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Mahopac News 04.28.22

VOL. NO. Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022

Temple Beth Shalom marks Holocaust Remembrance

Event takes on more meaning with war in Ukraine

BY DONNA CHRISTOPHER rial (Yom Hashoah, April 27-28) with a memorial service at the the violin’s acquisition by a new lom Rabbi Sarah Freidson. After
CONTRIBUTING WRITER last Sunday. synagogue, including a viewing owner, a 12-year-old girl from the movie, attendees participated
of the 2016 short documentary the Bronx, and recounts how the in discussions about the story.
With the Russian invasion of Holocaust Remembrance experience changes both their Facilitators helped lead the con-
Ukraine, the annual Holocaust Day is observed as Israel’s day of lm, “Joe’s Violin,” which follows lives. versation by answering questions.
Remembrance Day took on even commemoration for the approxi- a moment in the life of a Polish
more meaning this year. mately 6 million Jews and 5 mil- survivor of the Holocaust from About 50 people attended the e memorial’s organizer, Ber-
lion others who perished in the the time he decides to drop o event. It began with a candle- nice Guest, carried a copy of her
Temple Beth Shalom in Ma- Holocaust. his 70-year-old violin during a lighting ceremony and memorial
hopac marked the annual memo- local instrument drive through prayers led by Temple Beth Sha- SEE REMEMBRANCE PAGE 3
Sunday’s event was marked

About 25 members up Mahopac for Earth Day
of the Mahopac Leo
Club, along with some
help from club advisers,
parents, and members of
the Town Board (Coun-
cilmen Frank Lombardi,
Bob Schanil and Su-
pervisor Mike Cazarri),
helped clean up the
town last Saturday to
mark Earth Day (actual
date, Friday, April 22).

e volunteers gathered
dozens of trash bags
of garbage from along
Route 6, Croton Falls
Road and East Lake
Boulevard. Afterward,
the crew was treated to
a pizza party.

Leos clean

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REMEMBRANCE “Yonkers is an urban area, We know genocide can
and the kids came from di er-
FROM PAGE 1 ent places,” she said. “ ey were

father’s autobiography, “May I around racism. When he’d talk happen. We see it as our
Help You, Sir—A Journey Back to them, he’d say he felt sorry
to Human Dignity;” written as a for the Nazis because they were

memoir by Philip Schlossberg. so full of hate. e kids were in
Both of Guest’s parents were tears. One time a girl who was

responsibility to rememberfrom Poland and survived the from Germany said to my father,
Holocaust. so you don’t hate me? I was never those who perished and to
Guest said Schlossberg wrote brought up with hate. He didn’t make their memories
hate the Germans or anybody.” a blessing...’
the book to help educate people
about what happened. She said Interviewed in the documen-
neither of her parents talked tary, “Joe’s Violin,” 91-year-old
about it when she was growing Joe Feingold tells the story of
up. how he and his brother arrived
in New York after being liber-
“My mother buried it. My fa- ated. He was born in Warsaw in
ther started to talk about it when

he came to the school in Yonkers 1923, and during the Holocaust -Rabbi Sarah Freidson
Temple Beth Shalom
where I taught math. He talked was forced to labor in a Siberian Event organizer Bernice Guest, left,
with Rabbi Sarah Friedson
to the students,” Guest said. work camp for three years, from

At last year’s Holocaust Me- 1943 to 1946. After the war, he

morial Day, Guest spoke about acquired a violin in a German leading one of the “Joe’s Violin” You see people are inside with genocide can happen. We see it

her father’s story. And recently, displaced person’s camp, which table discussions following the the walls down. You see how as our responsibility to remem-

she said she shared the story at he took with him when he and lm. “He told the story...without they were living. ey had beau- ber those who perished and to

the temple. his family came to America. He being morbid. He had hope. He tiful homes. ey had beautiful make their memories a blessing

“I bring the book to share moved to New York, married his took this small thing and created things. It’s wiped away. It’s kill- in the way we live our lives and

with anyone here,” Guest noted. wife Regina, and became an ar- something so beautiful. He cre- ing [me]. It’s like how it was in instill Jewish values and create

e autobiography is about a chitect. ated a legacy that will forever be the Holocaust.” community.”

man who, in spite of his inhu- Before the war, he used to play in that school.” Rabbi Freidson said the tem- A photo on the back cover of

mane experiences, learned to the violin for his family. e in- Attendee Shelly Lapa said ple commemorates the Holo- Guest’s father’s book shows her

love his life in the United States strument became a symbol of the lessons of the movie and the caust every year with a di erent as an infant being carried by her

as an American Jew lled with life Joe shared with the students Holocaust itself are even more event. parents. e family arrived in

freedom and human dignity. at a Bronx school. His donated striking now in the wake of the “ is began with a ceremony New York on Ellis Island and

Proceeds from the 2018 book violin was given to a student Russian invasion of Ukraine. of remembrances. ere’s can- moved to Yonkers but moved

are donated to support Holo- named Brianna. e lm follows “You have to make some kind dle-lighting. We have six can- around frequently, Guest said.

caust education. Joe’s story to when he and Bri- of connection in this world. Es- dles. Each candle represents one In addition to becoming a

Guest recalled how her father anna rst meet. At that meeting, pecially now in Ukraine when million lives that were lost. It’s math teacher in Yonkers, Guest

began giving his talks because she plays a song on her violin they bomb the buildings. You important to keep the memo- was an assistant professor at

education was very important to that Joe’s mother used to love. look inside the houses,” she said. ries and stories alive and to live Bergen County Community

him. “He chose life,” Guest said, “ ey show that in the videos. vibrant Jewish lives. We know College where she ran a Holo-

caust memorial program similar

to Sunday’s event at the Temple.

Frances Tesler, a Mahopac

resident since 1965, comes to the

memorial every year. She said it’s

important to commemorate the

Holocaust.

“My mother came from Hun-

gary, and she told me she used

to write to her relatives and all

of a sudden she stopped getting

letters from them, so she gured

that they perished,” she said. “I

didn’t know these relatives, but it

is my heritage.”

Running the movie, syna-

gogue member David Michaels

added, “I think it’s important

to provide a way for everybody

in the community to remember

PHOTO: DONNA CHRISTOPHER what happened and this is our
A candle-lighting ceremony was part the Holocaust Remembrance way every year of getting togeth-
Day event. The audience watches the short Oscar film, “Joe’s Violin.” er to commemorate that.”

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Alleged drug dealer charged in murder of Carmel woman

BY BOB DUMAS drew E. Krause, who ordered Pul els, a bag of lime, and plastic wrap Pulliam’s co-conspirator said it cut State Police, and the Putnam

EDITOR liam held without bail. from a shed by Pulliam’s mother’s was buried. County District Attorney’s O ce

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022 OPINION MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 13

Jesus comes to Heartbreak Hotel

OF HUMAN to church on Easter Sunday father happy,” he replied. away from the bar. It had a sign su ering.
INTEREST with my father and how much And that was that. A person written in drippy red letters It was a Monday morning,
I loved him on those occasions. that told the story of most
LORENZO shouldn’t worship God to please of the men who lived there: clear and bright. I stopped at the
GARO e happiest day of the year for his father. I stopped going to HEARTBREAK HOTEL. cottage to say hello to the boys.
him was Easter, the Resurrec- Mass, except on, hypocritically, Jack sat on the edge of the bed,
Istarted this column on tion of Christ. Easter Sunday. My father would Everyone tried to help Jack. and I could tell his back was
Easter Sunday, intent on have killed me if I didn’t. He was in his 70s, frail and bothering him. I asked how he
writing about the glories of It’s actually not that great extremely shaky on his feet. was doing
springtime. I pictured days of a leap to go from springtime I didn’t notice much of a Jack was once a prominent
light, bright yellows, tender to Jesus. In fact, the more I di erence between being a steeplechase race rider. It’s a “Screw ’em all but six. Make
greens, red birds singing in think about it, spring holds the churchgoer and a heathen. I very dangerous sport. He’d them pallbearers.” Jack always
the sycamore trees and maybe same promise that Jesus does: began studying Buddhism, broken nearly half the bones in said that when he wasn’t feeling
a little baseball. I could see a Rebirth. I’ve been born again which really doesn’t require his body. well. He started to say some-
father and son playing catch three times, once in 1980, again a god. e whole thing with thing. I looked in his eyes and
in the sunshine, a day spent in 1982, and for the nal time, Buddhism is to get yourself Walter never left the cottage. saw Jesus.
digging in the garden, a riot I think, in 1991. It never took. enlightened. And if I failed at He’d lost his legs to frostbite,
of blossoms on the cherry tree, I don’t go to Mass anymore. that, a half dozen vodka tonics passed out drunk in a railroad e rst person I told was my
last year’s song-sparrow com- did the trick. Every day after car. I spent many hours with father.
ing back to nest. My springtime at’s about 2,600 mortal sins. work, I stopped at Kean’s Bar Jockey Jack and Walter, drink-
column would surely write So, for me, unless the nuns were in Mahopac… to get enlight- ing beer and listening to their “How did Jesus look?” he
itself. I wanted to write that only trying to scare us, heaven is ened. at’s where I met Jockey stories. I was only too happy to asked.
the joy of spring, budburst, and out of the question. Jack, who turned out to be one be a y on the wall.
warmth, hope and healing, the of the closest friends I’ve ever “Forlorn.”
deepest love, is the joy buried in I stopped going to Mass had. By some strange cosmic Heartbreak Hotel was the I haven’t mentioned that when
your heart. I know, very sappy. when I was in my 20s. I told coincidence, through Jack, I got end of the road—desperation I visited Walter the same thing
But I got sidetracked. I started my father that I’d been going reborn for the rst time. road. e roof leaked, the water happened. I looked in his eyes
thinking about the times I went through the motions for a long was i y, the rooms cramped, yet and saw Jesus a second time.
time and was beginning to feel e funny thing is that God Jack and Walter had deep spiri- So, what took place that
silly spending so much time didn’t gure much into Jack’s tual lives, though not the kind morning? No doubt, my state
kneeling on Sunday mornings. calculations. He once told me that come from prayer and devo- of mind played a big part. Is
He was very surprised and sad- that God was in a book, and tion. eir spiritual lives came Jesus a state of mind? Is love?
dened. “You should go anyway,” he didn’t read. Jack, along with from years of hurt and sorrow. Is springtime?
he said. a half dozen other men, lived As you shall see, what happened
in a small cottage only steps at the cottage came from their e only thing I know for
“Why should I?” I asked. sure is that I saw Jesus in
“Because it would make your Heartbreak Hotel and my
father believed me.

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As American as shepherd’s pie

ON progressives about whether or not coaches. ey play “DAY-O... What I don’t like about John
ASSIGNMENT the “designated hitter”should be ran the DAY-O...” Sterling is that he sometimes
universal. Starting this year it is, so numbers, the “Ba- doesn’t understand the main
RICK conservatives and progressives can analyzed nana Boat di erence between television and
MELÉN go back to arguing about much the data, Song,” radio. On radio, the audience can’t
less important stu . Now, when it’s popu- made see the game, so as an announcer
Raining down from the sky, the pitcher’s turn to hit, someone lated the popular you have to describe it to us: “And
all across the land, baseballs else gets to strike out in his place, spread- by Harry that’s ball four, so the Yankees
as big as hailstones mark and the pitcher gets to say,“I could sheets, Belafonte, have a lead-o walk. Except the
the beginning of the long and have done THAT, and I would and discov- over the umpire called it a strike.” Since we
arduous unfolding of a competitive have done it a lot faster.” ered that the PA. I don’t can’t see the game, we won’t know
season unlike any other. How em- hitter usually if you wait an extra second for the
barrassing that America’s Pastime Also, new this year is an elec- hits the ball right really know why. umpire to actually make his call
is British. e story that Abner tronic communications system be- over there, and they stick Perhaps someone before you make yours. Recently
Doubleday invented baseball is it- tween pitcher and catcher, so they three elders there. e hitter, made a study of what gets in extra innings the home team
self an invention, since it had been can trade signals back and forth spooked by all the elders, tries people riled up at a ballpark, and batter came up in extra innings
played in various forms since the to decide what pitches to throw. to bunt to the place where the bananas came up bigger than with two men on and launched
1700s. In 1845, the Knickerbocker It’s to prevent runners on second anyone expected. Next time I’m at a towering shot that would have
Club of New York published a base from seeing the catcher’s sign elders used to be, and strikes out. the stadium I’m going to slip the won the game: “IT IS HIGH,
set of rules that made the Brit- and tipping the upcoming pitch Next year the elders will have to word “banana”casually into the IT IS FAR, IT IS... GONE!”It
ish game of “rounders”uniquely to the hitter. e kinks aren’t all be where they usually are, so the conversation and see if I can stir turned up a few moments later
American. It may not be perfect, worked out yet, so instead the run- hitters can go back to striking out up the fan base. Also, and I’m not of course, right in the out elder’s
but the game of baseball is as close ner on second hears the pitcher for other reasons. sure if this is new or if I’m just glove. It wasn’t quite high enough,
to dramatic purity as sports is say, “WHAT DID YOU SAY?” more irritated by it than I ever and wasn’t quite far enough, and I
likely to get. And the catcher says, “SLIDER, But baseball is still good com- used to be, but they play what had spilled my co ee all over the
LOW AND AWAY.” And the pany, especially on the radio. I like sounds like a loud civil defense front seat of my car for nothing.
at doesn’t stop the commis- runner on second says, “SLIDER, John Sterling, he’s the Yankees’ alarm every time a Yankee pitcher My co ee was... GONE!
sioner of Major League Baseball LOW AND AWAY.” And the good-humored play-by-play guy reaches a two-strike count. In and
from tweaking the regulations to hitter says “I HEARD.” And on the radio. We see eye-to-eye of itself it’s already annoying, but Join Rick and Trillium on the patio
try to improve the television rat- strikes out anyway. about a lot of things, and in two what if we come under a nuclear at Barnwood Grill in Granite
ings and ballpark attendance, while sentences I’ve used up my hyphen attack just when a Yankee pitcher Springs, Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m.!
causing conservatives to argue with Next year we’ll say goodbye to quota for the day. I agree with his reaches a two-strike count, and Reservations recommended! Look
the “shift,” may it rest in peace. common complaint that there are everyone at the stadium fails to for Rickster Melen on Facebook! Say
an awful lot of unnecessary and realize it because they’re already hello at: [email protected]
at’s a defensive alignment that annoying sound e ects played sounding that stupid alarm?
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Walk this way

BRUCE of 23rd Street). I was fortunate quality of life. eye of the beholder. I know fascination for this little kid,
THE BLOG to have inherited a real nd from What I do remember, fondly, that. ere are people who live which has not lessened one bit
a business acquaintance who in these parts who are happy for the little kid who never left
BRUCE needed larger quarters. e spa- as a then-newly divorced to keep their distance from the me.
APAR cious, one-bedroom apartment 20something, is sowing my wild island kingdom 40 or so miles
in the doormanned Cooper oats: trolling the action-packed due south. e No Yorkers can’t UNDERHANDED
If you were to read journalis- Gramercy building set me back singles bars on the Upper East stand the bumper-car cab drivers UNDERGROUNDERS
tic chronicles of life in New a very reasonable $550 a month. Side, summering with shares in and tra c congestion. ey can’t
York City 40-plus years ago, the Hamptons and Fire Island, stand the too-close-for-comfort Lately, though… I have to
you would nd a sordid picture at tidy sum was enabled and losing my voice (and my proximity of so many other admit disappointment. e bad
of a city reeling into chronic dys- by the building owner’s par- mind) in the upper tier last row humans ooding the sidewalks stu being perpetrated by bad
function. “New York City in the ticipation in the state-regulated behind the right- eld foul pole and indoor venues. ey can’t people that’s roiling the under-
late 1970s was plagued by severe Mitchell-Lama rent-stabili- at Yankee Stadium for Game 6 plug into the perpetual energy ground transit system nally,
economic and political troubles zation program. ( e building of the 1977 World Series, when that makes it, as Frank croons, after all these years, is causing
unlike any the city’s inhabitants owner has long since exited that a certain Mr. October smashed the city that never sleeps. ey’re me anxiety. Right now, I’m not
had experienced before.” at’s program, reverting to unregu- three home runs to send the just not city folk, and that’s just rushing to ride the NYC sub-
the opening sentence on the lated rental fees. As a result, the Dodgers back to la-la-land as way system. In fact, I have been
American Experience page of unit I inhabited currently rents losers. (On a press junket in ne. Not everyone needs to be or purposely avoiding it.
PBS.org. It goes on to say “crime for about seven times what I Palm Springs, Calif., several even should be.
rates rapidly increased as drugs, paid back in the day.) years later, I’m squeezing into I look forward to training into
vandalism, and theft became the the middle seat of a ight to My endless love a air with the the city on Metro North (which
norm.” SOUNDS OF THE CITY Los Angeles, and I nd myself Big Apple started when I was a is a pleasure to ride) about once
I was very comfortable there, scrunched between two large lad. My dad would tow me along a month to meet with a long-
For me, those blunt assess- men, before realizing, to my on the occasional Saturday when time friend on a ghostwriting
ments about the state of the despite such facts of city life astonishment, the guy on my left he would catch up on some work project. Once I disembark the
city underscore that there is a as the 5 a.m. wake-up call I is Reggie Jackson, then with the in his o ce at 220 Fifth Avenue, Metro North train, though, I do
distinction between that kind didn’t ask for, “ringing” each day California Angels. He slept most directly across from the park not look forward to subwaying
of public history and one’s own outside my window, as garbage of the way, but I engaged him in that was the site of the original it to get where I’m going. And
personal history. trucks and other noise-making a very short conversation as we Madison Square Garden in the that makes me sad. When it’s
behemoths barreled their way were landing.) late 19th Century. not sullied by people with ugly
From 1977 to 1984, I lived at crosstown on 23rd Street. intentions, the subway is marvel-
401 Second Ave. (at the corner NO YORKERS Lunching at Horn and Hard- ously e cient and easy to use.
My recollection in general as Meanwhile, back in Yankee art’s Automat, with its cool little
a Manhattanite is not one of self-serve, coin-operated win- My friend lives on Union
living in fear, or even of having territory… I’ve always been a dows showcasing the food, made Square, about a two-mile
anxiety attacks about what is sucker for what I see as magi- me giddy. Being dwarfed by the amble from Grand Central,
now described by historians as cal Manhattan. It’s all in the sky-high, super-size Tinker Toys
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In the classroom, respect is a two-way street

STRONG Dear Dr. Linda, lack of respect toward teachers screaming at the class. He’s not use us as mirrors. If we’re sar-
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most of them are stressed due to their students. As I walked past
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FROM PAGE 10 ing from hunger in South Flor- Advocacy is about protecting tion of young leaders waiting
ida, Africa, India and Jamaica everyone who’s threatened by Young people, developmen- in the wings, sadly invisible to
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paign to try to end gun violence. government programs. lack of opportunity and hun- to progress, and recognize that young people are ready to be
González, then 18, emerged as ger and poverty; not just your each new day can provide an uncomfortable, recognize the
the leader of this new movement Young people are not ham- friends and monied interests. opportunity for discussion and intersectionality of their causes,
and co-founded the gun-control pered by reason. ey dream big, compromise. ey are frustrated and they are willing to act as col-
advocacy group Never Again and their rst instinct is to con- Young people appreciate al- by deep-rooted power brokers laborators, making constructive
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Indians catcher Gianna Lafaro appears to dance into second last week at PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN
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BASEBALL

Indian bats awaken as ’Pac
takes two from Brewster

BY SKIP PEARLMAN “Defensively, we had a few inning, our bats came alive. PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER hiccups, but that was a big char- “ at was probably the best
acter win for us,” coach Myckie Matt Bilichuk went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for Mahopac in a win over
e Mahopac baseball team Lugbauer said. “ ree times start by Mante I’ve seen all sea- Brewster.
needed something to pull them Brewster scored to go ahead, and son,”Lugbauer added.“He threw
out of the doldrums, and as it we responded each time in the strikes and was in command of
turns out Brewster was the rem- bottom of the inning. Our bats the zone. He really dominated.”
edy. woke up, that was great to see.
DeBrocky, Dacey, and DeMat- e prior Wednesday at John
After getting no-hit in a 10-0 teo all had huge hits for us. I was Jay (7-3), the Patriots put nine
loss to John Jay last Wednes- very proud of how our guys came runs on the board in the rst
day in East Fishkill, the Indians back and ended the week on a three innings. And John Jay ju-
feasted on Bears pitching in a winning note.” nior righty Hayden Tarsia took
12-1 win ursday at Brewster, care of the rest,not allowing a hit,
and followed that up with a nail- e prior ursday at Brew- while striking out seven, over ve
biter on Saturday, winning 8-7 ster, it was all Indians. Mahopac innings.
on a walk o hit from senior An- plated four runs in the rst, and
thony DeMatteo. added one in the second to pull Watts took the loss for Ma-
away early. hopac, with George Palmiero
Saturday at Mahopac (3-8, and Nevan Nystrom pitching in
2-1), the Indians trailed 2–0, and Mante earned the win on the relief.
6–4, before tying the game in mound with an impressive com-
the sixth inning on an Andrew plete-game performance, allow- “John Jay is a good team, but
Dacey two-run single. ing one run on three hits, with we did not show up to play that
three walks and 13 strikeouts. day,” Lugbauer said. “Two errors
DeMatteo came up in the sev- in the rst, and two more in the
enth with the bases loaded, and Koch, Matt Bilichuk and De- second…andTarsia just added to
singled. DeMatteo nished with Matteo each drove in two runs, it. He threw strikes, but we were
one RBI, going 2-for-4. Tyler Tyler Castrataro went 3-for-4 in the doldrums and couldn’t do
DeBrocky drove in three runs with one RBI, and Conor Watts anything right that day.”
and went 2-for-4,Dacey nished drove in a run.
with two RBI, Joey Koch went Mahopac was scheduled to
3-for-4 and drove in one run,and “ at was a huge game for us,“ host Somers Wednesday, Gree-
Anthony Mante doubled. Lugbauer said. “We had been ley Friday, and travel to Our
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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 27

‘Pac laxmen top Fordham
Prep, lose to Somers

Jake Degnan’s hat trick sparks
o ense against Fordham

BY SKIP PEARLMAN Tommy played a great game in goal to keep us

CONTRIBUTING WRITER going.”

e prior Tuesday at Somers, the Tuskers got

Mahopac boys lacrosse team picked up a 7-5 the better of possession and walked o with a

victory Saturday at home over Fordham Prep, 10–7 victory.

with Jake Degnan’s hat trick and one assist spark- Koch had two goals and one assist for Ma-

ing the o ense. hopac,Viglucci and Mike Rettberg each had two

Gavin Viglucci had a goal and two assists, and goals, and Harney had one goal and three assists.

Luke Kelleher, Mike Harney, and Ryan Geoghe- Evans won 15 of 22 faceo s and grabbed

gan each had a goal. Danny Koch had one assist. nine ground balls, and Jacobellis had nine

Chris Morris won 9-of-17 faceo s, and picked saves in goal.

up ve ground balls, and Sean Massett had four “It was a back-and-forth game,” Bota said.

ground balls.Tommy Jacobellis made 14 saves in “Somers got the best of the possession, and they Indian junior Gavin Viglucci had
a goal and two assists in a win
net for the Indians (7-4),who led 4–3 at halftime. dominated the last half of the fourth quarter.
over Fordham Prep.
“Fordham came out and scored early in the Some frustration led to a penalty on our guys,and
PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN
third,” Indian coach Jon Bota said. “We were that’s when they sealed it.”

down a goal in the third before we went on a Mahopac was scheduled to visit RCK Friday,

four-goal run, which was sparked by Jake. And and host Arlington Tuesday.

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PAGE 28 MAHOPAC NEWS SPORTS THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022

LACROSSE had two goals and two as-
FROM PAGE 23
sists, Eva Jennings had two

goals and one assist, and Erin

pair of scores to make it a 3-2 Harney scored twice. Juliana

game. Mangione, Adriana Pranzo

After a quick timeout, the and Mia Del Bene each had

Indians got on track and one goal, and Shayla Fen-

never looked back, control- nessy and Hannah Harney

ling draws and scoring at each had one assist.

will, dropping a 10-1 urry Kayla Wescott stopped ve

on the Admirals to build a shots on goal, and Bella Skyu

13-3 halftime cushion. made two saves for Mahopac.

“Early in the game I e prior Wednesday at

thought we came out a little Wappingers, Panny set a

at,” D’Amore said. “But school record with 13 points,

during the timeout we chat- scoring ve times and hand-

Sophomore mid Juliana Mangione (11) beats ted, and the girls turned it ing out eight assists. Colucci
the Admirals keeper from close range.
around and didn’t stop. We scored six goals, Jennings had

dominated on attack, had a ve, and Przymylski nished

lot of good connections. And with a hat trick. Mangione

we got a great ending, with added one goal.

Hannah Harney assisting on “ at was a nailbiter,”

an Erin Harney goal. D’Amore said. “Wappingers

Indian senior Mia Del Bene looks for a shot. “Mia Del Bene also did came out strong, and it was

a great job controlling the back-and-forth for the rst

defense,” D’Amore added. half. In the second half we

“I also thought Kayla West- outlasted them; we had great

cott did a great job in goal, enthusiasm and motivation.

and Ally Savino did a great Panny was awesome; she

job riding and slowing their was on re. It was de nitely

transition. And Ava and Av- impressive. And Audrey and

ery dominated the draws, Ava also had a great game.”

and got the attack started.” e Indians were sched-

Audrey Colucci nished uled to host Hendrick Hud-

with four goals, Savino had son this past Tuesday in their

a hat trick, to go with two rst league game, visit Brew-

Senior attacker Nicole Panny (21) set a assists, Nicole Panny scored ster ursday at 6 p.m., and

PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN school record with 13 points (five goals, eight twice and dished out four John Jay CR Saturday at 6
Indians sophomore keeper Kayla Westcott looks for a shot. assists) in a win last week over Wappingers.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 29

OBITUARIES

Hope Alexis Mantovi and his wife Casey. Hope is also survived friends. the rst one ready to celebrate it.Hope’s very
by her cousins Taylor Brennan, Tommy Hope was an exceptional and beautiful essence was one of light and love. Her heart
Hope Alexis Mantovi of Mahopac passed Brennan and Anthony Colletti; her neph- was bigger than most. In her own special
away on Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022, at the ews Mason and Maddox Delahanty and a young woman who cannot be described in way, she truly touched the hearts of anyone
age of 23 after su ering a brain injury. Hope countless number of extended family and only a few words. Her short life was lled she met.
was born on Nov. 15, 1998, in Mount Kisco, with love, laughter, and kindness. She had
to Joseph A. Mantovi Jr. and Claudine Ni- an extraordinary way about her that would Hope’s thoughtful and kind nature and
cole Colletti, both of Mahopac. Hope grad- captivate anyone in her presence. Her bright overwhelming desire to help others has tran-
uated from Mahopac High School in 2017 blue eyes and infectious smile could light up scended her life on earth. In her nal act of
and was a student at Parsons School of De- a room just by being in it. She walked with a kindness and love, Hope has given the most
sign in New York City. spring in her step, and a sparkle in her eyes. precious gift anyone could give—she has
She was kind, loving, strong, smart, silly, given the gift of life to countless individuals
In addition to her parents, Hope is sur- sassy and so much more. through the donation of her organs.
vived by her stepmother,Anna Mantovi,and
stepfather, Frank Ciano; her paternal grand- Hope had a are for style and design, and A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrat-
parents, Joseph and Phyllis Mantovi; ma- an e ortless ability to see the beauty in the ed on April 20 at St. John the Evangelist
ternal grandmother Joann Wiley. She was simple things. is enabled her to excel in Church in Mahopac.
predeceased by her maternal grandfather the world of art and design, and to pursue
Stephen J. Colletti. Hope is also survived a career in architecture, which led her to at- In lieu of owers, please make contribu-
by her stepsisters Lauren (Ryan) Delahanty tend Parsons School of Design from which tions to Hope’s GoFundMe Page. A por-
and Lindsey Robbins; her aunt Lisa (Man- Hope will be awarded her Bachelor of Fine tion of these funds will be used to help the
tovi) Brennan and her husband Tommy; her Arts degree in architectural design this May. St. Barnabus Hospital ICU purchase equip-
uncles Stephen S. Colletti, Paul M. Colletti ment to save lives. Or contribute directly to
Hope loved spending time with her fam- St. Barnabus Hospital, ICU Department,
ily and friends. She loved life and was always 4422 ird Ave. Bronx, NY 10457.

REFUGEES distance,” Wojcik said. “Doing this supply drive. McConville reached time of need is what we do. In this helping refugees,” she said. “As a
makes me feel useful. e Polish out to the New York State Frater- case, we’re helping local residents mother myself, I know—a dona-
FROM PAGE 7 people have opened their homes to nal Order of Police, which agreed and the international community.” tion to those in need will make any
the Ukrainians. ey are housing to serve as the 501(c)(3) organiza- mother proud.”
to www.amazon.com/registries/ refugees, feeding them, trying to tion handling the donations so that Odell said Mother’s Day week-
custom/1ED7SRUY8TKFR/ get their children into schools. It’s individuals and organizations who end is the perfect time for a hu- For the list of ways to donate
guest-view. not for a week or two. It’s going to are able to make large donations, manitarian e ort, particularly one and items needed see: putnam-
be for a very long time.” like the cost of shipping, will be that is helping mothers and chil- countycares.com/ukraineaid.
Monetary donations are espe- able to receive a tax deduction. dren and the families who are sup-
cially welcome. Wojcik recom- Putnam County Sheri Kevin porting them. For more information on Put-
mends these three organizations: McConville noted that Putnam “ e Sheri ’s Department will nam County, see putnamcountyny.
deputies are highly skilled at orga- be on hand to provide whatever “ is year, along with buying com.
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www.pah.org.pl/en/donate to help during the weekend-long said. “Helping the community in a dents might consider donating to Article courtesy of County Executive’s
www.caritas.eu/caritas-ukraine one of the organizations that is O ce
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