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Published by Halston Media, 2019-12-06 18:15:30

Mahopac News 12.05.19

VOL. 10 NO. 40 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019

Holiday
in the
park

e Greater Mahopac-Carmel
Chamber of Commerce held
its annual Holiday in the Park
festivities on Saturday evening
at Chamber Park on South Lake
Boulevard. e event featured a
visit from the jolly old elf himself,
Santa Claus, as well as his wife,
and the couple posed for pictures
with their fans. e festivities also
featured the traditional lighting
of the Christmas tree. ere
was caroling and other family
attractions marking the o cial
kick-o of the holiday season. For
more photos, see pages 14 and 15.

Giulia Andriano, 5, tells Santa
and Mrs. Claus what she wants
for Christmas.

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BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE 27
CLASSIFIEDS
GOVERNMENT AT WORK 28
LEGAL NOTICES
LEISURE 4
MAHOPAC MUSINGS
OBITUARIES 27
OPINION
SPORTS 25

2 BASKETBALL

8 Boys and girls hoop teams
10 ready for the season.
22 pg 22

PAGE 2 MAHOPAC NEWS MAHOPAC MUSINGS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019

The Staff Holiday Craft Fair nate unwrapped new toys for Wom- ation and Parks Department pres- ident. For more information visit
en’s Resource Center; Support our ents Breakfast with Santa. Come www.carmelny.org/recreation or
EDITORIAL TEAM Join the Mahopac Girl Scout girls for their Journey, Silver, Gold enjoy breakfast, crafts and a sing- follow us on [email protected]
BOB DUMAS community for their annual Holi- Awards; Food and drinks including a-long with Santa and Mrs. Claus Recreation.
day Craft Fair on Saturday Dec. a hot cocoa bar; Ra es and “Guess before they get too busy! Be sure
EDITOR: 845-208-0774 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mahopac How Many”; Outside vendors will to bring your camera on Sunday, MFVFD Tree Lighting
[email protected] Middle School. e event features be there—holiday wreaths, wood Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., Sycamore Park,
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER a holiday photo booth and maybe burning fused glass ornaments, jew- 790 Long Pond Road, Mahopac. e Mahopac Falls Volunteer
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 a surprise visit from Santa; Crafts elry, gluten free baked goods, pam- Registration opened Nov. 1. Space Fire Department will hold its an-
[email protected] – make an ornament, make your pered chef and clothing. is limited! You must register on- nual tree lighting ceremony on
own jewelry, bookmarks and more ; line through Community Pass. Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the
ADVERTISING TEAM Decorate a gingerbread house, and Breakfast with Santa Residents pay $9 per person 2
CORINNE STANTON cookies; Games to play for prizes; years and up (with 2019 resident rehouse at 17 Luccaro Lane,
845-621-4049 Holiday crafts and gifts to buy; Do- e Town of Carmel Recre- registration fee); $15 per non-res- Mahopac Falls. Come meet
Santa Claus and enjoy some light
[email protected] refreshments.
LISA KAIN
Holiday on the Lake
914-351-2424
[email protected] HolidaatyGCeleebnraetisoniss Start e Hamlet of Carmel Civic
Association has announced the
PAUL FORHAN HOLIDAY HOURS schedule of events for this year’s
914-202-2392 annual Holiday on the Lake
[email protected] Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm festivities, which will be held on
JENNIFER CONNELLY Sundays December 8, 15 & 22 noon - 5 Saturday, Dec. 7. e activities,
914-334-6335 Late Hours December 16 - 23 10 am - 7 pm all within the hamlet of Carmel,
[email protected] start with a pancake breakfast
BRUCE HELLER Tuesday, December 24 with Santa at the Carmel Fire-
914-202-2941 Christmas Eve - 9 am - 5 pm house starting at 8 a.m. Reed
[email protected] Memorial Library will have holi-
Tel: 914-245-3899 day crafts, a holiday sing-along
PRODUCTION TEAM and a visit from Santa starting at
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PRODUCTION MANAGER NORTHWOOD INN ere will be children’s activi-
DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER Restaurant and Bar ties such as crafts and face paint-
[email protected] ing at the Carmel High School
You’re Invited... to our Annual cafeteria starting at 3 p.m. From
CHRISTINA ROSE 4-5:30 p.m., there will be carol-
ASST PRODUCTION MANAGER Christmas Party! ing and hayrides with Santa at
Cornerstone Park at the corner
DESIGNER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 3pm of Fair Street and Gleneida Av-
[email protected] enue (Route 52). Also starting
Extended Happy Hour Raffles Drink Specials at 4, the annual chowder-tasting
EXECUTIVE TEAM event will be held in Cornerstone
BRETT FREEMAN UGLY SWEATER CONTEST FREE BUFFET Park. e Cornerstone Park tree
will be lit at 5 p.m., after a cer-
PUBLISHER: 845-208-8151 14 Frances Kiernan Place & Route 6 emony honoring local veterans.
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roughout the day, the vari-
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VP OF SALES: be having bazaars and holiday
845-621-4222 events. From 5:30-6:30, there
845-621-1116 will be live music on the steps of
[email protected] the old county courthouse and
along Gleneida Avenue toward
Deadlines Route 6. At 6:15 p.m., there will
be a Santa Stroll down Gleneida
MAHOPAC NEWS DEADLINE Avenue from Fair Street to Route
THE DEADLINE FOR ADVERTISEMENTS 6 to raise money for Cancer re-
search. From 6:30-7:30, there
AND EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS FOR will be an electric light parade
through the hamlet featuring
MAHOPAC NEWS IS THE THURSDAY more than 40 oats. After the
BEFORE THE NEXT PUBLICATION DATE. parade, spectators can enjoy car-
oling on the shore of Lake Gle-
FOR MORE INFORMATION, neida with free doughnuts and
CALL BOB DUMAS AT hot chocolate. e activities will
culminate with the lighting of 70
845-208-0774 OR EMAIL Christmas trees and an appear-
[email protected] ance by Santa.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019 Your Neighbor MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

Mahopac drinks for pink!

Community Cares held its an- school-aged children who have
nual Drink for Pink fundraiser a parent dealing with cancer or
last month at Mahopac Inn. Be- other major medical illnesses.
sides raising money for the char-
ity, the event was also held in ey serve families throughout
honor of National Breast Cancer Putnam, Northern Westchester
Month. It featured drink specials and Southern Dutchess counties.
and ra es and lots of socializing
between guests. e group was founded by
County Legislator Amy Sayegh
Community Cares is a not- in 2007 as a way to pay forward
for-pro t organization that pro- the help she received while un-
vides help in managing normal dergoing cancer treatments and
household tasks for families of caring for her three small chil-
dren.

From left, Denise
Kubier, Amy Sayegh,

Diane Morante and
Barbara Reitz

Faith Ann Butcher and Toki Simmons

From left, Jackie Hirsch, Mary Wagner, Joanne Mazzio and Celeste Moreschi

PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL

Karen and John McClure with Melissa Roccuzzo

PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019

Airport Park project takes next step
Town tests for viable water source for park irrigation

BY BOB DUMAS Recreation and Parks Depart- wells. If well No. 7 proves viable by likely utilizing Lake McGregor
EDITOR ment, said they’ve narrowed it e board voted to spend not adversely impacting neigh- with a temporary pump—would
down to two options: using near- boring wells, Insite Engineer- be incorporated. But Gilchrist
As work on the $2.2 million by Lake McGregor, or “well No. $11,670 to have HydroEnviron- ing, the town’s consultants on the said that he is optimistic it will
Airport Park project continues, 7” at the neighboring Putnam mental Solutions Inc. of Somers project, will a do a cost analysis to be ready by June.
town o cials look to develop a County Golf Course. Gilchrist conduct the test, which was slat- see which option—No. 7 or Lake
water source that will provide explained that at one time the ed to begin this week. McGregor— is the most scally For last month’s test to see
irrigation for the newly seeded property that is now the golf feasible. if well No. 7 had the required
athletic elds. course was being considered for e test will study the impact yield for the irrigation system,
a housing development and con- of using No. 7 on two wells in “ is is the last piece of the the town used its own generator,
e Airport Park project will sequently a series of wells was Water District No. 14 and two puzzle,” Gilchrist said. which Gilchrist said saved the
create ve new soccer/lacrosse drilled in anticipation. One of wells on the golf course property, town about $2,400. ey will
those wells—No. 7—proved to including the one for the club- e town has already deter- use that generator again for this
elds, a restroom building, a play- be particularly productive; Gil- house. mined that Lake McGregor week’s tests.
ground, pavilion, bleachers and a christ called it “a geyser.” meets the standards to pump
concession stand. In addition, “What they will do is what water to the elds. Residents in Gilchrist said he hopes all the
fencing and a parking lot will be With the county’s permission, they call a 48-hour test,” Gil- the nearby housing development reports will be ready by Dec. 15
constructed, and the driveway the town conducted a study last christ told the board at its Nov. have asked the town to look into so the town can make an in-
upgraded. Hiking trails around month to see if the yield at No. 26 meeting. “ is would be the health of the lake as well, formed decision on which water
the park will also get a makeover. 7 was su cient enough for the pumping at approximately 60 and so a biodiversity study is be- source to use.
Airport Park irrigation needs gpm for a 48-hour period. We ing conducted this week.
With the rst phase of the and discovered it was. e next would then monitor the two
project completed, the town is step is to learn if using No. 7 for District 14 wells, and two wells Gilchrist said he hopes to
now studying several options that the ball elds would have any on the county property. We have the irrigation system up
will provide water for the grass adverse e ects on neighboring know we can take water from and running by June 2020, but
playing elds. this well, but we don’t want that on the outside chance it’s not,
to a ect anyone else.” he said a temporary solution—
Jim Gilchrist, director of the

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 5

Santa Claus Is Coming To The Town Of Carmel

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 9am-5pm

MAHOPAC VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

THE BRAVEST WILL BE ESCORTING SANTA CLAUS ALL AROUND TOWN
VIA FIRE ENGINE TO DELIVER CANDY CANES TO THE MAHOPAC RESIDENTS OF

FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT #2 IN THE TOWN OF CARMEL.

WE ARE ALSO COLLECTING FOR THE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE, ONE OF OUR “ELVES” WILL GRACIOUSLY

ACCEPT A NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY DURING THIS EVENT.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT OUR ARRIVAL MAY BE DELAYED DUE TO ANY FIRE /
RESCUE / MEDICAL EMERGENCY THAT WE MUST RESPOND TO.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOUR STREET DOES NOT APPEAR ON THIS SCHEDULE IT HAS BEEN INCLUDED
IN A ROUTE WITH ANOTHER STREET THAT IS MENTIONED.**

ZONE 1 (CENTRAL): ENGINE 18-4-1 / 4:45pm: Mi-Anna Drive / Bon Miller Road
UTILITY 18-3-1 / AMBULANCE 18-7-1 5:00pm: Society Hill
9:00am: Mt. Hope Road / Highridge Road 5:30pm: A&P Plaza
9:15am: Lakeview Drive / Woodland Court
9:45am: Overhill Road / Tanager Road ZONE 3 (NORTHSIDE): ENGINE 18-2-3 /
10:00am: McAlpin Avenue / See Avenue / Gregory Street AMBULANCE 18-7-2
10:15am: Watermelon Road / Elenor Drive / Hillside Trail 9:00am: Crane Road
10:30am: Zephyr Farms 9:15am: Harkin Road
10:45am: Cuddy Road / Queens Way / Hanover Circle 9:30am: Anton Drive
11:00am: Emerald Lane / Price Road / Kings Ridge Road 10:00am: Washington Road
11:15pm: McLaughlin Drive / Piggott Road 10:15am: Reservoir Court
12:00pm: LUNCH 10:25am: Brittany Lane
1:15pm: Hazel Hill Road / Engelwood Terrace / Fox Hill Road 10:35am: Carolyn Road
1:45pm: Sandy Street / Memory Lane 10:50am: Dixon Road
2:00pm: Union Valley Road / Shindagen Hill Road 11:15am: Chestnut Ridge Road
2:30pm: Colonial Enoch Drive / Ernhofer Drive / Munich Road 11:45am: Long Pond Road / Hillside Drive
3:00pm: Mahopac Point 12:15pm: Wixon Pond Road / Elm Drive
3:30pm: Woodcrest Gardens 12:30pm: LUNCH
4:00pm: Route 6 / Stop & Shop / Kmart 1:30pm: North Lake Blvd.
4:30pm: Route 6 Commercial 2:00pm: Kirk Lake Drive
2:30pm: Sprucetop Drive / Radner Lane
ZONE 2 (SOUTHSIDE): ENGINE 18-4-2 / UTILITY 18-8-2 2:45pm: Somerset Road / Woodland Drive
9:00am: Horton Drive / Pearce Place 3:00pm: Split Rock Road / Beach Road
9:15am: Silver Gate Road / Center Road 3:15pm: Averill Drive
9:30am: Fassitt Drive / Lake Glenacom Road 3:30pm: East Lake Blvd / McMahon Place
9:45am: Maple Hill 3:45pm: Mahopac American Legion Hall
10:15am: Lakeview Court
10:30am: Brookside Road / Hellman Lane / McMillan Avenue ZONE 4 (EASTERN): TRUCK 18-6-1 /
11:00am: Stephanie Lane / Lovell Street UTILITY 18-8-1
11:30am: Minerva Road / Kennicut Hill Road / Lakeview Terrace 9:00am: Front Street
11:45am: Country Lane / Glen Ridge 9:15am: Stebbins Road
12:00pm: Woodbine Drive / Kia Ora Drive 9:45am: Rebecca Lane / Joseph Drive / Farview Road /
12:15pm: Hillside Terrace / Overlook Drive South
12:30pm: Walton Drive / Summit Circle / Mountainview Drive / Haley Hill Drive
10:15am: Cherry Hill Road
Plum Road 10:45am: Columbus Drive / Bucyrus Avenue / Wellington Drive
12:45pm: Brenner Pass / Northview Drive 11:15am: Drewville Road
1:00pm: Teakettle Spout / Tina Drive / Aimee Court 11:30am: West Shore Drive
1:15pm: LUNCH 11:45am: Weber Hill Road
2:15pm: Tulip Road 12:00am: Salem Ridge Road / Mega Lane
2:30pm: Dahlia Drive / Astor Drive 12:30pm: Lunch
2:45pm: Nottingham / Coventry Circle 1:30pm: Lake Casse / Fulmar Road / Lake Drive / Lacona Road /
3:15pm: Buckshollow Road
3:30pm: Bloomer Road / McNair Drive Tanya Lane / Stuart Road
3:45pm: Senior Avenue / Indian Avenue / Crest Drive / Hill Drive / 2:00pm: Shear Hill Road
2:30pm: Albion Oval Road
Ellen Avenue 2:45pm: Baldwin Lane Road / Cortlandt Road / Longdale Road /
4:15pm: South Lake Blvd / Colonial Drive
Fairmont Road
3:30pm: Route 6 / Stop & Shop / Kmart

PAGE 6 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019

District hosts annual family night for ENL learners

“If you talk to a man in a language ing to Spanish. “It is important

he understands, that goes to his head. to know how much we care about

If you talk to him in his language, you. We are very proud of all the

that goes to his heart.” wonderful programs our schools

o er to ensure our children have

-Nelson Mandala a successful school career,”

Superintendent Anthony Di-

BY LAURA LEE HOLMBO Carlo gave the crowd a welcome

CONTRIBUTING WRITER in Spanish and spoke of the mis-

sion of the district to “foster a

Despite the cold and rainy eve- partnership between our teachers,

ning, the gymnasium was lled parents, caregivers and commu-

with warm smiles and conver- nity members to ensure our ENL

sation for the Mahopac Cen- students receive a strong academ-

tral School District second an- ic, social and career foundation

nual English as a New Language with high standards of excellence

(ENL) Family Night at Lakev- and achievement.”

iew Elementary School earlier e evening continued with PHOTO: LAURA LEE HOLMBO
Translator Jackie Vasquez, right, helps out with a conversation between a parent and high school social
this fall. Parents and caregivers the opportunity for parents and worker Kristel Halton.
throughout the district joined caregivers to get information and

the Mahopac schools’ ENL team, assistance from Mahopac schools’

school administration members educational and support services, need assistance, we will be here for Provides information on youth Partnership

and community resources who community health and well-being you,”Vasquez said. sports in the community such as Assists families with basic

help support an education and resources. Tomas Vasquez and e following is a list of ENL soccer, baseball, softball, basket- needs, community services and

healthy living. Emmanuel Pichardo from the educational and well-being sup- ball, lacrosse, football, volleyball, resources

Leigh Galione, ENL chair- district’s Information technology port resources and services: wrestling and cheer putnamcap.org, 845-278-8021

person, and Jackie Vasquez, the department were on hand to help • Mahopac Public & School msasports.org • Putnam/ Westchester BO-

district translator, kicked o the parents with any questions, such Library • Open Door Family Medical CES

evening with a welcome and over- as the parent portal signup and Information on obtaining a Center – Brewster Office For families who have recently

view of district services and o er- student Chromebooks. library card, and extracurricular Dental services, urgent care, arrived from other countries and

ings to students with English as a “ e district has a translation programs and learning experi- immunizations, examinations and need assistance learning English

new language. service we can provide in order to ences more pnwboces.org, 914-248-2352

“ is evening is about you, your promote productive conversations; mahopaclibrary.org, 845-628- opendoormedical.org, 845- Laura Lee Holmbo is the com-

children and your families,” said we don’t want families to feel they 2009 279-6999 munications consultant for the Ma-

Galione, with Vasquez translat- cannot contact the schools. If you • Mahopac Sports Association • Putnam Community Action hopac Central School District.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 7

Santa Visits Mahopac Falls
How would you like to
A message from Santa Claus at the North Pole make the world a better place
has stated that he will be coming to Mahopac
Falls on Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 starting at this holiday season?
10:00 A.M. Because the reindeer are resting
up for their long journey on Christmas Eve, Many children in our own town will be
Santa has asked the Mahopac Falls Volunteer experiencing a difficult holiday season.
Fire Department to be his helpers, so that he The Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department
can get around town to see all the girls and in conjunction with the Marine Corp will be
boys for their last minute instructions for collecting for Toys For Tots on our candy
Christmas. Since Santa loves to ride the fire cane run this year to be held on Sat. Dec
trucks, the fire department will be driving 14, 2019, starting at 10am. Santa and the
Santa to different locations throughout the Marines will help the firefighters collect toys
Mahopac Falls area. Candy canes will be given for those who are not fortunate enough to
to each child who comes to speak to Santa. receive any. It feels good to receive gifts,

but it feels even better to give them.
If you can afford it, this will be a
wonderful holiday season for all!

Route 1 19-6-1 Route 2 19-4-4 Route 3 19-4-3 Route 4 19-2-1
10:00 – Leave Firehouse
10:05 – Myrtle Ave. & 10:00 – Leave Firehouse

Mahopac Falls Proper 10:05 – Red Mills Rd. 10:00 – Leave fire house 10:00 – Leave fire house
10:20 – Charles Pl. & Carmine Dr.
10:30 – Rustic Rd. 10:15 – Hamlin Rd. 10:05 – Secor Road & Side Streets 10:05 – Potter Road &
10:40 – Grand Meadow Dr.
10:45 – Seneca Rd. 10:30 – Ridgeview Ave & 10:10 – Longview Road School Street
10:55 – Elm Rd.
11:00 – Oak Rd. Hillside Avenue 10:20 – Spring Brook Drive 10:15 – Concord Road
11:05 – Beech Rd.
11:20 – Lake Baldwin Clubhouse 10:40 – Deer Trail Rd. 10:30 – Agor Lane & Side Streets 10:20 – Foxey Lane
11:30 – Birch Dr.
11:40 – Summit Dr. 10:50 – Corral Drive & 10:40 – Peggy Lane 10:30 – Fabri Court
11:45 – Maple Dr.
11:50 – Hickory Dr. Carole Place 10:55 – Jennifer Lane 10:40 – Parker Drive/Geymer Drive
11:55 – Ryan Ct.
12:05 – Rolling Greens Estates 11:05 – St. Anthony’s Place 11:05 – Santino Court 11:00 – Archer Road North
12:35 – Colonial Dr.
12:55 – West Lake Blvd. 11:15 – Hopkins Rd. 11:10 – Allison Court 11:10 – Brookdale Road
1:05 – Vista Terrace
1:20 – Locust Hill Rd. & 11:20 – Beach Rd. / Lakewood Rd. 11:20 – Emily Lane & 11:15 – Breckinridge Road

Maiden Lane 11:30 – McGregor Dr. Tommy Court 11:30 – The Oaks
1:30 – Kirk Lake Beach
1:45 – Overlook Lane & 11:40 – Mandy Lane & Hatfield Rd. 11:30 – Alona Drive 1:50 – Archer Road South

Summit Drive 11:45 – Fox Trail Rd. 11:45 – Lake Secor Beach 12:05 – Colton Road & Logan Road
2:00 – Hill St. & North Lane
2:05 – Kaitlin Road 11:50 – Bullet Hole Rd. to 12:10 – North Road & 12:20 – Carpenter Trailer Park
2:10 – Tyler Ct.
2:15 – Kayla Lane Woods Brook Rd. Orchard Road 12:35 – Route 6N to County Line
2:25 – Stocum Avenue
2:30 – Scott Rd. 11:55 – Bullet Hole Rd. to 12:35 – Topland Road & 12:50 – Carey Street Development

Nicholas Way Center Road 1:05 – Friendly Road

12:00 – Steiner Dr. 12:55 – Secor Community House 1:15 – Bonniello Drive &

12:10 – Hilda Dr. 1:15 – Walnut Drive Hilltop Drive

12:20 – Scout Hill Rd. 1:20 – Wayacross Road 1:50 – Papania Drive

12:30 – Country Knolls Rd. 1:30 – Vineland Road & 2:00 – Rose Drive

12:40 – Bullet Hole Rd. & Concordia Rd. 2:10 – Cheryl Court

Crescent Rd. 1:45 – Greenway Terrace 2:20 – Williams Court

12:55 – Barrett Hill Rd. & 2:00 – Sunrise Ridge & 2:30 – Stillwater Road &

Side Streets Rainbow Estates Williamsburg Ridge

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Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force formed

e Putnam/Northern West- In a press conference held last to empower people to seek help organizations within the com- tic violence, sexual violence, and
chester Women’s Resource Cen- week at the county courthouse in for themselves or others whom munity who may have need of human tra cking cases, and the
ter in collaboration with the Put- Carmel, law enforcement o cials they feel may need assistance. services for their members. Task Force will place a priority on
nam County District Attorney’s said that the purpose of the new these issues.
O ce, Sheri ’s O ce and Pro- agency will be to make the public e Task Force agencies will Involved agencies will collabo-
bation Department have formed aware of domestic violence, sexual share statistics, aggregate data, rate in order to e ectively com- For more information, contact
the Putnam County Domestic violence, and human tra cking— and perform educational aware- municate with each other to help the Putnam Northern Westches-
Violence and Sexual Violence and the problems and tragedies ness and training in the commu- improve services to victims. ter Women’s Center at 845-628-
Task Force. that result from them. e goal is nity including high schools, social 9284 or the Putnam County Dis-
organizations, and various other Victim awareness, safety, and trict Attorney at 845-808-1050.
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Casey, Jackel feted for 50 years of MFVFD service

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ner of the Mahopac Falls Volun- original member of the team and re police or public information
teer Fire Department (MFVFD) serving for 50 years. A member
held last month at Villa Barone of the Board of Directors, Jackel o cer, the public gets a rsthand
in Mahopac, two Life Members still turns out for ambulance calls look at what its re department
reaching 50 years of active ser- and re police duties at res and does when the siren goes o be-
vice were acknowledged and cel- car accidents. cause of Casey’s photographs
ebrated. and his relationship with local
Casey has been involved in newspapers resulting in the many
Fire ghters Walt Jackel and the EMS before the MFVFD pictures they get to add to their
Jack Casey were introduced by had an ambulance by riding with articles.
Past Director John Mulvaney neighboring Mahopac Fire De-
to whom this year’s dinner was partment for 32 years, 28 as an Walt Jackel, left, and Jack
dedicated. EMT. Working for the school Casey accept the accolades
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Doing next to nothing Bloomberg’s challenge
will get us nowhere
Michael Bloomberg has LIFE, try and our values. If he wins
re-entered the po-
litical fray, this time in another term in o ce, we may
hopes of being elected president.
Over the last 20 years or could surely use a makeover.Traveling But rst he has to battle his way HEALTH, never recover from the damage.”
so, as my knees and back through the Democrat primary POLITICS I’m pretty sure I’ve heard
have become increasingly along the Route 6/Route 52 cor- before he can land blows on the
incapable of tolerat- man he really wants to battle. MARA every other Democrat candidate
ing the pounding ridor is like being caught in a time SCHIFFREN in the race so far utter that exact
of jogging, I’ve Bloomberg’s rst act as a sentiment, even if they framed
transitioned to warp. Is this 2019 or political candidate was to make a yuge $30 mil-
Nordic walking. lion purchase of TV ads that will show across the
Nordic walking is HERE 1969? Yes, business is country, but run most frequently in Los Angeles, their words slightly di erently.
much like cross- AND stagnant. But, a vital New York, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and
country skiing, but NOW! issue that Vision 2020 Miami—all of them nancial centers. e week before entering,
without the snow. fails to recognize is the
Enthusiasts use $30 million is chump change to Bloomberg, Bloomberg apologized for Stop and Frisk, an e ec-
specially designed ski poles or trek- whose fortune is rated as high as $58 billion. But
king sticks—with heavy rubber tips this will make a massive di erence in making tive policy he could get away with as a Republican,
for use on asphalt and carbide tips people who watch TV aware of his presence in
for hiking—to propel themselves BERNIE fragmentation of this the race, despite being a late comer. which was one reason credited with keeping New
forward in a rhythmic motion KOSBERG community’s social
fabric: issues such as ough some pundits think that this strategy York City as safe as it was for as long as the policy
According to numerous studies, of ad overload might just back re on Bloomberg.
walking about ve hours a week In past surveys, researchers at YouGov found that was operative. But back then, Bloomberg rst ran
bene ts people both physically and ad overload has caused up to “one fth of Ameri-
mentally. Nordic walking is particu- teen alienation, alcohol can consumers to stop using a product if they saw as a Republican and then an Independent.
larly bene cial. It signi cantly im- too many ads for it.” In other words, it causes
proves aerobic capacity and muscular and drug abuse, covert them to reject the very thing that was shoved Now that he is having to sell his history to a
strength, while burning calories at a down their throat, time after time.
signi cantly higher rate. racism, poverty, stress and social isola- completely di erent crowd than when he was mayor
e second thing Bloomberg’s campaign an-
My neighborhood has lots of tion have hardly been dealt with. nounced was that his paper, Bloomberg News, in NYC, many of his past deeds will have to be ex-
back-country roads with steep hills would no longer do original reporting either on
and interesting vistas. After an Decade after decade, this commu- Bloomberg—a longstanding tradition of theirs cised or apologized for, one way or the other. What
invigorating walk on a sunny, brisk, while he was in o ce as mayor—or against any
late autumn day, I brewed a cup of nity has been shaped by incremental of his Democrat primary competitors. Hence- seemed normal to people then, and in this case
java, loaded a bowl with yogurt, fruit forth, they announced, they would only target
and seeds, and sat down to read the land use and design decisions made President Trump. “then”is only six years back, is now utterly beyond
latest issue of Mahopac News.
by planning and zoning boards is did not play well in all audiences. the pale and considered evil to many on the left.
As I perused the paper, an issue I’d While some thought such a move was “hon-
been thinking about caught my eye. that are mostly sta ed by untrained orable”on his part, others did not.“ is is not Bloomberg was a very decent mayor of NYC,
In a letter to the editor, om Ian- journalism,”tweeted Megan Murphy, the former
nicccari, a local insurance broker and citizen planners.Too often, political editor of Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg News’ until his third term, which he largely phoned in,
co-chair of the Mahopac-Carmel union also heavily criticized the decision, de-
Legislative Advocacy Board (LAB), and moneyed interests in uence their manding that reporters be allowed to do their thus demonstrating in real time the problem with
was thanking the Putnam County jobs and cover the candidates. Additionally, the
Business Council for awarding him decision-making, and the best inter- union accused the editorial team of “silencing third terms. People become bored in o ce and
the Trailblazer Award for his leader- journalists and urged them to reconsider.”
ship work on Vision 2020. ests of the whole community su er. I doubt the criticism will go anywhere, though, as begin to take everything for granted.
this decision actually ties in with Bloomberg’s rea-
“We have not had a Master Plan e Town Board has now taken son for running, which is to defeat Donald Trump. Just look at current Mayor de Blasio for ex-
for 19 years,”wrote Iannicccari,“and Indeed, Bloomberg’s all-important rationale to
this new blueprint will position the the reins and hired a Long Island become the next president sounds hardly distin- ample. It didn’t even take him two terms as mayor
entire town of Carmel economically guishable from those of his competitors in the
and image-wise, taking us into the next consulting rm to help plan the Democrat primary. of NYC to get bored and make him believe he
quarter century. With fresh infrastruc- “I’m running for president to defeat Donald
ture, roads, sidewalks, etc., new business creation of a new comprehensive Trump and rebuild America,”Bloomberg an- was meant for greater things, like being president.
development will be attracted here.” nounced.“We cannot a ord four more years of
master plan and revised town code. President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions. His candidacy was a complete joke to anyone
I have no disagreement with Ian- He represents an existential threat to our coun-
nicccari’s contention that this town is is a major undertaking, and I outside his immediate family. Yet he obviously

congratulate the board for biting the believed that there was an audience out there

bullet—investing in experts with a yearning to elect him!

wide range of pro ciency and know- When it comes to Bloomberg, however, there

how who can help our community actually is a potential constituency out there that

plan to move forward, both structur- could elect him Given his past as a successful

ally and programmatically. Republican and Independent mayor of a large

Creating a town master plan is city, there are plenty of people in the battleground

a complicated process that should states and “ yover country”that could respond

not only consider an array of best positively to someone such as Bloomberg running

practices for designing downtowns, as a centrist Democrat with sane scal policies.

crossroads and new neighborhoods, e problem is that he rst must run the

but should strive to identify the gauntlet of the Democrat base, which is o to

community’s human needs, as well. the far left. If he can get past that, he might have

It must also answer these questions: a chance, but rst he will have to apologize for

How transit options play into de- every policy that worked for him as mayor. And

velopment? Links to nature? Green that’s not a good look.

power? Are there cutting-edge ways If nothing else, expect him to become an

to treat sewage and, if so, can they be immediate target of his new opponents in the

utilized if we commit to small-scale primary.

construction? Are there towns that

have gone through this process of Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, certi ed
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envisioning their future that we’d Peak Performance coach.You can reach her at mara.
schi [email protected]
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Social media ham- cial media since this incident and LETTERS NYSEG has not changed its cor- SEG and they aren’t owned by a
pered crisis situation ask the public to consider the dan- porate behavior in the last 10 years, foreign corporation.
gerous potential impacts of such gency situations? Apply Occom’s which leaves you to act in your best
To the editor, interference. Everyone has a right Razor may give you the following self-interest.Consider the following: Stop complaining about NY-
I want to congratulate the men and to opinion and free speech—but answer: Poor emergency response SEG and empower yourself. NY-
no one has the right to hamper a is part of their business model. It 1) Buy a backup generator SEG is not going to change, but
women of both the Carmel Police police response and public safety. costs a lot of money to be proactive. 2) Petition you state government you can, and you should. Start with
Department and the Putnam County NYSEG’s idea of being proactive to pull NYSEG’s charter, just like generators. Let’s hope the power
Sheri ’s Department. ey per- ank you to all o cers for keep- is to send its customers a robocall they are doing in Long Island with stays on for the holidays.
formed their duties professionally and ing everyone safe and thank you for advising you to make “alternative National Grid.
successfully. Our departments worked helping a vulnerable member of living arrangements” due to an Central Hudson could possibly John Dollinger
together seamlessly to negotiate with our community. I would also like to impending storm situation. How take over as our energy provider. Mahopac
a person who was in crisis and ensured thank the Putnam County Firearm much does that cost? ey couldn’t be worse than NY-
that both that the individual, the pub- Owners Association for its support SEE LETTERS PAGE 12
lic and all law enforcement o cers of law enforcement and assistance Screaming a protesting about
came out of the situation unharmed. in helping to defuse a serious situa-
tion. A job well done by all.
is is the kind of di cult situation
our o cers are trained to negotiate, Sheri Robert L. Langley Jr.
and they did so patiently and safely.To
all of you who responded, I give my Putnam County
commendation and thanks.
NYSEG is not
I would like, too, to comment on going to change
the role that social media played in
escalating this situation and creat- To the editor,
ing additional stress on the indi- I have just nished ready vari-
vidual and on our law enforcement
o cers. People with no connection ous articles about NYSEG’s recent
to the individual engaged with him poor storm response of Oct. 31 and
via social media outlets, countering Nov. 1. I am writing this letter by
the work of our negotiators to calm candlelight as the sun sets, sitting in
him, bring him out safely. a house that lost power at 2:30 p.m.
today. It was a nice sunny day, no
Further, and critically, social me- clouds, no wind and no power. is
dia participants created a second- is the second outage in my neigh-
ary crisis situation in the midst of borhood in two weeks.Maybe more
our response. Calls of protest based than trees need to be trimmed.
on misinformation generated via
social media and secondary agen- Our government o cials and
das were received non-stop on the citizenry of vehemently com-
non-emergency lines for the Car- plained for years on end by NY-
mel Police Department and the SEG’s inability to reliability keep
Putnam County Sheri ’s Depart- the light on, especially when power
ment. is meant that those lines is needed the most. ey have done
were tied up for hours at a time, very little to demonstrably improve
making it exceedingly di cult for service, yet NYSEG has the gall to
the public to contact law enforce- ask for a 15 percent rate increase
ment and seek help. Some of those starting May 2020 based on the
calls were, in fact, emergencies and increased cost of tree-trimming.
needed to be forwarded from our
911 dispatch. Public safety was Really?
compromised that night precious e rate increase might have
moments were lost for response
by individuals seeking to grand- more to do with Avangrid, Inc.,
stand and interfere in a crisis and NYSEG’s parent company, only
law enforcement’s response to it. I paying a 3.6 percent dividend than
condemn the actions taken on so- with tree-trimming costs.

Why has NYSEG’s behavior
been so consistently poor in emer-

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LETTERS a peaceful resolution to a dangerous KOSBERG nancial and technical services?
situation, largely due to the actions of Hiring a planning consultant is only the be-
FROM PAGE 11 well-trained and skilled o cers. FROM PAGE 10 ginning. e Town Board must provide avenues
for dialogue, debate and a transparent process for
Dems stand with is event also saw our county e plan should not singularly focus on the decision-making, including as many stakeholders
local police ooded with negative outside in u- business needs of this community; nor should as possible.
ences. Extremists from around the it be an exaggerated list of what is broken and It is important to recognize that the social,
To the editor, country, and possibly beyond, inun- requires repair. Instead, the process of developing economic and land-use choices made or not
Our sheri ’s deputies and police of- dated social media postings by our a master plan should provide ample opportunity made during this planning process can have a
cers put their lives on the line each sheri ’s department and tied up our for all the stakeholders in this community to come signi cant impact on this town’s future. e tax
emergency-response telephone lines. together to develop both a strategy and tactics base is shrinking, the community is aging, and
and every day that they put on their that will lead the town well into the 21st century. the infrastructure is getting old.
badge. By those of us who bene t is put the safety of everyone, o cer Our town government has a history of either not
from their sel ess service, this is both and citizen alike, in jeopardy. What should it be like to live in Mahopac in 10 planning su ciently for the future, planning poorly,
acknowledged and appreciated. years? In 20 years? What steps does this commu- or not following through with plans that have been
e bravery and tenacity of our sher- nity need to take in order to make life here the best made. It is no longer enough to have a Town Board
e Putnam County Democratic i ’s department stands out as even more it can be? Can we develop new ways for making a that spends most of its time primarily focused on
Committee supports the outstand- remarkable as our Deputies and many living here? How do we protect our open spaces and core services—public safety, roads, sewers and the
ing service performed by the Putnam other county workers are serving us with- environmental assets? Are there neighborhoods that nessing of property taxes. We live in a very safe
County Sheri ’s Department, the out a contract. On this, we also stand with need revitalizing and, if so, how do we go about it? and pleasant town.To progress socially and stay
Carmel Police Department, and the our local law enforcement and encourage current and a ordable, it is now time to invest in
Westchester County Police Depart- our county government to give them the Can we take advantage of underutilized prop- the social fabric of this community.
ment this past weekend. On Saturday, contract they have earned and deserve. erties and empty storefronts to o er diverse rec-
Nov. 23, local o cers confronted a sit- reational opportunities—other than sports—to e master plan needs to look at where the
uation that presented the possibility of It is easy to support law enforcement our youth and to adults? Music, dance, theater, people in this town live, work, play, relax and
extreme danger both to themselves and when you are campaigning. It is more crafts, electronics, support groups. We should recreate. It must consider the needs of an aging
others. e fact that a lengthy stando meaningful when this support is expressed not be so complacent about losing young minds population and a younger population, the needs
between law enforcement and a poten- through actions amidst crisis and contro- to smart phones, drugs, alcohol and boredom. of families and, yes, the needs of businesses, tak-
tially armed suspect ended without in- versy. We have much to be thankful for ing all into account.
jury or the use of violence is commend- this anksgiving Day in Putnam County. Can we take advantage of underutilized prop-
able. In a time when we have become And we have much more work to do. erties and empty storefronts to develop business Doing next-to-nothing or conducting busi-
accustomed to seeing examples of de- incubators, creating public/private partnerships ness-as-usual will get us nowhere.
cidedly negative outcomes from inter- Scott Reing that help to create and grow young businesses
action with police, here we experienced by providing them with necessary support and
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‘You’re not just a

number to them’
Tock with his staff, from left, Jennifer Hettinger,
Patty Carey, Meryl Cook, and Peter J. Reynolds, Esq. Tock said that when clients come to Heidi Zatkovich said Tock and his

him, they know they’re not just getting a team went above and beyond to help her

lawyer; they are getting an entire team that daughter, who had been seriously injured

will work together for their cause. in a dog attack.

“ ey know we have experience in four or “ ey would call to see how she was do-

ve areas of the law and it’s not just me—it’s ing,” Zatkovich recalled. “You’re not just a

my entire team,” he said. “We listen; listen- number to them. It felt like home, really.

ing is a key component. Once we learn the Everyone was very nice. We did go to other

facts, we can delve into the details to better law rms and they would not handle our

assist our clients. Our o ce has the experi- case. Joe was willing to ght for my daugh-

ence to walk them through the process. We ter.He got my daughter what she deserved.”

will listen and we will nd a solution. Tock said that as a personal injury attor-

“When they hire the Law O ces of Jo- ney, he has handled thousands of car ac-

seph J.Tock, that’s ve people, not just Joe cident cases. When a client comes to him

BY BOB DUMAS “He looked at us straight in the eye and Tock,” he added. “I have supreme con - and they’ve been involved in an accident
EDITOR he said, ‘I’m going to do everything I can,’ dence in my sta . I know they will provide and su ered injuries,he knows he can help.

and he did,” Michael Williams Sr. said. me with the information to act, react and “If they’ve su ered a serious injury,

For more than 27 years,the Law O ces “He was a man of his word. He went up work hard for our clients.” we want to get them the compensation

of Joseph J. Tock in Mahopac has been against Goliath, an entity that has hun- e services that Tock’s team o ers in- they’re due and hold the insurance com-

providing clients with the advocacy they dreds of lawyers on its sta . clude: pany accountable,”he asserted.

need during di cult times. “ ey nally came up with something • Results-driven criminal defense repre- Client Rory N., who was in a motorcy-

But for Joseph J. Tock and his team of that we felt justi ed our son’s life,” he con- sentation for people charged with DWI, cle accident, said Tock is a tenacious litiga-

seasoned professionals,it’s not just about the tinued. “Joe is a genuine person and he drug o enses and all other crimes. tor who won’t stop until he gets what his

work they do in the courtroom,it’s about the makes you feel he’s going to do everything • Personal injury representation after client deserves.

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League of Women Voters seeks student nominees

Nominations of Putnam Foundation, Inc., is designed ment and the process by which ing their legislators. ers of Putnam County which
County high school students to increase students’ aware- citizens can participate in the Students are sponsored by one includes an e-mail newsletter
are sought for the 20th annual ness of their responsibility in a policy-making arena. Last year, and invitations to meetings on
Students Inside Albany confer- representative government and a Mahopac High School stu- of the 50 local League of Wom- government-related topics.
ence, which is scheduled to be provide the tools necessary for dent received the honor. en Voters throughout New York
held May 17-20, 2020 in Al- meeting that responsibility. is State; all their expenses are cov- For more information, con-
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Students solve challenges in architecture program

e house must feature four In the class open to high school prosthetic hand for a Virginia

bedrooms and three stories and juniors and seniors, students woman who did not have ngers

t on a narrow piece of land. e learn the principles of design, the and built model race cars that

doghouse needs two levels (lucky vocabulary of architecture and quali ed for a national competi-

pooch!) but requires an easy way ve drawing software programs, tion. Last year, students built a

for Fido to get upstairs because of including the cutting-edge pro- drone and learned to y it.

hip problems. e race car should gram Revit. Students study the “ ey create spectacular de-

be highly aerodynamic, so it can history of architecture and learn signs,” Markel said.

really y. about modern trends like sus- On a recent fall day, students

ese are examples of the de- tainability and green technology. were using a 3D model-based

sign challenges given to the stu- As students advance to the sec- process called Building Informa-

dents in the two-year Architec- ond year, they take a deeper dive tion Modeling to re-create either

tural Design and Modeling class into architecture, solving prob- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwa-

at the PNW BOCES Career lems by building prototypes of ter or the VIA 57 West building

and Technical Education Center. their designs. ey use di erent in New York, examples of sophis-

Students learn about architecture, technologies like 3D printing, la- ticated residential architecture.

engineering and design as they ser printing, laser scanning, laser Students worked in the computer

work to nd creative solutions to engraving, drone technology and lab to draw the buildings using a

these authentic challenges. CNC Machining. software program.

“ e students take all their ac- e class has a workroom lled “It’s a great way for the stu- PHOTO COURTESY OF PNW BOCES

cumulated knowledge and try to with shining examples of student dents to get an understanding of Louis Mercato of Mahopac said the class provides good training.
solve problems, problems that projects, including models of what was in the architect’s mind,”

are real and about things that iconic structures like the Statue Markel said. “ ey’re looking at

matter,” instructor Gerry Markel of Liberty, the Guggenheim Mu- the designs of famous architec- get a little bit of a deeper feel for over the program 23 years ago

said. “We’re trying to make it a seum and the Chrysler building. ture and they’re re-creating that what the architect was thinking.” and transformed it from a draft-

real-world experience.” In past years, students created a work, and as they do that, they An architect, Markel took ing class to a modern course that

gives students a broad education

in design.

“It prepares the kids to be able

to go into a wide range of di er-

ent disciplines in the design in-

dustry,” said Markel, who has a

total of 24 students in two classes

this year.

Senior Louis Mercato wants

to follow his father into the eld

of architecture and said the class

is providing good training. Last

summer, Mercato, of Mahopac

High School, worked for his

dad, who was impressed with

his knowledge of the AutoCAD

program.

“I used what I learned in this

class in real life,” he said.

Students who complete the

program can receive certi ca-

tion in software programs upon

passing an exam. Many are

college-bound, though students

are prepared to go right into the

Add Value workforce as a draftsperson.
e eld of architecture is a

steady one.

to Your Home “Even in di cult times, there
have always been jobs for archi-
tects, and I think there always

will be,” Markel said. “We kind

When we’re done, there is nothing left to do. ofexpandthewaywethinkabout
buildings and our environment.”
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MUSINGS Christmas Bazaar .edu/events. Cornell Coop- will hold a fundraiser at Spins his dysfunctional family clashes
erative Extension is an employer Bowl, 23 Old Route 6, Carmel, over the holidays, young Max
FROM PAGE 2 on Sunday, Dec. 29. Check in (Emjay Anthony) becomes dis-
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Middle School students create Volunteer tax
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and self-study education during December through the
cave drawings that are currently on display in the AARP Foundation, which is certi ed by the IRS. Volun-
teers must also commit ve to eight hours per week from
Young Arts Gallery at Mahopac Public Library. mid-January to mid-April at either the Brewster, Kent,
Mahopac or Patterson site. To be considered for the tax-
e colorful works will remain on display through counselor position, one should have some experience in tax
preparation; having at least led their own personal taxes.
Dec. 13 and can be viewed during regular library One must also be computer literate.

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Lyons, the students created their original artworks IMAGE COURTESY OF MAHOPAC PUBLIC LIBRARY

using pencil,oil pastels,chalks,colored markers,T- Cave painting by MMS student Mia Christina Hernandez
squares, and rulers. Each drawing features a mam-

moth-like horned creature,as well as the outline of

a hand representing the “signature” of the artist. A Native American pattern, re ecting the Eastern Woodlands Era,

was added to produce a border around the outer edge of the cave drawings.

e students participating in this exhibit are: Olivia Hoyt, Jake Lauro, Eileen Cotroneo, Jayli Torres, Gigi Hart-

mann, Michael Madera, Ellie Gerleit, Ryan Hodge, Julie Fraser, Andrew Anania, Daniel Sasko, Colin Finer,Tommy

Vitello, Mia Hernandez, Madeline Rucker, Ashlee Spinosa, Connor Lowery, Bella Vazquez, Gerson Fernandez, Mi-

chael Trinchitella and Katelyn Kapiti.

For more information about this exhibit, or about the Young Arts Gallery at Mahopac Public Library, call 845-

628-2009, ext. 108.

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WRESTLING Angelo Centrone

Tyler Roa

PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN

Tornambe, Indians poised for another strong season

BY SKIP PEARLMAN trone (sophomore, 113, 46-6 last season), can’t wait to see him compete.” Junior Ryan Kick (132) and junior
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Aiden Muldoon (junior, 120, 38-13 last e coach believes the Indians are James Russo (138) both took thirds, se-
season), and Tyler Roa (senior 152, 41-9 nior Larry Nardecchia was third at 145,
e Mahopac High School wrestling last season). looking at a strong season. and Londrim Hasanramaj took third
team is coming o one of the best seasons “ e transition has been going very at 220 pounds. Freshman Chris Mor-
in team history, rolling to 31-5 dual meet Senior Larry Nardecchia (26-9 last ris placed fourth at 99 pounds, and ju-
record and a league title. season) also returns and will serve as well,” he said. “I think we have a great nior Eddie Gonzalez was fourth at 132
a captain this year—along with senior chance to show people Mahopac is still pounds.
is year’s Indians team returns a solid Londrim Hasanramaj (120, 32-10 last around. We’re seeded 15 in the Section
core of experienced grapplers, who will season), Roa and Centrone. Juniors Ryan 1 Dual Meet Tournament. I think that’s “ is was a good rst tournament for
wrestle under the direction of rst-year Kick (132) and James Russo (138) also low. Our goal is a league title, and to put us,” Indians coach Steve Tornambe said.
coach Steve Tornambe, who takes over return, and hope to play a key role. as many wrestlers in the sectionals as we “We saw some very good wrestling, and
for veteran Dennis DiSanto, who retired can, and win a sectional title. at’s why some not so good wrestling. I got to see a
after last season. DiSanto (the all-time “We’re looking for our four captains we’re doing it. Staying healthy will be a lot of our wrestlers, and I was impressed.
Section 1 wins leader) is actually back to lead by example,” Tornambe said. “We key, and we need to learn from our mis-
coaching the Indians JV team this sea- have 37 kids, including a bunch of fresh- takes. We have to learn and get better ev- ey have a good foundation, they’ve
son, due to unexpected circumstances. Joe men, and they know all the kids, and lead ery day.” been coached well in the past, and our
Srednicki, a sectional champ with the In- on and o the mat. ey are the hardest three champions all looked calm and col-
dians in 2001, will assist Tornambe. workers in the room, they set the stan- INDIANS TAKE SECOND PLACE lected.
dard. e wrestling team opened their sea-
Tornambe was an assistant varsity “Alexander (Smith) was impressive,”
coach at Pleasantville for 13 years. is “Our expectations are high,” the coach son last Saturday (Nov. 30), taking second the coach went on. “Unfortunately, his
will be his rst opportunity as a head added. “Our seniors know where they are, place at the Uniondale Black Knights win came against a teammate (Smith
coach. and they have a good mindset. ey’ll do Classic in Uniondale, Long Island. beat Muldoon in the 120 nal). Brock
what it takes to achieve their goals.” impressed me, Ryan and James are such
“I came from a prestigious program in e Indians had three champions: hard workers, and looked great. And An-
Ossining, and Pleasantville is also a good Freshmen Chris Morris and Sam Przy- sophomore team captain Angelo Cen- gelo and Tyler both looked great.”
program,” he said. “So, I feel con dent mylski are a pair of up-and-coming wres- trone took a title at 113 pounds, junior
about stepping into Dennis DiSanto’s tlers in whom Tornambe sees potential. Alexander Smith won at 120, and senior Mahopac was scheduled to compete at
shoes, and doing a great job.” captain Tyler Roa was crowned at 152. the Mike Nardone Invitational Tourna-
“Chris placed fourth at the tourna- ment Saturday at Ossining High School,
Mahopac graduated eight starters from ment, and wrestles with a great attitude,” Junior All-Section 120-pounder Aiden starting at 9 a.m., and the Indians are at
last year‘s team, but 15 return, includ- Tornambe said. “He’s always asking ques- Muldoon took a second place, and junior Walter Panas at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
ing All-Section selections Angelo Cen- tions. Sam is new to the sport, but he has 170-pounder Brock Fitzpatrick also took 10.
a great attitude and picks up very well. I second.

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Caitlyn BY SKIP PEARLMAN than last year,”Scozzafava said.“I think we could also
O’Boyle
CONTRIBUTING WRITER be strong inside with Becker and O’Boyle, and Mia

can go in or outside. Rush will also help us.

Coming o a 7-14 season that saw them lose “I think will be more athletic, and a little quicker

in the rst round of playo s, the Mahopac High than we were last year, as well,” the coach added. “I

School girls basketball team is hoping for a strong just hope we play defense like we did last year, that

winter season, with a more balanced team. was a strength. But I think we’ll be a bit more bal-

e Indians will miss graduated standouts Zina anced this year inside and out.”

McInerney, Natalie Scanlan, and Katrina Klammer, e coach believes some of the new talent can

but with an experienced core returning, hopes are contribute. “Lauren can be a good player,” he said,

high. “and Rush can help us too. Marissa can help us, and

Returning from last year’s team are juniors Mia Amanda can play outside or out as well.”

Klammer (All-League G/F, 12 PPG), Caitlyn Challenging for the league and getting a good

O’Boyle (All-League F, 13 PPG), and Shannon spot in playo s will be goals the Indians will chase.

Becker. Sophomores Melanie DeMeo, Julie De- “ e rst thing we always want to take care of is

Brocky and Julia Paolicelli are back, and senior the league,”the coach said.“And we want to be com-

guards April Heady and Olivia Conlin return. petitive every week, make our opponents work. We

Joining the team this year are junior Amanda Be- were in most of our games last year, but we didn’t

berman, freshmen Lauren Beberman and Kristina have balance, we weren’t a balanced team. e big

Rush, and sophomore Marissa McCarney. thing is to get the girls to come together defensively.”

Seventh-year coach Chuck Scozzafava believes e Indians opened their season on Tuesday (too

this year‘s team will be a more well-rounded unit. late for this edition), and play next at the Somers

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Matt McMahon
BOYS BASKETBALL

Mahopac hopes to find stifling ‘D’
to complement potent offense

BY SKIP PEARLMAN Senior point guard and captain Matt and focus on rebounding,” the coach Vin Bastone
CONTRIBUTING WRITER McMahon (11 PPG) is the lone return- added. “Our strength should be shoot-
ing starter from last year‘s team, and ju- ing, but it all starts and ends for us on
After watching 90 percent of their of- nior forward and captain Vin Bastone the defensive end, and with rebounding.
fense disappear with last spring‘s gradu- is the only other returning player with If we can take care of those things, then
ation, this year’s Mahopac High School signi cant experience. Senior forward we can compete every night.”
boys basketball team will rely on a pair Adam Mitchell and junior guard Luke
of experienced returning players and an Syku also return from last year’s team. Mahopac opened their season
assortment of new talent to get the job Wednesday at Spring Valley (too late
done. “Matt and Vin will be really impor- for this edition), and the Indians play
tant,” McMahon said. “ ey’re our only their home opener Tuesday, Dec. 10,
Head Coach Tom McMahon takes returners who saw signi cant minutes. taking on White Plains at 6 p.m. e
over for Matt Simone, who coached We’ll rely on them to help win games, Indians host New Rochelle ursday
the Indians for four years, and won the and help the other guys as well.” (Dec. 12) at 6 p.m., and Mahopac plays
team’s rst league title in six years last at Walter Panas Saturday (Dec. 14) at
season. McMahon coached the team Sophomore Mike Callahan, juniors 5:15 p.m.
for two seasons (05-06 and 06-07), and Chris Clark and John Cosentino, senior
teaches in the Mahopac schools system. Mike Kertelits, sophomore Patrick Mc- “We have a brutal early schedule that
Mahon, senior Tom O’Brien, and sophs will be a tough test for an inexperienced
“I’m very excited to be back,” McMa- Colum Ranaghan, and Ryan Reilly all team,” McMahon said. “But I think we
hon said. “ is is a great group of kids join the team this winter. could compete for the league. It won’t be
with a bright future. I’ve coached some easy, and we’ll need a lot of breaks to go
of them in CYO and youth league, and “Adam [ omas] and Luke [Syku] the right way. In the playo s, with the
know them. We’ve had a good pre- didn’t see a lot of time last year, but this new format the top 16 are in and hope-
season, and now it’s time to go.” year we’ll need them both in pressure fully we will be in the top 16. Hopefully
situations,” the coach said. “And Cosen- by then our new players won’t be new
e Indians will miss league MVP tino will also be a key. Reilly can put the anymore. We’ll need to be a di erent
and All-Section selection Reahl Al- ball in the basket as well. We’ll prob- team than we are now. Right now we
len (17 PPG, 10 RPG), as well as tri- ably be eight or nine deep, but we need have a lot of question marks. But over
captains and All-League selections guys to get points. We will really rely on the next couple of months, I think we
Tim Cegielski, Mike Argila, and Drew Matt [McMahon], Vin [Bastone] and can become something solid.”
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to receive and be eligible for govern- and get the protections under New potentially be distributed to someone bility. is exibility could be of great

ment bene ts such as Medicaid and York law with respect to government other than the disabled person. value if there are signi cant changes Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a member of the

Supplemental Social Security In- bene ts. However, when utilizing an ir- in the bene ciary’s conditions and in rm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP.

come (SSI) even though they are the Once the decision to create a revocable third party SNT, both the particular their needs. For example, if His o ce is centrally located in White

bene ciary of the SNT. third party SNT for the bene t of a creator/grantor and others making the bene ciary is receiving bene ts Plains and he has a home o ce in Somers.

Under federal law, a disabled per- child, grandchild, loved one or friend contributions to the trust will need that to a great extent provide for all He can be reached at 914-948-1500. Mr.

son is de ned as a person “unable has been made, then the creator/ to understand that once the contri- of their needs presently and it is an- Enea is the Past Chair of the Elder Law

to engage in any substantial gain- grantor of the trust needs to decide bution is made,it can not be returned ticipated that this will be true in the and Special Needs Section of the New

ful activity by reason of a medically whether the SNT will be a separate back to them. future, the grantor and the trustees York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

determinable physical or mental im- free standing living trust (revocable e irrevocability of the trust could possibly reduce the assets in He is the Chair of the Senior Lawyers

pairment, which can be expected to or irrevocable) or be a part of their gives to the individuals making the the trust to a level that is more suit- Section of (NYSBA). Mr. Enea is the

result in death or which has lasted last will and testament (a sub trust contributions to the trust the peace able to the anticipated and current Past President and a founding member

or can be expected to last for a con- therein) for the bene t of the dis- of mind that their original goal of needs of the bene ciary. of the New York Chapter of the National

tinuous period of not less than twelve abled bene ciary. helping the disabled bene ciary will In some instances,because of their Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

(12) months.”If a person is receiving If the creator/grantor decides be ful lled. e individuals funding concern about a disabled loved one, (NAELA). He is also a member of the

Medicaid, SSI or Social Security that the SNT be part of their last the SNT can also experience the families tend to over fund the third Council of Advanced Practitioners of

Disability (SSD), they are consid- will (testamentary trust), then they disabled person reaping the bene ts party SNT. In some cases, the like- the National Academy of Elder Law

ered disabled. New York Estates, have agreed that the trust will not be from the SNT during their lifetime. lihood of the bene ciary ever uti- Attorneys and is a Certi ed Elder Law

Powers and Trust Law requires that funded with any or all of their estate is of course is also possible if the lizing all of the assets in the trust is Attorney as certi ed by e National

the SNT be utilized for the special assets until after their demise and third party SNT is revocable. minimal. is results in assets in the Elder Law Foundation as accredited by

and supplemental needs of a disabled their last will has been admitted to If the creator/grantor of the trust trust not being utilized, thus, depriv- the American Bar Association. Mr. Enea

person, and not their day-to-day liv- probate. Generally, the administra- does not want and/or does not be- ing not only the creator/grantor of is the President of the Westchester Bar

ing expenses such as food and shel- tion of their estate would need to be lieve anyone else will be making the funds, but, possibly other fam- Foundation and a Past President of the

ter. e trustee of an SNT needs to completed and the executor of their contributions to the trust, then they ily members until the demise of the Westchester County Bar Association.

avoid undertaking any action that last will has distributed the speci-

jeopardizes the bene ciary’s eligibil- ed estate assets to the SNT created CROSSWORD A CROSSWORD B SUDOKU

ity for Medicaid and/or SSI. in the last will. Selecting this option

Unlike a rst party SNT, which does not allow for any funding or PUZZLE
must be irrevocable and is funded utilization of the assets in the third SOLUTIONS
with the assets owned by the dis- party SNT until after the creator/

abled bene ciary, a third party SNT grantor’s death. Corresponding

can be revocable or irrevocable and In most instances I have been in- to Last Week’s

is created and funded by some- volved in, the creator/grantor of the November 28 Issue

one other than the disabled person. third party SNT has elected to uti-

Most often it is created by a parent, lize a free standing irrevocable third

grandparent or sibling. e most dis- party SNT. If the trust is irrevocable,

tinguishing feature of a third party other individuals such as grandpar-

SNT is that the source of the assets ents, close friends, siblings, and other

used to fund the trust are not those family members can be encouraged

of the disabled person and that upon to make contributions to the SNT

the death of the disabled person and during their lifetime. ey could do

the termination of the trust, the trust so without worrying that they made APARPR
assets do not have to be paid back to contributions to a trust that could lat-
the government to reimburse them er be revoked and that their contribu-
for any bene ts they paid. tions upon the trust revocation could

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