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District evaluates safety procedures in wake of DWI bus incident
BY CAROL REIF William J. Mendez had to be than three times the legal limit. were made in the way the incident evaluated by police or EMS crews.
STAFF WRITER pulled from his route. Nine days was handled. 3. A formal parent-noti cation
later,he was hit with DWI charges. ‘9 1 1 SHOULD HAVE BEEN
Parents have been struggling CALLED’ According to a letter Blanch process should have taken place
with feelings of anger, frustration While all made their points sent to Somers families, the three and children, whether physically
and fear ever since learning that emphatically Tuesday, one espe- e presentation Tuesday by biggest were: hurt or mentally traumatized,
a local school bus driver had been cially vocal speaker demanded that safety consultants Altaris was de - should never have been allowed
charged with transporting children schools Superintendent Dr. Ray- nitely not the last word. 1. 9-1-1 should have been called to continue riding the same bus
while inebriated. mond Blanch resign.Transportation immediately by the district and home, even with a new driver.
chief Joseph Bernardi is on admin- An internal investigation is un- by the Royal Coach bus terminal
Some of these pent-up emotions istrative leave. Royal Coach Lines, der way.A 12-person task force will manager once it was determined e task force will examine how
were unleashed Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the bus contractor that employed help the district unpack the com- that something was wrong, wheth- drivers are tested for drug and al-
an emergency Board of Education Mendez,has let its safety director go. plex situation. Someone is required er it was a medical emergency or a cohol use and how they obtain
meeting called to review the school to remain in each school build- potentially criminal situation. Ber- their keys to their vehicles. It will
district’s transportation policies. Mendez, 61, has been charged ing until the last student has been nardi radioed the driver and told also research the potential use of
under Leandra’s Law,which makes dropped o . e district’s anony- him to pull over at the next safest transportation technologies such as
e voices came from many dif- it an automatic felony to drive mous alert system was updated to spot. He then followed the bus active surveillance cameras and ig-
ferent places, but most seemed to while intoxicated with a child 15 or include a transportation category. himself,which was not at the initial nition interlock devices into which
agree that multiple mistakes were younger in a vehicle. location indicated. drivers have to blow before vehicles
made in the handling of the Dec. Whatever more there is to learn, can be started.
9 Bus P incident in which driver State Police have accused him of the district says it’s sure of one 2. e driver should not have
having a BAC of 0.22 percent,more thing—several crucial “mistakes” been removed from the scene until SEE MENDEZ PAGE 3
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Illuminate Somers winners MENDEZ She had complained to Royal Coach that a
FROM PAGE 1
e votes have been counted for Illuminate Somers! e Somers Lions would school bus had been speeding on Lovell Street
like to thank all those who entered the Illuminate Somers Light Decorating Con-
test and all those in the community who participated in the Parade of Lights. and had stopped short and backed up when it
Somers certainly continues to have holiday spirit! Over 100-plus cars turned up for
the parade and with the help of the Somers Highway Department,stayed together Altaris’s CEO John LaPlaca told the board missed a turn.Told it “would be taken care of,”
as they weaved through the communities of meticulously illuminated homes.Once
again, the Lions Club is allowing the winners to illuminate the charity of their that while some technologies are expensive, she hoped “at the very least (the driver) would
choice, so without further ado, the 2019 Illuminate Somers winners are:
others cheap; some are doable, others imprac- be tested then. Apparently, he wasn’t.”
tical. All are worth looking into. “ ese are two instances where it could
First: Ondrovic Family of Deans Bridge Road, Blythedale Children’s Hospital
But, he emphasized, no one device or pro- have been prevented…we could have stopped
Second: Kaminski Family in Lake Lincolndale, Somers Historical Society
cedure can totally prevent another Bus P this from getting worse. And we did not. I
ird: Simpson Family in Shenorock, Guiding Eyes for the Blind
INDOOR COMPETITION incident. Human beings frequently have to should say, you did not,”Zywotchenko added.
First: Sator Family of Dunhill Drive,
Somers Historical Society make judgment calls on the y. at means Gary Portnoy, whose wife, Dr. Lindsay
COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARD
Guyot Family of Somerset Drive, that common sense must prevail over manu- Portnoy, is board president, urged the district
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
OUTDOOR HONORABLE MENTIONS als, LaPlaca said. to reconsider its contract with Royal Coach.
Worsley Family of Mekeel Stree,
Altaris recommends that bus dispatchers e couple have two children, one of whom
Somers Senior Citizens
e Lions Club would like to give a special thank you to Route 100 Market for donating cups and and certain school personnel be trained to was on the bus.
lids for hot chocolate and to the Somers Record for their ongoing community partnership. ank you
for the time and e ort that everyone puts into illuminating all that is good during the holiday season. spot the less-than-overt signs of intoxication. Volunteer basketball coach TJ McCor-
“Will it prevent a person who gets their mack, claiming that Somers had only nar-
keys, goes on the bus and consumes alcohol? rowly escaped a terrible tragedy, demanded
No. Will it prevent the person who’s going that Blanch “do the honorable thing and step
to do the rst route and drink between the aside.”
rst and second route? No, unfortunately, it McCormack, calling the response to the
doesn’t,”LaPlaca said. incident woefully inadequate, said: “I don’t
Royal Coach Lines, whose executive of- feel that anybody in this room really owns it.”
ces are in Yonkers, deploys 700 buses a day, A visibly moved Portnoy then addressed
employs 900 people and is responsible for the the crowd.
safety of thousands of children, whom presi- “Don’t think for one moment that your
dent Steven DiPaolo called “precious cargo.” board who represents you and your superin-
In a nod to some of the longtime bus driv- tendent who represents us and our children
ers and other “rank-and- le” in the crowd have not been having very exhaustive con-
Tuesday, DiPaolo said: “Dec. 9 was a horri c versations—and not just conversations—but
day for all of us, including me. It’s never hap- taken some serious actions since this hap-
pened before.” pened. And I can tell you with certainty that
He said the company has removed its safety you cannot predict all of the horrible things
director,is hiring a “master instructor”to over- that can happen,but you can learn from them,
see operations and is examining drug and al- and do better,”she said.
cohol testing procedures. Portnoy promised that whatever comes out
Royal Coach promises to make things of this experience, the district and the public
right. “will get there together. is is not the last
“I will do everything in my power, with the conversation about this matter.”
district’s help, and yours. I’ll come to the task Blanch, a parent and soon-to-be grand-
force meeting. I will be a part of it. I want to father, seemed to be grappling with a lot of
be a part of your solution,”DiPaolo vowed. strong emotions himself.
“I don’t have all the answers,” he admitted.
COMMUNITY REACTS But as a fellow community member whose
Parent Tomasine Mastrantoni wondered own children have ridden on Somers school
whether the district or Royal Coach had a buses for “hundreds, if not thousands, of
policy to prevent drivers from working if they miles,”he said he’s having a hard time coming
have had any disciplinary actions brought to grips with “why someone would do that
against them or had been speeding or in- and how they could come to that,” referring
volved in a car accident. to the Bus P incident.
Mendez’s bus had banged into a car be- “All I can see are my babies’ faces in there
longing to the father of one of the Bus P par- and I can tell you it stinks. I have anger inside
ents,Marialisa Zywotchenko,on Oct.5,2018. of me that I do not want to share this evening.
According to LaPlaca, there was no inter- is is not the place,”Blanch said.
nal investigation by the district. However, the e district has made a number of safety
accident report completed by police at the improvements in recent years, including hir-
scene did not indicate there was any “operator ing SROs and installing security vestibules,
impairment,” he said. A DOT-approved al- and it will continue to move forward with the
cohol test was conducted by the bus company help of the community, he promised.
and a DOT drug screen form completed by “ e social and emotional wellness and the
D.R.S. Medical Review Service. safety of our children is paramount. And to
Zywotchenko, calling the test “totally in- more than suggest that is not my priority…
su cient,” was skeptical of the nding that It is No. 1 on my list,” Blanch said, punching
alcohol was not involved in the 2018 incident. the words out.
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Local author helps parents talk ﬁnance with kids
BY JESSICA JAFET of a priority in schools, it has to come from form; and thus came the idea for a step-by- subjects like economics, investing, debt,
CONTRIBUTING WRITER parents, just like everything else.” step guide. taxes, bank accounts and stocks are tackled.
As parents teach their small children les- e author, a Certi ed Financial Planner “I open up a cookbook and it says,‘sauté Beyond the practical bene ts of incorpo-
sons about things like nutrition, safety and and contributor to forbes.com lives with her the sh until it is aky,’but I need back up, I rating these principles, perhaps, is Frazier’s
swimming, they ought to include basic - husband and two children in Somers. She need pictures, I need rst steps,”Frazier said. philosophical message about the meaning of
nancial skills, according to author Liz Fra- encourages busy parents not to feel intimi- “I think it is the same thing for people with money.
zier—who believes removing the mystery dated by the notion of nancial manage-
and fear of the topic will help foster con- ment discussions and to refrain from keep- nance—they don’t want general concepts, “Some people say money will make you
ing they need step-by-step and this is where you happy or money means success; others think
dence and success for every stage of one’s start with kids.” that money is evil and wanting money is
life. talk about money “taboo” or hidden from greedy,”she said.“Really we want our kids to
young people. With a goal of promoting Beginning concepts like why money is have a positive, healthy view around money
e importance of an early start in in- “exposure and communication” surrounding important and how one gets money are rst that it is not good or bad, it is just neutral—
troducing ideas about money management, money and decision-making,Frazier o ers a introduced, followed by what to do with in- just simply a tool to help us get to our goals.”
including how to budget, save, avoid debt hands-on approach that enables kids to put come when one is young, like spending, sav-
and spend responsibly, are some of the fun- the lessons to work, by o ering practice ac- ing or sharing. Eventually, more advanced
damentals that Frazier lays out in her new tivities and games to engage them.
book, “Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade
Stands, How to Teach Young Kids About “ at is a huge part of this because the
Finance.” best tool that kids can have to learn about
money is money. I’m a big believer in al-
ough some school curriculums have lowance—however that works for your
begun to incorporate the subject, Frazier family—any kind of money for chores,”she
wishes to empower parents to expose their said. “ e purpose of just having money is
kids to these concepts at home and begin so that they can practice and they can make
building their knowledge-base, as early as in mistakes before mistakes matter.”
Frazier, a native of North Carolina, who
Frazier is a Somers resident who’s children earned her MBA at Wake Forest Univer-
attend Pequenakonck Elementary School in sity, understands the protective instincts that
North Salem. In October, she discussed her kick in for rst-time parents, with respect
book at the Katonah Village Library. to preparing one’s family for the future. She
said budgets, investing, and retirement plan-
“You are really starting with simple things, ning are some of the crucial issues for which
you’re not starting with compound interest,” her clients seek guidance. Her work advis-
she said.“You’re starting with needs vs.wants ing people at various stages of life revealed
and helping them make their own spending the importance of starting the conversation
decisions; that’s why I wrote this for parents early, in order for good nancial habits to
because I really think until it becomes more
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Elizabeth Taffe Lequin Carl F. Gehrung
Elizabeth Ta e Lequin, 79, of Somers Carl F. Gehrung of Somers, passed
passed awayTuesday,January 7,at North- away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at the
ern Westchester Hospital unexpectedly age of 90. He was born in 1929, to Carl
after heart complications. and Johanna Gehrung in e Bronx, NY.
Elizabeth was born on July 23, 1940 Carl rst retired in 1989, after working
in Scotland to the late Jean Jamison and as a lithographer in Manhattan follow-
James Lewis. She immigrated to the ing his service in the US Navy during the
United States in 1963 to Westchester Korean War. After a brief retirement, he
where she raised her family with rst started his own business purchasing and
husband, the late Michael A. Kerins, and selling used printing machinery, until his
worked at Cedar Knolls. second retirement in 2010. He was a
She then spent many happy years liv- member of the Amalgamated Lithogra-
ing in Edgewater Park in the Bronx with phers Union.
late husband, omas Ta e. In more re- Carl was the beloved husband of El-
cent years she loved her life in Somers, the late Florence Marello and is also sur- eanor and the loving father of Christina grandchildren. He was always optimis-
NY where she lived happily with her vived by many nieces and nephews across Shmuely of Tel Aviv, Israel, John (De- tic, kind and a mentor to the young.
husband and was a school bus driver. She the globe. nise) of Jersey City, NJ, and Lisa ( ade- A memorial visitation will be held on
touched so many lives and was loved by A mom, nana, auntie, wife, sister and us) Zayatz of Danbury, CT, as well as the Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2 - 5 p.m.,
all who met her. Elizabeth was the be- friend to all. She was warm and kind and devoted grandfather of Keren and Jona- at Clark Funeral Home In Yorktown
loved wife to Stanley Lequin and loving made us laugh with her witty humor. than Shmuely of Tel Aviv, Israel, Austin Heights.
mother to Lisa McLoughlin, Michael Words cannot express how fortunate we Muir of Somers, NY, Danielle Muir of In lieu of owers, memorial contribu-
Kerins, Deb Gerry, and Kevin Kerins. are to have spent so many years with her. Austin, TX and Gisele Gehrung of Jer- tions may be made to the Humane So-
She was the devoted nana to Savan- Our brightest light, Elizabeth Lequin. sey City, NJ. ciety, ASPCA or National Public Radio.
nah, Owen, Tripp, Jaxon, Silas and many In lieu of owers, donations may be
step children and grandchildren. She was
the sister to twin, Jeanette McCook and made to the Gary Sinise foundation.
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Happily Ever After 2020 vision
Soooo, we’re a
couple weeks into MAN
the new decade, OVERBOARD
and it’s time we evalu- RICK
ated how it’s going so MELÉN
far. Did you make some
New Year’s resolutions?
ings about yourself
that you’d like to change
or improve? ey’re not “New Year’s resolutions” to me,
because most of them are the same ones I made to start the
Old Year that didn’t improve very much. But I’m going to
keep plugging away, because it would be too much like me if
I used my resolutions to pick out some things that I’d like to
Waze One of my goals for the new decade is to nd out whether
we’re in it or not. Many purists believe that we have to wait
another year before the new decade actually begins, and that
Do you know about WAZE? I you should look at it as if you were in an elevator. If you’re in
didn’t. I found out about it
when I asked a friend for direc- friendly female voice told me where the lobby, you have to go up one ight to reach the rst oor.
tions to her home in Heritage Hills. My to go straight, make turns and even
JUST pointed out hidden police cars and pot Don’t worry, because you’ll make it up when you get to the
JO ANN holes. THIS WAS AMAZING!
place where the 13th oor was supposed to be. ere seems
to be much less confusion about exactly when the year 2020
sense of direction is dismal and I was JO ANN Later that night I explained to Ken starts. Most agree that it starts shortly after 2019 ends. I’d
FRANCELLA what I had learned about WAZE. We
certain I would get lost within the maze. give it a couple weeks just to make sure there’s no overlap,
My friend wanted to make the trip were visiting our daughter at her home and then I intend to wait 10 years, and if it passes success-
easy for me, so she introduced me to in New Jersey the following weekend fully, then I can look back and say that this was de nitely the
WAZE on my phone. I had seen the and although we know how to get start of a decade. Make sense to you? My friend Jonna here
word but was afraid to tap on it because I’m still not com- there, we still used WAZE just because it was new, at work already told me in no uncertain terms that she’s not
fortable with all the things my new phone is capable of. exciting and fun. A quarter of the way into our hour going to go to all the trouble of changing the dates on her
“Oh, I didn’t even realize I had a GPS on my phone,” and a half trip, the cheery, helpful female voice became checks from the teens to the twenties unless she’s getting a
I declared. I had actually just recently learned what the annoying; and as we tried to carry on a conversation, brand new decade out of the deal.
letters GPS represented and just wanted to say GPS, we were constantly being interrupted by voice telling I hereby resolve to help my wife out this year by doing
like I knew what I was talking about. us that in 1,045 feet we should turn left. more cooking. Cooking is so satisfying; it’s creative, it’s
If I’m sounding just plain dumb, I am when it comes “Maybe we can turn that o now,” Ken suggested. individual, it’s like painting a work of art that you can eat
to technology. I’m the very rst person to admit that “Okay, I’ll give it a try.” No luck. It wanted to get me and then throwing the canvas in the dishwasher. Indeed, if
technology and I don’t get along. I know I could easily to New Jersey and there was no stopping it. you’ve seen Jackson Pollock’s famous work, “Convergence,”
apply myself, spend hours playing with my phone to “Just turn o the volume,” said Ken. you’ll see the major in uences for my “Scrambled Eggs
learn all the wonderful things it can do, but I simply Oh good. I know how to do that. With the volume with Cheese.” After I cook something, the kitchen itself is
don’t want to. For the last fty- ve years, I’ve been turned o completely, we continued our conversation such a mess it looks like a downgraded tornado grazed the
used to getting directions, reading road signs and get- about what color to paint the family room. Suddenly area. It looks like terrain that the Allied Forces would have
ting where I need to be by trial and error. I never felt we heard, “In 950 feet, turn left.” And ten seconds later considered and rejected as a landing point for their LSTs
like I needed a GPS system, besides, there is always a we heard, “ ere is a pothole on your right in 120 feet.” during World War II. e fun part is that I always change
gas station where I could stop and get directions. e “I thought you turned o the sound?” the recipe slightly, put my personal stamp on it. Sometimes
gas attendant always knows how to steer me in the “I did. It must have a mind of its own.” I checked my wife’s taste test doesn’t go as well as I thought it might,
right direction. that the volume was turned o and still it continued to judging by the face she makes. “How much thyme did you
When I tapped on the word, a full screen road map direct us. put into this?” I’m so thrown o by the face she’s making
appeared. I was asked the address of my destination. It “I’m beginning to feel like we’re in a horror movie that I vault right past the obvious joke, which makes me
already knew from where I was starting my trip. is where the cell phone is a demonic entity trying to take question my sanity. I say, “It said two teaspoons of fresh
was all new to me as I am just an old-fashioned girl and us somewhere remote and sinister.” thyme, so I gured twice as much if I use the stale stu that
have had to be dragged Fun Facts by Jo Ann WAZE continued we have.” She inquires, “Did you put your personal stamp on
kicking and screaming into speaking to us until we
the 21st century more than this again?”
nally heard the words,
I resolve to become more tech savvy. I’m sick of newborn
once. “You have arrived at your babies coming out of the womb who already know how to
GPS stands for Global Positioning System.
I entered the address destination.” code, and I can’t work the camera on my smart phone. I took
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e revolt of the machines MELEN But maybe the best reason is so I don’t
have to call the Google Help Line any-
At 5 p.m. on THE I once went away for FROM PAGE 8 more, and just let my kids say,“Dad, what
December 31 SEASONED three days and return- do you want to even do that for when
the drain in my CITIZEN ing needed Noah’s Ark the day o yesterday so I could call the you can do this?”And then they show
bathroom sink got stuck. to navigate a double Google Help Line and ask them to me something on their phone that I can
show me how to hook up this doohicky never duplicate when they are not there.
Couldn’t do it on the ADRIENNE ood. My water heater that’s supposed to cast the screen of my
30th or wait until Janu- KAVELLE gave up the ghost and a laptop onto my television. After saying Another thing I’d like to accomplish
ary 2nd…no…it chose pipe under the kitchen “yes”about 30 times to answer the phone for the New Year is to become less pre-
prompts, I am directed to the cheerful dictable. I say the same thing every Janu-
New Year’s Eve (when sink burst. No one was and patient Ramona, who has clearly ary First- you could set your calendar to
dealt with people like me before.“Do it. I’ve been told that I do everything the
no one is available) to home; no human hand you have a smart phone?”She asks.“Yes, same way all the time, on the same day.
but even if you call it you’re still going to And if I have to reschedule something it
stop working. Must have been year end had touched any part of the heater or the be stuck with talking to me,”I reply. She moves everything else back by one day,
tells me to access “Google Home”on my but I intend to make it up at the end of
pixies because one minute it was ne and sink…they obviously have minds of their Android platform device.“I’m having a the decade, especially if it starts a year lat-
little trouble understanding your accent,” er than I thought. So this year I’m going
the next attened against the sink, im- own. It was de nitely the revolt of the I say.Turns out she’s born and raised in to change things up, become more uid,
New York.“Why do I have to do this on and it’s going to make me in nitely more
movable. I tried prying it up, but to no machines! my phone if it’s my laptop that I want to interesting. You know who I learned this
access?”If only my wife were here to tell from? Donald J.Trump. Donald J.Trump
avail. I then called my neighbor John, my is generation is making machines me to shut up and just do what she says, NEVER tips his hand to the opposition.
because Ramona is too polite to say it. In He’s here, he’s there, where is he? He
son, and my grandson. Between the three stronger and even more independent of the end, she hooked me up, even though could be on a golf course somewhere in
I had to check a bunch of boxes that let Scotland for all I know. Or, he could be
of them the drain was dislodged and lifted human intervention. Robotic everything Google invade my privacy anytime it feels on a golf course in New Jersey. OR, he
like it.“I agree to let Google come to my could be on a golf course in Florida. By
out to the sink…but no matter how they from voting mechanisms to automobiles house and snoop around in my bathroom being unpredictable, he has won a trade
medicine cabinet if it wants.”I did check war with China, caused North Korea to
tried, it wouldn’t go back in. to oor cleaners. We’ve even succeeded, in that box in order to get this damn thing abandon its nuclear program and built a
running. I was tempted to try to impress huge wall near the Rio Grande to prevent
Of course I’ll need a plumber, but cer- some cases, making them think for them- Ramona with my knowledge.“Hey, why Texans from trying to escape. And if he
isn’t this damn thing on the cloud?”I hasn’t exactly nished doing any of those
tainly not on New Year’s Eve or January selves…a dire mistake in my estimation. would have asked.“If this thing was in things, you can be sure that they’ll be
the cloud, we’d be done by now. Good done by the end of the decade. Whenever
1st. Hopefully, I can keep it covered and Human beings will become lazy and god, what if it rains though?”Sure, there that is.
are plenty of reasons to have children,
not lose anything down the gaping hole. eventually obsolete. Instead of “ e most of which escape me at the moment. Say hello at: [email protected]
Inanimate objects have a way of dis- Planet of the Apes” we will become the
mantling themselves at the most inap- “the computerized planet”, relying on in-
propriate moments. Your wonderful animate objects to do our thinking for us.
oven, loyal for years and years, chooses Repair people and manufacturers will be
anksgiving Day to stop heating. e put out of work as we train our machines
grand party you planned for months and to mend themselves and recreate on their
months, stocking the freezer with deli- own. Our lives will be at the mercy of
cious temptations, and the fridge with mechanized units who never loved us in
platters of scrumptious delicacies, comes the past and will soon be stronger than we
to an abrupt halt when your faithful cooler mere mortals.
decides to break down the day before. Be careful what you wish for. It may be
is necessitates calling all your neigh- easy to chew but very hard to swallow.
bors in to eat the stu up before it spoils.
Goodbye guests, hello neighbors. Contact Adrienne at: [email protected]
Thursday, January 16, 2020 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 11
LETTERS Honey, can you hear me now?
No sewers “ What did you say?” said my hus- TRACY “Which means you have elected not to hear
band. “You think I need to get
To the editor: my meerkat net?” me,” I said.
I’m responding to Mr. Schwar- He shrugged. “I probably can’t hear my mother,
zchild’s Letter to the Editor from “No. I said, ‘I think you need to get your BECKERMAN either.”
Jan. 9. I believe he’s part of the hearing checked!’” I sighed.
small group of proponents who Eventually he went to get his hearing checked
have been giving input to the
town on the Sewer Project that “My hearing is ne,” he argued. “You were just to prove me wrong and was surprised when
was done incorrectly. e sewer
plan is being revised thanks to mumbling.” the audiologist gave him her diagnosis.
the vocal residents who brought
out the many errors and he I shook my head. I am not a mumbler. Nor “You have ‘spousal hearing loss,’” she said
should be thanking them other-
wise residents would have voted am I a soft-talker or a dog-whisperer. If any- con dently.
on an incorrect, costly plan back
on Dec. 11. e residents who are thing, I’m typically whisper-challenged... which is why I knew the “What does that mean?” we asked.
vocal want to see it done the right
way and his letter is appalling. issue was my husband, not me. “You are tuning out the frequencies of your wife’s speech,” she
His group did not nd any of the
many errors and in my opinion “Just go to the audiologist,” I said. said to my husband.
they are now embarrassed and
upset that facts are being un- “Why do I need an archeologist,” he wondered. “Just me?” I wondered.
covered. e town didn’t care if
the Plan was incorrect they just I just stared at him and then left the room, muttering under my “Maybe his mother, too,” she said. Clearly, she’d been around the
wanted to push it through with-
out a resident vote. e town has breath. Now if he didn’t hear me at least there was good reason. block a few times with this topic.
not mailed residents anything—
why? anks to SomersSewers. I, myself, had recently been diagnosed with an issue called hid- “So, this is really a thing?” I asked her.
com for doing their mailers be-
cause that’s how we found out. den hearing loss, which is really just a problem hearing conversa- “Not o cially,” she replied. “But I do see a lot of it.”
e town is making us all pay tion in a crowded room. On a side note, I also su ered from silent When we got home, I wondered if my husband would be able
$13K for a PR rm to sell it and
funny how nobody has a problem re ux and phantom knee pain, so apparently, all my problems were to hear me if I spoke an octave higher or lower. I decided to try out
secret ones. My husband, however, had a hard time hearing me some di erent frequencies when talking to him to see if my theory
e yer to Shenorock/Lake
Lincolndale residents was infor- clearly all the time. It was pretty obvious, at least to me, that there worked. I am typically an alto so I had a wide range of other vocal
mative and not put out by a vocal
minority, but by a majority willing was nothing phantom about his hearing issues, although he may ranges I could try.
to help. Mr. Schwarzchild cannot
rebut the yer because it is factual. have had some not-so-hidden denial about it. “What do you want to do about dinner?” I sang in my highest
Hundreds of residents don’t want
sewers because of the nancial “I hear everything I need to hear,” he said operatic soprano. My husband was in the next room, so I thought
impact – who wouldn’t be con-
cerned about costs? Residents are “So, you have selective hearing loss,” I said. SEE BECKERMAN PAGE 14
retired and on xed incomes and “I dunno. Maybe,” he replied.
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Somers held a full day of holiday celebrations on Dec. 8 at the
Elephant Hotel. ere were holiday exhibits in the museum and
opportunities for families to take photos in front of the town’s
Christmas tree along with a meet and greet with Santa. Fami-
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On Stage: May the Farce Be With You
BRUCE opera of a farce (which may not IL STUPENDO PHOTO: JOHN VECCHIOLLA
THE BLOG be too di erent from saying it’s a It may not be a Broadway mu-
farce of a soap opera). Either way, The shenanigans build to a farcical fever in “Lend Me a Tenor,” at
BRUCE it’s fun enough. sical, but music does play a role in Elmsford’s Westchester Broadway Theatre through Jan. 26.
APAR the show. In fact, while Lend Me
GET A FREE DINNER a Tenor’s tenor is typically farcical Tito topples over into a deathly launched in Act II. e rst act
Like a famous, old candy ere’s another reason to give -- breakneck pace, mistaken iden- unconsciousness after ingest- moves at a more purposeful pace,
bar commercial sang, tities, misunderstandings, overac- ing several muscle relaxants too as Act I farce set-ups are wont
“Sometimes you feel like it a try.To underscore the distinc- tive hormones, sexual wordplay, many to calm his nerves before to do.
a nut… sometimes you don’t.” tion of Lend Me a Tenor as the frenetic and improbable physical- taking the stage for Pagliacci
ity, and a panoply of slamming (Clowns), best known for the Running in circles around the
For the times you do, though, rst straight play (not a musical) doors -- what sets it apart from iconic aria Vesti La Giubba, sung twin tenors are a cacophony of
a stage farce is the ticket to let in the dinner theater’s 45-year others of its ilk is the musical by a clown who is crying on characters that include habitually
yourself go, as you go along in history, it is doing something else conceit that drives the nutty plot. the inside because of his wife’s harried and fuming opera boss
totally suspended disbelief with for the rst time: not charging for newfound in delity. Saunders (Philip Ho man), Ti-
the hellzapoppin hijinks on stage. the dinner portion of the meal- at reaches its high note as to’s volcanic wife Maria (Kathy
After all, who says grown-ups and-show package. You pay $57 a the two tenors—opera star Tito By the time Il Stupendo Voytko), Max’s main squeeze
aren’t allowed to groan every now person for both. Quite a deal for a ( Joey Sorge), known as “Il Stu- emerges from his ill stupor, Maggie (Moly McCaskill), so-
and then in the name of mirth. very tasty meal. pendo,” and opera wannabe Max Max is gone, ready to stand prano diva Diana (Hannah Jane
( J.D. Daw) -- perform a com- in for him. Tito, unaware of McMurray), opera patron grand
Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Ten- Mr. Ludwig’s farce fared very plete duet that is all business, no the substitution, rushes to the dame Julia (Tregoney Shepherd),
or, now at Westchester Broadway well when it opened on Broad- joking intended. theater to make the curtain. He who is fun to watch as a Mar-
way run in the late ‘80s, snar- becomes detained by the police, garet DuMontesque foil, and
eatre through Jan. 26, is a soap ing several prestigious awards. OPERA’S TRAGIC CLOWN who think he is delusional, but the bouncy, brazen bellhop who
Since then, it’s been revived on Max, assistant to the opera Tito escapes their clutches and irritates Saunders like sandpaper
the obligatory farce runaround is (Sam Seferian).
e Great White Way and has company’s manager, is the play’s o and running.
become a favorite on the local titular tenor, who is pressed into e play is crisply and can-
theater circuit. (914-592-2222; duty in an emergency when LAUNCHING LAUGHS nily directed by Harry Bouvy,
www.Broadway eatre.com). With both Tito and Max and the functional, period set
design (evoking a 1930s hotel,
Doing your own TAXES? dressed in identical clown with a cut-away wall separating a
Don’t be a cottonheaded regalia, the audience is asked to sitting room on the left from the
ninnymuggin! accept that the other characters suite’s bedroom (on right), is by
would readily mistake one for Steve Loftus.
the other. And we do accept it,
because it’s a farce, for goodness’ Bruce Apar is a writer, actor,
sake, not a reality TV show. at consultant, and community
visual gag becomes the fulcrum volunteer. He can be reached at
on which many a hearty laugh is [email protected]; 914.275.6887.
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call today: 845-628-5400 it was a good test of our theory. I wasn’t sure if he would hear me,
but there was a good chance I might get a female solo in the next
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GIRLS BASKETBALL Sports
PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
Amy Lasher tries to get past two defenders on her way to the basket.
Somers pulls away from John Jay, BrewsterSomers’ Dani DiCintio ﬁres a three in the second quarter at John Jay.
Healthy Tuskers are in a groove after slow start to season
BY ROB DIANTONIO stalled us for a few weeks before we could get on track. I “Our defense remained consistent throughout the game
CONTRIBUTING WRITER believe we started clicking during our trip to Amsterdam and we were able to get big stops when we needed them.”
and we are now playing with the con dence that all win-
After starting the season on a four-game losing streak ning teams need.” DiCintio scored a game-high 26 points behind six
while dealing with numerous injuries, Somers’ girls bas- 3-pointers.
ketball team has rattled o three straight wins to improve e Tuskers held just a four-point lead at halftime but
to 4-5. pulled away from league rival John Jay (Cross River) with “My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball
a 63-47 road victory on Jan. 7. in transition, which allowed me to create before their de-
“In truth, not to make excuses, but many of the girls fense could set up,” DiCintio said of her o ensive success.
that are in the rotation were hurt throughout the month e Roberts Wesleyan-bound DiCintio said the Tusk- “In addition, my teammates got me the ball in open spots
of November,” said Somers senior guard Dani DiCintio. ers were able to keep their composure and work together when we ran our half-court o ense.”
“ e team wasn’t healthy until after anksgiving, which to secure the win.
SEE BASKETBALL PAGE 17
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Somers coach Marc Hattem
BASKETBALL Emily Arena and talks with the Tuskers during a
Pooja Rao look to
FROM PAGE 16 grab a loose ball. second quarter timeout.
Leading 29-25 at halftime,
Somers outscored John Jay 16-10 in
the third quarter to head into the -
nal quarter with a 45-35 advantage.
Jordan May and Amy Lasher
added 11 points apiece for Somers.
Taylor Penzo tallied 8 points.
SOMERS 60,BREWSTER 53 Amy Lasher goes up for a shot in the paint.
Thursday, Jan. 9
It was a tight contest throughout,
but Somers hit its free throws down
the stretch to grind out a 60-53 win
over visiting Brewster in another
league contest. e Tuskers went
9 for 12 from the foul line in the
Somers led 28-27 at halftime and
39-37 after three quarters.
e Tuskers received balanced
scoring with Pooja Rao (17 points, 5
3-pointers), DiCintio (13) and May
(12) all in double gures. Penzo (6
points), Ava Giudice (5) and Lasher
(4) also contributed in the scoring
“Pooja Rao sparked our o ense,”
DiCintio said. “Our freshman, Ava
Giudice, did a great job in the last
few minutes of the game, creating
turnovers while capitalizing o en-
sively for our team.”
Somers returns to the court when
it hosts Walter Panas at 6:45 p.m.on
Friday, Jan. 17.
PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
Your Achilles Tendon
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nwhorthoandspine.org/ your Achilles tendon as silly putty. Pull it slowly and it A: If you have any of these symptoms, elevate and ice
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ruptures. Warm up before exercising to get your strength. The goal of surgical treatment is to pull the
blood circulating; drink plenty of water to hydrate frayed tendons together at the right length for optimal
your muscles and tendons; and be aware of the long-term function. This results in faster, more eﬃcient
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Page 18 – The Somers Record SPORTS Thursday, January 16, 2020
ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – MATT REIMANN
Senior captain leads by example
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER what have you learned from changing track playlist that I lis-
SPORTS EDITOR ten to, and the bus ride always has
I had the privilege of running a speaker with the best, funniest,
Matt Reimann is a senior co- alongside many great runners and most motivational music.
captain for the winter track team. throughout my high school ex- Do you have any favorite pre-
perience. On our team we have or post-game rituals you share
How old were you when you a great mentor program that not with your teammates?
started running and what got only helps athletes ourish but For the bigger meets we come
you started? helps our team dynamics grow. together the night before, wheth-
I started in seventh grade in For most of the distance team, er at the high school or someone’s
the modi ed track program at myself included, we look up to house, and eat together, plan for
Somers Middle School. I started Matt and Greg Fusco as they tomorrow, and hang out. It feels
purely to get and stay in shape; were not only gifted runners, like a family dinner, while also
however, I quickly grew to love but also hard workers and great feeling like we are about to go
the sport and the team. friends. to war. Post-game rituals involve
What is your favorite thing As a captain, how do you view going out to diners late at night
about being on the Somers your role as a leader? to celebrate a personal record and
track team? I must lead by example. team victory.
e family spirit that we all Whether I am tired, sore or am If you could have one super-
share with each other. We act as recovering from an injury, I need power, what would it be and
a family and each of us want to to keep going. Running is not al- why?
bring our best to the table. When ways easy so it takes a great lead- e one power any runner
we get on the line, whether it’s er, who does all the little things wishes they could have is incred-
in the Armory or on the cross- to serve not just as a captain, but ible speed. While we train day in
country eld, we run as a family. a role model as well. and day out, we all wish we could
What are your individual and Do you know what you want just be born like “ e Flash.”
team goals for the rest of the to study in college? If yes, what What is something about
season? are you planning on studying yourself people would be sur-
My individual goals are to and why? prised to learn?
achieve a personal record in the I plan on studying political sci- One thing many people do not FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO
two mile and mile. As a team we ence on a pre-law track. I intend know about me is that I used to Matt Reimann competes in a relay.
have many aspirations, but our to become a criminal justice at- be very shy. Starting as a ninth
main goal is to win Leagues and torney. e main reason I want grader, I was very quiet and kept cultural sites, learning about Ital- them about the experience of
send as many athletes as possible this career is because I believe in to my close group of friends. ian culture, and of course the being part of the track team and
to State Quals. our legal system. I want to pursue anks to track, my con dence food. why should they go out for the
What is your favorite track fairness and justice and most of and friend group has grown ex- What is your favorite place to team?
event? all; give more than I receive. ponentially. eat locally? I would tell anyone consider-
My favorite track event is the What music do you listen to What is your favorite place to is is a tough choice for me, ing joining track that you are not
3,200-meter run. before a meet? visit on vacation and why? but I would have to say my favor- just joining a team, but a family.
Who has been your biggest Personally, I like a little bit of My favorite trip I have ever ite place to eat is Super Deli. Running is not always the easiest
role model over the years and everything. I have a perpetually went on was to Italy. I loved the What’s the go-to app on your or most fun thing to do; however,
phone and why? the rush you get when the gun
e go-to app on my phone is goes o , and the adrenaline you
Thank you, Chris! Snapchat. Snapchat is a fun way experience when you cross the
to talk to my friends and share nish line is priceless. Track is a
ou, ChrThiesS!omers Youth photos.
lot of hard work and takes dedi-
For a young athlete grow- cation, but it is also a great sport,
ing up in the Somers school with great people, and great
district, what would you tell coaches.
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Somers stumbles in second
half in loss to John Jay
Lupinacci wins Hen Hud tourney;
track team shines at Yale
BY ROB DIANTONIO gates in the second half behind In Somers/North Salem’s 49-33 PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER strong perimeter shooting. e In- loss to host Yorktown, Dominic
dians went on an 8-0 run to trim Barrella (99 pounds, pin), Ryan Matt Fitzsimons shoots over John Jay’s Shane Martinsen.
Boys Basketball (2-7) the de cit to 24-19. e game was Cole (160, pin), Peter Kim (170,
tied at 33-33 after three quarters. pin), A.J. D’Orazio (182, decision),
JOHN JAY CROSS RIVER 52, Mike Rivera (220,pin) and om-
SOMERS 39 John Jay took a 38-37 lead on a as Gall (285, pin) earned wins.
deep Shane Martinsen 3-pointer
Tuesday, Jan. 7 with 5:54 left in the game. HEN HUD TOURNAMENT
After building a 13-point half- Saturday, Jan. 11
time lead, Somers imploded in Joe Grippo paced Somers with Senior Zach Lupinacci won
the second half in a 52-39 loss to a team-high 11 points. JV call-up
visiting league rival John Jay-Cross Matt Fitzsimons, a freshman, tal- the 145-pound title at the Hen-
River. lied eight points. Henry Gilroy drick Hudson Sailor Classic, pin-
Bennett Leitner hit two free had six points, while Dylan Ber- ning Hendrick Hudson’s Nicholas
throws to give Somers a 39-38 lead liner, Nate Townsend and Leitner Cepeda in the nals at 1:19.
with 4:52 to play, but the Tusk- added four points apiece.
ers were outscored 14-0 down the Barrella, an eighth-grader,
stretch. Wrestling (2-3) placed second, falling by pin (3:50)
Somers led 24-11 at halftime, in the 99-pound nal to John Jay-
but John Jay stormed out of the YORKTOWN 49, SOMERS/ Cross River’s Luca Duva. Rivera
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