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Mahopac News 12.13.18

VOL. 9 NO. 43 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018

Clowning Residents hire attorney
around for to fight cell tower plan

a cause Croton Falls Road homeowners
gear up for legal battle
Ten-year-old Vincent
Christiano is hoisted BY BOB DUMAS would be a blight on the view from his
in the air by Space Jam, EDITOR backyard. He created a Facebook page
aka Leon Sewell, dur- dedicated to providing information
ing the Harlem Wizards Banding together, some Mahopac on the cell tower plans and to keeping
fundraising game against residents have hired an attorney to help residents up to date on the application
Mahopac school faculty them prevent a 180-foot cell tower process.
on Nov. 30. e Wiz- from being erected in their neighbor-
ards brought their unique hood. Ron Leviner, who lives on nearby
brand of basketball com- Stacey Lane, helped lead the search for
edy to town to help raise Danbury-based Homeland Towers an attorney who specializes in cell tow-
money for Mahopac has two applications before the Plan- er issues. He said he knows the town
High School’s boys and ning Board. One would build a tower has to take a broader view of the issue,
girls basketball programs. on residential property on Dixon Road so it was important to nd someone to
For more photos, see the and a second would build at 254 Cro- represent the neighborhood’s interests.
center spread on pages 16 ton Falls Road, property owned by
and 17. Richard Diehl. “ e town has to do what is right for
the town,” Leviner said. “But for the
PHOTO: DEENA BELL Talks are underway to move the people who are personally a ected, we
Dixon Road tower from private prop- wanted to have an expert who has dealt
erty to nearby town property in or near with these situations before—someone
McDonough Park, likely leaving the who is dedicated to helping just us. Not
Croton Falls Road residents alone in because we think the town isn’t look-
the ght. ing out for us, but because they have
a broader purview. is is an attorney
Last ursday (Dec. 6), about two who has been in a lot of battles with
dozen homeowners from the Croton cell tower companies.”
Falls Road area met at the home of Bob
Buckley, who lives on Eleanor Drive. Leviner said it was important to
Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt was on have a lawyer who knew his or her way
hand to observe. around cell tower issues and related

Buckley, who has led the charge SEE CELLTOWER PAGE 8
against the tower plans, said that if the
Croton Falls Road tower were built, it

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The Staff Episcopal Church of Sunday services begin at 9:15 a.m. Handbell Choir and the beauti- visit or Face-
Holy Communion ful voices of the First Presbyterian book at First Presbyterian Church,
EDITORIAL TEAM First Presbyterian
BOB DUMAS Choir Mahopac.

EDITOR: 845-208-0774 Holiday service schedule: Church Services Regular Sunday service, 10 a.m. Mahopac
[email protected] Dec.16: Advent 3,Holy Eucha- Visitors welcomed regardless

GABRIELLE BILIK rist, Rite II, Family Service e First Presbyterian Church of religious background. Any- Library Events
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285
Dec.23: Advent 4,Holy Eucha- of Mahopac holiday service sched- one looking for a church home
[email protected]
rist, Rite II ule: is invited to visit with us during Light Bite Book Group
CORINNE STANTON Dec. 24, 5 p.m.: Christmas Eve Dec. 24, Christmas Eve services the holidays and anytime. First Monday/Wednesday, Dec. 17, 19,
Family Service with Christmas 5 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Presbyterian Church is located at 1 p.m. Join us at the Light Bite
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LISA KAIN Pageant and carols. Everyone in- Service, featuring the Handbell 411 Route 6N (at Secor Road) in Book Group which meets on the

914-351-2424 vited! Choir Mahopac. For more information, third Monday or third Wednesday
[email protected]
Dec. 30: Holy Eucharist, Rite 7:30 p.m. Candlelight Christ- call 845-628-2365 or email pres- of each month. New members are
914-202-2392 II: 1055 Route 6, Mahopac... All mas Eve Service, featuring the [email protected]. You can also always welcome. e December
[email protected]
JENNIFER CONNELLY read is “ e Story of Arthur Tru-
[email protected] luv” by Elizabeth Berg; pick up a
914-205-4183 Toys Wonderland Holiday copy at the library circulation desk.
[email protected] Gifts Library Board of Trustees
BRUCE HELLER Toys Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m.
914-202-2941 Toys of gifts Under
[email protected] Mahopac Public Library Board
$10 of Trustees meeting. e public is
PRODUCTION TEAM $2$04aPnOuyrfcfhase welcome to attend. For more in-
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PRODUCTION MANAGER Including Gift Wrap, merchandise and cards. link.
[email protected] Not valid with other offers. Foreign Film Screening
& Invitations With coupon only. ursday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.
ASST PRODUCTION MANAGER “ e Man Who Invented Christ-
mas,” a lm from England. “ e
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CALL BOB DUMAS AT Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. call Mary
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MAHOPAC NEWS AT ing volunteers to use their voice
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MAHOPAC, NY 10541 in nursing and veteran homes
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Gabrielle Lama and her just-planted butterfly garden The butterfly effect

The butterfly bench that earned Gabrielle Lama’s Gold Award project pays
Gabrielle her Silver Award. tribute to Sandy Hook victim


Since she joined the Girl Scouts back in rst grade, Gabrielle Lama has always had her sights set on
earning the Gold Award—the highest honor a Girl Scout can obtain.

“I looked up to the other girls and wanted to be like them and have an impact on the community,” she

e 16-year-old Mahopac High School junior found a way to do just that. e project she envisioned
to earn her Gold Award was the creation of a butter y garden at the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal
Sanctuary in Newtown, Conn. e sanctuary was started in memory of Catherine Violet Hubbard, a
6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on Dec. 14, 2012.

Gabrielle’s father, Julian, is friends with Matt Hubbard, Catherine’s dad.
“Matt and his wife, Jenny, wanted to commemorate [Catherine’s] legacy with an animal sanctuary,”
Gabrielle said. “She was always kind to animals, and her favorite animal was the butter y.”

e whole process actually began several years ago with Gabrielle’s Silver Award project, which began
the butter y concept at the animal sanctuary. She decided to have a butter y-themed bench custom
made and placed along a sanctuary trail.

“I thought something I could do to beautify [the sanctuary] was to make something butter y-related;
something that was purple-shaded,” she said. “I could incorporate it and make a bench where visitors
could re ect or take a look around like Catherine would have.”

To raise money for the bench, Gabrielle held a bake sale at St. John the Evangelist Church. But after
the bench builders heard what Gabrielle was trying to do, they were in awe of Catherine’s story and
decided to donate the bench.

“So, it didn’t cost me anything,” she said. “We placed it right next to the bridal path that runs through
the sanctuary.”

So, when it came time to begin work on her Gold Award project, continuing the work at the Catherine
Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary seemed like the natural thing to do. After all, she already had money
saved up from not having to pay for the butter y bench.

“I was talking to [Catherine’s] mom and we thought it would be nice to have a garden and a way to
attract butter ies,” Gabrielle said. “ ere was no other option—we decided I would build it and plant it,
so others could learn about butter ies.”

Gabrielle said although she never had the opportunity to meet Catherine, she feels that by doing this
project, she’s gotten to know her.

“She would capture butter ies and tell them she was kind and ask them to come back with more but-
ter ies, which is what I hope happens with the garden,” Gabrielle said. “I learned a lot about her and
maybe people can learn a lot about themselves [at the butter y garden] and maybe touched by Catherine
in some way, which I think would be pretty cool.”

Gabrielle raised more money for the butter y garden by holding a second bake sale at St. John’s. She
then set to work on creating the garden. She planned the design with the help of the University of Con-
necticut Landscape Architecture faculty and students.

“I wanted to make sure I had
enough money because I wanted ev-
erything to be natural and wanted to use
indigenous plants,” she said. “UConn gave
me the recommendations and showed me the
di erent steps that go into it. I didn’t realize



Since 1973 BUTTERFLY


how much went into it. I really

owe a lot to UConn.”

Gabrielle also worked closely

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supports their migration.

e garden has since been of-

cially designated a Monarch

Butter y Waystation, which, if

everything goes as planned, visi-

tors will be able to check out next

summer as the various strains of

milkweed (all di erent colors)

begin to bloom.

e Sanctuary is located in the

heart of Newtown at the end of

Old Farm Road, spread over 34

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SHOWROOMS at the pavilion. It’s open dusk to Matt Hubbard, Catherine’s father, and Gabrielle’s cousin,
dawn. Cara Galli (pink coat), helped plant the butterfly garden.

e goal is for the sanctuary to PHOTOS COURTESY OF GABRIELLE LAMA
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3 East Main Street 101 Greenwood Avenue sanctuary; they still need some permits,” Gabrielle Gabrielle will receive her Gold Award at a cer-

said.“ ey have refurbished a barn there. e vision emony in March. In the meantime, she encourages

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IAC supports
United for the Troops

Every year, the Mahopac Italian American Club (IAC) picks a local charity for which to raise money. Open Christmas Eve 7am-5pm
In 2018, the IAC chose United for the Troops, a Mahopac-based organization that sends care packages Open Christmas Day 7am-1pm
to American troops stationed overseas. We Have Party Cannolis & Cannoli Chips & Dip

is year, the IAC raised $9,200, including $5,000 from club member Nicole Cristofaro, whose orga- Gingerbread Houses
nization she works with contributed the money anonymously.
Order Your Holiday Pies!
During its Dec. 5 meeting, the club presented the checks to Jim and Patricia Rathschmidt, founders of
United for the Troops.

Apple • Pumpkin • Blueberry
• Cherry • Coconut Custard
• Don’t Forget Our Famous Honey Balls (Struffoli)
• Cookie Trays • Pastry & Breads • Homemade Torrone

Now Carrying Gluten Free Cookies & Pound Cake
& Gluten FREE Rainbow Cookies!

From left, Nicole Cristofaro, Patricia and James Rathschmidt of United for the Troops, IAC President 2 Mahopac Plaza (next to Carvel)
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To advertise in Mahopac News, call Brett Freeman at 845-208-8151 or email Schools seek community
[email protected]. input on capital project plan

Exclusive to Aljan Jewelers e Mahopac Central School cational facility plan that serves as a
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District administration and Board clear re ection of our community’s
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to participate in a brief survey for including security and safety initia-

input for its capital project planning. tives, infrastructure needs, such as:

District residents can access the • STEAM and science instruc-

online survey at www.surveymon- tional upgrades now • Music and performing arts up-

through Friday, Dec. 14. grades

Over the past several years, the • Renovating libraries to multi-

Board of Education, administra- media centers

tion and teachers have sought to • Safety and security improve-

improve and expand upon the ments

academic programs o ered to • Athletic elds and facilities

Mahopac students. Now, the dis- “We encourage the community

trict must also focus on the com- to take the survey as everyone’s

Mahopac’s Oldest Retail Jeweler munity’s investment in the school input is invaluable,” said Harvey
“Since 1975”
buildings to support its students Sotland, assistant superintendent

for college and career readiness. of business. “We will use the nd-

Accordingly, the administration, ings to help guide our planning

the Board of Education is working process,”

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can help you with the Holidays! December 20th e electronic waste drop-o station at 33 McAlpin Ave., Ma-
hopac, will be suspended until further notice. e last day the e-waste
Prices based on half tray sizes container will be available is Saturday, Dec. 22 (weather permitting).

Entrées Family Package e Putnam County Department of Health is in the process of
$225 + tax seeking a new vendor to provide e-waste service to the residents of
Roast Turkey w/Gravy - $50 Choice of Citrus Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Putnam County and the town of Carmel.
Roast Pork Loin w/Gravy - $50
For additional information, contact the Putnam County Depart-
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Roast Prime Rib w/au Jus - or Roasted Loin of Pork Feeds Town looks to fill
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Side Dishes e Carmel Town Board is looking for an interested and quali ed
Sauerbraten - $55 person to ll a vacancy on the Planning Board.
Green Bean Casserole - $30
(this item only order by the 14th for ose interested should send a letter of interest and resume to the
Christmas eve, 20th for New Year’s eve) supervisor’s o ce no later than Dec., 28.

Italian Entrées Mail to: Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt, Carmel Town Hall, 60
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Baked Ziti - $25 By Hammer
Fried Cauliflower - $30 By Hand
Eggplant Rollitini - $40 Rutabaga, Carrot, Celery, Medley - $25

Seafood Entrées Glazed Carrots - $25
New England Clam Chowder - $9.95 Qt
Scallops & Crab-Stuffed Sole - $55
Italian Wedding Soup - $8.95 Qt
Shrimp Scampi with pasta - $65

Maple Soy Roasted Salmon - $50

Lobster Mac n Cheese - $55 Butternut Squash Soup - $8.95 Qt

Crabmeat Stuffed Lobster Tails - $Mkt Price Roasted Brussels Sprouts - $35
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes - $25
(min order 6)
Mac n Cheese - $25

Stuffed Mushrooms - $25 Green Bean Almondine - $25
Hot Antipasta - $45, $65, $85 Broccoli & Cauliflower Medley - $30

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Judge Thomas
Thomas Scuccimarra, former Scuccimarra
Putnam County judge, retires

Judge omas Scuccimarra, Association from 1989 to 1992. He serves on the Ninth Ju-

having reached the mandatory He was one of the original dicial District Committee

retirement age of 70, has an- members of the Town of Phil- to Promote Gender Fairness

nounced that he will be retiring. ipstown’s Conservation Advi- in the courts and served on

Scuccimarra served as a Put- sory Counsel and was on the the Board of Directors of the

nam County judge from 1986 to Board of Trustees of the But- White Plains Bar Association

2000. He has served as a judge ter eld Memorial Hospital in and the Columbian Lawyers

on the New York State Court of Cold Spring. In 1999, he was Association of Westchester

Claims for the past 17 years. appointed by the State Supreme County. He is a member of the

Scuccimarra has been a Court Appellate Division as a New York State Magistrate’s

member of the judiciary for mediator in the settlement of Association and the New York

33 years and has presided over attorney/client disputes. State Bar Association.

ve di erent courts in the State

of New York. He served as the

town justice for the Philip- HHHooollliididdaaayyyOOOrrrdddeeerrrsss
stown from 1985 to 2000; was
acting village justice for the vil-
lage of Cold Spring from 1984

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CELL TOWER done if the right arguments are made. view, which are admissable as evidence,” number of years and active in this area,
“If the Planning Board denies [the ap- Leviner said. “You [can] build a great case and in my professional opinion the val-

plication] based on emotions or they slip with so many good arguments that essen- ue of homes near the cell tower will go

litigation, because the wireless companies up [in making the decision], if they reject tially the cell-tower companies say there down X percent,’” he said. “[Homeland]

have an army of legal experts with plenty it and the language is in there incorrectly, are easier ways to get this done.” has evidence that cell towers help home

of experience ghting such battles. we will lose on appeal,” he said. “We need Jennifer Simon said she’d be more than values. ey have studies. Who knows if

“We are up against people who do this to make sure we do A, B and C. [ e happy to write a letter. they are really fair. We need to help the

for a living and after talking to [our] law- Croton Falls Road residents’ attorney] “We purposely moved here from the town, if it comes to litigation, to counter

yer, from my perspective we are kind of has won 75 percent of his cases and he city. I’m not a city girl. We purposely that argument. And to do that, you need

evening the odds. As part of [the law- said the cases he loses are a result of mis- chose a wooded lot,” she said. “[Cell tow- local experience.”

yer’s] business, he thinks about cell tower takes in the [application] denial process ers] were actually a consideration for us Buckley said he believes a 180-foot-tall

placement all the time, especially from the by the Planning Board or the Zoning when we bought the property. How far tower isn’t really needed, but it was pro-

point of view of people who are against Board. How the Planning Board denies away were we from cell towers? How posed that way so Homeland could later

a cell tower in their neighborhood. He’s it and the language that they use [is very far away were we from major highways? reduce the height and be able to say it was

done that so many times.” important].” I wanted to be away from those things. willing to compromise.

Leviner and Buckley declined to name Leviner said the attorney gave the resi- e aesthetics are very important, but the Simon agreed.

the attorney, saying he has gone up dents some “homework”that will help him other thing is they are going to have to “It is what they do in corporate com-

against Homeland in the past and did prepare his arguments and could even help cut down a lot of trees in order to do the pliance,” she said. “It’s so they can come

not want to give Homeland an advantage. the town and planning boards should they construction. Not only is that aestheti- down and say it was a compromise. at’s

Buckley made it clear that he and his have to go to court. Leviner said the at- cally a problem, it’s an environmental what you do—make it look like you com-

neighbors are not opposed to cell towers torney wants personal letters written by problem, too. e more vegetation they promised.”

per se—they know there’s a need—but residents explaining why the tower would take away, the bigger the erosion prob- “ ey are showing no respect for our

they don’t want them in residential neigh- be a detriment to their neighborhood, as lem. at concerns me.” laws. ey just want to save money,”

borhoods. Buckley said he believes that well as letters from local real estate agents Leviner asked the group to approach Buckley added. “We have to raise some

Homeland hasn’t looked hard enough for testifying that a tower would lower prop- real estate agents they knew to see if they red ags. It’s up to us.”

alternative locations. erty values in the area. would write a letter. Buckley said it was important for ev-

Buckley noted that federal law makes it “[ e attorney wants] letters written by “Get as many letters as you can get eryone to attend the public hearing on

di cult for local municipalities to reject nearby property owners that talk about from local real estate brokers saying, ‘I’ve the application and he would let residents

cell tower applications but said it can be the impact from their personal points of been a licensed real estate broker for X know once it’s scheduled.

‘For the people who are personally a ected, we wanted to have an expert who has dealt with these situations before...’

- Ron Leviner
Mahopac Resident



Pawling man gets jail time for theft

Stole money from local cemeteries

A Pawling man was sen- District Attorney’s O ce un- crete. ree of the thefts oc- theft against the Raymond Hill served a sentence of four to 12

tenced last week to 1 1/2 to 4 covered evidence that Bauer curred during the same time as Cemetery, as well as the addi- years in state prison. At sen-

1/2 years in state prison for had stolen from other cemeter- his theft from Raymond Hill, tional crimes that he pleaded tencing, Schwartz described

stealing money from cemeter- ies for which he was employed while the fourth occurred the guilty to, the District Attorney’s Bauer as a “brazen thief.”

ies that he worked for, includ- and vendors with which he had weekend before his trial began. O ce argued to County Judge

ing one in Carmel and two in done business. Consequently, Due to the scope of Bauer’s Larry Schwartz that Bauer de-

Mahopac. Bauer was separately charged

Putnam County District At- with those o enses and on Oct.

torney Robert Tendy said Rob- 19 he pleaded guilty to three ad-

ert Bauer will also have to pay ditional counts of third-degree

restitution in the amount of grand larceny, and one count

$195,850. of fourth-degree grand larceny,

Bauer, who had been the admitting that he stole from

superintendent of Raymond Union Valley Cemetery and

Hill Cemetery in the hamlet Ballard Barrett Cemetery, both

of Carmel from approximately in Mahopac, Putnam County

mid-2010 to mid-2015, was Monuments and Bulldog Con-

convicted of second-degree

grand larceny, third-degree

grand larceny, second-degree

criminal possession of a forged

instrument, and two counts of

rst-degree falsifying business


Bauer had submitted invoices

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than $160,000 of work that he

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‘…huddled masses Perception vs. reality
yearning to breathe free’
Some folks, sadly, live in a per- store robbery article to our Facebook

petual state of fear and believe some page, all hell broke loose.

One of my favorite trips is to take form of danger lurks around every “Can’t feel safe anywhere…
the ferry—with a couple of grand-
children in tow—to Staten Island Jewish emigrants to the United States. Laza- corner. I am not anymore!” one
rus became interested in her Jewish heritage
after she heard of the Russian pogroms—the sure what initially anguished lady

(which, by the way is free). wanton killing of thousands instilled such a OUT OF bemoaned.
mindset in them, MY HEAD “I’m scared to
We sit near the bow of the HERE upon thousands of defense- but I do know that
boat enjoying the breeze, AND less Jews. As a result of leave my house!”
and on the starboard side, NOW! this anti-Semitic violence, BOB decried another
not only to relish the destitute Jews emigrated social media, the DUMAS

24-hour cable- lost soul.

news cycle and I don’t know

warmth of the sun, but to BERNIE from Russian, with Lazarus many politicians how to console
appreciate the inspiring KOSBERG acting as a strong advocate
view, as we pass within on their behalf. (the Brown People these women. It’s

are coming to get you!) exacerbate the ol’ perception vs. reality. e

several hundred yards of Over the past decade, and exploit that fear. women perceive that Mahopac is

Ellis Island and the Statue there has been a dramatic I remember last year, when a crime-ridden hell hole where no

of Liberty. increase in the number of unaccompanied neighboring Yorktown was contem- one is safe. e reality is that crime

My eyesight is not great, so I usually bring children and families crossing the U.S./Mex- plating a project that would expand is actually rare here. In fact, the

along a small set of binoculars strapped to ico border, eeing violence and government its walking trails and bike paths website ranks

my belt, and a backpack full of “healthy” brutishness. ey are coming from the North- throughout town, some residents Carmel as the seventh safest town in

snacks for the kids. ern Triangle of Central America—Guatema- showed up at the Town Board New York. In 2016, according to the

As we approach Lady Liberty, I pull out lans, Hondurans, and El Salvadorans—people meeting to speak out against the FBI, there were ve “violent” crimes

my eld glasses and adjust them, so we can who have been experiencing a terrifying level idea. ese trails, they argued, would here—four of them aggravated

see the ner points of the statue and read the of violence that’s been rising rapidly since attract transients who would then assault. ere were 16 burglaries.

words, inscribed in bronze, on the pedestal: the late 2000s. Government weakness and jump the fence and break into their at’s in a town with a population

“Give me your tired, your poor, your corruption, along with American collusion, homes and steal their children! of just under 35,000. It’s not exactly

huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the have allowed numerous armed and vicious Well, OK, I thought, those must the south side of Chicago.

wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send groups to thrive. Street gangs, drug cartels, be fun households to grow up in. Now, if you really want to have

these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I and organized crime syndicates fed by an It’s helicopter parenting, except the your perception of living in ominous

lift my lamp beside the golden door!” insatiable demand in the U.S. for cheap labor helicopter is a medevac. circumstances meet reality, just get

Remarkably, each time I see those words, and illicit drugs have contributed to this wave It’s the age-old contemplation of in your car and drive around. I am

I stir with emotion and need to take a of unmitigated savagery. perception vs. reality. Reality, and not talking about the risk you take

moment or two before I can comfortably Nowadays, more than half the people your perceptions of reality are often getting smushed by some dipwad

discuss their meaning. I measure my words caught by the Border Patrol are children or two di erent things. You’re smart to who is texting while driving. I’m

carefully. families seeking asylum; up over 300 percent recognize that sometimes your per- talking about the seemingly end-

I explain that the statue was a gift from the since 2013. (It’s been reported that up to 75 ceptions can’t be trusted and must less supply of psychotics who will

people of France to the people of the United percent have at least one relative already in be examined … even challenged. threaten and menace you—maybe

States, in 1886. e gure on top of the base this country.) Professor Steven Pinker recently even cause you bodily harm—be-

is a robed Roman goddess, Libertas (Liberty). Imagine how untenable conditions must pointed that out in an article for cause of some perceived notion of

She holds a torch above her head with her be when hundreds and hundreds of families, Time Magazine. He noted that inconsideration on the roadway.

right hand, and in her left hand is a tablet desperate to save their children’s lives, feel measurable statistics about life in Yes… road rage. It’s still out there

etched with the Roman numerals of the date they have no choice but to take them or send the 21st century show people overall and it’s getting weirder.

this country established its nationhood and them alone on this long, hazardous journey are living longer, are healthier, better It seems every day there is a news

declared its independence from Great Brit- north, with just the clothes on their back. fed, richer and safer than ever before. report of some sort of altercation on

ain—July 4, 1776. A broken chain is at her Making it to the U.S., for them, appears to ose are the undeniable facts. our nation’s highways and byways.

feet; one can imagine her striding forward. be the best of a bad set of choices, especially Yet, the average person’s opinion Here are just a few recent ones:

e statue has long been a welcoming considering the high risk of being beaten, of the state of the world is much • A pediatric dentist was arrested

sight to millions of immigrants arriving from robbed, kidnapped, sexually assaulted, or more pessimistic and worried. after a road-rage shooting in a

overseas. Even today, as planes y over New even murdered along the way. What’s going on here? Why are Newnan, Ga., parking lot involv-

York, passengers stretch their necks to catch ese children and families should be people drawing conclusions that are ing the suspect, her husband and

a glimpse of Lady Liberty, knowing that treated as victims of con ict and thus be the exact opposite of the facts? another couple. e dentist said she

this enormous copper monument, situated granted asylum. Too much indi erence and For example, Mahopac recently was baited into the altercation when

in the middle of New York Harbor, is an sel shness has been shown regarding their had a mini-crime spree. Someone the driver of the other car spewed

iconic representation of America’s great- plight. Watching the anger and venom that passed a counterfeit $100 bill at a racial slurs at her.

ness, signifying that the poor, disadvantaged, spews forth on Fox News, listening to it local gift shop, and then, a few days • A 36-year-old man, Horace

and unfortunate of other nations are forever repeated at the gym, or standing in line at later, the video game store right next Williams, became involved in

welcome in this country. the supermarket, or from neighbors in my door was robbed at gunpoint. a Nov. 27 road altercation with

e inscription was written by Emma community—it’s appalling. We wrote those stories, as any com- another driver that ended tragically

Lazarus, an American poet, and installed in Is this the America we aspire to? Aren’t we munity newspaper would, but with a on Sweetwater Road in Chula Vista,

1903, 15 years after her death. Her ancestors the richest and most powerful nation in the slightly bemused attitude: “Oh, look. Calif. Williams and 60-year-old

came from Portugal, long before the Ameri- world? Why are we fearful of 700 lost souls Mahopac had a crime.” Neither made SEE DUMAS PAGE 14
the front page, but when we linked the
can Revolution, and were among the rst now camped on our southern border?

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ing down and sometimes asked Florida, I stop at Pedro’s for a
Pedro to work by himself. day or two to see Clara.

“You take a siesta now,” Pedro I guess it was around the time
would say after lunch. she turned 4 that she became
for me a real person. Suddenly,
I paid Pedro what he was she looked at me with these big
worth. But he always seemed
overly grateful. When he worked SEE GARO PAGE 14
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Shelter dogs make better gifts

To the editor,
Now that the holiday season is upon us, many people think a puppy

would make a good gift. What most forget is that puppies require a
lot of time, energy, money, and many pet store puppies come from sick
and neglected puppy mills.

Nearly eight million companion animals enter U.S. shelters each
year, half of which are sadly killed. is is a staggering number of in-
nocent lives lost, with millions more spending many years, if not their
entire lives in a small cage hoping to be adopted.

Instead of buying an expensive and high-maintenance puppy as a
gift, visit your local animal shelter in order to nd one. ese loving
dogs have already been spayed/neutered, are up-to-date on vaccina-
tions, and microchipped.

We are fortunate in Westchester and Putnam counties to have ter-
ri c animal shelters. One of which is the Putnam Humane Society
in Carmel. e most intelligent, friendly, and loving dogs I have ever
met were adopted. Shelter pets want nothing more than to be in a
loving home, where they will be a terri c new family member.

So, instead of buying a puppy this holiday season, please share your
love and home with a dog who desperately needs it. Visit your local
shelter, volunteer to walk a dog, and always choose to adopt.

Steve Reid

Professional dog trainer



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DUMAS his car and began yelling and pounding last month on I-684. A dude name Rod- in his car?
on the other driver’s window. e victim erick Davis was driving his kid to school e second is: Didn’t he see that
FROM PAGE 10 told police Jensen had been driving in White Plains when he encountered a
erratically. After he pounded on her tra c jam near the Hardscrabble Road hundreds of other people were sitting
Rickey Smith were in a road-rage chase, windows, she said, Jensen returned to his exit in North Salem. Somehow, he man- there in their cars watching him and his
police said, with liquids thrown and car and pulled out a handgun. She said aged to sideswipe an oil truck. He got machete commit a crime?
screaming from vehicle to vehicle. When it looked like Jensen put a round in the out of his vehicle brandishing a machete
they nally stopped, police said, Smith chamber before pointing the gun at her. and confronted the truck driver. Video No Father of the Year Award for you
got out of his truck and fatally stabbed shows Davis whacking the machete this year, Roderick!
Williams, a father of ve, multiple times e victim was on the phone with a 911 against the side of the oil truck so hard
while he was still in sitting in his van. dispatcher, reporting events as they hap- it shatters and then the two men start So, if you really want to stay in lockstep
pened. She drove away, then waited at grappling and fall to the ground. with reality, the moral of the story here is
• An Idaho Falls man was arrested in another intersection until police arrived. to stay in relatively crime-free Mahopac
October for pointing a gun at another e rst question here is: Who the and avoid getting in your car. Hitchhike
driver. Kristo er Jensen, 40, forced the But the road-rage incident you all hell carries a machete around with them or use a taxi, I guess. And if you take a
driver behind him to pull over, exited might be most familiar with happened taxi, don’t o er to pay the driver with a
$100 bill. If he’s smart, he won’t accept it.

Do you understand the difference between GARO When I peeked at her writing, I
an irrevocable and a revocable trust? noticed it was loaded with cross-
FROM PAGE 12 outs. “Good,” I thought. “She’s
• Asset Protection • Elder Law • Past Chair of Elder Law Section of editing herself.”
NYS Bar Association inquisitive eyes: “Who are you?”
• Medicaid Applications Not knowing what to give Clara refused to tell me what
(Nursing Home/Home Care) • “Super Lawyer” In Elder Law she was writing. I would have
for 10 consecutive years Clara, I asked Pedro. “Fairy- to wait until the next day. Never
• Guardianships tales,” he said. “You can read to have I experienced anticipation
(Contested/Non-Contested) Contact ANTHONY J. ENEA, ESQ. her. She loves stories.” as keenly, not even opening a
new book by a favorite author,
• Wills, Trusts & Estates Managing Member She listened with stunning as when Clara handed me her
Fluent in Italian thoughtfulness. Sometimes I’d notebook.
WHITE PLAINS • SOMERS conjure up a story of my own.
Writing these columns is noth- e title of her story, “A Mo-
914.948.1500 ing as compared to the pressure ment of Terror,” took me aback.
I felt, her eyes so wise and burn- How could someone so young
WWW.ESSLAWFIRM.COM ing with curiosity, when Clara have the capability to come up
asked me to tell her a story. with so striking a name for a
Kennedy Catholic story? e answer appeared over
Clara is 12, already! is year, and over in what I read.
High School w w w w w w Somers, NY I brought her one of my col-
umns to read. She took it to her e story was about her
Rising 7th and 8th graders are invited to visit our beautiful room, closed the door and came grandmother having to be sud-
63 acre campus, see our state of the art facilities where our out 30 minutes later. denly rushed to the hospital be-
multiple CHSAA championship teams play, and learn how our cause of a nose bleed. I noticed
students received over $49 million in college scholarships. “I know what I want to be,” the empathy with which she
she said, looking me in the eye. wrote about her mother: “Mom-
“A writer.” my’s face is always so sad when
she peels potatoes.”Twice she’d
It didn’t surprise me in the seen a halo over her grandma’s
least, given Clara’s love for sto- head. And then the ending, with
ries and words. her grandmother home safe and
sound, Clara ran to her bedroom
“If you want to be a writer,” the next morning.
I said, “then you have to start
writing.” “Grandma,” she cried. “Wake
up, the sun is coming through
“About what?” the window!”
“Anything. Write about
breakfast, how you felt this At dinner I said, “Pedro, you
morning.” have writer in the family.”
Clara got to work that very
day. She came to the dinner Everyone seemed surprised,
table with her notebook and a except for Clara and me.
pen, placing down her fork at
times to write a word or two.

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Reconsider what you think is the ‘perfect’ college

Dear Dr. Linda, there are many) and STRONG think her scores are a needs. As with everything in life, keep
Just got our daughter’s PSAT scores. move on. re ection on you. If college in perspective and don’t become
ey’re 1100 total. We all feel horrible LEARNING you’re upset because you obsessed with particular colleges. Work
When most people with her to apply to colleges with varying
because she’s worked so hard, has taken requirements for acceptance. Consider
honors and AP courses and her GPA is hear that they have to DR. LINDA thought that she be- other colleges that you might not have
a 96. She’s president of the class and is face reality, they usually SILBERT longs in certain schools, thought about or have ruled out because
on the varsity basketball team. Her older respond by saying, “You and the college exams of some irrelevant characteristic (like it’s
brother went to Yale and her sister is at a state school, not a private university).
Princeton. She’s always followed in their don’t understand. You are preventing her from
footsteps and now feels she’s a failure and e perfect college for your daughter as
stupid. She had a total meltdown when don’t know how I feel.” being accepted, then a whole person is, in the end, the only
she saw her scores. I must admit that we “good college.”
did too. Where do we go from here? And that is true. No you need to regroup
Dr. Linda
Sally and Greg one can put themselves in her shoes. But and realize that she’s her own person—
Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad Grades
Dear Sally and Greg, people who have realistic positive self- not her brother or sister or you. e most Happen to Good Kids,” and director of Strong
I think you need to step back, take a Learning Tutoring and SAT/ACT Test Prep.
esteem do bounce back. If she’s having important thing is that she prepares for a Send your questions to [email protected].
deep breath and count your blessings. If
she has a GPA of 96 after taking honors trouble or has had trouble regrouping, she profession that she enjoys. College only
and AP courses, is president of her class
and is on the varsity basketball team, may need to see someone professionally. lasts for four years. It’s what you do with
plenty of schools would accept her in a
minute. So, accept who she is—not the e same goes for you both. the degree you earn after you’re out.
fantasy of who you want her to be—and
once she’s over her disappointment, here’s Once she has accepted what happened, Be sure you keep an open mind as you
what I think you need to do:
she needs to realize that her scores are for work through the college process to nd
One of the most important things you
can teach your daughter is that if things the PSAT. e colleges never see those the college that matches your daughter’s
don’t go as she planned, no matter how
much time and e ort she put into it and scores. ey only look at the SATs or
no matter how disappointed she is, reality
is reality and needs to be faced. If she can ACTs. Have her get some help to prepare
truly say that she did the best she could
on the test and 1100 was the result, then for both exams. She can take a course or
she needs to examine her options (and
meet with a private tutor. Some kids do

better on the SATs while others do better

on the ACTs.

After she takes these exams in the

spring, she can start looking for schools

that t her GPA, SATs, ACTs, extracur-

ricular activities, her personality and her

goals. If she ends up going to a school that

she didn’t want to go to for some reason

other than her friends or siblings went

somewhere else, she can always transfer.

Be sure that your daughter knows that

you are not devastated over her scores. If

you are, be sure that it’s not because you


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Dylan Tavelinsky, The Harlem Wizards came to town on Nov. 30 to help raise medic basketball that brings a
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WWII vet Joe Vogliazzo
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Joe Vogliazzo, a 50-year-plus member of the Mahopac Italian American
Club, celebrated his 95th birthday last week and the club marked the occa-
sion at its Dec. 5 meeting with a cake.

Vogliazzo is a World War II veteran and he regaled some IAC members
with tales of some of his exploits during the war.

He was 18 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
“I was so angry, so I enlisted,” he said. “I wanted to ght the Japanese.”
But he never got the chance. Instead of being sent to the Paci c eater,
he shipped out for Europe, a member of the ird Army crossing the At-
lantic on the Queen Mary, along with 15,000 other troops, and landed in
Scotland. He eventually made his way to France and then Germany, ulti-
mately serving under Gen. George Patton before being discharged after a
little more than three years of ghting.

Joe Vogliazzo at the Italian American Club
in Mahopac, celebrating his 95th birthday



401 HSASLLCCOORPR? Here is a list of meetings and other events in the coming
weeks for the town of Carmel government and the Mahopac
YOU HAVE THE CONCERNS... School District. Times are subject to change.
Wednesday, Dec. 19 Wednesday, Jan. 2
Meeting starts at 7 p.m., Meeting starts at 7 p.m.,

Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave.,

Mahopac Mahopac


APPEALS ZBA ursday, Dec. 20

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decorating Department held its annual
tree-lighting festivities Fri-
was part day, Nov. 30, which featured
of the a visit from St. Nick.

festivities. With cookies and re-
freshments at the ready,
Brianna Cucuta, 5, with the letter people were welcomed to
she will mail to Santa. the rehouse o Route 6N
with the sound of sirens in
PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL the distance meaning that
Santa was indeed keeping
his promise to stop by. Pull-
ing up on a retruck, Santa
bid hello to all the children
who were waiting to get
their handmade wish lists
delivered to the jolly old elf

Santa ipped the switch
bringing to life the tree and
the many light displays that
keep people coming back to
the Falls year after year.

e members of the Ma-
hopac Falls Volunteer Fire
Department would like to
thank all who came out to
support them and enjoy the


How Much Music Practice Should A High School Student Have?

by Rich Kirby

The great Hungarian violinist he keep music practice from pet is a good way to get away practicing thirty minutes a day
and violin teacher Leopold Auer playing second fiddle to college for an hour or an hour-and-a- for five days will produce much
once said, “Practice with your prep? half, and then come back with a better and faster results than
fingers and you need all day. fresh mindset.” practicing two-and-a-half hours
Practice with your mind and you "In a perfect world, the one day a week.
will do as much in one-and-a- students would be practicing In the eyes of many music
half hours.” at least a half-hour a day. That educators and student musicians, None of this is taking into
doesn't happen because every- the best practice isn’t practice at account time spent playing in
Maestro Auer never had to body is busy.” all. They don’t call it “playing” the classroom. For aggressive
compete with a Netflix-watch- an instrument for nothing. arts programs like Kennedy’s,
ing binge or a group of friends Melito points out that learn- that can be another 40 minutes a
impatient to group up in “Call of ing how to practice efficiently “The schoolwork really day, five days a week.
Duty.” is an important part of learning comes first,” said the other
to play, period. Part of a young Kennedy co-captain, senior “I am with the band every
For students in Northern musician’s practice time is ac- Liam Flynn, from Pawling. “The day, so I can teach that same les-
Westchester who are attending tually learning the best ways to saxophone is something I enjoy son all week,” Melito said. “We
some of the country’s top col- practice. playing, so it’s not a chore.” Fly- also use a platform called Smart-
lege preparatory schools, there is nn told us he tries to play sixty Music which lets me write an
the added competition for time For senior Michael Ab- to ninety minutes a night. exercise on my computer, and I
and attention from a challenging bamont, from Goldens Bridge, can load it into SmartMusic, and
curriculum. who is co-captain of the Ken- Gauging the length of one the kids play it into SmartMusic
nedy concert band and has been night’s music session may be and get graded. That would be
Christopher Melito is director playing trumpet since fourth missing the mark when it comes their homework.”
of the concert band at Kennedy grade, hitting the horn goes hand to what makes for genuinely ef-
Catholic High School in Somers, in glove with hitting the books. fective practice. Experts concur Maestro Auer may not have
which teaches a full slate of AP that focus and frequent practice had the latest music education
courses as well as college-cred- “I try to do my schoolwork are more beneficial than a long software, but it turns out he
ited classes from Iona, St John’s first, but if I am on a rough practice session. Taking the cue wasn’t too far off the mark.
and SUNY Albany. How does patch, sometimes I just have to from Melito’s recommendation,
step away from it, so my trum-


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A common problem that’s too often overlooked…

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Every year the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1080, with the help of the
Mahopac Public Library has received a than 6,000 courses, taught by industry Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion members, prepare and serve anksgiv-
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Gymnasts open season with two strong performances

BY SKIP PEARLMAN “Shaker is always a qual-

CONTRIBUTING WRITER ity tournament, and the girls did

well,” Mahopac coach Vin Col-

e Mahopac gymnastics team lins said. “Jamison had a good

got o to a strong start to the win- meet for us, she was impressive,

ter season last week, defeating Os- picking up where she left o

sining, 156.3-135.1, last ursday, last year. Lee had a very solid

Dec. 6, and performing well Sat- all-around competition. Uneven

urday Dec. 8, at the 39th annual bars, beam were strong events,

Shaker Invitational in Albany. and it was another good day for

At the Shaker Invitational, her. Lia also did a good job. She

sophomore Jamison Castrataro had a very nice oor routine. Jameson
took second in vault and the un- “Nicole is a diamond in the
even bars, 12th in beam, ninth in rough,” the coach added. “She’ll her floor
oor exercise,and nished third in come on and have a nice year

the all-around. for us. It’s her turn to step to the

Junior Chloe Lee took a third forefront. Alessia—we’re expect-

in uneven bars, a third on beam, ing some nice things from her.

and placed sixth in the all-around. She likes to increase her di culty

Eighth-grader Lia Graap n- level, and it could be a nice year

ished fourth on bars, fth in oor for her. And we’re expecting nice Nicole Gianetta
performs her
ex, and 11th in the all-around. things from Juliette as well, on floor routine.

Nicole Giannetta was 11th in the bars and vault.” PHOTOS: TABITHA
the oor exercise, seventh-grader Collins said he likes what he’s

Alessia Gristina nished 14th on seen so far from this year‘s team.

the vault, and freshman Juliette “Every team is di erent, we

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GYMNASTICS In the team’s win over Ossin-
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Indians skate to sixth straight win

BY SKIP PEARLMAN McKee had a hat-trick
and added three assists,

O’Shea had four goals and

e Mahopac ice hockey two assists and Jon Bosio,

team continued its early Bricker and Dan Schum

season onslaught last week, each had one goal.

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and twice crushing New 18 shots on goal for the

Rochelle to improve to 6–0 Indians. “Our goalie has

overall. de nitely been changing

Sunday night at the games for us,” Donaghy

Brewster Ice Arena, the said. “He’s been playing

Indians, helped by an early really well all season.”

major penalty by Cortlandt, Donaghy said he likes

steamrolled the merged the way the team has

Lakeland/Hen Hud/Haldane approached the season so

squad, 12-3. far—taking nothing for

“It was a game we thought granted, and focusing on

we had a good chance to the big picture.

win, and our guys came out “It all comes down to

ready,” Mahopac coach Tim practice,” the coach said.

Donaghy said. “We took a “We push the pace in

check from behind early; T.J. McKee practice and no one is
controls satis ed yet. Our goal is to
they got a ve-minute major in traffic go deep in the section and

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McKee had two goals and three McKee scored twice and no problem with New Rochelle, and Horace Greeley Dec. 22 at 5

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Indians top Beacon, but fall to Panas in tourney final

BY SKIP PEARLMAN tournament championship game. fourth was rough.” did not shoot well. It was good get it. I was very happy with the

CONTRIBUTING WRITER Caitlyn O’Boyle led the Indi- Klammer and O’Boyle were to see our girls play the way they way the girls hung tough. ey

ans (1-4) with 14 points and Mia named to the All-Tournament should. It was a good game for hit shots at the end.”

Mahopac girls picked up their Klammer added 13. team. us.” Scozzafava said the team is

rst victory of the basketball sea- “We had a bad fourth quarter,” In Mahopac’s win over Beacon, e previous Tuesday, Dec. 4, getting better with each game.

son last ursday, Dec. 6, beating Mahopac coach Chuck Scozza- Klammer led the way with 19 the Indians dropped a 51–48 de- “We are a work in progress,”

Beacon, 66–34, in the rst round fava said. “We had opportunities, points, Shannon Becker added cision at New Rochelle. he said. “We keep getting better,

of the Panas tournament. especially with put-backs, but we 14 and O’Boyle had 13. Mahopac dug itself out of a we have three freshmen coming

Unable to nish the deal, how- couldn’t get them to drop. In the “We had balanced scoring, and hole, but couldn’t tie the game in o the bench, and we have to get

ever, the Indians fell to the host- rst half we played well, in the eight players in the scoring col- the fourth. used to playing with each other,

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Indians pin down second at Yorktown tournament

BY SKIP PEARLMAN Mahopac, now 13-2 in dual our team,” Indians coach Dennis continue to do well.” (64-12) and New Rochelle (49-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER meets this season, defeated DiSanto said. “We’ve been wres- Four Mahopac wrestlers—ju- 22) Dec. 7 in the Section 1 Du-
Lakeland/Panas, Clarkstown tling well. It was good to wrestle als.
Continuing to perform well North, Our Lady of Lourdes against Westhampton. It’s good nior 145-pounder Tyler Roa,
last week, the Mahopac High and Yorktown. e Indians’ only to battle teams you know will senior 285-pounder Mike “New Rochelle was seeded
School wrestling team placed loss came at the hands of tour- challenge you. e kids wrestled Harney, senior 160-pounder fth and we were 13, so it was
second at Saturday’s Yorktown nament champion Westhamp- intensely against them and it Charlie Nicosia and freshman a big win for us,” DiSanto said.
Dual Meet Tournament after ton Beach, 45–36. came down to one match being 106-pounder Angelo Cen- “ ey are a solid team, so it was
winning four of its ve matches. the di erence. But as a team we trone—went 5–0 at the tourna- de nitely a boost for our team.”
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Questions to ask when considering an annuity

Like everyone, you want to retire to determine what other guaranteed want a certain percentage of your port- thermore, di erent annuities come with
comfortably – without worrying about di erent fees, so a nancial professional
running out of money. income you might have available during folio in stocks, another in bonds, and can help determine what options would
best suit your needs.
And that’s why you should consider retirement. If you nd still another percent-
every available source of income for You’ll also need to be aware that
your retirement years. One such source that Social Security age in the guaranteed while the interest you earn is tax-
might be a xed annuity – but is it right deferred, it isn’t tax-free. You will be
for you? and any other sources GUEST income from an annu- taxed at your ordinary income tax rate
of assured income, CORNER ity. e exact percent- once you start taking withdrawals, and
A xed annuity is an insurance such as a pension, are ages will depend on withdrawals prior to age 59-1/2 may
product that can provide you with an be subject to a 10 percent federal tax
income stream you can’t outlive, al- enough to cover all or TOM your age, proximity to penalty. So, you’ll want to consult with
though payments also can be structured your tax advisor before withdrawing
to end after a certain number of years. most of your essential CASEY retirement, risk toler- from your annuity.
Your principal and interest rate are
guaranteed, based on the claims-paying living expenses, then ance and other factors. A xed annuity could be a valuable
ability of the issuing company, and the asset during your retirement years. But,
interest you earn is tax-deferred and you may not need any • What are the at the same time, it’s a big investment –
will compound annually until you begin so get the help you need to determine if
taking income. additional guaranteed issues I might want you’re making the right choice.

ese features are certainly attrac- income from an annuity. However, if to discuss with a nancial professional is article was written by Edward Jones
tive, but, even so, before you invest in for use by your local Edward Jones Financial
an annuity, you will need to ask yourself these other guaranteed income streams before investing in an annuity? As men- Advisor. Tom Casey is a licensed securities
some key questions, including these: adviser associated with Edward Jones,
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• What other sources of guaranteed be reached directly at 845-621-8647.
income will I have available? One way living, then you might want to invest mine if, and how, an annuity meets your
to evaluate the value of an annuity is
some of your assets in an annuity. needs and how it ts into your portfo-

• How much of my retirement funds lio. A nancial professional can evalu-

should I consider putting into an an- ate your situation and help you answer

nuity? these questions, as well as inform you

You’ll need to determine the por- about other issues related to an annuity.

tion of your diversi ed portfolio that a For example, if you decide to tap in to

xed annuity should occupy, taking into your annuity earlier than planned, you

account the nature of this investment probably will incur surrender charges.

– speci cally, it’s a xed-rate, income- ese charges decline each year, usually

producing vehicle. is means you’ll reaching zero after seven years. Fur-

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Mahopac Market Update



4% Median sales price as of 11/30/18 was $390,000
as compared to $375,000 on 11/30/17.


11.4% There were 263 single family home
sales as of 11/30/18, up from 236 sales
the same time last year.


3.1% There were 66 pending sales as of
11/30/18 as compared to 64 pending
sales 11/30/17.


1.7% As of 11/30/18, the sale price to
list price percentage was 98.24%
compared to 99.94% on 11/30/17


6% More buyers decided to stay local
in 2018 as compared to 2017.

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Now is a great time to sell.


Source: HGMLS and Houlihan Lawrence Transaction Database, 1/1/17-11/30/17 and 1/1/18-11/30/18, single family homes sold by office, Mahopac school district

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