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Published by Halston Media, 2020-06-24 14:57:01

Mahopac News 06.25.20

VOL. 11 NO. 17 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

Critics claim school board ignored
questions on Indian mascot

BY SHOSH a safe space for discussion or comment to the clerk The beach is back!
and that you are listening was 3:30 p.m. on June 18.
BEDROSIAN when you are purpose- Hopper said she sent an e beach at Sycamore Park o cially PHOTO: SHOSH BEDROSIAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER fully being deceitful; lying email at 3:01 p.m. asking opened for the season on Saturday, just in
that there was no public to speak on the topic, but time for summer. ere will be social distanc-
e Mahopac Board of commentary and pushing she was never given the op- ing protocols to follow and other guidelines,
Education is facing criti- people down to feel mar- portunity. but the lifeguards will be on hand to help you
cism for not addressing ginalized,” asked Daniel through it all. Recreation Department o cials
questions at its June 18 Ehrenpreis, a member of “It’s completely unac- are expecting a busy summer season because
meeting that were sent in Mahopac for Racial Justice. ceptable that we have no more residents have signed up for beach passes
via email regarding the voice,” Hopper said. “We this year than they have in the past few years.
school district’s Indian Before the Board of Ed- pay a $125 million school For the story on the beach opening and more
mascot. ucation meeting concluded board budget, and the fact photos, see page 3.
without any mention of that the public is not al-
e local anti-racism the emails, District Clerk lowed to comment, or it’s
movement known as Ma- Melody La Rocca said on made di cult, is unaccept-
hopac for Racial Justice, the live-streamed Zoom able. ere’s really no way
which organized last Sun- call, “some of the com- for the public and residents
day’s march and protest in munity wanted to come in to investigate an issue or
downtown Mahopac, sent and share comments with send a prepared statement.”
over a dozen questions and the board, but I don’t have
comments to the district particular direct comments Hopper also complained
clerk before the meeting from residents at this time.” that the agenda was posted
on ursday, which was online only 10 minutes
held remotely online, but “To say that there were before the meeting started
the questions were never no resident comments— and several links for the
addressed. well, we know some of the livestream did not work.
comments submitted were
Members of Mahopac made from Mahopac resi- ere was even more con-
for Racial Justice, who feel dents,” said Kelly Creary, fusion, she said, when
the Indian mascot is racist, a member of Mahopac for school o cials posted on
said they were angry that Racial Justice. the district website that the
their comments were not meeting would take place
entertained by the school Jean Hopper, a 30-year in person at the Mahopac
board even though they Mahopac resident, and a Falls School rather than
asked for the mascot topic former Town Board candi- online.
to be added to the agenda date, said she was prepared
well before the deadline. to ask the board about the School Superintendent
Indian mascot. e dead- Anthony DiCarlo said in a
“How can you say you’re line to submit a question
trying to create inclusivity, SEE MASCOT PAGE 2

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PAGE 2 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

The Staff MASCOT for this misfortunate miscom- line, include a full name and be called up during the sched-

EDITORIAL TEAM FROM PAGE 1 munication.” address, and be a resident of uled visitor’s section on the

In the same statement, Di- Mahopac.” agenda.” But DiCarlo noted

BOB DUMAS prepared statement on Friday Carlo said there are only two e rules and policies listed that in the end, comments and
EDITOR: 845-208-0774 that “the noti cation posted on opportunities for people to under the Public Participation agenda items are at the discre-
[email protected] the MCSD website stating the participate in board meetings— at Board Meetings on the dis- tion of the board president and
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER meeting would be held at the during the “comments on agen- trict’s website states “persons superintendent.
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 Falls School caused undue con- da items” and “resident’s com- wishing to address the board
[email protected] fusion in advance of the June ments” portions of the meeting. shall call the district clerk by Creary said none of the sub-
18 Board of Education meet- He said that in order for people 3:30 p.m. on the day of the mission requirements were
ADVERTISING TEAM ing. As soon as the error was to participate in board meet- meeting indicating the par- clear, adding that she didn’t
LISA KAIN identi ed, the information was ings, they must call or email the ticular topic he/she intends to know the recent requirements
corrected by sta . We apologize district clerk before the dead- speak on. ese individuals will that were listed even existed.
914-351-2424
[email protected] “I would hate to think the in-
tent was to silence people,” she
PAUL FORHAN
914-202-2392 said.
[email protected]

CORINNE STANTON Hopper said ursday night’s
845-621-4049
[email protected] confusion needs to be addressed
in order for the community to
JENNIFER CONNELLY be better involved in public dis-
917-446-7757 cussion of school district issues.

[email protected] “ ere was a lack of transpar-
BRUCE HELLER ency and the give and take be-
914-202-2941
[email protected]
tween community and Board of
SHELLEY KILCOYNE
CO-FOUNDER Education and the superinten-
914-924-9122 dent was non-existent,” Hopper
said.
spent at home can do more than just keep us safe,[email protected]
GABRIELLE BILIK Tanner McCracken, the
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/DESIGNER 20-year-old Mahopac alum
who recently won a seat on the
it can bring us [email protected] school board, said he was disap-
Time spent at home can do more than just keep us safe, pointed in the way the board
PRODUCTION TEAM handled the issue.
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
“[ e school board is] sup-
ol or spa can continue to be a safe place in this world.CREATIVE DIRECTOR posed to be the physical em-
it can bring us together.

PHOTOGRAPHER Your pool or spa can continue to be a safe place in this world.
[email protected]

CHRISTINA ROSE bodiment of the ears for the
ASST PRODUCTION MANAGER
DESIGNER Time spent at home can do more than just keep us safe, community,” said McCracken,
it can bring us together. who o cially takes his seat on
’t F [email protected] July 1. “We should be very open
EXECUTIVE TEAM Your pool or spa can continue to be a safe place in this world. to hear what they have to say. I
BRETT FREEMAN think it’s very unfair how they
CEO & PUBLISHER did it. I’ll speak up at meetings
845-208-8151 if something like this happens
[email protected] again”

Deadlines e June 18 Board of Educa-
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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

Life’s a beach again in Mahopac

Sycamore Beach opens Twins Thomas and Christian Agnello enjoy their day at Sycamore Beach.
just in time for summer
BY SHOSH BEDROSIAN e beach is operating on nor-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER mal summer hours but closes

between 2-2:30 p.m. every day

e rst day of summer of- to sanitize benches, tables and

cially arrived over the weekend bathrooms. In addition, beach-

and it brought with it plenty of goers are required to wear face

warm and humid weather. Some masks when interacting with oth-

might even call it “beach weather.” er people and to stay 6 feet apart.

And just in time, the state is e lifeguards at Sycamore

allowing public beaches to open, Beach were also tasked with en-

as long they follow the guide- forcing the new protocols, such

lines. Sycamore Beach at Syca- as making sure swimmers stay

more Park in Mahopac was one 6 feet apart from each other in

of those beaches that opened the water. Lifeguards are also re-

for business on Saturday and sponsible for sanitizing their own

though the attendance numbers workstations and equipment.

were modest, Agathi Agnello “We’re all learning, and rules

said it was just the thing her kids will be changing frequently,” said

needed to break the quarantine head lifeguard Clare Winchell.

tedium. Winchell, who is also a certi-
“It’s something di erent. We’re ed COVID-19 contract tracer Kids are now allowed to enjoy the playground equipment at Sycamore Park.

all trying to nd something new for the county Department of

for the boys,” said Agnello, who Health, said lifeguards are keep-

brought her twin 7-year-old ing a COVID-19 contact log,

sons, omas and Christian, to which records the names of any

get some sun and surf. individuals who lifeguards come

e Carmel Recreation and in contact with if they need to

Parks Department will make help them in the water.

sure the state and county guide- Kallmeyer said the beach sta

lines for beachgoing in the pan- anticipates the crowds at Syca-

demic are followed. more Beach to increase as sum-

“Just being able to open some- mer progresses—more beach

thing and go back to something passes have been issued this year

normal is good and I’m glad than in recent years.

residents can use the beach this “I’m glad we can o er some-

summer,” said Nina Kallmeyer, thing for the public this sum-

senior recreation leader. mer,” Kallmeyer said. “I know

In order to practice social dis- people have been sad [because

tancing and to keep the com- of all the] things that have been

munity safe, Sycamore Beach is cancelled.”

operating at 50 percent capac- e playground at Sycamore

ity. e beach is following other Park is also open. Children who

safety protocols in compliance go on the playground are advised

with the Putnam County De- to practice social distancing and

partment of Health, such as good hand hygiene.

keeping families and individu- All residents are briefed on

als 10 feet apart while sitting on social distancing guidelines and PHOTO: SHOSH BEDROSIN

the beach. Markers have been set new protocols before they enter Sycamore Beach is now open to the public, but COVID-19 protocols are in place.
along the beach to help. the beach.


PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

Voters approve Mahopac school budget PAC contest
challenges artists
Elect two new board members, one incumbent to capture county’s

BY BOB DUMAS attend a virtual community meeting and ready to get to work. is is not my seat beauty
EDITOR submit an absentee ballot.Today is a great on the board, that is our seat. ank you
day for Mahopac.” to everyone for their support. It means the e Putnam Arts Council and Putnam
Voters in the Mahopac School District absolute world to me.” County Tourism are partnering to challenge
overwhelming passed the school bud- In the race for three seats on the school Putnam artists to paint the county through
get according to results tallied ursday board, SEPTO President Ben DiLullo, Due to the pandemic, there was no its #paintputnam contest. is free contest is
morning ( June 18) with 63 percent of vot- 21-year-old Tanner McCracken, and in-person voting this year; instead, paper intended to engage artists and celebrate their
ers casting a “yes”vote. incumbent Michael Simone, the town’s ballots were issued, and voters could ei- talents and showcase the beauty of Putnam
highway superintendent,were the winners, ther mail them in or drop them o at the County.
e $125.3 million spending package while Gil McMahon nished fourth. high school. School workers counted bal-
passed 3,608 to 2,083. e new budget lots all day on Wednesday and concluded Putnam County artists 13 years or older are
calls for a 2.18 percent increase in spend- DiLullo garnered 3,526 votes; Mc- invited to submit up to two original paintings;
ing over the 2019-20 budget. Cracken came in second with 3,498; Sim- ursday morning before announcing the works will be accepted in all painted media.
one received 3,014 votes, while McMahon results. Works must be created in Putnam County at
While still awaiting word on what state tallied 2,953. an outdoor location of the artist’s choice any-
aid the district will receive, school o cials Voters also overwhelmingly passed time between July 4-19.
created a budget that calls for a 1.66 per- DiLullo, the top vote-getter, said he ap- the Mahopac Public Library budget by a
cent increase in the tax rate. Using those preciated all those who voted to approve 3,661-1,954 margin. Submitted images should re ect the beau-
numbers, homeowners with a house as- the budget. ty and diversity of Putnam County. Email a
sessed at $100,000 will see an estimated e 2020-21 library budget calls for a digital photograph, in jpeg format, maximum
property tax increase of $40 on their bills; “I am excited to begin the important zero percent increase in taxes and remains size 4-by-6 inches at 300dpi for judging to:
a home assessed at $300,000 will go up work of preparing our children with every under the state-mandated tax cap. [email protected] July 20-28.
$116, and a home assessed at $500,000 means possible to succeed,”he said.“I look Best in Show, second place and third place will
will increase by about $194. e tax levy forward to working with the community Library o cials said their budget re- be selected by the Visual Arts Committee of
(the amount of taxes collected) also in- to make our district even better.” ects a decrease in spending in building the Putnam Arts Council. Cash awards will
creases by 1.66 percent, which is under the contracts, computer maintenance and li- be presented at some point in the near future.
state-mandated tax cap. McCracken said it couldn’t be overstat- brary materials while maintaining an ar-
ed how humble and proud he is to have ray of programming, technology and vir- All appropriate submissions will be dis-
“ ank you to the community for their won a seat on the board. tual resources. ere was no increase in the played on Putnam Arts Council’s Instagram
con dence in and commitment to our personnel line. An increase in the building under #paintputnam and on PAC’s Facebook
schools,” said School Superintendent An- “Mahopac has spoken,” he told Ma- repairs and maintenance budget line is at- page as well as Putnam County Tourism’s so-
thony DiCarlo. “ is year’s vote speaks to hopac News, “and it has decided that it’s tributed to upgrades and repairs to heat- cial network platforms. Images will also be
the support of Mahopac’s academics and time to put in a board member who will ing and air conditioning units within the considered for promotional purposes by Put-
facilities and on behalf of the school board, bring in a young, fresh, new perspective— 16-year-old facility. nam County Tourism. Award winners may
I would like to thank everyone who took a board member who has recently gradu- also be displayed at sites throughout Putnam
the time to learn about this year’s budget, ated, and is equipped with the experiences ree people ran unopposed for the at the discretion of the Putnam Arts Council.
of a modern Mahopac student, prepared library’s board of directors: Stephen Ba-
to tackle the issues that 21st-century stu- ranawski, Irene Cassetta and Eugene
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Airport Park project still on target for fall opening

Minor cost overruns reported for Phase 2

BY BOB DUMAS sion/meeting room building. It Gilchrist said the extra Gilchrist said he’s also ac- was donated by Mahopac
EDITOR will also include sending out $5,200 will come out of the cepted bids on soccer and la- Sports Association, is well un-
bids or requests for proposals Airport Park project’s budget. crosse equipment for the eld. derway.
e coronavirus pandemic (RFPs) for the needed utilities
has not slowed down the Air- in the park, including sewer, “We have the funds that will ey will purchase soccer goals, “ e building is getting there,
port Park project, with Phase 2 water and electricity. cover this,” he said. “We are benches and bleachers from the footings are in… the gravel
wrapped up and Phase 3 under- going to try and tighten up on Soccer Source for $26,374 and is in place,” he said. “ ey are
way. At the Town Board’s June 10 Phase 3 a little bit to see if we working on the plumbing right
meeting, Jim Gilchrist, direc- can save some money there and ve lacrosse goals from BSN now. Little by little it’s coming
e $2.2 million project will tor of recreation & parks, told o set this a little bit.” Sports for $2,749. along.”
feature ve elds for soccer the board that while Phase 2
and lacrosse, bleachers, a play- is complete, it had a cost over- Supervisor Ken Schmitt said “We are buying right from In other recreation news, Gil-
ground, a support building with run of $5,200. It had originally that he understood that these the manufacturer and saving christ reported that Sycamore
bathrooms, concession and a been budgeted that U.S. Pitch things can happen on such large a signi cant amount of mon- Park beach is opening, and so-
meeting room, as well as fenc- Care—the company tasked projects but urged Gilchrist to ey,” Gilchrist said. “We have cial distancing areas are marked
ing, upgraded driveway and with building the elds—would have Insite Engineering give $50,000 in the budget for ath- out on the sand and sta has
parking lot and improved hik- take 12 weeks to complete the them a heads-up if they think letic equipment. We still have been trained and is ready.
ing trails. job, but it took 22 weeks. something is going over budget. some other items that need
to be purchased. We still have “It will be a challenge,” he
ough o cials had hoped “ is is the rst time it’s “What Insite should do in about $20,000 left.” said.
to complete Phase 2, which happened working with In- the future if they see they are
focused the construction and sight Engineering (the town’s going over in hours, is they Gilchrist said he still antici- Gilchrist said that the con-
seeding of the elds, along with construction manager). ey’ve should make you aware of that pates the elds will be ready for cert series planned each year for
the installation of irrigation always come in under the bud- as soon as they hit that thresh- play this fall. Chamber Park and the Fourth
systems, it had to be shut down geted numbers,” Gilchrist told old,” he said. “Just give you a of July concert in Red Mills
for the winter and be complet- the board. “ is is such a large heads-up and say, ‘Do you want “We will see how it works Park are both on. e bands
ed this spring. Nonetheless, the project and there were a lot of us to move forward?’” out; we don’t want to rush it,” for Chamber Park have been
project remains on target, with loose ends out there that had to he told the board. “ ere is still booked.
the elds being ready for play be dealt with. We are currently Gilchrist said U.S. Pitch Care construction. We have a play-
this fall. working on Phase 3, which will had been “as e cient” as Insite ground we need to install and If everything goes as planned,
be on budget. Phase 1 was on had anticipated they would be. a building. We want to get that the town will enter Phase 3 on
Phase 3 will include the budget. done before the kids are in the June 26, which will allow for
construction of fencing, the “ ere were weather issues,” park. We don’t want to have ac- crowds of 150 or fewer, which
placement of goals and other Phase 2 was the biggest phase Gilchrist said. “We thought the tive construction going on with allow the shows to take place.
equipment, the construction of of the whole project.” project would be completed by kids there.” Gilchrist said social-distancing
the playground, and the conces- the fall, but it had to be carried markers will be laid out on the
over to the spring.” Gilchrist said the construc- grounds at Chamber Park.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 7

Retailer back on track to open in old Kmart space
Ocean State Job Lot will o er as many as 50 new local jobs

BY BOB DUMAS “ e fun part of opening a new Lake Plaza Shopping Center will be new home of Ocean State Job Lot. FILE PHOTO
EDITOR store in a new community is to be
able to o er employment and we online at oceanstatejoblot.com/ and approximately 5,600 em- charities. e Ocean State Job
After more than three months like to hire within the commu- careers-store-leadership. ployees, and annual sales of ap- Lot Charitable Foundation has
of delays due to the coronavi- nity with all di erent positions,” proximately $750 million. Forbes a long history of philanthropic
rus pandemic, plans to open an Hines said. Applicants interested in full- Magazine named the company a leadership and supporting nu-
Ocean State Job Lot store in the time and part-time store posi- “Best Midsize Employer”. merous causes
former Kmart building in the Ocean State Job Lot is a dis- tions may visit oceanstatejoblot.
Lake Plaza Shopping Center on count closeout retailer with stores com/careers-store-team to apply. Hines said the company is “We are excited to go into Ma-
Route 6 are back on track. throughout New England, New known for its giving and likes to hopac,” Hines said. “We’re look-
Jersey, New York and Pennsyl- Founded in 1977, Ocean State work with veterans groups, food ing forward to introducing our-
James Hines, regional director vania and looking to ll both Job Lot is a privately held dis- banks, animal rescue and other selves and our brand.”
for the North Kingstown, R.I.- full-time and part-time positions count retail chain with 140 stores
based Ocean State Job Lot, said at the Mahopac store. Open po-
the company plans to have a soft sitions include store leadership,
opening around Aug. 20. Prior to area supervisors, ad coordinator,
the pandemic, the plan had been department heads, eld mer-
to open in April. Now, workers chandiser, front-end supervisors,
are back in the building under- operations supervisor, mainte-
taking the renovations. nance associate, receiver, sales
associates, stock associates and
“We are doing the construc- visual merchandisers.
tion now and the next phase will
be merchandising,” Hines said. “We’re excited to move an-
“We had hoped to open in April, other step closer toward opening
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Just imagine… Cancel culture

“I’m tired of hearing those magazines—Ebony HERE There’s an ironic meme going LIFE,
about racism,” a guy and Jet—when I used to AND around the internet showing HEALTH,
I know quite well, a have enough hair on my NOW! Bugs Bunny and Da y Duck POLITICS
business owner in town, said head to go to the barber. endlessly ripping signs o a tree, one
to me. It’s a constant theme BERNIE after the other. e rst sign says Co- MARA
of his. ey all had these stories KOSBERG vid Season, the next Riot Season. And SCHIFFREN
about their skin being too on and on it goes.
“Are black people discrimi- dark or hair too nappy. you realize that you can no time.
nated against?” he continued. longer protect your family Which one is it? Unlike Puritanism, though, once
“Have they been victimized? ey brought it on them- as you had in the past; and Unfortunately for the country at
Sure, but, maybe deserv- selves. Don’t blame me! that all your expectations, large, it is both at once. you have been shown to have “broken
edly so. So were the Indians, across the board, must now be the code”of whatever is o ensive at
Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, “When I was a kid growing scaled way back? e way it looks at the moment, that moment, there is no forgiveness.
Jews and anyone who isn’t in up, they were the criminals, Covid season, with its unprecedented,
the ethnic majority. Wallow- the addicts, the cop killers on How are you going to deal several-months long quarantine and ere is no God of mercy and love at
ing in self-pity and blaming TV. ey didn’t work, they with your resentment over nearly complete shutdown of the the core of this ideology, only human
us whites doesn’t x fatherless schemed. It was a big accom- not being treated as an equal? economy, was a major aggravant in ideology. erefore, you remain fallen
families, curb black-on-black plishment if someone black When you’re feeling confused creating such an intense protest and forever. Hence the word “cancelled.”
violence, or excuse their taste held a white person’s job. and overwhelmed, and ques- riot season. People have been bored, People will seek extreme measures to
for drugs, sex and crime. tioning your self-worth, who angry, confused, deeply stressed at destroy you, your life, your job, your
Nope, doesn’t work. You ey all lived in two worlds: will listen? being locked up, forced into cramped family.
know what does? Hard work, the white world where they quarters with family members they
hard work, studying long, made their bucks, and the Will the protest marches may quarrel with, and desperately No one can stand up to it because
keeping your nose clean and black world where they made still in ame your negativ- worried about how they will make everyone, at some point in their life,
acting American. Not asking their friends and did their own ity, or will you now march ends meet with the economy going has said something that is now “o -
constantly for hand-outs, thing. I didn’t like them, and alongside your brothers and – so unnaturally – on hiatus. at’s a limits”in woke culture. And no one
for reparations because, they they surely didn’t like me.” sisters, realizing you cannot lot of stress to deal with all at once. is immune since the goalposts keep
claim, they’re entitled. wage a ght for equality on An epic amount of stress. All of these shifting in real time.
Exhausted, I pleaded with your own? concerns are highly ammable tinder
“Is the justice system him to stop. Please, just stop! even in ordinary circumstances, and Case in point, the Washington Post
racist?” he went on. “Sure, As white citizens of this then the kerosene torch of a video ran a complex story about a private
because whites fear blacks for en, I asked him a ques- country, we owe it to our- showing extreme police brutality citizen who attended a Halloween
good reason. ey’re 6 percent tion—one I’d asked him selves to try as hard as we resulting in the death of George Floyd costume party TWO YEARS AGO
of the population but com- many times before— hoping can to imagine what it is like was released. It passed through the at which she wore blackface. Her cos-
mit 50 percent of the crime. that this time he would en- being black in America and, populace like a shockwave. is made tume included a sign stating she was
gage and not just blow me o . more urgently, what it’s like to the con agration that rose on its heels mocking former Fox anchor Meghan
ey should get longer prison grow up black in America. We feel unstoppable. Like a tsunami after Kelly’s opinion on blackface. (Kelly
terms than whites; you’ve got Imagine, if you can, waking need to place ourselves in the an earthquake. opined it was considered OK when
to teach them a lesson. in the morning, and your skin shoes of a black person in this she was younger.) is point was lost
is black, not white. You have town and question how di er- And here we are today. on some of the guests, who took what
“Just because of their skin the same job, the same educa- ent our lives would be. Cancel culture is also back, this time she was doing at face value.
color, blacks complain they tion and the same income but more empowered than ever.
can’t get into good neighbor- now your family is shades of If I had been born black, I What is cancel culture? In doing this, the woman o ended
hoods; that the food sold in brown. doubt very much that I’d be It’s the desire to eviscerate people two young women of color who at-
their markets is unhealthy; where I am today. I would and ideas you don’t agree with using tended the party to such an extent that
that their playgrounds and All of the things that probably have landed in jail tools you learned through social two years later they decided to ruin
parks are unsafe; that their bothered you in the past still somewhere—one out of activism. is is now possible through her life by getting the Post to write
schools are mediocre; that bother you today: how the three American black men social media, where people who don’t this article as a major investigative
they can’t get a loan to start pandemic is killing your busi- do—and probably died from know each other in real life can join piece. As a result of this article going
a business; that they can’t get ness, high taxes, two rents you diabetes, heart failure or forces to achieve their aims and bring public, like clockwork, the woman was
decent healthcare and their can hardly pay, the price of COVID-19, overworked and their opponents down. Lightning fast.
insurance rates are sky high. food, the cost of health insur- stressed to the limit. As a per- And this is now happening around red from her job.
So, who’s fault is that... mine? ance, and your son’s parochial son who has been rebellious the country because the progressive ere is no public interest here.
school tuition. and de ant at times, and even culture is welcoming it.
“Look, there’s good reasons confrontational with what I Cancel culture is an odd mix of What does this serve except the im-
blacks are hired less, promot- Can you imagine that you consider to be irrational and insisting that everyone live up to your pulse for revenge of two brittle human
ed less, and paid less. ey are might be treated di erently unfair authority, I don’t know individual ideological standards mixed beings so angered and distraught at a
born with low self-esteem. now? How would you justify how I could have survived. with a Puritanical desire to see people slight from two years back that they
Right from the start, black your past rants and explain who fall short of your standards im- sought to destroy this woman?
kids wish they had straight to your friends and business mediately su er for their lapses in real
hair or white skin. I read associates that there’s nothing In my opinion, the Post would have
wrong with being black?
SEE SCHIFFREN PAGE 9
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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020 OPINION MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 9

OP ED District explains virtual meeting protocols

BY SUPERINTENDENT not have been taken down, thus mahopac.org no later than 3:30 with school district o cials and ing, bullying or harassing remarks
causing further confusion. More- p.m. the day of the meeting. did not meet the criteria as de- directed at our district clerk, Ms.
ANTHONY DICARLO over, this error may have a ected scribed above. LaRocca. While we acknowledge
and the live-stream link of the board 1. Resident’s name and ad- the public’s First Amendment
meeting on YouTube. e board dress; Finally, we would like to re- rights, we urge all persons to act
MAHOPAC BOARD OF regrets any confusion that might mind anyone who may feel frus- in a respectful and civil manner.
have caused members of the Ma- 2. Questions and/or speci c trated over not having been given We appreciate your cooperation
EDUCATION hopac community who may have comments an opportunity to have spoken at and understanding moving for-
e Board of Education has relied on the notice to believe the last meeting, to avoid placing ward.
that in-person comments would e emails for questions and/ blame and demeaning, threaten-
been made aware of claims by be allowed. e board is making or comments submitted for the
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e bene ts of ‘social distancing’

OF HUMAN And why not? We lived in a tiny dark, quiet and peaceful, a refuge his wife’s horse. I laughed when Eagle’s Lookout, there are no
INTEREST Bronx apartment, relatives in the from the chaos and meanness of the wife passionately kissed the trails that lead to the top and
same building always around, the world outside. e sky has horse on the mouth. But when it’s surrounded by wilderness. I’d
LORENZO crazy Italians who yelled at each never looked better than from Papa came in the room there always wanted to hike there. I’m
GARO other and tried to kill me with inside a refrigerator box. were tears in my eyes. no intrepid explorer, but some-
hugs. I didn’t like Uncle Tony’s thing drove me to that people-
Hell is other people. mustache, or his suspenders, or Now, before I go further, I “Don’t worry, Lorenzo,” he less mountain. And I don’t think
the way he called pants “trou- want to assure you that this is said. “You don’t have to be a it was all that di erent from
- Jean-Paul Sartre sers.” Pants were pants. I already not going to be a long shaggy stockbroker if you don’t want to.” what drove me to nd a place
knew the word and now they dog story without a point. I’m of my own in our noisy Bronx
Ionce had a place of my own were changing it on me. Life was taking a great risk: boring you One day, I realized something apartment.
called the “Hayzone.” It was better in the Hayzone. with my life. Social distancing about the Hayzone: It had no
just a narrow space about has put me in mind of the Hay- people. I thought of my 5-year- Both journeys had an element
10-feet deep, which my mother Eventually, I needed permis- zone. Stay with me a little longer. old self being devoured by the of peril. I walked down the other
used for storing a folding cot. sion to go in there. My mother We’ll be there soon. meddling eyes of my grand- side of Eagle’s Lookout and then
She hung a purple curtain in thought it was weird and that I mother, torn to pieces by Uncle had only my sense of direction
front to keep it hidden. I’d crawl would break my neck. But papa It was only the size of a large Tony’s hugs, and kneaded as if to rely on. Once you lose your
inside, make my way to the back said, “Leave him alone. He likes walk-in closet, but mine: a I was a piece of dough. Why bearings in the wilderness, that’s
and then climb to the top of the it in there.” Hayzone with a recliner chair couldn’t they just leave me alone? it—you’re lost.
cot. ere I would lay, weightless, and a bookshelf lled with O.
feeling the folded mattress press It takes a man to understand Henry and Guy de Maupassant I know a trail, “Eagle’s Look- But I traveled on, taking
against my body like two gentle a man. short stories. I stayed locked in out,” that ends on top of a mental notes. I passed a stand of
hands. Total quiet, total dark- my bedroom for one year, read- mountain. ere is a nice view of white pines, an oak tree with a
ness, solitude. I loved life in the When we moved to Mahopac, ing. Nothing could get me out. Southeastern New York State; large knot, some mossy boulders.
Hayzone. I found another Hayzone: After a while, nobody tried. I’d the Catskills loom in the dis- Moss is supposed to grow on the
refrigerator boxes. e guy across come home from school, close tance. When I rst started going north side of rocks. ey at least
Of course, I’d only been out the street sold appliances and the door and breathe a sigh of hardly anyone knew about it. o ered some sense of direction
of the womb for six years and was only too happy to supply me relief. One day my father burst in Today, it’s like Grand Central on and comfort.
probably wanted to go back. with all the boxes I needed. I’d because he thought he heard me weekends. ey come in sandals
crawl inside the boxes and push crying. Actually, I was laugh- and ip ops, bring beer and Eventually, I found my
them over with my hands and ing at story about a man who potato chips, and leave garbage. mountain, or at least a mountain.
the weight of my body. It wasn’t thought his wife was cheating. It I climbed to the top, the gentle
easy but so worth the e ort. Like turned out he’d been jealous of Across the way from Eagle’s wind sighed, and I knew I’d been
the original Hayzone, it was Lookout, about 5 or 6 miles, there before.
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Coping with pandemic graduations

STRONG upset and disappointed. We’re can be when they need to. the graduate, to emailing con- But somehow, we’re making it
LEARNING living in upsetting times, and Plus, no family member had gratulations, to calling or mailing through together. And the Class
we have no control of it. All we cards and presents to the gradu- of 2020 will go down in history
DR. LINDA can do is accept what is hap- to be told that they couldn’t go ate. After small home parties as the rst virtual graduating
SILBERT pening until it is over. As the to the graduation because each with the immediate family, many class. Congratulations, you did it!
saying goes, it is what it is. So, student only received two tickets. graduates were surprised with a
Dear Dr. Linda, we move on controlling what we Because of online access, grand- parade of cars driving by honk- And alas, in honor of grads,
My husband and I are so can control. Your granddaughters parents, aunts, uncles and friends ing while passengers were shout- I’ve forced another group of
and your daughter seem to have have been able to join their loved ing congratulations! Posters and folks deserving of a celebration
proud of our twin granddaugh- accepted that. ones by watching them in the in atable decorations were on to the back seat—all the fathers
ters. ey just graduated high most creative commencement display on the lawns congratulat- who were essential in making
school with honors and are look- It appears that most of the ceremonies. As one grandfa- ing the graduates. Probably, more sure their children knew they
ing forward to college in August. graduates of 2020, whether ther told me, “ is was the best was done to make the graduate were appreciated.
graduating from high school, graduation I ever attended. I was know how proud their family
It’s amazing us that they both college or kindergarten, seem sitting in a comfortable chair, and friends were of them than So, in addition to congrats
seem to be OK with the virtual to be making the best of it. e the temperature was perfect, not would normally have been done to the Class of 2020 across the
graduation ceremony they had. faculty at schools and colleges, too hot or cold, we didn’t have in order to make up for the loss country, here’s to all those won-
whether private or public, and at to run for shelter because of a of a traditional graduation. derful dads. Happy Father’s Day!
ey were even excited about all levels, appear to have jumped rainstorm in the middle of it, I
the make-believe graduation in to make sure that their could use the bathroom when I Yes, the sadness, the disap- Dr. Linda
party they had. e problem is students have a graduation with wanted to and a variety of snacks pointment and the adaptation
that we’re not OK, especially me. pomp and circumstance. In fact, were at my ngertips. I loved it! we’ve all been through from Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
I feel so sad that they couldn’t from the graduations that have wedding changes, to the birth Bad Grades Happen to Good
have a traditional graduation appeared on television, to the is should be the new norm for of babies, to the loss of jobs and Kids” and director of Strong
ceremony and the excitement of description of graduations that graduations.” loved ones. It has been a life- Learning Tutoring and Test Prep.
a big graduation party at their appear in our papers, the creativ- changing experience that no Send your questions to [email protected]
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Graduation is a big milestone impressive. “Pomp and Circum- ing pictures of themselves with
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daughters deserve that experi- across the stage to receive their
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If I apply for Medicaid, is my home an exempt asset?

BY ALAN D. FELLER, ESQ. Care Medicaid. A new 30-month admission to the facility, impacting exposed as the Medicaid process be more favorable toward middle
GUEST WRITER lookback is about to be introduced eligibility or triggering a lien place- continues. ere are tools that class applicants who tried to bal-
Oct. 1 on all applicant’s accounts ment. elder law professionals utilize to ance their long-term health care
e worth of one’s home is not and transfers which will impact shield the home from untimely needs with the high taxation and
exclusively a number tied to equi- both homecare and assisted liv- Similar issues arise with Insti- incursions. Intent-to-return letters cost of living in New York. ere
ty, sale price or fair market value. ing Medicaid applications with tutional Medicaid and an unmar- executed by the applicant provide were well-de ned planning ap-
Familiarity, security, comfort and possible penalties. In 2020, an ap- ried applicant who enters a Nurs- basic protection to their owned proaches for shielding a family’s
accessibility are also valuable at- plicant is limited to $15,750 in re- ing Home while owning a home. residence upon entering a nursing home and preserving the decades
tributes. Illness can alter the arith- sources, but they can own a home home with the expectation that of saving and support that a home
metic, especially when Medicaid that has an equity value of less than e ve-year (60 month) lookback the applicant has every intention provided. ings are about to
for long term care is sought. $893,000. If the applicant’s spouse for nursing home applications has of returning home to continue to change. Contact the profession-
still resides in the home than there been in place for 15 years (longer receive care. als at Sloan and Feller for more
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and Community Medicaid (Home ing Medicaid then an unmarried if there is no spouse or other ex- ill and require long term care or one Alan D. Feller is cofounder of
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Mahopac Senior Athletic Awards

Earlier this month, dozens of graduat- STUDENT ATHLETIC COUNCIL MICHAEL SCAUZILLO MEMORIAL Booster Club
ing Mahopac student-athletes wrapped Sponsored by the Student Athletic Council SCHOLARSHIP Mendim Berisha
up their varsity athletic careers in unusual April Heady Nicholas Doupis
fashion. Mahopac High School Wrestling Sponsored by the Scauzillo family Christopher Perrone
Tyler Roa Nicholas Valentin
Instead of an auditorium, this year’s Se- Alumni Scholarship John Bernardi
nior Athletic Awards Ceremony was held Sponsored by the family of Joseph Bel- MAHOPAC ATHLETIC SCHOOL Karl imm
on ursday, June 11, in a parking lot be- SPIRIT AWARD Alex Velasquez
hind Mahopac High School. lucci Sr. Tommy Cammarata
Larry Nardecchia Felicity Keough Nicolas Pawliczko
Award recipients and their families ar- Bryan Tenenpaguay
rived at the back of the building, where BOYS BASKETBALL BOOSTER THE RICHARD J. DELANEY JR.
sta guided them on where to park. Ev- Sponsored by the ree Point Club MEMORIAL FUND FOR BOWLING MAHOPAC DIAMOND CLUB AWARDS
eryone who attended was required to re- Adam Mitchell Sponsored by the MHS Baseball Booster
main in their cars and wear masks, which Matthew McMahon Sponsored by the Richard J. Delaney fam-
could only be removed when it was time ily/Mary Delaney Club
to get their awards and pose for a photo. MAHOPAC SPORTS ASSOCIATION Casey Tewey
Sponsored by the MSA Jess Kasper Nolan Tomassio
MAHOPAC SENIOR VALEDICTORIAN Bella Marinelli Brendan McCrosson
Tommy O’Brien Diana Kone THE RICHARD J. DELANEY JR. Joe Bartholdi
Grace DiVincenzo MEMORIAL FUND FOR GOLF Christian Campo
MAHOPAC SENIOR SALUTATORIAN omas O’Brien Matt Luongo
Matt Luongo Joseph Bartholdi Sponsored by the Richard J. Delaney fam- Chris Luongo
James Meyer ily/Mary Delaney James Meyer
BOWLER OF THE YEAR FOR 2018 19 Jenna Palmiero Mike Tomassio
AND 2019 20 Madelyn Stark Emily Flynn
Christina Lopreato MAHOPAC GIRLS SOCCER BOOSTER
Jessica Kasper Tommy Elliott SOFTBALL AWARDS CLUB
Jack Carey Presented by the MHS Softball Booster
NYS GATORADE PLAYER OF THE Billy Reilly Sponsored by the Mahopac Girls Soccer
YEAR Gabriella Rocchia Club Booster Club
Nick Doupis Carolyn Galizia
Shannon Becker Olivia Conlin Caitlin Du y Grace DiVincenzo
Richard Contreras Carly Steinberg
CHRISTINA ROSE GINLEY John Ryan BUMP, SET AND SPIKE BOOSTER Jenna Daly
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP CLUB Christina Lopreato
PETER CARUSO MEMORIAL Olivia Conlin
Sponsored by the Winogrado family SCHOLARSHIP Sponsored by the Bump, Set and Spike Sabrina Nogula
Olivia Conlin Booster Club Isabel Omboni
Sponsored by Mr. Caruso Megan Pereira
BLUE AND GOLD SPIRIT CLUB Carlos Miguel Bella Marinelli Alexa Rispoli
Sponsored by the Blue and Gold Spirit Andy He Jenna Palmiero
Xander Smith Diana Kone SEE AWARDS PAGE 23
Booster Club Madelyn Stark
Isabella Diaz Gabriella Rocchio

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 23

AWARDS BOYS LACROSSE Londrim Hasanramaj BRYAN HIGGINS MEMORIAL
Sponsored by the Boys Lacrosse Booster Club Andy He SCHOLARSHIP
FROM PAGE 22 Cooper Betancourt Xander Smith
Jack Carey Larry Nardecchia Sponsored by the family of Brian Higgins
GIRLS LACROSSE BOOSTER Zach Esteves MAHOPAC HIGH SCHOOL BOOSTER John Ryan
Sponsored by the Girls Lacrosse Booster Club Michael Kertelits CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FOR HOCKEY Christina Lopreato
Megan Citarella Matthew Riley Sponsored by the MHS Ice Hockey Booster ALL AMERICAN BOY
Kira Dobbs Ethan Caldarella Club Sponsored by the Brewster Elks Club
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Samantha Faeth Tyler Roa Chase Santoriella Grace DiVincenzo
Lindsay Neilis omas Cammarata Julia Israel
Madison Ward Tommy Elliott Danny Schum SEE AWARDS PAGE 23
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AWARDS

FROM PAGE 23

April Heady (Student Athletic Council Award)

Isabella Diaz (Blue and Gold Spirit Club Award) Christina Lopreato (Brian Higgins Memorial
Scholarship)

Larry Nardecchia (Mahopac High School Olivia Conlin (Christina Rose Ginley
Wrestling Alumni Scholarship, presented in honor Memorial Scholarship)
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Jessica Kasper (Bowler of the Year for
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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020 LEISURE MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 25

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Ensure you’re properly insured

ere’s certainly been plenty of ments still be met? How about GUEST mate.To determine the appropri- ments. Make sure you’re properly
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few months, but one aspect of College for your children? Even if consider a variety of factors: your
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