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Published by Halston Media, 2019-12-21 15:34:55

Yorktown News 12.19.19

Vol. 8 No. 38 Visit TapIntoYorktown.net for the latest news. Thursday, December 19, 2019

Extra revenue An app for historic tourism
keeps taxes low is coming to Yorktown

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT and what was discussed at the public BY KATHERINE BORCHERT is the fourth largest industry in New York
STAFF WRITER hearing regarding the change that the STAFF WRITER State and is vital to the economic revitaliza-
town was receiving in [county] sales
Yorktown residents will see a small tax revenue, as well as the $800,000 or tion of Yorktown.
increase in their general, highway and so the town has received in in rem tax
library taxes in 2020. proceedings, [we decided] that we were e Yorktown Landmarks Preservation “We know for a fact that those that come
going to reallocate some monies,” Gil-
e Town Board unanimously bert said at the Dec. 10 meeting. Commission is developing a creative way to from out of town stay longer and spend more
passed a $60.7 million budget at its
meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10. At the meeting, Gilbert also said increase tourism in Yorktown. time. So they’re building loyalty to these
there would be a 2.63 percent increase
Yorktown will increase spending by in water rates. With the fast approaching semiquincen- businesses and they’re driving business in.
$2.1 million over the 2019 budget to
allocate additional monies to road re- “If you are in the water district, there tennial—250-year birthday of the United ere’s a whole economic robustness about
pairs and paving, town salaries and will be a slight increase to your taxes
equipment and to meet contractual based upon the fact we reduced the States in 2026—the commission, along heritage tourism,” Briggs said.
obligations. three general fund tax levies, and to
those outside the water district, there with Constance Kehoe, the director of the Terry Naumann, a member of the Land-
At the budget hearing on Tuesday, are those who will get a reduction in
Dec. 3, the board stressed it was impor- their taxes,” Gilbert said. “Water rates Revolutionary Westchester 250 Committee marks Preservation Commission, said that
tant to keep department heads’ salaries were going to increase, I believe, 2.63
competitive after losing valuable em- percent, which would then generate an and deputy mayor of the Village of Irving- the app would help create the “walkable Yor-
ployees to other municipalities this past additional $400,000-plus for the water
year. district, which is in dire need of addi- ton, hosted a community discussion about it ktown” that has been long discussed.
tional funds.”
Supervisor Ilan Gilbert said that tax- at the Shrub Oak International School on “Our town, for years, has always talked
payers will see a 0.13 percent increase Councilman Tom Diana asked what
for general, highway and library taxes. that equates to per household, to which ursday, Oct. 10. about creating a ‘walkable Yorktown’ and
Gilbert responded that it would be an
After reevaluating surplus revenue increase of $26 per household per year. Town leaders and the public were brought in any town or village in the country, [that]
brought in by renegotiated contracts
with Enbridge, the company that owns Comptroller Patricia Caporale ex- together to brainstorm ideas on how York- usually means there are stops along the way,
the Algonquin pipeline, and the col- plained that the increase to be paid by
lection of delinquent taxes, the board residents for the water usage is com- town can help celebrate this monumental things that you can visit,” Naumann said.
allocated additional monies from the pletely dependent on their usage.
general fund balance. e board also birthday. With that in mind, the commission is
anticipates increases in revenue col- She said it is di cult to determine
lected from the higher Westchester the exact dollar amount the increase One idea that was brought up was an app teaming up with Revolutionary Westchester,
County sales tax, which rose from 7.5 will be for each resident because prop-
percent to 8.5 percent. erty taxes are determined by which dis- that would help generate heritage tourism in the Westchester County Board of Trustees,
trict their property is in.
“Based upon further discussions the town. on which Briggs is a sitting member, and the

“ ere are a lot of revolutionary sights travel app Clio.

here in Yorktown and this kind of thing is “We’re going to connect with other mu-

important for heritage tourism. It can gener- nicipalities around here, like Cortlandt, for

ate visitors to Yorktown and tourist dollars,” example.We’ve been over to talk to Cortlandt

said Lynn Briggs, chair of the Landmarks Supervisor Linda Puglisi and Michelle Rob-

Preservation Commission. bins, the Cortlandt planning director. One of

Heritage tourism, according to the Na- the things we’re going to do is create a mobile

tional Trust for Historic Preservation in the phone app with push-pin recognition of all

United States, is “traveling to experience of the Revolutionary War sites, particularly

places, artifacts and activities that authenti- the path that Major Andre followed to the

cally represent the stories and people of the British lines,” Briggs said, referring to John

past which can include cultural, historical Andre, the British o cer hanged as a spy by

and natural resources.” SEE LANDMARK APP PAGE 16
Briggs said heritage or cultural tourism

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The Staff Senior Advisory other guest speaker will be Assem- the Town of Yorktown will be pyrotechnic display at midnight.

EDITORIAL TEAM Committee blyman Kevin Byrne, who will dis- hosting its New Year’s Ball Drop Come on out and be a part of this
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Helping hands

e Yorktown Teen Center held its 8th Annual Glove Decorating Event on November
22. Teen center members gathered to decorate gloves. e gloves were adorned with
buttons and bling. ese special creations were then delivered to those in need during
the holiday season.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF NICOLE FASCE

Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, December 19, 2019

Kaplowitz joins Latimer administration

BY CAROL REIF of the county’s Environment and tinue in public service but not as an involved, Latimer said. trict in two of its lake communities,
STAFF WRITER hopes to gain access to the county’s
Energy Committee, which has elected o cial. ere are seven wastewater treat- treatment plant in Peekskill.
Mike Kaplowitz didn’t have to
travel far to nd his new path in fought to preserve thousands of Succeeding Kaplowitz on the ment plants and 13 sewer districts e town and its environmental
life. and engineering experts argue that
acres of open space. Board of Legislators will be Dem- in Westchester. Each municipality aging septic systems in Lake She-
After serving for more than two norock and Lake Lincolndale and
decades on the County Board of He and his wife, Jayne, have two ocrat Vedat Gashi, a Yorktown real is responsible for the operation and stormwater runo in general are
Legislators, the Somers man will endangering local and New York
now be helping Westchester plot a daughters. estate attorney. maintenance of their district sew- City drinking water supplies and
way to better handle its sewer dis- curtailing recreational opportuni-
tricts, water treatment facilities and Kaplowitz’s “intellect, public Kopicki said he has worked well ers and the plant(s) that treats their ties such as swimming and shing.
recycling.
commitment and knowledge of with Kaplowitz and is happy the wastewater as well as comply with It has already installed a storm-
In introducing Kaplowitz as water ltration system in She-
deputy commissioner of the De- the county make him perfectly soon-to-be former legislator will state and federal rules and regula- norock and hopes to get outside
partment of Environmental Ser- funding to do the same in Lin-
vices last week, County Executive prepared to do this,” his mentor be joining his team at the head- tions. colndale. Lake Purdy is also on the
George Latimer declared that the town’s radar.
Democrat has the legal, nancial said Wednesday, Dec. 11, in White quarters of the county Department Over the years, the framework
and political chops necessary to Opponents of the plan claim the
tackle such a di cult task. Plains. of Environmental Facilities (DEF) just kind of “evolved,” but now it’s town isn’t being completely trans-
parent about the multimillion-dol-
e attorney and nancial plan- He will work closely with the in New Rochelle. time to reassess it.But without tak- lar project’s costs or impact and is
ner did two turns as chairman of merely trying to hike taxes. Others,
the Board of Legislators. He is a department’s commissioner, Vin- ing a “holistic” approach, it prob- however, are welcoming the move,
budget expert and scal conserva- saying a public sewer system would
tive, not to mention the past chair cent F. Kopicki, and Peter Mc- ‘HOLISTIC’APPROACH ably would be next to impossible to bring the town into the 21st cen-
tury.
Cartt, its director of energy conser- NEEDED convince taxpayers that improve-
A public vote on the project
vation and sustainability. e county’s DEF is responsible ments will bene t everybody, the was postponed until next year af-
ter questions were raised about its
After announcing his decision for planning, operating and main- county chief said. Map, Plan and Report. e town
has hired a public relations rm to
last January not to seek reelection, taining sewage treatment plants at’s where Latimer’s new ap- help it deal with residential con-
cerns.
the representative of District 4, and pipelines,drinking water treat- pointee’s analytical skills and per-
Yorktown also been taking steps
which includes New Castle and ment and distribution, recycling sonal experience will come in. to secure a $10 million grant to ex-
tend public sewers in the Hallocks
portions of Yorktown and Somers, facilities, garbage transfer stations Water quality and the proper Mill Sewer District order to meet
New York City’s directive to lower
said: “ ere’s a natural cycle for and handling of hazardous waste. disposal of wastewater is a hot top- phosphorous levels in stormwater
runo entering the Croton Res-
things. I feel it’s time for me to step Likening it to a “Rubik’s Cube,” ic in Kaplowitz’s back yard. ervoir.

away and someone else to step up.” the setup is complicated because of Somers, currently in the process

He added that he hoped to con- the multiple levels of government of trying to form a new sewer dis-

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Fighting crime with Chris

Yorktown resident creates superheroes in his novels

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT ing lesser sentences than their male coun- ers after being struck by lightning in a

STAFF WRITER terparts, he used this as a basis for his plot freak accident.

for the rst novel. Protagonist Christo- “ ere’s not a lot of black superheroes. I

Chris Durant wants to make a di er- pher Black has to go up against e Ebony de nitely wanted to come up with a black

ence, and through his novels, he’s trying to Women’s Modeling Agency. According to superhero who got struck by lightning and

do just that. the novel, “these women are doing a lot now has powers,” Durant said. “I teach

Durant, who is an author and third- more than modeling and getting away third grade and want kids to look up to

grade elementary teacher in Mount Ver- with it.” and realize there are black superheroes as

non, moved with his family to Yorktown “It’s kind of dealing with these issues of well. ey could be any color, any creed,

in 2012. He grew up in Hartsdale and at- how things should be equal and if things any gender.”

tended Woodlands High School.While in aren’t equal, it’s not going to be good,” Durant said his biggest hopes are for his

high school, he became a national cham- Durant said. “Nobody wants to help him. novels to be turned into movies in which

pion in track and eld in the 300-meter He’s going up against this criminal orga- he can star.

dash, even holding the fastest time in the nization made up of women who had hurt “I just always immediately wanted to

country. his family. e politicians say,‘Oh well, you come out with the movie,” Durant said. “I PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS DURANT
Durant is currently the founder and know it won’t be good for my reelection, always see ongoing series like ‘Rocky’ or Chris Durant

CEO of his own corporation, Durant En- so I can’t help you.’ He’s a black man so ‘James Bond,’ but they don’t have a lot of

terprises Inc. He has published three nov- the cops didn’t really want to help him. So ongoing series with an African American

els so far. In 2000, he published his rst he uses his martial arts skills and goes and man. I wanted to have an ongoing series

novel, “Equal Rights.” tries to get justice for himself.” with an African American character.”

“ e main character is kind of like In the sequel, “My Daughter’s Keep- Durant is also the founder of the golf

James Bond or Shaft type,” Durant said. er,” Durant was again inspired by real- game Durant Pro Tour Golf and the edu-

“It’s realistic ction.” life events due to politicians committing cational word board game Words.

e sequel to “Equal Rights,” titled crimes and not being convicted. Durant says that he meets many people

“My Daughter’s Keeper,” was published In the novel, Christopher Black stum- through book fairs or on the golf course

in 2006. bles upon an assassination plot by corrupt and mainly spreads the word about his

“ e main character is a man named politicians that leads all the way up to the novels through such interactions.

Chris Black and he’s a martial arts expert,” White House. “ e books are really good, so hopefully

Durant said. “He’s a very interesting char- “ ey’re action-suspense thrillers, but big things can come,” Durant said.

acter.” they deal with real-life issues,”Durant said

Durant was inspired by real-life events of his rst two novels. More information about Durant

for the plot of “Equal Rights” and “My His new novel, “ e Grey Alien,” writ- and his novels can be found at www.

Daughter’s Keeper.” After seeing women ten in 2008, is about a character named durantenterprisesinc.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF DURANT ENTERPRISES INC.

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Happily
Ever
After

Name recognition My fondest

Idon’t receive that many READING, appear in bakeries and food holiday memories
unsolicited phone calls WRITING & magazines at this time of year.
but when I do, it is CHOCOLATE Have you ever tried Buche de Iwish you the most joyous of MY
particularly irksome when Noel? It’s a tasty spongecake holidays as well as a healthy and PERSPECTIVE
happy 2020. During the coming
the person on the other end KIM lled with cream and rolled year, we will continue to explore new JAMES
of the telephone can’t even KOVACH up to resemble a log. e out- and intriguing topics. But before we MARTORANO
pronounce my name correctly. side is frosted with chocolate bid adieu to 2019, I would like to
share with you some of my fondest First and foremost was the family
I can tell immediately from and sprinkled with powdered holiday memories, which date back to car. ere were no seat belts and gaso-
my childhood, from the mid-1950s line only cost 17 cents a gallon, but
the background noise that the sugar to look like snow. You into the early sixties. ose holidays the cars were spacious and comfort-
were so special that they remain able. e only discomfort occurred
person is sitting in a phone bank surrounded by may recognize the name of this traditional des- rmly etched in my heart and mind. when we took a summer ride in our
bathing suits and the plastic seat cov-
hundreds of other unwanted callers. Since these sert as Yule Log. To say things were simpler back ers hadn’t cooled o yet. Ouch!
then is an understatement. It’s
telemarketers are interrupting dinner or Judge While we scurry around decorating our homes important to keep in mind that the A second important innovation
country had half the population it was the telephone. Unlike today’s
Judy for people minding their own business in and preparing for guests, there are dozens of has today. I grew up in Ansonia, a version, it was rather large, the
small city in Connecticut. My sister color was usually cast iron black
the comfort of their own homes, the least they household items that we use every day developed and I were raised in the Roman and it was exceedingly heavy. We
Catholic tradition so Christmas was had to dial out to an operator to
can do is to know how to say our names correctly. by obscure inventors from long ago. Where is the a very big deal in our household. make a call. Sometimes, when you
My mother loved Christmas more picked up the receiver, you heard
You know who probably wishes that she had name recognition for Percy Lebaron Spencer, the than any other holiday and prided your neighbor’s voice, which meant
herself in transforming our home you had to wait until they were
a di erent name around this time of year? Any American engineer and physicist who invented the into a joyous celebration of the done to make your call. Despite
holiday. One of her favorite holiday this inconvenience, the telephone
woman named Kris Kringle. ere are at least microwave oven in 1946? Mr. Spencer worked for knickknacks was a robust bust of was the center of our social lives.
Santa Claus which she displayed
eleven women from Maine to California with the Raytheon Company and was involved in the prominently on our living room A third “essential” modern
wall the day after anksgiving. convenience was the radio. Many
that very name. is does not include the Kris- early days of radar technology developed during families would huddle around the
For many of you who were born radio in their living rooms on Sun-
tens, Kristo ers and men and women named World War II. Mr. Spencer apparently made the into a di erent generation, it must day afternoons to listen to the likes
be hard to imagine a time which, of e Shadow or Fibber McGee
Chris who also share the last name of Kringle. connection between working with magnetrons by today’s standards, seems so and Molly and other favorites. is
technologically primitive. But not was our source of entertainment,
Do they receive a lot of extra phone calls from and microwaves in the laboratory and the melted knowing what the future held for news, information, weather reports,
us, we didn’t mind it one bit. Back etc. Radio was clearly king until
kids asking for last-minute toys? chocolate bar in his pocket. Initially marketed then, there were no cell phones, the fourth device started to appear
cable television, color television, in the mid to late 1950s.
At least Kris Kringle is associated with Santa as the “Radarange,”this time-saving device is in iPads, computers, Internet, Face-
book, credit cards, direct deposit, SEE MARTORANO PAGE 12
and merriment and driving around in a sleigh practically every home kitchen today. etc. However, the average family did
enjoy the bene ts of four “modern”
at night delivering toys to girls and boys around Making pesto or hummus in your food proces- devices that were cherished.

the world. at’s a positive association. But think sor? e rst food processor developed for home

about all of the unfortunate citizens walking use was invented by Pierre Verdon in France

around with the last name of Grinch! In the in 1971 and called Le Magi-Mix. American

United States there are several residential listings engineer and inventor, Carl Sontheimer, re ned

for Mr. Grinch in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Verdon’s machine to produce the Cuisinart intro-

Jersey. Does the last name of Grinch hold some- duced to home cooks in the U.S. in 1973.

one back on a job interview? Do neighborhood One last essential in every home, especially at

kids steer clear of old Mr. Grinch when he walks this time of year when gifts need to be wrapped,

outside to collect his newspaper? is the roll of Scotch tape. e clear tape we all

eodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, is credited know and love was not invented in Scotland nor

with popularizing the name Grinch in his 1957 was the inventor Scottish. e rst transparent

book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Sup- adhesive tape was invented by Richard Gurley

posedly, Mr. Geisel chose the name Grinch for Drew in 1930. Mr. Drew worked for a small sand

his main character by blending the words grouch paper company, Minnesota Mining and Manu-

and pinch (the qualities of being disagreeable and facturing (3M) company. He invented beige

cheap). e book was a success and the name Mr. colored masking tape in 1925.

Grinch became synonymous with that Yuletide

meanie. Kim Kovach enjoys learning and sharing odd bits of

Unusual names for holiday dessert items information in her columns. www.kimkovachwrites.com

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LETTERS

e following is from Supervisor Ilan the cost of money or in ation. e an- 2020 To-Do List:
Gilbert to the Public Service Commission: nual in ation rate for the United States
is 1.8% for the 12 months ended October Belong to a fitness COMMUNITY.
Dear Secretary Phillips: 2019, compared to 1.7% previously, ac- Secure supportive personal TRAINER.
As Supervisor of the Town of Yorktown cording to U.S. Labor Department data Build connections & RELATIONSHIPS.
published November 13, 2019. It should Seek adventure with new FITNESS classes.
I believe it is my duty to speak out against also be noted that it is the ratepayers of Engage kids in enjoyable SPORTS.
the exorbitant rate increases as contained Con Edison that have paid for the equity Indulge in self-care with regular MASSAGES.
in the Joint Proposal for the above cap- on which Con Edison’s stockholders are Obtain peace of mind with reliable CHILD CARE.
tioned proceedings. e proposed increase receiving a return. Enhance TENNIS skills.
in delivery rates for electric service provid- Relax in heated SWIMMING pool.
ed by the Consolidated Edison Company e policy of the Department of Public Nourish body with healthy FOOD.
of New York, Inc. (“Con Edison”) amounts Service and the Public Service Commis- Join today & earn points (UP TO $100 VALUE).
to a cumulative increase over three years sion is to avoid the hockey stick approach
of 15%. At the same time, the Joint Pro- to rates where rates go up or down by a WE CHECK OFF ALL THE BOXES.
posal provides for a cumulative increase dramatic amount. e goal is to level out
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pates that this rate of increase will con-
e proposed Return on Equity tinue after this rate period? Should rate-
(“ROE”) appears to be lower than in pre- payers expect to see a 70% increase in gas
vious rate cases. is is appropriate since delivery rates over a period of six years?
Con Edison, as a regulated utility, is not
exposed to the same risks as non-regulat- It is the responsibility of the Public
ed companies. For example, other compa- Service Commission, as the government
nies have to absorb the costs of “stranded entity that regulates and oversees the elec-
assets” while Con Edison, as a regulated tric, gas, water, and telecommunication
utility, was able to recover those costs from industries in New York, to ensure that
ratepayers. In addition, the illustration in ratepayers are treated fairly. An increase
Appendix 12 shows that if Con Edison in electric delivery rates over three years of
does not request a new rate hearing at the 15% and an increase in gas delivery rates
end of three years, it could possibly see its of 35 ?% is not fair to those who must ul-
ROE go up to 10.24%. ough this is timately absorb those costs, the ratepayers.
only an illustration, in the past, even dur-
ing low periods of in ation, Con Edison Respectfully,
has been granted ROEs far in excess of Ilan D. Gilbert

Town Supervisor

Join us for Mass on Christmas!
e Catholic Churches of Yorktown

Rev. Fr. Robert A. Quarato, Pastor Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Giandurco, Pastor
1377 E. Main St. MAIN CHURCH: 137 Moseman Rd.
STONE CHURCH: 188 Church Pl.
Shrub Oak, NY 10588 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
www.seton-parish.org 914-528-3547
www.stpatricks-yorktown.org 914-962-5050

Masses at Seton: Masses at St. Patrick:

CHRISTMAS EVE: 4:00, 6:00, 8:00PM, Midnight in the Church CHRISTMAS EVE: 4:00, 7:30, 11PM (Not Midnight)

and 4:00PM Family Mass in the Auditorium in Main Church and 5:00PM in Stone Church

CHRISTMAS DAY: 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00AM, CHRISTMAS DAY: 7:45, 9:15, 11:00AM, 12:30PM in

and 12:30PM in the Church Main Church. ere are NO Masses in the Stone

Church and NO 5 PM Mass on Christmas Day.

Page 10 – Yorktown News OPINION Thursday, December 19, 2019

e Job Innerview

[ Job candidate enters room, begins to we’ll escort you to their HR: Explain. they won’t be working for us here, if I
sit…] o ce. can help it.
HT: Well, for one,
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAG- [Candidate exits] HT: What about the shopping cart
ER (HR): Remain standing, please, and HR: (to HT) Talk to BRUCE it’s not exactly a sign of question?
tell me something I may not have heard me. THE BLOG good hygiene if someone
before about this company. HT: I’ve never heard skips the sink before HR: You tell me.
interview questions like HT: If they’re too lazy to return the
JOB CANDIDATE ( JC): Can I use those. Very interesting. BRUCE leaving a bathroom. cart to its rightful place, it’s a sign of
my phone? HR: Do you know their lax work ethic?
why we ask those kinds APAR HR: Yet there are HR: Good. And leaving the cart in
HR: is isn’t Who Wants to Be of questions? the way of a vehicle is another red ag of
a Millionaire. ere’s no lifeline call. HT: I know for Google job interviews, people who hightail it rudeness.
the questions can come out of left eld, HT: If you pushed it to the car, you
ank you for your time. HUMAN not related to the job, like your ques- out of there without can push it back to where it belongs.
RESOURCES TRAINEE (HT): (to tions. HR: Precisely. Being a productive part
candidate) anks. e receptionist wil HR: Why is that? lathering up. of society is a team sport. We help and
validate your parking pass. HT: e candidate wouldn’t get this we look out for each other. ose who
far if their experience didn’t meet your HT: You don’t want to look out only for themselves are not who
[Next Job Candidate enters room] standards. ere’s no sense asking about we want here.
JC: Hi! their skills at this point. be shaking hands with them, that’s for HT: What about that rst candidate.
HR: What’s the last thing you do HR: Right. We already know they You were done with him almost before
before leaving a rest room? qualify to work here. But how they sure. the door had closed behind him.
JC: e last thing I do? Wash my answer these types of questions gives us HR: I gave him a very tough question.
hands, of course. an inner view to their character and their HR: What else? Only the strong survive. I could tell right
HR: If you’re in the left lane on a behavior patterns. It’s a surprisingly ef- away from his posture he was a slacker.
highway and a car is on your tail, you...? fective and e cient way to determine if HT: You also want to hire people ma- Sloppily dressed too. Bad optics for an
JC: ...change lanes to let her pass. their values are aligned with our corpo- interview.
HR: After you’ve loaded groceries rate values. ture enough to abide by simple rules. He HT: I’m not clear about how any job
from your shopping cart into the car, HT: ere’s no way a resume can tell candidate would know something about
you... you that. showed that by knowing the left lane is a this company that you don’t know?
JC: ...bring the cart back to where I HR: Very good. So how did these can- HR: at’s not exactly how I worded
got it. didates do? passing lane, so you don’t hang out there it. I said “something I may not have
HR: ank you. I’d like you to meet HT: e second one obviously did heard before.”
the department head who’s the direct well. You moved her to the next round of with cars behind you. HT: I’m not following...
report for this position. interviews.
JC: I’d love to meet him. HR: It also shows us that the person SEE APAR PAGE 13
HR: ey.
JC: Sure. we’re looking to hire is considerate,
HR: Just give us a few minutes and
aware of their surroundings, and not

obstinate for its own sake.

HT: I see.

HM: Ever hear the expression, “ e

way a person does one thing is the way

they do everything”?

HT: Not really.

HR: With these questions, it means

you can tell a lot about a person from

how they drive. If they’re reckless and

rude on the road, odds are they’ll bring

some of that behavioral baggage to work.

A self-regarding, snarky attitude may

work for them behind the wheel, but

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Misery loves APAR HR: Literally. at’s why I have candidates
company stand the entire interview. I’m doing them a
FROM PAGE 12 favor, because, if they’re sharp to begin with, it
Am I the only one who JUST helps keep them on edge.
forgets things? If you JO ANN HR: I want to nd out how well they prepare
ask my daughter and for the interview. ere’s no single right answer, HT: Which keeps their mind on edge as well.
husband, you’d think I am. But, JO ANN but a very good response is for the candidate to HR: Nice job. Congratulations on passing
slowly I’m beginning to realize FRANCELLA tell us they asked friends and relatives what they your nal simulation. Welcome to the company.
that it’s probably most people know about or think of our products. en they HT: anks so much. Can I sit now?
over the age of 40. “I thought he was worth a can come in here with that anecdotal, real world
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another word which makes no mid-October up until January
sense at all. 1. My all-time favorite is an old
Christmas movie, but for the life
“Watch it Kim. You’ll be of me I could not remember the
there soon enough. Forgetful- name of it.
ness doesn’t skip a generation.”
“Hon, do you remember the
Ken is pretty good at helping name of my favorite Christmas
me out when I get stuck, but movie from 1938, the one with
when father and daughter get Reginald Owen as Scrooge,
together, they are brutal with the Leo G. Carroll as Marley, Gene
teasing. I’m grateful we all have Lockhart and his wife and their
a good sense of humor. If truth daughter June Lockhart as one
be known, Ken is actually in the of the Cratchit children?
same boat, he just doesn’t realize
it yet. “You remember all that and
you can’t remember the name of
After reading the Sunday the movie?”
paper last week Ken announced,
“Looks like your boy is making “No, I keep thinking of A
another movie.” Christmas Story, but that’s the
one with Peter Billingsley as
“My boy? Who’s my boy?” I Ralphy, but that’s my other fa-
asked. vorite and not my very favorite.”

“You know who I mean, the “ en you must mean A
one you really like. Don’t you Christmas Carol.”
know who I mean?”
“How did you think of it so
“Of course I don’t know who quickly?”
you mean. You don’t even know
who you mean!” “I had a moment of lucidity.”
“Ah yes, the rare and mar-
So, I quickly ran through all velous moments of lucidity. I
the celebrities I would run away haven’t had one of those since
with and began the list. the late 1900’s. anks for help-
ing me out. I owe you one; after
“Brad Pitt?” all, misery loves company.”
“No, not him.”
“Johnny Depp?” [email protected]
“No, the one you really like.”
“Leonardo DiCaprio?”
“Nope.”
“Brad Pitt?”
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Scouting through the hol

e Girl Scouts of Yorktown Troop #1479 have been porch on Halloween to indicate that you o er non-food treats Valhalla. ey de
very busy this fall and holiday season. ey are a troop and/or non-allergenic treats for children with food sensitivities. A while their child
couple of the girls in the troop are a ected by allergies themselves afternoon baking
made up of 12 fourth grade girls and they are com- or have a sibling with an allergy. ey accomplished this mission
mitted to making the world a better place both and so much more. ey planned and did a presentation for the e girls didn
here in Yorktown and around the world. superintendant of Yorktown schools, the principal of Crompond council leaders g
Jennifer McCann and Amy Perl lead Intermediate School and one of Lakeland’s elementary school’s, called Holiday H
the Girl Scout troop of 12 girls who have Ben Franklin. met at Walmart
been together since kindergarten. e picked out, budg
girls attend both Yorktown and Lakeland One mother of the girls said it best: often we tell children they of three.
Schools. can make a di erence or enact change but this time their lead-
is fall, the girls worked on a big ers actually showed them how. ey learned valuable life lessons e girls in th
project towards earning their Girl Scout such as presentation, leadership, persuasion, and speaking skills. nelly, Emma Fin
Bronze Award. eir mission was to spread Cann, Avery Pe
awareness about the Teal Pumpkin Project ey spread the word to thousands in the community by educat-
If you haven’t heard of this it means you place ing the administrators about the Teal Pumpkin Project, through
a teal pumpkin on your front the superintendant’s newsletter, via social media: some “tweets” by

administrators on Twitter, educating the PTA’s who
then helped organize signage at Ben Franklin’s Trunk
or Treat event and Crompond’s Fright Night event.

Right after that big project, at their sleepover on
the rst weekend in November, the girls got busy
working on their next mission: helping children
around the world! ey lled and donated 55 shoe
boxes this year for Operation Christmas Child.

is organization collects shoe boxes lled with
toys and other essential items and sends them to
children in need around the world.

On a day o in November, Girl Scout Troop
1479 went to the Ronald McDonald House in

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front of a police interceptor.
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arrests on that date but are
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KAPLOWITZ Noting that it’s naive to think GREEN Elf Grams. is fund raiser will support of local community groups
politics won’t be a factor, he ac-
FROM PAGE 4 FROM PAGE 2 run from Nov. 29 - Dec. 23. Here’s and its members.

knowledged that each community how it all works. Library Art Exhibit

possible consolidation of sewer has the right to look out for its own Heights, invites you to temper e “life-sized Elf on a Shelf ”

districts, are one way to keep costs best interests. the hectic pace and busyness of can be rented daily by a local busi-

down. In order to do that, the cur- Any changes the DEF proposes the holidays by attending a series ness for a donation of $25. Clues Art Exhibit for December: John

rent structure has to be revamped, won’t hold water until constituent- of special Sunday Advent ser- will be posted where the “life-sized C Hart Library, 1130 E Main St,

McDonald said. conscious legislators give them the mons by Pastor Dave Dockweiler. Elf ” is hanging out. Residents are Shrub Oak.

Among the things Kaplowitz thumbs up, Kaplowitz said. e sermons are entitled Slow- then encouraged to visit that busi- “Photography by David Rocco”

will examine are the “ nancial vi- e county is venturing into ing Down for Hope; Slowing ness and take an “El e” (a sel e - Construction of the new Gov-

ability” of each district. He will “unchartered territory” and the Down for Peace; Slowing Down with the elf). at sel e would ernor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

identify any capital investments speed with which policy changes for Joy; and Slowing Down for be posted on the Yorktown Lions’ and demolition of the old Tappan

needed to keep plants and sup- occur and “what the end product is, Love. is Advent sermon series website and Instagram feeds as Zee Bridge. Mr. Rocco recently

porting systems “the best in class,” is not at all assured,”Latimer said. will begin on December 1 and well as the sponsoring businesse’s received the Larry Salley Photog-

she said. But because Kaplowitz has been continue the next three Sunday, website. Daily clues will be left, for raphy Award by Arts Westchester

is is important because of the handed a “blank canvas,” “pretty December 22. Services are at example,at the Yorktown rehouse and the African Men of West-

amount of development taking much everything’s on the table.” 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Christmas and the Yorktown police station. chester organization for his six year

place, especially in cities such as Job one is to determine the best Eve services will be conducted at Presently, AFC Urgent Care and body of work documenting the

New Rochelle, Yonkers, and Peek- way the county can save money 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Everyone is the JV Mall have already signed up. New Tappan Zee / Gov. Cuomo

skill. while delivering services more ef- welcome to attend! Please also However, no one will know what Bridge project. Reception: Satur-

Deputy County Executive Ken ciently, protecting public health visit us on the web at www.stan- date that the “Life-sized Elf will day, December 7th from 2-4 p.m.

Jenkins said he’s con dent that and preserving the environment. drewsyorktown.com. appear unless clues are followed. Also, see artwork from Lakeland

the new deputy commissioner So Kaplowitz’s talent for diplo- Elf on the Shelf e “Live Elf ” will be delivering Elementary School in the show-
personalized “ELF Grams.” e cases inside the library this month.
can build bridges between com- macy will come in handy when it

munities competing for the same comes time for the county to ex- elf can be invited to bring an “elf- Job search help
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resources. plain to taxpayers why it has to shift

“Listening to the charge, I’m funding among di erent levels of viding two new versions of Elf co-worker, or favorite business lo-

kind of scared. Is it too late to back government to accomplish this. on the Shelf: one life-sized Elf cation. Be sure to notify manage- Come to the John C. Hart Li-

out?” Kaplowitz quipped Wednes- “It’s a tricky process,” Latimer that will be placed at a business ment if the “Live Elf ” is coming brary in Yorktown for free job

day. admitted. and one live Elf that will deliver to a business. e Elf ’s visit will search help by a professional job

be about 30 minutes, and the sug- counselor. Get hands on assistance

gested donation is only $25. Lon- with online applications, resume

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The Huskers went 2-3 in the meet at Yorktown High School.
WRESTLING

Lakeland/Panas earned a victory over Roy C. Ketcham.

A Yorktown wrestler gains control over a wrestler from Glen Cove.

Huskers’ Finateri named MVP of Yorktown meet

Lakeland/Panas’ DeSantis earns sportsmanship award

BY MIKE SABINI and Pleasantville (41-40). Yorktown earned team wins over Mahopac and Roy C. Ketcham. PHOTOS: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
CONTRIBUTING WRITER “We are de nitely improving
losing to Westhampton Beach said. “We held our own in each Spencer Maja (106), Austin
Just a little over a week after he with a lot of young guys show- 55-24, and winning against Ma- and every match.” Bergen (132), DeSantis (182),
recorded his 100th-career victory, ing promise,” Finateri said. “We hopac 48-31. McGannon (195), Dubrawski
Andrew Finateri, Yorktown’s se- just need to work on not giving Lakeland/Panas (4-4) also (220), and Julian Soto (285), each
nior captain and ve-year varsity up bonus points in dual meets, “I feel the team performed very hosted Mahopac at Walter Pa- won by pin against the Indians.
wrestler, continues to earn well- but besides that, we wrestled well well, as we are a young team, with nas on Dec. 10, with the Indians
deserved accolades. overall.” not a lot of experience,” DeSantis coming out on top 51-36.

e latest came at the York- LAKELAND/PANAS
town duals, a round-robin style Lakeland/Panas’ Nicolas De-
meet on Saturday, Dec. 14, when
he earned MVP of the event, Santis (170), who also went 5-0,
where he recorded a 5-0 record at the Yorktown Duals, earned
in the 120-pound weight class. the sportsmanship award at the
event.
“I was really happy when I
found out I won MVP, because “It means a lot to be able to go
it showed that my hard work is 5 and 0 at any wrestling tourna-
paying o ,” Finateri said. ment,” DeSantis said. “It also
means that all the hard work that
Joseph Tornambe (99 pounds) I put in practice paid o .”
and Christian Sinagra (170), also
registered 5-0 marks, for York- Fellow Rebels, Shane Coster
town (5-7). (138), Conor McGannon (182),
and Charlie Dubrawski (220),
“ ey wrestled with extreme each went 4-1.
toughness and that’s why they
did so well,” Finateri said. “ ey wrestled that good, be-
cause they work the hardest at
As a team, Yorktown was 2-3, practice every day, much like me,”
with wins against Mahopac (57- DeSantis said.
26) and Roy C. Ketcham (46-
34), and losses to Westhampton As a team, the Rebels went
Beach (48-27), who placed rst 3-2, beating Ketcham 42-40,
at the duals, Glen Cove (48-34), defeating Clarkstown North 60-
24, falling to Glen Cove 39-35,

Page 20 – Yorktown News SPORTS Thursday, December 19, 2019

HOCKEY

Andrew Dzubak and Anthony Colasanti celebrate a goal. A Rebels player gets by a New Rochelle defender.

Lakeland/Panas wins league opener

Rebels travel to White Plains on ursday

BY MIKE SABINI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Lakeland/Panas opened their Andrew Dzubak controls. back. Jack Tuite PHOTOS: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
League 3 campaign in winning “It was very important to come
fashion on Friday, Dec. 13, when pressure and keep them in their scoring balance. “We also score need to work on, but we are per-
they defeated New Rochelle, zone,” said Rebel Jack Tuite, who back strong after their goal,” P.J. very well and plus I think it’s also forming well for a small group of
6-2, at the Brewster Ice Arena. tallied a goal and an assist. “ en Kowal said. “By scoring the three due to our two lines being able to players.”
the line after us of Frankie Kow- that we did, it really put us in
“It’s a good start for our al, Andrew Dzubak and Antho- a good spot for the rest of the nd open space and just out work Lakeland/Panas (3-2, 1-0) will
(league) season,” said Lakeland/ ny Colasanti were able to keep game.” the other team.” play another league rival, White
Panas’ P.J. Kowal, who recorded that same pressure and then they Plains, at 5 p.m. ursday (Dec.
an assist. “Our team is made up were able to get one and tie the Frankie Kowal (2A) also con- Aaron Hathaway (31 saves) 19) at Ebersole Ice Arena.
of a bunch of young players, and game up. So, it was both lines tributed to a Rebels’ scoring at- and John Corso (6 saves) did the
it shows how good we can work just-out working them after the tack that got contributions from job in goal for Lakeland/Panas. “ e key for us will be, we
together, to win games.” numerous players. have to play a full, complete,
rst goal was scored.” “Our team played well,” P.J. team game and we have to try
e Rebels have been devel- e Rebels then broke the tie “Our top two lines have a Kowal said. “We moved the puck to stay out of the box, out work
oping a solid rapport with one bunch of creative and skilled well and got many shots on. It is their team in every zone, and also
another and it showed against with goals by Colasanti (1G, 1A) players that can nd the open great to see the whole team mov-
the Huguenots, according to and Jimenez, ending the rst man,” Tuite said of his team’s ing as a unit to win the game. nish the chances we get,” Tuite
Lakeland/Panas coach Bart period up 3-1. ey didn’t look said.
Mucci. ere are still many things we

“We are starting to play more
in sync, we are starting to jell,”
Mucci said. “We have several
young players who are adjusting
to the varsity game.”

New Rochelle scored rst in
the opening period, before the
Rebels tied the game on a goal
by Andrew Dzubak (3G, 2A).

“Joseph Jimenez, AJ Knopf,
and I had a very good shift af-
ter the rst goal, were able to get

Thursday, December 19, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 21

Huskers fall at VRarosuitnydup12/10-12/16
rival Somers

Lakeland’s Karaqi earns MVP at Bronxville

BY MIKE SABINI obviously,” said Yorktown’s Roni were still going to try and stay in Roni Brucaj goes up strong. PHOTOS: BOB CASTNER/CASTNERPHOTOS.NET
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Brucaj. “But the most important the game.”
thing is to not let that distract
Yorktown Boys you from the goal of the whole Somers sealed the win with a
Basketball (1-6) game, which is to win. You just 10-2 run.
got to maintain focus and play
YORKTOWN 56 VS. PEEKSKILL 58 the game.” Tony Granitto (8 points), Sam
Tuesday, Dec. 10 Pincus (7 points), Roni Brucaj (5
Eddie Brucaj (26 points, 11 After trailing 28-17, Roni points), Rob Miller (4 points),
Brucaj made 2 foul shots and a Eddie Brucaj (4 points), and
rebounds) and Roni Brucaj trey, to pull the Huskers to within Jack Prybylski (2 points), scored
(15 points, 5 rebounds), led the six, 28-22. against Somers.
Huskers in their 58-56 loss to
visiting Peekskill. “It felt great to make a run YORKTOWN 58 VS. KENNEDY
at the end of the third quarter, CATHOLIC 72
YORKTOWN 30 SOMERS 47 knowing we are still in the game,”
Friday, Dec. 13 Roni Brucaj said. Saturday, Dec. 14
In front of two highly charged Yorktown fell to Kennedy
Somers then went on a 9-0 run Catholic, 72-58, in the consola-
student bodies, Yorktown gave to go up 37-22, but the Huskers tion round of the DePaoli tour-
a spirited e ort but fell 47-30 answered back with three straight nament.
against rival Somers, in the open- Eddie Brucaj (17 points), Mill-
ing round of the Michael De- eld goals to close the de cit to er (10 points), all-tourney selec-
Paoli Memorial Girls and Boys nine, in the fourth quarter. tion Prybylski (10 points), Roni
Varsity Basketball Tournament. Brucaj (7 points), Matt Mahoney
“Once again, we didn’t give (6 points), Granitto (5 points),
“Playing Somers in that type of up, no matter the score, we kept and Antoine Coles (2 points),
atmosphere was a fun experience; produced against the Gaels.
both crowds really get into it ghting until the nal whistle,
the games not over until you hear SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 23
it,” Roni Brucaj said. “So cutting
it to nine, we knew we weren’t
going to give up. We knew we

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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – JENNA MCCRUDDEN

McCrudden, headed to Kent State, lives up to family legacy

BY MIKE SABINI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Senior captain Jenna Mc-

Crudden recently completed her

legendary career for the Lake-

land eld hockey squad, which

she joined when she got pulled

up during the post season of her

freshman year.

McCrudden, who was a mem-

ber of three Class B state cham-

pionship teams, including this

year, earned numerous honors in

her time playing for the Hornets.

In her sophomore year, she

was named All-League; junior

year, she earned All-League, All-

Elite, and All-Section Honorable

Mention honors; and senior year,

was named All-League, All-

Elite, All-Section and All-State.

McCrudden comes from a

family heavily involved in sports:

Sister Erin played eld hockey at

the University of Louisville, was

a member of the United States

Women’s Field Hockey National

Development team, and is cur- FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

rently a coach at Louisville; sis- Jenna McCrudden If you could pick one place
ter Kelsey won four Class B state to visit on vacation that you’ve
never been to, where would you
eld hockey titles at Lakeland go and why?

and is now a sophomore playing Sars made me want to keep All three of my sisters loved yourself that not a lot of people e Moraine Lake in Canada,
playing the sport and made know. because I’ve only seen pictures
eld hockey at SUNY Albany; playing after high school. Her some of their best memories and and I can’t imagine how pretty it
friends while playing it. I de - I have three ferrets, two dogs, would be in real life.
and sister Meaghan played soc- knowledge and love of the game nitely wanted part in that. I grew two cats, and a sh!
up watching them all play, from What is your favorite food to
cer at Mohawk Valley Commu- rubs o on her players, and she my local high school, all the way You decided that you are go- eat before or after a game?
to University of Louisville. ing to play eld hockey at Kent
nity College and was a member has a talent of making athletes State University. Why did you My favorite food to eat before
ey de nitely in uenced me choose Kent State? a game is Pop Tarts.
of Putnam Valley’s 2005 Class into really talented eld-hockey in the best way.
It was de nitely an easy choice Best place to eat in Yorktown
B state champion eld-hockey players. What is your favorite thing to make after I did an overnight and why?
about being on the eld-hock- and went to classes. As soon as
squad. It’s going to be di cult for ey team at Lakeland? I stepped on campus and went JV Hot Bagels, because they
to the athletic facilities it felt re- have the best bagels and the best
She also has a brother, Bren- all of her players to nd a coach e amount of time we get to ally right. I picked Kent because chocolate croissants.
spend together, and the fact that I knew the coach saw my poten-
dan, who played lacrosse at with the same amount of dedi- we never get bored of each other tial and I could really see myself What’s the go-to app on
or the sport. being a successful student-ath- your phone and why?
Kings College. cation to the game. letic there.
What is your favorite team Snapchat, because of my fam-
What was the experience How old were you when you activity or pregame or post- Do you know what you want ily group chat that keeps us in
game ritual that you share with to study in college? If yes, what touch.
like of playing eld hockey for started playing eld hockey your teammates? What about a are you planning on studying
personal pregame or postgame and why? For a young athlete growing
your coach Sharon Sarsen, who and what got you started? ritual? up in the Lakeland district,
I am currently not sure what what would you tell them
is a member of the Westchester I started playing in third grade My favorite team ritual is the I want to study in college but about the experience of being
team chant we do in the hud- I’m leaning towards a career re- part of the eld-hockey team
Sports Hall of Fame? for SOAC (Shrub Oak Athletic dle before every game. No one volved around animals. and why should they go out for
knows what we’re saying when the team?
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it unique and special to us. college) sports team? I think being able to be a part
Saving a Life EVERY 11 MINUTES of this program while growing
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ROUNDUP round of the Bill Green Holiday
FROM PAGE 21
Tournament at Bronxville, led by

Augie Karaqi (17 points), Jack

YORKTOWN 34 PEARL Kruse (12 points), Je rey Owusu

RIVER 45 (9 points) and Rob Nardelli (7

Monday, Dec. 16 points).

Yorktown lost to Pearl River, “After losing our rst two

45-34, paced by Roni Brucaj (13 games at home, it was a great re-

points), Eddie Brucaj (7 points), lief to nally get our rst win on

Granitto (6 points), Mahoney (3 the road,” Karaqi said.

points), Coles (2 points), Prybyls- Karaqi said the Hornets were

ki (2 points) and Pincus (1 point). able to pull out the win because

Lakeland Boys their energy was unmatched.
“From the start of warm-ups,

Basketball (3-2) to the end of the game, it was as if
we were 2-0,” Karaqi said. “ at’s

what I love about this team, for

LAKELAND 61 VS. STEPINAC us to be able to keep the same

B 45 energy no matter what our record

Friday, Dec. 13 is or who were playing against, is

Lakeland defeated Archbishop great.” SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 24

Stepinac B, 61-45, in the opening

Eddie Brucaj goes for the layup.

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