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North Salem News 05.06.21

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

Vol. 7 No. 7 Visit TapIntoNorthSalem.net for the latest news. Thursday, May 6, 2021

Is it a deal
with the
devil or good
governance?

How a marijuana dispensary
funds over 20% of a small
New England town’s budget

is article is the rst in a series examining the impact PHOTO: BRETT FREEMAN
of possibly having a marijuana dispensary in the town
of North Salem. Over the next few months, we’ll publish It’s always 4:20 at Theory Wellness. This is an inside joke to cannabis enthusiasts, who often consume marijuana at
articles, release a podcast and host a community forum on that time of day and on April 20.
Zoom around this topic.

BY BRETT FREEMAN
PUBLISHER

Edward Abrahams understands why residents may be Abrahams can speak with authority on the topic. As is that normalizing pot use sends a message to children
opposed to having a marijuana dispensary in the town vice chair of the Selectboard—the governing body— that it’s OK. As of now, there’s no evidence either way.”
of North Salem, which has until Dec. 31 to opt out of in Great Barrington, Mass., he understands the mixed
permitting such an enterprise under a state law passed messages that North Salem leaders could be sending to But Abrahams, who feels that bars serving alcohol
last month legalizing recreational marijuana. the children in town. probably create more of a negative impact on his com-
munity, also had a vision for his town of 7,000 people
Under the law, municipalities can decide for them- “I spent many years trying to keep [my daughters] when Massachusetts legalized recreational weed.
selves whether to allow local pot shops. If a town opts from smoking pot,” Abrahams said in a phone interview
out, it would lose out on the tax bene ts that this new late last month. “ e irony wasn’t lost on me, or the hy- “When that happened, I wanted to be rst,” he said.
industry would generate. pocrisy on my daughters... e biggest legitimate fear
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Downtown Great Barrington has more shoppers than residents. As a town of 7,000 residents,
it attracts visitors for dining out, shopping, and yes, marijuana dispensaries.

MARIJUANA Candy, handed out coupons to with customers.

FROM PAGE 1 customers who waited on line. Great Barrington Police Chief

“ ey really want to be a per- Paul Storti con rms that his de-

“It was a $3 million good idea... manent part of what makes life partment has a good relationship

First thing we had to do was good in Great Barrington,” Hel- with the people at eory Well-

come up with zoning.” fand said in regard to eory ness. At the time that the dis-

Great Barrington decided that Wellness. She also encouraged pensary opened in 2019, Storti

marijuana dispensaries should customers to not just park, pur- was a sergeant and was put in

be permitted anywhere other chase marijuana and leave. charge of conducting a security

retail stores are allowed, except “Do a little shopping; have a evaluation of the establishment.

within 200 feet of a K-12 school. bite to eat; make a day of it,” she “ ey are very professional,”

What Abrahams discovered is said. Storti said in a phone interview

that aside from some parking is- omas Winstanley, the late last month. “ ey are well-

sues due to demand and the long 33-year-old vice president of run. It’s a really, really good re-

line that was visible from the marketing for eory Wellness, lationship. ey are a very good

road when the rst dispensary— remembers well the rst day that community partner.”

eory Wellness—opened its it opened. Storti said he has seen no up-

doors in 2019, there really wasn’t Winstanley was standing in tick in driving infractions due to PHOTOS: BRETT FREEMAN
a negative impact on the com- the vault area with one of the recreational marijuana use since
munity. local police o cers, several of the rst dispensary opened in Jan. 11, 2019, was the date of the first legal recreational sales
whom were being paid stipends town, but conceded it’s tough to of marijuana in Berkshire County, Mass. Theory Wellness was
North Salem News reached to help the new store manage quantify, as it’s sometimes dif- the sixth recreational dispensary to open on the east coast.
out to all ve members of the

Great Barrington Selectboard. the crowds. cult to detect, especially when try to do things and say, “Hey ing, and another couple of times

Abrahams was the only one who “ ere were just big old bags the substance is consumed as an look, actually, we’re a part of this when the customer is inside, to

responded. of cannabis everywhere and he’s edible. community. We love it here.’” ensure all are 21 years old and

“In their rst year doing busi- sitting there drinking his co ee Recently, one of his o cers So what exactly does a dispen- older and to prevent daily pur-

ness in our town, eory [Well- and I’m standing next to him, was trained as a drug recognition sary like eory Wellness look chases that exceed 1 ounce of

ness] paid us approximately $3 and I’m like, ‘Did you ever think expert, but the verdict is still out. like and what exactly does it do? marijuana or 5 grams of con-

million in local sales tax and you’d see this?’”Winstanley said. But the operators at eory Some people may have the centrated cannabis oil. e daily

‘community impact fee.’ Our “And he’s like, ‘No, not really.’ Wellness have every incentive wrong impression. maximum is enforced to mini-

annual operating budget, not But he’s like, ‘Hey, you know, so to “get it right,” as Winstanley “ ere are still people think- mize the black market in mari-

counting our school assessment, it goes.’” repeated several times during an ing we’re selling drugs at a gro- juana sales.

is almost $13 million, so that’s a Since that time, Winstanley in-person visit to his store late cery store behind a parking lot,” eory Wellness can only be

signi cant bump for us,” Abra- said, the members of the Great last month. Winstanley said. described as a cross between an

hams said. “Economically, it has Barrington Police Department “If we’re going to be bringing Apple store, a winery or a craft

only been a win.” and the employees at his store in millions of dollars to a com- THE INSIDE STORY beer brewery and a bank with a

An economic development have gotten to know one anoth- munity, you know that there are eory Wellness is one of the vault. Just like in an Apple store,

organization in the Berkshires er really well. going to be a lot of eyes coming most successful dispensaries na- there is often a waiting time to

describes Great Barrington as a “We work really closely with back to us, but that doesn’t re- tionwide. It has two recreational purchase the product, and during

vibrant location with more than the Great Barrington police ally alarm us,” Winstanley said. locations in Massachusetts and COVID, customers are asked

30 theater, visual arts, historic force. And we’ve had just this “ e more important thing is an additional location that only to pre-order and choose a time

and heritage venues, as well as amazing, amazing relationship we just have to get this right. dispenses medical marijuana. It for pick-up. As in a winery or a

many shops and restaurants. with these guys,” Winstanley Certain people want you to step also has two locations in Maine, craft beer brewery, the sta are

A majority of eory Well- said. out of line. Everybody, I think, with a third location in Maine equipped with the knowledge

ness customers are from out of Recently, eory Wellness at times will look at you and say, opening shortly. equal to that of a sommelier or a

state, including many from New made a sizable donation to the ‘ ese guys are doing something To get inside eory Wellness bartender who can rattle o the

York. police department’s K-9 unit. they shouldn’t be doing [it’s still in Great Barrington, custom- description of an IPA, including

When eory Wellness rst After the donation, one of the a federally illegal Class 1 sub- ers must present their driver’s the hop character, aroma, avor

opened, a local candy propri- K-9 o cers brought his dog to stance]. But that’s just not how license several times, including SEE MARIJUANA PAGE 4
etor, Robin Helfand, of Robins eory Wellness to socialize we operate. We actually want to once before entering the build-

Page 4 – North Salem News Thursday, May 6, 2021

MARIJUANA Wellness sells gummies and OG, Smoking Mirrors, Punch
chocolate infused with cannabis. Cookies, Cheese Wiz, K’Smorz
FROM PAGE 3

Its newest product is called Hi5, and Cake Bomb, among others.

and level of bitterness. which is a seltzer that is sold in At 25.8%, Cake Bomb had the

And as with a bank, there is a di erent avors, including peach highest THC concentrate on the

chain of custody of the drug that mango, lime and grapefruit. menu. It’s described as “an indica

documents every transfer and ere are di erent species of from Proli c Coast Seeds. ese

touchpoint. cannabis plants. ere are strains trichome heavy owers have a

“We have cameras in every called “sativa” and others called slightly purple hue and bolster a

corner that cover every single “indica” and there are hybrid sweet and savory aroma. e ef-

inch of the interior property as plants that have percentages of fects o er a full-body relaxation

well as the exterior,” Winstanley both. Sativa is known to act as a that might border on sedating,

said. stimulant, whereas indica acts as so be prepared to kick back!”

eory Wellness sells what it a sedative. eory Wellness does not per-

calls “ ower,” which is the psy- Similar to the alcohol per- mit any onsite consumption.

choactive portion of the plant. centage or “ABV” (alcohol by

It also sells pre-rolled joints, va- volume), eory Wellness pro- BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS

porizers with concentrated can- vides a THC percentage of each eory Wellness was co-

nabis oil and other concentrates ower. THC is the acronym for founded by roommates at Colby

intended for “dabbing,” which is tetrahydrocannabinol, the psy- College in Maine: Brandon Pol-

another way to consume vapor- choactive ingredient in cannabis. lock, CEO, and Nick Friedman,

ized cannabis. On its menu at the time of CFO, both of whom are now 32

For those who don’t want to this writing, eory Wellness years old.

inhale smoke or vape, eory was selling ower called Candy While seniors at Colby, they

started their rst business, a bot-

Robin Helfand, owner of Robins Candy in Great Barrington, Mass. tle-less water cooling and puri-
Helfand took advantage of the captive audience among the long lines fying system for o ce use.
outside Theory Wellness when it first opened by distributing coupons
to would-be sweet tooths. Like many entrepreneurs of
their generation, they emphasize

PHOTO: BRETT FREEMAN their progressive roots. ey em-

ploy 300-plus people between

all their locations, o er health

insurance to their employees and

just launched a 401(k) program.

e company is involved with

every phase of the business, in-

cluding cultivation and farm-

ing, and it supports progressive

causes such as sustainability

and social equity. Winstanley

explained that its focus is on

bringing cannabis out of the

black market and into the legal

market, and that impacts how it

markets its products.

“Long gone are the days of

your stash box that is kind of

dirty and grody and smells like

old cannabis,” said Winstanley,

who is in charge of everything

from media relations to packag-

ing and customer service. “We

want products that you can put

on a shelf that look like they be-

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North Salem
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As early as 1839, records show that Issac Hart Purdy

began to lobby to get the railroad to route their new

main line through Purdys and Croton Falls rather than

Mahopac and Somers.

In 1847, Issac’s hard work paid o . Issac Hart Purdy PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTH SALEM HISTORICAL SOCIETY
agreed to grant right of way to the New York and Har- The Purdys station spurred rapid growth in the area.
lem Railroad for $1.00. e condition of sale was that

the railroad would build a depot within the community

of Purdys for both passengers and freight. Issac, an acute and shops followed in rapid succession. Show business that begins in pre-colonial times when North Salem was

and skilled businessman, had the foresight to build per- even played a part in the villages’ growth. Local families home to the Mohican, Munsee, and Wappinger tribes.

formance guarantees into the contract that later, in 1954, were prominent owners of the menageries that traveled e NSHS has collected and researched documents,

saved the shutdown and abandonment of the Purdys throughout the country in summer. After the coming photographs, and more to bring to life the history of

Train Station. (Part II of the Purdys Railroad Station of the railroad, huge buildings for animals were erected North Salem. e society will be o ering an Historical

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U.S. News releases 2021 school rankings

BY CAROL REIF schools were not included.) TOP OF THE CLASS
STAFF WRITER e top 10 schools in the na-
U.S. News & World Report’s best high schools national rankings for 2021 were:
U.S. News & World Report, tional ranking represent 10 dif-
the global authority in education ferent states, “demonstrating that Best high schools overall – Top 10 Best STEM high schools – Top 5
rankings, last week unveiled its high-quality public high schools
2021 assessment of public high can be found throughout the 1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science 1. High Technology High School (NJ)
schools. U.S.,” it said. Among all ranked and Technology (VA) 2. The Early College at Guilford (NC)
schools, 35.3% are in rural or re- 2. Academic Magnet High School (SC) 3. Science and Engineering Magnet School (TX)
e annual report ranked mote areas; 24.6% are in cities, 3. The Davidson Academy of Nevada 4. BASIS Chandler (AZ)
17,856 high schools nation- U.S. News reported. 4. Payton College Preparatory High School (IL) 5. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science
ally and 1,218 statewide. U.S. 5. School for Advanced Studies (FL) and Technology (VA)
News reviewed nearly 24,000 Among just the top 5% of 6. Sumner Academy of Arts and Science (KS)
high schools in all 50 states and ranked schools, 7.2% are in rural 7. Merrol Hyde Magnet School (TN) For high school students looking ahead to
the District of Columbia. e or remote areas and 42.3% are lo- 8. BASIS Chandler (AZ) college, the U.S. News Scholarship Finder
number of ranked schools rose cated in cities. 9. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science provides information on thousands of
by 70 from last year. It worked and Technology (GA) scholarships and other financial aid options.
with North Carolina-based RTI e new edition also measured 10. Signature School (IN)
International, a global nonpro t how well schools served students Users can narrow their search by location, area
social science research rm. from di erent economic and so- of study, type of award and more. Go to www.
cial backgrounds. College readi- usnews.com/education/scholarships/search.
Schools that landed in the ness speci cally measures par-
top spots were those where stu- ticipation and performance on ty- ve percent of its students state; No. 535, nation). · Math and reading perfor-
dents excelled on state tests– Advanced Placement (AP) and graduate. · College curriculum breadth mance (No. 117, state; No. 1,726,
“performing beyond expecta- International Baccalaureate (IB) nation).
tions”–and had participated in exams. SPECIFIC FACTORS (No. 41, state; No. 270, nation).
and earned a qualifying score · College readiness (No. 71, · Math and reading pro ciency · Graduation rate rank (No. 304,
on college-level exams and had e data came from the 2018- state, tie); No. 6,316, nation, tie).
graduated in high proportions. 2019 academic school year and (No. 35, state; No. 525, nation).
was, therefore, not a ected by the
Using standardized and COVID-19 pandemic, the news CARPET Let
weighted scores, the news orga- company said. HARDWOOD Us
nization rated schools based on REFINISH HARDWOOD Floor
an overall percentile score of be- How did North Salem schools FLOORING You
tween zero and 100. It assigned do in the state rankings? CERAMIC TILES
numerical ranks to schools per- AREA RUGS
forming in the top 75%; those North Salem Middle School/ WINDOWS ’N BLINDS
schools scoring below the 25th High School–No. 46 (No. 427 SHUTTERS
percentile are listed alphabeti- in nation; No. 59 in New York
cally with a ranking range. metropolitan-area high schools).

Rankings were based on in- Students can take AP courses
dicators of school quality such and exams. e AP participation
as math and reading pro ciency, rate is 67%. e total minority
college readiness, college curricu- enrollment is 21% and 12% of
lum breadth and graduation rates. students are economically dis-
advantaged. Its overall score was
e nation’s top high school this 97.61/100.
year was omas Je erson High
School for Science and Technol- ere are 377 students enrolled
ogy in Virginia. It was also No. in ninth through 12th grades.
1 among magnet schools. BA-
SIS Chandler in Arizona topped ere are 62 full-time teachers
the list for charter schools and and the student-to-teacher ratio
High Technology High School is 10:1. Sixty-seven percent of
in New Jersey was deemed the North Salem high school stu-
best STEM school. (Private high dents took at least one AP exam
and 62% passed at least one AP
exam.

Math pro ciency was 93% and
reading pro ciency, 100%. Nine-

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Page 8 – North Salem News Opinion Thursday, May 6, 2021

Happily
Ever
After

LETTERS Feline friends
Turf and Taxes
Canine Conundrum such a need. He reminded his wife of
To the editor, the kittens that were sprung upon them
year after year and the vet bills to have
On May 18, the North Salem School To the editor, SEASONAL the them xed after the liters were old
TIDBITS enough to give away and how the cats
District will have on the ballot a Moving to North Salem eighteen were served $8.00 a can cat food. He
LAURA declared that it was the pricey cat food
proposal to borrow $7 million in order years ago, I was overjoyed to be living in CAMPAGNA that enticed those cats, not some magic
cat whisper power people claimed she
to build a turf eld. is will supple- an area that I had grown to love for its Here is something to think about had. His wife who had seemed to ignore
over your morning co ee. her husband’s comments, just continued
ment Tompkins Field, which can be bucolic setting, peace and privacy. Everyone you have known has to recall her favorite moments with
owned a cat. each cat she had cared for. Her husband,
seen from June Road, just south of the Over the last few years, the idyllic accepting defeat, but con dent that he
Go ahead, think about it. ey may got his point across to the crowd, just
entrance to the school. nature of North Salem has changed. not have one now winding their way continued to make his facial expressions
around their ankles, but they have had as she recalled her memories.
e argument for this is that turf is Some folks seem less concerned about one at some point in their life whether
they wanted one or not. As a child we had a cat, omasina
better and safer than real grass. But I how their actions impact others. It may or Tom for short named after the movie
I was at a dinner party the other
have seen studies that contradict that. not immediately come to mind, but pet evening and the topic of pets came up, e ree Lives of omasina. e
cats speci cally. One couple told how movie is about a young girl who lives
One study found that 82% of NFL owners who use their neighbor’s property they have had so many feral cats, that in a small village in Scotland with her
they believe they are now caring for the veterinarian father and her beloved cat,
players prefer to play on real grass. as part of their pet routine is an example feral relatives of the original felines they
took in years ago. As the wife recalled omasina. When omasina is injured,
What concerns me is the cost. Enroll- of this issue. fond memories of how she would leave her father has the animal euthanized,
food in her backyard when she noticed breaking the girl’s heart. omasina’s
ment has been shrinking in the North While it’s good for the health of a cat, her husband began to make faces. still-living body is rescued by a kind ani-
She continued on to tell us her secrets mal healer who nurses the cat back to
Salem School District for several years the pet owner to be out with their on how she turned some of the wild cats health. e cat survives, but its memory
into wonderful house companions and is lost and it will take a miracle to re-
now, and it is a very small district as it best friend, it comes at the expense of that she was fondly “called the cat whis- unite the girl with her pet. Spoiler alert,
perer” by some. Her husband added a as I know no one out there will binge it
is. Why take on such a large expense property owners if the pet owner is groan to his facial reactions. on Net ix, the cat regains his memory
and everyone lives happily ever after.
when school taxes are already extremely misguided. I’ve experienced neighbors As she reminisced about her favorite Looking back, it was a rather odd story
cats, her husband could no longer take and perhaps the in uence for Stephen
high? who have insisted that my rights are not it and interrupted her. He wanted to set King’s “Pet Cemetery.” e only thing
the record straight on some of the furry my sister got out of the movie, was that
More, the school board has made no their concern - they are entitled to use house quests he had to endure over their she could dress up our cat in doll clothes
40 plus years of marriage. ey had a cat and push him around in a doll stroller.
e ort whatsoever to utilize community my property for their pet at the expense with a $250.00 monthly bill for its insu-
lin medication that had to be adminis- When my sister and I moved out
fundraising to lower the burden on the of my health and enjoyment of my own tered twice a day and the vacation plans of our childhood home, we got cats of
that had to be changed to accommodate
taxpayers. Katonah-Lewisboro did a property. Other neighbors have similar SEE CAMPAGNA PAGE 10

bang-up job with community fundrais- stories and are placing “No Dogs” signs

ing when they built their turf eld. on their properties. Yet another neighbor

Many other school districts around the faced a horrible situation when a dog

country have done the same. Why can’t attacked a pet.

we? Last year my partner was sprayed with

e board and Superintendent dog poop on three occasions while using

Freeston argue that there is a bond that lawn equipment. is resulted in the

is being retired, so taxes will remain clean-up and disinfection of body, shoes,

“level.” What they don’t tell you, of clothes and equipment, and a doctor’s

course, is that if we continue to use the visit. e Center for Disease Control

playing eld that has served the school states: “…people should be aware that

well for many, many years, school taxes dogs of any age, including puppies, can

would go down next year. carry harmful germs that can make

e voters on May 18 have a choice. people sick. Germs from dogs can cause

Either borrow $7 million for what is, a variety of illnesses.”

at best, an academic frill, or cut school Speaking with pet owners, there seems

taxes next year. If they understand this, to be a lack of awareness of the town law

the latter will win in a landslide. pertaining to dogs. Fair enough - per-

Sincerely, SEE LETTERS PAGE 11
John Steele Gordon

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Page 10 – North Salem News OPINION Thursday, May 6, 2021

CAMPAGNA companion anxiety. She returned Fresh Tuna Salad Pour the dressing over the tuna salad. Mix

FROM PAGE 8 Harry a month later. again to make sure the tuna salad is

our own. My sister adopted an Overall when one pictures a cat For the Dijon Mustard Dressing evenly coated with the dressing. Cover and
older Persian which she named owner, its pictured as a lovely old refrigerate for half an hour before serving.
Zachary. He was a great cat lady sitting in a rocking chair with 2 1/2 tsp good quality Dijon mustard When ready to serve, toss the salad gently
when you were home, but once a crocheted afghan hung over her Zest of 1 lime to refresh.
you left him alone, he would shoulders petting her beloved cat. 1 1/2 limes, juice of Serve on your favorite baguette or with
howl endlessly. Her neighbors So it was a great surprise to see 1/3 cup Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil crackers.
in her apartment complex began one on the shoulders of a salty,
weather worn sherman who

to complain about the excessive was at the helm of a shing boat. Pinch of salt and pepper How to cook fresh tuna steaks:
howling. She brought the cat to We were on vacation and at our

her vet and he suggested medica- favorite spot in town, the lo- For the Tuna Salad Choose skillet that best fits the number of
tion to slightly sedate the lonely cal commercial shing pier. All 3 Fresh Tuna Steaks, cooked (see note tuna steaks you are cooking. Add 1 Tbsp.
animal. She asked for another through the day and night boats below) oil and 1 Tbsp. butter to the skillet. Heat the
solution and he suggested getting arrive with their catch of the day skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
it a companion and he had one and tourists line up to watch. As

in mind. Someone had dropped the boat approached the dock, 2 1/2 celery stalks, chopped Add the tuna steaks. The steaks should

o a cat that they could no longer the cat jumped onto the dock 1/2 English cucumber, chopped sizzle when added. Cook, uncovered, 4 to 6
care for and asked my sister if she and began making his way to all 3 green onions, white and green parts, minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish
wanted to take it home. She of of the visitors who had arrived chopped begins to flake when tested with a fork but
course hesitated a bit, wonder- to watch the catch of the day be 1/2 medium-sized red onion, finely chopped is still pink in the center, turning once during
ing if she really wanted another unloaded of the boats. is boat cooking.
cat, but facing more complaints was a tuna boat and the catch of
1/2 cup cups pitted Kalamata olives, halved
from her neighbors and possibly the day was Atlantic Tuna. is

a stronger letter from the home- cat, who we soon found out was

owner’s association, she accepted named Elwood had been accom- To make the mustard vinaigrette, in a small
the new addition to her family. panying the sherman and his bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard,

She named it Harry, I named it crew for about 5 years on every

Damien, the cat from hell. He was trip they made. Once docked, lime zest, and lime juice. Add the olive oil,

gray in color with demonic yellow Elwood knew the precise time it salt and pepper, and whisk again until well-

eyes. She was told that he was an would take to visit the tourists on blended. Set aside briefly.
indoor cat and was handled by the dock and then make his way

his previous owners. I bet they to the tuna scrap pile for his daily

handled him! You needed a full meal. I have to tell the couple I To make the tuna salad, in a large salad

suit of armor to get anywhere near met at that dinner party to tell bowl, combine the tuna with the chopped

him let along touch him. Poor his wife, to stop buying the $8.00 vegetables, Kalamata olives. Mix gently with
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Zachary, not only did he have a can cat food, fresh tuna works

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Good-bye, dear friend LETTERS

WHAT WAS Phyl and I would have lunch together her own studio. But I digress. e day of FROM PAGE 8
I THINKING? several times a week; with kids in college, the prom, Susan appeared at our home in
money was on the tight side for both her lovely gown; Paul looked happy and haps your newspaper can help clarify this so
RUTHANN of us. Some days we’d pool our money handsome in his tux and o they went. that those with furry family members can
SCHEFFER together and have enough to split a When I nally saw my son again, he peacefully coexist with their neighbors. at
sandwich, a bag of chips and a cup of tea. had ice packs on his feet. He said they’d being said, sections from Article 70 of the
Have you ever met someone with We’d sit in the cafeteria with our shared danced every dance and had a great time. town code state: “ e Town Board of the
whom you just “clicked?” sandwich and chat as friends often do. Town of North Salem nds that the running
It has only happened to me We were amazed as we watched some of Phyliss and I shared the joys and the at large and other uncontrolled behavior of
a few times in my life and I am thankful the men carrying trays with a full meal, sorrows that are all a part of living. ere dogs have caused physical harm to persons and
for those special bonds of friendship. But right down to the dessert. We knew were weddings, birthdays and sadly, funer- damage to property and have created nuisanc-
sooner or later comes the sadness when they’d have another meal at home that als. It was comforting to have a friend es within the Town. e purpose of this article
that extraordinary person leaves this evening. We’d shake our heads and sigh, by my side, ready to laugh and joke at is to protect the health, safety and well-being
world and your life. especially at this one guy who always had the good stu and who was there with a of persons and property by imposing restric-
a nice dish of chocolate pudding with warm hug when I was hurting. Over the tions on the keeping and running at large of
My friend Phyliss and I started in whipped cream. years, we would meet for lunch whenever dogs within the Town.”
communications at IBM back in the late we could, and when we did, we seamlessly
‘70s. Upon meeting we easily shared our ere was a special camaraderie picked up as if we’d seen each other the It shall be unlawful for any owner of any
family history. Phyl was married to Larry between our kids and it was a joy to hear day before. dog in the Town of North Salem to permit or
and had three kids; I was married to them talking and laughing when we allow such dog to:
Bud and had four kids. We became a big were together. at feeling of friendship Phyliss passed away just short of her
extended family and shared many Sunday was at its best in Paul’s senior year.Two 84th birthday. She will be remembered - Run at large unless the dog is restrained
dinners at each other’s homes. One par- weeks before the Senior Prom, his date for her devotion to God, family and by an adequate leash or unless it is accompa-
ticular Sunday stands out. Bud and I piled backed out. is lioness was furious at friends. Phyl loved music, entertaining nied by its owner or a responsible adult able to
the boys and my Mom and Dad - they the person who was hurting her cub! Of friends and family - her meatballs were control it by command.
were loved by Larry and Phyl’s family and course I con ded in Phyliss who shared “primo.” She was a great listener and
vice versa - into our station wagon and my displeasure over this upsetting turn of loved a good joke. - Uproot, dig or otherwise damage any
o we went to Pelham. When we pulled events. vegetables, lawns, owers, garden beds or other
in, Larry and Phyl were standing on the e world is a bit empty without you, property not belonging to the owner of such
front steps waiting to greet us. at evening, Phyl’s daughter, Susan, my dear friend, but I know that Heaven dog.
called Paul and said she’d heard about the has become a better place with your car-
“It was like watching the clown car at prom debacle. She announced to him that ing and laughter. I hope the Lord made - Create a nuisance by defecating, urinat-
the circus,”laughed Larry.“Every door on he was indeed going to the prom and that special arrangements for you to have ing or digging on public property or private
that car opened and people came pouring she was his date, so polish up his dancing chocolate pudding with a decent dollop property other than the property of said owner.
out! Absolutely amazing that you all t!” shoes. I will mention here that Susan is of whipped cream! Love you and miss
a professional dancer and choreographer, you. It’s hoped that this information will help
has appeared in numerous shows and has neighbors take positive action by curbing their
Contact Ruthann at [email protected] dogs, and support a common understanding
in the community. We are also lucky to live in
an area with dog friendly parks which are also
wonderful options for pets and owners.

Sincerely,
Tina Doherty

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North Salem Shutterbugs Shine!

A group of North Salem High School students recently had their work exhibited at the 2021 Reel Exposure Interna-
tional Teen Film and Photography Festival. Maya Dallow, Kate Je ery, Katie Lenahan, Aaliyah Wilson and Ruby Yarnall
all had entries in the event, showcasing photography skills honed at NSHS. e event was held April 7-9, and the students’
work will be displayed through May 13 at Trolley Barn Gallery, located at 489 Main Street in Poughkeepsie.

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