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Published by Halston Media, 2020-05-20 13:25:53

Yorktown News 05.21.20

Vol. 9 No. 8 Visit TapIntoYorktown.net for the latest news. Thursday, May 21, 2020

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE PHOTO: KATHERINE BORCHERT

Parade for Supervisor Matt Slater and Councilman Vishnu Patel joined by town officials on Thursday, May
preschoolers 14, address Yorktown’s reopening strategy.

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT Nestle distribution center
STAFF WRITER coming to Yorktown

Teachers from the Little Red House of Westchester set out to cheer up BY KATHERINE BORCHERT e distribution center could bring 60 new
their students with a parade marching past their homes on May 2. STAFF WRITER jobs to the town.

“Seeing my students’faces when we would drive by was worth all the time e Yorktown Planning Board approved a e distribution center will also ll a long-
and e ort we put into this,”said head teacher Samantha Testa.“ ey bring Nestle Water distribution center for Route 202 time vacancy at the site of the former Verizon
at its meeting on Monday, May 11.
SEE PARADE PAGE 8 SEE NESTLE PAGE 2

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The Staff COLORING PAGES NESTLE
FROM PAGE 1
EDITORIAL TEAM
JODI WEINBERGER Readers of all ages took a break to color in a sports scene building, 3775 Crompond
drawn by North Salem resident Nina Bertolino. We had doz- Road.
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 ens of submissions and will continue to run photos in upcom-
[email protected] ing editions. If you didn’t get a chance to color the page in the e company, which employs
newspaper, you can print out a PDF of the page at tapinto.net/ 8,000 people across the coun-
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER try, plans to renovate the 1.9-
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 towns/north-salem/articles/coloring-pages. acre lot and existing buildings
[email protected] for its o ces and distribution
Isabella Uzzo, 8, Yorktown Heights center.
ADVERTISING TEAM
LISA KAIN Congratulations SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO “Our goal, more than ever,
CLASS of 2019 is to work hand in hand with
914-351-2424 JULY 4, 2019 our business community to
[email protected] Carolanne Matheson, Claire Fon, mitigate the nancial threats
caused by the coronavirus,”
PAUL FORHAN Emily McGrath, Ally Dubbioso, said Town Supervisor Matt
914-202-2392 Caitlyn Tiedemann, and Sam Cerrato Slater, who sits on the board.
[email protected]
CORINNE STANTON (taking the picture) On ursday, May 14, Slater
845-621-4049 PHOTO: DEENA BELL announced the development
[email protected] and the Town Board’s plans to
JENNIFER CONNELLY Congratulations Congratulations help get Yorktown back on its
917-446-7757 CLASS of 2019 feet after the COVID-19 pan-
[email protected] CLASS OF 2019 demic.
BRUCE HELLER CoCnLgArSaStuolfa2t0io1n9
914-202-2941 SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO CONGRCAlaTUssLoAfTI2O0N19S 2 e measures include ex-
[email protected] TRACKS pediting the permitting pro-
SHELLEY KILCOYNE JUNE 27, 2019 PHOTOS: SARAH BUSSINGER cess and eliminating fees that
PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL would allow restaurants to
CO-FOUNDER expand or begin outdoor din-
914-924-9122 SUPPSLPEEMCEIANLT TO ing, expediting approvals and
[email protected] July 4, 2019 eliminating fees for retail busi-
GABRIELLE BILIK nesses to have sidewalk sales
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/DESIGNER SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO and installing Plexiglass bar-
[email protected] riers in town hall o ces that
June 27, 2019 serve the public.
PRODUCTION TEAM PHOTOS: SARAH BUSSINGER
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL “I’ve already signed emer-
Celebrate OurNow More Than Ever, Let’s gency orders putting these
CREATIVE DIRECTOR 2020 Graduates! policies into place,” said Slat-
PHOTOGRAPHER Mahopac News, Yorktown News, North Salem News, er. “We are already accepting
The Somers Record and The Katonah-Lewisboro Times will be honoring those applications and begin-
[email protected] ning that process. at’s to set
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section that will be kept separately as a keepsake. nesses, so that when they can
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Thursday, May 21, 2020 Yorktown News – Page 3

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e Town of Yorktown’s summer full- and All active parks remain closed, but passive

half-day camps will be canceled due to continu- parks, such as trails and nature preserves, remain

ing e orts to protect public health. open. Passive-park visitors must wear masks and

“We are disappointed as a department to maintain six feet of distance from other park

cancel these programs, but we will be working visitors.

within the structure of the four-phased state Not all town recreation is canceled.

reopening guidelines to hopefully provide some Yorktown opened two of its three tennis courts

weekly activities for your children,” said recre- earlier this week. e courts at Blackberry Woods

ation director Jim Martorano, Jr. Tennis Courts in Mohegan Lake and tennis

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Yorktown courts at Downing Park, both of which have been

had begun construction on the Junior Lake Pool. refurbished, are open with restrictions. ese in-

Work disruption by the pandemic means that the clude a one-hour time limit and singles matches

Junior Lake Pool will not open this summer. At only. Tennis will not be allowed in the middle

the same time, all pool permits were suspended courts to maintain proper social distance.

by county health o cials, so the Shrub Oak Pool Westchester County’s Mohansic Gold Course

and Sparkle Lake will be delayed until July if remains open. Visit YorktownTrailtown.com for

county o cials allow pools to reopen. a comprehensive list of passive parks in town.

Lakeland budget Yorktown school
will make use of budget accounts for
anticipated growth
reserve funds
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT STAFF WRITER
STAFF WRITER
e Yorktown school board approved a proposed 2020-2021 budget of
e Lakeland school board unanimously approved a proposed budget of $99.7 million during a Zoom meeting on Monday, May 11.
$164.7 million for the 2020-2021 school year by videoconference on May
14. It re ects a decrease of 5.76 percent decrease compared to last year’s e proposed spending plan re ects a 1.55 percent increase over last
budget. year’s budget. It calls for a tax increase in Yorktown of 1.15 percent and in
Cortlandt Manor, of 1.98 percent.
If approved by voters, Yorktown residents would see a 1 percent decrease
in Lakeland school district taxes while Cortlandt Manor would see a de- “Our imperative during the budget development process, as always, is
crease of .2 percent. to be respectful of our taxpayers,” Superintendent Dr. Ron Hattar said.
“ e budget is fully compliant with the tax levy cap and is amongst the
e proposed budget aims to maintain high-quality instructional pro- lowest increases in the region.”
grams as well as all extracurricular programs, including performing arts and
athletic programs. Under the proposed plan, 75.3 percent covers salaries and bene ts
while 19.6 percent covers contractual obligations. It further allocates 3.7
e proposed plan would also cover maintenance and improvements to percent to cover principal and interest and 0.6 percent for equipment.
school facilities, allow for continued use of facilities by community groups
and ensure the district’s long-range security. “ is budget maintains class sizes at, or below, Board of Education
guidelines and keeps district programs o ered to students intact,” Hattar
e COVID-19 pandemic has left the district with a large number of wrote. “ e 2020-21 [budget] also re ects measures the district will be
unknown nancial factors including how much state aid it will receive in required to take to reopen in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, which
the next school year, how much revenue will remain at the end of this year’s include required personal protective equipment for students and sta ,
budget, as well as energy costs, capital project costs, future emergencies and facility modi cations to comply with imposed social distancing require-
the amount of revenue brought in by the Westchester County sales tax. ments, and academic support programs for students beginning as early as
this summer. We are also accounting for projected increased enrollment
e cost of reopening the school district is unknown as well, as it may in the elementary grades. e growth has largely been a result of new
require special equipment and personal protective equipment for teachers families moving to our community and more students choosing to return
and students. to our schools from private schools. In the last ve years, 33 percent of
students attending private schools have returned to our excellent district.
e proposal calls for a 3 percent health insurance rate increase, a 7.6 per-
cent increase in the teachers’ retirement rate, a minimum wage increase to e 2020-21 budget will also provide for our continued support of so-
$14 an hour, a 3.7 percent increase in labor costs and a 4.8 percent increase cial and emotional learning and character education while also expanding
in transportation expenditures. high school course o erings to include a second engineering course.”

e board has agreed to continue roof repairs on Lakeland Copper Beech e proposal also covers districtwide security enhancements.
Middle School, which will be funded through a bond. A public hearing on the proposed spending plan is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Monday, June 1, on Zoom. e district will post the link to the meeting
To make up the shortfall of revenue in this year’s budget, the district has the weekend before it takes place.
agreed to tap reserve accounts. Votes will be cast by absentee ballots, which must be returned to the
district by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.
Superintendent Dr. George Stone acknowledged that the district has
been saving for a rainy day and said it is currently pouring, so use of these
reserves is appropriate.

e budget hearing will be held ursday, May 28, via videoconference.
Votes will be cast by absentee ballots, which must be received by the district
by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.

Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, May 21, 2020

Yorktown native feeds new community

Kevin Belickis donates burgers during pandemic

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER FILE PHOTO/TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN BELICKIS tinuing to buy fresh meat that he prepares
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR and then donates. Late last month, he do-
Sgt. Kevin Belickis has also done charity Kevin Belickis, owner of TK-Oh nated 60 quarter-pounders to the sta at
Kevin Belickis doesn’t want to be Je work with Toys for Tots. the Veterans A airs hospital.
Bezos. happy to feed you.”
Belickis portioned the meat into hundreds With the unsold meat, Belickis person- “It’s important to put people before bot-
e military veteran turned hamburger of 2-ounce sliders. tom line,” Belickis said. “I’m not looking
entrepreneur, who opened a food truck in ally donated meals to 25 local families. He to turn into Je Bezos with a hamburger
Tampa Bay earlier this year, said any prof- “I put an ad on Facebook and said we’re made a 15-pound donation to a food bank empire. I don’t even know what I’d do with
its that exceed his modest cost of living shutting down operations but we have a and also partnered with the Life Com- that kind of money.”
will be donated back to worthy causes. lot of food,” Belickis said. “So, if you’re munity Center to distribute 120 sliders to
struggling because of this, no questions families in need. Belickis, who has a 2-year-old son, feels
So far, the Yorktown native is putting asked, just shoot us a message and we’ll be it’s important to set a good example.
his money where his mouth is. Belickis, a Marine Corps veteran, came
to Tampa Bay after being stationed at “I want to be able to look my son in the
For every four hamburgers sold through MacDill Airforce Base. e Yorktown face and tell him I did more than just what
his mobile eatery, TK-Oh, Belickis do- High School graduate served for nine was required of me to try and help people,
nates one to a local organization or com- years until April 2018, though he still because I want him to grow up and be that
munity group. earns disability income. He founded TK- sort of a man,” Belickis said. “He can do
Oh after winning a $2,500 business grant. great things because had good examples
“At the end of each quarter, if I sold set for him.”
100 burgers, I’d make 25 burgers and go Since the pandemic hit, he’s been con-
to whoever we partnered up with for the Belickis doesn’t envision ever needing
quarter,” Belickis said. “I just set up with more than $150,000 to live comfortably
my sta and cook until we run out of food. and support his child.
It’s not a ton, but it’s a small way to say
thank you for allowing us to be part of “If I made $250,000 in a year, I’ll hap-
your community.” pily invest that $100,000 into my commu-
nity, into my employees,” Belickis said.
From a pro t-making standpoint,
Belickis’ new business was ill-timed. To Anger, hatred and jealousy are learned
prepare for a mid-March event, he pre- traits, he said, no di erent than empathy
pared enough food to feed 1,000 people. and kindness.
But coronavirus fears had just started to
set in, keeping customers at home. “When you have the ability to help
someone, you should,” Belickis said.
“I think 45 people showed up,” Belickis “Hamburgers aren’t going to inspire the
said. “I had all this food that I didn’t use.” masses, but if this inspires one person to
say I can do more than I’ve already done,
Not wanting hundreds of pounds of then it’s a win. I want to inspire people to
fresh beef, lamb and shrimp to go to waste, do good and to take care of each other.”

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OBITUARIES

Phyllis Cohen Jamaica, Queens. She was prede- ing time with their bridge group. John W (Bill) Roberts bowling, US history and vintage
ceased by her older sisters Frances cars – especially his 1967 VW Bug.
Phyllis R. Cohen, a longtime Dichter and Lillian Sterling. She She loved music and singing, John W (Bill) Roberts, a resi- He enjoyed summers in Cape Cod
resident of Yorktown Heights, was one of the rst in her family Was adventurous and daring, dent of Yorktown for 53 years, died and, more recently, exploring parts
NY, passed away peacefully on to attend college, earning a degree Through social action, on May 3, 2020. He was 81 years of Colorado with family.
May 13, 2020; she was 87 years at Hunter College in Spanish Lit- Phyllis loved sharing old. Bill worked as a Senior Court
old. She is survived by Arnold, her erature. Phyllis worked as a medi- Skiing and camping, and read- Reporter for the NY State Supreme He was preceded in death by his
husband of 61 years, her children cal translator for P zer; raised her ing new things, Court until his retirement in 1995. parents John and Sally Roberts of
Steven (Dena) and Adrienne Shi 2 children, and then was a regional These were a few of her favorite He was a long-time member of the West Dennis, MA and his sister
(Stephen), her grandchildren and manager for World Book Encyclo- things…. Knights of Columbus. In May of Lynne Roberts of Port St.Lucie,FL.
many nieces and nephews. pedias, hoping to increase every- Charitable, energetic, 1965,he married Carol Ann Armisto
one’s knowledge. She was always Funny, forgiving, in Ossining, NY. On May 22, they Bill is survived by his wife Carol
She was born in 1932 to Leah very giving and was a co-chair of Kind and wise, would have been married 55 years. Roberts of Yorktown Heights, NY,
and Herman Kleid and grew up in the social action committee at the And religious and caring, his son Jim Roberts, daughter-in-
Yorktown Jewish Center, making There’s so much more for you to Besides his love for his family law Marie and grandchildren Jen-
sure those less fortunate had food know and friends, Bill enjoyed gol ng, nifer and Brandon all of Broom-
and clothing. She loved music and But for now, goodbye, shalom,
taught in the Sunday School there. it’s time to go eld, CO, his son Brett Roberts,
“Every man dies. Not every daughter-in-law Dawn Roberts
She was very adventurous. She and grandson Trevor of Stormville,
took up skiing as an adult and man really lives.” (William Wal- NY. He is also survived by many
loved to travel. She and Arnold cousins, nieces and nephews and
lived in Japan for three years in lace) We would like you to know loved them all very much.
the early 1990’s. She enjoyed their
multiple trips to Israel. She was that Phyllis really lived every day to A service will be held for im-
very spiritual and loved learning mediate family only. Due to the
new things, even in her 80’s. She the fullest. Covid-19 pandemic,the family has
and Arnold attended operas, plays, decided to defer all other activities
lectures,enjoyed sailing and spend- e family will arrange a private until the crisis is over. A celebra-
tion of Bill’s life will be held at a
graveside service. date and time to be determined.
Donations in Bill’s honor can be
Anyone wishing to make a do- made to the Yorktown Volunteer
Ambulance Corps.
nation in her memory should do so

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has in- “ roughout this entire pan-
sisted that localities meet seven demic, New Yorkers have stepped
metrics before beginning even up to the plate and done a great job
those initial-phase activities. of working together to bend the
curve,” Cuomo said in announcing
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pervisor Chris Burdick said Sun- regions in the state.
day in his daily update, “the Mid-
Hudson Region has attained ve “As we move forward with this pro-
of the seven.” cess, it is up to all of us to understand
our personal responsibility,” the gov-
Key metrics covering deaths and ernor said. “ at’s how this worked
hospitalization numbers have not from Day One and that’s how we will
been met. continue to slow the spread of the vi-
rus and start our new normal.”
One requires either a sustained
(14-day) decline in COVID-19 hos-

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Page 8 – Yorktown News Thursday, May 21, 2020

PARADE

FROM PAGE 1

so much joy to me as a teacher and loons and worked on decorating our getting big hugs and hearing long- PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE
to see how happy a simple two- cars,” Rubistello said. “We had Silly winded stories and participating in
minute drive-by made them was so String and we asked all the families fun activities together. It’s not nearly your student’s house could make special experience for her two girls.
beyond rewarding.” to wear red and we were wearing red. the same. So just being able to see
So it was a very school-spirit event.” them and say hi, wave and see them them so happy, in such an uncertain “My girls,I mean,I could cry talk-
Assistant director Katie Rubistel- be happy and smile was wonderful.”
lo organized the parade with fel- She added that the teachers had time, makes me know that I am do- ing about it,” said Reilly. “ ey were
low teachers Victoria Reinmann, also created a playlist so kids could Reinmann said the parade was an
Samantha Testa and two assistants, sing and dance when the parade ar- overall “feel-good experience.” She ing something right. It was really a just so excited just to see them and
who drove to the 40 residences in rived at each house. added that seeing her students again
ve decorated cars. after not seeing them since mid- lot of fun and I would honestly love have something so exciting to look
“Being a teacher in these times March was heartwarming.
e teachers collected the ad- is di cult, being anybody in these to do it again.” forward to. It was really special and
dresses of their students and mapped times is di cult, but to not see kids Testa said she would do it again if
out their car brigade,along with tak- that are not your own but yours any- given the opportunity. Parents and students, likewise, they went to 40 houses.It took them
ing a timed test drive to pinpoint the way, it’s hard to not see them and
time they would arrive at each house interact with them on a face-to-face “ e kids had made signs as well were overjoyed to see their teachers the entire day to do it.”
basis,” Rubistello said. “We’ve been for us to see when we drove by, so
“ ere is no substitute for a per- staying connected on Zoom and that was very cute. Some students again. Mom Melissa Leone-Hallock
sonal connection and this parade was doing some fun and school stu even drew on their driveways with
intended to keep that connection on Zoom, but it’s not the same as chalk,” Testa said. “Knowing that Melanie Bradish, whose two sons, said it was wonderful to see all the
and satisfy the needs of both sides, something so simple as driving by
teachers and students, in personally Aiden and Jacob, both attend Little teachers get together to show such
connecting again while respecting
social distancing guidelines,” direc- Red House, said the parade was ex- compassion for their students.
tor Melanie Sindaco said. “We miss
our families.”

Rubistello said it was a family fun
event.

“We had made signs, gotten bal-

tra special for Jacob because he was “ ey are able to lift the spirits of

celebrating his birthday, as well. our kids and give them the hope that

“It de nitely made me cry to see this will be over soon and that they

them. It was so, so sweet,” Bradish will all be together again,” Leone-

said. “ ey’re working so hard, we Hallock said. “My son was over the

really appreciate it.” moon when he saw them coming

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Remote learning vs. the classroom

STRONG She tells us every day that she their own pace. ey can move classroom setting. because of the time constraints,
LEARNING doesn’t want to go back to school. ahead if something is easy for On the otherhand, there are the child will often not get the
My husband and I are consider- them, or move back if they can’t individual attention needed.
DR. LINDA ing homeschooling her because many children who miss the ( en again, do children receive
SILBERT she is learning and happy. I know gure it out. If they need help, regular classroom very much. the individual attention they need
she’ll be home until September, they can contact their teacher to in school? Some do, but too-
Dear Dr. Linda, but do we send her back in Sep- help them without having to stay ey miss the continuous social large class sizes and limited time
I have no idea how many tember if school re-opens? after school. interaction. ey miss the teacher usually prevents teachers from
explaining the material to them being able to give each child the
parents are experiencing this with G&G Add to the above the fact that so they don’t have to gure it out attention he or she needs. Oth-
their children, but I haven’t seen Dear G.and G., no child has to get up early to on their own. Many students erwise, fewer children would be
my daughter this happy, relaxed make the bus or rush home to also do better in a class setting struggling.)
and responsible in a long time. To begin with, September is a make it to an afterschool activ- because it’s structured. Students
She’s in sixth grade and loving long way o , and a lot can change ity. No child has to feel tired or who actually succeed at home Your decision is a personal one.
online learning. She does every by then. However, what you are hungry while at school, sit in fear doing remote learning need time Each child and family has its own
packet sent to her, talks to us experiencing isn’t that uncom- that they will not know an answer management skills, organizational unique needs and that’s what you
about it and looks forward to the mon. Even though some kids or that their friends will nd out skills and self-control. Otherwise, will need to take into account
next packet. can’t wait to go back to school to that they had to meet with the they’ll end up missing classes and when deciding if your daughter
see their friends, most children teacher for extra help. not completing packets. goes to school or is home-
is is a child who was strug- would rather stay home. at’s schooled when school opens.
gling in school, having melt- why snow days and summer However, what children do Finally, when a child is home-
downs over homework, and vacation are so popular! miss by learning at home is the schooled, a parent or another Dr. Linda
crying a lot. For some reason now, face-to-face social interaction. adult needs to be home, and that
she loves to read, looks forward Aside from that, by learning Most children are in touch with adult needs to know the subjects, To parents and teachers: In these
to school and hasn’t cried or had at home, all the emotional and their friends through online to a degree, in order to work with unprecedented times, if you have
a meltdown since online learning social barriers are removed. Chil- programs. And, there are many the child if they need help. is any concerns about where your
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Iam savoring the last remaining result. e play was written in the known as conscious auto-sug- the prescribed medication, the READING,
unread book in the house ( e 1920’s so I Googled to nd more gestion. His method began in an patients had higher expectations WRITING &
Plays of Ferenc Molnar Part information on this method. interesting way. Working as an that the medicine would be CHOCOLATE
Two). While reading in the rock- apothecary in France from 1882 e ective and this became a self-
ing chair on a sunny afternoon, According to the internet, – 1910, he often wrote positive ful lling prophecy. KIM
two of the characters in the play Émile Coué (1857 – 1926) was a notes to accompany each patient’s KOVACH
discussed the merits of the Coué French psychologist and phar- prescription. After reading the Émile Coué studied hypnosis
Method to encourage a positive macist credited with introducing personalized note and taking and then focused on a form of to realize itself.”
a method of self-improvement self-hypnosis called auto-sug- Émile Coué encouraged people
gestion or self-talk. He wrote a
Your One-Stop Shop for book titled Self Mastery rough to plant positive seeds in their
Conscious Autosuggestion which minds, instead of dwelling on
Deck Building Materials was published in Europe and then negative thoughts. He believed
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repeatedly throughout the day to e Power of Positive inking,
achieve positive outcomes. e Power of Yes, e Laws of
Attraction, and e Secret are all
Of course, you can’t just walk variations on his original ideas.
around mumbling any old wish. What iconic image is more
In order for the Law of Attraction positive than the yellow smiley
to work, Coué maintained that face? I wanted to know the story
the goal must be attainable for the behind this cheerful image found
individual. e person must have on stickers, socks and emojis.
a positive attitude and also have e original round yellow face
the resilience to reach the spe- was created by Massachusetts
ci c goal. Adherents to the Coué graphic artist, Harvey Ross Ball,
Method were encouraged to in 1963 for an insurance agency
repeat a positive phrase or mantra client to boost company morale.
several times at di erent intervals Legend has it that it took Harvey
during the ay such as “Every day, ten minutes to sketch out and
in every way, I am getting better complete. e client paid him $45.
and better.” e theory was that
when a person repeats the same SEE KOVACH PAGE 14
positive phrase over and over it
becomes part of their subcon-
scious and “that speci c goal tends

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Buzz o

TRACY is short and you accidentally cut front,and sides of my hair,I couldn’t behind me. As you can imagine was unhappy with his cut. But af-

a big divot the shape of Texas reach the back. By the time I nally this did not o er a lot of hand/eye ter four weeks of self-isolation, my

BECKERMAN on the side of your head, it’s got around to seeing my hair styl- coordination and I discovered that husband had begun to look a little

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grows back in quickly, so you Joe Exotic would love. ing too hard. that I either needed to cut his hair,

don’t have to listen that long to Convinced that I could handle Fortunately, I got good enough or he was going to have turn the

people say, “Howdy,” every time this problem myself, I went on- at this just in time for us all to go video o for his Zoom meetings.
After watching my stylist cut they see you.
line and bought an electric buzzer. into quarantine. But while I had When the big day came, I cov-

my hair short for 30 years,I Eventually, I got to the point e buzzing itself seemed simple access to my own personal stylist, ered my husband’s neck with a

kind of got the gist of what where I could cut my own hair enough, but in order to see what I my husband did not. I had never towel, draped a nylon robe over

she did. So, one day, in between without looking like a possessed was doing, I had to buzz my head cut anyone’s hair besides my own his body, and then sat him down

haircuts, I grabbed a pair of scissors lawnmower named Christine had one-armed, left-handed, and back- and was reluctant to experiment on in the kitchen where the light was

and gave myself a trim. run over my head. e only prob- wards while I held a mirror in front someone who I would have to live best and there were no mirrors so

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MARTORANO always very rare and I mean permanently in my mind are two mom and dad maintained a in my ear the day before he died
rare! She was an artist and loved times when their perception was loving marriage for 57 years. Of that he was afraid I would leave
FROM PAGE 10 singing. He never displayed any dramatically at odds. course, life’s endings are seldom him. I whispered back that I
appreciation for art and could pleasant and theirs was no dif- would never leave him and this
wore a summery light colored only whistle. When I was young, both my ferent. rock of a man wept openly in my
suit. Someone dropped a hot long hair and strong opinions arms.
dog from the upper deck and Mother was generous in her were prominently on display. Mom ended up in a nursing
it unfortunately landed on displays of a ection, almost ef- One day, while home from home, something she always In the end he had gone from
his shoulder and the mustard fusive, father not at all. But he did school, taking leave of my senses, feared. But there she remained 230 pounds to 80. Having lost all
dripped down his lapel. Not display love in his own way, you I expressed my somewhat radical for the last 42 months of her life, mobility, I was forced to carry this
thinking, I broke up in hysteri- just had to look for it. He showed opinions to my bewildered par- as she visibly deteriorated. In her proud man literally from room to
cal laughter. He was not amused. up at all my little league baseball ents. I told them that not only last weeks, she lost all awareness room. His once invincible teeth
I couldn’t tell if he was angrier games, sitting in his car and beep- did I not support our country’s of what was going on. It was ex- all fell out. His brain, shot with
with the guy who dropped the ing the horn if I did something involvement in the Vietnam War tremely heartbreaking to see this holes, started to fail him. But to
hot dog or me for laughing. At special. He picked me up at the but I was also outraged by our amazing, loving, talented, artistic, his dying breath, he remained
least the Yankees won that day. YMCA every Friday night and “hypocritical society.” As I was funny woman die in the man- courageous. He was at peace at
Our car ride home was a quiet brought doughnuts home after saying it, I knew it was a mistake. ner that she did. On a very bleak the end, and so was I. You see
one. church on Sunday. He took Boy was I right. While mom took and somber March 20th 1998 at I had nally found the loving,
my sister and I ice skating on a it in stride, dad wouldn’t hear of it 3:45pm, holding my hand, she open, vulnerable father I had
As they got older, Mom, like regular basis. It’s hard to forget and exclaimed to mom, “our son passed away. My life was never searched for so desperately in
most of us mortals, had her the one time when, after watch- is dead.” Even though his words the same. my youth. On September 26th,
physical aches and pains. Dad was ing us skate for hours, he actually stung, I understood in my heart 1998, four days after my birth-
like steel. He never had a cavity rented a pair of skates and got on that he didn’t mean them. For I had the privilege and honor day, he passed peacefully hold-
in his life. When he did go for his the ice. e result was disastrous all his shortcomings, I knew he of taking care of dad at his home ing my sister’s and my hands.
annual physical, the doctors were and having learned from my always loved me. during the last nine months of
always amazed. Even at the end mustard experience at Yankee his life as cancer ravaged every After he died, the local pastor
of his life when he would have stadium, it took all my strength en, a couple of years later, part of his body. It was upset- told me that he was “the most
chemo in the morning, he always to help him o the ice without still harboring strong feelings ting to witness him falling apart generous man he had every
went to work in the afternoon. laughing hysterically. When I against the Vietnam War, I before my eyes, but we made the known.” It seems that father, for
was at Fordham, he would often walked out of my commence- most of our time together. He many years, was anonymously
Mom was patient, father not so drive 90 minutes each way to ment at Fordham in protest. was a di erent person during feeding 6 families every Christ-
much. Mom would spend hours bring my roommate and me let these months. Most noticeably, mas. at meant a lot to me.
uncomplainingly waiting in the mignons just to make sure I “was is time it was my mother who his aversion to displays of af- But what meant the most was
doctor’s o ce, dad would leave if eating properly.” objected and took it person- fection and vulnerability were the fact that I was able to ex-
he wasn’t called in a short amount ally. She exclaimed, “If you truly nowhere to be seen. In its place, perience his loving heart in the
of time. He always told us, “My As a parental unit, mom and loved me you would have not he told me he loved me daily.
time is as valuable as theirs.” dad almost always presented a walked out.” Dad shockingly nal months of his life. For me,
uni ed front. However, etched told her to “leave the boy alone.” e whole time, the only fear he that was the greatest gift of all.
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BY CAROL REIF in hospitals. Department of Health for help Both nursing homes report mined that all proper procedures
STAFF WRITER “ e threat of an outbreak in and protocols were being fol-
if they weren’t equipped to care they have been taking multiple lowed at the North Salem sites,
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne is adult-care facilities was evident added: “ e state should have
among a growing number of law- early, and the state’s policies plac- for infected patients waiting to steps to combat the spread of the provided more focus on support-
makers who are demanding an- ing patients and sta in harm’s ing them.”
swers about the way the state has way reek of negligence. is is be admitted. coronavirus, including suspend-
handled the coronavirus outbreak wholly unacceptable,” wrote the He called the nursing home
in nursing homes. Republican, who represents the Even under normal circum- ing visitations, limiting non- sta “wonderful, caring people
94th District (Somers, Yorktown who we know and who go out of
In a statement released Mon- and parts of Putnam County.) stances, nursing homes are re- emergency o -site appointments, their way for their residents.”
day, May 11, members of the state
Assembly’s Minority Conference On March 25, citing an “ur- quired by law to transfer any having all personnel wear per- On Wednesday, April 22,
called on the Legislature to con- gent need to expand hospital ca- North Salem’s rst respond-
vene a public hearing “to review pacity,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo resident for whom it cannot pro- sonal protective equipment and ers held a parade at Salem Hills
and investigate New York’s poli- directed long-term care facilities to show their appreciation of
cies, decisions and protocols that to accept recovering patients who vide the appropriate level of care, screening everyone for symp- the sta for putting their lives
were utilized in response to the may still have tested positive for on the line to care for residents.
COVID-19 pandemic’s impact COVID-19. for whatever reason. e facility toms, such as fever, before they Fire trucks, with sirens wailing
on state-regulated nursing home and lights ashing, drove slowly
facilities.” Six weeks later, Cuomo issued may not have a way of isolating are allowed to enter the building. by while masked and gloved es-
an executive order forbidding sential workers waved American
According to the latest state- hospitals to discharge patients to or quarantining COVID-19 Reacting Tuesday, May 12, to
wide data, there have been more nursing homes unless they had ags.
than 5,000 pandemic-related tested negative for the virus. positive patients. It may not have the state’s latest order, Somers “I say a prayer every time I
deaths of nursing home residents, think about the workers and the
either in the homes themselves or He denied that it was a policy enough sta or personal protec- Supervisor Rick Morrissey said: residents who had to go through
reversal, saying nursing homes this,” Lucas said, adding that the
could have contacted the state tive equipment. “In the midst of this pandemic, event was intended to tell front-
liners “how proud we were of
According to the governor, the it’s vitally important that we pro- them and the wonderful job they
were doing under such tough cir-
state has “alternative” facilities for tect the most vulnerable in our cumstances.”

nursing home patients, whether community. e state’s e orts to UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
Cuomo’s administration has
they have COVID-19 or not. test all nursing home employees
come under a lot of scrutiny—
Early projections had the state and residents is a move in the from both sides of the aisle—over
the outbreak in nursing homes.
needing another 100,000 hospi- right direction.”
e governor announced last
tal beds at the height of the out- North Salem Supervisor War- month that state Attorney Gen-
eral Letitia James and the De-
break. It has since created 40,000 ren Lucas, calling COVID-19 partment of Health planned to
launch a full investigation.
and set up COVID-only facilities fatalities a “travesty,” said he
Questions about the way nurs-
that could accept nursing home thought that state health o cials ing homes have been handling
the pandemic focus on safety,
patients, Cuomo said. who were focusing on hospitals regulations and noti cation.

e state is also now requiring should have paid more attention James also set up a hot-
line—833-249-8499—where
Prepare for that such facilities test all em- to nursing homes from the very residents, families or members of
power outages the public can share con dential
with a Generac ployees for COVID-19 twice a beginning. complaints about nursing homes.
home standby
generator week and report any positive test While the county Department ey can also le complaints
with the OAG online at https://
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE IN HOME results to the state the very next of Health does not manage or ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes.
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state, any facility found to be in When North Salem’s two Gottfried (D-Manhattan).
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suspended or nes of $2,000 per ning—were worried about get- tight, the review might wind up
being biased.
violation per day. ting su cient PPE after “normal
Gottfried pointed out that the
Somers has one nursing facil- distribution channels dried up,” AG serves as the government
lawyer for state agencies, includ-
ity, e Paramount at Somers the town’s emergency manage- ing the DOH. He also argued

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Local teens
encourage
their peers to
stay home

BY CAROL REIF same time. home,” said 15-year-old Byram ways” educators can use to reach Teens from the President's Junior
STAFF WRITER “If you want to be Hills High School sophomore out to students, parents and the Leadership Council of Northern
Sydney Levy. community with relevant, reliable Westchester Hospital created a
You might think that teens and cool, follow one simple information.
adolescents are better equipped rule: Stay home,” the e PJLC is working on more video inspiring their peers to stay
to handle isolation in the age of video begins. It stars COVID-19 videos focusing on To watch the video, go here: home.
COVID-19. high school students more inspirational messages for h t t p s : / / w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m /
who belong to North- teens. e organization says it watch?v=L0-9yp54HZU PHOTO COURTESY OF PRESIDENT’S
After all, they are forever con- ern Westchester Hos- helps high school students con- JUNIOR LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OF
necting with others on social me- pital’s President’s Junior Lead- nect to their communities; pro-
dia and their phones. ership Council, which draws motes the health, safety and well- NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL
members from Somers, North being of adolescents and young
So it’s easy to minimize their Salem, Yorktown, Katonah- adults, and engages them on is- Thank You Veterans and
distress over not being able to Lewisboro, Bedford, Chappaqua, sues that matter to them and af- Front Line Responders
see their friends in person, take Byram Hills, Armonk and Pleas- fect their lives.
part in a school musical, play in antville. and to Everyone,
a baseball game or just hang out. Northern Westchester Hospi- Have a Happy and Healthy
ey are shown enjoying home tal relies on the group to help its
But when you add missing life activities such as dancing, paint- administrators understand issues Memorial Day
milestones such as proms and ing, cooking, shooting hoops, facing adolescents and teens. e
graduation ceremonies, it’s a lot doing yoga and (gasp!) reading students provide input on health-
more serious than mere FOMO a book. One of the teens even related educational programming
(fear of missing out); it’s causing demonstrates how to practice that the hospital o ers at local
sadness and depression. table tennis skills while solo. An- schools. Each year, PJLC mem-
other solves a Rubik’s Cube. bers identify a major health con-
Teens don’t deserve their cern within their peer group and
reputation of being totally self- At the end, each student holds then develop “creative, relatable
centered. In reality, they are often up a handmade sign with words
the most altruistic of anyone, say that collectively spell out: “ e
mental health experts. Shorter It Will Be Is Up To You
And Me.”
Some of these thought-
ful youngsters, concerned that “Ultimately, staying home is
their quarantine-weary peers the answer to ending the spread
are becoming antsy to get out of this pandemic, and it is im-
and socialize, have produced a portant to physically distance
video showing them ways to so- whenever it is necessary to leave
cial distance and have fun at the

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Gottfried was joined in press- those committees, the Assembly federal government’s response to

ing for public hearings by Demo- Minority Conference especially the pandemic’s economic e ects

cratic state Sen. Gustavo Rivera decried the “severe” impact CO- but didn’t include the commit-

of the Bronx, head of the Senate VID-19 has had on many veter- tees on Health, Aging, Veterans

Health Committee. ans’ homes across the state. and Oversight, Analysis and In-

A group of Senate Republicans It was addressed to Gottfried; vestigation.

is also seeking an independent Harry Bronson, chair of the e assemblyman said it would

probe. Committee on Aging; and John be a “mistake” for the Legislature

Meanwhile, Assembly Repub- T. McDonald III, chair of the to rely solely on the AG’s in-

licans are urging Democrats in Committee on Oversight, Anal- vestigation because that has the

control of Assembly Committees ysis and Investigation. appearance of ignoring “the in-

on Aging, Health, and Oversight, According to the May 11 letter, herent bias the state has toward

Analysis and Investigation, to which was signed by Byrne and itself.”

hold a public hearing. 13 other assemblymen, the state “In the interest of openness

“As state lawmakers, that’s Veterans Home in Montrose and transparency, the Legislature

what we do; we hold public hear- has lost 22 residents to the virus. owes New Yorkers a hearing into

ings so nursing home adminis- e Long Island State Veterans this mess. ese aren’t just statis-

trators, sta , and the families of Home reported 53 such deaths tics; these were people’s mothers,

residents have the opportunity to and the New York State Veterans fathers, grandmothers, and un-

talk about policies,” said Byrne, Home at St. Albans in Queens cles. We demand an explanation;

a Mahopac resident who is the had, at last count, su ered 33. families deserve answers,” Byrne

ranking Minority member on the “Sadly, last week, 1,700 new said.

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Re ections on this Memorial Day

BY JONATHAN SCHNEIDER reminder of the cost of our freedoms we see so many the things that I can enjoy because of the men and
GUEST COLUMNIST often take for granted. My fellow veterans see this day women who paid the ultimate price while serving in
as a reminder of the sacri ces our brothers made on the U.S. Armed Forces. I can walk in the woods with
Each year, when the weather turns warmer and the hallowed grounds in the defense of our country and my family and not worry about soldiers patrolling the
days become longer, I start thinking about the begin- our way of life. area. I’m glad to be able to bring my family to the lake
ning of summer. and go on the water for the day. Hopefully we can get
For some, the Memorial Day ceremony is im- a good BBQ in while we are down there.
Of course, the uno cial beginning of the season portant for honoring our friends who have fallen in
is this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. is has battle by our side. For others, the ceremony is a time During these good times, while I may be enjoying
caused me to re ect on previous Memorial Day to display the pride of patriotism while remembering them and having fun on the surface, I will be softly
weekends. our lost service members. re ecting inside on a sacri ce so great. I will re ect
on the families left without a son or daughter or the
When will we be able to BBQ with friends and is year, our Memorial Day will be a little dif- children left without their mothers or fathers.
family again? Will we go to the beach at all this ferent. Some may re ect on the way we spent the
summer? Will our kids go to camp? Will we take day in previous years. You may re ect on your family I will thank them all for their debt paid; a payment
our family trips this summer? While we ponder what member who served or one who recently passed. You that allows us, the American people, an opportunity to
the coming days, weeks and months have in store for may re ect on the thought of wearing a mask at the continue to live our lives the way we see t. It’s a way
us, let us take a moment to re ect on the important beach and not being able to get a drink and a meal at of life entitled to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
things in our lives and why we celebrate Memorial a concession stand.
Day to begin with. is year more then ever, I will appreciate the sacri ces
Whatever your re ections are this holiday week- our current service men and women are making while
Memorial Day started with origins tracing back to end, for a brief moment, at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, overseas during this worldwide pandemic.
the 1860s with “Decoration Day,” a commemoration please observe our national moment for remem-
marking a day for businesses to close and residents to brance. During this moment, re ect on the sacri ce Jonathan Schneider served as a U.S. Marine during
decorate the graves of soldiers with owers and ags. made by so many for our way of life. is is a life of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the owner of Schneider
freedoms sought by so many and achieved by so few. Financial Group and previously served on the Carmel
ey are the graves of men and women who died in We remember the sacri ce made by some to continue Town Board. He currently has a daughter serving
defense of our country and whose bodies now lie in to provide freedom for all in our country. ose who stateside in the U.S. Army and a son-in-law serving
almost every city, village and hamlet in our nation. fell are remembered for protecting our way of life and with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
our country’s interests around the world.
Our current version of Memorial Day is known
for the long weekend, blowout sales events and other is year, I will be re ecting
celebrations. But for many, the meaning of Memo- on the simpler things,
rial Day goes deeper than that. Many see Memorial including

Day as another reminder – a memory of
the comrades lost. It is a

Celebrate our military this May

Memorial Day is celebrated each May orating the graves of comrades who died opportunity to recognize the military • O er nancial, legal or career exper-
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service of the United States of America. late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie continue to work to ensure the freedom al & Community Service (serve.gov).
in almost every city, village and hamlet of Americans.
Even though barbecues and visions churchyard in the land.” May 30th was • Help to maintain the veteran area of
of the upcoming summer weather may chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary e United States Armed Forces a nearby cemetery. Place ags on all of
command much of the attention come of any particular battle. is renowned for its size and strength. the graves.
Memorial Day weekend, the holiday re- Various sources suggest the size of the
ally serves as a remembrance for those It took several years for the rst state United States military is somewhere be- • Befriend military families who fre-
military members who paid the ulti- to recognize the holiday, which New tween 1.4 and 1.6 million active service quently relocate, making a concerted
mate sacri ce for their country, as well York adopted in 1873. By 1890, all people. e military is comprised of the e ort to welcome them into your com-
as the personnel who continue to protect northern states recognized Decoration Army, Army National Guard, Navy, Air munity.
and serve today. Day. When the holiday changed from Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
commemorating those who died ght- Each of these military branches also has • Educate children about past wars
MEMORIAL DAY ORIGINS ing the Civil War to honoring Ameri- its own reserves. and the services the military provides.
Memorial Day was rst known as cans who died ghting in any war after
World War I, the South began to recog- ere are many ways to honor active, • Visit a military museum or historic
Decoration Day and was borne out of nize it as well. reserve and former veterans, as well as site.
the Civil War on May 30, 1868, Gen- those who died in service of their country.
eral John Logan, a national commander HONORING THE MILITARY • Observe the National Moment of
of the Grand Army of the Republic, Although Memorial Day pays hom- • Help Veterans of Foreign Wars dis- Remembrance at 3 pm local time for
decreed General Order No. 11, which tribute red poppies as a visual reminder one minute.
designated the day for the “purpose of age to the brave people who perished of the military’s e orts.
strewing with owers, or otherwise dec- ghting for their country, it also is an • Post a message to the troops at the
• Volunteer at a veterans’ hospital or USO website (uso.org).
visit a wounded veteran at home.
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NWH offers COVID-19 antibody tests to essential workers

Northern Westchester Hospital (e.g. mental health, addiction, youth, vo- social workers; fected with the COVID-19 virus, but it

(NWH) now o ers serology COVID-19 cational, crisis, etc.); • teachers/professors/educators; tran- does not rule-out early or recent infec-

antibody testing at two locations for rst • delivery workers; dentists and dental sit workers (e.g. airports, railways, buses, tion. A positive result indicates a person

responders and other essential workers hygienists; direct care providers; and for-hire vehicles; trash and recycling has been exposed to COVID-19 and de-

who live or work in Armonk, Bedford, • essential construction workers at oc- workers; veloped antibodies in their blood. At this

Chappaqua, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, cupied residences or buildings; and utility workers point scientists are not sure how detected

Pleasantville, Somers, North Salem, Yor- • faith-based leaders (e.g. chaplains, “While we recognize that many peo- antibodies impact immunity and protect

ktown, or Pound Ridge. NWH antici- clergy); eld investigators/regulators for ple want this test, it is important for us against re-infection.

pates that testing for the public will begin health and safety; re ghters; food ser- to prioritize resources to meet the most Regardless of test results, it is essen-

by early June. vice workers/grocery store workers; fu- urgent public health need,” said Marla tial for people to adhere to the Gover-

In compliance with NY State Depart- neral home workers; Koroly, MD, NWH’s senior vice presi- nor’s Executive Order and the New York

ment of Health (DOH) guidelines, ef- • health care practitioners, profession- dent for medical a airs and chief medical State Department of Health guidelines

fective immediately and through May 29 als, aides, and support sta (e.g. physi- o cer. “We fully expect to meet the de- for masking, social distancing and hand

(closed Monday, May 25th for Memorial cians, nurses, public health personnel); mand in our communities as we continue washing.

Day), NWH will o er antibody testing human services providers; hotel/motel to rollout testing beyond this priority Testing updates will be posted on the

Monday through Friday, any time be- workers; laundry and dry cleaning work- group. E orts to expand testing are criti- NWH website at www.nwhc.net. People

tween 8 a.m. and noon or from 2-6 p.m., ers; cal to help scientists better understand may opt to receive noti cations by sign-

for rst responders and essential work- • mail and shipping workers; mainte- how COVID-19 travels from person to ing up for the hospital’s enewsletter on

ers who preregister. Testing is done at nance and janitorial/cleaning workers; person, why it a ects people di erently, the website’s home page or by following

NWH’s Center for Healthy Living next medical specialists, nutritionists and di- whether the virus is seasonal like the u, NWH on social media.

to Whole Foods in Chappaqua Crossing etitians; and if people can be reinfected.” Pre-registration for testing can be

or at the hospital’s main Campus at 400 • occupational/physical/recreational/ Serology or antibody testing is con- completed at https://bit.ly/3dFyuSG

East Main Street. speech therapists; optometrists, opticians, ducted with a simple blood draw to de- and participants will receive a con rma-

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lowing priority groups: • paramedics/emergency medical tech- previously infected or exposed to COV- tion. Please be sure to bring the follow-

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ians; automotive service and repair work- ogists/psychiatrists; blood produced by the body’s immune of Identi cation, proof of employment

ers); • residential care program managers; system—that help ght infection. in one of the priority groups, a copy of

• bank tellers/workers; building code retail workers at essential businesses (e.g. Antibody testing does not diagnose your insurance card (copayments are

enforcement o cers; grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience COVID-19 infection, but a negative re- waived, you will not be responsible).

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BASEBALL

Berta looking forward to Fairfield

Embraces the challenge of Division 1

BY MIKE SABINI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Evan Berta’s high-school ca- Lakeland’s Evan Evan Berta appreciate just how special and liked another shot at a state title.
reer may have ended prematurely Berta delivers. makes the out in important those rst two titles We came close the last two years
because of the COVID-19 pan- centerfield. were to get. but couldn’t get over that hill.
demic, but he will continue play- FILE PHOTO/RICK
ing next year at Fair eld Univer- KUPERBERG FILE PHOTO/DEENA “Had we not won any, it would at’s baseball, I guess. You fail
sity. BELL have been far worse to lose this more than you succeed and that’s
their love for the game, having last chance,” Berta said. “Two one of the things that I love
Berta, Lakeland’s co-ace with fun playing with their friends back-to-back section titles with things I do wish, are I wish I about this game. ere is always
Joe Vetrano, chose Fair eld be- and making new ones along my teammates,” Berta said. “Sec- could play just one more game something to strive for tomor-
cause it felt like a great t both the way. tion 1 Class A is some of the best with my teammates in the Lake- row. For me, now that’s a MAAC
academically and athletically. [competition] in the state, and to land uniform and I would have championship with Fair eld.”
“Winning was an added win one is hard, but to win two in
“I wanted a school that had an bonus for us,” Berta said. “But a row, against the teams we had
outstanding business program, I do take a lot of pride in the to beat, I’m really proud of that.”
but I also wanted a school that success our teams had, because
had top notch athletic facilities I know how hard we both Berta said that not getting a
on campus, and Fair eld has worked to be good players and chance to three-peat was disap-
both,” Berta said. “ e coaches good teammates.” pointing, but it also makes him
showed a ton of interest in me
and were very proactive in com- e long-time friends just
municating with me and that wanted to help the teams they
was important as well. ey played on win, no matter what
introduced me to many of the position they were playing that
players and told me I would have day or whoever they were fac-
a great opportunity to play early ing on the mound.
in my career. I know nothing
will be handed to me. Division “We knew our teammates
1 baseball is some of the best felt the same way and that’s
competition, and I’m excited to why we were successful as a
have the opportunity to com- team,” Berta said. “On any giv-
pete against some great players en day, we believed anyone on
to earn a starting spot. I look the team could step up to win a
forward to the challenge.” game for us; it wasn’t always Joe
or me.”
Initially, Berta said that it was
his pitching that caught the eye Berta cherished playing on
of the Fair eld coaches, but they Lakeland’s 2018 and 2019 sec-
learned he also was a solid cen- tional title squads.
ter elder who could also swing
the bat. “I know I want to accomplish
a lot down the road, but it will be
“ e other reason I chose hard to do something I’m more
Fair eld is because they are go- proud of than being a part of
ing to give me an opportunity to
be a two-way player,” Berta said.
“Ultimately, I just want to help
Fair eld win games any way that
I can: with my arm, my glove, or
my bat. Whatever they ask me to
do, I’ll be ready.”

At Lakeland, Berta formed
one of the best one-two punches
in the state with Vetrano, who is
going to Boston College.

“Joe and I started playing
baseball together when we were
8 years old,” Berta said. “We
pushed each other to be better.
We played travel ball together,
we both made the USA North-
east 14U team together, we start-
ed playing high-school baseball
together in the seventh grade,
we started doing college show-
cases together, and we worked
out at Prosing and TP strength
together in the o -seasons.”

e two played because of

Thursday, May 21, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 25

FILE PHOTOS/ROB DIANTONIO FILE PHOTOS/ROB DIANTONIO

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GIRLS LACROSSE

All-American graduates with 115 goals

McDonnell part of special Husker senior class

BY MIKE SABINI that we were not able to show- Kelsey McDonnell to experience. I am very eager FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER case our team in this way, and to play there. For as long as it
bring it home for one last time, cause it’s a mix of a city and even was a thought about play- I plan to better myself not only
Yorktown mid elder Kelsey is devastating. e hours of rural campus feel and that there ing in college, I’ve wanted to go skill-wise, but also with the
McDonnell enjoyed a decorated grinding that we have done in a is a wide variety of studies from D1. I can’t wait to make more mental aspect of sports,” Mc-
high-school career, nishing team e ort have now vanished which to choose. memories from the sport that I Donnell said. “I will never take
with 115-career goals, and be- to what could’ve been some- live for and get after it with my any moment for granted play-
ing named All-American in her thing memorable for every sin- “I absolutely love the camara- new team.” ing there because I’ve learned
junior campaign. gle one of us and the program. derie of the team and the family you truly will never know when
It goes more in depth than the aspect that they have, which was McDonnell said that at VCU, your last one is. I want to have
McDonnell, who will play at fact of winning a section title or the biggest aspect for me along she’s looking to improve her a positive impact on my team,
Virginia Commonwealth Uni- having a winning team though. with the connection I formed game to the best of her ability. the program and hit the ground
versity next year, is part of a spe- It’s the bond of the family that with my coaches early on,” Mc- running.”
cial Husker senior class. Noelle is formed. I’m disappointed Donnell said. “Richmond is an “By playing at the next level,
Cegielski (Davidson College), to not have had the chance to amazing area that I can’t wait
Jesse Barer (Binghamton Uni- experience the little things to
versity), Maddy Marr (Skid- hold on to forever, and to not
more College), and Lindsay be able to nish on a high note.
Boyle (Sacred Heart Univer-
sity), are the other Yorktown “Personally, after putting in
seniors playing in college. 13 years of work and having to
give up a large portion of my
“It means the world to be a social life from a young age, this
part of this group of seniors,” was the last hurrah for me, and
said McDonnell, who played not being able to have that clo-
on the varsity team since her sure is unsatisfactory,” McDon-
freshman year. “We are all close nell added. “Wanting to nish
and, as unfortunate as it is, the all four years and roll right into
circumstance that we are expe- college was the goal, but now it
riencing will tie us all as a whole feels as if a big part is missing.”
for life, when thinking of what
we lost this year. I hope the McDonnell said that the en-
absolute best for my fellow se- vironment is what she will miss
niors/teammates, as they begin most about playing at York-
the next chapter of their lives, I town.
know they will do great things.”
“ is town has the best way
McDonnell said that it was of bringing lacrosse to life and
heartbreaking to have the sea- throwing everything we have
son canceled because of the into it,” McDonnell said. “From
COVID-19 pandemic, particu- playing in clinics during kinder-
larly because the Huskers are garten or on the varsity team,
annual Section 1 Class B title lacrosse has always been depict-
contenders. ed as the heart and soul here.

“We truly feel robbed and e memories, laughs, tears and
the fact that it’s out of our con- the pure entirety of childhood
trol is the worst part about it,” that is formed from it all will be
McDonnell said. “ e potential missed.”
that this team had this year was
truly intimidating, and the fact As for college, McDonnell
said that she chose VCU be-

Making the grade

As a result of their hard work in the classroom, drick Hudson, Haldane and Putnam Valley) (8) • Yorktown Boys Skiing (5)

many of Lakeland and Yorktown’s winter varsity • Lakeland Boys Indoor Track and Field (with • Yorktown Boys Swimming and Diving (with

teams have been recognized as Scholar Athletes by Walter Panas) (28) Somers) (20)

the New York State Public High School Athletic • Lakeland Boys Swimming and Diving (14) • Yorktown Cheerleading (7)

Association. at means that the grade-point aver- • Lakeland Cheerleading (8) • Yorktown Girls Basketball (7)

ages for 75 percent of the team’s roster averaged • Lakeland Girls Basketball (10) • Yorktown Girls Indoor Track and Field (22)

out to be 90 or above. • Lakeland Girls Bowling (5) • Yorktown Wrestling (9)

e list of teams that achieved the high marks • Lakeland Girls Indoor Track and Field (with Other teams with individual Scholar Athletes

are listed below (in parenthesis are the number of Walter Panas) (33) were:

student-athletes also named individual Scholar • Lakeland Gymnastics (with Walter Panas, • Lakeland Wrestling (with Walter Panas) (12)

Athletes): Hendrick Hudson, Haldane and Putnam Valley) • Yorktown Hockey (with Brewster, North Sa-

• Lakeland Boys Basketball (8) (5) lem, and Somers) (7)

• Lakeland Boys Bowling (5) • Yorktown Boys Basketball (6) • Yorktown Girls Bowling (1)

• Lakeland Hockey (with Walter Panas, Hen- • Yorktown Boys Indoor Track and Field (27) • Yorktown Girls Skiing (2)

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Swishing and dishing

DeGennaro’s court vision on display at WNE

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Nick DeGennaro Gennaro said. “We were really Nick DeGennaro Western New England has al-
SPORTS EDITOR pulls up for a young. We didn’t make the con- looks to make a ready had a virtual graduation,
jumper while at ference playo s our freshman year. pass at Western meaning DeGennaro’s under-
Nick DeGennaro, one of York- Yorktown High And to turn into a program that New England. graduate days are over. e point
town High School’s greatest shoot- School. guard said he will miss the bonds
ers, has spent the last four years at nished third and hosted a confer- PHOTO COURTESY OF he formed with his teammates.
Western New England University, FILE PHOTO/ROB ence playo game, that was some- NICK DEGENNARO
where he reinvented himself and DIANTONIO thing that was very out of reach “ at’s the thing I’ll miss about
became one of the best passers in when I rst got to Western New buying into what’s important.” college,” he said. “Working hard
Division III basketball. vidual success, Western New Eng- England.” A key to success is managing with your teammates made it all
land also had their best season in worth it.”
As a Husker, DeGennaro was a decade. e Golden Bears went at success was only possible time, especially with so many road
twice named All-League and once 15-11, nishing third in the Com- because they put made the neces- games. College student-athletes, he e marketing major said he
named All-Conference. He left monwealth Coast Conference. sary commitment, DeGennaro said, need to choose between bas- may continue his education at a
high school in 2016 as Yorktown’s said. ketball, school and their social lives. graduate school in England, where
all-time leader in made three-point “ e key to our team this year he may also continue to play bas-
shots. He played four years on the was how cohesive we were,” De- “It’s tough for a high-school “Be good at two,” DeGennaro ketball.
basketball team and one year each Gennaro said.“Every night,we had student to understand the level of said.
on the lacrosse and cross-country di erent guys who stepped up as commitment,” DeGennaro said.
teams. leading scorers. My role was to feed “ e biggest adjustment is really His senior year, DeGennaro av-
whoever was hot that night and get eraged 6.9 points, 4.5 assists, and
A role player his rst three years the ball into the right guy’s hands.” 1.2 steals per game. He also made
at Western New England, De- 33 three-pointers.
Gennaro entered the starting line- DeGennaro said it was nice to
up in 2019-20 and led the Golden achieve success with his fellow se- “I don’t think I understood the
Bears in passing. In 25 games, he niors. game at as high of a level as I did in
had 112 assists against just 42 turn- college,”DeGennaro said.
overs. His 3.3 assist/turnover ratio “My freshman year was my
was one of the best in the nation. coach’s rst recruiting class,” De-

“I de nitely looked to pass and
not score as much, which was dif-
ferent than high school,”DeGenn-
aro said.

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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – KRYSTAL BADILLO

Decorated senior will miss playing at Lakeland

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER stuck with it ever since. What place would you most Krystal Badillo pitches FILE PHOTO/DEENA BELL
SPORTS EDITOR What is your favorite sports like to visit?

Lakeland High School senior memory from your time at Bora Bora
Krystal Badillo has been a varsity Lakeland? What is your favorite place to
softball starter since eighth grade. eat locally?
She was named All-League as My favorite memory is win- Bob-B-Q’s
a freshman; All-Section, All- ning the section when I was a What’s the go-to app on your
League, and Defensive Player freshman with my sister, who was phone and why?
of the Year as a sophomore; and a senior. Snapchat, because I can talk to
All-Section and All-League her my friends.
junior year, when she also served Who has been your biggest Are you currently binging
as captain. role model over the years and anything?
what have you learned from “Criminal Minds”
How are you getting through them? For a young athlete growing
this period of social distancing? up in the Lakeland school dis-
What are you doing to keep My biggest role model is my trict, what would you tell them
busy? dad because he works very hard about the experience of being
to support our family. on the softball team and why
I’ve been practicing and spend- should they go out for it?
ing time with my family. Do you have any pre-game Lakeland softball is so special
rituals? and something I was so lucky to
When did you start play- get to be a part of. I would do
ing softball and what got you I put eye black on before every anything to be a freshman again
started? game. and do it all over. Not only have
I had the best memories play-
I started playing when I was 8, What are your post-high ing the game on this team, but
and I started because I wanted to school plans, athletically and I have made long lasting friend-
be just like my sister. academically? ships with my teammates that I
can truly call my family. is pro-
What jersey number(s) do I’m continuing my athletic and gram is unlike anything else and
you wear and is there any sig- academic career at Le Moyne if you have the opportunity to
ni cance behind it? College in Syracuse. join, you’ll have an unforgettable
experience.
I wear number 23. Initially If you could have one super-
when I was on my rst travel power, what would it be and
team, I asked for number 21, but why?
they messed up my jersey and
gave me number 23 instead. I just To y so I didn’t have to drive.
What is something about
yourself people would be sur-
prised to learn?
I hate mac and cheese.

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Ingredients: 3 1/2 tablespoons our and towels, allow to cool slightly before
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cut into 10 pieces each right temperature. • 6 tablespoons sweet paprika
• 5 cups all-purpose our 5. Set the marinated chicken next to the • 5 tablespoons onion powder
• 2 1/2 cups canola oil bowl of our,close to the skillet.Remove 7. Remove the fried chicken to a sheet • 5 tablespoons garlic powder
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in the our mix. Shake o the excess has been fried and dried on the paper • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
1. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
blend the buttermilk, hot sauce, 2 • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
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Mix, salt, and 1 cup cold water. • 1 tablespoon dried sage
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
2. Press the chicken pieces into the
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Thursday, May 21, 2020 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE Yorktown News – Page 31

How home design
trends are evolving for

social distancing

COVID-19 has brought changes to like replaces and stoves, and even urban ventilation for healthier indoor air quality well as ergonomic chairs and desks will
everything, and home design is no excep- and indoor gardens that allow you to grow and an environment that’s less susceptible see a major boost.
tion. Experts are expecting to see lasting your own produce. to mold, will be key.
impacts on everything from the materials Custom and quality: With the hit to
we use to the rooms we prioritize. Check Outdoor living: Between playgrounds Home office space: Business experts the economy, people are going to be buy-
out these and other noteworthy trends: closing and parks becoming overcrowded, are suggesting many companies will see ing less, but what they do buy will be bet-
many of us are turning to our balconies, pa- that working from home is not only pos- ter quality, while at the same time making
Houses over apartments: Many peo- tios and backyards for fresh air and nature. sible but o ers tangible bene ts, like sav- an e ort to support American businesses.
ple who live in condos or apartments do ing money on o ce space rent. With When it comes to design, trends will shift
so to be closer to the action—work, enter- is means weÕre going to be investing working from home on the rise, creating to locally made furniture, custom-built
tainment and shops—and never planned more in our outdoor spaces, with function- a home o ce space that inspires produc- homes and pieces and materials that stand
on spending much time at home. But the al kitchens, soothing water features, cozy tivity will be a major project many of us the test of time.
pandemic has changed that, and more tackle. Luxury home o ce furniture that
people are going to want a home that of- repits, and high-quality outdoor furniture feels chic and blends into your decor as is article is from Metro Creative Connection
fers plenty of room and outdoor space in to create a much-needed escape.
case they need to self-isolate again.
Healthier spaces: anks to spending
Self-sufficiency: A hard lesson we’ve more time indoors and reprioritizing our
learned is that things and services we health, we’ll turn to design to help ensure
thought we could count on aren’t neces- our homes are safe and healthy for our
sarily a sure thing, so items that increase families. We’ll see a rise in products like
self-reliance will become very popular. water ltration systems as well as mate-
Expect to see more homes with sources rials that improve indoor air quality. For
of energy like solar panels, sources of heat new homes and additions, alternatives
to wood-framing like insulated concrete
forms from Nudura, which o er improved

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