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Katonah-Lewisboro Times

VOL. 1 NO. 40 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018

The affordable housing ultimatum
Lewisboro could face lawsuit if 42-unit complex not approved soon

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Lewisboro Town Board had not adopted against the federal government and anti- PHOTO: SKADDEN.COM
EDITOR this ordinance as of Nov. 20, Pappalardo discrimination groups.
said, it has adopted two aspects of it: Stephen Robinson, the federal housing
e fate of a 42-unit a ordable housing altering its zoning to allow for multi- “In as much as there are cerebral schol- monitor
complex proposed for Goldens Bridge family housing and accessory apartments arly arguments to be had, as a town, it
will be decided no later than Feb. 26, the “as-of-right.” would be enormously di cult to raise the e housing monitor, Pappalardo said,
Lewisboro Planning Board has declared. resources to defend against the prospect “had a signi cant concern [because the]
e Town Board scheduled a public of any litigation relative to that, and that’s Wilder Balter project had not been voted
Despite warnings that it might be hit hearing on the model ordinance at its our concern,” Pappalardo said. “ e way on. He was suspicious of that. He didn’t
with a federal lawsuit if it did not approve Dec. 10 meeting. If approved, that ordi- the townships have treated it, for better understand why and the delay relative to
the project by year’s end, the board set the nance would require residential develop- or worse, is they have tried to comply to that was of signi cant concern to him.”
February date by resolution after a four- ers to include some a ordable units in avoid [litigation].”
hour meeting last month, . their developments. e ordinance, Pap- When board members pushed back,
palardo said, calls for an a ordable unit WILDER BALTER Pappalardo bluntly summarized HUD’s
Its action followed warnings by Coun- to be designated for every ve to nine e federal monitor’s second concern stance: “If you pass [Wilder] Balter by
cilman John Pappalardo on Nov. 20 that units. Lewisboro is proposing one a ord-
Stephen Robinson, the federal monitor able unit in every 10, a number, Pappa- with Lewisboro, aside from the model SEE HOUSING PAGE 3
analyzing a ordable housing in West- lardo said, that should satisfy the housing ordinance, was the Planning Board’s de-
chester, is prepared to deem Lewisboro monitor. lay in approving the 42-unit a ordable
“noncompliant” with the county’s 2009 housing complex, known as Lewisboro
settlement agreement with the Depart- “I don’t see that as a signi cant issue,” Commons.
ment of Housing and Urban Develop- he said.
ment (HUD). Wilder Balter Partners proposed the
Some Planning Board members ques- project for a site o Route 22 in Goldens
is agreement, made to settle a dis- tioned how Lewisboro could be “non- Bridge in November 2015. e Planning
crimination lawsuit, required Westches- compliant” with the provisions of a Board approved an Environmental As-
ter County to fund construction of 750 lawsuit settlement to which it was not a sessment Form in December 2016.
a ordable housing units in predominant- party. Only Westchester County, not any
ly white communities by the end of 2016. of its municipalities, was named in the A series of public hearings began this
It also required the county to analyze 2006 lawsuit by the Anti-Discrimination past spring, closing in June, and drew
municipal zoning codes, searching for Center, a New York City-based housing more than 100 written and verbal com-
impediments to a ordable housing. activist organization. ments from residents.

As part of the latter requirement, the ough Pappalardo called it a “fas- e board, which has discussed the
county had to promote a “model ordi- cinating legal issue,” he would not like project nearly every month since, has
nance” to its municipalities. ough the Lewisboro’s chances in defending itself been accused by the developer of drag-
ging its feet.

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EDITORIAL TEAM Tax levy to increase by 2.8 percent
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HOUSING end of the lengthy meeting held at the for- the next meeting to present whatever doesn’t change the fact that there’s only
mer Lewisboro Elementary School. comments you have, but you choose not one way into this development and
FROM PAGE 1 to,” Bailnardi said to O’Donnell. there’s one way out,” McManus said.
e exchange started when mem-
the end of the year and pass the model ber John O’Donnell said the approved “Mr. Bainlardi, you don’t know what McManus said he is not “terribly in-
ordinance by the end of the year,” Pappa- Environmental Assessment Form was we’ve done,” O’Donnell said. “I’ve pro- terested in biting this bullet.” e incline
lardo quoted Robinson as saying, “when “rammed through” in 2016 and main- vided [Siebert] with 99 comments. You of the property could also create issues
I write my report to Federal District tained there are still “open issues.” ey don’t know anything.” when the department is laying out swim-
Court [ Judge] Denise Cote, you won’t include such questions as what would ming pools of water.
be named as being noncompliant.” happen should the property change “ en put them on the record,” Bain-
owners; how the project a ects school lardi said. “An operation in here would be a
e councilman concluded, “I don’t taxes; and whether there are any legal in- headache, to say the least,” he said.
know how else to put it.” demni cation issues. “Why?” O’Donnell responded.
“So we can nish, John. So we can Asked by the board what Wilder Bal-
Jerome Kerner, the Planning Board “Months and months and months nish,” Bainlardi said. At this point, he ter could do to improve the situation,
chair, proposed a resolution to schedule have gone by in this manner with Mr. said, moving forward with the project McManus said, “I need less of a hill. I
a vote on the project at its only meet- O’Donnell saying he has something he would be “basic common decency” on need a second driveway.”
ing in December, but other members wants to talk about but never raises it the board’s part.
rejected that idea, saying issues remain substantively,” Bainlardi said. Bainlardi said these are not options
unresolved. FIRE SAFETY because it would require Wilder Balter
O’Donnell responded, “I’ve raised Another issue for O’Donnell and oth- to lose units, disturb more land and re-
e board’s counsel, Judson Siebert, three issues tonight o the top of my move more trees.
urged the board to set an end date. “We head. I’m not required to put things in er board members is that of re safety.
have to recognize we’re in the terminal writing and you are.” e Goldens Bridge Fire Department A board member asked McManus if
phase of this application and whatever the complex, as currently constituted, is
we can do to shorten the timeframe, I “But you’re required to act in a timely was invited to the Nov. 20 meeting to “reasonably safe.”
think we should consider,” Siebert said. fashion,” Bainlardi said. share its concerns over the a ordable
housing complex. “I’m not comfortable answering that,”
e board, by resolution, said it will O’Donnell then accused Bainlardi of McManus said. “I’ve stuck to my guns
vote on the project “no later” than Feb. misstating information regarding the de- Bainlardi said the plan “meets the since day one. I don’t care if it gets built.
26, much to the dismay of Wilder Balter. velopment. code” and goes above what’s required in I don’t care if it doesn’t get built. I’m nei-
certain aspects, such as the width of the ther here nor there. I’m here to present to
“ ere has been no discussion [of “How many misstatements have you subdivision’s road. e minimum width you our professional opinion.”
substantive issues],” John Bainlardi, vice made during this process?” the board is 20 feet, while Wilder Balter’s develop-
president of Wilder Balter, said at the member asked. ment is 25 with the potential of expand- Wilder Balter said it would not be able
meeting. “Months are continuing to pass. ing to 30 in some areas. to accommodate the re department’s re-
Month after month after month costs “Very few, John,” Bainlardi said. “Very quest for a second access to the property.
money. Every time I have to come here few. And never intentionally.” e main issue, however, is that the
with representatives costs money.” development has only one entrance, said “ e site does not lend itself to it, nor
Bainlardi said the board could vote on Jim McManus, chief of the all-volunteer does it require it,” Bainlardi said.
Bainlardi and Planning Board members the project at its Dec. 18 meeting if it Goldens Bridge Fire Department.
engaged in heated back-and-forth near the wanted. e board is expected to discuss the
“A 30-foot roadway is great, but that Wilder Balter application again at its
“You have a month between now and Dec. 18 meeting.

Fire departments hold Toys for Tots drive

For the 11th straight year, the Vista and South Salem re departments held a Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 8.
roughout the day, members of the community who donated a toy at the Vista rehouse were able to get their picture taken with Santa Claus, decorate cookies and make

their own ornaments.
e toys collected from both re departments were picked up by the Westchester County branch of the Toys for Tots organization and will be distributed on Christmas Day.

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EDITOR In Somers, on the other hand, the high school
Vaping is on the rise among American high does limit access to its bathrooms, locking most of
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SHOWROOMS According to the study, 20.8 percent of high the school resource o cer when something is amiss.
school students and 4.9 percent of middle school
Brewster, NY Mahopac, NY students use some form of what the federal govern- In June, Westchester County raised the age-of-
ment is calling Electronic Nicotine Delivery Sys- purchase for tobacco products from 18 to 21. Put-
19 Old Doansburg Road 594 Route 6 tems, or ENDS. nam County followed suit in October. State and
federal agencies have hinted that more regulations
Pawling, NY Bethel, CT ese gures are up from 2017, when 11.7 percent aimed at keeping vaping products out of the hands
of high school students and 3.3 percent of middle of minors are coming.
3 East Main Street 101 Greenwood Avenue school students said they used them.
Near the end of the 2018 New York State legis-
WWW.SOUTHEASTKITCHENANDBATH.COM School districts here and throughout the region lative session, a bill was introduced that would ban
are beginning to take action against vaping with all avored vaping or e-cigarette products, except for
Dine for the Holidays at ramped-up enforcement. tobacco and menthol.

Open Monday for Dinner Andrew Selesnick, superintendent of Katonah- ough the session ended without the legisla-
LunchTuesday-Sunday 12-3 Lewisboro schools, said the district has been active tion moving forward, reports have surfaced in re-
Dinner Tuesday-Sunday 3-10 in several areas. cent weeks indicating that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a
Democrat, buoyed by two houses controlled by his
Sunday Italian Family Brunch e district has invited speakers from area hos- party, will begin his third term by taking swift ac-
pitals to make presentations to both students and tion against avored e-liquids, or juices, as they are
11:30AM-3:00PM teachers. e Board of Education has also revised known, which have risen in popularity among teen-
the Code of Conduct, adding vaping devices to the agers. If instituted, it would become the rst state-
Wine Bar Tuesday or Friday list of banned items. wide ban of its kind.
Serving Selection of wine and Small Dishes
“Secondary students have also been made increas- Pete Harckham, the Democratic state senator-
3-6 pm • buy a glass of wine get second free ingly aware of the consequences faced when students elect from South Salem, said he has not thoroughly
are found vaping or in possession of vaping para- read the proposed legislation. But Harckham said he
Take-out & Catering Menu online phernalia in school,” Selesnick said. generally supports the concept of banning or limit-
ing access to avored e-liquids.
O ce or Family party set up Last year, high school administrators and moni-
tors increased supervision of bathrooms, but stopped e e-liquids that ll the vaporizers or e-cigarettes
Christmas Eve—pick up your entire short of locking them, Selesnick said. Katonah- are usually sold separately from the devices and come
dinner or just a tray of food Lewisboro also explored the use of vape detectors. in thousands of avors, such as apple juice, bubble

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FROM PAGE 4 Escape, owned by Steve and Lara Galper, closed on An investment portfolio without a financial plan is like using
Nov. 30. GPS without knowing your destination. Investing is very
gum and cotton candy. Legislators say that may be a important, but is one key piece of an effective financial
reason for vaping’s popularity among teenagers. “It’s not smart for us to stay in that business and planning process. What you’re investing for is an essential
wait for it to crash on us,” said Lara Galper, who input to determining what you should be investing in.
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avors and protect youth would dramatically impact the county, state and federal level.
the ability of American kids to access tobacco prod-
ucts that we know are both appealing and addict- “ is is an issue that arrived very quickly, spread
ing,” Gottlieb said. quickly and needs attention on all fronts if we’re go-
In Yorktown, these impending regulations wor- ing to help our students understand the dangers,”
Selesnick said.

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Jack and Randy, who travelled to the Route 123 shopping center from Bu alo. Santa was close populations in Alaska.
by, handing out gifts and taking pictures with children.

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DR. LINDA DIVERSIONS HARTFORD HOLIDAY through experience. e mansion
LIGHT FANTASIA isn’t open that night, but check their
FROM PAGE 9 FROM PAGE 8 calendar for their other events; all
Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Ave., historic, traditional, period events for
at the SATs or ACTs. Have her get some help to prepare UNTERMYER GARDENS Hartford, Conn., the entire family.
for both exams. She can take a course or meet with a pri- GRAND ILLUMINATION
vate tutor. Some kids do better on the SATs while others Hartford Holiday Light Fantasia WHY I LOVE IT
do better on the ACTs. Untermyer Garden Conservancy, is the quintessential drive-through Because I love Vanderbilt Man-
945 North Broadway, Yonkers, light extravaganza. is annual event
After she takes these exams in the spring, she can features over 8 million colored lights sions any time of the year. ey are
start looking for schools that t her GPA, SATs, ACTs, and 2 miles of viewing in the center steeped in New York history (and
extracurricular activities, her personality and her goals. If Beginning Dec. 12, the mag- of Hartford. On weekends, Santa is its no secret that I love New York),
she ends up going to a school that she didn’t want to go ni cent walled garden at Untermyer there to greet the kids. Hartford has a beautifully maintained, part of the
to for some reason other than her friends or siblings went Park will be illuminated. e fabulous lot of great attractions; this is a great Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historic Asso-
somewhere else, she can always transfer. architecture, statuary and horticultural centerpiece of a weekend getaway or ciation, and one of our local connec-
elements will be lighted in a unique just an evening adventure. is event tions to a great president.
Be sure that your daughter knows that you are not artistic style on the banks of the ma- is open at 5 p.m. every night through
devastated over her scores. If you are, be sure that it’s not jestic Hudson River. As the garden is Jan. 2. FESTIVAL OF SILVER LIGHTS
because you think her scores are a re ection on you. If illuminated, music re ecting di erent Hubbard Park, 999 West Main St.,
you’re upset because you thought that she belongs in cer- cultures is played while guests stroll WHY I LOVE IT
tain schools, and the college exams are preventing her from freely around the site enjoying hot co- Because I love a good drive- Meriden, Conn.
being accepted, then you need to regroup and realize that coa. is same experience is available is is an intimate white light
she’s her own person—not her brother or sister or you. e every night from 4 to 8 p.m. through through holiday light experience.
most important thing is that she prepares for a profession Jan. 1 and is a must-go. ere is truly Because downtown Hartford’s sea- holiday experience featuring 200
that she enjoys. College only lasts for four years. It’s what nothing like this stunning artistic sonal lights don’t disappoint. Because buildings and gures lighted with
you do with the degree you earn after you’re out. light-enhanced treasure. this event is actually a bene t for over 350,000 lights in the center of
Channel 3 Kids Camp in Con- charming Meriden. Open through-
Be sure you keep an open mind as you work through WHY I LOVE IT necticut, so you’re having holiday fun out the season at 5:30 p.m. until Jan.
the college process to nd the college that matches your Because it is like no other holi- while doing some good. 1, this is traditional holiday fun that
daughter’s needs. As with everything in life, keep college can be a night out or part of a New
in perspective and don’t become obsessed with particular day lights experience. Because this CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION England weekend.
colleges. Work with her to apply to colleges with vary- garden is a favorite of mine and I e Vanderbilt Mansion, 119
ing requirements for acceptance. Consider other colleges talk about it a lot and visit through- WHY I LOVE IT
that you might not have thought about or have ruled out out the year. Because this is where, Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park, Because it is slightly di erent
because of some irrelevant characteristic (like it’s a state at the Summer Solstice Soiree, that
school, not a private university). e perfect college for I met one of my oldest childhood than the other holiday light experi-
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Je rey Osterman, the Bedford planning director, worked with members of the Communications Committee and representatives of Keane & Beane (White Plains), the town’s
outside counsel, to develop the new local law. It would incorporate and update today’s cell-tower regulations and add small wireless systems spawned by fth-generation (5G)
cellular and distributed-antenna-system technologies.

e public hearing is scheduled to begin at 6:55 p.m., before the Town Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

e Stayin’ Alive Charity has awarded CPR training dummies to the Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

Michele Berliner and Christy Saltstein of Armonk, who co-founded the charity after their husbands were seriously injured in the fury of Hurricane Sandy, made the presenta-
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Stayin’ Alive Inc. raises money to help rst responders in Northern Westchester obtain emergency equipment.

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“Free Flying”
John Jay musicians share
tech advancements by Jack McMahon

Amy Geiger, music technology teacher at John Jay High Ted Lai, education development executive at Apple, spoke about

School, along with four of her students, presented at the Apple technology empowering every individual—and every learner—to

Technology Conference at Briarcli High School on Dec. 4. create amazing things and make a di erence in the world.

e instructional technology conference was attended by more Music technology is a growing program at John Jay High

than 100 educators from throughout Westchester County.Geiger School—both in student participation and equipment, including

presented an overview of the work happening in her classroom. a recently acquired sound booth and Pro Tools 12 software. e

John Jay students also shared their original music and discussed district will hold its rst ever Electronic Music Concert on Jan.10. “Heartsore”
by Lily Oyen
their classroom experience with workshop participants.
Among the John Jay students attending the conference was To hear the students’ music instantly, scan the QR code. by Orion Cummings
“Sonata in E Minor”
senior Jack McMahon, who just
by Luc Giner
returned from the NYSSMA

All-State Winter Conference in

Rochester, where his composition,

“Free Flying,” was featured in the

Electronic Music Composition


Lily Oyen, a junior, also attend-

ed. Last year, Oyen participated in

Future Music Moguls, a competi-

tive high school program of New

York University’s Tisch School of

the Arts.

Orion Cummings, a senior, and

Luc Giner, a junior, shared their

compositions and e ective use

of software programs Finale v25,

GarageBand, Logic Pro X, and

Ableton Live 9.

e conference’s purpose was to

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Tyler Wishart looks to let one rip.
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Indians improve to 2-2 after
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With many new faces, it was a question mark as to who would step up to ll some
voids left by graduation for John Jay-Cross River’s defending Section 1 champion
hockey team.

e Indians are quickly getting some answers.
John Jay received contributions across the board with ve di erent scorers in a 6-1
win over Brewster/Yorktown on Dec. 7 at Brewster Ice Arena.
“It’s a di erent dynamic on the team than the past three years I’ve been on it,” said
junior defenseman Charlie Oestreicher, an assistant captain. “We’re really young and
so these kids are inexperienced but to see us go out and score a bunch of goals was
really exciting. It energized everyone. After that kind of a win in front of our school
in our home opener, it’s looking good for the rest of the season.”
After a slow start, freshman Justin DeLucia broke the ice when he red a straight-
away slapshot for a goal with 2:35 left in the rst period.Tyler Wishart had the assist.
Oestreicher made it 2-0 with 2:42 to go in the second period on an unassisted goal.
Danny Marschke stretched the lead to 3-0 just 52 seconds later with Wishart
notching his second assist.
“We tried to keep our structure o ensively and tried to hit the net a little bit more,”
John Jay coach Alex Smith said. “Once that started happening, we felt like one would
lead to two and three and that’s what ended up happening.”
Wishart, a freshman, scored consecutive goals over a 16-second stretch with less
than ve minutes to play to increase the lead to 5-0. Mattie Wierl assisted the second
“ e shift after you score is really important,” Smith said. “Sometimes when you
score you have a tendency to go, ‘Yeah, we scored,’ and let down. But it was good to
see a goal right on top of a goal.”


: Eric Sasimovich makes a save.

Jack Browne fires.

John Jay celebrates a third-period goal vs. Brewster/Yorktown. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO



Furious rally propels Indians past Pirates

John Jay gets balanced scoring in season opener

BY ROB DIANTONIO in the full court, plus I think our John Jay rallied, Murphy and
CONTRIBUTING WRITER conditioning wore them down,” Paulsen put up 8 points and 6,
John Jay coach Patrick Heaton respectively.
John Jay’s boys basketball said. “We did not execute on
team went on a 13-0 run to defense or o ense for most of Ford, who su ered a shoulder
stage a fourth-quarter rally and the game, but gutted out a win.” injury during the football team’s
pull out a thrilling 59-58 sea- run to a section title, returned to
son-opening win over host Pearl Charlie Murphy (17 points), action after being limited dur-
River on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Shane Martinsen (14 points), ing the preseason.
Bryce Ford (13 points) and
Brett Paulsen’s 3-pointer gave Paulsen (10 points) were a e Indians travel to Our
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“ e run was a result of in- gures. In the fourth quarter, as ment on Dec. 14 and 15.
creased man-to-man pressure

Mattie Wierl controls. PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO

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BY ROB DIANTONIO (182) scored back-to-back pins keep my cool no matter the score, Jake Kern is in control in a 99-pound match.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER for Jay to tie it up. not getting freaked out about Julianna Duva checks the clock against Harrison.
wrestling someone ranked high
Despite not advancing to the Matt Ferrer won by pin at at my weight and to trust in my PHOTOS ROB DIANTONIO
Section 1 Dual Meet tournament 220 pounds, but the Indians still training and my coaches to help
quarter nals, there were plenty trailed 21-18 heading into the me win the match,” Cook said. Donald Schaus pins Harrison’s David Cross at 126 pounds.
of positives to take away for John lightweight matches. “It de nitely is a con dence
Jay’s wrestling team. booster. It shows you that all the
Freshman Jake Kern started time you put in was worth it and
e Indians had inexperienced o a string of wins with a 12-4 that it doesn’t matter what it says
varsity grapplers step into spots in decision at 99 pounds. Senior on paper. You can beat anyone if
the starting lineup and shine. At captain Jason Salton (106) and you put your mind to it.”
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well. lead. Grzymala (145) followed with
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In its rst match of the Donald Schaus’ pin at 126
tournament, the 14th-seeded host pounds made it 38-27 Jay. “I was really proud of the two
Indians defeated 19th-seeded freshmen, Will Kershner (120
Harrison, 50-27, on Dec. 5. In one of the matches of the day, pounds) and Colin Keating
senior captain Chris Cook secured (160), who wrestled even
In a slow start to the match, a 5-2 decision over Harrison’s though they don’t have much
Harrison got out to a 12-0 lead Tyler Joseph, a competitor he experience,” Cook said. “I’m
behind two pins. Jimmy Morris could see down the line in the really proud of [Grzymala] as
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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT Daisy O’Neill connects on a spike.


Senior a force in the middle for John Jay

John Jay senior Daisy O’Neill was a middle everyone was in the same boat. Volley-
hitter and team captain on the varsity ball is so fast paced and can take a turn
volleyball team. e Indians went 15-3 with the smallest slip up on either team.
and advanced to the Section 1 Class A
semi nals, where they fell to Nyack. O’Neill at is why you have your teammates
also is a member of the girls basketball there after making those mistakes to
team, which made the semi nals for the have them help pick you up.

rst time in 18 years last season. e team made it to the section
semi nals this year. How did you feel
BY ROB DIANTONIO about the season?
Compared to our previous two sea-
How old were you when you started sons we did very well. I was really proud
playing volleyball and how did you get of the team this year for how much we
started? have improved. During preseason, the

In third grade my parents signed me rst day of tryouts, I remember seeing
up to do a clinic that was run by, believe how much competition and ambition
it or not, Diane Swertfager, the coach of there was just during 6 v. 6 and I could
the Hendrick Hudson volleyball team not wait to see where that took us dur-
and a Katonah-Lewisboro mom. After ing the season. It was a little disappoint-
doing that for a couple of years along ing that we did not make it to section
with some other clinics on the side I
decided that the sport was so fun and nals, but there is nothing in the world
that I wanted to try-out for modi ed. that would make me trade that experi-
I played on modi ed for seventh and ence of playing in the semi nals with
eighth grade and I went through the that team.
normal frustrations of playing a sport
in a more game-like setting for the rst You were selected to the All-Section
time compared to clinics. One of my team. What did that mean to you and
biggest frustrations with the sport was what was the key to your success this
how you could always see who messed year?
up the play and lost the point. e
pressure that I had always felt was so is summer I put in more work
immense that I considered quitting. I than I ever had in previous years. I
decided that I would do the Gold Medal had the mentality that since it was my
Squared (GMS) clinic, that ( John Jay senior year, I should give it everything
volleyball coach Tom) Rizzotti always I got. After putting in so much work, I
has come the week before tryouts, and decided that one of my goals this season
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SPOTLIGHT ritual that you share with your at it. Being able to look up to where are you going and why college sports team?
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FROM PAGE 19 that I needed to be where I
When go to change into our am today. One of the greatest I do not know where I am been going to Mets games with
come true. When Rizzotti told jersey’s in the closet and get things she taught me that I can going to college yet but I am my family. Growing up at the
me that I got All-Section I was hyped for the game. e other take with me through all of my 100 percent certain that I want same time that David Wright was
immediately so ful lled because captains and I would stand on sports is how to push myself to play club volleyball while I’m such an in uential player on the
it reassured me that putting in a ladder in there and talk to the and really wanting to win. there. A lot of my top schools Mets made him one of my idols.
hard work really does pay o . team about the upcoming game are also D1 in volleyball so I Not only did I admire his skill
On top of that, it was a great and everything we would need Tell us one thing about know that the club will still be but also his work ethic and what
way to end my senior year. to do as a team to win. Doing yourself that not a lot of very competitive. seemed to be a very kind person.
that was a great way to reassure people know?
As a senior captain on the the team that we could win this Do you know what you want What is your favorite music
team, how much do you value and that never failed to get us Ever since I started to play to study in college? If yes, to listen to warming up for a
being a leader? excited. varsity sports, I have been very what and why? game?
superstitious. One of my big-
Volleyball is a sport that really Who has been your biggest gest superstitions is that I have I do not know exactly what I roughout the whole day
relies on working together as role model over the years and two lucky hair ties that I would want to major in but I do know before a game I always listen
a whole. It’s very important to what have you learned from wear throughout the whole that I want to have a profession to my gameday playlist which
pick each other up and have each them? season from practices to games. that involves helping others. includes all of the songs that
other’s backs. at is why after A couple of my other supersti- During my spring break I go to get me hyped and give me the
every point we bring it into the Coming onto my rst varsity tions are: if I played well in a Nicaragua and help build better con dence that I need to win.
middle, whether you contributed sport as a sophomore I was very game I would wash the clothes and safer homes for underde-
to the play or not, and get excited nervous. I had never played that I wore for that game and veloped communities with the If you could have one super-
for each other or ensure each volleyball in such a competitive wear them for the next and go- club at our school called Bridg- power, what would it be and
other that we got the next one. setting and Rizzotti wanted to ing into playo s I didn’t wash es to Community. After the why?
Being one of the captains I took make me a starter. I looked to- my kneepads either for the
upon the position of reminding ward teammate Lauren Dono- same reason. rst trip I went on I realized Mind reading so I could
the team of our core values. hue to guide me in practices that I wanted to do something know where the setter is going
and games. Lauren was a senior Will you continue to play similar as my profession. to set the ball before she does
What is your favorite team and the year before she played volleyball in college? If so, and put up a big solid block.
activity, pregame or postgame my position and was very good Who is your favorite pro-
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interested in contributing to charitable JUDI charity.

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nancial assets, such as stocks, you will nancial assets to a charity, you are also taking

need to consider several factors, includ- them away from your portfolio. is could be

ing taxes, your portfolio balance and the an issue, especially if you repeatedly donate

reputation of the charity. Let’s look at these areas: the same types of assets. For example, if you’re donating

Taxes – Your donations to quali ed charities (those that some growth-oriented stocks, will you lower the overall

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enue Service) can give you tax deductions – if you itemize You may want to consult with a nancial professional to

deductions on your tax return. However, due to recent tax ensure your charitable gifts will still allow you to maintain a

law changes, the standard deduction for 2018 has almost portfolio balance appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance.

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for single lers. As a result, you may be less likely to itemize homework to make sure you are giving to a reputable char-

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reasons, to make charitable gifts. However, if you give appre- charity should spend at least 75 percent of its income on

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