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The Somers Record 07.09.20

Vol. 10 No. 12 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, July 9, 2020

Art scaled back for 7th-graders
under new block schedule

GoopdrefopraKreidsstonohneplprofit BY CAROL REIF is meant that if their parents couldn’t
students in September STAFF WRITER drop them o at 7:30 a.m., they had to
take the bus to the high school (with stu-
Organization teams up with the When you’re nishing up your favor- dents potentially six years older), then a
Community Center of Northern Westchester ite jigsaw puzzle, what’s worse — nding shuttle to SMS.
out there’s an extra piece that won’t t, or
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT families hit hardest by the COVID-19 “We’ve had kids do it, but I can tell you
STAFF WRITER pandemic have school supplies for the nding out that one’s missing? that it’s a handful. I don’t think that’s fair,”
upcoming school year. In the case of 7th-grade art at the Getman said Tuesday, July 30.
e Katonah-based nonpro t orga- Somers Middle School, both answers
nization Good for Kids has teamed up Good for Kids co-founder Anne could apply this fall. e proposed schedule moves perform-
with the Community Center of North- Harris said the organization’s mission According to SMS Principal Je rey ing group classes into the regular school
ern Westchester to ensure children and Getman, the school has been gearing up hours. ey will meet every other day and
SEE GOOD FOR KIDS PAGE 2 for a big scheduling change for nearly participants will not take a general music
four years. class.
He told the Board of Education last
week that, besides meeting the require- ose not in a performing group will
ments of its transitioning to the “Middle get two trimesters of music class in 7th
Years Programme” (MYP) and those of grade only, the same amount of time as
the state Education Department — the the new SMS art requirement.
new “Drop Block Lock” schedule is more
exible and will give students better elec- Part of the reason the district is able to
tive choices. do this is the decline in enrollment. Fewer
kids means it can o er more music elec-
e school wants to become an In- tives, such as electronic music and voice
ternational Baccalaureate School, which lessons.
includes the Middle Years Programme
curriculum. According to the district, it is “very un-
usual for middle-school students to have
During the scheduling team’s research, many di erent learning experiences out-
it found that one of the biggest “equity”is- side normal courses.”
sues was the ability of budding musicians
to take part in performing arts groups. e “mini-courses” to be o ered dur-
ing the WIN block, it added, “will allow
Many SMS kids simply weren’t par- students to explore di erent opportuni-
ticipating because band, chorus, and or- ties and interests, as they currently do in
chestral groups met before school opened high school.”
for the day. ( is is separate from general
music classes.) is didn’t seem to placate some SMS
parents who aired their concerns Tuesday


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The Staff GOOD FOR KIDS Harris said. “We’re a liated never seen crayons before, and ter would hold a drive to collect
EDITORIAL TEAM with the Community Center now we have children in our school supplies over the sum-
of Northern Westchester and community who, the only rea- mer. However, with a short-
EDITOR: 914-302-5830
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BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER people’s lives here in the United many families coming through things are is because they’ve the center due to resources be-
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[email protected] States and abroad. e organi- for food as they’ve had in the been to school and now they’re ing diverted toward the food

ADVERTISING TEAM zation is run by local educators past and twice as many children not in school,” Harris said. “It pantry, the drive is now being
who provide young people with with no enrichment and no seemed important to us to make conducted through online do-
[email protected] the opportunity to serve those school supplies.” sure that they had something to nations and Good for Kids has

PAUL FORHAN in need and has led numerous She said that Good for Kids take home.” taken charge of organizing this
[email protected] trips to La Carpio, Costa Rica, conducted a Summer Enrich- Good for Kids, in partnership year’s drive.
845-621-4049 where there is a Nicaraguan ment Drive and lled bags with with the Community Center, “We decided that this year,
[email protected]
JENNIFER CONNELLY refugee camp, to support educa- books, notebooks, paint, jump also based in Katonah, is hold- things have to be done di er-
[email protected] tion and health programs. rope and bubbles for children to ing a fundraiser to ensure at ently and we have. Instead of
914-202-2941 “When the pandemic hit, take home and enjoy while they least 2,000 children have school asking for physical goods to be
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CO-FOUNDER for our kids in Costa Rica and “When we were in Costa plies will be distributed in early just for nancial contributions
[email protected] we thought we’ve got to start Rica, we were always so struck August. to help us order all the products
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/DESIGNER thinking about the kids here. by the fact that kids had never In past years, the Community wholesale through a variety of
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ere’s so much need here now,” seen paint before. ey had Center of Northern Westches- vendors and have it delivered to
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL an o -site space which we then

CREATIVE DIRECTOR can utilize more volunteers to
help us pack and organize the
[email protected]
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Your Neighbor

Pandemic delays progress on STEAM academy

BY CAROL REIF Bluestone also plans to admit students

STAFF WRITER who have graduated from high school, but

are hitting the pause button before head-

e launch date for a proposed ing to college.

STEAM school in Somers has been Eventually, it will have 1,800 students;

pushed back a year to 2022. 85 percent will live on campus.

Tim DiScipio, president of Evergreen e state Education Department ap-

Ridge LLC, the folks planning to con- proved Bluestone’s opening — conditional

vert the old IBM campus into Bluestone on its completing renovations and getting

Peak Academy, a private, for-pro t high a certi cate of occupancy.

school, told the Town Board ursday, Prospective investors, teachers, and oth-

July 2, there were multiple reasons for the er interested parties have noted that the

delay. town “seemed highly supportive, just from

e original hope-for start—which reading articles,” DiScipio said, adding:

still depends on the town’s amending its “We thought that was terri c.”

zoning code and 2016 comprehensive e hearing was continued to a to-be-

plan to accommodate the project—was announced date. Only one member of the

the fall of 2021. public phoned in with questions.

Ninth and 10th-graders would have

come rst, then 11th-graders in 2022, CURRICULUM UNVEILED

and 12th-graders in 2023. DiScipio gave the town a peek at the

DiScipio blamed the coronavirus pan- proposed curriculum.

demic’s impact on “investment timing, Core subjects will focus on science,tech-

recruitment marketing, campus tours, nology, engineering, ne and performing PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMPSON AND BENDER

media.” arts, and math. ey will be combined with There’s a proposal to make the former IBM campus into a STEAM academy boarding
Town o cials have been hoping to Advanced Placement and short courses in school.
nd a new use for the vacant 723-acre 40 “emerging growth elds” to be taught

site o Route 100. by industry experts and professionals. A sampling: bioscience, aerospace/avia- SpaceX. He’s a drone consultant, certi ed

Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey, Citing a 2019 PayScale survey, DiScipio tion, digital marketing, medical research, ight instructor, and a former combat

who’s repeatedly said he thinks Bluestone said two-thirds of employees had second equity capital/venture investment, arti - and test pilot.

would be a great re-use of the old cor- thoughts about their college degree choic- cial intelligence, manufacturing technol- Aerospace and aviation students will

porate buildings, was disappointed, but es. Mostly Millennials (ages 22-37), they ogy, and urban planning. practice ying aircraft and drones via on-

philosophical, about the delay. also regretted their student loans. “ ese are not futuristic industries; campus simulators and by taking actual

“It’s a di erent world; we’re all ad- Over a third of college students change these are industries that are here now, that training ights.

justing to it. It’s unfortunate that the their major and about half enter college are hiring, that are strong, and will con- e Queens native currently teaches at

timelines had to be pushed ahead, but undecided, the survey found. tinue to get stronger,” DiScipio said. New Dorp High School on Staten Island

it sounds like everyone’s adapting. We’re is points to a “lack of exposure to rel- Introductory courses won’t be “super- where he shares his passion for aviation

going to survive,” he said. evant career and degree elds and access rigorous” because the school wants stu- and learning with inner-city students.

School developers plan to use the extra to industry leaders who can o er advice,” dents to comfortably explore subjects that Studying aerospace and aviation

time to “build out” and re ne things such DiScipio said. are trending. doesn’t necessarily mean that a student

as curriculum, faculty, and infrastructure Bluestone’s main “strategy”for position- “We don’t have a course on how you’re wants to be an astronaut or pilot. ere’s

needs, and learning management systems. ing itself is to “closely integrate the (tra- going to make it to another planet … yet. many other career paths, including: pay-

Not surprisingly, it will also be used to ditional core) curriculum with career and We want to make sure anything we’re of- load operator, project manager, and en-

work on protocols for keeping students degree counseling.” fering is currently a career eld, there are trepreneur/contractor, he explained.

and sta healthy and safe in the age of A few of the traditional courses are: jobs, it’s strong,” he said. Suppose a kid really isn’t into math and

COVID-19. Honors English; instrumentation/com- Harking back to the pandemic-induced science, but loves media arts. Once they

Students will be recruited from the re- position, art ( ne and performing arts), delay, DiScipio said that while the campus learn how to pilot a drone, they can use

gion, all over the country, and around the calculus/algebra/geometry (math); world is still “the mother ship,” Bluestone wants that skill to make commercials or lms.

globe. But international students are, DiS- history, international relations (social to get some courses up online by summer’s Somers Board of Education trustee

cipio acknowledged, a “write-o for this studies); astronomy, forensics (science); end. Ifay Chang, speaking for himself and

year,” due to travel restrictions. Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, and Spanish not the Board of Education, wondered

Tuition could be $49,000 for board- (world languages.) TAKING FLIGHT how Bluestone might include Somers

ers; $37,000 for day students. e school’s ey are aiming for “a generous amount One of the expert instructors/coun- educators in the planning process.

team—all folks with backgrounds in edu- of AP courses”— probably 30, but the “se- selors will be Fred Bivetto, a retired U.S. Bluestone met with schools

cation—is putting together scholarships cret sauce” will be the 40 courses taught by Air Force lieutenant colonel who has SEE STEAM PAGE 8

for “families in need.” industry experts, DiScipio said. worked with NASA, Virgin Galactic, and

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High school sweethearts married at Elephant Hotel

Sarah Elizabeth McAnaw Friends surprised the couple with a socially-distanced wedding at the Elephant Hotel.
and Evan Michael Kimpel,
both 29, were married on e groom graduated Insurance in Boston. e Ann McAnaw of Rocka-
May 31 on the front steps with a bachelor of science in couple resides in Boston. way Point, Edward Miller of
of e Elephant Hotel in mathematics and econom- Glendale, and Alfred Kim-
Somers. Judge Michael ics from the University of Parents are Judi McAnaw pel of Nazareth, Pa.
McDermott o ciated. e Delaware, and is pursuing of Katonah and Josephine
couple were high school his MBA in organizational and Michael Kimpel of Sarah Elizabeth McAnaw
sweethearts. behavior and operations Somers. e bride’s father, weds Evan Michael Kimpel.
at Boston University. He Michael D.McAnaw,passed
e local ceremony was a is assistant director, data away in 2013. Grandpar- PHOTOS COURTESY OF
special turn of events when products, at Liberty Mutual ents are Suzanne Rubin of SARMA & CO. PHOTOGRAPHY
original plans to be married New Bedford, Mass., Carol
at e Roundhouse in Bea-
con were postponed to May
2021. Sister of the bride,
Emma McAnaw, was maid
of honor, and the groom’s
sister, Jessica Kimpel, was
bridesmaid. A number of
friends surprised the bride
and groom and their families
by joining the wedding party
on the front lawn of e El-
ephant Hotel in masks for a
socially distanced toast.

e bride graduated with
a bachelor of arts in interna-
tional a airs from American
University in Washington
D.C. and a masters of public
health in global health in-
fectious disease from Boston
University. She is an oncol-
ogy medical program man-
ager at Sano Genzyme in
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Support Connection announces Walk Ambassadors

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT plete hysterectomy. by other people in your life,” their services,” Ekelund said. She was given the con -
STAFF WRITER “Having a hysterectomy at Ekelund said. “ e ability to Michel, who has been active dence and support for her sur-
connect with people who have gery and continued to rely on
Support Connection has an- 31 was a hard thing to come to been where you are, that shared with Support Connection for Marlene Stager, the woman
nounced its Walk Ambassadors grips with, but at the very least, understanding of what the can- seven years, went in for her an- who answered her call that day,
for this year’s Support-A-Walk it ended my painful symptoms,” cer experience is like and also nual mammogram in late 2012 throughout her treatment. Al-
taking place Sunday, October 4. Ekelund said. having the opportunity to have and said she was not surprised most eight years later, Michel
a counselor who has been there when she had to go for further still calls Stager on the anniver-
e two ambassadors, Ken- However, that was not the and understands exactly what testing afterwards, since she sary of their rst conversation.
dra Ekelund and Kathleen Mi- end of the road. She was in a you’re going through, this is re- had already done so before.
chel, are both cancer survivors. “watch and wait” situation due ally irreplaceable.” However, she was told news In 2014, just a few weeks
to the rare form of cancer and that she would never want to before attending her rst
is year’s Support-A-Walk no treatments for it. She said that joining Support hear: She had breast cancer. Support-A-Walk, Michel and
will be organized virtually and Connection’s monthly support Stager met in person in what
take place across the country, After being told by a friend groups was the best thing she “I couldn’t believe it. It was Michel calls “a memorable ex-
with participants invited to about Support Connection, did for herself. While she was devastating,” Michel said. perience.”
walk wherever they are. Typi- Ekelund was hesitant because initially reluctant to tell her
cally, the 3-mile walk takes she thought she would be tak- story, especially since she had e next few weeks she un- “It meant so much to know
place at FDR park in Yorktown. ing it away from someone else such a rare type of cancer, she derwent tests, appointments that everyone there was by my
who needed it more and was began to feel at ease and was and in the beginning of 2013 side. It was so emotional,” Mi-
Every year the walk brings uncomfortable with asking for reassured by the other women had two lumpectomies two chel said. “ ere’s nothing I
thousands together and brings help. who coped with similar chal- weeks apart. She thought the wouldn’t do for Support Con-
attention to the free support lenges. worst was over. nection. It is a great organiza-
services for breast and ovar- “I tried to kind of endure my tion that helps so many women
ian cancer patients provided by period of treatment and survi- In 2014, Ekelund participat- However, her pathology re- and families.”
Support Connection. vorship on my own thinking ed in her rst walk with friends ports came back and the tests
that organizations like Support and says she is proud to be a showed the surgeries could not Michel has attended e
In 2012, Ekelund, a West- Connection were for people Walk Ambassador this year. get all the cancer cells and she Walk every year since 2014 and
chester resident, was just 31 who had less help than I did. needed more surgeries. has raised money for the or-
years old and in her second year I had a caregiving partner at “ is year’s walk taking place ganization through donations.
of marriage when she was diag- home, I’ve got friends and fam- everywhere presents a real op- While she had learned about
nosed with a rare form of uter- ily, you know bringing soup by portunity to highlight the Support Connection from her is year, she said she’ll be
ine cancer. every other day and I guess I felt work that Support Connection daughter’s friend the day after walking around her community
a little guilty about taking com- does on a national scale. We she was diagnosed, she didn’t with her “wonderful and sup-
After a long battle with munity resources that might be very much think of them as a pick up the phone to reach out portive neighbors.”
chronic pain, undergoing mul- for someone else that didn’t community support organiza- until the day before her surgery
tiple surgeries, hospitalizations have as much help as I did, tion, but I’ve referred them to for a bilateral mastectomy. To nd out more about
and battling with complica- but I did not realize that the friends across the country who Support Connection and
tions, she received her diagno- help that Support Connection have, I hope, taken advantage of “My daughter called to check the Support-A-Walk, visit
sis. She was then told that she provides cannot be replaced on me. I hadn’t slept, and she
would have to undergo a com- said to me, now’s the time to
make that call,” Michel said.


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STEAM Councilman Rich Clinchy course, but we want the town SAFETY AND SECURITY deck, from across the county and
asked if Bluestone has connect- to be better because of you,” he Altaris Consulting Group neighboring states as well.”

ed with Northern Westchester- said. CEO John LaPlaca, who has Will students be able to stroll

Superintendent Dr. Raymond Putnam BOCES. DiScipio said “ e greatest thing in the been working with the Somers into town or locals to walk around

Blanch’s team last winter. “We it has contacts within the orga- world would be to tap into school district on its multi-million the property?

want to work together,share some nization and might be “able to some of the Somers schools safety/security project, also advises Bluestone planned to build

of these resources,” DiScipio said. partner on a few things.” resources. We could recipro- Bluestone. a path through the woods that

“Lectures, courses, athletic Acknowledging that the cate with some of our unique Boarding schools have “unique would emerge near Bailey Court,

elds. We’ve put it out there that school will generate taxes for academics and resources like challenges,” he said. but after problems arose with

we want to be the best. We also the town, Clinchy still pressed sports, elds, lecture rooms. We ere will be security sta , de- siting a sidewalk at the Route

want to be able to rely on our for details on what being a want to be inviting.” tailed emergency plans, and the 100/202 intersection, it was

neighbors if we need any assis- “good neighbor” actually means. “Somers is our town,” school will follow state safety pro- dropped.

tance.” “We want you to succeed of DeScipio said. tocols. Agreements will be drawn LaPlaca said students, some

up between Bluestone and the of whom will have cars, will sign

school district, so students from out and in. A shuttle bus will take

DRUM HILL either entity can be transported them shopping and to the train
to the other during emergencies. station. Pick-up and drop-o

SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY “Access control, electronic points have to be worked out.
locks, surveillance … all these As far as letting random folks
things are going to be a big piece meander around, that’s a “no” for

IS COVID-19 SAFE! of the (security) puzzle there,” he now. ere will be “layered” secu-
said. rity measures taken, just like they

Supervisor Rick Morrissey are at local schools.

asked if Bluestone will be work- “Right now, it is a closed cam-

To the Drum Hill COV I D Warriors... ing closely with local rst re- pus, so we can keep students safe,”

sponders and state police. LaPlaca said.

“Yes, because ultimately these Referring to the EF Academy,

I want to send out a thank you to all our are the people who will be com- an international boarding school
employees for doing an amazing job of
ing to campus to lend support,” in ornwood, Clinchy noted that

LaPlaca said. the community there has faced

keeping our community resilient during this Somers’ rst responders’ famil- certain “challenges.”
pandemic with your continued hard work and iarity with the campus dates to Last year, surrounding school
the IBM era. “So it’s just a matter districts had to go into lockdown

positive attitudes! of acclimating them to the modi- after an EF Academy student re-
cations and making sure they’re ceived an anonymous text warn-

I appreciate each of you and I want to tell part of the dialogue as we go for- ing about a potential attack. A

ward,” he said. 17-year-old classmate was even-

the world that you are the best team ever! In any case, major emergen- tually charged with making a ter-
cies would require “all hands on roristic threat.

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However,all is not lost.While the

museum’s buildings and main com-

plex of Route 100 in Katonah are

still closed due to the COVID-19

pandemic, its hiking trails are open.

ere is a spur that takes folks with- PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

in sight of a few farm critters. ink Little Dawn, Muscoot’s miniature horse, goes for a stroll.
cows, donkeys, sheep, and goats.

(Parents take note, there are port-

o-potties.) camp programs. While the camps gauges on the reopening valve to

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo an- have certain parameters that may see if the infection or hospital-

nounced last week that the Mid- be a little di erent – we are open- ization rate is going up, and we

Hudson Region, which includes ing them and that is the important will tighten or loosen the valve as

Westchester and Putnam, was set part,” Latimer said Monday. necessary depending on the data.

to enter Phase 4 of reopening on Camps held at nature centers will If we see spikes in data or lack of

Tuesday, July 7. operate outdoors because of limited compliance, we will slow down the

Under Phase 4, low-risk out- indoor space. reopening valve and adjust as nec-

door arts and entertainment ven- is means that they will close essary,” Cuomo said.

ues can open up to 33 percent during inclement weather. New York City is entering Phase

capacity while indoor venues like In Muscoot’s case, however, 3, but indoor dining is still not al-

museums can open to 25 percent there is a large activity building that lowed.

capacity. can be used if it rains, he said. “ e numbers show we are right

Cuomo also said that in Phase Muscoot’s camp curriculum will where we want to be, but what’s

4, social gatherings will be allowed follow state and county Health happening around the country is

to include up to 50 people. It was Department guidelines. a cold reminder that we need to

25 in Phase 3. For more details about the coun- continue being cautious and smart

“Because of the state’s structur- ty’s other camps, visit parks.west- and disciplined — no one wants

ing of summer camps, we are able to go back to the hell that we went

to open some of our county day “We are closely monitoring the through,”the governor said.

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Taking our temperature e seventh month

Every time we get ready to enter a MAN The month of July is very special THE
new phase of re-opening, we need OVERBOARD to everyone…it is the month in SEASONED
to pause and take our tempera- which our country declared its CITIZEN
ture, both literally and guratively. If RICK independence from the British mon-
things get too hot, we’ll have to dial it MELÉN archy and became the United States of ADRIENNE
back. No one wants to hear that their America. KAVELLE
business is going to have to close again, material that ts comfortably around
after waiting so long to get here. My dog your neck. When you see someone com- July is also very special to our family. sorrow, something marvelous is about
has an appointment at the groomer’s ing towards you with a great-looking Ilene and Curtis celebrate their wed- to take place in our clan. My daughter,
on Friday, and if the Governor puts the tan, you pull the material up over your ding anniversary; Curtis celebrates his Lisa, is expecting two more grandbabies
kibosh on it I’ll invite him to come over nose and mouth, since that guy probably birthday as does their daughter Jenny. and I, two more great-grandbabies!
here and tell me de nitively which end came from Florida. e gaiter is a game- Both my granddaughters-in-law are
is the bow and which is the stern on this changer for me, because I can pretend is particular July is the month my due within two weeks of each other.
animal after four hairy months. By the that I look like a real outlaw in it, and it’s youngest grandchild starts on his road
way, my dog gets charged for a manicure easy to ip up and down, and since you to adulthood. He was graduated last e one with the boy, a girl and the
AND a pedicure. don’t take it o it’s always with you. Try week from Somers High School and one with the girl, a boy! ‘Ain’t’ nature
it- I saw an ad on Yahoo where you can has made excellent decisions for the wonderful?!
It’s not the Governor’s fault, the buy 2,500 of them for $10,725 dollars, so future. Instead of going directly into
glaring lack of leadership is not com- there’s no excuse. college, he has chosen to give the next e little girl is to be named Abigail,
ing from Albany. It’s the people that few years to Uncle Sam. Interestingly which I nd so very apt at this time of
will decide how the reopening goes. We Will there be a baseball season? Dur- enough, his grandfather, my husband, year. Abigail Adams was the wife of
all want things to get back to normal, ing the quiet evenings two months ago, did something very similar. After his John Adams and the woman behind
but if we can’t gure out when to wear sports fans were so rabid for any kind the man without whom Congress
a mask and when it’s okay not to, we’re of competition that they ran the 1997 rst year at Hartwick College, the would not have gone ahead so quickly
going to be spinning our wheels in this Spelling Bee on ESPN (I wish that was armed forces were o ering college stu- to declare independence. Because of
rut for a long, long time. It’s important a joke so I could take credit for it, but it’s dents a deal: “Give us a year and we will her outspokenness, fervor for human
that we normalize wearing a mask when actually true). ere might be baseball, not interrupt the rest of your education rights, and a very modernistic relation-
you’re moving around or near others; but if you want to play you’ll have to as long as you stay in the reserves for ship with John, she could have stepped
it shouldn’t feel awkward or strange, answer a questionnaire describing what six years.” is he did and nished his right into the 21st century without
it just IS right now. is business of you’ve been up to and how you’re feeling. college career at New York University. batting an eye.
disinfecting everything is nice, but really, If you vacationed in Italy in May and Having entered Hartwick at 17, he was
it’s other people that are going to give picked up a pathogen at the Pantheon, just 22 when he graduated from NYU. To me, as a child, July was the begin-
you coronavirus way before you catch it my guess is that you’ll be out in left ning of two months of utter freedom.
from a box of Corn Flakes. People that Jason and I met in the month of July Summer lay before us with its promise
are near you, not wearing a mask. If you SEE MELEN PAGE 16 and had our rst date on August 1st. of long, slow days lled with absolutely
haven’t gotten wind of that yet, I hope A year later we were married on August nothing I didn’t want to do. Don’t you
you don’t get wind of it the hard way. My 15th , so July has always been a busy wish we could recapture the innocence
wife got me something called a “gaiter” month of preparation for us. In July
mask. It’s just an elastic band of loose of 2020 however, amidst the corona- SEE KAVELLE PAGE 14
virus and quarantines; masked faces
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A sedate Fourth! WReEaOre ePxEcitNedEtoDb!e

WHATWAS High School where the reworks would WELCOMING TO THE SALON
I THINKING? originate. We had to arrive early because
available parking spots lled up fast. JOHN MICHAEL
SCHEFFER You’d think we were traveling cross John Michael has been a hair stylist for many
country the way the wagon was loaded. years. John Michael started his career in
On this past Fourth of July, I heard Manhattan and worked through the Bronx and
reworks in the distance: a few e kids in their pajamas were gathered in into Westchester. John Michael specializes in
minutes here, a few minutes the back; pillows were placed strategically color, highlighting, cutting men’s and women’s
there. I sure didn’t hear the rat-a-tat-tat of and the youngest usually had his favorite hair, styling and Brazilian Blowout. John
numerous reworks colorfully exploding stu ed toy. It was like a sh bowl with all Michael loves a challenge and brings a warm,
in the sky. Blame Covid-19! the windows in the wagon; everyone had friendly and professional approach into the
a clear vision of this spectacular occasion. salon. John Michael is formerly from a salon
I did what I’ve been frequently doing Most coveted however were the snacks! I in Somers, New York and now has joined the
these last few months: reminisce about think those were probably more important staff at Basia’s Hair Salon.
life and events from the “good ole days.” to the boys than pillows and stu ed toys!
Come along with me as I remember how For sure, the car vacuum worked overtime
my young family celebrated our wonder- the next day.
ful, patriotic nation’s holiday.
With the windows rolled down, we had
In the 70s, there were no minivans: a wonderful view of the blasts of color
families had station wagons. Our was a and heard the booming sound e ects of
harvest gold Dodge Coronet—perfect for
lugging around four active boys and their reworks being set o . At the end of this
“stu .” ere was plenty of room for them stunning extravaganza when the sky was
and our sweet doggie, Kelly. peppered with countless bursts of color
and the loud “boom, boom, boom” sound
When Independence Day was on the e ects, all of us parked families yelled,
horizon, my youngsters knew just how waved American ags and clapped and
our family would celebrate this patriotic screamed our pleasure—a real group
day: colorful and noisy reworks and lots celebration. Our youngest, hugging his
of yummy snacks. We, and other fami- Winnie the Pooh, usually found his way
lies, had just the perfect spot to enjoy the into the front seat with us:

reworks in White Plains. We parked “Mommy, I don’t like the loud noise; it’s
on Mamaroneck Avenue by the Gedney hurting my ears and scaring me!”
ball elds--behind the “old” White Plains
Once safely settled between us (remem-
ber bench seats?), he covered his ears and
enjoyed the spectacular ending to a fun


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