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School board taps Mike Mongon as new president
New trustee McCracken shakes up process with resolution calling for more transparency
BY BOB DUMAS Mike Mongon Adam Savino important for them to explain why they
EDITOR want the position. I think it’s important
the trustees. A trustee can self-nominate anyone could ask the nominees ques- for us to vet the candidates… because
At its reorganizational meeting on July and has a right to speak. I feel a nominee tions—even nominees,” he said. “I don’t at the end of the day when we pick our
7, the Mahopac Board of Education vot- is shut o from the process.” have a problem with that. You point out president, I want to make sure this board
ed unanimously to appoint trustee Mike it’s not added power, it’s added respon- discusses every possible question it may
Mongon as its new president and Adam Massafra noted that the president has sibility and that is exactly why I feel it’s have.”
Savino as vice president. And because many roles, but holds no additional pow- important that we make this a more com-
of some prodding by one of the board’s er, just more responsibilities. plex decision-making process. is is the However, when the original unamend-
newest members, the process went on in person who the community will engage ed resolution was put to a vote, it passed
full view of the public, with nominees McCracken said that he had no prob- with. [ e president] speaks on behalf of by a 5-4 margin. McCracken along with
allowed to state their quali cations and lem amending the resolution so that all the board; they are the face; they are the trustees Dave Furfaro, Mongon, Ben Di-
points of view. board members—including the nomi- voice. ey preside. For that reason, it’s Lullo and Larry Keene voted yes, while
nees—could ask questions. Massafra, Ray McDonough, Mike Sim-
e newly elected trustee, 20-year-old one and Savino voted no.
Tanner McCracken, who was sworn in “I would gladly amend the motion so
at the July 7 meeting, presented a reso- But immediately after that vote, Mc-
lution that called for board members to Cracken o ered an amended version of
nominate a trustee for president (and vice the resolution that would allow all trust-
president). Each nominee would have ees to ask questions, even those who’ve
been nominated for an o ce. at reso-
ve minutes to make an opening state- lution passed unanimously.
ment. e oor would then be opened
for board members—except those nomi- McCracken noted that the resolution
nated—to ask questions of the nominees. only covered the current nominations
Once completed, a roll call vote would for the 2020-21 school year but said he
take place. would like it to eventually become per-
manent board policy.
However, some board members didn’t
like the fact that the nominees wouldn’t “But that’s a di erent vote for a di er-
be allowed to question the other candi- ent time,” he said.
At last week’s meeting, there was only
“ ere are some concerns with the one nominee for each position: Mongon
motion. In bullet [point] No. 2, you say for president and Savino for vice presi-
the oor is open for questioning from dent. Still, McCracken felt they should
the trustees [who are] not nominated,” be questioned and vetted in the public
said trustee Lucy Massafra. “Currently, a forum just the same.
trustee is elected by the community; the
president and vice president are elected by “I think it should apply to any situa-
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‘He’s a great guy... he doesn’t deserve this’
When COVID-19 strikes special needs patients, the results can be devastating
BY BOB DUMAS “After three weeks on the ven- to a rehab facility. at’s when
EDITOR tilator, they decided to put him the real trouble started, the fam-
under and perform a tracheoto- ily says.
e coronavirus pandemic my for a peg tube for feeding,” After doing some research,
has created untold trauma for said Ernie’s brother, Bob Schut- the Schuttrumpfs chose a rehab
millions of people around the trumpf. “He spent another three facility in Nanuet, N.Y. ey vis-
world—both economically and and a half weeks in the hospital. ited regularly. Unable to go in-
medically. For the Schuttrumpf He was slowly on the mend and side, they visited him from out-
family of Carmel, the crisis has went from I.C.U. to a [regular] side his bedroom window.
brought with it a particular set of room.” “ e rst night he was there
heartbreaking challenges. Schuttrumpf had high praise he fell out of the bed,” Schut-
Ernst “Ernie” Schuttrumpf for the sta at Northern West- trumpf said, “but apparently in
is 66 years old and has special chester. rehabs, the laws restrict patients
needs that have required him “ ey were all great people from being restrained. We were
to be institutionalized much of who truly cared for human life,” very leery at this point about
his adult life. He’s on the autism he said. “[During] the short time keeping him there after that rst
spectrum and family members Ernie spent in the room at the night. e following day I got a
say he has the mental capacity hospital we would FaceTime call from the recreation depart-
of a child and needs constant daily with him, and he was re- ment asking me all about my Ernie Schuttrumpf
supervision. sponding to our voices and com- brother’s interests and things he
Ernie had been living in a mands, which was very emo- enjoys doing to help make his
group home in Mount Kisco for tional and exciting.” stay more pleasant. at helped Are you kidding me? At this working correctly. A new tube
several decades when, on March But after six and a half weeks my emotions calm down some- time, I’m really getting concerned was successfully connected dur-
2, he was diagnosed with CO- at Northern Westchester Hospi- what.” about my brother’s welfare. ing another procedure.
VID-19 and rushed to North- tal, the Schuttrumpfs received a Sta at the rehab informed “My sister was doing a window “ en the nurse asked me if I
ern Westchester Hospital. ere, call from the doctor that noth- the family that Ernie’s recovery visit the day after he fell out of had a list of his medications and
he was put on a ventilator and ing else that could be done there would take time; he needed to bed, on June 3, and told me that I said [check with] the rehab in
placed in the intensive care unit. and that Ernie needed to be sent regain his strength. something was seriously wrong,” Nanuet,” Schuttrumpf said. “She
“I asked [the doctor] when Schuttrumpf continued. “When told me she called but they were
he sees him tomorrow to let me I FaceTimed with him that af- kind of sketchy on the answer, so
know how he’s doing. He said ternoon, I agreed something I had to give the nurse the phone
he only sees him once a month,” wasn’t right—he was incoherent. number of the group home [in
Schuttrumpf said. “I was shocked I texted the doctor to express my Mount Kisco] where he was
to hear that my brother, who is concerns, and he told me Ernie living before all this to get the
special needs with COVID and was anemic, and he would order information. Can you believe
on a trach vent with a feeding more blood work. at night I that?”
tube, would only be seen once a didn’t sleep, so I texted the doc- With Ernie’s condition some-
month. He assured me that if I tor at 7:50 a.m. and asked if he what improved, he had to leave
had concerns to let him know and would look at my brother. With- the hospital and is currently at a
he would address them, which is in an hour the doctor called me facility in New Jersey.
hard to do when we can’t visit!” to tell me that my brother needed “ is place is a step up from a
During his second week at to go to the hospital because he rehab,” said Cindy Schuttrumpf,
the rehab, Ernie fell out of bed a was anemic and his oxygen and Bob’s wife and Ernie’s sister-
second time. Sta promised the blood levels were low.” in-law. “It’s a long-term acute
family they would put a sitter out Ernie was brought to Monte- care hospital, or L-TACH. We
in the hall to monitor Ernie. ore Nyack Hospital. Once he are happy with it. He is still on
“On June 2, which was three was assessed in I.C.U. doctors a ventilator, and we need to get
weeks into his stay there, he fell said he was in sepsis shock and him strong to ween him o of
out of bed a third time and got his bedsore was stage 4 with ex- that. He really lost 33 days in
a cut over his eye,” Schuttrumpf posed bone and muscle, and he that rehab in Nanuet. It’s amaz-
said. “ ey said the order had run had a 105-degree fever. ing he didn’t pass away there. If
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCHUTTRUMPF FAMILY out for someone to sit in the hall e doctors also discovered SEE ERNIE PAGE 6
Ernie’s brother Bob visits him in the rehab center.
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District ofﬁcials ponder school reopening
Want a plan in place for every possible scenario
BY BOB DUMAS the topic of remote learning was ing. We had ears to the ground in the case. tives and to gain a better under-
EDITOR on many of the parents’ minds. early January.” “ ere is a family that lives standing of what is important to
those in area school communities
No one knows for sure what “While we may have expertise e district put together a in South Dakota, and they had and throughout the region about
it’s going to be like this fall when in rolling out a plan, we wanted website with resources for teach- nothing for the rst couple of re-entry.
students are scheduled to return to hear from the parents because ers and could answer technology weeks [of the shutdown],” he
to school, but Mahopac School none of us have gone through questions on Google Meet and said.“ en the district printed up Last week, the New York State
District o cials plan to be ready this (a pandemic) before,”he said. get them some one-on-one help. some worksheets and the parents United Teachers president, Andy
for every contingency. “We wanted to listen in order had to go and pick them up.” Pallotta, released a statement re-
to improve any plan. It ran the “I am credentialed in online garding the reopening of New
School districts in New York gamut with things like, ‘Here is instruction and delivery design,” Tromblee said there are three York’s schools.
are being called on to craft their where my kid struggled.’ ere Tromblee said.“But that wouldn’t possible scenarios for the upcom-
own plans and submit them to was lots of energy and lots of have meant anything without our ing school year and Mahopac is “Health and safety of students,
the state for approval by July 31. concerns. We heard some frus- team. We have teachers who are designing plans for all three: families, educators and other
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will tration, but we needed to hear all coaches for our sta , and they school sta , and equitable access
announce his decision on how that. We need to give them what stepped up, found tools and in- • Students can’t come back to to a high-quality education must
the state’s public schools will re- they need. is was a chance for structional practices on how to campus at all and distance learn- be the top priorities in reopening
open by Aug. 7. the parents to be heard and to see best support [remote learning]. ing is implemented; schools,”the statement read.“ e
if we can meet some of those re- federal government’s demands
Meanwhile, the district, led by quests.” e district had the vision and • Everyone comes back face to that schools reopen without con-
Mike Tromblee, assistant super- the teachers helped carry it out. face; and, cern for health, safety and equity
intendent of curriculum, instruc- Tromblee said that while the are simply out of touch. ank-
tion and professional develop- district wasn’t anticipating a pan- e teachers stepped up to the • A hybrid plan that uses a little fully, here in New York, we know
ment, has been holding a series demic, it had already done some plate.” of both. the governor, the Regents and
of virtual “town hall” meetings work that has proved to be in- fellow education stakeholders are
with parents and other stake- valuable during the course of the Tromblee said that at one is district is also incorpo- taking this seriously. Our work
holders to learn how they’d like crisis. point district administrators were rating an online tool known with them continues, and while
to see the schools move forward meeting with principals every day as oughtexchange to solicit the intricate details of reopening
in September. “We had a lot of things in to discuss every possible scenario. “overall perceptions about the may be complex and di er from
place ahead of time,” he said. larger reopening questions,” such school district to school district,
“We’ve had three meetings so “ e district had invested heavily “We were at a standstill and as, Do you feel safe sending your there are simple points we believe
far,” Tromblee said. “We wanted in technology and infrastructure looking to see what direction children back to school? must be addressed:
to get as much input as possible.” [expanding bandwidth in some we’d be allowed to go,” he said.
buildings]. Teachers received ex- “We exchange ideas with re- SEE REOPENING PAGE 6
Tromblee said the ideas culled tensive training for online learn- While Mahopac has the tech- gional school districts,”Tromblee
from the meetings “varied” and nology to support high-quality said.
instruction remotely, Tromblee
noted that in some places around e oughtexchange tool,
the country, that wasn’t always which closed July 13, was used to
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ERNIE Superman; he has more energy navirus and were quarantining
FROM PAGE 3
than all of us.’” in their rooms.
Cindy spoke of Ernie’s “in- “He was getting bored,” Cin-
my sister-in-law hadn’t been credible mind.” dy recalled. “I do remind him of
there that day, he wouldn’t be “If you ask what day of the all the people in the world who
here.” week Aug. 10 is in any given have it and tell him, you are do-
Cindy Schuttrumpf said that year, he can tell you,” she said. ing really good and you have to
Ernie has been an integral part “And he really loves movies and keep ghting. I think he does
of the family since she joined it music. He loves Motown and understand what is happening.”
when she married Bob, and she’s rock ‘n’ roll from the ‘60s and Recent tests show that Ernie
developed a close bond with ‘70s. He just loves to have fun. is no longer positive for CO-
him. “It’s very unreal,” she added. VID-19. Unfortunately, the
“He’s not my brother, he’s “It’s heartbreaking because he is damage has been done and he
my brother-in-law, but we have such a big part of our lives.” remains on the ventilator. And
a strong connection,” she said. Cindy said Ernie is well aware now Ernie’s Medicare is running
Ernie with his sister-in-law, Cindy, at the movies — “We’re very, very close. It’s of what is wrong with him. Dur- out, and he will have to leave the
one of their favorite things to do together amazing—when I rst met him ing the time he was in the group facility in New Jersey within the
and saw all the medicine that home in Mount Kisco, the resi- next several weeks.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCHUTTRUMPF FAMILY he took I thought, ‘ is guy is dents were told about the coro-
“ e problem with that place
Red Mills right now is they don’t take
Medicaid, and he only has three
weeks left [until Medicare runs
out],” she said. “I am working
with the Medicare advocate but
it’s not easy. We are not look-
ing for money, we are just look-
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what good is it if most places
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A totally unscienti c poll Cancel everything
I’ve greatly increased the amount of HERE Goya foods got cancelled last week. LIFE,
walking I do for exercise around my AND You know Goya foods? As the HEALTH,
neighborhood since the coronavirus. So, NOW! second largest Hispanic-owned POLITICS
I guess I’ve become a relatively familiar sight food company, Goya can be found in ev-
to the many who walk and jog around here. BERNIE
KOSBERG ery supermarket, usually in the ethnic sec- MARA
Most of us walkers, joggers and dog own- tion. e company sells canned beans and SCHIFFREN
ers don’t usually don our masks when pass- out for fodder for my cannon—the more all kinds of Mexican food. ough these
ing each other, but—like two magnets of people tell me, the easier it is to write.
the same polarity—we intuitively keep our days, it’s as prevalent and All-American
distance. Many nod a friendly hello or o er Last week, I had brief conversations with
a smile of recognition. A few slow down and strangers about the pandemic, our president, as Campbell soup used to be in the way-
engage in a friendly and quick conversation. and my being a pain in the ass for asking.
We’re neighbors, and we all want to keep I’ve been especially interested in talking back machine of the 1960s and 1970s.And musical didn’t give a voice to the slaves in
our relationships friendly. with people in this area who voted for
Donald Trump in the last election, wonder- much tastier! the society. You know, it’s a two-and-a-
Numerous studies over the years have ing whether they are going to vote for him
shown that people feel more comfortable again. What happened? half-hour musical, not a representation of
around people who look them in the eye.
Eye contact can imply presence, good feel- An older couple I met while walking on A group of Hispanic executives and every aspect of society at that time in all
ing and connection. Purposefully avoiding one of the scenic trails at Rockefeller State
eye contact can make people feel excluded Park, down in Briarcli , responded favorably politicians was invited to take part in the of its complexities. So, if you want to see
and insecure and, sometimes, even angry. to my question. I was buoyed. ey were
members of a demographic that I was eager White House Hispanic Prosperity Initia- a show with that subject that, my advice
Out of my neighborhood, however—in to talk to: He was a retired business owner
the park, on hiking trails, or even in town—I and she was a mother, grandmother, home- tive, an initiative to develop economic and would be to write that one yourself. ere’s
maker and (later in life) a real estate broker.
nd that people tend to stare straight ahead educational opportunities to help Hispanic an opening for it right now. It could be
as they walk, somewhat uncomfortable with “We both backed Mr.Trump,”he said,
making eye contact. “because he was a businessman and not Americans prosper. Among them was huge.
a politician and because he was not Mrs.
I’ve always enjoyed talking to strangers, Clinton. But we’ve both become disen- Robert Unane, the CEO of Goya Foods. Lin-Manuel Miranda handled the can-
even if brie y, and asking their opinion on chanted with the way he’s handled the
topical subjects. Regrettably, sometimes presidency.” He spoke in the Rose Garden, praising cel campaign by coming on Twitter and
people experience me as being intrusive.
No harm intended; in my own way, I’m just “He’s so divisive,”she chimed in.“He President Trump as a builder and he stated saying the criticisms were valid.
trying to be friendly, make a connection and res anyone who disagrees with him, and
learn something new the way he’s dealing with the coronavirus that his grandfather also came to this coun- For another example of cancel culture,
Given today’s times, when I do con- “Neither of us are eager to back Joe try “to build,to grow,to prosper.” And then JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Pot-
nect—and I’m in a park or on a trail away Biden,”he concluded as they began to walk
from home—I work hard at maintaining away,“but we de nitely won’t vote for the he added that “we pray for our leadership, ter books and famous philanthropist, got
social distance. I wear a mask and make sure President again; maybe we’ll just vote for a
there is a hint of a smile ashing across my local write-in.” our president and our country that we will canceled back in June because she was not
brow. If I sense a smidgeon of friendliness, I Another couple I met at the park, two
engage; resistance or fear, I move on. women dressed in expensive yoga gear who continue to prosper and to grow.” willing to be cowed into stating there was
appeared to be in their 40s, stopped brie y
I nd these momentary exchanges reas- and responded adamantly. At the end of the meeting, Trump no di erence between biological woman
suring. We’re in the midst of tough times, “I voted for him,”one said, while the
and if we can brie y allay each other’s fears other shook her head in agreement.“What signed an expansion of the Hispanic Pros- and trans women. Ironically, she was can-
and inch our way past our defenses, there’s changed my mind? ere’s a virus out there,
a person on the other side willing to share guys, shouldn’t we be doing something perity Initiative to develop these opportu- celed by several of the young actors and
their opinion, even with a perspiring but about it?”
cheerful stranger. I never argue or badger, I also ran into my former cardiologist at nities for Hispanic Americans. Business as actresses who became famous only because
I just ask. I want to know what people are the park. I wasn’t surprised when he told me
thinking about. he had voted for Trump. usual, right? they worked in the Harry Potter series.
Over the last few months, we’ve watched SEE KOSBERG PAGE 14 But then the cancel campaign began. Virtue strutting these days is apparently a
the coronavirus explode, the economy tank,
racism brought to the fore, the nature of Because this is verboten in this day and age far more desirable trait than loyalty or re-
police behavior questioned, and a presiden-
tial election take shape. As I said, I’m very for right-thinking people. spect. Unfortunately for us all.
interested in what people think about these
issues; in addition, I’m always on the look- Who was participating in the campaign She is a little too big to topple all at once,
to cancel Goya? Not just a bunch ofTwitter but her publisher did let go of an employee
randos, but rather Congresswoman AOC, who came out and supported Rowling.
former presidential candidate Julian Castro In reaction to this zeitgeist, last week,
and Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” Harper’s published a letter signed by 150
fame, among others. prominent public intellectuals and artists,
And now resisters of all sorts are empty- mostly on the left and far left, with a few in
ing their cabinets of Goya food. the center, decrying cancel culture.
By the way, the musical ‘Hamilton” was “ e free exchange of information and
also in the crosshairs last week after its ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is
launch on Disney+. It received a great deal daily becoming more constricted,” the let-
criticism from the new social activists who ter stated. “We uphold the value of robust
want to rule our lives. It, too, almost got and even caustic counter-speech from all
cancelled. quarters. But it is now all too common to
Why? hear calls for swift and severe retribution
Because it “glori ed our slave-holding in response to perceived transgressions of
founding fathers.” Meanwhile, Alexander speech and thought.”
Hamilton was an abolitionist. Still, he was Not bad for a start. ough I left out the
dragged for interacting with other people bit that suggests there’s no room for any-
who supported slave holding. In the 1770s. SEE SCHIFFREN PAGE 11
Other twitter critics were upset that the
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Schiffren column “systemic racism.” with good intentions,and I would and seeking clear meaning of is- ills or inequality is something we
potentially e question I’d like to address agree that there is no organized, sues, should involve honest inter- all should ght. If we can blame
dangerous is how the Op-Ed writer, Mr. Del regular system of racial disparity pretations. Words like statistics the few within our midst, that
Campo, came up with his de ni- or injustice in our community. can be used to alter or mislead or should not eliminate our own
tion of the word “systemic.” He Can it be said that it “just is”? at the very least uncover hidden responsibility of self-re ection
To the editor, writes that he used the de nition However, given the record of bias that we don’t even realize we based on accurate de nitions of
Mara Schi ren’s July 9 column from the Webster dictionary, but public service and community in- had. terms.
“Medicine and politics should does not quote it in saying that volvement that Mr. Del Campo I’m only asking anyone reading For full disclosure, I have been
never mix,” may better have been it means something carried out delineates, which hints at the po- this as well as the related Op-Ed a personal acquaintance of Mr.
titled “Medical claims based on with organized regularity. Could tential in uence of his opinions, I to make up their own mind as to Del Campo, but so have many
political agendas often con ict it be that he is confusing the word also thought that it is important the possible existence of systemic considering his history of com-
with expert medical advice and “systemic” with “systematic”? My to not remain silent (as he states). conditions in ours, as well as the munity involvement.
threaten the public welfare.” research of the online Merriam An intellectual discussion involv- community at large, which can be Steve Brown
All arguments in favor of the Webster’s site shows a di erence. ing real, current social issues in- contributing to the current unrest Mahopac
treatment of COVID-19 pa- I do not take issue with many volving all of us, either directly or and dialogue. e natural inclina-
tients with hydroxychloroquine of the writer’s claims or sugges- indirectly, with the assumption tion to deny any personal or com- SEE LETTERS PAGE 11
and chloroquine were nulli ed tions as to how to go forward that many are hungry for facts munity responsibility for social
by the FDA’s decision to revoke
even its emergency use in certain
hospital patients. is determi-
nation is based on large random-
ized clinical trials and cannot be
overruled based on a single study Oicsosumtrromngu.nity
done in an obscure location that
claims the treatment reduced the
likelihood of dying from the vi-
rus. Any recommendation to be
so treated is done with a gross
lack of concern that borders on
Schi ren’s column describing
her objection to the FDA’s deter-
mination is clearly a thinly veiled
and politically biased attack on
the FDA, Gov. Cuomo, Dr. An-
thony Fauci and the media out-
lets that provide actual facts to
the public. Her statement saying
that only uninformed people ad-
vise you to avoid the beach and
stay inside, though, inadvertently
supports her stated opinion that
the mixing of politics and medi-
cine during a pandemic with lives
at stake is obscene. She would be
better o expressing that opin-
ion to national leadership, albeit
with less imsy evidence than EVEN WHEN WE CAN’T BE TOGETHER,
she provided in her ridiculously
under-informed, misleading and
potentially dangerous column. WE STAND TOGETHER.
However, there is one sen-
tence in her column with which
I concur: “Politics and medicine
should never again mix in our Tompkins is here to help you get through this. With online and
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‘Systemic’ or 6/20
To the editor,
I am a regular reader of your
publication, having been a resi-
dent of Mahopac for the last 13
years. e purpose of this com-
ment is not to argue whether this
community exhibits so- called
PAGE 10 MAHOPAC NEWS OPINION THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020
Coping with the changing education model
STRONG your daughter didn’t know that to in your long-term memory. Kindergarteners, rst graders, and ever your child is learning—
LEARNING Washington, D.C. is the capital of Teaching is not easy either. second graders had to go online. whether at home, in a class or
the United States. She would have Teachers rst have to know what online—it’s all for naught if he
DR. LINDA learned that at some time while students understand and then be- ere’s always the exception, doesn’t understand the material.
SILBERT she was in school, not during gin their instruction. Otherwise, but for the most part, the online
these past few months online. they are unlikely to stay focused learning has proven to be a total at’s critical. We have to be care-
Dear Dr. Linda, Either she didn’t understand what and engaged and will learn very failure, especially for the little ful not to blame online learning
e other night, when we the teacher was talking about, or little. ones. or any other mode. We have to re-
she forgot. member what our goal is and what
were watching the news with our So, how do teachers teach so As a result, parents may need works best to achieve that goal,
15-year-old daughter, we discov- By the way, many young that learners learn? For years, to jump in at this time to be sure whether we’re sitting in a class-
ered that she didn’t know that students become confused with the educational community has their children are learning while room, working with kids online or
Washington, D.C. was the capital the word capital because in their followed a factory-like system the educational community is utilizing a blend of modalities.
of the United States. We also dis- memories that term is associated which began with Horace Mann furiously learning how to teach
covered that she had no idea what with uppercase letters. ey have during the Industrial Revolution. online so that their students have In the meantime, have pa-
the word “capital”meant. to be taught that the term can It’s modeled after the assembly a chance to learn. Parents may tience. Only the future will tell
also be de ned as the city where line. Has it worked? Yes and no. have to supplement their chil- us what the educational model
Since we’re living during a a country’s or state’s government Educators have studied this for dren’s education for a few months will become. If we remember that
pandemic, online learning may is located. ey may also hear generations to try and come up by learning what the curriculum ensuring that kids understand
become the norm. We’re terri ed the term when they’re learning with a better system. is for their children’s grades and the prerequisites of what they’re
because we saw that it didn’t keep economics, where the word refers talking with their children about expected to learn is the rst goal,
her attention. We really need some to accumulated money or wealth. Well, the pandemic we’re living the topics. If they don’t have the education in the future will be as
sound advice as to what we need through has catapulted us right time or the temperament, they e ective or better than what we
to do. en again, they may hear the into online learning, a change need to contact their local school follow now.
word capital when they’re learn- we were not prepared for.Teach- districts or a friend or relative who
Carol andTom ing about where the congress ers and professors are grappling is in the educational eld and ask Dr. Linda
Dear Carol andTom, meets, but that’s spelled with an with how to teach through this them for advice. Many parents
“o.” It can certainly be confusing! venue. For the most part, they’ve may hire a tutor to work with Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad
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protests have been by and large peaceful. taught in our schools these days, or
I don’t know where or how he comes to what is not being taught as well. In case
that conclusion, with large amount of Mr. Ehrenpreis, is not aware, we live
damage done to personal property via in a representative republic, and have
looting, and arson during the protests. an electoral college. is prevents large
And, what of the number of people who states from having power over smaller
last their lives and their livelihood, as a states. In this case where President
result of the “peaceful protests?” I guess Trump won the electoral vote with a
those black lives didn’t matter! minority of votes is an example of not
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parade, with Steve Stasiak riding alongside on a wave runner, and Jim Ratchschmidt in a kayak video-
taping the procession. All boaters on the lake were invited to join, and the result was a parade of nearly
40 vessels, led by Carmel police o cers Brian Ford and Brian Sillery on the police boat. e parade
went all around the lake, and was met with ag-waving cheers from people on shore.
Dare Studevant shows his patriotic enthusiasm.
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Lord of the fruit ies
There’s been a lot of press the problem. rowing out the gar- “Are you kidding me?”I “ row out your bananas.” TRACY
lately about the sudden ap- bage with the bananas did not solve exclaimed.“ ey’re everywhere. “Yeah, I did that.” BECKERMAN
pearance of murder hornets the problem. For some reason, the Don’t you see them?” “Clean out the trash can and
in our country. Not to belittle that fruit ies were lingering and even garbage disposal.” for the fruit ies,”I said to my
issue, but in our house, I’ve had though we had no bananas, we still “No,”he responded.“Hey, “Did that already, too,”I said. husband.
to do battle with stink bugs, cave had fruit ies. Lots of them. And it where are all the bananas?” “Check around for any other
crickets, and little children, so I was making me bananas. rotting fruit or vegetables.” “Really?”he said with sudden
know a thing or two about dealing “You don’t see a million fruit I looked at my husband sitting interest.“Hey, can I have a glass of
with pests. But my problem this When I consulted my handy- ies, but you noticed that the ba- on the sofa.“Do couch potatoes wine, too?”
week was neither murder hornets or dandy pest management guru (the nanas are gone?”I asked incredu- count?”
stink bugs or jitterbugs or bugs that internet), I discovered that female lously. “And put out some wine.” I looked at him skeptically.
are snug in a rug. fruit ies can lay up to 500 eggs “I don’t want to eat the fruit “Wine?”I repeated. “What wine?”
in a lifetime. I’m not particularly ies. I want to eat the bananas.” “Yeah, red wine works best.”
I had a problem with fruit ies. good at math, but even I know that I sighed. “Could you please just I shook my head.“You want me You can follow Tracy on
is is not the rst time we have a lot of breeding fruit ies, times help me with the fruit ies?” to serve them wine?!? I want them Facebook at facebook.com/
a 10-day period, equals a lot more “What fruit ies?” to leave; I don’t want them to stay. LostinsuburbiaFanPage and sign up
had an issue with fruit ies. In the fruit ies. I glared at him and picked up You want me to serve them some for her newsletter at tracybeckerman.
past, the culprit has usually been a the phone to call a pest control appetizers, too?” com/newsletter.
bunch of bananas that had begun to “ ese fruit ies are driving me company we had used in the past. After the pest control guy
turn. When I noticed the fruit ies nuts,”I complained to my husband Clearly this fruit y issue was go- explained to me how to catch the
around the bananas, I would throw as I swatted at one buzzing near my ing to be mine to resolve. fruit ies with the wine, I hung up.
out the bananas, and then, voila, no head. “Hi, this is Tracy Beckerman. “ ey want me to put out wine
more fruit ies. is time, however, Can you tell me what I need to do
tossing the bananas did not solve He looked around. to get rid of fruit ies?”
“What fruit ies?”
KOSBERG their BMW. I ventured over, policies. But with the death of the mud. I turn o the TV when in particular, though, answered me
quickly explaining my purpose. George Floyd, that’s the last straw. he comes on now. He’s just plain quite succinctly.“Yes,”he said, get-
FROM PAGE 8 full of s**t and I can’t get anybody ting into his car and slamming the
“I own a couple of car washes is guy’s just a racist and in it for to help me on the job who knows door,“I did and will so again.”
“Biden will do a better job on in the city,”he said,“and voted for himself.” what they’re doing. He’s thrown
race relations and unifying the Trump because he was a great busi- them all out!” His wife, opening the passenger
country,”he said. nessman. As a Black man, I usually A guy I was standing behind in side door, got out of the car and
line up for Democrats…” BJs wearing rugged work boots and Over the day, I attempted to de antly screamed at me,“And
Later, on my way home, I overalls peppered with concrete question a number of other folks, it’s because of people like you that
stopped to get an iced co ee in His wife then jumped in to dust said,“He said he was going to but couldn’t get past whether they we’re going to vote for him again!”
Millwood and noticed a well- explain that as business owners, drain the swamp, that he’s for the had voted for Trump. One couple,
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BOARD like to hear why they want it and didn’t nd it personally helpful education and is an alumnus of e problem we’ve encountered
[we should] have the opportuni- for the nominees to pitch their the Mahopac schools,” she said. and have been working through
FROM PAGE 1
ty to question them before they platforms and quali cations “He is an advocate for educat- is the communication stand-
tion,”he said.“If we have just one are [voted] president.” during a meeting. ing our students while always point. But we have improved
person nominated, I still would Trustee McDonough said he “My decision [on who to considering teacher and sta tremendously.”
vote for] would not be based on needs. While making decisions, When he rst ran for the
someone talking to me for just he considers how students, sta , board, Mongon said his plat-
Prepare for ve minutes before the vote,” he community and taxpayers could form included providing state-
with a Generac said. “I will do my homework be a ected. He also makes him- of-the-art facilities and improv-
home standby before that to understand their self available and keeps every- ing the campus experience for
generator platforms. So, for me, this is one informed. He truly bleeds the students.
neither helping me nor hurting blue and gold. His enthusiasm is
me. is Is something that is not overwhelming, and his passion is “I wanted to create a campus-
necessary for me; I’m not saying so great.” style place for our students, ar-
eas where they could sit down
it’s not necessary for the rest of Accepting the nomination, and use their Chromebooks or
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE IN HOME the board.” Mongon, who replaces Leslie just sit and congregate and have
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877 516 1160 was to make the process more cussed what his leadership style the-art so when other schools
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opportunity to see the decision- me,” he said. “ e biggest part said he knows the district will
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istrators and doing what is in the
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Superintendent Anthony Di-
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for professional, sound advice and vice president good luck and
said the board and administra-
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on your business or personal “I look forward to working
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THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020 Sports MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 17
Mahopac starter Chris Sapienza delivers. Mahopac coaches wore face coverings. Mahopac’s Quentin Bally
drove in a run vs. Yorktown.
Yorktown tops ‘Pac in summer opener
Indians protest nal score
BY SKIP PEARLMAN of behind the plate. e ball was seventh for the nal margin. de nitely an adjustment we will evenly matched. Chris was lights
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ruled in play, the play was made As it stands as of this writing, have to get used to,” Baker added out early in the game, but our
at rst, and umpires called the of masks and social distancing. other guys struggled a little bit.
e Yorktown and Mahopac game over. Yorktown’s Jack Ferone gets the “But it all went smoothly; it’s
14U baseball teams opened their win, on the strength of three in- still baseball between the lines.” “O ensively, Tyler had a nice
summer seasons in the GHVBL Mahopac coach Jim Castrata- nings of relief pitching. Nick game, he and Chris and Casey
(Greater Hudson Valley Baseball ro believes that rules state his Pace started the game for the For Mahopac, starter Chris all hit the ball well,” the coach
League) Sunday at the Crane batter should’ve been awarded Bandits. Sapienza went four scoreless in- added. “And Quentin got a key
Road elds in Mahopac, with the nings, before relievers took over. base hit and drove in a run. It
Bandits taking an 8-7 decision rst base, resulting in a run scor- Will McCarthy and Pace each was good to get back on the
that was protested by the Indians. ing, and the game being tied. had an RBI for Yorktown. Tyler Castrataro was 2-for-2
with three runs scored, Sapienza eld. e protocols were not a
Yorktown was leading 8–7 in GHVBL o cials were to “It was our rst game, and we had an RBI, and backstop Casey problem, everyone wants to get
the seventh inning when Ma- make a ruling on the protest. were a little rusty on the eld,” Brandstetter went 2-for-3 with back out there and do whatever
hopac loaded the bases. A hit Yorktown coach Charlie Baker one RBI. Quentin Bally also we have to do to have a summer
ball caromed o of the umpire, Mahopac got o to a 4-0 lead said. “But all three of our pitch- drove in a run for the Indians. of baseball.”
who, due to COVID concerns, before Yorktown went up 6-4 in ers did a nice job. We have a nice
was behind the pitcher instead the sixth. e Indians tied the rivalry with Mahopac, always “It was a typical Mahopac- Mahopac was scheduled to
game at 6-6 in the bottom of the good games. Yorktown game; every game is host Bedford Hills on Saturday
frame with a pair of runs. tight,“ Castrataro said. “Very at Crane Road at 11:15 a.m.
“As far as the protocols, it’s
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Legislator seeks to eliminate ‘race-based’ mascots
John Jay replaces Indians with Wolves
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER law,districts would have three years senator’s bill was written. much potential baggage, which us, it’s all about the positive.”
to comply before facing nancial In the fall, the Katonah-Lewis- they learned of while the vote was Many have also pointed out
repercussions. boro Board of Education voted to taking place. the nancial costs associated with
With sponsors threatening to “Today, we can no longer sim- move on from its Indians mascot For starters, “Wolf Pack” has at switching mascots, including al-
sideline their nancial support, ply dismiss the idea that school after decades of debate over its ap- times been used as an incendiary tering jerseys and designing and
the NFL’s Washington Redskins or team nicknames and mascots propriateness. A Mascot Selection term, particularly by some in 1989 replacing logos. Some criticized
announced Monday that the or- are innocuous and do not hurt or Committee made up of adminis- to describe the “Central Park Five,” the district for spending time and
ganization was retiring its polariz- o end other people,” Harckham trators, coaches, teachers and stu- a group of Black teenagers falsely money on a mascot change in a
ing mascot, which faced renewed said in a press release. “ e fact is, dents was formed. convicted of attacking a white fe- time of crisis.
scrutiny during this period of civil many mascots are grounded in, or “Some people will say we’re out male jogger in New York City. Rob Astorino, a Republican
unrest. borne from, a systemic racism that in front, some people will say we’re North Carolina State University running against Harckham this
Borrowing from the same does not mesh with the democratic way behind because it took us so is also “protective” over its Wolf- November, used a similar argu-
playbook, New York State may values we share and seek to protect. long,” said Christian McCarthy, pack mascot. Over the years, the ment in calling the senator’s bill
soon be coming for the wallets It’s time we hold honest, respectful athletic director of Katonah-Lew- college has engaged in legal battles “idiotic.”
of school districts that continue conversations and public hearings isboro schools. with other schools over its use.Un- “Parents have enough concerns
to use “race-based” mascots, such aimed at understanding what’s In a vote to replace to its long- der pressure from NC State, a Di- about getting their children safely
as the Mahopac Indians, for their wrong with these kinds of mascots time mascot, the John Jay school vision III school, Keuka College, back into the classroom without
athletic teams. and why they should be retired.” community was given the choice changed its mascot from Wolfpack having to worry about their schools
A bill introduced last week Harckham’s 40th Senate Dis- between Wolfpack or Ravens— to Wolves in 2016. being shut down over political cor-
by Democratic state Sen. Peter trict is down to one school district but ended up with a third option, Wolves and Wolfpack, which rectness run amok,” Astorino, for-
Harckham would prohibit school with the Indians mascot after John Wolves. were seen as interchangeable mer Westchester County execu-
districts like Mahopac, which he Jay High School shed the emblem Wolfpack picked up 58 percent throughout the selection process, tive, said in a press release.
represents in Albany, from receiv- last week, nalizing a change that of the vote on June 22, according were obvious candidates before Katonah-Lewisboro’s AD was
ing state funds. If the bill becomes was put in motion long before the to district o cials, but carried too the process even began, given that reluctant to place a price tag on
the school is located just 2 miles implementing a new mascot.
down the road from the renowned “ e bottom line, when you
Wolf Conservation Center. make a mascot switch, to be suc-
McCarthy said he feels the re- cessful, there are certain things
sponse has been mostly positive, you must do, otherwise it will not
though some in the community be a successful transition,” Mc-
For today, retirement continue to push back against the Carthy said. “Branding is an in-
change. credibly important part of what
“Like any change,it takes a little must be done.”
and every moment bit of time,” he said. Once the dust settles, McCarthy
Some on social media, for ex- hopes the community will embrace
ample, were quick to point out its new identity.
in between. a potentially problematic con- “ e most important thing
nection with Wolves, saying a for us was for it to be meaning-
Yonkers-based gang also adopted ful and not random,” McCarthy
the moniker. McCarthy said that said. “And that it could bring us
connection was tenuous. together and not in any way push
“If you look hard enough, you us apart, because we’ve already
can try and nd something nega- been there and done that.”
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or buying financial products. It’s about becoming Lewisboro’s athletic director said. on Harckham’s bill, submitted
educated and empowered around the events “We’re not a gang. We’re a high ursday, July 9, which must ad-
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THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 19
GHVBL Mahopac awaits decision on school openings
New AD discusses challenges of playing sports this fall
BY SKIP PEARLMAN ferent can of worms,” Luciana Contact sports may be the
CONTRIBUTING WRITER said. “ e task force is continu- toughest to get a handle on.
ing to meet, and it looks like we’ll “Sports like football and soc-
With each passing week, the need to be ‘in building’ to have cer will be very challenging,”
question becomes more press- sports. Luciana said. “Contact sports
ing: What will school look like “We’re preparing every day,” can be tough to have protocols
in September, and will sports be he added. “We are preparing as in place. But if we’re allowed to
a part of the picture? if we are starting on Aug. 24.” As move forward, whatever safety
As state o cials continue to of now, that is the date fall teams protocols are in place, that’s what
huddle this month to discuss the are o cially allowed to begin we’ll have to follow. e safety of
issue, it appears that a number of practicing—but that can always our athletes and spectators is our
scenarios are on the table, includ- change. number one priority.”
ing full school attendance, re- Luciana added the price of Luciana said he’s also con-
mote schooling, or perhaps most losing another season would be cerned about “informal work-
likely, a hybrid of some kind. costly. outs” that have been seen in
High school athletes are hop- “It would be awful to miss some places.
ing they get to school and get to another season,” he said. “Re- “It does concern me,” he said. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAHOPAC SCHOOLS
participate in sports this fall. lationships are built, lessons “All elds are shut down, and if
learned. e responsibility of be- groups are not following guide- Stephen Luciana, new athletic director, and Anthony DiCarlo, schools
“I think we have to prepare for ing on a team, relationships you lines, and putting athletes in superintendent
some type of hybrid situation,”
Steve Luciana, incoming Ma- build with teammates,” Luciana danger, that concerns me. I hope portunity to play this fall. is is coaches and athletes,” he said. “I
hopac School District athletic di- said. “Often you make lifetime coaches understand the impor- uncharted territory. Hopefully it’s am really hoping for a season, I
rector, told Mahopac News. “We friends. ere’s a big mental tance of what we’re doing, so we not the new normal, but now it really want to see what they can
have to prepare for all scenarios, health part of it. e structure, have the opportunity to play at is new.” do. Whatever needs to be done,
and the district is trying to be the routine, we’re all concerned the end of August. Luciana, who replaces interim I’m going to make sure it’s done.
prepared for any possibility. In- about the mental health of stu- “Kids are beyond frustrated,” (and former longtime) AD Frank “Frank Miele did an unbeliev-
person is what everyone wants. I dents. No extracurriculars can he added. “Whatever sport they Miele, would’ve preferred to be- able job, an amazing job under
think the preference would be to have an e ect on that—and be- play, they love. Missing some- gin his time at Mahopac under the circumstance,” Luciana add-
be back full-time.” yond athletics. Extracurricular thing you love is really hard for better circumstances, but he’s still ed. “I want to build o what he
Luciana admitted sports in a activities mean a lot, and to miss a 15- and 16-year-old to un- excited to have the gig. did. Every program will be given
hybrid situation won’t be easy. a that for a second season would derstand. at’s why we’re hop- “I’m excited about coming to the opportunity to be successful.
“It could be complicated, a dif- really be tough.” ing we can give the kids an op- Mahopac, excited to meet the at’s my goal.”
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12. A type of discount 36. ‘__ death do us part
13. Dependent on 37. Scottish settlement 24. European nation
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21. Doctors’ group 48. Greek war god
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creativity 31. Look of disapproval
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THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020 LEGAL NOTICES MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 23
LEGAL NOTICE PERRICELLI for a Variation ground pool 6’ from rear property of face coverings are required the meeting room during the
of Section 156-15 seeking line. e property is located at 98 if maintaining the 6 ft. social ZBA meetings.
By the Zoning Board of permission to install above Circle Road, Mahopac, NY and distancing cannot be achieved;
Appeals of the Town of Carmel ground pool and shed. e is known as Tax Map #74.42-1- no exceptions!! No more than By Order of the Chairman,
pursuant to Section 267 Town property is located at 205 Oak 8. 50 people will be permitted in John Maxwell
Law, notice is hereby given that Road West, Mahopac, NY and is
a hearing will be held on: known as Tax Map #63.82-1-40. • Code Requires/Allows: 10’ Attorney Advertising
Rear; Provided: 6’; Variance
JULY 23, 2020 7:30 P.M. • Code Requires/Allows: Pool: Required: 4’
To hear the following 10’ Side; Provided: 2’; Variance
Required: 8’ 5. Application of ERIC
applications: PFISTERER & SUZANNE
• Code Requires/Allows: 10’ PAPCSY for a Variation
HOLDOVER APPLICATIONS Rear; Provided: 2’; Variance of Section 156-15 seeking
1. Application of MICHAEL Required: 8’ permission to construct front
deck. e property is located
FRASCONE for a Variation • Code Requires/Allows: Shed: at 214 North Road, Mahopac,
of Section 156-15 seeking 10’ Side; Provided: 1’; Variance NY and is known as Tax Map
permission to install above- Required: 9’ #63.82-1-54.
ground pool in front yard with 6’
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120 Cross Hill Road, Mahopac, & MARY COTTER for a Side; Provided: 5.65’; Variance
NY and is known as Tax Map Variation of Section 156-15 Required: 4.35’
#74.42-1-16. seeking permission to retain
existing shed. e property • Code Requires/Allows: 25’
• Code Requires/Allows: 4’ is located at 6 Richard Street, Front; Provided: 17’; Variance
fence; Provided: 6’; Variance Mahopac, NY and is known as Required: 8’
Required: 2’ Tax Map #85.12-1-47.
MINUTES: June 25, 2020
• Code Requires/Allows: 25’ • Code Requires/Allows: 10’
front yard; Provided: 3’; Variance Rear; Provided: 4.6; Variance IMPORTANT NOTE:
Required: 22’ Required: 5.4 All persons in attendance
NEW APPLICATIONS: 4. Application of PEDRO of the ZBA Meetings MUST
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