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Published by Halston Media, 2019-12-26 16:49:10

Yorktown News 12.26.19

Vol. 8 No. 39 Visit TapIntoYorktown.net for the latest news. Thursday, December 26, 2019

New tree law
has roots in
conservation

PHOTO: KATHERINE BORCHERT BY KATHERINE BORCHERT
STAFF WRITER
Granite Knolls Ribbon Cutting
Like the beloved character e Lorax in the
Celebratory opening Dr. Seuss book, Yorktown’s citizens, too, are
for Granite Knolls speaking for their trees.

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT cation,” said Diana Quast, town clerk and incurred problems from equipment fail- After 18 months and at least
STAFF WRITER a member of the Parks and Recreation ure to weather disasters. However, after 17 Town Board meetings
Commission. its soft opening last spring, town o cials, at which provisions were
Granite Knolls held its grand opening past, present and future, came together discussed, the board
on Saturday, Dec. 14. e sports complex was a project that to celebrate its grand opening as the sun passed a new version
was overseen by four di erent town su- peaked out from the rain clouds. of the town tree law
Town o cials and community mem- pervisors—Don Peters, Susan Siegel, Mi- designed to help
bers came out in the rain to celebrate chael Grace and Ilan Gilbert. It also went “ at’s what it’s all about, continuum protect trees and
the achievement that was 10 years in the through 12 Town Board members—Jim and a collaborative e ort,” Supervisor woodlands at its
making. Martorano Sr., Nick Bianco, Matt Metz, Ilan Gilbert said. “It wasn’t easy, but I am meeting Tuesday,
Lou Campisi, Terrence Murphy, Vishnu proud to say that every one of you stepped Dec. 10.
“As we look around Granite Knolls Patel, Dave Paganelli, Susan Siegel, Greg up and faced those issues head on and
this morning, some may see a state of the Bernard, Tom Diana, Ed Lachterman completed a project that we can all be very e changes
art, multi-generational recreational sports and Alice Roker. proud of.” to the local law
complex. What I see is a successful culmi- place more re-
nation of teamwork, persistence and dedi- roughout its construction, the park SEE GRANITE KNOLLS PAGE 4 strictions on how
landowners can
modify their properties
in comparison to the version adopted in
2016.

e new law, in contrast to the 2016
version, requires mitigation for speci c
tree removal and protects 4,000 acres of
town-owned land.

“Draft number three recognizes

SEE TREE LAW PAGE 6

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The Staff Preliminary results of Hallocks Mill Sewer District petition

EDITORIAL TEAM e residents in the Hallocks As required, petitions were sent sponses received, 196 responded the Assessed Value must indicate
JODI WEINBERGER
Mill Sewer District have voted out to the listed properties own- “Yes” in favor of the project and through the petition process that
EDITOR: 914-302-5830
[email protected] in favor of proceeding with the ers of all 318 parcels. e return that only 27 responded “No”, in- they are in favor of the project in

BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Phase 1 extension of sewers in date for the town sewer petition dicating that 88 percent of those order for it to proceed. e to-
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628
[email protected] the Hallocks Mill Sewer Dis- was ursday, Dec. 19. e town responding voted in favor of the tal Assessed Value in the Phase

ADVERTISING TEAM trict that will enable 318 home- received 223 petitions, signed project. 1 Study Area is $2,507,657. e
PAUL FORHAN
914-202-2392 owners to eventually connect to and notarized as required. is According to state Comptrol- total Assessed Value of those

[email protected] sewers. represented a response rate of 70 ler’s O ce guidelines, owners of parcels in favor of the project
LISA KAIN
ere are 318 parcels in the percent. A preliminary review property in the project area rep- is $1,557,707 indicating that
914-351-2424
[email protected] proposed Phase 1 Project Area. indicated that of the 223 re- resenting at least 50 percent of homeowners representing 62

CORINNE STANTON percent of the assessed value
845-621-4049
voted in favor of the project.
[email protected]
JENNIFER CONNELLY e overall indication is that
914-334-6335
the petition “Passed” with sig-
[email protected]
BRUCE HELLER ni cant community support.
914-202-2941
“ e progress made to date is
[email protected]
the result of hard work by the
PRODUCTION TEAM
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL Town Engineering Department

PRODUCTION MANAGER and my sta ,” Supervisor Ilan
DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER
[email protected] Gilbert said. “Countless meet-

CHRISTINA ROSE ings were held with residents.
ASST PRODUCTION MANAGER
I had the pleasure of speaking
DESIGNER
[email protected] with many of the residents in the

EXECUTIVE TEAM When did you last update your last will project area during those meet-
BRETT FREEMAN and testament and power of attorney? ings, during individual meetings
in my o ce, during visits to resi-
PUBLISHER: 845-208-8151 dents’ houses in the project area
[email protected] to discuss the project, and during

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Thursday, December 26, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 3

STATE OF THE TOWN

Farewall address from Supervisor Gilbert

e following is from Supervisor Assembly. I have been assured and only with the homeowners zones and at the same time ash have to be concerned with our

Ilan Gilbert: this bill will be reintroduced consent. I also worked with Con the driver’s actual speed. is sys- environment. In that regard I

next session and it is anticipated Edison and NYSEG to have tem has been shown to result in worked with members of our

I am proud of what my ad- that at that time it will pass both them institute storm hardening better compliance with the speed community, town sta and the

ministration has accomplished houses. projects in Yorktown. limit thereby helping keep our Town Board to strengthen our

in the short period of two years. At the same time during my My administration worked on children safe. tree law. We also started work on

I believe I have returned civility two year tenure the Town has behalf of all of our residents. In Economic Development takes a solar law, which I hope the in-

to the Town Board. In addition, made tremendous strides in ad- that regard, we acquired a grant many forms. It was important coming administration will pur-

I have listened to our residents dressing its infrastructure needs. of $65,000 from the Field Hall that our Ttown assist new and sue to completion.

by moving Courtesy of the Floor Not only were needed infra- Foundation for the purchase of existing businesses. Toward that An important part of our en-

to the beginning of Town Board structure repairs put o by prior a senior bus and a food serving end I advocated on behalf of a vironment is maintaining clean

meetings. I am also proud that I administrations, but it became table for use in the Senior Cen- new local business to expedite water. As part of that process it

have maintained an Open Door apparent that su cient funds ter, both of which are now in use. the installation of gas lines neces- is important to address failing

Policy for all residents. were not allocated to replace ag- We also have received grant and sary for its operation, in another septic systems. One way of do-

Financially the Town is in bet- ing equipment. My goal was to are awaiting delivery of two addi- case my o ce arranged for Con ing that is assisting those who

ter scal shape than it has been replace equipment on a continu- tional vans for use by our seniors. Edison to provide necessary elec- want to hook up to municipal

in years. Negotiations with En- ous basis so that the town is not I also personally worked closely trical service redundancy so that sewer systems. ough we could

bridge resulted in an additional faced with extraordinary costs with our Senior Advisory Com- business could operate, and in not address all of those who want

$4.15 million in payments to the in any one year. at being said, mittee to host our rst Senior another case successfully advo- sewers we did make an important

town. By directing the town at- trucks were needed and pur- Living Fair which highlighted cated for payment to a local busi- start in the Hallocks Mill Sewer

torney to initiate actions against chased for the Highway Depart- services available to seniors and ness by Con Edison of the busi- District. I secured from East of

delinquent taxpayers for the rst ment as well as a bobcat, a mini highlighted why Yorktown is a nesses claim for lost product as a Hudson Watershed Corporation

time since 2013, to make sure excavator, a catch basin truck to great place for our seniors to age result of the March 2018 storms. $10 million towards the expan-

that all taxpayers pay their fair facilitate a more e cient method in place. In response to my request, sion of the Hallocks Mill Sewer

share, the Town has collected of repairing storm drains, and a As further concern for the Westchester County Executive District to make sewers available

over $ 800,000 in delinquent hot box so that the town did not youth in our community I was George Latimer announced an to 315 residential parcels that

payments. have to rely on cold patches dur- able to acquire grants from En- $875,000 investment in Hilltop currently rely on septic systems,

While some municipalities ing the winter, which do not last bridge/Spectra totaling $7,500 Hanover Farm. is will help re- a number of which are failing. I

receive payments from the State as long. for Alliance for Safe Kids and vitalize this wonderful resource held numerous meetings on this

on State owned land within their Besides the town’s own infra- $2,500 for the Yorktown Teen and will not only be a great issue. Petitions, as required, were

communities, others, including structure there were a number of Center. At the same time we ne- source of enjoyment for our town distributed with follow-up letters

Yorktown, do not. To correct this unaddressed issues relating to in- gotiated additional Police/School residents but will also help it to and phone calls to those who had

inequity I met with Sen. Pete frastructure owned by local utili- Resource O cers for the Lake- continue to attract visitors to our not yet returned their petitions.

Harckham when he was rst ties. I was able to get Con Edison, land School District. town. I personally made over 50 calls

elected to discuss this issue. I not NYSEG, Cablevision/Altice and Concern for safety is not limit- I also established the Eco- over the last two days to encour-

only informed him of this situ- Verizon to reduce the number ed to any one age group. Working nomic and Business Revitaliza- age our residents to return those

ation but strongly advocated to of “double poles” in Yorktown. I with our Highway Superinten- tion Committee, which brought petitions. e results of the Peti-

correct this situation. e goal is also worked with Con Edison to dent Dave Paganelli, we arranged a diverse group of individuals tion process should be known

to have New York State compen- institute a Pilot Program on Un- for the replacement of the tra c together, to provide innovative shortly.

sate Yorktown and similarly situ- derhill Avenue from the Taconic lights at Moseman and Hanover ideas to help our business com- I want to thank the residents

ated communities that have State to Route 118 resulting in Con and at Veterans and Commerce munity, including a proposal for of Yorktown for giving me the

park properties located within Edison’s arborist identi cation to insure the safety of residents. I branding and actively marketing opportunity to serve you. It has

their borders but do not currently of trees on private property that requested and received a $70,000 Yorktown. is resulted in the been my honor and privilege to

receive taxes or other payments were dead or diseased and posed grant for the installation of 12 ra- Town Board awarding a contract have served the Town both as a

for those facilities. To his credit, a risk to the electric lines (called dar speed devices at schools in the to a consultant to help the Town Town Justice and Town Super-

Harckham introduced a bill to danger trees) on Underhill Av- Yorktown and Lakeland School in this important endeavor. visor. I will continue to work, in

rectify this situation and it passed enue. ese trees were removed, Districts. is equipment will But business alone does not one manner or another, on behalf

the Senate but did not pass in the at no cost to the homeowner display the speed limit in school make Yorktown great. We also of Yorktown.

Honored for service

Sen. Pete Harckham issued a proclamation from the New York State Senate
to Supervisor Ilan Gilbert for his service at the Tuesday, Dec. 17 Town Board
meeting.
“A lot of people can do public service from the brain, but what’s needed to be
exemplary is compassion, empathy and understanding there are people less
fortunate than we are, and that’s something that you have and have displayed
both as an attorney, as a judge and as town supervisor. New York, Yorktown and
Westchester are richer for your service and we are greatly in your debt. I believe
God has good things in store for you. This is not the end of your public service
career, it’s in your blood, it’s in your heart. Good things will be coming your way
because we need you to continue to do good things for the people of New York,”
Harckham said. “On behalf of the New York State Senate and the people of New
York, we want to thank you, we want to congratulate you for all that you’ve done
and we wish you Godspeed in your next step. Thank you sir.”

Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, December 26, 2019

Community resource QR code

Alliance for Safe Kids created a QR
Code that allows individuals to scan
it with their smartphone camera to
gain access to Yorktown’s Community
Resource Guide. Individuals can nd
information and resources in the guide
relating to mental health, addiction,
domestic violence, scams and more.

QR Code - Scan with
smartphone camera to access

Community Resource Guide

COURTESY OF ASK

Ha GRANITE KNOLLS
Ne Y
FROM PAGE 1

Gilbert also mentioned the eld came in under budget, noting
the sports complex is of greater stature than Legacy Fields, at about
half the cost.

“ is was truly a community build, and we have to thank so
many,” Quast said.

She went on to list the helping hands of the project: the Parks and
Recreation Department and former Superintendent Todd Orlowski,
the Highway Department and Superintendent Dave Paganelli, the
YorktownNewsDec2B0u1i9lBd_inLagyoauntd1 M12a/2in/2t0e1n9an1c0e:18DAeMparPtamgeen1t led by Margaret Gspurn-
ing, Site Design Consultants and Engineer Joe Riina, Contractor
Montesano Brothers Inc., John DeVito, who raised the pavilion,
the Yorktown Athletic Club, Shrub Oak Athletic Club, Yorktown
Youth Soccer Club, Yorktown Pickleball Club and Club Fit, which
donated equipment and signage, as well as Hanover Electric and
Sen. Pete Harckham, who helped secure funds for an inclusive play-
ground that will be built this spring and will accommodate children
of all abilities.

“ is was an incredible, collaborative e ort by all sectors of govern-
ment, current and past administrations. I wish the weather were nicer
so I could commence a game by shouting ‘Play ball!’” Gilbert said.

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TOWN GREEN tains your contact information in and fun! Proceeds support Veter- Breast and Ovarian Cancer TREE LAW
case you are selected. All submis- an services and active military. Support Group: urs., Jan. 2, at
FROM PAGE 2 FROM PAGE 1

Yorktown’s Own sions are private and will only be Support Connection 10 am. Women’s Support that woodlands are not just
viewed by the selection commit- Young stands of trees but rather con-
sists of complex layers of vegeta-
Local Talent tee. Note that Yorktown residence Group: For women who have or tion that make up a functional,
Competition stable and essential ecosystem,”
must be con rmed to qualify as Support Connection, a not-for had breast or ovarian cancer at a said Elise Graham, Advocate for
a Better Yorktown and a Garden
an accepted nalist. Check out pro t organization that provides young age. Wed., Jan. 8, at 7 pm. Club member.

www.yorktowngottalent.com for free, con dential support services Advanced Stage Cancer Sup- New regulations have been en-
acted that will require landown-
Get your talents rehearsed and event updates. for people a ected by breast and port Group: For women living ers to obtain a permit, speci cally
for the removal of 10 protected
come win big cash prizes with For more information about ovarian cancer, o ers free support with recurrent, advanced stage or trees or more in an area of 10,000
square feet or more and the re-
local celebrity judges. On the Scouting and all of the wonderful groups for women with breast metastatic breast or ovarian can- moval of more than two protect-
ed trees within a regulated bu er
evening of Friday, February 7th activities your children can enjoy and ovarian cancer. Groups focus cer. Fri., Jan. 17, at 12:30 pm. zone in a calendar year, rather
than within 18 months. It would
2020, Yorktown’s Got Talent will visit www.beascout.org. on topics pertaining to living with Breast and Ovarian Cancer also require a permit for land
conversion.
be held at the Yorktown Stage. Monthly pancake cancer through all stages of diag- Support Group: Tues., Jan. 28, at
e event is a fundraiser for local nosis, treatment and post-treat- 7 p.m. At the meeting, the board
added another revision, allowing
Cub Scout packs. ere will be breakfast ment. ey are o ered in West- Job search help a woodland disturbance equal
two competition divisions: kids chester, Putnam and Dutchess, to or greater than 10,000 square
feet, or 6 percent of the area of
(16 and under) and adults (17 and e Sons of the American Le- and by toll-free teleconference. protected woodlands existing
on a parcel of land, whichever is
older) with rst place prizes in gion Squadron #1009 is holding For a complete calendar of groups Come to the John C. Hart greater.

each division of $300! a monthly pancake breakfast. e at all locations, visit supportcon- Library in Yorktown for free job e law enacted in 2016 al-
lowed 30 percent.
If you are a Yorktown resi- breakfast is open to the public, nection.org. Advance registration search help by a professional job
While some objected to having
dent, get your entries in before families and of course veterans. is required for all groups; call 914- counselor. Get hands on assis- to obtain a permit to cut down
trees on their own property, es-
the deadline of December 1st, e cost is $8 per person, 50/50 962-6402 or 800-532-4290. tance with online applications, pecially large property owners,
Keith Schepart and a member of
2019. Competition nalists ra e at 10:30 a.m. In addition to e following support groups resume writing, searching and the Ad Hoc Tree Advisory Com-
mittee said, “It’s a permit process.
will be announced on Decem- pancakes there are eggs, bacon, are scheduled: more.Tuesdays from 1:30- 3 p.m. Just because it’s in the ordinance
doesn’t mean it’s a ‘no’; it just
ber 23rd, 2019. To enter, upload etc. e breakfast is held the rst Advanced Stage Cancer Sup- starting November 19. No reser- means ‘let’s stop and take a look
at it’.”
your 2 minute audition video Sunday of the month at Ameri- port Group: For women living vations required.First-come, rst-
e new law also limits general
to YouTube and share it with us can Legion Post #1009, 235 Vet- with recurrent, advanced stage or served. Please call the Reference maintenance to a 12-foot perim-
eter into protected woodlands.
aHt:[email protected] 1e2r/a2n0/s2R01d9, Y1o1r:k5t9oAwMn HPaegigeh1ts, NY metastatic breast or ovarian can- Desk at 914-245-5262 x227 with
com. Make sure your video con- 10598.Join us for some great food cer. Fri., Dec. 20, at 12:30 pm. any questions. “ e new law is an important
step forward in natural resource
The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce protection because in addition to
protecting individual trees, it also
New Year’s Eve recognizes woodlands as valuable,
Ball Drop functioning ecosystems, crucial in
this time of diminishing wildlife
Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 10PM habitat and climate change,” said
VETERANS ROAD @ THE GAZEBO Linda Miller, Advocate for a Bet-
ter Yorktown and member of the
Join us as we DJ Ad Hoc Tree Advisory Commit-
welcome 2020 at Fire Pits tee in an email to the Yorktown
the 4th Annual FIREWORKS News. “ is law is the result of
Yorktown Chamber input from citizen advocacy and
environmental groups, town de-
of Commerce partments, committees, com-
Ball Drop! missions and advisory boards,
neighborhood associations and
individual Yorktown residents.
Above all, thanks is due to Su-
pervisor [Ilan] Gilbert and the
Yorktown Town Board for bring-
ing all this input together into a
strong, balanced law.”

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Happily Ever After Holiday
season
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Happy New Year 2020 BY AL AVITABILE
GUEST COLUMNIST
It’s a wonderful time of year. It’s a time for therapy, meditation, and Zen. e sessions
family, fun and hopefully some time o This is a melancholy time of the
from the demands and pressures of work MY taught simple things: how to experience the year as it rushes to its end. One
(and for many of us the stressful commute to PERSPECTIVE mere act of breathing, how to cut out wor- encounters many feelings and
ries of the past and future, in short how to emotions. One of family, past and pres-
ent, if you are fortunate enough to still
work). As 2019 (can you believe it?) ends and JAMES be “truly alive and present in the now.” I had have family. If you are even luckier they
MARTORANO an advantage at the time since my back- also include young children.
a New Year begins it’s a time for self re ec-
Ah yes children or in my case the ex-
tion and assessment not only of the past year ground encompassed many of the traditions cuse needed to buy things you wanted to
play with that were not available or not
but also of our intentions for the New Year. responsible for the movement in the rst gotten when you were a child. e only
problem is keeping the intended little
Every New Year’s Eve as Auld Lang Syne place. Buddhist psychology, phenomenol- buggers they were bought for away long
enough for you to play with your dream
is sung I am reminded of the mixed messages the song seems ogy, existentialism, transcendentalism, and humanism were all items. Of course if you do not have little
children your only problem is making up
to portray. familiar to me as I set my sights in the late 1960’s on becoming the good reason you bought them.

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to a Philosophy professor. Memories, our minds free storage
locker. Remember if you are old enough,
mind?” I respectfully disagree with the sentiment expressed by at particular “movement” eventually waned but every de- when you had to get out from under
that wooden school desk protecting you
this initial line. Old acquaintances should be cherished and cade or so a new book dramatically claims to have within it the from that Atomic bomb to resume the
holiday party at school. Wow they don’t
remembered. e chorus brings into focus the song’s main sen- secret of “really experiencing” life. Jon Zabat-Zinn is a recent make desks like that anymore. When
you used to walk down any big city
timent: “For auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for author to cash in on our seemingly insatiable desire to get more street and hear the sounds of the season
which were always those little bells that
auld lang syne, and surely you’ll buy your pint cup! And surely out of living while worrying less. Repackaged as “Mindfulness” good folks rang for donations to help
others. ere was never a doubt where
I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’kindness yet, for auld lang Jon Zabat-Zinn during a Sixty Minutes interview succinctly the money went and why it felt so good
to give, along with the “Merry Christ-
syne.” described the essence of his message: “When your alarm goes mas” phrase that accompanied it when
you put money in their pail.
When this Scottish song and dance was originally performed o and you jump out of bed, what is the nature of the mind in
Strange the things one remembers
it was customary that people sing it while holding hands in a the moment? Are you already like, “oh my God,” your calendar during this time of year. “Peace on
Earth, Good will toward Men” used
circle. As the last verse begins everyone crosses their breast so pops into your mind and you’re driven already, or can you take to be the saying no one could ever
have a problem with until we became
that the right hand reaches out to your neighbor on the left and a moment and just lie in bed and feel your body breathing. And politically correct. Although we used to
assume the meaning meant for all, in
vice versa. As the tune ends everyone rushes in and then out remember, “oh yeah, brand new day and I’m still alive.” So I today’s world that is not enough it has
to be acknowledged as meaning men
reestablishing the circle. get out of bed with awareness, brush my teeth with awareness. and woman.

is joyous experience evokes a number of important emo- When you’re in the shower next time check and see if you’re in So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuk-
kah and a good Kwanzaa or what ever
tions. As one year leads into the next we are not only lamenting the shower.” you’re celebrating.

the passage of time and hence our lives, but also enjoying and Taking into account Jon Zabat-Zinn’s message and weighing You should never stop thanking
your God for giving us a place to live
celebrating the community of friends and family who comprise the lessons of an extremely di cult 2019, both with physical in which all is allowed and protected.
Which if you think about it gives all
the fabric of our lives. It is a moving experience beautifully and mental challenges, I am prepared to share with you my the ability to share and learn about each
other’s traditions and beliefs, that is
blending both the individual and the community. thoughts on what New Year’s resolutions we need to make both after all what the real meaning of the
word “American” should be.
Our tradition has gone one step further. We have all at one personally and as a society. So here goes:

time or another asked the question: what can I do in this New We need to come together as a nation and community. is

Year that will somehow make my life better? Yes, the dreaded past year has been witness to a polarization in our society. I

New Year’s Resolution. grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Perhaps it is just nostalgia but

ere are many things we can do to enhance our experience I do believe that there was our discourse was more respectful

of 2020 both individually and collectively. I am reminded of a and civil back then. Tip O’Neil is famous for saying all poli-

New Year’s resolution I made back in 1969 to improve my level tics starts locally. He had a point. Since there is not much we

of consciousness. So right after the rst of the year I signed can do about Washington or even White Plains we can make

up for a program which consisted of a series of lectures and sure that our beloved home, Yorktown, stays clear of nasty and

workshops in lower Manhattan. e self awareness movement SEE MARTORANO PAGE 10

that ran the course was the product of the merging of gestalt

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Thursday, December 26, 2019 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 9

On Stage: Singing the Praises of AM Radio and 45s

The Marvelous Wonderettes, a From Prom to keeps everyone in line, and e four performers all exude strong
jukebox musical on stage weekends stage presence, and even reach beyond
through Jan. 4 at the wonderfully Reunion Sarah Giggar, as self-regard- the stage, to enlist the help of a couple of
intimate, fun, and friendly Ridge eld strategically-placed audience members,
Act I is the 1958 se- BRUCE ing, preening Cindy Lou, and to collect ballots placed at each seat for
eater Barn (RTB), in Connecticut, is nior prom of Spring eld THE BLOG whose dreams of Hollywood the Prom Queen voting.
an intimate, fun, and friendly show that High, with songs true to stardom boomerang, landing
tugs at the memories and heartstrings of In this way, Ridge eld eater Barn is
audiences who remember the days when that era, such as Doris BRUCE her back in Spring eld. delightfully savvy at creating a thematic
AM radio ruled the airwaves and 45-rpm APAR ambience for every one of its productions.
single records were stacked, not unlike Day’s “Teacher’s Pet” Ms. Gavigan (who I Here, the Wonderettes show program is
pancakes, on a phonograph spindle. It is supplemented by an authentically down-
directed with purposeful pacing and well- and e Everly Broth- shared a stage with nine and-dirty senior prom pamphlet listing the
placed mischief by Foster evans Reese. prom’s menu and schedule of events. RTB
(Tickets: https://ridge eldtheaterbarn.org; ers’“All I Have to Do Is years ago in Fiddler on the doesn’t just put on a show; it conjures a
203.431.9850) palpable mood that breaks the fourth wall
Dream.”Act II ashes Roof at Yorktown Stage) through audience immersion. Other com-
For Baby Boomers, this 26-song sashay munity theaters should take note.
down memory lane is a nostalgiapalooza forward a decade to the has a beautiful high register
lollipop of the era’s pop anthems, from e e groovy-sounding ve-piece band
Chordettes’“Mr. Sandman” and Dusty Class of ‘58’s 10-year reunion, where the while Ms. Giggar aunts country music on stage is led by musical director and
Spring eld’s “Son of a Preacher Man” to keyboardist Benjamin McCormack, with
generational soundtrack features tunes like chops with a sassy, full-throated rendition Nathan Huvard on guitar, Sabrina Mason
e Bobbettes’“Mr. Lee” and e Shan- on keyboard 2, Jordan Tulley on drums,
gri-Las’“Leader of the Pack.” Leslie Gore’s “It’s My Party”and Queen of of “Son of a Preacher Man.” Kyle Camerato on reeds.

e latter is a sure re highlight of the Soul Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” Broadly comic moments that occur Bruce Apar is a writer, actor, consultant, and
show, staying faithful to the 1964 record- community volunteer. He can be reached at
ing, replete with leather jacketeted lead Along with the set ( Joanne Gorenstein), between, and sometimes during, musical [email protected]; 914.275.6887.
singer and the visceral mating roar of a
motorcycle revvin’ up to own the road. the wigs and wardrobes (by Brenda D. numbers are bolstered by the e usive an-

Renfroe) heighten the show’s cutesy sense tics of Tarah Margaret Vega as Betty Jean

of camp, evoking the late ‘50s with popsi- (aka BJ) and Lauren Nicole Sherwood as

cle-hued crinoline dresses (peach, cherry, Suzy (who has a “bump” at the reunion),

lime, etc) and channeling the late ‘60s with who also bring a lot of vocal verve to their

go-go boots, maxed-out mini-skirts, and lead-singer assignments.

top-heavy bou ant hairdos. Together, the ladies’ four-part harmonies

Strong Lead Vocalists get the job done by bringing back time-

e Wonderettes are led by the nota- capsule classics that bring Boomers back to

bly strong voices of Rena Gavigan, as shy, those crazy, hazy halcyon days.

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Set S.M.A.R.T. health and fitness goals in 2020

BY ALINA PEDRAZA SET S.M.A.R.T GOALS When you start seeing results, if you don’t acknowl-
GUEST COLUMNIST Some people have heard of S.M.A.R.T goals, and edge yourself for your progress, you will stop mak-
ing progress. ink about how you might talk to your
IMHO, it’s crazy that we consider Jan. 1 as a fresh maybe others have not. If you’re super intrigued by child, or a child, if they’re doing a good job, you’re en-
start each year. e reality is we don’t have to wait for what the entire acronym means, I would certainly en- couraging them so they continue to do a job well done.
one day each year to make the decision to start fresh courage you to research it more! But I will share with It’s the same for adults! Talk to yourself lovingly and
and make goals that have the ability to change our lives, you the biggest key components that we have seen suc- proudly when you start getting results, and if you don’t
but WE DO. And because January 2020 is quickly ap- cess with. at is setting speci c goals that are measur- get results immediately (this is HUGE), do not get
proaching, we wanted to give you three thoughts on goal able (basically the “S” and “M” of the acronym). is is frustrated and give up. Simply reassess your goals and
setting that will help you make goals that you can keep, not to say the other elements like time are not impor- how you’re trying to reach them and adjust. Maybe the
and reach! tant, however, some goals do take more time. is will goal isn’t yours to make, meaning society and the diet
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UNDERSTAND YOUR WEAKNESSES or maybe you’re just not taking the best approach and
Understanding your weaknesses is ultimately a When you’re setting goals for this upcoming year, it’s better for you to start incorporating healthy snacks
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NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL

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

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GUEST COLUMNIST for the labor and delivery team. Lorraine born classes and all the other resources avail- with my own recovery, he could go to the
walked me through the induction process able to us for support after discharge. After nursery and receive excellent care there as
My birth plan was simple. and gave me a tour of the hospital. meeting with Lorraine, I went from feeling well. Fortunately, we were able to keep our
I expected to have a natural birth in the frightened about my potential induction to son in the room with us, and the nurses re-
hospital with which my doctor was a li- In the process, Lorraine introduced me feeling informed about the process. I be- peatedly checked in to make sure we were
ated, without any real complications. After to several things I hadn’t thought about, but gan to relax and focus on the excitement of all doing well.
all, my pregnancy had been smooth. I was which made all the di erence in my child- meeting my baby boy.
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reached a week past my due date, a surpris- about induction, I was scared. However, privacy especially important during breast- could to put me at ease and tend to me and
ing reality hit me: I was most likely going to knowing that I was at a facility with a state- feeding. For a rst-time mother, nursing Henry, but they also helped my husband.
be induced. of-the-art Level III NICU, the highest level can be di cult, and I appreciated the space After almost 12 hours of labor and delivery,
Now I started to grow concerned: What NICU a community hospital can o er, gave to focus on feeding Henry. As my son and I was so exhausted that I fell asleep shortly
if there are complications during delivery? me a sense of comfort as I faced the un- I adjusted to this new—and sometimes after our son was born.Left alone to care for
How can I get the best possible care for my known. I knew that whatever happened, my challenging—process, the peace o ered by our hours-old infant, my husband was un-
baby? How can I make sure I am there for baby would have access to board-certi ed a private room helped to ease my nerves derstandably nervous. e nurses continual-
my child every step of the way? neonatologists and highly trained nurses and make the transition into parenthood ly checked on him and helped him adapt to
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ing something that was de nitely not in my my baby require medical assistance, my hus- joked that we felt like we were staying at a and, later, how to assist with breastfeeding
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Get the facts about the cold and flu
e common cold and in uenza person to another. COLD
are two contagious viruses that Despite how common these ill- Colds are relatively minor infec- One common misconception hospitalization.
many people may be all too aware nesses can be, there seems to be no about the u is that it can be con- Steering clear of people who
of. shortage of misinformation con- tions of the throat and nose that are tracted from the u vaccine. is is
caused by more than 200 di erent not true. Harvard Medical School are sick, frequently washing hands,
Although colds and u can be cerning prevention and treatment viruses. Rhinovirus is the most says the u shot is made from an sterilizing common surfaces, and
contracted any time of the year, of the viruses. ose who think common cause, which accounts inactivated virus that can’t transmit getting the u shot are ways to
winter tends to be a prime time they know all about a cold or the for between 10 and 40 percent of infection. People who get sick after prevent illness. Antibiotics are not
for cold and u outbreaks, as more u can still bene t from a refresher infections, advises the American receiving a u vaccination were go- e ective against the cold and u,
time spent indoors in close prox- course, which may even debunk Lung Association. Adults get an ing to get sick anyway, as it takes a and antiviral medication can lessen
imity to others provides an easy some prevailing myths about both average of two to four colds per week or two to get protection from the e ects and shorten the dura-
way for viruses to pass from one ailments. year, while children su er six to the vaccine. Many people assume tion of u but may not be able to
eight colds annually. In fact, in the that because they became sick af- prevent it.
Andrea Kropf, O.D. United States, colds account for ter getting the vaccine, the u shot
more visits to the doctor than any caused their illness. e ALA notes that herbal and
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Thorough eye exams are essential for tion of microscopic particles in and cough, the u is not just a bad ence.If symptoms do not abate,see
eye health. the air or from contact with con- cold. While very few people have a doctor.
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Thursday, December 26, 2019 Yorktown News – Page 17

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hormazabal leads Hornets to victory
Lakeland overcomes tough Peekskill squad

Tyler Hormazabal BY MIKE SABINI sure how many transition baskets she for my teammates, that wouldn’t
scored 25 points CONTRIBUTING WRITER had,but she scored the majority of her have happened,” Hormazabal said of
against Peekskill 20-something points out in transition. her 3-pointer. “ at play was a team
on Dec. 18. Lakeland sophomore guard Tyler She put herself in good position.” e ort.”
Hormazabal put on quite a show
PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Peekskill. Lakeland continued to lead Amanda Cole (6 points), Sophia
through the second quarter, with Portante (5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 as-
Hormazabal displayed her skills in Nancy Pagliaroli connecting on a sists), Nichole Ljuljic (2 points), Bri-
the transition game, reminiscent of trey from downtown, to give the anna Monte (2 points), and Eddie
Magic Johnson, scoring 25 points in Hornets a 29-21 lead at halftime. Vivanco (1 point), also contributed
Lakeland’s 56-42 victory against the to the victory.
Red Devils. e Hornets took a stranglehold
on the game, when they scored the For Ljuljic and Vivanco, it was
“It feels amazing,” Hormazabal their rst varsity points.
said of the win. “Everyone worked nal eight points in the third quarter,
really well together.” to go up 42-27. “We really shared the ball really
well,” Hormazabal said. “We passed
After Peekskill scored the rst 4 “ at run was big for us but I have it a lot.”
points of the game, Lakeland scored to give it to Peekskill,” Mangan said.
12 points in a row, with the nal 4 “ ey played tough. ey were ag- Mangan said the win, which
points of that run coming courtesy gressive. I thought they had a great evened Lakeland’s record going into
of two eld goals from Hormazabal, game. ey stayed in it and they re- the holiday break at 3-3, was a huge
who scored 9 of her points in the ally made us work for the win.” one.
opening quarter.
at 8-0 run was made up of a eld “It’s always important to go into
“She had energy on defense and goal by Hannah Devane (9 points) the holiday break on a good note,”
then o ensively, in transition, she got and two 3-pointers, one from Sarah Mangan said.
out a lot,” Lakeland Coach Miranda Pinkowsky, and another to close out
Mangan said of Hormazabal.“I’m not the quarter, by Hormazabal. Lakeland’s next game won’t be un-
til 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at home
“It was pretty big, but if it wasn’t against Clarkstown South.

BOYS SWIMMING Lakeland-Panas off to 4-0 start
Yorktown-Somers splits rst four meets

Lakeland-Walter Panas- LAKELAND WALTER PANAS PUTNAM UPCOMING SCHEDULE ual Medley ( Jack-Henry Whalen, 2:12.23),
Putnam Valley (4-0) 50 Freestyle (Benjamin Brown, 25.01), 500
VALLEY 50 VS.HARRISON 39 • Tuesday, Jan. 7, @ Yorktown Freestyle ( Jay Wilkinson, 5:43.25), 200

Thursday, Dec. 12 • ursday, Jan. 9, vs. White Plains

Rebels swimmers scored rst-place nish- • Tuesday, Jan. 14, @ Yonkers Freestyle Relay (Aoukar/Todorov/Townes/

LAKELAND WALTER PANAS PUTNAM es in the 200 Medley Relay (Pagel/Eppner/ • Friday, Jan. 17, @ Ossining Brown, 1:50.24), 100 Backstroke ( Jack-

VALLEY 85 VS. WAPPINGERS 77 Macaluso/Varga, 1:53.10), 200 Freestyle Yorktown-Somers Boys Henry Whalen, 1:10.19) and 100 Breast-
Tuesday, Dec. 3 ( Jack Pagel, 1:58.56), 50 Freestyle (Steven stroke (Nicholas Fraser, 1:21.05)

e Lakeland-Walter Panas-Putnam Macaluso, 25.26), 100 Butter y (Steven Swimming (2-2) WHITE PLAINS 95 VS.YORKTOWN
Valley boys swimming team, under coach Macaluso, 58.50), 100 Freestyle ( Jack Pa-

Patrick Connolly, won their season opener gel, 53.00), 500 Freestyle (William Fagan, SOMERS 83

with an 8-point win over Wappingers. 5:41.88), 200 Freestyle Relay (Mantilla/ YORKTOWN SOMERS 57 VS.RYE Wednesday, Dec. 11

e Rebels were led by rst-place nish- Caragine/Otto/Manse) and 100 Backstroke BLIND BROOK RYE NECK 37 Yorktown-Somers su ered their rst de-

es in the 500 Freestyle ( Jack Pagel, 5:21.70) (William Fagan, 1:03.78). Tuesday, Dec. 3 feat of the season, despite rst-place nishes

200 Freestyle Relay (Rzezwicki/Esposito/ e Yorktown-Somers boys swim team, in the 200 Medley Relay (Whalen/Jeon/

Varga/Macaluso, 1:40.99) and 100 Back- LAKELAND WALTER PANAS PUTNAM coached by Britney Pisano, started their sea- Wilkinson/Nolan, 1:52.04), 200 Individual

stroke ( Jack Pagel, 1:00.77). VALLEY 95 VS.SUFFERN 70 son o with a win on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Medley (George Whalen, 2:12.15), Diving

Wednesday, Dec. 18 e swimmers picked up wins in the ( Jay Wilkinson, 214.25) and 100 Butter y

LAKELAND WALTER PANAS PUTNAM Lakeland-Panas put on a dominant dis- 200 Medley Relay (Muroski/Jeon/Wha- ( Jack-Henry Whalen, 58.17).

VALLEY 92 VS. RYE BLIND BROOK RYE play over Su ern to win their fourth-straight len/Nolan, 1:52.57); 200 Freestyle (Sam

NECK 73 meet. e Rebels swimmers built an insur- Nolan, 2:04.04), 100 Individual Medley YORKTOWN SOMERS 87 VS.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 mountable lead by outscoring their oppo- ( Jack-Henry Whalen, 2:10.59), 100 Butter- SUFFERN 96

Lakeland-Walter Panas-Putnam Valley nents in all but one competitive race before y ( Jack-Henry Whalen, 57.22) 100 Back- Thursday, Dec. 19

swimmers dominated their Dec. 10 meet- conceding the nal two (100 Backstroke and stroke (Sean McCurry, 1:05.03) and 400 Yorktown lost a close meet against Suf-

ing, winning all but one competitive event: 400 Freestyle Relay) to Su ern. Freestyle Relay (Whalen/Nolan/Muroski/ fern on ursday, Dec. 19.

200 Medley Relay (Rzazwicki/Gorzula/ First-place nishers: 200 Individual Med- McCurry, 3:50.36). First-place nishes: 200 Medley Re-

Fagan/Pagel, 1:50.89), 200 Freestyle (Ste- ley Relay (Pagal/Gorzula/Macaluso/Varga, lay (Whalen/Muroski/Wilkinson/No-

ven Macaluso, 1:56.21), 200 Individual 1:52.08), 200 Freestyle (William Fagan, YORKTOWN SOMERS 55 VS. lan, 1:54.96), 200 Freestyle (Sam Nolan,

Medley (Alexander Gorzula, 2:11.14), 50 2:01.77), 200 Individual Medley (Jack Pagel, HARRISON 38 2:00.90), 200 Individual Medley ( Jack-

Freestyle ( Jack Pagel, 24.07), 100 Butter- 2:12.85), 50 Freestyle (Robert Varga, 24.90), Thursday, Dec. 5 Henry Whalen, 2:14.02), Diving ( Jay

y (Steven Macaluso, 56.85), 500 Free- 100 Butter y (Steven Macaluso, 24.99), 100 Yorktown-Somers picked up their second Wilkinson, 218.05), 100 Butter y ( Jack-

style ( Jack Pagel, 5:16.40), 200 Freestyle Freestyle (Jack Pagel,52.59),500 Freestyle (Al- straight win behind rst-place nishes in Henry Whalen, 56.50), 100 Freestyle (Sam

Relay (Pagel/Varga/Rzazwicki/Macaluso, exander Gorzula, 5:25.20), 200 Freestyle Relay the 200 Medley Relay (Whalen/Muroski/ Nolan, 53.44), 200 Freestyle Relay (Muros-

1:38.99) and 100 Backstroke (Alexander (Rzezwicki/Varga/Macaluso/Pagel, 1:39.74), Wilkinson/Engelhardt, 1:57.20); 200 Free- ki/Schwartz/Wilkinson/Whalen, 1:44.63),

Gorzula, 1:09.78). 100 Backstroke (Gabriel Rzezwicki, 1:04.20) style ( Jay Wilkinson, 2:07.12), 200 Individ- 100 Breaststroke ( Jason Muroski, 1:11.65).

Page 18 – Yorktown News SPORTS Thursday, December 26, 2019

Varsity Roundup Rebels defeat Huskers on the mat
12/17-12/19 Hornet boys hoops win fourth in a row

BY MIKE SABINI said Bergen, whose team wrestles next at Lakeland lost their rst two games of the pushed the ball up the oor, the other team

CONTRIBUTING WRITER Somers in its tournament on Jan. 4. “Right season to two solid programs in Arlington couldn’t get into their defensive set quick

Yorktown (5-8) and here, on our home mat, and it’s just great, and Tappan Zee, but the experience of those enough to stop us,” Brucaj said of the trio’s
Lakeland/Panas (5-4) it’s a league win. Any league win is big and games is paying o now for the Hornets. performance.
especially against Yorktown, it is a tough op-
Wrestling ponent. It’s great for our kids to step up and After losing those games, the Hornets Lakeland/Panas Hockey
really do a great job.” have won four in a row, with their latest vic- (4-2, 2-0)
tory being a 93-65 triumph against visiting
Yorktown’s Christian Sinagra put the Lincoln (Yonkers).

Huskers up 33-25 when he defeated Nicolas “You can only get better by playing quality

YORKTOWN 33 LAKELAND/PANAS 49 DeSantis in the 170-pound bracket,in a hard- teams, as long as you learn from your mis- LAKELAND/PANAS 10 WHITE PLAINS

Thursday, Dec. 19 fought 6-4 decision. It was pound for pound, takes, and continue to improve,” said Lake- 9

Trailing 33-25, Lakeland/Panas’ Connor the most competitive match of the day. land coach Steve Fallo. Thursday, Dec. 19

McGannon (182), Tyler Carter (195) and “ e key to winning it was de nitely Two of the keys to victory for the Hornets Lakeland/Panas came up with a wild 10-9

Charlie Dubrawski (220), turned the mo- working hard at practice, and motivation by were their ability to run up and down the victory against White Plains, in a league

mentum of its match against crosstown rival my coach and my teammates,” Sinagra said. oor, and their shooting from long-range. contest, at Ebersole Ice Rink.

Yorktown in its favor. “ ey keep pushing me to be the best that “O ensively we were able to score in tran- “Both teams never let up,” said Lakeland/

ey did that by earning three consecutive I can be.” sition and again, we shot the ball very well Panas Coach Bart Mucci.“We play a similar

pins, putting the host up 43-33, in a 49-33 Andrew Finateri (126), Dillon Carter from three,”Fallo said. style in that both teams are fast and skilled

Rebel victory at Lakeland High School. (145), and Dean Patierno (160) all won by Lakeland jumped out to a 30-23 rst- at the forward position, so it’s an up tempo

“ ose guys wrestle aggressively all the pin for Yorktown. quarter advantage before outscoring Lincoln approach, which leads to 63 combined shots

time,” Lakeland/Panas coach Dave Bergen “Again, hard work in practice and motiva- 26-7 in the second quarter, to go up 56-30 and 19 goals. We never trailed. We took

said of the trio. “Every day in practice, they tion throughout the season from our coach- at halftime. a 3-0 lead and answered every goal they

come out there, they work hard, they push es, helped put them in position to win,”Sin- “We were able to get out to a big lead be- scored. We still have some things to sort out

each other, to be better. ey are right there agra said of his teammates’e ort. cause we played unsel sh and committed to but a win is a win.”

with each other. ey know that every time Joseph Tornambe (99) and Nick Carducci getting stops on defense,” Lakeland’s Jack Jack Tuite (2G, 2A), Andrew Dzubak

one of them wins,it’s all of them,because they (113), got into the win column via forfeit for Kruse said. (2G, 1A), P.J. Kowal (2G, 1A), Joseph

are working hard for each other in practice.” the Huskers. Helping the Hornets jump out to that Jimenez (1G, 2A), Joe Riggio (1G, 2A),

Spencer Maja (106, pin), Gio Russo (120, Lakeland Boys big lead was Augie Karaqi, who continued Frankie Kowal (1G, 1A), Colin Vaughn
11-0 major decision), Austin Bergen (132, his hot shooting, by scoring a team high 24 (1G), Colin Cody (1A) and Anthony Co-

12-5 decision), Shane Coster (138, pin), Basketball (4-2) points. lasanti (1A), helped the Rebels build a 10-6
Niko Rezaj (145, pin) and Julian Soto (285,
“Augie has been playing with a lot of con- advantage.

forfeit), also recorded wins for the Rebels. dence in our last few games,”Kruse said. “We played a solid rst half,” said P.J.

“It’s fantastic, it’s a great way to go in to LAKELAND 93 VS.LINCOLN 65 Kruse (14 points), Rob Nardelli (14 Kowal. “We were able to get shots on and

this little break we have with the holidays,” Wednesday, Dec. 18 points), and Je rey Owusu (11 points), also nd the back of the net. It was a big team

contributed to the victory. e ort to score that many goals. Although we

“Je ery,Rob,and I were able to contribute were not as good on the defensive side, our

o ensively because we shared the ball and let forwards were still consistent with their ef-

the opportunities come to us,”Kruse said. forts in scoring.”

Lakeland will now look to prevent from e host then scored the nal three goals

getting stale as it will be on a holiday break, of the game but it wasn’t enough to over-

with its next game at 4:15 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. come Lakeland/Panas,which was backed up

7, at home, against sister school Walter Pa- by goalie Aaron Hathaway’s 29 saves.

nas. “It was a stressful ending that took a great

“Coming o four wins, we should be able amount of teamwork,” P.J. Kowal said. “Our

to keep our momentum through the break, goalie took a beating but really kept us in it

because the motivation that playing a rival at the end.”

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Thursday, December 26, 2019 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 19

FIELD HOCKEY

Lakeland’s Daly, McCrudden named All-Americans

BY MIKE SABINI led our team with 36 goals

CONTRIBUTING WRITER and 18 assists in her break-

out senior season.”

ere wasn’t much left for Daly said what she ac-

Lakeland eld hockey captains complished at Lakeland

Erin Daly and Jenna McCrud- wouldn’t have been possible

den to accomplish in their senior without Sarsen.

seasons. “I was only able to achieve

ey had already won a state this through working hard

championship in a season in in the season and in the

which they were both named o -season, and through the

All-League, All-Elite, All-Sec- dedication of Sars,” Daly

tion, All-State and All-Region. said. “Sars puts together

ey also garnered spots on the teams and gives us exposure

New York State Final Four All- all year-round, at all di er-

Tournament Team. ent levels. e expectations

en on Dec. 18, Lakeland’s that coach Sarsen put on us

dynamic duo earned the pres- in high school, helped me

tigious honor of being named prepare for college.”

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second team, and McCrudden, a

forward/mid elder, was named FILE PHOTOS/ Jenna McCrudden Erin Daly
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“We are extremely proud of

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at the very top,” said Hornets

Coach Sharon Sarsen.

Sarsen said that to have Daly

and McCrudden represent

Lakeland as All-Americans is

very gratifying.

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for my high-school career and

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McCrudden said she appreci-

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Page 20 – Yorktown News SPORTS Thursday, December 26, 2019

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – ANDREW FINATERI

Finateri off to great start this season

BY MIKE SABINI reasons I’ve had success. Do you know what you never been to, where would you
CONTRIBUTING WRITER go and why?
What is your favorite want to study in college?
Yorktown’s Andrew Finateri Not really sure where, but any-
has already enjoyed an outstand- team activity or pre- If yes, what are you where with a really nice beach.
ing campaign as a senior captain
on the Yorktown wrestling squad. match or post-match planning on studying What is your favorite food to
eat before or after a match?
Earlier this season, Finateri ritual that you share with and why?
(120 pounds) won his 100th- After a long tournament, de -
career match and was also named your teammates? I want to do something nitely a hashtag from Rocky’s.
MVP of the Yorktown Duals.
Playing handball as a with engineering but I’m Best place to eat in Yorktown
Finateri, who is in his fth year and why?
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his sophomore and junior seasons. fore practice is something eld yet. there.

How old were you when you that everyone on the team Who is your favorite What’s the go-to app on your
started wrestling and what got phone and why?
you started? enjoys a lot. professional athlete and
Probably Snapchat. It’s where I
I was in seventh grade when I Do you have any goals pro (or college) sports talk to people the most.
started wrestling and was in u-
enced to start because my football for your nal season at team? For a young athlete growing
coaches told me it would make up in the Yorktown district,
me better at football. Yorktown? Favorite athlete is Jamal what would you tell them
about the experience of being
What is your favorite thing My goals are to be a Adams and my favorite part of the wrestling team and
about being on the wrestling why should they go out for the
team at Yorktown? section champ and All- sports team is the New team?

My favorite thing about being State. York Jets. More people should de nitely
on the Yorktown wrestling team come out for the team. e les-
is how amazing our coaches are. Who has been your What is your favorite sons that the sport of wrestling
Eric Fama (head coach) and An- can teach you will help you in
drew Cabibbo (assistant coach) biggest role model over FILE PHOTO/DEENA BELL music to listen to warm- everything you do for the rest of
have been with me since eighth the years and what have ing up for a match? your life.
grade and are one of the main you learned from them? Yorktown’s Andrew Finateri wrestles in a
February 2019 match. I don’t actually listen We have a lot of fun and the
Eric Fama is de nitely to music before matches; coaches are amazing. Yorktown
wrestling is a growing program
my biggest role model in the stay calm. I try and stay focused on what I and great to be a part of.

sport of wrestling. e lessons Do you plan on continuing have to do on the mat.

he’s taught me about toughness wrestling in college? Tell us If you could have one super-

and work ethic have made me a about where you are going to power, what would it be and

better person on and o the mat. school and why you chose it? why?

Tell us one thing about Yes, I plan to wrestle at either My super power would be eat-

yourself that not a lot of people Stevens Institute of Technology ing whatever I want and not gain-

know? or WPI (Worcester Polytechnic ing weight, because not eating to

Not a lot of people would know Institute), because of their great make weight isn’t a fun time.

that I don’t try and get super wrestling and engineering pro- If you could pick one place

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time of year when many of us the lack of broad gifting pow- GUEST to consider changing your Last life support and the conditions
CORNER
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ANTHONY J.
tions that are often very di cult making transfers to protect the ENEA Additionally, as one’s fam- so or not doing so.

to keep. e most common are assets of a principal who is inca- Whether it be considering the ily grows, the possibility exists e above stated resolutions
purchase of long-term care in-
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led with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/18/19. BRUCE APAR
O ce location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated
as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served.
SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC to Rocco Vignola,
Esq., 3111 East Tremont Avenue Bronx, NY 10461. Purpose: any
lawful act.

Page 24 – Yorktown News Thursday, December 26, 2019

There’s no place
like home

for the holidays.

If you have been dreaming about a home to make holiday memories in, come tour
this treasure just perfect for gatherings all year-round.

CONTACT YORKTOWN’S AGENT TODAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS
FROM THE
JOHN KINCART JOHN KINCART TEAM

Associate Real Estate Broker REAL ESTATE, REAL LOCAL™

M 914 384 3385

[email protected]
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