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Published by Halston Media, 2020-02-26 11:27:30

The Somers Record 02.27.20

Vol. 9 No. 45 Visit TapIntoSomers.net for the latest news. Thursday, February 27, 2020

Scout Sunday

Members of Vista-Lew- ther John Lagiovane acknowl-

isboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts edged the scouts’ service and

joined Somers Pack 319 and history and o ered a blessing

Troop 228 for Scout Sun- as part of the Catholic service.

day at St. Joseph’s Church in “We thank Mike Huron,

Somers recently. is is an Assistant Cubmaster for Pack

annual event that takes place 319, for inviting us to join this

across the country on the special event at his church.

second Sunday of February. Having all those scouts to-

Other faiths have their own gether living the twelfth scout

version on di erent days at law of reverence was very up-

their places of worship. e lifting,” said Bill Bongiorno,

Boy Scouts of America is non- Cubmaster for Pack 101.

denominational, welcoming

scouts of all faiths into the PHOTO COURTESY OF
organization. Reverend Fa- BILL BONGIORNO

New fingerprint technology praised by local police

BY CAROL REIF fabric, wood and paper money. apparatus that looks not unlike a county executive at their urs- he said.

STAFF WRITER is could be just the thing fancy washer-dryer combo. day, Feb. 13, press conference. According to Yorktown Police

needed for so-called “cold cases,” Although their professional e better news is that it will Chief Robert Noble, the town’s

e game’s afoot, bad guys: aka unsolved criminal investiga- demeanor did not betray it, the be made available to other law detectives are evaluating current

Westchester’s detectives now tions that authorities keep open forensics folks seemed as excited enforcement agencies in West- and past investigations where the

have a new weapon in their in the hopes of discovering new as kids tearing the wrapping o a chester. ere is only one other new technology could be used.

sleuthing arsenal. evidence. new toy at Christmas. VMD machine in the state, and ey have already sent some

Rather dully known as a Vac- County Executive George It was a big investment but im- it’s owned by the NYPD. “cold case”evidence to the county.

uum Metal Deposition machine, Latimer, Deputy County Execu- portant, according to Gleason. According to its public infor- “It is always exciting when

it can process objects on which it tive Ken Jenkins and Commis- “ e good news is there was no mation o cer, Kieran O’Leary, new technology is made readily

was previously hard—if not im- sioner omas Gleason, along tax levy money used to purchase the Westchester County Depart- available to law enforcement,

possible—to nd latent nger- with other members of the coun- this equipment. It was bought ment of Public Safety is always which allows us the ability to

prints. ty’s Department of Public Safety, with asset forfeiture money, there to support other law en- potentially better protect and

ink red shell casings, plas- recently unveiled the $160,000 money seized from bad guys,” forcement agencies. SEE FINGERPRINT PAGE 15
tic garbage bags, thermal paper, crime- ghting tool, a hot, noisy he said, turning to smile at the “We don’t turn anybody down,”

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The Staff Somers Boy Scout SLF Book Sale your time—whether it be an hour teering or have any other ques-

EDITORIAL TEAM Troop 376 or two at a time, a few hours each tions, please let us know.
JODI WEINBERGER e Somers Library Founda- week, or for as much time as you Visit the Somers Library

EDITOR: 914-302-5830 Somers Boy Scout Troop 376 is tion is preparing for the 2020 can spare. Foundation website at https://
[email protected]
holding an Open House March 3 Book Sale to be held at the ere will be a variety of dif- SomersLibraryFoundation.org
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 at 7:30 p.m. Have a spirit of ad- Somers Library from April 24-26. ferent activities and roles needed and click on the “Volunteers
[email protected]
venture? Love to camp and be We need books and volunteers to for the Book Sale starting now Needed” box or leave a voice
ADVERTISING TEAM
LISA KAIN outdoors? Want to be a future make this event a success for our through the end of April. Op- message at (914) 361-9979.

914-351-2424 leader in your community? en library. You can donate your gen- portunities for you to participate Town Historians
[email protected] Scouting may be for you! Somers tly loved books now. Just place include sorting books by type

PAUL FORHAN Troop 376 would like to invite all them in or near the bins inside the and genre, moving books from need your help
914-202-2392 interested boys ages 10 years and library, by the Community Room, storage to the library, setting up
[email protected]
CORINNE STANTON older ( fth grade and up) to at- any time the library is open. We before the sale begins, managing e Town Historians need
845-621-4049
[email protected] tend our Open House to learn need books in good condition (no cash registers, assisting custom- your help for a joint Somers-
JENNIFER CONNELLY
917-446-7757 about the BSA Scouting Pro- major damage, tears, markings or ers in locating books, keeping North Salem history project. We
[email protected]
BRUCE HELLER gram and our Troop. No prior highlighting) for all ages of read- books orderly during the sale, are looking for old photos, draw-
914-202-2941
[email protected] cub scout experience is required. ers—hard cover and trade books, and cleaning up the library after ings, maps, postcards, etc., that
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Thursday, February 27, 2020 The Somers Record – Page 3

Your Neighbor

Somers businessman champions Make-a-Wish Foundation

BY JESSICA JAFET dren’s wishes comes from the generosity of Make-a-Wish, but he was
CONTRIBUTING WRITER individuals, companies and private organi- also someone who insisted
zations; they do not take any government on letting the child meet
About the same time Karl imm was money. him one-on-one, to make a
launching Appliance Sales Plus, his fam- personal connection. “ e
ily-owned home appliance business in “We look for individual donations and stories are coming out about
Somers, the Make-a-Wish Foundation business people who want to give back to how great a wish-granter
was also just getting o the ground. the community, like Karl imm and Ap- [Bryant] was, and it just re-
pliance Sales Plus,” Conklin said, adding inforces Make-a-Wish with
Now over 40 years later, the successful that the Somers Lions Club has also been the community,” Conklin
retailer sits on the board of the charity’s lo- a tremendous supporter of the organiza- said.
cal chapter and is committed to spreading tion.
awareness of the organization’s mission to Various types of wishes
grant the wish of every child diagnosed In the Hudson Valley alone, 2,900 are granted for the chil-
with a critical illness. wishes have been granted and for imm, dren, beyond meeting their
a veteran of the United States Air Force heroes, he added. A “room
“I want to enlighten the community and and current resident of Mahopac, being makeover,” for example, is a
let them know how we grant wishes to able to help kids in such di cult situa- popular request—for a kid
kids and ful ll their dreams,” imm said. tions has touched him in a special way. who is used to spending a
“Make-a-Wish takes a moment in the lot of time in a hospital or is
Make-a-Wish began in 1980 when a life of a child and gives them a happy living with challenging cir-
seven year-old boy named Christopher memory that lasts—when you see them, cumstances, a new bedroom
James, who was battling leukemia, ex- the children that have been helped over can represent a healing safe-
pressed his wish to be an Arizona State the years—you just have to be involved,” haven. “We have electricians Karl Thimm and
Trooper for a day. Friends made it pos- he said. who are skilled people and Thomas J. Conklin
sible for James to wear the uniform, sit donate their time and ex-
in a helicopter and realize his boyhood Conklin noted that supporters range pertise to the makeover,” he
dream. e gesture eventually grew into from local businesses like Appliance Sales said. proved when a wish has been granted.
the foundation that now has 60 chapters Plus all the way to the biggest names in
in the United States with 55 international sports and entertainment. e bene ts are not only felt by the “It emotionally helps the children and
a liates—and has granted over 330,000 child with a wish, but have ripple e ects the emotion becomes physical because
wishes to children. It was revealed after the tragic loss of for the family as well. imm said he has their mind feels better and their body will
Kobe Bryant, that the NBA legend had seen the stress levels ease for the kids and feel better, he said. “And hopefully that
omas J. Conklin, who is the president granted over 200 wishes to children. families alike, and their well-being im- will help them in a cure.”
of the Hudson Valley chapter of Make-a- Not only was Bryant in the top-10 list
Wish, said that the funding of the chil- of celebrities who have participated with

Proposed STEAM school to present its plans

Town Board to hold public hearing on March 12

BY CAROL REIF Ridge LLC’s applications for site Folks have been wondering through the same processes as A PROMISE
STAFF WRITER plan and preliminary subdivision what’s going to pop up on the the school applicants,” he said Lincolndale’s Patrick DeSena,
approvals. other two parcels down the road. Wednesday, adding that he “felt
Plans for a STEAM academy con dent” that that wasn’t going who served on the Town Board
at the former IBM campus just It was the latter that seemed Both Mark Weingarten, the to happen anytime soon. for 16 years and was there when
keep rolling along in Somers. to cause the most concern for applicant’s lawyer, and Richard the IBM and Pepsico projects
folks who spoke at the Plan- Williams of Insite, its engineers, Board member Vicky Gannon, were approved, felt “obligated”
On ursday, March 12, the ning Board’s public hearing on insisted Wednesday that there is noting that any future develop- Wednesday to speak up about the
Town Board will hold a pair of Wednesday, Feb. 12. no development “planned or con- ment would “open the book” requested subdivision.
public hearings on the proposed templated at this time.” said the town would certainly be
private, for-pro t high school. As e landlords, Sebastian looking at “cumulative impacts.” “I want to make sure the ulti-
lead agency, it will say yea or nay Capital LLC, wants to divide However, that doesn’t mean mate impact on those 745 acres
to the developer’s bid to amend the Route 100 site up into four the new owners of those parcels, Bluestone Peak Academy, the is no more than we promised,” he
the town’s OB-100 (O ce-Busi- pieces. e school and its athletic whoever they might be, can’t seek o cial name for the STEAM said.
ness) District and its 2016 Com- and maintenance facilities would town approvals for an o ce or (Science Technology Engineer-
prehensive Plan. occupy two parcels on about 345 housing project, according to ing Arts Math) school, hopes to Planning Board member Nan-
of its 723 acres. Planning Board member Chris open in 2021 and eventually have cy Gerbino, however, reminded
e Planning Board, mean- Zaberto. 1,800 students. DeSena that the Town Board
while, is handling Evergreen e remaining acreage’s zon-
ing — OB-100 — won’t change. “ ey would have to go SEE STEAM PAGE 14

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Winners were given a $25 Amazon gift card. anks to all who participated!

Francesca Sgammato and Chris DeCicco pick the winners of the
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In TRUNK student in the schools. Mentoring is based on build-
memoriam ing a supportive relationship between an adult and a
FROM PAGE 2
In Loving Memory
Geo rey Rath Humphreys student—to provide insight, to guide, to listen and

1988—2019 show or mention Dean’s Bridge, sometimes called to be supportive. Mentors meet with their mentee

By your death, life rejected Casey’s Crossing. If you have something we can for about an hour each week at either SIS or SMS,
Bitter loss, unexpected
borrow and scan, please let us know. Contact Do- before school, during lunch or after school. Rooms
Left without a last goodbye
To grieve your loss and wonder why ris Jane Smith in Somers at [email protected] have been set aside in each school for these meet-

And ask, Without you, who am I gmail.com or Susan ompson in North Salem at ings and are equipped with games, arts and crafts,
And say, You’re gone, why aren’t I?
S [email protected] puzzles, sports equipment, and a computer.
Darker world, leaden sun
Tarnished stars, Death boasts it won Magic Show If you are interested, please visit somersschools.
For you are gone from those you loved org/teamtuskers; email [email protected]

Passed into mind and memory gmail.com, or call 914-481-2716.
And time will fade the pictures made—
e 10th annual Somers Magic show is Friday, Somers Employment Openings
Our life together March 20, at Somers High School. Doors open at 6

Yet gone from sight, is not from heart p.m. and the show beings at 7:30 p.m. ere will be
As love unending gives us right
To challenge Death, seize victory pizza, drinks, ice cream and souvenirs for sale along Parks and Recreation employment openings.
Alive in us, entwined eternally.
with a ra e, and bake sale to bene t e Camarra Must be able to work entire 6 weeks of camp,
To Death: You haven’t won…
Crusaders. All other proceeds bene t Somers SEP- Monday-Friday, 6/29-8/7: Day Camp First Aid
—Judy Rath
TA.Tickets are available at seatyourself/biz/somers- Supervisor, Day Camp Division Head, Arts &

septa.Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door.Kids Crafts Specialist,Travel Camp Assistant Director.

under 2 are free. For more information, email som- Please submit resumes to [email protected] If

[email protected] you have any questions, please contact the recre-

SEF Honoree Gala ation o ce (914) 232-8441.

Northeast Westchester
e Somers Education Foundation Gala is Rotary Club
celebrating 25 years of service to Somers Schools

with its event this year themed, A Touch of Red e Northeast Westchester Rotary Club proud-

and Silver. e SEF bene t is planned for 7-10 ly announces the Book Launch of its 15th edi-

p.m. March 27. Sponsorships available. For more tion at JFK Catholic High School on Wednesday,

information, visit sefny.org/red or email [email protected] May 13, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 PM (weather

fny.org. permitting). On My Mind 2020 contains the

TEAM Tuskers writings of over two hundred authors represent-
ing sixteen schools from a wide and diverse area.

Our keynoter once again is Vin Dacquino, a lo-

TEAM Tuskers mentoring is looking for com- cal author, teacher and radio host. In addition Vin

mitted,dedicated adult men and women to spend an was the recipient of NEW Rotary’s Paul Harris

hour each week during the school year to support a 2018 Fellows Award for his “Service Above Self.’’

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Opinion

Happily
Ever
After

Going small Pork and beans

cardboard top was sealed to I’m cheap. When we check JUST what I made, so I guessed he really
JO ANN wanted franks and beans.
MAN its cylindrical base with some into the hotel and I go to wash
OVERBOARD type of clear industrial tape. up, the shower head reaches JO ANN “ at sounds good,”I said. “I’ll
approximately to my belly- FRANCELLA run to the store and pick up hot
e light in the car wasn’t dogs, beans and buns.” at would
One of my favorite parts of be my contribution to our cozy
RICK strong enough to see where button. I won’t bore you with winter is sitting in front of night in.
my replace and watch-
MELÉN the tape ended to dig your the minutia so I’ll just give you ing the ames dance and play. We Since we don’t eat many hot
haven’t had much of a winter, and dogs, it had been a while since I
ngernail underneath it, so the details: I’m 6-foot two and believe me, I’m not complain- purchased them. I remembered
ing; but at this stage of my life, I that Ball Park Franks used to have
I suggested my wife use one I had to arch my back like a prefer a nice even temperature of fat free franks, but soon found out
somewhere between 60-70 degrees. that they no longer exist. Every-
I’ve always lived in West- of the keys on my key ring to limbo dancer just so I could Winter is a fact of life in this part thing was full fat along with the
chester, and I’ve always of the country and when it’s cold, I usual tons of nitrates. No problem,
known people in my days saw through it. “Doesn’t this almost throw out my back try- love a re. I thought. Ken rarely requests
kind of thing make you nuts?” I ing to wash my hair. I remem- special foods, so why not indulge
asked. “Why?” She said. “We’re ber an episode of “Forensic Such was a day right after him. I picked up the package of
Christmas last year. We have an Ball Park Franks and a package of
who play to “go big or go stuck in the car much longer Files” where the guy drowns enormous stack of wood on the hot dog buns and was o to the
side of our driveway and Ken loves pork and beans aisle.
home.” ey don’t do it unless than it will take to get this his wife in a hotel bathtub and making a big production of lling
the wood carrier and setting up a As I walked toward the pork and
they can do it right. Great ho- thing open.” She thinks this stages the crime scene to look pile of wood beside the replace beans shelves, my eyes searched
before beginning to build the re. for the familiar red and white cans
tels, trendy restaurants, dressed kind of thing makes me nuts, like she tried to hold onto the of Campbell’s Pork & Beans, just
But that didn’t seem to be as I had remembered them from
to impress and living large. If I but I nd a strange pleasure in towel rack next to the shower enough for Ken on that particular my childhood. Do they not make
day. Campbell’s Pork & Beans any
thought I had to go big or go exposing random injustices in head and it broke o and she longer? I thought to myself. ere
“Why don’t we have hot dogs were unfamiliar cans on the shelf.
home all the time I’d probably the world and annoying every- fell, causing her causing her and beans so we can eat and still be
in front of the re?”Ken suggested. One by one I began reading the
never leave my home. Some of one else with them. All I had husband to drown her. e Of course I knew we could have labels on the cans of Bush’s Baked
eaten in front of the re no matter Beans: Country Style, Homestyle,
my favorite experiences in life on my key ring were electronic cops didn’t buy it, of course, Maple and Cured Bacon, Southern
Pit BBQ, Honey Chipotle,
have been at the kitschy, corny fobs for both cars, three bike and I could imagine my wife
SEE FRANCELLA PAGE 10
outposts of America, scorned lock keys and my motorcycle trying to explain my sudden

by the IPA-drinking, gastro- key, between the six of them demise while trying to take a

pubbing Instagram-snapping less teeth than an Appalachian shower bent over backwards

mise en scène snobs, and you octogenarian, and the thought in the “bridge” position hold-

know who you are. occurred to me that I might ing onto the bathtub spout

We took a nice low-key Val- have to call a locksmith to nd after I fell and knocked myself

entine’s Day weekend trip up the right key to get the Moose unconscious. is is a long

to Kingston, New York, to get Munch open, but before you story but it shows why I don’t

away and do a little skiing in know it we were at the hotel, carry enough life insurance to

the Catskills. One of the best especially since you’re only make it worthwhile for anyone

things about going on a car nding out about it now. to embarrass themselves with a

trip is the snacks. I had packed I often stay at cheaper hotels, weird tale like that after trying

a huge canister of Moose not because I’m cheap, but to drown me in a shower.

Munch, and when it came time to rail against the tide of the SEE MELEN PAGE 9
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MELEN School I would have taken the opportu- Northern Westchester
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FROM PAGE 8 on the blackboard, but this time I simply
commandeered some darts from behind invites you to
e skiing went well enough, but I the bar. I used to be a pretty good throw,
don’t go in for great displays of heroism but it’s impossible to nd a real dart Welcome
on the slopes these days. e best condi- board in a bar these days. No one wants Spring
tions you can hope for in the Northeast to move the restrooms from the back of
are what they hopefully refer to as “loose the building to the front to prevent dart with an
granular,” which is also how people throwers from using someone’s ear as an
at work refer to my thinking. “Loose acceptable substitute for a bulls-eye. Art Exhibit
granular” is a euphemism for “chopped
up ice,” and most of it looks like what We had a great time hanging out, of select and diverse works of
you’d put into a margarita glass just upstate-style. Friendly people, nice water-based paintings at the
before you add the margarita. So I stay restaurants, and nothing disastrous to
on the blue slopes and try to keep out of report, I’m sorry to say. Once in a while I Whispering Pine
everybody’s way. Don’t I want to chal- might splurge, and live a little larger than Garden Center & Florist
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Nightlife in Kingston isn’t what you once the check comes and I’ve gulped March 2 thru 31
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WE MOVED! READING, ing) seem to be the norm. Dutch For example, Anna and Kristin
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KOVACH a few reasons why Dutch kids permission to name their baby boy,
Just next door to grow up happy. One fun fact is Lucifer, they were turned down
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non ction, biographies, es- breakfast treat called hagelslag rejected,“Since the name Lucifer is
NOW OPEN OUR NEW LOCATION says, short stories. If a title or (bread and butter topped with one of the Devil’s names, the Nam-
IS NOW A REALITY! subject grabs my interest, I put the chocolate sprinkles). Pre-schools ing Committee believes it could
book on hold at my local library. are play-based and elemen- cause the bearer embarrassment.”
So excited to add value to I just nished reading a parenting tary school students do not have
our wonderful community of book called, e Happiest Kids in homework. Children of all ages are e second reason is because the
the World. is non ction book encouraged to play outdoors in all name does not conform to the
pets and owners!! was written by two women, one seasons. Children, teens and adults Icelandic language since the Icelan-
American and the other British, bicycle to school, work and grocery dic alphabet does not contain the
who were both married to Dutch shopping (even in the rain!) which letter c.
men and living in the Netherlands makes for rosy cheeks and robust
with their kids. constitutions. In the United States, practically
anything goes for parents who
At rst both women experi- e common sense theme of decide to hamper their newborns
enced quite the culture shock. It doe maar gewoon certainly applies with bizarre monikers. It is illegal
seemed that the entire way of life when parents select baby names. In to name your kid Messiah or
was completely di erent in the the Netherlands, the most popular Adolph Hitler in the U.S. Howev-
Netherlands, especially raising names are Julia, Emma,Tess and er, as of 2017, there are at least ten
children. But as they learned more Sophie for girls and Lucas, Noah, baby boys named Lucifer across
about Dutch family life, they Levi and Finn for boys. Dutch par- the nation.
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contributed to the overall happi- outlandish baby names. Remember years ago when mu-
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observed among Dutch children. In a newspaper article I read his kids Moon Unit and Dweezil?
recently, a couple in Iceland were Unusual celebrity baby names
e key take-away is that forbidden from naming their new include Raddix, Gravity, Apple,
Dutch parents adhere to the baby, Lucifer. Apparently, Iceland Banjo, Pilot Inspektor, and Zuma.
phrase, Doe maar gewoon (“Just has some of the strictest naming Believe it or not, the name Abcde
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From Simon & Garfunkel to Elon ‘EDM’ Musk

BRUCE forever “classics” the only clas- didn’t Spotify some fascinating when I rst came across it, only names. ey’ll refer to them-
THE BLOG sics that truly matter? No, of uses of wordplay (no rela- to discover it is the Tesla titan selves as anything other than
course not. tion to Coldplay), along with himself. In his spare time, he who they really are.
BRUCE expressions of self-identity cut a track called “Don’t Doubt
APAR After I collected myself, that sound like they came out Ur Vibe.” (BTW, EDM is e queen of nom de mu-
I said to that same self, “Of of a 50-minute session on the electronic dance music.) sique monikers for this genera-
You know that getting course our pop classics are not couch. tion is Stefani Joanne Angelina
older is getting old when Gen X or Millennial pop clas- Back in the day, drinking Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga.
you click a Spotify playlist sics. Why would they be? Time For instance, what’s one to in cutting-edge rock-and-roll
labeled Pop Classics, innocently doesn’t stand still, silly.” (I have make of the artist named Iam- (and some beverages) in the In the 50s, singers had real
(as in naively) expecting to to presume that Gen Zers— notshane? How about the very frat house at Syracuse U., we names, like one of my favorites,
roughly ages 8-23—have a dark $uicideBoy$. thought band monikers like Bobby Darin. Oh, but wait one
nd Simon and Garfunkel or few more miles to put on their Led Zeppelin were, like, heavy, sec. His born name is Walden
e Police, and instead wonder tender treads before classifying Other musicians are ambi- man. Too cool for school. Who Robert Cassotto.
as “classics” their earliest musi- tious enough to co-opt an would know one day there’d be
if you’ve been slipped a hal- cal memories.) entire sport. Ever listen to the group names worthy of a zom- OK, there’s always an ex-
lucinogen when, instead, you band Tennis? ey serve up bie movie title, like rap rock ception, but is there a more
see indecipherable names like at modest revelation set indie pop that their fans love. band Hollywood Undead. evocative real name than that
M.I.A., Daft Punk, and Fun. me on a journey of curiosity of immortal country singer
to survey the state of today’s Some of the artist names I went to look for a through- Patsy Cline? Oops again. Her
I’m all in on that last one, musical artist brands. could pass for Net ix titles, line over the decades, harking actual name is Virginia Patter-
by the way. Still, I had to like 5 Seconds of Summer. Or back to what the musical artists son Hensley.
confusedly wonder, who stole FROM COLDPLAY TO Shotgun Willy. I call classics called themselves.
my decades? Aren’t what I call WORDPLAY Oh, well, so much for that
TEST DRIVE A TESLA TUNE crazy theory of mine.
From a myopic Boomer Others appear to be e orts
perspective, a lot of the moni- MUSICAL PSEUDONYMS POSITIVELY DYLAN
kers seem out there, but what at identity theft writ large, One common characteristic As for one-word names
do I know? It’s not to say I such as Elon “EDM” Musk.
At least that’s what I thought of emergent music groups in today like CHIKA and COIN
2020 is the absence of birth and Lizzo, long before Ma-
donna (Ciccone) brought
single-name performers back
in vogue, I remember, as a high
school student, hearing a radio
DJ introduce a debut recording
by a singer whose name I heard
as “Dillon” (b. Robert Allen
Zimmerman).

Apart from rarities, like
singer and activist Odetta, I
had never heard a singer on the
radio who didn’t have both a

rst and last name, so I knew
right then that the times were
changing. (Yes, Elvis Presley
came to be known by his rst
name alone, but Dylan was
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Snistle while you work

“It was like a snort, but it said if you have persistent snor- buzz saw-like sound from the I don’t know if he’s snoring or

TRACY was more prolonged.” ing, you should consult a doctor. oor below. snoo ng or snistling or snorting.
BECKERMAN “How is that di erent than But I wondered if the same were “What is that sound?” I asked. But I do know one thing.
true if you experienced snistling, My husband leaned forward and
snoring,” he asked. snorting, or sniggling when you bent his head over the foot of the “What’s that?” said my hus-
“I don’t know, but it was, and band.

it kept me up,” I complained. slept. bed. I got up and shooed the dog

Apparently, my husband e next night my husband “It’s the dog. He’s snoring.” out the door.

decided that this piece of in- was quiet while he slept. e I looked at the dog laying “He’s sleeping in another

“You were making some formation was not worth any good news was I was able to get prone on the carpet and listened room.”
weird noises last night more of his time and he went a decent night’s sleep. e bad for a moment.
when you were sleep- back to shaving. But I was both- news was it was impossible for My dog Monty now has his own
ered. It was less about the fact me to do further research into “I don’t think that’s snoring,” I Instagram account! To see what
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“No, it wasn’t snoring.” the same time, which I suppose

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