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Mahopac News 04.01.21

VOL. 12 NO.8 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021

Stimulus package could bring
Mahopac schools $1.2M

Details of American Rescue Plan
still up in the air

PHOTO COURTESY OF MAHOPAC SCHOOLS BY BOB DUMAS nam and Westchester County school dis-
EDITOR tricts. ese funds will be transformational.
You don’t look 100! We’re going to get our kids safely back in
e Mahopac School District is slated school and back on track.”
Students from Christina Salo and Jenn Borst’s kindergarten class at to receive just under $1.2 million in Amer-
Lakeview Elementary celebrate 100 days of school dressed as 100-year- ican Rescue Plan funds, also known as Sandra Clohessy, Mahopac schools’ as-
olds. All kindergarteners took part in the event last month by engaging President Biden’s COVID stimulus pack- sistant superintendent for business, said
in “100”-themed activities. For more photos, check out the centerspread age, it was announced by federal o cials the funds were allocated to the various dis-
on pages 14 and 15. last week. tricts based on Title 1 requirements. Title
1 is the section of the Elementary and Sec-
e American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ondary Education Act that provides fund-
is a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue pack- ing for schools with larger populations of
age designed to aid the recovery from the lower-income families, which explains the
economic and health e ects of the CO- disparity in funding between Mahopac
VID-19 pandemic. and neighboring school districts.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) Mahopac is on tap to receive $1,169,000,
hosted a press conference last week to an- while Somers ($426,000), Yorktown
nounce that more than $200 million in ($835,000) and North Salem ($717,000)
funding will be made available for Hudson would receive decidedly less. On the other
Valley school districts. hand, the Carmel Central School District
would receive slightly more than $2.8 mil-
“Our schools have been on the front- lion.
lines of the pandemic, and it’s only because
of the heroic e orts of our teachers, our “Title 1 allocations are based on popu-
school boards and our superintendents lations with need,” Clohessy said. “ ey
that our kids have been able to continue have more English-language learners. Per
their education during this very di cult capita income is part of it. ere are mul-
period,” Maloney said. “ e American tiple pieces.”
Rescue Plan includes a historic investment
in education. We are sending over $200 Clohessy said it will not be as simple as
million dollars to Dutchess, Orange, Put-
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BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE 27
CLASSIFIEDS 26
LEGAL NOTICES 27
LEISURE 25
MAHOPAC MUSINGS
OBITUARIES 2 YOUR NEIGHBOR
OPINION
SPORTS 20

8 MMS students set out to
18 aid shelter animals.

pg 3

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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021 Your Neighbor MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

MMS students take on ‘pet’ project

Honor Society community service venture aids shelter animals

BY BOB DUMAS to those agencies. are both animal lovers, and both

EDITOR e boys spent two full week- have pets, so helping out the

ends in front of the store last shelter animals seemed a natural

month and collected two boxes thing to do.

e lives of the shelter dogs full of items and more than $400 “Animals are often overlooked

and cats in Putnam and north- in cash. and need some support as well,”

ern Westchester counties got Lori Walsh, Daniel’s mom, he said.

a little better recently thanks said it was inspiring to see the So, they reached out to the

to the e orts of two Mahopac response the boys got from the Humane Society and the SPCA

Middle School students who are community. to let them know what they

candidates for inclusion in the “Just seeing the good people were thinking of doing and both

National Junior Honor Society. that came to their table and the agencies—which have su ered

To be included in the National conversations they had with the during the pandemic—said they

Junior Honor Society, students boys made it all worth it,” she would welcome the help.

must not only achieve high aca- said. “It made me want to go out “ ey were really happy to

demic honors but also perform and do something.” hear about it and supported it

acts of community service. Daniel Walsh said they brain- 100 percent,” Daniel said.

For their community service stormed community-service Academically, Daniel said he

project, the NJHS candidates, ideas and decided that after a is “very well-rounded” and keeps

eighth graders Daniel Walsh year of pandemic quarantining all his grades up.

and Oskar Zalesiak, decided and Zoom events, they wanted “It’s paid o ,” he said. “But if I

they wanted to do something to do something outdoors and had to pick a favorite subject, it

to help animals—speci cally engage with the community in would be history.”
the Putnam Humane Society in person. e idea of collecting for Even though he is only in Oskar Zalesiak, left, and Daniel Walsh at their table outside the Feed
Carmel and the SPCA of West- the SPCA and Humane Society eighth grade, Daniel said he Barn.

chester. ey got the idea to set was born. knows his goal after graduating

up a table outside the Feed Barn “We thought it was the right high school is to attend the Na- out and donate food and mon- help and we were glad to do it,”

in Mahopac and collect cash and thing and a way to bring people val Academy in Annapolis. ey,” he said. “We got lots of toys he said. “Anything we can to do

much-needed items for the shel- together,” he said. “With COV- “I think it would be a good and food for the animals. I am to help.”

ter animals, including food, col- ID, everything has been online.” leadership opportunity and I looking forward to taking it over He said he wasn’t surprised by

lars and toys, and donate them Daniel said that he and Oskar could go into intelligence or there and seeing the animals and the support the boys got.

maybe engineering,” he said. seeing the reaction of the people “We have loyal customers who

Daniel is president of his [who work there] because we are very generous,” he said.

eighth-grade class and also plays got a lot of stu .” Lori Walsh said the entire en-

baseball and wrestles. Oskar said that he also does deavor was inspirational for all

Initially, Oskar said, he wasn’t well in all his subjects and cites those involved.

looking forward to the commu- math as his favorite. He hasn’t “What a wonderful and posi-

nity-service aspect of the Honor decided on college or a career tive experience it has been to

Society requirements. But he yet, noting “that will come.” bring together academics, ani-

has a German Shepherd, so the He also plays soccer on the mals and the generosity of com-

idea of helping shelter animals Mahopac traveling team. munity during these di cult

changed all that. Both boys gave thanks to the pandemic times,” she said. “ e

“At rst, I thought [commu- Feed Barn for allowing them to support of community for the

nity service] would be boring,” set up in front of the store and boys and the animals pulled at

he said. “But when we came up had praise for store manager our heartstrings. At the end,

with that idea, I was really ex- Steve Ja e. the boys collected two bins full

cited.” “Steve was very helpful; he of toys, treats, collars, huge bags

Oskar said the Feed Barn cus- was great,” Daniel said. and many cans of food for the

tomers were curious about what Ja e said the store is always dogs and cats. Monetary dona-
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noted, when it does come, there Clohessy said Mahopac won’t cuts remain, however, is up in

will be stipulations attached. know when the money will ar- the air, she said. School o cials

e bill requires states to al- rive and exactly how much it are optimistic that the state aid

locate funds in the following will be (the $1.2 million is an will be restored in the nal bud-

manner: estimate) until lawmakers nal- get, as it has in the past.

• Districts will be required to ize the state budget, which is “State aid is being cut in the

use at least 20 percent of the scheduled to go into e ect today proposed budget. Will it stay

money to address lost learn- (April 1). that way? We don’t know,” she

ing time for students. ey will “ ey may not even address said. “We are thinking it will

have the freedom to spend the this money,” she said. not and the [American Rescue

remaining 80 percent of funding She also noted that the fund- Plan] funds will come as an ad-

based on local needs and priori- ing is not meant to lower the tax dition.”

ties. rate—schools are still required e district is already look-

• States must use at least 5 to maintain their per-pupil ing into after-school and sum-

percent of their funding to ad- spending—and the money is mer programs, as stipulated in

dress learning loss by supporting not meant to be used all in one the American Rescue Plan Act,

the implementation of evidence- school year. to help students who struggled

based interventions— summer “It is available to be used with remote learning. Clohessy

learning, extended days, com- through September 2024, not said the new funding “will speak

prehensive after-school pro- for one budget,” Clohessy said. to those things” and will also be

grams or extended school-year “ at is how people are inter- used to address the social and

ULG ICES MAHOPAC ULGMAHOPAC programs, for example—and preting it so far. We need to emotional toll the pandemic

ensure that such interventions make a spending plan. Can we wrought on students.

respond to students’ academic, use it for recurring costs? Be- “ ere are programs to ad-

social and emotional needs. ey cause if there isn’t a new funding dress that,” she said.

must also address the dispropor- stream to ll in for it, we could Asked if the district was hap-

tionate impact of the coronavi- a hit funding cli and have to py with the amount of funding

rus on students of color, students make cuts. it is slated to receive, Clohessy

from families experiencing low “How many years do you use said, “you always wish it was

incomes, students with disabili- the spending plan? ere are more.”

ties, English language learners, things we just don’t know yet.” “ e more we have, the more

migrant students, students expe- Clohessy said it is not clear we can do,” she noted, “but I am

riencing homelessness and stu- whether the district’s plan for grateful for what we got. Our

dents in foster care. spending the new funds will goal is to keep improving in ev-

• A minimum of 1 percent of have to be led with Albany. ery way and this will de nitely

state funding must be used for “It’s money and that is good help. We just need more infor-

after-school programs that ad- and positive, but it’s meant to be mation to know exactly what it

dress students’ academic, social broken out [over time],” she said. means to us. My goal is not to

and emotional needs. “And they want us to have a plan increase the tax rate; my job is to

• At least 1 percent must be for it. Maybe our own internal be scally responsible.”

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NYSEG making electric system upgrades in Carmel

Project will bring enhanced reliability to Town Hall, rehouse

New York State Electric & Gas (NY- viding additional sources of power supply to near crews and work zones. FILE PHOTO
SEG) announced last week that it has begun customers. e Crafts 423 circuit also serves “Our NYSEG crews will be seen work-
construction on two circuit upgrade projects the Carmel Town Hall and police depart- through work zones. is will allow crews to
in the town of Carmel on the company’s ment and the Mahopac Volunteer Fire De- ing throughout the next few months on complete the upgrades safely and e ciently.”
Crafts 422 and Crafts 423 circuits, which partment re house on Route 6. is circuit Stebbins Road and Horsepound Road in
deliver power to customers’homes and busi- enhancement will also improve resiliency Carmel,”said Gumkowski.“ ese are high- e construction on these projects has al-
nesses. and reliability to those facilities. tra c areas, so we thank our customers in ready begun and is expected to be completed
advance for their attentiveness as they pass next month.
e Crafts 423 circuit is located on the Prior to starting construction, NYSEG
northern area of town and work is currently also completed enhanced tree trimming Article courtesy of NYSEG
being performed along Horsepound Road. along the power lines to address any over-
growth of trees, branches and foliage which
e Crafts 422 is located in the southern can break during storms and damage power
portion of Carmel and construction has infrastructure. Broken trees and branches are
begun along Stebbins Road. Together, the the leading cause of power interruptions for
projects will upgrade approximately three NYSEG customers, and this e ort included
miles of power lines and bring enhanced trimming from ground to sky and removing
reliability to approximately 4,107 customers. overhanging limbs to create a higher over-
head clearance. Conducting the enhanced
e projects are part of the company’s Re- tree trimming ensures the circuit is better
siliency Program which proactively hardens prepared for harsh storm conditions and
the company’s system to continue providing works hand in hand with the resiliency up-
service to all customers. grades.

“ ese upgrades, once completed, will Additionally, the poles used for these
strengthen the system against severe weath- projects are wider in diameter than the poles
er events and reduce the duration of outages previously used, making them more resilient
should an incident occur,” said Andy Gum- to the impacts of wind. e placement of
kowski,manager of Resiliency Field Projects these poles will require rock drilling in some
at NYSEG. areas due to their location, adding complex-
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Along each circuit the company is in-
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Sen. Harckham’s co-sponsored bill another nail in the co n for our industry

New York State Sen. Peter Harck- they are not a packaged good like other cent of solid waste in a typical community. papers – it will simply shift the cost of
ham is a co-sponsor of legislation materials in the recycling stream. Newspapers are environmentally sound. recycling from municipalities to news-
that shifts the responsibility and papers. Newspapers are already su ering
costs of recycling from municipalities to Newspapers perform an important role Publishers use the remains of what other from revenue declines caused by COV-
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and no packaging – the two are indistin- them in your vegetable garden), they are result in layo s, further eroding citizen
e legislation is called the Extended guishable. Treating newspapers like pack- re-manufactured (used to produce home access to essential local news and infor-
Producer Responsibility Act, and in other aged goods discriminates unfairly against insulation and packaging materials). ey mation.
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have been exempted from these recycling makes no investment in contents of their non-toxic – made from organic materials Newspapers are good citizens, and
initiatives. New York should follow suit. packages, just the packaging itself. such as soy and linseed oil. they are cheerleaders and watchdogs for
the communities they serve. New York’s
In Canada, this product-focused ap- Further, newspapers have been good In November 2020, the EPA reported newspapers will be pleased to enter into a
proach is referred to as product steward- stewards of the environment for decades. the following recycling rates: voluntary agreement to support, promote
ship. And while each Canadian province In 1989, New York’s newspaper industry and educate readers and community
has adopted di erent stewardship mod- entered into a voluntary agreement with • Plastic – 8.5 percent leaders about the importance of recycling.
els, there are strong similarities in how the State of New York to increase their us- • Aluminum – 17.2 percent New York’s legislators should consider
newspapers are treated. eir approach age of recycled newsprint to 40 percent by • Rubber/leather – 18.2 percent the devasting impact this legislation will
is consistent with how newspapers are the year 2000. Recycling damages the ber • Glass – 25 percent have on newspapers, and subsequently,
managed in recycling regimes all over in newsprint, so a minimum of 50 percent • Newspapers – 68.2 percent citizens’ access to local journalism.
the world. Newspapers have been treated new ber is required to maintain quality. Newspapers should be exempted from
di erently in recognition of the fact that Newsprint with too little new ber tears this legislation because they already re- Sen. Harckham, if you care about com-
they provide a public bene t, that they when the presses are running and causes cycle at a rate far higher than any other munity journalism, please do the right
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What would you do? President Dotage

HERE is sudden in ux of youngsters LIFE, a major scandal, with almost the entire
AND follows a directive issued by President HEALTH, press weighing in on it to get their point
NOW! Biden which exempts minors from POLITICS across. Days and days of escalating
instant expulsion, a signi cant shift in drama on all kinds of scandals which
MARA turned out to be just the maunderings
BERNIE policy from the Trump Administration. SCHIFFREN of their minds. For which they paid no
KOSBERG Biden’s order is not only meant to show price career-wise. Because the corpora-
compliance with U.S. immigration law, Sometimes I wonder what the rest tions they worked for rewarded them for
of the world thinks of our govern- the attention their false stories raked in.
but to demonstrate a resurgence of com- ment. So, the barrage of hostile press reports
We had ve years where every remark never ceased. In fact, it was very lucrative.
passion and kindness on the part of the that the press disagreed with President
Driven by poverty, violence, insta- federal government. Under the previous Trump about was elevated to the status And now we have President Biden.
bility and natural disasters, there administration, the Border Patrol was ac- of a lie. Fake news. Every utterance e man is clearly in his dotage.
has been a spike in unaccompa- cused of treating asylum seekers harshly was fair game, no matter how trivial, or
nied children travelling up from Central and housing children who were seeking no matter how pulled out of context, One merely has to look at a video
when a later statement in the same of him from a few years back, when he
America, requesting asylum. ese young refuge in unsanitary, unsupervised, and speech directly refuted the position of was rmly in control of his intellectual
the press. Anything at all could become output and compare it to a current video
refugees—teenagers under 18, and boys dangerous living conditions. of him speaking, and the di erence is
painfully striking.
and girls as young as 9—wait nervously, As can be seen and heard on right-
SEE SCHIFFREN PAGE 9
straining the resources of border stations wing media news outlets where pictures

and inland detention centers from Texas and reports of unaccompanied minors

to California, hoping and praying to be crowding into and overwhelming ill-

placed with relatives who are already liv- equipped border stations, are broadcast

ing and working in the United States, SEE KOSBERG PAGE 17
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SCHIFFREN health? Even after he again LETTERS
and again refers to Kamala
FROM PAGE 8 Harris as President-elect Defends Kevin because he analyzes what Counter Terrorism Team and
Harris and President Harris.
Back then he didn’t need to We are supposed to believe McConville’s is behind a laugh. It is indeed is a published author in Transit
read o his answers from the that he does this because he podcast appearance laughable and distorted politics Magazine.
teleprompter and cue cards. had a stutter in childhood at its best. It is too early for the
He knew topics well enough that he has never gotten over. Kevin has dedicated his life
that he could speak forcefully e stutter gambit is reverse
and extemporaneously. Wheth- psychology to embarrass you political games… let us look at to his family, public service and
er one agreed or not with his for trying to embarrass a man
positions is beside the point who is di erently abled. To the editor, candidates for their leadership his community and he deserves
here. ough he was a known Do you believe that?
liar back then, too. Indeed, Do you believe that this is is in response to the letter- abilities. better than cheap shots. Cheap
one of his earlier campaigns a man with vigorous mental
for president—his lifelong command? And it just so hap- writing campaign of vice chair Kevin’s credentials speak for shots are used when you have
ambition—was derailed for pens that his sta keeps him
plagiarism, back when it mat- as far away from the press as of the Democratic Party, Ned themselves. In addition to being nothing else to address. Let’s
tered that a Democrat politi- possible because of COVID.
cian committed plagiarism. I’ll tell you what. Putin and Rauch, who is constantly and re- a lifelong resident of Putnam stick to the credentials and
Now that would only be a Xi and Kim Jong-un and Aya-
problem for Republicans and tollah Khameini sure don’t. lentlessly attacking Republicans. County with both undergradu- experience of the candidates.
Democrats that the press did
not favor, that it was in their Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, If he wants to a ect change, per- ate and graduate degrees from at’s what matters most of all
political interests to sacri ce. certi ed Functional Medicine
Health coach, certi ed Integrative haps he should have the courage Marist College, he has about 40 to educated voters.
But we now live in a time Psychiatric Educator and certi ed
when a president can pre- Peak Performance coach. You can to put himself out there like Mr. years’ experience in law enforce- From a personal standpoint, I
tend that he is giving a press reach her at [email protected]
conference and his sta will com McConville and run for o ce. ment, including chief of the grew up with Kevin McConville
compile a look book with cor-
porate media-entertainment Candidate for Putnam Metropolitan Transportation and I married a Black man and

gures already numbered out County Sheri Kevin McCo- Authority Police Department have a bi-racial son and Kevin
for him to call on in order
because they will be safe nville never made a derogatory in New York City, and direc- has always been a part of our
choices—that is, friendly to
his team. And they won’t ask statement and presented him- tor of security and emergency lives and he is NOT a racist,
hard or challenging questions
of him, so that his answers, all self honestly and professionally. management services for New and never has been. Can we get
prepared for him in advance
and that he only has to memo- In my opinion, Rauch presents York Presbyterian Hudson Val- through just one election with-
rize, will be su cient. And
no one will call him on his us with a new breed of red her- ley Hospital Center. He served out playing the race card? At
mutterings, where he loses his
mental train of thought and ring and threatens the fabric on the governor’s Homeland least on the local level? Let’s try
just wanders o . Or his lies.
of our democracy by putting Security team and worked with the merit system. Now there’s a
We live in a time when the
entertainment-media will act all elected o cials on notice. the FBI and the Joint Terror- novel idea!
like pack dogs against one
side and the most a ectionate His call to any elected o cials ist Task Force during the 9/11, Cindy M. Trimble
slobbery dogs you have ever
seen in your lives against the collecting a taxpayer-funded London and Madrid bombings. Philipstown
other side. is is no longer
journalism. is is a protected check to sever themselves from He created an Interagency
class that is not doing its job.
Because the nature of the job
has entirely changed. Journal-
ists they are not. Political
entertainers still cashing in on
journalistic privilege comes
closer to the mark. is is why
trust in media is at an all-time
low and continuing to sink.

Did you ever wonder, look-
ing back at history, how it was
that the serious illnesses of
FDR and JFK, both coinci-
dentally Democrats, went “un-
known” to the public, because
the press refused to cover it?

e press let it slide so that it
became a non-issue, except for
some dissident groups.

Well wonder no more. e
corporate media is thrilled at
the moment to have a far-left
progressive Democrat in o ce
(who ran as a reliable centrist)
and, therefore, will publicly
pursue no tricky questions, like
what is the state of his mental

PAGE 10 MAHOPAC NEWS OPINION THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021

Shooting the breeze

ON nitely before you do. It’s quite surgery six years ago. e gun It’s harder than it looks to apart, but I had the basic parts
ASSIGNMENT loud so it’s important to wear has a recoil, so I had to wait shoot straight. As you move facing in the right direction.
earplugs, and if you’ve invited to complete my rehab, since around the semi-circle you
RICK me along, you might want to you press the butt right up have to aim ahead of the clay ere are people who want
MELÉN wear two pairs. against your shoulder. Or is it pigeons so that the pellets from to take your guns away, and
the other way around? I tried the shotgun intercept them in those people are called parole
Iwent skeet shooting last ere are less challeng- it both ways when no one mid ight. e instructor said, o cers. Don’t you let them. e
week with my friends Tra- ing sports. It’s much easier to was looking. My friends were “You have to lead the bird.” constitution guarantees you the
cie and Brian, and it’s just shoot a basketball for instance, shooting pretty well, but I had I told him I was leading by right to protect yourself. Who
great to get out of the house it’s a lot bigger and moves a a rougher time of things, and a example. He said, “When knows where the next threat is
during a pandemic, at least lot slower. Curling is much lot of the pigeons got away, at you hit something, remember coming from? Maybe that guy
that’s what my wife told me. easier, you just follow your hair least for now. I saw where they what you did. When you miss, sitting next to me on the subway
around with a curling iron on went and I promised myself I you should forget it.” at’s is looking to take me OUT. If
It’s not just a bunch of a pair of ice skates. I’m actu- would hunt them down later he knows a decent restaurant
people shooting at stu , it’s ally not very familiar with the and run them over with my car. ne, but he doesn’t know the and doesn’t try to get too fresh,
an actual sport. You aim your sport. Even football is a lot less When you get to the end of the people I’m shooting with, and I’m not totally against the idea.
shotgun at 4 1/2 inch clay complicated, you only have to semi-circle some of the birds I doubt if they’re ever going I’m not going to stand for an in-
discs, standing at di erent hit another guy, and you have to let me forget it. But it was fringement of my ird Amend-
stations around a semi-circle. ten other people aiming for y right towards you. Under good advice, and at the end ment rights. Which I looked up
25 of these discs, or pigeons, him, too. It didn’t help mat- normal circumstances I would of the day I didn’t remember and means that I don’t have to
launch from both ends of the ters that we went on one of the consider this brave, possibly a thing that happened after I let soldiers sleep in my house if
semi-circle, one at a time, and windiest days of the year. 25 heroic. In my case, I consid- parked my car. they don’t want to, so that’s not
you try to shoot them before breezes must have blown my ered it taunting and it made the amendment I’m thinking
they hit the ground, and de - gun just as I was pulling the me want to get even them in You should clean and lubri- of. I do know that we all have
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Learning to serve in new ways

LIBRARY subscribed to HelpNow, giving summer reading program, and by safety and personal protective as of Nov. 2, 2020.
CORNER students access to live tutors. As creating an innovative scavenger equipment. Protective barriers e sta continues to strive
allowed by executive order, the hunt that guided children and were installed in sta areas, addi-
MICHELE J. Library began o ering virtual families to neighborhood food tional cleaning protocols, includ- to o er the best library experi-
CAPOZELLA notary services. hot spots. ing the purchase of an electro- ence while balancing the safety
static mister for disinfection, were of the sta and the community.
Over the past year, the sta Sta made it their mission to e Friends of Mahopac Li- put into place per recommenda-
of Mahopac Library stay connected to the community brary generously donated books tions from the CDC, and 6-foot rough our ongoing programs
has been hard at work by contributing book and movie and DVDs from the Book Barn distance markers were placed on and services for all ages, we
learning to serve the community reviews, and readers’ and viewers’ for a cart placed outside the Li- the oor. Items returned in the remain committed to providing
in new ways. When our library, advisory to the library blog, MPL brary on nice days so folks could book drop and through delivery opportunities for learning, cre-
along with the 65 other librar- Buzz. Social media and e-alerts grab a free item.Take-and-make were quarantined for three days ativity, and personal development
ies in the Mid-Hudson Library played a major part in reach- crafts were a regular addition to as an additional precautionary to positively impact the lives of all
System, closed its doors to the ing out to our supporters. Our the cart and proved very popular. measure based on the ndings of of our residents.
public, a dedicated email ad- Facebook engagement more than the REALM Project which con-
dress, [email protected], doubled! e sta loved seeing pictures of ducted research on how materials Michele J. Capozzella is director of
was created to answer questions the smiling children with their can be handled to mitigate CO- the Mahopac Public Library
from the public. e Emerg- Programming sta kicked into VID-19 exposure. A Continua-
ing Technologies Department high gear planning engaging, nished crafts. tion of Service Plan was drafted
revised the library’s website to virtual programming for all ages. On June 15, 2020, the cir- and approved by the Board of
highlight the digital resources culation sta initiated curbside Trustees, laying out the library’s
available for home access. ey is included learning how to services as directed by Gov. service levels and the features
created student resources pages, record, edit and post programs Cuomo’s guidance for New York available during each day.
one in English and one in Span- to social media as well as stream State and there were over 1,900
ish, with homework resources live programs. As a result of curbside appointments in June e library opened by appoint-
for students, information on our programs being accessible and July. e library subscribed ment on Aug. 3 for browsing,
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library card application.To sup- residents the opportunity to catalog, place holds, and schedule were no longer necessary to visit
port remote learning, the library reconnect with us. During nice pickups. Shortly after June 15, the library, but limited occupancy
weather, socially distanced library enough libraries in the System remains in place. Recognizing the
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days of school Mahopac’s kindergarten students and teachers celebrated 100
days of schools last month by taking part in various “100”-themed
activities as well as dressing up in 100-themed clothes, or as
“100-year-old people.” It was a fun and educational experience for

the young students—something the school does annually.

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How much do you know about spring?

STRONG pressed that at 8 years old he with the skills and knowledge is associated with the rst day 8. True or False: One of the
LEARNING knew so much and understood they acquire that helps create of ___ because it means that reasons birds are more vocal
it. I sent an email to his teacher their lives. e impressive thing day and night are of equal during springtime is to attract
DR. LINDA and thanked her. about your grandson shar- length. e term vernal is Latin mates.
SILBERT ing what he learned in school for “spring” and equinox is
I had to share this with you is that he wanted to share it Latin for “equal night.” 9. Spring is the time of the
Dear Dr. Linda, and hope you include it in one with you. He felt comfortable year for _____ to swarm in
On the rst day of spring, of your articles. It made me feel talking to you which means 3. Two reasons trees, owers search of nding a new home.
so proud to see how this little you’re probably a good listener. and plants start to grow during
my 8-year-old grandson told grandson of mine was growing It’s also impressive that he the spring is due to plenty of 10. True or False: When au-
me that it’s only the rst day of intellectually and it was due to remembered what his teacher ___ and ____. thors refer to spring, the season
spring in the northern hemi- his teacher putting together a said which means the lesson is a symbol of r_b _ _ _ h.
sphere, but in the southern lesson, at his level, about the engaged him and held his at- 4. True or False: Tulips and
hemisphere it’s the rst day of arrival of spring. tention. lilacs are examples of the rst Answers: 1) True 2) spring
autumn. When I asked him spring owers. 3) Any two are correct: water,
how he knew that, he told me Grandma Sue Here are a few more facts light, warm temperatures and
that he was learning about it in Dear Grandma Sue, about spring that you may want 5. If you lived at the North good soil 4) True 5) daylight 6)
school. Of course, I couldn’t let to share with your grandson. Pole and it was the rst day bird seed 7) False, Sept. 21 8)
that moment pass, so I asked ank you so much for of spring, you would be look- True 9) bees 10) rebirth
him what hemisphere meant sharing this with me. As our How Much Do You Know ing forward to six months of
and he told me. We went on children and grandchildren About Spring? _____. Dr. Linda
from there to have an actual grow up it’s impressive to see
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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021 OPINION MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 17

KOSBERG El Salvador—Central Ameri- emergency nor a national to stretch for miles, they asked or I would be.
ca’s Northern Triangle states— security threat. We’re not talk- for asylum. In addition to I can only imagine how bad
FROM PAGE 8 are experiencing a terrifying ing about adults; we’re talking telling the interviewer that
level of violence, not just be- about kids. e vast majority her sister had been repeatedly conditions are when thousands
numerous times each hour, there cause of government weakness will wind up joining their rela- molested on the streets of their upon thousands of families,
are political risks. Republicans, and corruption, but because tives—reuniting with family town and that she’d been raped desperate to save their chil-
seeking to take political advan- of an insatiable demand in members who have already mi- in school by a gang member, dren’s lives, feel they have
tage of the situation, are forc- the U.S. for cheap labor and grated here—while their claim she was able to provide the no choice but to send their
ing Democrats, who want more illicit drugs. Street gangs, drug for protection moves along. contact information for a children away. Children have
humane policies employed, cartels, and organized crime cousin living in Peekskill, who, always been the rst to suf-
to become defensive when syndicates have been able to Maria Vicente, 16, felt she she said, would house and fer—during the Holocaust, the
discussing Biden’s pronounce- proliferate, contributing to this had little choice but to leave provide for them. She also had Rwanda and Bosnia genocides
ments. wave of unmitigated violence. home and take her younger one piece of tangible evidence of the 1990s, and in Syria,
sister, 12, with her. Told by a to present—a letter from her Darfur, and Pakistan today.
In response, the Biden Driven by the constant threat gang member at school that school director. “ is student
Administration has deployed of gang violence and the misery her father and mother—who and her sister had to withdraw Would this country think
the Federal Emergency Man- of lifelong poverty, hundreds of farmed a small grove of man- from school due to violence about these children di erently
agement Agency (FEMA) unaccompanied children leave goes—would be murdered if and gang persecution, and to if they were White and coming
to the southern border and their homes, every day, setting she and her sister didn’t join save their lives,” it read. from Western Europe?
opened additional facilities o on their perilous journey the local brothel to pay for
to handle the over ow. And northward. Loving mothers their protection, her parents e vast majority of unac- It’s important for our gov-
in an attempt to counter the and fathers – knowing of no al- insisted the girls leave and gave companied children aren’t ernment to gure out how to
conditions that make life so ternative – send their children her their life savings ($387) to economic migrants, as most regulate this ow of political
miserable in those countries o , risking their lives for the take with them. Republicans and Fox News refugees. But it is even more
responsible for the greatest promise of a better future. would have us believe, but important, right now, to ques-
in ux of these young migrants, After a harrowing three- lonely, sad and defenseless chil- tion whether we should be
the Administration has also Despite Republican fear- week journey, Maria and her dren—refugees from con ict— expelling any unaccompanied
allocated $4 billion in aid from mongering, the in ux of vul- sister arrived at the border. and their parents are anguished children who have arrived here
the pandemic relief bill. nerable children entering the Following a 16-hour wait on a and brokenhearted, just as you safely and are claiming asylum.
U.S. is neither a public health never-ending line that seemed It’s time to reawaken the con-
Guatemala, Honduras, and science of this country.

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IndiansVOLLEYBALL tame Somers, blanked by Yorktown

BY SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

e Mahopac varsity volleyball

team continued their strong play

last week, beating RCK last Sat-

urday, and Somers on Monday,

but falling to one of the section’s

best—Yorktown—the prior Fri-

day.

Last Friday, at home, the In-

dians played one of their best

matches of the season, according

to Indians coach Jay Melville.

“Yorktown is a very good team,”

he said.“Probably in the top three

teams in the section. at was our

best matches of the season.”

Mahopac battled in the rst

two sets, falling 25-21 in the

rst, and coming from behind

to tie the second game at 22-22

before the Cornhuskers closed it

out, 25-22. Yorktown took the

third, 25-12.

“ e girls knew how good they

(Yorktown) are, and sometimes

that can motivate you and you

can play above your level,” Mel- Mahopac’s Leah Vitiello rises to play a ball
ville said. “I think we responded last Friday against Yorktown.

to the situation and played our

most complete match. e whole

team stepped up.”

Monday at Somers, the Indi-

ans rolled past the Tuskers, 3-1.

Leah Vitiello led the team

with 17 kills, 23 digs and three

blocks. Colleen Kelly had 34 as-

sists, to go with 19 digs and three The Indians played their “best
match of the season” last week,
blocks, and Kerriann Stepkoski according to coach Jay Melville,

had eight kills and three blocks in a loss to Yorktown.

in the win.

“Overall I thought we played

well,” Melville said. “We had

a little letdown in set two, too

many errors, but our defense

played really well, and we were

aggressive at the net.;“Leah was

in the front and the back, and

very aggressive,” he added, “and

smart with her shots. Colleen set

a good match. Five people had

kills today. It’s nice when we can

mix up the hitters. And Kerriann

did a nice job at the net. She had

a season-high in kills, was ag-

gressive and smart.”

Mahopac hosted RCK last

Saturday and picked up a 3-0 win.

Vitiello led the team with 10

kills, Caroline Link added 20

digs and Kelly had 25 assists.

“We played strong in game Abrianna Grieve (9) and Caroline Feeley (19)
one, we were a little sloppy in at the net vs. Yorktown.
game two, and in game three

we came out a little unfocused,”

Melville said. “But it was good

they were able to refocus and get

the win. It was a good overall Mahopac’s Kerriann Stepkoski (30)
team e ort.” makes a play at the net against Yorktown.

Mahopac was scheduled to PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN

host Somers Monday at 4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 19

COVID protocols wreak havoc with football schedule

BY SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After their schedule has been derailed for the sec- PHOTO: SKIP PEARRLMAN
ond straight week, as of this writing, the Mahopac
High School football team was scheduled to play The Mahopac football team was hoping to take on Nyack Saturday night, after losing Thursday’s scheduled game against
Nyack on the road Saturday night at 7 p.m. Beacon due to COVID protocols.

at’s because the team’s scheduled ursday
(April 1) game against Beacon (a week 3 game) had
to be cancelled due to COVID protocol (the Bull-
dogs are on a “pause”).

e change is one of many, as football teams have
been adjusting on the y to get whatever games they
can get in, as the pandemic and other issues contin-
ue to plague the already-shortened “Fall 2” season.

Mahopac athletic director Steve Luciana said
Monday evening that the schedule could again
change at a moment’s notice.

Mahopac, which opened their season on March
20 with a loss to Somers, was originally scheduled
to play Lourdes last Friday night, March 26. at
game got canceled, and the Indians were hoping to
play Clarkstown North.

at plan got scrapped.
Clarkstown South was in the conversation for a
moment before that plan was also sidelined, leaving
the Indians without a week 2 game.

en came the news that the April 1 week 3
game against Beacon would have to be canceled be-
cause the Bulldogs are on a pause after their game
last week.

e Indians hope to make up the week 2 game
they lost from the schedule, and are slated to host
Brewster on Saturday, April, 17 at 7 p.m. Check the
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Highway Department gears up for spring capital projects

BY BOB DUMAS $200,000 for drainage projects and retire some of the old ones,”he said. trucks without borrowing. demic.
EDITOR $750,000 for paving. “ at [pandemic] year o hurt a “It looks like it’s a year when “We did a lot of work. I didn’t
lot of people. No one was building
With spring just around the “We have been pretty consistent anything.” we can take o from borrowing think we would, but we had a de-
corner, the town Highway Depart- with this [amount],” he told the and purchase this equipment right crease in tra c and that helped
ment is gearing up for its annual board. Simone said the cost of the out of the fund balance that we’ve tremendously,” he said. “We did
capital projects, including paving, drainage and paving projects will amassed over the past few years more work than I ever thought we
drainage work and the purchase of Simone is also looking to spend likely have to be bonded, but he when we had milder winters and would. No school buses, no motor-
new vehicles. $600,000 on new vehicles, includ- would like to get started on them save on materials and overtime,”he ists.”
ing a used 10-wheel dump truck as soon as possible. said. “It is a nice change, but I can’t
Highway Superintendent Mike for $100,000 and two new Inter- say it will happen every year.” Simone said he might be able to
Simone went before the Town national 6-wheel 4-by-4 dump “It’s March and that gets me in reduce the drainage-project costs,
Board last month to discuss fund- trucks with plow/wing/sander at a the ground, and I look forward to Simone said they spent their en- but he will need to wait and see.
ing for the projects. cost of $250,000 each. getting this done early,”he said. tire paving budget last year,so there He said the town could authorize
is no money to carry over for this the full $200,000 and still not use
Simone is looking to spend “ e two new trucks I need However,he said,there is enough year. at was thanks to the pan- it all.”
desperately because I have had to money in the budget to pay for the

Mahopac man charged with Legislature to begin review of County Charter
heroin possession
e Putnam County Legislature has com- ture (Neal Sullivan, District 9), legislative coun-

BY BOB DUMAS A search warrant was subsequently menced its decennial review of the Putnam sel (Robert Firriolo), and the Putnam County

EDITOR issued for Pascuicco’s home by the County Charter. attorney ( Jennifer Bumgarner). Legislator Sul-

Carmel Justice Court and executed e Charter Review Commission was livan will serve as chair of the Commission.

A Mahopac man was arrested last by members of both departments on formed by the Putnam County Legislature at e Commission will review all 15 articles

week and now faces a litany of felony ursday, March 25, at about 12:30 its Dec. 1,2020 meeting. e Commission is that comprise the Putnam County Charter while

charges relating to alleged heroin pos- p.m. is resulted in the seizure of ad- tasked with reviewing the Charter in its en- seeking input from elected o cials, department

session. ditional drugs and packaging materials. tirety and recommending possible revisions. heads, town and village leaders, and members of

e Putnam County Sheri ’s De- Pasciucco was charged with third-de- ese recommendations may lead to proposed the public. e Commission will meet regularly

partment said that on Wednesday, gree criminal possession of a controlled amendments to be voted on by the Legislature until the review has been completed. Comments

March 24, its Narcotics Enforcement substance (class B felony), fourth-de- and may also result in a referendum to be voted and suggestions may be directed to the Com-

Unit (NEU), along with the Carmel gree criminal possession of a controlled on by the public. mission through the clerk of the Legislature at

Police Department, were working to- substance (class C felony), fth-degree e Charter Review Commission will ini- [email protected] during the re-

gether on an investigation into heroin criminal possession of a controlled sub- tially consist of the chair of the Putnam County view process, as well as to the Rules Committee,

sales in the hamlet of Mahopac, which stance (class D felony), and two counts Legislature (Toni Addonizio, District 3), the which will discuss all proposed amendments to

resulted in the arrest of Vincent Pas- of second-degree criminally using drug chair of the Rules, Enactments, and Intergov- the Charter. A copy of the Charter can be found

cuicco, 34. paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. ernmental Relations Committee of the Legisla- at https:llecode360.com/12171451.

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MUSINGS be no onsite COVID-19 testing PAC Featured Artist during all school athletic events. with registration at www.wca4kids.
at the blood drive. Blood donors of The Month org/advocacybreakfast or by calling
FROM PAGE 2 are asked to bring their blood Tree and Shrub 914-946-7676.
donor card and a photo ID with e Putnam Arts Council is Seedling Sale
Blood Drive them. bringing back the ever so popular se- is year’s speakers are timely as
Westchester Children’s Associa-
April is National Volun-

teer Month, and State Sen. PAC Art Exhibit ries: Featured Artist of e Month. Putnam County Soil and Water tion (WCA) continues to push for
Pete Harckham is partnering e Series begins in conjunc- Conservation District and Cornell greater support for remote learning

with New York Blood Center tion with PAC’s Virtual Members’ Cooperative Extension Putnam challenges faced by children,parents,

(NYBC) to sponsor an emergen- e Putnam Arts Council in- Exhibit which opened on March County o er Putnam County’s and caregivers during the pandemic

cy blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1:30 vites the public to visit its rst 20 and will run through April 18 on 2021 Annual Tree and Shrub Seed- while looking ahead for more per-

p.m. on Saturday, April 3 at Drew 2021 exhibition featuring 72 PAC’s website: ling Sale. is year, with every order manent, systemic changes.

United Methodist Church, 28 artworks in a virtual show on its https://www.putnamartscouncil. placed, we are o ering a free com- For more information about

Gleneida Ave, Carmel. e New website www.putnamartscouncil. com. Inclusion in the Series is a mon milkweed seed packet. Our WCA visit www.wca4kids.org.

York Blood Center announced com through April 18. Partici- bene t of membership and is by in- plant selection and the milkweed
Virtual Guided Hikea “blood emergency” this month pating in this exhibit is a bene t vitation.
seed packet will help the monarch

because of ongoing problems of membership and showcases e rst artist to be featured is butter y survive. Go to putnam-

with the pandemic and reported the vast breadth of media and long-time PAC member Joan Gill- countyny.com/keepputnamgreen to Cornell Cooperative Extension

that the region’s blood supply is subject matter created by many man Smith, whose collages, mixed see all that is available this year and Master Gardener Volunteers pres-

dangerously low and donors are of the Putnam Arts Council’s media pieces, and paintings have consider making a contribution to a ent their rst virtual guided hike!

needed. members. Most of the works are been shown extensively in New York, healthier planet by planting a tree. While they cancelled an in-person

Donating blood is safe, and for sale and all are reasonably Connecticut, and New Jersey, in ad- For additional information, contact hike early in the year due to the pan-

strong safety precautions are in priced, and the show is, of course, dition to being in private collections. Lauri Taylor, district manager, Put- demic, Master Gardener Volunteers

place at donation centers. Ap- available 24/7. As Featured Artist of the Month nam County Soil and Water Con- lmed and narrated a hike of Put-

pointments are strongly encour- Putnam Chorale ve of Joan’s extraordinary collages servation District at [email protected] nam County’s Fred Dill Wildlife
aged to ensure social distancing. using mixed media techniques will putnamcountyny.gov or 845-878- Sanctuary. ese walking trails are

Prospective donors can call 800- Concerts Postponed be exhibited. Joan’s work will also be 7918. right in the heart of Carmel, and
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Blood donors must wear a

mask or face covering, and they nounces that its May concerts In the coming months PAC will duce you to local history, natural re-
sources, and the invasive plants that
Children’s Assn.will have their temperature taken featuring 19th-century Ameri- feature potters, printers, fabric artists, threaten those resources. You’ll see
Advocacy Breakfastduring onsite registration. If do- can songs has been postponed. sculptors, painters, and mixed media
nors are recovering from CO- e Chorale now plans to per- artists. where to park and nd the trailhead,

VID-19, they must be symptom- form a similar program at out- Programs of the Putnam Arts Westchester Children’s As- learn about the man for whom the

free for a minimum of 14 days. door venues during the 2021 Council are supported, in part, with sociation’s annual 2021 Advocacy park is named, and enjoy the beauty

Individuals cannot donate if they summer season at locations and public funds from Putnam County. Breakfast entitled “A Teachable Mo- of Putnam County’s forests. We

are still recovering from CO- dates to be announced. Check MHS Track Hours ment: Ensuring Equity During the welcome you to enjoy this curated
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quarantine restrictions. ere will ci c information when available. on March 31, 9 a.m. via Zoom with Community and government

Due to the need to maintain speakers Congressman Jamaal Bow- partners include the Putnam County

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From liquor to hand sanitizer Kas Katinas and Marushka
Osman prepare another
Mahopac’s Kas Spirits’ new product saves business batch of Kazap
hand sanitizer.

PHOTO: CORINNE STANTON

BY BOB DUMAS out business ideas that would “I am just the distributer and

EDITOR complement Kas Spirits and buying the stu from him until

help keep it a oat until the pan- the liquor [part of the business]

When the husband-and-wife demic subsided, and bars and starts up again,” she said.

team of Marushka Osman and restaurants could return to nor- e recipe for the sanitizer

Kestutis “Kas” Katinas started mal. was approved by the Food and

their Mahopac-based busi- “ e New York Distillers Drug Administration, as well

ness some seven years ago, they Group is always helping all of as the World Health Organi-

thought they’d be soothing souls us and told us that the [state] zation, to be e ective against

with an upscale liqueur, not government was asking for hand the coronavirus. It should bring

calming anxieties with an anti- sanitizer,” Osman said. “ ey peace of mind to those who use

virus hand sanitizer. said supplies were diminished. it and assuage some of those

But things change. Especially We decided to jump on that.” COVID-19 fears.

in a pandemic. Osman took part in some And it only has four ingredi-

In 2013, the duo started a dis- conference calls to learn how to ents.

tillery called Kas Spirits, which produce the sanitizer and gure “It’s 80 percent alcohol, so it’s

produced one product—krupni- out to market and sell it. e really strong,” Osman said.

kas, a sweet alcoholic drink that decision was made to create a e other ingredients include

is popular in Lithuania, as well separate business for it—Kaza- water, a plant-based glycerin,

as Poland. Made with sweet pco—which Osman would head and hydrogen peroxide.

honey and warm spices, it be- up. Katinas creates the prod- “We recently became a kosher

came the drink of choice in the uct—Kazap—and then sells it SEE KAS PAGE 24

Polish and Lithuanian commu- to Osman and Kazapco.

nities as a way to mark holidays, What separates us
weddings, and even funerals.

Kas Spirits’ krupnikas caught
on, especially in New York
City’s tonier bars, and busi-

ness boomed. e product was

getting stellar reviews and its from other accountants and tax preparers is
distribution spread throughout
New York State, all the way to

Bu alo, and to neighboring our ability to work with you not just on taxes,

states as well. en the pan-
demic struck, bars and restau-

rants closed, and Kas Spirits’

sales took a dive—just when the but on financials, college planning, divorce,
business was nally beginning

to turn a pro t.

“Last year, I did so many retirement planning, changes in life planning...
events and we were getting to

the point where we might start

to make some money. e num-

bers were nally in the black on We don’t just process tax forms, we advise on how to
paper and we were like, ‘Yay!’”

Osman said. “So, we made

mountains of product. en, handle your income and expenses in the future
after March 1, everything got

cancelled. No more events. And

we had all this product sitting with personalized recommendations.
around that we couldn’t use. It
was nuts. Little by little things

got shut down. Our landlord

gave us one month of free rent. We help you navigate the tax code, and in the end, help you
at’s when it started becoming

real.” set sound financial goals.
Osman said she began to seek

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Owner, Kazapco This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or

accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

PAGE 24 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021

Mahopac native, Kennedy Key Bank announces $40B
student lauded for investment in communities
community service
Building on early ful lment of its • KeyBank originated $67 mil-

$16.5 billion Community Bene ts lion in small business loans to busi-

Plan, KeyBank today announced nesses that are part of low- and-

it will increase its commitment to moderate income communities.

$40 billion. e investments will • KeyBank provided $71 million

Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School senior Juliana continue focus on economic access in mortgage lending to low- and
Balzano is one of the recipients of the 2021 Putnam
County Youth Awards. and equity for underserved com- moderate-income communities.

Following her nomination by Sister Mary McCaf- munities and populations. • KeyBank made $1.42 million
frey, Balzano entered an application process demonstrat-
ing her work in the county. e award recognizes and Launched in 2017, the National in transformational philanthropic
celebrates her outstanding volunteer work in Putnam
County. Community Bene ts Plan sur- investments in neighborhoods

In her local community, Balzano is a ve-year mem- passed its $16.5 billion goal in 2020 through grants to nonpro t or-
ber of the Putnam County Youth Court and a volunteer
at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac. In her by delivering more than $18 billion ganizations such as Lifting UP
school community, she volunteers her time and talent in
the Kennedy Catholic Bell Choir, a group of students in lending and investments across Westchester, Read Alliance, My
who visit nursing homes to sing to residents and as a
member of the Choir in general, Balzano sings at school its footprint. is includes $310 Sister’s Place, El Centro Hispano,
events and mass. e Kennedy Players bene t from her
hard work and expertise in her role as assistant director million of investments in Key’s United Way,and Dutchess County
and dance captain.
Hudson Valley and Metro NY Community Foundation.

market supporting small business KeyBank also announced it has

and home lending in low- and- received its 10th consecutive “Out-

moderate income communities,af- standing” rating from the O ce of

fordable housing and community the Comptroller of the Currency

development projects, and phil- for reaching the highest standards

anthropic e orts targeted toward of the Community Reinvestment

Juliana Balzano education, workforce development, Act (CRA). e Community Re-

and safe, vital neighborhoods. investment Act requires banks to

Highlights from the rst four meet the credit needs of low- and

years of community investment in moderate-income (LMI) commu-

Hudson Valley/Metro NY include nities across America. KeyBank is

(as of Dec. 31, 2020): one of the only U.S. national banks

• KeyBank invested more than to be rated “Outstanding” by the

$171 million in a ordable hous- OCC for ten consecutive review

ing and community development periods, since the Act’s passage in

For today, retirement projects, such as Twin Parks West 1977.
and every moment
in between. with the New York City Housing For more information on Key-

Authority in the Bronx and Amo- Bank’s more than $40 billion Na-

ry Plaza senior housing in While tional Community Bene ts Plan,

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Tier 4 planning isn’t about getting a new 403(b) KAS “very di erent.”
or buying financial products. It’s about becoming “We only make [the new a-
educated and empowered around the events FROM PAGE 23
and decisions in your personal financial life. It’s vors] in limited quantities be-
about being prepared. Maybe it’s time. facility, so the sanitizer had to cause [the honey] is not easy
be done in a very clean environ- to get,” Osman said. “ e black
Call me today for your initial Confident ment,” Osman said. “It’s a great locust honey is hard to harvest.”
Retirement conversation. product. It won’t irritate your
hands and has no smell. It is su- Osman said once the krupni-
Confident Retirement approach per easy to use. People are loving kas business bounces back—and
it. We’ve been selling it at farm- they are already seeing signs
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Meanwhile, the krupni-
kas business is ready to hit the “We are in business to make
ground running as soon as the money, obviously, but you have
pandemic wanes. Katinas has to help,” Osman said. “We are
added two more avors to com- involved with a lot of charities.”
plement the original, which was
made with wild ower and clover Osman said creating the hand
honey. ey have since added a sanitizer business was a crucial
buckwheat honey avor, which decision and de nitely rescued
Osman calls “bold with a lot of their krupnikas business.
attitude.” Most recently, they
developed a avor using black “I don’t want to be home get-
locust honey, which Osman de- ting unemployment,” she said.
scribed as “super delicate” and “I want to work, and this was
really scary. But so far so good.
You have to go with the ow.”

To learn more about the sani-
tizer, go to www.kazapco.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021 LEISURE MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 25

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Help protect your family’s inheritance

to greatly reduce the annual are chronically ill or disabled. achieve your legacy goals. the funds that you’re required
Minor children of the original Another option is to pur- to take from your retirement
GUEST taxes due, while bene ting from account owner are also eligible accounts, you may want to start
CORNER longer tax-deferred growth for a stretch IRA, but only until chase life insurance, which can thinking about what you want
potential. And the younger the they reach the age of majority, provide a speci c dollar amount to do with the money. e more
at which time the 10-year rule to your heirs or be used to help thorough your legacy planning,
TOM bene ciary, the longer the life applies. cover additional taxes. is may the better your chances of meet-
CASEY expectancy and the lower the be especially advantageous if ing your legacy goals.
withdrawals, so this technique So, if you want to leave your you are 72 or older, in good
IRA to family members who health, and taking withdraw- is article was written by
would have been especially don’t meet any of the above als—technically called required Edward Jones for use by your
exceptions, what can you do? minimum distributions—from local Edward Jones nancial
You might contribute to valuable for your grandchildren your retirement accounts, such advisor (member SIPC). Tom
your IRA for decades to One possibility is a Roth IRA as your traditional IRA and Casey, CRPC, AAMS, CRPS,
help pay for your retire- or even great-grandchildren. conversion. You could convert a your 401(k). If you don’t really is a licensed securities adviser
Changes in laws a ecting re- traditional IRA to a Roth IRA need the money, you can use associated with Edward Jones,
over your lifetime, so your heirs these withdrawals to pay for located at 163 Route 6 in
tirement accounts have signi - would receive the Roth IRA. some or all of the insurance Mahopac. He can be reached
premiums. Life insurance can’t directly at 845-621-8647.
ment. But if you don’t need all cantly limited the stretch IRA ey would still be required to replace an IRA as a means to Edward Jones, its employees, and
withdraw the assets within 10 save for retirement, though, so
the money, you may want to strategy. Now, most non-spouse years, but unlike with a tradi- you should consult with your nancial advisors are not estate
tional IRA, Roth IRA with- planners and cannot provide tax
leave what’s left to your children bene ciaries must withdraw all drawals are generally tax-free. nancial advisor to make sure or legal advice. You should consult
you are working toward all your your estate-planning attorney or
or grandchildren. However, if assets from the IRA within 10 ese conversions are taxable, so goals. quali ed tax advisor regarding
you’ll want to consult your tax your situation.
you want to ensure they get years of the IRA owner’s death. professional in addition to your In any case, if you have a
sizable IRA or you don’t need
the most from this inheritance, e bene ciary generally does nancial advisor, to determine
if this strategy can help you
you’ll need to do some planning. not have to take out any money

Here’s a little background: during that 10-year period, but

Up until a couple of years ago, at the end of it, the entire bal-

when you left the proceeds of ance must be withdrawn—and

your IRA to your bene ciaries, that could result in a pretty big

they could choose to “stretch” tax bill.

required withdrawals over a e stretch IRA strategy

long period, based on their life can still be used for surviv-

expectancies. ese required ing spouses, bene ciaries who

withdrawals were generally are no more than 10 years LEGAL NOTICE
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
taxable, so this “stretch IRA” younger than the deceased IRA  
     NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received at the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of
allowed your bene ciaries owner, and bene ciaries who Carmel, Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac, New York until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, the 16th day of April,
2021 at which time all bids will be opened, publicly read and recorded by the Town Clerk, no less than five (5)
PUZZLE SOLUTIONS days subsequent to publication of this notice in the official newspapers of the Town of Carmel for the following:
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CATCH BASINS AND SUMPS WITH TOPS

CRUSHED GRAVEL
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STREET SWEEPING
 

     All bidders shall comply with Section l03-a and l03-d of the General Municipal Law relating to non-collusive
bidding and waiver of immunity against criminal prosecution.
 
     Specifications may be obtained at the office of the Town Clerk at the above address, between the hours of
8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.
 
     Bid envelopes shall be marked "BID" and identify each item bid. All bids must be submitted on bid form
furnished by the Town of Carmel.
 
     The Town Board of the Town of Carmel reserves the right to reject any and all bids and re-advertise for new
bids at a future date.
 
BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD
OF THE TOWN OF CARMEL,
ANN SPOFFORD, TOWN CLERK

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING  UPDA
NOTICE
IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Town Board of the Town of Carmel will conduct a*PNubOlicTHEe:awrinhgeant Tpowuntting thes
Hall, 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac, New York 10541 on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon
thereafter that evening as possible, on a proposed contract renewing a Cable Television Franchise Agreement
with Comcast of New York, LLC; and that pursuant to Title 16 CRR NY §894.7, copies of all franchise
applications as well as copies of the contract which is proposed to be renewed are available for public
inspection during normal business hours at Carmel Town Hall 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac, New York.
At said Public Hearing, all interested persons shall be heard on the subject thereof.  The Town Board will make
every effort to assure that the Public Hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Anyone requiring
special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations should contact the Town Clerk.
 
By Order of the Town Board 
of the Town of Carmel
Ann Spofford, Town Clerk

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A SELECTION OF GIGI S RECENT SALES:

34 Rebecca Lane, Carmel 60 Sprucetop Drive, Mahopac 11 Maple Hill Drive, Mahopac

19 McMillan Avenue, Mahopac 114 Geymer Drive, Mahopac 389 Austin Road, Mahopac

Source: OKMLS 1/1/20-12/31/20, total dollar volume of single family EAST MAIN STREET ROUTE YORKTOWN BROKERAGE
homes sold by Houlihan Lawrence agent, Mahopac school district. N , JEFFERSON VALLEY


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