessions.
We had to renegotiate and compromise. It’s going to be a
rebirth, a revitalization of downtown Mahopac. It’s going
to be beautiful.”
e parking lot will have about 90 parking spots and
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“We can’t make [merchants] use the lot, but if I was
a business owner, I wouldn’t use the spots right in front
of my place,” she said. “I would walk down a few steps. I
think the Chamber is receptive to that.”
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FROM PAGE 18
new sidewalks and lighting will ‘It’s going to be a rebirth, a revitalization of downtown Mahopac. It’s going to be beautiful.’
be added to the east side of the - Supervisor Ken Schmitt
road, and the diagonal parking
will be eliminated and replaced
with end-to-end parking. at’s
a project that has been in the
works for several years—it’s be- to the lighting, the main tra c lic will have input. When we get some Mahopac Point residents, Department will have a satellite
ing paid for with grant mon- light, parking, and accessibility to the point where we can meet Schmitt said the park will be for o ce there, he said, the speci c
ey—but town o cials decided to Lake Mahopac for the rst with the public to go over the town residents only, and no mo- way to enforce residential status
to delay it until the Swan Cove/ time,” he added. design, we will ask for input.” torized vessels will be allowed and other regulations is still be-
parking lot project is complete. Barile said work is about to Addressing the concerns of to launch there. While the Rec ing worked out.
O cials said that issues with begin and that hopefully the
the parking lot will have to be park and parking lot will be
addressed. It oods whenever completed some time next year.
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MUSINGS jong, Co ee and Camarade- ters. e 4-year-old class follows groups; call 914-962-6402 or ing for summer camp, note that
FROM PAGE 2
rie” on ursday, Aug.15, from the Common Core curriculum. 800-532-4290. a copy of your child’s immuniza-
Jazz in the Park Short Story Writing10-11:30 a.m. at the Support Both classes also use the Cre- tion record must be sent to the
Recreation Department o ce
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Heights. Open to people living to academics, there are indoor for Seniors before you can complete your
Cross-Cultural Connec- with breast, ovarian and gyne- and outdoor play areas, music, registration. For more infor-
tion presents the second annual cological cancers. To learn more crafts, story time, snack time Introduction to Short-Story mation on classes and summer
community jazz festival, Jazz in or to pre-register (required) call and holiday celebrations. Call Writing for Seniors - Join au- camp, visit www.carmelny.org/
the Park, at the Peekskill River Support Connection at 914- Michelle Armstrong, director, thor, columnist, and teacher, recreation or follow us on Face-
Front Green, Peekskill, Sunday, 962-6402 or 800-532-4290. at 845-803-0701 or email Ma- Dorothy Killackey, for a free book @CarmelRecreation.
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Houston Person Quartet; Dr. com for more information and workshop to help guide aspir-
Barry Harris; Kirk Lightsey; Registration to set up a tour. ing writers. Classes will be held for Seniors
Ray Blue Sextet; C.C.C Pro- every Tuesday, 11 a.m.-noon,
Am Ensemble; Norm Hathaway e Mahopac Falls Nursery Cancer Support at the William Koehler Senior e Putnam County Comput-
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Rec Spring Classes/Also: CCC Pro-Am En- summer sessions and 2019-20 provides free, con dential sup- William Koehler Senior Center,
semble Concert at Vanderbilt preschool morning and after- port services for people a ected Summer Camp 180 Route 6 in Mahopac. In all,
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pitches during his
MLB debut with the
Tampa Bay Rays on
April 19, 2014.
FILE PHOTO/SKIP MILOS/
TAMPA BAY RAYS
C.J. Riefenshauser played brie y for Tampa Bay Rays
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER guess,” Riefenhauser said. no regrets ever in my life.” Manhattanville College, said he spring, Riefenhauser said. To
e Rays drafted Riefen- After earning his undergradu- is excited about the prospect of that end, he wants to retain the
hauser in 2010 out of Chipola ate degree, Riefenhauser put out building his own program. current coaching sta and form
Until recently, C.J. Riefen- Junior College (Marianna, Fla.). feelers to his high school con- “I want to nish school to be a fall team.
hauser never had a reason to When shoulder ailments caused nections, who told him a head a phys ed teacher,” Riefenhauser “So, by the time the season
prepare a resume. Riefenhauser to hang up his coaching vacancy was opening said. “I want to coach at York- does come around, we’re kind of
His left arm was the only ref- cleats two years ago, the 2008 up at Yorktown High School, town for as long as I can, as long hitting the ground running and
erence he ever needed. Mahopac High School graduate where Sean Kennedy was step- as they’ll let me. at’s the plan.” we can focus more on baseball,”
But injuries, coupled with turned his attention back toward ping aside after 25 years. ough this will be his rst he said.
a newfound love of coaching, school. For the rst time in his life, high school coaching gig, Rief- Coaches are often judged on
changed everything for the for- He enrolled in Mercy Col- Riefenhauser drafted a resume enhauser has spent the last few wins and losses but, Riefenhaus-
mer MLB pitcher and Mahopac lege (Dobbs Ferry) and joined and cover letter and applied for years attending games and lead- er said, that is only one aspect of
star. its baseball team as a coach. the job. ing clinics in the area. He also his job.
e 29-year-old Riefenhaus- oughts of trying to attempt “I guess it all just fell into maintains close connections “Do I think winning makes
er, who appeared in 24 games a comeback quickly subsided. place from there,” he said. with other local coaches, includ- their experience more enjoy-
for the Tampa Bay Rays over Riefenhauser had found his call- When it comes to his prede- ing Mahopac High School’s able? One hundred percent,” he
two seasons, is set to take over ing. cessor, Riefenhauser knows he Myckie Lugbauer, his former said. “But at the end of the day,
Yorktown High School’s base- “Once I fell in love with coach- has “very big shoes to ll.” He batterymate. I want these kids to grow. I want
ball program this year, pending ing, this is the route I wanted to said of Kennedy, “He made the Getting coaches and play- to show these kids how much
school board approval. go,” Riefenhauser said. program what it is now.” ers on the same page before the baseball and life correspond with
“With Yorktown, it was ac- “I am done pitching,” he add- However, Riefenhauser, who season starts will go a long way each other. I just want to make it
tually right time, right place, I ed. “It was a great run. ere are is studying physical education at toward the team’s success in the as enjoyable as I can for them.”
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11U team wins playoff opener
Falls in quarter nal against Yonkers
BY SKIP PEARLMAN play catch-up. weren’t supposed to get this far, Mahopac players watch the action on the field from the dugout.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Indians starter Matt Bentivenga so I think the team played very Jack Grieve had
well, and I’m really proud.” an RBI for the
e Mahopac Indians went four innings, and RJ Indians in the
11U baseball team won their Grabeklis and Nate Mascoll each e Indians got a strong start loss.
GHVBL playo opener against went one frame in relief. from Mascoll in their playo
Armonk ursday, July 25 taming opener against Armonk, and
the Bobcats, 7-3, but Mahopac’s “Matt pitched one of the best rode it to victory. Mascoll gave
title hunt ended in Sunday’s games he’s pitched all year,” up two runs on one hit over
quarter nal, where the Indians fell Mahopac Coach Anthony four-plus innings, striking out
to Yonkers, 6-2, in a game played Sacco said. “Some errors in the eight. Grabeklis came on to earn
at the Crane Road elds. the save.
eld hurt us, and of course they
Sunday,July 28,against Yonkers, scored runs on them, which was Ryan Sacco went 3-3 with
the Indians (11-5) couldn’t nd unfortunate. three RBIs, and Mascoll went
their o ensive rhythm, and fell 2-2 with an RBI and three runs
behind the Rebels early due to “But the guys—from scored. Bentivenga had two
some elding miscues, and had to where we started to where we RBIs, and Grabeklis had one for
Sacco added. “ ey came a long
way, really improved a lot. We
takes a swing.
RJ Grabeklis puts a late tag on a runner at second base vs. Yonkers.
Matt Bentivenga delivers a pitch Sunday night against Yonkers. Jovani Segarra
had an RBI for
Mahopac in a
playoff loss to
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 23
12U baseball team marches on to semiﬁnal round
BY SKIP PEARLMAN
Michael Behler pitched a complete- PHOTO COUTESY OF THE 12U MAHOPAC INDIANS
game, three-hitter, striking out six,
and Lucas Bilichuk went 2-3 with a Mahopac’s 12U Indians won their playoff opener, and the team was set to play in the semiﬁnals this week. Front, from left: Casey
three-run homer and had ve RBIs, Feierstein, Michael Behler, Chris Russo, Ethan Giorgianni, Danny Robinson, Nick Tardio; back, from left: coach Bobby Tissier, Lucas
sparking the Mahopac 12U baseball Bilichuk, coach Rich Tardio, Anthony Eppolito, Lou Girau, Kieran McCormack, Ryan Tissier, head coach Bill Feierstein,Tommy Bonacci,
team to a 13-2, mercy-rule victory over and coach Rich Eppolito.
Pleasantville in a GHVBL quarter nal
playo game last Wednesday, July 24, at
the Crane Road elds.
Mahopac was scheduled to take on
Cortlandt National Wednesday, July
31, with that winner advancing to the
championship game on Sunday, Aug.
4, set for 9 a.m. at Rogers Field in
In the win over Pleasantville, Casey
Feierstein and Ryan Tissier each went
2-2 with two RBIs,Dan Robinson drove
in two runs, and Ethan Giorgianni was
3-3 with three runs scored.
Indians Coach Bill Feierstein liked
what he saw from his team.
“Michael dominated on the mound,”
he said. “His ball was moving well, and
our o ense hit the ball harder than
we’ve hit all season. It was great to do
it in the playo s.
“Nick Tardio hit well for us,”
Feierstein added. “Kieran McCormack
had a nice hit for us, Anthony Eppolito
made a nice catch in center, and Dan
Robinson also hit well.”
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Mike Ambrosecchia of Mahopac
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PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN
Mahopac 16-year-olds fall
to Stony Point in playoffs
BY SKIP PEARLMAN going in a 7-3 quarter nal loss to Stony Point in a game played
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Sunday, July 28, at the Crane Road elds.
Matt Mormile delivers a pitch. After earning a rst-round bye in this Mahopac (10-11) got one RBI each from Brandon Smith and
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