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Published by Halston Media, 2019-12-12 13:09:35

North Salem News 12.12.19

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

Vol. 5 No. 37 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, December 12, 2019

Town revamps Moreo’s residency
government in question

website BY CAROL REIF he was the legal owner of his house until

STAFF WRITER it was purchased by someone else.

Sternlieb, a retired real estate invest-

Questions over the residential quali - ment banker with a background in law,

cations of an incoming councilman have hastened to add that he didn’t think any-

spurred at least one concerned citizen thing underhanded was going on, just

to beseech North Salem o cials to do that folks weren’t clear exactly what the

whatever they legally can to “uphold the residency requirements were.

integrity” of local elections. “All I can say is he lives in Florida. His

Andrew “Andy” M. Sternlieb appeared family lives in Florida. I don’t know many

before the Town Board on Tuesday, Dec. people who move from a high tax base

3, to tell it that it is “on notice” that (like New York’s) to Florida who don’t

omas Moreo, who was elected in No- declare their residency in Florida for tax

vember, “doesn’t live in town.” purposes,” said Sternlieb, who had served

BY CAROL REIF residents “ nd local information, apply Moreo, a Republican, was de nitely a on the school district’s scal advisory
STAFF WRITER for jobs, stay informed during times of
disaster, and be active in their commu- resident when he got on the ballot. But committee.
North Salem’s brand-new website nities.”
may need a little tweaking, but it’s still the “unforeseen circumstances” that sub- While some cities do, towns apparently
a lot easier for residents and town of- It will cost the town about $3,400 a
year. sequently forced him to put his home don’t have such rules written in stone. But
cials to use, says Supervisor Warren
Lucas. According to Lucas, individual town on the market will, he wrote in a Nov. state election law should apply in these
departments have their own adminis-
e site went live just before anks- trative powers and can update the site 25 email to this newspaper, “eventually cases, in the opinions of both Supervisor
giving. as needed.
precipitate” his “full-time relocation out Warren Lucas and town counsel Roland
e old page was designed by a local It is more user-friendly all around
college student in 2009. And it chugged and simple to navigate, too. of state.” A. Baroni Jr.
along just ne until its search function
got a little hinky last year. “What you see is what you get,” Lu- However, he wrote: “While I am able At any rate, the county Board of Elec-
cas said.
e new site is managed by CivicP- to ful ll my duties and serve on the Town tions is steering well clear of the contro-
lus, an integrated technology platform One of the planned tweaks will be
that Lucas says is used by nearly half the inclusion of photographs of Town Council, I intend to so to the best of my versy.
of the 40 municipalities in Westchester. Board members and certain town of-
ability, and give the Town Board some It’s not “punting” because it simply
e Kansas-based business claims it cials, such as those who are likely to
has more than 3,500 local governments have direct contact with the public, like additional time to nd a suitable replace- doesn’t have a dog in the ght, accord-
as clients which use its software to help building inspectors.
ment (sic).” ing to Tajian Nelson, executive assistant
Sternlieb said Tuesday at the coun- to Democratic Election Commissioner

cil meeting that he did not “fault” the Reginald Lafayette.

councilman-elect for his reported move e county only conducts and ad-

to Florida. Moreo tried to get his name ministers elections and certi es results.

o the ballot, but was told by county It doesn’t weigh in on such matters, she

elections o cials that he couldn’t, either said. SEE MOREO PAGE 6
because a deadline had passed or because

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Kids rejoiced last week with a day off of school on Dec. 2.

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Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is located pants are welcome to continue on their The Keeler Library
wants to hear from you!

at 276 Titicus Road. For more information own. e group is free but we ask that As the year draws to a close, your and musical performances round out the

on any of these events, call 914-669-5161 you register by contacting the library and neighbors at the Ruth Keeler Memo- weekends.

or visit make a commitment to come to most of rial Library are pleased that the Library We hope you have been able to enjoy

the sessions. is lling an expanded role in the North some of these o erings. And we need

Monthly Early-Onset Dementia Bagels & Books. First ursday of Salem community. With our wide variety your support to continue our e orts.

Caregivers Support Group, every each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at of o erings and meeting space for local e town of North Salem generously

Monday starting on January 27 from 6-7 Keeler Library. Copies of the books are groups, we’ve attracted record numbers of provides us with 70 percent of our operat-

p.m. e group will be facilitated by Tan- available at the Library for checkout. people of all ages. e Library continues ing budget, but every year we must raise

ya Steel who is the Executive director of No registration is required. ursday, to be North Salem’s community center. the remaining 30 percent from fund-rais-

a non-pro t and spouse of someone with December 5, Buddhaland Brooklyn by It’s the heart of town—a place where ev- ing events and our annual appeal, which

FrontalTemporal Degreneretiation. e Richard Moraisis. eryone is welcome. is now underway. Each year we must raise

group is free, open to all, and requires no History and Biography book group at’s why we want to hear from you. more than $135,000 simply to meet our

registration. Drop-ins are encouraged e history and biography book group We’d love to know how the Library can operating budget. Every dollar counts and

and any point. meets at 7:30 p.m.on the second Tuesday better serve your needs. What programs no donation is too small.

Holiday Crafts on Wednesday De- of the month. e group reads books and activities would you like to see? How So please visit our website to make a

cember 18, 4 p.m. Make some yummy on various historical topics or periods can our current lineup be improved? donation and pop an idea into the Sug-

holiday decorations. Co-sponsored with as well as some biographies. e books Please let us know by visiting .ruthkeeler- gestion Box. Or just stop by the library

the North Salem Recreation Depart- are chosen by the group and are wide and enjoy our comfortable space to relax,

ment. For all ages. ranging. Multiple copies of the books at From our Cooks & Books party and use the WiFi, meet new friends and check

Polar Express on Monday,December the library for people to check out and Library Fair in May, to Family Fun Day out a great book or movie.

23, 4 p.m. Bring your family and watch read. “John Marshall: e Man Who in July and the STEAMfest technol- Please keep an eye out for the Keeler

this classic movie on our large screen. For Made the Supreme Court,” by Richard ogy fair in November, the library hosts Library annual appeal letter. All dona-

all ages. Brookhiser on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. major events that bring together hun- tions are fully tax deductible. We need

Holiday and Winter Stories on New members encouraged! dreds of residents from North Salem your help to continue to grow and thrive

Monday December 16 and ursday Story time and crafts and the surrounding communities. We as a gathering place and community cen-

December 19 at 10:30 a.m. Story time Mondays have programs geared to small children ter serving all the people of North Salem

and crafts for all ages. Stories and Songs – 10:30 a.m., for — storytime, crafts, even toddler yoga— and neighboring communities.

Mahjong for Beginners, every babies from birth to 2-1/2. and book groups, art and tech o erings, Follow us in Instagram @ruthkeel-

Wednesday starting on January 8th from Tuesdays and sleepovers for teens. Workshops for ermemorial_library. e heart of town

2-4 p.m. Joan Staudinger has o ered to Mother Goose for Babies – 10:30 adults include writing, gardening, fash- needs your support!

lea and teach another Mah Jongg Group a.m., for babies from birth to 2-1/2. ion, bridge, Mah-jongg, and book groups Lauren Ivanhoe, President

for beginners and those who need to Wednesdays focused on history, biography and ction. Eric Poole, Vice President

refresh their skills. Joan will be with the Story Time at 10:30 a.m.; family story Classes in painting and jewelry-making Ruth Keeler Memorial Library

group for 6-8 weeks. After that partici- time for kids of all ages. attract all ages. And movies, lectures Board of Trustees

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Fall scenes Students at North Salem High School
worked on their still life skills using oil

paints in Drawing and Painting 1.


MOREO that certi cation letters are be- he “was the top vote-getter.” legal purposes”) “as one in the to the absence of Moreo’s name
ing sent out to all the winners, “It’s up to North Salem— same.” or image on campaign materials.

but wouldn’t say anything about when it’s time for the swearing People can be away from their “But you knew the guy was not

Nelson con rmed last week Moreo in particular except that in—to have all its ducks in a primary residence for legitimate here.”

row,” she said. reasons; if, for instance, they “Other than making sure the

Rooney Orthodontics Lucas agreed Tuesday, Dec. own multiple homes, are serving person quali es, which I think is
Children & Adults 3, that more “scrutiny” is called in the military or are temporar- something the town has to do,
for, but, at this point in time, ily placed in a nursing home, he I have no control,” Lucas told
the ball is still in Moreo’s court. told this reporter. Sternlieb.

“Look, you’re talking to a If someone’s primary residen- “ at’s all I ask. at some-
group of people who have no cy is in question, the courts can body come out and say ‘ ese

decision in the process,” the su- look at determining factors such are the residency requirements.’

pervisor told Sternlieb. as tax returns, driver’s licenses, If he takes the oath, and he’s

“He either is or is not a resi- insurance policies and profes- not a resident, he’s going to

dent. Some legal person is going sional licenses. su er the consequences. If he

to determine that,” said Lucas. “You can also assume,” Stern- meets the requirements and he

“If he’s not a resident, he’s not lieb told Lucas in the email, doesn’t take the oath, then you

going to get sworn in. If he is, “that the court would look to (the Town Board) will do what

and he wants to be sworn in, where one’s family resides and the law requires,” Sternlieb re-

and he meets the requirements, where one’s children are en- sponded, referring to either ap-

he’s going to get sworn in.” rolled in school, as these are pointing a new person or leav-

Baroni, who advises the town good indicators of intent and ing the seat vacant.

on legal matters, has told the where one resides.” Sternlieb said he was not

17 Miller Rd. supervisor that, if this eventu- “Putting his property up for raising these concerns because
Mahopac ally winds up in court, the town sale is also a good indication of politics. He urged the board
will have to engage outside that Moreo is not temporarily to nd out if it has a legal ob- counsel. located in Florida and does not ligation to prevent Moreo from
have a ‘continuing attachment’ being sworn in—if he isn’t a
According to Lucas, the to North Salem,” Sternlieb resident. “Otherwise, the board
town’s only options—if Moreo

doesn’t take his seat or is sworn wrote. is complicit—the board must

in and resigns, immediately or In his Nov. 25 statement, uphold the integrity of our elec-

sometime down the road—is to Moreo insisted he remained tions,” he added.

appoint someone to ll the post committed to his town and At the very least, Sternlieb

or leave it empty until next fall’s those who voted for him. “I contended in his Dec. 5 note,

elections. know that my skills and dedica- the board should “secure from

Katherine Daniels, the Dem- tion that have served the com- Moreo an attestation under

ocratic runner-up and former munity well in the past will con- penalty of perjury that he is a

school board member, thinks tinue to serve North Salem well resident of North Salem per the

Happy Holidays that—based on “past prac- as we move forward,” he wrote. requirements of state law.”

tices”—she should be that ap- Sternlieb, who now works in It could not be learned by press

pointee. education advocacy, said that he time what the town’s response

from our family to yours. After absentee ballots were couldn’t remember anything like was to Sternlieb’s requests. e
counted, Moreo beat Daniels this happening in the 30 years paper also reached out last week

Think Sclafani for highly efficient heating by 12 votes. He pulled 894; she, he’s lived in town. to Moreo for further clari ca-
systems, generators, air conditioning!
882. Incumbent Republican “I’m just saying that the town, tion of his intentions. And, as
Heating oil, propane, natural gas, diesel, gasoline!
Councilman Brent Golisano the board, should be on notice of Friday, Dec. 6, Democratic

polled 1,005 votes. that it is an issue, and he should Committee co-chair Emily Jo-

Licensed, insured and bonded! In a letter to Lucas two days not take the oath of o ce,” he nas Siegel was still mulling her
Quality guaranteed!
later, Sternlieb referred to the said. response to Moreo’s Nov. 25

today! 845-628-1330 state’s public o cers law, which, Sternlieb also said he does not statement. Republican Com-
Call he said, treats residence and blame others on the Republican mittee chair William Monti’s
domicile (which the dictionary slate. only comment, post-vote, was
de nes as a person’s “ xed, per- “On Election Day, Nov. 5th (sic)
manent, and principal home for “You did the right thing,” he the voters spoke.”
told the Town Board, referring

Thursday, December 12, 2019 North Salem News – Page 7



One of the new features is

a “Find it Fast” button where

residents can zip to a list of

topics ranging from car seat in-

stallations, a ordable housing

and animal control to garbage/

recycling, parks and emergency

services. ere is also a “Quick

Links” feature that takes them

to forms and documents, a place

to ask questions or make com-

ments, and the town code.

Another feature that should

be rolled out in coming months

is a spot where users can see the

recreation calendar and sign up

to reserve athletic elds and


Residents can click on an

“e-subscribe” button to sign up

online for emergency alerts,

general town news and an- include the town’s 2020 budget tributed by individuals and by community spirit, horses, open Rock, a 60-ton boulder per-

nouncements, water district and the 2019 assessment rolls. local organizations such as the spaces and convenient access fectly perched atop several

newsletters and other impor- Departments listed on the Open Land Foundation, a lo- to New York City”—began as smaller stones. Whether the

tant local data. site include the assessor’s, build- cal champion of North Salem’s a farming community and was Titicus Road tourist attraction

is will make the town’s ing, court, highway, police, rec- natural beauty and open spaces; incorporated as a town in 1788. was dropped by a glacier during

job easier because, Lucas says, reation, supervisor, tax receiver and Old Salem Farm, one of e town also has an “excel- the Ice Age or is a man-made

it’s di cult to maintain an ac- and town clerk. Also easily ac- North America’s leading eques- lent small theater, many ne dolmen is still the subject of

curate, up-to-date list of every- cessible is contact information trian competition venues. Pho- restaurants, a very active His- debate.

one’s email address and phone for various governmental enti- tos will be changed out during torical Society and a vibrant li- e site should get even

number. ties such as the Town Board, the year as seasons change and brary.” Not to mention a school better as residents and town

ere will be more forms and Planning Board, Architectural community events take place. system with about 1,000 stu- o cials add their 2 cents, but

documents available online, as Review Board and Conserva- e site also promotes local dents and a summer day camp. for now “it’s still a work in

well as the usual board agendas, tion Advisory Council. history. North Salem—“home It also gives a shout-out to progress,” Lucas says.

minutes and videos. e site also has been pret- to 5,000 residents who enjoy the town’s “oldest and most To visit the site, go to north-

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e thanks that Mis t Toys
keeps on giving
Iremember the excite- READING, interested in playing board
It’s two weeks after anksgiv- MAN ment of tip-toeing WRITING & games and my brother
ing and the holiday is still OVERBOARD down the stairs with CHOCOLATE de nitely preferred playing
fresh in my mind. I wish it my younger brother early KIM with his Rock ‘Em Sock
were the same in my refrigerator. RICK on Christmas morning. e KOVACH ‘Em Robots and other more
An actual fortnight of leftovers MELÉN lights on the Christmas tree active toys. I had to wait for
has me digging deep into the ice- would already be lit. Our a school friend to come over
box for something that hasn’t been the hotel before they stop serving
there long enough to have it’s own lunch. My neighbor Paul is always eyes widened at the stacks of to actually get to play Sorry
birthday party. telling me how he had to blow
up a bunch of rocks with sticks of beautifully wrapped presents and Life and Monopoly.
Is this what they had in mind In dynamite behind his house so he
the 1600s at Plymouth, when the could sink footings for his deck. and the bulging red holiday stockings hanging Over the years, a few gifts I received would
I told him you’d better be careful
rst anksgivings were docu- when you make plans like that be- nearby. have t right in on the island of Mis t Toys.
mented? Back then the celebra- cause they could blow up in your
tion was part religious holiday, face. But the moral of the story is We did not write letters to Santa with our at was the place where odd or broken toys
part harvest festival. A particular that if my neighbor Paul was one
of the Pilgrims, and he wanted to lists of toys and wishes. But we did leave a lived in the animated TV version of Rudolph
anksgiving in 1621 was de- build a deck, and Plymouth Rock
scribed by an Edward Winslow, was in his back yard, it would be plate of cookies for him which was usually the Red Nosed Reindeer. As a very little girl,
who talks of the harvest coming washing up on shore all over the
in well (except for the peas, which Atlantic Seaboard. empty by morning. Unwrapping those pres- I loved playing with dolls. I had baby dolls
sucked that year), and invited
a number of Indians, who had e holiday itself is quite ents with glee, we couldn’t wait to play with and Barbie dolls and paper dolls and tiny doll
helped them through a particular- pleasant, as long as you can avoid
ly di cult winter, to share in the talking about anything. A couple our new toys. Our cat loved to scamper in and house dolls. But some well-meaning relative
feast. No matter what color you of my sisters come over, I have
are, religious a liation you have or plenty of them to go around, and out of the mounds of wrapping paper and rib- sent me a large bride doll dressed in a long
political party you belong to, you my wife cooks a great dinner.
can certainly nd something like She told me she had to thaw out bons and boxes. white lace gown. e doll had little dangling
that to be thankful for. I’m not re- this turkey for four days before
ligious, and I thank god that I live Most of those long ago Christmas presents earrings and a tiara and veil. What kind of toy
in a country where I don’t have to anksgiving, meaning that at this
thank god if I don’t want to. point the turkey almost quali es as were winners. Dolls and doll accessories when is that? Where’s the groom? Was she jilted at
a pet. I once had a cat that just sat
By the way, have you ever seen around all day and did nothing. In I was very young and then books and my the altar?
Plymouth Rock? My wife and I fact, I always had a cat who never
took a trip to Massachusetts one always didn’t not do something. microscope set when I was older. I loved that Another bizarre doll that I received was
year so we could see Plymouth
Rock, which I think I must have e turkey also sits around all day Tasco microscope. It came in a wooden case called Hedda Get Bedda. Hedda was dressed
confused with the Rock of Gibral-
tar. is Plymouth Rock is a 2’ by SEE MELEN PAGE 13 with glass slides and assorted items to peek at in pajamas and came with a hospital bed and
4’ boulder that if you ran over with
your SUV you’d say, “Jeez, I think under the magnifying lens. I was into STEM a thermometer. Her body was soft but her
we ran over something,” and then
keep on going so you can get to before it was even a term. head was made of hard plastic and covered in

Since my mom was an artist, we always a hard plastic white cap. You turned the plastic

received creative presents like paint sets and pom-pom on the top of her head to see her

craft making kits. My brother received a three di erent faces. (I am not kidding – you

wonderful present one year – Creepy Crawl- can Google it.) Hedda’s three faces included

ers. e set included colorful liquid plastic that sleeping, smiling or a face covered in red dots

you squirted into molds and placed in this – measles? Scarlet fever? Chicken pox? Not

heated contraption to produce rubberized liz- my idea of a fun doll to play with.

ards, snakes and spiders. Our cat liked to play Receiving a dud toy was a rare glitch in our

“fetch” when we tossed a rubber bug across the family. I have fond memories of unwrapping

room for her to grab and bring back. my new diary, annel pajamas, dolls, books

Another fun gift was the Spirograph set. It and toys each year. I can still recall being

included an assortment of stencils in di erent tucked into bed upstairs on Christmas Eve

geometric shapes to spin around using colored and listening for the sounds of Mom, I mean

pens to create elaborate designs on paper. My Santa, wrapping gifts and tearing o pieces of

brother and I shared this and really enjoyed scotch tape late into the night. Happy Holi-

the endless design possibilities. days!

We did receive one or two new board games

each year which would have been fun except Kim Kovach encourages everyone to cherish fun,

that my mom and dad were not particularly happy holiday memories.

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God save our scale e holiday car trip…
and how to deal
I’ve had a love-hate relation- oor with my toe and then
ship with my scale for as TRACY got back on. is time it told Dear Dr. Linda, STRONG
long as I can remember— BECKERMAN me I had dropped 80 pounds Our daughter, Maggie, LEARNING
mostly hate—and so, when we and weighed as much as a
packed up the house to move, I Yorkipoo. Much as I would invited us to drive with her
decided to simplify my life and have liked to weigh as little as family to our son’s house for

see if I could live scale-free for a Yorkipoo, I suspected this anksgiving dinner, which is DR. LINDA

a while. I’d been told that it’s weight wasn’t right either and ve hours away. We thought it SILBERT

much healthier to gauge your nudged the scale to yet an- would be great to be together.

weight by how your clothes t, on a regular basis, I decided to other location across the oor. Big mistake! Our daughter

rather than by how much you just go with the cheaper model When I stepped on, the number decided that screen time was

weigh. However, I’m pretty sure that didn’t talk or multitask or again skyrocketed and I nearly o limits during the trip. She that too much screen time can

it was a skinny person who said co-function as a valet, a cof- had a stroke until I realized my wanted us to spend quality time be dangerous, but isn’t a long

that. feemaker, or a doula. But ap- 90-pound dog had his paw on together. To tell you the truth, car trip the perfect time for

Still, as someone who has parently, the old adage, you get the back of the scale, just to be the quality family time got so screen time?

been scale-obsessed in the past, what you pay for, was coined funny. unpleasant that at one point Grandma and Grandpa

I thought it made sense to ditch speci cally for bathroom scales I moved the dog and nudged my wife and I were considering

my scale. is was a good plan, because no sooner did I set it up the scale once more. is time it taking a plane, train or renting Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

in theory, until I realized all and step on it than it freaked out didn’t say I was too heavy or too another car to get home. Maggie’s intentions are good,

my jeans had spandex in them and told me I weighed as much light. is time the scale said I Any suggestions for our next but not necessarily realistic.

and wouldn’t divulge my true as an NFL linebacker. Although weighed 0. holiday car trip to our other Depending on your grandchil-

size until I either sat and split I knew I had put on a bit of I can work with that. daughter’s for Christmas? She dren’s ages and personalities, it

them, or I got reported to the weight, I was con dent that I lives six hours away and Mag- would be di cult to nd activi-

ASPCSJ (American Society for hadn’t gained so much that I You can follow Tracy on Facebook gie already told us that we’ll go ties that everyone would enjoy

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out when I went for a doctor’s I nudged the scale across the her blog at By the way, we understand

appointment and they made

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told the doctor her scale was

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but certainly not accurate and I

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People in Denial).

Eventually I accepted the

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eat healthy, I decided to cut back

on my intake of leftover Hal-

loween candy and give up cheese

fries. I went back to the gym,

dropped a few pounds, and my

skinny jeans breathed a sigh of

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e thankless job of DR. LINDA ahead. Besides planning what
Facebook moderating clothes you’ll be taking, where
FROM PAGE 9 to eat, how long to drive before
stopping to stretch, be sure to
ve hours together in a car is take time out to plan what ev-
di cult for anyone at any age. eryone will be doing in the car

So, how did families years

Nobody wants to hear ago, before iPhones and mov- during those long hours.
about how hard
your job is. MARSH ways, the best compliment an ies in the car, manage long Sit down as a family and talk
I learned that long ago MADNESS ethical reporter can get is to car trips? eir mindset was about the trip. Ask the children
be hated by everyone. di erent. Children knew that what they want to do on the
they were going to play games trip. If grandparents are going
Social media has added

from somebody I’d consider BRIAN another wrinkle to that. Critics together such as “20 Questions” along, be sure they put in their

a mentor. It doesn’t matter MARSCHHAUSER now have a public forum to or “I Spy.” ey knew that it was two cents. For example, does

how overworked, underap- air their grievances against you a time they all sang together or everyone want the trip to be

preciated or underpaid you or the people you write about, shared funny family stories. In “alone time” where everyone is

feel you are. Nobody wants and it’s often more combative other words, everyone got in sitting with headphones and

to hear it, especially from a journalist. and vitriolic than a phone call or email. the car with a similar plan. ey playing their own video games

Not only is it uninteresting, it undermines We’re no longer being judged by just our knew what to expect. or watching their own movie?

the objectives of our jobs. We’re supposed to be reporting, but by our moderation of these social Was the car trip always a Or does everyone want a family

informing, engaging and trustworthy gures, media posts. at’s because the moment you wonderful family experience? car trip of singing together and

not sympathetic ones. begin moderating any of these comments—for No. Sometimes, it was awful. playing games?

To be sure, this job can be challenging and language, factual accuracy, privacy concerns or Everyone was arguing and the Write down all the sug-

thankless. Limited resources aside, the most any other reason—you become responsible for kids were poking and push- gestions and talk about them.

challenging aspect of working in news media is all of them. ing each other until someone Compromise. For example, if

just how abstract it is. Two people can look at In some ways, it’s like a living, breathing ended up crying. Even though everyone decides that part of the

the same set of numbers and come away with “Letters to the Editor” section. most family trips begin with the trip should be playing on smart-

widely di erent opinions of what they mean. Sometimes criticisms of us are warranted. same good intentions, it doesn’t phones or watching a movie,

Your coverage of every subject, or lack thereof, Perhaps we spelled a name incorrectly, always happen. talk about the length of time

is going to be dissected by critics and used SEE MARSCHHAUSER PAGE 13 To try to have the best family that will be spent doing so. Also,
against you as evidence of your bias. In some
trip, the No. 1 rule is to plan talk about the fact that they may

have to stop in the middle of a

game or movie to go eat. Talk

about the fact that they may

have to nish the game or movie

later in the trip. Talk about how

each one will deal with that.

In other words, the key is what

I call the “3 Cs”—communi-

cate, compromise and cooper-

ate. ese are three of the most

important life skills you can

teach your children. And one of

the best family activities where

you can practice these 3 Cs is

to go on a family trip together.

When parents argue, “It’s my car

so here are the rules,” as Maggie

did, or “When I’m paying for

the trip, I decide,” (also referred

to as the golden handcu s), the

consequences in the future may

not turn out that great. Kids go

along with everything up to a

point. But if the experience isn’t

that positive, or if it’s downright

Add Value unpleasant, they may not want
to go on trips with you when
they’re older.

to Your Home Bottom line? Whether there’s
screen time or no screen time
isn’t really the issue. e issue is

that Maggie planned how ev-

When we’re done, there is nothing left to do. eryone would behave in the car
because that’s what she wanted.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019 OPINION North Salem News – Page 13

MELEN MARSCHHAUSER group it once was.
By going down that road of policing posts,
group moderators in some respect have become
and does nothing, I don’t have to change the litter box, I bet I miscalculated a gure, or failed to cover some- like newspaper editors. ey’re making judge-
could train it to do more things than the cat does, and when I get thing that we should have. ment calls and holding group members to their
hungry, I eat it. Now you tell me who is the better pet. standards. And by removing posts that don’t
ose kinds of mistakes keep me up at night, con rm to those abstract guidelines, they leave
I try not to go into the kitchen while people are cooking because but someone else’s opinion of me does not. ick themselves vulnerable to criticisms when they
I don’t want to ever nd out what giblets are, but I wandered in skin is not something that can be taught. It devel- fail to act on a post that some members might
by mistake and I saw a package that said “Birds Eye” on it. “OH ops over time. We might vent occasionally to our consider to also be in violation.
MY GOD! What are you feeding these people?” I don’t want colleagues or spouses, but we otherwise go about
those things peering up at me while I’m trying to eat dessert. I our business, sometimes feeling like a punching In recent months, mostly during the politi-
also think it’s weird that you scoop out parts of a turkey and stu bag, but never taking the hits too personally. cal season, I watched as these moderators came
it with something called “stu ng.” It is literally a stu ed animal under intense scrutiny for doing just that. Some
at this point. My wife told me to prepare the cranberry sauce, So, why am I bringing it up now? are better than others at standing by their deci-
which is code for “get out.” I saw a photo online of somebody Because of the internet, which has a orded sions and moving on, but others seem to be on
bragging about their cranberry sauce, and I was appalled at what millions of people the opportunity to take up the verge of a meltdown, unable to handle the
I witnessed, a bunch of little cherry-looking things swimming journalism as a hobby of sorts. If you have a slings and arrows that come from making tough
around in a red liquid. You call that cranberry sauce? If you’re too phone, you can be a reporter. editorial judgements.
lazy to go out and buy a real can of cranberry sauce, you just don’t Sometimes, it’s pretty darn impressive what
understand anksgiving. I like to coax it gently out of the can in a some of you know before we do (the Turco’s/ Inevitably, some fed up group member who
perfect cylinder so that you can read “Ocean Spray” on it. Uncle Giuseppe’s news, for example, was re- feels their free speech is being violated will rail
ported on social media months before we could against the moderators and their “censorship.”
After dinner we call all the relatives that aren’t here, and we all con rm it). Somebody is sure to reply, “If you don’t like it,
talk into the speaker phone at the same time, then go, “What did But amateur journalism also has its drawbacks, start your own group.” And they’ll say, “Fine, I
you say?” en we all go, “You go rst,” but we don’t hear that be- especially with how rapidly misinformation can will,” and will launch some “Yorktown Uncen-
cause we all said it at the same time, and it’s easy to see why those be spread. A police stando in Mahopac last week sored” group, which in a few years time will come
relatives are not here. Sometimes the relatives, rightly, don’t pick up is proof of that. to resemble the group from which they sought
the phone at all, so we leave a message, all talking at the same time. Still, it’s my job to stay informed on everything refuge. And the cycle will repeat itself.
happening in my towns, including what’s being
en I make a joke about how we should have pressed “one” for discussed on the rumor mill. So, I track them Social media moderators are starting to learn
more options. all—the most popular of which are probably that it’s a tough balancing act and you can never
the “Families” or “Parents” groups on Facebook. be sure you’re doing the right thing. In a way,
But time is now no longer on the side of the leftovers. I took Every town in Westchester has them. It’s the their job is more thankless than mine is because
some pieces of the turkey that I couldn’t readily identify and tried rst place I go when I want to learn about a new as least I get paid. I don’t know what compels
to give them to the dog, who literally sneezed at them. When a community. social media moderators to even bother, but I’m
Eurasier sneezes at something, it’s a statement, and that statement It’s been interesting to watch how these glad they do.
is, “I wouldn’t feed that to my dog, and I AM a dog,” After mak- groups have evolved over the years. One group,
ing a little joke that this food is nothing to sneeze at, she sneezed for example, used to be a “Moms” group before As someone who’s been called a “hack” or told
at the joke. Why don’t they hold anksgiving the day after Lent, adopting a more inclusive “Families” name. Its to “get a real job” many times in my life, I’ve
when after all that fasting you’d be happy to eat leftover carburetor original incarnation was entertaining but could admittedly enjoyed watching this unfold. ey’re
parts for two weeks? also be a bit mean-spirited.
Over time, group moderators began polic- nding out how hard our job is without me hav-
I found a plastic box with something in it that I couldn’t put my ing negative behavior. Now, it mostly exists for ing to tell them.
nger on, at least not without contracting a food-borne illness. I residents to make or seek professional recom-
wanted to take it in for a DNA test to determine exactly what it mendations, to give kudos to a retailer or restau- But mostly it gives me hope to see people try-
was, but if it turned out that it murdered somebody in Cincinnati rant they enjoy, or to inquire about town issues ing to raise the level of discourse on social media
I didn’t want to get involved. My wife said, “Hmm.. I think that’s like water problems or road closures. For better in a thoughtful way by policing hurtful com-
from two anksgivings ago.” If you dig back into your refrigera- or worse, it doesn’t even remotely resemble the ments and weeding out misinformation. I think
tor it’s like a geological excavation, and you can gure out exactly sometimes they go too far in squashing impor-
what happened during the Pleistocene Era. “ ese green things, I tant discussions that are considered too “nega-
assume they’re peas?” I asked. “ at’s corn,” she said. “ ese brown tive,” but that’s my opinion. And if you don’t like
things, I assume they’re sweet potatoes?” “ ose are the peas.” I it, start your own paper.
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Page 16 – North Salem News Sports Thursday, December 12, 2019


Tigers win two games in opening week

SPORTS EDITOR points, 10 rebounds

e North Salem girls basketball NORTH SALEM 41 VS.
team, under new coach Lance DeMar-
zo, opened their season by winning two VALHALLA 51
of three games last week.
Saturday, Dec. 7 (@
SCHOOL 28 Keio Academy)

Tuesday, Dec. 3 In the championship
e Tigers won their season opener
game of the Keio Acad-
on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with 63-28 vic-
tory at the Le ell School. Located emy tournament, North
in Hartsdale, the school is formerly
known as the Solomon Schechter Salem fell to Valhalla,
School of Westchester.
• Julia DeSanto—18 points
• Megan Wright—12 points “Even though we lost,
• Liz Squire—10 points
it was a learning experi-
ACADEMY 28 ence,” Coach DeMarzo

Thursday, Dec. 5 said. “What I like the
Two days later, they won the rst
round of a four-team tournament, de- most was our balanced
feating host Keio Academy, 46-28. e
private high school is located in Pur- scoring. We are nding
• Julia DeSanto—14 points our way.”

Senior Amanda Marano brings the ball • Megan Wright—10
up against Valhalla on Saturday, Dec. 7.

• Liz Squire—9 points

Senior Julia DeSanto looks for an open teammate.

• Amanda Marano—7

points match with Valhalla, this time in the

rst round of a four-team tournament

UPCOMING SCHEDULE at Bronxville High School.

North Salem was slated to take on Tuckahoe and Bronxville are on the

Woodlands at 6:15 p.m. Monday, too other side of the bracket. North Salem

late for inclusion in this paper. will play one of the teams on Saturday,

On ursday, Dec. 12, the Tigers will Dec. 14, either in a consolation game at

travel down county, where they will re- 1 p.m. or a championship game at 5 p.m.


Somers/North Salem pulls off opening-day upset

BY ROB DIANTONIO composure and focus.”

CONTRIBUTING WRITER North Salem’s Dominic Barrella then

picked up a forfeit victory at 99. North

SOMERS/NORTH SALEM 63 VS. Salem’s Carolyne Barrella earned a

BYRAM HILLS 23 victory by pin at 126.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 (Somers High


Somers’ wrestling team, which is SALEM 30

combined with North Salem this season, Wednesday, Dec. 4 (Somers High

started o the campaign with a big upset School)

in the rst round of the Section 1 Dual In the nals of the quad meet at

Meet championships. Somers, the Tuskers fell to Roy C.

e team, which was seeded No. 26, Ketcham, 57-30.

defeated No. 7 ranked Byram Hills/ North Salem’s Dominic Barrella (99)

Briarcli /Westlake/Valhalla, 63-23, on picked earned a victory by pin.

Dec. 4 at Somers High School. “We held our own against Ketcham

“It was a special moment that marked who is really tough,” DiSanto said. “It

the beginning of a new era for our was neck and neck until they pulled

program,” Coach Ron DiSanto said of away toward the end.”

the win. “Having a near full lineup and

listening to how loud the gym got was PATRIOT TOURNAMENT

great for the sport of wrestling in this Saturday, Dec. 7 (John Jay-East

town. Fishkill)

“ e next generation of kids combined North Salem’s Dominic Barrella

with our returning wrestlers, create (99 pounds) won a title at the Patriot

a very enthusiastic, exciting group,” Tournament at John Jay (East Fishkill)

DiSanto added. “It was satisfying to see on Dec. 7.

our hard work result in a win, but we Carolyne Barrella of North Salem
know we still have a young team with a looks to take her opponent

lot to learn. e veterans did their job as down on her way to a pin.

leaders and our younger kids kept their PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO

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