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Sean Reichbach named Human remains
Top 300 Scholar discovered in
Somers High School senior recognized by Regeneron Muscoot Reservoir
Science Talent Search 2021 Missing person’s case
from 1989 reopened
BY CAROL REIF skills, commitment to academics, inno- Hala Mirza, Regeneron’s senior vice
STAFF WRITER vative thinking and promise as scientists. president of corporate communications BY CAROL REIF
and citizenship, said the projects that STAFF WRITER
ree local teens are among the top e scholars were announced on this year’s crop of “student leaders and
300 scholars in the Regeneron Science ursday, Jan. 7. innovators” presented “demonstrate the Authorities are trying to identify human re-
Talent Search 2021, the nation’s oldest power of science.” mains found in a car submerged in the Muscoot
and most prestigious science and math e competition gives students a na- Reservoir in Somers on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
competition for high school seniors. tional stage on which to present original “ ese are the inspiring problem solv-
research. ers who will help address the current and According to Chief Joseph Castelli of the
ey and their schools will be award- future challenges facing our world,” she White Plains Police Department, the discovery
ed $2,000 each. It also celebrates the hard work and said. has prompted his agency to reopen a missing per-
discoveries of young scientists “who are son’s case from 1989.
e scholars are: Sean Reichbach bringing a fresh perspective to signi cant Program alumni include recipients
of Somers High School and Niharika global challenges,”the organization said. of the world’s most coveted science He said ursday, Jan. 14, that the remains are
Bhattacharjee and Scott Weitman, both and math honors, including 13 Nobel being examined forensically.
of Yorktown High School. is year, research projects cover top- Prizes, 11 National Medals of Science,
ics from bioinformatics to public health six Breakthrough Prizes, 21 MacArthur Police will not release any names until testing is
Reichbach’s project was titled: “Does and energy e ciency. Foundation Fellowships, and two Fields complete and the person’s next of kin are noti ed,
the American Political System Harm Medals. Castelli said.
United States Representative Democ- “ e remarkable drive, creativity, and
racy?”; Bhattacharjee’s project was “Digi- intellectual curiosity that each one of On ursday, Jan. 21, the Society for Police are working with the New York City
tal Dental Triage: Automated Digital these scholars possesses represents a Science announced the names of 40 - Department of Environmental Police, the agency
Diagnosing System for Dental Cavities hopeful outlook for our future and our nalists in the Regeneron Science Talent that oversees the reservoir, and the Medical Ex-
Using Arti cial Intelligence”; and Weit- collective wellbeing,” said Maya Ajmera, Search. aminer’s O ce.
man’s was “Emotional and Social Impact president and CEO of the Society for
of Autoimmune Diseases”. Science, publisher of Science News, and From March 10-17,they will take part DEP personnel had discovered the car during a
1985 Science Talent Search alum. in a competition for more than $1.8 mil- routine check of the reservoir’s bottom, a spokes-
e Regeneron Science Talent Search lion in awards provided by Regeneron, man said Wednesday, Jan. 20.
scholars were chosen from 1,760 appli- Noting that many students’education- which is based in Tarrytown.
cants from 611 high schools across 45 al experiences have been disrupted by the State police divers helped DEP personnel re-
states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, COVID-19 pandemic, Ajmera said she ey will also have the opportunity move the vehicle from the water near a boat ramp
and 10 countries, including China. was “incredibly humbled”to see budding to interact with leading scientists and to o Route 100 between Whitehall Corners (in-
scientists and engineers who are “eager tersection of Routes 100 and 35) and Moseman
ey were judged on their research to contribute fresh insights to solving the SEE REICHBACH PAGE 4 Avenue.
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The Staff OBITUARIES
EDITORIAL TEAM he enlisted in the United States Conservation Advisory Board of in Westchester County, which
Coast Guard, seeing one year’s the town, always a staunch ad- supports critically ill children and
[email protected] active duty before entering the vocate of nature preservation. their families. But by far his most
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER reserves. In 1965, he began a In recent years, he continued to beloved activity was playing with
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ADVERTISING TEAM career as a nancial auditor with their wooded acres, harvesting who found their “Pa” to be a fun-
General Foods in White Plains. the dead trees, splitting them for loving, sometimes “goofy,” but al-
[email protected] He earned an additional degree their wood stove and earning the ways caring playmate. He is sur-
BRUCE HELLER during his working years, an nickname “woodsman.” Since his vived by his wife Mary Ann, their
[email protected] John Raymond M.A. in Communication from retirement, he and his wife were two sons Douglas (Dana) and
Moore Fair eld University. In the early extremely thankful to have trav- Todd (Nora), their four grand-
LISA KAIN days of “electronic data process- eled abroad numerous times and children Ariana, Cam, Fiona and
(201) 317-1139 ing,” he became a pioneer in the were especially happy to have Liam, his sisters Dolores (Pat)
CORINNE STANTON John Raymond Moore passed eld as an auditor and strate- discovered his cousins in Italy, Gruet and Debra (Gary) Wilkin
[email protected] away on Wednesday, Jan. 20, gic planner. As GF underwent through exhaustive genealogy re- plus numerous nieces, nephews
JAY GUSSAK 2021, at the Putnam Hospital many changes/acquisitions, he search. In his spare time, John did and cousins.
[email protected] Center in Carmel. was promoted to diverse posi- extensive reading and study, espe- In lieu of owers, contribu-
(917) 446-7757 He was born on Oct. 2, 1942, tions, retiring in 2002 as Execu- cially on world economic trends/ tions are welcome to one of
SHELLEY KILCOYNE to the late John R. Moore and tive Vice President of IT for Best a airs. If he’d had his own wish as his favorite charities, ASPCA
[email protected] Corrine Teresa Cimarelli Moore Foods Baking Companies. a young man, he always said, he’d or Friends of Karen, 118 Titi-
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/DESIGNER in Norwalk, Conn. In 1960, he In 1972 he married Mary Ann loved to have studied philosophy cus Road, North Salem, NY
graduated from Wilton High Shank of York, Pa., and they built rather than nance. 10560. Arrangements are being
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL School, where he was co-cap- a house in the woods of Somers, At heart he was a very kind and made by Clark Funeral Home, 4
CREATIVE DIRECTOR tain of his football team and which they shared their entire gentle man, especially devoted to Woods Bridge Road, Katonah,
voted the best all around ath- married life. He and Mary Ann animals and children. He con- New York 10536.
CHRISTINA ROSE lete his senior year. In 1964 he cleared the land themselves, and tributed generously to the ASP-
received a B.S. in Finance from he diligently saved every possible CA as well as to Friends of Kar- SEE OBITS PAGE 4
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[email protected] Boston College. at same year tree.In the 1970s he served on the en, a local organization founded
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State senator commends several Somers residents
BY CAROL REIF fectionately known as “Wood-
STAFF WRITER stock”), they were able to trans-
port several tons of food from the
Being recognized for one’s food drive sites to participating
hard work and dedication is food pantries.
“lovely,” but it pales in compari- e couple enjoyed working
son to the blessing of being able with Harckham, “a really nice
to help other people. guy,” Maureen Warren said.
“ at was the greatest award ey were grateful for the op-
of all,” says Somers resident portunity to “participate in some-
Sarena Diamond Meyer. thing good and positive.”
Meyer and the dozens of Addressing food insecurity is
volunteers who comprise the always important, but it’s crucial
Somers Mask Army have made now that so many folks are out of
more than 5,000 protective face jobs, or are otherwise impacted
coverings and other PPE, such by the pandemic, she said.
as ear-saving headbands, over “Rev. Vink, Maureen, and Rick
the past 10 months. deserve our gratitude and recog-
e gear was distributed to nition for their strong commit-
hospitals, nursing homes, health ment to ensuring residents in our
care workers, rst responders communities have enough food
and local residents. to eat,” said Harckham, who rep-
e dedicated group was re- resents the 40th District.
cently honored by state Sen. Pete “ ey are part of an amazing
Harckham, along with Somers group of volunteers who worked PHOTO COURTESY OF MAUREEN WARREN
residents Maureen and Rick at the food drives—all of them
Warren, who took part in his ready to contribute their time Somers honorees Rick Warren, Maureen Warren and Sen. Pete Harckham at one of the food drives that
food drives; and the Rev. Mar- and energy to make a di erence,” they helped organize.
tha E. Vink, rector of both the he added.
Drew Methodist Church in Car- e Mask Army honorees Harckham said. “At a time when
mel and First United Methodist were: Meyer, Sherri Donovan, people were feeling down, the
Church in Brewster, who helped Susan Bennett Hintze, Amanda women in the Somers Mask
with the South Salem Demo- Kandel, Carrie Delaney, Lynn Army reached out to help their
crat’s anti-hunger e orts. Stangarone, Dawn Niece, An- neighbors. ey truly deserve
Working with local pantries, drea Jansson Borgelt, Nicole Br- our thanks for their e orts.”
Harckham organized eight food uscella Piazza, Wanda Hickey, Rev. Vink, who is also active
drives in 2020. Maureen Miller, Kristin Dwyer, in the social and racial justice
He and volunteers collected Catherine Halleran and Priya movement, helped coordinate
more than 30,000 pounds of Sundararajan. the most recent food drive at
food, personal hygiene items, and Meyer, a mother of three who her Drew Methodist Church in
diapers. works for IBM, said it was ex- Carmel.
ey were also able to raise tremely important to acknowl- She was key in helping
$10,000 in donations. edge the dozens of folks who Harckham’s o ce partner with
e drives were held in Sleepy labored behind the scenes. the Putnam Community Action PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM STAUDTER
Hollow, Peekskill, Mohegan Anyone who couldn’t sew do- Program and the Gilead Presby-
Lake, Brewster, Carmel, Bedford, terian Church in Carmel, which Recipients of Commendation Awards from state Sen. Pete Harckham
Pleasantville, and Mount Kisco. nated fabric, supplies and mon- were the recipients of the dona- include the 14 women who are part of the Somers Mask Army, and
ey. Meyer’s ancé and youngest Maureen and Rick Warren of Somers.
e Warrens participated in daughter were among those pa- tions.
seven of those events. tiently and meticulously snip- At the Brewster food drive, Harckham noted that he be- ence,” posted Rev. Vink on Face-
Maureen, a retired Bedford ping out squares of fabric. Oth- the pastor unloaded and sorted lieved the one held at the Car- book, saying she was “surprised,
teacher, mobilized dozens of vol- ers delivered the masks. donations and then helped to mel church was the most suc- humbled, grateful and honored
unteers through her union, New “ e pandemic has created transport donations to the food cessful of all eight events. to work with others in our area
York State United Teachers (NY- extraordinary challenges for all pantry in town. It collected 8,000 pounds of seeking to make our part of the
SUT). of us, and it has required that Dozens of members from her food and $1,000 in donations. world a better place.”
With Rick at the wheel of the ordinary citizens step up, pitch two congregations volunteered “I have always believed we all “ e work continues,” she
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REICHBACH 10 awards range from $40,000 science,” said George D. Yan- “ is year’s nalists repre- these students have been using
to $250,000. copoulos, a Yorktown Heights sent many of our nation’s most their ingenuity, resourcefulness,
FROM PAGE 1 resident and Regeneron’s co- promising young scientists. and STEM skills to work to-
e top 10 winners will founder and chief scienti c of- Even during a global pandemic, ward a better future,” he said.
display their projects to the be announced during a live-
public. streamed virtual awards cer- ce. Q&A with Sean Reichbach
emony on March 17. Yancopoulos credits his STS
Usually held in person in experience for helping put him e following Q&A was provided articles involving European coun-
Washington, D.C., the 2021 More than $3 million in on a path that led him and his by Somers Central School District tries, which studied voter turnout
event will be held virtually to awards will be distributed. team to invent several of the Communications Coordinator as a quantitative indicator of voter
keep nalists and their families world’s most important medi- Amanda Bergen: interest in democracy.
safe during the ongoing pan- “It’s an honor to welcome cines, including antibody cock-
demic. the Regeneron Science Tal- tail treatments for Ebola and
ent Search 2021 nalists to COVID-19.
e nalists are each award- the community of alumni who
ed at least $25,000, and the top share a drive and passion for
BIG GAME SPECIALS Senior Sean Reichbach has Q: How are you conducting
been selected as a top 300 Scholar your research?
#1-TWO FOOT AMERICAN OR PARTY WEDGE #3 SIX FOOT AMERICAN OR in the 80th Regeneron Science
ITALIAN $80.00 ITALIAN $270.00 Talent Search, the nation’s old- Reichbach: I’m measuring
#2 THREE FOOT AMERICAN OR est and most prestigious science voter turnout and some other
Half Tray Chicken Wings ITALIAN $140.00 Half Tray Chicken Wings and mathematics competition for measurements of representation in
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Blue Cheese or Ranch to do some form of a biomedical
project. However, my interest in Q:What do you plan to study
political science quickly took over, in college next year?
and I decided to do research into
di erent aspects of the American Reichbach: I hope to continue
political system. I am an avid fan researching this topic in college
of literature on elections and re- under a political science depart-
search on the structures of global ment, and eventually I hope to
governments, and over the sum- practice election law, or perhaps
mer with the 2020 election being cover elections or politics for the
right around the corner I became media or as a professor. Speci -
partially interested in research cally, the nerdy data science aspect
of politics is of interest.
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age of 82. about yourself; to know him was to
Born on Jan. 7, 1939 in Inwood, love him.
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SOMERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Buildings determined to be in ‘great shape’
$25 million in possible upgrades identi ed; gure represents 7% of total assets
BY CAROL REIF behind that there are challenges done the district’s BCS/Five-Year building of what the team deter- ally need $2 million in paving and
STAFF WRITER that may be impacting the health Plans many times before. mined the district’s future priori- walkway replacements.
and safety of a school … that may ties should be.
Schools in Somers have just be critical and have to be xed “ ey know the buildings,” he When asked why potential
brought home a good report card. right now.” said. Each site was rated “satisfac- paving costs at SIS were radically
tory.” ( ere are only two such higher than those at SMS, Hauser
According to the school dis- In 2015, the team performed Somers’ four schools and bus identi ers: satisfactory or unsatis- explained that although they’re
trict’s team of architects and en- more than 16 million square feet garage represent a “very signi - factory.) on the same campus, the bus loop
gineers, all of its buildings are in of BCSs for schools throughout cant community asset,” Hauser and the drive between the two
“great shape.” the lower Hudson Valley. said. All items identi ed were Prior- buildings are “assigned” to SIS.
ity 3, or age-related, meaning the
“You’ve done an excellent job “Compared to other districts, Totaling more than a half-mil- equipment or systems are func- SIS will eventually also need
of taking care of them,” Walter P. you have very nice facilities, main- lion square feet, they could cost tional, but are nearing the end of window replacements, $160,000;
Hauser of KG+D Architects told tained in very good conditions. So $350 million to replace. their useful life. lighting upgrades, $560,000; and
the Board of Education on Tues- you shouldn’t take anything we’re ventilation upgrades, $350,000.
day, Jan. 12. presenting tonight to be alarm- e cost gures presented in e high school was built in
ing in any way. It’s just a planning the plan—in the context of that 1967. At Primrose, built in 1955, it
Hauser presented the ndings model and tool for your next steps fact—“is a relatively modest num- breaks down this way: paving and
of the most recent Building Con- within the district,” Hauser told ber in general, but also compared Its eventual needs–and project- walkways, $1.9 million; oor-
dition Survey (BCS) and a Five- trustees. to other districts,” he added. ed costs–were identi ed as: paving ing, $150,000; boiler, $2.1 mil-
Year Plan, both mandated by the and walkway replacements, $2.6 lion; automated building controls,
state Education Department. Priority 1 are “red ag” things e team listed highlights of million; window replacements, $280,000; and ventilation, $1.3
– such as major structural defects recent work done by the district. $700,000; oor replacements, million.
Other team members were: that could prove life-threatening $300,000; boiler replacement,
OLA Consulting Engineers (me- if not addressed. At the high school, this includ- $700,000; automated controls up- e bus garage was built in
chanical, electrical and re protec- ed roof replacement, resurfacing grade, $300,000; and auditorium 2009, and as the district’s newest
tion), Insite Engineering (site en- In order, the next three priori- of athletic elds and upgraded re rooftop HVAC units, $300,000. building, was “exempt” from the
gineering), and Watsky Associates ties address health and safety or and smoke alarms. BCS, but not from the ve-year
(roo ng consultants). property damage; age-related or SMS, built in 1936, will even- plan.
required per new code; and “desir- Roofs were also patched or re- tually need: paving replacements,
e survey helps districts pri- able” upgrades. placed at Somers Middle School, $100,000; window replacements, Because that building is so new,
oritize capital projects in its ve- Somers Intermediate School and $250,000; boiler replacement, “there were really no major de -
year plan. At present, the district has no Primrose Elementary School. $1.2 million; steam trap replace- ciencies with it at all,”Hauser said.
Priority 1 designations. ments, $150,000; automated
Superintendent Dr. Raymond As well as paving, there were building controls, $300,000; re Its major identi ed needs were:
Blanch explained that the state Assistant Superintendent for upgrades to SMS’s bathrooms alarm upgrades, $175,000. asphalt crack repair and sealing,
mandate aims to “ensure that a Business Chris Platania noted and lighting. SIS got new build-
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the BCS/ ve-year plan is sub-
mitted to the state. next ve years of continuing to year identi ed $188,000 in an-
e bottom-line numbers for do the same.” nual savings and $3 million in
each building were: Primrose
($7.9 million); SIS ($3.5 mil- A serious chunk of cash could self-funding capital upgrades.
lion); SMS ($4.8 million); SHS
($8.2 million); and the bus ga- be o set if the district secures an e so-called “scope opportu-
Energy Performance Contract. nities” included: LED-lighting
at adds up to a grand total of
$25 million. An EPC is an agreement upgrades; roof-mounted solar ar-
e team was not recommend- with an energy service company rays (state aid eligible); and boiler
ing that the district do the work
at this time. (ESCO) that installs, maintains upgrades.
“It’s our obligation to identify and manages HVAC or electri- e district has received mul-
what work falls within these cat-
egories. So right o the bat, it’s cal systems that improve energy tiple proposals from ESCOs and
important to know that you have
no Priority 1 work. at means e ciency—and that could be will review them in the next few
you have no issues that pose any
imminent danger or risk to your as simple as weather-stripping weeks.
students,” Hauser said.
doors. Blanch summed up the neces-
While “not to be understat-
ed,” costs should be viewed in To be eligible, these have to be sity for a BCS/Five-Year Plan.
the context of the “value” of the
“self-funding” within 18 years. “ e reality is these are things
It provides schools with al- you have to pay attention to.
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are not subject to voter approval want them to happen in one fell
or competitive bidding require- swoop; you want to plan them a
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e incurious American Sing me a lullaby
to understand the very people cited politics as the reason they “I was singing ‘Happy
they were supposed to aid and think they were targeted.” I
comfort. know it shocked me. Only half Birthday?’”
BRUCE COMMON GROUND TRACY “Yes.To someone named
THE BLOG It’s not unlike how, today, If you are someone who goes BECKERMAN Earl.”
on social media to talk politics,
BRUCE on our own soil, we don’t allow me to ask a dumb “I was singing ‘Happy
APAR have the humility or curiosity question—two, in fact—1)
to understand each other’s What do you think is going to Birthday’ in my sleep to
Written by two politics. We may as well be happen? 2) Why do you bother
Navy veterans, strangers to each other in going there in the rst place? someone named Earl.”
Eugene Burdick a strange land, more ready “Because I’m a masochist” is an
and William Lederer, “ e to ght than nd common acceptable answer, and one of “Yes. Who’s Earl?”
Ugly American” is a 1950s, ground. the few logical ones.
fact-based novel that paints “I don’t know anyone
an un attering portrait of Ours is the politics of Me No one is saying you deserve “Honey wake up,” said named Earl.”
America’s ill-fated, decades- because You don’t count. Only to be harassed for valiantly my husband urgently. “Is there something you’re not
long e orts to win the hearts Me. OK, but what about We? advertising your political “What?” I said, telling me?”
and minds of the people of Try asking that question on sentiments on the slippery sitting up in bed. “What’s wrong.” “NO!!”
Southeast Asia. a social media forum where soapbox of social media,
politics is broached, and then but are you truly surprised “You were singing in your “ en why are you singing to
Featuring characters set your stopwatch to how long when the put-up-your-dukes
based on real people, the it takes before you’re laughed pugnacious types pile on the sleep.” him?”
highly in uential best-seller o the page. harassment?
depicts how the pretentious, “What? You mean snoring?” “I DON’T KNOW
patronizing attitude of e incurious American is all NAME CALLING
America’s diplomatic corps of us. Social media triggers our How does Pew de ne “No. Singing. You woke me ANYONE NAMED EARL!”
led to our ceding a strategic super cial impulses, inviting us
advantage to the Communist to be incurious. To be curious online harassment? “O ensive up.” “Unless you do.”
regime, which was shrewder in doesn’t suit the hit-and-run name-calling, stalking, physical
how it engaged the indigenous pace of social media. threats, sexual harassment, “I don’t sing in my sleep. “Look, I’m really sorry I was
inhabitants of the region. purposeful embarrassment.”
We joust with each other In other words, the detritus of “Well, you were singing singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to
e book’s iconic title for the bloodsport of it, not the incurious. It’s a lot more
quickly became a catchphrase, for the edi cation of anybody, fun—and much easier—to tonight.” someone named Earl in my sleep,
synonymous with the including ourselves. We know insult than inquire. Someone
arrogance of Americans’ what we know and nothing who slings such mature stu as “You mean talking?” who I honestly don’t know, and I
behavior when confronted by else matters. name-calling isn’t interested in
foreign cultures we don’t deign learning anything new. ey’re “No, singing?” woke you up.”
to understand. ONLINE HARASSMENT interested in hiding behind
I just read a Pew Research bravado. “Seriously?” “OK.”
Another word for that
holier-than-thou attitude Center statistic that “roughly It’s not about your position “Yes.” “OK?”
is incurious. ose military four in 10 Americans on Trump or Biden, or whether
advisors weren’t curious enough have experienced online you bleed red or blue, or lean “Well, what was I singing?” “Yeah, but I have one
harassment.” I’m sure it will
come as a shock to you that SEE APAR PAGE 17 “I don’t know. I was asleep.” question.”
Pew says “half of this group
“Well, what did it sound “What?”
like when you woke up? Was it “Do you take requests?”
gospel? Jazz? Pop?
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King of the hill!
WHATWAS the creation of his new habitat. supervision of his condo and the at-screen TV and knocks Gus. He’s now been a part of
needed a long cat nap. the DIRECTV out. His condo, my life for a month, and we’ve
is tower or “kitty condo”as however, is now the choice of certainly come to terms with each
Gus hasn’t given up his favor- record. My lap comes in a very other. ere is something so very
ITHINKING? I call it, is like nothing I’ve ever ite spots: after breakfast, he will close second. comforting in having a living, lov-
seen. It is 5-feet, 2-inches high sleep in a ray of warm sunlight on ing and fun furry creature. He’s my
RUTHANN my bed; he sits in the kitchen or As you may recall, there was a buddy and now o cially the king
SCHEFFER with ve levels. Each level has a dining room windows, and yes, time when I wondered if I’d made of the hill.
he still infrequently vaults up on the right decision in adopting
di erent feature, a nice scratching
rope, a tunnel, a small house with
two entry ways and a swinging
Ihadn’t planned to write so ball hanging from the top level.
soon again about Gus.
Went through quite an Gus explored each level as Paul
meticulously constructed the
condo. When he completed it, we
awakening a few weeks ago and had to strategically place it where
thought I’d share. A large, heavy Gus couldn’t y o the top on to
box was delivered to my front the replace mantel.
door; so heavy that I couldn’t move As Paul and I watched in
it. I saw by the label that it was a wonderment, this super intel-
cat tower and had been shipped ligent cat investigated each level.
from my son, Matt. When he reached the fourth level, Russell Girolamo Jr Stephanie Girolamo Burke Jennifer Thorp Gregory Bell
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with his trusty tool box, brought fth: bop, bop, bop — he punched
the box in and opened it. As he it like a boxer punches the bag.
carefully removed the parts, Gus en he jumped up on the top
watched every movement. He level, turned around a few times
didn’t miss anything: sni ed each and then sat proudly surveying
part, scratched at the posts, walked his kingdom. After Paul left, Gus
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2020: THE YEAR IN REVIEW- Part II
MAN helmet secured properly, but es- a chicken breast at rst, so good By the way, I hope to have evolved that it comes with, and let it
OVERBOARD caped injury when his parachute thing he did not become a sur- enough to be able to outrun a drink from its sippy cup. When
successfully deployed. is is ex- geon. By the way, if you’re looking sloth. it’s done, it goes to the bathroom
RICK actly the kind of thing that wor- for fresh thinking, try wrapping on its own potty. It pees glitter
MELÉN ries me when I drive my wife’s your brains in Saran wrap and PARROTS IN WILDLIFE PARK and poops special charms for
new car. Nothing in it is labelled, storing them in Tupperware MOVED AFTER SWEARING AT a charm bracelet. is sounds
You probably think you’re so I have to gure out what the instead of aluminum foil. I wish I VISITORS bizarre, but it’s true, and I knew
pretty well-informed, read little icons that are above the had discovered that brain myself, girls in high school and college
the “New York Times” buttons mean. ere’s an icon I’d take great care of it, punch Several African grey parrots who su ered from similar delu-
and watch Fox News, even pick that looks like a snow ake, which some holes in a shoe box and feed at a British wildlife park were sions, and hence would not give
up “Popular Mechanics” every I pressed once, and it did start it every day. And my head, I’d be removed from public areas after me the time of day. ank good-
now and then. to snow, which gave me con - scratchin’while my thoughts were the sta noticed them hurling ness I wore a watch. If you really
dence. ere is also a picture of busy hatchin’, if I only had a brain. expletives at the guests. Ap- want to brighten up your day,
While I wouldn’t brag about what looks like a nuclear fallout parently, due to the pandemic, go onto any site where they sell
that, it would be worse if you symbol, so I avoided that. ere PREHISTORIC FOOTPRINTS more people than usual donated this doll, and look at the reviews.
went around picking up me- is a picture of a car seat over one OF WOMAN CARRYING A parrots to the park, and people in One said (and I swear I’m not
chanics who weren’t even that switch, and even though it might TODDLER BEING CHASED quarantine tend to curse a lot. In kidding), “Worked correctly only
popular. But I bet you haven’t be an electric seat warmer, what BY SABRE TOOTHED CAT my fantasy, the zoo management the rst time. After the rst time
heard these stories, because you if it isn’t? If it’s an ejector seat, I’m FOUND it clogged and will no longer pee
don’t look under the same rocks going to go ying over the Bear nds out that the attendant near in the potty. We have had to pour
as I do. Here are more highlights Mountain Bridge, AND my rear Footprints dating back 13,000 the parrot has a habit of swearing the water out of her mouth.” As
from 2020. end will STILL be just as cold years were discovered in New all the time and they bring him crazy as this all sounds, the doll
when I land. Mexico that suggested the story into the o ce with the intention might be useful in teaching chil-
MAN ACCIDENTALLY EJECTS of a woman carrying a child while of ring him, but it turns out dren not to set your expectations
HIMSELF FROM FIGHTER BRAIN WRAPPED IN trying to elude a saber-toothed he learned the words from the too high during toilet training.
JET ALUMINUM FOIL WASHES UP tiger, a mammoth and a giant parrots. By the way, I have a joke:
ON BEACH sloth. What amazed me about this a priest, a rabbi and a parrot walk ese are the stories that cap-
A 64-year-old French man item is how much the scientists into a wildlife park. I haven’t n- tured our imagination in the year
whose colleagues arranged for A Wisconsin man found what knew about this woman’s comings ished it yet, but the parrot swears 2020. e fact that our imagina-
him to y in a ghter jet as a looked to be a brain wrapped in and goings, and I wonder if maybe it’s funny. tion was eventually returned to us
surprise, panicked and inadver- aluminum foil on the shore of they were stalking her, too, but unharmed is truly a blessing.
tently grabbed the ejector seat Lake Michigan. He immediately were smart enough to cover their MAGIC POTTY SURPRISE
button, propelling him from the called police, who de nitively tracks. e scientists concluded I felt compelled to include this Watch Rick’s video “We Went Dark
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Coverage continues on Page 24.
Brian Halper races to ﬁrst in the 300-meter dash.
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READING, week and wondered if I remem- where I had worked from 1981- high school seniors just signed and enthusiastic educator. I nar-
WRITING & bered her. She had been a college 1982. In the email, she said that up for the class to have Mr. rowed down my Google search
CHOCOLATE intern in the small public rela- she remembered me because I Goodman as their teacher! is and took a chance sending a
tions agency where I had worked was one of the only people that joyful educator made learning two-page letter and copies of
KIM from 1985-1986. She recognized was kind to her and taught her Hungarian fun. my columns inside of a holiday
KOVACH my name and photo (even wear- public relations writing. Wow! greeting card.
ing a pink baseball cap!), and I only had one semester of
From the moment we are recalled that I was fun to work at was 40 years ago! Hungarian with Mr. Good- A couple of days into the
born, people pass in and with and that she had learned a What a wonderful feeling to man. I had already planned to New Year, I drove to the Cross
out of our lives: Parents, lot about public relations. I was know that I made such a positive graduate early in January and go River post o ce to pick up my
siblings, grandparents, neighbors, so pleased to be remembered impression on these two women straight to college. After high mail. At the bottom of the stack
childhood friends, teachers, class- fondly in this surprise email. years ago. I beamed with pride school graduation, Mr. Good- was a large red envelope with
mates, co-workers, dates, spouses, for a few days. en I thought, man and I kept in touch through R. Goodman in the corner! I
etc. In November, I received a I can’t just accept these lovely holiday cards until 1990. But literally shrieked with happiness
lovely email from a di erent gifts of positive memories. I I did not forget him. I have as I opened the envelope in the
A few people make signi cant woman (Hi Heidi!), who read need to reach out to my favorite thanked Mr. Goodman in previ- post o ce. Mr. Goodman and I
impressions; many are just ships my article in the winter issue high school teacher, Mr. Robert ous columns: “ ank a Teacher” have reconnected. We’ve chatted
passing in the night. of Westchester Senior Voice Goodman. in 2018 and “Graduation” in on the telephone twice so far, for
magazine and wanted to reach Mr. Goodman was my 2019. is special teacher had no more than one hour each time,
Last April as we were all out. She said that she recog- Hungarian teacher at Bayside idea that one of his students had not just as teacher and student
hunkered down in the beginning nized my name and photo (a High School, the only New written about him and kept him but as friends!
of pandemic mode, I received an tiny headshot wearing a goofy York City public high school to in high regard since the 1970s.
email from a woman (Hi Berna- fedora!) and wondered if I would o er Hungarian language as an Kim Kovach makes ction writing
dette!), who said that she read my remember her. She had been a elective. My father’s family is I resolved to nd Mr. Good- fun with classes via Zoom for
column in the newspaper each recent college graduate hired at Hungarian, so I couldn’t wait to man and let him know how adults, teens and children. www.
the rst public relations agency take this class. But most of the much I valued him for setting kimkovachwrites.com
a wonderful example as a kind
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Small changes can provide big results FELLER
Many of us use the new GUEST is power! each day. FROM PAGE 20
year as an opportunity CORNER • Read the labels on the items • Stop the negative self-talk
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current activity level and become unhealthy snack, ask yourself anxious or before eating. a will would not have a divorced
injured, while others may simply A 2012 analysis published in if you’re actually hungry or just spouse automatically removed
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from personal experience.) Toxicology found that if just half thing with extra nutrients like a make change easier. Maybe buy a directing all probate assets to a
of Americans ate one more serv- piece of fruit or nuts. new cookbook that will help you separately created irrevocable
Instead of leaping ahead with ing of fruit or vegetables every with new healthy recipes or per- trust may have an ex-spouse
unrealistic goals, think about day, 20,000 cases of cancer could • Set yourself up for success by haps one that provides a healthier removed from just the will itself
ONE thing that you can im- be prevented every year. cutting up fruits and veggies and version of your favorites. and not the related trust.
prove. Maybe you can switch keeping them in your fridge for a
to purchasing organic fruits You can certainly commit to nutritious snack on the go. Consistency is key, so it is To avoid confusion, divorced
and vegetables when it comes eating just one more veggie every important to develop habits that spouses may clear up inconsis-
to the Environmental Working day! • Fill up half your plate with will remain with you as your tencies through properly drawn
Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen.” vegetables and a quarter with initial motivation decreases. separation agreements that
What other small changes high-quality protein and a address estate concerns. Making
e EWG has trademarked the could you implement? quarter with a complex carbohy- ey say motivation can get you a new will is an intelligent deci-
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the 12 crops that are contami- HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS potato. you going.To stay on track, try following a divorce.
nated with more pesticides than IF YOU NEED SOME creating a healthy support system
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peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, minute or two every hour. • Cut down on the cream and None of this is especially estate planning. Alan D. Feller
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e new dinner table
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GUEST WRITER roasted chicken and rice pilaf, we ate; deciding what to make or tional food pro le. is is due to of enjoying foods they need and
meatloaf or pork chops and buy for dinner was already tough a variety of reasons, namely the foods they like at the same time.
It wasn’t too long ago when mashed potatoes made their way enough for parents, so exposing evolution of culinary choices and
the standard American dinner onto our tables with bland veg- themselves or their families to availability of more eclectic ingre- ese diverse food choice
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Tuskers start season with strong results
Winter track season to be contested outdoors
VRarosuitnydup(1/20-1/25) Brian Luciano proved that you can jump
and throw in the cold and Patrick Eames
set a personal best in the hurdles. Sam
Rivilis and Lawrence Weinberg were the
multi-event standouts on the day and
Brian Halper won the 300 after taking the
o -season training seriously and putting
racing plans into e ect. Overall, this was a
BY ROB DIANTONIO very happy day and we hope we get more
CONTRIBUTING WRITER like it the rest of this winter season. We
Winter Track and Field have a very special team this year and I am
so proud of each one of our athletes for
their heart and will to succeed when given
e winter track and eld season is nor- an opportunity.”
mally contested indoors with most meets Earning second place for the boys were
held at the Armory Track and Field Cen- Lawrence Weinberg (55-meter dash, 7.2),
ter in Manhattan. Jaden Abreu (triple jump, 30-03), Halper
is season will be unique to say the least, (55-meter hurdles, 9.36), Rivilis (shot put, Somers’ Corryn Watt won the 55-meter PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
with all meets taking place outdoors in frigid 36-06; weight throw, 41-04 3/4) and No- hurdles for the girls.
temperatures. Somers’ season began with a lan Kavanagh (long jump, 14-11). The Tuskers’ Brian Luciano won the
meet against Fox Lane that was contested weight throw (pictured) and shot put.
Taking rst place for Somers’ girls
with half the eld competing at home with team were Nieve Mahood (600 meters, cur. From the bus drivers who transported
the other half at Fox Lane on Jan. 21. Team 1:47.36), Corryn Watt (55-meter hurdles, Quigley (long jump, 13-0) and Avni Mad- the athletes, to the administration who
scores were not recorded for the meet. 11.11), Isabella Viscovich (300-meter dash, hwesh (1,500-meter race walk, 9:23). coordinated, to the parents who helped
“I was so happy that our team was able 44.96), Megan Spencer (shot put, 31-04 “Lauren McCartin placing second was a remind their athlete to bring their mask.
to compete in the meets at Fox Lane and 1/2; weight throw, 37-07), Victoria Olsen pleasant surprise,”Vegliante said of her per- It can only occur with dedicated people
at Somers,” Somers boys coach Jesse Ar- (3,000 meters, 11:54.05) and Jordan Han formance in the 600 meters. “She’s new to who realize the importance of athletics
nett said. “ e opportunity to race on a (1,500-meter race walk, 9:01). the team but a very athletic talent who can during a pandemic. e ability to compete
track, jump in a pit or throw from a circle Somers girls coach John Vegliante have an impact right away.” against others teaches our student-athletes
has been a long-awaited dream for many thought the distance runners stood out. Vegliante thought it was a positive start so much more than they can learn when
of our athletes over the past year. I believe “Both the 3,000 and 600 were stand out to a season the Tuskers are ecstatic to be isolated. And running against Fox Lane
the athletes performed beyond expec- races for us at the meet,”Vegliante said.“All able to compete in. seemed more like a unifying event than
tations and with a strong sense of self- those girls did a great job.With a split meet, “I thought the rst meet went well,” he anything else. We all came together to
discipline. Warming up, competing, and I was unable to watch all the races live, but said. “Our veterans led the way for us and push ourselves to be better and that’s ex-
pushing oneself in the cold weather takes I went back and watched the replay. Even some newcomers showed a lot of promise. actly what happened.”
a focused approach. ere is a reason in- knowing the results already, watching it Overall, it was a great start to the season. Boys Swimming (0-1)
door track is done indoors. It’s cold in the back, I still couldn’t believe Olsen won the Competing outdoors adds several chal-
winter but our athletes love this sport, no (3,000-meter) race. With 100 meters to lenges but we are just happy to be able to
matter where we compete. Many athletes go, I thought no way she gets there, but it compete right now. It was the rst time rac- SUFFERN 111, YORKTOWN/SOMERS 69
yearn for competition and these small dual was a phenomenal kick. It wasn’t just her, ing back on the track in almost a year for Wednesday, Jan. 20
meets give us an opportunity to make this though. Gabby Parisi (fourth) and Noelle all these girls. To be out there with all your Somers sophomore Jay Wilkinson won
season positive.” DeMarinis ( fth) were right there as well teammates is special and we feel lucky to two individual events in Yorktown/Somers’
Event winners for the Tusker boys were going back and forth throughout and all get this opportunity.” season opening meet. Wilkinson placed
Samuel Rivilis (55-meter dash, 7.19), putting in a great performance. Nieve Ma- Arnett gave credit to everyone who is rst in the 200 freestyle (2:04.22) and 100
Liam Palmieri (triple jump, 33-03; long hood winning the 600 and Ella Kittredge helping make winter track and eld pos- butter y (1:01.87). Wilkinson was also part
jump, 17-0), Hayden Klein (600 meters, running well was no shock. ose girls have sible during the COVID-19 pandemic. of the 200 medley relay, which placed rst
1:31.61), Patrick Eames (55-meter hur- been top runners since their freshman year.” “It takes a lot of extra time and planning in 1:54.46.
dles, 8.23), Brian Halper (300-meter dash, Finishing second for the Tuskers girls to run a meet during the COVID era but Luke Hopper, a freshman at Somers, was
40.65) and Brian Luciano (shot put, 44-09 were Kaitlyn Krug (triple jump, 24-10), we have many people who want to give our a member of the 200 freestyle relay, which
3/4; weight throw, 52-01 3/4). Lauren McCartin (600 meters, 1:51.42), student-athletes the learning experience came in rst in 1:45.76.
“Hayden Klein proved that all the o - Isabella Milojevic (55-meter hurdles, of competing,” he said. “So many amazing Wilkinson and Hopper teamed up in
season work does pay o by winning the 11.46), Lauren D’Agostino (shot put, 21- people have gone out of their way to make the 400 freestyle relay, where Yorktown/
600,” Arnett said. “Liam Palmieri and 01; weight throw, 17-03 1/2), Lexington opportunities, like ursday’s meet, oc- Somers nished second (4:11.44).
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