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Published by Halston Media, 2019-12-26 16:46:48

North Salem News 12.26.19

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

Vol. 5 No. 39 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, December 26, 2019

Happy Many unanswered
holidays! questions in ‘highly
unusual’ election


With the Town Board’s reorganization meeting looming, elected
leaders need to take a de nitive stand on the residency status of its
newest member, claims the runner-up in the Nov. 5 contest.

Democrat Katherine Daniels—who lost by 12 votes to Republican
omas J. Moreo—is not questioning the results.
After absentee ballots were counted, Moreo had pulled 894 votes;
Daniels, 882. Incumbent Republican Councilman Brent S. Golisano
was handily reelected with 1,005 votes.
But Daniels, an attorney, and resident Andrew “Andy”Sternlieb, who
also has a background in the law, both say the clock is ticking and voters
deserve answers to legal questions surrounding Moreo’s quali cations.


DOT asks for feedback
on 684/84 traffic study


VKaidiPlhs’HsOoOmFlGiTdCeOraBtoCyvMSOepUaOaRnRarTtRntEaInySS.uaYat l Controversial even before its rst yard of concrete was poured a

half-century ago, Interstate 684 today remains controversial as well as

crowded and (in spots) crumbling.

After years of organized pressure from local government leaders and

private citizens, the state is addressing (in spots) the crumbling pave-

ment, and it has a plan to address other tra c woes in northern West-

chester and Putnam counties. SEE DOT PAGE 4

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The Staff Kindergarten Club for residents 55 and older and independence. For more in- rescheduling upon adequate notice,

EDITORIAL TEAM Registration are eligible to join our senior group. formation, please call Marietta C. as circumstances require. All agen-
JODI WEINBERGER Meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on Manoni at 914-242-7433 or email das and live meetings are posted on
EDITOR: 914-302-5830
[email protected] Kindergarten Registration at the second Tuesday of the month [email protected] the Town website at: http://north-
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 Pequenakonck Elementary School at the North Salem Fire House. NS Democratic
[email protected] for the 2020/2021 School Year. Some of the events this year have Town Clerk Maria Hlushko has
ere will be an additional reg- included: Visit to the Buddhist Committee a notary license. Residents are wel-
LISA KAIN istration day at PQ Wednesday, Monastery, Meet-and-Greet with come to come to Town Hall if they
[email protected] January 15, 2020, BY APPOINT- the Candidates, earring making, Volunteers needed. ere are a need documents notarized.To make
914-202-2392 MENT ONLY.If you have a child Irish Dancers, Penny Social, food few open seats on the town com- an appointment,call 914-669-5577.
[email protected]
CORINNE STANTON who will be 5 by December 1,2020, drive, Educated Palate Luncheon, mittee and the Democrats would Pegasus
845-621-4049 and will be attending kindergarten, AARP Defensive Driving course, love to have some new volunteers
[email protected]
JENNIFER CONNELLY please contact Jean Jerussi at 914- Westchester Broadway eatre, come forward. It’s a great way to
[email protected] Therapeutic Riding669-5317 Extension 3056 or email speakers from our local town o c- meet new people and be involved in
914-202-2941 [email protected] es, 90th Birthday Party picnic and who and what shapes our commu- Pegasus erapeutic Riding is
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[email protected] Drum Circle at Chapel Upcoming Events: Trip to committee, we suggest you keep an Salem border across from Peach
CHRISTINA ROSE Brotherhood Winery and 1839 eye on the Town’s website, northsa- Lake.
at Croton Falls Restaurant & Bar, Trip to West-, and send an inquiry to
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BRETT FREEMAN Westchester Spirited Drum- at Primavera,musical events,speak- 525, North Salem, NY or northsa- looking for volunteers to assist in-
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SHELLEY KILCOYNE Friday of the month from 7:30-10 Volunteer Drivers NS Republican gram.
VP OF SALES: p.m. at the Chapel at Croton Falls. Pegasus provides equine assisted

845-621-1116 Bring your drum or percussive in- Needed Committee activities to people with special
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Deadlines get started. Join us! Can you spare a little time to November 2019 brings a series farm is located at 310 Peach Lake

NORTH SALEM NEWS DEADLINE NS Rec Department make a di erence in the life of an of local elections with opportuni- Road (Route 121) in Brewster,
THE DEADLINE FOR ADVERTISEMENTS older adult? ties to serve as a volunteer. If you just over the North Salem border,

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Thursday, December 26, 2019 North Salem News – Page 3

The error of our Waze

Shortcut- nding apps exhaust local roads

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER mulating snowfall during the evening rush- “It’s a gift and a curse,” Noble said. “It’s

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR hour commute sent highway motorists into a gift for the people driving and it’s a curse

a panic. Rather than stay the course on a for the people who live on the local roads.”

anks to smartphone apps like Waze backed-up Taconic State Parkway, many Yorktown residents can use the app to

and Google Maps, motorists are nding sought quicker routes home on local roads. their advantage and ght back against

quicker ways to reach their destinations and In Yorktown, dozens of drivers were di- speeding, Noble said, by reporting police Traditionally, Google Maps directs Yorktown
avoid stand-still tra c. verted through the hilly and narrow Baptist cruisers where there aren’t any. Such a re- drivers down the residential Hallocks Mill
Church Road, which is also a low-salt area port will be removed if enough users give it Road, a 30 mph road with speedbumps.
But those shortcuts, which often divert because of its proximity to the watershed. a “thumbs down,” but it could have a tem-
drivers from busy highways to local roads,

are creating headaches for Westchester “We ended up with 15 cars [stuck] there, porary tra c-calming e ect, he said.

municipalities, many of which are seeing which hindered our ability to clean the “People need to slow down on the roads,”

increased tra c and speeding in residential road,” Paganelli saida. “It created a major Noble said. “Plug in a police o cer in loca-

areas. problem for us in even reaching the areas.” tions even if they’re not there.”

“ e criteria [the apps] use is the quick- Rather than view it as a hindrance,

est point from A to B,”said Dave Paganelli, POLICING Llewellyn prefers to use the app to his ad-

Yorktown highway superintendent.“I think In addition to nding its users the short- vantage.

that’s a problem.” est commute, Waze alerts motorists to “We use it to see where all the tra c is,”

For example, Route 35-bound motorists construction-induced lane closures; school Llewellyn said. “So, when I-684 is backed

coming from Route 202—and vice versa— zones; tra c light cameras; and tra c haz- up and there’s more commuting on Route

are directed by both apps to cut through ards like fallen trees and potholes, all of 22, we might be in that area because of

Hallocks Mills Road rather than remain which are reported by fellow drivers. speeding and tra c issues.” PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

on 202, which shaves just 0.3 miles o their Like a digital ashing of the high beams, This route, which keeps motorists on Route

commute. users can also report areas where police of- RECOURSE 202 and off Hallocks Mills Road, is the one
Nearby towns like North Salem have cers have been spotted. at aspect of the Paganelli said Yorktown’s powers-that- Yorktown officials prefer you take.

experienced similar problems, said Town app doesn’t bother Lewisboro Police O - be are aware of the issues created by the

Supervisor Warren Lucas. cer Andrew Llewellyn. apps and are working toward solutions. In are working on plans for the expensive

“We have people going the strangest “It doesn’t a ect the way I patrol in town, fact, the town’s tra c safety o cer has been project.

ways you can ever conceive just because whether or not they mark us,” Llewellyn tasked with contacting Google and Waze “How hard is it to get $1.5 billion? Very

Waze tells them to,” Lucas said. “It’s abso- said. “Really, most patrols you try not to sit directly regarding the use of side roads like hard,” Lucas said. “But you won’t get any-

lutely insane. And it saves everybody a min- still anyway.” Hallocks Mill as shortcuts. thing without a plan. So, the rst step was

ute and every road in town has a thousand By the time he’s been “marked,” But towns frustrated by the increased to put a plan in place.”

cars on it.” Llewellyn said, he’s most likely moved to a tra c have may only have one recourse: Lucas holds no grudges against Waze. In

In North Salem, with a population just new spot. Also, such reports tend to slow improve conditions on the roads from fact, he uses the app himself. “It’s an awe-

north of 5,000 people, there are sometimes down other drivers. which tra c is being diverted. some application. It puts me on side roads I

more cars on the road than residents, Lucas “If anything, they’re helping us out,” In Lucas’ case, the culprit is I-684, which didn’t even know existed.”

said. Llewellyn said. “ ey’re creating digitally is owned and maintained by New York In the long run, Waze may end up prov-

“ e apps are killing the town,” Lucas more o cers on the road than there actu- State. Maintained, however, might be too ing to be a bene t.

said. “ e roads fall apart faster.” ally are.” generous a word. “What this application has done is told

e wear and tear created by increased But by alerting the general public to their “ ey haven’t touched the road since the us that our roads are inferior and our roads

tra c, and the cost to repair them, is only location, Yorktown Police Chief Robert early ’70s,” Lucas said. need a lot of work and help,” Lucas sad.

one downside to the apps. By failing to fac- Noble said, this “tagging” of police cruis- Fixing I-684, he estimated, is a $1.5-bil- Put simply, Lucas, said, “684 can’t handle

tor in things like topography, they also cre- ers can also create a safety hazard for his lion project. Working together with leaders the tra c anymore.” Until it is xed by the

ate hazards during severe weather events. o cers. It also wreaks havoc on roads not from neighboring towns like Bedford and state, North Salem and other local commu-

Last winter, Paganelli said, a fast-accu- meant for high-volume tra c. Somers, Lucas and the I-684 consortium nities will continue to pay the price.

Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is located at 276 Titicus Road. For more information on any of these events, call 914-669-5161 or visit

Sunday Author Talks at the Keeler beginners and those who need to refresh Tuesdays Free Museum Passes
Library. On Sunday, January 12th, 2020 their skills. Joan will be with the group Mother Goose for Babies – 10:30 a.m., North Salem is surrounded by many
at 3:00 pm, Mary Calvi the writer of Dear for 6-8 weeks. After that participants are for babies from birth to 2-1/2. world-class museums. You can visit some
George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George welcome to continue on their own. e Wednesdays of these free of charge by simply going to
Washington’s First Love will be giving group is free but we ask that you register Story Time at 10:30 a.m.; family story the library and checking out passes to the
a talk at Keeler Library along with book by contacting the library and make a com- time for kids of all ages. museums.Just ask for the passes at the front
signing and wine. Free and no registration mitment to come to most of the sessions. desk. You may call the library to reserve a
required. ursdays pass for a particular week. Passes must be
History and Biography book group Books and Puppets at 10:30 a.m.; family returned within seven days.Passes may not
Monthly Early-Onset Dementia Care- e history and biography book group story time for kids of all ages. be returned to any other library, nor put in
givers Support Group, every Monday Saturdays the book drop.It is possible to renew a pass
starting on January 27 from 6-7 p.m. e meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday Story Time at 10:30 a.m.; family story for an additional week, provided no one
group will be facilitated by Tanya Steel who of the month. e group reads books on time for kids of all ages. else is waiting for it, by calling the library.
is the Executive director of a non-pro t and various historical topics or periods as (Bilingual stories and songs on some Loss of a museum pass will result in you
spouse of someone with FrontalTemporal well as some biographies. e books are Saturdays.) being charged the full replacement cost.
Degreneretiation. e group is free,open to chosen by the group and are wide ranging. Writers workshop
all, and requires no registration. Drop-ins Multiple copies of the books at the library ey are available for Keeler Library
are encouraged and any point. for people to check out and read. is workshop is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 card holders only.Don’t have a library card?
p.m. and led by Maryanne D’Amato the Show the library proof that you live, work,
Mahjong for Beginners, every New members encouraged! go to school,or own property in North Sa-
Wednesday starting on January 8th from Story time and crafts rst Wednesday of the month. It is open lem and we can issue you a library card in
2-4 p.m. Joan Staudinger has o ered to lea Mondays to all writers and aspiring writers who are about three minutes.
and teach another Mah Jongg Group for Stories and Songs – 10:30 a.m., for invited to share their work or desire to
babies from birth to 2-1/2. write in a supportive atmosphere.

Page 4 – North Salem News Thursday, December 26, 2019

MOREO Moreo is quali ed to serve. So it’s even more crucial that the house on the market. He also does termining factors such as tax returns,
“He either is,or is not,a resident. town makes it clear what it thinks not blame the other Republican driver’s licenses and insurance policies.

Some legal person is going to de- the residency requirements are candidates for the present kerfu e. Daniels was also curious to know

e swearing-in ceremony is set cide that,”he said. and whether Moreo meets them, But, he argued, town leaders can whether Moreo would be available

for early January. e board’s only options—if Sternlieb said. no longer postpone taking a public in person to meet with citizens

Moreo was de nitely a resident Moreo doesn’t take his seat or is Lucas has publically agreed that stand on the residency issue. seeking his help or advice or to

when he announced his candidacy. sworn in and later resigns—is to more “scrutiny” is needed but also “It’s not about politics, it’s about attend town events and regional

But he subsequently put his home appoint someone to ll it or leave it contends that, at this point in time, doing what’s right,”Sternlieb said. meetings on issues a ecting it.

up for sale and his family report- empty until next fall’s elections, the the ball is in Moreo’s court. Daniels, a former school board “Will he be residing in North

edly now lives out of state. (Moreo supervisor added. Republican Chair William member,also weighed in this week. Salem like those who have voted

con rmed to this newspaper in Sternlieb, citing the “integrity” Monti’s only comment—so far— Sternlieb, she said, “is asking for him and the other Town Board

late November that “unforeseen of local elections, this week wrote was, “On Election Day, Nov. 5, the a very important legal question candidates?”she asked.

circumstances”will “eventually pre- to Risa S.Sugarman,chief enforce- voters spoke.” Town counsel Ro- about omas Moreo’s quali ca- “I think we all can agree that

cipitate” his “full-time move out of ment counsel for the state Board of land A. Baroni Jr. has told Lucas tions to be sworn in. He deserves what happened in this election

state.”) Both he and GOP leaders Elections, asking for guidance. that, if this eventually winds up in an answer. We all do.” was highly unusual,” Daniels said.

were unable to remove his name e county Board of Elections court, the town will have to hire an Even if Moreo meets the resi- “Moreo did not inform North Sa-

from the ballot before the election. is staying out of the fray, however, outside attorney. dency requirements and is sworn lem’s residents about his move to

Moreo’s name did not appear in saying it’s only responsible for con- is newspaper also reached in, would he be able to attend Florida with his family. Many resi-

any campaign materials and he did ducting and administering elec- out this week to Lucas, Monti and the Town Board’s twice-monthly dents are learning about this move

not participate in any events. tions and certifying results. Moreo for further comment, but, meetings if he is physically living now for the rst time.”

However, he told this newspaper “ e issue of concern to me is as of press time, had not received elsewhere, Daniels wondered. Moreo’s promise to serve un-

in late November: “While I am able whether Moreo is quali ed to hold any responses. In a letter to Lucas, Sternlieb til a “suitable replacement” can be

to ful ll my duties and serve on the the o ce,” he told Sugarman, who Sternlieb, a Democrat, insisted referenced a state public o cers found are “inconsistent with state-

Town Council, I intend to so to the declined this newspaper’s request that it doesn’t matter what party law which, he said, treats residence ments made by the Republican

best of my ability and give the Town for comment. occupies the post if Moreo can’t, or and domicile—a person’s xed, Party in the lead-up to the elec-

Board some additional time to nd Sugarman wrote Sternlieb back won’t, serve. permanent and principal home for tion,”she claimed.

a suitable replacement. (sic)” on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to tell him: “It Even if Daniels winds up as the legal purposes—the same. Daniels alleged that politics

Supervisor Warren Lucas con- is not within the jurisdiction of the appointee or the town decides to People can be away from their could be in play.

tends it is not up to the Town division to investigate the issues leave the seat temporarily vacant, primary residences for legitimate “While some might excuse the

Board to determine whether you present.” Republicans will “still have a ma- reasons, if, for instance, they own Republicans for trying to take ad-

jority” on the board, he said Tues- multiple homes, are serving in the vantage of this unexpected turn of

Happy day, Dec. 17. military or are temporarily in a nurs- events, transparency and integrity
Sternlieb said he doesn’t know ing home or rehab facility, he said. in the election process really do
matter. ere is nothing more fun-
Moreo’s circumstances and does If someone’s primary residence is damental to a democracy,”she said.
not “fault” him for putting his in question, the courts can look at de-

New Yea ! DOT ed tra c spilling onto local roads rush-hour demands.
Start the New to escape highway congestion, a With a billion-dollar price tag,the
Year with a
crumbling stretch of I-684 that priciest proposal would construct
It has, in fact, several potential hadn’t been resurfaced in decades a pair of reversible “ ex” arteries.

solutions for complaints about the (the project that is now underway) Sandwiched between today’s travel

six often-high-speed lanes running and more park-and-ride locations lanes, the new construction would

from Exit 5, where the Saw Mill to encourage commuters to car- use existing median real estate or

River Parkway joins up in Kato- pool, vanpool, bus or take a train to today’s travel lanes, largely separated

nah, to Exit 9, the lanes’ terminus work (now among DOT’s propos- by guardrails, would have to be re-

at I-84 in Brewster. All of the pro- als in the I-684 study). aligned. Both ex lanes would be

posed solutions were on public dis- Lewisboro Supervisor Peter marked for travel in one direction

play this month during a workshop Parsons, reporting to his Town only to meet peak demand.

sponsored by the state Department Board after the supervisors’ 2014 At the other cost extreme, the

of Transportation (DOT). meeting,said the goal of the “I-684 “cheapest” of these solutions, at

Bedford Supervisor Chris and I-84 Municipal Consortium” $500 million to $600 million,

Burdick welcomed about 50 peo- would be “working to improve the would convert the shoulders on

Otouyrogui.f.t. ple—residents, local government interstate roadways, tra c ow both sides of the interstate into

$10 Off o cials and DOT sta ers and and the impacts they have on the rush-hour-only drive lanes. But
Any Service
Exp. 12/31/19 consultants—to the Dec. 12 meet- towns involved.” that approach would do nothing to

ing in the town hall courtroom. More than ve years after that improve o -peak operations and

On display was what DOT called rst meeting,says Somers Supervi- would require some enforcement

its I-684 & I-84 Transportation sor Rick Morrissey, “What you are mechanism.

Corridor Study. It outlines a se- the NYS DOT be- Sliding comfortably between

ries of concepts designed more to ginning to outline and ‘study’many those extremes, a conventional

gauge public reaction than provide of the concerns we brought to their fourth driving lane would be added

a detailed blueprint of any future attention.” in each direction.Estimated to cost

project. e state is seeking the public’s $800 million to $900 million, the

Still, the proposals spelled out input for a variety of schemes, in- new concrete would come with a

The Hair clear advantages as well as draw- cluding ways to accommodate range of options for its use. It could
backs for each. ey focused on growing tra c on that stretch of simply give all drivers an additional

several approaches for adding lanes I-684, which already carries any- path to their destination. But it

and for improving four interchang- where from 65,000 to 96,000 ve- might also encourage carpooling

es along that stretch “to try to elimi- hicles a day. by restricting its use to high-oc-

nate the tie-ups at pinch points like Additional driving surface cupancy vehicles (HOV) or buses

the intersections of I-684 and the would be achieved in several pos- and other specialized vehicles for

Kerry, Madi, Lesli 914-232-7271 Saw Mill River Parkway and the sible scenarios,each with escalating mass transit.

intersection at I-84,”Burdick said. costs. New drive paths could be Anyone who could not attend

Salon Hours: ose problems and a host of created either by using the high- the workshop but wishes to ad-

Tues-Fri: 10-5, Thurs: 10-8, Sat: 9:30-4, others were already on the minds way shoulder for travel, pouring dress DOT’s proposals can contact
Sun: 10-12 (By Appt. Only), Closed Mon.
Toni of the supervisors of Somers, Bed- concrete for fourth driving lanes Sandra Jobson, the study manager

ford, Lewisboro, North Salem and both north- and southbound, or who conducted the Bedford work-

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Page 6 – North Salem News Thursday, December 26, 2019

Bedford animal rescue partners with volunteer pilots

BY JESSICA JAFET “We are entirely foster-based,” are mutual, said Mary Pat Wachter e work of the organization is three months after adoption, there
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Silverman said. e rescued dogs of Katonah, a longtime volunteer supported entirely by private do- is a light in the dog’s eyes—it is
are nurtured and introduced to whose family has fostered multiple nations and it relies on dedicated something that was not there be-
A “dog person” or just about any home life; rst put with a host dogs. volunteers to continue its mission. fore—a softness in their face of a
kind of person would be touched family and then eventually moved Silverman said that the intake of tension that has been released. It
by the mission of A New Chance to a permanent home. “We place “Fostering allows my family to the dogs, including elderly dogs is just the most beautiful thing to
Animal Rescue (ANCAR), a non- the highest emphasis on matching be a crucial bridge in making a and some that might require medi- see.”
pro t organization based in Bed- our dogs to adoptive families—we love connection between dogs and cal care, comes with a
ford Hills. It was formed in 2011 get to know what the families’ lives their ‘forever’ families,” she said. signi cant ongoing cost.
by a mother-daughter team who look like and then match them to a “Of course, it is always hard to say
realized that there was ample need dog that is appropriate.” goodbye to the dogs when they get “Between bedding,
to rescue abandoned and unwant- adopted, but it is a great reminder transport, leashes, col-
ed dogs and a desire by people of All of the approximately 145 for my family that sometimes being lars,food and care,we are
all ages in the area to volunteer and dogs that ANCAR takes in each a supporting actor is just as impor- talking about upwards of
help make a di erence for these year are temporarily housed within tant as being the main character.” seven- or eight-hundred
animals. a 90-mile radius of Bedford Hills. dollars per dog,”she said.
Even some airplane pilots have
Sophia Silverman, a graduate of ose o ering their homes receive joined the e ort to save these vul- e operation, how-
Fox Lane High School, said her training support as well as supplies nerable dogs. ever, continues to be a
family had been taking in hundreds and paid medical care for the pet worthwhile labor of love.
of foster dogs over the years.At age during the fostering period, which e nonpro t group Pilots to “Looking at a photo,
15, she and her mother Sharon de- lasts about three to four weeks on the Rescue, whose volunteer pilots
cided to start their own rescue ef- average. ey can choose a “foster- rescue and transport animals, has
fort and began welcoming stray or to-adopt”option, as well. partnered with ANCAR to deliver
surrendered dogs and those from dogs to our area. When the plane
kill shelters in such states as North “Some of our dogs have never lands, the lucky canines are met by
Carolina, South Carolina, West known kindness, never have lived ANCAR volunteers who give each
Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana. in a home, never have known a individual animal a digni ed new
warm bed,”Silverman added. lease on life through fostering and
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What do you want?

That’s what my Mom would ask me every year MAN
around Christmas time. “I just want peace OVERBOARD
on Earth, and good will towards men,” I said.
“Aw, really?” Mom cooed. “Of course not, Mom, I’m

just having a little fun. I want a huge Lego set, but RICK

I promise I’ll use it to make a giant fortress so I can MELÉN Holiday
destroy all the countries that don’t want peace on
Earth.” Knowing what people want for Christmas is GUEST COLUMNIST

a gift. It’s a gift that I never received. It’s hard enough Tis the season to be forgetful, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
Got the presents stored away
knowing what I want myself.
Hope to nd by Christmas Day!
It was easier when I was a kid, I just wanted what somebody else had. I wanted a In the attic? In the closet?

“Sting Ray” bicycle, because another kid on my block had one. It had a “banana” seat and Oh, someone help me, I forget!
e kids are grown and smugly say,
“butter y” handlebars so you could pretend it was a chopper motorcycle. I pictured all “You’ll nd them all, at least by May!”

the kids on the street getting one and starting our own cycle gang so we could terrorize Scores of paper lled with lists,
Enhances memory they insist.
the neighborhood, in between spreading good will towards men, and more importantly, Alas, there’s one thing never told,
is doesn’t help when one is old.
women. It seemed at the time like parents were getting away with way too much, and I Is the notebook red or blue?

thought that with strength in numbers we could put an end to that. I never got around Where I left it, not a clue!

to terrorizing anybody, but I could pop a wheelie for fty feet. Who are these people cards I’m sending?
is mailing list is never ending.
One year I wanted a “Caption Action” doll, which was similar to a “G.I. Joe,” but
Send a picture? Include a letter?
didn’t have to answer to a non-commissioned doll. ey weren’t called “dolls” back then ey’ll have to wait til I get better
At checking o who got what
because the manufacturer didn’t want everybody getting all freaked out about the fact
I’ll send it twice, signed, “Love, the Nut!”
that boys were playing with dolls. So they called them “action gures” instead. I started
is Christmas chaos without good cheer,
out thinking that I might teach my Captain Action to mow the lawn, because I felt that Is getting harder year by year.

grass was beneath me. Instead I helped him ght injustices in the world, and we also No longer sugar plums dance in my head,
I lay obsessing while in bed;
spent some time hectoring Ken right in front of Barbie. Bake the cookies, decorate,
Trim the tree, and I can’t wait
ese days I might ask for something that I don’t really need, and that I’m too cheap
For 12/26, most welcome date!
to get. Most things now t into that category, and manufacturers keep inventing more
So, o I go, the search is on,
stu to put into it. You KNOW that if you get your wife a Miracle-Gro portable herb For gifts and lists and all that’s gone.

garden, that the cat is going to Scarborough Fair your whole house with parsley, sage, But most important, hope to nd,
I haven’t really lost my mind!
rosemary, and time to put a new vacuum on the Christmas list for next year, and maybe
Letters to the editor and op-ed submissions may be edited.
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projecting my own tastes upon somebody else is probably borderline insulting. is year

I wanted to get my wife some socks to put in her stocking, because I like the symmetry

of that idea. What could be easier than buying a pair of socks? Turns out that quantum

physics is easier than buying a pair of socks, because quantum physics only comes in one

style. ere is an entire women’s sock department at Kohl’s, so you need to gure out

whether she wears compression socks, crew socks, quarter socks, turn cu socks, boot

crew socks, knee-high socks, trouser socks or ankle socks. I’ll probably just get her a


I had a godfather whom I never met. Every Christmas he sent me a book through the

mail. A picture encyclopedia one year, a book about birds another, a book of dinosaurs.

What kind of gift is that for a little kid? I had to read it to nd out. e Lego set disap-

peared the next year, piece by piece every time my parents stepped on one with bare feet.

But the birds are still ying around in my head, the dinosaurs still roaming the Earth.

What do I want? Maybe it’s something I don’t even know I want. Maybe that’s what

Christmas really means. My wife got me a smart phone last year, even though she knows

that I would only use a cell phone if my car was stuck in a ditch somewhere. Why would

someone dig a ditch right next to the road like that? It’s a good thing I have a cell phone

with me so that I can call the Highway Department and ask them that. If I had remem-

bered to charge the phone I could have a civil conversation with a civil engineer. As the

year went by I found myself using it for more and more things, and something I never

knew I wanted became something I could lovingly take for granted. Last week I was

able to use it to take a picture of my thumb. Progress is my New Year’s resolution.

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Short- Get o my lawn
Iwas hoping that as I got older, I would get TRACY cided to just stew about it and wonder why he
JUST more tolerant. But apparently, the op- BECKERMAN couldn’t read my mind and remove the boots
JO ANN posite has happened. It’s possible that as without being asked. It soon became something
you age, the tolerance quadrant of your brain that I obsessed about because with all the other
JO ANN starts to atrophy so that things which never things in the world to be concerned with, some-
bothered you in the past suddenly become in- one’s muddy boots have taken over my every
Most of us are not born
perfect. I can tell you tolerable. It’s the exact opposite of the grudge thought. In general, I like to think I’m a pretty
that no one has ever
stopped me on the street to ask section of your brain which actually increases easy-going person, but in this case, I wondered
if I am a super model because
of my towering height and long in size as you get older. I’m pretty sure there if capital punishment was too great a conse-
slender legs. I’m short. In fact,
I am pretty darn short. In high are scienti c studies to prove this. So, now I have bigger grudges quence for leaving dirty boots in the hall.
school I was at least 5’ tall, but
these days I am hovering in the and I’m less tolerant which o cially makes me a cantankerous So, I started with a newspaper. During the night, I went out
high 4’s. My family has begun
calling me “ e Incredible old lady. If I didn’t live in the city now, I’m sure I’d be yelling at all into the hall and threw an open newspaper over the boots to hide
Shrinking Momma.” When I
was a child, relatives would as- the neighborhood kids to get o my lawn. them. e next morning, I opened my door and the newspaper
sure me that “good things come
in small packages.” I wasn’t buy- But living in the city has presented its own challenges. Such is was gone but the boots were still there. It was possible that he
ing it. I’d still love to look down
on someone over the age of 5. the case with the neighbor across the hall. Actually, my neighbor thought someone had kindly left him a free newspaper and he

As far as vision goes, I began is not the problem. It’s his shoes. He works some kind of outdoor was inside with his co ee, reading the newspaper, enjoying his
wearing glasses before I attended
kindergarten. And now even job and wears boots that become caked with dried mud. When day, while I was also inside with my co ee, obsessing about his
after two Lasik surgeries, I have
the vision of one whose head is he gets home, he takes o his boots and, to my absolute delight, boots.
wrapped in gauze. I still need
glasses. leaves them outside his door, opposite mine. We are the only two e next night I snuck out into the hall and threw a hand

So now that you know of two apartments at our end of the hall, so our once pristine communal towel over the boots to hide them. When I came home later the
of my short-comings, it’s time to
speak of my best features. I can corner of the building has become notable for his big, mud-caked next day, the towel was laid out on the oor and the boots were
hear everything and anything.
Ken always accuses me of listen- boots that I have to step around every time I opened my door. thrown on top of it. It was possible that he thought someone had
ing in on his phone conversa-
tions, but in reality I can hear Did I mention I’m a neat freak? So yeah, there’s that. kindly provided him with a towel for his boots to dry out on and
him even if I am downstairs on
the opposite side of the house It would seem that the passive/aggressive section of my brain now I had to look at his muddy boots and a gross muddy towel,
with the door closed. It’s a mira-
cle and a curse at the same time. has also become enlarged because rather than ring the bell or too. SEE BECKERMAN PAGE 10
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FRANCELLA incredulous. Had another pa- Numb, I reached my hand out and make an appointment for never had a cavity, I realized that
tient just passed by and she was for the little plastic bag which next week. It looks small, so perhaps not many people my
FROM PAGE 9 telling that person that they had contained a new toothbrush, there won’t be too much drill- age get there without any tooth
a cavity? Yes, that’s what must a small tube of toothpaste and ing.” problems. I mentally prepared
said, “Okay, everything looks be happening; so I just rinsed my dental oss. She was about to myself for the next appointment.
good Jo Ann, but you have a mouth and avoided eye contact leave the room when I said, I began to feel light-headed
small cavity in your left bottom with her. “Trish, wait. I have no idea what and thought about one of those I was nervous as I sat in the
wisdom tooth.” to do about this. I’ve never had drills being put into my mouth, dentist’s chair the following
“ e doctor will be in shortly a cavity and I’m kinda freaking the ones I always hear o in the week and was grateful that no
“What? I’m sorry Trish, are to discuss the cavity.” out here.” distance when I visit the dentist. one had mentioned the 10”
you talking to me?” needle which he would jab into
ere it was again. She used “Oh, don’t worry, the doctor After the doctor explained my gums. I got through the
“Yes, I said you have a small the word “cavity” again. Is she will walk you through everything everything and reminded me ordeal white-knuckling the arms
cavity in your bottom left tooth.” actually talking to me?” of how fortunate I am to have of the chair and then swore o
sugar products for the remainder
I stared at her confused and of my life; but we all know that
won’t happen. I left there hop-
ing that cavities are not a part
of my future. I don’t need to
add anything more to my list of

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Sweet and spicy

READING, and China for ceremonies and the year that I decided to bake edible creation had not occurred of stairs to Ellen’s apartment. I
WRITING & medicinal purposes. and decorate a giant gingerbread to me. On the day of the holiday had brought a few extra pieces of
CHOCOLATE house as a gift for my friend, tea, I placed my gingerbread gingerbread and some additional
In Europe in the 1500’s, dough Ellen. We had started a tradi- house on a sturdy cardboard plat- icing to quickly x a partial roof
KIM made with ginger and spices was tion of hosting a “holiday tea” form and carefully descended my collapse that happened in transit.
KOVACH rolled out and then pressed into each December to invite friends apartment steps, securely balanced
carved wooden molds. Legend for hot mulled cider and lots of the structure on the backseat of at giant gingerbread house was
Ilove the holiday scent in the has it that Queen Elizabeth sugary home-made baked goods. a friend’s car for the ride down- too pretty to eat!
air. Outside is the smell of had her bakers create decorative I did all of the baking since that town and then slowly carried
crisp cold air, pine trees and gingerbread gures to present to was my favorite hobby at the this decorative facsimile of our Kim Kovach also enjoys chocolate-
smoke from neighbors’ wood- visiting dignitaries. Soft, moist time. I designed the components summer house up the ve ights covered gingerbread cookies. www.
burning re places. Inside is the gingerbread cakes avored with needed for this giant gingerbread
delightful aroma of baking or the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves house, cut out the stencils, made
wonderful blend of cinnamon, and cardamom and sweetened the dough, rolled out and cut out musical vocal group
cloves, pine cones, eucalyptus and with molasses or honey were the walls and roof, and then set
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avored lattes. Bakeries display popular in Germany, especially made out of graham crackers and
gingerbread cakes, cookies and after the Brothers Grimm fairy used food coloring for the green
decorative creatures to munch on. tale, Hansel and Gretel, was grass and blue lake water. is
published. German immigrants gingerbread house was impressive!
I am a big fan of ginger. e brought their love of gingerbread
spicy ginger root has been a key and traditions of decorated gin- However, that year Ellen was
ingredient in culinary tradi- gerbread houses to the U.S. hosting our holiday tea at her 5th
tions around the world. Ginger
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Get the facts about the cold and flu
e common cold and in uenza are two contagious runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion, often with

viruses that many people may be all too aware of. sore throat, mild cough, mild aches/fatigue, and fever in

Although colds and u can be contracted any time of youngsters.

the year, winter tends to be a prime time for cold and u

outbreaks, as more time spent indoors in close proximity INFLUENZA

to others provides an easy way for viruses to pass from e u is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused

one person to another. by the in uenza virus. It infects the throat, nose and

Despite how common these illnesses can be, there sometimes the lungs, advises the Centers for Disease

seems to be no shortage of misinformation concerning Control and Prevention. Like colds, the u also can be

prevention and treatment of the viruses. ose who think spread through tiny droplets made when infected in-

they know all about a cold or the u can still bene t from dividuals cough, sneeze or talk, or by touching infected

a refresher course, which may even debunk some prevail- surfaces.

ing myths about both ailments. One common misconception about the u is that it

can be contracted from the u vaccine. is is not true.

COLD Harvard Medical School says the u shot is made from

Colds are relatively minor infections of the throat and an inactivated virus that can’t transmit infection. People

nose that are caused by more than 200 di erent viruses. who get sick after receiving a u vaccination were going ing hands, sterilizing common surfaces, and getting the

Rhinovirus is the most common cause, which accounts to get sick anyway, as it takes a week or two to get protec- u shot are ways to prevent illness. Antibiotics are not

for between 10 and 40 percent of infections, advises the tion from the vaccine. Many people assume that because e ective against the cold and u, and antiviral medication

American Lung Association. Adults get an average of they became sick after getting the vaccine, the u shot can lessen the e ects and shorten the duration of u but

two to four colds per year, while children su er six to caused their illness. may not be able to prevent it.

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account for more visits to the doctor than any other con- such as runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness, and cough, the received a lot of publicity as cold and u remedies, but in-

dition, says the ALA. u is not just a bad cold. While very few people have sists that such claims are not solidly supported by science.

e Cleveland Clinic states colds are contracted from landed in the hospital with a cold, the u can be so severe If symptoms do not abate, see a doctor.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019 HEALTH & WELLNESS North Salem News – Page 15


5 things I was so happy to have when I gave birth

BY HANNAH R. Lorraine Owens, Mother-Baby Navigator to keep infants safe to the hospital’s new- if I were to experience any complications
GUEST COLUMNIST for the labor and delivery team. Lorraine born classes and all the other resources avail- with my own recovery, he could go to the
walked me through the induction process able to us for support after discharge. After nursery and receive excellent care there as
My birth plan was simple. and gave me a tour of the hospital. meeting with Lorraine, I went from feeling well. Fortunately, we were able to keep our
I expected to have a natural birth in the frightened about my potential induction to son in the room with us, and the nurses re-
hospital with which my doctor was a li- In the process, Lorraine introduced me feeling informed about the process. I be- peatedly checked in to make sure we were
ated, without any real complications. After to several things I hadn’t thought about, but gan to relax and focus on the excitement of all doing well.
all, my pregnancy had been smooth. I was which made all the di erence in my child- meeting my baby boy.
healthy, worked out ve times a week, and birth experience: 5. FRIENDLY FACES ALL AROUND
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reached a week past my due date, a surpris- about induction, I was scared. However, privacy especially important during breast- could to put me at ease and tend to me and
ing reality hit me: I was most likely going to knowing that I was at a facility with a state- feeding. For a rst-time mother, nursing Henry, but they also helped my husband.
be induced. of-the-art Level III NICU, the highest level can be di cult, and I appreciated the space After almost 12 hours of labor and delivery,
Now I started to grow concerned: What NICU a community hospital can o er, gave to focus on feeding Henry. As my son and I was so exhausted that I fell asleep shortly
if there are complications during delivery? me a sense of comfort as I faced the un- I adjusted to this new—and sometimes after our son was born.Left alone to care for
How can I get the best possible care for my known. I knew that whatever happened, my challenging—process, the peace o ered by our hours-old infant, my husband was un-
baby? How can I make sure I am there for baby would have access to board-certi ed a private room helped to ease my nerves derstandably nervous. e nurses continual-
my child every step of the way? neonatologists and highly trained nurses and make the transition into parenthood ly checked on him and helped him adapt to
who could provide 24-hour care if needed. as smooth as possible. e room was so re- his rst Daddy moments. ey showed my
at’s how I found myself contemplat- It was also meaningful to me that, should laxing, in fact, that my husband and I often husband how to change our baby’s diapers,
ing something that was de nitely not in my my baby require medical assistance, my hus- joked that we felt like we were staying at a and, later, how to assist with breastfeeding
birth plan: switching hospitals at 41 weeks band and I could be right by my baby’s side hotel instead of a hospital! and rock Henry to sleep. As we cared for
pregnant. every step of the way. our newborn, the nurses made sure my hus-
4. BOARDING WITH BABY band and I didn’t forget to care for ourselves
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of a cesarean section, it became increasingly Before contacting Northern Westchester hydrated. We couldn’t have asked for better
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we need it. For me, that meant giving birth Baby Navigator. I had no idea how much preferred my son to stay in the room. I also
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friend recommended Northern Westches- ing little Henry home. She explained every- so important in those early days after birth. To learn more about the maternity experience
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North Salem News went to press early all backing each other up and pulling
because of the holidays. erefore, only the in the same direction on the mat and
resutls of games played from Monday, Dec. o the mat.”
16, to Wednesday, Dec. 18, are included in
this issue. Visit us on Twitter (@Halston_ Girls Basketball (4-3)
Sports) for more timely results.

Wrestling IRVINGTON 64, NORTH SALEM 46 Julia DeSanto looks for a teammate. UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Monday, Dec. 16 e BYSNS were scheduled to take on
SOMERS/NORTH SALEM 51, Irvington, led by Grace ybulle (25 Hockey (2-5)
YONKERS 36 Clarkstown on Dec. 20 and Briarcli on
points) and Katie LeBuhn (24 points) UPCOMING SCHEDULE Dec. 21, after this paper went to press.
Wednesday, Dec. 18 jumped out to a 14-0 lead to start the
Somers/North Salem’s wrestling team game. North Salem fought hard the CLARKSTOWN 3, BYSNS 2 After the holiday break, they’ll resume
defeated visiting Yonkers, 51-36. Trailing rest of the way, but it wasn’t enough to Wednesday, Dec. 18 (@ Palisades Ice play against Mahopac at 6:30 p.m. Friday,
36-30, they won the nal four matches to overcome the slow start. Jan. 3, at Brewster Ice Arena.
come from behind for the win. Arena)
“ ey wrestled tough,” coach Ron NORTH SALEM SCORING LEADERS SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 18
DiSanto said. “Regardless of us being a • Julia DeSanto, 18 points
young team, they stayed in the moment. • Amanda Marano, 11 points
A couple calls didn’t go our way and a • Megan Wright, 9 points
couple matches didn’t go the way we ex-
pected, but other guys stepped up and did UPCOMING SCHEDULE
their job for the team.” • Saturday, Jan. 4, vs. Briarcli , 11 a.m.
Dominic Barrella (99) and Carolyne • Monday, Jan. 6, @ Westlake, 4:30
Barrella (126), of North Salem, both won
their matches by forfeit. p.m.

ere is a strong sense of camaraderie Boys Basketball (2-4)
for Somers/North Salem this year.
“ e team is bonding really well and • Saturday, Jan. 4, vs. Haldane (@ Car-
they’re getting really close,” DiSanto
said. “ ey spend a lot of time together mel High School), noon
and are all getting along really well. at • Wednesday, Jan. 8, @ Dobbs Ferry,
helps with our performance when they’re
4:30 p.m.

Dominic Barrella (99) wins by forfeit on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Megan Wright drives to the basket against Irvington on Dec. 16.

Thursday, December 26, 2019 North Salem News – Page 17

Page 18 – North Salem News SPORTS Thursday, December 26, 2019

Calculating e ciency

When I was in high school, my tals of ingrained in sports. Pro teams are hiring – 6) + 13)
video production teacher volun- people with backgrounds in economics Unsurprisingly, Regan said, this re-
teered me to lm a practice for MARSH what we to study trends like they would the stock
the girls’ basketball team. MADNESS learned market. sulted in a 61-47 loss.
about But take the Dec. 11 game against
I went to the gym after school, Recent technological developments
propped the bulky camera on a BRIAN lming have allowed high school teams to do Tuckahoe, when North Salem won 51-
tripod, inserted a cartridge, and MARSCHHAUSER still hold the same (with high school sophomores 44.
sat in the stands for the next hour true— instead of MIT grads). Many coaches,
or so. Once it was over, I made like Regan, were quick to embrace the (51 + 38 + 8 + 12 + 2) – ((60 – 19) +
my way over to the production but the revolution, happy to have more tools at (17 – 9) + 12)
studios, where I spent some more time their disposal.
converting the practice footage to DVD. rest is e Tigers’ rebounding and steals
“We use the stats at halftime to make helped them overcome a poor shooting
In addition to being incredibly waste- pretty adjustments as needed,” Regan said. “For performance, netting an E ciency Rat-
ful, DVDs were not ideal for reviewing example, the shot chart can show where ing of exactly 50.
game or practice footage. First o , only much useless. As Yorktown’s superinten- many of our shots are coming from, and
the people in possession of the disc we can adjust if one side of the court is Stock analysts are quick to point out
could watch it. You also couldn’t zoom in dent, Dr. Ron Hattar, told me two years underutilized. We can check turnovers that “past performance is not indicative
with your ngers or review a play frame and rebounds, which are really important of future results.” Similarly, Coach Regan
by frame. And it took a lot of work to ago: “We need to prepare our children stats to gauge the overall success of the cautions that stats don’t tell the whole
produce! game.” story of a game.
for jobs that don’t exist in an economy
Fast forward to today and you’ll Regan’s volunteer sta uses those stats “ ey don’t measure defense that
be hard-pressed to not nd a student that is unde ned with problems that we to calculate the team’s E ciency Rating much, for example,” Regan said. “So, if
volunteer in the crowd lming away on (EFF): a guy comes in and does a great job on
their iPad. Moments after the game is don’t even know are problems yet.”) the other team’s top player, that is not
over, that le can be made available to (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK) − calculated, even though that could have a
anybody who wants it. On top of game- is isn’t the only area where technol- ((FGA − FGM) + (FTA − FTM) + TO) dramatic e ect on the game.”
planning, students can easily create
highlight reels and post them to Hudl ogy has changed the landscape of varsity Regan sets an E ciency Rating goal How meaningful stats like EFF are
or FieldLevel, helping them land col- of 50. Here are the stats from a Dec. 9 will continue to be debated. But one
lege scholarships. No production studio, sports. After nearly every North Salem game against Woodlands, where North thing we can all agree on: We’ve come a
pricey software, or clunky equipment Salem had a 37: long way from DVDs.
needed. boys basketball game, Coach Chris
(46 + 28 + 7 + 9 + 2) – ((52 – 18) + (14 Now if only we could gure out how
(Side note: If you want to truly under- Regan sends reporters a detailed statisti- to calculate the E ciency Rating of
stand the dilemma schools face today, politicians.
look no further than my already archaic cal breakdown complete with shooting
video production class. e fundamen-
charts. is type of analysis is usually

reserved college or pro teams with big

budgets and deep sta s.

North Salem is able to do it with

student volunteers and iPads.

“We have four 10th-grade girls who

give back to their community to do this,”

Regan said. “We have one (or two) do

the stats on the bench, one lms the

game from the stands that we can later Bonus Marsh Madness

watch on Hudl, and one does the score- The list of lazy sports-writing tropes is never-ending. But the one that bothers me
the most is the pluralization of an athlete’s name. The Brian Marschhausers of the
book at the main table. ey do a really world find it to be very annoying.

great job for us.”

For better or worse, analytics are fully



Liz Squire
takes a foul


Barrella (126)
wins by forfeit
on Wednesday,
Dec. 18.


Sydnie Jacobsen defends.

Thursday, December 26, 2019 North Salem News – Page 19


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Kiernan gets permanent AD job

Was hired on interim basis in July

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER range plans for North Salem athletics. On Kiernan, who lives on Long Island, FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
SPORTS EDITOR her agenda is partnering with the district’s commutes about 90 minutes each
Fields Committee to bring a turf eld to way to and from North Salem. Still, Denise Kiernan, director of physical education
Five months after being named North the middle school/high school campus. she manages to attend nearly every and athletics at North Salem
Salem’s “interim” athletic director, Denise North Salem home game (and some
Kiernan has been given the full-time gig Kiernan said a turf eld would greatly road ones), posting results and high-
until at least the end of the 2022-23 school bene t North Salem student-athletes and lights to social media (@NS_Tigers
year, when her probationary period ends. youth sports organizations. e eld could on Twitter). Kiernan does this, she
also allow the district to host night games said, because it’s important to pro-
Her appointment as the district’s di- and tournaments. mote the athletic department and
rector of K-12 physical education, health “build a brand.”
and athletics was unanimously approved “It’s important for the community,” Ki-
Wednesday, Dec. 4, by the Board of Edu- ernan said. In the same vein, she is also work-
cation. ing with coaches to become advo-
Because many rival schools already have cates for their programs, teams, and
She will make $174,000 annually in the turf elds,North Salem teams are at a com- student-athletes.
role, according to the resolution. petitive disadvantage when they play on the
road or at neutral sites against teams that Kiernan, who played Division I
Kiernan came to North Salem in July are used to playing on the arti cial surface, soccer at St. Bonaventure Univer-
after spending two years at Sleepy Hol- Kiernan said. sity, said she hopes to allow student-
low. Before that, she was at the Glen Cove athletes “to learn about the college-
School District for seven years. At North Kiernan also hopes to contract the ser- bound process and the opportunities
Salem, she replaced Henry Sassone, who vices of LocalLive, a service that broadcasts that exist with academics and athlet-
spent more than three decades as the dis- athletic competitions and other district ics.
trict’s athletic director. events.
“ ere is a school for all student-
Kiernan said she feels at home in North ough cameras and a new turf eld athletes,” she said.
Salem. would help Kiernan usher in a new era of
North Salem athletics, the biggest change In addition to athletics, Kiernan’s
“When you nd the right place, you she brings to North Salem is in her pres- responsibilities include the supervi-
know,” she said. ence and the way she communicates with sion of all K-12 health and physical
parents, student-athletes, coaches, the education teachers, curriculum, well-
Now that she’s shed the interim tag and booster club, and other stakeholders on ness, and intramural programs.
has spent ve months working in the com- issues such as the college-bound process,
munity, Kiernan spoke to e Katonah- sportsmanship and leadership.
Lewisboro Times about some of her long-

Thursday, December 26, 2019 LEISURE North Salem News – Page 21

CLUES ACROSS 27. Main branch of Islam 50. In an enthusiastic way 17. Time zone For puzzle solutions, please see
1. Hair care product 28. Bark of the mulberry 51. Begin again 19. First PM of India
4. Looped tree 52. Intricately produced 20. Performing perfectly
10. It’s present in all living 30. Sea eagles pattern 21. A way to hide
cells 31. Records heart muscle 53. It flows NW to the 25. Former NBA
11. Choose activity (abbr.) Seine commissioner
12. South Dakota 34. Famed Hollywood 54. Be obliged to repay 29. Peter’s last name
14. Cash machine producer 55. Southeast 31. Outlying suburb of
15. Of the pia mater 36. Yuck! 56. Slip in London
16. Ancient Egyptian 37. Reject outright and 58. Leisure time activity 32. Used to cut steak
documents bluntly 59. Breastbones 33. Deep inlets
18. Layers at the back of 39. __ 500, car race 60. Sun up in New York 35. Type of tree
the eyeballs 40. Small heap or pile CLUES DOWN 38. Done openly and
22. Not perceived 41. Type of degree (abbr.) 1. More cloudy unashamedly
23. Look over 42. Contagious skin 2. Main course 41. Indigenous person of
24. Improve a tire disease 3. Protect with plastic N. Africa
26. Time zone 48. Erases from a surface 43. Confessed openly
4. Equally 44. A way to separate with
5. Rebukes an instrument
6. Friend to a 45. Influential journalist
salesman Tarbell
7. Warms up 46. Manning and Roth are
8. Overshadow two
9. Interior lineman 47. One who cares for
in football horses in India
12. San Antonio 49. Something to believe in
hoopster 56. Form of “to be”
13. Comedian Cook 57. Atomic #73

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Hosting for the holidays comes with many responsibilities. One of the biggest such responsibilities is feeding guests. While turkey may be the go-to entrée at the
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Ingredients Directions: black pepper and let stand is article is provided by
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1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar the heat to medium and heat to hold your hand above it
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil for 10 more minutes. Raise for just a few seconds), place
1 garlic clove, minced the heat to medium-high and the scallops on the hot block
1 hot chile pepper, such as bird heat the block to about 600 and sear until browned and
chile, habanero, cayenne or F, about 20 more minutes. springy to the touch but still
Scotch bonnet, stem and seeds To make the dipping sauce, a little soft in the center,
removed, minced mix the lime juice, fish about 3 minutes per side.
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sea scallops (about 16) chile pepper, and carrot; set all the scallops at once.
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LEGALS Giving a little more this holiday season
e holiday season is a time of giving. e generosity on display during Even though Giving Tuesday may be the catalyst for charitable ef-
the holiday season may not have an o cial start date, but the rst Tuesday forts, it doesn’t need to end there. People are urged to be generous all
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