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Published by Halston Media, 2021-03-17 18:26:59

North Salem News 03.18.21

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

Vol. 7 No. 1 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, March 18, 2021

North Salem schools set for full reopening


In less than a month, North Sa-
lem Central School District middle
and high school students can sit in
their classrooms every day of the
school week.

e reopening was announced
by district Superintendent Ken
Freeston at the March 10 board

“We’re happy to make a big an-
nouncement tonight about our
opening,” Freeston said. “Starting
the 6th of April, the Tuesday after
spring break, we will be bringing
back both cohorts from the middle
school and high school to attend
full time.”

In February, the Pequenakonck
Elementary School fully reopened
for its K-5 students. But middle
school/high school student cohorts
have continued to learn via the hy-
brid model, coming to school two
days a week and learning remotely
on the other two days. Other stu-
dents took all classes remotely.After
April 6, all students will be able to
return to school ve days a week;
parents and students who choose to
learn fully remote can do so.

“We’re grateful to everybody on
the administration team and the

SEE REOPENING PAGE 9 North Salem students will be able to return to school full time on April 6.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021 Your Neighbor North Salem News – Page 3

A look back at the 10 Front Street property,
roughly 100 years ago.

Gordon’s Delicafe closes its doors

Croton Falls eatery was a local favorite for decades

BY CAROL REIF to business owner Gordon Corrao lock Brothers general store. In

STAFF WRITER for comment. As of press time, he a 1999 interview in e New

had not responded to the request. York Times, the late town histo-

e source of one of North But fear not, foodies: ere are rian Richard Yakman noted that

Salem’s guilty pleasures has own plans afoot for another edibles es- Whitlock was famous for using

the coop. tablishment. scrip during the Civil War. e

Gordon’s DeliCafé, which has Landlords Tom and Dawn entrepreneur accepted the pri-

been open on and o for some Christopher and their demo crews vately printed money as IOUs

time, closed its doors for good in have already been hard at work from the wives of absent soldiers,

February, leaving fans of a cer- preparing the 100-year-old-plus payable on return. If the soldiers

tain fried chicken clucking their building for its next tenants. ey did not make it back, their fami-

tongues in disbelief. Formerly envision a small food hall with the lies could make good on the debt

known as Hygrade Market, the possibility of a bakery and sepa- with insurance money.

convenience store, delicatessen rate stalls to buy craft beer and Tom and Dawn are both his-

and casual food joint had been a gourmet sandwiches or salads. torical preservation fans and they

xture on Front Street in Croton ey are also thinking about in- are thrilled with the architectural

Falls for 25-plus years. stalling a countertop seating area details that their renovation crews Landlord Dawn
Located right across the street in the window where folks can have been uncovering. ink old Christopher is excited
linger over their newspapers and iron trusses, tin ceilings and egg- about what the future
from the Metro-North station, it electronic devices while sipping and-dart molding. holds for the property.
was one of only two spots in the co ee and watching the world go
hamlet where commuters could After hauling out all the old

grab breakfast before hopping on by. xtures, workers were set to

the train. It was also the place to Tom is an artist and the founder polish the solid concrete oors,

pop in for sundries such as bat- of Lift Trucks Gallery, just on the left from the time the building

teries, laundry detergent and pet other side of the railroad tracks. housed a hardware store, and

food on the way home. According Dawn owns a wine and spirits bring out a soft new luster. e

to its website, which is still online, shop, located in another historic project is going “really awesome,” Crew member Nike
Gordon’s was “a social hub” where landmark, the old Croton Falls Dawn said. Lumaj, North Salem
Police Officer R.
folks could catch up over co ee train station. ey’ve owned 10 Croton Falls, while not bus- Argiento, landlord Tom
and simple fare. Front St. for about ve years. tling, certainly remains the heart Christopher, and postal
of the town. e Christophers say worker Anthony Corbin
Patrons mourned the demise of True, the two-story building’s there’s more than mere econom- at the renovation site.
yet another mom-and-pop busi- past has been blandly plastered ics behind their bid to give 10
ness, remembering it as a support- over and hidden by a century of Front St. new life. PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM
er of local events and an employer modernization, but it still has AND DAWN CHRISTOPHER
of local teens. Yelpers reviewed its “good bones,” the South Salem “We’re rebuilding so we can

food as nothing fancy, but reason- residents insist. make it nice, make it something

ably priced and good. North Sa- During the Civil War, the that reminds you of Main Street

lem News reached out last week building was the site of the Whit- USA,”Tom said.

Page 4 – North Salem News Thursday, March 18, 2021

Supervisor predicts ‘tight year’ for water district budgets

BY CAROL REIF which is responsible for setting Lucas said is “a lot to a small dis- North Salem has completed tests determined that 2015’s uranium

STAFF WRITER regulatory limits, announced trict.” in two of the districts: Sunset levels in the Sunset Ridge dis-

last month that it also would set “If you have a large district, it Ridge and Salem Acres. Salem trict had exceeded the maximum

Rules governing contaminants federal standards for PFOS and doesn’t matter because you can Acres’s results came back nonde- allowed. Although retesting

in public drinking water supplies PFOA in drinking water. spread it [the costs] over a bunch tectable for all three chemicals. showed that levels had dropped,

could potentially cost small spe- of people,” he said. Lucas said he Sunset Ridge also dodged the water customers demanded rem-

cial districts like North Salem’s a COST FACTORS hoped “test costs will drop over 1,4-Dioxane bullet and passed edies.

bucket of money. North Salem operates four time.” the test for PFOA, but its PFOS In 2017, the town installed a

In July, the state announced municipal water districts: Sunset Once contaminants are found, tests showed that one well con- ltration system and uranium is

new standards, said to be among Ridge (95 residences and two more tests must be conducted. tained 17 parts per trillion and now nondetectable, Lucas said.

the most stringent in the nation, nursing homes), Candlewood Should PFOS/PFOA/1,4-Diox- another at 23 ppt, Lucas said. Lucas said Tuesday that he

for allowable levels of the syn- Lake (about 54 residences), Cro- ane results be recon rmed, new Ten parts per trillion “is the max- was thinking of asking the re

thetic organic chemicals per uo- ton Falls (95 residences and busi- treatment technology, such as imum number the state wants to department whether the town

rooctanoic acid (PFOA) and per- nesses) and Salem Acres (43 resi- carbon lters, must be installed. see,” he explained. e wells will could drill a test well on some

uorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). dences). Each has two or three About 70 percent of the homes be retested for PFOS. land it owns near the ambulance

ese so-called “forever chemi- wells. Because the requirement in North Salem operate on pri- “My guess is that they’re still corps’s building on Daniel Road.

cals”embed themselves in the en- emerged so late in the year, test- vate wells, which the town is not going to be high,” Lucas said “You always want options, so

vironment and “bioaccumulate,” ing couldn’t be completely fac- required to test or monitor. Peach at the Town Board meeting on the rst step is to lter the wa-

or build up, in the bodies of living tored into the districts’ operating Lake, a hamlet that is partly in Tuesday, March 9, adding that ter and the second step could

things. ey have been used since costs. North Salem and partly in the “there are ways of getting rid of it be to nd another water source

the 1960s in a variety of consum- “Consequently, this will be town of Southeast, has its own with carbon lters.” and test it to see if there is bet-

er and industrial products, such a tight year for those budgets,” water system. e Sunset Ridge wells also ter water close by,” he elaborated

as stain-resistant clothing and Supervisor Warren J. Lucas said However, Lucas was told late tested high for chlorides. e ursday. e ambulance corps

furniture, nonstick pans and mi- ursday, March 11. last year that, overall, Westches- problem went away last winter well was tested a few years ago so

crowave popcorn packaging. e town already tests its dis- ter’s Department of Health had after the town stopped putting the town could get an idea of the

New York’s maximum contam- tricts’ wells four times a year for “not seen one artesian well that road salt down in the area. It’s water quality north of the current

inant levels (MCLs) are 10 parts organic and inorganic solids; does not have PFOA and PFOS.” going to redeploy that tactic to Sunset Ridge district wells.

per trillion for both PFOA and radioactive substances such as “I would suggest that prob- see if it brings the numbers down e tests showed it had “very

PFOS. It also adopted a 1 part uranium and radium, both com- ably between the sodium and again. low uranium and was overall

per billion standard for 1,4-Di- mon and naturally occurring; and the chloride (from road salt), and “But those wells which had good quality,” he said. As for

oxane, a synthetic chemical and certain other chemicals. Costs are this, and everything else, a lot of the uranium problem, then the the “forever chemicals” situation,

likely human carcinogen. borne by district residents. wells in this state are going to chloride problem, now the PFOS “that’s another headache and

Public water systems, regard- According to Lucas, the new have a problem,” he said. problem, we may need to do we’ll just have to deal with that,”

less of size, must also be regularly PFOS/PFOA/1,4-Dioxane test Municipalities were to begin something a little more drastic,” Lucas said Tuesday.

tested and monitored for these costs about $3,500 a well, for a testing for PFOS, PFOA and Lucas said Tuesday. SEE WATER PAGE 9
three chemicals and the EPA, total of up $40,000 a year, which 1,4-Dioxane in January. So far, In 2016, county health o cials

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North Salem unlikely to Lions Club to hold
become Tree City drive-by Easter event

Board considers alternate arboreal options BY CAROL REIF

BY CAROL REIF arboreal initiatives. e Easter Bunny will soon be hopping into town with baskets
of goodies for local kiddos.
STAFF WRITER Plans are to roll out the project on Earth Day
e legendary harbinger of spring and his cheerful helper, the
( ursday, April 22) in partnership with the North North Salem Lion, are set to appear at the drive-by celebration
from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Town Hall
Local conservationists just couldn’t leaf things go Salem Improvement Society’s Earth Day event and campus, 276 Titicus Road.

after looking into getting a Tree City USA grant the North Salem Open Land Foundation’s Pollina- e Lions Club, which had to cancel its annual Easter egg
hunt at Pequenakonck Elementary  School last year because of
and coming to the realization that bucolic North tor Pathway project. the pandemic, is sponsoring the event.

Salem probably wouldn’t qualify. e planting event (with COVID-19 safety pro- “We wanted to help preserve some normalcy … and some
fun,” said Lion Karen Roach, referring to the change in venue
“Warren found out that we have ‘too many trees’ cedures) provides, the CAC said, “an opportunity and the new way of doing things.

to be a Tree City. I’m being cute when I say that, but to inform everyone about the importance of native e baskets will be lled with chocolate bunnies, candy, and
Easter eggs containing special “surprises,” she said.
as I understand it, it’s made for more urban-type ora along with methods to safely remove and dis-
e event -- open to town and school district families -- will
municipalities,” Councilman Martin Aronchick pose of invasive plants.” go on rain or shine. Folks will be required to wear masks, stay in
their cars, and follow the volunteers’ directions, she said. Time
said at last week’s Town Board meeting. e centerpiece of the project will likely be a slots are limited, so registration is required. To sign up, visit www.
So the Conservation Advisory Council came up dogwood or serviceberry, the kind of tree that does
Share Your Milestones
with its own public education project instead, he not grow very large. It will be surrounded by three Let your neighbors know about the special moments in your
life, whether it’s a birth, engagement, wedding or anniversary.
told Supervisor Warren Lucas and fellow council to ve shrubs and inter-planted with groundcov- Send us a photo and announcement at northsalemnews@ or mail it to North Salem News, 118 N.
members on Tuesday, March 9. er. e money will also buy some mulch and deer Bedford Road, Suite 100, Mount Kisco, NY 10549. There is
no charge for this announcement. Send a self-addressed
e CAC’s plan to plant a tree and native veg- fencing. stamped envelope if you’d like your photo returned.

etation at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library was Supervisor Warren Lucas suggested that the

approved by the Town Board, which allotted the CAC approach some of the nurseries in town be-

home-grown e ort $1,700. cause “they’re always so good about donating stu .”

More than 3,400 communities have committed Although the town owns the land, the library

to becoming a Tree City USA. According to the or- will have a say about where the tree will go.

ganization, they achieve that designation by meet- ree potential sites were selected because they

ing four core standards of sound urban forestry wouldn’t interfere with other community or library

management: maintaining a tree board or depart- events staged outdoors. e plantings, and removal

ment, having a community tree ordinance, spend- of existing invasives, will be done with hand tools

ing a minimum of $2 per capita on urban forestry in order to be as kind to the environment as pos-

and celebrating Arbor Day. sible. e CAC will maintain the project, which is

Aronchick said the CAC was “inspired” by the expected to become self-sustaining.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 North Salem News – Page 7

Westchester Children’s Golf season tees
Association to hold Advocacy off atcWouersstecshester

Breakfast March 31

Westchester Children’s Association’s in positive learning environments.

annual 2021 Advocacy Breakfast entitled is year’s speakers are timely as West- ere was good news for golfers Commissioner of the Depart-
as play resumed at four of West- ment of Parks, Recreation and
“A Teachable Moment: Ensuring Equity chester Children’s Association continues to chester County’s six public golf Conservation Kathy O’Connor
courses on Friday, March 12. said: “Our Golf Courses were
During the Pandemic and Beyond” will be push for greater support for remote learn- very popular last year, welcoming
e highly anticipated season new and experienced players alike.
held on March 31, 2021. ing challenges faced by children, parents, began at the County’s central and Weekends were booked and week-
southern courses – Dunwoodie days were busy as well. anks to
e event kicks o at 9 a.m. via Zoom and caregivers during the pandemic while and Sprain Lake in Yonkers, Ma- our dedicated parks sta we were
ple Moor in White Plains, and able to keep our guests safe and
with speakers Congressman Jamaal Bow- looking ahead for more permanent, sys- Saxon Woods in Scarsdale. e had no cases of Covid-19 traced
County’s northern courses are ex- to our courses.”
man, 16th Congressional District, and Dr. temic changes. e organization rst docu- pected to open when conditions
allow. Indoor and outdoor dining
Lester Young Jr., Chancellor of the New mented the need by surveying Westchester will open at 50 percent capacity
Westchester County Executive and move to 75 percent capac-
York State Board of Regents. Admission is parents, caregivers, and Superintendents George Latimer said: “Golf is not ity starting March 19, but may
a contact sport and can be played change throughout the season in
open to the public. Parents, grandparents, last spring. safely with social distancing pro- accordance to New York State
tocols in place, because of this we guidelines. Take-out service is also
and caregivers are particularly encouraged ey are pushing forth a Remote Learn- were able to open our golf courses available.
for the 2020 season. We now have
to attend. e event is free with registration ing Advocacy agenda developed in part- a year of experience operating like All golfers are required to wear
this, and we’re looking forward to masks and adhere to social dis-
at or nership with school districts, children’s an even better season this year.” tancing protocols. Rakes, ball
washers and coolers have been re-
by calling 914-946-7676. advocates, county departments, community e 2020 season was the best moved from the courses and ag-
season for Westchester County’s sticks are to be left in the holes.
Representative Jamaal Bowman serves organizations, and elected o cials. WCA golf courses in over 20 years. In Golf carts will be available and
total, 267,455 rounds were played sanitized after each use.
New York’s 16th congressional district and wants to demonstrate public support for – up nearly 40 percent from 2019.

is the Vice-Chair of the US Congressional more equitable resources and seeks signa-

Committee on Education and Labor. Dr. tures for the ‘Remote Learning Petition’

Young Jr. leads the New York State Board that can be found at

of Regents which supervises all education petition. e agenda and petition address

activities in the State. the needs for access to a ordable internet

e event aims to foster a discussion of services, adequate computers and devices,

what children and families will need to heal digital literacy training, language support,

and move forward during and beyond the and programs that address the emotional

pandemic. It will also examine how we can and social challenges heightened during

close the digital divide. ey will deliver the pandemic.

the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Advocacy

Lecture sharing their expertise as educa- Content provided by Westchester Children’s

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Senate passes new opioid legislation

Sen. Harckham spearheads new education initiative

On March 8, New York State als must conform to the De- Senator Peter Harckham, Chair of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Use.
Senator Pete Harckham an- partment of Health or federal
nounced the passage of impor- Substance Abuse and Mental Backyard, a non-pro t organiza- every day from overdosing on opi- able when an overdose is happen-
tant legislation regarding treat- Health Services Administration
ment for opioid patients by the Guidelines for opioid education. tion dedicated to supporting indi- oids, according to the Centers for ing. In 2018, the United States
State Senate.
e educational materials viduals and families dealing with Disease Control and Prevention. Surgeon General issued the rst
Going forward, this legislation must explain the causes of an
will ensure that opioid patients opioid overdose, instruct when Substance Use Disorder. “We Opioid antagonists, such as nalox- national advisory in over a decade,
are provided with educational and how to apply life saving
materials and overdose reversal techniques, including the ad- have to do everything we can to one, reverse the e ects of opioids, urging all Americans to carry nal-
medication upon their release ministering of an opioid an-
from treatment facilities. “It tagonist (or overdose reversal prevent overdoses and help those and are e ective in preventing oxone.
is time to make sure that New medication), and how to con-
York residents with Substance tact emergency medical services. struggling with drug use.” overdose deaths. e availability According to the Harm Reduc-
Use Disorder leave treatment
with pertinent information e treatment facility or hospi- Between 2015 and 2016 the of an opioid antagonist is crucial tion Coalition, “Individuals with a
about how to handle an over- tal also will provide patients as
dose and some reversal medica- they leave the facility with two opioid overdose death rate in in ensuring that overdose deaths history of drug use who are leav-
tion on hand,” said Harckham, doses of an opioid antagonist
chair of the Senate Committee and a prescription for an opioid New York State increased by 40%. do not occur. However, an opioid ing jail or prison have a great like-
on Alcoholism and Substance antagonist. e legislation also
Use.“I am grateful that my Senate covers inmates being treated for As of March 2018, more than 115 antagonist can only be e ective as lihood of overdosing in the rst
colleagues have approved this bill Substance Use Disorder who are
because it will give both patients being released from a correc- people in the United States die an antidote to those readily avail- two weeks following discharge.”
and their loved ones the resources tional facility.
to prevent tragic overdose deaths.”
“I know too many families that
e bill requires that patients have lost loved ones when they
diagnosed with an opioid use dis- came out of prison or treatment,
order be given the proper educa- so I am certain that this new legis-
tional materials relating to opioid lation will save countless lives, and
overdose when released from an I look forward to it being signed
inpatient facility. ese materi- into law,” said Susan Salomone,
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REOPENING Schools in the northern part of the low all the [COVID-19] precautions,” health and academic boost for the stu-
county had been waiting for changes to Freeston said. “ is is not a relaxing of dents. We’re looking forward to it.”

the NYDOH guidelines before reopen- the mask [wearing] and social distancing. e board discussed how school buses

sta who helped to make this work,” ing their schools because, as Freeston We’re going to have to be vigilant about would adapt to the increased student ca-

Freeston said. “We will continue to pro- said, “We didn’t want to violate them this because we’re increasing the popula- pacity. Currently district buses have on

vide the required option for parents who [guidelines].” tion density in the building signi cantly.” average 120 drop-o s a day, which is ex-

want to have their sons and daughters Among the anticipated guideline DiGrandi said opening full time sig- pected to remain the same.

learning all remote.” changes or modi cations was the reduc- naled the end to a problematic hybrid “We expect to increase the number of

Schools statewide have been anxious tion in the 6 foot social barrier. Accord- learning model, one that was di cult students from 22 to 44 on the bus,” Di-

to open but many were waiting for the ing to Freeston, national pediatrician for many students to adhere to for a full Grandi said. “As long as students wear

New York State Department of Health to groups had already recommended using learning experience. masks, and we’re going to keep students

change COVID-19 guidelines. Leading barriers and separating students by 3 feet “What really hurt us is this hybrid from the same family together.”

up to the decision to reopen the North as long as students wore masks. A few mentality,” he said. “Some kids that were According to DiGrandi, barriers used

Salem middle/high school full time, days before last week’s board meeting, the scheduled to come in Monday and Tues- on buses have not been recommended

Freeston said he and MSHS Principal district decided to reopen MSHS and use day would come Monday but not Tues- and students who are picked up rst will

Vince DiGrandi attended weekly meet- clear Plexiglas barriers to surround each day, or kids who had to come in on urs- move to the back of the bus to avoid mov-

ings for regional superintendents and desk and in each learning space. day and Friday would not come in Friday. ing past other students. Further details

principals where many voiced similar Assistant Superintendent for Busi- e inconsistency is and was a huge chal- about transportation and how the school

frustrations on reopening schools. ness Administration Barbara Briganti lenge.” will manage students while maintaining

“ ere was a lot of energy two urs- was able to connect with a vendor who DiGrandi thanked NSTA president Jim COVID precautions were to be sent to

days ago in the southern part of the provided an actual model of the barrier Savarese and his middle school sta for parents by the end of last week.

county to not wait for the State Depart- which was tested out before the meeting. being exible and creative with irregular “It’s going to be great to have the kids

ment of Health (NYDOH) to change its An order for 600 barriers was placed and student attendance and said he was look- back in school,” said Freeston. “ at’s the

guidelines and to just start to aggressively they are expected to arrive over spring ing forward to a full school reopening. energy that’s in PQ now where they are

bringing students back in after the spring break and be installed by the time stu- “We think we can do it safely and ap- back. We’re looking forward to having

break,” Freeston explained. “Many were dents return to school. propriately,” DiGrandi said. “and we that renewed spirit here at the middle

making plans to do that.” “It is still going to be important to fol- know it’s going to be a huge mental and high school.”

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en there’s the old problem can be worrisome for those on low- roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and town’s Highway Department “has cally lower the use of road salt in
sodium diets. High chloride levels, driveways. been working very hard to cut the the Sunset Ridge Water District.
of rock salt’s impact on drinking meanwhile, can corrode plumbing. road salt down.” In an average year, Roads targeted would be: Daniel
water resources. When rock salt But Cuomo said salt-reduction North Salem uses about 5 million Road, Sunset Drive, Alice Road,
dissolves in water, it morphs into In December, the state Legisla- programs should not neglect the pounds of salt on its roads. In the Park Lane, Ridgeway Avenue and
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Finding rsts Not again...

SEASONAL It must be wild to know that you WHAT WAS or drinking as he normally did, and he
TIDBITS were the rst to do something that I THINKING? seemed to be lethargic. One evening as he
changed how a whole nation conduct- sat on my lap, I noticed his breathing was
LAURA ed itself. What an amazing legacy. RUTHANN irregular. I knew something was terribly
CAMPAGNA SCHEFFER wrong and made an appointment the next
When my Papa passed away, I knew day with our vet. My thinking was that
Recently I was mindlessly I wanted to do something special for As I write my column, I am sad, dis- Gus would be examined and maybe get
watching TV, ipping through my Nana. She didn’t leave the house traught and in shock. Once again a shot or some medication to help him
the channels and being a unless someone drove her. She couldn’t, I have helped a dear pet cross over breathe and get back his energy and come
true couch potato. It was a Saturday she did not get her driver’s license until the Rainbow Bridge, my handsome rescue home. at scenario was not meant to be.
afternoon and I didn’t care about the she was 68. She never traveled any- cat, Gus.
long list of household chores that I where outside of her town. e grocery e news wasn’t good. Gus had a rare
needed to complete. After all, no one store, post o ce, visits to local relatives As you may recall, there was a time lung disease. e recommended treatment
was expected to arrive. Pushing the and the occasional ea markets were when I wondered if I’d made the right would cause him much pain and su ering.
chore list out of my mind and turning her only destinations. I came up with decision in adopting Gus. After all, he As I spoke to the vet, I knew I could not
my attention back to the TV, I kept on the brilliant plan that I would take was an indoor/outdoor kitty and was now put my sweet pet through this excruciat-
clicking. her to New Orleans. My husband was con ned in a home. In the beginning, I ing treatment, especially when there was
attending Tulane University at the was constantly on the alert for his antics. no guarantee that he would get better. I
I came upon the movie “Hidden time and knew all of the tourist and He was a “jumper” and the higher the then made the decision to help my Gus
Figures.” I had seen the movie when it non-tourist spots, so he would be the better. I was astounded to see him leap up over the Rainbow Bridge. My vet agreed
was in theaters and a few more times perfect guide. on top of the at-screen TV and sit on that I was making the right decision and
in reruns on cable. Sometimes watch- that narrow edge. Of course, he sat on the that he and his assistants would be with
ing a movie over and over again lets I brought up the idea of the trip and buttons and my DirecTV went haywire. I me. He gently told me that I had given
you pick up on things you missed the she reminded me that she had never had to reset it with the remote! Gus a wonderful home, even for the short
been on a plane before and the only time he was with me, and that my kitty
rst time. I enjoy watching movies places she had been to were Chicago is kitty ran the Daytona 500 each had been loved and cherished.
a second, third, or even fourth time. where she grew up and then a suburb evening. I’ve had cats all my life and never
Sometimes I will focus on the costume of New York City, where she raised her came across one as speedy and sure-footed Again, I kissed a beloved pet in a nal
designs, the props and sets, or even the family. I wanted her to get on a plane as Gus. He could walk over a table lled good bye and watched as he peacefully left
special e ect trying to capture a small just once in her life. To my surprise with framed photos and not send one me. I cried and continued to pet his soft,
mistake that the professionals missed. and without much hesitation, she crashing to the oor! furry head. e vet and dedicated assis-
agreed to go on the trip. tants were compassionate and caring both
is particular day, I was focused on Once he got his 5’ 2” kitty tower (sent to me and to Gus, and I thank them from
the dialog. e scene where Mary At the age of 70, she boarded the by son, Matt), all this jumping and racing the bottom of my heart. But, damn, it hurt
Jackson is in front of the judge asking plane. She was quiet on the plane. So stopped. He would sit for hours on the so bad!
to be admitted into the all-white high quiet in fact, that I thought I made top level and look out the sliding doors,
school so she can obtain class credits a mistake by taking her. What was then curl up and take a nap. Of course my ere is something so very comforting
to continue her education to become she thinking? Was she having second lap was his second choice and I welcomed in having a living, loving furry creature as
an engineer, grabbed my attention. She thoughts? As the plane taxied down him each evening as we watched TV or I a companion. Who knows? When the
convinces the judge that being the rst the runway, I looked over at her. She read my book. time is right, I may adopt another kitty to
is more important than going along was looking out the window and a love and cherish.
with the ow and that being the rst small, ever so delicate smile formed. Very recently, I noticed he wasn’t eating
can make a di erence in the life of just She held onto the arm rests as the My deepest gratitude to the team at
one person or the lives of many. plane lifted o into the air. Back then Goldens Bridge Veterinary Care Center
when you traveled on a plane they for their loving and compassionate care.

SEE CAMPAGNA PAGE 11 ey were such a comfort during this sor-
rowful time. God bless.

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CAMPAGNA then I had my rst Beignets. Cream Puffs For the garnish removing them, lower the oven
e second reason was I wanted Ingredients temperature to 350 degrees.
FROM PAGE 10 For the shell 1/2 cup powdered sugar Cook for an additional 25
to see what my Nana would Instructions minutes. When done, prick the
were happy to give you just think. 1/2 cup unsalted butter tops with a toothpick to allow
about anything you requested. 1 cup water Preheat oven to 400 degrees the steam to release.
Peanuts were handed out like She carefully added her 1 cup all-purpose flour F. Line two baking sheets with Place them back in the oven,
confetti at a ticker tape parade. cream and sugar to her co ee 4 large eggs parchment paper, set aside. turned off, with the door slightly
When the stewardess asked and took a sip. After she had 1 tsp vanilla extract In a medium saucepan, add ajar and allow to cool/dry for 15
what we wanted, my Nana her sip, she sat back in her chair For the filling the butter and water. Bring to minutes.
replied peanuts and a cup of hot and smiled. I pushed the platter 2 small boxes (3. 4oz each) a boil over medium high heat. Remove from oven and cool
co ee. of Beignets towards her and instant French vanilla pudding When it begins to boil, remove completely before filling.
she reached for one. She took mix (if you can’t find French from heat and whisk in the For the filling, whisk together
For a week, we took in all of a bite and had powdered sugar vanilla, vanilla works just as flour and salt. the pudding mix with the vanilla
the sights of the city, both dur- all over her face. She looked well as does instant chocolate Pour flour mixture into a mixing extract and heavy whipping
ing the day and into the early like a little kid who can’t seem or any other flavor of instant bowl and add in eggs, one at cream until blended. Refrigerate
evening as that is when New to understand the concept of pudding that strikes your a time, beating well after each filling until puffs are completely
Orleans, Bourbon street and the licking an ice cream cone and fancy) addition. Add in vanilla extract cooled or for one hour.
surrounding areas of the French has the ice cream all over their 2 tsp vanilla extract at the end. To assemble, slice each cream
Quarter come alive. She took it face. I handed her a napkin. 2 cups heavy whipping cream Spoon (or pipe) the dough onto puff in half, add filling, place
all in, never commentating too When asked if she liked it she pinch of salt parchment paper into small the top back on and sprinkle
much on what she was seeing. simply said “mech.” I couldn’t mounds (15 total). generously with powdered
One afternoon we went to Café believe it. Place in the 400 degree oven sugar.
Du Monte, a popular tourist for 15 minutes, then, without
destination where they serve She then went on to explain
Beignets. Beignets are similar that her mother had made THE ARTIS WAY
to doughnuts. ey are square doughnuts all of the time and it OF MEMORY CARE
pillows of fried dough covered reminded her of that. What she IS NOW OPEN
in powdered sugar best served really wanted was a cream pu
warm with chicory co ee. as she had never had one before and Welcoming
and asked if we could go to the New Residents in
We found a table under the French bakery we had passed Briarcliff Manor!
green and white canopy. e along the way. We asked if we
waiter came over and took could have our co ee and the At Artis, our residents
our order. You are asked if you remaining Beignets to go and are not de ned by
want a large or small order of headed to the bakery. Once in- their dementia.
Beignets and do you take cream side her eyes widened and she We help them
and sugar in your co ee. We chose the biggest cream pu . be who they’ve
ordered a large and took them We found a spot by the Missis- always been!
up on the cream and sugar. sippi River and she bit into that
When the pillows of delicious- cream pu and once again her
ness arrived, I was excited. I face was covered and this time
was excited for two reasons, the I didn’t hand her a napkin.

rst was because I was looking We all have our own life
forward to having them again. changing rsts and our own
I had visited New Orleans as a legacy if we share the story.
kid with my family and it was What’s yours?

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A shot in the dark

MAN seems like we’re getting there. like where we started. I began anything more essential than fectly okay to visit theirs.
OVERBOARD It feels as if soon we will be to feel like that one red canvas that right now?” “Do you pass I hear rumblings, and I’m
able to get together, in person, bag on the luggage carousel, out after shots?” “Only if I
RICK and have such a contentious the one that has been there have more than eight of them.” not talking about my stomach
MELÉN argument that we storm out in since the Kennedy administra- And so forth. We got our in- right now, that there are people
a snit and never speak to each tion, going around and around oculations, and the nurses had out there that don’t want to get
With a little bit of other again. I’ve been waiting a waving at you while you’re us sit for a while to make sure the Coronavirus vaccine, so I’d
pre-existing asthma whole year for this day. waiting for your own suitcase we didn’t have an abnormal re- like to have a few words with
I was able to sched- to appear. action. Once they realized that them right now. Are you afraid
ule a Coronavirus vaccination e Javits Center is a huge my reaction was as normal as it that it might hurt? It won’t
for 11:00 at night at the Javits convention space, and the Centrifugal force threw us was going to get, they not only hurt nearly as much as me
Center in Manhattan. I was whole proceedings had the dis- o the line in front of a panel let us go but encouraged it. hitting you over the head with
so happy I could have kissed a tinct avor of being at the air- of nurses, who were running a a ball peen hammer to knock
stranger, if Governor Cuomo port. ere were people dressed quiz show, and if you answered e CDC published a list of some sense into you. Are you
hadn’t already beaten me to it. in National Guard uniforms, the questions correctly, you got things you still can’t do after afraid that it doesn’t have
I wasn’t sure how to dress for which made me nervous that to move on. “Are you feeling receiving your vaccine. I found, decades of track record for
the vaccination. It was such a we might be hijacked. But sick today?” One asked. I said, for instance, that after receiv- you to pore through the data
fortuitous occasion that I felt they were very nice, very calm “No, my hair always looks like ing the vaccine I still could and study? Come on now, you
I should wear a suit and tie, and very e cient, moving my that.” “Do you have any under- not play the piano. What you weren’t really going to do that
but I settled on something in wife and I from one side of the lying conditions?” “No, they’re CAN do is visit your grand- anyway, you were going to trust
between that and what I usu- lying right there on the top.” children, even if they are not the same authoritative bodies
ally wear in quarantine, so the oor to the other, where we “What is your race?” “I am an vaccinated, as long as they are that told you that Skittles were
compromise was: clothing. It followed a maze of ribbon bar- Earthling.” “Are you pregnant?” not exhibiting any signs of be- safe to eat. Maybe you’ve been
riers, di erent colored tape on “No, but the night is young.” ing extremely annoying. If you gleaning your science from the
the oor, and numbered signs “Are you an essential worker?” don’t have grandchildren, the QAnon 6:00 News and you
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Page 16 – North Salem News OPINION Thursday, March 18, 2021

Ain’t it the tooth?

time, my husband was blissfully unaware

of my situation, or didn’t actually care,

TRACY and ordered a pizza to eat while he
BECKERMAN watched “the game.” I grabbed a slice,
which was piping hot, and then thought

better of it because I was sure if I burned

the roof of my mouth, I would have a

complete breakdown.

Most of the time, my tongue and I knew that I had to do something
my teeth are blissfully unaware
of each other. ey each just do about the situation until I could get to
the dentist, so my tooth, my tongue and
I all left the house and went to the drug

their thing, and everyone gets along just store.

ne. But then one day I lost the bonding I looked around the mouth aisle and

on the back of my bottom, front tooth didn’t see anything speci cally made for

and suddenly my tongue was all over it. when your tooth and your tongue are

My tongue was like, “tooth tooth tooth ghting. But then I remembered some-

tooth tooth,”all the time until it was raw thing. e thing that made my children’s

and sore. I was sure my tooth was antago- lives manageable through their orth-

nizing it, so nally I yelled, “Cut it out odontic years.

you guys. Don’t MAKE me come back Wax.

"Okay, okay, maybe I don't have ALL the answers, there!” When their braces were scraping their

Naturally, this happened at the end cheeks, they would put a little piece

but I'm usually good for three out of the Final Four." of the day Friday and because it wasn’t of wax on the braces to create a shield.
technically an emergency, I had to wait THIS was going to save me from the

three days to get it xed. In the mean- tonguepocalypse.

What separates us At rst I couldn’t nd the stu
and I thought I was going to
have to go to an orthodontist
o ce disguised as a middle
schooler and get some there. I

thought if I wore a pair of Uggs

from other accountants and tax preparers is with leggings and a pu er jacket
while my face was buried in my
cellphone, it might work.

our ability to work with you not just on taxes, Fortunately, I spotted the wax

very low on the display, in a tiny
little plastic container, lined up

in strips.

but on financials, college planning, divorce, I grabbed one, paid for it and
broke it open, and applied a little

bit to my broken tooth.

retirement planning, changes in life planning... e sun shone down. e
angels sang. I had relief.

And then I swallowed it.

I broke o some more and

We don’t just process tax forms, we advise on how to applied that one. And then I
swallowed it.

Apparently, the stu was very

handle your income and expenses in the future good at sticking to your teeth. It
just wasn’t very good at staying


with personalized recommendations. I went home and repeated
this process about 14 times
throughout the day. No matter

what I did, I couldn’t get the

We help you navigate the tax code, and in the end, help you wax to stay on.At this point I
thought I’d probably swallowed
set sound financial goals. enough wax to grow a candle in
my stomach.

“How’s the wax thing going?”
asked my husband when he got
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OP-ED What would you do?

BY CYNTHIA HERNANDEZ that my child was not develop- intervention. children. According to the As Caroline Belden, an
GUEST COLUMNIST ing typically went unheard by A study by Alyssa Orinstein,
multiple professionals for over O ce of Mental Health, the activist for children with special
My child has no friends. three years. My desperation PhD, from the University of
On most days, when to nd an answer led me to a Connecticut found that if program is lled to only 25% needs, once said, “equality is
I take him to the never-ending journey of battles children are treated early (prior
playground, I spend a good 20 with doctors and questioning to the age of three) while there capacity and the children leaving the doors open for
minutes saying, “look at that my maternal instinct. is brain plasticity, some children
slide, how fun” and “don’t you lose the autism diagnosis. e remain on waitlists for months. anyone who has the means to
want to get on the swing?” Yet My family was no help. After American Psychiatric Associa-
he’s running around in circles all, their grandchild, nephew tion reports that although signs Obtaining quali ed clinicians approach it; equity is ensuring
with a watchful eye on the exit and little brother could not be of Autism can be seen as early
gate, waiting for the right mo- less than perfect. I brought my as four months old, the US’s is rare. that there is a pathway to that
ment to make his escape. When concerns to my child’s pediatri- average diagnosis is older than
he’s nally free, he runs end- cian often, but to no avail. My four years old. About two-thirds of children door for those who need it.”
lessly without the slightest clue child was evaluated by three
of what running into tra c will developmental pediatricians, ere is a chronic shortage with behavioral health concerns at child that does not talk
entail, or the other possibili- four neurologists, two physiat- of behavioral health care for
ties that await an unsupervised rists, and a psychologist before our children and the Covid-19 do not have their health care at eight years old, doesn’t play
child. the age of three. No one could pandemic has only exacerbated
give me a de nitive diagnosis, this. e fact is that states are needs met. ere are 8,184 be- on the playground, is only potty
On one of his best days, he thus delaying treatment in failing to invest in our chil-
makes it to the monkey bars the most crucial years of brain dren’s health. States like New havioral health facilities in the trained about 75% of the time,
or the slide. My heart lls with development. Late diagnosis is York have the funds. In the
joy. en all of a sudden, the associated with increased pa- year 2019, NYC implemented US, but only 12.7% reported and has no friends is mine. My
friendly ve-year-old comes rental stress and delays in early home-based and community
and says “do you want to play?” programs to reach Medicaid having a trained clinician who question to you is: what if that
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on top of the slide motionless.
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about him, that kid is weird.”
Spending on children’s health is over 20 years of experience in
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Tigers tough in the face of hardship

BY TOM WALOGORSKY ture holds. Back Row: L to R: Asst.
EDITOR “We had a rough year,” said Coach Lou Villani,
Emma Zoubok,
e North Salem girls basket- Mackenzie. “We really took our Emily Collura,
ball team concluded a tough sea- bumps and bruises. But I love Sydnie Jacobsen,
son with a pair of losses last week. this core group of players. We Dana Connolly,
rolled with the punches this sea- Solace Winslow,
e Tigers would play their son, and I always try to teach that Alexa Macera,
last regular season game at home everything is a learning experi- Head Coach
on Monday, March 8 in a com- ence. is team learned on the Matt Mackenzie
petitive loss to a tough Peekskill Front Row: L to R:
squad by a nal of 36-32. Jaiden y, and they gave it their all every Sarafina DiPaola,
Donovan led North Salem in single day. ey should be very Jaiden Donovan,
scoring with 10 points. proud of themselves and how Sara Major,
much they’ve grown.” Ella Dallow,
On Wednesday, March 10, the Katie Murtagh
team would travel to Briarcli is year, the team had to not
for the quarter nals of the Sec- only deal with a shortened sea-
tion 1 Putnam-Northern West- son, but also limited practice time
chester small school tournament. and several injuries to an already
Ultimately, the Tigers would fall thin roster. However, with only
by a nal score of 60-30. Senior one graduating senior this year,
Sydnie Jacobsen lead the team in the team is lled with young tal-
scoring with 10 points and 13 re- ent that will be back next season.
bounds, while freshman Sara na
DiPaola added 9 points. “Next year we will have ten
out of our eleven players return-
Although the squad nished ing,” says Mackenzie. “And this
with a record of 2-8, Coach Matt season gave them a good look at
Mackenzie was proud of his team varsity basketball. e future is
and inspired about what the fu- very bright.”

Emily Collura
some hustle.

Sarafina DiPaola goes in for a layup against Sydnie Jacobsen launches a three pointer.

Emma Zoubok and
Alexa Macera were
injured this season.

Sarah Major defends against Croton-Harmon. Dana Connolly driving into the paint.


Thursday, March 18, 2021 SPORTS North Salem News – Page 19


Varisty basketball will lose seven seniors to graduation.


Boys basketball comes
up short against Panas

BY TOM WALOGORSKY tional Section 1 tournament. North Salem
EDITOR would enter as the #6 seed, traveling to #3
Walter Panas.
e boys basketball team ended their
season with a pair of losses, including a e Tigers stepped up their defensive
heartbreaker against Walter Panas in the game, and the contest was tied 40-40 with
quarter nal round of the playo s. seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Panas would go on a 17-8 run to close out
e squad would travel to Alexander the game, winning by a score of 57-48.
Hamilton on Monday, March 8 for their
Roger Squire would once again lead
nal regular season game. e Tigers scoring for North Salem with 24 points.
trailed throughout the contest against an
experienced Hamilton team, ultimately e loss ended the season, with the team
losing by a score of 77-48. e game also having a nal record of 5-7.
saw Alexander Hamilton’s Brandon Har-
ris score his 1000th career point. North Despite the early exit from the playo s,
Salem scoring was led by Roger Squire Coach Chris Regan praised the e orts of
with 14 points, with Shane Waldron add- his squad, particularly the team’s seven
ing 9 on three rst-half three-pointers. seniors. “ ese young men were part of
the school’s basketball program for four
e Tigers looked to rebound on or ve years at the JV and varsity levels,”
Wednesday, March 10 in the quarter nals said Regan. “ eir hard work, e ort, and
of the North Westchester small school dedication to their school and community
regional playo . e new playo system is most commendable. Each player will be
was implemented in place of the tradi- missed as they head o to life after high

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Ashley Goodliffe and Matt Gergely
defending against John Jay.


BYSNS give John Jay-CR battle
in playoff loss

BY MIKE SABINI Head Coach Nick Giordano

CONTRIBUTING WRITER After Greeley scored, the to tie the game at 3-3. Varsity volleyball
welcomes new
BYSNS’ Carson Brunco scored “We shortened the bench early
BYSNS ICE HOCKEY 4 5 1 the next two goals of the game to and we were playing mostly our
Greeley 8, BYSNS 3 give them a 2-1 lead. e assist top two lines,” BYSNS’ coach Joey EDITOR

Tuesday, March 9 (Brewster Ice on the rst goal came from Jona- Bonitatibus said. “ ey were able ere were big changes for the Tigers volleyball team ahead of
their season opener on March 17.
Arena) than Graham. Graham and Bryan to compete hard.” e Quakers
North Salem is proud to welcome Nick Giordano as the new
e BYSNS played a solid rst- Kottmann recorded the assists on then garnered the victory by scor- head coach of this year’s varsity squad. Coach Giordano brings not
only years of experience, but also a positive outlook for what the
period against Horace Greeley, Brunco’s second goal. ing the last ve goals of the game. season holds.

before the Quakers took control of Greeley tied the game 2-2 at the “Unfortunately we let up four “After talking to the junior varsity coach I am expecting a strong
year,” says Coach Giordano. “ is year, the girls o er lots of ex-
the game in the next two periods, end of the rst period, then took a power-play goals, two right at the perience playing for both school and club volleyball. I know with
dedication and determination they will be a strong contender
in a 8-3 Greeley victory, in what 3-2 lead to start the second period. end of the second which ultimately against any school that we go up against.”

was the nal regular-season contest Brunco followed by recording a hat led them to run away with the Giordano is a 2013 graduate of Yorktown High School, where
he played lacrosse and club volleyball. He would later begin his
for both teams. trick, o an assist from Kottmann, game,” Bonitatibus said. “Penalties career by coaching club volleyball for six seasons while attending
Kean University in New Jersey.
killed us that game, including one
Coach Giordano is con dent that his team will excel this year,
right at the beginning of the third.” and is undeterred by the challenges of starting at a new school
during a pandemic.
WHY DO WE Matt Gergley made 40 saves in
“ e slow start messed us up a little bit, but the sta here at
goal for the BYSNS. North Salem has been great at helping out with everything,” says
John Jay-CR 5, BYSNS 2
is year’s varsity squad will be comprised of nine juniors and
ADVERTISE Friday, March 12 (Brewster Ice ve seniors. Coach Giordano is pleased with the progress his team
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IN HALSTON seed John Jay-Cross River all it e varsity volleyball team is currently scheduled to play in a
twelve game season beginning on March 17. e possibility of a
could handle, before losing to the sectional playo is also being considered.

MEDIA’S Wolves 5-2 in the semi nals of “ e players are excited and determined to show everyone what
the Section 1 Putnam-Northern North Salem Volleyball is made of,” adds Coach Giordano.

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