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The Somers Record 08.19.21

Vol. 11 No. 18 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, August 19, 2021

Town seeks solution Stopping the scammers
to water woes
Town Justice warns of new fraud tactics

BY CAROL REIF human carcinogen. e state’s BY CAROL REIF What do people do when they’re distracted,
STAFF WRITER fearful, bored and in lockdown? ey hop on
STAFF WRITER MCL for that chemical is 1 part per their computers or phones, where they become
If it sounds too good to be true, it’s too good easy pickings for technologically sophisticated
billion (ppb). to be true, says Michael McDermott. crooks.

Somers o cials seeking a e level of that chemical was Con artists are notorious for taking advan- “ ey target you and you and you and me,”
tage of terrible situations such as the current he said, pointing to members of the audience
solution to the Elephant Hotel’s found to be “undetectable,” Smith COVID-19 crisis. Seniors and other vulnerable and himself.
populations seem like their favorite targets.
contaminated well are exploring said in April. ANATOMY OF A SCAM
McDermott is not just talking out of his First there’s “enticement”–the unsolicited of-
becoming customers of SUEZ, the Town employees and visitors hat. Despite being a lawyer and hyper-vigilant
about protecting his personal and nancial in- fer of products such N95 masks or services such
company that recently purchased there have been already been using formation, the Somers town justice once nearly as foreclosure rescue opportunities.
fell victim to a scam himself.
Heritage Hills’s water and sewer bottled water for years due to high ey sound great but are usually completely
McDermott spoke last week to members of “bogus,” McDermott said.
operations. levels of sodium and chloride in the the Heritage Hills Men’s Club in the hopes of
hammering home his message that “forewarned Once your computer and personal data are
e county health department supply. is forearmed.”
noti ed the town last spring that Supervisor Rick Morrissey said “If someone’s emailing you, telling you you’ve
won the sweepstakes, it’s too good to be true. Attorney Michael McDermott educating
the water supply at the Town last week  that he was “troubled” residents on new scams that have arisen during
ere’s nothing free in this world but the love of the pandemic.
House and Annex “exceeded action by the fact that the Environmental your family and even then…some days,” he hu-
morously paused as the audience chuckled.“But accessed, it’s game over.
levels” of two contaminates: PFOA Protection Agency’s “action level” that’s the point: No one’s giving you anything.” e most disheartening part is that folks are

(per uorooctanoic acid) and for PFOS and PFOA is “70 parts Gone are the days when the bad guys only “pulling the triggers on themselves” by merely
lurked in alleyways or crawled through win- opening emails, going on websites or answering
PFOS (per uorooctane sulfonate). per trillion,”while,“for some reason, dows. e most folks could likely lose if they their phones, McDermott said on Wednesday,
got hit was a few bucks or replaceable posses- Aug. 10.
In 2020, the state adopted new in New York state, the action level is sions. Now they’re invading people’s private
spaces virtually. With one click of a button, Scammers also love old-fashioned paper
drinking water standards for the 10 parts per trillion.” scammers can empty someone’s bank account, checks because they not only give them bank
ruin their credit rating and reputation, and, al- account and routing numbers, they have signa-
compounds,  known as “forever e EPA has established PFOS/ most as important, destroy their peace of mind. tures.

chemicals” because  they embed PFOA health advisories, but those e pandemic’s provided the “perfect breed- “Once they have those, they can forge it all
ing ground” for such brazen thievery. day long,” McDermott warned.
themselves in the environment are currently unenforceable and
and “bioaccumulate,” or build up, nonregulatory. e agency has said,

in the bodies of living things. It set however, that it is continuing to

a Maximum Contaminant Level evaluate all new evidence “as science

(MCL) for PFOS and PFOA at 10 on health e ects of these chemicals

parts per trillion (ppt). evolves.”

According to Water e advisories are intended to

Superintendent Adam Smith, the provide technical information to

levels found at the complex at the state agencies and other public

corner of routes 100 and 202 were health o cials in such cases, the

11.5 ppt for PFOA and 39.4 ppt for EPA said. Nevertheless, the town

PFOS. Public water supplies must has to do something to resolve the

now also be tested for 1,4-Dioxane, SEE WATER PAGE 24
a synthetic chemical and likely

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The Staff Lincolndale Property lakelincolndale-propertyowners Episcopal Church (adjacent to Rec with Somers Historical Soci-
Owners’ Association Bailey Park) will be open for tours ety to provide entertainment for
EDITORIAL TEAM Saturdays in the prior to the concert from 4 - 6 p.m. the community while showcas-
TOM WALOGORSKY ANNUAL PIG ROAST Park Concert Series ing local Somers musicians and
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 Saturday, August 21, at 6 p.m. TRILLIUM local landmarks. All concerts are
[email protected] Lots of food and fun, featuring SONS OF HACHALIAH Saturday, August 28, at 5 p.m.   free, and guests are encouraged to
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Not on my whale watch

MAN most of these folks have experi- tide.” anks, Mom. can’t is a train beach and
OVERBOARD enced the same sexual prejudices We came upon a 48-year- wreck that even brush up on
at some point in their lives (may- the most stringent safety my swim-
RICK be most points), their tolerance old cow named Freckles, and measures cannot prevent ming skills.
MELÉN for racism, jingoism, and other if you’re wondering how she from happening over and
forms of bigotry is very low. got her name, it’s a good idea over again. People have been While
Every time I vacation in not to get close enough to nd subjected to countless trials there’s a
Provincetown, Mass., I ere’s plenty to do. We’ve out. I’m not interested in going and tribulations through time 64-bar guitar solo in the song, did
learn the same lesson, and been coming here for 40 years, viral in somebody’s sel e video immemorial, but it’s nothing you know that whales have not
I don’t mind learning it over and and we’ve never been on a where the whale comes RE- compared to the abject hor- been observed mating, but have
over because it’s so important. whale watch, so we went on ALLY close to the boat and rors that the bartender here has been seen engaging in “seduc-
one. e ship cruises about starts following it and bump- endured on a daily basis. tive behavior?” e male blows
e lesson is that no matter how 45-minute north of town into ing into it, and everyone goes bubbles underneath the female,
far out there somebody else’s the Stellwagen Bank Marine gaga and yells isn’t this great, A guy with a pair of wings and that tickles her in an inap-
lifestyle seems to you, it doesn’t Sanctuary, a natural shelf rich in it’s trying to make friends with on his back sauntered in to sing propriate place: Massachusetts
seem that way to them. And diverse forms of ocean life. e us, let’s get closer and BFF the a song, and I meant to ask him Bay. You think that’s a little weird,
further, they don’t care that you crew shares information about whale, and tell it some intimate if those things really work. I do you? Well, I’ve got news for
think they’re out there. e na- the whales they see and collect details about last year’s vacation wouldn’t mind ying to work you: whales don’t care what we
tives here welcome tourism, they data about their habits. Hump- and perhaps overshare a little once in a while, but I have no think, and the sooner we all
know how to entertain, and they back whales feed here during bit and then the whale performs idea what my wing size is. e understand that, the better.
don’t mind if you stare until the the summer, coming from as far the ultimate act of friendship by introduction to his song was 24
novelty wears o . away as the Dominican Repub- eating us. Yes folks, whales have bars, according to the screen, so Join Rick and Trillium at Black
lic. Known as baleen whales, a more normal idea of friend- I could have nished the whole Rock Kitchen in Croton at 7 p.m.
If you come here, you’re going they take in huge mouthfuls ship than some of our friends conversation with enough time Saturday, Aug. 21, for some music,
to see gay men, gay women, of seawater and express it out do, which is having us for din- left over to introduce the song love, and harmony! And come to
people who populate any num- through the baleen tissue, which ner once in a while. to my mother’s entire side of the Katonah Concert in Memorial
ber of gray areas in between and holds the krill and plankton the family, which goes all the Park at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 for some
a whole lot of dogs on a leash. they source as food. If I was a It was a surf-and-turf kind of way back to Norway. rock and roll with Rick and No
Some people came here to see 50-foot whale, couldn’t I think evening, and back on land, Drag Options. Look for Rickster Melen
if they really were what they of something more satisfying Queen Karaoke is an institution Perhaps humans have evolved on Facebook! Say hello at [email protected]
thought they were (they were), to eat, like a 10-foot submarine at the Governor Bradford Res- while I wasn’t paying close at-
and never left. It’s a microcosm sandwich? “Mom, when’s din- taurant. You can hear just about tention, but everything I’ve seen
of what society can be if it learns ner? It’s only two o’clock, and anything you want here, but since 2016 tells me we’re going
the above lesson, because since I’m STARVING.” “Why don’t you’ll mostly hear things you in the other direction. We may
you have a few diatoms? at don’t. Karaoke sung by someone be crawling back into the sea
should tide you over until high who can really sing is a rare gem before too long, so whenever I
and butchered by someone who go to Provincetown, I hit the

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Thursday, August 19, 2021 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 13

End of an era

BY PATRICIA ADAMS A rmative Action set the stage for sexual harass- personal style and ‘cultural’ orientation when sexual ha-
GUEST COLUMNIST ment law. e original intent of the law was to prevent rassment awareness was introduced to NYS employees.
(usually female) victims from losing out on professional Primarily, he is guilty of an antiquated 19th century
Hugging and kissing friends and colleagues is a mobility and professional training. At the time the law political style in a 21st century arena. Like so many
way of life in my world. Employees brought was written, the assumption acknowledged that men men, he doesn’t think sexual harassment means him.
their social customs and needs into the of- were primarily in power and that women were more
ce, never considering it was also a privilege between often than not, the victims.  Without meaning to sound like I’m blaming the
consenting adults. I watched this culture evolve in the victim: We women have an obligation to be clear about
workplace as we moved to calling everyone by their According to Sexual Harassment | U.S. Equal our boundaries. Women working in the capitol, in the
Employment Opportunity Commission ( governor’s o ce and on his sta must step up, act like
rst names, to casual Friday, eliminating dress codes “Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, off- the empowered role models they are, and confront
altogether, to the huggin’-and-a-kissin’. en sexual hand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very unwelcome advances and inappropriate behavior real-
harassment came along and what had been informal serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or time. 
norms, were legislated. severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work envi-
ronment or when it results in an adverse employment SEE ADAMS PAGE 14
As a human resources professional, I heard my share decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).”
of stories about bosses and male colleagues standing
over a woman sitting at a desk and staring down her e challenge? Where to draw the line? One person’s
blouse, touching her on the shoulder a little longer simple teasing is someone else’s insult. 
than necessary. Or the sexist jokes in a group of all men
except one woman. Or the male colleague or boss who Enter Governor Andrew Cuomo. Is this the same
just couldn’t seem to keep his eyes o a woman’s chest. guy who only a few months ago we were all saying
My favorite story about this involves a manufacturing or thinking ‘this man is presidential timber’ when he
manager who prided himself on supporting female forcefully stepped up and demonstrated a leadership
professionals. One by one, three of his female profes- model other governors replicated? His communications
sional sta came to me complaining about how he strategy was brilliant, daily brie ngs keeping us all in-
always stared at their breasts. I set up a meeting with formed and suggesting how we could protect ourselves
him to give him the feedback. Less than ve minutes from COVID. He calmed down every viewer in NY,
into the meeting, his eyes dropped to my chest. I con- our neighboring states and across the country. He lled
fronted him. He denied the behavior. I pointed out he a vacuum of leadership sorely needed at the time.
was doing it then and as his eyes returned to my face,
and he admitted his behavior and promised to x it. Now he’s a big, bad sexual predator. Compare the
complainants’ accounts in the NYS attorney general’s
e complaints stopped.  investigation with the governor’s response report on
It’s distracting and annoying, especially if you’re his website. Add the additional accusations about his
meeting one of these jerks for the rst time. So, like it handling of vaccines for friends, reporting deaths in
or not, women have been managing these misguided nursing homes and using state resources to fund the
assaults for years.  writing his book, and a strong case has been created. 

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is and that ADAMS

Iam not a shopper. I do not consider READING, Pickle Books sells two types of pickles— FROM PAGE 13
browsing in and out of stores a leisure WRITING & original dill and spicy farmhouse. With the
activity. Except, of course, on vacation. CHOCOLATE increase in sales, since purchases can also be We can’t irt on the one hand and then
On rainy days in the Berkshires or on made online and shipped around the coun- cry sexual harassment when some poor
shlub accepts the invitation. Silence is
Cape Cod or just about any vacation des- KIM try, Ms. Altshuler now has an upstate farm still a form of consent. We also have a
tination where tourists had planned lots KOVACH grow and pickle the products for her shop. responsibility to look at how we present
ourselves. If a blouse is open down to the
of outdoor activities like hiking or boat- Curious to nd more intriguing examples naval and a skirt reveals the crack between
our thighs, what can we expect? We know
ing, hordes of bored vacationers descend of stores that sell this and that, I did a fun what we do and we know, even anticipate,
the potential touching and staring. But, as
on the local shops. Like zombies with internet search to locate unusual business women, we can’t have it both ways. Right
now, we do (have it both ways). Right now,
credit cards, throngs of adults and kids weave their way into combinations. As we have noticed over the years, many small the best suggestion is that everybody in the
workplace keep their hands to themselves.
and out of local businesses on the main streets in search of businesses have closed due to the economy or changes in con- Yes reader, this means you, too! COVID
introduced us to social distancing, let’s keep
something to do. sumer demand. Unfortunately, while I did nd several inter- it going at work and put sexual harassment
to bed. Meanwhile, best wishes to Kathy
Most of the time, you can tell what kind of merchandise esting examples of odd business combinations, many of these Hochul.

a store o ers by glancing at the name of the store or looking small businesses have now closed. A few examples include: a Patricia Adams lives in Somers with her cocker
spaniel, Ta y. She grew up in Hastings on
in the front window displays. Sometimes what looks like a hair salon and travel agency, an ice cream stand and car wash, Hudson, NY, graduating from NYU Stern
in 1963 and earning her MBA at Atlanta
clothing store turns out to also sell hunting equipment and and a taxidermy and cheese shop (“Wisconsin’s best!”). University in 1969. She worked in human
resources for IBM and retired from Digital
kitchen utensils. An art gallery might also sell cool jewelry. At one time, an Illinois funeral parlor also o ered mini Equipment Corporation/Hewlett Packard
in 1998. She stands on the shoulders of her
It’s the quirky incongruous shops that appeal to me. golf! An undated photograph of the sign for this unusual beloved parents the late Rev. Dr. Alger L. and
Jessie Adams, founders and publishers of e
(Incongruous – not harmonious or compatible; not consis- business combination reads, “Free inside mini golf. Call Westchester County Press, her grandparents
and great, great grandparents who survived
tent or corresponding.) Recently, I heard an interview on ahead, because play is called if there is any funeral work.” the trans-Atlantic crossing and endured the
slave systems in Georgia and Louisiana.
the radio with the owner of a business on the Lower East A business with locations in Indiana and Kentucky called She welcomes your ideas and comments at
[email protected]
Side in Manhattan that sells books and pickles. at’s not a Laundry & Tan Connection combines two completely dif-

combination you ever think about! ferent services. Interesting concept—throw in a load of dirty

Located on Orchard Street, Sweet Pickle Books opened laundry and work on your tan!

in November 2020. Founded by a young woman with a My friend, Janice, remembers driving with her family

vision to combine two very New York products—books and up to their summer home in Lake Carmel when she was

dill pickles—the shop is lled with a variety of used books a child. Janice recalls a wonderful old-fashioned hardware

including ction, biographies, cook books and children’s store outside of town that had a pet shop in the back with

books, as well as jars of pickles. chickens, rabbits, and kittens!

As a nod to the thousands of pickle vendors that used to

sell their brined products in barrels on New York’s Lower Kim Kovach teaches ction writing for adults and creative

East Side neighborhood, Leigh Altshuler initially made writing for teens and children. Kim is also a writing coach to

the pickles herself and sold them in two-pound glass jars. help high school students focus their college application essay

Customers have been ocking to the shop since opening day topics, edit drafts, and make sure their personalities shine through

to nd literary treasures and stock up on crisp pickles. Sweet on the page.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 15

e challenges of online learning (and teaching)

STRONG Dear Maggie and Pete, from the reading issue—to make your school are telling you. ey’ll obstacle(s) standing in the way of
LEARNING To begin with, feel free to an appointment with an audiolo- most likely be able to help your your child’s learning is crucial be-
gist to be sure rst that his hearing children improve their reading fore seeking a tutor. Attentional
DR. LINDA blame some of their di culty and auditory processing is within skills. e most important thing issues require di erent strategies
SILBERT with reading on the fact that they normal limits. you can do for now, is look for from those used with students
were online for most of the year. progress. In other words, look for with dyslexia. e same is true if a
Dear Dr. Linda, Some children did ne, but a Now, to address your rst reading improvement. child has a hearing de cit. In the
Both our children are in ele- large number did not. Research question. What should you be case of this past year, assuming no
has shown us that achievement looking for? As you mentioned is takes us to your second dyslexia or other learning disabili-
mentary school. ey both scored went down for most students in your email, you’re not read- question. If you don’t see any ties, the role of a tutor would be
far behind in grade level for during the pandemic between ing teachers and you really don’t improvement, what do you do? to work with a child to help them
reading. My husband and I are the winter and spring months, know what to look for. e same Begin by talking to their teach- learn the material they missed.
blaming online learning. We re- particularly in math and reading is true when your doctor, dentist ers. Listen to what they have to
ally don’t think they got much out in the lower grades. or another professional tells you say. You may also want a second Many children need help
of it. On top of that, they have to do something. You follow their opinion outside of the school. and more than the usual sum-
had little phonics instruction. e ere are many reasons young lead because most of us are not mer slide, but if working with
reading program their school is children didn’t do well online. e experts in all walks of life (even is will cost money, so you need the right person, they don’t need
using doesn’t stress phonics. at’s most obvious is that computer though some think they are). to shop around. Also, if a tutor or hours of tutoring. Your children,
why I think they’re struggling screens can’t determine if they’re tutoring company tells you that for example, may only need a few
too. Also, my son complained paying attention. ey certainly I once had a friend tell me you need to sign a contract for a sessions.
that when the computer talked to stay focused, even micro-focused, that she was going to the doctor number of sessions, be sure you
him, he didn’t know what it said. when watching a cartoon or play- for a second opinion. I asked her understand the contract before Dr. Linda
ing a video game online. Howev- who she had gone to rst, and you sign. It’s di cult to predict
I had them both tested and was er, teaching a young child online she answered, “Me! I diagnosed how many hours of tutoring your Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
told that they do not have dyslexia is as di cult as being the young myself but I can’t give myself a children will need. Many times, Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids”
but would bene t from learning child trying to learn online. prescription.” So aside from my parents pay more than they need and director of Strong Learning
how to decode words. By the end of friend’s opinion of herself, in to for tutoring because they look Tutoring and Test Prep. If you have
last year, I was told that the school Also, your son complaining general, the only thing you can strictly at price per hour. a question, email her at [email protected]
will help them in the fall. My that he didn’t know the words the do is trust what the educators at
husband and I are not teachers, and computer was saying is not that Accurate diagnosis of the
we really don’t have a clue as to how uncommon. One little boy told me
to teach someone to read. What that he doesn’t understand what
should I be looking for? If they teachers say to him when they talk
don’t improve, what should we do? to him online either. Plus, he com-
plained that he doesn’t understand
Maggy and Pete the words the computer says. He
told me,“I don’t understand com-
puter language.”I told his parents,
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WATER Another option is to nd an outside front but would be covered by SUEZ for Heritage Hills has several wells at the
source. e town would have to either the cost of 75 feet of piping for each new Rhinoceros Creek Reservation, a nature

create and operate its own system or hook-up. If the town forms and runs its preserve further up Route 202. Woodard

situation, so it called in consulting become part of Heritage Hills’s. own water district, capital costs would & Curran has had conversations with

engineers for guidance. e condo development’s water and have to be passed on to customers. Private SUEZ to determine the yield and status

Woodard & Curran project manager sewer district has already been expanded residences are exempt from the new of those wells. While he couldn’t go into

Steve Robbins brought the board up to to serve DeCicco’s & Sons grocery store PFOS/PFOA regulations. detail, Robbins told the board that the

speed last week, saying that one of the on Route 202, and Somers Crossing, According to Robbins’s “desktop company has “indicated that–at least on

options would be to treat theTown House’s a luxury home development just south analysis,” Somers could hook into the paper–it has the capacity to serve.”

well. It’s considered a “nontransient, non- on Route 100. Woodard & Curran has main on Route 202, bring piping down to Councilman Anthony Cirieco wanted

community public water supply source,” already held informal conversations with the intersection and then up to the cluster the town to be assured that SUEZ’s own

he said. SUEZ, a global environmental company, of businesses near Route 116. Because water “isn’t impaired in any way.”

Currently, the only accepted method as well as other property owners in the those roads are state-owned, maintenance, Councilman Richard Clinchy agreed

for removing the chemicals is carbon Business Historic Preservation District. protection, tra c and restoration costs with Robbins that that path is worth

ltration. e next step in assessing serious have to be factored in. exploring further.

If the town goes that route, it would interest is conducting a formal survey e project could initially set the town “Yes, get more facts; make sure the

need four ltering “vessels” – about 3 feet of some kind, Robbins said. Right now, back $2 million. whole thing’s going to work. e wells

wide and 7 feet high, Robbins said. things are very much in the conceptual However, once SUEZ makes 50 to 60 aren’t going to go dry,” he said.

ere’s not enough space in either town stages, he emphasized last ursday. metered connections, it would o set two- Morrissey said it seemed to be the

building to accommodate the system, so it SUEZ claims to have the “additional thirds of that cost, Robbins said. consensus of the board that becoming

would mean building a treatment shed on capacity,” Robbins said, adding that more at would bring the cost of the project SUEZ’s customer could be the way to go.

the property. Counting construction, new “research and groundwork” has to be done in line with the rst option, the $400,000 Somers is under the gun to come up

plumbing, electric systems and possibly “to make sure that the documents match on-site treatment system. with a formal proposal for cleaning up its

a new well pump, the project could cost up with the words.” Other advantages include re PFOS/PFOA problem. 

about $400,000, which is “no small chunk Still, it appears “to be a feasible option,” protection, which could lower insurance “Let’s face it, the (county) health

of change,” he noted. he said. rates for businesses and homeowners in an department wants to know what our plan

In addition, operating and maintaining Becoming part of the Heritage Hills- area “where it’s now quite a bit of a run to is,” Morrissey said.

the ltration system could require an SUEZ expansion could have other the nearest hydrant were those buildings e town has received about $1 million

outlay of $6,000 a year. advantages. catch re,” Robbins explained. e town in American Rescue Plan Act funds, so, in

e Town House’s UV treatment Under that scenario, SUEZ could would “serve as a broker, making that Morrissey’s opinion, “the timing couldn’t

system (which gets rid of bacteria in the reimburse the town for every meter happen, more than any individual business be better.”

water) is “about 20 years old” and probably connection that it picks up, Robbins said. could.” “So let’s go forth and get this problem

needs replacing, Robbins said. e town would still have to pay up e question of SUEZ’s supply arose. solved,” he urged.

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Leadership positions filled at Congregation Shir Shalom

Two pivotal leadership roles received the Shem Tov (“Good gogue’s mission and vision,”

have been lled at Congregation Name”) Award and the Distin- said Block. 

Shir Shalom (CSS) of West- guished Alumnus Award.  He added, “As a team, we

chester and Fair eld Coun- He has served on the Board of will grow Shir Shalom in

ties, led by the naming of Mark Governors of the North Ameri- ways that will enhance our

Block to the newly-created po- can Association of Synagogue community, as well as ensure

sition of Executive Director. He Executives (NAASE), and is a that congregants and guests

joins CSS from UConn Hillel, Fellow in Synagogue Adminis- have an inviting, welcoming

where he was Director of De- tration, as well as a member of and safe space to gather in

velopment. In addition, Cathy the Association of Fundraising worship, to socialize, and to

Deutchman has been named Professionals (AFP). In addi- explore their Judaism, while

Education Director of CSS. tion, he is a 20-year veteran of creating lasting memories

She comes to Shir Shalom from marketing communications, for years to come.” He lives

Temple Israel Center in White mostly at Union Carbide Corp. in Trumbull, CT, with wife

Plains, where she was Assistant in Danbury. Anne and daughter Emily.

Director for learning and en- Block’s responsibilities at CSS Cathy Deutchman has

gagement. include “all aspects of synagogue developed and led programs PHOTOS COURTESY OF CSS New Education Director
Mark Block has more than operations in support of our as Director of Jewish Life at Executive Director Mark Block Cathy Deutchman
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ish communal a airs, including tual and cultural experiences,” was Director of Sprout West- Jewish education of the next man succeeds Leslie Gottlieb,

executive leadership positions, said Congregation Shir Shalom chester Day Camp in Croton- generation and, in her words, who will serve as director emer-

marketing communications, and President Larry Ho man. on-Hudson. “create meaningful and joyous ita of the CSS religious school. 

development.  Prior to UConn “I look forward to working In the part-time position of Jewish experiences.” Cathy and

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Congregation Rodeph Sholom group of volunteers and pro- gation Shir Shalom, she will on-Hudson with children Ella, Shir Shalom. 

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asking him for information about Hills Men’s Club.

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Rather than calling the pro- who sent it, hover the cursor over rating, said McDermott, urging PALLADINO BUILDING
vided phone number, he went the name. people to check theirs “regularly.”

straight to the institution’s man- It’s also a good idea to scruti-

ager. e man con rmed that the OLD SCHOOL RULES nize credit card bills, he said.

letter was real. For good measure, Phony pleas to help out a prince Scammers who’ve stolen your

McDermott made him call the or princess in a foreign country card will “test it” by charging $5

number right in front of him. may seem archaic, but people con- here or $10 there–small amounts

Although things turned out tinue to fall for them. that wouldn’t necessarily be no-

OK, the episode left a bad taste in Also still out there are midnight ticed.

his mouth. calls from ersatz o spring in need “Once they’re con dent they

“I didn’t think it was a good way of bail money and requests for can use it, BANG! ere goes

for them to introduce themselves funds for phony law enforcement $5,000, $10,000,” McDermott

to me,” he said. organizations. said.

“ e New York State Police

PANDEMIC CHECKS does not want your money,” said CLOSE CALL

Scammers pretending to be McDermott, noting that Albany Even someone as savvy as a le-

from the Department of Labor appears to have “plenty.” gal eagle can get fooled. McDer-

will call victims claiming they If you’re solicited that way, sim- mott once got a letter from a col-

were “overpaid” when they got ply hang up. league referring him to someone

their pandemic relief checks. “Don’t even engage them in “involved in a contract dispute”in

ey’ll then cite an odd num- conversation. Guaranteed, 100 New York.

ber such as $237.18, which sounds percent of the time it’s a scam,” he e deal was that the client

logical and isn’t “a tremendous said. would send $500,000 which he

amount of money.” en there’s the almost laugh- was to place in an escrow account

Folks fearful of running afoul able your-warranty-is-about-to- from which the money would

of the feds will mail them checks, expire hustle. be distributed as instructed. He

which, of course, include a signa- “I never knew I had so many was to draw his agent fee from

ture and bank account numbers– cars,” McDermott joked. that. Sure enough, the money ar-

more fodder for thieves. In comparison, telemarketers, rived, but something “didn’t seem

“If they do that a million times, once the bane of folks without an right.”

how much have they collected? A answering machine or voicemail, McDermott reached out to an

lot of money,” said McDermott. are a mild annoyance. FBI friend for advice.

His point? “You have to be One of the newest scams in- She told him that the check

scrupulous.” volves calling victims to claim would appear to clear in three

there’s a legal case pending against days, but if he’d distributed any

TEXTING TRAVAILS them and that it’s “before the of the funds, the rats would have

Cell phones can be another judge today,”he said. ey are told swooped in, made o with the

vehicle for picking someone’s to physically show up in court cheddar, and left him holding

pocket. e problem with text or to pay them a ne. Of course, the bag. e check would have

messages is that once they’re on scammers hope their victims go bounced and McDermott could

the phone, they’re on the phone. for the latter option. have been disbarred.

If something looks shy, don’t ey’ll also tell people they’ve “Serious? To me, it was because

open it, just “swipe and delete.” If missed jury duty and a marshal now you’re playing with my live-

there’s a link, don’t click it. is heading to their house to clap lihood,” he said, thankful to have

With a busy law practice, Mc- them in handcu s. McDermott dodged that bullet. 

Dermott gets hundreds of emails had a friend in Somers who scam- e colleague, who pleaded ig-

a day, sometimes from organiza- mers scared into buying gift cards norance, later got a colorful earful

tions and businesses he doesn’t and then reading them the num- from the livid barrister.

subscribe to, patronize or has even bers. It was a hard lesson that Mc-

heard of. (Email addresses get sold Scammers also use stolen per- Dermott now uses to illustrate

and passed around the internet.) sonal information to open ac- just how convincing and brazen

“Unfortunately, as much as you counts at the unemployment cybercriminals can be.

might love to, you cannot live in o ce, which is currently over- Not surprisingly, he believes

this society without an email ad- whelmed by mountains of pan- that the best defense against

dress. It’s impossible,” he said. demic-related claims. scammers is an o ense. at

It’s very easy for distracted folks It’s giving out “money left and means being both healthily skep-

working from home to acciden- right” with “hardly any inquiries,” tical and unashamedly proactive.

tally step on one of those digital McDermott claimed. Seniors have amassed a wealth

landmines. Once they get that check, of smarts that they shouldn’t be

Even if an email looks like it’s scammers “forge your name and afraid to tap, McDermott de-

from someone they know, it could it’s done.” clared, adding: “We have to

be a trap, McDermott said. To see at can destroy your credit watch out for ourselves.”

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