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Yorktown News 12.05.19

Vol. 8 No. 36 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, December 5, 2019

The error of our Waze

Shortcut- nding apps
exhaust local roads

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER “We have people going the
strangest ways you can ever

conceive just because Waze

anks to smartphone apps tells them to,” Lucas said. “It’s

like Waze and Google Maps, absolutely insane. And it saves

motorists are nding quicker everybody a minute and every

ways to reach their destinations road in town has a thousand

and avoid stand-still tra c. cars on it.”

But those shortcuts, which In North Salem, with a pop-

often divert drivers from busy ulation just north of 5,000 peo-

PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT SLATER highways to local roads, are ple, there are sometimes more

Jay Kimler, Dave Goldberg, Sen. Sue Serino, Matt Slater and Roger Thompson creating headaches for West- cars on the road than residents,

Yorktown veterans chester municipalities, many of Lucas said.
take honor flight
which are seeing increased traf- “ e apps are killing the

c and speeding in residential town,” Lucas said. “ e roads

areas. fall apart faster.”

“ e criteria [the apps] use e wear and tear created by

is the quickest point from A to increased tra c, and the cost to

B,” said Dave Paganelli, York- repair them, is only one down-

town highway superintendent. side to the apps. By failing to

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT supervisor less than a month later. “I think that’s a problem.” factor in things like topography,
STAFF WRITER At 90, ompson, who was in the Air Force
For example, Route they also create hazards during
Hudson Valley Honor Flight Mission 24 took from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War, tracked
o on Oct. 12 from Stewart Airport in Orange Russian submarines in the North Atlantic and 35-bound motorists coming severe weather events.
County. achieved the rank of Airman First Class. omp-
son is the longest-serving member of the Yorktown from Route 202—and vice ver- Last winter, Paganelli said,
Local veterans of World War II and the Korean Volunteer Fire Department. He called the Honor
and Vietnam wars ew to the nation’s capital for Flight a great experience. “It was wonderful, every- sa—are directed by both apps a fast-accumulating snowfall
the day, along with companions assigned to assist body was congenial,” ompson said.
the veterans and ensure a safe and memorable time. to cut through Hallocks Mills during the evening rush-hour
Goldberg, 78, worked in the engine room and
Among the veterans were Yorktown’s own, Roger served as Second Class Petty O cer in the Navy Road rather than remain on commute sent highway motor-
ompson and Dave Goldberg. ompson’s com-
panion, Matt Slater, would be elected Yorktown SEE HONOR FLIGHT PAGE 3 202, which shaves just 0.3 miles ists into a panic. Rather than

o their commute. stay the course on a backed-up

Nearby towns like North Sa- Taconic State Parkway, many

lem have experienced similar sought quicker routes home on

problems, said Town Supervi- SEE WAZE PAGE 4
sor Warren Lucas.

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[email protected] lives were celebrated at the home since its emony will take place at the Jack Devito Field Valley. Individual lunch choice and checks. e
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Hudson Valley Honor Flight Mission 24


Roger Thompson and Dave Goldberg Slater learned on the trip that this was Goldberg and Thompson at the Lincoln morials at no cost to the veterans.
Goldberg and ompson’s rst visit to the Memorial “It’s an incredible program and some-
HONOR FLIGHT nation’s capital. “We found out that nei-
ther one had been to Washington before, World War II hero Audie Murphy, who thing we’re trying to encourage more and
FROM PAGE 1 which I never even considered,” Slater emerged from the con ict one of the na- more veterans to partake in,” Slater said.
said. “It was the rst time that they were tion’s most decorated soldiers, the recipi- “ e whole day is free for them and it’s
from 1958 to 1962, during the Cold at any of these memorials, which are there ent of the Medal of Honor and every oth- just a small tribute of appreciation for
War, said the experience was fantastic. “It because of them, for all that they’ve done. er recognition of valor the Army awards. their service and sacri ce.”
was a great honor,” he said. I hope that they enjoyed such a special day.
I’m glad I could do that with Mr. omp- Honor Flight Network is a national or- Two more Honor Flights will take
eir day started at 4:30 a.m., when the son and Mr. Goldberg because they’re ganization that honors America’s veterans, place this spring. One will y out of Stew-
83 veterans traveled to Stewart Airport both such incredible people.” art Airport on May 2 and the other, out of
and were greeted by a welcome ceremony. ying almost a quarter-million of them Westchester County Airport, on May 30.
Recalling his rst visit to the capital, since 2005 to visit Washington’s war me-
e group then ew into Washington’s ompson said, “Everything fell right in Slater hopes veterans in Yorktown take
Reagan National Airport by a chartered place. It was beautiful.” advantage of the opportunity. “It’s really
plane, where another ceremony o ered of- Goldberg called it “a once in a lifetime because of these people that we have what
honor,” and said he appreciated seeing the we have and [Honor Flight provides] one
cial greetings and civilians stopped what memorials, the Honor Guard, the Tomb day to show them our appreciation and re-
they were doing to pay their respects to the of the Unknown Soldier and the grave of spect,” Slater said. “I hope that every vet-
veterans. eran in town takes advantage of it because
it’s that special.”
e spontaneous turnout impressed
Slater.“People just saw, naturally, what was According to the Hudson Valley Honor
happening at the terminal and were walk- Flight website, veterans of World War II
ing away from their tables just to line the and those of other wars who are termi-
place and give them a standing ovation,” nally ill are given top priority for a ight.
he said. “It’s one of those things that I’ll Honor Flight would like one day to take
probably never forget.” all veterans from all wars on future trips.

From the airport, the veterans boarded e organization needs volunteers, es-
buses and, with a police escort clearing pecially drivers, as well as companions
the way, set out on a whirlwind tour of the who can lend a helping hand to make the
capital and its monuments. ey visited experience special for the veterans.
the World War II and Korean War me-
morials, Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Honor Flight hopes veterans will hear
Veterans Wall. At Arlington National about the opportunity and they can take
Cemetery, they witnessed the ceremonial advantage of the experience.
changing of the guard at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier. Both ompson and Goldberg said
they hope other veterans take the Honor
After the memorials tour and dinner Flight. “If a veteran gets the opportunity,”
at a Washington hotel, the veterans ew
back to Stewart Airport, where a welcom- ompson said, “take it.”
ing party once again greeted them.
To learn more, visit https://hvhonor
Children gave the veterans cards, letters
and plaques. ompson has saved his, he
said, and keeps them in a book.

Roger Thompson at the
Korean War Memorial

Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, December 5, 2019

WAZE But by alerting the general public to the use of side roads like Hallocks Mill A.C. Moore to close
FROM PAGE 1 Yorktown location
their location, Yorktown Police Chief as shortcuts.
Robert Noble said, this “tagging” of But towns frustrated by the in- STAFF WRITER

local roads. In Yorktown, dozens of police cruisers can also create a safety creased tra c have may only have one Yorktown may see another major retailer close its doors.
On Monday, Nov. 25, Nicole Craft, the parent com-
drivers were diverted through the hilly hazard for his o cers. It also wreaks recourse: improve conditions on the pany of A.C. Moore announced it was closing its re-
maining 145 stores in the country, leaving the fate of the
and narrow Baptist Church Road, havoc on roads not meant for high- roads from which tra c is being di- one located in BJ’s shopping center up in the air.
“For over 30 years, our stores have been servicing the cre-
which is also a low-salt area because of volume tra c. verted. ative community with a vast selection of art and craft mate-
rials, with one common focus, the customer. Unfortunately,
its proximity to the watershed. “It’s a gift and a curse,” Noble said. In Lucas’ case, the culprit is I-684, given the headwinds facing many retailers in today’s environ-
ment, it made it very di cult for us to operate and compete
“We ended up with 15 cars [stuck] “It’s a gift for the people driving and it’s which is owned and maintained by on a national level,”A.C.Moore CEO Anthony Piperno said.
A.C. Moore’s website stopped accepting new orders
there, which hindered our ability to a curse for the people who live on the New York State. Maintained, however, on Nov. 25, but will be continuing to ship orders that
were placed before that date.
clean the road,” Paganelli said. “It cre- local roads.” might be too generous a word. Piperno also stated within the next coming weeks,
plans to close speci c stores will be announced on the
ated a major problem for us in even Yorktown residents can use the “ ey haven’t touched the road since company’s website.
Along with the news of the stores impending closing, it
reaching the areas.” app to their advantage and ght back the early ’70s,”Lucas said. was also announced that e Michaels Company, a craft store
competitor,will be taking over 40 locations,a distribution facil-
against speeding,Noble said,by report- Fixing I-684, he estimated, is a ity on the east coast, and intellectual property that will expand
Michaels as the largest arts and crafts store in North America.
POLICING ing police cruisers where there aren’t $1.5-billion project. Working together “ is transaction enables us to further expand our pres-
ence in strategic markets and serve even more customers both
In addition to nding its users the any. Such a report will be removed if with leaders from neighboring towns online and in store. We are looking forward to re-opening
these stores under the Michaels name in 2020 and welcom-
shortest commute, Waze alerts motor- enough users give it a “thumbs down,” like Bedford and Somers, Lucas and ing new team members,”Michaels CEO Mark Cosby said.
Piperno said the stores that will reopen are subject to
ists to construction-induced lane clo- but it could have a temporary tra c- the I-684 consortium are working on negotiations with landlords and stated he believes the
arrangement is best for customers, employees, vendors,
sures; school zones; tra c light cam- calming e ect, he said. plans for the expensive project. landlords and stakeholders.

eras; and tra c hazards like fallen trees “People need to slow down on the “How hard is it to get $1.5 billion?

and potholes, all of which are reported roads,” Noble said. “Plug in a police Very hard,” Lucas said. “But you won’t

by fellow drivers. o cer in locations even if they’re not get anything without a plan. So, the

Like a digital ashing of the high there.” rst step was to put a plan in place.”

beams,users can also report areas where Rather than view it as a hindrance, Lucas holds no grudges against

police o cers have been spotted. at Llewellyn prefers to use the app to his Waze. In fact, he uses the app himself.

aspect of the app doesn’t bother Lewis- advantage. “It’s an awesome application. It puts

boro Police O cer Andrew Llewellyn. “We use it to see where all the tra c me on side roads I didn’t even know

“It doesn’t a ect the way I patrol in is,” Llewellyn said. “So, when I-684 is existed.”

town, whether or not they mark us,” backed up and there’s more commuting In the long run, Waze may end up

Llewellyn said. “Really, most patrols on Route 22, we might be in that area proving to be a bene t.

you try not to sit still anyway.” because of speeding and tra c issues.” “What this application has done is

By the time he’s been “marked,” told us that our roads are inferior and

Llewellyn said, he’s most likely moved RECOURSE our roads need a lot of work and help,”

to a new spot. Also, such reports tend Paganelli said Yorktown’s powers- Lucas sad.

to slow down other drivers. that-be are aware of the issues created Put simply, Lucas, said, “684 can’t

“If anything, they’re helping us by the apps and are working toward so- handle the tra c anymore.” Until it

out,” Llewellyn said. “ ey’re creating lutions. In fact, the town’s tra c safety is xed by the state, North Salem and

digitally more o cers on the road than o cer has been tasked with contacting other local communities will continue

there actually are.” Google and Waze directly regarding to pay the price.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 5


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Page 6 – Yorktown News Thursday, December 5, 2019

Officer honored for military service

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT Police Department are thankful that she is the one who really sacri-
he’s one of us and everyone should ces, serves and shows true dedica-

sleep a little easier at night know- tion to society.

With another Middle East tour ing he lives in town,”Noble said.“A Tillistrand also spoke about his

of duty looming, Yorktown Police night like this was long overdue for fallen brothers, Army Sgt.1st Class

O cer Michael Tillistrand heard you and your family.” Joseph A. McKay, Sgt. Mark C.

his hometown’s gratitude expressed e supervisor presented the Palmateer and Specialist Jason E.

last month at a meeting of the Yor- formal proclamation. Saying he von Zerneck. “ ey, unfortunately,

ktown Town Board. was speaking on behalf of the en- left and they never came home.

Tillistrand, who is also a major tire town board, Gilbert read from ey made the ultimate sacri ce.

in the Army National Guard, will the document: It’s never left my thoughts and it’s

deploy to the Middle East, as part “Whereas service to others is a never left my heart,” Tillistrand

of Operation Spartan Shield, early hallmark of the American charac- said. “Everything I do as an op-

next year. ter and central to how we meet our erations o cer and as a sta o cer

So, his boss in civilian life, Yor- challenges, and as a leader is always dedicated

ktown Police Chief Robert Noble, “Whereas there is no individual to the welfare of those under me

thought it was “about time we who more exempli es that char- and mission success. It never leaves

recognize him for his continuing acter, is more deserving of recog- me, I always have them in my

sacri ce to our great nation and his nition for his service to this com- thoughts and prayers.”

service locally to our community munity and his country,than Police A Yorktown High School gradu- PHOTO: KATHERINE BORCHERT
Michael TIllistrand holding his daughter, Willow, Chief Robert Noble,
here in Yorktown.” O cer Michael Tillistrand.” ate, Tillistrand earned a bachelor’s Tillistrand’s wife, Nichole, with daughter Aubrey and son Michael
Clearly agreeing, members of e board thanked Tillistrand degree in history from the University

the Town Board saluted Tillistrand for his service and wished him a of North Carolina.He has been with

at their Nov. 19 meeting. safe and speedy return to his family the Yorktown Police Department’s awarded the Alumni Gold Sword 2008, he was an infantry platoon

With his wife, Nicole, and their and the town. patrol division since October 2014. and has been a member of the leader in Afghanistan and execu-

children—Michael, Aubrey and “I really appreciate the support,” He joined the Army National Anthony Wayne Legion Honor tive o cer of the Afghan Border

Willow—standing by his side, Tillistrand said. “ e Yorktown Guard in 2001. After completing Guard, Cadet Honor Council, Police Embedded Training Team.

Tillistrand received a proclama- police department is by far the the National Advanced Leader- Legion of Honor and Chaplain of Tillistrand has been training lo-

tion from Supervisor Ilan Gilbert, most motivated and dedicated ship Course, Tillistrand graduated Four Chaplains.He is also a gradu- cally since October of this year for

who commended the policeman/ department I’ve ever served with. from the Army’s Infantry O cer ate of the Army Airborne School his upcoming deployment.

soldier for service to his town and . . . It’s an honor to serve and it’s Basic Course in 2006. In 2010, at Fort Benning, Ga. Operation Spartan Shield is a

his country. “You are truly the best always been my lifelong dream to promoted to the rank of captain, he Next year’s Middle East tour will multicomponent organization that

of the best that Yorktown has to of- serve the town and the police de- was named operations o cer of the be a return visit for Tillistrand,who provides aviation, logistics, force

fer,”the supervisor said. partment itself.” Headquarters and Headquarters deployed there from August 2007 protection, information manage-

e police chief also praised his Tillistrand thanked his wife for Battalion, 42nd Infantry Division. to April 2009 during Operation ment, humanitarian assistance and

o cer. “All of us at the Yorktown her unwavering support, saying Along the way, Tillistrand was Enduring Freedom. From 2007 to disaster-response planning.



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Thursday, December 5, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 7

Yorktown police equipped with new resources

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT relating to mental health, addic- to graduate school, along with the skills needed to make healthy deci- in the Town of Yorktown and the
STAFF WRITER tion, domestic violence and scams. Yorktown Police Department to sions, while emphasizing the need Yorktown Police Department is
produce the perfect vehicle to con- for families to be informed and stay proud of our partnership.”
e organization Alliance for “ASK works to strengthen the nect the community to resources involved, is of great value to our
Safe Kids along with Yorktown community safety net that sup- exempli es what ASK does,” Tal- town. Our most recent collabora- Contact Liz Talbert at [email protected]
Police Chief Robert Noble an- ports a positive lifestyle by shar- bert said. tion was the development of a QR for more
nounced at the Nov. 19 Town ing resources to promote youth palm card that enables countless information about this initiative and
Board meeting that police o cers mental health, prevention of sub- e cards will allow police of- local and national resources to be to nd out how you may get involved
will now carry palm cards that al- stance abuse and opportunities for cers to now descreetly share in- available to those in need in a mat- with ASK. ASK Lifeline Hotline
low them to easily share resources thoughtful service,” Executive Di- formation in stressful or crisis situ- ter of minutes,” Noble said. “ASK 1-800-273-8255 or for the crisis
for those in need or in crisis. rector at ASK Liz Talbert said. ations where they we’re unable to truly makes a positive di erence text line text “HOME” to 741-741.
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Happily Ever After e Scienti c
Do you
remem- MY
middle school

when you rst JAMES

learned of “the MARTORANO

Scienti c Meth-

od”? What your

teacher taught

you that day was potentially more useful than just

helping you on the next science quiz. For me, trying

to solve problems by systematically evaluating the

plausibility of various solutions is a skill that has aided

Sportsunlike conduct me my entire life.

If you had any doubts about the need to approach

things rationally, all you had to do was tune into the

impeachment hearings last week. I did. ere, in plain

“Youth league umpire walks sight, was example after example of individuals who,
o the eld after parents
continuously berate him” behavior. Besides, what if that kind of blinded by extreme partisanship, refused to examine
at was the headline of a recent speculation is misinterpreted as face-
story in USA Today. tious rather than sincere, or dismissed as the facts rationally. But partisanship is not the only
precious psychobabble?
BRUCE enemy of rationality. Self-interest, hate, racism, sexism,
THE BLOG Welcome to my world. When
bigotry, mysticism, ignorance, are just a few more

BRUCE examples of the enemies of rational thought.

In an accompanying video of the commenting on anyone’s anti-social Let’s return for a moment to your middle school sci-
APAR behavior, there are certain occupational
incident, the umpire says to the temper- ence class. You may recall your teacher listing the steps

tantrum parents, “If you want to have a hazards faced by an ink-stained wretch of any scienti c inquiry: 1) present a hypothesis, 2) test

game here, quiet down.” (like moi) navel-gazing over a keyboard. the hypothesis, 3) observe the results of your experi-

One parent admonishes the umpire We don’t want to sound patronizing, ment, 4) re ne, reject, or con rm your initial theory.

to “stay professional for the kids and just predictable, hackneyed, or like a holier- What your teacher probably did not tell you is that

do your job.” than-thou know-it-all. this method does make presumptions. It presumes three

en, yet another toxic voice from the peanut gallery re- Wait a minute! I think I just described those back-seat things: 1) that the world has a determinative structure,

marks, “Are you mad because the kids are taller than you?” drivers at youth sporting contests who deem it fair game to 2) that we can know that structure, and 3) that this

Reading that got me to ponder—for the umpteenth “continuously berate” coaches, o cials, even their own kids knowledge is available to everyone. Although you are

time—the general malaise of undisciplined adults soiling on the eld—or variations thereof, like parents who specify free to reject any or all of these presumptions, the fact

youth sports. It happens everywhere, all the time. I posted to a coach which position their child needs to play. (Can’t remains that they all make sense. If the world had no

the USA Today story to social media, and the responses blame them for trying to game the system, I guess. ey structure it couldn’t be explained scienti cally because

moved me to write about it here. at’s easier said than just didn’t get the memo that youth sports doesn’t work there would be no predictability about it. Also, we pos-

done, though. What’s the best approach to take in tackling that way, for very good reason.) sess at least four faculties of apprehending the world:

this thorny topic. So that’s how I struggled while deciding the best way perception, introspection, memory and reason. Finally,

Would a sympathetic tone work? You know, like instead to write this piece. en, an epiphany: Why not step aside what makes scienti c understanding public is that the

of the typical nger-wagging lecture, how about trying a and let others have their say. I’ll just be the messenger. facts on which it is based are available to everyone.

new tack, like suggesting that those of us who look down Here’s a condensed selection of comments that appeared So how does it work? We must rst begin with a

at such behavior perhaps should pity them for dealing with under my social media posting of that aforementioned problem or query. Why did something occur? How

whatever demons possess a parent to act that way. Maybe USA Today article… are two or more things related? What is something

we need to be more tolerant and try harder to understand One commenter suggested the umpire should have made of? We observe reality and then propose a

their plight. Maybe they just can’t help themselves, like a shouted back at the parent who made fun of his height, hypothesis, which will hopefully be explanatory and

form of Tourette’s Syndrome, a very real and serious a ic- “ e kids are bigger than you,” meaning they are more predictive. Let me give you an example.

tion. mature than the sad adult who made the juvenile remark. e at earth theory has been around a long time.

Do these adults harass and shout at umpires and coaches A local youth sports supervisor wrote, “ is story is Christopher Columbus and Nicholas Copernicus

-- and even pint-size players—because they were award- tame, to say the least. It gets a lot worse out there — and it used their own version of the scienti c method to

winning athletes in their youth and now apply the same is the parents.” refute it. ey hypothesized that the Earth was round.

exacting standards to others? Other comments: “Some people are maniac sports par- ey observed that a ship sailing out of sight into the

Or is it because they were underwhelming athletes in ents” and “My dad showed me the way to behave at a son horizon has the lower part of the ship disappear before

their youth whose frustration now is visited on others? or daughter’s athletic event: show up and shut up.” the upper part. However, if the at earth theory were

Is the source of their unleashed anger or impulsive inter- A woman from my high school class chimed in, “I have correct, then all parts of a ship would disappear from

ference as transitory as having a bad day at the o ce— or o ciated high school sports in 4 states, for the last 31 years view at the same rate. Watching ships sail away, what

is it congenital behavior that’s seems perfectly normal to in Texas. Many o cials are not staying involved due to the they saw with their own eyes was the lower part of a

them? treatment from parents.” ship vanishing before the upper part. ey sensibly

No, that wouldn’t be right to write that. After all, who SEE APAR PAGE 12 SEE MARTORANO PAGE 13
are we passive wimps to judge such impressively Alpha

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What happened to the turkey?

Ilove turkey. And because I love it so the second refrigerator should go back to bed. washed it thoroughly, slathered it with
much, I picked that holiday to host butter once again, salted and peppered
at my home each year. e others in the garage. JUST “I’ll be right up,” I as- it and used my last bit of energy to lift it
can have Easter with its glazed ham and On anksgiving JO ANN sured him. He yawned into the pan. I threw the whole thing in
bunny cupcake desserts, or Christmas as he climbed the steps the oven, climbed the stairs and fell into
with a lasagna appetizer and roast beef morning last year, Ken bed.
main course; and let’s not forget every
version of a Christmas tree or Santa and I woke at 6 a.m. JO ANN and I was left alone “You smell like turkey and butter.”
face on all the desserts at the end of the “Really? I don’t smell anything.”
sumptuous meal. and, bleary-eyed, Ken FRANCELLA with the turkey. I began Fast forward four hours and I was
refreshed, showered and dressed for my
anksgiving is my holiday. It also brought up the turkey removing the plastic special holiday. e family would arrive
has special meaning to me because my any minute and I wanted them to see my
daughter was born on a anksgiving from the downstairs covering and pulling at gorgeous turkey right out of the oven. I
Day; so in addition to the entire feast, I anticipated all the “ooohs and ahhhs” at
bake a special birthday cake for her. refrigerator. I stumbled the neck and packet still the sight of it. But, there were no “ooohs
and ahhhs” just “ewwws.” In order to get
Of course, I don’t put out the amount around the kitchen getting the enormous frozen inside. Fingers numb and yearn- a good grip on the turkey, I must have
of food my grandparents and parents pulled and ripped at the skin so it looked
did. Back then, it was almost as if we pan ready. e oven was set at a low, slow ing to climb back into bed with Ken, I like it had been massacred. Also, I had
were eating for the whole year in one day. accidentally put it in the pan upside down
I serve everything we want and love in 325 degrees. began massaging the butter all over the and had forgotten to remove the neck
moderation, and, of course, many desserts, and giblet packet, and they were sticking
nuts and fruits. Usually I massage and slather the entire turkey and as I tried to lift it into the pan, out of both ends of the poor bird dry and
singed. It looked like a horror movie, e
e tradition has been that when the turkey with soft butter, salt and pepper it slid out of my hands and landed with a anksgiving Nightmare.”
stunning golden brown turkey comes out “What happened to the turkey?” every-
of the oven, all the children stand behind and throw an onion and some carrots in- really heavy thud on the kitchen oor. one said in unison.
it and the cameras snap. We have the “Um, I may have been half asleep this
very same picture in my photo albums side the hollow cavity. Trussed and ready, “Everything okay down there?” Ken morning when I put it in the pan.” ank
every year, the only di erence being that goodness no further explanation was
the kids get taller. the turkey is then placed in the oven, and asked. I knew he didn’t want to leave the necessary. As a result of the upside down
turkey, we had not the prettiest, but cer-
I have preparing the feast and cooking magically emerges looking good enough comfort of the warm bed again, so I just tainly the plumpest, juiciest turkey ever.
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ruin a turkey…I thought. back into bed. I tried picking up the

I had just recovered from the u and greased beast again, but again it plopped

although I was ne, I was still very tired. to the oor and slid about a foot away

at year’s preparations simply wore me from me.

out, but I was pretty sure I was up to the “Damn.” Grease and slime covered my

task. So after Ken brought me the turkey, pajama top and arms as I gripped the 26

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‘You’re not just a

number to them’
Tock with his staff, from left, Jennifer Hettinger,
Patty Carey, Meryl Cook, and Peter J. Reynolds, Esq. Tock said that when clients come to Heidi Zatkovich said Tock and his

him, they know they’re not just getting a team went above and beyond to help her

lawyer; they are getting an entire team that daughter, who had been seriously injured

will work together for their cause. in a dog attack.

“ ey know we have experience in four or “ ey would call to see how she was do-

ve areas of the law and it’s not just me—it’s ing,” Zatkovich recalled. “You’re not just a

my entire team,” he said. “We listen; listen- number to them. It felt like home, really.

ing is a key component. Once we learn the Everyone was very nice. We did go to other

facts, we can delve into the details to better law rms and they would not handle our

assist our clients. Our o ce has the experi- case. Joe was willing to ght for my daugh-

ence to walk them through the process. We ter.He got my daughter what she deserved.”

will listen and we will nd a solution. Tock said that as a personal injury attor-

“When they hire the Law O ces of Jo- ney, he has handled thousands of car ac-

seph J.Tock, that’s ve people, not just Joe cident cases. When a client comes to him

BY BOB DUMAS “He looked at us straight in the eye and Tock,” he added. “I have supreme con - and they’ve been involved in an accident
EDITOR he said, ‘I’m going to do everything I can,’ dence in my sta . I know they will provide and su ered injuries,he knows he can help.

and he did,” Michael Williams Sr. said. me with the information to act, react and “If they’ve su ered a serious injury,

For more than 27 years,the Law O ces “He was a man of his word. He went up work hard for our clients.” we want to get them the compensation

of Joseph J. Tock in Mahopac has been against Goliath, an entity that has hun- e services that Tock’s team o ers in- they’re due and hold the insurance com-

providing clients with the advocacy they dreds of lawyers on its sta . clude: pany accountable,”he asserted.

need during di cult times. “ ey nally came up with something • Results-driven criminal defense repre- Client Rory N., who was in a motorcy-

But for Joseph J. Tock and his team of that we felt justi ed our son’s life,” he con- sentation for people charged with DWI, cle accident, said Tock is a tenacious litiga-

seasoned professionals,it’s not just about the tinued. “Joe is a genuine person and he drug o enses and all other crimes. tor who won’t stop until he gets what his

work they do in the courtroom,it’s about the makes you feel he’s going to do everything • Personal injury representation after client deserves.

relationships they forge with their clients. he can for you and it’s not done because automobile accidents and other traumatic, “My state of mind, when I came to Joe

“I go to court every single day,but for this he’s looking for the paycheck.” life-altering events. Tock was, will I ever walk again? I didn’t

client on this day, it’s the most important Joanne Williams said Tock never made • Comprehensive services to complete know if I was going to lose my leg. Joe as-

thing in the world for them,”Tock said. her feel like just another client. His atten- both residential and commercial real estate sured me that everything was going to be

Tock has handled thousands of cases tion was personal and genuine. transactions and address other real estate all right and he was going to deal with the

throughout his career, but the one he says “He was very compassionate and when I law concerns. insurance company,” he said. “Joe told me,

that has impacted him the most is the case talked to him, I felt like he really listened,” • Estate administration and litigation, ‘All you have to do is just get better.’ He’s

of NYPD O cer Michael Williams. is she said. “He made me feel like it was go- from estate planning through probate. a bulldog. He says he’s going to get it done

case exempli es Tock’s ability to bond with ing to be somewhat OK and he would get • Business law counsel ranging from and he gets it done.”

his clients, to exude empathy, and to nd justice for my son. startup and formation assistance to ongo- If you have a legal

success in court. “ e hardest thing was telling my story, ing consulting and dispute resolution. issue you need to re-

Williams was killed while on duty in a even to him,” she added. “Because when “Joe and his team make you feel relaxed solve and want to be

motor vehicle accident on Sept. 21, 2014. you lose something so meaningful and and you feel like you can speak to them con dent in the de-

It left his parents—Michael and Joanne— somebody you love more than anything about whatever the problem is.I knew that cision-making pro-

devastated and confused. else, you can’t talk to just anybody. If you they would resolve my problem,” said cli- cess, choose the ex-

“We lost our son in a senseless mo- want someone who is going to listen to ent Marguerite Polito. “Once the case was perience of the Law

tor vehicle accident. It never should have you and is going to try, I de nitely think resolved, his sta helped us move in the O ces of Joseph J.

happened,” said retired Carmel police of- Joe is the guy for you.” right direction.” Tock.

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Attend the Dec. 10 public hearing APAR • No smoking
• Leave no trash behind
BY SUSAN SIEGEL and in the natural environment. FROM PAGE 8 • Set a proper example for our
ADVOCATES FOR A BETTER YORKTOWN With minor edits from the Town Board, the De- children
One highly visible sign of how If you can agree to the above,
Let’s get it done — on December 10th. cember 10th hearing will be on the revised version the good people who volunteer we welcome you.
On December 10th, the Town Board will re- of the tree law that was the nal work product of to run youth sports programs are IF NOT, WE ASK THAT
convene the public hearing on the long delayed the multi-disciplined Ad Hoc Tree Committee. pushing back against those who are YOU PLEASE LEAVE NOW.
new Tree and Woodlands Protection Law—a law quicker to complain than to volun- [American Youth Soccer
designed to protect the town’s trees and endangered The proposed new Tree and Woodland teer is the number of actual signs Organization—]
woodlands while preserving individual property rights. Protection Law addresses the weaknesses and popping up at playing venues. And, nally, for the sake of
deficiencies of the current Tree Law in three acknowledging that, yes, every
After 18 months of agreement that Yorktown critical areas: Here are a sampling of the best so often even a well-meaning
needs a new, stronger tree law, it’s time to act. It’s such signs I found online... volunteer—such as a coach—
time for a Town Board vote. • In contrast to the current law, the proposed law needs to be reprimanded for
protects trees and woodlands on approximately Not happy with what’s happen- unwise words or action aimed at
e proposed new Tree and Woodlands Protec- 4,000 acres of Town-owned property. ing on our eld? o cials, or players, or well-be-
tion Law that will be the subject of the December haved parents, there’s this meme
10th public hearing has been reviewed, dissected • In contrast to the current law, the proposed law Volunteer applications are now I found that’s worth noting...
and rewritten multiple times. e law has been held recognizes that woodlands are not just stands of being accepted. “I know I’m just a volunteer
to a higher standard of scrutiny that any other town trees, but rather consist of complex layers of vegeta- youth sports coach, but I feel if
law in recent history. tion that together create a functioning and stable SPECTATORS PLEASE I yell at the kids and umpires, a
ecosystem that provides multiple bene ts to the REMEMBER: pro scout might see me and give
Over 18 months, various versions of a new tree Town and its residents. me a REAL coaching job.”
law have been discussed by the Town Board during 1. ese are kids.
at least 17 meetings. Versions of the law have been • In contrast to the current law which makes 2. is is their game. at’s an apt reminder that
reviewed by the Planning Board, Conservation mitigation optional, the proposed law requires 3. Coaches and o cials are crossing the line or acting out-
Board,Tree Commission Advisory Commission, mitigation for tree and woodland removal over human. of-line can happen both inside
Planning Department, Engineering Department, speci c thresholds and gives the approval authority 4. is is for fun. and outside the lines.
New York State DEC and New York City DEP. the latitude to tailor speci c mitigating actions to 5. Positive cheering is encour-
And Advocates for a Better Yorktown (ABY), the the signi cance of the tree and woodland loss and aged. e proper way to end these
group of concerned residents that has been spear- the characteristics of the site. is exibility is often 6. Your child is not being musings is with the sacred
heading the e ort for a new stronger tree law. ignored by parties claiming the proposed mitigation scouted by the Yankees today. words of immortal sportswriter
requirements are too onerous. [National Alliance for Youth Grantland Rice, who left us this
Based on the feedback and diverse opinions Sports—] poetic paean to sportsmanlike
expressed by these groups, the Town Board took SOME HISTORY • Kids are #1 conduct...
the unprecedented step of creating an Ad Hoc Tree In 2010, the Town Board passed an innovative • Fun — not winning — is
Committee that included town sta and members everything “For when the One Great
of appropriate advisory boards. e Committee was Tree Law that protected the multiple ecological and • Fans only cheer, and only Scorer comes to mark against
tasked with preparing a revised draft that incorpo- cultural functions of individual trees and woodland coaches coach your name, he writes not that
rated the members’environmental expertise and ecosystems. e law wasn’t perfect and, as with all • No yelling in anger you won or lost, but how you
knowledge of how things work, both in the Town new legislation, time and experience showed where • Respect the volunteer played the game.”
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credible than the at Earth one and, therefore, they Einstein and not Newton had predicted.

could reasonable conclude that our planet could not Scope. According to scientists, the best hypothesis

be at. is is an example of the scienti c method is the one that has the greatest scope. at means it

at work. explains and predicts the most diverse phenomena.

But let’s go deeper. Over the years, scientists have As I noted earlier, Einstein’s hypothesis had greater

re ned this method of inquiry by suggesting at- scope than Newton’s and therefore became favored

tributes whose presence increases our con dence in by scientists as the preferred theory.

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e thankless job of Facebook moderating

Nobody wants to hear some ways, the best compliment MARSH Sometimes, it’s pretty darn im- “Families”name. Its original incar-
about how hard your job an ethical reporter can get is to be MADNESS pressive what some of you know nation was entertaining but could
is. hated by everyone. before we do (the Turco’s/Uncle also be a bit mean-spirited.
I learned that long ago from BRIAN Giuseppe’s news, for example, was
somebody I’d consider a mentor. Social media has added another MARSCHHAUSER reported on social media months Over time, group moderators
It doesn’t matter how overworked, wrinkle to that. Critics now have before we could con rm it). began policing negative behavior.
underappreciated or underpaid a public forum to air their griev- ose kinds of mistakes keep Now, it mostly exists for residents
you feel you are. Nobody wants to ances against you or the people me up at night, but someone else’s But amateur journalism also to make or seek professional rec-
hear it, especially from a journalist. you write about, and it’s often opinion of me does not. ick has its drawbacks, especially with ommendations, to give kudos to a
more combative and vitriolic than skin is not something that can how rapidly misinformation can retailer or restaurant they enjoy, or
Not only is it uninteresting, it a phone call or email. be taught. It develops over time. be spread. A police stando in to inquire about town issues like
undermines the objectives of our We might vent occasionally to Mahopac last week is proof of that. water problems or road closures.
jobs. We’re supposed to be inform- We’re no longer being judged our colleagues or spouses, but we For better or worse, it doesn’t even
ing, engaging and trustworthy by just our reporting, but by our otherwise go about our business, Still, it’s my job to stay informed remotely resemble the group it
moderation of these social media sometimes feeling like a punching on everything happening in my once was.
gures, not sympathetic ones. posts. at’s because the moment bag, but never taking the hits too towns, including what’s being
To be sure, this job can be chal- you begin moderating any of personally. discussed on the rumor mill. By going down that road of
lenging and thankless. Limited these comments—for language, So, I track them all—the most policing posts, group moderators
resources aside, the most chal- factual accuracy, privacy concerns So, why am I bringing it up popular of which are probably the in some respect have become like
lenging aspect of working in news or any other reason—you become now? “Families”or “Parents”groups on newspaper editors. ey’re making
media is just how abstract it is. responsible for all of them. Facebook. Every town in West- judgement calls and holding group
Two people can look at the same Because of the internet, which chester has them. It’s the rst place members to their standards. And
set of numbers and come away In some ways, it’s like a living, has a orded millions of people the I go when I want to learn about a by removing posts that don’t con-
with widely di erent opinions of breathing “Letters to the Editor” opportunity to take up journalism new community.
what they mean. section. as a hobby of sorts. If you have a rm to those abstract guidelines,
Your coverage of every subject, phone, you can be a reporter. It’s been interesting to watch they leave themselves vulnerable to
or lack thereof, is going to be dis- Sometimes criticisms of us are how these groups have evolved criticisms when they fail to act on
sected by critics and used against warranted. Perhaps we spelled a over the years. One group, for ex- a post that some members might
you as evidence of your bias. In name incorrectly, miscalculated a ample, used to be a “Moms”group consider to also be in violation.
before adopting a more inclusive
gure, or failed to cover something In recent months, mostly during
that we should have. the political season, I watched
as these moderators came under
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they sought refuge. And the cycle
will repeat itself.

Social media moderators are
starting to learn that it’s a tough
balancing act and you can never be
sure you’re doing the right thing.
In a way, their job is more thank-
less than mine is because as least I
get paid. I don’t know what com-
pels social media moderators to
even bother, but I’m glad they do.

As someone who’s been called
a “hack”or told to “get a real
job”many times in my life, I’ve
admittedly enjoyed watching this
unfold. ey’re nding out how
hard our job is without me having
to tell them.

But mostly it gives me hope to
see people trying to raise the level
of discourse on social media in a
thoughtful way by policing hurt-
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Yorktown’s Ben Robinson Lakeland’s Nicolas DeSantis


Local wrestling squads return plenty of talent

BY MIKE SABINI Jay (Cross River) at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, in and everything in-between. I expect that they will have
CONTRIBUTING WRITER the rst and second rounds of the Section 1 Dual Meet great seasons wrestling wise but I also hope the they will
Championship. Yorktown was to face John Jay (East leave a positive legacy behind.”
Yorktown coach Eric Fama has plenty of talent re- Fishkill) in the opening round and, if the Huskers won,
turning in seniors: 120/126-pounder Andrew Finateri would wrestle the winner of John Jay (Cross River) and Newcomers to the varsity are juniors Tyler Carter
( fth in the section last year), 220-pounder Benjamin Scarsdale. (195), Charlie Dubrawski (220) and Niko Rezaj (138):
Robinson (second), 160/170-pounder Christian Sin- sophomores Spencer Maja (106), Hunter Dagnino
agra (sixth), 145/152-pounder Dean Patierno (sixth) LAKELAND/PANAS (126), Ryan Deitrick (160), Steven Santalisa (152) and
and 132/138-pounder Marc Pisani (sectional quali er). Lakeland/Panas coach Dave Bergen is in his third Chris Ciraco (152); and freshmen Yan Ryzy (138), Cop-
per Schmidt (138), Stephen Carrol (132), Dom Parente
Finateri, Sinagra and Patierno are the captains, who consecutive season coaching the Rebels, after also (182), and Jacob Pagano (113).
Fama said are expected to motivate the newcomers. coaching them in 1996-97, ’97-98 and ’98-99, before a
14-year stint at White Plains. “We also have a bunch of other guys that are athletic
“We have a lot of young eighth and ninth-grade wres- and learning fast, who could challenge for spots,” Ber-
tlers this year that are coming onto the team with sev- Bergen’s top returning wrestlers are seniors Nick De- gen said.
eral years of wrestling experience before even reaching Santis (170), Declan Fullerton (182) and Pat Hickey
high school,” Fama said. “ e most accomplished one (285); juniors Gio Russo (113), Austin Bergen (132), e Rebels’ strengths are having experienced wres-
of the group is Joseph Tornambe, who was rst in the Dom Duggan (138), and Shane Coster (145); and soph- tlers throughout the lineup with some newcomers in
section and third in the state in middle-school division omore Connor McGannon (182). between.
last year.”
DeSantis, Russo and Austin Bergen, Dave’s son, were “ e experienced guys are helping create a great at-
Tornambe, the son of former Yorktown coach John All-League last season. mosphere for learning and pushing the new guys to
Tornambe, is an eighth grader. work harder,” Dave Bergen said. “We have a great group
“I expect all of these wrestlers to work hard and con- who support each other while still challenging each
Fama said that the team’s strengths are experience and tribute team points in every dual meet and to place in other every day.”
numbers, the latter of which is new for the sixth-year every tournament,” said Dave Bergen, who coached the
coach. Rebels’ modi ed team for two seasons before taking e Rebels are coming o a season where they were
over their varsity. “None of them have placed at section- 11-10 overall and 3-3 in their league.
“We will have multiple guys for each weight class and als in the past but it is a good possibility this year with
will be able to ll out a full lineup which will make us a lot of hard work.” “We will look to improve on that,” said Dave Bergen,
both a tough tournament and dual- meet team,” Fama whose team won the Conference 2 League C champi-
said. Fullerton, DeSantis and Hickey are the Rebels’ cap- onship in the 2017-18 campaign. “Winning the league
tains. would be great but we will have to beat some tough
As a team, Fama said that the goals are to be the teams.”
league champs and place in the top ve in the section. “I expect them to show the younger wrestlers how to
things are done on our team,” Dave Bergen said. “To Lakeland/Panas was scheduled to open the season
“ ese are high goals, but very attainable for this lead by example in everything from how to practice with hosting the Section 1 Dual Meet, at 4:30 p.m. Wednes-
group,” Fama said. focus and intensity, to setting up and cleaning the mats day, Dec. 4, at Walter Panas, which was to include
Clarkstown North, Harrison, and New Rochelle.
Yorktown was scheduled to start the season at John

Thursday, December 5, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 19


Yorktown’s Gannon retires from coaching

BY MIKE SABINI fore defeating Kingston, also in and moving on in the state equally proud of her Husker them. It was something that I

CONTRIBUTING WRITER overtime, in the opening round tournament is something that squad that gave back to the did at each of the three schools

of the regional tournament. only a few teams and coaches community that supported it. that I worked with. I also have

Yorktown coach Bernadette Su ern’s victory over Ma- get to experience,” Gannon said. “It shows the community that such an amazing group of par-

Gannon is retiring from coach- maroneck was the rst time a “Once you get there, though, it we as a program appreciate ev- ents who are willing to help

ing eld hockey after 26 years, Rockland County team had is very addicting and makes you erything and want to help give with the Animal Shelter tour-

the last ve spent at Yorktown. won a sectional title in eld want to get there over and over something back to them,” Gan- nament, the pink game and the

Gannon, who coached the hockey and, to this date, is still again. It is an honor when you non said. “I have awesome play- soup game. Without their help,

Huskers to 23 victories during the only school across the river win that title and should never ers and they like seeing all of we could not have done what

her time at Yorktown, said she to do it. be taken for granted.” the people or animals who ben- we set out to do.”

wants to spend more time with “Winning the section title O the eld, Gannon was e t from a little bit of help from

her family.

“I have decided to retire from

coaching eld hockey,” Gannon

said. “As di cult as it is to leave ‘As di cult as it is to leave my players and the eld-hockey eld,
my players and the eld-hock-

ey eld, I really miss spending I really miss spending time with my own kids.’
time with my own kids.”

is year, the Huskers went –Bernadette Gannon

6-8-3 against a tough schedule Yorktown Field Hockey

to earn the No. 10 seed in the

Section 1, Class B Tournament.

ere, they faced host No. 7

Brewster in the opening round,

falling 1-0 in a highly competi-

tive game, laying a solid foun-

dation for the future.

“It was extremely important

for me to make sure we built up

the program from JV through

varsity before stepping down,”

Gannon said. “I did not want

the new coach to have to worry

about starting completely fresh.

ey have to implement their

system, so knowing that the

kids have worked together and

are on the rise should help the

new coach out with establish-

ing this mentality and continue

with making Yorktown a strong

team in the section.”

From this year’s squad, junior

goalie Addy Araneo, was named

All-Section and All-Elite, and

senior Kelsey McDonnell

earned All-League and All-

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