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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 02.20.20

VOL. 2 NO. 38 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

John Jay senior wins first place Residents at
for Climate Change Study odds with plans

One hot sunny Ashley Stagnari to pave Old
day last June, Ashley Church Lane
Stagnari, a senior at PHOTO COURTESY
Bay’s salt marshes,
shoveling mud from By anyone’s measure, Old Church Lane is a
speci c sites into gal- picturesque byway, covering a tad over a country
lon bags. She’d chosen mile on an unhurried journey from Kitchawan
the location speci cally Road to the Pound Ridge line. Along the way,
because sewers in parts it brushes slowly past driveways and rural mail-
of Brooklyn, Queens boxes serving a score of homes nestled behind
and Nassau County low-rise stone walls and abundant foliage.
regularly over ow,
pouring e uent into Old Church Lane is a dirt road. For many
that urban estuary. residents, that only enhances the neighbor-
hood’s bucolic ambience. But to Lewisboro
e next day, Ashley Supervisor Peter Parsons, who must provide
drove the soil samples emergency services and school o cials with a
to a lab at Cornell Uni- passable thoroughfare, the road is “a disaster,”
versity. ere, along- costly to maintain and hazardous to drive.
side graduate assistants
and in collaboration ose clashing perspectives met last week
with Dr. Todd Walter, at Lewisboro’s town hall when an outspoken,
a professor in the De- standing-room-only crowd enlivened a public
partment of Biologi- hearing on plans to give the bucolic artery an
cal and Environmental asphalt surface, better drainage and, as Parsons
Engineering, she ana- put it, “everything else it needs.”
lyzed the greenhouse
gas emissions of the By evening’s end, the Town Board had
wetlands polluted by approved a bond to nance the road’s pav-
ing, but that “doesn’t mean we have to use it,”

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cuss it. I need a fair amount of extra information.”
Whatever the conclusion, Parsons understands that
the supervisor noted. e board had agreed last month some unhappiness will likely persist. “ ere will be no carbon and nitrogen. e data suggest that in the face of
to the $370,000 facelift and set Feb. 11 for the public right decision,” he said. “ ere will never be a decision increased pollution, wetlands have the potential to be-
hearing. which will satisfy all the inhabitants.” come greenhouse gas sources rather than sinks.

ree dozen people lled every seat at the Tuesday Meanwhile, he surmised, “I may be more enthusiastic Ashley’s original research won rst place in the Earth
evening meeting. Most were on hand for a discussion of about getting this done than the remainder of the board, and Environmental Science category of the Westchester-
their beloved dirt road and its paving. In all, eight rose in part because I’m the one who gets all the complaints.” Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
to speak—some more than once—and at least a half- ( JSHS), held at John Jay High School on Feb. 8. She will
dozen speakers rejected the proposed blacktop with e Katonah Lewisboro School District, for instance, present her research at the Upstate JSHS on March 25
varying degrees of vehemence. owns its bus eet. But Parsons says the dust kicked up and 26, competing for a spot to go to the national com-
on Old Church fouls the buses’ engines. Similarly, he petition.
One resident atly told the board, “Do not pave this said, the mud that sloshes up after a downpour also
road.” Expressing a frequently heard sentiment, he said spells trouble for the engines. Looking at wetlands’ role in climate change is part of
that the rustic dirt trail was “the reason we moved here, Ashley’s broad interest in environmental issues. As a mid-
to Old Church Lane, 20 years ago.” In those instances, “the school [district] is not con- dle school student, she started a petition to halt the Cana-
cerned with the safety of buses,” Parsons observed. “It is dian government-led action to euthanize wolves. Ashley
Another speaker, Alex Potter, who lives at 40 Old concerned with the destruction of buses.” now interns with Maggie Howell, executive director of
Church Lane, described the sharp contrast between a the Wolf Conservation Center. She’s also a member of
Manhattan business meeting and the pastoral calm that Vista Fire Department members “tell me this is a the high school sustainability club led by Steven Zoeller
welcomed him home in South Salem. It would “be a joke of a road, that it reduces the life span of their vehi- and pitched an idea to repurpose plastic at Bedford2020’s
shame” to pave the road, he said in a phone conversa- cles. And they’re scared of losing an ambulance there,” Greenlight Awards.
tion this week. the supervisor said.
She credits much of the success of her science research
Geo rey Dodge has been traveling to and from his “What the re department hates is the number of project to her mentor at Cornell. “Dr. Walter was so will-
home at 54 Old Church Lane since the early 1960s. He people who get stuck in a rut and they [the re ghters] ing to talk about a lot of projects with me and connect me
expressed ambivalence about the paving, seeing pluses end up having to drag them out. ey feel they pay the with other scientists,” Ashley said. “He also helped me
and minuses. price for the road not being properly paved.” specify my interests into a tangible study.”

“I don’t like my car getting dirty all the time,” he said, Parsons acknowledged that “the people who showed She worked in Cornell’s lab for a week analyzing
and “I’d be happy if it was paved.” Still, chalking it up up [for the meeting] were almost all against” the black- the soil samples with the help of a graduate assistant.
to a resistance to change, Dodge concluded, “I kind of top plan. But, he said, “the people who wrote me letters
like the dirt road” and declared himself “more on the were almost all in favor paving.” One of the three letter roughout the summer they did the data analysis and
not side” when it came to a blacktop x. writers, Old Church Lane’s Luis G. Formoso, spoke at reviewed the results with Walter. “It was amazing to have
the hearing. He said he had heard “all my neighbors and a professor at his level to be so supportive of a high school
It could be weeks before the town makes a nal deci- I agree, the road is beautiful.” Nevertheless, Formoso student,” Ashley said.
sion on the road’s future. said, he favored paving it.
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e Lewisboro Library is locat- vantage of the “ACT/SAT Practice htm. women with life sentences, Ben- State Parole Board, and several

ed at 15 Main St., South Salem. Test” that is being o ered from 10 Family Game Night at the Li- nett worked for eighteen years as formerly incarcerated women

For more information or to RSVP, am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, Feb- brary! a public defender with a specialty will be discussing the process and

visit ruary 29. Students can take their e Library is hosting a “Fami- in representing battered women the need for reform. Both events

Library Hosts e Biggest choice of a practice ACT or SAT ly Game Night” on Friday, Febru- and the wrongly convicted. Her will be held at the Katonah Vil-

Little Farm Documentary test and receive a FREE consul- ary 21 beginning at 7 pm. Come work has been widely exhibited lage Library.

On Sunday, February 23 at tation w/C2 Education to go over in from the cold and spend some and featured twice in e New Sara Bennett’s portfolio can

4:30 pm, the Library is hosting a results to help prep for upcoming quality time with your family and York Times and in other publi- be viewed at lifeafterlifeinprison.

screening of the documentary e formal tests. Teens should arrive a friends playing board games and cations such as e New Yorker com

Biggest Little Farm. is uplifting, few minutes before 10, with their having refreshments. Photo Booth, PBS News Hour/ For more information about

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les. Sponsored by the Lewisboro urday, February 29 at 11 am. located at 26 Bedford Road, Ka- visiting program launched by o ers free weekly drop-in small

Garden Club. Families are invited to celebrate tonah. For more information, visit Bedford Presbyterian Church in group classes for digital tech-

Celebrating Black History the birthday of one of the great- 2013. W2W has connected more nologies. ese fun classes allow

rough Art est children’s authors ever - with Photography Exhibit of In- than 100 women from the Bed- you to keep up with changes in

Children in kindergarten stories, food and crafts! With spe- carcerated Women ford community with women software, updates, and your cyber

through grade ve are invited to cial guest reader Lewisboro Board From March 7th to April incarcerated at Bedford Hills security. Individual one-to-one

the Library on Wednesday, Febru- Member Jane Crimmins. 30th, the Katonah Village Li- and Taconic. ese visitors, who hour sessions are also available

ary 26 at 4:30 pm for “Celebrat- Learn the Basic Elements of brary will host a photography come from all religious back- by reservation on Mondays and

ing Black History rough Art.” Graphic Design exhibit of women who currently grounds and a liations, provide Wednesdays.

Everyone knows about Martin Do you need to create promo- are or have been incarcerated at emotional support, encourage- Electronic Media Collection is

Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and tional materials for your own busi- Bedford Hills Correctional Fa- ment and friendship to women a drop-in program each Monday

George Washington Carver, but ness or a group you volunteer for? cility and Taconic Correctional who have little to no contact with (11am to 12:30pm). is hands-

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lie Holiday, or Faith Ringgold, the Basic Elements of Graphic An opening reception, where the In conjunction with the ex- media collections available with

the men and women who helped Design” class on Saturday, Feb- photographer and some of her hibit, W2W is also organizing your library card. Bring your

shape America with their power- ruary 22 at 11 am. Discover the portrait subjects will be present, two evening panel discussions. tablets and phones to learn how

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Team Monopoly and Practice ere will also be another “Inside & Out: Selections were incarcerated at Bedford Tech Drop-In allows for small

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On Friday, February 28 at 7 on Tuesday, February 18 at 11 am. Women Serving Life Sentences of how they raised their children es and software. is help session

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CROSSING Women’s Civic brought together since the 9th Volunteer Drivers provide occasional rides to our
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FROM PAGE 2 ago. e exhibition presents enable our clients to remain active
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at’s Wild! Monty, the Incredible
Talking Dog
READING, shrubs and leave their feathers Can you imagine? Residents
WRITING & and droppings everywhere. are cautioned not to pick up Ihave a talking dog. TRACY
CHOCOLATE the frozen iguanas but to let We didn’t know it
In Pennsylvania, a man was them defrost naturally when the when we got him, of
KIM attacked by a rabid bobcat sun comes out and the outdoor course. He didn’t reveal this BECKERMAN
KOVACH hiding under his home’s front temperatures rise. Florida resi- talent to us right away. He
porch. A woman in Maine was dents are also warned not to try
Ifeel like I live in a Disney bitten on the leg by a rabid fox to “help” defrost these creatures would vocalize occasionally
movie when I glance out of while getting her newspaper by putting them in the micro-
the window and watch the on her front walkway. Hungry wave or holding them over the in dog-speak, but no one
geese ying overhead, the squir- bears are breaking into homes backyard re pit. Despite the
rels racing across tree branches, from Connecticut to California. rumor that green iguanas are really had any idea what he
birds chirping and chipmunks considered delicious in some
scampering across the lawn. But In south Florida a couple of countries and referred to as was saying because he spoke
lately media reports of unusual weeks ago, the temperatures “chicken of the trees,” residents
behavior make me think that dipped below forty degrees are warned not to eat iguanas. in his language and we spoke in hearted hello.
wild animals are getting a little and iguanas started dropping
out of control. out of the trees! Seriously! TV Considered a year-round ours and there was no Rosetta is would be a good time
weather forecasters actually nuisance in Florida, wild
In the past few months, more issued “falling iguana warnings” iguanas eat landscape plants, Stone program for either of us. to acknowledge that Monty is
than 36 coyote sightings have in Miami. burrow into seawalls, levees
been reported in Central Park. and pump stations, and leave But then one morning I came a golden retriever and golden
I don’t think the coyotes are Originally from Mexico, copious amounts of droppings.
looking for the pretzel vendors. Central and South America Florida has lots of nuisance down the stairs, as I always do, retrievers are not generally
A Manhattan man walking his and parts of the Caribbean, animals that nd their way into
dog at 9 pm even captured a the green iguana population homes and backyards every and I said, “Hello, Monty!” known for their vocal tech-
photo of a coyote trailing yards has exploded across the state day. Snakes, geckos and alliga-
behind him on a dark path in of Florida. Possibly purchased tors show up in garages, living Monty greeted me with some niques. Huskies and malamutes
the park. from pet stores or brought back rooms, sun porches and back-
from vacations, people appar- yard swimming pools. Many howling, as he always does, but tend to be the big talkers and
A town in New Jersey has ently decided to get rid of their dog walkers have been pulled
been under siege by a large overgrown reptile pets over the into ponds by aggressive and this time, he said something will often congregate around
years and just let them loose in hungry alligators.
ock of wild turkeys. Residents Florida. very clear and easy to under- watercoolers to discuss the latest
of a Toms River retirement Florida has a myriad of an-
community are afraid for their When the temperatures drop noying insects including re stand. episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
grandchildren and pets. ese outdoors, the iguanas literally ants, earwigs and palmetto
bold turkeys actually perch on fall out of the trees onto roofs, bugs. Palmetto bug is a fancy “Hello,” said the dog. But golden retrievers generally
car roofs and stand en masse in sidewalks and cars. ese large sounding name for this large,
the middle of the street ignor- arboreal-dwelling creatures can winged American cockroach I stopped mid-step. prefer to keep their opinions to
ing car horns. One man took a weigh up to eight pounds and on steroids. Florida residents
photo of a wild turkey pecking grow between 12 – 17 inches must keep the exterminator on “What?” themselves and refrain from any
at its re ection in the silver long. Used to more tropical speed-dial!
car bumper. Mail carriers have climates, the green iguanas try “Hello,” said the dog. gossip or innuendo. eir motto
reported wild turkeys chasing to protect themselves from cold Kim Kovach enjoys letting
after the mail trucks. ese temperatures by going into her curiosity run wild to nd “Joel, come here!” I yelled is “Speak softly and carry a big
brazen birds dig up plants and a state of torpor where their interesting topics each week.
breathing and metabolism slow back toward the bedroom. “ e stick... or Frisbee or… tennis
down, they lose muscle control,
and fall to the ground. dog is talking.” ball.”

I heard the door open behind We went downstairs and

me and my husband joined me the dog greeted us in a more

on the steps. traditional dog way by bringing

“What are you taking about?” us a toy, wagging his tail, and

he said, sleepily. generally just acting as though

“Watch this,” I said. I looked he were happy to see us, unlike

down at the dog wagging his our actual children who typi-

tail at the bottom of the stair- cally greeted us in the morning

case. with a grunt and a sneer.

“Hello, Monty,” I greeted “Does he say anything else?”

him. My husband wondered.

“Hello,” said the dog. To be “I don’t know,” I said. “I

honest, it was actually more like, haven’t asked him.”

“Hurro,” but it sounded close We let the dog out, even

enough and the circumstances SEE BECKERMAN PAGE 12

were certainly right for a whole-

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Shared Suds Experiences

Irealize you’re reading this At the onset, Chef went over 5.0% abv. e crisp mellowness enjoyed Apple Tart Tatin named THE
post-Valentine’s Day but that the four-course menu, divided of the pilsner and the delicate after the French hotel serving it KATONAH
doesn’t diminish the inherit us into groups and sub groups tropical vibe from the IPA as its signature dish. A pastry in BEER MAN
pleasure of a shared experience so that you and your partner were each complementary and which the apples were caramel-
with a special someone at any were responsible for preparing a reminded me that my days of ized in butter and sugar before JOHN BART
time of the year. Now.. if only course (more on what we cooked the tart is baked. Topping it o
that shared experience could below). It was fun to work libustering at the dinner table with vanilla ice cream seemed something special for one of the
involve beer… Read on for some together along with new friends as a child to avoid eating beets all the more righteous as we had courses.
informed thoughts on this topic. on our courses and Chef was are long gone. Sorry it took this dessert 2 dessert worthy stouts to
quite happy to show us cooking long Mom… try, both with creative-though- Check out www.zwillingcook-
BEER AND COOKING techniques that made our e orts slightly-creepy names. Remem- for other course
e always thoughtful Mrs. more e cient and knife skills to Our Root Vegetable Soup ber sweet goes with sweet. First o erings and the
keep our digits attached. Post paired magni cently with Ale- up was Alewife’s Don’t Disturb website for more about their
KBM got us a Food and Beer chopping and while our cre- wife’s Frau Holle - Schwartzbier My Friend, He’s Dead Tired beer and how to get a hold of it
Pairing course for the holidays ations were cooking we sipped 6.6% abv. e beer’s dark toasty- Stout 9% abv with a terri c to consume.
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makes high quality knives and I’ve touted the Schwartzbier
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notch cooking studio where they were complete, we sat down as a 5% abv session range, give one a Mostly Stout 8.1% abv… is way Market in Cross River and
o er an array of classes. e group to enjoy the foods of our try. No, I am not a paid spon- was a very unique beverage that welcome our very favorite kind
beer end of things was sponsored labor and of course, the beer. Pat sor for the Global Schwartzbier has both crushed red pepper and of new neighbor – the kind that
by e Tapsmith craft beer pub Fondiller, the brewer from Ale- Council but open to opportuni- cinnamon in it. Sort of a Yin has great beer on tap!
in Croton-on-Hudson, NY in wife picked out beers for each ties nonetheless. and Yang battle in your mouth
partnership with the terri c Ale- course and we had them in order thing going on. You’ll be happy to know that
wife brewery out of Long Island of complexity and taste, least to e not insigni cant amount Greenway continues the unique
City Queens, NY most, and then voted on which of e ort in making the Wild A great way to spend an to our area Bars in Supermarkets
one paired best. Democracy at Forest Mushroom Risotto was evening doing something a bit trend and I applaud that.
e experience itself was work! worth it when served as our di erent and even better that it Recently, Mrs. KBM and I
attended by about 15 culinarily entre under a simple chicken was spent together. We received checked out Greenway where we
thirsty students and hosted by During the 1st course, our breast. Evoking a meal at a the recipes to try at home and had lunch, a few yeast and barley
the knowledgeable Chef Bernard Beet Carpaccio adorned with Swiss Chalet in Austria, I stuck we will for sure! based refreshments on premises,
Janssen with sta that guided goat cheese cream and toasted with the Schwartzbier as it also
everyone through the prepara- hazelnuts, we sampled Alewife’s paired well with the earthiness of e same course with a dif- SEE BEER MAN PAGE 12
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and Electric Rhino Session IPA No holds were barred for des- rumor is that Alewife will brew
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BECKERMAN BEER MAN I’m biased). To update you on BEER AND CHILI
the lingo, “Juicy New England Please join me later this
FROM PAGE 8 FROM PAGE 9 Style IPA” means citrusy and
cloudy/hazy. month at one Katonah’s best
though he hadn’t said, “I need to go out,” and then when and then did some grocery annual events – e 11th An-
he came back in, I turned to him and said, “Do you want your shopping. I can recommend We had a nice hang and nual Chili Cook O on Friday
breakfast?” that order of activities but be had the pleasure of meeting 2 February 28 from 6-8pm. Held
prepared to bring home more of the 3 brothers-owners Bill at the local party venue that
He sat and looked at me quite seriously. en he spoke. bags of snack food than is and Esteban who have made also has books (Katonah Village
“Hello,” replied the dog. typical. an impressive commitment to Library) $30 ahead of time or
“Looks like he’s a one-trick pony,” said my husband. the community with their store $35 at the door will bring you
“Don’t pressure him,” I said. “He’ll lose con dence.” At the front of the store they (beer and otherwise). Co ee into a chili connoisseurs dream.
I looked at the dog and was simultaneously impressed and not. have a bar for standing/leaning and wine also available along Several versions of this homey
I’d seen videos of other dogs on YouTube who could say, “I love but that’s ne because there is with food like burgers made to dish are prepared in traditional
you,” and “I want my mama,” and “Give me that damn cookie.” also an adjacent semi-private order and a robust hot and cold and not-so-traditional ways
en there were the dogs who could call 911, rescue mountain area with plenty of seating and food bar. eir beer aisle was for your gastronomic pleasure
climbers, and sni out bombs and drugs. I’m sure my dog could super cool lighting that helps to also solid with a nice selection all from local chefs who keep
do all that, if he were trained, but at that moment while he was distinguish it from the rest of of singles available at reason- their family recipes close to the
saying “hello,” all I really hoped for was a follow-up “goodbye.” the store. able prices. For example: Ar- vest. Curated beer and wine
I decided to give up on the talking dog lessons and walked rogant Bastard Ale, a delicious selections will be on hand to
across the oor to get the dog his food. But as I stepped forward, After grabbing some deli- American Strong Ale 7.2% abv pair with the chili along with
I failed to notice that it was raining outside and the dog had left cious prepared salads and soup in tall boy can form for only non-alcoholic choices. And if
a big puddle in the middle of the kitchen oor. I hit the puddle we headed to the bar to pick about $3. And no, it is not an that wasn’t enough, there will
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“Well, he may only be able to say hello,” said my husband. all sold in sizes small and large. Give them a try. the chamber website: https://
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Bedford 2020’s Student achievements
Greenlight Award
Proposal Showcase e following students earned Dean’s List honors (unless otherwise noted) for the fall semester. is is not a
complete list and the Katonah-Lewisboro Times will continue to run Dean’s List information on a rolling ba-
Over 100 Students pitched sis.To be included,email your child’s name,university and the achievement to [email protected]
their environmental ideas
Becker College Matthew Sorkin University of Delaware
More than 35 teams from eight local high schools arrived at Sarah Ballard Muhlenberg College Elizabeth Pappas
Horace Greeley High School on Saturday, December 14 to share Bucknell University Eliana Diamond Alexandra Streisfeld
their ideas to tackle an environmental problem and catalyze be- Lauren Maloney Plymouth State University Julia Sciacca
havior change with Bedford 2020’s expert evaluators and other Canisius College President’s List Alexandra Diamond
attendees. An impressive group of forty local experts were on Nicole Dickan Isabella Pectol Haley Rohrer
hand to evaluate each team’s goals, timeline, budget, resources, Champlain College Purchase College Brianna Paul
impact metrics, and overall project potential. Demetrius Nekos Tyra Kushner University of Hartford
Clemson University President’s List Nicholas Miller Catherine Ranieri
During the two-hour event, each team was visited by 3-4 ex- Whitney Louise Hall Christopher Petrella University of New Hampshire
perts, who shared their suggestions and honest feedback to guide Clemson University Pierce Timko Julia Rietsch
the student participants toward a more impactful project wheth- Ella Ann Beresford Seton Hall University Alexis Goldstein
er that be amending the project goal, changing the scope, incor- Coastal Carolina University Nolan Fierro Samuel Hinkley
porating new resources or metrics, proposing partnerships, etc. Ashley Pirigyi Siena College University of Rhode Island
Colby College Mark Eliseo Micayla DiBiccari
In addition to providing targeted feedback, experts also rated Esther M. ielking Katrina Kurtz Juliana Grosso
each team on a variety of criteria resulting in an overall feasibility College of Charleston Presi- State University of New York at Sarah Gutter
score and made a funding recommendation. Greenlighted teams dent’s List Potsdam University of Scranton
will share the results of their projects and compete at the Green- Kaitlin Simonides Justin Tan Briana E. Helmes
light Award Finals on Sunday, April 19, at Earthshot 2030, a Hamilton College Tufts University Maria R. Deiser
community-wide event hosted by Bedford 2020 that will be held Kaitlyn Bieber Eliza Dickson University of Vermont
at Fox Lane High School to catalyze climate action and galva- Lehigh University Zach Everett Hannah November
nize the community to reach ambitious new goals. Elizabeth Strattner University of Alabama Daniel Stoddard
Miami University Caitlyn Lucadamo
Five teams from John Jay High School presented their ideas David Sorkin omas Kelly Emily Downs
at the showcase: Alex Kasel, a senior, wants to reduce excess Kate Babcock
packaging used with online shopping deliveries; the Pedal 2 e
Medal team (Alec Skrilo , Reagan Simos, Brian Williams, Jona-
than Vicente, Jacton Tlaczani) hopes to bring energy awareness
to students through the use of a spin bike; the Repurposing Plas-
tic Use team (Ashley Stagnari, Olivia Berenson, Mikaela Harris)
plan to repurpose plastics at school; James Tepper, a senior, aims
to reduce plastic waste by improving water taste and promoting
the use of re llable water bottles, and omas Dachik, Kieran
Heneghan Sam Knowlton, and Remi Sandell, are working on a
solar-powered 12-volt battery charger for the John Jay Robotics

Midge Iorio, Executive Director at Bedford 2020, thanked the
150-plus attendees for their participation.

According to Iorio, “ e Greenlight Award brings students
into Bedford 2020’s community-wide mission to reduce green-
house gasses and preserve natural resources by empowering and
inspiring them.


section title
John Jay’s Gavin Fiacco
Ferrer a runner-up; ve others place wrestles in a January match.

SPORTS EDITOR third periods, building his lead to
8-2 after another escape and take- John Jay’s Gavin Fiacco stands
Senior Gavin Fiacco, runner- down. Burrell answered back with atop the podium after winning the
up a year ago, won the 160-pound 2 points, but Fiacco controlled
Section 1 title with a hard-fought the rest of the way, holding on for 160-pound Section 1 title.
decision victory over New Ro- an 11-4 win over the sophomore
chelle’s Steven Burrell on Sunday, from New Rochelle. sectionals, with seven of them
Feb. 16, at Clarkstown South. earning a spot on the podium.
In the 220-pound nals, John
Fiacco, who improved to 34- Jay junior Matthew Ferrer fell In the 99-pound division,
6, came out aggressively but the behind 4-0 early to Sebastian eighth-grader Luca Duva took
match remained a stalemate after Garibaldi, a junior from White third place and freshman Spen-
the rst minute. Burrell scored Plains. Ferrer scored a point on cer Hadlock nished in sixth.
an escape but trailed 4-1 after the Sophomore Jake Kern nished
rst, going up 2-0, countering in fth at 113 pounds, senior
Fiacco’s forward movements with rst period. Max Grzymala nished in third
a takedown. But two takedowns e second period was all at 152 pounds, and senior Ian
and an escape for Fiacco gave him Gallagher nished in third at
a 5-2 lead after the rst period. Garibaldi, who pinned Ferrer 32 182 pounds.
seconds into the period.
e John Jay senior carried his
John Jay sent 13 wrestlers to


Oskar Lombardi is one of two boys skiers heading to the New York State Ashley Binette, Samantha Spieler, Kristen Wolfe and Rosemarie Binette are heading to the
championships. New York State championships.

Girls dominate section championships

Half-dozen boys, girls skiers heading to states

Girls skiers from John Jay/North Salem won seven of ten Wolfe third in “skimeister” (the racers with the best three-racer team at the New York State championships
nine possible medals at the Section 1 championships held combined times for all four runs—two slalom and two gi- (Feb.24 and 25) at Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua,N.Y.
Monday, Feb. 10, at Hunter Mountain. ant slalom).
Making states for their individual performances are:
North Salem’s Ashley Binette took rst in giant slalom e girls team also won sectionals, defeating Horace Spieler, Ashley Binette, Wolfe, and North Salem’s Rose
and third in slalom, and John Jay’s Samatha Spieler took Greeley, Clarkstown, Brewster, Scarsdale, Edgemont, Ma- Marie Binette.
second in both in slalom and giant slalom. maroneck, Sleepy Hollow, and Bronxville/New Rochelle.
Spieler, Binette and Wolfe will represent Section 1 as a On the boys’ side, John Jay’s Oskar Lombardi and John
Spieler placed rst, Binette second, and John Jay’s Kris- Jay’s Luke Spieler will be heading to Bristol Mountain.



Girls finish second,
boys third in league

Maiorana, Feldman named All-League

Kevin Crane competes in e John Jay girls bowling Maiorana and Zoey Feld-
the breastroke on Jan. 6.
team nished their regular man received All-League
season with a 7-0 win over honors. Maiorana nished
John Jay’s Crane
qualifies for states Peekskill on Monday, Feb. 3, with a 148 average (third

and a 5-2 loss to Lakeland in the league) and Feldman

on Wednesday, Feb. 5. nished with a 127 aver-

Even with the loss, the age (eighth in the league).

John Jay girls, 13-5 on the Maiorana also had the third-

season and 86-33 in the highest game in the league

points standings, nished with a 202.

1 point ahead of Lake- Maiorana also quali ed

land, taking second place for sectionals, which took

in League 2. It is the girls’ place on Monday, Feb. 10, at

Kevin Crane, a senior swimmer from John Jay, has the John Jay/Brewster boys swim team achieve a 15th- fourth-straight year nish- Fishkill Bowl. In the morn-
quali ed for the New York State championships in the place nish out of 25 teams.
200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butter y. e ing in second. ing session, Maiorana started
state championships will be held on March 6-7 at the Also scoring points for John Jay at sectionals was
Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island. sophomore Kieran Brown, who nished in 12th place e boys nished the out slow with games of 118
in the 200-yard freestyle with a season-best time of
He quali ed for states by nishing in second place 1:51.61. regular season with a 12-7 and 109 but nished strong
in the 200 individual medley (1:56.08) and in sev-
enth place in the 100 butter y (53.52) at the Section e relay team of sophomore Michael O’Donnell, record after su ering a pair with a 175 going into the
1 championships, held Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Felix Festa sophomore Josh Hiller, Brown and Crane placed 13th
Middle School (West Nyack). in both the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:35.77) and the of 5-2 losses to Peekskill two lunch break. At the break,
400-yard freestyle relay (3:28.18). Both times were sea-
Crane picked up 29 of his team’s 50 points, helping son bests. weeks ago. ey nished she was in 39th place. In the

in third place in League 2, afternoon session, Maiorana

their highest nish since the had games of 157, 116 and

2010-11 season. 171, which helped move her

On the girls’ side, Amelia up to nish in 30th place.

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