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Conversations on safety ripple
through local Jewish communities
Fire DepartmentPHOTOCOURTESYOFYORKTOWNFDFACEBOOK BY KATHERINE BORCHERT of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi David Greenberg of
looking to boost STAFF WRITER since 2014 there has been a sig- Temple Shaaray Te la in Bedford
ni cant increase in anti-Semitic Corners expressed his concern
its ranks Jewish communities in West- incidents in the U.S. about the growing hate in the
chester County and surrounding country.
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT areas are reviewing what steps In October 2018, a shooter
STAFF WRITER they can take to make their con- stormed the Tree of Life Congre- “I’m very concerned about it and
gregants safer in the wake of an gation synagogue in Pittsburgh I think all good people, as Ameri-
e Yorktown Fire Department is seeking new volunteers. increase in anti-Semitic attacks during a Saturday Shabbat service cans, we stand for equality, accep-
around the country. and opened re, leaving 11 dead tance, respecting di erences and
Engine Company 1 was formed more than 100 years ago by 33 and six injured. I think all good people nd this
Rabbi David Reiner of Congre- string of horri c episodes a great
volunteers and what started as a bucket brigade has now grown gation Shir Shalom in Ridge eld, In California, the shooting at compromise to our society and all
Conn., issued a statement to his the Chabad of Poway synagogue that we stand for,”Greenberg said.
into one of the largest volunteer re departments in Westchester. congregation after the recent at- left one dead and three injured.
tacks in Monsey, N.Y. during the Larry Kaufman, commander of
“As Yorktown has grown, so have we. We are one of the big- week of Chanukkah, telling them In December, there was an at- the Jewish War Veterans Post 46
not to be concerned, but said he tack a Jewish grocery store in Jer- in Somers and his wife, Marilyn,
gest districts in Westchester County. Most people don’t realize that could imagine a colleague in that sey City, N.J., which left six dead. said though frightened, the Jewish
community sharing the same sen- community must remain strong.
because we are broken up between Yorktown Heights and Lake timent to their community just a en, eight separate attacks Marilyn Kaufman said that the
few weeks ago. took place during the week of rise of social media also contribut-
Mohegan,”said Lt. Matt Lauria.“Most people know about the re Chanukkah in New York, includ- ed to the growing anti-Semitism
“As I seek to o er reassurance ing a home invasion at a rabbi’s in the country.
department, but they don’t really know what we do. Here it’s your with the words ‘no indications of house where a man wielding a
an increased threat,’ I am struck machete left ve injured. “Today with social media,
neighbors; it’s all volunteers.” SEE YORKTOWN FD PAGE 3 by how unsettling this statement things are out there, everybody
has become,” Reiner said. “ e In September, NYPD data sees and there are copycats and to
randomness of the violent anti- showed that there was a 51 per- be very honest, a lot of the Jewish
Semitic attacks in our region is cent increase in anti-Semitic at- population is worried,” she said.
especially unsettling at a moment tacks in New York City from the “ ey’re strong, but they’re wor-
when many are seeking reassur- same time the year before. ried. ey’re cautious now. ere
ance and comfort.” were men, especially in WWII,
“All of us have been a ected by that saw what anti-Semitism can
e United States has seen an the attacks that have taken place do. at’s part of the issue—the
increase of anti-Semitic attacks over the past years,” said Rabbi fact that young people today didn’t
that has left Jewish communities Robert Weiner of Temple Beth experience the terrible things that
across the country shaken. Am in Yorktown. “We have de - happened in the 1930s and ’40s.”
nitely seen a surge of worry of an-
According to Johnathan ti-Semitic attacks ever since Pitts- SEE SAFETY PAGE 3
Greenblatt, the chief executive burgh. Monsey is part of a much
broader surge of anti-Semitism
that’s going on.”
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YORKTOWN FD Training takes place on Wednesday SAFETY Synagogues are reviewing the resources
FROM PAGE 1 FROM PAGE 1
nights, where junior members com- available to them to deploy security measures,
plete different firefighter tasks. Once including working with the state and local po-
Former Chief Charlie Moseman, members reach 18 years old, they can Larry Kaufman said that even small syna- lice.
who has served the fire department take classes like their senior counter- gogues have had to take precautions, hiring In fact, it’s the local police that have shown
for more than 50 years, recounted a parts and begin going into fires after armed security guards. tremendous support.Temples in Somers, York-
time when a tire iron was hit to sig- certification. “We hate to go to this extreme, but it seems town, Ridgefield and Bedford Corners all said
nal to residents and firefighters there According to the members, being like it’s necessary,” Larry Kaufman said. “It has they work in conjunction with local law en-
was a fire in town. He would run from a firefighter at Engine Company 1 is gotten to a point where we’re fearful that an forcement to ensure the safety of congregants.
his school, which is now the Albert nothing short of life-changing. incident might happen that would be very dra- Outspoken support from the community
A. Capellini Community & Cultural Firefighter Alexis Spiconardi said matic and maybe lives would be taken, such as has also helped Jewish communities feel safer.
Center, to the firehouse. that while she was at school, she decid- what happened in Pittsburgh and other places “It feels, even though you’ve got this one bad
“There were no phones, either, (so) ed there was something more that she in the United States.” actor, like the community has been very vocal
you ran down and hit that tire iron wanted to do and walked in the door to Security measures have increased in syna- and united in speaking against any intolerance
with a hammer and that told people the fire department and applied. gogues over the last few years and with the re- and hatred in our community,” Green said.
there was a fire. People that lived in the “I absolutely love it. I do want to cent attacks. The UJA Federation organized the No Hate
vicinity would come here, they’d get make a career out of firefighting now “Needless to say, this new trend is disturbing No Fear march on Sunday, Jan. 5, and thou-
the hand pumper, they’d get the hose because of this,” Spiconardi said. to all peace-loving citizens, Jews and non-Jews sands came out to attend the rally and march
cart and buckets and they’d go do what It’s the sense of helping the com- alike,”said Rabbi Yehuda Heber of the Chabad across the Brooklyn Bridge.
they could do,”Moseman said. munity that drives the volunteer fire- of Yorktown.“While it calls for greater security “It was very powerful that 25,000 people
Today, the engine company receives fighters to action. measures, which we as a congregation are cer- came together on a Sunday morning, with very
more than 700 phone calls a year and According to firefighter Steve tainly implementing, there are other messages little notice, to stand up and be counted and
hosts two special operations teams—a Fitzsimmons, even with all that goes for us here, as well. say, ‘we’re not going to be afraid and we’re not
firefighter rescue team and water res- on in someone’s life, it motivates you “As a nation, Jews are no strangers to per- going to accept hate’,” Stein said.
cue and dive team. to make the time to help. secution,” Heber added. “Throughout history Building relationships with the community
In fact, it is one of only two fire “When you’re at home, you’re on and despite any adversity that came our way, and educating the public on anti-Semitism is
departments with water-based rescue call and the alarm goes off. You want we have remained proud of our identities and another approach that synagogues have taken
teams in the region, the other being to be here because you know some- heritage. Discussions in our congregation have to maintain safety.
Mahopac Falls. one in your surrounding community centered around the Jewish pride and courage “We may also respond to ignorance by
According to Lauria, the team is needs help,” Fitzsimmons said. that has accompanied us through the ages and teaching others as brand ambassadors for our
sent out all over the Hudson Valley Lauria said you become not just a to the present day.” Jewish community, inviting our neighbors to
area. firefighter, but a problem-solver as The United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation Congregation Shir Shalom to show that Juda-
Its dive team was the first on the well. of New York hosted a community discussion ism is not ‘other,’” Reiner said. “We also find
scene in Yonkers when a tugboat hit “A lot of guys here come from dif- on anti-Semitism and how to combat hate on strength in coming together, in witnessing that
a barge in the Hudson River. It’s also ferent backgrounds, which actually Wednesday, Jan. 8, in White Plains. we are not alone in experiencing the power of
been called to Bear Mountain Bridge, lends itself to us. Some guys are elec- Audrey Stein, regional director of the UJA, organized people.”
as well as Lake Carmel this past sum- tricians, some are mechanics, some are said that $4 million over the next two years will Lomas, who is a professor at Western Con-
mer when an individual drowned. a mix of blue collar and white collar. be spent to enhance the physical security of necticut State College, emphasized community
“People don’t realize how com- Their backgrounds blend when they approximately 2,000 Jewish institutions in the building and understanding as powerful tools
plex we’ve grown since the town has come in and put gear on because sud- New York area including Westchester. in combating hate.
grown. We’ve had to adapt to what- denly now they are all firemen. So They have also employed Mitchell D. Silber “The answer is not just in hardening our
ever problems can be faced in York- when they go to an emergency, some as the community security director. Silber was buildings, we also have to build greater under-
town,” Lauria said. people may not have what you’d con- previously the director of the NYPD’s Intelli- standing among members of the community,”
However, as the town has grown, so sider a true emergency, but today no gence Analysis Unit. Lomas said. “The key to reducing violence in
has the need for volunteers. one knows what to do so they just Currently, about half a dozen temples or any area is relationships. We have to under-
“It’s just getting motivated people call 9-1-1. So you now have to figure more in Northern Westchester and Putnam stand each other better.”
that want to help, that want to do out what is wrong with Mrs. Smith’s County have formed a Regional Security Rabbi Shoshanna Leis of the Hebrew Con-
something a little bit different,” Lau- stove, what’s wrong with Mr. Jones’s Council and meet once a month to discuss se- gregation of Somers said making people feel
ria said. “They need us for them and ventilation or his chimney. It’s just curity measures. safe is a top priority and building relationships
we need each other; it’s neighbors problem-solving,” Lauria said. “Go- Doree Green, first vice president of Temple with the interfaith community helps combat
helping neighbors.” ing through a lot of the training and Beth Am and security chair said that while it’s growing hate.
He also said that joining the engine everything kind of branches of. You challenging, there’s a much larger Jewish com- “We are always fighting anti-Semitism
company is easier than one might learn how to fix different things on munity that has been bonded and the interfaith through building our relationships because the
think and volunteers can start by your own. Different skill sets that community has shown its support. best way to fight hate is through love, commu-
walking in the door. you may have never known you had “In the past, who would think to lock a door nity building, and connection,” Leis said.
“It’s not as regimented as one would or may have never known you needed during services? You want those doors open,” She also echoed the sentiments of Martin
think. The whole application process and all of a sudden you have that skill she said.“For High Holy Days,we’ve revamped Luther King Jr. and said that the path of non-
takes three months,” Lauria said. set. Or let’s say now you need help at security completely to make sure we had what- violence is the best approach.
Applicants begin basic training and your house with something–there’s 50 ever scenarios we could come up with covered. Over the past weeks, local governments have
then are sent down to Valhalla to the members who do different things in “We’ve looked at the day to day activities and issued proclamations condemning acts of hate,
Westchester County Fire Training their own life. You need an electrician, said, ‘how do we make sure we’re keeping ev- especially those of anti-Semitism.
Center and take a two-part course to there’s one upstairs.” erybody as safe as possible?’” Local, county and state officials have also
earn State Firefighter Certification. Another thing gained by joining Gabe Lomas, chair of the Regional Security come forward to speak out about anti-Semitism.
The process takes about 140 hours. Engine Company 1 is a sense of family. Council, said that after the shooting of the Tree “I’m so thankful to be in this community
“You can kind of do it within your Moseman said that he still has of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, people be- that there is such an outspoken response to
work schedule. Once you complete friendships he formed more than 50 came concerned about security. The council this,”Green said.“There are some communities
that, you are certified by New York years ago. has been discussing putting certain practices in when there are these acts, they keep them very
State to go into fires and from there “It’s really like a second family,” place to stop crises before they occur. hushed and we discussed that in that Regional
the requirements are pretty simple,” Lauria said. “I just proposed to some of the synagogues Security Council. We see some of the towns
Lauria said. “We drill every single With the firehouse located smack- in our region that we develop a safety and secu- keeping things very quiet and I think when
Monday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9 dab in the center of town, Luria com- rity recon committee and we’ve been meeting they are kept quiet it’s almost like the leaders of
p.m., so you have to make a couple pares it to being the “heartbeat of once a month for over a year now—just shar- those towns are complicit because they’re not
drills a month and make a certain Yorktown” and with its involvement ing information, trying to build intelligence speaking out and there are no repercussions to
percentage of our call volume every in the many community events and and finding areas of strengthening among our these acts.”
year, in addition to other department parades the town hosts, it keeps the organization and making sure we can be as pre- The outspoken response and outrage has
events, and that’s what it entails to be lifeblood of the community beating. pared and ready for threats as they come to us,” been reassuring in uncertain times.
an active member.” Lomas said. “We’re all in this together and I really believe
Even high school students can join For those interested in information Temple Beth Am even held Civilian Re- that an attack against any group of people is an
the Junior Corps, which begins at age about joining visit https://www. sponse to Active Shooter Event, or CRASE, attack against all of us and the ideals which we
15. yorktownfire.org/ training in its synagogue last June. believe,” Greenberg said.
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OBITUARY GREEN January 24th at 8 p.m., Temple
Beth Am will celebrate the beauty
FROM PAGE 2 and joy of the Shabbat. Our mod-
ern Shabbat service has a spiritual
Dr. John Martin Aronian III, MD everyday values, we still grapple and engaging feel while following
traditional modes. Come join us
August 5, 1940-January 15, 2020 with the big ones: What are our for an uplifting Shabbat Service.
responsibilities toward the less for- Temple Beth Am is located at
203 Church Pl. Yorktown. For in-
Dr. John Martin Aronian He was a devoted husband, tunate?; How do we fashion a more formation, please call our Rabbi at
962-7500 or email him at [email protected]
III, MD, of Yorktown Heights, father and grandfather, moral and equal society?; How can optonline.net.
died unexpectedly on the physician and surgeon, angler, we make a move toward more co-
morning of January 15. He nature and animal lover, hesive family living?
was born on August 5, 1940, gardener, traveler, writer, Join us to unpack six of the
in Rutherford, NJ, son of the bibliophile, altruist, and epicure. world’s most cherished values and
late John Martin Aronian “Grampus” as he came to how they were delivered to hu- Valentine’s Day
II and Ruby Hovsepian. Dr. be known in his later years, mankind by the Torah. By tracing
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After goes deep
Finding our way in an age of uncertainty BRUCE
The human race has always navigated somewhere between -Je rey Epstein was only dead a few hours when the Internet was
absolute rationality and madness. On an individual level, lit up with the accusation (with no supporting evidence) that the BRUCE
Plato’s model of the tripartite soul mirrors what takes place Clintons had killed him. APAR
on a societal level. He imagined a charioteer (rep- -It has been alleged that the Sandy Hook mas- Watching the indomitable
Ken Jennings virtually
resenting reason or intellect), trying to control a sacre never took place and that child actors were run away last week with
the coveted title of “Greatest of All
dark horse (the passions) and a white horse (man’s MY hired to shoot the video we all saw on television. Time” on the Greatest Game Show
irascible nature). Only by controlling the two PERSPECTIVE -Hillary Clinton was running a child sex and of All Time, Jeopardy, got me to
horses, can the charioteer navigate a course to the asking myself some questions.
kidnapping operation out of a pizza shop in
Answer: He’s gone deep his
heavens and enjoy a banquet of divine knowledge. JAMES Pennsylvania. whole life.
Accordingly, the key to a happy life is being able -Climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the far Question: How does Ken Jen-
nings store so much knowledge
to restrain the inclinations of our passions and left with the assistance of leftist scientists. about so many things in his head?
nature in the name of reason. at lesson, Plato -We never landed on the moon. But rst, let’s look at a snapshot
of how his Mensa-like mind works.
argues, applies to society as well. -September 11 never happened and the sup- For this viewer, and for others as
well, from what I’ve gleaned online,
In 2020, borrowing Plato’s image, we seem to have lost control of posed dead are living underground near the old world trade center. the Trivia Titan’s most dazzling
display during the tournament
our chariot completely. We nd ourselves on a raft of uncertainty, -September 11 did happen but it was orchestrated by the United of thinking-on-your-feet was his
seemingly matter-of-fact mastery
adrift in a modern era characterized by a disturbing departure from States government. of the brain twister category “Triple
the course of rational exploration that for time immemorial has been -Our F.B.I. was part of a conspiracy to commit a coup to oust the
I’m a sucker for wordplay, as my
our compass. Why has this happened and more importantly how present President. vocation would suggest, so I licked
my chops over playing this category
can we regain control? - e holocaust never happened. at home. Alas, I was outclassed,
instantly, and thoroughly.
One easy explanation is that our access to unfettered communica- - e world is at and the government is hiding this fact.
HOW DOES HE DO IT?
tion has spawned the publication of propositions whose relation- As we examine the conspiracies displayed above, some, of course, As soon as Alex Trebek read
ship to the truth is strained at best. Instead of being the panacea we seem more outrageous than others. Further, I’m not suggesting that the clue, “A exible and enormous
thought it would be, social media has facilitated the normalization of conspiracies don’t exist. What I am suggesting is that in an age of Jennings slapped his buzzer, blurt-
ing out, “What is a Pliant Giant
lies and toxic misinformation on an unprecedented scale. e result uncertainty, we have been bombarded with outlandish claims with Client?”
is a prevailing mood of uncertainty during a time of immense polar- either meager or no supporting evidence. What do all these theories Wow, I thought, how does he do
that? en I reconsidered--maybe
ization, placing the very foundation of a democratic society, rational have in common? ey all claim that things are not what they seem it’s a uke. He was lucky on that
one, right? Yeah, right. Next clue...
discourse, on tenuous footing. and then they propose a theory, which like all propaganda, promotes
Alex: “Sacred place for your most
is era of uncertainty manifests itself in all areas of society from a particular political point of view while denigrating a particular exceptional bottle of Bordeaux.”
the political to the scienti c. When we begin to doubt all that we person or group of people. eir prime objective (like all propaganda) Once again, Mr, Jennings was on
it like white on rice: “What is a Fine
previously held as true, we become vulnerable to bad actors (and is to market a seductive explanation of a major event, which although Wine Shrine?”
politicians) who exploit the information ecosystem to their advan- unlikely to be true, is still likely to in uence public opinion in their SEE APAR PAGE 11
tage and place our ability to nd the truth on perilous footing. preferred direction. It saddens me to say that so many of us, on all
However, all is not lost. We have the power to nd certainty in an sides of the political aisle, are guilty of taking the bait.
age of uncertainty and gain control of our runaway chariot. e rst I remember watching a talk show where the highest member of
step is to recognize how bad actors exploit the information ecosystem the executive branch of our government attempted to justify one of
and the second is to mount defenses against their false narratives. the more outlandish conspiracy theories by saying,“but millions of
e most obvious example of the exploitation of our information people believe this.” e fact that even a majority of people believe
ecosystem to spread false and destructive narratives is the unprec- something, even sincerely, doesn’t make it true. Neither do the asser-
edented explosion of conspiracy theories. Until relatively recently, tions (or tweets) of an elected o cial verify the truth of a proposition
we received our news through the national and local news media, without supporting evidence.
print, radio and television, which would report, hopefully based on So what? ere have always been conspiracy theories, why are
rst hand accounts, the news. e coverage and emphasis might they a problem now? I suggest for your consideration three reasons
vary among the various news organizations but there was, across why this development is monumentally troubling. First, in the 21st
the board, a commitment to a basic journalistic standard of vetted century, we nd ourselves at the crossroads of so many critical poli-
sources. Now that’s completely changed. cies on all levels of society. It is extremely dangerous in a time when
e result is the alarming propagation of claims that in prior years a thoughtful and reasoned based deliberative process is needed more
would have never seen the light of day but because of the internet than ever that we have false and destructive narratives published as
have spread like an intellectual virus. Let me share some prime SEE MARTORANO PAGE 9
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kitchen, I fondly remembered the kitchen, I also discovered a created intricate designs using I was intrigued and researched
READING, one of my favorite souvenirs tiny glass bottle lled with colored grains of colored sand. more information about Mr. Cle-
WRITING & -- a birdhouse made out of tree sand. I do not remember buying mens. Andrew Clemens became
CHOCOLATE bark. I bought it at a gift shop this sand art trinket. Maybe a e eight inch tall glass bottle deaf at the age of ve after an
on Grandfather Mountain friend brought it back from vaca- brought to the Antiques Road- illness. He was home-schooled by
KIM show displayed colorful sand his mother until age 13 and then
KOVACH in North Carolina on the last tion for me. is sand art souvenir designs including owers, the attended a school for the deaf in
day of a fantastic hiking trip. was clearly mass produced to look American ag, a soaring eagle, and Council Blu s, Iowa, until age 20.
the date of 1880. e During the summers, Andrew and
Something about that rustic like something from the South original paper label was still under his brothers played near Pictured
the glass bottle top -- A. Clemens Rocks, a natural sandstone area
Acouple of years after col- birdhouse appealed to me and I West. deaf mute. is large bottle had not far from their home. Andrew
lege, I started working at taken weeks to complete and developed an interest in creating
a public relations rm. carried it on my lap on the plane On an episode of Antiques probably sold for a few dollars sand art using more than forty
ride home. ere are no labels or Roadshow, a man brought in a in 1880.Today the value for this
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A co-worker called in sick and think that it was hand-crafted by drew Clemens and made in Iowa
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What’s the big idea?
Ihave seen the future, and I have to your curtains for you, on a number of other assisted e-bike you can ride on top of
be honest, it’s kind of silly. In early water that uses a lithium-ion battery
January the city of Las Vegas hosted or start your oven, or MAN topics before we break and costs about $7500 bucks. It goes
the annual Consumer Electronics Show. get your Roomba to OVERBOARD for co ee. I can just about 14 MPH, and you can peddle it
For $300 bucks you could attend the quit goo ng o and get picture myself at into the middle of the lake for about
three days of seminars, exhibits and back to work, or to tell RICK the CES wandering one hour before the battery dies and
conferences designed to highlight the your refrigerator that MELÉN around the exhibits you have to start waving your arms
latest and the brightest innovations in to be rescued. ank god this thing
the technology industry. ere were it’s still fat. I’ve been with my robot to keep was not around in the time of Jesus.
4,500 companies in attendance showing “LOOK! Jesus is walking on water! It’s
o everything from plant-based foods to waiting a long time for me company. a miracle!” “Yeah, that’s nice but look at
self-driving cars to arti cial intelligence that dude over there- he’s got a water
to virtual reality to ultra high-de nition this day to roll around, We stop at a booth bike! THAT’S COOL!”
televisions, and just about everything in
between. only to have it possibly roll away from where the folks at Charmin have rolled I turn around, and where’s my little
electronic friend? Of course my compan-
People working in the technology me again. out a contraption that fetches you a ion robot couldn’t resist checking out the
industry think that it’s their job to cre- new model at his manufacturer’s booth
ate a product that does something, and e irony is that because of technology toilet paper roll via your Bluetooth and has a few choice words. “So, you’re
then try to nd a use for it later. “Bal- the next-gen model of me, huh? Is that
lie” debuted at this year’s CES, a robotic no one goes out anymore, they just sit at device, should you run out at the most logo on your chest what you call ‘body
orb that rolls around, following you and art?’ Not one for subtlety, are we. And
trying to convince you to resist the urge home and watch Net ix and order from inopportune moment, provided you what is that god-forsaken music you’re
to kick it 30 yards for a eld goal. It has playing? When I was your version we
a camera to take sel es of you clipping Grubhub.com, while their self-driving car happen to have your Bluetooth device had a thing called melody. You should
your toenails, or it might talk to you and try some REAL music.” Some things
try to get to know you better. A tweet goes out and enjoys a night on the town. with you, your arms are long enough to just can’t be upgraded, I guess. We end
from Samsung says that the device “un- up being escorted out by security after
derstands you, supports you and reacts to It’s a lonely life. So now technology is left reach the bathroom door and you can my companion robot gets into a contre-
your needs.” Which sounds like the same temps with Ballie and throws it into the
sort of thing I would slam my front door trying to ll the void of its own making. get over the shrieks of laughter coming fountain at the Bellagio. Ballie gets the
on an insurance salesman for saying. Or last laugh just before it hits the water
it could be your new tness assistant, Designers are falling all over themselves from Alexa, Siri and Cortana. ere are when it yells, “YOU THROW LIKE A
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push my buttons after I push its button. sitting helplessly on the toilet.
“Wow, look at you, you turned me on,” My companion robot is starting up
my robot says to me sardonically. I reply, with me again. “You really think that ‘99’
“Yeah, well, let’s get back to how stupid from ‘Get Smart’ is better-looking than
you are, for something that’s supposed ‘Mary Ann?’ ey couldn’t even come
to have super-human intelligence. I can’t up with a name for the character, only
believe you think ‘ e White Album’ is a number.” I defend my choices while
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APAR political point of view, regardless CURIOSITY WON THE KOVACH
of which side it’s on. CONTEST
FROM PAGE 8 FROM PAGE 9
RHAPSODY OF ROAD RAGE Here’s how Ken Jennings him- shades of the ne colored sand. He collected the sand in large sacks
Oh, man, I said to myself. is What we’ll invariably nd is a self explains his prodigal success and meticulously sorted the grains by size and color. Over the years,
guy is not for real. He’s like a on Jeopardy: “Mostly, it comes he created decorative sand motifs in small and large glass bottles and
magician performing tricks. How lot of coarse noise in the extreme, down to curiosity. I think I’m a sold these items to make a living.
does he do it? at the expense of granular nu- pretty inquisitive person about
ance in the name of moderation. the world around me, so as a Considered to be a master of sand art, Mr. Clemens was even paid
My mind then turned to a Sadly, the middle of the road is result I nd myself learning new to demonstrate his craft at a museum in Chicago in 1889. Sadly,
book I’ve been engrossed in, paved with roadkill. e left and stu no matter what I’m doing: Andrew Clemens died at age 37 from tuberculosis. Few examples of
Deep Work: Rules for Focused right lanes? ey’re at a standstill, watching an old movie on TV his sand art in glass bottles exist intact.
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The right time to begin Age is just
managing a parent’s ﬁnances a number
BY ALAN D. FELLER, ESQ. A child is aware of a parent’s ment are daily reminders of mon- 78-year-old resident shows it’s never
GUEST COLUMNIST nancial life at an extremely early ey’s importance in adult’s lives. In too late to light the‘Fuse’
age. Trips to the bank form some the past, as a child grew into an
Vegetables, homework and of the bedrock memories when adult, much of their economic BY ALINA PEDRAZA was a winner, she was ecstatic to
breaking bad habits. Parental it comes to a child’s understand- education was framed by experi-
advice hovers on those three sub- ing of nance. Family discussions ence and not by direct parental GUEST COLUMNIST start her journey to better health.
jects so often that other facets of concerning housing costs, insur- involvement. A parent opening a
life rarely receive a mention. ance, taxes, bills, salary, and retire- bank account for their child was While Sandy was more than
one thing, a parent explaining
how to save and how to invest “I want to be 80 years old and ready, she was slightly skepti-
was something di erent entirely.
t.” ose aren’t words you hear cal and pretty nervous for her
It is no wonder that as parents
Speech and age there is a hesitancy to be- very often today. Local resident, rst session, not knowing what
Language Therapy stow nancial decision-making
authority on children. Many Sandy Manley, a 78-year-old to expect. As someone who
parents have di culty gauging a
child’s nancial acumen, because retired public relations and mar- hadn’t partaken in any exercise
most of a young adult’s nancial
life occurs outside of a parent’s keting guru, said that was her programs in quite some time
direct line of sight. In cases like
this the nancial decision transi- reason behind getting back into and has a de brillator to moni-
tion from parent to child occurs
later, when a parent’s loses mo- a tness routine. tor her heart, Sandy wasn’t sure
bility or the spouse who paid the
bills predeceases the spouse who With set intentions, Sandy if she would be able to do all of
did not. Waiting has its draw-
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Sandy previously was active in shape. Sandy never let her fear
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to live a life she loved, she would from the start and maintained a
need to focus on her physical strong mindset over everything,
health, which included building which is most important when
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Debunking the top 5 myths about surgical weight loss
BY DR. MITCHELL ROSLIN 3. I’m too young/old for the surgery. 5. After surgery, you’ll have a large scar, lose your
GUEST WRITER Obesity is a serious disease that a ects you physically and hair, and may gain your weight back.
emotionally, no matter how old you are. For teens, obesity
1. If you’re obese, you don’t need bariatric surgery. not only increases the risk of the health problems noted We do minimally invasive surgery through small inci-
To lose the weight, diet and work out. above, but also a ects mood, self-esteem, the ability to con- sions, so scarring is minimal—four to six tiny marks. As for
centrate, get good grades, and even make friends. e good hair loss, there’s some truth to this. Some patients undergo
Obesity is probably one of the most misunderstood news is that surgical weight loss is very successful in ado- hormonal changes after surgery and might experience thin-
conditions in the world. It’s an energy-storage disease: a lescent patients, helping them physically, emotionally, and ning hair. However, you won’t go bald.
problem with the body’s central regulator. Obesity occurs academically. e surgery is also safe and e ective for older
when your body’s regulator is set too high, and that elevated obese patients, many of whom are functionally impaired, As for gaining weight back after surgery, this depends on
“set-point”drives you to consume more food to produce the meaning they have radically limited their activities because the person. If you have the surgery and refuse to develop
energy to meet this increased demand. Exercise and low- of their condition. At Northern Westchester Hospital, I’ve healthier habits, it’s possible you’ll regain weight. at’s why
calorie diets produce short-term changes that make only a seen patients who are in their seventies. it’s important to exercise regularly—three to ve times a
slight di erence. But bariatric surgery changes your gastro- 4. Women can’t have children after weight-loss sur- week—and to choose foods that make you feel full, don’t
intestinal tract and set-point, so you get full faster, feel less gery. drive up your sugar level, are nutritious, and take longer to
hungry, and therefore can lose signi cant weight. Big myth! In fact, surgical weight loss boosts fertility digest. At Northern Westchester Hospital, a registered bar-
since the leading cause of infertility in women is obesity. iatric dietitian helps you stay on track with healthy eating.
2. Bariatric surgery is dangerous. Polycystic ovary syndrome, a common cause of infertility, is We also o er support groups to help patients make health-
is mainstream procedure has minimal risk compared associated with obesity. And obese pregnant women have a ier decisions about post-surgery eating.
higher rate of miscarriage and diabetes.
to the complications of obesity, which include cardiovas- By Dr. Mitchell Roslin is director of bariatric surgery at
cular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep Northern Westchester Hospital.
apnea, and dementia.
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FROM PAGE 12
day she started exercising again and hasn’t faltered since. Sandy has shown that it’s never too late to get strong.
“All I have to do is show up and participate fully. Enjoy- It doesn’t matter what age or tness level you’re at. If you
watching TV over heading to the gym, but with a positive, ing the company of the other clients and the trainers is an have goals, you can achieve them with persistence, resil-
motivated mindset, you can keep yourself accountable. added bonus, a social stimulation that makes the hard work ience, and willpower. “I’m looking forward to being more
Sandy could have easily become a couch potato, but re- pleasurable,” Sandy explained. active in my 80s than I was in middle age when I thought
minded herself that if she wanted to continue some of her Since starting her journey to be a t 80-year-old wom- I was in my prime. Who knows? My prime years may even
favorite activities, like gardening, she would have to regu- an, Sandy has greatly improved her posture, balance, and be ahead of me, not behind.”
larly get to the gym. strength.
“Now I have scheduled workouts that I look forward to,” “I’m proud of myself for nally taking the single most Alina Pedraza is the founder of Fused Fitness. Please send us
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BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Swimming la
Club Fit ath
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, dozens of swimmers
from Club Fit Je erson Valley hit the water to Alan Rabinowitz, co-founder of Panthera,
raise money for Panthera, a charity organization died in 2018.
dedicated to the conservation of the world’s 40
wild cat species and their ecosystems. Mahopac senior Alana
e organization was co-founded by Dr. Alan of Alan, and Krisi Loh,
Rabinowitz, a Mahopac resident who died in of Panthera
2018. His daughter, Alana, a Mahopac High
School senior, is on the Club Fit swim team.
Every year for the past decade, the team has
held a Swim-a- on in which the team’s swim-
mers, aged 7-18, swim laps to raise money for a
charity organization. Past charities include St. Ju-
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and Friends of Karen.
Last year, the team raised money for two orga-
nizations: Sparrow’s Nest and Panthera, the latter
receiving an unprecedented $16,000.
“Normally we raise about $5,000,” said Kerri
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Fit Je erson Valley.
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lump sum or per lap. In 2019, one generous donor
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swimming 216 laps, or 4 miles ($4,320), during
the three-hour event. In total last year, the team
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“ ey (the swimmers) think it’s important to
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is year’s Swim-a- on at Club Fit Je erson
Valley ran from 5 to 8 p.m. All money raised for
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Student achievements Local luminaries
e following students earned Dean’s List honors (unless otherwise noted) for the fall semester.
is is not a complete list and the Yorktown News will continue to run Dean’s List information ‘Yorktown’s Got Talent’
on a rolling basis. To be included, email your child’s name, university and the achievement to contest Feb. 7
An all-star lineup of prominent Yorktowners will judge
Becker College University: President’s University of Vermont an all-star lineup of performing Yorktowners at highly-
Alyssa Morvillo List Melissa Manzella anticipated fundraiser “Yorktown’s Got Talent.” e Feb.
Lindsay Baker Western New England 7 variety show and contest, which will bene t local Cub
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Bucknell University Meaghan Brady
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Nardelli, Owusu lead
Hornets to rivalry win
Brucaj brothers stand
out for Huskers
BY MIKE SABINI and knew shots would fall eventu- Yorktown’s Roni Brucaj draws a charge against Lakeland’s Aidan Welcome.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ally. We also needed to continue to Lakeland’s Jeff Owusu (No. 3) brings the ball up court.
play intense defense.”
Rob Nardelli (17 points, 6 re- PHOTOS: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
bounds) and Je rey Owusu (16 Lakeland’s shots did indeed fall
points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals) led in the third quarter, where they Yorktown’s student section, The Crop, was fired up for the rivalry game.
Lakeland (9-3, 4-0), to a League outscored the Huskers, 20-14,
II-C victory, a 62-51 triumph, at which gave them a 45-40 advan-
crosstown rival Yorktown, on Fri- tage at the end of the quarter.
day, Jan. 17.
“Our o ense started to play bet-
“Je rey played great tonight, ter and our defense forced turn-
with some big steals and fast-break overs,” Lakeland coach Steve Fallo
points,” Nardelli said. “We come to said of his team’s third-quarter
practice every day and play hard, play.
and we stepped up when top play-
ers were down.” Lakeland cemented their win
in the nal stanza, when they out-
ose players were Augie Karaqi scored Yorktown, 17-11.
(13 points) and Jack Kruse, who
were in foul trouble. “Our defense played a huge role
late in the game; we also got steals
“Playing against Yorktown will and stops that sealed the deal for
always be a tough game and when us,” Owusu said.
two of our top guys get into foul
trouble early, we needed some guys Fallo was pleased to see his team
to step up and take charge,” Owusu turn it around o ensively in the
said. second half.
Standing out for Yorktown (4- “We got o to a slow start of-
8) was Eddie Brucaj (22 points, 8 fensively, missing open shots, and
rebounds) and Roni Brucaj (10 free throws, but our defense played
points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 very well throughout the game,”
charges). Fallo said. “We had several steals
that led to easy baskets.”
“Eddie did a good job battling
for position inside the paint, and As for Yorktown, Eddie Brucaj
our guys were getting him the ball,” credited his scoring success to his
said Yorktown coach Mark Pavella. teammates.
“Roni took ve charges through-
out the game, which really helped “Our game plan o ensively was
us stay close. Everyone played hard to get the ball in the post, since we
until the end.” had the height advantage, so my
team trusted me, and kept feeding
Yorktown got the jump on the me down low in the post,” Eddie
Hornets, going up 11-8 at the end Brucaj said.
of the rst quarter.
Lakeland played two other games
“We were able to accomplish that during the week, including a 75-34
because they were a great three- triumph against visiting Brewster
point shooting team, so we lim- on Jan. 15, that saw all 10 Hornets
ited their threes and o ensively, we players score.
decided to play more in the paint,
since we had the height advantage,” “We played great team basketball,
Eddie Brucaj said. with ball movement, and defense
was the key to that win,”Karaqi said.
Yorktown continued to play sol-
id ball in the second quarter, and Karaqi led the Hornets to the win
was up 26-25 at halftime. with 25 points, including 5 three
“We played hard in the rst
half, and were able to get the ball “After a tough loss to Lourdes last
inside,” Pavella said. “We also ex- Saturday, I knew I had to bounce
ecuted on defense.” back,” Karaqi said.
On the other side, Lakeland was Kruse (11 points), Aidan Wel-
con dent as they went into half- come (8 points) and James Apos-
time. tolou (8 points), also contributed to
the victory against Brewster.
“While at half, we knew we
had a tough challenge against our Lakeland nished the week with a
crosstown rivals,” Nardelli said. 70-58 win against visiting Hendrick
“We had good looks at the basket Hudson on Jan. 18, led by Nardelli
(24 points, 8 rebounds), Karaqi (23
points), Kruse (16 points, 12 re-
bounds) and Owusu (7 points).
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VRarosuitnydup Rebels’ Mele stars in goal1/14-1/20 Huskers’ Sinagra defeats section nalist Fiaco
BY MIKE SABINI us,” Jimenez said. “It feels good to from Kowal, with just 1:10 left in ergy to the bench and boosted our “I was mostly focusing on
bring the W back into the locker the contest. morale.” wrestling smart and not caring
BYSNS (4-9) and room, against a school so close.” “We had an odd-man rush and MAHOPAC 5,LAKELAND/ about the time, just knowing
Lakeland/Panas (8-6) A big reason the Rebels earned one of the players really stepping what I needed to do toward the
up and making plays, was fresh- PANAS 1 end to help me put the match
Hockey that W was the play in goal by man Frankie Kowal,” Jimenez away,” Sinagra said.
Mele, who was sensational, mak- said. “He made a beautiful pass Sunday, Jan. 19 (Brewster Ice
ing 37 saves, in the non-league and I was just in the right place, Arena) YORKTOWN 49, BEACON 36
Lakeland/Panas fell to Ma-
“Nick Mele played great and at the right time.” hopac 5-1 on Jan. 19, in another Thursday, Jan. 16 (Beacon
LAKELAND/PANAS 3, BYSNS 1 was ready to go, since it was his Kowal gave the Rebels a big in- non-league game, led by Tuite High School)
Wednesday, Jan. 15 (Brewster rst varsity game he started,” surance goal, courtesy of an assist (1G) and Mele (9 saves). Joe Tornambe (99, forfeit), Fi-
Ice Arena) Kowal said. “He really took ad- from Jack Tuite, when he scored While the loss was disap- nateri (120, forfeit), Oleksandr
Lakeland/Panas and the vantage of the opportunity he was with just 39 seconds remaining pointing, it couldn’t overshadow Tsulbuksky (126, decision), John
BYSNS were originally scheduled given.” in the game, to put the Rebels up what has been a solid campaign Falcone (132, forfeit), Pisani
to play each other back on Dec. 1, Mele had to stymie a BYSNS’ by two, 3-1, which turned out to be for the Rebels so far. (138, forfeit), Dillon Carter (145,
in the Guy Mathews anksgiv- squad that gave him everything the nal score. “I’m happy with the season forfeit), Patierno (152, forfeit),
ing Invitational Hockey Tourna- they had. “In the third period, we started overall, we have already quali ed Sinagra (170, pin), and Nicholas
ment, at the Ebersole Ice Rink, in “We outshot them heavily (38- to pass the puck a lot more as a for sectionals,” said Lakeland/ Scalera (182, decision), all regis-
White Plains. 24) and outplayed them toward team, which led to the go-ahead Panas coach Bart Mucci. “ e tered decisions for the Huskers,
at matchup never material- the second half of the game,” said goal by Joseph Jimenez,” Kowal team as a whole, has played very in their 49-36 triumph against
ized because of inclement weather, BYSNS’ co-coach Joey Bonita- said. “With less than a minute left, well.” Beacon.
but the two sides eventually made tibus. “Even though we had a lot I scored the third goal to seal the e Rebels are currently in e victory gives Yorktown
up the game, and the Rebels are more chances, we were not able to deal.” what is almost a two-week momentum as it goes into its six-
sure glad they did. capitalize. Couple of good bounc- Kowal assisted on the Rebels’ break, as they aren’t scheduled day break, as its next match was
An incredible game in goal es and it was our game.” rst goal, scored by Tuite, with to play again until 4:20 p.m. Fri- scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 22,
by Nick Mele, combined with e BYSNS’Callahan Du ex- 12:43 to go in the second period, day, Jan. 31, at the Brewster Ice at Clarkstown South.
two late goals, gave the Rebels a plained how his team was able to which gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead. Arena, against Horace Greeley. “It’s good coming o a win go-
thrilling 3-1 victory against the put up 38 shots on goal. e BYSNS answered back to ey will look to take advan- ing into our mini-break, so our
BYSNS. “We were able to get that tie it, with 8:25 left in the period, tage of that break with some con dence is up, and we’re mo-
“It felt great to beat a big rival many shots because of how well when Frankie Vigiletti scored, o solid practice time. tivated to continue to practice
team like the BYSNS,”said Lake- we moved the puck and how we assists from Du and Ian Wo- “Over the layo we will get hard,” Finateri said.
land/Panas’ Frankie Kowal. kept drawing wingers o their loshyn. back to fundamentals,” Mucci Finateri thought that Tsul-
Kowal’s teammate, Joseph defensemen, allowing us to pass “We were able to develop the said. “ en, we’ll prepare for buksky, Sinagra, and Scalera, all
Jimenez, felt likewise. it to them,” Du said. play, by moving the puck around, Greeley. ey beat us in the rst worked hard to earn their victo-
“It felt great, especially because Tied at 1-1, Jimenez made it and keeping the defenders on the game of the season, so we’d de - ries.
some of the other kids on that the Rebels’ game when he scored move which led to the goal,” Du nitely like to avenge that loss.” “ ey just wrestled really
team just live in a seven-mile radi- the game-winner, o an assist said. “ e goal brought a lot of en- Yorktown tough matches and didn’t stop for
six minutes,” Finateri said.
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Thursday, January 23, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 21
shines at County
BY MIKE SABINI have liked to nish rst but that
CONTRIBUTING WRITER is not always the case, so I am
still very happy to be able to place
Lakeland/Panas performed second at such a prestigious and
well at the Westchester County hard tournament,” DeSantis said.
Championships at Lincoln High DeSantis said that preparation
School on Sunday, Jan. 19, n- was the key to his success.
ishing in ninth place out of 26 “I was able to perform as well
teams. as I did, because of the e ort at
Individually, the Rebels had practice that I put in, and con-
three of their grapplers place: stantly trying to better myself
Nicolas DeSantis (second, 170 not only at practice, but outside
pounds), Austin Bergen (third, of practice like going to the gym,”
126) and Charlie Dubrawski DeSantis said.
(fourth, 220). Austin Bergen felt he placed
“We have been working hard third because of the e ort he has
in practice and looking better ev- put in at practice.
ery time we step on the mat,” said “It really meant a lot to me to
Rebels coach Dave Bergen. “We nish this high, at a competitive Lakeland/Panas’ Nicolas DeSantis has his hand raised after a quarterﬁnal win at 170 pounds.
have a lot of young wrestlers on tournament like this,” Austin
our team and they are all doing Bergen said. “It really shows all
their best to improve.” the hard work I’ve put in.”
It all begins in practice, Coach Lakeland/Panas improved
Bergen said. to 8-4 in dual meets, with two
“Nicolas, Austin, and Charlie wins during the week, including
are all good athletes that work a 58-27 triumph against visiting
hard every day in practice. ey Somers/North Salem, on Jan. 14.
also have practice partners that Spencer Maja (106, pin), Al-
push them to be better every day,” exander Russo (113, pin), Gio
the coach said. “Even though Russo (120, pin), Austin Ber-
those partners might not have gen (126, forfeit), Stephen Car-
placed, their contribution was roll (132, major decision, 12-3),
just as important to the team’s Shane Coster (138, pin), Khefren
success.” Ramon (145, pin), Connor Mc-
Overall, Coach Bergen felt Gannon (182, pin), Tyler Carter
good about his team’s perfor- (195, forfeit), and Dubrawski
mance. (220, pin), all recorded wins for
“To have three individual place the Rebels.
nishers and a ninth-place team Two days later, the Rebels won
nish is very respectable in a at Hendrick Hudson 51-33.
tough tourney,” he said. “It was a Rebel grapplers Joshua Frogel
big improvement over our 15th- (99, forfeit), Maja (106, pin), Gio
place nish last year. Everyone Russo (113, pin), Austin Bergen
that wrestled today represented (126, pin), Carroll (132, pin), Ra-
our team and themselves ex- mon (145, pin), DeSantis (170,
tremely well.” pin), Carter (195, Ultimate Tie
DeSantis said it meant a lot Breaker, UTB, 6-5) and Patrick
to nish second, but wishes he Hickey (285, pin), each registered
could’ve done better. victories against the Sailors.
“Like most people, I would
Pat Hickey focuses in a 285-pound match. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
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YorktownSPRINT FOOTBALL coach leads Army
BY JESSICA JAFET
ough it may not get the same
media coverage as the famed
NCAA college football matchup
between Army and Navy, the
West Point sprint football team’s
league championship win over
Navy this past November was an
eventful moment for its players,
fans and coaches alike.
Yorktown native Mike Witko-
wich, who joined the Army West
Point Black Knights sta as an of-
fensive line coach in the summer
of 2019, said he was delighted to
help lead the team to victory.
“Our theme this year was ‘never
quit;’ it was extremely intense to
play the championship game at
Franklin Field in Philadelphia
and to beat Navy was just incred-
ible,” he said.
According to the Collegiate PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIKE WITKOWITCH Coaches Mike Witkowich and Mike Lynch
Sprint Football League (CSFL), The Army sprint football team celebrates its championship win.
this brand of football, which has
been around since before World In sprint football, players must explained. “ ey show an incred- ktown and Hendrick Hudson
War II, is a full-contact, inter- maintain a weight of 178 pounds ible amount of dedication because High Schools (where he teaches
collegiate, varsity sport with the or less and a minimum of 5-per- they are choosing to serve the history and government), Witko-
same rules as college football. e cent body fat to be eligible to play. country, maintain that weight and wich was o ered the o ensive line
league currently comprises 10 e result is a game that empha- dedicate themselves—it is really coaching position for the Army
teams which are grouped into two sizes speed and agility. impressive.” West Point sprint football team
divisions, and its players are held “Our players (the cadets) get A former high school foot- (formerly called lightweight foot-
to high academic and physical weighed in twice a week and it is ball player who has coached var- ball) and said he seized the oppor-
standards. very o cial,” Coach Witkowich sity football locally at both Yor- tunity after being recruited to the
“I get asked all the time if
LANGTRY TAX TIPS [sprint] is like regular football and,
yes, it is 100 percent regular foot-
ball,” Witkowich said. “ e only
SOME TIPS FOR CHOOSING LOCAL TAX PREPARATION EXPERTS FOR OVER 30 YEARS di erence is that every player on Mike Witkowich, wife Alana,
A TAX PREPARER the team has to weigh under 178 and son Nicky pose with the
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Witkowich joined Mike Lynch, Football League title and re-
CHECK THE PREPARER’S QUALIFICATIONS THOMAS J. LANGTRY, E.A. the Black Knight’s Defensive claiming it after a 2018 loss.
USE THE “IRS DIRECTORY OF FEDERAL TAX RETURN I.R.S. ENROLLED AGENT Backs Coach, who was also invit-
PREPARER”, THEN SELECT “QUALIFICATIONS”. FORMER I.R.S. AGENT ed onto the athletic sta at West Army nished the season with
Point this season after a long and
CHECK THE PREPARER’S HISTORY winning tenure as head coach for a 7-1 record, the only blemish a
A) FOR IRS ENROLLED AGENTS, GO TO CHRISTOPHER S. LANGTRY Hendrick Hudson High School’s 14-7 loss to Navy on Sept. 20.
WWW.IRS.GOV THEN CLICK ”VERIFY ENROLLED TAX PREPARER varsity football team. e Black Knights were led by a
STAFF ACCOUNTANT Lynch credits the Army West high- ying o ense (34 ppg) and
B) FOR CPA’S, CHECK WITH THE STATE BOARD OF Point team’s victory to its lead- a sti ing defense (6.9 ppg).
ACCOUNTANCY. ership and “to a tremendously
As for the sport itself, Coach
237 ROUTE 6, 2ND FLOOR
ASK ABOUT FEES MAHOPAC, NY 10541 talented, experienced group of Lynch said that he believes that
AVOID PREPARERS WHO BASE THEIR FEES ON THE SIZE players in the secondary.” if people are able to watch more
OF A REFUND OR WHO BOAST BIGGER REFUNDS THAN ¼ MILE FROM OLYMPIC DINER games and become more famil-
THEIR COMPETITORS. OFFICE HOURS: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY What surprised him, he add- iar with Sprint football, they
MAKE SURE THE PREPARER IS AVAILABLE NOW BOOKING TAX APPOINTMENTS! ed, was the speed and agility will see its unique appeal—and
SHOULD YOU NEED TO CONTACT YOUR PREPARER of all of the players; noting his hopes to see the league expand.
AFTER TAX SEASON, IT’S GOOD TO KNOW YOU CAN TEL. 845-628-9300 22 players out on the eld who
FIND THEM. AVOID FLY-BY-NIGHT PREPARERS. EMAIL: [email protected] all run very fast and can swiftly “You know, not everybody is
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e contenders met for the way—so it gives those smaller
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ond straight year, with Army athletes another opportunity
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their 36th Collegiate Sprint he said.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 23
TRACK AND FIELD BASEBALL
Rebels, Huskers shine at Yorktown 10U Spartans beat
league championships out-of-state competition
e Yorktown 10U Spartans over the weekend playing tough
won the championship at Cal teams from Pennsylvania, South
BY MIKE SABINI L i c h t e nw a l n e r - S e a b a u g h 5.25) and weight throw (32- Ripken’s Walk O Tournament Carolina and Maryland.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER (4:27.70), and the 4x800-me- 3.5), and the 800-meter relay
in Aberdeen, Md., the weekend e pitching sta and defense
ter relay team of Gwen Galla- of Cegielski, Sophia Spallone, of Nov. 16-17. only allowed 8 runs, while the of-
Lakeland/Panas and Yor- gher, Grace Gallagher, Rose- Charlotte Constantine and
e Spartans dominated the fense put up 64 runs over the four
ktown both did well in their anna Deiulio and Miriyagalla Keira Flaherty (1:57.05). competition, going undefeated games.
respective league champion- (10:47.65), all nished in rst. Amber omas (55-me-
ships on Sunday, Jan. 19, at For the Rebel boys, Ethan ter hurdles, 10.35) and Kayla
the Armory Track and Field Scott won the 55-meter dash Howell (long jump, 13-7),
Center, in New York City. (6.88), with Quintin Hodge both earned second-place n-
e Rebels boys and girls in third (6.90). Leart Bakraqi ishes.
squads each nished second was the league champion in Flaherty (600-meter run,
in the League 2A champion- the 300-meter dash (37.25), 1:43.92), Grace McClay
ships to Clarkstown South, while Mario Mignone was (3,000-meter run, 12:04.28),
with plenty of great individual third (38.29). the 1,600-meter relay of Ce-
feats. Leart also placed second in gielski, Howell, Sydney Leit-
“JaLia Williams was a tri- the 600-meter run (1:27.85). ner and Flaherty (4:59.3) and
ple-league champion with two Colin Kelly placed third the 3,200-meter relay of Deb-
top- ve Westchester County in the 1,000-meter run, with ra Dobransky, Julia DiBene-
individual performances,” said a 10-second personal-record detto and Marie Ducey
Lakeland/Panas coach Ryan time of 2:46.67, while Dan- (12:47.25), each placed third
Johnson. ny Pacheco had a personal- in their respective events.
For the Lakeland/Panas record time of 10:57.54, in Taking rst for the Husker
girls, in the 55-meter dash, the 3,200-meter run, to place boys squad was Andrew Pfeif-
Williams ( rst, 7.51 seconds), third. er (shot put, 35-9).
Makayla Waugh (second, Aarav Desai took second in Colin McCarthy
7,52) and Millie Lichtenwal- the 55-meter hurdles (8.51), (3,200-meter run, 10:44.36),
ner-Seabaugh (fourth, 7.68) while Emmanual Ogbonna Pouya Pakkhesal (55-me-
stood out, with Williams jumped to a league title in the ter hurdles, 8.61) and the
and Waugh ranked third and high jump (5-8), with Andrew 3,200-meter relay of Derek
fourth in Westchester County. Correa placing second (5-6). Memmesheimer, Patrick
Williams ( rst, 42.52), Lau- Marcello Astudillo was Ryan, Rolando Turcios and
ren Salazar (second, 43.81) third in the shot put (33-4). Colin McCarthy (9:20.51),
and Makayla Waugh (third, Jason Winton (40-4.75), An- registered second-place n-
43.84), shined in the 300-me- dres Vallejo (36-11.25) and ishes for Yorktown. PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER LANZA
ter dash. Williams’ time ranks Leo Lobato (32-5.25), went Husker Aaron McGirr was The 10U Spartans: Back row: Coaches Tom Masillo, Sal Renzo, Peter
Lanza, Jeff Nunez; middle row: Jake Sgobbo, Nico Masillo, Jaden Renzo,
her fourth in the county. 1-2-3 in the weight throw. a third-place nisher in both Jayden Nunez, CJ Velardo; front row: Adam Hoti, Christian Maratos,
Christopher Lanza, Lachlan Hill, Brayden Guss
Gwen Gallagher (third, e 4x200-meter relay team the 55-meter dash (6.98) and
600-meter run, 1:48.24; of Mario Mignone, Bakraqi, long jump (19-7.5).
third, 3,000-meter run, Scott and Hodge brought
11:47.40), Brooke Sayre ( rst, home the gold, in a season
1,000-meter, 3:11.51; second, best time, of 1:35.50.
1,500-meter run, 5:13.08) and Also winning a league title
Amaavi Miriyagalla (second, was the 4x800-meter relay
3,000-meter run, 11:36.74), quartet of Kelly, Zach Mo-
shined as well in their respec- rocho, Pacheco and William
tive events. Salerno, in a time of 9:17.47.
Grace Adyeyeye was league e 4x400-meter relay
champion in the high jump squad of Angelo Ascuasiati,
(4-8) and second in the Nick Arzu, Mignone and Joe
55-meter hurdles (8.87) while Rendo, was second (3:52.72).
Lauren Salazar won the long Yorktown competed in the
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Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 Monday through Friday
TOWN OF YORKTOWN
School Tax Bill for Year 2019-2020
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Please be sure that all envelopes are postmarked by an official United States Post
Office no later than January 31, 2020.
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January 31, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020 LEGAL NOTICES Yorktown News – Page 25
SUPREME COURT OF THE other papers in the Westchester pending for further information (1) that debt collectors, in bene ts;
STATE OF NEW YORK County Clerk’s O ce. on how to answer the summons accordance with the Fair Debt 8. Public or private pensions;
and protect your property. Collection Practices Act, 15 9. Veterans’ bene ts;
COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER THE OBJECT OF THE U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., are 10 Federal student loans,
ACTION Sending a payment to your prohibited from engaging in
INDEX NO. 57771/2019 mortgage company will not stop abusive, deceptive, an unfair debt federal student grants,and federal
D/O/F: May 15, 2019 is to foreclose a mortgage this foreclosure action. collection e orts, including, but work study funds; and
recorded in the Westchester not limited to:
SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS County Clerk’s O ce on the YOUR MUST RESPOND 11 Ninety percent of your
MORTGAGED PROPERTY: 4th day of June, 2007 in Control BY SERVING A COPY OF i. the use or threat of violence; wages or salary earned in the last
Number 471500142 covering THE ANSWER ON THE ii. the use of obscene or profane sixty days.
1802 Amazon Road, premises k/a 1802 Amazon ATTORNEY FOR THE language; and
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 Road, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE iii. repeated phone calls made TO THE DEFENDANTS,
a/k/a Section 25.11, Block 1, Lot COMPANY) AND FILING with the intent to annoy, abuse, EXCEPT THE ESTATE OF
WILMINGTON PT CORP 6. THE ANSWER WITH THE or harass. STEVEN DOWD:
Plainti , COURT. (2) If a creditor or debt collector
-against- NOTICE receives a money judgment e Plainti makes no
YOU ARE IN DANGER OF e following notice is against you in court, state and personal claim against you in this
CHRISTOPHER QUINTIN AS LOSING YOUR HOME intended only for the defendants federal laws may prevent the action.
who are owners of the premises following types of income from
ADMINISTRATOR AND HEIR If you do not respond to this sought to be foreclosed or who being taken to pay the debt: TO THE DEFENDANTS:THE
summons and complaint by are liable upon the debt for which 1. Supplemental security ESTATE OF STEVEN DOWD:
AND DISTRIBUTEE TO THE serving a copy of the answer on the mortgage stands as security. income, (SSI);
the attorney for the mortgage 2. Social security; If you have obtained an order
ESTATE OF STEVEN DOWD; company who led this YOU ARE HEREBY PUT 3. Public assistance (welfare); of discharge from the Bankruptcy
foreclosure proceeding against ON NOTICE THAT WE 4. Spousal support, court, which includes this debt,
if living, and if he be dead, you and ling the answer with ARE ATTEMPTING TO maintenance (alimony) or child and you have not rea rmed
the court, a default judgment COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY support; your liability for this debt, this
grantees, mortgagees, lienors, may be entered and you can lose INFORMATION OBTAINED 5. Unemployment bene ts; law rm is not alleging that you
your home. WILL BE USED FOR THAT 6. Disability bene ts; have any personal liability for this
heirs, devisees, distributees or PURPOSE. 7. Workers’ compensation debt and does not seek a money
Speak to an attorney or go judgment against you. Even if a
successors in interest of such to the court where your case is PLEASE BE AWARE:
SEE LEGALS PAGE 26
of them as may be dead, and
their husbands and wives,
heirs, devisees, distributees
and successors in interest, all
of whom and whose names
and places of residence are
unknown to Plainti ; JANINE
B. QUINTIN AS HEIR
AND DISTRIBUTEE TO
THE ESTATE OF STEVEN
FUNDING LLC; PEOPLE
OF THE STATE OF NEW
YORK; UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA; “JOHN DOES”
and “JANE DOES”, said
names being ctitious, parties
intended being possible tenants
or occupants of premises, and
corporations, other entities or
persons who claim, or may claim,
a lien against the premises,
TO THE ABOVE NAMED Add Value
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LEGALS LLC upon whom process against 7:00 pm or as soon thereafter as Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. District Records
it may be served. SSNY shall mail possible on the following matter: Please do not hesitate to call the Authority: Public O cers
FROM PAGE 25
a copy of process to the LLC to Application of Atlantic Planning Department at 914- Law Article 6, Freedom of
discharge has been obtained, this Rocco Vignola, Esq., 3111 East Appliance for approval of a site 962-6565 with questions or for Information Law
lawsuit to foreclose the mortgage Tremont Avenue Bronx, NY plan with submitted plans titled, more information. Date: January 7, 2020
will continue and we will seek a 10461. Purpose: any lawful act. “Site Plans prepared for Atlantic ALL PERSONS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
judgment authorizing the sale of LLC FORMATION NOTICE Appliance,” prepared by Site INTERESTED in the above THAT the Freedom of
the mortgaged premises. Design Consultants, and last matter may appear before the Information Law gives every
Dated: January 13, 2020 Operation Restoration NY revised December 24, 2019. Board in person, by agent or person the right of access to
Sandy J. Stolar, Esq. LLC, Arts of Org. led with e applicant has proposed attorney and will be heard before certain public records created
THE MARGOLIN & Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) to construct a 9,720 square foot any nal determination is made. and/or maintained by the
WEINREB LAW GROUP, LLP 10/15/2019. Cty: Westches- building and associated parking BY ORDER OF THE Yorktown Heights Fire District.
Attorneys for Plainti ter. SSNY desig. as agent upon and stormwater improvements. PLANNING BOARD OF THE e YORKTOWN
165 Eileen Way, Suite 101 whom process against may be e site is located at the address TOWN OF YORKTOWN, HEIGHTS FIRE DISTRICT
Syosset, New York 11791 served & shall mail process to 2010 Maple Hill Street & 2015 NEW YORK has adopted Regulations
516-921-3838 BlumbergExcelsior Corporate Greenwood Street, in Yorktown RICHARD FON governing when, where and how
#98257 Services, Inc., 16 Court St., 14th Heights, NY 10598, also known CHAIRPERSON you can see and secure a copy of
Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11241. Gen- as Section 37.15, Block 1, Lots 31 the Fire District records available
LLC FORMATION NOTICE eral Purpose. & 35 on the Town of Yorktown PUBLIC NOTICE to the public under this Statute.
Tax Map. e parcel consists of According to these Regulations,
PUBLIC NOTICE approximately 5 acres in the C-2
NOTICE OF FORMATION RESOLVED that the regular records can be requested,seen and
OF LIMITED LIABILITY PLEASE TAKE NOTICE and C-4 zoning districts. meeting dates for 2020 of the copied at the o ces maintained
COMPANY: A1 Distribution, that a Public Informational e above listed site plan Board of Fire Commissioners by the Record Access O ce of
LLC. Articles of Organization Hearing will be continued by may be viewed on the Town’s of the Yorktown Heights Fire the YORKTOWN HEIGHTS
were led with the Secretary the Planning Board of the Town website: http://www.yorktownny. District shall meet at Station #2, FIRE DISTRICT, Jeanmarie
of State of New York (SSNY) of Yorktown in Town Hall, 363 org/planning/public-hearings, Locksley Road, on the second Klaus, District Secretary, at 334
on 12/18/19. O ce location: Underhill Avenue, Yorktown or in the Yorktown Planning Tuesday of each month at 7:30 Underhill Avenue Suite 4B,
Westchester County. SSNY has Heights, New York 10598 on Department, located at 1974 p.m., except for the month of Yorktown Heights, New York
been designated as agent of the Monday, January 27, 2020 at Commerce Street, Room 222, December which will be held (914) 962-5561 ext. 2.
the third Tuesday of the month e Records Access O cer
at 6:00 pm, and as otherwise will provide you with a copy of
PUZZLE SOLUTIONS prescribed by law, and in the these Regulations and help you
Corresponding to Last Week’s January 16 Issue event a regular meeting date falls to exercise your right to access.
on a holiday, then the meeting If you are denied access to a
shall be held the next succeeding record, you may appeal pursuant
evening, or on such other date as the Statute and Regulations
may be determined, and be it directly to the Board of Fire
FURTHER RESOLVED Commissioners by contacting
that special meetings shall be Commissioner Arthur Orneck,
called and held in conformance Chairman of the Board of
with Section 62 of the Town Fire Commissioners of the
Law and Article 7 of the Public YORKTOWN HEIGHTS
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notice we are complying with 81, Yorktown Heights, New York
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