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Published by Halston Media, 2021-03-17 18:25:55

Mahopac News 03.18.21

VOL. 12 NO. 6 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021

Former police chief to challenge
Schmitt in GOP primary

Two other candidates join Town Board race
forcing primary

BY BOB DUMAS newcomer Steve Ba- April Daly James Carmody
EDITOR ranowski and incum-

bent Suzi McDonough. Carmel Dems

Republican voters in e top two vote-getters

Carmel will have a choice will move on to face two nominate two to run

this year of who they want Democratic candidates in

to run for supervisor and November.

Town Board this Novem- Mahopac News pro- for Town Board

ber. led the committee-nom-

While the Republican inated candidates in its

Town Committee nomi- March 4 edition. Here is

nated two board candi- a closer look at the new-

dates and a supervisor can- est candidates to join the BY BOB DUMAS oratory information-technology
EDITOR consulting services. As a volun-
didate earlier this month, race. teer with the Greater Mahopac/
e Carmel Democratic Com- Carmel Chamber of Commerce
three others have since mittee has nominated two candi- she participated in the Shop Put-
dates to run for Town Board in nam Expo Committee, devel-
stepped up and garnered MIKE CAZZARI November. oped ShopPutnamExp.com, and
championed a free programming
enough signatures on their SUPERVISOR April Daly is a scientist and club for kids called Mahopac-
petitions to get on the bal- Mike Cazzari Mike Cazzari is a long- business owner in Mahopac and Carmel Coder Dojo.
James Carmody is a college stu-
lot and force a GOP pri- time Mahopac resident dent who grew up in Carmel. Daly said she is running to lead
Carmel to a more-prosperous
mary election on June 22. and the former chief of the APRIL DALY future of economic growth and
Daly, a PhD, is a scientist and community development. She
Former Carmel police chief Mike Cazzari will Carmel Police Department. He retired from the
small-business owner with 18 SEE DEMS PAGE 3
take on incumbent supervisor Ken Schmitt in the post last July after a 34-year career in law enforce- years of experience providing lab-

primary. e winner will likely become the super- ment.

visor as the Democrats have not nominated a can- He has lived in Mahopac with his wife, Doreen,

didate to run for the job in the general election. for 27 years. ey have ve children.

Additionally, Erin Lee Crowley and Gerard “ roughout my career as a police o cer, I

Ahler will also be on the primary ballot in June SEE GOP PAGE 3
and face the two GOP Committee nominees,

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OPINION
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GOP DEMS

FROM PAGE 1 FROM PAGE 1

achieved every rank and worked in each said she is concerned that the current
board has not adequately represented
aspect of the police department,” he said. the people’s interests. She is running
on a platform of scal responsibility, ac-
“I held a supervisory role for the last 20 countability and transparency, and bal-
anced growth.
years, and in March 2014 I took com-
“Carmel is a diamond in the rough
mand of the 42 full-time members of the and we have a great future ahead of us,”
she said. “I am looking forward to pro-
police department as chief.” viding fresh 21st century thinking and
leadership to foster a prosperous com-
Cazzari has been a youth baseball munity for all our residents.”

coach and an emergency medical techni- Democratic Committee Chair Jen-
nifer Colamonico said Daly will bring
cian, and he’s participated in fundraising “exceptional problem-solving skills” to
the Town Board.
for various local charities. He served on
“She is a scientist who conducts busi-
the town’s Alarm Review Board and rep- ness analysis for clients large and small,”
Colamonico said. “Her critical thinking
resented the Carmel Police Department will lead to better-informed planning
and scal decision-making in Carmel.”
on the Lake Mahopac Advisory Board.
JAMES CARMODY
In 2016, he was elected as a trustee to the Carmody is a college student study-

Mahopac Board of Education and served Erin Lee Crowley Gerard Ahler ing environmental engineering, and
a three-year term. a Carmel High School graduate who
is looking for a bigger role in building
“I have always thought that after retir- Ahler went into business for himself the future of the town. He is involved
with the Gilead Food Pantry, recently
ing I would do something more to serve Crowley studied criminal justice in col- at an early age. served on the County Police Reform
Panel, and continues to look for ways
this community. I found a sense of ful- lege, but ultimately chose to pursue a ca- “I’ve driven everything from hook to help people be better stewards of our
natural resources. He said he is running
llment when I spoke with various civic reer in New York City’s high-end beauty trucks to heavy machinery. e family for Town Board to spark an honest dia-
logue about whether we are advancing
and volunteer groups,” he said. “I felt like industry, where she worked as an educa- business was roo ng,” he said. “I guess our own best interests on climate, taxes
and public health.
I was making a lasting impact when I tor, brand ambassador and general man- you could say that that was the trade that
Carmody said he will focus on mak-
taught young people about the dangers of ager of operations, among other titles. eventually de ned me. However, my ex- ing Carmel a truly climate-smart town,
expanding the use of renewable energy,
drinking and driving, DARE, Halloween “ e experience I gained managing perience extends through to restaurants, protecting waterways and improving
wastewater treatment. He wants to en-
safety and bicycle safety. I strongly believe multimillion-dollar budgets, large-scale jewelry stores and other small businesses. gage fellow young people about their
needs, improving public spaces for all
that the leadership, communication and procurement and waste reduction will “I’ve been around and active in the families to use and improving aware-
ness and services for mental health, sub-
budgeting skills that I have acquired over serve me well as a member of the Town community long enough to know all the stance abuse and homelessness.

my career would be well-suited for the of- Council,” she said. players, movers and hustlers,” he contin- “I’ve lived in Carmel for 17 years, and
[I would like] the Town Board to care
ce of supervisor.” Crowley said her platform includes ued. “What makes it even easier to know about being climate-smart, about creat-
ing new community spaces and about
Cazzari cited three points that make up cutting spending, expanding the tax base them is that most have held county and caring for our fellow residents under a
responsible budget.”
his platform: and creating term limits for elected of- town positions for decades. ey’ve
Colamonico said Carmody would
• Term limits for elected o cials cials. made themselves career politicians with bring a new, youthful, longer-term per-
spective to town governance, “giving a
• Policies that encourage expanding the “I know the importance of stretching nothing else to fall back on. Holding on voice to those not being heard today.”

tax base a dollar. I will never vote in favor of any to long-term county and town positions, Democrats are carrying petitions for
these candidates through March 21. For
• A master plan that balances the town’s wasteful or frivolous spending,” she said. they acquire in uence and manipulative more information, go to www.carmel-
dems.org.
future infrastructure, residential and com- “In order to expand our tax base, we need tactics over their communities.”

mercial needs. to cut away needless red tape and break Ahler said he is a strong believer in

down barriers to make our town a more- creating term limits within the town

ERIN LEE CROWLEY TOWN desirable destination for new businesses, government.

COUNCIL big and small. We have a golden oppor- “Everyone I speak to has the same

Erin Lee Crowley is a small-business tunity with the impending overhaul of gripe,” he said. “I believe local politi-

owner in Mahopac, where she resides the town’s master plan. cians should have term limits, drastically

with her husband, Kevin, their teenage “I also feel strongly that a limit of no eliminating the opportunities for deep-

son, Jordan, and identical triplets, Cooper, more than two consecutive terms should rooted corruption. O ces should be

Hudson and Jaxon. She is the founder of be imposed on board members,” she held by local residents who are vested in

the Hope Chest Sisters, a 501(c)(3) non- added. “New faces bring new ideas and their community.”

pro t organization that provides support new energy. Spending too much time Ahler also said he wants to make Car-

and advocacy for domestic-violence vic- in a position breeds comfort. Comfort mel/Mahopac more business-friendly

tims. breeds complacency. Complacent elected and help broaden the tax base.

She is also a community activist and o cials are a waste of tax dollars.” “Enough with all the lost opportuni-

organizer, whose Mask Maker’s Guild ties,” he said. “We can easily do a com-

distributed over 30,000 pieces of per- GERARD AHLER TOWN COUNCIL munitywide assessment of what busi-

sonal protective equipment to frontline Gerard Ahler has lived in Mahopac nesses/restaurants are missing. I will

workers during the early stages of the for 35 years. He has owned and oper- push for some of the big businesses that

COVID-19 pandemic, when PPE sup- ated several businesses in town during would complement our community to

plies were scarce. For those e orts, she that time. ree of his children attended come and invest locally. With a higher

was recognized as a “Hometown Hero” Mahopac schools and a fourth currently tax-base income, and more residents
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tional chair. I get it. e struggle is real,” he said. taxes.”

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Frank Miele named Halston Media welcomes new
interim school editorial staffers
superintendent
Halston Media has recently re- are de nitely stories to tell.” of the town and school o cials.
BY BOB DUMAS vamped its editorial department, Walogorksy works with beat “ ey’ve been a big help.”
EDITOR adding a few new sta members,
while some veteran sta ers take reporter, Carol Reif, who covers Trujillo also said reporting dur-
e Mahopac Board of Edu- Frank Miele FILE PHOTO on some new responsibilities. North Salem and Somers. ing the pandemic brings with it its
cation has named Frank Miele own special set of challenges.
interim superintendent of in every way imaginable. at is omas Walogorsky has joined Meanwhile, Nick Trujillo joins
schools, lling in for Anthony the tremendous love he has for the Halston team as the new edi- Halston Media as a beat reporter “It’s been a weird experience
DiCarlo, who is on a medical our district. He bleeds blue and tor of e Somers Record and for Yorktown News and e Ka- trying to learn everything on the
leave of absence. gold. I couldn’t be happier that he North Salem News. He gradu- tonah-Lewisboro Times.
was available to come over and ated with an English degree from y, but it’s been fun,” he said.
School o cials have not dis- help us out as Mr. DiCarlo is on SUNY Bu alo. Prior to joining Trujillo earned his bachelor’s Brian Marschhauser, who had
closed the nature of DiCarlo’s medical leave and recovering.” Halston, Walogorsky had been degree in journalism from the served as Halston Media’s sports
medical leave or how long he is the editor of e Pawling Record. University of Massachusetts-Am- editor and editor of Yorktown
expected to be away from his job. Mongon said he expects a herst. Before that, he graduated News, is once again adding e
smooth transition. Walogorsky, who resides in from Somers High School, where Katonah-Lewisboro Times to his
Miele is a familiar face to the Brewster, said he’s excited to join he grew up with e Somers Re- list of responsibilities.Marschhaus-
Mahopac school community. He “He will be joining us very Halston Media, but noted that cord, and was even spotlighted in er was the original editor of e
graduated from Mahopac High quickly. Everyone knows Frank while learning the ropes of a new that publication as an Athlete of Katonah-Lewisboro Times when
School in 1967 and then worked and I think it’s a seamless transi- job is always challenging, it is even the Week. it was launched in 2018.
39 years for the district in various tion at this point,” Mongon said. more so during the pandemic as Bob Dumas remains as the edi-
roles: physical education teacher, sta members work from home Trujillo said he’s already written tor of Mahopac News.
assistant principal, football coach, and many events and meetings dozens of articles for his papers
baseball coach, and, most recent- take place via Zoom. and was happy to hit the ground e editorial team is joined by
ly, interim athletic director—a running. a small army of freelance report-
position he stepped down from “It’s been a challenge, but I have ers and columnists, including Tom
in May 2020. a great team behind me,” he said. “It’s good to get back in the Bartley and Trudy Walz, both of
“It is coming along.” swing of things,” he said. “It is whom have worked closely with
“Frank is a legend here in the good to serve the community and the team for many years.
Mahopac School District,” said He said the communities of get the news out there.”
School Board President Mike Somers and North Salem have Finally, Vim Wilkinson joins
Mongon. “He has come back on both welcomed him with open Trujillo said that being from Halston Media as a special sec-
a number of occasions to help out arms. Somers, he is very familiar with tions editor. Check out her rst
the surrounding communities of project this week with the Hud-
“ ey are great communities, Yorktown and Katonah/Lewis- son Valley Spring Guide, which
and everyone has been very help- boro. can be found inside this week’s
ful and supportive,”he said.“ ere newspaper.
“Everyone has been so nice and
been keeping me updated,”he said

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 7

MHS Drama Club brings ‘Charlotte’s Web’ to life

BY VICTORIA PITTORE
MAHOPAC NEWS INTERN

e Mahopac High School Dra- Jessica Caputo weeks,” Purr said. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAHOPAC SCHOOL DISTRICT
ma Company is putting on “Char- e actors can still be heard even
lotte’s Web” virtually for audiences, ed and shown online. Sound engineers Angela Berardo and Molly Decker,
according to directors Sonya Velez e original release date of with masks on because they are all
and Christopher Purr. projecting.
“Charlotte’s Web” was supposed to
Rehearsals happen ve days a be March 6, “but we have had in- “ ey will be mixed for sound
week, Monday through Friday. terruptions due to COVID and the
weather that have forced us to delay SEE DRAMA PAGE 14
ere are health and safety pro- it. It should be ready in the next few
tocols in place in order for it to
work so the students have to ll out
health forms, wear masks, and social
distance.

Purr said since actors usually have
to stand close to each other to per-
form they have “blocked the show in
a way that does not require them to
come into contact with each other.”

“For example, there is a scene
where a character is supposed to
grab Wilbur. We changed it to
someone blocking him with a
pitchfork to keep him from running
away,” he explained.

e stage crew all wear masks and
stay away from each other by work-
ing on individual tasks.

“For example, we are painting
an enormous backdrop so there is
plenty of room for them to sepa-
rate and work on their own section,”
Purr said.

e production will be prerecord-

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e times they are a-changin’ Comeuppance for Cuomo

HERE deal. But it was, and we’re still reeling LIFE, privilege and the fact that he assumed
AND from the fallout and lack of preparation. HEALTH, he could sexually harass women at will
NOW! POLITICS with no penalties.
Trump and the Republicans also
BERNIE threw some chump change at low- MARA What results from this may or may
KOSBERG income Americans. Most were not able SCHIFFREN not turn out to be a full measure of
to work from home and, desperately justice. Who can say so early on? Who
For four interminable years, the needing the income, were pretty much Last week, New York Gov. An- knows how seriously the Democrats
Trump Administration epito- encouraged to “go back into the mines drew Cuomo refused to resign will allow these charges to be pursued?
mized the insidious nature of and breathe deeply.” Many were es- from o ce. He blamed the Who knows how much pressure the
contemporary Republican political eco- sential to their communities; all were campaign against him on cancel culture. corporate media will put on the investi-
nomics: As long as women, the poor, the substantially unprepared lacking per- gation or if they will happily look away
needy, and people of color were docile sonal protection equipment. Hundreds is was not the rst time he has once again?
and knew their place—being satis ed of thousands died. refused. And it won’t be the last.
earning low wages for doing the most Cuomo, however, looks for the mo-
di cult of jobs—they were tolerated Biden’s plan not only includes gen- Cuomo, who served under President ment like he is the designated sacri ce,
and could be taken advantage of. erous direct bene ts for the working Bill Clinton as the secretary of housing the fall-guy. Big names among Demo-
poor—a must—but it spotlights people, and urban development in Clinton’s crats are turning on him, from Bill De
e Oval O ce was not occupied not businesses. It focuses on helping second term, learned well the lesson Blasio, AOC, Jerry Nadler to the NOW
by a caring Republican leader bent on women and minorities, two groups never to resign during a sex scandal and organization.
doing public good, sharing the riches of which have taken a big hit in both the to treat the matter as a mere distraction
the wealthiest of nations. It was domi- pandemic and the recession. that your opponents are foisting on you And in fact, Cuomo did create the
nated by a maniacal bulldog who mani- only for political reasons. policies that led to the crisis of deaths
fested his malevolent genius by com- e Columbia Center on Poverty in NYC, much of it in reaction to
manding his Republican sycophants to and Social Policy estimates that the e funny thing about the Cuomo Trump’s policies.
make the a uent wealthier and Trump plan’s provisions, including a substantial a air is that it has been known for
business interests more lucrative. expansion of tax credits for low-income nearly a year that he indirectly signed First, for a long time he refused to do
Americans with children, will reduce the death sentences of many NYC anything, restrict anything, because that
Well, “the times they are a-changin’,” poverty by a third, lifting nearly 13 mil- senior citizens living out their golden was what Orange Man Bad was do-
and we’ve got a di erent party occupy- lion Americans out of the desperation years in nursing homes. His policy of ing. en, turning on a dime, when he
ing the White House and a new captain they have been feeling. Child poverty sending COVID-positive patients to started to act, he overreacted to make
steering the ship of state. will be reduced by more than 50 per- nursing homes to live among the most a show to the media, that since he was
cent. Women, Blacks, Hispanics, and vulnerable ended up fatal for many. busy legislating that he was the gover-
Joe Biden’s rst major legislative vic- poor families with children will bene t Recall, too, that he sent these COVID- nor who was “serious” about COVID
tory—an almost $2 trillion economic the most. positive patients to nursing homes only and many people started to watch the
relief package—“ e American Rescue after it was stunningly clear from the Cuomo Daily show and became serious
Plan”—is aimed at jump-starting our e American economy is still 10 COVID crisis in Italy that proceeded fans.
ailing economy and combating the CO- million jobs short of where it was before our own that senior citizens were those
VID-19 pandemic. the roof fell in. And women of all races most at risk of serious complications Anecdotally, last spring, I took a
and men of color are struggling the and death from COVID. Zoom yoga class from a Manhattan
Biden’s plan is an a rmation of scal most. Households earning less than school and the teacher, who had just
policies he presented during the election $40,000 a year are way behind on rent, So why, in a million years, would a ra- recovered from COVID, literally cursed
campaign and captures the economic and more than half say they don’t have tional politician send COVID patients Trump while praising Cuomo. Not
principles Democrats have championed anywhere near enough healthy food to there? Particularly when he had alterna- surprising, perhaps, but it illustrates the
since the Great Recession of 2007: e eat. tives he did not use, like the Navy ship consensus opinion among the progres-
best way to generate faster economic Trump sent him. And the Jacob Javits sive set at that point. A consensus
growth is from the bottom up. “A rising For a working, single mother of a pre- center. opinion allowable because the corporate
tide lifts all boats,” and government schooler, earning the federal minimum media refused to report on the tsunami
economic policy, therefore, should focus wage—under $16,000 a year—Biden’s But only now that news has broken of nursing home deaths taking place at
on broad-based economic e orts. bill will provide as much as $4,775 in about his long history of sexual harass- that time as a direct result of Cuomo’s
direct bene ts. For a family of four ment, and my sense is, now that that policies. And we all know why they
Researchers believe that Biden’s plan with one working parent and one who particular dam has broken there will be refused. To do so would have harmed
may turn out to be one of the most remains unemployed because of child- many more claims, does the corporate Democrats and thereby helped Trump
consequential and progressive pieces of care constraints, the bene ts could total media think it is worth investigating and Republicans. Which is and was
legislation in generations. Yes, Trump $12,460. any of the claims against Cuomo. and will forevermore be verboten in an
and the Republicans threw some large election year.
bucks at big business and the middle- A family of four, with a household It looks like a measure of justice for
class last year, while, at the same time, income under $150,000, will get $5,600, governing misdeeds is nally heading Meanwhile, I spent part of last week
telling them that the virus was no big even before other measures, such as the Cuomo’s way. But not for his govern- in my old Manhattan neighborhood
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McConville must asked McConville if there is given to speak on the 70-plus lice brutality in their guest be forcibly silenced:
never be our sheriff much crime in Putnam Coun- minute episode to rail against appearance on “Cops O the McConville: “The minute
ty. Not wanting to give his our state’s Democratic leader- Cu ,” which is available on
To the editor, opponent any credit, McCon- ship, and its policies—basical- YouTube. eir own com- we started f ighting back, we ran
e downside of not want- ville cited the pandemic, then ly, sounding a lot like a politi- ments and their acquiescence them over – they just stopped
started to reference an article cian. I don’t know about you, to the hosts’ overt racism dur- with their nonsense.”; and
ing to get the stench of either written by a police chief in but I don’t want my sheri to ing this vile show make the
party on me and being a truly Saugerties about why crime be a politician. And I sure as following points clear: 5) at they’re willing to
independent voter is that I was down, but was interrupted hell don’t want him to laugh blatantly lie in order to ad-
have no choice but to do my by the host, who said, “Let me at casual racism, nor nd hu- 1) at they view white peo- vance their positions:
homework on all the candi- guess, it starts o with ‘It’s all mor in police brutality. I don’t ple and white neighborhoods
dates in any given election. white people!’” want a sheri who is naive as superior to non-white ones: McConville: “ e crime
Inspired by a discussion I had enough to think that going on has come up here” to Putnam
with a friend about the up- Now, a wise candidate a podcast and behaving in this Hyer: “I was in midtown recently due to bail reform
coming election for Putnam would have cut bait and ran manner wouldn’t come back south for 10 years and it was laws. (Crime is down 56 per-
County sheri , I went down for the hills right then and to haunt him. like Charles Darwin could go cent since 2018 in Putnam).
the rabbit hole and tried to there, but that’s not what back there and he could find the
learn more about Kevin Mc- McConville did. Instead, he In short, I don’t want Kevin missing link.”; Most who were planning
Conville, the recently an- laughed at the comment, and McConville. Neither should on voting for either of these
nounced challenger to Sheri stuck around for well over an you. He doesn’t even deserve 2) at they openly fear men probably don’t care that
Robert Langley. hour; long enough to let out the chance to be a three-time black people: Hyer proudly told several
a hearty laugh when fellow loser; he should just withdraw tales about the good old days,
Eventually, my search guest, and Kent Town Coun- from the election. Hyer on his daughter nearly when he engaged in rampant
landed me on a podcast from cil candidate, Robert Hyer, a attending a public school in police brutality with impunity,
Feb. 9, called “Police O the supposed minister, fantasized Tom Weller Elmhurst, Queens: “It was or that McConville laughed
Cu ,” hosted by two for- about beating robbery sus- Mahopac bad, she would have never sur- along to the hosts’ racist jokes,
mer NYPD detectives, both pects with a nightstick, and sit vived. You know, she’s a beau- but perhaps they care about
of whom, according to their silently, with a goofy smile on Doesn’t Putnam tiful girl, she looks like a model, how much these two will ul-
YouTube channel description, his face, while Hyer proudly GOP have better and they would have just ate her timately cost Putnam taxpay-
apparently now fancy them- regaled the panel with a story up.” And on living in Bush- ers with their lies and big-
selves comedians. Less than a about the time he and his fel- candidates? wick: “It was really bad...at one otry. McConville already has
minute into the episode, the low o cers used Louisville point I was the only white per- several lawsuits against him
Sluggers to deal with “mutts” To the editor, son living in the entire neigh- from his days with the MTA;
rst F-bomb dropped, and I in lieu of arresting them. Kent Bob Hyer, a candidate for borhood.”; Putnam taxpayers had to pay
couldn’t help but think this voters take heed. $125,000 for Don Smith’s
was a questionable venue for Kent Town Board, and Kevin 3) at they view those with defamation lawsuit in 2017.
a candidate to participate. So, McConville was more care- McConville, candidate for opposing views to theirs as As Hyer asks in the video:
I continued watching, mostly ful with his words but used Putnam County sheri , cel- “lefties”, “nuts” and “freaks”; “What’s the de nition of in-
out of morbid curiosity. A few every opportunity he was ebrated racist ideas and po- sanity?”
minutes later, one of the hosts 4) at they believe those
who vocalize their opinions Eileen McDermott
on racial justice and other
“left wing” issues deserve to Brewster

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A homegrown story

OF HUMAN discover what was going on. my body and time seemed from Yonkers. When I returned to the
INTEREST At a party, one of the boys stuck in slow motion. I started ough alarmingly skinny apartment, Dennis was listen-
reached in his sock and pulled getting paranoid. Perfectly ing to the Doors and playing
LORENZO out a bag of green stu . He natural the rst time, my and sickly pale, when it came air guitar. “Light my re,” he
GARO started rolling joints and brother assured me. to drinking and drugging, sang. e stu was good. But
passed one to me. I declined, Dennis had the constitution of I’d already begun to rethink
It’s only a matter of time. thinking that if I smoked I didn’t care for pot and Hercules. He was disappointed my desire to be the biggest
Legal pot is coming. e grass, I too would part my hair hardly ever bothered smok- that the grass was “home- dealer on the East Coast.
pandemic has left New in the middle, feel smarter ing again, except maybe to be grown.” I told him to roll as
York State in a severe nancial than I actually was, and say, sociable. However, I became many joints as he needed. My e next night I took out
bind. e time is right. “Far out, man” all the time. curious about the little seeds. toil had produced 6 ounces of the pot and started rolling
Marijuana’s a weed. It’ll grow plump, sweetly aromatic buds, joints. I planned on giving
Picture Mahopac stoned For two years I watched anywhere. If I couldn’t smoke carefully dried and cured. them to my brother and his
out of its mind. Town Board my friends become potheads. it, I could grow it. Maybe I pothead friends. I’d be the
meetings would be safer. could make a little money. While Dennis smoked, I Jonny Appleseed of pot in
Maybe a Democrat could get ey couldn’t go to a movie, started making spaghetti. e Mahopac.
elected. Here’s a cautionary play ball or listen to music, I found a secluded spot in phone rang, the sauce needed
tale, though, about the perils without getting stoned rst. a clearing near some high- stirring and I lost track of Finny was watching me roll
of pot. Naturally, I was curious about tension wires. e plants grew Dennis’ progress. When I the joints. He came to my
the bleary-eyed contentment like crazy. In summer, when walked into the living room, I side, his ageless brown eyes
In 1970, all of my friends, they’d found. And then, in a the weather turned dry, I car- found him catatonically star- beseeching. He began sni ng
including my brother, Philip, weak moment, curiosity got ried pails of water up the hill ing at Finnegan, who’d gotten my hands and wagging his tail
went away to college and the better of me. for them. Finnegan, my dog, into a bag lled with grass. excitedly. And then I realized
came back di erent people. arthritis and old age slow- what he wanted: e stu that
Why, I wondered, were they I made sure I got good and ing him, came with me. He He ingested an entire once. had made him feel so good
all wearing annel shirts and stoned. My brother laughed liked the pungent aroma of My rst reaction was to call the night before.
scru y jeans? Every one of at my greediness with the the plants. As we got nearer the vet. But then I thought of
them had let their hair grow pipe. I remember trying to be to them, Finny’s head would the trouble that might cause. I In her war against drugs,
long and now parted it in the objective about the experi- raise, and he’d sni the air loved Finny but wasn’t going Nancy Reagan came up with
middle like Jesus. My brother ence. My neck and shoulders fondly; he could smell the to spend 20 years in prison for a pithy slogan: “Just say no.”
was no exception. For God’s became numb, the top of my plants from 500 yards away. him. So, instead, I took him
sake, he left home a greaser! head seemed to expand, and I for a walk. ough criticized for being
could no longer think in the I kept the operation secret, simplistic, I nd it helpful
It didn’t take me long to ordinary way. oughts came especially from my brother and De nitely, Finny was less when it comes to ghting o
and went so fast that they his friends, who’d have wanted sore than usual, positively pup- temptation.
were forgotten before I had a freebies. To test the product, pyish. Still, I worried. But then
chance to examine them. Yet I called on a friend, Dennis, he upchucked a mass of slimy “No!” I said to Finnegan.
green goo. He survived. “It’s bad for you!”

I believe he understood.

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When math just doesn’t add up

STRONG can I do at home to help her? dial methods are the most bene cial hear the word. Why that is true is, as with anything, can cause
LEARNING Carol for individuals with dyscalculia. Up will vary from child to child who careless mistakes. For example,
to this point, the primary focus was struggles. But if the real issues aren’t some kids add when there’s a minus
DR. LINDA Dear Carol, on dyslexia and that’s still somewhat identi ed, she’ll continue to struggle sign and vice versa. If she does this,
SILBERT To begin with, yes, your daughter true—comparatively speaking, in math and that, in turn, will cause suggest that she circle the sign
there’s little research on this dis- more anxiety. It becomes a vicious before doing the math problem to
Dear Dr. Linda, could have dyscalculia, which is also ability. circle. make sure she’s following the rules
Our daughter is 12 and in referred to as a math disorder. And of that operation.
yes, having a math disorder can However, if you would like to What can you do at home to
seventh grade. She’s a bright girl but cause anxiety. Many times, it seems have your child evaluated to see if help? at depends on a diagnosis • Also, suggest to her that she
has dyslexia. We’re starting to think as if the anxiety is causing the poor she could have a math disorder, nd of what is causing the problem. If subvocalize (talk without making
that she also has dyscalculia because grades in math but it’s probably a person in your school district or your child is struggling in math be- a sound) while she’s doing math
she has always struggled with math. the other way around. Since she on the outside who has experience cause she doesn’t understand math problems. is means she talks to
In fact, she gets so nervous when has always struggled with math, in evaluating for dyscalculia.Talk to concepts, nd someone you believe herself while she does the problem,
she has a math test that we’re not it is more likely that she becomes your daughter’s counselor at school is well-quali ed to tutor your talking through the steps toward
sure if she has a math disability or if quite anxious when she needs to do and see what testing can be done daughter in math privately. If she is solving the problem. She can even
her anxiety is causing the di culty math because she knows she has at school. It certainly is not too late. struggling because she has di culty just move her lips which will help
with math. di culty and feels bad about it. I Most children that are diagnosed with certain calculations, then she her stay focused.
once mentioned fractions to one of with dyscalculia are usually above needs to practice using material that
I was reading your blogs about my 12-year-old students and she third grade—many are rst diag- is engaging such as games and other • She may have di culty writing
dyscalculia and was wondering commented,“I think I just broke nosed in middle school. fun and interesting math activities. which will result in having trouble
if she could actually have a math out in a rash.” keeping numbers in columns. If this
disorder. Wouldn’t a teacher have With that said, could anxiety be e point is until you nd the is a problem, have her turn lined
picked this up or mentioned it to us Why one of the teachers didn’t causing her to struggle in math? cause of her di culty, you will paper sideways so the lines become
before seventh grade? Is it too late mention a math disorder to you is be unlikely to solve the problem. vertical guides. en cover up all
to get her help in school? And what probably due to the fact that many e answer is yes. Having dyscal- Although not as much research has columns except those she’s working
teachers don’t know about dyscal- culia and knowing you don’t know been done, dyscalculia does have on. ( is could be a sign of a writ-
culia—they haven’t been exposed to how to answer quiz questions or do speci c symptoms that can only ing disorder instead.)
the research. In fact, the research is homework is reason enough, but be evaluated by someone who is
still being done to see which reme- many children just panic when they skilled in the practice. Here are few • Have her use a calculator when
suggestions that may help her while allowed.
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math test and make mistakes. In ing.
this case, suggest to her that she put
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problem. is simple act may help problem, substitute small numbers
her slow down, catch her breath and for the numbers in the problem.
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need more time because she simply the original numbers and solve the
works more slowly than others. For problem.
these children, such math activities
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anxiety goes up and thinking goes know how you make out.
down.
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GIRLS MahopacBASKETBALL girls win regional tournament

Dominate every opponent on way to championship

BY SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

One of the best girls basketball teams

to come out of Mahopac High School in

some time made short work of last week’s

Putnam-Northern Westchester regional

playo tournament, destroying all three op-

ponents on its way to a regional champion-

ship.

e top-seeded Indians dominated Car-

mel in last Wednesday’s quarter nals, 81-

25, did the same to Ossining a day later in

the semi nals, 83-49, then topped it o

Saturday at home with a 77-39 dismantling

of Brewster in the championship game,

where the Indians scored at will.

Indians coach Chuck Scozzafava, who

won a state championship in 1996 with

John Jay of Cross River, and in his eighth

year at Mahopac, said this was one of the

best teams he’s coached.

“ is is a great Mahopac team, prob- The Mahopac girls won the Putnam-Northern Westchester regional championship
ably the best o ensive team, and close to last Saturday.
the best defensive team, that I’ve ever had,”

Scozzafava said. “ ey really share the ball.

We have ve girls that you have to stop, home, the Indians gave the Bears ts on “She also gets steals and plays defense;

and [Kristina] Rush o the bench can re- defense, and scored at will, going up 23-7 she’s been solid all year. Julie DeBrocky has

ally score.” after one quarter, and 42-19 by halftime. played better defense, she’s more aggressive,

e Indians closed the season at 12-1, Senior captain Mia Klammer led the and shoots the three’s that really help.

with the only loss coming to Arlington in way with 18 points and ve assists, senior “Lauren has averaged 10.5 points a

the nal game of the regular season—ironi- captain Caitlyn O’Boyle added 16 points, game, and in the playo s 16,” he added.

cally, the team’s nal game before the deci- 10 rebounds and ve blocks, and soph Lau- “She really did her part. O’Boyle averaged

sive playo run. ren Beberman delivered 12 points to go nine points and 12 rebounds, she’s always

Scozzafava liked the way his team re- with ve assists. ripping them o the boards, gets a lot of

sponded to that loss. e prior ursday against the Ossining, blocks, she’s solid and a leader. And Mia PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN

“ e thing that impressed me most is Beberman dropped a career-high 26 on the has so much impact on the game. She’s Mia Klammer (12) rolls in for an easy
that we had a horrible loss to Arlington - Pride. Julie DeBrocky added 14, and Rush been our leading scorer and has been solid two vs. Ossining. Klammer had 18 in the
we had six points in the rst quarter, and had 12. all year. Our best defender closely followed semifinal win.
couldn’t score,” he said. “I was concerned by DeMeo. Rush has also done a great job,
In last Wednesday’s quarter nal against

that they’d be down, but after that we Carmel, Melanie DeMeo and DeBrocky and so has Julia Paolicelli.” “It’s de nitely a great feel for us to win

worked on a few things, and I was really each scored 12 points to lead Mahopac. e Indians may have had dreams of this,” Klammer said. “Especially this year,

happy with the way they came out and took Beberman added 11. how they would have fared if they had with everything that happened, the short-

teams apart—like a buzz saw—we aver- “Mel has been great at point guard, she reached the County Center this season, but ened season. Just being able to play at this

aged 80 points a game in the last three.” really grew up this year and she really gets Klammer said the team is thrilled with the time… it de nitely means so much, espe-

In Saturday’s championship game at us going,” Scozzafava said of his sparkplug. season it had. cially with this group of girls we have.”

Mahopac falls to Greeley
in regional semifinals

Second-seeded Mahopac fell behind early and lost to third-seeded Horace Greeley
9-3 in the semi nals of the Putnam-Northern Westchester regional tournament on

ursday, March 11, at Brewster Ice Arena.
Ryan Caraher led Mahopac with two goals while Jake Roberts added one goal.
Goaltender Mike Horan made 33 saves in net.
Here, Caraher pushes the Indians’ attack in the semi nal game.

PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 19

MahopacBOYS BASKETBALL boys roll into
playoff finals,
fall to Fox Lane

SKIP PEARLMAN ond quarter, and John and Pat- with how we played. John, Pat-

CONTRIBUTING WRITER rick led another balanced e ort,” rick and Vin carried the load,

he added. “We were then able to and Max gave us a great spark

e Mahopac boys basketball get huge shots late from Michael o the bench. Michael Callahan

team had its way with Carmel Callahan and Vin to seal it. It was played a fantastic defensive game

(64-48) in the quarter nals, and a great team e ort on both ends.” and had a wonderful all-around

Somers (51-43) in the semi nals Cosentino had 17 and Mc- game.”

of last week’s Putnam-Northern Mahon added 14 in Mahopac’s

Westchester regional playo s. quarter nal win over Carmel the

But the No. 2-seeded Indi- prior Wednesday. Bastone had 10

ans had no answer for No. 1 Fox points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Mahopac’s Miles
Buckley (5) had eight
Lane in Saturday’s championship and Max Gomes had nine points. points in Mahopac’s
game in Bedford and su ered a Callahan had ve points, four re-
57-48 defeat that ended Ma- bounds and four assists. semifinal win.

hopac’s season. “It’s always tough to beat a PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN

e Foxes took control early, team three times in season,” Mc-

and hurt Mahopac with outside Mahon said. “Especially a cross-

shooting and o ensive rebound- town rival, but I was very pleased

ing. Each time the Indians ap-

peared ready to close the gap

– Mahopac closed the de cit to

47-41 with 3:12 remaining - the

Foxes had an answer.

“It’s obviously disappointing

to come up short in the cham-

pionship game,” Indians coach

Tom McMahon said. “But it

doesn’t take away from anything

this team has accomplished this

season. Ryan (Reilly, 10 points)

was excellent all night inside, of-

fensively and defensively. Patrick

(McMahon, 12 points) gave us

what he gave us all season. Luke

(Syku, six points, four rebounds)

was fantastic again, and really

played well late in the season and

throughout the playo s.

“Our seniors (Vin Bastone,

Miles Buckley, Chris Clark and

Syku) have meant so much to our

program,” he added. “I’m disap-

pointed they didn’t get to leave

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VARSITY FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Indians embrace ‘Friday Night Lights’ in March

BY SKIP PEARLMAN

CONTRIBUTING WRITER “It’s just great, we’re ying around, we

get to hit a little bit,” Perricone said dur-

Six months after their normal fall sea- ing a practice this week. “Everybody’s fol-

son was postponed due to COVID-19, lowing the protocols with the masks, and

the Mahopac varsity football team is just bonding. at’s all we needed, just a

ready to take the eld this weekend. little bond. Get back together and con-

e season may look a little bit dif- tinue grinding.”

ferent, as each team will play ve regu- Perricone said he had some moments

lar season games, followed by either a where he and other players wondered if a

matchup or a championship game. season would happen. “I had my doubts,”

It might not look the way it usually he said. “But Coach D really pushed for

does, but coaches, players and fans are us, and I’m just glad to have my senior

thrilled that it’s happening at all. year.”

“We’re ecstatic that we’re playing - He added that team team’s mood is

considering where we were a year ago,” hunger. “We just want it,” he said. “And

Mahopac coach Dominick DeMatteo we’re going after it. It’s de nitely a little

said. “I think the kids have learned a tre- weird in March - we’re not worried about

mendous lesson on how to deal with ad- the (August) heat index. Now no heat

versity. We think about what is and what index, it’s beautiful out here, and we’re

will be. Not what could have been. And ready to go. I can’t wait.”

we’re thrilled. e Indians return a solid core from

“ e preseason has been awesome,” last year’s 3-6 team, which will miss All-

he added. “We started in late October/ Section HM WR/DB Zack Estévez.

early November with workouts, and in Key returners include seniors Per-

December we did more. e kids are so ricone, Vin Bastone (captain, RB/

grateful to be here, and it’s been fantastic. LB), Matt Puckhaber (WR/DB), Zach

What we want is tremendous attention O’Connor (captain, WR/DB) and John PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN

to detail, and maximum e ort in every- Pranzo (TE/LB), along with juniors An- Mahopac opens the ‘Fall 2’ season Saturday, hosting Somers.
thing we do.” thony DeMatteo (captain, QB), Adam

Senior captain Dom Perricone (headed Montalvo (OT/DT), and Ryan Reilly

to D1 Marist this fall) said the Indians (TE/LB). returning. against many former players,” Tony De-

feel like kids in a candy store. DeMatteo likes the experience he has “One advantage of having 13 play- Matteo said this week. “But I’ve never

ers back who were with us last year, and coached against a grandson. It’s pretty

12 who were in the mix of things—that traumatic for me. But I have to be loyal

makes us a veteran team right now, it to my team, and we’re getting ready the

helps exponentially,” he said. “ e kids best we can. I don’t like it but I’m getting

understand what to do, and they under- these kids ready.”

stand the emotional piece, so that really Dominick DeMatteo has seen the

helps. progress his players have made from last

“We’ll also be making a move from AA year to now and believes they can com-

to A, so that will be our biggest adjust- pete with anyone on their schedule, which

ment,” he added. “It will be di erent, but also includes Lourdes (away, March 26),

we have a very competitive schedule. I Beacon (April 1), Nyack (away, April 9)

think we have the second most di cult and Brewster (April 17). All games start

schedule.” at 7 p.m.

e Indians are scheduled to open the “I think we have a balanced attack,”

season this Saturday hosting Somers, DeMatteo said. “Vin Bastone can carry

with a likely 7 p.m. start. the majority of the reps, and Anthony

It will be only the second time De- can sling it. We have a number of players

Matteo has faced his father—the Dean on the perimeter who can do something

of Section 1 football coaches—Tony De- with the ball, and I feel that we have a

Matteo, on the varsity sidelines. e rst strong line this year. One question mark

was in 2016 when Somers played Nyack. Is depth, but our starters on O and D can

e elder DeMatteo prevailed in that compete with anybody.

matchup, but Dominick DeMatteo is “At receiver, Puckhaber and Andrew

more interested in seeing the two towns Cohen have speed, and can change direc-

square o regularly. tion,” he added. “Reilly at tight end is big

“Facing pop is not that big a deal, be- and athletic, and our running backs can

cause we’ve been involved with so much catch the ball as well. We’re excited about

football for our entire lives,” Dominick that. And Anthony is bigger, faster and

DeMatteo said. “I’m more excited for stronger. He made a tremendous com-

the Mahopac and Somers communities, mitment in lockdown and workouts, put

we’ve wanted to play for years. I feel like on 30 pounds and he’s throwing the ball

it’s a natural rival.” with a lot more zip.”

While he may have faced his son on DeMatteo said camaraderie has been

the sidelines before, this will be the rst a strength of the team. “ e synergy be-

time Tony DeMatteo will be spending tween the seniors and juniors has been

the week coming up with a plan to foil great,” he said. “ ey’re really together, a

the e orts of his own grandson – Indians united team, and practice has been a blast

junior QB Anthony DeMatteo. because of it. I can’t wait to see this team

He didn’t sound thrilled. on the journey Saturday. Like a great

“I’ve coached against my son, coached steak, you want to enjoy every minute,

against my brother and have coached and we’re having a blast.”

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 21

OBITUARIES

Mary Bunyea cratic leader and longtime BO- her most lasting impression as a sailing down the Danube Riv- ried Edward O’Connor in the
CES nursing instructor, died nursing instructor at Putnam- er. Perhaps her most cherished Bronx. e marriage ended in
Mary Bunyea Jan. 20 at her home on Lake Northern Westchester Board place was Lake Mahopac; she 1974, but the two remained
Mahopac. She was 88. of Cooperative Educational lived on the lake for some friends in the decades that fol-
Mary Bunyea has left this Services. Over the course of her 28 years, swimming, boating lowed. In fact, when Katherine
world to be with God and her Katherine moved to Ma- 32-year teaching career, rst at and entertaining family and underwent knee replacement
family in Heaven. She passed hopac in 1963, where she the former BOCES campus in friends. surgery in her 70s, Edward
on the evening of Feb. 11, 2021 raised her ve children. She Carmel and then at the cur- came down from his home in
in the Paramount Rehabilita- took her expertise and training rent campus in Yorktown, she She was born Feb. 22, 1932 the Adirondacks to help her
tion Center in Somers after as a registered nurse working educated several generations of in the Bronx to Katherine recover post-procedure.
fracturing a hip. Until this in New York City to become practical nurses, who went on (Farrell) and omas Man-
time, she resided in Mahopac one of the original operating to work at hospitals and health ning. She attended St. omas She is survived by her ve
where her husband Arthur Bu- room nurses at Mahopac Hos- care facilities in Putnam and Aquinas High School and children, Eleanor Labieniec
nyea and children were a family. pital. e small local hospital Westchester counties and in went on to graduate with both of Carmel; Alexander (Susan)
Mary was a wonderful mother, was located on Lake Mahopac Danbury, Conn. It was com- her bachelor’s degree and her O’Connor of Mahopac; An-
wife, sibling, grandmother and in what is now the administra- mon for Katherine to run into registered nursing degree from drew (Donna) O’Connor and
daughter. She always put fam- tive o ces for the Mahopac these former pupils at the gro- Hunter-Bellevue School of Daniel (Kathy) O’Connor,
ily rst. Central School District and cery store or while out to din- Nursing in Manhattan. One both of Brewster; Stephen
was the precursor to the cur- ner over the years and many of her rst nursing jobs was (Susan Landry) O’Connor of
Born in Norwich, Conn., she rent Putnam Hospital on would later help assist in her at Bellevue Hospital, the old- Holmes and 10 beloved grand-
met Arthur in Groton, Conn. Stoneleigh Avenue in Carmel, care when she was elderly. est—and one of the busiest— children: William and Sarah
while he was stationed with the where Katherine also worked hospitals in America. During O’Connor; Danielle, Drew and
Marines. ey were married on for several years. She was a lifelong traveler the beginning of her BOCES Devin O’Connor; Larkin and
Feb. 13, 1954. After his honor- and avid skier, who belonged tenure, Katherine returned to Keegan O’Connor and Man-
able discharge, they resided in She served her community to the Danbury Ski Club for school to earn her master’s in nion, Madeline and Harper
Arthur’s home town of Ma- in multiple ways during her many years. She relished skiing teaching from SUNY New Landry O’Connor. Her sister,
hopac. lifetime. She helped found the European Alps, touring the Paltz.
the Putnam County League American Rockies by train and SEE OBITUARIES PAGE 22
Mary retired from Reader’s of Women Voters in the late On Aug. 11, 1955, she mar-
Digest in 1989. She was a pa- 1960s, served on the Carmel
rishioner of St. John the Evan- Planning Board, including as For today, retirement
gelist Church and also vol- chairwoman, during the 1970s and every moment
unteered at the O ce of the and ‘80s, and was a Putnam in between.
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Ciriello; beloved husband Ar- with the Emerald Association Call me today for your initial Confident
thur, and the loss of her grand- of Putnam County each year to Retirement conversation.
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Mary is survived by her broth- rick’s Day Parade in Mahopac.
er Joe Maiorano( Johanna) of She was named Emerald of
Florida; her three sons Michael the Year by the Association in
(Doreen), Peter ( JoeAnne), and 2012. She was an observant
Chris; daughter Sue Ferrieri Catholic who attended Mass
(Ray); sevem grandchildren, 11 at both St. John the Evangelist
great grandchildren, and many Church in Mahopac and St.
loving nieces and nephews. James the Apostle Church in
Carmel.
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began taking weekly car trips to Boston to study children, Michelle and Alexander, and was always
Saving a Life EVERY 11 MINUTES privately with his mentor Jean DeVergie (second proud of their accomplishments. Paul is survived
oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra). His by his wife of 54 years, Meredith (Lynip) Laubin;
aloneI’m never time studying oboe with DeVergie in Boston led his children Michelle Laubin (Michael Rizzuto)
Life Alert® is always to learning French cooking, including a fantastic and Alexander Barr Laubin (Sember Weinman);
here for me. recipe for French onion soup. A friend introduced his grandchildren Rowan and Calder Laubin;
him to Meredith Van Lynip, a young ute student his sister Vanette Arone and her children Debra
One touch of a button studying at the New England Conservatory. After Westerfeld, Donna Cores, and Ralph Arone, Jr.;
sends help fast, 24/7. a two-year courtship, Paul and Meredith were mar- and his brother Carl Laubin (Christine Laubin)
ried at the Riverside Church in New York on Oct. and his children Sophie Sarkodie, Max Laubin,
GwPiSth! 22, 1966. and Lucy Mamiya; as well as his grandnieces and
grandnephews.
Help at Home Help On-the-Go ere were two years when the oboe shop moved
to the shop of Penzel Mueller in Long Island City. A celebration of life ceremony will be planned
® To reduce the driving commute, in 1968 the oboe for the spring. In lieu of owers, memorial contri-
shop moved to Elmsford, N.Y. to allow additional butions can be made to WQXR (www.wqxr.org/
Batteries Never Need Charging. employees to join the company. Paul worked with donate ) or the Musical Instrument Museum of
Alfred and Bill Glover, David Teitelbaum, Virgilio Phoenix. (www.mim.org ).
For a FREE brochure call:I’ve fallen and I can’t get up! Roman, and Robert Chauvet, making oboes and
English horns. Working nights as a professional
1-800-404-9776 oboist, Paul played oboe and English horn in the
Norwalk, Ridge eld and Greenwich Symphony
Orchestras, as well as Teaneck, N.J. and the New
Jersey Symphony. In Westchester, he and Alfred
both played in the orchestras in Yonkers, New Ro-
chelle, and the Westchester Philharmonic. Paul

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Town reaches tentative agreement with Comcast

New cable contract is for eight years with ve-year option

BY BOB DUMAS were delayed considerably due an eight-year [agreement] with a area, which a lot of customers are Charbonneau said the com-
EDITOR to COVID. e Cable Advisory ve-year [option] would better using and are happy with. at mittee was unable to obtain the
Committee has met many times agreement [with Verizon] will one concession it truly wanted
e town of Carmel has [during that time] to discuss vari- help us do that,” he said. come up next year for renewal.” from the cable company: a
reached a tentative franchise ous aspects of the agreement.” e franchise fee that the brick-and-mortar Comcast
agreement with Comcast that Monaco said the new Com- storefront within the town.
permits the cable company to Charbonneau said that over town collects quarterly from cast contract gives the town “a lot
operate a cable system within the the past two years the commit- Comcast remains the maximum, of free services” for some town “One issue that was of para-
town for up to the next 13 years. tee has gone back and forth with which is 5 percent of the gross buildings that won’t be deducted mount concern to everyone
Comcast on areas that are per- annual revenue. e agreement from the franchise fees that the is we wanted to get a physical
Town special counsel Joe mitted by law and not otherwise will continue the two public town collects from Comcast. presence in the town,” he said.
Charbonneau and Frank Mo- federally regulated. channels—education/govern- However, that could possibly “ at was something we fought
naco, a member of the town’s ment—that the town now has change, Charbonneau noted. tooth and nail for but were told
Cable Advisory Board, laid out “We now have a nal draft, with Comcast. that under no circumstance
the terms of the contract at the which is a culmination of the past “ ere is litigation currently were they coming back here.
Town Board’s March 10 meeting. two years of meetings. e next “ is [agreement] is for ca- in the federal courts and de-
A public hearing must now be step would be the scheduling of ble TV only,” Monaco said. “It pending on how that plays “ ey will provide UPS labels
scheduled to garner community a public hearing,” he said. “If the doesn’t apply to internet services, out, it is possible those services to make life easier for shipping
input before the board can vote Town Board has any questions which are becoming increasingly could end up being deducted purposes but there was a strong
on the agreement. or concerns, we can certainly ad- more important than cable TV from the quarterly gross annual resistance to [a brick-and-mortar
dress those before the hearing.” with the advent of streaming ser- revenue,” the attorney said. “So, location] from Comcast and they
e contract has been two vices and there is a whole bunch we may have to revisit a portion will continue to operate out of
years in the making. Charbon- Charbonneau said that typical- of them out there now.” of this agreement and have a Connecticut,” he added.
neau explained the background ly these agreements are 10-year conversation with Comcast as
and history leading up to the ne- terms with a ve-year option. But Monaco noted that cable fran- to what services we are getting Monaco said the alternative—
gotiations. this new agreement has an eight- chise agreements over the past for free and whether we wish to using UPS—is not a bad option
year term with a ve-year option. pare that down, or have those and it works.
“In 2004, the town entered into ve or six years have become municipal entities (town hall,
an agreement with Susquehanna “ at was a concession given more and more standardized. “It’s very easy. e public brings
Cable, which is now Comcast. us by Comcast at the insistence of rehouse library, etc.) pay for the device to the UPS store in
Susquehanna entered into a 10- the Cable Advisory Committee “ ere wasn’t much wiggle them out of a di erent budget Mahopac with the shipping la-
year term with a ve-year renew- because this is an ever-evolving room for us. We did the best we so we don’t decrease the quar- bel and there is no cost involved,”
al which brought us to 2019,” he technology and for that we want- could to get some of the things terly [cable] revenue [the town he said. UPS “will pack it up and
explained. “Renewal negotiations ed to make sure we stay on top of the committee wanted,” he said. receives].” ship it out for replacement. I’ve
these agreements. So, we thought “ ere is a non-exclusivity op- done it and it worked.”
tion, which is why we are able to
get Verizon/Fios in the Carmel

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MUSINGS be submitted on Zoom during the Bring photo ID as proof of Put- County Department of Health at member artists 18 years and older
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Harckham will be the keynote on Saturday, March 20, from 10 adult with the minimum number 7 a.m. and on weekends. e track Putnam Arts Council at any time
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Time for some Business signs available:
nancial spring ‘Working to Stop the Spread’

cleaning Joint initiative recognizes e orts made by county businesses

In just a few periodically From the very beginning of the COVID-19 “It is important that we recognize these busi-
days, we pandemic, countless businesses in Putnam Coun- nesses for their hard work, but it is also impor-
will experi- GUEST reviewing ty have worked to comply with or exceed New tant for those going into a business to feel safe
ence the vernal CORNER your invest- York State COVID-19 guidelines. To recognize doing so,” said Tracey Walsh, director of Putnam
equinox—one ment strat- the e orts of these businesses, “Working to Stop County Tourism, who is partnering with Abels on
of the two times the Spread” certi cates are now available through this initiative. “Seeing a displayed certi cate is a
in the year TOM egy, you’ll Putnam County Economic Development Corpo- pledge to customers that they are doing business
when the sun CASEY be able to ration (EDC) and Putnam County Tourism. with someone who cares about their safety.”
is exactly above
the equator. Apart from this clarify your “Many of our businesses seem to have really “I applaud our local businesses, which through-
astronomical anomaly, though, nailed it in regard to keeping their customers and out the pandemic have had to continuously adapt
the equinox is mostly known vision for the employees protected from the virus. e certi - to changing rules and circumstances,” Abels add-
as the beginning of spring—a cates that we o er simply express our recognition ed.“From creating business reopening safety plans
fresh beginning and the time future. of a job well done” said Kathleen Abels, president to implementing best practices, these entrepre-
to spruce things up. is year, of Putnam County’s EDC. “ ese signs are an neurs have had to navigate through the labyrinth
as you tidy up your home and • Protect yourself from opportunity for businesses to reassure customers of NY Forward guidelines during a year like no
surroundings, why not also and clients of their commitment to provide a safe other.”
consider some nancial spring hidden dangers. If you poke place to do business.”
cleaning? To download a sign, go to the EDC website
around your garage, shed or e signs can be downloaded by business at putnamedc.org or to the Tourism website at
Here are a few ideas for owners who follow the NY Forward guidelines visitputnam.org or email the EDC at Kathleen.
getting your nancial house in other storage areas, you may and have worked to stop the spread of Covid-19 [email protected]
order: by enforcing safety measures to keep their com-
well nd some objects – garden- munities safe. Article provided by Putnam Tourism
• “De-clutter” your port-
folio. Over the years, many of ing tools, paint thinners and
us tend to pick up duplicate
items that nd their way into engine uids, leaning ladders
the nooks and crannies of our
homes, gathering dust and and so on that could be danger-
remaining unused. Over time,
your investment portfolio can ous, either because they aren’t
also accumulate redundancies –
that is, you might own several stored properly or they’re hard
investments that are essentially
similar. It might be appropriate to see and can cause trips and
to replace some of these and
broaden your holdings. falls. As part of your spring

• Own your investments cleaning, you’d want to get
purposefully. You own certain
things for certain reasons—a these objects out of harm’s way
broom to sweep the oors, a mi-
crowave to heat the food and so to safeguard yourself and your
on. As an investor, you should
be following a goal-based strat- family. But when you think of PUZZLE
egy that includes the matching SOLUTIONS
of certain investments with your nancial situation, are you
certain objectives. For example, Corresponding to
you might own stocks or mutual also exposing yourself and your Last Week’s
funds to eventually provide the
capital appreciation potential loved ones to risk? If some- March 11 Issue
you’ll need to retire comfort-
ably. But you might also own thing were to happen to you,
other vehicles, such as bonds or
other xed-income investments, could your family members
to provide you with a source of
regular income. stay in their home? Could your

• “Dust o ” your investment children still go to college? To
strategy. Over a long winter,
your windows can get dirty and help keep their lifestyle intact if
grimy, so, when spring arrives,
you may want to get out the you weren’t around, you’ll need
glass cleaner – and when you’re
done, you’ll be able to see out adequate life insurance. And
more clearly. Over time, your
investment strategy may get to avoid burdening your grown
somewhat “dusty,” too, especially
if you’ve experienced signi cant children with potentially huge
changes in your life, such as a
new job, a new child or even expenses should you ever need
a new plan for retirement. By
some type of long-term care,

such as an extended nursing

home stay, you may want to

talk to a nancial advisor about APARPR

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is article was written by
Edward Jones for use by your
local Edward Jones nancial
advisor (member SIPC). Tom
Casey, CRPC, AAMS, CRPS,
is a licensed securities adviser
associated with Edward Jones,
located at 163 Route 6 in
Mahopac. He can be reached
directly at 845-621-8647.
Edward Jones, its employees, and

nancial advisors are not estate
planners and cannot provide tax
or legal advice. You should consult
your estate-planning attorney or
quali ed tax advisor regarding
your situation.

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