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Mahopac News 12.19.19

VOL. 10 NO. 42 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019

Downtown revitalization project unfolds

Special meeting reveals details about park, parking and sidewalks

BY BOB DUMAS “absolute,” and others that will be “add- PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
EDITOR alternates,” which will be considered once
the scope and cost of the project is deter- Supervisor Ken Schmitt explains the elements of the downtown revitalization project.
e revitalization of downtown Ma- mined.
hopac—the business district along South bid] to see which one comes back cheaper. the bathrooms, the rec building and the
Lake Boulevard—has begun to take shape “We want your feedback,” Schmitt said
as town o cials held their rst meeting in to the audience. “We want to hear from “ at [parking lot] property right now bridge [connecting Swan Cove to Cham-
conjunction with area residents in an ef- you about what you want this to look like.”
fort to garner feedback and cultivate ideas is a funnel [for water coming] o of Route ber Park].”
for the project. Somewhat at the center of it all will be
the recon gured tra c light that currently 6,” he added. “If you look at the DOT Barile said some of the ad-alternatives
At the center of it all is the Swan Cove sits at the intersection of routes 6 and 6N.
park and the creation of an adjacent mu- plan, they’ve addressed that as well with that have been bandied about include a
nicipal parking lot—something o cials at DOT project is already in the works.
say is sorely needed for the overcrowded It will push the tra c signal a little further new sidewalks, new curbs and a drain in shing pier, a boardwalk and a small spray
business district. up Route 6N so it will not only control
the 6/6N split, it will regulate tra c go- front of the entrance.” park.
But the revitalization is more than just ing in and out of the municipal parking lot
the park and the parking lot, as was re- and the bank (both of which will have the Barile said as far as the park itself is con- e channel between the Chamber Park
vealed at the Dec. 5 meeting held at Town same entrance and exit).
Hall. e meeting was led by members of cerned, the cost will determine what gets and Swan Cove will have to be cleaned
the Town Board, along with the engineer- “Right now, there are di culties with
ing department, the Recreation and Parks people getting in and out of there,” in rst, and what will have to wait. out and replaced with aquatic vegetation,
Advisory Committee and members of the Schmitt said.“ e current entrance for the
Chamber of Commerce. bank drive-thru window will be sealed o . “ ere are a lot of amenities people added Schmitt
It was dangerous. You will now go through
“Downtown Mahopac needs to be revi- the municipal parking lot for that and exit would like to see in the park, but until we “It really comes down to shovel after
talized,” Supervisor Ken Schmitt told the the same way.”
audience. “We need to do some things not get a full picture of the costs, the essentials SEE REVITALIZATION PAGE 13
only to address what we need now, but for Right now, the way it’s constructed, the will have to be done rst—the parking,
the future as well. ere is a tremendous parking lot next to the bank oods dur-
lack of parking; we all know that. Some- ing heavy rains.Town o cials say that will
times you have to make three trips around be dealt with when the new parking lot is
the block to nd a parking space. We have built.
known that for years, but couldn’t make
changes until we acquired property to cre- “People say, what about the ooding
ate a municipal parking lot.” there? I have that thrown at me quite a
bit,” said Councilman Mike Barile. “ ere
Schmitt said the Swan Cove park proj- are two ways of building that parking lot;
ect will require certain elements that are you can raise it a little bit to have the run-
o go naturally, or we can use the pump
system. We are going to send it out [for

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Pine Grove kids collect PJs for the needy

Many needy children will be able to snuggle up in some warm pajamas this winter Pine Grove has participated in the program for the past 19 years. Teacher Jeannie

thanks to the sta ,children and parents at Pine Grove Country Day School in Mahopac. Licata started it with her family and friends and sta , but it was soon opened to parents

e preschool held its annual pajama drive on Dec. 10 with a celebratory Pajama and their children and eventually the community at large.

Day that took place at all ve Pine Grove locations in support of the Pajama Program, e Pajama Program’s mission is to “provide comfort and love in the way of new

a nonpro t organization that collects pajamas and books for needy children. pajamas and books to needy children and children waiting for a permanent home.” To

With some help from family and friends, the school was able to collect 264 pajamas learn more about Pajama Program, visit

and make a signi cant donation of books and PJs to the program.


The Myrtle Avenue
location of Pine Grove
Country Day School smile
in their holiday pajamas
supporting the Pajama


This Pine Grove student
was all smiles as she
posed with the PJs.

The students were proud of the
number of pajamas they collected.

Even Ms. June’s infants joined in the
fun wearing their holiday pajamas for

this year’s drive.

How can you not smile when wearing your holiday pajamas and benefiting the Pajama
Program like the Baldwin Place location of Pine Grove Country Day School?

Jeannie Licata of Pine
Grove Country Day School;
Jeannie’s grandson; Donna
Rossomando, co-Chapter
president of the Pajama
Program; and Lucia DeFeo
co-Chapter president of
the Pajama Program
pose in front of the 264
pajamas donated by Pine
Grove Country Day School

The Falls School
demonstrate the spirit of
the season wearing their
holiday pajamas in honor

of the annual pajama


Town names Daniel Miller as new justice

Will take over Joseph Spo ord’s post, who moves on to county judge

BY BOB DUMAS torney where he was involved in

EDITOR all aspects of civil litigation. e

rm specialized in insurance de-

ere’s a new judge in town. fense, malpractice, motor vehicle

e Town Board has appoint- accidents, and general liability

ed Daniel Miller as the new matters.

town justice. Miller will serve Before opening his own law

out the remaining term of Judge practice in Mahopac in 2009,

Joseph Spo ord, who was elect- Miller was the owner and co-

ed county judge in November. founder of a supply chain soft-

Born in Kansas, Miller moved ware company. He managed all

to Mahopac with his fam- aspects of the operation, includ-

ily when he was 7 years old and ing establishing business and

graduated from Mahopac High technology structure for operat-

School in 1985 as the class vale- ing and holding company, ob-

dictorian. taining two United States pat-

“My dad was in the FBI and we ents, leading and executing the

moved around a lot,”he said.“We company’s intellectual property

came [to Mahopac] in 1973.” strategy, and drafting and ne-

PHOTO: BOB DUMAS Miller obtained his under- gotiating contracts and strategic
graduate degree from Stanford agreements. After 10 years, he
Supervisor Ken Schmitt swears in Daniel Miller as town justice as Miller’s daughter, Jaiden, and wife, Lani,
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“I’ve known Dan for many years,” Schmitt said. “It is an honor and
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Later, Miller donned the judge’s robe to pose for photos with town
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“ at was a cool moment—to put on that robe,” he said.
Miller said that while becoming a town justice wasn’t initially part of
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MHS teacher inducted into NYS Master Teacher Program

Gov. Cuomo has announced honors, Regents and interna-

the selection of Mahopac High tional baccalaureate levels. ese

School living environment teacher educators will join the network of

Tricia Fuller-Johnson, along with Master Teachers created in 2013,

228 other educators from across bringing the total number of

the state, to join the New York Master Teachers across New York

State Master Teacher Program State to 1,200.

(NYSMTP) in partnership with “I salute these brilliant and ded-

the State University of New York icated teachers who have made an

and Math for America. Fuller- incredible, lasting impact on New

Johnson has been a teacher with York’s future leaders,” Cuomo

Mahopac High School for more said. “ ese 228 new members of

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NYSMTP honors the work of roughout their four-year par- PHOTO: LAURA LEE HOLMBO

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e better-red party Hacking your holiday
In a Gallup poll, conducted in Febru- election. And even though American intel-
ary 2015, only 19 percent of Republi- ligence and defense o cials warn otherwise, Happiness is something that happiness and the state of mental
cans said they held a favorable view of 81 percent of Republicans say the adminis-

Russia; 52 percent of tration is doing enough. is,

Republicans said they before the campaign has can be hacked, if you are will- health can be very strongly a ected

saw Russia as a “criti- HERE even started in earnest. ing to travel that road. by brain health. I am not speaking
cal threat” to the vital AND What’s happened to the
interests of the United NOW! We are living in here about egregious
States. Republican Party? Where is
the party of Ronald Reagan, a marvelous age, an cases, where people

At that time, BERNIE willing to stand up to an “evil age of invention, an LIFE, have brain tumors
age of disruption, HEALTH, and begin to act out
Russia was in the KOSBERG empire,” bent on the destruc- an age where it has POLITICS or become angry all
become possible the time or with-
process of invading tion of democratic norms? for people to help MARA drawn, though that
improve their own SCHIFFREN certainly applies. I
Ukraine, on Presi- Republicans have turned

dent Barack Obama’s into apologists for the presi-

watch. Republicans reacted angrily and dent who tried to build a Trump Tower in health in many, am speaking about

called Obama’s reaction to the Russian Moscow, while running for president; red many ways. all kinds of damage

threat—the employment of heavy economic the FBI director in an attempt to stop the One of the most that shows up in the

sanctions on Russia and the allocation of Russia investigation; concealed the details important areas in which the model brain, a great deal of which is revers-

defensive armaments to Ukraine—exceed- of his meetings with Putin and his emissar- of disruption applies is in personal ible when caught early on. Chronic

ingly weak. ies; and has allowed Russia to take pos- health, and a subset of that is brain poor mood is a symptom with a physi-

In a replicate poll, conducted in February session of U.S. bases in Syria. And Trump, health. However, like disruption cal cause a great deal of the time.

2019, 30 percent of Republicans now said unconstrained, echoes Russian propaganda, everywhere, for it to be a successful Yet the mental health industry

they held a favorable view of Russia—an blaming Ukraine for 2016 election inter- approach, it necessitates that an indi- is still entrenched in providing talk

increase of 11 percent from 2015—and only ference, even though his own intelligence vidual be proactive—even daring at therapy as well as pharmaceuticals,

42 percent of Republicans saw Russia as a community has repeatedly exposed claims times—about learning to help them- which heal or reverse nothing, but

critical threat, a 10-point drop. Why would of Ukrainian election interference as a selves. All health is idiosyncratic and make ongoing symptoms more bear-

that be true, when starting in 2017 and up “ ctional narrative.” in order to help yourself, you may need able for the person. at is a hugely

through today, U.S. intelligence agencies Has the once Grand Old Party lost its some courage to learn to listen to your important step, but it should not be

have stridently asserted that Russia inter- way, championing a president who worships own body and gure out what works the only step.

fered in the 2016 election and continues to a despot who has poisoned journalists and best for you. For example, imagine a case where

do so. invaded neighboring countries? We live in an age of pioneers. Fortu- chronic in ammation in the body

U.S. intelligence agencies, en masse, Trump’s a nity for Russia is not easily nately, there are many people lighting or brain is causing mood issues, and

fervently agree that Russia is openly and explained. Was he compromised by Russian the way forward, shining a light on the the patient receives a pill to treat the

aggressively meddling in our elections, both intelligence at one time? Are his busi- new approach to individual healthcare. mood issue, but not to reverse the

regionally and nationally. Yet, Republicans nesses dependent on laundered money from One approach to changing the chronic brain in ammation, then that

remain resolute, arguing that while Russia Russian oligarchs? Does he admire Putin’s model of psychiatric care and brain symptom is ongoing even though the

may be a rival country, it is not dangerous to transformation of Russia from a edgling health was pioneered by Dr. Daniel patient cannot feel it. e upshot is

U.S. democracy. democracy into an autocracy? Amen, adult and child psychiatrist that that chronic state of in ammation

So, who do Republicans consider to be For Republicans, however, Trump’s si- and New York Times bestselling will cause all kinds of other damage in

the United States’ greatest enemy? Twenty- dling up to Russia is neither far-fetched nor author. He noted decades ago now the body overtime.

six percent of Republicans choose our eco- unwelcome. For generations, fundamentalist that “psychiatrists are the only medical is is the reason that attempting

nomic rival, China, as most dangerous. And, Republicans vehemently opposed the “god- specialists who rarely look at the organ to address the root cause of the issue

Russia? It comes in a distant second, at 17 less” Soviet regime; conservative Repub- they treat.” is a more e ective way to treat chronic

percent, with Iran trailing closely behind, at licans decried the evils of communism. Stop and think about that for a mo- conditions.

16 percent. Nowadays, however, both groups look as if ment. So much of psychiatric care is Another new approach is to con-

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Cynthia’s way

OF HUMAN has to do is smile and say my come up. Frankly, I wish Cyn- going to do, just show up and without a problem, was good-
INTEREST name and I feel 21 again—al- thia would be more respectful of dump one in her lap? Will you natured and mellow, a sweet old
most. She’s a kindly sunbeam for Miss Bloom’s desire not to have stay and clean up after it, feed lady, just like Miss Bloom.
LORENZO the lonely hearts along her Meals another cat.To be a responsible it, take it to the vet when it gets
GARO on Wheels route. And though pet owner is like being a parent. sick? Please, honey, I know you Miss Bloom has a husky voice.
I’ve known her for quite some Miss Bloom is too old to have mean well, but don’t get Miss She used to smoke and still likes
One by one, all of Miss time, she’s still a mystery to me. children. What would she do in Bloom a cat.” a scotch at the end of the day.
Blumenthal’s cats have Maybe that’s why she’s so much the event of an emergency? What “Dear God,” she said in a loud,
died. She’s 86 and for fun to be around. I never know if she adopts a cat that doesn’t Cynthia says, “All I want to raspy voice upon seeing Winter.
obvious reasons doesn’t want what she will do or say next. And take to the indoors? Some are like know is… will you come to the “Who is this?”
another. Cynthia delivers Meals I don’t think she does, either. that. Does an 86-year-old woman shelter and help me pick one
on Wheels to Miss Blumenthal, want to spend her time cleaning out?” Cynthia gently placed Winter
or “Miss Bloom,” as she likes to We’ve just nished dinner and a litter box twice a day? And, of on Miss Bloom’s lap. Winter
call her. Miss Bloom spends her sink into the divan. e lights course, she’ll always be worried Every relationship has incre- started purring and kneading
days watching television and are low, the mood just right for… about getting sick and not being mental moments of truth, barely the aged woman’s thighs, then
looking out a window at the birds conversation. “How’s old Miss able to care for it or dying and noticed moments, when two plopped down. It was as if Miss
and deer that come to eat seeds Bloom?” I ask, then facetiously leaving it homeless. I’m sure people become closer or grow Bloom’s lap was the Promised
and romp on her lawn. Except for hand her a Kleenex. Miss Bloom has presented all apart. Cynthia, I know, wants Land.
Cynthia, they’re practically her these arguments, and yet Cynthia more from me than help picking
only visitors. Cynthia gets a far away, spacy persists. I try to reason with her, out a cat. “Well, I’ll be. Who are you?”
look, and then says, as if she’s but I know she’s not in a reason- said Miss Bloom, smiling broadly
Cynthia is a great soul. All she under the spell of hypnosis, “I’m able mood. We must have had over 100 and running her ngers through
going to get Miss Bloom a cat.” to choose from. Some were in a Winter’s snowy white fur.
“Cynthia,” I say, “Miss Bloom large room just hanging out. Oth-
Twice I’ve been to Miss doesn’t want a cat. What are you ers were sitting on shelves in long “She’s yours—if you want her,”
Bloom’s house with Cynthia, rows of cages. We thought we’d Cynthia said.
twice the subject of cats has seen them all, but there was yet
another room, this one darker and Cynthia invented a story about
another one of her Meals on
lled with older cats, hard cases. Wheels clients having to go into
Only one awoke from its slumber, a nursing home. Winter needed
curious to take a look at us. She a home.
was 14 years-old, solid white, and
had a big pink nose. Her name “ e way I gure, sweetie,” said
was Winter. She chose us. Cynthia. “Winter’s the same age
as you. Why don’t you foster her
Anyone who’s dealt with a for a week and see how it goes
shelter knows that it’s easier with you two old ladies?”
to get security clearance at the
White House than bring home “Older ladies!”
a cat or a dog. But after an As they say, the rest is history.
interview and a call to her vet, Today, Miss Bloom and Winter
we brought Winter to Cynthia’s have each other. And Cynthia,
house, where she stayed for a I know, will never let me forget
week. Winter used the litter box that it wouldn’t have happened,
if she’d taken my good, sound,
sensible advice.

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They made their ‘Point’ attitude. Most of the hope I had for
Swan Cove being a good thing for the

To the editor, community is now lost, as the Point

A work commitment prevented me residents will come out in force to every

from attending the special meeting meeting related to public amenities at

Dec. 5 at Town Hall on the downtown the park and ght them tooth and nail,

revitalization project. I did, however, while the rest of the town sits on the

watch it on YouTube, as much of it as sidelines (like they did last ursday).

I could stomach anyway, as it was two And if they don’t get their way with the

hours of Mahopac Point residents put- town, they’ll turn to the courts. Count

ting their contempt for common folks on it. ese people clearly like the bub-

and self-importance on full display, ble they live in, and unfortunately for the

while self-awareness took the night o . rest of us, their bubble is situated right in

Nearly every proposal related to pub- the heart of the downtown area.

lic use of the Swan Cove property was Vince omas

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STRONG answer, “Oh, they have plenty of p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday nights. table with eight columns and 19 and high school student will have
LEARNING time to do what they want to do.” at was it. Besides school, he rows. In the left column, write about two hours of homework a
I don’t think they do. I remember “TIME” in the top box/cell and night—maybe three if they’re in
DR. LINDA being in high school and college was on the chess team, tennis then underneath start at 6 a.m. honors or AP courses.
SILBERT and struggling with time limita- team, and swim team and he and enter every hour through
tions because I was involved with played the violin in the orchestra. 11 p.m. Across the top of the Some of your students will be
Dear Dr. Linda, sports. Do you have any sugges- After a few minutes, I told her other columns, write the days shocked to nd that when they’re
I’m a guidance counselor in a tions that I can share with my that her son probably didn’t need of the week. You can save time ready to enter the homework/
students? tutoring. What he needed to do and download a copy of a Time study time, no boxes are left. e
local high school. I talk to teach- was cut back on his afterschool Management Grid from our point is that they have insu cient
ers all day who complain that Gregg, Guidance Counselor activities, so he’d actually have website at www.StrongLearning. time to do schoolwork after school.
their students don’t study or hand Dear Gregg, time to study. com.
in homework. I talk to parents all ey rush through it or don’t do
day who complain that their kids You’re right on! So many Although this was an ex- Have your students write it all because there are just 24
are struggling because the school teachers and parents focus on treme case, it’s not as extreme their daily activities in the boxes, hours in a day and part of that
isn’t teaching study skills. study skills being a problem as it seems. Most students I including travel to school, class time is needed for sleep, so their
when, in fact, students with the meet with are overbooked, time, and extracurricular activi- brains are refreshed and ready to
To be honest with you, most of best study skills will still not do overstressed, and exhausted. ties. learn new knowledge and skills.
the kids I meet don’t have time well in school if they don’t have Instead of arranging extra-
to study. ey have so many after the time to put them in practice. curricular activities around en, have them highlight If studying and getting home-
school activities that they truly schoolwork, they’re doing the the boxes. Use one color for work is a priority, some of the
don’t have time. When I bring I received a call from a mom reverse—they’re trying to t school-related activities (in class, other activities will have to go.
this up to parents or teachers, telling me that her ninth-grade doing schoolwork into crammed after-school activities like sports, It goes without saying that the
they usually give me the same son needed a tutor because he afterschool schedules. work hours (if applicable), and student should be intimately
wasn’t doing well in any subject. the hours needed to get ready for involved in choosing what will
She told me that she’d like for Develop a time management school in the morning and eat change about the schedule and
them to meet with me, so we grid and have your students breakfast/dinner. (Sleep will be the process will be a good op-
looked at our schedules. Her son, complete it. It’s simple. On a assumed to be between the hours portunity for practicing the skill
she said, was available from 6 standard sheet of paper, draw a of midnight and 6 a.m., although of weighing options and making
teenagers need more than six decisions that will most bene t
Red Mills hours of sleep on average. Use a him or her overall. (And, this
di erent color to highlight activi- process is good for overbooked,
Convenience Center ties like “must-see TV shows,” overstressed, exhausted adults
time spent talking to friends on too.)
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REVITALIZATION we will be able to add more parking.”
Barile said which direction tra c will

be allowed to go on Cherry Lane will be

shovel after shovel and loading it onto determined by the experts and with input

trucks,” the supervisor said. from area businesses.

Dave Furfaro, chair of the Recreation “We will go to local merchants, the

and Parks Advisory Committee, present- Chamber. Everyone will have input. It’s a

ed some ideas that the Rec Department mess now,” he said.

would like to see take place in the park, e entire area will also get new lighting

including outdoor theater productions, a and wider sidewalks.

movie night, and a temporary ice rink, as “Sidewalks will be widened, and the

well as the town’s new farmers market. diagonal parking will be removed,” Barile

e idea of so many activities in the said. “We have about 43 spots there now,

park concerned some residents of Ma- and they will be replaced by 20 vertical

hopac Point, which borders Swan Cove. spots with 10 more on Cherry Lane. We

“I live on the Point, very close to that would only lose about 13 spots, but the

area, so I hear everything,” said Elisa new municipal parking lot will be a mini-

Grotto. mum of 90 spots, so it’s a net pickup of

Furfaro said the town was aware of the about 80-plus spots.”

Point residents’ concerns and will take Barile said the widened sidewalks will

them into consideration. allow for outdoor entertainment and al-

“ e needs of the community and the fresco dining for restaurants.

needs of the neighborhood—we are going PHOTO: BOB DUMAS e two crosswalks in that area will be
to have to balance all that,” he said. “We Mahopac Point resident Ed Barnett addresses town officials about the project.
eliminated, replaced by one larger one in

don’t want to put anyone out. We are not the middle. e crosswalk by Crossroad

going to stay out until two in the morning “I think the park is a great idea. When so if anyone remains inside at night, it Deli will remain and be upgraded.

doing movie night.” it’s done it’s going to be gorgeous,” she would be evident. “But the big thing is the intersection [of

Point residents were also concerned said. “But we are right there, and you need ere will be other changes to the routes 6 and 6N],” Barile said. “It’s an ap-

about potential plans to build a dock to understand that. It opens the Point to a downtown area beside the addition of proved DOT plan. We are hoping every-

where boats and kayaks could be tied up whole other element. As it is, we have peo- the park and parking lot. Cherry Lane, a thing comes together at the same time—

while their owners patronized area busi- ple who don’t pay attention to our signs side street that connects 6 and 6N, will be about a year-and-a-half to two years from

nesses. ey also said they worried about and walk in as they please. With the park made a one-way street and include addi- now.”

safety, fearing that the park would attract coming in, where does that leave the Point tional parking spots. He said the tra c light project will be-

the homeless, who could wander into their as far as safety goes as far as more people “Should that be a one-way street? I gin at the end of 2020 or early ‘21.

neighborhoods. walking through?” think the answer to that is, yes, it should,” Town o cials said they will continue to

Margharita Chirurgi, a Point resident, Town o cials said nothing was set in said Schmitt. “ ere are issues there. If conduct more special meetings to receive

said she was in favor of the park, but wor- stone, adding that events would not run you try navigating Cherry Lane with cars input on the revitalization project and en-

ried about the impact it would have on late into the night, and noted that the parked on both sides, it’s virtually impossi- couraged residents and area business own-

Mahopac Point homeowners. public restrooms would have raised doors ble to get through. By creating a one-way, ers to participate.

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Thankful for our vets
holiday season
Once again, veterans at the Vincent Leibell Putnam County Veterans Residence
enjoyed anksgiving dinner complements of the Sons of the Mahopac American Legion If you are planning on drink- ni cant reductions in the number
Squadron 1080 with the help of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary ing while celebrating the holiday of alcohol and drug related fatali-
and Patterson Post 1542. is year, the veterans were served a 21-pound deep-fried turkey season, don’t get behind the wheel ties, police say still too many lives
with all the trimmings and desert. because local police agencies will are being lost because of crashes
be out in force looking for drunk caused by drunk or impaired driv-
Special thanks go to the grandchildren of Post 1080 member Bill Duschanek, Michael drivers. ers. Highly visible, highly publi-
and Madeline, who always create something special and stay to brighten the day of the cized e orts like the STOP-DWI
vets. With gift bags for the men and cleanup by the crew, it was another well-received Putnam County Sheri Rob- Crackdown Campaign aim to fur-
dinner for the history books. ert Langley, Carmel Police Chief ther reduce the incidence of drunk
Michael Cazzari and Kent Police and impaired driving.
Chief Kevin Owens said last week
that their departments will par- e STOP-DWI Holiday
ticipate in a special enforcement Crackdown is one of many state-
e ort to crackdown on impaired wide enforcement initiatives pro-
driving. moted by STOP-DWI NY and
the governor’s Tra c Safety Com-
e law enforcement commu- mittee. e STOP-DWI Crack-
nity across New York State will down Campaign also targets the
take to the roads in an e ort to 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween,
stop impaired driving, prevent in-
juries and save lives. e statewide anksgiving, Memorial Day, Su-
STOP-DWI Crackdown e orts per Bowl weekend and St. Pat-
is o cially underway and will end rick’s Day.
on Jan. 1.
Motorists can make a di erence
Research shows that high- by having a sober plan. Download
visibility enforcement can reduce the mobile app—“Have a Plan”—
impaired driving fatalities by as and you will always be able to nd
much as 20 percent. Sobriety a safe ride home: www.stopdwi.
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Article courtesy of Putnam County
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As part of its Holiday of light is that it is always Earlier this month, four Shane Waring, Haley Gustin,
eighth-grade students from Amanda Vogel and Emma
on the Lake festivities, the victorious over darkness. Mahopac Middle School vol- Behun help wrap presents
unteered their time to help out for the party. Janice Maxwell,
Hamlet of Carmel Civic A small amount of light VFW Post 5491 in Mahopac the eighth-grade counselor,
with their annual children’s served as coordinator for this
Association (HCCA) will dispels a lot of darkness. Christmas party that was held community service program
last Sunday, Dec. 8. From left, for the middle-schoolers.
sponsor a menorah-light- Another act of goodness
ing ceremony on Mon- and kindness, another act

day, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m. e of light, can make all the

holiday celebration will be di erence.

enhanced this year with a Today, the unprec-

Chanukah concert. edented public display of

Rabbi Avi Korer of Chanukah has become a

Chabad of Putnam County staple of Jewish cultural

will preside over this Cha- and religious life, forever

nukah festival ceremony altering the American

with singing and refresh- practice and awareness

ments. e menorah is lo- of the festival. Carmel’s

cated on the shore of Lake menorah is one of more

Gleneida, at the intersec- PHOTO COURTESY OF HERBERT BESSEN than 15,000 large pub-
tion of routes 6 and 52 (op- lic menorahs sponsored
posite the Reed Memorial Last week’s snow created a peaceful tableau by Chabad in more than
Library). e public is in- along Lake Glenida with the menorah and 100 countries around the
American flag as the focal points.

vited to come celebrate. e world, including in front

concert will begin at 5 p.m. and citizens to worship God freely, of landmarks such as the White

the menorah-lighting ceremony openly, and with pride,” said House, the Ei el Tower, and the

will begin at 5:30 p.m. Rabbi Korer. “ is is true espe- Kremlin, helping children and

It is very appropriate that the cially in America, a nation that adults of all walks of life discover

menorah stands proudly next to was founded upon and vigorously and enjoy the holiday message

the American ag. protects the right of every person

“ e menorah serves as a sym- to practice his or her religion free For more information about

bol of Putnam County’s dedica- from restraint and persecution,” Chanukah and a local

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Luke Syku, Pat McMahon, Matt McMahon and Vincent
Bastone with the trophy after defeating Somers in the
championship game of the 24th annual Michael DePaoli
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CONTRIBUTING WRITER 10 points and 6 rebounds, and John Cosentino had 9 Senior point guard
Matt McMahon
points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists, as the Indians rolled
had 11 points in a
Sophomore guard Patrick McMahon drained the past Kennedy Catholic, 56-45, in the tournament double-OT win over
Somers last week.
game-winning three-pointer with 22 seconds remain- opener the prior ursday (Dec. 12).
ing in the second overtime last Saturday, lifting the “I was very happy with the way we played,“ Mc- PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

Mahopac High boys basketball team to a 42–39 vic- Mahon said. “We really followed the game plan, we Mahopac’s defense against Kennedy was swarming.

tory over Somers in the championship game of the Mi- wanted to make them shoot from outside. And our

chael DePaoli Memorial Tournament at Somers High defense was fantastic. Kennedy is a well-coached team,

School. and they made a run—they cut it to four in the fourth

e Tuskers had tied the game by draining a three at quarter. But we responded well, we played a really good

the buzzer in the rst overtime, forcing a second extra last four minutes.“

session. Mahopac had a tougher time the prior Tuesday (Dec.

“ at was a hard-fought game,“ said Indians coach 19) against White Plains, dropping a 66-34 game.

Tom McMahon. “With the game at 30-30 after regu- Matt McMahon lead the Indians with 13 points,

lation, obviously our defensive e ort was fantastic. We Patrick McMahon had 3 steals and 4 rebounds, and

also came back from eight and 10 points down to tie Colum Ranaghan grabbed 7 rebounds to go with 3

the game, a really nice job by the guys, and a true sign points.

of mental toughness. To win the DePaoli tournament “We had a plan going in, and we executed it well,“

is a great accomplishment.“ McMahon said. “But they still blew us out, they hit

Matt McMahon and Luke Syku each led Mahopac 13 threes. We limited the outside shots, but they were

with 11 points. Vin Bastone had 7 points and grabbed making the shots. Other kids were making shots. We

10 rebounds. Syku earned tournament MVP honors. played fairly well, we just didn’t make our shots.“

“Luke played fantastic for us,” McMahon said. “He Mahopac was scheduled to host Scarsdale at 6 p.m.

missed our two games last week, and to have him back Friday (Dec. 20), and the Indians will play in the Put-

and have that kind of game was really impressive, that nam Challenge at 2 p.m. Jan. 4, at Carmel High School.

was a special e ort. And it was a tremendous team ef-

fort. I’m really proud of the guys. at was a big win, SEE BOYS BASKETBALL PAGE 20
something for us to build on going forward.“

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Sophomore guard Patrick McMahon (13) hit the game-winning three that beat Somers in double OT
at last week’s DePaoli tournament.

Mahopac’s John Cosentino (23) drives past Kennedy’s Christopher Ward
(3) last week at the DePaoli tournament.

Matt McMahon makes a reverse layup against Kennedy. PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

Mahopac’s Vin Bastone (3) goes to the basket vs. Kennedy Catholic.




Mahopac forward ready
for senior season

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER activity or pregame or post- (sad to say). For college, I am a fan Adam Mitchell celebrates a basket. PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
SPORTS EDITOR game ritual that you share with of West Virginia.
your teammates? What about a BOYS SOCCER TEAMS
Senior forward Adam Mitch- personal pregame or postgame What is your favorite music to
ell is a key returning player to the ritual? listen to warming up for a game? The Mahopac High School boys soccer teams
Mahopac boys basketball team would like to thank our 2019-2020 MHS Boys Soccer
this winter. As a team, we all partake in a Before a basketball game, I like Booster Club sponsors:
group huddle in the locker room to listen to rap music. Some artists
e boys basketball team has usually with someone hyping us I like to listen to include 22Gz, 4 Brother’s
a new coach this season. How all up. Before this I usually say a Mar Sossa, She G, Chief Keef, Action Fuel Corp.
has the team adapted to Coach quick prayer before the game for Lil Keed, and Lil Gotit. B&C Auto Service Inc
McMahon and his new system? my teammates and myself. Bridgham Barr Orthodontics, PLLC
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well. what have you learned from e ability to use the Force. David Kalaj (2013 Mahopac graduate)
them? What is your favorite place to DBA Capital Management Group of New York
Do you have any individual visit on vacation and why? Equity Partners
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season? out my years has been my grandfa- ily is Sicilian. Flory’s Mobil
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My goal for this season is to play work hard at something you want, Blue Hen Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock
hard whenever I can and do what I you can achieve anything. What’s the go-to app on your Mahopac Glass
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the whole team, I know making Tell us one thing about Rooney Orthodontics
the playo s is something we want yourself that not a lot of people e go-to app on my phone at SCAG Properties Inc
to accomplish, as well as beating know? the moment is ESPN Fantasy be- Taconic Carting and Hauling Inc.
Carmel ( Jan. 11 and Jan. 18). at cause I am into fantasy football. Taconic Wines & Liquors
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How old were you when you them about the experience of Once again, we greatly appreciate your support, as you
started playing basketball and Do you know what you want being part of the basketball team continue to make the experience for our athletes top notch!
what got you started? to study in college? If yes, what and why should they go out for
are you planning on studying the team? Lisa Biagini, President
I started playing basketball in and why? Kathy Pabon, Treasurer
the sixth grade.What got me start- e experience I have had for
ed was seeing Carmelo Anthony I want to end up studying busi- playing basketball at Mahopac was
lead the Knicks to a comeback win ness in college, because I have al- great. I learned how to become a
against the Bulls; watching the ways wanted to be my own boss leader and a role model toward
crowd’s reactions to Melo hitting and own my own business. younger kids. at being said, I
those shots had me hooked. would encourage people to take
What is your favorite sports part in the basketball program that
What is your favorite team team (pro or college)? Mahopac has to o er.

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Mahopac goes 2-3 at Yorktown tournament

BY SKIP PEARLMAN ter day. But several of our guys well for us.” doon, Smith, Russo, AJ Watts, to Host Fox Lane at 4:30
CONTRIBUTING WRITER stepped up.“ Mahopac defeated Lake- Nardecchia, Roa, and Carlos p.m. ursday (Dec. 19), and
Miguel all picked up victories the team will compete in the
e Mahopac High School Sophomore Angelo Centrone land/Panas the prior Tuesday for the Indians, who improved Scauzillo Duals on Dec. 28 at
wrestling team struggled at (now 17-0 at 113), as well as (Dec. 10) at Walter Panas High to 11-5 in dual meet action. Mahopac High School.
last weekend’s Yorktown Dual Aiden Muldoon (now 15-2 at School, 51-36.
Meet Tournament, going 2-3 at 120), and Tyler Roa (now 17-0 Mahopac was scheduled
the 10-team competition. at 152), all went 5-0 on the Morris, Centrone, Mul-
day. Roa, a senior captain, also
e Indians opened with a earned his 100th career win,
loss to Westhampton Beach closing the day with 103 overall.
(48-36), before beating Roy
C. Ketcham (54-27) and Glen Freshman Chris Morris went
Cove (58-24). Mahopac closed 4-1 for Mahopac at 99 pounds,
with losses to Yorktown (57- Larry Nardecchia (12-4 at 145)
26), and Lakeland/Panas (48- and James Russo (9-2 at 138)
37). each won three of their four
matches, and 132-pounder
“Overall it was a little dis- Ryan Kick (13-6) won three of
appointing, because I thought his ve matches.
we started the day strong,” said
Indians coach Steve Tornambe. “Morris, Ryan, Russo, they all
“We had a few kids out, and wrestled very tough,” Tornambe
I think if we had them in the said. “Angelo, Aiden and Tyler,
lineup we would’ve had a bet- those guys always step up in big
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Mia Klammer looks to
GIRLS BASKETBALL pass from the baseline
last week in the DePaoli
Mahopac falls to tournament at Somers.
Kennedy, tops Tuskers

at DePaoli tourney

BY SKIP PEARLMAN Freshman Lauren Beberman
CONTRIBUTING WRITER (11) had 10 points in
Mahopac’s loss to Kennedy
Fans watching the rst half of last ursday’s (Dec. 12) game between the Mahopac Catholic at the Michael
and Kennedy Catholic girls might’ve thought the game was over midway through the DePaoli tournament at
second quarter. After all, it took the Gaels over nine minutes to score their rst two Somers High School.
points, and midway through the second quarter it was all Mahopac, at 21-2.

But the second half didn’t go well for the Indians—who were outscored 42-23—as
Kennedy came back to snatch a 58-55 victory in the rst round of the Michael De-
Paoli Memorial Tournament at Somers High School.

“We were up 10 points going into the fourth quarter,“ said Mahopac coach Chuck
Scozzafava. “After that we didn’t hit our shots, and they got hot. (Taylor) Brenneman
went o in the fourth (she scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half ), we had
shut them down in the rst half, but then they started putting in shots. And a lousy
free-throw percentage did not help us (Mahopac missed 11 of 18 free throws in the
second half, and hit only 13 of 28 overall). at was de nitely a disappointing loss
for the girls.”

Caitlyn O’Boyle led Mahopac with 16 points, and Lauren Beberman added 10.
Mahopac went on to beat host Somers in Saturday’s consolation round, 51-46.
O’Boyle led the Indians with 11 points, and Beberman and Kristina Rush each
had nine.
“We were up six at halftime, but they started a bit of a run in the fourth,“ Scoz-
zafava said. “We managed to ght it o , I think the girls grew up a little in that game.
And we hit some foul shots down the stretch.”
Sophomore point guard Melanie DeMeo was named to the All-Tournament team.

e Indians were scheduled to play Friday (Dec. 20) at Mamaroneck at 4:15 p.m.,
and Mahopac hosts New Rochelle on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m.

Kristina Rush handles the
ball at halfcourt against
Somers on Dec. 14.


Mahopac sophomore point
guard Melanie DeMeo (5) was
named All-Tournament at last
week’s DePaoli tournament in



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