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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 02.13.20

VOL. 2 NO. 37 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Eagle Scouts honored Katonah Library
pushes Bedford
for more funding

BY TOM BARTLEY total aid it was giving each or-

CONTRIBUTING WRITER ganization this year—$636,227,

a $12,000 rise over last year.

Silence may be golden in a li- Lanigan, for her part, sought a

brary, but in today’s increasingly $195,000 bump in the annual

competitive fundraising arena, contribution, to $831,000.

a raised voice may gather more Supervisor Chris Burdick

John Gerard O’Dwyer, William Skyler Lee, Patrick James Bates from BSA Vista gold, Katonah library o cials promised only a “concerted ef-
Troop 101.
are coming to believe. fort” to improve library funding.
“We frankly haven’t howled “I understand...that it looks like
Jack Mango and Ryan Comstock from Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 Lewisboro.
READ MORE ABOUTTHE PROJECTSTHESE SCOUTS COMPLETED ON PAGE 3. until now,” Virginia Lanigan, we’re awash in money,” Burdick

president of the Katonah Village told the library representatives,

Library, said in an interview last “but I assure you that we’re not.”

week, suggesting a more aggres- Armed with slides and sta-

sive posture in the library’s pur- tistics, Lanigan and Michael

suit of increased town funding. Dwyer, Katonah Library’s co-

“We need to howl.” treasurer, addressed the board

While acknowledging in a at its Feb. 4 work session. In an

later email the many initiatives hour-long presentation—twice

competing for town support, the allotted time—the library

she asserted that Bedford’s “un- board o cers detailed what they

derfunding of Katonah Library depicted as a decade-long de-

indicates that its libraries have cline in the town’s nancial sup-

dropped quite a few rungs on port since 2009.

that priority list.” In that year, the board’s con-

Earlier in the week, Lanigan tribution—$636,919—repre-

and representatives of Bedford’s sented 84 percent of the library

other two libraries had pressed SEE FUNDING PAGE 5
the Town Board to increase the

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Three earn Eagle Scout honors Two named to
Eagle Scout rank
BSA Vista Troop 101 Scouts Patrick James in the main farmhouse. e back room was reno-
Bates, William Skyler Lee, and John Gerard vated for the purposes of storage and preservation Boy Scouts of America Troop each side being 8 feet long. Gaga
O’Dwyer all earned their Eagle Scout rank. of the many artifacts that have been gathered over
the past 200 years and the front room is for visi- 1 Lewisboro held a Court of is a very popular game that kids
e Reverend Joseph J. Campo of St. John’s tor viewing. e front room was originally a music
Episcoipal Church in South Salem led the invo- room and the family’s piano is on display. e mis- Honor on January 4 to celebrate of all ages can play that can only
cation, which was followed by a welcome and in- sion of the project was to compel interest through-
troductions by BSA Vista Troop 101 Committee out the town for Onatru Farm’s history and that of two new Eagle Scouts: Ryan be played in this type of pit. e
Chairman Richard Healy and Tom Fuller, Scout- the town itself. e two rooms have been restored
master. e scouts were then awarded their coveted with care and historical accuracy including paint Comstock and Jack Mango, both children in the community ben-
and hard earned Eagle Scout Medals. colors, wall trim, crown molding and oor nish.
of South Salem. ey were the e t from having access to this
Former Vista Troop 101 Eagle Scouts Sebastian William (Billy) Skyler Lee is 18 years old and
Bates, Will Berger, Sean Butler, Brian Daley, Alex completed his Eagle Board of Review on May 29, 101st and 102nd Troop 1 Scouts game as well as Lewisboro Day
Kuehl, Brian Johnson and Travis Milone led e 2019. Billy’s project was the replacement of an
Eagle Charge. active pedestrian bridge in Ward Pound Ridge to achieve the top rank since Camp. Over the summer, the
Reservation, Westchester County, New York.
en each new Eagle Scout in turn gave their the Troop’s rst Eagle Scout in Gaga pit was well used and ap-
Eagle Re ections and presented their individual e heavily tra cked 13-foot bridge was up-
mentor pins. Scoutmaster Fuller and Former graded from a 24-inch wide plank to a four-foot 1953. Nationally, only about 5 preciated by campers and chil-
Scoutmaster Bernie Kuehl gave Scoutmaster re- wide bridge with hand rails. Billy led his troop
in moving large stones by hand and pry bars to percent of Boy Scouts advance dren who visited the Town Park.
ections. slowly and methodically piece together two-level
Sen. Pete Harckham, Legislator Kitley Covill, foundations to support the bridge. e bridge to the rank of Eagle Scout. “I thought of the idea of
and Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons itself was built almost entirely with hand tools.
each gave their congratulatory presentations to the After completing the bridge, more boulders were e ceremony was held at a Gaga pit and immediately
scouts. Westchester County Executive George moved to create a smooth, natural walkway atop a
Latimer and Maureen Koehl, Lewisboro Town very jagged stone wall adjoining the bridge. One the South Salem Presbyterian shared it with the Lewisboro
Historian, were also in attendance. challenge of the project was leaving a safe work-
Invited guests included Leonard Arcuri, BSA ing bridge in place at the end of each work ses- Church, where Troop 1 regularly Parks and Recreation Depart-
Muscoot District Commissioner of the Westches- sion.
ter-Putnam Council, Marc Baiocco, Vice Presi- meets. Guest speakers included ment. After fully explaining
dent of Vista Fire Department and Peter Raho, John O’Dwyer is 17 years old and completed
Member of the Vista Fire Department, the Char- his Eagle Board of Review on June 12, 2019. George Latimer, Westchester the game and the structure that
ter Organization for the Vista Troop 101. John’s Eagle Service Project involved construct-
Assistant Scoutmasters Vinny Aceste, Gilbert ing 16 raised garden beds in a 60 x 40-foot area at County Executive; Kitley Covill, needed to be built, the Board was
Castellon, Jay Graygor, Dennis Lee, Brent Ny- the Community Garden Club at Onatru Park, in
itray, John O’Dwyer, Randy Samuelson, and Joel South Salem, New York. John designed his gar- Westchester County Legisla- in support. e planning process
Smith were in attendence, Committee Member/ den with a focus on the elderly and the environ-
Treasurer Randy Samuelson along with Commit- ment. He used linseed oil on the wood surround- tor, Maureen Koehl, Lewisboro was rigorous, but I enjoyed it, as
tee Members Brent Nyitray, and Dan Parker. Cub- ing each bed rather than pressure treated wood
master Bill Bongiorno and Assistant Cubmaster for a natural source of wood preservation. Also, he Town Historian; and Jay Singer, well as the satisfaction of seeing
Adam Wiles of Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 joined installed a four-foot-wide path for easy access and
the special occasion. placed wood chips along the pathways. e raised Leading Knight Mid-Westches- the results of the troops’ work. I
Rich Healy gave each scout their congratulatory beds were very much appreciated by the Garden
letters and led the closing of the ceremony, which Club as they allowed its elderly members who have ter Elks Lodge #535. Troop 1 am very happy I could share this
ended with Taps being played on the bugle by Life di culty bending or kneeling, to sit on the edge of
Scout Tejas Chimata. the raised beds as they work. Having raised beds Senior Patrol Leader, Clayton with the children of our com-
minimizes soil erosion and provides weed control.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS Hadlock, served as Master of munity,” said Comstock.
Patrick Bates is 18 years old and his nal Board e raised versus at beds allow gardeners to plant
additional healthier and stronger plants. Ceremonies, along with Scout- Jack Mango is 18 years old
of Review was on January 16, 2019. Patrick’s Eagle
Service Project was converting the o ces of the All three scouts held fundraisers to purchase master Peter Hadlock and Assis- and has been active in Scouting
Lewisboro Town Historian into a Historical Visi- supplies and obtained donated materials such as
tors’ Center at Onatru Farm, South Salem, New paint, tools, gravel, plants and top soil from local tant Scoutmaster Larry Mango. for 12 years. He attends John Jay
York. is government building was donated in construction and landscaping businesses to be able
1973 by the original owning family who resided to successfully complete their Eagle Service Proj- Ryan Comstock served as a High School, where he is on the
there since the 1700’s. e donation papers stated ects.
that the farmhouse be used only for “historical pur- Senior Patrol Leader and Troop honor roll, in the National Hon-
poses” and that the forty-acre area surrounding the e Eagle Scout Projects would not have been
dwelling remain unchanged. Patrick’s project in- possible without the assistance and support of the Guide during his years with or Society, and is active in many
volved the complete restoration of two large rooms Boy Scouts and parents of Vista Troop 101, as well
as their uniformed leaders both past and present. Troop 1. He graduated from activities including Varsity Track

John Jay High School in the and Cross Country. He has en-

class of 2019 and is currently joyed camping, backpacking and

a freshman attending James hiking with the Troop since his

Madison University in Harri- rst campout at Onatru Farm

sonburg, Virginia. Ryan served in 2011. His favorite Scout out-

his community for 12 years ing was a backpacking overnight

while in Cub Scouts and Boy through the Devil’s Pass in the

Scouts, volunteering at many Shawangunk Mountains. At

town events, and participating as Camp Read, where he attended

a three season Varsity athlete at summer camp, he fondly recalls

John Jay High School. He is also winning three BOSS (Best of

a Volunteer Fire ghter and was Scouting Skills) awards with

Junior Fire ghter of the Year in his Troop. Over the years he has

2018 with the South Salem Fire held various leadership positions

Department. in the Troop including Librar-

Ryan’s Eagle service project ian, Webmaster, Quartermas-

bene ciary is the Lewisboro ter, and Troop Guide. For his

Parks and Recreation Depart- Eagle Scout Service project, he

ment. He designed and con- created a system of way nding

structed a Gaga pit at Lewis- and informational kiosks for the

boro Town Park. A Gaga pit is a trail system within Ward Pound

wooden structure in the shape of SEE SCOUTS PAGE 5
an octagon that is 3 feet tall with

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Reflections on the 110th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America

BY BILL BONGIORNO so today. Any boy could join and if million broad feet of black walnut or just “doing a good turn daily” around the world with 30 million
GUEST COLUMNIST a scout ful lled the requirements, trees for use as gunstocks and air- helping neighbors and others in members. Proof lies in the fact that
he earned the merit badge. plane propellers and distributed 30 our communities. e uniform Afghanistan just this year has again
February 8 marks the 110th an- million pieces of government lit- they wear is one of a “Messen- launched their scouting program in
niversary of the Founding of e In 1930, the Cub Scout Pro- erature to citizens. Scouts raised an ger of Peace.” Last year several of the country.
Boy Scouts of America in 1910. A gram was launched, so this year incredible $23 million for the war our local scouts represented our
date that scouts and scouters know marks the 90th anniversary. In the e ort by selling Liberty Bonds. local community at the World Scouting in Westchester has
well. What many scouts, leaders 1970s, the organization welcomed Scout Jamboree Held at Summit a long and distinguished his-
and the public don’t know is the girls into its Explorer and Ventur- During World War II, President Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. tory. Service hours performed by
history of the organization and ing programs foreshadowing its Franklin Delano Roosevelt made scouts in the Westchester-Putnam
its immeasurable importance to most recent history of welcoming 69 formal requests of e Boy e event is held every four years Council average about 45,000 a
the United States and around the girls into the Cub Scout and Boy Scouts of America for aid in the in a di erent country and brings year according to their website.
world. Since that time, more than Scout program. Scouts with dis- war e ort. ese included the col- together thousands of scouts from
100 million hours of community abilities do not have any time limit lection of rubber as spare tires and around the world. It hadn’t been I would urge everyone to read at
service and more than 5 million for completing their requirements other consumer products. A two held in the U.S. in forty years. e least a little bit of scout history to
lives have been saved by scouts to earn Eagle Scout rank. Girls week drive alone netted 30 million amount of good will and under- really begin to understand what a
and leaders. Literally around the joining the organization Febru- pounds of rubber. Another 20,000 standing shared by our scouts with tremendous impact scouting has
country and world everyday lives ary of 2018 have extra time to victory gardens were planted to others around the world that are so had not only in building America
are saved and community service work through the merit badges to feed soldiers. Other e orts were di erent from themselves,yet share and defending it,but locally as well.
projects are building local com- achieve scouting’s highest rank of distribution of pledge cards for so much through scouting,is price-
munities and changing lives for the Eagle. e Scout Oath and Scout war bonds and war saving stamps, less. e Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts
better thanks to scout volunteers Law remain a cornerstone of the collection of aluminum, and paper. alone have a 55 year history in the
and scouts. program. Scouts even served as re watch- I would suggest we would do community. Better yet, get your
ers, emergency medical personnel, well to replicate the Boy Scouts of sons and daughters interested in
From the very start of e Boy Few people know the history of messengers and dispatch bearers America practice of meritocracy scouting and join a local pack or
Scouts of America, boys of di er- the organization and its immea- according to the book, “Four Per- above any di erences and above all troop.
ent races,religions,economic status surable contribution to the coun- cent, e Extraordinary Story of else to make some determination
and abilities were welcomed into try. During World War I, scouts Exceptional American Youth.” of the character of a person on their e author is Cubmaster for
the program. is was certainly a planted 12,000 victory gardens to each individual merits alone. e Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts
forward thinking idea that took the feed soldiers. Scouts collected 100 Closer to home we see the posi- and a Boy Scouts of America merit
rest of the country decades to em- railroad cars worth of nut hulls and tive a ects of our local scouts ev- If the next 110 years is any- badge counselor for Scouting Her-
brace. Meritocracy was the bed- peach pits used to make charcoal erywhere we look, be it planting thing like the last 110 years, one itage. He has achieved the highest
rock of the program and remains gardens at Onatru Farm, clearing of our greatest hopes for mankind training in the organization,having
lters for gas masks. ey identi- hiking trails, building structures, lies with the world wide scouting completed Wood Badge in the Fall
ed and charted the location of 21 movements that are alive and well of 2020 and all subsequent training

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FUNDING limiting property tax increases, SCOUTS County, the park is rich with history dating back
the cap also diminishes town centuries and is often the destination for hikers
FROM PAGE 1 spending options. Before the FROM PAGE 3 from all around. Unfortunately, it’s hard to nd
cap, in the century’s rst de- most of the park’s history outside of books and
budget. Over the years, however, cade—when town funding, li- Ridge Reservation. As he is often running there articles. I designed my signs to inform visitors
library expenses have contin- brary o cials said, was “normal- with the JJHS Cross Country team, he was in- about some of the most popular sites, such as the
ued to mount. So, although this ized”—budgets came together spired to work on a project in WPR. He worked Leatherman’s Cave, Boutonville Oak, and Old
year’s town allocation, $636,227, based on residents’ perceived closely with the Park Supervisor and the Town Mill Site. Over the workdays, we built the signs
is virtually unchanged from a need/desire for town services. Historian on the project and thanks his friends and installed them on 9 miles of trails through-
decade ago, it now covers only Board members coupled that and fellow Scouts for their assistance in com- out the park. I’m very thankful for all those who
67 percent of library spending, with their best political sense pleting the project. helped me through the process. I couldn’t have
which has risen since 2009 by of what the tra c would bear done it without all of you,” Mango said.
25 percent. in terms of tax increases and “I designed nine informational way nd-
drafted a spending plan. ing signs for my project in Ward Pound Ridge
Dwyer attributed the spend- Reservation. One of the largest in Westchester
ing increases, an average of at all changed in 2011.
about $15,000 a year, to an in- Now, every budget discussion FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST
exorable rise in the cost of pro- starts with a nite number, es-
viding high-quality services. tablished by the state, de ning tickets at:
“We have a revenue issue, not an exactly how much a jurisdiction
expense issue,” he maintained. like the town can spend with- &
“If you can’t do anything about out violating the cap ceiling.
your expenses, you’ve got to go In some years, that gure has A NEW DINING EXPERIENCE BY CHEF LUIS
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timillion-dollar surplus, said, contributions for the next two
“ ere is no question that our years. “We have never recovered
fund balances have grown over from that cut,” Lanigan told the
the years, but they’ve grown in board.
tandem with the overall increase
in our budget.” Even after the emergency cut-
backs stopped in 2014, library
e town’s key nance o cial, funding in the cap-constrained
Comptroller Abraham Zam- town budgets did not approach
brano, in an email late last week, the levels of 2009 and 2010 un-
said that the town continues to til this year.
tally 2019 expenses, but that for
now the current fund balance is As a result, Lanigan said, the
“just over $7 million.” library rolled out of 2019 with
$72,000 more in expenses than
State guidelines suggest that its budget could pay, a shortfall
Bedford, with a 2020 budget of plugged only by dipping into
about $41 million, should keep cash set aside for capital expens-
about $6 million to $6.8 million es. “ at’s what we’ll have to do
in reserve. again [this year],” she said.

Lanigan, while acknowledg- Outside of the town’s contri-
ing the need for a “healthy fund bution, the library’s only other
balance,” termed her requested revenue options consist of an
funding “peanuts” next to the annual appeal, spring and fall
cash reserve. “We’re not asking galas and a book sale.
for millions,” she said. “We’re
talking hundreds of thousands.” Lanigan sees little chance
of closing the nancial gap
Recalling a di erent era in through additional fundraising.
municipal nance, Lanigan said, “ e population of Katonah
“It didn’t used to be this way has not materially changed in
[for Bedford’s three libraries]. many years and probably won’t
For many, many years...the town for many more,” she told the
gave them adequate funding.” board. “And that’s the entire
pool of people that we can go
But in New York State, 2011 to for money. We’re now going
was a watershed year for munic- to them four times a year, asking
ipal nance. A cap on property for a handout.”
tax increases, recommended by
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ap- Perhaps in response to that
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Armchair Travel Getting there

Ilike to watch travel shows on grab a sweater since many of these Ilove to write, and the fact that I don’t often on rack oo!” I swear this really happened, and
TV. Globe Trekker is a favorite, excursions are in cold and windy have anything particularly important to while everyone was scratching to get back to
especially with Ian Wright or locations. say should not deter you from loving to Track Two I put on my rain gear and unlocked

Zay Harding as the travel guides. Another travel-oriented show read. But if I’m expecting my bike.

ese con- that I often watch on my writing to pay the bills I’m sopping wet by the

genial hosts PBS is called Bare around here, I’m going to MAN time I reach the Broadcast
need some smaller bills. For OVERBOARD Center. My pants are tucked
bring you READING, Feet with Mickela that I rely on my day job, into my socks, my sneak-
WRITING & Mallozi. Mickela is
along on their CHOCOLATE an American dancer working at the big television RICK ers are soaked, I’m wearing
adventures to network in the big city. I’ve MELÉN a red poncho with the hood
been there for 40 years now, held in place by a pair of ski
remote parts of KIM who likes to travel

the world. You KOVACH to di erent locations

can imagine across the U.S. and and quite a bit has changed goggles and I’m dripping

yourself hiking around the world over the years in the net- water from my nose, at least

up a moun- to learn ethnic and work, in the city and in I hope it’s water. A sloshing

tain in Switzerland or trekking in popular dance styles. I particularly myself. But one thing has remained the same, sound is coming from my sneakers as I get in

Patagonia. Useful facts and amus- enjoyed the episode on Uzbekistan. and that is that the hardest part about my job the elevator. Inside the car of course is the gal

ing side trips add to the viewing e sightseeing included gorgeous is getting there. from “Inside Edition,” who works on my oor,

experience. examples of 15th century Islamic A lot of people hate to commute into Man- blonde, about six foot-three in heels, two legs

I also like cooking shows with architecture. e blue mosaic tiles hattan, but I’ve come to embrace the trip. I get that are decorative as well as functional, per-

travel included as part of the and vibrant colors of the ancient some sleep and some exercise, and I engage in fectly dressed with not a hair out of place and

episode. When I watch Pati’s buildings and pottery were beauti- one of my favorite activities, people-watching. kind of gorgeous. I look like a cross between

Mexican Table, I may not make ful. Mickela sampled the national By the time board the 8:04 at Goldens Bridge Rocky the ying squirrel and the creature from

the recipes that Pati Jinich is dem- lamb and rice dish, plov, but her and present my monthly pass, I’m already the black lagoon. She beams a perfect smile at

onstrating in her home kitchen, main focus was on learning some worn out and ready for a nap. e sound of me with not a tooth out of place while we both

but I do enjoy watching her travel of the folk dances and wearing the the conductor’s voice wakes me up at Grand try to pretend I’m not there. In my daydream

to small Mexican towns. We get colorful regional costumes for a Central Terminal: “Please exit the train as we work on the 137th oor, enough time for

to see local chefs cooking in their dance performance. quickly and safely as possible!” I exit the train me to get up the nerve to say hello to her. “You

rustic kitchens. I’ve learned a lot Recently, my friend, Ellen, called fairly slowly, but in an extremely safe manner. know, I don’t always look like the creature

about di erent varieties of chili to tell me that she just returned ere are more announcements at the station from the black lagoon,” I casually point out. “I

peppers, as well as tiny beachfront from a 27-day trip to South Amer- to be careful of the gap in between the train know,” she says, “I see you all the time, and you

towns that tourists have not yet ica. “South America!” I exclaimed and the platform. One time a girl got drunk usually look like a creature from a di erent-

discovered. in surprise. My momentary travel and fell into the gap, she may still be there for colored lagoon.”

For a culinary travel experience envy got the better of me and I all I know, and now we all have to su er these I open up my o ce and remove my socks

of a completely di erent kind, I snarkily asked, “But did you go to insu erable announcements and disclaimers; to drip dry them next to the radiator. Working

enjoy watching New Scandinavian Easter Island?” it’s the American Way. in television is not as glamorous as you might

Cooking. A able host, Andreas “YES!” replied Ellen. “We stayed It’s pouring outside so I decide not to ride think. Now that I’m here I get down to my

Viestad, takes viewers to loca- there for three nights!” my bike to my o ce and opt for Plan B, the work as part of a team at Network Operations

tions in Norway to see where the Easter Island is one of my subway. ere are only two out of three tracks that keeps the shows airing correctly. It is my

ingredients are grown or caught. favorite someday-I’d-like-to-go-to in service at the Times Square Shuttle today, job to make sure your “Survivor” survives, your

Breathtaking views of ords, lush dream destinations. I have read and and everyone is waiting at Track One. “Big Bang eory” doesn’t implode and your

green valleys and quaint vil- extensively about the Moai statues e computer generated announcement that “Blue Bloods” doesn’t hemorrhage. ere are

lages are on display since Andreas on Easter Island going all the way clips the rst letter o of each word says: “A facilities to be booked, commercial schedules

always cooks outdoors. He may back to my days as a Creative Writ- rain is approaching on rack oo!” So we all run to be implemented and satellite paths to be

be cooking on a portable grill or ing/Anthropology double major in over to Track Two. “Areful of the osing oors mapped out.

stovetop set up on a windy dock college. on rack un!” So we all run over to Track One, Before I know it it’s time to leave earlier

by the sea or on a rocky outcrop. Ellen explained that the three- where the train has already come, opened its than I’m supposed to, and also before my boss

I am rarely tempted to try any of SEE KOVACH PAGE 12 doors and closed them. Meanwhile the train SEE MELEN PAGE 8

these recipes but I am tempted to has arrived at Track Two. “Areful the osing oors

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Combating a sudden drop in grades

STRONG that school becomes di cult failing, they usually protect their Child: So do I. I’m just stupid. they don’t know who to turn to.
LEARNING for them and they fear that they egos by putting a shell around Parent: I never said you’re Do your homework. Until you
are “stupid.” And, as with your themselves. e adults in their stupid.
DR. LINDA daughter, this cycle usually begins lives interpret this as an “attitude.” Child: But you think I’m stu- do, you won’t know what’s truly
SILBERT between fourth and fth grade. If Since they weren’t born with an pid. You always say that I’m lazy. contributing to her problems.
they’re not helped at that time, it attitude, these same adults need Again, when you speak, your Does she know how to study?
Dear Dr. Linda, continues through middle school to think about what happened in child may perceive messages you Does she understand what they’re
My ninth-grade daughter’s and moves onto high school with the past that might have helped don’t even know you’re sending. talking about in class? Does she
them. to create this attitude. Use language that builds self- understand what the teacher
midterm grades are a disaster. esteem, self-con dence. expects from her?
I’m not surprised because she ese children are usually Here are two must-do sugges- “What do you think is the
spends most of her time on her referred to as underachievers. Par- tions on where to go from here: reason you’re not doing well in Talk to her teachers, counselor,
phone. I just took her phone ents’ knee-jerk reaction is to take math?” school psychologist. If you feel
away and now she’s refusing to away the phone and lecture that 1. Remember that you and “ at was a good try.” you need additional support look
do any schoolwork. She’s says I’m if they don’t get their act together, your husband are your daughter’s “I’m proud to be your mom/ for professionals outside of the
mean, and my husband agrees they’ll spend the rest of their lives most important signi cant others. dad.” school too. If you don’t know
with her. I’m sick of calling the What mom and dad say and do “I always knew you could do what the problem is, you can’t do
school because all they’re going ipping hamburgers. are critical. When you speak and it.” anything to help.
to tell me is that she’s failing and One mom told me years ago act, your child may perceive mes- “I can depend on you to keep
has a bad attitude. ey’ve already that she took her son’s car keys sages you don’t even know you’re working at something until you But rst make sure that your
tested her and claim she’s pretty away and told him that she sending. get it.” daughter knows you don’t think
smart. Where do I go from here? wouldn’t give them back to him she’s stupid, that her schoolwork
until his grades improved. After When I meet with children, e bottom line is that when will never cause you to feel or
Desperate Mom a month went by, she got scared especially fth grade and up you speak to your daughter about think badly about her, and that
P.S. She loved school and did that she’d be driving him around who are failing in school, I hand her grades, use constructive (not your only goal is to help her
ne up until fth grade. en for the rest of his life. His grades them and their parents my book, destructive) language. overcome whatever obstacles she’s
her grades started to go down at not only didn’t improve but went “Why Bad Grades Happen to up against.
which time she got this attitude down. Good Kids,” and when they read 2. Be sure your daughter
and wouldn’t let me help her. So, what is a parent to do? the title, the conversation goes knows that you’re there to help Dr. Linda
Dear Desperate Mom, To begin with, no child wants something like this: her. Remember, you’re her ally,
One of the main reasons that to fail. Everyone human being not her enemy. Students who de- Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
students’ grades fall, and they wants a “Gold Star.” No child Child: I’m a good kid. velop that attitude usually think Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids”
suddenly develop an attitude is goes o to school and says, “I Parent: I never said you’re not. their parents are not on their side. and director of Strong Learning
really want to fail today!” Child: Yes, you do. You’re As a result, when they’re strug- Tutoring and Test Prep. If you have
However, once they start always yelling at me. gling (and they know they are), any questions, email her at [email protected]
Parent: at’s because I want
you to do well in school.



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Night Noises

JUST also occurred in the middle of the night kept coming, rhythmically torturing me. Fun Facts
JO ANN and it took all the courage I had to make Finally I began pushing you and at one by Jo Ann
my way down the stairs to see what it was. point I didn’t even care if I pushed you o
JO ANN It was even worse going back upstairs after the bed. I just needed you to stop snoring. About 40% of adult men and 24% of
FRANCELLA After the hardest nal push, you nally adult women snore. Snoring occurs
nding absolutely nothing amiss. at said, “WHAT?”
I’m a lucky woman. I have a husband was a sleepless night. e next morning, when throat muscles relax.
who has always supported my creative weary and exhausted, I went down to the “I need you to turn over because I can’t
endeavors; he’s my biggest fan and kitchen to make tea and when I opened stand the snoring another second. I need I put the lights on ready for a real knock-
o ers meaningful, constructive criticism. the refrigerator the entire inside was coated to sleep.” down, drag out ght. I was going to get
Sounds like a marriage made in heaven, in brown liquid. Two cans of Pepsi had some sleep if it killed me…or him. As the
right? Well, let’s just say we have our mo- burst and sprayed everything brown. e “I’m not snoring.” room lled with light we saw Coco sound
ments. cans lay open on their sides on the rst “Yes you are. I’ve been tapping, touch- asleep at the foot of the bed and snoring to
shelf. I breathed a sigh of relief for that one. ing, pushing and shoving you for almost an her heart’s content. She stretched, yawned
“What’s this week’s column about?”he Something unusual always seems to happen hour.” and turned her back to us and continued
asked as he stood chopping Romaine let- when you’re away.” “ at’s you snoring and I’ve been trying her snoring. I turned o the light and we
tuce onto his plate. to ignore it because I didn’t want to wake settled back into bed. Somehow it was okay
“OH, I also intend to mention the snor- you,”he said. if it was coming from Coco. I can’t explain
“I’m writing about night noises,”I replied ing.” Ken cleared his throat and swallowed “Are you serious? How can I be snor- it. at’s just the way it is.
as I watched him toss some olives into his as he continued to construct his salad. “I ing if I’ve been trying to get you to stop all
salad. can’t really blame you anymore since I night?” [email protected]
now wake myself with my own snoring,”I
“Really, what’s that about?”he asked. confessed. “Did I always snore or is it just is conversation was happening in pitch
“Relax; it’s not what you think. I’m getting louder?”I asked sheepishly. darkness and as I nished speaking, I heard
going to write about the time you went another loud snore.
on a business trip and at 2 a.m. the huge “Yes you always snored, and yes, it’s get-
antique mirror over the downstairs replace ting louder.” “Are you kidding me? You’re snoring as
crashed to the oor. I knew we should I’m complaining to you about your snor-
have replaced the old cord on the back for “Never mind,”I said.“Remember the ing?”
something sturdier, but I loved the idea of time I kept trying to get you to stop snor-
keeping it original. e sound was unbe- ing? First I touched your “It’s not me!”
lievably loud and I was scared to death.” foot with mine. Just
“Another time when you were away, I a little love tap so you
heard what can only be described as two would barely wake, but
gunshots coming from downstairs. is you kept snoring. After a
while I touched your arm
hoping that you would
turn over and stop snor-
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Gobble, gobble

those in a minute.” pected. e turkey neck was not. body. When I mentioned it to could give you that would melt
I typically only looked at my face my parents, who also, shockingly the fat. Or we could do liposuc-
TRACY “Well, that’s good to know,” directly, head on, not from the had turkey necks, they told me tion in that area.”
BECKERMAN I said with some relief. side. But it was my pro le that there was nothing I could do—it
gave away my drooping neck. Or was genetic—and I came from a She showed me some before-
I couldn’t imagine how years maybe it was my drooping chin. long line of turkey necks dating and-after photos of some of her
I wasn’t sure because they all back to my ancestors in the old patients and I had to admit, they
of slathering my face with seemed to be connected, which country who needed those necks looked really great.
was essentially the problem. to store matzoh balls during the
baby oil and lying with an Kind of like when your ankles cold, lean months in Siberia. “OK, but what’s the recovery
and calves merge to form can- time?” I asked.
aluminum foil re ecting sheet kles. Of course, this was some- is was not something diet
thing a few good turtlenecks or exercise could solve. I would “Not that long,” she said
Iknew she meant it in the under my face when I was a or some other form of clothing need a professional turkey neck brightly. “You just have to wear
kindest, most considerate could hide. But it occurred to intervention. this on your head for a week or
way, but when my doctor teen could have possibly caused me that come summer when so.”
sun damage, and yet here I was. turtlenecks were out of season, I “So, what can I do about my
I actually hadn’t even realized might look a little strange wear- neck,” I asked my dermatologist. She whipped out a stretchy
ing big sweater or a ski mask Aside from zapping a few sun contraption that looked, for all
told me I had a turkey neck, I how bad it was until she held when it was 90 degrees out. spots, I generally preferred to intents and purposes, like a jock
grow old gracefully rather than strap. She showed me a picture
wondered what kind of jail time some kind of blue light over my ere had actually been a look like someone who’s had of what someone actually looked
time or two when I did catch their face stretched too tight. like with the jock strap thing
I would do for dermatologisti- face which illuminated all the my re ection from the side and But I was curious if there was around their face and neck and it
noticed that things that had once anything that I could do that was as bad as I had imagined.
cide. sun damage that I’d accumulated been rm were now droopy, not wouldn’t be too much of a big
dissimilar from the rest of my deal. en she told me the price.
“ at’s something I really over my 55 years. Under that “What do you think?” she
“ ere are some injections we nally asked.
could have gone my whole life light, my face looked a little “I think I could buy a cool
used car for the cost of the
without knowing and not felt like a Rorschach test, and, if I turkey neck procedure,” I replied.
“I’ll look so good in it nobody
any sense of loss,” I told her. “I interpreted it correctly, it ap- will notice my neck.”

have enough issues with these peared to be either a speckled

brown spots on my face that lobster or an exploding butter y,

make me look like I got splat- neither of which was a good look

tered by gravy.” for either a lobster or a butter y

“P t,” she said, peering at my or my face.

gravy spots. “ ose are nothing. Still, the sun damage was

Just sun damage. We can zap something I had already sus-

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John Jay sends 13 wrestlers to sectionals

VRarosuitnydup Girls Basketball (9-9)
Tuesday, Feb. 4 (Lakeland High
• Kendall Miller (24 points, 22

Wrestling rebounds, 3 steals)
• Shannon Nolan (19 points, 9

rebounds, 3 assists)

DIVISIONALS • Kelly Nolan (5 points, 5 assists,

Saturday, Feb. 8 2 steals)

irteen wrestlers from John • Mia Puccio (4 points, 8 re-

Jay are heading to the Section 1 bounds, 4 assists)

championships because of their

performances at the Division III JOHN JAY 63,WALTER PANAS 58

championships, held Saturday, Feb. ursday, Feb. 6 (John Jay High

8, at John Jay High School. School)

• Luca Duva, 99 pounds ( rst • Kendall Miller (18 points, 17 John Jay teammates Daniel
Kola and Connor Mulcahy
place) rebounds, 5 assists) goe toe-to-toe.

• Spencer Hadlock, 99 pounds • Shannon Nolan (14 points, 10 PHOTOS: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

(second) rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks) John Jay’s Cameron
Wierl (120 pounds) gets
• Jake Kern,113 pounds (fourth) • Kelly Nolan (19 points, 4 as- control over an opponent

• Cameron Wierl, 120 pounds, sists, 4 rebounds) from Peekskill.

(fourth) • Mia Puccio (8 points, 6 re-

• Dan Kola,126 pounds,(fourth) bounds, 3 assists)

• Max Grzymala, 152 pounds, Boys Basketball (8-
( rst)

• Gavin Fiacco, 160 pounds, 10)
( rst)

• Jimmy Norris, 160 pounds,

(fourth) HONORS

• Ian Gallagher, 182 pounds, Shane Martinsen was named

(second) All-Conference and All-League.

• Will Stein, 195 pounds, (third)

• Matthew Ferrer, 220 pounds, LAKELAND 67, JOHN JAY 45

( rst) Tuesday, Feb. 4 ( John Jay High

• Max Andrade, 285 pounds, School)

(second) • Shane Martinsen (13 points, 7

• Ben Wiles, 285 pounds, rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal)

(fourth) • Nick Devincenzo (9 points, 1

Hockey (16-1-1) rebound)
• Joey Pink (6 points,1 rebound,

1 steal)

JOHN JAY 7,SCARSDALE 1 • Chris Walsh (6 points, 5 re-

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (Murrary’s Ice bounds, 1 assist)

Rink, Yonkers) • Jack Mcloughlin (4 points, 1

• Tyler Wishart: 2 goals, 3 assists rebound)

• Jack Browe: 2 goals, 2 assists • Ben Cohen (3 points)

• Doug Styles: 1 goal, 2 assists • Ryan Corelli (2 points, 2 re-

• Mike McKeon: 1 goal bounds, 1 assist)

• Mattie Wierl: 1 goal • Luke Mercer (2 points, 5 as-

• Tyle Petschek: 1 assist sists)

• Nick Petrella: 18 saves • Andy Kote (3 rebounds, 1 as-

sist, 1 steal)

JOHN JAY 6,SCARSDALE 0 • Ben Brevetti (3 rebounds, 1

Sunday, Feb. 9 (Murrary’s Ice assist)

Rink, Yonkers) • Stephen Ingersoll (1 rebound)

e Indians extended their win • Mason Difalco (1 rebound)

streak to 13 games with a 6-0 win

over Carmel, which headed into WALTER PANAS 71, JOHN JAY

the game with a 10-game win 60

streak of their own. ursday, Feb. 6 (Walter Panas

• Jack Browne: 1 goal, 3 assists High School)

• Doug Styles: 1 goal, 2 assists Individual stats were not re-

• Tyler Wishart: 2 goals ported for this game.

• Tyler Petschek: 2 assists

• Gunnar Carlson: 1 goal RIDGEFIELD 63, JOHN JAY 46 John Jay’s Donald Schaus
gets his hand raised after
• Anthony Protomastro: 1 goal Friday, Feb. 7 ( John Jay High pinning an opponent in a
152-pound match.
• Kyle Petschek: 1 assist School)

• Zach Dering: 1 assist Individual stats were not re-

• Nick Petrella: 18 saves ported for this game.


Too much, too soon
Doctor advises against youth sports specialization

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER ‘Children who specialize in a

For young athletes, practicing sport before 14 tend to get two to
less may be the key to long-term three times more injuries.’

Specialization, where athletes

exclusively train in one sport –Dr. Eric Small
year-round, can lead to more
injuries and a lack of passion, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

particularly in athletes aged 13

or younger, said Dr. Eric Small,

clinical assistant professor of pe-

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Senior goalie Nick Petrella has been a

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John Jay hockey team, which improved

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hopac on Saturday, Feb. 1. Petrella has

logged 708 minutes over 16 games, go-

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on Dec. 7.

How old were you when you started

playing hockey and what got you


I was around 8 years old when I

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combination of one of my best friends,

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along with a love for watching Dominik

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