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The Somers Record 07.16.20

Vol. 10 No. 13 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, July 16, 2020

Parents push district
for stronger anti-racist

BY CAROL REIF community to share our own emotions.”
STAFF WRITER “ ese are times when teachers and

Somers parents called on school of- students need each other most, to pro-
cials recently to take a stronger stand cess unsettling images, to think through
against systemic racism. shocking injustices, and to nd a way
Schools Superintendent Dr. Ray- forward that promotes healing,” he said
mond Blanch last month told parents, in June 2 letter, referencing George
teachers, students and sta that it was Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police
“hard to watch the demonstrations and and the global unrest that followed.
violence taking place across the coun-
try, and to witness the pain, su ering, e district’s vision is, Blanch add-
and outrage experienced by so many, ed, “to promote global citizenship by
without being able to gather as a school standing up for justice, equality, and re-
spect for all.”


Residents renew request
for new cable service after

long outage

BY CAROL REIF TV and phone services was back in the Team work

STAFF WRITER public eye after a tree fell on electric Julia, 8, Ana, 6, and Jackson, 8, worked together to color these pages from a recent
Somers Record. See all digital archives of the paper at
power and cable lines on Route 22 in

Town o cials have long advocated Goldens Bridge on Monday, July 6.

for customers’ rights with power suppli- While NYSEG was able to restore

ers, especially New York State Electric power in a timely fashion, the internet

& Gas. Now some residents are calling reportedly was down in Somers and

on them to hold the cable companies’ parts of North Salem for days.

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Page 2 – The Somers Record ‘Somers State of Mind’ Thursday, July 16, 2020
Graduating senior The students
The Staff Ethan Goldberg and originally
classmates omas Dal-
EDITORIAL TEAM Ceredo and Ned Becerra performed the
JODI WEINBERGER were the inspiration and piece during the
behind Principal Mark district’s annual
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 Bayer’s annual gradua-
[email protected] tion song this year, per- Mr. Somers
formed virtually during competition.
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER the district’s festivities at
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 the Je erson Valley Mall Ethan Goldberg
[email protected] last month. e song was Three students
originally written and
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Thursday, July 16, 2020 The Somers Record – Page 3

Support Connection announces Walk Ambassadors

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT cannot be replaced by other people in Kendra Ekelund eryone there was by my side. It was
STAFF WRITER your life,” Ekelund said. “ e ability so emotional,” Michel said. “ ere’s
to connect with people who have been Kathleen Michel nothing I wouldn’t do for Support
Support Connection has announced where you are, that shared understand- me. I hadn’t slept, and she said to me, Connection. It is a great organiza-
its Walk Ambassadors for this year’s ing of what the cancer experience is now’s the time to make that call,” Mi- tion that helps so many women and
Support-A-Walk taking place Sunday, like and also having the opportunity chel said. families.”
October 4. to have a counselor who has been there
and understands exactly what you’re She was given the con dence and Michel has attended e Walk ev-
e two ambassadors, Kendra Eke- going through, this is really irreplace- support for her surgery and contin- ery year since 2014 and has raised
lund and Kathleen Michel, are both able.” ued to rely on Marlene Stager, the money for the organization through
cancer survivors. woman who answered her call that donations. is year, she said she’ll be
She said that joining Support Con- day, throughout her treatment. Al- walking around her community with
is year’s Support-A-Walk will nection’s monthly support groups most eight years later, Michel still her “wonderful and supportive neigh-
be organized virtually and take place was the best thing she did for herself. calls Stager on the anniversary of their bors.”
across the country, with participants While she was initially reluctant to tell
invited to walk wherever they are. Typ- her story, especially since she had such rst conversation. To f ind out more about Support
ically, the 3-mile walk takes place at a rare type of cancer, she began to feel In 2014, just a few weeks before at- Connection and the Support-A-Walk,
FDR park in Yorktown. at ease and was reassured by the other tending her rst Support-A-Walk, visit
women who coped with similar chal- Michel and Stager met in person in
Every year the walk brings thou- lenges. what Michel calls “a memorable expe-
sands together and brings attention to rience.”
the free support services for breast and In 2014, Ekelund participated in her “It meant so much to know that ev-
ovarian cancer patients provided by rst walk with friends and says she is
Support Connection. proud to be a Walk Ambassador this
In 2012, Ekelund, a Westchester res- “ is year’s walk taking place every-
ident, was just 31 years old and in her where presents a real opportunity to
second year of marriage when she was highlight the work that Support Con-
diagnosed with a rare form of uterine nection does on a national scale. We
cancer. very much think of them as a commu-
nity support organization, but I’ve re-
After a long battle with chronic pain, ferred them to friends across the coun-
undergoing multiple surgeries, hospi- try who have, I hope, taken advantage
talizations and battling with complica- of their services,” Ekelund said.
tions, she received her diagnosis. She Michel, who has been active with
was then told that she would have to Support Connection for seven years,
undergo a complete hysterectomy. went in for her annual mammogram
in late 2012 and said she was not sur-
“Having a hysterectomy at 31 was a prised when she had to go for further
hard thing to come to grips with, but testing afterwards, since she had al-
at the very least, it ended my painful ready done so before. However, she was
symptoms,” Ekelund said. told news that she would never want to
hear: She had breast cancer.
However, that was not the end of the “I couldn’t believe it. It was devastat-
road. She was in a “watch and wait” ing,” Michel said.
situation due to the rare form of cancer
and no treatments for it. e next few weeks she underwent
tests, appointments and in the begin-
After being told by a friend about ning of 2013 had two lumpectomies
Support Connection, Ekelund was hes- two weeks apart. She thought the
itant because she thought she would be worst was over.
taking it away from someone else who
needed it more and was uncomfortable However, her pathology reports
with asking for help. came back and the tests showed the
surgeries could not get all the cancer
“I tried to kind of endure my period cells and she needed more surgeries.
of treatment and survivorship on my
own thinking that organizations like While she had learned about Sup-
Support Connection were for people port Connection from her daughter’s
who had less help than I did. I had a friend the day after she was diagnosed,
caregiving partner at home, I’ve got she didn’t pick up the phone to reach
friends and family, you know bringing out until the day before her surgery for
soup by every other day and I guess I a bilateral mastectomy.
felt a little guilty about taking commu-
nity resources that might be for some- “My daughter called to check on
one else that didn’t have as much help
as I did, but I did not realize that the
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VERIZON e company has told town of- cause there’s “no one watching PHOTO: METRO
FROM PAGE 1 cials that it’s increasing services over them.”
in New York City’s boroughs and is just “points out a weakness

at was because, Supervisor “it is not economically feasible” in our system. Electricity’s more

Rick Morrissey said at the Town to do the same in Somers “at this important than cable TV. But it’s

Board’s July 9 meeting, resplicing time,” he said. hard to do your work if you don’t

broken ber optic cables can take Morrissey urged residents to have the internet. is is not a lux-

an “inordinate” amount of time. contact his o ce if they “are being ury service like, one might argue,

ough they may grumble, hu- told anything di erent, as Verizon TV is,” he added.

mans can survive without TV. But has had to correct their sta mes- Clinchy said he felt the state

the internet, that’s another thing saging in the past.” or federal government should “do

altogether—especially now that e town would “like to know something about it, because we re-

so many are working from home who from Verizon is promulgating ally can’t.”

and governing bodies are holding false information,”he added in the Councilman William Faulkner

virtual meetings because of the post. disagreed. O ering to “spearhead

coronavirus pandemic. Verizon was contacted for com- the e ort,” he suggested the town Many residents had issues working from home last week due to a
Some claim they’ve been try- ment, but had not responded as of plan meetings with the company. cable outage.
press time.
ing to get Verizon Fios (Fiber “And they will get better. NY-

optic service) to expand service in Councilman Rich Clinchy not- SEG got better. It’s still not per- vice Commission, he said. But “the To Garrity, the bottom line is

Somers but have been told that the ed during the council meeting that fect. Electricity in West Somers investment is going to be so great that, even if the town pounces all

town itself is blocking the compa- the town has criticized NYSEG Park went out and came back rela- that nobody else is going to bid, over them, there’s “no recourse.”

ny from doing so. “not inappropriately, for not com- tively quickly. Internet went out because nobody else is going to “It’s a true monopoly because

e town denies the claim. municating with people properly and didn’t come back for two to build the infrastructure.” nobody else is going to pay to put

It appears that only a tiny part of when there’s an outage.” three days,” Faulkner said. As far as the town preventing their service in. If they were going

town can get Fios cable TV as part Estimates for restoring power Without naming the company, service by Verizon, “ at is as far to do it, they would have done it

of Verizon’s so-called “triple play,” have frequently been o , he added. the councilman decried the lack from the truth as you can get,”said already.”

which includes internet and phone e cable TV industry, on the of customer service following out- Councilman Tom Garrity. While the town may be feeling

services. Other cable providers are other hand, “has got to be the ages. “We would love for everybody frustrated about what it can or can-

Optimum (Altice) and X nity worst” because it’s not regulated Town Attorney Roland A. Bar- to come here; there’d be more not do about the situation, it can at

(Comcast). DirectTV, a subsidiary like other utilities. oni Jr., speaking on what powers competition. e problem is that least use its bully pulpit to bring

of AT&T, is a direct broadcast sat- “ ey make NYSEG look good. the town has regarding internet the investment is so high that it attention to issues with utilities or

ellite service provider. eir ability to communicate with and other services, said that service doesn’t make sense for them to do phone/internet/TV services.

Morrissey recently addressed the their customers is terrible. ere’s provider franchise agreements are it,” he said. “ ere isn’t a person in town

conundrum in a Facebook post. no sense calling them. You’ll never subject to approval by the state. Councilman Anthony Cirieco who has these so-called service

“Believe me, it’s not because of talk to a live person,” he said. If the town wanted to rescind asked whether there was a “tari ” companies that provide no service

lack of trying,” he wrote, adding Referring to large cable com- a particular agreement and put it that would delineate what level that doesn’t feel the same way. At

that the town “welcomes compe- panies such as Comcast, Clinchy out to bid, it would have to “build of services cable TV companies least we can be the megaphone for

tition and routinely requests that said:“Anything happens in Somers a record” of any problems and le should be providing. Baroni said them. Maybe that will get some-

Verizon expand into Somers.” they really don’t care about” be- a complaint with the Public Ser- he didn’t know. thing done,” Clinchy said.

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Somers author donates OBITUARIES
thousands to No Kid Hungry
Barbara A. Lutkenhaus
STAFF WRITER Barbara A. Lutkenhaus
passed away on June 30. She
anks to one local author, there will be fewer Matthew Farrell was born on September 16,
kids in this country worrying about where their 1947, in Yonkers, the daugh-
next meal might be coming from. Farrell, who has a day gig in the banking in- ter of Laurence and Lucile
dustry, also volunteers for community organiza- (McCarthy) Blodgett.
Matt Farrell, a Somers resident and writer of tions such as Jan Peek House, a homeless shelter
crime thrillers, plans to donate about $10,500, or in Peekskill. During her long career in
100 percent of his book royalties from April, to the English department at
No Kid Hungry. He and his wife, Cathy, a nurse, have two Somers High School, rst as
daughters: Jillian and Mackenzie. a teacher, then additionally
He expects to pass the moola along once the as the department head, she
publishers pay him in July. So far, he has written four books: “Winter was admired for her intel-
Hill,” “What Have You Done,” “I Know Every- lect, her great work ethic, and
“I’m ecstatic; it exceeds expectations,” he said thing,”and “Don’t Ever Forget.”He’s working on her dedication to sta and
of the money book sales raised for the cause. a fth. students. She was a beloved
educator to many. Once
e national organization partners with local retired, the world was her
groups to provide healthy school breakfasts and oyster and she set about her
free meals after school and during the summer. dream of traveling the globe, visiting six continents, forty countries,
and thirty-three states. Never a fan of the cold, she would retreat to
Its mission has become more crucial in light of Fort Myers Florida in November for the winters, returning home to
the fact that schools have been closed because of Lake Mahopac in early May. She loved her grandchildren dearly, and
the coronavirus crisis. was often found engrossed in a wonderful book with each of them.
Barbara was always involved in a good Bridge game, and cherished
In early April, No Kid Hungry vowed to con- the many friendships she made while playing cards over the years. An
tinue to help schools and community groups by avid lover of sunsets, she sought them out all over the world. She will
releasing more than $1 million in emergency be sorely missed.
Barbara is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bryce and Van-
It also planned to free up millions more as the essa Lutkenhaus; daughter and son-in-law, Lori Lutkenhaus-Mc-
pandemic continued. Quade and Edward McQuade; granddaughter, Lucille Lutkenhaus;
grandsons, Dylan and Shawn McQuade; sisters, Susan Merante and
According to the nonpro t, 1 in 7 American Lane Bowles; and brother, Raymond Blodgett.
children face hunger. In the 2018-19 alone, it
helped get an additional 11.5 million nutritious A private cremation will take place. In lieu of owers, please make
breakfasts to schools across the U.S. – from big a donation in Barbara’s name to e Somers Women’s Club. http://
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Living in Somers Destiny or coincidence…
while Black what do you think?

A teaser for the racially curious The garbage THE between us. Coinci-
disposal in my SEASONED dence? Kismet? I tend
Another day and kitchen sink CITIZEN to favor the latter and
night pass over broke. Before I moved feel the universe steps
protests in the
streets demanding civil- say? It’s time to con- here I never had a ADRIENNE in, at times, to make
ity and justice for all. I garbage disposal and KAVELLE things happen…espe-
am African American GUEST sider how much longer hardly ever used this cially because I was go-
and I cannot ignore my CORNER you want to be con-
own internal conversa- fronted by backlash for one, except to clear ing to call a completely
tion about how to make
a di erence? I vote. I donate monthly PATRICIA which you do not feel my sink of soap suds. di erent company at
to the NAACP and Urban League and
Children of Promise. I participate in ADAMS personally responsible. Imagine my chagrin when, after turning rst and then, for seemingly no reason,
the Amazon.Smile charities program.
So, I put my money where my mouth is. When you can’t turn it on, I was inundated with a cacophony went with John’s suggestion.
I’m monitored by stores where I’m not
known, welcomed by those stores after on the news without of deep groans and ear-splitting other Perhaps we are each here for a reason.
I’m familiar. I get stopped by police on
occasion and often confront the stony, another story about worldly sounds of great distress. As ex- ink about the start of life when the egg
cold stares of those with whom I casu-
ally seek eye contact. I live with what we black murder and injustice, it’s time to pected, all of this occurred on the evening is bombarded by a myriad of sperm, each
shall call soft racism. Bit by bit it chips
away at my core, resulting (after almost examine yourself, your thinking, your of July 2nd when plumbers would be one carrying di erent genetic combina-
80 years) in rage and distrust.
own behavior that contributes to today’s scarce because of the up-coming holiday, tions, to create a speci c individual. Why
e carnage we witness in today’s
news is horri c. I keep hearing this time racial mess. We’re examining a system not to mention the coronavirus. Why do does that particular sperm penetrate the
is di erent, that protests will continue
until everyone in America feels safe right now and xing the future starts all these things happen on a weekend or egg and not any of the others? Again I
walking down a street. When we go to
an orthopedist with a broken bone, we with xing ourselves because racism is a holiday when nding someone to help ask: coincidence or kismet?
do not expect a lecture about all bones
being important, Black Lives Matter woven through the very threads of the is almost impossible? ( at’s a rhetorical I put it to you that each of us is a link
re ects my 400 year old legacy.
tapestry that is the United States of question, so don’t even bother to answer in a chain connected to the future. It
What to do? How to help? What to
America and that means you and me. it). Fortunately, my neighbor John was is pointed out to Jimmy Stewart in the

Where to start? In my family, education able to furnish me with a reachable movie It’s A Wonderful Life that even

is the starting point for new interests so expert who arrived at the crack of dawn though he thought of himself as someone

read a book or watch a documentary or the next day and was able to x the prob- who had never ful lled his dreams, with-

surf the web and arm yourself with Black lem quickly and e ciently. out his seemingly unimportant interven-

history facts and experiences. Even the I, like many others, keep photos of tion many others would either not exist

“For Dummies”series carries “African family members attached to the doors or live terribly sad lives. Unknowingly,

American History For Dummies.”Lose of my refrigerator. Looking up, Joe the he left his mark upon the Earth in circles

yourself in the experience of others the plumber was surprised to discover one too wide to follow.

same way you do any unfamiliar topic. of his son’s teachers, my granddaughter erefore, for some obscure reason, Joe

Your goal is depth of understanding and Jenny, watching him from her picture. the plumber was destined to make a con-

perhaps, empathy. In addition: Of all the plumbers in all of Westchester nection with me through the relationship

• e next time you go to the grocery on the eve of July 4th isn’t it amazing of my granddaughter and his son…and

store and think twice about going down that Joe should be the one singled out to of course my broken garbage disposal.

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FROM PAGE 8 Cover the Rising Cost of Healthcare…

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• Visit a church of your denomination in the Black community. Sunday is still the have taken center stage in the news lately—
unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. A
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• Try smiling at that neighbor so di erent from you instead of treating them as if to reduce the burden of healthcare costs, and
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• Write Governor Cuomo and recommend a devoted party activist you know to the As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan
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• Remove from public view those confederate ags and memorabilia that signify
A reverse mortgage can help older adults access their home equity to
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• Engage your white peers in discussions about race. Explore your whiteness.
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• Make a list of your assumptions about Black people and study it.
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Pocono no-no

Iread that one of the rst symptoms much di erent the new own), and to make herent policy for people to follow, and
of coronavirus is losing your sense repercussions for those who don’t. With
of taste. And I saw a picture of normal is from the old MAN matters worse, often just about zero national guidance from
Kylie Jenner in a baggy jumpsuit with normal that we’re used OVERBOARD singing o -key. What an administration that scorns science
spiky hair and I thought she looked to when we stay there. would Dr. Anthony and not that much science available to
good. I started to panic because I begin with, people are simply coming
thought I had caught covid-19 and my We were a bit trepida- RICK Fauci do if he were up with their own theories. I have one
sense of taste was shot, but it was a false friend who believes it might not be bad
alarm. I was just a little dehydrated, and tious about going to a MELÉN here? My guess is “Par- to get the virus a little at a time to build
she looked worse after a couple of beers, up your immunity. Just a couple of coo-
which is not the way it usually works, bar for the rst time adise by the Dashboard ties at the beginning to get you in the
trust me. I don’t intend to get the coro- mood. At least in America there were a
navirus at all, and that’s the best way I since this quagmire rst Light,” and Dr. Debo- few sensible governors to look to, but in
can think of to deal with a pandemic. Sweden they just let the people self-
Everything we do right now carries a set in, but we gured rah Birx could do the police their own behavior, and it hasn’t
certain amount of danger. If you think worked out very well. Have you ever
you’re completely safe at home, try we could just leave if Ellen Foley part. I’ll do tried handcu ng yourself ? Well maybe
using an electric weed-whacker while you have.
wearing sandals. You’re not safe ANY- we weren’t comfortable. the part where Phil Rizzuto goes, “Holy
WHERE, but in my defense no weeds e idea that we should politicize the
have grown on my feet since the weed- Upon entering the establishment that cow, I think he’s gonna make it!” with virus like everything else has been politi-
whacking incident. cized is disturbing. Let’s start with what
we had been to many times before, it was my impeccable Phil Rizzuto imitation. we all agree on: that you can get coro-
Risk-management is the new national navirus from another person. If that’s
pastime. We’re going to have to balance clear that they had thrown precaution to After somebody caught a y ball Rizzuto the case, we ought to be able to agree
the abject boredom we’re going through that wearing a mask and staying apart
right now with the very real possibil- the wind. Luckily we brought some extra used to say, “Holy cow, that was a can of from each other is a good idea, and it
ity that we might come in contact with shouldn’t take an act of Congress to get
someone who has coronavirus if we ones with us. We made a bee-line to the corn!” I never knew what the hell he was everyone on board with it. Although an
venture out. We traveled to the Pocono act of Congress would probably be what
area of Pennsylvania for a weekend to back of the bar, where every other table talking about, and that’s when I realized it’s going to take. I think we can also
get out of the house and stay at my sis- agree that you need at least three people
ter’s house. She might have been staying was closed to distance people. All the he knew much more about either corn or to do a decent version of “Paradise by
at our house to get out of her house, but the Dashboard Light.”
I didn’t see her there because we were bartenders had masks, and a few were baseball than I’ll ever know.
at her house. We wanted to see how Say hello at: [email protected]
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with no face coverings like passengers by a cluster of people so I wouldn’t

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see a big white thing that looked a lot two weeks. e men’s room was almost

like an iceberg, but they didn’t seem to the most dangerous part of the evening,

care since they were running out of ice. I since I tried to close the door with my

went up to the bar with my mask on to elbow, kick the seat up with my foot

order some beer, and I poured it into a and ush the toilet with my knee, amd

glass so I wouldn’t catch anything from I almost fell over. When I pulled down

the bottle. my my mask to wash my face, there it

Much to our shock, they were hosting was- “mask beard.” It’s like what women

a Karaoke night, with singers belting complain about when they take o their

it loud and proud into the crowd. ey hat, only it was on the bottom of my

were sharing the same microphone (the face.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 17

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Baseball is back in Somers

In Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League action,
the 14U Somers Red Storm battled the Patterson
Pirates on Monday at the Navajo Sports Complex
in Yorktown.

Baseball and other low- to medium-risk sports
have been allowed to resume competition in New
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Legislator seeks to eliminate ‘race-based’ mascots

John Jay replaces Indians with Wolves

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER playbook, New York State may becomes law, districts would have democratic values we share and a change that was put in motion
SPORTS EDITOR soon be coming for the wallets three years to comply before fac- seek to protect. It’s time we hold long before the senator’s bill was
of school districts that continue ing nancial repercussions. honest, respectful conversations written.
With sponsors threatening to to use “race-based” mascots, such and public hearings aimed at un-
sideline their nancial support, as the Mahopac Indians, for their “Today, we can no longer sim- derstanding what’s wrong with In the fall, the Katonah-Lew-
the NFL’s Washington Red- athletic teams. ply dismiss the idea that school these kinds of mascots and why isboro Board of Education voted
skins announced Monday that or team nicknames and mascots they should be retired.” to move on from its Indians mas-
the organization was retiring its A bill introduced last week are innocuous and do not hurt or cot after decades of debate over
polarizing mascot, which faced by Democratic state Sen. Peter o end other people,” Harckham Harckham’s 40th Senate Dis- its appropriateness. A Mascot
renewed scrutiny during this pe- Harckham would prohibit school said in a press release. “ e fact trict is down to one school dis- Selection Committee made up of
riod of civil unrest. districts like Mahopac, which is, many mascots are grounded trict with the Indians mascot administrators, coaches, teachers
he represents in Albany, from in, or borne from, a systemic rac- after John Jay High School shed
Borrowing from the same receiving state funds. If the bill ism that does not mesh with the the emblem last week, nalizing SEE INDIANS PAGE 20

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INDIANS between Wolfpack or Ravens— at times been used as an incen- John Jay High School will
but ended up with a third op- diary term, particularly by some no longer be known as the
FROM PAGE 18 tion, Wolves, as the new school in 1989 to describe the “Central Indians.
emblem. Park Five,”a group of Black teen-
and students was formed. agers falsely convicted of attack- FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO
“Some people will say we’re Wolfpack, chosen for its ing a white female jogger in New
uniqueness and message of to- York City. little bit of time,” McCarthy said.
out in front, some people will getherness, picked up 58 percent Some on social media, for ex-
say we’re way behind because it of the vote on June 22, according North Carolina State Uni-
took us so long,” said Christian to district o cials, but carried too versity is also “protective” over ample, were quick to point out
McCarthy, athletic director of much potential baggage, which its Wolfpack mascot. Over the a potentially problematic con-
Katonah-Lewisboro schools. they learned of while the vote years, the college has engaged in nection with Wolves, saying a
was taking place. legal battles with other schools Yonkers-based gang also adopted
In a vote to replace to its long- over its use. Under pressure from the moniker. McCarthy said that
time mascot, the John Jay school For starters, “Wolf Pack” has NC State, a Division III school, connection was tenuous.
community was given the choice Keuka College, changed its mas-
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cited and hopefully it will open a for us was for it to be meaning-
lot of doors for both sides.” ful and not random,” McCarthy
said. “And that it could bring us
McCarthy said he feels the re- together and not in any way push
sponse has been mostly positive, us apart, because we’ve already
though some in the community been there and done that.”
continue to push back against the
change. No action has yet been taken
on Harckham’s bill, led urs-
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CLUES ACROSS 22. Silvery marine fish 49. Lamented Guardiola For puzzle solutions, please see
1. Used to serve wine 27. Atomic #58
7. System to code a 28. Popular March holiday 50. Foot (Latin) 23. Periods of food
number 33. Pa’s partner
10. Meddled 34. Sicknesses 51. Sprucely shortages
12. A type of discount 36. ‘__ death do us part
13. Dependent on 37. Scottish settlement 24. European nation
14. Type of wrap 38. Innumerable
15. Nigerian people 39. Small constellation CLUES DOWN 25. Jr.’s father
16. Nuclear missile 40. Wings
17. Scientists’ tool (abbr.) 41. Supernatural creatures 1. Military leader (abbr.) 26. Concealed
18. __ and feathers 44. Some are hallowed
19. It cleans you 45. The front door 2. Celery (Spanish) 29. One who works with
21. Doctors’ group 48. Greek war god
3. Pay heed the police (abbr.)

4. The products of human 30. Lawyers

creativity 31. Look of disapproval

5. Surcharge 32. Longed

6. Doctor of Education 35. Type of power cable

7. Hurtful remarks (abbr.)

8. Marine mollusk 36. Hindu cymbals

9. The habitat of wild 38. Young women (French)

animals 40. Swiss river

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bones 43. Inwardly

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browser (abbr.) east

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Appeals of the Town of Somers, Appeals of the Town of Somers, FORMATION of Badia
Westchester County, New York Westchester County, New York
Theodore Donald J. John T. will conduct a Public Hearing will conduct a Public Hearing on and Sons LLC. Articles of
McCarrick McGuire Meehan on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7:30
at 7:30 P.M. at the Somers P.M. at the Somers Town House, Organization led with the
Town House, 335 Route 202, 335 Route 202, Somers, New
Somers, New York, 10589 on York, 10589 on the application Secretary of State of New
the application of Michael and of Bart Lansky and Jenny
Donna Scorrano for an Area Olson-Lansky for a denied York (SSNY) on July 7, 2020.
Variance. e property included application request to legalize
in this application is located in an a pre-existing non-conforming Location: Westchester County.
R-80 Residential District at 16 use. e property included in this
Frances Drive, Katonah and is application is located in an R-10 SSNY designated as agent for
known and shown on the Town Residential District at 28 Ridge
Tax Map as Section: 38.13, Way, Purdys and is known and service of process on LLC.SSNY
Block: 2, Lot: 27. shown on the Town Tax Map as
Section: 18.17, Block: 1, Lot: 7. shall mail a copy of process to:
All persons having any interest
in the application are invited All persons having any interest e LLC c/o Agostino Badia,
to attend and will be given an in the application are invited
opportunity to be heard. to attend and will be given an 40 Stone House Rd, Somers,
opportunity to be heard.
Maurice F. John Edward BY ORDER OF THE NY 10589. Purpose: Any lawful
If you have information regarding alleged VICTOR CANNISTRA 154 Ocean Walk LLC, Arts
abuse or its cover-up involving these men, CHAIRMAN of Org. led with Sec. of State
CHAIRMAN of NY (SSNY) 6/18/2020.
CONTACT US. Denise Schirmer, Secretary Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
Denise Schirmer, Secretary as agent upon whom process
Contact us confidentially. July 9, 2020 against may be served &
July 9, 2020 shall mail process to Tyler S.
1-800-ITS-TIME Davidson, 777 Forest Ave., Rye,
NY 10580. General Purpose
55 West 39th St, 11th Floor • New York, NY 10018
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FINANCIAL FOCUS LEGALS it may be served. SSNY shall
Managing withdrawals carefully mail process to: 82 Walworth
can protect retirement income
Ave Scarsdale, NY. Purpose:

Arts of Org. led with Sec. any lawful purpose.

5/19/2020. Cty: Westchester.

Throughout much of your SSNY desig. as agent upon 179 Montauk NY LLC
working life, you contribute
to your 401(k), IRA and in withdrawals (a “raise”) of whom process against may be (the “LLC”) led Articles of
other investment accounts to help
ensure a comfortable retirement. GUEST approximately 3% each year served & shall mail process to Organization with the New
However, once you do retire, you’ll CORNER to incorporate in ation. By
need to shift your focus somewhat starting at a more modest PO Box 636, Je erson Valley, York Department of State
from building these investments to
using them – in other words, you’ll NY 10535. General Purpose on 6/23/20. O ce location:
have to start withdrawing from your portfolio
to meet the costs of living. How can you be sure MICHAEL withdrawal rate, you would LLC FORMATION NOTICE Westchester County. e New
you’re not taking out so much that you risk outliv- York Secretary of State is
ing your resources? O’DONOVAN have some exibility for those
years in which the market Notice of Formation of designated as agent of the LLC
First of all, you need to establish a proper
withdrawal rate – the percentage of your portfolio’s drops signi cantly. And you Mitoceuticals, LLC. Art. Of upon whom process against it
value needed for one year’s worth of retirement
expenses. Ideally, if you were to stick with this rate, could increase your chances of Org. led with SSNY on may be served and is directed
your portfolio would last as long as you do. Your
withdrawal rate should be based on a number extending the lifetime of your portfolio. February 25, 2020. O ce to forward service of process
of factors, including your age, amount of assets,
portfolio mix and retirement lifestyle. A nancial But even if you started out with a conservative Location: Westchester. SSNY to 7 Cheshire Lane, Scarsdale,
professional can help you determine the rate that’s
right for you, but it’s important to understand that rate, you may need to review it during periods of designated as agent of the LLC NY 10583. Purpose: any lawful
this rate is a starting point since you will want to
review your withdrawals each year to ensure they extreme market movements. If, for instance, your upon whom process against activity,
are still appropriate.
portfolio were to fall 20% in one year, the 4% you
If the nancial markets performed smoothly and
predictably, year in and year out, any adjustments had planned to withdraw would actually become
you make would likely be more modest. But, as
you know, and as we’ve all been reminded the last 5% because you’re taking out the amount you PUZZLE SOLUTIONS
several months, the markets are neither smooth
nor predictable. Rather than constantly trying to had planned, but now it’s from a smaller pool of Corresponding to Last Week’s
change your withdrawal rate and spending in re- July 9 Issue
sponse to movements in the markets – which may money. If this happens, should you consider mak-
be challenging if you have grown accustomed to a
certain standard of living – you might be better o ing an adjustment?
adopting a more conservative rate at the begin-
ning of your retirement. For example, if you are ere’s no easy answer. e amount you with-
in your mid-60s, you could start at a withdrawal
rate of about 4%, which also assumes an increase draw from your portfolio has a major impact on

how long your money lasts. You’ll improve your

likelihood of success if you are able to be exible

and make some spending adjustments – spend-

ing less on some of your discretionary items, for

example, or not taking a “raise” until your portfolio

recovers. Importantly, your nancial advisor can

help run di erent scenarios to determine if adjust-

ments need to be made to ensure you remain on


In any case, think carefully about your with-

drawal rate. By managing it carefully, and review-

ing it over time, you can take greater control over

your retirement income.

is article was written by Edward Jones for use by WHY DO WE
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