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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 09.02.21

VOL. 4 NO. 6 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

DOT: Adding fourth lane to I-684 would cost $600 million

Study recommends using shoulder to address rush-hour congestion

BY TOM BARTLEY open in the evening. Except for tion and roadway modi cations

CONTRIBUTING WRITER those peak periods, the shoulders would generally exist within the

would remain closed to all but footprint of the existing I-684

Adding a part-time fourth emergency stops. corridor.”

travel lane on I-684 between Ka- State highway planners said By contrast, while adding a

tonah and Brewster would help using the highway’s shoulder full-time fourth travel lane in

ease congestion on the highway was the more cost e ective and both directions “would increase

and reduce tra c on local roads, less environmentally harmful peak-period capacity and reduce

state highway o cials have con- of three proposals for providing delays along the corridor,” the

cluded. more pavement to ease the high- report acknowledges, it could

e highway should also add way’s heavy rush-hour demands. also bring “adverse environmen-

a third lane in both directions Other potential remedies include tal impacts since the footprint of

between the Saw Mill River more emphasis on Metro-North the I-684 corridor would extend

Parkway and Route 35, State rail service and county buses and outside of the existing roadway PHOTO: GOOGLE EARTH
Department of Transportation looking at alternative regional alignment.” Moreover, the capital
(DOT) engineers said, and its in- transportation like intermodal cost could run $800 million to The added fourth lane would be available only to address rush-hour
terchange with Route 35 should stations, express buses and new $900 million. DOT shelved that congestion and only in one direction at a time: soutbound in the
be rebuilt. or enhanced local jitney service. approach. morning and northbound in the evening.

ose recommendations and Even at its lowest estimated e agency also scrapped fur- verging-diamond interchange. In outcome of an extensive public

many more followed a years- price tag, leveraging the shoul- ther consideration of installing a DDI con guration, cars turn- outreach e ort, including public

long study of the 12 miles I-684 der’s tra c-bearing capacity was two reversible ex travel lanes ing left are shifted to the left side workshops, extended and numer-

travels from Katonah to I-84 in expected to cost as much as $600 in the median to accommodate of the road. As a result, they do ous meetings with stakeholder

Brewster, and the 3 miles of I-84 million and include the widen- peak morning and evening traf- not cross paths with oncoming groups and review and incorpo-

east to the Connecticut line. ing or realignment of bridges and c. Although that scheme would tra c, reducing the chance of a ration of comments from all in-

e added fourth lane would overpasses. increase peak directional capacity collision. volved,”Burdick said in his news-

be available only to address rush- “Implementing peak shoul- by more than 50 percent, it too Assemblyman Chris Burdick, letter last week.

hour congestion and only in one der use would increase peak- would adversely impact the en- who as Bedford supervisor was “ e next steps include seek-

direction at a time. period capacity and reduce de- vironment, increase operational frequently at odds with DOT ing funding from the federal and

Built on the highway’s existing lays along the I-684 corridor,” costs in the corridor and carry o cials over I-684’s disrepair, state governments to cover the

shoulder, the extra southbound DOT’s Transportation Corridor capital costs of $1 billion or more. pledged to ght now as a state cost of executing a number of

lane would handle the morning Study said. “ is concept is more e report did call for recon- lawmaker for funding of the these suggestions,”he said, prom-

commuter crush while the north- cost-e ective compared to new structing Route 35’s approaches highway improvements. ising, “I’ll be hard at work on just

bound shoulder lane would be construction since the construc- to I-684, converting it to a di- “ e impressive study is the that.”

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EDITORIAL TEAM e following items are or updates. For those reasons, and attening a few garbage
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER from the Lewisboro the names of those involved are cans. e driver told police she
EDITOR: 914-302-5628 Police Department and usually withheld. had trouble with her shoes,
[email protected] are only a portion of prompting her to step on the
the calls to which the WILDLIFE. Residents re- accelerator instead of the brake.
NICK TRUJILLO department responds. ported several animal sightings
REPORTER Please be aware that to police, including bears and e driver had a bump on her leg
these summarizations a bobcat. In one instance, O - and declined medical attention.
[email protected] represent only one cer Drew Conetta scared a bear
perspective. In most back into the woods. FRAUD. Aug. 18, 12:32 p.m.
ADVERTISING TEAM cases, attempts will not – A South Salem resident re-
PAUL FORHAN be made to contact the CAR CRASH. Aug. 16, 4:46 ported that her debit card had
accused nor will pursuits p.m. – A South Salem resident been used eight times to pay for
(914) 806-3951 be made to publish crashed a Cadillac ATS into the Uber fares in California.
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“extensive damage” to the car MASK ENFORCEMENT.
BRUCE HELLER When it comes to Aug. 19, 9:05 p.m. – Police re-
(914) 486-7608 yoWurhteon-ditocloismt,epsutto sponded to the auditorium at
[email protected] yoyuorufruttour-edofirlisstt., put John Jay High School on a re-
port of a person not wearing a
LISA KAIN your future first. mask at the Board of Educa-
(201) 317-1139 tion meeting. Wanting to avoid
[email protected] To find out how to get your a confrontation with the person,
CORINNE STANTON finaTnocifianl dgooaultshoonwtrtaocgke, t your an attendee had called the po-
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JAY GUSSAK financial advisor today. THEFT FROM CAR. Aug.
(914) 299-4541 27, 6:55 p.m. – A South Salem
[email protected] Judi R McAnaw resident told police that items
SHELLEY KILCOYNE FSoinmaFJneuicFJrnsdiuiaaninFdlacRiAinniRcadaMilanvMAlcicsAcdAioadAvrlnvinCsaisaoewowrnr ter Memebdewr were stolen from their car over-
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Goldens Bridge teen taps into the spotlight

Zachary Doran reaches Top 10 in dancing competition

BY NICK TRUJILLO ater programs, their acceptance

STAFF WRITER rate is like 0.07 percent. It’s very

tough,”Doran said.“For these ve

Dancing has been engrained schools, if I get in, I’m going be-

in Zachary Doran, a Goldens cause the training I’ll get will be

Bridge resident and rising senior phenomenal.”

at Archbishop Stepinac High Michigan is his top choice

School, since he was a toddler. and lifelong dream school, as his

Doran’s most recent foray into parents and many of his family

the world of competitive dance members attended the school and

was entering into Broadway- most of his extended family lives

World’s Next on Stage: Dance in Michigan.

Edition. Doran reached the Top Doran’s career goal is to per-

10, nding out on Aug. 5 he form on Broadway in some form,

would not be moving on to the whether it be dancing, singing,

Top 5. He was grateful for the acting, or a combination of the

experience of showcasing his tal- three. His goal after college is to

ent to the judge panel made up move to New York City and au-

of people with decades of experi- dition around for whatever shows

ence in the industry. he can nd.

“It was phenomenal getting “ e city has a great tap scene.

that feedback because then I get at’s one of the reasons why

to watch, I get to see what they I pushed towards musical the-

say and improve based o that,” PHOTO COURTESY OF ZACHARY DORAN ater because it has a lot more tap
than company dance, those are
Doran said. “ ey see my face, I Zachary Doran tap dances.
get my name out there a little bit, a lot more contemporary dance

it’s been great.” to the song “Mr. Bojangles” from as a dancer. His love for perform- “ e fall play starts right away, and modern dance,” Doran said.

His parents, Jennifer Dell and the FX series, “Fosse/Verdon,” ing led him to attend Stepinac for a week or two after school starts. “I plan on auditioning, and then

Bill Doran, own and instruct originally written by Jerry Je their renowned drama program. I’m really excited to do that be- hopefully I work a couple jobs, get

at the Pulse Performance Arts Walker and popularized by Nitty “I started taking singing lessons cause it’s not singing and dancing. into a couple shows, and go from

Studio in Bedford Hills, where Gritty Dirt Band and Sammy and acting lessons to improve the I really enjoy working with our di- there.”

Doran has been working on his Davis Jr. other two areas of musical the- rector and working with him just While his dreams of the city

craft since the age of 2. Doran’s career as a dancer be- ater,” Doran said. At Stepinac, he for acting, I think I’ll improve a and Broadway are still years away,

Dell found the competition gan before he could remember, performed as a dancer in “A Bronx lot,” Doran said. “ e spring mu- Doran has been able to re ect on

through social media and sub- and it has grown into a lifelong Tale” during his freshman year sical, I’m just looking forward to his career as a dancer and a per-

mitted videos of Doran danc- passion and a career path for him. musical and Harold Dawson in being in it and doing it with all my former in his nal year of high

ing from previous competitions. “My mom put me in a class “A Few Good Men” in his sopho- friends. Seeing what the freshman school and the support system

Judges Ben Cameron, Phil when I was 2 and I loved it and more year play. He was going to can do, seeing a lot my friends and that has allowed him to pursue his

LaDuca, Phillip Attmore, Dy- I just kept going,” Doran said. “I be a dancer in Stepinac’s produc- the jump they made from last year passion.

lis Croman, Tyler Hanes, Bianca started competing when I was tion of “Something Rotten,” but to this year, seeing how our direc- “It wouldn’t be possible with-

Marroquin, and Justin Prescott around 5 or 6, just kept building that was scrapped due to the CO- tor pulls together who he thinks out my parents. e Pulse Per-

voted on the Top 30 nishers and and building and eventually as I VID-19 pandemic. will be good in what roles and the forming Arts Studio, that place

revealed the results on July 15. continued to like it, I took more Doran’s favorite show so far show we do.” is very special. My parents and

After making it to the Top 30, classes, competed in more pieces, has been performing “Pippin” Like many high school seniors, all the teachers there, speci cally

Doran and the eld of contestants had more solos, had more groups this spring, as he held the main Doran is already looking ahead Rebecca Wassem, she’s been my

had to submit original videos of and everything.” role and got to perform with his towards his college experience. He mentor for a long time. ey’ve

them dancing for each round. As his career as a dancer pro- friends after a chaotic school year. plans on studying musical theater really pushed me to improve

Doran is a well-rounded dancer gressed, Doran realized he had He is looking forward to work- and has identi ed ve schools as to be the best dancer I can be,”

but specializes in tap dancing; his a passion for musical theater as ing on this year’s fall play once the his favorites: New York University, Doran said. “ ey’ve supported

submissions for each round were well. At Yonkers Middle School, school year starts and is already University of Michigan, Carnegie me through whatever I’ve wanted

tap dancing performances. For he performed in shows during thinking about his nal sendo , Mellon University, Penn State, to do, and I couldn’t ask for any-

the Top 10 round, Doran sub- seventh and eighth grade while performing with his friends one and Northwestern University. thing more. I really appreciate

mitted an original choreography continuing to train and compete last time in the spring musical. “For these top-tier musical the- that from them.”

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their windows to ask me if I’m
leaving soon, and I tell them e band had sort of a blue-
that it depends on how fast grass/country vibe; they were
myself feels like reconnecting very good, and I couldn’t help
with me, but I wouldn’t expect thinking that there are a lot
miracles. of songs about Tucson. I bet if
you went to Tucson and asked
Once I had my umbrella up around, very few people would
and my chair unfolded, I was feel any enthusiasm for writing
ready to do some deep thinking. a song about the place. When I
Just then a plane ew over the went to the bathroom and tried
water trailing a banner advertis- to wash up, there was a ma-
ing a Lasik eye surgeon, and I chine with a motion detector
thought to myself, what a great that dispenses paper towels. I
way to choose a surgeon. “So,” tried the baseball “safe” sign, no
the nurse asks when I come in towel. I pretended to conduct
for a consultation, “How did Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
you hear about us?” “Well,” I in D major, still nothing, and
respond, “a plane ew over the worked my way up to the nal
beach with a banner, and when dance number from “Footloose”
I couldn’t read it, I realized that until someone walked in and
hearing about you was the only I had to explain that I had a
way I would ever hear about background in musical theater.
you.” Luckily when he opened the
door a paper towel came out.
Reading is also a great way
to stir up the creative juices. I When I got back home my
didn’t have a book, so I decided wife seemed surprised to see
to read peoples’ tattoos while me, as maybe time had own
they slept on the sand. Some by faster than usual. I tried to
were written in a small font, so tell her a little about my trip,
I had to nonchalantly get closer and reconnecting with myself
while I held out my reading but my voice was too hoarse.
glasses to magnify the words. “You saw the Bruce Springs-
I’m not exactly a fast reader and teen tribute band again, didn’t
you, and don’t try to talk,” she
said. I nodded, she being so
considerate about my voice.

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Livin’ for today

MY is the fact that we are often forced to play many of my contemporaries have shared an identity crisis may occur. Over time
PERSPECTIVE roles, many of them concurrently, to func- with me the same feeling of “disconnect” we inevitably face signi cant milestones
tion e ectively in society. ere is nothing when they retired, changed jobs or their which should prompt us to recalibrate our
JAMES wrong with that; in fact, society could not children left home. Our career and family assessment of what we value most in life.
MARTORANO function without each of us exercising roles are powerful forces in shaping how We may experience a life-a rming crisis,
the intellectual and emotional dexter- we perceive ourselves and our position in or our kids grow up, or we su er loss, or
Existentialists insist if we are to ity to take on essential positions within society at large. our bodies and psyches endure inevitable
reach our full potential as “authen- it. Whatever role we play, be it parent, daunting challenges. Whatever the event,
tic” selves, we must, at the very elected o cial, teacher, boss, judge, or Despite the inherent di culty, it is in each instance we are provided a signi -
least, acknowledge the learned percep- worker, we learn early on to adapt to our possible to look beyond the societal cant opportunity to take a long hard look
tions which cloud our ability to perceive status. I remember as a child nding it roles we adopt. Many philosophers and at who we really are (our authentic self )
ourselves (and others) as we truly are. extremely fascinating listening to the psychologists have concluded that it is and what is most important to us. But
Even the straightforward act of seeing dramatic change in my mom’s voice when not only conceivable but essential that we how do we do that?
another simply as a person seems, at she had to take a business call. e truth do precisely that if we are able to reach
times, beyond our grasp. Why do I say is that role-playing is unavoidable if we the true goal of human life which is to I have always thought that the initial
that? Because we are not in the habit of are to function socially at all, and, in fact, achieve “authenticity”. Swiss psychologist step to enlightenment is an awareness
thinking of people, or living things for we may nd ourselves successfully wear- Carl Jung, for example, even gave a name of our own mortality. You may recall
that matter, as individual beings. Instead, ing dozens of disparate hats every day. to this process: “individuation.” For Jung, that incredible scene in “ e Dead
we tend to lump beings into various the objective is to recover our oft-hidden Poets Society” where Robin William’s
groups, categorized by species, class, But over the years, philosophers and true self. He considered this undertaking character asks his high school students
national a liation, geographic location, others have pointed to the potential so di cult that it could take a lifetime. to look at an old photo encased in their
race, religious a liation, ethnicity, gender, drawbacks when our roles become so For me, this concept mirrors the Bud- high school’s wall of sports teams from
sexual orientation, and even by physical embedded in our sense of identity that we dhist search for Enlightenment. In both yesteryear. He reminds the young men,
and mental attributes. ese abstractions are no longer cognizant of their presence instances, the e ort literally involves “you see gentlemen, these boys are now
are all too often merely mental compila- nor able to shed their impact. Our roles understanding, appreciating, and living fertilizing da odils. But if you listen real
tions whose employ is more about satisfy- can mold and shape who we really are, out of one’s own center. e authentic close, you can hear them…Listen, you
ing our own need for group identity than and before we know it, the line between and enlightened person makes choices hear it? Carpe, Carpe Diem, seize the day
providing any essential information. But our true self and the characters we play that are in line with who they genuinely boys.” Indeed, we too must seize the day!
it is not totally our fault. Since birth, we can become blurred. Personally, I experi- are, consistent with their true beliefs and Or, in the recent television show, “Nine
are taught an identi cation methodology enced exactly that when, earlier this year, values. e question is, when we look Perfect Strangers,” the main protagonist
that seeks to divide rather than unite. I retired from my job as a Legal Aid At- beyond our roles, are we capable of recog- has her enlightenment-seeking clients
torney after 45 years. I underwent a real nizing who we really are? dig their own graves and then lie in them.
A second and less problematic hurdle identity crisis. Over so many decades, my She then asks each of them to envision
perception of myself and my professional I think so, especially given the fact that their own funeral, imagining what people
role had somehow merged. I know I am during our lifetime we are given numer-
not the only person to feel this way. So ous chances to look inward. Keep in SEE MARTORANO PAGE 15
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Jacque’s Spin on Music for September 2021

ACQI UE’hope everyone has been an hour of his original music ACQUE’ CARMEL for details or follow them on
enjoying summer 2021 is Purdys resident Mike e Hangout Café Facebook.
along with the wonderful Burns. Following his 184 Route 52, Suite 152
live music that has surrounded set, Burns will hand 845-306-7165 YORKTOWN
it.  e summer is not over yet, the stage over to Live music in the Barnwood Grill
and there are some great events S 2 Old Tomahawk St., Yorktown
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I’m excited to announce that S Weather permitting; there
the 29th annual Brewster Fall USICJim Gaudet and dining room  urs-
Festival is on for 2021, and J will be acoustic music on Friday
will take place Sunday, Sept. the Railroad Boys day (7-9 p.m.), Fri- and Saturday evenings outside
19. is free family event takes USIC from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
over 67 Main St. in Brewster around 6 p.m. day and Saturday
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ere If you have a space for live
will be live entertainment all Bring a picnic (6:30–9:30 p.m). music, I’d love to talk about
O N Mday. ree stages o er a variety what you have going on. Please
of performers including In- and lawn chairs send an email to [email protected]
dependence Band, Putnam ter
Choral, Ivan Polanco, Inner to get comfort- NORTH SALEM
Worlds, and George Mallas, Full disclosure, I am the
just to name a few. e rst able and enjoy Hardscrabble editor of HearIt and
act starts at 11 a.m. As of this share information from their
writing, the details are still the bluegrass Cider website. All live music fans are
being worked out. Follow my encouraged to sign up for the
Facebook page, @Jacques- music on the N 130 Hardscrabble weekly newsletter to receive the
MusicSpin, for nal details. clubhouse’s out- Road, 914-733- most up-to-date performance
For all of you bluegrass door stage.  ere is 7473 schedules.
fans, the Westchester Blue-
grass Club will be gather- a requested donation ON M Reservations are Jacque Roche is a freelance writer,
ing on Saturday, Sept. 25 at of $20 per adult. Also, required for the outdoor editor, and music blogger for
e Lake Purdys Clubhouse worth mentioning for fans music Friday and Saturday HearIt and contributor
from 5 to 8 p.m. Hosting the of Gaudet’s Americana/Blue- nights, weather permitting to Halston Media sources, More
evening and opening with Sugar Magazine, HamletHub,
grass/Folk music, Jim and the from 6 to 9 p.m.  Somers native and the Patch. Archived
broadcasts of 2016-2020 shows
band have a series of brunch Dan Zlotnick and his band are can be heard streaming on
dates lined up at Daryl’s House event at no charge, to express there Friday, Sept. 3, followed

Club Sundays from noon to 2 their gratitude for the sup- by dates with Gri n Anthony,

p.m. on Sept. 12, Oct. 17, and port and encouragement they Tim Stout, Smooch, and Bret

Nov. 14. received this past year. Rock Puchir for the remainder of the

One nal free show to men- the Hall is Friday, Sept. 10 at month.

tion. Tarrytown Music Hall is 8 p.m., seats can be reserved

presenting Rock the Hall, a on their website. Please note, SOMERS

community celebration fea- this is a vax-only evening. Salsa Verde 

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Sticking together
Senior Kate
Wolves put in work to build Mercer
upon semi nal appearance returns for
John Jay in
BY RICH MONETTI made up largely of non-starting 2021.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER varsity teammates from last year.

Not to worry, they learned a lot

Last season, John Jay eld even when just watching, said

hockey racked up an 8-3 regu- the coach, “and worked on their

lar-season record and the sec- skills over the summer. I am very

ond seed in the Section One excited.”

Tournament.  Unfortunately, the Sitting behind All-State goal-

Wolves ran into the Rosenquest ie Samantha Spieler last year,

sisters of Carmel and fell 3-2 in senior Maeve McGroary had to

the semi nals. do a lot of watching, too. But the

“It’s not that they weren’t talented backup is looking for-

ready to play,” said Coach Debbi ward now. “Maeve recognizes

Walsh. “ ey weren’t ready to this is her opportunity to stand

play that way. ey hadn’t been up, and she is gaining the con -

challenged like that the whole dence we need,” said Walsh.

year.” A good thing because the de-

Understanding as a team what fensive end of the eld is where

was lacking, Walsh challenged Walsh always aims to start

returning players to sharpen up things. “ at’s where my focus

with o -season conditioning is—quick transition,” she said.

and summer league play, and the A lot of speed and athleticism

results are showing. to complement her game plan,

“ ey’ve invested their time, she hopes the preseason foretells

and it’s translating to what I’m success. “As long as we can take

seeing in practice,” Walsh said. how we practice and perform

Either way, the Wolves o en- in the games,” Walsh asserted,

sive attack is stacked in tripli- “that’s our strength.”

cate. Sophia DiFalco, Kate Mer- On the other hand, she feels

cer, and Annabel Brennan are all the team needs to improve their

three-year varsity starters, but o -ball movement and make

there’s more to the advantage sure they are available in the

than just experience. e com- passing lanes. But if the girls

fort level and synergy the trio al- fail sometimes, the team’s stated

ready have allows each the time goal stipulates that they are al-

to sharpen their blades. ways there for each other—like

“ ey are really working on family. “I cannot ask for any-

elevating their stick skills, which thing more than girls that be-

is nice when you’re in your third lieve that’s the environment they

year playing varsity,” she said. want to play in,” Walsh said.

“You can push yourself to the Even so, the Wolves really

next level.” want to beat Lakeland in the

A little back further but far Sections. “In the semis or nals,

from behind, Junior Mia Puc- they are usually our brick wall,”

cio will bring the energy as Walsh said.

she has for the last three years. As a result, Walsh has her

“She’s looking really strong,” motivational task at the ready. “I

said Walsh. try to get them to stop worrying

So is Zoe Eliades, and before about who’s warming up over

moving onto Boston College there and just think about how

next year, she will anchor the you’re going to play the game,”

defense. “She’s at the top of my Walsh said.

diamond,” said Walsh. On Saturday, Sept 4, the

e senior will be joined by Wolves get to begin the process

Christina Simmes on the sweep, when they travel to Walter Pa-

but the rest of the defense is nas for the season’s opening.

‘ ey’ve invested their time, and
it’s translating to what I’m seeing

in practice.’

–Coach Debbi Walsh
John Jay Varsity Field Hockey

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