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North Salem News 11.14.19

North Salem’s only weekly newspaper mailed to every home and business.

Vol. 5 No. 33 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, November 14, 2019

Town Board race Plans for a turf field
too close to call put into play

Republicans sweep other contested positions BY HELU WANG eld, which include extending playtime,
STAFF WRITER reducing weather related game cancel-
BY HELU WANG incumbent Republican Brent Golisano’s lations and making the school district
e North Salem Board of Educa- competitive by allowing teams to practice
STAFF WRITER seat is secured; however, as of Nov. 11, tion established a committee to continue on the type of eld they will encounter,”
studying the feasibility of installing a turf D’Agostino said.
Republican omas Moreo was leading
eld at its meeting on Oct. 30. Consultants with KSQ Design and
Republicans won big in North Salem in the polls with 845 votes over Demo- e turf eld would serve as a playing Chazen Companies presented a site
evaluation for a turf eld at the meeting.
last week, though uncertainty remains for crat Katherine Daniels’ 840 votes. Absen- area for soccer, eld hockey, lacrosse and
baseball. It would also be used during the e consultants proposed a 210-foot by
one of two seats on the Town Board. tee ballots are expected to be counted on daytime to allow a more robust outdoor 360-foot eld and evaluated three sites
physical education program. Board Pres- for suitability: Tompkins Field, the eld
Supervisor Warren Lucas was reelected Nov. 19. ident Deborah D’Agostino said board hockey area and an area on the west cam-
members have researched the viability of pus.
along with Town Clerk Maria Hlushko. Golisano, a North Salem Middle/High installing a turf eld several years ago, but
plans were tabled when then the econo- Based on criteria such as north-south
Judge John Aronian will be joined on the School graduate who has lived in the my collapsed. orientation, night lighting conditions,

bench by Republican Daniel Seymour, town for 42 years, feels honored to have “ ere are a lot of advantages to a turf SEE TURF PAGE 4

according to the Westchester County been given an opportunity to continue to

Board of Elections’ uno cial election re- serve the residents of North Salem. He

sults. looks forward to establishing a new vision

However, the Town Board race re- SEE ELECTIONS PAGE 3
mains too close to call. With 958 votes,

Exhibit shows range of talent

North Salem resident Nina Bertolino exhibited PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
her work at the Ruth Keeler Memorial during
Bill, Siena and Nina Bertolino October. Her paintings ranged from abstract to
impressionistic. Bertolino has a bachelor’s from
Sarah Lawrence and a master’s in art education from
the College of New Rochelle. She worked at a silk
screen atelier. She paints in oils, acrylics, gouache
and watercolor. She also enjoys working in pastels
and creating mixed media pieces and collages and
facilitates two art groups for acrylics/pastels and
watercolors in North Salem.

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The Staff Westchester Bluegrass Club 17th at 5 p.m. Rabbi Jonathan Blake, Senor p.m. at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library.
Rabbi of the Westchester Reform Temple, All ages welcome! Registration not necessary
JODI WEINBERGER e Westchester Bluegrass Club presents G Scarsdale, will be bringing the message on this but preferred so the library can reserve enough
EDITOR: 914-302-5830
[email protected] Rockwell Band on Nov. 16 at e Lake Purd- special evening featuring music, poems and supplies.
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 ys Clubhouse, 33 Lake Way, Purdys. Doors prayers. Following the Interfaith Celebration
[email protected]
ADVERTISING TEAM open at 7 p.m.; Acousting Jam at 8 p.m.; Open a Turkey Dinner will be served open to the en- ADULT HEALTH AND FITNESS

LISA KAIN mic at 9 p.m. G Rockwell Band at 10:30 p.m. tire community. ere is also a silent auction Zumba with Amy Green, Wednes-
[email protected] Donation: $15. Reserved seating: westchester- that takes placing during the evening. Every- days, 6:30-7:30 p.m. through Nov. 20 at the
914-202-2392 [email protected] or visit westches- one is invited to start their Holiday Season o Pequenakonck Elementary School Gym. Call
[email protected]
CORINNE STANTON BYOB. Refreshments with the wonderful community gathering. for current price, there are still spots available.
[email protected] will be served. Please bring a snack to share. North Salem Booster Club Fall Into Yin Yoga with Jaime Roche
JENNIFER CONNELLY Info: Mike Burns, 914-213-9212 Tuesdays 6-7:14 p.m. through Dec. 3 at the
[email protected] Chapel at Croton Falls North Salem Firehouse. is quiet and re ec-
BRUCE HELLER e Annual Clothing Drive for the North tive class features long held, supported oor
[email protected] Salem Booster Club will be on the following based poses that will focus on opening the
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL 609 Route 22, Croton Falls dates and times: connective tissues of the body such as tendons,
DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER Join the Chaperl at Croton Falls for In- Friday, Nov. 15, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and ligaments and fascia. Call for current price,
[email protected]
CHRISTINA ROSE terfaith Sunday, November 17, at 10:30 a.m.. Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the there are still spots available.
We will celebrate Gratitude and anksgiv- North Salem Middle/High School.
[email protected] ing: Gathering, Acknowledging and Sharing For more information contact Christa Rus- CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
the Gifts and Blessings of our Harvests. We so at [email protected] Learn-to-Skate at Brewster Ice Arena.
PUBLISHER: 845-208-8151 will also explore new ways of sharing our gifts NS Rec Department programs e Learn-to-Skate program is for 4-12 year
[email protected] and abundance with each other and the com- olds at varying levels of skating experience.

SHELLEY KILCOYNE munity exploring the Native American Give- $185 per session, per skater. Fee includes pub-
Away Ceremony and the Cornucopia/ Horn All registration forms available at: http:// lic skate before lesson. *Skate Rental not in-
[email protected] of Plenty as a way to celebrate our abundance Questions? Contact North cluded.

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NORTH SALEM NEWS DEADLINE A celebration of Harvest and Thanksgiv- p.m.. Session 2 starts Nov. 1 or Nov. 5.
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Friends of Karen

Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, has launched Covill Keeps Seat
its annual Holiday Adopt-A-Family program for 2019. e goal is to bring smiles to each in District 2
Friends of Karen child and their siblings this holiday season.
County Legislator Kitley Covill fended o a challenge from
As in years past, Friends of Karen will turn to both individuals, businesses and community Republican Gina Arena to retain her seat in District 2 on Nov. 5.
groups to help spread the holiday spirit and shop to ll nearly 900 “Holiday Wish Lists” this
season. Anyone wanting to help is asked to purchase one gift for one child or several gifts. For According to uno cial election results, Covill, a Democrat,
those unable to shop, Friends of Karen accepts cash donations to purchase the children’s gifts. garnered 8,386 votes to Arena’s 4,852 votes to stay at the helm
of District 2, which includes Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco,
“Each of our children sends us their wish list, and we match each child with a kind-hearted North Salem, Pound Ridge and parts of Somers.
‘elf ’ who purchases one or more of the items on the list,” said Volunteer Coordinator Denise
Tredwell who organizes the program. “Every child looks forward to the holidays, but when In a Facebook Post, Arena congratulated Covill and thanked
parents are caring for a child with a life-threatening illness, there’s no resources or time for her supporters.
shopping or even thinking about gifts. We want children to have joyful memories, even in the
midst of illness.” “Bless you all for your incredible support, faith and love,” Arena
said. “We ran a great, positive race!”
Friends of Karen asks for donors to help make sure there are gifts for every child. To
participate in this annual tradition, please contact Denise Tredwell at 914-617-4052 or
[email protected] to get started.

ELECTIONS a lot of people who voted for the [party] said although she is disappointed with the respectively, defeating Democrats Solo-
line, which, of course, is a dangerous situ- current result, she feels optimistic about mon Schepps and Robert Leder, who re-

ation.” the nal count. ceived 691 and 588 votes, respectively.

for the Purdys hamlet and continuing to Town o cials say that since Moreo has “We want to win and we may still win,” Aronian, who was elected in 2015 to

work on Croton Falls projects and serve not o cially moved out of the town at Carey said. “Katherine is a very good can- become the rst new town justice in 30

Peach Lake communities. this point, if elected, Moreo would have didate and she would be really good for years, is pleased to be reelected and looks

“ ank you again for your support. I am options of being sworn into the position this town.” forward to serving the town for another

here to work for everyone and do my best or resigning in January. Should he resign, For town clerk, incumbent Hlushko term. Seymour, who has practiced law in

in providing the best services possible to the Town Board would appoint someone won with 977 votes to challenger Demo- the Justice Courts of Westchester County

our town,” Golisano said. to ll his spot for a one-year term, and the crat William Morin’s 623 votes. Last year, for more than 30 years, is grateful for his

Although Moreo’s name appeared on seat would be up for election again next the race was so tight, it took two weeks support and honored to serve in this posi-

the ballot, the North Salem Republican year. e Town Board could also choose before Hlushko claimed victory. tion.

Committee has said that he is planning to not to appoint anyone and leave the seat “I’m glad this time I knew the result on “I want to put the di cult election be-

move out of the state. According to Zillow, vacant. the election night rather than wondering,” hind and move forward with what I’m do-

his North Salem residence was listed for e North Salem News found out about Hlushko said. ing,” Aronian said.

sale on Aug. 27. Moreo’s move from a source and it was Morin thanked those who supported Schepps is disappointed in the result

Daniels, a former school board member con rmed by the town’s Republican Party him. but grateful to those who support him.

who moved to North Salem in 1996, said leadership. Editor Jodi Weinberger asked “I would like to thank all the people who Leder felt welcome and appreciated as a

she felt very frustrated about the results Lucas, Golisano and Republican chair worked on my campaign and those who newcomer during the campaign.

and was concerned that voters were not William Monti why no e ort was made to supported me in the race for North Salem “Losing isn’t fun, but it will give me

well-informed. inform the public, but as of press time on town clerk,” Morin said. “ e election re- time to re ect on what I want to do go-

“It’s incredibly frustrating to me. I wish Monday, Nov. 11, no one had responded. sult was not what we had hoped for, but ing forward…I will continue gardening,

the Board of Elections could have got- Moreo said in a phone call Nov. 7 that that means God has other plans for me. I hiking, canoeing, swimming, bike riding,

ten o the ballot because it seems crazy he would not speak to the press and hung congratulate Maria Hlushko on her win.” cross-country skiing and enjoying the

to be running against somebody who has up abruptly. For town justice, Aronian and Seymour wonderful things that our town and planet

moved away,” Daniels said. “ ere must be Democratic Club President Pat Carey lead in the polls with 966 and 854 votes, have to o er,” Leder said.

John Aronian Daniel Seymour Maria Hlushko Warren Lucas

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e sta at Waterview Hills $500 to bene t St. Jude’s Chil-
Rehabilitation and Healthcare pi- dren’s Research Hospital, located
oneered and directed the St. Jude’s in Memphis,Tennessee.
No More Cancer Rally fundraiser
in September. Waterview Hills thanks the
residents, family and friends who
From these fundraising initia- donated.
tives, the facility raised more than

Julia Fay, a resident at Waterview, and Avia. Scott Urgola, director of activities, with
Avia Julian, a licensed practical nurse.

New plow will curb salt usage

BY HELU WANG About 800 pounds of salt are used on North

STAFF WRITER Salem roads per mile in a storm. Supervisor War-

ren Lucas hopes to reduce the amount to one-

e town plans to combat salt pollution by up- third or less. Lucas wrote in an email that each

grading its snow plowing equipment. year about 6 to 7.5 million pounds of salt are

Ward Hanaburgh, superintendent of highways, dumped on roadways.

presented his plan at the Oct. 29 Town Board Towns across the state such as Somers, Pound

meeting, saying that the department has purchased Ridge and Lake George Village have used the TURF

a plow that is designed to remove snow from the plows for some time and reported an approximate FROM PAGE 1 vary from $200,000 for installing

road rather than dumping salt. e plow, at a cost 30 percent reduction in salt usage last year. strip drains to up to $1 million

of $19,000, has been installed on a truck as an ex- Although a regular plow only costs $9,000, for intensive drainage repair.

periment to control and monitor the amount of salt Hanaburgh said the upgraded plow would ben- campus access, parking, pedes- A planning committee was

that would be used on the road this winter. e t the environment. He hopes the cost would trian safety and the regulatory formed at the meeting, composed

Hanaburgh said the plan aims to reduce the be covered through environmental grants going environment, they recommended of school board members and

need to use salt on town roads. If it works out, the forward. He plans to cooperate with other high- the west campus site for further members of the administration

department will purchase more such plows and way superintendents in Westchester and Putnam study. e site, a wooded area and community to oversee on-

convert all of its trucks. counties to address salt pollution in the area. near the school gym, is currently going planning. e committee

“I’m excited about that. We will try it on di er- “First of all, we need public safety and [to] fa- only used for cross-country run- will aslo engage a construction

ent roads,” Hanaburgh said. “But most likely I’m cilitate travel,” Hanaburgh said. “But we can do it ning. manager to assist in cost estimat-

going to use it on Hardscrabble Road because it’s by using less salt with di erent pieces of equip- Total cost of a new turf eld, ing and planning for construction

a tough road to get snow o .” ment to get the same result.” including lighting, fencing, logistics.

scoreboard and bleachers, ranges D’Agostino said further work

from $3.8 million to $4.2 million. is required to re ne costs, and

Additional options are provided next steps include an environ-

OPEN to build four toilets at a cost of mental assessment, a soil survey
Christmas Eve $300,000 to $500,000, and a and a geotechnical study. e
and New Year’s
Eve! Make your $300,000 allowance for repaving. board looks to nalize the proj-
e consultants also reviewed ect’s scope and costs by March
strategies to improve Tompkins and then decide whether to pro-

Field. e costs of improvements pose a bond referendum in May.



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Happily Ever After Don’t eat the dip

Thanksgiving stories, we SEASONAL
all have them. Frying TIDBITS
a turkey for the rst
time and it explodes, the dog

jumping on the table and either LAURA
eating the raw or cooked turkey,
and Chinese takeout is ordered.

My anksgiving story actu-

ally came a week after anks-

giving. anksgiving Day went o without a hitch. I spent it with my

husband’s family and then my husband, my daughters and I drove to

the Cape to spend the rest of the holiday weekend with my family.

It was the day after the anksgiving weekend, Monday morn-

ing and I had just settled down to a bowl of turkey and wild rice

To your health soup, a leftover from dinner.

Just as I lifted the spoon up to my mouth I heard a ding come

from my computer.

e message was an e-vite from a friend. You know the E-vite.

It’s “open enrollment” time at It’s the lazy man’s way of inviting you somewhere.
my job. at’s when I take
an educated guess on how my wife thinks that my hearing is I slowly opened my eyes after clicking the e-vite to see a danc-
badly I’m going to injure myself shot, and when she tells me that
MAN she only pronounces every other ing gingerbread holding candy canes and jingle bells playing in the
OVERBOARD word to prove her point. My
background. “Let’s get together to drink some egg nog and put

the nishing touches on the Christmas School Bazaar. ursday

next year so that I can sign up for RICK hearing is ne, I counter, because evening. My home, you know the address. Children welcome!”
the health insurance plan that’s MELÉN I can hear a “Cars For Kids” ad
going to do me the most good. playing on a car radio three lanes Ba humbug. e Christmas School Bazaar. It’s one of those things

that sound great in January! Somehow I got stuck with the silent

Will I be in good hands? Will away from me and it causes me to auction baskets because I relayed a story of how I attended a sum-

my insurance company be on my exhibit signs of PTSD. mer bazaar on vacation and they had baskets for a silent auction.

side, like a good neighbor? It’s really a form of legal Last year at around this time I knew I had a big, e faces on those I told were so surprised; it was like I told them I

gambling. Obviously I can’t predict the future, so I nasty birthday coming up. I’m getting old, and so I ew the space shuttle to the moon on my summer vacation. So now

have to handicap myself regarding how much I’m gured I had better ramp up my exible health care I have to make sure ten other mothers get their baskets lled with

going to handicap myself. I’ve always done stupid spending account to pay down my $10,000 dollar themed goodies to me by a certain date. So much for hiding under

things in the past, so realistically, I should be able to deductible, in case body parts start dropping o of the covers this holiday season. SEE CAMPAGNA PAGE 11

continue doing them well into the future. me like a ‘57 Chevy. What if I need a knee replace-

Once, I blew out my knee skiing on Birch Hill, ment? What if I need a hip replacement? What

up in Patterson, not that many years after it was a if I injure my knee while having my hip replaced? Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip

petting zoo. How is that possible, you might ask, if e catch with a exible spending account is that if

there were no farm animals left on that little hill to you don’t use it up, the government gets the money 2 Medium Sweet Onions 12 ounces sour cream
Medium White Onion 8 ounces cream cheese,
ski over? I will admit it wasn’t easy but that’s never at the end of the year, and they’re probably going
2 tablespoons salted butter softened
kept me from injuring myself. Another time I blew to waste it on something stupid. I read somewhere 2 teaspoons each fresh parsley to taste
salt & sugar Worcestershire to taste
out the same knee even more thoroughly playing that they spent $518,000 dollars studying how 1/4 cup white wine

touch football, and lo and behold, the one place that cocaine a ects the sex lives of Japanese quail. Sup-

nobody touched was my knee. Four years ago I fell posedly they were trying to extrapolate the results

on the ice at the train station, tore my rotator cu , to humans, but instead all they found out was that

and my cu was done rotating for six months. quail have a lot more fun than quail researchers do. Prep: Peel the onions and slice them very thinly. I find it
helpful to use a mandoline for this.
So I need decent insurance but I don’t want to Well, I didn’t end up having a knee replacement

pay an arm and a leg, nor would I get much for or a hip replacement because I couldn’t think of

them in their refurbished condition. One thing I’ve anything to replace them with. I had all this money Sauté: Heat the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium
heat. Add the onions, sprinkle with salt and sugar, and
learned is that the higher the deductible, the lower left over and only a month left to use it up before sauté for 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Pour
a little bit of wine in and let it sizzle out. Stir, add wine,
the insurance premiums. So I found a very reason- the government gets it and throws a party with a sizzle, etc. After about 30 minutes, your onions should be
deeply golden brown and fragrant.
able plan with a $10,000 dollar deductible, and I bunch of exotic dancers, some quail researchers and

can use any doctor I want that is located in Nigeria. bevy of quail who talk way too fast and don’t make

ey don’t have pockets over there, so you should any sense. So I pushed a big shopping cart around

keep any out-of-pocket expenses under your hat. CVS to use up the balance on some medical-related

Actuarially, and I just made that word up, my purchases. I grabbed a case of those Pine Bros. Mix: Transfer onions to a cutting board and chop
coarsely into small pieces – or just use a kitchen scissors
insurance should be incredibly low. I gave up smok- cough drops right o the bat, that was a no-brainer. and snip them up right in the pan. Mix the cream cheese
and sour cream. Mix in the onions and a handful of fresh
ing years ago by standing farther away from the Next door was the candy aisle, and I’m sure most parsley. Taste and season – add a small splash (like, a
tablespoon or less) of Worcestershire. This just gives it a
barbecue. I only drink to excess on a social basis, medical experts would agree that if you run out of little depth. It will keep well in the fridge for 3-4 days.

and I don’t eat any red meat, because I cook it until Pine Bros. cough drops, Milk Duds would prob-

it turns brown. I’ve been watching my calories for ably make a good substitute, so I picked up some

years, waiting for them to do something interest- of those and a few Kit Kat bars as a possible source

ing, and I get 8 hours of sleep each day, 9 if I have SEE MELEN PAGE 11
a meeting that day. I’m in perfect health, although

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Head Case e case of the
bathroom phantom
You know how we inherit dif- READING, watch, nd one thing that you have
ferent traits from our parents? WRITING & never noticed before.” The resort I stayed in for a writing retreat was old.
Well, I did not inherit the CHOCOLATE It wasn’t one of those spartan, spa-like places
accessories gene from my mom. My KIM My student got very excited and said, with hot stone massages and seaweed facials. It
mother always dressed nicely and ap- KOVACH “I saw something unbelievable the other was more of an Old West lodge, with replaces in every
plied lipstick before leaving the house. day on the train!”She started scrolling
Other mothers would throw on a through her cell phone to show me the room, chairs you could sink into, and loads of warm,
unbelievable spectacle she observed

bathrobe and slippers with their hair on a Metro North train. Nan set the belly- lling

still in curlers to drive a child to school scene for me as she continued to scroll comfort food. It

or run out to pick up a container of milk. Not my mom. through her photos.“I was sitting across the aisle from this was built some-

My mother had a large clothes closet with shelves and young woman who was dressed very elegantly all in beige,” time around 1920 TRACY
and was host to a BECKERMAN
drawers lled with shoes and purses of every size, color, Nan recalled.“When I looked over, I was shocked to see number of well-

fabric and style. Her plethora of pocketbooks included what she had on her lap!”

shoulder bags, clutches and hand bags for every season Nan handed me the cell phone. A young woman in her known writers

and occasion. I only have two pocketbooks – both black. twenties wearing a beige turtleneck and long beige wool and artists.

My summer pocketbook features a woven fabric and the coat sat with a pocketbook shaped like a human head on It was also, re-

winter bag is made out of leather. I have no desire to match her lap. e “purse”included a nose jutting out of the side portedly, haunted.

every out t with a di erent handbag. I just need some- and a brightly colored fabric shoulder strap. It really was e haunted part was not really an issue for me. As

thing sturdy to carry my eyeglass case, cell phone, pens, pretty creepy. a connoisseur of old hotels, I’d shared quarters with al-

tissues, note pad, change purse and health insurance cards. Nan said that she Googled “human head pocketbook” leged ghosts before and found they were mostly benign,

When I was in seventh grade, my mom decided that to nd out more about this unique accessory. Once I got if not sometimes noisy. As long as they didn’t answer

it would be fun for us to make a trendy pocketbook for home from my writing class, I also did an online search. to a deity named Zuul and threaten the lodge with

me out of a metal lunch pail (think construction worker). My search history must look pretty morbid. I was sur- destruction by a giant Stay Pu Marshmallow man, I

My mom is an artist so she jumped into “our”project full prised to nd dozens of di erent types of purses and was cool with it.

steam ahead. Mom painted the metal lunch pail black pocketbooks in the shape of human heads and skulls (one I wasn’t really thinking about any ghosts, though, when

and then cut out pictures from magazines topped with skull purse was made out of leather with a zipper across my bathroom suddenly started to emit a rather pungent,

a couple of coats of varnish for a decoupage look. I was the forehead to keep your belongings safe). An artist in unpleasant kind of bathroom smell. I ushed the toilet a

embarrassed to bring this work of art to junior high. e Israel created a line of human head drawstring bags made bunch of times and ran the sink and shower, but every-

metal lunch pail clanged against the metal-link shoulder out of felt. thing seemed to be working ne.

strap with every step I took. I did not feel like a trend Now that we’ve changed the clocks back, it is time for “Can you call Maintenance,” I asked the lady at the

setter and made some excuse not to take that lunch pail me to transfer my pens, eyeglass case, tissues, note pad front desk. “ ere doesn’t seem to be a problem with

pocketbook to school ever again. and insurance cards from my summer pocketbook to my the plumbing, but the bathroom smells really bad.

Yesterday, a woman in my Norwalk Library writ- winter pocketbook. I like to keep things simple. Maybe there’s a sewage issue?”

ing class asked me for some tips on nding inspiration “ ere isn’t anything around or below your bathroom

for writing short stories. I told her that inspiration is all Kim Kovach is always on the lookout for new column ideas. SEE BECKERMAN PAGE 11

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Now that Halloween has come and e Halloween Ghost younger cousin, and we hoped they were
gone, I can confess that the day our eyes and some of us and I had to try to let go too involved with trick or treating to even
always brings me back to when wailing, we hugged and bother with me.
Kim was 12 years old. kissed them good bye, JUST a bit, I said yes, but only
each one of us certain JO ANN if I went along as well. Happily no one ever realized who I
Kim is my only child and she was also that the plane would hit was and no one even talked to me. We
the only “only” child in her school from the side of a mountain “No Mom. Please. actually got away with it; and I got a sack
kindergarten to 12th grade. Most of her and we would never see full of candy. It was the biggest haul of
friends had an older sibling or two. My them again. With that JO ANN e kids will make fun my life!
point is that Kim’s friends’ parents were kind of upbringing, I was
not as strict with their children as I was doomed; but still, I tried my best not to FRANCELLA of me and never let me Fast forward to Kim’s senior year in
with Kim. ey had all been through be a “helicopter mom.” forget it.” high school and her entire class was going
it and had already loosened the reigns to Cancun for spring break. I had heard
a bit when their second or third child So, at the age of 12, when Kim asked “I know that! at’s too many stories of drinking and all the
arrived. Not so for me. Kim was my rst if she could go trick or treating with her awful things that go along with that, so
child and was also still my baby. I wor- friends, both male and female, on Hal- why I’ll be dressed in a my husband and I said,”No.” e com-
ried about her safety all the time. at loween night, all the hairs on my body promise this time was that I promised to
plus the fact that I come from a long stood on end. Halloween costume.” at was the deal and take her shopping and spend the same
line of Italian fatalists who believe that if amount that it would have cost to go to
something tragic can happen, it will, and Realizing that she was getting older she had to take it or leave it. She took it. Cancun. I explained to her that it was
that it will happen to us, our children and not about the money, but about keeping
everything we hold near and dear. I draped myself in an enormous white her safe.

I can still remember that when I was sheet with a few holes cut out for my A quick shout-out to my amazing
a child my grandparents were ying to daughter, Kim, who has with grace and
California to visit family. My mom, dad eyes and arms. I also made sure I wore not all that much fuss, put up with most
and sisters and all my aunts, uncles and of my antics and rules as she was growing
cousins drove them in a caravan to the gloves to hide my 42 year old hands. up.
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FROM PAGE 8 Jane called me a few hours lat-
and crackers and the onion dip.
er saying that she was not feeling
My arm shot over Jane’s who well and if I wanted her tickets
to the Broadway show for Friday
My friend, Jane and her kids was going for the same cracker I night. I said sure! Friday after-
noon my whole family piled into
were coming to the meeting, was. I won and plunged that Ritz the Honda Odyssey and headed
down the West Side Highway.
musical vocal group so I knew I would survive the in the onion dip. It was oniony Something in my stomach began
to turn. Surely it was the excite-
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BECKERMAN MELEN should sustain $500 dollars worth of personal injury.
FROM PAGE 9 ere has been a lot of talk on the campaign trail about “medicare

bad. Maybe there’s a sewage issue?” for all,” but really, if we could only simplify and de-mystify the health
“ ere isn’t anything around
of Vitamin C. I read that if you have a sprain you should treat it with care process just a little bit, the bene t to society would be surpris-
or below your bathroom to cause
that,”she said.“But I’ll get some- RICE, in capital letters, so they were very adamant on this point, or ingly small, but better than nothing. For instance, when I have a
body over there to take look.”
else my wife had mentioned to them that I was hard of hearing. So I car accident, the insurance company should send out one guy with
Eventually the maintenance
man showed up and went under picked up seven bags of rice at the supermarket. glasses, a tie and an iPad. He can look everything over and report
and around the building I was in,
but nothing turned up. As the day Well, strangely enough, my medical expenses were denied and I back with an estimate for how much of a mess my car’s body is
progressed, the smell got worse
and I had to close the bathroom still have $500 bucks left in my exible spending account. I’m going AND how much of a mess my body is. en a “tow-bulance” drops
door, so it didn’t seep into the bed-
room. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to to need to have an actual medical emergency to use up the money. If I o my car at the collision repair shop and then takes me to the doc-
spend the night in there, but there
was no other room for me to move was a quail I would blow through that money like nobody’s business, tor, who can tell right away if I should be listed as a “total loss.” My
into… the lodge was full.
but I don’t normally engage in the kind of risky behavior that they doctor can be credited with using the phrase, “failing Rick Melén”
I went to sleep that night with
my pillow over my head trying to do. I guesstimate that I’ll need at least a sprain or a fracture to reach way before Trump did but way after my 7th grade teacher did.
hide from the awful poopy smell.
I managed to fall asleep but was the $500 mark, but I don’t want to break the bone TOO much and
suddenly awoken in the middle of
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Salem Athletic Booster Club.
e 2nd annual Taste of North Salem Parents Night Out was he
Salem students. e event was co-hosted by North Salem Middle/H

Alicia and
with Chef
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Jerry and

Miller with
Tara and Bill


Lynn and Sergej Zoubok with
Lisa and Rob Dundon

and Tara

Kirk Brewer and Andy Sandor tasting
BBQ from Peach Lake Market

rsday, November 14, 2019 Sale Page 13

Nor Alice Kerrigan from Blazer Pub
with Ginger and Tim O’Shea
eld Friday, Nov. 1, at the Salem Golf Club. All proceeds from the event bene t North Kristi
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ROCK Brotherhood Winery and 1839 oils and all natural soap bases such The Schoolhouse, and send an inquiry to
Restaurant & Bar, Trip to West- as Shea butter & goat milk. Theater the Town Board. Several vacancies
chester Broadway eatre for “An Holiday/Winter Theme Flo- are listed. Contact us at PO Box

ADULT SPORTS American In Paris”, Holiday Party ral Centerpiece/Mantlepiece For more information, 525, North Salem, NY or northsa-

Mens Under 40 Basketball at Primavera,musical events,speak- Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and Dec. 18 7:30 call 914-277-8477 or email [email protected]

p.m. Create a beautiful holiday ar- [email protected]
rangement with up scale fresh cut
e theater is located at 3 Owens
orals, greenery, berries, branched,
and pinecones. Road, North Salem.

Marc Black, Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
Peter Calo, Jesse Terry, Rob-
inson Treacher and Cassidy
Drop-in Program, ursdays,

NS Republican8:30-10 p.m. through June 2020
Railyard Artsat the North Salem Middle/High
CommitteeSchool Gym. $20 registration fee.
Studio classes Town NewsSENIORS
ers from the community, and more! November 2019 brings a series
Railyard Arts Studio is located of local elections with opportu-

North Salem Senior Citizens at 621 Route 22, Croton Falls. For come together in a Nashville-style nities to serve as a volunteer. If

Club for residents 55 and older more information, visit railyard- e Town Board will have reg- songwriter circle, 8 p.m., Nov. 9 you are interested in serving on

are eligible to join our senior group. ular meetings on the second and Richard Lederer, A way with the Committee or volunteering,

Meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on Holiday Boutique. Fill your fourth Tuesdays of each month words, 3 p.m., Nov. 24 please contact the Committee at:

the second Tuesday of the month holiday wish list with great gift at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meet- NS Democratic North Salem Republican Com-
at the North Salem Fire House. items & decorations hand-made ing Hall, 66 June Road, North mittee, PO Box 289, North Sa-

Some of the events this year have by artists and artisans! Saturday Salem. All meetings are subject Committee lem, NY 10560 914-662-6620
included: Visit to the Buddhist night, Dec 14, 5-9 p.m. and Sun- to rescheduling upon adequate [email protected]

Monastery, Meet-and-Greet with day, Dec 15, noon to 4 p.m. notice, as circumstances require. Volunteers needed. ere are a Volunteer Drivers
the Candidates, earring making, Workshops: All agendas and live meetings are few open seats on the town com-

Irish Dancers, Penny Social, food Paint and Sip: Wineglasses posted on the Town website at: mittee and the Democrats would Needed
drive, Educated Palate Luncheon, Friday, Nov. 22, 7-9 p.m. Add love to have some new volunteers

AARP Defensive Driving course, some artistic air to your holiday board/agenda. come forward. It’s a great way to Can you spare a little time to

Westchester Broadway eatre, table this season with your own Town Clerk Maria Hlushko meet new people and be involved in make a di erence in the life of an

speakers from our local town o c- hand-painted wine glasses. has a notary license. Residents are who and what shapes our commu- older adult?

es, 90th Birthday Party picnic and Scented Soaps welcome to come to Town Hall if nity. If, on the other hand, you may RideConnect, a program of Fam-

music, Fascia’s Chocolate Factory, Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. they need documents notarized. be interested in serving on a town ily Services of Westchester, is an

and much more! Make your own fall-scented soaps To make an appointment, call committee, we suggest you keep an information, referral, and transpor-

Upcoming Events: Trip to using essential oils or fragrance 914-669-5577. eye on the Town’s website, northsa- tation program for older adults, age

60+, who can no longer drive. We

are seeking volunteer drivers who are

willing to provide occasional rides

to our older adult neighbors. ese

rides enable our clients to remain

active in their communities and to

continue to lead ful lling lives. Rides

are typically to medical and dental

appointments, grocery shopping and

other errands. Please consider giving

the gift of mobility and indepen-

dence. For more information, please

call Marietta C.Manoni at 914-242-

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Page 16 – North Salem News Sports Thursday, November 14, 2019


Jolley runs
to section


Junior places rst for second
straight year in Class C


North Salem junior Ava Jolley placed rst in the Class
C race at sectionals for the second straight year, cruising
to the nish line in a time of 19:45 at Bowdoin Park on
Nov. 9.

She built a big lead and beat the second-place nisher,
Dobbs Ferry’s Phoebe Ward, by more than 20 seconds.

Juliette Intrieri took 26th for the Tigers in 23:13. Mia
Santis (34th), Emma Litch eld (42nd) and Isabella
Schembri (53rd) rounded out the competitors for the girls.

e North Salem girls placed sixth out of 10 teams in
Class C.

Henry James paced North Salem’s boys team, placing
31st (19:06). Nicholas DiGiacomo was 50th (19:44.6).
Ryan Renda (73rd), Jake Greenberg (76th) and Alexander
Laquer (78th) nished in the top 80 in a eld of 128

e boys took ninth out of 14 teams.
Coach Chris Gould was proud of both the boys and girls
e orts in the chilly November conditions.
“Our mantra all season was work to improve…together,”
Gould said. “ e results showed at sectionals. Nearly all
had their best career times at Bowdoin. at de nes true
success in our sport.”
Jolley will compete in the New York State
championship meet on Nov. 16 in Plattsburgh.
“She could potentially be racing for another four
weeks, depending on outcomes,” Gould said.
“With that in mind, the strategy (at sectionals)
was about place, not time. Ava executed
that perfectly. It’s been an incredible
journey over the past few years and
there’s more to come. Her work ethic
and determination has put her in
a position to compete for state
champion on Saturday.”


Ava Jolley increases her
big lead on her way to
first place in the Class
C sectional race.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 North Salem News – Page 17


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Page 18 – North Salem News SPORTS Thursday, November 14, 2019


Juliette Intrieri Emma Litchfield Mia Santis

Henry James Ryan Renda Nicholas DiGiacomo Jake Greenberg PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO

Thursday, November 14, 2019 SPORTS North Salem News – Page 19

Volleyball teams The North Salem volleyball teams with Varsity Coach John Veteri and JV Coach Chris Brandt
raise $10,000 CORRECTION
for breast cancer
In last week’s article about North Salem eld hockey, we incorrectly referred to
Juliet Serra as a senior co-captain. ough that statement might be true in 2020,
right now she is neither a senior nor a captain. We regret the error.


North Salem’s varsity and JV volleyball teams scored their biggest win of
the year last week, days after the season ended.

On Nov. 7, the student-athletes surpassed the $10,000 mark in funds raised
for the Side-Out Foundation, a non-pro t organization that supports breast
cancer awareness and research.

Money was raised through a combination of online and in-person
donations, including a fundraising car wash event on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the
Croton Falls Fire Department. e teams also collected donations at their
annual “Dig Pink” games on ursday, Oct. 10, against Putnam Valley.

Direct donations can also still be made at


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