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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 03.05.20

VOL. 2 NO. 40 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020

Scout Sunday

Members of Vista-Lewisboro John Lagiovane acknowledged
Pack 101 Cub Scouts joined the scouts’ service and history and
Somers Pack 319 and Troop 228 o ered a blessing as part of the
for Scout Sunday at St. Joseph’s Catholic service.
Church in Somers recently. is
is an annual event that takes place “We thank Mike Huron, As-
across the country on the second sistant Cubmaster for Pack 319,
Sunday of February. Other faiths for inviting us to join this special
have their own version on di er- event at his church. Having all
ent days at their places of wor- those scouts together living the
ship. e Boy Scouts of America twelfth scout law of reverence was
is non-denominational, welcom- very uplifting,” said Bill Bongior-
ing scouts of all faiths into the no, Cubmaster for Pack 101.
organization. Reverend Father


Tentative budget calls for lowest hike in recent years

BY TOM BARTLEY ditionally the backbone of public crease by only $17,087, or .02 brings Pound Ridge’s tax rate lected by the district but unspent.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER education nancing. e spending percent. at levy is spread among to $109.76 and North Salem’s State law limits school districts to
hike of .73 percent is the district’s homeowners of the entire district, drops by 37 cents, 1.81 percent, to an unreserved fund balance of no
Despite an increase in spending smallest in recent years, schools which also covers parts of North $20.26. Despite the taxing varia- more than 4 percent of the up-
of more than $800,000 next year, Superintendent Andrew Selesn- Salem and Pound Ridge. tions, equalization rates seek to coming year’s budget.
the Katonah-Lewisboro School ick said last week in presenting his distribute the individual dollar
District’s preliminary budget, budget to the school board. “And Lewisboro homeowners can burden evenly, town to town. At the school board’s Feb. 27
unveiled last week, is expected to the increase of $803,000,” he said, expect a rate increase of $5.16, a meeting,Selesnick presented what
cut tax rates for most district resi- “is accounted for almost entirely 2.5 percent hike, to $211.07 for Growth in some of the district’s he called a “ scally responsible”
dents. in revenues that are not property each $1,000 of assessed value. But revenue streams includes a hike of spending plan. It proposes no
taxes.” the rate would decline in the rest more than 20 percent in county new big-budget initiatives but
Revenue gains, spending cuts of the district, including in Bed- sales tax money, to $1.2 million, includes funding for a number
and a healthy infusion in the Under his proposed ford, which drops by $6.26 (3.31 and the use of $750,000 from the of high school improvements,
school system’s reserve cash eased $110,972,680 budget, total prop- percent) to $183.04. e biggest budget’s fund balance account,
the pressure on property taxes, tra- erty taxes—the levy—will in- reduction, $5.33, or 4.63 percent, which represents tax money col- SEE BUDGET PAGE 4

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Opposition thwarts plans to pave Old Church Lane

BY TOM BARTLEY it in icts on vehicles such as school buses. drainage problem. pay a share of retiring the bond’s cost. “But
CONTRIBUTING WRITER “ ere are alternatives, and good alter- “If borrowing this money and using some we believe that will be less than what you’re
currently paying—well, not you, what the
Facing robust opposition from Old natives, to paving that road,” one resident, of it to x this has to happen, if I have to town is currently paying—for maintaining
Church Lane residents, the Lewisboro Dr. James Jones, told the board at last spend money out of my pocket...then so be the road as it is,” he said.
Town Board has dropped, at least for week’s meeting. “Paving is not the answer it. But right now I can’t even spend money
now, any plans to pave over that mile-long to the drainage issues that you have.” on my two cars and my driveway to x the “I just want to know,” she said, “that it’s
stretch of dirt road. problem because that’s just washed away. I not going to cost me any more than what
After the boisterous Feb. 11 meeting, got quotes of $30,000 to do something— I am paying now.”
e board, which had already approved which included a public hearing on bor- and all that’s going to do is divert it from
borrowing as much as a half-million dol- rowing for the project, Parsons had con- coming into my garage.” Samuels went on to say she was “con-
lars for the job, agreed last week to forgo sidered three approaches to dealing with cerned that I may have to sell my house at
the paving this year. the road: not paving it,“paving the entirety Another of the road’s residents, Mar- some point down the road, and I am very
of that road” or a “middle way...unlikely to jorie Samuels, was less enthusiastic about distressed to hear that the property values
Scrapping the initiative was a setback satisfy anybody.” paying for a x. are going down in our area. I would feel
for Supervisor Peter Parsons, who had that by paving that road it’s going to erode
labeled the South Salem road “a disaster” at compromise solution, tackling “the “I would just like to know what this is the property value even more.”
and made its rehabilitation a key project most di cult parts of that road” in terms going to cost me,” she said. “Anything?”
in his capital improvement budget. But of maintenance, called for “taking the Parsons told her, “I’ve got no crystal ball,
board members’ enthusiasm waned after three quarters of a mile nearest the Pound Parsons has estimated the town would and I don’t know.”
contentious, back-to-back meetings this Ridge border and paving that stretch.” spend about $370,000 to pave the entire
month and Parsons concluded that the 1.3 miles of Old Church Lane and make e supervisor cited numerous com-
town would “delay any decision [on the While most residents who spoke at other repairs, including to its faulty drain- plaints by school o cials and others about
road] until next year.” the Feb. 24 meeting opposed any paving, age. Others, including Highway Superin- the road’s condition, saying, “I get phone
some, like Luis G. Formoso, supported tendent Peter Ripperger, however, have put calls, phone calls, phone calls.”
e people who live along the rustic by- any measures that would address the road’s the cost at closer to $500,000. So at its Feb.
way lled town hall on Feb. 11 and again drainage woes. 11 meeting the Town Board authorized But critics in the crowd challenged
on Feb. 24, dismissing Parsons’ stated borrowing of up to the higher number, him to “quantify” the calls and Jones in-
concerns about the roadway’s costly and “I can’t use my garage for its intended with the understanding that it could seek sisted that “a majority of the residents on
recurring drainage xes and the damage purpose, to park cars,” he told the board. less than that amount or not borrow at all. the not want this paved. But we
“ at’s ridiculous.” continue to hear about your phone calls,
Parsons told Samuels her taxes would phone calls, phone calls.”
Formoso o ered to help pay to solve the

John Jay HS holds
Spirit Week for Sustainability

John Jay High School Senior Catherine Curry is on the Manhattanville College. His role during Sustainability Catherine
go—from attending classes to teaching at an after-school Week is to send an email from the Sustainability Club to Curry
program at Increase Miller Elementary School. She also the entire high school sta each day that provides speci c
started Bedford Audubon’s Teen Council, participates in ways to decrease the carbon footprint of their classroom. PHOTOS
Sunrise Katonah’s environmental activism and serves as a lab COURTESY OF
assistant for her AP Environmental Science teacher. Wher- e rst email asked teachers to close classroom JOHN JAY HIGH
ever she goes, she is sure to bring a re llable water bottle! blinds each evening.“One of the largest sources of C02 SCHOOL
for the district is heating the buildings,” wrote Zoeller.
Convincing people to stop mindlessly consuming sin- “By closing the blinds at night, an air gap is created be- “I hope Sustainability Week is just the beginning of our
gle-use plastic tops Cat’s sustainability wish list,along with tween the glass and the blinds which helps insulate your endeavor to be more sustainable,” said Zoeller. “As we’ve
encouraging them to take initiative in terms of climate classroom. We ask that you explain this to your stu- prepared for the di erent programs, I’ve learned that the
change. She and the approximately twenty other members dents and have them open and close the blinds for you.” district and many teachers are already implementing ways
of John Jay High School’s Sustainability Club will have an to be sustainable and can use this opportunity to come to-
opportunity to bring these issues and more to their class- Tuesday’s focus is on single use plastic—in particular, gether as a community.”
mates and teachers’attention at the school’s rst-ever Sus- water bottles. e Sustainability Club will host a wa-
tainability Week, March 2 – 6. ter tasting in the cafeteria with the school’s water bottle Cat plans to attend Bard College in the fall and study
re lling stations. e week also includes a clothing swap, environmental science …or elementary education …or art
e Sustainability Club used Spirit Week— ve days in a challenge to use less paper, a focus on proper use of food history. One thing’s for sure, she’ll bring her commitment
the fall when students celebrate the school’s sports teams scrap and recycling receptacles and an activism symposium to sustainability—and a re llable water bottle—with her.
and musical groups—as inspiration for a week that focuses with Betta Broad, the Outreach Director for New York-
on ways each of us can use less resources. ers for Clean Power and Program Manager for Energy &
Climate with Catskill Mountainkeeper.
Steven Zoeller, the club’s advisor as well as John Jay High
School engineering teacher, matches the students’ com- e community can follow along and apply Sustainabil-
mitment to sustainability. He’s mid-way through earning ity Week’s tips at home through daily posts @KLSchools
an Advanced Certi cate in Education for Sustainability at #KLGreen on Facebook and Twitter.



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BUDGET Whatever nal gures CROSSING Yorktown United Methodist private events, weddings, bar/bat
emerge, voters will render their Church (use right-side entrance) mitzvahs, sweet sixteen events,
FROM PAGE 1 verdict on a budget that calls FROM PAGE 2 etc. Contact Chef Luis directly
for an increase in the property 2300 Crompond Road, York- at 425-266-5885 or email [email protected]
including added extracurricular tax levy that’s more than $2 cake and browse the racks for town Heights 10598 For tickets to
activities,auditorium renovation, million under the tax cap, the bargains from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. concert events, email [email protected]
replacement of the gym’s state-imposed ceiling on levy on Saturday, March 14. 18 months-3 years (Stepping or visit the-
bleachers and live streaming of hikes. is year’s cap would have Stones)
sports and arts programming permitted a rise of 2.13 percent, e Community Shop is locat-
from the high school campus. or $2,083,643, to $100,032,140, ed at 196 Katonah Avenue, and is St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church First Church of
Selesnick said. Instead, the open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 2405 Crompond Road, York- Christ, Scientist
e district also plans to add budget proposes a levy that’s 11AM until 5PM. Clothing do- town Heights 10598
a school psychologist to expand $2,066,556 lower than the al- nations will still be gratefully ac- 3 years-5 years (Nursery/Kin- Save the date! A free talk,
therapeutic support to the ele- lowable limit. cepted at the Community Center, dergarten in church building) “Prayer and Well-Being: A Spiri-
mentary level and to implement 84 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 6 years-12 years (Grades 1-6 in tual Adventure,” will be given on
new state science standards in TWO BOARD SEATS UP FOR 10536. white house) Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 2 p.m.
grades three to ve. GRABS For more information, parents/ at First Church of Christ, Scien-
Our Montessori caregivers can call (914) 962- tist, Katonah at 13 Bedford Road,
With enrollment continu- Two veteran school board School 9466, email [email protected], Katonah, NY, by Nate Frederick,
ing a decade-long decline, next trustees, Dr. William Rifkin or visit https://www.facebook. C.S., of Boothbay, Maine.
year’s budget cuts the equivalent and Scott Posner, announced Our Montessori School wel- com/OurMontessoriSchoolYor-
of almost three full-time posi- at ursday’s meeting that they comes parents who want to learn ktown. Harlem Wizards
tions (2.95 FTE) but new hires will not seek reelection in May. about its uniquely personalized Basketball Game
totaling 4.6 FTEs create a net Both were elected to three-year approach to early childhood edu- The Heights at
sta ng gain of 1.65 positions. terms in 2014 and returned by cation at its Monday, March 9 Brother Vic’s e John Jay Boosters Club
voters in 2017. Open House, from 7-8 p.m. presents: 2020 Harlem Wiz-
“ ings seem to be leveling e Heights At Brother Vic’s ards Basketball Game, Satur-
o ,” Selesnick said of the enroll- With two seats open, anyone Teachers and other o cials has announced a partnership day March 7, 4pm @ e John
ment decline, which has seen a seeking to ll one of them must from Montessori will be available with award winning Chef Luis Jay High School gymnasium.
student body of 3,852 in 2010 to answer questions about its ex- and Gates Restaurant to bring Advance order tickets :$25.00.
drop to an anticipated 2,905 le a nominating petition with ible hours and tuition policy, and an exciting new concert dining Tickets at the door: $30.00.
next year, a reduction of about Kimberly A. Monzon, the dis- its rolling admissions, at the fol- experience to South Salem. To- Concession stand will be open.
25 percent. Next year’s decline, trict clerk, by 5 p.m. April 20. lowing locations: gether, they will be completely To purchase tickets, go to www.
he said, was expected to be less overhauling the menu, bar, and
than half a percent, according to Candidates must be at least 4 Glenna Drive, Carmel 10512 service to bring a stellar casual
projections. 18, U.S. citizens and quali ed 18 months-3 years (Stepping dining experience to comple-
voters in the Katonah- Stones) ment its live shows. e Heights
Since some numbers for both Lewisboro School District, and 3 years-5 years (Nursery/Kin- at Brother Vic’s is available for
income and expenditure are nec- able to read and write. Anyone dergarten)
essarily estimates, the nal bud- employed by the school board
get is likely to undergo modest or living with a family member To advertise in The Katonah-Lewisboro Times, call Brett Freeman at 845-208-8151 or
changes between now and May already on the board is not email [email protected]
19, when district residents vote eligible.
on the spending plan.

Lung Cancer is a
Silent Killer

What you need to know about a lifesaving screening…

Ask the Doctor Q: Why is it important to be screened for lung cancer? able to make tiny incisions, so there’s less bleeding and
A: Lung cancer is a silent killer. In its early stages, it has pain for the patient. At NWH, we also offer advanced
Darren Rohan, MD, FACS no symptoms and can spread without warning. That’s ablation techniques, which use image guidance to insert
Westchester Regional Director, why lung cancer screening for people who are high-risk a needle through the skin into the tumor. Other options
Thoracic Surgery Program is so important: They often feel perfectly healthy. Often, include burning or freezing the tumor; or stereotactic
Northern Westchester Hospital people don’t develop symptoms until the disease has radiosurgery, which uses radiation without an incision.
either spread or grown too large to cure. Research shows Q: What if surgery is too risky for the patient?
Learn more about that if a person’s lung cancer is detected at an earlier A: Some patients have advanced lung disease, very bad
Dr. Rohan, visit stage, their ve-year survival rate can increase from four emphysema, or heart disease, and surgery is too risky. If percent to fty- ve percent, according to the American the patient is too high-risk, the cancer is too advanced
DrRohan Lung Association. or the patient doesn’t want surgery, an option is
Q: Who is considered high-risk? immunotherapy, a newer treatment. Immunotherapy is
A: If you currently smoke or have a long history of a targeted treatment that revs up the immune system so
smoking, you may be considered high-risk. Of course, it’s better able to ght the cancer. It’s been remarkably
even lifetime non-smokers sometimes get lung cancer. effective. I have patients who are in complete remission.
Exposure to second-hand smoke, asbestos, or a family It’s a wonderful advancement in the treatment of lung
history of lung cancer can all increase risk. For the safest cancer. As part of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute,
approach, speak to your doctor about any of the above we’re able to expand our ability to bring top-rated cancer
risk factors. If your physician recommends a lung cancer specialists, state-of-the-art technology, leading-edge
screening, don’t delay. clinical trials and a full range of support programs so
Q: How are patients screened and treated? community members can get the best cancer care right
A: Patients are screened with a noninvasive low-dose near home, in Westchester. Patients who want the most
CT scan, which only takes a minute. It’s a very sensitive advanced cancer care don’t need to travel to NYC.
test for diagnosing lung cancer. If the cancer is in the Q: Are marijuana smokers or those who vape at risk?
early stages, the most advanced treatment option is A: While researchers still don’t know the precise risks
minimally invasive robotic surgery, which enables me for long-term marijuana smokers or those who vape,
to move surgical instruments more precisely, so I’m not any type of inhalation is not a good thing and could
damaging healthy surrounding tissue. In addition, I’m increase your risk.


Lewisboro Library Digital technologies
e Katonah Village Library

e Lewisboro Library is locat- o ers free weekly drop-in small

ed at 15 Main St., South Salem. group classes for digital technolo-

For more information or to RSVP, gies. ese fun classes allow you to

visit keep up with changes in software,

Annual Lewisboro Commu- updates, and your cyber security.

nity Volunteer Fair Individual one-to-one hour ses- When did you last update your last will
and testament and power of attorney?
e annual “Lewisboro Com- sions are also available by reserva-

munity Volunteer Fair” will be tion on Mondays and Wednesdays.

held at the Library on Saturday, Electronic Media Collection is

March 7 from 11 am to 2 pm. a drop-in program each Monday

Participating agencies include: (11am to 12:30pm). is hands-

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Lew- on workshop explores the digital • Asset Protection • Elder Law • Past Chair of Elder Law Section of
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Anniversary event this Septem- group help with electronic devices

ber! and software. is help session is

Make a point to drop in at the Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm. No

“Helping Hands” stations, where reservations necessary. Bring your

helpers of all ages can make items laptop, phone, or tablet, and your

to donate to nonpro ts. burning questions.

Genetic Testing and You

On Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm,

the Library is hosting a lecture on Keep Your Family
“Genetic Testing and You.” Betsy Cool This Spring
Vibert, MS, CGC, a local resident

and a genetic counselor in Pough- And Summer
keepsie, NY, will discuss and an-

swer questions about the role of

genetic testing in medicine today.

Please reserve your seat at 875-

9004 or online at www.lewisboro-

Learn to use PowerPoint Have your
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Saturday, March 14 at 11 am. A/C System
Discover how easy it is to create
and edit slides, insert images and

design a customized, dynamic Inspected
presentation. Class size is limited.

Katonah Early!
Village Library

e Katonah Village Library is Call Early To Schedule The Appointment Of Your Choice!
located at 26 Bedford Road, Ka-
tonah. For more information, visit $45.00 OFF
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Katonah Village Library will host
a photography exhibit of women
who currently are or have been
incarcerated at Bedford Hills
Correctional Facility and Taconic
Correctional Facility, both in
Bedford Hills. An opening recep-
tion, where the photographer and
some of her portrait subjects will
be present, will be held on Satur-
day, March 7th from 2-4 pm. e
public is welcome.

Sara Bennett’s portfolio can be
viewed at

For more information about
the exhibit or Woman 2 Woman:
[email protected]


Ever After

Home Alone Ear bling

On a Saturday night I might say to MAN I’ve been looking forward to the month READING,
my wife, I want to get out of the OVERBOARD of March! Five of my spring session WRITING &
house, have a couple cocktails, see writing classes start this month, and of CHOCOLATE
some live music. And because she’s now RICK course, I get to celebrate my birthday. I can
doing a cartwheel I realize she thinks I MELÉN
mean by myself, but she gets over it and nally stop wearing my red eece winter KIM
the next step is to decide where we should I was watching a “Cops”episode where hat and put in my colorful beaded hand- KOVACH
go. It’s not as easy as it used to be, when the cops administered a eld sobriety test
you went out to your favorite place and a by telling the guy to recite the alphabet made earrings. I actually made several pairs
bunch of your friends were already there. without singing it. He started out okay, but
All sorts of factors have since converged when he got to L-M-N-O-P he started of beaded earrings at earring workshops
into an era where people just stay home in to croon just a little, and when he was
their cocoon and wait for the pupal stage done he almost added,“Now I’ve said my run by Joan Lloyd.
to be over. A-B-Cs, tell me what you think of me!”
I contacted Joan to ask about her earrings each month to women’s shelters in
It seems like nobody goes out anymore, e cop thought he should be arrested.
and for that reason, if you want to go out, is o cer tells me he’s going to let me upcoming spring earring workshops. A Westchester. At a vulnerable time in their
there’s no place to go anymore. We went go with a warning, so I warn him not to
driving around upstate New York last pull me over again.Today it’s much more long-time Yorktown resident, Joan started lives, receiving a pair of earrings can make
weekend looking for a bar to have a couple complicated, and there are points on your
beers, and when we nally found a joint license, and enough for two eld goals is o ering Bling’s the ing earring craft women arriving in a shelter feel that some-
that looked like it was jumping, with lots NOT winning score.
of cars and neon signs, it turned out to be Are people just staying home and workshops at local libraries ten years ago. one cares about them. Some earrings are
an auto body shop, and even worse, it was watching Net ix? I know it’s tempting
closed. to laze around in your pajamas, glued to Joan had heard a radio segment about a also given to Dress for Success programs
an episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”You
Is it that people are afraid to drink and don’t have to wash your hair, nd appropri- woman who made jewelry to donate to helping women learn how to prepare and
drive? All that drinking isn’t particularly ate footwear, nd a babysitter or talk to
necessary- the era of excess is over. It was anyone more challenging than the cat. You local domestic violence shelters. Since dress for job interviews.“A little bling for
di erent back in the day, when we were in don’t have to spend any money or get gas
the dark ages about drinking and driving. for your car. I get that. But what’s it going Joan enjoyed making beaded earrings, she ladies who need it,”says Joan.
On the way home you’d see some ashing to be like if EVERYONE sits around in
lights in the rear view mirror and think, your pajamas in front of the television? It’s decided to o er earring making workshops Bling’s the ing has become Joan
wow there’s a cop after some poor sap, and going to get crowded in your pajamas.
then the poor sap turned out to be you. at local libraries with this concept: for Lloyd’s mission over these last ten years
“Good day, Occifer, what seems to be the e same thing happens with pigeons
troublem? ...What?.... WHAT? Oh. Okay, if you don’t feed them: you don’t see them every pair of earrings participants make for and going strong. She even o ers daytime,
I’ll roll down the window.”And then the around as much. And that’s what will
o cer asks where I came from, and I tell happen to your favorite eating and drink- themselves, they also make one pair of ear- evening and weekend earring crafting
him, well, I’m of Swedish descent, but my ing establishments if you don’t show up
parents were American. e o cer seems in person once in a while. Places where rings to donate to a women’s shelter. workshops for birthday parties, baby show-
to have it in for Swedish Americans and people have traditionally congregated will
tells me to stand on one leg for thirty dwindle, and we’ll be left with a homog- Joan is upbeat and super organized. She ers and scout meetings.
seconds, and after 5 seconds I start to feel enized tri ing of chain restaurants and bars
like a amingo, and after 10 seconds I’m brings a fantastic selection of colorful wood, An energetic woman of many interests,
apping my arms and I start to look like a glass, acrylic and plastic beads in di erent Joan was a volunteer EMT for 25 years in
amingo, and after 20 seconds my defense
doesn’t have a leg to stand on. sizes and shapes along with sliver-tone and Yorktown and Mohegan, a middle school

gold-tone hooks and wires. Each partici- teacher in the Lakeland Schools and a

pant is given the two tools needed (twirlers designer and programmer of computer

and squeezers) to put the earrings together. systems at IBM. In her free time, Joan

e bead selection changes constantly and knits and crochets, is the author of several

Joan makes sure there is always something ction and non ction books, and serves as

new in stock. Her instructions and as- the Treasurer of the Friends of the Library

sistance make rst-timers and non-crafty at John C. Hart Library in Shrub Oak.“I

people feel like jewelry designers! keep re-de ning myself,”laughs Joan.

Joan’s Bling’s the ing earring work- I can personally attest to the feeling of

shops at local libraries draw people of all accomplishment and camaraderie at Bling’s

ages –from teens who need community the ing earring workshops. For me, it

service credit to commuters who want a feels like a modern version of a quilting bee.

fun relaxing craft experience after work and People are sitting around long tables with

seniors who enjoy a new daytime activity. their beads and crafting tools, happy and

Workshop participants feel good about relaxed and sharing design ideas. Partici-

doing something nice for someone else in pants feel proud to wear their handiwork,

the community. Joan likes to say,“For every gift something hand-made to family and

pair they donate, it’s a smile for a woman in friends and donate hand-made earrings for

a shelter.” SEE KOVACH PAGE 7

Joan packs up and mails 900 pairs of

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He wasn’t only merely sick. He
was really most sincerely sick. At rst, we doesn’t seem to be in any pain when I I gave him the number. ere was shops at libraries in Somers, Mount Kisco and Shrub
thought he might have eaten something press his abdomen,”the vet told me as a long stretch of silence on the other Oak.To nd dates and locations for upcoming work-
that disagreed with him, but then, after she examined the dog. end of the phone and I waited for some shops please visit Bling’s the ing on Facebook.
two days of unmentionable dog symp- indication that my husband was still
toms on our various rugs, we decided we “Well, that sounds good,”I said. conscious. Kim Kovach teaches ction and creative non ction writing
should bring him to the vet. Naturally, “But he could have a parasite or an for adults, as well as creative writing classes for children and
by the time this happened it was the obstruction or something else,”she said. “OK,”he nally said.“Let them do teens.
weekend and the vet’s o ce was closed, “We should run some tests and do an whatever they need to. I’ll call the bank
so we had to bring him to a doggie ER x-ray. In the meantime, we can start him and see if we can get a second mortgage.” MELEN apocalyptic, dystopian
instead. on an antibiotic and give him a hydra- world where writers have
tion patch and some meds to make him One x-ray, a battery of blood tests, and FROM PAGE 6 only old perceptions to
Unlike the time when I went into feel better.” a veterinary bill that could choke a horse draw from, or things they
the emergency room while I was in “How much will that be?”I said later, we had the results. with that awful canned found out about on the
labor with my daughter in the suburbs, nervously. subscription service music internet but never actually
nobody o ered Monty a wheelchair, “I’ll work up an itemized estimate for “He’s ne,”said the vet. that sounds like someone did. On the plus side, the
valet parking, or a latté on his way in. He you,”she said to me.“And then you can “Fine, ne?”I said. stepped on a cat over and internet is probably the
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private room, which was more than I got “Of course, we’ll do anything we need something that disagreed with him.” added to it. And then future ex-girlfriend, and
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the price is.” said shaking my head.“I should have ability to to argue about wearing pajamas unless
Monty seemed to be comfortable and She left the room and came back a been a vet.” sports on a casual basis. you tell her. If you don’t
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BY RICH MONETTI the afternoon.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER e Rye o ense then re-

sponded in kind. Reece Dorfman

John Jay, the two-time defend- danced past the blue line and the

ing champion, quali ed again for John Jay defense and backhanded

the Section I Division II nals by Rye’s rst goal with 1:25 remain-

defeating Horace Greeley, 4-1, on ing in the rst.

ursday, Feb 27. But the Indians In the second period, the Rye

couldn’t complete the three-peat, goalie turned away Justin DeLu- Mattie Wierl races
for the puck.
losing 5-1 to Rye. cia as he broke past the blue line,

John Jay scored just 70 seconds and this time Rye’s Sasha Vasyuta PHOTOS: RICH MONETTI
into the section championship, took the cue. Taking a long pass

held Sunday, March 1, at Brews- from Brian Curran, Vasyu-

ter Ice Arena. However, the rest of ta veered to the right of Pe-

the scoring went the other way. All trella and sent a wrist shot

Coach Alex Smith could do after past the John Jay goalie at

the four-goal defeat was acknowl- 11:27.

edge Rye’s strong play and where Now trailing 2-1, John

he and his team came up short. Jay didn’t wait to get the

“ eir forechecking won out, better of omas. Another

and we didn’t respond well,” he pile up in front of her net,

said. “ at falls on me.” neither Doug Styles or

e scoring began on a ukey Barret Lunder could crack

play as Rye seemed to have the the sophomore’s case, and

puck cleared. Bouncing o the the one-goal advantage

defenseman’s skate, John Jay’s remained with just under Doug Styles heads
Mike McKeon came up with nine minutes remaining in into the corner.
the puck and got it to teammate the period.

Mattie Wierl, who dribbled a Kyle Petschek’s rush period. Charlie Oestricher lets it fly.

bouncer past Rye goalie Anna- across the blue line with three e third period had Jack

belle omas. minutes left in the period was no Browne up next on omas’ hit

A couple big saves later on the easy save either, and while Rye’s list. e puck free to the left of the to clear. e senior secured the coach a team that came to play

Rye power play by John Jay senior tough neutral zone play let John Rye goalie, Browne couldn’t stu puck and beat Petrella for a com- and learn every day. Once the

Nick Petrella seemed to give the Jay slip through this time, omas it in. Saves on Tyler Wishart and manding 3-1 lead. sting of defeat alleviates, he said,

goaltending edge to the Indians. stood tall to Smith’s frustration. Wierl followed on subsequent Less than 90 seconds later, his players will relish what they’ve

But omas, who had 26 saves, “We had trouble attacking, and possessions. Rye’s Brendan O’Byrne extended accomplished.

snu ed a mad scramble around when we got close, the goaltender With 8:25 left in the game, the lead to 4-1 and Lavelle added John Jay nished the season 18-

the net moments later and showed stopped us,” he said as John Jay Rye’s Declan Lavelle kept the an empty netter to conclude the 3-1 and outscored opponents 113

the mettle that foretold the rest of took 11 shots to Rye’s 10 in the puck alive as John Jay attempted scoring. Still, Smith was proud to to 31.


Girls team takes
third at states

Samantha Spieler, Kristen Wolfe, Ashley Binette and Rosemarie Binette PHOTO COURTESY OF DEBBIE SPIELER e John Jay/North Salem girls ski team came in
third in the team standings at the New York State
championships, held last week at Bristol Mountain in
Canandaigua, N.Y.

Earning bronze medals was the team of Samantha
Spieler ( John Jay), Ashley Binette (North Salem) and
Kristen Wolfe ( John Jay).

Individually, Ashley Binette nished 18th in slalom
and fth in the giant slalom, earning All-State honors.

Spieler nished 17th in slalom and 16th in giant sla-
lom; Wolfe was 16th in slalom and 19th in giant slalom;
and Rosemarie Binette (North Salem) took 34th in sla-
lom and 32nd in giant slalom.

On the boys’ side, Oskar Lombardi ( John Jay) nished
27th in slalom and 36th in giant slalom; and Luke Spiel-
er ( John Jay) nished 28th in slalom (he did not nish
in giant slalom).


Basketball champions

e Northern Westchester (Eastern Conference Cham-
Men’s Basketball League in pions)
Cross River recently crowned
two champions: • B League: San Antonio
Bone Spurs (Western Confer-
• A League: Team Davis ence Champions)

The San Antonio Bone Spurs,
champions of the B Legaue

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International Women’s Day be larger if you wait until your full a consultant, you can contribute to
2020 is observed on March 8. is retirement age, which will likely an IRA – and you should.
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cal achievements of women. Yet, to choose between claiming your structural disadvantages women
women still face gender barriers as own bene ts or receiving 50% of face when seeking to reach nan-
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