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DaettmenodcrCahtsamwobne’rt Yorktown High
debates School receives
Party says League of Women Voters
is better option Blue Ribbon
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT bate that Yorktown residents can trust.” BY KATHERINE BORCHERT “I’m really happy for the entire dis-
STAFF WRITER Chamber President Sergio Espostio STAFF WRITER trict, from our Board of Education to
our district administrators; our facility
A debate for local and county politi- said the Chamber has run debates in Yor- Yorktown High School has received and sta at all levels, K through 12. It
cians planned by the Yorktown Chamber ktown for 15 years. e Chamber chose a Blue Ribbon for overall academic ex- really speaks to the vision and imple-
of Commerce will likely only have Re- Aaron Bock, a Democrat, and RoseMa- cellence from the U.S. Department of mentation of the goals to develop the
publicans on hand to answer questions. rie Panio, a Republican, as moderators for Education for the 2019 school year. whole child and within the framework
the event, and o ered to have a monitor of a K through 12 organization. We feel
Yorktown Democrats have declined an at the debates from the League of Wom- e high school was the only public like all the hard work of the many years
invitation to the debate on the grounds en Voters. school in Westchester County awarded have really come to fruition with this
that the Chamber has a board of mostly a Blue Ribbon for year 2019. award,” Yorktown High School Princi-
Republicans and have requested that the “ e truth wills itself out and it is clear pal Joseph DeGennaro said.
debate be handled instead by the League that the leaders of the Yorktown Demo- “It’s an extraordinary recognition
of Women Voters. cratic Committee and Democratic candi- of academic excellence for Yorktown e U.S. Department of Education
dates chose to play politics at the expense High School and the entire Yorktown reached out to district o cials this past
“Five Republican candidates for local of all the people of Yorktown and had no Central School District. It’s a tting spring to let them know they were in
o ce either sit on the Chamber’s Board intention on attending the fair Chamber acknowledgement of the ne work of consideration for a Blue Ribbon. e
of Directors, Executive Board, or are debates,” Esposito said. our facility, sta and students,” York- school then went through an applica-
members of the Chamber,” Elliot Krowe, town Superintendent Dr. Ron Hattar tion process before receiving the award.
Co-Chairman of Yorktown Democrats, e debates are scheduled for 7 p.m. said.
said in a statement. “ e Yorktown Re- Monday, Oct. 21, for county level candi- Hattar and DeGennaro said that the
publican Committee has accepted the dates, and Wednesday, Oct. 23, for town e National Blue Ribbon School expanded opportunities for student
Chamber of Commerce’s debate invita- level candidates, at Yorktown Stage, 268 Program, which has been in e ect success that have been implemented
tion despite the con ict of interest that Veterans Road. since 1982, awards Blue Ribbons based at the high school contributed to the
having current candidates also sitting on on school performance, with eligible nomination, including co-curricular ac-
the Board of Directors presents, thereby “ e debates will continue as sched- schools receiving one of three awards: tivities, athletic opportunities and new
making it impossible to present a fair de- uled and I will have a chair waiting for Exemplary Achievement Gap Clos- courses.
ing Schools, Exemplary Improving
SEE DEBATES PAGE 8 Schools and Exemplary High Perform- is is the second national award
ing Schools. Yorktown High School has received
in the past three years; the district was
Yorktown High School received the
recognition as an Exemplary High Per- SEE YHS PAGE 8
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The Staff Getting it Done Vista Troop 101
Scouts Dumpster Day
EDITORIAL TEAM for all the people of Yorktown
JODI WEINBERGER Vista Troop 101 Scouts Dump-
This is a team that knows leadership is not about ster Day Saturday, October 19,
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 showmanship. It’s about doing the work. Like from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vista
[email protected] Firehouse on Route 123, South
negotiating contracts to save the Town money and Salem. Items can be taken to the
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER identifying new sources of millions in revenue. Vista Firehouse on Route 123 in
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Thursday, October 17, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 3
Business owner moonlights as comedian
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT She honed her acting skills by perform- Her husband has grown to be one of PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELE MARINACE
STAFF WRITER ing monologues and learned technicalities her fans.
of the acting eld. She even performed in Michele Marinace
Michele Marinace of Yorktown will be front of agents and casting directors. “It didn’t start out that way. He likes
showing her acting chops this Halloween it now. I heard him talking and brag-
at a show and lm premiere at e Broad- Her career in comedy started seven years ging about me to other people and I
way Comedy Club in Manhattan. ago unexpectedly when she originally audi- was like ‘wow’,” Marinace said.
tioned for a play.
Marinace has lived in Yorktown for 42 On Halloween, Marinace and
years and is the vice president of Marshall “ is is not what I thought I’d be do- Bonner will be debuting their movie
Alarm Systems. ing,” Marinace said. “I was interviewing for “Steamed” at the downstairs theater of
a play and we did an Oprah Winfrey play.
Originally from Mahopac, Marinace and When Oprah was taken o the air, the di- e Broadway Comedy Club.
her husband Marshall decided to start their rector said ‘OK, we’re done with that. We’ll “Beverly and I will be in the movie.
own business and relocate to Yorktown. Af- do stand-up.’ So that’s how I got started.” She’s Louise and I’m Cindy,” Marinace
ter years of hard work,Marshall Alarm Sys- said.
tems is a second-generation, family owned Marinace was hesitant at rst, but work-
business that operates out of a storefront on ing with e Broadway Comedy Club di- e movie is a 20-minute indepen-
Front Street. rector Beverly Bonner, she began to write dent short lm about a serial stalker
and perform her own material. broccoli who’s obsessed with Louise
Marinace said that while she always tap- and her friend Cindy, who doesn’t be-
danced and did ballet, she began to perform “I would write something and Beverly lieve her.
in plays later on. embellish it,” Marinace said.
Before the lm is screened, both
“I started doing the show ‘Anything Marinace writes comedy sketches about Marinace and Bonner will be perform-
Goes’ for e Spotlight eater and then herself and her husband frequently. ing skits and monologues at the club.
I started going to the city,” Marinace said.
“I really got serious with acting and I took “Life is interesting. Interesting and fun- e Broadway Comedy Club is lo-
the class TAP e Actors Project. It’s very ny,” Marinace said. “I write about what it’s cated 318 West 53rd St. and the event
strict.” like working with your husband, what it’s will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
like going out with your husband. My new
one now is my husband snoring.” e tickets for the show are $20 in
advance and $25 at the door.
It’s easy being green
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT Group sta and mall management for
STAFF WRITER being environmentally conscious.
“ ank you for stepping up as a good
e Je erson Valley Mall is on its corporate neighbor here, going green
way to becoming a self-sustainable, and realizing not only the economic
green mall. bene ts of going green with renewable
On Saturday, Oct. 5, the mall sta energy but also the environmental ben-
ipped a switch and turned on the e ts and doing this not just for yourself,
newly installed solar panels on its roof. for the JV Mall, but also for the com-
e mall is now a self-sustaining center, munity, for the residents and the people
running on solar energy. of New York State,” Byrne said.
Je erson Valley Mall General Man- Yorktown Supervisor Ilan Gilbert
ager Alexa O’Rourke said the mall was commended the mall’s leadership and
one of 150 Washington Prime Group their ability to think outside of the box,
community centers to go through the coming up with new ideas and innova-
solar panel project. tions.
“It’s one way that were creating, not “I believe that’s what we’re doing here Cutting the ribbon, signifying the mall running on solar energy
only Washington Prime Group but at today. Alexa, you not only talk the talk
the mall here, another way for us to be but you’re walking the walk and that is
environmentally conscious, to tell the what is so inspiring and it will inspire
community we care about them, we care others to move in the same direction,”
about our energy use,” O’Rourke said. Gilbert said.
Sen. Pete Harckham (D-South Sa- Students from the Lakeland Cen-
lem), joined the mall’s sta and guests tral School District spoke about the
to celebrate the mall’s clean energy ini- climate and the mall’s choice to switch
tiative. to solar energy. Many of the students in
“I think it is so important what’s hap- attendance said they have solar panels
pening here in terms of the solar panels on their own homes, knowing rsthand
on the roof,” Harckham said. “ e fact the bene ts of going green.
that this mall, this massive facility, is “ e proactive e orts of all is neces-
now o the grid is a remarkable thing.” sary in order for us to develop a healthy,
Harckham said the mall installing sustainable future. e Je erson Valley
solar panels is the equivalent of taking Mall’s implementation of clean solar
thousands of cars o the road, which energy is a signi cant positive step in
will help clean New York State’s air and the right direction,” Walter Panas High
reduce carbon emissions. School senior Grace Romer said.
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R-Ma- SEE JV MALL PAGE 4 PHOTOS: KATHERINE BORCHERT
hopac) thanked the Washington Prime
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TOWN GREEN be served. RSVP by Oct. 24 to troo-
FROM PAGE 2 [email protected] or 914-
Hilltop Hanover 424-1617.
Listening Session Mothers Against Drunk
Westchester County Executive
George Latimer invites the public to Mothers Against Drunk Driving
share their views at a listening ses- is hosting its annual walk, Walk Like
sion from 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, MADD, a non-competitive fundrais-
Oct. 19, at Hilltop Hanover Farm and ing walk at FDR Park on Saturday,
Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover Oct. 19. Registration opens at 9 a.m.,
Street, Yorktown Heights. with the walk program at 10 a.m., and
Senior Advisory the walk beginning at 10:30 a.m. e
walk is to raise funds and rally support
Committee; for MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate
Drunk Driving. Visit www.walklike-
Instead of our regular monthly madd.org/Westchester to register, do-
meeting, we are pleased to announce nate or get more information.
our rst Yorktown Senior “Living” Temple Beth Am Events
Fair to be held in the ACC Yorktown
Cultural Center on Friday, October 18
PHOTO COURTESY OF SAFARI ENERGY from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is is a free ad- Temple Beth Am is located at 203
Solar Panels on the Jefferson Valley Mall’s roof mission event. e fair will have repre- Church Place. For information, call
JV MALL sentatives from the medical profession, Rabbi Weiner at 914-962-7500 or
FROM PAGE 3 “Using solar now can save the envi- insurance business, assisted living and email him at [email protected]
ronment for my generation and more to
other health and living life to the full-
come. e mall is contributing to that est venues appropriate for all, particu- FUN SHABBAT AND SUKKOT
Romer, along with Panas juniors Maya world by going solar today and if that larly seniors. CELEBRATION
Ramon and Sophia Arias and sophomore isn’t convincing enough, your wallet with Troop 1776 Open House At 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Temple
Beth Am will celebrate the Holiday
Kayley Strang, is a member of the high thank you for low energy bills. Just look at
school’s Environmental Club. e club my mom’s,” Hayes said. of Sukkot with guitar, stories and fun.
raises money for environmental charities Washington Prime Group, in conjunc- Students in grade 5 and up are in- ere will also be an outdoor commu-
such as Oceana and runs a recycling pro- tion with Safari Energy, is currently work- vited to an open house and pre-Hal- nal celebration in the Sukkah, where
gram in the school. ing to make the mall a 100 percent green loween Fun Night at the American everyone will have an opportunity to
Matthew Hayes, a fth-grader from energy community center. O’Rourke said Legion, 235 Veterans Road, Yorktown shake the Lulav and Etrog. e beauty
Benjamin Franklin Elementary, told the the installation of solar panels is the rst Heights, from 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, and thrill of the Shabbat and Sukkot
crowd about solar energy as part of his en- of many energy e cient projects the mall Oct. 28. Appropriate costumes may are open to congregants and non-con-
vironmental project. will be implementing. be worn and light refreshments will gregants alike.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 5
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Rep. Nita Lowey announces retirement
Local leaders throw their hat into the ring for the 17th Congressional District seat
BY CAROL REIF including a bit of Yorktown. centers for “thousands of local encouraged him to “dream big” be running for Congress. Other
CONTRIBUTING WRITER In a video posted on Facebook children and families.” She also in spite of their circumstances– Democrats mentioned include
helped nail down New York’s “fair makes him uniquely quali ed to Greenburgh Supervisor Paul
It’s only been a week since U.S. on Monday, Oct. 14, Buchwald share of homeland security assis- champion children and working Feiner and White Plains Mayor
Rep. Nita Lowey revealed that announced his candidacy and tance” and helped make the com- families. Tom Roach.
she would not be seeking reelec- thanked Lowey for her more mute across the river “easier and
tion next year. than three decades of service. safer” on the Tappan Zee Bridge Few could argue that Lowey’s 3. Former County Executive
now named after the late Gov. replacement will have mighty big Rob Astorino, a Mount Pleas-
But the wave of potential con- e 82-year-old trailblazer, Mario M. Cuomo. shoes to ll. Fortunately, many ant resident who was defeated
tenders for her 17th Congressio- who joined Congress when less potential candidates have strong by Latimer in 2017, and Ron
nal District seat—building ever than 7 percent of the members Lowey authored legislation local and national reps. Belmont, the mayor of Harrison,
since former rst daughter Chel- in the House of Representatives to institute the .08 standard for Lowey’s hometown. Both are Re-
sea Clinton’s name was oated in were female, remains a “strong enforcement of drunk driving, Among the names gleaned publicans. Another GOP biggie
2016—is already looking tsuna- progressive voice against the sponsored bills requiring com- from recent media musings are: in Lowey territory, Ed Day, has
mi-like. dangerous extremism of Donald mon-sense allergy information reportedly demurred, saying that
Trump,” Buchwald said. on food labels and contraceptive 1. Chelsea Clinton. e New he is sticking with his duties as
Mondaire Jones, a lawyer and insurance coverage for federal York City resident was a special Rockland County executive.
activist from Rockland County, “We can never replace Nita employees. correspondent for NBC News
formally declared his intentions Lowey, but we can send someone and now sits on the board of the 4. At least one media outlet has
to run in July. to Washington with her integrity, She broke the glass ceiling Clinton Global Initiative. She reported that Lola Osoria, a high
progressive spirit and true blue as the rst woman to chair the and her husband, investment school teacher, had been eyeing
Now it’s New York State As- Democratic voice,” he said. House Appropriations Commit- banker Marc Mezvinsky, have Lowey’s job.
semblyman David Buchwald, tee. She heads the subcommittee three children. While reportedly
who’s hoping to make a big splash In announcing her decision to that writes the foreign aid bill mulling a career in public ser- 5. Meanwhile, Assembly-
in national politics. retire on ursday, Oct. 10, Lowey and has advanced record fund- vice, Chelsea has never openly woman Amy Paulin, a Democrat
said: “It is my deep honor and ing for women’s health and basic expressed interest in running for from Scarsdale who represents
e Democrat’s 93rd District privilege to serve my community education—especially for girls— Lowey’s seat. Local leaders were District 88; Democratic Assem-
includes the towns of Bedford, and my country, and I will always around the world. She has also reportedly trying to contact her blyman Tom Abinanti, who rep-
Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount be grateful to the people who have been a noted friend of Israel. within hours of Lowey’s an- resents the 92nd District, covering
Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, entrusted me to represent them.” nouncement. Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant;
North Salem, Pound Ridge and If elected, Jones would be the and Democratic Sen. David Car-
the city of White Plains, where Among her most proud ac- rst openly gay black member of 2. Westchester County Execu- lucci, of the 38th District (parts of
he lives with his wife, Lara, and complishments were securing Congress in U.S. history. tive George Latimer. His com- Rockland County and a small part
their two children. e 17th funding to clean up Long Island munications director, however, of Ossining in Westchester), have
Congressional District covers all Sound and the Hudson River; e Harvard-educated Jones stated ursday that Latimer, also hinted about running, accord-
of Rockland and parts of central and helping to increase access says his background as the son who took o ce in 2018, is happy ing to media reports.
and northwestern Westchester, to Head Start, after-school pro- of a struggling single mom–who with his current job and won’t
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Charges dismissed against former Yorktown priest
A Westchester County judge for allegations of inappropriate be- New York Director of Commu- “Father Kreiser has remained
has dismissed the charges of inap- havior with a minor. e DA’s of- nications, did not immediately re- a priest throughout, although he
propriate behavior with a minor spond to requests for comment. was without an assignment and
against Father Tom Kreiser, a for- ce led a motion to dismiss the restricted from publicly exercis-
mer priest at St. Patrick’s Church in case last month. After the initial investigation was ing his ministry while the case
Yorktown. announced, Zwilling had told the was under investigation,” Zwilling
“We did not feel we could prove Yorktown News that Kreiser was told Catholic New York, America’s
Kreiser was a priest at St.Patricks’ the case beyond a reasonable “suspended from his assignment.” largest Catholic newspaper. “We
from 2011 to 2017. He had most doubt,” said Helen Jonsen, the di- now look forward to meeting with
recently served as a parochial vicar rector of public information for the In several media reports, Zwill- him and discussing his future as-
of St. Joseph’s parish in Bronxville. DA’s o ce, in an email. “ e Judge ing said the Archdiocese was signment.”
granted the motion.” pleased to learn the charges were
Kreiser was being investigated dismissed.
Joseph Zwilling, Archdiocese of
NOVEMBER 5TH FROM PAGE 1
candidates Ilan Gilbert, Diana Quast, Sheralyn Goodman and Pa-
tricia Sullivan-Rothberg as well as Legislative Candidates Colin
Smith and Vedat Gashi,” Esposito said.
But Krowe countered, “Our candidates are eager to debate in a
fair forum. e League of Women Voters runs fair debates in virtu-
ally every community in the county. ere is no reason they should
not be doing one in Yorktown. e League’s commitment to integ-
rity is re ected in its debate rules, which are designed to scrupu-
lously ensure that there is not even an appearance of impropriety.
It is recommended that debate moderators are not identi ed with
a political party, do not have any connection with the candidates in
the debate and are from another community.”
Esposito countered that point in a press release issued this week.
“ e Yorktown Chamber of Commerce stands rm in its belief
that public o cials and leaders should work with and not degrade
local organizations, businesses and citizens that support the com-
munity regardless of what misperceived political a liation the
Yorktown Democratic Committee has deemed an organization or
individual may or may not have,” Esposito said. “ is is what it truly
means to work for all the people of Yorktown.”
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Hattar also attributed the success of the school to DeGennaro’s
leadership, saying that “he’s been such a steady force guiding the
high school for the past 12 years.”
On Nov. 14 and 15, a ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C.,
that will honor the 312 public schools and 50 private schools as
Blue Ribbon recipients. Each school will receive a plaque signifying
the schools academic excellence.
According to Hattar, the plaque will be “hanging up right in front
of our high school.”
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Beware the Troll Patrol demonstrated, this year is no exception.
As re ected in the
W hen the indomitable letters it is clear to me that
comedian Betty White
(now 97) hosted Satur- ing of a Millennial Baby Boomer, by that their ringing me up (with relish) the tone of partisanship MY
day Night Live nine years ago, she made me realize the bell tolled for me. has darkened considerably. PERSPECTIVE
acknowledged the power of social Bob Fisch, plus a link to his website On every level of politics,
media in thrusting SHAME ON ME FOR
her onto the iconic (millennialbabyboomer.com). SHAMING THEM
What I apparently failed to I vowed to think twice next time from Washington to the JAMES
“I have so many before shaming a business in full MARTORANO
people to thank do was phrase it as a comment. view of its Facebook followers, opt- states and even to local
for being here,” ing instead for a direct message. Dit-
she began her It looked to to for posting a photo of customers towns, personal attacks
monologue, “but whose permission I did not have. I
I really have to Facebook’s bots, could see their point, sort of. have replaced issue ori-
When I rst heard I presume, like It’s not surprising that Facebook ented disagreements. One
about the cam- is a popular place to post complaints
paign to host Saturday Night Live, I BRUCE an ad for some- about whatever displeases you. has to ask: as a society are we still capable of reasoned debate?
didn’t know what Facebook was.” THE BLOG thing irrelevant
to the original As Mr. Blinder pointed out, the My good friend, Robert Swa ord, is a skillful and insightful
en came the inevitable zinger… average Facebook user is 47-years-
“And now that I do know what it is, old. I’m comfortably past that, and jury consultant operating out of Austin Texas. His profession is
I have to say it sounds like a huge as the years pile up, it becomes easier
waste of time.” BRUCE post, which is to grow impatient and to vent at the like the one glamorized on the television show Bull minus the
slightest provocation. Not unlike
at was followed by another APAR pretty much the 4-7-year-olds. glamour. He often tells me, in the context of jury selection, that
zinger…“I would never say that
people on it are losers, but that’s only de nition of social So the next time you’re tempted it is a waste of time arguing with people who have strong opin-
because I’m polite.” to get in somebody’s face on
media spam. So I Facebook, take a deep breath and ions adverse to your own. His point is well taken and can be ap-
( anks to media consultant consider whether the psychic reward
Mike Blinder for mentioning Betty re-phrased it and is worth the risk of wrangling with plied beyond his profession. For example, our attachment to our
White at a recent seminar on local the Troll Patrol.
marketing that he presented to local the new comment political point of view is usually so emotionally intertwined with
businesses for Halston Media.) POSTSCRIPT
was not Face lifted, but remained I did not return to the scene our sense of identity that change is virtually impossible. In fact,
You can label me a two-time loser
of late on Facebook. I’ve been called intact. of my Facebook crime—on that studies have shown that when confronted with strong and even
out twice in the past few weeks: restaurant page—to check out what
once by the deputized Facebook the Troll Patrol might have to say irrefutable evidence to the contrary, most people end up main-
police, and once by an ad hoc group about my mea culpa after they chap-
of Facebook vigilantes. PUNCHED INTHE FACEBOOK eroned me to the woodshed. taining an even stronger allegiance to their “refuted”position.
e Facebook vigilantes (or trolls,
CANTHE SPAM No doubt at least one skeptic is extreme and more importantly in exible polarization
After making what I thought was if you’re a fairtyale fan) reprimanded among them suspected that, in my
me in no uncertain terms when I o ering an olive branch, I was being a is not healthy for a democratic society where the free exchange
an innocuous, if self-serving (on Face- whined on the Facebook page of tad too precious, if not disingenuous.
book?! OMG!), comment, under a a fast-casual restaurant about the and weighing of ideas is its core operational theory. What is
blog link by a book author for whom painfully slow service at the location I ey may be right about that too.
I’m a ghostwriter, I received this mes- had just patronized (I was there more healthy is a constant re-visiting and self- examination of the
sage: “Your comment goes against our than 30 minutes for a take-out order). Bruce “ e Blog” Apar is a writer,
Community Standards on spam. No publicist, actor, and civic volunteer. He principles and values that we, both personally and as a society,
one else can see your comment… to My transgression was two-fold, is sole proprietor of regional marketing
prevent things like false advertising, said the Troll Patrol, according to its agency APAR PR. He is the ghostwriter have embraced and promoted. It is this very sentiment that led
fraud and security breaches.” Draconian standards and prac- for new ForbesBooks title, “Fisch Tales:
tices for dealing with disgruntled Philosopher John Rawls (1921-2002) on a path of self- re ec-
e minimal information I in- customers: 1) My discontent was e Making of a Millennial Baby
cluded in my comment was a chapter made public instead of con ned to Boomer,” by Bob Fisch, now available tion which eventually spawned the most important political
number and page number from the a private message visible only to the at Amazon, WalMart, Barnes & Noble,
blogger’s book, Fisch Tales: e Mak- restaurant; 2) e photo I posted, Target, and other online bookstores. text of the last one hundred years, A eory of Justice.
showing a lengthy line at the order Follow him as Bruce e Blog on social
counter, invaded the customers’ media. Reach him at [email protected] or John Rawls was educated at Princeton after which he joined
privacy (despite their being unrec- (914) 275-6887.
ognizable in the photo, taken from a the army. During his tour of duty it is said that he visited
Hiroshima after its destruction by the atomic bomb and was
One of the Facebook vigilantes
went so far as to brand me a “hor- greatly moved. Returning home he became a philosophy
rible person.”And that was a friend
of mine. Just kidding, but they’re not professor at Harvard, a position he maintained until his death.
just kidding. Clearly, these folks have
a zero-tolerance policy for restaurant Interestingly his major philosophical nemesis, Robert Nozick
reprobates like yours truly. I imagine
their rallying cry must be,“Let him (1938-2002) maintained an o ce right down the hall from
Rawls at Harvard.
After removing my hairshirt and
tending to my wounds, I had an Like we are today, Rawls was confronted with a web of politi-
epiphany! I replied to my inquisitors
cal traditions created by greats like Plato, Kant, Mill, Locke,
Hobbes, Marx, G.E. Moore and others. Each had tried to ad-
dress the basic question: what is the best form of government? It
was assumed that to get there they would have to ask other pre-
liminary questions: is man basically good or evil? Is our primary
concern the welfare of the individual or society as a whole?
Rawls sidestepped these questions and focused on an issue
very much in the spotlight in the 21st century: how should
society’s bene ts and burdens be distributed? ere are not
enough jobs, food, housing, medical care etc. to go around. is
predicament is exacerbated by the fact that an extremely small
percentage of the population controls a vast majority of the
wealth with this alarming disparity getting worse year by year.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 11
Fish out of water ity of the opposition candidate to
nd a real issue is apparent. is
To the editor: sad “Look here . . . no . . . look Getting it Done
As a retired librarian I am fa- over here” scrounging for fake is- for all the people of Yorktown
miliar with an absurdist work by sues will continue until we vote. Patricia Sullivan-Rothberg is passionate about
serving and celebrating the people of Yorktown. As
Pirandello called “Six Charac- ose of us who are long time PTA president and Boy Scout troop secretary. As an
ters in Search of an Author.” e Yorktowners know that we have advocate of arts in education and environmental
steward. Patricia is dedicated to ensuring our
present political climate could been best served by Republican community thrives—both today and tomorrow.
Patricia will work hard to:
be titled “ ree Candidates in (Nancy Elliot) and Democratic
Promote Yorktown as an excellent place to live, work, and retire
Search of an Issue,” because the (Alfred Capellini) supervisors, Keep taxes affordable and services responsive and cost-effective
Promote economic development utilizing local assets and talent
three Republicans running seem who entered politics later in their and investing in 21st century businesses
Improve and maintain Yorktown’s infrastructure
to be opping around like a sh lives (and both somewhat reluc- Support our environmental stewardship and Yorktown’s
commitment to green solutions
on a pier, looking unsuccessfully tantly). eir motivations were
for something about which to both clear and unchallenged, as is
criticize Lanny Gilbert. Matt the case with Supervisor Gilbert.
Slater, in particular, has shown a All three cut their teeth else-
woeful lack of knowledge about where before seeking the super-
how the town operates. It seems visor’s position. ere’s no need
his main quali cations are: I am a to go further than to point out
Yorktown resident. He also seems that experience counts and that
to be taking credit for everything the motivation of a young candi-
that emanated from Sen. Mur- date (with no recognizable non-
phy’s o ce. political experience) to get into
We should notify residents politics should be highly suspect.
when the town uses pesticides. I (for one) am not ready nor do
(We don’t). Criticizing the state I want to go back to the highly
of our parks. ( e head of Parks controversial headlines of the
& Rec took umbrage at this past administration. I continue to
and wrote a long letter explain- be relieved to have Lanny’s calm,
ing how incorrect this was and patient hand at the helm.
what they were actually doing.). Grace Ostermann
Criticizing not trying to procure Yorktown Heights
a grant. (We were not eligible for Same old, same old
All three Republicans have
suddenly discovered that the To the editor:
Town of Yorktown has veterans Matt Slater may have a “fresh
residing in it and are busily get- face” but make no mistake that
ting photo ops. Our State Sen. he’s carrying every piece of po-
Pete Harckham is way ahead of litical baggage and every out-
them on this. standing IOU belonging to for-
Slater took it upon himself mer State Sen. Terrence Murphy
to contact the owner about the and former Supervisor Michael
empty Food Emporium. Lanny Grace. Seems more like they are
has been working behind the trying to pass o the “same old,
scenes on this. And it is quite same old” in a new wrapper. If
presumptuous of Slater to do you peel back the onion it reveals
that as a private citizen, which is a revolving door with the same
in fact what he is. old cast of characters trading in
If there is something we can political in uence. If you like
“criticize” Lanny Gilbert for it is and want cronyism, favoritism,
not tooting his own horn about nepotism, tax delinquents with
his many accomplishments in quid-pro-quo politics return-
the year and three-quarters he ing to Yorktown and permeating
has been in o ce: paving roads, town hall, I think I have a candi-
installing generators in town date for you. It’s hard to be your
buildings, getting funds from the own man when you are beholden
pipeline people to keep our taxes to ex-politicians turned property
down, replacing leaking roofs and developers that helped put you in
other infrastructure neglected by o ce. I suspect some people are
the previous administration. And counting on that.
much more. Nick Witkowich
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LETTERS has more than a decade of ex- ing how town government op- of Matt Slater as our town su- mission and Department for
FROM PAGE 11
perience creating policy on the erates and making Yorktown a pervisor and look forward to getting this done for the York-
Support for state and local levels. More im- certi ed climate-smart com- casting my vote for him. I hope town tennis players.
portantly, for anyone who has munity. Matt wants to revamp my neighbors recognize all he Larry Kilian
Matt Slater not met him, Matt has a for- our ethics laws and address our has brought to the conversation Michael J. Muldoon
ward-looking outlook for our obsolete website. Yorktown can and sees the value in his vision Yorktown Heights
To the editor: town. It is easy to play Monday spend the remainder of the for Yorktown.
It is time to write a new chap- morning quarterback, and eas- 2019 campaign pointing ngers eresa McKenzie Support for
ter for Yorktown. Matt Slater ier to nd fault over decisions and playing the blame game or Yorktown Supervisor Gilbert
has the proven experience and made in the past 30 years, but we can recognize the only can-
vision that will breathe con - Matt is focused on solutions for didate who has spent the entire Great new To the editor:
dence back into our community. Yorktown’s tomorrow. His plans race, since March, talking about tennis courts In this political climate of in-
He has dedicated his profes- include improving services for Yorktown’s future and his plans.
sional life to public service and our local veterans, moderniz- I am very excited at the thought sults, trolling, alternative facts
To the editor: and general boorishness, I am
ank you Supervisor Gilbert happy to vote for Lanny Gilbert
and Recreation Commission just because his manner of gov-
Chair Quast for our nine beau- ernance embodies the opposite
tiful, newly refurbished tennis of all those things. As Supervisor,
courts. he has brought to Yorktown an
As avid tennis players, it is open, collaborative atmosphere
hard to express the sadness and and a willingness to listen to all
frustration we felt over the years members of the Yorktown com-
as lack of funding led to the de- munity. And Diana Quast has
terioration of our tennis courts increased this accessibility with
to the point where six courts the Mobile Town Clerk’s Of-
had to be closed and those still ce. However, just as important
When did you last update your last will open were covered with cracks as this welcome atmosphere of
sprouting grass. ough we had transparency and civility, he and
and testament and power of attorney? met with the Parks and Rec his board have achieved numer-
sta that had drawn up speci - ous other accomplishments—all
cations for the work, and actu- in less than two years!
• Asset Protection • Elder Law • Past Chair of Elder Law Section of ally put contracts out to bid, the Among these accomplish-
Town Board continued over the ments are: negotiating new mon-
• Medicaid Applications NYS Bar Association years not to fund the work. ey-saving town contracts, nding
(Nursing Home/Home Care) • “Super Lawyer” In Elder Law
What changed? Shortly af- millions in new sources of rev-
ter Supervisor Gilbert took enue, repairing long-neglected
• Guardianships for 10 consecutive years o ce in 2018, he met with a infrastructure, protecting the
(Contested/Non-Contested) Contact ANTHONY J. ENEA, ESQ. group of tennis players to hear environment, welcoming many
Managing Member our concerns and listen to our new businesses, establishing the
Fluent in Italian
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be done and when. He didn’t talization Committee, updating
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914.948.1500 nd the money, but he prom- easier for all Yorktown residents
ised to try. to speak and be heard at Town
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put the contracts out to bid. But what makes me feel most hope-
this time the new Town Board ful is that I think that Lanny
approved the contracts and we will be able to continue to build
now have nine superb courts! on these accomplishments. Why
anks Supervisor Gilbert do I say that? Because when I
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MARTORANO with. We do not know our race, advancement. Part and parcel of A wolf in mom’s clothing
sex, natural abilities, religion, inter- this principle is the long overdue
FROM PAGE 10 ests, social position or income. is eradication of racism, sexism, “Ithink I’m turning into TRACY
is a crucial element in his proposal. ageism, nationalism, classism, a werewolf,”I told my BECKERMAN
Rawls recognized society’s Since we don’t know our position, and any other prejudice that may dermatologist as I sat
power to create a wide variety of it is unlikely that we will agree to divide us. Our abilities and talent on the examining table in her
structures through its political, principles that will discriminate would now be the sole determin- o ce. ere were posters on
legal, economic and social insti- against a particular group, lest we ing factors.
tutions. In his attempts to seek end up in that category. Similarly, the wall and pamphlets for the
a “just society”Rawls begins by since we cannot ascertain our 3) In spite of our best intentions
acknowledging that these basic wants and needs the principles we inequities are unavoidable.To coun- treatment of wrinkles and fat,
structures will be the key to ensur- draw up would be concerned only ter this, society should take steps
ing that our most important values with primary goods- the goods to ensure that the needs of the dis- but nothing for werewolves.
are promoted, namely fairness that all parties would want regard- advantaged be attended to. People
and opportunity.To determine less of their particular situation. would agree to this because it’s very “Why do you think that?”
what path we should take on our possible that they would nd them-
quest to construct a just society, ese goods include basic liberties selves in that very position. she said, peering at my pores. A thankless job if ever there was one.
he suggests we utilize a rather as well as power, authority, oppor-
unique and interesting method, tunity and wealth. In devising this extraordinary “I’m starting to grow hair, everywhere,” I told her.
introduced through of all things vision of this initial and imaginary
a philosopher’s best friend, a At the heart of Rawls’thought formation of a society, John Rawls “Do you howl at the moon at night?” she wondered.
thought experiment. experiment is the assumption that was able to accomplish two im-
if people acted in their self- inter- portant things. First he was able to “No.”
Conceding that human na- est they would always choose a marry both the contractarianism
ture would cause most people to societal and economic structure of Hobbes and Locke with the “ en I think you’re OK,” she replied.
favor a political, economic and which would embody three utilitarianism of Mills in an inge-
social structure that would bene t principles: nious way. In so doing he turned I was surprised she took this news so lightly. When I hit my 50s,
themselves the most, Rawls comes on its head the main impediment
up with an extraordinary idea. 1) We must all enjoy an equal to social justice, sel shness, thereby I wasn’t completely shocked when I sprouted a few chin hairs. I’d
Imagine that we are a member of a right to the most extensive basic ensuring that fairness would be
group of free and rational indi- liberties compatible with similar achieved. Second, he set the stage heard tales from other women about how aging could suddenly cause
viduals who meet as equals around liberties for everyone. Not know- for generations of idealists who
a bargaining table to draw up a ing one’s position in society would were not satis ed with the injus- a plethora of unwanted bodily changes. But no one ever mentioned
social contract we can all live by.To motivate everyone involved to tices and inequities of the present
further the insight of his thought embrace this principle whole- system to dream openly of a time things like sudden hair growth on my toe knuckles and wrinkles on
experiment Rawls insists that heartedly according to Rawls. when we really could, together,
we place a “veil of ignorance”on build a just society. Although my knees. I mean, who gets wrinkles on their knees besides elephants
everyone around the table. What 2) We must all have an equal John Rawls is no longer with us,
he means by that is that no one and fair chance at political o ce his dream and struggle for a just and rhinos? Maybe I wasn’t actually turning into a werewolf, I
knows anything about themselves as well as economic opportuni- society that he so deeply sought
or anyone else they are dealing ties. Our just society would continues to this day. thought. Maybe I was turning into a woolly mammoth instead.
permanently eliminate any
J arti cial impediment to our own After I got home from the dermatologist, I called a friend who
IN was the smartest person my age I knew who was not a certi ed
specialist in anything, but had an encyclopedic knowledge of every
inane thing on the planet.
“I’m growing hair on my toes and I have wrinkled knees,” I told
her. “What the heck is going on?”
“You have kninkles?” she asked.
“Kninkles,” she repeated. “Knee wrinkles.”
“ ey really have a name for that?” I said.
“Sure. It’s a thing.”
“I don’t know why my dermatologist didn’t tell me about this,”I said.
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LETTERS behind previous Yorktown Republican of- is is a 10-year tax-reduction program. Trish is a businesswoman who operates
ceholders. As such, he and his colleagues So, for 10 years Yorktown misses out on on tight deadlines and must show results.
FROM PAGE 12 a total $1,441,000. e Grace/Murphy She is a documentary lm distributor and
running for Town Board helped create a replacement building going up on Route skilled coalition builder, working with art-
town community – they agree! ey are tax paradox by supporting an enormous 118 will also have a signi cant tax savings. ists and big- and small-business people
also excited by the new voices of fellow tax break for commercial businesses. to bring a project in on time and on bud-
Democrats running for Town Council – So, on the one hand, Republicans say get—no extensions and no excuses. Just as
those of Sheralyn Goodman and Trish is actually means higher taxes for let’s bring in business to reduce the tax important, she is a working mother who
Sullivan-Rothberg. ey welcome the residents! e town has bills to pay. If burden on the residents while in reality has played a leadership role in the Boy
changes that Lanny and his board have commercial properties don’t pay, then the they give businesses (some are political Scouts and PTA and promoting theater
brought to Yorktown governance and burden falls on the residents. donors) huge tax breaks. Loew’s needed arts in our community.
want them to continue in their e orts in no tax incentive. It had already selected
“getting it done for all the people of Yor- In February 2017, the Republican-led Yorktown because research indicated Yor- Sheralyn is a lawyer,litigator and admin-
ktown!” Town Board voted for a tax abatement ktown was the best location for the store. istrator in law enforcement. She is dedi-
for businesses. e rst year the tax sav- cated to public service and is a staunch ad-
Mary Jane Kilian ings is 50 percent for any improvement or What hypocrisy! vocate for public health and public safety.
Yorktown new building. e abatement declines by Joni Kretzmer She understands the law, how government
5 percent each year. So, it takes 10 years Yorktown works (and when it doesn’t), responsible
The Republican tax paradox until a new business such as Loew’s pays budgets and the importance of teamwork
its full tax bill. Welcome fresh faces to bring real change to people and com-
To the editor: munities. She’s been a working mother,
According to the Republican candi- Although Loew’s had already com- To the editor: dedicated parent volunteer in the Lake-
mitted to Yorktown, it was given this tax Yorktown voters are lucky indeed. is land schools and advocate for those with
dates for Town Supervisor and Town reduction. is tax reduction was the sub- mental illness and opioid dependence, in-
Board in Yorktown, the town needs to re- ject of much controversy because it ben- November, they can cast their ballots for cluding our veterans.
ceive more tax revenue from commercial e ted the future owner of the Caremount Trish Sullivan-Rothberg and Sheralyn
businesses. But this is the exact opposite medical building going up where former Goodman for Town Board—two fresh Both women are scally prudent, busi-
of what they’ve done. ey’ve given away Sen. Murphy’s restaurant and former Su- faces in politics with the strength of char- ness-friendly and independent. ey are
over $1.4 million in tax savings just to pervisor Grace’s property used to be. is acter, clarity of purpose and independence clear that their loyalty is to all people of
Loew’s. no doubt made it easier for Murphy and we need to lead our town forward. I know Yorktown. ey deserve our vote.
Grace to sell their properties. Hmmm! them both and each brings valuable real-
e candidate for supervisor was the world experience and knowledge to our Eve Shoenthal
leader of the Yorktown Republican Party Now Loew’s has been assessed. As a Town Board.
and claims to be the power and planner result of the Republican gift, their taxes Yorktown Heights
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Thursday, October 17, 2019 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 19
Celebrate October… and poet George Cooper BECKERMAN
Dear Dr. Linda, ian, Spanish and French. In scarlet looked their best; FROM PAGE 14
I’m a retired elementa- All balanced to their partners,
STRONG He also wrote the lyrics And gaily uttered by; “Well, it’s a Hollywood thing,”she replied.
ry school teacher. I taught LEARNING for more than 200 songs “Don’t worry. You can get treatment for that.”
third and fourth grade for written by Stephen e sight was like a rainbow
45 years. I’m in my 90s New fallen from the sky. I shuddered to think how they could
and I still miss teaching! DR. LINDA Foster. Many remember remove my knee wrinkles with anything other
Can you believe that? SILBERT en, in the rustic hollow, than a clothes iron.
However, sometimes I learning his songs in At hide-and-seek they played,
wonder if I would be as “You’re the same age as me,”I said.“Do you
happy today in the classroom as I was then. elementary school. e party closed at sundown, have kninkles?”
I was fortunate to have the freedom to And everybody stayed.
create lessons which would foster creativity If you’re older than Professor Wind played louder; “No,”she said.“I have cankles.”
and the love of learning. At least I thought “Is that a Hollywood thing, too?”I wondered.
that’s what I was doing. I hope my love of 60, which songs do you ey ew along the ground; “No,”she said.“It’s a retirement community
learning was carried on by my students. And then the party ended thing.”
remember? If you’re between 40 and 60, In jolly “hands around.” “ ere’s something to look forward to,”I
Since you write an educational column, replied.
would you be so kind as to share my which songs do you remember? If you’re While you’re at it, whether you’re an “I also have a problem with my weenus,”
favorite October poem, George Cooper’s, elementary school teacher, a parent, aunt, she said.
“October’s Party,”with your readers, and younger than 40, which songs do you know? uncle or grandparent with children between “Excuse me? Your what?”
ask them to share it with their children, 4 and 14, take advantage of October and “My weenus. It’s the loose skin around your
grandchildren or students. Also, be sure “Oh, Susannah” go apple picking, go on a hayride, carve a elbow. I have a lot of it.”
that your readers know that Cooper is not pumpkin together or make pumpkin pie As we spoke, I realized somewhat comfortingly
only known for this famous poem. He was “Camptown Races” together. Introduce children to the sun ow- that I wasn’t alone with my aging issues. I also real-
an American poet who wrote the lyrics for ers in Van Gogh’s painting or visit your lo- ized there were a lot of dumb body terms out there.
many songs set to music by Stephen Foster, “Swanee River” cal library to read one of the great children’s But most importantly, I realized I could either ght
known as the father of American music. books about autumn. Whatever you choose an expensive and unwinnable ght to try to beat
“My Old Kentucky Home” to do, talk to your children about how their the clock, or I could accept these natural changes
Alice G. with grace. ere were a lot of women who looked
Dear Alice G., “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” ve senses help them to experience and gorgeous with their gray hair and smile lines. Not
enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and too many who looked great with beards, though.
It’s with pleasure that I share the poem “Beautiful Dreamer” textures of autumn, especially of October. “I think I can live with the kninkles,”I told
“October’s Party”by George Cooper. It’s her.“And I can pluck the chin hairs. But what
one of my favorite poems for children. Here’s the poem “October’s Party.”If Happy October! about the hair on my toes?”
George Cooper lived in New York City Dr. Linda “ at’s a Neanderthal thing,”she said.
from 1840 to 1927 and was well known for you’re a teacher, go online for download- “Can’t help you there.”
translating lyrics from musical works into Dr. Linda Silbert is the author of “Why Bad
English that had been written in a variety able lessons to use with the poem. Grades Happen to Good Kids” and “Building You can follow Tracy on Facebook at www.
of languages such as German, Russian, Ital- Strong Students.” Submit questions using the facebook.com/LostinSuburbiaFanPage and on
October’s Party contact form at www.StrongLearning.com. Twitter at twitter.com/tracybeckerman.
By George Cooper
October gave a party;
e leaves by hundreds came...
e Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
e Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
e Chestnuts came in yellow,
e Oaks in crimson dressed;
e lovely Misses Maple
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LAKELAND FOOTBALL Mike Castelli takes
the opening handoff
for 40 yards.
Lakeland dominates Panas
behind Makar’s 4 TDs
Will host Fox Lane in playo s this Friday
BY MIKE SABINI Foundation. 1-yard touchdown run
CONTRIBUTING WRITER “It’s senior night, so it’s special for our with just ve seconds
seniors, a night they are always going to re- left in the opening
Lakeland nished their regular season member and on top of this the Pink Game,” quarter, only to see the
on Friday night by scoring 28 unanswered Meadows said.“ e Pink Game is so big in Panthers tie it on two
points against Walter Panas, rolling to a 42- our community. We raised so much money 18-yard touchdown
14 victory behind four touchdowns from for such a great cause and just to see the passes in the second PHOTOS: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
Matt Makar. fans and the enthusiasm, everybody here quarter. regained Matt Makar cuts it inside.
e Hornets nished the regular season tonight, it was awesome, it was awesome. I Lakeland
4-2, improving on last year’s 2-7 record. am proud to be a part of this community.” the momentum before
It was the Hornets’ rst win over their e Hornets needed only two plays to the rst half ended, recovering a Panas eld position, it’s awesome. John [Giufrid-
sister school since their 9-0 defeat of the strike rst. Mike Castelli took the opening fumble. On the next play after the turnover, da] came o the edge, he laid out and he
Panthers in 2015. at was also the last hando for 40 yards. On the next play, Ma- Tyler Santucci (18-23, 196 yards) connect- was able to block the punt and then Green,
time Lakeland nished a season with a kar scored on a 15-yard run. Kian Ray then ed with Castelli (3 catches, 83 yards) on a that was one of the most athletic plays I’ve
winning record, going 5-3. connected on the rst of his 6 extra points, 38-yard touchdown pass, which gave the seen. He tipped the ball to himself while he
“To nally get a win against them, they putting Lakeland up 7-0. Hornets a 21-14 halftime lead. was laying on the ground and we got the
beat us the last three years, so it feels good “If you start right out like that, it’s going “ at was big momentum,” Makar said. ball at the 2-yard line. Making plays like
to get a win,” said Lakeland coach Mike to be a heck of a game,” Makar said. “If you “Zero seconds left on the clock, Castelli that not only helps obviously with eld
Meadows. start like that, you are going to keep play- walked into the end zone, you know, that’s position but it also helps with momentum
e rivalry game was also Lakeland’s an- ing, everyone is going to follow you in your big. You come out, second half, you’re red of the game, and we were able to get those
nual “Pink Game,” where the team raises footsteps.” up.” plays tonight.”
money for the Breast Cancer Research Makar gave the Hornets a 14-0 lead on a Makar (8 catches, 74 yards, 8 rushes, Danny Libretti (10 tackles) also stood
43 yards), behind the out for the Hornets defensively.
strong line of Brandon Castelli nished the scoring with a 45-
Gu, Mike Mulhern, Ja- yard touchdown run in the nal quarter.
son Green, Jorge Duque Seniors Castelli, Duque (captain), Giu-
and Carl Lund, scored fridda, Green (captain), Gu, Makar (cap-
two more touchdowns tain), Ray, J’Adore O’Neal, Kyle Lobo, Da-
on runs of 2 yards and 1 vid Akoko, Jake DiFede, Albert Rizzotto,
yard, giving Lakeland a Patrick Hickey, Liam Dineen-Herzog and
35-14 advantage in the Landon Ruggieri (captain), all took a sweet
third quarter. senior lap, a Hornets tradition after the last
ose touchdowns regular-season game, shortly after the game
were set up by a block ended.
punt from John Giu- “It’s a rivalry,” said Makar. “ is is a big
fridda (10 tackles) and game for us. ey had nothing to lose but
an interception by Green we did.So,we gave it our all.First half was a
(10 tackles), with Makar little shaky, but it’s always good to come out
scoring immediately af- strong at the end and then win as a senior.
ter those game-changing It’s a big improvement.”
plays. Lakeland will next play, as the No. 8 seed,
“It’s huge, it’s huge,” when it hosts No. 9 Fox Lane, in the quali-
Meadows said. “When fying round of the Section 1 Class A Tour-
The Hornets are ﬁred up for their rivalry matchup with Panas. you can put the o ense nament at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
in good position, good
Thursday, October 17, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 21
Huskers wrap up successful season
Doubles teams advance to conference tournament
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER praised the performance of doubles teams Lau-
SPORTS EDITOR ren Kitts/Giovanna Phipps and Scarlett Segal/
Izzy McCoy, eighth graders.
Yorktown tennis nished their regular season For the uninitiated, Yorktown plays 3/4 tennis
last week with a 10-6 record. (lower enrollment schools play 3/2). Every regu-
Coach Rob Dayer said his team experienced lar season contest involves seven matches be-
tremendous turnover from last year, having tween three individual players and four doubles
graduated seven senior players. teams from each school.
“It was a very new team and it took a while e key to victory, of course, is winning at
to jell,” Dayer said. “Overall, I’m happy with our least four of those matches.
performance.” Tennis postseason is unlike a traditional team
Senior co-captains Jayden Carrillo and Jessica sport. ough there is a section tournament
Andersen were tasked with leading the young played under the 3/4 format (won this year by
team, which at times was a challenge. Scarsdale), that is an undercard of sorts to the
“ ere was a lot of arguing” at rst, said An- doubles and singles tournaments that follow.
dersen, who found it di cult to give instruction Conference tournament play began on Tues-
to younger players, including a few eighth grad- day, Oct. 15, too late for inclusion in this edition.
ers. PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Players and teams who advance through the
But “uno cial” practices on the weekend Seniors Jayden Carrillo (captain), Jessica Andersen (captain), Rachel
Bloom and Juliana Cappelli conference tournament will play in the section
helped with team chemistry. tournament, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 22.
“We all kind of got to bond with each other e Huskers did not have any players com-
and get to know each other a little more because [the said. pete in the singles tournament. Dayer instead chose to
practices] were less serious,” Andersen said. “So, I think “ e team started out slow as we were all just get- focus on building the strongest doubles teams, two of
that really helped the team. As we got to know each ting to know each other and warm up to each other, which earned spots in the conference tournament.
other more, I feel like we started to play better together. but I am proud to say that we have really all improved e rst team is the sophomore duo of Palumbo and
Because when you’re playing with someone who you’re together and have been performing the best we possibly Angelique Carrillo, which went undefeated in the regu-
not familiar with, it’s hard to communicate with them.” can,” Carrillo said. lar season.
Yorktown also struggled against top-tier teams like Carrillo said many players helped the Huskers achieve For the second team, Dayer paired up his top singles
Eastchester, who defeated the Huskers on Sept. 10, a winning record this season, including Emilia Palumbo players: Jayden Carrillo and junior Rebecca Gerdis, who
which only pushed Yorktown to work harder, Carrillo and Angelique Carrillo (her younger sister). She also had a rst-round bye in the conference tournament.
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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – CALEY DOELL
Doell stands out in
goal for Lakeland
BY MIKE SABINI cheer we make sure we’re all on us about where you are going to Senior keeper Caley Doell
CONTRIBUTING WRITER the eld for good luck. Also, be- school and why you chose it?
fore each half, my teammate Mi- FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
Senior captain Caley Doell is in kayla [Gustavson] and I give each I’m not sure where I’m going
her fourth season on the Lakeland other a hug. to school yet, but I’m planning it would help me be on time. What’s the go-to app on your
girls varsity soccer squad, playing on playing soccer. I want to go
goalie. Do you have any goals for up north because I really like the If you could pick one place phone and why?
your nal season at Lakeland? mountains and the cold winters.
She recently stood out in a to visit on vacation that you’ve I like Instagram because I like
contest against a traditional pow- e rest of our seniors and I Do you know what you want
erhouse, host Somers, where she kind of have a common goal: to to study in college? If yes, what never been to, where would you to see all the traveling people do
made 15 saves in a 2-1 loss on work hard and instill a good work are you planning on studying
Oct. 10. ethic in the younger girls so that and why? go and why? and to nd new places to go.
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How old were you when you we leave. I want to study environmen- I want to go to Switzerland For a young athlete growing
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got you started? Who has been your biggest outside and I want to learn more because there’s really good hik- up in the Lakeland district, what
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What is your favorite thing and my sisters, so he’s been there My family is big Tottenham What is your favorite food to go out for the team?
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Yorktown falls at Panas
Lakeland enjoys perfect week
BY MIKE SABINI better teams in Section 1, with the Panthers rally-
ing for a 3-1 (23-35, 25-20, 28-26, 26-24) victory.
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Yorktown’s Dylan John Bowen (50)
Smith carries the gives chase.
Fox Lane defense.
PHOTOS: BOB CASTNER/
Yorktown football back on track
O’Callaghan achieves milestone on pitch
BY MIKE SABINI Yorktown rebounded from a lar season the way we started.” style of football.” on both sides of the ball will be
CONTRIBUTING WRITER loss the previous week to Nyack Yorktown jumped out to a 21-0 Dylan Smith (19 carries, 159 key for us going forward in the
Yorktown Football with a resounding 42-0 victory halftime lead on touchdown runs yards, 1 TD) and Sean Vogel’s playo s,” Boyer said.
(5-1) against Fox Lane. of 46 yards by Boyer, 47 yards by 64-yard touchdown pass to Ryan
Trevvon Johnson (9 carries, 151 O’Connor, also made up the Yorktown Boys
“Last week’s loss de nitely fu- rushing yards, 2 TD, 3 for 7, 42 Huskers’ o ensive e ort. Soccer (9-4)
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FROM PAGE 24
Timmy O’Callaghan (2G, 1A), PHOTO: BOB CASTNER/CASTNERPHOTO.NET FILE PHOTO/RICH MONETTI
becoming the all-time single
season point scoring leader in Keith Boyer carries it in for a touchdown. Timothy O’Callaghan made history this week for Yorktown.
Yorktown history, with 27 points
(17G, 10 A). halftime lead and defeated visit- land. Challenge in Goshen, with Bas- Thursday, Oct. 10
“ is landmark means a lot ing Tuckahoe 5-0. “Playing in goal with a lead is sani recording 7 saves. Host Lakeland won its senior-
because so many phenomenal
players have gone through this “Coach (Tim) Hourahan al- always a stress reliever so when Lakeland Field night contest against one of the
program,” said O’Callaghan, a better teams in Section 1, Scars-
four-year varsity player. “To be ways emphasizes to get out to we scored less than two minutes
the leading scorer in a program
like Yorktown soccer is extremely an early lead and make the game in, it set the tone for the rest of Hockey (13-1) dale, with a 3-0 victory.
humbling and I have to owe a lot “Coming o that win made
of this to the incredible team- easier for us, and all of us were the game and made it easier for
mates I have played with over
these years. My coaches have also locked in from the start and that me to be relaxed and make the SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 26
always been so supportive and
helpful in guiding me to my po- allowed us to get a lead early in saves when I needed to,” Bassani LAKELAND 3, SCARSDALE 0
the game,” said Lakeland’s Nick said.
Sophomore Peter Tinaj added
his rst varsity career hat trick Bassani.
“It was a great feeling to get Bassani (4 saves), Augie Karaqi LAKELAND 0 VS. CORNWALL 1 WHY DO WE
my rst career hat trick to help
my team get the win,” Tinaj (1G, 1A), Sonny Karaqi (1G), Monday, Oct. 14 ADVERTISE
said. “ ey were great passes by
George Popovic to set me up Bryan Jaramillo (1G), Jason San Lakeland was nipped by de- IN HALSTON
through on goal.”
Lucas (1G), Jack Tuite (1G), fending Section 9 Class A cham-
Popovic (3A), Rocco Cardi-
llo (1A) and Scott Weitman (5 Genti Gashi (2A) and Jason San pion Cornwall 1-0 in the Sixth
saves) also contributed to the win.
Lucas (1A) did the job for Lake- Annual Section 1 vs. Section 9
“Our team has such great skill
so when we win 50/50 balls it
creates tons of chances for us to
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and create tons of chances,”Tinaj
LAKELAND 5 VS.TUCKAHOE 0
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Iva Chee of
looks for a
PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
Yorktown’s Julianna Vano controls at John Jay (Cross River).
ROUNDUP well we have grown.” individually and encouraged each Salazar (4G, 1A), McCrud- (1G), Alex Bold (1G) and Ellie
McCrudden (1G), Keirra Et- other to work hard as a team and den (2G, 1A), Daly (1G, 1A), O’Donnell (2A) producing of-
FROM PAGE 25 no one took any plays o .” Halderman (2A), Ettere (1G), fensively for Yorktown.
tere (1G), Emma Fon (1G), Lau- Emma Ryan (1G), Frankie Fava
senior night that much more en- ren Salazar (1A), Emma Halder- LAKELAND 9, LOURDES 0 (1A) and Celeste Pagliaroli (4 “It meant a lot to win today
joyable,” Lakeland senior captain man (1A), Erin Daly (1A) and Saturday, Oct. 12 saves) propelled host Lakeland to considering that the points that
Jenna McCrudden said. “Scars- Celeste Pagliaroli (3 saves) all Halderman (3G, 1A), Mc- a 9-0 triumph against Rye. we got will allow us to advance
dale came out super intense and contributed to the victory. to playo s,” McDonnell said.
we matched their intensity. e Crudden (3G), Ettere (1G, 1A), Yorktown Field “We really were able to pull out a
whole team worked so hard on “What really enabled us to Nancy Pagliaroli (1G), Emma Hockey (4-7-3) win and it gets us all pumped up
and o the ball and to come out earn that win was the continuous Fon (1G) and Daly (1A) each for however many games we will
with a 3-0 win really shows how push from our teammates,” Mc- produced in Lakeland’s 9-0 vic- YORKTOWN 2 BREWSTER 1 have left.”
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ROUNDUP lead in the rst half by taking shots and look- Lakeland’s Veronica Lage
sends a pass vs. Somers.
FROM PAGE 26 ing for the windows and the players o the
PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO
ball were making great runs,” Vano said. “ e
and I couldn’t be more excited for the team,” whole team played hard on and o the ball,
Araneo said. “I just wanted to go out there and we got some decent shots and luckily got
and do my best. We work very hard and it a couple in.”
gave us the boost of con dence we needed.” As for herself, Vano felt very good about
Yorktown Girls Soccer what she accomplished.
“It made me proud to see some of my hard
(5-7-2) work coming out with something to prove it,”
Krasniqi tallied 6 saves against Brewster.
YORKTOWN 0 MAHOPAC 3
Tuesday, Oct. 8 YORKTOWN 1 JOHN JAY CROSS RIVER
Yorktown’s Erisa Krasniqi registered 11 5
saves in a 3-0 loss against Mahopac. Saturday, Oct. 12
Kristin Linahan (1G), Cate Ward (1A) and
YORKTOWN 3 BREWSTER 0 Krasniqi (7 saves) did the honors in the Husk-
Thursday, Oct. 10 ers’ 5-1 loss against John Jay (Cross River).
Led by Julianna Vano’s rst hat trick of her Lakeland Girls Soccer (7-6-1)
varsity career, Yorktown defeated Brewster
“Well, rst o we came into the game really LAKELAND 1 SOMERS 2
red up and ready to win,” said Vano, a fresh- Thursday, Oct. 10
man forward. “We had some tough losses in Lakeland was nipped by Somers 2-1, with
the last two weeks and were pumped to get Caley Doell (15 saves), Ava Pagliaro (1G) and
out there and get it done.” Linda Daly (1A) earning their way into the
Yorktown jumped out to 2-0 halftime lead. box score for the Hornets.
“We were able to jump out with that 2-0
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