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The Somers Record 12.26.19

Vol. 9 No. 37 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, December 26, 2019

Police: Somers bus
driver was drunk with
students on board

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM GARRITY BY CAROL REIF AND and released on his own recognizance,
police said. He is scheduled to be back in
Police officers were honored at a recent Somers Town Board meeting. JODI WEINBERGER court on Monday, Jan. 6.

Outstanding officers honored A Somers school bus driver, removed e alleged incident happened on
from his route after frightened students Monday, Dec. 9.
BY CAROL REIF ties. He helped get computers in all the called parents to complain about his er-
ratic driving, is now facing serious charg- e route has been taken over by an-
STAFF WRITER patrol cars, installing them himself and es, New York State Police said ursday, other Royal Coach Lines driver.
Dec. 19.
saving the town, which otherwise would Meanwhile, schools Superintendent
William J. Mendez, 61, of Somers, Dr. Raymond Blanch told parents that
Local police o cers do so much more to have had to hire outside consultants, piles was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the district is working very closely with
and charged with Aggravated DWI and the county DA and state police as the
keep communities such as Somers safe by of money. DWI, police said. two agencies investigate the case.

handing out tra c tickets and nabbing the Now o cers can arm themselves with e former charge, a Class E felony, “I am so very sorry that our children
was brought under Leandra’s Law, or the and families in this community have
occasional “bad guy.” important information before they arrive Child Passenger Protection Act. been impacted by the unfathomable ac-
tions of one person,” Blanch wrote.
ey are the glue that keeps other at a scene, said Driscoll. New York is one of 36 states with spe-
cial laws that impose tougher sanctions “As we communicated earlier, it was
emergency services together during times “Are there guns in the house? Were on any driver who endangers the life of a reported to our district that the driver
passenger under age 15. of one of our contracted school buses
of intense troubles, the shoulder for do- there other problems?” was ‘acting strange.’ e driver was im-
Named for Leandra Rosado, an mediately instructed by radio to stop the
mestic violence victims to cry on and the It also has its own radio band now.Keep- 11-year-old girl killed in a DWI crash bus and he did not comply right away.
in New York City in 2009, it also set the Approximately seven minutes after the
friendly face youngsters can look up to. ing in touch is key, especially in this age of blood alcohol limit at 0.08 percent. initial report, the driver was met by the
Somers Central School District’s Di-
Oh, and they save lives, too. seemingly nonstop school shootings. Mendez’s was tested and came back at rector of Transportation and two Royal
0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal Coach Line employees,” Blanch said.
All members of the town’s part-time “Communication, that’s usually the rst limit, according to a news release from
Public Information O cer A.J. Hicks of “Our priority was to verify the safety
force do “outstanding” work, says Police thing that falls apart. One agency doesn’t New York State Police Troop K. of the students on the bus, which was

Chief Michael Driscoll. But once a year, know what the next is doing and we go in Mendez was arraigned before Judge SEE SCHOOL BUS PAGE 6
Denis Timone in Somers Town Court
it is his honor and privilege to formally there all messed up,” Driscoll said.

recognize the ones who did “a little bit e department gives out awards to of-

more than normal.” cers who make at least three DWI ar-

is round’s superheroes were honored rests in a year.

on ursday, Dec. 12, at Town Hall. Porteus pulled over two drunk drivers

ey were: Sgts. Tom Foltin and Rich- because he had seen them driving er-

ard Barker and O cers Patrick Porteus, ratically. A third arrest was “scary,” said

Tom Johanson and Kim Maguire. Driscoll.

Foltin’s technology chops have boosted SEE POLICE AWARDS PAGE 2
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POLICE AWARDS “ ank God, O cer Porteus Praising Johanson’s knack for vehicle near Baldwin Place. He
The Staff was able to take care of that situ- staying calm in tense situations, called for backup from Barker and

EDITORIAL TEAM ation before anyone got hurt or Driscoll said: “He saved that child’s the two of them stayed out of sight
Porteus’s ability to suss out sus- killed,”Driscoll said. life.” until a transaction went down.
EDITOR: 914-302-5830
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BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER man’s life. He had stopped to in- ter when he was agged down by an were honored for their joint arrest marked police vehicle makes it
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ed driver passed out at the wheel. e feverish child had su ered nity, local o cers are privy to a lot “bad guys have the advantage. ey
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PAUL FORHAN man had his foot on the pedal. It Johanson applied ice and snow to crimes. who they are.”
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has Maguire to lend a hand.
DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER Victims, most of whom are
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White Plains to get help with basic
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2019 Gingerbread Festival

A weather delay didn’t dampen Goes.” People’s Choice Awards

the spirits at Somers Historical were selected by visitors to the

Society’s annual Holidays at the festive in three categories.

Wright Reis Homestead and

Gingerbread Festival 2019 where PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNING

15 culinary confections graced ENTRANTS ARE:

the homestead. Children to age 10: Savannah

e town historic site was Piazza and Jack Quinn (tie)

decorated in its holiday nery in Youth/Teen 11-17: Chloe Pie

the traditions of the Wright and Adult/Family: e Du y

Reis families highlighting parts family, Monica, Aidan & Dahlia

of the Wright Reis Collection, A “Pastry Chef Award” judged

including original Christmas by Pastry Chef Patrice Lovell,

gifts given to Caroline and was awarded to Cheyenne

Walter Reis, Christmas books Piazza for her creativity, design,

and magazines from the collec- construction, including a tower,

tions. Walter’s 1917 Ford Model & decoration of her gingerbread

T made a holiday appearance on house from scratch, especially as

the grounds. the youngest entrant (4-year-

For the second consecutive old).

year, the Gingerbread Festival Some of the houses will be

was co-sponsored by Girl Scout displayed throughout the com-

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friends and family and many members of the
congregation. e service comprised prayer,
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WHAT IS LEANDRA’S LAW? Under Leandra’s Law, anyone caught operating a Once convicted of a Class E felony, his or her
motor vehicle while intoxicated and transporting license is suspended for at least 12 months.
Leandra’s Law was enacted in New York after a child under the age of 16 – even if a first-time People who drive while intoxicated by alcohol or
11-year-old Leandra Rosado was killed, and six offender -- can be charged with a Class E Felony, drugs and cause physical injury to a child
other children injured, in a horrific crash in New punishable by up to four years in state prison and passenger under 16 can be charged with a Class
York City. fines of up to $5,000. The court also must require C felony and sentenced to up to 15 years in
The woman who was driving – her friend’s mother, those convicted under the law to keep an ignition prison.
Carmen Huertas – was drunk and speeding when interlock device on their vehicle for at least six If a child is killed, that charge moves up to a Class
she flipped the car on the Henry Hudson Parkway months. B felony and the maximum sentence becomes
on Oct. 11, 2009. Licenses are automatically suspended pending 25 years in state prison, according to the state
About a month later, then-Gov. David Paterson, prosecution. Division of Criminal Justice Services.
signed the Child Passenger Protection Act into law. Police are required to report the parent or Previously, to be charged with felony DWI, the
Huertas subsequently pleaded guilty to all charges guardian of the child to the state’s Central driver had to have had a misdemeanor DWI
and was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. conviction within the past 10 years.

SCHOOL BUS for the driver and he was trans- e district’s administrative compromising the ongoing in- investigate a possible medical
team and its safety and security vestigation and its potential pros- incident.
FROM PAGE 1 ported to the hospital. A New consultants, Altaris, have begun ecution,” he said.
an internal investigation into the According to police, Men-
York State Police Trooper was incident, Blanch said. Blanch said that, as superin- dez was taken by ambulance to
tendent, “and more importantly Northern Westchester Hospital
coordinated on site by the dis- also at the bus garage,” his state- e Board of Education held as a parent,” he understood “the for evaluation.
an emergency meeting early emotional impact that this in-
trict’s transportation director. e ment read. cident has had on our students, Because of the nature of the
ursday for, the district had families and sta .” situation, the Westchester Coun-
bus driver was transported back In an earlier email, the district announced, “the purpose of dis- ty District Attorney’s O ce ob-
cussing information related to Bus P students were met on tained a search warrant, signed by
to the bus garage by the Royal said that Mendez told the trans- an investigation/prosecution of a the bus the following morning the town court, to test Mendez’s
criminal o ense.” by SIS Principal Liz Turner and blood. It came back at 0.22 per-
Coach Lines terminal manager. portation director that he had Assistant Principal Linda Belger, cent, police said.
e intent is to “verify compli- who o ered their personal sup-
An ambulance was then called taken cold medicine. ance with safety regulations and port and the support of our coun- According to, a per-
to determine what opportuni- seling sta , Blanch said. son with a BAC of 0.08 percent
Happy ties exist for improvement to our is considered above the legal limit
procedures,” the superintendent e district is “committed to for driving. is doesn’t mean, its
New Yea ! wrote. providing any and all resources experts said, that someone can’t be
to assist our school community intoxicated at lower levels.
Start the New Blanch, noting that “it is im- in dealing with this incident and
Year with a possible to prevent all criminal ensuring the safety and security From 0.06 to 0.15 percent,a per-
acts against our district,” said it of our students and sta .” son’s coordination, attention and
NEW LOOK! is always its goal to “be transpar- judgment are all impaired. And
ent.” According to state police, there is “an elevated risk of injury
troopers were called to assist to oneself and others,”according to
“We will follow the lead of EMS workers at the school dis- the National Institute on Alcohol
the District Attorney’s O ce trict’s bus garage on Dec. 9 to Abuse and Alcoholism.
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Say ‘cheese’! Short-Comings

WHATWAS We piled into cars and made sense of humor. She told us that Most of us are not born JUST
I THINKING? our way through snowy streets we were the best group she’d perfect. I can tell you JO ANN
to Sears. As we entered the ever worked with and that it that no one has ever
RUTHANN store, Mattman became fussy was obvious we were a tight and stopped me on the street to ask JO ANN
SCHEFFER and whiny. Oh, boy, this could loving family. if I am a super model because FRANCELLA
be a problem. No amount of of my towering height and long
is column originally appeared coaxing and hugging settled On the way out, Uncle Joe slender legs. I’m short. In fact, go right into the garbage. So
on October 25, 2014. the little guy. As we walked took the Nerf football and hat I am pretty darn short. In high please stop sending them. Can
through the sports’ department from Mattman and placed school I was at least 5’ tall, but you hear me? Please stop.
Christmas 1994 was my to the photography studio, Uncle them back on the shelf. Oh, my these days I am hovering in the
rst in Vermont—I Joe grabbed a Nerf football o heavens, the shriek that came high 4’s. My family has begun But, my best assets are my
wrote in previous the shelf and gave it to Matt- from that little boy was enough calling me “ e Incredible teeth. Both sets came in per-
columns about my entire family man along with a baseball cap. to shatter a glass. Uncle Paul Shrinking Momma.” When I fectly straight and I have never
traveling from New York and Result: Instant silence and a big to the rescue! He grabbed the was a child, relatives would as- had a cavity. I am fortunate to
Florida to spend it with me. smile. football and hat, went to the sure me that “good things come make the obligatory six-month
cashier and paid for them. Yep, in small packages.” I wasn’t buy- cleaning appointment and then
e day after Christmas, Our photographer was a Mattman had another Christ- ing it. I’d still love to look down walk out of the dentist’s o ce
daughter-in-law Helen, Matt’s young woman with a terri c per- mas present and we breathed on someone over the age of 5. with a minty smile on my face.
wife, suggested we call Sears sonality. She had the best time a collective sigh of relief. We
and make an appointment for a taking our pictures. My boys sure earned hot chocolate As far as vision goes, I began I was almost buoyant as I sat
family photo. What a great idea! were shooting one-liners back with marshmallows after this wearing glasses before I attended in Trish’s chair a few months
We were all together for the rst and forth and totally destroying event—maybe something even kindergarten. And now even ago. She is a dental hygienist
time in years and we represented us. Goodness, we couldn’t have stronger! after two Lasik surgeries, I have and we’ve become good friends
four generations. e studio tears running down our cheeks the vision of one whose head is over the years.
was empty after the holiday so ruining our makeup! We nally All these years later, this is wrapped in gauze. I still need
we got an immediate appoint- settled down and she took many one of our favorite “family” sto- glasses. She ran through the manual
ment. Clothes were ying in the shots, all di erent and beautifully ries. Each of us has the photo cleaning of my teeth and was
air as we chose the right out ts captured. Kala was the perfect of the entire smiling “clan” So now that you know of two about to polish them when she
for this big event. I had given little lady, smiling as she sat on hung in a place of honor in our of my short-comings, it’s time said, “Okay, everything looks
Kala, age three, and Mattman, a Grandmopps’s lap and next to home. Seeing their faces is both to speak of my best features. I good Jo Ann, but you have a
little over a year, Vermont Expos Nanny (Mom). Mattman, held joyful and poignant—Mom is can hear everything and any- small cavity in your left bottom
sweat shirts as presents so they by Daddy and Mommy and no longer with us and we miss thing. Ken always accuses me wisdom tooth.”
were set. e rest of us decided Uncle George bringing up the her so much. By the way, in the of listening in on his phone
on nice sweaters, the casual look. rear, cradled his football and had photo Mattman looks like the conversations, but in reality I can “What? I’m sorry Trish, are
My talented daughter-in-law put his cap on sideways. When cat that swallowed the canary! hear him even if I am downstairs you talking to me?”
did make-up for Mom and she Daddy tried to straighten it, He is now 21, a warm-hearted, on the opposite side of the house
looked gorgeous. Hair dryers Mattman let loose with a yowl. kind and soft-spoken young with the door closed. It’s a mira- “Yes, I said you have a small
were on all over the apartment, man. Who knew, right? Kala cle and a curse at the same time. cavity in your bottom left tooth.”
perfume and after-shave scents “Leave it, Matt. Whatever will be 23 in December and is
were in the air, mixed with the we do, let’s keep him happy and enjoying her new life as a teacher e last things I want to listen I stared at her confused and
smells of Christmas. It was smiling,” advised Uncle George. in South Korea. Miss her lots! to are golf scores and descrip- incredulous. Had another pa-
chaotic and wonderful! tions of shots missed. So to all tient just passed by and she was
After the photographer It seems like yesterday was the companies that are sending telling that person that they had
nished, we looked at the proofs that day after Christmas. Heart- me hearing aid information and a cavity? Yes, that’s what must
and chose the shots we wanted felt thanks, Helen, for bringing invites to free seminars, you’re be happening; so I just rinsed my
to order. We hugged her and another facet to our family wasting your time. All the yers,
thanked her for her patience and legacy. brochures and ads you send me SEE FRANCELLA PAGE 10

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Get o my lawn

Iwas hoping that as I got older, I would TRACY about because with all the other things in was possible that he thought someone had
get more tolerant. But apparently, the BECKERMAN the world to be concerned with, someone’s kindly provided him with a towel for his
opposite has happened. It’s possible that muddy boots have taken over my every boots to dry out on and now I had to look
as you age, the tolerance quadrant of your are the only two apartments at our end of thought. In general, I like to think I’m a at his muddy boots and a gross muddy
brain starts to atrophy so that things which the hall, so our once pristine communal pretty easy-going person, but in this case, towel, too.
never bothered you in the past suddenly corner of the building has become notable I wondered if capital punishment was too
become intolerable. It’s the exact opposite for his big, mud-caked boots that I have to great a consequence for leaving dirty boots e third night I took a storage bin and
of the grudge section of your brain which step around every time I opened my door. in the hall. put it over the boots to hide them. e next
actually increases in size as you get older. morning, the boots were on the towel, in
I’m pretty sure there are scienti c studies to Did I mention I’m a neat freak? So yeah, So, I started with a newspaper. Dur- the bin, which was an even bigger obstacle
prove this. So, now I have bigger grudges there’s that. ing the night, I went out into the hall and in the hallway than just the boots had been.
and I’m less tolerant which o cially makes threw an open newspaper over the boots to
me a cantankerous old lady. If I didn’t live in It would seem that the passive/aggres- hide them. e next morning, I opened my I nally decided to throw in the towel…
the city now, I’m sure I’d be yelling at all the sive section of my brain has also become door and the newspaper was gone but the and the boots and the bin. But then the
neighborhood kids to get o my lawn. enlarged because rather than ring the bell boots were still there. It was possible that next day I got up, opened my door, and saw
or leave him a note and ask him to take the he thought someone had kindly left him a that the boots, the towel, and the bin were
But living in the city has presented its boots inside, I decided to just stew about it free newspaper and he was inside with his all gone. In their place, instead, was a wet
own challenges. Such is the case with and wonder why he couldn’t read my mind co ee, reading the newspaper, enjoying his umbrella, opened up to dry out in the hall.
the neighbor across the hall. Actually, my and remove the boots without being asked. day, while I was also inside with my co ee,
neighbor is not the problem. It’s his shoes. It soon became something that I obsessed obsessing about his boots. e rain lasted a day.
He works some kind of outdoor job and e umbrella is still there.
wears boots that become caked with dried e next night I snuck out into the hall
mud. When he gets home, he takes o his and threw a hand towel over the boots to You can follow Tracy on Facebook at www.
boots and, to my absolute delight, leaves hide them. When I came home later the and
them outside his door, opposite mine. We next day, the towel was laid out on the oor read her blog at
and the boots were thrown on top of it. It

FRANCELLA Numb, I reached my hand out for the pointment for next week. It looks small, chair the following week and was grateful
little plastic bag which contained a new so there won’t be too much drilling.” that no one had mentioned the 10” needle
FROM PAGE 8 toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste and which he would jab into my gums. I got
dental oss. She was about to leave the I began to feel light-headed and thought through the ordeal white-knuckling the
mouth and avoided eye contact with her. room when I said, “Trish, wait. I have no about one of those drills being put into my arms of the chair and then swore o sugar
“ e doctor will be in shortly to discuss idea what to do about this. I’ve never had mouth, the ones I always hear o in the products for the remainder of my life; but
a cavity and I’m kinda freaking out here.” distance when I visit the dentist. we all know that won’t happen. I left there
the cavity.” hoping that cavities are not a part of my
ere it was again. She used the word “Oh, don’t worry, the doctor will walk After the doctor explained everything future. I don’t need to add anything more
you through everything and make an ap- and reminded me of how fortunate I am to my list of short-comings.
“cavity” again. Is she actually talking to to have never had a cavity, I realized that
me?” perhaps not many people my age get there [email protected]
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Thursday, December 26, 2019 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 11

Christmas Hope Cooking with Dad

Christmas has become THE ADELAIDE B. SHAW and his whistling of some operatic melody. Two
a very generic holiday SEASONED GUEST COLUMNIST polpettine are formed from each of my fat ones.
in our world. A holy CITIZEN
day for those who celebrate the Christmas morning, early. I’m six years When the plates are full I wait for the tast-
birth of Jesus; a day of sharing ADRIENNE old. My big sister is still sleeping. My ing. ere has to be a tasting, I think, after
and showing love to friends KAVELLE parents are in the kitchen, cooking. e all this work. I haven’t had breakfast, and I’m
turkey, sweet potatoes, stu ng and desert are in hungry.
and family by sending gifts and the hands of my mother. She’s the chief cook,
except for holidays when the cooking is shared. Dad pours olive oil in a large pot, lets it heat,
joyous wishes; a day for chil- My father prepares Neapolitan lasagna, his then slides a plate of polpettine into the hot oil.
specialty. With the sizzling comes a fragrance that gets
dren to believe in the goodness me out of my chair and over to the stove.
Dad is mixing together ground beef, onions,
of Santa Clause and a day to remember that the whole world is eggs, bread crumbs, grated cheese and herbs “Aspettare” Dad says as I try to sneak a little
to form the polpettine, tiny meatballs the size meatball from the mounting pile of cooked
celebrating with you. of marbles, used in the sauce. I want to get my ones.
hands in that gooey mess, to roll the mixture
Some celebrate the Solstice as did the ancient people who real- around in my palms as he is doing. When all are cooked, he removes two plates
from the cupboard, lls each with a spoonful
ized that on December 25 the light seemed to last just a little bit Dad gives me an apron, tells me to wash my of hot polpettine and brings them to the table.
hands and instructs me in the art of forming Add crusty bread and a glass of wine, diluted
longer and knew they would not left in the dark. polpettine. Not too large, not too small. Very with water for me, and you have heaven. “A
precise my father is. With a towel tied around salute,” Dad says as we clink glasses.
Christmas is a time for re ection; to realize that good exists his waist and his shirt sleeves rolled up, he
moves with a quickness I cannot emulate. I’m a child’s memory
and can never be eradicated by the evil amongst us. We are liv- slow and my meatballs are too fat. glori ed and misty
a hinge holding life,
ing in an age where we make choices and keeping Christmas in “Pazienza,” he says, interrupting his rolling past and present,
squeaking into the future
your heart, no matter the reason, is the right thing to do. Christ-

mas is the doorway to ‘tabula rasa’, a new beginning, a new year.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could take a little piece of Christmas

and carry it around in our pockets throughout the year to come?!

It would bolster our feelings of kindness toward our neighbors,

sending love and warmth from the tips of our ngers to the tips

of our toes.

e true meaning of Christmas is ten-fold, starting with the

birth of goodness and redemption. Christmas promises a fresh

start. A reason to rejoice in life and make all humanity our part-

ners. Christmas is a time for families to forget petty di erences

and forgive each other; a time to reach out to old friends and let Ha

them know they are always in our thoughts.

e importance is not why we celebrate Christmas, but how we

celebrate Christmas…not as one day of love and gift giving, but

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Overcoming college rejection

Dear Dr. Linda, Over the years, I have seen essentially identical quali ca- failed, Kim will feel like a STRONG
Our daughter Kim applied a student who was second in tions, they basically ip a coin. failure too, and none of you did LEARNING
his class rejected by a presti- anything wrong.
early decision to Cornell and gious college while the student It’s just a fact of life—colleges DR. LINDA
was just rejected. I graduated who was fth in his class was can’t accept everyone who ap- ere’s no point in wasting SILBERT
from Cornell, and therefore accepted. I’ve seen students get plies. After your child has spent your time going over and over
thought she had a good chance into Harvard with 1400s (out of years building their resume the disappointment. Instead, you do at college, what you do
at getting in because of legacy. 1600s) on the SAT and others with extracurricular activities, rejoice in the acceptances. after college and what graduate
However, we did not rely on who scored 1500 or above not studying for hours to keep the Once the acceptances come in school you attend matters much
legacy alone. She worked hard! get in. GPA high, taking every course (and they will if she applied more than the name of the un-
She took every AP course of- o ered to ensure that they do to “safety” schools, too), visit dergraduate college you attend.
fered, her SATs were high, she’s It all depends on what a col- well on the SAT and/or ACT, those colleges before making a
on the varsity soccer team, plays lege is looking for at the time. and volunteering at the ani- is is backed by much re-
the ute, etc. We’re all in shock. mal shelter on top of it all, it’s nal decision. If you’ve already search. In addition, the research
My husband and I can’t gure e school may have enough disappointing not to get into been, visit them again. Make does not say that a high-level
out what went wrong. Do you students from a particular the college he or she dreamed of sure Kim knows that if after college will necessarily help you
have any idea what happened? geographical area and so they going to. she chooses, she feels she’s in get a better job and earn more.
accept a student from a di er- the wrong college for her, she It’s all up to the individual and
Perplexed Parents ent area. ey may need a tuba e best gift you can give will always have the option of things he or she can control.
Dear Perplexed Parents, player or a topnotch lacrosse Kim, however her journey turns transferring to another college.
player so that student is ac- out, is to help her learn how And as long as she’s doing well As everything else in life,
I wish I could tell you ex- cepted over one who spent his to deal with rejection without academically, as I would expect timing and luck often get in the
actly what “went wrong,” but weekends helping the under- feeling like a failure. Rejection she will, she can reapply to Cor- way of the best laid plans. So be
that’s not possible because you privileged. One college admis- is a part of life—we all su er nell—and have a much better sure your daughter learns that if
probably did everything exactly sions counselor once told me rejection in one way or another. chance of getting in. things don’t go as she planned,
right, and even if you didn’t, it that when they have to choose If you take these rejections as she needs to get up, dust herself
probably has nothing to do with one student and have two with indications that you somehow Remember that for most o and regroup.
why Kim was rejected. students and most majors, what
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Have you tried intuitive eating yet?

BY MARY OPFER size ts all diet. What diet worked try intuitive eating rst and get to that contain energy and nutrients, ent while eating and listen to your
GUEST COLUMNIST for our friend may not be the an- know your eating habits and listen not sugary drinks and candy. Did
swer for us. I think one approach to your body. you ever notice that when you eat body’s cues. You have the right to
Are you someone who gets that we can all utilize, learn and a good meal made with whole
through the holidays saying, come have a positive outcome is what is WHAT IS INTUITIVE EATING? foods, you are less likely to crave enjoy eating.
January I am going to eat better? called intuitive eating. It is a great Intuitive eating is an interaction snacks or other sugary foods? We
way to learn about our bodies and should trust our bodies to give us 7. Emotional eating – food
If so, you are not alone. Some the cues it sends us. It is creating of instinct, emotion and thought- reliable hunger signals.
of us pick and choose diets we a healthy lifestyle that is sustain- fulness. It is more of eating on an doesn’t x problems or make feel-
think help us lose weight; others able. If you wanted to follow a instinctual level. ere have been 3. Make peace with food —
just want to live a healthier life- diet, it may be advantageous to over 100 studies showing results telling yourself you cannot eat ings go away. Many times people
style. Bad news, there is no one that intuitive eating lowers BMI, certain foods can lead to intensi-
lowers cholesterol and helps blood fying the craving. Food should not associate food with certain emo-
sugar. be emotional. Food should not
be seen as a reward just because tions, some happy and some sad.
PHILOSOPHIES OF you are stressed out or had a hard
INTUITIVE EATING day. Don’t allow your thoughts or Find ways to comforts and nur-
other people to make food good
1.Reject the diet mentality – or bad. ture yourself without using food.
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Get the facts about the cold and flu

e common cold and in u- way for viruses to pass from one debunk some prevailing myths percent of infections, advises the transmit infection. People who

enza are two contagious viruses person to another. about both ailments. American Lung Association. get sick after receiving a u vac-

that many people may be all too Despite how common these ill- Adults get an average of two to cination were going to get sick

aware of. nesses can be, there seems to be COLD four colds per year, while children anyway, as it takes a week or two

Although colds and u can be no shortage of misinformation Colds are relatively minor in- su er six to eight colds annually. to get protection from the vaccine.

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5 things I was so happy to have when I gave birth

BY HANNAH R. Lorraine Owens, Mother-Baby Navigator to keep infants safe to the hospital’s new- if I were to experience any complications
GUEST COLUMNIST for the labor and delivery team. Lorraine born classes and all the other resources avail- with my own recovery, he could go to the
walked me through the induction process able to us for support after discharge. After nursery and receive excellent care there as
My birth plan was simple. and gave me a tour of the hospital. meeting with Lorraine, I went from feeling well. Fortunately, we were able to keep our
I expected to have a natural birth in the frightened about my potential induction to son in the room with us, and the nurses re-
hospital with which my doctor was a li- In the process, Lorraine introduced me feeling informed about the process. I be- peatedly checked in to make sure we were
ated, without any real complications. After to several things I hadn’t thought about, but gan to relax and focus on the excitement of all doing well.
all, my pregnancy had been smooth. I was which made all the di erence in my child- meeting my baby boy.
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that childbirth is unpredictable. When I family time to bond after birth. I found this nursing sta . Not only did they do all they
reached a week past my due date, a surpris- about induction, I was scared. However, privacy especially important during breast- could to put me at ease and tend to me and
ing reality hit me: I was most likely going to knowing that I was at a facility with a state- feeding. For a rst-time mother, nursing Henry, but they also helped my husband.
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Now I started to grow concerned: What NICU a community hospital can o er, gave to focus on feeding Henry. As my son and I was so exhausted that I fell asleep shortly
if there are complications during delivery? me a sense of comfort as I faced the un- I adjusted to this new—and sometimes after our son was born.Left alone to care for
How can I get the best possible care for my known. I knew that whatever happened, my challenging—process, the peace o ered by our hours-old infant, my husband was un-
baby? How can I make sure I am there for baby would have access to board-certi ed a private room helped to ease my nerves derstandably nervous. e nurses continual-
my child every step of the way? neonatologists and highly trained nurses and make the transition into parenthood ly checked on him and helped him adapt to
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ing something that was de nitely not in my my baby require medical assistance, my hus- joked that we felt like we were staying at a and, later, how to assist with breastfeeding
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How parents can get kids excited about brushing their teeth

Dental hygiene is an impor- ing strategies to make brushing busy cutting a rug or listening
to mom and dad belt out a few
tant component of a healthy teeth something kids will look hits that they don’t even real-
ize they’re cleaning their teeth
lifestyle, but it’s an element forward to. at the same time. If singing and
dancing aren’t cutting it, then
youngsters rarely embrace with • Make it fun. Brushing incorporate another fun activ-
ity, like reading a child his or her
open arms. teeth may not be considered a favorite story, into daily brush-
ing sessions. e ADA advises
Parents know that getting fun activity, but who’s to say it adults and children to brush
their teeth for two minutes twice
kids, especially young children, can’t bene t from a little lev- a day, so activities need not be
too advanced. But a fun activity
to brush their teeth is not al- ity? e ADA recommends that allows kids to do something
other than brush their teeth can
ways so easy. In recognition of turning tooth brushing sessions be a great way to help them meet
the “two minutes, two times”
that, the American Dental As- into dance parties and/or sing- guideline.

sociation suggests the follow- alongs. Youngsters might be so • Reward good behavior. Par-
ents can reward youngsters who
Speech and brush their teeth without inci-
Language Therapy dent by o ering praise or allow-
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• No travel time to work. e ADA notes that favorite characters to get young- brush alongside their youngsters
to therapy many popular children’s televi- sters more excited to brush. in the hopes they’ll follow suit.
sion shows and books have sto-
• No waiting rooms ries about brushing teeth. Watch • Become a storyteller. Parents Many children may never
• No exposure these stories with your children, also can make up their own sto- jump at the chance to brush
then reference the stories and ries, explaining to kids how they their teeth. But parents can em-
to germs characters if kids are reluctant can be superheroes who brush ploy a few savvy strategies to
to brush their teeth. Parents away the bad guys that cause make daily brushing sessions
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Michael Daly
is in control at
VRarosuitnydup12/17-12/19 132 pounds.

Tuskers fall to Tappan Zee
in tight contest

BY ROB DIANTONIO Matt Cascio of the
takedown attempt.
e Somers Record went to press early because of the holidays.
erefore, only the results of games played from Tuesday, Dec. 17,
to ursday, Dec. 19, are included in this issue. Visit us on Twitter
(@Halston_Sports) for more timely results.



Wednesday, Dec. 18

Somers/North Salem’s wrestling team defeated visiting Yonkers,


Trailing 36-30, Somers/North Salem won the nal four matches

to come from behind for the win. omas Gall (285, pin), Dominic

Barrella (99 forfeit), Matt Cascio (106, pin) and Marco Gonzalez

(113, decision) picked up wins over the key stretch.

“ ey wrestled tough,” said Coach Ron DiSanto. “Regardless of

us being a young team, they stayed in the moment. A couple calls

didn’t go our way and a couple matches didn’t go the way we ex-

pected, but other guys stepped up and did their job for the team.”

Also earning wins were Carolyne Barrella (126, forfeit), Michael

Daly (132, pin), Zach Lupinacci (145, pin), Peter Kim (160, pin)

and Robert Davidson (170, pin).

ere is a strong sense of camaraderie for Somers/North Salem

this year.

“ e team is bonding really well and they’re getting really close,”

DiSanto said. “ ey spend a lot of time together and are all getting

along really well. at helps with our performance when they’re all

backing each other up and pulling in the same direction on the mat

and o the mat.” SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 22



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Dylan Berliner goes up for a layup. Joe Grippo looks to drive past a defender.

ROUNDUP Drew Lasher paced Somers with a team-high 15 co-coach Joey Bonitatibus said. “I was proud of the
points. Dylan Berliner added 10 points while Joe team for not falling down after a two-goal de cit.
FROM PAGE 21 Grippo chipped in with six points. We showed a lot of heart that wasn’t there earlier
this season.”
Boys Basketball (2-5) Hockey (2-5)
Clarkstown broke the 2-2 tie by scoring with just
TAPPAN ZEE 44, SOMERS 40 CLARKSTOWN 3, BYSNS 2 53 seconds left in the game.
Wednesday, Dec. 18 Wednesday, Dec. 18
Host Somers battled to the wire but fell 44-40 Trailing 2-0, the BYSNS came back to tie the “Unfortunately, we took a late penalty and Clark-
stown was about to capitalize,” Bonitatibus said.
to last year’s Section 1 Class A nalist Tappan Zee. game before falling to Clarkstown 3-2 at the Pali- “Penalties are still a huge problem on the team.
e Tuskers trailed 29-20 at halftime but cut the sades Center Ice Rink. Overall it was one of the most complete games the
team has played and I am very happy about that.”
de cit to 36-30 after three quarters. ey trimmed e BYSNS rallied on the strength of two second-
the Dutchmen’s lead to two points with two minutes period goals. Frankie Vigiletti scored the rst goal and Matt Gergley (19 saves) and Hawken Hellebo (4
left in the game, but missed the front end of a one- was assisted by Callahan Du and Connor Brooks. saves) did the job in goal for the BYSNS.
and-one twice and Tappan Zee held on. Du netted the second goal on a feed from Vigiletti.
Mike Sabini contributed to this article.
“It was a tough loss but we’re improving every “We controlled the second period well,” BYSNS
game,” Somers coach Chris DiCintio said. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO

Thursday, December 26, 2019 The Somers Record – Page 23

BOYS SWIMMING Somers’ Jay Wilkinson
has already qualified
Yorktown-Somers splits first four meets for the Section 1
diving sectionals.

YORKTOWN SOMERS 57 VS. RYE BLIND BROOK RYE 1:50.24), 100 Backstroke ( Jack-Henry Whalen, 1:10.19) FILE PHOTO/

NECK 37 and 100 Breaststroke (Nicholas Fraser, 1:21.05)

Tuesday, Dec. 3 • 200 Medley Relay: Yorktown 7, Harrison 3

e Yorktown-Somers boys swim team,coached by Brit- • 200 Freestyle: Yorktown 7, Harrison 1

ney Pisano, started their season o with a win on Tuesday, • 200 Individual Medley: Yorktown 5, Harrison 3

Dec. 3. • 50 Freestyle: Yorktown 5, Harrison 3

e swimmers picked up wins in the 200 Medley Re- • 100 Butter y: Yorktown 4, Harrison 4

lay (Muroski/Jeon/Whalen/Nolan, 1:52.57); 200 Freestyle • 100 Freestyle: Yorktown 4, Harrison 4

(Sam Nolan, 2:04.04), 100 Individual Medley ( Jack-Hen- • 500 Freestyle: Yorktown 4, Harrison 4

ry Whalen, 2:10.59), 100 Butter y ( Jack-Henry Wha- • 200 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 7, Harrison 3

len, 57.22) 100 Backstroke (Sean McCurry, 1:05.03) and • 100 Backstroke: Yorktown 7, Harrison 1

400 Freestyle Relay (Whalen/Nolan/Muroski/McCurry, • 100 Breaststroke: Yorktown 5, Harrison 3 YORKTOWN SOMERS 87 VS. SUFFERN 96

3:50.36). • 400 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 0, Harrison 9 Thursday, Dec. 19

• 200 Medley Relay: Yorktown 7, Rye 3 Yorktown lost a close meet against Su ern on ursday,

• 200 Freestyle: Yorktown 7, Rye 1 WHITE PLAINS 95 VS.YORKTOWN SOMERS 83 Dec. 19.

• 200 Individual Medley: Yorktown 7, Rye 1 Wednesday, Dec. 11 First-place nishes: 200 Medley Relay (Whalen/Mur-

• 50 Freestyle: Yorktown 4, Rye 4 Yorktown-Somers su ered their rst defeat of the sea- oski/Wilkinson/Nolan, 1:54.96), 200 Freestyle (Sam No-

• 100 Butter y: Yorktown 7, Rye 1 son, despite rst-place nishes in the 200 Medley Relay lan, 2:00.90), 200 Individual Medley (Jack-Henry Whalen,

• 100 Freestyle: Yorktown 1, Rye 7 (Whalen/Jeon/Wilkinson/Nolan, 1:52.04), 200 Individual 2:14.02), Diving (Jay Wilkinson, 218.05), 100 Butter y

• 500 Freestyle: Yorktown 3, Rye 5 Medley (George Whalen,2:12.15),Diving ( Jay Wilkinson, (Jack-Henry Whalen, 56.50), 100 Freestyle (Sam Nolan,

• 200 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 3, Rye 7 214.25) and 100 Butter y ( Jack-Henry Whalen, 58.17). 53.44), 200 Freestyle Relay (Muroski/Schwartz/Wilkinson/

• 100 Backstroke: Yorktown 7, Rye 1 • 200 Medley Relay: Yorktown 8, White Plains 6 Whalen,1:44.63),100 Breaststroke (Jason Muroski,1:11.65).

• 100 Breaststroke: Yorktown 4, Rye 4 • 200 Freestyle: Yorktown 6, White Plains 10 • 200 Medley Relay: Yorktown 8, Su ern 6

• 400 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 7, Rye 3 • 200 Individual Medley: Yorktown 7, White Plains 9 • 200 Freestyle: Yorktown 9, Su ern 7

• 50 Freestyle: Yorktown 5, White Plains 11 • 200 Individual Medley: Yorktown 8, Su ern 8

YORKTOWN SOMERS 55 VS. HARRISON 38 • Diving: Yorktown 6, White Plains 7 • 50 Freestyle: Yorktown 4, Su ern 12

Thursday, Dec. 5 • 100 Butter y: Yorktown 9, White Plains 7 • Diving: Yorktown 6, Su ern 7

Yorktown-Somers picked up their second straight win • 100 Freestyle: Yorktown 5, White Plains 11 • 100 Butter y: Yorktown 11, Su ern 5

behind rst-place nishes in the 200 Medley Relay (Wha- • 500 Freestyle: Yorktown 4, White Plains 12 • 100 Freestyle: Yorktown 8, Su ern 8

len/Muroski/Wilkinson/Engelhardt, 1:57.20); 200 Free- • 500 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 4, White Plains 12 • 500 Freestyle: Yorktown 3, Su ern 13

style ( Jay Wilkinson, 2:07.12), 200 Individual Medley • 200 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 4, White Plains 10 • 200 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 8, Su ern 6

( Jack-Henry Whalen, 2:12.23), 50 Freestyle (Benjamin • 100 Backstroke: Yorktown 4, White Plains 12 • 100 Backstroke: Yorktown 5, Su ern 11

Brown, 25.01), 500 Freestyle ( Jay Wilkinson, 5:43.25), • 100 Breaststroke: Yorktown 13, White Plains 0 • 100 Breaststroke: Yorktown 11, Su ern 5

200 Freestyle Relay (Aoukar/Todorov/Townes/Brown, • 400 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 12, White Plains 0 • 400 Freestyle Relay: Yorktown 6, Su ern 8

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Calculating e ciency

When I was in high school, my video is isn’t the only Recent technological Unsurprisingly, Regan said, this resulted
production teacher volunteered me to lm a in a 61-47 loss.
practice for the girls’basketball team. area where technol- MARSH developments have al-
ogy has changed the MADNESS lowed high school teams But take the Dec. 11 game against
I went to the gym after school, propped landscape of varsity to do the same (with Tuckahoe, when North Salem won 51-44.
the bulky camera on a tripod, inserted a
cartridge, and sat in the stands for the next sports. After nearly ev- BRIAN high school sophomores (51 + 38 + 8 + 12 + 2) – ((60 – 19) +
hour or so. Once it was over, I made my ery North Salem boys (17 – 9) + 12)
way over to the production studios, where MARSCHHAUSER instead of MIT grads).
I spent some more time converting the basketball game, Coach Many coaches, like e Tigers’rebounding and steals helped
practice footage to DVD. them overcome a poor shooting perfor-
Chris Regan sends Regan, were quick to mance, netting an E ciency Rating of
In addition to being incredibly wasteful, exactly 50.
DVDs were not ideal for reviewing game reporters a detailed embrace the revolution,
or practice footage. First o , only the people Stock analysts are quick to point out that
in possession of the disc could watch it. You statistical breakdown complete with shoot- happy to have more tools at their disposal. “past performance is not indicative of future
also couldn’t zoom in with your ngers or results.”Similarly, Coach Regan cautions
review a play frame by frame. And it took a ing charts. is type of analysis is usually “We use the stats at halftime to make that stats don’t tell the whole story of a
lot of work to produce! game.
reserved college or pro teams with big adjustments as needed,”Regan said.“For
Fast forward to today and you’ll be hard- “ ey don’t measure defense that much,
pressed to not nd a student volunteer in budgets and deep sta s. example, the shot chart can show where for example,”Regan said.“So, if a guy
the crowd lming away on their iPad. Mo- comes in and does a great job on the other
ments after the game is over, that le can be North Salem is able to do it with student many of our shots are coming from, and team’s top player, that is not calculated, even
made available to anybody who wants it. On though that could have a dramatic e ect on
top of game-planning, students can easily volunteers and iPads. we can adjust if one side of the court is the game.”
create highlight reels and post them to Hudl
or FieldLevel, helping them land college “We have four 10th-grade girls who give underutilized. We can check turnovers and How meaningful stats like EFF are will
scholarships. No production studio, pricey continue to be debated. But one thing we
software, or clunky equipment needed. back to their community to do this,”Regan rebounds, which are really important stats can all agree on: We’ve come a long way
from DVDs.
said.“We have one (or two) do the stats to gauge the overall success of the game.”
Now if only we could gure out how to
on the bench, one lms the game from the Regan’s volunteer sta uses those stats to calculate the E ciency Rating of politicians.

stands that we can later watch on Hudl, and calculate the team’s E ciency Rating (EFF):

one does the scorebook at the main table. (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK) −

ey do a really great job for us.” ((FGA − FGM) + (FTA − FTM) + TO)

For better or worse, analytics are fully Regan sets an E ciency Rating goal of 50.

ingrained in sports. Pro teams are hiring Here are the stats from a Dec. 9 game against

people with backgrounds in economics Woodlands, where North Salem had a 37:

to study trends like they would the stock (46 + 28 + 7 + 9 + 2) – ((52 – 18) + (14

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1. Hair care product 28. Bark of the mulberry 51. Begin again 19. First PM of India
4. Looped tree 52. Intricately produced 20. Performing perfectly
10. It’s present in all living 30. Sea eagles pattern 21. A way to hide
cells 31. Records heart muscle 53. It flows NW to the 25. Former NBA
11. Choose activity (abbr.) Seine commissioner
12. South Dakota 34. Famed Hollywood 54. Be obliged to repay 29. Peter’s last name
14. Cash machine producer 55. Southeast 31. Outlying suburb of
15. Of the pia mater 36. Yuck! 56. Slip in London
16. Ancient Egyptian 37. Reject outright and 58. Leisure time activity 32. Used to cut steak
documents bluntly 59. Breastbones 33. Deep inlets
18. Layers at the back of 39. __ 500, car race 60. Sun up in New York 35. Type of tree
the eyeballs 40. Small heap or pile CLUES DOWN 38. Done openly and
22. Not perceived 41. Type of degree (abbr.) 1. More cloudy unashamedly
23. Look over 42. Contagious skin 2. Main course 41. Indigenous person of
24. Improve a tire disease 3. Protect with plastic N. Africa
26. Time zone 48. Erases from a surface 43. Confessed openly
4. Equally 44. A way to separate with
5. Rebukes an instrument
6. Friend to a 45. Influential journalist
salesman Tarbell
7. Warms up 46. Manning and Roth are
8. Overshadow two
9. Interior lineman 47. One who cares for
in football horses in India
12. San Antonio 49. Something to believe in
hoopster 56. Form of “to be”
13. Comedian Cook 57. Atomic #73

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Four easy-to-keep New Year’s resolutions

We are fast approaching that Power of Attorney is the lack GUEST may have developed a disabil- so or not doing so.
time of year when many of us of broad gifting powers. is CORNER ity. If the possibility exists that e above stated resolutions
feel compelled to make resolu- prevents the agent from making said disabled or incapacitated
tions that are often very di cult transfers to protect the assets ANTHONY J. child/grandchild will inherit can be easily accomplished in a
to keep. e most common are of a principal who is incapaci- ENEA under the term of your Last relatively short period of time.
to exercise more, eat healthier tated and unable to handle his Will and/or Trust, it might A handful of hours at the most!
and lose weight. While admira- or her own nancial a airs. If Whether it be considering be prudent to consider having While I urge you to consider
ble, they are sadly often doomed the Power of Attorney lacks the the purchase of long-term care said bene ciary’s share held in healthy eating and exercise, a
for failure (trust me, I know!). needed gifting powers, the in- insurance or creating a Med- a Special Needs Trust for him healthy estate plan is also im-
capacitated person’s family may icaid Asset Protection Trust to or her. is would help ensure portant to your peace of mind.
Contrary to the above, the need to commence a guardian- protect one’s house and other that the amount inherited by
four resolutions stated below ship proceeding with the court non-IRA assets, taking the the disabled person does not On behalf of Enea, Scan-
are easy to keep and will help to obtain authority to make steps to learn about said options disqualify them from eligibility lan and Sirignano, LLP, I wish
ensure your estate and elder law the necessary transfer. It is an is a lot easier than going to the for any federal and/or state pro- you and your families a Blessed
planning needs are in good or- expensive and time-consuming gym ve times per week and grams they might be entitled to. Holiday Season and a Healthy,
der for years to come: procedure. If you have not ex- not eating any carbs. ey will Happy and Prosperous New
ecuted a Durable Power of At- generally not take more than 4. Last but not least, review Year.
1. If you have executed a Du- torney with very broad powers, one phone call and one or two your health care proxy to en-
rable Power of Attorney, take it I suggest you consider doing so. meetings with an experienced sure that you have a named Anthony J. Enea is a member of
out of the drawer and review it. elder law attorney. agent and an alternate agent. Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano,
Check to see if the individual 2. Be proactive with respect All too often the proxy is er- LLP of White Plains and a
you have appointed as the agent to ensuring that you have taken 3. Review any Last Wills roneously executed with two home o ce in Somers. Mr. Enea
is still the person you wish to all appropriate steps to protect and/or Trusts you have execut- named agents, which is not le- is the Past Chair of Elder Law
handle your nancial a airs your life savings from the cost ed so as to determine that the gally permitted in New York. and Special Needs Section of the
if you are no longer able to do of long-term care. Unfortu- bene ciary(ies), executors and It is also important that your New York State Bar Association
so. Is your named agent still in nately, the cost of long-term trustee(s) named therein are agent speci cally knows what (NYSBA). He is the Chair of
good health and someone you care has well surpassed estate still consistent with your wishes your wishes are regarding your the Senior Lawyer Section of the
have con dence in? Con rm taxes as the No. 1 factor result- and that they are still able to health care and end-of-life de- NYSBA. Mr. Enea is the Past
that you have selected an al- ing in the dissipation of assets perform the duties of an execu- cision making, in the event you President and Founding member
ternate agent in the event the being available to be passed tor and/or trustee. are no longer able to make these of the New York Chapter of the
primary agent can no longer act. to one’s spouse, children and decisions. You should have a National Academy of Elder
grandchildren for the vast ma- It is also not unusual for one candid conversation with your Law Attorneys (NAELA). Mr.
Review the Power of Attor- jority of Americans. With the to have had a falling out with health care agent as to whether Enea is the President of the
ney to determine if the agent is federal and New York estate the person previously named as or not you wish to be placed on Westchester Bar Foundation and
given broad powers to handle tax exemptions being relatively a bene ciary and/or executor life support and the conditions Past President of the Westchester
your a airs. For example, does high ($11.4 million per person in one’s Last Will. If your rela- that need to be present in doing County Bar Association. He can
he or she have unlimited gift- federally and $5.74 million in tionship has changed, you may be reached at 914-948-1500.
ing powers? Does the agent New York for 2019) they are of wish to consider changing your WHY DO WE
have the ability to create and little concern to more than 99 Last Will.
fund an irrevocable and/or re- percent of Americans. However, ADVERTISE
vocable trust, transfer assets to the exorbitant cost of long-term Additionally, as one’s fam-
said trust as well as your spouse care, whether it be a nursing ily grows, the possibility exists IN HALSTON
and other loved ones without home or at home is both a real that a child and/or grandchild
any limitations? e most fre- and impactful expense.
quently occurring problem with
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