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Mahopac News 02.18.21

VOL. 12 NO. 2 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Barile pleads guilty, receives
conditional discharge

BY BOB DUMAS position was on the record. But Tock argued that Barile Councilman Mike Barile FILE PHOTO
EDITOR “I don’t think it has to be grew up in Mahopac and over
the years has dedicated time Tock told the judge. “He has deal.Town, county, state and New
Councilman Mike Barile was amended as long as the record is and resources to help improve contributed more over the past York City agencies all played a
given a conditional discharge last clear [the illegal hookup] is only the community. Tock noted that 40 years to this town than any part in the probe, which was ini-
week after pleading guilty to one for the seven-month period,” in 1995 Barile and his business single one person.” tially launched after an article in
count of theft of services, a class Tock said. partner provided demolition and the Journal News disclosed the
A misdemeanor, for maintaining trench work to create the Ma- However, Tomann said that unlawful sewer connection.
an illegal sewer hookup. Tomann also ned Barile $500, hopac Chamber Park, and that while he appreciated that, it had
plus $250 in surcharges. He also same year they donated the heli- no bearing on the proceedings. Barile has always contended
As a condition of the discharge, compelled the councilman to al- port at Putnam Hospital Center.
Barile must ful ll all the obli- locute his guilt in the case. In 2000, Tock noted, when there e case’s disposition marks SEE BARILE PAGE 18
gations contained in a separate was a re at Mahopac Public Li- the end of a nearly two-year or-
settlement agreement with the Barile admitted that he ille- brary,Barile donated three trailers
town of Carmel. Barile agreed in gally connected the restaurant’s to house the books and provided
December to pay a $105,000 ne. wastewater system to the public cable and electricity. He also built
sewer without permission or au- and donated the rst dog park
e case was heard online vir- thority, thereby avoiding having in Putnam County, Tock said.
tually on Feb. 8 before Judge Ste- to pay for using the sewer.
phen Tomann of the Philipstown en, for ve consecutive years,
Justice Court. District Attorney Bob Tendy he raised money through Woof-
said Barile had previously been Stock Festival to maintain the
e charges alleged that Bari- served with multiple noti cations park. He also aided fundraisers
le maintained an illegal sewer of violation and cease-and-desist for Relay for Life (raising in ex-
hookup at the now-shuttered Blu orders from the town for the un- cess of $400,000 over ve years to
Restaurant at 825 S. Lake Blvd. lawful sewer connection.
from November 1991 to April ght cancer), the Carmel Police
2020. But Barile has long insisted “Mr. Barile’s conduct in this Department, Putnam County
the hookup was only operational case exhibited a complete and ut- Sheri ’s Department, the Veter-
since September 2019. ter disregard for his community, ans of Foreign Wars and Ameri-
and, as he admitted, his actions can Legion, Knights of Colum-
After a brief discussion, First were criminal,” Tendy said. “It is bus, United Way and others.
Assistant District Attorney Larry particularly egregious that as a
Glasser, who prosecuted the case, sitting town board member, he “Mike Barile has donated time,
and Barile’s attorney, Joseph J. would commit theft and fail to energy, resources, nances, e ort
Tock, agreed the complaint didn’t pay for a public utility that law- and commitment to our town,”
need amending as long as Barile’s abiding taxpayers must pay to



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The Staff Mahopac Library our microbiome - the bacteria,vi- ursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. PAC Call to Artists
Events ruses, and fungi that exist in our Argentine born/Brooklyn based
EDITORIAL TEAM bodies - is critical to our health. concert guitarist & composer Putnam Arts Council invites
Harry Potter Film Discus- And nourishing not only our Carlos Pavan arrived to New member artists 18 years and old-
EDITOR: 845-208-0774
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SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 Monday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. “Harry is key to the health of our mi- studies with maestros Jorge Mo- of original ne art for inclusion
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DiCarlo: Too soon to bring students back fulltime

District continues to follow Health Department guidelines

BY BOB DUMAS their designated in-person les- “We don’t have the operational riously. I can’t arbitrarily, on the district will make a concert-
EDITOR my own, decide to ignore what ed e ort to get students who
sons. capacity to do that.” those guidance practices are.” are engaged in fulltime remote
School Superintendent An- learning to return to the class-
thony DiCarlo said last week DiCarlo said that while he DiCarlo was speaking before DiCarlo said the district is room via the hybrid model.
that it is still too early to open looking into the possibility of
schools fulltime to all students would like to get back to full- the CDC issued updated guide- moving classes outdoors once “We are looking at the num-
and that even if he wanted to, the weather improves, which ber of students who still con-
his hands are tied by county time in-person instruction for lines Feb. 12. “I know the CDC would allow for more in-person tinue to be out on full remote
Health Department directives. learning. [learning],” he said. “We were
all, it is not the right move at is coming out with some updat- going to look to see if we can
DiCarlo made the remarks “We have reached out to bring some of them back and
on the school district’s online this time. ed guidelines,” he said earlier in military capabilities and we are still meet [DoH] guidance.
program, “Spotlight on Ma- looking into tents and other Right now, we are exploring ev-
hopac Schools,” in response to “ e Department of Health the week, “and the Department things we can do,” he said. ery option that may be available.
pressure from some parents to “ ere is a lot of red tape that
begin fulltime in-class learning. says within six to eight weeks of Health will look at that, and goes with that. You have to get “We are not just ignoring it
permits. But if we can get some and putting our heads in the
e district currently employs we will begin to see those vari- then we will work with the De- of those tents and put them on sand,” he continued. “Where we
a hybrid model in which half our campuses in the spring, it can, we are also bringing kids
the students attend classes in ants [of COVID-19]. Now is partment of Health and then will help us over the summer back into extracurricular ac-
person one day while the other and even into next fall. We are tivities (bands, theater), just like
half stays home for remote on- not the time to bring everyone we will see what can be done in looking at every possible way [we are doing with] sports.”
line learning and then they al- that we can.
ternate. back,” he said. “What will en- the coming months.” DiCarlo said it is important
“We are going to o er—we for parents to understand that
However, earlier this month able us to bring everyone back But DiCarlo made it clear are working on it now—sum- when they see an o cial or
DiCarlo and other school mer programs for all our learn- politician make a remark during
administrators said that not is the vaccine. at’s the reality that “I am not going to ignore ers so we can get kids additional a press conference, it can take a
enough of the hybrid students support over the summertime,” while for those remarks to come
are showing up at school on and the rollout [has been] slow Putnam County and the guide- he added. “We hope to come up to fruition.
their designated days and many with a cadre of programs. It’s
are struggling and falling be- to happen. lines and bring kids back. I not [mandated]. It will be up to “Something gets said and
hind. He encouraged parents to each family.” then there are weeks to go be-
make sure their kids come in for “To bring everyone back, we would be negligent. And God fore you meet speci c bench-
e superintendent also said marks,” he said.
would have to double the space forbid we had an outbreak. It’s

in our buildings,” he added. something we have to take se-

‘I am not going to ignore Putnam County
and the guidelines and bring kids back.
I would be negligent.
And God forbid we had an outbreak.’

-Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo

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Proposed bill could help Villa Barone stay in business

Disaster relief funds would create grants for small businesses

COURTESY OF OFFICE OF STATE SEN. PETE HARCKHAM /TOM STAUDTER] No business has likely been small businesses across the tions that eligible small busi-
more adversely a ected by the state right now is dire, and nesses statewide have been
Sen. Pete Harckham with Nick Crecco, co-owner of Villa Barone pandemic than Villa Barone we cannot wait any longer to turning to for help. e second
Hilltop Manor in the empty ballroom at the villa. Hilltop Manor in Mahopac. give them the help they need bill, S.2993, will allow small
to survive,” said Harckham. businesses and small landlords
There’s never been a better e iconic Route 6 banquet “Giving businesses access to to defer certain taxes during
time to plan for your future. hall has been the host of count- emergency grants so they can the declared state of emergen-
2021 is your chance to start less weddings, dinner/dances, pay bills and remain open is a cy and permit installment pay-
fresh, and your Estate Plan parties and celebrations. But must. We asked them to take ments later on.
is one thing you can control. when the coronavirus struck, it one for the team, so to speak,
Contact us to update your all came crashing down. and now we need to recipro- As the pandemic spread
Will, Trust, Health Care cate with a level of assistance through New York last spring,
Proxy & Power of Attorney. But now, proposed legisla- that ensures their viability and it was mandated that residents
tion in Albany may help pull continuance.” stay at home unless their occu-
the business back from the pations were deemed essential
brink. e new bill (S.4688) would and businesses across the state
utilize a fraction of the next were temporarily closed. is
State Sen. Pete Harckham coronavirus pandemic disaster has had a devastating e ect on
and Assemblyman Steven relief funds that Congress and the state’s economy, impact-
Otis introduced legislation last the Biden / Harris administra- ing small business owners and
week that will earmark up to tion are expected to disburse their employees, as well as their
$100 million of federal disaster soon to the states; Gov. Cuo- vendors and other associated
relief funds sent to the state for mo has requested that New small businesses.
an emergency small business York receive $15 billion.
grant program. “I am not sure how much
Once the federal govern- longer our business will be able
“ e nancial situation for ment sends the funding to to survive without substantial
New York, the new bill would
then authorize a state agency nancial assistance,” said Nick
to set up the parameters for Crecco, who is co-owner of
the emergency small business Villa Barone Hilltop Manor
grant program, focusing on with his brother John Crecco.
those businesses that had been “ e emergency small busi-
asked by the state to remain ness grant program will let us
closed during the pandemic. continue to hang on, which, in
the long run, will bene t our
is new legislation is part employees, our guests and our
of a package that includes two community at large.”
earlier introduced bills that
will o er small businesses and John Crecco added, “We
not-for-pro t organizations lost more than a year of event
additional nancial resources bookings, and now we need
to help keep them a oat while more help so we can fully re-
they grapple with the nan- open in the months ahead.
cial devastation caused by the
coronavirus pandemic. is is a business we built up,
and I’m optimistic that we can
e rst bill, S.3406, will build it back up again. ank-
establish a state of emergency fully, it looks like the help we
loan program and will also need is on its way.”
guarantee loan repayment to
the certain nancial institu- Article courtesy of Sen.
Harckham’s O ce

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discover some new dish
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Kind of an appetite killer, if

and then I order it whenever I you know what I mean.

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duck. I had sampled a crispy panini, with just the right blend

duck at a new restaurant, and of melted cheesiness and crispy

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duty, as a panini lover, to make duper, magic panini maker and onto bruschetta...
backyard and the next thing we call a panini a panini, but in real- one myself. So, the rst thing I closed the lid.
did was run out and buy a super- It needs no cooking.
knew, the place was silly with ity, they are just serving glori ed duper, magic panini maker. A moment later a friend
called, and we started talking Tracy Beckerman is embarking
cute little duckies. at pretty Hot Pockets, en I went out and I bought about “ e Crown” and who was on a new adventure as an empty
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of bread, added all the rest of the and found my perfect panini was more midlife humor, follow her
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Students from Austin Road, Fulmar Road, Lakeview students stop
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joining thousands of schools across the coun- in front of a bulletin
try in a weeklong celebration that supports board especially created
students in creating a culture of kindness and to celebrate the Great
compassion while strengthening their social Kindness Challenge
and emotional well-being. e Great Kind- 2021.
ness Challenge (GKC) is a national proactive
and positive bullying prevention initiative Fulmar kindergartener MNeawhsopac On “Score Points
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student engagement. a Valentine as part PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAHOPAC SCHOOL DISTRICT students, teachers,
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bulletin boards reminding students of the Byrne’s office during jersey to raise kindness
week’s theme. ey participated in kindness the Kindness Challege. awareness. Lakeview
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writing letters and playing with new friends. make special Valentine’s stopped by the
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photo collage, and encouraging students to be
kind to themselves by spending 10 minutes
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via Google Meet and they were committed to
introduced them to their choosing kindness.
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Plans will garner Eagle Scout award
and Girl Scout Silver Award

BY BOB DUMAS rotted and needs to be taken down and re-

EDITOR placed.

After the new ramp is completed, wood

Two projects by Mahopac scouts will help chips will be laid out for a pathway to the

bring upgrades and a bit of education to icehouse.

some local parks. “By putting down wood chips, I’ll be able

One of them, an Eagle Scout project, will to make the path more visible and I will be

rebuild the “icehouse” ramp at Sycamore able to make it a bit bigger so that it is two-

Park, which will make the old building ac- people wide,” Cropsey said. “If the building

cessible to the Recreation & Parks Depart- is not going to be used for storage, then it

ment and allow it to hold classes and other will be a place where campers can be taught.

programs there. e second project, for a Sycamore Park needs more space for storage

Girl Scout Silver Award,would place a “little and teaching during summer camp. With

library” box at Chamber Park where visitors the completion of this project, the icehouse

can nd books to read in the park, or even will be used to its full potential.”

take home. Cropsey said fellow members of his troop

Rec Director Jim Gilchrist recently pre- will volunteer to assist with the ramp rehab,

sented the two plans to the Town Board. along with friends and family members. He

Eagle Scout candidate Matthew Cropsey estimates that the cost of the project will be

of Troop 371 has proposed to rebuild the about $1,400. He said he’s created a Go-

icehouse ramp in Sycamore, Gilchrist said. SEE SCOUTING PAGE 18

e project will install new joints from the

building to the concrete and new joists for

the wood ramp and add handrails. The old ramp leading to the icehouse
Cropsey was on hand to explain the proj- and the path that will be upgraded.

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SCOUTING brary box at Chamber Park—will “ e project will help people is around $300, and McManus is BARILE
be undertaken by Lily McManus who don’t have books, or a library lining up fundraisers to provide the
FROM PAGE 17 of Girl Scout Troop 2660, to ob- card, to be able to get books to money. She will also put together a FROM PAGE 1
tain her Silver Award. read,”she wrote to the board.“I se- book drive to help with the initial
FundMe page, which has already lected this plan because ever since stocking of the little library. that the sewer allegations were
gathered a signi cant number of In a letter to the board, McMa- I was 4 it spoke to me. I love my prompted by fellow board mem-
donations. He also said he’d like to nus explained that a little library is local library and I love reading.” “I plan on taking leadership bers, past and present, because he
hold bake sales at Red Mills Mar- a small box that will hold books for by having a book sort [where had written to the state attorney
ket and the Stop & Shop. all ages—a place where people can McManus said that she has the we will] sort out books from the general’s o ce asking for an in-
donate books or take them home skills to construct the little library. drive and have the younger girls vestigation into town procurement
Cropsey said he would like to to read. e Mahopac Public Li- or those who need community policies, which he contended were
begin work as soon as possible— brary will maintain the box and “Surprisingly, I am very good at service hours volunteer,” she said. corrupt.
weather permitting—and the make sure it is fully stocked. A building so it will be a good way
project should take about six days similar little library is already in- to strengthen some of my talents,” e Town Board approved In a prepared statement, Barile
to complete. stalled at Sycamore Park. she said. both projects at its Jan. 20 voting said, “[We] can nally move for-
meeting. ward from the drawn-out ordeal
e other project—the little li- e estimated cost of the project that occurred over the past two
years regarding the sewer line
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Putnam Town seeks Postal workers: Please shovel
named new ECB snow around mailboxes
one of member
the safest BY BOB DUMAS
counties e Town Board is looking for
in the U.S. an interested and quali ed person EDITOR to get to the mailbox.”
to ll a vacancy on the Environ-
In a recent study by U.S. mental Conservation Board. Casey said some customer don’t bother to
News & World Report, Put-
nam County has been ranked Submit a letter of interest and re- Postal carriers in Mahopac are asking resi- shovel at all, while some just create a small
as the 11th safest county in sume to:
America. dents to help them in their mail-delivery en- space for their feet so they can get to the
Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt
In measuring nearly 3,000 Carmel Town Hall deavors in the wake of the recent snowstorms. mailbox. When a carrier can’t reach the box,
U.S. counties and county 60 McAlpin Ave.
equivalents across dozens of Mahopac, NY 10541 e carriers are asking customers to do it creates a problem.
factors that can help or harm Or email to [email protected]
the health of a community and, by March 1. a better job clearing the space around their “We are not supposed to get out of the
its residents, the 2020 rankings For additional information, go to
spotlight the relationship be- mailboxes so they can maneuver their trucks truck, management frowns on that,” Casey
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is and its overall well-being. closer. said. “Some people come to the post o ce
In the public safety category,
communities were assessed “You have to have a space where you can and pick up their mail rather than shovel.
relative to one another across
seven metrics in three key ar- pull in, but a lot of people aren’t doing it,” Some seniors can’t do it, so I help them out.”
eas—crime, injuries and public
safety capacity—with individ- said Gary Casey, a letter carrier in Mahopac. Casey said sometimes he will hold the
ual metrics including violent
crime rate, vehicle crash fatal- “ ere are some people who are really good mail if he cannot get to the box.
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Argentine tango/folk music MUSINGS Reed’s Zumba on Zoom
featured in virtual concert
FROM PAGE 2 e Reed Memorial Library will host a

for sale) in the name of the le. Works need Zumba Gold program on Zoom on Mon-

not be for sale but if works are for sale and days at 9:30 a.m. now through March 29.

do sell, the Putnam Arts Council retains a Online registration required. To register

Argentine-born concert guitarist, and in uences. He blends tango and commission of 35 percent. go to the calendar at www.carmellibrary.

Carlos Pavan, will perform a virtual folklore rhythms from his native Ar- Tree and Shrub org/calendar and go to January 4. Contact
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recital via Zoom on ursday, Feb. gentina with New York jazz harmo-

25 at 6:30 p.m. Pavan is part of a new nies and classical arrangements. Seedling Sale any questions.

wave of classical guitar composers is special event is hosted by Ma- Virtual Guided Hike

who incorporate a mix of tradition hopac Public Library and e Field Putnam County Soil and Water Con-

Library in Peekskill; registration is servation District and Cornell Cooperative

required. Extension Putnam County o er Putnam Cornell Cooperative Extension Master

Pavan has performed nationally at County’s 2021 Annual Tree and Shrub Gardener Volunteers present their rst

venues that include Lincoln Center, Seedling Sale. is year, with every or- virtual guided hike! While they cancelled

New York City Center, New Eng- der placed, we are o ering a free common an in-person hike early in the year due to

land Conservatory of Music, Brook- milkweed seed packet. Our plant selection the pandemic, Master Gardener Volun-

lyn Borough Hall, and many other and the milkweed seed packet will help the teers lmed and narrated a hike of Putnam

national and international locations. monarch butter y survive. Go to putnam- County’s Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary.

e World Music Report describes to see all ese walking trails are right in the heart

Pavan’s technique in this way: “ e that is available this year and consider mak- of Carmel, and easy to access. In this short

guitarist applies such delicate pres- ing a contribution to a healthier planet by video, Master Gardener Volunteers intro-

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ing but air and wind rushes through nam County Soil and Water Conservation resources. You’ll see where to park and

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causing them to rustle as if they vi- gov or 845-878-7918. whom the park is named, and enjoy the

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is required; register online at www. Due to the need to maintain social dis- Community and government partners, or call 845-628- tance during both the school day and after include the Putnam County Soil & Water

2009, ext. 100. To learn more about school athletic team practices, the MHS Conservation District, Parks Department,

Pavan, visit http://www.carlospavan. track will be open to the public on week- County Historian, and the Putnam His-

info/. nights from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., mornings tory Museum. You can nd this and other

from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and on weekends. videos, on Cornell Cooperative Extension

Carlos Pavin Article courtesy of Mahopac Public e track will be closed during all school of Putnam’s YouTube channel at
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Mahopac gymnasts win one, lose one

Top Somers and Scarsdale, fall to Lakeland-Panas/PV

EDITOR Castrataro

e Mahopac varsity gymnastic team split Cecylia Nicole Giannetta
two matches last week, losing to Lakeland- Haberling
Panas/Putnam Valley by a score of 176.600 to
161.600, while defeating Somers and Scars-
dale in a Feb. 8 matchup.

“Another solid competition by our team
against an outstanding team,” Mahopac coach
Vin Collins said of the loss to Lakeland-
Panas/Putnam Valley. “I’m pleased with the
way we are improving with every competition.
We’re looking forward to the tournament at
the end of the season.”

Jamison Castrataro led Mahopac, nishing
rst in the vault with a score of 9.30. She n-
ished fourth in the uneven bars with a score of
8.70 and scored a 9.35 to nish fourth in the
oor exercise. She nished fourth in the all-
around with a score of 35.35.
Kaitlyn Palange led Mahopac in the balance
beam, scoring 8.40 to nish fourth.
Earlier in the week, Mahopac (167.200)
topped Somers (161.750) and Scarsdale
“A solid team e ort; the team really rose to
the challenge,” Collins said. “We really came
up big on oor, placing ve of our gymnasts
in the top seven places. A great way to nish.”
Castrataro took rst in the vault (9.35) and
second in the uneven bars (9.00). She also n-
ished second in the all-around with a score of
Nicole Giannetta (8.65) and Palange (8.40)
took second and third respectively in the bal-
ance beam. e duo also tied for second place
in the oor exercise with a score of 9.20.
“Nicole and Kaitlin are getting stronger in
each competition and it was nice to have Lia
[Graap] back in the all-around competition,”
Collins said. “Jamison had a great vault, best
vault of the season. It was a great team e ort.


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Nicole Jamison
Giannetta Castrataro

Kaylie Ann Hammond Lexi



Mahopac bowlers
continue to roll, close to

completing season

Girls remain unbeaten, while young
boys team looks to Improve

BY SKIP PEARLMAN young group learning the game. Carroll said he and the In-

CONTRIBUTING WRITER e boys dropped three dians are appreciating the fact

matches last week, falling to that they’ve gotten 12 matches

e Mahopac High School Carmel, Beacon and John Jay, in, and have two remaining to

bowling team is one of the few all by 7-0 scores. e Indians complete their regular season.

Indians teams that has been closed the week at 1-11. After that the team will com-

able to continue competing Austin Arzaga had the high pete in a regional tournament.

through weather, COVID and score of 189 against Carmel, “We have 12 in, and we’re

travel issues in recent weeks. Ryan Marino posted a 213 and happy and fortunate that we’ve

Head coach Jim Carroll‘s Makena Kraus had a 202 vs. gotten this far,” Carroll said.

girls team improved its record Beacon. Kraus bowled a 204, “ e league and section have

to 12-0 last week with three and Arzaga followed at 200, done a good job coordinating Austin Arzaga had
victories, topping Carmel, Bea- against Jay. everything with precautions Mahopac’s high
con and John Jay, all by 7-0 and guidelines to get this season score last week in a
scores. “ e boys are a much young- in. We’ve been bowling mostly loss to Carmel.
er team,“ Carroll said. “We virtual, and we’ve gotten every-
e girls team also went un- have two seventh graders and

beaten during the regular sea- one senior. ey have been pro- thing in without any issues.”

son last year. gressing and improving each e Indians were set to wrap

Gabby Marino’s 207 and week. Makena, our one senior, up their regular season this

Krista Dietz’s 170 led the Indi- has done a really nice job. He week. e girls regional tourna-

ans over Carmel, Marino’s 187 has multiple 200 games, and ment is scheduled for Monday,

and Emma Long’s (and Marina has done a good job helping Feb. 22, with boys competing

Angrisani’s) 170 led the way vs. with the young kids, and lead- on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Competi- Gabby Marino led
the Indians girls
Beacon, and Marino (203), Di- ing the team. tion will include the teams the team with high
etz (202) and Julianna Mendez “Arzaga has also been very Indians played in the league, scores in three
(177) paced the team against including Carmel, Beacon,
John Jay. open to making adjustments,“ Ketcham, John Jay, Arlington, victories last week.
the coach added. “He’ll follow and Poughkeepsie. e tourna-
“ e girls are doing really through, and his score will im- ment will be held at Fishkill PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN
well,” Carroll said. “Our top prove. He has a good ball and

three—Gabby, Krista, and Ma- a good feel, and I think he can Bowl, and no spectators will be

rina—have really established be one of our good bowlers for allowed.

themselves as the top bowlers a few years. He’s only a seventh

in our league. ey have the grader. Ryan Marino (another

highest averages, high games, seventh grader) recently be-

and high series. And Emma came a two-handed bowler, COVID–19
and Julianna have improved a he’s made adjustments and his

lot. So, they’ve done a great job progress has showed. It’s always TESTING ALERT

all together.” good to see the young kids im-

Mahopac’s boys team is a proving.”


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Junior LAX star has been playing since she was 6 years old

BY VICTORIA PITTORE “It was de nitely very tough dur- Jennings plays mid eld and at-

MAHOPAC NEWS INTERN ing the recruiting process hearing tack. She was selected for many

coaches tell me I was too small, but achievements along her lacross

Ava Jennings, a junior at Ma- I did not let that stop me from pur- journey; WPLL Futures pick; Elite

hopac High School, has been play- suing my dream of playing college 12 player at the E12 Showcase/All

ing lacrosse ever since she was in lacrosse,”she said. Star team at the NXT Nike Philly

rst grade. Now, she is taking her She may be small in size, but her Showcase; Nike Elite 120 Show-

game all the way the University of heart and desire outweigh her op- case; and the All Star team at the

Cincinnati, having recently signed ponents. Ending up at the Univer- girls Long Island showcase. She

a letter of intent to play and go to sity of Cincinnati is testimony to joined the varsity as a freshman.

school there. that. “We are very excited about Ava Ava Jennings

Jennings’ sister, Taylor, has been “Words can’t even describe how committing to play lacrosse at Cin- PHOTO COURTESY OF
one of her biggest inspirations.Tay- happy, excited, and truly grateful I cinnati,” said her coach, Jim Lieto.
lor was by her side the entire process am,” she said of the signing. “It felt “She is a fantastic lacrosse player.

and gave her con dence. like a dream come true. Knowing She made the varsity team her

“I am very blessed to have a sis- that there was a school out there freshman year and was an imme- are looking forward to Ava’s Junior this sport, and I will forever be

ter like Taylor who has shown me like Cincinnati that saw a lot in me diate contributor. She has had 12 and Senior seasons. Ava works re- grateful for my family and friends

nothing but love and support, not as a player, it really is the best feel- goals, 3 assists, and 21 ground balls. ally hard and she is a leader on the who were by my side throughout

only as a player, but a sister as well,” ing.I fell in love with the school and Ava scored a huge goal in our win team. She was voted captain this this whole process.”

Jennings said. I couldn’t be happier to be a Bearcat. against Mamaroneck. She scored year by her teammates.” Jennings started in the sport ear-

Being small in stature has had its e coaching sta and the team are with two minutes left that sent the When her playing days are over, ly; she was a member of the Snipers

challenges for Jennings throughout absolutely amazing, and I wouldn’t game to overtime. Unfortunately, Jennings said she would love to stay program since she was in 6th grade,

her lacrosse career, want to go to school anywhere else.” we didn’t get to play last year,but we in he game as a coach. which she said greatly helped her

“One thing I would de nitely during the recruiting process.

love to do after I graduate is be- “I would also like to say a huge

come a D1 lacrosse coach. Growing thank you to the Snipers Elite La-

up, my father was my lacrosse coach crosse coaching sta —Michelle

throughout my entire youth,” she Mason, Abi Jackson, Cat Conway,

said.“I have always admired him for Steph Sumczik, Alexis Dido, and

For today, retirement being an example to young athletes Rachel Zurheide,” she said.“My

within the Mahopac lacrosse com- next shoutout goes to Jack Kensil.

munity.” Jack has been my lacrosse trainer

and every moment She would love to inspire young for over three years now and has

girls like herself who love the game helped me build my lacrosse skills

as much as she does. and character. He has always taught

in between. “Without my mom, I would not me to be the best you, you can be.
be where I am today,”she said.“ e e rst time he ever said this to me
endless love and support she gave was about three years ago, and I still

me, as well as doing so much for carry it with me to this day.”

me throughout the entire recruiting Jennings has known her coach,

process.” Jim Lieto, since she was in rst

“Ever since I was a little girl, I grade. He allowed her to play var-

Tier 4 planning isn’t about getting a new 403(b) have always dreamed of being a sity when she was just a freshman.
or buying financial products. It’s about becoming Division 1 lacrosse player, and now “Working with girls above my
educated and empowered around the events knowing that I have accomplished
and decisions in your personal financial life. It’s my dream,” she added. “I am proud playing level at the time pushed me
of where I have come today with to prove myself, and to become not
just as good, but better,”she said.

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