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Published by Halston Media, 2021-03-04 01:51:34

North Salem News 03.04.21

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

Vol. 6 No. 51 Visit TapIntoNorthSalem.net for the latest news. Thursday, March 4, 2021

North Salem receives
smart school funding

BY ABBY LUBY e current proposal for the Smart

CONTRIBUTING WRITER Schools Bond is geared to better address

remote learning which relies heavily on

e North Salem Central School internet connections and was put in place

District has received $230,000 from the since the onset of the COVID-19 pan-

Smart Schools Bond Act, an education demic in the spring of 2020. Plans now

technology initiative rst proposed by include district-wide improvements of

Governor Andrew Cuomo. e Smart the wireless network and management

Schools Bond Act was passed by New systems at Pequenakonck Elementary

York State in the 2014-15 Enacted Bud- and at the Middle School/High School.

get and approved by voters in a statewide Currently there is adequate Internet

referendum in the 2014 General Elec- bandwidth in excess of 100Mbps per

tion. Last week, New York State Sena- 1,000 students to sustain the increase of PHOTO COURTESY OF AIKO AUSTIN

tor Pete Harckham (D-40) announced more classroom devices. The Nature of Things will be closing in April.

the approved funding for NSCD along e district will use Smart Bond mon- Swan song

with 78 other Smart Schools Investment ies to replace and increase the number of

Plans aimed at improving school security touch screen Chromebooks in the dis-

and reimagining teaching and learning trict and to replace Smartboards in class-

for the 21st century.  rooms at both Pequenakonck Elemen-

“ e pandemic has challenged our tary and North Salem Middle School/ North Salem environmental outreach to

local school districts in so many ways, High School. Speci cally, $16,990 will close after 38 years

particularly in maintaining strong con- be allocated for upgrades to connectivity

nections with students in learning situ- at all schools, $121,477 will be spent on

ations,” said Harckham. “ e Smart touch screen Chromebooks and $91,792

Schools Bond Act will help school dis- will go towards smartboard replacements BY CAROL REIF sadors such as Oreo the rabbit, Pickles
STAFF WRITER the duck, and Sherlock the turtle, will of-
tricts to secure the latest technologies at Pequenakonck Elementary School.
If a bunch of bunnies is a fu e, a pha- cially fold up its tent on April 1.
to bolster classroom communications NSCD’s Smart Bond proposal stipulates lanx of foxes is a skulk, and a band of Founders Deborah and Allan Mum-
doves is a bevy, what’s an absence of natu- ford of North Salem are heartbroken to
and enhance educational experiences for the district’s commitment to sustained ralists called? A crying shame. give up the 38-year-old business that has
brought their unique teaching style to
both teachers and students.” funding in future budgets for the next e Nature of ings, an environmen- schools, rehabilitation facilities, recreation
tal outreach program that has brought centers, libraries, summer camps, fairs,
e revised details of NSCD’s Smart four years to cover normal repair costs of joy and new knowledge to thousands of
children (and adults) with animal ambas- SEE NATURE PAGE 4
Bond proposal has been on the district a certain percentage of the total devices.

website since July, according to district su- After four years, the plan is to replace de-

perintendent Ken Freeston.“We are grate- vices or reallocate them in order to ensure

ful the approval nally has been received SEE SMART SCHOOL PAGE 15
for the SMART Bond Program,”he said.

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The Staff Area sports icon faces child pornography charges

EDITORIAL TEAM BY CAROL REIF nography. If convicted, he could media outlet said. the annual Section 1 boys and
TOM WALOGORSKY
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 STAFF WRITER receive between ve and 20 years e federal complaint -- led girls basketball championships,
[email protected]
in prison on the rst charge and up on Friday, Feb. 19, by FBI special was honored in Somers in 2017.
ADVERTISING TEAM
PAUL FORHAN A local sports icon is facing to 10 years for the second, Strauss agent Andrew S. Kearns -- as- e town had set aside Nov. 10 as

(914) 806-3951 federal child pornography accusa- said. Leaf, who prosecutors said serts that Leaf “admitted to creat- Rich Leaf Day, a recognition that
[email protected]
tions, the U.S. Department of Jus- was released on $100,000 bond, ing several ctitious accounts on took place only weeks after he
BRUCE HELLER
(914) 486-7608 tice announced last week. could not be reached for comment Skype where he posed as a teenage had been enshrined in the Hall
[email protected]
Somers resident Richard Leaf, a by this newspaper. boy by, among other things, lying of Fame.
LISA KAIN
(201) 317-1139 Westchester Sports Hall of Fame Law enforcement o cers re- about his age and using a teenage Somers Councilman Rich-
[email protected]
CORINNE STANTON inductee known as the “Voice ported nding “almost a dozen boy’s photograph for his account’s ard G. Clinchy, a retired teacher
(914) 760-7009
[email protected] of Iona College Basketball,” was images and videos containing pro le picture.” e FBI claims and high school basketball coach

JAY GUSSAK arrested Tuesday, Feb. 23, and child pornography on Leaf ’s home that Leaf told other Skype users who had known Leaf for nearly
(914) 299-4541
[email protected] charged with allegedly receiving computer,” Strauss said. e Fed- that “he was either 18 or 23 years three decades, last week expressed
JENNIFER CONNELLY
(917) 446-7757 and possessing videos and images eral Bureau of Investigation said old” and that he “believed that the “deep sadness” over the news. Leaf
[email protected]
SHELLEY KILCOYNE containing lewd images of minors. that Leaf had given special agents users were approximately 15 to 16 was “well-respected” in the sports
(914) 924-9122
[email protected] He appeared before U.S. Mag- permission to seize and search his years old.” community, a “devastated”Clinchy
GABRIELLE BILIK
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/DESIGNER istrate Judge Andrew E. Krause in Dell computer and Apple iPhone e complaint states that he also said Wednesday, Feb. 24. Noting
[email protected]
White Plains federal court. 11 last May. e FBI also reported created ctitious accounts on Chat that if the allegations are proven
PRODUCTION TEAM
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL According to the U.S. Attorney nding a note next to the com- Avenue, an online chatroom, “to true, it’s the young victims who

CREATIVE DIRECTOR for the Southern District, Audrey puter with account information engage with under-aged victims.” need and deserve sympathy and
PHOTOGRAPHER
Strauss, the retired teacher is al- and passwords for some of the al- Anyone who thinks they’ve been support, Clinchy said, adding:
[email protected]
CHRISTINA ROSE leged to have engaged in “deeply leged ctitious accounts. e Jour- in contact with those accounts “ at’s the worst part, the kids. It’s
ART DIRECTOR/
disturbing sexual communications nal News/lohud.com reported on are being asked to call the FBI at terribly sad.”
DIGITAL PRODUCTION MANAGER
[email protected] with minors.” ursday, Feb. 25, that Leaf told it 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225- Leaf has also been an announcer

EXECUTIVE TEAM Leaf, 72, was hit with one count that he did not know how the im- 5324), or reach authorities online for the Iona College Gaels and a
BRETT FREEMAN
CEO & PUBLISHER of receiving child pornography and ages got on his computer. He sug- at tips.fbi.gov. youth soccer referee. He was once
845-208-8151
one count of possessing child por- gested that it had been hacked, the Leaf, also an announcer for president of the Westchester-Put-
[email protected]
nam Approved Soccer O cials
Deadlines
Association. In a statement, Iona’s
NORTH SALEM NEWS DEADLINE
THE DEADLINE FOR ADVERTISEMENTS director of athletics said Leaf was

AND EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS FOR an independent contractor hired

NORTH SALEM NEWS IS THE THURSDAY to call the games. Calling the ac-
BEFORE THE NEXT PUBLICATION DATE.
cusations “disturbing,” Matthew
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL
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OR EMAIL [email protected] of the allegations have any associa-
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that Pamal has removed from its

website any podcasts or record-

ings of shows Leaf had worked

on. Whether the podcasts are ever

reinstated or not depends on the

outcome of the case, but “they’re

taken down for now,”he explained.

Leaf, a Scarsdale High School

graduate, had taught social stud-

ies in the Harrison School Dis-

trict and had been an announcer

for Scarsdale’s and Mamaroneck’s

varsity basketball games.

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of the prosecution.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 Your Neighbor North Salem News – Page 3

Burgers and memories

e Blazer Pub celebrates 50 years

BY TOM WALOGORSKY Rita O’Leary’s original coleslaw recipe and

EDITOR the Celsus Burger, so named as a tribute to

the maiden name of original owner Tom

is month, an iconic North Salem es- Heavey’s mother.

tablishment hits an incredible milestone as In 2018, e Blazer Pub garnered na-

e Blazer Pub celebrates their 50th anni- tional attention when it was featured in
“Hamburger America,” by George Motz. A piece of artwork made specifically for The Blazer Pub by a customer.
versary.

While e Blazer Pub is certainly a des- e book pro les 200 of the best burgers

tination for those seeking a quality meal, from across the country. In addition to a ing couples have also used baby onesies sold

the business has transcended the role of a rave review of the Celsus Burger, Motz was by the business as a way to inform future

normal local restaurant and become an im- also encouraged to try the cream of tomato grandparents of the exciting news.

portant part of the community. e estab- and bacon soup and was so impressed he As an establishment that values their

lishment boasts not only an extensive list of mentioned it in his review as well. “ at place in the community, e Blazer Pub has

regular customers, but also a long-tenured was a huge accomplishment, to be featured also helped with fundraising e orts for the

sta that take enormous pride in the work in that book,” says Alice. North Salem Lions Club, Make A Wish,

that they do. is combination has allowed e Blazer Pub currently has 24 sta and the North Salem Booster Club. Each

the business to ourish for decades. members, the majority of which have been year around St. Patricks Day, longtime

e Blazer Pub was opened in 1971 by with the business for decades. “I have been bartender Tommy Hunt also spearheads

Tom and Emer Heavey, and derives its here for 28 years, and that’s been the least of an initiative to raise money for Friends of

name from a group of Irish fox hunters in the core people. Someone who is still ‘new’ Karen, a local organization that provides

the 1700’s called the Galway Blazers. In might only have ten years,” jokes Alice. She aid to the families of critically ill children.

1988, the establishment was purchased by began managing the establishment along Over the past year, the service indus-

Rita and Dick O’Leary, who were origi- with brother Paul O’Leary in 1993. e try was hit particularly hard by the Covid

nally patrons themselves. Eventually, e siblings would run the business together pandemic, and e Blazer Pub was no ex-

Blazer Pub came under the stewardship of until 2003 when Paul left to start his own ception. However, when protocols forced

their children, which continues to this day. restaurant. limitations on dining, the restaurant’s cli-

rough the years not much has changed Anyone familiar with the restaurant in- entele kept patronizing the business with

at e Blazer Pub, which has been a guid- dustry knows that this lack of employee take-out orders until they were allowed to

ing principle to keep their clientele satis- turnover is unusual and speaks volumes to return to indoor dining in June. e sta A birdhouse constructed by a patron in the
ed. “ e menu has expanded, but we’re the culture of working at e Blazer Pub. take the safety of their customers seriously, style of the restaurant’s menus.

really popular and busy because we haven’t “What we do here is unique,” adds Alice. but still maintain the homey, comfortably

made many changes,” explains owner Alice “And our sta is incredibly devoted and atmosphere that continually brings diners

O’Leary Kerrigan. “It was a good business hard working.” back. “We’re at 50% capacity with no bar,”

then, and it’s still a good business now,” rough the years e Blazer Pub has explains Alice. “ e local support has been

adds Colleen O’Leary Du y. become a xture in the community and the just wonderful, and we get a lot of compli-

Patrons of e Blazer Pub return con- O’Leary’s and their sta have had the op- ments when people see the protocols are

tinuously for the menu staples, including portunity to see families grow as the years being followed.”

burgers, hand-cut fries, wings, reubens, went on. “We’re watching third generation Looking to the future, the owners and

and soups. e kitchen has no microwave customers coming in with their own kids,” sta of e Blazer Pub are looking to con-

or heat lamp, and fresh ingredients are de- says Alice. A look around the dining room tinue providing the same dining experience

livered daily to ensure the highest quality. reveals just how much the customers value that their customers have come to expect

“We actually peel the potatoes, and noth- the establishment. All throughout the res- and love over the past fty years. “When

ing is premade or frozen, right down to our taurant are pennants from colleges that lo- someone new comes in, they pick up on the

salad dressings,” says Alice. Several items cal students attend, and pieces of artwork energy,” explains Alice O’Leary Kerrigan.

on the menu even pay tribute to the es- donated by customers that are proudly dis- “ at’s who we are, and it can’t be duplicat-

tablishment’s history, including the use of played as part of the decor. Several expect- ed. And it’s not the building, its the people
here. e food is fabulous, but without the A board depicting some of the restaurant’s
regular customers.
people it’s nothing.”

PHOTOS: TOM WALOGORSKY The Blazer Pub has maintained its charm while adhering to Covid protocols.
Pictured left to right: Colleen O’Leary Duffy, Alice O’Leary Kerrigan, and Aran O’Leary.

Page 4 – North Salem News Thursday, March 4, 2021

NATURE living creature? How many folks over thousands of dollars each year
FROM PAGE 1
can say they’ve held a hedgehog for insurance.

or snuggled a sugar glider? When e Mumfords plowed a lot of

religious gatherings, commu- the pandemic shuttered schools their own money into the opera-

nity events, and senior citizen pro- and put the kibosh on gatherings, tion just to keep it going in 2020.

grams. the Mumfords’ bookings su ered. Despite cutting back, and saying

Although it has been able to host ey pivoted to Zoom, but the goodbye to the majority of their

virtual presentations over the last venue wasn’t quite the same. It’s human sta , they just couldn’t con-

year, its mission has always been to hard to pet an iguana, hug a boa, or tinue to justify the expense.

bring in-person, fun experiences to gaze into the eyes of an owl when So now, their furred, scaled, and

the masses, especially young ones. separated by cyberspace. feathered friends have to nd new

ey called it “edu-taining.” Running a family-based nature homes. Several organizations, in-

After all, says e Critter Lady, program isn’t cheap. Besides the cluding Green Chimneys in Put-

what’s better than being able to care and feeding of its own little nam County and Weinberg Nature

go nose to snout (or beak) with a Noah’s Ark, the organization forks Center in Scarsdale, have adopted

some. But there are still a Sulcatta

African Spur igh tortoise, three

Colombian red tail boas, and a

couple of red-eared sliders (turtles)

and leopard geckos available.

Inside Dining & ey are selling their children’s

books, art materials, educational PHOTOS COURTESY OF AIKO AUSTIN

Take-Out Available games, tanks, cages, and other sup- Founders Deborah and Allan Mumford.
plies. Anything left over will be

donated to humane societies and went on the lam, but a nervous “love” and “respect” for animals.

Need we say more? daycare centers. police o cer did have to corral a Her joy was so infectious, Va-
Mumford grew up in Mount “huge toad”and return it to its car- lente said, that teachers were as
rier. excited as their students whenever
Kisco and lived in Somers after Mumford arrived with her crates
getting married. Since coming to Mumford is also seeking re- of critters. Mumford likewise has
North Salem, she and her hus- membrances or photographs for a fond memories of Valente.
band have cared for more than 160 “Memory Book” for the program’s
animals. e operation takes place friends and supporters. Retired While most teachers usually

in the ground- oor level of their Peekskill teacher Anne Valente would lend her a hand carrying

Sugar Hill Road home. has lots of those to share. Mum- stu in, Valente was among the

914-277-4424 Mumford made the news in ford visited her rst-graders at few who would help her lug it all

2007 when she was involved in a least once a year. What impressed back to the car at the end of the

440 Rt 22 two-car collision while en route to Valente the most was not that presentation.

North Salem, NY a lecture in New York City. While Mumford could present facts in a Allan, the nancial brains of

she, a chinchilla, and a rabbit, were way that the youngsters could un- the operation, worked in the o ce

www.theblazerpub.com injured, the rest of the troupe es- derstand, but that her gentle and supply business before becoming

caped unharmed. None of them kind demeanor helped them learn a beloved, mustachioed Metro-

North railroad conductor. He

looked -- and played -- the part

so well that tourists often asked

to take his picture. In addition to

payroll duties, he’s in charge of

nding the best deals on things

like crickets for the lizards. His

trips to the supermarket for fruits

and veggies for the tortoises and

iguanas drew quite the following.

e Mumfords married in

1980 and rented an apartment at

The organization has cared for more than 160 animals. his grandmother’s house in Crest-
wood, who, although fond of her

granddaughter-in-law, wasn’t re-

ally crazy about animals.

EST. 1911 So it was no big surprise when

the young bride’s menagerie of

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held a variety of positions with the
organization.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 North Salem News – Page 5

NS schools weigh diversity & racial equity

BY ABBY LUBY teachers are white, 3.0% are Latinx and 1% vaping and chewing tobacco. Suspensions across the data points.”
CONTRIBUTING WRITER are black. ere are no Asian teachers in the in 2019-2020 showed 24 suspensions for 18 NSCD Superintendent Kenneth Freeston
district. e administrator population shows white students; the most common infraction
A preliminary report on diversity and 90% are white, 10% is Latinx; there are no was “Assault with no injury”for six students. said the district’s mental health clinicians
racial equity in the North Salem Central black or American Indian/Alaskan Native might be able to address some issues raised
School district was presented to the Board administrators. “ e district may need to better under- in the report.
of Education last week. e Feb. 24 meeting stand the disciplinary referral process, espe-
was the board’s rst ‘work session style’meet- “We want our teachers and the leadership cially looking at what happens before a stu- “We put the mental health of all of our
ing that put aside the usual board procedural to better re ect the population of students,” dent gets suspended,”Zwerger said. students at high priority,”he said.“But I don’t
motions to focus solely on diversity issues. Zwerger said and suggested the district build think we collected data on the proportional-
a diverse application pool for hires and ex- It was recommended to study the circum- ity of students receiving those services. at
e district partnered with NYU Center amine where and if there is bias in hiring stances of a student suspension to determine might be a next internal kind of audit and it’s
for Strategic Solutions last fall to study di- practices. if any intervention or de-escalation practices a great start on all we need to work on.”
versity among students, teachers and admin- had been or could have been used along
istrators. Natalie McCabe Zwerger, Director How students are selected to be in Hon- with examining how the referral process Director of Pupil Personnel Services
at the NYU Center for Strategic Solutions ors and AP classes was also examined under works and future implications for suspended Adam VanDerStuyf reminded the board of
and Nakeeba Wauchope, Equity Coach and the lens of possible bias.Currently the break- students and their academic standing. Be- work done by the student club WARR;ORS,
Consultant with the same NYU group re- down of students enrolled in AP and Hon- cause the district is smaller than most, Zw- especially the club’s focus on mental health
ported their ndings and o ered recommen- ors classes at the North Salem High School erger suggested that administrators probably awareness and social justice issues.“Students
dations. A full report is expected next month. are 4.3% Asian, 11.1% Latinx, 1.2% black, know the students represented in this data. have begun to have those conversations and
2.4% Multiracial and 81% White. Zwerger “My inclination is to tell you to lean in as are looking for opportunities to expand and
Notably, Zwerger pointed out the demo- and Wauchope said the district might want far as you can to get to the student bubble, bring in more speakers on these subjects.”
graphic population in Westchester has been to explore the selection process for these because it’s more accessible to you given the
changing but the adult population of edu- courses, how students thrive and what is size of the community,”she said. Director of Instruction & Human Re-
cators and leaders has not similarly shifted their level of achievement and success. sources Julio Vazquez clari ed the district’s
within many communities.Statistical graphs At the end of the presentation Zwerger objective to work with NYU Center for
compared student and sta populations ac- Student disciplinary actions and suspen- proposed tracking students throughout their Strategic Solutions. “We are not doing this
cording to race, gender, academic perfor- sions should be reevaluated, according to academic career would clarify how the district work because we are in danger of being cited
mance and examined possible inequities Zwerger. Working from 2018-2019 data, is servicing students. She also suggested ad- by the state education department for having
among students with disabilities and the se- there were 33 suspensions for 23 students; ministrators hear directly from students by in- disproportionate groups of students. at is
lection process for AP and Honors courses. some students received multiple suspen- cluding them at the table when decisions are not the case in North Salem. We’re doing
sions. e student racial breakdown for sus- being made as opposed to school boards and this work because we believe in it and it’s the
ere are currently 1,081 students enrolled pensions: one Black student, two Multiracial administrations making decisions in isolation. right work to do.”
in the North Salem elementary,middle/high students and 20 white students.
school. According to the NYU data 73.9% How the district looks at the data in the Vasquez said a survey by the North Sa-
of the student population is white, 2.2% is Important to note was the Black student nal report is key. “We would never suggest lem Students for Racial Justice went to fac-
black, 18.1% is Latinx and 2.7% of students and one of the Multiracial students received just looking at one piece [of data] or one ulty, students and alumni and resulted in an
are Asian. e teacher population generally suspensions for “Intimidation, Harassment, moment in time,” Zwerger explained. “You initiative to develop a course in the middle
mirrors the student demographic: 96% of Menacing, or Bullying.” e most common want to look at data with regularity and ask school featuring Spanish heritage speakers.
infraction across the board was smoking, questions that would prompt a narrative “All along it’s been about listening and what
we can do to improve.”

His two tiny babies spent twelve days in
Northern Westchester Hospital’s Level III NICU,
the highest possible level Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit in a community hospital.

“We learned everything there. The NICU nurses
took great care of our babies – and us.”

We deliver more than babies.
We deliver experience…when it matters most.

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Page 6 – North Salem News Opinion Thursday, March 4, 2021

Happily
Ever
After

A dog named Holly Move on down the road

WHAT WAS stared into his eyes.“What do we have TRACY the kitchen stu in with the bathroom stu ,
I THINKING? here? Where did you come from, little BECKERMAN it would mean I’d have to run back and forth
dog?”I related Holly’s story and stated that from the kitchen to the bathroom to unpack
RUTHANN she would be his sidekick. Bud laughed As you may know, I recently moved. that box.
SCHEFFER and scratched behind her ears while she And in case you didn’t know, moving
wagged her tail 100 miles a minute. is number three in the top ve most Horrible, right? Who would do such a
While leaving for the day, I stressful things in your life. Number two is thing?
stopped in the IBM Atrium e next morning she ran to the door divorce and number one is death of a loved
in Armonk to chat with the and dragged the leash from the door knob. one. Having just moved, I can tell you with A HUSBAND!
receptionist, Helen. She shared with me Holly found it without being shown. Bud certainty that number three can often be the Now, it’s not like I am an expert in these
that she and her family were moving to bundled up, hooked her leash and out the cause of number two and number one. things. I’m a professional writer, not a
Florida in the next few weeks. ey had door they went. “C’mon, Poochie Ma- professional packer. But I do know that if “I”
two dogs: one a German shepherd and nooli, let’s get you out in the fresh air.”I Of course, this might sound silly, especially packed his deodorant in with the olive oil, he
the other a black and white terrier mix. watched through the living room window, considering all that’s going on in the world, wouldn’t be able to nd it, he would freak out,
Helen was upset because they could take as they slowly walked up the driveway. but the motive for murdering one’s spouse dogs and cats would start sleeping together,
only one dog and the shepherd was the Holly frequently looked up at Bud and can never be taken lightly. Which is why there would be mass hysteria, and we’d end
chosen one. kept up with his slower pace. She knew he moving is number three on that list. up having to call a search and rescue team to
needed her. nd the missing deodorant.
She said that Holly was a good little It’s not that my husband wasn’t helpful
dog and no trouble at all.“I wish we could Holly never left Bud’s side (he always with the move. It was that he was TOO e other thing you have to do when mov-
take both dogs, but we can’t.” referred to her as Poochie Manooli). She helpful. For instance, when we were packing ing is use a Sharpie and write the name of
slept on the rug by his side of the bed, boxes, he put the living room pillows in with the room that the box is for in BIG LET-
At this point in our family’s life, little and she would curl up at his feet when the bedroom comforter. TERS so the movers would know where to
did we know that Bud was just weeks he was watching TV. I must say, she did put it. Otherwise, a box with bedroom stu
away from his nal trip to the hospital come running into the kitchen when I I’m sure he was thinking,“Hey, these are all could end up in the living room and it would
and leaving us to mourn. Given the strong was scraping carrots - she loved carrots soft things. Let’s put them in a box together.” be mass hysteria all over again (My hysteria, I
man that he was, he still went to work, and we’d have a good laugh hearing her mean. Mine).
albeit moving a little slowly and being crunching on a piece. But I was thinking,“WHAT, ARE YOU
tired - cancer and chemo will do that to CRAZY?”YOU CAN’T PACK LIVING Seeing that my plan of action could
you. As I listened to Helen, I knew what I Holly was Bud’s caregiver and pal until ROOM STUFF WITH BEDROOM devolve into chaos, I took him aside and
had to do.“I’ll take Holly. I think she’d be he was hospitalized. e evening that he STUFF.” womansplained to him the strategies for
the perfect companion for Bud.” passed away, I came home distraught and packing boxes.
with a broken heart. As I got ready for As anyone with two “X”chromosomes
A few days later, I went to Helen’s bed, I made sure Holly was in her regular would tell you, the key is not to make it He looked at me like I had two heads and
house and picked up our new family spot on Bud’s side. I was just settling down easy to pack… the key is to make it easy to was on the train to Crazytown. en, he said
member. I hadn’t told Bud. I believe Holly when I heard her tags jingle as she came to unpack. You want all your boxes to be packed he wouldn’t be able to remember all the rules
had been the runt of the litter and perhaps my side. I tried to return her to the other for their own speci c rooms. is makes and I should just pack all the boxes myself.
ignored. She was small, scru y and had a side, but she wouldn’t have any part of that. complete sense to me and all my X chromo- Which was ne with me, even though it took
rather sad face. She ran to the car, jumped Holly was now taking care of me. somes, but apparently something on the Y A LOT more time since it was just me doing
on the passenger seat and never looked chromosome in husbands makes it di cult all the work. But I didn’t resent him a bit…
back as we left. She knew she was needed A few months after Bud’s passing, to comprehend. is is why I yell,“Y, Y, Y
elsewhere and would be welcomed and Holly became ill. She was diagnosed with DID YOU PUT THE KITCHEN STUFF And I only smiled a little when I put his
loved. cancer and sadly crossed over the Rainbow IN WITH THE BATHROOM STUFF??” deodorant in with the olive oil.
Bridge. I couldn’t get my head around the
When Bud came home from work that fact that I was so shaken by her death, e issue is, if my husband does indeed put Tracy Beckerman is embarking on a new
day, Holly ran up to him, sat down and she’d only been with us a year. en I adventure as an empty nester! Now, instead
realized that my heart ached once again of being “Lost in Suburbia,” she is “Lost in
with memories of Bud’s death and his pal, Midlife.” Life is just as funny… but with a
Poochie Manooli.Too soon! lot less laundry. For more midlife humor, you
can follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/
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Thursday, March 4, 2021 OPINION North Salem News – Page 7

Marking Read Across America Day

STRONG book (in print or on a hand-held and more opened up the world / And YOU are the guy who’ll it’s hard for them but become
LEARNING device), a street sign or a menu, a to these children. And his nal decide where to go.” anxious just looking at a book.
newspaper, or a magazine—con- book, “Oh, e Places You’ll Whether they have a reading
DR. LINDA nects humans with the outside Go,” took them on a voyage of But the idea for Read Across disorder called dyslexia or have
SILBERT world. life, including all its challenges. America wasn’t meant just for been forced to read when they
“Congratulations! Today is your one day. It was intended to didn’t want to, many children
Dear Dr. Linda, Although reading is simply day. / You’re o to Great Places! encourage children to read all “hate” reading (or what they have
I’m back! I’m the reading putting sounds to a group of You’re o and away! / You have year round. Motivating children been trained to think it is).
written symbols, letters, and brains in your head. You have to read is an important factor in
teacher who contacts you every making sense of it, without it, feet in your shoes. / You can student achievement in school ese children’s needs must be
year to be sure that you once we would have to depend on steer yourself any direction you and beyond, but many teachers, addressed so that they don’t be-
again remind your readers that others to tell us what’s happen- choose. / You’re on your own. parents and librarians interact come illiterate. But that requires
March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday ing elsewhere, complete with And you know what you know. with children every day who
which is Read Across America their opinions and biases. By not only dislike reading because SEE DR. LINDA PAGE 9
Day. Teachers and librarians and knowing how to read and read
others who read with children well, people can make their own
are privy to this day, but most educated decisions.
others are not. I know it’s not a
national or religious holiday with How did “Read Across
deep roots but learning to read is America” begin? In May 1997, a
an essential part of a person’s life. small committee at the National
Education Association (NEA)
erefore, “Read Across Amer- decided to create a day when
ica Day” should be celebrated. children of all ages could cel-
ebrate reading. ey compared
ank you! reading to football and decided
Jen that if students can have pep ral-
lies for football, then they should
Dear Jen, also have pep rallies for reading.
anks so much for remind- And what better day than on Dr.
Seuss’s birthday?
ing us every year because this is
a special day. Reading, above all Dr. Seuss (whose real name
else, is an essential skill for our was eodore Geizel) introduced
children to learn. Yet, reading in millions of children to reading.
our country is often taken for
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A slippery slope

MAN into you, don’t panic - you still a jacket, goggles, gloves and a I did. Several teenagers had on as annoying as a regular beard
OVERBOARD have plenty of time to get your scarf. I’m dressed to the nines, a turtle-shaped butt protector and kept getting caught in his
a airs in order because I gener- and if I had brought a decent that looked so incredibly dumb jacket zipper.
RICK ally go faster on the way up the necktie I would have worn that that I had to wonder how many
MELÉN mountain than on the way down. too. e most persevering cooties times you would have to fall You could only ride the
Anyway, if you have so many would have to stow away be- to justify wearing one, and the gondola with the people you
It’s a jungle out there - you a airs that it’s hard to keep them forehand or procure a VIP pass number I came up with was 378. came with, so if you came with
can strain your elbow playing in order, you’ve probably got to get access to me on the ski One guy was wearing a Covid someone who has Covid, at least
golf, and you can sprain your other things to worry about. slopes. I saw people on the lift mask shaped like a huge Rip Van be thankful that they didn’t also
knee playing basketball. You can line who went even farther than Winkle beard, which looked just
pull your groin playing tennis, We traveled to lovely Vernon, SEE MELEN PAGE 9
or engaging in sports in the New Jersey, where, no doubt
comfort of your own home that against state Covid protocols,
you thought were relatively safe. they had sold the mountain to
But just about any recreational full capacity, but were operating
activity these days can land you the ski lifts at only half capacity,
in the hospital with a deadly adhering to random enforce-
virus, and blaming it on your ment of health safety measures.
teammates will be less produc- So you had about 35 minutes to
tive than usual. kill on the lift line, not distanced
from others and with haphazard
One of the safest sports you mask enforcement. ose same
can engage in during a pandemic slipshod policies forbade you
is skiing. You’re outdoors, you’re from eating or smoking on the
covered from head to toe, and line and internet reception was
you control how far away you spotty, so if you didn’t bring a
are from others on the slope. If crossword puzzle or a deck of
you’re close enough to give me cards you were out of luck.
Covid on a ski slope, it prob-
ably means that you’re about to Any covid germs with the
collide into me and cause me kind of work ethic that could
serious bodily harm anyway. If penetrate my complicated
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Page 10 – North Salem News OPINION Thursday, March 4, 2021

Let it snow, man!

BRUCE e ect, CGI not required. Plus all them if they’ll take Bitcoin; kids awaking from their slumber of several inches of snow can
THE BLOG the snow cones you can eat. they’ll know what it is even if into dancing fools by closing be a form of therapy. It creates
you don’t.) schools. a liberating, almost cleansing
BRUCE ere’s something about snow sensation, like rinsing shampoo
APAR that’s inescapably and gid- Snow is a shape-shifter of the Even unburdening a vehicle o a dog.
dily happy. Sure, like any other rst rank.
Are you enjoying the creation of nature, snow can We can sculpt it into winter If that canine analogy gives
snow? I am. Not to say endanger us when it goes too fortresses in homage to “Game you pet lovers pause, forgive me;
I’m going to miss it ter- far. Like when those individual of rones.” it’s been a while since I sham-
ribly whenever it stops (if it ever crystals—which seem so delicate We can shape it into statuary pooed myself, let alone anything
stops), but let’s not deny snow and innocent ying solo—get it that trace their cold-blooded lin- with twice as many legs, one tail
its fun. in their aky heads to join forces eage to His Royal Coolness, the more, and a longer leash. But,
in fearsome numbers to gang up immortal Frosty the Snowman. trust me, like every other hus-
After all, snow is a main on us, like in an avalanche. We can ball it up and throw band throughout history, I easily
attraction of winter, and with it at each other to remind us can relate to what it’s like to
movie theaters only now begin- ankfully, we don’t live in that age is a state of mind and, spend time in the dog house.
ning to re-open, the panorama of avalanche country. (Does any- besides, why should kids have all
entertainment that is snow has body?) the fun? When there’s enough snow
been the only main attraction We can sled on it, ski on it, afoot to impede our motorized
we got. It’s the ultimate special SEAMLESS COMFORTERS board on it, snowshoe on it, movement, enough can’t be
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it, so be careful out there. Wear ment crews who plow ahead
snow-white, seamless comforters sensible shoes.) undaunted, around the clock,
of virgin snow that beautifully granting us safe passage as soon
blanket our open spaces. HAPPY DANCE as possible, so we can make
Overnight, it can turn cranky it to our job or to the store to
We can shovel or blow it from stock up on sustenance. (I didn’t
our pedestrian paths. Or hire specify spirits but I know that’s
an industrious kid to do it. (Ask what you were thinking, so
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Page 11 – North Salem News Sports Thursday, March 4, 2021

SKIING Back row: Coaches Chris Reinke (girls) and
Dan Collea (boys); front row: Samantha
Boys, girls win section title Spieler, Ashley Binette, Kristen Wolfe,
Rosie Binette, Luke Spieler, Zach Purdy,

Easton Sayer-McGill, and Oskar Lombardi

PHOTOS COURTESY OF KERRI WOLFE

BY RICH MONETTI placed ninth PHOTOS COURTESY OF KERRI WOLFE
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Across the lift, Luke Spieler was again JJ/NS/Somers’
Ashley Binette, Rosie Binette, Kristen Wolfe, and Samantha
e John Jay-North Salem-Somers ski team had a top nisher at fth. Next was Oskar Lombardi, and he Spieler
big closing week on the slopes and made 2021 a season to picked up some bumps and bruises on the way to earning
remember. e boys and girls both won the league cham- his honors.
pionship on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at under Ridge, and went
on to win Section One championships at under Ridge “Oskar had a spectacular fall on his rst run,” Reinke
on ursday, Feb. 25. said. “He came back with determination and grit to put
down a fantastic second run that landed him in 10th place.”
e Tuesday a air, a Section One quali er, had eight
other schools competing. e girls took the top four spots: In addition, Zach Purdy nished 18th and Easton Say-
Samantha Spieler won gold, and Kristen Wolfe, Ashley er-McGill closed the evening in 23rd. All told, the four
Binette, and Rosie Binette lled the podium in order. girls, Luke Spieler, Lombardi, and Purdy earned All-Sec-
tion honors, a recognition that normally would have had
Down the line, Emma Klares nished in 11th, Daniella them advancing to the New York State championships.
Cziedzic was 13th, and Paige Martin crossed over at 17th.
But this year was anything but normal.
“ e entire team nished in the top half of all the girl “Even with all the challenges COVID has put on our
skiers,”said Coach Chris Reinke. ability to train and race, they have remained positive and
appreciative of the opportunity to have a bit of normalcy in
On the boys side, the team score ended dramatically, an otherwise chaotic year,”Reinke said.
with the team edging out Scarsdale (94.95 seconds to
95.44). In turn, four boys advanced to the big race. e team-wide supportive attitude doesn’t hurt, either.
“ e kids remain each other’s best cheering section,”
Luke Spieler took bronze, Oskar Lombardi nished in the coach added. “ ey are the rst to o er a word of en-
fourth, Easton Sayer-McGill grabbed seventh, and Zach couragement when someone has a bad race and cheer on
Purdy sailed in at ninth. In addition, Lucas Eberhardt’s a winning performance. I attribute their support and en-
10th-place nish made him the rst alternate for the cham- couragement as a key factor to that success.”
pionship race, and all together, Josh Burkart (Somers) was At the same time, the kids put the nishing times right
11th, Matt Dong 18th, and Jonathan Walerys was 25th. up there with having a good time, even if the joy has been
obstructed this year.
e stage was then set for the championships. “Even though we don’t get to see their smiling faces
“We went to under Ridge to compete against the best behind their masks, the kids are having fun,”Reinke said.
of the best in Section One skiing and came home with a But the life lessons are what seals the deal for the coach.
ridiculous number of medals,”Reinke said. “ ese athletes will leave the team knowing that hard
work and commitment can reward them with success go-
at said, the girls stood high on the podium again. Sa- ing forward and that is really our objective,”he said.
mantha Spieler took the gold medal and Ashley Binette
was 0.3 seconds behind for the silver. Kristen Wolfe came
in 0.01 seconds later for the bronze, and Rosie Binette

Page 12 – North Salem News SPORTS Thursday, March 4, 2021

ICE HOCKEY

BYSNS fall
to 1-2-1

BY MIKE SABINI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CARMEL 5, BYSNS 2

Tuesday, Feb. 23 (Brewster

Ice Arena)

Yorktown’s Michael

D’Erasmo (2G), Tommy Eber-

hardt (1A) and Matt Gergley

(28 saves), led the BYSNS

(Brewster/Yorktown/Somers/

North Salem) in their 5-2 loss

against Carmel.

“It felt great to help the team

with those two goals but I

couldn’t get them without my

The cheering section at NSHS. teammates,” D’Erasmo said.

The fans e BYSNS jumped out to
have
a 1-0 lead at the 13:41 mark
arrived!
of the opening period, when

D’Erasmo scored, o an assist

from Eberhardt.

Carmel answered by scoring

the game’s next four goals, be-

fore D’Erasmo put home an un-

assisted goal in the nal period.

“Michael had a strong game,”

BYSNS’ co-coach Joey Bonita-

Even a few pets got in on the action. tibus said. “One of the best I’ve

seen from him. He skated hard

to every puck and played smart.

e stands at North Salem High His rst goal was after a strong
School are once again lled with fans, al-
beit of the cardboard variety. Organized forecheck and the other a good
as part of a fundraiser for the NSHS
Athletic Booster Club, the 30” cutout positioned rebound.”
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MAHOPAC 5, BYSNS 3
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PUZZLE Notice of Formation of Jessica Notice of Formation of GIA'S Notice of Formation of Elias Eon.
SOLUTIONS Massi Hair . Articles of REAL PROPERTY LLC. Articles of Articles of Organization filed with
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whom process against it may be served. SSNY should mail Any lawful purpose
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the equipment stays current and new technology is supported.
“Our hope is to be able to make these purchases by the spring and TOWN OF NORTH SALEM
BOARD OF APPEALS
summer and have them available for the fall,” said Julio Vasquez,
North Salem School District Director of Instruction and Human PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Resources.  
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Appeals of the Town of North Salem will hold a Public Hearing
Purchasing new equipment with the Smart Bond funds will be remotely via Zoom in North Salem, New York, on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. or as soon thereafter
done using the district’s purchasing policies. Once equipment arrives, as the public may be heard to consider the following:
the IT sta will oversee the equipment inventory database to make  
sure equipment is securely maintained in its designated locations. e Application BA21-13 of Lewis and Melissa Kohl, owners of the property located at 279 Hawley Road, North
District’s comprehensive asset insurance policy will be updated to re- Salem, New York, located in an R-4 Zoning District and shown as Sheet 48, Block 1369, Lot 1 on the Tax
Assessment Map, for an Area Variance, per Article V, Section 250-15 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of
ect the additional equipment as well. North Salem, to permit construction of additions to a single-family residence and installation of a generator.  A
New York State approved proposals submitted by 72 school dis- side yard setback variance of 58 ft. is requested (75 ft. required; 17 ft. proposed). 
tricts and two special education schools which included $21.2 million  
for high-tech security, $16.7 million for school connectivity, $14.6 At such hearing all persons will have the opportunity to be heard.  A copy of the application and related
million for classroom technology, $5.3 million for pre-kindergarten documents may be examined at the Board of Appeals Office at the North Salem Center, 274 Titicus Rd. North
classrooms, $1.1 million for the replacement of transportable class- Salem, New York.
room units and $1.1 million for nonpublic schools’ classroom tech-  
nology and school connectivity.  Brian Ivanhoe, Chairman
North Salem Board of Appeals

LEGAL NOTICES TOWN OF NORTH SALEM
BOARD OF APPEALS
LLC FORMATION NOTICE LLC FORMATION NOTICE
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Baby Realty, Arts of Org. led Dinosha Management CO  
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Appeals of the Town of North Salem will hold a Public Hearing
with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 2021 LLC, Arts of Org. led remotely via Zoom in North Salem, New York, on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. or as soon thereafter
as the public may be heard to consider the following:
2/2/2021. Cty: Westchester. with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY)  
Application BA21-12 of Frederick Soward, owner of the property located at 112 Dingle Ridge Road, North
SSNY desig. as agent upon 12/10/2020. Cty: Westchester. Salem, New York, located in an R-4 Zoning District and shown as Sheet 8 Block 1759, Lot 27 on the Tax
Assessment Map, for an Area Variance, per Article V, Section 250-15 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of
whom process against may be SSNY desig.as agent upon whom North Salem, to permit construction of an in-ground pool and deck and installation of pool equipment.  A side
yard setback variance of 4 ft. (75 ft. required; 71 ft. proposed) and a rear yard setback variance of 25 ft. (100 ft.
served & shall mail process to 11 process against may be served & required; 75 ft. proposed) are requested. 
 
Dorchester Rd., Rye, NY 10580. shall mail process to 914 Mclean At such hearing all persons will have the opportunity to be heard.  A copy of the application and related
documents may be examined at the Board of Appeals Office at the North Salem Center, 274 Titicus Rd. North
General Purpose Ave., Ste. #1, Yonkers, NY 10704. Salem, New York.
 
LLC FORMATION NOTICE General Purpose Brian Ivanhoe, Chairman
Best Site Practice LLC, Arts LLC FORMATION NOTICE North Salem Board of Appeals

of Org. led with Sec. of State Lulani Holdings 2021 LLC, TOWN OF NORTH SALEM
BOARD OF APPEALS
of NY (SSNY) 2/8/2021. Cty: Arts of Org. led with Sec. of
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
Westchester. SSNY desig. as State of NY (SSNY) 12/10/2020.  
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Appeals of the Town of North Salem will hold a Public Meeting
agent upon whom process Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. remotely via Zoom, on Thursday, March 11th, 2021, at 7:30 P.M. or as soon thereafter as the public may be
heard to consider the following:
against may be served & shall as agent upon whom process  
Application BA21-14 of Justin Werner, owner of the property located at 16 Vails Lake Shore Drive, North
mail process to 342 North Main against may be served & shall Salem, New York, located in an R-1 Zoning District and shown as Sheet 7, Block 1771, Lot 1, House 9 on the
Tax Assessment Map, for construction of  additions to an existing, non-conforming single family residence, per
St., Port Chester, NY 10573. mail process to 914 Mclean Ave., Article V Section 250-15, and Article XIV, Section 250-79(A) of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of North
Salem.  The following variances are requested:
General Purpose Ste. #1, Yonkers, NY 10704.  

LLC FORMATION NOTICE General Purpose • Decrease the combined side yard setbacks from 15 ft/40 ft. required to 11 ft./25 ft. proposed.
Zachys Wine Events LLC, LLC FORMATION NOTICE • Decrease the rear yard setback from 35 ft. required to 29 ft. proposed.     
• Increase building coverage from 10% permitted to 20.4% proposed.
Arts of Org. led with Sec. of 1199 Investors LLC, Arts of • Increase development coverage from 25% permitted to 29.4% proposed.
 
State of NY (SSNY) 1/22/2021. Org. led with Sec. of State of At such hearing all persons will have the opportunity to be heard.  A copy of the application and related
documents may be examined at the Board of Appeals Office at the North Salem Center, 274 Titicus Rd. North
Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as NY (SSNY) 11/18/2020. Cty: Salem, New York.
 
agent upon whom process against Westchester.SSNY desig.as agent Brian Ivanhoe, Chairman
North Salem Board of Appeals
may be served & shall mail process upon whom process against may

to Je Zacharia, 30 Midland Ave., be served & shall mail process to

Ste. B, Port Chester, NY 10573. 731 Main St., New Rochelle, NY

General Purpose 10801. General Purpose

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