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Published by Halston Media, 2018-12-20 21:05:59

The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 12.20.18

VOL. 1 NO. 41 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

Affordable housing Award-winning librarian
ordinance adopted reflects on ‘great run’

Federal monitor: Lewisboro no longer BY JESSICA JAFET
considered in ‘noncompliance’ CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER “Basically, [Robinson was] going to In an increasingly digital world, rec-
ognizing the value of the public library
EDITOR recommend a lawsuit against us,” Par- and connecting with its patrons is what
continues to drive Stephanie Hartwell-
sons said of the meeting. Mandella. Formerly the head of Chil-
dren and Youth Services at the Katonah
Under pressure from the federal gov- e prospect of going to war with the Village Library, Hartwell-Mandella
thoughtfully described the vital nature of
ernment, the Lewisboro Town Board federal government was not appealing what these buildings provide.

last week voted to adopt a “model ordi- to Parsons, who said he pleaded with “Libraries are also community cen-
ters,” Hartwell-Mandella said. “We are
nance” governing a ordable housing in Robinson to delay ling his report until one of the last bastions of free public
space, and dare I say, democracy?”
town. Lewisboro took corrective actions. Rob-
She has been committed to providing
e ordinance was given the green inson, in an email, told e Katonah- warm, compassionate and knowledge-
able support during an almost eight-year
light at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting, Lewisboro Times that he will le his tenure at Katonah Village Library. ese
attributes helped her earn national rec-
weeks after federal housing monitor report in January. ognition, when she was selected earlier PHOTO: JESSICA JAFET
this month as a winner of the 2018 “I
Stephen Robinson warned that Lewis- ough approving the model ordi- Love My Librarian” award—one of 10 Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella is saying
librarians named from a nationwide pool goodbye to the Katonah Village Library
boro could face a lawsuit if not adopted nance was enough to remove the “non- of more than 1,000 nominees. after eight years.

by years end. compliant” label, Robinson said, that e honor coincided with her accep- “I loved my work at Katonah; I had a
tance of a new position at North Castle good relationship with the people there
Robinson met with Supervisor Peter was only one part of his concern with Public Library and she said her depar- and I learned a lot as far as my career is
ture from Katonah Village Library has concerned, she said. “I hit my stride and
Parsons, Councilman John Pappalardo Lewisboro, the other being the Planning been bittersweet. I think Katonah allowed me to grow as
a librarian.”
and the town’s attorney in November. Board’s delay in approving Lewisboro
e mother of two teenage daughters
Robinson, in a forthcoming report to Commons, a 42-unit a ordable housing said that she earned an undergraduate

District Court Judge Denise Cote, told complex proposed for Goldens Bridge. SEE LIBRARIAN PAGE 3

the town o cials that he was prepared “While I cannot say the town is in full

to list Lewisboro as being noncompliant compliance, I don’t think I would use

with the county’s 2009 a ordable hous- the word ‘noncompliance’ with respect

ing settlement agreement with the U.S. to their current status,” Robinson said.

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The Staff HOUSING dinance’s approval, in which he istence.” think the issue bears watching.
told the federal monitor he was At the Nov. 20 meeting, I do hope and trust that Mr.
EDITORIAL TEAM FROM PAGE 1 optimistic about Lewisboro Parsons was correct in his opti-
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Commons being approved. Councilman John Pappalar- mistic assessment of where the
EDITOR: 914-302-5628 e Planning Board, at its do was tasked with relaying town is headed in this regard.”
[email protected] Nov. 20 meeting, was warned “I suggested the resolution Robinson’s comments to the
of the rami cations should was exactly what he wanted Planning Board. Pappalardo MODEL ORDINANCE
GABRIELLE BILIK it not approve the a ordable and it was really just a question described Robinson as being Following the adoption of
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285 housing complex in short order. of timing,” Parsons said. “So, “suspicious” of the Planning
By resolution, board members please be nice to me.” Board’s lengthy review process. the model ordinance, the big-
[email protected] set a self-imposed deadline of gest change to the code is a re-
Feb. 26 to vote on the project. Parsons said Robinson was “I don’t know if it is fair to quirement that new residential
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LIBRARIAN and acceptance to all who came through the doors. and accurate information, and whatever you want to do
“I was fortunate to have good directors who let me with that, that’s cool.”
go with my thoughts and my ideas for whatever the It isn’t just the poetry, live music, knitting, access to
degree in literature, a master’s degree in early childhood patron needed: ‘Stephanie, we have a family dealing 3-D printers, art exhibits and robust political discus-
education and then, after some years of work in those with LBGTQ issues, do you have an idea, can you o er sions that the library o ers, Hartwell-Mandella ex-
areas, decided to stay home to raise her young kids. some support?’ ‘Or Stephanie, there was a Swastika at plained.
the middle school, what can we do?’” she said, explain-
When the time came to take the next step in her ca- ing some of the issues she tackled. “I think a lot of what we do has to do with compas-
reer, she applied for a Laura Bush Institute of Museum sion and empathy and meeting people where they are
and Library Services grant and was awarded a full schol- Kris Ruotolo, a Katonah mother of a rst-grader, said and that might not be about the book. My favorite part
arship to earn her master’s degree in library sciences. that her daughter developed a special connection with is connecting with people and it is really important for
“Ms. Stephanie,” and blossomed as a writer as a result us, the library, to establish a real relationship with the
“It all kind of made sense then—libraries,” she said. of a class she took at the library. community.”
“I’d been a library rat my entire life and I had studied
early childhood—put these together, and so I went to “Ms. Stephanie sees each kid for
library school.” who they are and she has a way that
inspires all of them,” Ruotolo said.
Before landing at the Katonah Village Library, Hart- “She allows every kid, no matter their
well-Mandella took her rst full-time job at the Bed- personality, to be comfortable in their
ford Hills Correctional Facility for Women as senior environment.”
librarian. She said she is proud of having spruced up the
prison library and making information and materials Hartwell-Mandella said she feels
more available to all inmates. “It was great and it was a grateful that the community put their
lot of hard work, I did a really good job there,” she said. trust in her. “I look at it almost as a
spiritual calling—I’m always look-
As she established her rapport with community mem- ing for ways to bridge perceived or
bers and visitors as a librarian at Katonah Village Library real divides,” she said. “ at’s just my
by o ering guidance and research-based assistance, her thing; to provide people access to real
vision of the job was also to provide a sense of inclusion

Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella (center, bottom row), was among
10 librarians nationwide to receive the “I Love My Librarian” award.

‘I hit my stride and I think Katonah allowed me to grow as a librarian.’

–Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella
Former head of Children and Youth Services

Katonah Village Library

Celebrate the New Year in Lewisboro

Celebrate the New Year in Lewisboro there. RSVP by emailing Alex@nywolf. • Tia Cibani Kids (11-11:30 a.m.) and

on Jan. 1 with a full-slate of (mostly free) org. Space is limited. Hot drinks will be Origami Making (11:30 a.m.). Come to

events throughout town. available. Yellow Monkey Village in Cross River

e fth-annual First Day Celebra- • Yoga, 9-10 a.m. Join Kripalu Cen- for these kid-friendly events. ere will

tion, which runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is spon- ter instructors Bobbe Stultz and Jo Ann be snacks and drinks for kids, as well as

sored by the Lewisboro Parks & Recre- Hickey at Onatru Farm for a yoga renew- refreshments for adults.

ation Department. al to welcome in the New Year. All are • Lewisboro Lions Club will provide

For more information on up-to-date welcome. Practice/short meditation has free refreshments at Onatru Farm from

list of events, visit and options for all levels. Bring your own mat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

click on “First Day.” or borrow one. • Make Greeting Cards at Lewisboro

• Brunch at Horse & Hound, 12:30- • Make Birdfeeders with Lewisboro Library, 12:30-2 p.m. Make handmade

3:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person ($10 Garden Club, 10-11 a.m. Make your greeting cards (which will be donated to

kids). Reservations are required, though own birdfeeders at Onatru Farm. hospitalized kids). e event is open to

speci c times do not need to be given. • Hike with Lewisboro Land Trust, kids of all ages and their families. Regis-

Call 914-763-3108 if you plan on attend- 11 a.m.-noon. Come for a hike at Leon ter at 914-875-9004. Refreshments will to see who can get theirs the farthest.

ing. (Free reusable bags will be available Levy Preserve, followed by hot drinks be available. • Onatru Arts Alive, 2-4 p.m. An art

at the restaurant; Lewisboro’s plastic bag around the re, provided by Vista-Lew- • Cub Scouts Pumpkin Chuckin’, and photography exhibit at Onatru Farm

ban takes e ect on Jan. 1.) isboro Cub Scouts Pack 101. Meet at noon-2 p.m. e Vista-Lewisboro will showcase the nest Lewisboro has to

• Wolf Conservation Center, 8-9 the preserve parking area on Route 123, Scouts have built two giant sling shots o er.

a.m. Start the New Year with celebra- a half-mile south of Route 35 in South and will test the bounds of physics at • Animal Embassy, 2-3 p.m. Meet live

tory howls from the 48 wolves who live Salem. Onatru Farm by launching the pumpkins animal ambassadors at Onatru Farm.

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Decades-old disappearance Car slams into wall at
investigated Rob Thomas’ property

e 1998 disappearance of Grammy-award winning
a Lewisboro man is still being musician Rob omas took
investigated by New York State to social media on Saturday,
Police in Somers. Dec. 8, to complain that a
driver slammed into a stone
Ralph A. Coppola, 41 at the wall on the edge of his Bed-
time of his disappearance, was ford property.
last seen on Sept. 9, 1998, on
Stillwell Avenue in the Bronx by “ ose mornings when
a longtime friend. He was wear- some (expletive) slams into
ing a tan sweater vest, a shirt, your wall…and just walks
and pants. He wore a gold wed- away,” omas wrote in the
ding band and a gold necklace Instagram post. e text was
with a rosary. He had a muscular accompanied by a picture of
build, black hair with a receding what appeared to be a gray-
hairline, brown eyes, was 6 feet colored minivan with its air-
2 inches tall, and weighed 240 bag deployed after crashing
pounds. into the stone wall.

Anyone with information Bedford police told e
regarding the whereabouts of Katonah-Lewisboro Times
Coppola is asked to contact the that they responded to a
New York State Police at 914- call around 10:10 a.m. near
769-2600. All calls can be kept
con dential. omas’ home. A car was
trying to turn into a driveway
Ralph A. Coppola was when a second vehicle tried
41 at the time of his to pass it, striking both the
disappearance. car and the stone wall. e
driver who crashed ed and
PHOTO COURTESY OF has not been identi ed.

On Instagram, musician Rob Thomas said a car
crashed into a wall at his Bedford home (the image
has been censored by this newspaper).

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Vista chapel hosts
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A wise elf once said, “ e best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
In that spirit, dozens of families attended the fth-annual Carol Sing-Along held Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Paul’s Chapel
on Route 123 in Vista.

Susan Abken plays the harp.

The band, Joyful Noyz, plays some Christmas carols: Former Town PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHARON SCANLAN
Kathy King, Paul Bissonette and Stephen Fry. Justice for Town
The Vista chapel was filled with families signing carols.
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Government at Work Dealing with Death a.m., Dean’s Bridge, Somers.
Note that this month’s “First

e following is a list of Bed- Author Maggie Callanan will Tuesdays” Bird Walk has been

ford and Lewisboro meetings talk about “ ose Dying Rapidly moved to Wednesday. Meet at

that are scheduled to take place and Unexpectedly” from 10:30 the eastern end of Dean’s Bridge

between ursday, Dec. 20, a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. Road in Somers where it dead-

through Wednesday, Dec. 26. 29, at the Katonah Village Library. ends at the old bridge.

• ursday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.— From 1 to 3 p.m.Sunday,Jan. 27, • Cost: Free

Katonah-Lewisboro Board Callanan will direct a discussion on • Level of Physical Di culty: We Are Now Taking

of Education, John Jay High “ ose Dying Slowly of Illness.” Easy/moderate Holiday Orders

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Road, Cross River by the Death Cafe of Northern at [email protected] or

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Since becoming a hospice nurse Some of Your Christmas Favorites

Road to Glory’ in 1981, Callanan has studied, MONTHLY LECTURE SERIES • Prime Rib Roast • Filet Mignon • Spiral Cut Ham
taught, and written about death Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m., • Pork Loin Roast • Crown Roast of Pork

e Harvey School in Katonah and dying. Katonah Village Library • Crown Roast of Lamb • Legs of Lamb • Fresh Ham
• Fresh Turkeys • Fresh Geese • Fresh Ducks
will present a screening of “Side- ese presentations will be in the Kevin Hils, ornithology collec-
• Game Birds • Fresh Seafood and Live Lobsters
men: Long Road to Glory,” at 7 accessible lower level Garden Room tion manager at Bronx Zoo, will

p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. e lm is a and are free and open to the public. share some interesting stories

celebration of the musicians who For general information about about the collection at the zoo

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Yuletide riptide

Last Friday, we went to the tap- all seasons. We can’t get I told my wife to be you snatch the wallet back. Just as I’m
ing of NPR’s “Wait Wait... Don’t close enough to Saks getting ready to go, two people trip over
Tell Me!” radio quiz program at Fifth Avenue to check MAN careful of pickpockets. the curb, and it throws o my timing.
Carnegie Hall. We eventually made it to out the holiday window What if he’s got more than one wallet
the show, which was very funny as always. scenes, so I told my OVERBOARD I don’t carry a whole in his pocket? Whatever wallet I end up
But, of course, we rst had to go see the wife to just enjoy some lot of cash around with is likely to have more cash, a better
Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. of the other decorative credit limit and nicer wallet-sized photos,
windows on display. For RICK with me, for the good so I’m not too worried about it.
ere were so many people around, I just instance, at the Veri- MELÉN
knew it was going to be a madhouse. zon Store, they had a colorful diorama reason that I don’t Finally, we’re close enough to get a
depicting a reindeer with a very good data sel e. I have long arms, so I take the sel e
We stop for co ee, and I pour it from plan. When we got to 50th Street, it was have a lot of cash. So, phone and try to get a picture of us in
their cardboard cup into my plastic travel SO crowded in Rockefeller Center you front of the tree. Every position I hold the
cup, which I brought with me from home. could hardly get near the tree. We should pickpockets, if you’re phone in presses a di erent button on the
You’re probably thinking, well I couldn’t have gone to see it wherever it was before side. First, I’ve turned the lens around so
begin to guess what you’re thinking, but I they cut it down, but for some reason it out there, you could it’s facing the back of a busker in a Santa
hate drinking co ee out of a cardboard or didn’t seem important then. We’re herded suit who looks like he might be trying
styrofoam cup for some reason. A ceramic into the designated tree-viewing area by pick a better pocket to pick. But I lost to dodge a stack of warrants with the
mug would be even better, and I like my a combination of tra c barriers, crowd- disguise. en I launch an app that puts
co ee SO hot that I have to open my control police and a border collie. my wallet once and it was a big pain in
mouth during the tongue-burning process u y ears and cat whiskers onto the back
and fan cooler air into it before I swallow. I saw an unattended knapsack cable- the neck to replace all the stu I keep in of bootleg Santa’s head. Next, I hack into
Every other day a study comes out that locked to a signpost. I gazed at it suspi- the Equifax database by mistake. Mean-
says co ee is the best thing for you, and on ciously. What were its intentions? Am there—as every guy knows, your wallet is while people are paused politely waiting
the other days a di erent study says you’ll I seeing something? Should I be saying for us to take the damned sel e. Finally
drop dead if you have more than two cups. something? ere were three cops in riot like having a small ling cabinet in your a young girl comes over and grabs the
So, I risk third-degree burns and pos- gear 10 feet away from it, so I assumed phone. “Give me that, I’m a Millennial.”
sible heart disease before I even get to the they had seen it, scanned it, sni ed it, Mi- pants. It’s much more convenient than And she snaps three perfect photos with-
arti cial sweetener, which probably causes randized it and released it. I thought about out any further ado. en a fat guy enters
cancer. If it doesn’t, they’ll have to re- pouring my cold co ee on it to disable it having a large ling cabinet in your pants, the crowd three blocks away, and when
think their packaging.Try tting “Sweet’n in case it was a bomb, but if it contained the ripple e ect reaches us we’re forced
Low’n Non-Carcinogenic” onto a 2 and the cops’ spare helmets or something, I’d so if somebody makes o with it, I’ve got out onto Sixth Avenue. Just as we’re leav-
3/8-inch packet. have some explaining to do downtown. By ing, two more people trip over that curb
the way, it would be convenient if they had to get it back. First, we identify the pick- at the pickpocket area, and I wonder if
I wait a few moments to make sure I’ve another police station uptown so I could maybe crime really does pay.
survived the co ee, then we proceed to- do my explaining a little closer. pocket. I yell, “OMIGOD SOMEBODY
ward the tree, enjoying the busy rhythms Say hello at [email protected].
of the city during this most-festive of STOLE MY WALLET!” And then

quickly look around—the person who

seems unsurprised by this is the thief.

Well, it turns out EVERYONE in New

York City is unsurprised by this.

Once we nd the guy, we have to

reverse-pick his pocket. I’ll create a diver-

sion and you get the wallet back. What

could be the diversion? I know how to

play “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by tap-

ping my cheeks really fast. I don’t think

it’s a diverse enough diversion, but I do it

anyway just to show you I can. I’ll keep

things simple—I’m going to trip over the

curb right at the guy and he’s going to

have to use both hands to catch me, and

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anks to the voters FROM PAGE 8 FROM PAGE 8

To the editor, protect our reservoirs and have delivered $750,000 to help pay management of her nancial a airs. I later
I would like to thank all the voters for the operation and maintenance of district watershed systems. learned that she existed in ux for at least
two decades, subsequent to her mother’s
who came out on a cold Tuesday night I have also worked diligently to make certain that stalled death. Mary Frances was 61 when she died.
(Dec. 11) for the South Salem Fire Dis- infrastructure projects in North Salem and Pound Ridge move
trict Election to support the candidates forward. Long Ridge Road (in Pound Ridge) is now slated to Yes, I would be at the funeral services.
for re commissioner. receive $1.25 million in repaving work. New school bus stop At least, she would have some mourners
signs have been installed on county roads in Bedford, and I have at her services. I arrived a few minutes
I am honored and humbled to have worked to ensure that local municipalities are reimbursed for late and scurried up the pathway to the
been elected to the re commissioner plowing and repair of local county roads. We have established an gravesite. I could not believe my eyes at the
position recently vacated by the former I-684 working group to nd a short-term solution while being large crowd already assembled at the South
chairman of the board, and my friend, cognizant that a new design will ultimately be the permanent Salem Episcopal Church, where the pastor
Steven Schmitt. ank you for your solution. had provided some assistance to Mary
service, Steve. Frances from time to time. A school friend
One of my top priorities has been to hold the utilities ac- of Mary Frances had put up a fundraising
It was very encouraging to meet so countable for their abysmal service during this past winter, and I website to collect funds for her funeral. I
many new people and longtime friends have been particularly vocal about the lack of crews and service was told that upwards of $6,500 to $7,000
during my campaign travels. Your words to NYSEG customers. I have met one-on-one with the CEO/ had been garnered. at amount was still
of encouragement and support were an president of NYSEG to discuss these issues. I am happy to report growing when the site was discontinued.
inspiration to me. ank you, all. I am that we are beginning to see improvements, including some ac-
looking forward to serving as your re celerated tree trimming, smart meter investments and improved OK, I understand the compassion for the
commissioner for the next ve years. I NYSEG/community support during storms. homeless woman who may have otherwise
will be sworn in on Jan. 1. ended up in a pauper’s grave provided by
In 2019, I will be working on legislation regarding single-use the public agency. But, they also showed up
Make sure all of your re and smoke plastic bags and Styrofoam in the county; nding solutions for to pay last respects to her life. e cynicism
alarms are working and fully opera- our airport; creating a system to help veterans receive the services of my city experience was thrown to the
tional. and nancial support they’ve earned; and delivering assistance to wind. I loved being in an American small
the ve county parks in our district, among other matters. town where it all melds together—all types
Michael J. Lombardi of economic or work strata represented, all
South Salem It has been an honor to serve as your county legislator. Please credos, and from di erent towns or vil-
reach out if you think I can help. Email me at covill@westches- lages. to get in touch or to receive email updates on
everything from lists of events around our district, to pending ank you, Mary Frances, for bringing
county legislation, critical health-related issues, and opportunities out a display of humanity. ank you for
for community members, along with other information. downgrading my doubts in human nature
and uplifting my dormant optimism in the
I wish you happy holidays and thank you again. di erence we all make.

Kitley S. Covill represents District 2 on the Westchester County Board Rest in peace, and know that you
of Legislators (Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound touched a lot of lives.
Ridge and a portion of Somers).



On Stage: the Existentialism of Millennialism

A group of Millennials are launched into whimsical chaos by a mystical speck of light in BY BRUCE APAR
alternative comedy Adaptive Radiation at Denizen Theatre in New Paltz through Dec. 30. CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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emerging artist. In “Adaptive
Radiation,” receiving its world
premiere at Denizen, rapid-

re exchanges among the four
characters colorfully convey the
angst and the lifestyle vernacular
of her peers.

Millennials and younger au-
dience members will get all of
the Millennialisms without a
glossary. For Baby Boomers, like
yours truly, Ms. Benitez delivers
an eye- and ear-opening edu-
cation in how the younger half
lives and thinks—and how they
agonize over their future, even
as they struggle to make sense
of a present that, in their eyes,
conspires against their pursuit of

e familiar Millennial tropes
are here: quarter-life crisis, pre-
ferring bicycles over cars, Star-
bucks, iPhones, personal arcs,
a thing for metaphors, love of
rom-coms, no love for our car-
bon footprint.

As be ts any social satirist
worth their salty wisecracks, Ms.
Benitez is as apt to poke fun at
the quirks of her own cohort—
such as their use of codi ed
non-words like “ish”—as she is
to skewer the repressive tenden-
cies of an over-arching social hi-
erarchy that she vows will stop
exploiting her generation.

Our four tour guides on this
picaresque journey are Mel
(short for Melanie), a designer
who interns for an “evil corpo-
ration” (Genevieve Simon); her
roommate Olivia, a co-worker



APAR ( e play’s title is a biological as I was, you might nd an ac- their life’s meaning, in the play, worldly encumbrances to be at
term for the evolutionary pro- tor or two virtually at your feet. this emerging talent’s stylized one with nature o ers the purest
FROM PAGE 16 cess whereby species are modi- It helpfully heightens audience and kinetic way with words feels form of self-realization.
attention. e frenetic activity like she is exploring her voice
at the same company (Fredi ed by changes in their environ- is smoothly orchestrated under and her ideas at the same time, As with all of life, there’s no
Bernstein, Actors’ Equity); ment.) the sure-handed direction of bringing us along for the wild pat answer, she suggests. e tri-
medical student Robert (Sam Sarah Lynn Brown, whose feel ride. umph of individualism—call it
Massaro, Actors Equity); and e four actors mix and for the material teases out its sly libertarianism—is what shines
hipster Steve, a gig economy en- match with each other through- humor very e ectively and eco- is very promising new dra- through in the end, like sunlight
trepreneur, who grows and sells out the 90-minute play (without nomically. matist works hard to enlighten that re ects a brighter tomor-
bamboo, repairs bicycles, micro- intermission) in a series of 10 her characters’ sense of self and row.
brews craft beer, and works in a vignettes. In tone, the scenes Ms. Benitez is nothing if not sense of worth. rough them,
co-op (Tepper Sa ren). Also in can toggle between vaudeville an iconoclast about conven- she exudes a quick wit, keen Bruce “ e Blog” Apar promotes local
the cast is female actor Em De- “blackout” sketches and the tional dramatic structure. She insight into human nature, an businesses, organizations, events
maio, who plays Steve’s alter ego magical lyricism of “A Midsum- goes her own way, as do the inquisitive intellect, and, most and people through public relations
in one of the play’s most memo- mer Night’s Dream.” four characters she’s conjured to important, hopefulness and agency APAR PR. He also is an
rable scenes. carry her myriad messages, like compassion. actor, a community volunteer, and
at’s a literary analogy the Millennial missionaries. a contributor to several periodicals.
e playfully mystical plot writer herself invokes in the play, e question she posits is Follow him as Bruce e Blog on
device is represented by an LED as her versions of Shakespeare’s Just as Mel, Steve, Olivia whether living in a structured social media. Reach him at bruce@
mouth light. It is an illuminated lovers gambol in the woods to and Robert are exploring their society with its repressive rules or 914.275.6887.
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cast and a lot of fun to watch.
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expanding psychedelic, meta- styles are perfectly suited to Ms.
phorically speaking. Most no- Benitez’s free- owing, stream-
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acquires feral instincts ampli ed their world-weary travels and
by animalistic strength. travails.

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to see the ickering light of pos- rience is Denizen’s compact,
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society threaten to darken. e sightline. Each production’s set
characters in e ect experience can be designed to conform
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John Jay gets on track

Indians net rst win after OT loss to Rye, setback to Woodlands

BY ROB DIANTONIO Erin Walsh Kendall
CONTRIBUTING WRITER heads for Degenhardt
the hoop. goes up strong.
Not many Section 1 teams have had a tougher
three-game stretch to start the season than John Ana Dorta gets off a Jenna Giardina
Jay’s girls basketball squad. tough shot in the paint. glides in for a shot.

Tappan Zee. Rye. Woodlands. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
Tappan Zee is a top Class A contender, Rye
is the defending section champion in Class A
and Woodlands features a point guard headed to
Syracuse University.

e result was an 0-3 start but John Jay got itself
on track with a 63-46 win over Edgemont in the
consolation game of Fox Lane’s tournament on Dec.

Kendall Degenhardt paced the Indians with a
game-high 26 points and was named to the All-
Tournament team. Ana Dorta added 21 points.

Two days prior, John Jay fell to Woodlands 61-51
in the opening round of the tournament. Erin Walsh
(14 points), Degenhardt (13) and Dorta (8) led the
Indians in scoring.

e Syracuse-bound Teisha Hyman led
Woodlands with a game-high 28 points.

“ ere’s a reason she’s going to Syracuse,” John
Jay coach Margo Hackett said. “She was di cult to

Hackett has continually reminded the team that it
is no longer the underdog. Every team the Indians
play will be gunning for them.

“ is is my fourth year here and John Jay basketball
has been on the rise, but we’ve never been at the top,”
Hackett said. “Last year we were at the top. Now
we’re the hunted.We’re no longer the hunters. I’m not
expecting us to be the one-seed in sectionals but we
just need to improve every day and keep growing.”

John Jay su ered a di cult loss to visiting Rye in an
overtime thriller, 56-53, on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

e Indians held a 47-45 lead in the closing seconds
of regulation, but Niamh Carty of the Garnets nailed a
buzzer-beating jumper to force overtime.

John Jay then took a one-point lead when
Degenhardt drove, spun and nished with 22 seconds
left in OT. e Indians, however, pressed o the
inbounds pass and fouled, sending Carty to the line.
She hit both free throws to give Rye a 54-53 edge.

e Indians were unable to score again. Rye star
Teaghan Flaherty (29 points) hit two free throws with
1.6 seconds left to seal it.

Kelly Nolan paced John Jay with 18 points,
connecting on ve 3-pointers. Degenhardt netted 17
points while Dorta added 11 points.

Behind a ferocious second half surge, Tappan Zee
muscled its way to a 60-40 win over host John Jay in
the season opener for both teams on Dec. 3.

“We came in with a chip on our shoulders, like
we’re ‘it,’”Hackett said.“And tonight, showed us we’re
not. I’m not happy we lost. I obviously want to win
every game. But I’m happy we got it out of our system

Tappan Zee outscored John Jay 39-12 in a second
half where the Lady Dutchmen’s defensive pressure
and three-point shooting helped them rally. ey also
had just one turnover in the second half.

In the nal 1:24 of the third quarter,the momentum
completely swung in Tappan Zee’s favor. ey hit
three 3-pointers to take a 41-36 lead.



Indians off to 3-1 start on hardwood

John Jay falls in nal, Martinsen named all-tourney

BY ROB DIANTONIO 43 with 28 seconds to go. ton, whose team went to a zone in
e Indians trailed 43-35 with the nal few minutes. “ ey had
e nal minute of a basketball
game can sometimes be the most 4:50 left in the fourth quarter but one last push but it unfortunately
exciting minute in sports.
an 8-0 run tied the game up at 43- just wasn’t enough.”
Last Saturday’s meeting be-
tween John Jay-Cross River and 43 after two Charlie Murphy free Martinsen (12 points), Bryce
Fox Lane’s boys basketball teams
proved that notion correct. throws with 55 seconds left. Ford (10 points), Murphy (8),

e teams traded big 3-point- “We made a defensive adjust- Brian Nussbaum (6) and Mason
ers, but Fox Lane had the last
laugh when Will Crerend nailed ment and the guys responded,” SEE BOYS HOOPS PAGE 21
a 3 with just three seconds left to said John Jay coach Patrick Hea-
break a tie and hand John Jay a
49-46 loss on Dec. 15 in the nals Brian Nussbaum, No. 23, and Charlie Murphy dive on the floor for a Shane Martinsen focuses at the foul line. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
of Fox Lane’s tournament. loose ball.

It was the rst setback of the
season for John Jay (3-1).

John Jay junior Shane Martin-
sen, who was named to the All-
Tournament team, sunk a three to
tie the game at 46-46 with under
20 seconds to go.

Fox Lane rushed the ball across
half-court and called a timeout
with nine seconds left to set up
Crerend’s game winner.

John Jay had one last chance,
but a nal heave was no good.

Crerend had previously made a
3-pointer to put the Foxes up 46-


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Indians bounce back on ice

John Jay cruises past Carmel after loss to Pelham

BY ROB DIANTONIO Lunder notched assists. Oestreicher

CONTRIBUTING WRITER also recorded his second assist of the

game on Wishart’s second goal.

Following a loss to Pelham, John Nick Petrella made 17 saves for the

Jay-Cross River was in need of a Indians.

bounce-back win. Pelham defeated visiting John Jay

e Indians found that victory 4-1 on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

when they disposed of Carmel, 6-1, e Pelicans took a 1-0 rst-period

on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Brewster Ice lead, but Linthicum Oram tied it up

Arena. late in the rst period.

Carmel took an early 1-0 lead, but Pelham’s Christian Mor t scored a

John Jay responded just over a minute shorthanded goal with four minutes

later when Jack Browne scored on a left in the second period. John Jay

feed from Charlie Oestreicher. couldn’t cut into the lead as the Peli-

Browne went on to score the next cans added two insurance goals in the

two goals to complete the hat trick. third period.

Mattie Wierl and Ryan Linthicum “We have to develop more inten-

Oram assisted the goal that made it sity every shift,” Smith said. “It’s a

2-1. Browne’s nal goal was unassisted process with all the new faces.”

and gave the Indians a 3-1 lead with John Jay (3-3) will host St. Paul’s

4:29 left in the second period. (Md.) today at 4:30 p.m. St. Paul’s

“After a lackluster start, we played is coached by Sam Kaplan, a former

more aggressively, got a couple of pow- John Jay player who was a member of

er-play goals and wore Carmel down,” the Indians’ team during their run to

John Jay coach Alex Smith said. “We the state championship game during

got some key saves during the penalty the 2012-13 season.

kill right before we scored the third “We are a young team and we’re Jack Browne

goal.” trying to build chemistry and over- FILE PHOTO/ ROB
Tyler Wishart netted the next two come our inexperience,” Smith said.

goals. Doug Styles added a late goal. “Hopefully, we will get more consis-

Danny Marschke, Browne and Barrett tency as the season progresses.”

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DiFalco (6) paced John Jay in
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“We’ve got to do a much bet-
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Heaton said of what they need
to take away from the loss. “We
need to be more composed. But I
thought we did pretty well.”

Martinsen led the Indians
with 32 points in a 68-56 win
over Peekskill in the rst round
of the tournament on Dec. 14.
“He was just fabulous,” Heaton
said of Martinsen.

Tim Hogan and Murphy add-
ed 12 and 10 points, respectively.

John Jay cruised past host
Our Lady of Lourdes 64-31 on
Dec. 13. Eleven di erent players
scored in the win.

Murphy (15 points), Ford (12)
and DiFalco (10) were all in dou- Bryce Ford leads a fast break.
ble digits in scoring.

John Jay was scheduled to host
Lincoln on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

“We’ve certainly started o a
little better than last year,” Hea-
ton said. “We’ll get ready to play
again in our home opener on

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and then nobody else stepped
up,” Hackett said. “We’re going
to face that all year. Ana’s going
to be denied, she’s one of the best
players in the section. We have to
prepare for that like we have and
move on.”

e Indians actually led 28-21
at halftime. ey were the ones
putting the pressure on in the

rst half. ree straight jumpers
from Jenna Giardina (9 points)
and two free throws from Dorta
gave Jay a 22-13 midway through
the second quarter.

Dorta and Degenhardt led
the way for Jay with 16 and 14
points, respectively.

John Jay (1-3) was scheduled
to travel to Hendrick Hudson
for a Dec. 18 game. e schedule
doesn’t get easier when they head
to Class B defending section
champ Irvington Dec. 20 for a
6:15 p.m. game.


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